Captain's log, Stardate 5943.7. We have calculated that Beta Niobe will
go nova in approximately three and a half hours.
Its only satellite, Sarpeidon, is a Class M planet, which at last
report was inhabited by a civilised humanoid species.
Now our instruments show that no intelligent life remains on the
(Kirk, McCoy and Spock have beamed down)
SPOCK: The power source we detected is in this building, Captain.
KIRK: Any sign of survivors?
SPOCK: No signs of sapient life forms.
MCCOY: How can a planet full of people just disappear?
KIRK: If they knew that their sun was dying, it could be anything up to
SPOCK: Reports deny that they had any space flight capability. This
appears to be an archive or library of some kind.
KIRK: Then we're certainly in the right place to find out what
happened, where the inhabitants are, and if there are any left now.
MCCOY: Well, that's fine. Where do we start?
ATOZ: May I help you? I am the librarian. May I be of assistance?
(A silver-haired man, called A to Z - perfect for a librarian)
KIRK: Perhaps you can, Mister
ATOZ: Mister Atoz. I confess that I'm a little surprised to see you. I
had thought that everyone had long since gone.
But the surprise is pleasant one. After all, a library serves no
purpose unless someone is using it.
KIRK: You say everyone is gone? Where'd they go?
ATOZ: It depended on the individual, of course. If you wish to trace a
specific person, I'm sorry, but that information is confidential.
MCCOY: No, no particular person, just people in general. Where did they
ATOZ: Ah, you find it difficult to choose, is that it? Yes, a wide
range of alternatives is a mixed blessing, but perhaps I can help.
Would you step this way, please?
(They walk away from Atoz, and another one steps in front of them from
between a range of shelves)
ATOZ: May I help you? You may select from more than twenty thousand
verism tapes, several hundred of which have only recently been added to
the collection. I'm sure you'll find something here that pleases you.
You, sir, what is your particular field of interest?
KIRK: What about recent history?
ATOZ: Really? Oh, that's too bad. We have so little on recent history.
There was no demand for it.
KIRK: It doesn't have to be extensive, Just the answers to a few
ATOZ: Of course. Reference services available at the desk.
(Where another Mr. Atoz is sitting)
ATOZ: You're very late. Where have you been?
KIRK: You're a very agile man, Mister Atoz. Just how many of you are
there? We came as soon as we knew what was happening.
SPOCK: Forgive me, sir. It is my fault. I must have miscalculated. Our
readings indicated that there was no one here at all.
ATOZ: Of course I know. Everyone on this planet was warned of the
coming nova long ago. They followed instructions and are now safe. And
you had better do the same.
KIRK: Did you say they were safe?
ATOZ: Absolutely. Every single one.
KIRK: Where did they go?
ATOZ: Wherever they wanted to go, of course. It is strictly up to the
KIRK: I see. And you personally sent all these people on the planet to
ATOZ: Yes, yes, yes. They are all gone, except you three. Of course, I
had to delegate the simple tasks to my replicas.
KIRK: You are the real one, Mister Atoz?
KIRK: Of course. I am the real Mister Atoz.
MCCOY: As a matter of fact, he's quite real, Jim.
KIRK: Let us take you with us to a place of safety.
ATOZ: No, thank you. I plan to join my wife and family when the time
comes. Now, don't be concerned about me. Think of yourselves. I warn
you most urgently. Make your escape before it's too late. The library
is at your complete service.
I will gladly supply you with all reference material to help you.
History of the planet is available in every detail.
Just choose what interests you the most. The millennium, the century,
the date, the moment. The library is your key. (puts a disc in a
reader) Oh! It's in the wrong file. Make your own selection, but
remember, you're very late.
KIRK: We'll choose it as quick as we can. How long till nova?
SPOCK: Three hours, thirteen minutes.
KIRK: This gentleman is not
ATOZ: You, sir. I think you'll find something interesting over here.
(He leads Kirk to his desk)
ATOZ: Now, if these won't do, I can bring you another file.
(Atoz goes off to a machine, while Kirk puts a disc on the player and
sees a town scene with
horse-drawn carriages and a sedan chair. Spock goes over to Mister
Atoz, leaving McCoy browsing images of a snow-covered waste)
ATOZ: Have you made your selection, sir?
