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EXT. ANDREWS - RUNWAY - AIR FORCE ONE

Air Force one, full throttle. It LIFTS OFF just in time to miss the WALL OF DESTRUCTION as it rips apart the airport behind them, dangerously close.

WIDE ANGLES - WASHINGTON, D.C.

We SEE the WAVE OF DESTRUCTION growing outwardly from the epicenter, ENGULFING ALL OF WASHINGTON.

Air Force One is just barely making it out in time.

EXT. PASADENA FREEWAY - SAME

Jasmine's car is caught in traffic just outside the tunneled underpass at the Griffith Park Mountains.

RADIO NEWSMAN (filtered) ...My God. It's destroying everything in its path. Widening...

Suddenly the radio CUTS OUT. Jasmine turns around and SEES...

JASMINE'S POV - FREEWAY & DOWNTOWN

Far off the devastation of downtown can be seen. The WALL OF DESTRUCTION growing towards us.

Reacting, Jasmine grabs Dylan and dashes out of the car. Boomer follows. Every drivers who can, jumps out of their cars, running in all directions.

Jasmine heads for the tunnel.

ANGLE - FREEWAY

The grid-locked cars have nowhere to run as the WALL OF DESTRUCTION grows out from downtown. All the cars are WIPED OUT in a row, sitting ducks.

ANGLE - OVERPASS - BRIDGES

Packed with cars. They're quickly demolished as the WALL OF DESTRUCTION blasts by.

INT. TUNNEL - SAME

Jasmine turns back from the tunnel entrance.

JASMINE'S POV - WALL OF DESTRUCTION

Ever nearing, only moments away.

Jasmine spots an open MAINTENANCE ALCOVE deep within the tunnel. She runs to it, puts Dylan inside and climbs in after him.

Leaning back out, Jasmine looks for Boomer who stares at her, wagging his tail.

JASMINE Boomer, come. Come boy!

Boomer LEAPS inside and Jasmine ducks to the side of the WALL OF DESTRUCTION hits the tunnel entrance, cars are JAMMED TOGETHER, SMASHING into one another.

Suddenly the car ARE BLOWN CLEAR THROUGH THE TUNNEL like so many toy Hot Wheel cars.

Inside the Maintenance alcove, Jasmine shields Dylan and Boomer with her body.

EXT. MANHATTAN - WIDE ANGLE - SAME

From a distance we WATCH as all of Manhattan is consumed from its center outwardly by the growing WALL OF DESTRUCTION. Within seconds all of Manhattan is gone.

The WALL OF DESTRUCTION reaches its outer most edges and fades away.

The SCHISM under the craft slowly CLOSES. The ship now hovers over a completely wiped out Manhattan.

SLOW DISSOLVE:

INT. BRENNON TRAILER - PRE-DAWN

A hand adjusts the trailer radio.

RADIO (filtered) ...reports are unclear as to the extent of the devastation, but from all accounts, Los Angeles, Washington and New York have been left in ruins...

Russell shoots a worried look over to Miguel. Suddenly Troy moves up to the front on wobbly legs.

TROY Guys, I don't feel so good.

RUSSELL When was the last time you had your medicine?

TROY Four days... five?

Troy looks really sick. Miguel is shocked.

MIGUEL But I gave you some this morning.

TROY I didn't take it. I thought I didn't need it anymore.

EXT. DESERT HIGHWAY - SAME

The trailer, with Russell's Bi-wing in tow, pulls over. Troy rushes out, vomiting on the side of the road. Miguel comes to his aide. Russell steps out and walks to the curve in the highway.

RUSSELL Miguel? Come take a look at this.

Reluctantly Miguel leaves his brother's side.

POV - RUSSELL AND MIGUEL

Below an entire valley filled with campers, trailers and busses. An instant refugee city, if you will, for as far as the eye can see. Spectacular.

CUT TO:

INT. EL TORO - BRIEFING ROOM - MORNING

Thirty-five pilots are being briefed by their Commanding Office, CAPTAIN WATSON who points to a fuzzy photograph of the craft over Los Angeles.

WATSON You will be the first wave in our counter attack. Though surveillance satellite reconnaissance has been impaired, we have a fix on our primary target.

Steve and Jimmy sit next to each other near the back of the room

STEVE (whispered) You won't exactly need radar to find it.

Jimmy chuckles. Watson is annoyed.

WATSON You want to add something to this briefing, Lt. Hill?

Steve smiles confidently.

STEVE Sorry, Sir. Just real anxious to kick some alien ass.

Everyone chuckles, including Captain Watson.

EXT. EL TORO MARINE CORPS AIR STATION - MOMENTS LATER

Huge hangar doors open revealing an F/A-18 HORNET, one of the U.S.A.F.'s elite.

TARMAC - OVERHEAD SHOT

Thirty F/A-18s await take off on the tarmac as Technicians and Flight Crews race for position.

ENGINE BLAST

The heat waves momentarily obscure our view as the F/A-18s take to the air.

INT. AIR FORCE ONE - SAME

The President is deeply contemplative. Constance sits down next to him. She knows what he's thinking.

CONSTANCE You saved a lot of lives.

PRESIDENT I could have evacuated the cities hours ago. (beat) You know, when I flew in the Gulf War everything is simple. We knew what we had to do. It's not simple anymore, Connie. A lot of people died today. How many didn't have to?

Constance realizes there's no comforting him. She supports him silently by being there. General Grey comes over.

PRESIDENT Any news on my wife?

GENERAL GREY The helicopter never arrived at Nellis and there's been no radio contact.

The news rocks the President. They both know what that means.

GENERAL GREY (cont'd) The fighters are in the air.

Whitmore nods and follows the General to the back of the plane.

COMMAND CENTER - AIR FORCE ONE

Military Command has been set up on Air Force One, a kind of flying NORAD. Military and technical crew are seated at the controls. Nimziki is already there.

GENERAL GREY All satellites, microwave and ground communications with the cities are gone. We believe we're looking at a total loss.

Maintaining his composure, the President looks up at the many tracking screens.

PRESIDENT Where are they?

GENERAL GREY (pointing) ETA with target; four minutes.

EXT. BLUE SKIES - TACTICAL FIGHTERS - SAME

Five F/A-18 fighters move into frame. As we WIDEN we REVEAL a total of 30 F/A-18s in attack formation, destination Los Angeles.

INT. STEVE'S FIGHTER - SAME

Steve pulls a long cigar out of his breast pocket.

STEVE (into radio) Jimmy crack corn, do you have victory dance?

INT. JIMMY'S FIGHTER - SAME

Jimmy pulls his cigar out. Examines it.

JIMMY (into radio) That is an affirmative. I have victory dance. Mmmmmmm.

STEVE (filtered) Don't get premature on me, Jimmy. We don't light up 'til the Fat Lady sings.

JIMMY I hear you.

INT. AIR FORCE ONE - PASSENGER SECTION - SAME

Air sick, David holds a "barf bag" as Moishe talks.

MOISHE It's Air Force One for crying out loud. Still he gets sick?

DAVID Moishe, please, don't talk.

Moishe pats his belly.

MOISHE Look at me, like a rock. Good weather, bad, doesn't matter. (motions with his hands) We can go up and down, back and forth, side to side...

David can't take any more of this story and takes off running for the bathroom.

MOISHE What I say?

Constance comes over, sits next to Moishe.

CONSTANCE He still gets air sick, huh? In all of this I didn't get the chance to thank you two.

MOISHE Think nothing of it, Spanky.

Constance smiles, corrects him.

CONSTANCE Spunky. He told you about that?

MOISHE (nods) All he could think about was getting to you. There's still love there I think.

CONSTANCE (sadly) Love was never our problem.

MOISHE All you need is love. John Lennon. Smart man. Shot in the back, very sad.

EXT. SKIES - SAME

In the distance we can see the devastated Los Angeles, the space craft still hovering above it. The Fighters zoom into frame.

INT. STEVE'S FIGHTER - SAME

Steve looks down, becomes worried.

STEVE I shouldn't have left her.

JIMMY (filtered) Don't worry, big guy. I'm sure she got out of here before it happened.

Steve nods absently.

STEVE Let's lock and load.

INT. AIR FORCE ONE - SAME

The center F/A-18 on the radar map begins to FLASH yellow, just under its image. We SEE a video display of its FLIR (forward-looking infrared) targeting system, locked on.

TECHNICIAN Los Angeles attack squadron has AMRAAM missiles locked on target.

TECHNICIAN #2 Washington and New York squadrons, reporting lock on.

GENERAL GREY Fire at will.

EXT. STEVE'S FIGHTER - SAME

An Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) DROPS down from the underbelly of the fighter, DARTING OFF.

Radar targeted, the missile BANKS hard, adjusting. We SEE it is joined by FOURTEEN other missiles, all rocketing towards their target.

EXT. ALIEN SHIP - SECONDS LATER

The missiles are headed straight for the alien ship. Suddenly about a quarter mile before they reach it, they EXPLODE, as though blown out of the sky.

When the smoke clears we see there has been zero damage.

INT. STEVE'S FIGHTER - SAME

STEVE Damn it!

JIMMY (filtered) I didn't even see them fire!

STEVE Command, Eagle One. Switching to "sidewinders." We're moving in.

EXT. SKIES - SAME

In unison these amazing birds DIVE together, realigning themselves into six groups of five, spreading out to attack different areas of the ship.

STEVE'S GROUP

The first attack group, Steve's, are the first to near the colossal alien craft. Simultaneously they drop their AIM-9 sidewinder missiles.

PACK OF AIM-9 SIDEWINDER MISSILES

They reach the same quarter-mile proximity and EXPLODE.

INT. STEVE'S FIGHTER - SAME

STEVE They must have some kind of protective shield surrounding their hull. Pull up.

Most of the fighters do, but one is too late and SMASHES into the ship's protective shield.

EXT. SKIES - SAME

Steve's squadron BANKS hard, skirting the edge of the ship's protective shield.

