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|Voyages of the USS Angeles episode|
Artim and Counselor Moss as hostages of the Breen.
|Directed by||Jennifer Cole|
|Written by||Rob Caves|
and Janice Willcocks
|Production Code||ANG 1.03|
|Original Air Date||September 14, 2009|
|Streaming Video Link||Link|
|Season 1 episodes|
|ANG Season 1 Page|
Members of the science team, including Munoz, Counselor Katie Moss and Ensign James Darwin are having lunch on Ba'ku. Moss wonders if they'll ever be able to replicate the healing powers of the rings. Darwin expresses his disappointment that only the science team is able to visit the planet. Artim asks Munoz if he ever dreams about being something he's not. Artim tells of how he looks up into the night sky, sees the stars, but he can't visit any of them. When Munoz suggests that he lives in paradise, Artim disagrees, suggesting it can't be paradise if you can never leave. Munoz reminds him that he'll age if he leaves and that people would love to live on Ba'ku - that's why the Federation is there, to protect the planet. Artim then tells of his love of astronomy but how his father won't let him have a telescope, as the Ba'ku have no need for such things. Munoz shares his interest, noting that he took it his first year in the Academy. Munoz then tells Artim that he was 16 when he joined the Academy, just having barely passed the entrance examination. Darwin then arrives, reminding them that Fleet Captain Cole wanted them back on the ship by 18:00 - they depart to investigate a vein of ore with Artim leading the way.
After a while, they come across the source of the deposits they were tracking. Darwin reports that the source contains traces of kelbonite, borite and trilithium. Artim tells the team that the Ba'ku don't use those materials. Darwin then reports that there are other units submerged into the ground, some very close to the planet's mantle. Each unit contains a sub-methane cooling assembly - they are basically large atmospheric cooling units. Munoz notes that whoever wanted to cool the planet didn't get very far. Darwin then reveals that the only species that uses kelbonite in such quantities is the Breen.
Back on the Independence, Munoz returns to his quarters after a long day. Suddenly, Artim appears. Munoz excitedly tells him that his father's worried sick. Artim tells Munoz that he stowed away on a transport and that he wants to go to the Academy. Munoz says that he must go home. Artim pleads with him - he doesn't want to live the idyllic life he would lead on Ba'ku - he wants to explore the universe. Munoz tells him to talk to his father and that he has a dozen lifetimes to explore the universe, but Artim tells him again that this is his only chance, as no Ba'ku are allowed to leave, as they would age and die. When Munoz again insists that he must return to the planet, Artim tells him of another reason to stay - he needs to find his mother. Munoz says that he thought his mother died in a rock slide. Artim replies that the Ba'ku want everyone to believe that they all stay on the planet, but it's not the truth. His mother left when he was young with several others and eventually joined starfleet. He needs to find her, as she is aging while he and his father are not. Artim then tells Munoz his mother's name - Alysen Ibanya. Munoz thinks he knows someone who can help.
Later, in Counselor Moss' office, information on his mother is found. She is a Commander and First Officer aboard the USS Endeavour, assigned as part of the Seventh Fleet, assigned to rebuild Cardassia after the Dominion War. Munoz asks why she left - Artim supposes it's the same reason he wants to leave. As to why she left him behind, they wonder if it's because she wanted her father to raise him, or if she wanted to spare him the knowledge of mortality. When Moss asks him whether he'd be willing to give up his immortality, he responds positively, desiring to leave "that backward planet." When Munoz suggests that Artim and his mother could always return, Artim expresses some doubts, although Moss points out that the Ba'ku accepted the Son'a that were a part of the village. She then tells Artim that he must say goodbye to his father. When Artim asks Munoz to join him, he accepts. Then Moss asks Munoz how he'll proceed. He says he'll talk to Fleet Captain Cole, certain that she'll understand.
