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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

"Countdown" Part 4
Star Trek: Countdown #4
IDW Publishing
Story: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Artist: David Messina
Cover by David Messina
April 2009


While General Worf's Klingon fleet attempts to stop the Narada from its course of revenge, Spock races to the Hobus star to destroy the supernova.


Read the full story summary of this issue at Memory Alpha


Didja Notice?


This issue opens on stardate 64467.14.


Having boarded the Narada in the battle against Nero, Worf is run through by a prehensile spike in the half-Borg ship. A flicker of life remaining in the Klingon general, Nero allows him to be beamed to the Enterprise-E. His fate after is left unknown in this mini-series, but he is seen again in chronologically-later stories of the expanded ST universe.


Having successfully implanted the red matter into the Hobus star, causing it to implode into a singularity, Spock's ship, the Jellyfish, is sucked into the singularity as well, following the Narada into it. Just before he's pulled in, Spock attempts to send a message relating the success and adding, "To my friends who might hear this message, do not grieve. It is only logical. The needs of the many outw--" Obviously he was about to state "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few. Or the one." These are the words of Spock, quoting the Vulcan philosopher Surak, from the 1982 film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.


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