STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
Jack B. Sowards
Jack B. Sowards
REVISED FINAL DRAFT
May 24, 1982
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE (TO BE DESIGNED)
1 IN BLACK 1
Absolute quiet. SOUND bleeds in. Low Level b.g. NOISES
of Enterprise bridge, clicking of relays, minor
electronic effects. We HEAR as FEMALE VOICE.
Captain's log. Stardate eighty-
one-thirty point three. Starship
Enterprise on training mission to
Gamma Hydra. Section Fourteen,
four. Approaching Neutral Zone, all
systems normal and functioning.
INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE
As the ANGLE WIDENS, we see the crew at stations; (screens
and visual displays are in use); COMMANDER SULU at the
helm, COMMANDER UHURA at the Comm Console, DR. BONES McCOY
and SPOCK at his post. The Captain is new - and
unexpected. LT. SAAVIK is young and beautiful. She is
half Vulcan and half Romulan. In appearance she is Vulcan
with pointed ears, but her sin is fair and she has none
of the expressionless facial immobility of a Vulcan.
Leaving Section Fourteen for
Stand by. Project parabolic course
to avoid entering Neutral Zone.
Aye, Captain. Course change
Captain! I'm getting something
on the distress channel.
1 CONTINUED: 1
Imperative! This is the Kobayashi
Maru, nineteen periods... out of
Altair Six. We have struck... a
gravitic mine,... and have lost
Our hull is penetrated and we
have sustained many casualties.
This is the Starship Enterprise.
Your message is breaking up. can
you give us your coordinates?
Repeat. This is the Starship...
Enterprise, our position is Gamma
Hydra, Section Ten.
In the Neutral Zone.
Hull penetrated, life support...
systems failing. Can you assist
us,... Enterprise? Can you
Data on the Kobayashi Maru!
Tactical on big screen.
Subject vessel is a third class
neutronic fuel carrier, crew of
eighty-one, three hundred passengers.
1 CONTINUED: (2) 1
Mister Sulu? Plot an intercept
May I remind the Captain that if a
Starship enters the Zone -
I'm aware of my responsibilities,
Estimating two minutes to intercept.
(with a nod)
... Now entering the Neutral Zone...
2 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - ANOTHER ANGLE 2
Warning! We have entered the
We are now in violation of Treaty,
ON SCREEN: Enterprise approaches the stricken vessel.
Stand by transporter room, ready
to beam survivors aboard.
Captain, I've lost their signal!
Alert! Sensors indicate three
Klingon Crusiers, bearing three-
one-six, mark four. Closing fast.
ON SCREEN we see the approach of the Klingon vessels, they
are dark and sinister.
2 CONTINUED: 2
Battle stations! Activate shields!
The ALARM SOUNDS.
Inform the Klingons we re on a
They're jamming al the frequencies,
Klingons on attack course and
Screen verifies this. Saavik makes an agonized choice.
We're over our heads, Mister Sulu
get us out of here!
I'll try, Captain.
Alert! Klingon torpedoes activated.
The image flops: more Klingons approach. They FIRE
Sulu does his best, but Enterprise is hit; Sulu is hurled
from his station, and Bones hurries to him.
Engineering: damage report
Main energizer hit, Captain!
2 CONTINUED: (2) 2
Engage auxiliary power. Prepare
to return fire!
The bridge takes another hit - a big one. In its wake
there is a second electrical EXPLOSION along the
communications panel. Uhura falls from her station.
Bones rushes to her side amid the smoke and alarms.
Shields collapsing, Captain!
Fire all phasers...!
No power to the weapons, Captain.
Another hit: reverberating flashes of spark and flame
on the bridge. Spock dies. Bones comes to him, but
even as he coughs his way through the smoke, a final hit
and Bones falls. The room is smoke filled and a shambles.
Saavik looks about in shock.
Captain, it's no use. We're
dead in space.
Saavik digests this for a painful moment. Then, touching
a Comm button:
Activate escape pods. Send out
the Log Buoy... All hands abandon
ship. Repeat - all hands abandon
All right, open her up.
There is a loud CLANGING and -
3 FULL SHOT - ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 3
The side wall of the "bridge" slides apart, REVEALING
a lighted room beyond. Through the opening strides
KIRK. He stops, surveys the shambles, and shakes his
3 CONTINUED: 3
Any suggestions, Admiral?
Prayer, Mister Saavik. The Klingons
don't take prisoners.
Trainees to the briefing room.
Maintenance Crew, report to
Bridge simulator. Maintenance
Crew, report to Bridge simulator.
Sulu awakens with a grin. Uhura straightens herself
demurely. The trainees head toward the distant room.
Spock rises and leaves. Bones remains on the floor,
head propped in his hand, whimsically.
Physician, heal thyself.
Is that all you gotta say? Well,
what about my performance?
I'm not a drama critic.
Bones rolls his eyes and rises. Kirk sees Saavik who
has not moved.
Well, Mister Saavik, are you going
to stay with the sinking ship?
Permission to speak candidly,
3 CONTINUED: (2) 3
I don't believe this was a fair
test of my command abilities.
And why not?
Because... there was no way to win.
A no-win situation is a possibility
every commander may face. Has that
never occurred to you?
... No sir. It has not.
How we deal with death is at least
as important as how we deal with
life, wouldn't you say?
As I indicated, Admiral, that
thought had not occurred to me.
Well, now you have something new
to think about. Carry on.
She stays at attention.
Engineering Cadets, assemble on
C Level. Engineering Cadets,
assemble on C Level.
Admiral? Wouldn't it be easier
to just put an experienced crew
back on the ship?
Galloping about the Cosmos is a
game for the young, Doctor.
He leaves. They look at each other.
3 CONTINUED: (3) 3
Now, what is that supposed to
HOLD ON Saavik.
4 INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE SIMULATION ROOM - DAY 4
Kirk rounds the corner and sees Spock, leaning against
Aren't you dead?
Spock almost smiles.
I assume you're loitering around
here to learn what efficiency rating
I plan to give to your cadets.
I am considerably curious.
They walk together.
They destroyed the simulator room
and you with it.
The Kobayashi Maru scenario
frequently wreaks havoc with
students and equipment.
As I recall you took the test
three times yourself. Your
final solution was, shall we say,
It had the virtue of never having
5 INT. LOBBY/RECEPTION AREA 5
Oh, by the way, thank you for
He lifts a book.
I know of your fondness for
'It was the best of times, it was
the worst of times...' Message,
None of which I am consciously
aware - except, of course, happy
birthday - surely the best of
Captain Spock, Captain Spock, space
shuttle leaving in fifteen minutes.
Kirk looks around uncomfortably, overlaps:
Where are you off to, now?
The Enterprise. I must check in
before your inspection. And you?
He steps into a Turbo elevator. The doors close as Spock
watches, wiping the scene.
6 KIRK'S APARTMENT, TERRA - NIGHT 6
Kirk reads the novel, trying to focus. His flat befits
an Admiral and a loner with a few possessions, except a
collection of antiques.
6 CONTINUED: 6
WE HEAR A SOFT BONG.
Startled, Kirk lowers the book and pushes a button.
The door slides open and Bones enters. he carries two
packages, one of them wrapped in brown paper.
Why, bless me, Doctor. What beams
you into this neck of the woods?
'Beware Romulans bearing gifts.'
Happy Birthday, Jim!
With a flourish, Bones pulls out a bottle of blue liquid.
Romulan ale! Why, Bones, you know
this stuff is illegal -
I only use it for medicinal
purposes. I got aboard a ship that
brings them in a case, every now
and then, across the Neutral Zone.
Now, don't be a prig...
(reading the label
Yeah, well it takes this stuff a
while to ferment.
Here. Give me.
He takes the bottle and pours; continue talking.
6 CONTINUED: (2) 6
Now, you open this one.
Kirk starts to obey.
I'm almost afraid to. What is
it, Klingon aphrodisiacs?
They drink. The package is opened: a pair of gold
"Ben Franklin" half-glasses. (N.B.: Romulan ale is
an INSTANT DRUNK: both men react.)
Oh, Bones, this is... charming.
For most patients your age, I
usually recommend Retinax Five.
I'm allergic to Retinax.
Exactly. Cheers! Happy birthday.
Well, I don't know what to say -
An awkward silence.
Damn it, Jim, what the hell's the
matter wit you? Other people
have birthdays. Why are we treating yours
like a funeral?
Bones, I don't want to be lectured.
3 CONTINUED: (3) 3
What the hell do you want? This is
not about age! And you know it!
It's about you flying a goddamn
computer console when you wanna be
out there, hopping galaxies.
Spare me your notions of poetry,
please. We all have our assigned
Bull. You're hiding - hiding
behind rules and regulations -
Who am I hiding from?
From yourself, Admiral.
Pause. Kirk pours another drink.
Don't mince words, Bones. What
do you really think?
Jim, I'm your doctor and I'm your
friend. Get back your command. Get
it back before you turn into part of
this collection. Before you really
do grow old.
They look at each other.
7 EXT. DEEP SPACE - NEAR CETI ALPHA V 7
In f.g. is the U.S.S. RELIANT, an older, somewhat
battered Starship of the ENTERPRISE class, with a
slightly different configuration. Reliant approaches
an inhospitable-looking yellow planet: CETI ALPHA V.
Starship log, Stardate eight-one-
three-oh point four. Log Entry
by Commander Pavel Chekov.
7 CONTINUED: 7
CHEKHOV'S VOICE (CONT'D)
Starship USS Reliant on orbital
approach to Ceti Alpha Six in
connection with project GENESIS.
8 INT. BRIDGE OF RELIANT 8
Well-aged and distinctive. The usual complement of officers
and crew. CAPTAIN CLARK TERRELL, about 45, soft spoken
and in good shape, but somewhat laconic.
...continuing our search for
a lifeless planet to satisfy the
requirement of the test site for
the Genesis Experiment. So far,
Behind Terrell, surveying the data screen is COMMANDER
CHEKOV, aged some, but still boyish.
Standard orbit, please.
Mister Beach, any change in the
Negative. Limited atmosphere,
dominated by craylon gas, sand...
high velocity winds. Incapable
of supporting life forms.
Forward screen: Ceti Alpha.
Does it have to be completely
Terrell rises and crosses to Chekov.
Don't tell me you've found something.
We've picked up a minor energy flux
reading on one dyno scanner.
8 CONTINUED: 8
Damn! Are you sure? Maybe the
scanner's out of adjustment -
I suppose it could be a particle
of preanimate matter caught in the
All right. Get on the Comm-Pic
to Doctor Marcus.
Maybe it's something that we can
You know what she'll say...
9 EXT. DEEP SPACE - REGULA I SPACE STATION 9
A functional cluster of modules serves as a scientific
complex, a futuristic White Sands, orbiting a small
barren planetoid in b.g.: Regula.
CAROL MARCUS'S VOICE
Now let me get this straight.
Something you can transplant??
10 INT. SPACE STATION - CAROL'S LAB 10
Big but deserted, except for Carol, in contact with
Reliant. Surrounded by equipment clearly meant for many
workers, CAROL MARCUS is in her early forties, attractive
and intelligent. Static mars the transmissions.
