Friday, August 16, 2013

Cold Station 12

**** (4 stars out of 5)
In the immortal tweets of @lazy_joe_:

Ice Ice Baby, Ice Ice Baby
All right stop, Collaborate and listen
This frozen baby needs to see a physician

You'll find plenty in medical storage attic "Cold Station 12". Under the "Eggs in One Basket" Directive, thousands of genetically modified embryos from the Eugenics Wars are bottled up right next door to the worst infectious diseases of the cosmos. Xenopolycythemia. Telurian plague. Whatever Ryan Lochte has.

Speaking of mind versus muscle, the Augments have already failed the humanity test when they left their own man "Smike" behind... simply for being born without superpowers. As Captain Archer reminds pirate/geneticist Arik Soong: "Whenever a group of people start believing they're better than everyone else, the results are always the same."

Phlox's pen pal Jeremy Lucas (AKA Walrus Moustache Man AKA Wilfred Brimley Jr.) is Walter Finnerty's umpteenth great-grandson and easily the hero of the hour. Savagely beaten and 'merely' a human hostage, he refuses to yield the vault full of horrors to the bandits. 

Chafing under Soong's too-squeamish approach to enforced obedience, Augment jefe Malik carries out the ghastly murder-by-blood-burn of Jeremy's co-worker. It's anybody's guess whether Soong was only bluffing, but his eager kids picked up the message somewhere that perfect, rare, and beautiful snowflakes don't have to follow the rules! They aren't taking no for an answer. 

They are taking Augment fetuses and a grab-bag full of viruses. The anthrax is for duck huntin'.

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