PIPER: Welcome to Starbase Eleven, Captain. The
Commodore's waiting to see you. He's curious why you suddenly changed
course and came here.
KIRK: We received a subspace message asking us to divert here
PIPER: This base sent no message, Captain.
MENDEZ: Oh, Jim, I just can't understand this.
KIRK: Mister Spock received a starbase transmission, a message from the
former commander of the Enterprise, Fleet Captain Pike, urgently
requesting that we divert here.
KIRK: If my first officer states he received a transmission from
MENDEZ: Jim, I'm not doubting anyone's word. I'm simply telling you
MENDEZ: You don't know? You actually don't know what's happened to
Captain Pike? There's been subspace chatter about it for months.
I'm sorry to have to be the one to show you. He's upstairs in the
[Intensive Care Area]
MENDEZ: You ever met Chris Pike?
KIRK: When he was promoted to Fleet Captain.
MENDEZ: About your age. Big, handsome man, vital, active.
KIRK: I took over the Enterprise from him. Spock served with him for
SPOCK: Eleven years, four months, five days.
MCCOY: What's his problem, Commodore?
MENDEZ: Inspection tour of a cadet vessel. Old Class J starship. One of
the baffle plates ruptured.
MCCOY: The delta rays?
MENDEZ: He went in bringing out all those kids that were still alive.
Just wanted you gentlemen to be prepared.
MENDEZ: Captain Pike. (a scarred head and shoulders
sticking out of wheelchair device) Captain, you remember these
gentlemen. They wanted to visit you. Two flashes mean no. I thought you
might make an exception for them. (flash, flash) I'm sorry, gentlemen.
KIRK: Chris, if there's anything I can do for you. (flash, flash)
SPOCK: Captain Pike, may I remain for a moment? (flash, the others
leave) You know why I've come, Captain. It's only six days away at
maximum warp and I have it well-planned. (flash, flash) I have never
disobeyed your orders before, Captain, but this time I must. (flash,
I know. I know it is treachery and it's mutiny. but I must do this.
(flash, flash) I have no choice. (flash, flash)
KIRK: Once more, Jose. Spock stated he received a
message for us to come here. He entered same in his log. That's all the
proof I require.
MENDEZ: And what do those record tapes show? No message sent from here.
No message received by your vessel.
KIRK: Then I suggest the record tapes have been deliberately changed. A
computer expert can change record tapes, duplicate voices, say
anything, say nothing.
MENDEZ: The fact remains that your first officer's former captain is
hospitalised, horribly injured, at this base, and that same first
officer seems to be the only one who heard that message.
KIRK: If he had wanted to see Captain Pike he could have requested a
leave. I would have granted it.
MENDEZ: Well, that's true of course.
KIRK: Who would want to divert us here? There's no trouble in the space
sector we're patrolling now. No alien problems.
MENDEZ: Computer Centre.
[Starbase Computer Centre]
HUMBOLDT: Chief Humboldt here, sir.
MENDEZ [OC]: Have you rechecked all the record tapes on the date in
HUMBOLDT: Yes, sir.
MENDEZ [OC]: Is there any way at all a message could have been sent
from here without us knowing it?
HUMBOLDT: Negative, Commodore. We've checked and double-checked
MENDEZ [OC]: All right. Start checking the impossible. Mendez out.
(Spock creeps up behind Humboldt and neck-pinches him, then does
something to the innards of a computer bank)
MENDEZ: Oh, have I introduced Miss Piper, Jim? This
is Captain Kirk, Miss Piper.
PIPER: I recognized the Captain immediately. A mutual friend described
you, sir. Lieutenant Helen Johansson.
KIRK: Helen described
PIPER: She merely mentioned she knew you, sir.
MENDEZ: You have something to report, Miss Piper?
PIPER: Oh, yes, sir. I'm afraid our investigation turned up very
little, Commodore. There is, of course, Mister Spock's years of service
with Captain Pike. Indications of his extreme loyalty to this former
KIRK: Miss Piper, a Vulcan can no sooner be disloyal than he can exist
without breathing. That goes for his present commander as well as his
PIPER: We're forced to consider every possibility, sir. We can be
certain Captain Pike cannot have sent a message. In his condition he's
under observation every minute of every day.