On the monitor: Terrell and Chekov, looking hopeful.
Something you can transplant!
I don't know.
10 CONTINUED: 10
But it may only be a particle
of preanimate matter...
Then again it may not. You boys
have to be clear on this: there
can't be so much as a microbe or
the show's off.
Oh, why don't you have a look?
But if it is something that can be
moved, I want...
You bet, Doctor. We're on our
Carol sighs as the image fades, not happy.
11 INT. CORRIDOR, SPACE STATION REGULA I 11
Carol walks through the labrynthine complex with DAVID,
her son, a bright young scientist of twenty. He is
good looking and humorous.
Well, don't have kittens.
Genesis is going to work. They'll
remember you in one breath with
Newton, Einstein, Surak...
Thanks a lot. No respect from
my offspring -
Par for the course... Are you
teaming up with me for bridge
Maybe... What is it?
Every time we have dealings with
Starfleet, I get nervous.
11 CONTINUED: 11
We are dealing with something
that COULD be perverted into
a dreadful weapon. Remember that
overgrown Boy Scout you used to
hang around with? That's exactly
the kind of man that would...
They walk past the CAMERA, their VOICES FADING.
Listen, kiddo, Jim Kirk was many
thing, but he was never a Boy
HOLD ON the empty corridor.
12 EXT. RELIANT - DEEP SPACE 12
orbiting Ceti Alpha V.
VOICES OVER indicate the transporter room is ready.
Captain Terrell, stand by to
13 EXT. SURFACE CETI ALPHA V 13
A YELLOW PLANET, in constant SWIRLING HURRICANE WINDS
OF SAND. Terrell and Chekov materialize. Their VOICES
FILTERED, are hard to make out.
With the TRICORDER to guide them, they set out...
Chekhov, are you sure these are
the correct coordinates?
Captain, this is the garden spot
of Ceti Alpha Six -
I can barely see it -
14 SEVERAL ANGLES 14
The difficult search, the men leaning into the wind -
15 TERRELL 15
is ahead of Chekov on a slight rise -
There's nothing here! The Tricorder
must be broken.
16 ANGLE 16
Terrell waves him frantically forward. As Chekov moves
up, we rise with him to the top of the ridge and look
Chekhov! Over here!
17 ANGLE - THEIR POV 17
A RUINED SERIES OF MAN-MADE STRUCTURES, half-buried in
sand. They look at each other in consternation. Chekov
is worried; something about all this is familiar.
They descend towards the structures, now seen to be the
wreckage of some sort of space craft.
They pass but do not notice the FEDERATION LOGO, half
buried next to their feet.
Those look like cargo carriers...
Hey, give me a hand.
18 INT. CARGO HOLD 18
Terrell and Chekov enter, dumbfounded. THEIR POV.
Someone lives here - there are beds, food, all jury-
rigged, but no people. Terrell checks a monitor.
What the hell happened? If they
crashed, where's the rest of the
18 CONTINUED: 18
They wander as they talk, picking up objects that bespeak
a fairly sophisticated ad hoc environment: a laboratory
in one hold, a kitchen; a LARGE SAND TANK filled with
disgusting CETI EELS.
What the hell is that?
They enter a new chamber -
19 KHAN'S QUARTERS 19
on its side in the sand: the walls are not the floor,
etc. All in crookedness - like its owner. On the
floor, smiling at them (i.e., the wall) is a BABY.
Tentatively they come over to it, looking around -
20 ANGLE - CHEKOV'S POV 20
Lethal-looking odd swords on one wall, a bookshelf;
CAMERA PANS by 20th Century volumes; MOBY DICK,
KING LEAR, THE HOLY BIBLE - and a seat belt dangling
with the name on it - BOTANY BAY.
Chekov mouths the words, softly at first, then aloud -
Botany Bay... Botany Bay!! -
Oh, no! We've got to get out of
here -- now! Damn! Hurry!
Terrell catches his urgency -
What about... what - what about
Never mind that! Hurry! Hurry!
Chekhov, what's the matter with
Come on! Hurry!
21 EXT. CARGO HOLD AIRBAY 21
Terrell and Chekov emerge, helmeted, then stop dead.
22 ANGLE - THEIR POV 22
A RING OF SUITED FIGURES has them surrounded.
23 INT. RELIANT - THE BRIDGE 23
Mr. Beach, the duty officer, stands looking at Ceti
Alpha V on the forward screen.
Starship Reliant to Captain Terrell
... This is Commander Kyle. Will
you please respond, Captain...
Captain Terrell, respond please.
Let's give it a little more time.
24 INT. CARGO HOLD - CETI ALPHA V 24
Terrell and Chekov are held by FOUR STRONG MEN. They
seem to be waiting. One of the men is JOACHIM.
Out of the airlock steps a tall masked figure. A
moment of suspense as Terrell and Chekov watch, terrified.
The mask is peeled back.
(aloud despite himself)
KHAN is startled by the recognition; comes over and
examines Chekov and Terrell.
I don't know you. But you. I
never forget a face. Mister Chekov,
I never thought to see your face
24 CONTINUED: 24
Chekov, who is this man?
A criminal. Captain - a product
of late Twentieth Century genetic
What do you want with us? Sir,
I demand to be re-
You are in a position to demand
nothing, sir. I, on the other
hand, am in a position to grant
nothing. What you see is all that
remains of the ship's company and
crew of the Botany Bay, marooned
here fifteen years ago by Captain
James T. Kirk.
Listen to me - you men and women -
Save your strength, Captain, these
people have sworn to live and die
at my command two hundred years
before you were born. Do you mean
... never told you the take?
To amuse your Captain? No?
Never told you how the Enterprise
picked up the Botany Bay, lost in
space from the year nineteen-
ninety-six, myself and the ship's
company in cryogenic freeze?
I've never even met Admiral Kirk -
Admiral? Admiral?! Admiral Kirk.
24 CONTINUED: (2) 24
He never told you how Admiral Kirk
sent seventy of us into exile on
this barren sand heap with only the
contents of these cargo bays to
You lie! On Ceti Alpha Five there
was life, a fair chance -
THIS is Ceti Alpha Five. Ceti
Alpha Six exploded six months
after we were left here. The
shock shifted the orbit of this
planet and everything was laid
waste. Admiral Kirk never
bothered to check on our progress.
It was only the fact of my
genetically engineered intellect
that enabled us to survive!
On earth, two hundred years ago,
I was a prince, with power over
Captain Kirk was your host! You
repaid his hospitality by trying
to steal his ship and murder him.
You didn't expect to find me.
You thought this was Ceti Alpha
Six. Why are you here?
They don't answer. Khan goes over to Terrell and, WITH
ONE HAND, LIFTS HIM INTO THE AIR -
Terrell gasps, stays silent.
Khan goes over to the tank and dips a kind of strainer in,
pulling out TWO CETI EELS - wriggling items -
24 CONTINUED: (3) 24
Allow me introduce you to Ceti
Alpha Five's only remaining
indigenous life form; what do you
think? They've killed twenty of
my people, including my beloved
wife. Oh, not all at once, and
not instantly, to be sure. You
see, their young enter through
the ears and wrap themselves
around the cerebral cortex. this
has the effect of rendering the
victim extremely susceptible to
suggestion. Later, as they grow,
follows madness - and death.
Khan! Listen to me!
As he speaks Khan dumps an eel into each of their helmets;
he swirls the helmets around as though he were mixing
These are pets, of course. Not
Khan... Captain Kirk was only
doing his duty!
25 CLOSEUP - KHAN - CAMERA IN 25
At a sign, the helmets are slammed down. As the muffled
shrieks are heard from within, the eels crawl across
the faces of Chekov and Terrell; with unerring instincts
they head for the ears of the two hapless men. There is
some atrocious pain as they enter - then dazed calm.
That's better! Now: tell me why
you are here - and tell me where
I may find James Kirk.
26 EXT. ORBITING SPACE DOCK AREA - TERRA (FEATURE STOCK) 26
A SPACE SHUTTLE moving toward us.
Enterprise to Admiral Kirk's
shuttle. Prepare for docking.
Approach port side, torpedo bay.
27 INT. SPACE SHUTTLE 27
A new composite. Bones, Sulu, Uhura, and Kirk - who
sits, reading. Through the windows we can see the
approach to the Starship ENTERPRISE. Kirk looks up,
nods, Sulu activates a Comm button.
Enterprise, this is Admiral Kirk's
party on final approach.
Enterprise welcomes you. Prepare
Kirk looks up from his book as Sulu sits next to him.
I hate inspections.
I'm delighted; any chance to go
aboard the Enterprise.
Well, I for one, am delighted
to have you at the helm for
three weeks. I don't think
these kids can steer.
28 EXT. SPACE DOCK - TERRA (FEATURE STOCK) 29
The shuttle approaches the mammoth airstrip. As we
near the ship, a few WORK CREWS IN SPACE flit about her
29 EXT. ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 29
The shuttle makes its way tot he docking lock of the
mother ship and settles in place.
30 INT. ENTERPRISE DOCKING BAY 30
A reception group awaits, led by Captain Spock. Saavik
stands at his side, in company of the trainee crew.
Also present: CHIEF ENGINEER MR. SCOTT, and members of
his staff in their distinctive uniforms.
Open the airlock.
The doors open.. Kirk and his staff are piped aboard by
an electronic version of the boatswain's traditional
whistle. Kirk salutes the Federation symbol and steps
forward to exchange salutes with Spock.
Permission to come aboard,
Welcome aboard, Admiral. I think
you know my training crew. Certainly
they have come to know you.
(dryly to Saavik)
Yes, we've been through death and
Saavik stiffens slightly - humor is not her forte.
(continuing, to Scotty)
Mister Scott, you old space dog.
I had me a wee bout, sir - but, uh,
Doctor McCoy pulled me through.
A wee bout of what?
Uncomfortable, Scotty exchanges a glance with Bones -
30 CONTINUED: 30
Shore leave, Admiral.
He stops before a BRIGHT-FACED FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD, standing
so stiff he looks like he'll break - in an engineer's
And who do we have here?
Midshipman First Class Peter Preston,
engineer's mate, SIR.
A big salute. Kirk is amused, returns the salute.
First training voyage, Mister
I see. Well, shall we start with
the engine room?
He moves, followed by his staff.
(eying his protege)
We'll see you in there, sir. And
everything is in order!
That will be a pleasant surprise,
We'll see you on the bridge,
Kirk and party leave. CAMERA PUSHES IN ON SPOCK AND
SAAVIK. They speak in Vulcan with SUBTITLES.
30 CONTINUED: (2) 30
He's never what I expected, sir.
What surprises you, Lieutenant?
He's so... human.
Nobody's perfect, Saavik.
31 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM - LOOKING DOWN 30
FEATURING power room separated by glass from the rest
of the facilities. Bones, Sulu, Uhura, and some
trainees watch as Kirk inspects one console.
Well, Mister Scott, are your
cadets capable of handling a
minor training cruise?
Give the word, Admiral.
Mister Scott, the word is given.
He moves off, followed by Preston, who gives one last
salute as Kirk leaves, followed by Bones.
Admiral! What about the rest of
32 CONTINUED: 32
They step into the Turbo Lifts.
