Screenplay by
                             Nicholas Meyer & Denny Martin Flinn

                                            Story by
                               Leonard Nimoy &  Nicholas Meyer

                                                                      
                                                                        Fifth Draft
                                                                      
                                                                           12/28/90





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               1   STARFIELD                                                      1
             VFX                                                                VFX
                   Credits OVER serene space when SUDDENLY...

                   an enormous EXPLOSION, sending debris FLYING at WARP
                   velocities...

               2   OMITTED                                                        2
             VFX                                                                VFX

               3   CU A TEACUP                                                    3

                   WIDEN TO REVEAL

                   INT. BRIDGE, USS 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.

                                           SULU
                             According to this we've completed
                             our exploration of the entire
                             sector.

                                           SCIENCE OFFICER
                             Fifty-four planets - and their
                             gaseous atmospheric anomalies. Our
                             sensing and analytic equipment
                             worked well.

                                           SULU
                             Then it's time we were heading
                             home. Three years is...

                   The ship starts to TREMBLE.

               4   ANGLE ON SULU'S TEA CUP                                        4

                   shaking in its saucer... Sulu and the CREW look at
                   each other as the SHAKING increases. The TEACUP
                   SMASHES.

                                           SCIENCE OFFICER
                             I have an energy wave from 240
                             degrees mark six port --

                                           SULU
                             Visual!

               4   ON THE SCREEN                                                  4
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   an ENORMOUS GASEOUS WAVE, a subspace shock front.

                                           SULU
                                     (continuing)
                             My God. SHIELDS.

               5   EXT. THE GALAXY                                                5
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Meteors and asteroids SMASHING PAST. Burning chunks
                   fly by at WARP speeds. EXCELSIOR reels.

               6   INT. USS EXCELSIOR BRIDGE                                      6

                   The ship rolls, throwing everyone off balance.

                                           SULU
                             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
                   tremors.

               7   INT. CREW'S QUARTERS, GALLEY CORRIDORS, ETC.                   7

                   Sleeping members are thrown from their berths. The
                   CLAXON alarm sounds pervasively...

                                           CREW etc.
                             What the -- Look out --
                             stations -- etc.

               8   INT. EXCELSIOR BRIDGE                                          8

                                           LOJUR
                             Captain, she's not answering her
                             helm --

                                           SULU
                             Starboard thrusters. Turn her into
                             the wave!

               9   INT. EXCELSIOR ENGINE ROOM                                     9

                   Chaos. Valves hiss PURPLE. Crew running, knocked
                   about.

                                           ENGINEER
                             Engine room. What's going on up --

              10   INT. EXCELSIOR BRIDGE                                         10

                                           SULU
                             Quarter impulse 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.

                                           SULU
                             Damage report.

                                           VOICE
                             Seems to be in one piece, Captain.
                             We're checking all systems...

              10   THE SCREEN                                                    10
            VFXA                                                               VFXA

                   shows Excelsior getting bumped about by the final
                   fragments drifting past, bouncing off the shields.

                                           SULU
                                     (to Science Officer)
                             Don't tell me that was any meteor
                             shower.

                                           SCIENCE OFFICER
                                     (over his console)
                             Negative. The subspace shockwave
                             originated at bearing three-two-
                             three, mark seven-five, the
                             location is...
                                     (turns to Sulu)
                             Praxis. A Klingon moon. Barren of
                             indigenous life forms but -

                                           SULU
                             Essential as a resource. Praxis is
                             their key energy production
                             facility.
                                     (thinks)
                             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 require assistance?"

                                           COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
                             Aye, sir.

                                           SULU
                             Mr. Valtane, any more data?

                                           SCIENCE OFFICER
                             I have confirmed the location, sir,
                             but...

                                           SULU
                             What is it?

                                           SCIENCE OFFICER
                             ... I cannot confirm the existence
                             of Praxis.

                   Sulu reacts, goes over to the science console and looks
                   at the screen. Nothing there.

                                           SULU
                             Praxis?

                                           SCIENCE OFFICER
                             What's left of it.

                                           COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
                             Captain, I'm getting a message from
                             Klingon High Command.

                                           SULU
                             Onscreen.

              11   ON SCREEN:                                                    11

                   a snowy picture of a WILD-EYED KLINGON OFFICER.

                                           OFFICER
                             This is an emergency! We have
                             suffered -

                   He looks around, the GROUND is shaking under him; as
                   Sulu watches, the pictures collapse, then comes on
                   again, with a different face.

                                           KERLA
                             This is Brigadier Kerla, speaking
                             for the 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. Transmission ends
                             now.

              12   The screen goes black. Sulu looks incredulous.                12

                                           SULU
                             An INCIDENT?

                                           COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
                             Do we report this, sir?

                                           SULU
                             Are you kidding?
                                     (swivels to the
                                      communications officer)
                             Send to Starfleet Command...

              13   EXT. SPACE                                                    13
             VFX                                                                VFX
                   Excelsior warps off into the galaxy.

              14   OMITTED                                                       14
            THRU                                                               THRU
              22                                                                 22

             22A   CU STARFLEET SHIELD                                          22A

                   Kirk walks into shot.

                                           KIRK
                             What are we doing here?

                   WIDEN TO REVEAL

              23   INT. STARFLEET BRIEFING ROOM - DAY                            23

                   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 uniforms.

                                           BONES
                             Search me. Anybody know how come
                             we made the A list?

                                           UHURA
                             My shore leave was just cancelled.
                                     (reacting)
                             Isn't this just for top brass?

                                           CHEKOV
                             Where is Mr. Sulu?

                                           KIRK
                             Captain Sulu... on assignment...
                             anyone seen Spock?

                   A door opens and STARFLEET ADMIRAL DONALD, austere and
                   impressive, enters and gavels the meeting to order.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             This briefing is classified. There
                             will be no recording devices.
                             Ladies and Gentlemen, the C-in-C.

                   All rise as the STARFLEET COMMANDER IN CHIEF enters
                   with a briefcase and pulls materials from it.

                                           CinC
                             As you were. I'll make this as
                             simple as I possibly can. The
                             Klingon empire has roughly 50 
                             years of life left to it.

                   They look at each other in disbelief.

                                           CinC
                                     (continuing)
                             For full details, I am turning this
                             briefing over to our Special
                             Federation Envoy.

                   He makes a sign and another door opens. Spock walks to
                   the podium. Kirk and company are astounded.

                                           SPOCK
                             Good morning.

             VFX   OMITTED                                                      VFX

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             Two months ago a Federation
                             Starship monitored an explosion on
                             the Klingon moon Praxis. We
                             believe it was caused by over mining
                             and insufficient safety precautions.
                             The moon's decimation means an
                             almost eighty percent loss of
                             available energy and a deadly
                             pollution of their ozone. Due to
                             their large military expenditures,
                             the Klingon economy is in a very
                             weakened condition. They do not
                             have sufficient resources to
                             manufacture air shelters in large
                             enough quantities to sustain
                             anything like their current
                             population. 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.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             Negotiations for what?

                                           SPOCK
                             The dismantling of our space
                             stations and star bases along the
                             Neutral Zone, an end to seventy
                             years of unremitting hostility - a
                             hostility the Klingons can no
                             longer afford.

                   Audible mutterings. PAN the crew. Is the war over?

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             If the Klingons sue for peace, we
                             could accumulate savings in defense
                             expenditures, leaving the
                             Federation economy free to grapple
                             with urgent social problems...

                                           A MILITARY MAN
                             Bill, are we talking about
                             mothballing the Starfleet?

                                           CinC
                             I'm sure our exploration and
                             science programs would not be
                             affected, but the facts speak for
                             themselves, Captain.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             I must protest. To offer the
                             Klingons a safe haven within
                             Federation space is suicide.
                             Klingons would become the alien
                             trash of the galaxy. And if we
                             dismantle the fleet, we'd be
                             defenseless before a bellicose
                             people with a foothold on our
                             territory. The opportunity which
                             presents itself 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.

                                           CinC
                             Starfleet is under civilian
                             control, Admiral. The decision is
                             a political not a military one -
                             and it's been made.

                                           KIRK
                             Sir -

                                           CinC
                             Captain Kirk?

                                           KIRK
                                     (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...

                                           CinC
                             Your son was killed by a Klingon,
                             wasn't he, Captain?

                                           KIRK
                             Yes, sir.

                                           CinC
                             I'm sorry. But Commander Spock has
                             persuaded the Federation that this
                             situation is too promising to
                             ignore.

                                           SPOCK
                             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
                             die fighting.

                                           CinC
                             Captain Kirk, you are to be our
                             first olive branch.

                                           KIRK
                             Me?

                                           SPOCK
                             We have volunteered to rendezvous
                             with the Klingon ship that's
                             bringing Chancellor Gorkon here,
                             and escort him safely through
                             Federation space.

                   Kirk is too startled to speak.

                                           CinC
                             As it happens, Kirk, the Chancellor
                             specifically requested you and your
                             officers.

                                           KIRK
                             Why, in God's name?

                                           CinC
                             There are some Klingons who feel
                             the same about the peace treaty as
                             yourself and Admiral Donald.
                             They'll think twice about attacking
                             the Enterprise under your command.

                                           SPOCK
                             I have personally vouched for you
                             in this matter, Captain.

                                           KIRK
                             You have personally -

                                           CinC
                             You will accord Chancellor Gorkon
                             full diplomatic Courtesy, Captain
                             Kirk.

                                           KIRK
                                     (straining)
                             Surely a full Ambassador would be
                             better equipped to -

                                           CinC
                             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.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             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 furious, betrayed.
                   Spock knows it.

                                           KIRK
                             WE volunteered?

                                           SPOCK
                             There's an old Vulcan proverb: only
                             Nixon could go to China.

                                           KIRK
                                     (incensed)
                             How could you vouch for me?
                             That's...
                                     (words fail him)
                             ... arrogant presumption -

                                           SPOCK
                             I was asked by my father to open
                             neg-

                                           KIRK
                             I know your father's the Vulcan
                             Ambassador for heaven's sake, but
                             you know how I feel about this:
                             they're animals.

                                           SPOCK
                             Jim, there is an historic
                             opportunity here -

                                           KIRK
                             DON'T TRUST THEM. DON'T BELIEVE
                             THEM -

                                           SPOCK
                             They're dying.

                                           KIRK
                             LET THEM DIE.

                   Spock looks at him in silent reproach. Kirk hears
                   himself and doesn't like it.

                                           KIRK
                                     (and what's more)
                             Has it occurred to you that this
                             crew is due for retirement in three
                             months? WE'VE DONE OUR BIT FOR
                             KING AND COUNTRY.

                   Spock is patient. They stare at each other.

                   ON Kirk's face.

                                           KIRK
                                     (finally)
                             You should have trusted me.

              24   OMITTED (POSS. ALTERNATE)                                     24
               &                                                                  &
          24 VFX                                                             24 VFX

              25   INT. THE BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                               25

                   The elevator doors open. An attractive VULCAN
                   LIEUTENANT leaps out of the command chair, whips to
                   attention.

                                           BONES
                             Well, I've heard some whoppers in
                             my time...

                                           UHURA
                                     (overlaps)
                             They're mothballing the fleet?

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (overlaps)
                             We will regret this...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Captain on the bridge.

                   The CREW stands to.

                                           KIRK
                             As you were. Lieutenant...?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Saavik, sir. We were told you'd
                             need a helmsman -
                                     (to Spock)
                             ... so I volunteered.

                   She salutes. He smiles, returns the salute.

                                           SPOCK
                             Lieutenant, I am pleased to see
                             you.
                                     (to Kirk)
                             The Lieutenant is the first Vulcan
                             to be graduated at the top of her
                             class as the Academy.

                                           KIRK
                             Congratulations, Lieutenant. That
                             must make you very proud...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             I don't believe so, sir.

                                           BONES
                             She's a Vulcan all right.

                                           KIRK
                                     (down to business)
                             All right, let's get this over
                             with... departure stations...
                                     (pushes the comm)
                             Scotty?

                   They assume their familiar stations.

                                           SCOTTY'S VOICE
                             Aye, sir?

                                           KIRK
                             You find the engine room?

                                           SCOTTY'S VOICE
                             Right where I left it, sir.

                                           KIRK
                             Standby. Get me the dock master,
                             Uhura.

                                           UHURA
                             Control tower, reading, Sir.

                                           KIRK
                             Control, this is Enterprise
                             requesting permission to depart.

                                           VOICE OVER
                             This is control. Enterprise, you
                             are granted permission to
                             depart... 30 seconds for port
                             gates...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Clear all moorings...

                                           KIRK
                             Awaiting port gates from this
                             mark.

                                           FILTERED VOICE
                             Mooring lines cleared...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Aft thrusters -

                                           KIRK
                                     (overlaps)
                             Thank you. Lieutenant, one quarter
                             impulse power...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (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

                                           BONES
                                     (next to Chekov)
                             Uh, Jim...

                                           KIRK
                             You heard the order, Lieutenant.

                   Saavik 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                                               26
             VFX                                                              VFX

                   the Enterprise SCREAMS out of the dock and exits through
                   the just-opening bay doors into outer space.

              27   OMITTED                                                       27
            THRU                                                               THRU 
              29                                                                 29

              30   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE - NIGHT                           30

                   Kirk sits comfortably with a smile on his face.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             Lieutenant...

                   Saavik faces him.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             ... I don't care if I'm senile. If
                             I sit in this chair and give the
                             word you jump.

                   Spock watches.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Aye, sir.

                                           KIRK
                             Plot a course for Kronos,
                             Lieutenant.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (startled)
                             Kronos, sir?

                                           KIRK
                             I'm still in the chair, Lieutenant.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Aye, sir.

                   Other reactions. Kirk has taken command.

              31   EXT. SPACE                                                    31
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise cruises purposefully through the void.

                                           KIRK'S VOICE OVER
                             Captain's log. Stardate 8679.225.
                             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. KIRK'S CABIN                                             32

                   Kirk is unpacking his bag as he dictates, hanging up
                   his uniforms, his shaving tackle going next to the
                   sink, etc.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             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

                   LIEUTENANT SAAVIK standing in the bulkhead doorway.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Sorry -

                                           KIRK
                             Come on, Saavik, you COULD knock -

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             We're almost at the rendezvous - I
                             thought you'd want to know...

                                           KIRK
                             Right -

                   He gets up and puts on his jacket. She watches.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Permission to speak freely, sir?

                   He doesn't stop her.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (continuing)
                             I gather you are not enthusiastic
                             about the assignment... I don't
                             think many on board are.

                                           KIRK
                             You piloted well out of spacedock,
                             Lieutenant -

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (almost smiles)
                             I always wanted to try that.

                                           KIRK
                                     (passing her)
                             Only don't try putting words in my
                             mouth.

                   And leaves her with that.

              33   INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE SPOCK'S QUARTERS                        33

                   Saavik approaches; this time she's smart enough to
                   KNOCK.

                                           SPOCK'S VOICE
                             Enter.

