DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
Previously, on Deep Space Nine Season 10...
Original discussion thread, covering Episodes 1 to 7
Discussion thread for Episode 8
Discussion thread for Episode 9
Discussion thread for Episode 10
Discussion thread for Episode 11
Direct links to the PDFs of episodes 1 to 10:
10x01 - "Emancipation"
10x02 - "Brave New World"
10x03 - "Steppin' Out"
10x04 - "Easy Come, Easy Go"
10x05 - "Deep Down"
10x06 - "The Dream Box"
10x07 - "Instinct"
10x08 - "Property Values"
10x09 - "Blank Slate"
10x10 - "In Two Minds"
10x11 - "Harmony"
And now, direct link to download episode 12, the second half of my big mid-season two-parter:
10x12 - "Heresy"
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
1 EXT. EARTH – SAN FRANCISCO
A beautiful shot across San Francisco bay, the sun glinting off the water, small tourist boats sailing past. The Golden Gate Bridge and other SF landmarks are clear.
PULL BACK until the edges of a window frame creep in, and it becomes clear we’re looking out on this from inside.
KIRA walks past the window, quickly pacing, agitated.
Yeah, that’s gonna happen.
PULL BACK further to reveal that we’re inside...
2 INT. STARFLEET COMMAND LOUNGE
A waiting room of sorts, Starfleet style, lushly appointed and comfortable. Kira paces back and forth impatiently. SISKO sits on a couch, dressed in smart civilian clothes, outwardly more relaxed than Kira but inside just as tense.
You did everything you could to
persuade them. It’s up to the
Council to decide. In the mean-
time you may as well relax.
My father’s saying about the
soufflé comes to mind.
Kira tries to follow her best friend’s advice. But it doesn’t come easily. She stops pacing and gazes out the window at the calm and sunny scenery.
So what’s this part of Earth
San Francisco. This is where
Starfleet Command and the
Academy are based.
But the government offices were
somewhere else, right?
And your father lives...?
Have you been to see him?
He knows I'm here. But I
thought my time would be
better spent watching you
wear a hole in the carpet.
Kira stops, smiles.
I’m trying to relax, Benjamin,
really I am. But I just don’t
know how you Starfleet captains
make it look so easy.
Us Starfleet captains.
In name, maybe. But I never went
to your academy. I’ve never even
been to San Francisco. Not in
this century, at least.
Sisko frowns... Kira sighs. Can’t stop worrying.
If we don’t get this fleet, the
whole plan falls apart. There’s
no way Bajor can face up to the
Ascendants alone. And then...
the Eav’oq are finished.
The door opens, Kira and Sisko turn in hope... and see Adm ROSS entering. He closes the door quietly behind him. He doesn’t seem especially happy.
Captains. The Council has
finished its deliberations,
and come to a decision.
And... you’ll get your fleet, Captain.
(sags w/ relief)
Thank the Prophets.
It’s six times what we sent
to the Dominion, Captain. It
includes the Defiant, and my
own personal flagship, the
Cerberus. So this had better
It will, Admiral. Thank you.
I want to make one thing crystal
clear, Captain. This is it.
Off Kira’s confused, worried reaction...
That gamble you made in the
Council chambers - threatening
to withdraw Bajor from the
Federation if we didn’t do what
you want - that only works one
time. You do not get to play
that card again. If this fleet
fails to achieve the objectives
under which we approved it,
you don’t get another one.
Kira gulps. She has no choice but to agree.
I’m placing you in general
command of the fleet. This is
your show, Nerys. Make it count.
On Kira’s daunted reaction...
3 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING
The station at rest...
4 INT. DS9 - RO’S QUARTERS
Starting at the window out onto space. We move gradually through the room, as the SOUND of troubled, hitching breaths can be heard...
Eventually we land upon RO. She sits on her bed, hugging herself, shuddering and gasping with short, sharp breaths.
She lifts a shivering head and looks across the room at... a hypospray, sat on her desk. She stares at it for a moment... then grits her teeth and looks away again.
Ops to Lieutenant Ro.
She looks up in surprise, hopeful and relieved that she might have a distraction.
Go ahead, Major.
The Captain’s just signalled
ahead. The fleet has entered
the Bajoran sector.
I’ll be right there.
The distraction has worked - she gets up happily and hurries towards the door, leaving the hypospray behind.
5 EXT. SPACE
In a big flash of light, the Defiant drops out of warp and coasts to a relative stop. Soon after come five more Starfleet vessels. The six varied ships make an impressive sight arrayed in space near to Deep Space Nine.
Besides the Defiant, the ships are as follows:
USS Gryphon, Akira-class (“Lesser Evil”)
USS T’Kumbra, Nebula-class (“Take Me Out to the Holosuite”)
USS Cerberus, Prometheus-class (“Message in a Bottle”)
USS Gorkon, Excelsior-class (“Descent”)
USS Blackthorne, Intrepid-class (like Voyager)
6 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE
The turbolift rises into Ops, and Ro jumps off it at speed, excited and relieved that Captain Kira is back. The crew - CENN at the Ops table, DAX hovering and observing in the tactical alcove, extras elsewhere - are all gazing up at the main screen, which shows the external view.
Kira’s on the line, Lieutenant.
She nods for him to go ahead. He presses buttons - Kira’s image appears on the screen, in the Defiant’s centre seat.
Good to see you, Captain. The
crew will be glad to have you back.
The “crew” will have to wait
a little longer, Lieutenant.
Admiral Ross gave us a limited
window of time to do this. So
I want to get out there and get
it done before I lose my nerve.
You’re in charge till I get back.
Ro’s hope and relief drains away.
If you’re certain, Captain.
I also need you to get one pilot
and one tactical each in the Rio
Grande, the Nile and the Yolja,
and get them out to me ASAP.
Keep the Brahmaputra on watch.
Wish us luck.
Ro just nods. Doesn’t have much in her to be encouraging to others right now. Kira disappears from the screen.
Downcast, legs like lead, Ro clomps slowly up the steps to the office. Dax intercepts her at the top.
Leaving me in command, for one
thing. And this stuff with the
Eav’oq... Maybe it’s just cause
I don’t follow the Prophets or
something, but I really don’t
see why this is our problem.
Dax tenses - this is too close to what Bashir was saying, and she doesn’t want to hear it. But she tamps down her protests and tries to encourage Ro.
It’s not about whether you
believe in the Prophets or not.
It’s about whether you believe
in Kira... and whether you
deserve to wear that uniform.
But Ro didn’t take it as an encouragement. She took it as confirmation of all her worst fears and insecurities.
END OF TEASER
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
7 EXT. SPACE
The Gamma exit of the wormhole bursts open in its giant blue flower of energy, and the six Starfleet capital ships and three runabouts shoot out of it. The varied vessels look tough and ready for business.
8 EXT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE
As numerous Eav’oq flounce gently about in the background, VAUGHN and OPAKA sit side by side on one of the low stone walls that trail through the city.
I wonder if this tension between
you and Benjamin is simply that
of an atheist versus a believer.
That’s not it.
It’s simply a matter of trusting
in the judgement of something
greater than yourself.
And I do. I believe in the good
of the Federation. The difference
is accountability. Understanding
that the decisions that come to
you are the result of discussion
and compromise between people
who have an at least similar view
of the world as you. Who knows
what the Prophets are thinking?
No-one does, Elias. Not really.
I wouldn’t trust anyone who
said he did. But I do trust
that They know best.
Why? How can you be so certain?
I’m not certain, Elias. I don’t
pretend to ever know the full
pattern of the universe. I
doubt anyone ever will. But I
trust that that pattern exists.
And I learn more of it all the
time. That’s all I need.
Kira to Vaughn.
Pleasantly surprised, Vaughn taps his combadge to receive.
Captain, you’re back. Everything
went to plan?
So far. But there’s a lot more
plan yet to come. I need you
up here on the double.
Understood. Stand by.
He turns to Opaka. He takes her hands, looks into her eyes. Neither of them is willing to say the words, but they don’t have to. They know.
That done, Vaughn stands and straightens himself.
Vaughn to Defiant. One to
Keeping his eyes on Opaka, Vaughn disappears in a transporter beam.
9 EXT. SPACE
The six Starfleet capital ships and three runabouts fly together at warp, the Defiant taking point.
10 INT. DEFIANT - MESS HALL
A mission meeting of all the fleet’s captains:
Cpt SPILLANE of the Gryphon (Scandinavian female human)
Cpt SOLOK of the T’Kumbra (Vulcan male, "Take Me Out...")
