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#1120268
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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moviefreakedmind said:

I can’t comprehend why someone can’t just ignore the Kelvin timeline and Discovery if they don’t like it.

This.

Canon is an arbitrary concept. Don’t let it determine your focus.

Post
#1120263
Topic
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Divergent Edition)
Time

EXT. FOREST MOON – FOREST – DAY

The battle rages on.

Chewie swings on a vine to the roof of one of the walkers, an Ewok clinging to him. They land with a thud on the top of the lurching machine, then hang on for dear life. The Ewok peeks through the viewport.

INT. AT-DP/COCKPIT – DAY

DRIVER: Look!

GUNNER: Get him off of there!

The walker driver opens the hatch to see what’s going on. He is yanked out and tossed overboard before he can scream, the gunner quickly following him. Chewie slips inside the walker; the Ewok drops in beside him.

EXT. FOREST – DAY

Chewbacca’s walker moves through the forest, firing plasma blasts at unsuspecting troopers and destroying other Imperial walkers. The Ewoks shout and cheer as the giant machine helps turn the tide of the battle in their favour.

CUT TO

A scout bike racing past.

The vanes of the bike is lassoed with a heavy vine. The other end of the vine is tied to a tree, and the bike swings around in ever-tightening circles until it runs out of rope and crashes into the tree with a huge explosion.

CUT TO

An AT-DP marching through the undergrowth, blasting Ewoks as it goes.

An Ewok warrior gives the signal, and a pile of logs is cut loose. The logs tumble under the walker’s feet, causing it to slip and slide until it finally topples over with a great crash.

EXT. FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Han works furiously at the control panel; wires spark as he attempts to hotwire the door. He motions to Leia, who is blasting away at some stormtroopers.

HAN: I think I got it. I got it!

The three wires spark as the connection is made. With a LOUD WHOOSH, a second blast door crashes shut in front of the first.

Han frowns and turns back to the wires again. That’s when a shadow trooper, heavy blaster in hand, appears. As the Imperial soldier strides forward toward the bunker, he opens fire. As the hail of red blasterfire peppers the ground before them, Han and Leia return fire. The blue bolts score home, but the trooper’s black armour is strong; it takes several shots to bring him down, and not before Han takes a hit.

HAN: ARGH!

C-3PO: (alarmed) Oh, Capt. Solo, are you alright?

LEIA: (concerned) Let’s see.

HAN: (pained) It’s not bad.

SHADOW TROOPER #3: (O.C.) Freeze!

They freeze.

C-3PO: Oh, dear.

SHADOW TROOPER #3: Don’t move!

Two shadow troopers move towards them. Han and Leia’s eyes lock; the moment seems suspended in time.

HAN: I love you.

Another shared look between them, as she smiles down at Han.

LEIA: I know.

SHADOW TROOPER #3: Hands up! Stand up!

Chewie’s walker appears and blasts the two troopers. The hatch on top of the walker then opens and Chewie sticks his head out, barking triumphantly.

LEIA: Chewie! Get down here! He’s wounded!

HAN: No, wait!

Leia turns to Han.

HAN: I got an idea.

INT. ECLIPSE/THRONE ROOM

Luke and Vader are engaged in a man-to-man duel of lightsabers even more vicious than the battle on Bespin. But the young Jedi has grown stronger in the interim, and now the advantage shifts to him. Vader is forced back, losing his balance, and is knocked down the stairs. Luke stands at the top of the stairs, ready to attack.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (laughs) Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy! Let the rage flow through you!

Luke looks momentarily toward the emperor, then back to Vader, and realizes he is using the dark side. He steps back, shuts down his lightsaber, and relaxes, driving the anger from his being.

LUKE: I will not fight you, Father.

Vader walks back up the stairs to Luke.

DARTH VADER: You are unwise to lower your defenses.

Vader attacks, forcing Luke on the defensive. The young Jedi leaps in an amazing reverse flip up to the safety of the catwalk overhead. Vader stands below him.

LUKE: Your thoughts betray you, Father. I feel the war within you, the conflict.

DARTH VADER: There is no conflict.

LUKE: You couldn’t allow me to kill the emperor in anger. In spite of what you say, there’s a part of Anakin Skywalker still alive inside you.

DARTH VADER: You underestimate the power of the dark side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.

Vader throws the lightsaber and it cuts through the supports holding the catwalk before returning to Vader’s hand. Luke tumbles to the ground in a shower of sparks and rolls out of sight under the emperor’s platform. Vader moves to find him.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (laughs) Good. Good.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The two armadas, like their sea-bound ancestors, blast away at each other in individual point-blank confrontations. A Star Destroyer explodes. The Rebel victor limps away, its back half alive with a series of explosions. The Rebel cruiser manages to move in next to a second Star Destroyer before it explodes completely, taking the Imperial warship with it.

INT. FOREST MOON – FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER/MAIN CONTROL ROOM – DAY

Controllers watch the main viewscreen on which a vague image of an Imperial walker driver can be seen. There is a great deal of static and interference distorting the picture.