SPOCK: Exactly what is it that I'm expected to select?
ATOZ: I'm sure I was clear. The period in which you're interested.
SPOCK: I see. This is a fascinating machine. What is it?
ATOZ: Ah, this is the atavachron.
SPOCK: Interesting nomenclature. How does it work? May I
ATOZ: Oh, no, sir, no. I must ask you not to touch the controlling
mechanism. Return and make your selection. When you have chosen, I will
prepare you through the atavachron.
SPOCK: Thank you, Mister Atoz.
(Kirk hears a woman scream from behind a doorway)
KIRK: Spock. Bones.
ATOZ: Wait! I haven't prepared you.
(Kirk runs through the doorway and disappears. He appears in a street
where people dressed as cavaliers are manhandling a wench)
ATOZ: You must be prepared!
(Spock and McCoy go through the doorway)
MCCOY: What is this place?
SPOCK: Yes, and where is the captain?
WENCH: You dirty thing. Let go of me!
(She gets spanked with a sword)
MAN: Vile vixen!
(Kirk grabs his weapon)
MAN: Come when you are bidden, slave! (Kirk pushes him down) You need a
lesson in how to use your betters. Who's your master?
KIRK: I'm a free man, sir.
MAN 2: Then you want better manners, free man. Defend yourself!
(So Kirk gets into a proper sword-fight, with foils, and wins. The two
cavaliers run off, and the people laugh)
SPOCK: Heating this boulder may provide some
MCCOY: What's wrong?
SPOCK: Something's preventing my phaser from operating.
WENCH: Oh, thank you, man. I thought I'd be
limbered sure when that gull caught me cutting his purse.
KIRK: What's that? Are you all right?
WENCH: Oh, I took you to be an angler, but you're none of us, are ya?
Well, you're a bully fine coe for all of that. What a handsome dish ya
served them, the coxcombs.
KIRK: You better come back with me to the library. You'll be safe
there. Doctor McCoy can see to those bruises.
WENCH: I'm game, love. Lead and I'll follow. Where's library?
KIRK: It's right over there.
(But all he sees is a blank brick wall)
MCCOY: Where's the captain, Spock? We were right
WENCH: What's with you, man? Let's make off before
coxcombs come with shoulder clappers.
KIRK: No. Do you remember when you first saw me? Do you remember
whether I came through some kind of door?
WENCH: Oh, I think the rum gull must've kicked you in the head. Come
on, love. I know a leech who'll ask no questions.
KIRK: No. No. It must be here someplace.
MCCOY [OC]: Jim!
MCCOY: Jim, can you hear us?
KIRK: Bones? Spock?
SPOCK: Captain, we hear you, but we cannot see you.
SPOCK [OC]: Are you all right?
KIRK: We must've missed each other somehow.
SPOCK [OC]: Agreed.
SPOCK: Apparently they've all escaped the
destruction of their world by retreating into its past.
WENCH: Mercy on us. It's spirits.
KIRK: No, no. No, no, no. These are friends of mine, and they're
KIRK [OC]: Spock, are you in the library?
SPOCK: Indeed not. We're in a wilderness of arctic characteristics.
MCCOY: He means it's cold.
KIRK: Can you get to the library?
SPOCK: There is no library, Captain, at least not
that we can see. We are at the base of an ice cliff.
SPOCK: Just before you disappeared, Captain, I
discovered a machine which Mister Atoz called the atavachron.
KIRK: It must have been tied in to the tape viewer
SPOCK: Opening time portals to the past. You cross
through into the period which you were viewing.
MCCOY: I was looking over some material about their Ice Age.
SPOCK: I am here, evidently, because I stepped through at the same
instant as Doctor McCoy.
KIRK: Yes. (a mob approaches) My friends are coming
back with reinforcements.
MAN: There's the mort's accomplice. Arrest him.
LAW: We are the law, and do require that you yield to us.
KIRK: On what charge?
LAW: Thievery and purse cutting.
KIRK: That's a mistake. I'm no thief.
MCCOY [OC]: What's happening?
LAW: Lord help us. What's that?
WENCH: It's spirits.
