Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
Jack B. Sowards
Samuel A. Peeples
MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE (TO BE DESIGNED)
1 BLACK 1
Absolute quiet. SOUND bleeds in. Low level b.g.
NOISES of Enterprise bridge, clicking of relays,
minor electronic effects. We HEAR A FEMALE VOICE.
Captain's log. Stardate 8130.3,
Starship Enterprise on training
mission to Gamma Hydra. Section 14,
coordinates 22/87/4. Approaching
Neutral Zone, all systems
INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE
As the ANGLE WIDENS, we see the crew at stations;
(screens and visual displays are in use): COMMANDER
SULU at the helm, COMMANDER UHURA at the Comm Con-
sole, DR. BONES McCOY and SPOCK at his post. The
Captain is new -- and unexpected. LT. SAAVIK is young
and beautiful. She is half Vulcan and half Romulan.
In appearance she is Vulcan with pointed ears, but her
skin is fair and she has none of the expressionless
facial immobility of a Vulcan.
Leaving Section Fourteen for
Project parabolic course to
avoid entering Neutral Zone.
Captain... I'm getting something
on the distress channel. Minimal
signal... But something...
Can you amplify?
Course change projected.
It's an emergency distress call!
(filtered, breaking up)
Imperative! Imperative! This is
the Kobayashi Maru -- nineteen
periods out of Altair Six. We
have struck a gravitic mine and
have lost all power... Our hull
(breaks up, static)
... and many casualties.
This is the Starship Enterprise.
Your message is breaking up. Give
your coordinates. Repeat --
Enterprise, our position is Gamma
Hydra, Section Ten...
In the neutral zone.
Hull penetrated, life support
systems failing. Can you assist
us, Enterprise? Can you...
Data on Kobayashi Maru! Tactical!
Tactical on big screen.
Subject vessel is third class
neutronic fuel carrier, crew of
eighty-one, three hundred passengers.
Mr. Sulu, plot an intercept course.
May I remind the Captain that if a
Starship enters the zone --
I'm aware of my responsibilities,
(with a nod)
... Now entering the Neutral
2 OMITTED 2
3 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - ANOTHER ANGLE 3
Warning. We have entered the
Neutral Zone... Warning...
Estimating two minutes to intercept.
On screen: Enterprise approaches the stricken vessel.
Stand by transporter room, ready
to beam survivors, aboard.
Captain, I've lost their signal!
Alert. Sensors indicate three
Klingon Cruisers, bearing 316,
mark 4, closing fast.
On screen we see the approach of the Klingon vessels,
they are dark and sinister.
Battle stations! Activate shields!
The ALARM SOUNDS.
Inform the Klingons we are on a
They're jamming all frequencies,
Klingons on attack course and closing.
Screen verifies this. Saavik makes an agonized choice.
We're over our heads. Mr. Sulu,
get us out of here.
I'll try, Captain.
Klingon cruisers approaching,
bearing 090, mark 20.
The image flops: more Klingons approach. They FIRE
Sulu does his best, but Enterprise is hit; Sulu is
hurled from his station, and Bones hurries to him.
Engineering! damage report!
Main energizer hit, Captain!
Engage auxiliary power. Prepare
to return fire!
The bridge takes another hit -- a big one. In its wake
there is a second electrical EXPLOSION along the communi-
cations panel. Uhura falls from her station. Bones
rushes to her side amid the smoke and alarms.
Shields collapsing, Captain!
Captain, we're losing auxiliary
Fire all phasers...!
No power to the weapons system,
Another hit: reverberating flashes of spark and flame
on the bridge. Spock dies. Bones comes to him, but
even as he coughs his way through the smoke, a final
hit and Bones falls. The room is smoke filled and a
shambles. Saavik looks about in shock.
Captain, it's no use. We're
dead in space.
Saavik digests this for a painful moment. Then, touch-
ing a comm button:
Activate escape pods. Send out the
Log Buoy... All hands abandon ship.
Repeat -- all hands --
All right, open her up.
There is a loud CLANGING and --
4 FULL SHOT - ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 4
The side walls of the "bridge" slide apart, revealing
a lighted room beyond. Through the opening strides
KIRK. He stops, surveys the shambles, and shakes his
Any suggestions, Admiral?
Prayer, Mr. Saavik. The Klingons
do not take prisoners.
Trainees to the briefing room.
Sulu awakens with a grin. Uhura straightens herself
demurely. The Trainees head toward the distant room,
Spock rises and leaves. Bones remains on the floor,
head propped in his hand, whimsically.
Physician, heal thyself.
That's all you have to say?
I'm not a drama critic.
Bones rolls his eyes and rises. Kirk sees Saavik who
has not moved.
Well, Mr. Saavik, are you going
to stay with the sinking ship?
Permission to speak candidly, sir?
I don't believe this was a fair
test of my command capabilities.
And why not?
Because... there was no way to win.
A no-win situation is a possibility
every commander may face. Has that
never occurred to you?
... No, sir. It has not.
How we deal with death is at least
as important as how we deal with
life, wouldn't you say?
As I indicated, Admiral, that
thought had not occurred to me.
Then you have something new to think
about. Carry on.
She stays at attention.
Wouldn't it be easier to put
an experienced crew back on the
They'll learn. Galloping about the
cosmos is a game for the young,
He leaves. They look at each other.
What is that supposed to mean?
HOLD ON Saavik.
5 INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE SIMULATOR ROOM - DAY 5
Kirk rounds the corner and sees Spock, leaning against
Aren't you dead?
Spock almost smiles.
I assume you are loitering here
to learn what efficiency rating
I plan to give your cadets.
I am understandably curious.
They walk together.
They destroyed the simulator room
and you with it.
The Kobayshi Maru scenario
frequently wreaks havoc with
students and equipment.
As I recall you took the test
three times yourself. Your final
solution was, shall we say, unique?
It had the virtue of never having
Yours was not a solution which
would have occurred to a Vulcan
So you said at the time. Speaking
of which, your prot‚g‚'s first
rare -- a trifle emotional --
She's half Romulan, Jim. The
admixture makes her more volatile
than -- me, for example.
Than you. Yes, I see that. By
the way, thank you for this.
He lifts the book.
I know of your fondness for antiques.
'It was the best of times, it was
the worst of times...' Message,
None of which I am consciously
aware -- except, of course, happy
birthday -- surely the best of times.
Kirk looks around uncomfortably, overlaps:
Hrummm... and where are you off
The Enterprise. I must check in
before your inspection. And you?
Spock studies him --
Something oppresses you.
They are old friends --
He steps into a turbo elevator. The doors close as
Spock watches, wiping the scene.
6 EXT. DEEP SPACE - NEAR CETI ALPHA V 6
In f.g. is the U.S.S. RELIANT, an older, somewhat
battered starship of the ENTERPRISE class, with a
slightly different configuration. Reliant approaches
an inhospitable-looking yellow planet: CETI ALPHA V
Starship log, Stardate 8130.4.
This report classified MOST SECRET.
Log Entry by Commander Pavel Chekov,
Duty Officer. Starship USS Reliant
on orbital approach with Ceti Alpha
VI in connection with project code
name GENESIS. We are continuing
our search for a lifeless planet
which will serve as a suitable test
site for the Genesis Experiments.
This is the 16th planet we have
visited, so far, no success.
7 INT. BRIDGE OF RELIANT 7
Well-aged and distinctive. The usual compliment of
officers and crew. CAPTAIN CLARK TERRELL, about 45,
soft spoken and in good shape, but somewhat laconic.
Behind Terrell, surveying the data screen is COMMANDER
CHEKOV, aged some, but still boyish.
Standard orbit, Mr. Beach.
Standard orbit, sir.
Any change in surface scan?
Negative. Limited atmosphere,
dominated by craylon gas, sand and
high velocity winds. Incapable
of supporting life forms.
Forward screen: Ceti Alpha.
Does it have to be completely
Terrell rises and crosses to Chekov.
Don't tell me you've got something.
We've picked up a minor energy flux
reading on one dyno scanner.
Damn! Are you sure? Maybe the
scanner's out of adjustment --
I suppose it could be a particle
of preanimate matter caught in the
All right, let's get on the Comm-pic to
Doctor Marcus. Maybe it's something
we can transplant.
You know what she'll say...
8 EXT. DEEP SPACE - REGULA I SPACE STATION 8
A functional cluster of modules serve as a scientific
complex, a futuristic White Sands, orbiting a small
barren plantoid in b.g.: Regula.
CAROL MARCUS'S VOICE
Something you can transplant? I
don't know --
9 INT. SPACE STATION - CAROL'S LAB 9
Big but deserted except for Carol, in contact with
Reliant. Surrounded by equipment clearly meant for
many workers, CAROL MARCUS is in her early forties,
attractive and intelligent. Static mars the trans-
On the monitor: Terrell and Chekov, looking hopeful.
It might only be a particle of
Then again it might not. You
boys have to be clear on this:
there can't be so much as a
microbe or the show's off.
Why don't you have a look? If it
IS something that can be moved...
You bet, doctor. We're on our way!
Carol sighs as the image fades, not happy.
10 INT. CORRIDOR, SPACE STATION REGULA I 10
Carol walks through the labyrinthine complex with
DAVID, her son, a bright young scientist of twenty.
He is good looking and humorous.
How can you let them pull that
stuff on you? They're just lazy.
And bored. I know. But maybe it
IS something they can...
Come on, Mother, that's just the
military mentality. Never put off
tomorrow what you can put off today.
If there's one atom of life...
I know, I know...
Well, don't have kittens.
Genesis is going to work. They'll
remember you in a wreath with
Newton, Einstein, Surak...
Thanks a lot. No respect from my
Par for the course... you teaming
up with me for bridge after dinner?
Every time we have dealings with
Starfleet, I get nervous.
We're dealing with something
that COULD be perverted into
a dreadful weapon. Remember that
overgrown boy scout you used to
hang out with? That's exactly
They walk past the CAMERA, their VOICES FADING.
Listen, kiddo, Jim Kirk was many
things, but he was never a Boy
HOLD ON the empty corridor.
11 INT. KIRK'S APARTMENT, TERRA - NIGHT 11
Kirk reads the novel, trying to focus. His flat befits
an Admiral and a loner with few possessions, except
a collection of antiques.
WE HEAR A SOFT BONG.
Startled, Kirk lowers the book and pushes a button.
The door slides open and Bones enters. He carries two
packages, one of them wrapped in brown paper.
Bless me, doctor; and what beams
you into this neck of the woods?
'Beware Romulans bearing gifts.'
With a flourish, he pulls out a bottle of blue
Romulan Ale! Bones, you know
this stuff is illegal --
I only use it for medicinal
purposes. Don't be a pring...
(reading the label
Takes the stuff a while to
He takes the bottle and pours; continues talking.
Now open the other one.
Kirk starts to obey.
I'm almost afraid to. What did
you bring me, contraband Klingon --
More antiques for your collection
They drink. The package is opened: a pair of gold
"Ben Franklin" half-glasses. (N.B.: Romulan Ale is
an INSTANT DRUNK: both men react.)
Cheers. Bones, these are... charming.
Four hundred years old. You don't
find many with the lens still
Uh -- what are they?
For your eyes. For most patients
of your age, I generally administer
Retlax Five to restore flexibility
of the lens.
But I'm allergic to Retlax.
Exactly. Happy birthday.
He toasts. Kirk is unsure how they work.
Slide them down your nose. Now look
at me over the top. And you read
printed matter through the bottom.
Amazing! I don't know what to say --
Say thank you.
An awkward silence.
Damn it, Jim, what the hell's the
matter? Other people have birthdays.
Why're we treating yours like a funeral?
Bones, I don't want to be lectured.
What DO you want? Damn it, why
isn't there a girl here? You know
this has nothing to do with age.
This is about you flying a goddamn
computer console when you wanna be
out hopping Galaxies.
Spare me your notions of poetry,
please. We all have our assigned
Bull. You're hiding -- hiding
behind the rules and regulations --
And who am I hiding from?
From yourself, Admiral.
Pause. Kirk pours another drink.
Don't mince words, Bones; tell
me what you really think.
I'm your doctor and I'm your friend,
Jim. Get back your command. Get it
back before you really do grow old.
