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EPISODE
Negotiation
Attribution
Series: Star Trek: Phase II
Written by: Dragonboy546
Story by: Dragonboy546
Teleplay by: Dragonboy546
Production information
Episode no.: 1x03
First aired: 2022
Chronology
Date: 2269
Stardate: 5746.2


Negotiation is the 3rd episode for Star Trek: Phase II Phase II Season 1.

Plot[]

After learning about the apparent death of his brother Jack Mason, must learn to get his head together to protect the ship and crew from a impending attack by to rival factions from the Gorn and Lyran Star Empire.

Script Chapters[]

Teaser[]

EXT-SPACE

The Enterprise is at impulse.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN BRANSON'S QUARTERS

Captain Branson is reading a book listening to music when the com activates.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): Bridge to Branson

John leans back and activates the com panel.

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

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): We're receiving a subspace transmission from Starbase Six its Commodore Joseph Austin

CAPT. BRANSON: Patch him through.

Captain Branson looks at the book and puts it back on the shelf and walks over to his desk and sits at the desk and activates the monitor.

CAPT. BRANSON (smiles): Commodore Austin what can I do for you sir?

COMM. AUSTIN (monitor): John I understand that you have Lieutenant Mason onboard

CAPT. BRANSON: Yeah what's going on?

Commodore Austin interlaces his fingers on his desk.

COMM. AUSTIN (monitor): There was an accident

Captain Branson is shocked.

(END OF TEASER, FADE OUT, STARTING CREDITS)

Act One[]

FADE IN

FADE IN

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Enterprise is approaching Starbase Six.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM

(Episode Notes: Opening Credits Fall over, opening scenes)

Captain Branson is looking out the window as the doors chimed.

CAPT. BRANSON: Come.

Doors opened and Lieutenant Mason enters.

LTJG. MASON: You wanted to see me sir?

Captain Branson turns to walk to his desk and sits down and motions for him to sit and Jack sits in front of the desk.

CAPT. BRANSON: I've just spoken to Commodore Austin and there was an accident that involved your brother Captain Derek Mason, Captain Lance Ramirez, and Lieutenant Commander Jamie Archer.

LTJG. MASON: Is everything alright?

CAPT. BRANSON (sighs): Commander Archer and Captain Ramirez were able to beam off the shuttle but Captain Mason decided to remain aboard the shuttle, and took it from range of the Starbase the shuttle was destroyed with him onboard.

Jack is in shock at hearing what happened to his brother.

CAPT. BRANSON: Jack if you want to take a few days off to head to Earth to visit your parents and tell them I understand we'll be here for a few days I've got to delegate a peace conference with two warring factions.

LTJG. MASON: Thanks sir but my parents will understand if I remain here.

CAPT. BRANSON: Very well then dismissed.

Lieutenant Mason leaves the ready room as Captain Branson is worried.

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

A Gorn heavy cruiser is approaching the Starbase as the Enterprise and two Ares-class cruisers are between the Gorn vessels and the Starbase.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

Yellow lights are flashing as Captain Branson is standing up behind the helm and navigational stations.

CAPT. BRANSON: Type of vessel?

LT. T'LAR: It is a Gorn heavy cruiser.

ENS. CARLSON: Their most powerful cruiser.

LTJG. SMITH: We're being hailed its in our language.

CAPT. BRANSON: On screen.

Transparent viewer shows the bridge of the Gorn vessel.

CAPT. BRANSON: I'm John Branson Captain of the Federation Starship USS Enterprise representing the United Federation of Planets, we'll be here to delegate this peace conference.

GORN COMMANDER (Viewer): We are honored to be here Captain Branson

Captain Branson turns to Una and then back at the viewer.

CAPT. BRANSON: Thank you but remember your vessel and its escorts will be on a 24 hour watch if they so much as twitch.

GORN COMMANDER (viewer): We understand your concerns Captain and you have my word that my ship nor escorts will attack the Starbase or your ships

CAPT. BRANSON: Good I am glad that we have an understanding.

