30 EST. PALAIS DE LA CONCORDE - DAY
Early morning in Paris, but still in the depths of winter.
31 INT. PALAIS - MONET ROOM
Admiral AKAAR, chief of staff PIÑIERO, press liaison JOREL and personal assistant SIVAK huddle, exchanging padds and reports back and forth. Bodyguard WEXLER stands silently by the door. President BACCO sits at the table, watching...
SEVEN OF NINE, who holds a padd but is not paying attention to it. She is staring out of the window, not at the Eiffel Tower clearly visible, but at whatever she feels beyond it.
The white sun in the depths of Axion - the Omega Molecule.
Seven staring with awe into the harmonic resonance chamber (from VOY 4x21 “The Omega Directive”).
Seven gazing out of the window. Bacco approaches...
Everything alright, Professor?
Startled out of her reverie, Seven turns her ire on Bacco.
I have asked you many times to
refer to me as Seven of Nine.
I was attempting to be respectful.
You might give it a try.
It is not respectful to refuse to use
the name by which a person has
repeatedly requested to be called.
(pause; licks lips)
You do have a point. And I don’t
care for that. I apologise, Seven.
You seem distracted. Do you have
any clue yet as to why the Borg
turned around without attacking?
I know precisely why.
Madam President... I believe I may
have the answer to your question.
Seeing that Seven is still staring out of the window, Bacco nods and turns to join Akaar instead.
What have you got, Admiral?
At the very moment the Borg turned
around, Starfleet vessels all over
the Federation suffered a system
malfunction that rendered them
unable to move or fire weapons.
Was it some new Borg attack?
No, ma’am. In fact it was not a
malfunction at all, but a planned
response to a very rare situation.
I recall reading about it when I
took command of the Wyoming...
As Akaar continues to explain to Bacco, Seven continues to stare out of the window, not needing any explanation.
32 INT. SHIKINA MONASTERY – KAI’S OFFICE
Militia Major ROCHAN barrels through the door, brandishing a padd like he’s won an Oscar.
They’ve gone! The Borg have gone!
Then he suddenly realises what he has done. He stops dead in horror, looking around at the important people in the room - PRALON, prylar KIRA, plus KASIDY YATES, her daughter REBECCA, and JASMINE TEY (who is playing with Rebecca).
Oh... Prophets... I’m so sorry,
Eminence, I got the report from
General Lenaris and I just -
That’s alright, Major Rochan.
Prylar Kira received a similar
message from the space station.
It is amazing... The Borg reached
the very edges of Bajoran space...
and then they turned back.
The Prophets protected Bajor, as
we all knew They would.
Mommy... if the bad people have
gone away, does that mean daddy
will be home soon?
I’m sure he’ll be home as soon
as he can, sweetheart.
Rebecca accepts that and goes back to playing, but Kasidy exchanges a look with Jasmine. She hasn’t heard from Sisko yet, doesn’t know if he is alive or dead. Jasmine reaches out and takes Kasidy’s hand, holds it tight.
33 INT. DS9 - MAIN OPS CENTRE
The turbolift rises into Ops, and Ro steps off it, with Bashir, Tenmei and Aleco behind her. Ro heads down the steps, greeting Cenn at the central Ops table.
Welcome back, Commander. Starfleet
reports remain consistent - all Borg
vessels are heading for the Azure
Nebula, ETA seven hours.
Candlewood works his panels, then he directs everyone’s attention to the main viewscreen, where appears... the MAP. The red line is visibly receding while they watch, heading back from Bajor, left to right, towards the nebula.
Ro reacts uncertainly. An ALERT - Cenn checks his panels.
Incoming signal, from Aventine.
They’re using the comm relay
Mister Candlewood set up.
Candlewood stands at his station, and makes a flourishing bow of total modesty. Tenmei smacks him upside the head.
Actually, Commander, there’s a
sub-channel buried inside the
signal... and it’s marked for
Doctor Bashir’s attention.
Send the sub-signal to the office,
and put the main one up there.
Offering confused thanks, Bashir heads to the office. Cenn works his panels, and the main screen changes to show the Azure Nebula, the Enterprise, Titan and Voyager, and Axion.
34 INT. DS9 - COMMANDER’S OFFICE
As the door closes behind him, Bashir heads to a wall panel, and works the controls. The screen changes... and shows DAX, sat alone in her ready room on Aventine.
Hi, Julian. How are things?
Everything’s fine. Better than
fine. Have you heard? The Borg -
Yeah, I’ve heard. Listen, Julian.
