Credits over serene space when suddenly.....
an enormous explosion, sending debris flying at warp
3 cu a teacup
widen to reveal
int. bridge, U.S.S. excelsior
the polyglot crew is busy
seated in the captain's chair, a familiar face: SULU
he has his own command, and is drinking a cup of tea.
the Science officer stands next to him, conferring,
handing him a datacount. Sulu muses over the contents.
according to this, we've completed
our exploration the the entire section.
Fifty-four planets, and their
gaseous atmospheric anomalies. Our
sensing and analytic equipment
worked really well.
Time we were heading home. Three Years
The ship starts to TREMBLE
4 Angle on Sulu's tea cup
Shaking in its saucer.....Sulu and the crew look at
each other as the Shaking increases. The teacup
I have an energy wave from 240
degrees, mark six port....
4 On the screen
an enormous gaseous wave, a subspace shock front.
My God!!! SHIELDS!!
5 Ext. The Galaxy
Meteors and asteroids smashing past, burning chunks
fly by at warp speeds. Excelsior reels.
6 Int. U.S.S. Excelsior bridge
The ship rolls, throwing everyone off balance.
What the hell is going on?
The crew jumps to. Computers light up. Information
flies across screens and monitors. The ship is battered
like a fighter's punching bag with shocks and jolts and
7 Int. crew's quarters, galley, corridors, etc.
sleeping members are thrown from their berths. The
claxon alarm sounds pervasively......
What the --- Look out! ---
Stations --- etc.
8 Int. Excelsior Bridge
Captain, she's not answering the
Starboard thrusters. Turn her into
9 Int. Excelsior engine room
Chaos. Valves hiss purple. Crew running, knocked
Engine room. What's going on up....
10 Int. Excelsior Bridge
Quarter inpulse power!
Excelsior has been knocked about and everyone on the
bridge is holding on or sliding around. She settles
and one by one, her crew resume their stations.
Seem to be in one piece, Captain.
We're checking all systems.....
10 The Main Viewscreen
Shows Excelsior getting bumped about by the final
fragments drifting past, bouncing off the shields.
(to Science officer)
Don't tell me that was any meteor
(over his console)
Negative. The subspace shock wave
originated at bering Three-two-three,
Mark seven-five, the location of....
(turns to Sulu)
Praxis. A Klingon moon. Barren of
indigenous life forms out...
Essential as a resource. Praxis is
their key energy production facility.
Send to Klingon high command:
"This is Excelsior, a Federation
Starship traveling through Beta
Quadrant. We have monitored a
large explosion in your sector. DO YOU
Mr. Valtane, any more data?
I have confirmed the location, Sir,
What is it?
....I cannot confirm the existence
Sulu reacts, goes over to the Science Console and looks
at the screen. Nothing there.
The Science officer hits the buttons
10 On the Viewscreen
a barren moon with three-fourths of its mass blown away
drifts lifelessly in a black void.
What's left of it.
Captain, I'm getting a message from
Klingon high command.
11 On Viewscreen:
a snowy picture of a wild-eyed Klingon officer.
This is an emergency! We have
he looks around, the ground is shaking under him, as
Sulu watches, the pictures collapses, then comes on
again, with a different face.
This is Brigadier Kerla, speaking
for the Klingon high command.
There has been an incident on
Praxis, however everything is
under control. We have no need for
assistance. Obey treaty stipulations
and remain outside the Neutral Zone.
Tranmission ends now!
12 The screen goes black. Sulu looks incredulous.
Do we report this, Sir?
Are you kidding?
(swivels to the
Send to Starfleet Command....
13 Ext. Space
Excelsior warps off into the galaxy.
22a CU Starfleet Insignia
Kirk walks into shot.
What are we doing here?
Widen to reveal
23 Int. Starfleet briefing room - day
the room fills with bemedaled brass, Kirk's crew among
them - the only starship complement in the room. They
can't help looking at each other, questioning. They
are in uniform.
Search me. Anybody know how come
we made the "A" list?
My shore leave was just cancelled.
Isn't this just for top brass?
Where is Mr. Sulu?
CAPTAIN Sulu is on assignment...
anyone seen Spock?
A door opens and a Starfleet ADC, austere and Impressive
enters and gavels the meeting to order.
This briefing is classified. There
will be no recording devices.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Commander in Chief.
All rise as the Starfleet Commander in Chief enters,
with a briefcase and pulls materials from it.
Commander in Chief
As you were... I'll make this as
simple as possible. The Klingon
Empire has roughly 50 years of life
left to it.
All look at each other in disbelief.
Commander in Chief
For full details, I am turning the
briefing over to our special
He makes a sign and another door opens. Spock walks to
the podium. Kirk and company are astounded.
Good morning. Two months ago a
Federation starship monitored an
explosion on the Klingon moon
Praxis. We believe it was caused
by overmining and insufficent
safety precautions. The moon's
decimation means an almost eighty
percent loss of available energy and
a deadly pollution of their ozone. They
will have depleted their supply of
oxygen in less than half a century.
Due to their enormous military
budget, the Klingon economy does not
have the resources with which to
combat this catastrophe. Last
month, at the behest of the, uh....
Vulcan Ambassador, I opened a
dialogue with Gorkon, Chancellor of
the Klingon high council. He proposes
to commence negotiations at once.
Negotiations for what?
The dismantling of our space
stations and star bases along the
Neutral Zone. An end to seventy
years of unremitting hostility,
which the Klingons can no longer
Audible mutterings. Pan the crew. Is the war over?
If the Klingons sue for peace, we
could accumulate savings in defense
expenditures, leaving the
Federation ecomony free to grapple
with urgent social problems......
A Military Man
Bill, are we talking about
mothballing the Starfleet?
Commander in Chief
I'm sure our exploration and
science programs would not be
affected, but the facts speak for
I must protest. To offer the
Klingons a safe haven within
Federation space is suicide. And
if we dismantle the fleet, we'd be
defenseless before a Bellicose
people with a foothold on our
territory, led by an unprincipled
tyrant. The opportunity here is to
embargo trading, force them to run
through their own resources faster,
and bring them to their knees.
Then we'll be in a far better
position to dictate terms.
a vocal minority of the briefing supports this, but not
all. Kirk simply stares at Spock.
Commander in Chief
Starfleet in under civilian
control, Admiral. The decision is
a political, not a military one,
and it's been made.
Commander in Chief
(Eyes Spock briefly)
Sir, I'm no diplomat, but the
Klingons have never been
trustworthy. I'm forced to agree
with Admiral Donald. This is...
(He gropes for tact)
....a terrible, a terrifying idea!
the Admiral whispers to the Commander in Chief
Commander in Chief
Your son was killed by a Klingon,
wasn't he, Captain?
Commander in Chief
I'm sorry, but Commander Spock has
persuaded the Federation that this
situation is too promising to
It is imperative that we act now, to
support the Gorkon Initiative, lest
more conservative elements persuade
his empire that it would be better
to attempt a military solution and
Commander in Chief
Captian Kirk, you are to be our
first olive branch.
We have volunteered to rendezvous
with the Klingon ship that's
bringing Chancellor Gorkon here,
and escort him safely through
Kirk is too startled to speak.
Commander in Chief
As it happens, Kirk, the Chancellor
specifically requested you and your
Why, in God's name?
Commander in Chief
There are some Klingons who feel
the same about a peace treaty as
yourself, and Admiral Donald.
They'll think twice about attacking
the Enterprise under your command.
I have personally vouched for you
in theis matter, Captain.
You have personally.....
Commander in Chief
You will accord Chancellor Gorkon
full diplomatic coutesy, Captain
Surely, a full Ambassador would be
better equipped to....
Commander in Chief
If there's no further business, I
wish you and your crew Godspeed.
Thank you all.
He charges out as all rise. Everyone files out.
I don't know whether to
congratulate you or not, Jim.
He moves off before Kirk can reply. The room is
empty except for Spock, still at the podium and
Kirk sitting alone in the auditorium. He is
curious, betrayed and Spock knows it.
There's an old Vulcan proverb: only
Nixon could have gone to China.
How could you vouch for me?
(words fail him)
I was asked by my father to open
negotiations with the Klingon
high council on behalf of the
Federation. Under the circumstances,
I was inclined to agree.
Kirk stands, and walks out of the room.
25 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
The elevator doors open. An attractive Vulcan
Lieutenant leaps out of the command chair, whips
Well, I've heard some whoppers in
They're mothballing the fleet?
Ve vill regret this....
Captain on the bridge.
The crew stands to.
As you were. Lieutenant...?
We were told you
would need a helmsman.....
.....so I volunteered.
She salutes, Kirk smiles, returns the salute.
Lieutenant, I am please to see
The Lieutenant is the first Vulcan
to ge graduated at the top of her
class at the Academy.
Congratulations, Lieutenant. That
must make you very proud....
I don't believe so, Sir.
She's a Vulcan all right
(Down to business)
All right, let's get this over
(pushes the intercomm)
The crew assume their familiar stations.
Scotty's voice (Filtered)
You find the engine room?
Right where I left it, Sir.
Standby. Get me the dock master,
Control tower, reading, Sir.
Control, this is Enterprise,
requesting permission to depart.
Voice over (filtered)
This is Control. Enterprise, you
are granted permission to depart
30 seconds for port gates....
Clear all moorings.....
Awaiting port gates from this
Mooring lines cleared.....
Thank you, Lieutenant, one quarter
(She turns to face him)
Captain, may I remind you that
regulations specify thrusters only
while in space dock?
The crew, old and young, watch this exchange keenly.
Spock is poker faced.
(next to Chekov)
You heard the order, Lieutenant.
Lt. Valeris swivels away, rolling her eyes so Kirk can't
see, and hits the panel....
The ship begins to rattle slightly, then
26 Ext. Space dock
the Enterprise screams out of the dock and exits through
the just opening bay doors into outer space.
30 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise - night
Kirk sits comfortably with a smile on his face
Lieutenant Valeris faces him.
I don't care if I am senile. If
I sit in this chair and give the
word, you jump!
Plot a course for Kronos,
I'm still in the chair, Lieutenant!
Other reactions. Kirk has taken command.
31 Ext. Space
Enterprise cruises purposefully through the void.
Kirk's voice over
Captain's log, Stardate 8679.259.
They say you can't teach an old dog
new tricks, and maybe they're right.
It seems to me our mission to escort
the Chancellor of the Klingon High
Council to a peace summit is
Problematic at best.
32 Int. Kirks cabin
Kirk is unpacking his bags as he dictates, hanging up
his uniforms, his shaving tackle going next to the
I have never trusted Klingons, and
never will. I have never been able
to forgive them for the murder of
my boy. Spock says this could be
an historic moment, and I'd like to
believe him, but how on earth can
history get past people like me?
He sets up a photo of David next to his berth.
A delicate cough.
Kirk realizes he's not alone. Swivels to face:
Lieutenat Valeris standing in the bulkhead doorway.
Come on, Lieutenat, you could knock!
We're almost at the rendezvous, I
thought you'd want to know.
He stands up, and puts on his jacket. She watches.
Permission to speak freely, Sir?
He doesn't stop her
I gather you are not enthusiastic
about the assignment, I don't
think many on board are.
You piloted well out of spacedock,
I always wanted to try that.
