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EPISODE
Alea Illacta Est
Attribution
Series: Star Trek: Phase II
Written by: Dragonboy546
Story by: Dragonboy546
Teleplay by: Dragonboy546
Production information
Episode no.: 1x10
First aired: 2022
Chronology
Date: 2269
Stardate: 5454.3


Alea Illacta Est is the tenth episode of Star Trek: Phase II Phase II Season 1.

Plot[]

The Enterprise is ordered to head to an Andorian colony near Andorian space, to oversee repairs to one of their colonies power reactors. So they call the USS Harrison-A carrying Lieutenant Commander Clarkson, friend of Captain Branson and godfather of his two daughters, but when a devastating tragedy results in the Andorians demanding something to be done to Mister Clarkson what is John gonna do?

Script Chapters[]

Teaser[]

FADE IN

EXT-VULCAN/ANDORIAN BORDER

The Enterprise enters orbit of Wey'tahn.

CAPT. BRANSON'S (voice over): Captain's Log Stardate 6988.4, The Enterprise has entered orbit of the Andorian colony world of Wey'tahn, in response to a distress call from the colony council

EXT-WEY'TAHN SURFACE, DAY

An established shot of the outpost.

CAPT. BRANSON'S (voice over): Apparently they appear to be having issues with their geothermal core

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY COMMAND CENTER, (POWER DOWN)

The landing party of Commander Chin-Riley, Lieutenant Junior Grade Mason, Doctor Carlson, and Lieutenant Commander Williams walk into the room with their flashlights on.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Stephanie see if you can get main power back on-line.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Right away Commander these Andorian power conduits are a bit twitchy so it may take awhile.

Commander Williams goes to one of the consoles kneel down and opens a panel and gets out a hyprospanner and gets to work, as the lights turn on and the console screens turn on as well as the landing party looks around the area.

LTJG. MASON: Whoa this room is huge.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Yeah it is.

DR. CARLSON (O.S): COMMANDER!

Commander Chin-Riley and Lieutenant Mason rush over to Doctor Carlson and they see a pair of dead Andorian scientists.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: What killed them?

DR. CARLSON (re: Medical Tricorder): I'm not sure Commander but whatever happened to them it destroyed their cellular structure, I'll have to take them back to the Enterprise for a full autopsy.

Then Commander Williams walks over to them.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Commander we're on a gold mine here it appears to be something that could help us.

She shows Chin-Riley.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (amazed): Whoa.

(END OF TEASER, FADE OUT, STARTING CREDITS)

Act One[]

FADE IN

EPISODE NOTES: OPENING CREDITS, FALL OVER OPENING SCENES)

FADE IN

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise is in orbit of the Andorian colony of Wey'tahn.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

VICE ADM. OZAWA (Monitor): So it's a military research facility?

CAPT. BRANSON: From the looks of it Admiral.

VICE ADM.OZAWA (Monitor): What caused their power core to go off-line

CAPT. BRANSON: We're not sure but I would like to request that we have some help figuring it out.

VICE ADM. OZAWA (Monitor): The U.S.S. Harrison is near your position I can have them meet up with you there, and maybe both Engineering teams could figure out what's going on with it

CAPT. BRANSON: Thanks Admiral we'll be waiting.

VICE ADM. OZAWA (Monitor): Keep me informed Ozawa out

Transmission ends.

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The USS Harrison enters orbit next to the Enterprise.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE BRIEFING ROOM

Monitor shows the Andorian facility as Commander Williams briefs Captain Towe.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: My further examination of the scans show that its pulling power from the planet's core to power itself.

CAPT. TOWE: Geothermal?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Correct ma'am.

CAPT. BRANSON: I remember the Federation wanting to go into that type of thing but they couldn't figure out what was going on with it, but the Andorians have been able to do it better then we would of.

CAPT. TOWE: But what's wrong with it?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Unknown at the moment ma'am.

Towe turns to Captain Branson and Commander Chin-Riley.

CAPT. TOWE: I have an engineering team down there right now.

CAPT. BRANSON: I like to meet that engineering team.

EXT-WEY'TAHN DAY

The Shuttle approaches the core facility.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE ROOM

Many engineers are at work Captain Branson, Lieutenant Mason, and Lieutenant Commander Williams arrive and one of the officers sees him.

ENS. GUILLERMO: CAPTAIN ON DECK!

Everyone snaps to attention.

CAPT. BRANSON: As you all were I'm looking for the head engineer.

Then Lieutenant Commander Kyle Clarkson appears with a tool in his mouth.

CAPT. BRANSON (Smiles): Kyle its good to see that you're up on your feet again man.

They shook hands.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (Smiles): Well if it wasn't for the Enterprise pulling my team and the Harrison out we'd be pushing up daisies right about now.

These are my officers Lieutenant Jack Mason chief security officer and my Chief Engineer Lieutenant Commander Stephanie Williams, this is Lieutenant Commander Kyle Clarkson we served together onboard the U.S.S. Ajaxs under Commodore Boone.

LTJG. MASON: Its nice to meet you sir.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Likewise Mister Mason

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Its an honor to meet you Commander.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Same here Commander.

CAPT. BRANSON: So what's going on with this core?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: We're not sure we've tried everything to get it started.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Haven't you started a level-one diagnostic on it?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON; That was our first thing we checked for and couldn't find anything, our diagnostic engineer Tarak is working on it right now we'll go to him.

They head over to one of the stations when a Denobulan Starfleet at Earth standard years of 23 with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade stands up.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Report?

LTJG. TARAK: We're still running a level one diagnostic on the power core sir but we still don't know why its not generating power to the colony.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: This is Lieutenant Tarak our diagnostic engineer these are officers from the U.S.S. Enterprise.

CAPT. BRANSON: Nice to meet you Lieutenant.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: I never thought I'd get to meet a Denobulan outside of the Ambassador and the Council chairman.

CAPT. BRANSON: So what can you tell me?

LTJG. TARAK: Well sir the core isn't working for some reason and this should be happening at all its just strange.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Thanks Tarak why not go to a level 3 diagnostic.

