Shell Game by Melissa Crandall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Romulan Star Empire goes against grain by building it's first large scale permanent space station outside of their home system, later the same station is found drifting on the Federation side of the neutral zone. The Enterprise comes across this large mysterious station, no signs of life and a landing party is beamed over. There seems to be only minimal life support but like the ghostly tales that Scotty entertained the crew with the question remains, where did the crew go?
Power to the landing parties equipment begins to fluctuate and a sense of foreboding and not being alone affects them, then the body is found and did something move in the darkness?
Shell Game is lightweight but entertaining yarn using tried and true tropes but within the Star Trek setting. There are certainly elements in the story that any fan of the show will recognise but that's not always a bad thing yet you are left thinking there should have been more meat to the story. On the flipside this would have been a good original series tv episode, make of that what you will :)
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