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Old December 4 2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x12 - "Heresy" (part 2 of 2)

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


18 EXT. SPACE

Close on Raiq’s vessel, as its silver tip begins to glow with power...

...and unleashes a huge jagged bolt of white electricity. All around, other Ascendants ships are firing at the other Starfleet ships... Raiq’s weapon SLAMS into the Defiant...


19 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

The bridge shakes under the assault. Kira stands in front of her chair as everyone scrambles to their stations...

KIRA
Prynn! Get us out of here!

PRYNN
I can’t, Captain. They’re all
around us. We’re boxed in.

KIRA
Then we’ll have to fight our
way out.

Kira confidently takes the centre seat as the ship shakes under fire again. She slaps the comm panel.

KIRA
Kira to all ships. Return fire.


20 EXT. SPACE

The Starfleet ships come to life.

DEFIANT

manoeuvres into optimal position and FIRES pulse phasers at Raiq’s ship. The Ascendant’s shields shrug it off. Defiant swoops around...

The Ascendants keep firing... they hit Gryphon...


21 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE

Spillane is in the centre seat as the bolt of electricity hits... The ship rocks under the shot. Spillane turns to the Tellarite science officer CROTH...

SPILLANE
Croth! Analyse those weapons.

CROTH
They’re just a basic electrical
charge. But the sheer power in
them is staggering.

SPILLANE
Launch shuttles!


22 EXT. SPACE

The Gryphon rises up on its z-axis, revealing its front facing shuttle bays... and a dozen small and powerful Starfleet shuttle-craft launch at speed. Gryphon FIRES a wide spread of hardcore phaser beams to cover their exit...


23 INT. GRYPHON SHUTTLE

Riding with the shuttle PILOT as we zoom out into the battle, seeing Ascendants and Starfleet exchanging fire. The shuttle FIRES and hits an Ascendant ship – no effect.


24 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Shar reads his panels.

SHAR
Standard phasers are having no
effect, Captain.

SISKO
Bowers – modulate the frequency.

Bowers looks to Kira for approval. She nods. He does it.


25 EXT. SPACE

The T’Kumbra is under fire from three Ascendant ships, ganging up on it... it takes some damage...


26 INT. T’KUMBRA - BRIDGE

Cpt Solok and his all-Vulcan crew react stoically...

TACTICAL
Damage to the port side, Captain.

SOLOK
Evasive manoeuvres.


27 EXT. SPACE

But the large, lumbering ship is too slow pulling away... the Ascendants move in for another shot... they FIRE...

And the Blackthorne ZOOMS into the weapon’s path, the lithe Intrepid-class body twisting to cover the clumsy Nebula’s flank. T’Kumbra and Blackthorne both manoeuvre away, but the Ascendants give chase, continuing to fire...


28 INT. BLACKTHORNE - BRIDGE

Cpt Thann stands giving orders, his golden tentacle-like head appendages swinging as the ship rocks under fire.

THANN
We have to cover the T’Kumbra,
we can manoeuvre much faster...

SCIENCES
The hull plating isn’t working.
The charges are affecting the
actual metal itself...


29 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Kira turns to Vaughn...

KIRA
Launch Cooper and Sagan. And
get those damn runabouts
covering the Gorkon...


30 EXT. SPACE

The Defiant’s circular belly hatch opens and its two tiny shuttles drop out, diving away as the Defiant swerves off.


31 INT. DEFIANT SHUTTLE

Human female pilot ZUCCA and Benzite male tactical CARDOK work their panels with nervous concentration...

CARDOK
Seven-one mark three-oh. Go!


32 EXT. SPACE

The shuttle heads straight towards one Ascendant ship, firing and firing... the Ascendant turns to face them...

In the background, the Cerberus is under fire – one of its four warp nacelles is damaged and sputters with blue fire.


33 INT. CERBERUS - BRIDGE

Prometheus-class, sparse and gleaming as seen in “Message in a Bottle.” Cpt Akolkar turns to her engineer...

ENGINEER
Upper starboard nacelle’s gone!

AKOLKAR
(determined)
We still have three more. Hell,
five more if we need them.


34 EXT. SPACE

The Defiant’s shuttle is still firing on the Ascendant ship, heading straight for a collision. Firing, firing... the two ships blow each other to pieces before they get a chance to impact. Both EXPLODE in clouds of debris.


35 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Shar turns to Kira in horror...

SHAR
Sagan is destroyed, Captain.

Prynn turns from her panel in shock...

VAUGHN
Prynn.

He points firmly at her helm panel. She gets the message – pay attention to your work. She turns back, shaking...

BOWERS
But at least Cardok showed us
the way to kill these things.
Constant, continuous phaser fire
does eventually get through.

KIRA
Do it!