Cpt AKOLKAR of the Cerberus (Indian human female)
Cpt KUWAHARA of the Gorkon (Japanese/British human male)
Cpt THANN of the Blackthorne (Selenean male)
Kira is leading the meeting, stood by the display screen on the wall. Vaughn and Sisko are with her as advisors.
If the Ascendants are indeed as
mysterious as you say, Captain,
how do we expect to find them?
This is classified information.
But the Ascendants have already
made one attack – against the
Dominion... or rather their gods.
You mean the Founders.
No - it turns out the Founders
had a god of their own. They
called it the Progenitor.
Had? Past tense?
The Progenitor is dead. The
Ascendants blew up a star to
irradiate it to death.
Odo had the remains hidden away
inside the Omarion Nebula, with
a constant Jem’Hadar presence.
They think they’re just there to
protect the Founders’ original
home world. But they’re not.
Meanwhile, the Vorta have been
quietly pulling together all the
rumours, hearsay and seemingly
innocuous readings they can to
try and track the culprits. They
gave us that data. Our conclusion
is that the best place to start
looking... is the Omarion Nebula.
They’re keeping an eye on their
The Dominion is probably the
biggest target the Ascendants
have ever taken on. They may be
zealous, but I’m betting they’re
not stupid. They’d make sure.
Now, we don’t know what level
of technology we’ll be facing.
If they can blow up a star, it
must be pretty advanced.
Not necessarily. One well-placed
isolytic subspace weapon can
easily make a star go nova.
Those weapons were banned in
the Khitomer Accords.
Which the Ascendants did not sign.
They also tend to be a solitary
people, spread out to cover as
much ground as possible while
they search for their Fortress.
So hopefully that will play in
our favour as well.
But if it doesn’t, we’ve got a
strong fleet here. The Cerberus
is one of the most advanced
ships in all of Starfleet. The
Blackthorne has the fastest
reactions. Gryphon is the most
heavily armed, Defiant has the
smallest profile. You’ve all
got positives and negatives, so
work together to even them out.
Keep your sensors at full power
too. We still need more data, and
we’ll never get a better chance.
I think we’ve covered everything.
Return to your ships, Captains...
prepare your crews... and pray
to whatever you believe in that
we don’t need them.
The captains file out of the room and into the corridor, where a security random leads them away. Last to leave is Spillane, who offers a reassuring squeeze of the shoulder.
Keep your chin up, Nerys. You
handled the parasites, you’ll
handle this. We’re behind you.
Spillane follows the rest, leaving Kira, Vaughn and Sisko.
Spillane’s right, Nerys. Trust
your instincts, trust your crew...
and know that they trust you.
11 EXT. SPACE
The purplish-blue wisps of the Omarion Nebula are in the background... the Starfleet armada holds station in the foreground. Focusing on the Defiant...
Ship’s log, Captain Kira Nerys
recording. We’ve been waiting
here at the Omarion Nebula for
hours. Waiting’s always the
hardest part. But it finally
paid off. The Blackthorne has
detected the Ascendant warp
signature a couple of light
years away. Gryphon confirms.
So this is it.
The Starfleet ships all jump to warp, away from the nebula.
I just can’t help thinking about
what the Tellarite councillor
said. About the last time we
tried something like this. The
Defiant’s first mission. I can
only pray this time goes better.
12 EXT. SPACE
At a distance, we can just about see a small ship against the backdrop of stars. It’s an Ascendant vessel – tiny and silver and sharp, as first seen in 8x23 “Rising Son.”
With data tracking along the side of the image, the small ship is suddenly closer. We can see it in more detail.
13 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Kira sits in the centre seat, peering at the screen. She’s a little surprised that it’s such a small ship.
Is that it?
BOWERS, SHAR and PRYNN are at their respective stations. Sisko and Vaughn hover on either side of Kira, supporting.
That’s the source of the warp
signature, Captain. By the size,
it’s a single occupancy vehicle.
But no indications of it being
support for a larger ship.
So basically yes, that’s it.
Prynn glances away from her console, over to Shar. He feels her looking, and looks at her too. They wordlessly exchange good luck wishes, then turn back to their own consoles.
Send a standard greeting in all
languages and basic lingua-code.
We come in peace and would like
to meet to talk. The usual.
Aye sir -
Before he can even finish, a transporter effect forms at the front of the bridge, just in front of the view screen. It’s made out of flames, a spontaneous fire, until it blows away and reveals the figure of an Ascendant female.
Tall, willowy, a silver covering that may be skin or bio-armour. Large insectile eyes that seem to shine with fire. Clothes are something like a medieval knight. This is RAIQ.
Bowers is instantly on his feet, pointing a phaser at her. Shar likewise, holding out a tricorder. Everyone else is distinctly spooked, but Raiq just looks around, nonchalant.
Lieutenant Bowers, stand down.
She beamed through the shields.
No she didn’t. No life signs.
She’s still on her ship – this
is just a projection.
The other ships are reporting
they’ve got projections on
their bridges too.
Tell them to let me handle it.
Prynn nods and relays the message. Unhappily, Bowers lowers his phaser, but remains ready. Raiq begins to walk slowly around the bridge, taking in everything with an eagle eye.
Kira steps up to her.
I’m Captain Kira Nerys of the
United Federation of Planets.
I am Raiq, Archquester of the
I do not know these vessels.
Raiq is not really paying attention to Kira. Barely even looks at her. She’s more interested in exploring. She looks at one of the screens on the wall. It fritzes and begins to run with reams of data. She turns to another – the same thing happens. Shar checks his panels, worried...
She’s scanning our databases.
Kira steps forward again, trying to get Raiq’s attention.
Excuse me. If you want to know
about us, we’re happy to answer
your questions. There’s no need
to break into our computers.
Raiq glances dismissively at Kira, but doesn’t really respond. She turns away and the computer scan stops. She turns to Shar, looks the Andorian up and down.
I do not know your people.
I am Andorian.
Raiq turns away. She strolls to the back of the bridge, inspecting. Kira follows, trying to open the conversation.
We don’t know a lot about your
people, but we’d like to. Would
you be willing to meet with us
in person and tell us more about
yourself? We’re more than happy
to do the same in return.
Raiq ignores Kira and walks up to Vaughn. Right into his personal space. Looks him up and down.
Whom do you worship?
I don’t worship anyone.
As I said, we’d love to meet
you in person –
If you do not worship, then
you have nothing to fear from
the Ascendants. And we have
no interest in you.
Well, that’s a shame. I was
hoping that we...
But Kira trails off, because now Raiq has finally looked at her. The imperious Ascendant woman gazes into Kira’s face, seemingly fascinated. Cocks her head, looks again.
That face... I know you.
Kira is confused – what does that mean? The others on the bridge look at her, disquieted. Raiq begins to realize...
The priestess on the world
where I crashed. The prison
moon, with its primitives,
dependent on the broken
satellite network. The nurse
who returned me to health.
You’re the one who freed Opaka.
You are not she. But you are
the same people.
You shame the True.
Kira begins to worry... but then Raiq is swallowed up in another massive burst of flame. Kira flinches back, but it’s fake fire. When it burns itself out, Raiq is gone.
Scared, Kira turns to Bowers, who is checking his panels...
Her engines are powering up...
14 EXT. SPACE
Dwarfed by the six large Starfleet vessels, the tiny silver ship’s engines start to glow... ...but then in a big FLASH of white light, the Ascendant ship disappears. It’s gone.
15 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
They blink, surprised. What happened? Kira looks to Shar. He’s working his panels hard, intrigued by what he sees...
A peculiar discharge of energy,
with an element of spatial
displacement... I cannot be
certain, Captain, but I believe the
entire vessel transported away.
Kira sags, somewhat disappointed, if relieved.
Okay... umm... well, at least
we didn’t have to fight. Signal
the rest of the fleet that -
But then the view screen relays another FLASH of light. Kira turns to see what it is... and Raiq’s ship is back.
Shar is looking at his panels, dismayed at what he sees...
16 EXT. SPACE
The tiny Ascendant ship is back with the Starfleet group...
...and then another FLASH reveals another ship appearing off to one side. And then another FLASH – another ship. And another... and another... and more, surrounding the fleet.
17 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
On Kira’s horrified reaction...
END OF ACT ONE
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
18 EXT. SPACE
Close on Raiq’s vessel, as its silver tip begins to glow with power...
