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GREYSKULL TALES

By John M. T'lustachowski

Episode #12

"THE DARKNESS RISES"

Original Screen Play Written By

John M. T'lustachowski

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

TYLER

ZOAR

ADAM

TEELA

ORKO

SKELETOR

BEASTMAN

MERMAN

FISHMAN

KOBRA KHAN

ANACONDA

RATTLOR

SELINA

SHELL GAME MAN

TRI-KLOPS

SIR ICEOR

GRIMWALD















SONGS:

"SUMMER AND LIGHTNING"

BY JEFF LYNN. ELO 1977

































GREYSKULL TALES: EPISODE #12

"The Darkness Rises"

By John M. T'lustachowski

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1. FADE IN:

EXT. CASTLE GREYSKULL. NIGHT.

PAN THE CAMERA SLOW TOWARDS THE CASTLE. IT IS A SERENE, QUIET SCENE. SLOWLY TRACK TOWARDS THE TALL TOWER. IN SILHOUETTE, IN THE WINDOW WE SEE MOTION. TWO FIGURES ARE FIGHTING. THE TWO SHADOWS FIGHT VIOLENTLY BATTLE IN THE TOWER.

THEN SUDDENLY THE TWO FIGURES SMASH THROUGH THE WINDOW, AND PLUNGE OUT OF THE TOWER IN A SYMPHONY OF SHATTERED GLASS. WE SEE ONE IS TYLER, THE OTHER IS SKELETOR. BOTH GRAPPLE EVEN AS THEY FALL:

BOTH HIT HEAVILY ON THE STONE FLATS OUTSIDE GREYSKULL A FEW YARDS APART. BOTH ARE STUNNED AND RISE.

SKELETOR

Now, Beastman!

Finish him, whilst he is helpless!

BEASTMAN

YYYRRRROOOWWLLL!!!



BEASTMAN LUNGES FOR TYLER, FANGS FIRST TOWARDS THE CAMERA. TYLER FALLS BACK, GRABBING BEASTMAN, AND PULLS HIM OVER HIMSELF. CUT TO A C.U. OF BEASTMANS CLAWS, AS HE RAKES TYLERS CHEST, DRAWING FOUR ROWS OF BLOOD. TYLER KICKS THE MONSTER OVER HIMSELF.

BEASTMAN LANDS ON HIS FACE, AND LIES STUNNED A MOMENT. WE THEN CUT TO A CLOSE-UP OF TYLERS MUCH SMALLER HAND, AN SEE HIM GRAB BEASTMAN.

TYLER GETS BEASTMAN IN A HEADLOCK. THE MONSTER SNARLS HIDEOUSLY, AND GROWLS, AS WE SEE TYLER STRUGGLE TO HOLD HIM. THEN, TYLER SHIFTS HIS WEIGHT, AND PULLS HIS ELBOW UPWARDS WITH ALOUD, SICKENING CRACK, AS WE SEE BEASTMANS FACE LOSE ALL EXPRESSION. TYLER THROWS THE CORPSE DOWN.

IT IS A BRIEF VICTORY. A MOMENT LATER, WE CUT BACK TO SKELETOR, AS HE BLASTS AT TYLER. JUST IN TIME, TYLER THROWS UP A SHIELD, AS WE SEE A FEW OF HIS FEATHERS OUTSIDE THE INVISIBLE BARRIER NEATLY BURNED AWAY.

TYLER RETORTS WITH A BLAST OF HIS OWN, THAT BLASTS A HOLE THROUGH SKELETORS TRANSPARENT SHIELD SPELL.

SKELETOR IS KNOCKED TO THE FLOOR.

WE SEE SKELETOR PREPARING HIS HAVOC STAFF FOR BATTLE, AS WE CUT TO TYLER AS HE PHASES IN HIS FORCE AXE. HE THEN CHARGES HEADLONG AT SKELETOR.

VIOLENTLY, HE SMASHES HIS AXE INTO THE STAFF, AGAIN AND AGAIN, AS SPARKS FLY. THEN AS THE STAFF IS HACKED IN HALF, SKELETOR BASHES TYLER ACROSS THE FACE WITH HALF OF IT.

TYLER IMMEDIATELY REPLIES WITH A HIGH-PERFECT MARTIAL ART KICK TO SKELETORS FACE. SKELETOR KNOCKS THE AXE OUT OF TYLERS HAND WITH HIS BROKEN HAVOC STAFF.



SKELETOR

Tyler....DIE!

WE SEE SKELETORS HORRIBLE CLAWED HAND GRAB TYLER BY THE THROAT. HE BEGINS TO CHOKE THE SORCERER, GROWING MORE AND MORE ENRAGED AND VIOLENT. AS TYLER STRUGGLES, HE FINALLY BREAKS SKELETORS VICE- LIKE GRIP BY USING A JUDO SLIP ESCAPE.

HE THEN GRABS SKELETORS SHOULDER, AND MIGHTILY SMASHES SKELETORS HIDEOUS SKULL WITH A POWERFUL HEAD-BUTT , THAT SHATTERS THE BONE. FADE TO WHITE.

2. CASTLE GREYSKULL .INT .NIGHT. WE CUT IMMEDIATELY TO THE BEDROOM, AS TYLER SUDDENLY STARTLES HIMSELF AWAKE. ZOAR IS ALSO AWAKEN BY THE SORCERERS CRY. TYLER IS SHIRTLESS ZOAR WEARS HER NIGHTY & SORCERESS HEADDRESS.

TYLER

AAA!

ZOAR

Uhhh...? Johnny?

