Engineering. By the light of the silvery warp core, Quantum whispers orders at Trip to go along with what the Christalien Scientists want. Trip is in disbelief that Quantum's not taking a stand against them. Quantum reminds him why they're out there. Trip starts to point or maybe argue with him, but Quantum grabs him by the upper arm, propels him along, and orders him not to take any action against them. Man, when my mother grabbed me by the upper-inner arm like that and propelled me places, it usually meant I was in really big trouble. Trip finally says, "Aye, Captain," sort of surprised. Quantum assures him, "This isn't over!" and leaves. "Make yerself at home," Trip tells the Christalien Scientists flatly. Digimon smiles with smug piousness and follows Quantum out.
Quantum's Ready Room. Digimon assures Quantum that his people won't be harmed. "You just murdered one of my people," Quantum says, keeping his back to Digimon. Okay, so that female ensign did die. I pretty much thought there was no way to survive that blast, but it was confusing with the people in Phlox's Sickbay. That takes the series' body count up to what? Two? Digimon excuses his actions by saying he had to make sure Quantum took him seriously. Digimon isn't disposed to answer Quantum's inquiries about what he wants with his ship until he feels the situation is secure. Digimon goes to leave but pauses at the door to add, "I also lost a crewman in that explosion, Captain. I'll say a prayer for them both." Right. The fact that you sacrificed a willing zealot makes it equal to slaughtering an innocent bystander. I despise religious hypocrisy more than any other hypocrisy. "Save your breath," Quantum hisses to himself after Digimon leaves. Seriously. Wait, did I just agree with Quantum? Is Chicken Little running around outside?