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Old November 20 2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x11 - "Harmony" (part 1 of 2)

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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


69 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

Focusing on the Defiant, berthed on the docking ring...


70 INT. DEFIANT – MAIN BRIDGE

Vaughn is sat in the central chair. Prynn at helm, Nog at Engineering, Bowers at Tactical, Bashir just hanging out.

VAUGHN
Standard protocols, Lieutenant.

Prynn turns to acknowledge from her position at helm, but as she does, she’s caught off guard to see Shar, who has just entered the bridge, taking his position at Sciences.

PRYNN
Aye, sir.

Prynn exchanges an awkward look of acknowledgement with Shar, then turns back to her helm console.

VAUGHN
Defiant to Ops. Permission to disengage.


71 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE

Ro stands at the top of the stairs outside Kira’s office. Dax is stood nearby, arms folded, still smarting after the argument with Bashir. Extras elsewhere as needed.

RO
Acknowledged, Defiant. Stand by.

She nods to Cenn, who works the central table.


72 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE

The Defiant disengages from the docking ring, slowly turns away. This is the first time Defiant has left the station all season, so let’s make a fairly big deal of this.

As it pulls further away, Vannis’s Dominion ship disengages from its place on a lower pylon, turns and pulls away. The two ships follow each other away from the station. The wormhole bursts into life, and they both dive inside.


73 INT. DEFIANT – MESS HALL

Kira, Sisko and Opaka sit together at one of the tables – the room is otherwise deserted.

KIRA
Any word from the Council?

SISKO
Krim’s still trying to convince
them. They’re not making it easy.
But having the approval of the
Chamber of Ministers and the
Vedek Assembly will help.

KIRA
So we’ve got the ministers and
the vedeks, and we’re working
on the Federation. Now we just
need to make the arrangements
with the Eav’oq. Then, once the
fleet’s in place, we’ll be in
a better position to negotiate
with the Ascendants.

OPAKA
The Eav’oq are insistent that
the Ascendants will not be
negotiated with, Nerys.

KIRA
That doesn’t mean we don’t try.
We’re all the children of the
Prophets, you said so yourself.
That has to mean something.
(she sags;
thoughtful)
Still can’t believe that jerk
Yevir. Who does he think he is?

OPAKA
Nerys, isn’t it a good thing?
That he has become so open to
the idea of other religions
that he is willing to become
the representative of one?

KIRA
Exactly! Of course it’s a good
thing. The jackass. He couldn’t
have had his epiphany two years
ago, could he? Oh no, he has to
throw me out of the church and
humiliate me in front of the
whole of Bajor, and then come
over all noble and admirable.

Sisko almost chuckles a bit. He knows what Kira means.

SISKO
Look at it this way, Nerys. If
you hadn’t gone through what
you went through, he wouldn’t
have changed the way he has. You
helped him come to his senses.

KIRA
Yeah, that makes me feel so much
better.
(beat)
But it is good, what he’s doing
to honour Ekosha’s memory. At
least it feels like he’s doing
something to help Cardassia. I
just feel... useless.

As Kira gazes into the middle distance...


74 EXT. CARDASSIA

A broken cityscape under a grey and overcast sky. A hint of fires in the distance. We’re watching a man picking his way carefully across rubbled ground - Cardassian doctor PARMAK.

PARMAK
Elim. Elim!

No answer. Parmak continues to clamber across the rubble, trying not to break an ankle. Eventually he comes to Garak’s memorial – the towers of rubble he’d built out of the remains of his house (8x09 “A Stitch in Time”). The area has clearly been vandalized, the towers pushed over.

Parmak comes to the rickety little shed, still miraculously intact. He tentatively looks inside, and GARAK sits there, gazing gloomily out at the mess through the open door.

PARMAK
I thought I might find you here.

GARAK
It seemed appropriate.

PARMAK
Elim... you mustn’t wallow like
this. It helps no-one. Besides,
you’re doing good work.

GARAK
Am I? I try... but I’m not so
sure I’m making a difference.
Tell me again why they offered
their help, and we said no?

PARMAK
Pride. Fear. Stubbornness. But
I thought you believed the
Federation had promised its
help regardless.

GARAK
Not the Federation. Julian. In
the Vinculum, he told me he’d
be there for me, and he’s a
good man. I believe him.

PARMAK
(small smirk)
My, how you’ve changed, Elim.
First you become a democrat...

Garak almost instinctively recoils...

*for the likes of us.

GARAK
The Oralian Way doesn’t conduct
meetings. They have no leader.
And yet they’re the only ones
who seem capable of actually
achieving anything out there.
Makes one wonder if they know
something we don’t.

PARMAK
Perhaps they do. But I’ll tell
you what I know. Sitting here
feeling sorry for yourself
will get you nowhere.

Garak looks at his friend, his encouraging half-smile... and nods. He’s regained his resolution.

GARAK
Alright then, my friend. Let’s
cast ourselves back into the
breach, shall we?

He follows Parmak out of the shack, locking the door behind him, and then the pair walk off, back into the gloom.


75 EXT. SPACE – IDRAN ORBIT

The Defiant and Vannis’s Dominion ship share orbit of the Eavo’q’s planet.


76 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

Eav’oq lollop peacefully about upon the stone paths, among the trickling streams. Nearby, Starfleet security officers and Jem’Hadar soldiers awkwardly keep watch together.


