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Old November 20 2011, 07:25 PM   #7
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x11 - "Harmony" (part 1 of 2)

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ACT FIVE


FADE IN:


79 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE

Ro, Dax and Cenn are all together at the central Ops table.

CENN
(off panels)
Rising neutrino levels. The
wormhole’s opening, Lieutenant.
It’s Defiant. They’re hailing.

RO
On screen.

The viewscreen changes to show Kira sat in the chair on the Defiant’s bridge.

RO
How’d it go, Captain?

KIRA (screen)
Not great. But I like to think
there’s still cause for hope.

RO
Well, I can break that silver
lining for you. We had a call
from First Minister Asarem.
She says that the Federation
Council wants to hear from
you directly.

KIRA (screen)
Me? Why? Isn’t that what Krim
Aldos is for?

RO
Maybe. But he’s been using
your name, your standing as
the most senior Bajoran in
Starfleet, to put the weight
behind the plan. Now they want
to hear it from the pylchyk’s
mouth, so to speak.

Kira sighs. One more complication.

KIRA (screen)
Fine. If I’ve been officially
summoned, then I guess I can’t
decline. Looks like you’ll be
in charge a little longer than
you planned, Lieutenant.

RO
What? Why? Where’s Vaughn?

KIRA (screen)
We left him behind with Opaka
to keep working on the Eav’oq.
You’re the second officer, Ro.
It’s your job. I’ll see you in a
few days. Kira out.

The signal drops, leaving Ro rather shell shocked.


80 INT. DEFIANT – MAIN BRIDGE

Kira turns in her command chair, to where Sisko has taken a seat out of the way towards the back of the room.

KIRA
I think I’ll just go insane.
It would be easier.

SISKO
You can handle it, Nerys. And
I’ll be right by your side.

Unhappy but resigned, Kira turns back to Prynn at helm.

KIRA
Lieutenant Tenmei, set course
for Earth. Maximum warp.

PRYNN
Aye, Captain.

The ship moves to warp. Across the bridge, standing apart from everyone else with his arms folded, is Bashir.

BASHIR
I still say this is a complete
waste of time and effort.

SISKO
(tense)
I beg your pardon, Doctor?

BASHIR
This whole Eav’oq and Ascendant
thing – it’s nothing to do with
us. Isn’t it breaking the Prime
Directive to interfere in their
business? Especially when they
don’t even want your help.

SISKO
(command voice)
Your captain has made her
decision, Doctor. And you have
a duty to support her and keep
your misgivings to yourself.

BASHIR
Oh, I have been, believe me.

KIRA
That’s enough, Doctor. You’re
dismissed.

Unimpressed, Bashir turns and leaves the bridge. Everyone else – Nog, Shar, Prynn, Bowers – exchange confused and uncomfortable glances. Of course they overheard it all.


81 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE

At the central Ops table, Ro is clearly not happy about being left in command. Dax sees her state, and takes pity.

DAX
Ro... You’ll do fine. I’m here
to help if you need anything.

RO
You could help by taking charge.
You are the senior officer.

DAX
Maybe I am... but this is your
command now, not mine. I don’t
intend on sticking around this
place any longer than I have to.

Ro takes a deep breath, trying to steady her juddering nerves. It doesn’t work. She’s still shaking.

RO
Will you at least stick around
long enough to cover Ops while
I grab a drink?

DAX
I think I can manage that.

Ro turns and jogs up the stairs, into Kira’s office.


82 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE

Ro heads straight for the lounge area, hidden round the corner from sight. Once she’s alone, she sits. She reaches down and into her boot, and pulls out a hypospray.

She pushes it to her neck, injects the drugs, and relaxes, breathing deeply again. She looks down at her hand, sees the shaking gradually lessen, lessen, and finally stop.


83 EXT. SPACE - DEFIANT

The Defiant flies at warp.


84 EXT. FEDERATION COUNCIL BUILDINGS

Stock footage of grand, advanced buildings on Earth.


85 INT. FEDERATION COUNCIL BUILDINGS - CORRIDOR

Kira strides down the corridor, as confident as she can make herself, dressed in full white dress uniform. Sisko walks just behind her, in smart civilian clothes.

Ahead of her, waiting by large ornate doors, is Adm ROSS. He’s just as nervous about this as Kira and Sisko are.

ROSS
Good to see you, Captains. Are
you ready?

KIRA
As I’ll ever be.

ROSS
They’re in session already, but
they said to bring you in the
moment you arrived.

KIRA
Then let’s get it over with.

She takes a deep breath. Ross pushes the door open, Kira steps through...


86 INT. FEDERATION COUNCIL HALL

...and is awed by the sight of the massive government chamber as seen in “The Voyage Home” and 9x01 “Unjoined 1.” More than a hundred different representatives sit in banks along both sides, all of different species, some humanoid, some not. More sit in spectator benches on higher levels.

Ross directs Sisko to the spectator benches. With an encouraging nod to Kira, he goes.

Kira stares down the length of the room. At a podium at the far end of the room is ZIFE, a Bolian male, the Federation President (seen 9x01). Standing in the middle of the room is KRIM, the Bajoran representative (2x02 “The Circle”). Krim is debating with the Tellarite representative, GLEER.

KRIM
Starfleet has undertaken this
kind of mission many times
before, Councillor Gleer. Why
is this time so objectionable?

GLEER
Perhaps because I remember the
last time we tried to say a
cheery hello to invaders from
the other side of the galaxy.

ZIFE
To attempt peaceful contact is
exactly the Federation’s way,
Councillor. Are you saying we
should attack on sight?

GLEER
I am saying we should stay out
of it altogether!

Then Zife looks up, and notices Kira and Ross.

