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Old June 17 2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x22 - "Ascension" (part 3 of 3). SEASON FINALE

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ACT ONE


FADE IN:


8 EXT. SPACE


The colourful wisps of the Omarion Nebula. Slowly ZOOM in, until we find the Even Odds sitting against the backdrop.


9 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


DEZ in command, FACITY, GLESSIN and BRAD elsewhere. And PRYNN at the helm.

PRYNN
Okay. Weíre holding position
at the Omarion Nebula. This is
where we got the Ascendantsí
attention last time. Letís hope
theyíre creatures of habit.

DEZ
(deadpan)
Yeah. Letís hope. Dez to Jake.


10 THE WA


JAKE and RENA stand together in the white space of the WA.

JAKE
Go ahead.

DEZ (comm)
Weíre in position. If youíre
still determined to do this...
then you may as well go ahead
and do it.

JAKE
Understood. Sisko out.

Together, Jake and Rena reach out to the orange patch... and both their fingers swim into the colour.

The Wa shifts to its orangey-hued communications mode. The VOICES start to whisper. Jake and Rena look to each other Ė itís done. No turning back now.


11 INT. ASCENDANT PAVILION


Close on ILIANAís smiling eyes...

ILIANA
Itís time.


12 EXT. ASCENDANT ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT


The buildings and tents and constructions have been mostly dismantled and reabsorbed back into the ships.

All around the rim of the black glass amphitheatre that is their base, tiny Ascendant ships are glowing with power. Thousands of them, lighting up the night sky.

One at a time, then faster and faster, more and more, they lift effortlessly off the ground and into the air. They peel away from the crowd and up into space, and away.

Iliana and RAIQ stand by one of the last ships remaining. Raiq clambers up the ladder to the cockpit, climbs inside. Iliana holds back. She looks around... at the dismantled settlement and the guttering fires. The empty tents and pavilions. All the ships leaving. This is really it.

Iliana climbs up after Raiq, into the ship. The canopy closes, and the ship lifts gently up, turns and flies off after its companions.


13 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


Waiting, waiting... Dez turns to Facity at a rear console.

DEZ
Anything?

FACITY
Iíd tell you if there was.

Waiting, waiting... Thereís an alert on Facityís panel. Facity checks it, turns to Dez. No need to say it. Dez turns to Prynn, who has been waiting anxiously.

DEZ
Go. Now.


14 EXT. SPACE


Against the backdrop of the Omarion Nebula, the Even Odds powers up and jumps straight to warp. We slowly turn to look behind it...

...and a cloud of tiny Ascendant ships are chasing it down, thousands of predators pursuing one helpless victim.


15 EXT. SPACE


The JemíHadar fleet, spread throughout the Idran system. We focus on one of the small fighter ships...


16 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


KIRA stands in the centre, and TARANíATAR is her First. Both wear the comm headsets. Other JemíHadar run the other bridge stations, and all of them are armed, just in case.

But Kira is on edge. So many questions, so many worries, and she canít do anything about any of them.


17 EXT. SPACE


What looks like empty space. But we slowly CLOSE IN on one particular spot...

POV pushes forwards through a distortion field... and weíre right up on the Defiantís hull. We keep pushing forward until we also pass THROUGH the hull of the ship, through bulkheads and technology, and into...


18 INT. DEFIANT Ė MAIN BRIDGE


...where VAUGHN sits in command. DAX is at sciences, BOWERS at tactical, ALECO at the helm, extras elsewhere. Lights are low - BLUE ALERT indicating the ship is under cloak. Just like everywhere else, the tension is enormous.

VAUGHN
Everythingís set up with the
subspace relay?

DAX
Yes, sir. Between Nog, Shar
and Jadzia... we got it.

Vaughn nods along. He already knew all this. Asked it a dozen times already. But he needs to fill the time.

VAUGHN
Anything from the Even Odds?

DAX
No, sir. But that doesnít mean
anything one way or the other.

Vaughn GRIPS his armrest harder, clenching and clenching...


19 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


On Prynn, as she runs the helm, all her concentration on the console and the readings and the viewscreen...


