T.O.T.R. DIRECTOR's SHEET

 

Twilight of the Republic

Episode 1


A screenplay by

Sean M. Harris

August, 2002
V2002-1.8

Part 1-The Denarius 3 Science Facility

 

Twilight of the Republic

-Episode 1

 

….roll music and prologue starts

Seeking to make the powerful Trade
Federation answer for its recent attack
on Naboo, a the Senate Tribunal is seeking
evidence and witnesses to use in its case
against the powerfull Trade Federation.


Acting upon a secret message sent to the
Senate Tribunal, Supreme Chancellor Palpitine
has agreed to send a small recovery team of the
recently formed Republic Marshals to Denarius 3.


Once there they are to escort back to Corrusant
a scientist, who has information about the
origin of theTrade Federation's plans and
proof of a greater dark conspiracy….

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Scroll down from prologue to have the bottom of the screen fill with a hemisphere silhouette of the planet Denarius 3. Bright nebulous stars fill the sky above. Suddenly from right near the camera, a silvery metal satellite with large radar dishes flies past. As it moves away from the camera in orbit around the planet, large green laser bolts appear from behind the camera and hit the satellite, instantly destroying it in a spectacular explosion.
Emerging from behind the camera the dark and sleek ship, DRACOL 6 appears. It passes by the camera or over it, and then beyond. A large missile appears from the ship, which changes its release course, and angles down towards the surface via control jets. The DRACOL 6 nose dives over, and follows the missile. Large green bolts appear from the DRACOL 6, following the path of the missile down towards the surface.
EXT. DENARIUS 3 FACILTY - DAY
A green valley running north south nestled in between high hills. A large metallic military looking outpost is in the middle of the clearing. It has tall buildings and towers with catwalks connecting the structures. A large landing area near a warehouse is on the south side.
EXT. DENARIUS 3 FACILTY CATWALK - DAY
A couple scientists are walking with a robed woman. They are talking. Suddenly the robed woman stops, pulls her hood back and looks up at the sky. She is Alcynine Djo, Jedi Master.
Her wrist comm starts to beep.
ALCYNINE DJO
(Slightly Irritated)
Yes?
COMM VOICE
Ma'am, we may have a serious problem developing here..
ALCYNINE DJO
(Sighs)
What is it this time? Is the recycler unit backed up again?
COMM VOICE
Administrator Alcynine, the communication relay has just gone completely offline. We are trying to determine what has happened.
ALCYNINE DJO
Offline? What about the multiple back up systems! Has the satellite failed? Run a diagnostic its systems now!
DR. GENDAR
Administrator, what is wrong? What is happening?
ALCYNINE DJO
Dr. Gendar, you were here back when this facility was built.. isn't there multiple back up communication relays?
DR. GENDAR
Well, Administrator Alcynine there are actually…
COMM VOICE
Administrator! All communications are being jammed! Our scanners have verified that our satellite has been destroyed. We can't get any signal off the planet, or raise any of the remote settlements.

Ma'am, there is the chance that this could be raiders.
ALCYNINE DJO
(Quickly)
Sound the general alarm, power up the shields and the Ion Cannon. Activate the distress beacon! We or one of the settlements will be under attack soon! Get everyone to shelter, now!
(Turns to scientists, puts hand onto Dr. Corg’s arm.)
I think we are in danger. Move quickly and get your people to sub-level two!
(The scientists depart quickly)
Dr. Corg, if this is what we fear, then they will be looking for you. You must save yourself. Make for the supply bunker at the top of the ridge. I will hold them off as long as I can.
SERA CORG
Good luck my friend. (Reaches into her bag while talking, and gives DJO a hypospray to the neck) You survive this thing, you understand? This should help you some, but it’s nearly the last of what I have refined.
ALYCNINE DJO
Go!

Corg runs away from Alcynine Djo as Alcynine pulls out a pair of binoculars.
ALCYNINE DJO POV - THROUGH BINOCULARS
Alcynine moves the field of search around left and right slightly. She stops when he sees green streaks coming down from the sky.
EXT. DENARIUS 3 FACILTY CATWALK - DAY
Alcynine drops the binoculars and turns to run.
ALCYNINE DJO
(loudly into her wrist comm)
In-comming! Get to cover! Run for your lives!
Alcynine Djo runs at Jedi Speed towards doorways nearby.
EXT. DENARIUS 3 FACILTY - DAY
Ion cannons on the north of the complex angle up towards the sky. The cannon barrels recoil as pulses of ions are shot upward.

EXT. HILLSIDE - DAY
We see a Dr. Corg with a small pack walking up the hill when she hears the alarms go off. She looks back down the hill at the Science Facility.
SIRRAH CORG
By the suns of Tatoine, NO!
She sees the facility cannons start to fire. As she reaches for her binoculars, green laser bolts come from the sky above, striking the north area of the complex. There is a large explosion as the ion cannon area is destroyed. A moment later a large missile comes down and hits the complex. Instead of an explosion, a large blue flash goes off, knocking Sirrah to the ground.
EXT. DENARIUS 3 FACILTY - DAY
The Science Facility is still. There is a smoldering fire in the north area where the ion cannons were. Otherwise, aside from a little smoke and fire here and there, the damage is fairly light. A sleek black ship comes in over the facility, and sets down on the landing pad. The ship has taken a hit, and is smoking/sparking from the sensor area. The ship rests for a moment, and then a ramp lowers.
EXT. DRACOR 6 RAMP - DAY
A small unit of mercenary soldiers cautiously walk down the ramp, weapons ready. They are dressed in ragtag BDU's, mostly urban or winter camouflage. Among them is a female Twi'lek. A couple mercs go to the right, and the others to the left. They are followed by COMMANDER JAFER, dressed in a military style jumpsuit. Unlike the other people in the group, she does not have a weapon in hand, but she does have one holstered.
Commander Jafer surveys the scene, and calls out behind her.
JAFER
Droids, reconnoiter the perimeter. The rest of you, advance into the building and bring all who still live to the main hangar.
(using his communicator)
Pilot, see me on the ramp immediately!
A man in pilot gear comes down the ramp quickly. He stops next to Jafer, at attention.
BREM
Reporting as ordered Commander!
JAFER
The vessel took a hit coming down. The shields should not have allowed any damage. Yet we were hit, and we have been damaged. Explain this to me and give me a damage report!
BREM
Look Jafer, we suffered a momentary power failure as we came into the atmosphere caused by a heat shield generator overload. It pure chance that at that moment one of the stations defense shots breached our shields which hit our main sensor grid.

