Although this seems like relatively recent history to me (a sure sign of getting old me thinks) I was suddenly struck by how much simpler the franchise was back then. There was just the two TV versions (live-action and animated) and the occasional feature film (plus a back issue box of comics and paperbacks from Pocket Books). As these books were being prepared and published, THE NEXT GENERATION was just gearing up on the Paramount lot.
There's a lot of loose-ends being tied-up in these issues as the creative team resets everything in time to tie everything into STAR TREK IV (which slots-in between 36 and 37). Basically, the crew had to be deposited back onto Vulcan and Spock returned to his unstable state-of-being (courtesy of a space virus that also wiped-out his former supporting cast from his science vessel) to match the beginning of the fourth flick.
The team also continued to mine Trek's back-catalogue of good ideas. Issue 30 gave Uhura a solo outing during the Enterprise's original five-year mission, the Romulans turned-up in 34-35 followed by Harry Mudd from 39. The post ST IV Enterprise crew also added Arex and M'Ress from the animated series.
BTW - I did indeed go and see the new Trek at the weekend and whilst you'll find no spoilers here (don't you hate it when people inadvertently blurt stuff out?) I can confirm that it's jolly good. Purists may bitch and moan (a bit) but were it ever so? I thought it was stonking!
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