Set after , ‘Course : Oblivion’ , in season 6.
The crew of Voyager deals with a blast from the past. PG.
Disclaimer: ST:Voyager belongs to Paramount but this story is mine.
O.S.: Off screen
V.O.: Voice over
SPFX: Special Effects
TOM 2: A second Tom
POV: Point of view
INT. HOLODECK 1 / FAIR HAVEN/ STREET/ DAY
is bustling about with activity. There are numerous FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CARTS lining the street.
HARRY AND TOM
are walking along the street , heading for the PUB. Just before they can enter the pub, they hear a voice call out to them. It is the DOCTOR (dressed up as a priest).
Ah, excuse me.
TOM AND HARRY look back to see the Doctor walking up to them (from behind).
What’s up Doc?
I didn’t see you two at my mass yesterday.
Oh yeah Doc, we were busy.
I checked, Mr. Paris. You and Mr. Kim
were in the mess hall. No doubt busy with
idle chatter and an abundant supply of food.
Ah, nothing, Mr. Kim. I’ll see you and Mr.
Paris in confession now, and in mass at 14:00
THE DOCTOR walks away.
(looking at the pub)
Great…well, let’s go in and do as much as
we can . We can confess it all later.
Oh! I forgot…I’ve got to re-calibrate the
sensor logs before 12:00 hours. I’ll have to catch
up with you.
INT. VOYAGER/ HALLWAY
is walking through the hallway and gets into the TURBOLIFT.
The turbolift takes him there. The doors open , he gets off and bumps into TOM 2.
Harry is startled to see Tom.
Tom? Didn’t I just leave you in the holodeck?
Huh?…Oh yeah…I decided to leave.
TOM 2 gets into the turbolift . The doors close.
CLOSE ON HARRY’S CONFUSED FACE.
INT. HALLWAY/ OUTSIDE SICKBAY
TOM 2 is walking down the hallway, heading towards sickbay. Heis in pain. His entire
body seems to be in extreme pain .
He nears the doors of sickbay.
NEW ANGLE OF TOM 2
as he takes a deep breath and enters sickbay.
(dressed in Starfleet uniform), turns around to see Tom 2 enter.
Ah, Mr Paris…
The Doctor looks behind Tom 2.
Where’s Mr. Kim?
(trying to hide his pain)
I don’t know.
Well, I suppose we could start on you now…
if we want to get finished by morning.
CLOSE ON TOM 2 as he attempts to smile (not quite succeeding). The pain he is feeling is evident on his face.
THE DOCTOR notices this.
Are you alright, Mr. Paris?
Just the same…I think I’ll check you out.
The Doctor goes over to a DESK to get his MEDICAL TRICORDER.
TOM 2 quickly heads over to the Doc’s office.
ANGLE ON TOM 2
as he walks over to the Doc’s COMPUTER (on his DESK).
He starts to press keys on it.
TOM 2’S POV OF THE DOCTOR
as the Doctor (with medical tricorder in hand) is walking towards him.
(as he reaches Tom 2)
Now let’s see…
The Doctor holds up the tricorder to Tom 2’s head. He begins to scan him.
TOM 2 (forcefully) pushes the tricorder away.
I said I’m fine!
I think you need to be checked, Mr. Paris.
TOM 2 slowly presses one last key on the Doc’s computer.
TOM 2’S POV OF THE DOCTOR
as Doctor disappears (SPFX- DOCTOR FADES).
CLOSE ON TOM 2 as he sighs.
NEW ANGLE OF SICKBAY
showing the BEDS.
Tom 2 walks over to one of the beds and lays down on it.
OVERHEAD SHOT OF TOM 2
lying on the bed.
ANGLE ON TOM 2
as he takes out a FLASK (containing a YELLOW LIQUID) from his pocket. He opens the flask and drinks the yellow liquid.
He lets out a sigh of relief.
HOLD ON TOM 2.
TUVOK is standing at his station.
JANEWAY AND CHAKOTAY are sitting in their designated seats.
HARRY enters the Bridge (from the turbolift).
(on seeing Harry)
Sensor logs in good working order, Harry?
(on his way to his station)
Now that’s the kind of news I like to hear.
HARRY reaches his station (in the background- b.g.)
The Doctor has been after me for ages to get
those sensor logs aligned.
Apparently, now his lectures will go faster.
JANEWAY AND CHAKOTAY exchange smiles.
(smiling at Chakotay)
Whatever made me wait this long?
Janeway to the Doctor.
There is no answer.
Janeway to the Doctor.
There is still no answer.
(turns to Harry)
(tapping away at his console keys)
I’m checking on it.
The Doctor was taken off-line.
Off-line? By whom?
