The Engineer, “The door is locked and someone is pumping something in.” Pierce calls Corbin and lets him know whats going on. Corbin has the XO bring up the controls but they are locked. Corbin heads down to the conference room to open the door for them. Over the intercom in the conference room Pierce hears “Initiate Operation Platypus” and the engineers face goes slack and starts to turn toward Pierce. The engineer starts crazily swinging at Pierce who dodges out the way and then trips the engineer and tries to get him in a submission hold. The engineer starts kicking wildly but is still being held by Pierce and then brings it in for the hold but can’t seem to get the engineer into the hold. They mostly end up rolling around on the floor with the engineer trying to kick Pierce in the face and Pierce trying to hold him still.
Corbin gets there and sees Pierce having his sissy fight with the engineer through the little window. He pulls his baton and starts slamming it against the window to break it open while Pierce still struggles and tries to use the table and chairs in the room to fend off the engineer. Corbin finally smashes the window open to give Pierce some fresh air. Corbin breaks the glass out and Pierce tries to jump through the opening but the engineer grabs him and pulls him back before Corbin can get a good hold. The engineer tosses Pierce on the floor. Corbin tells Pierce to touch the door, which he does, and Corbin slams his shock glove against the door shocking them both causing the engineer to let go. Pierce jumps up and squeezes his way through the window again. Corbin asks Pierce what happened. Pierce sums up the events but can’t remember recognizing the voice on the intercom. The engineer starts to get up but Corbin grabs him by the hair and zots him into unconsciousness.
Corbin calls Alex and Kristine and tells them they need to get back to the station now. Kristine finishes with her last patient and she and Alex head back to the station. Corbin and Pierce head to the bridge and find the panels smashed and the captain dead in a huge pool of blood. She appeared to have been shot and with a surprised look on her face. Corbin and Pierce try to patch into the comm system and Pierce gets us in to the system and announces that there is a murderer on board and to trust no one. Pierce and Corbin head to the docking bay first. They meet Alex and Kristine and lock down the controls and Alex removes the panel to keep anyone from utilizing the system.
They then head to the antimatter production site to see if they can find the XO. We arrive and see the door to the facility shut and the three assistant engineers trying to get in. Corbin finds out that the XO locked himself inside and that there is another way in through the service tunnels. Alex says he can cut through and Corbin gets the engineers to find out what the XO is doing in the facility. They come back to say that the facility is pouring out antimatter at an elevated rate and the only way to turn it off is from inside. Alex focuses his concentration and his cutting torch cuts through the door in seconds. Corbin dives through right as it falls and gunshots fire at the same time. Corbin runs straight at the XO, Pierce fans out to the right, Alex to the left and Kristine stays in cover to clean up the blood. The XO gets a few wild shots off, one of which hits Corbin in the chest but he keeps on running up and hits the XO with a diving tackle. Pierce grabs the arm with the gun and Alex hits him in the head and yells confusion, utilizing his Psy powers to confuse and subdue the XO. The XO is stunned so Pierce takes the gun and Corbin flips him over and restrains him. The engineers come running in to stop the system from running but they have no idea what it is doing or how. Alex takes a look but doesn’t seem to be able to find anything, even Pierce takes a look but they can’t figure out anything. Alex tries one of his psy powers to communicate with the computer but this system is obviously alien tech and beyond anything he has used his powers on so far. He tries to get the info from the system but that will take some time. Meanwhile Corbin fires the Maneuvering Jets to get behind the Shield Ship to give us a few more minutes to smash the solar panels to slow and stop the production of the antimatter. Corbin and Pierce grab the vacc suits and ablative foam and head outside to smash the panels.
Kristine gets him awake and gives him some sort of mocked up truth serum. Alex starts to question him about how he set it up but he says he just knows how to start it up and that it was hard wired into the system. He asks who the guy was working for and he starts telling with grimaces the “Markan”. Alex starts thinking about the problem and realizes that we only have a few options and Corbin gets the idea after looking at the blueprints to hit the trunk of the branching solar panels with a blast from the ships laser. We get everyone on board and Corbin preps the ship for a cold jump if this fails. We start maneuvers to get in position. Corbin plots his firing solution and fires two missiles, one to make a hole and the other to hit the trunk of the solar panels to stop the antimatter production. The missiles hit as expected and the panels break free. The running lights on the station flicker but do not go out. Corbin gets the people from the shield ship to start ferrying over and gets Ensign Cruthers, the resident computer guy, to get into the station systems to see how much time till the station blows. He says that after the blast there was a feedback loop and he doesn’t know, but he can give us a few seconds of leeway. The shield ship personnel make it on board and Corbin punches it out to the furthest point where we can still operate before the radiation becomes lethal and does a cold jump hopefully to Gateway Station…