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Old June 17 2012, 11:28 AM   #5
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x22 - "Ascension" (part 3 of 3). SEASON FINALE

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ACT THREE


FADE IN:


66 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


Iliana and Raiq stand on the bridge, facing Kira. Taraníatar ROARS, and lifts his knife for a killing blow...

ILIANA
Nerys, wait!

Kira holds her hand out to stop Taraníatar. He obeys her, but stays on alert, as do all the other JemíHadar.

ILIANA
I didnít come to fight. I only
came to talk.

KIRA
(wary)
To talk?

Under the above, we begin at Kiraís POV and PAN around. As we move, we...


BLEND INTO...


67 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1 (CONTINUOUS)


...so that we are now looking from Ilianaís POV towards Kira and Taraníatar, who appear to be standing against the rear mirror wall, the JemíHadar bridge behind them. Itís like the Ascendantsí version of Starfleetís holographic communicator system.

KIRA (cont)
I think the time for talking
has passed.

ILIANA
Oh, youíd be surprised.

Raiq is a little confused by this development, but willing to go along with it for the sake of The Fire.


68 INT. DEFIANT Ė CABIN


Sisko sits, Vaughn stands.

SISKO
Why now? Of all the times to
talk to me... why now?

VAUGHN
Because apparently Iím not
capable of being honest with
my feelings until weíre all
at deathís door.

SISKO
(quiet)
Thatís not funny, Elias.

VAUGHN
Wasnít meant to be. But if
it comes down to it, then I
suppose... I forgive you.

Sisko looks away, trying not to cry.

SISKO
You donít know what youíre
forgiving me for.

VAUGHN
(isnít it obvious?)
For lying to me.
(beat)
Why? What are you looking for
forgiveness for? For killing
the Ascendants? Thatís what
you do in a war, isnít it?
Kill the enemy.

SISKO
Thatís bad enough. But itís
not the worst.

VAUGHN
I donít see what more about
this plan there is to feel
guilty about.

SISKO
Thatís because I havenít told
you the whole plan. I havenít
told you the cost.

Vaughn frowns in confusion...


69 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1


An eerie quiet on the JemíHadar bridge, as Iliana and Raiq face off with Kira and Taraníatar. The ship is not under attack during this, but sounds of battle outside continue.

KIRA
You know who you remind me
of, Iliana? ...Dukat.

Ilianaís reaction is surprisingly curious, non-violent...

KIRA
Every time he failed, he just
turned to the next bad guy in
line for help, and kept trying.
But he just kept failing. Iíd
say he taught you well.

Throwing a wrench in Kiraís bravado, Iliana grins.

ILIANA
Youíre trying to rattle me!
Thatís almost cute. Had this
been a couple of years ago, it
might have worked, too. But
consider this, Nerys. Maybe...
itís not a coincidence. Dukat
did die, after all... and the
pagh-Wraiths were defeated.

Kira is thrown again Ė what is Iliana saying here? That she intends to be defeated? Whatís going on?


70 EXT. SPACE


With the lights of the battle continuing in the background, we watch the Even Odds zoom towards us...


71 INT. EVEN ODDS - BRIDGE


Prynn is running the helm. She brings the ship to a stop.

PRYNN
These are the coordinates.
Even Odds to Defiant. Weíre
ready to beam up, Commander.

DAX (comm)
Stand by, Prynn.

Prynn stands and joins the others in the centre. Brad waves a bittersweet goodbye to Jake, while Facity hugs Rena. Jake holds his hand out to Dez. Dez hesitates... then takes it.

JAKE
Thank you for your help, Dez.

DEZ
Just try to leave me out of your
insane schemes in future, yeah?

JAKE
(smirk)
Iíll try.

FACITY
Stay safe, you three. And
good luck.

That done, they stand ready.


72 INT. DEFIANT Ė MAIN BRIDGE


Under cloak. Dax is in the command seat. She turns and nods to Bowers at tactical. Bowers works his panels. Prynn, Jake and Rena materialize in a transporter beam on the bridge.

JAKE
Hey, Dax.

DAX
Good to have you back, Jake.

PRYNN
Whereís my dad?


73 EXT. SPACE


The Even Odds zooms away again, making sure to stay as far away from the battle zone as possible.

Move to focus back onto that same battle zone...


74 INT. ASCENDANT VESSEL #1


Raiq and Iliana stand in their ship, talking to Kira on the rear bulkhead projection.

RAIQ
Mistress, why do you talk with
this heretic and her animals?
We should be killing them!

ILIANA
Not these ones, Raiq.

RAIQ
But they stand between us and
the Fortress.

ILIANA
Raiq... look at her. Properly.

Raiq is still confused, but does as sheís told. She stares into Kiraís face...


FLASHBACK Ė 10x12 ďHERESYĒ


When Raiq first meets Kira on the bridge of the Defiant. The imperious Ascendant woman gazes into Kiraís face, seemingly fascinated. Cocks her head, looks again.

RAIQ
That face... I know you.


BACK TO SCENE


Dumbfounded and horrified realisation hits Raiq...

