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Old April 6 2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x16 - "I Will Survive"

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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


5 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


A Trill transport (like the one seen in 8x21 “Lesser Evil”) has now docked at the station.


6 INT. DS9 – DOCKING RING CORRIDOR


Dax waits uncertainly as the airlock rolls open. It reveals Gard, wearing a smart but functional suit. He looks down at Dax, fully aware that this will be an uncomfortable meeting for her. But he bears her no malice.

GARD
Dax.

DAX
Gard. You said you had a...
situation?

GARD
I do. Allow me to introduce...

He steps aside to reveal another man behind him, another Trill. Youngish, in a plain drab jumpsuit, looking downcast and distant. His hands are also bound together in front of him with metal handcuffs. His name is KINJER ODAN. A third man hovers further back, keeping watch – Trill security.

GARD (cont)
...Kinjer Odan.

DAX
Odan?!

The three men by now have stepped down into the corridor – Odan still only half-there and being gently guided.

GARD
Yes.

DAX
Is he... drugged? And why is
he handcuffed?

GARD
For his own good, Commander.
For his own safety. And I’d
rather not talk about it in a
corridor, if you don’t mind.

Dax frowns, very unclear on all this. But eventually she nods her reluctant assent and leads them down the corridor.


7 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Dax leads the group towards a set of quarters. The security man gently guides the shuffling Odan along behind her, with Gard taking up the rear.

As they reach the door and it opens, Dax pauses to let them enter. She looks at Odan, worried for him, compassionate. Gard by contrast is straightforward and professional. He nods at the security man, who stays out in the corridor as the other three enter.


8 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Gard leads Odan towards the couch area, and gently sits him down. Odan does it with no protest – he’s going through the motions, barely any sign of intelligence in there. Dax is rather disquieted by his condition.

With Odan comfortable, Gard looks around the room. It looks like temporary quarters, with no personal effects or sign of having been lived in.

GARD
You’re not staying?

DAX
No. Just waiting until my next
assignment comes up.

Gard nods, considering that.

DAX
Get to the point, Gard. Odan
is one of the oldest and most
respected symbionts I know of.
What have you done to him?

GARD
I haven’t done anything at
all. He’s... sick.

Gard looks over to Odan, slumped on the couch, barely aware of where he is. Gard seems genuinely sorry for him.

DAX
Then why bring him all the way
here? Surely all the doctors
you need are back on Trill.

GARD
Not that kind of sick.

Dax looks over to Odan... and realizes what Gard means.

DAX
Are you saying... he’s a bad
joining? Like Joran?

GARD
Nothing that dangerous yet. He
hasn’t hurt anybody. Well...
anybody but himself, at least.

Sympathetic and worried, Dax goes over to the couch, sits next to Odan. She brushes the hair off his face, feels his dull, lifeless skin. He seems at least slightly aware she is there, and grateful for the comfort.

DAX
That’s why you restrained him?

GARD
It’s my job, Commander. I handle
aberrant joinings - those rare
mistakes where symbiont and host
do not mesh the way they should.
(beat)
Kinjer is a member of the Trill
Homeworld Defence. He received
the Odan symbiont around two
years ago, after its previous
host died when your friend Verad
poisoned the water supply.

DAX
Hadn’t he been through all
the training? The checks, the
scans, the psych evaluations?

GARD
Yes. He was perfectly healthy
and suitable for joining.

DAX
Then what went wrong?

GARD
We don’t know. He started self-
harming about six months in.
At first we thought it was a
reaction to the mass deaths of
so many symbionts from the Neo-
Purist attacks. He’d been off
world at the time, so we thought
maybe, survivor’s guilt. But it
kept going. Getting worse.

DAX
(realizing)
He tried to kill himself?

GARD
Several times. None of our
people can seem to help him.
So I brought him to you.

DAX
Why me? What can I do that all
of Trill can’t?

GARD
All of Trill is oversensitive
to anything to do with joining
right now, Commander. There are
so few of us left, we’re almost
becoming like celebrities. It’s
easier to be away from home. As
for you... well, you know Odan.
You know me. And you’ve been in
an aberrant joining yourself.

DAX
(bitter)
I know you because you killed
me to end that joining.

GARD
(calm)
As I said... that’s my job.

DAX
Look – I’m not the counsellor
anymore. I switched to command
track in case you didn’t notice.
I can set you up with Commander
Matthias –

GARD
Not Commander Matthias. You.
I’m asking for your help, Dax.

Dax doesn’t really want to work with Gard. But looking at the pitiful figure Odan has become, she can’t help but feel sympathy for him.


9 EXT. SPACE – FREIGHTER SHIP


A random clumsy freighter ship travels at low warp through open space.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
I am grateful for your help, Ro.

RO (v.o.)
I know. You don’t have to keep
saying it.


10 INT. FREIGHTER – CARGO BAY


A dingy, dirty, messy cargo bay. Low tech, lights are dark, the space is crammed full, and no money has been wasted – certainly not on cleaning.

