EPISODE I: Birth of a Giant
Captain’s log, stardate 81320.13. The USS Enterprise is carrying aboard her a very high-profile passenger, Captain Max Pruss. We’re delivering him to Friedrichshafen Fleet Yards, where he will witness the construction of his first command, the Starship Hindenburg.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN FLEET YARDS, EARTH ORBIT
Pruss gazed out the window as bit by bit, his new ship came together. “I have a bad feeling about the name they chose for this ship,” he said. “What’s wrong with the name?” said Picard. “She was named after an ancient zeppelin which exploded and crashed in the year 1937,” Pruss continued. “Something tells me this ship will meet the same fate.” “You won’t know that until you get in the center chair for the first time,” said Picard. “A valid point,” said Pruss. “I still wonder, though, why the designer chose that particular name.” “I may be able to shed some light on that,” said Picard. “It seems the designer had been arrested on Earth. This was his first arrest; therefore, the name Hindenburg represented his life crashing down around him.” “How big is this ship going to be?” said Pruss. “According to her designer, 1-1/2 miles long,” said Picard. Pruss’s eyes bugged open. “Dang, that’s big!” he said. “I should also mention that a ship that big would have transporter booths instead of turbolifts,” Picard added. Just then, two Workbees hauled in the last hull plate and dropped it into place on the ship’s skeleton. “Attention all workers,” said a voice on the PA. “The Starship Hindenburg is now complete. Repeat: Starship Hindenburg now complete.”
A small shuttle pod carrying Captains Pruss and Picard attached to a docking port on the port side of the Hindenburg’s engineering hull. Inside, the sharp tweet of a boatswain’s whistle announced Pruss’s arrival. “At ease,” said Pruss. “My companion, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise, wishes to accompany us on the maiden voyage of the Starship Hindenburg,” he continued. “Her christening will be a reward for her safe return. Company, dismissed!”
Captains Pruss and Picard beamed onto the bridge. “Helmsman Takei,” said Pruss, “take us out easy; one quarter impulse. Aft thrusters ahead, port and starboard at station-keeping.” At Pruss’s direction, the massive ship eased out of the shipyard and took her first flight out into the void of space.
Captain’s log, supplemental entry, Max Pruss recording. Starship Hindenburg is on her first trial flight, carrying full complement of passengers and crew. Following this trial flight, she will go on her first exploration mission.