MENDEZ: And totally unable to move, Jim. His wheel chair is constructed
to respond to his brain waves. Oh, he can turn it, move it forwards, or
PIPER: With the flashing light, he can say yes or no.
MENDEZ: But that's it, Jim. That's as much as that poor devil can do.
His mind is as active as yours and mine, but it's trapped inside a
useless vegetating body. He's kept alive mechanically, a battery-driven
KIRK: There's no way he could even have asked for that message to be
[Starbase Computer Centre]
VOICE [OC]: (slow) Starbase Operations. (fast)
Starbase Operations. (Spock adjusts it to sound normal) Starbase
Operations. Starbase Operations, Enterprise. Standby to receive new
UHURA: Starbase Operation, Mister Hansen.
VOICE [OC]: Starbase Operations to Enterprise. Standby to receive new
orders. They're to be fed directly into the ship's computers. This is
top secret and scrambled.
HANSEN: Enterprise standing by. Request confirmation.
UHURA: Enterprise to Starbase. Request confirmation.
[Starbase Computer Centre]
CHIEF: Sir, this is a security area. What are you
SPOCK: I have security clearance, Chief.
CHIEF: Who gave you clearance? I haven't been notified. You're
cross-circuiting the. (struggle) Whose tapes are these?
UHURA [OC]: Repeat, Enterprise to Starbase. Orders received. We need
operating confirmation from the ship's Captain. (Spock pinches the
UHURA: Come in, Starbase. Come in, Captain Kirk.
[Starbase Computer Centre]
(Spock inserts data chip)
KIRK [OC]: This is Captain Kirk. You have confirmation, Miss Uhura.
HANSEN: Hansen here, Captain.
[Starbase Computer Centre]
HANSEN [OC]: Our destination has been scramble-fed
into ship's computers. Er, how can I handle the helm if I don't know
where we're going?
KIRK [OC]: (another chip) Mister Spock is with me here. He'll answer
all questions. Kirk out.
SPOCK: This is Mister Spock.
SPOCK [OC]: The ship's computers will handle the
helm on this voyage, Mister Hansen. Course will be computed and set
[Starbase Computer Centre]
SPOCK: You will not discuss this with ship's crew
or starbase personnel. Do you read?
HANSEN: Acknowledged, sir.
[Starbase Computer Centre]
SPOCK: Stand by. We'll warp out of orbit in one
KIRK: (watching Pike on monitor) He keeps blinking
no. No to what?
MCCOY: They've tried questioning him. He's almost agitated himself into
KIRK: How long will he live?
MCCOY: As long as any of us. Blast medicine anyway. We've learned to
tie into every human organ in the body except one. The brain. The brain
is what life is all about. Now, that man can think any thought that we
can, and love, hope, dream as much as we can, but he can't reach out,
and no one can reach in.
KIRK: He keeps blinking no.
MCCOY: No to what? They could question him for days, weeks, before they
stumble on the right thing.
KIRK: Bones, could this have anything to do with Spock?
MCCOY: I don't read you at all, Jim.
KIRK: What I mean is either a message was received. It was one of two
things. Either someone sent a message diverting us here, or someone on
board the ship lied about receiving it. Could that someone be Mister
MCCOY: Jim, forgetting how well we both know Spock, the simple fact
that he's a Vulcan means he's incapable of telling a lie.
KIRK: He's also half human.
MCCOY: And that half is completely submerged. To be caught acting like
us or even thinking like us would completely embarrass him.
KIRK: Someone's interfering with my command and my ship. I don't know
who it is, but I mean to find out. Even you. If I thought you had the
technical know-how I'd suspect you, but you don't. Spock does.
MCCOY: He would not make a false entry.
KIRK: There's a false entry in the log right now which doesn't jibe
with the established facts. How do you explain that.