As the fighters approach, the alien ship's enormous ATTACK BAY doors OPEN. Suddenly DOZENS OF ALIEN ATTACKERS dart out towards our fighters.

STEVE (filtered) Evasive maneuvers! Check Six!

Just moving away in time, our Fighters barely dodge the oncoming enemy Attackers as they FIRE a HAILSTORM of FIREPOWER (tracker bullet-like lasers) showering the sky.

As Steve's plane DIVES, an Attacker follows. Jimmy's plane pulls up behind the attacker.

HEADS UP DISPLAY - HUD

Jimmy's HUD has the alien attacker in his sights.

JIMMY (filtered) Got you covered, Stevie.

Jimmy FIRES, another AIM-9 Sidewinder TAKES OFF.

ALIEN ATTACKER

The Sidewinder overtakes the attacker as Steve ROLLS AWAY out of position. Five yards before the sidewinder can get to the Attacker, it EXPLODES.

JIMMY Shit! They've got shield too.

STEVE'S FIGHTER

Banks back around to get a shot. Just as he turns, three American Fighters are BLOWN TO RIBBONS from Attacker tracer fire.

The Attackers are in hot pursuit of Jimmy's fighter. The Fighter flying next to Jimmy is DEMOLISHED.

STEVE Jimmy, roll right. I'll cover.

Jimmy's fighter narrowly rolls away from the tracer fire as Steve fires another Sidewinder, momentarily distracting the Attacker.

Jimmy falls in line with Steve as the attackers turn on them. Both fighters jerk downwards at a ninety degree angle at MACH ONE. Narrowly missing the ground, they bank away. The Attackers can't follow.

INT. AIR FORCE ONE - SAME

Fighter after fighter begin to disappear from the display screens.

CONSTANCE We're losing them.

PRESIDENT Then get them out of there.

Suddenly one of the large radar display maps FIZZLES OUT.

TECHNICIAN We've lost the satellite.

Before he can adjust, another monitor FIZZLES AWAY.

EXT. LOS ANGELES - SAME

One by one we SEE the fighters getting TAKEN OUT. Fireballs litter the laser-tracer fire covered skies.

STEVE Maybe we can out run them. Follow my lead.

Jimmy and Steve bank away from the craft, hit the supercruise, BOLTING AWAY at Mach 2.

Both Jimmy and Steve are held tight against their seats, straining against the G-Force.

Two Attackers spot them and follow in hot pursuit.

Steve and Jimmy are flying at breakneck speeds, the attackers slowly gaining on them.

STEVE Jimmy, kick it! They're gaining.

JIMMY We're already over Mach 2!

STEVE So push it!

Readouts show the planes flying beyond measurement.

INT. JIMMY'S FIGHTER - SAME

As the planes accelerate, Jimmy fights to remain conscious.

JIMMY Stevie... I can't...

STEVE Jimmy, stay with me.

Jimmy slowly loses consciousness. His fighter slows, drifting off to the right.

STEVE JIMMY!

ALIEN ATTACKERS

gain on them. One catches up with Jimmy's fighter and FIRES.

JIMMY'S FIGHTER

Laser-tracers SHOWER the Fighter. It EXPLODES. Job done, his Attacker banks away, returning to Los Angeles.

STEVE No!!!!

Steve's Attacker stays right with him, slowly gaining. Steve kicks his harder, keeping the distance.

CUT TO:

INT. EL TORO - AIR TOWER - SAME

A radar OPERATOR spots something on his screens. He turns to Captain Watson.

OPERATOR We have incoming.

WATSON Friendly?

OPERATOR I don't think so.

Watson hits an alarm which ROARS.

EXT. EL TORO - TARMAC - SECOND LATER

A dozen PILOTS race out onto the field, running for their planes. Before anyone can reach them, the sky darkens with ALIEN ATTACKERS who STRAFE the runway.

INT. TOWER - SAME

Through the front glass of the tower we SEE the Attackers firing. One fires directly at the tower. Watson DIVES for cover as everything around him erupts into a gigantic FIREBALL.

WIDE ANGLE - EL TORO

The entire base goes up in flames.

CUT TO:

EXT. SKIES - FIGHTER & ATTACKER - SAME

Steve looks down over the side of his fighter.

STEVE'S POV - THE GRAND CANYON - SAME

Steve HITS THE BRAKES. Surprised, the Attacker SAILS PAST.

Taking the moment, Steve DIVES down INTO THE GRAND CANYON.

STEVE (to himself) Okay, jerk-off. Let's have some fun.

The Attacker recovers, dives after Steve who flies dangerously close to the canyon walls. The Attacker has trouble keeping up with him but does.

Steve puts on a clinic in advanced aerobatics, banking, diving, swerving.

The Attacker seems to be improving, following closer and closer.

Steve ducks into smaller canyons, twisting sideways. Still the Attacker follows close.

FUEL GAUGE - RUNNING LOW

Near empty. Frustrated, Steve gets pissed.

STEVE Damn it!

Steve turns down a dead and side canyon. The Attacker is right on his tail.

STEVE Let's see if you're fully equipped.

The Fighter is on a collision course with the end of the canyon wall. Suddenly Steve yanks his ACES II - EJECTION SEAT.

Stave SAILS UPWARDS into the air.

The Fighter CRASHES into the canyon wall.

The Attacker can't turn in time. He tries to pull up, over it, just misses the top of the canyon wall.

As the nose of the Attacker hits the tip of the canyon wall the Attacker is FLIPPED OVER, ROLLING END OVER END over the top of the canyon.

The parachute on Steve's ejection seat pops OPEN.

EXT. TOP OF CANYON - CONTINUOUS

Rolling end over end, the Attacker is banged up BADLY as it finally comes to a stop.

Not far away, Steve has a quick, hard, landing. Rolling over, Steve quickly pops the buckles on the chute and frees himself.

He stands and looks around. Spotting the beat up and incapacitated alien Attacker, Steve gets an angry resolved look. He marches over to the fallen alien Attacker. He scans it quickly, spots a type of door that has been knocked ajar.

With all his might, Steve YANKS the door OPEN.

AN ALIEN

For the first time we get a quick glance at these aliens, an odd hybrid creature with fluctuating skeletal structure.

The reason we only get a quick glance is because the moment it turns woozily towards us, Steve rears back and SLUGS HIM IN THE FACE, knocking the alien totally unconscious.

His anger finally subsiding, exhaustion taking over, Steve stands over the craft, slowly withdrawing the prized Victory Dance cigar. He lights it and takes a long angry puff.

STEVE Now that's a close encounter.

CUT TO:

INT. TUNNEL - PASADENA FREEWAY - ALCOVE - SAME

It's dark. The hole Jasmine had entered is now blocked. She pushes but it won't budge. Exhausted, she ignites her lighter to get a better look around.

As it lights we SEE that we are inside a maintenance garage. Jasmine rushes over to a phone but the line is dead. Taking Dylan by the hand she moves to the large garage doors but she can't open them.

She turns around and see a large maintenance truck, a huge land-mover shovel attached to the front. She smiles.

EXT. GARAGE DOORS - SECONDS LATER

With a ROAR the large door BLAST APART as the maintenance truck SMASHES through. Once out, Jasmine hits the brakes.

REVERSE ANGLE - JASMINE'S POV - DEVASTATED L.A.

Total devastation. Remnants of cars and buildings smoldering. Three scattered survivors crawl from the wreckage. A nightmare of destruction. The space craft above, slowly leaving.

DYLAN Mommy, what happened?

JASMINE (astonished) I don't know, badly.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT - REFUGEE TRAILER CAMP - DAY

We see dozens of trailers packing up their gear, some already on the road. Miguel talks with one of the drivers, then hurries away, running.

INT. BRENNON TRAILER - SAME

Russell wipes down Troy's forehead, he's burning up. Alicia brings over a cold compress.

RUSSELL You know, you're just like your mother. She was stubborn too. I had to twist her arm to get her to take her medicine.

TROY I'm sorry, Dad. (beat; scared) I'm not goin to die like mom, am I?

ALICIA You're going to be fine.

Miguel comes rushing in, pulls Russell aside.

MIGUEL I couldn't find anything. Everyone is packing up, they're leaving. Word is a space ship is heading this way.

RUSSELL We should leave too.

MIGUEL There's a group heading south, they said there's a hospital just a couple hours away. I think we should follow them.

Russell nods in agreement. A knock on the door. Alicia turns to find a handsome young boy, PHILIP in the doorway holding a bottle of pills.

PHILIP Penicillin. At least it will help keep his fever down.

ALICIA It's really nice of you to help us.

PHILIP I wish I could do more but we're moving out.

ALICIA (too eager) We're going with you. I mean, we're going too.

PHILIP Cool.

Alicia nods, smitten. Philip smiles charmingly and leaves.

CUT TO:

INT. AIR FORCE ONE - SAME

Back in the passenger section, the President sits with General Grey and Chief of Staff Nimziki. The Technician from the command module is briefing them.

TECHNICIAN They must be targeting our satellites. We've lost all satellite communication, tracking and mapping.

GENERAL GREY Have NORAD relay intelligence to our on board computers?

The Technician nods and exits. Defeated, the President slumps sullenly.

GENERAL GREY We've moved as many of our forces away from the bases as possible but we've already sustained heavy losses.

The President nods his approval absently. Coming out of the bathroom, David overhears.

NIMZIKI I spoke with the Joint Chief when they arrived at NORAD. They agree, we must launch a counter offensive with a full nuclear strike. Hit 'em with everything we've got.

PRESIDENT Above American soil?

NIMZIKI If we don't strike soon, there may not be much of an America left to defend.

The Technician returns, his face is white with fear.

GENERAL GREY What's the latest from NORAD?

OFFICER It's gone, sir. They've taken out NORAD.

NIMZIKI That's impossible...

GENERAL GREY My God, the Vice President and the Joint Chiefs...