(tapping away at keys)
I can’t tell from here.
Harry, get down to sickbay and get the Doctor back
HARRY begins to leave.
I want to know who put the Doctor off-line.
There are many STARFLEET OFFICERS in engineering doing their jobs.
is working at a CONSOLE
In the background, Tom 2 WALKS INTO FRAME (and into engineering). He is behind B’Elanna.
CLOSE ON TOM 2
as he smiles on seeing her.
Tom 2 walks up to B’Elanna.
(still working at her console)
Hi, I thought that today was Fair Haven day.
You tore yourself away to come see me?
I didn’t have to tear myself away. You win over
Fair Haven anyday.
Okay Tom, what’s going on in that head of yours?
TOM 2 extends his hand out to her.
Come with me and you’ll find out.
B’ELANNA stares at him.
Tom. I have a tonne of work to do over here.
This won’t take long.
He takes her hand.
B’Elanna reluctantly goes with him.
This better be good, Paris.
They EXIT FRAME.
is working on a WALL UNIT of sickbay.
He stops working and hits his COM BADGE.
Ensign Kim to the Bridge.
Go ahead, Harry.
The Doctor was taken off-line manually.
By Tom… I think he did it to avoid a
confession session with the Doc.
Can you fix it?
I’m on it.
Remind me to have a chat with Mr. Paris when
he gets back on duty.
INT. CARGO BAY 11
TOM 2 and B’ELANNA enter,
Tom, why are we here?
We’re gonna take a little trip.
Does Janeway know about this?
TOM 2 sticks a HYPOSPRAY in the back of B’Elanna’s neck.
B’ELANNA passes out.
I hope not.
returns to the Bridge (from the turbolift). He is heading towards his station.
JANEWAY stands, as does CHAKOTAY.
We need to talk about personnel protocol,
When you took the Doctor off-line.
Captain, there has been an unauthorized shuttle launch.
No answer. I will attempt to tractor it in.
It is not working.
Who’s on board?
Lt. Torres and….ensign Paris.
JANEWAY, CHAKOTAY AND TUVOK look at Tom.
CLOSE ON TOM’S CONFUSED FACE.
INT. BRIEFING ROOM
TUVOK, CHAKOTAY, JANEWAY AND TOM
are sitting around the BRIEFING TABLE.
How can I be on that shuttle, when I’m
here? Someone else is on that shuttle…
alone with B’Elanna. Captain, we have to do
We will, Tom.
Tuvok, why didn’t the tractor beam lock onto the shuttle?
Every time I would establish a lock , the shuttle
would disintegrate . It would seem that the material
this shuttle is made out of is highly unstable.
It’s not one of ours either. All of our shuttles are
still in cargo bay.
An alien. It had to have been an alien ship masked
as one of our shuttles.
But why would the alien single out B’Elanna
and take her?
HARRY AND THE DOCTOR ENTER.
Harry sits while the Doctor stands.
Doctor, what can you tell us about this
He came into sickbay. He seemed to be in pain.
When I tried to scan him, he tossed the tricorder from
Were you able to scan any of him?
I might have.
Doctor, I want you to go back to sickbay,
see if you can dig up any of the scan you took.
The Doctor exits the room.
Seven of nine to the Captain.
Go ahead, Seven.
I believe I have found a trace on the shuttle,
On my way.
TOM 2 is flying the shuttle.
B’ELANNA is lying on one of the BUNK BEDS in the back of the shuttle.
She is ‘coming to’.
She fully wakes up and sits on the bed.
CLOSE ON B’ELANNA
as she looks at Tom 2.
Tom, what’s going on?
(turning back to see her)
It’s okay, B’Elanna.
B’Elanna begins to walk towards him but is stopped short by a FORCE FIELD.
What…what is this?
You’re not Tom, are you?
It’s not what you think. I am Tom in every way
What are you talking about?
If you’re Tom, get me out of here!!!!
Take this force field down!!!!!!!
I can’t…not until you understand.
Understand what? That you kidnapped me and
caged me up in here?
I’m sorry for the deception.
When I get out of here, you’ll be more than
TOM 2 suddenly gasps in pain.
TOM 2 is in extreme pain. He eyes another FLASK of yellow liquid (which is far away from him).
He tries to get to it but can’t.
What are you doing?
TOM 2 presses some keys on a CONSOLE .
THE FORCE FIELD is down (SPFX).
(in tremendous pain)
CLOSE ON B’ELANNA’S FACE as she wonders what she should do.
SEVEN is working at her CONSOLE.
THE SCREEN, in front of her, is displaying a YELLOW PLANET.
WIDE SHOT OF ASTROMETRICS.
