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Old February 27 2012, 10:09 AM   #5
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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ACT THREE


FADE IN:


17 INT. EVEN ODDS – MESS HALL


The large room where the Even Odds crew meet to eat, plan and hang out. Beginning on Dez, looking sceptical...

DEZ
The Ascendants.

WIDEN to see that all five Alphies are at the table, plus Dez, Facity and Prees. Shar is holding a padd.

NOG
Yes. They’re –

JAKE
He’s heard of them, Nog.

FACITY
They’re just a legend though,
aren’t they?

JAKE
Tell that to the crew of the
Gryphon.

SHAR
The voices clearly said that
they were going to destroy a
people called the Drang. Have
you heard of them?

DEZ
(small, tight)
They’re our next job.

NOG
You can’t go, Captain. You have
to get as far away as possible.

DEZ
It’s too late for that. We’re
already there. We entered orbit
ten minutes ago.

PRYNN
And is anything happening?

DEZ
No. Everything’s fine.

FACITY
Dez...

DEZ
Shut up.

JAKE
Fac? Please... what is it?

FACITY
We haven’t been able to get in
touch with our contacts. All
the comm lines are scrambled.

NOG
They’re here.

DEZ
There could be any number of
reasons. We don’t give up on
a job just because of a bad
comm line.

JAKE
(sarcastic)
Of course. Money comes first.

PRYNN
Captain, please. We’re trying to
help. We’ve seen first-hand what
the Ascendants are capable of.

DEZ
There’s nobody else here but us
and a few Drang ships. There
are no Ascendants.

SHAR
Their ships are very small. They
could be hiding.

DEZ
Why should I believe you? Because
the voices in the Wa told you?

SHAR
Yes. I believe the voices are
a comm system we inadvertently
intercepted. During our first
encounter with the Ascendants,
all the Starfleet crews took
extensive sensor readings.
(re padd)
Given my suspicions, I went
back over Prees’s readings of
the Wa, compared them to ours
with a fresh eye.

FACITY
And what did you find?

SHAR
I concluded that the Even Odds
– or more specifically the Wa –
is in fact Ascendant technology.

A moment for everyone to absorb. That’s a pretty big claim.

DEZ
That’s ridiculous.

JAKE
No, it’s not. It makes perfect
sense. You’ve told me from the
beginning you’ve no idea how old
this ship is, or where it came
from. And that the Wa always
helped the ship to repair itself
after any damage or upgrades.

FACITY
Yes, it did. But so what?

JAKE
Opaka told me about meeting
that Ascendant woman, Raiq,
when she crashed her ship. She
said the woman was wearing
some kind of armour, separate
from her skin or her clothes.
The armour was damaged, but it
gradually healed itself. Like
it was alive. The same with her
ship – it landed after a fight
in orbit, but by the time the
woman left, it was repaired.

PREES
Sounds like the Wa to me.

SHAR
Those coloured patches are the
interface to activate various
functions – communications,
entertainment. Ascendants
generally live and work alone
– they would need amusement.

JAKE
Prees – you said the Wa reacted
to the Iconians’ gateways, and
to the Eav’oq’s space-folding
trick. Maybe it’s designed to
be sensitive to things like that
as a connection to the wormhole.

NOG
It might be what powers that
space-jump thing they do too.

DEZ
This is all very fascinating,
but I still don’t see why I
should care.

Rena has been quiet till now, but she finally speaks up.

RENA
Because this was all meant to happen.

They all look at her, curious – even the other Alphies.

JAKE
Rena...? What do you mean?

RENA
It all adds up – everything. I
didn’t realise it till now, but
it does. Do you think it’s a
coincidence that all of this
is happening now? That Jake was
rescued by you, of all people,
two years ago? A ship based on
Ascendant technology? And that
you’d discover the lost kai of
Bajor, who had been rescued by
an Ascendant, and that together
you’d reawaken the Eav’oq?

DEZ
(deliberately
contrary)
Yes. All a coincidence.

RENA
How about you making friends
with Deep Space Nine’s resident
Jem’Hadar? Or that the first
time Jake is back in the Gamma
Quadrant again, you just happen
to try to steal our ship? At
the same time somebody finally
figures out how the Wa works?
Or that you’d have a date with
the Drang at the exact moment
the Ascendants are here? Still
a coincidence?

DEZ
Yes!

FACITY
(gently)
Dez, come on...

DEZ
Facity, no! You can’t possibly
think this is all some great
plan of the Bajoran gods.

RENA
How can you not? Look, I’m no
crazy religious fundamentalist.
But I believe in the Prophets.
I believe they have a plan for
everyone. And this is too many
coincidences to deny. We’re
meant to be here. We’re meant
to save the Drang from the
Ascendants... somehow.

DEZ
There are no Ascendants!

The comm system suddenly interrupts – SRRAL’s metallic, artificial voice.

SRRAL (comm)
Dez, this is bridge.

DEZ
Go ahead, Srral.

SRRAL (comm)
Sensors have detected a large
explosion on the surface of
the Drang homeworld.

Quiet, worried looks around the room.

JAKE
It’s starting.


