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Old October 23 2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x09 - "Blank Slate"

ACT ONE


FADE IN:


5 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY

Beginning CLOSE-UP on a padd, whose screen is showing Ro’s Starfleet record, with a clear headshot.

KIRA
This is you.

WIDEN to reveal that the bio-bed has been righted, and Ro is now sitting on it, more calm than before. Kira is standing by her, close and comforting, showing Ro the padd screen. Richter is working on various panels, checking readings. Nog hovers nervously at the periphery.

KIRA (cont)
Lieutenant Ro Laren, Chief of
Security on Federation starbase
Deep Space Nine.

RO
Starfleet.

KIRA
Yes. Do you know what that is?

RO
I know what Starfleet is. I
know what a Bajoran and a
Cardassian and a human are.
(re padd)
Just... her. She’s a complete
stranger to me. You all are.

Bashir enters carefully from the main Infirmary room – Ro instinctively flinches and pulls back from him.

KIRA
It’s okay. He won’t hurt you.

BASHIR
I have the test results. It’s
a minor concussion. Thank
you for letting me do the
tests, by the way. I realise
that can’t have been easy.

Ro nods awkward acknowledgement.

KIRA
So what are we dealing with?

BASHIR
There’s no permanent injury,
thankfully. Your brain isn’t
damaged, as such. Just sort of
scrambled. Like it’s rebooting
itself. And in the meantime it’s
lost track of bits and pieces.

NOG
(trying to be helpful)
Like a computer that’s lost its
content management system.
The files are still there, it just
can’t find them.

BASHIR
Exactly. It will heal and
rebuild the neural pathways –
(off Ro’s confusion)
- find the memories again.
It’ll just take a little time.

RO
What do I do until then?

BASHIR
Well, first of all, you’re off
duty until further notice. You
get lots of rest, no strenuous
activities. We do not take
chances with head injuries.

RO
Okay.

BASHIR
I would also suggest that you
keep reading your official
records and personal logs – it
might help to jog your memory.

KIRA
Thank you, Doctor. Come on, Ro.
I’ll take you to your quarters.

Kira gently guides Ro off the bio-bed and towards the door. Ro is still unsure and wary. Nog hovers by the doorway...

NOG
Lieutenant, I want to apologise
to you.

RO
Okay. Why?

NOG
I was in charge of the work
team when you got hurt. I feel
like it’s my fault. I’m sorry.

RO
Thanks, I guess. Nog, is it?
(he nods)
I’m sorry... I don’t even know
what you are.

NOG
(not offended)
I’m a Ferengi. I don’t think
your people had met my people
yet at this point.

RO
And you’re in Starfleet?

NOG
Not all of us. Just me.

Ro nods – this is neutral information to her. Kira leads Ro on, but she makes sure to give a warm and forgiving pat on the shoulder to Nog on the way past.


6 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE

Ro and Kira emerge from the Infirmary. Ro looks around in quiet shock at all the colourful sights. Kira stays close.

Further down the corridor, walking along and minding his own business, is Taran’atar. Ro sees him, flinches again.

RO
What is that?

KIRA
His name’s Taran’atar. He’s a
Jem’Hadar soldier.

RO
Is he in Starfleet too?

KIRA
Oh no, definitely not.

RO
He looks like he’s designed
to hurt you.

KIRA
Let’s get you home.

Kira pointedly leads her away, towards a turbolift.

Quark stands in the doorway of his bar, wiping the windows. He sees Kira guiding Ro away, and stops. Something must be wrong. But then he’s distracted as Taran’atar approaches.

QUARK
Is it disembowelling time
again already?

TARAN’ATAR
Your jokes only irritate me.
One diplomat should speak to
another more diplomatically.

QUARK
Yeah... well... shut up.

Quark pouts, and turns back to his cleaning, distracted by worries about Ro. Taran’atar enters the bar.


7 INT. DS9 – QUARK’S BAR 7

Taran’atar heads towards the stairs to the upper level, and begins to climb. Everyone gives him a wide berth.

On the stairs, L’Haan climbs demurely behind him.

L’HAAN
It amuses me that you think
yourself a better diplomat
than the Ferengi.

TARAN’ATAR
Do not speak to me. I am tired
of your jabbering.

ANGLE

Now L’Haan is waiting for him at the top of the stairs.

L’HAAN
You have been grateful for my
assistance in the past.

TARAN’ATAR
You promised to help me in my
mission. Instead you have only
annoyed me at every turn.

In his frustration, Taran’atar is forgetting to keep his voice down. He walks past L’Haan, on down the corridor.