33 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 33
The real one, no doubt! CAMERA REVEALS the maze detail:
winking and blinking displays, all HANDS at station,
a hum of activity, Uhura and Sulu are in familiar chairs,
Spock in the captain's chair, Saavik in the First
Officer's position. Kirk and Bones stand towards the
This is Starfleet Operations.
Enterprise is cleared for departure.
Admiral on the bridge!
Very well, Mister Saavik. You
may clear all moorings.
Saavik punches data into her console.
34 EXT. SPACE DOCK AND ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 34
The dock slowly folds away from the ship.
35 INT. BRIDGE, ENTERPRISE 35
Saavik watches instruments, punches data in response.
All moorings are clear, Captain.
Spock casts a glance at Kirk, then, to Saavik:
Lieutenant, have you ever piloted
a Starship out of space dock?
35 CONTINUED: 35
Kirk tries to control his reaction. Spock enjoys it.
Take her out, Mister Saavik.
Saavik settles herself in the chair, looks again at
the console - Spock looks at Kirk.
For everything, there is a first
time, Lieutenant. Don't you
They all stifle their responses. Kirk is like a father
watching his kid drive the family car for the first time.
Aft thrusters, Mister Sulu.
Aft thrusters, sir.
36 EXT. ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 36
as the ship slowly and majestically leaves the dock.
37 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 37
Activity hums. Kirk starts to say something, but
doesn't. Bones looks at him.
Would you like a tranquilizer?
Kirk shakes his head, takes a breath -
Ahead one quarter impulse power.
38 EXT. SPACE DOCK ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 38
The ship clears the dock and begins heading into space.
39 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 39
Kirk quietly lets his breath out.
We are free and clear to navigate.
Course heading, Captain?
Spock turns inquiringly to Kirk.
Spock digests this with a light smile.
Mister Sulu? You may... indulge
40 EXT. THE ENTERPRISE (STOCK FROM FEATURE) 40
She gathers speed into the vastness of space..
41 EXT. SPACE - SPACE STATION REGULA I 41
42 INT. CAROL'S LAB 42
Huge and busy. Among the scientists going about their
tasks are JEDDA, a Deltan; MARCH, thin, intense; MADISON,
black, easygoing. they are all young and earnest. Carol
and David huddle over a computer console.
That about do it?
42 CONTINUED: 42
I don't think there's another
piece of information we could
squeeze into the memory banks.
Next time, we'll design a bigger
Hmm. Who'd want to build it?
Jedda at the Comm Console overlaps.
Doctor Marcus? Comm-Pic coming
in on hyperchannel... It's the
Carol moves forward as the others close in.
On the screen, please, Jedda.
Buttons punched; the screen ebbs, flows and crackles
on. ON SCREEN is CHEKOV.
... come in, please. This is the
Reliant calling Regula One. Repeat.
This is USS Reliant -
Commander, we are receiving. This
is Regula One. Go ahead.
Ah, Doctor Marcus... good. We're
en route to you and should be
there in three days.
En route? Why? We weren't
expecting you for another three
months. Has something happened?
Nothing has happened. Ceti Alpha
Six has checked out.
Pleased reactions from the scientists.
42 CONTINUED: (2) 42
Well, I - I don't understand
why you're coming about.
We have received new orders. Upon
our arrival at Regula One, all
materials of Project Genesis will
be transferred to this ship for
immediate testing on Ceti Alpha Six.
Consternation in the lab. David is livid - the words
"bullshit" are overlapped by his mother.
Who in the hell do they think
Will you please be quiet!
(back to console)
Commander Chekov, this is completely
I have my orders.
Pin him down, Mother!
Who gave the order?!
Chekov hesitates, seems to be listening to someone off
The orders came from Admiral James
Sensation in the lab.
I knew it! I knew it! All along
the military's wanted to get
their hands on this -
He starts to press a button; Carol pushes his hand
away and communicates herself.
42 CONTINUED: (3) 42
This is completely improper,
Commander Chekov. I have no
intention of allowing Reliant or
any other unauthorized personnel
access to our work or materials.
I'm sorry you feel that way, Doctor.
Admiral Kirk's orders are confirmed.
Please prepare to deliver Genesis
to us upon our arrival. Reliant out.
The image fades.
43 INT. BRIDGE OF RELIANT 43
Chekov, in a MATCHED CUT, turns away as CAMERA WIDENS
TO REVEAL KHAN by his side. He is charming.
Well done, Commander.
You realize, sir, that they will
attempt to contact Admiral Kirk
and confirm the order.
Khan smiles, more charming than ever as we MOVE IN.
44 EXT. SPACE - ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 44
In no particular hurry.
45 INT. ENTERPRISE CORRIDOR 45
Kirk waits for the Turbo Lift, which opens at last. As
he gets in -
Hold please - !
Kirk holds and Saavik dashes in. She is surprised to
Thank you, sir.
45 CONTINUED: 45
Kirk nods, the doors close. There is an uneasy forced
intimacy between them.
Lieutenant, are you wearing your
It's still regulation, Admiral.
She reaches out and touches a button. The lift stops.
May I speak, sir?
Self-expression doesn't seem to
be one of your problems.
You're bothered by your performance
on the Kobayashi Maru.
I failed to resolve the situation.
There is no correct resolution.
It's a test of character.
May I ask how you dealt with the
You may ask.
That's a little joke.
Humor... It is a difficult
concept... it is not logical...
45 CONTINUED: (2) 45
We learn by doing.
She's a laff a minute. Kirk pushes the button; the
elevator starts. She studies him, considering No
doubt about it, the attraction is mutual and she has
no idea how to handle it. The lift stops and the
Who's been holding up the damn
He reacts to them. Saavik exits demurely.
Thank you, sir.
Bones enters and the doors close. Kirk studies the
Did she changed her hairstyle?
I hadn't noticed.
Wonderful stuff, that Romulan ale -
Admiral Kirk -
I have an urgent Comm-Pic from
Space Lab Regula One for you, sir.
Doctor Carol Marcus.
I'll take it in my quarters,
45 CONTINUED: (3) 45
It never rains but it pours -
As a physician you of all people
should appreciate the dangers of
re-opening old wounds.
The elevator stops. Kirk leaves. The doors close.
46 INT. KIRK'S QUARTERS 46
FEATURING VIEW SCREEN: A scramble of interference and
noise. A piece of Carol's VOICE breaks through now
and again as we PULL BACK REVEALING a frustrated Kirk.
Carol's face appears. The image will never be stable
for long; sometimes the sound will be covered.
Jim, can you read me?
I can hear you, Carol. what's
Well, what's the matter?
Why are you taking Genesis away
Taking Genesis? Who's taking
I can see you, but I can't hear!
Jim, did you give the order?
46 CONTINUED: 46
What order? Who's taking Genesis?
... Please help us, Jim... I will
not let them have Genesis without
I've got... Have Genesis?! Who
On whose authority can they do
No one's authority!
Jim, please do something!
But the picture is irrevocable scrambled now. Kirk
pounds the Comm in frustration.
Uhura! What's happening?
Transmission jammed at the source,
Alert Starfleet Headquarters.
I want to talk with Starfleet Command.
37 INT. REGULA I LAB 37
Everyone is talking at once.
We must have order here.
(as they subside)
This has to be some sort of mistake.
47 CONTINUED: 47
Mistake? We're all alone here.
They waited until everyone was on
leave to do this. Reliant is
supposed to be at our disposal,
It seems clear Starfleet never
intended that -
I know that! But I can't -
I've tried to warn you before!
Scientists have always been pawns
of the military -
Starfleet has kept the peace for
a hundred years. I cannot and
will not subscribe to your
interpretation of this event.
You may be right, Doctor, but what
about Reliant? She's on her way.
Carol reacts: this is certainly true.
48 INT. SPOCK'S QUARTERS 48
Spock is at mediation as Kirk enters quietly. Spock
We have a problem. Something
may be wrong at Regula One. We've
been ordered to investigate.
If memory serves, Regula One is a
scientific research laboratory.
48 CONTINUED: 48
I told Starfleet Command all we
had was a boatload of children
but we're the only ship in the
quadrant. Spock: these cadets
of yours - how good are they?
Will they respond under real
Like all living things, each
according to his gifts. Of
course, the ship is yours.
No. That won't be necessary.
Just get me to Regula One.
As a teacher on a training mission,
I am content to command the
Enterprise. If we are to go on
actual duty, it is clear that the
senior officer on board must assume
It may be nothing. Garbled
communications. You take the ship.
Jim... you proceed from a false
assumption. I'm a Vulcan. I have
no ego to bruise.
Kirk smiles in bemused wonderment.
You're about to remind me that
logic alone dictates your actions?
I would not remind you of that which
you know so well.
If I may be so bold, it was a
mistake for you to accept promotion.
Commanding a Starship is your first,
best destiny. Anything else is a
waste of material.
48 CONTINUED: (2) 48
I would not presume to debate you.
That is wise. In any case, were I
to invoke logic, logic clearly dictates
that the needs of the many outweigh
the needs of the few.
Or the one.
Spock inclines his head.
You are my commanding officer. You
are also my friend. I have been
and always shall be yours.
49 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 49
The activity is normal. The Turbo Lift opens and Kirk
strides in. Bones and Saavik react to the following:
They look wonderingly. Kirk takes a breath -
An emergency situation has arisen.
By order of Starfleet Command, as
of now, eighteen hundred hours, I
am assuming command of this vessel.
Duty officer so note in the ship's log.
Plot a new course: for Space Laboratory
(pushes a button)
49 CONTINUED: 49
We'll be going to warp speed -
Aye, sir -
Course plotted for Regula One,
Engage warp engines -
(comes out of being
Prepare for warp speed.
(to crew and
In know that none of you were
expecting this. I'm sorry. I'm
going to have to ask you to grow
up a little bit sooner than you
Warp five, Mister Sulu.
Well, so much for the little
And with a great thrust of energy -
50 EXT. SPACE - ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 50
The ship accelerates, and then, with an eye-filled
burst, whips ahead to warp speed, disappearing.
51 EXT. SPACE, FEATURING THE RELIANT
moving towards us, in opposite to the previous SHOT,
close enough for us to read her markings.
51 CONTINUED: 51
Course to intercept Enterprise
52 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 52
Khan occupies the Captain's chair. We PULL BACK: the
crew of the RELIANT has been replaced by Khan's
followers in their odd-looking clothes.
At the helm is Joachim, Khan's lieutenant. He is the
largest and brightest of Khan's group. Terrell sits in
the First Officer's chair, Chekov at the Comm Console.
Their behavior is normal, save for subtle hesitation,
symptoms of their mind-controlled state.
Sir, may I speak? We're all with
you, sir, but consider this. We
are free, we have a ship and the
means to go anywhere we will. We have
escaped from permanent exile on Ceti
Alpha Five. You have proved your
superior intellect and defeated the
plans of Admiral Kirk. You do not
need to defeat him again.
He tasks me! He tasks me! And I
shall have him. I'll chase him
round the moons of Nibia and round
the Antares malestrom and round
perdition's flames before I give
(as no one speaks)
Prepare to alter course.
