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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: The Q Gambit (Part 4) "The Q Gambit" Part 4
Star Trek #38
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Cover by: Tony Shasteen
October 2014


On Earth, the Defiant comes to the rescue; on Bajor, the resistance suffers a betrayal.


Read the story summary at Memory Beta


Didja Notice?


The inside front cover of this issue features birth date information for Kira, Miles, and Keiko. The information matches what we know from ST: DS9.


The ancient Bajoran stone tablet that Kira believes can help the resistance against the Dominion is the Reckoning Tablet, which appeared in the ST: DS9 episode, "The Reckoning". Just as Kira describes here, it held two spirits, an evil Pah-wraith and a good Prophet.


In the current future timeline, Kira reveals that the Dominion has allied with the Pah-wraiths to conquer much of the Alpha Quadrant. In the original timeline, the Dominion had much more difficulty making inroads into the Alpha Quadrant, though it's attempts did bring the major factions of the quadrant into a debilitating war against it.


On page 4, one of the Changelings refers to Odo as a betrayer of the Founders. The Founders are a group of Changelings who founded the Dominion with the goal of enforcing control over all "solid" life forms after they encountered fear and persecution from solids. This backstory of the Dominion was established in episodes of ST: DS9.


The smaller craft which arrives from the Defiant to rescue Sisko, Kirk, and the others is a type I don't recognize offhand from past Star Trek adventures. It looks similar to a runabout, but with a different engine design.


On page 14, an Andorian is seen serving on the bridge of the Defiant.


On page 15, Miles realizes that something is interfering with the dilithium mix in the Defiant's engines. The Federation's warp engines have typically been depicted as using dilithium crystals to control the matter/antimatter reactions in a ship's warp core.


On page 21, panel 1, Kira's earring is mistakenly colored the same as her skin, making it look like her earlobe is swollen!


At the end of this issue, Gul Dukat smashes the Reckoning Tablet, releasing the pah-wraith within, which is seen to possess him in "The Q Gambit" Part 5. In the DS9 episode "The Reckoning", the tablet was broken by Sisko but the pah-wraith possessed Dukat there also.


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