By John M. T'lustachowski
"THE DARKNESS RISES"
Original Screen Play Written By
John M. T'lustachowski
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
SHELL GAME MAN
"SUMMER AND LIGHTNING"
BY JEFF LYNN. ELO 1977
GREYSKULL TALES: EPISODE #12
"The Darkness Rises"
By John M. T'lustachowski
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
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.
Finish him, whilst he is helpless!
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.
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.
Are you alright? What is wrong?
Nothing...just a nightmare.
go back to sleep.
Just need a drink of water.
You want one?
What I want is to know what's bothering you.
'Told you. Just a nightmare...
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.
John David Tyler!
What I have to say, you don't want to hear.
I only want to help.
The first two times, I said nothing,
and decided to let you sort this out
on your own. But apparently it's
TYLER SIPS HIS DRINK ,AS HE STARES OUT THE WINDOW. ZOAR TAKES HIS ARM FROM
BEHIND, AND LEANS ON HIM.
I love you.
You're the most important person in my life.
Oh, Angel, I love you ,too.
What is it then?
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.
--And there's that look again--
See? that's why I didn't want to say anything.
You don't understand.
There's nothing wrong with being afraid...
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-
Let it out...
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!
Do you consider me a woman of mercy and compassion?
Of course I do.
But how could you, If I let you end another's life?
I'm sorry...I know.
You asked me--
I told you.
But we have our whole lives ahead of us. And soon ,another!
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...
I already do, my love... And you?
I have a great life, Zoar.
But only because I have you in it...
We shall discuss this later, my love.
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:
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
One or two ideas...
Oh, I was rather hoping, you would say that!
Was there any doubt I would, Mrs. Tyler?
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
Do me up, please.
Hmm....? Oh, yeah, sure. Turn around.
There ya go.
Oh, what are you doing?
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:
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.
Uhh, we're supposed to meet the others for breakfast in Palace Eternia this morning.
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...
What are you looking for? Specifically?
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?'
Ummm ...Alright. But I'd better prepare the Window.
You got it.
I'll signal you when I'm ready upstairs.
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
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.
It seems to be working... Wait a minute...
What is it?
It's all useless data.
Looks like all the info I want on him, has been erased.
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!
Come on. You've been at this for days now.
You need to take your mind off of Skeletor for a while.
But I really thought I had it, this time.
And if Fakor did erase the data, it would still be in his memory...
Our friends are waiting for us...
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.
...This is always my favorite time of day. As the sun slowly rises...
How could he have possibly erased that memory...?
Hmmm, Sorry, what?
I said would you rather eat in the diner or out on the green?
This is really bothering you.
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
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.
Hello, my friends. Sorry we're late...
Oh, I was just joking, Sorceress! C'mon in!
Hello, Sorceress, Sorcerer. Good to see you both again.
Well, where's the baby, Teela? I don't see anything!
That's alright, Teela.
I'm afraid, there's still quite some time before you see
see anything! But rest assured, you will!
Do you feel anything yet, Sorceress?
As a matter--of--fact, yes...
I'm very hungry!
Well, at least she hasn't reached the weird stage:
You know, when she wants pineapples and broccoli in
the middle of the night!
Hey, Adam, where's Duncan this morning?
Oh, he's in with my father, reviewing the tactical
situation map against Skeletor's army. Inside the...
No, John. We're here to visit our friends!
Yes, Dear, what?
He's been on the verge of obsessive behavior,
concerning Skeletor lately. I think that it is--
No, forget it, Zoar.
All kidding aside, you're right. We are here to enjoy
ourselves and forget about Skeletor for a while.
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!
Oh, that sounds nice! Thank you.
And, thank you for our...wedding gift!
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!
Ha ha!! See you later!
And what gift was that...?
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?
Don't you have a book, you're dying to finish?
No, I. .. .Oh, I get it... Bye!
Now, then, what's up?
You obviously know how I feel about Teela.
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...
- Oh, and WE don't?
No, that's not what I meant! It's just that you
and the Sorceress are very much alike and...
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...?
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--
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!
But my responsibilty as He-Man...
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.
You know something.. .you're right. - I have been making excuses.
can you suggest something.. .romantic for us to do tonight...?
Yeah, I think I know just the thing...
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ZOAR AND TEELA WALK THROUGH THE CROWDED ETERNIAN FLEA-MARKET. THERE
ARE MANY BOOTHS FOOD CLOTHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE. THERE IS MUSIC IN THE
So how are things between you and Adam going?
Fine... .They're going fine....
Oh, what's the use? I can't lie to you!
He's so hard to get near. I don't know...
Why? What happened?
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...
...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...
I'll try anything!
Alright, then: If isolating him didn't work,
then we'll try the other way...
Oh, aren't these booties adorable?
Yes, they certainly are.
- But I'm having a boy!
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!
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!
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?
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 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...
No, I meant, THIS one...
ZOAR POINTS OVER THE CENTER ONE, AND THE BALL EMERGES
HOVERING OUT OF HIS POCKET. SHE SMILES.
-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!
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...
Greetings, Warlord Merman--
Do you shoot, Sorcerer...?
Small arms mostly.
I trained with a pistol in the Navy.
Can't really fit a rifle in a plane.
Set one for our guest...
Thank you. But I doubt I'm in your league...
