Review: Star Trek Log Six

Star Trek Log Six
Star Trek Log Six by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was definitely one of the better volumes of this series, with stories based on the Animated Star Trek series. I think the three episodes adapted in this one are easily comparable to the Original Series. “Albatross” is the best of the three, reading like a regular episode. The other two, “The Practical Joker” and “Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” have some flaws, but could’ve easily been third season shows.

I think the only problem with the Star Trek Logs is that for some reason, the characterization seems about as wooden as the animation was in the shows, which is strange considering Alan Dean Foster is doing the writing. I have been enjoying the extra emphasis, when allowed, on Arex and M’Ress. The third tale introduces Walking Bear, a backup navigator and Native American descendant. I’m sure he was a story-specific throwaway character, but he at least had a bit of personality.

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