LTJG. TARAK (nods): Aye, sir.

The young Denobulan gets back to work and they go over to a young female Lieutenant.

LTCMDR. CLAKRSON: This is Lieutenant Junior Grade Carolina Young this is Lieutenant Commander Stephanie Williams, Lieutenant Harrison Payne, and Captain John Branson their from the Enterprise.

She shakes their hands.

LTJG. YOUNG: Its nice to meet you all.

CAPT. BRANSON: Same here Lieutenant so what is it you do?

LTJG. YOUNG: I am the EPS and life systems tech sir.

CAPT. BRANSON: Nice I never seen a EPS and life systems technician before.

LTJG. YOUNG: I'm one of the best sir.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: This is Ensign Bo Travers and Ensign Guillermo.

ENS. TRAVERS: I'm a Multisystem technician.

ENS. GUILLERMO: I'm the Weapons and Com system technician.

CAPT. BRANSON: Nice to meet you both do they always do that?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Sometimes but they're the best.

The a young female with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade show up with a PADD.

LTJG. FLOWER: Commander I'm still working on the power core systems but so far I'm a bit stumped, oh Captain sir I'm sorry I didn't know that you were here.

CAPT. BRANSON: Oh its alright Lieutenant?

LTJG. FLOWER: Lieutenant Morgan Flower sir I'm the computer tech and linguistics translator for this team.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: She's very good at her job.

CAPT. BRANSON: Can't wait to see what you come up with Lieutenant.

LTJG. FLOWER (nods): Thank you sir.

He leaves as Kyle looks at her.

LTJG. FLOWER: Wow that's him that's Captain Branson.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Yeah.

EXT-WEYTAHN ORBIT

Camera moves towards the U.S.S. Enterprise who's in front of the Harrison.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

Commander Chin-Riley is standing at the science station with T'Lar who's scanning and then she stands up and reports.

LT. T'LAR: Something appeared at the edge of our sensor scans.

Una folds her arms.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Can you ID it T'Lar?

T'Lar runs the scan of the sensors and then reports.

LT. T'LAR: Its gone I don't understand I had it on long range scanners but it vanished.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: What can you suspect T'Lar?

T'Lar puts her hands behind her back.

LT. T'LAR: Since the Andorians nor my people have the technology to shield a ship from sensors it could be that a third party is interested in our mission.

LTJG. MITCHELL: It could either be the Klingons or the Romulans.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (Tensed up): Either the case Jack take us to Yellow alert T'Lar I want all sensors on the object use its last position as a guide.

LT. T'LAR: Aye, Commander.

LTJG. MASON: Aye, Commander.

Lights turn yellow and start flashing as Commander Ivanova is tensed up about the possibility of another fight with the Klingons or Romulans.

(END OF ACT ONE, FADE OUT)

Act Two[]

FADE IN

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise is next to the Harrison.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE BRIEFING ROOM (YELLOW ALERT)

Monitor shows the energy core.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: As you can see this is the planet's core.

CMDR. IVANOVA: Whoa its putting out alot of energy.

CAPT. BRANSON: Is that why its not working right?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: That's what we think.

CAPT. TOWE: Can it be brought back on-line?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Yes, ma'am.

CAPT. BRANSON: We still have the unknown blip that showed up then vanished we're not sure if its Romulans which we've got a treaty with or the Klingons or the Gorn, so we'll play hardball with this you've got a five days to get this thing on-line if it doesn't work I'll take to Starfleet Command to consider evacuating the colony.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (nods): Aye, sir.

Both Williams and Clarkson leave.

CAPT. TOWE: John if we can't get this on-line.

CAPT. BRANSON: I know the Klingons or whoever is tailing us will attack.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN ENGINEERING (YELLOW ALERT)

The engineering staff are around the large screen as Commander Williams is issues instructions to her staff in a montage.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Alright, I need everyone's attention, please. What we've got here…

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: That's right and we need to find away to power it using Geothermal energy from the planets core.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (Frustrated): No, you're not listening to me!

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: It's not going to—

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: I'm telling you this one right here is wrong.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: The whole point here is that these numbers here need to be corrected.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Unless they're corrected—there you go. Simulation failed.

They keep running simulations that all file.

EXT—WEY'TAHN, NIGHT

INT—ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY ON WEY'TAHN

The engineering team are working at different consoles.

In a tube-like passageway, Lieutenant Junior Grade Young and another scientist work. Clarkson speaks to her over the com.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (To com): Carol I want you to pull the chip. Pull it when I say go, all right?

Lieutenant Young pulls the chip, and the power shuts down. Later, Clarkson is in the command access tube and Lieutenant Young and the rest of the team are in the main area.

LTJG. YOUNG (to com): I think we have it.

[Commander Clarkson puts the crystal in, and the command access tube lights up. In the lab, Carol smiles.]

LTJG. YOUNG: That's it!

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise and the Harrison are in orbit.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

Lieutenant Smith turns to Branson.

LTJG. SMITH: He's responding sir.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): So you ready buddy?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (Com voice): Yeah this is a great day for me and it should improve our relations with the Andorians

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): We'll monitor from here Enterprise out, T'Lar start recording the power outputs.

LT. T'LAR (nods): Aye, sir.

She gets to work.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

Commander Clarkson and his team are in position and ready.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Everything's been triple-checked. Power levels are holding steady in all computer simulations.

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): Power it up we're watching from here.

Commander Clarkson puts the com device down.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Alright. Attention, all personnel. Stand by for power-up on my mark. Three, two, one… Mark.

[The power source in the chamber powers up.]

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Power output rising and holding steady.

Captain Branson presses the button on his left arm rest.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Enterprise to Clarkson report?

CUT TO:
INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

Kyle opens his communicator.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Standby John, Pan talk to me?

LT. TARAK: I'm picking up some minor power fluctuations. Chamber temperature's holding steady. There it goes again.

