1 EXT. SPACE
...and then a JEM’HADAR SHIP shudders across the screen, under heavy fire from somewhere off screen. Weapons hit the ship hard along the port nacelle...
2 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1 2
The bridge of the Jem’Hadar ship. Vorta male GELNON (last seen 6x15 “Honour Among Thieves”) and the Jem’Hadar First TARAK’ALON in the centre, wearing their eyepiece headsets. Other Jem’Hadar EXTRAS staff the various stations.
The ship shudders under the attack. A couple of panels explode in sparks and flame. Gelnon staggers against the railings, but Tarak’alon is steady on his feet.
Third! Return fire!
Jem’Hadar THIRD hits panels – we hear a weapons discharge.
Direct hit, First. Their rear
drive section has been comp-
romised, but not fatally.
Gelnon struggles to right himself, furious and embarrassed.
First Tarak’alon... I want
those traitors destroyed.
3 EXT. SPACE
The first Jem’Hadar Ship (#1) turns quickly and heads back the way it came...
...heading straight for a second Jem’Hadar Ship (#2) with its weapons blasting. The two ships are heading for a head-on collision...
...until Jem’Hadar Ship #2 twists out of the way at the last second.
4 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #2
Another crew, featuring Vorta male SEJEEL (last seen 8x26 “Unity, pt 3”) and Jem’Hadar First TUGOL’ATAG plus extras.
The crew grip onto hand-holds as the ship’s inertial dampers struggle against the sudden turn...
Are they insane?! They’ll kill
themselves along with us!
They’ll kill no-one! Victory
Victory is life!
The crew goes back to work, guiding the ship...
I will not be the first to
go down, Tugol’atag.
5 EXT. SPACE
Then stay out of the way and
let me save your life.
The two ships continue to dart round each other, exchanging fire and scoring hits...
6 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
Gelnon and Tarak’alon’s ship. Panels spark and soldiers fall. Gelnon is getting progressively more annoyed.
Second! Control those fires!
Third – aim for their central
The Third fires again...
7 EXT. SPACE
Ship #1 fires its main forward weapon, and hits Ship #2’s shield bubble right at its apex point. The energy bubble visibly sputters and fails.
8 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #2
Sejeel and Tugol’atag. More exploding panels.
First! The shield emitter is destroyed.
Tugol’atag growls in fury...
...and there is a signal for
They turn to look at Sejeel. The Vorta pulls himself together, tries to appear tall and powerful. He presses a control on the side of his headset... and sneers.
9 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
What do you want, Gelnon?
Gelnon stands smugly on his bridge, talking on his headset.
10 POV - HEADSET IMAGE
I want to give you the chance to
beg the Founders’ forgiveness
before I destroy you, Sejeel.
Sejeel’s image as it appears on Gelnon’s headset viewer, glaring out at the camera in loathing, as the business of Ship #1 goes on underneath the image.
11 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #2
I have done nothing to beg
Sejeel stands speaking as forcefully and confidently as he can manage into his own headset, as his crew watch...
12 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
Those Rakhari pirates deserved
to die, as do any who rebel
against their Dominion rulers.
That is the order of things!
Gelnon is not impressed. First Tarak’alon grins nastily – a sort of “My Vorta’s better than your Vorta” sneer.
You received no orders to attack
the Rakhari, Sejeel. I know you
did not, because if you had, I
would have received them too.
We are, after all, part of the
You disobeyed the Founders by
attacking without authorization.
That is punishable by death,
for you and all your soldiers.
I only hope your next clone
has the sense you did not.
Suddenly, Gelnon’s headset fritzes as the signal overloads and disappears in static. Gelnon turns to the Third...
First... the other vessel...
it has been fired upon!
I did not order you to fire!
It was not me!
Confused and annoyed, Gelnon retunes his headset...
13 POV - HEADSET IMAGE
The headset now shows an external view – Jem’Hadar Ship #2 suffering more weapons hits from somewhere else off screen.
14 EXT. SPACE
The two ships sitting together in space, both showing significant damage... but Ship #2 is under heavy fire.
Widen to reveal the attacker – JEM’HADAR SHIP #3. It zooms into the area, firing constantly at ship #2...
15 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #2
Sejeel, Tugol’atag and all their soldiers scream and bellow as their ship is destroyed around them, fires and sparks and collapsing bulkheads...
