Released: January 9th 2018
Boldly Go Volume 2 isn’t as strong or as heavy hitting as the first volume, but it’s still pretty interesting on the whole. Instead of getting a volume with one main plot (like the first), we’ve been handed a series of shorter stories that help to broaden the world. Remember, this series is specifically based off of the most recent Star Trek movies, and thus shares characters and continuity.
As mentioned above, this volume is a collection of short stories from the Star Trek universe; the first one considers some of the consequences from the first volume (proving they’re not going to just drop that plot, much to my relief), the second focuses on Spock and Uhura, as well as a couple of other short stories (including Kevin, of course).
Considering what the first volume hit us with, it’s safe to say I felt a little underwhelmed while reading this one. I think I likely would have enjoyed it more, had my expectations not been raised so high. Trying to look on the bright side of things; we did get to see the Federation team up with a few other races in an attempt to plan a strategy against the Borg. Granted, they didn’t get very far, but I’m just relieved that this proves the whole previous plot isn’t going to just get dropped (I feel like once the Borg are introduced, they should stay introduced).
As for all of the other shorts included in this volume, while some of them were odd or didn’t necessarily draw me in, it was nice to see the world a bit more fleshed out. Being that this series is based off a continuity where we’ve seen relatively little, it’s nice to know more about, well…everything.
Spcok and Uhura are working to help the Vulcans adjust to their newly located colonized planet. While it’s quite different from the one they’re used to, there’s a certain sense of eagerness to get it (and thus Vulcan society) back to where it had once been. Unfortunately this planet had been previously inhabited (long before the Vulcans considered it a potential home, no worries), and what they did to the planet left lingering threats and dangers.
Fans of the Spock/Uhura ship will probably enjoy that short, as it also teases a bit more about their relationships’ future. It was sweet but also handled with a light touch, which is a good call (leave some of the mystery for the movies).
All in all volume two was a decent read. I just hope it gets its teeth back for volume three. It’d be a shame to see two weaker volumes in a row, especially after the opening it had.