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Rejected sequel to YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE 5 of 6
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Subject: The Once and Future Starship - Scene 4
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Date: 11 Aug 91 17:45:20 GMT
Organization: AT&T Bell Labs
STAR TREK: "The Once and Future Starship" 8/9/91 - SCENE 4 1.
EXT. SPACE - THE TWO ENTERPRISES (OPTICAL)
The two Enterprises continue to orbit the planet as we begin
the voice over.
Captain's Log, Stardate 44636.7. I have
convened an Inquiry Panel to hear the facts
in the case of Star Fleet versus the crew
of the Enterprise-C.
INT. BRIEFING LOUNGE (OPTICAL)
Picard, Data, Riker, Troi and Crusher sit behind a table at the
head of a small briefing lounge. Castille and Yar sit behind
another table facing them. Other members of the Enterprise-C
crew sit behind Castille and Yar, including their daughter. It
looks very much like a 24th Century courtroom.
My senior staff has assembled to hear the
formal reading of the charges and to judge
the defense offered by the accused.
Everyone is talking, Picard raises his hand and his voice.
Computer, begin recording.
Computer beeps can be heard as it becomes active.
This Panel of Inquiry will now come to
order. Commander Riker will now read the
Acting Captain Castille and Acting First
Officer Yar along with the remaining crew
of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-C are
formally charged with failing to report
their ship's status to the proper
authority. They are also charged with
being absent without leave, appropriating
Federation property, the aforementioned USS
Enterprise, and with willful and
How do you plead?
Castille and Yar stand, there is utter silence.
The place goes wild, the crew all start to speak at once,
shocked at what Castille has said.
Order! There will be order, or I will have
the . . . prisoners removed.
Silence again reigns. Castille and Yar sit.
That's better. Now, Mr. Castille, are you
authorized to speak for these people?
I am, Sir, and I repeat our plead of
We will, however, present a case for
extenuating circumstances that we believe
will take precedence over the charges being
levied against us.
What extenuating circumstances?
All in good time, Commander, we need to
establish a few facts first. May we
By all means, proceed.
Thank you, Sir.
Yar stands and moves around her table to stand in front of the
Inquiry Panel Members. She paces back and forth in front of
them while she speaks.
First, does this panel concede that we had
a brief encounter with the future, that I
was in fact part of an alternate future and
traveled back in time to twenty-three years
DNA tests of your body are an exact match
for our records on Tasha Yar. You show
aging consistent with the exact amount of
time you claim to have spent in this
timeline, there seems no other logical
Conceded. Somehow the Enterprise-C
traveled to an alternate version of this
universe and brought you back to twenty-
three years ago.
Yes, an alternate timeline, but not unlike
this one. You were all there, except Troi
and Worf. The technology was the same,
much of your history was the same, except
the Battle at Norendra III and the war that
broke out soon afterward.
This is old ground, Tasha, what's your
Just this. I had specific knowledge of
events that had not yet happened in the
time I traveled to, and knowledge of the
technology of the future. The others in
the crew were also exposed to that
technology. We have records that show I
used the Picard Maneuver to help us win the
Battle of Norendra III, for example.
Yes, we understand that, but that doesn't
excuse mutiny. I still haven't heard any
extenuating circumstances, unusual maybe,
but not extenuating.
All in good time, Commander Riker.
Castille stands as he delivers his line. Tasha returns to her
seat and he takes up a position in front of the Inquiry Panel
Now, our second point. How would you
describe the Federation of twenty-three
In what respect, Mr. Castille? There are
many ways to characterize that era of
With respect to technology say?
Mr. Data, you have access to the records of
the period in questions, how would you
describe it in relation to say, today's
Many advances have been made since that
time. I would say that the Federation of
that time had clearly inferior technology.
Clearly inferior technology.
Wouldn't you also say that they were
inferior in terms of social and political
I am not an expert in those areas, but,
yes, I think that the Federation as a whole
was still immature, compared to today's
But you're not an expert. What do you say
Many races of the Federation at that time
were very mature in their thinking, but
some, especially humans, were still
somewhat immature, and perhaps still are in
Enough of this cross examination, Castille,
you are the ones being investigated here.
Please make your point.
Of course, Captain. My point is this, the
Federation of twenty-three years ago was
technologically and socially inferior to
the Federation of this era.
Agreed, but I still don't see how this all
ties in to this case.
Bare with us, Commander, we have just one
more point to make and it should all become
Castille returns to his seat.
Tasha stands and leans on the table in front of her.
Our final point has to do with the
precedence of regulations. There is an
implied precedence in all our regulations,
that's why we have numbered General Orders,
for example. If we had to break General
Order 12 to, say, uphold General Order 4,
we would do it and Star Fleet would have to
back us up on that. Is that true, Captain
I would agree to that, in theory.
Tasha moves out in front of her table again to pace in front of
the panel members.
In theory, then, what is the highest ranked
General Order, The only one we all swear to
uphold, even if it means our own lives, the
lives of our shipmates and the loss of our
A light goes on over Riker's head as he realizes what they are
trying to accomplish with their line of reasoning.
The Prime Directive!
Exactly, Commander. The Prime Directive
takes precedence over all General Orders,
all regulations, even over our lives.
What does the Prime Directive tell us?
There is to be no interference with
cultures that are technologically and
socially inferior to our own. No mention
of any advanced technology or more evolved
So you see, Captain, Commander, we were
simply upholding the Prime Directive, the
highest regulation of all, by not revealing
the secrets of this time to a
technologically and socially inferior
culture, the Federation of twenty-three
Let me get this straight. Your invoking a
Federation directive on the Federation
It's an interesting notion, but I don't
ever recall it ever having happened before.
