S1 Episode 19 “…The Gambler and the Gangster”
SYNOPSIS: CONTINUED FROM LAST EPISODE, just gotten the Kah’Lahh D7 ship up and running, the crew now on the bridge of the ship gets a report of what’s still functional (Not much). The Captain hears all options on what to do with the find and orders that to strip the ship of necessary items and download the Computer core (which will take 6 to 12 hours). The crew takes the following items : Core Data, hand held weapons and armor, One Transporter pad and controls and everything necessary to power it, several Photon Torpedoes, one working disruptor cannon, and odds and ends that one ensign found.
24 hours later and back in orbit, the crew onboard the bridge gets crew causality reports coming in from the 24 hours being on the planet. The first was a security man got crushed by a emergency bulkhead door that came crashing down, the cause was a rusty gear. The second was a piece of bulkhead that came crashing down on a crewman, the cause was rusted bolts holding it up. The third was a laser array that was in safe mode and powered up, but accidentally fired its laser outside the trap and cut off a scientists arm, the cause was a faulty turnstile that held the prism in place. And finally a plasma leak in engineering killed a engineer, the leaks cause was a fracturing in the plasma conduits.
Worry that there is a saboteur aboard, the captain orders that Dr Acora begins scanning the faulty pieces for some evidence of sabotage. As she begins her work, Ensign smith mouthed off to the captain and he was ordered to go polish the head ( for the umpteenth time) he approached the turbo lift and he turned his head to give the captain the finger…. as the doors opened there was no turbo lift and he went screaming to his death.
The turbo lift then came up as he was squished into the ceiling of the turbo lift shaft.
The Captain ordered his body to be squeegeed up and find out the cause of WHY the doors opened. Dr Acora found out that the two conducting plates that conduct the circuit that tells the lift is at its deck was corroded together with the lifts plate and stuck together. The doctor was confused because those plates are made of a beryllium-copper alloy and they DON’T CORODE! Further analysis of all the broken parts shown that their atomic spin of the items were counter-clockwise , which is odd since all atoms spin clockwise. mentioning this to the captain he ordered the ship to be scanned.
A call came up from The Crewman’s lounge , bartender smith asked if the crewmen can have gambling machines. The captain ordered no and continued with the investigation. The scans shown there were 3 outbreaks of coutnerspin. the first in the crewman’s lounge, the second on a crewman room 5 on deck four, and the final one on deck five in the jr officer room 4 quarters. exiting from that set of quarters was a jr officer who made his way up to the bridge and while he was heading to his station, he tripped and face planted into a computer screen… thus killing him.
the captain was ticked now! Dr Acora scanned his body and there was a residual decay of counter spin atoms. A security alert came up from nanofabrication that there was another fabrication of a gambling device ( the computer logged the captains orders on no gambling devices!) and reported it. Dr Acora had a theory and looked into the log of the nano factory. Apparently there were 20 gambling devices made before the order went into effect. Dr Acora reported who used the nano factory to manufacture said devices and then reported him to the captain.
The captain ordered Ensign Smith to be escorted to the bridge by security and to confiscate all the devices. A few minutes later he came onboard the bridge and was told to explain himself on the gambling devices that were piled in front of him. He explained that he found the item aboard the Kah’Lahh ship and according to their database it was a gambling device. A small orb with a button on the top, if it glows you won, if it made a wah wah wah wah wah sound , you lost. He was bored with the games onboard and figured that it’s a simple device and would not harm anything if he took it. Showing it off to some of his friends , they wanted one and he duplicated it. Dr Acora analyzed the device and found out it was powered by a K particle ( a theoretical particle that is half matter and half antimatter but does not destroy itself) and they all formed a wireless network. Dr Acora then explained simply that the device somehow “Drained good luck” and left the gambler with “bad luck” . Ensign Smith shown how he could not loose, a knife was tossed at him and completely missed and went AROUND him. the Captain ordered him to start looking for spores, molds and fungi in the carpeting on each deck, he then dismissed him and ordered all the devices to be tossed into the sun.
