‘A World with a Bluer Sun’ Part Two

Episode Num­ber: 111

Writ­ten by: Mar­co Rafalá

Direct­ed by: Jon Crew

Trans­mis­sion: 17th April 2021

Guest Stars:

  • Crew­man Samuel Ewen­di: engineer
  • Lieu­tenant John Kear­ney: Armory Offi­cer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Lieu­tenant Dar­lene Phillips: Chief Engi­neer, SS Atlantis NX-05 (seen only)

Cap­tain’s Log: Star­date 9842.6, supplemental

We have recov­ered the lone sur­vivor of a strand­ed 22nd-cen­tu­ry shut­tle­pod from the sur­face of BC-04d. As the BC-04 sys­tem is embed­ded with­in a large time dila­tion field caused by an unsta­ble worm­hole, it appears only six years have passed for Lt Kear­ney, despite over 130 years pass­ing out­side the Black Clus­ter. Mean­while, we have iden­ti­fied what appears to the star­ship SS Atlantis strand­ed with­in the worm­hole’s maw itself. We are attempt­ing to dis­cov­er if Atlantis her­self is also car­ry­ing sur­vivors that may need res­cue, while plan­ning our own escape from the worm­hole’s ongo­ing expansion.

Plot: As the mouth of the worm­hole expands, the crew turns its atten­tion to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of res­cu­ing the crew of Atlantis, and stag­ing their own escape.

The ‘A’ Plot: With the ship’s pow­er being expend­ed rapid­ly in an effort to resist the worm­hole’s pull, Cap­tain Masu­da calls a senior staff meet­ing to dis­cuss pos­si­ble solu­tions. Giv­en the rapid pow­er-drain result­ing from oppos­ing the pull of the worm­hole, she decides to use the grav­i­ta­tion­al incline to their advan­tage: by allow­ing the worm­hole to pull them in, they can move towards the strand­ed ship more rapid­ly while regen­er­at­ing their pow­er reserves. The only down­side is avoid­ing the Romu­lan mines…

As Lt Valik attempts to reroute pow­er and the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions offi­cer attempts to break through the dis­tor­tion to con­tact Atlantis, Ensigns Kheled and Locke begin the com­pli­cat­ed process of nav­i­gat­ing the worm­hole. Kheled pilots the ves­sel at impulse towards her des­ti­na­tion, while Locke mon­i­tors the sen­sors for signs of mines. On sev­er­al occa­sions, he spots one, giv­ing Kheled enough warn­ing that the ship can manoeu­vre around it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the radi­a­tion emis­sions of the worm­hole wreak hav­oc with the sen­sors, blind­ing the most use­ful and forc­ing Locke to use less suit­able systems.

Even­tu­al­ly, they reach a point with­in a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres of Atlantis. Sen­sor sweeps show that sev­er­al sec­tions seem to have pow­er and to be sup­port­ing humanoid life. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, although Comms is able to send a clear mes­sage, there is no response from the strick­en starship.

Evi­dent­ly a land­ing par­ty would need to board her. Giv­en the grav­i­ta­tion­al surges, shut­tle trav­el would not be safe, so trans­porters would need to be used – with pow­er restric­tions sug­gest­ing a small par­ty. She opts to go in per­son, tak­ing Lt Astan, Dr Vale and Crew­man Ewen­di from engineering.

They mate­ri­alise on the trans­porter plat­form of the archa­ic ves­sel. The room is dark, under emer­gency light­ing only, and the sounds of shouts and ener­gy weapons fire can be heard from the cor­ri­dors beyond. Astan forces the doors open and they ven­ture into the ship.

The sounds of com­bat are com­ing from beyond a pile of rub­ble, so Astan clam­bers up to get a look. He sees two groups of humans, in blue cov­er­alls, fir­ing phase pis­tols at each oth­er from cov­er at oppo­site ends of the pas­sage. He reports the sit­u­a­tion back to Masu­da, who decides to take the sit­u­a­tion in hand.

She climbs of the pile and steps out into the cor­ri­dor, announc­ing her iden­ti­ty in a loud voice, and demand­ing both sides stand down. Her gam­bit works and the gun­fire stops, but mem­bers of one side take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to escape with a cap­tive. She attempts to get both groups to tell her what’s hap­pen­ing, but gets a gar­bled sto­ry about shapeshift­ing aliens try­ing to invade the galaxy.

While one group, appar­ent­ly work­ing for the First Offi­cer of Atlantis, seems reluc­tant to talk, with­draw­ing to anoth­er floor via a Jef­feries tube, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the oth­er side, appar­ent­ly sup­port­ers of the Chief Engi­neer, does stay to talk briefly. He explains that, after encoun­ter­ing a shape-shift­ing alien, the First Offi­cer orches­trat­ed the assas­si­na­tion of the Cap­tain, and attempt­ed to take con­trol of the ship. The Chief Engi­neer opposed the coup and the two fac­tions had been fight­ing ever since, nei­ther able to trust the other.

When Masu­da sug­gests that maybe she could talk to the Chief Engi­neer, their infor­mant tells her that the com­mand fac­tion have just abduct­ed their leader. Maybe if they res­cue her they would be able to talk?

Dia­logue: “This is Cap­tain Masu­da Akari of the Starfleet ves­sel Lyonesse. Put up your arms and stand down!”

Obser­va­tions: The crew of Atlantis appears to have split into at least two fac­tions, cen­tered on the first offi­cer and chief engi­neer. The engi­neer­ing fac­tion believe the com­mand group are work­ing with a hos­tile shape-shift­ing alien.

Ref­er­ences: Cap­tain Masu­da con­sid­ers whether the crew have been affect­ed by a water-borne sub­stance such as that found on Psi 2000.

In a brief dis­cus­sion about shapeshift­ing aliens, salt vam­pires and chameloids are men­tioned. Nei­ther seem rel­e­vant to the cur­rent situation.

Ques­tions: What real­ly hap­pened to the Cap­tain of Atlantis? And who is the alien?