The satisfying thing about this story, to me, is that the ending is less than satisfactory. A paradox? Perhaps. But that's life in Starfleet and command decisions often lack tidy outcomes with pretty wrapping and bows. I imagine Captain Sandhurst will replay this mission during sleepless nights. Did he do the right thing? It was "by the book," to be sure. And, if Zadra is to be believed, it was the option that would spare the most lives. (The needs of the many, blah, blah.) But it still sucks. So, the good ship Gibraltar sails on to her next mission. (REALLY miss this ship and crew, btw.) This won't be remembered as a shining moment, but I guess there's a reason that cadets take the Kobayashi Maru test at the Academy. With all due respect to James T. Kirk, there are no-win scenarios. Some days, you take the loss, go off and bleed a while, and get up to fight another day. Nicely done!