...and unleashes a huge jagged bolt of white electricity. All around, other Ascendants ships are firing at the other Starfleet ships... Raiq’s weapon SLAMS into the Defiant...
19 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The bridge shakes under the assault. Kira stands in front of her chair as everyone scrambles to their stations...
Prynn! Get us out of here!
I can’t, Captain. They’re all
around us. We’re boxed in.
Then we’ll have to fight our
Kira confidently takes the centre seat as the ship shakes under fire again. She slaps the comm panel.
Kira to all ships. Return fire.
20 EXT. SPACE
The Starfleet ships come to life.
manoeuvres into optimal position and FIRES pulse phasers at Raiq’s ship. The Ascendant’s shields shrug it off. Defiant swoops around...
The Ascendants keep firing... they hit Gryphon...
21 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE
Spillane is in the centre seat as the bolt of electricity hits... The ship rocks under the shot. Spillane turns to the Tellarite science officer CROTH...
Croth! Analyse those weapons.
They’re just a basic electrical
charge. But the sheer power in
them is staggering.
22 EXT. SPACE
The Gryphon rises up on its z-axis, revealing its front facing shuttle bays... and a dozen small and powerful Starfleet shuttle-craft launch at speed. Gryphon FIRES a wide spread of hardcore phaser beams to cover their exit...
23 INT. GRYPHON SHUTTLE
Riding with the shuttle PILOT as we zoom out into the battle, seeing Ascendants and Starfleet exchanging fire. The shuttle FIRES and hits an Ascendant ship – no effect.
24 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Shar reads his panels.
Standard phasers are having no
Bowers – modulate the frequency.
Bowers looks to Kira for approval. She nods. He does it.
25 EXT. SPACE
The T’Kumbra is under fire from three Ascendant ships, ganging up on it... it takes some damage...
26 INT. T’KUMBRA - BRIDGE
Cpt Solok and his all-Vulcan crew react stoically...
Damage to the port side, Captain.
27 EXT. SPACE
But the large, lumbering ship is too slow pulling away... the Ascendants move in for another shot... they FIRE...
And the Blackthorne ZOOMS into the weapon’s path, the lithe Intrepid-class body twisting to cover the clumsy Nebula’s flank. T’Kumbra and Blackthorne both manoeuvre away, but the Ascendants give chase, continuing to fire...
28 INT. BLACKTHORNE - BRIDGE
Cpt Thann stands giving orders, his golden tentacle-like head appendages swinging as the ship rocks under fire.
We have to cover the T’Kumbra,
we can manoeuvre much faster...
The hull plating isn’t working.
The charges are affecting the
actual metal itself...
29 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Kira turns to Vaughn...
Launch Cooper and Sagan. And
get those damn runabouts
covering the Gorkon...
30 EXT. SPACE
The Defiant’s circular belly hatch opens and its two tiny shuttles drop out, diving away as the Defiant swerves off.
31 INT. DEFIANT SHUTTLE
Human female pilot ZUCCA and Benzite male tactical CARDOK work their panels with nervous concentration...
Seven-one mark three-oh. Go!
32 EXT. SPACE
The shuttle heads straight towards one Ascendant ship, firing and firing... the Ascendant turns to face them...
In the background, the Cerberus is under fire – one of its four warp nacelles is damaged and sputters with blue fire.
33 INT. CERBERUS - BRIDGE
Prometheus-class, sparse and gleaming as seen in “Message in a Bottle.” Cpt Akolkar turns to her engineer...
Upper starboard nacelle’s gone!
We still have three more. Hell,
five more if we need them.
34 EXT. SPACE
The Defiant’s shuttle is still firing on the Ascendant ship, heading straight for a collision. Firing, firing... the two ships blow each other to pieces before they get a chance to impact. Both EXPLODE in clouds of debris.
35 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Shar turns to Kira in horror...
Sagan is destroyed, Captain.
Prynn turns from her panel in shock...
He points firmly at her helm panel. She gets the message – pay attention to your work. She turns back, shaking...
But at least Cardok showed us
the way to kill these things.
Constant, continuous phaser fire
does eventually get through.
36 EXT. SPACE
Defiant turns and surges back towards the Ascendants with renewed vigour, pulse phasers blasting away...
Gorkon is under fire, takes a hit on its big belly bulge. Gryphon fires on Gorkon’s attackers – hard, constant phaser fire... until two of them finally buckle and explode.
37 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE
Croth punches the air in victory...
Celebrate later, Croth.
Captain... the hull...
38 EXT. SPACE
Focusing on the Gryphon’s external hull, under fire from the Ascendant electrical weapon... a dissolving effect is spreading from the point of attack, disintegrating...
Another Ascendant ship swoops in and fires at Gryphon too, a continuous bolt of massive electricity... and another, and another, until six Ascendants are surrounding the ship.
The disintegrating effect spreads quicker and quicker...
39 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE
Croth works his panels, verging on panic. He turns to stare at Spillane, scared and disbelieving.
It’s just disintegrating. There’s
nothing I can do to stop it.
Spillane takes a second to gawp in horrified realisation, lip quivering. Then she gets down to business. She hits a comm panel...
All hands, abandon ship. This is
not a drill. Get to the escape
pods, now, while you can.
The bridge crew look at her, stunned this is happening...
I mean it. All of you, go.
They finally get that she’s serious. They get to their feet and rush for the exits. As he leaves, Croth looks back over his shoulder, has a significant moment with Spillane. She nods acknowledgement to him, and he turns and goes.
Now Spillane is alone. She runs to the tactical panel...
40 EXT. SPACE
Still under fire, its skin dissolving... Gryphon’s escape pods launch, shooting away from the mother ship as fast as they can. Some get caught by Ascendant fire, but most get away. Gryphon fires and fires again to cover them...
But eventually its phasers sputter and fail. The Ascendants keep firing... and the Gryphon basically CRUMBLES. The hull disintegrates into chunks, the construction breaks down... the crumbling reaches the warp core and the ship EXPLODES.
Most of the debris is eaten up in the flames. A couple of the escape pods get caught up and destroyed. The attacking Ascendant ships JUMP away in flashes of light, undamaged.
41 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The crew reacts to the explosion on the main viewscreen...
We need to get out of here.
(annoyed at Sisko)
We need to save those people!
42 EXT. SPACE
The fire of the Gryphon’s demise has burnt out, leaving the escape pods floating. Ascendant ships are still looming...
In a wide shot of the area, we see the cloud of tiny escape pods. Gorkon and T’Kumbra manoeuvre close to them. Defiant, Cerberus and Blackthorne take up defensive positions...
43 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
44 EXT. SPACE
Defiant, Cerberus and Blackthorne open fire, constantly moving and firing and moving and firing, providing cover for the other two against an advancing wave of Ascendants.
45 INT. T’KUMBRA - BRIDGE
46 INT. GRYPHON ESCAPE POD
Two Starfleet randoms huddle together inside the tiny space. Then a transporter signal forms over them...
47 INT. T’KUMBRA – TRANSPORTER ROOM
The two randoms appear on the transporter platform with others. A Vulcan officer helps them clear...
48 INT. CERBERUS - BRIDGE
Akolkar looks to her engineer...
Is everyone in place?
The engineer nods, nervously...
Then do it.
The engineer presses buttons... blue lights begin to flash all around the bridge as it goes to BLUE ALERT...
49 EXT. SPACE
Still firing, Cerberus begins to separate into its MULTI-VECTOR ASSAULT MODE. It splits on the x-axis into three sections, which all begin to manoeuvre independently.
50 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Prynn grins as she watches this on the main viewscreen.
But then she jerks as she sees a shot coming towards her, instinctively playing her panels to move the ship.
51 EXT. SPACE
Blackthorne covers the other side of the battlefield... it fires a powerful phaser burst at an Ascendant ship... but the Ascendant JUMPS away and the shot is wasted.
In a flash of light, the Ascendant ship reappears right on top of the Gorkon and opens fire. With shields down, Gorkon is defenceless. The shot gouges a hole in the saucer...
Then a shot comes from off side – a runabout, firing on the Ascendant. Shots from the other side – a second runabout.
52 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT 52
Ensigns ALECO and NARAN are at the controls...
I am keeping firing...
53 EXT. SPACE
Caught between the two runabouts, the Ascendant ship finally blows. In the background, the various parts of
the Cerberus dart about, firing on their own targets...
54 INT. GORKON - BRIDGE
Excelsior-class bridge, like the Enterprise-B. Cpt Kuwahara grips onto his seat’s armrests as the ship shakes... The OPS officer turns to Kuwahara, relieved...