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): Is everything okay?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Everything's fine.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (com voice): The containment bottle was designed to automatically compensate for any sudden changes in energy output

Williams turns to Captain Branson.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (Confused): This never happened in the simulations.

Captain Branson is looking over at the engineering console.

CAPT. BRANSON (To com): Kyle maybe we should abort.

CUT TO:
INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): I said it's fine. Collins. See if you can boost more power to the field manually.

ENS. COLLINS: You got it.

Collins leaves. Clarkson makes more entries at his console, as Lieutenant Young is a bit worried.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Okay.

Collins enters the command access tube where the crystal controls are. He removes a panel. He's wearing protective glasses as the light is very bright.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (To com): Clarkson to Enterprise.

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): Branson here go ahead

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): I think we're ready.

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): We're still monitoring

In the command access tube, a power wave bursts through the far wall and envelops Collins. He falls to the floor, screaming and writhing.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Whoa.

CAPT. BRANSON; What is it Steph?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (Worried): Levels just spiked into the red!

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Enterprise to Clarkson Kyle we're getting something up here.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): We're getting it down here as well.

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): Shut it down! Shut it all down!

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): I'm trying.

LT. TARAK: The interface is not responding.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Alright, I've already switched to back-ups.

LTJG. FLOWER: The levels are going off the scale sir!

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Its on the verge of an overload!

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: RED ALERT, SHIELDS UP!

Lights dimmed and klaxons are sounding.

LT. T'LAR: We are about 30 seconds to overload.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Kyle get your team out of there now!

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): I have given the command to shut down. Something's creating an overload.

CAPT. BRANSON (Com voice): Then you an your team should evacuate

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Just give me a few seconds.

CAPT. BRANSON (Com voice): We may not have that time

[The power sounds start to diminish, and Young's displays show the energy flow returning to green levels.]

LTJG. YOUNG: Wait. Wait. Wait. It's stabilizing. The generator is offline.

CAPT. BRANSON (Com voice): What the hell just happened?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Obviously there was a surge of some kind… Look, Collin…Collins!

[They rush to the command access tube door.]

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Collins!

[They open the door to see Collins has died, his hands covered with red burns.]

(END OF ACT TWO, FADE OUT)

Act Three[]

FADE IN

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise and Harrison are next to each other in orbit of Wey'tahn.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE BRIEFING ROOM (YELLOW ALERT)

Doctor Carlson hands out PADDs with his medical report.

DR. CARLSON: Officially, my report will indicate Ensign Collins died due to radiation exposure, causing severe burns to well over ninety percent of his body.

CAPT. BRANSON: But there's more?

DR. CARLSON (nods): Yeah, much more. To be honest, I have no idea what sort of radiation it was. I've never seen or heard of cellular decay this massive, not when exposure only lasted mere seconds.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Ensign Collin's next of kin has been notified of his death.

Captain Branson turns to both Commander Clarkson and Lieutenant Young.

CAPT. BRANSON: What happened down there?

LTJG. YOUNG (Confused): We're still analyzing data from the test. All we know for certain was there was a massive power surge, which in turn caused the containment field to expand asymmetrically in the direction of the command access tube. As to why we're not sure.

Branson leans back in the chair.

CAPT. BRANSON: And I was hoping that this would improve relations with the Andorians.

CAPT. TOWE: Could we try again?

Both Captain Branson and Commander Chin-Riley turn to her.

CAPT. BRANSON: You want to try again?

CAPT. TOWE (Nods): Yes I do want to try again.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Ma'am Commander Clarkson lost a man.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Yes I am painfully aware of that Commander and that's something that I am going to have to live with for the rest of my life, it was my order I gave him that sent him to his death.

Captain Branson looks at the PADD with the data.

CAPT. BRANSON: No we're not going to try again anytime soon continue to review the data, I'll let Starfleet Command know of what has happened here and how to proceed dismissed.

The senior staff leaves except for Captain Towe and Commander Chin-Riley.

CAPT. BRANSON: Something on your mind Jamie?

CAPT. TOWE: Yeah there is something on my mind John what the hell are you thinking for not wanting to continue with this?

CAPT. BRANSON: Oh let see maybe its because someone was killed by that and we found two dead Andorian scientists.

CAPT. TOWE (scoffs): Come on John this would help improve relations with the Andorians.

Then the com activates.

LTJG. MASON (com voice): Captain Branson report to the bridge

They leave the briefing room.

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

Three Andorian combat cruisers approaches the planet.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

The trio walks onto the bridge.

CAPT. BRANSON: Now this is something you don't see often where did they come from?

LTJG. MASON: They just entered sensor range a few hours ago.

Captain Branson walks over to the command chair as Lieutenant Mason takes the tactical station.

CAPT. BRANSON: Julia hail them.

Lieutenant Smith inputs commands into the communications console.

LTJG. SMITH: They're responding.

Transparent viewer shows the bridge of the Andorian vessel.

CAPT. BRANSON: Greetings I'm John Branson Captain of the Federation Starship USS Enterprise, its alright we're here at the request of the Andorian Ambassador.

CAPT. TALAS (viewer): We're here at the request of the Andorian Imperial Command

Branson turns to Commander Chin-Riley confused then back to the viewer.

CAPT. BRANSON: We weren't aware that the military was interested in watching us repair one of their colonies power facilities.

CAPT. TALAS (viewer): They are wanting to see what you can do

CAPT. BRANSON: Captain take it easy before you sprain something that can't be fixed by medical help, we're allies and we're here to help one of your colonies. But hey if you wanna watch us repair the power core go ahead and knock yourself out Enterprise out.

Transmission ends and the transparent viewer shows the three Andorian warships right behind the Enterprise and Harrison, as Captain Branson sits down in the Captain's chair.

ENS. CARLSON: So we've got an audience that's interesting.

LTJG. MITCHELL: They're just wanting us to mess up so they can go back to their government.

CAPT. BRANSON: Who knows but we've got an audience let's make sure that we don't look bad.

CUT TO:
EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise and Harrison are in orbit as three Andorian Kumari-Class warships are with them as well.

