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Alien Force
Written by:  AndyUK


Chapter 1 - Chapter v0.1


ALIEN FORCE


A Screenplay by Andrew D. Connor.

May 2001 - December 2002


“Earth is the Safest Place in the Universe!”

DISCLAIMER

ALIEN 1979, ALIENS 1986, ALIEN3 1992, ALIEN RESURRECTION 1997 & PREDATOR 1987 Copyright
20th CENTURY FOX, all rights reserved.  Original ALIEN design by H. R Giger.

I DO NOT own anything in either Aliens/Predator franchise.  This script is a
FAN-FICTION only, INCLUDING individual names, places and organizations created solely
for the purpose of telling the story.  Any infringement is not intended.

All characters and related Aliens/Predator material are Copyright & Trademarks of
20th Century Fox Film Corporation.  



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FADE IN:

EXT.   LOW EARTH ORBIT.  

(DREAM SEQUENCE)
                                         
AUSTRALIA:  Prominently a huge golden desert, with the tropics in the north, plentiful rain forest in the east.  The cities shine clearly visible around the coastlines.

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

AFRICA:  Sweeping in from the north a vast arid desert forms a large part of the landscape, while open plains and a heavily forested Congo basin roll in from the west.  

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

SOUTH AMERICA:  The Andes mountain range runs the entire west coast, behind a narrow coastal plain.  The huge Amazon basin stretches over a fifth of the landscape

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

Gradually we ZOOM IN on South America.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT.   AMAZON FOREST.   DAY.

A SWEEPING SHOT above the Amazon Forest, LIFTING slowly into the horizon.  Suddenly the huge space ship U.S.M. AURIGA drops into frame SMASHING into the Earth.  A BRIGHT light follows the deafening EXPLOSION, then the blast wave heads towards us followed by the title...


A L I E N   F O R C E
 

EXT.   AMAZON FOREST. (CONT.)

PANNING RIGHT with the blast, effortlessly brushing the trees aside.

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

HIGH ANGLED SHOT of the U.S.M. Auriga as it continues to fall.

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

TRACKING DOLLY SHOT following the blast as it spreads outwards.

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

EXT.   EARTH.   20,000 FEET.

DROP SHOT as the stern of Auriga finally SMASHES into the Earth.

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

EXT.   AMAZON FOREST.

WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the mushroom effect created by the blast.

                                              (PARTIAL CREDITS)

DISSOLVE TO:

LOW ANGLED SHOT through the trees, a HUGE fireball heads towards us filling the screen.  THEN   switch to SLOW MOTION SHOT of the TOWERING flames.
 
RIPLEY (V.O.)
A perfect organism.  Its structural perfection is matched only
by its hostility.  A survivor unclouded by conscience, remorse
or delusions of morality.  And now ‘finally’ it's here...in me!

(DREAM SEQUENCE ENDS)

FADE TO BLACK:

FADE IN:

EXT.   SPACE.                                                              

PANNING DOWN slowly through the blackness of space lit by a multitude of stars, the familiar sight of a full moon comes into view.  Suddenly a small beige coloured vessel ROARS over-head into frame, the civilian ship THE BETTY.  CONTINUING DOWN with the Betty we see the moonlight dancing on a liquid surface...we're not in space...but several hundred feet above sea level, over the ATLANTIC OCEAN.  

INT.   THE BETTY.   SLEEPING QUARTERS.                                    

CLOSE UP on Ripley as the lights flicker on, we PULL BACK as she wakes.  Inside the cramped room are 6 cryo tubes, the walls plastered with pictures (mostly obscene).  Beyond the cryo's are a few lockers and some redundant monitors.  O.S. Johner enters Quarters.

JOHNER (O.S.)
Rise and shine Ripley old girl, we're almost at the drop off.

RIPLEY

Yeah, old isn't the only way I feel...how long?

JOHNER
ETA... (looks at watch) 10 minutes.  Here!
                   
He hands Ripley a ready-made beverage.

JOHNER (CONT.)

If this shit don't wake you it's got side effects guaranteed to
keep you on your toes a week, know what I mean?

RIPLEY

Ugh, Jesus, don't you have any real consumables on this bucket?

Johner shrugs innocently.

INT.   BETTY COCKPIT.                                                    

Flying the ship with the right control stick is Vriess, Annalee Call is not present at this time.  He turns briefly to acknowledge Johner and Ripley who just entered.

VRIESS
Hey...shape it up you guys.  I was beginning to think I was all
alone here.

JOHNER

Yeah right, oh I forgot, you ain't got sorry-ass Call to soothe
you over.

VRIESS
You leave my baby outta this!!  She can take care of herself, I
know that much.

RIPLEY (to Johner)
Yes, I'll second that too.

Ripley, still scantily dressed in her underclothes, eases into the other pilots seat next to Vriess and stares out ahead.

RIPLEY’S P.O.V. sees the ship approaching an uneven shape on the moonlit horizon.
Is that it?
     
VRIESS    
Yeah...300,000 tons of solid man made junk proudly owned by the
United Systems Military.  Welcome to Terran Island, the last of
the big guns...sure is a sad sight to see.

RIPLEY
Really?

VRIESS

Don't get me wrong nobody wanted war, least of all me.  Far as
I'm concerned the whole Earth versus The Colonies thing stinks.
But what they built here, and now look... (sighs) just a piece
of junk.

RIPLEY
I still don't like this...even if I did I agree to it.

JOHNER (O.S.)
Don't worry about it!        

RIPLEY
Easy for you to say, you're not hiding right under their noses.

JOHNER

Look man I already said...the army don't give a shit about this
place.  Christ they even turned it over to a bunch of religious
ass-holes, no concessions.  Like Vriess said, a piece of junk.

RIPLEY
You mean non that you know of.

There's a brief pause as Ripley tries to compose herself a little.  

JOHNER (to Ripley)
Here put this on, and don't bother asking where it's from 'cos,
like a lotta things in here, it don't matter.  Present company
exempt of course.

RIPLEY
Glad to hear it.

CLOSE UP as Ripley observes the tiny transmitter device given to her, concealed in a bracelet, which she fastens to her wrist.  O.S. Johner leaves the cockpit for the Cargo Hold.

CUT TO:

EXT.   TERRAN ISLAND.   NIGHT.

LOW ANGLED SHOT as The Betty approaches the island at 200 feet, then ARCS RIGHT across Terrans HUGE cliffs.  We PAN RIGHT as the ship SKIMS below them to avoid being detected.  