Transports complete, Captain.
Make absolutely sure, Ensign.
He checks again, then nods to Kuwahara.
Alright, raise shields. Gorkon
to all ships. Survivors are on
board. Let’s get out of here!
55 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Kira stands up from her chair, a new thought forming...
All shuttles and runabouts,
sync shields and pull in close.
56 EXT. SPACE
One of the runabouts pulls in close to the underbelly of the Defiant, the two shield bubbles fizzing and combining.
57 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Kira starts working the panels on her armrests...
Kira to all ships. We’re gonna
use their own trick against
them. On my mark, make a split-
second warp jump. Head for the
wormhole, and don’t look back.
Vaughn approaches, worried...
Captain, what are you doing?
Covering your escape.
Before he can protest, she hits a control and disappears in a transporter beam.
58 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Aleco and Naran disappear in transporter beams... and Kira appears in their place. She moves to the controls...
59 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Aleco and Naran rematerialize on the bridge. Vaughn realizes what Kira’s done, slaps the comm panel...
60 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Don’t argue, Commander. You’re
She closes the channel, and gets the runabout moving away from the Defiant’s belly... She stabs the comm panel again with force, bravado covering her nervousness.
Raiq! This is Kira! I didn’t get
chance to tell you before... I
don’t just worship the True.
I talk with them. In fact, I’m
the Hand of the Prophets!
We chat all the time!
61 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
While the bridge crew seem horrified at Kira’s actions, Vaughn settles into the centre chair.
Prynn... get ready to do as
Don’t you even think about
questioning my orders on this
bridge, mister. I will throw
you in the brig.
More worried than angry, Sisko relents for now...
62 EXT. SPACE
Kira pilots the runabout towards the field of empty escape pods from the destroyed Gryphon. Infuriated, the Ascendant ships break off their attack and head after Kira, following the runabout towards the pods.
63 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Terrified but determined, Kira drives the runabout on. Various screens of information are in front of her... One of them shows USS GRYPHON, PREFIX CODE: 18992.
Kira slaps the comm panel again...
Vaughn. Go! Now!
64 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Vaughn grips his armrests...
Prynn – do it.
Prynn works her panels...
65 EXT. SPACE
With the Ascendants distracted following Kira, the Defiant powers up and jumps straight to warp from standing still. T’Kumbra, Gorkon, Blackthorne and all three parts of the Cerberus jump to warp too, with all the shuttles caught up in their wake. Bright flashes of light flare as they all stretch out into the distance and disappear. They’re gone.
Kira is left alone with a chasing pack of angry Ascendants. She drives the runabout into the field of escape pods and Gryphon debris... the Ascendants dive in after her...
66 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira watches the panels in front of her... waits for the perfect moment... not yet... not yet... Now.
67 EXT. SPACE
...and all the escape pods DETONATE. Self-destruct charges catch the Ascendant ships unawares. Pieces of the Gryphon that are big enough to still carry charges EXPLODE too. Ascendant ships all over are caught and destroyed.
Kira’s runabout surges forward through the other side, riding the front of the shockwave to safety.
68 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira holds on for dear life as the runabout is swept away in front of the explosion... the rattling gradually lessens and ends. She lets out a scared breath of relief.
69 EXT. SPACE
The runabout swerves around, looping away from the burning Ascendant ships, in the direction of the Starfleet armada.
70 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira hits the comm panel...
Yolja to Defiant. It worked.
I’m right behind –
In a flash of light, an Ascendant ship JUMPS in right in front of her, staring down the front window... and FIRES.
Alarms screaming, computers scrambling... the window starts to crack... Kira looks up, and sees the ceiling dissolving over her head. The ship is crumbling around her, air whistling as it escapes through the ever-growing holes... She gets up and runs for the rear cabin, but too late.
With a great WRENCH of metal, the ship splits, and Kira is swept out into space. Silently screaming in panic, grasping for anything to hold on to, but there’s nothing. She’s in open space now, no air to breath, nothing she can do...
On Kira’s horrified face, dying...
END OF ACT TWO
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
71 EXT. SPACE
On Kira, as she drifts in empty space... she stares out...
The few remaining Ascendant ships are ignoring her now. She’s of no concern to them. They simply assume she’s dead. They’re helping their fallen comrades among the graveyard of the Gryphon remnants.
Kira watches them move about in the distance, no sound except for the slowing BEAT of her own heart. She shudders slightly, unable to breathe. Time seems to slow down around her as her consciousness gradually slips away.
Her eyes slip sideways a touch, and she sees...
The WORMHOLE opening up, the great blue flower of energy blooming near to her...
She smiles, happy and relieved. The Prophets are coming for her. She tries to force her body to reach for it, although there’s not much she can do.
She’s fading. As she gazes rapturously at the whirling eddies of the wormhole, we go gradually to...
But as quickly as the WHITE OUT comes, it’s gone again, revealed as a DIAMOND RING EFFECT.
The Defiant appears from out of the light and silently roars back into the area.
The last few remaining Ascendant ships begin to react to its presence...
In split-second timing, the Defiant flips onto its side, rolling to show its flat underbelly to the approaching Ascendants, between them and the floating Kira. As it does so, it reveals the runabout Rio Grande hiding in between the Defiant and Kira.
72 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Vaughn stands in front of his chair, too anxious to sit. The whole crew is in major battle last chance mode...
Bowers – all weapons, fire!
73 EXT. DEFIANT
Close on the Defiant’s PHASER CANNONS – they move out of their regular housings, angle on hinges to face the direction of the ship’s belly... and OPEN FIRE.
74 EXT. SPACE
Fore and aft phaser cannons pummel out shot after shot after shot towards the Ascendant ships. Around the circular hatch on the belly of the ship, there’s a new PHASER STRIP that lets loose with a continuous spray of phaser fire.
The Ascendants fire their electric bolt weapons...
75 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
The ship rocks hard from the impact. Vaughn hits the comm panel on his arm rest...
Nog! Launch the nanobot shield!
76 INT. DEFIANT - ENGINEERING
The room is in chaos with panels erupting in sparks and smoke. In the background, engineering crew rush about containing the damage and keeping the ship running.
NOG is at the master systems display, his fingers flying over controls. He hits one last button with satisfaction.
77 EXT. DEFIANT
Hatches in the skin of the ship open and release hundreds of tiny particles, which shoot out to form a barrier...
78 EXT. SPACE
Phaser bolts from the Defiant hit some Ascendant ships. Ascendant weapons leap towards the Defiant...
The nanobots form an extra shield against them. They burst in tiny explosions, lessening the weapons’ effectiveness, but the weaker bolts still get through to the Defiant...
On the Defiant’s skin, we see the weapons’ dissolving effect start to take hold. It eats away at the hull...
...and reveals another hull underneath, perfectly intact.
79 INT. DEFIANT - ENGINEERING
Nog watches the progress on his displays with pride...
Nanobots and ablative armour
are taking some serious damage,
Captain. But the main hull is holding.
80 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Panels burst and explode. Sparks fly. Crew dodge flames. Vaughn yells into the comm...
Sisko! Do it!
81 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Sisko is sat at the controls of the Rio Grande. Bashir is behind him, hovering by the transporter platform at the back of the cockpit... Sisko hits a panel...
A GRAPHIC shows the shields around the runabout dropping.
82 EXT. SPACE
Kira floats in open space, protected from the fight by the body of the Defiant. A transporter effect forms over her...
The Ascendants are right on top of the Defiant now, unleashing torrents of weapons fire...
83 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Explosions are going off all over the bridge. Prynn is gripping onto her panel as the ship shudders...
A massive electrical discharge begins in the fore-most port-side computers. The discharge moves along the line of computers, heading towards Shar’s console...
Shar’s busy working and doesn’t see it coming... but Prynn does. She abandons her post, leaps towards Shar, grabs him from his chair and yanks him to safety a bare second before his panel EXPLODES in flames and shattered plasteel. They thud to the deck as the bridge rumbles in chaos...
On the deck, Shar and Prynn look into each other’s eyes. She saved his life. Vaughn yells into the comm...
Sisko! Do you have her?
84 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT
Kira is slumped unconscious in Bashir’s arms, cradling her on the transporter platform. Sisko turns back to his panels and raises the shields.
Yes! We’ve got her! Let’s go!
85 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE
Prynn and Shar are just scrambling up off the floor...