16 EXT. SPACE
Having no shields, Ship #2 has no chance. Its warp core buckles, and the entire ship explodes in a burst of flame, until there’s just a field of tumbling debris.
Jem’Hadar ship #3 swoops around, avoiding the debris, and comes to a stop nearby.
17 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
Gelnon is incensed at this interloper in his territory...
First! I want to speak to the
Vorta of that vessel. Now!
The First nods to the Third, who works his panels...
18 POV - HEADSET IMAGE
The headset comes back to life... and reveals VANNIS, smiling insincerely to camera.
19 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
Gelnon. How nice to see you.
Gelnon forces his best insincere smile back at her.
20 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #3
Vannis. Always good to spend
time with a fellow loyal Vorta.
But I assure you, I had things
entirely under control here.
Your help was not required.
A third crew, featuring Vannis at the centre and Jem’Hadar First REKAN’GANAR (last seen 9x17 “Olympus Descending 2”), plus extras. Vannis is smooth and silky, in total control.
21 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
I’m glad to hear it, Gelnon,
because I’m not here to offer
help. I’m here to destroy you.
Gelnon is stunned.
22 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #3
What?! Why would you do that?
Over Sejeel? We attacked that
worthless fool for disobeying
Vannis smiles back. She knows she’s got him.
23 POV - HEADSET IMAGE
And he deserved to die. But it
was not your place to kill him.
Vannis smiles as she delivers Gelnon’s death sentence.
Really, Gelnon... what kind of
Vorta are you if you have to
resort to exchanging weapons
fire to solve your disputes?
Vorta should not be fighting
Vorta, nor Jem’Hadar fighting
Jem’Hadar. You and Sejeel...
you’re both an embarrassment
to the Founders.
She looks to the side...
24 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #1
First Rekan’ganar, if you would
Gelnon is beginning to panic...
But it’s too late – the ship rocks under fire.
25 EXT. SPACE
Ship #3 fires and fires and fires on Ship #1... until Ship #1 finally is destroyed. The debris adds to the already drifting remains of Ship #2.
26 INT. JEM’HADAR SHIP #3
Vannis smiles - genuinely this time - satisfied with a job well done.
First... set a course back to
the Idran system and engage at
The Jem’Hadar soldiers follow their orders...
27 EXT. SPACE
Jem’Hadar Ship #3 swoops around, leaving the debris field behind, and jumps away into warp.
28 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE - ESTABLISHING
Just a moment to bring us home. The Defiant
is berthed in its usual spot, and the USS Aurora
(Nova class, last seen 10x04 “Easy Come, Easy Go”) is at an upper pylon.
29 INT. DS9 – UPPER DOCKING PYLON CORRIDOR
The docking hatch is open, and a collection of Starfleet EXTRAS are streaming out into the corridor. These are new transfers, carrying travelling bags over their shoulders, or Aurora
crewmembers delivering requisitioned materials, guiding heavy boxes on anti-grav trolleys.
NOG and VAUGHN are in the corridor, directing the arrivals.
Welcome to Deep Space Nine,
everyone. I’m Commander Vaughn,
Executive Officer. Deliveries,
please go with Lieutenant Nog.
New crew transfers, with me.
Further down the corridor, BASHIR struggles to squeeze down the corridor past the crowds of milling people. He’s quite urgent, even hopeful. Excited about this.
(turns to him)
Bashir has finally reached Vaughn and Nog...
Not as yet.
Bashir scans the faces of all the new crew, not seeing what he’s looking for. The last of the new arrivals are now out of the airlock and into the corridor. Vaughn pushes his
way past the crowd, calling out as he does.
Alright, that’s everyone. Let’s
go. Follow me.
Vaughn leads the crowd down the corridor and away, with Nog taking up the rear. Bashir is left alone at the airlock. He’s confused, his hopes dashed. He looks back and forth between the crowd and the empty airlock – what went wrong?
There’s the sound of boots on deckplates. Bashir rushes to look into the airlock – there’s EZRI DAX, leaving the ship with her travelling bag. Bashir sags in relief to see her.
Ezri... Oh I’m so glad you’re safe.
When I heard about the Luna...
He reaches out for a welcoming hug. But Dax walks on past him, with nothing but a simple nod and acknowledgement.
And then she’s gone, heading off down the corridor to join the receding crowd with Nog and Vaughn.
Ending on Bashir, amazed and not a little heartbroken...
END OF TEASER