Vibrations in Time was a 15-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 24th weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in five installments in TV21 Weekly in 1971. This was the last of six stories drawn by Vicente Alcázar and Carlos Pino. In this story, a temporal disruption sent the USS Enterprise into the past.
- 1 Publisher's description
- 2 Summary
- 3 References
- 4 Appendices
- 5 Timeline
Publisher's description[edit | edit source]
- Teaser, September 11, 1971
- The starship Enterprise passed through a strange time warp and found itself eight hundred years in the past, in orbit above the planet Zeltok. Knowing from historical records that the planet was shortly doomed to explode, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and two crewmen went down to see if Zelkot was inhabited…
Summary[edit | edit source]
During the night shift, the USS Enterprise travels through an astral storm that knocks out the crew and sends the starship a great distance through space. As the ship approaches a planet known to have self-destructed, they are stunned to discover that they have time traveled. The planet will be dead in two weeks, so Kirk takes a landing party with him aboard the Galileo to explore the world.
After narrowly avoiding gigantic ants and walking through an abandoned humanoid city, the crew spots a herd of gorillas that are beckoning them. Kirk lands the shuttlecraft near a fortress and meets Karn, the last surviving Zeltok humanoid. Armies of intelligent Zeltok ants had destroyed his people's civilization, but the sentient gorillas had protected him, and he intends to die in their company. Kirk tells him about the planet's impending destruction and offers to take him to safety. Karn prefers to stay with the gorillas. As the ants begin an assault on the fortress, missiles from the shuttle repel some of the ants, though the onslaught seems to be unstoppable. Karn steals a phaser and insists that the Galileo leave without him.
The shuttle returns to the Enterprise. As the starship leaves orbit, it is caught in another astral storm, which returns it to the 2260s. The transit erases the crew's memories of their travel into the past, leaving only a minor mystery: a missing phaser.
References[edit | edit source]
Characters[edit | edit source]
Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
Races and cultures[edit | edit source]
States and organizations[edit | edit source]
Science and technology[edit | edit source]
Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]
- captain • chief engineer • crewman • Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) • rank • sentry • skipper • Starfleet ranks
Other references[edit | edit source]
- 15th century • assignment patch • astral storm • atmosphere • beard • boulder • bridge • city • duty shift • gorilla • gravity • holocaust • hour • humanoid • mile • minute • orbit • quarters • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270) • time warp • universe • year
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
- This story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("Vibrations in Time") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2.
- This was the final story arc printed in TV21 Weekly magazine. IPC Publications merged the weekly with another comic strip anthology called Valiant, and the combined entity was relaunched as Valiant and TV21 in October 1971. The UK comic strips series continued in the new magazine with a different creative team.
- Galileo (NCC-1701/1) made its third of four appearances in the UK comic strips series. It also appeared in "The Mimicking Menace" by Gold Key Comics.
Related stories[edit | edit source]
- TOS comic: "The Ageless One" – A similar vibration effect brought the Enterprise forward into the 33rd century.
- TOS comic: "The Crucial Element" – Crucial III similarly self-destructed shortly after it was visited by the Enterprise.
- TOS comic: "To Swiftly Go..." – An Enterprise landing party encountered giant ants and humanoids on Kwettir.
- TOS episode & Star Trek 9 novelization: Obsession – Kirk regretted a moment he froze during a crisis aboard the USS Farragut.
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Timeline[edit | edit source]
Chronology[edit | edit source]
- The USS Enterprise arrived 800 years and two weeks into the past.
- After time travel, the Enterprise crew had no memory or evidence of their adventure, except that a phaser was missing.
Production history[edit | edit source]
UK comic strips
The Aging World
- None of the UK weekly installments were printed with titles.
- Each segment began on the cover and continued onto two interior pages of TV21 Weekly magazine.
- 4 September 1971: Pages 4-6 published in TV21 Weekly #102.
- 11 September 1971: Pages 7-9 published in TV21 Weekly #103.
- 18 September 1971: Pages 10-12 published in TV21 Weekly #104.
- 25 September 1971: Pages 13-15 published in TV21 Weekly #105.
- December 2016
- Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
- 1 February 2018
- Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #29 (Eaglemoss)