Greetings, programs! We recently completed our "The Corbomite Maneuver Line-by-Line" thread over in the TOS forum. After each completed thread, I, or my youthful ward LeadHead, randomly pick someone who participated in the thread to choose the next episode we do. The lucky winner this time around was LeadHead! And LeadHead has chosen the two-part episode "Basics" as our next line-by-line adventure! For any unfamiliar with our "game," you are asked to post only a single line (defined as one character speaking without interruption by another character) per message. You can post as often as you like, but someone else must post a line in between your posts. As is our standard practice, we're doing these two episodes as a single thread. Our "rule" is that if the episode has a "To Be Continued..." on the end, it is done in a single thread, but if it's just an arc of related episodes, each episode is a separate thread. As before, at the conclusion of this thread, we will pick someone at random from among all the participants to choose the next episode we do. Enjoy!