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TEASER

 

FADE IN: 

 

1 DAX

 

Seated in her command chair, looking calm and steady, hands resting relaxed on her armrests. But unquestionably focused on the main viewscreen before her. 

 

2 VIEWSCREEN

 

...shows weapons fire being exchanged in the distance, too far at this range to identify who the combatants are. 

 

DAX (o.s.)
Magnify. 

 

The image shifts, zooming in on the battle scene... 

 

...revealing a BORG CUBE chasing the USS Enterprise at warp and firing on it repeatedly, while the Federation starship desperately tries to evade at this high speed. 

 

3 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE

 

The entire bridge is on edge, RED ALERT lights flashing silently. They are all trying their best to control their anxiety - the last time they faced the Borg, a third of their crew were killed.

 

MAVROIDIS (Ullian female) at helm. MIRREN (human female) at Ops. HELKARA (Zakdorn male) at science. KEDAIR (Takaran female) at security, and first officer BOWERS.

 

DAX
Time to intercept? 

 

MAVROIDIS
Two minutes, Captain.

 

BOWERS
I feel like a dog chasing a
shuttle. Even if we catch up
to them, what do we do then? 

 

DAX
Sink our teeth in, Sam. As deep
as we can.

 

KEDAIR
We’ve just been scanned by a
Borg sensor beam.

 

BOWERS
So much for a surprise attack.

 

DAX
Mirren, signal Enterprise. We
need to coordinate our attack.

 

MIRREN
Aye sir. Hailing them now. 

 

MAVROIDIS
Sixty seconds to firing range.

 

MIRREN
Incoming signal from Enterprise.

 

DAX
On screen.

 

The daunting image of the Borg cube on the viewscreen is replaced by a HASH of static and a WAIL of feedback noise.

 

DAX
Can we clean that up? 

 

MIRREN
I’m trying, Captain. The Borg are
jamming us.

 

Mirren works her panels again, and after a few seconds, the hash of static on screen resolves into a view of Captain PICARD looking rather harried as the Enterprise’s bridge shakes and judders around him. He is surprised to see her. 

 

PICARD (screen)
Captain Dax? I thought your ship
was in the Gamma Quadrant. 

 

DAX
Long story. We’re coming up fast
on the Borg. How can we help?

 

PICARD (screen)
Our targeting sensors are damaged,
we need you to be our eyes. 
(nods off-screen)
We’re sending you our targeting
protocols. After we fire, you’ll
have to arm and target the
transphasic torpedoes for us.

 

MIRREN
Data received. Decrypting now. 

 

HELKARA
I’ll have to recalibrate the sensors.

 

DAX
How long? 

 

HELKARA
Three minutes. 

 

DAX
(back to Picard)
Hang on, Captain. We’re on our
way. Aventine out.

 

The signal drops, returning the screen to the ongoing battle scene between Enterprise and the Borg. 

 

DAX
Sam, let’s give the Borg something
new to think about for the next
three minutes. 

 

BOWERS
Aye, sir. Tactical - arm phaser
cannons one and two, stand ready
on quantum torpedoes. Helm, set
attack pattern Alpha Tango...
and engage. 

 

The Borg cube looms ever closer... closer... and then it FIRES. A spinning green light shoots out and hits Aventine, making the ship LURCH and the impact RING through the ship. 

 

DAX
(deadpan)
I think they’re in range now, Sam. 

 

BOWERS
We’ll only get one shot, Captain.
I plan on making it count. 
(to Kedair)
Fire at will. 

 

4 EXT. SPACE

 

Enterprise twists and turns, trying to escape the Borg. 

 

The Borg relentlessly pursue the Enterprise... 

 

...and the Aventine pursues the Borg. 

 

Aventine FIRES its two forward-mounted phaser CANNONS with their new advanced super-powerful phaser beams.

 

The Borg’s shield bubble FLARES under their assault, and quickly COLLAPSES. In split-second timing, four quantum torpedoes follow through the hole, punching through the Borg cube’s hull with EXPLOSIONS.

 

5 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE

 

Dax hisses a victorious “Yes!” under her breath, too quiet for her officers to hear. Bowers turns to Kedair... 

 

BOWERS
More! Keep firing! 

 

Kedair does, and on screen, we see two more torpedoes shoot out from Aventine towards the Borg cube... 

