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"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.

Publisher's description[]

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.



James T. KirkKortMontgomery ScottSpockNyota Uhuraunnamed Janvarians

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • shuttle rocket


Janvar (Neutralisation Centre)

Races and cultures[]


States and organizations[]

Starfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division)

Science and technology[]

acceptorartificial intelligencecommunicationscommunicatorcomputerdisintegratordockingengineforce fieldgunhoverliftintercomJanvar Fivemissilepower cellprintoutproberiflerocketscannerstar chartstasisstasis chamberstoring chargetransportervideoviewscreen

Ranks and titles[]

captaincriminalguardpresidentrebelFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)rankStarfleet ranks

Other references[]

beambridgecapital citycenturycourt martialcrimedeath penaltydistress signalengineeringlifehelmlifeformlightmetalminuteorbitpeacepsychokinesissecondsecuritySOSspacestarstar systemstarshiptelepathytransporter roomuniversevaultassignment patchStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)



Related stories[]


Production history[]

Published Order
Previous comic:
To Swiftly Go...
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
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.
July 1972
August 1972
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)



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"

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