Are you alright? What is wrong?

TYLER

Nothing...just a nightmare.

go back to sleep.

ZOAR

John...?

TYLER

Just need a drink of water.

You want one?

ZOAR

No.

What I want is to know what's bothering you.

'Told you. Just a nightmare...

ZOAR

The third nightmare this week.

TYLER SIGHS, HOLDING HIS FOREHEAD, AS HE POUR A GLASS OF WATER FROM AN ORNATE MAGIC VASE THAT NEVER EMPTIES. HE STARTS TO BREATH REGULARLY.

ZOAR

John....?

John David Tyler!

TYLER

What I have to say, you don't want to hear.

ZOAR

I'm sorry.

I only want to help.

TYLER

I know...

ZOAR

The first two times, I said nothing,

and decided to let you sort this out

on your own. But apparently it's

more serious...

TYLER SIPS HIS DRINK ,AS HE STARES OUT THE WINDOW. ZOAR TAKES HIS ARM FROM BEHIND, AND LEANS ON HIM.

ZOAR

I love you.

You're the most important person in my life.

TYLER

Oh, Angel, I love you ,too.

ZOAR

What is it then?

TYLER

I'm scared, Zo'

It's that thing out there...

I don't understand--

You people seem to actually accept that walking corpse...

Me? I don't get it.

ZOAR

I see...

TYLER

--And there's that look again--

See? that's why I didn't want to say anything.

You don't understand.

ZOAR

There's nothing wrong with being afraid...

TYLER

No.

That's not what I mean.

I'm not afraid of what he could do to ME, Zoar.

I know I can beat him. Or at least hold my own against him.

I don't know how you can just calmly accept that...thing...

He's really out there-

ZOAR

Let it out...

TYLER

Wh-what's even more confusing, is you actually stopped me. T could've finished him...

I had him on the ropes!

I would have won!

ZOAR

John...

Do you consider me a woman of mercy and compassion?

TYLER

Of course I do.

ZOAR

But how could you, If I let you end another's life?

TYLER

I'm sorry...I know.

You asked me--

I told you.

ZOAR

I understand.

But we have our whole lives ahead of us. And soon ,another!

TYLER

What kind of life? Hiding out here? Jumping at every noise?

Living in Skeletor's shadow?

I want our son to have a good life.

I want you to have a good life...

ZOAR

I already do, my love... And you?

TYLER

I have a great life, Zoar.

But only because I have you in it...

ZOAR

Shhh....

We shall discuss this later, my love.

TYLER

Why later?

ZOAR

Because you can not sleep--

And once I'm up, neither can I...

ZOAR SLINKS BACK TO THE BED, DABS ON SOME PERFUME,

SLIDES HER NIGHTY STRAP OVER HER SHOULDER AND SMILES:

ZOAR

And that timed coffee machine of yours won't

start for another hour at least...

Leaving us with nothing to do. Hmmmm...

SO ,what do you suggest we do, to pass the time, more quickly?

TYLER TAKES THE HINT, AND THE SORCERESS IN HIS ARMS! HE SLOWLY REMOVES HER SORCERESS HEAD CREST, ALLOWING HER LUXURIOUS RED HAIR TO CASCADE DOWN HER SHOULDERS.

TYLER

One or two ideas...

ZOAR

Oh, I was rather hoping, you would say that!

TYLER

Was there any doubt I would, Mrs. Tyler?

ZOAR

Not really.

But it's always nice to hear, Mr. Tyler!

PAN IN ON THEM, AS THEY EMBRACE AND PASSIONATELY KISS IN TH PRE-DAWN DARKNESS OF PLANET ETERNIA. VERY SLOWLY DISSOLVE.



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3. CASTLE GREYSKULL. INT. DAY

.

WE SEE AN OUTLINE DRAWING OF SKELETOR ON TYLER'S COMPUTER. THE SKULL IS ENHANCED, MAGNIFIES AND ROTATES ON THE SCREEN. OVER A SMALL METAL DISH, IT CREATES A HOLOGRAPHIC 3-D MODEL OF THE SKULL. TYLER TOUCHES HIS MOUSE-PEN TO IT, AND TURNS BACK, TO HIS KEYBOARD. ZOAR ENTERS GETTING DRESSED. SHE HOLDS UP HER HEADDRESS FOR HIM TO ATTACH TO THE REST OF HER FEATHERY UNIFORM.

ZOAR

Do me up, please.

TYLER

Hmm....? Oh, yeah, sure. Turn around.

There ya go.

ZOAR

Thank you.

Oh, what are you doing?

TYLER

Well, Skeletor used my technology to find out

about my past. So, I'm just returning the favor.

There ....that's got it...

THE COMPUTER ENHANCES THE JAWBONE TOOTH STRUCTURE,

AND ANALYZES THE CONDITION OF THE BONE. IT READS:

TYLER

Apparently, he died in his mid--thirties.

By the way this bone was glazed...I guess by

a blast of intense heat. About twenty years ago.

ZOAR LOOKS DOWN AT THE SKULL NERVOUSLY, AS TYLER DELVES DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO FAKOR'S MEMORY.

ZOAR

Uhh, we're supposed to meet the others for breakfast in Palace Eternia this morning.

TYLER

We've got time.

Hmmm . ...Fakor's memory ends there.

I've been thinking about patching this system in

through the window of knowledge upstairs...

ZOAR

What are you looking for? Specifically?

TYLER

I want to know who we're up against.

In the months before the Persian Gulf War, I made a

point of it to learn about Saddam Hussein.

I studied his tactics, and I studied the man.

