Re: OTHER Starship Captains - Symbolism, Foreshadowing & Plot Devices
Hell of a scenario, Tracy. IIRC, Eleen and her child were going to be executed by Maab until Kirk and McCoy (and Spock, I think) escape with her. In fact, Maab ends up sacrificing himself in her place at the end. So, if Kirk (or I) and the Doctor die, Eleen and her kid are dead anyway, either from, as previously stated, the situation she is in, or from Maab, after he finds her. To sacrifice my life for someone who is dead anyway is not really a sacrifice, its a waste. I go with Gary7's scenario - try to talk reason to her, render her unconcious, try to get out with out hurting her, but if she dies, so be it. She is dead in any case. Ship commanders get paid to make life or death decisions, and this is one of them. Tough call, but that's what I would do.
"Enterprise, starship, the places you've been to, the things that you've shown us, the stories you tell, Enterprise, starship we sing to your spirit and the beings that have served you so long and so well"