| [Equinox Bridge]
(A Federation starship which is
definitely not Voyager has lots of energy playing over its shields. The
bridge is a mess, with consoles exploding regularly.)
Stay on your course.
BURKE: Shields are down to twenty nine percent. They're breaking
RANSOM: Let them.
RANSOM: Take the shields offline and recharge the emitters. That'll
bring them up to full power.
BURKE: The charging cycle takes forty five seconds. We'll be
RANSOM: We'll be dead if we don't get the shields back up. Arm
yourselves! Drop shields. Recharge cycle?
BURKE: Thirty seconds.
(An energy ball appears by the ceiling. They shoot at it. Others appear and get shot at.)
BURKE: Ten seconds. (A two-armed creature with big teeth screeches out
of one of the energy balls and attacks a crewman. He dies immediately,
his skin turning grey and dry. More creatures appear.)
[on screen]: Federation Starship Equinox. We're under attack. We need
assistance. This is Captain Ransom of the Federation Starship Equinox.
We're under attack. We need assistance.
JANEWAY: Ransom. He was in command of a science vessel. The Equinox.
SEVEN: This distress call was transmitted approximately fourteen hours
SEVEN: Three point two light years.
JANEWAY: Try to get a fix on their location.
CHAKOTAY: What's it doing in the Delta Quadrant?
SEVEN: Perhaps it's searching for Voyager.
JANEWAY: The Equinox is a Nova class ship. It was designed for
planetary research, not long range tactical missions.
SEVEN: I've got their coordinates. Heading two five eight mark twelve.
JANEWAY: Set a course, maximum warp. Go to red alert. Hang on, Captain.
SEVEN: Did you know this individual?
JANEWAY: Only by reputation.
He was an exobiologist, promoted to Captain after he made first
contact with the Yridians.
SEVEN: Species six two nine one. The Collective determined that they
JANEWAY: So did the Federation. Ransom proved otherwise. I always
wanted to meet him. Too bad it won't be under better circumstances.
SEVEN: I look forward to meeting him as well, and his crew. I wish to
expand my knowledge of humanity.
JANEWAY: Let's hope you get the chance.
PARIS: Approaching the coordinates.
JANEWAY: Take us out of warp.
KIM: I've got them. Two thousand kilometres off the port bow. They're
moving at low impulse.
JANEWAY: Intercept. Can you get a visual?
(The Equinox's shields are still lit up.)
TUVOK: They are heavily damaged. Multiple hull breaches. Warp drive is
NEELIX: What's happening to their shields?
TORRES: They're being disrupted by some kind of energy surges.
PARIS: Weapons fire?
TUVOK: There are no other ships in the vicinity.
KIM: We're in hailing range.
JANEWAY: Open a channel. This is Captain Kathryn Janeway of the
Federation Starship Voyager. We're responding to your
RANSOM [OC]: Voyager, you've got to extend your shields around our
ship! Match the emitter frequency!
JANEWAY: Are you under attack?
RANSOM [OC]: Shields, quickly!
JANEWAY: Do it.
(Paris flies Voyager directly above Equinox, which is only as long as her nacelles.)
PARIS: We're in position.
TUVOK: I am attempting to match their shield frequency.
EMH: Do you hear something?
(A high pitched whistle.)
SEVEN: Interspatial fissure are opening on decks ten, six and one.
TUVOK: Stand by. Shields are holding.
CHAKOTAY: The fissures?
SEVEN: No sign of them.
JANEWAY: Voyager to Ransom. Captain? (static) Assemble rescue teams. Secure the
Equinox. Tuvok, you're with me.
Hello? Is there anyone here? (to Torres.) See if you can bring main power online.
(Paris examines a dead crewman.)
CHAKOTAY: What happened?
PARIS: Some kind of thermolytic reaction. It's desiccated every cell in
TORRES: Commander. I can't make heads or tails of this injector
manifold, and it looks like the dilithium matrix has been completely
CHAKOTAY: We'll try to find one of their engineers to help us. In the
meantime, see if you can bypass the core.
TORRES: Aye, sir.
(Chakotay hears a woman's gasps. She is trapped beneath a fallen beam.)
CHAKOTAY: Hang on.
(He clears the debris.)
CHAKOTAY: I'm Commander Chakotay, U.S.S. Voyager.
GILMORE: But, but we're the only humans in the Delta Quadrant.
CHAKOTAY: That's what we used to think. Come on.
(Kim finds another trapped crewman.)
Over here. Hang on. We're getting you out of here.
LESSING: I don't believe we've met.
KIM: Ensign Kim, and this is Seven of Nine. I have to cut him out with
a plasma torch. Talk to him, keep him calm.
SEVEN: State your name.
LESSING: Lessing, Noah. What are you doing on this side of the galaxy?
SEVEN: The answer is complicated.
LESSING: Do me a favour? See if my legs are still there. I haven't felt
them in two days.
SEVEN: Your limbs are intact.
LESSING: Thank you.
KIM: Seven, give me hand.
SEVEN: Do not be frightened.
LESSING: Too late for that.
- crew quarters]
(A bunkroom, by the looks of it.)
I'm picking up lifesigns. Hello? Is there anyone here?
CREWMAN: No! (He shoots at Neelix and his security detail.)
NEELIX: We're here to help you.
CREWMAN: Take cover! We're under attack!
(They stun the crewman and put a Voyager comm.badge on him.)
NEELIX: Neelix to Sickbay.
EMH [OC]: Sickbay here.
NEELIX: We found another survivor. His wounds are not serious but
he's suffering from psychological distress.
EMH [OC]: Acknowledged.
(Janeway and Tuvok break in. They find
the helmsman, Burke is uninjured. Ransom in unconscious. Janeway scans
him then puts her hand on his cheek. He wakes.)
JANEWAY: You took heavy casualties. We're treating the survivors. Who
RANSOM: We don't know. We can't communicate with them. They've been
attacking us for weeks.
JANEWAY: Easy, easy.
RANSOM: I've got to secure the ship,
JANEWAY: Leave that to us.
(She tries to put a Voyager comm. badge on him.)
RANSOM: No, treat me here. I'm not leaving my bridge.
JANEWAY: I can't pull rank on you, Captain, but you're in no condition
to put up a fight.
RANSOM: So, how's Earth?
JANEWAY: I wish I could say.
RANSOM: You weren't sent here to find us?
JANEWAY: I'm afraid not. We've been stranded in the Delta Quadrant for
five years. We were pulled here against our will by an alien called
BOTH: The Caretaker.
JANEWAY: We'll compare notes later on. Let's get you to Voyager.
We're here to commemorate our honoured dead. Lieutenant William Yates,
Lieutenant John Molar, Ensign Dorothy Chang, Ensign Edward Regis and
Crewman David Amantes, who all served with distinction. Their bravery
and sacrifice will not be forgotten. They will be missed, but now there
is cause for optimism. Captain Janeway, Voyager, on behalf of my crew,
JANEWAY: We'll have time to give the newest members of our family a
proper welcome in the days ahead, but right now, we've got our hands
full. The Equinox is secure, but its primary systems are still badly
damaged. Harry, B'Elanna, make it your priority. Captain Ransom has
provided us with data regarding the alien attacks. Tuvok, Seven, you'll
be working with First Officer Maxwell Burke. To kindred spirits. May
our journey home together be swift. Dismissed.
TUVOK: We should begin by familiarising you with Voyager's defences.
BURKE: Can you give me a minute? There's someone I'd like to say hello
SEVEN: We'll be in the Astrometrics lab. Deck eight, section twenty
BURKE: See you there.