ZIFE
Ah, Admiral Ross, Captain Kira.
Thank you for joining us.

ROSS
Thank you, Mister President.

Kira walks nervously down the length of the room, aware that everyone is watching her. Krim tries to encourage her.

KRIM
My honoured friends, Captain
Kira has come today to answer
your questions about the motion
before us - whether to approve
a diplomatic fleet to contact
the Ascendants. First Minister
Asarem has made it clear to me
that as the most senior Bajoran
officer in Starfleet, Captain
Kira represents all of Bajor
in this matter. She is to be
shown all due respect by this
Council, and you may take her
words as those of all of Bajor.

No pressure. As Krim retires to his own seat, Kira looks up at Sisko in the stands. Then out at all the waiting faces.

ZIFE
Perhaps you would begin, Captain,
by explaining your reasons for
this mission in the first place.

KIRA
Gladly, Mister President.
(deep breath)
As you all know, the people of
Bajor worship the Prophets, the
entities you may refer to as
the Wormhole Aliens. To us they
are gods. But we are not the
only ones who believe. In fact,
it has recently come to light
that there are three of us.


FLASHBACK – 9x24 “HA’MARA”

In the wormhole, Kira stands in a circle of three Kiras – herself, Iliana Ghemor, and the Mirror Iliana.

BACK TO SCENE


Kira blinks, surprised by the force of the memory. Or was it more? She looks up to Sisko again. He looks back, worried for her. She steadies her nerves and starts again.

KIRA
The Eav’oq live on the other
side of the wormhole. They are
peaceful, opposed to violence
of any kind. But there are also
the Ascendants, and according
to all reports, they are not
so peaceful. They are searching
for the wormhole, and they will
destroy the Eav’oq to reach it.
I have requested this mission
to try to meet the Ascendants
in peace before that happens,
and save the Eav’oq’s lives.

The various councillors mutter amongst themselves, discussing. Vulcan’s representative, an ancient wrinkled female called T’LATREK, speaks up first.

T’LATREK
If your intentions are peaceful,
why take a heavily armed fleet?

KIRA
For precisely the reasons that
concern Councillor Gleer. While
we may wish to meet in peace,
the Ascendants may have no
such intention.

GLEER
I still do not see why we ought
to concern ourselves with this
at all. Why defend a world that
is not a member of this body?
It goes against everything the
Federation stands for.

Kira looks up to Sisko again – exactly what Bashir said. The African-styled human representative, MAZIBUKO, speaks.

MAZIBUKO
Councillor Gleer is correct,
Captain. There are wars going on
all over this galaxy every day.
The Federation does not involve
itself in every little conflict.
It cannot afford to do so.

KIRA
(incensed)
Little conflict? Like Cardassia
versus Bajor, you mean? That
was one “little” conflict the
Federation decided it couldn’t
afford to get involved in.

Mazibuko tenses in anger and embarrassment. T’Latrek tries to recover the diplomacy in the room.

T’LATREK
Perhaps what my colleague meant
to say is that our legal remit
to intervene militarily does
not extend past the Federation’s
borders. However, for myself, I
see no reason not to at least
attempt peaceful contact with
these Ascendants. It is no more
than Starfleet’s many explorer
vessels do on a daily basis.

The Betazoid councillor, a middle-aged male named ENAREN, speaks up.

ENAREN
I agree, Councillor T’Latrek.
Perhaps we should even go as
far as full alliance with these
Ascendants. After all, they
have presented no threat to us,
and they have already attacked
an enemy of the Federation.

KRIM
The Dominion is not an enemy,
Councillor Enaren. Bajor has
enjoyed a full and peaceful
diplomatic partnership with
them for months now.

ENAREN
(pointedly)
The Federation... has not.

It’s clear that Enaren has some personal issues with the Dominion, but then, he is Betazoid.

T’LATREK
If I may, Mister President, I
would propose that now is the
perfect time for this body to
follow Bajor’s example. Consider
this - the only two changelings
presently directing events in
the Dominion are Odo and Laas,
both of whom hold views quite
contrary to the other Founders.
Indeed, neither would consider
themselves Founders at all. If
there is any time to work with
the Dominion, it is now.

GLEER
There can be no alliance with
the Dominion! They are the anti-
Federation – a group of worlds
under the heel of one ruling
species, not working together
equally in common cause. And
the Jem’Hadar are nothing but
bloodthirsty animals.

T’LATREK
Was there not a time when your
own people said the same about
the Andorians, Councillor? Or
for that matter, when my people
said the same about the humans?
And yet, here we all are.

ZIFE
(breaking in)
That is an argument for another
time, my friends. For now, let
us return to the point. The
Federation has defended member
worlds in their conflicts with
other races before. The Delta
versus the Carreon, for example.
Why not now?

GLEER
Because this is not Bajor’s conflict!

KIRA
We believe it is. The Eav’oq
are a sister world to Bajor.
We consider it a matter of
conscience to help them.

GLEER
The Federation does not. We do
not consider one planet on the
other side of the galaxy to be
a Federation member, especially
when even they do not.

KIRA
Even if that’s true, Councillor,
wouldn’t you help simply because
a member world asked you to?

GLEER
The Eav’oq do not want our help,
Captain. And more than that,
they have no right to expect
our help.

KIRA
Well, if the Federation will not
assist in what Bajor considers
to be a vital matter of life and
death for an entire race...

She glances up to Sisko again, looking for strength and the determination to go through with her final gambit.

KIRA (cont)
...then maybe Bajor should not
be a member of the Federation.

On everyone’s amazed reaction, not least Sisko’s... and on Kira’s face of determination...


FADE OUT:


END OF SHOW

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