"The Mindless Ones" was a ten-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 31st weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in five installments in Valiant and TV21 in 1972. In this story, the USS Enterprise encountered a small sentient probe.
- 1 Publisher's description
- 2 Summary
- 3 References
- 4 Appendices
- 5 Timeline
- Teaser, August 12, 1972
- For centuries, the process of eliminating people had been unknown on the planet Janvar. There had been perfect peace… until an attempt by six criminals to overthrow the regime! Caught, their punishment had been the removal of their minds... their personalities... which had been sent out on an endless voyage through space, contained in a metal cylinder...
Nyota Uhura picked up an SOS distress signal from the Janvar Five space probe, a device launched from Janvar centuries earlier, apparently to seek out intelligent life. James T. Kirk brought it aboard the USS Enterprise and Spock determined the probe's point of origin. The starship arrived in orbit of Janvar and Uhura established contact with President Kort. Kort spotted the probe on the bridge of the Enterprise and panicked. He immediately fired missiles at the Enterprise, intent on destroying the probe at all costs.
Force fields nullified the missiles. Still in a panic, Kort ordered the "mindless ones" to be destroyed. These turned out to be the bodies of ruthless criminals kept in stasis, whose personalities had been jettisoned into space as an alternative to the death penalty. Janvar Five contained the minds of six ruthless rebels, and now they reanimated their former bodies on the planet, bursting out of their stasis chambers before guards could stop them. Via psychokinesis the probe paralyzed the crew of the Enterprise to prevent interference.
The criminals' bodies boarded a shuttle rocket. To buy time, Spock agreed to help them land aboard the Enterprise. He hypothesized that the Janvarians' minds were overtaxed with the effort of controlling so many people at once. Montgomery Scott alerted the bridge that he'd been in the middle of a battery charge procedure which threatened to blow up the ship because he couldn't move to turn it off. Spock used that emergency to distract the criminals — their rocket collided against the shields of the Enterprise and blew up. Now without purpose, the probe collapsed, dead.
Starships and vehicles
- Janvar (Neutralisation Centre)
Races and cultures
States and organizations
Science and technology
- acceptor • artificial intelligence • communications • communicator • computer • disintegrator • docking • engine • force field • gun • hoverlift • intercom • Janvar Five • missile • power cell • printout • probe • rifle • rocket • scanner • star chart • stasis • stasis chamber • storing charge • transporter • video • viewscreen
Ranks and titles
- captain • criminal • guard • president • rebel • Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) • rank • Starfleet ranks
- beam • bridge • capital city • century • court martial • crime • death penalty • distress signal • engineering • life • helm • lifeform • light • metal • minute • orbit • peace • psychokinesis • second • security • SOS • space • star • star system • starship • telepathy • transporter room • universe • vault • assignment patch • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270)
- This story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("The Mindless Ones") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3.
- The cover of Valiant and TV21 #46 featured British author H.G. Wells and cited his novels The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man, among others.
- The Janvar Five probe was reminiscent of the Nomad probe in TOS episode & Star Trek 7 novelization: The Changeling. Both were silver metallic, roughly the same shape, had retractable appendages, and were not what they initially appeared to be.
- The subject of the death penalty in the 23rd century was explored in several episodes, including TOS episodes: "The Menagerie", "Wolf in the Fold", "Turnabout Intruder".
- Unusual for Kirk, he decided not to beam down and meet with the Janvarians at the end of the story.
- Except for elderly, bearded President Kort, the Janvarians were all unnamed and drawn with the same face and hair, as if they were clones, though the story did not address the topic.
- TOS episode & Star Trek 6 novelization: The Lights of Zetar, TOS comics: "Experiment in Vengeance", "Thorpex" – Other encounters with entities unwillingly turned into disembodied consciousnesses.
- TOS comic: "Spectre of the Zond" – An encounter with entities who claimed to be disembodied.
- TOS comics: "The Eagles Have Landed", "Planet of Rejects", "The Devil's Isle of Space" – Other instances where criminals attempted to deceive Kirk into saving them.
- TOS comic: "The Brain Shockers" – Disembodied emotions of Vulcans possessed Enterprise crew members.
- TOS movie: Star Trek Into Darkness – In the Kelvin timeline, Khan Noonien Singh and his Augments were incarcerated in stasis chambers after Khan crashed the USS Vengeance in San Francisco.
To Swiftly Go...
UK comic strips
The Perithees Alliance
- This story was serialized in two-page sections over five consecutive weeks in Valiant and TV21 magazine. Issues 44, 45, and 46 were 36 pages, with the Star Trek segment printed in color on pages 18-19. Issues 43 and 47 were 40 pages with the segment printed on pages 20-21.
- 22 July 1972: Pages 1-2 published in Valiant and TV21 #43.
- 29 July 1972: Pages 3-4 published in Valiant and TV21 #44.
- 5 August 1972: Pages 5-6 published in Valiant and TV21 #45.
- 12 August 1972: Pages 7-8 published in Valiant and TV21 #46.
- 19 August 1972: Pages 9-10 published in Valiant and TV21 #47.
- September 2017
- Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3 (IDW Publishing)
- 1 February 2018
- Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #29 (Eaglemoss)