Only don't try putting words in my
And leaves her with that!
33 Int. corridor outside Spocks quarters
Lt. Valeris approaches, this time she's smart enough to
34 Int. Spocks quarters
In contrast with his spartan personality, the room is a
voluptuous incense-laden lair, filled with curtains and
smoke. Spock lights a votive candle, surveys her. He is
out of uniform.
You have done will, Lieutenant. As your
sponsor at the Academy, I have
followed your career with... great
satisfaction. And, as a Vulcan...
Sir, I speak to you as a kindred
intellect. Do you not recognize
that a turning point has been
reached in the affairs of the
I am not certain such speculations
are included among your duties,
Klingon battlecruiser off the port
bow. All hands on deck. Repeat.....
(Off her look)
In time you may come to view so-called
turning points with....skepticism.
He starts to get into uniform.
You must have faith.
That the universe will unfold as it
35 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
The cruise is proceeding evenly as Kirk arives out of
one turbo-lift. Spock and the Lieutenant emerge from
Captain on the bridge.
Captain, shall we raise our
Spock looks at Kirk: "Trust me". Kirk scowls at him and
stares at the viewscreen. They all follow his gaze.
35 The main viewscreen
A Klingon battlecruiser. Huge.
Never been this close!
the Chancellor is undoubtedly
awaiting our signal.
Boy, is this hard for Kirk..........Finally:
Uhura, hailing frequencies. Hard
starboard, bring us alongside....
Hard starboard, Z plus five degrees.
Channel open, Captain.
This is the Starship Enterprise,
Captain James T. Kirk, Commanding.
36 Gorkon comes up on the main visual display.
This is Kronos one. I am
Chancellor. We've been ordered to
escort you through Federation space
to your meeting on Earth.
Thank you, Captain.
(Does his best)
Uh....Would you and your party care
to dine this evening aboard the
Enterprise with my officers as guests
of the United Federation of Planets?
37 A few of the crew look around at Kirk.
We'd be delighted to accept your
We'll make arrangements to have you
beamed aboard at 1930 hours.
I shall look forward to it.
He disappears. Kirk turns to Spock.
I hope you're happy.
Kirk turns to face her.
...there is a supply of Romulan ale
aboard, it might make the evening
Kirk smiles, relieved.
Officer thinking, Lieutenant.
38 At the communication console
Chekov leans over to Uhura.
Guess who is coming to dinner?
39 Ext. Space
Both ships cruise parallel in space.
40 Int. Enterprise transporter room.
Scotty stands by the console. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy
stand next to him. They are in dress uniform.
Maybe if their particles just got a
wee bit mixed......
vfx The beams reflect on the glass shield as half dozen
Klingons, including one woman, start materializing.
NB Separate beam-ins for Gorkon, Azetbur, Chang.
Gorkon descends first. He is tall, splendidly Barbaric.
The Klingons are lordly, formal, bow, taking in their
surroundings. An electronic bosun's whistle pipes
Chancellor, may I present Commander
Spock, whom I believe you know, Doctor
Leonard McCoy, Chief medical officer,
Montgomery Scott, chief engineer...
Commander, face to face at last....
you have my thanks.
Gentlemen, this is my daughter,
Azetbur....my military adviser,
Brigadier Kerla....and this is
General Chang, My Chief of Staff.
Chang wears a patch over one eye. He advances on Kirk,
with a grim smile, one eyeball to eyeballs.
I've always wanted to meet you,
I'm not sure how to take that!
Sincere admiration, Kirk.
As one warrior to another....
Uh, right this way, gentlemen, I
thought you might enjoy a brief tour....
The party leaves. As they move past two crewmen....
They all look alike.
What about that smell? You know
only the top of the line models can
They turn to find themselves facing an expressionless
You men have work?
Then snap to it.
41 Int. R deck corridor
Leaving the Enterprise Science Labs.
Your research laboratory is most
Starfleet's been charting and
cataloging planetary atmospheres.
All vessels are equipped with
This cannot be easy for you,
(off of Kirks look)
.....I would feel awkward
if I had to give you a tour of our
The man's courtesy makes Kirk feel guilty....
Would you care to go topside?
(Pulling Kirk aside)
Captain, you're not going to show
them the bridge??
Full diplomatic courtesy, Mr.
The party passes Uhura and a younger crewman.
Would you want your daughter to
42 Repeat 39 VFX
The two ships cruise parallel.
43 Int. officers mess, Enterprise
A window irises open reveling the stars gliding by.
A hand pours deep blue Romulan ale into Gorkon's
crystal goblet. Dinner well underway. Principals from
both parties are at the table. Stewards keep food and
drink in motion.
I give you a toast:
"The undiscovered country"
(off their looks)
All drink Romulan ale, echoing "the undiscovered
country". The Klingons eat with their fingers,
Hamlet, act three, scene one.
You have never experienced
Shakespeare until you have read
him in the original Klingon.
Chang turns to Kirk with a malicious twinkle.
"To be or not to be, that is the
question" which preoccupies our
people, Captain Kirk. We need
I beg your pardon?
Captain Kirk, I thought Romulan ale
It takes Kirk a moment to regain his composure.
One of the advantages of being a
thousand light years from
To you, Chancellor Gorkon; one of
the architects of our future.
All drink. As Romulan ale flows throughout the scene,
tongues get looser. Gorkon watches.
Perhaps we are looking at something
of that future here.
Commander Spock, mindful of all
your work behind the scenes, and
despite the cordiality at this
mess, I do not sense an acceptance
of our people throughout your ship.
They're naturally wary, ma'am.
We've been at war a long time.
How do both sides overcome
Perhaps with a few small steps at a
time. Like this one.
And perhaps with a large step or
two. Like a peace treaty.
Captain Kirk, are you willing to
give up Starfleet?
(Looks at Kirk)
I believe the Captain feels that
Starfleet's mission has always been
one of peace.
Far be it from me to dispute my
first officer. Starfleet has
Come now, Captain, this dinner is
off the record: in space all
warriors are cold warriors.
We have never tried to.....
You hypocritically presume that
your democratic system gives you a
moral prerogative to force other
cultures to conform to your
That's not true.....!
Uhura turns to the Klingon next to her - all tact.
General, are you fond of
He looks at her, his hands and mouth full of food.
Ugh! Chekov pursues.
Ve do not impose democracy on
others. Ve do believe that every
planet has a sovereign claim to
"Human rights". Even the name is
racist. The Federation is basically
a "Homo Sapiens" only club.....
Spock reacts to this. Chang is amused.
Present company excepted, to be sure...
Well, I suppose we're not perfect.
Don't let them put words in your
mouth! I haven't served 30 years
in the engine room of a Starship
to be accused of gunboat diplomacy!
In any case, we know where this is
leading, the annihilation of our
culture. Klingons will replace
those on the lowest rung of the
Federation employment ladder,
taking menial jobs and performing
them for lower pay......
That's economics, not racism!
But you have to admit it adds up to
the same thing.
Don't be naive, Commander!
Who are you calling "naive"?
Kirk stares sullenly down the table throughout this.
We're explorers, not diplomats!
Starfleet's killed an awful lot of
natural phenomena in the name of
We follow orders......
Since when has THAT been an excuse?
Diplomacy must resolve these.....
Right! Leave it to the politicians
to muck it up and leave us
A cough interrupts the fight. All eyes on Gorkon.
The Klingons conceal their amusement.
Well. I see we have a long way to go.
Reactions from Kirk and his officers.
44 Int. Transporter room, Enterprise
Both parties are gathered, saying goodbyes.
Thank you, Captain Kirk. The
evening has been most....edifying.
We must do this again soon.
Gorkon stares at him, smiles slightly.
You don't trust me.
Kirk can't look at him.
I don't blame you. If there is to
be a "Brave new world", we old people
will have the hardest time living it it.
(Turns to Spock)
Chancellor. A pleasure to meet
General Chang, a pleasure.....
"Parting is such sweet sorrow,
shall we say goodnight till it
Kirk is ready to slug him, but turns his fist into a
salute. The Klingons step on the trasporter platform.
Chang speaks into his communicator, nods to Kirk.
44 They disappear. The Bosun's whistle.
Did you see the way they ate?
Terrible table manners.
I don't believe our own conduct
will distinguish us in the annals
I'm going to sleep this off. Let
me know if there's some other way
we can screw up tonight.
He starts out, others follow....
45 Int. Kirks quarters
He comes in slightly drunk and pushes the button on his
log. Lies on his bunk and speaks. The ships bells give
Captains Log. Stardate 8679.15.
The Enterprise hosted Chancellor
Gorkon and company for dinner last
night. Our manners were not
exactly Emily Post. Note to the
galley: Romulan ale no longer to be
seved at diplomatic functions.
He leans back, sighs, thinking -
But it wasn't the ale. That was
just the excuse we needed to say
all the things there were really on
Captain Kirk, you are wanted on the
bridge. Captain Kirk......
Kirk reacts, tries to shake himself awake.
46 Int. Enterprise bridge
Kirk enters. Glances at the main visual display: the
46 battlecruiser still travels silently alongside.
Vulcan Lt. still has the conn. Spock is at his post.
(rubs his eyes)
What is it?
I am uncertain
Spock, I'm really tired....
We are reading an enormous amount
of Neutron radiation.
(tries to focus)
Curiously, it appears to emanate
Spock remains silent. Kirk is distrubed, paces,
watching the displays.
Lieutenant, you know anything about a
Neutron energy surge?
Mr. Chekov, anything unusual?
Just the size of my head....
I know what you mean.....
46 A photon torpedo suddenly streaks from the botton of
vfxb the screen and hits the hull of the Presidents
We've fired on the Chancellor's
46 A second photon torpedo shoots out from the botton of
vfxc the display screen towards the Presidents ship!
Who's doing that???
The Vulcan Lt. hits panel controls, trying to find out.
47 Int. Gorkons stateroom, Klingon flagship
Gorkon, several advisers, and soldiers were seated, but
the impact has thrown them about. They speak subtitled
The entire flagship is drenched in amber emergency
Another blast. They start floating helplessly in the
air! Everything mobile rises, weapons float out of
48 Int. Transporter room, Flagship
48 Two sets of heavy gravity boots, as the materialize.
vfxa the legs inside them wear Starfleet uniforms, and
carry phasers at their sides. They shoot the Klingon
transporter officer. They stomp heavily throught the
alarms and chaos, firing at the helpless, floating
crew...cries of the wounded. Weapons ploat out of their
holsters just out of reach in the amber light.....
48 Klingon blood floats in the air.
49 Int. Flagship corridor
Where Klingon crew are floating helplessly. The
gravity boots shoot anything in their way, walk on
walls, etc. as they hurry along to:
50 Int. Gorkons stateroom, Flagship
Where they blast a guard at the door, severing his arm
and enter. The Klingons have weapons, but are floating
and unable to aim. They are quickly shot as the two
hit men make their way toward Gorkon.
50 Blood now floats about as well as debtris in the
vfx crackling emergency lighting. A good deal of hissing
Chancellor Gorkon is shot. The hit men turn and exit
quickly. Linger on a scene of weightless carnage and
51 Int. Flagship corridor - night
The hit men hurry back the way they came in their
awkward magnetic boots. Bodies and blood floating
52 Int. Transporter room, Flagship
52 The heavy boots step on the platform and de-materialize.
vfx (One foot treads on floating Klingon blood)
53 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
53 A snowy picture on the visual display, then Chang comes
vfxa on (still in amber light)....