53 EXT. SPACE STATION REGULA I 53
Floating quietly around the planet below. Tranquil
as we PUSH SLOWLY IN.
OVER we can hear, FILTERED, UHURA'S VOICE:
53 CONTINUED: 53
Space Station Regula One, please
54 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 54
FEATURING Spock and Uhura, as she keeps trying -
Doctor Marcus, please respond!
This is Enterprise call-
(beat, to Spock)
- it's no use; there's no response
from Regula One.
But no longer jammed?
No, sir. No nothing.
Spock considers, moves to Kirk.
There are two possibilities.
They are unable to respond, they
are unwilling to respond.
Twelve hours, forty-three minutes,
Give up Genesis, she said. What in
God's name does that mean? Give it
up to whom?
It might help my analysis if I knew
what Genesis was. Beyond the
Kirk looks at him, nods; rising now.
Uhura, have Doctor McCoy join us inn
54 CONTINUED: 54
Mister Saavik? You have the con.
They start for the Turbo Lifts as Saavik reacts -
55 KIRK'S QUARTERS 55
Kirk and Spock as Bones enters -
I've got the sick bay ready. Will
someone please tell me what's
Computer. Request security
procedure and access to Project
Identify for retina scan.
Kirk, Admiral James T.
The screen is suddenly busy with coded read-outs and
then computer graphics of retina patterns. Then it
glows green. SECURITY CLEARANCE, CLASS 1 GRANTED.
Security scan approved.
More coded read-outs, a red line SECURITY SCAN, then
over it APPROVED, in green. Replaced by:
56 ON SCREEN INT. CAROL MARCUS' LAB, REGULA I 56
Carol appears, FACING CAMERA, not used to it. To one
side stands David and behind them, the lab.
Project Genesis. A proposal to
57 ANGLE -KIRK, SPOCK, BONES 57
Carol Marcus -
58 ON SCREEN (AND INTERCUT) 58
What exactly IS Genesis? Well, put
simply, Genesis is life from
lifelessness. It is a process
whereby the molecular structure is
reorganized at the sub-atomic level
into life generating matter of equal
mass. Stage One of our experiments
was conducted in the laboratory.
Stage Two of the series will be
attempted in a lifeless underground;
Stage Three will involve the process
on a planetary scale. It is our
intention to introduce the Genesis
device into a preselected space body,
a moon or other dead form.
(DNA TAPE ACCOMPANIES, AD LIB)
59 ILM MONITOR SEQUENCE 59
It is our intention to introduce
the Genesis device to a preselected
area of a lifeless space body, a
moon or other dead form - the
device is delivered -
60 ON BONES, SPOCK AND KIRK 60
react with wonder -
61 BACK TO MONITOR 61
- instantaneously causing what
we call the Genesis effect.
61 CONTINUED: 61
Matter is reorganized with life
Instead of a dead moon, a living
breathing planet, capable of
sustaining whatever life forms we
see fit to deposit on it...
The reformed moon simulated here
represents the merest fraction
of the Genesis potential, should the
Federation wish to pursue the
experiments to their logical
62 BACK TO CAROL IN LAB 62
When we consider the cosmic
problems of population and food
supply, the usefulness of this
process becomes clear. This
concludes our proposal. Thank
you for your attention.
The tape becomes snowy and blinks off.
Kirk looks at Bones and Spock - they are stunned.
It literally is Genesis.
The power of creation -
Have they proceeded with their
Well, the tape was made a year
ago. I can only assume they've
reached Stage Two by now -
62 CONTINUED: 62
But dear Lord, do you think we're
intelligent enough to - Suppose,
what if this thing were used where
life already exists?
It would destroy such life in favor
of it's new matrix -
It's new - Do you any idea what
I was not attempting to evaluate
its moral implications, Doctor.
As a matter of cosmic history, it
has always been easier to destroy
than to create -
Not anymore! Now we can do both
at the same time! According to myth,
the earth was created in six days.
Now watch out: here comes Genesis;
we'll do it for you in six minutes -
Really, Doctor McCoy, you must
learn to govern your passions. They
will be your undoing. Logic suggests -
My God! The man's talking about
logic! We're talking about
You green-blooded, inhuman...
Bridge to Admiral Kirk. Admiral?
Sensors indicate a vessel in our
area, closing fast.
What do you make of her?
62 CONTINUED: (2) 62
It's one of ours, Admiral... it's
63 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 63
The whoosh of the Turbo doors and Kirk, Bones and Spock
assume their posts. Saavik stand next to Kirk's chair.
Try the emergency channels...
Picture, Mister Saavik.
64 ANGLE INCLUDING THE FORWARD SCREEN 64
Space; a tiny dot in the distance, growing larger.
65 EXT. SPACE - THE RELIANT 65
boring forward ominously.
66 INT. BRIDGE - THE RELIANT 66
Khan and his crew; no sign of Chekov and Terrell.
On Khan's screen, the Enterprise grows larger -
Slow to one-half impulse power.
Let's be friends...
Slowing to one-half impulse
67 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE
Reliant in our section, this
quadrant, sir, and slowing -
67 CONTINUED: 67
Visual of Reliant appears.
Sir, may I quote General Order
Twelve? 'On the approach of any
vessel, when communications have
not been established - '
Lieutenant, the Admiral is well
aware of the regulations.
Is it possible their Comm system
has failed - ?
It would explain a great many
68 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 68
They're requesting communications,
Let them eat static.
They're still running with shields
Of course. We're one big happy
fleet. Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do
you know the Klingon proverb that
tells us revenge is a dish that is
best served cold?
It is very cold in space.
69 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 69
(watches the screen)
This is damned peculiar.
Energize main defense fields.
ALARMS SOUND. The lights on the bridge dim into the
soft reddish glow of battle illumination. ADDITIONAL
CREW troop in to man vacant consoles.
I'm getting a voice message.
They say their chambers coil is
overloading their Comm system.
Scanning. Their coil emissions
He steps to his station.
70 EXT. SPACE 70
The two ships are very close, barely moving as they
inch towards each other.
71 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 71
They still haven't raised their
Khan is half out of his seat, sweating with anticipation.
72 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 72
Their shields are going up!
73 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 73
Lock phasers on target.
Locking phasers on target.
74 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - FAVORING SPOCK 74
He reacts to his blue-lit scope.
They're locking phasers - !
But the ENTIRE BRIDGE is ROCKED by a shock impact,
some of the crew sent flying.
75 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 75
76 EXT. SPACE 76
Reliant firing phasers at Enterprise. A hit in the rear
of the engine room area, debris flying into the void.
77 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 77
An explosion rips through the facility, sending yellowish
green GAS hurtling down the long facility towards us.
Crewmen are hurled through the air, screaming.
78 ANGLE - THE GREAT AUTO DOORS 78
roll closed, sealing off the damaged tail section.
79 ANGLE - THE TRAINEES 79
terrified, scramble to get out amid the deadly yellowish
green smoke, the cries.
80 ANGLE - SCOTTY 80
trying to rally them - and he puts his own respirator
on, as do some of the veterans. Preston dons his
respirator - and stays.
81 HIGH ANGLE 81
The ANGLE WE SAW during the inspection. The trainees, in
panic amid the gas crawl over each other trying to get
out. They scramble over each other's shoulders in the
efforts to escape, screaming and shouting.
82 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 82
The bridge is slowly righting. Crew members getting
back to their stations. On speaker, we hear the CRIES
AND SHOUTS of the engine room.
Sulu, get those shields up!
I can't get power, sir!
Scotty's voice is faint, drowned by the screams and
cries from a dozen intercom stations.
Uhura, turn off those damn channels!!
Uhura does. there is a dead silence. Then:
Mister Scott on discrete.
83 INT. ENGINE ROOM - FAVORING SCOTTY 83
Behind, the Crew Chief and a few others work feverishly
in respirators. Scotty, in respirator, with a throat
mike which FILTERS his voice.
83 CONTINUED: 83
We're just hanging on, sir. The
main energizer's out!
Try auxiliary power!
64 ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 64
ON SCREEN computer graphics, red flashing lights indicate
damaged areas. Spock steps up to Kirk evaluating the
They knew exactly where to hit us.
WHO? Who knew where to hit us?
One thing is certain; we cannot
escape on auxiliary power.
Sulu, divert all power to phasers!
Too late -
On VISUAL SCREEN, photon torpedoes approach.
The bridge is shaken badly, screens go dark, fires spark
and erupt. ALARMS and SOUND full. Crew personnel try
to put out electrical fires, help the fallen -
85 EXT. SPACE - RELIANT 85
86 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE - FAVORING KHAN AT DASH 86
The glow of the O.S. screens and battle illumination
highlighting the passion in his eyes.
87 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE
The firefighting continues.
Scotty - what's left?
Just the batteries, sir. I can
have auxiliary power in a few
We don't have a few minutes. Can you
give me phaser power?
A few shots, sir.
Not enough against their shields.
Who the hell are they?
Admiral... The commander of the
Reliant is signaling.
He wishes to discuss terms of our
There is a moment. Kirk looks around the battered
bridge, and his eyes meet Spock's, and Saavik's.
Visual on screen.
87 CONTINUED: 87
Do it, while we still have time.
On screen, sir.
All eyes go to the SCREEN. After momentary visual
confusion, Khan's face appears, smiling -
You still remember, Admiral. I
cannot help but be touched. I of
course, remember you.
What is the meaning of this attack?
Where is the crew of the Reliant?
Surely I have made my meaning plain.
I mean to avenge myself upon you,
Admiral. I've deprived your ship
of power and when I swing around I
mean to deprive you of your life -
88 EXT. SPACE 88
We can see Reliant making a large arc as she prepares
to come back for another round.
89 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 89
- But I wanted you to know first
who it was who had beaten you!
Khan - if it's me you want, I'll
have myself beamed aboard. Spare
90 EXT. SPACE 90
Reliant continues her slow arc.
91 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 91
I make you a counter-proposal.
I'll agree to your terms, if...
if... in addition to yourself,
you hand over to me all data
and material regarding the project
Reactions from Spock and Kirk.
Genesis, what's that?
Don't insult my intelligence, Kirk.
Give me some time to recall the data
on our computers -
I give you sixty seconds, Admiral.
Kirk turns from the screen -
Clear the bridge.
Well, at least we know he doesn't
Just keep nodding as though I'm
still giving orders. Mister Saavik,
punch up the data charts of Reliant's
The prefix code?
91 CONTINUED: 91
It's all we've got.
The chart's up, sir.
We're finding it.
Please, please - you've got to
give us time - The... the bridge
is smashed, the computers
Time is a luxury you don't have,
92 EXT. SPACE 92
Reliant, her arc completed, is coming back.
93 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 93
It's coming through now, Khan.
Reliant's prefix number is one-
I don't understand -
93 CONTINUED: 93
Kirk puts on his spectacles -
You have got to learn WHY things
work on a Starship.
Each ship has its own combination
... to prevent an enemy to do
what we're attempting; using
our console to order Reliant to
lower her shields...
(at the weapons console)
Assuming he hasn't changed the
combination. He's quite intelligent...
