Assimilation²: Volume 2.
Doctor Who and Star Trek both continue to delight fans and create new converts even though they have both been around for 50 years and as each new generation finds them, the inevitable question becomes, “What would happen if the two shows crossed over?”. Luckily there are comics to answer that question!
In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther talk about the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic Assimilation²: Volume 2. We discuss Dan’s progression through Doctor Who, a shift in the comic series, fun things, negotiating with the Borg, the ending and some things we liked and didn’t.
In the news segment we mention a few interesting celebrations.
Feature: Assimilation²: Volume 2
Where Dan is in Doctor Who (00:05:23)
Shift in the Series (00:09:45)
Fun Things (00:24:54)
Negotiating With the Borg (00:31:50)
The Ending (00:34:46)
Liked or Didn’t (00:36:32)
Final Thoughts (00:39:35)
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)
Purgatory’s Key: Dayton Ward. We discuss celebrating the 50th, keeping the TOS feel, monolithic cultures, new dimensions, characters and all that Dayton is working on now.
To Brave the Storm. John Jackson Miller in News. We discuss if the book covers enough, the pacing, Mayweather returning, T’Pau’s change of heart, Romulans, Trip and T’Pol, what might have been and ratings.
Star Trek Archives Vol 1: The Best of Peter David. We discuss the issues Retrospect, A Rude Awakening, Great Expectations, Tomorrow Never Knows and Once a Hero, then give our ratings.
Unworthy. We discuss Kirsten’s writing of Voyager, the books mysteries, playing god, Tom and Harry, how well we know our friends, identity and ratings.
Best Defense: David Mack. We discuss writing TOS, the transfer key, the story, characters, new dimensions and aliens, plus what’s coming up next for David.
Star Trek Archives 4: Best of Deep Space Nine. We discuss it being so much fun, Stowaway part I and II, Old Wounds, Emancipation part I and II, Hostage Situation and our ratings.
Full Circle. We discuss connecting the dots, character growth, dealing with the major plot points, new characters, lingering storylines and our ratings.
Rules of Accusation: Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. We have a surprise interview with Paula Block and Terry Erdmann from the Shore Leave convention and then we discuss this latest foray into the Ferengi world.
Captain to Captain. We discuss a brand new series, previously on the Space Ship Enterprise, legacies, slugs, parallels, the transfer key and connections, The Prime Directive, legacy of the Enterprise, ratings and final thoughts.
The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing. We discuss the expansive scope, Columbia’s disappearance, character work, media in wartime, war - what is it good for?, losing the Nfs, ratings and final thoughts.
Star Trek Classics: Beginnings. We discuss our long tradition, Where No One Has Gone Before, The Spirit in the Sky, mixing up issues, the Q Trilogy, Here Today, ratings and our final thoughts.
Force and Motion: Jeffrey Lang. We discuss being back in DS9, a unique story, losing a bro, Benjamin Maxwell, the psychology of Star Trek, an eccentric station, flashbacks and what’s next for Jeff.
Star Trek: Avenger. We discuss coming back to the book, the Federation’ existential and ecological crisis, a group with questionable policies, Kirk as Sarek’s “Son”, Kirk avenging, the return…again, ratings and final thoughts.
The Last Will Be First: Tristan Riddell. Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther are joined by Bruce Gibson and Strange New Worlds contestant Tristan Riddell to talk about his DS9 story The Last Will Be First. Then as a special treat and for the first time ever, we present the audiobook version of his story to the world.
Elusive Salvation: Dayton Ward. We discuss the title, continuing in history’s shadow, new aliens, where to go, the timey-whimy, Roberta Lincoln, cheekiness, SPOILERS, the importance of hope, a pop question, what’s next for Dayton and where to find him online.
Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1. We discuss our familiarity with the Legion of Superheroes, bridging the universes, immortal issues, trapped in a purple orb, characterization, art and our ratings.
Kobayashi Maru. We discuss Archer coming into his own, wrong things for the wrong reasons, a shadowy man, a shadowy problem, overly long and not a lot of plot points, the Kobayashi Maru, historical connections and our ratings.
Burden of Knowledge. We discuss the artwork, Uncertain Perceptions, A Failure to Communicate, A Matter of Perspective, The Burden of Knowledge and our ratings.
Live By the Code. We discuss the interesting series, the greater good, Trip’s soul and Section 31, Klingon connections, interference, fanatical racism, a full plate, the problem of dependency and our ratings.
Star Trek: Mirror Images. We discuss the fun, characterizations, a focused story, something’s missing, more points, how it wraps up, an interesting interlude and our ratings.
The Return. We discuss bringing back Kirk, maniacal Borg, V’ger and the Borg, an empty grave, Kirk worship and our ratings.
The Latter Fire: James Swallow. We discuss the genesis of the story, world-building, fear, prejudice and preconceptions, a romantic foil, stretching the Prime Directive, a cosmozoan, active crew, what’s next for James and where to find him.
Gold Key: Vol. 2: Part 2. We discuss Spectre of the Sun, The Brain Shockers, The Flight of the Buccaneer and give our rankings.
Miasma. We talk about it feeling like an episode, the setting, growth for the characters, Spock and Saavik, logic vs. compassion and our ratings.
The Ashes of Eden. We discuss opinions on the Shatnerverse, getting older, when fantasies become reality, interesting villains, The Heart of Darkness and Insurrection, the crew reunited and our ratings.
A Pocket Full of Lies: Kirsten Beyer. We discuss planning this story, wrapping up with a bow, using episodes, home, despair, Tuvok, the Obi-Wan thing, forgiveness, the Denzil’s end, a new Janeway, juggling, reader interaction and coming up next.
The Good That Men Do. We discuss Enterprise's last episode, the audacity to rewrite canon, the set up, Trip's back, lack of vision, prequels are interesting, a tight story, head canon, Trip and T’Pol, Romulan War foundation and our ratings.
Ascendance: David R. George III.We discuss weaving the tapestry, research, what to tell and what not to tell, prophesies, character arcs, Sisko, faith and belief, working things in, what’s next and where to find David online.
Gold Key Comics Vol. 2, Part 1. We discuss the evolution of the comics, Voodoo Planet, The Youth Trap, The Legacy of Lazarus and our final thoughts.
Child of Two Worlds. We discuss exploring Spock, another child of two worlds, The Cage era, media, mobs and violence and our ratings.