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OUT THERE: THE EOS CONFLICT

EPISODE ONE. AMENDS


EXT. EOS, HEAD CHIEF’S CAMP - DAY


On this alien world, Commander Steen MARTELL speaks to the HEAD CHIEF of the non-human aboriginal people. They communicate through a computer translator.

The device translates between Martell’s English and the Head Chief’s language. It often needs to hear the whole sentence before it can start formulating the translation.

                   MARTELL
I speak in the name of the Parliament of United Earth. We abhor the way your people were treated by indi­vi­du­als of our species. We apologise and truly hope that you will not judge us by the actions of a deviative minori--


The Head Chief interrupts him, talking and gesturing, while the translator still translates Martell’s speech. It takes a moment until the translator interprets the Head Chief’s response.

                   HEAD CHIEF
Your apology does not matter to my people. That it should not happen again is what matters.

                   MARTELL
Your attitude is very wise, Head Chief. I will take care that our parliament will be aware of your very sensible sentiment. Thank you.


Martell bows down before the Head Chief and retreats.

He walks past OTHER ABORIGINALS. Lieutenant Tomas HOLT joins him as they walk on to a group of two GUARDS and Sergeant Gabriel CASALES, who carries the container of the compressed ’stant field.

                   MARTELL
         (to Holt)
That went pretty well, I think.

                   HOLT
Pretty well? That was crap! How could you tell him something like that?

                   MARTELL
What should I have said?


They reach the group. Casales talks into his radio while the conversation between Martell and Holt continues.

                   CASALES
Prepare for translocation.

                   ROCHA (FILTERED)
Ready.


While Martell speaks, Casales triggers the ’stant field. A flash of light expands, and the group finds itself in

INT. PALLAS, ’STANT ROOM


Sergeant Brim ROCHA sits at the ’stant controls. He stands up and salutes.

Lance Corporal Constance BREGAN waits near the door with a glass of water which she hands to MARTELL on his way out.

                   MARTELL
«Sorry. I was sent to apologise. But we have order to proceed as before.»?

                   HOLT
Nothing. You should have said no more than what you had to.

                   MARTELL
This whole situation is bound for catastrophe. Let’s just hope we’ll be out of here before the ugly part starts.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

SPACE


The space ship Pallas

EXTREME PULL OUT to show the entire planet Eos

EXTREME PUSH IN ON space station EML-6022

The space station orbits Eos with its antennas pointed down at the planet.

The station is destroyed in an explosion.

End of episode one.


EPISODE TWO. REPERCUSSIONS


TRANSMISSION


The voice of ZERO speaks over scrambled images. The only constant in the visuals is the blinking text "00:00:00" in the lower right corner.

                   ZERO (V.O.)
The United Earth governments, presumably defendants of equal rights and democracy, give more weight to economic considerations than to the most fundamental ethic principles of our society, when it comes to off-world mining projects. Violent repression of native inhabitants is not due to isolated cases of criminal power abuse by individual mining corporation project managers. It is a policy systematically supported and in some cases even actively assisted by our own governments. The ore transfer station orbiting Eos was destroyed by us. The mining project on Eos violates the rights of its native inhabitants. As people of Earth we take any necessary action to stop those acting in our name from continuing unilaterally without having found an agreement with the population of Eos. Mankind has no reason to declare war on the people of Eos, but we are forced to wage war on our political and economic leaders.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. GENERAL NIELSON’S OFFICE


General Mael NIELSON is furious while speaking into the camera.

                   NIELSON
Commander Martell, how could you possibly screw up a mission as simple as this? You embarrass me. Now you better clean that mess up. Find those terrorists. I have always supported you, but if you don’t have them under arrest before this draws interest, you’re on your own.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. PALLAS COMMUNICATIONS ROOM


MARTELL speaks a message into the recording device.

                   MARTELL
General Nielson, sir, it is very regret­table that your uncon­­ven­tional move to send the Commanding Officer of a mili­tary vessel on a diplomatic mission did not unexpectably turn out to be a bright idea. I must emphasise that I am not a diplomat. And I am not a Military Intelligence agent. My work requires that I can rely on my crew and that I know who the enemy is. My official evaluation of the strategic situation on Eos is that your creative assignment policy, sir, does not match this situation.

                   PRUMURA (O.S.)
Send to CosCom, sir?


Sub-Lieutenant Maya PRUMURA, sits at the control panel.

                   MARTELL
What? No. I’m not crazy. Delete it. Delete.


He looks over her shoulder as she deletes the message.