CUT TO:

INT.   BETTY COCKPIT.  

Vriess attaches a headset and switches it on.

VRIESS (to Johner)
Switching to 'Silent Running'...now!

RIPLEY

I wonder how Call's getting along?

VRIESS
She'll be just fine.

RIPLEY
You really think I did the right thing?  I mean I know it's non
of my business...but I do notice you care about her a lot?

VRIESS

She wanted to go ‘really’, she told me that herself.  It wasn't
just because of those things either!  Maybe she feels she's got
stuff to prove to us, y'know because she's a robot?

JOHNER (V.O.)

Hey Vriess man!  I think we gotta small problem here called the
‘manual release’.

VRIESS
Damn it that’s all we need. (studies panel) Hold on a second!

RIPLEY
Is there a problem?

VRIESS

Not really, dam struts make nearly as much noise as the engines,
so we planned on swooping in setting down on manual.

RIPLEY
Silent running, that figures...now what?

Vriess reaches above him and begins flicking some switches

VRIESS (to Johner)
Looks like we picked up a little extra damage on re-entry, I’ll
have to set it down from here.
               
JOHNER (V.O.)

Whatever...just watch them god dam cliffs!

RIPLEY
Why don't I make everyone’s life easier and jump off?

VRIESS

Hold onto your butts, this ride may get a little rough.

Vriess pushes the gear lever down, suddenly loud WHINING and CLANKING noises fill the cockpit.  The Betty begins to BUFFET and SWAYS close to the cliffs in the cross winds.  

He immediately brings lever back but...!
   
VRIESS
Awwww fuck!!

JOHNER (V.O.)

Shit...what the fuck...!!

Vriess fights with the control stick Ripley struggles to keep on her seat.

RIPLEY

What the Hell’s wrong?

VRIESS

She's unstable!!  The landing gear’s jammed...won't set down or
retract, something ain't right!!

JOHNER (V.O.)

Shut it off...shut it off!!

VRIESS (to Johner)

I can’t!!

RIPLEY
Jesus Christ Vriess, do something...before we all end up in the
goddam cliffs!!

VRIESS
What...what did you say Rip?

RIPLEY

Fire her up and take her down, anywhere I don't care, I'll jump
off.  We can't hang around here too long!

JOHNER (V.O.)

Vriess!  Shut the fuckin’ thing off!!

VRIESS
Ripley I got an idea, I’ll fire her up and set her down as best
I can, you’re gonna have to jump ok?

Ripley responds with a ‘thumbs up’ sign and vacates the cockpit.

Vriess THUMBS the main power switch igniting the engines, the struts drive ‘unexpectedly’ shuts down and the noise lowers!

VRIESS

Thank Christ for that.

Vriess eases The Betty back under control and steers the ship up over the cliffs.

CUT TO:

EXT.   TERRAN ISLAND.   FERINA HILL.   NIGHT.                              


HIGH ANGLED SHOT, slowly ZOOMING IN on an area like a perfectly formed ravine in the forest.  Two 100 foot tall 50,000 volt fences stand 30 feet apart either side of this ravine.  Lights from the fencing illuminate randomly placed security gates, and the area between called THE PERIMETER.  We ZOOM IN further observing 6 human figures and some horses tied to a post.

EXT.   FERINA HILL.   THE PERIMETER. (CONT.)

These people are nuns, dressed in a simple garb of blue-gray habit, white headdress and collar with a large silver cross.  Near the highest point on Terran Island called FERINA HILL, they finish covering something on the ground.

LOW ANGLED SHOT as a SHINING LIGHT suddenly ROARS over them, then disappears over Ferina Hill.

CLOSE UP of Sister Jean, at 40+ she looks remarkably young for her years.

SISTER  JEAN
Hey, what was that?

SISTER MAISY
I don't know but I want to.  C'mon girls lets go take a look!

SISTER RUTH
We're not supposed to go beyond the Perimeter Maisy!!  You know
the rules.  Anyhow, we haven't even set the trap yet.

SISTER MAISY
Looks good to me.  Well, what are you waiting for lets go!

Sister Maisy is 30 years old and leader of the group, so the others follow...except one who remains with the horses.  

Sister Lauren is 21, quite thin and not so tall.  She runs after Maisy but only to protest.

SISTER LAUREN (to Maisy)

But what about the horses, we can't just leave them?

Maisy unlocks and opens the outer Perimeter Gate.

SISTER MAISY

‘We're’ not you stay here Lauren, this may be too dangerous for
you anyhow.

SISTER LAUREN
And the wolves...what if they come back?

SISTER BECKY (distant O.S.)
Maisy c'mon!

SISTER MAISY

Hey I got it, use your cross, that oughta scare ‘em.

She giggles then runs after the others.

SISTER MAISY (CONT.)

Wait up I'm coming!

SISTER LAUREN

Yeah very funny Maisy, but just remember when they're eating my
sacred butt, on your head be it ok?

CUT TO:

EXT.   THE FOREST.

LOW ANGLED SHOT of the nuns running up the hill, the bright light descends casting a YELLOW GLOW through the trees.  

Then LOOKING DOWN towards them, the light from their lamps guides them into the darkness.

EXT.   THE PERIMETER.

Lauren walks back to the horses, mumbling to herself, kicking the dirt as she goes.  

LAUREN
Oh mind the stables Lauren...feed the horses Lauren...clean the
floors Lauren!!  Hey, while you're at it, why don't you kiss my
freckled butt Lauren!!  

She stops beside a white mare and strokes her.

LAUREN (CONT.)
It’s not that I mind looking after you guys...of course I don't
why would I?  You're the best Girty, I'll never leave you.  Not
without saying goodbye anyway. (looks upwards)

LAUREN’S P.O.V. staring at the clear night sky.
Sure is a beautiful night Girty.
                 
LAUREN
Hey what do you need me for anyway?  I mean look, you guys have
been around ‘millions’ of years, long before God had this crazy
notion for us humans!!  So...I'm sure you can take care of your
selves while I go check on the sisters, I’ll be 10 minutes tops
I promise, ok.  Bye.

Lauren kisses Girty then leaves.

CUT TO:

EXT.   THE FOREST.

As the nuns approach the hilltop one of them stops, the light ahead less than 100 yards away.  Ruth, the largest of the group wearing round spectacles, goes back to help Casey, who is the youngest.