I always thought your motto was 'knowledge is power?'

ZOAR

It is...

Ummm ...Alright. But I'd better prepare the Window.

TYLER

You got it.

ZOAR

I'll signal you when I'm ready upstairs.

TYLER

Okay.

ZOAR NERVOUSLY TURNS AWAY AND HEADS UP THE STAIRS. SHE GLANCES OVER HER SHOULDER TO MAKE CERTAIN HE IS NOT WATCHING. SHE SEES HIM STILL STUDYING THE SCREEN. SHE DOES NOT SEEM READY FOR HIM TO LEARN EVERYTHING, JUST YET.

AS SHE STANDS BEFORE THE ORNATE, HOVERING MIRROR, SHE AGAIN GLANCES OVER HER SHOULDER. THEN RAISES HER HANDS. THERE IS A SLIGHT RED GLOW, AS A BEAM HEADS FROM HER HANDS TO THE MIRROR, THEN TO HER FOREHEAD.

WE SEE HER EYES CLOSED, AS SHE STRUGGLES WITH THE LINK. TEARS ARE FORMING IN HER EYES, THEN SHE STOPS THE BEAM AND OPENS HER EYES. SHE CLEARS HER THROAT AND CALLS:

ZOAR

Alright, John.

You should be able to interface, now.

WE CUT BACK DOWN TO TYLER, AS HE TYPES IN A FLURRY OF COMMANDS, ACCESSING THE WINDOW OF KNOWLEDGE. THE SCREEN IS CHOKED WITH RAPID IMAGES OF PAST EPISODES IN A STROBE OF MOTION. TYLER TIES HIMSELF IN.

TYLER

It seems to be working... Wait a minute...

ZOAR

What is it?

TYLER

You Ok?

It's all useless data.

Looks like all the info I want on him, has been erased.

ZOAR

Oh...?

TYLER

Yeah.

There's nothing of value here.

I wanted to know who he was, and what he's become. How he acquired his powers,

and most importantly, what his problem is!

ZOAR

Come on. You've been at this for days now.

You need to take your mind off of Skeletor for a while.

TYLER

But I really thought I had it, this time.

And if Fakor did erase the data, it would still be in his memory...

ZOAR

Our friends are waiting for us...

TYLER

Hmm...? Oh, I'm sorry. You're right.

Let's go, Angel.

SLOW FADE, AS TYLER AND ZOAR TURN AWAY AND HEAD TO THE WARBIRD. PAN TO THE ROTATING SKULL ON THE SCREEN.

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4. WARBIRD FLYING OVER ETERNIA.DAY.EXT. ZOAR FLIES THE WARBIRD,

AS TYLER PONDERS THE SITUATION LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW.

ZOAR

...This is always my favorite time of day. As the sun slowly rises...

TYLER

How could he have possibly erased that memory...?

ZOAR

RRrrrmmm....! Hello!

TYLER

Hmmm, Sorry, what?

ZOAR

I said would you rather eat in the diner or out on the green?

TYLER

Oh, outside.

ZOAR

This is really bothering you.

TYLER

He's got to have a weakness...

ZOAR (takes his hand and kisses it)

His weakness is, that there is no love or compassion in his heart.

This, simple kiss, is beyond his comprehension. And because of that,

I can not help, but pity him.

WARBIRD II TO ETERNIA CONTROL, REQUEST LANDING- CODE 7

TEELA (O.S)

You're late, Warbird II!

Landing bays 4,5, and 6 are open. -And breakfast is ready!



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5. EXT. GAZEEBO.DAY.

IN THE GREEN, ADAM ,TEELA, AND ORKO EAT THEIR BREAKFAST AND ARE GREETED BY THEIR FRIENDS.

TYLER

'Mornin', folks!

ZOAR

Hello, my friends. Sorry we're late...

TEELA

Oh, I was just joking, Sorceress! C'mon in!

ADAM

Hello, Sorceress, Sorcerer. Good to see you both again.

ORKO

Hiya!

Well, where's the baby, Teela? I don't see anything!

TEELA

ORKO!

ZOAR

Hahahahahaaa!

That's alright, Teela.

I'm afraid, there's still quite some time before you see

see anything! But rest assured, you will!

ADAM

Do you feel anything yet, Sorceress?

ZOAR

As a matter--of--fact, yes...

I'm very hungry!

TYLER

Well, at least she hasn't reached the weird stage:

You know, when she wants pineapples and broccoli in

the middle of the night!

ZOAR

Oh! You...!

TYLER

Hey, Adam, where's Duncan this morning?

ADAM

Oh, he's in with my father, reviewing the tactical

situation map against Skeletor's army. Inside the...

ZOAR

No, John. We're here to visit our friends!

TYLER

Yes, dear!

TEELA

Yes, Dear, what?

ZOAR

He's been on the verge of obsessive behavior,

concerning Skeletor lately. I think that it is--

TYLER

No, forget it, Zoar.

All kidding aside, you're right. We are here to enjoy

ourselves and forget about Skeletor for a while.

TEELA

Great! When you're done, Sorceress, we can go

shopping for the baby shower in the Bazaar. I'm

off duty all day today, and we'll have a great time!

ZOAR

Oh, that sounds nice! Thank you.

And, thank you for our...wedding gift!

TYLER

Oh, yeah!

TEELA

Ha ha ha!!! You're welcome!

Well, we're off!

Maybe on the way back, I'll pick up something for you too, Adam....Bye!

TYLER

Ha ha!! See you later!

ADAM

And what gift was that...?

TYLER

You're kidding, Right?

