Geekily wondering where the command chair is situated on that bridge.
Guzman $#in takes it with her when she leaves the ^%$% bridge.
Hmmm, interesting. One would think that by this time something as mundane as transactions and logs would be subject to non-repudiation, i.e., you can’t “scrub” it. There’s always a trail. If the flight logs aren’t in the system for two months, that means that the logs haven’t been entered for two months.
So the ship had barely enough supplies to reach their intended destination, and they just took on supplies at Tellar, why didn’t the ship properly register there?
Somebody may be running a more elaborate game than what Mudd usually runs.
Considering the apparent ease with which Graunt snuck Mudd aboard, one suspects security isn’t what it could be in that part of Tellar. It occurs to me we’re looking at this story through a 21st-century lens, having to take off our shoes and toss our nailclippers and shampoo bottles before we board, but TOS-era Trek was viewed through a 1960s lens, when your ability to board mass transport was defined by your ability to pull off “It’s OK, I’m with the band” or at least carry a clipboard and look purposeful.
Even from a 1960’s viewpoint, any ship entering a harbor would be subject to paperwork. Paperwork, or you don’t dock. As a local planetary example, a cargo ship without any paperwork would take four hours to dock in Taiwan, but would take a year or more to dock in Egypt. Major ships don’t flit in and out. AFAIK, documenting ship traffic dates back to the idea that governments could take a cut of the cargo, i.e., tax it. And two months is double the time that a cargo ship would take to cross the Pacific.
I’m guessing it’s not just Tellar that was “skipped,” and Mudd had nothing to do with the apparent lack of paperwork. Somebody is up to something, even by 1960s standards. Mudd doesn’t have anything to do with it, but as soon as he finds out, he’s going to try and chisel in on the action.
It could very well be that Mudd had nothing to do with the Ginesi’s official shadowiness, but it would have certainly provided Graunt an opportunity to get him aboard. And who’s to say Tellar, or that particular part anyway, isn’t “wide open” or at least not up to Fed-standard when it comes to port security?
That might imply the Vulcan captain is actually scheming something and her anger is really over her cover story of boring colonization being blown by exciting genocide and personality cult.
Wait… who’s #@!*s COULD the fry in a ship like that?
This boat has a secret weapon: Guzman!
It’s a riddle, Guzman.
Dumb Luck – 1
Starfleet – 0
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