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  • Author: J.M. Dillard
  • Publisher: Star Trek Books
  • Pages: 306
  • Price: $6.99

STAR TREK TNG: Resistance

By Pat Ferrara     September 13, 2007

STAR TREK TNG: Resistance by J.M. Dillard.
© Star Trek Books
Reading like a fleshed-out spec screenplay from Next Generation’s early 90’s heyday, J.M. Dillard (a.k.a. Jeanne Kalogridis) pens a precise, yet unfortunately dry, chapter in the realm of Star Trek’s most successful embodiment.
Dillard’s Star Trek TNG: Resistance picks up a scant few months after the events of NEMESIS, that detestable, Stuart Baird-helmed film that signified the last nail in the coffin for TNG motion pictures. Rather than try to pick up the loose threads created in the wake of Captain Picard’s near-death and Data’s destruction on the Romulan-Reman ship Scimitar, Dillard returns the reader’s focus to the Federation’s most formidable adversary: the Borg.
Having repaired the damages sustained to the U.S.S. Enterprise (after ramming the Scimitar), Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew return to more normal duties in the Alpha Quadrant. While on their way to the planet Repok to aid the Repoki in truce negotiations with the nearby Trexatians, the crew gets a new addition. Since Counselor Deanna Troi’s departure to work with her husband Will Ryker on the Titan, the Enterprise has been in need of a new ship counselor and summarily gets outfitted with T’lana, a Vulcan Starfleet officer with impeccable recommendations.
Also new to the bridge crew is conn commander Sara Nave, a 25-year-old prodigy who already has quite a few years of experience under her belt as former Chief Security Officer. Speaking of which, Worf is now acting Number One for the Enterprise, but surprisingly refuses Picard’s offer to become the permanent First Officer.
Things continue to proceed off-plan when, before the ship even reaches Repok, Captain Picard suffers several intense mental barrages of Borg chatter that has once again pervaded his consciousness. But the cursed mental static has also brought Picard a much-needed warning: the fractured Borg have begun constructing a new cube ship and, more importantly, have started birthing a new queen.
As fate would have it the Enterprise is the only Starfleet vessel close enough to the Borg to stop them before new directives are given and the cube heads to Earth. But this time the hauntingly adaptive entity has no plans of assimilation, only destruction of the races that silenced their empire. So disregarding the advice of his new counselor and Admiral Janeway’s direct orders, Picard brings the Enterprise to the dark side of a moon in Sector 10, where he once more must face the Federation’s greatest threat and his own nightmares of the past.
If there’s one thing that can be said of Dillard it’s that she’s a woman who definitely knows her Star Trek lore. Worf, Picard, Beverly Crusher, and the rest of the crew that made TNG so memorable are all painted with a deft and knowledgeable hand. The first few chapters of the novel read like the opening of an episode, one with a distinct air of foreboding before the Borg ever physically arrive on the scene.
The novel does, however, suffer from some sizeable flaws. Chief among those flaws is the fact that, despite the charged rivalry between Enterprise and Borg, Dillard fails to imbue a sense of energy or gravitas into the story. The action is minimal, decisions are somewhat uncharacteristic and, worst of all, the plot is pretty much devoid of any twists, turns, or surprises.
Though a well-crafted story in its own right, by Resistance’send you’ll have wished Dillard would have tackled something involving Ryker’s new command rather than the enemy that made FIRST CONTACT the best TNG film out there.


