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by Jeff Black
Circle of Confusion 8548 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 253-7777
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NOTE: We’re in the future, so there’s two things you should know. Tech things. 1) All characters except SEPH are outfitted with “mods”. These are hair-thin fibers that run throughout the body which enhance particular characteristics. These could include mental acuity, strength (to a small degree), eyesight, mathematical skills, medical diagnostics, etc. One might envision them as a root network throughout the body Some people opt to have their enhancements visible. That is, they are not buried within the skin, but run in grooves along the surface. Think of them as wire tattoos. 2) All characters with mods also have VIZION. This is simple: it’s essentially a computer screen that fits over one eye like a contact lens. Information is fed to it via the mods or wirelessly from computers or other people’s mods.
INT. SOMEWHERE - DARK There’s a VOICE. It’s small, frightened. A young girl’s. YOUNG GIRL’S VOICE (V.O.) They’re still out there. Even though I can’t hear them anymore. I can tell. Small pinpricks of light in the dark. A child’s eyes, glittering. YOUNG GIRL’S VOICE (V.O.) Aunt Sophie went out to look and she hasn’t come back yet. A tiny slash of light crosses a FACE as if knifing through the slats of a wall. A glimpse of tear-stained eyes, scraggly black hair. It’s the girl. She’s maybe 10 years old. YOUNG GIRL’S VOICE (V.O.) She told me to hide in here ‘cause mommy was coming back any day now and she’d find me. The young girl moves backward, away from the light, face slowly disappearing into darkness again. YOUNG GIRL’S VOICE (V.O.) But that was before the world ended. GO TO BLACK. FADE UP TO: A MAN floating in outer space.... EXT. OUTER SPACE Around the man is eternity. A field of asteroids dancing slowly through the void. At their edge hovers the immense orb of Jupiter, banded clouds swirling about its great Eye. Move in on him slowly. He has no suit, no helmet, just work clothes with tools strapped to a belt. And yet... he’s ALIVE.
When Craw speaks. Southern trashy.2. All a dream. There’s a dreamy smile on his lips as he takes in the dwarfing beauty about him. INT. as if they were written on a screen curved across his eyeball. MAREK (O. Greatlooking and knows it.. black.) Fuck you both. Another voice comes. Room for ten max. tough-looking woman in her 20s.S.. Walt. his words appear as a crawl across Craw’s left eye. (His vizion) CRAW Fuck the view. . But when Walt speaks. flawless. VOICE Wake the fuck up. Widen out now to see Walt is tethered to the surface of a LARGE ASTEROID. SPACE SHUTTLE .SAME Walt pulls himself to the asteroid surface by the tether.? NO. with racks of mining gear near the airlock. Working nearby in a spacesuit is CRAWFORD. WALT What’s your hurry. MAREK is the pilot of a space SHUTTLE holding station 50 yards off the surface of the asteroid. “Craw” is in his 20s. utilitarian. His boot bottoms are studded with hundreds of prehensile spikes which automatically search out crannies in the rock and hold him tight to the surface. EXT. so fire your damn tubes or I swear to god I will light up and leave you here. Her shuttle’s well-worn. WALT is in his 30’s.SAME Marek’s a testy. cornpone? Best view in the universe. MAREK I want to get home. female. his face smooth. his words seem to buzz inside Walt’s head. His smile fades to annoyance at the Voice. ASTEROID SURFACE .
Craw jams a slim projectile into the tube.) Good job. Now get the hell on board.3. SPACE SHUTTLE . SPACE . Probably nothing more’n nickel and iron. Exploration of Asteroid N203 completed. Walt and Craw snare them and slip them into satchels.) Report to Near Earth Asteroid Tracking Station by Pilot Janice Marek. “N-203”. you’ve got my next round of mods in that bag. CRAW No shit. They track the rotation and path of the asteroid they just left.SAME As they power off.S. EXT. Behind it stretches a magnificent sight: the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Craw and Walt on board. A fart in a vacuum. It’s a two-handed tool. darlin’.A LITTLE LATER The shuttle pulls away. According to Ben. so I don’t have to spend eternity looking at your ugly face. CRAW You hope. schematics play on Marek’s monitor. looks a bit like a jackhammer. Walt pulls a TUBE GUN from his belt. A pencil-thin titanium TUBE slams a foot deep into the rock. INT. WALT That is one cross woman. boys. MAREK (O. He braces it against the rock and fires a trigger. He and Walt step back as a silent EXPLOSION tears a deep chunk from the asteroid surface. So tube me already.O. Pieces of rock spin away from the new crater. Thousands upon thousands of rocks spinning through their orbit around the sun. Walt’s words cycle through Craw’s vizion. as if there had been some interference. . only this time with a slight fritzing. MAREK (V.
Increased chance of Earth orbit intercept in the foreseeable future approaching zero percent. Resource Station AB-07 INT. vector unchanged. if it’s not mission-specific we don’t waste the time or the resources. It’s not big.D. Driven as hell. capable. She spins in her chair as Marek’s VOICE comes over the comm.. blue-collar guy. early 30s. SPACE SHUTTLE .4. SUPER: 2250 A. What don’t you understand. Genius squared. GORE . Though young. He’s shaking his head at BEN. Two rings circle a central tube. goodlooking.SAME GORE is pissed off. The rotation provides the rings with artificial gravity while the tube is static and is a zero-g zone. This is SEPH. She’s captain of the station. Burly. He’s in his early 40s. Ben’s in his 30s. MAREK (continuing to record a report) Tracking reveals negligible change to rotational velocity. “Send. Ben? Watching the two from the helm is a woman in her late 20s. .” EXT. SPACE STATION/COMMAND . Hispanic. she’s strong-willed.CONTINUOUS The shuttle wipes by revealing a SPACE STATION in orbit about Jupiter.. holding a crew of nine. Wickedly intelligent. Wee bit arrogant.
SHUTTLE .SAME SEPH Granted.. You understand what that means? It’s from out there. You know how many verified rogues there are? None. into his vizion as the image appears. with a small GLOWING OBJECT in it. . BEN Is devolution ‘mission-specific’? GORE Ben. Words appears in a box beneath the image. “SEND” PUSH IN on Gore’s left eye now. She returns to the conversation at hand. (Note: Seph does not have vizion or mods) BEN (of the glowing object) That’s a rogue comet. trying to keep a lid on it.5. An image of space appears. It’s a rock. Marek.SAME MAREK (into headset) Permission to come aboard. Bring her in. Ben? PUSH IN on Ben’s left eye. GORE We don’t need to see it. BEN At least let me show you what I have before we shamble back into the stone age. examines the image on a monitor at her station. captain? INT. INT. Except this. Seph though.. into his vizion. SPACE STATION/COMMAND . Just like all the other rocks. From outsystem. SEPH I’d like to see it. Ben’s annoyed.
Gore leaves. Answer me. He nods back at the Captain’s chair Seph was occupying.. INT. They pay us to find ore. Captain. Gore steps up on Seph. you and me? GORE That’s a rhetorical question.. SPACE STATION/CORRIDOR OUTSIDE COMMAND . Seph glances at Ben then follows him out. If we’ve got a strike. I mean.. . Not threateningly. But.CONTINUOUS SEPH Gore. He turns. right? SEPH This station’s too goddamn small for rhetorical questions. But the Company doesn’t pay for fascinating. “Seph”. GORE Captain? SEPH We have a problem. BEN Seph. trying to mollify them both. let’s see what Marek and the boys bring back. SEPH Gore’s right.6. anger badly muffled. but he’s bulky enough to be imposing. Gore frowns at the lifeline Seph’s given Ben.. I’m sure we can spare you the time.? Captain? Seph plays it down the middle. GORE Fascinating. GORE (mocking) Of course.
but TECHS . It’s like. a beautiful redhead in her late 20s with a touch of the steampunk. But it’s their ship. . new to the station. INT. You’re wired. A machine whir accompanies the docking umbilical as it reaches out to the shuttle. right? JEFFERS Yeah. SPACE STATION/DOCKING AREA Two crew members watch the shuttle ease into dock. JEFFERS That floatin’ in space shit without a suit is spooky. And they put me in that chair two months ago. not human. A near-genius at fixing what ails the station. SEPH That’s not the way the company sees it. JEFFERS is in his early 20s. And neither have I. You got that? Gore nods shallowly. you know. He’s talking to TECHS. SEPH Good. That’s my problem. well the Company hasn’t spent the last 20 years hacking ore out of rocks in the middle of space. GORE Yeah. SEPH No. TECHS Stow that. Her body is whorled with METALLIC TATTOOS which are in fact embedded modifications (MODS). that’s all I’m sayin’.Walt’s just got more’n most. Which means it’s my call.7. GORE You’re in my chair.
He shakes his head shallowly. . Probably not. So why? Why’s he like that? TECHS A fuel spill in zero-g.. JEFFERS What the . The airlock door opens. they can see Walt. you think you’re gonna end up on top? No way Jeffers can hold the line. I’m an upgrade. Techs grin at the trouble she caused. Looks down at him with unblinking eyes.I never Walt steps up real close to Jeffers. WALT You ‘n me get to eyefuckin’.. Jeffers tries to meet his gaze. His voice rumbles out. you know. Walt steps through. I can float naked in space.. and it got sparked. with a touch of the mechanical. His brain. WALT Techs. Through an airlock window. Damn right I’m not human. real? In answer. Jeffers... Jeffers here doesn’t think you’re human. Crawford and Marek readying to come aboard.. TECHS Hey Walt.. deep. JEFFERS Holy shit. What’s left that’s. I will live to be 150 years old.8. Burned him inside and out. I. He breathed it in.. I can lift 500 pounds with one arm... Jeffers gives Techs a sour look. JEFFERS Sure. WALT That’s right. sure. JEFFERS Probably not. Walt walks through. Techs just taps her forehead.
CONTINUOUS JEFFERS So what’s with the Captain? Why’s she wireless? She religious or something? TECHS Who knows.SAME Seph glances up at the laughter drifting away. Craw makes an explosion motion with his hands. SPACE STATION/SCIENCE LAB Seph’s got Walt and Crawford’s bag of ore samples on a table and is examining pieces with a microscope. The images appear on a monitor before her. Marek. They leave.9. JEFFERS Thanks. SEPH You’ll know when I know. . SPACE STATION/SCIENCE LAB . INT. Techs. Heard it all. MAREK Can I go shopping? Seph waves them away impatiently. Now get out of here and let me work. Jeffers and Crawford are jammed in the doorway watching her work. Maybe she’s one of those whackos with the Whole Human Movement. INT. Gets back to work. CRAW Oh no you wouldn’t. exiting into INT. SPACE STATION/HALLWAY . MAREK Like to see one of them pilot a shuttle without nav mods.
you’re smart. Ben is staring at a holographic cube projected in the air at eye level. It’s 3-dimensional sodoku. 6. Seph and Ben lock eyes. Iridium. genius. Nickel/iron. SPACE STATION/JUNCTION BETWEEN SCIENCE AND CREW MODULES Seph seamlessly moves from the artificial gravity of the work rings to the NO-GRAV center core in which the crew lives. She tries to say nothing. Can’t. When Seph enters.CONTINUOUS The room is all curves. saying numbers 1-9. Well? SEPH Well what? BEN My asteroid. INT. no sharp edges to punish a careless no-grav movement. lonely against the dark. SEPH Nada. BEN Yup.10. Ben shoots her a look. she maneuvers toward the open door of Ben’s Quarters. He points at various spaces.. With a combination of grab loops and push-offs with her legs. BEN’S QUARTERS . EXT. . BEN Bullshit. Seph shakes her head. INT. which appear in boxes within the cube. Not worth the helium to get there. SEPH Okay.75%. SPACE The station drifts through its orbit.
75%. SPACE STATION/INFIRMARY . Finished.SAME Crawford is sitting upright in an exam chair when Seph’s pronouncement comes. CRAW Sorry. They come together. CRAW Yes. INT.11. removes what looks like a thick contact lens. BEN You tell the crew? She kisses him again. A man leans toward him. This is the screen for his vizion. kicks the door shut. 6. ARAM (stern) You will please not move. Aram lowers a delicate instrument towards Craw’s left eye. Bam. SEPH (to the crew) Iridium. Leans into the microphone. SEPH Looks like you got time on your rogue. SEPH How the hell do you do it? You knock down more strikes than anyone I’ve every flown with. face passing through the sodoku display. . BEN It can wait. They kiss. He grins. He’s the ship doctor. Seph moves forward. doc. float out of frame. Ben enters a last number in the sodoku. She flicks it off. ARAM is a good-looking Persian man in his late 30s. She pulls Ben toward her. early 40s. flicks a communications module.
seems satisfied. If your body was rejecting them. He approaches Craw..” .sticking out from the inside surface of the lens. CRAW So I’m good to go? ARAM Good to go. Captain Anya Sephoris. There’s something different about this one . ARAM That’s what we will see. there’s an EXTRA SET of synthetic proteins piggybacking the helix. Points.. Aram puts the lens in a machine that runs a red scanning laser over the surface. That’s not happened. ARAM You were getting interference during communication? CRAW Yeah. So’s my body rejecting it? Shouldn’t be. Aram picks up the lens. they would have separated from the helix.12. INT. Signed. CRAW This part I don’t like so much. I paid enough for it. SPACE STATION/COMMAND Gore’s at station. Supposed to be a perfect DNA match. Aram examines it. A few words are important: “Asteroid N-203 Iridium content 6. Second Officer Francisco Gore. Magnetic field. ARAM (CONT’D) Those are the synthetic proteins of your vizion mod.contacts .at regular intervals in the chain. The interference could have been anything. Visible now are thousands of tiny pins . a report on a screen in front of him.75%. A monitor brings up a representation of a DNA HELIX. dust. Out on the rock. Let’s get you spiked again. Craw swallows this is going to get stuck on his eye. Recommend mining operations commence.
