Vela Kurv Experiences “The Arsenal of Freedom” with the Star Trek TNG

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This adventure is a twist on the saving grace of military defense and weaponry. The U.S.S. Enterprise-D Starship is given orders to visit Lorenze Cluster to investigate the disappearance of Starfleet’s Starship the U.S.S. Drake at planet Minos. What Captain Picard and his crew find is a planet that is technically sophisticated with weapons systems that evidently destroyed its own inhabitants.
Further investigation by the crew indicates that the sophisticated weaponry also destroyed the Drake Starship. Picard finds a way to interact with the hologram left in control of the destructing weaponry system. He shuts it off and saves his away team members as well as the Enterprise in orbit who is also battling the planetary defense systems in space.
This is another demonstration of brains trumping brawn. The Enterprise defense weapons are initially used and necessary to defend the ship and crew, all the while investigating the military intent behind the attacks. This is also a lesson in self-destruction when best laid plans trump the goal (self defense) and the result destroys all good intention, including the Minosian culture itself.
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Vela Kurv Finds Many “Twisted” Turns in Star Trek Voyager

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Planted seeds of right and wrong must work their way into the crew when an overt challenge between Chakotay and Tuvok as first-officer and chief of security and tactical operations must work out their different perspectives on leadership of ship operations and procedures. Captain Janeway becomes incapacitated and Chakotay squares off with Tuvok. Chakotay is the rebel force leader and Tuvok is Janeway’s confident, both Janeway and Tuvok are well stoked in Starfleet operating procedure. This is Chakotay’s reoccurring battle with command operations; he knows as a rebel leader that alternative options to standard military operating procedure can provide solid approach and answers to tight circumstances, too.

In this episode, Voyager encounters a non-corporeal, sentient, space-dwelling life-form which is interested in communicating with and learning more about the ship and its people. Too bad it couldn’t just say that. The being eventually passes through the ship, but it upsets computer control, communications, and more bizarrely, distorts the physical arrangement of its decks and sections.

In the midst of the crisis, Tuvok listens to Chakotay’s concerns and considers his position. He offers his apologies for Chakotay’s past issues, especially since Chakotay was promoted to First Officer over the next Starfleet officer to receive this command, Tuvok. Unfortunately their stand-off leaves the ship with one option, allowing the being to pass through it and hopefully the crew and ship will survive.

Thankfully when the being passes through Voyager, so does the crew’s fear and confusion, and happily the curious creature deposits a massive chunk of information into the ship’s computer memory banks. In the end, both Chakotay and Tuvok rise to the occasion of being better commanders and better men. Thankfully they learned from their stand-off and agree to better communicate with one another. I attribute their decision to do so to their admiration and acceptance of Janeway’s methods and leadership. I hope to instill the same type of resolve in those I will command.

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Vela Kurv Explores “Heart of Glory” Aboard Ship with Star Ship TNG

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This leadership lesson is all about a commander allowing his officer the needed space to explore his own lesson on responsibility and leadership. Lt. Commander Worf, tactical officer, discovers why three Klingon warriors (like himself) were the only survivors aboard a freighter just inside the neutral zone. What seems like a Ferengi attack on an initial investigation turns out to be militants opposing the Klingon government.
The militants, Korris and Konmel (the third militant dies) attempt to seize control of the Enterprise-D, but Worf is instrumental in capturing the last surviving Klingon and allows him to die with honor (in the Klingon way, battling for his beliefs) instead of being executed by the Klingon government. Worf abides by Starfleet guidelines, but also recognizes the warriors call to fight. Before capturing and executing the militant, Worf pleads for the Klingon warriors’ lives, and gains honor from the Klingon command, in his own right for following his own warrior’s heart.

Captain Picard listens and watches as Worf winds his way through each revealing aspect of this story. He sees Worf recognize the dilemma and reconcile the best way to meet the challenge of resolve. Worf does away with the threat to the Enterprise crew, but also finds a way to respect the traditions of his own warrior culture. This is a lesson in believing in your own officer and trusting that the leadership demonstrated by your actions is helpful for his own leadership and development.

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