Kirk turns to the screen -
Khan, how do we know you'll keep
Well, I've given you no word to
keep, Admiral. In my judgement, you
simply have no alternative.
I see your point. Stand by to
receive our transmission.
He turns from the screen again, softly:
Mister Sulu, lock the phasers on
target and await my command...
93 CONTINUED: (2) 93
They're all sweating.
Time's up, Admiral.
Here it comes. Now, Mister Spock.
94 CLOSEUP SPOCK'S HANDS PUNCHING IN THE PREFIX CODE 94
followed by other signals.
95 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 95
(stares at his console)
Sir - our shields are dropping!
Raise them -
Joachim punches frantically -
Where's the override?? The
All monitors are haywire now that Enterprise is tapped
in. They search wildly for the right switch, but...
96 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 96
97 CLOSEUP - KIRK 97
98 CLOSEUP - SULU'S HANDS 98
99 EXT. SPACE 99
Enterprise fires at Reliant inflicting heavy damage.
100 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 100
A shambles - debris flying; Khan knocking to the
deck. He struggles to his feet through wiring -
We can't fire, sir!
Why can't you?
They've damaged the photon control
and the warp drive. We must withdraw!
Sir, we must! The Enterprise can wait;
she's not going anywhere.
Khan clams as the other holds him; he breaths deeper.
101 EXT. SPACE 101
Reliant turns away.
102 ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 102
They watch ON SCREEN as Reliant hauls off.
Sir, you did it.
I did nothing - except get caught
with my britches down.
102 CONTINUED: 102
I must be getting senile. Mister
Saavik, you go right on quoting
regulations. In the meantime, let's
find out how badly we've been hurt.
The Turbo doors whoosh open as Kirk reaches them.
Scotty stands there, tears streaming down his face;
he holds the body of Midshipman Preston.
Both of them are covered in blood. He sways into Kirk's
arms as the others rush forward.
103 EXT. SPACE 103
The Enterprise, motionless, scars of battle showing.
104 INT. SICK BAY 104
MANY CASUALTIES IN EVIDENCE
Kirk enters and LEADS CAMERA THROUGH them; he has a
word or two for men he doesn't know by name. Kirk leads
us to the operating theater, where Bones works over
Preston. Scotty stands by, his lips trembling. Preston
opens his eyes, sees Scotty and Kirk.
Is the word given, Admiral?
Scotty's eyes fill with tears, looks at Kirk.
The word is given: warp speed.
He dies. Pause. Scotty looks across the body at Kirk.
He stayed at his post... when the
104 CONTINUED: 104
Admiral, this is Spock.
Kirk hits a wall intercom -
Engine room reports auxiliary power
restored. We can proceed at impulse
Best speed to Regula One. Kirk out.
I'm sorry, Scotty.
105 EXT. SPACE - REGULA I SPACE STATION 105
Regula, the dead planet beyond, as the Enterprise
moves forward toward it.
Approaching Regula and Space Lab
Space Station Regula One, this is
the Starship Enterprise. Please,
106 INT. SPACE STATION REGULA I - CAROL'S LAB - ON SCREEN 106
As before, Uhura's image, imploring a response.
Space Station Regula One, do
you read? Space Station Regula
One, this is Enterprise. Please
During this, CAMERA HAS PANNED CLOSE AMONG the technical
clutter. Then sudden. SOUND - eerie, frightening.
Our ears cannot place it... and before we can, it is
gone. A warning.
107 EXT. SPACE - REGULA I SPACE STATION 107
Enterprise moves in front of stationary Regula I.
This is Enterprise. Do you read
me? Space station Regula One,
do you read? Please come in.
108 INT. BRIDGE - ENTERPRISE 108
Battle damage, some repaired, some not. The bridge
is filled with tension, all hands at station.
There's no response, sir.
Scanners and sensors are still
inoperative. There is no way to
ascertain what's inside the station.
No way of telling if Reliant is
still in the area...
What do you make of that planetoid
Regula is a class "D." It consists
of various unremarkable ores.
Essentially, a great rock in space.
And the Reliant could be hiding
behind that rock.
A distinct possibility.
108 CONTINUED: 108
Mister Scott, do you have enough
power for the transporters?
I'm going down there.
He starts out. Bones stops him.
Khan could be down there.
He's BEEN there. Hasn't found
what he wants. Can you spare
someone? There may be people hurt.
Yeah. I can spare me...
Begging the Admiral's pardon:
General Order Fifteen: 'No flag
officer shall beam into a hazardous
area without armed escort.'
There's no such regulation.
Saavik's gaze falters.
All right, join the party.
Mister Spock, the ship is yours.
Jim? Be careful.
Kirk, Bones, and Saavik head for the Turbo doors.
109 EXT. SPACE - SPACE STATION REGULA I 109
CLOSER ANGLE now. The silence is ominous.
110 INT. SPACE STATION REGULA I - CAROL'S LAB 110
empty, except for the hums and crackles of abandoned
equipment. With a FAMILIAR SOUND, BONES, KIRK and
SAAVIK MATERIALIZE. All have phasers, communicators
For a moment they look around, seeing emptiness.
Like being in a haunted house.
Indeterminate life signs.
Phasers on stun. Move out.
They separate. Each begins to search.
111 ANGLE WITH SAAVIK 111
She moves to the electronic and data area, examines
the consoles, the equipment, then settles for the data
bank. She starts keying sequences with the computer.
112 INT. SPACE STATION - BONES 112
He shows signs of fear as he walks though the
deserted place, like a scuba diver exploring a cave.
We want him to go back. A NOISE. Bones reacts with
Rounding a corner, he starts: A RAT scuttles right
in front of him.
Bones sighs with relief and moves forward. We think
SUDDENLY SOMETHING FALLS RIGHT ON HIS FACE: an upside-
down human arm.
113 SAME LOCALE - LATER 113
Kirk helps Bones cut down the last of the five BODIES
from where they were hanged, upside-down.
113 CONTINUED: 113
Having recovered his composure, Bones examines the
corpses. We RECOGNIZE Madison, March, among others.
Well, rigor hasn't set in. This
couldn't have happened too long
Kirk looks around, despairingly -
114 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 114
Spock stand behind Uhura seated at Comm console,
speaking into headset.
This is Enterprise calling Space
Station Regula One. Respond, please.
115 INT. SPACE LAB REGULA I - LABORATORY 115
Bones and Kirk kneel over the bodies on the floor.
WITH SAAVIK working with console. Something puzzles
her. She frowns, but a NEW SOUND distracts her. She
looks up and moves off.
Admiral! Over here.
116 FULL SHOT - IN THE LAB 116
A moan is heard. All three now converge on the area.
As they near it, Saavik's tricorder hums furiously.
Be this a room, a locker or some other place, this
time they - "open the door." The limp bodies of
Chekov and Terrell fall out.
Doctor Marcus, come in, please!
She will continue sporaddically.
Oh, my God!
117 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - FAVORING UHURA 117
Please acknowledge signal. Please -
Commander Uhura, this is Lieutenant
Saavik. We're all right. Please,
stand by. Out.
118 INT. SPACE STATION - TIGHT GROUP 118
Chekov opens his eyes, and stares into Kirk's.
Oh sir. It was Khan! We found him
on Ceti Alpha Five.
Easy, Easy, Pavel.
He - put creatures in our bodies.
To control our minds.
Bones takes over Chekov.
It's all right, you're safe now...
... Made us say - lies. Do...
things.. But we beat him... He
thought he controlled us, but he
did not... The Captain was strong.
Chekov breaks into tears. Kirk looks at Terrell, who
is more composed.
Captain. Where's Doctor Marcus?
Where're the Genesis materials?
He couldn't find them. Even the data
banks were empty.
118 CONTINUED: 118
He tortured those people. But
none of them would tell him anything.
He went wild. He slit their throats.
He wanted to tear the place apart,
but he was late: he had to get back
to the Reliant in time to blow you
Where's the Reliant's crew? Dead?
Marooned on Ceti Alpha Five. He's
completely mad, Admiral. He blames
you for the death of his wife.
I know what he blames me for.
The escape pods are all in place.
Where's the transporter room?
119 INT. SPACE STATION TRANSPORTER ROOM 119
Kirk, wearing his spectacles, studies the transporter
consoles. ANGLE WIDENS TO REVEAL the transporter pods,
and the others, b.g.
Did he make it down here?
Chekov and Terrell look at each other; they seem a bit
It was not my impression. He spent
most of his time trying to wring
the information out of the people.
Saavik approaches Kirk:
Kirk looks at her over the rims of the glasses:
119 CONTINUED: 119
The unit's been left on. This
means nobody remained to turn
Those people back there bought
escape time for Genesis with their
Saavik studies the console.
This is not logical. These
coordinates are deep inside Regula
- a planetoid we know to be
If Stage Two was completed, it was
going to be underground - It was
going to be underground, she said!
Stage Two of what?
Kirk gets it.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Captain Spock, damage report.
Admiral, if we go by the book,
like Lieutenant Saavik, hours
could seem like days.
I read you, Captain. Let's have it.
119 CONTINUED: (2) 119
The situation is grave, Admiral.
We won't have main power for six
days. Auxiliary power has
temporarily failed. Restoration
may be possible in two days. By
the book, Admiral.
Meaning you can't even beam us
Not at present.
Kirk looks at Saavik and Bones, decides -
Captain Spock, if you do not hear
from us within one hour your orders
are to restore what power you can,
get the Enterprise to the nearest
Star Base and alert Starfleet
Command as soon as you're out of
Sir - we won't leave you behind...!
Uhura, if you don't hear from us,
there won't be anybody behind.
(to Terrell and Chekov)
Well, gentlemen, you can stay here,
If it's all the same, Admiral, we'd
like to share the risk.
Fine. Let's go. Saavik.
Go?? Where are we going?
119 CONTINUED: (3) 119
(points to console)
Where they went.
Kirk walks onto the pods as Saavik works the console,
rolling in electronic coding. The others join Kirk.
Suppose they went - nowhere?
Then this would be your big
chance to get away from it all.
Saavik pushes a button, joins them on the pods. Slowly
120 EXT. SPACE - THE PLANETOID REGULA 120
CAMERA MOVES TOWARD it as the BEAM SOUND continues,
with irregularity. The planetoid is ugly and dead.
The sound frightens us, and climaxes with:
121 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 121
The BEAM SOUND screeches, then settles into its
comfortable mode as the FIVE FIGURES FLUCTUATE. FADE,
then APPEAR. They look around in wonder and relief.
She indicates something O.S. They cross as CAMERA
REVEALS a cave wall stacked with technical materials
and crowned by a LARGE PROJECTILE, a giant version
of the model we saw earlier. They stare, (N.B. FEATURE
GENESIS ARMING CONTROL BOX.)
Genesis, I presume?
They walk by a group of crates. It all happens very
fast: David leaps out and tackles Kirk, throwing him
to the ground and landing atop him, a knife at his throat.
At the same time, Bones and Saavik reach for their
phasers, but Jedda, already armed, steps out. He has
them covered and helpless.
122 ANGLE FAVORING DAVID 122
Where's Doctor Marcus?
I'm Doctor Marcus!
Carol reaches the tunnel entrance to the cave -
Is that David?