LAW: Away. Away, spirit, and let honest men approach.
KIRK: Keep talking!
SPOCK [OC]: Captain!
MAN: They speak at his bidding. Stop his mouth and they'll quiet.
SPOCK [OC]: You must be close to the portal.
KIRK Keep talking now!
(But he is overpowered and dragged away)
MCCOY: Jim, what's the matter? Jim sounded like he
was in trouble.
SPOCK: We may be in trouble ourselves. We must find shelter.
(They walk on until McCoy collapses)
SPOCK: In this severe cold, we cannot survive much longer.
MCCOY: Leave me here, Spock.
SPOCK: We go together or not at all.
MCCOY: Don't be a fool. My hands and face are frostbitten. I can't feel
my feet. Alone you have a chance. Now do what I say. Go try to find
SPOCK: We go together.
MCCOY: You stubborn, thickheaded Vulcan!
(A figure wearing a full length fur coat with hood approaches, then
turns to walk away. Spock helps McCoy to follow)
(It's quite homely, with the stalagmites and skins
laid down, the lovely smooth floor and handy bed for Spock to put McCoy
SPOCK: He's suffering from the severity of your weather. Unfortunately,
he is the doctor, not I. I'll avoid giving him any medication at this
time. Perhaps, if he's kept quiet and warm, he may recover naturally.
It is agreeably warm here.
(Their benefactor has pushed back the hood to reveal that it is a young
ZARABETH: What are you called?
SPOCK: I'm called Spock.
ZARABETH: Even your name is strange. Forgive me. I've never seen anyone
who looks like you. Why are you here? Are you prisoners too?
ZARABETH: This is one of the places Zor Kahn sends people when he wants
them to disappear. Didn't you come in through the time portal?
SPOCK: Yes, we came through the time portal, but not as prisoners. We
were sent here by mistake.
ZARABETH: The atavachron is far away, but I think you come from
someplace farther than that.
SPOCK: That is true. I am not from the world you know at all. My home
is a planet millions of light years away.
ZARABETH: Oh, how wonderful! I've always loved books about such
possibilities. But they are only stories. This isn't real. I must be
imagining all this. I'm going mad!
SPOCK: Listen to me. I am firmly convinced that I do exist. I am
substantial. You are not imagining this.
ZARABETH: Oh, I've been here for so long, alone. When I saw you out
there, I couldn't believe it. Is he dying?
LAW: Here. There's the mort. And there's the mort's
JUDGE: Open up. Rouse him.
(The somberly clothed judge sits on a stool opposite Kirk)
JUDGE: You're the thief who talks to spirits.
KIRK: I'm a stranger.
JUDGE: Where are you from?
KIRK: An island.
JUDGE: What is this island?
KIRK: It's called Earth.
JUDGE: I know no island Earth. No matter. Continue.
KIRK: I never saw that woman before tonight. When she screamed, as far
as I could tell, she was being attacked.
JUDGE: Then you deny being her accomplice?
KIRK: Yes, I deny it. I was reading in the library when I heard her
scream. My lord, the library? Do you remember where the library is, my
JUDGE: Perhaps your part in this is innocent. I believe you to be an
WENCH: He's a witch!
JUDGE: Take care, woman. I am convinced of your guilt. Do not compound
it with false accusation.
WENCH: He speaks to unseen spirits. He's a witch! You heard the voices!
LAW: It's truth, my lord. I heard the spirit talk to him. He answered
and did call it Bones.
WENCH: You're a witch. He cast a spell. He made me steal against my
KIRK: Surely you don't believe
JUDGE: You heard these spirits?
LAW: Aye, my lord. I'll witness to it.
KIRK: What he heard, my lord, were only my friends behind the wall in
the library. In the library.
JUDGE: I know nothing of this. Send for someone learned in witchcraft
and let him examine him. I will have nothing to do with it.
KIRK: My lord, at least arrange for me to meet Mister Atoz.
JUDGE: I know of no Atoz.
KIRK: Yes! Yes! Atoz!
JUDGE: I know nothing of this, nothing of these matters! I will not
KIRK: Let me speak to you!
JUDGE: I will not hear him.
(Judge and law man leave)
KIRK: At least let me talk to you!