Tenmei! Get to your damn station
and get us the hell out of here!
Scared and almost ashamed, Prynn rushes back to the helm, takes her seat and works the panels.
86 EXT. SPACE
The Defiant ceases fire, and it and the Rio Grande get underway and jump to warp as fast as they can.
The Ascendants are left alone with their dead...
87 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING
The station at rest...
88 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Ro sits on the stairs to the office, watching the business of Ops go on. Figuratively biting her nails, just waiting for something to happen.
After a moment, Cenn reacts to his panels...
Ro shoots to her feet. It could be good, it could be bad.
Shields. Yellow alert.
He works his panels. The Ops lighting changes, indicating YELLOW ALERT. The viewscreen shows the wormhole opening... and the Defiant shooting out, followed by the other ships. Cenn breathes with relief...
Defiant. And the rest.
Wait a minute... where’s the
Gryphon? And the Yolja?
Ro nods... Vaughn appears on the screen, revealing the ruined Defiant bridge.
Drop the shields, now! We’ve
got a medical emergency!
89 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY
The door opens and Ro rushes in, ETANA right behind her. She sees Kira unconscious on the surgical bay’s bio-bed, with Bashir and the other medical staff working feverishly around her. Etana pushes past Ro and goes to join them.
Waiting in the main room are Sisko, Vaughn and Dax.
Her runabout was destroyed.
She was exposed to space.
She won’t die. She’s too
important to the Prophets.
Is this really the time?
For you to be picking a fight
with me? No, it’s not. Kira
knew the risks. She always has.
She can be reckless and you
know it. You’re her supposed
spiritual guide. Well, this
is what you guided her to.
Kira makes her own decisions,
Elias. She’s known for it.
Based on what he advises her!
No – based on her belief in the
Prophets. She pushed for this
mission because she knows it’s
what the Prophets want. And she
knew it long before I came along.
She nearly died!
And how often have you nearly
died for what you believe in?
There’s no difference, Elias!
Prophets, Starfleet, it makes
no difference. Something had to
be done about the Ascendants.
I’m not so sure it did.
They turn and see that Bashir has emerged from the surgical suite. Etana, TARSES, RICHTER etc are still with Kira.
Julian... is she...?
She’ll live. She’s sedated for
now, but she’ll live.
No thanks to you.
I beg your pardon, Doctor?
I warned you not to go. It was
none of our business. Well, this
is what happens when you stick
your nose in where it doesn’t
belong - it gets bloodied.
We needed to learn about the
Yes, well, now they’ve learned
about us, too.
That’s enough, Doctor.
It’s barely the beginning! The
Ascendants had never even heard
of us before. We were safe. And
now we’re in the same boat as
the Eav’oq. Thanks a lot.
You’re relieved of duty, Doctor!
No, I’m not. Throw me in the
brig later if you want, but
I’m not leaving my patient.
What happened to you people?
I’ve only been away for three
months. I come back and you’re
all at each other’s throats?
As usual, Dax, it’s not all
Bashir spins on his heel and marches back into the surgical suite. The rest are just kind of stunned at the argument. Vaughn tries to find something innocuous to talk about.
So how was your first command,
Better than your last one, apparently.
Vaughn can’t really argue with that.
In the surgical suite, Bashir has gone back to Kira’s bedside, resetting his nerves after the argument. As the medical team works at the periphery, we ZOOM slowly in on Kira’s unconscious face.
90 EXT. SPACE
Kira drifts in space, unable to breath, unable to do anything to save herself. Her eyes slip sideways a touch, and she sees... the WORMHOLE opening up, the great blue flower of energy blooming near to her...
She smiles, happy and relieved. The Prophets are coming for her. As she gazes rapturously at the whirling eddies of the wormhole, we go gradually to...
WHITE OUT, then FADE IN to:
91 EXT. PAREK TONN (STOCK 9x18)
The vision of Ancient Bajor from “Warpath.” Sisko and Kira stand outside the fortress, as Opaka and Itu open the gates together and welcome them inside...
Stand with us. Bring your people
into the fortress of Idran.
92 WHITE SPACE (STOCK 9x24, 9x19)
...the white nothingness of the Prophets. The moment from 9x24 “Ha’mara” as the three Kiras stand in a circle, the Prophets themselves weaving in and out...
One is the Hand. One is the
Voice. One is the Fire.
Blend into the earlier Prophets scene from “Warpath”...
Three roads. Three peoples.
All roads meet.
EVIL JAKE PROPHET
Sisko steps up to her, calm and reassuring.
It’s your show, Nerys.
But I don’t know what to do!
You should. I told you a long
time ago. Don’t you remember?
He smiles encouragingly at her, raises TARAN’ATAR’S KNIFE and STABS her in the chest. She gasps in shock and pain...
93 EXT. PAREK TONN (STOCK 9x20)
General Kira of the Bajoran Army is on the ground, among the dead or dying bodies of her soldiers. She’s looks down at herself, sees Taran’atar’s knife in her chest. She looks to the side, where Sisko lies bloody and dying beside her.
Not enough. Should have had allies.
Ancient Bajoran Vaughn steps into the battle against the raging horde of Ascendants, protecting the fallen Kira...
Vaughn turns to her in the midst of the battle, gazes down at her and smiles. Then he begins to glow with an unearthly white light, filling his body and shining out of him. At the same time he gradually fades from view. (Note: This is the same effect we saw on Sisko in Bashir's dream from 10x05 "Deep Down.")
The battle scene continues, as we...
MATCH CUT TO:
94 EXT. OPEN FIELD (STOCK 8x13)
The Ancient Bajoran battle scene from “Horn and Ivory,” as Kira (aka Ashla) battles alongside the big red-headed Perikian freedom fighter Torrna...
Kira looks around herself, confused to find herself here...
95 INT. PRISON CELL (STOCK 8x13)
Kira and Torrna are captured in a dank and filthy cell...
Damn those foul Bajora - I hope
their Prophets strike them down
Kira shakes her head – that’s not how it works. But then she looks up, and sees...
96 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS
...ILIANA staring at her, as Kira stands inside one of the cells, held in manacles welded to the wall as in “Ha’mara.”
You’re too late.
The Bajoran Iliana brings up her hand – she’s wearing the pagh-varam. She wiggles her fingers in a taunting wave.
What happened to you?
Iliana grins sourly, and her image begins to slowly MORPH. Her skin thickens and darkens, ridges grow on her face and neck, her hair grows long and black...
...until she is the Cardassian version of Iliana.
I am the Fire.
And then she’s swallowed up in flames, like the Ascendant transporter effect. Grinning at Kira all the while...
97 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY
Kira jolts awake with a small, shocked shriek. She quickly looks around, sees that she’s lying on the bio-bed...
She realizes what just happened. She just had a vision about Iliana...
MATCH CUT TO:
98 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
Iliana Ghemor jolts awake from her own restless dream, with the same small, shocked shriek. The Cardassian woman looks around herself, sees that she’s lying on a plush mattress on the ground, inside an alien medieval-style tent...
She realizes what just happened. She just had a vision about Kira...
END OF ACT THREE
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
99 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
Where we left it – Iliana getting her bearings after the dream. She looks around at the large pavilion tent – plush and opulent, with both military and religious overtones. There’s really no difference where the Ascendants are concerned.
The flaps serving as a doorway open, and an Ascendant male enters, looking rather worried and urgent. This is ESSK – the priest who held the great gathering in 9x24 “Ha’mara.” He immediately averts his eyes when he sees Iliana.
Forgive my intrusion, Mistress...
I heard a noise, I was worried
for your safety...
Iliana pulls herself together, wraps the bedclothes around herself in protection. Essk keeps a respectful distance.
It was me, Cardinal. A dream.
If I may be so bold, Mistress... you
seem to suffer from dreams often.
I do not consider it suffering.
My dreams are visions from the
Essk looks up at her in wonder...
You... speak with the True, Mistress?
That surprises you?
Simply that... They have never
chosen to speak to me directly.
Not even you, Cardinal? But you
are the spiritual leader of all
the Ascendants. Surely they
would speak to you if anyone.
This is all very embarrassing for Essk. He agrees with her that they should speak to him... and it galls him that they speak to her instead. But he could never dare say so.
The True have not spoken to any
Ascendant for millennia. Not
since the Eav’oq crusade. It is
a matter of some theological
debate among us as to why.
This all intrigues Iliana. She’s learning about how the Ascendants work, and she’s noticing every tiny detail. She indicates the bed rolls beside her, cajoling...
