The commander gave a tired yawn as the radio crackled to life. He hated working night shift on the radio. "Research vessel 'Rebellion' this is the Death Star. We've received your transmission. Is the expedition to Hoth complete?"
"Yes, sir. We've found a strange alien life form frozen in the ice sir. There's nothing like it in the imperial records. We're bringing it in for study."
"Copy that. You have permission to land. Hanger bay 7 is open."
"One more request, sir."
"One of our men, Bryers, managed to cut himself on a small, unfrozen part of the specimen. He's been acting strange ever sense. We request he be sent to the medbay immediately for a proper check-up."
"Consider it granted. We'll have an appointment ready as soon as you land."
~Five minutes later~
"Grand Moff Tarkin! We're receiving an emergency transmission from medbay 17!"
"Patch them through, admiral. What do you want?"
"Grand Moff, this is Doctor Macready. You need to seal off all hanger bays immediately!"
"What in the world are you on about?"
"That lifeform isn't dead. The patient I received wasn't human, it was a copy of one. That.... Thing can assimilate and copy other life forms. The one disguised as Bryers escaped, it can't be allowed to leave this station. Tell the men to burn the supposed corpse as well."
"Understood. We'll burn every man aboard this station if we have to."
Only two things are on board. The assimilated Bryers and the "corpse". Darth Vader is not on board. Tarkin puts the station on high alert as soon as the last conversation ends.
This sorta depends on how quickly the crew can be informed about the Thing's nature and how much they know. Skin to skin contact is a death sentence and most blasters don't seem like the best weapon for killing it.
Stormtroopers being fully armored will greatly slow down The Thing’s progress, but they aren’t exactly super smart, either.
I kinda see The Thing creating a massive amount of individual, separate Things before people figure out what The Thing does. And how would they be able to kill every single Thing?
The Stormtroopers being dumb/ineffective even when on high alert (random mercenaries and princesses could sneak around The Death Star all the damn time; a shapeshifting infecting alien would have a field day) will certainly screw The Death Star’s chances. They could barely take on 4 people, much less dozens hidden amongst their ranks.
Alex consumes everyone and goes on a happy go lucky romp with his new deathstar :P
Hmmm...Honestly this is a tough situation how is inter communication on the deathstar handled? How solid are their ranks? What would it take to throw the ship into high alert? How good are their security systems?
So the troops are on guard that doesn't tell me how good there ranks are, how strong their communications are set up nor what kind of checkpoints they are liable to create to deal with this.
Im more looking for their doctrine though being high alert helps quite a bit, I wonder what their takes will be for patrols. The thing seems like it has the advantage, I can't think of anything they have that will let the troopers discover a thing if it manages to consume a few storm troopers stealthily.
Honestly for the moment Im voting the thing, the crew doesn't have an efficient manner to sniff the thing out if it can get control of a trooper.
While there are definite scenarios where the storm troopers get lucky and blast the thing out of existence before it's had a chance to spread. The problem is I see a lot more situations where the thing stealth's its way into the ranks and crew.
After which finding it isn't realistically feasible before its overtaken a large amount of the crew and troopers.
But do they manage that before the thing has overtaken the vast majority of them? They don't know who they can trust, if the thing gets into a storm trooper they are incredibly comprimised and have no means of sniffing it out.
They have to start mass killing their ranks before the things spread to far if they don't there attempts are worthless as they find themselves being absorbed. All of thats ignoring the things win con of hiding during the mass sucide of the troopers and taking over the ship after they die....
Yeah but it doesn't really need everybody, it needs one early on and then they can't exactly find it. After getting a single trooper the thing can allow them to kill off its other body and all it has to do is wait for an opportunity to strike.
This is further aggravated by members of the crew that aren't storm troopers don't have full body armor and if the thing gets someone in the chain of command its pretty much game over.
While the Thing would obviously assimilate the Storm Troopers in mass, it's only a matter of time before Storm Troopers start mass killing some of their own under the hopes that they at least spot one that's thebtrue thing, when that happens multiple soldiers and dozens of grenades with atomization properties can eventually wear down and kill it
I'm also assuming that since it wasn't mentioned, "Doctor" Macready definitely is not assimilated. If both have managed to escape then the corpse can go on a rampage to distract while Bryers can quietly sneak away and attempt to find unsuspecting and hopefully unarmored crew to assimilate.
I'm keeping my vote for the Thing. Sheer numbers actually work in it's favor as it's harder to keep track of assimilated crew that way.