ANGLE

(In the background, we can see crewman SEVAK sat at an upper level table, eating breakfast.)

L’Haan now waits outside the door of the holosuite.

L’HAAN
I am trying to teach you to
control your emotions.

Taran’atar gets in L’Haan’s face, growling threateningly.

TARAN’ATAR
You are failing.


SEVAK

...can’t help but overhear thanks to his Vulcan hearing.

SEVAK’s POV

In the distance, Taran’atar sneers and growls at thin air outside the holosuite.

TARAN’ATAR
I warn you. Leave me alone.

TARAN’ATAR

...grits his teeth at L’Haan...

L’HAAN
How do you hope to threaten a
figment of your own imagination?

TARAN’ATAR
Be silent!

His hand shoots out to throttle L’Haan...

SEVAK’s POV

Taran’atar with his hand out, attacking nothing...

TARAN’ATAR

...realising the pointlessness of it, frustrated. L’Haan is now stood behind him...

L’HAAN
You disappoint me, Taran’atar.

Taran’atar tries to get his anger and frustration under control. He turns to the holosuite door, determined to ignore her. He taps the door to open, and enters. L’Haan calmly follows him inside, and the door closes.

SEVAK

...can’t help but cock an eyebrow in curiosity.


8 INT. DS9 – RO’S QUARTERS

Where we were barely an hour before, but now Ro enters the room as a stranger, not recognizing any of it. Kira is still with her, being the considerate guide. Ro wanders around, tentatively exploring.

RO
If it’s a Federation starbase,
why does it look Cardassian?

KIRA
It was designed by Cardassians,
during the Occupation. This
was their base of operations
in the Bajoran system.

RO
(realizes, surprised)
This is Terok Nor?

KIRA
You remember Terok Nor?

RO
I guess so.

KIRA
(turns away)
I’ll let you rest.

RO
(urgent)
Don’t go.
(bashful)
I don’t know anybody here... but
I feel like I can trust you.

Kira chuckles slightly.

RO
Is that funny?

KIRA
No... it’s just that you and I
haven’t always been the best
of friends.

RO
Why not?

KIRA
Not sure, really. I think we’re
probably just too much alike.

Ro nods, just absorbing all the information.

RO
So the Occupation’s over?

KIRA
Yes. Nearly ten years ago now.

RO
Were you in the Resistance?

KIRA
Yes.

RO
Was I?

KIRA
...I don’t think so.

Ro frowns, surprised and unhappy with that answer.

RO
Why not?

KIRA
I don’t know. You never really
seemed to want to talk about
it. And there aren’t a lot of
records from those days.

RO
But... I would have fought,
wouldn’t I? I wouldn’t just
run away.

KIRA
(awkward)
Ro... I really don’t know.

RO
(determined)
No. I was in the Resistance. I
must have been.
(beat; looks around)
And this place... Terok Nor...

Close on Ro, and she grasps for memories that are just out of reach, and we go into...


FLASHBACK


9 INT. RAIDER COCKPIT

A rickety, dead-end raider ship, held together with stem-bolts and hope. Beginning on YOUNG RO, approx 17, at helm.

YOUNG RO
There it is. Terok Nor.

Looking out of the front window with Ro, we see Terok Nor in the distance and gradually growing closer. The station is surrounded by Cardassian Galor and Hideki-class ships, connecting and disconnecting from its many docking ports.

Intense and determined, Young Ro turns to her companion, a Bajoran boy of about the same age, called BIS. He crouches in the cramped space at the back, working makeshift panels. Now he looks up and out of the window, with an excited grin of victory. This is the culmination of all their plans.

BIS
We haven’t been detected?

YOUNG RO
No. The freighter’s thorium
signature is blocking their
sensors. We’re in its shadow.

BIS
(points)
Here comes the Ferengi ship.

They look out of the window, and see a Ferengi Marauder vessel manoeuvring slowly towards the station.

BIS
You’re sure you set the device properly?

YOUNG RO
(sharp)
Of course I did. This isn’t my
first time, Bis.

BIS
And no-one saw you.

YOUNG RO
There was one ugly troll in the
cargo bay. He didn’t see me. He
was too busy whining to himself
about being the ship’s cook, and
how he’d have his own moon by now
if he’d only stuck to the rules
and stayed away from the boss’s
sister, and how he should just
quit and open a bar somewhere.

BIS
Good. So, as soon as the spoon-
heads have loaded the Ferengi
up with as much unrefined
uridium ore as they can carry,
we send the signal.
(beat; grin)
And they’ll see the explosion
all the way to Cardassia.

Bis grins with satisfaction. Ro isn’t so sure...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE


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