(beat) Approved by Captain Sephoris. GORE New target asteroid acquisition delayed pending conclusion of science officer’s investigation of rogue comet. SEPH You were going to datavise me how much you love me? BEN How do you know that’s what I was going to say? Maybe I was going to say that was nice. Tiny metal studs the size of a brad stick out slightly from his fingers. He pulls her close. allowing the tips of his fingers to rest against the tips of hers. untouched skin. Hard.13. BEN’S QUARTERS Seph and Ben are resting. These are the tips of the mods. They nestle into Seph’s smooth. They’re holding hands. whispers in her ear. . SEPH I like to hear you say that. laughs. BEN (of the mods) If you had these. BEN Enough. The words come up on the screen as he speaks them. INT. Gore hits “send”. but I’ve had better? Seph purses her lips and squeezes his nipple. He yelps. I could tell you what I was thinking without saying a word. Gore thinks a moment. Ben slides his out. still entwined. BEN I love you. adds an addendum.
She’s not looking for pity. Didn’t work out that way. .14. you’ll be up against officers who’re fullbody Wired. The Company’s got you fast-tracked. “thumbing” through pages on her monitor. get them. BEN So why not? SEPH (of the mods) Get them? BEN Yes. Me and my mom buried him with half a million dollars worth of wires we’re still paying for. BEN Why? ‘Cause you’re so special? SEPH Aren’t I? She kisses him then settles back. INT. She’s checking out Navigation Mods guaranteed to be “100% DNA-matched. He holds her tight. Right in the middle. He died where he lived. Accompanying the offerings are rotating models giving a quick glimpse of a human body rigged with the mods. but the pain in her voice gets to Ben. though. rejection-free”. SEPH My father spent every penny he had on mods. SEPH Won’t help ‘em. SPACE STATION/VARIOUS . SEPH The only thing that’ll get me where he didn’t go is me. He figured it would give him a jump on everyone else.MONTAGE MAREK’S QUARTERS Marek’s a catalog slut. but if you want to captain inside the Belt.
she’s an over-ambitious bitch. When she places it on the table.. she hits “BUY”. Techs is working on a curiously old-fashioned MECHANICAL SPIDER about the size of her hand. I rode out here with her. separated by 4 feet. (two tables. ARAM’S QUARTERS Aram kneels on a prayer rug. Gore should be running this outfit. He leans forward to pray. REC ROOM Craw and Jeffers play ping-pong in no-grav. Although you guy who’s used to of himself. JEFFERS But I can see where you’re coming from.) TECHS . JEFFERS I don’t know. She smiles. Satisfied. a net strung between.. On a screen before him is a picture of MECCA. CRAW I hear that. ARAM Subhana rubbiyal a'ala. parallel to each other. The wires twine up through the spine and branch out into the limbs and the brain. The ball must be hit against either the top or bottom table. She is kind of bitchy now that I think of it. .15.. What’s your out here? I spending it look like a taking care TECHS contract? Two years guess you don’t mind alone. Jeffers takes her meaning. She’s not that bad.. little pincer feet dig into the surface as it walks itself around. INT. Techs levels him with a baleful glare. He’s put in the time. happy with her creation.
. INT. BEN Huh. Techs. only with constantly shifting numbers clicking off speed. grows larger. EXT. INT. Craw and Marek don’t particularly like Seph. His eyes narrow in sudden interest at something he sees: a spear of light lancing down toward the plane of the solar system. running on a tread mill.. One number holds. mass. INT. Ben’s voice breaks in on her. (It’s not overt. WALT’S QUARTERS Walt stands before a large window. SPACE STATION/HEALTH MOD Seph is upside down. Walt. taking in the distant comet.. We move in on his vizion. Craw.5 Gms per cm3”. which also shows the comet. looking down on Jupiter and its immense moon Ganymede. A COMET. SPACE STATION/BEN’S QUARTERS . Ben’s eyes narrow as an extraordinary thought scratches at his mind. BEN (OS) Seph. watched by the crew: Seph.16. SPACE STATION/COMMON AREA CRAW So what’d’we got? This rogue of yours made of gold or something? Ben holds the floor. but definitely noticeable that Gore. Techs. SPACE STATION A telescope adjusts slightly. no-grav.) Obviously. Gore.SAME Ben watches it on a monitor in his quarters. Aram and Marek. “Density: 1. I think you should get everyone together. Seems kind of lonely. Jeffers.
An image of the comet lights up a monitor. ma’am. BEN Notice anything? A puzzled beat by all. then SEPH No spin. Is this your apology for wasting company time? BEN (unperturbed) Not exactly. CRAW Yes sir. Ben enlarges the image. JEFFERS Then what the hell? I got Craw bent over the ping-pong table and I’m about to fuck him into Sunday. A little spark of healthy greed flickers among the crew. Why are we here? GORE Thanks for that deeply disturbing image. What’s that make . Crawford or I’ll have you shunted out an airlock. . JEFFERS Welcome. and utterly unimpressive. SEPH Close it. With infinite patience. It seems bigger.3 trillion and one? Can I get back to my game now? I was just about to give Jeffers here a reach-around. closer. In Ben’s vizion is the info on the rogue comet. Iron and trace Iridium. A glowing cursor appears under the command “Send local”. BEN Nickel. GORE But a good point. CRAW Oh wow.17. Another rock out in space. extinguished quickly by Ben.
SPACE STATION/COMMON AREA . SEPH Unless. startled. BEN Good. TECHS No way.it’s approximately 3 miles long on the x axis. Craw. WALT How is there no spin? How is that possible? BEN It’s not. Techs..5 grams per cubic centimeter. That’s not nickel or iron. Jeffers. that’d be more like paper. it’s hollow. Even I know that can’t be. WITH Walt. ARAM Hollow? CRAW Like man-made? WALT Except not. man-made. Seph’s right . the rogue is rock solid.compared to the movement of the asteroids in the belt.A LITTLE LATER Two groups have broken off. 1.. Now try this on . Aram. CUT TO: INT. not rotating in any direction. but not even Seph can put this one together.18. . He waits. Seph’s mind whirls. you know. BEN That puts the density at 1.5 mile each on the y and z for a mass of about 20 billion tons. Techs’s mechanical spider crawls off her lap as she reacts.
Gore and Marek. BEN Gore. GORE Then we don’t go. Ben looks at Gore with a mixture of wonder and disgust. The comet is coming in from the “top” near Pluto and its projected plot has it exiting the solar system on the “bottom” beneath the Sun. SEPH You really think this could be something? BEN I won’t know until I get close enough to scan it. Ben indicates a map of the solar system. I might be able to. GORE Close enough? What are you talking about? SEPH Marek .19. GORE We are getting flight clearance from company control.can you get us in tight. Gore. Seph is muffling excitement. We’d never get an answer back from Earth in time. Seph’s dead quiet. WITH Seph. match speeds with it? MAREK I do a high burn. BEN The rogue is vectoring out-system. Ben. we live in a space station orbiting Jupiter . BEN There’s no time. GORE You can’t be serious. We’ve got an intercept window of two hours at most. and that’s if we take off now.Jupiter! (MORE) .
BEN(CONT'D) - 400 million miles from home. We land on asteroids and moons to find out what they’re made of. (points to the rogue) Are you actually telling me that you don’t have to know what that is?
GORE That’s exactly right. I (whipping his head at Seph) - we are paid to spot ore for the company that built this station 400 million miles from home at a cost of a trillion dollars, not chase down a rock because you fucked up a density reading. Seph steps in. SEPH Enough. Gore... make out a report to the company. (pointed) You’re good at them. Tell them we’re going out for a ride. And look at it this way - if it really is nothing, you’ll probably get that chair you want. Gore considers. She’s right. Seems like a good bet. GORE I’ll make out the report. He leaves. BEN It’s not nothing. SEPH I hope you’re right. INT. SPACE SHUTTLE The entire crew is strapped down, with Marek piloting, Walt copilot. Techs has a pack of tools at her feet. In her hands is the mech spider. She shoos it with her finger and it crawls into the bag. Craw sees. Gives her the eye. CRAW You know you’re fucked up, right?
Techs looks at him mock-crazy. TECHS Yeah. You never know when I might just... snap. Meanwhile, Walt checks the controls at his station. WALT Systems green. He looks back at Seph. She nods. WALT Detaching. In his vizion, he gives the order to “Detach”. A visual pops up, fed by an external camera - of the umbilical between shuttle and station popping free. EXT. SPACE SHUTTLE - SAME The umbilical detaches in a puff of air that dissipates in the vacuum. Attitude jets fire in short controlled bursts, re-aligning the shuttle. INT. SPACE SHUTTLE - SAME Vectors swim across Marek’s vizion as she maneuvers the shuttle free of the station then commands a burst of plasma from the main engine. The crew is jerked back into their seats as the thrust builds. MAREK Well boys and girls, we’ve got about 2 hours before intercept so kick back and relax. DISSOLVE TO: Nothing but blackness through the shuttle ports. Ben’s nose is dug into his computer station as the ship begins a slow barrel roll. As it does, something HUGE suddenly looms in the windows! Craw jerks backward. CRAW Holy shit! It’s the ROGUE.
MAREK Cool it, Deep South. We’re good. Marek’s tense, sweat beading her brow. MAREK (to Ben) Right? Ben’s vizion is whirling with numbers and images as he works the controls before him. BEN Scanning. MAREK Well do it fast, ‘cause I’ve got about three minutes to match speeds or this rock’s gone forever. BEN (tense) I’m working on it. Seph and the others can only watch as the asteroid speeds closer and closer. SEPH Ben? IN BEN’S VIZION, as computer-generated WAVES course out from the shuttle, enveloping the onrushing asteroid. They bounce back, and something like an x-ray image begins to form. BEN Send! The image darts into the others’ vizion, as well as appearing on monitor stations. The image builds itself: the asteroid’s exterior, oblong and pitted. But the interior ... IT CONTAINS A NETWORK OF IRREGULARLY-SHAPED CHAMBERS. WALT Jesus. CRAW It’s a ship. It’s a fucking ship.
.a series of longitude and latitude lines that define the surface of the asteroid. TECHS They must’ve carved it out of the asteroid JEFFERS ‘They?’ Who’s ‘they’?! Marek’s sweating even harder. It dives down toward the surface as INT.SAME MAREK Walt! Get ready! WALT On it! Harpoons armed. joints cracking. SPACE SHUTTLE .what do I do? A heartbeat’s hesitation SEPH Set us down! Marek acts instantly and the thrusters ROAR! They’re slammed hard into their seats. 173 west. so the asteroid is beneath them now. Ben grits his teeth against the g-strain: BEN 25. MAREK I don’t care if Santa’s fucking elves built the goddamn thing! Thirty seconds! Captain . MAREK Okay.. where? BEN Sending you coordinate overlay! From his vizion to the monitor . EXT. SPACE The shuttle rolls again.23. .5 South.
A long moment then.SAME MAREK Go! Walt flicks a switch. The harpoons streak down and DIG DEEP into the asteroid surface.24. EXT. WALT We’re on. The engines power down as the asteroid surface draws closer and closer and then. the shuttle is drawn down to the asteroid surface. ASTEROID SURFACE . EXT. EXT. Impossible to land. as they look at each other. SPACE SHUTTLE .SAME The shuttle’s matching speed. ASTEROID SURFACE . ruptured. Then SEPH Marek .how long do we have here? . gears whir and turn spindles. coming in hard. with a metallic clang!. closer than any before them to an alien vessel. MAREK Dropping thrust. Four controlled explosions echo through the shuttle. SPACE SHUTTLE SEPH Reel us in! INSIDE THE HARPOON MECHANISM.SAME CLOSE ON the underbelly of the shuttle as FOUR HARPOONS trailing polycarbon lines erupt from their tubes. The surface is pitted. INT. ASTEROID SURFACE As the harpoon lines are reeled in. reeling the harpoon lines back in. INT. the shuttle comes to rest.
it’s a derelict. awed) First contact. If there’s anything in there.. there’s not a star within a hundred light years. starts pulling on helmets. Us. SEPH (to Ben. That’s about it. suit up! We’ve got six hours to make history. then. quiet. Instant motion then. Odds are. Seph’s more than a little nervous.25. I want them to know we’re coming. as the crew unbuckles. I want signals sent out across the spectrum. MAREK Six and a half hours before we’re too far out to make it back to the station. you think there’s anything in there? BEN Backtracking its course. etc. BEN Yeah. SEPH All right. but hiding it. SEPH All right people. SEPH You think you can get us inside? BEN I’ve got an idea. So I’d say six to give you some padding. .. SEPH And if we do get in. And it’s powering through our system without even slowing. BEN Done. SEPH What kind of odds? BEN Even I’m not that smart.
The prehensile spikes on their boots dig into the rock with each step down. CRAW I’m going into an alien space ship with a rock pick.V. Craw.26. SEPH Walt. SPACE Jupiter. That should even things up. EXT. It’s Seph and the others. EXT. release with each lifted foot. mining charges. TECHS (movements clumsy) Christ. hand out tube guns. amidst a sea of rocks.SAME WITH THE FIGURES. CRAW Why? SEPH Just in case. tethered together. Seven arrows of light cut back and forth across the darkness of the sunless side of the asteroid surface. ASTEROID SURFACE .A. Craw gets it. CRAW (low) “In case” what? TECHS (you’re an idiot) We’re not alone in there. From a distance. a small asteroid crosses the solar plane. you stay here with Marek. . Puzzled. out of the system. (over his objections) I want both my pilots on board. heading “down”. I hate E. lighting their way from the shuttle. storm-ridden. And the axes. looks at the rock axe in his hand. Craw starts pulling the supplies from the hold.
. JEFFERS Where’s here? Don’t look like here. in the lead. It’s the fuzzy plot of the interior of the asteroid. And it comes out here. GORE (not happy to be here) Five and a half hours. it appears on a screen across her faceplate.. stops at an outcropping that hovers over his head by a few feet. Ben. There’s a snake-like line leading from one of the empty spaces to the edge of the asteroid. SEPH Okay then. Vasco Da Gama. It’s riven with deep vertical cracks. SEPH We get any returns on the signals? Anything? BEN Nothing. BEN We’re here.27. Ben datavises his vizion to the others. For Seph. BEN This is what I saw. Am I the only one here who thinks it’s a bad idea to blow open a hole in an alien spaceship? . ARAM A tunnel? BEN That’s right. BEN Thank you. He places his hand on the surface of the outcropping. Craw. (you know what to do) CRAW You gotta be fucking kidding.
