Assimilation of a Vulcan into the Borg is not unheard of, and it seems that everyone’s favorite half-Vulcan, Mr. Spock, will soon be added to that very exclusive list. The logic of Vulcans, while often dubbed as inhumane by the likes of Dr. Leonard McCoy and others, is no match for the cold, hard disdain for individuality of the Borg’s hive mind. Spock will be assimilated in the near future of Star Trek: Boldly Go, but we have hope for a (mostly) full recovery.

A January cover for the Star Trek: Boldy Go comic series features an assimilated Spock. Historically, the Borg have been known to ignore smaller groups of people and individuals. They’re looking to assimilate the masses: entire starship crews, cities, planets, etc.

But they do make exceptions. Remember that Captain Jean-Luc Picard was chosen as an intermediary, Locutus of Borg, in 2366 during The Next Generation. Picard was originally meant to be an equal to the Borg Queen, but when he refused to give in for an easy assimilation, she and the rest of the Borg were forced to make him into an everyday drone.

Of course, Captain Picard was saved, but the experience haunted him for the rest of his life. And, now, it seems that Spock will undergo a similar fate in the January installment of Star Trek: Boldy Go — he’s an impressive individual with a good knowledge of the inner workings of Star Fleet, making him a prime candidate for assimilation.

And, again, Spock wouldn’t be the first Vulcan to undergo assimilation. When Tuvok was second officer on the USS Voyager under Captain Kathryn Janeway, he was assimilated into the Borg during the crew’s seventh and final year through the Delta Quadrant. The Voyager’s first officer, Chakotay, was also assimilated for a time.

So, the precedent is there, and it’s terrifying. The new cover isn’t just a warning of what could be, it’s a prediction for what will happen inside the issue’s 32 pages. But, luckily, the precedent for Star Fleet officers assimilated by the Borg also leads us to believe that Spock will be freed from their grasp (but also haunted for quite a while afterward).

Star Trek: Boldy Go #4 arrives in January.

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Director Orson Krennic, the big bad from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, isn’t like those stuffy, upper-class villains we’ve come to expect from Star Wars. He’s an Imperial officer you’d really like to have a beer with.

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards recently told USA Today that Krennic is more of a blue-collar everyman than a high-born officer — he worked his way up from the bottom to become Director of Advanced Weapons Research rather than being born into the upper echelon of Imperial society. In that sense, he’s more akin to Anakin Skywalker than Grand Moff Tarkin, which could partially be why Darth Vader chose him to oversee the long-delayed Death Star project.

“It feels like if the Empire ever has a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people,” Edwards said. “I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class” and rose to power “through sheer force of personality and ideas.”

Part of it comes from actor Ben Mendelsohn’s performance. Edwards said Mendelsohn asked if he should adopt “a very posh English accent” in order to portray Krennic like the other baddies we’ve seen in Star Wars, but Edwards wanted Director Krennic to be different — someone who could represent the Empire’s internal struggles that we haven’t really seen portrayed on film before.

Visual effects supervisor John Knoll previously said Director Krennic represents the intensifying “palace intrigue going on in the Empire,” with lots of people struggling to move up in the ranks and gain favor, even going as far as trying to sabotage each other. Krennic himself has staked his entire reputation on making sure the Death Star is successful — and given where he started out, his reputation is really the only thing he has.

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