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 6
Continuing from where we left off last time, Chekov and Sulu get themselves hired by Orion pirates. How this will lead to them getting to the planet where it all happened we of course have yet to see, but this longer chapter will feature both of them again. I wonder if we’re going to get any character development this round?
We’re only two chapter away from part two, where we’ll finally get some explanations but that will be nine chapters so this is still going to take awhile until we get to part three and the end result of these events. I still say start with part two but we’ll see if that changes. Frankly I’m only bringing it up again to get the personally required length for the homepage. I think I’ve done that, so on with the review.
Chekov and Sulu make their journey to Krulmadden’s ship, a hodgepodge of various ships (or so it appears, as Krully likes to disguise things as less powerful things on his ship) and even ripped off the tradition of ship naming. Thus we are now on the Queen Mary. I looked it up and the actual boat was a cruise liner that was at one point also used to carry troops during World War II. As of this writing it’s a hotel and venue undergoing a refit in Long Beach, California, after the company that owned it went bankrupt. So now the county government is in charge. Either way, Krulmadden’s ship isn’t there for luxury, it’s actually being used for sex trafficking of Orion slave women. This goes against what was later established in Star Trek: Enterprise, where the women were actually using pheromones to control their “masters” and the women themselves actually enslaved the men, but based on prior stories I’m willing to bet that’s something else the series screwed up for their own interests. At any rate the plan to swipe this ship isn’t going to be easy.
Most of that comes from where this chapter is focused on, technical issues. We learn about the secrets of the ship, the heavier gravity, and an early concern that the trio we’ve seen are not the only crew. (We later learn it’s the slave girls.) While I can’t say I understood all of it due to not being well-versed in Trek ship lore. I only recently started watching Spacedock on YouTube and that’s already over my head on occasions. It does show the Reeves-Stevens’ attention to detail. It also highlights all the problems Sulu and Chekov will have in swiping this ship while at the same time giving them more incentive to (freeing the slave women). It works very well, but unfortunately we’re going to have a long wait to see how that works out.
Not because of current life issues but because we have one more chapter before flashing back to the start of this mess, so more hanging plotlines to annoy me in this book. Next time we’ll be back to Kirk and seeing where he’s going next after losing his job for the crime of being Jim Kirk.