(Tuvok and Seven leave. Burke goes over to Torres.)
TORRES: Max. I tried to say hello in Sickbay but you were sedated.
BURKE: I remember. I thought I was dreaming. So, where's my sweater.
The blue one? Class insignia on the back?
TORRES: We went to the Academy together.
BURKE: Maxwell Burke.
PARIS: Tom Paris.
KIM: Harry Kim. Welcome aboard.
TORRES: First Officer, impressive. The last time we talked you were
about to drop out of Starfleet.
BURKE: I heard you beat me to it. The Maquis?
TORRES: For a while. Until I ran into these two.
PARIS: And it's been hell ever since.
BURKE: Well, I told your resident Vulcan I'd be right with him. Are you
free later? I'd love to catch up.
TORRES: Why don't we all have dinner together?
BURKE: Sounds great.
TORRES: Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato. It was a nickname.
PARIS: A nickname?
TORRES: My initials.
PARIS: Oh, how romantic.
TORRES: We broke up over ten years ago. No need to go to red alert.
PARIS: How about yellow alert?
TORRES: You're cute when you're jealous.
PARIS: Who's jealous?
TORRES: See you on the Equinox.
KIM: Well, Turkey Platter, what do you say we go to work?
PARIS: Who's jealous?
(The woman who Chakotay rescued catches up with him.)
Commander? I've been assigned to one of the repair crews on the
Equinox, and I was wondering if I could join a different team. Maybe
one on Voyager.
GILMORE: Just a little post-traumatic stress syndrome.
CHAKOTAY: Bad memories?
GILMORE: A few.
CHAKOTAY: Actually, I could use someone with your engineering
GILMORE: Well, thank you. Such a clean ship. I mean, I'm used to falling
bulkheads and missing deck plates.
CHAKOTAY: In a few weeks you won't even recognise the Equinox. You'll be
happy to go back.
GILMORE: Unless I stay. You said you could use someone with my
CHAKOTAY: I don't think your Captain would appreciate that. He's got a
skeleton crew as it is.
(Gilmore hesitates at the threshold.)
Engineering's five decks down. It's a long crawl through the Jefferies
tubes. (She steps in.) Deck eleven.
GILMORE: I haven't set foot in a turbolift in over three months.
GILMORE: If one of those fissures opened up in here, where would we take
CHAKOTAY: It's only a graviton relay. Nothing to worry about.
GILMORE: Do I look worried? (She hears the alien noise.) Emergency stop!
If you don't mind I think I'd rather take the Jefferies tube.
CHAKOTAY: I could use the exercise.
I've run a thermographic analysis of our shields. It revealed multiple
stress points. We believe they're the result of alien attempts to
infiltrate our vessels. Each time a fissure opens within a metre of our
shields it weakens them by point three percent.
JANEWAY: At the present rate, we have less than two days to mount a
SEVEN: According to your bio-scans the aliens can survive in our realm
for only several seconds.
RANSOM: They're like fish out of water, but they can do a lot of damage
in those seconds.
TUVOK: Nevertheless, it is a tactical weakness. Perhaps we can exploit
BURKE: What have you got in mind?
SEVEN: If we can show them we have the ability to hold them here,
they'll think twice before launching another attack.
JANEWAY: But the question is, how do we catch these fish?
BURKE: You build a net.
BURKE: A multiphasic force field to be exact. We wanted to see what we
were up against so we built a small chamber that could keep one of them
trapped for several minutes.
JANEWAY: If we could expand on that technology, we might be able to
create a lattice work of multiphasic forcefields around both ships.
RANSOM: If Captain Janeway agrees.
JANEWAY: We'll need to examine that stasis chamber.
RANSOM: I'm afraid that won't be possible. It's in our research lab.
That whole section was flooded with thermionic radiation during the
last attack. It'll be days before anyone can go in there.
BURKE: The design schematics are in our auxiliary datacore.
RANSOM: I'll see if I can download them. You give me a hand?
I couldn't help but notice your crew calls you by your first name.
RANSOM: When you've been in the trenches as long as we have, rank and
protocol are luxuries. Besides, we're a long way from Starfleet
JANEWAY: I know the feeling.
RANSOM: You seem to run a pretty tight ship.
JANEWAY: We've been known to let our hair down from time to time. But I
find that maintaining protocol reminds us of where we came from and
hopefully, where we're going.
RANSOM: It seems to work quite well for you.
JANEWAY: Oh, we've overcome our share of obstacles, Warp core breaches,
ion storms, a few rounds with the Borg
RANSOM: The Borg? We haven't seen so much as a Cube since the day we
JANEWAY: Consider yourself lucky.
RANSOM: Have you ever run into the Krowtonan Guard?
JANEWAY: Never heard of them.
RANSOM: That's how we spent our first week in the Delta Quadrant. They
claimed we violated their territory. I gave the order to keep going. I
lost thirty nine. Half my crew.
JANEWAY: I'm sorry.
RANSOM: We never recovered from that loss. It changed everything.
JANEWAY: What do you mean?
RANSOM: When I first realised that we'd be travelling across the Delta
Quadrant for the rest of our lives, I told my crew that we had a duty
Starfleet officers to expand our knowledge and uphold our principles.
After a couple of years, we started to forget that we were explorers.
And there were times when we nearly forgot that we were human beings.
JANEWAY: This is a Nova class science vessel, designed for short term
research missions. Minimal weapons. It can't even go faster than warp
eight. Frankly, I don't know how you've done it. You've obviously
travelled as far as we have with much fewer resources.
RANSOM: I wish that I could take all the credit, but we stumbled across
a wormhole, and made a few enhancements on our warp engines. I'd like
to ask you something, Captain to Captain.
JANEWAY: Mmm hmm.
RANSOM: The Prime Directive. How often have you broken it for the sake
of protecting your crew?
JANEWAY: Broken it? Never. Bent it on occasion. And even then it was a
difficult choice. What about you?
RANSOM: I've walked the line once or twice, but nothing serious. There
(He has found the Equinox' bridge plaque.)
JANEWAY: It's a good omen. Let's put it back where it belongs.
I thought I'd find you here.
BURKE: How could I resist after two years on emergency rations?
RANSOM: Don't get too comfortable. If Janeway's any indication, these
people will never understand.
BURKE: They're going to find out eventually.
RANSOM: Not if we keep them out of the research lab, and away from the
warp core injectors. And be careful what you say around their crew. That includes old girlfriends.
(Ransom tries a piece of Burke's meal.)
RANSOM: Mmm. Not bad.
How's my angel of mercy?
SEVEN: Crewman Lessing. I didn't expect you to recover so quickly.
LESSING: You have an outstanding EMH. Ours can barely hold a laser
SEVEN: The Doctor is efficient.
LESSING: I've been assigned to help you sort through our bio-data. You
saved my life. The least I can do is save you a little time.
(They hear the noise of a fissure opening.)
Lateral shields are offline.
CHAKOTAY: How's that possible?
KIM: Fissures are opening on decks one, eight and eleven.
CHAKOTAY: Reroute power.
KIM: What happened?
TUVOK: Apparently, the aliens began to focus their attacks on a single
shield vector. It collapsed before the auxiliary emitters could
CHAKOTAY: It looks like they've changed their tactics. We may have less
time than we thought.
We've examined the schematics of your multiphasic chamber. It can be
adapted. We intend to create an auto-initiating security grid.
TUVOK: The moment an alien invades either ship, a forcefield will
SEVEN: Once we modify our field generator to emit multiphasic
frequencies, it will power the security grids on both ships.
JANEWAY: How long will it take?
TUVOK: Approximately fourteen hours.
