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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent conclusion to a genuine crossover!, 11 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 (Star Trek/Doctor Who) (Paperback)
If the first volume of the Star Trek: Next Generation/Doctor Who crossover – Assimilation2 – proved anything, it’s that the franchises were MEANT to meet. Although different, these two science-fiction realms merge in a quality setting, with solid writing and gorgeous artwork.

After the first volume, I was keen to check out the remaining four issues in this eight-part series. The crews of both the TARDIS and the USS Enterprise (particularly & especially the Doctor and Captain Jean-Luc Picard) were interacting superbly, and the battle against the Borg/Cybermen alliance HAD to be resolved. All-in-all, it was a VERY good thing, so I was most keen to see if the resolution to the series would be as fruitful as its beginning.

The story so far…the Eleventh Doctor, Amy & Rory had found themselves in the Star Trek Universe by accident. After becoming acquainted with Captain Picard and his entire crew, the united front of mismatched adventurers soon found themselves dealing with the Cybermen AND the Borg.

However, things have gotten even worse. The Cybermen have now betrayed their Borg allies and used their resources to augment themselves. With the Cyber-threat now more powerful than ever, the Borg have had no choice but to turn to the Enterprise for help! Obviously, Jean-Luc wants NOTHING to do with the Borg, which will make the Doctor’s task of convincing him otherwise extremely difficult.

It’s a great change in the story, and one that develops the relationship between the Time Lord and the Enterprise’s Captain superbly. The team-up is simply a real-winner because of how the interaction is written; the Doctor is genuinely sympathetic towards Picard (upon learning what horrors the Borg put him through), and has all the respect in the world for him aside from that. Jean-Luc himself still has his natural suspicions regarding the mysterious traveller, and disapproval of his childish nature, yet is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt due to the respect he has for the Time Lord, and the bond that’s formed between them. It’s all so skilfully presented in this format, and the highlight of the whole crossover, especially when the Doctor actually welcomes Picard aboard the TARDIS!

This second volume of Assimilation2 feels just like the first. Meaning that the plot is basic and somewhat predictable. It’s a dream team-up between heroes against their hated villains, so it would go as you’d expect, which is the only real downside of the crossover in general. However, writers Scott & David Tipton have compensated with all the rich use of character. They display an intimate understanding of the characters that they’re writing and visualise perfectly how they’d meet if the event actually happened on television.

It’s not just Captain Picard and the Doctor’s interaction that the writers have excelled at, but it’s the bonding that takes place with the Enterprise’s crew and the Doctor’s companions (something which I felt was sorely lacking in the previous volume). Here, Amy & Rory share some absolutely wonderful exchanges with the likes of Doctor Beverly Crusher, Lieutenant Worf and Deanna Troi. Everyone takes turns to get to know one another here, and the character interactions are not only rich, but true to the spirit of BOTH franchises. Everyone gets allocated the appropriate level of focus, as well. It FEELS genuine, which is what all crossovers of this magnitude SHOULD be.

The threat of both the Borg and the Cybermen is also stressed beautifully, along with the depth and horror they each possess as antagonists (and the similarities they share). Plus, it’s a good match for the Cybermen to engage Starfleet, just as it’s a good match for the Doctor to engage the Borg. Details of the Borg/Cybermen union (plus its fallout) make for yet more enlightening material.

The artwork (courtesy of J.K. Woodward and Gordon Purcell) remains as beautiful and as lifelike as ever, be it expressions, mannerisms or exact likenesses of Matt Smith, Patrick Stewart and the gang. Although not as consistent as the artwork from the first four issues, the paints & pencils are still gorgeous to behold.

Plenty of moral-dilemmas, situations and heart are what put this second-volume on par with the first part of the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover. There’s a satisfying conclusion to boot, and if there’s ever another crossover between these franchises, I’m up for it. Assimilation2 could easily have been one huge, dragging flop, but instead it turns out to be one of those crossovers that does justice to both Doctor Who and Star Trek, unites fans, and gives them the ‘dream meeting’ they deserved. Like I’ve said before, it’s not perfect but it’s certainly satisfying. For Trekkies, Whovians or both…highly recommended.
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2014 16:28:25 GMT
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An excellent review that was a joy to read from start to finish.

Tried voting Yes several times on this review but doesn't allow the vote to register?, Yet voted no problem on Shockwave?
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