36 EXT. SPACE

Defiant turns and surges back towards the Ascendants with renewed vigour, pulse phasers blasting away...

Gorkon is under fire, takes a hit on its big belly bulge. Gryphon fires on Gorkon’s attackers – hard, constant phaser fire... until two of them finally buckle and explode.


37 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE

Croth punches the air in victory...

CROTH
Yes!

SPILLANE
Celebrate later, Croth.

CROTH
(off panels)
Captain... the hull...


38 EXT. SPACE

Focusing on the Gryphon’s external hull, under fire from the Ascendant electrical weapon... a dissolving effect is spreading from the point of attack, disintegrating...

Another Ascendant ship swoops in and fires at Gryphon too, a continuous bolt of massive electricity... and another, and another, until six Ascendants are surrounding the ship.

The disintegrating effect spreads quicker and quicker...


39 INT. GRYPHON - BRIDGE

Croth works his panels, verging on panic. He turns to stare at Spillane, scared and disbelieving.

CROTH
It’s just disintegrating. There’s
nothing I can do to stop it.

Spillane takes a second to gawp in horrified realisation, lip quivering. Then she gets down to business. She hits a comm panel...

SPILLANE
All hands, abandon ship. This is
not a drill. Get to the escape
pods, now, while you can.

The bridge crew look at her, stunned this is happening...

SPILLANE
I mean it. All of you, go.
(beat)
Go!

They finally get that she’s serious. They get to their feet and rush for the exits. As he leaves, Croth looks back over his shoulder, has a significant moment with Spillane. She nods acknowledgement to him, and he turns and goes.

Now Spillane is alone. She runs to the tactical panel...


40 EXT. SPACE

Still under fire, its skin dissolving... Gryphon’s escape pods launch, shooting away from the mother ship as fast as they can. Some get caught by Ascendant fire, but most get away. Gryphon fires and fires again to cover them...

But eventually its phasers sputter and fail. The Ascendants keep firing... and the Gryphon basically CRUMBLES. The hull disintegrates into chunks, the construction breaks down... the crumbling reaches the warp core and the ship EXPLODES.

Most of the debris is eaten up in the flames. A couple of the escape pods get caught up and destroyed. The attacking Ascendant ships JUMP away in flashes of light, undamaged.


41 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

The crew reacts to the explosion on the main viewscreen...

KIRA
Spillane...

SISKO
We need to get out of here.

VAUGHN
(annoyed at Sisko)
We need to save those people!


42 EXT. SPACE

The fire of the Gryphon’s demise has burnt out, leaving the escape pods floating. Ascendant ships are still looming...

In a wide shot of the area, we see the cloud of tiny escape pods. Gorkon and T’Kumbra manoeuvre close to them. Defiant, Cerberus and Blackthorne take up defensive positions...


43 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

On Kira...

KIRA
Now!


44 EXT. SPACE

Defiant, Cerberus and Blackthorne open fire, constantly moving and firing and moving and firing, providing cover for the other two against an advancing wave of Ascendants.


45 INT. T’KUMBRA - BRIDGE

On Solok...

SOLOK
Drop shields.


46 INT. GRYPHON ESCAPE POD

Two Starfleet randoms huddle together inside the tiny space. Then a transporter signal forms over them...


47 INT. T’KUMBRA – TRANSPORTER ROOM

The two randoms appear on the transporter platform with others. A Vulcan officer helps them clear...


48 INT. CERBERUS - BRIDGE

Akolkar looks to her engineer...

AKOLKAR
Is everyone in place?

The engineer nods, nervously...

AKOLKAR (cont)
Then do it.

The engineer presses buttons... blue lights begin to flash all around the bridge as it goes to BLUE ALERT...


49 EXT. SPACE

Still firing, Cerberus begins to separate into its MULTI-VECTOR ASSAULT MODE. It splits on the x-axis into three sections, which all begin to manoeuvre independently.


50 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Prynn grins as she watches this on the main viewscreen.

PRYNN
Awesome.

But then she jerks as she sees a shot coming towards her, instinctively playing her panels to move the ship.


51 EXT. SPACE

Blackthorne covers the other side of the battlefield... it fires a powerful phaser burst at an Ascendant ship... but the Ascendant JUMPS away and the shot is wasted.

In a flash of light, the Ascendant ship reappears right on top of the Gorkon and opens fire. With shields down, Gorkon is defenceless. The shot gouges a hole in the saucer...

Then a shot comes from off side – a runabout, firing on the Ascendant. Shots from the other side – a second runabout.


52 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT 52

Ensigns ALECO and NARAN are at the controls...

NARAN
Keep firing!

ALECO
I am keeping firing...


