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Episode 4: Part 16

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Episode 4: Queen Natashia
Original Characters and Concept: Travers, Kenyon, & Rioux Jordan; Alex & Natasha Gorely; Sam Barnett
Original Story (Queen Natashia): Alex Gorely, Kenyon & Travers Jordan
Adapted to Comic Form by: Travers, Rioux, & Kenyon Jordan
Photos: Travers & Rioux Jordan
Background Photos: Search Engine Image Sources & personal photos
Art/SFX/Photo Editing: Travers Jordan
Editing: Kenyon Jordan, Therese Jordan
Social Media Coordinator: Danielle Jordan

The "crystalline death monster" is, in fact, the Crystalline Entity from a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In its first appearane, it ate all the inhabitants of a solar system, and then Lore (Data's evil brother) contacted it to come and eat the Enterprise crew, but he was then foiled.

It ate another planet's lifeforms a number of episodes later, at which point they narrowly survived and then decided they should go and negotiate with it. Somehow. You can find debates on the subject across the Internet, and if anyone wants to resume said debates here, it could be interesting. Hint hint ;)

Comments from the Tagboard:

02/11/23 07:39 PM
Swiftbow: Yes, those were my favorite episodes, too, lol. And @Casanova: I like to include aliens as much as possible in the crews because we're not as beholden to a makeup budget as a tv show. But maybe! We have several planned plots, but also some stuff just comes up organically as the story develops.
02/08/23 03:14 AM
Freezer: The second Crstaline Entity episode infuriated me. They treated the scientist that destroyed it like she committed murder becaue they were just starting to communicate with the giant creature that's destroyed multiple planets and killed hundreds, if not thousands of Federation citizens. But the "I'm so dissapointed in you" tone with wich they delived the denoument was the icing on the cake. There's a reason episodes like "Q, Who" where someone tells Picard and co. to shove their Starfleet condescention are my faves.
02/07/23 02:30 AM
BrickVoid: That Crystalline Entity sounds a lot like Unicron from the Transformers animated series! I don't think they want to negotiate with that thing, they want to lure it into the range of a black hole, the same as they did in the Solo movie for the alien that tried to capture their ship. Some alien entities are too dangerous to be allowed to live! :D
02/06/23 08:02 PM
Casanova: Will we see more of Korok's people in the comic?

Panel 1:
Commander Dale Zurkett: So, Bob... you gonna be hanging around a bit during this Spoogian negotiation?
    You know, in case I screw it up?

Panel 2:
Captain Bob Jenkins: Sorry, man... you're on your own for this one.
    The Enterprise ran across some giant planet-eating crystalline death monster.
    But then they let it run off because it might be an endangered species or something.
    Anyway, we're on assignment to find it before it eats another inhabited solar system.
Dale: Damn... sure you don't want to trade assignments?
Bob: You wouldn't want it. The Admiralty ordered us to attempt diplomacy at all costs.

Panel 3:
Dale: Well, the key word there is "attempt."

Panel 4:
Bob: Careful with the creative interpretation of orders, Dale.
    That's how they got you the last time.

Panel 6:
Dale: You don't have to remind me.
    Good luck with the planet eater.
Bob: You too. With the Romulans, I mean.

Panel 7:
Lieutenant Zack LeRoux: So no crystalline death monsters for us!
Dale: No, just impossibly intransigent Romulans.

Panel 8:
Potemkin Helmsman: Course set, Captain.
Bob: Excellent. Engage Warp 5.

Panel 9:
Commander Korok: A most unusual fellow, this friend of yours.
Bob: Yeah... and I'm glad we don't have his assignment.
Korok: Indeed.
Bob: ...
    Hey, Rona?
Doctor Rona: Yessir?
Bob: No rush, but when you get a moment... would you check the Fleet personnel files on Zack LeRoux?
Rona: Of course. Do you suspect something is wrong?
Bob: No, no... It's just... maybe they're long-lost twins or something.

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