The Savage Curtain
This deleted scene begins after Lincoln has arrived on the ship.
LINCOLN (extending hand to each)
Mr. Spock... Dr. McCoy... Mr. Scott. (to honor guard) Please stand
at ease, gentlemen.
I hope to talk to each of you but... (back to Kirk) Meanwhile, your Captain is consumed with questions and I shall do
my utmost to answer them. And I trust your duties will permit time to answer some of mine. At your service, Captain.
Together they go off, with Lincoln, who takes a last look around
A most interesting vessel.
They are out. McCoy goes to Scott.
Just what was it you locked onto before you beamed him aboard?
You heard Mr. Spock yourself. Mineral, he called it. Like living
Did that become Lincoln?
I could not tell, It may have been another figure down there. Standing
McCoy looks off.
What do you make of it?
McCoy shakes his head.
INT. BRIEFING ROOM Empty, as Kirk, Spock and Lincoln enter, sit.
Lincoln stares around, delighted with the marvels he is witnessing.
A marvel. A total marvel. I can hardly credit my eyes. We thought
our Monitor the most formidable vessel imaginable. An iron ship that
floated on water! (smiles) You can imagine my amazement at an iron
ship that floats on air...
Yes, Captain. Forgive my excitement at the novelty of all this.
Sir... I find some of your comments hard to equate with other statements. For example, you are not at all surprised at the existence of this
vessel. But you then exhibit only a 19th century knowledge about
it... for example, stating that this vessel "floats on air.'
I don't understand. What does your vessel float upon, Captain?
Kirk exchanges a look with Spock, decides to go along with the question
Sir... the atmosphere surrounding any planet is a relatively thin
Again, Lincoln appears genuinely puzzled.
Given our present altitude, sir, and a present speed converting to
19271.4 Earth miles per Earth hour... our velocity counter balances the pull of this planet's gravity, creating equal but opposite forces
which maintain us in orbit.
LINCOLN (beat; then)
When the choice is between exposing ignorance or honesty... (smiles) a wise man chooses the latter. I haven't the slightest idea what
With all respect, sir, that still does not answer my question. For
example, you knew my name. How is it you know some things about us
but not others?Lincoln considers this, frowns, seeming genuinely perplexed.
Bless me! Yes, I do see the contradiction. (considers it again; shakes
Please believe I have neither desire nor intention to deceive
you, gentlemen. I must have been told these things, but... I... I
cannot recall when or where.
Could you guess who it might have been sir? What others exist on
the planet surface with you?
Others? What others do you mean?
That's clearly not 'earth' down there, Mr. President. Or do you believe
that it is?
Strange, I never considered that before. No, I do not claim it to
Less that thirty minutes ago, the temperatures and atmosphere at
any point down there would have made your existence in this form impossible.
You don't say! (to the others) I can only assure you that I am what I appear to be, gentlemen. An all too common variety of... what is
the term my physician was so fond of... homo sapiens? (sadly; to
Kirk) Either way, I am too ordinary, James.
I am surprised you've always though so highly of me. The errors, the unforgivable errors
I made. McClellan at first appeared to me a veritable Napoleon; Grant
seemed a whiskey-befuddled barbarian... (shakes head) There were
so many things I could have done to end the war earlier, to save
so many lives, so much suffering...
I'm sure you did all you could, Mr. Pres... (bites it off)
Kirk is moved by Lincoln's statement and is now suddenly aware he
was emotionally drawn in and now has his officers giving him curious
Ashamed of showing compassion, James? It is the noblest of qualities.
(thinks; frowns) I am certain there is an answer to these contradictions
you point up so well.
(suddenly remembering; to Kirk) Yes, that's
it, of course. You are both invited to disembark with me. You will
relieve the answers down there.
Kirk and the others are surprised, hesitant. Lincoln smiles at Kirk.
There is no need to hurry your decision, Captain, I am most anxious
to inspect a vessel which...
(with a look at Spock) at least appears
to float on air.
We... shall be honored to have you inspect our vessel, Mr. President. (to Spock)
Inform the others, we'll consider this in the briefing
room in one hour.
Kirk moves with Lincoln toward the exit, Spock joining them.
LINCOLN (looking around)
Fascinating! (to Spock, smiling) If I may borrow your favorite word.
I am flattered, sir.
The smile lends attraction to your features, Mr. Spock.
I'm afraid you're mistaken, sir. Mr. Spock never smiles.
Lincoln moves through the door followed by Kirk and Spock.
INT. BRIDGE Uhura, Chekov, Sulu present, Kirk and Spock out. The
turbolift doors open and McCoy and Scott come on. Profoundly troubled
they stare at the MVS o.s. for a moment.
ANGLE MVS (MATTE) The planet as before, reds and greens, steaming
and deadly; orbit has taken the ship away for the earth like area.
BACK TO SHOT
Mr. Chekov, may we view the area where the earth-like surface appeared?
Chekov snaps to it.
OVER THE CREW ON MVS (MATTE) The quadrant snaps into the picture.
What do sensors read of its composition?
It is a hard mineral crust, several hundred metres thick, over a
molten iron core.
Stable at present, sir, although it was notably unstable in its formative
Transient images only. Mineral like.
MCCOY (to Scott)
That patch of earth was created after our ship was scanned. They, whoever they are, examined us, determined our needs, and supplied
them down there. They sent a Lincoln to invite the Captain and
Spock down. They're waiting for them now.
(a beat; angrily)
It's a trap.
END OF ACT ONE
The script then returns to what was televised.
Thanks to Audrey A. for the "The Savage
Curtain" script exerpt. Thanks to Dave
T. and Robert O. for the"The Savage