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Old February 27 2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


10 INT. EVEN ODDS Ė TURBOLIFT


The five Alphies, plus Prees and Pif are in the turbolift. Itís a bit uncomfortable with so many crammed in tightly, but Pif is chattering away oblivious.

PIF
So he said that since the
JemíHadar worked out so well,
why not give a changeling a
chance. Facity had plenty to
say about that, believe me.
Glessin wasnít best thrilled
either. But itís Dezís ship,
after all. And she seems nice
enough. A-ha! Here we are.

The lift stops and the door opens...


11 THE WA


...onto a wide open white space, seemingly dimensionless. The turbolift door appears to open out of nowhere, into nowhere. Fascinated, our gang takes tentative steps into the fuzzy whiteness. Jake, of course, has seen it before.

PRYNN
What the... I... what?

JAKE
I know, right?

Prynn has noticed the irregular coloured smudges that seem to hang in mid-air at points. She reaches to touch one...

PRYNN
What are these?

PREES
Those are what youíre not
supposed to touch.

Prynn yanks her hand away.

SHAR
But you said someone did touch them.

PREES
Yes, me. Completely by accident.
I... tripped and fell into one.

PRYNN
So what happened?

PIF
Try it and find out.

Prynn exchanges worried looks with Jake, Shar... do you trust them? Jake nods to go ahead. She reaches slowly out towards one of the splotches, a warm purplish colour. Her fingers swim into the colour, and thereís a big WASH of energy, taking us into...


12 INT. WA ENVIRONMENT ROOM


The gang suddenly find themselves in another room, dark and small. The Alphies gasp a bit with surprise, looking around. Floating in the air in front of them is a small fist-sized black ball, doing nothing, just hanging there.

PIF
Oh good, I like this one.

PRYNN
What is it?

PIF
No idea. Step closer.

Tentatively, she does. In response the ball expands, starts humming, vibrating. It swells more, begins to spin. Picking up pace, it spins faster and faster, humming louder and louder. Then it suddenly stops, and bursts into a ball of spikes, a tiny black symbolic sun. Prynn yelps and steps back, and the ball returns to its dormant state.

Meanwhile, Shar is looking around, his antennae reaching and sensing.

SHAR
This is fascinating. It seems to
function like a holodeck, but I
canít detect any transmitters
or the usual energy signatures.
Perhaps some kind of telepathic
imprint? I wonder if we all
even perceive the same thing.

PIF
Every colour takes you to a
different place. Not always
the same place. Some donít
take you anywhere Ė they make
other things happen.

RENA
Like what?

PIF
(spooky)
Press orange... and you hear voices.

PRYNN
(uncomfortable)
How do you get out?

PREES
Youíre the one who got us in.
So you focus on the central
object in the room Ė the ball
in this case Ė and just back
away from it.

Prynn concentrates on the ball... and takes three steps back. Thereís a big WASH of energy...


13 THE WA


And weíre back in the white space of the Wa. Pif grins with pride at showing off his new toy.

SHAR
I would like to investigate
more, if thatís acceptable.

PREES
Fine with me. But I donít know
what youíll find. I spend all
my free time down here and I
havenít figured it out yet.

SHAR
Thank you. Iíll just get some
equipment from the runabout,
and begin immediately.

Pif leads them back to the still-open turbolift door, hanging in the air. Jake: enjoying showing his friends around. Rena: looking around, curious and intrigued. Shar: ready to start analysing and investigating. Prynn: oddly weirded out and uncomfortable. Nog: sniffs his armpits.

NOG
Iím gonna freshen up. I smell
like my uncleís store room.

They pile into the turbolift, and the door closes.


14 INT. EVEN ODDS Ė QUARTERS


One of the Even Oddsí small and functional guest quarters. Nog emerges from the off-screen bathroom area into the main room, shirt off, patting his big bald head with a towel. He jumps a bit as, in a lower corner of the room, Srral and Meera (in liquid form) chase each other out of one air vent and into another, the girlish giggling following them.