WENCH: Witch! Witch! Witch! They'll burn ya.
SPOCK: McCoy. McCoy, wake up.
MCCOY: Who are you?
ZARABETH: My name is Zarabeth.
MCCOY: Zarabeth. Spock, are we in the library?
SPOCK: No, we are still in the Ice Age, but safe for the moment.
MCCOY: Jim. What about Jim?
SPOCK: Doctor, you're in no condition to get up. You lie down and rest.
I shall attempt to find the captain.
MCCOY: You find him, Spock. Don't you worry about me. You just find
(Spock and Zarabeth leave him to sleep)
ZARABETH: Spock, who is this Jim?
(She removes the fur coat to reveal she is wearing little more than a
leather bikini with boots)
SPOCK: He's our commanding officer and our friend.
ZARABETH: I saw only the two of you. I did not know there was another.
SPOCK: He did not come with us. He was sent through the time portal to
another period in history much later than this one. If I am to find
him, there is only one possible avenue. Zarabeth, will you show me
where the time portal is?
ZARABETH: But your friend. He is ill.
SPOCK: Yes, that is true. If I leave him, there's a chance he may never
regain the ship. He would then be marooned in this time period. But he
is no longer in danger of death, so my primary duty to him has been
discharged. If I remain here, no one of our party would be able to aid
ZARABETH: You make it sound like an equation.
SPOCK: It should be an equation. I should be able to resolve this
problem logically. Perhaps it has something to do with the atavachron.
If only I knew more about how it worked. Zarabeth, you said that you
were brought here as a prisoner. May I ask
ZARABETH: Why? My crime was in choosing my kinsmen unwisely. Two of
them were involved in a conspiracy to kill Zor Kahn.
SPOCK: I remember that name from the history tapes in the library. Zor
Kahn the Tyrant.
ZARABETH: It was not enough that he execute my kinsmen. Zor Kahn
determined to destroy our entire family. He used the atavachron to send
us places no one could ever find us.
SPOCK: Zarabeth, I must return to Mister Atoz and the atavachron. We
will carry Doctor McCoy, and you must come with us. I will send you and
the doctor to the ship, and I shall search for Captain Kirk.
ZARABETH: I can't go through the portal again. If I do, I will die.
SPOCK: You cannot go back?
ZARABETH: None of us can go back. When we come through the portal, we
are changed by the atavachron. That is its function. Our basic cell
structure is adjusted to the time we enter. You can't go back. If you
go through the portal again, you will die by the time you reach the
MCCOY: (standing) Spock? Where are we?
ZARABETH: You are safe here, McCoy.
MCCOY: Yes, I remember you.
SPOCK: Come, Doctor, back to bed.
MCCOY: Why are you still here, Spock? Why aren't you looking for Jim?
SPOCK: It is impossible to look for him, Doctor. We cannot go back.
MCCOY: What do you mean impossible? We've got to get back.
SPOCK: Zarabeth explained it to me. When we came through the time
portal, it altered our physiological structure. If we attempt to return
to the library, we shall die.
MCCOY: Are you trying to tell me that we're trapped here?
SPOCK: Yes, Doctor, we are trapped. Just as Jim is trapped wherever he
Captain's log, stardate 5943.9. The people of this
time believe in witches, and witchcraft is what I've been accused of.
Five witnesses heard McCoy's voice speak to me and thought it was an
evil spirit. From what I know of witchcraft trials, I don't have much
chance unless I can get to the prosecutor.
LAW: No supper for you, love. (lets the wench out
of her cell) Come on. Up you go.
JAILOR: Give me your cup.
(Kirk manages to grab his arm and pull him against the bars)
KIRK: Cry out and I'll break it. Don't move.
(He takes the keys and unlocks his own cell, lets himself out, knocks
out the jailor and drags in inside, shutting the door behind him. The
Judge comes down the steps)
JUDGE: Jailor! Jailor!
KIRK: I'm being falsely accused. You know that.
JUDGE: You will come with me before the inquisitional tribunal. There
the matter of your witchcraft will be decided.
KIRK: There are no such things as witches!
JUDGE: Jailor! That is sacrilege. If they hear you, they will burn you
for such beliefs.
