Episode # 10
By John M. T'Lustachowski
THE SCREEN HAS A DREAM-LIKE HAZE TO IT, AS WE BEGIN BY RECAPPING THE LAST SCENE OF THE PREVIOUS EPISODE: AS WE SEE A BURNING AND HELPLESS WARBIRD HOVERING LIKE A WOUNDED TARGET, AS THE CONDOR MOVES IN FOR THE KILL. AS WE SLOWLY BEGIN TO CLEAR THE LENS WE SEE TYLER, AS HE SLUMPS BACK AND CLOSES HIS EYES:
AS WE FADE TO WHITE, WE HEAR ZOAR'S HEART-STOPPING SHRIEK.
FROM THE WHITE OF THE EXPLOSION WE SEE WE ARE ALSO TRACKING AWAY FROM AN ECU OF ZOAR'S FOREHEAD.
INT. ETERNOS GENERAL HOSPITAL. NIGHT.
FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHT WE TRACK TO A GURNEY, WHERE TYLER IS BEING RUSHED THROUGH THE CORRIDORS. HE IS UNCONSCIOUS, AND SEVERAL DOCTORS AND NURSES HURRY WITH HIM TO THE EMERGENCY WARD.
WE CUT TO TYLER, AS WE SEE HIM HALF-NAKED, AND PARTIALLY BANDAGED. HIS EYE IS COVERED, AS IS HIS LEFT SIDE. WE SEE TUBES RUNNING INTO HIS NOSE AND MOUTH, AS A NURSE HOLDS AN I.V. IN HIM.
WE CUT TO THE FRONT OF THE GURNEY AT TYLER'S FEET, AS IT PUSHES OPEN THE DOOR TO THE WELL-LIT OPERATING ROOM. SEVERAL DOCTORS AND NURSES LOOK DOWN AT HIM FROM THE LIGHT.
Get him into emergency!
He's not responding to stimulants…
I teleported him away, the moment he made contact with me.
The moment he said…goodbye….
We're going to do all that we can for him, Sorceress.
Fortunately you did get him out before the missile hit.
He has some third-degree burns, and lost a lot of blood.
Can you save him, Doctor?
I don't know, Sorceress.
But we do have our best physician on the job right now…
CUT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, AS WE IMMEDIATELY PAN AWAY FROM THE WHITE COAT OF THE SPECIALIST OVER TYLER. WE ARE CAREFUL NOT TO SHOW THE DOCTOR ALL AT ONCE. THE NURSE LOOKING UP WITH REVERENCE, AS SHE GIVES HER UPDATE TO THE SPECIALIST.
His pulse is dropping…
We're losing him, Doctor!
NOW WE CUT TO THE SCREEN, AS THE HEART MONITOR EKG DROPS TO A BARELY READABLE LINE. THEN WE CUT BACK TO THE NURSE'S CONCERNED FACE.
He's entering cardiac arrest!
NOW WE FINALLY CUT TO SEE WHO THE DOCTOR IS: MATTEL'S MOST FAMOUS CAREER GIRL-BARBIE HERSELF!
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STERNLY SHE LOOKS AT THE SCOPE, AS SHE VIOLENTLY PUNCHES DOWN ON TYLER'S CHEST AGAIN AND AGAIN AS SHE BEGINS TO ADMINISTER CPR.
I'm commencing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-
Get that defibrillator over here, now!
Yes. Doctor Barbie!
WE CUT TO DR. BARBIE GIVING HIM MOUTH-TO-MOUTH, AND CPR INTERMITTENTLY, AS THE NURSE WHEELS IN THE DEFIBRILLATOR. ZOAR WATCHES FROM THE DOOR.
He's going into shock…
THE NURSE HURRIDLY SETS THE MACHINE, AND HANDS THE ELECTRODES TO THE SPECIALIST. SHE STANDS READY.
Power level, Doctor?
Set to level seven…
AS SHE YELLS CLEAR, SHE TOUCHES THE TWO HAND ELECTRODES TO TYLER'S CHEST, AND SENDS VOLTAGE TO HIS HEART. HIS ENTIRE BODY ARCHES WITH THE ELECTRICITY THEN SLUMPS BACK AS SHE TURNS IT OFF.
DR. BARBIE GLANCES AT THE OSCILLOSCOPE AND THE FLAT LINE, AS SHE NODS TO HER ASSISTANT AGAIN.
No response, Doctor…
Wait a minute…
I think we got something…
Yes, Doctor…Very faint, but we've got a heartbeat!
It's getting stronger…
Stabilize him, get him on I. V. and monitor his pulse.
I'm going to remove the shrapnel now.
It's dangerously close to his spine.
Let me know if his vitals drop…
He seems to be stable, Doctor…everything is out of the red.
He's even breathing on his own.
There it is. This isn't going to be easy.
I'm going to need some light in here…
A little higher….uhhh….GOT IT!
Looks like a clean penetration.
No visible nerve damage.
Now we just have to wait and see.
Close for me, Nurse.
I'm going to talk to his wife.
INT. WAITING ROOM. NIGHT.
DOCTOR BARBIE COMES OUT, AND GIVES ZOAR THE NEWS. SHE SEEMS A BIT UNSURE IF SHE CAN BE CERTAIN YET.
How is he? Will he live?
It's a little early to tell…He seems to be stable,
and I have been able to remove the shrapnel from his spine.
I won't lie to you: He's still in critical condition.
Thank you, Doctor…
For the moment we've done all we can for him.
It's his fight now, Sorceress…
PAN IN PAST THE WORRIED EYES OF THE SORCERESS, AS SHE GLANCES THROUGH THE WINDOW AGAIN, AT HER HUSBAND.