NIMZIKI Mr. President, we must launch. A delay now would be more costly than when you waited to evacuate the cities!

That stings the President. He considers the option. David is shocked.

DAVID You can't be seriously considering firing nuclear weapons?

CONSTANCE David, don't...

David pushes past her.

DAVID If you fire nukes, so will the rest of the world. Do you know what that kind of fall out will do? How many innocent people...

The General gets up running interference. Constance tries to pull David back.

GENERAL GREY (stern) Sir, i remind you that you are just a guest here...

CONSTANCE (overlapping) David, please...

DAVID This is insanity! You'll kill us and them at the same time. There'll be nothing left!

NIMZIKI (interrupting) Sit down and shut up!

Suddenly Moishe is on his feet, interrupting.

MOISHE Don't tell him to shut up! You'd all be dead, were it not for my David. You didn't do anything to prevent this!

As everyone is about to besiege Moishe, the President tries to calm him down.

PRESIDENT Sir, there wasn't much more we could have done. We were totally unprepared for this.

MOISHE Don't give me unprepared! Since nineteen fifty whatever you guys have had that space ship, the thing you found in New Mexico.

DAVID (embarrassed) Dad, please...

MOISHE What was it, Roswell? You had the space ship, the bodies, everything locked up in a bunker, the what is it, Area fifty one. That's it! Area fifty one. You knew and you didn't do nothing!

For the first time in along time, President Whitmore smiles.

PRESIDENT Regardless of what the tabloids have said, there were never any space crafts recovered by the government. Take my word for it, there is no Area 51 and no recovered space ship.

Chief of Staff Nimziki suddenly clears his throat.

NIMZIKI Uh, excuse me, Mr. President, but that's not entirely accurate.

The President and General Grey turn to Nimziki, shocked.

SMASHED AND BURNED OUT CARS

laying across the roadway. Suddenly SMASH, Jasmine's maintenance truck BLASTS through.

EXT. HIGHWAY - CITY LIMITS - SAME

With the massive devastation in the b.g., Jasmine drives the maintenance truck down the highway. In the back, the few survivors she's found.

In the back, four INJURED PASSENGERS lay across the flatbed as a thin, older man, TEDDY tends to them.

INT. MAINTENANCE TRUCK - SAME

Jasmine spots a TALL MAN, his closes in tatters RUNNING down the highway, his arms in the air.

TALL MAN The end has come! He speaketh his word and the end hast come!

Jasmine pulls up along side him.

JASMINE Hop on. We're heading out to El Toro.

TALL MAN You cannot defy what has come, it is the end!

The tall man moves off, screaming to the heavens. As Jasmine watches him drift away she SEES...

OVERTURNED MILITARY HELICOPTER

Still smoldering from the crash. A woman can be seen inside, still alive. Jasmine jumps out.

JASMINE Give me a hand.

Teddy joins Jasmine as they pry open the door. Inside, the pilots have been killed, but Mrs. Whitmore, THE FIRST LADY, lays there in great pain, blood across her blouse.

JASMINE Let's get her out of here.

They erase her from the wreckage, laying her on the ground. Dylan comes over, standing next to his mother.

TEDDY She's bleeding pretty bad.

Suddenly we HEAR the CLICKING of a rifle COCKING.

MALE VOICE (O.S.) Who's got the key?

Jasmine turns and see a REDNECK leveling his rifle at her. Behind him a small damaged sports car pulls up, packed to the gills with stolen, looted appliances.

REDNECK (yelling to pals) Looks like I've solved our transportation problem.

JASMINE Hey, you're welcome to come with us. We're leaving here anyway...

REDNECK We're not. Give me the key. (yelling back) Get 'em off.

Two GUYS rush from their vehicle over to the maintenance truck, pulling the injured off the tailback.

TALL MAN (O.S.) Repent! Sinners! Repent! The end hast come!

Running up from behind, the Tall Man comes over screaming. The Redneck turns his gun on him.

REDNECK Back off. This ain't your business.

As the Redneck is distracted, Jasmine spots the bag of fireworks protruding out of Dylan's back pocket.

TALL MAN You cannot go against the word, brother.

REDNECK Sure I can.

The Redneck SHOOTS the Tall Man. His buddies laugh.

REDNECK (cont'd) Now give me that key, bitch.

As he turns back to Jasmine, Boomer starts BARKING wildly. Just as he turns to shoot the dog, Jasmine lights a key ROCKET from the fireworks bag. The rocket BLASTS into the Redneck, his shirt IGNITING ON FIRE.

The Redneck drops the rifle, attempting to put out the flames, his cronies rush to his aid. Jasmine picks up the gun, moves in on them.

JASMINE This "bitch" was born in Alabama with a Daddy who loved to hunt. (cocking the weapon) So don't think for one second that I don't know how to use this.

She FIRES the rifle. Quickly the rednecks scamper away.

CUT TO:

EXT. DRY LAKE - DESERT - LATER

Dragging a heavy bundle wrapped in his parachute, Steve marches across the desert floor. The alien ARM/TENTACLE dangles out of the parachute.

Exhausted, Steve stops to wipe his brow. He hears something, turns around.

STEVE'S POV - THE TRAILER ARMADA

Several hundred of the trailers from the refugee camp are headed en mass towards him. Smiling, Steve signals them.

The trailers pull up on either side, surrounding him. Miguel leans out of his trailer.

MIGUEL (sarcastic) Need a lift?

STEVE When I flew overhead, I saw some kind of base, not far.

Confused, Miguel checks his map.

MIGUEL It's not on the map.

STEVE Trust me, it's there.

EXT. AIR FORCE ONE - LATER

Flying over the desert, Air Force One sails over an immense valley, Area 51 below - hangars, a few buildings, a small air strip, not much.

Super: N.I.A. Base - "Area 51", Nevada

EXT. RUNWAY - LATER

Air Force One lands. Wheels touch down, skid.

INT. HANGAR - LATER

The large hangar doors open and Air Force One is rolled inside. The President and his entourage are met by a contingent of base personnel led by field operative, LT. MITCHELL. He escorts them to a side hallway.

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

Lt. Mitchell walks over to an odd wall switch as the President and his entourage wait in the center of the hall. With a loud hydraulic HUM, the entire hallway begins to SINK DOWN, an enormous ELEVATOR.

PRESIDENT Why the hell wasn't I told about this place?

NIMZIKI Two words, Mr. President. Plausible deniability.

General Grey shoots Nimziki a pissed off look. When the elevator stops, a door SLIDES open.

INT. RESEARCH FACILITIES - CONTINUOUS

Stepping out of the elevator, they walk into a large state of the art, sterile clean research facility. It is amazingly well staffed and organized.

PRESIDENT I don't understand. Where did all this come from? How did this get funded?

MOISHE You didn't think they actually spent ten thousand dollars for a hammer and thirty thousand for a toilet seat, did you?

The President shoots him a look. They are greeted by a group of SCIENTISTS in whit coats led by, DR. OKUN.

MITCHELL Mr. President, I'd like to introduce you to Dr. Okun. He's been heading up our research here for the last fifteen years.

Dr. Okun is an odd, hyper-energetic man who's spent too much time in isolation.

OKUN Mr. President, a real pleasure. They don't let us out much, you you.

PRESIDENT (uncomfortable) Yes.

OKUN Well, I guess you'd like to see the big tamale? Follow me.

They walk up a ramp at the end of the room. Large heavily enforced doors SLIDE open.

INT. STORAGE LAB - CONTINUOUS

The group steps inside and nearly gasps at...

THE ALIEN ATTACKER

Just like the one that chased Steve. The entourage stares in horror and wonder. We can SEE the patch-work repairs they've made on the ship over the years.

OKUN She's a beaut, ain't she?

Moishe leans close to David and Constance.

MOISHE (smug) Never any space ships recovered by the government, huh?

PRESIDENT We've had this for forty years and you don't know anything about them?

OKUN Hell no, we know tons about them. The nearest stuff has only happened in the last few days.

The President slowly walks around the ship as Okun talks. David, mouth agape, just stares at it.

OKUN (cont'd) See, we can't duplicate their type of power so we've never been able to experiment. But since these guys started showing up, all the gizmos inside turned on. The last twenty four hours have been really exciting!

PRESIDENT (exploding) People are dying out there. I don't think "exciting" is the word I'd choose to describe it!

The room goes silent, letting the President blow off steam.

PRESIDENT (calming) What can you tell us about the enemy we're facing?

OKUN Not all too dissimilar to us. Breathes oxygen, comparable tolerances to heat, cold...probably why they're interested in our planet. (suddenly excited) Hey, you wanna see them?

INT. MEDICAL RESEARCH VAULT - MOMENTS LATER

The lights slowly TURN ON, illuminated the vault. Okun leads the group to a sealed partition.

OKUN This is vault, or as some of us have come to call it, the "freak show."

Okun hits a switch and the sealed partition lifts revealing...

FORMALDEHYDE TANKS - ALIENS

Three dead aliens float in the milky formaldehyde tanks. The murky fluid and condensation obstructs our view. What we do see is not pretty.

OKUN When we found them they were wearing bio-mechanical suits. Once we got them off, we were able to learn a great deal about their anatomy; eyes, ears, bipolar digestive system... no vocal cords though. We're assuming they communicate with each other through other means.

David cannot contain his fascination. He steps forward.

DAVID What kind of other means? Hand signals, body language?

OKUN Some kind of extra sensory perception. Telepathy.

PRESIDENT Can they be killed?

OKUN These three died in the crash. Their bodies are as frail as our own. You just have to get past their technology, which is, I'm sorry to say, far more advanced.

The President turns to David.

PRESIDENT You unlocked a part of that technology. You cracked their code.

DAVID All I did was stumble onto their signal. I don't know how helpful I can be...

PRESIDENT Show them what you've discovered. Work together. We've got to find a way to beat them.