HAN: It’s over, Commander. The Rebels have been routed. They’re fleeing into the woods. We need reinforcements to continue the pursuit.

The controllers are jubilant.

BUNKER COMMANDER: Send three squads to help. Open the back door.

LIEUTENANT: Yes, sir.

EXT. FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

As the door to the bunker opens and the Imperial troops rush out, they’re surprised to find themselves surrounded by Rebels and Ewoks, weapons pointed at them.

INT. GENERATOR BUNKER/MAIN CONTROL ROOM – DAY

Leia, Chewie, and several troops plant explosive charges throughout the control room.

LEIA: Throw me another charge.

A Rebel trooper tosses Leia the charge. She plants and arms it.

INT. ECLIPSE/THRONE ROOM

Vader stalks the low-ceilinged area on the level below the throne, searching for Luke in the semi-darkness, his red lightsaber held ready.

DARTH VADER: You can’t hide forever, Luke.

LUKE: (O.C.) I will not fight you.

DARTH VADER: Give yourself to the dark side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for …

Vader stops and senses something. Luke shuts his eyes tightly, in anguish.

DARTH VADER: (cont’d) Sister! So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. (beat) If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will.

LUKE: Never!

Luke ignites his lightsaber and rushes at his father with a frenzy we have not seen before. Sparks fly as Luke and Vader fight in the cramped area. Luke’s hatred forces Vader to retreat out of the low area and across a bridge overlooking a vast shaft. Each stroke of Luke’s sword drives his father further toward defeat.

The Dark Lord is knocked to his knees, and as he raises his blade to block another onslaught, Luke slashes Vader’s right hand off at the wrist, causing it and the Sith’s lightsaber hilt to clatter uselessly away, over the edge of the platform and into the bottomless shaft below.

DARTH VADER: AHHH!

Luke moves over Vader and holds his blazing plasma blade to the Dark Lord’s throat. The emperor appears on the stairs behind them, watching with uncontrollable, pleased agitation.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (laughs) Good! (beat) Your darkness has made you powerful. Now, fulfill your destiny and take your father’s place at my side!

Luke looks at his father’s robotic stump, then to his own black-gloved artificial hand, and realizes how much he is becoming like his father. He makes the decision for which he has spent years in preparation.

LUKE: (deactivates lightsaber) Never. (tosses hilt aside) I’ll never turn to the dark side. (beat) You’ve failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.

The emperor’s glee turns to anger.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: So be it … Jedi.

EXT. FOREST MOON – FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Leia and several of the fighters run out of the bunker and race across the clearing.

LEIA: Move! Move!

A shockwave knocks them flat as the bunker explodes, followed by a spectacular display as the huge projector dish explodes along with the bunker.

INT. ECLIPSE/BRIDGE

LT. ENDICOTT: Sir, the deflector shield is down and we’ve lost all contact with the generating station.

MOFF JERJERROD: (reluctant) Position the ship to blow up the moon.

Jerjerrod stands with trepidation as the Eclipse begins turning to face the forest moon.

INT. ECLIPSE/THRONE ROOM

Luke stands still as the emperor reaches the bottom of the stairs. He raises his arms toward Luke.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed.

Blinding bolts of energy shoot from the emperor’s hands at Luke. The young Jedi shrinks before them, his knees buckling. The wounded Vader struggles to his feet and moves to stand at his master’s side.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (contemptuous) Young fool. Only now, at the end, do you understand.

Luke is almost unconscious beneath the continuing assault of Palpatine’s lightning. He clutches a canister to keep from falling into the bottomless shaft as the bolts tear through him.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side. You have paid the price for your lack of vision.

Luke writhes on the floor in unbearable pain, reaching weakly up toward where Vader stands watching.

LUKE: (agonized) Father, please! (beat) Help me!

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Now, young Skywalker … you will die. (smiles)

Although it would not have seemed possible, the outpouring of bolts from the emperor’s fingers actually increases in intensity, the sound screaming through the room. Luke’s body writhes in pain. Vader stands watching Luke. He looks at his master, the emperor, then back to Luke on the floor. He makes his choice.

Vader grabs Palpatine from behind, fighting for control of the robed figure in spite his weakened body and gravely compromised arm. The emperor struggles in his embrace, his hands now lifted high, away from Luke. Now the dark blue lightning arcs back to strike at Vader. He stumbles with his load as the sparks rain off his helmet and flow down over his black cape. He holds his evil master high over his head and walks to the edge of the abyss at the central core of the throne room. With one final burst of his once awesome strength, Darth Vader hurls Emperor Palpatine into the bottomless shaft.

DARTH VADER’S P.O.V. – SHAFT

The emperor’s body spins helplessly into the void, arcing as it falls into the abyss. Finally, when the body is far down the shaft, it explodes, creating a rush of released dark side energy through the room.

CUT TO

Vader.

