1 INT. DS9 – SECURITY CELLS AREA
Starting close on TARAN’ATAR, as he ROARS into the camera. He’s inside the security cell where we left him last time, and still in the throes of madness.
He quickly turns, as if hearing something inside his cell. He rushes the invisible something, slams it against the wall... of course there’s nothing there.
He looks down at his empty hand, confused and frustrated... but then he turns again at another non-existent sound, and goes through it all again.
He turns, rams his hands right into the force field, as if trying to twist and break it. Pushes his face right into the force field as well, SCREAMS into the sizzling energy.
stands in the centre of the room, arms folded, watching the Jem’Hadar soldier carry on. The Vorta really has no idea what to make of all this. Confused, worried, but not about to show it in front of...
who stands nearby, watching them both curiously.
Have you seen anything like
this with other Jem’Hadar?
Superficially, it reminds me of
the effects of ketracel white
withdrawal. That too can
sometimes lead to uncontrolled
violence and hallucinations.
But Taran’atar hasn’t used
white for more than two years.
Delayed reaction, perhaps?
Delayed by two years? I doubt that.
continues to rage in his cell, attacking invisible enemies. He hears something again, spins to confront it...
...and L’HAAN sits calmly on the bench, gazing at him.
You are wasting your energy,
Taran’atar. There is no way
for you to destroy me.
Infuriated, he launches towards her...
...but she quickly stands and confronts him back. He jerks to a halt, surprised.
FLASHBACK – 9x21 “THE SOUL KEY”
It’s your own fault.
Taran’atar snaps the real L’Haan’s neck.
BACK TO SCENE
L’Haan moves quick as a cat, brings her hands up and clamps them to either side of Taran’atar’s face – forced double mind-meld style.
as Taran’atar reacts to this, alone. No sign of L’Haan.
Ro and Vannis watch him jerk and flail, no idea what’s happening to him. Now we can also see SEVAK standing guard at the back of the room, armed and alert.
When did this start?
It only got this bad yesterday.
But I’m starting to think it’s
been building for a while. He
seemed distracted when I was
talking to him the other day.
And Kira said he’d been using
a Vulcan meditation program.
A Jem’Hadar? Meditating?
Ro shrugs. But now they look to Taran’atar again, because he’s gone quiet.
The torture seems to be over... he slumps, exhausted, then crumples to the ground, semi-conscious. A few twitches, and he’s still.
Ro and Vannis exchange a worried look, then Ro cautiously approaches the cell. Small steps, not sure what could happen. She crouches down to his level, peers through the force field at him.
Taran’atar? Are you alright?
No response. She looks back over her shoulder at Vannis, and then tries again.
Taran’atar... Can you hear me?
Finally, Taran’atar replies – smooth and low.
I hear you, Lieutenant.
He starts to gradually uncrumple himself. Ro stands and steps back away from the cell, still unsure. Moving slowly and smoothly, Taran’atar straightens himself, pulling up to his tallest height, his eyes closed as he centres himself.
Finally, he takes a deep breath and opens his eyes, looks out at Ro and Vannis, completely in control.
Are you okay now?
Forgive me. My behaviour must
have been quite disconcerting
for you. I am now quite fine.
You’re not going to attack us?
Of course not, Lieutenant. Why
would I? It would be...
On Taran’atar, as he cocks a Vulcan-esque eyebrow...
END OF TEASER