Part 54: Episode 54: "Once More, With Feeling…"Episode 54: "Once More, With Feeling…"
Captain's Log posted:
We're responding to a distress call from the U.S.S. Copernicus. They've suffered a catastrophic power failure of indeterminate cause. We're only a few light minutes away at maximum warp, so I've ordered-
I've done this before.
"We've done this before."
"We're about to receive a message from the Copernicus, they're under attack by a Borg sphere."
"Sir! The… Copernicus is hailing us. They're… under attack by a Borg sphere."
"A vision from the Prophets?"
"Ayna, run a full scan for temporal anomalies."
"Already did. Three times. I was wondering when you'd start to catch on. There's nothing, sir-whatever this is, it's not temporal in a sense I understand. It's more like something keeps resetting everything, but isn't affecting our subconscious memories."
"I see. Get me as complete an analysis as you can, we still need to assist the Copernicus. I'd like some idea of what's going on before we get 'reset' again."
"Really, Captain, I was expecting so much better from Aunt Kathy's favorite toy."
"Oh, don't look at me like that; with your Cardassian 'puppy dog' eyes. I've already explained things in terms your primitive mind should've understood. Must I do everything for you?"
"What do you want with us, Q?"
"Oh, Captain, I didn't know you were a ventriloquist! I knew there must be some reason my Aunt Kathy was so enamored with you; but it certainly can't have been your tactical acumen."
"What are you doing, sir?"
"… I'm scared, what's going on?!"
"Be quiet, all of you. I'm speaking to your Captain. And really, Captain, do you think I don't know what you're doing? You can't simply bore me into leaving, the crew of the Voyager tried that already. It didn't work then, and it won't work now. Besides, if you stand here and do nothing, the 'demons' of air and darkness will win, and your entire timeline will Cease. To. Exist. So you see, there's something to be said for you, oh, not boring me. That is, if you want to continue existing, anyway."
"Still stubborn, I see. Welcome aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. If you'll look out the window behind me, you'll see a Borg cube. The same cube commanded by my father's dear friend, Jean-Luc Picard. Stand here long enough and, well… it's all over. So, you're on something of a time limit my friends. Your petulance is only getting people killed. One of them may even be Commander Sisko."
"… The Emissary…"
"Oh good, at least one of you is paying attention. I'd almost feared I'd given your crew too much credit, Captain. It's good to see at least one of them can nearly match the cognitive capability of a Denobulan slime mold."
"Well, I see no point in standing here dithering. Especially since Commander Sisko's wife just died. Such a pity, you may have been able to do something about that. Oh well, I'm sure these new Borg from the future will have a lot to teach their ancestors once they've captured the ship."
"We're moving out-room by room if we have to. We need to make sure Captain Sisko gets off this ship alive."
"Oh my, so compelling. So decisive! So heroic, for a Cardassian. Oh, but I'm afraid we'll need to do something about that. Really, Captain… you should try a little harder. Then maybe none of them will see the inevitable betrayal coming."
"Well, it is only a matter of time. Which you are currently running out of. Best hurry, Captain. Chop-chop."