pod one gone bad...
Ark 7 Command: "Roger Ark 9, all suppression methods on Pod One have failed or have been destroyed. Air sampling indicates ever higher concentrations of the pathogen. The automated systems are under attack. Estimate forty minutes max before a seal breach to the main spine - and then all the other pods are at risk."
Ark 9 Command: "Is there nothing else you can do? Can you synthesise more of the soporifics? Turn off the AG system to slow it down until we can deploy manned cell-to-cell clearance? We have to try everything we can to save the survivors. First Pod Five and now this..."
Ark 7 Command: "Fred, Pod Five's die-off was a simple scrubber malfunction. This is different. There's something horrible - evil - going down there on One. Someone or something woke them up 350 years ahead of schedule. I want it off the spine now. I cannot risk further spread. You cannot veto me on this - please - it's my ark that's gonna get even more chewed up here."
Ark 9 Command: "...the families. The innocents."
Ark 7 Command: "You heard the audio feeds Fred. They're gone. They are something else now."
Ark 9: "... ..."
Ark 7: "Please Fred. It's time to be decisive. We are sweating blood over this right now. The crew are starting to lose their... objectivity."
Ark 9: "OK Mariko. Just let me find the codes. Prepare for emergency pod jettison countdown."
Background image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration; Acknowledgement: R. O'Connell (U. Virginia)