RUTH
Casey what's wrong...are you ok?

Casey takes a frantic dose of her inhaler.

CASEY

Ruth...I don’t know what it is but...I'm scared.

RUTH

Don't worry Casey I'll protect you (hugs Casey) don't I always?

Casey nods then gets to her feet again.

RUTH (CONT.)
C'mon Lets keep up with the others, we'll be even safer then.

EXT.   FERINA HILLTOP.

Just ahead of the others Becky reaches the top, suddenly there's a thundering ROAR followed by a GUSHING wind.  

Trees SWAY violently, branches beginning to BEND and BREAK.  

The nuns run for cover, then Becky pulls back her headdress and heads on towards the now RISING light.  

JEAN

Becky don't, stay back...!!

As the light rises the wind breaks, then the others all chase after Becky.

TRACKING SHOT behind Becky, running much faster now, arriving in a clearing just as the light lifts into the night sky.

HIGH ANGLED SHOT down on Becky DOLLYING AWAY as she drops to her knees.

BECKY

NOOOOOOOOOO....come back!!!

SMASH CUT TO:

EXT.   THE FOREST.  

LAUREN’S P.O.V. the light visible through the trees for a few seconds then fades.

LAUREN
Well...I guess that's that.

She turns to make her way back downhill.

EXT.   FERINA HILLTOP.

The others catch up with Becky who’s kneeling on the ground.  Maisy goes to her first and sees she is crying.

MAISY

Becky, Becky what is it what's the matter, are you hurt?  

BECKY

It was him...I know it...I saw him.

Then they start hugging each other and BOTH begin to cry.

EXT.   THE FOREST.

As Lauren continues downhill a SNAPPING noise causes her to FREEZE!  

LAUREN’S P.O.V. scanning the trees high above.  Some leaves drop.  Then suddenly DOZENS of BATS fly out from the trees overhead.

She JUMPS with fright but doesn't scream, takes a deep breath.

When all is quiet she continues downhill.

EXT.   FERINA HILLTOP.

The nuns search for clues on the lightly scorched clearing, except for Maisy and Becky still holding each other.

BECKY

You do believe don't you Maisy?

MAISY

Of course I do. (kisses Becky’s forehead)

BECKY
And you're not just saying it?

MAISY
Not in the slightest.

Ruth puts some gum in her mouth.

RUTH
Well, I don't know about you girls, but I say there's something
awfully fishy about all this.

JEAN    
Awfully fishy ain't the words, more like undoubtedly suspicious
I’d say.  I mean, if something comes down outside the Perimeter
then no one’s supposed to know right?

RUTH
Yeah I guess so.

While the others talk O.S. something already has Casey’s attention.  On her knees she touches a thin melted trail, it burns her finger drawing a tiny drop of blood.  Curious she follows it.

CUT TO:

EXT.   THE FOREST.

As Lauren approaches the Perimeter something LEAPS out of the trees ahead, she ducks behind a tree, then nervously peers out to see who the intruder is.

WIDE ANGLED SHOT of a longhaired figure walking into the Perimeter towards the horses.

EXT.   FERINA HILLTOP.

Ruth and Jean still search for clues on the ground, Maisy comforts Becky, glancing at Jean as she walks towards them.

JEAN (to Maisy)
What's up with her anyway, she having one of her attacks again?

MAISY (to Jean)

She's fine!

RUTH
Hey Becky, what 'did' you see?

JEAN
For a minute I thought she said someone...‘HIM’ or something.

MAISY (to Jean)

Well what do you think!

JEAN

What, you mean him as in... (points upwards) ‘him’?

Maisy doesn't answer, while Becky turns away.

JEAN (CONT.)

Yeah right...like the good Lord’s gone up in the world, and now
travels in a starship, don't y'know.

Jean and Ruth both start laughing, all still unaware what Casey is doing.

CUT TO:

EXT.   THE PERIMETER.

TRACKING SHOT behind the intruder who strokes the mare gently, unties her, then quietly leads her towards the Inner Perimeter gate.

EXT.   THE FOREST.

ANGLED SHOT on Lauren watching quietly behind a tree.  Looking back for some sign of the others.

LAUREN’S P.O.V. sees only the trees.

CUT TO:

EXT.   THE PERIMETER.

Suddenly both the mare and the intruder VANISH as if swallowed up by the ground.  

HIGH ANGLED SHOT the intruder SCREAMS and the mare CRIES, as they both fall into THE TRAP.

SMASH CUT TO:

EXT.   FERINA HILLTOP.  

CLOSE UP on Jean SPINNING round STARTLED.

JEAN    
What was that??

RUTH (O.S.)
What was what-?

JEAN
SHHH...listen!

A short pause follows while everyone listens intently.

RUTH

What are we listening for exactly?

JEAN
Be quiet I said...just listen!
             
A longer pause this time, but the only sound Maisy hears comes from Ruth CHEWING.

MAISY (to Ruth)

Maybe if you discarded that disgusting trash, you may find your
hearing problems cured.

Ruth gives Maisy a stern look, Maisy does likewise, neither noticing Casey’s absence.

CUT TO:

EXT.   THE PERIMETER.

HIGH DOLLY SHOT as Lauren enters the Perimeter, rushing over to the trap.  On her knees she peers over the edge.  CONTINUING INSIDE 30 feet below we see the mare lying motionless, next to her the distinct human figure of RIPLEY.

LAUREN
Oh no!!
 
Lauren promptly produces a whistle from inside her garb and blows it.

CUT TO:

EXT.   FERINA HILLTOP.    

This time all the nuns are startled.  Panic etched on their faces.  

JEAN
I heard that!

RUTH
It's Lauren...she must be in trouble, c'mon!

JEAN
We shouldn’t have left her alone. (frowns at Maisy)

MAISY

If she stayed in the Perimeter like I told her to no problem.

BECKY (to herself)

I hope she's ok.  Please God let Lauren be ok?

As the nuns leave we PULL BACK slowly through the clearing, into the trees behind and STOP.  We hear only the WHISPERING of trees at first, followed by a strange CACKLING sound.

FADE TO BLACK:

FADE IN:

EXT.   FERINA HILL.   THE PERIMETER. (LATER)                          

LOW ANGLED SHOT from inside the trap towards the stars.  A shooting star cuts across the heavens.  One by one the nuns' heads appear on screen.  Maisy first, followed by Jean, Ruth then Becky, looking down into the trap.