53 EXT. SPACE

Caught between the two runabouts, the Ascendant ship finally blows. In the background, the various parts of
the Cerberus dart about, firing on their own targets...


54 INT. GORKON - BRIDGE

Excelsior-class bridge, like the Enterprise-B. Cpt Kuwahara grips onto his seat’s armrests as the ship shakes... The OPS officer turns to Kuwahara, relieved...

OPS
Transports complete, Captain.

KUWAHARA
Make absolutely sure, Ensign.

He checks again, then nods to Kuwahara.

KUWAHARA
Alright, raise shields. Gorkon
to all ships. Survivors are on
board. Let’s get out of here!


55 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Kira stands up from her chair, a new thought forming...

KIRA
All shuttles and runabouts,
sync shields and pull in close.


56 EXT. SPACE

One of the runabouts pulls in close to the underbelly of the Defiant, the two shield bubbles fizzing and combining.


57 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Kira starts working the panels on her armrests...

KIRA
Kira to all ships. We’re gonna
use their own trick against
them. On my mark, make a split-
second warp jump. Head for the
wormhole, and don’t look back.

Vaughn approaches, worried...

VAUGHN
Captain, what are you doing?

KIRA
Covering your escape.

Before he can protest, she hits a control and disappears in a transporter beam.


58 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

Aleco and Naran disappear in transporter beams... and Kira appears in their place. She moves to the controls...


59 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Aleco and Naran rematerialize on the bridge. Vaughn realizes what Kira’s done, slaps the comm panel...

VAUGHN
Captain!


60 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

KIRA
Don’t argue, Commander. You’re
in charge.

She closes the channel, and gets the runabout moving away from the Defiant’s belly... She stabs the comm panel again with force, bravado covering her nervousness.

KIRA
Raiq! This is Kira! I didn’t get
chance to tell you before... I
don’t just worship the True.
I talk with them. In fact, I’m
the Hand of the Prophets!
We chat all the time!


61 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

While the bridge crew seem horrified at Kira’s actions, Vaughn settles into the centre chair.

VAUGHN
Prynn... get ready to do as
she says.

SISKO
(sotto)
Elias...

VAUGHN
(furious hiss)
Don’t you even think about
questioning my orders on this
bridge, mister. I will throw
you in the brig.

More worried than angry, Sisko relents for now...


62 EXT. SPACE

Kira pilots the runabout towards the field of empty escape pods from the destroyed Gryphon. Infuriated, the Ascendant ships break off their attack and head after Kira, following the runabout towards the pods.


63 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

Terrified but determined, Kira drives the runabout on. Various screens of information are in front of her... One of them shows USS GRYPHON, PREFIX CODE: 18992.

Kira slaps the comm panel again...

KIRA
Vaughn. Go! Now!


64 INT. DEFIANT - BRIDGE

Vaughn grips his armrests...

VAUGHN
Prynn – do it.

Prynn works her panels...


65 EXT. SPACE

With the Ascendants distracted following Kira, the Defiant powers up and jumps straight to warp from standing still. T’Kumbra, Gorkon, Blackthorne and all three parts of the Cerberus jump to warp too, with all the shuttles caught up in their wake. Bright flashes of light flare as they all stretch out into the distance and disappear. They’re gone.

Kira is left alone with a chasing pack of angry Ascendants. She drives the runabout into the field of escape pods and Gryphon debris... the Ascendants dive in after her...


66 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

Kira watches the panels in front of her... waits for the perfect moment... not yet... not yet... Now.


67 EXT. SPACE

...and all the escape pods DETONATE. Self-destruct charges catch the Ascendant ships unawares. Pieces of the Gryphon that are big enough to still carry charges EXPLODE too. Ascendant ships all over are caught and destroyed.

Kira’s runabout surges forward through the other side, riding the front of the shockwave to safety.


68 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

Kira holds on for dear life as the runabout is swept away in front of the explosion... the rattling gradually lessens and ends. She lets out a scared breath of relief.


69 EXT. SPACE

The runabout swerves around, looping away from the burning Ascendant ships, in the direction of the Starfleet armada.


70 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT

Kira hits the comm panel...

KIRA
Yolja to Defiant. It worked.
I’m right behind –

In a flash of light, an Ascendant ship JUMPS in right in front of her, staring down the front window... and FIRES.

Alarms screaming, computers scrambling... the window starts to crack... Kira looks up, and sees the ceiling dissolving over her head. The ship is crumbling around her, air whistling as it escapes through the ever-growing holes... She gets up and runs for the rear cabin, but too late.

With a great WRENCH of metal, the ship splits, and Kira is swept out into space. Silently screaming in panic, grasping for anything to hold on to, but there’s nothing. She’s in open space now, no air to breath, nothing she can do...

On Kira’s horrified face, dying...


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT TWO



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