(He's screaming in Klingon,
reverting to his native
language under stress.)
He says we've fired on them in a
blatant act of war.
We haven't fired....
According to the data bank, we have....
Captain, they're coming about!
53 Main viewscreen
One battlecruiser flagship now heading for Enterprise.
They're preparing to fire.
Shields up, Captain?
Kirk hasn't moved. He's staring at the display,
Captain, our shields!
Uhura, signal our surrender.
This is Enterprise, Captain, if they fire
we surrender. Repeat, at us with our shields
Enterprise surrenders! down........!
Torpedo bay! Did we fire those
55 Int. Enterprise torpedo bay
Negative, Captain. According to
inventory, we're still fully loaded.
56 Int. Enterprise bride
Angle on Spock
reacting. How can this be? He checks data banks again.
56 CU data banks: they confirm, two photon torpedoes fired.
Stand down your weapons.
57 Another angle
STAND DOWN, Mr. Scott. All stop.
That's an order!
McCoy rushes in, carrying his stuff.
What the hell's going on?
I wish I knew. Uhura?
It's pretty chaotic over there.
There's been some weapons fire and
a lot of shouting....
I'm going aboard. Spock, you have
He heads for the turbolift. Spock blocks him.
I am responsible for involving you
in this. I will go.
I'M going! You're going to be
responsible for getting me out of
this! Meanwhile we're not going to
be the instigators of a full scale
war on the eve of universal peace.
Perhaps you're right.
And Spock uncharacteristically pats him on the back
Good luck, Captain.
I'm going too. They may need a
Uhura, tell them we're coming. And
tell them we're unarmed.
They hurry out.
58 Int. Gorkons stateroom, Flagship
Chang and his assistants are trying to sort things out
without gravity. Chang shouts efficient orders in
Klingon as he finds and tries to help Gorkon.....
Chang keeps himself upright by grabbing a handhold, but
the stricken are still floating...
A few more orders from Chang, then the lights flicker,
then all the bodies and blood slam to the ground as the
gravitational source is restored. Lighting is normal.
59 Int. Flagship transporter room
Kirk and McCoy materialize. They are quickly
surrounded by armed soldiers. Kirk puts his hands out
to indicate they are not carrying weapons. They are
searched as Kerla enters.
Have you lost your mind?
I give you my word, I don't
understand what has happened.
We're here to help......
He leads them along the corridor
60 Int. flagship corridor
same path, a scene of destruction, which the hit men
took, right into
61 Int. Gorkons stateroom, Flagship
where dead and wounded are being separated.
Kerla hurries over to Gorkon, askew on the rug, blood
running everwhere. Azetbur is holding him, now bloody
herself (she wasn't in the room during the assignation)
He goes to him immediately. Chang rises from next to
My God, what happened here?
You feign ignorance?
You crippled our gravitational
field with a direct torpedo hit,
and two Starfleet crewmen beamed
aboard in magnetic boots and did
this! We have witnesses!
Kirk has no response, is shocked.
McCoy is being held back from Gorkon by two Klingons.
He's a DOCTOR!
How can I trust....
Are you carrying a surgeon?
We were, until you fired your torpedoes!
Then let me help!
Chang hesitates, then signals. McCoy is released.
I need some light. Can we get him
onto the table?
Klingons lift Gorkon onto his table, someone produces
light. McCoy whips out his medical scanner. His hands
Kirk grabs Gorkons arms.
Sweet Jesus....! He's lost a lot of
whatever this stuff is....
Jim, I don't even know his anatomy
McCoy furiously goes over Gorkon with his anabolic
photoplaser. Shakes his head. Gorkon clutches Kirk.
The wounds aren't closing....
You're killing him!
Kirk grabs Chang before he can get to McCoy
Chancellor Gorkon, can you hear me?
No response. McCoy rips open Gorkon's collar....
He's gone into some kind of
arrest.....COME ON, DAMMIT!!
He tries a medical tricorder.
Frantically, he whumps Gorkon's chest, as Kirk, et al,
look as Gorkon feebly opens his eyes, sees kirk....
Are you alright?
Gorkon freezes, McCoy looks at his scanner. It burns
bright red. Gorkon is dead. Kirk is in shock, he can't
I've lost him......
Azetbur sits holding Gorkon, dry-eyed. Kirk pulls at
Under artickle 184 of Interstellar
Law, I place you both under arrest.
You are charged with assassinating
the Chancellor of the High Council.
He just tried to save him!!!!
Take them away.
They are handcuffed. Both are in shock.
62 Int. bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
Uhura is listening carefully. Scotty has joined Spock
and the others on the bridge.
They've been arrested.
All eyes go to Spock. We can guess how he feels.
Mr. Spock, we've got to do
The others crowd in, waiting for orders. Depending on
I assume command of this ship as of
0130 hours. Uhura, send to
Starfleet HQ. Explain precisely
what has taken place, and request
But we can't allow them to be taken
back to Kronos as prisoners!
What do you suggest, Lieutenant?
Opening fire won't retrieve the
Captain, and an armed engagement
was precisely what he wished to
At least we must keep track of
where they are taken, Sir. I....
I've already addressed that
question, Mr. Scott. We'll be able
to follow the Captain's movements.
How did you....?
In the meantime, we must endeavor to
piece together what happened here
tonight. According to our data
banks, this ship fired those
Mr. Scott, you forget yourself.
Please accompany me.
He starts out.
And if we can't piece together what
happened? What then, Sir?
Spock turns unhappily.
Then, Mr. Chekov, it resides in the
hands of the diplomats.
63 Int. Office of the Federation President - Day
The Federation President and the Klingon Ambassador.
With them is the Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek, Spock's
father, and Nanclus, the Romulan Ambassador.
The Chancellor of the High Council
is dead, the result of an
unprovoked attack while he
travelled to see YOU under a flag
of truce on a mission of peace.
Captain Kirk was legally arrested
for the crime. May I remind you
that he, and Doctor McCoy boarded
Kronos One of their own free will.
None of these facts are in dispute,
Mr. President. And as a matter of
these facts, the Klingon people
have a right to justice. What I am
asking now is, does the Federation
plan to stand in the way of our
justice? Or do you consider your-
self and all Federation personnel
above the law?
A mumbling is heard thoughout the court at this line.
I am waiting for your answer, Mr.
This President is not above the
The Klingon Ambassador bows and takes his leave.
The President is left with the two Ambassadors
Mr. President, Starfleet Command is
here from San Francisco.
Send them in.
Three officers from Starfleet, including Admiral
Donald, and the Commander in Chief, enter from a
Mr. President, we cannot allow
Federation citizens to be abducted!
At present, I'm awaiting a full
report from Enterprise. Pending
that I am constrained to observe
A stand off. Donald nods to another officer.
We've prepared Operation Retrieve
based on the rising danger of
terrorism between the Klingon
Empire and the Federation. Sir, we
can go in and rescue the hostages
and be out in 24 hours with an
acceptable rate of loss in manpower
and equipment. We have the technology
Suppose you precipitate a full
Then, quite frankly, Mr. President,
we can clean their chronometers.
Mr. President, they are vulnerable.
There'll never be a better time....
Pause as the president considers.
I'd prefer not to be the President
to push the button if I can avoid
it, not for two hostages.
The longer we wait, the less
accessible the hostages will be,
I'll bear that in mind, Admiral.
I think that's all......Sir!
The president looks at Admiral Donald on this line
Commander in Chief
Those men have literally saved this
planet, and you know it!
I do know it. And now I'm afraid
they're going to save it again. By
They're dismissed. The President puts his head in his
hands.....finally looks up at Sarek.
Do you know I agree with everything
I'm sorry, Mr. President. And I
know my son must feel equally
responsible. It was at my request
that he persuaded Kirk to undertake
The President looks at him.
I want the crew of the Enterprise in my
office tomorrow morning.
They're still in space, Mr.
President, adjacent to the
Then tell your son to get the hell
back here before the end of the
He swallows some pills.
64 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
Uhura's communications panel. Chekov stands over her
shoulder. In Uhura's earpiece we can hear filtered
screaming! She can hardly stand the volume.
We are to report back at once.
Ve cannot abandon Captain Kirk and
He looks at the rest of the crew. The Vulcan Lt.
We've been ordered to....
Four hundred years ago, on the
Planet Earth, workers whose lives
were threatened by automation, flung
their wooden shoes, called Sabots,
into the machines to stop them.
Hence the word Sabo-tage.
We are experiencing a technical
malfunction. All backup systems
Excellent. I mean too bad.
I will inform Captain Spock.
65 Office of the Federation President - Day
The President is meeting with six civilian advisers.
You have our total support, Mr.
President. My factories can gear
up to full weapons production in
less that a week.
Thank you, Henry. Right now, we're
pursuing diplomatic channels....
Of course. No one wants a war.....
If I may, Mr. President. the
important thing is too keep the
peace process alive. If the new
Chancellor is so disposed, perhaps
we can attach a rider, get some
assurance that these men won't be
executed. Then, in a year.....
Mr. President, you have the new
Chancellor of the High Council
They all swing to look at the far wall, which
65 lights up as a visual display. After a snowy
vfx beginning, Azetbur appears.
66 Int. Azetbur's office
Mr. President, I've been named
Chancellor of the High Council in
my father's place.
67 Int. office of the president
Reactions in the room.
Madam Chancellor, you have my
sincerest condolences on your
recent loss. I want to assure you
that this shamefull deed......
Mr. President, let us come to the
point. You want the conference to
go forward and so said my father. I
will attend in one week, after I've
had the opportunity to master the
details of his position, on one
condition: we will not extradite
the prisoners, and you will not
attempt to rescue them in a
military operation. We would
consider any such attempt, an act
We look forward to meeting with you
next week, Madam Cahncellor. I hope
you will be our guest here on .....
After recent events, you will
understand I prefer a neutral site.
And in the interests of security,
let us keep the location secret.
As you wish, Madam Chancellor.
She clicks off. The President and his advisers are a
little speechless at her strength and brusqueness.
68 Int. Azetbur's office - day
She's gotten off the compic. We are now in Klingon.
Attack them now, Madam Chancellor,
while we still can....!
He unfurls battle plans......
Attack, or be slaves in their world!
We can take whole by force what they
propose to divide.....!
You don't seem to grasp our
situation, General. War is now
obsolete. As we are in danger of
Better to die on our feet, than living
on our knees...!
That wasn't what my father wanted!
He was killed for what he wanted!
That sinks in. Azetbur hardens. Faces Chang.
Kirk must have a fair trial.
But I want a conviction. You will
represent the State, General Chang.
With pleasure, Madam Chancellor.
69 Int. Torpedo bay, U.S.S. Enterprise
Spock and Scotty hover over the torpedo console,
looking at numbers and lights. Spock thinks hard.
Eight bells sound. It is perfectly clear: according to
the Inventory program, all torpedoes are still aboard!!!
It's as I said, Mr. Spock,
Inventory still registers every
Yet the data banks insist we fired,
twice. one computer is lying.