Lauren carefully kneels over Ripley.  

MAISY

Lauren...is that you?

LAUREN

No!

Jean shines her torch on Ripley below.

JEAN
Hey look!!  I told you my suspicions were correct?  You Sisters
never learn.

MAISY (to herself)

How on Earth did she get by us?

BECKY (to Lauren)
Who's that...is she dead?

LAUREN
No, she's alive...barely.  She came from the ship.

BECKY

What ship?

RUTH (O.S.)
Forget it Becky!

JEAN
Hey maybe she's a spy sent in by the troops to keep tabs on us?

RUTH

You think so?

JEAN
Sure...not a bad thing of course. (smiles) Them troops can keep
tabs on me ‘anytime’!

MAISY (to Jean)
I think you watch too much T.V.

RUTH

I think you're smart Jeannie-!

LAUREN

Er, excuse me...aren't you all forgetting something?

MAISY
Like what?
               
LAUREN
Like why we're supposed to be here, we help people, that's what
we do, remember?  This person may die if we don't, (looks up at
others) we have to help her.

There’s a short pause.

BECKY

Lauren?

LAUREN (O.S.)  
Yes?

BECKY
What about the mare?

LAUREN
She's dead... (looks up at Ruth) I'm sorry.

Ruth puts a comforting arm around Becky and the nuns bow their heads, saddened by Girty's death a respectful silence follows.  Then Maisy starts looking around worriedly.

MAISY
Hey, where's Casey?

JEAN (to Ruth)
I thought she was with you, she usually is.

RUTH (to Jean)

Hey I'm not her keeper you know?

BECKY

We should call the others, we've gotta find her.

MAISY
It'll take time getting help out here... (looks at watch) we're
late as it is-!

LAUREN

Then c'mon girls snap to it we're wasting valuable time here...
unless anyone has any further questions?

RUTH
Yeah I got a question.

LAUREN

Which is??

RUTH
Was she trying to steel the horses?

Maisy and Jean turn to look at each other then shake their heads in disbelief.

DISSOLVE TO:    

EXT.   THE PERIMETER. (SEVERAL HOURS LATER)  

(RESCUE SEQUENCE)

Next follows a series of INTERCUTS showing Ripley being rescued from the Trap. There’s no dialogue, any extra CREDITS and/or MUSIC could be added to this short sequence.

ANGLED SHOT of 2 horse and carts pulling up next to the Trap with other nuns.

SHOT OF the nuns preparing a winch to haul Ripley out of the Trap.

ANGLED SHOT inside the Trap over Ripley being winched out.

CLOSE UP of Lauren watching the proceedings.

HIGH ANGLED SHOT of Ripley being lowered onto one cart.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT.   THE FOREST.   DAWN. (SEVERAL HOURS LATER)

DOLLY SHOT behind 2nd cart heading downhill on narrow path.

SIDE ANGLED SHOT of both carts (2nd one carries horse), the sun rising behind.

CUT TO:

EXT.   TERRAN ISLAND.  OPEN PLAINS.

RISING DOLLY SHOT behind the carts moving over open plains.  In the B.G. is a CONVENT, like an old castle made of stone.  A maze of white buildings stand within its walls, surrounded by more perimeter fencing like the island.

(RESCUE SEQUENCE ENDS)

FADE TO BLACK:  

FADE IN:

INT.   TERRAN CONVENT.   RECOVERY ROOM.   MORNING. (1 HOUR LATER)

SLOWLY RISING over lit candlesticks, TURNING LEFT towards a walkway where there’s a large bed.  DOLLYING IN we see Ripley lying asleep.  She wakes up, looking wearily round the dome-shaped room.  100’s of candles illuminate the interior, crosses hanging from the walls and ceiling.  At the far side is a door with someone sat on a chair.  Ripley, now in flowing white gown, gets up and cautiously approaches.

RIPLEY
Hi there...hello?

RIPLEY’S P.O.V. stares at the sleeping nun.
Excuse me I-!

The nun rises startled, looks at Ripley then bolts out of the room, sliding doors close shut behind her.

Ripley runs towards the doors!

RIPLEY (CONT.)
No wait!!  I just wanna talk (doors close) ...shit!

Ripley THUMPS the doors in frustration.  Walking back towards the bed she picks up a candle.

CLOSE UP of Ripley playing with the candle flame.  Dancing her fingers through it, then running the flame under her left arm...feeling no pain.

Suddenly the doors open, Ripley stubs out the flame and hides the candle under a pillow.

3 nuns enter the room.  The middle one wears a larger headdress and is much older than the others.  She is the MOTHER SUPERIOR, head of the nuns.  She bows respectfully to Ripley, who does the same.

MOTHER SUPERIOR

I’m pleased to see your health appears to be much improved.

RIPLEY

Thank you.

MOTHER SUPERIOR
Actually I'm not sure it is I you should thank.  You have shown
remarkable powers of recovery, the good Lord has indeed watched
over you...whoever you are.

RIPLEY
My name is Ripley.  Ellen Ripley.

MOTHER SUPERIOR
Welcome to St. Clemences Convent Ellen Ripley.  And I am Mother
Kersey, though you may refer to me simply as Mother Superior.  

RIPLEY
How long have I been here?

MOTHER SUPERIOR
You were discovered nearly 3 days ago in the hills.  Apparently
arriving unannounced with no formal means of identification.  I
have since discovered you are not wanted by the authorities and
therefore do not represent a danger.  

RIPLEY

They know about me...?

MOTHER SUPERIOR

Indeed, we take it upon ourselves to investigate those who come
here.  A standard procedure...is this a problem?

RIPLEY

No!  But I probably won't be here very long.

MOTHER SUPERIOR
As you wish, though while you are here, and while it is evident
that you are getting stronger, you shall be expected to perform
some minor chores around the convent.
         
RIPLEY
Yes of course.

MOTHER SUPERIOR
We have brought you food and drink, as well as garments you are
required to wear during your stay.

Mother Superior claps her hands once.  The 2 nuns place items they're carrying onto the bed.

MOTHER SUPERIOR (CONT.)
In 1 hour Sister Jade (indicated) will return with instructions,
(bows to Ripley) we bid you good day.

The nuns turn to leave while Ripley examines her new garments.  Then she’s distracted by them whispering.

Then one of the younger nuns approaches.

