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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: The Galileo Seven (Part 2) "The Galileo Seven" Part 2
Star Trek #4
Writer: Mike Johnson
Based on the original teleplay by Oliver Crawford and Shimon Wincelberg
Layouts: Stephen Molnar
Pencils/Inks: Joe Phillips
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
December 2011


As the Galileo crew faces death on Taurus II, Commissioner Ferris urges Kirk to abandon the search.


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?  


On page 3 is the first reference to the Prime Directive seen in the stories of the Kelvin timeline Star Trek universe. 


This issue gives us a close look at the primitive natives of Taurus II. The ape-like beings seen here are less caveman-looking and more ape-like than the ones presented in the original episode. We also see here that they have double rows of teeth.
Ape-like primitives of Taurus II Double rows of teeth Ape-like primitive from original episode


On page 11, Kirk tells Commissioner Ferris that he's turning the Enterprise around and heading back to Makus III to find the AWOL Lt. Uhura. But he really means Taurus II; Makus III is the planet Ferris wants them to head towards, in order to deliver much-needed medical supplies.


It seems odd that, on page 14, Spock has placed Yeoman Rand at the copilot's seat of the shuttlecraft instead of himself, as he was when they began their mission. Does she have some particular qualifications as a shuttlecraft pilot?


When the shuttlecraft is found to be too heavy to leave Taurus II, Dr. McCoy volunteers to stay behind, claiming he's best able to keep himself alive for as long as he can. Is this just a reference to his medical skills that would allow him to treat himself if he were injured? It seems to me Spock would be best able to survive on his own due to his Vulcan strength and computer-like mind.


In this story, Lt. Gaetano survives the adventure. In the original episode, he is killed by the primitives. 


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