              34   INT. SPOCK'S QUARTERS                                         34

                   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.

                                           SPOCK
                             You have done well, Saavik. As your
                             sponsor at the Academy I have
                             followed your career with...
                             satisfaction. And as a Vulcan.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (intense)
                             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
                             Federation?

                                           SPOCK
                             I am not certain such speculations
                             are included among your duties,
                             Lieutenant.

                                           VOICE FILTERED
                             Klingon battlecruiser off the port
                             bow. All hands on deck. Repeat...

                   She's startled.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (off her look)
                             In time you may come to view so-
                             called turning points with...
                             skepticism.

                   He starts to get into uniform.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             You must have faith.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Faith...?

                                           SPOCK
                             That the universe will unfold as it
                             should.

              35   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                   35

                   The cruise is proceeding evenly as Kirk arrives out of
                   one turbo-lift. Spock and Lt. Saavik emerge from
                   another.

                                           VOICE
                             Captain on the bridge.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Captain, shall we raise our
                             shields?

                   Spock looks at Kirk: trust me. Kirk scowls at him and
                   stares at the screen. They all follow his gaze.

              35   THE MAIN DISPLAY                                              35
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   A KLINGON battlecruiser. HUGE.

                                           KIRK
                                     (finally)
                             Never been this close.

                                           SPOCK
                             The Chancellor is undoubtedly
                             awaiting our signal.

                   Boy is this hard for Kirk - finally:

                                           KIRK
                             Uhura, hailing frequencies. Right
                             standard rudder, bring us
                             alongside...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Right standard rudder, Z plus five
                             degrees...

                                           UHURA
                             Channel open, Captain.

                                           KIRK
                             This is the Starship Enterprise,
                             Captain James Kirk commanding.

              36   GORKON comes up on the main visual display.                   36

                                           GORKON
                             This is KRONOS One. I am
                             Chancellor Gorkon.

                                           KIRK
                             Chancellor. We've been ordered to
                             escort you through Federation space
                             to your meeting place on Earth.

                                           GORKON
                             Thank you, Captain.

                                           KIRK
                                     (does his best)
                             Uh, would you and your party care
                             to dine this evening aboard
                             Enterprise with my officers as
                             guests of the United Federation of
                             Planets?

              37   A few of the crew look around at Kirk.                        37

                                           GORKON
                             We'd be delighted to accept your
                             gracious invitation.

                                           KIRK
                                     (nuts)
                             We'll make arrangements to have you
                             beamed aboard at 1930 hours.

                                           GORKON
                             I shall look forward to it.

                   He disappears. Kirk turns to Spock.

                                           KIRK
                             I hope you're happy.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Captain.

                   He turns.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (continuing)
                             - there is a supply of Romulan ale
                             aboard - it might make the evening
                             pass more... smoothly?

                   Kirk smiles, relieved.

                                           KIRK
                             Officer thinking, Lieutenant.

              38   AT THE COMMUNICATION CONSOLE                                  38

                   Chekov leans over to Uhura.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Guess who is coming to dinner.

              39   EXT. SPACE                                                    39
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Both ships cruise parallel in space.

              40   INT. ENTERPRISE TRANSPORTER ROOM                              40

                   Scotty stands by the console. Kirk, Spock and Bones
                   stand next to him. They are spiffed up.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Maybe if their particles just got a
                             wee bit mixed...

                                           KIRK
                             Energize...

              40   The beams reflect on the glass shield as half dozen           40
             VFX   Klingons, including one WOMAN start materializing.           VFX
                   (NB Separate BEAM-INS for Gorkon, Azetbur, Chang).
                   Gorkon descends first. He is tall, splendidly
                   barbaric.

                                           KIRK
                             Chancellor Gorkon.

                   The Klingons are lordly, formal; bow, taking in their
                   surroundings. An ELECTRONIC BOSUN'S WHISTLE pipes
                   them.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             Chancellor, may I present Commander
                             Spock, whom I believe you know, Dr.
                             Leonard McCoy, chief medical
                             officer, Montgomery Scott, chief
                             engineer...

                                           GORKON
                                     (to Spock)
                             Commander, face to face at
                             last.. you have my thanks..

                   Spock bows.

                                           GORKON
                                     (continuing)
                             Gentlemen, this is my daughter
                             Azetbur... my military advisor
                             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, lone eyeball to eyeball.

                                           CHANG
                             I've always wanted to meet you,
                             Captain.

                                           KIRK
                                     (smiles)
                             I'm not sure how to take that.

                                           KERLA
                             Sincere admiration, Kirk - 

                                           CHANG
                                     (soft)
                             As one warrior to another...

                                           KIRK
                                     (ducks this)
                             Uh, right this way, gentlemen. I
                             thought you might enjoy a brief
                             tour...

                   The party leaves. As they move past TWO CREWMEN...

                                           1st CREWMAN
                             They all look alike.

                                           2ND CREWMAN
                             What about that smell? You know
                             only the top of the line models can
                             even talk.

                   They turn to find themselves facing an expressionless
                   Lieutenant Saavik.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             You men have work?

                                           1st CREWMAN
                             Yes, sir.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Then snap to it.

              41   INT. R DECK CORRIDOR                                          41

                   leaving the Enterprise Science Labs...

                                           GORKON
                             Your research laboratory is most
                             impressive...

                                           KIRK
                             Starfleet's been charting and
                             cataloging planetary atmospheres.
                             All vessels are equipped with
                             chemical analytic sensors...

                                           GORKON
                             This cannot be easy for you,
                             Captain...
                                     (off the look)
                             I would feel awkward if I had to
                             give you a tour of OUR vessel...

                   The man's courtesy makes Kirk feel guilty...

                                           KIRK
                             Would you care to go topside?

                                           CHANG
                             Very much.

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (pulling Kirk aside)
                             Captain, you're not going to show
                             them the bridge??

                                           KIRK
                                     (clenched teeth)
                             Full diplomatic courtesy, Mr.
                             Chekov...

                   The party passes Uhura and a YOUNGER CREWMAN.

                                           YOUNGER CREWMAN
                             Would you want your daughter to 
                             marry one?

              42   OMITTED                                                       42

              42   REPEAT 39 VFX                                                 42
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   THE TWO SHIPS CRUISE PARALLEL

              43   INT. OFFICERS' MESS, ENTERPRISE                               43

                   A WINDOW IRISES OPEN REVEALING the stars gliding by.

                   A HAND POURS DEEP BLUE ROMULAN ALE into Gorkon's
                   crystal goblet. Dinner well underway. Principles from
                   both parties are at table. STEWARDS keep food and
                   drink in motion.

                                           GORKON
                             I give you a toast: the
                             undiscovered country -
                                     (off their looks)
                             the future.

                   All drink ROMULAN ALE, echoing "the undiscovered
                   country." The KLINGONS eat with their fingers,
                   scorning utensils.

                                           SPOCK
                             HAMLET, act three, scene one.

                                           GORKON
                             You have never experienced
                             Shakespeare until you have read 
                             him in the original Klingon.

                   Chang turns to Kirk with a malicious twinkle.

                                           CHANG
                             "To be or not to be, that is the
                             question" which preoccupies our
                             people, Captain Kirk. We need
                             BREATHING room...

                                           KIRK
                             I beg your pardon?

                                           KERLA
                             Captain Kirk, I thought Romulan ale
                             was illegal.

                   It takes Kirk a moment to regain his composure.

                                           KIRK
                             One of the advantages of being 
                             a thousand light years from
                             Federation headquarters.

                   Silence.

                                           BONES
                             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.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Perhaps we are looking at something
                             of that future here.

                                           AZETBUR
                             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.

                                           SPOCK
                             They're naturally wary, ma'am.
                             We've been at war a long time.

                                           UHURA
                             How do both sides overcome
                             ingrained prejudice?

                                           CHEKOV
                             Perhaps with a few small steps 
                             at a time. Like this one.

                                           BONES
                             And perhaps with a large step or
                             two. Like a peace treaty.

                                           CHANG
                             Captain Kirk, are you willing to
                             give up Starfleet?

                   Kirk stares.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (looks at Kirk)
                             I believe the Captain feels that
                             Starfleet's mission has always 
                             been one of peace -

                                           KIRK
                                     (glares)
                             Far be it for me to dispute my
                             first officer. Starfleet has
                             always -

                                           CHANG
                             Come now, Captain, this dinner 
                             is off the record: in space all
                             warriors are cold warriors.

                                           SCOTTY
                             We have never tried to --

                                           KERLA
                             You hypocritically presume that
                             your democratic system gives you 
                             a moral prerogative to force other
                             cultures to conform to your
                             politics.

                                           BONES
                             That's not true...!

                                           KERLA
                             No?

                   Uhura turns to the Klingon next to her - all tact.

                                           UHURA
                             General, are YOU fond of
                             Shakespeare?

                   He looks at her, his hands and mouth full of food. Ugh.
                   Chekov pursues -

                                           CHEKOV
                             We do NOT impose democracy on
                             others. We do believe that every
                             planet has a sovereign claim to
                             human rights.

                                           AZETBUR
                                     (spits)
                             "Human rights." Even the name is
                             racist. The Federation is
                             basically a "homo sapiens" only
                             club...

                   SPOCK reacts to this. Chang is amused.

                                           CHANG
                             Present company excepted, to be
                             sure...

                                           UHURA
                             Well, I suppose we're not perfect -

                                           SCOTTY
                                     (rising)
                             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!

                                           KERLA
                             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...

                                           CHEKOV
                             That's economics, not racism -

                                           UHURA
                             But you have to admit it adds up to
                             the same thing.

                                           BONES
                             Don't be naive, Commander -!

                                           UHURA
                             Who you calling naive -?

                   Kirk stares sullenly down the table throughout this.

                                           CHEKOV
                             We're explorers not diplomats!

                                           BONES
                             Starfleet's killed an awful lot of
                             natural phenomena in the name of
                             "exploration"...

                                           SCOTTY
                             We follow orders...

                                           CHEKOV
                             Since when has THAT been an excuse?
                             Diplomacy must resolve these -

                                           SCOTTY
                             Right - leave it to the politicians
                             to muck it up and leave us
                             defenseless...!

                   A COUGH interrupts the fight. All eyes on Gorkon.
                   The Klingons conceal their amusement.

                                           GORKON
                                     (finally)
                             Well. I see we have a long way to
                             go.

                   Reactions from Kirk and his officers.

              44   INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM, ENTERPRISE                             44

                   Both parties are gathered, saying goodbyes.

                                           GORKON
                             Thank you, Captain Kirk. The
                             evening has been most... edifying.

                                           KIRK
                                     (wooden)
                             We must do this again soon.

                   Gorkon stares at him, smiles slightly.

                                           GORKON
                             You don't trust me.

                   Kirk can't look at him.

                                           GORKON
                                     (continuing)
                             I don't blame you. If there IS to
                             be a Brave New World, we old people
                             will have the hardest time living
                             in it. Commander Spock.

                                           SPOCK
                             Chancellor. A pleasure to meet
                             you, Ma'am.

                                           AZETBUR
                             Captain, Commander...

                                           KIRK
                             General Chang, a pleasure...

                                           CHANG
                                     (grins)
                             "Parting is such sweet sorrow,
                             shall we say goodnight till it be
                             morrow?"

                   Kirk is ready to slug him but turns his fist into a
                   SALUTE. The Klingons step on the transporter platform.
                   Chang speaks into his communicator, nods to Kirk.

                                           KIRK
                             Energize.

              44   They disappear. The Bosun's whistle.                          44
             VFX                                                                VFX

                                           SCOTTY
                             Thank God.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Did you see the way they ate?
                             Terrible table manners.

                                           SPOCK
                             I don't believe our own conduct
                             will distinguish us in the annals
                             of diplomacy...

                                           KIRK
                             I'm going to sleep it off. Let
                             me know if there's some other way
                             we can screw up tonight.

                   He starts out; others follow...

              45   INT. KIRK'S QUARTERS                                          45

                   He comes in slightly drunk and pushes the button on his
                   log. Lies on his bunk and speaks. The SHIP'S BELLS
                   give 0100.

                                           KIRK
                             Captain's 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
                             served at diplomatic functions.

                   He leans back, sighs, thinking -

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             But is wasn't the ale. That was
                             just the excuse we needed to say
                             all the things that were really on
                             our minds...

                                           SPOCK'S VOICE
                                     (filtered)
                             Captain Kirk, you are wanted on the
                             bridge. Captain Kirk...

                   Kirk reacts, tries to shake himself awake.

              46   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                        46

                   Kirk enters. Glances at the main visual display: the
              46   battlecruiser still travels silently alongside.               46
            VFXA                                                               VFXA
                   Saavik still has the conn. Spock is at his post.

                                           SPOCK
                             Captain.

                                           KIRK
                                     (rubs his eyes)
                             What is it?

                                           SPOCK
                             I am uncertain.

                                           KIRK
                             Spock, I'm really tired...

                                           SPOCK
                             We are reading an enormous amount
                             of neutron radiation.

                                           KIRK
                                     (tries to focus)
                             Where?

                                           SPOCK
                             Curiously it appears to emanate
                             from us.

                                           KIRK
                             From Enterprise?

                   Spock remains silent. Kirk is disturbed, paces,
                   watching the displays.

                                           KIRK
                             Saavik, you know anything about a
                             neutron energy surge?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Sir?

                                           KIRK
                             Mr. Chekov, anything unusual?

                                           CHEKOV
                             Just the size of my head -

                                           KIRK
                             I know what you mean...

              46   A photon TORPEDO suddenly streaks from the bottom of          46
            VFXB   the screen and hits the hull of the President's             VFXB
                   flagship!

                                           KIRK
                             What the - 

                                           SPOCK
                             We've fired on the Chancellor's
                             ship -

                                           CHEKOV
                             Torpedo room--?

                                           KIRK
                             Uhura, monitor!

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Direct hit -

                                           UHURA
                             Confirmed, Captain!

              46   A second photon shoots out from the bottom of the             46
            VFXC   display screen toward the President's ship                  VFXC

                                           KIRK
                                     (frantic)
                             Who's doing that?

                   Saavik hits panel controls, trying to find out...

              47   INT. GORKON'S STATEROOM, KLINGON FLAGSHIP                     47

                   Gorkon, several advisors and soldiers were seated but
                   the impact has thrown them about. They speak SUBTITLED
                   KLINGON.

                   The entire FLAGSHIP is drenched in AMBER emergency
                   LIGHT.

                                           ADVISOR
                             We're hit --!

                   Another blast. They start floating helplessly in the
                   air! Everything mobile RISES...WEAPONS FLOAT OUT OF
                   REACH...

                                           SOLDIER
                             Gravity generator!