A computer canna lie, Sir.
Then we must check the torpedoes,
That could take hours!
And if they're all in place?
Then someone forced a data bank
The Vulcan Lt. descends into the bay.
They've named Gorkon's daughter
Chancellor, it was on the news.
I'll bet that Klingon bitch killed
Her own father....?
It is an old story, Sir.
They don't place the same value on
life that we do, Mr. Spock. You know
that, take my word! She didn't shed
one bloody tear...!
That's hardly conclusive, Mr.
Scott, as Klingons have no tear
Before Scotty can react.
Any reply from Starfleet to our
Not as yet, Sir.
(Looks at her keenly)
Commander Uhura has been
experiencing technical difficulties,
Very well. For twenty-four hours
we'll agree that this conversation
did not take place!
An omission. After that.....
Twenty-four hours from now, we won't
have a clue where the Captain is.
I know precisely where he'll be!
Scotty and Lieutenant Valeris react.
You do? Where?
70 Tight on Kirk's eyes. Jump back to reveal
The Klingon empire in all its barbaric splendor
A cavernous stadium arranged in circlular tiers cut from
jagged stone. A place from a bygone age, of savage and
awesome beauth. Something between a circus and a
.....turned for the occasion into a gigantic courtroom
with thousands of spectators, screaming: "Kirk! Kirk!
Many in the audience hold spears with lighted heads.
Kirk and McCoy in the dock, stand in the bottom at the
very center of the circle, surrounded by a Klingon
audience in rising tiers, while hooded Klingon judges
sit invisible in a darkened dugout. (One judge is an
Chang wears the prosecutor's mantle.
In the audience is President Azetbur and her advisers.
The trial is being broadcast and special cameras
Near Kirk and McCoy sits their young, eager Klingon
defense attorney. Kirk keeps his cool thoughout,
though McCoy tends to steam.
The rules are different. Attorneys are empowered to
ask their witnesses a question at any time, and to mix
this up with statements and charges.
The proceedings begin in subtitled Klingon. Kirk and
McCoy wear headphones. When they speak, a translator
converts to Klingon.
As Chang gets going, we zoom into his mouth and he
converts to english... the judges gavel is a grotesque
The State will show that Enterprise
fired on Kronos One without
provocation, the Chancellor and his
advisers having been lulled into a
false sense of security with an
invitation to a state dinner aboard
Captain Kirk's vessel at 1930 hours
that same evening.
(Turns to Kirk
Do you deny all this?
The mob howls "Kirk!", as the Judge gavels.
The Prisoner will respond.
I don't deny we invited them to
71 Angel on Chancellor Azetbur
Were you drunk at that dinner,
72 Int. President's UFP's office - Day
72 The President and his advisers, including Sarek, watch
vfx the proceedings unhappily onscreen. Translator's voice
Isn't it a fact that you served
Romulan ale, a beverage illegal in
the Federation because of its
The drink was served.
The Commander in Chief and President wince.
Commander in Chief
This is a damned show trial.
73 Int. klingon courtroom - Day
And you still maintain your ship
did not fire on Kronos One? Would
you have known if she had? Come
now, Captain. the record clearly shows
there were no other ships in the
There....were no other ships in the
Did you have occasion to refer to
your ship's data banks during that
I checked the data banks, yes.
And what did they tell you?
That we fired two Photon Torpedoes.
The mob howls.
The witness is excused, for the
Chang whirls off as the Judge gavels.
74 Int. Klingon Courtroom - Day
One of President Gorkons Guards is on the stand,
he is missing an arm.
After the first hit, we lost our
gravitational field, I found myself
weightless and unable to function.
Then 2 Starfleet crewmen came
walking towards us.
75 Widen to reveal we are watching aboard Enterprise.
Spock, et al, are receiving the transmission on their
main visual display. They watch in silence.
Perhaps they merely wore Starfleet
I move that remark be stricken as
So ordered. Colonel Worf, we are
interested in facts, not theories.
If the gravitatinal field was not
functioning, how could these men
have been walking?
They appeared to be wearing
Murmur. The Defense Attorney wishes he hadn't asked.
76 Int. Klingon Courtroom - Day
They fired on you?
With Starfleet issue phasers. They
dashed into the Chancellor's
stateroom, we could hear more
phaser fire, then they went back
the way they'd come.
Towards the transporter room?
Swish pan to CU Sulu
77 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Excelsior
Sulu and his crew are watching the trial on their
visual display as well.
78 Int. Klingon Courtroom - Day
Doctor McCoy, what is your current
Aside from a touch of arthritis,
I'd say pretty good.
Sulu has to smile. Chang is not amused, waits.
For 27 years I have been Ships
Surgeon and later Chief Medical
Officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.
In three months, I'm due to stand down.
Ah. I believe you also consumed
Romulan ale at the officers mess
on the night in question, Doctor?
We all did. But that doesn't
General Chang, come to the point or
abandon this line of inquiry.
Was Chancellor Gorkon alive when
you first examined him?
Have you saved patients as "barely"
alive as he was?
President Azetbur flinches at the memory.
I didn't have the knowledge of
Klingon anatomy I needed.
You say you are due for retirement.
May I ask: Do your hands shake?
I was nervous.
You were incompetent! Whether
deliberately, or as a result of age,
combined with drink, this court will
I tried to save him! I was
desperate to save him! He was the
last best hope in the universe for
The Chacellor herself will testify
that the defendant's hands shook!
79 Int. UFP President's office.
79 The President, et al, watch unhappily
80 Int. Klingon Courtroom - Day
And now, we come to the architect of
this tragic affair, Captain James
Tiberius Kirk. I put it to you,
Captain, that you were seeking
revenge for the death of your son!
That isn't true.....!
That, either as an instrument of
Federation policy, or acting on your
own drunken initiative, you and
your fellow conspirators, crippled
Kronos One, and cold-bloodedly
assassinated the Chancellor of the
High Council. Then, you and Doctor
McCoy went aboard to make certain
the job was complete.
Objection: Captain Kirk has not
been identified as the assassin.
I offer into the record the
following excerpt from Captain
Kirk's personal log.
He signals. Kirk's voice stills the room.
I have never trusted Klingons, and
never will. I have never been able
to forgive them for the murder of
An explosive babble fills the court. The Judge pounds
his glove for order....quick reaction shots:
81 The Enterprise
82 The President's Office
83 The Excelsior - then back to the courtroom
84 Int. Courtroom - Day
Are those your words?
Spoken by you?
Louder, please. We cannot hear you.
Those words WERE spoken by me.
85 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Excelsior
85 Sulu is speaking confidentially to his communications
vfx officer. On screen behind them, the trial continues.
Send to commander Enterprise: "We
stand ready to assist you. Captian
Sulu, U.S.S. Excelsior." Attach our
Is that wise, sir? I mean, given
(off Sulu's look)
He leaves. Sulu looks up at the screen, unhappily.
Objection, your honors. My
clients' political views are not
on trial here.
86 Int. Enterprise Bridge
86 The trial is on several monitor BG. Spock, next to
Sulu's giving us his position and
telling us he's standing by.....
He's placing himself in a most
On the contrary, Captain Kirk's
views and motives are at the heart
of this matter. This officers record
shows the accused to be an insubordinate,
unprincipled career opportunist, with
a history of violating the chain of
command when it suited him.
87 Int. Klingon Courtroom - Day
Indeed the record will show that
Captain Kirk was once "Admiral"
Kirk and that Admiral Kirk was
broken for taking matters into his
own hands in defiance of
regulations and the law. Do you
deny you were demoted on these
charges, Captain? DO NOT WAIT FOR
THE TRANSLATION, ANSWER ME NOW!!!
Don't answer - objection!
Objection overruled. The Prisoner
will answer the question.
I cannot deny it.
You were demoted.....
I have on occasion disobeyed
And were you obeying or disobeying
orders the night you arranged the
assassination of Chancellor Gorkon?
Defense Attorney (overlapping)
I was unaware of the assassination
until I boarded his ship!
You deny Enterprise fired on Kronos
You deny that your men beamed
aboard Kronos One, and shot the
I cannot confirm or deny actions
which I did not witness.
Captain Kirk, are you aware that
under Federation law, the Captain
of a Starship is considered
responsible for the actions of his
So, if it should prove members of
your crew did in fact carry out
such an assassination?
Jim! They're setting us up! Your
honors, I protest!
The defendant will be silent!
Captain Kirk, you will answer the
As Captain, I am responsible for the
conduct of the crew under my command.
Your honors, the State rests.
An excited babble. Kirk and McCoy turn to their
Is it our turn, now?
Defense Attorney (grim)
According to Klingon law, both sides
present their cases at the same
time, we have had our turn!
On McCoys and Kirks reaction. The Judges nailed fist
crashes down with a flurry of sparks.
It is the judgement of this court
that the defendants are guilty as
Sensation in court. A booming chant "Koom, Koom!!" as
all the light spears are pointed at Kirk and McCoy.
Chang is stone-faced, again, the horrible gauntlet.
Captian James T. Kirk, Doctor
They face the Judges' box. Intercut this moment with
88 Int. Enterprise Bridge - Day
Spocks face - What has he done?
89 Int. Klingon Courtroom
Have either of you anything to say
before this court passes sentence?
Kirk and McCoy look at each other.
We were framed.
I wish to note for the record that
the evidence against my clients is
entirely circumstantial. I beg the
court to consider this when framing
So noted. In the interests of
amity for the forthcoming peace
talks, the sentence of death is
(the crowd roars)
It is the judgement of this court
that without possibility of
reprieve or parole, you be taken
from this place to the Dilithium
mines on the Penthe asteroid,
there to spend the rest of your
Off Kirks and McCoys reactions.
90 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
Uhura (tearfull eyes)
Known throughout the galaxy as the
Better to kill them now and get it
It takes Spock a moment to recover himself.
Let's see it again, Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Valeris pushes a button. As attention is
diverted, Spock mops his brow.
The crew watch in silence as the monitor replays the
hit. (Sc. 46 vfxb)
It is Enterprise. We fired.
As the replay indicates this, Spock stares.....
Scotty (anger & confusion)
It's na possible!! All weapons
VISUALLY accounted for. Sir!
Commander? It it not logical to
consider ALL possibilites?
(off their looks)
This is most difficult to say, but
has it occurred to....to any of
us....that the Captain is...that
is, we know his feelings about
Klingons, what they did to his....
Spocks gaze stops her.
Lt. Valeris (continuing)
Well, it is a possibility!
After an impenetrable pause -
Another replay as they watch.
They stare at the frozen image.
An ancestor of mine maintained that
if you eliminate the impossible
whatever remains - however
improbable - must be the truth.
What exactly does that mean?
It means that if we cannot have
fired those torpedoes, then someone
They dinna fire on themselves. And
there were no other ships present.
(grasping at straws)
There was and enormous neutron
Not from us!!
Chekov (square one)
A neutron surge that big could only
be produced by another ship.....
Too far off. Very near us.
If another ship had been beneath us,
the Klingons would have seen her!
Bird of Prey!
Spock says nothing.
A Bird of Prey canna fire when
All things being equal, Mr. Scott,
I would agree. However, "things"
are not equal, this one can!
Then you're talking about a
dreadful new engine of destruction,
I believe I am.
