First person view story where you talked smack about Captain Picard. You better hope Q swoops in to save your ass.
The Enterprise is on a heading towards an unknown moon-sized object spotted by one of their observatories situated on the outskirts of Federation space.
Normally a moon-sized object wouldn’t be all that special except this one is all alone in space. No planets. No sun. Just one lonely moon.
Upon arriving, they quickly see that this moon isnt a moon at all but what looks to be an artificial construct.
In 10 forward, Ro is sitting alone near the windows. Data comes up and asks if he can join her, and Ro gladly accepts the company.
Despite the company, Ro still appears upset and Data asks her why. She explains that one of Bajor’s biggest holidays is coming up and none of her people are around for her to celebrate with.
She goes on to tell the story of the holiday which takes place 20,000 years ago during Bajor’s pre-industrial age. A ruthless warlord was marching against his neighbors and pillaging their resources. Eventually there was only one independent state left.
The state was small and attached to the main continent by a land bridge. They weren’t fighters but philosophers and artists. They didn’t stand much chance against the largest and most brutal army that had existed.
As Ro told the tale of the large force crossing the bridge, their conversation is interrupted by Commander Riker ordering Data to the bridge. Data apologizes for the interruption and departs; leaving Ro alone again in 10 forward.
As Geordi lines up a shot in a game of pool, Riker’s voice chirps over the comm and orders the engineer to the bridge as well. O’Brien sarcastically remarks on the great timing while Geordi laments having to leave as he puts away his stick.
The pair of men Geordi and Miles were up against begin to gloat. They were competing in a tournament and the rules say no postponement. If you lose your partner, you have one minute to find a new one or you forfeit. Which seems pretty harsh, really. Especially for a location where shit happens randomly all the time.
Miles refuses to forfeit and quickly looks around the room. He spots Counselor Troi off in the corner looking at a computer screen and he begs her to join his team.
Troi warns O’Brien that Betazoids don’t play pool but he doesn’t have any other options. The men tease O’Brien that he’s out of time but Troi stands and announces she’s his partner. The tournament can go on!
Alexander sits in Mr. Mot’s barber chair while Worf stands nearby. Alexander complains about getting his hair cut and Mot tells the lad that he’s not exactly enjoying dealing with the little shit either but he’s under orders.
To take the child’s mind off of the ordeal, Mot tells Alexander a story about the Endeavor and the time it evaded some Klytanian warships by ducking in to some Oort clouds near Alpha Pelisium.
Alexander pipes up that Alpha Pelisium doesn’t have Oort clouds, and basically calls Mot out on being full of it.
Mr. Mot tells the boy he may be right and quickly gets the kid out of his chair as the haircut is over. Worf walks his son down the hall and explains to the boy how rude that was, but Alexander doesn’t understand why he shouldn’t have called out obvious falsehoods.
As Worf explains to Alexander how feelings work (the irony), a call comes down from the bridge ordering Worf to head up there. He tells his son to go on to class without him and they will discuss this incident later.
In the holodeck, Dr. Crusher is taking a nice walk through Big Sur with a blonde woman named Terry. They speak a bit about Wesley and how he’s currently dating a girl named Robin Leffler. The conversation then turns to Terry and how happy she is to be stationed on the Enterprise.
Dr. Crusher says that after what Terry went through, she deserves a break. We learn that Terry’s previous ship was seriously attacked leaving it half destroyed and her friends dead. While Terry claims to have moved past the incident, Beverly recommends she speak to Counselor Troi.
Before they can really argue the matter, their conversation is interrupted with an order for Beverly to report to the bridge. Terry has a shift starting up there soon so she joins the doctor in heading up there.
The four officers arrive up on the bridge at about the same time, and Captain Picard explains the machine is devoid of life but scans can’t tell them what the function of the device was.
Picard orders Worf, Geordi, and Data to form an away team to the
death star artificial moon and find out what they can. Dr. Crusher is asked to remain by the captain’s side on the bridge to monitor the situation and be ready to spring in to action should they run in to trouble.
The three men arrive on the construct after donning some protective gear and beaming over. Their scans confirm it’s entirely artificial and old. Very old.
The team does pick up readings that indicate the power source is in tact. Now they just need to figure out what that power was used for.
Worf immediately postulates it could be a weapon of some sort, but Data notes a weapon would need something to shoot, and there are no planets anywhere nearby. Neither to attack or defend against.
Geordi points out that just because there are no planets here now doesn’t mean there weren’t any in the area a thousand years ago.
The team follows the power nodes back towards their source, keeping open communication to the bridge. Picard and Riker discuss the thought of the race who made this construct no longer existing and Dr. Crusher chimes in with a quote from Ozymandias. “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.”
But before she and Picard can get in to a discussion on ancient literature, 6 ships appear on sensors approaching from behind the construct at warp 2.
Shields are raised immediately and the alien vessels slow to half-impulse near the Enterprise.
Terry recognizes the ships as the very ones that had brutally attacked her ship, the Grissom!
Will they do the same to the Enterprise??
Ok seriously how did they get away with this copyright infringement?? Ha!
I’m really enjoying the mystery of this “not a moon” built long ago and floating on the edge of Federation space, though. I also liked how we got to see a bit in to the lives of several officers as they got the call to head to the bridge. I hope Ro gets to celebrate her holiday and Troi kicks ass in the pool tournament!
On to the letters and we get this guy. First, he is totally right when he points out that the ship used in issue #32 was referred to as Constitution class like the original Enterprise, but looked more like the Stargazer. He was also right to point out giving it a letter suffix (the ship was NCC-1757-B) is unusual because that’s only for very special ships like Enterprise.
But he totally comes off like comic book guy, lol.
Now here’s a letter that TOS fans will appreciate I suppose. Being a TNG fan forever I obviously don’t agree, but don’t say I never let the other side have its say:
I know several people who would argue Picard to be the hot one, Stuart. But I know Kirk is considered more classically handsome at least. Of course compare the two men now and you may get different answers!
The great joy of Trek now is there isn’t just TOS or TNG to choose from. We have 8 different series all with their own look and feel. There is something for everyone from the campy action of the 60s to the optimism of TNG; the grit of DS9 to the updated, cinematic action of DIS. And that is something we as fans can all celebrate. IDIC 🖖