JANEWAY enters and walks up to Seven.
ANGLE ON JANEWAY.
What have you got, Seven ?
A class M planet, 20,000 km away.
The disintegration of the shuttle left
behind trace particles that can be found
on this planet.
Janeway to the Bridge.
Go ahead, Captain.
Seven’s transferring the co-ordinates of a
planet. Head there, warp 9.
OFF JANEWAY’S MILITANT LOOK, we…
INT. TOM 2’S SHUTTLE
(still in extreme pain)
I need the flask.
B’ELANNA is thinking about it.
B’Elanna, help me….
B’ELANNA walks across to the flask, picks it up and hands it to him.
He drinks the yellow liquid from it.
His pain subsides.
I always knew you had a soft spot for me.
Don’t bet on it.
Of course, it was ‘starfleet protocol’ that
made you help me.
What the hell am I doing here?
Do you remember when Voyager encountered a
planet that duplicated everyone and everything?
CLOSE ON B’ELANNA
as she remembers.
You’re Tom’s duplicate?
What are you doing here?
No, no, wait a minute, that planet is
light years away. We left that planet ages
We forgot who we were. We forgot we were duplicates.
We also headed for the alpha quadrant.
(not quite believing him)
So, where is everyone else?
(surprised and saddened)
What?…How did they die?
But you survived?
I got into a shuttle and left the ship
before it fell apart. I couldn’t stay…
I found this planet. That yellow liquid I drank,
comes from here. It keeps me alive.
It eases the pain of my disintegration.
You’re still disintegrating?
Why don’t we go back to Voyager, the
Doctor can have a look at you and maybe he
I’m too far gone. The pain comes too
quickly now. The yellow liquid is losing
it’s effect on me.
If you don’t need me to get help from
Voyager, why am I here?
(takes a deep breath)
My B’Elanna and I were married.
CLOSE ON B’ELANNA as her eyebrows rise.
She died right after we were married.
(putting it together)
(with tears in his eyes)
After a pause.
I’m sorry. I really am, but, I’m not her.
I know…I just wanted….
TOM 2 gasps in extreme pain.
B’ELANNA rushes over to him.
Tom, do you have any more of the liquid?
B’ELANNA takes control of the shuttle.
JANEWAY enters and walks over to the Doctor’s office.
The Doctor is there.
Did you find anything from the scan, Doctor?
(with a concerned face)
I’m afraid so, Captain. This second Tom
is actually Tom’s duplicate.
(getting soft, whispering to herself)
Wait a minute, we did all leave duplicates
behind on that planet.
Well, if they’re anything like this Tom, they’re
all in bad shape.
(in a firm tone)
What do you mean Doctor?
They’re dying…or rather he’s dying.
JANEWAY looks at the Doctor with tremendous concern (evident in her eyes).
Can you do anything to help him?
(shaking his head)
I’m afraid not , Captain.
OFF JANEWAY’S CONCERNED LOOK,
INT. MESS HALL
TOM is sitting at a TABLE.
His despair is evident on his face.
NEELIX (carrying A CUP OF COFFEE) ENTERS THE FRAME FROM THE b.g. (background).
He walks up to Tom, puts the coffee on the table and sits.
(trying to be upbeat)
I thought you might want a cup of coffee.
It helps the Captain when she’s down.
Tom doesn’t touch the coffee.
I know what it feels like.
No offence Neelix but…
Kes. When she left…I felt so empty, so alone.
Neelix is lost in his memories.
(turning to Tom)
But…..you’ll get B’Elanna back.
Senior staff to the ready room.
I’ve got to go.
INT. THE READY ROOM
JANEWAY is sitting at her desk.
CHAKOTAY, TUVOK, HARRY AND TOM enter.
JANEWAY stands and walks to the front of her desk.
The Doctor has just informed me that our imposter
is Tom’s duplicate.
TOM walks towards Janeway.
My duplicate…from that planet….
That’s right Tom. He’s not in good shape.
(figuring it out)
But, what does he want with B’Elanna?
We’ll be at the planet in less than an hour.
Chakotay, I want you to get an away team down
there to find out.
Tom, maybe you should remain here.
Captain, with all due respect, I think I deserve
to be there.
It might be best , Captain. Mr. Paris
might be able to relate to his counterpart
more easily than the rest of us can.
Alright Tom…but don’t lose your head.
TOM nods but doesn’t quite verbally agree.
INT. TRANSPORTER ROOM 1
An ENSIGN is at the CONSOLE.
THE AWAY TEAM ( CHAKOTAY, TUVOK, HARRY AND TOM) ENTER
They walk onto the TRANSPORTER PAD.
TOM (to the Ensign)
SPFX – the away team vapourizes.