MCCOY: I can't, but to question Spock of all people? Me, yes. I could
run off half-cocked given a good reason. So could you, but not Spock.
VOICE [OC]: Doctor McCoy, report to Transporter Control. Doctor McCoy
to Transporter Control.
MCCOY: McCoy here.
VOICE [OC]: You're needed aboard the Enterprise, Doctor. Medical
MCCOY: Well, what is it? Sickness? Injury? How bad is it?
VOICE [OC]: That's all we have on it, Doctor. Just needed aboard.
MCCOY: Probably somebody discovered a hangnail. I'll beam up and let
you know, Jim.
KIRK: (reading) For eyes of Starfleet Command only.
MENDEZ: Oh, I'm certifying I ordered you to read it. Know anything at
all about this planet?
KIRK: What every ship Captain knows. General Order 7, no vessel under
any condition, emergency or otherwise, is to visit Talos Four.
MENDEZ: And to do so is the only death penalty left on our books. Only
Fleet Command knows why. Not even this file explains that. (unlocks the
magnetic strip) But it does name the only Earth ship that ever visited
KIRK: The Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike.
MENDEZ: With a half Vulcan science officer named Spock.
PIPER: Commodore! Captain Pike, he's gone!
MENDEZ: Mendez here. What is it?
VOICE [OC]: Starship Enterprise, Commodore. It's warping out of orbit.
Refuses to acknowledge our signal.
HANSEN: Out of orbit, Mister Spock. Seems strange
with no navigator on duty.
SPOCK: The Enterprise knows where she's going, Mister Hansen.
UHURA: Someone's trying to hail us, sir.
SPOCK: Maintain radio silence, Lieutenant. This is First Officer Spock.
Per Starfleet orders this date, I have been placed in temporary command
of the Enterprise. While our destination is secret, our mission is
relatively simple. Starbase Command has assigned Captain Kirk medical
rest leave until our return. His instructions are that you will obey my
orders as you would his. First Officer out.
MCCOY: What's going on around here? Who said Jim needed a medical rest
leave? And this call about me being needed aboard the ship. I've
SPOCK: And no one from the ship made such a call.
MCCOY: That's right.
SPOCK: Doctor, I regret they elected to keep certain things from you.
Will you come with me, please.
MCCOY: What is this, Spock? Captain, are you all
right? (flash, flash) I see that you're still signaling
SPOCK: Doctor, one moment, please.
KIRK [OC]: Kirk to Doctor McCoy. I'm recording you this message, Bones,
so there will be no misunderstanding. I'm sorry to have to make it an
order. You're not to disturb Captain Pike with any questions. Simply
take good care of him. Follow Spock's instructions to the letter. Kirk
out. (flash, flash)
HANSEN: Sir, scanners report an object following
us, about the size of a starbase shuttlecraft. Shall we reverse helm?
SPOCK: Take no action, Mister Hansen.
HANSEN: But at our speed, they'll never catch us. In case they want to
SPOCK: You have your orders, Mister Hansen. We'll make no contact.
MENDEZ: Starbase Shuttlecraft one to Enterprise.
Come in, please. Enterprise, Commodore Mendez and Captain Kirk. If you
read me, you are ordered to reply. Repeating it on all emergency
KIRK: Spock is headed for Talos Four, all right.
MENDEZ: Pulling ahead of us fast. Fuel is down to sixty three point
three. If we turn back now, we've just got barely enough to get us back
to the base.
KIRK: Shuttlecraft to Enterprise, come in. Shuttlecraft to Enterprise,
come in. Enterprise, come in!
COMPUTER: Library computer.
SPOCK: Lock on to sensors. Measure object now following the Enterprise.
COMPUTER: Computed. Object is a Class F shuttlecraft. Duranium metal
shell, ion engine power
SPOCK: Stop. How long before shuttlecraft's fuel supply forces return
COMPUTER: Computed. Shuttlecraft is already past point of safe return.
MENDEZ: We coast.