              48   INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM, FLAGSHIP                               48

                   CLOSE ON

              48   TWO SETS OF HEAVY GRAVITY BOOTS as they materialize.          48
            VFXA   The legs inside them wear STARFLEET UNIFORMS and            VFXA
                   carry PHASERS at their sides. They SHOOT the Klingon
                   Transporter OFFICER. They STOMP HEAVILY through the
                   ALARMS and chaos, firing at the helpless, floating
                   CREW... CRIES of wounded... WEAPONS FLOAT out of their
                   holsters just out of reach in the AMBER LIGHT...

              48   KLINGON BLOOD FLOATS IN THE AIR                               48
            VFXB                                                               VFXB

              49   INT. FLAGSHIP CORRIDOR                                        49

                   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. GORKON'S STATEROOM, FLAGSHIP                             50

                   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 debris in the               50
             VFX   crackling emergency lighting. A good deal of HISSING         VFX
                   STEAM...

                   Chancellor Gorkon is shot. The Hit Men turn and exit
                   quickly. Linger on a scene of WEIGHTLESS carnage and
                   assassination.

              51   INT. FLAGSHIP CORRIDOR - NIGHT                                51

                   The Hit Men hurry back the way they came in their  
              51   awkward magnetic boots. Bodies and blood floating             51
             VFX   around them                                                  VFX

              52   INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM, FLAGSHIP                               52

              52   The HEAVY BOOTS step on the platform and de-materialize.      52
             VFX                                                                VFX 

                   (One FOOT TREADS ON FLOATING KLINGON BLOOD)   

              53   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                   53

              53   A snowy picture on the visual display, then Chang comes       53
            VFXA   on (still in AMBER LIGHT)...                                VFXA

                                           CHANG
                                     (He's screaming in Klingon,
                                      reverting to his native
                                      language under stress.)

                                           UHURA
                             He says we've fired on them in a
                             blatant act of war.

                                           KIRK
                             We HAVEN'T fired -

                                           SPOCK
                             According to the data bank, we HAVE
                             - twice...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Captain, they're coming about!

              53   ONSCREEN                                                      53
            VFXB                                                               VFXB

                   the battlecruiser/flagship now heading for Enterprise.

                                           SPOCK
                             They're preparing to fire.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Shields up, Captain --?

                   Kirk hasn't moved. He's staring at the display,
                   thinking.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Captain, our shields -- !

                                           KIRK
                             Uhura, signal our surrender.

                                           UHURA
                             Captain --

                                           KIRK
                             WE SURRENDER.

                                          UHURA                            
                             This is Enterprise. We surrender. 
                             Repeat  Enterprise surrenders --   

                                          CHEKOV
                             Captain, if they fire at us
                             with our shields down --

                                           KIRK
                             Torpedo bay! DID we fire those
                             torpedoes?

              54   OMITTED                                                       54

              55   INT. ENTERPRISE TORPEDO BAY                                   55

                   Scotty at the console.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Negative, Captain. According to
                             Inventory we're still fully loaded.

              56   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                        56

                   ANGLE ON SPOCK

                   reacting. How can this be? He checks DATA BANKS
                   again.
     
              56   CU DATA BANKS: they reconfirm - two photon torpedoes          56
             VFX   fired.                                                       VFX

                                           KIRK
                             Stand down your weapons.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Captain, if --

              57   ANOTHER ANGLE                                                 57

                                           KIRK
                             Stand DOWN, Mr. Scott. All stop.
                             That's an order.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Aye, sir.

                   Bones hurries in, carrying his stuff.

                                           BONES
                             What the Hell's going on?

                                           KIRK
                             I wish I knew. Uhura?

                                           UHURA
                             It's pretty chaotic over there.
                             There's been some weapons fire 
                             and a lot of shouting...

                                           KIRK
                             I'm going aboard. Spock, you have
                             the conn.

                   He heads for the transporter room. Spock blocks him.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (blocks Kirk)
                             I am responsible for involving you
                             in this. I will go.

                                           KIRK
                                     (bitter)
                             I'M going. You are going to be
                             responsible for getting me out of
                             this. Meantime we're not going to
                             be the instigators of a full-scale
                             war on the eve of universal peace.

                                           SPOCK
                             Perhaps you're right.

                   And Spock uncharacteristically pats him on the back.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             Good luck, Captain.

                                           BONES
                             I'm going too. They may need a
                             doctor.

                                           KIRK
                             Uhura, tell them we're coming. And
                             tell them we're unarmed.

                   They hurry out.

              58   INT. GORKON'S STATEROOM, FLAGSHIP                             58

                   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                                59
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Kirk and Bones 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.

                                           KERLA
                             Have you lost your mind?

                                           KIRK
                             I give you my word I don't
                             understand what has happened.

                                           BONES
                             We're here to help...

                                           KERLA
                                     (hesitates; furious)
                             Follow me.

                   He leads them along the

              60   INT. FLAGSHIP CORIDOR                                         60

                   same path - a scene of destruction - which the hit men
                   took, right into

              61   INT. GORKON'S STATEROOM, FLAGSHIP                             61

                   where dead and wounded are being separated.

                   Kerla hurries over to Gorkon, askew on a rug, blood
                   running everywhere. Azetbur is holding him, now bloody
                   herself (she wasn't in the room during the
                   assassination).

                                           BONES
                             Chancellor Gorkon!

                   He goes to him immediately. Chang rises from next to
                   Gorkon.

                                           KIRK
                             My God, what happened here?

                                           CHANG
                             You feign ignorance?

                                           KIRK
                             WHAT HAPPENED?

                                           CHANG
                             You crippled our gravitational
                             field with a direst torpedo hit,
                             and two Starfleet crewmen beamed
                             aboard in magnetic boots and did
                             this! WE HAVE WITNESSES!

                   Kirk has no response, is shocked.

                                           BONES
                             Jim!

                   Bones is being held back from Gorkon by two Klingons.

                                           KIRK
                             He's a DOCTOR!

                                           CHANG
                             How can I trust --

                                           BONES
                             Are you carrying a surgeon?

                                           CHANG
                                    (enraged)
                             We were until your torpedoes!

                                           BONES
                             Then let me help!

                   Chang hesitates; signals. Bones is released.

                                           BONES
                             I need some light. Can we get him
                             onto the table...?

                   KLINGONS lift Gorkon onto his table; someone produces
                   LIGHT. Bones whips out his medical scanner. His hands
                   are SHAKING. A spage-age REMBRANDT painting.

                                           BONES
                             Sweet Jesus...! He's lost a lot of
                             whatever this stuff is...

                                           KIRK
                             Can you - ?

                                           BONES
                             Jim, I don't even know his anatomy.

                   Bones furiously goes over Gorkon with his anabolic
                   photoplaser. Shakes his head.

                                           BONES
                                     (continuing)
                             The wounds aren't closing...

                                           KERLA
                             You're killing him!

                   Kirk grabs Chang before he can get to Bones.

                                           KIRK
                             No!

                                           BONES
                             Chancellor Gorkon, can you hear me?
                             Chancellor...?

                   No response.

                                           AZETBUR
                             Father...!

                                           KIRK
                             Bones...?

                                           BONES
                             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, Gorkon feebly opens his eyes, sees
                   Kirk...

                                           GORKON
                             Are you all right?

                   HE FREEZES; Bones looks at the scanner. It burns
                   bright red. Gorkon is dead. Kirk is in shock: he was
                   for real.

                   Azetbur sits holding Gorkon, dry-eyed.

                   Kirk has to pull the stunned Bones away.

                                           CHANG
                                     (grim triumph)
                             Under article 184 of Interstellar
                             Law, I place you both under arrest.
                             You are charged with assassinating
                             the Chancellor of the High Council.

                                           KIRK
                             He just tried to save him!

                                           CHANG
                                     (Klingon)
                             Take them away.

                   They are handcuffed. Both are in shock.

              62   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                   62

                   Uhura is listening carefully. Scotty has joined Spock
                   and the others on the bridge.

                                           UHURA
                             They've been arrested.

                   All eyes go to Spock. We can guess how he feels.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Mr. Spock, we've got to do
                             something!

                   The others crowd in, waiting for orders. Depending on
                   him.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (finally)
                             I assume command of this ship as of
                                     (he checks)
                             0130 hours. Uhura, send to
                             Starfleet HQ. Explain precisely
                             what has taken place, and request
                             instructions.

                                           UHURA
                             Yes, sir.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             But we can't allow them to be taken
                             back to Kronos as prisoners.

                                           SPOCK
                             What do you suggest, Lieutenant?
                             Opening fire won't retrieve the
                             Captain; and an armed engagement
                             was precisely what he wished to
                             avoid.

                                           SCOTTY
                             At least we must keep track of
                             where they are taken, sir. I -

                                           SPOCK
                             I've already addressed that
                             question, Mr. Scott. We'll e able
                             to follow the Captain's movements.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             How did you - ?

                                           SPOCK
                             In the meantime we must endeavor to
                             piece together what happened here
                             tonight. According to our data
                             banks, this ship fired those
                             torpedoes.

                                           SCOTTY
                             NO WAY!

                                           SPOCK
                             Mr. Scott, you forget yourself.
                             Please accompany me.

                   He starts out -

                                           CHEKOV
                             And if we can't piece together what
                             happened? What then? Sir.

                   Spock turns unhappily.

                                           SPOCK
                             Then Mr. Chekov, it resides in the
                             hands of the diplomats.

              63   INT. OFFICE OF THE FEDERATION PRESIDENT - DAY                 63

                   The FEDERATION PRESIDENT and the KLINGON AMBASSADOR.
                   With them is the VULCAN AMBASSADOR, SAREK - Spock's
                   father - and NANCLUS, the ROMULAN AMBASSADOR.

                                           KLINGON AMBASSADOR
                             The Chancellor of the High Council
                             is dead - the result of an
                             unprovoked attack while he
                             traveled 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.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             I will demand a full investigation.
                             You can be assured we will
                             cooperate with all our power to get
                             to the bottom of the matter. In
                             the meantime --

                                           KLINGON AMBASSADOR
                             In the meantime we expect the
                             Federation to abide by the articles
                             of Interstellar Law you claim to
                             cherish. Kirk and Doctor McCoy
                             WILL stand trial for the
                             assassination of Chancellor Gorkon.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Out of the question. Ambassador
                             Sarek, there must be some way to
                             extradite these men - 

                                           AMBASSADOR SAREK
                                     (heavily)
                             Mr. President, I share a measure of
                             personal responsibility in this
                             matter, but I am obliged to confirm
                             my esteemed colleagues legal
                             interpretation: Kirk and Dr. McCoy
                             were properly arrested, and the
                             Klingons are within their rights to
                             try them.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             And what is the position of the
                             Romulan government, Ambassador
                             Nanclus?

                                           AMBASSADORT NANCLUS
                                     (wily)
                             In the absence of specific
                             instructions from my government, I
                             must concur with my colleagues.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             But surely you cannot believe that
                             James Kirk assassinated the
                             Chancellor of the High Council.

                                           AMBASSADOR NANCLUS
                                     ("reluctant")
                             Mr. President, I don't know what to
                             believe.

                                           KLINGON AMBASSADOR
                             I am waiting for your answer, Mr.
                             President.

                   Long pause.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             This President is not above the
                             law.

                   The Klingon Ambassador bows and takes his leave.

                   The President is left with the two Ambassadors.

                                           SEC'Y VOICE
                             Mr. President, Starfleet Command is
                             here from San Francisco.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Send them in.

                   Three OFFICERS from Starfleet - including Admiral
                   Donald and the CinC - enter from a DIFFERENT DOOR.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             Mr. President.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Admiral Donald...Bill...

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             Mr. President we cannot allow
                             Federation citizens to be abducted.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             At present I'm awaiting a full
                             report from Enterprise. Pending
                             that I am constrained to observe
                             Interstellar Law.

                   A stand off. Donald nods to another OFFICER.

                                           OFFICER
                             I've prepared Operation Retrieve
                             based on the rising danger of
                             terrorism and hostility between the
                             Klingon empire and the Federation.
                                     (hands the President a CD)
                             Put simply, we can go in and rescue
                             the Starfleet hostages and be out
                             in 24 hours with an acceptable rate
                             of loss in manpower and equipment.
                             We have the technology --

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Suppose you precipitate a full
                             scale war?

                                           OFFICER
                             Then, quite frankly, Mr. President
                             we can clean their chronometers.

                                           AMBASSADOR NANCLUS
                             Mr. President, they ARE vulnerable.
                             There'll never be a better time...

                   Pause as the President considers.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             I'd prefer not to be the President
                             to push the button if I can avoid
                             it.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             The longer we wait, the less
                             accessible the hostages will be,
                             Mr. President.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             I'll bear it in mind, Admiral. I
                             think that's all.

                                           CinC
                             Sir.

                   The President looks at him.

                                           CinC
                                     (continuing)
                             Those men have literally saved this
                             planet - and you know it.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             I do know it. And I'm afraid
                             they're going to save it again. By
                             standing trial.

                   They're dismissed. The President puts his head in his
                   hands...finally looks up at Sarek.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Do you know I agree with everything
                             they said?

                                           AMBASSADOR SAREK
                             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
                             this mission.

                   The President looks at him.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             I want the crew of Enterprise in my
                             office tomorrow morning.

                                           AMBASSADOR SAREK
                             They're still in space, Mr.
                             President - adjacent to the Neutral
                             Zone.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Then tell your son to get the hell
                             back here before the end of the
                             week.

                   He swallows some pills.

              64   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                   64

                   Uhura's communications panel. Chekov stands over her
                   shoulder. In Uhura's EARPIECE we can HEAR filtered
                   SCREAMING! She can hardly stand the volume.

                                           UHURA
                                     (understates)
                             We're to report back at once.

                                           CHEKOV
                             We cannot abandon Captain Kirk and
                             Doctor McCoy.

                   He looks at the rest of the CREW. Lt. Saavik wanders
                   over.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (quietly)
                             Trouble?

                                           UHURA
                                     (reluctant)
                             We've been ordered to -

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             In nineteenth century France,
                             workers who felt their livelihood
                             threatened by machines, flung their
                             wooden shoes - called SABOTS - into
                             the gears to stop them. Hence the
                             word SABOTAGE.

                                           UHURA
                             We are experiencing a technical
                             malfunction. All backup systems
                             inoperative.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Excellent. I mean too bad.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             I will inform Captain Spock.

              65   OFFICE OF THE FEDERATION PRESIDENT - DAY                      65

                   The President is meeting with SIX civilian ADVISERS.

                                           MUNITIONS BUSINESSMAN
                             You have our total support, Mister
                             President. My factories are
                             standing by. We can gear up to
                             full weapons production in less
                             than a week.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Thank you, Henry. Right now we're
                             pursuing diplomatic channels...

                                           MUNITIONS BUSINESSMAN
                             Of course. No one wants a war...

                                           AMBASSADOR SAREK
                             If I may, Mr. President. The
                             important thing is to 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 -

                                           SEC'Y VOICE
                             Mr. President, you have the new
                             Chancellor of the High Council
                             calling.