End of episode two.


EPISODE THREE. SABOTAGE


EXT. EOS, OUTSITE HEAD CHIEF’S CAMP - DAY


Lance Corporal Constance BREGAN materialises from the translocator field. Eyes tightly shut, fingers in her ears.

One eye opens, looks around. The other eye opens. Bregan unplucks her ears.

Left and right of her stand Commander MARTELL and Sergeant CASALES, who carries the ’stant field container. Both stare at Bregan.

Apprentice LEWELL and four other CREWMEN stand behind them. They carry boxes marked with red crosses

                   BREGAN
I hate instantaneous translocation.

                   MARTELL
I could make you ’stant carrier. As a therapy.

                   BREGAN
No thanks.


The landing party approaches the Head Chief’s camp. EOSIANS spot them and stare at the humans. They gather as the humans approach.

Falling stars are visible in the daylight sky with remarkable frequency.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. EOS, HEAD CHIEF’S CAMP - DAY


Commander MARTELL talks to the HEAD CHIEF, who is now flanked by two eosian ARMED GUARDS. The translator device mediates between them.

                   MARTELL
Debris from the destroyed station will fall onto your world for many days. We can’t prevent that. Our medics do their best to help.

                   HEAD CHIEF
You set fire to our homes. More of your people come here.

                   MARTELL
To help.


The Head Chief yells something in his language.

The translator beeps. Martell looks at its display. It reads "Not translatable".

                   MARTELL
Our people died on the station. We are not on the side of those who did this. They are our enemies too.

                   HEAD CHIEF
Leave now.


Martell nods and walks away towards Lance Corporal BREGAN, Apprentice LEWELL, and two other CREWMEN. Two crewmen and Sergeant CASALES wait outside the camp with the ’stant field container.

Martell walks past several EOSIANS who stare at him. He joins the group of four. Together they walk towards ’stant carrier Casales past staring eosians.

                   MARTELL
This isn’t going well.

                   BREGAN
Worse than expected?

                   MARTELL
If you put it that way …


They reach Casales and gather around him.

                   CASALES
         (into his radio)
Prepare for translocation.


He’s ready to trigger the ’stant field.

                   DOCTOR VASQUEZ (O.S.)
         (screaming)
Stop! Wait!


Two MEDICS carrying a stretcher run towards the landing party. DOCTOR VASQUEZ runs beside them, attending his patient, the INJURED EOSIAN on the stretcher.

Martell and Bregan get out of the way to make room for them.

                   DOCTOR VASQUEZ
I need this person in O.R. asap.

                   MARTELL
Alright, go. Go. Lewell, step back, make room. Okay.


Doctor Vasquez, his patient, the two medics, and four crewmen are gathered around Casales. Martell, Bregan, and Lewell stay away.

                   CASALES
         (into his radio)
Prepare for translocation.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. PALLAS, ’STANT ROOM


Sergeant Brim ROCHA sits behind the ’stant control panel.

                   ROCHA
Ready.


The control panel lights up.

Then a red warning light flashes.

                   ROCHA
Oh no.


He frantically types commands into the control panel. But slowly the whole console lights up red.

A flash of light. The room gets sprinkled with gory minced flesh.

Silence.

                   BREGAN (FILTERED)
’stant operator, this is landing party one. Over.
’stant operator, this is landing party one. Over.

                   ROCHA
Landing party one, this is ’stant operator.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. EOS, OUTSITE HEAD CHIEF’S CAMP - DAY


Commander MARTELL, Lance Corporal BREGAN, and Apprentice LEWELL are still on the planet. Bregan holds a radio.

                   ROCHA (FILTERED)
The translocator malfunctioned. Everyone who was in the ’stant field is dead. Over.


Bregan and Lewell are speechless. Martell takes the radio.

                   MARTELL
Received. Sergeant Rocha, this is Commander Martell. That may have been the result of sabotage. Disable both ’stant rooms until further notice, and I want you and only you to check the entire ’stant system. Over.

                   ROCHA (FILTERED)
Wilco. Over.

                   MARTELL
Lance Corporal Bregan, Apprentice Lewell, and I will stay on Eos during this orbit. Out.

                   ROCHA (FILTERED)
Received. Out.


Martell turns the radio off and hands it to Lewell.

                   MARTELL
If that was meant for me, they’ll try again.

End of episode three.


EPISODE FOUR. GROUND WORK


INT. BAVARIA, COCKPIT - DAY


Sergeant Roland JASSO flies the lander/orbiter Bavaria. The sky of Eos behind the windows.