KIRK: Blast you any way. You had no right to come along.
MENDEZ: RHIP, Captain. Rank hath its privileges.
KIRK: Two hours of oxygen left.
KIRK: Part of me is hoping the Enterprise won't come back for us. We
step on that deck, Spock is finished. Court-martialed, disgraced.
MENDEZ: He's dead if he makes it to Talos Four. Why would he want to
get Pike there? The command reports stated Talos contained absolutely
no practical benefits to mankind.
KIRK: Spock would have some logical reason for going there.
MENDEZ: Maybe. Maybe he's just gone mad.
MCCOY: I keep wondering who might be after us in a
shuttlecraft and I keep coming up with the same answers, but I can't be
right, can l, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: Computer control. Lock on to shuttlecraft following us.
COMPUTER: Locked on. Tractor beam ready.
SPOCK: Go to tape Abel Seven Baker. Execute instructions.
MCCOY: Is it the captain, Mister Spock?
HANSEN: Sir, the engines are reversing. She's brought herself to a dead
SPOCK: This is the First Officer speaking. Security, send an armed team
to the Bridge. Transporter Room, stand by to beam Captain Kirk aboard.
Effective until then, Lieutenant Hansen is in operational command.
SPOCK: First Officer out. Doctor, as senior officer present, I present
myself to you for arrest.
MCCOY: You what?
SPOCK: The charge is mutiny, Doctor. I never received orders to take
SECURITY: Security reporting, Mister Spock.
MCCOY: Mister Spock is, er, under arrest. Is confinement to quarters
SPOCK: Adequate, Doctor. I'll make no trouble.
MCCOY: Well, confine him.
SECURITY: Yes, sir.
KIRK [OC]: Store our shuttlecraft on the hangar
deck, Mister Scott. Beam us directly aboard.
SCOTT: All right, Captain. Locked on to you.
HANSEN: Transferring command to you, sir.
KIRK: Accepting command. Where's Mister Spock?
HANSEN: In his quarters, under arrest.
MENDEZ: His quarters, after what he's done, Lieutenant?
UHURA [OC]: Captain from Bridge. The engines are coming on.
KIRK: Reverse power. Hold this position. Tell whoever gave those orders
HANSEN: Sir, there's nobody up there giving orders. Mister Spock has
the computers running the ship.
KIRK: Disengage computer control, Uhura.
UHURA [OC]: We can't disengage, Captain. The helm does not respond.
(Scott leaves, muttering in
KIRK: Computer control, come in.
KIRK: Disengage from helm.
COMPUTER: Unable to comply.
KIRK [on monitor]: This is the Captain. On voice
command, you will override all contrary
instructions. Voice command, disengage from helm.
COMPUTER: Unable to comply. Any such attempt will cross-circuit
vessel's life-supporting system. Computer control cannot be disengaged
until vessel reaches planet Talos Four.
Captain's log, stardate 3012.4. Despite our best
efforts to disengage computers, the Enterprise is still locked on a
heading for the mysterious planet Talos Four. Meanwhile, as required by
Starfleet General Orders, a preliminary hearing on Lieutenant Commander
Spock is being convened. And in all the years of my service, this is
the most painful moment I've ever faced.
KIRK: This hearing is convened. Mister Spock,
you're aware of your right to counsel of your choice?
SPOCK: Sir, I waive counsel. Further, I waive rights to this hearing
and request immediate court-martial.
KIRK: Request denied.
SPOCK: May I inquire on what grounds, Captain?
KIRK: A mutiny requires a trial board of no less than three command
officers. Since there are only two of that rank available
SPOCK: Sir, I must point out that there are three officers of command
rank available. Yourself, Commodore Mendez, and Captain Christopher
KIRK: Denied. Captain Pike is a complete invalid.
SPOCK: I believe you'll find he's still on the active duty list.
MENDEZ: We didn't have the heart to retire him, Jim. He's got you.
Whatever he's up to, he's planned it well.
Captain's log, stardate 3012.6. General
Court-Martial convened. Mister Spock has again waived counsel and has
entered a plea of guilty.