INT-U.S.S. HARRISON CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

CAPT. TOWE: Admiral I would like to request that we restart the repairs of the power core.

VICE ADM. APRIL (monitor): Captain I understand where you're coming from I do but right now we can't risk destroying that colony, I've already had to make a compromise for one colony I can't guarantee that I can make another one for this colony should the repairs turn into something bad

COMM. KIRK (monitor): I agree with Robert on this one

FLEET ADM. TUCKER (monitor): We can't risk playing it safe anymore Jim we don't know if the Klingons or the Romulans will attack us should they see that we're not getting upgrades by our most trusted ally

VICE ADM. PERRY (monitor): Let's not panic here alright we're not going to let the Klingons catch us by surprise like they did last time at the Battle of The Binary Stars in 2256

ADM. OZAWA (monitor): Don we shouldn't do this behind Captain Branson's back he'll never trust us again

COMM. KIRK (Monitor): We'll have to think about this before we can decide we'll contact you when we know what we want to do Kirk out

Transmission ends as Captain Towe isn't thrilled.

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

A close up on the Enterprise.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN BRANSON'S READY ROOM

Captain Branson is going over reports that Lieutenant Commander Williams has given him about the situation planetside, suddenly his old friend Kyle Clarkson bursts angrily through the door without knocking.

KYLE (Frustrated): What the hell are you thinking?

JOHN (Confused): Kyle I....

KYLE: You know this mission is important for improving peaceful relations with the Andorians.

JOHN: Ky--

KYLE: Who put you in charge, anyhow? The crew of the Harrison is more than capable of completing this mission without the oversight of amateurs?

JOHN: KYLE SIT DOWN!

Kyle, stunned but still angry, sits.

JOHN: Any other Captain would not tolerate your insubordination, but you are my best friend and I at least owe you an explanation. (Sits behind his desk and takes a deep breath to calm down) The Enterprise was given this mission by Commodore Kirk, not the Harrison. Harrison was brought in merely to assist. As such, I have the final say not Captain Towe.

KYLE (Snarled through gritted teeth): May I speak freely, Captain, sir?

JOHN (Dryly): If it will help you calm down then yes.

KYLE: You've based your decision to end this mission on misinformed and uneducated information. Handed to you by the most incompetent group of engineers I've ever met.

John leans back in the chair behind his desk as he and Kyle are calming down from yelling at each other.

JOHN: Kyle, Commander Williams and her team have tons of information and experience with these type of things.

Kyle leans back in the chair.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN ENGINEERING

Commander Williams is working at one of consoles reviewing the power core.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Burke what do you make of this?

CREWMEN BURKE: It looks like a power relay was fused.

Then Commander Clarkson enters.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Commander Williams a word?

He walks out of the engine room as Stephanie follows him.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE OUTSIDE MAIN ENGINEERING

She joins him.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: What is it Commander?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: What the hell were you thinking going Captain Branson?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Well after what happened to Ensign Collins a member of your team it was my recommendation that testing the power core isn't a good idea it could result in the destruction of not only the facility but the entire planet.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: I AM IN CHARGE OF THE TEAM ON THE SURFACE.

He saw a pair of officers walk by then turns back to Williams.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: This thing could improve our relations with the Andorians and you want to take it away from us.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Commander I respect your job and that you are one of the best engineer but right now we don't need another death on our hands.

She heads back to Engineering as Kyle folds his arms and leaves.

(END OF ACT THREE, FADE OUT)

Act Four[]

FADE IN

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise, Harrison, and the three Andorian vessels are in orbit of the Andorian colony.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

Commander Ivanova is in command while Captain Branson is in his ready room as Lieutenant Smith reports.

LTJG. SMITH: Commander we're being hailed by the lead Andorian vessel.

Commander Chin-Riley gets up from the Captain's chair.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: On screen.

Transparent viewer changed to the bridge of the lead Andorian vessel.

CAPT. TALA (viewer): Where's Captain Branson?

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: He's busy at the moment I'm Lieutenant Commander Una Chin-Riley first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise what can I do for you?

CAPT. TALA (viewer): Just to let you know Commander that the Andorian Ambassador is watching this

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Great we work well with an audience.

Commander Chin-Riley turns to sit in the Captain's chair as the transmission ends.

LTJG. MASON: So we're being watched by the Federation Council members and member worlds.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Pretty much Jack so we better not mess this up.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

VICE ADM. HALSEY (monitor): I know how you feel about this John believe me

CAPT. BRANSON: Sir Kyle lost a man in the first try.

VICE ADM. HALSEY (monitor): The Federation Council and your cousin the Federation President thinks this could strength our relations with the Andorian government

Captain Branson folds his arms.

CAPT. BRANSON: She got to you didn't she sir?

VICE ADM. HALSEY (monitor): Captain Towe made a very important case to continue the tests get it done Captain Starfleet out

Transmission ends as John is a bit annoyed.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE SICKBAY

Doctor Carlson is treating crewmen for some minor wounds when T'Lar enters.

LTCMDR. T'LAR: My daily physical you said it was overdue.

DR. CARLSON (Smiles): Alright then.

T'Lar sits on the bio-bed and Doctor Carlson starts scanning her with his medical tricorder.

DR. CARLSON: Any dizziness or issues?

LTCMDR. T'LAR: None.

DR. CARLSON: How about meditating?

LTCMDR. T'LAR: I have been meditating before bed each night you know that.

He reviews the scans.

DR. CARLSON: Are you sure T'Lar because I'm picking up high synaptic activity, I'd like to run a cranial scan, just to be safe.

T'LAR: Steven?

STEVEN: T'Lar I'm worried about you and I'm sorry if that's an emotion but as your husband I have a right to be worried.

T'LAR: I haven't been meditating much with us being on important assignments I've not had time to do it, but am I doing alright?

DR. CARLSON: Besides the high synaptic activity you've got a clean bill of health, I'll just give you something to help with the headache.

He gets a hypo and injects her with it.

T'LAR: Thank you Steven.

T'Lar gets off the bio-bed and leaves as Steven is worried.