Vader’s cape is whipped by the evil wind and he staggers, collapsing. Luke crawls to his father’s side and pulls him away from the edge of the abyss. The old Sith looks up at the young Jedi.

His breathing apparatus damaged, Vader draws Luke close.

DARTH VADER: (wheezing) Luke … go. Leave me.

LUKE: No. You’re coming with me. I can’t leave you here. I’ve got to save you.

DARTH VADER: It is … too late for me, son. (beat) I wish … I could’ve looked on you … with my own eyes.

LUKE: (pained) Father … I won’t leave you.

Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Luke’s father, dies.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The battle between the Rebel and Imperial fleet rages on.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

ADM. ACKBAR: Concentrate all fire on that Super Star Destroyer.

EXT. SPACE – EXECUTOR

The Home One and a swarm of B-Wing fighters discharge salvoes of red turbolaser fire upon the Executor.

INT. ECLIPSE/BRIDGE

WEAPONS OFFICER: .04 to moon target.

Jerjerrod looks at the moon of Endor, large and green in the viewscreen.

WEAPONS OFFICER: .03 to moon target.

The moff is in turmoil as the countdown continues.

WEAPONS OFFICER: .02 to moon target … .01 to moon target … moon target in range.

Jerjerrod hesitates.

WEAPONS OFFICER: Sir, moon target in range, now.

MOFF JERJERROD: (tormented) Commence firing.

LUKE: (O.C.) Belay that order!

Jerjerrod turns. Luke has appeared on the bridge. The black-garbed Jedi Knight strides up to Jerjerrod and Endicott.

MOFF JERJERROD: (shocked) You –

LUKE: (interrupts) The Emperor Palpatine is dead. The Lord Darth Vader is dead.

Endicott unholsters his blaster. As the lieutenant brings the gun to bear, Luke raises his left hand and pulls the blaster straight into his own grip.

LUKE: Command of this vessel has fallen to me.

MOFF JERJERROD: (afraid) W-what is our first order of business, milord?

LUKE: Bring primary weapon to bear on the Executor.

The bridge crew is hesitant to follow Luke’s order.

LUKE: Now!

MOFF JERJERROD: Do it!

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

Turning away from the forest moon, the Eclipse begins moving towards the Executor.

INT. EXECUTOR/BRIDGE

Adm. Piett and a commander stand at the viewscreen, looking out to the battle. They look concerned.

IMPERIAL SENSOR OFFICER: Sir, we’ve losing our bridge deflector shield.

ADM. PIETT: Intensify the forward batteries. I don’t want anything to get through.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Eclipse superlaser fires. The green beam hits the Executor, plowing straight through its already weakened shields to the underlying metal hull.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

There is excitement on the bridge as the Executor blows up.

ADM. ACKBAR: (surprised) That shot came from the Dreadnought!

INT. ECLIPSE/BRIDGE

Luke stands at the viewscreen, arms crossed behind him, looking out upon the dying embers which once constituted his father’s flagship.

LUKE: Initiate self-destruct.

MOFF JERJERROD: (frowns) Sir?

Luke doesn’t repeat himself. Perspiring, the moff obeys.

INT. ECLIPSE – MONTAGE

Klaxons blaring, Imperial personnel run in all directions, confused and desperate to escape.

INT. ECLIPSE/BRIDGE

The bridge crew is gone, leaving Jerjerrod alone with Luke.

LUKE: (turns to Jerjerrod) I suggest you go with your men, moff. This will soon be an unpleasant place to be.

Jerjerrod turns and bolts from the bridge.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

All ships and escape pods having disembarked from the Eclipse, the Star Dreadnought finally supernovas into oblivion, casting a blinding white three-dimensional shockwave which obliterates all nearby vessels and sends others reeling.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

Ackbar and other Mon Calamari lean on the railing of the bridge, watching the remaining Star Destroyers abandon the battle and jump to hyperspace. They laugh and cheer in elation and relief.

EXT. FOREST MOON – FOREST – DAY

Han and Leia, Chewie, the 'droids, the Rebel troops, and the Ewoks look to the sky as the flash of the demolished Eclipse reveals itself. They all cheer.

C-3PO: They did it!

Han looks from the sky to Leia, a look of concern on his face. Leia continues to look at the sky as though listening for a silent voice.

HAN: I’m sure Luke wasn’t on that thing when it blew.

LEIA: (smiles) He wasn’t.

EXT. FOREST – EVENING

Luke sets a torch to the logs stacked under a funeral pyre where his father’s body lies. He stands, watching sadly, as the flames leap higher to consume Darth Vader.

In the sky above, fireworks explode and Rebel fighters zoom above the forest.

EXT. EWOK VILLAGE – SQUARE – EVENING

A huge bonfire is the centrepiece of a wild celebration. Rebels and Ewoks rejoice in the warm glow of firelight, drums beating, singing, dancing, and laughing in the communal language of victory and liberation.

