Posts Tagged ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek vs the Transformers is a 2019 graphic novel pitting the two titular science fiction franchises against each other. In this story, during the Star Trek timeline, the Transformers came to Earth, but then left during World War Three (World War Three is an official event in the Star Trek timeline). The Autobots left via Fortress Maximus, with the Decipticons on their tale, traveling via Trypticon. Similar to the first episode of the Generation One cartoon, they crash land on a planet and lay dormant for a very long time.

This crossover opens with the classic Star Trek crew of Kirk, Spock, Scotty etc, going to the planet Cygnus Seven, close to the Klingon border, where a distress call has been sent out from a Dilithium mine. Immediately the crew encounter the Decepticons, and later a small band of Autobots. 

The really cool thing about this comic is that it is drawn in the style of Star Trek, The Animated Series. So it looks like a meeting between the Star Trek cartoon of the 1970’s and the Transformers cartoon of the 80’s. Two characters that were original to the Star Trek cartoon, Arex, and the female catlike M’Ress, appear in the story. Arex is only shown in a few scenes on the Enterprise, but M’Ress is featured heavily, both fighting and interacting with the Transformers.

Naturally the Klingon’s show up, and side with the Decepticons. After the usual brief misunderstanding the Enterprise crew team up with the Autobots for a mega-showdown on the Klingon home planet of Kronos. Of course the Enterprise gets turned into a giant robot called Fortress Tiberius (Kirk’s middle name) and heavy action ensues. 

This story is heavy on the Star Trek references, the Eugenics Wars are mentioned, and there are a few “I’m a Dr. not a …” gags. There’s not as many references to Transformers lore, though Spock does use the “More than meets the eye” phrase.

The story ends in a way that leaves the door open to more follow up stories. I would be curious to see how Star Trek characters would react to the planet Cybertron, or how Next Generation characters like Data take to the Transformers, not to mention the Borg and Unicron.

In the meantime, Star Trek vs the Transformers was a fun quick read with a plot that figured out how the two popular sci-fi franchises would meet. 

Star Trek into Darkness is the second film of the J. J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek series. It opens with a tense scene of Spock putting a stop to a volcano that threatens to wipe out a primitive civilization, and Kirk saving his life and breaking the rules in the process by revealing themselves to the planets inhabitants. This leads to a situation where the two have a rift before investigating a fugitive terrorist.who blew up the Starfleet archives. (This is done with the reluctant help of man who is a member of Starfleet who has a terminally ill daughter. This plot point is abandoned after the explosion.)

The rest of the plot goes from this point as we learn the true identity of the villain  The narrative gives a few twists and turns and is a nice mix of action and character beats. The relationships between the characters is the film’s strong point.

I don’t know Star Trek lore very much but there’s a reference to the tribbles, and parts of the film mirror one of the early Star Trek films. At one point it appears the movie will take a gutsy risk in it’s ending, but does not.

There is a reference to a spaceship named Bradbury which I liked.

Regarding the first movie, some fans didn’t like the time travel bit. I thought it was unnecessary. One scene in this movie references it, but the scene is completely unnecessary, so you could pretend it didn’t happen if you like.

As someone who traditionally was not a Star Trek fan, I’d say this is my favorite Star Trek thing I’ve experienced. It’s a pretty good movie and better than it’s predecessor.