What started as a simple Romulan entry in IDW’s Alien Spotlight series led to one of the most epic Star Trek comic storylines. With direct ties to one of the great onscreen mysteries—the sharing of ship designs by the Romulans and the Klingons—John Byrne’s yarn enriches the Star Trek universe, delivers engaging storytelling, and wraps it all in great art.
In this episode of Literary Treks, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones conclude their journey that began with Alien Spotlight: Romulans and continued with The Hollow Crown. Now, in Schism, we follow the endgame of the Klingon attempt to bypass the Oregonian Treaty by using the Romulans to fight a proxy war with the Federation… and get sexy along the way.
In our news segment we review the John Byrne New Visions comic that includes two stories: Robot and Cry Vengeance!
Review: John Byrne’s Cry Vengeance! (2:14)
Review: John Byrne’s Robot (17:21)
Feature: Romulans: Schism
Issue 1 (31:27)
Issue 2 (49:18)
Issue 3 (57:30)
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)
Ghost Ship. We discuss our first experiences with the book, the plot of the novel, the characters, our thoughts on the main conflict, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Hearts and Minds. We talk about the History's Shadow trilogy, a tattletale , alt-fact history, research, Captain Picard's future, ask some questions posed by listeners, and Dayton's upcoming projects.
Doctor's Orders. We talk about McCoy's command style, the three species, when the story is set, starship maneuvers, the fact that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and our final thoughts and ratings.
The Entropy Effect. We discuss our first experiences with the novel, Sulu's role in the story, Captain Hunter and her fighter squadron, links between this story and Star Trek Into Darkness, a convoluted time-twisting plot, and wrap up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Q-Squared. We discuss Trelane's status as a Q, the Picard-Beverly-Jack Crusher triangle, Riker and Deanna, Jack Crusher's uniqueness, alternate universes, funny moments, a cosmic temper tantrum, and wrap up with our ratings.
Enemy Unseen, Part 2. We discuss Embrace the Wolf, "Wolf in the Fold," Redjac, overcoming fear, and our ratings.
Dark Victory. We discuss the plot, Project Sign, the pacing, a lack of trust, the legend of the Preservers, Kirk trying to outrun death, and our ratings.
The Escape. We talk about first novels, the early depiction of Voyager and her crew, the plot, the society of Alcawell, inflexible bureaucracies, the characters, impractical shoes, and our ratings.
Control: David Mack. We talk about Control's origins, the surveillance state, a chapter written in computer code, the power behind Section 31, Data and Lal, Sarina Douglas, what's next for the Federation, future Trek novel hints, and upcoming convention appearances by David Mack.
Enemy Unseen: Perchance to Dream. We talk about Data's dreams, how the Damiano scandal mirrors our own society, Worf's security shortcomings, the crew's fears, Picard's multiple personalities, and our ratings.
By the Book. We discuss the RPG game, first contact with new aliens, early Enterprise, the two alien races, and Vulcan logic vs. Human impulsiveness.
The Long Mirage: David R. George III. We discuss the characters, Vic Fontaine, Quark's relationships, Ro's choices, Sisko's absence, tying the Vic Fontaine and Morn stories together, faith and belief, and the meaning of the title.
Countdown. We discuss all four issues, the character of Nero, a resurrected Data, Ambassador Picard, General Worf of the Klingon Empire, Spock and Nero's ultimate fate, and our ratings.
The Siege. We discuss DS9 season one, the characters, violence, a possible Babylon 5 connection, Bashir's actions, and the story's villain.
Headlong Flight: Dayton Ward. We discuss alternate versions of our heroes, T'Ryssa Chen, the Romulan angle, the temporal prime directive, homages and references, and what's coming next from Dayton.
Star Trek IDW Comics: Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson. We discuss their personal Star Trek stories, the Boldly Go series, Crossovers, Waypoint, new series coming up, and questions submitted by our listeners on the Babel Conference.
Spectre. We discuss the Shatnerverse, Kirk in the 24th century, responsibility, Kirk and Scotty, looking in the mirror, Janeway, a mirror imposter, the prime directive and our ratings.
The Mirror Universe Saga. We discuss the story, continuity errors, lower decks characters, mirror Spock, pity, deviations, wrapping up and our ratings.
The Roddenberry Vault: Micheal and Denise Okuda. We discuss 50 year of TOS, the beginning of the project, the holy grail, timeline, the thrill, the James Blish connection, what's in the set, new scenes and the gift.
The Face of the Unknown. We discuss the "puppet", global warming, fear-mongering speculation, Spock's future, the moment in time for the book and ratings.
Prime Directive. We discuss the book's impact, the Enterprise disgrace, the many storylines, McCoy in the middle, catastrophe, the prime directive and our ratings.
The Hall of Heroes: John Jackson Miller. We discuss the epic story, transformations, ramping up the tension, characters, themes, klingons, truthcrafters, the Federation/Klingon alliance and so much more.
Gold Key VOL.3, Part 2. We discuss the issues Day of the Inquisitors, The Cosmic Cavemen and The Highjacked Planet.
Best Destiny. We discuss it being on the short list, the 09 tie in, the Kirk story, fathers and sons, life's not fair, control of the soul, change and flexibility and our ratings.
New Frontier: Turnaround. We discuss the New Frontier timeline, the Kelvin Timeline feel, characterization, the story, if it works for New Frontier fans, any surprises and our ratings.
The Jackal’s Trick. We discuss how jam-packed it is, Cross, expanding Star Trek, the Discommendated, pulling the strings, because it feels good, things not seen before and our ratings.
Children of the Storm. We discuss figuring things out, character relationships, the way to Eden, a crush, the life, anger and mistrust, being Star Trek and ratings.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia: Michael and Denise Okuda. We discuss coming back after all these years, the process, the detail, the Kelvin timeline, animated series, the Roddenberry Vault and more!
Gold Key Vol.3, Part 1. We discuss The Dark Traveler, The Enterprise Mutiny, The Museum at the End of Time as well as make a special announcement.
Hell’s Heart. We discuss the story inspirations, adding to Kruge, Kirk’s pain, relevant themes, Klingon exceptionalism, an illusionist, media and our ratings.