Episode Number: 110
Written by: Marco Rafalá
Directed by: Jon Crew
Transmission: 27th February 2021
- 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?