Sit with me, Cardinal.
Mistress... it is improper...
Essk daren’t disobey. Averting his eyes again, he carefully sits beside her, making sure to still keep a distance.
Tell me the story of the great
crusade against the Eav’oq. I
want to hear it again.
As you wish, Mistress.
Essk settles in to regurgitate the official doctrine.
It is the Ascendants’ sacred
duty, bestowed upon us by the
True, the Unnameable Ones, to
burn out all heresy against
Them, wherever we find it. We
had found signs and omens on
many worlds... but none so much
as we found among the Eav’oq.
They possessed miraculous
objects – the Eyes of Fire. The
True’s attempt to gaze directly
upon their children... and the
Eav’oq had dared to steal what
was meant for us.
Iliana nods along, silently translating all this and comparing it to what she knows from Bajoran religion...
The Eyes gave you vision, let
you see as the True see...
We were able to retrieve one of
the Eyes from the clutches of
the Eav’oq... and it reaffirmed
our conviction that we would one
day find the Fortress, and burn
with Them. It also foretold...
...the coming of the Fire.
Essk glances to Iliana, nervous to be sitting with this legendary figure from his religion. She smiles back at him beneficently, granting him permission to continue.
But the Eav’oq were covetous and
spiteful. They hid the remaining
Eyes away. We battled for many
years to reclaim them... until
at last, the final day came.
100 EXT. SPACE – IDRAN ORBIT (STOCK 10x11)
The Idran planet hangs in space. All around it we can see a gathered fleet of thousands of Ascendant ships – small and silver and deadly.
In their treachery, the Eav’oq
possessed weapons we had not
anticipated. On the eve of our
victory we were cast aside...
The great swirling energy wave blooms up from the surface of the planet, growing in power and force, sweeping all
the Ascendant ships away, filling the screen until we...
After a moment, FADE IN to...
101 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
...Essk still telling the tale to Iliana.
..and banished across the stars.
Even the last remaining Eye went
dark, and the True spoke to us
no more. But we did not give up
our duty... we vowed to continue
our crusade in Their name, and
vanquish those who dared speak
it aloud, while we searched for
their Fortress among the stars.
That’s the end. Essk bows his head in silent prayer.
Shall I tell you what my dreams
have told me, Essk?
I would be honoured, Mistress.
You will find the Fortress.
How can you be so certain?
Because I know the pattern of
the universe, Cardinal.
But it has been so long...
Essk... do you not believe that
I am the Fire?
Of course I do, Mistress. I
would never –
Did I not appear to you from
the last remaining Eye? And
is that not exactly what your
doctrine foretold would happen?
That the Fire would burst forth
from the Eye of the True, and
enlighten the faithful?
Does your doctrine not also say
that the Fire will illuminate
the path to the Fortress?
It does, Mistress...
Perhaps you imagine that, since
I am so far from home, I do not
wish to be among you?
I would never presume –
Believe me, Cardinal, this is
exactly where I am meant to be.
I know with every fibre of my
being that this is the task the
True have set for me – to lead
the Ascendants to their great
Fortress. The time of Final
Ascension is at hand, Essk.
Do not lose your faith now.
Essk swallows, only made more nervous by Iliana’s vehemence instead of reassured. He bows his head submissively...
102 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING
The station is surrounded by the remains of the Starfleet armada. Defiant is docked in the usual place. The Cerberus has recombined, but still shows a dead nacelle and scorch marks along the hull. The Gorkon has a hole in its saucer. T’Kumbra and Blackthorne are nearby, also visibly wounded.
Shuttles and workbees move back and forth between them and the station, as they work together to mend their damage...
103 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY
Kira sits propped up on her bio-bed. Bashir runs tests and takes readings, while Dax, Sisko, Vaughn and Ro gather around her, worried about her.
I understand now. I’ve been
going about this all wrong.
So you’ve come to your senses
Yes. The Ascendants can’t be
negotiated with. We’re going
to have to fight them.
Oh, for God’s sake.
Figure of speech. Look, Captain,
all due respect, but this is
madness. Don’t you think we’ve
kicked that hornet’s nest enough?
Half the Gryphon’s crew is dead.
I know. And it’s my fault. The
Ascendants were going to leave
us alone until they recognized
me as a Bajoran. So I’m the
one who has to fix it.
Then we go back to Starfleet.
Ask for more ships.
No, you heard Admiral Ross. He
won’t give us any more. Not
after what happened to Gryphon.
Then what do we do?
The Prophets told me what to
do. They told me two years ago.
Vaughn bites his tongue. He just doesn’t get this Prophets business, but this is not the time to argue.
Nerys, what do you mean?
I mean... the Dominion. If
Starfleet won’t help us stop
the Ascendants, then we go to
the Dominion. I’m going to
extend the alliance, and ask
for military aid.
Alright, just hold on a minute.
This has gone far enough.
Your impulse control seems to be
having problems today, Doctor.
Perhaps you should look at that.
I’m just tired of people talking
about throwing our lives away in
yet another war over something
that’s none of our business.
This has to stop. How can you
possibly talk about working with
the Dominion after everything
they did to us?
Doctor, I know you don’t believe
in the Prophets. But let me try
to explain why I know this is
the right thing to do.
Bashir is not impressed, but relents and lets her explain.
Two years ago, when we were
dealing with the Iconian gate-
ways, I got sent back in time...
something like thirty-thousand
years into Bajor’s past. The
Prophets and Iconians worked
together to teach me a lesson...
that despite everything that
had happened, I couldn’t give
up. I had to keep fighting.
But that’s not all they tried to
teach me. I didn’t understand it
then... but now I think I do.
They’re all looking at her, a bit confused and wary...
104 EXT. OPEN FIELD (STOCK 8x13)
The Ancient Bajoran battle scene from “Horn and Ivory,” as Kira battles alongside the Perikian freedom fighter Torrna.
At the time, Bajor hadn’t yet
come together as one united
world. The various provinces
were still fighting each other
for dominance. The one that
was winning... was the Bajora.
105 EXT. MEETING ROOM (STOCK 8x13)
The first council of the new Perikian Republic, as the Bajora envoy tries to persuade them to join up.
They saw themselves as trying
to bring everyone together, so
that there wouldn’t be any more
fighting. Some of the other
provinces didn’t agree. They
thought the Bajora were just
theocratic conquerors trying
to control everyone.
106 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY
Back to scene. The others stand around, a bit baffled, waiting for the point.
Don’t you see it? The Bajora
were the Dominion of Ancient
Bajor. A conquering nation,
bringing belief in their gods
Yes, and killing everyone who
At first, yes. But look what came
out of it. The Bajora succeeded
in bringing everyone together.
We became stronger, united
against anyone who tried to
control us. Now we're friends
with everyone. That’s what the
Prophets were trying to show me.
That if the Bajora can evolve to
become peaceful and cooperative,
so can the Dominion.
Oh, Captain... I don’t know...
You don’t have to trust the
Prophets, Elias. You just have
to trust me. I believe this is
the way forward. For everyone.
Do you really think the
Federation will go for this?
Ro’s right, Nerys. You heard
them in the Council chambers.
They don’t like Bajor’s current
relationship with the Dominion.
They certainly won’t go for
taking it even further.
You’re right, they won’t. So
I’m leaving the Federation out
of it altogether. I did this
for Bajor, not the Federation.
So Bajor is the one that will
make the deal with the devil,
not the Federation. Elias...
call Taran’atar. Let’s get
this thing started, before
it’s too late.
On Kira’s determined expression...
107 INT. DS9 – WARD ROOM
Begin on Taran’atar, sat at the far end of the table...
I wish to be certain of what you are
proposing, Captain. Please clarify.
Kira sits opposite him, Vaughn and Sisko on either side.
I’m proposing that Bajor and
the Dominion go beyond simple
diplomatic relations. The
alliance has been good for both
of us, I think you’d agree. Now
I want to take the next step.
I’m asking for your help. If
you commit Jem’Hadar forces to
help Bajor fight the Ascendants,
I will do everything I can to
help you control the chaos in
the Dominion, and to persuade
the Federation to enter into
diplomatic relations with you.
Taran’atar nods to himself, considering all this for a moment... and then looks back up at Kira, decision made.
A moment of confusion...
Ambassador... what do you mean?
I mean no. There will be no
alliance with Bajor.
I don’t understand. Why not?
Because I said no.