NOW PAN IN ON TYLER AS HE LIES UNCONSCIOUS, AS WE SLOWLY BEGIN TO DIFFUSE THE SCREEN AND FADE TO BLACK. WE HAVE NOW ENTERED TYLER'S SUBCONSCIOUS.
WE HEAR A VOICE SPURRINGHIM ON, AS WE TURN TO SEE A MUCH YOUNGER, CHILD-VERSION OF TYLER, AND HIS FATHER, SO MANY YEARS AGO…
What did I teach you, Son?
Never give up, Son…
NOW WE CUT BACK TO MANY YEARS AGO, AS ROBERT TYLER LEAVES HOME TO GO TO WAR IN VIET NAM. YOUNG JOHN TYLER LOOKS UP AT HIM PLEADINGLY.
YOUNG JOHN TYLER
Daddy…please, come back…
You're the man of the house now, son…
You have to take care of your mother while I'm away.
No don't go…
Never give up, son.
Never give in….
THEN WE CUT TO THE NIGHTMARISH BLACK AND WHITE FOOTAGE OF COLONEL ROBERT TYLER'S F-4 PHANTOM AS IT FLIES OVER VIET NAM.
AS FLAK AND TRACERS STREAK UP AT HIS PLANE, WE SEE A VAGUE DARK SHADOWY FORM SLOWLY ARISE. IT BEGINS TO OVERTAKE THE SMALL FIGHTER. THEN THE PLANE BEGINS TO TRAIL SMOKE AND BURST INTO FIRE.
THE SHADOW OVERTAKES THE PLANE, AS WE FADE IN ROBERT TYLER CHEERFULLY WAVING GOODBYE TO HIS SON. THEN HE IS GONE. CONSUMED IN BLACKNESS.
STRANGELY ENOUGH, THE SHADOW RESEMBLES AN EAGLE. TYLER TURNS AWAY, AS THE EAGLE APPRAOCHES HIM.
CUT BACK TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, AS HIS VITALS BEGIN TO FLUXUATE. THERE IS AN OFFBEAT BEEPING.
His heart is palpitating…
Increase his intra-venous. And watch his pulse.
SLOWLY PAN IN ON TYLER'S CLOSED EYES AND DIFFUSE, AS WE HEAR THE TELL-TALE BEEPING BECOMING MORE REGULAR.
CUT BACK TO THE WAITING ROOM OUTSIDE. INT. NIGHT. ZOAR SITS SOLEMNLY, AS ADAM, TEELA, AND ORKO ENTER.
Sorceress…Are you all right? Any news yet?
Oh? Adam, no…nothing yet…
They've been in there for hours…but he's still listed as critical.
There's just no telling.
We're sorry, Sorceress. We came as soon as we heard.
That's all right. I appreciate your being here now…
I feel so guilty…Teela and I were having such
a good time at dinner together…while he was…
What I don't understand is, where was He-Man during all of this?
He's always there when we need him. Why not now?
This isn't anybody's fault…He-Man can not be everywhere.
And even if he had…who's to say what the outcome would be?
They might have both ended up in there…
Excuse me, please. I have to get a drink of water. Let me know if you hear anything more.
THE SORCERESS STARTS OFF AROUND THE CORNER SLOWLY AS ADAM AND TEELA SIT ON THE BENCH AND GLANCE IN.
She seems to be taking it all pretty well…
She's always been a remarkably strong person.
His injuries read like a grocery list…
He's not going to make it, is he?
I don't know…
This waiting is horrible…
THE SORCERESS HAS LEFT THE EMERGENCY WARD TO GET A DRINK OF WATER. IRONICALLY ENOUGH, SHE STANDS NEAR THE WATER FOUNTAIN OF THE MATERNITY WARD. LOOKING IN ON THE INCUBATOR FILLED WITH NEWBORN BABIES.
Each one, so precious, so unique.
Each one, a new hope for the future…
Oh, John…is life not short enough?
You o.k., Sorceress?
WITH THAT, TEARS FILL HER EYES, AS SHE BREAKS DOWN AND SHE WRAPS HER ARMS AROUND THE FLYING TROLLAND. SHE LEANS HER HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER AS SHE BEGINS TO WEEP. ORKO SLOWLY PUTS HIS ARM AROUND HER.
It's all right, Sorceress.
It'll be all right.
EXT. DAVON COMMAND BUNKER. NIGHT.
WE CUT TO A LARGE SPEAKER, AS THE SIREN BLARES. WE FADE IN THE TITLE CARD OF DAVON COMMAND, 2648 SEARCHLIGHTS PIERCE THE AIR, AS FLAK CANNON FIRE INTO THE NIGHT SKY. LASERS ARE ARCING SKYWARDS, AS BOMBS FALL FROM THE DARKNESS. WE HEAR THE LOW, BASS RUMBLE OF EXPLOSIONS.
CUT TO INTERIOR OF BUNKER, AS WE SEE A LARGE TABLE SITUATION MAP OF THE NARROW GAP OF DAVON. (formerly Panama). WE SEE SQUADRONS OF FRIGHT FIGHTERS CONVERGING ON THE NARROW KEY POSITION.
SEVERAL DOZENS OF OFFICERS ON RADAR AND RADIOS TRYING TO COORDINATE ANY KIND OF DEFENCE. WE PAN IN ON ONE RADIO TECH, AS HE WATCHES HIS SCOPE.
Six more Fright Fighters from the North…
Wind Raiders Three to Seven, cut across the bunker.
Enemy Bombers are approaching…
All Talon Fighters, make for coordinate AX-7.
Incoming Doombusters, with Fright Fighter cover.