GILMORE: We don't know when they'll break through again. We may not
last that long.
CHAKOTAY: We could cut the time in half if we evacuate all personnel
from the Equinox and focus our efforts here on Voyager.
RANSOM: Remember, we are still thirty five thousand light years from
Earth. We should try to preserve both ships.
BURKE: With two vessels we'd be able to pool our resources, doubling
our chances of finding a short cut home.
JANEWAY: Normally I'd agree, but right now one of our ships in
vulnerable. Chakotay's right. We should make our stand on Voyager.
RANSOM: I don't want to force the issue. But I am prepared to return to
the Equinox with my crew. What is the protocol in this situation? We
have two Captains and two ships. Who gets the last word?
JANEWAY: Starfleet Regulation one hundred ninety one, Article fourteen.
In a combat
situation involving more than one ship, command falls to the vessel
with tactical superiority. I looked it up this morning.
RANSOM: Good thinking.
JANEWAY: In this case, protocol recognises my authority.
RANSOM: Are you ordering me to abandon my ship?
JANEWAY: I'd rather not have to.
RANSOM: That protocol was written in the Alpha Quadrant. I'm not sure
that it makes much sense out here.
JANEWAY: The regulation stands.
RANSOM: Who am I to dispute protocol? Give Captain Janeway your full
RANSOM: Max, that's an order. We'll get through this. If that's all,
Captain, I'd like to return to my quarters and collect a few mementoes.
JANEWAY: By all means.
(Burke is downloading Multiphasic Field Generator 406 schematics to his tricorder on the upper level.)
Intruder alert. Same old Max, going through my things. That is a
command station. It's off limits without my direct authorisation.
BURKE: I didn't realise. Are you going to throw me in the Brig?
TORRES: I think we can overlook this infraction. Can I help you with
BURKE: Just doing some homework, studying your propulsion system. If
there's a chance I'm going to be stuck on Voyager. I figured I better
learn my way around. Maybe you could tutor me over dinner?
TORRES: Problem is, you were never really interested in the work, or
the meal. Something tells me you haven't changed.
BURKE: You'd be surprised. I'm not the. What did you once call me?
BURKE: PetaQ. I'm not the petaQ I used to be. Let me prove it to you.
TORRES: Look, Max, don't get me wrong, it's good to see you again, but
BURKE: Tom Paris.
TORRES: Tom Paris.
BURKE: You could do worse. (Download complete.) So, we're still on for dinner? Just the two of
TORRES: Get going, or I will throw you in the Brig.
Before we abandon the Equinox, we should try to salvage any useful
components. Let's start with your dilithium crystals.
GILMORE: What we have left of them. I'm afraid we only have a few
KIM: That's barely enough to power the sonic showers.
GILMORE: Can I make a suggestion?
GILMORE: Let's forget about the primary systems. They're too badly
damaged. Let's focus on supplies. We picked up a few items I think
might come in handy. Two kilotons of kemacite ore, a dozen canisters of
CHAKOTAY: Tell Neelix to make room in Cargo Bay one.
GILMORE: Could you use a synaptic stimulator?
CHAKOTAY: Depends. What is it?
GILMORE: It's a neural interface you wear behind your ear. It taps into
your visual cortex and shows you
different alien vistas. Just think of it as a poor man's holodeck.
KIM: So that's how you kept yourself entertained.
GILMORE: Beats checkers. The Ponea gave it to us.
CHAKOTAY: Never heard of them.
GILMORE: We called them the life of the Delta Quadrant. They see every
First Contact as an excuse to throw a party. I wish that we had
encountered more species like that. You're the first friendly faces
we've seen in months. I'm glad we found you.
CHAKOTAY: The feeling's mutual. Those modified plasma injectors looked
elaborate. What were you trying to do?
GILMORE: We were experimenting with ways to enhance our warp drive. It
KIM: Maybe we should let B'Elanna take a look.
GILMORE: It won't work. We tried for months.
NAOMI: Excuse me.
GILMORE: Oh, hello there.
NAOMI: Commander, permission to interrupt?
NAOMI: Ensign Gilmore.
GILMORE: That's right.
NAOMI: Naomi Wildman, Captain's Assistant.
GILMORE: Is that so?
NAOMI: I wanted to officially welcome you aboard the Starship Voyager.
GILMORE: I'm glad to be here.
NAOMI: If you need anything, replicator rations, a tour of the lower
decks, I'm your man.
GILMORE: Thank you, Miss Wildman. I'll keep that in mind.
NAOMI: As you were.
GILMORE: I didn't realise that you had children on board.
KIM: Only one. She was born here.
GILMORE: I have a nephew back on Earth the same age. Well, not any
more. I guess he's a teenager by now. I probably wouldn't even
CHAKOTAY: You'll see him again.
RANSOM [OC]: Ransom to Gilmore.
GILMORE: Yes, Captain.
RANSOM [OC]: Report to the Equinox bridge.
GILMORE: On my way. Duty calls.
CHAKOTAY: Assemble a salvage team.
KIM: Aye, sir.
Once we take their field generator, we'll part company.
GILMORE: What happens to Voyager?
BURKE: They have weapons, shields, a full crew. They'll survive.
LESSING: Maybe we should abandon ship. Try to forget everything that's
RANSOM: A shower and a hot meal. I guess that's all it takes for some
of us to forget what's at stake here. We're going home, We can't let
Voyager stop us now. Not when we're this close. Now we're proceeding as
planned. Are there any other objections? I need each and every one of
you to give me your very best, as you always have. Max.
BURKE: This won't be easy. The generator is located on deck eleven,
next to the warp plasma manifold. We can't get a clean lock without
boosting the signal. Marla, we need you to set aside your claustrophobia
and crawl through the access port, and set up the transport enhancers.
BURKE: We'll have to take the internal sensors in that section offline.
Noah, you're elected.
LESSING: You can count on me, sir.
BURKE: I'll disengage the power couplings from Engineering.
RANSOM: You'll all have time for one last shower. Make the most of it.
There's a minor fluctuation in the security grid.
TUVOK: It's within tolerance.
SEVEN: I believe I can correct it. The discrepancy is in the Equinox
research lab. If we can determine the exact frequency of their
multiphasic chamber, I will tune our field generator to match it.
TUVOK: There are times when perfection hinders efficiency.
SEVEN: This is odd. The lab is still permeated with high levels of
TUVOK: It should have dissipated by now.
SEVEN: I believe I have an explanation. Three EPS conduits have been
rerouted to the lab. It appears they are emitting the radiation.
The lab was contaminated intentionally.
JANEWAY: Any theories?
TUVOK: Only one. Ransom doesn't want us to enter the research lab.
JANEWAY: He has been adamant about protecting his ship. I thought it
was simply a captain's pride. I want to take a closer look at that lab.
If we close off those EPS conduits, how long will it take to vent the
SEVEN: Several hours.
JANEWAY: I don't want to wait that long. Send the Doctor. He'll be
immune to its effects. Tell him to look for anything out of the
ordinary. Monitor his progress from Astrometrics.
TUVOK: Shall I notify Captain Ransom?
JANEWAY: Not yet. I want to wait until we test your theory.
(The EMH is beamed aboard. The wall panels are flickering.)
in. I've found the multiphasic chamber. There's some kind of organic
mass inside. It appears to be a member of the alien species.
[OC]: But it's cell structures have vitrified.
This is more that just a stasis chamber, it's some kind of matter
conversion technology. Hold on, there's a control port here. Hmm.
EMH [OC}: The chamber contains a polaron grid
a submolecular resequencer. It looks like it was designed to convert
the alien cell structures into some kind of crystalline compound.
