"Crossroads" is a wacky, fast-paced, entertaining mess, but ultimately too frustrating and contrived to recommend. It has our Starfleet wannabes deciding to shut down, abandon, and bury the Protostar under an avalanche of snow, so they can continue their mission to make contact with the Federation without infecting them with the Unstoppable Super Virus Weapon that's aboard the ship. They arrive at Denaxi Depot, a snowy Mos Eisley port featuring Xindi security guards, where they make contact with numerous shady characters, including a middle-aged, eye-patched Captain Okona, from the notoriously bad TNG episode, "The Outrageous Okona."
Meanwhile, Admiral Janeway and the Dauntless also arrive at this depot in their continued investigation into the missing starship and the vanished Captain Chakotay. (Coincidentally, Barniss Frex is also here.) The Diviner has already remembered his daughter's name (but little else), and when Janeway's crew runs into our wannabes, certain contrived misunderstandings prompt them to run rather than staying and explaining themselves.
This leads to various near-misses where Janeway's team almost has conversations with — and then fails to capture — Dal, Gwyn, and the gang, who steal a nearby hovercraft and escape into the snowy wilderness where they get back aboard the Protostar, with Okona stowed away for good measure, and flee the planet at high warp.
Meanwhile, Murf hatches from his chrysalis/egg to reveal he now has legs. He promptly sits on a control panel that fires a torpedo at exactly the wrong time, making the Protostar look hostile when in reality its crew is merely a bunch of inept kids. Ultimately, Dal takes the ship into the Romulan neutral zone in an attempt to evade Janeway, which threatens to spiral into an interstellar incident. (I love how the Romulans are so defensive about a neutral zone that they themselves are already clearly deeply violating.)
Roger Ebert had the label "Idiot Plot" for a plot that would be solved immediately if the characters would just say the right words rather than having the plot constantly make them be idiots who steer around obvious truths, instead leading to maddening misunderstandings and disaster. Under that definition, "Crossroads" is a textbook Idiot Plot, with twists and turns that get in the way of communication and resolution at every possible opportunity. It's a lively and eventful one, but still frequently frustrating.
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