CUT TO OUTSIDE, AS THE BOMBERS FILL THE SPOTLIGHTS, AND DROP THEIR PAYLOADS INDISCRIMINATELY ON DAVON. THERE ARE SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS BOTH IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND. SOME GROUND GUNS FALL SILENT, AND A FEW OF THE SEARCHLIGHTS GO OUT IN THE AREAS THAT WERE HARDEST HIT.
WE THEN SEE A SQUADRON OF FRIGHT FIGHTERS BREAK OFF AND HEAD FOR THE DAVON AIR FORCE. A SMALL FORMATION OF TALONS CONVERGE ON THEM, AND BREAK THROUGH. THERE IS A BRIEF SKY-BATTLE, AS A FEW TALONS HEAD IN AFTER THE SLOW MOVING BOMBERS.
THE TALONS ARE FAST, AND BEGIN TO CHEW UP THE DOOMBUSTERS QUICKLY. TWO ARE HIT, AND FALL OUT OF FORMATION, TRAILING SMOKE. AS THE FRIGHT FIGHTERS TURN AND PURSUE, A TALON IS BLOWN OUT OF THE SKY.
BUT THE TALONS AND WIND RAIDERS MOVE IN AGAIN, AND SUCCEED IN DECIMATING THE ENEMY PLANES. THEY BEGIN TO WITHDRAW.
We've inflicted serious damage to Davon Base.
Enemy resistance, very strong. Request support.
Condor One is Super-Sonic…I'll be there in six minutes.
Roger that, Trap-Jaw. How's that thing handling at night?
Let's find out:
Get your people clear…I'm picking up seven enemies at one hundred miles out.
Arming Phoenix missiles.
CUT TO THE CONDOR, AS SHE FIRES SIX MISSILES AT ONCE. THE SMOKE TRAILS ARC INTO THE DARKNESS. THEN WE CUT BACK TO DAVON BASE, AS ALL BUT ONE OF THE TALONS ARE HIT, AND EXPLODE.
You getting sloppy, Commander? You missed one!
No, I only have six missiles!
Think you can handle him, Tri-Klops?
Oh, may I?
THE FRIGHT FIGHTERS CONVERGE AND DESTROY THE ONE REMAINING VALIENT TALON FIGHTER, AS THE ENEMY CONTINUE TO PRESS THE ATTACK ON DAVON BASE. THE CONDOR ARCS OVERHEAD, AND STRAFES THE GROUND, AS IT KNOCKS OUT THE SEARCHLIGHT AND THE LAST REMAINING LASER INSTALLATIONS. THEY CONTINUE TO BOMB THE BUNKER.
CUT TO: INSIDE THE BUNKER. THE GROUND FORCES ARE PINNED DOWN. THE SUPER HEAVY GROUND CANNONS ARE SAFE ONLY BECAUSE THEY ARE BENEATH TONS OF CONCRETE. HOWEVER, WITHOUT AIR SUPPORT, THE CONDOR CAN SLOWLY WHITTLE AWAY THE BUNKER AT ITS LEISURE.
This is pathetic…It wasn't even fair…
That's some machine! When do I get mine?
Soon. Although you might not get to use it…
Inform Skeletor, it's time for the ultimatum.
Randor has no choice but to surrender…
I almost hope he doesn't!
All Fright Fighters, return to base.
Condor One has the lead.
CUT BACK TO INSIDE THE BUNKER. MOST OF THE SCREENS ARE FLASHING STATIC. MOST OF THE GUNS ON THE STATUS SCREEN ARE GLOWING RED, AS ARE ALL OF THE TALONS.
Is the wire to Palace Eternia still open?
Aye, Sir. They're not jamming us…
That just means they WANT us to get through.
Inform King Randor. Lost ten out of ten aircraft.
We are totally defensive. Request any available aircraft, as soon as possible.
Geeze…They creamed us…
PALACE ETERNIA INT. NIGHT.
IN THE THRONE ROOM, DUNCAN IS DESPERATE TO PLAN THE NEXT AND POSSIBLY FINAL COURSE OF ACTION. AS RANDOR AND MARLANA STRUGGLE TO REMAIN IN POWER.
And that was our last transmission from Davon.
How long can they last?
The bunker itself is virtually impervious to any bombardment.
But our forces are essentially cut off.
We need aircraft to support the installation.
Have we nothing that can out perform this…Condor?
We lost an entire squadron of Talons without even firing a shot.
And the Warbird itself…
SUDDENLY THERE IS A LOUD BEEPING AS A LARGE SCREEN COMES TO LIFE. AS THE STATIC FADES, WE SEE SKELETOR.
This is Skeletor calling…
What do you want, you fiend?
I wish to discuss your…alternatives.
I wish to send my emissaries to Palace Eternia.
To detail the terms of your surrender! HAHAHAHHAAAAAA!!!
Your army is crippled as well, Skeletor!
Do you honestly expect me to surrender Palace Eternia, to you and one airplane?
Randor, be reasonable…
At the moment, yes one airplane. In six weeks…who knows?
And while we're on the subject of the late Commander Tyler's old Earth technology…E=Mc2.
Yes, Marlana, my dear, you know what that means don't you?
We have unlocked the secret of the Warbird's power source and in so doing, we have placed ourselves on the threshold of a new technology!
Weapons powerful enough to destroy an entire city with a single blast!
You WILL surrender, Randor!
WITH THAT RANDOR THROWS HIS SCEPTER AT THE MONITOR, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION, AS HE SHATTERS THE SCREEN. SKELETORS FACE DISAPPEARS, AS HE FALLS BACK INTO HIS THRONE.
Well, at least he doesn't know that Tyler is still alive…
He's from New York! They're stubborn! He'll live!
Perhaps we've been going about this all wrong.
In what way, Sire?
