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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Daru
    February 23, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    Thanks Josh. I have not read this as with the others, actually I don't think I have ever read any comic book based Trek stories (I was mad for the novels and novelisations!) – and in a way I am glad regarding this story so far, as it certainly sounds a real shame for the events in Unification to be so undermined by how Sarek is portrayed here.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    February 23, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    Do bear in mind though that this comes right before the Romulan Commander utterly trounces Kirk and the Enterprise crew: I don't think Sarek's comment about the inherent shiftyness of Romulans is meant to be at all sympathetic, and later events do call into question his overall trustworthiness for me.

    The call forward to "Unification" was totally unnecessary, though. It's the one bit of fanwank in this whole series I'm a bit iffy about.


  3. Daru
    February 23, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    Yeah get the point regarding Sarek you make, just missing the context as I have not read the story myself. Interesting that his ability to be trusted gets called into question – just makes Sock's actions in Unification all the more stronger later on then.


  4. BerserkRL
    April 3, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    But is it compatible with the Marshak/Culbreath version of the Romulan Commander's fate?


  5. Josh Marsfelder
    April 4, 2014 @ 8:13 am

    Since you're more of an expert on Marshak and Culbreath than me, I think I'll leave that one to you.

    I will say as this series is by D.C. Fontana, the Commander's creator, I'm a bit more in favour of giving this story the added weight.


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