Quantum logs that he FINALLY caved and DECIDED that MAYBE it was OKAY to let Futureprise modify their engines. But you can just tell it's all with a big sigh. Father and son work together. Trip notes to Tri'Progeny, "It's the strangest thang, I, uh, look at yew and I see m'father. Righ' here -- around the eyes." "So, is he saying Tri'Progeny is like George H. W. Bush then?" the Evil Dr. Mathra asks. In this scene you can see black Xs and Ys on the bulkheads. I know they're probably supposed to be burn marks, but I think they make it look as though the ship's been through a genetic gang war. Trip goes on that Tri'Progeny's ears are definitely from his mother. Ha. Ha. Trip notes with some surprise that Tri'Progeny smiled. That's because he's a CRACK BABY. "I wasn't raised with the same inhibitions most Vulcans have. My human side has allowed me to find a balance between emotion and logic," Tri'Progeny says, trying desperately but just flat-out failing to catch the Spock. Apparently, this half-breed even tells jokes on occasion, but the guy's so Rumsfeldian that I really find that hard to believe.
They keep working, this father and son, ripped apart by massive tragedy and astounding loss, while unbeknownst to them, their future, past, and present is already decided. Okay, I don't know, but the scene seems to think that's what's going on here! It turns out that Tri'Progeny learned all he could by reading Trip's old logs, because Trip himself died when the kid was the burgeoning on the microbial age of fourteen. "What happened?" Trip asks. "I'm not sure we should be discussing the future," Tri'Progeny prisses. Oh, WHATEVER! You've been discussing the FUTURE this whole damn time! In fact, just saying that you read his LOGS is DISCUSSING THE FUTURE! Anyway, it's not the future, it's the past, so shut up, Tri'Progeny. I guess it could be the future, but only in Trip's eyes. Eh, just tell Trip he should stay away from dust jackets and the number eight and he'll be okay. Trip's sorry he wasn't there to help him grow up. "You were a good father," Tri'Progeny assures him, and then adds, "It's strange...being able to tell you that." No, it's actually strange that Trip was a good father, and also? Freakshow? You're DISCUSSING THE FUTURE!