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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: The Galileo Seven (Part 1) "The Galileo Seven" Part 1
Star Trek #3
Writer: Mike Johnson
Based on the original teleplay by Oliver Crawford and Shimon Wincelberg
Artist: Stephen Molnar and Joe Phillips
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
November 2011


Spock's command skills are tested when his shuttlecraft crew crash lands on a planet inhabited by brutish primitives.


Read the full story summary of this issue at Memory Beta


Didja Know?


This two-part story is based on the televised episode of the same name from the original Star Trek TV series.


Co-writer Shimon Wincelberg was credited under his pen name of S. Bar-David in the original teleplay.


Didja Notice?  


    This story opens on stardate 2821.5. This matches the stardate given in the original episode. However, according to the stardate system used in the Kelvin timeline, the stardate should match the year in which it occurs, 2258. Since the previous story "Where No Man Has Gone Before" began on 2258.56, this one would have to be some time after that, perhaps 2258.6.
   Then, on page 20, Kirk's log states that the stardate is 2328.3. Obviously this is a misprint, since that would be earlier than when the story opened! Most likely it's meant to read 2823.3 (though, again, it should be 2258-point-something).


Captain Kirk's opening log entry is almost identical to the one in the original episode.


The quasar-like phenomenon seen here called Murasaki 312 also appeared in the ST-TNG episodes "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "Data's Day".


The New Paris colony mentioned here also appears in the ST novel Articles of the Federation and is mentioned in the novelization of the 2-part ST-DS9 episode "The Search".


Commissioner Ferris' outfit is similar in design to that seen in the episode, but is white and black instead of all blue.


The Galileo shuttlecraft is presumably named after the scientist Galileo Galilei. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) is often considered the father of the Scientific Revolution and contributed to astronomy, physics, mathematics and philosophy.


In this story, Yeoman Janice Rand, who appeared in several episodes of the original series, is one of the crewmembers of the Galileo shuttlecraft. In the original episode, it is Yeoman Mears instead. The original teleplay was written to feature Yeoman Rand, but actress Grace Lee Whitney was no longer involved in the series when the episode was shot.


In this story, Lieutenants Boma and Gaetano are depicted in red uniform shirts. In the original episode, they wore blue and gold, respectively.


On page 8, Spock remarks that the Enterprise's search for them without scanners will be like the proverbial "needle in a haystack". In the original episode, this aphorism is instead spoken by Kirk in regards to the search in his captain's log.


For some reason, most of the dialog for, and references to, Sulu in the original episode are applied to Chekov instead here. Possibly this was done to give Chekov some "screen time" since his character did not appear during the first season of the TV series.


On page 10, Commissioner Ferris remarks that, despite his brief tenure, Captain Kirk has already developed a reputation for neglecting protocol. This may refer to his time at Starfleet Academy as told in the various Starfleet Academy novels and his stowing away on the Enterprise in "The Vengeance of Nero".


It appears to be Dr. McCoy who is holding the spear pulled out of Latimer's body on page 14, yet he is depicted in a red shirt. It should be blue as depicted in the previous and following pages (except on pages 19 and 22, where his shirt is again colored red!).


On pages 14-15, Spock remarks on the similarity of the chipped stone spearheads of the natives of Taurus II as being similar to the Folsom points of an ancient stone age culture of North America on Earth. This is a reference to the Folsom cultures of North America (named for the town of Folsom, New Mexico, where the first such spearhead was found) which existed 10-12 thousand years ago.


On page 16, Yeoman Rand refers to Lt. Latimer as Joseph. In the 1998 Star Trek video game Starship Creator, based on the original timeline of course, Lt. Latimer has the first name Reese instead. Latimer may have been given a different first name by his parents in the new timeline, or maybe "Joseph" is his middle name and he goes by that.


On page 17, Lt. Boma suggests to Spock that they follow the will of the majority in deciding whether to attack the primitives that are surrounding the downed shuttle. In the original episode, it is Lt. Gaetano who makes the suggestion.


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