MENDEZ: Mister Spock, are you aware in pleading
guilty that a further charge involving the death penalty must be held
against you should this vessel enter the Talos star group?
SPOCK: I am.
MENDEZ: Why? What does it accomplish to go there or to take Captain
Pike there? I want to know why.
SPOCK: Are your comments a part of the record, sir?
MENDEZ: Yes, it's on the record.
SPOCK: Thank you. Request monitor screen be engaged.
MENDEZ: For what purpose?
SPOCK: To comply with the request you just made, sir, that I explain
the importance of going to Talos Four.
KIRK: By asking why, you've opened the door to any evidence he may wish
to present. Apparently what he had in mind.
MENDEZ: Present your evidence. Screen on.
SPOCK: This is thirteen years ago. The Enterprise and its commander,
Captain Christopher Pike.
SPOCK [on screen]: Definitely something out there, Captain, headed this
KIRK: Screen off. Chris, was that really you on the screen? (flash)
That's impossible. Mister Spock, no vessel makes record tapes in that
detail, that perfect. What were we watching?
SPOCK: I cannot tell you at this time, sir.
MENDEZ: Captain Pike, were any record tapes of this nature made during
your voyage? (flash, flash) The court is not obliged to view evidence
without knowing its source.
SPOCK: Unless the court asks a prisoner why, Commodore. You did ask
MENDEZ: You mean I was maneuvered into asking. Your evidence is out of
KIRK: I am forced to contest that, Commodore. I want to see more.
MENDEZ: You have that right, Captain, but just because the prisoner is
your First Officer and your personal friend
KIRK: That has nothing to do with it.
MENDEZ: Very well, continue.
KIRK: Screen on, Mister Scott.
NUMBER ONE [on screen]: No. It's something else. There's still
something out there.
SPOCK: As I stated, gentlemen, this was thirteen years ago. We were on
routine patrol when the ship's sensors detected something ahead. At
first we were not certain what it was.
TYLER [on screen]: It's coming at the speed of light. Collision course.
TYLER: The meteorite beam has not deflected it,
NUMBER ONE: Evasive manoeuvres, sir?
PIKE: Steady as we go.
COMM OFFICER: It's a radio wave, sir. We're passing through an
old-style distress signal.
PIKE: They were keyed to cause interference and attract attention this
COMM OFFICER: A ship in trouble making a forced landing, sir. That's
it. No other message.
TYLER: I have a fix. It comes from the Talos star group.
NUMBER ONE: We've no ships or Earth colonies that far out.
SPOCK: Their call letters check with a survey expedition. S.S. Columbia
disappeared in that region approximately eighteen years ago.
TYLER: It would take that long for a radio beam to travel from there to
SPOCK: Records show the Talos group has never been explored. Solar
system similar to Earth, eleven planets. Number four seems to be Class
M, oxygen atmosphere.
NUMBER ONE: Then they could still be alive, even after eighteen years.
PIKE: If they survived the crash.
SPOCK: We aren't going to go, to be certain?
PIKE: Not without any indication of survivors, no. Continue to the Vega
Colony and take care of our own sick and injured first. You have the
helm. Maintain present course.
NUMBER ONE: Yes, sir.
BOYCE [OC]: Boyce here.
PIKE: Drop by my cabin, Doctor. (Boyce enters with bag) What's that? I
didn't say there's anything wrong with me.
BOYCE: I understand we picked up a distress signal.
PIKE: That's right. Unless we get anything more positive on it, it
seems to me the condition of our own crew takes precedent. I'd like to
log the ship's doctor's opinion, too.
BOYCE: Oh, I concur with yours, definitely.
PIKE: Good. I'm glad you do, because we're going to stop first at the
Vega Colony and replace anybody who needs hospitalisation and also.
What the devil are you putting in there, ice?
BOYCE: Who wants a warm martini?
PIKE: What makes you think I need one?
BOYCE: Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell
his doctor. What's been on your mind, Chris, the fight on Rigel seven?