I am not sure if the damage can be repaired without new parts. Other than the long-range sensors, the ship is undamaged. It's not a bad ship, but it's not as sturdy as the ones I used to fly for you in the past…
JAFER
I don't believe in chance, Brem. You and I are the only ones of this motley crew that are prior Republic military service. I would expect failure from these so-called mercenaries I was forced to hire, but not from you. And you know how I feel about using droids instead of men to supplement our force here. Fix the sensors at once. Lord Slyth will not accept anything less than perfection, and neither will I.
BREM
At once!

Brem starts to run back up the ramp, when he sees LORD SLYTH coming down the ramp. He quickly moves over and stands at attention to the side. Once Slyth has passed, he runs the rest of the way back up the ramp and disappears. Slyth, who is wearing a black robe with the hood down, continues down the ramp and stops next to Jafer.

SLYTH
Report, Commander. What does the status of the facility appear to be? And what is the damage to the ship?
JAFER
My lord! The ship has only taken a hit to the main sensor array. It should be possible to fix it, my lord. My best man is working on it right away.
SLYTH
I hope so, for your sake, Commander. What is the progress of your men? You understand how important all of this is to me.
JAFER
I am not sure that I do, Lord Slyth. The Baron was very clear in his instructions about this mission. We were to blast everything moving as we flew in, kill everyone quickly, and then move into the main power generator room, set overload charges, and speed away ensureing this facility was destroyed to atoms. It is supposed to look like a power generator accident.

Neutralizing and ransacking the station this way is dangerous, my lord. I do not know what is so important here that you have risked the Baron's wrath to change his plan!
SLYTH
My grandfather doesn't understand how important this is to the family. He did not agree with me on the importance of saving this data. What is going on here Commander could shake the very Republic to its knees, and elevate the House of Lapike to the highest...

(Angry now, because he did not want to make a speech in front of Jafer)

Never mind. I will say no more. It is not for you to know what or why commander, you are to do as your told. If you are worried about my Grandfather the Baron's reaction, you know as well as I that only I will be held responsible by him. Your hide is safe enough.
JAFER
As you say, my lord. But there is still the complication of the Jedi Knight here.
SLYTH
She will not be a problem. The concussion missile has surely rendered everyone here unconscious. And an unconscious Jedi will be easy to capture and question.
JAFER
I fear you are being overconfident. I would never have conducted an operation like this when I was in the service. Also, remember we can't take too long milord. The marshals are still due to be here in 20 hours or less.
SLYTH
Not to worry commander. All they will find when they get here is a large smoking hole. Their scanners will tell them it was caused by a reactor explosion, and an accident will be the only logical explanation.

My success will make my grandfather proud, and he will finally admit I was right.
OCKENS, a mercenary, comes up to them and reports.
OCKENS
My lord. Commander Jafer. We have infiltrated the facilty, but there is a problem. The neutrino concussion missile did not seem to work as well as we hoped. Most of the stations personnel were not unconscious, but just dazed. Some of them are already starting to recover!
JAFER
(to Slyth)
I told you that this was going to be trouble!


INT. DENARIUS 3 FACILTY CARGO HOLD - DAY
Alcynine Djo lies on the ground. She opens her eyes and looks around. But before she can get her bearings there is the unmistakable sound of a lightsaber being activated. She quickly turns to see the Twi'lek approaching, lightsaber ready.
TWI'LEK
You have been recognized. You will come with me.. "Jedi". Peacefully, or your people will die!
With the Twi'lek rapidly approaching, Alcynine looks around for her own saber. It's just a few feet away. She pulls it into her hand and activates it as the Twi'lek is on top of her, already striking. Alcynine parries a couple attacks and crosses swords. She uses the force to push the Twi'lek back.
ALCYNINE DJO
I see you are well trained. And a liar. And I see your death!
The Twi'lek gets up and recovers.
TWI'LEK
Ahh, such talk from a Jedi is not expected. And you are wrong. I have been informed as to your lack of strength. I am surprised you are still able to fight! And be assured, it is you who will be hurt.
Alcynine gets to her feet, swaying a bit. She assumes a defensive stance. The Twi'lek runs at her and attacks again. Alcynine defends herself, but with some effort. But as she recovers, she begins to gain the upper hand. Within a single minute, the tables have turned and she is already deflecting the Twi'lek's attacks with relative ease, forcing the Twi'lek backwards. The Twi'lek stumbles to the ground.

TWI’LEK
No, you can’t have won!
ALCYNINE DJO
You are beaten. Who are you? What is the meaning of this attack?
The Twi'lek says nothing. Alcynine moves unsteadily towards the Twi’lek. Suddenly a stun shot is fired from behind. Alcynine starts to turn, but it's too late. She's hit. She falls to the ground.
SLYTH
Enough! You were told to capture her, not to kill her!
Slyth enters the room, blaster drawn. Jafer follows shortly behind him. The Twi'lek quickly gets to her feet and kicks the downed Jedi. She handcuff’s Alcynine. Jafer takes her saber.

SLYTH (CONT'D)
So... the legendary Jedi Master Alcynine Djo. I have long looked forward to this meeting. You don't know how much this means to me to finally be here.
ALCYNINE DJO
I sense great evil in you. Why are you here? You do not look like pirates. There is little here besides our supplies and our research of this planets plant life..
SLYTH
Do not attempt to fool me with your cover story about your "supposed" research mission here. I am well aware of your real work here.
ALCYNINE DJO
There is nothing for you here. What is it you hope to gain? Why would you attack us like this?
SLYTH
I will ask the questions. I know exactly what is here, and that is why my men and I are present. Where is the location of the Midiclorian lab? And where is Doctor Sirrah Corg?
ALCYNINE DJO
(silence for a moment, then grins)
If you know about the lab, then the joke is on you. The lab was moved months ago to what we thought was the best secured place in this facility, which was under the defense cannon building. And that is the one building you seem to have destroyed!
JAFER
You lie, Jedi witch! Answer Lord Slyth now!
SLYTH
As you were, Commander. I need what was in that lab, Jedi. I know what it can do, and I must have it! I don't have much time here, and if, in fact you are right, then it is all the more important that I find the good Doctor.