18 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


The door opens and everyone enters – Dez, Facity, Prees, and the five Alphies. Brad and Glessin have been running the bridge in their absence. Meera and Pif are there too.

They all stop as they see the view on the main screen – the surface of the Drang planet, with the signs of a large explosion, big enough to have destroyed an entire city. Dez is starting to believe there’s a problem, despite himself.

FACITY
What happened?

BRAD
It’s the government centre. As
much as the Drang can be said
to have a government, anyway.
No idea how or why.

SHAR
You should scan again for ships,
using these parameters.

Shar lifts his padd, pulls a chip out of it and holds it out to Facity. She nods, and plugs the chip into a console.

FACITY
Srral... do it.

SRRAL (comm)
Scanning, Facity.

A pause of a few moments...

SRRAL (comm)
Contact is confirmed. A small
ship matching those parameters
is holding position over the
planet’s northern magnetic pole.

DEZ
Alright, I believe you. Srral,
get us out of here.

JAKE
(shocked)
No! We have to do something to
stop it.

NOG
Jake...

DEZ
I’m not putting us in the middle
of this. Srral –

SRRAL (comm)
(interrupting)
The vessel is scanning us.

Uh-oh. They’ve been detected. Jake is almost smug.

JAKE
You’re already in the middle
of it, Dez.

Nog suddenly takes firm command. Dez basically lets him, because he still doesn’t really get what’s going on.

NOG
Jake – get out of here, now.

JAKE
(confused)
What?

NOG
Prynn – take them. All four of
you. Get back to the runabout
and power it down, completely
dead. And then hide inside.

PRYNN
Why?

SHAR
(realizes)
He’s right. The Ascendants have
as many sensor records of us as
we do of them. If they detect
Starfleet technology on board...

PRYNN
(gets it)
Oh, hell. Alright, let’s go.

JAKE
What about Rena? They know
Bajorans now. If they detect
her... they’ll kill us all.

BRAD
(doubtful)
They’d kill a whole ship over
one person?

NOG
They’d kill a whole planet over
one person. Okay, Shar... find
some way to mask your life signs.
All of you, not just Rena - Raiq
saw you and Prynn on the Defiant
bridge. We can’t take the chance
she won’t have told the rest of
them to look out for you.

SHAR
I’m not sure how to do that
without the runabout’s power...

MEERA
(speaks up)
I can do it. I can cover the
ship and block the readings.

JAKE
Nog... what about you?

NOG
I wasn’t on the bridge. Maybe
they won’t recognise me. So
I’m going to talk to them...
and try and get all of us out
of this alive. Stop talking
and go! We’ve got seconds
until they’re on top of us.

MEERA
Come on – follow me.

Meera leads Jake, Rena, Prynn and Shar back into the turbolift. As they go, Jake spares a worried look for his friend. And then the door closes and they’re gone.

Nog stands on the Even Odds bridge – a tiny little Ferengi amongst these huge events. He strips off his uniform jacket and hides it under a console. He removes his rank pips, puts them with it. But he keeps his combadge hidden in his hand. He’s terrified... but determined.

NOG
Oh... this was a bad idea.


19 INT. EVEN ODDS – CORRIDOR


Jake, Rena, Prynn, Shar and Meera run down the corridor at top speed. No time for screams or jokes – this is for real.


20 INT. EVEN ODDS – HANGAR


They run into the hangar deck, where the Rio Grande sits. The runabout’s hatch opens at their approach...


21 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


The four Alphies run into the cockpit – Prynn immediately heads to the consoles, begins hitting buttons.

PRYNN
Computer, initiate full systems
shutdown. Power, drive systems,
sensors – kill it all. Now.

COMPUTER
Acknowledged.

PRYNN
Shar – help me!

Shar runs to the rear consoles and starts working them too. Jake and Rena stay out of the way, nervous and hugging each other. One by one, all the systems go dark and silent.


22 INT. EVEN ODDS – HANGAR


As the runabout dies, Meera leaps gracefully into the air, MORPHing as she goes. She becomes a wide, flat sheet of changeling protoplasm, covering every square inch of the ship. It creeps from the cockpit backwards, past the hatch just as it closes, until it swallows the runabout whole.


23 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Silent now – all the machines are dead, and the lights are dark. The only light comes from the front window, filtered through Meera’s golden body. Jake and Rena hug each other. Prynn turns to Shar, stands, approaches him slowly, and reaches out to hug him too. He clings on to her with mixed relief and fear.


24 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


They’re waiting... waiting...

DEZ
(quiet)
I hope to hell you know what
you’re doing.

NOG
So do I.

Back to waiting. It makes the tension worse. Eventually...

SRRAL (comm)
Incoming -

Before the synthetic voice can finish, a ball of FLAME bursts into life at the front of the bridge. Everyone flinches back from the force of it. After a second, the fire burns out and reveals an Ascendant male.

His name is BLAS. He stands calmly on the deck, peering imperiously at the crew, the image of the burning Drang homeworld behind him. He spots Nog, and seems to intuit that he’s the one in charge, at least for the moment. And Nog looks back at him, trying not to shudder or shake with fear. As the two of them stare each other down...


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT THREE

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