RAIQ
Her face. I donít understand.
How did I not see this?

ILIANA
Because I kept you distracted.
Raiq... meet Nerys. Sheís my...
(searches for
the word)
Sheís me. And now itís time
for you to go and join her.

Before Raiq can protest, Iliana grabs her and SHOVES her right at the rear wall of their tiny ship. With the same RIPPLE effect we saw earlier, she passes THROUGH...


BLEND INTO...


75 INT. JEMíHADAR SHIP #1 (CONTINUOUS)


...and comes out the other side onto the JemíHadar bridge. She staggers to a stop, utterly confused...

KIRA
Hold her! But donít hurt her.

Taraníatar quickly moves and wraps his arms around Raiqís entire body from behind, pinning her own arms down. His physical strength is definitely greater than hers. Iliana remains as just a hologram, in the centre of the room.

RAIQ
Mistress! What are you doing?

ILIANA
Iím following the Prophetsí
plan, Raiq. Or the Trueís. Or
the Fates, the Siblings, the
wormhole aliens... they have
so many names.

RAIQ
You speak heresy!

ILIANA
No! Iím doing exactly what
they want. Iím the Emissary!
(beat)
All that time wasted, thinking
it was the alternate Bajorans.
I got the job right, just the
wrong company. Funny how life
turns out, isnít it, Nerys?
(beat)
But Iíve done exactly what I
said I would. Iíve led you to
the Fortress... To the end.

As Raiq struggles futilely against Taraníatar, Kira realizes something else with horror...

KIRA
You know... about Siskoís plan.

ILIANA
(sad nod)
I know. More than you do, most
likely. Thereís parts of it I
canít imagine heíd want spread
around in advance.

As Kira wonders what Iliana could possibly mean...


76 INT. DEFIANT Ė CABIN


Sisko sits at his computer, looking sadly up at Vaughn, who stands by the door.

SISKO
Itís Rena. I told you she was
involved somehow, but I didnít
know how... Now I know.

VAUGHN
Whatís she going to do?

SISKO
Nothing. Sheís perfectly normal,
a bakerís daughter from a small
fishing village. But the Prophets
sent her to me for a reason.
(beat)
ďThe Sisko is linear,Ē they said.
ďBut there are many lines.Ē

VAUGHN
Many lines... alternate universes,
like with the Orb of Souls.

SISKO
Yes. And Rena is here to remind
me of one in particular.


FLASHBACK Ė 4x03 ďTHE VISITORĒ


Older Jake introduces his wife to his father...

ADULT JAKE
This is Korena... my wife.


BACK TO SCENE


Sisko thinks back...

SISKO
The last time the wormhole went
through a subspace inversion...
Jake and I were out here to see
it up close. We didnít anticipate
the effect it would have on the
warp core...


FLASHBACK Ė 4x03 ďTHE VISITORĒ


In Defiantís engineering, Sisko is desperately attaching the interphasic compensator to the central console, when a bolt of energy leaps from the warp core and hits Sisko. The bolt travels along the device and touches Jake, throwing him back. Sisko flickers out of view...

JAKE
No!


BACK TO SCENE


Sisko continues his tale. Vaughn listens.

SISKO
I ended up in some kind of
subspace pocket, where time
didnít move... But Jake lived
his whole life without me.
Rena was his wife there too.
And thatís why sheís here
now Ė to remind me.

VAUGHN
(realising)
Youíre going to do it again...

SISKO
I have to. Thatís the cost. To
stop the Ascendants... I have
to go back to the Prophets.

VAUGHN
Youíre planning on abandoning
your family. Again.

Sisko gets up from the chair, heartbroken and desperate.

SISKO
Donít make it sound like I want
to do it! I have to! To save
the Eavíoq, to save Bajor...
(crying)
...I have to. Thatís what Iíve
been doing...
(re computer)
...trying to say goodbye to
everyone. I canít even think
of what to say. Of anything
thatíll make this right...

Vaughn is quietly listening to all this. No reaction.

SISKO
Well? Arenít you going to yell
at me, tell me what an idiot I
am being, for doing whatever
the Prophets want?

VAUGHN
No. I told you Iím not here
to fight. I meant it. Youíre
certain thereís no other way?

SISKO
Not that I can see. Although...
maybe... Jake did eventually
figure out a way to bring me
back... we were connected...
maybe you could be that
connection for me this time.

Sisko is suddenly overcome with new hope, pleading...

SISKO
You said we had a connection...
maybe this is it. If you come
with me to Engineering, be my
connection... please, Elias...

Vaughn thinks it over. Takes a deep breath, straightens himself. Sisko blooms with hope as he thinks Vaughn is about to agree...

Then Vaughn hauls off and PUNCHES Sisko hard in the head. Sisko tumbles to the deck, caught off guard. Heís stunned, confused, groggy from the attack... he looks up at Vaughn.


SISKOíS POV


From his place on the deck, Sisko sees Vaughn looming over him. The older man steps closer, crouches down over his chest, pinning Sisko down, draws back his fist...

...and PUNCHES him again.


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT THREE


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