Lando runs in and is enthusiastically hugged by Han and Chewie. Then, finally, Luke arrives and the friends rush to greet and embrace him. They stand close, this hardy group, taking comfort in each other’s touch, together to the end.

Rebels and Ewoks join together in dancing and celebration. The original group of adventurers watch from the sidelines. Only Luke seems distracted, alone in their midsts, his thoughts elsewhere.

Luke looks off to the side and sees a VISION. Appearing in the darkness before him is a vista from another world, in another time. In a panoramic shot of a grain field situated beneath a clear blue sky are THREE FIGURES. The figure in the foreground – seated upon a large, flat boulder – is a tall, beautiful woman with flowing, wavy hair – Luke’s MOTHER. Away from her stand two men, engaged in a lightsaber duel. This is no fierce battle royale fought between bitter enemies but a light sparring match between fast friends. The first man is regal, with cool blue eyes and a trim beard – a YOUNG OBI-WAN KENOBI. The second man is ANAKIN SKYWALKER.

As Anakin sends Obi-Wan sprawling to the ground, both men laugh it off. Deactivating his cyan lightsaber, Anakin helps his teacher to his feet. Anakin is striking, and grand, with a wry tilt to his brow that hints at invincibility and takes all life in with a wink. Leaving his master, he goes to his wife and takes her in his arms, kissing her on the cheek. Her lovely smile is witness to the deep feelings they share.

Luke smiles as the vision comes to an end. Leia comes up to him and leads him back into the circle of friends. The heroes gather together, united in the spirit of victory and of love.

IRIS OUT

End titles

‎19/‎10/‎2017

S. D. G.

Post
#1120162
Topic
Next Movie Seen
Time

Handman said:

TV’s Frink said:

It’s easy to say “I’d never let my kids do X!” when you aren’t a parent. But no one does parenting in a vacuum. Or at least, they shouldn’t. If you do, you’re probably not a great parent.

Why do they want to see it?

Think back to when you were a child. Why did you want to see a cartoon you’d probably find lame/stupid/etc. now?

Post
#1120005
Topic
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Divergent Edition)
Time

INT. FOREST MOON – GENERATOR BUNKER/MAIN CONTROL ROOM – DAY

Inside the bunker, Han looks up from setting charges as an Imperial colonel enters.

COLONEL: Freeze!

In a flash of anger, Han hurtles a bag of charges at the colonel. He is knocked backwards over a rail, plummeting with a scream to his death. Han and Leia spin to find dozens of Imperial weapons trained on them and their cohorts. An Imperial lieutenant levels a blaster at them.

LIEUTENANT: You Rebel scum.

A poised force of ebon-armoured shadowtroopers surround them. Even more pour into the room, roughly disarming the Rebel contingent. Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange looks. They’re helpless.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Lando operates the controls to come out of hyperspace.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Death Star II, its sanctuary moon, and its parent planet hang distant in space as the Rebel fleet comes out of hyperspace with an awesome roar. The _ and several Rebel fighters are at the front as the space armada bears down on its target.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Lando flips switches, checks his screen, and speaks into the radio.

LANDO: All wings report in.

INT. WEDGE’S X-WING/COCKPIT

WEDGE: Red Leader standing by.

INT. GRAY LEADER’S A-WING/COCKPIT

GRAY LEADER: Gray Leader standing by.

INT. GREEN LEADER’S B-WING/COCKPIT

GREEN LEADER: Green Leader standing by.

INT. WEDGE’S X-WING/COCKPIT

WEDGE: Lock S-foils in attack positions.

EXT. SPACE –- ENDOR

The fighters’ wings split into battle configuration. The Rebel fleet converges on the Death Star II.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

Adm. Ackbar watches the fighters massing outside his viewscreen.

ADM. ACKBAR: May the Force be with us.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Lando looks worriedly at Nien Nunb, who points to the control panel and talks to Lando.

LANDO: We’ve got to be able to get some kind of a reading on that shield, up or down.

Lando shoots a concerned look out at the approaching battle station.

INT. SUPERWEAPON/EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (into comlink) Deactivate hologram, Commander.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The gray, opaque surface of the unfinished DS-2 Orbital Battle Station loses its resolution and colour as it becomes a blue-white wireframe image. Then that, too, is gone, leaving emptiness in its place. The Death Star II has been nothing more than a supersized holographic projection this entire time, broadcast from the Imperial complex on the moon’s surface below.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

A Mon Calamari sensor officer turns away from his screen and calls out to Ackbar, quite excited. The admiral rushes over to the sensor officer.

SENSOR OFFICER: Admiral, we have enemy ships in Sector 47.

ADM. ACKBAR: It’s a trap!

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Rebel fleet flies headlong into the massive Imperial armada.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

LANDO: (into comlink) Star Destroyers coming our way.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Executor and its large contingent of Imperator II-class Star Destroyers engages the Rebel ships. Opening fire with their turbolaser banks, they pummel the Rebel cruisers and mow down one-third of the fighters.