As the craft descends, the ground comes closer. Landmarks sweep past the windows. Jasso decelerates, lands, and brings the craft to a halt.

He leaves the cockpit.

INT. BAVARIA, PAYLOAD BAY - DAY


JASSO unlocks and opens one of the access doors. He steps aside and salutes.

Commander MARTELL enters and returns the salute. Lance Corporal BREGAN and Apprentice LEWELL enter after him.

                   MARTELL
Sergeant Jasso, report to Pallas that we’re going to keep radio silence.

                   JASSO
Yes, sir.

                   BREGAN
We’re not flying to Pallas, are we?

                   MARTELL
No. They’d expect us to take off, with me aboard. But we will check out the signal of their video feed.
         (to Jasso)
And stay close to the ground.

                   JASSO
You think they would shoot us down?

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. FOREST AT COM RELAY - DAY


Near the edge of the forest lies the com relay in the brushwood. A metal sphere, about two metres in diameter, partly covered by climbing plants.

The Bavaria arrives in low-level flight, passes over the area, returns and lands on the meadow outside the forest.

Commander MARTELL, Lance Corporal BREGAN, and Apprentice LEWELL exit the lander/orbiter and walk to the com relay.

Bregan and Lewell wear equipment backpacks. Lewell guides the way, reading from a handheld computer.

They find the com relay.

                   MARTELL
So they use the miners’ communication relays. Can we get its access logs?

                   LEWELL
Not without breaking radio silence to ask for the login data.


Lewell walks around the com relay, inspecting it closely.

                   MARTELL
Well, Strickland Mining Corporation isn’t exactly CosCom DatMan. I bet two month’s salaries the root password is "strickland", all lowercase.


Lewell steps closer to the relay. He has spotted something. He swipes the leaves off one spot on the ground.

                   LEWELL
Captain.

                   MARTELL
What is it?


Lewell picks up a cable which was covered by the leaves. one end of it is attached to the relay. The other leads into the forest.

                   MARTELL
My, my. What have we here?… Lance Corporal Bregan, signal to Sergeant Jasso.


Bregan takes two semaphore flags out of her backpack, positions herself where she’s visible from the Bavaria, and holds the flags in rest position. Lewell takes field glasses and looks at the lander.

Bregan signals what Martell dictates.

                   MARTELL
Found a lead STOP Will go on STOP Wait four five STOP


Bregan finishes signalling.

                   LEWELL
Answer from lander: Wilco

                   MARTELL
All right. Let’s go.


They venture into the forest.

                                                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. TERRORIST OUTPOST - DAY


Commander MARTELL, Lance Corporal BREGAN, and Apprentice LEWELL reach a spot at which a clearing in the forest is blocked by three horizontally spanned layers of chicken wire at ankle, waist, and neck level.

                   MARTELL
Simple but effective.

                   LEWELL
         (to Bregan)
Imagine ’stanting down here.

                   BREGAN
I try not to!

                   MARTELL
Look at this.


He walks towards a tent that is camouflaged with twigs of endemic vegetation. Two more tents stand near it. They blend in well enough to be invisible at first sight.

Bregan and Lewell side with Martell to inspect the tents.

Out of the woods jump TERRORISTS in ghillie suits, poking ray guns at the landing party’s faces.

                   MARTELL
Um --


The terrorists put bags over their heads.

End of episode four.


EPISODE FIVE. PROBLEM SOLVERS


INT. GENERAL NIELSON’S OFFICE


General NIELSON speaks a message into the camera.

                   NIELSON
Commander Martell, if you don’t find those terrorists as soon as possible, you will face conse­quences. I’ve held the bureaucrats at bay as --

                   MARTELL (V.O.)
Sub-lieutenant, General Nielson’s message is not that important now.

                   NIELSON
-- long as I could. But this isn’t just a military operation anymore. Eos turns into a political disaster. They’ve send --

                   MARTELL
Sub-lieutenant!

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. TERRORIST CAMP, COM STATION - DAY


Commander MARTELL kneels in front of the camera. Hands tied behind his back. Only an olive green canvas behind him.

                   MARTELL
I need to inform you that Lance Corporal Bregan, Apprentice Lewell, and I, Commander Steen Martell, are hostages to — how do you guys even call yourselves?


A terrorist steps closer to Martell. His face is out of frame. But his ray gun is clearly visible.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. PALLAS COMMUNICATIONS ROOM


Sub-lieutenant Maya PRUMURA watches MARTELL on the transmission screen.