The Gorn Commander nods and transmission ends.

CAPT. BRANSON: Julia have both Athena and Ares come up on our port and starboard bow and watch those two vessels.

LTJG. SMITH: Aye, sir.

She works on her console.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Will this bring about peace with the Gorn?

CAPT. BRANSON: I'm not sure but I hope so now all we have to do is wait for the Lyran Empire.

LT. T'LAR: Picking something its a tachyon surge a cloaking device!

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

A battlegroup of Lyran warships decloak one at a time.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

Transparent viewer shows this.

LTJG. MITCHELL: That is a lot of ships.

CAPT. BRANSON: Yeah it is.

Lieutenant Smith reports.

LTJG. SMITH: We're being hailed by the lead vessel.

CAPT. BRANSON: On screen.

Transparent viewer changes to the bridge of the lead Lyran vessel.

CAPT. BRANSON: Greetings I'm John Branson Captain of the Federation Starship USS Enterprise, we're here to represent the United Federation of Planets.

LYRAN COMMANDER (viewer): We are here to make peace with the vial creatures you call Gorn

Captain Branson turns to Una then back to viewer.

CAPT. BRANSON: We're happy that you're doing this and may I say that you have a very big escort Commander.

The Lyran Commander snarls and cuts the transmission.

LTJG. MITCHELL: Very chatty fellow.

CAPT. BRANSON: If you say so Lieutenant.

(END OF ACT ONE, FADE OUT)

Act Two[]

FADE IN

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Enterprise is docked at Starbase Six as its flanked by a battlegroup of Lyran vessels and three Gorn cruisers.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN BRANSON'S QUARTERS

John is getting his dress uniform on as the doors chimed.

CAPT. BRANSON: Come.

Doors opened and his ex-wife Lieutenant Commander Jamie Archer enters.

JAMIE: John?

John stops and turns to face her.

JOHN: Jamie what are you doing here I thought you were on the Excalibur getting ready to ship out.

JAMIE: Commodore Austin postponed it for another week so we can have a funeral for Captain Mason.

John gets his dress uniform jacket on and zips it up.

JOHN: And what are you doing on the Enterprise?

JAMIE: I was hoping to talk to you about what happened between us.

JOHN: Which part the part where I was down in the dumps after I nearly killed Spock or the part where you cheated on me with the Andorian Ambassador?

JAMIE: That's not fair.

John looks at her and starts to leave his quarters.

JOHN: Life isn't fair sometimes Jamie but going behind my back wasn't fair either.

He leaves his quarters as Jamie is standing there.

CUT TO:
INT-STARBASE SIX/CONFERENCE ROOM

Doors opened and two Marines enter holding the type-3 particle rifles and have the hand phasers in their holsters wearing tactical vests, as the representatives of both the Gorn and Lyran Star Empire enter the room.

COMM. AUSTIN: Ambassadors welcome to Starbase Six I'm Commodore Joseph Austin commander of this base.

GORN AMBASSADOR (via universal translator): We are glad that the Federation is hosting these delegations.

LYRAN AMBASSADOR (Scoffs): Is it because you'll attack us if we even try to talk about peace with you?

The Gorn Ambassador snarls as Captain Branson stands up.

CAPT. BRANSON: Gentlemen please we came this far let's not ruin it with senseless violence.

They sat down at the table.

CAPT. BRANSON: Now there's a few things that we want to go over for now no Gorn or Lyran vessel will power up their weapons to fight if they do so, we'll respond in kind and cripple your vessels.

GORN AMBASSADOR (via Universal Translator): We will adhered to your demands.

LYRAN AMBASSADOR: Same here.

COMM. AUSTIN: Let's begin then.

EXT-KLINGON SPACE

A Klingon warship is watching the Federation from afar.

INT-KLINGON CRUISER MAIN BRIDGE

Transparent viewer shows Starbase Six flanked by Starfleet, Gorn, and Lyran vessels.

KOR: What are they doing?

KLINGON OFFICER: Unknown my lord but it doesn't seem to be fighting each other.