20 EXT. SPACE


The Even Odds runs as fast as it can, but itís not enough. The lead Ascendant ship FIRES its massive jagged bolt of white electricity...

...and misses, as the Even Odds twists out of the way.


21 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


No time to gloat, but Prynn does allow herself a small smile of pride. Facity runs a rear console...

FACITY
Can they do their jump trick
at warp?

PRYNN
No idea. Never asked.


22 EXT. SPACE


More and more Ascendant ships are joining the chase. Three of them FIRE at once. Even Odds dodges the first shot, and the second... but the third HITS.

CLOSE UP on the Even Odds' hull, as the dissolving effect begins to take hold...


23 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


Facity is checking her panels...

FACITY
Direct hit... ablative armour
is holding.

PRYNN
(concentrating)
Thank you, Nog...


24 INT. DEFIANT Ė ENGINEERING


On NOG, at the tall stand-alone console in the middle of the room, the warp core throbbing rhythmically behind him.

NOG
Everyone in position?

He looks around at his staff, including regular faces like PERMENTER and CANDLEWOOD.

NOG
Captain Sisko said that when
the subspace inversion starts,
it can cause fluctuations in
the warp core. So stay alert.

PERMENTER
Weíre on it, sir.


25 INT. DEFIANT Ė MAIN BRIDGE


Silence and impatience on the bridge, just the low hum of the shipís systems and the gentle beeping of sensors...

...until a louder repeating BEEP on Bowersí console. He reads the results, turns to Vaughn...

BOWERS
The Even Odds just entered the
system, sir.

VAUGHN
Alright, everyone. Stay cool.
They donít even know weíre here.


26 EXT. SPACE


The Even Odds runs... and the massive cloud of Ascendant ships follow it into the system.

We focus on one of the small silver dart-like vessels in particular, leading the chase...


27 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1


Raiq is in the front seat, working the shipís smooth silver surfaces via their shifting coloured patches. She drives the ship onwards, eagerly chasing the Even Odds. Iliana in in the seat behind her, watching everything.

The surfaces shimmer, the colours shifting in such a way that catches Raiqís attention. Manipulates the controls, interprets the results...

RAIQ
Mistress, this star system...
the vessel responds to it.
The historical database has
generated a report...

She reads it further, her eyes bulging, her jaw dropping...

RAIQ
By the great Unnameable... this
is the home of the Eavíoq. The
place of our greatest enemies...
and our greatest defeat.

ILIANA
And I have brought you back to
them, as I promised I would.

RAIQ
Oh, praise the True! Mistress,
you truly are touched by their
light. We have succeeded! The
Fortress must be near...

Another shift in her consoles. She reads again...

RAIQ
The ship responds anew.
(angry sneer)
Mistress... look.

Iliana leaves her seat and looks out of the clear canopy...


28 EXT. SPACE


...At the enormous JemíHadar fleet looming before of them.


29 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1


Raiq is appalled at this sight.

RAIQ
The animals. The monsters who
worship the false polymorphs...
They protect the Eavíoq.

ILIANA
It appears they have allied
against us...

Furious, Raiq dives her silver hand into the ORANGE smudge. The tone of the interior shifts from bright silver to burning orange, signifying communications mode.

RAIQ
Archquesters! Knights of the
Ascendancy! The Fire has lit
the way, as doctrine promised.
But these animals block our
path. Destroy them all!

Mindless in her fury, Raiq yanks her hand out of the orange smudge and works the panels, shifting the ship into attack mode... while Iliana sits back and watches, inscrutable.


30 EXT. SPACE


The entire Ascendant fleet turns as one and surges towards the JemíHadar fleet.

The JemíHadar fleet readies itself for combat...

...and the Even Odds is caught in between.


31 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


Kira shouts to her JemíHadar crew...

KIRA
Here they come! Remember...
no-one gets past. Do whatever
you need to to stop them. But
no stupid sacrifices. I donít
need martyrs, I need winners.

Taraníatar moves to direct his soldiers. Kira jerks as she suddenly remembers...

