This week with Arlene and Jeff:
...Dave nodded slightly. "Isn't there any other way to find out if their engines are operative?"
"Certainly. I could scan the ship."
"And…" Evie prompted.
"And I would surmise that within a few seconds, at most, we would also detect the alien ship charging its weapons, if not actively firing on us. And again, I warn you, our shields are not capable of deterring their weapons for any meaningful length of time."
"And our weapons?" Evie asked.
"Could possibly scorch the paint on their vessel, to use one of your Earth expressions, assuming… our beam somehow managed to override their shields to even touch their hull, but of course, their hull does not require paint. Again, I advise you to remember your training. This is a scout; not a warship. Stealth and the ability to flee at high warp are our only viable defenses against an enemy of this magnitude."...
Have a goodun;