                   They all swing to look at the far wall, which

              65   lights up as a visual display. After a snowy                  65
             VFX   beginning, Azetbur appears.                                  VFX

              66   INT. AZETBUR'S OFFICE                                         66

                                           AZETBUR
                             Mr. President, I've been named
                             Chancellor of the High Council in
                             my father's place.

              67   INT. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT                                  67

                   Reactions in the room.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             Madam Chancellor, you have my
                             sincerest condolences on your
                             recent loss. I want to assure you
                             that this shameful deed --

                                           AZETBUR
                             Mr. President, let us come to the
                             point: you want the conference to
                             go forward and so did my father. I
                             will attend in one week - after
                             I've had the opportunity to master
                             the details of this 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 
                             of war.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             We look forward to meeting with you
                             next week, Madam Chancellor. I hope
                             you will be our guest here on --

                                           AZETBUR
                             After recent events you will
                             understand I prefer a neutral site.
                             And in the interests of security,
                             let us keep the location secret.

                                           PRESIDENT
                             As you wish, Madam Chancellor.

                   She clicks off. The President and his advisers are a
                   little speechless at her strength and brusqueness.
                   More pills.

              68   INT. AZETBUR'S OFFICE - DAY                                   68

                   she's just gotten off the phone.

                                           KERLA
                             Attack them now, Madam Chancellor -
                             while we still can...!

                   He unfurls battle plans...

                                           FIRST GENERAL
                             Attack or be slaves in their world!

                                           SECOND GENERAL
                             We can take whole by force what
                             they propose to divide...!

                                           AZETBUR
                                     (weary)
                             You don't seem to understand our
                             situation, General. War is...
                             obsolete. As we are in danger of
                             becoming.

                                           KERLA
                             Better to die on our feet than live
                             on our knees...

                                           AZETBUR
                                     (quickly)
                             That wasn't what my father wanted -

                                           CHANG
                                     (bitter)
                             He was killed for what he wanted.

                   That sinks in. Azetbur hardens. Faces Chang.

                                           AZETBUR
                             Kirk must have a fair trial.

                                           CHANG
                             Of course.

                                           AZETBUR
                                     (stony)
                             But I want a conviction. You will
                             represent the State, General Chang.

                                           CHANG
                             With the greatest pleasure, Madam
                             Chancellor.

              69   INT. TORPEDO BAY, USS ENTERPRISE                              69

                   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 STILLL ABOARD.

                                           SCOTTY
                             It's as I said, Mr. Spock:
                             Inventory still registers every
                             torpedo.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (musing)
                             Yet the data banks insist we fired:
                             twice. One computer is lying.

                                           SCOTTY
                             A computer canna lie, sir.

                                           SPOCK
                             I think  not.

                                           SCOTTY
                             You can check the torpedoes
                             visually, if you like -

                                           SPOCK
                             We'll have to check every one of
                             them, Mr. Scott.

                                           SCOTTY
                             That could take hours!

                                           SPOCK
                             Nevertheless.

                                           SCOTTY
                             And if they're still in place?

                                           SPOCK
                             Then someone forged a data bank
                             entry.

                   Lieutenant Saavik descends into the bay.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             They've named Gorkon's daughter
                             Chancellor - it was on the news.

                                           SCOTTY
                             I'll bet that Klingon bitch killed
                             her father...

                                           SPOCK
                             Her own father...?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Such things have happened before,
                             sir.

                                           SCOTTY
                             They don't place the same value on
                             life that we do, Spock - you know
                             that... take my word: she didn't
                             shed one bloody tear...

                                           SPOCK
                             That's hardly conclusive, Mr.
                             Scott, as Klingons have no tear
                             ducts.

                   Before he can react.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             Any reply from Starfleet to our
                             dispatch, Lieutenant.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Not as yet, sir.

                                           SPOCK
                             Curious. You haven't been
                             assisting Commander Uhura with her
                             radio transmissions, have you, Lt?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Commander Uhura has been
                             experiencing technical difficulties
                             sir.

                                           SPOCK
                             Very well. For twenty-four hours
                             we'll agree that this conversation
                             did not take place.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             A lie?

                                           SPOCK
                             An omission. After that -

                                           SCOTTY
                             Twenty-four hours from now we won't
                             have a clue where the Captain is.

                                           SPOCK
                             I know precisely where he'll be.

                   Scotty and Lieutenant Saavik react.

                                           SCOTTY
                             You do? Where?

              70   TIGHT ON KIRK'S EYES. JUMP BACK TO REVEAL                     70
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   THE KLINGON EMPIRE IN ALL ITS BARBARIC SPLENDOR

                   A cavernous stadium arranged in circular tiers cut from
                   jagged stone. A place from a bygone age, of savage and
                   awesome beauty. Something between a CIRCUS and a
                   CATHEDRAL.

                   ... turned for the occasion into a gigantic COURTROOM
                   with thousands of spectators... SCREAMING: "KIRK! KIRK!
                   KIRK!

                   Many in the AUDIENCE hold SPEARS with lighted HEADS.

                   Kirk and Bones 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
                   ALBINO.)

                   CHANG wears the prosecutor's mantle.

                   In the audience is President Azetbur and her ADVISORS.
                   The trial is being BROADCAST and special CAMERAS
                   abound.

                   Near Kirk and Bones sit their young, eager Klingon
                   DEFENSE ATTORNEY. Kirk keeps his cool throughout,
                   though Bones tends to steam.

                   The rules are different. Attorneys are empowered to
                   ask anyone present a question at any time. And to mix
                   this up with statements and charges.

                   The proceedings BEGIN in subtitled KLINGON. Kirk and
                   Bones 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
                   MAILED GLOVE.

                                           CHANG
                             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.
                             Do you deny all this?

                   The mob howls "Kirk!" as the Judge gavels.

                                           JUDGE
                             The Prisoner will respond.

                                           KIRK
                             I don't deny we invited them to
                             dinner.

              71   ANGLE ON CHANCELLOR AZETBUR                                   71

                                           CHANG
                             Where you drunk at that dinner,
                             Captain?

              72   INT. PRESIDENT UFP'S OFFICE - DAY                             72

              72   The President and his ADVISERS, including Sarek, watch        72
             VFX   the proceedings unhappily onscreen. TRANSLATOR'S             VFX
                   VOICE OVER.

                                           KIRK
                             What?

                                           CHANG
                             Isn't it a fact that you served
                             Romulan ale, a beverage illegal in
                             the Federation because of its
                             overwhelming potency?

                                           KIRK
                             The drink WAS served...

                   The CinC and President wince -

                                           CinC
                             This is a damned show trial.

              73   INT. KLINGON COURTROOM - DAY                                  73

                                           CHANG
                             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
                             there were no other ships in the
                             sector.

                                           KIRK
                             There... were no other ships in the
                             sector.

                                           CHANG
                             Did you have occasion to refer to
                             your ship's data banks during that
                             night?

                                           KIRK
                             I checked the data banks, yes.

                                           CHANG
                             And what did they tell you?

                                           KIRK
                                     (reluctant)
                             That we fired two photon torpedoes.
                             But -

                   The mob howls.

                                           CHANG
                             The witness is excused - for the
                             time being.

                   Chang whirls off as the Judge gavels...

              74   START ON TV: INT. KLINGON COURTROOM - DAY                     74

                   One of PRESIDENT GORKON'S GUARDS is on the stand. He
                   is MISSING AN ARM.

                                           GUARD
                             After the first hit, we lost our
                             gravitational field; I found myself
                             weightless and unable to function.
                             Then 2 Starfleet crewmen came
                             walking toward us -

              75   WIDEN TO REVEAL WE ARE WATCHING ABOARD ENTERPRISE             75

                   Spock et al are receiving the transmission on their
                   main visual display. They watch in silence.
                   TRANSLATOR'S VOICE.

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             Perhaps they merely wore Starfleet
                             uniforms -

                                           CHANG
                             I move that remark be stricken as
                             purely speculative...

                                           JUDGE
                             So ordered. Colonel Worf, we are
                             interested in facts, not theories.

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             If the gravitational field was not
                             functioning, how could these men
                             have been walking?

                                           GUARD
                             They appeared to be wearing
                             magnetic boots.

                   Murmur. The Defense Attorney wishes he hadn't asked.

                                           SPOCK
                             Gravity boots.

              76   INT. KLINGON COURTROOM - DAY                                  76

                                           CHANG
                             They fired on you?

                                           GUARD
                             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.

                                           CHANG
                             Towards the transporter room?

                                           GUARD
                             That's right.

                   SWISH PAN TO CU SULU

              77   INT. BRIDGE, USS EXCELSIOR                                    77

                   Sulu and his crew are watching the trial on their
                   visual display as well.
                         
              78   INT. KLINGON COURTROOM - DAY                                  78

                                           CHANG
                             Doctor McCoy, what is your current
                             medical status?

                                           BONES
                             Aside from a touch of arthritis,
                             I'd say pretty good.

                   Sulu has to smile. Chang is not amused; waits.

                                           BONES
                                     (continuing)
                             For 27 years I have been Ship's
                             Surgeon and later Chief Medical
                             Officer aboard the USS Enterprise.
                             In three months I'm due to stand
                             down.

                                           CHANG
                             Stand...?

                                           BONES
                             Retire.

                                           CHANG
                                     (soft)
                             Ah. I believe you also consumed
                             Romulan ale at the officers' mess
                             on the night of question, Doctor?

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             Objection!

                                           JUDGE
                             Sustained...

                                           BONES
                                     (angry)
                             We all did. But that doesn't
                             mean -

                                           JUDGE
                             General Chang, come to the point or
                             abandon this line of inquiry.

                                           CHANG
                             Was Chancellor Gorkon alive when
                             you first examined him?

                                           BONES
                             Barely.

                                           CHANG
                             Have you saved patients as "barely"
                             alive as he was?

                   President Azetbur flinches at the memory.

                                           BONES
                             I didn't have the knowledge of
                             Klingon anatomy I needed.

                                           CHANG
                             You say you are due for retirement.
                             May I ask: do your hands shake?

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             Objection!

                                           JUDGE
                             Overruled - 

                                           BONES
                             I was nervous -

                                           CHANG
                             You were incompetent! - whether
                             deliberately or as a result of age
                             combined with drink this court will
                             determine.

                                           BONES
                             I tried to save him! I was
                             desperate to save him! He was the
                             last best hope in the universe for
                             real peace.

                                           CHANG
                             The Chancellor herself will testify
                             that the defendant's hands shook.

              79   INT. UFP PRESIDENTS OFFICE                                    79

              79   The President et al watch unhappily.                          79
             VFX                                                                VFX

              80   INT. KLINGON COURTROOM - DAY                                  80

                                           CHANG
                             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.

                                           KIRK
                             That isn't true...!

                                           CHANG
                             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.

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             Objection: Captain Kirk has not
                             been identified as the assassin.

                                           JUDGE
                             Sustained.

                                           CHANG
                             I offer into the record the
                             following excerpt from Captain
                             Kirk's personal log.

                   He signals. Kirk's VOICE fills the room.

                                           KIRK'S VOICE
                             I have never trusted Klingons and
                             never will. I have never been able
                             to forgive them for the murder of
                             my boy...

                   An explosive babble fills the court. The Judge POUNDS
                   HIS GLOVE for order... QUICK REACTION SHOTS:

              81   THE ENTERPRISE,                                               81

              82   THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE,                                       82

              83   THE EXCELSIOR - THEN BACK TO THE COURTROOM                    83

              84   INT. COURTROOM - DAY                                          84

                                           CHANG
                             Are those your words?

                                           KIRK
                             Yes.

                                           CHANG
                             Spoken by you?

                                           KIRK
                             Yes...

                                           CHANG
                             Louder, please. We cannot hear
                             you.

                                           KIRK
                                      (firmer)
                             Those words WERE spoken by me.

              85   INT. BRIDGE, USS EXCELSIOR                                    85

              85   Sulu is speaking confidentially to his communications         85
             VFX   officer. Onscreen behind them the trial continues            VFX

                                           SULU
                             Send to commander Enterprise: "We
                             stand ready to assist you. Captain
                             Sulu, USS Excelsior." Attach our
                             co-ordinates.

                                           COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
                             Is that wise, sir? I mean, given
                             their situation -
                                     (off Sulu's look)
                             Aye, sir.

                   He leaves. Sulu looks up at the screen, unhappily.

             85A   COURTROOM                                                    85A

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             Objection, your honors. My
                             clients' political views are not on
                             trial here.

              86   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                        86

              86   The trial is on SEVERAL MONITORS BG. Spock, next to           86
             VFX   Uhura                                                        VFX

                                           UHURA
                             Sulu's giving us his position and
                             telling us he's standing by...

                                           SPOCK
                                     (unhappy)
                             He's placing himself in a most
                             awkward position...

                                           CHANG (V.O.)
                             On the contrary, Captain Kirk's
                             views and motives are at the heart
                             of the matter. This officer's
                             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                                  87

                                           CHANG
                                     (continuing)
                             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!

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                             Don't answer - objection -!

                                           JUDGE
                             Objection overruled. The Prisoner
                             will answer the question.

                                           KIRK
                             I cannot deny it.

                                           CHANG
                             You were demoted...

                                           KIRK
                             Yes.

                                           CHANG
                             For insubordination.

                                           KIRK
                             I have on occasion disobeyed
                             orders.

                                           CHANG
                             And you were obeying or disobeying
                             orders the night you arranged the
                             assassination of Chancellor Gorkon?

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                                     (overlapping)
                             I object -!

                                           KIRK
                                     (overlapping)
                             I was unaware of the assassination
                             until I boarded his ship!

                                           CHANG
                                     (overlapping)
                             You deny Enterprise fired on KRONOS
                             One?

                                           KIRK
                             Well, I -

                                           CHANG
                                     (overlapping)
                             You deny that your men beamed
                             aboard KRONOS One and shot the
                             Chancellor?

                                           KIRK
                             I cannot confirm or deny actions
                             which I did not witness.

                                           CHANG
                             Captain Kirk, are you aware that
                             under Federation law, the Captain
                             of a Starship is considered
                             responsible for the actions of his 
                             men?

                                           KIRK
                             I am.

                                           CHANG
                             So if it should prove members of
                             your crew did in fact carry out
                             such an assassination - ?

                                           BONES
                             Jim! They're setting us up! Your
                             honors, I protest-!

                                           JUDGE
                             The defendant will be silent!
                             Captain Kirk, you will answer the
                             question.

                                           KIRK
                                     (heavily)
                             As Captain I am responsible for the
                             conduct of the crew under my
                             command.

                                           CHANG
                             Your honors, the State rests.

                   An excited BABBLE. Kirk and Bones turn to their
                   attorney.

                                           BONES
                             Is it our turn, now?

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                                     (grim)
                             According to Klingon law both sides
                             present their cases at the same
                             time; we've HAD our turn.

                   On Bones' and Kirk's reaction, the Judge's mailed fist
                   crashes down with a flurry of sparks.

                                           JUDGE
                             It is the judgment of this court
                             that the defendants are guilty as
                             charged.

