Rich Handley Author and Editor

Star Trek Comics Weekly #80

My column this week for explores IDW’s Star Trek: Assignment Earth, written and illustrated by John Byrne. The miniseries was based on the same-named episode, which originated as a standalone TV series concept. When studios failed to show interest, Gene Roddenberry reworked the script as a backdoor pilot that would air on Star Trek as a proof-of-concept in the hope that this might change NBC’s mind. It did not, but the premise—which involved two human operatives and a cat-person travelling around the 20th century, covertly fixing mankind’s mistakes for Gary Seven’s mysterious alien employers—would have made for a fascinating series indeed. It’s a shame the network executives were so shortsighted. Thankfully, IDW corrected that oversight. Read the full article!

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