A Tale of Two Holodecks is the nineteenth episode of the second RIS Bouteina season.


The second annual science fair is being held. However, there has been a change of format. The participants have little to show for it, but they eventually agree that the new format is better than the old one.


Act OneEdit

The senior officers plan the local phase of the Romulan Imperial Science Fair Tournament and they decide that the format, for this year, is round-robin until they have all played against each other once. S'arah, barred from judging the competition, decides to prepare the holodecks so the contestants have the venues ready. Terenar then proceeds to tell Brianna Reiss that he dislikes science fairs, with a passion, even when he was tasked with the security of the event. The contestants of this year get ready to compete, even going to shout symbolic phrases before the competition begins.

Act TwoEdit

While the contestants prepare their stands, Stella changes her orders: Terenar becomes a judge and Rakelli is now in charge of security, as he is promoted to Erei'erein. Terenar protests but is admonished by his superior. The elementary-school competition begins with Linde and Largo duking it out against another team with the growth of a plant in two kinds of soils as their project. Likewise, the high school competition pits the mass driver and the A(H1N1) virus projects; in both instances, the matches aren't as civilized as expected, although they did keep some civility.

Act ThreeEdit

After the round-robin phase of the tournament is over, all remaining contestants have a recess in Ten Forward while the people who have been eliminated had to take up their projects as well as their reports. Their meal degenerates into a brawl and continues, even when one of the high school contestants is disqualified. Zetra screams at them and they suddenly sermons the competitors still in the brawl. One of them tells them that they have a desire for revenge. When the competition resumes, the antimatter team clinches victory over the greenhouse effect team, brokered by the first officer himself.

Act FourEdit

As the riov is about to transmit their list of winners to Starbase 26, its commanding officer tells the bridge crew that they are not allowed to compete in the upper Romulan rounds, because of their deployment on the Kzinti front. so Dhiemm attempts to have the winners of the Romulan competition compete in the Lyran line. The Lyrans tell them that the science fair is organized as frontline entertainment and, as such, they are to get ready to proceed to Starbase 47. Brianna then proceeds to tell the winners the news, as good and bad news at the same time.

Act FiveEdit

Upon arriving at Starbase 47, the winners of the Romulan local round are unsettled as they began preparing the stands for the competition. Brianna tells the Romulan winners about her experience in the LISFT and is designated a judge of the competition afterward. The commander of the competition tells her that there were no Malachorians because the Malachor system was captured by the Kzinti. Rakelli asks the Naradorn competitor to make another coat for him, because the National Wardrobe was interested in that piece of clothing. The two winners on the Bouteina are proclaimed the winners of the Iron Fang phase.


The episode's title is a play on the book A Tale of Two Cities.

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RIS Bouteina episodes
Season 1
"The Departure" • "Distress Call" • "Take Me Out to the Zoo" • "Marianela" • "What about some D'oh!" • "Fundraiser" • "Declaration of Warcraft" • "No Child Left Untested" • "Manhunt" • "Eidolon" • "Four Redshirts and a Shirt" • "Merry Christmas" • "We're All In This Together" • "Marriage and Honeymoon"
Season 2
"Cloak, baby, Cloak!" • "Fury of the Prison Ships" • "Women's Dark Frontier" • "Easter Eggs" • "Bowser Shakedown" • "Sphere of Influence" • "Broken Bread" • "Extraordinary Summit" • "My Carpet, Tis of Thee" • "The Whole Kitten Kaboodle" • "Battle at the Grave of Thoughts" • "Redshirt Distribution" • "Bottle to Throttle" • "Quantic Fissure" • "Quantic Return" • "Blackrock and Roll" • "Kingdom Hospital" • "Monster-in-a-Box" • "A Tale of Two Holodecks" • "Grinch and Scrooge" • "Miracle in Whoville" • "Battle of Eight Beat" • "Planet of the Cheaters" • "How the Charter Was Won"
Season 3
"Yesterday's Lyrans" • "The Measure of a Romulan" • "Cost of Captivity" • "Hussade Contract" • "Degree of Liberty" • "Days of Wine and D'ohses" • "Doctor Rihanna" • "Grade Inflation, Part One" • "Grade Inflation, Part Two" • "Grade Inflation, Part Three" • "Holographic Family" • "There's no Coffee in the Nebula" • "Tobacco Quest" • "Super Size Me" • "Super Size Me Again" • "Limit at Plus Infinity" • "The Day Where Students Have Stopped Calculating" • "If At First You Don't Succeed" • "Going, going, gone" • "Drug Wars" • "Monopolis" • "TV Dinner" • "Love Plan" • "Spoiled Rotten"
Season 4
"Humans, Romulans and Space-Beasts" • "Vosteage" • "Ice Cream Parlor" • "Gogmagog" • "Relief and Refuge" • "Real Estate Liberty" • "High Priestess of Evacuation" • "Limit at Minus Infinity" • "Low-Cost Vacation" • "Back to School" • "Tribble Resupply" • "Midwife" • "Night of the Were-Hawks" • "Forlorn Hope" • "Party Quest" • "Combinatorics Nightmare" • "Redshirt Computer" • "Party School" • "Just Cause" • "Kathelet"
Season 5
"Resolution on Krant" • "Hilbert Hotel" • "New York Convention" • "Propane Dream" • "Hospital Blues" • "Home Sense" • "Homeward" • "Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde" • "Varlamov Steak" • "Credit Card Scholarship" • "Black Sox" • "Jockship" • "Two-Speed Intellect" • "Toy Dream" • "A Hockey Game Broke Out" • "Ultimate Wager" • "Cigarette Redshirt" • "Rator III Awaits" • "Hystelic Kingdom"
Sequel: Star Trek: The Stoneship Files
Rakelli fan productions
Star Trek: Unity (fan film series): "New Order" | "New Order, Part Two" | "Addiction" | "Unity Unbound" | "2005" | "Out of the Shadows" | "Into the Fire" | "The Unit" | "Final Order" | "Doomsday, Part One" | "Doomsday, Part Two" | "The Scorched World" | "Moebius" | "Twilight"
Minor appearances: "Ancient Order" | "Duel of the Fates" | "Double Jeopardy"
RIS Bouteina: "Four Redshirts and a Shirt" | "Broken Bread" | "My Carpet, Tis of Thee" | "A Tale of Two Holodecks" | "Hussade Contract" | "Redshirt Computer" | "Home Sense"
Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "Educational Armageddon"
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