Author Archives: Mark Farinas

The Myth of the “No Conflict” Rule

There’s no doubt Gene Roddenberry was a kook with bizarre ideas about the future of humanity. One only has to read his novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (and you really should) to get a glimpse of concepts like … Continue reading

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Doing Away With the Conference Room

The Next Generation and it’s progeny had a number of annoying narrative crutches they relied on, such as the incessant “Captain’s Log” that started nearly every single episode. The other major one was the conference room. Both of these were … Continue reading

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Web Comic Timeline

The question I get asked most about each of the comic’s storylines is “when does this take place?” Most of the time this can be gleaned from dialogue in the comic that references other incidents from The Original Series. Often … Continue reading

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We Have a Crew

Introducing the crew of the Ambassador Class USS Vikrant. As promised, the next comic will be set right before The Next Generation. The story is a kind of reimagining of TNG – a sort of “what could have been” – … Continue reading

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Comic Hiatus, The Next Storyline, and Other News

As most of you have probably noticed the comic hasn’t been published for a while. I’ve decided to take my first break from it in nearly five years. Have no fear, though. It should be returning in late July. I … Continue reading

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Discovery Needs to Put Section 31 Down and Back Away Slowly

A really unfortunate snippet of footage was put out a few weeks ago that purports to be a deleted scene from Star Trek: Discovery. In it the disgraced Emperor Phillipa is followed into her newly acquired strip club by an … Continue reading

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For Sale: My 3 foot TOS Enterprise model!

Hey folks, the modeling bug has hit me again and I only have room for one giant spaceship in my life. So the Enterprise I built in 2014 is going on sale. In her place I’ll be building another one … Continue reading

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We’re a Quarter of the Way to Renewing the Comic For Another Series!

Thanks to a number of amazing readers we are 25% of the way to the donation goal needed to keep this comic going for another story line and beyond. And we did it in less than two weeks. $100 a … Continue reading

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Want to Keep the Comic going and Fund a New Motion Control System? Contribute to My Patreon!

Click the image above to donate. Read below for more details. Hello, dear readers. This comic has been serving you for five years now. I’ve amassed a pretty loyal following of nearly one thousand readers over that time. I love … Continue reading

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Nothing Makes Any Sense as Discovery’s Finale Rushes to Tie Up Loose Ends

Soap operas and serious dramas seem worlds apart, but they actual have a very simple difference: themes and character development. Soaps don’t have them. They move from one plot point to another without caring about character growth or moral lessons. … Continue reading

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