Cole doesn't understand - blowing up at Munoz about the teams on the planet searching for him and the fact that the Breen would love to get their hands on a Ba'ku hostage to use as a bargaining chip. She then asks whether Artim's sure about this. Munoz responds that he wants to find his mother and join the Academy - he's "got the smarts" despite his young age, as the Ba'ku are technologically advanced, just having chosen to eschew the use of that technology. Cole notes that she served with Alysen aboard the USS Alliance - she was Cole's Second Officer for two years and a "good woman", likely wanting to see her son again. She then indicates that he will arrange transport for Artim to Deep Space Nine. Munoz asks to take Artim himself, as Artim looks up to him. Cole asks if they will talk to Artim's father before leaving. Munoz indicates that they will. Cole then asks where Artim is - Munoz responds that he is with Counselor Moss in her office. Suddenly, a klaxon sounds and Cole is called to Ops.
Cole and Munoz reach Ops. Munoz reports a site-to-site transport and that the sensors have been sabotaged. Suddenly, the Breen hail them, showing Moss and Artim on the screen and asking Cole to reconsider their proposal, being ready to execute a hostage should they refuse them immediate access to Ba'ku. Cole demands the return of the hostages prior to any discussions. The Breen order Cole to remove her teams from the surface. Cole responds that she cannot do that. Just as the Breen are about to shoot Moss, Artim jumps in the path of the disruptor beam, catching it full in the chest. Cole then asks the Breen to return Artim to them, if they have any decency at all.
Artim and Moss are transported to sickbay. Artim is in critical condition, having stopped breathing and beginning to go into cardiac arrest. Doctor Henglaar and Nurse Carder work furiously to save him, eventually using a cardiostimulator to attempt to restart his stopped heart. After several attempts, Carder notes that his synaptic pathways are beginning to deteriorate. They stop working to save him - Henglaar orders life support disconnected. Munoz barges in, upset at the decision. Cole arrives and says that she'll contact Artim's father. Munoz looks at Artim's body and tells him that he can't be dead, as he's immortal. Moss says that she should have been the one to be hit - Cole tells her not to think that way.
Munoz then asks Cole for a runabout, suggesting that the metaphasic rings of Ba'ku are the only way to save him now. Cole doesn't agree, as he's already dead - there is no way that the rings could save Artim. Munoz notes that he's been exposed to more of the metaphasic radiation than anyone else on Ba'ku, his having been born there. When Cole refuses the request again, suggesting it would "make a bad situation worse", everyone leaves sickbay, Munoz with Artim's body, leaving Cole to wonder if anyone is actually listening to her.
The Power of the Rings
Several hours after landing on Ba'ku, nothing has happened and Moss becomes pessimistic about Artim's chances. Munoz talks to Artim's body, reminding him that he's immortal. He then begins to cry. Moss suggests that they talk to Artim's father - Munoz knows this, not being pleased at the prospect. Suddenly, they hear a noise and then Artim rouses. Moss calls the Independence and tells them that Artim's alive. Artim tells Munoz that he feels "mortal." They then agree to return to the Ba'ku village.
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- Darwin: "My wife made these."
- Moss: "Mmm, what do we have here? Peanut butter and jelly! My favorite!"
- Darwin: "She likes to replicate all the ingredients instead of replicating the whole sandwich. She thinks it tastes better that way, I guess. Well, here goes nothing."
- Moss: "Not bad."
- Darwin: "Must have something to do with the metaphasic rings around the planet. I usually can't stand her food."
- Cole: "Isn't anybody listening to me?"
- Munoz: "How do you feel?"
- Artim: "I feel...mortal."
- This episode formed the basis of the flashback sequences in "To The Stars" (HF 2.06).
- The cardiostimulator used during the scene in sickbay appears to be a wired computer mouse.
- There are several non-Trek canon vessels seen flying past Deep Space 12 during this episode, including:
- Princess Amidala's transport from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
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"A Little Night Music"
"Q in the Dark"
|Costume and Props||Cindy Williams|
|Visual Effects||Rob Caves|
Newtek's Lightwave 3D®
|Craft Services||Jennifer Cole|
|Hand Stand-In||Jason Munoz|
|Shot on location in the Angeles National Forest|
The Beach Soundtrack
|Still Photography||Jennifer Cole|
|Special Thanks||Cindy Williams|