‘A World with a Bluer Sun’ Part One

Episode Num­ber: 110

Writ­ten by: Mar­co Rafalá

Direct­ed by: Jon Crew

Trans­mis­sion: 27th Feb­ru­ary 2021

Guest Stars:

  • Crew­man Samuel Ewen­di: engineer
  • Lieu­tenant John Kear­ney: Armory Offi­cer, SS Atlantis NX-05

Cap­tain’s Log: Star­date 9842.5

We inter­cept­ed an old-style auto­mat­ed dis­tress call from a old Starfleet ves­sel. Could the descen­dants of sur­vivors from an ancient ship­wreck still be alive some­where out there, marooned on a strange plan­et? I won­der. The sci­ence offi­cer has traced the sig­nal to its source: an M‑class plan­et. The star sys­tem is uncat­a­loged and unique in my expe­ri­ence as it orbits an unsta­ble worm­hole. In two days we will arrive and begin our investigation.

Plot: Receiv­ing an ancient Earth Starfleet dis­tress sig­nal from a crashed shut­tle­pod, Lyonesse res­cues a crazed sur­vivor, while sen­sors detect a ves­sel strand­ed in the event hori­zon of the near­by wormhole.

The ‘A’ Plot: Lyonesse arrives in the BC-04 sys­tem as she fol­lows her way through the wind­ing pas­sages of with­in the neb­u­la, and dis­cov­ers an unsta­ble wormhole.

While Capt Masu­da is on the plan­et, the mouth of the worm­hole grows vis­i­bly and its grav­i­ta­tion­al pull begins to desta­bilise Lyonesse’s orbit, putting a strain on the ves­sel’s pow­er reserves. Once Masu­da returns, they plan to break orbit, but then astro­met­rics spe­cial­ists observ­ing the worm­hole with Lyonesse’s sen­sors pick up an anom­aly. There seems to be a ves­sel strand­ed at the edge of the event hori­zon. The data is uncer­tain, but it looks like it might be a Starfleet vessel.

Reg­u­la­tions say that if there are peo­ple aboard, Lyonesse should attempt to res­cue them, so Masu­da con­fers with her crew. Ens Locke pro­pos­es a fast fly­by of the the event hori­zon, attempt­ing to beam any life­signs off the strand­ed ves­sel as they pass, before sling­shot­ting out of the sys­tem, and they decide to try this.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the plan is almost imme­di­ate­ly abort­ed as they near­ly col­lide with a cloaked object on leav­ing orbit. Locke realis­es that giv­en that the shut­tle­pod dates from the Earth-Romu­lan War era, this could be a cloaked Romu­lan space mine, and that, accord­ing to their strate­gic pro­to­col, more would be scat­tered across the sys­tem, impos­si­ble to detect except at very close range.

Mean­while, Lt Valik reports that pow­er reserves are drain­ing fast…

The ‘B’ Plot: Com­mu­ni­ca­tions picks up an auto­mat­ed dis­tress sig­nal from the sur­face of the one class‑M world in the sys­tem (BC-04d). Analy­sis shows that the mes­sage is of human ori­gin, but pre­dates the Fed­er­a­tion, being asso­ci­at­ed with the old Unit­ed Earth Starfleet. Scans of the sur­face iden­ti­fy a field of debris of appar­ent­ly Romu­lan ori­gin, with a crash­land­ed shut­tle­pod near­by. There is no indige­nous sen­tient life, but there is one human lifesign.

Capt Masu­da takes a land­ing par­ty to the sur­face to inves­ti­gate. They dis­cov­er the wreck­age is cov­ered with a tox­ic blue fun­gus, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to move around, but are able to recov­er the logs of the shut­tle­pod, which is indeed a 22nd cen­tu­ry design. Dr Vale picks up human life­signs near­by. The sur­vivor is aggres­sive and they are forced to stun him after a brief attempt to communicate.

Beam­ing back to the ship, the sur­vivor is con­fined to sick­bay while Dr Vale tries to cure the psy­chotrop­ic effects of the fun­gus. Lt Valik’s team decodes the logs telling the sad fate of the shut­tle­pod’s crew and hint­ing at the events that led to its landing.

Obser­va­tions: Time dila­tion effects around the worm­hole are extreme. Kear­ney has been on the plan­et’s sur­face for six years, but Atlantis was lost over 130 years ago.

Ref­er­ences: Lt John Kear­ney is the Armory Offi­cer of the SS Atlantis NX-05, a Colum­bia-class ves­sel from the 2250s. Atlantis was built as an NX, sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal Enter­prise, but refit­ted to Colum­bia-class with a sec­ondary hull and warp 7 engine dur­ing the Earth-Romu­lan War. She was report­ed miss­ing, with all hands, short­ly before the Bat­tle of Cheron.

Ques­tions: Does the worm­hole cross time as well as space? Or has its time dila­tion effects mere­ly stretched out the recent past for the crew of Atlantis?