"Crucial" (or Star Trek: Crucial) was the eighth spin-off of Star Trek: Phoenix-X and seventh spin-off of the third season. It originally stood on its own until it was integrated into Star Trek: Phoenix-X in August 2014. The story focuses on the crew of the USS Crucial and is written as logs from its crew.
The logs first resided on "MSN spaces", in 2006, consisting of only one entry, until they were started up again on blogger.com in 2007. Both blog sites are now extinct and the entries have been migrated to the Star Trek: Phoenix-X website.
Hatcha's gender isn't specified here, and isn't specified as female until "Into Harshness".