While on a mapping mission, the Enterprise receives an outdated transmission from the volcanic star Cepheus. A flash of light from the planet passes through the ship and disables all dilithium crystals. Soon thereafter, the crew begins to shrink. With no cure in sight, it becomes increasingly difficult for the Starfleet officers to handle the ship's controls. Written by
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Did You Know?
The idea of some of the crew being miniaturized by a form of scientific phenomenon was used again in DS9: "One Little Ship", wherein Jadzia Dax, Julian Bashir, and Miles O'Brien get shrunk and then have to save the USS Defiant from the Jem'Hadar while in a runabout. See more
Christine's first "help" is heard when her head is underwater, yet is spoken clearly as if not underwater. Afterwards, she says "help" several more times when her mouth can be seen not moving. See more
Jim, you don't mean you're going to abandon the mapping mission to check out some meaningless signal?
Captain James T. Kirk
Meaningless at the moment, Bones, but it was sent twice. Odd against that occuring in a totally random transmission are too high to ignore.