INT.” A silent whump... He trails off.. Techs pulls aside rock chunks and touches the door. THEY’VE UNCOVERED A DOOR. then words appear. JEFFERS Oh wow. “Fire in the hole. and flash to the others. SEPH Can you get us in? .. tubes into the rock. Icons representing the charges. Seph shuts him down. WALT (soft) It’s real. IN Craw’s vizion. I just.28. EXT.. Jeffers loads the charges. Craw’s about to retort. not quite human dimensioned. then two. They can see the door: tall and thin. That’s why you’re doing it. SPACE SHUTTLE . ASTEROID SURFACE All of them stare. You’re expendable. disappearing into the black. SEPH Just do it. Seph and Ben share a look.SAME Walt and Marek watch everything through cameras mounted on the suit shoulders. as if to see if it’s real. Craw jams the tube gun against the crack. A moment’s hesitation. TECHS We all think it’s a stupid idea. Disbelief mixed with excitement and fear. big chunks of rocks spinning out into space.. CRAW I didn’t. fires first one.
Extracts a fiber optic cable. She thinks. works the other into the holes. Techs rummages expertly through her kit. With a visible puff of gas.29. BEN Techs . Her suit lights pick out a thin passage carved out of the rock itself. Sam. and Seph steps past her. then dips into her kit. Techs hesitates. They curve down and back toward him for almost a foot. Ben takes it.give me some fiber. finds FOUR OVAL HOLES about 3/4 of an inch at the widest. She pushes past Ben. she pulls off the LEGS. as he sees inside the holes. inserts one end in a female connection on his suit. Ben’s examining the surface of the door. Pulls out the mech spider. the door retreats in then slides away out of sight. What looks like buttons lie at the very end of the holes. CRAW (scared) We’re not really going in there. inserts the picks in the holes. one after another. TECHS (to the spider) Sorry. right? . IN his vizion. by our standard. One by one. BEN Techs? TECHS Give me a minute. like a “U” on its side. GORE For fingers? ARAM Long ones. With the aid of the fiber optics. she manipulates them down the curve of the holes and to the buttons at the bottom. rigging up four articulated picks that she attaches to her fingers. TECHS Move.
. BEN How’d you get the door open? SEPH It wasn’t locked.. until they are all in. CRAW “A moment”. BEN (relieved) You all right? SEPH There was a moment there.? Christ. INT. the others follow.AND THE DOOR SLAMS BACK INTO PLACE..... Seph steps into the passageway. SEPH Pressure plate. turns to beckon them forward - She . ..CONTINUOUS When the last is inside. revealing SEPH on the other side. the DOOR SLIDES BACK OPEN.30.. just fine. CUTTING HER OFF! JEFFERS Holy shit! Holy shit! BEN Seph! Techs TECHS ON IT!! ARAM (trying to make radio contact) Captain! Can you hear me? Techs is stabbing the picks back into the hole. Ben follows her into the passageway. I think I shit my suit. Seph points to a simple raised surface. .. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . the door once again slams shut.. With a look at Ben. but before she can engage them.. With varying degrees of hesitation.. .
audio. Jeffers. SEPH Okay. Aram and Ben take small steps forward down the passage. ARAM We’re in an airlock. WALT Nothing. Door opens.SAME WALT Got you Techs.) Walt? IN THE SHUTTLE. I tried to make contact.31. nice and clear. Did any of you get my signal? (chorus of ‘noes’. I want relays to the shuttle. TECHS Walt. Jeffers steps back outside. It has a wide-angle camera lens. thermal. Craw tests it out. Walt answers. Techs. While they work. They both step inside and the door shuts behind them. Behind them. Captain. Walt. They wire up another relay to the fiber. they can see ANOTHER DOOR at the end. SEPH Happy? CRAW Do I look happy? SEPH When the door closed. Techs clips in an almost invisible fiber. sets a small device (a RELAY) in the rock. Techs checks communications. Around a slight curve. SPACE SHUTTLE . . then drapes it down across the door sill. Marek? You receiving? INT. WALT You got it. Seph. see if you can string some microfiber in the doorway. give us full mapping: 3-D.
even the floor. ON A MONITOR BEFORE THEM. How we set for relays? JEFFERS Plenty. INT. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . The passages high up the wall are reached by footholds carved into the rock. There are no angles to the constructs. SEPH Then let’s do it. They are in an artificial CAVERN carved from the asteroid.REAR CAVERN Seven faces stare up in wonder. ROGUE . They follow Seph to the next door at the end of the passageway. . A 3-D PROGRAM IS CREATING A PHOTO-REAL MAP OF THE INTERIOR OF THE ROGUE AS IT IS EXPLORED. INT. details emerge. The rest of the relays we should be able to set wirelessly. IT IS UPDATED IN REAL-TIME FROM THE RELAY CAMERAS AND THE CAMERAS ON THE SPACE SUITS. One of the strangest features are the tall. MAREK Automap’s up. metal catwalks cross wide expanses high overhead.32. they’re all curves. Despite this. Captain. TECHS All set.black mouths set into the walls. There’s another pressure plate on this door. As the lights play here and there. It is lit only by the heavy lancing beams of their suit lights. Seph presses it. seemingly following an unrecognizable geometry.SAME TECHS Good. The door opens. There are dozens of them . thin PASSAGEWAYS that branch off from the cavern. they are unlovely. Machinery is set into the rock at odd heights.
far as we know. Really. Ultrafine dark particles cling to her glove.33. He can afford a real answer. GORE No. Who knows? TECHS Jesus Craw. brings it up for them to see. undulating at their every move.. SEPH If they were still around. SEPH I’ve got a feeling whoever was here is long gone. unconvinced. Now what say we take some pictures and get back onto the shuttle before someone realizes we just kicked in their back door. I’m happy as shit we’re here. CRAW Fuck you. I doubt they’d let it build up like this. SEPH (to Gore) You still think we should have stayed home? No mockery. We’re heroes.. indicating what looks like fog drifting slowly at foot level. SEPH Dust. I was making fun of you. what she said. CRAW Hell. the machinery’s alive and eats this shit. TECHS Hell. CRAW Yeah. It’s everywhere. Can’t be good for the machinery. . Craw shakes his head. Look at this. Seph puts her hand in it. Seph hunkers down. Captain.
SEPH Gore, take life readings. Check movement, temperature fluctuations, everything. Doc... tell us what they breathe. Gore and Aram pull small machines from their packs, begin their sampling. Craw and Jeffers peer into the darkness, none too happy with their surroundings. Ben comes up to them. BEN Maybe this will rekindle your pioneering spirit: the rogue is vectored that way. He points parallel to the floor. JEFFERS So what? BEN There’s gravity. And it’s not centripetal. It’s REAL. That means whoever built this can generate gravity. We can’t. So what do you think the secret of gravity generation is worth to the company. A trillion? More? And your share’s what, one percent? Do the math. He walks off, smiling, as figures whir through their minds. JEFFERS A billion. CRAW (liking that number) What’re waiting for? We’ve got like, four hours. As Jeffers attaches a relay to the wall, Seph comes up to Gore. SEPH Well? GORE Nothing. No movement. No hot spots, no cold spots. Temperature toward the center rises slowly. I’m thinking generators.
SEPH Good. Doc? ARAM Atmosphere sterile. No pathogens, no radiation. 11/88 Oxygen/nitrogen at 13.2 Psi. Helmets are optional - our suits can scrub the extra nitrogen and bring up the oxygen. SEPH Here goes. Seph twists a control at the neck joint and the entire suit goes slack as the current that kept it rigid is interrupted. It now hangs loosely on her body. She twists the helmet and it comes off with a shh of escaping gas. She takes a breath - deep and ragged. Feels bad. SEPH You sure? Aram twists off his own helmet. ARAM Suit’s got you, don’t worry. Wire-thin needles extrude from wrist health-monitors into Seph’s skin. SEPH Better. She nods at the others; off come the helmets. SEPH Walt - you have us? INT. SPACE SHUTTLE She and the others are visible through the wide lens of the relay. Tiled below that main feed are the suit cameras. WALT Clear. INT. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN - SAME SEPH Good. We’re moving on.
They head across the cavern, darkness holding them close. The floor is rough-hewn, no attempt made to smooth it out after the initial mining operation. At every step, the omnipresent dust swirls and eddies. Suddenly Gore stops. Points ahead, peering. GORE What’s that? A HULKING SHAPE looms before them. It moves jerkily in the crisscrossing light. Seph swallows, inches forward. Eases up. SEPH Machinery. Nothing. The three surround it. It’s destroyed, spread over thirty or forty feet. Ben looks up. The catwalk overhead is splintered. BEN Fell from there. SEPH Looks like you were right. This place is dead. Craw’s trying to get a signal in his vizion, but it’s fritzing, unclear. CRAW Hey doc, you said I was good to go. My vizion’s for shit. ARAM (puzzled) You checked clear. I’ll look at it again when we get back. INT. SPACE SHUTTLE Walt shakes his head sadly. WALT Now I know how Michael Collins felt. MAREK Who?
forty-two minutes. SEPH We’re the first people in history on board an alien ship.37. Seph looks at the two passages facing her. not worth a fart in a vacuum. SEPH (into radio) Marek .. answers for Gore alone. SEPH We’re going to split up. Techs. It’s the safe move. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN They reach the far end of the cavern. Why are we sitting here when Crawford doesn’t give a damn where he is? MAREK Because she can trust us to get them out if things turn to shit. (MORE) . BOTH .. each leading a different way. WALT See? Michael Collins.. we should stick together. then at Gore and Ben. map what we can and get out of here. Seph considers. Craw on the other hand.how much time? MAREK (on radio) Three hours. GORE Captain. She turns to the others. INT. you’re with Ben and me. SEPH Bad idea? BEN Usually is. Ahead are TWO TUNNELS.. The son of a bitch who sat on his ass in Apollo Eleven when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon.
Walt. Gore shakes his GORE . SPACE SHUTTLE Walt and Marek watch the progress on the mapping system. Ben. It’s a little bit red. head. She’s crazy. The passageway jags through the solid rock. Seph disappears into the darkness of the nearest passage. INT. leaving the others gaping. you’re our eyes. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY WITH Seph’s group (Seph. The two parties are in diverging tunnels moving off from the first cavern into the unknown. BEN And that’s why she’s in your chair. He follows after her. SEPH I want whatever version of a cockpit they have. she scratches at one of her tattoo mods swirling around her neck. at every junction. All of that and then some.38. you lead SEPH(CONT'D) Relays the others. INT. As Techs brings up the rear. GORE (getting a bad feeling) Why? SEPH Because we’re going to fly this thing home. She steps forward. Ben watches her go with admiration then turns to Gore. JEFFERS Yup. Gore. When they’re gone. Techs).
dissolves. Ben squints at them. INT. SEPH Maybe. TECHS Wow. It too.? A faint glow of LIGHT at the end of the tunnel. And lit by the blue light. Here and there the tubing has broken.. He gasps as it simply dissolves into dust. At some point there was order to the riot. TECHS You see that. and the blue liquid pulses feebly in streamers down the wall. . ROGUE/GREENHOUSE Alien plants of gray-green grow in wild profusion throughout the immense space. His fingers brush an exotically-curved leaf. But how were they going to stop it? No answer from Ben.. . Seph levels the tube gun like a weapon. They move forward to the end of the passageway. reaches out a slow hand... puzzled. BEN Maybe they launched it electromagnetically. is a JUNGLE. only this one is lit by a very faint BLUE light.39. SEPH How did they get it moving? We haven’t seen any rockets. growing beachheads into each other’s territory. It emanates from a glowing liquid coursing sluggishly through transparent tubing. Another cavern looms ahead. now it looks as if they are warring with each other.. SEPH What did you do? Ben touches another. Suddenly though... Techs slows.. TECHS Jesus.
All this. As they move on against the shifting blue shadows. their motion eddies the dust in their wake. Each has a wide transparent faceplate. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . As they enter. All dead.SAME WITH Gore’s group (Gore. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY . Jeffers slaps a RELAY on the wall. Seph nods at spiky potato-like objects hugging the ground. An entire biodome of fragile death. BEN Or all this rotted away and they just died out. towards darker corners. INT. Over a foot long. with four long divots extending from it. To the side of the path. Aram) The passage gives way to a smaller cavern. They move forward on a PATH that takes them along the outer edge of the jungle. thin. perhaps a hundred feet in diameter. it swirls away. watching them enter from the shuttle. BEN They’re dead. INT. BACK WITH the group.40. smaller paths lead deeper in. A FOOTPRINT. Their flashes reveal a dozen TALL METAL PODS sunk deep into the walls. revealing something pressed into the dry alien soil... Gore peers through - . SEPH This was a generation ship. Jeffers. it was supposed to feed someone. Other. Craw.CONTINUOUS WITH WALT. But what happened to them? TECHS Maybe they died out and all this just rotted away. Ben points out rows and rows of teardrop-shaped fruit hanging high overhead.
They are hollow. AND A FACE STARES BACK AT HIM! GORE Holy shit! He jerks back. WALT (to Marek) Crash couches? MAREK Could be. escape pods. Doc. Those look like crash couches with restraint harnesses. Don’t do that again.. But who knows? It’s not like we’re dealing with human physiology. GORE What are they? Shrugs. checking the feed. peers in.. WALT Best guess.. WALT Rake the interior. GORE Christ.. . BACK WITH the group. Christ. ARAM I apologize. They could just as easily be bathtubs. GORE Walt? Marek? WITH Walt and Marek. Nervous laughter. Gore angles the camera. A bank of CONTROLS becomes visible. contain what seem to be benches of some sort and odd-shaped harnesses. then realizes he was just looking at the reflection of Aram’s face as he stepped up next to him.41. Gore steps back up. The metal pods extend deep into the rock. I’ll make an effort to avoid all mirrored surfaces.
