I’ll have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard news that IDW was crossing over the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises. Unlike the crossover of Trek and Doctor Who, this one didn’t necessarily seem like two great tastes that would taste great together.
And now having read all five issues in this collected edition, I can only say that my initial doubts were confirmed by what we get here. Set in the non-rebooted TOS era, the Klingons have found a gateway into an alternate universe — one where the Organian peace treaty doesn’t hold up and they can exploit various planets for their resources. One of those is the Earth found by Taylor in the original Planet of the Apes film (again, not any of the reboots) and where Kor has decided he’ll arm one sect of the apes against the others.
Kirk and company stumble across this and seek to find a way to stop Kor. They also have to stop Taylor from trying to take over the Enterprise and raining down full scale destruction on the apes in his attempts to set his own history “back on course.”
At five issues, the concept wears thin very quickly. The first issue feels like it’s treading water until the time that we get to the big reveal that we’re all headed to the Earth from Apes. (This is also seen in virtually any Doctor Who story with “Daleks” in the title as the audience is made to wait for 23 and a half minutes for the pepper pots to reveal themselves, even though the opening credits told us they were coming). The final issue also feels like it treads water a bit too much and like they resolved the conflict and story long before they filled the total page count for this one.
What could have been a fun romp instead turns out to be a less than impressive one. I tried to have an open mind on this one, but nothing here sold on this being mini-series being a great idea. I kept hoping there would be something here that would make me sit up and take notice, but I can’t honestly say much here did that.
The series does have some nice nods to the original continuity in the Apes films. I suppose that’s something.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of this collection from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.