INT. MIDDLE-AGED FEMALE PILOT’S A-WING/COCKPIT

MIDDLE-AGED FEMALE PILOT: There’s too many of them!

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

LANDO: (into comlink) Accelerate to attack speed! Draw their fire away from the cruisers.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The battle continues.

INT. SUPERWEAPON/EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM

Through the round window behind the emperor’s throne can be seen the distant flashes of the space battle in progress.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Come, boy. See for yourself.

The emperor is sitting in his throne, with Vader standing at his side. Luke moves to look through a small section of the window.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: From here you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance, and the end of your insignificant Rebellion.

Luke is in torment. He glances at his lightsaber sitting on the armrest of the throne.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (cont’d) Unless … you swear fealty to me. Make yourself my servant, and I will withdraw my forces; your upstart insurrection will be permitted to exist a while longer.

Vader watches Luke in his agony.

LUKE: No.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: With each passing moment, another of your friends dies. Will the next one be the lovely Princess Leia … (feigns sadness) or has she fallen already?

EXT. FOREST MOON – GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Han, Leia, Chewie, and the rest of the strike team are led out of the bunker by their captors. The surrounding area, deserted before, is now crowded with two-legged Imperial AT-DP walkers and hundreds of Imperial shadowtroopers, stormtroopers, and scout troopers. The situation looks hopeless.

SHADOWTROOPER: Alright, move it!

From the undergrowth beyond the clearing comes a wild series of beeps and whistles. And –

C-3PO: Hello! I say, over there! Were you looking for me?

BUNKER COMMANDER: Bring those two down here!

STORMTROOPER #1: Let’s go!

Artoo and Threepio are standing near one of the big trees. As six stormtroopers rush over to take them captive, the two 'droids duck out of sight behind the tree.

C-3PO: Well, they’re on their way. Artoo, are you sure this was a good idea?

The stormtroopers come around the tree and find the two 'droids waiting quietly to be taken.

STORMTROOPER #1: Freeze! Don’t move!

C-3PO: We surrender.

As the Imperial troops move to take the robots, however, a band of Ewoks drops down from above. Attacking with their sharp knives, claws, and teeth, they quickly overpower them.

C-3PO: Ohhh! Stand back, Artoo.

In a nearby tree, an Ewok raises a horn to his lips and sounds the EWOK ATTACK CALL. All hell breaks loose as hundreds of Ewoks throw their hairy bodies into the fray against the assembled troopers and their awesome two-legged walkers.

CUT TO

Ewok archers.

The archers let fly a volley of arrows. The stone arrowheads carom off the plasteel armour of the shadowtroopers, who mow the Ewoks down with heavy blasterfire.

CUT TO

Biker scouts darting about blasting Ewoks.

They are crushed by a volley of rocks tossed by Ewoks from the trees above.

CUT TO

An Ewok in a handmade, primitive hang glider.

He dive-bombs his deadly adversaries, dropping rocks. A blaster bolt hits him in the wing and he crashes. An AT-DP comes along and steps on him, crushing his glider and his body into the earth.

CUT TO

Han and Leia.

In the confusion of the battle, they break away and dive for the cover of the bunker door as explosions erupt around them. Leia goes to the bunker door control panel.

LEIA: The code’s changed. We need Artoo!

HAN: Here’s the terminal.

LEIA: (into comlink) Artoo, where are you? We need you at the bunker right away.

CUT TO

Artoo and Threepio hiding behind a log as the battle rages around them.

C-3PO: Going‽ What do you mean, you’re going‽

the stubby little astrodroid lets out a series of whistles.

C-3PO: But-but going where, Artoo?

Artoo shoots off across the battlefield. Threepio, panicked, runs after him.

C-3PO: No, wait! Artoo! Oh, this is no time for heroics! Come back!

CUT TO

A group of Ewoks moving primitive catapults into position.

They fire off large boulders that hit one of the walkers. The walker turns and blasts away with its gun. The catapults – and many of their attendant Ewoks – are blown to kingdom come.

CUT TO

Two speeder bikes chasing Ewoks through the underbrush.

As the scouts round a tree, they are knocked off their bikes by a vine tied between two trees.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Rebel ships are engaged in ferocious combat with the Imperial capital ships. They are losing.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

ADM. ACKBAR: (into comlink) All craft prepare to retreat.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

Upon Ackbar’s command, the Rebels prepare to beat a hasty retreat. When they go to make their collective jump, however, their hyperdrives fail.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

NAVIGATOR: Hyperdrive will not engage!

SENSOR OFFICER: It’s not just Home One. The entire fleet is stationary.

SCIENCE OFFICER: A massive gravity well is keeping us from leaving the system!

INT. RED THREE’S A-WING/COCKPIT

RED THREE: Three Star Destroyers coming in, twenty degrees!

INT. WEDGE’S X-WING/COCKPIT

WEDGE: They’re heading for the medical frigate.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

Lando steers the Falcon through a complete flip as his crew fires at the nearest Star Destroyer attacking the frigate.

