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"The Klingon Ultimatum" was a 12-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1970. It was the 11th story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in six parts within issues of TV21 & Joe 90. This was the last of 11 stories illustrated by Harry Lindfield. In this story, the Klingon Empire aimed a metaweapon at Earth.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary, 24 January 1970
Despite an uneasy peace treaty that had lasted for several years, the warlike powers of the Klingon Empire had secretly longed for the means of smashing their sworn enemies in the space Federation. Now, at last, their ruthless leaders were ready for an act of supreme treachery…

SummaryEdit

A Klingon strike raider makes a surprise attack on the USS Enterprise. Stunned by their audacity, James T. Kirk pursues the raider to the uninhabited planet Seggor, then accompanies a team in an armed shuttlecraft to the surface, but they are unable to locate the raider. A hidden Klingon guard kidnaps crewman Hoskins, dragging him underground to a secret base. There, he becomes a living test subject for the granulator, an experimental weapon. Hoskins is returned to the team via a lift shaft. When Kirk reaches to touch him, Hoskins collapses into a pile of dust.

To lessen risks, Kirk beams up all but Hikaru Sulu and himself. Suddenly they are captured by Klingons and taken into the base. The professor in charge uses the granulator to return Hoskins to normal. He then turns their shuttle to dust, through its force field. The granulator has limitless range and can disintegrate anything. He then gives Kirk an ultimatum: procure the surrender of the Federation, or he will fire their weapon of mass destruction at Earth. Completely demoralized, Kirk and his crew beam up.

Kirk updates his senior officers, but Montgomery Scott won't accept their fate. He tells Leonard McCoy that perhaps Kirk has been hypnotized or duped. Before McCoy can stop him, Scott transports to the surface. Kirk is forced to leave Scott behind and leave orbit. Meanwhile, Scott adjusts his communicator to act as a sonar scanner and locates an access point into the base. He sneaks in, knocks out a guard, and jams the firing mechanism before he is discovered. He then scrambles to the surface and calls for emergency beam-out. Klingons target the Enterprise, but the weapon backfires, destroying itself, the base and a dozen square miles of the surface. Kirk says he would have court martialed Scott for mutiny had he not just saved the Federation.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

HoskinsJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMengMontgomery ScottSondarSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s)unnamed Klingons (captain, commander, guard, professor)

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • class F shuttlecraftKlingon strike raider

LocationsEdit

Seggor
Referenced only 
Earth (Highlands) • Jupiter

Races and culturesEdit

HumanKlingonVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationKlingon Empire

Science and technologyEdit

bombardercommunicatordisintegratorengineforce fieldgranulatorgunhydraulic liftlift shaftmetaweaponphaserphaser rifleriflescannersonartransporterviewscreen

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineercommandercrewFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)guardlieutenantofficerprofessorskipperStarfleet ranksweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

beamcourt martialdevilhypnotismmilemetalmountainmutinypeace treatypirateplanetstandby stationssecondstarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipuniversevideowaryear

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
Menace of the Moloth
TOS comics
(UK comic strips)
Next comic:
The Marshall Plan

Production historyEdit

  • This story was serialized over six issues of TV21 & Joe 90 magazine in two-page sections.
January 1970
February 1970
  • 7 February, pages 5-6 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #20
  • 14 February, pages 7-8 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #21
  • 21 February, pages 9-10 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #22
  • 28 February, pages 11-12 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #23 (in black and white)

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • The story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("The Klingon Ultimatum") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1.
  • The teaser for the fourth segment, "Mutiny on the Enterprise!", would later become the title of a Pocket Books novel in 1983.
  • This story contained the final Star Trek comic strips drawn by Harry Lindfield.
  • Beginning with the edition published February 28, 1970, the various serialized comics in TV21 & Joe 90 were reordered, with the center spread now devoted to color photos of local English soccer teams. The only other color position, pages 4-5, was taken by the Gerry Haylock-drawn Land of the Giants comic strip, leaving the pages of Star Trek to be printed in black and white.
  • Black and white production affected the final segment of this story as well as each segment of the next story, "The Marshall Plan". Artist Jim Baikie drew the b/w strips.
  • The Klingons had an unusual appearance in this story, looking like a hybrid of QuchHa' and HemQuch Klingons, and might belong to an unnamed splinter species. This variety of Klingon would be seen again in "Mutiny on the Dorado".
  • Feeling completely defeated and hopeless, Kirk envisioned no defense for the Klingon metaweapon. However, given the extreme danger to the Federation, Kirk could have issued General Order 24, moved the Enterprise out of the weapon's line of sight, and then launched tricobalt devices to annihilate the planet along with the weapon.
  • Scott creatively turned his communicator into a sonar scanner to measure density below the surface.

Related storiesEdit

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ConnectionsEdit

UK comic strips
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Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

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