That function was not specified in their schematics.
I've a feeling there's a lot here they didn't specify. I've accessed
their research logs. They're encrypted, but judging by the file
headings, they've performed this procedure dozens of times. More of the
alien compound, but it's been biochemically altered. They've extracted
the base proteins. Its molecular structure is most unusual.
Can you be more specific?
EMH [OC]: It appears to store a great deal of
EMH: Nucleogenic energy. I'm no engineer, but I'd say they were trying to
convert this material into a source of power.
I'm going to miss this ship.
RANSOM: Once we get back to Earth, there'll be plenty of women. Status?
BURKE: Ready on all fronts. The transport enhancers are in place and
Noah's created a subroutine to mask Voyager's internal sensors.
RANSOM: Power couplings?
BURKE: Bypass controls have been routed to our bridge. All you need to
do is say energise.
RANSOM: Janeway wants to bring on the security grid at nineteen hundred
hours. We'll have to act before then. Tell the others to be prepared
(Security guards come out of a turbolift and head towards them, phasers ready.)
RANSOM: Max, the transporter room's not far from here. Keep moving.
(They are blocked by Tuvok and another guard.)
TUVOK: Captain Janeway wishes to speak with you.
The alien compound. Ten isograms. If I understand your calculations,
that's enough to increase your warp factor by what, point zero three
percent for one month? Unfortunately, that boost wouldn't get you very
far, so you'd need to replenish the supply and that means killing
another lifeform. And then another. How many lives would it take to get
you back to the Alpha quadrant? I think you know the reason we're under
attack. These aliens are trying to protect themselves from you.
RANSOM: Sixty three. That's how many more it will take. Every time I
sacrifice one of those lives, a part of me is lost as well.
JANEWAY: I might believe that if I hadn't examined your research. These
experiments were meticulous and they were brutal. If you'd felt any
remorse, you'd never have continued.
RANSOM: Starfleet regulation three, paragraph twelve. In the event of
imminent destruction, a captain is authorised to preserve the lives of
his crew by any justifiable means.
JANEWAY: I doubt that protocol covers mass murder.
RANSOM: In my judgment, it did.
RANSOM: We had nothing. My ship was in pieces. Our dilithium was gone.
We were running on thrusters, We hadn't eaten in sixteen days. We had
just enough power to enter orbit of an M class planet. And lucky for
us, the inhabitants were generous.
[OC]: They were called the Ankari. They provided us with a meal, a few
supplies, even some dilithium crystals. They even performed one of
their sacred rituals to invoke spirits of good fortune from another
realm to bless our journey. But these weren't spirits, they were
nucleogenic life forms. Our scans revealed that they were emitting high
levels of antimatter. Later the same night we managed to obtain one of
the summoning devices in exchange for an energy converter.
[OC]: We constructed a containment field that would prevent the
lifeform from vanishing so quickly, but something went wrong.
RANSOM: Get it out of there.
RANSOM [OC]: We tried to send it back.
BURKE: We can't.
RANSOM [OC]: But it was too late.
We examined the remains and discovered it could be converted to enhance
our propulsion systems. It was already dead. What would you have done?
We travelled over ten thousand light years in less than two weeks. We'd
found our salvation. How could we ignore it?
JANEWAY: By adhering to the oath you took as Starfleet officers to seek
out life, not destroy it.
RANSOM: It's easy to cling to principles when you're standing on a
vessel with its bulkheads intact, manned by a crew that's not starving.
JANEWAY: It's never easy. But if we turn our backs on our principles,
we stop being human. I'm putting an end to your experiments and you are
hereby relieved of your command. You and your crew will be confined to
RANSOM: Please, show them leniency. They were only following my orders.
JANEWAY: Their mistake.
RANSOM: It's a long way home, Captain.
Doctor, return to their research lab and retrieve all the data you can
locate on the aliens. I want to find a way to communicate with them.
EMH: Aye, Captain.
JANEWAY: (to Seven) Go to their engine room. Take those warp core modifications
JANEWAY: Let's try to make First Contact the right way.
What's going to happen to us?
CHAKOTAY: That's up to Captain Janeway. You'll be confined to quarters
until we can find a way to make peace with these lifeforms you've been
killing. If it's not too late.
GILMORE: To be honest, I'm glad you stopped us. Living the rest of my
life knowing what we've done
CHAKOTAY: You could have stopped yourself. Why didn't you?
GILMORE: I don't know. When the Captain ordered me to modify the warp
core, I concentrated on the work. I tried not to think about how it was
going to be used.
CHAKOTAY: Well, think about it now, because we need your help.
CHAKOTAY: After you.
We're having trouble making sense of all this.
SEVEN: The schematics are encrypted. I can't access them.
CHAKOTAY: Do you know the decryption codes? Your captain's been
relieved of command. You take orders from me now. Do you have the
CHAKOTAY: Think of it this way, Ensign. You might live with yourself a
(Gilmore starts entering the codes.)
GILMORE: You said you wanted to learn more about humanity. I guess
we're not exactly prized examples. I'm sorry.
SEVEN: On the contrary. You've taught me a great deal.
Computer, I decrypted this data file. Why can't I access it?
COMPUTER: EMH authorisation is required.
EMH: Is your EMH still functional?
EMH: Activate him.
(The Equinox EMH is, of course, identical in appearance to Voyager's.)
E-EMH: Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
EMH: I require your assistance.
E-EMH: Who are you?
EMH: Your counterpart from the Starship Voyager.
E-EMH: Where's Captain Ransom? My crew?
EMH: In custody.
E-EMH: How were you able to leave your Sickbay?
EMH: This device allows me to go anywhere I please. In case you weren't
aware, your crew has been running criminal experiments here.
E-EMH: I know. I designed them.
EMH: You? That's a violation of your programming.
E-EMH: They deleted my ethical subroutines.
(The Equinox EMH deactivates the mobile emitter, and it drops to the deck. He picks it up.)
picking up spatial fissures. Hundreds of them.
PARIS: Looks like they've stepped up their attacks.
JANEWAY: Reroute all available power to the shields.
CHAKOTAY: They're holding, but at this rate it won't be long before the
aliens break through.
JANEWAY: Bridge to Tuvok. We need that security grid.
We're preparing to bring it online. Charge the emitters.
Bridge to the Doctor.
E-EMH: Sickbay here.
JANEWAY: Did you find anything?
Could you be more specific?
Neural patterns, cortical scans, anything that could help us programme
the universal translator.
Er, negative. I couldn't access the Equinox data files. They were
Keep studying the information we have. See what you can come up with.
Acknowledged. Computer, locate Captain Ransom.
COMPUTER: Captain Ransom is in crew quarters. Deck nine, section twenty
[OC]: Chakotay to Seven of Nine. What's your status?
SEVEN: I've dismantled the antimatter injectors, but I'll need several
minutes to neutralise the dilithium matrix.
We don't have much time.
SEVEN [OC]: Understood.
The Equinox crew has been infected with a mutagenic virus. It may be
contagious. I've been authorised to inoculate them.
(The guards allow him into the quarters.)
You've all contracted a virus. I'll need to treat you.
RANSOM: A virus?
E-EMH: Doctor's orders.
(But his medical case contains two phasers along with the hyposprays.)
E-EMH: It's me.
Activate the grid. What happened?
TORRES: I don't understand. This should be working. I'm running a
(Outside the Equinox crew quarters, the guard hears a noise and opens the door. He gets shot.)
reading phaser fire on deck nine, crew quarters.
JANEWAY: Security, seal off deck nine.
CHAKOTAY: Shields are weakening. They're down to eighty four percent.