We must inform Starfleet Command....
Inform them of what? A new weapon
that isn't visible? Raving
lunatics - that's what they'll call
us! They'll say we're so desperate
to exonerate the Captain, we'll say
And they would be right. We have no
evidence - just a theory that
happens to fit the facts.....
Even assuming you're correct, Mr.
Spock, why would they fire on their
I want this ship searched from bow
to stern. Lieutenant, you are in
charge. Start with the transporter
room, and work your way outwards!
I don't understand. If there vas
a ship underneath us, surely the
assassins beamed aboard from that
wessel, not Enterprise.
You are forgetting something:
(off their looks)
the data banks say we fired. If we
did, the killers are here. If we
didn't, whoever altered the data
banks is on board. Either way, what
we are searching for is here....
What are we searching for, Mr.
You tell them, Lieutenant.
90A Close on Vulcan Lieutenant
Lt. Valeris (it's elementary)
Two pairs of gravity boots!
Spock is well pleased with her.
91 Ext. Rura Penthe Penal Colony - Day
91 Three suns glare down on a huge vista, an ice field,
vfx the coldest habitable place in the solar system.
A small moving dark mass as we push in, reveals
Fifteen prisoners in leg irons and five Klingon guards
with jackal-mastiffs moving slowly across the frigid
Kirk and McCoy, likewise shackled, are among them.
Guards and prisoners alike wear ragged furs.
They reach a lone totem and a guard holds up his hand
for a halt. He presses and instrument emitting a high-
In response, a huge trap door buried in the snow,
yawns open. A Klingon guard emerges from steps below,
and places a box before the gaping door.
As Kirk and McCoy watch, the commandant of Rura Penthe
and his jackal mastiff emerge. He mounts the box.
This is the gulag Rura Penthe.
Observe: there is no stockade, no
guard tower, no electrified
fence! They are not needed here!
Only a magnetic shield prevents
beaming. Your new home awaits....
He blows a mechanical whistle. In response, two guards
emerge from below with a screaming Klingon convict.
Punishment means exile from prison
to the surface - on the surface,
nothing can survive.
The guards dump the screaming convict on the ice -
without furs. The weather immobilizes him at once -
his cries become fainter.
Below, no one can escape. Work well,
and you will be treated well. Work
badly, and you will die.
He leaves. The box is removed by a guard and proceeds
him through the huge door, and down the steps.
91A Long shot
as the prisoners are herded after him, and the door
shuts, leaving the frozen vista as it was: snow
flurries obscure the trap door almost instantly. Only
the frozen corpse of the convict is left - until it too
91B Int. Rura Penthe
Start looking up at the closing trap door, outside we
can see snow flurries as the panel shuts with a clang.
Pan down to reveal
A huge underground labyrinth with an enormous courtyard
surrounded by prisoners huts open to the center.
Prisoners wander freely within. The scum of the universe
Everyone wears furs, leg irons, and is freezing.
An endless scaffolding above, the guards.
Many of the prisoners look like they could snap Kirk
and McCoy in half, with one hand.
Kirk and McCoy step gingerly around the outside wall,
watching the yard. A shadow falls across them.
Their POV: It's a behemoth alien. He speaks in a
guttural, incomprehensible language.
Auog wok na pushnat.
I'm afraid our universal translator
Ring notsa loskent!
Rangnit ascru, unto pram moreoscue
He's definitely on about something!
Quog wok na pushnat!!!
The alien picks Kirk up.
If this is your spot, we'll move
The alien is about to behead Kirk
He wants your obedience to the
Brotherhood of Aliens.
He's got it!
And your coat.
'Fraid not. It wouldn't fit him,
The alien puts Kirk down.
The alien nods and wanders off.
What's the Brotherhood of Aliens?
Prisoners from outside the Klingon
Systems. They tend to band together.
She's a tall, and very good looking female, boots to
her thighs, exotic furs, tattered but clearly humanoid.
She's smoking something, offers them a hit.
This'll help keep you warm. You're
Kirk and McCoy.
Kirk takes the hit, offers McCoy....it does warm you!
How did you know...?
We don't get many Presidential
We didn't kill Gorkon.
Of course not. (looks around)
There's a reward for your death!
McCoy (looks around also)
We've been set up all along.
Somebody up there wants you out of
I don't believe we can get more out
of the way than this!!
They'll make it look like an
What are you in for, if you don't mind
I don't mind. Smuggling. Guilty.
I come from Arc. Smuggling is an
ancient and respected trade there.
How much time's left of your
Martia (smiles grimly)
Don't you know? Everyone on Rura
Penthe is here for life!
Kirk and McCoy didn't know.
92 Int. Galley, U.S.S. Enterprise
Under Lt. Valeris's watchful eye, crewmen are taking the
kitchen apart. All sorts of dishes and cutlery litter
the place. Spock, Scotty and Chekov enter.
We've got a crew of three hundred
turning the own quarters inside
out, but the killers may be among
them. Surely they've disposed of
these boots by now. Wouldn't it
have been logical to leave them on
Even logic must give way to
physics. Gravity hadn't been
restored by the time they escaped.
Without their boots, they would not
have stayed on the Klingon
Chekov (mimes with his finger)
Why not simply vaporize them?
She whips out her phaser and fires, incinerating a pot.
Alarms and claxons howl! Chekov covers his ears.
As you know, sir, no one can fire
an unauthorized phaser aboard a
She switches off the alarm and has another thought:
Suppose when they returned, they
threw the boots into the garbage?
I'm having the garbage searched.
If my surmise is correct, those
boots will cling to the killers
necks like Tiberian bats. They
couldn't make their escape without
them, nor can they simply throw
them out a window for all to see.
No, they're here. Somewhere!
Uhura comes into the galley, Stepping over pots and
pans. She is not happy.
Did someone shoot off a phaser,
I've pulled out my - ah, wooden shoe
and Starfleet is screaming for us
to return to port!
Mr. Scott, any progress on
repairing our warp drive?
There's nothing wrong with the
Spock coughs hard.
.......Could take weeks, Sir!
Thank you, Mr. Scott. Were we to
return to spacedock, the killers
would surely manage to dispose of
their incriminating footwear.
(turns to Uhura)
Please report our situtation to
I'll tell them someone threw a
gravity boot into it!
Angle on Spock
Reacting. He looks at Lt. Valeris
Right, a gravity boot in the warp
She goes off, shaking her head.
You understand that we have lost
all contact with Captain Kirk....?
At present, he's surrounded by a
magnetic shield. If my calculations
are correct, he should be deep into
his escape planning by this time.
93 Int. Rura Penthe penal colony.
Kirk gets hit in the face. It's already bloody. It's
a prison fight. Kirk and an alien are surrounded by
prisoners who are sneering and jeering.
Kirk and McCoy are distinctly grubbier.
Kirk scrambles to his feet and circles. The alien
swings a large paw, but Kirk ducks, comes in with an
uppercut. He connects, but does little damage. They
circle some more. The alien dives legs first, and
scissors Kirk, who goes down roughly. Wrestling, Kirk
McCoy and Martia watch....the leg irons make it
complicated, they can also wrap around someone's
The alien moves in closely, hits Kirk again. Kirk
fights back with a kick to the chest, which doubles
over the alien.
Then Kirk slams the alien on the neck and he goes down.
Kirk starts to walk away.
But a paw reaches out and grabs him by the ankle. Kirk
looks back and the alien is grinning, drags him in.
The alien stands, and grips Kirk, chest to back, in a
giant bear hug. Surely, he will crush the life out of
Kirk. He lifts Kirk right off of the ground. Kirk,
almost gone, lifts his legs up high, and swings down
hard, smashing the alien in the knee. That does it. The
alien falls to the ground, screaming and holding his
knee. Kirk staggers away, catching his breath.
They'll respect him now....
That's a comfort!
I was lucky that thing had knees.
They look back. The alien is still on the ground
That's not his knee!
(off Kirk's look)
Not everybody keeps their genitals
in the same place, Captain!
Anything you want to tell me?
Before she can answer.
McCoy, why don't you see what you
can do? Let them know we're not
holding a grudge.
Suppose HE'S holding a grudge?
McCoy tentatively goes forward, and examines the knee.
He is without any medical tools of any kind.
The alien yells, but lets him look. He manipulates the
leg, then ties a kind of splint with an old rag....
94 Angle on Kirk
There's gotta be a way out of this
Martia looks at him, moves off.
95 Int. Sulu's cabin, U.S.S. Excelsior.
Sulu is asleep, awakened by a knock.
His communications officer enters.
Sorry to wake you, Sir, but
Starfleet ugently requests any
data we may have on the whereabouts
of the Enterprise.
Apparently they're refusing to
acknowledge a signal to return
to spacedock, Sir.
Signal Starfleet that.......
we have no idea of the location
of the Enterprise.
You have hearing problems, Mister?
He salutes and leaves. Sulu stays awake.
96 Int. Hut on Rura Penthe - Night
Kirk and McCoy try to sleep on rude cots in a hut off
the main courtyard, tattered, exhusted wrecks.
Three months till retirement. What
a way to finish.
We're not finished.
Speak for yourself. One day or one
He makes a gesture across his own throat.
Close on Kirk
Bones....are you afraid of the
That was the general idea I
intended to convey.
I didn't mean this future.
Are we playing multiple choice?
Some people ARE afraid of the
future, of what MIGHT happen.
I was frightened, really
I've looked death in the eye a
thousand times and tried to be
professional about it. Of course
it wasn't usually MY death I was
What frightened you, specifically?
No more neutral zone. I was USED
to hating Klingons...that's why I
failed in our assignment. It never
even occurred to me to take Gorkon
at his word. Spock was right.
Well, don't be too hard on yourself,
we all felt exactly the same.
Kirk (shakes his head)
Uh uh. Somebody felt much worse.
And I'm starting to understand why.
Well, if you've got any bright
ideas, now's the time to.....
Time's a problem. You heard the
Judge: the peace conference is on
again. Whoever killed Gorkon will
sandbag the whole thing all over again
unless we find a way out of here!
Suddenly, McCoy puts his hand over Kirk's mouth. They
pretend to sleep. Something crawls towards them in the
dark. they sweat....Kirk clenches his fists.....
Kirk? It's me, Martia
Kirk opens his eyes, McCoy plays possum.
Listen, no one has ever escaped
from Rura Penthe.
It is possible.
He regards her warily
I know how to get outside the
Where do we come in?
Getting outside the shield is easy.
After that it's up to you to get us
off the surface before we freeze.
I can't make it alone. You're the
likeliest candidate to come to this
hellhole in months.
Candidate for what?
Their whispering has brought them very close. Martia
is vamping him. She pulls off her fur hood....kisses
him. He doesn't resist.
97 Angle on McCoy
Rolls his eyes.
Go to "C" lift in the morning for
mining duty. I'll meet you there.
She disappears into the shadows. McCoy, who has been
watching this whole thing, gets up on one elbow.
What is it with you, anyway?
Still think we're finished?
More than ever!
98 Ext. Rura Penthe asteroid - night
The wind howls in an otherwise barren landscape.
99 Int. Transporter room, U.S.S. Enterprise
Chekov is examinging the platform and environs
carefully. He comes across spots of violet. He
scrapes samples into an evidence tube, and seals it,
then hurries out.