INT. SUPERWEAPON/EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM

The emperor, Vader, and a horrified Luke watch the fireworks out the window. Another Rebel ship explodes under green turbolaser fire.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends have failed. Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational warship! (into comlink) Engage.

Luke, in shock, looks out across the gulf of space to the Rebel fleet beyond.

EXT. SPACE – EXECUTOR

As the Executor trades blows with a number of Corvettes and B-Wings, a massive shadow passes over it, blotting it out.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

From the dark side of the gas giant, the Empire’s latest true superweapon emerges. Wedge-shaped, 17,500 metres in length, as black as the space that surrounds it and the heart of the man who dreamt it, is the Eclipse, the first of a new class of Star Dreadnought with enough firepower to sterilize a planet.

The axial superlaser powers up; then a powerful beam shoots out toward the space battle.

INT. GEN. MADINE’S STAR CRUISER/BRIDGE

Madine and his bridge crew barely have time to flinch as the green superlaser beam converges on them.

EXT SPACE – ENDOR

Madine’s cruiser is hit by the Eclipse’s beam and is blown to dust.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

The ship is buffeted by the tremendous explosion of the Rebel cruiser. Lando and his copilot are stunned by the sight of the Eclipse and its firepower.

LANDO: (stunned) We’re going to need a bigger ship.

EXT. FOREST – GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Artoo and Threepio make it to the door as Han and Leia provide cover fire.

C-3PO: We’re coming!

HAN: C’mon! C’mon!

C-3PO: Oh, Artoo, hurry!

The little 'droid moves to the terminal and plugs in his computer arm. A blaster bolt hits Artoo, sending him reeling back. The stubby astrodroid’s head is spinning and smoldering.

C-3PO: My goodness!

Suddenly there is a loud SPROOING and all of Artoo’s compartment doors open and all of his appendages stick out; liquids and smoke spurt out of the nozzles in his body.

C-3PO: Artoo, why did you have to be so brave?

Han turns to the terminal.

HAN: Well, I suppose I could hotwire this thing.

LEIA: I’ll cover you.

CUT TO

A walker lumbering forward, shooting red plasma blasts at frantic Ewoks running in all directions.

Two Ewoks are struck down by plasma blasts. One tries to awaken his friend, then realizes that he is dead. With a cry of grief, he buries his head in the dead Ewok’s chest.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Rebel fleet continues to be picked off, from one side by the Eclipse’s deadly superlaser, from the other by the rampaging Star Destroyers.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Lando steers the Falcon wildly through an obstacle course of floating giants. He’s been yelling into the comlink.

LANDO: (desperate) Yes! I said closer! Move as close as you can and engage those Star Destroyers at point-blank range!

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

ADM. ACKBAR: At that close range, we won’t last long against those Star Destroyers.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

LANDO: We’ll last longer then we will against that behemoth! And we might just take a few of them with us.

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The Rebel cruisers move very close to the Imperial Star Destroyers and begin to blast away at point-blank range. Tiny fighters race across the giant surfaces, against a backdrop of weapons fire.

CUT TO

The control tower of a Star Destroyer under attack.

The middle-aged female pilot’s A-Wing is struck.

INT. MIDDLE-AGED FEMALE PILOT’S A-WING/COCKPIT

MIDDLE-AGED FEMALE PILOT: She’s gonna blow!

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The A-Wing disintegrates as a turbolaser beam grazes a B-Wing.

INT. MON CALAMARI PILOT’S B-WING/COCKPIT

MON CALAMARI PILOT: Fried Calamari tonight!

EXT. SPACE – ENDOR

The damaged B-wing plummets toward another Star Destroyer and crashes into the ship, exploding.

INT. ECLIPSE/THRONE ROOM

Out of the window, the Rebel fleet is being decimated in blinding explosions of light and debris. But in here there is no sound of battle. The Emperor turns to Luke.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Your fleet has lost. And your friends on the Endor moon will not survive.

INT. ECLIPSE/BRIDGE

The comm twitters.

MOFF JERJERROD: Yes, Your Highness.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (O.S.) Commander, should the Rebels manage to blow up the shield generator, you will turn the Eclipse onto the Endor moon and destroy it.

MOFF JERJERROD: (apprehensive) Yes, Your Highness … but we have several battalions stationed on the moon.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (O.S.) You will destroy it!

MOFF JERJERROD: (resigned) Yes, Your Highness.

INT. ECLIPSE/THRONE ROOM

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (to Luke) There is no escape, my young apprentice. (beat) The Alliance will die … as will your friends.

Luke’s eyes are full of rage. Vader watches him.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (in rapture) Good. I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon! Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

Luke can resist no longer. The lightsaber flies into his hand. He ignites it in an instant and swings at the emperor. Vader’s crimson lightsaber flashes into view, blocking Luke’s blow before it can reach the emperor. The two blades spark at contact. Palpatine cackles.

