my VOYAGER spec script, part 2
Here's the conclusion of my VOYAGER spec, as submitted to Trek in 1999. As mentioned in the previous post, the whole script exceeded LJ's appetite, so I've posted it in two chunks. Part one is here. Commentary is forthcoming (probably tonight or tomorrow morning).
ACT FOUR FADE IN: INT - JANEWAY'S READY ROOM Tuvok and Janeway are entering. JANEWAY All right, Tuvok, you've got me. What is it? Janeway sits behind her desk. TUVOK I am not sure. (beat) An anomaly. Perhaps nothing. But... it troubles me. Janeway raises an eyebrow as he passes her a PADD. JANEWAY Must be one hell of an -- (beat; hushed) You've verified these? TUVOK Lieutenant Torres has run several diagnostics. We find no evidence of a malfunction. JANEWAY That's impossible. (beat) We can't be burning this much on replicators. Unless half the crew decided to blow their replicator rations over the past two days. TUVOK That is the most logical explanation. JANEWAY There's nothing logical about it. (beat) All right; assume that my sarcastic hypothesis is correct. Why? TUVOK I do not know. JANEWAY (beat) But you have a suggestion, and I'm not going to like it. Just spill it. TUVOK We should decrypt the replicator logs. JANEWAY I was right. I don't like it. TUVOK I know the step is unusual. JANEWAY It's an extreme invasion of the crew's privacy. Doesn't that concern you? TUVOK In light of recent events, this anomaly concerns me. Particularly the discrepancy between energy consumed and mass created. JANEWAY Power cells are used in a lot of things, Tuvok. Scanners, peephole holos -- TUVOK -- handheld phasers. (beat) I know you do not wish to consider it. But Chakotay's services are creating tension on the ship. We should be prepared for every eventuality. JANEWAY (beat) Have you examined personal energy consumption? TUVOK I do not have the required clearance. JANEWAY I do. She presses buttons on a PADD. Reads, hands it to Tuvok. JANEWAY Look at that. (hands PADD over) The correlation between above-normal energy use, and the crew who signed Chakotay's petition. TUVOK I see no correlation. JANEWAY (mildly) Curious, isn't it? Tuvok gets it. TUVOK That does cast doubt on my doomsday scenario. Tuvok hands back the PADD. JANEWAY Keep your eyes open. Exit Tuvok. Janeway picks up the PADD and studies it. Frowns. INT - TURBOLIFT / GENERIC CORRIDOR Janeway is in the lift. Chakotay, in civvies, enters. CHAKOTAY Deck seven. The lift is underway. Janeway checks out Chakotay's threads. JANEWAY Commander. CHAKOTAY Captain. JANEWAY Ensign Egolf's party? CHAKOTAY Seven told me. JANEWAY I've never been comfortable at subordinates' private parties. Benefits of a Starfleet education. (beat) How are the services? CHAKOTAY The holodeck's working out fine. JANEWAY And just think -- some cynics thought you were trying to use it as a bargaining chip. Rubbing my nose in what you consider a bad decision. CHAKOTAY Tuvok? JANEWAY Tuvok. CHAKOTAY Tuvok. JANEWAY Incidentally, we’ll be making some repairs to the holodeck. CHAKOTAY You don’t say? JANEWAY They’re long overdue. And it’ll only be a few days. CHAKOTAY And where do we go? A broom closet? Maybe next to a turbolift shaft? The background noise would be soothing -- JANEWAY I was thinking Hydroponics. (beat) It’s peaceful. Spacious. Green. And in the evening, it is unused. Who knows? You might want to move there permanently. Just to dispel those nasty rumors. The elevator halts. Doors open. Chakotay knows he's been outplayed. CHAKOTAY I can't slip anything past you, can I? JANEWAY Nope. CHAKOTAY Just checking. Exit Chakotay. JANEWAY (after him) Nice civvies. The door closes and she's gone. INT - EGOLF'S QUARTERS ENSIGN LEVESQUE, seated at a table, is making out with a STARFLEET CUTIE. Each of them has