KIRK: You're the only one that can hear me, and that's the truth. There
are no witches. Why do you deny it?
JUDGE: Do not let them hear you. There are witches! There are! You
yourself may be discovered to be a witch by the inquisitor. No! What
are you doing? No!
(Kirk drags him inside the cell)
JUDGE: Help! Help!
KIRK: I'll denounce you to the inquisitor. You came here from the
future just as I did. Therefore, you, too, are a witch.
JUDGE: I beg you. Do not implicate me. They would burn me.
KIRK: Then help me.
JUDGE: I will do everything I can to prove you innocent. I will
disprove all the charges of witchcraft. But you must never again speak
to the comrades you left behind.
KIRK: Help me return to the library. I've lost my way. I must get back
JUDGE: You cannot get back.
KIRK: I tell you I must! I had two friends with me, who are lost in
another time period. I must find them. You'll come back with us.
JUDGE: We can never go back. We must live out our lives here in the
past. The atavachron has prepared our cell structure and our brain
patterns to make life natural here. To return to the future would mean
KIRK: Prepared? I was not prepared. Your Mister Atoz did not prepare me
in any way.
JUDGE: Then you must get back at once! If you were not transformed, you
can only survive for a few hours here in the past. Come. Hurry. Hurry.
MCCOY: Zarabeth, you are a beautiful cook. Have you
ever been told that?
ZARABETH: Not recently.
MCCOY: Oh, well, you'll find that Spock is quite delinquent in those
ZARABETH: I hadn't noticed it.
MCCOY: Oh? Well, now that I'm feeling better, you'll notice a distinct
difference in our approach.
ZARABETH: It's something to look forward to. I think you must be well
enough, Doctor, to try the few delicacies this climate has to offer.
MCCOY: No, not yet.
ZARABETH: At your rate of progress, it will be soon, I can see.
SPOCK: Doctor McCoy is making excellent progress.
MCCOY: And Mister Spock has been practicing medicine without a license.
Don't let him doctor you. I'm the doctor around here.
SPOCK: And known as the worst patient in the entire crew of the
MCCOY: I wonder where she is.
SPOCK: Five thousand years in the future.
MCCOY: Thank you.
(Zarabeth leaves them)
MCCOY: I wonder where Jim is.
SPOCK: Who knows. We can only hope that he is well, wherever he is.
MCCOY: What do you mean, we can only hope? Haven't you done anything
SPOCK: What was there to do?
MCCOY: Locate the portal. It can't be too far.
SPOCK: We've been through all that, Doctor. What's the point of
rehashing that subject? We can't get back. Wasn't that clear to you?
MCCOY: Yes, that was clear to me.
SPOCK: Then perhaps you were too ill to understand what can't get back
MCCOY: I don't believe it, Spock. It's just not like you to give up
SPOCK: Then I'll repeat it for you. Get this through your head. We
can't get back. That means we are trapped here in this planet's past
just as we are, and we'll stay here for the rest of our lives. Now do
MCCOY: Yes, I understand. I never thought I'd hear it, but I
understand. You want to stay here. As a matter of fact, you're highly
motivated to stay in this forsaken waste.
SPOCK: The prospect appeared quite attractive to you a moment ago.
MCCOY: You listen to me, you pointed-eared Vulcan.
SPOCK: I don't like that. I don't think I ever did, and now I'm sure.
MCCOY: What's happening to you, Spock?
SPOCK: Nothing that shouldn't have happened long ago.
MCCOY: Long ago. Of course. Long ago.
(Back in the street, at the wall Kirk came through)
JUDGE: This is where it is. I can't remember the exact spot.
(Kirk feels along the wall until his hand disappears into it)
JUDGE: That's it! That is the portal. I cannot wait any longer.
(The judge hurries away, and Kirk slips through the wall back into the
KIRK: Spock? McCoy? Kirk to Enterprise. Come in.
SCOTT [OC]: Scott here, Captain.
KIRK: How much time before the sun blows up?
SCOTT [OC]: Seventeen minutes. You three had better come back right
KIRK: We can't, Scotty. Spock and McCoy are missing.