Before you turn into part of this
They look at each other.
12 EXT. RELIANT - DEEP SPACE 12
orbiting Ceti Alpha V.
VOICES OVER indicate the transporter room is ready.
13 OMITTED 13
14 EXT. SURFACE CETI ALPHA V 14
A YELLOW PLANET, in constant SWIRLING HURRICANE WINDS
OF SAND. Terrell and Chekov materialize. Their VOICES,
filtered, are hard to make out.
With the TRICORDER to guide them, they set out...
Are you sure these are the
Captain, this is the garden spot
of Ceti Alpha VI --
I can hardly see --
15 SEVERAL ANGLES 15
The difficult search, the men leaning into the wind --
16 TERRELL 16
is ahead of Chekov on a slight rise --
There's nothing, let's go --
17 ANGLE 17
Terrell waves him frantically forward. As Chekov
moves up, we rise with him to the top of the ridge and
18 ANGLE - THEIR POV 18
A RUINED SERIES OF MAN-MADE STRUCTURES, half buried in
sand. They look at each other in consternation. Chekov
is worried; something about all this is familiar.
They descend towards the structures, now seen to be the
wreckage of some sort of space craft.
They pass but do not notice the FEDERATION LOGO, half
buried next to their feet.
They look like cargo carriers...
As Chekov looks at the porthole, a face suddenly looks
back! It is the face of a CHILD! The Apparition
scares the daylights out of Chekov -- and us. He
What is it?
He comes clumsily over --
A face! I saw -- it was like a
He points. The porthole is empty.
You're crazy -- !
I saw it -- !
There's an air-lock.
He points and they go into the airlock.
19 INT. CARGO HOLD 19
Terrell and Chekov enter, dumbfounded. THEIR POV.
Someone lives here -- there are beds, food, all jury-
rigged -- but no people. Terrell checks a monitor.
There's breathable atmosphere in here.
He takes off his helmet; Chekov likewise.
What the hell is this? Did they
crash? Where's the rest of the
They wander as they talk, picking up objects that be-
speak a fairly sophisticated ad hoc environment: a
laboratory in one hold; a kitchen; A LARGE SAND TANK
filled with disgusting CETI EELS.
ABRUPTLY A SOUND -- They start: CHILD'S GURGLE.
I told you! I told you I saw a --
They start looking. They enter a new chamber --
20 KHAN'S QUARTERS 20
On its side in the sand: the walls are now the floor,
etc. All in crookedness -- like its owner. On the
floor, smiling at them (i.e., the wall) is a BABY.
Tentatively they come over to it, looking around --
21 ANGLE - CHEKOV'S POV 21
Lethal-looking odd swords on one wall, a bookshelf;
CAMERA PANS by 20th Century volumes; MOBY DICK, KING
LEAR, THE HOLY BIBLE -- and a seat belt dangling with
the name on it -- Botany Bay.
Chekov mouths the words, softly at first, then aloud --
Botany Bay -- oh no!
(examines the child)
What's the matter -- ?
Chekov runs, tries to get his helmet on, tries to drag
Captain, we've got to get out of
here -- now! Damn! Hurry!
Terrell catches his urgency --
But the child --
Never mind! Hurry!
22 EXT. CARGO HOLD AIRBAY 22
Terrell and Chekov emerge, helmeted, then stop dead.
23 ANGLE - THEIR POV 23
A RING OF SUITED FIGURES has them surrounded.
24 INT. RELIANT - THE BRIDGE 24
Mr. Beach, the duty officer, stands looking at Ceti
Alpha V on the forward screen.
Starship Reliant to Captain Terrell
... This is Lieutenant Kyle. Will
you please respond, Captain...
Captain Terrell, respond please.
Let's give them a little more
25 INT. CARGO HOLD - CETI ALPHA V 25
Terrell and Chekov are held by FOUR STRONG MEN.
They seem to be waiting. One of the men is JOACHIM.
Out of the airlock steps a tall masked figure. A
moment of suspense as Terrell and Chekov watch, terri-
fied. The mask is peeled back.
(aloud despite himself)
KHAN is startled by the recognition; comes over and
examines Chekov and Terrell.
I don't know you. But you. I never
forget a face. Mister Chekov,
I never thought to see your face
Chekov, who is this man?
A criminal, Captain -- a product of
the late 20th Century genetic
What do you want with us? I demand --
You are in a position to demand
nothing, sir. I, on the other hand,
am in a position to grant nothing.
What you see is all that remains of
the ship's company and the crew of the
Botany Bay, marooned here fifteen
years ago by Captain James T. Kirk.
Listen to me -- you men and women --
Save your strength, Captain, these
people have sworn to live and die at
my command two hundred years before
you were born. Do you mean he...
... never told you the tale?
To amuse you, Captain? Never told
you how the Enterprise picked up the
Botany Bay, lost in space from the
year 1996, myself and the ship's
company in cryogenic freeze?
I've never even met Admiral Kirk --
Admiral? He didn't tell you how
Admiral Kirk sent seventy of us into
exile on this barren sand heap with
only the contents of these cargo bays
to sustain us?
You lie! On Ceti Alpha V there was
life, a fair chance to --
This is Ceti Alpha V! Ceti Alpha VI
exploded six months after we were
left here. The shock shifted the
orbit of this planet and everything
was laid waste. Admiral Kirk never
bothered to check on our progress.
It was only the fact of my genetically
engineered intellect that enabled us
to survive! On earth, two hundred
years ago, I was a prince, with power
over millions -- now, like Prometheus
I have been left by Admiral Kirk to
digest my own entrails.
Captain Kirk was your host! You repaid
his hospitality by trying to steal his
ship and murder him.
And I'll wager he never told you
about his shipmate, the beautiful
and courageous Lieutenant McGiver,
who gave up everything to join me
in exile. OUT OF LOVE. And see how
Admiral Kirk requited her devotion --
She's dead as earth!
The wind howls in the silence. When Khan turns, his
eyes are filled with tears.
A plague upon you all.
He recovers his poise and returns to them --
You didn't expect to find me.
You thought this was Ceti Alpha VI.
Why are you here?
They don't answer. Khan goes over to Terrell and, WITH
ONE HAND, LIFTS HIM INTO THE AIR --
Terrell gasps, stays silent --
He lets go; Terrell falls with a thud --
You will soon tell me willingly
He goes over to the tank and dips a kind of strainer in,
pulling out TWO CETI EELS -- wriggling items --
Let me introduce you to Ceti Alpha V's
only remaining indigenous life form;
what do you think? They've killed
twenty of my people, including my
beloved wife. Oh, not all at once
and not instantly, to be sure. Their
young enter through the ears and wrap
themselves around the cerebral cortex.
This has the effect of rendering the
victim extremely susceptible to
suggestion. Later, as they grow,
follows madness, paralysis -- and
death. These are pets, of course --
not quite domesticated.
As he speaks, Khan dumps an eel in each of their helmets;
he swirls the helmets around as though he were mixing
Khan, listen to me! Captain Kirk
was only doing his duty! You --
26 CLOSE UP - KHAN - CAMERA IN 26
There is some pain at first, I am
told, and then the effects are quite
benign -- until the end. That was
what I learned from watching my wife.
At a sign, the helmets are slammed down. As the muffled
shrieks are heard from within, the eels crawl across
the faces of Chekov and Terrell; with unerring in-
stincts they head for the ears of the two hapless men.
There is some atrocious pain as they enter -- then
That's better! Now: tell me why
you are here -- and tell me where I
may find James Kirk.
27 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 27
Captain Terrell. Captain Terrell...
This is Reliant; please respond.
No answer -- Beach makes up his mind --
Mr. Kyle, muster a landing party
with full arms. Alert the
transporter room. We're beaming
He heads for the door but is stopped by:
Reliant, this is Terrell. Respond
This is Reliant. Clark, are you
Everything's fine, commander. I'll
explain when I see you. Oh, by the
way, we're bringing several guests
aboard. Prepare to beam up on my
next signal. Terrell out.
Beach and Kyle look at each other.
Maybe we ARE transplanting something.
28 EXT. ORBITING SPACE DOCK AREA - TERRA (FEATURE STOCK) 28
A SPACE SHUTTLE moving toward us.
29 INT. SPACE SHUTTLE 29
A new composite. Bones, Sulu, Uhura and Kirk -- who
sits, reading. Through the windows we can see the
approach to the starship ENTERPRISE. Kirk looks up,
nods. Sulu activates a comm button.
Enterprise, this is Admiral Kirk's
party on final approach.
Enterprise welcomes you. Prepare
Kirk looks up from his book as Sulu sits next to him.
I really must thank you.
I am delighted; any chance to go
aboard Enterprise, however briefly,
is always an excuse for nostalgia.
I cut your new orders personally. By
the end of the month, you'll have your
first command: USS EXCELSIOR.
Thank you, sir. I've looked
forward to this for a long time.
You've earned it. But I'm still
grateful to have you at the helm
for three weeks. I don't believe
these kids can steer.
30 EXT. SPOCE DOCK - TERRA (FEATURE STOCK) 30
The shuttle approaches the mammoth airstrip. As we
near the ship, a few WORK CREWS IN SPACE flit about
her hull, working.
31 EXT. ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 31
The shuttle makes its way to the Docking Lock of the
mother ship and settles in place.
32 INT. ENTERPRISE DOCKING BAY 32
A reception group awaits, led by Captain Spock. Saavik
stands at his side, in company of the Trainee crew.
Also present: CHIEF ENGINEER MR. SCOTT and members of
his staff in their distinctive uniforms.
Docking procedure complete.
Prepare for Admiral's inspection.
The group comes to attention.
Open the Air Lock.
The doors open. Kirk and his staff are piped aboard
by an electronic version of the boatswain's tradi-
tional whistle. Kirk salutes the Federation symbol
and steps forward to exchange salutes with Spock.
Permission to come aboard, Captain?
Welcome aboard, Admiral. I believe
you know my trainee crew. Certainly
they have come to know you.
(dryly to Saavik)
Yes, we've been through death and
Saavik stiffens slightly -- humor is not her forte.
(continuing to Scotty)
Mr. Scott, you old space dog. You're
I had me a wee bout -- but Dr. McCoy
pulled me through.
Oh? A wee bout of what, Mr. Scott?
Uncomfortable, Scotty exchanges a glance with Bones --
Shore leave, Admiral.
He stops before a BRIGHT-FACED FOURTEEN-YEAR OLD, stand-
ing so stiff he looks like he'll break -- in an
And who is this?
Midshipman First Class Peter Preston,
engineers mate, SIR.
A big salute. Kirk is amused, returns the salute.
Your first training voyage, Mr.
I see. Well, shall we start with
the engine room?
He moves, followed by his staff.
(eyeing his prot‚g‚)
I believe you'll find all in order --
We'll see you on the bridge, Admiral.
Very good, Mr. Spock.
Kirk and party leave. CAMERA PUSHES IN ON SPOCK AND
He's not what I expected, Sir.
What did you expect, Lieutenant?
He's very human.
We can't all be perfect, Saavik.
You must control your prejudices
and remember that as a Vulcan as
well as a Romulan you are forever
a stranger in an alien land.
Around you are humans, and as a
member of the Starfleet you are
unlikely ever to escape their
presence or their influence.
You must learn to tolerance in addition
to all else I have taught you.
Tolerance is logical.
Saavik is humbled.
As always, my mentor. Company dismiss.
33 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM - LOOKING DOWN 33
The inspection party dwarfed by the size. Silence as
Kirk looks around, runs a finger for dust, etc.
Scotty, his team and Preston, stand at attention.
34 ANGLE - FLOOR OF ENGINE ROOM 34
FEATURING power room separated by glass from the rest
of the facilities. Bones, Sulu, Uhura, and some train-
ees watch as Kirk inspects one console, clearly the
responsibility of the bursting Midshipman Preston.
I believe you'll find everything
Oh do you? Have you any idea,
Midshipman Preston, how many times
I've had to listen to Mr. Scott on
the Comm, telling me his troubles?
Have you any idea the ribbing I've
had to endure in the officers' mess
to the effect that the Enterprise
is a flying death trap?
Oh, no, sir! This is the finest
engine room in the whole Star --
The repressed grins of the others, and a smile on Scotty's
face tell Preston he's being had. He stops, confused.