EXT. SECURITY GATE - SAME

Four armed GUARDS watch the gate. An armada of trucks and trailers heads right for them. They move into position to block their entrance as a blue pick-up skids to a halt before them. Steve stands up from the back of the pick up.

GUARD Sorry, Lt. Colonel, I can't open the gates without clearance.

STEVE You want to see my clearance?

Impatiently Steve grabs the Guard by the collar, pulling him over the side of the truck putting him face to face with the bundled parachute in the flatbed. Steve rips the fabric aside revealing...

THE ALIEN CREATURE

Still unconscious, the alien stirs. The Guard JUMPS BACK, shitting in his pants. Quickly he signals for the other to open the gate.

The armada quickly drives past.

BLACKNESS

Total darkness. Suddenly light pours in as a door is open. We see the faces of Okun, David and three technicians all peering at us with inquisitive expressions.

OKUN See the gizmos flashing?

REVERSE - INSIDE ALIEN CRAFT

Sure enough, tons of gizmos with lights flashing. High tech meets organic organisms. This alien ship looks familiar to our own technology and completely different at the same time.

OKUN (cont'd) We've been working around the clock trying to get a fix on all this crap. Some stuff we figured out right away.

David climbs in, fascinated. He touches everything. Okun points to everything as he describes it.

OKUN (cont'd) This thing we're pretty sure is the life support for the cabin, this do-hickey over here is connected with the engines, this crap...we have no idea what that stuff is for.

David is transfixed by it. He stares at the small screens with flashing light patterns on them.

OKUN (cont'd) But this over here is clearly what they use to navigate and guide the craft.

But David still stares at the small screens.

DAVID Someone grab my laptop for me?

One of the technicians rushes off as Okun leans close.

OKUN Find something interesting?

DAVID Maybe.

The technician hands David his retrieved laptop which he quickly flips open and turns on.

DAVID These patterns here, they're repeating sequentially, just like...

David turns his laptop around for Okun to see. The pattern on David's laptop flashes identically as the alien screen.

DAVID (cont'd) ...their countdown signal. Their using this frequency for computer communications. It's how they co- ordinate their ships.

OKUN You know, you're really starting to make us look bad.

The two men exchange a smile. Another TECHY pops his head inside.

TECHY (out of breath) They got one! They got one, alive!

INT. HALLWAY OFF MAIN HANGAR - AREA 51 - SAME

The bundled alien lays on a stretcher that's wheeled quickly into the hall. Okun and his staff surround it. Trailing behind them is Steve, Russell and Miguel.

OKUN How long has it been unconscious?

RUSSELL Excuse me Doctor...

STEVE Three hours.

OKUN Get him into containment, stat.

RUSSELL My boy is very sick, he needs immediate attention.

Okun ignores Russell, hitting the elevator switch on the wall, the room begins its hydraulic HUM.

OKUN He's dying out. I want him sprayed down with saline.

Russell SLAMS his fist against the switch, the room stops. He GRABS a doctor nearby, gets in his face.

RUSSELL My boys is slipping into a diabetic coma. If you don't do something about it right now he will die.

Miguel is surprised and proud of Russell as he holds DOCTOR ISAACS, meaning business.

DR. ISAACS O'Haver, Miller, come with me. (to Russell) Take us to him.

CUT TO:

EXT. ROAD - MAINTENANCE TRUCK - NIGHT

Headlights pierce the darkness as the maintenance truck rolls to a stop. Jasmine climbs down out of the truck, her face ashen.

She walks past a sign reading: El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Tears begin to roll from her eyes. We follow her gaze to see...

EXT. EL TORO MARINE CORPS AIR STATION - CONTINUOUS

The entire facility is smoldering, the last remnants of the fire burning itself to extinction. Jasmine is devastated.

CUT TO:

INT. AREA 51 COMMAND CENTER - NIGHT

General Grey and Nimziki are in a heated argument.

GENERAL GREY You were the head of the National Intelligence Agency! You knew all about this. When were you planning on informing the rest of us!?

NIMZIKI It had been deemed classified.

GENERAL GREY Christ, why didn't you say anything about this when they first arrived? You could have warned us before we launched a counter attack that cost us hundreds of American pilots!

Just then the President enters along with Constance and some other ADVISORS. He examines a paper map of the United States, tacked to the wall, each major city circled in black.

PRESIDENT Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia, destroyed?

GENERAL GREY (composing himself) And there are scattered reports of sightings over Miami, Ft. Worth, And Memphis.

The President and his team take seats at the large conference table.

GENERAL GREY (cont'd) We've learned that NATO and western allied installations were the firs to be taken out. We were next. They knew exactly where and how to hit us.

Grey sneaks an accusatory glare at Nimziki.

PRESIDENT And our forces?

GENERAL GREY We're down to approximately fifteen percent, Sir. (beat) If you calculate the time it takes them to destroy a city and move on, we're looking at world wide destruction of every major city within the next thirty six hours.

PRESIDENT We're being exterminated.

The room is quiet. Constance runs her fingers through her hair. The door to the room opens and Lt. Mitchell enters with Steve.

MITCHELL Mr. President, this is Lt. Colonel Steven Hill.

The President quickly gets to his feet, anxiously shaking Steve's hand.

PRESIDENT Lieutenant, congratulations.

STEVE Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT Where is the prisoner now?

MITCHELL We have him in isolation. The doctors are very hopeful he will survive.

PRESIDENT I'd like to see him.

MITCHELL Yes, sir.

The General is concerned but the President is determined. They head for the door.

STEVE (to General Grey) General, I'm anxious to get back to El Toro.

GENERAL GREY Didn't anyone tell you? I'm sorry. El Toro was destroyed in the attack.

Steve is shattered, he had no idea.

CUT TO:

EXT. EL TORO BASE - NIGHT

The injured are gathered around a small camp fire. Jasmine walks up, dumping a box full of charred can goods.

JASMINE These should last us a while.

As Margaret tries to move, she winces in pain. Jasmine rushes to her aid. The color from her face drained, Margaret looks like she's taking a turn for the worse.

JASMINE Don't move. Stay still.

Jasmine adjusts the bandages as Margaret turns and see Dylan curled up next to Boomer, too adorable. Slowly he starts to wake up.

MARGARET Your son.

JASMINE He's my angel.

MARGARET Was his father stationed here?

JASMINE He wasn't his father. I was kinda hoping he'd want the job, though.

Jasmine becomes sad, remembering. Margaret changes the subject.

MARGARET So, what do yo do for a living?

JASMINE I'm a dancer.

MARGARET Really? Ballet?

JASMINE (laughs) No. Exotic.

MARGARET Oh. Sorry.

JASMINE Don't be. I'm not. It's good money. (re: Dylan) 'Side, he's worth it.

The bandages changed, Jasmine sits down next to Margaret.

MARGARET And when the dancing's over? What about your future?

JASMINE Funny, it used to scare me when I thought about the future. (looking around) Guess it doesn't really matter anymore.

Dylan comes walking over.

JASMINE Dylan, come here. I want you to meet the First Lady.

MARGARET (surprised) I thought you didn't recognize me.

JASMINE Didn't want to say anything. I voted for the other guy.

CUT TO:

INT. CONTAINMENT LAB - NIGHT

Okun and two Medical assistants examine the alien creature. His arms and chest have been strapped down to the examining table.

For the first time we get a good look at the head of this creature, long tentacled-type cords interlocked, covering the face. The doctors attach clamps to each of the cords.

OKUN Everyone ready?

The doctors exchange nervous glances, nod to each other. At the same moment all they pull on the clamps, unraveling the interlocked cords. As the cords unravel, we SEE that this is in fact a bio-mechanical SUIT as we REVEAL...

THE ALIEN

Beneath the cords lay the unconscious face of the alien, his skin translucent, his body fluids, capillaries, muscle tissue, alien's skin.

OKUN Do we have life support monitors recording?

MED ASSIST #2 Yes. If we fuck up it'll all be on tape.

OKUN Can we get some ventilation in here? I can't take this smell.

MED ASSIST #2 They've conquered space travel but not b.o.

As Okun begins to put on a pair of surgical gloves he suddenly grabs his forehead.

MED ASSIST #1 You all right?

OKUN Yeah. It's just that stink gives me a headache.

MED ASSIST #2 He's moving!

Instantly everyone's attention is riveted to the arm of the alien as it moves beneath the sheet. Unseen by the others the alien creature's EYES OPEN.

Another SHARP PAIN hits Okun who SCREAMS, stumbling backwards grabbing his head. The others turn in surprise.

THE ALIEN

Suddenly SPRINGS up, the restraining straps SNAPPING. Before Med #2 can react, one of the alien's tentacles SMASHES her across the face. She is sent sprawling backwards.

LOW ANGLE - THE ALIEN

Standing before her. In a wink of an eye, he ATTACKS, leaping on her.

Together they TUMBLE back into a formaldehyde tank. Hoses are ripped from their sides and STEAM pours out. We get quick glimpse of their struggle as the steam engulfs them.

INT. HALLWAY - SAME

Mitchell leads the Presidential party down the hall. They turn and enter the Medical lab.

INT. CONTAINMENT LAB - CONTINUOUS

The group slows as they enter the room. They see the containment room through the glass is covered with white steam. Nothing can be seen. It's eerily quiet.

Cautiously they approach. Suddenly Okun is SLAMMED AGAINST the glass partition, the creature's tentacles wrapped around him. Pressed firmly to the glass, his eyes are shut, his expression pained, but when he speaks the voice is angry.

OKUN/ALIEN Release...me.

MITCHELL Open the door. Get him out of there.

Suspicious, General Grey stops him.

GENERAL GREY Wait. (to Okun) Can you hear me?

OKUN/ALIEN Will kill...release me. Now!

They follow the tentacles with their eyes, up to the ceiling of the containment tank. Suddenly the alien LEAPS DOWN, startling them, landing before them behind the glass.

We see he's holding Okun against the glass, speaking THROUGH HIM. This is the first real good look we get at the this bizarre creature. Everyone in the room is repulsed and compelled by it at the same time.