                   PRUMURA
Oh my god.

                   MARTELL
If the Pallas, or any other spacecraft, adjusts orbit to fly over the western drywoods of Flatstone Land, the hostages will be terminated. That’s all.


The transmission cuts off.

Prumura stands up, walks to the door.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. PALLAS CONFERENCE ROOM


Lieutenant Thomas HOLT speaks with four soldiers in field uniforms:

Colonel Ben HAMMER, typical white all-american hero; Major Utari CORDALES, blonde female; Doctor Major Dario ECALIERE, meek, with nerd glasses; and Major Masamba AMJAD, a huge black guy.

Sub-lieutenant PRUMURA enters.

                   PRUMURA
Lieutenant Holt, sir, we have a problem.

                                                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

INT. WARP POD


A small spherical room. Six seats with harnesses like on a roller coaster. In four of them sit Colonel HAMMER, Major CORDALES, Doctor ECALIERE, and Major AMJAD.

They wear camouflaged combat uniforms. Their ray guns are strapped to the wall within their reach.

They look calm an focused.

The handle of the air-tight hatch and a control panel next to Cordales’ seat are the only instruments.

A jolt pushes them in one direction, tearing at the harnesses. Another jolt. The pod shakes violently.

A few calm moments. Heavy impact.

The team undo their harnesses, grab their weapons. Cordales opens the hatch, looks out, gives a raised thumb to Hammer.

Hammer rushes out through the hatch, emerges in

EXT. TERRORIST CAMP, WARP POD - DAY


An Eosian forest. The spherical warp pod rests in a furrow it has left in the ground.

HAMMER checks the surroundings, then signals the others to come out. AMJAD, CORDALES, and ECALIERE come through the warp pod’s hatch.

Hammer points out a direction and heads into the woods. Ecaliere follows while Amjad and Cordales cover the surroundings.

Once the other two disappeared in the woods Amjad and Cordales follow too and meet them. No word is spoken. - They know the plan.

Ecaliere attaches a bipod to his ray gun and lies down onto the ground, facing the warp pod. Hammer and Cordales run off in one direction, Amjad in another.

Ecaliere lies waiting.

Two TERRORISTS arrive, see the warp pod. One reaches for his radio. He is taken out by a ray gun shot. The next shot hits the other one.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. TERRORIST CAMP, PRISON TENT - DAY


A lone GUARD stands in front of a field tent’s entrance, armed with a ray gun.

A DETONATION thunders in the distance and echoes through the forest.

The guard sticks his head into the tent. He retreats as the terrorist LIEUTENANT steps out of the tent.

The Lieutenant points to a shrub, then in a direction in the forest. The shrub starts to move. It’s a TERRORIST IN A GHILLIE SUIT who relocates as the Lieutenant instructed.

The Lieutenant returns into the tent.

About to vanish into the woods, the terrorist in a ghillie suit falls over and lies motionless on the ground. The startled guard raises his gun.

A knife is thrown at him from the side. It pierces right through his throat. The guard grabs his throat, unable to scream, he collapses.

HAMMER and CORDALES come out of the woods, from the same direction the knife was thrown from. They take off the guard’s jacket. Hammer puts it on. They nod at each other.

Hammer, wearing the guard’s jacket, sticks his arm into the tent and gives a "come here" wave.

The Lieutenant comes out and is stabbed in the neck by Cordales.

Hammer goes into the tent.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. TERRORIST PRISON TENT - DAY


Four GUARDS with ray guns surround the hostages. MARTELL, BREGAN, and LEWELL kneel on the ground in the centre of the tent. Their hands are tied behind their backs.

The guards face the hostages. Only the two of them in the hind of the tent can see the entrance, but focus on the hostages.

HAMMER enters, wearing the jacket of the outside guard. He shoots the guards with his ray gun. First the ones farthest from him, then those who stood with their backs to him.

He cuts Martell’s ties and helps him up.

                   HAMMER
Commander Martell, Colonel Ben Hammer. Good to see you.

                   MARTELL
Colonel Hammer. Okay. Thank you. So you are … SIGMA or M.I.A.?


Hammer cuts the ties of Lewell and Bregan.

                   HAMMER
Not quite. Let’s just say I’m a problem solver. - You can think of me as a one man army, if you will.


AMJAD and CORDALES enter.

                   MARTELL
And you brought two armies with you.

                   HAMMER
Sure. In this day and age you can’t run around saving the universe without a black guy and a woman.


ECALIERE enters.

