Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #11
Marvel/Paramount Comics (October, 1997)
WRITER: Chris Cooper
PENCILER: John Royle
INKER: Tom Wegrzyn
COLORIST: Kevin Somers
LETTERER: Jim Novak
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
Being first-year cadets and with no record of the battle with the Jem’Hadar on Talos, Starfleet (in continued lack of wisdom we’ve been seeing out of them on this site lately; see also the Chapter By Chapter review of Star Trek: Prime Directive) has opted to blame it on Talosian illusions (with no explanation as to why they did it and let them go, I noticed) and proceed with the trial. This is while Pava is still recovering from her injuries and Edam was pumped full of medication that has rendered him unconscious. Pradesh however insists the trial happen, with Spock speaking on behalf of Omega Squadron. He brings in a Starfleet officer who worked with Jean-Luc Picard during their academy days to save the life of a friend that required a cure that went against the genetic manipulation rules at that time. After some serious mistakes lead to some serious challenges the woman is cured…and is now one of the judges at the trial. In the end it’s agreed they’re all guilty but while clemency is recommended by the other judged Pradesh is the one in charge and passes sentence. Nog is spared because he’s the first Ferengi in Starfleet and wouldn’t be aware of the Talos rules, but the others are sentenced to death.
What they got right: It’s too bad we never got a scene with Spock and Boothby, but if memory serves Ray Walston had already passed. If I’m wrong he still didn’t have the opportunity. The story itself, meant to show that the cadets in both situations were justified in their actions, is a good one.
What they got wrong: Why is Zund the only one questioning Pradesh’s actions? Oh right, because Starfleet trials are a joke. That should be clear in this franchise by now. It’s rare that our heroes in these series come out on the good side without some last-minute miracle. Also, by Spock somehow realizing something is odd with T’Prell that foreshadowing is getting thicker by the moment. Easy off a bit, Chris Cooper.
What did I think overall: A good story that will lead in to that crossover event I keep bringing up. That alone makes this storyline worth reading because it’s important to the event.