Episode Number: 113
Written by: Marco Rafalá
Directed by: Jon Crew
Transmission: 19th June 2021
- 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.