But while we are waiting...
I am moved to ask, why you are here?
Forgive my... pertinence, but precisely why am I going to help you?
The same as usual...Money.
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...
Skeletor killed him...
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.
-And that is your final word?
That is correct, Sorcerer.
Ah, your weapon. Are you ready?
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:
Heh heh heh... .You missed, Sorcerer.
A MOMENT LATER, WE SEE THE SNIPER FALL FROM THE TREE.
TYLER HANDS MERMAN THE BLUNDERBUSS AND HEADS AWAY.
What a pity.
Good day, Warlord 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
SIR ICEOR PROUDLY ENTERS THE THRONE ROOM OF SNAKE MOUNTAIN, ADORNED IN
HIS PRISTINE BATTLE ARMOR. CAPE FLOWING, BANNERS FLYING, GLORY FOR ALL!
All hail, Lord Skeletor!
Where were you, Iceor?!
Milord! I bring you two full Battalions of men, forty--eight, brand new land sharks, three full
squadrons of Fright Fighter bombers...
Where were you ,Iceor?
We were guarding the Northern positions of the Fang
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...
Your responsibilty is here!
Of course, Lord Skeletor.
What a glorious undertaking!
When do we attack the cowardly heathen?
Do you have ANY idea of what's going on...?
With all due respect, Commander.
Simply because your feeble attempts to crush the enemy have met with abysmal failure, does not mean that
How dare you! You wouldn't know a REAL battle if it...
ENOUGH! BOTH OF YOU!
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.
You can depend upon the loyalty of the Northern Battalion..
If you interrupt me again...
I SHALL MELT YOU DOWN!!!
I hope that the union of the Northern Battalion, with
our Black Guard will help bolster morale. You WILL do
your best to cooperate.
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.
I shall comply.
However, my units have also...
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.
Wha--? Uhh. . .Thank you, Lord Skeletor. But the Black Guard...
Grimwald will be responsible for the Black Guard.
Sir Iceor, you will be Tri-Klop's acting Lieutenant.
Yes, Lord 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.
If that will be all, Milord. I'd like to see to my men...
NO! MY Men!
Yes, of course.
Is this guy for real...?
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.
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
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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.
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.
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
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.
AS TYLER LANDS, HE HEADS TO THE WOUNDED SAURODS.
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.
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.
You the head-honcho?
I am the Khan of the Saurod. Kobra.
Well, are you people alright?
Your garments are familiar to me...
Come you from Castle Greyskull?
That's right, the Sorcerer of Greyskull to be exact!
An look, he brings with him, the great winged god...
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
He may be the one foretold to us...
Tell me, Sorcerer, why are you here?
It looked like you folks could use a hand...
He is the one! The Shaman!
Beg your pardon?
Yes, Mighty Khan! The Shaman, he is!
I remember his bird-machine! From the battle of Snake Mountain!
Do you know of the great warrior? He-Man?
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.
We are indebted to you. What is it you wish?
Information. --About Skeletor.
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.
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.
And what of this.. .Shaman?
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!
You are foe to Skeletor's, yes?
Then mayhaps, the great spirit has brought you before us!
I know little of your religion, Khan.
But any information you have on Skeletor would be useful.
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...
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.
I'm sorry, Sir. There were no survivors...
That's inconceivable! Sixty men...
Eighty men. There were twenty black Guards with them.
I don't understand it. I planned it so perfectly. I..
Yeah. I know.
That detachment I sent should have been more than
enough to put down the Saurod uprisings in this area.
Grimwald, radio back to Snake Mountain. We're returning.
This was all my fault...I...I thought...
Forget it...Come on.
There's nothing more we can do.
The entire column...
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.
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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.
I thought I'd find you here...
The idea was to enjoy today!
Well, let me get changed, and we'll pick up Adam and Teela.
Hold on a sec...Don't go upstairs yet.
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.
So, did you and Teela have a good time today?
Yes, we didn't buy anything, but we had fun. And you?
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!
Oh, John! It's lovely!
You're welcome, Angel! You're welcome.
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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.
I take it you approve!
Very nice! What else did you and Teela get?
And seeing you're in such a good mood, I guess I can mention this now...
What's that ,Angel?
Orko wants to come...
I know, I know, you just wanted a quiet evening...
Yeah, and also for Adam and Teela.
They know 'bout this?
Yes, they must be waiting by now...
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.
Ah, this is such a beautiful night.
Thank you both, so much.
Oh, you're welcome, Teela.
The seashore is one of my favorite places...
It's so quiet and peaceful... Smell that sea air.
And here we are...Alone together...
Those T-Bones done yet?
Another few minutes...
Thanks for takin' me along too, Sorceress.
Not at all, Orko...
I never saw you in a bathing suit before...
Watch it, Orko!
The Sorcerer is known to be the jealous type!
Thank you, Orko.
And how are you two getting along?
Well, it's not a crime to kiss a beautiful girl,
on a moonlit beach. Observe!
John! Stop it, you're embarrassing them!
Actually, it wasn't a bad idea...
PUTS ARM AROUND ADAM & KISSES HIM
Not a bad idea at all really...
I think it's time I embarrass myself a little...
PULLS OUT AN OLD EARTH ACOUSTIC GUITAR & STRUMS IT.
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
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.