A Deadly Shade Of Blue

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Star Traks: Waystation
Episode name A Deadly Shade Of Blue
Episode number
Writer(s) Alan Decker
Year 2376
Stardate 53502
Previous in series The Way We Were
Next in series Everything Must Go!
Previous in timeline The Ford Maneuver [VEX]
Next in timeline The Next Item Up For Bid [TRK]

Andorians as far as the eye can see (Hey, what else did you think I meant by blue?), but when one of them turns up dead, the Waystation crew has their hands full trying to track down the killer before the rest of the Andorians kill them all where they stand (Okay, that sounded a bit Klingon, but just go with me on this).


Three Andorian colony ships have docked at Waystation before heading out to the world they intend to colonize. In honor of the colonist's respected leader, An'dahna, Ih'mad, proprietor of the Ic'hasssssst V'kelsnet Andorian Restaurant, hosts a party. Later that evening, Commander Lisa Beck discovers the body of one of the colonists in a Waystation corridor. Lieutenant Sean Russell is assigned to investigate the murder. The security logs for the corridor show nothing but static for the time of the murder due to some kind of interference. Among the dead man's belongings, Russell finds a small decorative pin, a credit tube, a pen, and a small padd. Using the library to research Andorian culture, he discovers that the pin marks the dead man as a member of one of Andor's Assassins' Guilds, and the pen hides a blade. The dead man was most likely stalking a target when he was killed, but Russell still doesn't know who killed him. He needs to find out quickly because An'dahna has delivered an ultimatum. If the killer is not found in 24 hours, the Andorians will attack the station. Dr. Amedon Nelson determines that the victim was killed with a knife, so Russell sends the data off to Starfleet Forensics to get a description of the blade responsible for the wounds. As the deadline runs out, Russell has a description of the knife and information concerning some organic matter found in the carpet near the body. He needs more time, though, so Commander Beck challenges An'dahna to fight her one-on-one. Due to An'dahna's advanced age, she assigns a surrogate, her bodyguard, S'nizsizni. As Beck starts to battle S'nizsizni, Russell races to the Andorian Restaurant and confronts Baughb, Ih'mad's chief waiter. The murder weapon was a specialized cooking knife, and the substance in the carpet was bits of j'zzzid ball, an Andorian item that Russel saw Baughb serving at the reception. Baughb confesses, and Russell contacts Beck. Beck wants to talk to Baughb, so she has Russell replace her in the fight. Baughb explains to Beck that the assassin was there to kill Ih'mad. Baughb had apprenticed with the Assassins' Guild before pursuing his true love of food service and was able to kill the assassin before Ih'mad could be harmed. The assassin had a sensor scrambling device on him, which Baughb took to cover his escape. Beck takes the information of Baughb's guilt to An'dahna, who insists that Baughb should be rewarded for protecting his employer. Beck feels that there must be some punishment. They compromise. Baughb will be banished from Federation space for one year and will go to live on the Andorian colony.


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Author's Comments

I consider this story to be the start of the relaunch of Waystation. As I mentioned in the notes for The Way We Were, I had been having difficulty deciding what Waystation as a series actually was. At first I tried to make it like Star Traks: The Original Series, which just didn't work. The characters didn't lend themselves to those kinds of stories. "The Way We Were" was a step in the right direction, but it had its problems. The series sat for a while (notice that almost a year passes between "The Way We Were" and "A Deadly Shade Of Blue"), but finally ideas started to form. And with "A Deadly Shade Of Blue," the pieces came together. Waystation was not a starship; it was a town. There were more people on board with stories than just the command crew. Bradley Dillon was already a factor, but starting here I paid more attention to other people on board.

Anthony Butler has done a lot with the Andorians in Star Traks: The Vexed Generation, and everything in "A Deadly Shade Of Blue" builds on what he's established. They're a fun species to write and had the benefit of not being fleshed out in the actual Star Trek series...at least until Enterprise had to come along and mess with things. Still, we like our Andorians better, and really a lot of what Enterprise established kind of fits in with our take on things.


A Deadly Shade Of Blue