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Old February 27 2012, 10:19 AM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x14 - "Against the Odds"

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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


25 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Where we left it. Nog and Blas measure each other up, while the Even Odds crew – Dez, Facity, Brad, Pif – wait on tenterhooks. Pif’s hackles are raised, a low growl in his throat. Nog is extremely nervous, but he put himself in this position, and now he’s going to see it through.

BLAS
I am Blas, Archquester of the
Ascendancy.

NOG
Hi. My name’s Nog.

BLAS
You are not Drang.

NOG
No...

BLAS
Fortunate for you. If you are
not Drang, why are you here?

NOG
We’re... couriers. Salesmen.
We were here to meet a client.

BLAS
Your client is dead. If not
now, then soon.

NOG
Why? I mean, it’s not like I
can do anything about it, but
I was just wondering... why
are you killing the Drang?

BLAS
They worship... falsely. They
tell stories of gods who will
reward them for prosperity.

NOG
Is that so bad?

BLAS
There are no gods but the True
Gods. And only the Ascendants
may worship the True.
(beat)
Tell me, Nog... do you worship?


26 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Jake and Rena cling to each other. He strokes her hair, tries to calm her fearful shaking. Shar and Prynn sit in the front seats, holding hands. All they can do is wait.

MEERA (o.s.)
Starfleet. Can you hear me?

PRYNN
Meera?

MEERA (o.s.)
Yes. There is a communications
signal coming from the bridge.
Shall I open a hole for it?

PRYNN
Will you still be able to block
our life signs?

MEERA (o.s.)
I believe so.

PRYNN
Then do it. Thank you.

A moment, and then all four of their combadges come to life with processed voices – Nog and Blas. They listen, scared for their friend, for their lives.

NOG (comm)
My people believe in profit.
In making money. We believe
the more money you have, the
better person you are.


27 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Beginning on Nog’s hand, gripping tight to his combadge...

BLAS
Material wealth. Pitiful. And
not so very different from the
Drang. But you have no gods?

NOG
That’s right.

Blas holds his silver hand out flat. A ball of FLAME bursts into life in his palm – he doesn’t flinch. The fire blows away and reveals an image standing in Blas’s palm. The image is of a DRANG – a reptiloid creature on its hind legs, as seen in 8x23 “Rising Son.” Think of the Spider-Man villain the Lizard. The image of the Drang cowers back from some unseen threat, hands up to protect itself. Blas gazes down at the moving image in his palm, serenely.

BLAS
The Drang Imperator. He had
gods. I questioned him – as
deluded as he was, he may have
held clues to the location of
the Fortress of the True.

NOG
And did he tell you anything?

BLAS
In fact, he did. He mentioned
something of great interest to
me, about a people called...
Bajoran.


28 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Rena jerks at Blas’s words. She’s shaking with fear. Jake holds her as tight as he can.

BLAS (comm)
He said they used to have a
colony near here, although it
was destroyed some years ago.


29 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Continuing the conversation...

BLAS
You wouldn’t know anything
about that, would you? Perhaps
you did business with them?

Nog lies with all the skill he can muster.

NOG
Never heard of them. We’re not
from around here. So... what
happened to the Imperator?

BLAS
He told me what we needed to
know. And then...

Blas pointedly closes his fist, crushing the image of the Drang, flames licking up between the fingers. Nog and everyone else get the message loud and clear.

BLAS
He was first. His city followed.

Blas opens the hand again, and he’s now holding a ball of throbbing, pulsating energy. He looks back at Nog, a small smug smile on his face.

BLAS
A device precisely this size
was all I needed to destroy
the Drang’s main city. A much
smaller device would do the
same to this ship.

NOG
Now, hold on – there’s no need
for that. If you got what you
needed out of the boss, why
kill anybody else?

BLAS
They shame the True. The Drang,
the Eav’oq, the Bajorans... It
is my sacred duty as a Knight
of the Ascendants to cleanse the
stars of heresy. So says the Fire.

NOG
The “fire”? Is that a person?

BLAS
The Fire was sent to us by the
True. She is their emissary to
the Ascendants.


30 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Everyone reacts to the familiar word. Jake and Rena are especially curious...

BLAS (comm)
With our path illuminated by
the Fire, we will find the
Bajorans, and all heretics...
and they will burn.

Rena tenses again...


31 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Blas lowers his hand. The conversation is over.

BLAS
I suggest you leave now, if you
do not wish to share their fate.

The Ascendant seems to burst into flames... and then he’s gone. Nog still daren’t breathe – it might all fall apart.

FACITY
(quiet)
Srral, keep your sensors on
that ship.

After a second, Nog lifts his combadge and speaks into it.

NOG
Jake? Did you all hear that?


32 INT. RUNABOUT - COCKPIT


Jake speaks into the air...

JAKE
We heard it.

NOG (comm)
Get up here. Fast.

Curious now, the four get ready to leave. The golden film of changeling matter retracts itself away from the windows.


33 EXT. SPACE – DRANG HOMEWORLD


The planet as seen from space. The Even Odds sits in orbit, and we see the city-sized fire blazing on the surface...


