Linkara and the Cybermat sneak onto the bridge and ambush Mechakara. They fire at each other until Mechakara flees, the Cybermat in pursuit. Nimue says that internal communications are down due to power fluctuations. Their orbit is still decaying rapidly, and they’ll enter the Earth’s atmosphere in about thirty minutes. The engine imbalance can be corrected by manual reorganization of power, but anyone who does this would die from the radiation leak. Linkara tells Nimue to consider other options while he continues the review.
As he finishes the review, Nimue reports that the engine imbalance has been corrected, and all systems are returning to normal. Linkara contacts Engineering to congratulate Iron Liz and Pollo, but Liz says that Pollo fixed the imbalance manually, and that Linkara needs to get down to Engineering…now.
Linkara rushes to Engineering. Pollo has sealed himself off from the rest of the ship behind a glass panel. Liz holds Linkara back, saying that there’s still radiation behind the glass, and that there’s no way to help Pollo. Pollo has difficulty speaking due to the damage, but he manages to say that he hopes this proves that he’s not like Mechakara. Linkara says he didn’t have to prove anything; he’s his friend. Pollo’s voice fades into silence.
Later, Liz reports that they weren’t able to find Mechakara. She asks if Pollo had a backup system, but Linkara says that Pollo was always against the idea. It would be like having a clone, it wouldn’t be the same Pollo. Linkara says that his circuitry is completely fried. Liz reminisces about how Pollo contacted her out of the blue, saying she needed to take over for Linkara while he was gone. Linkara says she’s accomplished a lot more than that, and that Pollo has always spoken highly of her.
Liz says she’s monitored all the transmissions from the ship trying to find Mechakara’s teleporter signal, but she can’t make sense of the data and gives it to Linkara. He looks it over and suddenly becomes overjoyed, saying Pollo is alive. He’s noticed a distinct positronic signal coming from Engineering and realizes that Pollo used his wireless antennae to download his consciousness somewhere. The signal trace fades when it gets to Earth so Linkara’s not sure exactly where Pollo is now, but he’s determined to find him.