Vacation’s over, and now it’s back to business. I’ve stretched as best I could to find four more entries to finish this fight, and the next two come from Star Trek. Tonight’s feature has the crew of the Enterprise coming across gnomes, trolls, goblins, and Mr. Scott continues his bad pun run. To wit:
He can do worse. Worse enough to make Spacebooger weep. (EDIT: Scratch that. Fred actually had a worse pun in the intro.)
Track 9 of 12
The Dance floor: Star Trek #16 (Marvel Comics: Oct. 1981)
The Promoters: Martin Pasko (writer), Luke McDonnell (penciler), Day & Trapani (inkers), Janice Chiang (letterer), and Carl Gafford (colorist)
While investigating the disappearance of a group of colonists, the crew make friends with a pair of “gnomes”, who agree to help against a group of “trolls”. However, the ship is invaded by “goblins”. You know, just another Wednesday aboard the good ship Enterprise.
Unaware of what’s happening on the ship (especially after the communications console is destroyed), the away team (to use a TNG term) listens to a musical history of the locals.
Back on the ship, the Security finally stop embarassing themselves earns their pay.
But the big shocker takes place in the brig, when one of the “goblins” try to attack their jailer.
This and other evidence helps Kirk piece things together. The “trolls” are the colonists, the “gnomes” the bad guys, and the hats aren’t just a bad fashion statement.
Kirk’s past history with plot devices allows him to learn how to use it immediately.
Turns out all they wanted was to be left alone, but not trusting strangers they decided to turn them into monsters instead. So the colonists are restored, nobody knows how the caps can possibly work, and Scotty can’t let us get away without a cheap pun.
Kind of makes you want to cry, doesn’t it?
OK, not a very good offering, but at least it’s an entry and legal. The next one will at least be different as we return to the Enterprise for another adventure next week. But for now, vote for this week’s track.