34 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


The turbolift door opens and Jake, Rena, Prynn, Shar and Meera all re-enter the bridge. Nog sags with relief to have his friends back – that was pretty scary.

PRYNN
Alright - what do we do?

DEZ
We get out of here.

JAKE
Dez, don’t you dare. We have
to do something. We have to
help the Drang!

DEZ
Why, exactly? In what way is
any of this my problem?

JAKE
You know, I just can’t believe
you, Dez. I can’t believe I
ever admired you or wanted to
stay with you.

Dez throws his arms up in exasperation and annoyance.

DEZ
Oh, here it is! You want to know
why I ran away from you, Jake?
Because of this. This smug, self-
righteous attitude I knew you’d
throw at me. You think you’re so
morally superior to all of us.

JAKE
If you mean I won’t stand by and
let an entire race be massacred,
then hell yeah, call me superior
all you want. You? You only care
about finding your next job.

DEZ
That’s what we do! When are you
going to get that through your
skull? And when are you going
to stop trying to make me the
bad guy just because I like to
get paid for the work I do?

JAKE
You can do business without
being so cold and heartless.

DEZ
I don’t live in your fabled
moneyless economy, Jake. I don’t
have the luxury of doing good
deeds just so I can feel good
about myself. I have a crew to
feed and clothe, and a ship to
keep running. And you know
what? I do feel good about it.
(re Nog)
I bet your friend Nog agrees
with me.

Jake turns to Nog, clearly assuming his friend’s support. But Nog hesitates.

NOG
Oh no. You’re not putting me
in the middle of this.

JAKE
(astonished)
Nog...!

RENA
Both of you shut up, right now.
Every word you yell at each
other is another Drang being
killed. And we have been sent
here to save them. So forget
your petty little squabbles
for a minute and think about
what we’re going to do.

DEZ
Fine! Let’s have some practical
suggestions, then. If you’re so
determined to save the Drang,
tell me how. Go on.

Rena takes a breath, and tries to rise to the challenge.

RENA
Alright. It’s only one guy in
one ship, right? It’ll take him
a long time to kill a whole
planet’s worth of people all
on his own. That gives us time
to just attack his ship and
destroy it, and save as many
people as possible.

SHAR
(tentative)
Rena... I admire your desire to
help, but even one Ascendant
ship is a major threat. A single
vessel just like that destroyed
a runabout in seconds and almost
killed Captain Kira.

JAKE
We have the runabout and the
Even Odds. And you have all
your sensor readings. We can
find a way. We have to.

DEZ
This is a freighter ship. We
barely have enough weapons to
fend off the average asteroid,
never mind apocalyptic aliens.

RENA
(pointed)
You have Ascendant technology.

They stop, considering that. They’d forgotten.

NOG
Maybe she’s right. Maybe there’s
some way we can turn their own
technology against them. Shar,
go over those readings again,
look for –

SRRAL (comm)
The vessel is breaking orbit.
It is powering weapons.

Oh crap. Is it coming for us?


35 EXT. SPACE – DRANG HOMEWORLD


The northern pole of the planet. A tiny, silver Ascendant ship rises up from the surface, out of the orbital plane...

CLOSE-UP

on the Ascendant ship as a new device extrudes from its external hull – a kind of smooth, sleek missile launcher.

And fires.

The missile goes nowhere near the planet or the Even Odds – instead it shoots straight off towards the Drang sun.


36 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


Everyone watches the screen, confused by this turn.

FACITY
What is he doing?

SRRAL (comm)
The missile is aiming directly
for the system’s sun.

BRAD
What? Why?

NOG
(realizing)
Oh no...

BRAD
What?

SRRAL (comm)
Sensors detect fluctuations in
the star’s gravitational and
magnetic fields.

SHAR
Let me see.

Shar goes to the panels at the rear of the bridge, begins working them... After a few moments, he turns back to his friends, a stricken look on his face.

SHAR
Readings are consistent with
an isolytic subspace burst.

Nog and Prynn know what that means. Nog closes his eyes, hangs his head. Prynn covers her mouth in horror...

PRYNN
Oh, God...

RENA
(confused)
What does that mean?

Nobody really wants to say. Rena wants answers.

RENA
Guys! Come on, tell me!

Shar manages to explain in halting, horror-stricken tones.

SHAR
An isolytic weapon creates a
subspace tear – a hole in the
fabric of local space-time. If
the weapon is detonated inside
a star, it would destabilise
the nuclear reactions, forcing
the star to artificially nova.
This means the star will eject
a massive and catastrophic burst
of radiation, which will scour
the life from every world in
the system. Every Drang, every
life form, down to the smallest
bacteria. All burning.
(beat)
And there is nothing we can do
to stop it.

Rena is dumbfounded. She looks at Jake, Prynn, Shar, Nog... nothing any of them can do. She looks to the screen...


37 EXT. SPACE – DRANG HOMEWORLD


Its work done, the Ascendant ship JUMPS away in a flash.
The next second, the star EXPLODES. It bursts in blindingly bright light, a massive wave of radiation expanding out in a spherical shell, growing slowly but steadily...


38 INT. EVEN ODDS – BRIDGE


On everyone’s sad, beaten, defeated expressions, as they watch these events on the main viewscreen...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR

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