If the Admiral can't see the facts
for himself, then, with all due
respect, he's as blind as a Tiberion
Approving laughter. Kirk looks amused.
Midshipman, you're a tiger.
My sister's youngest, Admiral.
Crazy to get to space.
Every young boy's fancy. I seem
to remember it myself.
Very well. Mr. Scott, are your
engines capable of handling a minor
Give the word, Admiral.
Mr. Scott, the word is given.
He moves off, followed by Preston, who gives one last
salute as Kirk leaves, followed by Bones.
What about the rest of the
The inspection will continue once
we're underway, Doctor.
They step into the Turbo Lifts.
35 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 35
The real one, no doubt! CAMERA REVEALS the maze detail:
winking and blinking displays, all HANDS at station,
a hum of activity, Uhura and Sulu in familiar chairs,
Spock is in the Captain's chair, Saavik in the First
Officer's position. Kirk and Bones stand towards the
This is Starfleet operations.
Enterprise is cleared for departure.
Admiral on the bridge!
Very well, Mr. Saavik, clear all
Saavik punches data into her console.
36 EXT. SPACE DOCK AND ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 36
The dock slowly folds away from the ship.
37 INT. BRIDGE, ENTERPRISE 37
Saavik watches instruments, punches data in response.
All moorings are clear, Captain.
Thank you, Mr. Saavik.
Spock casts a glance at Kirk, then, to Saavik:
Lieutenant, how many times have you
piloted a Starship out of Spacedock?
Kirk tries to conceal his reaction. Spock enjoys it.
Take her out, Mr. Saavik.
Saavik settles herself in the chair, looks again at
the console -- Spock looks at Kirk.
There's a first time for everything,
To be sure, Captain.
They all stifle their responses. Kirk is like a father
watching his kid drive the family car for the first time.
Aft thrusters, Mr. Sulu.
Aft thrusters, sir.
38 OMITTED 38
39 EXT. ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 39
as the ship slowly and majestically leaves the dock.
40 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 40
Ahead one quarter impulse power.
Kirk starts to say something, but doesn't. Bones looks
Would you like a tranquilizer?
Kirk shakes his head, takes a breath --
Ahead one quarter impulse power.
41 EXT. SPACE DOCK ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 41
The ship clears the dock and begins heading into space.
42 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 42
Kirk quietly lets his breath out.
We are clear and free to navigate.
Course heading, Captain?
Spock turns inquiringly to Kirk.
Spock digests this with a slight smile.
Mr. Sulu, you may follow your nose.
43 EXT. THE ENTERPRISE (STOCK FROM FEATURE) 43
She gathers speed into the vastness of space.
44 EXT. SPACE, FEATURING THE RELIANT 44
moving towards us, in opposition to the previous shot,
close enough for us to read her markings.
45 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 45
Khan occupies the Captain's chair. We PULL BACK: the
crew of the RELIANT has been replaced by Khan's fol-
lowers in their odd-looking clothes.
At the helm is Joachim, Khan's lieutenant. He is in the
largest and brightest of Khan's group. Terrell sits in
the First Officer's chair, Chekov at the Comm Console.
Their behavior is normal, save for subtle hesitation,
symptoms of their mind-controlled state.
Steady on course. All systems normal.
It's not much different from
When I was a guest aboard her some
years ago, Captain Kirk kindly allowed
me to memorize her technical manuals.
And now, Mr. Chekov, let us review:
You say you have no details of
Project 'Genesis' ?
Beyond what I told you, sir, it is
Umm. And would Admiral Kirk have
access to such information?
I would think so, sir. He's on the
Fleet General Staff.
Then to whom do you report directly
To Doctor Marcus, the civilian
director of the experiments on Space
Laboratory Regula I.
I see. Helmsman?
May I speak? We're all with you,
sir, but consider: we are free,
we have a ship and the means to
go where we will. We have
escaped permanent exile on Ceti
Alpha V. You have proved your
superior intellect and defeated
the plans of Admiral Kirk.
You do not need to defeat him
He tasks me -- and I'll have him. I'll
chase him round the moons of Nibia
and round the Antares maelstrom and
round perdition's flames before I give
(as no one speaks)
Prepare to alter course -- for Space
Station Regula I.
46 EXT. SPACE - SPACE STAION REGULA I 46
47 INT. CAROL'S LAB 47
Huge and busy. Among the scientists going about their
tasks are JEDDA, a Deltan; MARCH, thin intense;
MADISON, black, easy going. They are all young and
earnest. Carol and David huddle over a computer
Does that about do it?
I don't think there's another piece
of information we could squeeze
into the memory banks. Next
time, we'll design a bigger
Jedda at the Comm Console overlaps.
Comm-Pic coming in on hyperchannel
... It's Reliant.
Carol moves forward as the others close in.
On the screen, please, Jedda.
Buttons punched; the screen ebbs, flows and crackles
on. ON SCREEN is CHEKOV.
... come in, please. This is Reliant
calling Regula I. Repeat. This is
USS Reliant --
Commander, we are receiving. This
is Regula I. Go ahead.
Dr. Marcus... good. We're en route
to you and should be there in three
En route? Why? We weren't expecting
you for another three months. Has
Has something happened? Do you read
All went well. Nothing has happened.
Ceti Alpha VI has checked out.
Pleased reaction from the scientists.
I still don't under --
We have received new orders. Upon our
arrival at Regula I, all materials of
Project Genesis will be transferred to
this ship for immediate testing at
Ceti Alpha VI.
Consternation in the lab. David is livid -- the words
"Bullshit" are overlapped by his mother.
Will you please be quiet!
(back to console)
Commander Chekov, this is completely
irregular. Who gave the order you
are quoting? Who gave the order?
The order comes from Starfleet
command, Dr. Marcus, direct from
the General Staff.
But Genesis is a civilian project,
under my control --
I have my orders.
Pin him down, mother! Who gave the
Chekov hesitates, seems to be listening to someone off
The orders come from Admiral James
Sensation in the lab.
I knew it! I knew it! All along
the military has wanted to get their
hands on this --
He starts to press a button; Carol pushes his hand
away and communicates herself.
This is completely improper,
Commander Chekov. I have no
intention of allowing Reliant or
any other unauthorized personnel
access to our work or materials.
I'm sorry you feel that way, Doctor.
Admiral Kirk's orders are confirmed.
Please prepare to deliver Genesis to
us upon our arrival. Reliant out.
The image fades.
Commander Chekov -- !
48 INT. BRIDGE OF RELIANT 48
Chekov, in a matched cut, turns away as CAMERA WIDENS
TO REVEAL KHAN by his side. He is charming.
Well done, Commander.
You realize, sir, that they will
attempt to contact Admiral Kirk and
confirm the order.
Khan smiles, more charming than ever as we move in.
49 INT. REGULA I LAB 49
Everyone is talking at once.
Will you please be quiet! We must
have order here.
(as they subside)
This has to be some sort of mistake.
Mistake? We're all alone here.
They waited until everyone was on
shift-leave to do this. Reliant is
supposed to be at our disposal, not
It seems clear that Starfleet never
intended that --
I know, but --
I've tried to warn you. Scientists
are always pawns of the military --
Starfleet has kept the peace for
a hundred years, I cannot and
will not subscribe to your
interpretation of this event.
You may be right, Doctor, but what
about Reliant? She's on her way.
Carol reacts: this is certainly true.
Get your gear together where it's
Where are we going?
That's for us to know and Reliant
to find out. We have only three
days. Let's not waste time.
They split off in different directions as ordered.
50 OMITTED 50
51 EXT. SPACE - ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 51
In no particular hurry.
52 INT. ENTERPRISE CORRIDOR 52
Kirk waits for the Turbo Lift, which opens at last. As
he gets in --
Hold please -- !
Kirk holds and Saavik dashes in. She is surprised to
Thank you, sir.
Kirk nods, the doors close. There is an uneasy forced
intimacy between them.
Lieutenant, are you wearing your
It is still regulation, Admiral.
She reaches out and touches a button. The lift stops.
May I speak, sir?
Lieutenant, self-expression does not
seem to be one of your problems.
I wish to thank you for the high
You earned it.
I did not think so.
You're bothered by your performance
on the Kobayashi Maru.
I failed to resolve the situation.
There is no correct resolution.
It is a test of character.
May I ask how you dealt with the
You may ask, Lieutenant.
That was a little joke.
Humor... that is a difficult concept
... it is not logical...
We learn by doing, Lieutenant.
She's a laugh a minute. Kirk pushes the button; the
You want my advice?
She studies him, considering. No doubt about it, the
attraction is mutual and she has no idea how to handle
Take the test again.
The lift stops and the doors open.
Who's been holding up the damn
He reacts to them. Saavik exits demurely.
Thank you, sir.
Bones enters and the doors close. Kirk studies the
Has she changed her hairstyle?
Kirk says nothing.
Wonderful stuff, that Romulan
Admiral Kirk --
I have an urgent CommPic from Space
Lab Regula I for the Admiral. Dr.
In my quarters, Uhura.
It never rains but when it pours --
As a physician you of all people
should appreciate the danger of
re-opening old wounds.
The elevator stops. Kirk leaves. The doors close.
53 INT. KIRK'S QUARTERS 53
Featuring VIEW SCREEN: A scramble of interference and
noise. A piece of Carol's VOICE breaks through now
and again as we PULL BACK revealing a frustrated Kirk.
Uhura. Can't you augment?
I'm trying, sir. Stand by...
Carol's face appears. The image will never be stable
for long; sometimes the sound will be covered.
Jim... read me? Can you read me?
Message breaking up, Carol. What's
wrong? What's wrong?
... Can't read you... repeat...
Repeat... what's wrong? What's
... taking Genesis away from us...
Taking Genesis? Who? Who is taking
... see you but can't hear. Did
What order? Who's taking Genesis?
... Please help us, Jim... won't
let them have... without proper...
repeat... on whose authority...
Jim please --
But the picture is irrevocably scrambled now. Kirk
pounds the Comm in frustration.
Uhura! What's happening? Damn
Transmission jammed at the source,
Damn. Alert Starfleet Headquarters.
I want to talk with Starfleet
54 OMITTED 54
55 EXT. ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 55
56 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 56
The activity is normal. The Turbo-Lift opens and Kirk
strides in. Bones and Saavik react to the following:
They look wonderingly. Kirk takes a breath --
An emergency situation has arisen.
By order of Starfleet Command, as
of now, 1800 hours, I am assuming
command of this vessel. Duty officer
so note in the ship's log. Plot a
new course: for Space Laboratory
(pushes a button)
We'll be going to warp speed --
Aye, sir --
Course plotted for Regula I, Admiral...
Engage warp engines --
(comes out of being
Prepare for warp speed.
Mr. Sulu, go to Warp 5.
Sulu does, and with a great thrust of energy --
57 EXT. SPACE - ENTERPRISE (FEATURE STOCK) 57
The ship accelerates, and then, with an eye-filled
burst, whips ahead to warp speed, disappearing.
57A INT. SPOCK'S QUARTERS 57A
Spock is at meditation as Kirk enters quietly. Spock
We've got a problem.
Spock raises an eyebrow --
Something may be wrong at Regula
I. We've been ordered to investigate.
Regula I is a scientific research
laboratory, if memory serves...
I told Starfleet all we had was a
boatload of children but we're the
only ship in the quadrant. Spock:
those cadets of yours -- how good
are they? How will they respond
under real pressure?
Like all living beings, Admiral
each according to his gifts. The
ship is yours.
That won't be necessary: just take
me to Regula I.
Excuse my presumption, but I do not
agree. As a teacher on a training
mission, I am content to command a
Starship. If we are to go on actual
duty, it is clear that the senior
officer aboard must assume command.
But it may be nothing; garbled
communications. Why don't you...
You proceed from a false assumption.
I am a Vulcan. I have no ego to bruise.
Kirk smiles in bemused wonderment.
You are going to remind me that
logic alone dictates your actions.
I was going to remind you of nothing,
least of all that which you know well.
Your mistake, if I may be so bold,
was promotion. Commanding a Starship
is your first best destiny. Anything
else is a waste of material.
I would not presume to debate you.