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#1119754
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

chyron8472 said:

doubleofive said:

This week’s episode had a fancy new Klingon ship identified as a D7, which is the classic TOS model. This goes with my friend’s headcanon that Star Trek has been like a historical record for future people who live in the Trek universe, so the effects are limited by the budget in-universe. Each visual change in more recent series are more representative of how they actually looked, or the recreation of this particular series took an artistic choice.

Adding this layer of fiction within the fiction helps smooth over any changes for me.

I never thought of it that way. That’s a really cool concept.

Yes, it is. I’d like to see it officially adopted, and not just in regard to the appearance of species, but to the appearance of technology and dress, too ('cause these terrible-looking pieces of shit should never be considered canon).

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#1119736
Topic
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Divergent Edition)
Time

EXT. RIDGE OVERLOOKING SHIELD GENERATOR – DAY

Han, Leia, Chewbacca, the ‘droids, Wicket, and another Ewok scout, PAPLOO, hide on a ridge overlooking the massive Imperial shield generator. At the base of the generator is the Imperial landing platform. As they watch, the shuttle carrying Luke and Vader takes off and flies toward space. Leia studies the installation.

LEIA: The main entrance to the control bunker’s on the far side of that landing platform. This isn’t gonna be easy.

HAN: Hey, don’t worry. Chewie and me got into a lot of places more heavily guarded than this.

Wicket and Paploo are chattering away in Ewok language. They speak to Threepio.

LEIA: What’s he saying?

C-3PO: He says there’s a secret entrance on the other side of the ridge.

EXT. SPACE – REBEL FLEET

The vast Rebel fleet hangs in deep space. The Home One is up at the front, but now the Millennium Falcon roars up to a spot ahead of it, tiny in comparison.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Lando is in the pilot seat. His Sullustan copilot, NIEN NUNB, is seated right beside him. Lando speaks into his comlink.

LANDO: Admiral, we’re in position. All fighters accounted for.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

ADM. ACKBAR: Proceed with the countdown. All groups assume attack coordinates.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Nunb chitters something in his native tongue. Lando turns to his copilot.

LANDO: Don’t worry, my friends are down there. They’ll have that shield down on time.

The copilot grunts a reply.

LANDO: (to himself) Or this’ll be the shortest offensive of all time.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

ADM. ACKBAR: All craft, prepare to jump to hyperspace on my mark.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

LANDO: Alright. Stand by.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

ADM. ACKBAR: Mark.

INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON/COCKPIT

Lando pulls a lever, and the stars outside begin to streak.

EXT. SPACE – REBEL FLEET

We are treated to an awesome sight: first the Millennium Falcon, then the fighters, then, in large segments, the huge capital ships roar into hyperspace.

INT. HOME ONE/BRIDGE

The stars streak by Ackbar on his bridge.

EXT. SPACE –- REBEL FLEET

The remainder of the Rebel fleet disappears into hyperspace.

EXT. FOREST MOON – RIDGE OVERLOOKING GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Han, Leia, Chewie, the 'droids, and Wicket have reunited with the Rebel strike squad. The entire group is spread through the thick undergrowth. Below them is the bunker that leads into the generator. Four Imperial scout troopers, their speeder bikes parked nearby, keep watch over the bunker entrance.

EXT. GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Paploo has slipped out of the undergrowth near where the Imperial scouts are lounging. He silently swings his short, sinewy body onto one of the scout’s speeder bikes and, knowing exactly how to do it, fires up the bike’s engine fires up with a tremendous ROAR. The scouts leap up in surprise.

SCOUT TROOPER #10: Look! Over there! Stop him!

The scouts race toward Paploo just as his speeder zooms away into the forest. Three of the scout troopers jump on their bikes and speed away in pursuit. The fourth watches them go from his post at the door.

EXT. RIDGE – DAY

Han, Leia, and Chewie exchange delighted looks.

HAN: Not bad for a little furball. There’s only one left. (to Threepio) You stay here. We’ll take care of this.

Han and the Wookiee nod at each other and slip down with Leia toward the bunker. Threepio moves to stand next to Wicket and Artoo.

EXT. GENERATOR BUNKER – DAY

Han sneaks up behind the remaining Imperial scout, taps him on the shoulder and lets the scout chase him behind the bunker into the arms of the waiting Rebel strike team.

INT. GENERATOR BUNKER/ENTRANCE – DAY

The group enters the bunker silently, leaving one lookout dressed in the scout trooper’s uniform behind.

INT. SUPERWEAPON/EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM

The turbolift opens. Vader and Luke enter the room alone. They walk across the dark space to stand before the throne, father and son side-by-side beneath the gaze of Emperor Palpatine.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Welcome, young Skywalker. I have been expecting you.

Luke peers at the hooded figure defiantly. The emperor then looks down at Luke’s binders.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: You no longer need those.