SLYTH
I will ask you again- where is Doctor Corg?
ALCYNINE DJO
I haven't seen her this morning. But I would imagine that she was in her lab when you destroyed it.
SLYTH
(takes saber from Jafer)
This is a nice weapon, Alcynine Djo. (activates it).
It would be a shame to have to kill you with your own blade. I am only going to ask you one last time. I know your Jedi powers can tell me where she is....
Where is Doctor Corg?
ALCYNINE DJO
I do not know. And if I did, I would not tell you.
SLYTH
(after a moment)
Still, it didn't hurt to ask. I should kill you now. It would probably be the smart thing to do. It is what my grandfather wanted. But, you may still be of some use to me. You were the administrator here since this stations inception a year ago. You may know much of the research done here.
(To Twi'lek)
Take her to the Dracol 6. I will finish with her later.
(Towards Alcynine Djo)
You may wish that I killed you now. A weak woman in Jedi's clothes. You have no idea how much pleasure I get from seeing a mighty Jedi weak and powerless.
ALCYNINE DJO
Your overconfidence will be your downfall. Take me if you must, but leave the people here alone.
SLYTH
You my dear, are hardly in a position to make any bargains. Jafer, have your team complete the sweep.
JAFER
(into Comm)
Mercs, finish searching the buildings. Use the image of Doctor Corg, question any survivors of her whereabouts. If they do not know, terminate them immediately. If they do know where she is, have them show you her location, then terminate them.
ALCYNINE DJO
No. You can't kill these innocent people! You monsters! Someone will make you pay!
The Twi'lek moves Acynine to a far section of the compound and chains her to a wall pipe. Commander Jafer is alone with Lord Slyth.
JAFER
I see you approve?
SLYTH
Yes, Commander. The people here are of no use to us, except the one I seek. I am troubled that she has not been found yet. Have your men search the wreckage of the lab very carefully. If there are any data disks intact, or any bio vials, they are to be brought to me immediately. We must find Doctor Corg! My plans fail without her now!
JAFER
Do you think that the Jedi could have been right, and she might have been destroyed in the destruction of the cannon building?
SLYTH
No, I do not believe so. I am sure she is alive. Send a demolitions team to the power plant, to set the overload charges. We need to make sure that we are ready to leave this rock at a moments notice. As for the missing Doctor, the other settlements on this planet are on the other side of this continent. She could not have gone far. Have your men scan the surrounding area for any life signs and investigate any possible readings they get. If there are any humanoid life signs nearby, it must be her.
JAFER
As you wish my lord.
Slyth is rolling ALCYNINE DJO's lightsaber around in his hand. He pockets it, and walks away.
WIPE TO:
EXT. GRISSOM - SPACE
The Republic Transport GRISSOM flies thru hyperspace.
INT. GRISSOM CARGO HOLD - SPACE
LT MAKIM is in a desperate fight for his life against a black-garbed figure. Lightsabers flash and twirl as they parry desperately for the upper hand. Makim is good but the figure is better. Makim is finally defeated, as a lightsaber blade slashes across his chest! The black-garbed figure instantly freezes.
View is of the cargo hold area. Lt. Jal Lal is nearby reading a book. Makim has grabbed his chest in pain, hopping around and uttering small curses.
JAL LAL
(laughing)
Makim, you need to give up that saber practice. You have been practicing with that droid for years, and you still always get hit after just a couple minutes. You aren't ever going to get any better you know.
MAKIM
(irritated)
If I have the same natural talent as a Jedi, I can do what a Jedi can do.
JAL LAL
(Still humorous laughing)
I know cousin, I know. But you have been saying that for 15 years now. I would have thought that you were tired of saying it by now.
MAKIM
To give up is to admit defeat. That is one thing even our captain agrees with me on. You should be more like us in that way little cousin. One of these days a lightsaber might save your life.
JAL LAL
Look, I know that Kirok pushed hard for lightsabers to be part of the standard gear for all Marshals. We are a new service for the Republic, and Kirok has a lot of pull with the General. But, I assure you, these lightsabers are nothing more than glorified pocketknives. It is a waste of time in the long run to put much trust into their use.
MAKIM
I seem to recall you always being there when Kirok and I found someone willing to improve our force skills!
JAL LAL
Of course! Do you think I could ever live down the teasing of my two cousins if they picked up some parlor trick that I couldn't do?
MAKIM
(Turning on JAL LAL with a look of slight anger)
Parlor Trick?
JAL LAL
Easy Cousin! I would think after all this time you would have gotten some slight amount of humor about this whole "force/Jedi" thing.
MAKIM
After all this time I have still not forgotten that we were almost 20 when the Jedi scouts found us. Found us and said that we had very high levels of the force in us. Found us and then told us we were too old by almost our entire age. Found us and said sorry they had not found us sooner.
(Turns away, bitter)
Found us and left us, saying we could have been great. Left us, left us as useless and unworthy.
(Pauses)
Self-richeous hypocrites. I have done more for the Republic than most of them.

JAL LAL
Cousin, cousin. All three of us have done well for ourselves. And yes, all three of us probably can owe some of our success to our affinity for the force. But this bitterness is not going to help. Many people in the Republic are found too late for Jedi training. Even more choose not to train. Can you really see yourself as a Jedi? I don't mean the travel and status, I mean the life of sacrifice? You enjoy a good drink and unwinding after a mission as much as the next trooper. And you were like that well before you joined the Republic Space Navy!
MAKIM
(laughs)
You are right as usual little cousin. To blazes with the Jedi! They wouldn't know a good time if it sat down in their lap and played with their light saber!
Both men laugh and exit the Cargo Hold.
INT. GRISSOM LOUNGE - SPACE
Jal Lal puts down his book and he and Makim have a seat. A moment of silence passes. Makim rubs his chest.
MAKIM
I think that droid cheats.
JAL LAL
Makim, have I changed much in the past 5 years?
MAKIM
Ha! Little cousin, are you thinking about your old girl friend again?
JAL LAL
Although it has been 5 years, she was the love of my life and my heart is still with her. We parted on bad terms, but I have already told you that story. I wanted the Republic Guard and she wanted her research. Different paths in a very large galaxy. I knew it, she knew it but now I don't know..