K'MOCK: They could be trying to gain an ally against us we should attack my lord.

Kor looks at his first officer.

KOR: If we do attack the Orgainans will disable our vessels and outposts again, do you want that to happen to us again Commander?

K'Mock stands there.

KOR: Monitor them and continue it but take no action.

Kor leaves the bridge to his cabin as K'Mock isn't happy about being there watching instead of attacking them.

(END OF ACT TWO, FADE OUT)

Act Three[]

FADE IN

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Enterprise is docked at Starbase Six.

INT-STARBASE SIX/CONFERENCE ROOM

GORN AMBASSADOR (via Universal Translator): We have a right to defend our border!

LYRAN AMBASSADOR: You attack our people without reason and killed our people and destroy our outposts and colonies!

CAPT. BRANSON: Alright so you attack they fight back or you attack and you fight back, but we need to come to a better understanding then that what if you act like us for a change.

Then they both snarl at Captain Branson and leave the conference room.

CAPT. BRANSON: Uh was it something I said?

COMM. AUSTIN: Oh yes it was.

He leaves as well.

CUT TO:
INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

Engineers are working on some of the consoles and relay as Commander Archer enters the bridge amazed at the look of the Enterprise bridge as Commander Chin-Riley sees her and walks over to her.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: I'm going to guess that you're Lieutenant Commander Jamie Archer chief engineer of the Excalibur?

LTCMDR. ARCHER: Yes and you must be Commander Chin-Riley please to meet you.

They shook hands.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: If you're looking for the Captain he's still on the Starbase.

LTCMDR. ARCHER: Oh I am not looking for John I'm looking for Lieutenant Mason.

She leads her to the tactical console.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: Jack someone is here to see you.

Jack sits up.

LTJG. MASON: And you are?

LTCMDR. ARCHER: Lieutenant Commander Jamie Archer I served with your brother briefly and I was on the shuttle when it went out of control.

They walk to somewhere private.

JAMIE: Jack look I know you're mad but Captain Mason had no choice but to fly the shuttle the auto-pilot was disabled, and he couldn't risk it hitting the Starbase.

Jack paces about.

JACK: He should had them blow it up after all three of you were on the base.

JAMIE: He couldn't take the risk.

JACK: And now he's dead and his ship is in the hands of an untested Captain who's command only lasted two days, and if you'll excuse me Commander I've got work to do.

Jack leaves to go back to his station as Jamie stands there wondering how to get through to him.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN BRANSON'S QUARTERS

John is at the table sipping a cup of Saurian Brandy thinking about how to handle the Gorn and Lyran Ambassadors, when the com does its Boatswain whistle.

LTJG. SMITH (com voice): Bridge to Captain

He activates the com panel on the wall.

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

LTJG. SMITH (com voice): Commodore Austin needs you at the Starbase its urgent

He leaves his quarters.

CUT TO:
INT-STARBASE SIX MEDICAL WARD

The Lyran Ambassador is laying on the bio-bed dead.

DR. MCCOY: His neck was snapped clean.

CAPT. BRANSON: What happened?

COMM. AUSTIN: We're not sure but it happened at 0900 hours last night.

DR. MCCOY: Then it could of been one of the Gorn?

COMM. AUSTIN: Its possible.

Captain Branson paces about.

CAPT. BRANSON: If it was the Gorn then we're sitting on a nuclear bomb.

DR. MCCOY: Then we need to find out why.

COMM. AUSTIN: We already know why they want some of the border along their space.

Captain Branson gets out his communicator and flips it open.

CAPT. BRANSON (to com): Branson to Enterprise take the ship to yellow alert and have the Athena and Ares do the same, and get into contact with Starfleet Command inform Commodore Kirk of what has happened.

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY (com voice): Aye, sir

He closes his communicator.

(END OF ACT THREE, FADE OUT)

Act Four[]

FADE IN

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Gorn and Lyran forces are departing from the Starbase.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

Yellow lights start flashing as Captain Branson enters the bridge along with Commodore Austin.

