When last we left the crew of the Enterprise, they had just found a floating spaceship/planet with circus people who told them the secret to happiness was wearing silly outfits and doing acrobatics. Okay, I can buy that.
What's next? Let's turn it over to NotUhura.
"Captain… unidentified spaceships ahead."
Unidentified space ships? Great googly-moogly, this is going to be good. (Spoiler: It's not.)
Hmmm, maybe the dots are keeping it unidentitifed. But the clear lettering that maks it as the Shuttlecraft Galileo would be a hint. How did it get off the ship without anyone noticing? Well, it is pretty easy to steal a shuttlecraft, as so many episodes showed.
Interestingly, connecting dots to construct the shuttlecraft is the exact opposite of what happened to it everytime we saw it in the show.
Okay, no foolin' here, this page is so phoned in I can hear a dial tone. These non-Federation spaceships are popping over to a floating air filter.
Captain Kirk adjusts the ships course.
Really? Usually he had people to do that for him.
Young Thom also clearly got bored coloring this page. Imagine that, a dramatic image of someone sitting not holding the attention of a five-year old.
That's a nice picture of the Enterprise, bringing light to the universe.
"Captain, a large unidentified object is heading towards the Enterprise/"
I know perimeter scans aren't really the job of the ship's communication officer, but given that she couldn't recognize the Shuttlecraft Galileo, I'm not hopeful here.
Oh, no, a meteor is heading right for the Enterprise!
See, I identified it. Thom: 1, Highly Trained Enterprise Crew: 0
"My instrument indicates that it is fallout from a giant meteor."
The Enterprise has scanners that can distinguish a Vulcan from a Romulan (The Enterprise Incident) while tricorders barely manage to figure out that something is over there somewhere but I'm not sure what. So I can totally see why Spock would abandon his science station, grab a tricorder, and scan.
I can't argue with that.
"The meteor is going to hit the ship!"
Based on where the communications station is, she's pointing to the rear turbolift when she says this. She's not even looking at the screen.
The text is missing here and I really want to know what it was. I'm assuming it's Kirk ordering them to raise the shields and finding they're offline. Or maybe the meteor is impervious to shields. Either way, someone ought to raise the shields! Right! NOW!
No one raised the shields. Also, the meteor got much bigger along the way.
"Mr. Spock, will you assess the damage to the ship."
I know that's an order, but that sentence should still end in a question mark.
Also, why is Kirk asking Spock to do Scotty's job.
Drat! Now I'm forgetting my question marks.
"Our left solar panel is damaged. We are losing power rapidly."
First, good on you Spock for eschewing centuries of naval tradition and refusing to call it "port". It's left, darn it! Also, is a solar panel attached to the warp nacelle powered by a matter/antimatter reactor really that big of a deal?
Hmmm, that does look pretty bad. Except for the inking of the drawing Doremus nailed those joins, and that ain't easy.
Mr. Spock makes an emergency repair.
Okay, so the port… er, left…warp nacelle is all the way in the back of the ship. Spock's science station, which he seems to be repairing, is in the front right side of the ship. It is literally as far away from the site of the impact as you can get and still be on the same ship. What kind of power surge jumped the wiring and blew out a fuse on the bridge?
"Hurry, Mr. Spock. In 30 seconds our power will fail!"
That is one important solar panel! Maybe that's why Sulu looks so surprised. Then again, he looks surprised in every page.
The text is missing here, but I'm guessing Spock is saying "Power is restored" and then explaining how he managed to fix something that hit the outside of the ship by repairing something on the inside.
"Good work, Mr. Spock."
Really good work. Scotty would have had to jump in a Jefferies Tube to fix that. You crawled under the desk and saved the ship.
"All systems working normally."
Except that the shields still aren't up, of course. But what's the chance of us hitting anything else in space?
"Clear sailing ahead, Captain."
Bold prediction from someone who couldn't identify a meteor.
Heading for new adventures.
Heading "into darkness" I'd say. HAH! I kill me.
Oh, I hope this diversion into the loose licensing practices of the Seventies was as fun for you as it was for me. I leave you with this very solved maze from the back cover. Live long and prosper!