Star Trek Online - Hearts and Minds
Star Trek is no stranger to the supernatural. The original series featured two episodes written by the reknown horror author Robert Bloch, namely "Catspaw" and "Wolf in the fold". Both of which nicely contrasted the shows central science based theme with elements of the paranormal. So I was pleased to see today that Cryptic were making the episode "Hearts and Minds" available in Star Trek Online, for a short 36 hour window to celebrate Friday the 13th. It’s a suitably atmospheric and cautionary tale which compliments the traditional story lines we see in STO. The story takes place in the Donatu sector of the Eta Eridani sector block, at a lunar research station in the Donatu system. Franklin Drake bestows the mission, thus suggesting that all is not as it seems.
I've lost contact with an old . . . colleague. Doctor Sibak was a Vulcan priest, but he worked with the Vulcan science academy studying psionic phenomena. A few years ago he went into seclusion on a remote research station in the Donatu system. He hasn't been heard from in some time. I'd like someone to check up on him. Don't worry, He's just a typical Vulcan by himself. You shouldn't have any problems.
But of course there are. "Hearts and Minds" is a mini-mission that explores the consequences of Doctor Sibaks's unconventional research gone awry. This mission is a “story in one act,” and can easily be completed. It is enjoyably atmospheric in a creepy way. Missions initiated by Franklin Drake are always duplicitous and it is an interesting plot device to see a Vulcan character stray so radically from the path of logic. "Hearts and Minds" also rewards players with a unique duty officer upon completion. Not everyone is a fan of time restricted content but I like these episodes that only appear on specific occasions. If you cannot play through this particular mission during its current window of opportunity, you can rest assured that it will be available again in the future.