Then the golden liquid creeps back out of the vent into the room again, as if curious about Nog. Slowly, the blob of liquid MORPHS and reforms into the humanoid form of Meera Ė the usual unformed changeling features and dress, but as a teenage girl. She peers at Nog, intrigued with him.

MEERA
I know you. Starfleet Ferengi.

NOG
I thought I recognized you down
on the planet. We rescued you
from the crashed ship, right?


FLASHBACK Ė 8x22 ďGREATER GOODĒ


The teenaged Founder sits among the long-dead bodies of her JemíHadar crew in the canted, crashed Dominion ship. Nog and Bowers stand nearby, wary.

MEERA
I was taught to believe that
solids can never be trusted.
But I trusted my own kind to
come for me, and here I have
been for two years.


BACK TO SCENE


Meera talks to Nog...

MEERA
I was grateful to you for that.

NOG
But how did you end up here?
Working on a pirate ship and
taking orders from a ďsolidĒ
isnít very Founderish of you.

MEERA
I havenít felt very Founderish
for some time. I had barely had
time to reconnect with my people
in the Link before they began
chattering about the Progenitor,
some almighty being they said
would save them from extinction.
The older changelings, they took
it as given. As you can see, I
am still newly formed. I didnít
understand. When they left, I
went with them, just out of
companionship. But they wanted
isolation. I wanted experience.

NOG
(small smile)
So you found some new friends.

MEERA
(bitter)
The other changelings are hypo-
crites. They talk about wanting
to learn, and then they hide
away, refusing to risk anything
for that knowledge. I will never
go back to them.

NOG
(gently)
Not all the Founders left, you
know. Odo stayed behind.

MEERA
(curious)
Odo...?

NOG
Heís been trying to hold the
Dominion together all by him-
self. From what Iíve heard,
he could use some help.

Meera almost considers it for a moment...

MEERA
No. This is my home now. I have
seen and done more in these few
months than half my people have
in aeons. Let the Dominion fall.
I donít care anymore.

With that, she MORPHS into a liquid and slips back inside the vent, leaving Nog alone.


15 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


Dez is in the command chair, with Facity and Glessin (plus a couple of others unnamed) running other stations. The lift door opens and Jake steps in.

FACITY
Jake!

Facity gets up and gives him a welcoming hug. Glessin too, although itís a polite and reserved handshake for him.

GLESSIN
Mister Sisko. Welcome back.

JAKE
Thanks Facity, Glessin.

He glances towards Dez, who has not even looked at him. Facity shrugs in apology Ė she has no idea whatís going on between the two of them. She gestures for Jake to go over.

Jake approaches. Dez glances up, and straight back to his work, teeth gritted. Doesnít want to talk to him.

JAKE
Hey Dez... why did you run?

DEZ
Did you miss the part where we
nearly got arrested? I realise
this may be outside your realm
of expertise, but in those
circumstances itís generally
accepted practise to run.

JAKE
I meant, run from me. Is it
just because you were about
to steal my ship?

DEZ
(defensive)
That was a misunderstanding.
Look, there was no harm done.

He gets up and heads to the work stations at the back of the bridge, turning away from Jake.

DEZ (cont)
If youíll excuse me, I have to
get ready for the next job.
Weíre due at Drang tomorrow.

JAKE
Drang? Didnít we do that already?

DEZ
You think we only go anywhere
once? We go where the work is.

And Dez buries his head in the work again, ignoring Jake. Facity can only silently apologise again. Clearly Jake isnít going to get anywhere with him. Jake turns to leave.


16 THE WA


Shar stands in the Wa, surrounded by pieces of Starfleet technology, all beeping and chirruping. He holds out a tricorder, taking readings, and compares the readings to the larger machines. Heís quite content just working away.

In the middle of the flat white space, a hole opens up and reveals the turbolift, carrying Rena. She exits into the Wa and heads slowly towards Shar. He looks up, surprised.

SHAR
Mrs Sisko. Do you need anything?

RENA
Rena, Shar Ė itís Rena. Prynnís
playing with the puppies again.
Nog went to wash up. Jake went
to talk to the captain... heís
certainly not talking to me.
So I just thought Iíd come
and see what youíre up to.