That is wise. In any case, were I
to invoke logic, logic clearly dictates
that the needs of the many outweigh
the needs of the few.
Or the one.
Spock inclines his head.
You are my superior officer. You
are also my friend. I have been
and always shall be yours.
Kirk is moved. He starts to speak, can't -- finally:
Will you accompany me to the bridge?
I'd best talk with Mr. Scott, first
so that he may, in his own words,
explain the situation to his cadets.
Kirk's face tells us the wisdom of Spock's choice.
58 EXT. SPACE STATION REGULA I 58
Floating quietly around the planet below. Tranquil
as we PUSH SLOWLY IN.
OVER we can hear, FILTERED, UHURA'S VOICE:
Regula I, this is Enterprise. This
is Enterprise calling. Do you
receive... I say...
59 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 59
Featuring Spock and Uhura, as she keeps trying --
... Again, this is Enterprise calling
Space Lab Regula I. Come in, please.
Dr. Marcus. Please respond, please
-- it's no use; no response from
But no longer jammed?
No, sir. No nothing.
Spock considers, moves to Kirk.
There are two possibilities, sir
they are unwilling to respond, they
are unable to respond.
Twelve hours and forty-three
minutes, present speed.
Give up Genesis, she said. What in
God's name does that mean? Give it
up to whom?
It might help my analysis if I knew
what Genesis was.
Kirk looks at him, nods; rising now.
Uhura, ask Dr. McCoy to join us in
my quarters. Mr. Saavik, take the
They start for the Turbo Lifts as Saavik reacts --
60 INT. KIRK'S QUARTERS 60
I've got the sick bay ready. Will
someone please tell me what is going
Computer. Request security procedure
and access to Project Genesis
Identify for retina scan.
Kirk, Admiral James T., Starfleet
General Staff. Security Class 1.
The screen is suddenly busy with coded read-outs and
then computer graphics of retina patterns. Then it
glows green. SECURITY CLEARANCE, CLASS 1 GRANTED.
More coded read-outs, a red line SECURITY SCAN, then
over it APPROVED, in green. Replaced by:
61 ON SCREEN INT. CAROL MARCUS' LAB, REGULA I 61
Carol appears, FACING CAMERA, not used to it. To one
side stands David and behind them, the lab.
62 ANGLE - KIRK, SPOCK, BONES 62
Carol Marcus --
63 ON SCREEN (AND INTERCUT) 63
I'm Dr. Carol Marcus, and I am
the director of the Project
Genesis team at Regula I. What
exactly IS Genesis? Put simply,
Genesis is a procedure whereby
the molecular structure of any
given matter can be restructured
-- changed -- into anything else
of identical mass.
(DNA ILM TAPE ACCOMPANIES, AD LIB)
Stage One of our experiments
was conducted in the labora-
tory. Stage Two of the series
will be attempted in a lifeless
underground; Stage Three will
involve the process on a plane-
tary scale. What follows is a
computer projected simulation
of Stage Three. Please watch
64 ILM MONITOR SEQUENCE 64
65 CAROL 65
It is our intention to introduce
what we call the Genesis device
or "torpedo" into the targeted
area of a lifeless space body,
a moon or other inert form --
the device is fired --
66 ON BONES, SPOCK AND KIRK 66
react with wonder.
67 BACK TO MONITOR 67
-- Unleashing, almost instantan-
eously, what we call the Genesis
effect. Particulate matter is
reorganized and electrified --
with life introduced results.
Instead of a dead moon, a living
breathing planet, capable of sus-
taining whatever life forms we
see fit to deposit on it... The
reformed object you see represents
the merest fraction of the Genesis
potential, should the Federation
wish to pursue these experiments to
their logical conclusion.
67A BACK TO CAROL IN LAB 67A
When we consider the problems of
population and food supply, the
usefulness of this process begins
to become clear.
This concludes this demonstration
tape. Thank you for your attention.
The Genesis team eagerly awaits the
decision of the Federation regarding
the next phase of our work.
The tape becomes snowy and blinks off.
Kirk looks at Bones and Spock -- they are stunned.
It literally is Genesis...
The power of creation --
Have they proceeded with their
The tape was made a year ago. I
can only assume they've reached
Phase Two by now --
But dear Lord, are we intelligent
enough to -- Suppose, this
thing were used where life already
It would destroy such life in favor
of its new matrix --
It's new -- have you any idea what
I was not attempting to evaluate
its moral implications, Doctor.
As a matter of cosmic history, it
has always been easier to destroy
than to create --
Not anymore! Now you can do both
at the same time! According to myth,
the earth was created in six days.
Watch out: here comes Genesis;
we'll do it for you in six minutes --
I don't dispute that in the wrong
Would you like to tell me whose
are the right hands, my cold-blooded
friend? Are you in favor of these
Gentlemen, this isn't --
Really, Dr. McCoy; you cannot ban
the acquisition of knowledge
because you distrust the moral
implications of what you learn.
Logic suggests --
Logic?? We're talking about
universal Armageddon, you inhuman
Admiral, sensors indicate a vessel
in our area, closing fast.
What do you make of her?
It's one of ours, Admiral... It's
What's she doing here?
Chekov's on Reliant, isn't he?
68 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 68
The whoosh of the turbo doors and Kirk, Bones and
Spock assume their posts. Saavik stands next to Kirk's
She's not responding...
Try the emergency channels...
Enterprise to Reliant. Come in,
Picture, Mr. Saavik.
69 ANGLE INCLUDING THE FORWARD SCREEN 69
Space; a tiny dot in the distance, growing larger.
Attempt visual communication.
Is it possible their COMM system
has failed -- ?
It would explain a great many things --
70 EXT. SPACE - THE RELIANT 70
Boring forward ominously.
71 INT. BRIDGE - THE RELIANT 71
Khan and his crew; no sign of Chekov and Terrell. On
Khan's screen, the Enterprise grows larger --
Slow to one-half impulse power.
Let's be friends...
Slowing to one-half impulse.
They're requesting visual
Let them eat static.
They're still running with shields down.
Of course. We're one big happy fleet.
Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know
the Klingon proverb that tells us
revenge is a dish that is best
It is very cold in space.
72 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 72
Reliant in our section this quadrant,
sir, and slowing --
Visual of Reliant appears.
Sir, may I quote General Order 12:
'On the approach of any vessel, when
communications have not been est --
Lieutenant, the Admiral is aware
of the Regulations.
This is damned peculiar.
Energize defense fields.
ALARMS SOUND. The lights on the bridge dim into the
soft reddish glow of battle illumination. ADDITIONAL
CREW troop in to man vacant consoles.
I'm getting a voice message... wait
... short range band. They say their
Chambers coil is shorting their COMM
He steps to his station.
73 EXT. SPACE 73
The two ships are very close, barely moving as they inch
toward each other.
74 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 74
They still haven't raised their
Khan is half out of his seat, sweating with anticipation.
Careful: Not all at once. The
engine room. Lock on target and
prepare to fire.
Locking phasers on target.
Computer graphics monitor: Cross-hairs on Enterprise.
BIG SCREEN (?)
75 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - FAVORING SPOCK 75
He reacts to his blue-lit scope --
Their coil emissions are normal...
Wait: their shields are going up.
They're locking phasers -- !
Raise shields! Energize phasers,
stand by to --
But the ENTIRE BRIDGE is ROCKED by a shock impact, some
of the crew sent flying.
76 EXT.SPACE 76
Reliant firing phasers at Enterprise. A hit in the rear
of the engine room area, debris flying into the void.
77 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 77
An explosion rips through the facility, sending yellow-
ish green GAS hurtling down the long facility towards us.
Crewmen are hurled through the air, screaming.
78 ANGLE - THE GREAT AUTO DOORS 78
roll closed, sealing off the damaged tail section,
79 ANGLE - THE TRAINEES 79
terrified, scramble to get out amid the deadly yellow-
ish green smoke, the cries.
80 ANGLE - SCOTTY 80
trying to rally them --
Respirators! Get back! Use your
And he puts his own respirator on, as do some of the
veterans. Preston dons his respirator -- and stays.
81 HIGH ANGLE - ENGINE ROOM 81
The angle we saw during inspection. The trainees, in
panic amid the gas crawl over each other trying to get
out. They scramble over each other's shoulders in the
efforts to escape, screaming and shouting.
82 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 82
The bridge is slowly righting. Crew members getting
back to their stations. On speaker, we hear the CRIES
AND SHOUTS of the Engine Room.
Mr. Sulu... The shields!
Medical Alert: Engine Room.
Bones dashes out.
I can't get power, sir!
Scotty's voice is faint, drowned by the screams and
cries from a dozen intercom stations.
Uhura, turn off those damn
Uhura does. There is a dead silence. Then:
Mr. Scott on discrete.
Scotty, let's have it.
83 INT. ENGINE ROOM - FAVORING SCOTTY 83
Behind, the crew chief and a few others work feverishly
in respirators. Scotty, in respirator, with a throat
mike which filters his voice.
Just hanging on, sir. Main energizers
84 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 84
ON SCREEN computer graphics, red flashing lights indi-
cate damaged areas. Spock steps up to Kirk evaluating
They knew just where to hit us.
WHO? Who knew just where to hit
us? And why?
One thing is certain; we cannot
escape on auxiliary power.
Mr. Sulu, divert everything to the
Too late --
On VISUAL SCREEN, Photon torpedoes approach...
The bridge is shaken badly, screens go dark, fires spark
and erupt. ALARMS and SOUND full. Crew personnel try
to put out electrical fires, help the fallen --
85 EXT. SPACE - RELIANT 85
86 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE - FAVORING KHAN AT DASH 86
The glow of the O.S. screens and battle illumination
highlighting the passion in his eyes.
87 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 87
The firefighting continues.
Scotty -- what's left?
Just the batteries, sir. I can have
auxiliary power in a few minutes --
We don't have minutes. Can you
give me phaser power?
A few shots, sir.
Not enough against their shields.
Who the hell are they?
Admiral... Commander Reliant is
He wishes to discuss terms of our
There is a moment. Kirk looks around the battered
bridge, and his eyes meet Spock's, and Saavik's.
Do it, while we have time.
All eyes go to the SCREEN. After momentary visual
confusion, Khan's face appears, smiling --
You still remember, Admiral. I
cannot help but be touched. Of
course, I remember you.
What is the meaning of this attack?
Where is the crew of the Reliant?
Surely I have made my meaning plain.
I mean to avenge myself upon you,
Admiral. I've deprived your ship of
power and when I swing round I mean
to deprive you of your life --
88 EXT. SPACE 88
We can see Reliant making a large arc as she prepares to
come back for another round.
89 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 89
-- But I wanted you to know first
who it was who had beaten you: I,
Khan Noonian Singh, the eagle you
attempted to cage forever.
Khan, listen to me -- if its me you
want, I'll have myself beamed aboard.
All I ask is that you spare my crew.
That is a most intriguing offer.
Typical, I must say of your sterling
character. Let me think.
90 EXT. SPACE 90
Reliant continues her slow arc.
91 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 91
I make you a counter-proposal, I will
agree to your terms, if in addition
to yourself, you turn over to me all
data and material regarding the
project called Genesis.
Reactions from Spock and Kirk.
Genesis, what's that?
Don't play with me, Kirk, my hand is
on the phaser control --
Give me some time to recall the data
on our computers --
I give you sixty seconds, Admiral.
Kirk turns from the screen --
Admiral, you can't give him Genesis...
At least we know he hasn't got it.
Just keep nodding as though I'm
giving orders. Saavik, punch up the
data charts of Reliant's command
console -- hurry...
The prefix code?
It's all we've got.
We're finding it.
Please, please -- you've got to
give us time -- the bridge is
smashed, computers inoperative...
Time is a luxury you do not have,
Admiral: forty-five seconds...
92 EXT. SPACE 92
Reliant, her arc completed, is coming back.
93 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 93
I don't understand --
Kirk puts on his spectacles --
You've got to learn WHY things
work on a Starship.
It's coming through now, Khan...
The prefix code is 16309. All
commands from each Starship bridge
are relayed electronically; each
ship has its own prefix combination
... to prevent an enemy from doing
just what we're attempting; using
our console to tap in a message,
an order to lower Reliant's damn
(at the weapons console)
Let's hope he hasn't changed the
combination. He's quite intelligent...