                   Sensation in court. A BOOMING CHANT "KOOM! KOOM!" as
                   all the LIGHT SPEARS are pointed at Kirk and Bones.
                   Chang is stone-faced. AGAIN THE HORRIBLE GAUNTLET.

                                           JUDGE
                             Captain James T. Kirk, Doctor
                             Leonard McCoy...

                   They face the Judge's box. INTERCUT THIS MOMENT WITH

              88   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - DAY                                  88

                   SPOCK'S FACE - what has he done?

              89   INT. KLINGON COURTROOM                                        89

                                           JUDGE
                             Have either of you anything to say
                             before this court passes sentence?

                   Kirk and Bones look at each other.

                                           BONES
                                     (simply)
                             We were framed.

                                           DEFENSE ATTORNEY
                                     (rises passionately)
                             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
                             its sentence.

                                           JUDGE
                                     (beat)
                             So noted. In view of Colonel
                             Worf's plea, the sentence of death
                             is commuted. It is the judgment
                             of this court that without
                             possibility of reprieve or parole,
                             you be taken from this place to the
                             Dilithium Mines on the penal
                             asteroid archipelago of Rura
                             Penthe, there to spend the rest of
                             your natural lives.

                   Off Kirk's and Bones' reactions

              90   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                   90

                                           UHURA
                                     (her eyes fill)
                             Rura Penthe!

                                           CHEKOV
                             Known throughout the galaxy as the
                             Aliens' graveyard.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Better to kill them now and get it
                             over with...

                   It takes Spock a moment to recover himself.

                                           SPOCK
                             Let's see it again, Lieutenant.

                   Saavik instructs the panel. As attention is diverted,
                   Spock mops his brow.

                   The CREW watch in silence as the MONITOR REPLAYS THE
                   HIT.  (sc.46 VFXB)

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (hopeless)
                             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.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Commander? 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...

                   Spock's gaze stops her.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (continuing)
                             Well, it IS possible.

                   After an impenetrable pause -

                                           SPOCK
                             Again.

                   Another replay as they watch. (OVERSHOULDER)  (Sc46 VFXC)

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             Hold.

                   They stare at the frozen image.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             An ancestor of mine maintained that
                             if you eliminate the impossible
                             whatever remains - however
                             improbable - must be the truth.

                                           UHURA
                             What exactly does that mean?

                                           SPOCK
                             It means that if we cannot have
                             fired those torpedoes then someone
                             else did.

                                           SCOTTY
                             They dinna fire on themselves. And
                             there were no other ships present.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (grasping at straws)
                             There was an enormous neutron
                             energy surge.

                                           SCOTTY
                                     (insisting)
                             Not from us!

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (square one)
                             A neutron surge that big could only
                             be produced by another ship...

                                           UHURA
                             KRONOS One?

                                           SPOCK
                             Too far off. Very near us.
                             Perhaps... underneath us...

                                           SCOTTY
                             If another ship had been beneath us
                             the Klingons would've seen her!

                                            SPOCK
                             Would they?

                   Long pause.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             A Bird of Prey!

                                           CKEKOV
                             Cloaked!?

                   Spock says nothing.

                                           SCOTTY
                             A Bird of Prey canna fire when
                             she's cloaked!

                                           SPOCK
                                     (thoughtful)
                             This one can.

                                           SCOTTY
                             They you're talking about a
                             dreadful new engine of destruction,
                             Mr. Spock.

                                           SPOCK
                             I believe I am.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             We must inform Starfleet Command - 

                                           SCOTTY
                                     (enraged)
                             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
                             anything -

                                           SPOCK
                             And they'd be right. We have no
                             evidence - just a theory that
                             happens to fit the facts...

                                           UHURA
                             Even assuming you're correct, Mr.
                             Spock, why would they fire on their
                             own President?

                                           SPOCK
                                     (decision)
                             I want this ship searched from bow
                             to stern. Lieutenant Saavik, you
                             are in charge. Start with the
                             transporter room and work your way
                             outwards...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Aye, sir -

                                           CHEKOV
                             I do not understand. If there was
                             a ship underneath us, surely the
                             assassins beamed aboard from that
                             vessel, not Enterprise.

                                           SPOCK
                             You're 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 here. Either way, what
                             we're searching for is here...

                                           CHEKOV
                             What ARE we searching for, Mr.
                             Spock?

                                           SPOCK
                             You tell them, Lieutenant.

                   It's elementary.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Two pairs of gravity boots.

                   Spock is well pleased with her.

              91   EXT. RURA PENTHE PENAL COLONY - DAY                           91

              91   THREE SUNS glare down on a huge vista: an ICE FIELD           91
             VFX   - the coldest habitable place in the solar system.           VFX

                   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
                   plain.

                   Kirk and Bones, 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 an instrument emitting a high-
                   pitched WHINE.

                   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 Bones watch, the COMMANDANT of RURA PENTHE
                   and his JACKAL MASTIFF emerge. He mounts the box.

                                           COMMANDANT
                             This is Rura Penthe. Observe:
                             there is no stockade, no guard
                             tower, no electrified frontier.
                             They are not needed. Only a
                             magnetic shield prevents beaming.
                             Your new home is underground.

                   He blows a mechanical WHISTLE: in response, TWO GUARDS
                   emerge from below with a SCREAMING KLINGON CONVICT.

                                           PRISONER
                             NO! NOOOOO!

                                           COMMANDANT
                             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.

                                           COMMANDANT
                                    (continuing)
                             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                                                    91A

                   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
                   is covered.

             91B   INT. RURA PENTHE                                             91B

                   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 prisoner huts open to the center.
                   PRISONERS wander freely within. The scum of the
                   universe.

                   Everyone wears furs, LEG IRONS and is FREEZING.

                   On endless scaffolding above, the GUARDS.

                   Many of the PRISONERS look like they could snap Kirk
                   and Bones in two with one hand.

                   Kirk and Bones 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.

                                           ALIEN
                             Quog wok na pushnat.

                                           KIRK
                             I'm afraid our universal translator
                             was confiscated.

                                           ALIEN
                             Ring notsa loskent!

                                           KIRK
                             Sorry.

                                           ALIEN
                             Rangnit ascru, unto pram moreoscue
                             shondik!!!

                                           BONES
                             He's definitely on about something.

                                           ALIEN
                             Quog wok na pushnat!!

                   The alien picks Kirk up.

                                           KIRK
                             If this is your spot, we'll move
                             on...

                   The Alien is about to behead Kirk.

                                           MARTIA (O.S.)
                             He wants your obedience to the
                             Brotherhood of Aliens.

                                           KIRK
                             He's got it.

                                           MARTIA
                             And your coat.

                                           KIRK
                             Fraid not. It wouldn't fit him,
                             anyway.

                                           MARTIA
                             Krandog aranty.

                   The Alien puts Kirk down.

                                           MARTIA
                                     (continuing)
                             Fendo pompsky.

                   The Alien nods and wanders off.

                                           KIRK
                             Thanks...

                                           BONES
                             What's the Brotherhood of Aliens?

                                           MARTIA
                             Prisoners from outside the Klingon
                             system. They tend to band together.
                             I'm Martia.

                   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.

                                           MARTIA
                                     (continuing)
                             This'll help keep you warm. You're
                             Kirk and McCoy.

                   Kirk takes the hit; offers Bones... it does warm you.

                                           KIRK
                             How did you know...?

                                           MARTIA
                                     (looks around)
                             There's a reward for your death.

                                           BONES
                                     (looks around too)
                             Figures.

                                           KIRK
                             We've been set up all along.

                                           MARTIA
                                     (shrugs)
                             We don't get many presidential
                             assassins.

                                           KIRK
                             We didn't kill Gorkon.

                                           MARTIA
                                     (deadpan)
                             Of course not. Anyway, somebody up
                             there wants you out of the way.

                                           BONES
                             I don't believe we can get more out
                             of the way than this.

                                           MARTIA
                             They'll make it look like an
                             accident...

                                           BONES
                             What are you in for, if you don't
                             mind me asking?

                                           MARTIA
                             I don't mind. Smuggling. Guilty.
                             I come from Arc. Smuggling is an
                             ancient and respected trade there.

                                           KIRK
                             How much time's left of your
                             sentence?

                                           MARTIA
                                     (smiles grimly)
                             Don't you know? Everyone on Rura
                             Penthe is here for life.

                   Kirk and Bones didn't know.

              92   INT. GALLEY, USS ENTERPRISE                                   92

                   Under Lt. Saavik's watchful eye, CREWMEN are taking the
                   kitchen apart. All sorts of dishes and cutlery litter
                   the place. Spock, Scotty, and Chekov enter.

                                           SPOCK
                             Any progress?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (head shake)
                             We've got a crew of three hundred
                             turning their 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
                             Gorkon's ship?

                                           SPOCK
                             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
                             transporter pads.

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (mimes with his finger)
                             Why not simply vaporize them?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Like this?

                   She whips out her PHASER and FIRES, incinerating a POT.
                   ALARMS and CLAXONS HOWL! Chekov COVERS HIS EARS.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             As you know, sir, no one can fire
                             an unauthorized phaser aboard a
                             starship.

                   She switches off the ALARM and has another thought:

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (continuing)
                             Suppose when they returned they
                             threw the boots into the garbage?

                                           SPOCK
                             I'm having the garbage searched.
                             If my surmise is correct these
                             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's not happy.

                                           UHURA
                             Did someone shoot off a phaser?
                             Mr. Spock.

                   He turns.

                                           UHURA
                                     (continuing)
                             I've pulled out my - uh wooden shoe
                             and Starfleet is screaming for us
                             to return to port.

                                           SPOCK
                             Mr. Scott, any progress on
                             repairing our warp drive?

                                           SCOTTY
                             There's nothing wrong with the
                             bloody -

                   Spock coughs hard.

                                           SCOTTY
                                     (continuing)
                             - could take weeks, sir.

                                           SPOCK
                             Thank you, Mr. Scott. We were to
                             return to spacedock, the killers
                             would surely manage to dispose of
                             their incriminating footwear.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             A lie?

                                           SPOCK
                             An error.

                                           UHURA
                                     (unhappily)
                             I'll tell them someone threw a
                             gravity boot into it...

                   ANGLE ON SPOCK

                   reacting. He looks at Saavik...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Right, a gravity boot in the warp
                             drive...

                   She goes off, shaking her head...

                                           UHURA
                             You understand that we have lost
                             all contact with Captain Kirk...?

                                           SPOCK
                             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                                 93

                   Kirk gets hit in the face. It's already BLOODY. It's
                   a prison fight. Kirk and an ALIEN are surrounded by
                   PRISONERS & GUARDS cheering and jeering.

                   Kirk and Bones 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
                   slips free.

                   Bones and Martia watch... the leg irons make it
                   complicated - they can also wrap around someone's
                   neck...

                   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.
                   Stands and grips Kirk's chest to back in a giant bear
                   hug. Surely he will crush the life out of Kirk.

                   He lifts Kirk right off 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.

                                           MARTIA
                             They'll respect him now...

                                           BONES
                             That's a comfort...

                                           KIRK
                             I was lucky that thing had knees.

                   They look back. The Alien is still on the ground.

                                           MARTIA
                             That's not his knee.
                                     (off Kirk's look)
                             Not everybody keeps their genitals
                             in the same place, Captain.

                                           KIRK
                             Anything else you want to tell
                             me?

                   Before she can answer.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             Bones, why don't you see what you
                             can do? Let them know we're not
                             holding a grudge.

                                           BONES
                             Suppose HE'S holding a grudge?

                   Bones tentatively goes forward and examines the knee.
                   He is without any medical tools of any kind.

                   The Alien yells but let's him look. He manipulates the
                   leg, then ties a kind of splint with an old rag...

                   Kirk looks at Martia. She shakes her head.

                                           MARTIA
                             When whoever it is makes their
                             move, you won't be here to ask if
                             he's the one.

              94   ANGLE ON KIRK                                                 94

                                           KIRK
                             There's gotta be a way out of this
                             place...

                   She looks at him, moves off...

              95   INT. SULU'S CABIN, USS EXCELSIOR                              95

                   Sulu is asleep; awakened by a knock.

                                           SULU
                             Come in...?

                   His COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER enters.

                                           OFFICER
                             Sorry to wake you, sir, but
                             Starfleet urgently requests any
                             data we may have on the whereabouts
                             of Enterprise.

                                           SULU
                                     (groggy)
                             What?

                                           OFFICER
                             Apparently they're refusing to
                             acknowledge signal to return to
                             spacedock, sir.

                                           SULU
                             Signal Starfleet that...
                             we have no idea location of
                             Enterprise.

                                           OFFICER
                                     (astonished)
                             Sir?

                                           SULU
                             You having hearing problems,
                             mister?

                                           OFFICER
                             No, sir.

                   The man salutes and leaves. Sulu stays awake.

              96   INT. HUT ON RURA PENTHE - NIGHT                               96

                   Kirk and Bones try to sleep on rude cots in a hut off
                   the main courtyard: tattered, exhausted wrecks.

                                           BONES
                             Three months till retirement. What
                             a way to finish.

                                           KIRK
                                     (thinking)
                             We're not finished.

                                           BONES
                             Speak for yourself. One day... one
                             night...

                   He makes a gesture across his own throat.

                                           BONES
                                     (continuing)
                             - Kobayashi Maru...

                   CLOSE ON KIRK

                                           KIRK
                             Bones, are you afraid of the 
                             future?

                                           BONES
                             That was the general idea I
                             intended to convey.

                                           KIRK
                             I didn't mean this future.

                                           BONES
                             Are we playing multiple choice?

                                           KIRK
                             Some people ARE afraid of the
                             future; of what MIGHT happen;
                                     (pause)
                             I was frightened, really frightened.

                                           BONES
                             Specifically of...?

                                           KIRK
                             No more neutral zone. I was USED
                             to hating Klingons... that's why I
                             failed in our assignment.
                                     (guilty)
                             It never even occurred to me to
                             take Gorkon at his word. Spock was
                             right.

                                           BONES
                             Well, don't be too hard on yourself
                             - we all felt exactly the same -

                                           KIRK
                                     (shakes his head;
                                      can't put his finger)
                             Uh uh. Somebody felt much worse.
                             And I'm starting to understand why.

                                           BONES
                             Well, if you've got any bright
                             ideas, now's the time to -

                   Suddenly, Kirk puts a hand over Bones' mouth. They
                   pretend to sleep. Something crawls towards them in the
                   dark; they sweat... Kirk clenches his fists...

                                           MARTIA
                                     (whispers)
                             Kirk? It's me, Martia.

                   Kirk opens his eyes; Bones plays possum.

                                           MARTIA
                                     (continuing)
                             Listen. No one has ever escaped
                             from Rura Penthe.

                                           KIRK 
                                     (ready)
                             Except us.

                                           MARTIA
                             It IS possible.

                   He regards her warily.

                                           MARTIA
                                     (continuing)
                             I know how to get outside the
                             shield.

                                           KIRK
                             Where do we come in?