EXT. THE YELLOW PLANET/ A CAVE/ DAY
Tom 2 is lying down on the cave floor. He is groaning in pain.
We hear SOUNDS OF FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING.
ANGLE ON THE CAVE OPENING.
B’ELANNA (coming out of the black of the cave opening) ENTERS the cave.
She is carrying a very small amount of the yellow liquid (in the flask) in her hand.
She walks up and kneels down next to Tom 2.
(referring to the liquid)
This was all that I could find.
TOM 2 nods, sits up slightly and then drinks it.
B’Elanna assists him in taking the liquid.
After he drinks it, he lays down again.
You need more.
There’s not much more left.
I’ve been here a long time.
I’ve used up most of it.
That’s why I had to see you now.
Because I’m dying.
B’ELANNA gets up from off the floor.
She is uncomfortable.
She died before my eyes.
B’ELANNA is visibly upset on hearing this.
I was the last person she saw before
that meant a lot to her.
CLOSE ON TOM 2
as he stares tenderly at B’Elanna.
(tears line his blue eyes)
She meant everything to me.
B’ELANNA (pacing now) is extremely uncomfortable.
Look, I’m sorry about what happened, but,
I’m not her.
She came from you. You’re so much like her
To me…you are her.
ANGLE ON B’ELANNA as she gives him a sympathetic look.
(tears streaming down his face, voice breaking)
I didn’t get to say good-bye.
B’ELANNA walks over and kneels down next to him.
(defences down, whispering)
She turns his head (with her hand) to face hers.
They stare intensely at each other.
You’ll need more liquid.
I’ll go look for more. I’ll be back.
She begins to walk away.
(without turning back)
Try to get some rest.
I’ll be back soon.
CLOSE ON TOM 2’S DISAPPOINTED FACE.
EXT. THE YELLOW PLANET/ A FIELD/ DAY
THE AWAY TEAM (CHAKOTAY, TUVOK, HARRY AND TOM) materalizes onto the field.
Everyone takes out their TRICORDERS and scans the area.
(reading from his tricorder)
He starts to walk off. They follow him.
WIDE SHOT OF THE AWAY TEAM as they walk across the field.
NEW ANGLE of the team as Chakotay leads them towards the cave.
They stop at the entrance.
There’s one life sign.
Everyone pulls out their PHASERS.
They cautiously begin to enter the cave.
INT. YELLOW PLANET/ CAVE/ CONTINUOUS
THE AWAY TEAM enters the cave.
CHAKOTAY leads them to TOM 2.
THE AWAY TEAM’S POV OF TOM 2 as they near him.
REVERSE ANGLE (TOM 2’S POV OF THE AWAY TEAM).
TOM 2 is startled when he sees them.
CLOSE ON TOM as he sees TOM 2.
Tom’s anger is evident on his face.
TOM makes his way to the front of Chakotay.
He points his phaser at Tom 2.
They are a little way away from one another (Tom and Tom 2).
(to Tom 2)
WHERE IS SHE?
WHERE IS B’ELANNA?
TOM 2 doesn’t answer.
TOM walks over to Tom 2 and puts his phaser at Tom 2’s head.
That’s enough, Tom!
TOM ignores him.
TOM (to Tom 2)
WHAT DID YOU DO TO HER?
WHERE IS B’ELANNA?
TOM 2 shouts out in massive pain.
TOM draws back himself (not his weapon).
Pull back ensign!!!!!
That’s an order!!!!!!
TOM (to Chakotay)
(with his phaser still at Tom 2’s head)
B’ELANNA runs into FRAME (from the cave opening) holding a flask of the yellow liquid in her hands.
She runs over and onto the floor, next to Tom 2.
She looks up at Tom.
TOM lowers his phaser.
(to Tom 2)
I’ve found some more of the liquid.
(in extreme pain)
NO, no more. I just wanted to die looking
at your face.
B’ELANNA holds TOM 2 in her arms.
(to Tom 2)
I will always love you.
CLOSE ON TOM 2 as he closes his eyes and dies.
OVERHEAD SPIRAL SHOT OF ALL OF THEM IN THE CAVE.
SOFT CUT TO:
INT. VOYAGER/ B’ELANNA’S ROOM
B’ELANNA is sitting on her COUCH.
THE DOORBELL SOUNDS
(in a low voice)
TOM ENTERS and sits next to B’ELANNA.
He loved her so much.
I know how he felt.
B’ELANNA looks up at him.
They stare at each other, move closer and softly kiss.
PULL OUT FROM THEM TO REVEAL ALL OF B"ELANNA’S ROOM (keeping them as the
focal point of the room).
is flying slowly through space (SPFX).