The emperor motions ever so slightly with his finger and Luke’s binders fall away, clattering to the floor. Luke looks down at his own hands, free now to reach out and grab Palpatine’s neck. He does nothing.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Guards, leave us.

The red-cloaked guards turn and disappear behind the turbolift.

The emperor gets down from his throne and walks up very close to Luke. The emperor looks into his eyes and, for the first time, we can perceive the evil visage within the hood clearly. Eyes, feral yellow and sunken like tombs; the flesh decayed beneath skin weathered by virulent storms, lined by holocaust; the grin, a death’s-grin.

DARTH VADER: His lightsaber.

Vader extends a gloved hand toward the emperor, revealing Luke’s lightsaber. The emperor takes it.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Ah, yes, a Jedi’s weapon. (to Luke) Much like your father’s.

LUKE: You won’t convert me as you did my father.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: I did not turn him to the dark side. That is something he did for himself – as you will do for yourself.

LUKE: Never.

EMPEROR: (laughs) We shall see.

Palpatine returns to his throne.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Tell me, young Skywalker – who has been involved in your training until now?

Luke is silent. He will reveal nothing.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Oh, I know it was Obi-Wan Kenobi at first. Of course, we are familiar with the talent Obi-Wan Kenobi had when it came to training Jedi. (nods to Vader)

Luke tenses with fury.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (cont’d) So, in your early training you have followed your father’s path, it would seem. But alas, Obi-Wan is now dead, I believe; his elder student, here, saw to that. (gestures to Vader) So tell me, my young Jedi – who continued your training?

Luke holds silent, struggling to maintain his composure.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (cont’d) There was one called … Yoda. An aged master Jed – Ah, I see by your countenance I have hit a chord, a resonant chord indeed. Yoda, then. (beat) This Yoda, lives he still?

Luke focuses on the emptiness of space beyond the window behind Palpatine’s chair, filling his mind with this black nothing.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (cont’d) Ah. He lives not. (smiles) Very good, young Skywalker, you almost hid this from me. But you could not. And you cannot. Your deepest flickerings are to me apparent. Your nakedest soul.

The emperor leans forward ever-so-slightly.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: I look forward to completing your training. In time, you will call me master.

INT. FOREST MOON – GENERATOR BUNKER/MAIN CONTROL ROOM – DAY

Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Rebel strike team storm through a door and enter the main control room, taking all of the personnel prisoner.

HAN: Alright! Up! Move! C’mon! Quickly! Quickly! (nods to Chewie) Chewie.

Chewbacca and the other Rebel troops herd the generator controllers away from their panels. Leia glances at one of the screens on the control panel.

LEIA: Han! Hurry! The fleet will be here any moment.

HAN: Charges! C’mon! C’mon!

INT. SUPERWEAPON/EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM

EMPEROR PALPATINE: I am old. My body is dying; my will alone sustains it. In time, it, too, will fail me. When that time arrives, there must be one to hold my Empire together against maelstrom without and within. (points at Luke) You will be my successor.

LUKE: Me?

EMPEROR PALPATINE: You are both young and your father’s son.

LUKE: I hold to the ideals of the Rebel Alliance. I will never continue your tyranny over the Galaxy.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: The Empire is but an extension of its emperor. I am a harsh master, it is true; it is a harshness borne of the fires of the Clone Wars. You have not been singed by those flames. You would be a gentle master. You but want for power.

Palpatine’s words strike a nerve in Luke. He tries to repress the sensation.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: (cont’d) Have you never wanted power, my son? Power to strike back at your enemies, to avenge wrongs, to keep those you love safe from harm? Of course you have. (pats armrest) That power is seated here.

LUKE: (stressed) The dark side of the Force is evil.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Other men’s words, other men’s shackles. Would you be a child all your life?

LUKE: Soon I’ll be dead, and you with me.

The emperor laughs.

EMPEROR: Perhaps you refer to the imminent attack of your Rebel fleet?

Luke looks up sharply.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your friends up there on the sanctuary moon (indicates forest moon) are walking into a trap, as is your Rebel fleet. (beat) It was I who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the shield generator. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. An entire legion of my best troops awaits them.

Luke’s look darts from Palpatine to Vader and, finally, to the lightsaber hilt by the emperor’s hand.

EMPEROR PALPATINE: And that is just the beginning of my surprise -– but, of course, I don’t wish to spoil it for you. (snickers)

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#1119696
Topic
Episode VIII Discussion *SPOILER THREAD*
Time

LuckyGungan2001 said:

The Dark Empire said:

NeverarGreat said:

B-Wing
Just realized that we’ve got B-wings up in this.

Funny. I just thought what the man was talking about? And then I saw it. These “Ski Speeders” really look like a shitty version of the B-Wing fighter. The whole new SW ships are rather weakly designed.

But i am excitde to see how the shitty LEGO-Heavy Scout Walker looks in the film!
Can only be a mess.

I love your name and avatar. I’m a fellow Dark Empire fan.

Now there are three of us!

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