JAL LAL
I want different things in life now than I did then.
MAKIM
Some people change Jal Lal. She specifically requested you to escort her back to the Senate. Your cousin Kirok commands this little task force, but he and I are merely along for the ride. Probably you are the only one she trusts. If what the General told Kirok is true, then there are a lot of people in the galaxy who would not want her to testify before the Senate.
JAL LAL
True, these are trying times Makim, but the Trade Federation's power is broken, isn't it? I mean it is obvious that the Trade Federation's Viceroy illegally attacked Naboo. He is in custody, and he will be convicted and imprisoned. Bringing Sirrah back to Corussant is just an extra nail in his coffin, right?
MAKIM
Jal Lal, you are one the smartest men I have ever met. But sometimes your grasp on how the real galaxy works, and how beings really think, is greatly lacking. Just because someone of great power gets into a little bit of trouble does not mean they are going to fall. Sometimes it even turns out to be a moment of opportunity for those who look like they have the most to lose. I would not be surprised to see the Viceroy walk out a free man, all the evidence in the galaxy or not.
JAL LAL
The Senate would never allow that, Makim.
MAKIM
Wouldn't they? Perhaps a hundred years ago Jal Lal, but today? The Republic has changed a lot, Jal Lal.

MAKIM
Even in the past few years, we have seen great change. Look at what has happened to our family as an example.
Would such a thing have gone unpunished by the Republic a hundred years ago? Fifty?
JAL LAL
Do you really think a hundred years ago the Republic could have stopped our family's destruction? Do you really think the Senate would have stopped the Baron and his supporters? It seems so long ago sometimes….. I have found the only way I can deal with those memories is to block it away. Block it away and not think of it.
MAKIM
That is where we are different, little cousin. I can't ever stop thinking about it. It burns within me. It gives me strength. It gives me focus. It gives me a reason. And that is why I spend all this time practicing with the lightsaber. And although Kirok would rather be ripped apart by a Rancor than admit it, I know he feels the same way. It burns in him, like it does in me. And that is why he acts the way he does. It is why he left the Space Fleet, just as I did, just not the same way.
CAPTAIN KIROK enters the room.
KIROK
(Mirth in his voice)
Well, gentlemen! I can see you are hard at work. And what, with our ETA to Denarius 3 only minutes away? I can see you are both taking this mission very seriously!
JAL LAL
Captain, we have gone over and over this mission with the team for the past two days we have been in hyperspace!

KIROK
(humorously)
Even so, I would think you would be more excited to have such a glorified taxi service coming to help you whisk you and your old lady friend off to magical Corussant!
JAL LAL
Kirok! You know I didn't ask for this! We were ordered by General Hundley. He just said we were to escort a witness, and didn't even mention her name until later.
KIROK
True. But once you found out, you insisted on getting an extra day head start to Denarius 3, and pressured me into using this old transport! I would have been very happy with our large and comfortable Frigate, but you didn't want to wait for the finish of the refit! You were very eager and worked up, Jal Lal. I think you need to relax, and have some more Ewok stew!
JAL LAL
Arrrrhhhg. Kirok, my stomach is still rolling from your practical joke. I mean, when you told me that the Endor dish I ate was Ewok stew, made with real Ewok..! Your practical jokes are going to be the death of me!
KIROK
(Laughing)
Hey, don't look at me. It was Makim's idea. I just put the little leather cap and spear by the stew pot as a decorative garnish!
MAKIM
(Also Laughing)
Maybe we shouldn't tell him what was really in the sandwiches we had for lunch yesterday.
JAL LAL
Ahhhg! OK, OK, you jokers! I give! I give!
A warning bell goes off. Kirok moves to a nearby panel hits a comm. button.
KIROK
Report, Lieutenant.
LT. TOKORIAN
Sir, we will be exiting hyperspace in a few moments.
KIROK
Understood. Remember, we are coming in a day early, but the plan stays the same. We request landing clearance for ship repairs. Then we inform the Administrator that we are taking Doctor Corg only when we have landed, and she is on the platform with us.
LT. TOLORIAN
Yes, sir.
Kirok switches off the comm. button. Turns to his cousins.
KIROK
Well cousins, we are here at last. As long as Doctor Corg doesn't mind the cramped accommodations, I don't think there will be a problem of us being a day early. And since we are early to arrive, that gives someone an extra day to spend in transit on the way back, getting re-acquainted with old friends. Sounds like that someone owes us a few rounds at the 'First Shot', when we get back to Corussant, eh Makim?
MAKIM
(Grinning)
Aye aye Captain, a few rounds and then some!
EXT. GRISSOM - SPACE
The ship comes out of hyperspace, and sails toward the planet.
INT. GRISSOM COCKPIT - SPACE
Lt. Tokorian is checks his instruments.

LT. TOKORIAN
All systems check out….. Hyperdrive deactivated….. OK…. ummm.. where's the damn challenge beacon? What the?
(activates comm.)
Captain Kirok to the helm immediately!
INT. GRISSOM LOUNGE - SPACE
Kirok reacts to the message and runs out of the room.
INT. GRISSOM COCKPIT - SPACE
Kirok enters the cockpit and look around.
KIROK
Report Lieutenant Tokorian. What is the problem?
LT. TOKORIAN
Sir, we have entered our entry point over Danarius 3. The challenge beacon should have queried us immediately, but when it didn't, I ran a scan... It's not there, Sir. The challenge beacon has been destroyed, and gauging from the debris pattern, I would say it was destroyed within the past hour.
KIROK
Assessment? What destroyed it, a stray meteor?
LT. TOKORIAN
No sir, I am detecting plasma residue from a high powered fusion cannon.
KIROK
Damn.
(hits intercom button)
Full Alert. All personnel man battle stations.
(turns back to Lt. Tokorian)
Charge up the shields and the pulse cannons. Run a scan of the Science Facility and see what you can find. I know this is bucket wasn't really built for combat, but this is all we have!
LT. TOKORIAN
Aye aye sir.
Kirok hits the comm again.
KIROK
Makim, Jal Lal..
MAKIM
What's up Captain?
KIROK
The orbiting beacon has been destroyed. No accident either.. I have a bad feeling about this.
LT. TOKORIAN
Sir, I have detected an unknown ship at the science facility. I have also detected major damage to the facility, several fires, and residue from a heavy neutrino discharge around that area.
KIROK
Are you sure you only detect one ship?
LT. TOKORIAN
Yes sir. If there are any more ships, they might be on the far side of the planet, or on the far side of the system, but I am detecting nothing within scanner range. Do you want me to do several orbits first sir? They have probably detected us already, but I am not reading any of the standard scan frequencies hitting us. Very strange sir.
KIROK
No, if the attack is very recent, or even on-going, we can't wait. Power dive to the facility, do a single pass, and ready weapons. Prepare to land on the second pass.
LT. TOKORIAN
Yes sir!
KIROK
(back to comm)
All hands- I believe we might have a status 7 hot landing. Full equipment and battle landing exit! We land in 3 minutes. Suit up!


