‘A World with a Bluer Sun’ Part Three

Episode Num­ber: 113

Writ­ten by: Mar­co Rafalá

Direct­ed by: Jon Crew

Trans­mis­sion: 19th June 2021

Guest Stars:

  • Crew­man Samuel Ewendi: engineer
  • Ensign Lou Men­dola: an alien sci­en­tist mas­querad­ing as an engi­neer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Com­man­der Caitlin Mal­lo­ry: act­ing Com­mand­ing Offi­cer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Lieu­tenant Ed Parish: act­ing Armory Offi­cer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Lieu­tenant Dar­lene Phillips: Chief Engi­neer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Lieu­tenant Shi­ro Taka­hashi: Chief Sci­ence Offi­cer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Lieu­tenant Ale­jan­dro Mar­tinez: Chief Med­ical Offi­cer, SS Atlantis NX-05
  • Crew­man Hen­ry Green: deceased crew mem­ber, SS Atlantis NX-05

Cap­tain’s Log: Star­date 9842.7, supplemental

On board­ing Atlantis, we appear to have stum­bled into the mid­dle of a civ­il war amongst her crew, an unfor­tu­nate devel­op­ment for a ves­sel stuck in time on the edge of an expand­ing worm­hole. We have encoun­tered mem­bers of two fac­tions, one con­tain­ing what appear to be Engi­neer­ing staff, and the oth­er Com­mand. The lat­ter appear to have kid­napped the Chief Engi­neer, although we know not for what purpose.

Plot: Cap­tain Masu­da and her away team find they have to resolve the con­flict among Atlantis’s crew before they can res­cue them all.

The ‘A’ Plot: As the infor­mant returns to their fac­tion’s strong­hold, Masu­da decides the board­ing par­ty needs to fol­low the kid­nap­pers. Lt. Astan first, they climb the Jef­feries Tube to the next deck. As they explore the sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries, they see plen­ty of evi­dence of bat­tle dam­age, with many sec­tions sealed off due to being open to vacuum.

Find­ing the sick­bay, they observe Lt. Mar­tinez, Atlantis’s CMO, con­duct­ing an autop­sy on a dead crew­man. He absent-mind­ed­ly accepts their assis­tance, and explains that he is try­ing to find evi­dence of radi­a­tion from a weapon. When it sinks in that they are not part of the crew, he sets off an alarm.

A secu­ri­ty team arrives quick­ly, led by the Chief Sci­ence Offi­cer, Lt. Taka­hashi, who turns out to be the head of the third, neu­tral fac­tion, most­ly com­posed of sci­ence per­son­nel. Masu­da intro­duces her­self as the com­man­der of anoth­er Starfleet ves­sel, care­ful­ly omit­ting the time dif­fer­en­tial, and they learn more about the sit­u­a­tion on board. Taka­hashi and Mar­tinez rehash an ongo­ing argu­ment about the nature of the cur­rent con­flict: while the doc­tor believes an unusu­al Romu­lan weapon is mak­ing the crew see things, his sci­ence coun­ter­part is hunt­ing an actu­al Romu­lan bioweapon.

Taka­hashi remains uncon­vinced as to the board­ing par­ty’s true iden­ti­ty, but as he debates whether to take them into cus­tody (and Astan sub­tly pre­pares to pre­vent this), Act­ing Cap­tain Caitlin Mal­lo­ry makes a ship­wide announce­ment, that Chief Engi­neer Philips is going to be tried for trea­son. All crew are invit­ed to attend, as long as they come unarmed. See­ing an open­ing, Masu­da per­suades their cap­tors to let her group accom­pa­ny them to the tri­bunal as the sci­ence fac­tion’s guests.

Sud­den­ly dis­tract­ed, Taka­hashi agrees, then leaves to attend to oth­er busi­ness. Astan tails him and wit­ness­es him argu­ing with a woman wear­ing peri­od Cap­tain’s rank insignia, while a dead body is tak­en from a lab­o­ra­to­ry to an air­lock. He has lit­tle time to report back to the Cap­tain before they need to leave for the trial.

The way to the con­fer­ence room lies through the com­put­er core, where they are dis­armed, although the board­ing par­ty are able to retain their phas­er-I’s, a tech­nol­o­gy dat­ing from after Atlantis’s dis­ap­pear­ance. As the tri­al begins, it rapid­ly becomes appar­ent that this is a kan­ga­roo court, lead­ing Masu­da to offer to serve as a neu­tral arbiter.

Taka­hashi makes an appear­ance wav­ing a gad­get he claims will detect alien DNA. No-one is sur­prised when it detects its pres­ence on the accused. Mal­lo­ry declares that Philips is the alien intrud­er and orders her exe­cu­tion. As Masu­da argues to pre­vent this, the engi­neer­ing fac­tion choos­es this moment to attempt a res­cue, and a con­fused melee breaks out. Mal­lo­ry imme­di­ate­ly picks up a phase pis­tol from the table and attempts to shoot Philips her­self dur­ing the chaos. The Lyonesse par­ty mem­bers var­i­ous­ly attempt to throw off her aim and res­cue her target.

As they try to sub­due Mal­lo­ry, the ship lurch­es and the red alert klax­on begins to sound. Moments lat­er, a junior engi­neer issues a pan­icked warn­ing over the inter­com, say­ing that the reac­tor is about to breach and he’s unable to stop it due to the con­trols being rerout­ed to the engi­neer­ing com­mand cen­tre. Mal­lo­ry dis­ap­pears in the ensu­ing confusion.

A num­ber of peo­ple oth­ers flee for the lifeboats, but the board­ing par­ty are among the few that head for the com­mand cen­tre, only to find that the doors are sealed shut. Ensign Men­dola, a junior engi­neer­ing offi­cer inside, informs them that regret­tably, the destruc­tion of the ship is the only way to close the wormhole.

Astan and Ewen­di begin work to try and cut the door open, while Masu­da and Vale attempt to con­vince Men­dola to let them in. Gain­ing access, the nego­ti­a­tions con­tin­ue as they learn that Men­dola is actu­al­ly the alien, a shapeshifter from anoth­er uni­verse, strand­ed as a result of his own failed exper­i­ment. His ship’s engine is respon­si­ble for the worm­hole which is threat­en­ing both uni­vers­es. He believes destroy­ing it is the only way to pre­vent this, and that the only way to achieve it is to trig­ger a warp core breach on Atlantis.

Masu­da explains that it should be pos­si­ble to trig­ger the det­o­na­tion remote­ly from Lyonesse, allow­ing the evac­u­a­tion of the crew and pos­si­bly Men­dola’s return to his own world. The cap­tain and Astan then find them­selves try­ing to hold the crowd back as Ewen­di and Men­dola work on the nec­es­sary adjust­ments to his own modifications.

Ulti­mate­ly, they suc­ceed, evac­u­at­ing the ship by trans­porter and push­ing Atlantis off to det­o­nate against the alien ves­sel. Before the worm­hole clos­es, Men­dola takes the shut­tle­pod Gaheris through to the oth­er universe.

Dia­logue: Lt. Astan: “We could dis­ap­pear them with the trans­porter. Er, that’s a secu­ri­ty term, Captain.”

Obser­va­tions: The Atlantis crew are all some­what unbal­anced due to their two years in the wormhole.

This episode had a some­what rushed feel to its finale, rem­i­nis­cent of some of the less suc­cess­full Star Trek: Voy­ager episodes.