INT-U.S.S. HARRISON CAPTAIN TOWE'S READY ROOM

Captain Towe is looking out the window as the door chimes.

CAPT. TOWE: Come.

Doors opened and Captain Branson enters holding a PADD.

CAPT. BRANSON (Annoyed): What the hell is this?

He puts the PADD on her desk.

CAPT. TOWE: The Admiralty wants us to continue the repairs of the power core.

Captain Branson paces about.

CAPT. BRANSON: Jamie this is going to blow up in our faces and risk EVERYTHING we worked on to improve our relations with the Andorian, this is my mission MY MISSION! You are just frustrated that I shut it down.

CAPT. TOWE: Cause you're not thinking straight John.

Captain Branson paces about some more and then turns to her.

CAPT. BRANSON: Jamie you're not thinking straight admit it you want this weapon.

CAPT. TOWE (Nods): Yes. I do. A weapon that could effectively eliminate the Borg threat is very attractive to me, and to the people that we work for. I'm not hiding that fact.

CAPT. BRANSON: I'm not risking my ship and crew just because of something that you think will it eliminate the Borg Threat.

CAPT. TOWE: John think about it if we power this core for the Andorians we can have them as an ally true their treatment of females isn't right but we're not here to judge an ally.

CAPT. BRANSON: I understand that you want this to improve relations but there's times that I have to protect Kyle from himself and I'm not about to let him do something that he's going to regret.

CAPT. TOWE: John I'm sorry for going over your head but you left me no choice.

CAPT. BRANSON: Look I can watch him I've done it since we've met at Starfleet Academy.

CAPT. TOWE: John watch him I can't lose another officer.

Captain Branson leaves.

CUT TO:
INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

Ensign Travers the team EPS expert is at one of the stations and walks over to Commander Clarkson and hands him a PADD, when Captain Branson beams down.

ENS. TRAVERS: CAPTAIN ON DECK!

The team except for Kyle snap to attention.

CAPT. BRANSON: As you all were.

They resume their work.

CAPT. BRANSON: Can we talk somewhere in private.

They leave.

INT-BACK AREA OF THE CONTROL ROOM

They stopped.

CAPT. BRANSON: Jamie went behind my back.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: What do you mean?

CAPT. BRANSON: She went behind my back and contacted Starfleet Admiralty and they gave her permission to resume working on the core.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: John this could be the biggest discovery since the creation of warp drive, and this could help us defend ourselves better against the Klingons, Gorn, Tholians, Tressaurians, Dregans or the Romulans.

CAPT. BRANSON: Kyle you lost a man how many more have to die before you realize that this maybe out of our reach I'm trying to keep you from yourself.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: John I appreciate it but I don't need your protection.

Kyle walks away from John as he follows.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY CONTROL ROOM

Branson and Commander Clarkson's team hook up computers to the Andorian equipment.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (Very confident): I appreciate your support, John, but don't worry. I try to make it a habit not to make the same mistake twice.

CAPT. BRANSON: That was a joke right?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: No. I offer you my personal assurance that a surge like the one that happened before is inconceivable.

CAPT. BRANSON: Alright then.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Alright let's get this baby back on-line.

CAPT. BRANSON: Do it.

At the main station Commander Clarkson is inputting commands into it.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

Commander Ivanova is sitting at the desk as doors chimed.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Come.

Doors opened and Commander Williams enters holding a PADD.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Commander I need to speak to you right away.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: What's wrong?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: (Re: PADD): I've finished going over the accident data. I think I know why the Andorians abandoned this technology.

She hands Commander Chin-Riley the PADD and she looks at it and has a shocked look on her face.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

Commander Chin-Riley and Commander Williams walks onto the bridge as she turns to Lieutenant Smith.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Julia hail the facility.

LTJG. SMITH: Aye, Commander channel open.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (to com): Enterprise to Captain.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY

Captain Branson gets his communicator out and flips it open as it beeps.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Branson here go ahead.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (Com voice): Is Commander Clarkson with you?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): I'm very busy getting ready to run a test here what's up.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Actually I would like you to delay the test firing.

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): Why??

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (to com): We have reason to believe that the weapon's power source—it may not be controllable at any power level.

CUT TO:
INT-ANDROIAN POWER CORE FACILITY CONTROL ROOM

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Commander Williams!

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (com voice): Commander

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Okay, we have been over this. I am doing this manually, at half power. It's a cakewalk.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

LTCMDR WILLIAMS (to com): Commander this isn't a cakewalk alright I've been doing calculations of my own, and I believe the very act of trying to contain vacuum energy from our own space-time creates an environment where the laws of physics cease to apply.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (com voice): What the hell are you talking about?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (To com): As power output increases, new and exotic particles are continuously created and destroyed inside the containment chamber, interacting with each other, and with the field itself. Eventually, particles are created that cannot be predicted in this space-time. And they breach the containment field as hard radiation.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (com voice): You can't predict what's going to happen Commander so but out

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY CONTROL ROOM

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Una how about we contact you after its finished.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): You better Enterprise out

John walks over to Kyle who turns to him.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: I won't let you down John.

Captain Branson gives him a hard look as Commander Clarkson starts giving his team orders.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Pan begin the restart sequence.

LT. TARAK (Nods): Aye, sir.

Lieutenant Tarak inputs commands into his station.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Bo disengage the transfer beam from the Enterprise.

ENS. TRAVERS: Aye, sir.

Ensign Travers inputs commands into the console.

ENS. TRAVERS: Transfer beam disengaged sir.

He then turns to Lieutenant Junior Grade Sonya Young.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Sonya bring the containment generators back on-line, and Guillemo begin the start up sequence.

LTJG. YOUNG: Aye, sir.

LT. GUILLEMO: Aye, sir power core is at forty-one percent and rising sir.

ENS. TRAVERS: Power is at one hundred and twenty percent and holding steady sir.

Everyone celebrates as John pats Kyle on the shoulder.

CAPT. BRANSON (Smiles): Great job Kyle.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (Sighs, nods): Thanks John I had a feeling this would work.