If YOU had to stop the Warbird, Duncan, how would you go about doing it?
You wouldn't take it on in a Wind Raider, now would you?
No, I'd try to get it while it was in…Castle Greyskull!
A plane as sophisticated as this Condor must require a great deal of technical support. If we can destroy its base, or better yet, the plane itself while its still on the ground…
I'll get right on it, Sire!
I hope you're right about John David Tyler, my dear.
As a New Yorker…what kind of person is he?
EXT. VIET NAM MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON D.C. DAY.
IN ANOTHER FLASHBACK SCENE, WE SEE YOUNG JOHN TYLER STANDING IN FRONT OF THE GREAT BLACK WALL. HE FINGERS HIS FATHER'S NAME, AS HE HOLDS HIS F-4 NAVY FLIGHT WINGS. AS THE BOY GLANCES AT HIS REFLECTION, HE PUTS ON THE PIN, AND HAT. FROM THE HOWLING WIND WE HEAR:
Never give up, Son.
THE BOY TURNS AWAY FROM THE WALL, AND SNAPS A MILITARY SALUTE TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND ITS FLUTTERING FLAG IN THE BACKGROUND. WE THEN FADE IN A SERIES OF SCENES FROM TYLER'S PAST, AS HE TRAINS FOR THE NAVY:
TYLER CLIMBING A ROPE WITH HIS HANDS ALONE.
RUNNING WITH HIS FELLOW RECRUITS.
TYLER FIGHTING KARATE-STYLE IN BOOT CAMP.
TYLER GRADUATING WITH HIS NAVY OFFICERS CLASS.
Never give up.
CUT BACK TO THE HOSPITAL, AS WE SEE TYLER STILL UNCONSCIOUS, SA HE BEGINS TO SHIVER UNCONTROLLABLY. HIS BREATHING IS IRREGULAR.
He's going into shock again.
His system's suffered so much trauma, I'm surprised he's lasted this long…
Raise his core temperature. He's still fighting…
Increasing core temperature.
I'm changing his I.V.
CUT BACK TO TYLER, AND BLUR AS WE ENTER HIS MIND ONCE AGAIN. THIS TIME WE SEE BLACK AND WHITE FOOTAGE OF THE PERSIAN GULF WAR.
WE SEE A SLOW FLYING A-6 INTRUDER BOMBER FLYING OVER BAGHDAD CITY, 1990. THERE IS A GRAINY LOOK AS WE SEE THE SAME NEWS FOOTAGE OF THE SKYLINE AS FLAK AND TRACERS RACE INTO THE AIR, THEN CUT TO THE A-6.
Talk to me, Mitchel…Distance from target…
Roger, Tyler, I see him. Bunker dead ahead.
Triple AAA sighted ten o' clock low!
Better make it count, buddy!
We're only gonna have time enough for one pass!
Just hold her steady at this altitude…steady…NOW!
WE CUT TO THE CLASSIC CNN FOOTAGE OF THE CROSSHAIRS LINING UP ON THE SMOKESTACK OF A BUNKER, AS THE BOMB SLIDES IN. THEN BOOM!
YAHOO! Scratch one Iraqi bunker!
BOOM! SPARKS AND SMOKE FILL THE SCREEN AS THE A-6 TAKES A HIT! AS THE SMOKE CLEARS AND BOTH PILOT AND BOMBARDIER GASP FOR AIR, WE SEE THEY ARE BOTH WOUNDED BADLY. TYLER'S LEG IS CHEWED UP, MITCHEL IS DYING.
Mitchel!! You O.K.?
I ain't gonna make it this time…
Yes you are!!!
Never give up!
You hear me?
CUT ABCK TO TYLER AS HE RADIOS BACK TO HIS CARRIER. IT IS THE HEAD OF NIGHT, AND IS RAINING, PLUS TYLER HIMSELF IS IN PAIN. WE SEE THE FAINT BLOCK-LIKE SHAPE OF THE CARRIER IN THE DISTANCE.
This is A-6 Intruder seven to U. S. S. America.
Prepare for emergency landing. Wounded crew aboard-
Your plane is damaged. You'll never land her in these conditions. Ditch next to the carrier as close as possible. A rescue ship will retrieve you.
Bombardier is wounded. He won't survive it.
Clear the flight deck. We're comin' in…
WITH THAT HE CLOSES THE CHANNEL AND DROPS HIS LANDING GEAR. WE SEE THE LIGHTS AS HE APPRAOCHES THROUGH THE RAIN. MITCHEL LOOKS UP AT HIM IN PAIN.
Ditch her, Boss…I ain't gonna make it…you can.
You're gonna live, Mitchel! I'm giving you a direct order not to give u!
TYLER AIMS FOR THE FLIGHT DECK, AS HE TAPS HIS BIBLE NEXT TO HIS SEAT (FROM EPISODE #4).
Well, Old Timer, I'm countin' on you…
WITH THAT WE CUT TO THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE USS AMERICA, AS THE CRIPPLED A-6 TEETERS IN FOR A LANDING. THE DECK NETS ARE UP, AS TYLER TEARS THROUGH THE FIRST ONE, AND INTO THE SECOND. THE A-6 BEGINS TO DISINTEGRATE, AND BREAK INTO LARGE SECTIONS. WE SEE THE RESCUE TEAM COVER THE PLANE WITH FOAM, AS MEDICS PULL TYLER AND MITCHELL FROM THE PLANE.
THEN WE FADE TO THE SAME STRANGE EAGLE IMAGE AS TYLER TURNS AWAY IN FEAR AS IT COVERS HIM IN DARKNESS.
NOW WE CUT TO TYLER STANDING IN THE RUINS OF NEW YORK CITY, AS MISSILES ARC DOWN FROM THE SKY AND ENGULF THE WORLD AROUND HIM IN NUCLEAR FIRE.