                                           MARTIA
                             Getting outside the shield is easy.
                             After that it's up to you to get us
                             off the surface before we freeze.
                             Can you?

                                           KIRK
                             Possibly.

                                           MARTIA
                             I can't make it alone. You're the
                             likeliest candidate to come to this
                             god-forsaken place in months.

                                           KIRK
                             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 BONES                                                97

                   rolls his eyes.

                                           MARTIA
                             A partnership. Go to "C" Lift in
                             the morning for mining duty. I'll
                             meet you there.

                   She disappears into the shadows. Bones, who has been
                   watching the whole thing, gets up on one elbow.

                                           BONES
                             What is it with you, anyway?

                                           KIRK
                             Still think we're finished?

                                           BONES
                             More than ever.

              98   EXT. RURA PENTHE ASTEROID - NIGHT                             98

                   the wind howls in an otherwise barren landscape.

              99   INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM, USS ENTERPRISE                         99

                   Chekov is examining 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, USS ENTERPRISE (FORMERLY SPOCK'S QTR)      100

                   Spock studies the sample under a microscope.

                                           SPOCK
                             Klingon blood.

                                           CHEKOV
                             They must have walked through it
                             when it was floating and tracked it
                             back here.

                                           SPOCK
                             This is the first evidence that
                             corroborates our theory.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Now we go to Starfleet?

                                           SPOCK
                             Now we expand our search to include
                             uniforms.

                                           CHEKOV
                             ALL uniforms?

                   Spock looks at him.

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (starts out)
                             Aye, sir... ALL uniforms...                             

                                           CHEKOV
                             Mister Chekov.

                   Chekov turns.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             The longer we take, the greater
                             danger in which we leave the
                             Captain and Doctor McCoy.

             101   MONTAGE; the Enterprise is strip-searched. LOCKERS,          101
            THRU   WARDROOMS, LAUNDRY, SICKBAY, JEFFERIES TUBE, CUPBOARDS,     THRU
             105   OBSERVATION DECK, INSTRUMENTS PANELS, etc... you name        105
                   it... piles and piles of CLOTHING being sorted by the
                   CREW; piles of BOOTS being examined as Lieutenant
                   Saavik prowls the CORRIDORS and checks off locations on
                   a LIGHTPLAN of the ship...

             106   INT. CREW QUARTERS                                           106

                   Suddenly an EXCLAMATION 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.

                   Saavik looks up at the locker and sees the name: DAX.

             107   INT. CREW QUARTERS                                           107

                   LATER

                   Spock, Saavik, Uhura, Chekov, et al wait with impassive
                   faces as CREWMAN DAX enters the area. He is an alien.

                                           SPOCK
                             You are Crewman Dax?

                                           DAX
                             Yes, sir. What's happened?

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (triumphant)
                             Perhaps you know the Romulan epic of
                             Cinderella? If the shoe fits, wear it!

                   Dax looks confused.

             108   CAMERA PANS DOWN HIS LEGS                                    108

                   no way those webbed feet could make it into those
                   boots.

                   Expressions of chagrin on everyone's face...

             109   INT. RURA PENTHE PENAL COLONY - MORNING                      109

                   Kirk and Bones, 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 (FORMERLY SHUTTLE TRUCK) - DESCENDING            110

                   Like the old Welsh mine caged elevators.

                                           BONES
                                     (looks for the girl)
                             I think we've been had.

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             No you weren't, Doctor.

                   They look around. No girl. Just a big BRUTE next to
                   them. Plus other CONVICTS.

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             Get off at the first level and join
                             the gang going into the mine.
                                     (explains)
                             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       110
             VFX                                                                VFX

             111   INT. MINE - DAY                                              111

                   Kirk and Bones climb out with the others. They follow
                   the Brute through the labyrinthine darkness.

                                           BONES
                             What kind of creature is this?
                             Last night you two were spooning -

                                           KIRK
                             Don't remind me.

             112   OMITTED                                                      112

             113   INSIDE THE MINE                                              113

                   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 on a flatbed
                   shuttle. Kirk and Bones and the Brute do likewise, all
                   under the watchful 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.          113
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Bones openly takes his crystal and places it on the
                   truck, making sure the guard sees him.

             114   LATER - INT. MINE                                            114

                   Kirk and Bones are filthy and sweaty. The Brute looks
                   at them, looks around. The guards are eating with
                   their backs turned. Kirk and Bones look to the Brute
                   for guidance.

             114   Before their eyes, he re-materializes into a TEENAGED        114
             VFX   GIRL.                                                        VFX

             115   CU HER SKINNY LEGS                                           115

                   as Kirk and Bones watch, she slips out of her leg
                   irons. Too bad they can't do likewise...

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                                     (whispers)
                             Follow me.

                   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 the small hole, turns
                   and waves them on. They have to get down on their
                   stomachs and crawl through. Kirk goes first, turns,
                   pulls Bones. This takes time, especially if your legs
                   have chains on them...

             116   ON THE GUARDS                                                116

                   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                               117

                   The hole has led to a new tunnel and the girl
                   rematerializes into THE BRUTE as they crawl. Kirk and
                   Bones, 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                             118

                   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                              119

                   The three slip and slide on the ice across a frozen
                   river. The ICE BEGINS TO CRACK beneath their feet...

                   Eventually the three climb the farther bank. They are
                   barely alive. Shaking...

                                           BONES
                             I can't...

                   Frantically, Kirk tries to keep Bones' circulation
                   going.

                                           MARTIA
                             We're at the edge of the shield.

             119   They follow her look: AN ICE DESERT                          119
             VFX                          VFX

                                           KIRK
                             Come on. KEEP MOVING!

                   They stagger on.

            119A   INT. SPOCK'S QUARTERS                                       119A

                   Spock, out of uniform, reclines in his berth, eyes
                   open; thinking. His expression changes.

            119B   HIS POV                                                     119B

                   The votive candle burning in its shrine. Spock's eyes
                   narrow. What is the candle trying to tell him...?

                                           UHURA'S VOICE OVER
                             Mr. Spock, I've got them!
  
             120   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                  120

                   A blinking BLIP on Uhura's oscilloscope.

                                           UHURA (O.S.)
                             There they are!

                   PULL BACK. Uhura is monitoring their position. Spock,
                   Scotty and Chekov stand over her shoulder. Spock heads
                   for his console and starts peering at electronic
                   charts...

                                           SPOCK
                             They're outside the beaming shield.
                             Mr. Scott, start your engines.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Aye, aye, sir.

                   Scotty heads for the lift.

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (from the helm)
                             Mr. Spock, Rura Penthe's deep in
                             Klingon territory. If we're
                             discovered...

                                           SPOCK
                                     (looks up)
                             Quite right, Mr. Chekov. What is
                             now required is a feat of
                             linguistic legerdemain - and a
                             degree of intrepidity. Before the
                             Captain and Doctor McCoy freeze 
                             to death.

             120   OMITTED                                                      120
             VFX                                                                VFX

            120A   INT. KLINGON LISTENING POST                                 120A

                   Grimly, under funded and undermanned. God knows what
                   forsaken place this is. Rocks are 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                                                     120B

                   On the scope a BLEEPING DOT... he frowns, hits a switch.

                                           SLEEPY KLINGON
                                     (subtitled KLINGON)
                             What ship is that? Over...

                   An interminable pause. Now a SECOND KLINGON sits next
                   to the first. What's going on?

                                           VOICE FILTERED
                                     (subtitled KLINGON)
                             We art thy freighter... URSVA six
                             weeks out of Kronos... Over...

                                           KLINGON
                                     (subtitled KLINGON)
                             Whither are you bound? Over...

                   Another LONG pause. They squint at the delay.

             121   OMITTED                                                      121
             VFX                                                                VFX

             122   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       122

                   Uhura and company are FRANTICALLY paging through old
                   Klingon glossaries, manuals and dictionaries.

                                           UHURA
                                     (subtitled KLINGON)
                             We art delivering food... things
                             and...supplies to Rura Penthe...
                             over...

                   Pause...

                                           KLINGON VOICE FILTERED
                                     (subtitled KLINGON)
                             Don't catch any bugs!

                   The VOICE LAUGHS RAUCOUSLY. Spock gestures. Uhura
                   returns the laugh...over and out. They look at each
                   other.
        
                                           SPOCK
                             Was that so bad?

             123   OMITTED                                                      123
            THRU                                                               THRU
             125                                                                125
             VFX                                                                VFX

             126   EXT. RURA PENTHE ICE DESERT - DUSK                           126

             126   THE THREE COLD SUNS are setting                              126
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   The Brute, Kirk and Bones stumble and crawl across the
                   ice. They - especially Bones - are more dead than
                   alive.

                   As they pull themselves along, it becomes darker...

                                           BONES
                             Jim, leave me - I'm finished...

                                           KIRK
                             No way.
                                     (off Bones' look)
                             You see this?

                   He displays a STAIN on the back of his ragged coat.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             It's the viridium patch Spock
                             slapped on my back right before we
                             went aboard Gorkon's ship.

                                           BONES
                                     (faint)
                             That cunning little Vulcan...

                                           KIRK
                             Once we're beyond the shield they
                             should be able to pick it up two
                             sectors away.

                                           BONES
                             If they're even looking for us...

                                            KIRK
                             Spock's looking for us...   

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                                      (the Brute points to a ridge)
                             We're almost there. Once we're
                             outside, we'll make camp.

                   DISSOLVE TO:

             127   LATER - EXT. ICE DESERT RIDGE - NIGHT                        127

                   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 it forms a kind of
                   fire, throwing shadows all around. Otherwise it's dark.
                   There is some HEAT.

                                           BONES
                             Would you mind explaining that
                             little trick you do?

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             I'm a chameloid. That's why we're
                             such good smugglers.

                                           KIRK
                             I've heard of chameloids -
                             "Shapeshifters" - I thought you
                             were mythical.

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             Give a girl a chance, Captain.

                   The Brute smiles at him.

             127   And before his eyes becomes the enticing Martia again.       127
            VFXA                                                               VFXA

                                           MARTIA
                             It takes a lot of effort.

                                           BONES
                             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.

                                           KIRK
                             If you say so.

                   WHAM! He slugs Martia on the jaw; she goes down, her
                   mouth running GREEN blood.

                                           BONES
                             ARE YOU CRAZY?

                                           KIRK
                             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
                             issue...

             127   Martia sits, rubbing her mouth... and CHANGING...             127
            VFXB                                                                VFXB

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             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 -

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             A full pardon - which doesn't cover
                             this -

                                           BONES
                             Uh oh -

                   Kirk and the Brute circle each other, Kirk's chains
                   CLANKING...

                                           KIRK
                             An accident wasn't good enough...

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             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           127
            VFXC   shapes... Kirk grabs him, holds him tight...                VFXC

             127   And he wriggles free as a child... tries to run off,         127
            VFXD   but Bones grabs it and they fall rolling to the
                   SNOW...

             127   it comes up an exact copy of JAMES T. KIRK!                  127
            VFXE                                                               VFXE

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             Surprise!

                   He smashes Bones and leaps to face his double...

                                           KIRK
                             Your friends are late...

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             They'll be here...

                   More fighting between Kirk and "Kirk" - they clinch.

                                           KIRK
                             I can't believe I kissed you.

                                           "KIRK"
                             Must have been your lifelong
                             ambition -

                   The fight goes on!

             128   INT. OFFICER'S MESS, USS ENTERPRISE                          128

                   Deserted. Scotty, exhausted, is quietly having a cup 
                   of coffee and checking off places searched on a table 
                   map.

                   He runs a finger around his collar. It's warm in
                   here...

                   Perplexed, he puts his hand over the vent. Nothing
                   coming out. Something blocking it?

                   Scotty commences removing 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                                    129
            THRU                                                               THRU
             131   The Crewmen follow serreptitiously, CAMERA tracking          131
                   after Scotty through the labyrinthine corridors...

             132   EXT. RURA PENTHE CAMPSITE - NIGHT                            132

                   The TWO KIRKS are still slugging it out as Bones starts
                   to come round.

                                           KIRK
                             Isn't it about time you became
                             something else?

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             I like it here...

                   Gripping each other, they roll right into

                   A LARGE AND TERRIFYING MUZZLE. A JACKAL-MASTIFF on a
                   leash.

                   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?

                                           MARTIA'S VOICE
                             Kill him! He's the one!!

                                           KIRK
                             Not me, idiot - HIM!

             132   The Commandant appears briefly confused, then                132
            VFXA   ZAPS the FALSE Kirk, who dies horribly, as Bones            VFXA
                   watches. Kirk sighs.

                                           COMMANDANT
                                     (smiles)
                             No witnesses -

                   He aims at Kirk and Bones -

                                           BONES
                                     (conversational)
                             Damned clever if you ask me...

                                           KIRK
                                     (agrees)
                             Killed trying to escape - it's a
                             classic...

                                           COMMANDANT
                             That's what he wanted...

                                           KIRK
                             Who? Who wants us killed?

                                           COMMANDANT
                             Why not tell you? His name is -

             132   SUDDENLY KIRK AND BONES DEMATERIALIZE!                       132
            VFXB                                                               VFXB

                                           KIRK'S VOICE FADING
                             SONAVABITCH!!

                   As the Klingons rake the place they were with FIRE!

             133   INT. ENTERPRISE TRANSPORTER ROOM                             133
 
             133   Kirk and Bones REMATERIALIZE to where Spock                  133
            VFXA   and Chekov await them, with heavy weather BLANKETS          VFXA
                   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
                             seconds before GODDAMNSONOVABITCH!

             133   Chekov produces a LASER and burns thru their chains.         133
            VFXB   Spock is deeply moved to see Kirk again - though Kirk       VFXB
                   is too busy swearing as his chains are cut off to
                   notice...

                                           SPOCK
                             Captain...

                                           KIRK
                             He was just about to explain the
                             whole damn -

                                           UHURA
                             Who-?

                                           CKEKOV
                             You want to go back?

                                           BONES
                                     (hasty)
                             ABSOLUTELY NOT!

                                           KIRK
                             Come on...

                   They start out at speed.

            133A   INT. BIRD OF PREY BRIDGE                                    133A

                   CU BACK OF A KLINGON HEAD. Klingon is SPOKEN.

                                           VOICE
                             Escaped?

                   He's talking to the Prison Commandant onscreen.

                                           COMMANDANT
                             They were beamed aboard a
                             Federation starship! I could
                             trace - 

                   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)

                                           CHANG
                             Escaped.

                                           SECOND KLINGON GENERAL
                             It does not matter. Kirk cannot
                             know the location.

                                           CHANG
                                     (softly)
                             Are you sure? Are you willing to
                             take that chance?

                   The General hesitates; decides.

                                           SECOND KLINGON GENERAL
                             Helmsman, new course! Engage
                             cloaking device.

            133B   EXT. SPACE                                                  133B

                   The Bird of Prey wheels about, DISAPPEARING...!

             134   INT. ENTERPRISE CORRIDOR                                     134

                   Kirk, Spock et al walk briskly.

