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Old August 29 2011, 03:29 PM   #1547
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Finally out of the water, Garrovick and Tri’tillya ascend on the deck of the mining installation. They cross paths with Jenkins the miner, who pleads prior ignorance of the amphibians’ existence, but admits the workers used unsafe methods to harvest the much-needed Scurvium. Jenkins breaks away, and Garrovick pursues him only to come across a group of agitated workers who panic at the sight of the female amphibian.
Surrounded by angry workers, Garrovick pulls out his phaser weapon and points it threateningly at them. Suddenly one of the miners manages to injure the female, distracting the Captain long enough for them to mob him. He fires his phaser and they scatter.
A horde of amphibians climb up to the dock and confront the humans. Before more violence can happen, an armed squad of Exeter security men materialize to re-enact a 23rd-century Mexican stand-off.
Not easy to do, having a three-sided battle where none of the participants are clearly evil: the amphibians who are forced into conflict to save their living environment. The miners who are pretty much innocent workers and believe they are protecting their place of employment. The Starfleet officers who are there to keep the peace. Dramatically without a clear side to root for, the only place to go is to amp up the tragedy.

All are then surprised by the roar of a large cargo shuttle as it blasts- off towards the sky. Garrovick attempts to calm the raw emotions of the fighters, but is attacked by a maddened Drident. After a heated battle, Drident succumbs and is disgraced by his leader Argolas. Drident treacherously murders the leader of his people, but is himself executed in turn.
I guess Garrovick is becoming a better politician within this episode: the first time he makes a speech to the amphibians he preaches for peace and understanding. That failed miserably so his second turn at bat he decides to throw the DIRECTOR and his crew under the bus. He has no evidence of any wrongdoing, but he uses the Blame Game.
Garrovick is also psychic apparently: without any visual confirmation, he is able to affirm the responsible parties are aboard the escaping shuttle.
When I earlier mentioned ‘’amping up’’ the tragedy for the climax, by that I was not including the death of Argolas. Basically a bullying, pompous, melodramatic warmonger, hardly the sort of sympathetic character to shed a tear for. Even if he was Tri’tillya’s father.

Garrovick returns aboard the Exeter and orders a pursuit after the escaping cargo shuttle. Soon after, the Exeter is intercepted by reinforcements, two Orion pirate ships. The pirate ships’ weaponry is insufficient against a starship , and both are quickly destroyed.
Exeter chases after the cargo shuttle once more, heading into an asteroid belt. After a short pursuit, the shuttle crashes against an asteroid.
Returning one final time to Atlantis VI, specifically the amphibians’ underwater great hall, Garrovick bids farewell to Tri’tillya, the new leader of the amphibian race.
The script for this final part is completely unspecific about the emotions that Garrovick should be feeling here. It never mentions if he is torn apart, sad, relieved, ambivalent, which is also why I personally never bought into the ‘romance’ as being anything more than a short burst of hormones.
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