THROUGH THE BLOWTORCH WIND, HE SEES THE WRECKED STATUE OF LIBERTY, AND FALLS TO HIS KNEES, AS IN THE SKIES ABOVE, THE SHADOWY GIANT EAGLE CIRCLES OVERHEAD.
INT. HOSPITAL. NIGHT.
HIS HEART IS BEATING LIKE A TRIPHAMMER. THE OSCILLOSCOPE IS PRACTICALLY GOING OFF THE SCALES. DR. BARBIE CHECKS HIS PULSE AND SHAKES HER HEAD SADLY.
There's nothing more we can do. It's over. Go get his wife. Let her stay with him…
But what went wrong?
He couldn't hold out forever.
DR. BARBIE HEAVES A HEAVY SIGH AS SHE WATCHES THE OSCILLOSCOPE SLOWLY DIMINISH DOWN TO NEXT TO NOTHING. SLOWLY PAN IN ON TYLER AGAIN.
RUINS OF NEW YORK. EXT. NIGHT.
TYLER IS STILL ON HIS KNEES, WEEPING BENEATH THE BLASTED REMAINS OF LADY LIBERTY. THROUGH THE HOWLING WIND, WE HEAR FOOTSTEPS FROM BEHIND.
It's over…it's all over…
That isn't what I taught you, son…
Father…? Aren't you…?
Is this where it ends?
That's up to you.
What do you mean?
I really wish I could've been there with you as you grew up, son. You have no idea how proud of you I've been. But of all the things you've done following in my footsteps, joinin' the Navy, the day you took my lessons to heart was the proudest moment of all.
And when was that?
When you gave Mitchel a direct order not to give up. When you disobeyed orders to ditch, when it would have been the safest thing for yourself, that was the moment I felt closest to you.
Thank you, Father.
What drove it out of you?
You didn't do this:
And nothing you could've done would have prevented this.
But now, I've brought the world to the brink of it again.
But here and now, you can do something about it.
But only if you don't give up…
SUDDENLY THE CIRCLING SHADOW PLUNGES TOWARDS THEM AGAIN. FALLING OUT OF THE SKY AND PLUNGING TYLER INTO COMPLETE DARKNESS AGAIN. FADE TO BLACK.
INT. HOSPITAL. NIGHT.
THE NURSE SLOWLY ESCORTS THE SORCERESS IN AS TYLER'S CRITICAL SIGNS ARE BARELY READABLE. HE LIES MOTIONLESS, BREATHING QUIETLY. DR. BARBIE SHAKES HER HEAD SADLY.
I'm sorry, Sorceress. But the trauma to his system was too extreme.
He hasn't responded to any of our stimulants. He will continue to slip.
And at least he is in no pain…
We'll let you be alone with him…
And Sorceress…again…I'm sorry.
Thank you. Doctor…
EXIT DOCTOR BARBIE AND NURSE.
HOLD THE CAMERA ON ZOAR FOR A FEW MOMENTS AS SHE BEGINS TO WEEP IN HER HANDS. TYLER IS MOTIONLESS. WE HEAR THE BEEP OF THE HEART MONITOR, AND THE SLOW, STEADY DRAW OF THE ELECTRIC LUNG. ZOAR TOUCHES HIS BATTERED FACE, AS SHE GENTLY SPEAKS.
Oh, John…I know you can not hear me-
But I have to ask this of you…Something I must tell you-
In all of my life, I have only told one lie…
But now, it has come back to haunt me.
I had told Duncan to tell Teela that her father was a good and noble soul who died to protect Eternia…
Please, John…please…Don't make that come true.
Please…Make me a liar…
I love you…
AS SOON AS ZOAR DRAPES HER ARMS AROUND HIM AND BURSTS INTO TEAR, WE ENTER TYLER'S MIND FOR THE LAST TIME:
WASTELAND: EXT: NIGHT.
TYLER IS AGAIN ON HIS KNEES BEFORE THE BLASTED STATUE OF LIBERTY. FAINTLY, OVER THE WIND, HE CAN HEAR ZOAR CALLING TO HIM…
Please, John please…
I love you…
AS TYLER STANDS AND LOOKS FOR HER HE SEES THE BLACK SHADOW CIRCLE OVERHEAD AGAIN. HE LOOKS AWAY, DETERMINED TO FIND ZOAR FIRST. HE SEES HER RUNNING TOWARDS HIM FROM THE HAZE.
AS HE RUSHES TO HER EMBRACE, SUDDENLY THE GROUND ERUPTS. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY NOW HORRIBLY COMES TO LIFE, AND GRABS HER IN ONE GIGANTIC HAND!
AS TYLER TURNS TO THE HIDEOUS STATUE, WE SEE THAT IT IS NOW A WEIRD CROSS BETWEEN LADY LIBERTY AND A 100 FOOT TALL SKELETOR!
THEN THE HIDEOUS STATUE BEGINS TO LAUGH. IT RAISES A GIANT HAND AND BLASTS AT TYLER AND KNOCKS HIM ON HIS BACK. HE LIES THERE MOTIONLESS IN AGONY.
AAHHH HAAA HAAA HAAAAA HAAA HAAAAAA!!!
THEN, OUT OF THE SKY, THE HORRIBLE BLACK SHADOW FLAPS TOWARDS HIM AGAIN, FOR THE LAST TIME. BUT BEFORE IT REACHES HIM WE HEAR:
WHAT DID I TEACH YOU, SON?
NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!
AT THE LAAST POSSIBLE INSTANT, TYLER REACHES OUT HIS HANDS AND GRABS THE BLACK SHADOW. IN RESPONSE, IT IMMEDIATELY BEGINS TO GLOW WHITE.
