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The Evil Within

Posted on Tue May 16th, 2017 @ 9:39pm by Colonel Horatio Drake

Captain's Log - Supplemental: Stardate 41285.9

When the inhabitants of Earth started space exploration in earnest, they were desperately trying to slowly drag themselves out of a very dark and very violent past. This exploration brought new horizons and perspectives to Earth, within two hundred years the planet would become a utopia. But still, stains remained of this dark past... hard to see, but there nevertheless.

What makes someone evil? Are they born that way? Is it because of their upbringing and environmental factors? Was it a single incident that changed their entire morality on the sanctity of life? Perhaps they're not evil, just pragmatic... doing what needs to be done for the betterment of the human race; surely it was a famous Vulcan who said, 'the needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few'.

Irrespective of this, whatever happened to Adrian Dobbs to make him evil, will remain with him and him alone. His career in Starfleet was incredible, to say the least. From day one he had a fascination with pushing the boundaries of medicine and science, as we knew them. Some of the discoveries and revelations that he made have helped thousands of people live better lives... indeed some just to live normal lives. He was a hero in the scientific community at a very young age. But when the Dominion War was looming and Starfleet was calling for soldiers, not scientists, he put down his tricorder and picked up a phaser rifle. He fought with some of the best Starfleet had to offer, from security operations to Marine Ground Forces on the front line. He commanded starships and saved lives. Was this the true Adrian Dobbs? Or was this just an excuse for him to kill indiscriminately? The evil manifesting itself into physical form? Again... the answer to this will remain with him and him alone.

It was Captain Picard who spoke the infallible words, 'With the first link the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably'. How many freedoms had Adrian Dobbs trampled on? Were their sacrifices worth it? Are we all blackened by what he did, for allowing it to go on unchecked? Should we have known? Of course the age old question should now be asked, 'should we be using his research despite the means of how it was obtained?'. We still ask this question... yet we always use the research, afraid to answer it with an affirmative yes, fearful of what might become of us.

Alas, so very few people will know the truth about Adrian Dobbs. Starfleet cannot afford, at this time, to tarnish the reputation of such a hero. A cover story has been made about his retirement from active service and all officers involved in the investigation have been sworn to secrecy. I know two things though... he is still alive and we will see him again.



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Comments (1)

By Jade Lantz on Wed May 17th, 2017 @ 3:18am

People are frail and it's hard to stand up for the right thing. It's easy to argue we wouldn't have done it, but it's already been done and if we use the research, the deaths were not in vain. Wrong is still wrong, in spite of all our dissembling. =) It will be interesting to see if Dobbs is the one who returns in the future, and what is determined for him. I vote for no white washing. =)