Wait for my signal, Spock -- too
soon and he'll have time to figure
it out and raise them again.
Spock nods; Kirk turns to the screen --
Khan, how do I know you'll keep
I've given you no word to keep,
Admiral. In my judgment, you simply
have no alternative.
I take your point. Stand by to
receive our transmission.
He turns from the screen again, softly:
Mr. Sulu, lock phasers on target
and await my command...
They're all sweating.
Time's up, Admiral...
Here it comes. Now, Spock.
94 CLOSE UP SPOCK'S HANDS PUNCHING IN THE PREFIX CODE 94
followed by other signals.
95 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 95
(stares at his console)
Sir -- our shields are dropping!
Raise them --
Joachim punches frantically --
They won't --
Where's the over-ride??
All monitors are haywire now that Enterprise is tapped
in. They search wildly for the right switch, but...
96 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 96
97 CLOSE UP - KIRK 97
98 CLOSE UP - SULU'S HANDS 98
99 EXT. SPACE 99
Enterprise fires at Reliant inflicting heavy damage.
100 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 100
A shambles -- debris flying; Khan knocked to the deck.
He struggles to his feet through wiring --
At them! At them! FIRE! FIRE!
Why can't you?
We can't fire, sir; they've damaged
the photon controls and the warp
drive. We must withdraw!
Sir, we must!
We must repair the damage. Enterprise
will wait; she's not going anywhere.
Khan calms as the other holds him; he breathes deeper.
101 EXT. SPACE 101
Reliant turns away.
102 ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 102
They watch on screen as Reliant hauls off.
Sir, you did it.
I did nothing -- except get caught
with my britches down. I must be
senile. Mr. Saavik, you just keep
right on quoting regulations.
Meantime, let's find out what the
hell is going on and see how bad
we've been --
The turbo doors whoosh open as Kirk reaches them.
Scotty stands there, tears streaming down his face;
he holds the body of Midshipman Preston. Both of them
are covered in blood. He sways into Kirk's arms as
the others rush forward.
103 EXT. SPACE 103
The Enterprise, motionless, scars of battle showing.
104 INT. ENGINE ROOM 104
The CREW, wearing respirators amid the motionless ball
of gas, work frantically at a dozen jobs, trying to put
things aright, splicing wires, etc. Some TRAINEES who
panicked are back.
105 FEATURE THE CREW CHIEF 105
making a final adjustment.
Hit your blowers!
A TURBO WHINES and a great wind of suction pulls the
gas towards appropriate vents. The Crew Chief watches,
then yanks off his respirator; wipes his brow.
106 INT. SICK BAY 106
MANY CASUALTIES IN EVIDENCE. Kirk enters and LEADS
CAMERA THROUGH them; he has a word or two for men he
doesn't know by name. Kirk leads us to the operating
theatre, where Bones works over Preston. Scotty stands
by, his lips trembling. Preston opens his eyes, sees
Scotty and Kirk.
Is the word given?
The word is given: warp speed.
He dies. Pause. Scotty looks across the body at Kirk.
(looks at Preston)
He wants to kill me for passing
sentence on him 14 years ago -- and
he doesn't care who stands between
him and his vengeance.
Scotty, I'm sorry...
He stayed at his post. When the
trainees ran, he stayed.
If he hadn't, we'd be space by now.
Admiral, this is Spock.
Kirk hits a wall intercom --
Engine room reports auxiliary power
restored. We can proceed at impulse
Best speed to Regula I. Kirk
out. Scotty, I've got to ask: Any
chance of getting the mains back on
I dinna think so, sir, but you'll
have my best --
With an effort, he gets to his feet --
Thanks -- I know you tried, Doctor...
Squeezes his shoulder and limps off -- We NOW HEAR
the sound of impulse power taking effect.
Are you all right?
Bones shrugs unhappily, looks at Preston.
Doctors lose patients sometimes.
Damn. I'm still in the dark: How'd
he know about Genesis?
At the moment that question takes
a back seat to preventing him from
laying his hands on it. You said it
yourself; we're talking about a bang
that would re-arrange the universe...
There may still be time... you gave
as good as you got.
(looks him in the eye)
I got beat. We're only alive because
I knew something about these ships
that he didn't.
He turns and leaves as Bones watches, looks again at
107 EXT. SPACE - REGULA I SPACE STATION 107
Regula, the dead planet beyond.
108 EXT. SPACE - ENTERPRISE 108
Approaching. As she moves slowly PAST CAMERA, WE PAN
WITH her TO SEE that she is approaching the space lab.
109 INT. BRIDGE - ENTERPRISE 109
Battle damage, some repaired, some not. The bridge is
filled with tension, all hands at station.
Approaching Regula and Space Lab
Space Station Regular I, this is
Starship Enterprise. Come in, please...
110 INT. SPACE STATION REGULAR I - CAROL'S LAB - ON SCREEN 110
As before, Uhura's image, imploring a response.
I say again. Space Station Regular.
This is Starship Enterprise. Please
respond. Please respond.
During this, CAMERA HAS PANNED CLOSE AMONG the techni-
cal clutter. Then suddenly. SOUND -- eerie, frightening.
Our ears cannot place it... and before we can, it is gone
111 BACK TO BRIDGE 111
... No response, sir.
Scanners and sensors still inoperative.
There's no way to tell what's inside
And no way of knowing if Reliant
is still in the area...
... Blind as a Tiberian Bat.
What do you make of the plantoid
Regula is class "D'. It consists of
various remarkable ores. Essentially,
a great rock in space.
Reliant could be hiding behind that rock.
A distinct possibility.
Engine room... Scotty, do we have
enough power for the transporters?
Just barely, sir.
I'm going down to the station.
He starts out. Bones stops him.
Khan could be down there!
He's BEEN there and hasn't found
what he wants. Can you spare
someone? There may be people
I can spare me...
Begging the Admiral's pardon:
General Order 15: 'No flag officer
shall beam into a hazardous area
without armed escort.'
There is no such regulation.
Saavik's gaze falters --
All right, join the party.
Mr. Spock, the ship is yours.
Aye sir --
Establish a parking orbit around
the station and send me a complete
damage report when you've talked
with Mr. Scott.
Be careful, Jim...
Kirk, Bones and Saavik head for the turbo doors.
112 EXT. SPACE - SPACE STATION REGULAR I 112
CLOSER ANGLE now. The silence is ominous.
113 INT. SPACE STATION REGULAR I - CAROL'S LAB 113
empty, except for the hums and crackles of abandoned
equipment. With a FAMILIAR SOUND, BONES, KIRK and
SAAVIK MATERIALIZE. All have phasers, communicators
For a moment they look around, seeing emptiness. Like
being in a haunted house.
Hello...! Anybody here?
A WEIRD ECHO reverberates his cries.
Indeterminate life signs.
Phasers on stun. Move out.
They separate. Each begins to search.
114 ANGLE WITH SAAVIK 114
She moves to the electronic and data area, examines the
consoles, the equipment, then settles for the data bank.
She starts keying sequences with the computer.
115 INT. SPACE STATION - BONES 115
He shows signs of fear as he walks through the deserted
place, like a scuba diver exploring a cave. We want
him to go back.
A NOISE. Bones reacts with brave apprehension.
Rounding a corner, he starts: A RAT scuttles right in
front of him.
Bones sighs with relief and moves forward. We think
SUDDENLY SOMETHING FALLS RIGHT ON HIS FACE: an upside
down human ARM.
116 SAME LOCALE - LATER 116
Kirk helps Bones cut down the last of the five BODIES
from where they were hanged, upside down.
Having recovered his composure, Bones examines the
corpses. We RECOGNIZE Madison, March, among others.
One is clearly the COOK.
They even killed the galley chief.
This one looks like a Steward.
They're not warm, but rigor hasn't
set in. This didn't happen all that
long ago, Jim.
Kirk looks around, despairingly --
117 INT. SPACE LAB DATA BANK 117
WITH SAAVIK working with console. Something puzzles
her. She frowns, but a NEW SOUND distracts her. She
looks up and moves off.
118 FULL SHOT - IN THE LAB 118
A moan is heard. All three now converge on the area.
As they near it, Saavik's tricorder hums furiously. Be
this a room, a locker of some other place, this time
they -- "open the door." The limp bodies of Chekov and
Terrell fall out.
Admiral Kirk, Enterprise. Come in,
please. Come in please.
She will continue sporadically.
Chekov emits a live, reassuring moan.
That's Clark Terrell, Jim, I've
served with him.
Bones is passing his medical tricorder over Chekov.
Brain disturbance. Appears to be
He reaches into his kit. He shoots Chekov moves off
to Terrell. Uhura, voice continues in the b.g.
Saavik, for God's sake, tell her
we're all right.
119 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - FAVORING UHURA 119
I say again. This is Enterprise.
Please acknowledge signal. Please --
Saavik's face appears on her screen.
(on screen, hurried)
Commander Uhura, this is Lt. Saavik.
We're all right. Please stand by.
120 INT. SPACE STATION - TIGHT GROUP 120
Chekov opens his eyes, and stares into Kirk's.
Oh, God, Admiral...!
He weeps like a child, and Kirk holds him. Meanwhile,
Terrell opens his eyes and stares at Bones.
It's Dr. McCoy, Captain. Do you
McCoy? Yes. Oh, yes.
121 ANGLE FAVORING CHEKOV AND KIRK 121
Chekov breaks the embrace in high relief and anxiety.
Oh, sir. It was Khan! We found him
on Ceti Alpha V.
Easy, Pavel... Tell me what you
No life signs -- but he was there.
Captured us. He -- he put creatures
in our bodies. To control our minds.
Bones takes over Chekov --
It's all right, you're safe...
... Made us say -- lies... Do...
things... But we beat him... The
Captain and me. -- He thought he
controlled us, but he didn't ...
The Captain was strong.
Chekov breaks into tears. Kirk looks at Terrell, who is
Captain. Where is Dr. Marcus?
Where are the Genesis materials?
He couldn't find them. Some of
the scientists were still here,
but everything else, even the data
banks -- were empty.
That's true, Admiral. All the
memory cells have been emptied.
He tortured those people. None of
them would tell him anything. He
went wild, strung them up and slit
their throats. He wanted to tear
the place apart, but he was late:
he had to get back to Reliant in
time to blow you to bits.
He came damn close...
He left us.
We were no longer of use.
Where is the Reliant crew? Dead?
Marooned on Ceti Alpha V. He's
completely mad, Admiral. He blames
you for the death of his wife...
I know what he blames me for.
The escape pods are all in place.
Where's the transporter room?
122 INT. SPACE STATION TRANSPORTER ROOM 122
Kirk, wearing his spectacles, studies the transporter
consoles. ANGLE WIDENS TO REVEAL the transporter pods,
and the others, b.g.
Did he make it down here?
Chekov and Terrell look at each other; they seem a bit
It was not my impression. He spent
most of his time trying to wring the
information out of the people.
Saavik approaches Kirk:
Kirk looks at her over the rims of the glasses:
Somebody left the unit on. If
everyone else was dead, it implies
that no one remained to turn it off.
Those people back there bought escape
time for Genesis with their lives.
Saavik studies the console.
It doesn't make sense. These
coordinates are well within
Regula -- a plantoid we know to be
lifeless and airless.
If Stage Two was completed, it was
underground -- she said it was going
to be underground.
Stage Two of what?
Kirk gets it.
Kirk to Enterprise. Damage report,
Admiral, if we go by the book, like
Lieutenant Saavik, hours could seem
I read you, Captain. Let's have it.
The situation is grave, Admiral. We
won't have main power for six days
at least. Auxiliary power has
temporarily failed, but maybe we can
restore that in two days. By the
Meaning you can't even beam us back?
Not at present.
Kirk looks at Saavik and Bones, decides --
Captain Spock, if you do not hear
from us within one hour your orders
are to restore what power you can,
take the Enterprise to the nearest
Star Base and alert Starfleet
command when you are out of jamming
Sir -- we won't leave you behind...!
Uhura, if you don't hear from us,
there won't be anybody behind. Kirk
(to Terrell and Chekov)
You gentleman can remain here, or...
If it's all the same, Admiral, we'd
like to share the risk.
Very well. Let's go.
Go? Where are we going?
