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IDW Star Trek, Issue 18

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SummaryEdit

At Starfleet Academy in San Francisco, Commander Spock tells his communications students that their theses must be uploaded to the campus server by 2100 hours on Sunday. When a student approaches him, Spock assumes she is asking for extra time to complete the assignment. The student is Nyota Uhura, who has already uploaded her thesis, which has been graded first in the class. Now that Spock is no longer her instructor, Uhura invites him to dinner.

Months later, Spock invites Uhura to participate in "emafa kito", a Vulcan mind meld with him. During the mind meld, Spock and Uhura mutually experience a memory from Uhura's childhood, when she and her parents visited her uncle Raheem off-planet. As the four of them orbit a ringed planet in a shuttle, a malfunction develops due to meteorite damage. While Raheem is making a spacewalk to check on it, an explosion severely damages the shuttle and knocks Uhura's parents unconscious. Raheem, still outside, contacts Uhura and tells her to drag her parents into the escape pod at the rear of the shuttle. He talks Uhura through opening the pod's hatch manually and encourages her when she thinks her parents are too heavy to pull into the pod.

As the pod moves away, the shuttle explodes. Uhura calls out to her uncle, who is falling toward the planet. He tells her that the first explosion blew him away from the shuttle, and that there was no chance to save him. As he falls into the planet's atmosphere, Raheem tells Uhura how proud he is of her.

Emerging from the mind meld, Uhura says she never told anyone but her parents about these events. Spock says that her uncle was very brave. Weeping, Uhura embraces and kisses Spock.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

SpockNyota UhuraRaheemM'Umbha UhuraAlhamisi Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

shuttle

LocationsEdit

San FranciscoStarfleet Academy

Shipboard areasEdit

Planets and planetoidsEdit

Earth • unknown planet

Stars and systemsEdit

Races and culturesEdit

humanVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetStarfleet Academy

Technology and weaponsEdit

auto backup systemautopilotescape podhatchmagnetic lockserverwire

Ranks and titlesEdit

commanderdaughterfathermotherofficeruncle

Other referencesEdit

classcourseemafa kitofeethiccupmemoriesmeteoritemind-meldminutemonthplanetreentryringRokeg blood piesecondsemesterthesisweek

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BackgroundEdit

  • This focuses mainly on Uhura.

Related storiesEdit

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ConnectionsEdit

Stories set in the alternate reality from the movie Star Trek
Comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four") • Star Trek Movie Adaptation ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four" • "Number Five" • "Number Six") • IDW Star Trek: Star Trek, Volume 1 (1st story arc: "Issue 1", "Issue 2" • The Galileo Seven: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: "Part 1", "Part 2" • Vulcan's Vengeance: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: "Part 1", "Part 2" • The Truth About Tribbles: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 4 ("Issue 13" • "Issue 14" • Mirrored: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 5 ("Issue 17" • "Issue 18" • "Issue 19" • "Issue 20") • Countdown to Darkness ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four") • After Darkness ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3") • IDW Star Trek, Issue 24The Khitomer Conflict ("Part "1, "Part "2, "Part "3, "Part "4) • Khan ("Number One", "Number Two", "Number Three", "Number Four", "Number Five") • Parallel Lives ("Part 1", "Part 2") • I, Enterprise! ("Part 1", "Part 2") • Lost Apollo (Part 1, Part 2) • The Q Gambit (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)
Novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into Darkness
Board games Expeditions
Video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivals
Websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise
Live-Action Shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
Prequels in original timeline "Countdown" ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four")
Apps Star Trek App
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IDW Star Trek, Issue 17
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IDW Star Trek, Issue 19

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