                   ECALIERE
Perimeter alarm is set up and operating. Oh, hi.

                   HAMMER
And the guy with the glasses, of course.

                   MARTELL
Of course.

                   HAMMER
Major Masamba Amjad.


Amjad salutes to Commander Martell. Martell returns the salute.

                   HAMMER
Major Utari Cordales.

                   CORDALES
Commander Martell. - That was pretty reckless, you know. Snooping around here on your own.

                   HAMMER
And Doctor Major Dario Ecaliere, our linguist and xenolinguist.

                   MARTELL
         (to Cordales)
I’m following orders.

                   CORDALES
Well, because you got yourself caught, we had to take--

                   HAMMER
Wo wo wo. Wait.
         (to Martell)
Who ordered you to investigate here?

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. ZERO’S TRANSMISSION ROOM - DAY


A monitor shows scrambled images. The text "00:00:00" blinks in the lower right corner.

                   ZERO (V.O.)
United Earth’s response to resistance is as predictable as it is objectionable. Instead of attempting to find a diplomatic solution they send the military. What their response to successful resistance is remains to be seen. The commander --


In front of the monitor stands a desk with a microphone set up on it. At the desk sits the figure recording the message.

It is GENERAL NIELSON.

                   NIELSON
-- of Earth’s invasion on Eos, Commander Steen Martell of the United Earth Cosmonaut Corps, was captured by Eosian freedom fighters. Martell was caught preparing for a violent takeover…


Footage of Martell held prisoner plays in an overlay frame on the monitor.

                                                                                         FADE OUT

End of episode five.


EPISODE SIX. ARSENAL


EXT. TERRORIST CAMP, PRISON TENT - DAY


A barbed wire fence encloses a square in which three surviving TERRORISTS sit. Lance Corporal BREGAN and Apprentice LEWELL guard them.

Near the tent entrance Commander MARTELL, Colonel HAMMER, and Major AMJAD discuss. Hammer looks at a ghillie suit helmet in his hand.

                   HAMMER
Their equipment, the way this camp is organised, … These terrorists are pretty well trained.

                   MARTELL
They’re not talking. Back on the ship we can run identity and background checks. If they’ve had military training, we’ll find out.

                   AMJAD
Maybe I should have a word with them.


Hammer looks at Amjad, then nods.

Amjad walks into the prison square, looks at the terrorists who sit there, inhales.

                   AMJAD
         (Yelling)
Attention!


In a split second the terrorists stand straight.

Amjad walks back to Martell and Hammer.

                   AMJAD
These men have had military training.

                   HAMMER
Indeed. And they blew up a space station without considering the debris? Unlikely.

                   MARTELL
Not all military are cosmonauts.

                   HAMMER
Still smells fishy.


Major CORDALES arrives with a tablet computer in her hand.

                   CORDALES
Commander, Colonel, this may be relevant.


She hands the computer to Martell. Martell looks at the display.

                   MARTELL
Planetary coordinates.

                   CORDALES
Locations in this region. The closest is just two kilometres from here.

                   HAMMER
Commander Martell, I’d like to go snooping around. You too?

                   MARTELL
Not really my job. But in this case, I can’t resist. - Who takes charge of the camp?

                   HAMMER
Cordales can handle that. With Amjad in charge of the prisoners. Can you assign one of your men to assist him.

                   MARTELL
With the prisoners? Apprentice Lewell.

                   HAMMER
Good. I’d like my xenolinguist with us.
         (loud)
Ecaliere.


Ecaliere comes out of the tent.

                   MARTELL
Lance Corporal, you will be released by Major Amjad. Report back to me then. - Apprentice, you’ll report to Major Amjad.

                   BREGAN
Sir, yes sir.

                   LEWELL
Sir, yes sir.


Amjad walks over to take Bregan’s place.

                   HAMMER
         (to Ecaliere)
Get ready. We’ll have a look at a site two klicks from here.

                   ECALIERE
Okay.


Bragan arrives at Commander Martell.

                   BREGAN
Sir.

                   MARTELL
Lance Corporal, let’s solve mysteries. Grab your field backpack. We’ll go on an excursion.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. FOREST - DAY


Commander MARTELL, Colonel HAMMER, Doctor ECALIERE, and Lance Corporal BREGAN march through the forest. Hammer and Ecaliere have their ray guns shouldered. Bregan carries her backpack.

Bregan looks at Hammer’s camouflage combat uniform, then at her own bright red uniform, back at Hammer’s

                   BREGAN
Shan’t we wear some kind of camouflage too?


