First, it is necessary to go back to "Mardi Gras", when Captain
I started with fireworks. The Captain loves fireworks. I explained to him that different metals, when burned, glow in different colors; which is how they create fireworks in different colors. I told him that burning an unknown substance to see the color of the flame produced is one of the ways of determining what it is made of. I then went on to explain that astronomers were able to analyze the composition of various heavenly bodies (at this point, Jellico was distracted for about fifteen minutes by a passing group of topless crewwomen) by analyzing the light we received from them. Terran scientists, centuries ago, found the first nebula containing alcohol through this method.
The captain was impressed by this explanation. Lothar, standing nearby, also heard this explanation, and was equally impressed. Later, when Lothar overheard Daremo saying some rather uncomplimentary things about him, he decided to set Daremo on fire, as "an experiment" to "see what this little bastard is made of."
There is enough blame to go around that no official charges are being recommended against any crewmember for this incident, although Lothar appears hurt that he wasn't given a commendation for his "work to advance science and improve the quality of life aboard the