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officers, easily the most durable, the most steadfast of those who
choose a life in space, nevertheless are humanoid and subject to the
same frailties that humanoids are subject to. Over a century ago,
Starfleet Medical recognized the space problems that must be
addressed by career officers in space. Since that time, all
Starfleet crews on extended missions are required to undergo
periodic psychological evaluations by "outside personnel," usually
the medical personnel from a starbase in the forward area.
So, following the disastrous encounter
with the Jirzzaque (Blindsided), a murder on board ship (Who Killed
Melissa Wells), and engaging the Romulans (A Listening Post), it was
a foregone conclusion that once again the evaluation teams would be
delving into the psyche of the crew, stirring up old memories, some
pleasant, some not so pleasant. Frequently during these sessions,
experiences long thought to be forgotten are brought to the
conscious mind. So it has been with the PHOENIX crew. A feeling of
homesickness… A longing for something far away… A yearning to go
back to one’s homeland… That’s how Webster defines NOSTALGIA. The
crew has a lot of things to think about as they journey to Starbase
Flying Cloud for a short leave period before the starship continues
her Trek in space.