AS TYLER LOOKS UP, HE PULLS IT DOWN OVER HIS HEAD, THE SHADOW TURNS OUT TO BE HIS SORCERER HEADCREST. AS HE DONS IT, HE TURNS TO FACE SKELETOR.
WITH ONE MOTION, TYLER GLOWERS AT THE GIANT MONSTER HOLDING FAST HIS PRESCIOUS WIFE, AND OBLITERATES IT IN AN INFERNO OF WHITE MAGIC. ZOAR RUSHES TO HIS ARMS.
FADE TO WHITE.
INT. HOSPITAL. DAY
AS WE FADE IN FROM WHITE, WE SEE ZOAR STILL HOLDING HIM AS TYLER'S HANDS SLOWLY TREMBLE, AND TAKE HER.
AS SHE FEELS HIS ARMS AROUND HER, SHE SMILES AND HITS THE NURSES BUZZER ON HIS HEADREST. THEY RUSH IN, THINKING THAT TYLER HAS EXPIRED.
John! JOHN, Can you hear me??
GENTLY, HE SLIDES HIS HAND TO HER CHEEK, AS WE CUT TO TYLER'S POV. ZOAR'S LOVELY FACE AS IT COMES INTO FOCUS. HE DRIES HER EYES FOR HER.
Those tears for me, Angel?
I thought I had lost you…
Oh, how I love you.
Mark this time, Nurse.
Sorceress, I'm very sor-- Wha-?
NURSE!! Check his vitals!
He's stable!! Just a few points below healthy!
Let's let them be alone…
Yes. Thank you. But please, tell the others!
I…I don't know how…but you did it!
No…WE did it. -Thank you.
AS ZOAR HOLDS HIM AGAIN, CRYING ON HIS SHOULDER, TYLER SEES HIS FRIENDS THROUGH THE DOOR WINDOWS, AND GIVES THEM A WINK, AND A SHAKY THUMBS-UP.
FADE TO BLACK.
FADE TO DAVON COMMAND. DAWN. EXT.
WE SEE LOW OVER THE HORIZON AS THE SUN RISES, A SERIES OF BLACK DOTS, AS THE FRIGHT FIGHTERS BEGIN A NEW BOMBING RAID.
CUT TO THE INTERIOR OF THE BUNKER, AS THE MAPS BEGIN SHOWING THE ENEMY AIRCRAFT CLOSING IN ON THEM AGAIN, AND THE FIRST BOMBS START TO FALL.
Incoming enemy planes…
Six bombers…thirty-six fighters…Due North.
Right on time…
All ground batteries, commence firing!
We've got to hold them here…
Aye, Sir. All batteries, open fire…
WE SEE THE GROUND TURRETS FIRING UP AT THE ENEMY PLANES. THE TURRETS SPIN AND FIRE VERY RAPIDLY. LASERS ARC AT THE INCOMING PLANES. A FEW FRIGHT FIGHTERS ARE BLOWN OUT OF THE SKY.
THEN WE CUT TO A FRIGHT FIGHTER P.O.V., AS IT MAKES ITS STRAFING RUN, SHOOTING UP THE DIRT, AND BLOWING UP A GROUND INSTALLATION. LASERS ARC TOWARDS THE CAMERA.
Negative contact with enemy fighters…
Heavy anti-aircraft fire in section four.
Just keep them busy for me…
All fright fighters, form on my wing.
THE FRIGHT FIGHTERS ALL CONVERGE INTO A SOLID LINE, AND STRAFE THE HELL OUT OF THE GROUND. KICKING UP DUST AND SMOKE, PULVERIZING ANOTHER TURRET, AS WE SEE THE CONDOR ARC BY OVER HEAD.
Let's see what this thing can do!
THE CONDOR ARCS OVER THE HORIZON WITH A VAPOR TRAIL.
INT. HOSPITAL. DAY.
THE SORCERER SITS UP IN BED, AS HE TALKS WITH HIS FRIENDS - IN BATHROBE.
So, how long was I out?
Seven hours, thirty-five minutes, eleven seconds.
Thank you, Dr. Barbie…
Thank you all.
Especially, you, Orko….
He was a pillar of strength through this whole affair.
THEN JUST AS SUDDENLY, THE RELIEVED FEELING IS LOST! OUT THE WINDOW, WE SEE A LASER FIRING INTO THE SKY, AND THEN EXPLODE, AS THE CONDOR STRIKES AT ETERNOS!
WARNING SIRENS BLARE. AS THE WINDOW IS COVERED BY A LARGE ARMOUR PLATE. AS THE LIGHT IS SHUT OUT, WE SEE SMOKE RISE FROM THE WOUNDED CITY, AND THE CONDOR.
What was THAT??
He's attacking Palace Eternia itself!
You'll both be safe here. The Hospital is shielded- Adam, quickly! We have to get to the Royal Shelter, and see to your mother and father! Come on!
Give 'im one for me, Kid…
ADAM HURRIES OUT OF THE SHELTERED HOSPITAL. AS TEELA RUSHES TO THE KING AND QUEEN IN THE SHELTER.
Orko! Go tell her, that I went back to the hospital to stay with the Sorcerer and Sorceress…
Right, Adam! I'll see you later….
BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!
BARDOOM! WE CUT TO THE ORIGINAL HE-MAN SEQUENCE AS ADAM HOLDS ALOFT HIS MAGIC SWORD, AND IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. AS HE-MAN RUSHES OUT OF THE BUILDING, AND ON TO THE PALACE GREEN.
