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 3: Talin chapter 3
Previously we got to see even more evidence that something is rotten about this whole situation. This chapter we go back to the attempt to swipe a ride back to Talin IV to look further into things.
The Orions are an odd group in Star Trek lore, and a lot of that came from later shows. The Orions first showed up in the original pilot, and then when it was remixed into “The Menagerie”. Even then it was just a mental illusion based on a race Captain Pike was aware of. They showed up again in the animated series as a group of pirates, but really didn’t make a lot of further appearances on TV until Enterprise offered up some weird ideas like the slave women were secretly the one in charge of the pirate guild, which other media established as even allowing non-Orions into. I don’t think this group was ever really thought out, but my experience outside of the TV shows, even with the number of comics and novels I own (plus an audio drama called Cacophony I can recommend), is pretty limited. Basically I’m killing space on the homepage, so let’s get into the actual review.
Speaking of oddity and Orions, observe Krulmadden in action. He sends his human crewmembers, namely Sulu and Chekov, to repair damage to his ship knowing it’s leaking nuclear radiation because curing humans of radiation is somehow cheaper than getting new drones. Meanwhile check your medical bill if you get treated for radiation and then see what a drone goes for on Amazon. He also thinks the solution to the humans not handling the greater gravity is more sex. I’m not sure sex is that good at exercise versus a home gym or something, but I’m not Dr. Ruth. Presumably Sulu and Chekov have had to “exercise” with the slave girls to keep their cover. Oh, I feel so sorry for them…or wouldn’t if they weren’t slave girls and our boys were the only ones on the ship with a conscience.
With the “fissionables” lost to space Chekov comes up with a plan to get them to Talin IV by suggesting not all the nuclear deposits were destroyed and they may be able to make a profit in fuel for themselves as an alternative to antimatter. (Apparently magnetic bottles to store antimatter are also too expensive. Krulmadden didn’t hear the rule “you have to spend money to make money” I guess.) It’s only when Chekov gets mad about trying to explain it that Kruly gives in but it doesn’t work when faked when Chekov tries to get him out there early. They still have those slave girls to dump off so it may be months before our heroes reach Talin IV. Meanwhile I thought they were Uhura’s ride to the planet. Maybe she has other ideas? I wonder what McCoy’s going to get dragged into.
Sidebar: I wonder if Mythbusters ever looked into the trope of putting two spacesuits together without atmosphere to communicate through the vibrating glass. Is there really any truth to that, and how does one test it on Earth?
Overall the story is getting interesting and this chapter moves the story along well enough. Next time we check back in with Kirk as he makes his own way to Talin IV.