What do you need? A safe to land on your head or something?

Uh, Oh... We hit a nerve! What's wrong?

ADAM

(No response)

TYLER

Uhhh... Orko?

Don't you have a book, you're dying to finish?

ORKO

No, I. .. .Oh, I get it... Bye!

TYLER

Now, then, what's up?

ADAM

You obviously know how I feel about Teela.

TYLER

Yeah...?

ADAM

More and more, I feel it is a luxury I can not

afford. As much as I care about Teela, I have

too many other responsibilities...

TYLER

- Oh, and WE don't?

ADAM

No, that's not what I meant! It's just that you

and the Sorceress are very much alike and...

TYLER

Ha HA HA!!

Me and Zoar.. .Alike?

Adam, there's an old saying, that opposites attract,

and I think Zoar and I are living proof! She's little

miss wisdom and compassion! I'm a fighter pilot from

600 years before she was born! How are we alike...?

ADAM

When I saw you lying there in the hospital, and I

saw the effect on the Sorceress, I realized that as

He-Man, I couldn't subject Teela to that kind of pain.

My responsibilties are too great a burden and--

TYLER

That's an excuse, Adam.

Look at you're parents. Who has a greater responsibilty

than your father? And he found time for love. And he and

Queen Marlana were NOTHING alike!

ADAM

But my responsibilty as He-Man...

TYLER

Can not be allowed to supercede your responsibilty to

yourself. Or you think I was being selfish, when I took

Zoar's hand in marriage? -When I swore to dedicate my

life to protecting her? As did your father to you mother?

I think that kind of love, is the greatest responsibility of all.

ADAM

You know something.. .you're right. - I have been making excuses.

can you suggest something.. .romantic for us to do tonight...?

TYLER

Yeah, I think I know just the thing...



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6. BAZAAR.EXT.DAY.

ZOAR AND TEELA WALK THROUGH THE CROWDED ETERNIAN FLEA-MARKET. THERE ARE MANY BOOTHS FOOD CLOTHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THERE IS MUSIC IN THE AIR.

ZOAR

So how are things between you and Adam going?

TEELA

Fine... .They're going fine....

Oh, what's the use? I can't lie to you!

Lousy.

He's so hard to get near. I don't know...

ZOAR

Why? What happened?

TEELA

Ever since that night, that we went out, and the

Sorcerer was shot down, I don't know. Adam seemed

to be blaming himself. As if it were wrong for us to...

ZOAR

...To be enjoying yourselves?

This is a complicated dilemma, my dear.

You are in love with a man who has difficulty expressing

his emotions. I am married to a man who has difficulty

controlling his! But I think I know the answer...

TEELA

Anything, Sorceress!

I'll try anything!

ZOAR

Alright, then: If isolating him didn't work,

then we'll try the other way...

TEELA

Oh, aren't these booties adorable?

ZOAR

Yes, they certainly are.

- But I'm having a boy!

TEELA

Oh, sorry.

SHELL GAME MAN.

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step Right Up!

Play the Shell game and win a bundle!

Aw. . .too bad, Sir! Well, better luck next time!

ZOAR

.Should I...?

TEELA

Well, we ARE here to have fun!

SHELL GAME MAN

Ah, the lovely lady in the bird suit!

Yes, step right up, and pick the winner!

ZOAR

Oh, excuse me, Sir. How do I play?

SHELL GAME MAN

Heh eh heh!

Well, it's really quite simple:

For just ten credits a game, you pick the shell with the ball under it.

If you do, I pay you ten. if you don't, then I keep your ten. Fair enough?

TEELA (about to crack up)

Oh, that sounds fair, doesn't it ,Sorc--uh.. .Zoar?

ZOAR

Why, yes, it does. Doesn't it Teela!

Very well then, Sir. Here you are...

SHELL GAME MAN

Heh heh heh! Ok, let me mix 'em up... Now, which one?

ZOAR

That one.

ZOAR POINTS AT THE CENTER ONE, THE MAN SMILES LIFTS IT,

AND OF COURSE THERE'S NO BALL!

SHELL GAME MAN

This one..? Oh, I'm sorry, Ma'am! But I'm afraid not...

ZOAR

No, I meant, THIS one...

ZOAR POINTS OVER THE CENTER ONE, AND THE BALL EMERGES

HOVERING OUT OF HIS POCKET. SHE SMILES.

ZOAR

-And look...There's nothing under the other two!

Now, how do you suppose, it got in there...?

SHELL GAME MAN

Why you! I'll...

AS HE SUDDENLY TURNS VIOLENT, ZOAR SNAPS HER FINGERS, AND UNCEREMONIOUSLY TURNS AWAY, AS THE MAN TURNS INTO A LARGE CROAKING TOAD!

ZOAR

Oh, not to worry...

He'll turn back, in an hour or six!



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7. NORDICA. EXT. DAY.

WE FIRST CUT TO THE SHORE, AND THE CRASHING SEA. AS WE PAN TO THE SIGN BEFORE THE CITY OF NORDICA, WE SEE THE WARBIRD COMING IN LOW OVERHEAD AND LAND.

WE THEN CUT TO THE LARGE DARK OPENING OF A LASER BLUNDERBUSS, AND IT SUDDENLY FIRES. WE SEE A SMALL CLAY PIGEON EXPLODE OVERHEAD, AS WE SEE MERMAN SKEET-SHOOTING ON THE BEACH.

TYLER IS ESCORTED TO THE ORNATELY ATTIRED FISHMAN.

MERMAN GLANCES UP TO A SNIPER POISED IN A TREE IN THE BACKGROUND.