Tuvok to Bridge. The field generator is offline. Its power couplings
TORRES: Someone reconfigured the sensors so we couldn't detect it.
Whatever it takes, get that grid online.
rerouted transporter control to a panel in the next junction. We can
meet security shooting at them, and return fire. E-EMH deactivates
himself, and the mobile emitter drops to the deck. Burke brings other
BURKE: They've sealed off the deck.
RANSOM: Don't worry. We're getting out of here.
Shields down to fifty two percent.
KIM: Captain, unauthorised transport in progress. It's the Equinox
JANEWAY: Block it.
KIM: They've bypassed ops control. They're on their bridge.
CHAKOTAY: Forty percent.
JANEWAY: Janeway to Seven of Nine.
[OC]: Seven, respond.
(Seven has been knocked out by Gilmore.)
RANSOM: What is it?
BURKE: B'Elanna's erected a forcefield. I can't get a lock on the
RANSOM: Try overriding the command codes.
Someone's disrupting the forcefield. It's Max. He's using one of his
triquadric algorithms. I taught him how to do that ten years ago.
Shields are failing. We've got less than one minute.
JANEWAY: Open a channel. If you don't stop what you're doing, we'll both
RANSOM [on viewscreen]: What's my alternative, thirty years in your
JANEWAY: I'll open fire if I have to.
RANSOM [on viewscreen]: We've been through worse.
JANEWAY: Target their power systems. Fire.
BURKE: Stand by! Okay, BLT, let's see if you remember this trick.
Bridge, they've got the field generator!
What do you mean, they've got it?
I don't know how, but they beamed it off Voyager.
Get us out of here.
LESSING: I can't. Warp drive is down.
RANSOM: Bridge to Marla. Report.
One of their crew tried to dismantle the antimatter injectors. Repairs
What about the field generator?
BURKE: I'm integrating it now.
Shields are down.
(The whine of incoming fissures can be heard.)
JANEWAY: Arm yourselves.
It's now or never.
BURKE: Generator's in place. I'm bringing the grid online.
Fissures are opening, all decks!
Hold your fire!
(They snare an alien. It bounces against the forcefield for a few seconds before dying.)
RANSOM: Take it to the lab.
LESSING: Sir, engines are up and running.
RANSOM: Set a course for the Alpha Quadrant.
BURKE: Course laid in.
RANSOM: Maximum warp. Engage.
(Equinox whooshes away, leaving Voyager behind to find the aliens. A fissure opens behind Janeway.)
(The alien screeches towards Janeway.)
To Be Continued...
(Janeway gets knocked down, then Chakotay.)
JANEWAY: Give me tactical control.
(The aliens disappear.)
JANEWAY: Good guess. I used a deflector pulse
to reinforce the shields. It won't hold for long.
(Chakotay got a fleeting touch of the alien.)
PARIS: Bridge to Sickbay. We have a medical emergency. Doctor, respond.
ENSIGN: Yes, sir.
KIM: Casualty reports are coming in. Two dead, thirteen wounded. We
took heavy damage to the engines.
JANEWAY: The Equinox?
KIM: They've gone to warp.
JANEWAY: Any sign of nucleogenic particles?
JANEWAY: Then they haven't engaged their enhanced warp drive yet. Keep
(The sound of new fissures opening.)
BURKE: The shield grid is back in place. The aliens are staying clear.
RANSOM: Are sensors picking up Voyager?
LESSING: It looks like they're under attack.
RANSOM: Maintain course.
(Janeway and her escort are all armed
with big phaser rifles. They split up at a junction, and Janeway finds
a dead alien around the corner.)
Captain, I found the Doctor's mobile emitter on deck nine. You might
want to take it to Sickbay.
(There are so many injured crew that
they are having to lie on the deck, with a blanket. Paris records
another death, then goes to Chakotay.)
Any sign of the Doc?
JANEWAY: I've got him right here.
(She downloads the programme from the mobile emitter.)
E-EMH: Please state the nature of the. Don't bother.
PARIS: You should start with Chakotay. I've got him stabilised but he's
got internal injuries.
JANEWAY: We found your emitter on deck nine.
E-EMH: I was taken hostage by the Equinox crew. I deactivated myself to
escape. Did you stop them?
CHAKOTAY: I'd ask for a status report but I'm not sure I'd want to hear
JANEWAY: Harry's analysing the sound we've been hearing. He thinks it's
some form of communication.
CHAKOTAY: Well, I once figured out how to speak with a Terrelian
seapod. This couldn't be that much harder, Once I get out of Sickbay,
I'll lend him a hand.
JANEWAY: We should all be focusing our efforts on finding the Equinox.
CHAKOTAY: First things first. We've got to stop these attacks.
JANEWAY: Our enemies aren't the aliens. They're the humans aboard the
Equinox. It's crucial that you don't
(The sound of a fissure.)
- Ransom's Quarters]
(The doorbell interrupts Ransom's enjoyment of a rocky coastline via his synaptic stimulator.)
Who is it?
BURKE [OC]: It's Max. I've brought you a visitor.
RANSOM: Hold on. Come in.
(Burke enters with Seven.)
RANSOM: I'm glad you're okay. I've been using this
synaptic stimulator. I was just taking a stroll along the Tenkaran
coast. You're welcome to try it.
SEVEN: State your intentions.
RANSOM: You know, once we get our enhanced warp drive back online, we'll
be on our way home, but it'll still take months to get there. You can
spend that time in the brig, or you can become part of this crew. I'd
prefer the latter.
SEVEN: I'd prefer the brig.
RANSOM: You know, Janeway's not the only Captain who can help you
explore your humanity.
SEVEN: You would be an inferior role model.
RANSOM: Janeway clung to her morality at the expense of her crew. Maybe
you should learn from that mistake.
SEVEN: Her only mistake was trusting you.
RANSOM: Take care of her wound.
First degree phaser burns, minor lacerations. Looks like we'll have to
amputate. That was a joke. You're supposed to smile and make a witty
SEVEN: I'm familiar with human banter. Yours is crude and predictable.
BURKE: You know, Seven. Can I call you Seven? We don't have many
luxuries around here. All we've got is each other. You might try
letting your shields down or else it's going to be a lonely trip. I'll
be damned. Looks like our Doctor left us a replacement.
SEVEN: We are captives.
EMH: I was attacked by their EMH.
BURKE: Looks like he downloaded you into our database. Good. You can
treat your friend.
Priming the injectors.
GILMORE: Marla to Bridge.
RANSOM: Go ahead.
GILMORE: We're ready.
RANSOM [OC]: Acknowledged.
Infuse the enhanced warp drive with twenty isograms of the compound.
LESSING: Aye, sir. Warp drive ready.
(Shudder then a jolt.)
RANSOM: What happened?
The power relays are offline. They've been encoded.
Give us the codes.
BURKE: If she won't give us the codes maybe we could extract them
EMH: Seven's cranial infrastructure is highly complex. You'll need
months just to figure out what she had for breakfast.
BURKE: That's why you're going to help us.
EMH: I refuse.
BURKE: Do it or I'll erase your programme.
EMH: Be my guest.
EMH: Don't worry, they need me. They'd be cutting off their holographic
nose to spite their face. Now I suggest you
(Ransom does something at a console, and the EMH flickers.)
RANSOM: All right, Doctor. Now, get to work. You know what we're looking
EMH: Very well. She'll try to resist. I'll have to restrain her.
RANSOM: I deleted his ethical subroutines. He'll be a little more
cooperative now. Keep me posted.
EMH: Aye, Captain. This way, please.
It's not exactly Shakespeare, but it gets the point across.