100 Int. Science lab, U.S.S. Enterprise
Spock studies the sample under a microscope.
They must have walked through it when it
was floating, and tracked it back here.
This is the first evidence that
corroborates our theory.
Now we go to Starfleet?
Now we expand our search to include
Spock looks at him.
Chekov (starts out)
Aye, Sir....ALL uniforms!
The longer we wait, the greater
danger in which we leave the
Captain and Doctor McCoy!
101 Montage: the Enterprise is strip-searched. Lockers,
thru wardrooms, laundry, sickbay, jeffries tube, cupboards,
105 observation deck, instrument panels, etc... you name
it...piles and piles of clothing being sorted by the
crew, piles of boots being examined as the Vulcan
Lt. prowls the corridors and checks off locations on
a lightplan of the ship....
106 Int. crew quarters
Suddenly, an excalmation brings her running over.
A crewman has opened a locker, and now holds up an
enormous gravity boot. As all watch, he puts the boot
on the metal locker.....it sticks!
The Vulcan Lt. looks up at the locker, and sees the
name: Dax! Poker-faced triumph.
107 Int. Crew quarters.........later
Spock, Uhura, Chekov, et al, wait with impassive
faces as crewman Dax enters the area. He is an alien.
You are crewman Dax?
Yes, Sir. What has happened?
Perhaps you know the Romulan epic of
Cinderella? If the shoe fits, wear it!
Dax looks confused.
108 Camera pans down to his legs
No way could those webbed feet make it into those
Expressions of shagrin on everyones face.....
109 Int. Rura Penthe Penal Colony - morning
Kirk and McCoy, their legs still shackled, walk across
the huge courtyard and line up behind a dozen brutes,
everyone flapping arms to keep warm.
They wait in front of, and then enter the "C" lift.
110 Int. "C" lift
Like the old style caged elevators.
McCoy (looks for the girl)
I think we've been had!
No you weren't, Doctor
They look around. No girl. Just a big brute next to
them. Puls other convicts.
Get off at the first level and join
the gang going into the mine.
They don't take girls!
It's him! With her voice! Kirk is thunderstruck. He
stares at the brute!
110 VFX or model: the lift lights disappear into blackness.
111 Int. Mine - Day
The lift doors open
Kirk and McCoy climb out with the others. They follow
the brute throught the labyrinthine darkness.
What kind of a creature is this?
Last night you two were spooning....
Don't remind me!
113 Inside the mine
Everyone is issued a drill and a light helmet. As
beams ricochet about, they start digging dilithium
crystals out of the rock and putting them into a flatbed
shuttle. Kirk and McCoy, and the brute do likewise,
under the watchfull eye of fur-clad Klingon guards.
An alien next to Kirk sneaks several of the crystals
into his garment.
113 A guard blasts him with a phaser and he disappears.
McCoy openly takes his crystal and places it in the
tray, making sure the guard sees him!
114 Later - Int. Mine
Kirk and McCoy are filthy and sweaty. The brute looks
at them, turns around. The guards are eating with
their backs turned. Kirk and McCoy look to the brute
114 Before their eyes, he re-materializes into a ten year
VFX old girl.
115 CU her skinny legs.
As Kirk and McCoy watch, she slips out of her leg
irons. Too bad they can't do likewise.....
Martia's voice (whispers)
She puts her drill down and walks silently into the
depths of the mine. They follow, looking back to make
sure the guards aren't watching.
The girl quickly scrambles through a small hole, turns
and waves them on. They have to get down on their
stomachs and crawl through. Kirk goes first, turns,
pulls McCoy. This takes time, especially if your legs
have chains on them......
116 On the guards
who finish their lunch, and look around. Notice a
suspicious space where 3 workers used to be. Wander
over. Look further into the mine. Find the hole.
They hurry back, shouting.
117 Int. Mine tunnel - on the trio
The hole has led to a new tunnel and the girl
rematerializes into the brute as they crawl. Kirk and
McCoy, still chained, struggle to keep up.
They make their way to a large, abandoned opening and
come out on
118 Ext. the mine, Rura Penthe - Day
A high ice ledge. By scrambling down the ledge and
jumping, the brute leads them onto the frigid
snowfield. The surface environment is killing.
119 Later - Ext. Frozen river - Day
The trio slip and slide on the ice across a frozen
river. The ice begins to crack beneath their feet...
The three climb the farther bank. They are barely
Frantically, Kirk tries to keep McCoys circulation
We're at the edge of the shield
119 They follow her look: an ice desert.
Come on, KEEP MOVING!
They stagger on.
120A Int. Klingon listening post
Grimy, underfunded and undermanned. God knows what
forsaken place this is. Rocks and lit by scopes.
A sleepy Klingon dozes before his scanners. A bottle
in front of him tells the story. Suddenly a blip. He
forces himself into alert attention.
120B His POV
On the scope a beeping dot...he frowns, hits a switch.
Sleepy Klingon (Subtitled Klingon)
What ship is that? Over....
An interminable pause. Now a Second Klingon sit next
to the first. What's going on?
Voice filtered (Subtitled Klingon)
We art thy freighter...Ursva. Six weeks
out of ....Kronos....Over.....
Second Klingon (Subtitled Klingon)
Whither are you bound, over....
Another long pause. They squint at the delay.
122 Int. Enterprise Bridge.
Uhura and company are frantically paging throught old
Klingon glossaries, manuals and dictionaries.
Uhura (Subtitled Klingon)
We art delivering food....things and
....supplies to Rura Penthe....
Klingon voice filtered (Subtitled)
Don't catch any bugs!
The voice laughs raucously. Spock gestures. Uhura
returns the laugh....over and out. They look at each
Was that so bad?
126 Ext. Rura Penthe ice desert - Dusk
126 The three cold suns are setting.
The brute, Kirk and McCoy stumble and crawl across the
ice. They, especially McCoy, are more dead than alive.
As they pull themselves along, it becomes darker....
Jim, leave me, I'm finished....
(off McCoy's look)
You see this?
He displays a stain on the back of his ragged coat.
It's the viridition patch Spock
slapped on my back right before we
went aboard Gorkon's ship.
The cunning little Vulcan.....
Once we're beyond the shield, they
should be able to pick it up two
If they're even looking for us....
Spock's looking for us....
Martia's voice (points to a ridge)
We're almost there. Once we're
outside, we'll make camp.
127 Later - Ext. ice desert ridge - night.
The ridge in darkness. They arrive. exhausted.
The brute takes a stick out of its clothes, breaks it
in half. It glows brightly like a neon flare. He tosses
it in the middle of the area and if forms a kind of
fire, throwing shadows all around. Otherwise it's dark.
There is some heat.
Would you mind explaing that
little trick you do?
I'm a Chameloid. That's why we're
such good smugglers.
I've heard of Chameloids, "shape-shifters",
I thought you were mythical.
Give a girl a chance, Captain.
The brute smiles at him.
127 And before his eyes, becomes the enticing Martia again
It takes a lot of effort.
I don't wonder. Stop me if I'm
wrong, but do we really have any way
of knowing if this is the real you?
Martia (smiles at Kirk)
I thought I would assume a pleasing
shape. (beat) We're outside the
shield. Now it's your turn, Kirk.
If you say so.
Wham! He slugs Martia on the jaw, she goes down, her
mouth running green blood.
ARE YOU CRAZY?
She didn't need our help getting
anywhere....where did she get these
convenient clothes? And don't tell
me that flare is standard prison
127 Martia sits, rubbing her mouth....and changing
It's to let them know where we are.
Ask her what she's getting in return.
The brute gets up, rubbing his bleeding mouth, now the
blood is blue!
A full pardon - which doesn't cover
Kirk and the brute circle each other, Kirk's chains
An accident wasn't good enough....
Good enough for one. Two would
look suspicious. Killed while
attempting escape, now that's
convincing for both!
127 The fight is on. Problem is, Martia keeps changing
VFXC shapes...Kirk grabs him, holds him tight...
127 And he wriggles free as a miniature person...tries
VFXD to run off, but McCoy grabs it, and they fall
rolling in the snow....
127 It comes up an exact copy of James T. Kirk!
He smashes McCoy and leaps to face his double...
Your friends are late....
They'll be here.....
More fighting between Kirk and "Kirk", they clinch.
I can't believe I kissed you.
Must have been your lifelong
The fight goes on!
128 Int. Officer's mess, U.S.S. Enterprise
Deserted. Scotty, exhausted, is quietly having a cup
of coffee and checking off places searched on a table
He runs a finger around his collar. It's warm in here.
Perplexed, he puts his hand over the vent. Nothing
coming out. Something's blocking it.
Scotty commences to remove the vent cover. Not easy.
As he continues his efforts, he is unaware of the two
crewmen we met the night of the banquet, watching.
They remain concealed, pull knives....one wants to go
for scotty. The other holds him back.
Scotty removes the vent cover and pulls out what's been
blocking the air circulation: two violet-stained
Starfleet uniforms, with names on them....
Excited by his discovery, Scotty looks around, replaces
the vent cover, and hurries out with the uniforms.
129 Int. Enterprise corridors
131 The crewmen follow surreptitiously, camer tracking
after Scotty through the labyrinthine corridors...
132 Ext Rura Penthe campsite - Night
The two kirks are still slugging it out as McCoy starts
to come around.
Isn't it about time you became
I like it here....
Gripping each other, they roll right into
A large and terrifying muzzle. A jackal-mastiff on a
Both Kirks spring apart...
They are surrounded by a dozen fur garbed Klingon
guards with weapons. Several have leashed jackal-
mastiffs. And the commandant, who walks forward.
Kirk (thinks fast)
What took you so long?
Kill him! He's the one!!
Not me, idiot....HIM!
132 The Commandant appears briefly confused, then
VFXA zaps the fake Kirk, who dies horribly, as McCoy
watches. Kirk sighs.
He aims at Kirk and McCoy.
Damned clever, if you ask me....
Killed trying to escape...it's a
That's what he wanted....
Who? Who wants us killed?
Why not tell you? His name is.....
132 Suddenly Kirk and McCoy dematerialize!
Kirk's voice fading
As the Klingons rake the area with disruptor fire!
133 Int. Enterprise transporter room
133 Kirk and McCoy rematerialize to where Spock
VFXA and Chekov await them, with heavy weather blankets,
which they don gratefully. They look scarcely
recognizable. Spock and Chekov are appalled.
Kirk's rising (continuing)
Dammit! Dammit all to hell!!!
Jesus Christ, couldn't you wait two
Chekov produces a phaser and burns open their chains.
Spock is deeply moved to see Kirk again, though Kirk
is too busy swearing as his chains are cut off to
He was just about to explain the
You want to go back...?
They start out at warp speed.
133A Int. Bird of Prey bridge.
CU, back of a Kligon head. Klingon is spoken.
He's talking to the Prison Commandant onscreen.
They were beamed aboard a
Federation Starship!! I could
The Klingon hits a button, and the Commandant
disappears. The chair swivels revealing Chang.
He faces the 2nd Klingon General we met in Azetbur's
office (Sc. 68)
Second Klingon General
It does not matter. Kirk cannot
know the location.
Are you sure? Are you willing to
take that change?
The General hesitates, decides.