LAUREN (to Ripley)
I found this nearby where I--I mean we--found you!

CLOSE UP of the object, the bracelet Johner gave her, its tiny transmitter device hanging out.

LAUREN
It's broken!

RIPLEY
So I see.

LAUREN

It’s a Systems Standard sub-wave Transponder... (embarrassed) I
mean I think.

RIPLEY

Really??

Mother Superior claps her hands again, the young nun SNAPS to attention, bows quickly then rushes away.

CLOSE UP of Ripley watching the nuns leave, she smiles then turns to eat the food they left.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT.   CONVENT.   CORRIDOR/HALL. (3 HOURS LATER)

The Convents rooms and corridors are old with stone walls, and columns with wooden arches.  We TRACK behind 3 nuns as they make a sharp right, stopping outside an open entrance.  While they continue whispering to each other, we DOLLY past them TOWARDS a nun in the Hall busy lighting candles.  Some antique containers, tables and chairs stacked neatly on either side.

We CLOSE UP on the figure lighting a candle.  Ripley stares at a large porcelain cross hanging above.  Distracted by the nuns whispering (O.S.) she turns towards them.

RIPLEY
Hi!

They whisper some more then one is left behind.  Lauren slowly walks up beside Ripley.

LAUREN
Hi...I apologize for that, just a little gossip that's all.

RIPLEY

About me...tell me more?

LAUREN
Nothing much, there’s always a buzz when someone new arrives.

There's a short pause.

RIPLEY

I’m Ellen, Ellen Ripley, nice to meet you...??

They shake hands.

LAUREN

Lauren, Lauren Kane actually!

RIPLEY

Kane??

LAUREN
Yes...do I sound familiar or something?

EXTREME CLOSE UP of Ripley recalling a distant nightmare, her face tormented-looking.

RIPLEY

I had a friend called Kane, once...he...!

LAUREN (O.S.)
May I ask you something?

RIPLEY

Anything!

LAUREN
Why are you here?

RIPLEY
Well...I guess you could say I needed some space, away from the
big wide world out-!

LAUREN

No no, I mean why are you ‘here’...in this room?

RIPLEY
Just lighting candles for the service, Sister Jades orders, why
do you ask?

LAUREN

Well...this is just a storage area.  A few old left-overs, some
charity stuff, but mostly junk.

RIPLEY

Wondered where she'd gotten to, guess I've been had, right?

LAUREN

I'll say, Sister Jade at it again, anything for a drag!

RIPLEY
A drag??

LAUREN
You know... (imitates smoker) ‘a drag’!

RIPLEY

Oh, right.

LAUREN
Still, her loss is my gain I'd say.

RIPLEY

Now how come I knew you were gonna say that?

Ripley puts down candle lighter.

LAUREN
So, how about a mini tour around this place, we'll be done just
in time for the service?

RIPLEY
Oh I don’t know about that, this Mother Superior of yours seems
very strict?

LAUREN
You needn’t worry about her, she's on visiting rounds today.  I
know her route.

RIPLEY
I wouldn't wanna get you into any trouble?

LAUREN
You won't!  Besides, aren’t you just a tad curious what goes on
around here?

RIPLEY

Nope...should I be??

LAUREN
Hmm, I guess you’ll find out soon enough, lets see shall we?  

RIPLEY
Find out about what-??

Ripley hesitates a little as Lauren grabs her hand, quickly leading her out of the room.  

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT.   CRASH SIGHT.   NORTH AFRICA.   AFTERNOON. (OVERCAST)

WIDE ANGLED SHOT over a baron wasteland, from ahead a large vessel comes into frame.  The
RESCUE SHIP is 1,000 yards wide, shaped like a crab, with dozens of crane arms and other appendages underneath.  We PAN LEFT as the ship slowly passes towards a vast mountain range swarmed by other vessels.  A HUGE mass of entangled steel lies embedded in a mountainside.

CONTINUING with the SHOT a narrative appears:

EMERGENCY RECOVERY VEHICLE.
    U.S.M. AONASUS.

CREW:
150 ENLISTED.
12 SCIENCE OFFICERS.
31 E.R. PERSONNEL.
5 AUTON CARGO.

LOCATION:
EARTH CO-ORDINATES 155.24.218, RIFT VALLEY, N. AFRICA.  
                               
MISSION:
U.S.M. AURIGA RE-ENTRY SALVAGE: FLIGHT RECORDER EX786892.

U.S.M. AURIGA DETAIL:
42 STANDING CREW- 29 M.I.A.
7 SCIENCE OFFICERS- ALL M.I.A.
CARGO/PERSONNEL- NO DATA.
MISSION STATUS- (CLASSIFIED).

CAUSE OF CRASH:
UNKNOWN, INVESTIGATION PENDING...

CUT TO:

INT.   U.S.M. AONASUS.   BRIDGE.  

TRACKING SHOT behind 2 men leaving an elevator.  They pass through a busy control room with multiple Video Screens, CONTINUING down another corridor towards 2 armed soldiers guarding a room.  They all salute each other before the 2 men are escorted inside.

INT.   AONASUS.   GENERALS QUARTERS. (CONT.)

Inside a General stands with another Officer behind a desk, facing a large Video Screen with the U.S.M. logo.  

GENERAL RYKARD (to Guards)

That is all men, dismissed.

The Guards leave and we CLOSE UP on the remaining occupants.  General Rykard is early 60's, gray haired, face battled-scarred, his uniform every bit official as himself.  His 1st Officer half his age, clean-shaven and much the taller.  They turn to face the 2 other men, both mid-40’s, smartly suited Government Senators.  Gore and Trueman (who's black) then sit down.

GENERAL RYKARD

Gentlemen...welcome aboard The U.S.M. Aonasus.  May I introduce
my 1st Officer Commander Dacks. (indicated)

The 2 Senators address their hosts with a simple nod.

GENERAL RYKARD (CONT.)

As of now I assume full command of current affairs from General
Perez.  We have a situation...as you were briefed, 72 hours ago
1500 hours local time, Systems research vessel Auriga was in an
atmospheric burst over this region.  Com-Scan detected a minute
structural defect causing major break-up prior to impact...this  
resulted in a separation of the stern proceeding onto re-entry.  
Ergo...we have salvage.

SENATOR TRUEMAN

General Rykard we've heard all about you, pleasure's ours I'm-!

