Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor, Not a Survivor

Captain's Log, Stardate 7201.3. This is Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy filling in for Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock. Both have gone missing together with 12 other crew members of the USS Enterprise during a seemingly harmless trip to a Minshara-class planet the locals call Dukkha. For now, all contact with the crew members on shore leave on the planet have been lost.

Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy, chief medical officer of the USS Enterprise

Surface scans of the planet came up with the images that show what the ship computer has identified as Commander Spock, Yeoman Tonia Barrows and Captain James T. Kirk although they bear no resemblance whatsoever to their original form. In fact, they look like monsters called zombies from an old earth movie from the ship's database. So until we know more, that's what I am calling them. 

Crew members of the Federation starship USS Enterprise have turned into zombies
Spock, Yeoman Tonia and Captain Kirk looking excited prior to the ill-fated shore leave
Back view of three crew members who have been plagued with an unknown vector

So far, I have not been able to find a cure for this mysterious plague affecting the three crew members away on shore leave. Although it has not been confirmed that the others on the planet have also turned into zombies, I wouldn't rule it out at this stage and am assuming the worse. Nonetheless, the ship's medical team is working around the clock to ascertain what's happening to Kirk and the others. 

Zombie Spock attempting unsuccessfully to make the Vulcan sign of greeting
Zombie Kirk may seem to have an effeminate demeanour but he is anything but
Zombie Tonia retains memories of her cheer-leading days hence this effort to spell out her name 

Zombification seems to have enhanced the green hues inherent within Spock's Vulcan physiology, more specifically in the skin. I haven't seen old pointy ears look so much like a hobgoblin since he tried drinking Nurse Christine Chapel's infamous chocolate marshmallow milk shake in the last Starfleet Officers New Year party. Also, further scans show that a fellow crew member may have tried using a Vulcan nerve pinch to bring zombie Spock down. However, by the look of the smudged hand print's position, I can safely surmise the attempt was incorrectly placed therefore unsuccessful.  

Spock deems his current state to be ... illogical
Pus in a wound to Spock's left arm suggests mode of infection could have been a bite
Hand print on Spock's back seem to indicate a failed attempt at applying a Vulcan nerve pinch

These changes in physiology apparently also affect humans as Yeoman Tonia's skin has darkened considerably as if due to accelerated onset of necrosis. In addition, her hair has gone from an original light brown to a brighter yellowish blonde, indicating a possibility that hair melanin is also affected. A bite mark in the region of her right knee provides a clue as to possible mode of infection. A similar bite mark is seen near the left elbow of Spock. Both wounds are filled with pus and blood.  

Yeoman Tonia Barrows has seen her hair take on a lighter hue while her skin got darker instead
A pus-filled bite mark on Tonia's right knee is another possible indication that bites are a mode of infection
Seeing that Tonia is a 'Red Shirt', it stands to reason she is most likely patient zero

Captain Kirk, his zombie version anyway, seems to have been shot at with phasers. Hopefully no serious irreversible injury has been inflicted on his internal organs that could prevent his healing if we manage to find a cure for this zombification disease. Interestingly enough, Kirk does not seem to sport any visible bite marks in the scans. Perhaps transmission was made via other bodily fluids.

Captain Kirk has retained his ab muscle tone despite zombification
A belt in the 23rd century? Kirk was always a rebel in fashion
Phasers set to kill seem to have little effect other than cause a small wound

Continuous efforts have been made to contact other crew members of the USS Enterprise on shore leave but to no avail. Meanwhile, something weird about the inhabitants of Dukkha has revealed itself to us. After a few days of shore leave, a majority of the inhabitants started wearing clothes that mimic fashion prevalent on Earth during the 20th century. It's as if they have scanned, downloaded and utilised information from the ship's records. It looks like we will have to sent in two groups of a four-member away team, similarly dressed, in order to investigate this whole puzzling mystery.

USS Enterprise lies in orbit around a planet called Dukkha

Updates will be made as soon as possible. Chief Medical Officer McCoy out, computer ... end log.

22 comments:

  1. Nice! The red one died first right?

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    1. Heh heh ... yeah, don't they always? :)

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  2. Funny post dude! The red shirt is patient zero lol.

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    1. Thanks Bob ... poor red shirts, it wasn't until STNG that it became a command uniform instead.

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  3. Great stuff and an excellent idea. Always loved the first Enterprise and it's adventures... the following ones not so much.

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    1. I love TOS, STNG, DS9 as well as Voyager but something always came up to prevent me from catching Enterprise.

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  4. Great stuff! :) I hope Scotty survived and is all well ;)

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  5. shouldn't they all be red shirts, seeming the other colours never seem to die :D

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    1. Lol ... well at least that's changed now, all colours get to kick the bucket now. :)

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  6. absolutely genial: Gene Roddenberry meets George Romero!

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    1. Both are true creative geniuses. While the former writes about what we humans should strive for in the future, the latter probably shows is what more likely lies in wait for us.

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  7. Inspired stuff. Great post.

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  8. Nice! Narrative and all! awesome!

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    1. Many thanks spunkybass. I was a bit hesitant to write this post as most don't get Star Trek anymore. I am glad you liked it though. :)

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  9. Hahahahaha!! Funniest post ever! :D You just made my day :D
    The mere concept is pure genius, but the execution of the idea is top notch, I've enjoyed these ones! :)

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    1. Really glad you liked it Suber. XD It made my day that it made yours. ^_^

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