But down the other. You see this.SAME Seph and the group step forward into INT. ROGUE/BRIDGE .the BRIDGE. INT.42. Not far away is another. CRAW Tubs. That’s good. As their lights play out.a hewn corridor. Aram has wandered to the other end of the chamber. He aims his light down the right tunnel. SPACE SHUTTLE . SEPH Let’s try it. maybe 50 feet top to bottom and side to side. We’re in an alien bath house. Down one passage is more of the same . Ben and Techs come to another split.SAME Images come up of a smallish chamber. gun-gray METAL. giving way to ANOTHER CHAMBER. Seph smiles at what she sees.CONTINUOUS . Unlike the other passages. INT. this one is sheathed in a brownish.too high for humans. There are two more tunnels angling off. SEPH Bingo. Every inch of space is dominated by wall-mounted machinery. Panels crawling with curved alien writing jut from walls at a height of five feet . Seph touches the wall. Walt? INT. something different. smaller chamber. Yeah. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . JEFFERS I’ll take the happy ending. . WALT Yeah. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Seph. It curves. Unseen by the others. He disappears into the tunnel. They enter the metal-sheathed tunnel.
INT.. And at the center.. Doc? DOC?! . (beat) Why don’t you shunt image over to Gore... SPACE SHUTTLE MAREK (to Walt) If anyone can. he was right here..43. GORE Jesus. SEPH (to Ben) So..time? MAREK (over radio) About 2 1/2 hours.. Backless “chairs” are ranged at the various panels. Tell them Seph found the bridge. what looks like an alien CAPTAIN’S CHAIR.. SEPH (with a challenging smile) Think you can learn how to fly an alien ship in 2 1/2 hours? INT. Why? SEPH Marek . Notices GORE Where’s the Doc? CRAW What. He turns to the others.. An enormous darkened MONITOR wraps half the room. how smart are you? BEN Scary smart. she did it.. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY The images download to the group. as he sends picture to Gore’s group. IN Walt’s vizion.
. Chipped into the rock around the altar are what look like dozens of intertwined ARMS.S. The angle shifts slightly as he takes another step. Jeffers pauses. Jeffers leans into the left one. INT. see the tunnels. He follows Gore and Craw into the right-hand passage...as Jeffers steps into the tunnel. ALIEN WRITING curves about all the surfaces. then the thick dust heaves forward and begins to swirl.. As they leave the Launch Bay. Jeffers abandons the tunnel. Alien limbs seeming to reach for the altar. JEFFERS DOC! And closer still. light flaring. quiet.CONTINUOUS Aram is in a smallish chamber.) I’m in here! Look at this. Aram stands before it. PUSH IN slowly on that lefthand passage.44. GORE Doc! Jeffers peers into the dark. JEFFERS Doc? And then -ARAM (O.. A beat. unnerved. Carved into the rock wall is what looks like a small altar. With a nervous glance backward.. They run to the opposite side. . Gore the right. REVERSE ANGLE . Moving closer. Two pieces of the desiccated fruit from the dead jungle sit within. feeling something. ROGUE/SHRINE .
encompassing all the chambers so far. The map of the rogue’s interior has grown.you think you can lead us out of here? WITH WALT.45. There’s a passageway across from the one you entered. . as if something had been watching them leave. but I think I can get you there a little faster. and the intersecting tunnels. Now let’s get out of here. Walt . A beat. WALT All right. but finally moves on after the others.he’d like to stay. A flash of anger rips through Aram but he quells it.I don’t care what the fuck it is! You don’t ever go off without telling someone. Head out that way. It’d flesh out the map. Captain found the bridge. JEFFERS (small) What is this place? ARAM I think it’s some kind of shrine or GORE (coldly furious) . GORE Let’s do it. ARAM You’re right. Aram casts a last glance behind . GORE Damn right I am. Gore and the others slip through the rocks. WALT You can go back the way you came. then the POV shifts slightly. too.
Should swivel. SEPH (puzzled) Chair doesn’t swivel. Maybe theirs was greater. Her feet are about two feet off the floor. fully illuminating the controls. There are stations everywhere. Ben answers without looking up. . Seph is filled with wonder. ROGUE/BRIDGE SEPH I’m sitting at the helm of a starship. And tempus is fugiting. BEN Maybe they do. INT. She twists in the backless chair to see Ben and Techs working behind her.46. WALT He may do it yet. It washes over the room. SPACE SHUTTLE Walt and Marek see the lights come up in the Bridge. He inserts the fingers into four oval slots like the ones that opened the airlock door. A BLUE GLOW blossoms from liquid reservoirs in the ceiling. BEN Lux fiat. INT. She is sitting in the “captain’s chair” at the center of the room. SEPH Swivel? BEN Why not? Our range of motion is about 45 degrees. Techs is attaching the mech “fingers” to his hand. SEPH (unimpressed) Yeah. So get the engines started.
On the map. In the cascade of feeds from the relays. They’ve come to a split in the passages.. What he doesn’t see. Something different about the altar. WITH Gore’s group. CRAW Thanks for the advice. WITH Gore’s group. MAREK He’s only got two hours. Watches as they push on. Suddenly Craw shakes his head in annoyance. WALT Try the left. BACK WITH Walt and Marek. And there’s a dead space on the map between you and the bridge. image fuzzy. It’s filling out as Gore and the others make their way through the passageways. Walt returns his attention to the 3-D map perched over the cascade of feeds from the various relays. one passage seems on a direct line with the bridge. CRAW Shit. GORE Which way? BACK WITH Walt. . ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Gore and the others move on. Seems like there should be something there. I was definitely in danger of relaxing too much.. So keep your eyes open. key on one in particular. there are now THREE. The shrine. Where once there were two pieces of the fruit in the niche. Push in on it slowly. Walt smiles. INT.47.
Stops dead in his tracks. As with the lights. A cursor hovers. SEPH What are we looking at? Is that where they’re from? . He plays his light outward. Seph and Techs step up next to Ben. Instead of buttons or other obvious controls.48. ARAM I won’t know until I can examine you both. JEFFERS I’ve been getting interference too. doc? Aram frowns. but still distinguishable. the surface is marked with dozens and dozens of the oval holes that contain the controls within them. then the word “shutdown” comes up. GORE My god. Gore has gone on a few paces. With an electronic crack. Completely. to the end of the passageway. Nothing to see but glitches here and there. It’s a STAR SYSTEM. leaving his normal vision clear. The images are off to human eyes. Ben is manipulating them with his mechanical fingers. INT. GORE What? CRAW My vizion’s off-line. Images appear all around them. You think there’s something going on. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben stands at a station directly in front of the monitor screen. the images on the screen are formed from a liquid that flows through the monitor itself. Wait until we get to the bridge. Meanwhile. the monitor screen suddenly bursts to life. IN his vizion.
(she hesitates) Under two hours.S.. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . GORE (O.49. SEPH What’s wrong? TECHS My fingers hurt. The three exchange looks. That’s.Mars. SEPH Do it. Earth. . Gore’s voice comes over the suit radio. It’s a little shaky. Christ. SEPH Let’s go. Like the flu or something... BEN No. BEN Permission.) Seph. Just then. to continue to work here. Now.. Seph and Techs are moving quickly down the passage. They must have external sensors. Techs draws a short breath. Captain. Right now. my whole body hurts.A LITTLE LATER Flashlights glance off the dull rock. Our solar system. CUT TO: INT. See . flexes her hands as she walks. here. SEPH (a little taken aback) Did he just call me ‘Seph?’ (beat) What’s wrong? GORE I found something you need to see.
its upper reaches lost in shadow. TRANSPARENT PODS. Another step.? He nods wordlessly. end to end. Thousands upon thousands of them. Every single one is empty.. SEPH Then where are they? INT. He plays his torch out into the darkness. WALT I don’t like this. They should get the fuck out of there. Their torches are aimed at the ground. as if they didn’t want to see further out into the dark. The others follow suit. Her questions die in her throat. SEPH Get the doc to check you out when we get home. INT. SEPH Sleeping pods. SPACE SHUTTLE .50. It is larger by far than any to this point.. And into every inch of wall are set long. stretching from floor to ceiling. and they can see Gore and his group huddled close to each other. . ROGUE/CARGO BAY . The floor is littered with an infinity of smashed crystalline window components. Every single one of them has been smashed open. Not one bit. Gore turns to her.SAME Walt and Marek access the images.CONTINUOUS As they step from the passage. revealing the cavern around them. Seph’s voice comes small. squashed by the immensity of what she is seeing. He’s scared.
SEPH And you’re the one with the million-dollar mods. It reveals a pool of dark LIQUID about 8 inches long. Something’s happening on the console. BEN Huh. . They needed the food. In his vizion are the images from the bay. INT. captain.51.SAME BEN I see it.) Million-dollar question. ROGUE/CARGO BAY Seph takes a step forward. Ben’s fingers stop. I don’t know. I want some answers.SAME SEPH What happened here? BEN (O.S. Ben’s sitting in the captain’s chair. foot crunching against the crystalline shards. ROGUE/CARGO BAY .S.) Why sleep pods? I thought this was a generation ship. INT.he’s manipulating controls on the captain’s console with the metal fingers. SEPH Ben. you getting this? INT. Maybe they rotated. ROGUE/BRIDGE . That’s why they had the fields. SEPH (O. BEN Maybe they needed a population to tend the machines while the rest slept. She talks to Ben on her suit radio. A metal cover is sliding back. But his full attention is elsewhere .
like a gambler feeling the dice. SEPH Techs . these are cryo units. BEN (from afar) I’m working on it. . His entire body goes rigid. Then he lowers them to touch the liquid. ROGUE/CARGO BAY Seph and the others have spread out through the cavern. Captain. there’s no way we’re staying here. Craw’s getting a little edgy. Sleepers. Near as I can tell. CRAW Even fucking better. Techs has opened up a panel in the back of one of the pods. Circuitry is visible.SAME Ben stares into the thick liquid. his mouth drops. Their lights cut back and forth in the dark as they examine the pods.what do you have? TECHS Back to the wall. CRAW That’s great. His reflection looks dully back at him. They all just woke up one day and broke out? JEFFERS Or something broke in. He rubs his fingers against each other. INT. ROGUE/BRIDGE . right? SEPH Just get back to it. INT. I agree. So what happened to them? That’s what I want to know. Scared. Ben’s eyes fly wide open.52. We need something to show for all the helium we burned. I want bio samples.
thin inhuman body. and whatever happened to them. torn. It’s begun to fill out: a series of caverns of various sizes joined by a network of passageways leading in and out at various angles. SPACE SHUTTLE Marek glances at the counter. Finally turns GORE Come with me. Gore joins them. Seph looks around. As he manipulates the Rogue he sees that a number of tunnels lead into an unexplored DARK ZONE at the center. . I’d rather it was crawling with bugeyes. We should leave. His mods (which are small metal studs at the very tips) are slightly inflamed. CRAW (to Jeffers) This place makes me twitch. An indentation within traces the outline of a tall. Walt’s checking out the 3-D map of the rogue. He grimaces as his fingers touch the surface. Craw swallows his fear. A shade over an hour left.. He turns at a crunching sound behind him. We’re getting Ben. Anything but this ghost ship shit. It’s Seph. Looks at the tips. back to Aram. boots grinding the clear fragments. we don’t want it happening to us. and he and Jeffers start climbing a “ladder” that leads to the second level of pods. WITH ARAM. examining one of the pods. SEPH What’s your guess? ARAM I don’t have one.. WALT Check that out. INT. GORE There were thousands of them in there.53.
MAREK Gravity generator? WALT That’s what I’m thinking. Gore’s right. This thing has to stop. With a small.) But it happened so long ago.. Seph looks at him. BEN (O.. Ben stands with his back to them. pre-occupied. He is limned by the liquid glow of the solar system painted across the monitor.CONTINUOUS They enter. dreamy smile.S. INT. He turns. ARAM He’s not going to like it. An odd quality to it. We’re getting out of here.... Distant. Something strange about him. But here’s what I don’t get. ROGUE/BRIDGE . ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Nearing the bridge. Ben’s voice floats to them from the bridge. SEPH He’ll get over it. SEPH Ben? BEN So long.. BEN I found the captain’s log.54. If the gravity generator’s in there. hands at his side. right? I mean you don’t just shoot a ship across space without being able to stop it or change course. . and it’s just Ben. where are the engines? INT...
She returns her gaze to Ben. and pissed about it) I don’t know and I’m too scared to give a shit. As with all the others. . the ledges are reached by short passageways that are connected by roughhewn stairs running from floor-level to the roof. places the sample in a plastic bag in her kit. Craw’s jumpy. Craw. And GASPS at what she sees. WITH Craw and Jeffers. ROGUE/BRIDGE BEN Dip your fingers in. They emerge from a passage onto a ledge high in the air. She does. BEN Trust me. ROGUE/CARGO BAY Gore. Techs points out a dried splotch of dark liquid in one of the pods. these pods are broken and empty.55. TECHS That look like blood to you? GORE Scrape it up. Locks eyes. Techs and Jeffers are searching the pods in pairs. Just shine the light over here so we can get her her goddamn DNA and get out of here. Each level is serviced by a ledge that runs in front of the row of pods. WITH Techs and Gore. INT. INT. Seph’s staring down at that small reservoir of liquid in the captain’s chair. You’ll see. playing the light into the shadows. Dips her fingers. CRAW How long you think this has been out here? A hundred years? A thousand? JEFFERS (spooked. She does.