CAPT. BRANSON: Report?

LTCMDR. CHIN-RILEY: They've taken a defensive posture and are charging their weapons.

LTJG. MASON: They're planning to turn this sector into a warzone.

CAPT. BRANSON: Not on my watch Kara put us between both battlegroups if they want to start a war they'll have to go through us in order to do it, have the Athena and Ares defend the Starbase if they attempt to take shots at it.

LTJG. SMITH: Aye, sir.

She sends the hail.

CAPT. BRANSON: Kara put us between both battlegroups.

ENS. CARLSON: Aye, sir.

Ensign Carlson inputs commands into the helm station.

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Enterprise moves between the two battlegroups.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

COMM. AUSTIN: What are you doing?

CAPT. BRANSON: Make them work for their battle sir.

ENS. CARLSON: We're in position sir.

LTJG. MITCHELL: I hope they don't open up on us.

CAPT. BRANSON: If they do then we'll fight back.

Captain Branson goes to the Captain's chair and sits down as Commodore Austin looks at him.

(END OF ACT FOUR, FADE OUT)

Act Five[]

FADE IN

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Enterprise is between both battlegroups as the Federation reinforcement vessels arrival to support the Enterprise and the other two Ares-Class vessels.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (YELLOW ALERT)

LT. T'LAR: The Federation reinforcements have arrived sir.

Captain Branson sits in the Captain's chair.

LTJG. SMITH: We're being hailed by the Lyran battlegroup lead vessel and the Gorn forces lead vessel.

CAPT. BRANSON: Put them both on the main viewer.

Both bridges of the lead vessels appear.

CAPT. BRANSON: Gentlemen what can I do for you?

GORN COMMANDER (viewer, via universal translator): Captain Branson I recommend that you withdraw from here before your ship is littered with Lyran blood

LYRAN COMMANDER (viewer): Captain Branson will you please tell this Gorn that you're here representing the Lyran Star Empire and your Federation.

Captain Branson gets up from the Captain's chair.

CAPT. BRANSON: Save it I haven't had the best day right now and I have something to say to the both of you, that you should take to heart your ships will leave Federation Space in peace before we have to do something that we're both going to regret.

GORN COMMANDER (viewer, via universal translator): Captain what are you saying?

CAPT. BRANSON: I'm saying that both of you have this rival issue that needs to be resolved right now, so each of your vessels will eject your primary phaser coils as you depart Federation Space.

LYRAN COMMANDER (viewer): BUT WE'LL BE DEFENSELESS

CAPT. BRANSON: That's my offer take it or leave it.

Both commanders think and then transmission ends.

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Gorn and Lyran forces enter warp one at a time after they ejected their primary phaser coils.

INT-USS ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE

The crew breathes a sigh of relief.

CAPT. BRANSON: Take us back to the Starbase.

ENS. CARLSON: Aye, sir.

Captain Branson walks over to his command chair as Commodore Austin turns to him.

COMM. AUSTIN: You took a big risk John.

CAPT. BRANSON: I know but it was a risk I was willing to take.

Captain Branson sits in the Captain's Chair.

EXT-FEDERATION/KLINGON NEUTRAL ZONE BORDER

The Enterprise approaches Starbase Six.

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

Cast[]

Starring[]

Also Starring[]

Guest Stars[]

  • TBA as Gorn Commander
  • TBA as Federation/Vulcan Ambassador Sarek

Special Guest Stars[]

  • Josh Irwin as Commodore Joseph Austin
  • TBA as Doctor Leonard McCoy
  • Victoria Archer as Lieutenant Commander Jamie Archer
  • TBA as Lieutenant Sean Hansen
  • TBA as Captain Kor
  • TBA as Commander K'Mock

Trivia Notes[]

Background Information[]

  • This Episode is set after the events of Avalon Lost.
  • First appearance of the Lyran Star Empire.
  • Second appearance of the Gorn Empire since the TOS episode Arena.
  • First appearance of K'Mock before Air and Darkness.
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