SENATOR GORE

The flight recorder, it has been positively identified, there's
no mistake this time yes?

GENERAL RYKARD
Affirmative!! (views call sheet) 5 Autons scheduled to go in on
retrieval...‘our’ contribution!

SENATOR TRUEMAN
We also heard something about...survivors?

Rykard looks towards his 1st Officer.

COMMANDER DACKS
13 enlisted crew, currently being held on Titan Base.  But rest
assured gentlemen, every precaution is being taken to avoid any
possible security breach.

SENATOR GORE

What about the contraband, and hired guns your people supplied?
We don’t need any loose ends here!

COMMANDER DACKS
Zantan officially declared their Xarem Nickel Refinery crew and
cargo a write-off.  These Conglom’s can pretty much do whatever
they want apparently, but they won’t make a connection with us.
The Colonial Administration knows only too well hijackings have
become commonplace nowadays--speaking of which--they’ve already
been taken care of. (smiles)

There's a brief pause as a message is broadcast over the ships COM system.

ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: ALL
PERSONNEL, REPORT TO OP. STATIONS
IMMEDIATELY. SECURITY AND SALVAGE
TEAM PROCEED TO AIRLOCK 7. STATUS
GREEN, MISSION ‘GO’ IN T MINUS 10
MINUTES.

TRUEMAN (to Rykard)

Assuming the recovery is successful, what guarantees is Command
prepared to offer regarding immunity from its contents in light
of any...‘possible’ scandal?

RYKARD
Command will do whatever's necessary to avoid further inquiry.
But understand, this is now a Federal Investigation, supported
by the local Government.  Without jurisdiction neither I or my
superiors can guarantee anything at this time.  

GORE

We can’t afford the FBI shoving their big noses around, there's
too much at stake!

RYKARD
I concur but I cannot interfere.  Systems is here to supply and
assist only.

GORE

Bull shit!!  You're practically running the whole fuckin’ show
for Christ's sake-!

SHOT OF Trueman leaning forward, a reassuring hand on Gore.

TRUEMAN
Look this has been stressful time, for all of us!  But lets not
loose sight of the real issues here.  Dare I ask where we stand
on the Xenomorph Project?

RYKARD

Terminated, effective immediately!  You will receive a thorough
internal assessment of course.
 
TRUEMAN (to Gore)

Jesus, half a billion Dollars wiped out...if Congress found out
about that-!

GORE

Just tell me one thing General, ‘off’ the record...why the Hell
didn't you just nuke it?
               
RYKARD
The Auriga was on auto-flight back to Gateway then altered onto
collision course for Earth, this course of action was in all of
our best interests.

GORE

Are we talking sabotage here?

RYKARD
Inconclusive and irrelevant!  What's needed now gentlemen is an
exercise in damage limitation.

TRUEMAN
Agreed...so how do we proceed General?

Rykard pauses, smoking his cigar.  

RYKARD
Once recovered, the flight recorder will be transferred to The
Escuda in a secure vault for its journey to Washington.  If we
are to resolve this situation that Federal ship must not reach
the port.

SHOT OF Gore leaning back in his chair, smiles knowingly at Trueman.

GORE (to Rykard)
I'm sure something can be arranged...something catastrophic...
over Systems Air Space of course.

RYKARD

Gentlemen I think we understand each other well.  The next time
we meet will be on the Orbital 48 hours from now, by which time
I expect to give Command a full status report. (pours 2 drinks)
Until then please accept our hospitality gentlemen, compliments
of the United Systems Military.  

We watch as both Senators pick up a glass of wine on the Generals desk, as they drink we PULL BACK, leaving them to continue discussing their plans.    

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT.   AURIGA WRECKAGE. (OVERCAST) (LATER)  

WIDE ANGLED SHOT above the radioactive remains of the doomed AURIGA.  We slowly DOLLY towards a specific location, to a more intact area of the hull.  A large platform gently lowers into frame on a crane arm, upon which stand 12 human shapes, carried towards a ridge, close by a deep gorge in the hull.  

INT.   GENERALS QUARTERS.

We FOCUS on the Video Screen, split into 5 portions, each bearing an ID number A-01 to A-05 in the bottom left corner, currently showing only static.

Another message is sent over the COM.

ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: ALL
PERSONNEL NOW ON STATION, SALVAGE
AND SECURITY TEAM ARE APPROACHING
GROUND ZERO. STATUS GREEN MISSION
'GO' IN  T MINUS 3 MINUTES.

EXT.   WRECKAGE.   PLATFORM.

A CLOSE UP of the platform reveals no one we recognise.  5 Autons, 3 males and 2 females all early 30’s looking, geared up in gray body armour labelled A-01 to A-05 on the front.  Each wears a thick metal collar, on their helmets is a spot light, video camera and a microphone link to operations.  The other seven are all armed U.S.M. marines wearing bio-suites.  

The Commander steps forward to address the robots.

U.S.M. CORPORAL

A-Team listen up.  We now have a positive bearing on the target,
just follow your instructions and let the COM guide you onto it.
The salvage is stable, but I just heard there’s a storm heading
over.  You got just 3 hours to get the hell in and outta there,
so no stopping to smell the roses ok?  Remember if you run into
any trouble report situation immediately, do not retreat unless
authorised by the COM.  Any questions??  

The Autons look at each other, obviously concerned but saying nothing.

U.S.M. CORPORAL

Ok A-Team, lets move out.

The Autons step off the platform onto the ridge, suddenly the last one clumsily trips falling close to the edge.  The male Auton leader, carrying a rucksack, goes back to help his female counterpart.

A-01
Up you come friend. (smiles) Anything broken?

A-05
Nothing...except maybe my spirit.

A Marine then steps forward, leans close to A-05 threateningly.

MARINE #1

Try that again lady an' I'll rip your fuckin' head off myself.

Escorted by the marines the Autons begin the short trip towards the gorge in the hull.

CUT TO:

INT.   GENERALS QUARTERS.

CLOSE UP of Rykard lighting up another cigar, then comes another message over the COM.

ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: TEAM
READY FOR LINK-UP. SECURITY PLEASE
RETURN TO AIRLOCK 7, STATUS GREEN,
MISSION 'GO' IN T MINUS 30 SECONDS
...29,28,27...(CONT.)

Rykard thumbs the COM switch on his desk.

RYKARD
General Rykard to Bridge, open a direct channel to my quarters.

There’s a short pause.