(points to console)
Where they went. Saavik.
Kirk walks onto the pods as Saavik works the console,
rolling in electronic coding. The others join Kirk.
But what if they went -- nowhere?
Then this will be your big chance
to get away from it all.
She presses a button, joins them on the pods. Slowly
123 EXT. SPACE - THE PLANTOID REGULA 123
CAMERA MOVES TOWARD it as the BEAM SOUND continues,
with irregularity. The plantoid is ugly and dead.
The sound frightens us, and climaxes with:
124 INT. ROCKY CAVERN - REGULA 124
The BEAM SOUND screeches, then settles into its comfort-
able mode as the FIVE FIGURES FLUCTUATE, FADE, then
APPEAR. They look around in wonder and relief.
She indicates something O.S. They cross as CAMERA
reveals a cave wall stacked with technical materials
and crowned by a LARGE PROJECTILE, a giant version
of the model we saw earlier. They stare. (N.B. FEATURE
GENESIS ARMING CONTROL BOX.)
Genesis, I presume.
They walk by a group of crates. It all happens very
fast: David leaps out and tackles Kirk, throwing him to
the ground and landing atop him, a knife at his throat.
At the same time, Bones and Saavik reach for their
phasers, but Jedda, already armed, steps out. He has
them covered and helpless.
125 ANGLE FAVORING DAVID 125
You're the sonavabitch who
committed mass murder up there.
He raises the knife --
I'm Admiral Kirk...
We were still there, you dumb
bastard! We could hear the screams
all the way to the transporter room --
Again he raises the knife --
Where's Dr. Marcus --
I'm Doctor Marcus!
Carol reaches the tunnel entrance to the cave --
Mother, go back!
Carol sees Kirk --
Go back. I'm going to kill him.
(takes a breath)
You do that and you'll have murdered
All react. David and Kirk, facing each other, are
turned to stone. Bones, Jedda and Chekov turn to look
at Carol, wondering. Terrell very casually takes the
phaser from Jedda.
126 NEW ANGLE (FORMERLY SCENE 134) 126
I'll hold onto this.
But Kirk and Carol ignore them and walk towards each
other. There are tears in Carol's eyes. She reaches
up, trying to smile and touches his hair --
You've got a little grey --
She can't. Kirk takes her and holds her tightly, look-
ing at David, over her shoulder. He stands there,
stunned, looking back.
Carol. Is that true?
She nods --
Why didn't you tell me?
She's making it up! My father was
David, you're just making this
I'm afraid it's even harder than you
He and Chekov have their phasers trained on them.
Please don't move --
Chekov -- !
I'm sorry, Admiral.
Terrell speaks into his wrist recorder.
Your excellency, have you been
I have indeed, Captain. You have
I knew it -- !
David makes a reckless break for Terrell; Saavik
instantly throws herself on him bringing him down as
Terrell fires, hitting Jedda, who was behind David --
a killing ray. Jedda dematerializes. Carol SCREAMS
and David reacts with horror and guilt.
Most importantly, Chekov begins to tremble. Terrell
himself is shaken by his reflexive action. He's in
Don't move -- any of you!
135 EXT. SPACE - THE DARK SIDE OF REGULA 135
Reliant, motionless in a parking orbit.
136 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE - FAVORING KHAN 136
Joachim over his shoulder. Others in evidence. Khan
speaks into his console.
Captain... We're waiting. What's
137 INT. ROCKY CAVERN (INTERCUT AS DESIRED) 137
All is well, sir. You have the
coordinates to beam up Genesis...
First things first, Captain. Kill
Reactions by all -- only Kirk and Bones are unsurprised.
David and Saavik, dazed, fight the urge to do something.
Chekov is close to a seizure. Terrell fights conflicting
Excellency... it is difficult.
I try to obey, but --
As though tearing off a leach, Terrell grabs at the
wrist recorder and flings it to the ground. A shock-
wave of pain hits Terrell. He recovers, trembling and
tries to obey. Chekov is shaking badly. Terrell aims
his phaser at Kirk. Chekov slowly raises his phaser
and aims at Terrell, though his hands are like lead.
We THINK Chekov is going to do the right thing. Then,
shockingly: Terrell turns his phaser on himself.
(still emanates from
Kill him, Terrell. Now.
Terrell does, blowing himself into oblivion.
138 ANGLE - FAVORING CHEKOV 138
He SCREAMS, horribly, drops his phaser, clutching his
Bones leaps to his side, pulls an injection device from
his belt pack, jabs it into Chekov's arm. Chekov,
almost with a sigh of relief, drops.
Terrell? Chekov -- !
Jim -- for God's sake!
They rush to his side, as do Carol and David.
139 ANGLE - FAVORING CHEKOV 139
From the fallen man's ear, something begins to emerge.
140 VERY CLOSE - CHEKOV'S EAR 140
The Ceti eel crawls out. It has grown quite large.
141 SCENE 141
Horror from all. Kirk picks up a phaser. As the eel
clears Chekov, he fires and destroys it. He shudders,
then sees the wrist recorder and grabs it.
Khan, you bloodsucker, they're
finished! You'll have to do your
own dirty work now. Do you hear me?
142 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 142
Khan reacts to Kirk's VOICE: electronic shock. He
clutches the communicator, his eye-whites rolling.
Kirk! Kirk, you are still alive --
my old friend...
INTERCUT AS DESIRED WITH
143 ROCKY CAVERN - FAVORING KIRK 143
Still, 'old friend.' You've
managed to kill just about everyone
else, but like a poor marksman, you
keep missing the target.
Perhaps I no longer need to try.
He punches several buttons.
In the Rocky Cavern the transporter beam locks on to the
Genesis torpedo and its arming control box.
As Kirk and the others watch, horrified, Khan beams up
the materials. David tries to reach the torpedo, but
Saavik holds him fast --
Let go -- he can't -- !
Only half of you would get there.
The beam disappears and Genesis with it, leaving them
Khan, you have Genesis, but you
don't have me! You were going to
kill me, Khan, it was your sole
purpose. You'll have to come down
here to do it! You'll have to
I've done far worse than kill you,
Admiral. I've hurt you. And I
wish to go on hurting you. I
shall leave you, as you left me --
where no one will ever find you:
poetic justice; marooned for
eternity in the center of a dead
planet -- buried alive.
Khan -- !
Goodbye, Admiral. Oh, and don't
count on Enterprise. She can't
move. My next act will be to blow
her out of the heavens.
144 OMITTED 144
145 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 145
Khan closes his eyes in voluptuous satisfaction.
Joachim enters and Khan looks at him.
Warp drive still inoperative. All
other systems should be restored
Khan sighs, contentedly.
Excellent. We have all the time
in the world.
146 INT. ROCKY CAVERN 146
As before, Saavik is on the communicator.
This is Lt. Saavik, calling Enterprise...
She keeps trying. Chekov stirs --
Bones goes and tends Chekov who moans, tries to sit up.
Chekov tries to smile; Kirk takes his hand --
No use, Admiral, they're still
jamming all channels.
(looks across Chekov)
It wouldn't make any difference.
If Enterprise obeyed orders she's
long since gone. And if she couldn't
obey, she's finished.
So are we, it looks like.
I don't understand.
Who's responsible for all this?
Who is Khan?
It's a long story.
We appear to have plenty of time.
You and your father can catch up on
My father. I hope you realize
another man has just been killed
Because of you, son. You shouldn't
have tried to rush someone holding
a primed phaser. Anyway it isn't
one man dead, it's two, in case
you've lost count.
David has been effectively spiked. Long silence.
Do you have anything to eat? I
don't know about anyone else, but
How can you think of food at a time
Our first order of business is survival.
There's food in the Genesis cave,
enough to last a lifetime -- should
that be necessary.
We thought this was Genesis.
Carol laughs -- there's an edge of hysteria to it.
This? It took the Starfleet corps
of engineers ten months in space
suits to tunnel out all this. What
we did in there -- we did in a day.
David, why don't you show Dr. McCoy
and the Lieutenant our idea of food.
But we can't just sit here -- !
Oh, yes we can. Is there really
something to eat?
David looks at his father, who checks his watch, putting
on his spectacles.
This is just to give us something
to do, isn't it?
Saavik and Bones make to follow. Saavik turns to Kirk --
As your teacher Mr. Spock is fond
of saying: I like to think there
always are possibilities.
147 OMITTED 147
150 EXT. SPACE 150
Dark side of Gamma. Reliant sits idle.
150A INT. ROCKY CAVERN 150A
Carol sits on the ground, Chekov's head in her lap,
looking at Kirk.
David was right, wasn't he? It's
just to keep them busy.
Why? Why didn't you tell me?
How can you ask me that? Were we
together? Where we going to be?
You had your world and I had mine.
I wanted him in mine, not chasing
through the universe with his father.
Kirk turns away, overcome. She watches him.
He's a lot like you in many ways.
Nothing I could do about it. He's
smarter, of course; that goes without
saying. Most of Genesis is really
Her joke doesn't take effect. He doesn't turn.
This is it, isn't it? We're never
going to get out of here.
Kirk says nothing.
Please. Tell me what you're feeling.
Kirk hesitates, comes back and sits next to Chekov; he
changes Bones' compress on the ear as he finally speaks.
There's a man I haven't seen in
fifteen years who thinks he's killed
me. You show me a son who'd almost be
happy to help him. My son. My life
that could have been and wasn't. What
am I feeling? I'm feeling old --
Carol studies him; gently she sets Chekov's head down
on a sweater, then stands.
Let me show you something that will
make you feel young -- young as when
the world was new.
She offers her hand. Kirk looks at Chekov, who smiles,
He'll be all right. Come.
After a moment's hesitation, Kirk takes her hand and
she leads him to the tunnel.
150B INT. TUNNEL 150B
TRUCKING BEFORE Carol and Kirk. A rising light falls
on their faces as they walk, then run with excitement
toward the source. Kirk races ahead...
150C KIRK'S POV - MOVING THROUGH THE TUNNEL 150C
toward an iridescent light at its end, blindingly
beautiful with color.
INTERCUT: THESE TWO ANGLES until WE CAN HARDLY WAIT
for Kirk to reach the end of the tunnel, and then,
when it does:
150D INT. GENESIS CAVE - PROMONTORY LEVEL 150D
where the rock tunnel ends. Kirk comes out of the
tunnel, and his mouth drops open.
150E FULL SHOT - THE GENESIS CAVE (MATTE AND FX) (FORMERLY 150E
A huge cavern. Kirk is actually standing at the middle
of it. Space extends vastly above and below his point
of view. Like Eden, lush growth everywhere, water-
falls, and a cobalt blue sky high, high above where a
round orb glows sending light and warmth downward.
There is a path from where Kirk stands down to the lower
level where Bones, and the others are waiting and calling
to him. Mist and haze waft gently across the cavern.
150F BACK TO KIRK 150F
as Carol comes up beside him.
You did this -- in a day?!
The matrix formed in a day. The
life forms grew later -- at a
wildly accelerated rate. Can I
cook or can't I?
151 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 151
The turbo doors open and Joachim stands there.
Impulse power restored.
More than a match for poor
He punches at his console.
152 OMITTED 152
154 EXT. SPACE - REGULA 154
Reliant ominously pokes her nose into the lit side of
the planet, heading for Enterprise.
155 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 155
Departing dark side, Regula.
156 ON SCREEN 156
The Regula I Space Station -- but where is Enterprise?
157 ON KHAN 157
frowning with puzzlement.
Where IS she?
158 ON SCREEN 158
not a trace!
159 INT. GENESIS CAVE PLATFORM 159
Kirk and the others eat fruit from the huge (matte)
forest beyond. Chekov has been moved to join them.
159A ANGLE FAVORING DAVID AND SAAVIK 159A
who watches him.
What are you looking at?
The Admiral's son.
Don't you believe it.
Oh, I believe it.
She almost smiles. David returns her stare and it
What are you looking at?
I don't know.
159B INT. GENESIS CAVE - WIDER ANGLE 159B
Saavik rises, paces. Kirk puts down his food.
Now that's what I call a meal.
It's like the Garden of Eden...
Only here, every apple comes from
the Tree of Knowledge.
Kirk watches Saavik.
What's on your mind, Lieutenant?