PIKE: Shouldn't it be? My only yeoman and two others dead, seven
BOYCE: Was there anything you personally could have done to prevent it?
PIKE: Oh, I should have smelled trouble when I saw the swords and the
armour. Instead of that, I let myself get trapped in that deserted
fortress and attacked by one of their warriors.
BOYCE: Chris, you set standards for yourself no one could meet. You
treat everyone on board like a human being except yourself, and now
you're tired and you
PIKE: You bet I'm tired. You bet. I'm tired of being responsible for
two hundred and three lives. I'm tired of deciding which mission is too
risky and which isn't, and who's going on the landing party and who
doesn't, and who lives and who dies. Boy, I've had it, Phil.
BOYCE: To the point of finally taking my advice, a rest leave?
PIKE: To the point of considering resigning.
BOYCE: And do what?
PIKE: Well, for one thing, go home. Nice little town with fifty miles
of park land around it. Remember I told you I had two horses, and we
used to take some food and ride out all day.
BOYCE: Ah, that sounds exciting. Ride out with a picnic lunch every day.
PIKE: I said that's one place I might go. I might go into business on
Regulus or on the Orion colony.
BOYCE: You, an Orion trader, dealing in green animal women, slaves?
PIKE: The point is this isn't the only life available. There's a whole
galaxy of things to choose from.
BOYCE: Not for you. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets
it head-on, and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to
PIKE: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.
BOYCE: Take your choice. We both get the same two kinds of customers.
The living and the dying.
SPOCK [on monitor]: Mister Spock here. We're intercepting a follow-up
message, sir. There are crash survivors on Talos.
OFFICER: (reads) Eleven survivors from crash.
Gravity and oxygen within limits. Food and water obtainable, but
unless. The message faded at that point, sir.
PIKE: Address intercraft.
TYLER: System open.
PIKE: This is the captain. Our destination is the Talos star group.
PIKE [on screen]: Our time warp, factor seven.
TYLER [on screen]: Course computed and on the screen.
NUMBER ONE [on screen]: All decks have acknowledged, sir.
PIKE [on screen]: Engage.
MENDEZ: Screen off. Mister Spock, I'm truly amazed at your technical
prowess in somehow manufacturing all this. I congratulate you on your
imagination. But this is a court of space law, not a theatre.
SPOCK: Captain, please tell the court this is not imagination, nor some
clever photographic record. Are we seeing the actual events of thirteen
years ago? (flash) Yes, gentlemen. On that screen as it happened, the
incredible experience of Captain Christopher Pike on Talos Four. If,
after witnessing this, the court wishes to turn this vessel back, I
will release this ship to manual control.
MENDEZ: You're in no position to bargain. This is ridiculous. This man
mutinied, stole your ship, abducted Captain Pike. Well, for me this has
gone far enough.
KIRK: We still haven't heard the full story. I vote to continue.
MENDEZ: And I vote we do not. Deadlock, and since I'm
KIRK: Not a deadlock. There's still one member of the trial board to be
MENDEZ: Very well. Captain Pike, it's up to you. Do we continue under
these conditions? (flash)
Captain's log supplemental. Mister Spock, on trial for mutiny, has
forced the court to accept unusual evidence. On our monitor screen, the
voyage of Captain Pike and the Enterprise to the one forbidden world in
all the galaxy.
MENDEZ: Screen on.
TYLER: We've settled into orbit, sir.
GEOLOGIST: Geological lab report complete, Captain.
SPOCK: Preliminary lab survey ready, sir.
GEOLOGIST: Our reading shows an oxygen nitrogen atmosphere, sir, heavy
with inert elements but well within safety limits.
GEOLOGIST: Zero point nine of Earth.
TYLER: Captain? Reflections, sir, from the planet's surface. As I read
it, they polarise out as rounded metal bits. Could be parts of a
PIKE: Prep a landing party of six. You feel up to it?
SPOCK: Yes, sir.
TYLER: Yes, sir.