EXT. GRISSOM - SPACE
GRISSOM dives into atmosphere, drops like a brick to the ground and pulls up, flying low along top of country side.
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY - DAY
The Twil'lek chains up Alcynine Djo. Brem stands by, looking on.
BREM
I don't see what the big deal is. She doesn't look so tough to me.

The Twi'lek growls.
TWI’LEK
Aren’t you susposed to be fixing our ride out of here?
Brem heads back to the Dracol 6 and the cockpit.
EXT. SCIENCE FACILTY - DAY
MERC-1 walks the perimeter of the science station. He checks the scanner in his hand, and stops.
C.U. - SCANNER
A glowing dot appears on the far edge of the grid.
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY - DAY
Merc-1 looks up the hill, towards the ridge top. He double-checks his scanner and then activates his comm link.
MERC-1
1138 to Commander Jafer. I think I have just earned myself a bonus. Humanoid life signs at the top of the East Ridge, sector 22 dash 10.
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY -DAY
Jafer walks down a hall, responding.
JAFER
Roger that, 1138. Get moving. Set to stun. If it's her, I want her alive. If she escapes, your bonus will be the least of your worries. I am sending Ockens and Daga to assist. Do I make myself clear?
MERCENARY 10
(comm)
Understood.
JAFER
Jafer to Ockens.
OCKENS
(comm)
Ockens here.
JAFER
Ockens, you and Daga get to sector 22-10 immediately. There's a possible contact, which might be our missing scientist. I want her alive Ockens, and no excuses this time. There better not be a repeat of that little stunt you pulled on Sirallius. You work for me now, remember, not yourself!
OCKENS
(comm)
I'll bring you a live one back. Might be in several pieces, but they will all be living pieces. Heh.
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Jafer returns to Slyth.
SLYTH
What is it, Commander?
JAFER
My Lord, we have scanner contact, a humanoid life sign on top of the East Ridge. My guess is that that it must be her. Two of my men are on their way, with very clear instructions that they are to take her alive.
SLYTH
Excellent Commander. Even if the lab has been totally destroyed, I can get the information from her. We can still accomplish my goals, Commander. We will take her with us and destroy this facility as planned. Make sure the men you hired do not fail, or I will be most displeased with you!
INT. DRACOL 6 COCKPIT - DAY
Brem sits with his feet up, checking a PDA device. Suddenly, an alarm goes off. He jumps to attention and checks his monitors.
BREM
Damn!
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
The Grissom flies over the facility, banks and turns around. A couple mercs shoot at the ship overhead, but do little to no damage. The Grissom returns fire and takes out the mercs.
The guns on the Dracor 6 open fire and do significant damage.
INT. GRISSOM COCKPIT -DAY
Smoke fills the cockpit. Kirok hits the comm.
KIROK
We have taken hostile ground fire. We have a confirmed status 7 on the ground. All troops prepare for ground offensive.

Lt. Tokorian, as we come about, put a torpedo into that ship on the ground!
LT. TOKORIAN
Sir, what if there are friendlies aboard that ship at this time?
KIROK
Can't be helped. We have to do this according to the book. But if you can... just neutralize them.
LT. TOKORIAN
Roger that sir!
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Slyth and Jafer react to the noise. Jafer activates her comm.
JAFER
Brem! What the hell is going on out there??
BREM
(comm)
Commander, a ship has just passed over! It's markings were that of a Marshal transport.


JAFER
The Marshals? But that is impossible! They are here with their Frigate ahead of schedule! We are trapped!
SLYTH
You should know by now that anything is possible, Jafer. Time has run out. Pull the men back to the facility. Have the ship take off immediately and give us air cover. Do it now! Get those backup ships here immediately. I can't be discovered here Jafer!
JAFER
Yes, my lord.
(uses comm.)
Brem get your carcass in the air, give us some cover, and call in the backup ships!
INT. DRACOL 6 COCKPIT - DAY
Brem already is in the midst of getting his ship off the ground.
BREM
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Get the ship in the air. What a great idea. Thanks, boss.
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
The Dracol 6 starts to lift off. Meanwhile, the Grissom is already heading back for a second pass. The ships exchange fire. The Grissom gets it bad, but the Dracol 6 gets it worse. It smokes, starts to list, and then crashes back into the ground.
INT. GRISSOM COCKPIT - DAY
Smoke pours into the cockpit now. Alarms are blaring.
KIROK
Damage report!
LT. TOKORIAN
Sir, hyperdrive is damaged and off line. I am not sure how badly. I think we have also taken a bad hit in the plasma binder locks. I think secondary blast might have breached the hull. I need to put this thing down before we fall down.
KIROK
Do it.
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
The Grissom sets down almost too quickly, next to the burning Dracol 6.
INT. GRISSOM COCKPIT - DAY
Kirok unbuckles himself from the seat, and gets up.
KIROK
Fix as much of the damage as you can. We may have to get out of here in a hurry.
LT. TOLORIAN
Yes sir!
Kirok heads to the back.
INT. GRISSOM LOUNGE - DAY
Makim and Jal Lal are gearing up as Kirok enters.
KIROK
Everyone ok?
JAL LAL
Just bumps and bruises here, but most of the men are in bad shape. We're down to a skeleton crew.
KIROK
Then the odds could be against us. Might get rough.
MAKIM
Wouldn't have it any other way.
JAL LAL
Let's do it.
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
The three cousins run toward the facility, followed by two other Marshals. The duck behind some debris. Makim looks ahead with binoculars, while Jal Lal does a scan.
MAKIM
I don't see anyone alive. I think most of them fell back to the facility.
JAL LAL
Looks like less than a dozen inside. No telling how many are bad guys and how many are scientists.
KIROK
Judging by that body over there, it looks like some sort marauder or pirate force. These do not appear to be crack troops. I hope.
MAKIM
We have the momentum, Captain, we should rush them. We have them on the run, their ship destroyed. We need to take that hangar before their scattered troops rejoin.
JAL LAL
Your orders captain?
KIROK
At the moment we have the upper hand, though this can change in an instant. Our ship is damaged, and the opposing force might have called in reinforcements. Remember, our primary goal is to retrieve our witness... Perhaps we should try to contact the people inside to see if they wish to negotiate or surrender.
MAKIM
We need to attack, Kirok! Launch our stun missiles, throw our thermal detonators and rush them!
KIROK
I am in command here Lieutenant we will do it my way!
MAKIM
I do not agree Captain! We have an advantage now! We should push before they find a way to regroup. They might also have other ships around here.
KIROK
I understand your concern Makim, but we will do it my way. End of discussion!