The Kobayashi Maru, sir.
The no-win scenario -- and with
what philosophy a commander faces
Are you asking me if we are playing
out that scenario now, Lieutenant?
On the test, sir, will you tell me
what you did? I'd really like to
Kirk looks at Bones, who smiles --
Lieutenant, you are looking at the
only Starfleet cadet who ever beat
the no-win scenario --
And almost got tossed out of the
He looks at his watch again, using his glasses --
I reprogrammed the simulation so it
was possible to rescue the ship.
I changed the conditions of the
test. I received a commendation for
I don't like to lose.
Then -- you never faced that
situation -- faced death...
We each face death every day we're
He picks up the communicator.
Spock, this is Kirk. It's two hours.
Are you about ready?
Right on schedule, Admiral. Just
give us your coordinates and we'll
beam you aboard.
The others are on their feet, stunned with amazement --
Right. I don't like to lose.
He clicks off.
David gapes at his father.
160 OMITTED 160
161 EXT. SPACE DARK SIDE OF REGULA 161
WE CAN SEE NOW where Enterprise is: she has slipped
behind the plantoid, clockwise, even as Reliant was
rounding into the lighted side.
162 INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM - ENTERPRISE 162
Kirk, David, Saavik, Carol and Bones, holding the semi-
conscious Chekov MATERIALIZE. Spock is there to greet
But the damage report -- we were
Come, come, Lieutenant, you of all
people go by the book. Hello,
Spock. You remember Dr. Marcus...
They are moving through the room as they talk --
By the book...
Regulation 46-A: 'If transmissions
are being monitored during battle...'
'... no uncoded messages on an open
Saavik steps in front of Spock.
Hours instead of days, Saavik; now
we have minutes instead of hours --
I'm taking this bunch to sick bay.
CAMERA STAYS WITH THEM, HOLDS ON DAVID, awed.
163 INT. CORRIDOR ENTERPRISE 163
Saavik and Kirk follow Spock. They stop at a Turbo
They're inoperative below C-deck.
164 INT. ANOTHER ENTERPRISE CORRIDOR 164
They race down corridors as they speak --
What IS working around here?
Not much, Admiral. We have partial
Best we could do in two hours.
165 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 165
Full crew in place as doors whoosh open --
Admiral on the bridge --
ALARMS, SIRENS, ETC. CREW RUSH INTO PLACE AS Kirk,
Spock and Saavik approach the big screen.
We see the Enterprise emerging from the dark side of
Gamma Regula, where Reliant is now a moving blip.
She can out-run us and out-gun us.
But there is the Mutara Nebula at
153 mark four.
(studies his console)
Scotty, can we make it inside?
The energizer's bypassed like a
Christmas tree -- so don't give me
too many bumps.
No promises, Mr. Scott. On your way.
Trouble with the nebula, sir, is all
that static discharge and gas clouds
our tactical display. Visuals won't
function and shields will be useless.
Kirk looks over the rims of his glasses at Spock; they
smile with faint amusement.
What's sauce for the goose, Mr.
Saavik. The odds will be even.
166 VARIOUS CORRIDORS, ENTERPRISE 166
As the lights change, the CREW runs to their stations.
166A EXT. SPACE 166A
ENTERPRISE STARTS MOVING.
167 INT. HOSPITAL 167
Carol, David and Bones react to the light change and
the sirens -- Bones works on Chekov...
I'm going up there.
You'll be in the way, Dr. Marcus...
best stay here.
Carol and David are civilians on a battleship.
168 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 168
Reacting. Saavik approaches Kirk and Spock.
Admiral... what happens if Reliant
fails to follow us into the nebula?
Kirk and Spock exchange looks --
I think we can guarantee she'll
follow us, Mr. Saavik. Remind me
to explain to you the concept of
Best speed, Scotty...
169 EXT. SPACE 169
The Enterprise whooshes by CAMERA leaving Regula
behind. Reliant now appears in far b.g. and CAMERA
BEGINS A MOVE to her.
170 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 170
There! Full impulse power! Not
so wounded as we were led to believe
-- so much the better...
171 EXT. SPACE 171
Reliant moves to and past CAMERA in hot pursuit.
172 EXT. SPACE - SERIES OF SHOTS 172
Call them SPACE-BYS. Enterprise rushes TOWARD US,
flashes BY and CONTINUES towards the swirling nebula.
THEN Reliant does the same, closer in pursuit. At
this moment, half the distance between Regula and
the nebula has been covered.
173 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 173
Estimating nebula penetration
in two minutes. Reliant is
Steady as you go...
174 EXT. SPACE 174
Orientation, SHOT. Reliant can clearly see where
Enterprise is headed --
175 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 175
We'll lose them if they go in there.
176 SOMEONE PUNCHES A BUTTON 176
177 EXT. SPACE 177
Reliant's shot crosses Enterprise's bow --
178 INT. ENTERPRISE HOSPITAL 178
The ship reverberates with the near miss. Chekov wakes
up, looks wildly about --
Take it easy --
But I must --
Listen to me, Pavel; you haven't
the strength or the equilibrium --
As they talk, David, unnoticed, leaves the area. The
Enterprise is buffeted again --
Dr. McCoy, I can't just sit here.
Tell me what I can do.
You can help get my surgery squared
away. I'm expecting customers.
She whitens in fear. ANOTHER SHOT reverberates.
179 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 179
That was close --
They just don't want us going in there.
One minute to nebula perimeter.
The bridge door slides open and David enters. He
stares in wonder. Saavik reacts to David.
Admiral, they're reducing speed.
Uhura, patch me in --
180 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 180
Why are we slowing?
We daren't follow them into the
nebula, sir -- our shields will be
This is Admiral Kirk.
Khan's eyes bulge --
We tried it once your way, Khan.
Are you game for a rematch?
Khan's eyes bulge --
Khan -- ! I'm laughing at the
Full impulse power!
No sir! We have Genesis -- Whatever
you want --
Full power damn you!
And he reaches across and executes it himself.
181 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 181
They react to Reliant's speed-up. The nebula approach
is ON SCREEN.
I'll say this for him: he's
182 EXT. SPACE - THE MUTARA NEBULA 182
WE'RE VERY CLOSE NOW, and SEE CLEARLY the swirling,
slowly moving gases, magenta, purple, etc. There are
veils of luminescent materials and through all an
interlace of unpredictable electrical charges.
Like lightning, these intermittent great flashes
illumine whole sections of the nebula. OUR VIEW is
moving slowly forward...
183 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 183
And we're... in.
184 EXT. SPACE - THE NEBULA 184
As Enterprise whooshes into the PICTURE headed into the
purplish gas -- and disappears into a cloud bank of
A moment then Reliant APPEARS, pursues Enterprise into
the gloom, also disappears.
185 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 185
ON SCREEN the picture is squirrelly purple, breaking
up. Blindness. Panic.
Raise the shields...
Electrical forces raging without are also reflected on
the circuits within. It's bumpy, on top of everything
else. Electronic WHINING.
As I feared, sir. Not functional.
I'm reducing speed.
Khan does not argue.
186 EXT. SPACE - PURPLE - SERIES OF SHOTS 186
Cautiously Reliant emerges from a massive "cloudbank."
Electrical discharges abound. Barely moving, she feels
her way forward. Alone.
187 AS THE ANGLE WIDENS 187
A treat: Enterprise is above and behind Reliant.
188 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE - ON SCREEN 188
Reliant's image is breaking up.
Phaser lock inoperative, sir.
Best guess, Mr. Sulu. Fire when
Sulu strains, then fires -- just as an electrical dis-
turbance bounces the bridge --
189 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 189
The bounce causes Sulu's phaser shot to go wide of
Reliant, amid CRACKLING discharges --
190 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 190
Rolls from the near-miss concussion --
Aft-torpedoes -- fire -- !
191 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 191
Reliant is wide of the mark with a Photon torpedo.
A BLINDING ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE. When it clears,
Enterprise appears to be alone.
192 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 192
ON SCREEN, nothing but magenta amid picture breakup --
Hold your course. Look sharp...
193 EXT. NEBULA (INTERCUT WITH BRIDGE) 193
Enterprise feeling its way...
194 ON BRIDGE - POV ON SCREEN 194
All peer into the lousy picture. Occasional electrical
195 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 195
Still Enterprise moves forward... A LARGE FLASH... a
SUDDEN GLIMPSE: Reliant boring in on collision course!
196 INT. ENTERPRSIE BRIDGE 196
A sudden clearing ON SCREEN: Reliant!
Hard over, but not fast enough. Reliant fires a phaser.
197 SERIES OF SHOTS 197
Reliant's phaser shot hits the Enterprise torpedo room
in Dorsal Fin area of ship.
198 INT. ENTERPRISE TORPEDO ROOM 198
An EXPLOSION rocks the room and...
199 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 199
The Bridge rattles from the explosion below; Sulu is
thrown from his chair. Saavik leaps to her post --
Phaser bank one, fire!
200 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 200
The Enterprise fires a phaser and delivers a raking shot
-- which rips along the side of Reliant's primary hull.
200A INT. RELIANT BRIDGE (FORMERLY SCENE 205) 200A
The bridge is damaged; Joachim and others are wounded...
For the first time, his friend wounded, Khan hesitates,
holds him --
Yours... is... the superior...
I shall avenge you --
200B NEW ANGLE 200B
She veers to one side with the impact and disappears
into a deep purple mass.
201 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 201
Sulu is being helped by David --
202 INT. ENGINE ROOM 202
Bones is there, helping some crewmen. The Reactor Room
flashes a red warning light and glows with a blue
light. The air is heavy with smoke but the doors,
damaged earlier, still hold.
Admiral, I've got to take the mains
off the line. The energizer's shaken
loose and I can't get in there to
fix her -- radiation --
203 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 203
All right, we'll do the job with
The bridge door opens and closes; Chekov, faint,
Could you use another hand, Admiral?
Man the weapons console, Mr. Chekov.
ANGLE FAVORING David as the others react to Chekov
taking his place. Quiet.
Spock is bent over the scanner --
Sporadic energy readings port side,
aft. Could be an impulse turn.
He won't break off now. If he
followed me this far he'll be back.
But from where...?
He's intelligent, but not experienced.
His pattern indicates two dimensional
Kirk looks at him, smiles.
Mr. Saavik, all stop.
All stop, sir.
Descend ten thousand meters. Stand
by photon torpedoes.
204 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 204
Reliant in purplish mass, banking slightly, completing
a long turn, then boring ahead.
205 OMITTED 205
206 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 206
As Reliant emerges from the dark blue mass into a clear
almost tranquil place. Reliant, moving slowly, stops,
as if looking around.
207 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 207
The screens are empty.
Where is he? Where in God's name
208 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 208
Reliant motionless in the f.g. amid occasional flashes.
Now, behind Reliant and from below, like a great whale
rising from the depths, Enterprise rises vertically,
slowly passing the unsuspecting enemy. When Enterprise
is above, behind and quite close:
209 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 209
Reliant ON SCREEN, intermittent but clear.
Torpedoes ready, sir.
210 SERIES OF SHOTS 210
A) EXT. ENTERPRISE
fires torpedo; one which hits, destroying Reliant's
weapons pod on top.
B) INT. RELIANT
C) EXPLOSIONS rock the interior of Reliant.
D) EXT. ENTERPRISE
fires two more times. The first causes general
damage. The second, close behind blasts Reliant's
port engine off into space, debris scattering.
E) INT. RELIANT BRIDGE
is devastated. Khan is blown from his chair and
WE'RE UNCERTAIN of his fate.
211 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 211
Reliant, now a scarred, battered hulk, her main hull
still intact, but dead in space.
212 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 212
No cheers, just deadly professionalism.
Cease fire. Look sharp.
Power levels quite low, sir.
Mr. Scott, can you get the mains
back on line?
(breaking up slightly)
I'll need ten minutes, sir, 'til
the radiation dissipates.
Uhura, send to Commander, Reliant:
prepare to be boarded.
213 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 213
Amid the smoke and ruins, WE SEE no signs of life.
Commander, Reliant, this is
Enterprise. Surrender and prepare
to be boarded. Repeat...
In f.g., chillingly, Khan rises INTO SHOT by the main
console. He is horribly burned, and it is clear that
he is clinging to life by his will.