a hand on their own hallucinatron. Harry Kim watches them with some puzzlement. Tom leans over Harry's shoulder, whispers in his ear. TOM It's a fad. He walks off, Harry follows. As we go with them through the party, we see people chatting, laughing -- and sitting around in small groups, their hands on hallucinatrons. Yes, that's plural. Now we understand why the replicator usage was so increased: the little devices have been reproducing like tribbles on Spanish Fly. HARRY You really think so? TOM Whatever that little box can do, a holodeck can do better. We get back to the Alpha Quadrant, those things are gone. (about to exit) This isn't my scene. You? Harry spies Seven of Nine entering the party. HARRY I think I'll stick around. SEVEN OF NINE walks around the party, examining the various and sundry people tripping out. Harry approaches, holding a newly-acquired plate of mini-cheesecakes, offers her one, which she takes and examines. HARRY I haven't seen you around. Have you been busy? SEVEN I have been occupied with a new experiment. HARRY (re: party) Pretty wild, huh? Look at Arthur. Who'd've thought he'd go in for hallucinations? SEVEN He was once addicted to the Jewels of Sound. HARRY Where'd you get that? SEVEN His personnel file. HARRY Seven, those are restricted. SEVEN You said yourself, I lack the human perspective. What I cannot understand, I must interpret from the actions of others. Harry's starting to understand now, and he's getting more creeped out by the second. HARRY Your experiment? You're using Arthur as a lab rat?! SEVEN Ensign Levesque is not the subject of my experiment. HARRY Then who -- Seven points OS. Harry’s gaze follows. Chakotay has just entered the party. BACK TO HARRY, who looks at Seven, aghast. Seven picks up a mini-cheesecake from the plate and has a nibble. SEVEN His reaction will be greatly informative. HARRY (horrified) Jesus Christ! SEVEN (blankly) Who? HARRY runs off, plate in hand. Dodging through the party, he intercepts Chakotay just inside the door. CHAKOTAY Harry. How's it going? HARRY Fine. Great. Couldn't be better. Cheesecake? Chakotay takes one. CHAKOTAY That's what I came for. Harry hands him the plate. HARRY Well, here you go. Thanks for stopping by. CHAKOTAY What? HARRY Well, I mean, one party, you've seen them all, right? CHAKOTAY Harry, I -- HARRY I need to talk to you. CHAKOTAY Can it wait? HARRY No. Now. Trust me. Let's go. He grips Chakotay by the arm and tries to guide him out. But as they turn around, Chakotay collides with Janis Montgomery, who's passing. The plate of cheesecakes falls to the floor -- and Janis drops her hallucinatron. Chakotay bends down to get it. CHAKOTAY Ensign Montgomery. You dropped your -- And he sees what it is. Shocked, he looks up at Janis, then at Harry. Then he turns and looks around the party, which continues unabated. For the first time, Chakotay sees all the people tripping. Treating a part of his relationship with his gods as a party toy. His face slides into total horror. INT - TUVOK'S QUARTERS Lights are dimmed. Tuvok, clad in a robe, sits on his couch drinking a cup of tea. The doorbell chimes. TUVOK Enter. The door slides open, revealing Chakotay. TUVOK Commander? Chakotay opens his hand. Electronic bits, the pieces of what was once a hallucinatron, spill to the floor. Chakotay is deeply anguished, using all his will to keep self-control. CHAKOTAY (it hurts) It was at their party, Tuvok. They were using it as a toy. (beat) -- for the gods -- from my father -- and they used it *as a toy --* Understand: *this is desecration.