“Though Hell Should Bar the Way” written by Greg Cox from Star Trek: Enterprise Logs


[Edit:  Originally published October 8, 2016]

Enterprise Logs is a short story collection, each story is from a different Captain, starting all the way back with the two very real Enterprise ships that existed during the Revolutionary War and World War Two. However, they story I’m looking at is the first Star Trek Captain of the Enterprise. Captain Robert April. 

Captain Robert April’s story deals with my absolute favorite part of Star Trek lore, Tarsus IV. The Enterprise, being the fastest ship in the fleet, is on route to deliver relief aid.

In a relatively unsurprising turn of events, the Klingons are trying to stop the Enterprise from reaching Tarsus IV, motivation is speculated but never explicitly given. A space battle ensues, with the Enterprise ultimately victorious, though the Klingons are merely disabled, not destroyed. The Enterprise then continues to Tarsus IV, only to arrive too late. Kodos has already wiped out half of the population. 

It’s very interesting to see a story about Tarsus IV that isn’t from Kirk’s perspective. All the Star Trek media I’ve consumed about Tarsus IV so far has been. Jim does get a mention in this story, as Captain April is friends with George Kirk, Jim’s father. But it’s only at the very end. 

Like any good Star Trek story there’s an emphasis on peace and hope. Captain April is not fond of Starfleet needing military capacity, but he also does understand necessity for it. Space is dangerous, and the Klingons give a prime example of that.

The whole collection is quite excellent, and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Related Reviews:  Star Trek Academy: Collision Course

Star Trek Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner


[Edit: Originally published September  7, 2016]

This book is prime Star Trek shenanigans. I don’t really know what I was expecting of a young Kirk as imagined by William Shatner. I tried not to have many expectations because I really wanted to like the book. Thankfully, I did not have to worry because the book was a joy from start to finish.

The book starts with 17-year-old Jim, Jim’s brother Sam, and Jim’s girlfriend Elissa stealing a Starfleet car. After this we meet 19-year-old Spock, who is pawning a forgery of an artifact to a woman in a strip club (and lying like a pro).

Jim and Spock’s first meeting, which happens at the aforementioned strip club happens because Jim needs to make a distraction so Elissa can escape (they’re being pursued). Jim decides the best way to do this is to trip someone passing by the table he’s seated at. This plan fails when the person he tries to trip is none other than Spock. He then throws his drink in Spock’s face and tries to punch him. The two of them are then arrested.

After many more shenanigans both boys are sentenced to serve either two years in a penal colony or two years in Starfleet, they both choose Starfleet, it’s a carefully played decision to get both boys into Starfleet to keep an eye on them because the reason Jim stole the car was to clear his girlfriend who’s being court martialed over stolen dilithium. The stolen dilithium turns out to be part of the same theft ring that Spock had been trying to uncover when he’d pawned the forged artifact.

Shit happens, and then Jim and Spock plus three midshipmen are piloting an Enterprise (which is still undergoing refits) and manage to stop the thief ring, which may or may not have connections to Kodos the Executioner.

Yeah, there’s another highly important point about the book. The story is interspersed with Jim’s flashbacks to his time on Tarsus IV. He blames Starfleet for not helping sooner and spends much of the early parts of the book trying to prove Starfleet wrong.

For as much as the book is shenanigan packed, there are solid reasons behind many of them. Even though many of the decisions Jim makes seem, as Spock would say, illogical, heavily traumatized teenagers tend more towards emotion than logic. It’s a very good story and I’m very glad William Shatner was the one to tell it. I do think I favor the backstory that Shatner has given Kirk (particularly with Tarsus) than I do some of the other Star Trek apocrypha books I’ve read. Of course, one is not more canon than another, but the ability to pick and choose between what you want to accept is nice. This is definitely a good book to read if you’re interested in reading about Kirk’s time on Tarsus IV.

You can find this book here.

Related Reviews: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, Star Fleet Technical Manual