Mother! He killed everybody we
Oh, of course he didn't. David,
you're just making this harder -
I'm afraid it's even harder than
you think, Doctor.
He and Chekov have their phasers trained on them.
Please don't move -
Chekov - !
I'm sorry, Admiral.
Terrell speaks into his wrist recorder.
Your Excellency, have you been
122 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 122
CAMERA PANS along Khan's arm to wrist radio and up to
I have indeed, Captain.
123 INT. ROCKY CAVERN 123
You have done well.
I know it! - You son-of-a...
David makes a reckless bread for Terrell, Saavik
instantly throws herself on him bringing him down as
Terrell fires, hitting Jedda, who was behind David -
a killing ray. Jedda dematerializes. Carol SCREAMS
and David reacts with horror and guilt.
Most importantly, Chekov begins to tremble. Terrell
himself is shaken by his reflexive action. He's in
Don't move - Anybody!
Captain? We are waiting.
125 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE - FAVORING KHAN 125
Joachim over his shoulder. Others in evidence. Khan
speaks into the console.
What's the delay?
126 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 126
All is well, sir. You - you
have the coordinates to beam
127 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 127
First thing's first, Captain.
128 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 128
Reactions by all - only Kirk and Bones are unsurprised.
David and Saavik, dazed, fight the urge to do something.
Chekov is close to a seizure. Terrell fights
conflicting mental signals.
129 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 129
Sir, that is difficult. I try
to obey, but...
130 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 130
As though tearing off a leach,, Terrell grabs at the
wrist recorder and flings it tot he ground. A shockwave
of pain hits Terrell. He recovers, trembling and tries
to obey. Chekov is shaking badly. Terrell aims his
phaser at Kirk. Chekov slowly raises his phaser and
aims at Terrell, though his hands are like lead. We
THINK Chekov is going to do the right thing. Then,
shockingly: Terrell turns the phaser on himself.
(still emanates from
Kill him, Terrell. Now.
Terrell does, blowing himself into oblivion.
131 ANGLE - FAVORING CHEKOV 131
He SCREAMS, horribly, drops his phaser, clutching his
head. Bones leaps to his side, pulls an injection
device from his belt pack, jabs it into Chekov's arm.
Chekov, almost with a sigh of relief, drops.
They rush to his side, as do Carol and David
132 ANGLE - FAVORING CHEKOV 132
From the fallen man's ear, something begins to emerge.
133 VERY CLOSE - CHEKOV'S EAR 133
The Ceti eel crawls out. It has grown quite large.
134 LOW ANGLE - KIRK 134
Horror from all. Kirk picks up a phaser. As the eel
clears Chekov, he fires and destroys it. He shudders,
then sees the wrist recorder and grabs it.
Khan, you dirty bloodsucker!!
135 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 135
You're going to have to do your
own dirty work now! Do you hear
me?! Do you?!
Khan reacts to Kirk's VOICE: electric shock. he
clutches the communicator, his eye-whites rolling.
Kirk! Kirk, you're still alive -
my old friend...
136 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - FAVORING KIRK 136
Still 'old friend.' You've managed
kill just about everyone else.
137 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 137
But like a poor marksman, you keep
missing the target.
Perhaps I no longer need to try.
He punches several buttons.
138 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 138
In the rocky cavern the transporter beam locks on to the
Genesis torpedo and it's arming control box.
As Kirk and the other watch, horrified, Khan beam sup
the materials. David tries to reach the torpedo, but
Saavik holds him fast -
No - he can't take it - !
The beam disappears and Genesis with it, leaving them
Khan, Khan, you've got Genesis...
139 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 139
... but you don't have me! you
were going to kill me, Khan!
You're going to have to come down
here! You're going to have to
come down here!
I've done far worse than kill you.
I've hurt you. And I wish to go on
hurting you. I shall leave you,
as you left me -
140 INT. ROCKY CAVERN -REGULA 140
... as you left her. Marooned for
all eternity in the center of a dead
141 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 141
142 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 142
143 EXT. REGULA PLANET SURFACE 143
CAMERA PULLS UP and BACK over rocky surface.
INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 144
Khan closes his eyes in voluptuous satisfaction.
145 INT. ROCKY CAVERN 145
As before, Saavik is on the communicator.
This is Lieutenant Saavik, calling
Enterprise... Can you read us?
She keeps trying. Chekov stirs -
He's coming around.
Bones goes and tends Chekov who moans, tries to sit up.
145 CONTINUED: 145
Chekov tries to smile; Kirk takes his hand.
Can you read us? It's no use,
Admiral, they're still jamming our
(looks across Chekov)
If Enterprise followed orders she's
long since gone. If she couldn't
obey, she's finished.
So are we, it looks like.
I don't understand. Who's responsible
for all this? Who is Khan?
Oh, it's a long story.
We appear to have plenty of time.
Is there anything to eat? I don't
know about anyone else, but I'm
How can you think of food at a time
First order of business. Survival.
There is food in the Genesis cave,
enough to last a lifetime - if
We thought this was Genesis.
Carol laughs - there's an edge of hysteria to it.
145 CONTINUED: (2) 145
This? It took the Starfleet corps
of engineers ten months in space
suits to tunnel out all of this.
What we did in there - we did in
a day. David, why don't you show
Doctor McCoy and the Lieutenant our
idea of food.
We just can't sit here - !
Oh, yes we can.
This is just to give us something
to do, isn't it?
Saavik and Bones make to follow. Saavik turns to Kirk -
As your teacher Mister Spock is fond
of saying: I like to think there
are always possibilities.
Saavik turns and exits.
I did what you wanted. I stayed
away. Why didn't you tell me?
How can you ask me that? Were we
together? Were we going to be?
You had your world and I had mine.
And I wanted him in mine, not chasing
through the universe with his father.
Kirk turns away, overcome. She watches him.
145 CONTINUED: (3) 145
Actually, he's a lot like you in
many ways. Please. Tell me what
There's a man out there I haven't
seen in fifteen years who's trying
to kill me. You show me a son
that'd be happy to help him. My son.
My life that could have been and
wasn't. And what am I feeling?
Old - worn out.
Let me show you something that'll
make you feel young - as when the
world was new.
She offers her hand. After a moment's hesitation,
Kirk takes her hand and she leads him to the tunnel.
146 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 146
Doors slide open REVEALING Joachim. CAMERA PANS DOWN
past him to CU Khan.
Impulse power restored.
Excellent. More than a match for
147 INT. TUNNEL 147
TRUCKING BEFORE Carol and Kirk. A rising light falls
on their faces as they walk, they run with excitement
toward the source. Kirk races ahead...
147A KIRK'S POV - MOVING THOUGH THE TUNNEL 147A
toward an iridescent light at its end, blindingly
beautiful with color.
INTERCUT: THESE TWO ANGLES until WE CAN HARDLY WAIT
for Kirk to reach the end of the tunnel, and then,
when he does:
147B INT. GENESIS CAVE - PROMONTORY LEVEL 147B
where the rock tunnel ends. Kirk comes out of the
tunnel, and his mouth drops open.
147C FULL SHOT - THE GENESIS CAVE (MATTE AND FX) 147C
A huge cavern. Kirk is actually standing at the middle
of it. Space extends vastly above and below his point
of view. Like Eden, lush growth everywhere, waterfalls,
and a cobalt of blue sky high, high above where a round orb
glows sending light and warmth downward. There is a
path from where Kirk stands down to the lower level where
Bones, and the others are waiting and calling to him.
Mist and haze waft gently across the cavern.
147D BACK TO KIRK 147D
as Carol comes up beside him.
You all did this - in a day?!
The matrix formed in a day. The
life forms grew later - at a
substantially accelerated rate.
Kirk! This is fantastic! Have
you ever seen the like?
Can I cook or can't I?
148 EXT. SPACE - REGULA 148
Reliant ominously pokes her nose into the lit side of
the planet, heading for Enterprise.
149 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 149
Joachim stands next to Khan, who frowns suddenly,
reacting, leaning forward.
150 ON SCREEN 150
The Regula I Space Station - but where is Enterprise?
151 ON KHAN 151
frowning with puzzlement.
Where is she?
152 EXT./INT. GENESIS CAVERN PLATFORM 152
Past waterfall at Kirk, Saavik, McCoy, David, and Carol
sitting and standing on grass at mouth of tunnel steps.
Saavik paces stopping beside Kirk sitting on a rock
next to Carol.
Sir? May I ask you a question.
What's on your mind, Lieutenant?
The Kobayashi Maru, sir.
Are you asking me if we're playing
out that scenario now, Lieutenant?
On the test, sir. Will you tell
me what you did? I would really
like to know.
Kirk looks at Bones, who smiles -
Lieutenant, you are looking at the
only Starfleet cadet who ever beat
the no-win scenario -
I reprogrammed the simulation so it
was possible to rescue the ship.
152 CONTINUED: 152
I changed the conditions of the test.
I got a commendation for original
I don't like to lose.
Then - you never faced that situation
- faced death...
He picks up the communicator.
I don't believe in the no-win
Kirk to Spock. It's two hours.
Are you about ready?
Right on schedule, Admiral. Just
give us your coordinates and we'll
beam you aboard.
The others are on their feet, stunned with amazement -
I don't like to lose.
He clicks off.
153 INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM - ENTERPRISE 153
Kirk, David, Saavik, Carol and Bones, holding the
semi-conscious Chekov MATERIALIZE. Spock is there to
But the damage report - we were
immobilized... Captain Spock said
it'd be two days.
153 CONTINUED: 153
Come, come, Lieutenant, you of
all people go by the book, Spock!
You remember Doctor Marcus...
They are moving through the room as they talk -
Why, of course.
Hello, Mister Spock.
I'm taking this bunch to sick bay.
By the book?
By the book! Regulation Forty-six-A:
'If transmissions are being monitored
...no uncoded messages on an open
Saavik steps out in front of Spock.
Hours instead of days, Saavik.
154 INT. ENTERPRISE CORRIDOR 154
Now we have minutes instead of
Saavik and Kirk follow Spock. they stop at a Turbo
154 CONTINUED: 154
They're inoperative below C-deck.
They race down the corridors as they speak -
What IS working around here?
Not much, Admiral. We have partial
Best we could do in two hours.
155 EXT. SPACE & DEAD PLANET 155
The Enterprise moves forward; CAMERA PANS UP SLOWLY
over rocky surface to REVEAL the Reliant SEEN above.
156 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 156
Full crew in place as doors whoosh open -
Admiral on the bridge -
ALARMS, SIRENS, ETC. CREW RUSHES INTO PLACE as Kirk,
Spock and Saavik approach the big screen.
We see the Enterprise emerging from the dark side of
Gamma Regula, where Reliant is now a moving blip.
156 CONTINUED: 156
She can still outrun us and out-
gun us. But there is the Mutara
Nebula at one-five-three mark four.
(studies his console)
Scotty, can we make it inside?
The energizer's bypassed like a
Christmas tree - so don't give me
too many bumps.
No promises. On your way.
Trouble with the nebula, sir, is all
that static discharge and gas clouds
our tactical display. Visual won't
function and shields will be useless.
Kirk looks over the rims of his glasses at Spock; they
smile with faint amusement.