Martell gives her a blank stare.

                   MARTELL
Chicken?

                   BREGAN
I’m just offering a tactical consideration.

                   MARTELL
Decoys, Bregan, decoys.

                   BREGAN
Ah, sure.

                                                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. DEPOSIT CAVERN - DAY


Forested mountain terrain. A steep rock wall blocks the way.

Commander MARTELL, Colonel HAMMER, Doctor ECALIERE, and Lance Corporal BREGAN march towards the barrier. Hammer stops to check the position with compass and octant.

                   HAMMER
That’s it. We’re there. It must be somewhere here.

                   ECALIERE
Any idea what we’re looking for?

                   HAMMER
No.


Hammer takes a good look around. Ecaliere scans the ground with his eyes as he slowly walks on, occasionally clearing grass and twigs with his hands.

Bregan marches on until she reaches the rock wall, then walks along the wall. Martell pulls out a handheld mini computer and starts scanning the terrain with it.

Bregan comes across a camouflage net that covers a cave entrance in the rock wall.

                   BREGAN
Captain.


The others gather next to her at the rock wall.

                   BREGAN
A cave. Hidden.

                   MARTELL
Anyone in there?

                   BREGAN
Don’t hear anyone.

                   HAMMER
Let me go in first. Ecaliere, you follow after five seconds.


Martell nods. Hammer disappears behind the camo net curtain.

Ecaliere waits, then follows.

Martell and Bregan are left outside.

Bregan leans closer to the cave entrance, listening. But it’s dead silent.

Hammer comes out, startling Bregan.

                   HAMMER
No one here. Just lots of boxes. Look at this.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. DEPOSIT CAVERN - DAY


A natural cavern. Boxes stacked left and right. HAMMER and ECALIERE open one of the boxes.

BREGAN enters with an electric torch, shining it on the contents of the box: ray guns. MARTELL enters.

                   HAMMER
Energy weapons and power cells.

                   MARTELL
Seems like everything they do is aimed at provoking a conflict. I mean anyone who sees this must think we’re storing weapons here.

                   BREGAN
Right. P-15, E-4. Those are standard CosCorps weapons.

                   HAMMER
Not everything they do is planned. I think they used the ore transfer station to bring this down here. Didn’t observe security measures.

                   MARTELL
The explosion was an accident.

                   HAMMER
And the claim of responsibility fabricated to avoid a thorough investigation.


Bregan looks further through the stacked boxes.

                   BREGAN
Oh!


The others look what her torch illuminates.

                   MARTELL
Oh!


Stacks of boxes which are different from the others. Marked with red crosses. Identical to the boxes carried by Martell’s men.

                   MARTELL
We are stacking weapons here.


The camo net at the entrance falls down. Daylight floods the cave. Outside stands a horde of EOSIANS, armed with spears.

The humans slowly lift their hands up.

                   MARTELL
Ecaliere, tell them: this isn’t really what it looks like.

End of episode six.


EPISODE SEVEN. TALK OF LIBERTY


EXT./EST. FRONT GATE OF UNITED EARTH HEADQUARTERS - DAY


An impressive gate in the wall that separates the people from the iconic building it surrounds.

Atop the wall wave the flags of the European Union, the African Union, the Organization of American States, the Commonwealth of Nations, and two other flags.

"United Earth" says the sign next to the gate in English and many other languages.

A crowd of PROTESTERS demonstrates on the street in front of the gate. "Not in our name!", "Give peace a chance", "Isn’t SPACE big enough for everyone?" are slogans on their signs.

A PROTEST SINGER starts playing the guitar and sings Ceili Moss’ "Ship of fools".

                   PROTEST SINGER
All you people can’t you see
What is tied can never be free
--

Three POLICEMEN in body armor and helmets grab the protest singer and haul him away while beating him with their tonfa.

Up strikes the flute from the studio version of "Ship of fools". The rest of the episode plays out with diegetic sound muted, making it essentially a music video.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. UNITED EARTH PARLIAMENT - DAY


A theater-like room with a lectern in the middle of the stage. The audience is grouped by occupation and alignment. The inner circles occupy the members of the parliament, grouped by parties.

The conservatives are recognisable by their classic suits in dark colours, mostly black and dark grey or blue, some in brown three-piece suits.

Progressionists mix it up with neon colour stripes or art prints on their jackets or ties. Some displaying optical illusions, some illustrations of scientific concepts.

The egalitarists don’t wear ties, don a jeans here, a piercing or branding there, the occasional weird hair colour. Naturally, their ranks include maimed, blind, and autistic members.

