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"The Galileo Seven, Part 1" was the third issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics. The issue consists of the first part of an alternate reality adaptation of TOS episode: "The Galileo Seven", as adapted by writer Mike Johnson with issue art was by Stephen Molnar.

SummaryEdit

Captain's log, stardate 2821.5 
En route to Makus III with a cargo of medical supplies, our course leads us past Murasaki 312, an unexplored quasar-like formation, and a priceless opportunity for scientific investigation. On board is Federation High Commissioner Ferris, overseeing the delivery of the supplies to Makus III.

Commissioner Ferris is impatient about getting the supplies to Makus III. The supplies are badly needed on New Paris which is facing a plague. There is, however, plenty of time before they have to be there. Kirk contacts the shuttlecraft Galileo, crewed by Spock, McCoy, Scott, Rand, Latimer, Gaetano, and Boma. Scott cannot wait to land on a planet that might be in the quasar. The shuttlecraft goes out of control and loses contact with the Enterprise. Kirk and Ferris argue when locates a planet in Murasaki 312. Kirk orders the ship to the planet, which is named Taurus II.

First officer's log, stardate 2823.3 
Despite the Murasaki Effect compromising the Galileo's control systems, Mr. Latimer showed exceptional skill in piloting the shuttle towards the nearest inhabitable planet. Considering the circumstances, our landing was most successful.

Spock asks if everyone is all right. McCoy wants a hypospray. Yeoman Rand just got a bump on the head. Scott reports that the propulsion and guidance systems are damaged. Dr. McCoy notices that the atmosphere is breathable. Scott is ordered to assess the damage, while Latimer and Gaetano are ordered to arm themselves and scout the area. Spock is not sure if the Enterprise will find them.

Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Uhura cannot hail the shuttlecraft and nearly goes crazy. Kirk orders that shuttles be sent to find the Galileo. Kirk and Ferris argue about whether Kirk's idea will work, and Ferris brings up the fact that Kirk has become known for neglecting protocol. Back on the surface, Spock and McCoy argue about taking command. McCoy gets worried when fog starts rolling in. Meanwhile, Latimer and Gaetano are patrolling when Latimer is impaled by a spear. Spock identifies the weapon as a Folsom Point, characteristic of a Paleo-Indian tribe in North America thousands of years ago. Boma is angered by Spock's cold reaction to Latimer's death. McCoy decides that it is best to get back to the ship, where Scott has bad news: the power is drained. Just then, Gaetano runs in. The creature responsible for spearing Latimer in the back has returned with companions. Everyone wants to kill them except Spock, who refuses to do so and orders that they instead fire their phasers at the rocks as a scare tactic. It works.

Captain's log, stardate 2328.3 
We continue to search for any sign of the Galileo. But every minute that goes by brings a greater sense of futility and great loss.

The Enterprise has lost contact with the shuttles. Ferris gives Kirk twenty-four hours until it is time to go. Meanwhile, on Taurus II, Scott has an idea. He proposes using phasers as a power source. The idea is controversial. Scott informs them that the phasers will not provide enough power for all of them to be on board when they take off. McCoy suggests leaving their dead behind. Meanwhile, the Taureans are headed back for revenge.

To be continued…

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Samuel BomaMitchell FerrisGaetanoJames T. KirkJoseph LatimerLeonard McCoyJanice RandMontgomery ScottSpockNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS EnterpriseGalileo (shuttlecraft)

LocationsEdit

Taurus II (Beta Tauri) • Murasaki 312

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleet

Technology and weaponsEdit

phasershuttlecraftstarship

Ranks and titlesEdit

chief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officerdoctorfirst officerlieutenant commanderofficerscience officer

Other referencesEdit

captain's logFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (alternate 2250s)first officer's loggalaxygovernmenthumanoidlifeformlog entrynation-stateplanetraces and culturesrankstarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (alternate reality)technologytimetitleuniformuniverse

ChronologyEdit

2258 
Enterprise launches Galileo.

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • This story takes place nine years earlier than its prime reality equivalent (TOS episode: "The Galileo Seven", set in 2267).
  • The part of Yeoman Mears is absent from the story. Her place is taken by an alternate reality counterpart of Janice Rand. This aligns with the original script, which was adjusted a few days after Grace Lee Whitney was written out of the series.
  • Every single character is a counterpart of a person from the prime reality. The story mentions that Kirk is relatively young to be a Starfleet captain, but no substantial reference is made to the fact that each character would be nine years younger than the characters from the original version.
  • In the original version, Gaetano was a radiation specialist, wearing a command division gold uniform with lieutenant's insignia of rank. The comic adaptation has Gaetano, presumably younger, wearing no rank insignia on an operations division Starfleet uniform
  • In the original version, Samuel Boma was a science officer, wearing a sciences division blue uniform, with lieutenant's rank. The comic adaptation has Boma, presumably younger, wearing no rank insignia on an operations division Starfleet uniform.
  • The original version Latimer had a first name "Reese" established in ST video game: Starship Creator, while the alternate Latimer was called "Joseph" in the comic. It's somewhat unlikely that another unrelated person with the surname Latimer would take his place in another reality, so it seems to be a counterpart who has a different life history due to the timeline changes.
  • The original Ferris wore a navy tunic with gold piping, while the alternate wears a tunic of the same cut in white and silver.
  • The stardates in this issue do not conform to the year-based system begun in the 2009 film. The dates used here are asynchronous and are similar to those used in the regular universe version of this storyline.
  • This story's depiction of the death of Joseph Latimer is contradicted by TOS movie: Star Trek Into Darkness, in which Kirk states that he has not lost any crew members since taking command of the Enterprise.

Related storiesEdit

ImagesEdit

Cover galleryEdit

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") • Star Trek, Volume 6: After Darkness (After Darkness ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3") • IDW Star Trek, Issue 24) • Star Trek, Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict ("Part "1, "Part "2, "Part "3, "Part "4) • Khan ("Number One", "Number Two", "Number Three", "Number Four", "Number Five") • Star Trek, Volume 8 (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
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