The Academy: Red Squad
The Fourth Anthology, Part I - Episode One:
“Force To Be Reckoned With”
In the late 24th Century the Starfleet Academy created ‘Red Squad,’ -they were an elite were an elite group of cadets. Members of the squad received special classes and were granted special advanced fieldwork training. In 2418, Admiral Jessica Daniels received approval from Starfleet Command and the New Federation Council to increase the intake into Red Squad and establish an off world base of operations for Starfleet Academy cadets away from Earth. The idea was simple, to allow cadets to get a real flavour of life on the edge of final frontier. Tasking cadets with more duties that would eventually allow them to become better Starfleet officers, a group of Starfleet Engineers went on ahead to Rigel IV, home of Starbase 134 and establish the Red Squad training facility.
Admiral Daniels oversaw the project to convert an abandoned facility on one of the unpopulated regions of the planet -far enough away from Starbase Chimera to not interfere with the day to day operations of the base.
Daniels worked closely with the late Admiral Morgan Bateson in establishing the Red Squad base prior to his death. His assistance was greatly received and the facility was later named, The Bateson Academy in his honour.
The crew of Starbase Chimera attended the opening of the facility -in fact, Captain Darren Tel, The now commander of Starbase 134 was proud to open the facility and gave a speech about how proud Bateson would have been to see the facility based here on Rigel IV...
It’s been seven months since the facility was opened and Admiral Jessica Daniels has prepared a rigorous curriculum for the cadets who are due in just two days time. She and her staff, consisting of two former Starfleet captains, a college professor, a science team and engineering lecturer have held multiple conferences with Starfleet Academy back on Earth to approve the curriculum designed to put their class of over forty, third and fourth year cadets through their paces and learn what life is really like at the edge of the Federation...
Admiral Daniels’ fears that her plans may go awry when Starbase Chimera reports that a class nine ion-storm is inbound.
As Captain Tel and the crew of Starbase prepare to batten down the hatches and ride the storm out -something that they have had to do before, Daniels joins Tel and his officers in Chimera’s command centre to keep a watchful eye on the inbound cadet’s vessel -the USS Iberia.
The inbound ion storm couldn’t have come at a worse time. Currently, the Rigellian Government and the New Federation are currently in talks in deciding the fate of Rigel IV. The planet, the last of the fourteen planets in the system to have not been colonised by the Rigellians and due to overcrowding on the neighbouring worlds, the Rigellians wish to take back their sovereignty and their presence on Rigel IV...to the point where they wish for the starbase to be removed and all New Federation facilities to be decommissioned or abandoned, leaving the world free for colonisation by the Rigellians.
Where once the Commander of Starbase Chimera’s voice and Starfleet’s word taken for granted, their influence strong strong within the Rigel Sector, it has now fallen flat and the New Federation’s influences considered a bone of contention and their actions constantly questioned: -With that in mind, as Darren Tel and his crew set about warning the Rigellians about the ion storm, recommending grounding all ship’s in the system, The Rigellian Government push back and decide to ignore Starfleet’s warnings.
Understandably frustrated, Captain Tel is the first to express that he’s sure that after all this is over and a wave of devastation has swept through the system, the Rigellians will be the first to call on Starfleet for help...
On the edge of the Rigel-System the USS Iberia slows to impulse after a long voyage from Earth and prepares to make its final push onward towards its final destination of Rigel IV.
As the small Aerie-Class starship makes its way through the Rigel-System’s dense Kuiper-Belt region; Commander David Frost -the ship’s commanding officer and Lieutenant Salim Haumea -Frost’s first officer receive an incoming message from Chimera, notifying them of the inbound ion-storm.
Moments later, the Iberia’s impulse and warp systems fail.
Frost attempts to signal Chimera however the communications array has also gone down.
It doesn’t take much longer for Frost and Haumea to realise that the leading edge of the ion storm will reach them in less than twenty five minutes.
As Frost launches the Iberia’s disaster beacon, Haumea heads inside the main cabin to warn all those onboard.
Several of the Iberia’s flight crew begin preparing the lifeboats in the event that the shields won’t hold.
Cadet Conor Samuels -a ‘Grade-A’ student and resident know it all makes no bones about telling the flight crew that if they were forced to evacuate the ship and take refuge in a lifeboat, that they simply wouldn’t survive a class nine ion storm -he tells them that the wave would crush the lifeboats like a tin can.
Offering his help, Conor asks for permission to go onto the bridge and assist Commander Frost and Lieutenant Haumea however the Iberia’s flight officers tell the young cadet to remain seated, that they have got everything in hand.
If being stuck in a Kuiper-Belt wasn’t bad enough, being stranded in one in the middle of an ion storm, a region filled with asteroids, debris and ice comets is the last place anyone would want to be -Conor knows this, as do many of the other cadets.
Conor turns to Denver Beaulieu, another young cadet who has sat patiently next to Samuels the entire journey and barely said a word the whole trip. He tells Denver that they have to do something, remarking that the flight crew seem to have some sort of death wish, that he cannot believe that they aren’t prepared to let him help.
Nervous and not wanting to cause a scene, Denver tells Conor that they should do as the flight crew say, that they should follow orders.
“Even if this means we’ll all be killed?” -Conor replies.
Andrew Vjoid, sat behind them overhears Samuels and after quickly introducing himself, offers to assist.
“Come on!” -Vjoid calls, he gets up from out of his seat and makes his way to the front of the ship, towards the bridge.
As Conor rushes to join Andrew, the ship begins to shake heavily -the ion storm’s leading edge has reached the Kuiper-Belt and has begun displacing the cometary debris.