A fraction of the egalitarists have an environmentalist theme to their look, featuring natural materials and the colour green.

The second ring is sectioned into three equally large fractions identified by banners hanging above them.

The military council is composed of high ranking, decorated military leaders, all in mess dress. General Nielson sits in this section.

Most members of the scientific council show up in classic formal suits, though most have loosened their ties. A few wear no ties, don tweet jackets or knitted pullovers. All are either engaged in discussions with their neighbours or busy solving equations. None pay attention to what’s discussed on the podium.

The industrial council’s members prefer stylish suits of a modern design.

In the outer circle sit representatives of the member organisations. The organisations’ flags decorate the walls behind them. On each representative’s desk sits the flag of their country of origin.

Some of the walls behind the outer ring seats contain windows. The rooms behind them are dark.

On the podium speaks the conservative Dominik MOLNÁR, reading his prepared speech from a tablet computer.

Egalitarist parliamentarians heckle repeatedly. Molnár responds with stern looks, occasionally with laconic retorts.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. EOSIAN COUNTRYSIDE - DAY


Six CREWMEN of the Pallas carry three boxes with red cross markings. They march across the vegetation. There are no roads, no paths.

The sun is shining. Barely a cloud in the sky. The crewmen sweat.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. UNITED EARTH PARLIAMENT - DAY


MOLNÁR still speaks.

He finishes his speech. Conservatives and progessionists applaud; egalitarists boo and yell at him. He takes his tablet and returns to his seat.

An EGALITARIST stands up, walks to the podium. She starts her speech. Conservatives shake their heads. More vehemently so at certain points during the speech.

Progressionists heckle with laconic quips. The egalitarist answers to each of them with a well-articulated argument.

When progressionists retort to those arguments, audience members from the egalitarist block chime in. A heated argument within the audience breaks out.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. EOSIAN COUNTRYSIDE - DAY


The six CREWMEN rest and drink water. Some sit on the boxes, others on the ground.

They get up and prepare for marching on. Two of them lift up one box and get going.

Two other crewmen lift up the next box. But it slips, falls to the ground. The lid springs open, spilling the contents: ray guns.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. UNITED EARTH PARLIAMENT - DAY


The EGALITARIST leaves the podium and returns to her seat, still arguing with members of the progressionists.

Ottmar LEITZKE from the conservative block takes the podium and announces the next speaker, raising his hand in an inviting gesture towards the military council. General NIELSON stands up.

Conservatives and progressionists applaud. Egalitarists look in disbelief and anger at who’s going to talk. They shout something.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

EXT. EOSIAN COUNTRYSIDE - DAY


The six CREWMEN march on, carrying the three boxes. They reach the outskirts of a forest. In the shade of the trees they put the boxes down.

They limber up, but they don’t sit down, they don’t rest. They wait.

A TERRORIST LIEUTENANT approaches from the woods. He carries a ray gun but doesn’t aim it at the crewmen. A SECOND TERRORIST is with him but stays further behind.

A THIRD TERRORIST lurks even deeper in the woods. Unseen backing can be guessed at.

The terrorist lieutenant approaches the crewman closest to him. They shake hands and the terrorist lieutenant pads the crewman on the shoulder. He shakes the next crewman’s hand.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

INT. UNITED EARTH PARLIAMENT - DAY


General NIELSON screams from the speaker’s podium. Egalitarists shout at him.

Nielson grabs his chest, then wipes his forehead. This leaves a streak of blood on his forehead. Lowering his hand, he notices the blood on it.

Blood gushes out from his shoulder near the neck. Armed POLICEMEN rush into the hall. One of them points out a room in the back of the audience.

The police run up the ranks.

Members of the parliament and of the industrial and scientific councils look for the nearest exit, trample over each other, cower in fear under their desks. A policeman shouts something.

Within this chaos LEITZKE leans over to MOLNÁR, whispers something into his ear, and Molnár nods.

End of episode seven.


EPISODE EIGHT. ESCALATION


SPACE NEAR EOS


The Bavaria drops from orbit, dives into the atmosphere.

EXT. EOSIAN COUNTRYSIDE - DAY


Steppe stretches to the horizon.

Lieutenant HOLT sets out into this wide land. He leads an armed group composed of EADS, VERES, MISRA, and TAKALA.

They march forward.

Something to their left catches Veres’ attention. Something moves just below the horizon.

He keeps an eye on it. And he aims his ray gun, just in case.