VAUGHN and RO are both in grimy civvies, jammed in between various boxes and crates, and urgently working together at an open panel in the bulkhead. Only about a foot square, it bristles with pulled out wires and blinking lights.

RO (cont)
Although I wouldn’t object to
knowing precisely what it is
I’m trying to accomplish here.

VAUGHN
Oh yes, sorry. I guess I’m not
used to explaining things to
people. Once you’ve got access
to the freighter’s transponder
array, I’m going to piggy-back
an additional signal onto it
– send a message.

RO
They won’t detect it?

VAUGHN
There’s a very subtle way of
manipulating the signal to
insert a new message into
the already existing medium.
Only someone who knows what
to look for would see it.

RO
Alright. Then what?

VAUGHN
Our contact will pass it on
to Julian. In the meantime, I
have my own contacts who will
help us trace L’Haan’s move-
ments since her ship vanished.

RO
And what about Julian?

Awkward pause. Vaughn concentrates on his work. But Ro pushes for an answer.

RO
Commander?

VAUGHN
We’ll see.

Suddenly Ro turns, slams her back against the open panel, hiding it from sight. She grabs Vaughn fiercely and yanks him towards her, mashing his face into hers. She makes out with him ferociously – he’s too surprised to argue.

Out of the corner of our eye, we can now see another figure in the cargo bay – the freighter’s alien PILOT. Without looking at him, Vaughn senses his presence as well, and responds to Ro’s advances. She lifts up both legs and wraps them around his waist as he grinds her into the wall.

PILOT
Ahem.

Vaughn and Ro both turn their heads to look at him, annoyed to have been interrupted. The Pilot sneers salaciously.

PILOT
Little old for you, isn’t he?

RO
Screw you.

VAUGHN
I paid plenty to get on this
ship. What we do to pass the
time is none of your business.

PILOT
I suppose not. Although I do
appreciate the entertainment
value. Thought you might want
to know we’re nearing orbit.

Ro caresses the side of Vaughn’s face lustily.

RO
Then we’ll be sure to make
the most of our time.

PILOT
Oh, please... do carry on.

Vaughn and Ro both glower at him menacingly. With a roll of the eyes, the Pilot turns and leaves the cargo bay. Once he’s gone, Ro lowers her legs and Vaughn steps back. Both of them recover their composure. There’s no point in being bashful – it was necessary.

VAUGHN
Good ears.

Ro stretches her back out, and steps away, revealing the open panel again.

RO
Good reflexes too. Let’s get
back to work.

They both turn back to the open panel, and work on it more urgently than ever.


11 EXT. DEEP SPACE NINE – ESTABLISHING


Now joining the Defiant and the Trill transport is Dominion Vessel 288, parked at an upper pylon.


12 INT. DS9 – KIRA’S OFFICE


Kira is sat behind the desk, working. She looks up and sees VANNIS approaching the door through Ops. Kira presses the control to open the door and Vannis strolls in. Kira stands to greet her.

KIRA
Thank you for coming, Vannis.
Please take a seat.

Vannis perches in the seat opposite Kira, her legs crossed haughtily. Kira sits back down again.

VANNIS
(slight edge)
Always a pleasure to meet with
our honoured Bajoran allies.

KIRA
Straight to the point, I see.
Alright then... What are we
going to do about Taran’atar?

VANNIS
“Do,” Captain? What makes you
think there is a need to “do”
anything?

KIRA
(sympathetic)
Come on. We both know that he’s
blocking the alliance for some
reason. Odo would want us to
work together. It’s one of the
main reasons he returned to the
Great Link in the first place.

VANNIS
Odo placed First Taran’atar as
the Dominion Ambassador. Not
me, or you, or himself. It is
Taran’atar’s decision to make.

KIRA
Ambassadors are still supposed
to follow the instructions of
their governments.

VANNIS
Taran’atar no longer has the
instinctive need to follow
the commands of the Founders.

KIRA
But he promised he would. He
thinks he should, whether he
has to or not. Or at least he
used to.

This is all awkward for Vannis. She actually agrees with Kira, but she’s in a bind here. She can’t openly say so.

VANNIS
Captain, we’ve been through this
already. I was ordered by the
Founder to follow Taran’atar’s
commands. I must obey.

Kira sags. There has to be a way to figure this out.

KIRA
Can you contact Odo directly?
Or give me the transmission
codes to contact him myself?

VANNIS
No. Taran’atar has ordered me
not to contact the Founder, or
to allow anyone else to do so
either. He is the officially
appointed ambassador of the
Dominion. I must obey. To be
frank, you and I ought not to
be having this conversation
at all without his presence.

Vannis stands abruptly.

VANNIS
I’m sorry, Captain.
(w/ feeling)
Please believe me – I am sorry.
But there’s nothing I can do.

Vannis turns and leaves the room, heading back out into Ops. Kira is left disappointed and defeated. But then she hardens. They have another plan. She just has to hope it works.


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE


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