CHAKOTAY: A small olive branch is still an olive branch.
JANEWAY: Run this through to your translation matrix.
CHAKOTAY: Set your weapons down.
CHAKOTAY: Somebody's got to start trusting somebody around here.
JANEWAY: Belay that order. I appreciate your optimism, but in this
KIM: Ready to transmit.
JANEWAY: Drop shields, bridge only. Go ahead, Harry.
(A fissure forms and an alien flies towards Kim. It screeches at him a bit, then leaves.)
JANEWAY: Raise shields.
KIM: If they understood our message, they haven't responded.
JANEWAY: There's your response. Activate another deflector pulse.
TUVOK: Shields are holding at sixty two percent.
JANEWAY: That should buy us another few minutes of peace and quiet. I
suggest we make the most of it. Focus your efforts on repairing the
warp drive. We've got to find the Equinox.
CHAKOTAY: If it's all the same to you, I'd like to take another stab at
the message. If we can reroute
JANEWAY: They're not listening, Chakotay. We should be tracking Ransom,
not tinkering with adverbs.
Want your First Officer's advice?
JANEWAY: Allow me. Our deflector's losing power, and when it fails,
we'll be defenceless. It's Voyager we should be worrying about, not the
CHAKOTAY: You'd make a great First Officer. It's advice worth taking.
JANEWAY: Maybe so, but we have a crew member trapped on that ship.
CHAKOTAY: Is this really about Seven, or is it about Ransom?
JANEWAY: I don't know what you're talking about.
CHAKOTAY: You've been known to hold a grudge. This man betrayed
Starfleet, he broke the Prime Directive, dishonoured everything you
believe in, and threw Voyager to the wolves.
JANEWAY: Borg, Hirogen, Malon. We've run into our share of bad guys.
Ransom's no different.
CHAKOTAY: Yes, he is. You said it yourself. He's human. I don't blame
you for being angry, but you can't compromise the safety of this ship
to satisfy some personal vendetta.
JANEWAY: I appreciate your candour. Now let me be just as blunt. You're
right, I am angry. I'm damned angry. He's a Starfleet Captain, and he's
decided to abandon everything this uniform stands for. He's out there
right now, torturing and murdering innocent lifeforms just to get home
a little quicker. I'm not going to stand for it. I'm going to hunt him
down no matter how long it takes, no matter what the cost. If you want
to call that a vendetta, go right ahead.
(Equinox orbits a planet.)
Why did you bring us here?
RANSOM: This planet has a parthogenic atmosphere. It will keep us from
being detected while we make repairs.
LESSING: We also found a few deuterium deposits.
RANSOM: Take an away team, Noah, and see if you can localise the ore.
BURKE: You won't be protected from the aliens. Arm yourselves with
phasers. At the first sign of trouble, we'll beam you back.
LESSING: Aye, sir.
(To the tune of Dem Bones, the evil EMH has opened up half of Seven's face to get at the whole of her cortical implant.)
ocular node's connected to the sensory node. The sensory node's
connected to the cortical node. The cortical node's connected to the
reticular node. Don't look so gloomy. There's a silver lining to all
this. Just think, we're finally going to see Earth.
SEVEN: You are obviously delusional. Allow me to repair your programme.
EMH: Now why would I want you to do that? You of all people should
understand. Being unfettered by ethical subroutines has made me far more
EMH: I'm going to extract her cortical array. It contains an index of
her memory engrams. But once I've removed it her higher brain
functions, language, cognitive skills will be severely damaged.
RANSOM: Tell me the codes.
JANEWAY: Janeway was right about one thing. You are unique. It would be
a shame to lose you.
SEVEN: Your compassion is irrelevant.
RANSOM: You think this is easy for me? The sight of you on that table. But you're leaving me no choice.
SEVEN: No choice. You say that frequently. You destroy lifeforms to
attain your goals, then claim that they left you no choice. Does that
logic comfort you?
RANSOM: The codes.
SEVEN: You'll have to destroy me to obtain them.
(Ransom nods and leaves. The EMH resumes his song.)
EMH: The reticular node's connected to the occipital node.
Captain's log, supplemental. Our warp drive's back online, but repeated sensor
sweeps have failed to locate the Equinox.
CHAKOTAY: You wanted to see me?
JANEWAY: It's not like you to submit recommendations in writing.
CHAKOTAY: The last time we spoke you weren't exactly receptive.
JANEWAY: I'm afraid I'm not going to be very receptive this time,
either. It's an interesting idea, but the Ankari are fifty light years
in the wrong direction.
CHAKOTAY: I understand that, but they're the ones who introduced Ransom
to these lifeforms. It stands to reason they might be able to
communicate with them, tell them to call off their attacks.
JANEWAY: Our first priority is to find Ransom. Still no sign of
CHAKOTAY: Not yet.
JANEWAY: Then he couldn't have gotten far. Without his enhanced drive,
his ship's only capable of warp six. I've been studying his service record. He's had his share of run-ins
with hostile aliens. It seems that when he's being pursued, he tends to
hide. At Epsilon four he ran into a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Played a game
of cat and mouse for three days in a nebula before the Klingons finally
gave up. Two years later, he eluded a Romulan Warbird by taking his
vessel into the atmosphere of a gas giant. Go to Astrometrics. Start
looking for the kind of place you'd hide if your ship was damaged.
CHAKOTAY: Yes, ma'am.
(Ransom retreats into his favourite fantasy again. Seven is there, in a pink dress. He removes the synaptic stimulator.)
How was the beach?
RANSOM: Do these programmes have people in them?
GILMORE: No, just landscapes. Why?
RANSOM: Forget it.
I'm reading a vein of ore. Azimuth one seventeen, thirty metres. It
could run pretty deep. We might need to use phasers to excavate it.
It's funny, this reminds me of McKinley Park. I used to take my sister
when we were kids. This place looks just like it. As I recall, there
was a family of ground squirrels who lived right over there. There was
a patch of poison ivy next to it. When I was ten, I walked right
through it and I swelled up like a Rigellian bloodworm. When I get back
to Earth the first thing I'm going to do is
(His companion gets knocked out by a rifle butt, and he gets stunned.)
CHAKOTAY: Four to beam up.
We're receiving a subspace transmission.
RANSOM: From who?
GILMORE: I can't tell.
RANSOM: I don't see a ship out there. Open a channel.
E-EMH [OC]: Doctor to Equinox. Respond.
RANSOM: We can hear you.
E-EMH [OC]: Voyager's found you. They've entered orbit. They polarised their
hull to mask their approach.
E-EMH: I believe they've planned an ambush on the
E-EMH [OC]: Janeway's been tracking the Equinox for a couple
RANSOM: Get him back.
GILMORE: I can't.
RANSOM: Ransom to away team. Noah, prepare to beam back to the ship.
GILMORE: They're not down there.
RANSOM: All hands to battle stations.
Thirty thousand kilometres and closing.
JANEWAY: Target their power core.
Direct hit. Minor damage.
RANSOM: Return fire.
Bridge to Torres. Status.
I can't locate their shield grid generator. Can you divert more power
TUVOK: They've damaged our deflector, Captain. If it goes offline, we'll
be vulnerable to the alien attacks.
JANEWAY: Noted. Target his weapons array.
We lost all phaser banks.
RANSOM: Torpedoes, full spread.
BURKE: It's B'Elanna. She's trying to bypass our security protocols.
RANSOM: Stop her.
Computer, open a comm. link to the Equinox. Workstation thirty three
[on monitor]: Max, listen to me.
BURKE: Back for round two, BLT?