JAL LAL
Sir, with all due respect I think Makim is right.
KIROK
Even with the chance that this might get your Doctor killed?
JAL LAL
Kirok, I am sure she is OK. She can't be dead or captured. She's too tough for that. And even if she was, there is a Jedi Knight here to protect her. Also, Makim is right, we do have them off balance right now. We have the advantage of surprise and weapons. We should move in now!
KIROK
OK…there are only a few of us. Send three men to infiltrate the facility with me. We will sneak in and around. But any heavy fire, we must pull back.


INT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
One of the Mercs has just gotten done reporting to Jafer and is moving away. Slyth approaches.
SLYTH
I am not pleased at all with the way this is turning out, Jafer. Give me a report, and it had better be good! What is your plan of action?
JAFER
Lord Slyth, the armed detachment of Republic Marshals has arrived a day early. They seemed to know our sensors were down and destroyed our ship. I am not sure Brem was able to call in for our backup ships before the ship was destroyed. If he was, it will still be over 30 minutes before they can get here.
SLYTH
They think we still have hostages, in fact, one very valuable hostage, the one that they were sent here to rescue. A point that gives us an advantage, and a way to stall for time.
JAFER
My lord, as per our earlier agreement, I have already ensured that there are no hostages left. My men and I have already eliminated all of them.
SLYTH
Yes, but they don't know that. Hopefully your men have captured Dr. Corg. We must stall for time, and having her in our hands will give us that time we need!
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Kirok with a few Marshals is approaching the building.
KIROK
Troops, split up and enter from different angles. Stay in constant communication!
(his communicator beeps)
Yes?
INT. GRISSOM COCKPIT
Lt Tokorian reports.
LT. TOKORIAN
Sir, I have intercepted a transmission between the enemy forces. They have sent a small force up the East Ridge, Sector 22-10, to secure a life sign that they think is Doctor Corg!
KIROK
(comm)
Roger that! Makim and Jal Lal, you are in the best position to intercept that force. It is most likely Corg. We will keep the forces here busy, you two rescue her!
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
MAKIM/JAL LAL
(In unison into comm)
Yes Sir!
Makim and Jal Lal jog back to the ship. The run up the ramp and disappear. A moment later they emerge on speeder bikes, and jet away. Kirok and his Marshals shoot cover fire at the facility.
KIROK
We have to keep them busy men! We have to give the Lieutenants some time to do their rescue! Prepare the thermal detonators, then in we go!
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Jafer watched Makim and Jal Lal leave through her binoculars. She activates her comm link.
JAFER
Ockens, what is your status?
OCKENS
(comm)
Almost there.
JAFER
Standby. Two Marshals are headed your direction. Set up an ambush and take care of them as they come up the hill. After you have dispatched them, continue on to your objective. We have our hands full here. If it is Corg up there take her to sector 29-15. Ensure she is unharmed, we must have her alive. And Ockens... don't fail me or you might as well not show up. Our other two attack ships will be here shortly.
OCKENS
(comm)
Understood Commander.
EXT. RIDGE - DAY
Makim and Jal Lal arrive at the top of the ridge, and come to a stop.
MAKIM
Better walk from here. She can't be far.
They dismount the bikes and run for the woods.

EXT. TREES - DAY
Makim and Jal Lal draw their blasters as they carefully enter the trees. After a bit, Makim motions Jal Lal to stop. They crouch.
MAKIM
I think I see someone up ahead..
JAL LAL
Sirrah?
MAKIM
Maybe..
JAL LAL
Does it seem a little too quiet around here?
MAKIM
Yeah. Almost feels like..
JAL LAL
..Feels like what?
A blaster bolt suddenly hits Jal Lal in the shoulder. Another narrowly misses Makim.
MAKIM
(Running towards the bolt’s source)
Like we're being watched!
He returns fire, but can't see exactly who he's shooting at. Ducking behind a nearby tree, he checks on Jal Lal.
MAKIM (CONT'D)
(Into comm.)
Jal Lal! Are you alright?
Jal Lal sticks his hand under his smoking chest armor and checks his shoulder.
JAL LAL
(grunts)
I'm ok. I the duraloy armor absorbed the brunt of the damage. I’m just a little singed.
A couple more shots are fired at them.
JAL LAL (CONT'D)
How are you?
MAKIM
Well, I'm a bit pissed off, but otherwise ok.
JAL LAL
What do we do?
(looks)
I can't even see him!
MAKIM
I've got an idea...
(activates lightsaber)
Watch this!
JAL LAL
Makim, wait...!
But it's too late. Makim stands straight up. An easy target. Shots are fired.. and Makim deflects them with his saber.
MAKIM
I'm better than ok, little cuz. I'm feeling the force! Find Sirrah! I'll take care of fun boy here.
He charges in the direction of the blaster bolts.
JAL LAL
Makim!
Jal Lal provides a couple shots cover fire and then finally staggers up and sets out to find Sirrah.
EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE TREES- DAY
Ockens is being chased by Makim. Once in a while, he'll fire behind him but the shots aren't aimed and Makim evades them. Ockens pulls something from his belt and then stops and turns around. Makim quickly catches up.
MAKIM
Drop your weapon!
OCKENS
Whatever you say..
Ockens drops his rifle with one hand, and something else with the other. Makim looks. It's a thermal detonator! Ockens dives away and Makims eyes go wide open.
EXT. TREES - DAY
Jal Lal hears the explosion and looks back.

