Combat is stressful. They'll figure out she's missing in a minute.
The beam is a "tractor beam", another common Star Trek homage (actually coined in 1931
by E. E. Smith)
I'm worried why they're so worried about recalling the hopper. They have only seconds before what?
Unless they're unwilling to show the Glutes
a new technology, a good counter-attack might be an EMP pulse via the EM-shield.
As they have no AI tech, they'll probably just cripple the ship but everyone should stay alive long enough to get rescued.
As for getting Eithne back, well we did already get some hints.
I figured Eithne's porter went without her. The pain she experienced was from it leaving her guts.
Hugo and Murphy seemed to have missed that she's not there.
guess we'll see if their transporter beam can truly hold the ship. Am guessing not.
Remains to be seen how they get Eithne back. Hopefully not a repeat of past rescue operations...