The Cybermen have betrayed the Borg and now plan to convert all of Borg space. It’s up to the Doctor to convince Captain Picard to enter into a truce with the beings that once assimilated Picard into killing thousands!
Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation² #5
The Doctor frantically tries to get Picard to listen to reason. He knows how much more brutal the Cybermen are than the Borg and if the Borg needs their help, they need to take them up on the offer to wipe out the worse of two evils. Guinan enters Picard’s ready room to tell the Doctor of his history with the Borg and why Picard isn’t exactly open to the idea of talks. The Doctor decides that he, Amy, and Rory must leave the Enterprise and make the deal with the Borg themselves, but Counselor Troi realizes that if Amy could talk to Picard, perhaps he would change his mind. When Amy visits with the Captain, she brings him to the TARDIS where the Doctor shows him the future if they are not willing to work with the Borg. Seeing the systematic destruction and cyberconversion of the entire Federation over a span of a century, Picard finally changes his mind.
What I’ve totally loved about this series so far has been the perfect melding of the two franchises’ personalities. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this has gone into another level of crossover. In contrast, the Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes crossover done as a joint venture of IDW and DC had a much more forced feel to it. When seeing that play out, it really felt less like a blended story of two franchises and more of an equal mixture of the two franchises like some sort of science fiction version of Neapolitan ice cream where you can see the divisions between the two ideas. This does have that more blended feel where the Doctor seems to fit somewhat nicely fit into the world of Star Trek and, through seeing the Federation being converted into Cybermen, the Star Trek side feels more in step with the world of Doctor Who. While it’s true that the two different series would not look right together on screen, Scott and David Tipton do quite well finding a way to marry the two ideas.
What’s more, the Tiptons capture the two feels of the shows perfectly. The Doctor is a little more outgoing and flighty while Picard is a little more buttoned down and rigid, thanks to his experiences with the Borg and his military background. Since its return, Doctor Who, for the most part, has been lighter in tone and generally leaves the door open for more comedic moments. For Star Trek: The Next Generation, those moments aren’t quite the same. Instead, there was always a larger sense of exploration and social themes. When there was action, it felt more like watching a series that featured naval battles as opposed to those higher brow themes. That contrast has made this series a great deal of fun.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun story. Nicely blended together instead of feeling like a straight out crossover with two completely different feels. Well illustrated by Gordon Purcell and J.K. Woodward.||Very little as far as negative to mention.|