HE NODS TO HIS SNIPER...

TYLER

Greetings, Warlord Merman--

MERMAN

Greetings, Sorcerer...PULL!

TYLER

Excellent shooting...

MERMAN

Do you shoot, Sorcerer...?

TYLER

Small arms mostly.

I trained with a pistol in the Navy.

Can't really fit a rifle in a plane.

MERMAN

Set one for our guest...

TYLER

Thank you. But I doubt I'm in your league...

MERMAN

Nonsense, Sorcerer.

But while we are waiting...

I am moved to ask, why you are here?

TYLER

Information.

MERMAN

PULL!

Go on...

TYLER

'Bout Skeletor...

MERMAN

I see.

Forgive my... pertinence, but precisely why am I going to help you?

TYLER

The same as usual...Money.

MERMAN

Bah... .Two weeks ago I might have been persuaded to

entertain such a request. But in the interim, a

friend was killed. That friend was Trap--Jaw.

I am told that his killer was you...

TYLER

Skeletor killed him...

MERMAN

Bah ! Skeletor! I do not wish to even speak of him!

And I weary of your presence here. Nordica will

neither help, nor hinder your efforts against him.

TYLER

-And that is your final word?

MERMAN

That is correct, Sorcerer.

Ah, your weapon. Are you ready?

TYLER

Pull...

AS TYLER TAKES AIM, WE CUT BACK TO THE SNIPER IN THE TREE, AS HE LINES UP TYLERS HEAD IN HIS CROSS- HAIRS. WE CUT BACK TO TYLER AS HE TRACKS THE CLAY PIGEON IN FLIGHT , THEN FIRES. THE CLAY PIGEON ARCS OUT TO SEA:

MERMAN

Heh heh heh... .You missed, Sorcerer.

TYLER

Really...?

A MOMENT LATER, WE SEE THE SNIPER FALL FROM THE TREE.

TYLER HANDS MERMAN THE BLUNDERBUSS AND HEADS AWAY.

TYLER

What a pity.

Good day, Warlord Merman.

MERMAN

I see that we understand one another.

Good day, Sorcerer.

AS TYLER TURNS AWAY WITH THE FISHMEN, MERMAN SMILES.



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8. SNAKE MOUNTAIN. EXT. DAY.

CUT TO THE NIGHTMARISH SNAKE MOUNTAIN. AS TWO LARGE COLUMNS OF SKELETOR"S NORTHERN BATTALION PARADE BEFORE SNAKE MOUNTAIN. THERE ARE LARGE BANNERS, AND BOMBASTIC MARTIAL MUSIC, AS SIR ICEOR ENTERS SNAKE MOUNTAIN PROPER.

SIR ICEOR PROUDLY ENTERS THE THRONE ROOM OF SNAKE MOUNTAIN, ADORNED IN HIS PRISTINE BATTLE ARMOR. CAPE FLOWING, BANNERS FLYING, GLORY FOR ALL!

ICEOR

All hail, Lord Skeletor!

TRI -KLOPS

Where were you, Iceor?!

ICEOR

Milord! I bring you two full Battalions of men, forty--eight, brand new land sharks, three full

squadrons of Fright Fighter bombers...

SKELETOR

Where were you ,Iceor?

ICEOR

We were guarding the Northern positions of the Fang

Mountain frontier...

TRI -KLOPS

Against, whom?

ICEOR

As I'm certain, lord Skeletor is well aware, Commander, the Northern frontier is under constant threat from the goblin horde. It was my responsibilty...

SKELETOR

Your responsibilty is here!

ICEOR

Of course, Lord Skeletor.

What a glorious undertaking!

When do we attack the cowardly heathen?

TRI-KLOPS

Attack.. .heathens?

Do you have ANY idea of what's going on...?

ICEOR

With all due respect, Commander.

Simply because your feeble attempts to crush the enemy have met with abysmal failure, does not mean that I----

TRI-KLOPS

How dare you! You wouldn't know a REAL battle if it...

SKELETOR

AAAArrrrgggghhh!!

ENOUGH! BOTH OF YOU!

ICEOR

Yes, Milord!

TRI-KLOPS

Yeah, alright...

SKELETOR

I have enough problems right now, just holding this army

together. Morale is at an all-time low. They have heard

rumors of the loss of the Condor, and the death of Trap--Jaw.

ICEOR

You can depend upon the loyalty of the Northern Battalion..

SKELETOR

Sir Iceor...

If you interrupt me again...

I SHALL MELT YOU DOWN!!!

ICEOR

Milord.

SKELETOR

I hope that the union of the Northern Battalion, with

our Black Guard will help bolster morale. You WILL do

your best to cooperate.

TRI-KLOPS

Understood, Milord.

SKELETOR

Sir Iceor, do not let your pristine legion give you any false

predilections about Tri-Klops and his Guard. They are all

veterans of some of the fiercest fighting of all, and have

proved themselves on numerous occasions. While you were

viciously battling frostbite in the North.

ICEOR

I shall comply.

However, my units have also...

SKELETOR

No one is doubting your men's units or enthusiasm.

It is their lack of experience that concerns me.

I am therefore promoting Tri--Klops to Trap-Jaw's

former position to overall military command.

TRI-KLOPS

Wha--? Uhh. . .Thank you, Lord Skeletor. But the Black Guard...

SKELETOR

Grimwald will be responsible for the Black Guard.

Sir Iceor, you will be Tri-Klop's acting Lieutenant.

ICEOR

Yes, Milord.

TRI-KLOPS

Yes, Lord Skeletor.