With that nonsense over with, the executive officers reported to the executive conference room to discuss potential destinations. IT was finally decided to head to the colony world Van Maanen’s Star. Back Onbord the bridge, the distance travel time would take 3 days at warp 2 and a course was plotted. about 2 days and 23 hours later (one hour outside the system) the ship suddenly accelerated to over warp 9 for 20 seconds…. and then dropped out of warp at the edge of the system. Analysis of the nearby system determined that there was a subspace network node at the edge of the system but it was badly corroded. Indications of 12 planets in the system ( with the 5th being considered a Class M planet.) and an asteroid belt between the 6th and 7th planet… the crew took time to examine the node here at the edge of the system. Further examination indicated that there was tachyon particles as a residue here and the node was 300 yrs old. Further indications shown that there is wreckage of a colony ship in orbit around the 5th planet. Deciding to chance it, they went in and in orbit around the 5th planet the crew scanned the ship for survivors. Apparently the ship was badly broken up, and according to scans the landing craft was not attatched (which the crew surmised that they survived and landed). The captain checked the historical databanks on the ship and found out that the hibernation complement was around 5000 with room for 125 living aboard the landing craft. Chief Science officer Acora scanned the planet and determined the landing craft was crashed into a mountain side with a city nearby. Further scans around the planet indicated 4 weather satellites and 2 radio com satellites ( standard for every 21st century colony ship.) and old style radio broadcasts… the captain ordered Dr Acora to put it on audio and it was old radio broadcasts of various old early 19th century style broadcasts with old style police band broadcasts. The captain ordered the standard landing crew take cultural precautions and stocked the m.a.r.v.i.n accordingly.
Landing near the entrance of the ship, the crew found that the ships entrance was in a mountain side that was a cave that was reinforced with quick-crete (on board the colony ship standard). and further examination of the ship found out that the ship barely survived impact and with power restored by TOUCAN, the ships computers were almost totally fried, all was left in the data banks was old style gangster movies from the 1920s. The captain ordered Dr Acora to do recon in her stealth suit. and after 2 hours she came back with a newspaper , a sample of money, and images of outfits of the era. Using the Nanite factory aboard the landing craft the crew was outfit in the style of the era and toucans Nanite factory was programmed to provide money (everyone had $1000.00) and they walked into town.
On the border of the town they encountered a sight! Looking right out of a gang style film everything was era authentic. The crew started asking questions on where the library was and the local library. A local taxi guy asked which side of town they wanted to go to , the Oxmix library or the library to this controlling side ( which was controlled by the Marconi’s). The crew decided to go to the Marconi library and the cab guy drove them a few blocks away. Dropping them off he was given 2 WHOLE CLAMS!!! (he asked for .25 cents and to realize how much this is… 2 dollars is this guys weekly take!)
The cab driver offered to take them where ever they needed to for the entire day if they would give him $12 and he would even wait out for them. The crew agreed and paid the man and went inside. The crew managed to convince the local librarian to let them look at the newspaper archives and the captain ordered toucan to scan the most prominent of the newspapers and give him a report. Toucan proceeded to go downstairs into the archives and start scanning in 300 years WORTH of newspapers.
Since this was going to take a while, the crew went to the local Italian bistro called “La deliziosa cena” ( the lovely supper) and sat outside eating the Sunday supper special. After 7 courses of salad, pasta, meatsause and other various pseudo Italian like food they decided to look around. They asked the cab driver to see the sights, he drove them to a local speakeasy and they sampled the booze and entertainment inside. Later they caught up with toucan around 10pm and decided to stay in town. Asking where to stay that was high class the driver took them to the Marconi Arms and they flashed a lot of cash in the hotel. Buying the presidential suite for at least 3 days they paid the desk 75 dollars and were escorted to the suite. The Suite came with a butler and was huge. the size was at least 2 stories tall (open air partly) with a view from the 10th floor. Dr Acora ordered the chocolate surprise and the rest of the crew decided to call it a night.
(Ending music, ROLL CREDITS