Second Klingon General
Helmsman, new course! Engage
133B Ext. Space
The Bird of Prey wheels about, disappearing...!
134 Int. Enterprise corridor
Kirk, Spock, et al, walk briskly.
The Klingons have a new weapon: a
Bird of Prey that can fire while
cloaked. She torpedoed Gorkon's
So that's it!!!
Not entirely. I have reason to
believe Gorkon's murderers are on
You don't know how right you
are...has hte peace conference
Who knows? They are keeping the
Kirk never breaks his stride.
There's always something.....!
Scotty runs up, carrying the bloodstained uniforms.
Captain...! Mr. Spock, I've found
the missing uniforms with Klingon
blood on them! They belong to....
They round the corner and all stop short.
135 Their POV
The two crewmen who were stalking Scotty lie dead.
McCoy kneels, conducting a hasty examination.
But...the uniforms...they belong to
(checks the names)
Burke and Samno!
Not any more. Phaser fire on
"stun". At close range.
Get close enough to a man, and you
can kill him on "stun" without
setting off the alarm, of course
you can't get rid of the body.....
First rule of assassination: always
kill the assassins.
Now we are back to square one!
Kirk looks at Spock meaningfully.
Can I talk to you?
As they watch, Kirk and Spock move down the corridor
and confer in an undertone.
136 CU Spock
I knew it!
136A CU PA speaker
PA voice over
Attention: Court recorder to sick
bay. Yeomen Burke and Samno have
been shot and wish to make
statements. CODE BLUE URGENT!
PA Voice over (continuing)
Deposition required at once for
Yeomen Burke and Samno. Wounds are
serious. Court recorder to sick bay
on the double.
136B Various angles
Crew reacting all over the ship...to various PA's...
136C Int. Sick bay
All the lights are out. A figure enters, looks around.
136D Figure's POV
Two bodies stretched out in darkness....
The figure approaches the first body, looks down.
Suddenly the light goes on, revealing Spock
I couldn't believe it was you!
You have to shoot.
If you are logical.
I don't want to.
I believe You. Please.....
She produces a phaser. The other body sits up: Kirk.
I'd just as soon you didn't
Lt. Valeris reacts. McCoy moves out of the shadows, arms
The operation is over
137 Int. Enterprise Bridge
Let's not waste time, Lieutenant.
Name your co-conspirators and give
us the location of the peace conference.
In exchange, I'll retain the murder
charge, and drop the rest of the
specifications. Commander Uhura, make
a record of everything said by the prisoner.
Widen to reveal
Lt. Valeris under guard.
You cannot prove anything
Yes I can. At my trial, my personal
log was introduced as evidence
137E Quick flash back to scene 32
Lt. Valeris waiting outside Kirk's cabin.
Kirk's voice over
How long did you stand outside my
quarters before you coughed, Lt.?
137F Back to scene
Lt. Valeris trapped, turns to Spock
Spock says nothing.
Lt. Valeris (continuing)
I tried to tell you....you wouldn't
Spock is in as much pain as we will ever see.
Neither of us was hearing very well
that night, Lieutenant. There were
things I tried to tell you, about
You have betrayed the Federation -
all of you.
What do you think YOU'VE been doing?
Saving Starfleet. Klingons cannot
be trusted, Sir, you said so yourself.
They killed your son. You would make
peace with them? Did you not wish
Gorkon dead? "Let them die" you said.
Did I misinterpret you?
Kirk cannot look at her.
Lt. Valeris (continuing)
And you were right, they conspired
with us to assassinate their own
Chancellor! How trustworthy can
Who is "us"?
Everyone who stands to lose from
peace. The universe was a well-ordered
place. We all knew our roles. Why
I can send a message to Starfleet Command.
Unlikely. Enterprise has dispobeyed
orders and harbors two escaped
convicts. All your subspace
transmissions will be jammed.
Spock approaches and puts a hand on Lt. Valeris' face
the mind meld. She tries to avoid it. Spock concentrates
137G Quick flashback to scene 23
....To offer the Klingons a safe
haven within Federation space is
137H Back to scene
137J Quick flashback to scene 43
....In space, all warriors are cold
137K Back to scene
Gorkon's own man??
The Romulan Ambassador...Nanclus.
137L Quick flashback to scene 63
Mr. President, they ARE vulnerable.
137M Back to scene
This is incredible!
Is she telling us that Klingons, and
Federation members are conspiring
Kirk (to Spock)
Where is the conference?
Spock tries again. Shakes his head. Removes his hand.
She doesn't know.
Then we're dead!
Spock (to Lt. Valeris)
I've been dead before. Uhura,
raise Excelsior. She ought to
have the co-ordinates.
Why would they give them to us?
The Commander is an old friend of
McCoy (can't resist)
What was it like - being dead?
Spock, lost in thought, doesn't answer.
This is Captain Sulu, U.S.S.
138 Main Bridge, U.S.S. Excelsior
Standing by, Captain Kirk.
You understand that by even talking
to us, you're violating regulations,
I'm sorry, Captain, your message
is breaking up.
Kirk (under his breath)
Bless you, Sulu
Where's the peace conference?
They're going to attempt another
The Conference is at Camp Khitomer,
near the Romulan border. I'm
sending the exact co-ordinates on a
I'm afraid we may need more than
that. There's a Bird of Prey on
the lookout for us. And she can
fire while she's cloaked.
I'm telling you. Hang on.
(to Lt. Valeris)
How many of those things are there?
Come on, Lieutenant, you want any
more of your brain drained?
Just one prototype
You hear that?
I'm getting underway now. But, I'm
now in Alpha Quadrant. The chances
of my reaching the conference in
time are slim.
When does this conference start?
According to my information, today!
Thank you, Captain Sulu
Don't mention it, Captain Kirk.
Sulu hangs up. Finds himself facing his 1st officer
Sir...! You realize you've just
Sulu puts his feet up on the console....
To be candid, I always hoped that
if the choice ever came down to
betraying my country, or betraying
my friend, I'd have the guts to
betray my country. Warp nine,
139 Ext. Space
Excelsior explodes across the starfield.
140 Ext. Space
From a different direction, Enterprise ditto.
141 Int. Spock's Quarters
The lights are dim as Kirk knocks. He has shaved,
showered, and put on a fresh uniform.
No answer. Kirk makes to hit the switch.
I'd prefer it dark.
Fair enough. Kirk enters.
Are you dining on worms?
You were right. It was arrogant
presumption that got us into this
situation. You might have died.
The night is young. Anyway, it was
(he must feel his way)
You know, you're a great one for
logic. I'm a great one for....
...rushing in where angels fear to
tread. We're both extremists.
Reality is probably somewhere in
Spock says nothing. Kirk runs a finger over dust.
I was blind. I couldn't see past
the death of my son. I couldn't
I, too was blind. I knew about
HER - and I did nothing. I trusted
You couldn't have known she was
listening the night I dictated that
entry into my log. You were proud
of her achievements as a Vulcan....
I was prejudiced by those achievements.
Gorkon had to die before I understood
just how prejudiced I was......
Spock looks at him for the first time.
Can we two have grown so old and
inflexible that we have outlived
(looks at Kirk)
Would that constitute as a joke?
Someone said the difference between
comic and cosmic is the letter "S".
You haven't outlived your usefulness
to me. And you are not responsible
just because she is also Vulcan!
I should have been....
Not for the actions of another. No
one is responsible for any actions
but his own. Human beings....
But I am not human. I am only...
Spock, you want to know something?
Spock looks at him. Kirk kneels next to him.
Everyone's human. We're too old to
play games. We're only human.
He holds out his hand. After hesitating, Spock takes
it, presses it to his forehead. Hard. Harder.
142 Ext. Camp Khitomer, Romula - Day
The idyllic site of the Peace Coference. Lush green.
A huge building on the horizon from within which we can
hear music. Outside, masses of people and flags....
142A Int. Camp Khitomer - Day
Inside huge #1 pod doors opening, revealing the
Very loud music as we follow the Federation Delegation
(green), lead my Admiral Donald, into the room. Reverse
on #2 pod doors opening, as Sarek leads the Vulcan
Delegation (yellow) in as they take their places....
143 Int. Bridge. U.S.S. Enterprise
Everyone at their stations. Kirk in the Captain's
Captain, when we get to Camp
Khitomer, how will we defend
ourselves? I mean, if this new
Bird of Prey can fire while she
Now there's a poser.
Kirk and Spock exchange looks.
I do not think anxiety is called for.
(off their looks)
According to my calculations, we
have another five minutes and
twenty-two seconds to resolve
Enterprise thunders by at warp nine.
145 Int. Camp Khitomer conference site - Day
More of the opening ceremonies.
Camera pans to reveal pod #3 with the Klingon
delegation (brown) lead by their ambassador and pod
#4, Earth (green) delegation emerging and taking their
places.....the Klingon and UFP Presidents, complete with
advisers, retinues, entourages and attendants. Flags
Among them is Colonel Worf, Brigadier Kerla, Admiral
Donald, the Munitions businessman, and a Klingon face
we haven't seen before.....
The music thunders to a halt. The place looks like the
UN security council + the Olympics. All color coded...
Madam Chancellor, members of the
diplomatic corps, honorer guests:
the United Federation of Planets
welcomes you to Camp Khitomer. Now
that we are assembled, I move we
conclude these ceremonies and get
down to business. Madam Chancellor?
During the above, we catch the expressions on the faces
of the various conspirators - uneasy. Other faces....
145A Ext. Enterprise
Screeches out of warp nine and cruises slowly.
146 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
On the main visual display, a starfield. Kirk studies
it, walks over to where Spock views his sonar. Kirk
looks over his shoulder. Spock is studying it
Close enough to beam down?
Not yet.....Section 4236.....
146 Nothing on the scanner.
Nothing. There's a lot of tension on the bridge.
148 Int. Camp Khitomer conference site - day
The pod doors are closed, and the delegations seated.
We are gathered here today in high
hopes, believing that differing
civilizations of good will can work
together to overcome intolerance.
We believe that with understanding,
and patience, it will be possible to
resolve what separates us. Let us
redefine progress to mean that just
because we can do a thing, it does
not necessarily follow that we must
do that thing!
UFP President (continuing)
We believe that the responsibility
for destiny rests squarely on our
There's that Klingon face again, looking around. He's
carrying some sort of suitcase.....
149 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
But if she's cloaked....?
Then all we've got is a neutron
radiation surge...and by the time
we're close enough to record it,
Captain, perhaps we're going about
this the wrong way! Our job is to
get to the conference. Her job will
be to stop us.
Make ourselves a target?
Spock looks at him.
Shields. Battle stations.
Chekov (reads the display)
Shields up. Battle stations.
They are bathed in emergency red light. Alarms sound.
Mr. Chekov, take us forward,
thrusters only, one half impulse
Aye, sir; thrusters.....
It feels like walking on eggs.
Nothing, Captain. If they're here,
they're rigged for silent running.
If she fires, she has a perfectly
We're a renegade ship, coming
dangerously close to two heads of
state during a vital interstellar
Thanks for sharing that, Spock.
Dead slilence, then a crash of noise!
150 Int. Camp Khitomer conference site - day
Applause for the President's sppech! Now Chancellor
Azetbur rises to make her opening remarks.
