The More Things Change.
Spock’s encounter with V’ger in Star Trek: The Motion Picture had a profound impact on the Vulcan and his interactions with those around him. We didn’t get to see this effect on screen, but Scott Pearson’s new eNovella The More Things Change gives us a glimpse of Spock’s life six months after TMP. With an ailing Audrid Dax in need of medical treatment from Trill doctors, Spock and Doctor Christine Chapel must transport the mysterious alien commissioner to a rendezvous with a Trill medical ship. The journey is not an easy one, however, and an alien attack puts the relationship between Spock and Chapel to the test, while at the same time forcing Christine to violate another culture’s rules and uncover a shocking truth about the Trill—they are a joined species.
In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones are joined by Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews to discuss The More Things Change, whether the eNovella format gives Pearson enough room to explore his concept, why Dax is in the story, and whether the real purpose is to explore Spock and Chapel or merely Chapel herself.
In our news segment we take a look at the Star Trek Pop-ups book and review the first issue of The Q Gambit, IDW’s crossover of Q and the Abramsverse.
Star Trek Pop-Ups (3:29)
The Q Gambit, Part 1 (7:49)
Sponsor: Audible (20:54)
Feature: The More Things Change
The eNovella Format (24:55)
Enough Space for the Story? (31:16)
Dax Tries to Fit In (34:16)
Developing Christine Chapel (45:59)
A Fragile Spock (57:58)
Final Thoughts (1:07:36)
Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones
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)
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