S. eyes wide. Seph jerks back... BEN Memory. Again.. Their attention is all his. until Ben’s voice begins to sort them out. BEN The planet was dying. of a flare ripping from a sun and enveloping a planet. ARAM What did you do to her!? What is that? Ben takes a moment to answer. A view from space. BEN Liquid memory. but I think they lock experience in that liquid. BEN I can’t begin to tell you how they do it.) There was a solar flare.. Aram steadies her. They built a ship. relishing the words. FUCK. Out of an asteroid.. I felt.56. Hope. SEPH But. a sea of molten rock on the sunfacing side. It’s like our memory chips. it wasn’t just that I saw.. Trepidation overload. But still.. SEPH What. The. . I think it was fear. The planet burning.. the weird images overlapping. Seph dips her fingers in. (off her look) It shows you what you want to see. A KALEIDOSCOPE OF IMAGES: A planet afire/a giant rock in space/an alien city in midriot. BEN (O. Now put your fingers back in. Let me guide you.
containing a dimly-seen occupant. awful. BACK WITH SEPH . The CARGO HOLD of the Rogue now. It looks like a series of ant eggs being carried into a hive... BEN (O.. BEN (CONT’D) Slaves. Small ships. From on high .S. so the figures loading the pods are difficult to see. BEN (O. A seemingly endless chain of the sleeper pods is loaded into the Rear Cavern (where they entered) and down through the tunnels into the asteroid. like tug boats.. with leathery gray/black skin that hugs tight a bony structure. There were riots. destined to wake when the ship arrived at a new planet. thin.as an alien city implodes. Each is whole..57. But every now and then. That doesn’t change anywhere in the universe. their movement is strangely fluid. BEN (O.. They were frozen. whose children would live and die on it. as tears threaten. A familiar place. Curved towers connected by ornate bridges collapse as munitions explode like blue flowers. as if their bones were extremely flexible. The images are overwhelming. .. They are tall. It needed mechanics.) Only a few could go...the view of a high-hovering machine .S. maneuvering an asteroid into orbit around a small moon.S.) The ones who left were the powerful..a moment. Mechanical diggers ejecting pulverized rock from the asteroid as they claw into its belly. They were called the Larl. as the pods are loaded into their slots along the wall.) But the ship couldn’t selfsustain.. The darkness of the cargo hold is broken only by dim blue lights. Ones who would live and die on the ship..
58. JEFFERS Hey . of systems failing within the Rogue. SEPH How much time? The dreamy fascination of discovery leaves Ben’s face. 5. annoyed and a little frightened.. Wherever they were headed. BEN The Kril. INT. A final image. girders twisting and falling. the plants in the jungle blackening in death. is working in a thick undershirt. they missed. BEN As near as I can tell. a POV of a gray-skinned alien hand with four long fingers holding a ‘fruit’ in its hands that turns to a fine dust. revealing a network of angry red lines running down his chest.I know your vizion’s down. CRAW What? JEFFERS You got anything else wrong? CRAW Like what? Jeffers lifts his shirt. He starts scratching his chest. It’s the beginning of infection around the modification wires running under his skin.. generations lived and died. Her hand is shaking.. her face stricken.. Time passed. as she lifts her fingers from the liquid memory. but. BACK WITH SEPH. CRAW Jesus wept. But something went wrong. They are a hundred feet off the ground. You tell the doc? . Jeffers has rolled the top half of his suit down about his waist. ROGUE/CARGO BAY Craw and Jeffers are examining the pods on the top levels now.000 years.
any of you people duck into one of the tunnels when I wasn’t looking? WITH GORE His POV . I couldn’t tell.. GORE No one from the bay.000 years. CRAW Well you better. God only knows.59..? He plays the camera around but can’t see anything. maybe you caught something from this place.Techs examining a ground-level pod.. INT. a DARK FIGURE brushes past the camera! WALT What the hell. I don’t think the captain knew. JEFFERS Not yet. Craw and Jeffers on a higher level. WALT (into the radio) Uh. . SPACE SHUTTLE Walt’s looking at the relay feeds of the passageways leading to the Cargo Bay when. Why? . He knew their life support wasn’t designed for that much time... INT. What happened? What went wrong? BEN Their nav maybe... WITH SEPH SEPH No.. ROGUE/BRIDGE SEPH 5. We’re all accounted for. But I could feel he was scared.
. Jeffers reaches out for Craw as blood sprays forward.. SEPH What the hell was that thing!? . look at SOMETHING LOOMS UP FROM THE PASSAGE BEHIND JEFFERS! Craw screams. Only when he reaches out to scrape the sample. suddenly very frightened. disappearing into the dark! WITH Gore and Techs. ROGUE/CARGO BAY (HIGHER LEVEL) Just as those words come over the radio.. tall. It looks like the dried ‘blood’ Gore and Techs found. horrified. SEPH Jeffers!! No answer. Swings on Ben. INT.60. ROGUE/BRIDGE Seph. They leap aside as the kicked glass rains down on them from overhead. skin wrapped tight around bones. Jeffers pleading. yelling into her radio. INT. Their eyes lock. IT’S WET. Craw terrified.. Craw sees a spot of something on the inside of the pod. Sinewy arms that blur forward and . CRAW Jeffers. Craw straightens up.. his light drops. Then Jeffers is whipped backwards. staring upward. sending crystal fragments shooting into space.JEFFERS ARCHES IN AGONY! His feet jerk. A quick strobe image of a CREATURE.. BACK WITH Walt WALT I think I saw something move that wasn’t one of us. .
Hard to see . BEN I can’t tell! It was too fast! WITH GORE AND TECHS Gore races into the stairs off the ground-level passageway. in her suit monitor. plus: his vizion is starting to fail too.) NONONONO!! AAAHHHHH!! NOOOOOO! They recoil in horror.Techs isn’t following. He looks back: “Come on!” TECHS (terrified) Shit! She runs in after him. SEPH Jesus.. JEFFERS (O.dark images in flashes from the torch. WITH SEPH ARAM Can you access Jeffers’s camera? SEPH (into radio) Walt? WITH WALT WALT Sending feed. nothing but blackness BEN Camera must be . now.S. He stops in the shadows . Cut it. Ben plays the image in his vizion from Craw’s camera. Walt. CUT TO: ..and SOUNDS.61. BACK WITH SEPH In their vizion.
SEPH Shit. even the ceiling. MAREK Seph . INT.it’s Gore. faced splattered with blood.62.S. GORE COME ON! CRAW Where are we going? GORE (angry) Where the fuck do you think we’re going?! Gore grabs him roughly. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY GORE Yeah.) They’re going after it. Gore! Wait! We’re coming! GORE (RADIO) We don’t have time to wait! He’ll be dead! SEPH You don’t even know where the thing is! INT. SPACE SHUTTLE Marek spots Gore and the others. propels him into the same passage Jeffers disappeared into. as if Jeffers had been dragged and pulled along like a doll. INT. INT. Gore’s torch picks out BLOOD smeared on the floor and walls. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Gore and Techs run out onto the ledge where Craw has fallen to his knees. . ROGUE/BRIDGE MAREK (O. yeah I do.
catches Walt’s eye. SPACE SHUTTLE Walt and Marek watching the cascade of feeds MAREK THERE! Just a flash of movement. INT.. INT. worried. Doc. But Seph. eyes flashing. WITH SEPH AND THE OTHER TWO.? WALT I think he was alive. There’s too much here to learSeph spins on him. She races out. then gone. . SEPH How long? MAREK (RADIO) Twenty minutes.this is a Seph he hadn’t seen coming. followed by Ben and Aram... a tall alien form. move! We’ve got to catch up with them.. racing through a passage. ROGUE/BRIDGE SEPH Ben. MAREK Is he. BEN You go. INT. MAREK We spotted Jeffers. We think he might still be alive.63. SEPH Move! That’s an order! Ben swallows his retort . SPACE SHUTTLE Marek sees the timer. you’re running out of time. Tops. Jeffers dragging behind it.
INT. WALT I can cut some time off for you. WITH SEPH.. ARAM We’ll never make it. . ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Seph and the others. Gore slows. you heard what she said! We can’t have more than 15 minutes! GORE Shut up! Up ahead. Techs and Craw bring up their axes. coming to two passages. The one slanting down. CRAW Christ. then WALT Take the next passage right. get you to where Gore’s going. Alien writing carved into the walls.64. hoists up the tube gun.. clambers into the downward slanted. and Craw. Gore. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Gore leads. See something familiar. They edge forward. Seph grunts in pain as her knee slams an outcropping. can I get some help here? BACK WITH WALT Tracing with his finger where the creature took Jeffers. The SHRINE is just ahead. The others follow. lights pick up a smeared trail of blood leading into a chamber. scrambling downward.. then Techs. She keeps moving. INT. SEPH We’ll make it. SEPH Do it! A quick calculation. where he was spotted. Walt.
. scared.. dropping from Craw’s face. in quick succession. GORE Hold on CRAW GORE GORE HOLD ON And then it’s there! Gore’s finger tightens on the trigger.. Ben and Aram look. GORE There’s.. RIGHT TOWARD THEM! Gore grits his teeth. Breath lets loose. They’re about to enter the shrine. Suddenly it explodes upward in a slow-motion corona. INT. SEPH Did you find anything? Where’s Jeffers? Gore angles his head at the altar. Look away. ROGUE/SHRINE CLOSE ON: the dust. CRAW HOLY SHIT! Holy shit.. And then they see it. Seph. TECHS Nooo. A beat. ragged in relief. CAROMING THROUGH THE PASSAGEWAY. What’s on the altar next to the desiccated alien fruit. part of him. but holding his ground..65. Holy. flowing like liquid on the ground.. Nothing there. then lets up: IT’S SEPH AND THE OTHERS.. then they whip into the chamber. THEN COMES THE SOUND OF SOMETHING ONRUSHING. . Shit. CRAW Gore. like meteor strikes in the desert. Twice more. It’s SWEAT.
SEPH Walt. Could he live through that? Four sets of eyes on him. CRAW Bullshit! His fucking arm’s torn off. CRAW And even if he is. SEPH (cold) Doc.. Seph locks eyes with Gore. TECHS (low) Craw. then he nods shallowly. don’t. Get out of there. ARAM Yes. Asks him a silent question ‘you with me’? A moment.. Tops. WITH WALT WALT Yeah. Back me up on this Marek. we got no time. Torn off at the shoulder.. Like an offering. wire mods dangling from their places beneath the torn skin. Not getting it. Passageway right behind you. It’s been placed on the altar. how long we got? MAREK (RADIO) 15 minutes. you got a vector on that thing? CRAW Oh shit. No way he lives through that. It’s Jeffers’s ARM..66. It’s possible. each wanting the same answer. . CRAW (triumphant) See? We gotta go. With her.
It disappears at the head of two trails that lead deep into the gray fronds. The path continues on. Can’t quite tell what it is they’re seeing. She leaves the path.. She sets off down a path.67. As they move through. but off to the side. Victims of some time-lost slaughter. Seph stops. Muted relief. There are no plants here. They play their lights back and forth. SEPH (RADIO) Where’s it go? BACK WITH SEPH Bad looks at the answer. tube gun leading. CRAW Oh fuck. Thousands upon thousands of them. all jumbled together. The killing field of an alien race. ROGUE/GREENHOUSE The ashen jungle of alien plants spread out before them. BONES. the plants have been trampled. . SEPH (quiet) We stay together. INT.. then at Seph. leaving a trail that heads directly into the middle of the greenhouse. And then. The others follow. They look at the two paths. They follow after her. but the ground is jumbled with something. plants turning to a fine powder beneath her feet. eyes squinting against the dark. lit only be their suit lights. WALT (RADIO) The Greenhouse. At their feet is a spray of blood. the stirred air swirls particles from the plants that haze their vision. ARAM These are the ones from the sleepers. and soon the trail opens before them into a wide cleared area.
can we GO? oh my god. stepping gingerly through the skeletons..? Aram kneels down. watched. We find Jeffers and go. Marek? MAREK (RADIO) Ten... but all of them segmented an inch or two of bone connected to the next with rubbery cartilage.... but thin.68. peering between bones. A Presence.. held in place by ribbons of tissue. as if the thing had begun to tear him in half. maybe. find Techs a few feet ahead. He picks one up. Fascinated. THE CREATURE ERUPTS FROM THE BONES BEHIND TECHS! For a moment. . the flashlights converge on it. Techs’s voice comes out of the darkness. following them. TECHS But what happened to them? BEN A war. muscular mouth. It has two arms and two legs. At her feet is Jeffers’s body. plays his light over the remains.. Choked. They spread out. TECHS I’ve. And all the time. with gray flesh mottled with black. His chest is split down through the middle. Recognizable arms and legs. a slow frozen turn. he’s over here. Seph and the others come running. twists it. tearing out through the muscles of her back. then SCREAMS as the stiletto fingers jam into her shoulder! Ribs shatter as they plunge through her.. . like a human spine. Finally. His head is tilted unnaturally to the side. the arms ending in four stiletto fingers. almost ten feet. It rotates easily past 180 degrees.. CRAW Now. It’s tall. Techs twists. Nestled within the fingers like a spider’s body is a pinched.. he puts it in his sack. from breastbone to spine.. SEPH We don’t have time for that.
The creature slams her against the wall. the others drop down after her. Its top half rotates at the waist toward Seph as she and the others pour in after it. INT. SPACE SHUTTLE .CONTINUOUS Techs screams.69. watching the whole thing. Adrenaline-charged.GO! . pull her out of the tunnel and back in to INT. let’s go. ROGUE/GREENHOUSE SEPH Jesus. Techs drops free and it scuttles off down the tunnel.. stunning her. As if weightless. It arches in pain.SAME Marek and Walt. body jointlessly slithering around the curve as it disappears. get her. and lets out a HISSING ROAR from a skin-fluttering tympanum in its neck.what do we have?!! INT. she’s yanked downward into the pile of bones to a TUNNEL hidden beneath! A horrified beat. SEPH GET HER! Seph reloads as Gore and Ben grab Techs. Seph swings up the tube gun and FIRES! The slim titanium tube hisses through the air and buries itself in the creature’s back. ROGUE/TUNNEL . the four fingers stand out from her space suit and then each one splits in half. For a moment. ROGUE/GREENHOUSE . folding outward to form hooks that clamp her flesh. blood blooming on her suit. COME ON! Fuck the trail . then Seph shoves the skeletons aside and slides down into the tunnel.. MAREK Five minutes! INT.CONTINUOUS SEPH MOVE! Marek . come on.