JAL LAL
Makim...

He hesitates for a moment, and then presses on.
EXT. YET MORE TREES - DAY
Merc-1 continues to use his scanner. He hears a noise. Runs ahead to find Sirrah lying on the ground. He kneels down.
MERC-1
Lady, after all this you better not be dead, or Jafer will kill me.
He rolls her over. She opens her eyes and sticks a blaster in his gut.
SIRRAH
Surprise!
She fires and blows Merc-1 away.
SIRRAH (CONT'D)
Idiot.
She hears someone else approaching.
SIRRAH (CONT'D)
Great. More company..
She ducks out of sight.
EXT. TREES- DAY
Jal Lal runs up and looks around. Did he hear something? He sees Merc-1 on the ground.
JAL LAL
What the-?
Suddenly, there is a gun pointed at his head.
SIRRAH
Freeze, nerf herder.
JAL LAL
Sirrah?
SIRRAH
Jal Lal?
JAL LAL
Hey! Easy girl, it's me!
SIRRAH
(lowers blaster)
Jal Lal! It is you! I thought…I'm so glad to see you! Where-
A couple blaster shots whiz by. They dive to the ground.
JAL LAL
Guess we'll save the reunion for later.
SIRRAH
Just like old times..

Jal Lal reaches for his blaster but finds it
missing. Silent curse. Reaches over and takes her
weapon.
JAL LAL
You mind if I borrow that? I'll keep you covered while you run down towards my ship!
SIRRAH
(hands him the blaster)
What's going on here? What's happening down at the station? We need to get back down there. I retrieved my data files and samples from the bunker up here, and was on my way back when….
More blaster shots. Jal Lal returns fire.
JAL LAL
Sirrah, this just might not be the best time for this conversation.
More blaster shots around. A very similar situation to when he was pinned down with Makim. Jal Lal’s blaster is shot from his hand.
JAL LAL (CONT'D)
Didn't I just leave this party?
SIRRAH
Now what, oh great rescuer?
JAL LAL
Ok... when I jump up and move forward, I want you start running back down the hill, alright?
SIRRAH
What are you talking about?
JAL LAL
I am going to take him out.. Makim's way.
(takes out lightsaber, taps it on his forehead)
Man, I wish I had practiced with this thing more like Makim had suggested!
SIRRAH
Where is Makim? Where is the rest of your team? I can't believe you came here alone.
JAL LAL
I am 100% of this part of the rescue team, Doc.
(points down towards the ship)
Kirok's commanding down at the facility seeing if he can keep the bad guys down there busy,
(points over towards Makim)
and Makim is over there, maybe in more pieces that even you could put together.
SIRRAH
(silent for a moment) )
I'm sorry Jal Lal. I didn't know this would happen. I needed to see you. Ever since I found out…
Laser blast cuts her words short, kicks up dirt.
SIRRAH (CONT'D)
Ok, I'll save it for later. What was that plan?
JAL LAL
Do you remember our vacation on Naboo?
Sirrah nods.
JAL LAL (CONT'D)
Speeder bike is down that way.
SIRRAH
What are you going to do? Aren't you coming with me?
JAL LAL
I am going to give you the time you need to get out of here. I don't want to hear any arguments either!
(under his breath)
Makim I guess you were right. I should have studied the use of this pocketknife a bit more.
SIRRAH
Jal Lal, no, that's suicide!
JAL LAL
Sirrah, I have to. You get to safety. I’ll be alright! Trust me!

He starts to get up. She grabs him, and kisses him.
SIRRAH
For luck.
He grins and stands up, activating his lightsaber.
JAL LAL
(mutters)
Here goes nothing..
Sirrah takes off running. Jal Lal blocks a couple shots, much to his surprise.
JAL LAL (CONT'D)
Sonofagun! It’s working….
Charges at the Twi’Lek sniper ala Makim. Meanwhile, Sirrah stop running and looks back at Jal Lal. She changes her mind and follows him, grabbing Merc-1s gun on the way back.
EXT. TREES- DAY
Daga the Twi’lek, looking a little rough now, sees Jal Lal running towards her.
DAGA
More sport. I will enjoy this!
Doesn't run this time but just unloads her blaster on Jal Lal. Jal Lal stops and tries to defend but only manages to block a couple shots before taking one in the chest. Daga stops shooting and approaches Jal Lal.
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Jafer and Slyth continue to watch the Marshals. The Jafer keeps an eye on Alcynine. Slyth grows impatient.

SLYTH
We don't have time for this, Commander! Have your men captured Dr. Corg? Where are those backup ships? Those charges are still set to detonate the reactor.
JAFER
By the suns! I had forgotten about the reactor! No, no word from my men or the the backup ships. The Marshals may be jamming our signal. Twi'lek, check those charges..!
SLYTH
No. I'll see to them myself. Don't fail me Commander Jafer! You must buy us more time! I may need some insurance, so I'll take our little Jedi friend with me.
Slyth grabs Alcynine Djo, and heads out.
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY HALLS- DAY
Slyth drags Alcynine down the halls. Passes a bay with land speeders in it. Stops. Backs up. Smiles.
EXT. TREES- DAY
Daga approaches a dazed Jal Lal.
DAGA
Still alive? Nice armor. But will it stop a shot to the head?
Raises blaster. Sirrah jumps out and points her gun at Daga.
SIRRAH
Stop right there you Nerf Herder!
Ockens has a momentary look of concern, then grins.
DAGA
Or what?
SIRRAH
Or this..
Sirrah pulls the trigger. Nothing happens. She tries again. Click. Daga snatches blaster away from her.