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TheSleeper 9/13/2007 1:47:52 AM
Good review. First Contact was definitely the best TNG film. Too bad the follow-ups didn't work as well. I wonder who'll do the adaptation for the next Star Trek film? Seeing how Dillard did so many of them, I figure it'll be her.
spanners 9/13/2007 3:10:26 AM's Riker I believe...not Ryker...I can understand misspelling the name once...but you did it twice in your unless Dillard did the same...or the Riker's decided to change the spelling to disaccociate themselves from the other Will Riker... It's okay...I'm taking the fake ears and I grok Spock t-shirt off now!
nax37 9/13/2007 7:00:45 AM
Wasn't there supposed to be another DS9 book coming out this summer? Fearful Symmetry or something?
kaybar 9/13/2007 9:27:12 AM
My bad spanners, you're right it is Riker. In my mind I always thought the 'y' gave Frakes' character a much edgier tone.
smegforbrain 9/13/2007 9:33:42 AM
"Wasn't there supposed to be another DS9 book coming out this summer?" A new writer was brought on board for the book, so it's been delayed until next year. I'm looking forward to the new TNG novels (two more come out before the end of the year) to 'get things moving' again on the TNG front.
wessmith1966 9/13/2007 9:36:19 AM
I didn't know J.M. Dillard is Jeanne Kalogridis. I read her Vampire triology a few years ago and really enjoyed the books.
dracor00 9/13/2007 10:30:29 AM
i really wish they would do a movie or television adaptation of Peter Davids Star trek New Frontier series. it is by far the best star trek series
MrKeith 9/13/2007 12:18:49 PM
Only because Nemesis is mentioned do I feel the need to defend it as one of the best Star Trek movies. I've had this discussion on message boards before, but yes, it is better than "Wrath of Kahn". The New Frontier books would be good if they were adapted for movies or television. I think I stopped at Book 4 or 5, but I loved them.
spanners 9/13/2007 5:43:45 PM
Okay...I do not consider myself to be a BIG Trek nerd...I do not dress up and go to conventions...I do not speak fluent Klingon...nor do I live in my parents basement...actually I live in the 1 bedroom above the have got to be out of your freakin' mind if you can honestly sit there with a straight look on your face and say that drek known as 'NEMESIS' is better than "KHAN' They aren't even in the same ballpark...Come on man! Seriously! Nemesis was horrible...not quite as bad as Insurrection...but damn close!
lazerman 9/13/2007 6:49:18 PM
This is going to be LONG so if you do not read it all, I will not be offended. Basically I am a HUGE Trek Fan, have the ST:TNG Symbol tattooed onto my chest (Hurt like you wouldn't believe, never got another one on my chest again, shoulders weren't so bad. . lol) I use to buy every soft cover novel than came out in the 80's until the early nineties, because before Next Gen, there really was not much TREK out there, and I longed to read more. BUT since 1992, we have had 2 shows a week on until DS9 went off the air, and we still had Voyager. So many stories in 17 years, no need to read. And also, I discovered after reading so many of them, that 80% of them sucked, 15% were Good and only 5% were AWESOME, those only written by one author, PETER DAVID. I am not surprised that this book got such a poor review, if it was written by Peter, and he did his own take, he would probably write a Riker story, introducing us to characters we never heard of before but felt they were there the whole time. I have not, nor will I, buy any star trek novels, I am burnt out, and I am just looking forward to seeing this new film, but I have LOW expectaions, I am having my reservations with the story when that story includes the old actors. LET THEM GO! let the new ones make a fresh start, STOP clinging to the old, move forward with Trek. But alas that is not to happen. I enjoyed the Next Gen films, First Contact was of course the best of the Next Gen series, but KHAN is the BEST Trek film EVER! I thought F.C. beat KHAN, I watched Khan again, and realised I was wrong. The MAIN problem with Nemisis is two fold. 1: The Next Gen cast, unlike the original series, was a true ensemble cast, but the films focussed only on PICARD and DATA, since those 2 were being paid the most. Sad part was, yes they were the most popular, but that took away from the EMSEMBLE that was built over 7 years. 2: They kept saying "Oh we are going to make this film rival Wrath Of Khan!" What they ended up doing with Nemesis was COPYING so many elements of Khan it was just ridiculous. They Find yet another DATA clone (que Data's death especially when they mention "I downloaded all my memories into B-4" Yeash make it MORE obvious why don't you ) Trying to set Picard up with an advesary like Khan with Shinzon, the problem was there was not any real HISTORY between the 2, and the audience knew this was just contrived. Let Trek go away, for at least another 6 years, then and only then come back in all its glory, I have my doubts about the direction Trek is going, but I will still be there opening night to see the end result, the only question is, will I be dying to see it again, like I did with Khan and First Contact! My two cents, hope it was worth your reading. :-)
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