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Old May 13 2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x19 - "Reset"

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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


36 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Where we left it. Taran’atar slowly advances down the empty corridor towards Ro, who backs away, but doesn’t run.

TARAN’ATAR
This is all your own fault, you
know. You did this to yourself.

RO
I don’t know what you’re talking
about.

TARAN’ATAR
Stop lying to yourself, Laren.
You’re dying on the floor of the
Infirmary right now, because you
left yourself wide open to it.

RO
It wasn’t me! It was Section 31!

TARAN’ATAR
It was you. If you hadn’t been
a pathetic drug addict, they’d
never have had the opening.

RO
I’m not an addict!

TARAN’ATAR
Then what do you call someone
who steals, lies to her friends,
thinks of nothing but her own
pain and when she can take her
next injection?

RO
You broke my back!

TARAN’ATAR
That healed months ago. Bashir
told you so. Did he lie?

Ro takes a few more stumbling steps back... but he is still coming. And she hasn’t answered his question.

TARAN’ATAR
You knew what would happen from
the first moment you took that
hypospray out of the trash. It’s
pointless to pretend you didn’t.
You’d weaned yourself off them
once. So why? Why deliberately
choose to use them again?

RO
(shriek)
Because of you!


INTERCUT WITH:


37 INT. DS9 – DARK ROOM


Bashir paces back and forth before the restrained Cole and L’Haan. They’re tied up, and yet Bashir is the one who feels helpless. Vaughn stands back and observes.

BASHIR
You already had me. You had Ro
and Vaughn. You didn’t need to
take Dax and the others too.
They’re not a part of this.

VAUGHN
No, they’re not. But they’re not
the point either. They’re just a
distraction, something to throw
us off our game and keep the rest
of the crew occupied trying to
save them. They probably don’t
even especially want them dead.
They’re just expendable extras.

COLE
(shrug)
If your crew is as good as you
think, then you have nothing
to worry about, do you?


38 INT. DS9 – MAIN OPS CENTRE


On Shar, as he works his console with pin-point focus and determination...

SHAR
(victorious shout)
Got it! There’s a point-seven-
three lag in the bounce-back
from my tachyon scan around
the central core, level nine.
That means a sensor-shielded
zone of about fifty square
metres. They’re there.

KIRA
(into action)
Bowers. Send your security team
to the central core, level nine.
All of you get down there too –
we may have found them, but we
need to get them out safely.

Shar, Nog and Bowers grab tricorders and phasers, and head over towards the transporter platform.

KIRA
Ops to Tarses, possible medical
emergency in the central core,
level nine. Take a shipload of
hyronalin with you – there may
be radiation injuries.

The three of them stand on the transporter platform and dissolve away. Kira bites her lip in worry...


39 INT. DS9 - INFIRMARY


Tarses dashes around the room, grabbing triage kits for his shoulder bag.

TARSES
Acknowledged, Captain. Tarses
out. Kris, keep an eye on Ro.

He runs to the pharmacy store, grabs three canisters and shoves them into his bag. He’s about to run out...

RICHTER
Doctor!

TARSES
What?

RICHTER
Check the canisters. If some-
one’s been swapping the labels
you should make sure you’re
actually taking hyronalin.

TARSES
Right. Good idea. Thanks.

As Tarses takes the canisters back out again to check them, Richter turns back to Ro. She’s peacefully resting, tubes attached to both wrists and eyes fluttering in REM.


40 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Ro backs away. She can stagger a few inches, but seems incapable of running. Taran’atar continues to advance.

TARAN’ATAR
Me? I made you deliberately
give yourself an addiction?

RO
Yes! Just by being here!

TARAN’ATAR
You told me you forgave me. That
you understood that my hurting
you wasn’t my fault.

RO
Well... no... it wasn’t, but...

TARAN’ATAR
Then why keep blaming me?

RO
Who else have I got to blame?

In answer, Taran’atar sneers at her. She has herself.


41 INT. DS9 – DARK ROOM


Cole sneers at Vaughn, refusing to play the victim.

COLE
You brought this on yourselves,
you know. If you’d just minded
your own business...

VAUGHN
You sent L’Haan before we ever
got involved with the Eav’oq.

COLE
We could see where things were
going. So determined to be best
friends with the Dominion. All
you did was bring the Ascendants
down on us. You screwed up.

BASHIR
We’re trying to stop a peaceful,
innocent people from being wiped
out. How in your twisted version
of morality is that a bad thing?

COLE
See, this is where you’re going
wrong. Morality doesn’t enter
into it. It’s about what’s best
for citizens of the Federation.
What keeps them sleeping sound
in their beds at night. Always
has been. And whatever has to be
done to achieve that... we do.

BASHIR
My God... you’re as bad as the
Tal Shiar or the Obsidian Order.

COLE
(laughing)
No we’re not! We’re much better
than them! Romulans, Cardassians,
they lived in constant fear of
what the secret police might do
if they spoke out of turn. Us...
The average Federation citizen
doesn’t even know we exist. We
don’t want to control them. We
do what we do to protect their
rights to do whatever they want.

BASHIR
That’s what Starfleet is for.

COLE
Bingo. We all work towards the
same ends, Doctor. We just have
slightly different methods.

VAUGHN
And yours include assassination,
torture, genocide...

COLE
Oh, blah blah blah. We do what
no-one else will, so they don’t
have to. You should be grateful.

BASHIR
(to a child)
You. Murder. People.

