A Star Trek comic has revealed Scotty’s secret marriage, which totally redefines his Enterprise career. Montgomery Scott, or “Scotty”, is the Enterprise’s chief engineer, regularly referred to by Captain Kirk as “the Miracle Worker”, for his engineering prowess. Scotty has been portrayed as fiercely loyal to the Enterprise and its crew, but in 1988’s Star Trek Annual #3 readers learn that Scotty had been married for years, a fact he hid from his friends. Scotty’s tragic marriage redefines his character, giving him the depth he lacked in the classic Star Trek series.
Played by actor James Doohan (and Simon Pegg in Kelvin’s timeline), Montgomery Scott, as chief engineer, is responsible for running the Enterprise and overseeing the ship’s engines. Considered one of the finest engineers in Starfleet history, Scotty’s incredible abilities saved the Enterprise on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, Scotty’s character didn’t receive the on-screen development that Captain Kirk, Mister Spock and Doctor McCoy received, meaning much of his backstory was a blank slate. In 1988, writer Peter David, still new to DC’s Star Trek comics, took the opportunity to give Scotty a secret marriage and the character development he so badly lacked. David was joined for this issue by legendary artist Curt Swan, inker Ricardo Villagran, colorist Michelle Wolfman and letterer Janice Chiang.
The story, titled “Retrospect”, opens with Kirk and McCoy finding Scotty in a drunken stupor in his quarters. Scotty informs them that there has been a “death in the family”, and when pressed by Kirk, Scotty reveals that it was his wife. The two take their leave of Scotty, and he begins to reminisce. The story then loops back through Scotty’s life, revealing the ups and downs of his relationship with wife Glynnis Campbell. The two met in Scotland as children, when Scotty stood up to another child who bullied him; she fell in love with him. The two had an on-again, off-again relationship when Scotty left for Star Trek’s Starfleet Academy. Scotty and Glynnis reconnect when he returns to Edinburgh during the refitting of the Enterprise (as depicted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and the two parts when Scotty and the crew depart for Planet Genesis, as seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
As mentioned earlier, Scotty didn’t receive much character development during Star Trek’s television run in the 1960s and the feature films that followed fleshed him out a bit more, but much of his life. had been unexplored; Peter David, who has written many classic Star Trek novels and comics, fixes this, giving Scotty new layers. The original Star Trek broadcast portrays Scotty as an excellent engineer, who prefers to spend his leave ashore catching up on technical journals and, indeed, Doctor McCoy mentions that Scotty rarely goes ashore while on leave. Scotty’s marriage showed his tender and loving side – something fans had never seen before; the marriage ended in tragedy and Scotty was unable to be by her side when she died, leaving him feeling guilty and ashamed. The fact that Scotty hid the wedding from his Enterprise teammates is even more amazing; readers are under the impression that the guilt of his marriage to Glynnis will consume him for the rest of his life.
The lack of character development Scotty received in the original Golden Age of Star Trek was largely due to television writing conventions at the time, but later generations of writers fleshed out the character further. . A Star Trek comic has gone a step further by revealing Scotty’s secret marriage, which is redefining his Enterprise career.