Thursday, February 4, 2010

Episode 16: The Time Conundrum

This is a summary of an episode performed during Improvised Star Trek's initial live run at iO Chicago from October 17, 2009 until May 8, 2010. You can click here to listen to our most recent adventure on the podcast, subscribe to us on iTunes using the links to the right, or find out about upcoming opportunities to see us live here.


Captain Baxter has convinced himself that hes his own father, and plans to abandon the USS Sisyphus' scheduled ore delivery to instead slingshot around a sun at warpspeed so he can travel back in time and impregnate his own mother. He meets with Science Officer Watson who objects and cites the many time travel ethics courses taught at starfleet academy, but Captain Baxter had taken the poetry electives instead and will not be swayed. Things are complicated by the sudden reappearance Q-Min, a member of the Q Continuum who has interfered with the Sisyphus before. He warns the Captain that his attempt to father himself will not turn out how he plans. Dr "McCloud" confirms that Captains DNA is self-similar enough to be his own father, but reminds him that doesn't really prove anything, for reasons most viewers can put together on their own. The Captain also brief's Cmdr Hayes and Lt. Cola to be prepared for Q's interference, but is struck by the fact that his first officer appears to be pregnant. Hayes confirms that he was visited by strange lights the previous evening, and now seems to be carrying a gestating lifeform. Q reappears and taunts Baxter further, and the Captain orders the Sisyphus into the past.

The Sisyphus arrives at Starbase 12 in 2336, the place and time of the Captain's birth, but with a startling side effect. The thoridian ore that the ship was transporting interfered with the time travel process, switching the genders of the whole crew, excluding Dr "McCloud" who is genderless. The reactions of the crew are varied: Lt. Cola, now the only male on the senior crew, soon gives in to his lust and aggressively solicits the others; Cmdr Hayes is relieved to have more room for her quickly-growing baby; the Captain, however, is distraught in the knowledge that she won't be able to father himself. Q explains the inevitability of Baxter's failure and warns that he still doesn't understand the events unfolding. Struggling to make sense of his cryptic statements the crew considers the possibility that Baxter is Hayes' baby, and Fritz wonders if Q is his father. Hayes baby turns out to be himself, and he places the baby into one of the ship's adoption probes and send it off. Resigned to the fact that he's just a normal person the Captain orders the ship back to the present, but Q intervenes one last time, freezing the crew except for Lt. Cola, who he gives an opportunity to follow through on her masculine urges.

With Special Guest Steve Waltien as Q.

Supplemental material: Man For A Day a poem by Lady Cola

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