ARAM I’ve got to stop the bleeding! SEPH No time! We don’t make it to the shuttle. SPACE SHUTTLE MAREK Ramping engines.70. they’re taking off without us! INT.. plants dusting as they heave her forward.I’m on it. IN Walt’s vizion. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . MAREK (RADIO) One minute! . Shuttle engines start to hum.CONTINUOUS They slam into a passageway. Walt and Marek flick switches. MAREK (CONT’D) Get ready with WALT . SEPH Marek? MAREK (RADIO) Three! SEPH Get ready to blow the lines! INT. They drag Techs straight through the jungle. past the downed machinery they saw earlier.. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN They blow out of the tunnel into the CAVERN they entered first.. A cursor hovers over the ‘Harpoon Release’.. She shrieks and moans with pain. SEPH Almost there. INT.
. too. ..?!! BEN I DON’T KNOW! INT. Strong.71. the airlock door leading to the exit tunnel.! A ROAR BEGINS TO FILL THE CHAMBER. ANGLE FROM high up on the wall as they rush forward. SPACE SHUTTLE .. SEPH Ben. WALT The magnetic field .SAME They feel it in here. THE ASTEROID BEGINS TO THRUM WITH POWER. CRAW What the fuck’s that?! SEPH I don’t care! Ben . About to slam the pressure plate when. More red. SEPH We’ll be there! Just ahead. Horror rips him. We’re on top of the rocket exhaust.it’s a plasma cone. WALT There’s a magnetic field beneath us. A thousand. Walt realizes. WALT And the temperature’s spiking. Ben’s the first to reach the door. Indicator lights going crazy. A MECHANICAL DIN KNOCKS THEM TO THEIR KNEES. MAREK What’s happening? Walt scans the panels. Building. 500 degrees. They’re being watched. Red everywhere..
But the fourth.SAME The asteroid surface is melting. Temperature 3500 degrees. SEPH Do it. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN .72. Outside cameras show the ground beneath the shuttle. WALT HELMET! Marek scrambles into her helmet as Walt shoves through the hatch. INT. IT’S BRIGHT RED.SAME MAREK (off the indicators) Oh my god. Walt hits the harpoon release. unable to release. is floating above it like a kite over hell. Blow the lines and go! WALT (RADIO) We’ll lose you. The shuttle. INT. Screams at Marek. Magma flows in wild zerog shapes. Craw moans. EXT. ASTEROID SURFACE . the catch is melted... . Walt sees. No choice. A flick of a switch.SAME They all hear. Three of the ropes explode downward... held by a single tether. SEPH Walt. heads for a hatch into the belly of the shuttle. Leaps from his seat. get out of there. SPACE SHUTTLE . Seph! We can’t get back! Seph shares a look with the others.
and is sucked out into the void as the shuttle atmosphere VENTS. CRAW Or what? Huh? You’re not fucking captain here! (MORE) . raises his fist AND PUNCHES THROUGH THE SHIP SKIN! Synthetic flesh tears. grabs the melted tether hook and yanks. Craw. CRAW Holy shit. EXT. revealing metal bones. With a final jolting soundless roar. SEPH (soft) Shut up. Marek opens her mouth to speak. Aram looks up in horror.73. Walt thrusts his hand down through the hole. SPACE SHUTTLE . works to staunch the blood flowing from Techs.SAME Shock. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN . a flame half a mile high blossoms from the hidden rocket. Orange blood-analog sprays into the air. Marek’s flaming body cartwheels into the void.SAME Huge chunks of the shuttle slam into asteroid outcroppings. We’re fucked.SAME Walt anchors himself to the floor. Walt looks up at Marek. The fuel tank melts. INT. ASTEROID SURFACE . We’re fucking dead. the shuttle glows red. INT. vaporizing the magma itself. It’s too late. Seph and Gore stare at each other wordlessly. skin beginning to melt. OUTSIDE. then recovers. THE SHUTTLE EXPLODES.
cutting him off. SEPH What do you mean? Ben holds his head.74. BEN Thank ySeph spins back on him. (beat) We’re on a different heading. SEPH . closes his eyes. wasn’t it? Did you do this? He launches himself at Ben CRAW DID YOU? WHAM! Seph clocks him. watching the dust flow over his feet. dropping him to his knees. . CRAW Shifted course? That’s what the two of you were trying to do. hard) She is the captain and you will do as she says. The ship did this.. BEN I’m thinking. BEN Look at it. shoves him back. And he’s. It’s moving differently now. CRAW(CONT'D) You’re only captain on your ship AND IT JUST BLEW THE FUCK UP! Gore grabs Craw. as if dizzy.Did you? BEN I hadn’t gotten that far. Craw shrugs free of Gore. The dust. Seph turns to Ben. GORE (quiet.. BEN The rockets shifted our course. flowing in one direction.
A LITTLE LATER BEN There. but crushed.75. ROGUE/BRIDGE . BEN (to himself) My mods. SEPH We don’t have time for you to think. steps close to the screen. We are headed somewhere. Ben keys on Craw’s last words.. . CRAW We got all the time in the world... lost. Ben and Gore stand before the monitor screen. Ben points out the blue ball of Earth. BEN Earth. BEN No. SEPH What’s it going to do when it gets there? BEN Colonize. Quiet now. we’re in an alien ship being hunted down by that thing. Where before it was off to a corner. We’ve got to find out where. it’s now dead-center. Craw spits blood. Ben’s vizion shudders. GORE (unnerved) How did the ship know to do this? Seph shakes her head. Seph. heading nowhere. they’re not CRAW (finishing) . CUT TO: INT..
their protocol could be to cause an extinction event and wipe out the dominant species.. Christ. What does it matter if none of them are alive to crawl out and multiply. examining the four puncture wounds that entered her back and drove out her shoulder.76.. It could slam right into the ocean. She’s moaning in pain. Aram and Craw have made Techs as comfortable as possible. for all I know..wh. He shares a look with Craw. Aram removes a very long needle from his bag. He’s got her shirt off. BEN That’s what they set out do. The word drops like a stone in a pool. I want to go home. isn’t it? SEPH But how? There’s nothing left of them but that thing out there BEN (snapping. You’re going to be all right.? ARAM I can try.. . It’s Craw. drifting in and out of consciousness... angry) I don’t know. She’s.what are you?. loads it up with a liquid antibiotic. Who gives a shit at that point? NEARBY. Her voice comes out garbled. honey.. They are lividly inflamed. CRAW Can you. CRAW It’s me. He looks at what Aram’s doing. TECHS .. It’s very. Her eyes partially focus on Craw. very bad. TECHS I want to go home. We’re in an asteroid.. He poises it over one of the exit holes..
if you can hear me.and finds her staring at him.How long before we hit atmosphere? IN Ben’s vizion. No hint of pain. this is going to hurt. It’s my head. 2:43:05. Ben picks up one of the communications relays. Nothing. inserts the needle into the torn flesh.77. Aram squeezes. It slips in all the way. Craw looks away. ARAM Techs. He glances at Techs for reaction . Seph looks at him. the liquid enters the wound. 5 seconds. but it’ll help you. worried. 2 hours. drops her head back down. Formulae stream across but there are dead zones within the field. His fingertip mod runs along a contact on top. BEN Sorry. Ben finishes off his figures by writing with his finger tip in the dust on a command console. No emotion. . BACK WITH SEPH AND BEN Ben gathers himself. ARAM (thrown) Techs? TECHS Who? She closes her eyes. BEN (annoyed) I’m fine. He leans forward. 43 minutes. A COUNTDOWN DISPLAY begins. BEN This is what we’ve got. it’s SEPH (cutting him off) .
Craw does. but that’s all. you’re with us. She’s burning up. you’re here. listen up. right? GORE That’s what Walt thought. This thing can’t reach earth. yeah. everyone. Gore’s loading up on supplies . We’ll need it. It makes him sad. but he nods.78. Get the engines working. Aram steps up to Seph. Ben. Yeah. CRAW Yeah. All right. SEPH Jesus. As he closes it up. She eyefucks Crawford. Nearby. That’s job 1. Doc.the tube guns. darlin’. half of its legs gone. BEN What about you? SEPH (to Gore) You said you spotted escape pods on the way in. CRAW (soft) You’ll be okay. ARAM How do you feel? . Meanwhile. puts his hand on Techs’s head. SEPH Good. He gets to his feet. he spots Techs’s mech spider. We’ve got a shot. SEPH You good with that? Takes a moment. I guess. Grab Techs’s kit. SEPH Let’s hope he’s right. Do what you can. Craw. We’re going to see if we can get them working. We have to change course. some explosives. stay here with Techs.
The whole crew is having problems with their mods. it’s fritzing. SEPH Good enough. SEPH You worried about me? BEN That creature’s still out there. running at least lowgrade fevers. read by his diagnostic mods. that is.tiny metal studs on the very tips. holds it palm up. SEPH That a real question? ARAM I don’t mean it that way. Everything normal. His mods are diagnostic . heart beat. He holds them against her skin. Not a coincidence. ARAM No. SEPH And I’ve got no mods. IN HIS VIZION. CLOSE ON his fingers. Normal temperature. ARAM You mind? He takes her hand.79. SEPH What? ARAM There’s something going on. . Aches and pains. I’ve got other things to worry about. (to Gore and Craw) Let’s move. Physically. Ben puts a hand on Seph’s arm. But Seph’s vitals come up. oxygen content. Like the others. SEPH Well figure it out. As they gather. Everyone but you.
MOMENTS LATER Seph. pushing in on the DNA itself. It is. SEPH You too. but strong) It doesn’t matter if we get off. SEPH (fatalistic) Yeah. Her external mods have begun to curl free from her skin. That’s all that matters. but he’s got a schematic based on the map created by Walt and Marek. Seph leads. Behind them. He zooms in. Looks a bit like infection lines. Earth. past the cell stage. BEN Be careful. Aram cuts the arms free from Techs’s shirt. showing us the skin sample he took. (soft. another RELAY counts down. He sets the mech fingers in place and begins to work on the panel. moving backward. They hurt. . They disappear inside. SEPH Which one? GORE (off his vizion) Middle. INT. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY . ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben cracks his fingers. Gore pulls up rear. Gore and Craw enter the passageway. 2:38:11 INT. Each digit has a group of red lines beginning to form on it. Its SCREEN lights up.80. Aram takes a skin sample and places it in a small machine from his bag. tube gun aimed ahead. Sucks in his breath. Gore’s vizion is almost gone. She nods at the monitor. They come to three branching tunnels.
CRAW Head hurts like a motherfucker. The DNA of the mods is covered with strange new proteins like barnacles on a piling. However. It wasn’t. Craw rakes his light around nervously. you’re the only one who can do this. Without Techs. As with Jeffers’s DNA. He casts about. The DUST. GORE This is it. mind whirring.CONTINUOUS Seph Gore and Craw exit a passageway into a familiar area. Seph grabs him. . The clear-fronted ‘escape capsules’ line the far wall. lets some settle into his hand. there is something different now. plus the piggyback DNA strands of the mods. SEPH Craw .I need you here. You good? Craw gathers himself. ARAM My god. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY . swirling over his boots. Techs’s DNA has the normal double helix. but I’m good. Then he notices it. SEPH So what do you need to do? CRAW Make some fingers. Watching us. seen earlier. ARAM (to himself) It wasn’t the air though.81. CRAW I can feel the fucking thing out there. He leans down. INT.
Pinches a leg in a pliers. CRAW (to the spider) Sorry. He rummages through Techs’s bag. Whatever those things were in the sleepers.It’s in the dust. like skin cells. INT. They just shed DNA. ARAM I don’t know. Maybe something. He’s busy at the controls. it attacks like a virus. BEN We’re becoming them? Aram looks at his own diagnostic mods.. BEN What is? Aram indicates the viewer. ROGUE/BRIDGE Aram puts a sample of the dust into his microscope. Suddenly the bridge is BATHED IN MUTED LIGHT as the control panels hum to life. Comes up with the mech spider. They’ve begun to crack and bleed at the tips. They’ve begun to turn red. they must not reproduce sexually. Ben doesn’t notice Aram. ARAM Their DNA. I can do this.. in-between. BEN I’m close.S. Ben looks down at his fingers. It shows the DUST is laden with the same barnacle-like proteins on Techs’s DNA. And whatever it lands on. Maybe.) . Ben turns to him. Brings up a side-by-side of Techs’s DNA and the dust. I can ARAM (O. Doc.82. .
. getting closer in the monitor. INT. All our mods are genetically tagged so our bodies don’t reject them. we all die. Christ. ROGUE/BRIDGE CLOSE ON: another sample of the alien virus piggybacking a DNA strand. BEN She’s wireless. I think that opened a back door for the alien DNA. I can barely even think. CRAW There. INT. He’s working them in the oval holes on the face of an escape pod. twist. almost.. that means. SHIT! He pulls them out in frustration. BEN If we’re all carriers. The tips go in deeper. ARAM Yes. All of us except Seph..83. Craw’s got a new pair of mech fingers... Which means we’re all carriers now. She’s symptom-free. My head’s SEPH I don’t give a fuck about your headache. . You don’t get that open. ARAM That’s yours.. He steals a glance at Earth. CRAW I can’t do it. CRAW My head feels like it’s going to crack open. Aram nods. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY The mech spider lies legless at the bottom of the bag.
A banging... Ben and Aram share a look: “we?” INT. A knocking. her voice moves oddly up and down the register. metal on metal.long.. Her bare chest has begun to change.. GORE What are you doing? SEPH Looking. Techs is sitting up.O. Down that passageway. realigning it. long years. You’re a lot more useful than I am. The pliers clatters to the floor. SEPH (to Craw) Keep working.. skin DARKENING... From there.we didn’t want to do it. TECHS (V. Then comes a NOISE. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY Gore’s bending one of Craw’s ‘fingers’ with a pliers. (to Gore) What is it? He shakes his head.) ..84. Bang! Bang! Seph takes a step toward that dark passage. insistent. SEPH No. As she speaks. They turn quickly. Ribs standing out in high relief. It comes again. Seph and Gore aim down the hall with the tube guns. GORE I’ll come with you. her throat throbbing like a drumbeat. Gore makes to say something more but - . Stay with Craw. TECHS .
hooding the iris. A RELAY clicks over: 1:34:17. a little further than normal. GORE You always were a bitch. SEPH Stay. Ben and Aram shiver in air suddenly gone dead cold. as if forming two fingers where a single one was before. BEN Who are you? She cocks her head.. . It drops to the side. Their ship. Her words are halted. ARAM What do you see? She indicates the ship around her. Aram dares a step forward. TECHS I’m me. INT.. as if unfamiliar. I didn’t see. TECHS This. They have started to SPLIT down the center. (beat) The ones who slept. I didn’t do.85. Gore attempts a smile. SEPH Still am. She stares at them from eyes whose skin has begun to fold down. Seph disappears down the corridor. Ben and Aram look at her fingers. the things I remember. then confusion. The ones who mattered. Our ship. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben and Aram step away from Techs.. TECHS Who the fuck do you think I am? A spark of anger there.. But what I remember.