The figures don’t come closer. They pass by. Veres lowers his weapon and continues marching.

EXT. RURAL SETTLEMENT - DAY


A forest with a few nearby Eosian tents. HOLT and his team pass by them.

A scream. From VERES; an arrow lodged in his thigh.

MISRA and TAKALA cover the forest in ray gun fire. Holt positions a cabbage-sized device, the trench grenade.

He drops the trench grenade behind the group. As it hits the ground, a bright light explodes from it and swallows the soldiers.

EXT. TRENCH / RURAL SETTLEMENT - DAY


When the glowing mist dissolves, there’s an ellipsoid crater in the ground, surrounded by a raised rim. The soldiers inside shake off the dirt they’re covered with.

EADS drags the injured VERES to the forest side wall. Arrows hit the opposite wall.

HOLT is busy with a mini computer. On a map of the area he positions a crosshair on a nearby location in the forest. He tabs the fire button.

A death ray from above strikes down on the forest.

No more arrows fly. Eads and his ray gun dare to look out of the trench, eyeing the surroundings.

From behind a tree someone comes out and runs. Eads turns and shoots — before even realising the person wasn’t running towards them, just away from the forest.

It were two. An EOSIAN CHILD stands up. The MOTHER is dead. The child runs on. - Not something Eads can ignore - when he should stay alert.

Before he knows, an EOSIAN WARRIOR is right in front of him. His spear WILL stab Eads down the jugular. Time to react is up. Eads doesn’t even attempt to aim his ray gun.

Thick Eosian blood gushes all over Eads. TAKALA had him covered. MISRA covers their back.

                                                                                         DISSOLVE TO:

INT. EOSIAN BASE, GUEST ROOM - DAY


A room enclosed in woven fabric. Soft blankets cover the ground and are piled up to comfortable sleeping places.

ECALIERE and the HEAD CHIEF discuss in the Eosian language. MARTELL watches them.

Martell looks to the entrance as someone comes in. He is cast down when he sees HOLT, armed and in combat uniform.

                   ECALIERE
No. No.

EXT. EOSIAN BASE, CORRIDOR - DAY


HOLT and EADS escort MARTELL, ECALIERE, BREGAN, and HAMMER out. Eosian GUARDS lie dead on the ground. Eads’ uniform is covered in blood.

EXT. ABOVE EOS - DAY


The lander/orbiter Bavaria leaves the planet.

EXT. ORBIT AROUND EOS


The Bavaria rendezvous with Pallas. Pallas accelerates. Several other military ships arrive. Pallas flies off to space.

End of episode eight.
CC-BY-SA Licence chosen for compatibility with the music I have in mind — or was it the other way around?
I was thinking of playing the beginning of Alone by tryad over the end credits of most episodes but use Wake Up by Vavrek for the end of episode five “Problem solvers” and Far and Away by tryad at the end of the last episode. My choice of Ship of Fools by Ceilí Moss even made it into the script for episode seven, although that goes beyond the author’s job, and the story wouldn’t fall apart if you had the protest singer sing the beginning of another song. Episode eight “Escalation” has almost no dialogue, because I imagine it as esentially a music video set to another Ceilí Moss song, As Far As the Eye Can See.

Glossary of made-up abbreviations which are used but not explained in script (I intend to include explanations in the sequels. In case anyone wants to translate this script to another language knowing the meanings may help):

CosCom: Cosmonautics Command, the CosCorps headquarters, and figuratively the higher-ups
CosCom DatMan: Cosmonautics Command Data Management Department, used here as an exeplary apex of IT security (because if their system could be hacked, we’d all be toast. It would be like the end of Independence Day with reversed roles.)
CosCorp: Of course shortened from Cosmonaut Corps, refers more precisely to the United Earth Cosmonaut Corps
M.I.A.: The Military Intelligence Agency. They’re like a future version of MI5 (in space)
SIGMA: The Strategic Intervention Group Military Assault, better known (according to themselves) as the Supreme Incarnate Gods of Major Ass-kicking - another organisation the SG-1 look-alikes don’t belong to - are like the SAS in space! (also in the future but somehow the future doesn’t have the same drive to it as SPAACE!)
’stant: It’s easy to miss, but that one’s actually expanded in one scene. It’s shortened from ‘instantaneous translocation’, their term for teleportation and the preferred mode of orbit-ground transport for everyone but Bregan
P-15: Even I don’t know. The P could stand for particle beam, pulsed laser, photon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, plasma gun, positron ray, proton pack
E-4: Don’t know either.
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