12 November 2010

"Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Gorn Crisis" by Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta & Igor Kordey

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Gorn Crisis
Written by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
Painted by Igor Kordey
Lettered by Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Albert Deschesne
Designed by Alex Sinclair
Edited by Jeff Mariotte
Date of Publication: 1 October 2002
Cover Price: $17.95
96 Pages

On the one hand, I've never really liked Kevin J. Anderson's writings.  I won't say he ruined the Star Wars Expanded Universe singlehandedly for me, but he certainly had a major hand in it.  Combine that bias with the premise--the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation meet the Gorn--which sounds like the stuff of fan fiction, and there's really not much to lure me here.

However, I came across a softcover copy at Half Price Books for $2.00 and decided to take a chance.  Igor Krodey's paintings are beautiful, and there is an interesting behind-the-scenes feature at the end in which he shares some of his ideas for creating the look of the Gorn, from their physiology to cultural elements.  It might seem entirely unnecessary, but clearly Kordey's art benefited from the depth of his attention to detail.  It's a gorgeous volume to peruse; his likenesses of Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are great, his battle scenes are epic and there is a great sense of scale and energy to every page.

Story-wise, The Gorn Crisis is fairly average stuff.  A militant segment of Gorn society has engineered a coup, hellbent on conquest, just as the Enterprise has arrived to see about recruiting the Gorn for the war against the Dominion (don't worry if you have no idea what that is; you just need to know that's why they're there).  Elsewhere, Commander Riker is working with a Klingon task force to shore up defenses in anticipation of a Dominion attack.  Naturally, the Klingon commander is disgraced and his crew restless.  Captain Picard's away team is taken hostage and Data has to save the day.

We've seen all these things before, and that's why The Gorn Crisis is disappointing.  This story exists for the express purpose of playing with Star Trek toys.  It doesn't actually have anything to say, though.  Science fiction in general, and Star Trek particularly, are at their best when they are used as allegories.  The only thought that seems to have gone into The Gorn Crisis is, "Wouldn't it be fun to see Klingons and Gorn fight?"  Thankfully there's Kordey's art to breathe some life into such an uninspired and vapid story.

View all my reviews

2 comments:

  1. I clicked on the name link for your blog at Ebert’s thread on solitude. Almost a year ago he did a post on me and my website. Once or twice a week I check out his threads.

    A depressing thread, but your site made me think you might want to experience more of art and interact with intelligent folk more. If interested, contact me and I can introduce you to some people with intelligence and drive in the arts. I have readers all over the world- from the UK to Canada to Japan to Tibet.
    If interested, contact me. cosmoetica@gmail.com

    DAN

    --
    The Dan Schneider Interviews: The Most Widely Read Interview Series in Internet History
    --
    Roger Ebert calls Dan Schneider, 'observant, smart, and makes every effort to be fair,' and states,
    'What is remarkable about these many words is that Schneider keeps an open mind,
    approaches each film afresh, and doesn't always repeat the same judgments.
    An ideal critic tries to start over again with every review.'
    --
    Member of the Internet Film Critic Society (IFCS)
    Criterion Collection and Classic DVD Examiner
    www.examiner.com/x-19688-Criterion-Collection-and-Classic-DVD-Examiner
    --
    www.Cosmoetica.com
    Cosmoetica: The Best In Poetica
    www.Cosmoetica.com/Cinemension.htm
    Cinemension: Film's Extra Dimension

    ReplyDelete
  2. I clicked on the name link for your blog at Ebert’s thread on solitude. Almost a year ago he did a post on me and my website. Once or twice a week I check out his threads.

    A depressing thread, but your site made me think you might want to experience more of art and interact with intelligent folk more. If interested, contact me and I can introduce you to some people with intelligence and drive in the arts. I have readers all over the world- from the UK to Canada to Japan to Tibet.
    If interested, contact me. cosmoetica@gmail.com

    DAN

    --
    The Dan Schneider Interviews: The Most Widely Read Interview Series in Internet History
    --
    Roger Ebert calls Dan Schneider, 'observant, smart, and makes every effort to be fair,' and states,
    'What is remarkable about these many words is that Schneider keeps an open mind,
    approaches each film afresh, and doesn't always repeat the same judgments.
    An ideal critic tries to start over again with every review.'
    --
    Member of the Internet Film Critic Society (IFCS)
    Criterion Collection and Classic DVD Examiner
    www.examiner.com/x-19688-Criterion-Collection-and-Classic-DVD-Examiner
    --
    www.Cosmoetica.com
    Cosmoetica: The Best In Poetica
    www.Cosmoetica.com/Cinemension.htm
    Cinemension: Film's Extra Dimension

    ReplyDelete