EXT. AREA 51 - NIGHT

Through the hundreds of campers and trailers parked outside, Steve runs past until he reaches the open tarmac.

A transport helicopter sits on the edge of the landing area. Steve runs up to it and climbs inside.

INT. TRANSPORT HELICOPTER - CONTINUOUS

Steve quickly starts it engines, preparing to take off. A SOLDIER rushes over to the cockpit.

SOLIDER (yelling) What the hell are you doing? Get out of there!

STEVE I'm just going to borrow it.

The Soldier pulls out his pistol, taking aim.

SOLIDER No you're not, sir.

STEVE You really want to shoot me?

Steve stares the Soldier down. Reluctantly he lowers his gun.

SOLDIER Shit. I'm gonna catch the hell for this.

Steve smiles and gives him a quick salute then TAKES OFF. Quickly the bird RISES UP and darts off into the night.

INT. MEDICAL LAB - SAME

The President has moved closer to the glass and is talking with the alien. The alien uses Okun like a ventriloquist's dummy.

PRESIDENT Why did you people come here?

OKUN/ALIEN Air...water...your "sun."

PRESIDENT Where do your people come from? (no answer) Where is your home?

OKUN/ALIEN Here...now.

PRESIDENT And before here?

OKUN/ALIEN Many worlds...

PRESIDENT Can we negotiate a truce? is there room for co-existance? (no answer) Can there be peace between us?

OKUN/ALIEN Peace? No peace.

PRESIDENT What do you want us to do?

OKUN/ALIEN Die.

The Alien moves closer to the glass staring at the President. Suddenly the President clutches his head in pain.

NIMZIKI Mr. President?

OKUN/ALIEN We kill you...all.

The pain becomes more severe and the President SCREAM OUT. There is general panic as people rush to the President's side.

GENERAL GREY (to Mitchell) Is that glass bullet proof?

MITCHELL No sir.

The General draws his pistol. Mitchell and the other military officers follow his lead. Simultaneously they all begin to FIRE!

The glass SHATTERS into a billion pieces. The Alien is cut to ribbons, falling backwards.

The President collapses. So does Okun. A STAFFER rushes over to Okun, checks his pulse.

STAFFER He's dead.

General Grey moves to the President who slowly recovers.

GENERAL GREY Mr. President, are you okay?

Woozily the President sits up, a strange look in his eye.

PRESIDENT He wanted me to understand. He communicated with me. (turning to Grey) They're like locusts. They travel from planet to planet, their whole civilization. After they've consumed every natural resource they move on. And we're next.

The President stands with a new resolve. He stares at the dead alien on the floor.

PRESIDENT (cold) Prepare a nuclear strike.

INT. STORAGE LAB - MINUTES LATER

The research staff are working near the recovered alien attacker. Constance comes rushing in. She looks around for David. Through the glass of one of the offices she sees him.

INT. OFFICES - CONTINUOUS

Holding a bottle of Jack Daniels, David fishes through a small refrigerator as Constance enters.

DAVID Just my luck, no ice.

CONSTANCE I take it you've heard.

DAVID A toast to the end of the world.

David toasts her with the bottle, takes a swig.

CONSTANCE He didn't come to this decision lightly.

David nods, he doesn't want to argue. He smiles cynically.

DAVID You still believe in him.

CONSTANCE He's a good man.

DAVID Better be. You left me for him.

CONSTANCE I wanted a career. Didn't you ever want to be part of something special?

David stares daggers at her.

DAVID I was part of something special.

Constance realizes he means their marriage. She's hurt him and can see it. She turns and leaves.

CUT TO:

EXT. DARK SKIES - NIGHT

A black shadow is vaguely seen in the dark night. As we pass some moonlit clouds we recognize the shadow is, in fact, a B-2 STEALTH BOMBER.

As we WIDEN, we see that the bomber is part of a squadron of eight. These mighty winged giants fly together in attack formation.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - ARE 51 - SAME

A tracking screen comes to life, eight blips flashing.

TECHNICIAN #1 We've got the AWAC on line. Signals coming in low.

The President's group takes their position behind the technicians.

EXT. BLACK SKIES - NIGHT

The eight B-2 Stealth Bombers break formation, each heading off to their different target destinations.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

On a large map, we see the eight target destinations and the planes heading for them.

PRESIDENT Who will we reach first?

COMMANDER Houston, Texas. Intercept ETA, six minutes and counting down.

PRESIDENT Oh my God, Houston.

GENERAL GREY The major cities have been deserted. Civilian casualties should be at a minimum, sir.

One map screen, ENLARGES, tracking the bomber on route to Houston.

EXT. LIQUOR STORE - OUTSIDE HOUSTON - NIGHT

Looters take all they can carry through the broken glass store front. A large heavily armored TANK rolls up front.

INT. ARMORED TANK - SAME

Nervous military technicians work equipment as their TANK COMMANDER pulls down a periscope.

TANK COMMANDER POV - SPACE SHIP OVER HOUSTON

Through the periscopes cross-hairs we SEE downtown Houston, the City Destroyer space ships settling in above it.

EXT. B-2 STEALTH BOMBER - SAME

Silhouetted against the shimmering waters on the bay, they Stealth Bomber can be seen as it approaches Houston.

INT. B-2 STEALTH BOMBER - COCKPIT - SAME

The flight crew works their computers (similar readouts are seen at command center). The Multi-Function Display (MFD) flashing before each crew member.

PILOT We have laser targeting locked.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

TECHNICIAN #1 Target is locked, sir. Do you wish to deploy?

Everyone turns to the President who does not answer.

GENERAL GREY Mr. President, do you wish to deploy.

Still there is no answer. NIMZIKI Mr. President?

PRESIDENT (softly) Deploy.

EXT. B-2 STEALTH BOMBER - WEAPONS BAY - SAME

The bay doors open and a large Tactical Nuclear Cruise Missile drops down, flies parallel with the bomber as it adjusts its radar and laser tracking. Suddenly it SHOOTS OFF.

The bomber BANKS AWAY.

INT. B-2 STEALTH BOMBER - SAME

We see the horizon twisting away as we bank off from target.

PILOT She's away.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

On the big map we see one FLASHING target line tracking the missile as it approaches Houston.

PRESIDENT (to himself) May our children forgive us.

INT. ARMORED TANK - OUTSIDE HOUSTON - NIGHT

The Tank Commander readjusts the periscope.

TANK COMMANDER POV - SPACE SHIP & B-2 STEALTH BOMBER

We follow the Cruise Missile as it guides itself on a direct collision course with the space craft.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

The targeting map shows how close the missile is, nearly on top of the target. Everyone in the room holds their breath.

EXT. SPACE CRAFT - SAME

The nuke speeds closer. It HITS the protective shield and DETONATES. A FLASH OF LIGHT.

WIDE ANGLE - HOUSTON

With the B-2 Stealth Bomber in the foreground, the city behind it vanishes in a FLASH OF LIGHT, blinding us.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

We can see the extent of the explosion on the targeting map, tracking it -- an expanding ring around Houston.

NIMZIKI (excited) It's a hit!

The others are still waiting. The monitor shows the night vision picture of the growing MUSHROOM CLOUD rising above the city.

EXT. HOUSTON - WIDE - SAME

The MUSHROOM CLOUD engulfs the horizon.

EXT. ARMORED TANK - SAME

Rocked by the massive explosion, the shock wave ROCKS the armored tank but doesn't destroy it.

INT. ARMORED TANK - SAME

The men inside are KNOCKED around, hard from the explosion.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

NIMZIKI We got the bastards!

General Grey shoots Nimziki a look. The President holds up a hand, silencing the room.

PRESIDENT Can they see it? Did it destroy the target?

TANK COMMANDER'S POV THROUGH PERISCOPE - SAME

As the cloud begins to dissipate we see THE SPACE CRAFT IS STILL THERE, completely unharmed.

INT. ARMORED TANK - SAME

TANK COMMANDER Negative. Target remains.

INT. COMMAND CENTER - SAME

On the monitors as well, we can see the target remain. The air is let out of the room, everyone deflated.

PRESIDENT Call them back.

NIMZIKI The other bombers might have more luck. We shouldn't just give up...

PRESIDENT I said call them back.

As the technicians call the bombers away, the President sinks into a depression. His last hope of survival gone.

CUT TO:

EXT. EL TORO MARINE CORPS AIR STATION - NIGHT

Jasmine keeps Margaret company as the rest sleep around the last flames of their campfire. From the worried expression on Jasmine's face we can tell that Margaret has gotten worse, her wounds bleeding badly.

A WIND kicks up, the sound of an ENGINE approaching. Jasmine squints her eyes looking up into the wind when a BRIGHT LIGHT engulfs her.

JASMINE'S POV - LIGHTS - NIGHT

Bright lights in the sky growing nearer. Slowly the others begin to wake up, frightened as the lights INTENSIFY.

The others slowly begin to retreat but Jasmine stands, staring defiantly. A smile creeps across her face as she sees that the lights belong to...

TRANSPORT HELICOPTER

The Transport Helicopter touches down and Steve leaps out, racing towards Jasmine. Overwhelmed, Jasmine jumps into his arms.

JASMINE You're late.

STEVE You know how I like to make a big entrance.

They kiss.

CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT

The double doors burst open as the President carrying his young daughter marches through. Doctor ISAACS comes over to them.

PRESIDENT How is she?

ISAACS I'm sorry, Mr. President. If only we could have gotten to her sooner.

The President puts his daughter down as he sees...

PRESIDENT'S POV - MARGARET

Margaret lays in bed, doctors and nurses surrounding her. Patricia rushes over.

ISAACS She's bleeding internally. There's nothing else we can do.

Stunned, the President watches as Patricia hugs her mother.

MARGARET Hiya Munchkin.

PATRICIA Mommy, we were worried. We didn't know where you were.

MARGARET I'm right here, baby.