She peers down. Her eyes shift back and forth. A bad one. She looks about wildly. A secret to be told. TECHS Not us. But it never did. The light picks out the end of the tunnel. She exits into the Rear Cavern. Crawford has him. Prayed for them. INT. TECHS Them. Never stopped. though. A tunnel opens to her right. Forward. tube gun poised.. Bang. Bang! Not from the tunnel. tries to refocus her. We kept faith with them. Ben lays a hand on her arm. Never stopped. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN . Techs pauses. We lived and died..86. light barely denting the black. INT.CONTINUOUS Bang. Techs looks at Aram as if he should know better: TECHS Sam’s not a boy. For the ship to stop. BEN Tell us about the ones who slept. Techs eyes suddenly darken in panic. ROGUE Seph inches down the passageway. Children lived and died. Bang. Keep moving. He’s all right. TECHS Sam? Where are you? SAM? ARAM (soothing) He’s not here. . TECHS But the food stopped. Sweating.
Never stopping. Food came from them. INT. pulls out a hypo. her lone light ineffectual against the mass of darkness pressing down.. but the one. There. All dead dust. But the hunger was still there. Bad. None but.. TECHS Not usually. TECHS Then. we ate. The food stopped coming. (beat) .. until none. Two of her teeth drop to the floor in a shower of blood.87. First the ones that mattered. But so long we were in the stars. shadows creep along the hewn stone walls. So.. Ourselves. She follows it.. Coming from the airlock door. ROGUE/BRIDGE TECHS There were machines. Eating us. BEN DOC?! Aram rummages his bag. The ones that slept.. bad. Ben and Aram exchange horrified looks. Techs smiles. Bang.. TECHS .. Dust swirls at every step. Out there. Nothing grew. She doesn’t even notice.. . One by one.. Techs chomps down hard. a bloody snake-grin. Never waking up. Bang. Hoping to stop. The sound reverberates through the dead space.
Blackness empty. ROGUE/CARGO BAY Craw plunges the fingers in again and.Walt. then pulled back. SEPH Oh my god .. digging deep into the rock wall.nothing. And then it bursts open! A DARK CREATURE LUNGES FOR HER! The tube gun spits. Stops. the ESCAPE POD DOOR OPENS. Whirls and . At the pain-prick. BANG! She jumps. Aram jams the hypo into her arm. Useless. too frightened to open the door. Seph yells out as a MAN tumbles into the cavern! Not the creature at all. A CONTROL PANEL lining the interior of the escape pod. INT. It’s WALT... Hand reaches out toward the airlock door.. She staggers to her feet...88. Swallows hard. she casually swipes him with her arm. GORE Yes. She shakes her head. but the tube slides by. sending him to the ground. Feels something behind her. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN Seph steps toward the airlock.. ALIVE. Walt! . All I did was open the door. We’ve still got that ahead of us. . INT. CRAW No. then drops back. Fingers outstretched.. unconscious. The pressure plate. .
? His voice a gurgle. He screams into his suit mike. She kneels beside him. I’ll get you help.. His face blackened and charred. She’s out.SAME His voice cuts over her suit radio. BEN SEPH!!! INT. WALT Seph. Something different.89. ARAM Ben. BEN Those.. Blackened eyes stare up at her.. Walt. why are the stars moving? Ben spins around. but her body is twisting and turning... SEPH Oh Jesus. The ball of Earth has grown closer. from melted vocal chords. it’ll be okay.. INT. BEN The greenhouse. Aram looks past Ben toward the monitor curving across the wall.bits of the asteroid surface and the ship blown into his metal skeleton while it was nearliquid with the blast-heat. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN ... . I’ll . She peers down at the suit monitor. But there’s something more.. as if her insides were contorting terribly. mechanical pupils dilating slowly. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben and Aram stand over Techs’s form. the other halfmelted. His entire body is a mass of bubbled metal dense with inclusions . One arm is gone. aren’t stars. It’s showing the same ‘stars’ heading their way. THREE PINPRICKS OF LIGHT ARE MOVING OUT FROM EARTH TOWARD THEM.. that’s where they put them when they were through.
They hit one after another.. The asteroid deforms under the impact as the surface boils. ROGUE/BRIDGE . With a whump.90. WITH BEN. SEPH Oh my god. blood starting down her neck. EXT. crying out in agony as the air pressure spikes and her ears POP. hitting the ceiling then dropping back to the floor. Rock vaporizes beneath them. hurtling through the air. the ceiling balloons out and SNAPS! . But arcing out from the atmosphere are THREE NUCLEAR MISSILES. soundless domes of infinite light. INT. ARAM Allahu Akhbar. INT..SAME Earth coming up fast as the asteroid plunges forward. sun-hot. SPACE . ROGUE/FORWARD CAVERN The ceiling of a forward cavern glows red with the impossible heat. The stone becomes plastic then BUBBLES UP as the air pressure pushes outward. ARAM Are they enough? BEN I don’t know. EXT.SAME BEN (soft) It’s asteroid tracking defense.. WITH SEPH. SPACE IMPACT. Aram shuts his eyes.
rocketing broadside into a pillar. MULTIPLE ANGLES of: AIR whistling down passageways. DUST swirling in mini-vortices. Craw is whipped through the air. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY The air cyclones out of the launch bay. Thousands of STALACTITES hang down from every point on the inside of the space. his body doesn’t break. held in the wavy fractured light of a magnetic field is a SPHERICAL OBJECT. are slowed for a moment. right at the gravity generator. It crawls with electrical charges that slither across its surface like a snake over a sand dune. . hundreds of yards in diameter. The dark zone at the center of Walt’s map. Gore is ripped from his feet and slammed into a wall. then javelin in. Vacuum hits the Rogue. ROGUE/CENTER Deep inside the asteroid.. A sickening crack! as his leg snaps. Only. DEBRIS hurtling through the air.. instead bends oddly about the stone. INT.91. Tendrils of magma fly outwards as the air blows into space. The thousands of tons of rock hit the magnetic field. As the energy from the nuclear blasts vectors down through the asteroid. CUT TO: SOMEWHERE we haven’t been yet. It’s a perfectly spherical space... the stalactites SHATTER and are SUCKED toward the Object from every direction. INT. This is the source of the asteroid’s gravity field. At the center of the space.
The image coalesces. A little more detail in the face now... ANGLE DOWN A PASSAGE as something scuttles within. Where eyes might be is a single liquidy sac . a RELAY clicks down from 1:00:00 to 0:59:59 INT... This is how it sees.some kind of fluid held beneath a semi-translucent membrane. They hit. WALT Did we. nuked? SEPH Yeah. Human. Stiletto fingers scratch at the rocks.. the dust hangs like a FOG in the silent passages. an image begins to form in the liquid. WALT What’s. we did. ROGUE/FORWARD CAVERN The air continues to blow out the ceiling. its gray/black head keying downward. The rest of the passageways remain open. . ROGUE/REAR CAVERN . and the Spherical Object begins to CRACK. After a moment. until AIRLOCKS drop into place. It’s the CREATURE. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY As the wind dies down throughout the ship. INT. just get. Only the passageways to this Forward Cavern are closed down. And nearby. His mechanical eyes fight to focus on her.SAME WALT kneeling by SEPH.. Yeah. Two forms in a cavern below it.. They are: CUT TO: INT.. It moves to the end of the passage. sealing off the cavern. Next? Locusts? Smile from Seph.92..
He drags himself to his feet. TECHS IS GONE. Ben swallows his own fear. Craw goes to help him. the “broken” half of his arm lifts back up parallel with the floor. GORE Don’t worry about me. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben’s there. SEPH Ben? Are you there? You read me? INT. then at the table. but not doing so well. as if there were a NEW JOINT in his forearm. But then. The visible skin is etched with vivid red lines where the subcutaneous mods are being rejected by his body. INT. He’s holding the arm straight out from his body. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY Craw untangles himself from the pillar of stone. nods to Aram. There’s a new 90 degree angle in his forearm. SEPH Like living in California. but the wrist and hand are pointing directly down at the floor. Looks down at his arm. He looks at Ben. (indicates the escape pod) Get that thing working. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN Seph snaps on her suit radio...93. INT. BEN (scared) Doc? Aram’s shaking himself as he gets to his feet. His body has an almost elastic quality to it. Gore is trying to heave himself into a sitting position despite his broken leg. . right? Always something.
BEN No. Craw’s inside the pod. He’s working it. Earth looming large. ANGLE FROM HIGH UP . WITH THE CREATURE as it begins to crawl downward from its high perch. SEPH (into radio) Gore? How’s it going? WITH GORE. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN SEPH Right here. BACK WITH SEPH SEPH (to Walt) You travel? (off his nod) Ben . (into radio) Seph? INT.Thanks.the creature’s POV. He looks like shit WALT . GORE Craw’s in.we’re heading your way. .94.But he’ll make it. The nukes did they kick us off course? INTERCUT WITH BEN Ben checks the monitor. stiletto fingers finding minute cracks in the rock wall. dead ahead.he’s alive. SEPH . BACK WITH SEPH. trying to figure the control panel. And Walt . Seph and Walt move out across the long cavern floor toward the tunnel leading forward. BEN Find her.
but her LEGS are still in the same position. There’s a corridor junction ahead.95. And then her head turns to face him . Something not right here. His light envelopes the back of her head. In slow strobes. fast. Barely-seen. . He halts a few paces away. blinding him red as Techs flips him over. It’s Techs. when she LEAPS! Techs lands on his back. He’s alone. hunting him in the single low beam of the flash. She’s shivering. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Aram is scared. Techs running. Terror. back to him. her new face. Aram breathing hard. You can’t. terrified. Skin completely gray. Blood cascades from a cut on his scalp. A lot. A FIGURE sits on the floor. ARAM Techs! Are you all right? He approaches slowly. light searching the corridor ahead of him. slams him to the floor. legs and arms moving strangely. TECHS It hurts. ARAM (voice small) Techs? You there? TeHe stops.180 degrees! TECHS No. The light drops from Aram’s hand. ARAM I can help. Aram almost to the end. Techs’s torso twists 180 degrees to match her head. Techs is on her feet. pulling tight against the bones. INT. Eyes disappearing behind translucent folds of skin. flowing with new joints. Behind him. Aram turns and runs.
SEPH What the hell was it? WALT (getting a really bad feeling) Locusts.0:37:46. A now-vestigial thumb dangles uselessly to the side. then. Her foot accidentally kicks a chunk of metal. SEPH (scared) We’re not going to make it. INT. ARAM Techs. The falling stalactites are acting in exotic ways.. as local gravity fluctuates. In a grotesque human parody.. She checks a RELAY . Quiet. It clatters against the floor then leaps slowly into the air before settling back down. TECHS No. A new scream dies in his throat. she raises an alien finger to her lips. .? A moment’s hesitation.. then down. Hope flares.96. ROGUE/CENTER Cracks are spreading faster and faster over the surface of the sphere. Aram SCREAMS. The knife fingers rocket down into Aram’s chest. INT.. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN Seph and Walt move through the fallen machinery at the end of the cavern. moving sideways. then up. SEPH Did you see that? WALT Yeah. Like gravity wasn’t working quite right. I think.
Time slows as in a perfect sphere BACKWARD.what do I have to lose? explodes. They zero width and are gone .as the creature hits Seph. Seph and Walt cling to the wall as the creature bellows at them.97. INT. THE CREATURE LAUNCHES ITSELF AT SEPH! Just as INT. Just as it’s about to clamp down on her . ROGUE/CENTER . Its hands reach out for her face. WALT SEPH!!! Seph screams as the creature tears at her. its throat vibrating. its knife fingers shredding her suit. The magnetic bottle shimmers.SAME THE GRAVITY GENERATOR SUFFERS CATASTROPHIC FAILURE. hitting against a wall twenty feet over the floor. the claw fingers opening.WALT IS THERE. slamming the creature aside! The alien spins out in the zero-g. its momentum carries the two of them halfway up the wall. The spherical object shatters and the million pieces expand outward then STOP and are suddenly SUCKED disappear into a prefect point of as if they never existed. Gravity is gone. then dies. ROGUE/REAR CAVERN So . And then two things happen at the same time: FROM THE DARKNESS. revealing the muscular mouth enfolded within. WALT Get out of here! I’ll hold it off! SEPH I’m not leaving you! WALT Look at me . where they stay.
They meet in the middle. still sticking out of its back. ready to leap back at them. grabs at the TUBE embedded in its back. Seph leaps into the air RIGHT AT THE CREATURE! ANGLE WIDE . As it passes. She twists away. The tube she shot it with earlier. the alien gathers it legs beneath it. Pieces of the body carve comet-trails through the dust hanging in the air. She tosses Walt a MINING DETONATOR just as the creature launches itself right at them. WALT (CONT’D) No fucking way! With all her strength. twenty feet off the ground.98. and HOLDS! Vectors shift. the creature’s upper torso twists 180! Seph is suddenly staring down at its face as its arms swing at her! Just as it’s about to rake her belly.The alien and Seph heading right for each other in the middle of the air. On the opposite wall. Grabs again. It’s dead.. Seph spots something. SEPH Not happening. . IDEA. Seph and the creature spin in the air. WALT What are you He gets it. At the same time. With her free hand she pulls out a MINING CHARGE and jams it into the tube.Walt thumbs the detonator and THE MINING CHARGE EXPLODES! The alien’s body is ripped in half! Blood starbursts in the zero-g.. she draws her legs beneath her and pushes off from the alien’s back! Seph arrows straight up just as . Misses. it aims a disemboweling sweep at Seph.
