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Episode 2.10: Journey to Babel

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A lot happens in this episode, and it was really hard fitting it into 12 panels. It's a tightly plotted drama with interwoven storylines that suffer if you try to condense them down too much. And it introduces us to Spock's parents in a very memorable way. It's definitely one of the better episodes.

I wanted to include the following lines, but unfortunately couldn't squeeze them in:

Amanda: Talk to Spock.
Sarek: Nobody talks to children.
Amanda: No, they just tell them.

Transcript

1
Captain's log, Stardate 3842.3. Picking up Vulcan Ambassador Sarek to join delegates en route to diplomatic conference on Babel.
Kirk: First Officer Spock will show you and your wife around.
Sarek: I think not.
Kirk: O-kaaay...
2
Kirk: Spock, want to visit your parents on Vulcan?
Spock: Ambassador Sarek and his wife are my parents.
Sarek: You are no son of mine.
Kirk: Wow. I'll use this next time I need to talk a godlike evil computer to death.
3
Amanda: Sarek doesn't approve of Spock's choice of Starfleet over the Vulcan Science Academy.
Kirk: I see.
b Or his rock 'n' roll music. Or his haircut.
4
Gav: Sarek, how do you vote on the Coridan issue?
Sarek: The opposite of your smelly vote, Ambassador Gav.
Gav: Why, you—
Kirk: Gentlemen! Let's not kill each other, ha ha!
5
{Kirk's quarters}
Lieutenant Joseph: {over intercom} Security, sir. Ambassador Gav is dead. Killed by some sort of Vulcan neck snap.
Kirk: You interrupted my gratuitous shirtless scene for that?
6
Kirk: Sarek, Gav is dead and you're the prime suspect!
Sarek: Logically, I agree.
Sarek: HAAARGGH!! {grabs his chest}
7
{sick bay}
McCoy: A heart attack.
Kirk: It's the 23rd century. We know how to fix those.
McCoy: A Vulcan heart attack.
Kirk: Oh.
8
Caption: Smash cut to:
{Kirk in a fist fight with an Andorian}
SFX: Punch!
SFX: Stab! {the Andorian stabs Kirk in the back with a knife}
9
McCoy: Your blood is the only thing that can save Sarek!
Spock: I cannot relinquish command with the captain wounded and a murder suspect in the brig.
Chekov: And an alien wessel chasing us!
Spock: That too.
10
{bridge}
Kirk: Spock... ugh... I'm fine... argh... report to sick bay. Nnngg.
Spock: Yes, captain.
Kirk: My acting skills to the rescue again!
11
Caption: McCoy operates, while the ship is rocked by alien attack!
McCoy: Lucky I'm not doing anything delicate like open heart surgery... Oh wait!
SFX: Boom!
12
Amanda: Thank your son for saving your life, Sarek.
Spock: She is emotional. Why did you marry her?
Sarek: It seemed like a logical idea at the time. Son.
Kirk: Awwww!! Group hug!


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