With the Iberia’s shields offline, the small vessel -a converted planetary survey ship takes a battering. Several EPS conduits explode taking out the aft section of the passenger deck. Billy Scott, a Starfleet Medical Cadet rushes to assist the injured, grabbing Beaulieu in the process and proceeds aft to help those in need.
Four of the Iberia’s six flight crew have been killed whilst another has been critically injured. Billy attempts to stabilise the critically injured flight officer whilst Denver puts out a fire.
As Denver attempts to get the fire suppression system back online, he hears a banging coming from an aft compartment -whoever’s trying to attract someone’s attention cries out for help.
Prioritising getting the fire suppression system online over assisting whoever is trapped behind the bulkhead, Denver calls out to whoever is banging on the other side of the bulkhead to hold on, that he’s coming.
Moments later and after another jolt from a large cometary fragment, Denver manages to initiate the fire suppression system and put out the fire from the damaged EPS conduits.
As the fire goes out, Billy reports that he’s managed to stabilise the flight officer’s life signs and begins to move him to somewhere safer.
Denver pulls out a tricorder from underneath one of the Iberia’s burnt out computer terminals and begins to locate whoever is trapped behind the bulkhead...
...On the other side of the wall, Sophie Amitai pounds as hard as she can to draw attention to herself. She and the sixth member of the Iberia’s flight crew are trapped in a small crawl space linking the passenger compartment to one of the escape pods.
Sophie’s leg is trapped whilst the flight officer’s back is broken. The pair are understandably in pain and are both struggling to remain conscious. From the other side of the bulkhead, Sophie can hear Denver call out, telling her to hold on, that help is on the way, Sophie projects a sense of momentary relief as the young cadet attempts to cut through the bulkhead and rescue her...
With only seconds to impact, Conor and Andrew arrive on the bridge. When they arrive, they find Frost and Haumea dead -the commander having being impaled by a fallen beam and the lieutenant lying dead in front of an exploded computer terminal. Sprinting into action, Conor immediately takes the helm. Firing the thrusters, the cadet gets the ship moving despite being fully aware that the thrusters alone will provide insufficient speed to out manoeuvre the approaching ion storm.
Andrew quickly activates another console and signals the engine room however, there is no response.
As Andrew continues to work on a way to get the engines back online, the computer sounds an alert -the ion storm will reach them in less than thirty seconds.
Meanwhile back in the passenger cabin, the frightened cadets huddle in fear of their impending fate. Denver, ignoring Billy’s warnings that it’s too late, continues to get Sophie free from behind the bulkhead. He calls out to her, telling her that he’s coming for her, that everything will be ok, he attempts to rip open the damaged bulkhead with his bare hands.
Back on the bridge, the computer sounds another warning, the ion storm is now less than ten seconds away from impact.
Fearing what is about to become of him, Conor moves to the command chair at the centre of the bridge. He places a hand on the late Commander Frost’s impaled body and apologises for not being able to save him, for not being able to save them all.
But as Conor Samuels makes peace with what is about to come, the Iberia shakes heavily. This is it, the ion storm has hit...or has it?
A hue of white and blue light surrounds the stricken vessel -it’s a tractor beam! Swooping out of the unknown and through the Kuiper-Belt, the USS Bozeman swings underneath the Iberia and drags her to safety...
...Admiral Jessica Daniels stands at the centre of the Bozeman’s bridge, anxiously awaiting news that Lieutenant Commander Marik has successfully caught the Iberia with the Bozeman’s tractor beam.
She impatiently waits until he gives the all clear, he’s got them, they’re safe and he’s secured the tractor beam for a warp-tow -with that, the two vessels blast out of the way of the incoming ion storm and inward into the Rigel-System, towards Chimera and towards safety.
Jessica orders Marik to hail the Iberia. He complies and in an instant, the Bozeman’s viewscreen alters to display Cadet Conor Samuels and Andrew Vjoid on the bridge of the damaged Iberia. She smiles somewhat, letting out a sigh of relief, the admiral tells the cadets that they’re going to be ok, to cease any further attempts at stabilising the Iberia, to remain in the warp-tow until their arrival at Rigel IV and to prepare for disembarkation.
Conor reports that they have a lot of casualties and injured aboard, that he recommends that they are all beamed directly to the infirmary at Starbase 134.
Daniels agrees and as she closes the com-link, the admiral welcomes them to the Rigel Sector before proclaiming that she hopes that the coming few weeks and months are a little less frantic...
Cadet Conor Samuels - Command
Cadet Denver Beaulieu - Command
Cadet Billy Scott - Medical
Cadet Andrew Vjoid - Sciences
Cadet Alegzandre Criss - Tactical
Cadet Sophie Amitai - Command
Admiralty & Officers
Admiral Jessica Daniels
Lieutenant M’Genn - Admiral’s Daniels attaché
Ensign Mario Stannah - SB’ Chimera Liaison
Lieutenant Sojen - Tactical Instructor
Molly Parker as Admiral Jessica Daniels
Jodie Meloni as M’Genn
Sam Vartholomeos as Conor Samuels
Timothée Chalamet as Denver Beaulieu
Dacre Montgomery as Billy Scott
Casey Cott as Andrew Vjoid
Oleksandr Kalinovskyi as Alegzandre Criss
Gaia Weiss as Sophie Amitai
Christopher Egan as Mario Stannah
Luke Allen-Gale as Sojen
Episode One: “Force To Be Reckoned With,” Guest Stars:
Daniel Radcliffe as Captain Darren Tel
George Blagden as Commander Frost
Jacob Hakin as Lieutenant Commander Marik
Jack O’Connell as Lieutenant Haumea
Background by Starkiteckt Designs
USS Raven as the USS Iberia taken from the Star Trek: Starships Collection Magazine cover.
Photomanipulations, Words, Uniforms and image by jonbromle1