Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
PART ONE: AFTERMATH chapter 5
Last time we learned what happened to Uhura and still not much about McCoy, while we know a lot of where Kirk and Scotty ended up after “the incident” at Talin IV. With the revelation that Spock’s quitting had a negative impact for Uhura and the inciting incident for Scotty’s own resignation from Starfleet you’d think now would be a good time to find out what’s going on with Spock. However, if this story is going to make you wait for the important events of the story itself I’m not surprised we’re waiting on this one as well.
Instead we’re checking in with Sulu and Chekov for the next two chapters. This chapter is only about five pages long, usually too few for a one-chapter review article but the next one is fourteen pages, so I’m going to hold off on it until next week. Plus I should be in bed right now as I write this because my schedule is worse than usual lately so a short one is to my benefit. Then I forgot this didn’t need to be up until Tuesday and I wrote this Sunday night…well, technically early Monday morning.
It’s a barfight and we catch Sulu on the losing end. Apparently he was doing well before we showed up so maybe it’s our fault. Chekov, watching the fight from a corner because Sulu didn’t need him until then, shows up and defeats one of the Orion goods using karate, which of course he claims the Russians created first and the Chinese stole. There are time I wonder if Chekov knows he’s full of it, but his karate is still better than Sulu trying to use Vulcan martial arts. The thing is neither of them has shown a proclivity for martial arts before (or since) that I can recall. Sulu knows guns and at least has an interest in fencing since he owns a fencing sword and that’s more fighting interest that we’ve seen from Chekov.
As it turns out this was all an audition. The goons’ boss, Krulmalden, who apparently has gems in his teeth like some rappers do with gold, was testing the two of them to join his crew. We don’t know if the audition (consisting of fighting the guys, Artinton and Lasslanlin) was forced on them because Krulmalden knows they were on the Enterprise (though apparently he’s wrong about them being one of the reasons the planet was devastated…I don’t know because I don’t know what’s going on with that but Sulu rejects the claim of their being “worldkillers” as Krulmalden calls them, or if they actually applied. I’m guessing this is tied to Uhura’s plan to return to Talin and find out what really happened.
I guess we’ll find out next time. It’s a short chapter but in a rarity for Chapter By Chapter this is one that actually deserves to be this short. Congratulations to Star Trek: Prime Directive. Next time we’ll see if the next chapter earns its longer length and maybe what’s happened to our favorite starship pilots.