* INT - JANEWAY'S QUARTERS ANGLE: CLOSE ON the bits of hallucinatron, now in a little pile on a table. Janeway picks through them, studying. JANEWAY I think we've just explained our spike in energy consumption. WIDER ANGLE reveals Chakotay and Janeway (in her dressing gown) seated at a table. Tuvok stands just off to the side. CHAKOTAY That's nice. A mystery's explained. I'm very pleased. What do we do about it? TUVOK From here, it is trivial. A pattern search of the replicator logs will yield the necessary information. CHAKOTAY Like who made the first copy. (beat) I thought those logs were encrypted. Tuvok looks at Janeway. Chakotay's gaze follows his. Janeway continues to pick through the bits of hallucinatron. JANEWAY Invade the crew's privacy -- again? (beat) You're developing a real taste for that, Tuvok. I don't like it. CHAKOTAY It doesn't matter if you like it. (beat) Captain, I understand your reservation. Ordinarily, I’d share it. But somebody copied this without my permission. And that is theft. JANEWAY "That" is a Wah Chang series neural stimulator. CHAKOTAY ...what? JANEWAY It’s a medical diagnostic tool. Classic. Sixty years ago, it was Starfleet issue. (beat) Any design alterations are cosmetic, at best. CHAKOTAY What are you saying? JANEWAY I'm saying that this technology is in the public domain. TUVOK Captain, I urge you to reconsider. If this goes on -- JANEWAY I'm not going to punish my crew for a crime that hasn't been committed! (beat) But I cannot let the situation stand as it is. So: I will put out a request that all existing copies be reclaimed immediately. CHAKOTAY A request? Captain, all due respect -- that's not enough. JANEWAY This is a Federation crew. They'll realize their error if you give them a chance. CHAKOTAY They had their chance! JANEWAY And they'll have another! I'm sorry you're hurt, Chakotay. I am. But you'll just have to deal with it. Chakotay gets up. CHAKOTAY I will. (beat) And I'm afraid you will, too. Exit Chakotay. Janeway shakes her head, begins to clear away the tea. ANGLE ON TUVOK shows he is disturbed, as we FADE OUT. END ACT FOUR.
ACT FIVE FADE IN: INT - CHAKOTAY'S QUARTERS Chakotay is at a communications panel. BLEEP as the comm is picked up. ONSCREEN, Belanna leans into the comm lens. The room she's in is too dark to see much more than her dimly-lit face. BELANNA Chakotay? CHAKOTAY Is this a bad time? BELANNA Nah. Men fall asleep, women wake up. Ten minutes ago -- that would have been a bad time. (then) Why are you calling on this thing? CHAKOTAY Where's your communicator? BELANNA (hasn't a clue) Um, I think it's over -- yeah, good point. (beat) You all right? CHAKOTAY How well do you know the replicator system? BELANNA Tuvok kept me up half last night running diagnostics on it. Which is not how I care to lose my sleep, thank you -- hey, do you know what was going on with that? CHAKOTAY I need you to decrypt the replicator logs. Pause. BELANNA (beat; puzzled) I'd say "pull the other one," but Tom already did that. CHAKOTAY Can you do it? BELANNA Maybe I could get past the preliminary safeguards. More than that -- (beat; she shakes her head) CHAKOTAY Dammit! (beat) I'm sorry. I've had a bitch of a day. BELANNA (beat) Want to talk about it? CHAKOTAY (shakes head) I need to handle this myself. I know that sounds like my ego -- BELANNA Some things are important that way. (beat) You want to talk, call me. Any time. Whatever I'm doing, I'll stop. CHAKOTAY Even if I'd called ten minutes ago? Belanna smiles. They are old, old friends. BELANNA For you? Yeah. Chakotay smiles. He closes the com channel as the DOOR OPENS. Enter Tuvok. CHAKOTAY You could have rung. TUVOK Your doorbell was deactivated. CHAKOTAY You could have knocked. TUVOK We need to talk. CHAKOTAY What about? (beat) Oh. I know. Let’s talk about how the Captain can stomach invasion of privacy to uphold Federation atheism, but not to investigate Federation theft. Somebody thought he was stealing