INT.99. teeth gritted against the pain of his broken leg.. Seph hits a ledge.. feel the hum build. . SEPH You feel that? He got them going. GORE (to himself) No quiero estar aqui ya. responds without turning. INT. like when the rockets fired. A twisting manipulation and a HUM begins to build. Seph meets Walt’s eyes. They’re buried in the controls. The RELAY reads 0:14:37. CRAW I don’t know. He’s floating a foot off the floor. Walt looks up at her. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY Gore is inside the escape pod with Craw. ANGLE ON Craw’s fingers. you did it. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Seph and Walt kick down zero-g halls. SEPH Maybe. WALT That was supremely fucked up. Hope flickers. Lights suddenly play across the control surfaces. GORE Jesus. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben’s working feverishly on the bridge controls. but what’s visible is bright red with infection. Shakes his head. (beat) How did you do it? Craw cocks his head slightly. INT.
BEN (to himself. BEN How do I know that? VOICE (O. Her voice is sinewy. BEN (seeing it) Fifth position. Complex grouping of miniature buttons. hold for thrust parameter.. shifting into place. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben fishes a fiber optic cable down another set of holes. and IMAGES play in his mind.. Voice emanating from a toothless mouth hung with flayed flaps of skin. A mouth.S. The buttons at the bottom of the holes. knife-point toes digging into the rock to hold her down. It’s TECHS. Second position. Bent at the waist. Ben can see the skin beginning to pull away from the palm of her hand. Fear written in them. angry) Which ones? He closes his eyes in frustration. boots gone. TECHS And we know. From the corner of his eye. Rejected mod wires float around her where they curled loose from her skin.100. Her head twists down with an ugly popping of new joints until her face is inches from Ben’s. confused. rear port thruster. . forming a new structure. A nightmare stew of alien and human DNA. almost sensual. INT. Her hand reaches out. Brings a picture of them up on a suit monitor.) Because you are we. third position. No longer human. Ben shoves backward in fear. His eyes open slowly. touching his face.
. She reaches down. frightened) No. We’re under ten minutes. sublimated within the creature she is becoming. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Seph helps Walt along. EARTH is large in the monitor. He’s in worse shape now. ROGUE/BRIDGE Ben’s RELAY reads 0:9:14.Craw’s done it.you hear that? How long before you get the thrusters going? INT. TECHS Home. GORE (RADIO) Seph . BEN Where? For a moment. But we don’t do. We want to leave here. SEPH About goddamn time. until the mech fingers disengage the controls. Ben . When Seph’s voice comes through. We’ve got a way off. Ben? You don’t want to die here. TECHS Then do nothing. it seems as if Techs were there once again. TECHS (hissing. do you? BEN (quiet. Techs is gone again. TECHS We know. No. We want to go. Gore’s voice comes up on her suit radio. INT. of Seph) Not us. Don’t you want to go home. Techs’s face harshens.101. pulls his hand back.
Techs hears. He checks the monitor. she SCREAMS! She looks down.. Looks up at Craw working the panels.. the mech fingers staying in the wound. So close. BEN Seph.. GO! Seph kicks away down the corridor. Ben looks at his hands. WALT Go! I’ll catch up..102. TECHS Death comes. his arms. SEPH Ben? BEN?! Walt tears his arm free from her. Do . We’re changing. I’ll get the thrusters up. Viscous black blood pumps onto Ben’s hands. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY Gore is distraught. the four mechanical fingers jutting into her flesh! She pulls back. A virus. nothing. The minute her bulk hits him. INT. As she pulls herself toward the passage entrance.? (beat) There’s something in us. Snarls. INT.. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Seph and Walt hear the fight. we can’t bring it back. They’re changing. Ben’s hand is jammed against her chest. Leaps at him. Earth. We can’t go home. Home. but after that. He bends his lips to his suit radio.. A terrible swipe of her arm sends him flipping through the air. She spins back on Ben.
Gore kicks escape pod zero-g. SEPH Ben? Ben?! . He’s changing. Out of control in the slams into a rock.103. How. Ben’s single worklight casts a circular glow on the floor. He flexes them. Tips like stilettos.Craw emerging from the pod...? He grabs Craw’s arm. His POV . Long. GORE I said did you hear He stops. Gore jams himself into a darkened niche. He spins out of the into the launch bay. they’re different too. he leg erupts backward on his good leg. But Craw is still working the controls. slim. CRAW Why hide? Look. It has begun to shrink around his bones. GORE Did you hear what Ben said? Craw doesn’t stop working. The mechanical fingers. scanning for him. And his fingers. Gore steals a glance at the skin on his arm. head bobbing unnaturally on his neck. same bone-thin features.. He screams as the broken in agony. Same gray/black skin. INT.. Staggers backward in horror. CRAW You’re already us. Notices something floating near the ground. His fingers are still buried in the alien finger holes. CRAW We heard. Ben floats in the middle of it. Craw’s changing too. Swings him around. unmoving. In his hiding place. They sway like reeds in the wind on their new joints. Craw’s voice husks into the shadows. ROGUE/BRIDGE Seph flies into the bridge.
Seph jerks up . Seph leans down. there. Seph looks around. (to Walt) Find out what we need to do. He hangs his head when he sees Ben’s floating body.. . Techs. Relief floods through Seph.. BEN (very weak) No. BEN Need. Seph spies another corridor leading off the Bridge.. SEPH (hopeless) Ben. She starts at a sound behind her. a trail to follow... Walt.. Can’t fire engines. time.. but knowing she has to leave him again. SEPH I’ll get them. the mech fingers. SEPH (for him alone) I love you.104. SEPH You’re ..the RELAY reads 0:3:15.thank god. Without them... Seph kicks to him then clamps down with her boots on the floor. Torn. Blood seeps from it in the zero-g. Traces of Techs’s blood hang in the air. But then . BEN She’s hurt.. Her questing hands find a terrible wound in his chest. no sign of her. kisses Ben... SEPH Where are they? BEN She.Ben’s eyes flutter open. Left.
ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Another Relay: 0:2:56 Seph follows the trail of Techs’s blood.ARAM! He’s dead where Techs left him. He shrieks as Craw brings the club down on him. Gore is helpless. INT. DISSOLVE TO: INT. BEN (weak) I like to hear you say that. then she is gone. This time though. Again. And again. Gore grits his teeth.105.. Close. Blood shoots in arcless streamers through the air. Gore’s hands close over a piece of alien metal. His jaw deforms. face a bloody mask. Gore comes in again. The two spin together. Below us.A DARK MASS. ROGUE PASSAGEWAY Gore hiding. swinging wildly. skipping from wall to wall as fast as she can. A weapon. Craw catches the downswung club and rips it free. . He spins in the zero-g under the relentless rain of blows. smashing Craw in the temple. hits the wall. Craw moving close by. A small smile on Seph’s face. COMING UP FAST! Her momentum slams her into it. New world.. 0:2:57. CRAW (rasping) Come come come. AND SPRINGS AT CRAW! The makeshift club sails in. his body flips through the air. Seph shoves it away.a miner’s axe. tangled. Blood sprays. She raises her axe to strike. splashing against the face of a RELAY. swaying in the air as Craw comes toward him. In her hand is her lone weapon . SUDDENLY .
rasping voice) We never liked you. spins her face to face. Then Seph’s face becomes visible in the glow of her flash. Human/alien muscles bunch. into the shadows.Seph’s flash. plays her light ahead. Then she’s there . TECHS. Earth fills the monitor. There’s a SMALL CAVERN ahead. From the connecting passage comes a lance of light . CLOSE ON her eyes.Seph. It’s Aram. It illuminates a mass of Techs’s blood hanging in mid-air. TECHS (ugly. The RELAY reads 0:2:02. Techs tears at her. watery membranes forming an image of the approaching light. floating in horizontally. INT. flash held ahead of her. Angle up. Flashlight jammed into his dead hand.106. Moment of realization - . Only it’s not Seph. Seph. and Techs launches straight down at Seph! Her talons dig deep into Seph’s back! Seph slams against the floor under Techs’s momentum. ROGUE/BRIDGE Walt’s running his fingers over the control panel. WALT Come on. Seph moves past him. A gray/black form clings to the ceiling like a spider waiting to drop. INT. SMALL CAVERN Inside the cavern.
then Seph comes flying out of the darkened corridor. Seph. RELAY: 0:0:25. INT. Techs lets out a gurgling hiss then thuds into a wall... Walt. I promise. She tries to rise but Seph hits her once again and she goes limp. His breathing shallow. Only now. Seph holds Ben. Seph lets her float free. Checks a RELAY. 0:0:59. Techs dies. coming up fast. TECHS GRABS HER! Pulls her close. Black blood spews.107. Walt jams them on. dips his fingers into the controls. at the moment of death. She tugs Seph closer. Earth. rolling. the madness leaves her and it’s just Techs looking up at Seph. says something inaudible in her ear. watching the timer click down. grabs the mech fingers. Now it’s a race.. axe in full swing! Techs takes it full in the head. nods. As she pulls them free. throws the mech fingers to Walt. kicking wildly down the corridor. . ROGUE/BRIDGE SEPH WALT! She hurtles in. Seph slamming into a wall. SEPH Never liked you much either. . kicking out into. Seph reaches down.. TECHS Please. SEPH I will. Seph looks at her. There’s desperation in her voice. bruised. bloody.
ROGUE/BRIDGE For a moment. . his breath still. So close. ATMOSPHERE The asteroid slams down into the atmosphere. skipping off the atmosphere. They did it. But then EXT. INT. ASTEROID SURFACE Rockets fire from hidden channels. SEPH Ben. ATMOSPHERE The asteroid arrows across the sky. Seph and Walt exchange looks. INT.108. Home.metal fingers tripping buttons. we His eyes are closed. glowing hell red. And then they leave it behind as they climb back out of Earth’s atmosphere. SEPH No. RELAY: 0:0:17 Walt working the controls. RELAY: 0:0:12 Inside the controls . they can see a wide expanse of ocean beneath them. RELAY: 0:0:7 IGNITION! EXT. EXT. vaporizing rock. ROGUE/BRIDGE Seph and Walt look on in despair as Earth’s atmosphere embraces them.
as Seph kicks her way in the zero-g through passageways and caverns. He just went a little ahead of us. Tears fill Seph’s eyes. . Ahead of it lies the deep emptiness of space. INT. ROGUE/LAUNCH BAY She floats out of a passageway to find a BODY still spinning slowly in the air. Walt lays a hand on her shoulder.109. Walt is slumped against a wall. INT. WALT What if there’s something else out there? SEPH (smiling grimly) What if there is? Then she’s gone. SPACE The Rogue leaves Earth behind. EXT. ROGUE/BRIDGE Seph stands at the edge of the passageway. almost beautiful. Seph. WALT I’m sorry. coming at last to the Launch Bay. She touches it. Seph kisses Ben. SEPH I need to find out what happened to Craw and Gore.. WALT You can’t go alone.. SHORT MONTAGE Melancholy. Gore’s body is barely recognizable. SEPH Don’t be.
And then fade up. CRAW Home.SAME Rumbling. ESCAPE POD . SEPH Craw She stops. EXT. slashed by the light. just a little. INT.110. She moves past him. looks through the forward porthole. SEPH Crawford? Craw? No answer. A FACE leans forward. no movement. . INT. EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE Something fiery red burns down through the air. GO TO BLACK . SEPH No. SOMEWHERE DARK SUPER: TWO WEEKS LATER Her Voice comes up once more.. eyes searching out the dark corners. The escape pod. IT’S GONE. Through the window she can see right out into space. shaking. at one of the escape pods. The ball of Earth is just visible. What used to be Craw grins. She edges slowly down the line of escape pods. to that Young Girl’s face. Looks to the side.
. The girl stifles a gasp. A sudden NOISE from somewhere outside. The noises come again. Her eyes disappear as she scrambles backward. out of the light. SAM (excited) You know my mommy? Where is she? Is she here? Seph has to say something. SAM Who... I’m not going to hurt you. The figure straightens up. I can hear them..O. But they’re still out there... closer.and SAYS: NEW VOICE It’s all right. Who are you? SEPH I’m a friend of your mother’s. It’s okay. They come closer.. .111. LIGHT POURS IN as a door is thrown wide! The Young Girl screeches in terror. YOUNG GIRL’S VOICE (V. right? Samantha? The little girl nods. footsteps marred by a strange dragging sound... I promised her I’d find you. It’s SEPH! SEPH You’re Sam.. throwing herself to the back of her CLOSET.) Aunt Sophie told me to hide in here ‘cause mommy was coming back any day now and she’d find me. Wrong time. A figure leans in toward her.
He knew. Which means you’re going to have to be brave. knows. It’s WALT. She’ll try. SAM Where are we going? SEPH I don’t know yet. Like your momma. SAM You did? WALT Yeah. He’s here to help.112. SAM She did? WALT She did. SAM My mommy made that. A little mechanical spider. Seph extends a hand. SEPH We have to leave now. Sam masters herself. Sam sees him. Sam nods. Seph leans down. SEPH She’s not here. takes the girl’s shoulders. SEPH It’s okay. . pulling an injured foot behind him. The three of them leave Sam’s bedroom. Sam takes it. She used to get mad if people made fun of the way I look. That gets a small smile from Sam. But we’ll talk later. Something catches Seph’s eye on the way out. scuttles backward in terror. your mommy too. That dragging sound comes again. Sam. We just made a long trip ourselves and we’re not sure what’s out there. but hides behind Seph.
Do you mind if I take it with us? Sam nods.113. SEPH I know. Her eyes find an open window. Half of it is burning. It’s a picture of chaos. Muffled screams. Seph takes the spider. She peers outward. SEPH Just in case. Then the SOUNDS begin to filter back through. A misshapen shadow lunges from a doorway. THE END . Fluttering roars from throats no longer human. They head out the door and we GO TO BLACK. A SMALL CITY sprawls outside. Seph shares a grim look with Walt. dragging someone inside. stuffs the spider in her satchel. People are scattering through the darkness.
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