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"Planet of Rejects" was an eight-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1970. It was the fourth of 11 annual stories in the UK comic strips series, and was printed along with the comic strip "Captives in Space" and the short story "Gateway to the Future" in TV21 Annual 1971.


Omnibus teaser
In Astral Sector IV, the Enterprise finds a junkyard planet for obsolete spacecraft, where Kirk meets a group of exiled rebels from Thax, who attempt to commandeer the Enterprise.


Nyota Uhura picks up a spacecraft passing through Astral Sector IV. When it dives full speed into the atmosphere of a nearby planet, James T. Kirk dispatches the Galileo to look for survivors. He, Spock and Hikaru Sulu find large numbers of wrecked ships on the surface and realize it is a junkyard planet. They are approached by a crew of marooned Thaxians who gratefully accept Kirk's offer to take them back to their homeworld.

After giving the rescued crew their own quarters aboard the USS Enterprise, Kirk shows Captain Kandok the bridge. But when Kirk asks for the coordinates to Thax, Kandok pulls out a weapon — his crew are actually exiled rebels sentenced to death. He takes Uhura hostage, then locks Kirk and Spock in a storeroom. They pry open a ventilator grid, climb through to Kirk's quarters, and hail Thax to warn them about the pirates. Thax prefers to destroy the Enterprise with missiles rather than allow the rebels to return.

As the Enterprise approaches Thax, Kirk and Spock toss a pair of anesthesia gas grenades into the bridge's air ducts. They then storm the bridge, only to find that the Thaxians are immune to the gas. A phaser fight ensues. Eventually the Thaxians withdraw and abandon the starship in a shuttlecraft. Kirk activates the deflectors just in time to destroy two Thaxian nuclear missiles, but a third missile homes in on the shuttlecraft and blows it up. Kirk says he's had enough of this sector.



KandokJames T. KirkSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (class F shuttlecraft) • unnamed class F shuttlecraft • unnamed alien ship


Astral Sector IV (Junkyard planetThax)
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Races and cultures


Science and technology

communicatorforcefieldgas maskgrenadeknock-out gasnuclear missilephaserpistolradiorocketstafftranslator communicatorviewscreen

Ranks and titles

captaincrewcommunications officerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)lieutenantpiraterebelStarfleet ranks

Other references

atmospherebrainchemicalcommand centregalaxygasgovernmentheadachehostagelanguagemonthparking orbitplanetquarterssectorspaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)storeroom


Related media



UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs "Life Form Nonexistent" • "The Crucial Element" • "Beware the Beast" • "The Third Party" • "The Children of Stai" • "Skin Deep" • "The Eagles Have Landed" • "Spectre of the Zond" • "Nor Any Drop to Drink" • "Menace of the Moloth" • "The Klingon Ultimatum" • "The Marshall Plan" • "Mutiny on the Dorado" • "The Ageless One" • "Thorpex" • "Under the Sea" • "Revolt on Dak-Alpha" • "Where Giants Tread" • "I, Emperor" • "Slaves of the Frogmen" • "Key Witness" • "Nova-Thirteen" • "Prison Break" • "Vibrations in Time" • "The Aging World" • "By Order of the Empire" • "Creeping Death" • "Ground Zero" • "The Collector" • "To Swiftly Go..." • "The Mindless Ones" • "The Perithees Alliance" • "The Saboteur Within" • "The Void of Storms" • "Spheres of War" • "Shell Game" • "To Rule the Universe"
Annual stories "Target: Zargot" • "A Bite of the Apple" • "Captives in Space" • "Planet of Rejects" • "Gateway to the Future" • "The Zodian Sacrifice" • "Smoke and Mirrors" • "Planet of the Dead" • "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" • "The Gods Have Come!" • "Rock and a Hard Place"


Published Order
Previous comic:
Captives in Space
TOS comics (UK comic strips Annuals) Next comic:
Gateway to the Future
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Menace of the Moloth
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
I, Emperor
Previous comic:
Menace of the Moloth
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year One Next comic:
I, Emperor

Production history

First printed in TV21 Annual 1971 (City Magazines)
December 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
16 July 2020 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 121. (Eaglemoss Collections)

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