In the containment chamber, the power source pulses. The sound grows louder.

CAPT. BRANSON: What's that?

Kyle walks over to his console.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: An energy surge. It's fine. I can regulate it.

His display shows temperatures moving into the red area.

CAPT. BRANSON: I thought you said you got it under control.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Pan try to see if you can vent some of the heat from the chamber.

LT. TARAK: Aye, sir.

Tarak inputs commands into one of the consoles.

LT. TARAK: I'm locked out?

LTJG. FLOWER: Same here sir.

The display shows the temperatures continuing to rise.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (becoming concerned): Levels are continuing to rise in the chamber! This shouldn't be happening Sonya engage emergency power.

LTJG. YOUNG: On it sir.

Lieutenant Young inputs commands into the console as she's working her console erupts in a massive shower of sparks sending her back injuring her as Tarak treats her.

CAPT. BRANSON: SHUT IT DOWN!

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: I got this John!

CAPT. BRANSON: Its overloading just like last time Kyle you're good but not this good now shut it down that's an order.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Alright Pan decouple the power conduits from the primary systems.

LT. TARAK: On it sir controls still not responding sir!

Captain Branson flips open his communicator.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Branson to Enterprise we've got a problem.

(END OF ACT FOUR, FADE OUT)

Act Five[]

FADE IN

EXT—WEY'TAHN, DAY

The Andorian defense weapon sitting on top of the building is swinging and firing energy bursts into the sky.

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

One of the Andorian warships takes several bad hits and explodes in a fiery ball as debris flies from it and destroys the other Andorian vessel, but the Enterprise, Harrison and the lead Andorian Warship and the remaining Andorian cruiser was able to get their deflectors up or like the Enterprise and Harrison.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

Klaxons blare as the crew watch in horror as the three Andorian vessels are destroyed.

LT. T'LAR: Three out of four of the Andorian vessels were destroyed Commander.

LTJG. MASON: Deflectors are holding Commander.

Commander Chin-Riley turns to Julia.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Julia get me the Captain now.

She inputs commands into the communications console and turns to Commander Chin-Riley.

LTJG. SMITH: I'm trying Commander but there's no response!

WHUMPH!

LTJG. MASON: Deflectors down to seventy-one percent.

Commander Chin-Riley is a bit worried.

INT-ANDROIAN POWER CORE FACILITY CONTROL ROOM

WHUMPH!

CAPT. BRANSON: What was that?

ENS. TRAVERS: The weapon's discharging to prevent a catastrophic overload.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Branson to Enterprise we need an emergency beam out right now.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

CAPT. BRANSON (com voice): We're...power....surge...transport

LTJG. SMITH: The radiation from the core is making communications hard Commander.

Commander Chin-Riley contacts the transporter room.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (To com): Bridge to transporter room Chief Mackenzie lock onto our people and beam them back to the ship now.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE TRANSPORTER ROOM

Lieutenant McKenzie is working on the console, and then activates the com panel on the station.

CHIEF MACKENZIE (to com): I've got a partial lock on them but I can bring only two up at time, then I'm going to have to reset the buffer.

WHUMPH!

CHIEF MACKENZIE (to com): But I can't transport with the deflectors up we'll have to lower them for transport.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

LTJG. MASON: That's too risky we could end up like the three Andorian warships.

LT. T'LAR: The needs of the Many Outweigh the needs of the few or the one.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: We've got to try something.

ENS. CARLSON: Commander if I may I think I maybe able to get us out of their weapons range by doing a few maneuvers that aren't apart of the Starfleet flight training.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Do what you have to Kara.

ENS. CARLSON: Aye, Commander.

Ensign Carlson inputs commands into the helm station.

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The Enterprise approaches the atmosphere as the weapons energy blots lance through space.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY CONTROL ROOM

LT. TARAK: We need to get Sonya to the nearest medical area her wounds are bad.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (nearly shouting): What did I just say? The weapon is firing at random targets above the planet. This is the safest place to be right now.

CAPT. BRANSON: This place isn't going to be safe much longer come on Kyle.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: I can bring it back under control. Just give me a second.

[Branson grabs Clarkson by the vest and swings him around.]

CAPT. BRANSON: No you can't Kyle we got to get out of here now that's an order.

Kyle yanks away and turning back to his computer.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: One second!

CAPT. BRANSON: Kyle I've seen this before remember when we were onboard the AJax's and Ensign Coleman thought that she could control the ship's IDF systems and her console exploded severely wounding her.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): Enterprise to Away Team

Captain Branson opens his communicator and it beeps.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Una we can hear you better what's the beam out status?

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (to com): Well we had to use a few tricks that Ensign Carlson knows in order to lower our deflectors to beam you guys up we're currently sitting above the core facility, we're using a scattering field to mask our signature so it won't pick us up and blast us out of the sky.

INT-ANDORIAN POWER CORE FACILITY CONTROL ROOM

Coolant is venting as the engineering team and Captain Branson are starting to cough.

CAPT. BRANSON (To com): Take Tarak and Young inform sickbay to have medical teams on standby there's incoming injured.

Both Ensign Tarak and Lieutenant Junior Grade Young demartializes.

CHIEF MACKENZIE (com voice): Ready for two more

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Take Travers and Guillemo!

Both Travers and Guillemo dematerialized when a huge shower of sparks erupt from the ceiling and power hums.

CAPT. BRANSON (Coughs): What the hell was that?

Lieutenant Flower goes to one of the consoles and reports.

LTJG. FLOWER: Its a coolant leak in the power core we've got just a few minutes till it breaches!

CAPT. BRANSON: We're out of time we need to leave now!

Lieutenant Flower gets most of the gear and heads to the shuttle bay.

CAPT. BRANSON: Come on Kyle we need to go!

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (coming to a relation): Okay, we need to leave. I've waited too long. The weapon can't discharge enough power to avoid a catastrophic overload. This whole planet is going to go up.

Kyle gets his computer and they head to the launch bay.