77 INT. EAV’OQ TEMPLE

Rows of Eav’oq sit in their pews, Itu front and centre. Facing them from the middle of the floor are Kira, Sisko, Vaughn, Opaka and Vannis. Kira is a bit frustrated.

KIRA
I just don’t understand why
you wouldn’t want to defend
yourselves.

ITU
We have defended ourselves.
We hid away. But that is no
longer possible.

KIRA
So fight. If you really believe
the Ascendants are coming to
kill you, why just lie down and
take it? It doesn’t make sense!

SISKO
(gently; calming)
Nerys.
(louder; to Itu)
Itu, what we’re having trouble
understanding... is that you
don’t seem to want to save
your own lives. Are we wrong?

ITU
We wish to live as much as any
other. But not at the cost of
our souls. I find your doubt
confusing – you have known the
Siblings yourself. I feel their
sight upon all of you.
(re Vannis)
Except for that one. She knows
nothing of the Siblings.

VANNIS
(sneering)
I follow the Founders. Your
Siblings are nothing to me.

VAUGHN
Itu, we’re not asking you to
go out into the galaxy and
conquer people. But if someone
does choose to attack you, no
amount of compassion or love
can stop those bombs in mid
air. You’ve built a beautiful
society here. It’s not wrong
to want to protect it.

ITU
This is still not our way. We
are not the same.

KIRA
Yes we are! We worship the same
gods. We may call them different
names, but they’re the same. I
know they are. And I know that
if I was in danger, the Prophets
would never want me to just give
up. They’d want me to survive!

ITU
We do not worship the Siblings
as gods. We revere them as
teachers. And they have taught
us that violence is never to be
allowed. We heeded their lessons.

OPAKA
You followed their path.

Itu’s great single eye smiles, approving Opaka’s words.

ITU
Bajorans may believe that the
Prophets are happy to watch them
extinguish the lives of others.
The Eav’oq do not. We will not
take life, for any reason.

Opaka exchanges an uncomfortable look with Vannis...


FLASHBACK – SC 45

Vannis and Opaka discuss on the Jem’Hadar ship’s bridge...

OPAKA
My gods would never ask me to kill.

VANNIS
Are you so sure of that?

BACK TO SCENE


Vannis smirks a little, knowing what Opaka’s thinking. Opaka takes a deep breath, prepares herself...

OPAKA
And we will not force you to.

VAUGHN
Sulan...

OPAKA
No, Elias. The Eav’oq have shown
us great patience. And they have
made their decision. Unless you
intend to force the issue, that
is an end of it.

Opaka is resolute. On Kira’s downcast reaction...


78 EXT. EAV’OQ CITY

The group leads out of the Eav’oq Temple and into the sunshine, where their respective soldiers keep watch.

KIRA
I can’t believe the Eav’oq
are kicking us out.

OPAKA
They’re not kicking you out.
They simply don’t accept your
attempts to take over control
of the situation. And frankly,
I agree with them.

SISKO
I just don’t understand. This
isn’t how I thought things
would go. It’s not what the
Prophets showed me...

VAUGHN
(gritted teeth)
Oh, will you give it a rest! I
am sick of hearing about you
and your damned “visions!”

SISKO
And I am sick of you fighting
me every step of the way. I’m
trying to help, Commander.

VAUGHN
You’re trying to show off! Look
at me, I’m the great Emissary
of the Prophets, I’ll tell your
fortune for thirty pieces of silver!

OPAKA
Elias, please...

KIRA
Both of you, shut up! Now! I am
tired of this childish bickering
between you two. I don’t want to
hear another word out of either
one of you that isn’t helping
me figure this out. Clear?

Vaughn and Sisko look suitably chastened – for the moment.

KIRA
This doesn’t change anything.
I’m not going to let the Eav’oq
commit suicide. I’m going to get
that fleet, find the Ascendants,
and save everyone’s lives. I’m
not going to let one race blow
another to pieces. Not again.

Kira sends a pointed look at Vannis. Vannis honestly couldn’t care less what Kira thinks of her.

OPAKA
You must do what you feel is
right, Nerys. But I will not
be a part of it. I respect the
Eav’oq’s decision, and I will
stay here with them.

VAUGHN
Sulan... are you sure?

OPAKA
The Eav’oq are creatures of
peace, Elias. And so am I. All
my life I have been prepared
to sacrifice my own flesh and
blood to save others. With the
Cardassians, with the Ennis...
this is where that path leads.
(turns to Kira)
You should all leave.

KIRA
Fine.

Kira and Sisko walk a few steps away. Vaughn follows, and speaks to Kira sotto.

VAUGHN
Captain... let me stay here.
Maybe I can help to persuade
the Eav’oq. I’m more use to
you here than I am on the
Defiant right now.

He tries not to glance at Sisko, but Kira sees it anyway. He doesn’t want to be around him. She’s too harried to argue right now.

KIRA
Call us if you need anything.
(taps combadge)
Kira to Defiant. Two to beam up.

Kira and Sisko disappear in a Starfleet transporter signal. Vaughn and Opaka look across to Vannis – she smiles back at them and then disappears in a Dominion transporter signal.

Vaughn turns back to Opaka...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR

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