Sauce for the goose, Mister Saavik.
The odds will be even.
157 EXT. SPACE 157
Enterprise travels away from the planet.
158 VARIOUS CORRIDORS, ENTERPRISE 158
As the lights change, the CREW runs to their stations.
159 INT. HOSPITAL 159
Crew members raise floor pieces as CAMERA MOVES IN.
Large torpedo is lowered from above, fitting into floor.
Crew members run in corridor with equipment.
160 EXT. SPACE & ENTERPRISE 160
The Enterprise whooshes by CAMERA leaving Regula
behind. Reliant now appears in far b.g. and CAMERA
BEGINS A MOVE to her.
161 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 161
There she is! There she is!
Ahh! Not so wounded as we were
led to believe - so much the better...
162 EXT. SPACE 162
Reliant moves to and past CAMERA in hot pursuit.
163 EXT. SPACE - SERIES OF SHOTS 163
Call them SPACE-BYS. Enterprise rushes TOWARD US,
flashes BY and CONTINUES towards the swirling nebula.
THEN Reliant does the same, closer in pursuit. At
this moment, half the distance between Regula and
the nebula has been covered.
164 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 164
Estimating nebula penetration
in two point two minutes.
Reliant is closing.
165 EXT. SPACE 165
Orientation SHOT. Reliant can clearly see where
Enterprise is headed -
166 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 166
If they go in there, we'll lose
Explain it to them.
167 SOMEONE PUNCHES A BUTTON 167
168 EXT. SPACE 168
Reliant's shot crosses Enterprise's bow -
169 INT. ENTERPRISE HOSPITAL 169
David paces; Carol and McCoy are seated. The ship
reverberates with the near miss.
170 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 170
That was close -
They just don't want us going in
One minute to nebula perimeter.
The bridge door slides open and David enters. He
stares in wonder.
171 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 171
Khan, seated in the captain's chair, points, reacting.
Are we slowing?
We can't follow them into the nebula.
Our shields would be useless.
172 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 172
They are reducing speed.
Uhura, patch me in -
Aye, sir... You're on, Admiral.
173 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 173
This is Admiral Kirk.
173 CONTINUED: 173
KIRK'S VOICE (CONT'D)
We tried it once your way, Khan.
Are you game for a rematch?
Khan's eyes bulge -
174 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 174
Khan - ! I'm laughing...
175 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 175
... at the "superior" intellect.
Full impulse power!
No. Sir! You have Genesis -
You can have whatever you -
Full power damn you!
And he reaches across and executes it himself.
176 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 176
They react to Reliant's speed-up. The nebula approach
is ON SCREEN.
I'll say this for him: he's
We are now entering the Mutara
177 EXT. SPACE - THE MUTARA NEBULA 177
WE'RE VERY CLOSE NOW, and SEE CLEARLY the swirling,
slowly moving gasses, magenta, purple, etc.
177 CONTINUED: 177
There are veils of luminescent materials and through
all an interlace of unpredictable electrical charges.
Like lightning, these intermittent great flashes
illumine whole sections of the nebula. OUR VIEW is
moving slowly forward...
178 THE NEBULA 178
As Enterprise whooshes into the PICTURE headed into
the purplish gas - and disappears into a cloud bank
of the stuff.
A moment then Reliant APPEARS, pursues Enterprise
into the gloom, also disappears.
179 INT. RELIANT SCREEN 179
ON SCREEN the picture is squirrelly purple, breaking
up. Blindness. Panic.
Raise the shields...
Electrical forces raging without are also reflected on
the circuits within. It's bumpy, on top of everything
else. Electronic WHINING.
As I feared, sir. Not functional.
I'm reducing speed.
Khan does not argue.
180 EXT. SPACE - PURPLE - SERIES OF SHOTS 180
Cautiously Reliant emerges from a massive "cloudbank."
electrical discharges abound. Barely moving, she
feels her way forward. Alone.
181 ANGLE WIDENS 181
A treat: Enterprise is above and behind Reliant.
182 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - ON SCREEN 182
Reliant's image is breaking up.
Phaser lock inoperative, sir.
Best guess, Mister Sulu. Fire
Sulu strains, then fires - just as an electrical
disturbance bounces off the bridge -
183 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 183
The bounce causes Sulu's phaser shot to go wide of
Reliant, amid CRACKLING discharges -
184 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 184
rolls from the near-miss concussion -
Aft torpedoes - fire - !
185 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 185
Reliant is wide of the mark with a photon torpedo.
A BLINDING ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE. When it clears,
Enterprise appears to be alone.
186 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 186
ON SCREEN, nothing but magenta amid picture breakup -
Hold your course.
187 EXT. NEBULA 187
Enterprise feeling its way...
188 ON BRIDGE - POV ON SCREEN 188
All peer into the lousy picture. Occasional electrical
189 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 189
Still Enterprise moves forward... A LARGE FLASH....
A SUDDEN GLIMPSE: Reliant boring in on collision course!
190 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 190
A sudden clearing ON SCREEN: Reliant!
Hard over, but not fast enough. Reliant fires a phaser.
191 EXT. ENTERPRISE 191
CLOSE, LOW on Enterprise.
192 RELIANT 192
HIGH ANGLE as Reliant moves FG, firing.
193 EXT. ENTERPRISE 193
Reliant's phaser shot hits the Enterprise torpedo
room in dorsal fin area of ship.
194 INT. ENTERPRISE TORPEDO ROOM 194
An EXPLOSION rocks the room and...
195 EXT. ENTERPRISE 195
Phaser fire hits Enterprise, causing white explosion
to COVER SCREEN.
196 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 196
Men fall into explosion area - smoke covers SCREEN.
197 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 197
The bridge rattles from the explosion below; Sulu is
thrown from his chair. Saavik leaps to her post -
198 EXT. ENTERPRISE 198
199 EXT. RELIANT 199
Reliant moving as its bridge is hit by phaser fire.
Explosion covers SCREEN.
200 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 200
The bridge is damaged; Joachim and others are wounded...
Khan moves around bridge to piece of fallen equipment,
lifts heavy piece of wreckage and tosses it. He reacts,
looking down O.S.
201 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 201
Bones is there, helping some stunned crewmen. The
reactor room flashes a red warning light and glows
with a blue light. The air is heavy with smoke but
the doors, damaged earlier, still hold.
Damage, Mister Scott?
Admiral, I've got to take the mains
off the line. The - radiation -
Scotty starts to pass out and McCoy grabs him, dragging
202 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 202
Khan kneels on the floor, holding the dying Joachim
in his arms. Joachim dies with his eyes open; Khan
hugs him fiercely.
I shall avenge you -
203 EXT. SPACE & NEBULA 203
Reliant enters and disappears into a deep purple mass.
204 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 204
The bridge door opens and closes; Chekov, faint,
Could you use another hand,
Man the weapons console, Mister
ANGLE FAVORING David as the others react to Chekov
taking his place. Quiet.
Spock is bent over the scanner -
Sporadic energy readings port side,
aft. Could be an impulse turn.
He won't break off now. He followed
me this far, he'll be back. But,
204 CONTINUED: 204
He's intelligent, but not experienced.
His pattern indicates two-dimensional
Kirk looks at him, smiles.
Full stop, sir.
Descent ten thousand meters. Stand
by photon torpedoes.
205 EXT. ENTERPRISE 205
Enterprise moves DOWN; lights flash within nebula.
Reliant emerges from murky clouds, moving forward.
206 INT. RELIANT RIDGE 206
CLOSE on large screen with static and criss-crossing
colors. Khan clasps his hands in front of his face,
sighs, watches O.S. screen, reacting.
207 EXT. RELIANT & ENTERPRISE 207
Reliant moves into foreground as Enterprise appears,
moving upward into view behind it.
208 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 208
Chekhov's hand pulls out torpedo fire button.
Torpedoes ready, sir.
209 EXT. RELIANT & ENTERPRISE 209
Reliant motionless in the f.g. amid occasional flashes.
Now, behind Reliant and from below, like a great whale
rising from the depths, Enterprise rises vertically,
slowly passing the unsuspecting enemy. When
Enterprise is above, behind and quite close:
210 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 210
Reliant ON SCREEN, intermittent but clear.
211 EXT. RELIANT & ENTERPRISE 211
Enterprise fires. Reliant's bridge is hit and explodes.
212 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 212
Khan is walking forward through doorway to bridge as
it explodes and he falls, screaming.
213 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 213
214 EXT. RELIANT & ENTERPRISE 214
Past Reliant at Enterprise firing torpedoes, hitting
Reliant's port engine, scattering debris into space.
CLOSE ON RELIANT EXPLODING
215 INT. RELIANT 215
Crew men fall from the impact of torpedo fire and
216 EXT. ENTERPRISE 216
217 EXT. RELIANT 217
Torpedo hits causing explosion. Engine breaks away
into space. Explosion covers SCREEN.
218 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 218
Joachim's body is slumped in FG. Khan and others are
thrown about from explosion hitting bridge.
219 EXT. RELIANT 219
CAMERA PULLS BACK with Reliant moving into FG, one
220 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 220
No cheers, just deadly professionalism.
Uhura, send to Commander, Reliant:
prepare to be boarded.
Commander Reliant, prepare to be
221 INT. RELIANT WRECKAGE 221
Amid the smoke and ruins, WE SEE no signs of life.
Surrender and prepare to be boarded.
Enterprise to Reliant. You are
ordered to surrender your vessel.
Reliant! Come in, Reliant! You
are ordered to surrender your
222 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 222
Uhura at Comm.
Enterprise to Reliant. You are
ordered to surrender your vessel.
223 INT. RELIANT WRECKAGE 223
IN f.g. chillingly, Khan rises INTO SHOT by the main
console. He is horribly burned, and it is clear that
he is clinging to life.
No... Kirk. The game's not over.
As Uhura's voice continues O.S., Khan pulls himself into a
chair at the console, one of his hands useless at his side.
224 INT. RELIANT TRANSPORTER ROOM 224
Lower half of Genesis device on pod, lighting up.
225 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 225
Khan pushes another control.
226 INT. RELIANT TRANSPORTER ROOM - GENESIS DEVICE 226
Genesis comes to life.
227 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 227
Khan turns controls on console. CAMERA MOVES IN.
228 INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM - GENESIS 228
The device begins to hum.
229 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 229
To the last I will grapple with
Painfully, with one good arm, he starts arming the
230 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 230
Kirk swivels in chair to face Spock.
230 CONTINUED: 230
Admiral. Scanning an energy source
on Reliant. A pattern I've never
David peers closer over Spock's shoulder, reacts.
It's the Genesis Wave!
They're on a build-up to detonation!
How soon -
We encoded four minutes -
We'll beam aboard and stop it -
The briefest stunned moment. Kirk hits intercom:
Scotty, I need warp speed in three
minutes or we're all dead!
No response, Admiral.
Spock leaps from his place and deciparas through the
Mister Sulu, get us out of here,
best possible speed!
231 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 231
Enterprise backs away from Reliant. Her speed is
232 INT. RELIANT TRANSPORTER ROOM - GENESIS 232
Genesis glows with power.
