Without waiting for an answer, Cpt. Quantum throws open the examination room door -- did anyone else wonder if he needed to take protective measures before going in? A smock, a mask, anything to protect a potentially vulnerable Klingon from contamination by a human? -- and strides inside. "Excuse me," Cpt. Quantum demands of a medical technician (recognizable as Dr. Phlox), passing a guard with a plasma gun. "Is this man dead?" I like how the writers subtly clue us into the open-mindedness of Cpt. Quantum and SO1 by having them call the Klingon "gentleman" and "man." "His autonomic system was disrupted by the blast but his redundant neural functions are still -- " Dr. Phlox babbles. "Is he going to die?" Cpt. Quantum interrupts. "Not necessarily," Dr. Phlox says cheerfully. Dude, Phlox is a total composite of the Emergency Medical Hologram and Neelix from Voyager, but better. I like him already. ["Plus, he's named after a pretty flower. Aw." -- Sars] Cpt. Quantum strides (because honestly, can he be said to walk any other way?) out and delivers an uninformed PSA to the Vulcans about euthanising Klaang. "Now where is the logic in that?" Cpt. Politically Correct Quantum demands. Ambassador Soval attempts to edge around T'Pol's (now visibly) enormous dinners and explain that the Klingon culture "finds honor in death. If they saw him like this, he'd be disgraced." Vo2 offers further explanation to the culturally ignorant human captain that the Klingons are a race of warriors: "They dream of dying in battle. If you understood the complexities of interstellar diplomacy --" But Cpt. Quantum's not interested in those complexities as he interrupts VO2 to stick his hands in his pockets, widen his stance, and demand, "So that's your diplomatic solution -- to do what they tell you? Pull the plug?" VO2 tells Cpt. Quantum, "Your metaphor is crude," and then elevates his eyebrows ever-so-slightly, "but accurate." Cpt. Quantum gets all defensive and says that while humans may be "crude," they aren't murderers either, and turns to his senior Starfleet Officers to ask them, "You're not going to let them do this, are ya?" The senior Starfleet Officials look uncomfortable as Ambassador Soval says that the Klingons want Klaang's corpse back immediately. "Admiral?" Cpt. Quantum demands. SO1, now Admiral, tells him they might have to "defer to their judgment." Cpt. Quantum raises his voice and says they've been deferring to them for over one hundred years. "Jon," Admiral says warningly. "How much longer?" Cpt. Quantum insists.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B+ | 286 USERS: C+
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