Taran’atar... this is a good
deal. It’s exactly what Odo
wanted – closer relationships
with the Alpha Quadrant. And
it’s good for the Jem’Hadar
too – a common enemy to rally
against will help you stop
And I’m not ashamed to admit
it – we need you. You said
yourself, the Ascendants are
your enemies. So fight them
with us. Bajor can’t stand
against them alone.
Then Bajor will not stand.
Ambassador, perhaps we haven’t
been clear about the stakes...
Taran’atar slowly gets to his feet, looms over them.
You have, Commander. Now I wish
to be equally clear. I would
rather destroy this station,
and everyone on it, including
myself, than commit any Jem’
Hadar lives to protect Bajor.
Am I understood?
Kira is quite stunned. Nobody can say anything. Taran’atar takes silence as consent. He stands straight, walks stiffly to the exit. Kira, Sisko and Vaughn are left sitting there.
END OF ACT FOUR
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
108 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE
Kira, Vaughn, Dax and Ro are stood around the central Ops table, talking quietly and sadly among themselves as the business of Ops goes on around them. Bowers, Shar and Nog are all at their stations.
So... what else did I miss?
The Vedek Assembly is in uproar
over Yevir’s latest publicity
stunt. He’s even made official
overtures of friendship to Kai
Solis and the Ohalavaru, which
has got the more conservative
vedeks frothing at the mouth
as I’m sure you can imagine.
Asarem’s trying her best to
keep everyone calm.
Good luck with that.
The side door to Ops opens, and Prynn enters. She’s looking anxious. She glances over to Shar at the science console. He sees her looking, smiles at her, and turns back.
Vaughn has noticed Prynn’s arrival. With leave from Kira, he steps away and goes to her. They talk quietly, out of the way of earshot.
Prynn? Are you okay?
Dad, I want to apologize. For
earlier, on the Defiant. I
abandoned my post. I’m sorry.
You should discipline me.
Oh, baby... Don’t be silly. You
brought that whole ship home
safe. If you hadn’t played that
helm like Mozart at his piano,
we wouldn’t be alive right now.
Prynn smiles in relief and flattery. But then her eye flicks over to Shar again, and she begins to crumble.
I just couldn’t...
Vaughn pulls her in close, hugs her tight.
I know, baby. I know exactly
how you feel. And if you want
your old man’s advice...
He pulls back, looks her in the eye.
Go to him. Go to him now.
Prynn is almost in tears, but she smiles at Vaughn. She steps away and heads towards the science station.
Meanwhile, the turbolift rises into Ops, carrying Bashir. The doctor carries a travelling bag over his shoulder. He nods politely at Vaughn as he heads down to the Ops table.
Captain, I have something to say.
I should probably get back to
the Security office. I think I’ve
had enough command experience
to hold me for a while.
No, Lieutenant, I’d like you to
stay, please. I want everyone
to hear this.
Doctor, what’s going on?
Bashir reaches into his bag, pulls out a padd, and hands it to Kira.
This is my letter of resignation
as DS-Nine’s Chief Medical
Officer, effective immediately.
The room goes quiet. Everyone has heard.
Doctor, I know you have some
reservations about this
Reservations? You could say
that. You’re allying Starfleet
officers with a murderous and
oppressive regime, to help
you get into the middle of
a religious war that’s not
our problem, on behalf of
people who don’t even want
our help. Well, I refuse to
be a part of it.
The alliance with the Dominion
isn’t even happening, Julian.
Taran’atar turned us down.
I know you, Nerys. You’re not
going to give up that easily.
And since you’re apparently
determined not to see sense on
this, I suppose there’s nothing
else I can do but leave.
Julian... you can’t do this.
I would think you’d be happy
to see the back of me, Dax.
Since we don’t seem to be
able to exist on this station
together anymore without
ripping each other to shreds.
(back to Kira)
You and I are the only ones
left of the old guard, Nerys.
Everyone else has moved on.
And if this is the way it’s
going to be around here now,
then I guess it’s just time
I move on as well.
(to the room)
Goodbye, everyone. Nice
He turns and walks back up the stairs to the turbolift, steps aboard.
Docking ring, section twelve.
The turbolift carries him away. Everyone watches him go in silence, stunned. Kira, Ro, Nog, Vaughn... Dax.
109 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
Iliana sits in a forest of cushions and silks, given every comfort in her pavilion. She’s studying from an Ascendant type of padd. There’s a rustle, and she looks up - Raiq has entered the tent. The woman is nervous, averting her eyes.
You wished to see me, Mistress?
Come closer, Raiq.
(off Raiq’s surprise)
Yes, I know your name. Come.
It’s alright, don’t be shy.
Raiq takes a few steps forward. But not very many.
I offer you my life, Mistress.
I failed you. The infidels
escaped death. I am ready to
face the penalty.
Iliana actually laughs out loud at that, confusing Raiq.
Raiq, I didn’t ask you here to
punish you. I wanted to thank
you. Sit with me.
Still nervous and confused, Raiq nevertheless obeys.
You provided proof of what my
dreams have been telling me
for months now. That woman
you met, the one leading the
alien fleet... do you know
who she was?
A heretic, Mistress. She claimed
to speak with the True.
She may not have been lying,
Raiq. I speak with Them myself.
Raiq looks up at her, amazed...
You have heard the rumours of
the return of the Eav’oq? And
of a new race of heretics who
claim to know the True?
She is their leader. She is
the one you must fight.
Me, Mistress? I am a simple
knight. I am not worthy to
lead any crusade.
Oh yes you are. You are my
chosen one, Raiq. You are my
hand, the one I send out among
the stars to strike against
Raiq is too stunned to speak. Daunted and honoured beyond belief, she bows her head in prayer.
Now... I want you to come with
me. I think I’ve spent long
enough indoors for one lifetime.
It’s time I step outside... and
speak to the knights. There’s
something they need to know.
Iliana stands, looks back to Raiq, and holds out her hand to her. Awed, Raiq takes her hand, stands, and they move to the exit together.
110 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION
The tent flaps open, and Iliana emerges into a small town of tents, clustered together in the bottom of the natural amphitheatre formation from 9x24 “Ha’mara.” Ascendants are engaged in various activities - group prayers, battle drills, sharpening their spears, stilted socializing.
The head priest, Essk, is standing over a flaming brazier, praying silently to himself. He turns at the sound of shocked whispers from the gathered knights...
But what makes Essk’s jaw drop is that Iliana is holding Raiq’s hand, guiding her along like a student. Who the hell is this nobody to be holding the hand of the Fire?
Iliana automatically has everyone’s attention. They start to gather, to listen to whatever she has to say.
Knights of the Ascendancy...
Archquesters... Holy soldiers
of the True. Hear me. These
have been strange days.
The first time so many of you
have gathered together in this
way in living memory. I spent
many years in solitude myself.
It has taken me time to become
acclimatised to so much company.
But we can afford solitude no
longer. As the events of today
have shown us, a new crusade
lies before the Ascendants.
Hushed, awed whispers spread through the crowd. Essk purses a little – why did he not know about this first?
The ones you fought today...
the ones who took the lives
of many brave knights... they
are the new heretics Cardinal
Essk warned you of. I was sent
by the True not only to light
the way to the Fortress, but
also to guide you in the fight
against them. Because those
goals are one and the same.
They are called the Bajorans,
and taking the battle to them
will lead us to the Fortress
of the True, once and for all.
Excitement among the crowd. They’re lapping it up. Iliana holds Raiq’s hand high up in the air with her own.
This woman, this simple knight
of the True, she has encountered
the Bajorans twice now. Once in
the person of an old priestess,
spreading their twisted version
of the True’s light. And again
today, in the form of a warrior,
who killed countless of your
brothers and sisters. But trust
me, the priestess is just as
dangerous as the warrior. Because
even now, she works to cement
an alliance between the
Bajorans... and the Eav’oq.
The mention of the hated Eav’oq gets them roaring. They hold their spears high, waving them in religious bloodlust.
Yes! The two greatest heretics
we have ever faced have joined
together against us! And these
false idolaters will persecute
we honest believers for our
knowledge of the Truth!
Yes! We will destroy them. We
will hunt down every last
Bajoran and every last Eav’oq,
and every other heretic who
stands between us and the
Fortress of the True. And we
will burn them out! They will
all die and burn!
Die and burn! Die and burn!
Iliana has one last sure fire hit...
I... am... the Fire!
The Ascendants roar their fervour and thrust their spears to the stars. The spears’ tips burst into flame, lighting up the whole black stone quarry in reflected fire light.