EXT—WEY'TAHN, DAY

[The weapon continues firing in all directions destroying buildings and transports that are trying to escape to orbit.]

INT-SHUTTLE CANOPY

They rush to the main seats as they sit in them as Lieutenant Flower is in the Engineering seat.

CAPT. BRANSON: Let's skip the pre-flight checks and let's get the hell out of here.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: You need to avoid flying in predictable trajectories to prevent the weapon locking onto us.

CAPT. BRANSON: I'll keep that in mind.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: I'm just saying, be sure not to fly in a straight line.

CAPT. BRANSON: Just hang on.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: John I'm sorry man I'm so sorry I thought that the core was working right.

CAPT. BRANSON: Hey its ok man people make mistakes and this one will be fixed one way or another, we'll come back when its safe.

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: We can't.

John turns to him.

CAPT. BRANSON: Why not?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Look, don't you understand? This explosion is going to take out the entire planet, we have to get out of the sector.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Branson to Enterprise.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): We see you Captain we're right behind you

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Open the shuttle bay doors we're coming in hot!

LTCMDR. CLARKSON (to com): Inform the colony that they need to evacuate the planet now.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): We've been trying to but they're not responding the interference must be blocking coms

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Kara as soon as we're aboard engage warp in any direction.

ENS. CARLSON (com voice): Aye, sir

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

Branson maneuvers the shuttle through the debris field, the weapon firing all around them as they're approaching the three vessels that are trying to maneuvers from being hit, as the shuttle enters the bay.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

Doors to the turbo-lift open and both Captain Branson and Commander Clarkson enters as Captain Branson sits in the Captain's chair.

LT. T'LAR: The planet's core is starting to destabilize sir.

CAPT. BRANSON: Julia try hailing the Andorian colony main hall.

LTJG. SMITH: I've been trying to sir no response.

Lieutenant T'Lar looks at her console and reports.

LT. T'LAR: Sir the core is starting to meltdown.

CAPT. BRANSON: Ah crap Julia have all ships break orbit and prepare to engage their warp drives we'll run interference Jack divert emergency power to aft deflectors.

LTJG. MASON: Aye, sir.

LTJG. SMITH: Aye, sir.

EXT-WEY'TAHN ORBIT

The three ships move from the planet as the Enterprise is right behind them as its taking hits from the turret and all they enter warp as the Enterprise's nacelles power up and they leap into warp just as the entire planet explodes.

CUT TO:
INT-ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (RED ALERT)

CAPT. BRANSON: Report?

LT. T'LAR: The planet has been destroyed.

CAPT. BRANSON: Did any other vessel make it out?

LT. T'LAR: No, sir.

Captain Branson hangs his head.

CAPT. BRANSON: Julia inform Admiral Nogura of what has happened, Kara set course for Earth.

LTJG. SMITH: Aye, sir.

ENS. CARLSON: Aye, sir.

CAPT. BRANSON: I'll be in my ready room Una you've got the bridge.

Commander Chin-Riley sits in the Captain's chair as Captain Branson walks into his ready room.

EXT-EARTH ORBIT

The Enterprise enters orbit of the capital of the United Federation of Planets.

INT-STARFLEET COMMAND BOARD OF INQUIRY

Lieutenant Commander Clarkson is standing on a platform as Vice Admiral Halsey, Fleet Admiral Tucker, Rear Admiral Alice Ozawa, Commodore Austin, and the head of the Starfleet Corp of Engineers Commodore Bradley Johnson are in their chairs in front of a table.

VICE ADM. HALSEY: Lieutenant Commander Kyle Clarkson you are being charged with the murder of 1,209 Andorian Colonist on the world of Wey'tahn, Starfleet JAG officer Commander Eliza Wells has been assigned to be your defense attorney how do you plead Commander?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: Not guilty Admiral I did nothing wrong.

VICE ADM. HASLEY: Let's being.

INT-OUTSIDE THE BOARD OF INQUIRY ROOM

John is checking his dress uniform adjusting it when he's stopped by Ensign Zack Allan and Lieutenant Alicia Wells.

CAPT. BRANSON: Stand aside I'm late to the trial.

ENS. ALLAN: I'm sorry sir but you can't enter.

CAPT. BRANSON (Confused, shocked): On who's orders?

LT. WELLS: Commodore Johnson's sir.

CAPT. BRANSON: I am a Starfleet Captain I'm here to help my friend.

ENS. ALLAN: I understand that sir but I have my orders that you can't pass its for people with level 10 or higher clearance level.

Then Commodore Kirk shows up.

COMM. KIRK: John?

John turns to see his former commanding officer and friend.

CAPT. BRANSON: Jim?

COMM. KIRK: John at ease you two I'll handle this.

He pulls him aside.

COMM. KIRK: What are you doing?

CAPT. BRANSON: Jim what the hell is going on? Kyle's trial has been classified??

COMM. KIRK: Calm down John before you sprain something, yes his trial has been classified by orders of Starfleet Intelligence John don't push it further or you'll end up in the brig they take these things seriously.

John paces about then raises his hands up.

CAPT. BRANSON (Sighs in frustration): Fine.

He leaves as his father looks as his son leaves.

CUT TO:
INT-STARFLEET COMMAND BOARD OF INQUIRY

Lieutenant Junior Grade Morgan Flower is in the stand.

LTJG. FLOWER: Commander Clarkson tried his best but it was too late the coolant leak got worse and worse till Captain Branson ordered us to evacuate the control room.

CMDR. SHAW: And you say that Captain Branson ordered you to go?

LTJG. FLOWER: Yes, ma'am.

CMDR. SHAW: How could he do that he's a Captain of Starship Commander Clarkson is your commanding officer, but that's neither here nor there we're trying to get to why Commander Clarkson should be charged with murder.

VICE ADM. HALSEY: Commander Shaw I believe you made your point.

CMDR. SHAW: I rest my case.

She walks back to her side as Commander Wells gets up.

LTCMDR. WELLS: Lieutenant Flower how long have you served with my client?