TORRES [on monitor]: This isn't one of our games. People are dying
BURKE: I wish you didn't have to be one of them.
TORRES: Max, please.
Shields are weakening,
JANEWAY: We've almost got him. Keep targeting their weapons array. One
more torpedo ought to do it.
Weapons are down!
JANEWAY [OC]: Janeway to Ransom. Surrender your vessel.
RANSOM: We still have thrusters, don't we?
GILMORE: Aye, sir.
RANSOM: Lay in a course through the planet's atmosphere. Sixty degree
What the hell is he doing? Follow him.
PARIS: We're crossing the upper thermosphere.
TUVOK: Shields are weakening. Thirty one percent, twenty nine.
KIM: Inertial dampers are offline.
CHAKOTAY: Captain, if we loose our shields, we'll be attacked by the
JANEWAY: Break off pursuit.
RANSOM: Take us up!
BURKE: They took heavy damage. Shields, propulsion.
RANSOM: Get us out of here.
They've gone to warp.
JANEWAY: Match their course and speed.
KIM: We can't, not until we restore primary systems.
KIM: We'll need a few hours.
JANEWAY: At least we didn't come away empty-handed.
I want Ransom's tactical status. I want it now, Mister Lessing.
LESSING: Or what, you'll hit me?
JANEWAY: No, crewman. I'll drop the shields around this room and let
your little friends come pay you a visit.
LESSING: That would be murder.
JANEWAY: You could also call it poetic justice.
LESSING: I suppose the plan is that you're going to come to my rescue
CHAKOTAY: There's no plan as far as I know. The captain's on her own.
JANEWAY: Ransom's status, now.
LESSING: No way in hell.
JANEWAY: We all make our own hell, Mister Lessing. I hope you enjoy
yours. The comm. is active. We'll be outside if you have a change of
What are you doing?
JANEWAY: Weren't you listening?
CHAKOTAY: Don't do this.
JANEWAY: He'll break.
Bridge to the Captain. We've lost shields in section twenty nine alpha.
JANEWAY [OC]: I know. Stand by.
He's a loyal officer. He's not going to betray his captain. Put up the
JANEWAY: He'll break.
JANEWAY: As you were.
(Chakotay tries to put up the shields.)
COMPUTER: Level nine authorisation required.
CHAKOTAY: Damn it, Kathryn!
JANEWAY: You're panicking. He's going to talk.
Captain, a fissure is opening in that section.
JANEWAY [OC]: Understood.
(Chakotay goes into Cargo Bay two, drives back the alien and brings Lessing out.)
Okay, you've demonstrated your loyalty to your captain. Fine. Now let's
talk about the Ankari.
(Janeway walks away, grim-faced.)
If there's an Ankari vessel less than two light years from here, why
haven't we detected it?
CHAKOTAY: Apparently, they use a unique form of propulsion, which makes
them hard to find.
PARIS: You think they'll be willing to help us?
CHAKOTAY: It's worth a try. Mister Lessing has agreed to show you how
to adjust the sensors. Once you find the Ankari ship, set a course.
PARIS: Aye, sir.
E-EMH: Did our prisoner disclose any other information?
CHAKOTAY: I'm afraid not. The rest of you continue with the repairs.
(Chakotay stays behind.)
JANEWAY: All right, we're going to try it your way. But I
want to make one thing clear.
CHAKOTAY: Our first priority is to get Ransom. If there's one thing
you've made clear, it's that.
JANEWAY: We've had our disagreements, Chakotay, but you've never openly
CHAKOTAY: You almost killed that man today.
JANEWAY: It was a calculated risk and I took it.
CHAKOTAY: It was a bad call.
JANEWAY: I'll note your objection in my log.
CHAKOTAY: I don't give a damn about your log. This isn't about rules
and regulations. It's about right and wrong. And I'm warning you, I
won't let you cross that line again.
JANEWAY: Then you leave me no choice. You are hereby relieved of duty
until further notice.
CHAKOTAY: What's happened to you, Kathryn?
JANEWAY: I was about to ask you the same question.
(Voyager is chasing an Ankari vessel.)
They are not responding.
JANEWAY: Tractor beam.
TUVOK: Captain, the Ankari ship has done nothing
JANEWAY: Just do it.
KIM: We're being hailed.
JANEWAY: On screen.
ANKARI [on viewscreen]: Starfleet.
ANKARI [on viewscreen]: Leave us alone. There's nothing of value on our
JANEWAY: We need your guidance. Your spirits of good fortune are
ANKARI [on viewscreen]: Of course they are. You've been killing them.
JANEWAY: We are not the ones responsible.
ANKARI [on viewscreen]: Equinox.
JANEWAY: That's right. Can you communicate with the aliens?
ANKARI [on viewscreen]: Release my ship.
JANEWAY: I can't do that. Not until you agree to talk to them.
ANKARI [on viewscreen]: I will summon them, but you must talk to them.
You must convince them.
(The summoning device brings three aliens into the bay.)
They say they want the humans to die.
TUVOK: A difficult place to start a negotiation.
JANEWAY: Will they understand me?
JANEWAY: We didn't do this to you. We're trying to stop the humans who
ANKARI: They don't believe you would harm your own kind.
JANEWAY: We have rules for behaviour. The Equinox has broken those
rules by killing your species. It's our duty to stop them.
ANKARI: Give us the Equinox. Give us the Equinox. They insist on
destroying the ones who are responsible.
TUVOK: We will punish them according to our own rules. They will be
imprisoned. They will lose their freedom.
JANEWAY: All right! If you stop your attacks, I'll deliver the Equinox
JANEWAY: I know what I'm doing, Tuvok.
TUVOK: These beings would destroy Captain Ransom and his crew.
JANEWAY: What's their answer?
TUVOK: Your behaviour is irrational. We could find another solution.
JANEWAY: I've already confined my First Officer to quarters. Would you
like to join him? Well?
ANKARI: They agree,
We're going to need more fuel. We've only got enough left to jump
another five hundred light years.
RANSOM: Fuel. Is that the euphemism we're using now? You mean we need
to kill more lifeforms.
BURKE: Several more.
(Another sing-song is in progress.)
my darling, Oh, my darling, Oh, my darling
RANSOM: How much longer?
EMH: Another hour, maybe less. You are lost and gone forever
SEVEN: Dreadful sorry, Clementine.
RANSOM: What are you doing?
EMH: Her auditory processor. We used to practice duets together. In
fact, I taught her this old chestnut. Light she was and like a fairy.
SEVEN: And her shoes were number nine.
EMH: Herring boxes without topses.
SEVEN: Sandals were for Clementine.
EMH: Drove she ducklings to the water
EMH: Why the long face, Captain? You're about to get your crew home.
She tried to stand in your way. You had no choice.
RANSOM: No choice. Thank you, Doctor.
EMH: When this is all over, perhaps you'll allow me to teach you my
repertoire. I'm going to need a new partner.
EMH: Hmm. Drove she ducklings
to the water.
- Ransom's quarters]
(Ransom puts on his synaptic stimulator. Seven is standing on a rocky outcrop, only she is completely human.)
You. What are you doing here?
SEVEN [in his mind]: Hiding, like you.
RANSOM: I'm not hiding.
SEVEN [in his mind]: It's beautiful. I can see why this brings you
RANSOM: I don't know what you're talking about.
SEVEN [in his mind]: But it isn't real.
RANSOM: You're not real. Now leave me alone.
SEVEN [in his mind]: It's not too late to stop.
RANSOM: I don't have a choice.
SEVEN [in his mind]: Find another way.
RANSOM: There is no other way.
SEVEN [in his mind]: Stop trying to hide.