SEVERAL BATTERIES ARE FIRING UP AT THE AGILE CONDOR, AS IT BEGINS TO STRAFE GROUND TARGETS. CREWMEN RUN, AS THE LANDING FIELD IS HIT, AND SEVERAL GROUNDED PLANES BURST INTO FLAME. AN EXPLOSION WELLS UP NEAR A LARGE FUEL TANKER.
Are you men all right?
He-Man! We didn't even get a plane off the runway!
I've ordered the base temporarily abandoned. There's a fuel tanker burning back there. If that thing blows, it will take out half the airfield. We're heading for shelter.
Get your men out of here!
He-Man, wait! You can't go back there…!
AS SMALL EXPLOSIONS WELL UP FROM BURNING WIND RAIDERS, WE SEE SMOKE AND SMALL FIRES BURNING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CYLINDRICAL TANKER. HE-MAN RUSHES TO THE BURNING FUEL TRUCK, AS THE CONDOR ATTACKS THE BACKGROUND.
HE-MAN THEN PICKS UP THE BACK OF THE BURNING TANNKER, AS FUEL BEGINS TO SPILL AND IGNITE AS HE LIFTS IT. THEN AS THE CONDOR ARCS OVERHEAD AGAIN, HE-MAN HURLS THE BURNING TANKER SKYWARDS!
FLAMES QUICKLY SPREAD TURNING THE TANKER INTO A FIREBALL, AS IT ARCS TOWARD THE CONDOR. TRAP-JAW NARROWLY EVADES IT, AS IT EXPLODES BEHIND HIM.
THEN AS TRAP-JAW LOOKS DOWN AND READIES HIS LASERS, HE SEES HE-MAN DRAWING HIS SWORD. AWARE THAT THE SWORD COULD DEFLECT THE LASERS, TRAP-JAW SIMPLY SMILES AT HE-MAN, SALUTES HIM RESPECTFULLY AND HEADS THE CONDOR AWAY INTO THE DISTANCE.
SLOWLY FADE OUT OF THE RUINS.
WE CUT TO TRAP-JAW AS HE RENDEVOUS WITH HIS FRIGHT FIGHTER ESCORTS, STILL PUMMELING DAVON BASE.
That raid was an unnecessary risk!
You hardly inflicted any damage!
Though the wounds may only be superficial, the psychological impact will be considerable:
We have brought the war to them.
All Fighters, return to base to refuel.
Trap-Jaw has the lead.
ALL FIGHTERS FORM UP AND HEAD BACK THROUGH THE DARKENING SKY. MOST DISAPPEAR INTO SILHOUETTE THOUGH WE CAN STILL SEE THEIR FLICKERING RUNNING LIGHTS HEADING INTO THE DISTANCE.
CASTLE GREYSKULL INT. NIGHT.
WE START WITH A BLACKENED SCREEN, THEN AN EXTREME CLOSE-UP OF TYLER’S HAND AS HE TURNS THE KEY TO HIS COMPUTER. LIGHTS COME ON AS TYLER SITS AT HIS KEYBOARD. HE ACCESS HIS COMPUTER DATABASE AS MACHINES COME TO LIFE BEHIND HIM.
ON THE SCREEN, WE SEE A GREEN OUTLINE DRAWING OF A SKELETAL WARBIRD AS TYLER ROTATES IT AND ADDS TO IT WITH HIS LIGHT PEN.
HE ELONGATES THE PLANE AND LENGTHENS THE WINGS.
WE THEN SEE THE COMPUTER DRAW THE ENGINES WITH THE DREADED NUCLEAR SYMBOL FLASHING. TYLER ENLARGES THEM AS WELL.
HE THEN FOCUSES HIS ATTENTION ON THE ADVANCED WEAPONS SYSTEM AS HE ADS NEW POWER CONDUITS AND ENLARGES HIS LASER CANNONS. WE CAN TELL BY THE LOOK IN HIS EYE THAT JOHN DAVID TYLER IS THROUGH SCREWING AROUND. THE IMAGE ROTATES 360 DEGREES.
HE THEN ACCESSES THE COMPUTER TO BEGIN FINAL ASSEMBLY..
CUT TO THE LARGE WELL-LIT CHAMBER BENEATH CASTLE GREYSKULL, AS THE LARGE MACHINES AND GLOWING FURNACES BEGIN TO SMELT METAL AND CARRY THE LARGE PIECES ON A CEILING MOUNTED CHAIN HOIST.
LARGE CROSS-SECTIONAL BEAMS CLANG TOGETHER AND ARE WELDED BY A MECHANICAL ARM IN A SHOWER OF SPARKS. WE BEGIN TO CUT TO A RAPID SERIES OF SCENES AS THE MACHINES BEGIN A SYMPHONY OF ELECTRONIC PRECISION UNDER THE GUIDING EYES OF TYLER
MOLTEN METAL IS PRESSED AND COOLED, THEN CURVED INTO SEMI-RECOGNIZABLE COMPONENTS. WE SEE A SERIES OF CROSS-SECTIONS BEING RAPIDLY WELDED INTO SKELETAL WINGS AND CARRIED ON THE HOIST. THE MECHANICAL SYMPHONY CONTINUES.
BY NOW, WE SEE LARGE SEMI-COMPLETED SECTIONS OF WINGS BEING WELDED TOGETHER, AS ARMOR PLATING IS RIVETED ON. OVERHEAD WE SEE A LARGE SECTION OF THE TURBINES BEING LOWERED INTO THE SKELETAL FUSELAGE BY CHAIN.
MOST OF THE MACHINES WORK SELF-SUFFICIENTLY, AS WE SEE TYLER IN THE FOREGROUND PROGRAMMING ONE OF THE COCKPIT COMPUTERS. ANOTHER MACHINE WORKS ON THE NEW LASERS MICRO-CIRCUITRY BY MAGNIFYING SCREEN.