                                           SPOCK
                             The Klingons have a new weapon: a
                             Bird of Prey that can fire while
                             cloaked. She torpedoed Gorkon's
                             ship.

                                           KIRK
                             So, that's it..

                   Scotty runs up, carrying the bloodstained uniforms.

                                           SCOTTY 
                             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                                                    135

                   the TWO CREWMEN who were stalking Scotty lie dead.
                   Bones kneels, conducting a hasty examination.

                                           SCOTTY
                                     (continuing)
                             But - the uniforms - they belong to
                             these men!
                                     (checks the names)
                             Burke and Samno!

                                           BONES
                             Not any more. Phaser rifle on
                             "Stun" - at close range.

                                           CHEKOV
                             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...

                                           KIRK
                             First rule of assassination: always
                             kill the assassins.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Now we're back to square one.

                   Kirk looks at Spock meaningfully.

                                           KIRK
                             Can I talk to you?

                   As they watch, Kirk and Spock move down the corridor
                   and confer in an undertone.

             136   CU SPOCK                                                     136

                   pulls back.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (white)
                             I knew it.

                                           PA VOICE OVER
                             Attention: Court Recorder to sick
                             bay. Yeomen Burke and Samno have
                             been shot and wish to make
                             statements. CODE BLUE URGENT;
                             deposition required at once for
                             Yeomen Burke and Samno. Wounds are
                             serious. Court Recorder to sick
                             bay on the double.

            136B   VARIOUS ANGLES                                              136B

                   CREW reacting ALL OVER THE SHIP... to various PA's...

            136C   INT. SICK BAY                                               136C

                   All the lights are OUT. A FIGURE ENTERS, looks around.

            136D   FIGURE'S POV                                                136D

                   TWO BODIES stretched out in darkness...

                   THE FIGURE approaches the first body; looks down.
                   SUDDENLY the light goes on REVEALING SPOCK.

                                           SPOCK
                             I couldn't believe it was you.

                   Saavik.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             You have to shoot.

                   Saavik reacts.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             If you are logical.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             I don't want to.

                                           SPOCK
                             I believe you. Please...

                   She produces a phaser. The other body sits up: Kirk.

                                           KIRK
                             I'd just as soon you didn't.

                   Saavik reacts. Bones moves out of the shadows, arms
                   folded.

                                           BONES
                             I believe the operation is over.

             137   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       137

                   CU SPOCK

                                           SPOCK
                             The charge is murder.

                   WIDEN TO REVEAL

                   Kirk, and Bones with Saavik under guard.

                   The CREW is STUNNED.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             You must have cursed yourself, for
                             having programmed our data banks,
                             Lieutenant. Only they revealed
                             something wrong aboard Enterprise.

                                           CHEKOV
                             She programmed the torpedo hits?

            137A   QUICK FLASHBACK (TO SCENE 46)                               137A

                   we see Saavik programming while supposedly trying to
                   figure out who's firing.

                                           SPOCK'S VOICE OVER
                             But she was unable to erase them
                             from Mr. Scott's inventory. The
                             computers contradicted each
                             other...

            137B   BACK TO SCENE                                               137B

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             You were clever about the boots,
                             Lieutenant - too bad you were in
                             such a hurry you planted them on
                             a Megazoid...

            137C   QUICK FLASHBACK                                             137C

                   Saavik jamming the boots into Dax's locker...

            137D   BACK TO SCENE                                               137D

                                           SPOCK
                                     (continuing)
                             But it was when you tried to
                             persuade me the Captain was guilty
                             that I should have understood.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             You can't prove any of this...

                                           KIRK
                             Oh yes I can. At my trial my
                             personal log was introduced as
                             evidence against me.

            137E   QUICK FLASHBACK (TO SCENE 32)                               137E

                   Saavik waiting outside Kirk's cabin.

                                           KIRK'S VOICE OVER
                             How long did you stand outside my
                             quarters before you coughed,
                             Lieutenant?

            137F   BACK TO SCENE                                               137F

                   Saavik, trapped, turns to Spock.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             You knew?

                   He says nothing.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (continuing)
                             The whole time?

                   Still nothing.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                                     (continuing)
                             I tried to tell you... you wouldn't
                             listen.

                   Spock is in as much pain as we will ever see.

                                           SPOCK
                             Perhaps neither of us was hearing
                             very well that night, Lieutenant.
                             There were things I tried to tell
                             you too - about having faith.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             You've betrayed the Federation -
                             all of you.

                                           BONES
                             What do you think YOU'VE been
                             doing?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Saving Starfleet. Klingons can't
                             be trusted, sir, you said so
                             yourself. They killed your son.
                             They conspired with us to
                             assassinate their own Chancellor.
                             You'd make peace with them?

                                           KIRK
                                     (quietly)
                             Who is "US?"

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             I won't allow Starfleet to be
                             dismantled over some Klingon
                             promises.

                                           KIRK
                             Starfleet will be around long
                             enough for me to convene a Court
                             Martial on this ship, Lieutenant.
                             Win, lose or draw it will be on
                             your record.

                   Long pause.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Admiral Donald.

            137G   QICK FLASHBACK (TO SCENE 23)                                137G

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             ... to offer Klingons a safe
                             haven within Federation space is
                             suicide.

            137H   BACK TO SCENE                                               137H

                                           CHEKOV
                             From Starfleet?

                                           KIRK
                             Who else?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             General Chang -
 
            137J   QUICK FLASHBACK (TO SCENE 43)                               137J

                                           CHANG
                             ... In space all warriors are cold
                             warriors...

            137K   BACK TO SCENE                                               137K

                                           UHURA
                             Gorkon's own man??

                                           KIRK
                             Who else?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             The Romulan Ambassador - Naclus...

            137L   QUICK FLASHBACK (TO SCENE 63)                               137L

                                           NACLUS
                             Mr. President, they ARE vulnerable.

            137M   BACK TO SCENE                                               137M

                   Spock stares at her.

                                           SCOTTY
                             This is incredible -

                                           KIRK
                             WHO ELSE...?

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Are you all so naive? Everyone who
                             stands to lose from Peace. Who
                             manufactures photon torpedoes?

            137N   QUICK FLASHBACK (TO SCENE 65)                               137N

                                           MUNITIONS BUSINESSMAN
                             No one wants a war.

            137P   BACK TO SCENE                                               137P

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Who spends millions developing the
                             new Klingon cloaking device?
                                      (furious)
                             The universe was a well-ordered
                             place!
                                      (TO SPOCK:)
                             We all knew our roles! Why change
                             them?

                                           SCOTTY
                             Are you telling us Klingons and
                             Federation members are conspiring
                             TOGETHER...?

                                           BONES
                             In a sick way I suppose it
                             represents progress...

                                           SPOCK
                                     (suddenly)
                             The peace conference.

                                           KIRK
                             What peace conference?

                                           SPOCK
                             Azetbur has agreed to meet the
                             Federation at a undisclosed
                             location to continue her father's
                             work... the conspirators obviously
                             intend to try again...

                   They turn to Saavik; she stares back, composed.

                                           UHURA
                             We can send a message to Starfleet
                             Command -

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             I do not think so. Enterprise has
                             disobeyed orders and harbors two
                             escaped convicts. Admiral Donald
                             will make certain all your ship-to-
                             shore transmissions are jammed.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Where IS the conference?

                                           KIRK
                             She's only a cog in the wheel - no
                             way she knows that.

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             And no way you'll find out.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Then we're dead.

                                           SPOCK
                                      (to Saavik)
                             I've been dead before. Uhura,
                             raise Excelsior. She ought to
                             have the co-ordinates.

                                           KIRK
                             Why would they give them to us?

                                           SPOCK
                             The Commander is an old friend of
                             yours.

                                           BONES
                                     (can't resist)
                             What was it like - being dead?

                   Spock, lost in thought, doesn't answer.

                                           SULU (O.S)
                             This is Captain Sulu, USS
                             Excelsior.

                                           KIRK
                             Sulu!

                   INTERCUT WITH

             138   INT. MAIN BRIDGE, USS EXCELSIOR                              138

                                           SULU
                             Standing by, Captain Kirk.

                                           KIRK
                             You understand that by even talking
                             to us, you're violating regulations,
                             Captain.

                                           SULU
                             I'm sorry, Captain - your message
                             is breaking up.

                                           KIRK
                                     (under his breath)
                             Bless you, Sulu.
                                     (aloud)
                             Where's the peace conference?
                             They're going to attempt another
                             assassination.

                                           SULU
                             The Conference is at Camp Khitomer,
                             near the Romulan border. I'm
                             sending the exact coordinates on a
                             coded frequency.

                                           KIRK
                             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.

                                           SULU
                             Surely not.

                                           KIRK
                             I'm telling you. Hang on.
                                     (to Saavik)
                             How many of those things are there?
                             Come on, Lieutenant, you're charged
                             with murder...

                                           LT. SAAVIK
                             Just the prototype.

                                           KIRK
                             You hear that?

                                           SULU
                             I'm getting underway now. But you
                             should know, I'm in alpha
                             Quadrant. The chances of my
                             reaching the conference in time are
                             slim.

                                           KIRK
                             When does this conference start?

                                           SULU
                             According to my information, today.

                                           KIRK
                             Thank you, Captain Sulu.

                                           SULU
                             Don't mention it, Captain Kirk.

                   He hangs up. Finds himself facing his 1st OFFICER.

                                           FIRST OFFICER
                             You realize you've just committed
                             treason, Captain.

                                           SULU
                                     (serenely)
                             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,
                             mister.

             139   EXT. SPACE                                                   139
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Excelsior explodes across the starfield.

             140   EXT. SPACE                                                   140
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   From a different direction, Enterprise ditto.

             141   INT. SPOCK'S QUARTERS                                        141
  
                   The lights are dim as Kirk knocks. He has shaved,
                   showered and put on a fresh uniform.

                                           KIRK
                             Spock?

                   No answer. Kirk makes to hit the switch.

                                           SPOCK
                             I'd prefer it dark.

                   Fair enough. Kirk enters.

                                           KIRK
                             Are you dining on worms?

                                           SPOCK
                                     (finally)
                             You were right: it was arrogant
                             presumption that got us into this
                             situation. You might have died.

                                           KIRK
                             The night is young. Anyway, it was
                             logical.
                                     (he realizes he must
                                      feel his way)
                             You know, you're a great one for
                             logic. I'm a great one for
                                     (shrugs)
                             rushing in where angels fear to
                             tread. We're both extremists.
                             Reality is probably somewhere in
                             between us.

                   Spock says nothing. Kirk runs a finger over dust.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             I was blind. I couldn't see past
                             the death of my son. I couldn't
                             trust.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (sighs)
                             I too was blind. I knew about
                             HER - and I did nothing. I trusted
                             too much.

                                           KIRK
                             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.

                                           SPOCK
                             I was PREJUDUCED by those
                             achievements.

                                           KIRK
                                     (understands)
                             Gorkon had to die before I
                             understood how prejudiced I was...

                   Spock looks at him for the first time.

                                           SPOCK
                             Can we two have grown so old and
                             inflexible that we have outlived
                             our usefulness?
                                     (looks at Kirk)
                             Would that constitute a joke?

                                           KIRK
                             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 -

                                           SPOCK
                             I SHOULD have been -

                                           KIRK
                             Not for the actions of another. No
                             one is responsible for any actions
                             but his own. Human beings -

                                           SPOCK
                             But I am not human. I am only -

                                           KIRK
                             Spock, you want to know something?

                   Spock looks at him. Kirk kneels next to him.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             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                             142

                   The idyllic site of the Peace Conference. 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                                    142A

                   INSIDE HUGE #1 POD DOORS OPENING, REVEALING THE COUNCIL
                   CHAMBER.

                   VERY LOUD MUSIC as we follow the FEDERATION DELEGATION
                   (GREEN), lead by 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, USS ENTERPRISE                                  143

                   Everyone at their stations. Kirk in the Captain's
                   chair.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Captain, when we get to Camp
                             Khitomer, how will we defend
                             ourselves? I mean, if this new
                             Bird of Prey can fire while she is
                             invisible...?

                                           BONES
                             Now there's a poser.

                   Kirk and Spock exchange looks.

                                           SPOCK
                             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 figure
                             something out.

             144   EXT. SPACE                                                   144
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise THUNDERS by at warp NINE.

             145   INT. CAMP KHITOMER CONFERENCE SITE - DAY                     145

                   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
                   ADVISORS, RETINUIES, ENTOURAGES and ATTENDANTS. FLAGS
                   everywhere...

                   Among them 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...

                                           UFP PRESIDENT
                             Madam Chancellor, members of the
                             diplomatic corps, honored 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?

                                           AZETBUR
                             Agreed.

                   APPLAUSE!

                   During the above, we watch the expressions of the faces
                   of the VARIOUS CONSPIRATORS - uneasy. Other
                   FACES...which one?

            145A   EXT. ENTERPRISE                                             145A
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   SCREECHES out of WARP NINE and cruises slowly.
                   Stalking...

             146   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                  146

                   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
                   intently.

            VFXA   OMITTED                                                     VFXA

                                           KIRK
                             Close enough to beam down?

                                           SPOCK
                             Not yet... Section 4236...

             146   Nothing on the scanner.                                      146
            VFXB                                                               VFXB

                                           SPOCK
                             Section 4237...

                   Nothing. There's a lot of tension on the bridge.

             146   OMITTED                                                      146
            VFXC                                                               VFXC
            THRU                                                               THRU
             147   VFX                                                      147 VFX

             148   INT. CAMP KHITOMER CONFERENCE SITE - DAY                     148

                   The POD DOORS are closed and the delegations seated.

                                           UFP PRESIDENT
                             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.

                   APPLAUSE.

                                           UFP PRESIDENT
                                     (continuing)
                             We believe that the responsibility
                             for destiny rests squarely on our
                             own shoulders...

                   There's that KLINGON FACE again, looking around. He's
                   carrying some sort of SUITCASE...

             149   INT. BRIDGE, USS ENTERPRISE                                  149

                                           KIRK
                             She's here - somewhere.

                                           CHEKOV
                             But if she's cloaked...

                                           KIRK
                             Then all we've got is a neutron
                             radiation surge - and by the time
                             we're close enough to record it,
                             we're ashes...

                                           SPOCK
                             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.

                                           KIRK
                             Make ourselves a target?

                   Spock looks at him.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             Shields. Battle stations.

                                           CHEKOV
                                     (reads the display)
                             Shields up. Battle stations.

                   They are bathed in emergency RED LIGHT. Alarms SOUND.

                                           KIRK
                             Mr. Chekov, take us forward,
                             thrusters only, one half impulse
                             power...

                                           CHEKOV
                             Aye, sir; thrusters...

                   It feels like walking on eggs.

                                           KIRK
                             Uhura?

                                           UHURA
                             Nothing, Captain. If they're here,
                             they're rigger for silent running.