BRIDGE
Bridge to General Rykard, channel is open sir.

STATUS GREEN....MISSION 'GO' IN T
MINUS 15 SECONDS...14,13,12,11...
(CONT.)

SHOT OF Video Screen as it comes to life, showing 5 individual views via the Autons cameras.  

...5,4,3,2,1.  A-TEAM THIS IS THE
BRIDGE.  STATUS IS GREEN, MISSION
IS 'GO', REPEAT MISSION IS 'GO'.

RYKARD
General Rykard to A-team, mission go confirmed.

A-01 (V.O.)

Roger Mission Control!

RYKARD
A-Team...? (looks at Senators) Good luck!

EXT.   WRECKAGE.   RIDGE.

WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the wreck as the platform begins to rise with only the Marines present.
The Autons remain standing for a few seconds.  Then, one-by-one, they enter the gorged hull section disappearing inside the wreck.

FADE TO BLACK:

FADE IN:

INT.   TERRAN CONVENT.   MAIN ELEVATOR BAY.  

Ripley and Lauren arrive in a large bay containing 3 elevators.  Some nuns gossip while they eye Ripley curiously, trying to look inconspicuous.  After a brief nervous wait they all enter the middle elevator.

INT.   MAIN ELEVATOR. (CONT.)

A nun operates the elevators control pad.

RIPLEY’S P.O.V. the nun PRESSES button -2 keeping it depressed, the whole panel FLASHES twice, she releases it and the elevator goes down.

RIPLEY (to Lauren)

Where are we going?

LAUREN

You'll see...it's a surprise.

RIPLEY
Sub-level 2...what's the surprise?

Lauren smiles but doesn't answer.

RIPLEY (CONT.)
I hate surprises.

CUT TO:

INT.   TERRAN HOSPITAL.   A-WING.

We PAN RIGHT with Ripley and Lauren as they emerge from the elevator.  Ripley pauses to take in the impressive sight.

HIGH ANGLED SHOT inside the Hospital Complex beneath Terran Island.  A HUGE isometric building nearly 150 meters across, walls made of steel, LARGE ceiling fans protrude through a massive structure of girders.  Away from the elevators 3 walls have 2 stairwells, connecting the ground floor with 2 upper levels.  Each has 2 sliding doors leading to one of A Wings 18 hospital wards.

We PAN slowly DOWN a wall passing a large colourful placard reading:

    THE WHITE NUNS SOCIETY
        WELCOMES YOU TO:

ST. CLEMENCES HOSPITAL CONVENT.
U.S.M. MEDICAL UNIT:  C/T 232140.

        FOUNDED IN 2361.

LAUREN

As you can see, we are a fully operational medical unit for the
United Systems Military.  There are nearly 1,700 patients here,
casualties of war all cared for by just 350 of us.

They begin walking slowly towards the centre of A-Wing.

RIPLEY
You do receive help from the army though?

LAUREN
They send us medical supplies once every 10 weeks, E.R.V.'s can
come at any time of course, but we get advance warning of those.
Other than that we're completely self sufficient here.  We grow
our own food, even manufacture all garments and bedding.

RIPLEY
Still...must be scary being so cut off from the mainland.  What
if there was a real emergency, say a fire or something?

LAUREN
This whole complex runs on elevation, in an emergency the power
lifters kick-in, raising the hospital from The Lake making easy
access to the escape hatches.  Security here is more a worry if
anything...you’re right, some scary stuff has happened.

RIPLEY

What kind of scary stuff?

LAUREN

In '79 some jokers dumped a rabid dog on us.  No one ever found
out how but it sparked a major evac.  We lost a lot of patients
that year, Sister Maisy was in a coma for 3 months, but managed
to pull through.  When we came back, it was kinda like starting
over again...it was terrible!

RIPLEY
I don't doubt it.  So what else do you know about this place?

LAUREN
Mostly what's in books, some online stuff.  There's lots to see
when you know where to look...all confined to the history books
now of course.  During the wars this area was a missile silo.

RIPLEY
And below all this--so I heard--is the main base right?

LAUREN
On the seabed that's correct, although no ones ever seen it.

In the centre of A Wing there's a gaping hole in the floor.  Holding onto a side-rail Ripley peers over the edge.

RIPLEY’S P.O.V. down into the deep CHASM.  Below 2 more Hospital Wings, a vertical beam with mounted pulley device passes through the center, transporting 2 elevators between each Wing.
               
LAUREN
Those elevators are the control rooms, see the one going down?

RIPLEY
Yeah!

LAUREN
Mother's on the other one.

RIPLEY

Now she tells me.

They head towards one of the ground level wards.

RIPLEY (CONT.)

I meant to ask, what's this mornings service about, Sister Jade
seemed reluctant to talk about it?
 
LAUREN

Oh, we lost one of the younger Sisters recently.

RIPLEY
I'm sorry.

LAUREN
It's ok, she'd been missing for a few days in the hills, one of
the search parties found her body early yesterday morning, Jade
was her cousin.  It was a grim find too so I heard.

RIPLEY
Does anyone know what happened?

LAUREN
She was attacked by the wolves so they say.

Then Lauren turns to face Ripley, cautiously looking around first so no one else hears.

LAUREN (CONT.)

The thing is...Casey was with us that night, the night we found
you... (looks around again) and we'd been outside the perimeter
without permission and-!

RIPLEY

And if Mother finds out you guys will be in big trouble right?

LAUREN

Something like that...or worse...you won't tell will you?

They continue walking.

RIPLEY
Did you report what happened?

LAUREN
Of course.  Mother knows everything right up to the point where
we went outside.  Are you gonna tell?

RIPLEY
Don't worry your secret’s safe with me...but you shouldn't take
chances Lauren.  What if someone could get onto the island, say
through a blind-spot or something, and then only have to get by
the gates-?    

LAUREN
Yes, but only a trusted few have the security keys, Maisy's one
of them-!

RIPLEY
You're missing the point, see how easily I got past you?  

LAUREN

Speaking of which, who taught you how to behave like a monkey?

RIPLEY

Maybe I'll tell you one day.

They enter the ward, its doors automatically slide apart.

INT.   HOSPITAL.   WARD #3. (CONT.)

The brightly lit ward has 30 neatly spaced beds, each with a locker.  In the middle is an Observation Room.  We TRACK behind Ripley and Lauren as the nuns continue going about their daily routine.