AS SPARKS FLY, AND METAL IS FORGED INTO A LIVING THING, WE SEE ZOAR’S CONCERNED FACE APPEAR IN THE TINY COMPUTER SCREEN, WHERE TYLER STILL IN HIS BATHROBE WORKS.
Johnny? It’s 3 A.M.
Come upstairs, love...
I’ll be up in a little while, angel.
AS ZOAR’S FACE DISAPPEARS, TYLER TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO HIS MACHINES AND SOLILOQUIES:
I know she must be worried about me, but I can’t stop yet. This new Warbird is a big projects, and it must be completed.
These new 155 mm lasers are three times more powerful than her predecessors. And this new Nuclear Accelerator will give her plenty of power.
By combining my old Earth, with modern Eternian technology, this plane will be larger, stronger and faster than the original.
But I am growing tired. Perhaps I will take Zoar’s advice and go to bed. This project is too important for me to make a stupid mistake on account of sleep.
Yes, I will retire for the evening.
Everything will be easier for me...tomorrow.
WITH THAT, TYLER TURNS OFF HIS COMPUTER BY KEY, AND HEADS UPSTAIRS TO GET SOME SLEEP. THE SCREEN IS DARK AND SILENT FOR A MOMENT AFTER HER LEAVES.
A FEW MOMENTS LATER, WE SEE ZOAR’S SLENDER FINGERS TURN THE KEY, AS SHE SITS AT THE COMPUTER TERMINAL IN THE DARKNESS AND ACCESSES THE COMPUTER. SHE BEGINS THE AUTOMATED FINAL ASSEMBLY.
AFTER STARTING THE COMPUTERS, SHE SITS BACK AND WATCHES INTENTLY AS THE MACHINES RIVET, WELDS, AND COMPLETE THE SKELETAL AIRPLANE. SLOW FADE: CAREFUL NOT TO SHOW THE NEW WARBIRD ALL AT ONCE.
CASTLE GREYSKULL INT. MORNING.
AS TYLER AWAKENS, HE TIES ON HIS ROBE AND HEADS DOWNSTAIRS. AS HE ENTERS THE CHAMBER, WE SEE TOW SPOTLIGHTS GLEAMING ACROSS THE NEWLY COMPLETED WARBIRD. ROBO-ASSEMBLERS LOAD ORDINANCE AS ZOAR STANDS BEFORE THE CONTROL PANEL WITH A PROUD SMILE.
Angel...You did it...
Yes, my love. It is finished. I didn’t know what else to do.
Somebody has to stop him.
I don’t know what to say...
CUT TO TYLER AS HE TAKES HER IN HIS ARMS AS THE BOTH STAND BEFORE THE NEW WARBIRD II LIKE LOVING PARENTS, AS IT IS BATHED IN THE BRILLIANT SPOTLIGHTS.
CUT TO SEGMENTED CLOSE-UPS OF TYLER AS HE DONS HIS OLD EARTH U.S. NAVY FLIGHT SUIT, AND PUTS ON HIS U.S.S. AMERICA FLIGHT WINGS. HE SLIDES ON HIS BOOTS, HOLSTERS HIS HANDGUN, AND FINALLY SLIDES ON HIS GLOVES. THEN, HELMET IN HAND, HE STRIDES TO HIS GLEAMING NEW SUPER-FIGHTER.
ZOAR STANDS BEFORE HIM WITH WORRIED, TEAR-FILLED EYES, AND ALSO A LOOK OF PRIDE IN HER HUSBAND’S OLD EARTH MILITARY UNIFORM THAT THEY MET IN.
Pre-flight program is running.
Everything is a green-light.
I should be going...
ZOAR LOOKS DOWN AND SWALLOWS HARD, SEEING HER HUSBAND AS THE MAN HE REALLY IS. CLOSING HER EYES, SHE SLOWLY SLIDES OFF HER HER SORCERESS HEADCREST, AS MASSES OF RED HAIR CASCADES DOWN HER SHOULDERS. SHE WRAPS HER ARMS AROUND HIM AND SWALLOWS HER TEARS, STEADYING HERSELF.
You know that I can not approve of what you are about to do.
But please...be careful my love.
(touching her face)
I love you.
And I promise...I'll be back for you.
We never seem to have enough time together, do we?
After this mission...we will
Good luck, John...
And please, come back safetly...
Thank you, Angel...
I promise, we'll be together soon.
WITH THAT, THEY KISS PASSIONATLY, HOLDING ONE ANOTHER TIGHT. UNTIL AT LAST, THEY LET GO, AND TYLER HEADS TO HIS NEW WARBIRD.
ZOAR STANDS BY, AS TYLER STRAPS HIMSELF IN AND INITIATES THE ENGINES. THE COMPUTERS ALL COME TO LIFE, AS THE JETS BEGIN TO WHINE AND GLOW
THEN WE SEE ZOAR ASCENDING THE SPIRAL STAIRS TO THE TALL TOWER, AS THE HEAD OF GREYSKULL SPLITS OPEN TO ADMIT THE NEW PLANE, THAT JUST BARELT FITS OUT.
SUNLIGHT STREAMS FROM BEHING THE PLANE, AS IT SLOWLY RISES INTO THE AIR ON IT'S VTOL JETS.
THEN, AS THE MASSIVE PLANE TURNS AWAT AND HEADS OFF, WE SEE ZOAR, LOOKING FRON THE TOWER
I love you.
FADE TO BLACK
FADE IN TITLE CARD:
"To Be Continued"
Shadow of the Condor III "Duel of Iron"
Tyler gets a second chance at Trap-Jaw, but can the wounded Sorcerer walk away from the battle he's lost before?