SCOTT [OC]: I knew there was trouble. I've got a landing party standing
KIRK: No. Under no circumstances send anyone else here without my
orders. Prepare to warp out and stand by. Kirk out. Mister Atoz, where
ATOZ: May I help you? It's you. You're lucky you found your way back
here. Now let me process you through the atava
KIRK: No. Mister Atoz, my friends and I are from another planet. We
don't belong in your history. We don't belong on your planet at all.
ATOZ: Just let me take care of you and get you back where you belong.
KIRK: No. I want to find the exact disc that they were viewing.
ATOZ: Please, go back!
KIRK: I'm sorry, Mister Atoz. Mister Atoz!
ATOZ: I must prepare to escape.
(Kirk pushes him into a side room and shuts the door, then turns to
face another Atoz)
KIRK: I'll let you out in a minute. Still up to your little game of
replicas? Which are you this time, real or not?
(He knocks this one out)
ATOZ: You are evidently a suicidal maniac. I don't understand what
you're trying to do, but if you continue, both of us will die. and I
for one, do not wish death.
KIRK: If you help me, we won't die. I promise you that.
ATOZ: I don't trust you.
KIRK: Which one are you now, the replica or the real one?
ATOZ: I am the real Atoz. You've done away with my replicas. I regret
what I must now do.
KIRK: You don't really want to hurt me, do you? You've been trying to
save my life. I realise that. Put that thing away.
(But Atoz fires the little tube at Kirk and he falls to the floor)
ZARABETH: I cannot pretend to be sorry that you are
here, though I realise it is a misfortune for you. I'm here against my
will too, just as you are.
SPOCK: I'm sorry. I know of no way to return you to your own time.
ZARABETH: It's not that I wish to return. This is my time now. I've had
to face that. But it has been lonely here. Do you know what it's like
to be alone? Really alone?
SPOCK: Yes. I know what it is like.
ZARABETH: I believe you do. Have something to eat, please.
SPOCK: If it pleases you. This is animal flesh?
ZARABETH: There's not much else to eat around here, I'm afraid.
SPOCK: Naturally, because of the climate. What is the source of heat in
ZARABETH: There's an underground hot spring.
SPOCK: Excellent. Then it will be possible to build a greenhouse of
sorts. Meanwhile, this will have to do as the only source of
(He takes a bite)
ZARABETH: There aren't many luxuries around here. Zor Kahn only left me
what was necessary to survive.
SPOCK: But he evidently intended that you continue living.
ZARABETH: Yes. He gave me weapons, a shelter, food. Everything I needed
to live except companionship. He did not want it said that he had me
killed. But to send me here alone, if that is not death, what is? A
very inventive mind, that man.
SPOCK: But insensitive, to send such a beautiful woman into exile. The
cold must've affected me more than I realised. Please pay no attention.
I'm not myself. I'm behaving disgracefully. I have eaten animal flesh
and I have enjoyed it. What is wrong with me? I tell you you're
beautiful. But you are beautiful. Is it so wrong to tell you so?
ZARABETH: I have longed to hear you say it.
(They kiss, then he picks her up and smiles broadly)
SPOCK: You are beautiful. More beautiful than any dream of beauty I've
(He lays her down and .... sets the scene for many fan-fictions)
(Kirk wakes up lying on a sled, which Atoz is
pushing towards the portal)
ATOZ: Just stay where you are, sir. I'll see you get to safety.
(Kirk rolls off, so Atoz tries to push him through. He fails, and gets
KIRK: Now, you're going to help me look for my friends.
ATOZ: You're a most determined man.
KIRK: Kirk here.
SCOTT [OC]: What's happening? Why are you waiting?
KIRK: No time to explain. Are you ready to warp out?
SCOTT [OC]: Aye, Captain.
KIRK: Stand by to beam us up. But when that star explodes, don't wait.
Get out fast. Kirk out. Now we're going to start looking. They were in
a frozen waste. I could hear the wind.
ATOZ: All right, all right. All right! It must be the Sarpeidon Ice
Age, five thousand years ago. Let me look.
KIRK: We'll both look, Mister Atoz.
MCCOY: Spock. You've been dishonest with me, Spock,
and that is also something new for you.
SPOCK: I've given you the facts, Doctor.