 

...and FLARE harmlessly against the instantly regenerated shields. Two more phaser cannon blasts suffer the same pointless fate. Dax’s victory is diminished. 

 

HELKARA
Sensors ready! 

 

BOWERS
Signal Enterprise.

 

MIRREN
(works panels)
Enterprise confirms. Torpedoes
away in ten. 

 

DAX
Helm, all ahead. We need to get in
close and arm the warheads before
the Borg realise what we’re doing.

 

Mavroidis complies, bringing the ship ever closer to the Borg. Bowers looks grim. He doesn’t like this, but he knows not to question Dax’s orders. He just gets on with the job. 

 

BOWERS
Helm, show the Borg our port side.
Ops, reinforce the port shields
for the fly-by. Tactical, arm the
Enterprise’s torpedoes as soon as
they’re away, and lock them onto
the Borg cube as fast as you can.

 

KEDAIR
Incoming!

 

More Borg weapons impact on Aventine, making panels EXPLODE and screens SCRAMBLE and engines WHINE.

 

MIRREN
Six torpedoes away!

 

On screen, six twinkling lights shoot out from Enterprise.

 

KEDAIR
Acquiring control... Armed...
Target acquired!

 

BOWERS
Hard to port, full evasive!

 

6 EXT. SPACE

 

As Aventine twists out of the way, the twinkling lights of the transphasic torpedoes suddenly become bright shining blue balls of fire. They turn and head towards the Borg... 

 

The Borg try to shoot them down, but the torpedoes twist and turn, corkscrewing past the Borg’s defensive fire...

 

...until all six hit, and a blinding pulse of light WHITES OUT in a massive explosion. 

 

7 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE

 

The SHOCKWAVE hits the ship, LIFTing everyone off their seats for a moment before being dumped unceremoniously back onto the deck in a tumble. The viewscreen shorts out from the overload, and lights FLICKER as power is interrupted. 

 

DAX
Stations!

 

They all scramble to get back into their seats... 

 

DAX
Mirren, get the viewer back on.
Mavroidis, new evasive pattern.
Kedair, report!

 

KEDAIR
Target successfully destroyed.

 

The screen sputters back to life, offering the image of a Borg cube blown into chunks and tumbling debris.

 

KEDAIR
Permission to finish the job, Captain?

 

DAX
(grin)
Permission very much granted.

 

Kedair works her panels... 

 

8 EXT. SPACE

 

Aventine swoops around, firing more of its own torpedoes and phasers, blasting all the remaining bits of Borg ship until there is only dust.

 

9 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE

 

As everyone recovers, Mirren’s console chimes... 

 

MIRREN
Enterprise is hailing, Captain.

 

Off Dax’s nod, the viewscreen changes to show Picard again.

 

PICARD (screen)
My thanks and compliments on a
fine rescue, Captain Dax.

 

DAX
The pleasure was all ours, Captain
Picard. I have medics and damage-
control teams standing by...

 

PICARD (screen)
I’m not too proud to say we’re in
need. Any help you can offer will
be gratefully received.

 

DAX
Understood. I’ll have my chief
engineer handle the details.

 

PICARD (screen)
Thank you. Meanwhile, I’d like to
invite you and your first officer to
meet with me aboard Enterprise.
We came to the Azure Nebula on a
mission, and I’m afraid I need to
ask for your help completing it.

 

DAX
Of course, Captain. Commander
Bowers and I will beam over as
soon as you’re ready.

 

PICARD (screen)
An hour, then. Enterprise out.

 

The signal drops, returning us the starfield. 

 

DAX
Enterprise took some heavy damage
in that fight. Make sure Mikaela
knows to prioritise their repairs.

 

BOWERS
Will do.
(turns away, 
then turns back)
I suppose it would be awkward
to ask them to loan us a few of
those transphasic torpedoes?

 

DAX
Not as awkward as it’ll be for me,
seeing Worf again. Last time we
spoke, I was congratulating him
on being made first officer of the
Enterprise. Now I outrank him.

 

BOWERS
Maybe he’ll just be happy for
you, as a friend. 

 

 

DAX
Maybe. But you know what they
say. Rank is like sex - it changes
everything.

 

 

BLACK OUT

 

 

END OF TEASER



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