LTJG. FLOWER: For three years ma'am my teacher at Starfleet Academy recommend me to him and he assigned me to the team.

COMM. AUSTIN: Thank you Commander Wells we'll reconvene at 1630 for a verdict.

EXT-EARTH ORBIT

The Enterprise is in the dry-dock.

INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

Doors chimed.

CAPT. BRANSON: Come.

Doors opened and Lieutenant Commander Williams enters holding a PADD.

CAPT. BRANSON: Steph please tell me you got something?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS (Re: PADD): I'm sorry sir but I've found this its the data on the power core I found some sort of program in Kyle's station and it looks like it caused the overload.

CAPT. BRANSON (Re: PADD): What? No he would never do that he worked to stop it.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Sir I don't know why you're having me search the data for his innocents.

CAPT. BRANSON: Cause he is Steph haven't heard of innocent to proven guilty?

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: But the data doesn't lie sir.

CAPT. BRANSON: I don't want to hear it get back to work on figuring out what happened.

LTCMDR. WILLIAMS: Aye, sir.

She leaves the ready room as John looks out the window of his office.

CUT TO:
INT-STARFLEET COMMAND CENTRAL BOARD OF INQUIRY

Commander Clarkson is standing at ease.

VICE ADM. HALSEY: Is there anything you would like to say in your defense before a sentence is rendered?

LTCMDR. CLARKSON: I didn't do anything to those colonist sir I've been apart of this great organization and I am or I was proud to have a purpose other then work in my parent's farm, and now that could be in ruins but I am innocent and I didn't kill those colonists and to the families of those colonist if they're watching this from Andoria I'm sorry.

COMM. JOHNSON: It is our ruling that the defendant, Lieutenant Commander Kyle Clarkson, be stripped of rank and hereby dishonorable discharged.

Commander Clarkson is shocked by this.

EXT-EARTH ORBIT

The Enterprise is in dry-dock getting worked on.

INT-USS HARRISON COMMANDER CLARKSON'S QUARTERS

Kyle is packing his stuff when the doors chimed.

KYLE: Come.

The doors opened and John enters seeing him packing.

JOHN: Hey I just came from Sickbay and Sonya is gonna make a full recovery uh where you heading are you planning on seeing family?

Kyle turns to him.

KYLE: No I've been discharged dishonorably charged with neglect and murder of one thousand twelve hundred and nine Andorian colonist that's what happened.

JOHN: What did they at least get a look at the sensor logs?

He turns to him.

KYLE: Most of the Admiralty wanted to look at them but the head of Starfleet Corp of Engineers Commodore Johnson discharged me from Starfleet that's what happened and where were you?

JOHN: They wouldn't let me enter it was a closed board of inquiry at the orders of Starfleet Intelligence, it was only for higher ranking officers.

He finished packing zips up his duffel bag and puts the strap of his duffel bag on him and leaves as John is shocked.

CUT TO:
INT-U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

COMM. BRANSON (monitor): I'm sorry John but there was nothing that I could of done

CAPT. BRANSON (Sighs): Dad Starfleet is all he knows if he goes back home his father will put him to work at their farm.

COMM. BRANSON (Monitor): John I know but we had to do something to keep the Andorians from leaving the Federation

CAPT. BRANSON (Frustrated): Just because we need their weapons upgrades to combat the Borg or the Romulans that's a scapegoat father.

He turns to the monitor off as the doors chimed.

CAPT. BRANSON: Come.

Captain Towe comes in as John gets up and walks over to her she punches him in the face.

JAMIE (Pissed off): YOU SON OF A BITCH!!

JOHN: Ok I deserved that one.

She punches him again.

JAMIE: KYLE JUST LEFT THE STARFLEET!

JOHN: Jamie calm down alright.

JAMIE: Don't you tell me to calm down John he was your friend and you left him to be ripped apart by the board of inquiry at Starfleet Command.

JOHN: Jamie I tried to enter the trial but they wouldn't allow me to it was a level-10 or higher clearance.

Jamie calms down a bit.

JAMIE: Why did they do that to him?

JOHN: Its due to our alliance with the Andorians and their weapon and deflector upgrades to combat the Borg.

Jamie calms down and folds her arms.

JAMIE: Its not right John.

JOHN: I know Jamie I know wait were you and Kyle?

JAMIE (Nods): Yeah.

JOHN: Wow I never knew.

JAMIE: What are we going to do?

JOHN: I'm not sure Jamie.

John leans on his desk.

JAMIE: We've got to prove that he didn't do this to the Andorians John.

JOHN: And we will Jamie.

JAMIE: I'm sorry I punched you.

JOHN (smirks): Its alright you've got a mean left hook you know it will be impossible for the Enterprise to return to the scene of the crime but if the Harrison could do it then the sensor data that you'll send us will be encoded and I can have and T'Lar decode it.

JAMIE: Why can't the Enterprise do it?

JOHN: Cause we're too well know by the Andorians and it would raise alot of questions as to why the Flagship of the Federation Fleet is searching through a debris field of a planet, and most of the Admirals don't like the fact that I'm in command of the Enterprise.

JAMIE (nods): Alright I'll do it and we'll send it to you.

Jamie hugs John and he hugs her back.

CUT TO:
INT-STARBASE ONE DOCKING HATCH

Kyle heads to the transporter and unknown to him he was injected with something and the hatch closes.

EXT-SPACE

The transport undocks and departs Earth Space dock and leaps to warp.

(END OF ACT FIVE, FADE OUT, ENDING CREDITS)

Cast[]

Starring[]

Also Starring[]

Guest Stars[]

  • TBA as Captain Jamie Towe
  • TBA as Commander T'Les
  • Jeremy Regan as Lieutenant Commander Kyle Clarkson
  • TBA as Lieutenant Junior Grade Morgan Flower
  • TBA as Lieutenant Tarak
  • TBA as Lieutenant Junior Grade Carol Young
  • TBA as Ensign Bo Travers
  • TBA as Ensign Paul Guillermo

Special Guest Stars[]

Trivia notes[]

Background information[]

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