SHAR
I am analysing the readings my
equipment is taking of this
environment. Prees gave me
access to all her records Ė
it makes for absorbing work.

Shar walks towards a coloured splotch of a fiery orange colour, points his tricorder at it.

RENA
Isnít that the one Pif said
made you hear voices?

SHAR
It is. I thought perhaps to
run it through our linguistic
database. The work we did on
the Cathedral artefact might
help us translate the voices
where Prees could not.

Tentatively, Shar reaches out and touches the splotch. His blue fingers swim into the amorphous orange colour...

The white formlessness around them dims slightly, subtly changing to a gentle orangey-yellow colour. And they can also hear distant VOICES, numerous different people talking over each other. The effect is of being in a large room with lots of other people, all talking over each other. Rena is enchanted, listening to the voices. Shar is just concentrating on his readings.

SHAR
It will take a few minutes for
the translation to take effect.

RENA
Actually, there was something I
wanted to ask you. Shar... have
I done something to offend you?

SHAR
Of course not. Why would you
think that?

RENA
Well, for one thing, you wonít
even use my name. And this,
right now - these are the first
words youíve said to me since
we left Deep Space Nine. Do
you just not like me?

Shar finally pulls himself away from his machines. He tries to figure out how to be honest with his feelings Ė it still doesnít come naturally to him.

SHAR
Forgive me, Rena. I meant no
offense. I am simply not sure
of my place in this company.
You and Jake are married. Nog
is Jakeís best friend from
childhood. Their relationship
takes precedence over Nogís
and mine. And Prynn and I...

He drifts off, not sure what more to say about that...

RENA
Shar, Iím more of an outsider
here than you are. The rest of
you all have so much in common
already. Iím a bakerís daughter
from a small fishing village.
But you never get anywhere if
you donít try. As for Prynn...
I can see itís complicated. I
think I heard youíre married...?

SHAR
(quibble)
Andorian bonding rituals do
not correlate directly to
those of other races...

RENA
Iíve been where you are. Iíve
felt attracted to one person
while Iíd made a promise to
another. I took a chance, and
it worked out. But I wouldnít
go so far as to say that you
should always take the chance.
Thereís more to worry about
than just your feelings.

SHAR
(sadly)
I know.

Heís grateful for Renaís support, but it doesnít really make things any better. Rena forcibly changes the subject.

RENA
So! Any theories on this place?

SHAR
Hundreds. None of them provable.
Elements of organic technology
help the shipís many divergent
systems to work together. There
must be sub-spatial sensitivity,
as it responded to the folding of
space that concealed the Eavíoq.
And there is the question of its
indeterminate age.

RENA
It reminds me of how the vedeks
describe the Celestial Temple.
Warm white light, no dimensions,
whispering voices...

SHAR
With respect, Rena, I do not
believe the Even Odds turbolift
system opens onto the Bajoran
afterlife.

She pouts, wryly amused at the joke. Then, amongst the many voices, one word comes through loud and clear in English.

VOICE
...proof...

Shar and Rena stop, listening closer...

RENA
Did you hear that?

SHAR
I did. It seems the translator
has found enough repetition to
begin its work.

Shar works his tricorder... Rena listens closely as more words begin to emerge out of the mass of sounds...

VOICES
...dare... do they?... must...
fools... destroy...

Shar and Rena look to each other, alarmed. More words...

VOICES
...assignment... signs...

Words are becoming clearer still, forming into phrases. With every one, Rena and Shar become more worried...

VOICES
..signs are clear... there can
be no question... what are they
called?... does it matter?...
...they are called the Drang.
They worship falsely... they
must be destroyed...

The clear words go silent for a moment, as if thinking or checking. The formless whispering voices swirling around them, the orangey light giving it all a fiery glow...

VOICES
...we are in agreement... you
must remember your vow, your
promise to her... interrogate
them, follow the signs... they
are sinners, abhorrent... you
are a soldier of the True, a
Knight of the Ascendants...
(beat)
...destroy the Drang.

On Rena and Sharís shocked, horrified reactions...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT TWO

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