SKELETOR

Now, I want both units integrated.

I want the men to train together, study tactics

together, and learn to fight together.

I do not have time for petty rivalries right now.

ICEOR

Very well.

If that will be all, Milord. I'd like to see to my men...

SKELETOR

NO! MY Men!

ICEOR

Yes, of course.

Commander. Milord!

TRI-KLOPS

Is this guy for real...?

SKELETOR

His enthusiasm is notable. However, I'm relying on you and your seasoned men to prepare his units. Trap--Jaw did seem to have a certain degree of admiration for him, so do not underestimate him.

His input may be valuable.

TRI-KLOPS

Yes, Milord.

SKELETOR (to himself)

To think it would come to this:

Having to call up my last reserves to help me hold this accursed wasteland, while my army lies paralyzed at the front. Now I must rely upon untried troops, to defend us against those miserable Snake Men and their holy war...



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9. SKIES OVER ETERNIA. DAY.

WE CUT TO THE WARBIRD, AS IT CAREENS OVER THE TREES AT HIGH SPEED.

WE CUT TO TYLER INSIDE.

TYLER

What a lousy day this has been:

How am I supposed to just forget about Skeletor?

I know Zoar means well, but I just can't think that

way. And now tonight.. .wait what's that?

TYLER'S RADAR SUDDENLY COMES TO LIFE. IN THE JUNGLE BELOW, WE SEE A COLUMN OF LAND SHARKS FIRING ON A SMALL SAUROD VILLAGE. SEVERAL FRIGHT FIGHTERS STRAFE THE GROUND, AS THE SAURODS BEGIN TO SCREAM IN PANIC. MOST OF THEIR CAPTURED TANKS ARE BURNING IN BACKGROUND.

TYLER

Well, maybe today isn't going to be such a bad day after all!

THE WARBIRD PEELS OUT OF THE SKY, AS TYLER HISS A FEW OVERHEAD SWITCHES ARMING HIS WEAPONS, THEN ARCS DOWN AT THE ENEMY WITH A HORRIFYING SHRIEK!

FIRST TO GO, ARE A PAIR OF FRIGHT FIGHTERS, AS THEY FIRE AT A PAIR OF SAURODS ON THE GROUND.

THEN THE WARBIRD ARCS IN LOW, AS THE SAURODS ARE CAUGHT IN THE WIND! IT BEGINS TO BREAK UP THE REMAINING FRIGHT FIGHTER FORMATIONS. IT PICKS OFF TWO MORE WITH ALMOST PITIFUL EASE.

SOME SAURODS STAND WITH THEIR SPEARS AND BEGIN TO CHEER. THEN THE WARBIRD ARCS IN LOW, AS TYLER SQUEEZES HIS TRIGGER CUTTING LOOSE WITH HIS ROCKETS AT THE GROUNDED TANKS.

THE CARNAGE IS INDESCRIBABLE, AS THE ENTIRE TANK COLUMN SIMPLY DISAPPEARS IN A SERIES OF BRUTAL EXPLOSIONS. THERE ARE NO SURVIVORS.

AS THE WARBIRD OMINOUSLY HOVERS OVER THE BATTLE-FIELD, HE SEES THE SAURODS SLOWLY EMERGE CHEERING. TYLER SMILES DOWN AT THE SNAKE MEN, AS THEY WAVE.

SOME FALL TO THEIR KNEES, AS TYLER SEES A FEW WOUNDED SAURODS, AND GESTURES FOR THEM TO MOVE. THE WARBIRD SLOWLY DESCENDS ON VTOL JETS.

TYLER

Get clear...

AS TYLER LANDS, HE HEADS TO THE WOUNDED SAURODS.

TYLER

It's alright...Don't move. I can heal you.

TYLER KNEELS BESIDE THE WOUNDED SAUROD, AND A BLUE GLOW EMERGES RADIATING FROM HIS HAND. THE SAUROD SLOWLY RISES.

TYLER

You'll be alright. Don't try to move too quickly...

SLOWLY, MORE AND MORE SAURODS EMERGE FROM THE CAVES. MOST STAND IN AWE OF TYLER. OTHERS STAY BACK. SLOWLY KOBRA KHAN, ANACONDA, AND A SMALL ENTOURAGE COME FORTH.

TYLER

You the head-honcho?

KOBRA KHAN

I am the Khan of the Saurod. Kobra.

TYLER

Well, are you people alright?

KOBRA KHAN

Your garments are familiar to me...

Come you from Castle Greyskull?

TYLER

That's right, the Sorcerer of Greyskull to be exact!

ANACONDA

An look, he brings with him, the great winged god...

TYLER

What, the Warbird?

She's a nice plane. But I wouldn't go that far!

ALREADY MANY SAURODS ARE KNEELING BEFORE HIM, CHANTING IN A LOW DRONE. TYLER LOOKS OVER THE CROWD. SEEING A PARTICULARLY HUMAN LOOKING SAUROD WITH ANACONDA.

ANACONDA

He may be the one foretold to us...

KOBRA KHAN

Perhaps...

Tell me, Sorcerer, why are you here?

TYLER

It looked like you folks could use a hand...

ANACONDA

He is the one! The Shaman!

TYLER

Beg your pardon?

RATTLOR

Yes, Mighty Khan! The Shaman, he is!

I remember his bird-machine! From the battle of Snake Mountain!

KOBRA KHAN

Do you know of the great warrior? He-Man?

TYLER

Of course! I was just out here because I saw smoke...

Hmmm... I don't know anything about this Shaman of yours,

but maybe we can help each other.

