Captain’s log. Stardate eighty-two-fifty point three.
The Starship Enterprise has been rebuilt and upgraded.
It now has a full BPM engine running it’s computers.
I have been assigned a new crew. Experienced pilots I expect.
Veterans of the fleet. The best of the best.
I’ll need them to control the new engine. It’s a powerful beast.
Cadet: Captain on the bridge.
Spock: Welcome captain.
Captain Kirk: Spock! What a wonderful surprise. I didn’t expect to see you here. Are you joining us?
Spock: Sorry captain. I’m only here to do a formal hand-over with the new crew.
Captain Kirk: Ah, that’s a pity. But I expect to see some familiar faces here. Where are the old timers?
Spock: I am the oldest member on-board captain.
Captain Kirk: What?
Spock: Cadets, sir. Just finished academy yesterday.
Captain Kirk: What? An inexperienced crew? I can’t go chasing after Romulans with an inexperienced crew.
Spock: The Starfleet Command thought it would be best, sir, “They will learn from your experience” was the quote they used.
Captain Kirk: Are they crazy? I can’t teach them experience. They have to learn it from their own mistakes.
Spock: Starfleet Command disagree, sir. They believe that experience can be taught on the job.
Captain Kirk: Mmm, Cadet! What is your name?
Cadet: Cadet Frank Spencer sir!
Captain Kirk: What is your knowledge about BPM engines.
Cadet: None sir! No skills are needed.
Spock: A very intriguing notion captain. Starfleet Command believe that BPM skills are not needed.
Captain Kirk : What?! Are they serious?
Spock: Starfleet Command believe that BPM engines in the 23rd century do not need people skills. It will run itself.
Captain Kirk : What rubbish! You can’t succeed without skills and experience.
Spock: Starfleet Command believe it is possible, captain.
Captain Kirk: Starfleet Command believe this. Starfleet Command believe that. Spock! Tell me – What do you believe?
Spock: I don’t think you’ll like my answer, captain.
Captain Kirk: Humour me. I need this project to succeed!
Spock: People cause projects to succeed, not technology. People need skills to make a BPM project succeed. The problem is that these skills come from experience…
Captain Kirk: So what are you saying Spock.
Spock: My calculations are quite clear, Captain. The chance of project success is null
Captain Kirk: You raised your doubts with Starfleet Command. What did they say?
Spock: They said they have “no doubts in your ability to pull it off”.
Captain Kirk: Mmm. Nice words. Do you think I stand a chance against the Romulans with an inexperienced crew?
Spock: As you humans say: Not a chance in hell. It’s been nice knowing you, captain.