Star Trek: Resolution

S01E02 - False Start, part 2

Captain's log, supplemental. Following Dr. Mela T'ok's discovery, I've ordered Lieutenant Zole and Commander Lantara to change the focus of their investigation. Once believed to be a victim, crewman Miller is now the chief suspect in the act of sabotage that almost destroyed the Resolution. Beyond the desire to bring the crewman to justice, it is important to me to understand whatever motivation he had for his actions. Although I do not wish to be paranoid, I cannot deny that the consequences of the Resolution's destruction within the shipyard would have been severe for Starfleet. It is almost certain that the exploding Resolution would have taken the vessels in construction nearby with her, including both of Starfleet's most advanced ships, the Enterprise and the Yamato. The loss of these vessels would represent a major setback for Starfleet. The sooner we find crewman Miller, the sooner we will get our answers.

Lt. Kuranda travels to cargo bay 3, to examine the cargo transporter that seems to have been active at the time of the explosion on the Resolution. After spending a few hours going through the transporter console's logs and programming, he finds the remnants of a program embedded deep in its subroutines. Though the program seems to have attempted to delete itself, Kuranda's superior skill allows to reconstitute most of it. The program activated the transporter when it detected a power surge on the conduits of deck 29.  It transported someone from the deck off the ship. After a bit more work, the Chief Engineer is able to determine that the point of destination was Spacedock, in Earth orbit.

Capt. LaSalle contacts the docking authority of Spacedock and asks them if any ships left since the explosion on the Resolution. He is informed that three ships left: the Calandra, a Betazoid passenger liner, the Latinum Goose, a Kressari freighter, and an Orion barge called the Fair Appraiser.

The Captain orders Lt. Zole to hail Admiral T'Lara, aboard her flagship, the Nagano. Quickly briefing her about the recent develpoments, he asks her to go after the Fair Appraiser, while the Resolution goes after the Latinum Goose. Capt. LaSalle then hails the Calandra and orders them to turn back, which they acknowledge.

Despite repairs on the warp drive not being fully completed, the Resolution goes off in pursuit of the Kressari freighter. In order to catch up, Lt. Kuranda has to push the ship's engines. Through the skill of his engineering team and his wherewithal, he manages to avoid further damage to the ship. And the battered Nebula-class ship catches up to the freighter.

Capt. LaSalle orders the Kressari to drop out of warp. Though the ship initially complies, the minute the Resolution drops out of warp, the freighter tries to run. The Captain orders Lt. Zole to fire a warning shot. The freighter then turns around, and powers up its weapons.

A short ship battle ensues, but the Latinum Goose is no match for the Starfleet Cruiser. As the Kressari freighter is starting to look pretty battered, it suddenly stops. Capt. LaSalle orders the crew to disengage. Hails remain without responses, but sensors can pick up phaser fire from the freighter's bridge. The Captain tells Cmdr. T'Ren to assemble an away team and find out what is happening on the other ship.

Cmdr. T'Ren, Lt. ZoleCommander Lantara, Dr. To'k, and a security team beam aboard the Latinum Goose, in the hallway just outside the bridge.

They open the door to the bridge and find themselves in the middle of a firefight. One human, at the far end of the bridge, is hiding behind a console and firing at two crewmen hiding behind another console to the left of the door. Below the captain's chair, there is a pool of blood. A limp hand hanging from the side completes the picture and belies the Kressari captain's fate.

Cmdr. T'Ren ducks into the room and takes cover behind the captain's chair. She yells "Michael Miller, put down your weapon and surrender, and you will not be harmed." "You'll never take me alive!" answers the man hiding at the far end of the bridge. The Commander fires, but hits the console. Miller pops out and fires. He hits the Vulcan and she yelps from the pain. Lt. Zole, setting her phaser to heavy stun, ducks into the room and fires at Miller as he tries to duck back into cover. Her shot hits him and he drops.

Crewman Miller is taken into custody and beamed to the brig on the Resolution. Medical and Engineering teams are beamed aboard to Latinum Goose to tend to the ship and crew.

Capt. LaSalle orders Dr. To'k to do a full medical check up of Crewman Miller. The Medical examination shows that Miller's DNA was modified twice. Once to appear Cardassian, and once more to appear as if it had been made to appear human, obviously so that a cursory examination would have shown that he was Cardassian. The manipulation was, unfortunately for whatever scheme crewman Miller was hatching, not good enough to fool Dr. To'k.

Hours later, Capt. LaSalle, Lt. Zole and Commander Lantara visit crewman Miller in the brig to question him about his motives. At first, he claims to be Cardassian agent looking to strike at the heart of the Federation, but when his deception is revealed, he crumbles. He expresses his anger at Starfleet's wait and see approach towards the reduced Cardassian War. He claims having seen horros perpetrated at their hands during the height of the conflict and bemoans the fact that Starfleet isn't pushing forward into Cardassian space, arguing that the Federation should pounce on their enemy while they are weakened. Though Capt. LaSalle calmly tries to reason with the man, explaining that Starfleet's mission is not war, but peace and exploration, the traumatized veteran wants to hear none of it.

The Resolution makes its way back to the Sol system, the Latinum Goose in tow, and delivers Michael Miller to Starfleet's custody.

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