KOBRA KHAN

We are indebted to you. What is it you wish?

TYLER

Information. --About Skeletor.

KOBRA KHAN

Come, inside.

I shall explain all...



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10. INT. SAUROD CAVERNS. DAY.

THEY SIT AROUND A GREAT FIRE, AS TYLER SPEAKS WITH

KOBRA KHAN AND HIS UPPER ECHELON.

KOBRA KHAN

We are engaged in the Jihad! The Holy War, against Skeletor. Once, Snake Mountain was ours, before it fell to the invaders from the sky. He--Man referred to them, as the Horde. After the war, they fled, but Skeletor kept our sacred temple.

TYLER

And what of this.. .Shaman?

ANACONDA

It is written, that to preserve the faithful, a warrior from the sky would come to us. Riding a great winged God, and smiting the evil ones , in a scourge of fire.. .That one is you!

KOBRA KHAN

You are foe to Skeletor's, yes?

Then mayhaps, the great spirit has brought you before us!

TYLER

I know little of your religion, Khan.

But any information you have on Skeletor would be useful.

KOBRA KHAN

I know little of him.

But I will give you maps, and scrolls of the Mountain.

Secret passages, and chambers even he does not know of!

I wish it were more...

TYLER

It may be enough...



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11. EXT. BATTLE FIELD DAY.

SMOKING HULKS OF TANKS AND WRECKED FRIGHT FIGHTERS FILL THE SCREEN, AS ICEOR AND TRI-KLOPS REVIEW THE SITUATION GRIMLY. SEVERAL TANKS WAIT IN BACKGROUND.

GRIMWALD

I'm sorry, Sir. There were no survivors...

ICEOR

That's inconceivable! Sixty men...

TRI-KLOPS

Eighty men. There were twenty black Guards with them.

ICEOR

I don't understand it. I planned it so perfectly. I..

TRI-KLOPS

Yeah. I know.

ICEOR

That detachment I sent should have been more than

enough to put down the Saurod uprisings in this area.

TRI -KLOPS

Grimwald, radio back to Snake Mountain. We're returning.

GRIMWALD

Yes, Commander.

ICEOR

This was all my fault...I...I thought...

TRI-KLOPS

Forget it...Come on.

There's nothing more we can do.

ICEOR

The entire column...

TRI-KLOPS

Yeah...

SLOW FADE AS WE TRACK PAST THE BURNING WRECKS,

AS ICEOR & TRI-KLOPS COLUMN BEGINS TO MOVE OUT.



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12. INT. CASTLE GREYSKULL. DAY

WE START BY ONCE AGAIN SEEING THE IMAGE OF SKELETORS SKULL BEING ENHANCED BY THE COMPUTER. AS WE TRACK BACK WE SEE TYLER INTENTLY STUDYING THE SCREEN, AS WE SEE ARCHAIC SCROLLS AND SAUROD MAPS BEING FED INTO THE MEMORY OF A SECOND COMPUTER.

TYLER WORKS NOW WITH A THREE DIMENSIONAL MODEL OF SKELETORS SKULL, AS HE BEGINS TO POSITION RUBBER TABS AT DIFFERENT POINTS AND A SPHERICAL LASER SCANS IT. AS HE CONTINUES TO BUILD UP THE MODEL, THE ONE ON SCREEN BECOMES MORE AND MORE ENHANCED.

BY NOW, WE SEE A PARTIALLY COMPLETED SKULL, WITH. LEERING EYEBALLS, AND SOME MUSCLE STRUCTURE. AS HE WORKS, THE COMPUTER CONTINUES TO ENHANCE. AS THE DAY PROGRESSES, WE SEE CLOSE UPS, AS TYLER SCULPTS AND SHAPES THE FACE. UNTIL AT LAST, IT LOOKS HUMAN.

AS TYLER HITS THE SCAN BUTTON AGAIN, HE SITS BACK AND SIGHS. ITS BEEN A DAY. THE LASER TRACKS OVER THE BALD FACE, AND ENHANCES ONCE AGAIN.

THEN AS THE FACE ROTATES COMPLETED ON THE SCREEN, WE SEE MEASUREMENTS OF FACIAL FEATURES CHANGING FASTER THAN THE CAN FOLLOW.

THEN THE SCREEN SPLITS, AS IT BEGINS TO RAPIDLY COMPARE FACES OF MEN FASTER THAN THE EYE CAN FOLLOW. HUNDREDS OF IMAGES FASTER AND FASTER. CUT BACK TO TYLER AS HE WATCHES INTENTLY.

THEN SUDDENLY, THE FLASHING STOPS. C.U TO THE WORD. "MATCH" BLINKING ON HIS COMPUTER SCREEN. TYLER LOOKS AT THE FACE. THE FACE IS EVIL, DARK, CONNIVING. A THIN , EVIL MOUSTACHE AND PARTIAL BEARD, AROUND EVIL ALMOND EYES. LONG EBONY HAIR COVERS REGALLY TO HIS SHOULDER. TYLER READS THE NAME.

SKELETOR: PRINCE KELDOR ETERNOS

TYLER BEGINS TO READ THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE FORMER PRINCE, AS HIS PRINTER MAKES A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF THE MAN'S FACE.

TYLER SITS BACK, WITH A TRIUMPHANT HALF-SMILE ON HIS LIPS.

TYLER

That's it..

SLOW FADE



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13. CASTLE GREYSKULL. INT. TWILIGHT.