Recovering, the President nods for the doctors to leave the room. As they begin to march out, he makes his way over to his wife and daughter.

PRESIDENT Honey, why don't you wait outside so Mommy can get some rest.

Patricia kisses her mother, says goodbye and leaves. Out of sight, Margaret winces, fading away. The President grabs her hand for support. She squeezes tightly.

MARGARET (through tears) I'm scared, Tom.

PRESIDENT It's okay. The doctors said you're going to be just fine.

Margaret smiles at the man she knows all too well.

MARGARET Liar.

The look between them says more than any words.

INT. HALLWAY - OUTSIDE MARGARET'S ROOM - LATER

The President exits the room, overcome with emotion. Constance, the doctors and some medical crew move to comfort him. He holds them off with a gesture.

He looks up and sees Jasmine, Steve and Dylan down the hall. He pushes through the crowd and makes his way over to them.

JASMINE I'm so sorry.

PRESIDENT I just wanted to thank you. You're a very brave woman.

Across the hall, Patricia sits in a chair, waiting. Whitmore walks over to her and kneels down next to his small child.

PATRICIA Is Mommy sleeping now?

PRESIDENT Yes, baby. Mommy's sleeping.

FADE OUT:

A GARBAGE CAN

Topples over with a BANG! A foot steps in and starts kicking trash all over.

EXT. AREA 51 - NIGHT

David is drunkenly knocking everything over, making a gigantic mess. Moishe comes up behind, restraining him.

MOISHE David, David! What the hell are you doing!?

DAVID I'm making a mess.

MOISHE This I can see.

DAVID We've gotta burn the rain forest, Pops. Dump toxic waste, pollute the air, rip up the ozone. Maybe if we screw this planet up enough they won't want it anymore.

MOISHE David, you're drunk.

David slips, falls on his ass, hard. Moishe helps him back up on his feet.

MOISHE I think you better sleep this off. Go back inside before you catch a cold.

Slowly David looks up towards Moishe, an idea.

DAVID Pops, you're a genius!

MOISHE What'd I say?

DAVID A cold? Of course.

Sobered, David jumps kisses his father and bolts inside.

CUT TO:

INT. STORAGE LAB - DAY

A large crowd has been gathered here at the lab. General Grey and Nimziki walk up to Constance.

NIMZIKI All right, Connie, we're here. What's this all about?

CONSTANCE I really have no idea. He just said to bring everyone down here.

Steve shows Dylan the alien space craft.

DYLAN Does that thing fly in outer space?

Steve loos up at the craft admiringly.

STEVE It certainly does.

When the President enters a technician rushes over and knocks on the hatch door on the alien attacker. The door swings open and David climbs down.

Grabbing a coke can from the "recycle" trash bin, David places the empty can on top of the alien attacker. David turns and faces the gathering.

DAVID Could anyone please step back away from the craft?

They do and David nods to a Technician inside the craft. The Technician disappears inside, closing the door behind him. A loud HUM emits from the craft. David has to yell over it.

DAVID Lt. Mitchell, would you mind drawing your pistol?

MITCHELL What?

DAVID From where you're standing, do you think you could shoot that can off the alien craft?

Mitchell shrugs affirmatively. David gestures for him to try. Taking aim, Mitchell SHOOTS.

The bullet RICOCHETS off the attacker's protective shield. Several people in the crowd dock, afraid of being hit by the errant bullet.

DAVID Sorry 'bout that. You see, it's protected by the craft's shields. We can't penetrate their defenses.

NIMZIKI We know that already. What's your point?

David walks over to his laptop, now connected directly to the craft by cables and starts typing furiously.

DAVID My point is if we can't beat their defenses, then we must get around them.

David stops typing and stares at his wrist watch, silently counting down.

DAVID Lt. Mitchell, would you please try to shoot it again?

Reluctantly Mitchell obliges. This time the can is BLOWN OFF THE CRAFT. Everyone in the room is shocked. The Technician re-opens the craft's door and the loud HUM disappears.

GENERAL GREY How did you do that?

DAVID I gave it a cold.

The President is fascinated, he steps closer. Moishe beams proudly at his smart son. Constance is amazed.

DAVID (cont'd) More accurately, I gave it a virus. A computer virus.

David turns his laptop around for the President to see.

GENERAL GREY Are you telling us you can send out a signal that will disable all their shields?

DAVID Just as they used our satellites against us, we can use their own signal against them.

David walks over to a diagram he's made showing the relationship between the Mother Ship, the Space Crafts and the smaller alien attackers.

DAVID (cont'd) If we plant the virus directly into the mother ship, it would then filter down into all the corresponding ships below.

NIMZIKI And just how do we infect the "Mother Ship" with a virus?

David gestures to the alien attacker behind him.

DAVID We'll have to fly their craft out of our atmosphere and dock with the mother ship.

Intrigued Steve turns and looks back at the alien attacker, sizing it up. David points to a satellite photo of the underbelly of the Mother Ship.

DAVID (cont'd) We can enter here, upload the virus and set off an explosion that could disable it. This would disorient the smaller ship below and buy you some time to take them out.

Constance reacts, realizing David's participation in the plan.

NIMZIKI This is ridiculous.

GENERAL GREY How long would their shields be down?

DAVID Once they discover the virus it could be a matter of minutes.

NIMZIKI You want us to co-ordinate a massive world wide counter strike with a window of only a few minutes?

GENERAL GREY With their shields down it might be possible.

NIMZIKI Please, you're not buying into any of this nonsense, are you? We don't have the manpower or the resources to launch that kind of a campaign. (gesturing to the alien ship) Not to mention that this whole cockamamie plan is dependent on a machine that no one in the world is qualified to operate.

STEVE (O.S.) I wouldn't say that, sir.

Everyone turns to Steve who steps through the crowd.

STEVE I've seen them in action. I've watched their maneuvers. With your permission, sir, I'd like the opportunity to try.

NIMZIKI That thing's a wreck. It crash landed back in the fifties! We don't even know if it's capable of flying.

David turns to the Technicians.

DAVID Remove the clamps!

Technicians move to the large holding clamps on either side of the craft. With a loud CLANK, the clamps are pulled away.

For a moment the hulking craft TEETERS unevenly, but quickly stabilizes, FLOATING ABOVE THEM.

DAVID Any other questions?

Everyone stares at the floating ship with wonder.

PRESIDENT Let's do it.

INT. HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

Constance, General Grey and the President are walking down the hall. Nimziki rushes to catch up.

NIMZIKI I understand that you're upset over the death of your wife but that's no excuse for making another fatal mistake...

The President whirls, grabs Nimziki and SLAMS him against the wall. Holding him tight, the President gets in his face.

PRESIDENT The only mistake I made was appointing a sniveling little weasel like you Chief of Staff.

Constance is about to intervene when General Grey stops her.

PRESIDENT (cont'd) But this is a mistake, I am thankful to say, I do not have to live with. Mr. Nimziki, you're fired.

The President releases him and turns to General Grey.

PRESIDENT (cont'd) Organize every plane you can find and get some Goddamned pilots to fly them.

GENERAL GREY Yes, Sir.

He storms off leaving everyone stunned.

NIMZIKI He can't do that.

CONSTANCE (amazed) He just did.

CUT TO:

INT. MILITARY TENT - CONTINUOUS

Four BRITISH AIR PILOTS are gathered around a table going over a map. One pilot, REGINALD, is in charge.

REGINALD ...we've been told that there may be additional re-enforcement in hiding near the Golan Straights...

Suddenly the flap to the tent opens. All the pilots draw their pistols frightening the ARAB PILOT who stands in the doorway. The Arab Pilot speaks quickly in Arabic.

REGINALD What the hell's he saying?

THOMSON (explaining) Seems they're getting a signal. One Morse code.

EXT. DRY LAKE - SECONDS LATER

As they step out of the tent we SEE more than a HUNDRED FIGHTERS PLANES from different nations parked around them. They've all gone into hiding out here in the desert, divided into many smaller camps.

Reginald and Thomson follow their Arab cohort, walking through the many other campsites. Thomson gets some stares from the IRAQI PILOTS.

REGINALD I still get believe this.

THOMSON The Iraqis don't appear altogether too pleased with this arrangement.

REGINALD How do you think the Israelis feel?

Sure enough a campsite of ISRAELI PILOTS sits very near by.

ANGLE - ARABIAN AIR FORCE CAMP

Dozens of Arab pilots are gathered around a large radio as the Morse code comes through. Thomson quickly kneels down, taking notes.

THOMSON It's from the Americans. They want to organize a counter offensive.

REGINALD It's about bloody time. What do they plan to do?

EXT. ICE PLATEAU - SIBERIA - DAY

Several Russian Pilots are gathered around a radio, their dozen MIG FIGHTERS standing behind them.

RUSSIAN #1 (subtitled) They claims to be able to bring down their shields.

RUSSIAN #2 When do they want to attack?

EXT. VOLCANO BASE - FUJI - DAY

At the base of a large Volcano in Fuji, several Japanese attack helicopters stand near their pilots, gathered around a radio.

JAPANESE PILOT (subtitled) The attack begins in thirteen hours.

CUT TO:

INT. AREA 51 - WAR ROOM - DAY

A large world map has been constructed. Several sites are marked with stickers reading: COMBAT READY. Another sticker is put onto Mr. Fuji.

Striding in, the President surveys the war room. General Grey rushes over to meet him.

PRESIDENT How're we doing?

GENERAL GREY Better than we thought.

General Grey leads the President over to the wall map.

GENERAL GREY We have confirmed divisions of troops from different armies all around the world. Most of Europe, the Middle East and Asia are battle ready.

PRESIDENT And our troops here?

GENERALE GREY We've been collecting planes from all over but...

PRESIDENT But what, General?

GENERAL GREY Pilots, sir. We don't have enough people to get them in the air.

PRESIDENT Then find them.

