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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: I.D.I.C. (Part 3) "I.D.I.C." Part 3
Star Trek: Boldly Go
Written by Mike Johnson
Art by Tana Ford
Colors by Mark Roberts
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover by Tony Shasteen
December 2017


Multiple alternate Kirks find themselves cast upon different worlds throughout the multiverse.


Read the story summary of this issue at Memory Beta


Characters appearing in this issue


Captain Kirk (botanical universe)

Kirk's mother (unnamed, botanical universe)

Lt. Uhura (botanical universe)

Lt. Chekov (botanical universe)

Mr. Spock (botanical universe)

Lt. Sulu (botanical universe)

Scotty (mentioned only, botanical universe)

Lt. Uhuro (gender-swapped universe)

Captain Spock (female, alternate universe)

Scotty (gaseous universe)

Empress Khan

Captain Kirk

Commander Simon Grayson (alternate universe)

Sulu-1701 (android universe)

Lt. Pavlovna "Pavela" Chekov (gender-swapped universe)

Uhura-1701 (android universe)

Lt. Uhura (Federation/Romulan war universe)

Mr. Spock (Federation/Romulan war universe)

Dr. McCoy

Captain Jane Kirk (gender-swapped universe)

Dr. McCoy (mentioned only, Federation/Romulation war universe)

Nero (Federation/Romulan war universe)

Gary Mitchell (voice only)

Q (mentioned only)

Commander Valas (Federation/Romulan war universe)




Didja Know?


The title of this 6-part story, "I.D.I.C.", stands for "Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations", a Vulcan philosophy first introduced to us in the original series episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" in 1968.


Didja Notice?


On page 3, Lt. Uhuro repeats Ms. Spock's statement from "I.D.I.C." Part 2 that their first encounter with a trans-universal anomaly occurred "months ago", but it should be about two years ago according to the relative stardates. However, it is possible to argue that the Enterprise from the gender-swapped universe is from an earlier point in time than that of the Kelvin Timeline.


The gaseous Scotty...erm, that sounds wrong, like Scotty has the queefs. Let's say...the Scotty from the universe of gas-based entities has a face that looks like "our" Scotty (played by actor Simon Pegg). But why would a gas-based entity have a face at all, especially one that looks human?


On page 4, the female Captain Spock tells the botanical Kirk that her James Kirk sacrificed his life to repair the Enterprise warp core and save the crew. This probably refers to her universe's version of events in Into Darkness, where Kirk gave up his life in a similar manner, but was brought back through an injection of Khan's augment blood by Dr. McCoy.


In this issue, the Sulu-1701 android is depicted with "hair", but when we first met him in "I.D.I.C." Part 2 he was bald. In the next issue, he is back to being bald! Likely this is due to the artistic license of each artist since each issue of this storyline has a different artist.


On page 7, Commander Grayson reveals that in his universe, he killed Khan by snapping his neck when the augment began an attack on the Federation. This may be a callback to Spock's attempt to knock Khan out with a Vulcan nerve pinch in Into Darkness (which failed), but the Grayson version of Spock simply broke Khan's neck instead.


The android Uhura refers to herself as NU-1701. The NU presumably stands for Nyota Uhura.


On page 10, the female Captain Spock deduces that she and her new friends have been transported to the planet Risa. Risa has appeared in a number of TV episodes and licensed stories of the ST universe. It is known as a tourist or pleasure planet.


    In the last panel of page 10, a Ferengi is seen on Risa (though it has been generally believed up to now that the Federation had not encountered the Ferengi until the 24th Century).

   A number of other alien visitors are seen in this panel, but I've not been able to identify them as having previously appeared in Star Trek

   Just to center-right in the panel, a statue that is probably a horga'hn can be seen. A horga'hn is a Risian fertility symbol first seen in the ST: TNG episode "Captain's Holiday".


On page 11, Uhuro is approached by two amorous females, an Andorian and what may be a Caitian. The Caitians are best known among ST fans as the species of Lt. M'Ress in ST: The Animated Series.


On page 16, Kirk uses a Vulcan nerve pinch to render Commander Grayson unconscious, explaining he learned it from a friend. It would seem that, in the Kelvin Timeline at least, Spock has successfully taught Kirk the technique!


On page 17, Kirk mistakenly thinks the entity speaking to him unseen is Q. Kirk met Q in "The Q Gambit" storyline.


The ship seen leading the Romulan attack fleet on the last page of the issue is the Narada of the Federation/Romulan war universe. In the Kelvin Timeline, Narada was destroyed, swallowed by a singularity near the end of "The Vengeance of Nero".


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