Episode Number: 106
Written by: Marco Rafalá
Directed by: Jon Crew
Transmission: 17th October 2020
- Crewman Ewendi: an engineer from Lyonesse.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 9872.2, supplemental
Although Lt Valik has returned to Lyonesse, apparently suffering from some form of psychological trauma, the landing party has proceeded with the investigation of the Vulcan archaeological team’s outpost, and the subterranean structures they were studying. Lt Astan’s team have uncovered evidence of a violent end for the Vulcans and have reported evidence of energy generation and usage within what appears to have been a seed vault. Their additional reports of a child’s voice calling for help from within the vault are concerning: there is no way such a person could be alive in that environment.
Plot: The landing party’s investigation of the Vulcan site on BC-02e continues, as they enter the seed vault and discover a hidden tunnel leading to what appears to have once been a missile silo repurposed as a “doomsday vault” for a small number of residents. Despite it being over a millennium since it was built, something is still active within.
The ‘A’ Plot: Having surveyed the Vulcan scientists’ facility, the landing party begins its exploration of the native seed vault. Lieutenant Astan asks Crewman Ewendi to work out how to disconnect the power cables from the Vulcan fusion reactor, in case of an emergency. Ewendi reports that breaking the connection could be a bad idea: the feedback would be likely to cause a powerful explosion. They abandon that idea and enter the vault.
The entry is a tunnel deep into the bedrock of the planet. At the end is a large chamber containing 3 separate vaults and a control room. They find that primitive computers in the control room are still monitoring conditions within the seed vaults themselves, which are protected by a double airlock system. Ewendi notes that the power to maintain all this is far less than that being drawn from the fusion reactor.
While Dr Vale is examining the doors, a hidden panel in the side wall opens, revealing a tiled passageway leading further into the mountain. A tricorder scan reveals that it leads to the large void identified by the earlier scans from Lyonesse. They cautiously venture in, arriving in a large circular room filled with shelves of rotting vegetables – it appears to be something akin to a food market. On the other side of the room are a lift and a door to a ramp spiralling around the outside of the room. After some debate, they opt to use the ramp to go down.
One level down, they reach what appears to be a medical centre, complete with a small hospital, a pharmacy and offices. While Vale is examining the treatment rooms, they hear more strange noises over the intercom, including sinister laughter. A small robot appears and tries to persuade them to enter a hidden elevator, but Astan decides this would not be safe.
They leave the medical centre and venturing down another level, they find a solid, secured door. Bypassing this, they find several levels of living quarters, an education centre, a recreation level, a hydroponics facility and a level full of pumps and other processing machinery. This facility was obviously a doomsday survival bunker. But what happened to the inhabitants?
Returning to the top of the structure, they find what appears to be a control room, overlooking a series of hydrocarbon-fuelled power generators. All are defunct, and the facility appears to be running off the power from the Vulcan generator. Ewendi’s attempt to hack into the computers fails and he finds himself locked out of further attempts.
The second level down from the control room appears to be an armoury and security level. Finding that it is defended by several of the armed tracked drones that they fought earlier, Astan decides it would be too dangerous to investigate further at this point.
Returning to the medical level, the landing party investigates the hidden elevator. Astan’s initial visit assures him that it’s safe, so the others follow him, arriving in a short corridor. The small robot leads them into a side room where they are shown a short video recording: a message requesting the destruction of its author, accompanied by images of a lone boy and of the Vulcan scientists, strapped into surgical chairs in a large room.
They exit the far end of the corridor and emerge into the level below the medical centre. This is a large room, packed with odd egg-shaped pods. In the centre of the room is a huge tower, which appears to be some kind of computer. As they venture further into the room, they discover the surgical chairs from the video, occupied by the long dead bodies of the Vulcan expedition members. Their skulls have been opened, so that cables from the computer could be connected direct to their brains. A robot with a human-like face, continues to supervise the futile work.
Scanning the tower, they discover that it is a powerful quantum computer, apparently holding a vast, possibly artificial consciousness. The cables appear to be designed to transfer entire minds to and from the computer. The pods turn out to be stasis chambers, holding the long dead bodies of the vault’s original occupants.
As they try to decide what to make of this, a number of the tracked security drones appear, moving to surround the group. Astan’s communicator beeps and he is informed by a cold voice that “we have control of your vessel”. He is informed that they will be new hosts for “us” – unless they choose to die, in which case, host bodies will be recruited from the crew of Lyonesse.
As if to prove the point, Valik materialises in a transporter shimmer, asking why Astan had ordered him back to the planet…
The ‘B’ Plot: Aboard Lyonesse, Lt Valik undergoes a complete psychological evaluation, courtesy of the medical team. He is passed fit for duty, but advised to spend some time in meditation.
Dialogue: The intelligence: “We have control of your vessel. If you wish to save the lives of your shipmates, you will do exactly as you are told. Your bodies are ours now. We will live again in corporeal form.”
References: Engineer Crewman Ewendi is of Ethiopian extraction.
Questions: Who are “we”?