CUT TO:

INT. BRENNON TRAILER - NIGHT

Troy is sleeping peacefully in his bed. Russell sits at the kitchen table as Miguel enters.

MIGUEL How' he doing?

RUSSELL Just fell asleep. He's gonna be just fine. Join me in a little celebration?

Russell holds up his bottle of Jack Daniels. Clearly he's been drinking again. Miguel is crestfallen. Pissed he turns and storms out.

RUSSELL Miguel. Don't be mad. Miguel!

Drunkenly, Russell chases after him.

INT. AREA 51 - REFUGEE CAMP - CONTINUOUS

Making his way through the campers, Russell SEES a group of refugees around some MILITARY OFFICERS who addresses them.

OFFICER (through megaphone) ...We're planning to launch a counter offensive...

Russell wanders over towards them.

OFFICER (cont'd) ...with our depleted manpower we must ask that anyone with any flight experience come forward. Military training is preferable but anyone who can fly a plane could be useful...

Russell pushes his way through the crowd.

RUSSELL (slurred) I can fly, I mean, I'm a pilot.

The officer just stares at the bottle of Jack Daniels still in his hand.

OFFICER Sorry, sir.

Russell gets into his face, desperate.

RUSSELL You don't understand. I've gotta be part of this. This is important to me. They ruined my life.

OFFICER Why don't you go somewhere and sleep it off.

The Officers move on, taking a few volunteers with them. Russell watches them go, dejected. Angrily, he throws the bottle of Jack, SMASHING it.

INT. STORAGE LAB - NIGHT

A large MISSILE slides back into a LAUNCHER that has been attached to the top of the alien attacker. Some workers PAINT over the patch-work repairs. Below, Mitchell briefs Steve and David.

MITCHELL We've hid the launcher in the ship's manifold.

Mitchell takes a small black box from a table near by.

MITCHELL (cont'd) This will be attached to the ships main console.

STEVE It's just like an AMRAAM launch pad on the stealths.

MITCHELL Exactly. Use it the same way. Only the nuke won't detonate on impact. You'll have another thirty seconds to get as far away as you can.

DAVID I'll see how they're doing with the radio transmitter.

STEVE (checking his watch) Oh shit, we're late.

DAVID We'll meet you there.

Steve dashes off as David moves toward the attacker. Constance has been eavesdropping. She walks to David.

CONSTANCE Thirty seconds? Isn't that cutting it a little too close?

DAVID We'll be well on our way out of there before we shoot that thing off.

David leans under the attacker where a TECHNICIAN is attaching another device.

TECHNICIAN It's the strongest SHF transmitter we could get. It'll tell us when you've uploaded the virus.

DAVID Then cross your fingers the shields go down.

David turns and walks away, Constance following.

CONSTANCE With you? I don't understand why you can't just show someone how to plant the virus, somebody trained for this kind of mission?

DAVID If anything goes wrong I'll have to think quickly, adjust the signal, who knows?

David stops, picking up a small trash can labelled "recycle."

DAVID (smiling) You know how I'm always trying to save the planet. This is my chance.

David rushes off. Constance watches him leave.

CONSTANCE (to herself) Now he gets ambitious.

INT. SMALL GATHERING HALL - SAME

Jasmine is kneeling as Dylan tries to zip up the back of her dress.

DYLAN It's too tight.

JASMINE I had to borrow it. I guess that's good enough.

Jasmine stands, turns to Dylan.

JASMINE How do I look?

She looks great. But Dylan only gives her the "so-so" hand gesture.

JASMINE You're a lot of help.

The door behind her flies open and Steve marches in.

JASMINE You're late.

STEVE You know me...

JASMINE I know, you like to make a big entrance.

Steve moves next to Jasmine, takes her hand.

STEVE Before we do this, I want you to know I'm sorry.

JASMINE Sorry for what?

STEVE (serious) I should have done this a long long time ago.

MALE VOICE (O.S.) Do you have the ring?

As we REVERSE ANGLE we see that we are in a military CHAPEL, a large crucifix on the wall. A CHAPLAIN stands by the altar.

STEVE You bet.

Steve pulls out the famous "dolphin" ring.

CHAPLAIN Witnesses?

Just then the doors open and David and Constance enter taking seats on opposing sides of the aisle.

CHAPLAIN Then let's get this show on the road.

Steve and Jasmine take their places at the altar. Jasmine is radiant. Dylan rushes up and joins them.

As the ceremony begins, David and Constance share a pregnant glance. Slowly they reach across the aisle and hold hands as Steve and Jasmine exchange their vows.

CUT TO:

HANGAR DOORS - PRE-DAWN

Slowly spread apart revealing the myriad of different planes that have been gathered. Pilots, flights crews and refugees prepare for the battle.

EXT. AREA 51 - TARMAC - PRE-DAWN

Walking out the President scans the motley collection of planes; old, new, high-tech, low-tech.

GENERAL GREY Beggars can't be choosers, sir.

Nodding in agreement, the President walks among the rank and file. Slowly they turn their attention to the President.

PRESIDENT Good morning. In less than one hour planes from here and all around the world will launch the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind... (beat) Mankind. The word has new meaning for all of us now. We are reminded not of our petty differences but of our common interests.

Constance, David and Moishe join the group, listening. Even David is moved.

PRESIDENT (cont'd) Perhaps it's fate that today, July the Fourth, we will once again fight for our freedom. Not from tyranny, persecution or oppression. But from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exit. From this day on, the fourth day of July will no longer be remembered as an American holiday but as the day that all of mankind declared we will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We will live on. We will survive.

The crowd erupts into applause and cheers. The President turns and walks over to an Officer holding a bundle of clothes. General Grey confronts the President as he begins to disrobe.

GENERAL GREY Mr. President, just what do you think you're doing?

PRESIDENT I'm a pilot, Will. This is where I belong.

General Grey wants to argue but can't.

INT. STORAGE LAB - SAME

Constance and David embrace as Steve turns to Dylan.

STEVE When I'm back we'll light those fireworks.

Jasmine hugs them both as Moishe walks over to David.

MOISHE David, take these.

David looks down at the "barf bags" in Moishe's hand.

DAVID Thanks, Pops.

MOISHE I want you should know, I'm very proud of you, son.

That means more to David than Moishe could have known.

CONSTANCE Be careful.

Constance hugs David as Steve suddenly freaks out.

STEVE Damn it. We can't go yet. I gotta find some cigars.

Steve is about to bolt when Moishe grabs him, retrieving two cigars from his coat pocket.

MOISHE My last two. With my blessings.

STEVE You're a lifesaver.

Steve grabs them and climbs inside. David smiles awkwardly, then follows Steve.

INT. ALIEN ATTACKER - CONTINUOUS

The hatch shuts and David takes a seat next to Steve who hands him one of the cigars.

STEVE Hang on to this. For our victory dance. But not 'til we hear the fat lady sing.

Reluctantly David takes it. As he does Steve notices the "barf bag" on David's lap. Off Steve's look...

DAVID I have a confession to make. I'm not real big on flying.

STEVE Great.

INT. STORAGE LAB - SAME

Constance and Jasmine join the others behind the observation glass outside the room as the Attacker prepares for lift off.

Part of the ceiling suddenly PEELS AWAY, revealing an enormous SHAFT leading topside.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ALIEN ATTACKER - SAME

Strapping in and securing their equipment, Steve grabs hold of the throttle.

STEVE You ready? Let' rock and roll.

Steve pulls back on the throttle but the attacker swings BACKWARDS.

INT. STORAGE LAB - SAME

The Alien Attacker SMASHES BACKWARD into the rear of the lab. Moishe winces as the others react fearfully.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ALIEN ATTACKER - SAME

Embarrassed, Steve adjusts the throttle.

STEVE Oops.

Like a stick shift diagram of a car, a small hand written "post it" card is pasted onto the dash. Steve reaches over and turns it upside down, righting the problem.

STEVE Let's try that again.

This time he pushes the throttle forward and the Attacker JERKS ahead.

INT. STORAGE LAB - CONTINUOUS

Shooting up into the ceiling shaft above, the Attacker ZOOMS out of the underground laboratory.

EXT. AREA 51 - SHAFT - SAME

With a WHOOSH the Alien Attacker ZOOMS out of the underground shaft and SOARS into the sky. Once high enough it goes into a wild barrel roll.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ALIEN ATTACKER - SAME

Just as it comes out of the roll.

DAVID What the hell are you doing?

STEVE Just getting a feel for her.

EXT. MORNING SKIES - CLOUD BANK - SAME

The Attacker arcs upward and disappears into the clouds.

EXT. AREA 51 - THE PRESIDENT'S PLANE - SAME

The President watches the Attacker flying away. His canopy locks down as he adjusts his helmet.

PRESIDENT Grey, you read me?

GENERAL GREY (filtered) Roger, Eagle One, our primary target has shifted course.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

General Grey is standing by the large map tracking the alien ships over the United States.

PRESIDENT (filtered) Where's it headed?

GENERAL GREY I think our secret is out. They're headed right for us.

INT. PRESIDENT'S PLANE - SAME

GENERAL GREY (filtered) ETA thirty six minutes.

The President gets a determined look in his eye. He FIRES UP his engine. Following his lead, engines ignite, canopies lock down and planes taxi to position.

EXT. UPPER ATMOSPHERE - ALIEN ATTACKER - SAME

The captured alien attacker soars higher and higher.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Slowly getting sick, David holds onto his "barf bag."

STEVE You still with me?

David nods sheepishly. Steve's eyes go wide with wonder as the ship climbs to the edge of our atmosphere.

STEVE (to himself) I've waited a long time for this.

The ship begins to SHAKE, rattling harshly as it climbs. Through the window we SEE the blue sky EVAPORATE. Slowly a field of STARS take its place.

This is the moment Steve had wished for all his life. He's not disappointed. David, however, is not so thrilled.

EXT. SPACE - STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Heading further into space, ZOOMING overhead.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Through the windshield we see a huge OBJECT floating in the distance, the moon behind it.