The Prime Directive has never before been
invoked on the Federation itself, Captain.
At least not our Prime Directive. Yet, I
do believe it is a reasonable
Picard tugs at his uniform and gives Riker a look. They
silently confer on the topic and Picard makes up his mind.
Castille stands and joins Tasha in front of their table.
I concur, Mr. Data. I do believe that
these people made proper use of the Prime
Directive as it applied to the Federation
of that time.
Let the record show that this Inquiry Panel
finds for the defendants and acknowledges
their use of the Prime Directive as a
The crowd goes wild, Yar and Castille hug each other. Rachel
can be seen in the background looking smug and unmoved by the
decree. When they calm down a bit, Picard speaks again.
A copy of this hearing with attachments
will be forwarded to Star Fleet Command
with a recommendation that all charges be
dropped against the crew of the Enterprise-
C. In the meantime, we will extend ship's
privileges to that crew and their families,
you are all now our guests until we hear
back from Headquarters.
Riker stands and moves over to Yar and Castille. He confronts
I hope you'll forgive the hard time I just
gave you two.
Of course, Commander, I know it's the job
of the First Officer to play Devil's
Thanks, and congratulations, that was some
story you put together.
Riker and Yar embrace, Castille smiles. The other members of
the panel break up and move amongst the crew members offering
their congratulations. Rachel makes her way through the crowd
So you're the android?
That is correct, and you must be Tasha's
daughter, Rachel. The likeness to your
mother at your age is uncanny.
Yes, well I'll take that as a compliment.
You did quite a good job up there. You
helped my parents get off.
I was merely answering their questions to
the best of my abilities.
(a beat, then in hushed tone)
Listen, Data, I have a few questions. Is
there somewhere where we can speak . . .
Data motions toward the door of the room and they exit.
INT. DATA'S QUARTERS
Data and Rachel are now in Data's Quarters. The lights are
bright, there is an unfinished painting in the background under
a cover. Rachel examines the contents of the room.
Nice room, Data, but how come there's no
I do not require sleep.
That's not the only thing you can use a bed
for you know.
Ah, I see. Did you come here to seduce me,
Rachel closes in on Data and strokes his chest with an alluring
smile on her face.
Perhaps, but would it be worth my while?
Just how humanoid are you, Data?
I am fully functional, Rachel, but I do not
think that seducing me would be to your
It's just as well, Data, that's not what I
came here for anyway. I need to ask you
some questions. You see, I plan to stay
here and go back to the Federation.
You are of legal age, Rachel, and a de
facto citizen of the Federation since you
were born on a starship. If you wish, we
can transport you to the nearest starbase.
From there you can arrange for transport to
any Federation world.
Earth! I want to go to Earth. My father
was born there you know.
That is a very real possibility.
Rachel turns away suddenly. She is upset
Oh, but it can't be that easy. My mother
won't let me go! You don't know her, Data,
she is an evil woman.
Perhaps I do not know your mother, but the
Tasha Yar I knew died at the hands of pure
evil. I cannot believe that your mother is
malicious. She would never want to hurt
her only daughter.
Maybe you're right, Data.
Would you speak to her for me?
I believe it is you who should speak with
I can't, we haven't really spoken in
Might I suggest that you and your mother
seek the aide of Counselor Troi. She is
skilled in resolving conflict.
Do you think it would help?
I believe it might, Rachel. I shall
suggest it to your mother as well.
Rachel smiles and throws her arms around Data. Data hesitates
then returns the hug.
INT. ENTERPRISE MAIN BRIDGE (OPTICAL)
Picard and Riker are seated at center stage, Worf is at his
post. Data is at OPS and an extra is at the Helm station.
Establishing shot, then close up on Worf as a message comes in.
Captain, I have a sub-space message coming
in from Star Fleet Command.
It's in real-time, Sir. They are relaying
via a sub-space repeater aboard the
Must be important for them to move the
Potemkin into place between them and us.
Agreed. I'll take it in my ready room.
Number One, with me.
Riker and Picard exit to the Ready Room.
INT. READY ROOM
Riker and Picard enter, they take seats in front of Picard's
terminal. He activates it and we see the same admiral as
before, Admiral Colltear.
Yes, Admiral Colltear.
We have received your transmission of the
Inquiry Panel and reviewed your findings.
Star Fleet has rejected the use of the
Prime Directive as a defense in this case.
Picard and Riker exchange a shocked glance.
Surely, Admiral, Star Fleet must realize
the applicability of the Prime Directive
here. It is an unusual case, but I believe
the defense has merit.
Yes, Captain, as I said, I have reviewed
Listen, Picard, I sent a starship two
sectors across space at maximum warp so
that I could tell you this face to face.
Star Fleet's hands are tied on this one.
Orders come straight from the Federation
Council. They want to make an example of
this case. They feel it will send a strong
message through the ranks. After all, we
can't have starship crews deciding to
disappear with their ships everyday.
I'll do what I can for them, Picard, but at
this point . . .
Another figure appears behind the Admiral on screen, the
Admiral turns to acknowledge the person, apparently he is the
Admiral's aide. Picard and Riker listen with interest, then
try to break in.
Admiral, what is going on? What has
I can't talk right now, Picard. I have
just been informed of a priority message
coming in regarding this case . . . from
the Klingon High Command!
I'll contact you when I know more.
The screen goes blank, the camera closes on Picard's face.
END OF SCENE 4
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