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 4: The New Mission
Last time we wrapped up the main story, though not satisfactory in my opinion. Now we’re going to tie up the loose ends with two short chapters and an epilogue, though frankly all of part 4 is kind of an epilogue really. How will the status quo be restored or is this how we end the five-year mission? Well, I’m out of things to say intro-wise so let’s get into the review.
Well, this is happy ending en masse, isn’t it? The “Enterprise Five” reinstated, most of the Talin survive, although many are in a cocoon based emergency hibernation, the One is still going to get fed (the further explanation for the drones actions as instinct continue to be bullcrap) and Kirk is in command again. Gauvreau is part of the relief effort, the Orion slave women are going somewhere they can be rehabilitated, Krulmadden is in the brig (and trying to buy the ship he’s imprisoned on), and Styles is now in charge of bringing the impounded Queen Mary to the nearest Starbase. Of course he continues his butt monkey status with Sulu and Chekov messing with the gravity (thus also torturing the rest of the impound team along with him but we have to laugh at the butt monkey so who care…laugh at him, laugh damn you LAUGH!) so that’s unnecessarily cruel. Look, I don’t care that he’s a jerk. He’s a jerk because the writers continue to make him that way and bring him out just to torture someone whose whole official villany was a few minutes in the third movie, at least worth remembering. Between this and “I like to read Earth books in the original language of my planet” there are running gags in this franchise that just need to die!
From the happy scene of cheering crowds that everything is right again on the Enterprise, our heroes beam down to the surface and the devastation caused by the rest of the story. A few Talin come out of their cocoons to great their new savior and I get Zack Snyder’s not-Superman vibes from the way the locals react to the humans. One child understands the word “starship” and I guess after being called the planet’s destroyer throughout the book that it comes full circle to see them embrace him as their savior but…I don’t know. Maybe seeing scenes like this done so poorly in the past has soured me on this sort of thing.
There’s a nice “official” epilogue in which a young Kirk is first introduced to the dream of going to the stars, and if this were Kirk’s story alone it might have worked better. That’s all I have to say about that.
And so we come to the end of this book. I’ll go more into it this Sunday over at The Clutter Reports when I do the final book report but this is a story with a few ups and downs for me. For a book called Prime Directive I thought the story would actually be about the Prime Directive and wasn’t, despite a few characters being perfect for that debate. The threat I have mixed feelings on (that’s going to be tough to go over in the book report to avoid spoilers but I went over it last week). Overall it was an enjoyable book, just not what I was expecting it to be.
Next time I introduce the new book. It will be another licensed novel, which I was hoping to get out of after this trio of licensed novels but it’s almost the perfect time to go over it, only a few issues late from the comic reviews. You’ll see what I mean.