COLE
(shrug)
Needs of the many.
(nod to L’Haan)
A little something our Vulcan
friends taught us years ago.

Bashir just can’t get his head around how anybody could possibly think that way. Vaughn observes coldly...


42 INT. DS9 – INDUSTRIAL ROOM


Dax, Quark and Prynn still stand where they’ve been. They look worse for wear but trying their best to hold on.

QUARK
I can’t stand up any longer...
my back hurts, my legs hurt...

DAX
I tell you what – I used to be
a gymnast, and I know a lot
of techniques for holding your
posture as straight and smooth
as possible with minimum effort.

QUARK
I don’t know. I was never very
good at... exercise.

DAX
Just start with the breathing.
Take long, slow breaths. Roll
your shoulders back.

All three of them follow her instructions.

DAX
Okay, good. Now - straighten
the spine, switch on your core
stomach muscles to protect the
back. Imagine there’s a string
through the top of your head,
and it’s pulling you up tight.

Prynn closes her eyes and breathes deeply, tries to do as she’s told. Pause, deep breath. But she frowns, distracted.

PRYNN
I need to pee.

Dax snorts with involuntary laughter.

DAX
Stop it – don’t make me laugh.

PRYNN
But I do! I can practically
feel it running down my leg.

Now Quark laughs too. Dax tries to stay firm, but...

DAX
Seriously, stop it. If you make
me laugh, I’ll wet myself too.

QUARK
You think if we do wet ourselves,
it’ll stay inside the forcefield
and just keep building up?

PRYNN
I hope not. I had dinner at the
Bolian restaurant. I think I’d
be better off taking my chances
with the radiation.

Dax howls with laughter. They’re all laughing now. Then...

QUARK
Quiet! Somebody’s out there.

DAX
I didn’t hear anything.

QUARK
Perhaps you noticed the ears?

Dax accepts his reasoning. They take deep breaths...

ALL
Help! We’re in here! Help!


43 INT. DS9 – LOWER ENGINEERING CORE


Nog, Shar and Bowers are working with machines against a large bulkhead of grimy metal, down near the central core. The THROB of the main fusion core rises and falls nearby.

With them are Tarses and some of our regular security faces – SEVAK, ALECO, SHUL and others – all armed just in case. Nog reacts to something only he can hear...

NOG
I heard something. I think
they’re shouting.

BOWERS
At least that means they’re
alive. Keep going.

Shar and Nog focus on their machines...


44 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Taran’atar is almost on top of the near-paralysed Ro...

TARAN’ATAR
You know in your mind that I am
not to blame for your problems.
You’ve been a mess all your life.
But your heart, your... pagh...
they cannot forgive me. And so
you escape from it all.

RO
(tearful, angry)
No...

TARAN’ATAR
Only it doesn’t work, does it?
Because you’re still a mess deep
down. You take the drugs so you
won’t feel your pain... but all
you do is feel your pain.

RO
No! It’s you! It’s you!

And with those words she launches into a furious flurry of PUNCHES, hitting Taran’atar as hard as she can with everything she’s got. Taran’atar takes it without protest.


45 INT. DS9 - INFIRMARY


On Ro, as she lies on the bio-bed, eyes flickering in her unconsciousness. Richter hovers somewhere out of sight.


46 INT. DS9 – DARK ROOM


Cole is still acting like he’s the one in control. Vaughn and Bashir glare at them from the darkness.

VAUGHN
I don’t care how you justify
it. Me, Ro, Bashir... we’re
going to put a stop to it. All
of it. Here and now. With you.

He turns to L’Haan, who blinks in feigned surprise.

L’HAAN
My apologies, Commander – my
mind drifted. Something was
boring me to sleep... but I
promise it was not your banal
and pointless platitudes. It
was something else entirely.

Cole smirks. Vaughn is not so impressed.

VAUGHN
So... you’ve both got smart
mouths. You know what that
tells me? That you’re worried.

COLE
Or maybe we’re just smart.

BASHIR
Then you must have guessed what
we want. We want you to fix what
you did to Taran’atar. Take out
your subconscious control and
let him make his own decisions.

L’HAAN
And if I refuse? Which I assure
you I do? How do you propose to
persuade me?

COLE
You can’t torture us, Elias. For
one thing, it would make you as
“bad” as us. And for another...
do you really imagine we haven’t
been trained to resist pain?
Especially a Vulcan? Come on!

VAUGHN
Answer me this. Have you been
trained to resist a seriously
pissed off Jem’Hadar?

Vaughn lifts his arm, taps a control on the transporter wrist-strap. The darkness lights up with another Cardassian transporter signal... which reveals Taran’atar. The Jem’Hadar soldier looks around, briefly disoriented. But as he spots Vaughn and Bashir, he understands. He looks at Cole and L’Haan, and growls menacingly.

TARAN’ATAR
You. Vulcan.

VAUGHN
You see, Mister Cole... you
thought you were tricking me
by sending L’Haan. I figured
it out. Then I thought I was
tricking you by sending Doctor
Bashir. You figured that out.

Taran’atar begins to advance towards L’Haan.

VAUGHN (cont)
You tricked me by having Etana
here as your spy all along. So
now it’s my turn again. You
thought Taran’atar would be your
perfect mark. Bred to do what
he’s told, no questions. Had it
been any other Jem’Hadar, you
might have been right. But this
man is stronger than that.
(nasty grin)
And now, he knows exactly what
you did to him.


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