The Klingon face makes eye contact with Admiral Donald
who nods discreetly. The suitcase starts moving....
151 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise, Engine room, Etc.
as before. Closeups on various faces, sweating...
Suddenly an explosion! The ship shudders, hit!
152 Ext. view of Enterprise, widen to reveal
Int. cloaded Bird of Prey
Featuring the Enterprise onscreen. They are rigged
for silent runnig - no one is making a sound.
Their bridge is bathed in green light.....
Chang stands next to the gunner.
He points towards Enterprise, nudges the man, who nods,
Another torpedo sails off, and explodes against the
shields of the Enterprise...
153 Int. Entprise bridge.
Kirk and his crew grab ahold of things, tight lipped...
This is fun...
Captain, shall we attempt to return fire?
At what, Mr. Chekov?
Wham! Hit again. Everyone goes flying....
Instinctively, Kirk looks at the main display - sees
Scotty, reverse engines. All
astern one half impulse power.
Back off. Back off!
154 Ext. Space
The battered Enterprise reversed field, backing away
155 Int. Bird of Prey bridge
Chang (watching this maneuver)
What's she doing?
The helmsman shrugs. Chang nudges him to follow....
156 Int. Enterprise bridge
The empty starfield
What's she waiting for?
Probably trying to figure out why
we're reversing, wondering if we
On the main visual display, where everyone's attention
is riveted. A flare from black space.
158 Int. Engine room
The "Shield" lights flicker as the room recoils....
She canna take much more of this,
159 Int. Enterprise Bridge
Close on Kirk
Reacting. Don't I know it.
Sulu, where the hell are you?
160 Ext. Space
Excelsior warping as fast as she can.....
Int. Excelsior bridge, SHAAAAKKKINNNNG
Not yet, Captain...
Come on, come on....!
She'll fly apart....!
Fly her apart, then!!!
162 Int. Camp Khitomer conference site - Day
....Many people speculated about my
father's motives. There were those
who said he was an idealist, driven
by "visionary" notions; others said
he had no choice, that he was a
pragmatic technocrat, making the
best of a devastating situation.
Great men are seldom good men. the
truth is, my father was both: a
pragmatist and an idealist. If
Praxis had not exploded, then quite
possibly his idealism would not
have found expression. Nor would
mine. We are a proud race. We are
here because we intend to go on
being proud.... (grim)
....if we cannot make war, (pause)
....we will make peace....
163 CU the suitcase on the move through people listening...
164 Int. Bird of Prey, bridge.
All watching Enterprise. Chang signals and the
torpedo officer fires off another one.
165 Int. Enterprise bridge
Ahead full impulse!
166 Ext. space
Enterprise buzzes off! The torpedo misses....
167 Int. Enterprise Bridge
Kirk smiles ruefully...score one for the home team.
168 Int. Bird of Prey Bridge.
Reactions. Chang is startled, then smiles....
After her.... (beat)
Poor thing. Doesn't know which way
Shakes his head, amused.....
169 Ext. Space
Enterprise, screaming through the void...followed by
another screaming sound in full pursuit....
170 Int. Enterprise Bridge
Captain, we can't see her, but she
gives off heat.....
Not from a distance. She won't
show up on any type of scan.
Too bad we can't smell her.
It's a pity Starships were never
equipped with bloodhounds....
Wham! Hit again! Everybody grabs onto something,
steam hisses down from the ceiling.....
I didn't think Starfleet could have
envisioned our current predicament.
Maybe we should write them a
Better post date it!
Wham! Even harder this time....Spock thinks....
Under impulse power, she expends
fuel like any other ship. We call
it "Plasma" - I do not know its
Klingon name, but by any
designation it is merely ionized
Well, what about all that equipment
we're carrying to catalogue gaseous
The thing's gotta have a tailpipe.
They look at each other like she's crazy. Then -
McCoy (starts out)
I'm going to perform surgery on a
torpedo - you never know....
Spock (going with him)
You may need assistance, Doctor....
McCoy (he's been waiting all his life)
They race out as the ship is hit again.....
Mr. Chekov, slow down. Take us
forward, thrusters only, one
quarter impulse power....
Aye, Sir, thrusters.....
171 Int. Khitomer conference site - day
Applause for Azetbur's speech. Donald looks around.
Sees the face, nods discreetly...the UFP President
applauds....he's vulnerable. The face moves off.
Commander in Chief Starfleet rises to speak, blocking
172 Ext. Space
Enterprise moving slowly, alone. Beat. Wham! hit
173 Int. Enterprise corridors, outside the lab
McCoy and Spock emerge with a bulky heat sensor and run
down the trembling corridors....
Bet you wish you'd stood in bed....
I see no profit in standing in bed,
Doctor - Vulcans sleep lying
For a moment McCoy buys it, then, on their backs...
Spock, that was actually funny.
We DO sleep lying down.
Wham! They almost fall over.
174 Int. Engineering, Enterprise
Scotty and his men have obviously felt the impact as
well. Some "Shield" lights are blinking off.
Captain, she's packing quite a
wallop. Shields weakening.
175 Ext. Enterprise
Scarred, trace lines of torpedo visible.
175A Int. Excelsior Bridge
Sulu, et al, watching.
Shields up. Tell them that the
175B A torpedo flashes out at nothing
176 Int. Bird of Prey
Chang watches it go by, sees Excelsior as well
He points to Excelsior, nudges the gunner, who fires.
177 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Enterprise
They see Excelsior's shields take the torpedo hit.
Hold us steady, Mr. Scott. Ready
Reactions from the battered crew...
a hand opening a case: inside the disassembled parts of
a rifle phaser with telescopic mount. We don't know
where we are exactly, but we can hear the conference
180 Int. Enterprise torpedo bay
McCoy and Spock descend on the torpedo life with a
torpedo, frantically trying to drill a hole in its nose
to accommodate and atmosphere sensor as the whole bay
trembles with the hit.....
Kirk's voice over
Bones, where's my torpedo??
Me and my big mouth....
Calm yourself Doctor, the
operation is almost complete....
McCoy (one final twist)
Thank you, nurse! Jim, she's
ready! Lock and load!
They jump off the lift, and out of the way as the
torpedo starts forward
Pity they're retiring us just as I
was starting to understand you, Spock!
We were beginning to hit our stride
181 Int. Engine room
We can see the Shield lights dimming....
181 Even as he speaks, the Bird of Prey, fires at
VFX Enterprise. the photon trajectory is clear....
182 Ext. Space
Enterprise takes another hit.....
183 Int. Enterprise officers mess
No shields this time! Explodes! WOW! Autotight
bulkhead doors close, protecting the vessel from space
exposure. Smoke, liquids squirting everywhere...
Things tumbling off shelves, out of overheads...Doors
184 Int. Bird of Prey
Chang smiles; this is more like it...he can see the
Enterprise is damaged.....
185 Int. Camp Khitomer - Day
The hands assembling the special phaser....
186 Int. Enterprise Bridge
Close up on a hand pushing a button!
187 Close up, another hand on a phaser button...
188 Ext. Space
Enterprise's torpedo tracks the heat; it goes in a
strange trajectory, but then again we can't see what
it's heading towards....
189 Int. Bird of Prey Bridge
As Chang watches in fascination, the damn thing
circles and heads right for them! He realizes....
..."or not to be...!"
190 Ext. Space
Enterprise fires a direct hit, and the Bird of Prey is
illuminated in the firelight. She spins around, trying
to regain her position, debris fragmenting.....
191 Int. Bridge, U.S.S. Excelsior
Aim for the center of that
explosion, and fire!
192 Ext. Space
Excelsior and Enterprise, having trapped the "Black
hole" in a triangle between them, fire.
The Bird of Prey suddenly blows apart. As she
explodes, she decloaks.....
193 Int. Camp Khitomer - Day
Kirk, et al, materialize and starts running through
masses of people who are too startled to stop them...
194 CU, the trigger finger...tightening as....
....Kirk fights his way to the center of the room!!
He flings his body on the President, pushing him out of
the way, just as the phaser fires....
Panic in the room, people scrambling.
Arrest those men!
He stands aside to reveal Vulcan Lt. in handcuffs.
We've got a full confession.
195 The assassin's niche
He turns to run, but scotty whirls and fires!
As all gasp, the Assassin sways, falls off the balcony,
clutching his face where the phaser hit, and screaming,
the Klingon face comes melting off, revealing the
Starfleet officer, who prepared operation "Retrieve".
Not a Klingon after all!!!
The other conspirators race for the exit, only to be
As he materializes, phaser in hand.
Just a minute!
The conspirators race in another direction, they are
blocked by Kerla, and McCoy!
Kerla (slugs one)
197 Presidential guards move in....
The UFP President stands up, stares with disbelief.
So does Chancellor Azetbur.
What's the meaning of this?
It's about the future, Madam
Chancellor. Some people thing the
future means the end of history....
Kirk walks up to the Romulan Ambassador, now under
...But we haven't run out of history
just yet. (remembers)
Your father quoted Hamlet: He called
the future "The undiscovered Country".
I always assumed Hamlet was
was speaking of death!
Gorkon thought the undiscovered
country might mean something else -
another kind of life. People can
be very frightened of change. I
know I was.
We walks to Vulcan Lt.
There's an old expression: it takes
one to know one.
When Vulcan Lt. looks at Kirk, there are tears in her
eyes. Spock stands motionless next to her.
Kirk turns to face Azetbur.
You've restored my father's faith.
You've restored my son's.
He hugs her hard. No one says a word....
198 Ext. Space
Enterprise, her hull blackened with torpedo scars,
idles next to the much larger excelsior.
199 Int. Enterprise Bridge
They might as well arrest me, too!
I felt like the Lieutenant!
But you didn't join a conspiracy.
McCoy (half for Spock)
They don't arrest people for having
If they did, we'd all have to turn
ourselves in. How can we rely on them?
Kirk (looks at Spock)
The only way to find out if a man's
...is to trust him!
A wintry smile.
199 Sulu appears on the viewscreen
As much to the crew of the Enterprise,
I owe you my thanks, Captain Sulu.
Nice to see you in action one more
time, Captain Kirk. Take care.
200 Ext. Space
Excelsior gets underway with a roar.
201 Int. Enterprise Bridge
By God, that's a big ship
Not so big as her Captain, I think.
Time we got underway ourselves,
Once again, we've saved civilization
as we know it.
And the good news is they're not
going to prosecute!
To be -
Or not to be -
That's the question -
Course heading, Captain?
Second star to the right, and
straight on till morning.....
202 Ext. Space
The battered Enterprise makes way.
Kirk's voice over
Captian's log, U.S.S. Enterprise,
Stardate 8769.24. This is the
final cruise of the Starship
Enterprise under my command. This
ship and her history will shortly
become the care of a new
generation. To them and their
posterity we will commit our
future. They will continue the
voyages we have begun, and journey
to all the undiscovered countries,
boldly going where no man....where
no one has gone before...
VFX The signature William Shatner scrawls across the screen,
still featuring the moving starfield. then Leonard
Nimoy's, then Deforest Kelley's, James Doohan's, George
Takei's, Walter Koenig's, Nichelle Nichols'...one by one
The signatures grow smaller and smaller as the galaxy
races by, and they disappear into the distance.
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