233 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM AREA 233
Spock on ladder; he bends down and lifts hatch cover.
234 EXT. ENTERPRISE 234
235 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 235
Spock moves down ladder to floor of engine room toward
Scotty's unmanned console.
236 EXT. RELIANT 236
Reliant drifts into the nebula
237 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 237
Spock rushes in. Bones ministers to Scotty, b.g.
Spock sizes up the situation, starts for the radiation
room, Bones intercepts him.
Are you out of your Vulcan mind?
No human can tolerate the radiation
that's in there!
As you are so fond of observing,
Doctor, I am not human.
You're not going in there - !
237 CONTINUED: 237
Perhaps you're right. What is
Mister Scott's condition?
Well, I don't think that he...
He gives Bones the Vulcan nerve pinch. Bones goes
I'm sorry, Doctor. I have no time
to discuss this logically -
CLOSE ON Spock's hand on side of McCoy's face, eyes
Spock presses the access button and enters the reactor
room, a separated area behind radiation-proof glass
and metal, RED FLASHING LIGHTS and an iridescent blue
238 ANGLE - SCOTTY 238
Spock - get out of there!
Spock!! Spock!! Get outta
239 EXT. SPACE & ENTERPRISE 239
Enterprise travels forward slowly, followed by Reliant
drifting behind, moving through the nebula's flashing
240 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 240
Time from my mark...
Two minutes, ten seconds.
240 CONTINUED: 240
Engine room! What's happening?!
241 INT. THE ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 241
Outside the glass, Scotty and Bones screaming!
You dumb ninny! Get out of
REVERSE ANGLE as Spock works inside with radiation,
lifts top of radiation container, releasing power
as it bursts up into his face.
No! God, don't, Spock!
242 WITHIN 242
WE CAN SEE the silent urging of Bones and Scotty.
Spock is oblivious. Amid the fire-blue arcs, he moves
to the control panel. Between his hands and the controls,
power arcs insanely. Spock is an inferno, a radiation
hell, fighting now with all his strength to control it.
Slowly, the damping rods move out. Spock moves to a
manual control, begins to turn it.
243 EXT. ENTERPRISE & NEBULA 243
Enterprise and Reliant SEEN drifting in BG. Enterprise
244 INT. RELIANT TRANSPORTER ROOM & GENESIS 244
245 INT. BRIDGE ENTERPRISE 245
Reliant, now symbol of death, ON SCREEN.
Three minutes, thirty seconds.
Distance from Reliant?
Four thousand kilometers.
We're not going to make it,
Kirk looks at David, but David shakes his head. No way.
246 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 246
ON SCREEN, Enterprise, intermittent image, backs away.
Khan smiles triumphantly through his pain. An
electronic power SOUND has been building.
No... You can't get away... From
hell's heart I stab at thee...
(amid the pain)
For hate's sake... I spit my last
breath at thee!
Khan topples forward, dead. The WHINE continues to build
247 INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM - GENESIS 247
Genesis glowing, vibrating with power.
248 INT. ENTERPRISE REACTOR ROOM 248
Through the glass walls, CAMERA PANS UP with Spock, rising.
He sets top back, covering escaping radiation.
249 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 249
CLOSE on monitor as levels change.
Sir! The mains are back on line!
Bless you, Scotty! GO, Sulu
250 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 250
With a burst of warp speed, Enterprise accelerates
out of the lazy pace and whooshes OUT OF SCENE,
leaving Reliant behind.
251 EXT. SPACE - RELIANT 251
The WHINE increasing, the dead ship Reliant alive with
252 EXT. ENTERPRISE 252
The Enterprise safely outside the explosion, moving
rapidly forward, in warp speed.
253 EXT. MUTARA NEBULA - MASTER EFFECT 253
As Reliant goes, so goes the nebula. The "Genesis
Effect" WE SAW in its earliest experiments, now seems
familiar on a gigantic, cosmic scale.
The blinding flash at first, followed by the same tumbling
turbulence of the miniature effect. It is awesome.
254 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 254
The bridge doors open and Carol appears. instinctively
she draws near her son.
Finally, Kirk turns, sees Carol -
My God, Carol! Look at it.
254 CONTINUED: 254
ON SCREEN and INTERCUT - GENESIS TUMBLES and starts
evolving. A moment in history.
Engine room. Well done, Scotty.
(after a beat)
Jim! I think you'd better get
The tone frightens Kirk.
Saavik, take the con.
He moves though the doors quickly, leaving the rest
staring at the new world evolving.
255 EXT. GENESIS & SPACE 255
Red hot clouds surround the new planet being born.
256 INT. ENTERPRISE CORRIDORS 256
Endless. Kirk runs forever, feet pounding down,
down, down -
257 EXT. GENESIS & SPACE 257
The clouds tumble and move, new things lie beyond -
The red dims.
258 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 258
Kirk emerges to encounter Scotty and Bones. Their looks
tell him. He sees the flashing light over the reactor
room. He dashes for the control panel. Bones grabs him.
258 CONTINUED: 258
Don't! You'll flood the whole
He'll die - !
(also holds him)
Sir! He's dead already!
Kirk's eyes bulge.
It's too late.
259 ANGLE AT REACTOR ROOM GLASS DOOR 259
With stunned understanding, Kirk stumbles to the door,
sees Spock on his knees, hands blackened, face cracked
with radiation lines and scars.
Spock shakes his head. With a feeble hand he reaches
the intercom button: FILTERED communication.
(calls out into
Ship - out of danger?
Spock is satisfied; he fights for breath.
Do not grieve, Admiral - it is
logical: the needs of the many
He almost keels over. Kirk has tears steaming down
... the needs of the few...
259 CONTINUED: 259
Or the one.
He props a hand on the glass to support himself. Kirk's
hand reflexively goes to match Spock's on the other side
of the glass -
I never took the Kobayashi Maru
test - until now. What do you
think of my solution?
I have been - and always will be
- your friend...Live. Long. And.
Spock falls. Bones and Scotty react.
260 INT. ENTERPRISE 260
CAMERA PANS DOWN with Spock's burial capsule covered
with the Starfleet Logo/flag, being lowered down to
Torp. Bay 2. We SEE the Ship's Company in full dress
uniforms assembled for ship's burial service.
Over the PULLBACK, we HEAR:
We are assembled here today to
pay final respects to our honored
Carol and David are PROMINENTLY FEATURED.
David watching Kirk attentively. So are Sulu, Uhura,
Chekov, and Saavik. Bones stands next to Kirk. Scotty
carries his bagpipes. Saavik wears her hair down.
260 CONTINUED: 260
And yet, it should be noted, that
in the midst of our sorrow, this
death takes place in the shadow of
new life, the sunrise of a new world,
a world that our beloved comrade
gave his life to protect and
nourish. He did not feel this
sacrifice a vain or an empty one -
and we will not debate his profound
wisdom at these proceedings. Of
my friend, I can only say this...
of all the souls I have encountered
in my travels, his was the most -
Honors - hup!
All Starfleet personnel salute. Scotty begins to PIPE,
an odd blare which mellows into Amazing Grace. Kirk
nods a signal.
261 THE CAPSULE 261
A gleaming black projectile is carried by pallbearers
into the launching chamber, which locks behind it. At
a hand signal from a TORPEDOMAN, the projectile is
262 EXT. SPACE 262
Spock's remains seen on their way to the new world.
The capsule grows too small to SEE. The bagpipes STOP.
263 INT. KIRK'S QUARTERS 263
After a long moment, the CAMERA DISCOVERS Kirk. He
pours a drink, then decides not to have it.
He sits wearily, not knowing how to shake the ghosts.
Then he sees the book.
Kirk picks up the battered volume, the gift from his
friend, and closes his eyes a moment. Almost idly he
starts turning pages, looking for a clue.
263 CONTINUED: 263
But he can't see the writing - He rummages through his
pockets and pulls out the half-glasses -
One of the lenses is broken. It has a deep impact on
Kirk. He puts down the book and glasses and covers
A SOFT BONG. Kirk clears his throat.
The door whooshes open and closes to admit David. The
last person Kirk expected to see.
I don't mean to intrude.
No, not at all. I should be on
Look, can I talk to you for a
I poured myself a drink. Would you
Lieutenant Saavik was right: you
never have faced a death.
No. Not like this. I haven't faced
death, I've cheated death. I've
tricked my way out of death and patted
myself on the back for my ingenuity.
I know nothing.
You knew enough to tell Saavik that
how we face death is at least as
important as how we face life -
Just words -
263 CONTINUED: (2) 263
But good words. That's where ideas
begin. Maybe you should listen to
them. I was wrong about you.
And I'm sorry.
Is that what you came here to say?
(he starts out,
then turns - )
And also that I'm proud - very
proud - to be your son.
A stunned moment, then Kirk lets it all hang out: for
David, for Carol and for Spock. He hugs his son,
holding onto him as to life itself.
264 EXT. SPACE 264
The Enterprise passes the new planet in all its beauty.
265 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 265
The door whooshes. Kirk strides on the bridge, David
with him. Carol is there with Bones; they are glad at
what they see.
266 EXT. SPACE & ENTERPRISE 266
Enterprise moving as the sun goes behind the Genesis
Captain's Log, Stardate eighty-
one, thirty-one, point six.
267 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 267
Kirk walks forward across bridge past Sulu. CAMERA
PULLS BACK with him to railing to include McCoy and
Carol looking at large screen with a full view of the
new Genesis planet with the sun coming around its side.
267 CONTINUED: 267
Starship Enterprise departed for
Ceti Alpha Five to pick up the
crew of the USS Reliant. All is
well. And yet, I can't help
wondering about the friend I
leave behind. there are always
possibilities, Spock said. And
if Genesis is indeed "life from
death," I must return to this place
He's really not dead. As long as
we remember him.
"It is a far, far better thing I do
than I have ever done before.
A far better resting place that I
go to than I have ever known."
Is that a poem?
No. Something Spock was trying to
tell me. On my birthday.
Kirk shakes his head, remembering -
You okay, Jim? How do you feel?
Young. I feel young.
268 EXT. SPACE & GENESIS 268
CAMERA PANS over surface of planet. DARK SCREEN.
269 EXT. GENESIS & CLOUDS 269
Swirling, moving clouds.
270 EXT. GENESIS SURFACE 270
Lush trees and sun shining through them.
271 EXT. GENESIS SURFACE 271
CAMERA MOVES OVER treetops.
272 EXT. GENESIS SURFACE 272
Through trees and lush plants, CRANING UP and HOLDING
on Spock's capsule resting on grass.
273 EXT. GENESIS SURFACE 273
CAMERA MOVES OVER trees as sun sets and wind blows
branches on trees.
FADE TO WHITE.
274 FADE IN FROM WHITE: 274
EXT. SPACE FINALE (BOARDED)
Space, the final frontier... These
are the continuing voyages of the
Starship Enterprise... Her ongoing
mission: to explore strange new
worlds... to seek out new life and
new civilizations... To boldly go
where no man has gone before...
She is moving out now, passing CAMERA and heading toward
the distant stars. She is beautiful and they are
beautiful. And as she slowly disapepars from VIEW...
MUSIC RISES. CREDITS ROLL.