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John Byrne
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Once SCHISM has been published, the whole Romulan Saga that began in ALIEN SPOTLIGHT will be collected into a trade paperback. There's one "chapter" missing, of course, and that's the original "Balance of Terror" episode. So, for the trade, I am doing a Romulan's side "adaptation" of that episode. Here's a sneekpeek at what is not, after all, a "surprise ending"!



(For those unfamiliar, that's the lettering placement guide.)




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"In another reality... I could have called you 'friend.'"
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Sweet!  Just saw that episode for the first time this summer!  That adaptation should make it well worth the price of the trade!
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Altho it is transparently little more than a WW2 destroyer/submarine duel transplanted to space, Mark Lenard's performance as the Romulan Commander elevates "Balance of Terror" into the top ten favorite TOS episodes, for me.

Plus, the production designs are pretty cool, given the $1.98 budget restrictions.

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Budget's tight, but I'll be getting this one when its finished.
"Balance" has long been my favorite episode, although I wasn't fond of the writing for Spock. I understood why it was that way, but its still hard to see him making that mistake on the bridge. It adds to the tension, and he's the only one it makes sense for it to happen to, but Spock would not have made that mistake.
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I pick up the trades anyway, but this is a fantastic bonus. Excellent page, JB
- thanks for the sneak peek!




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Great looking Kirk!

Thanks for sharing, always a treat!
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Glen O'Brien
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I'm getting the individual issues but I am also getting the trades, so this is a nice addition. Should be a lot of fun to sit down and read the whole thing.

 

Edited for clarification.



Edited by Glen O'Brien on 11 August 2009 at 10:49am
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Did they ever go back and explain how Spock seemed to know nothing about the existence of Romulans in this episode?
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Awesome!

Just watched the episode the other day, since I'm making my way through the TOS season 1 Blu-Ray set. Still a great episode. Very moody, with solid performances.

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I'm glad I waited, I hate double dipping.
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Did they ever go back and explain how Spock seemed to know nothing about the existence of Romulans in this episode?

Seems like that was covered in the episode. No one knew what Romulans looked like, and whenever their break with Vulcan had occurred, it was long enough ago that there was no record of it.

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