from me, but he legally wasn't, so he’s morally in the clear? Where’s the *logic* in that? TUVOK I did not come here to debate you. CHAKOTAY Don’t you even tell me it’s to say you’re sorry. TUVOK I need your help. (off his look) We have a common interest. CHAKOTAY Somehow I find that extremely unlikely. TUVOK We can still defuse this situation. CHAKOTAY I think you're underestimating my people. TUVOK As you have underestimated mine? Pause. Tuvok has Chakotay's attention. TUVOK Perhaps obtaining the design was secondary. And stealing it from you was of greater import. What if someone wants to cause this dissent? CHAKOTAY You're trying to push my buttons, aren't you? TUVOK Is it working? CHAKOTAY You need me. Whatever you have in mind, you can't do it yourself. You have to use me and you don't want to because you still think I was wrong. (beat) Is that what's going on in that Vulcan skull of yours? Tuvok gives Chakotay a long, cold look. TUVOK We wish the same end. Do you really care why? Chakotay thinks about it. Really thinks. CHAKOTAY (beat) No. (beat) What do you have in mind? INT - SICKBAY DOCTOR You want me to what? WIDER ANGLE reveals that Chakotay is alone with the Doctor. CHAKOTAY It's been done before. Ever look up the Enterprise-D? Butt of a thousand Maquis jokes? Their holodeck turned on them every week? DOCTOR Of course I can do it. That's not the point. The Doctor moves away, resumes his work. CHAKOTAY Then what is? DOCTOR Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should. CHAKOTAY There's someone on this ship who needs to hear that more than I do. DOCTOR (meaning Tuvok) Don't I know it. CHAKOTAY Forget Tuvok for a minute. Listen to me. They could have copied the old Federation design. They didn't. Somebody wanted to hurt me. DOCTOR I hardly think -- CHAKOTAY Maybe it wasn’t me. My classes were growing. Maybe that frightened someone -- The Doctor is suddenly very concerned. DOCTOR Is there talk of violence? CHAKOTAY Now you sound like Tuvok. (beat) That's all he thinks about. If you give this time, it could blow up. People might, gods forbid, argue about something. But that's not my problem! (beat) All I know is that someone took something that means everything to me and used it as a toy. And that is wrong. (beat, intense) Doctor, please... help me. INT - CORRIDOR/SICKBAY Chakotay exits from sickbay and blows by Tuvok, who is waiting in the hall. Tuvok follows. TUVOK Did he cooperate? CHAKOTAY Yep. TUVOK What is our destination? CHAKOTAY I'll handle it, Tuvok. Tuvok nods. Moves to accompany Chakotay down the hall. Chakotay puts a hand on Tuvok's shoulder, stops him. CHAKOTAY (gently, but with feeling) I said, I'll handle it. Chakotay steps away. Tuvok turns around, encounters the Doctor, who's now wearing his mobile emitter. DOCTOR You did well coaching him. TUVOK How -- DOCTOR Decrypting replicator logs, accessing internal sensors, sniffing out snooping Vulcans... it’s all information, Tuvok. TUVOK Logical. DOCTOR And potentially extremely entertaining. For me. Though if I were you, I'd keep my sonic shower on "low" for the next week. TUVOK I will bear that in mind. Tuvok turns to exit. DOCTOR Do you know the amusing part? Not that you'd appreciate it, of course. (off Tuvok's look) I didn't decrypt the logs because I thought Chakotay was right. I did it because I thought you were. INT - TURBOLIFT / GENERIC CORRIDOR The turbolift door opens, revealing Levesque. A long, cold stare later, Chakotay gets in. CHAKOTAY Deck [X]. The lift is underway. Levesque looks up at Chakotay, who does not look back at him. Levesque is beneath his notice. The silence is tremendously uncomfortable. LEVESQUE I'm sorry. (beat) About the captain. Finding out. She wouldn't have, if Harry and I hadn't -- (beat) I'm