Published on March 4th, 2015 | by JCDoyle0
The Primate Directive #3 Review
“It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men.”*
This month opens with Doctor Zaius describing the dire situation Ape society is in at the time this story is set: which is just before Beneath the Planet of the Apes. He talks of over population and the diminishing food supply and how this in turn fuels the power hungry in their violent crusades. It is nothing short of the Tipton brothers attempting to comment on world politics and illustrates just how little has changed since the original Ape films were released.
The remainder of this issue spins out like an episode of original Trek with a lot of talk about diplomacy but ultimately it all comes down to Kirk beating Taylor into submission. After clobbering Chekov and stealing his communicator, Taylor manages to get himself transported to the Enterprise where he plans on stealing one of the shuttle pods. Back on the alternative Earth, Kirk and crew quickly workout Taylors plan and warn the Enterprise before Kirk and Spock beam up to track down the man out of time.
It’s not long before Taylor if found in the shuttle bay and Kirk heads in alone to reason with the man but the shuttle bay is bubbling with testosterone and fisticuffs was always on the cards. Kirk finally manages to wear Taylor down and remind him of the reason he left Earth in the first place: a mission to find something better.
The narrative formula for this issue is a simple, classic Star Trek story: self-important man runs rampage on the Enterprise before meeting Kirk head on. The fight scene between Kirk and Taylor is pure nostalgia, choreographed in the same way that every fight in the original series was. Rachael Stott has captured the scene wonderfully focusing on the staged fight moves and highlighting the idiosyncrasies of each leading man. Kirk is pompous and Taylor is still a bit of a dick although at times he’s written more like Kahn than Taylor.
If you came here looking for the crew of the Enterprise fighting it out with a collection of Kligons and gorillas then you’ll have to wait for next month; this issue is 90% Star Trek. It is however a lot of fun and sometimes that is enough.
*Spoken by the late, great Leonard Nimoy in the Original Star Trek episode Mirror,Mirror
Title: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive
Publishers: IDW Publishing/Boom! Studios
Writers: Scott and David Tipton
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colours: Charlie Kirchoff