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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Second Chances "Second Chance"
Star Trek: Nero #1
IDW Publishing
Story: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Artist: David Messina
Cover by David Messina
August 2009


Badly damaged after George Kirk's sacrifice attack by the Kelvin, the Narada is no match for a Klingon boarding party.


Read the full story summary of this issue at Memory Alpha


Didja Know?


The Nero mini-series did not have individual titles for the four issues. I titled this one "Second Chance" from a line of dialog in the issue.


Didja Notice?


Notice that the image on page 1 almost perfectly matches the scene at 11:16 on the DVD of the Star Trek movie, as it should.
Scene from "Second Chance" Scene from Star Trek movie


On page 5, Nero intends to have Captain Robau's body thrown into the Narada's replicators so the elements of his body would not go to waste. However, after capturing the Narada, Klingon Captain Kor has the body taken back to Kronos with them, as it may still prove useful. Perhaps Robau's body became the basis for Klingon agents who were altered to appear human as seen in the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles"?


On page 6, Nero ruminates on Romulus and the Apnex Sea. The Apnex Sea is a body of water on Romulus mentioned in the ST-TNG episode "The Defector".


On page 13, Klingon Captain Kor appears, commanding the IKS Klothos. Kor appeared in the Star Trek original series episode "Errand of Mercy". According to the original series timeline, however, Kor should be only a Commander, not Captain, and not yet in command of the Klothos. Also, at this point in time, he should have a more human-looking form due to the augment virus that was released upon the Klingon Empire according to the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Divergence", not the "pure" Klingon form seen here.


Notice that on page 13, panel 3, half of Kor's mustache is missing!


On page 19, Nero is interrogated on the Klingon prison colony of Rura Penthe by a Klingon named Koth. Koth is seen as the commandant of Rura Penthe in the 1991 film Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country


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