Wa-a-a-a-ait for it.
There was something out there, and a single blind shot in the dark caused them to die laughing. We have Barrett’s astonishing leadership fails and this completely asinine idea that one blind phaser shot had any chance of doing anything.
It seems like _something_ is turning everyone’s personality flaws up to eleven and shutting down reasoning power. Even the shuttle thing was odd. “Why didn’t I realize this could happen?” Indeed. You aren’t just sweating like pigs, you’re too mentally impaired to realize how mentally impaired you are. This is scary stuff.
The shuttle did aim straight for the nacelle before they lost power, which I found inexplicable.
Were the captain and the crew in their right state of mind, they could have compromised on this. The ship only needed to fire one phaser bank/emitter, if the goal was to prove an alien ship was out there, just as the Constellation did in The Doomsday Machine. That would leave enough power for a subspace transmission.
…maybe they’ll accidentally hit a passing ship and they’ll come rescue them?
*facepalms at the crewman.*
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