Jarod is currently still held captive at “The Centre” on Penumbra.
After hearing news about Khoal’s (Lyle’s) killing of escaped “Pretenders”
he begins planning to take down the organization once and for all.
1 EXT. SPACE – ENTERPRISE. Stationary. Facing a dark region in space.
PICARD(V.O): Captain’s log, Stardate 41209.6 We are in enterstellar space at the edge of our own Galaxy awaiting a phenomena known as a ‘Penumbra.’
2 FULL ON SOME DISTANT CELESTIAL BODIES JUST BEYOND THE ENTERPRISE THAT APPEAR AS DARKENED OBJECTS.
PICARD(V.O/continuing): Despite our long range sensory capabilities we are still dependent on this phenomena to help us ‘shed some light’ on our efforts to map uncharted regions of space.
3 INT. ENTERPRISE/MAIN BRIDGE
RYKER, STANDING at Captain Picards side, gives him a look, smiling. Everybody looks toward the viewer. We see these darkened bodies become even darker as the extreme background begins to LIGHT up.
DATA: Captain, the phenomena is taking effect.
PICARD: Commence long range optical scanning.
WORF presses a button at the console.
WORF: Aye, commencing. Sensors active and scanning, Captain.
PICARD: Enhance viewer.
DATA presses a button.
FULL on VIEWER. We see a series of images FOCUS in on what appears to be a solar system.
DATA: Based on initial findings Captain, it appears..
DATA has a delay in response.
RYKER: Data…Appears? Anything we don’t know?
Data SHAKES, then TAPS his HEAD.
DATA: I’m sorry. I seemed to have malfunctioned.
RYKER and PICARD CHUCKLE.
DATA (continued): It wasn’t my intention to be humorous.
RYKER: I know, Data. But that’s what makes it so…FUNNY.
RYKER and PICARD let out a few more chuckles. So does the rest of the crew. WORF even manages to smile a little, before Growling.
DATA: Hmm, I’ll have to double check my downloads on the topic and re-evaluate….No, same conclusion.
Everybody Laughs. DATA looks over at GEORDI sitting next to him and tries to emulate his smile. Eveybody laughs again.
Data then follows everyone’s lead and attempts to Laugh..this continues to fuel the laughter.
PICARD (To RYKER): MUST BE EXPERIENCING A ‘TEMPORAL ANAMOLY’ YOU THINK?
RYKER: NOT WITHOUT ‘TEMPORAL LOBES’ HE ISN’T!
Laughter. DATA genuinely laughs at that. Everybody takes notice including DATA. Things quickly calm down with that realization.
DEANA TROY comes to DATA and places her hands on his shoulder.
TROY: Oh Data, I’m so glad for you! I think you have finally experienced what it’s like to be human.
DATA: Am I still fit for duty?
TROY: How do you feel?
DATA: Hmm, Okay now I guess. My self diagnostic programming shows no errors.
RYKER (To Picard quietly): Did you hear that? He ‘Guesses?’
PICARD (To Ryker quietly): Definitely an anomaly. We will have to look into it later.
PICARD (Cont..):Data, are you okay to proceed?
DATA: Yes, Captain.
PICARD: Status report.
DATA pushes a few more buttons at the console.
DATA (continued)..Effects of the phenomena are coming to a close, Captain
GEORDI pushes a few buttons at his console.
GEORDI:..Got it. All sectors, several Parsec’s in have been successfully mapped, Captain.
WORF: All long range scans confirm with findings, Sir.
PICARD: Good work, everybody.
Everybody breaths a sigh of relief, talking with one another. After a beat…
PICARD: Yes, Data?
DATA: Ships computers indicate a possible planet found in a solar system within the region that may be habitable.
RYKER looks at PICARD.
RYKER: That’s good news.
Everybody becomes excited.
RYKER: Star fleet, I’m sure, would give you the honor on this one. What will you call it?
PICARD smiles, thinking for a moment.
RYKER likes the name.
RYKER: Penumbra it is.
PICARD: Geordi, set a course for..Penumbra. Warp factor 3.
Geordi: Aye, setting course.
GEORDI pushes a few buttons on his console.
GEORDI (continued): Ready.
4 EXT – SPACE
The ship whizzes by, becoming just a stretch of light before exploding into the darkness.
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