Literary Treks 76: Praetor’s Gonna Be Your New Daddy! / by Trek fm

Romulans: The Hollow Crown.

Running Time: 1 hour 18 minutes 32 seconds
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In Alien Spotlight: Romulans, John Byrne explored the aftermath of the events seen in the TOS episode Balance of Terror. It was an interesting take, but it left us wanting more. Later that year (2008), Byrne expanded the tale with The Hollow Crown. This two-parter continues the story of the Klingon-Romulan alliance, which explains, among other things, why Klingon ship designs are used by Romulans later in The Original Series. But this isn’t all that’s covered and political intrigue runs rampant.

In this episode of Literary Treks, hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss The Hollow Crown, how the Klingons take an uncharacteristic approach to achieve their goals, why it may be an insult on Romulus to be called a son of a friend, and why Byrne’s story is amongst the best you’ll find in Star Trek comics.

In our news segment we judge Greg Cox’s Foul Deeds Will Rise by its cover, find out about a campaign to get the British Star Trek newspaper strips restored, field a listener question about the DS9 relaunch series and Unity, and help Chris recover from Slings and Arrows Amnesia.


Judge a Book By Its Cover: Foul Deeds Will Rise (2:49)
Chris’s Slings and Arrows Amnesia (10:02)
British Star Trek Comic Strips Campaign (11:19)
Listener Feedback: Unity (17:40)
Sponsor: Audible (20:39)
Support on Patreon (23:17)

Feature: The Hollow Crown

Initial Thoughts (24:08)
That Crazy Praetor (28:51)
You Little Son of a Friend! (38:27)
Heading Home to Romulus (45:34)
Taking Down the Praetor, Or the Kiss of Death (50:37)
Final Thoughts (1:05:05)
Closing (1:09:14)


Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones


Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)