                                           SPOCK
                             If she fires, she has a perfectly
                             valid excuse. We're a renegade
                             ship coming dangerously close to
                             two heads of state during a vital
                             interstellar conference.

                   Dead silence, then a CRASH OF NOISE!

             150   INT. CAMP KHITOMER CONFERENCE SITE - DAY                     150

                   APPLAUSE for the President's speech! Now President
                   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. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE, ENGINE ROOM, ETC.                    151

                   as before. CLOSE UPS of various faces, sweating...

                   SUDDENLY AN EXPLOSION! The SHIP shudders, hit!
                   CLAXONS!

             152   EXT. VIEWS OF ENTERPRISE WIDEN TO REVEAL                     152
            VFXA                                                               VFXA
                   INT. CLOAKED BIRD OF PREY

                   featuring the ENTERPRISE onscreen. They are rigged
                   for silent running - no one else is making a sound.

                   They're bridge is bathed in GREEN light...

                   Chang stands next to the GUNNER.

                   He points towards ENTERPRISE, nudges the man, who nods,
                   hits controls...

             152   Another torpedo sails off and explodes against the           152
            VFXB   shields of the ENTERPRISE...                                VFXB

             153   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       153

                   Kirk and his crew grab hold of things, tight-lipped...

                                           BONES
                             This is fun...

                                           CHEKOV
                             Captain, shall we attempt to return
                             fire?

                                           KIRK
                             At what, Mr. Chekov?

                   WHAM! Hit again. Everyone goes flying...

             153   Instinctively Kirk looks at the main display - sees          153
             VFX   nothing                                                      VFX

                                           KIRK
                             Scotty, reverse engines. All
                             astern one half impulse power.
                             Back off. Back off!

             154   EXT. SPACE                                                   154
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   The battered Enterprise reverses field, backing away
                   from nothing.

             155   INT. BIR OF PREY BRIDGE                                      155

             155   watching the maneuver.                                       155
             VFX                                                                VFX

                                           CHANG
                                     (very soft)
                             What's she doing?

                   The HELMSMAN shrugs. Chang nudges him to follow...

             156   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       156

                   The empty starfield.

                                           KIRK
                             What's she waiting for?

                                           SPOCK
                             Probably trying to figure out why
                             we're reversing, wondering if we
                             detect her.

             156   ON the main visual display, where everyone's attention       156
             VFX   is riveted. A flare from black space.                        VFX

                                           CHEKOV
                             Incoming.

             157   OMITTED                                                      157

             158   INT. ENGINE ROOM                                             158

                   The "SHIELD" LIGHTS flicker as the room RECOILS...

                                           SCOTTY
                             She canna take much more of this,
                             Captain...

             159   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       159

                   CLOSE ON KIRK

                   reacting. Don't I know it.

                                           KIRK
                             Sulu, where the Hell are you?

             160   EXT. SPACE                                                   160
             VFX                                                                VFX
   
                   EXCELSIOR warping as fast as she can...

             161   INT. EXCELSIOR BRIDGE, SHAAAKINNNG                           161

                                           SULU
                             In range?

                                           HELMSMAN
                             Not yet, Captain...

                                           SULU
                             Come on, come on...!

                                           HELMSMAN
                             She'll fly apart...!

                                           SULU
                             Fly her apart, then!

             162   INT. CAMP KHITOMER CONFERENCE SITE - DAY                     162

                                           AZETBUR
                             ... 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 hadn't exploded, then quite
                             possibly his idealism would not
                             have found expression. Nor would
                             mine. We are a proud race. We are
                             here because we want to go on being
                             proud...
                                     (grim)
                             if we cannot make war,
                                     (smiles)
                             we will make peace...

             163   CLOSE UP                                                     163

                   the SUITCASE ON THE MOVE through people listening...

             164   INT. BIRD OF PREY BRIDGE                                     164

             164   All watching Enterprise. Chang signals and the               164
             VFX   Torpedo OFFICER FIRES off another one.                       VFX

             165   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       165

                                           KIRK
                             Ahead full impulse!

             166   EXT. SPACE                                                   166
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise buzzes off! The Torpedo MISSES...

             167   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       167

                   Kirk smiles ruefully... score one for the home team.

             168   INT. BIRD OF PREY BRIDGE                                     168

                   reactions. Chang is startled, then smiles...

                                           CHANG
                             After her...
                                     (beat)
                             poor thing. Doesn't know which way
                             to go.

                   Shakes his head, amused...

             169   EXT. SPACE                                                   169
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise, SCREAMING through the VOID... followed by
                   another SCREAMING SOUND in full pursuit...

             170   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       170

                                           UHURA
                             Captain, we can't see her, but she
                             gives off heat...

                                           KIRK
                             Not from a distance. She won't
                             show up on ANY type of scan.

                                           BONES
                             Too bad we can't SMELL her.

                                           CHEKOV
                             In space, no one can hear you
                             sweat.

                                           KIRK
                             It's a pity Starships were never
                             equipped with bloodhounds...

                   WHAM! Hit again... Everybody grabs onto something...

                                           SPOCK
                             I don't think Starfleet could have
                             envisioned our current predicament.

                                           UHURA
                             Maybe we should write them a
                             letter?

                                           SCOTTY'S VOICE
                             Better post date it.

                   WHAM!... even harder this time... Spock thinks...

                                           SPOCK
                             Under impulse power she expends
                             fuel like any other ship. We call
                             it "Plasma" - I do not know the
                             Klingon name for it, but by any
                             name it is merely ionized gas.

                                           UHURA
                             Well, what about all that
                             atmospheric equipment we're
                             carrying to catalogue gaseous
                             anomalies?

                   They look at each other like she's crazy. Then -

                                           BONES
                                     (starts out)
                             I'm going to perform surgery on a
                             torpedo - you never know...

                                           SPOCK
                                     (going with him)
                             You may need assistance, doctor...

                                           BONES
                                     (he's been waiting
                                      all his life)
                             Fascinating...

                   They race out as the ship is HIT again...

                                           KIRK
                             Mr. Chekov, slow down. Take us
                             forward, thrusters only, one
                             quarter impulse power.

                                           CHEKOV
                             Aye, sir; thrusters...

             171   INT. KHITOMER CONFERENCE SITE - DAY                          171

                   APPLAUSE for Azetbur's speech! Donald looks around.
                   Sees THE FACE... nods discreetly... The UFP President
                   applauds... he's vulnerable... the face moves OFF...

                   CinC Starfleet rises to speak, blocking the
                   President...

             172   EXT. SPACE                                                   172
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise moving slowly, alone. Beat. WHAM! Hit
                   again.

             173   INT. ENETERPRISE CORRIDORS OUTSIDE THE LAB                   173

                   Bones and Spock emerge with a bulky HEAT SENSOR and run
                   down the shaking corridors...

                                           BONES
                             Bet you wish you'd stood in bed...

                                           SPOCK
                             Vulcans sleep lying down...

                   For a moment Bones buys it - then, on their backs -

                                           BONES
                             Spock, that was actually funny.

                                           SPOCK
                             We DO sleep lying down.

                   WHAM - they almost fall over.

             174   INT. ENGINEERING, ENTERPRISE                                 174

                   Scotty and his men have obviously felt the impact as
                   well. Some "SHIELD" lights are blinking off.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Captain, she's packing quite a
                             wallop. Shields weakening.

             175   EXT. ENTERPRISE                                              175
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   scarred, trace lines of torpedo visible.

                   WIDEN TO REVEAL

             175   INT. EXCELSIOR BRIDGE                                        175

                   Sulu, et al, watching.

                                           SULU
                             Shields up. Tell them the
                             Cavalry's here.

            175A   A torpedo flashes out of nothing...                         175A
             VFX                                                                VFX
   
             176   INT. BIRD OF PREY                                            176

             176   Chang watches it go by. Sees Excelsior as well               176
             VFX   as Enterprise.                                               VFX

                                           CHANG
                             So.

                   He points to Excelsior, nudges the gunner, who fires.

             177   They see Excelsior's shields take the torpedo HIT.           177
             VFX                                                                VFX

                                           KIRK
                             Hold us steady, Mr. Scott. Ready
                             to fire... Bones...!

                   Reactions from the battered CREW...

             178   OMITTED                                                      178

             179   CLOSE UP                                                     179

                   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
                   ECHOING -

             180   INT. ENTERPRISE TORPEDO BAY                                  180

                   Bones and Spock DESCEND ON THE TORPEDO LIFT WITH A
                   TORPEDO, frantically trying to drill a hole in its nose
                   to accommodate an ATMOSPHERE SENSOR as the whole bay
                   TREMBLES with the hit...

                                           KIRK'S VOICE OVER
                             Bones, where's my torpedo?

                                           BONES
                             Me and my big mouth...

                                           SPOCK
                             Calm yourself, doctor, the
                             operation is almost complete...

                                           BONES
                                     (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.

                                           BONES
                                     (continuing)
                             Pity they're retiring us just as I
                             was starting to understand you,
                             Spock...

                                           SPOCK
                                     (agreeing)
                             We WERE beginning to hit our stride
                             together, doctor...

             181   INT. ENGINE ROOM (FORMERLY ENTERPRISE BRIDGE)                181

                   We can see the SHIELD lights dimming...

                                           SCOTTY
                                     (frantic)
                             Shields collapsing...!

             181   Even as he speaks, the Bird of Prey, fires at                181
             VFX   Enterprise. The photon trajectory is clear                   VFX

             182   EXT. SPACE                                                   182
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   ENTERPRISE TAKES ANOTHER HIT....

             183   INT. ENTERPRISE OFFICERS MESS (?)                            183

                   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
                   WHOOSHING CLOSED!

             184   INT. BIRD OF PREY                                            184

                   Chang smiles; this is more like it...he can see the
                   Enterprise is damaged...

             VFX   OMITTED                                                      VFX

             185   INT. CAMP KHITOMER - DAY                                     185

                   The HANDS assembling the special phaser...

             186   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       186

                                           KIRK
                             Fire!

                   CLOSE UP

                   a hand pushes a button...

             187   CLOSE UP                                                     187

                   another hand on a phaser trigger...

             188   EXT. SPACE                                                   188
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   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                                     189

             189   As Chang watches in FASCINATION, the damn thing              189
             VFX   circles and heads right for them! He realizes...             VFX

                                           CHANG
                             ... "or NOT to be..."

             190   EXT. SPACE                                                   190
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise fires a direct hit, an the Bird of Prey is
                   illuminated in the firelight. She spins around, trying
                   to regain her position, DEBRIS fragmenting...

             191   INT. BRIDGE, USS EXCELSIOR                                   191

                                           SULU
                             Aim for the center of that
                             explosion and FIRE!

             192   EXT. SPACE                                                   192
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   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                                     193

             193   Kirk et al MATERIALIZE and starts running through            193
             VFX   masses of PEOPLE who are too startled to stop them ...       VFX

             194   CU THE TRIGGER FINGER                                        194

                   tightening as...

                   ... KIRK fights his way to the center of the room!

                                           KIRK
                             Mr. President!

                   He flings his body on the President, pushing him out of
                   the way, just as the phaser FIRES...

                   Panic in the room, PEOPLE SCRAMBLING.

                                           ADMIRAL DONALD
                             Arrest those men!

                                           SPOCK
                             Arrest yourself.

                   He stands aside to reveal LT. SAAVIK in handcuffs.

                                           BONES
                             We've got a full confession.

             195   THE ASSASSIN'S NICHE                                         195

                   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
                   blocked by

             196   SULU                                                         196

             196   as he MATERIALIZES, phaser in hand -                         196
             VFX                                                                VFX

                                           SULU
                             Just a minute.

                   The conspirators race in another direction: they are
                   blocked by KERLA... and Bones -

                                           KERLA
                             And you.

             197   PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS MOVE IN...                               197

                   The UFP President stands up, stares with disbelief. So
                   does President Azetbur.

                                           PRESIDENT AZETBUR
                             What's the meaning of this?

                                           KIRK
                             It's about the future, Madam
                             Chancellor. Some people think the
                             future means the end of history.

                   Kirk walks up to the ROMULAN AMBASSADOR, now under
                   guard -

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             But we haven't run out of history
                             just yet.
                                     (remembers)
                             Your father quoted Hamlet: he
                             called the future - "the
                             undiscovered country"...

                                           SPOCK
                             I always assumed Hamlet meant
                             death.

                                           KIRK
                             Gorkon thought the undiscovered
                             country might mean something else -
                             another kin of life. People can
                             be very frightened of change. I
                             know I was.

                   He walks to Saavik.

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             There's an old expression: it takes
                             one to know one.

                   When Saavik looks at Kirk there are tears in her eyes.

                   He turns to Azetbur.

                                           AZETBUR
                             You've restored my father's faith.

                                           KIRK
                             You've restored my son's.

             198   EXT. SPACE                                                   198
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Enterprise, her hull blackened with torpedo scars,
                   idles next to the MUCH LARGER EXCELSIOR.

             199   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       199

                   They're back.

                                           UHURA
                             They might as well arrest me, too;
                             I felt like Lieutenant Saavik.

                                           SPOCK
                                     (pointed)
                             But you didn't join a conspiracy.

                                           BONES
                                     (half for Spock)
                             They don't arrest people for having
                             feelings.

                                           CHEKOV
                             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
                             trustworthy...

                                           SPOCK
                             ... is to trust him.

                   A wintry smile.

                                           SULU'S VOICE
                             Captain Kirk...?

                                           KIRK
                             Kirk here.

             199   SULU APPEARS ON THE SCREEN                                   199
             VFX                                                                VFX

                                           KIRK
                                     (continuing)
                             As much to the crew of the Enterprise,
                             I owe you my thanks, Captain Sulu.

                                           SULU
                             Nice to see you in action one more
                             time, Captain Kirk. Take care.

             200   EXT. SPACE                                                   200
             VFX                                                                VFX

                   Excelsior gets underway with a roar.

             201   INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE                                       201

                   all watch.

             VFX   OMITTED                                                      VFX

                                           BONES
                             By God, that's a big ship.

                                           SCOTTY
                             Not so big as her Captain, I think.

                                           KIRK
                             Time we got underway ourselves,
                             gentlemen.
                                     (stretches)
                             Once again, we've saved civilization
                             as we know it.

                                           BONES
                             And the good news is they're not
                             going to prosecute.

                                           KIRK
                                     (sighs)
                             To be -

                                           SPOCK
                             Or not to be -

                                           BONES
                             That's the question -

                                           CHEKOV
                             Course heading, Captain?

                                           KIRK
                                     (smiles)
                             Second star to the right - and
                             straight on till morning...

             202   EXT. SPACE                                                   202
            VFXA                                                               VFXA

                   The battered Enterprise makes way.

                                           KIRK'S VOICE OVER
                             Captain'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 will we 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.

             202   The signature William Shatner scrawls across                 202
             VFX   the screen, still featuring the moving                       VFX
                   starfield. Then Leonard Nimoy, 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.

                   ROLL END CREDITS

                                           THE END