PIKE: Sorry, Number One. With little information on this planet, we'll
have to leave the ship's most experienced officer here covering us.
NUMBER ONE: Of course, sir.
PIKE: There's no indication of problems down there,
but let's not take chances.
PITCAIRN: Yes, sir. There's a canyon to the left. We can set you there
(the group explores until they find a rough
OLD MAN: They're men. They're humans.
PIKE: Captain Christopher Pike, United Space Ship Enterprise.
HASKINS: Doctor Theodore Haskins, American Continent lnstitute.
SURVIVOR: Is Earth all right?
PIKE: The same old Earth, and you'll see it very soon.
TYLER: And you won't believe how fast you can get back. Well the time
barrier's been broken. Our new ships can
HASKINS: This is Vina. Her parents are dead. She was born almost as we
(The reunion is being watched on another screen, by people with big
PIKE: (as the survivors pack up the settlement) Enterprise.
NUMBER ONE [OC]: Landing party, come in.
PIKE: We'll begin transporting the survivors and their effects up to
you very shortly.
NUMBER ONE [OC]: Quarters are being prepared, sir. Have I permission to
send out scouting and scientific parties now?
PIKE: Yes, affirmative on the
VINA: You appear to be healthy and intelligent, Captain. A prime
NUMBER ONE [OC]: I didn't get that last message, Captain.
PIKE: Er, affirmative on request. Landing party out.
HASKINS: You must forgive her choice of words, Captain. She's lived her
whole life with a collection of aging scientists.
BOYCE: If they can, er, spare you a moment, I'd like to make my medical
VINA: I think it's time to show the Captain our secret.
BOYCE: Their health is excellent, almost too good.
HASKINS: There's a reason for our condition, but we've had some doubt
if Earth is ready to learn the secret. Let the girl show you. We'll
accept your judgment.
(Pike follows Vina up a slope to a ledge by a rock face)
VINA: You're tired, but don't worry. You'll feel much better soon.
Don't you see it? Here and here.
PIKE: I, I don't understand.
VINA: You will. You're a perfect choice.
(she vanishes, and so do all the survivors and their encampment. A door
opens in the rock face, Pike is knocked out and taken inside. At the
TYLER: Captain! (everyone rushes over in time to see the door closing
in the rock. They fire their phasers at it to no avail.
SPOCK [on screen]: Spock here.
NUMBER ONE [OC]: Landing party, come in.
SPOCK [on screen]: There is no survivors' encampment, Number One. This
is all some sort of trap. We've lost the Captain. Do you read?
KIRK: What is it?
UHURA [OC]: It's for Commodore Mendez.
KIRK: Plead signal for you, sir. Go ahead, Uhura.
UHURA [OC]: Commodore Mendez, urgent. Subspace monitors show Enterprise
receiving transmissions from planet Talos Four in violation of
Starfleet General Orders.
KIRK: Receiving transmissions from Talos Four? Then the images we've
been seeing are
SPOCK: Are coming from Talos Four, sir.
UHURA [OC]: Captain Kirk is here by relieved. You are ordered to assume
command of the Enterprise. Disable vessel if necessary to prevent
further contact. Message signed ComSol, Starfleet Command.
MENDEZ: Mister Spock, you're aware of the orders regarding any contact
with Talos Four. You have deliberately invited the death penalty.
You've not only finished yourself, Spock, but you've finished your
Captain as well.
SPOCK: The Commodore must be aware that Captain Kirk knew nothing of
MENDEZ: And you're aware a Captain is responsible for everything that
occurs on his ship. I order you to return this vessel back to manual
SPOCK: Sir, I respectfully decline.
MENDEZ: Very well. You've earned the consequences. This court is in
(Mendez and yeoman leave, Scott and McCoy wheel Pike out after him)
KIRK: Do you know what you're doing? Have you lost your mind?
SPOCK: Captain, Jim, please don't stop me. Don't let him stop me. It's
your career and Captain Pike's life. You must see the rest of the
KIRK: Lock him up.
To be concluded next week...