KIRA
Oh! And donít shoot the Even
Odds. Get them through the
lines and behind us.

She stands in the centre of the bridge, watching the fleet approach on her tiny eye-screen...


32 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


Running her helm station, Prynn looks up at the viewscreen, with its image of the massive JemíHadar fleet looming in front of them, getting ever closer...

PRYNN
Holy sh-

BAM. The ship is hit by another Ascendant power bolt. Prynn gets back to business.


33 EXT. SPACE


As the JemíHadar and Ascendant fleets engage, the Even Odds dances and swerves around, avoiding BOLTS of electricity from one and BLASTS of phaser power from the other.

One Ascendant ship pursues the Even Odds straight into the lines. A JemíHadar fighter ZOOMS past and blows it to bits.

We focus on one of the massive JemíHadar behemoth ships, holding position at the centre of the distribution...


34 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #2


The bridge of the giant ship. WEYOUN serves as its Vorta, with the teenage Founder MEERA also there. The ship shakes as it comes under fire...

A ball of FLAMES bursts into life in the middle of the bridge, wafting away and revealing ASCENDANT #1, sneering with hatred. Meera staggers back out of its way as the JemíHadar soldiers turn towards it...

WEYOUN
Protect the Founder!

The JemíHadar form a barrier around Meera. One of them draws his karítakin blade and slashes it at Ascendant #1... but the blade goes right through him as if heís not there.


35 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


Kira and Taraníatarís crew. They also have ASCENDANT #2 on their bridge, and the JemíHadar are reacting...

KIRA
Ignore him! Heís just a holo-
gram, he canít do anything.

TARANíATAR
Do as she says!

The other JemíHadar turn back to running their ship. It shudders under more external fire. Taraníatar pulls his own blade and holds it out towards Ascendant #2, just in case.

The Ascendant sneers back at him, then turns his attention to the computer screens, stares at them hard. The screens run and fritz with data. Lights begin to flicker and die.

Power is interrupted across the ship, sputtering and trying to reengage, like a car trying to restart a stalled engine.

KIRA
(eyes wide)
Oh. I forgot that part.
(out loud)
Find where that signal is
coming from and destroy it!


36 EXT. SPACE


The battle continues to rage all around, JemíHadar ships and Ascendant ships exploding left right and centre. The two fleets seem about evenly matched.

Kiraís JemíHadar fighter bucks sideways, turns and FIRES hard on the Ascendant ship nearest to it. A few moments of serious phaser fire, and the tiny ship EXPLODES.


37 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


Ascendant #2 bursts into flames as his origination point is destroyed. He screams as he burns away to nothing...

KIRA
Track that frequency and send
it out to the entire fleet.
Tell them to block it.

Taraníatar works a control on his headset as he passes on the message...

ROSS (v.o.)
I see you havenít entirely
forgotten your Starfleet
training then, Captain.


CUT TO:


38 INT. DS9 Ė WARD ROOM


Admiral ROSS sits across the table from Kira. She does not appreciate his comment.

KIRA
This wasnít a Starfleet mission,
Admiral. You made sure of that.

Her eyes move to take in the whole table Ė Ross, Akaar and BATANIDES, sat in a line across the table from Kira. This is an official after-action review by a whole panel of admirals. She blames them all equally.

Ross looks down and licks his lips. He regrets not being able to support Kira. But whatís done is done. Batanides tries to be a bit nicer, as is her way.

BATANIDES
But you were successful in
repelling the holographic
Ascendants...?

KIRA
At first.


39 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


The ship seems to be back to normal, power restored, the JemíHadar concentrating on tracking external threats.

But then thereís another burst of FLAMES on the bridge, and ASCENDANT #3 stands before them, holding a spear.

KIRA
Damn it! They must have changed
the frequency.

JEMíHADAR #1 roars with fury and moves towards him... But before he has a chance to do anything, Ascendant #3ís image seems to ripple, as if passing through a force field. His spear bursts into flame, he LUNGES forwards...

...and SPEARS JemíHadar #1 right through the heart.

As JemíHadar #1 screams and Kiraís eyes flare in panic...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT ONE


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