This issue does not have an actual title. The title I've
"The Redshirt's Tale", was seen in solicitations
for the issue by publisher IDW.
Pages 12-21 feature elements from the original series
episode "The Apple". In that story, Hendorff is killed
almost immediately by the plant spines. In our current
story, he survives thanks to a transfusion of Spock's immune
Hendorff remarks on his parents' fat Labrador. A Labrador is
a breed of dog.
The reverse side of Hendorff's holoscreen as he recites his
letter to his parents reveals that the current stardate is
2259.23. The holoscreen also reveals that Hendorff's first
and middle initials are G.P.
Page 3, panel 1, presents a scene from the Star Trek movie
(see study "Parallels") when
Kirk got into a barroom fight with Hendorff (otherwise known
as "Cupcake"). Panel 5 is also a scene from the movie, set a
few years later (see study
"The Vengeance of Nero").
Page 4, panel 5 is a scene of Kirk's promotion to captain
and official assignment as commander of the Enterprise
from the end of
"The Vengeance of Nero".
Page 5, panels 2 and 4 and page 7, panel 1 also depict
"The Vengeance of Nero".
On page 7, Hendorff remarks that he's not even sure Chekov
is old enough to drink Romulan ale yet. This would imply
that Romulan ale is legal in the Federation at this point of
the altered timeline. In the original Star Trek
timeline, the beverage is illegal, at least from 2283
Page 8 reveals that Sulu used to play ball for the
Phoenixes. Exactly which sport and who the Phoenixes
represent is unrevealed. Possibly the team represents
Starfleet Academy and is named after Earth's first warp
drive ship, Phoenix (as depicted in the ST-TNG
movie First Contact.
This issue implies that Uhura has a close friendship with
Page 9 implies that the crew of the Enterprise does
not, in general, know of Spock's romantic relationship with
On page 9, Hendorff mentions having contracted Levodian flu
some time back. Levodian flu seems to
be a common disease in the Federation, similar to the
traditional Earth flu. The Levodian flu was an element of
the ST-Voyager episode "Tattoo" and the
ST-Enterprise episode "Affliction".
On page 10, Hendorff presents Scotty with a bottle of Islay
malt from the bazaars of Elithia Domus. Islay malt is a type
of Scotch whisky made on the Scottish island of Islay. This
appears to be the first mention of
Elithia Domus, presumably a planet in the Federation.
On page 11, Hendorff remarks to his parents in his letter
that Mrs. Brannon told them it's bad luck to be a redshirt.
This is a reference to the common joke among Star Trek
fans that the redshirts in any given episode of the
original series are the ones most likely to die in that
episode. The reference to Mrs. Brannon may be an in-joke to
Brannon Braga, a producer/writer on ST-TNG,
ST-Voyager, and ST-Enterprise.
Also on page 11, Hendorff mentions a Starfleet ship called
the Feynman. This may be a reference to the USS Richard
Feynman from the original series ST novel The
Better Man. Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was a real
world theoretical physicist who was known for his theories
on quantum computing and nanotechnology.
According to the original series episode "The Apple", on
which pages 12-21 of this story are loosely based, the
planet Hendorff and the rest beam down to is Gamma Trianguli
VI. The blond woman who beams down with the party is
presumably Yeoman Martha Landon, as named in the episode.
Chekov was part of the landing party in the original
episode; here, he is replaced by an unnamed, dark-haired
On page 13, Hendorff uses a tricorder similar to the one
used by Spock in
"Return of the
Archons" Part 1. Apparently, this is now the official
tricorder design, despite the more traditional-looking one
"Operation Annihilate" Part 1.
Here, the natives of Gamma Trianguli VI are depicted with
pointed ears and without corneas or pupils in their eyes. In
the original series episode "The Apple", their look was more
|Possibly, the native woman who is seen caring for Hendorff
here is meant to be Sayana from the original episode "The
Apple", judging by the similar facial markings depicted.
(Though note that the original
Sayana's eyebrows are white, not
dark as seen here.)
On page 16, Dr. McCoy refers to Spock as a hobgoblin. In
"The Vengeance of Nero",
he referred to Spock as a "green-blooded hobgoblin".
On page 20, Hendorff remarks on aspects of the mission on
Gamma Trianguli VI, while he was
recuperating, that he read in the report, including
lightning strikes, exploding rocks, and hostile natives.
These are all aspects from "The Apple".
On page 21, an Enterprise crewmember (possibly
Yeoman Rand), remarks on the death of classmate Yeoman Chen
on the Shepherd, killed in a shuttle crash on
Calder II. This is the first reference to Chen and the
Shepherd. Calder II is the planet that was seen in the
ST-TNG episode "Gambit" Part 1.
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