There’s stuff happening here, not
all of it good. So, while I have
the chance, I just want to say...
sorry. You were right. Not about
everything... but about a lot.
Ezri, that’s okay. Don’t worry
about it. And I’m sorry too. But
what’s going on? Can you -
I can’t say much. I don’t know
much. But whatever it is, I
guess you’ll know in about...
...seven hours. Be safe, Julian.
You too. If you can.
Dax smirks knowingly - little chance of that - then cuts the signal. Bashir stands back, pondering what was said.
35 INT. AVENTINE - READY ROOM
Dax likewise slumps back from the screen, pondering.
Captain to the bridge.
It never ends. Dax gets up and heads out...
36 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE
As Dax emerges from her ready room and approaches, Bowers stands from the command chair to meet her.
Captain Hernandez is hailing us
from Axion. All of us.
Okay. On screen.
Bowers nods to MIRREN, while Dax turns to face the giant screen, which reveals...
...Hernandez standing on the floor of the Quorum, with the rows of Caeliar lined up behind her.
37 INT. TITAN - BRIDGE
Riker stands on his bridge, with Troi and Vale back where they should be at his either side.
38 INT. ENTERPRISE - BRIDGE
Picard, with Worf on one side and Beverly on the other.
39 INT. VOYAGER - BRIDGE
Chakotay in his seat, with PARIS and CAMBRIDGE nearby.
And... I don’t believe we’ve met,
but you must be Chakotay.
Captain Hernandez, I presume.
I’m glad I caught you all, as
this concerns you all.
40 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE
What’s going on, Erika? Have the
Caeliar agreed to help us?
After a fashion. But first, I should
apologise to each of you, and
your crews, for misleading you.
Please believe me that it was
in everyone’s best interests.
41 INT. ENTERPRISE - BRIDGE
Misleading us? About what?
It would take too long to explain.
Besides, you’ll see soon enough.
42 INT. TITAN - BRIDGE
Will, Ezri - thanks for treating
me like part of your crews. It
was nice to feel like I was home
again, back in Starfleet. Hadn’t
realised how much I missed it.
Captain, what’s going to happen?
I honestly don’t know for certain.
If I fail, then we’re all about to
have a very bad day.
43 INT. VOYAGER - BRIDGE
And if I succeed... well then,
something brand new awaits
us all. Wish me luck.
Chakotay watches sternly. He still wants revenge, death and destruction, but if there could be something else...
Oh, one last thing... for your own
safety, I recommend you move
your vessels to within one kilo-
metre of Axion - immediately.
Chakotay looks sideways to Paris, who heads to the helm.
Bridge to engineering... Vorik, time
to show us what you’ve got.
44 EXT. SPACE – AZURE NEBULA
Thrusters along Voyager’s hull push it gradually closer to the Caeliar city-ship. The other three ships do likewise.
45 INT. CAELIAR QUORUM
Hernandez stands on the floor of the Quorum. She takes a deep breath, raises one hand with fingers spread.
The tips of her fingers begin to glow with power...
46 INT. ENTERPRISE - BRIDGE
CHOUDHURY reacts to alerts on her tactical station...
Massive energy surge from the
Picard wonders with dismay what that means...
47 EXT. SPACE - BORG ARMADA
A dozen Borg vessels of various configurations zoom through open space at high warp...
...but then space RIPS OPEN into a dozen SUBSPACE TUNNELS, each one perfectly matched to a Borg ship.
The apertures suck each Borg ship inexorably in, sealing up behind them just as quickly.
48 EXT. SPACE - AZURE NEBULA
The Caeliar city-ship, the four Starfleet ships... and a dozen SUBSPACE TUNNELS open up nearby.
PANNING around, we see more subspace tunnels opening up, thousands of them surrounding our heroes at every angle.
49 INT. AVENTINE - BRIDGE
HELKARA reacts to alerts on his science station...
Subspace tunnels! Hundreds of
50 EXT. SPACE - AZURE NEBULA
From every subspace tunnel, a BORG VESSEL emerges. Another tunnel, another Borg cube shooting out of it at point blank range. And another, and another.
In a matter of seconds, Axion and the four Starfleet ships are surrounded by Borg ships in their thousands, enough to blot out the stars.
51 INT. ENTERPRISE - BRIDGE
Captain... Borg vessels are
emerging from the subspace
tunnels. Thousands of them.
I think it’s the entire armada.
We’re surrounded, sir.
Picard sits in his command chair, hard and cold. As far as he is concerned, Hernandez has betrayed them all.
Raise shields. Arm all weapons.
Prepare to fire.
END OF ACT THREE