IT IS SOME TIME LATER. TYLER IS UP, PACKING UP THE WARBIRD FOR DINNER EXCURSION. HE WEARS VERY CASUAL SUMMER SHORTS, AS HE LOAD THE PACK.

A FEW MOMENTS LATER, WE HEAR THE FAMILIAR FLAPPING OF WINGS, AND A FALCONS CRY, AS ZOAR ENTERS, AND TURNS BACK INTO HUMAN FORM.

ZOAR

I thought I'd find you here...

The idea was to enjoy today!

TYLER

I did...

ZOAR

Well, let me get changed, and we'll pick up Adam and Teela.

TYLER

Hold on a sec...Don't go upstairs yet.

ZOAR

Why not?

TYLER

I want to show you something...

Alright, let's go.

TYLER FOLLOWS HER UP THE STAIRS TO THE HALL,

HE LEADS HER TO THE NEXT DOOR FROM THEIR BEDROOM.

TYLER

So, did you and Teela have a good time today?

ZOAR

Yes, we didn't buy anything, but we had fun. And you?

TYLER

Have a look...

TYLER FLIPS ON THE LIGHT, TO A BRAND NEW BABY NURSERY. THERE'S A COMPLETE ENSEMBLE, BASSINET, CHANGING TABLES, LARGE PLUSH TOYS INFANT MOBILES, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. ZOAR IS ECSTATIC!

ZOAR

Oh, John! It's lovely!

Thank you!

TYLER

You're welcome, Angel! You're welcome.

FADE



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14. CASTLE GREYSKULL. INT. TWILIGHT.

WE CUT TO THE HANGAR DECK, AS TYLER TOSSES IN THE LAST FEW ITEMS.

ENTER ZOAR IN A FEATHERY BIKINI, SHE HEADS TO THE PLANE WITH HER PACK.

TYLER

WHOA!

ZOAR

I take it you approve!

TYLER

Very nice! What else did you and Teela get?

ZOAR

Later...

And seeing you're in such a good mood, I guess I can mention this now...

TYLER

What's that ,Angel?

ZOAR

Orko wants to come...

I know, I know, you just wanted a quiet evening...

TYLER

Yeah, and also for Adam and Teela.

They know 'bout this?

ZOAR

Yes, they must be waiting by now...

TYLER

(Sighs)

Alright, let's go...

THEY BOTH CLIMB ABOARD THE WARBIRD II IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES, AND HEAD AWAY FROM GREYSKULL INTO THE DARKENING NIGHT SKY OF ETERNIA.



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14. EXT. BEACH NIGHT.

START WITH E.C.U. OF CAMPFIRE ON THE SHORE, AS ADAM, TEELA, ZOAR, AND TYLER SIT AROUND TOGETHER IN THEIR BATHING SUITS. ORKO IS TOASTING A

MARSHMALLOW ON A STICK.

TEELA

Ah, this is such a beautiful night.

Thank you both, so much.

ZOAR

Oh, you're welcome, Teela.

The seashore is one of my favorite places...

ADAM

It's so quiet and peaceful... Smell that sea air.

TEELA

And here we are...Alone together...

TYLER

Those T-Bones done yet?

ZOAR

Another few minutes...

ORKO

Thanks for takin' me along too, Sorceress.

ZOAR

Not at all, Orko...

ORKO

I never saw you in a bathing suit before...

ADAM

Hahahaha!!

Watch it, Orko!

TEELA

The Sorcerer is known to be the jealous type!

ZOAR

Thank you, Orko.

TYLER

And how are you two getting along?

ADAM

Fine.

TYLER

Well, it's not a crime to kiss a beautiful girl,

on a moonlit beach. Observe!

(KISSES ZOAR)

ZOAR

John! Stop it, you're embarrassing them!

TEELA

Actually, it wasn't a bad idea...

PUTS ARM AROUND ADAM & KISSES HIM

ADAM

Not a bad idea at all really...

TYLER

I think it's time I embarrass myself a little...

PULLS OUT AN OLD EARTH ACOUSTIC GUITAR & STRUMS IT.

TYLER

Mrs. Tyler?

ZOAR

Of course...





INSERT SONG: "SUMMER AND LIGHTNING" BY E.L.O.

TYLER STRUMS THE GUITAR, AS ZOAR SINGS BACK-UP.

LATER ADAM AND TEELA JOIN IN, AS HEAT LIGHTNING

FLASHES IN THE DARK SUMMER SKY ABOVE.

BEGIN ROLLING CLOSING CREDITS WHILE THE MAIN CHARACTERS ENJOY A RELAXING EVENING ON THE BEACH

TYLER/ ZOAR

I have waited, for your love, for so long. How do I-- Go on? I have told you, so many times, You're treating me so wrong. Sha--la--la Sha--la--la Sha --la--la

Out there so far away-- above the sky we'll stay, for you-- So far away- Sha--la--la--la--la

Here it comes again, it's all around me, it must be magic, yeah, yeah, yeah. summer and lightning must be magic

I have seen you in my mind the lost time that you're savin' I see you in my mind wastin' time

I can reach out, and touch you what can I do? the sun ain't shinin' I reach out touchin' you what can I do?

Out there so far away -above the sky we'll stay for you only for you- so far away da--da--da--daa-da-da-da sha--lala--la--la sha--lala--la

Here it comes again, it's all around me, It must be magic, summer and lightning summer and lightning summer and lightning

Here it comes again-

SLOWLY TRACK THE CAMERA AWAY FROM THE BEACH PARTY, AS THE SONG SLOWLY FADES FURTHER AND FURTHER FROM THE CAMPFIRE ON THE SHORE. FADE TO BLACK.