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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive Paperback – August 25, 2015
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Picking up the story shortly after the events of the first Planet of the Apes movie, Kirk and his crew follow some hostile Klingons through a dimensional portal. The Klingons are looking to disrupt the Klingon social and political structure by arming one group to rise up against another. Clearly the Klingons do not follow the prime directive. Kirk and the Enterprise crew do, of course. And, at the risk of spoiling it for you, I'll tell you the Klingons are driven away, order is restored on future Earth, and the prime directive is followed as best they can.
The Primate Directive is nostalgic and fresh at the same time. Charlton Heston and William Shatner together--good times! I don't think they ever worked together in real life. I bet they would have had good chemistry, if they didn't kill each other. The Primate Directive is pretty much like an episode of Star Trek. The graphic novel format allows the story and science to develop a bit more than a TV episode would. This would be fun to see on the screen, but I think J.J. Abrams is busy right now with another project. . . .
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
When the crew of the Enterprise discovers the Klingons are up to something, they decide to investigate. When their pursuit puts them into a slingshot maneuver, they find themselves in an alternate universe. In this universe, there was also a nuclear war, but there is no Federation and the planet is run by gorillas. The Klingons are looking to leverage these fiercesome warriors for their own means and it's up to Captain Kirk and company to stop them. Along the way, they run into Colonel George Taylor who wants to use the crew of the Enterprise to overthrow the apes. The Enterprise must decide if the prime directive applies to alternate planets.
This book works so darn well because of the great art by Rachael Stott. It's really that good. Aside from that, the story isn't bad either. I've read a lot of crossovers that were a lot worse. This one seems to make sense in the rules of the Star Trek universe as a plausible idea instead of a weirdly mashed together concept. As a fan of the original versions of both of these properties, I was pleasantly surprised.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
The two worlds collide when the Enterprise crew follows a Klingon ship into an alternate dimension. With their hands tied in their own dimension because of a treaty, the Klingons have moved into the dimension where Earth becomes overruled by primates and sets plans in motion to conquer that alternate dimension.
There is all kinds of fan service. Spock and Cornelius waxing philosophical, Kirk and Taylor fighting, and it's all gorgeously drawn by Rachel Slott. Every character looks like their TV show or film counterpart.
The coolest thing the Tiptons do with this crossover is explore the implications of the Prime Directive. How hard would it be to be the Enterprise crew and not help Taylor and the other humans take back earth? I also liked the characterization of Taylor and the problems that he causes the crew. It just makes sense, and that's one of the things I liked most about this book.
This is a definite must-read for any fans of the respective series, but also one that should be taken a look at by any fans of 60s sci-fi. This is a mashup that you probably never would have thought would happen. Bonus: It's actually pretty good.
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