sorry. CHAKOTAY Is that all you're sorry for? Levesque is cowed. The turbolift doors open. Chakotay exits. Levesque holds a moment, then follows him. CHAKOTAY I have somewhere to go. I think you know that. LEVESQUE I only made a few copies. I didn't think you'd be so upset. Pause. CHAKOTAY You didn't think -- He advances on Levesque now, his bulk imposing. LEVESQUE No. I swear I didn't -- CHAKOTAY And what exactly were you thinking? LEVESQUE I don't know. I just -- CHAKOTAY You just. You just what? LEVESQUE I didn't know why you'd mind! Chakotay pulls back. LEVESQUE You're Maquis. CHAKOTAY Prick us. We bleed. LEVESQUE But I thought -- all that individual freedom stuff -- CHAKOTAY Freedom means being responsible, Levesque. You have a right to swing your fist, but you can't swing it if you'll hurt people! LEVESQUE Like you hurt me? (beat) Like my family on Ezekiel who looked down on me because I wanted to go join the godless Starfleet who'd gotten us to that rock in the first place? Like they hurt me? You think what we did was like that? CHAKOTAY It's not the same. LEVESQUE Yeah. We had a little tact. (beat) Never mind. I hurt you, and I'm sorry, and that's all I'm gonna say. (beat) Go do what you think is right. Exit Levesque -- and CLOSE ON CHAKOTAY, suddenly drained of his righteous anger -- INT - SEVEN'S CARGO BAY Seven is regenerating in her alcove. THE DOOR OPENS, revealing Chakotay. He enters. He walks in and stands in front of Seven. Gazes at her a moment. Her eyes are closed. Chakotay turns his head away from Seven, and sees -- A HALLUCINATRON. On her workstation. CHAKOTAY strides across the room to the table. He picks up the hallucinatron, then walks back to the alcove. He looks down at the hallucinatron, then up at Seven. Her eyes are open. She is looking back. Chakotay holds the device up, makes sure he has her attention -- and then he returns to the workstation and puts it back. When he has done so, he turns and walks out of the room without a word. Seven, not understanding, looks after him. INT - CHAKOTAY'S QUARTERS The room is dark. Chakotay leans against a telecom monitor. Janeway appears onscreen, rubbing sleep from her eyes. JANEWAY Chakotay, it's late. (beat) We've had a strong response. A number of people have returned their devices and issued apologies. There's -- CHAKOTAY Cancel the order. JANEWAY What? CHAKOTAY Captain, please... just cancel it. He pushes a button and Janeway blinks off. Chakotay sags against a wall for a moment... then gets up and moves away as we go to INT - HYDROPONICS Green. A rich, comfortable green. There is plenty of space here. ON CHAKOTAY, drinking it all in. It'll do. HARRY (OS) Hi. Chakotay turns, sees Harry. HARRY Computer said you were here. (beat) Is this okay? CHAKOTAY Sure. HARRY This is all my -- CHAKOTAY I'm not angry with you, Harry. HARRY I was wrong. CHAKOTAY No. I was. HARRY I don't understand. CHAKOTAY Maybe we don't have to. (beat) Not every story comes with a moral. Pause. HARRY Did I tell you that I discovered the secret of life? CHAKOTAY No. HARRY Wanna hear it? CHAKOTAY Yeah. I really do. HARRY Okay. (beat) On any given issue, there'll be two kinds of people. The people who care one way or another, and the ones who don't. CHAKOTAY So? HARRY So while the people who really care spend all their time fighting about it, everyone else gets on with their lives. Chakotay's jaw drops. CHAKOTAY Harry, you're a cynic! HARRY ("duh") I'm an ensign. What did you expect? Exit Harry Kim. Chakotay stands for a moment, thinking about Harry's statement. He chuckles, then begins to laugh at himself -- and suddenly, the laughs turn to sobs. He sinks to the floor, and sits there, crying. EXT - SPACE And Voyager continues on its way. FADE OUT. END ACT FIVE. THE END.