MCCOY: The facts as you know them. Or did you just accept Zarabeth's
word because it's what you wanted to believe?
SPOCK: You were told the truth. If Zarabeth is the source, what
difference does it make?
MCCOY: Zarabeth is a woman condemned to a terrible life of loneliness.
She would do anything to anybody to change that. Wouldn't you,
ZARABETH: I told you what I know.
MCCOY: Did you? You said we can't get back. The truth is you can't get
SPOCK: She would not jeopardise other lives.
MCCOY: She would do anything to prevent that life of loneliness. She
would lie. She would cheat. She would even murder me, the captain, the
entire crew of the Enterprise to keep you here with her. Go ahead,
Zarabeth, tell Spock the truth. Go ahead. Tell Spock you would kill!
SPOCK: What are you doing to her?
(Spock pins McCoy against the cave wall)
MCCOY: Are you trying to kill me, Spock? Is that what you really want?
Think. What are you feeling? Rage? Jealousy? Have you ever had those
SPOCK: This is impossible. Impossible. I am a Vulcan.
MCCOY: The Vulcan you knew won't exist for another five thousand years.
Think, man. What's happening on your planet right now, this very
SPOCK: My ancestors are barbarians. Warlike barbarians.
MCCOY: Who nearly killed themselves off with their own passions. Spock,
you're reverting into your ancestors five thousand years before you
SPOCK: I've lost myself. I do not know who I am. Can we go back?
ZARABETH: I don't know. I only know that I can't go back.
MCCOY: I know I'm going to try, Spock, because my life is back there,
and I want that life.
(So McCoy heads off through the arctic winds, with just a fur shawl for
ATOZ: Do you think that's the right one?
KIRK: I don't know.
ATOZ: If we're to get the portal set for the proper time period, you
must be specific.
KIRK: I didn't see it.
ATOZ: Well try calling out.
KIRK: Bones? Spock! McCoy! You've got the wrong one.
ATOZ: Please, there's no time left. Let me go.
KIRK: Try again.
(Zarabeth and Spock join McCoy at the ice cliff)
SPOCK: There's no portal here, Doctor. It's hopeless.
MCCOY: I suppose you're right.
SPOCK: You're too ill to remain out here any longer. Give it up.
(Atoz views another disc)
KIRK: Bones. Spock!
MCCOY: It's Jim! Here we are, Jim.
KIRK: I've found them. Can you still hear me?
SPOCK [OC]: We hear you perfectly, Captain.
KIRK: Follow my voice.
KIRK [OC]: Spock, McCoy, follow my voice. Do you
hear me? Keep following my voice. Spock. McCoy.
SPOCK: This must be it.
KIRK: What are you waiting for? Hurry!
MCCOY: Come on, Spock.
SPOCK: You start ahead, Doctor. I do not wish to part from you.
ZARABETH: I cannot come. If I go back, I will die.
KIRK: What are you waiting for? Hurry!
SPOCK: How much time do we have?
KIRK: Scotty, how much time is there?
SCOTT [OC]: You've got to come aboard now.
MCCOY: Come on, Spock, now!
(Spock pushes McCoy towards the cliff, but he doesn't go through)
MCCOY: Something's wrong.
KIRK: What's the matter? Why can't he get through?
ATOZ: I don't know. Unless, it's because they originally went through
the portal together.
KIRK: Spock, McCoy, you can't get through unless you both come back at
the same time. Scotty.
SCOTT [OC]: Orders or no, I'm beaming you up first.
KIRK: No! Wait!
KIRK [OC]: Spock, McCoy, hurry through the portal.
Time is running out.
(Zarabeth turns and leaves them)
(McCoy and Spock return without their furs. Atoz
switches discs and runs through the portal)
KIRK: He had his escape planned. I'm glad he made it. Kirk to
SPOCK: There's no further need to observe me, Doctor. As you can see,
I've returned to the present in every sense.
MCCOY: But it did happen, Spock.
SPOCK: Yes, it happened. But that was five thousand years ago. And she
is dead now. Dead and buried. Long ago.
KIRK: Scotty, are you there?
SCOTT [OC]: Now or never, Captain.
KIRK: Beam us aboard and go to maximum warp as soon as we're there.