LAUREN

This is one of the High-Grade Terminal Wards.  Even with todays
advances in modern medicine there is not much we can do to help
these people...except make their crossing more comfortable.

RIPLEY

The terminal ward huh, not really the place I expected to start
a graduation tour Lauren, y'know?

Then Ripley and Lauren are distracted by something happening behind a curtain, cautiously they enter.  A patient wearing a mask breathes heavily while 3 nuns work frantically around him.  

Ripley sits on the bed beside the old man, briefly checks his pulse.

RIPLEY (to Patient)

We having breathing problems today?  Lets see what we can see.

SHOT OF the respirator and other monitors.  The old mans vital signs are low.

SISTER SIAN

This man has severe emphysema.  We do what we can but naturally
his condition becomes worse with age.

RIPLEY (to Sister Sian)
What's his medication?

SISTER SIAN
We administer 20 ccs of adrenaline every 6 hours, 50 milligrams
of anabolic stabilizers every 12.  We just-!

Suddenly a warning BEEPER sounds on a monitor.

SISTER GALE (O.S.)
He's slipping into unconsciousness!

SISTER SIAN
Oh Lord...we're losing him.

RIPLEY

No we're not!

Ripley PULLS open the old mans shirt, begins gently PUSHING DOWN and INWARD on his chest.  

CLOSE UP on Ripley.  Eyes closed as she concentrates.

RIPLEY

B-r-e-a-t-h...b-r-e-a-t-h...b-r-e-a-t-h...

The 4 nuns gather round, watching almost in expectation.

Ripley continues her actions for a short while...slowly the old man begins to recover.

SISTER SIAN

I don't believe it, (looks at monitors) he's coming back.

Gradually the old man breathes more normally again, the respirator senses this decreasing the flow of oxygen.  He raises his head to look at Ripley.

RIPLEY (to Patient)

Feeling much better now?

The old man smiles behind his mask, giving Ripley a 'thumbs-up' sign.

SHOT OF the nuns, their mouths GAPING wide open.  

SISTER GALE

How did you do that?

RIPLEY

Very creative hands.
     
Leaving the scene, Ripley and Lauren are suddenly halted in their tracks by a towering (yet not loud) voice of authority.

MOTHER SUPERIOR

Indeed you are improving Sister Ellen.

CLOSE UP on Ripley and Lauren, eyes closed fearing the worse they turn to see Mother Superior.

LAUREN
Mother I can explain...Sister Ellen here just-!

MOTHER SUPERIOR

I am sure you can Sister Lauren, but you have broken the rules,
an inexcusable act considering the nature of our business here.

RIPLEY
I guess that means I won't be allowed to leave after all?

MOTHER SUPERIOR
On the contrary you may leave whenever you wish.  What you must
understand is our work here is fundamental.  Although we govern
ourselves with actions and responsibilities we remain primarily
answerable to others.

RIPLEY
Concessions of the United Systems Military, right?

MOTHER SUPERIOR
We will discuss this matter later, in the meantime I have other
chores for you both.  Sisters Megan and Catherine have reported
in sick this morning, urgent farmhands are required.  You shall
be Sister Ellen's charge today, act responsibly now!

LAUREN

Yes Mother, (bows quickly) thank you Mother.

Lauren quickly grabs Ripley’s hand, leading her away as fast as she can.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT.   AURIGA WRECKAGE.   CORRIDOR. (1 HOUR LATER)

REAR ANGLED SHOT as the salvage team continues walking through Aurigas dark, dank corridors.  Thick twisted steel beams protrude through frayed walls.  White fluorescent lighting still flickers, while live electrical cables dangle from above.  The whole wreck lies 90 degrees on its side, the doors now above and below, corridors veering off upwards, downwards and sideways.

A-05

I hate this place.

A-01
You’ll be alright, just watch you’re step and-!

A-01 abruptly stops A-05 putting her foot through an open doorway.

A-01 (CONT.)
...try not to stand on any doors.

A-05

Ooops!  That was too close.

Suddenly a loud RUMBLING noise can be heard, the salvage team stops, looking around anxiously.

A-04

If that bulkhead collapses now we’re dead.

A-01
I believe that is the least of our worries, keep moving.

As they continue a message is sent over their COM Links.

BRIDGE (V.O.)

Target approximately 50 yards and closing, what’s your status?

A-01 (into Headset)
Status is ok!

BRIDGE (V.O.)

Bear right at Service Junction 7, there should be a vent shaft.
Enter and confirm target visual, over.

A-01
Roger Mission Control.

The salvage team reach Service Junction 7, a narrow shaft cuts through the Corridor from left to right, they CRAWL into RIGHT Shaft as directed.

A-01’S P.O.V. sees light at the end of the shaft.

His Tracker confirms the targets location.

A-01
A-Team to Bridge, visual on target is confirmed.

BRIDGE (V.O.)

Roger A-Team...proceed to target.

WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the salvage team continues towards the light, gradually fading into it.

INT.   AONASUS.   GENERALS QUARTERS.  

EXTREME CLOSE UPS of Rykard, Gore then Trueman watching the screen intently, then...!

A-01 (V.O.)

A-Team to Bridge...we’ve reached Target Zero...I repeat we have
reached Target Zero!

BRIDGE (V.O.)

Roger A-Team, proceed inside!

GORE

Congratulations General.  I believe this calls for celebration?

TRUEMAN (to Gore)
A little premature don’t you think?

RYKARD (to Trueman)
Don’t you believe it when ‘it’ just might cover your ass!

Rykard smiles, we PULL BACK as he begins pouring 3 celebratory drinks.

INT.   WRECKAGE.   COMS ROOM.  

WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Autons stood outside the vent shaft to Aurigas COMMUNICATIONS ROOM, the flooring almost completely caved in.  A narrow ledge remains around a 40-foot drop, the Flight Recorder Carriage on a small platform on the far side.  A RUMBLING sound is heard again as the Autons slowly begin climbing down towards the ledge.

INT.   AONASUS.   BRIDGE.  

WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Bridge.  Dozens of large Video Screens surround the 5 main Auton viewing screen, all independently focused on A-Teams mission.  

A crewman is watching his own monitor, when it suddenly goes completely BLANK.

CREWMAN
Jesus, where the Hell did they go...?

One-by-one the Bridge screens start to flicker with static then each one randomly goes BLANK! Loud warning klaxons begin WHAILING throughout the entire ship f

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