Essk stands with a bit more decorum, wanting to be just as enthusiastic as everyone else but somehow not managing it.
Panning up to the black sky filled with stars...
111 EXT. SPACE (CONTINUOUS)
The remaining ships of the Starfleet armada zoom along through space, at warp. The five ships still all show significant damage.
We move in closer on the Intrepid-class Blackthorne as it flies, seeing the windows along its side. Closer, and now we can make out figures inside. Closer still, to one window in particular, and we see Julian Bashir sat at the window.
112 INT. BLACKTHORNE – QUARTERS
Bashir sits in the seat by the window, his traveling bag beside him. Across the room, by the door, is Captain Thann.
If you need anything, Doctor,
feel free to call the bridge.
I’m sure I’ll be fine, Captain
Thann. I promise I won’t be
Perhaps you’d like to join the
senior staff for dinner later?
Oh, I don’t know that I’d be
the best company right now.
But thank you for the offer.
Thann accepts, nods acknowledgement, and turns to leave. Now alone, Bashir picks up a padd, and with a heavy heart, begins to speak into it.
Doctor Julian Bashir, ex Chief
Medical Officer, Deep Space
Nine. Personal log. It’s done.
I just couldn’t stay and watch
those people - my friends –
throw their lives away. Once
was bad enough. So I left. I
know I can’t be the only one who
thinks getting in bed with the
Dominion against the Ascendants
is a terrible idea. It’s bound
to go wrong. Either way we end
up in another war. And I can’t
let that happen. So if I have
to find those others, and work
with them to stop it from
happening, then so be it. And
I think I know where to start
looking for them. End log.
Computer, as soon as we’re
in range of a relay station,
please transmit that personal
log towards Earth.
Specify required destination.
No specific destination. Just
mark it, for the attention of
Mister Cole, courtesy of...
The computer bleeps in acknowledgement. That done, Bashir settles back into his seat, preparing for a long trip.
Pull back out of the window...
113 EXT. SPACE
...and away from the armada, as it flies on into space.
END OF SHOW
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
That was quite a tale from beginning to end. And Bashir resigning and getting in touch with Cole was quite a shocker.
It had the feel of Stargate SG-1 deciphering the mysteries of the Ori with Iliana in the role of Adria. And also speaking of Stargate, I can't help but imagine Chris Judge as Taran'atar.
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
And the conflict with Ascendants begins. First hinted and teased back in 2001 in "Horn and Ivory" it's very exciting to see this storyline FINALLY coming to the fore.
A disastrous first battle in the Gamma Quadrant sure does seem a lot like the first real encounter with the Dominion, but I'm sure this story will enfold differently. I'm really interested to see how this develops.
As for Bashir apparently throwing in with Section 31? I'm not buying it. Memory serves about pipe being lain under the surface here with Vaughn recruiting him into the Kirk cabal in 'Abyss', and the appearance of that Admiral earlier on in Season 10. I think Bashir is going to use 31 for his own ends, especially since as of 'Zero Sum Game' we know that Cole was ultimately a failure.
Also of interest is Ro's character arc. One wonders how long it will be before she feels more comfortable being in command of the station.
All told. Well done.
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
Although I gotta say, I'm a little pissed off that the new blurbs for the upcoming books by DRG3 (as posted here) seem to be interpretable as referring to the Ascendant storyline. I almost want them not to cover it so that my version can stay the only version out there! <pout>
But it had to be that because of one thing - Warpath.
The entire plot of this two-parter - and indeed a large portion of the whole season - came directly from Kira's vision of Ancient Bajor from Warpath. That was so clearly set up as a foretelling of substantial parts of the yet-to-come Ascendant storyline that I had to respect it here. That was simply a given.
But I think I managed to weave it suitably in with all the other continuing plot lines. In fact, I made a big effort to work in every single continuing story I've got going in the entire season in these two episodes. I really wanted to make it into the lynchpin upon which the entire season turns. You've got all the big plot issues with the Ascendants, plus Cardassia, the Eav'oq, the Ohalavaru, Yevir, Vaughn-Opaka, Vaughn-Prynn, Prynn-Shar, Dax-Bashir, Bashir's issues about being left behind, the Dominion civil war, Ro's painkiller addiction, Vaughn's grudge with Sisko... all of that plus introducing Iliana back into the equation and handling the commanders of five additional ships. I don't think I did too bad of a job given all that.
Some other observations: The structure of the two episodes is deliberately mirrored. In part 1 ("Harmony") we have the story of the Eav'oq-Ascendant crusade as told by the Eav'oq. In part 2 ("Heresy") the exact same story is told, even using some of the same visuals, but from the Ascendant point of view. Trying to get a rounded picture of the circumstances, and explore how the same events can be interepreted so very differently. The Ascendants actually saw themselves as the injured party - unjustly cast away, their birthright withheld from them.
Now how about that battle scene, eh? 17 pages of the fucker!
I chose the additional ships in the fleet carefully. I wanted a mix of new superfast ships with old lumbering ships. And I didn't want to make up ships from scratch - I wanted ships that had already been established. Sending the Cerberus meant that not only would I get a Prometheus-class multi-vector assault mode separation, which just looks cool, but also it's a message of support from Ross to Kira. He has to be stern, but he can do what he can to help her.
I deliberately chose the Gryphon as the one to be destroyed not only because we had substantial dealing with them in season 8 during the parasite crisis, and it's always better to kill somebody you know instead of a random redshirt, but also because the Akira class is supposed to be one of the toughest in the fleet, and if that gets its ass kicked, then we're in deep doodoo. Same reason as the Odyssey got wiped out by the Jem'Hadar, really.
The Yolja's destruction - again right out of Warpath. Her big running cat was named Jayol, and it was killed under her by Ascendant arrows. Who saved her? Sisko riding his own big cat, Denigarro (aka Rio Grande).
The captains of the ships, I wanted to make a good mix of humans of all kinds, and non-humans of all kinds, and all genders too. A Bajoran woman, a Vulcan man, and a human woman are already established (I assumed Spillane would have been promoted to captain of the Gryphon as the most senior officer after Mello and Montenegro were both killed). So I made it half human half non-human, and half-male half-female. Also notice that not a one of the human captains is American.
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
Awesome. Loved the battle scene myself, which I'm sure would have been almost exactly like that if the show was still on tv. Also loved how everyone is at their throats, interesting since we hardly saw this either during the shows run. I'm interested in what will happen to Bashir soon.
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
The space-battles were almost Babylon 5-like with smaller support vessels as part of the battle in addition to the six starships. I would guess that the approach to starship construction has changed since the Dominion War as revealed in "Children of the Storm" when...
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
The thing is, Bashir has a point - our heroes fucked up here, to a certain extent. It wasn't strictly their fault, but up to this point, the Bajorans were only a curiosity to the Ascendants, a rumour they hadn't bothered following up on. Now the Ascendants have recognised them as a threat, and they're coming for them.
The Ascendants have gathered all together, a righteous army under an unquestioned and legendary leader. The Bajorans are fractured, arguing over political and religious issues. They tried to drag the Federation into their problem - it didn't work. They tried to drag the Dominion into their problem - it didn't work. Now they're on their own, and the Ascendants are coming.
On their own, Ascendant ships may seem tiny and harmless - a wasp versus a human. But they've been described as previously having relied on numbers in the past, and now Iliana's working on bringing that back. And put a big enough swarm of wasps up against one human, and they will take the human down. That's what happened here.
Also, strictly speaking, Starfleet wasn't using dedicated fighter craft here, just what they had at hand - the usual complement of shuttles. Did you notice as well the name of the Defiant's second shuttle? The Chaffee had been destroyed in Mission Gamma, leaving the Sagan. Both named after prominent scientists. So for the Chaffee's replacement, I chose to honour another famous scientist - Sheldon Cooper.
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
By the way, I'm going to take a very brief break after this story.
I've pretty much caught up with myself now - I've been posting faster than I can write, and I'm almost out of new episodes to upload. So I'm going to give myself a chance to get some more in the bag before posting them.
It won't be a long break - I'll be back after New Year. Just wanted to warn you so you don't think I've forgotten. There's the whole second half of the season yet, and plenty more excitement yet to come.
Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)
I don't mind the wait myself. I gotta go back and read the other epsiodes since I skipped over, lol. I didn't realize who you named the Cooper after til now, which is an interesting take. I just recently started watching The Big Bang Theory lately, since its on TBS and another station too.
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