DAGA
Allow me.
Fires at tree.
DAGA (CONT'D)
This is one of our special blasters, lady. Locked by genetic codes. Can't use them if your DNA doesn't match up! Kind of a handy thing, for just this kind of situation. Lucky for you, the boss man wants you alive.
Jal Lal struggles to his feet, blaster scorch marks on his chest armor.
JAL LAL
(Looking at armor)
Twice!
(looks at Daga)
You leave her alone, we aren't done yet.
He looks around for his lightsaber. Sees it not too far away. His eyes dart back and forth between it and Daga, wondering if he can get it fast enough.
DAGA
Lose something?
(sees saber)
Again you think you can use a light saber? The Twi’Lek are the best of the Jedi, and the best of the mercenaries. Our superior breed gives us what you other species wish you had. You think that all we Twi’lek women are good for is dancing? I’ll make you dance one last time for me before I run you thru with my own saber. I have fought a Jedi just now and won Marshal!
Daga extends his blaster towards Jal Lal.
DAGA (CONT'D)
I enjoy killing. This will be over in just a moment.
JAL LAL
I agree
Daga smirks at the odd remark and is about to pull the trigger when a lightsaber blade suddenly pierces his chest. He falls to the ground, shocked. Makim stands behind him, lightsaber in hand. He looks pretty toasted, but intact. Ockens rifle is slung to his shoulder.
(Alternate-Daga defelects Makim’s blade at the last instant, but after just a few strokes Makim defeats her, and puts the blade thru her chest)
JAL LAL (CONT'D)
Makim, you crusty old son of a rancor. I knew you were too mean to be dead!
Sirrah gives him a hug.
MAKIM
Let's go home.
EXT. TREES- DAY
They limp along, back towards the speeder bikes.
MAKIM
Jal Lal, am I counting right? Seems you have been shot more than twice so far today?
JAL LAL
Sigh, I am never going to live this one down. Say, if you don't tell on me, I wont' tell on you…ok?
MAKIM
(smirks)
Tell on me what?
SIRRAH
Boys, boys. I had forgotten what it was like to be around you guys. At least you haven't forgotten how to show a lady an good time!
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY BAY- DAY
Alcynine sits in the passenger seat as Slyth powers up the speeder.
SLYTH
Commander Jafer, what is your situation?
JAFER
(comm)
My lord, they still have us trapped. I've lost contact with my men on the hillside. Have you reset the detonators?
Slyth ignores the comm and slowly moves the speeder out of the bay.
JAFER (CONT'D)
(comm)
Milord?

SLYTH
Yes, Commander Jafer. I have reset the charges.. to detonate in 5 minutes. I highly suggest you and your men find a way out immediately. That is, unless you want to join your marshal friends orbiting this planet as a bits of radioactive dust! (Laughs)
INT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Jafer is upset. Responds to comm.
JAFER
Understood.. my lord.
(turns off comm)
That slimy piece of.... Left us for dead! Even the Baron won't save him if I ever get my hands on him. He must have found another way out the back..
(to Twi'lek)
Follow me!
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Kirok is looking at the scanner inside the facility. There are dead personnel around. He puts down the scanner
KIROK
I think they might be retreating.
(comm beeps)
Yes?
LT. TOKORIAN
(comm)
Bad news, Captain. We need to haul out of here, asap! I have just intercepted another enemy transmission saying they were blowing up the facility power core in just a few minutes.
KIROK
Acknowleged. Everyone back to the ship. Now! Where are you, cousins?
EXT. RIDGE- DAY
The three climb aboard the speeders. Sirrah with Jal Lal, Makim on his own. Something catches Jal Lal's eye.
JAL LAL
Look. Is that a speeder moving away from the facility? Hand me that rifle.
Makim hands him the rifle. Jal Lal looks through the scope.
POV- RIFLE SCOPE
Slyth, with Alcynine, speeds away.
EXT. LANDSPEEDER- DAY
Slyth drives. Alcynine's eyes pop open, and then narrow.
ALCYNINE DJO
If you'll excuse me..
SLYTH
Wha-?
She leaps out of the speeder.
EXT. RIDGE- DAY
Jal Lal keeps his eye in the scope.
JAL LAL
Looks like the bad guys are getting away... Or not..
Fires.
EXT. LANDSPEEDER- DAY
Landspeeder explodes in a fireball and crashes.
EXT. RIDGE- DAY
Jal Lal smiles.
SIRRAH
Nice shot!
JAL LAL
Yeah.. not bad. Eh, cousin?
Jal Lal and Makim look at each other. And then break out into a small victory dance.
SIRRAH
Alright, boys. We'd better head back..
They climb on to the bikes and speed away.


EXT. SPEEDER WRECKAGE- DAY
Slyth has thrown from the wreckage, he is stunned and pinned.
SLYTH
(reaching for the blinking detonator almost in reach)
ALCYNINE DJO
I can’t let you win Slyth, no matter the cost. (closes her eyes and the detonator slides further away from him and into the bushes nearby)
SLYTH
NO! It can't end like this! Not like this! Noooo!
EXT. SCIENCE FACILITY- DAY
Kirok waits nervously as the two bikes finally return.
KIROK
It's about time you got here. Cutting it close.. as always.
JAL LAL
It's more exciting that way.
KIROK
Welcome, Sirrah. It's been a long time.
SIRRAH
Too long.
KIROK
It's going to be even longer if we don't get out of here. The place is set to blow in about a minute, so unless you want to see the fireworks up close and personal, I suggest we leave.
MAKIM
And here I was just getting to like the place..
KIROK
(to comm)
Lt Tokorian, how we doing?
LT. TOLORIAN
(comm)
She'll hold together.
KIROK
Get us out of here.
LT. TOLORIAN
Yes sir!

MAKIM
(to Sirrah)
So, what were you doing in those woods, anyway?
They head up the ramp as it closes.
The Grissom powers up, sparks flying from the damage, and lifts off into the sky.
JAFFER
(looking over the trapped and fallen Lord and still handcuffed Djo)
Well, Well Lord Slyth. Looks like you need me to rescue you again!
SLYTH
Damn your impudence, get me free and away from here!
EXT. GRISSOM- SPACE
The Grissom races away as the facility explodes far below. Suddenly, two ships, the DRACOL 4 and DRACOL 5 come into view. They veer away from the planet and begin to pursue the fleeing Grissom, opening fire..

END of section 1/ Episode 1