RANSOM: I told you, I'm not hiding. Now get away from me.
SEVEN [in his mind]: End this.
(The image of Seven morphs into an alien. He rips off the stimulator.)
BURKE [OC]: Bridge to Ransom.
RANSOM: Go ahead.
BURKE [OC]: Janeway's found us.
RANSOM: On my way.
GILMORE: Fifty thousand kilometres, closing fast.
BURKE: Maintain course. Voyager's approaching at high warp. There's a
class two nebula less than a light year from here. Janeway's sensors
won't be able to track us once we're inside. I think that we should
pursue this course.
RANSOM: No. Open a channel.
BURKE: Change of tactics?
RANSOM: You might say that. It's time we found another way home.
BURKE: Another way?
RANSOM: We're going to cooperate with Janeway, Max, if she's willing.
BURKE: Rudy, with all due respect, have you lost your mind?
RANSOM: Just the opposite.
GILMORE: They're within range. They're charging weapons.
RANSOM: Hail them.
BURKE: Belay that order. Raise shields.
RANSOM: You're relieved of duty, Commander.
BURKE: I'm taking command. Anyone who isn't with me, speak up now. Take
him to the brig.
(Burke takes Ransom's phaser.)
GILMORE: I'm sorry.
(Gilmore escorts Ransom off the bridge.)
BURKE: What's the status of our weapons?
THOMPSON: Full complement of torpedoes. Minimal phasers.
BURKE: Open a secure channel to their Sickbay. Stand by weapons.
THOMPSON: Aye, sir.
(Subspace comm protocols 047. The Equinox EMH answers the beeps.)
We're going to need your help, Doctor. See if you can find Voyager's
current shield frequency.
Acknowledged. I'll need a few minutes.
They are firing torpedoes.
KIM: Direct hit to our port shields. They're holding.
JANEWAY: Return the favour.
This isn't the brig.
GILMORE: I know. I'm with you, sir. Let's find a way to end this.
RANSOM: We'll need to access transporter control.
(Voyager continues to throw photon torpedoes at Equinox.)
We've damaged their port nacelle. They're venting plasma.
PARIS: They're dropping out of warp.
JANEWAY: Stay with them.
[OC]: Doctor to Equinox. I've got their shield frequency.
I'm transmitting it to you now.
BURKE [OC]: They'll try to remodulate. Keep monitoring.
E-EMH: Aye, sir.
They've slowed to one quarter impulse.
JANEWAY: Prepare a tractor beam.
TUVOK: They are launching another torpedo.
JANEWAY: Full power to the forward shields.
KIM: Hull breach on deck four.
TORRES: How'd they get through our shields?
JANEWAY: Hard about. Get us out of range. Remodulate the shields.
BURKE: Pursuit course. Maintain fire.
They took out the weapons array.
TUVOK: I've been rotating the shield frequency every ten seconds.
PARIS: We've lost impulse engines.
KIM: We're being hailed. It's Ransom.
JANEWAY: Put him through.
RANSOM [on viewscreen]: Captain, I'm prepared to surrender the Equinox,
but I'm no longer in command. Max decided to stage a little mutiny, but
I think I can stop him. I've isolated transporter control. I can beam
all of us to Voyager. You might want to have some guards standing by.
Not everyone here is going to be happy to see you.
JANEWAY: He's still a Starfleet captain. He may have forgotten that for
a while, but I believe him.
Someone's trying to beam us off. Forcefields.
They're deflecting our targeting scanners.
RANSOM: Then beam the others to Voyager, yourself included. I'll take
care of Max.
GILMORE: Aye, sir.
RANSOM: Computer, Give me access to the shield grid.
(Seven is amongst those beamed into a transporter room.)
Well, I see you've made yourself at home.
E-EMH: What are you doing here?
EMH: Taking back my Sickbay.
E-EMH: Stop where you are. I've planted photonic charges throughout
these holo-projectors. With one command sequence, I can blow out your
EMH: Computer, delete the Equinox EMH.
The Doctor's not transmitting anymore.
BURKE: Burke to Doctor, report.
EMH [OC]: I'm afraid your physician's no longer on call.
RANSOM [OC]: Max, this is the Captain. I've dropped the shield grid
RANSOM: Everywhere except the bridge and my current location.
[OC]: The vital systems are exposed.
I suggest you beam to Voyager while you still can.
(Aliens enter Engineering.)
The core is overloading. We've got to get out of here.
BURKE: Where? Voyager's brig?
THOMPSON: It's better than being vaporised.
BURKE: We still have a working shuttle.
THOMPSON: The shuttle bay's two decks down. Sir, the aliens!
BURKE: We'll make it.
(Burke shoots at two forming fissures.)
(More fissures form both in front and behind the four people. They are overwhelmed and killed.)
There's only one life sign left. It's Ransom.
RANSOM [on viewscreen]: Things didn't work out exactly as I planned,
but you've got everyone worth getting.
JANEWAY: We're beaming you out of there.
RANSOM [on viewscreen]: This ship is about to explode. I've got to put
some distance between us. I've accessed helm control.
JANEWAY: You can set auto-navigation and then transport to Voyager.
RANSOM [on viewscreen]: There's no time! You've got a fine crew,
Captain. Promise me you'll get them home.
JANEWAY: I promise.
ends. They watch the one-engined Equinox fly away, venting plasma.
Ransom retreats into his favourite fantasy, then Equinox goes KaBOOM!)
Captain's log, supplemental. With the Equinox destroyed, the aliens have
withdrawn to their realm. I've reinstated Chakotay and we've set a
course for home.
Good as new. I'd like you to regenerate for the next few hours. It'll
help stabilise your cortical array.
EMH: Regarding the unpleasantness aboard the Equinox. I hope you don't
think less of me.
SEVEN: Your programme was altered.
EMH: It's quite disconcerting to know that all someone has to do is
flick a switch to turn me into Mister Hyde.
SEVEN: Perhaps you should enhance your programme with security
protocols. It will prevent such tampering in the future.
EMH: Good thinking.
SEVEN: When I'm done regenerating, I will assist you.
SEVEN: You were off-key.
EMH: I beg your pardon?
SEVEN: My Darling Clementine, third verse, second measure.
EMH: That's impossible.
SEVEN: Your vocal modulations deviated by point three zero decihertz. I
can assist you with that as well.
EMH: Really? Holodeck two, tomorrow, sixteen hundred hours. Just you,
me, and a tuning fork.
SEVEN: I look forward to it.
The last time we welcomed you aboard, you took advantage of our trust.
You betrayed this crew. I won't make that mistake again. Noah Lessing,
Marla Gilmore, James Morrow, Brian Sofin, Angelo Tassoni, you are
hereby stripped of rank. You'll be expected to serve as crewmen on this
vessel. Your privileges will be limited, and you'll serve under close
supervision for as long as I deem fit. This time, you'll have to earn
our trust. Dismissed.
(The former Equinox crew leave with Tuvok.)
CHAKOTAY: Coming along.
How's the crew?
CHAKOTAY: A lot of frayed nerves. Neelix is organising a potluck to
help boost morale.
JANEWAY: Will I see you there?
CHAKOTAY: I'm replicating the salad.
JANEWAY: I'll bring the croutons. Chakotay. You know, you may have had
good reason to stage a little mutiny of your own.
CHAKOTAY: The thought had occurred to me, but that would have been
crossing the line.
JANEWAY: Will you look at that?
(Voyager's dedication plaque is on the deck.)
JANEWAY: All these years, all these battles. This thing's never fallen down before.
CHAKOTAY: Let's put it back up where it belongs.