The Last Outpost: A Hundred Battles

Ferengi. Tkon. Sun Tzu.

The space version of a Yankee Trader which will become a recurring gag of the series. A one-off(?) superior entity who’s status as creature or technology is at no point clarified. Every productivity expert’s favorite Chinese general/strategist/philosopher.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat, If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Sun Tzo

I know that every Star Trek series is inspired by some hope, some dream for the future. I know that every series is a product of the visions and values of the time in which it was conceived. I know that the early days of any trailblazing enterprise can lack clarity for outsiders such as myself.

I’m still getting to know this particular crew and I’m still strongly biased for the first crew that drew me in right from the very start.

How do you write a Sun Tzu-inspired sonnet when the captain is glad they still teach Sun Tzu at the academy as though not teaching him were a viable option?

You don’t. Not today anyway. That’s another battle for another day.