No... Kirk. The game's not over.
As Uhura's voice continues O.S., Khan pulls himself
into a chair at the console, one of his hands useless
at his side.
To the last I will grapple with thee!
Painfully, with one good arm, he starts arming the
213A INT. RELIANT TRANSPORTER ROOM 213A
There sits the Genesis torpedo: lights start blinking
in response. As we watch, the CHILD we met on Ceti Alpha
walks to the torpedo and smiles at the lights.
214 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 214
Enterprise to Reliant: you are
ordered to surrender your vessel.
We'll beam aboard. Alert
transporter room --
Admiral. Scanning an energy source
on Reliant. A pattern I've never
David peers closer over Spock's shoulder, reacts.
It's the Genesis Wave!
He's on a build up to detonation!
How soon --
We encoded four minutes --
We'll beam aboard and stop it --
The briefest stunned moment. Kirk hits intercom:
Scotty, I need warp speed in three
minutes or we're all dead!
Spock leaps from his place and disappears through the
Saavik, get us out, best speed!
215 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 215
Enterprise backs away from Reliant. Her speed is pain-
216 INT. RELIANT BRIDGE 216
ON SCREEN, Enterprise, intermittent image, backs away.
Khan smiles triumphantly through his pain. An elec-
tronic power SOUND has been building.
No... You can't get away... From
hell's heart I stab at thee...
(amid the pain)
For hate's sake... I spit my last
breath at thee!
Khan topples forward, dead. The WHINE continues to
217 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 217
Spock rushes in. Bones ministers to Scotty, b.g.
Spock sizes up the situation, starts for the radiation
room, Bones intercepts him.
Are you out of your Vulcan mind?
No human can tolerate the radiation
loose in there!
But, as you are so fond of observing,
Doctor, I'm not human.
You're not going in there -- !
I'm afraid I can't stop to discuss
this logically --
He gives Bones the Vulcan nerve pinch. Bones goes
Spock presses the access button and enters the Reactor
Room, a separated area behind radiation-proof glass
and metal, RED FLASHING LIGHTS and an iridescent blue
218 ANGLE - SCOTTY AND BONES 218
Spock -- get out of there!
219 INT. ENTERPRISE REACTOR ROOM 219
Bathed in blue light, arcing energy around him, Spock
is a silhouetted figure as he goes to work, door clos-
ing behind him.
220 EXT. SPACE - RELIANT 220
The WHINE increasing, the dead ship Reliant alive with
221 EXT. SPACE NEBULA - ENTERPRISE 221
A snail's pace compared to the escape speed needed.
222 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 222
Time from my mark...
Two minutes, ten seconds.
Engine room! What's happening?!
223 INT. ENTERPRISE REACTOR ROOM (INTERCUT AS 223
Outside the glass, Scotty and Bones screaming:
Get out! Get out, man! Oh, dear
224 WITHIN 224
WE CAN SEE the silent urging of Bones and Scotty.
Spock is oblivious. Amid the fire-blue arcs, he moves
to the control panel. Between his hands and the con-
trols, power arcs insanely. Spock is in an inferno,
a radiation hell, fighting now with all his strength
to control it. Slowly, the damping rods move out.
Spock moves to a manual control, begins to turn it.
225 CLOSE - SPOCK'S HANDS 225
on the manual control, slowly turning black.
226 HIS FACE 226
His face, using all the self discipline he is capable
of to control the pain, continuing to work --
227 WITHOUT 227
Bones and Scotty react in helpless horror.
228 EXT. SPACE NEBULA 228
Enterprise still well within the nebula, Reliant a
figure still visible in b.g. She's crawling still.
229 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 229
Reliant, now symbol of death, ON SCREEN.
Three minutes, thirty seconds.
Distance from Reliant...
Four hundred kilometers.
Kirk looks at David, but David shakes his head: No
Sir! The mains are back on line -- !
Bless you, Scotty. Go, Saavik!
She increases power and --
230 EXT. SPACE NEBULA - SERIES OF SHOTS 230
A) With a burst of warp speed, Enterprise accelerates
out of the lazy pace and whooshes PUT OF SCENE,
leaving Reliant behind.
B) POV RELIANT
disappearing in the swirls of:
C) POV MUTARA NEBULA
which clears the flame and --
roaring through space -- and:
The WHINE increases to fever pitch, then: she goes!
F) EXT. MUTARA NEBULA - MASTER EFFECT
As Reliant goes, so goes the nebula. The "Genesis
Effect" WE SAW in its earliest experiments, now
seems familiar on a gigantic, cosmic scale.
The blinding flash at first, followed by the same
tumbling turbulence of the miniature test. It is
231 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 231
The bridge doors open and Carol appears. Instinctively
she draws near her son.
Finally, Kirk turns, sees Carol --
Reduce speed. My God, Carl. Look
ON SCREEN and INTERCUT -- GENESIS TUMBLES and starts
evolving. A moment in history.
Engine Room. Well done. Scotty?
(after a beat)
Jim, you'd better get down here. Hurry.
The tone frightens Kirk.
Saavik, take the con.
He moves through the doors quickly, leaving the rest
staring at the new world evolving.
232 INT. STAIRWAY TO ENGINE ROOM 232
It is endless. Kirk runs forever, feet pounding down,
down, down --
233 EXT. SPACE AND ON SCREEN 233
The clouds tumble and move, new things lie beyond --
234 INT. STAIRS 234
Kirk races --
235 INT. ENTERPRISE ENGINE ROOM 235
Kirk emerges to encounter Scotty and Bones. Their
looks tell him. He sees the flashing light over the
Reactor Room. He dashes for the control panel. Bones
No, sir! You'll flood the whole
He'll die -- !
(also holds him)
He's dead already, Jim.
Kirk's eyes bulge.
236 ANGLE AT REACTOR ROOM GLASS DOOR 236
With stunned understanding, Kirk stumbles to the door,
sees Spock on his knees, hands blackened, face cracked
with radiation lines and scars.
Spock shakes his head. With a feeble hand he reaches
the intercom button: filtered communication.
The ship -- out of danger?
Spock is satisfied; he fights for breath --
Don't grieve, Admiral -- it's
logical: the good of the many
He almost keels over. Kirk has tears streaming down
... the good of the few...
Or the one.
He props a hand on the glass to support himself. Kirk's
hand reflexively goes to match Spock's on the other side
of the glass --
I never took the Kobayashi Maru
test -- until now. What do you
think of my solution?
I have been -- and always will be
-- your friend... Live. Long. And.
Spock falls. Bones and Scotty react.
Admiral, you've got to see this!
There's new life -- a whole new
world, a Genesis world -- !
But Kirk is past hearing or caring. He is huddled up
against the glass, destroyed. Bones looks on, helpless.
237 EXT. SPACE 237
A spectacular look at Carol's planet being born!
238 OMITTED 238
239 CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL 239
the Ship's Company in full dress uniforms assembled for
ship's burial service. Over the PULLBACK, we HEAR:
In accordance with the traditions
of Starfleet and of Article 184
Starfleet Regulations, we are
assembled here today to pay final
respects to our honored dead.
Carol and David are PROMINENTLY FEATURED. David watching
Kirk attentively. So are Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, and Saavik.
Bones stands next to Kirk. Scotty carries his bagpipes.
Saavik wears her hair down.
And yet, in the midst of our sorrow
it should be noted that this death
takes place in the shadow of new
life, the sunrise of a new world,
a world that our beloved comrade
gave his own life to protect and
nourish. He did not feel that
sacrifice a vain or empty one --
and we will not debate his profound
wisdom, in these proceedings. Of
my friend, I can only say this, that
of all the souls I have encountered
in my travels, his was the most --
He tries to go on, but catches Bones' face: Bones is
streaming tears. Kirk can't go on.
240 OMITTED 240
241 ANGLE - THE GROUP 241
Saavik steps forward.
We commend the soul of our brother
departed. We love we commit his
body to the depths of space.
Honors -- hup!
All Starfleet personnel salute. Scotty begins to PIPE,
an odd blare which mellows into Amazing Grace. Kirk
nods a signal.
242 THE CAPSULE 242
A gleaming black projectile is carried by pallbearers
into the launching chamber, which locks behind it. At
a hand signal from a TORPEDOMAN, the projectile is fired.
243 EXT. SPACE 243
Spock's remains seen on their way to the new world.
The capsule grows too small to SEE. The bagpipes STOP.
244 INT. TORPEDO ROOM 244
Return -- hup!
The salute drop.
She steps to him and they exchange salutes --
After you dismiss the company, you
will take the watch. Set course
for Ceti Alpha V and we'll pick up
I'll be in my quarters if needed,
but I would prefer...
Dismiss the company.
They salute. She about-faces as Kirk walks towards
the Turbo Lift. Saavik issues dismissal and posting
orders, but WE TRUCK with Kirk until CAMERA STOPS and
he leaves FRAME and WE HOLD on David. He finally
245 INT. KIRK'S QUARTERS 245
After a long moment, the CAMERA DISCOVERS Kirk. He
pours a drink, then decides not to have it.
He sits wearily, not knowing how to shake the ghosts.
Then he sees the book.
Kirk picks up the battered volume, the gift from his
friend, and closes his eyes a moment. Almost idly
he starts turning pages, looking for a clue. But he
can't see the writing -- he rummages through his
pockets and pulls out the half-glasses --
One of the lenses is broken. It has a deep impact on
Kirk. He puts down the book and glasses and covers
A SOFT BONG. Kirk clears his throat.
The door whooshes open and closes to admit David. The
last person Kirk expected to see.
I don't mean to intrude.
I should be on the bridge.
Are you running away from me?
David's strength is turning a corner with Kirk --
I suppose I was.
I poured a drink. Would you like
No. I -- I guess I'm not what you
I didn't expect anything.
That makes two of us.
(he studies his
Lieutenant Saavik was right: you
never have faced death --
Not like this -- no. I haven't faced
death, I cheated death. I tricked
my way out of death and patted myself
on the back for my ingenuity. I
You knew enough to tell Saavik that
how we face death is at least as
important as how we face life --
It was just words.
But good words. That's where ideas
begin. Maybe you should listen to
I'm trying, David.
So am I. My friends were killed,
I am truly sorry.
Pause. They study each other.
I was wrong about you. And I'm
Is that what you came here to say?
(he starts out,
then turns -- )
And also that I'm proud -- very
proud -- to be your son.
A stunned moment, then Kirk lets it all hang out: for
David, for Carol and for Spock. He hugs his son, hold-
ing onto him as if to life itself.
246 EXT. SPACE 246
The Enterprise passes the new planet in all its beauty.
247 INT. ENTERPRISE BRIDGE 247
The door whooshes. Kirk strides on the bridge, David
with him. Carol is there with Bones; they are glad at
what they see.
Admiral on the bridge!
As you were, Mr. Saavik.
Aye, sir. On course to Ceti Alpha.
All is well.
Good, I believe you already know
my, uh, son --
Saavik comes close to blushing --
Yes, well, why don't you show him
Aye, sir --
She takes him off, deadpan amusement --
So you turn out to be the dumb
They stare at her.
That is a little joke.
Kirk has a smile. He joins Bones and Carol facing the
She's changed her hair again.
Will you look at that? Think
they'll name it for you, Doctor?
Not if I can help it. We'll name
it for our friend.
It is a far far better thing I do
than I have ever done before... a
far better resting place I go to
than I have ever known...
Is that a poem?
Something Spock was trying to
tell me. On my birthday.
He shakes his head, remembering --
You okay, Jim? How do you feel?
Young. I feel young, Doctor.
He turns to Saavik and David --
Lieutenant, new course: 'Second
star to the right and straight on
The bridge crackles with lights and CHATTER as we...
247A THE VIEWSCREEN 247A
AND GO THROUGH TO:
248 EXT. SPACE FINALE (BOARDED) 248
Space, the final frontier... These
are the continuing voyages of the
Starship Enterprise... Her ongoing
mission: to explore strange new
worlds... to seek out new life and
new civilizations... To boldly go
where no man has gone before...
She is moving out now, passing CAMERA and heading
toward the distant stars. She is beautiful and they
are beautiful. And as she slowly disappears from
MUSIC RISES. CREDITS ROLL.