DAVID That's it. Head straight for it.

But Steve gets distracted, something wrong with the controls.

STEVE Something's happening. It's not responding.

David looks over at his laptop, connected to the ship's on board computers. Th signal is ADJUSTING.

DAVID (thrilled) I was counting on that. They're bringing us in.

EXT. BLUE SKIES - MORNING

The President's plane leads thirty fighters in attack formation.

PRESIDENT We have visual.

RESERVE ANGLE - ALIEN SPACE CRAFT

The fifteen mile wide space craft peeks over a mountain range headed straight for us.

GENERAL GREY (filtered) Do not engage until we've confirmed the package has been delivered.

PRESIDENT Roger.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

Constance is standing by Lt. Mitchell behind the Military cadre coordinating the battle.

CONSTANCE What if that thing gets here before we can plant the virus?

MITCHELL The entire compound is buried deep within the mountain. It should give us some protection.

CONSTANCE But what about all the people outside?

Mitchell shoots her a worried look. Quickly they both dash outside.

EXT. MOTHER SHIP - SAME

Steve and David's attacker flies towards the gigantic Mother Ship. Hundreds of other attackers flow in and out of the Mother Ship through the many triangular portals. Steve and David's attacker's drawn into one of them.

INT. PORTAL SHAFT - MOTHER SHIP - SAME

Caught in a stream of attackers, they flow through the portal shaft leading into this planet sized space craft. They pass by enormous windows revealing the HUNDREDS OF ALIENS working within the Mother Ship.

We spill out of the shaft and into a gigantic cavity stretching out beyond visibility. Enormous TOWERS are scattered throughout.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - CONTINUOUS

Neither can believe their eyes. Staring out the front window they SEES...

STEVE AND DAVID'S POV ALIEN TROOP PARADE GROUND

Below them THOUSANDS OF ALIENS can be seen as they are marched into dozens of enormous TROOP CONTAINERS docked at the edges of the parade grounds.

DAVID Must be thousands of them. What are they doing?

STEVE Looks like they're preparing the invasion.

INT. DOCKING STATIONS - MOTHER SHIP - CONTINUOUS

They pass the parade ground and head into the middle of this huge cavernous sphere, closing in on the many LANDINGS. Hundreds of attackers are docked at each one.

In the center of the Landing are large BAY WINDOWS, inside is a kind of control tower. We can SEE several ALIEN WORKERS through the glass. Steve and David's attacker is heading straight towards them.

STEVE This won't work. They'll see before we can do anything.

Lifting up another hand written card labeled "window," David pushes the button underneath.

DAVID These things are fully equipped. Reclining bucket seats, power windows...

A BLAST SHIELD lowers covering the window.

Slowly Steve and David's attacker lowers onto large docking CLAMPS which LOCK ON, holding it in place.

DAVID We're in!

David starts typing frantically.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

Mitchell turns from one of the consoles to General Grey.

MITCHELL He's uploading the virus.

GENERAL GREY (into mic) Eagle One...

EXT. BLUE SKIES - SAME

The Presidential attack squadron zeroing in on target.

GENERAL GREY (filtered) ...the package is being delivered. Stand by to engage.

PRESIDENT Roger.

EXT. AREA 51 - BRENNON TRAILER - SAME

Alicia struggles to drag out a large duffle bag. Philip (the boy who brought the penicillin earlier) rushes over.

PHILIP Let me get that.

He grabs the bag for her. Alicia smiles. Miguel helps Troy down from the trailer. As they rush away, Miguel turns to Philip.

MIGUEL Where's Russell?

ANGLE - HANGAR - ENTRANCE TO COMPOUND

Constance, Jasmine and Mitchell are helping to usher the refugees into the compound.

CONSTANCE Hurry, we've got to get everyone inside.

Constance looks up and SEES off in the distance...

THE ALIEN SPACE CRAFT

Piercing the horizon, coming over the top of a distant mountain. Headed this way.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

David finishes typing. The screen on his laptop flashes: UPLOAD COMPLETE.

DAVID The virus is in. All we can do now is pray.

EXT. BLUE SKIES - AMERICAN FIGHTERS - SAME

GENERAL GREY (filtered) Delivery complete. Engage.

PRESIDENT Roger.

The fighter jets GUN IT and overtake the smaller planes in front of them.

Below the President's plane the weapons bay door opens and a long range AMRAAM Missile DROPS DOWN, computes its target and DARTS OFF.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

Mitchell and General Grey move over to a monitor showing visual from the Present's Plane. They SEE the missile moving towards target.

GENERAL GREY Keep your fingers crossed.

EXT. AMERICAN FIGHTERS - SAME

The pilots watch nervously as the missile nears its target.

PRESIDENT Come on, baby.

ANGLE - AMRAAM MISSILE

Just as it gets to the shield perimeter, the missile EXPLODES. The shields are still up.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

They watch the missile blow up harmlessly. Deflated, General Grey grabs his mic.

GENERAL GREY It didn't work. Disengage. Sir, get your people out of there.

EXT. PRESIDENT'S PLANE - SAME

The President is not ready to give up.

PRESIDENT Not yet!

Below his plane another MISSILE drops down, and DARTS OFF.

ANGLE - MISSILE

This one goes past the point of the previous explosion. It moves in closer and closer. Suddenly it HITS THE SIDE OF THE SHIP. A HUGE EXPLOSION, rips off a part of the side of this immense ship.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

We SEE the explosion on the monitor. Everyone in the room CHEERS.

GENERAL GREY You did it! A direct hit!

EXT. BLUE SKIES - AMERICAN FIGHTERS - SAME

The pilots are thrilled.

PRESIDENT We're going in! Squadron leaders, take point.

The fighters break off into six group of five. One by one, each fighter DROPS A MISSILE. We follow DOZENS OF MISSILES on their way to the space craft.

ANGLE - SPACE CRAFT

The Attacker Bay doors open and DOZENS OF ALIEN ATTACKERS shoot out. Spreading wide.

Guided missiles EXPLODES as they hit the City Destroyer, damaging the outer hull. The Attackers go after the American fighters. The six groups split wide. An aerial dog fight ensues.

EXT. AREA 51 - REFUGEE CAMP - SAME

Miguel searches for Russell as the refugees run for the hangar.

MIGUEL Russell!

Miguel gets swept up in the tide. As the last of them enter the hangar, TWO ALIEN ATTACKERS arrive behind them, STRAFING the ground. The rows of trailers homes EXPLODE one after another.

ANGLE - ELEVATOR HALLWAY - BACK OF HANGAR

Constance ushers the crowd into the elevator hallway. Packed into the hallway together, they are panicked at the sound of the nearby explosions. As the last one is safely inside, Constance turns back and SEES...

CONSTANCE'S POV - HANGAR AND ATTACKERS

The attackers FIRE and the front half of the hangar EXPLODES. Constance is KNOCKED back against the wall. She activates the elevator and the room begins to SINK.

As the hallway submerges, the entire hangar comes CRASHING DOWN behind them.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

Over monitors the General observes the aerial battle. This room, too, ROCKS from the explosions. The monitors FLICKER.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Steve struggles with the controls but is getting no where.

DAVID Get us out of here!

STEVE I can't shake her free.

EXT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Though the attacker guns its engine, the CLAMPS below HOLD TIGHT.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

David moves over to the computer to see if he can help. Suddenly the large window slowly begins to DROP DOWN.

STEVE What're you doing?

DAVID It's not me. They're overriding the system.

The blast shield continues to peel away. David and Steve drop down below the dash, hiding from view. As the view becomes unobstructed we SEE...

POV - THROUGH WINDOW - THE LANDING

Several Alien's looking across at us from the large bay window of the Landing's control tower.

STEVE Damn!

David leans from his hiding position and SEES several other alien attackers are moving in on them. They are surrounded.

DAVID Check and mate.

INT. AREA 51 - RESEARCH FACILITY - SAME

Like images from England during the blitzkrieg, the refugees are huddled on the floor, the lights FLICKERING and the muted sounds of distant EXPLOSIONS. Miguel moves through the refugees, searching for Russell.

A Yarmulke is unfolded. As it is lifted we realize Moishe is putting it on. He holds the hands with the people around him and begins to pray. Nimziki moves next to Moishe. Moishe takes his hand.

NIMZIKI I'm not Jewish.

MOISHE It's okay.

ANGLE - PHILIP AND ALICIA

As another bomb rocks the room, Alicia moves closer to Philip.

ALICIA This could be our last night on Earth. I don't want to die a virgin.

PHILIP If we do, we'll both die virgins. But at last we'll be together.

Alicia smiles, a nice guy at last.

EXT. AREA 51 - SPACE SHIP - SAME

The City Destroyer space ship is settling just above the compound as the American fighters circle it, chased by the attackers. Below the SCHISM begins to open!

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

In all the commotion, no one notices as Miguel sneaks inside.

OFFICER We're running out of missiles, Sir. We're just not causing enough damage.

EXT. PRESIDENT'S PLANE - SAME

GENERAL GREY (filtered) They're getting ready to fire the big gun. You're going to have to find a vulnerable spot, fast.

PRESIDENT I've got an idea. Keep 'em off my tail.

Taking the advice, the President DIVES. He's met by two flanking Fighters (EAGLES 9 & 2) as they cruise the underbelly of the City Destroyer. Sure enough, the SCHISM is opening, preparing to fire the WALL OF DESTRUCTION.

PRESIDENT Let's take 'em out before they take us out.

The President locks the SCHISM hatchway into the center of his HUD (heads up display). Just as he FIRES, Eagle 9 is BLOWN OUT OF THE SKY. It rocks the President, sending his missile off target.

Off balance, the missile hits just wide of the hatchway and EXPLODES, rocking the entire ship.

PRESIDENT I'm out of missiles! Eagle 2?

EAGLE #2 PILOT I'm on it.

But before he can target, his fighter EXPLODES.

INT. HALLWAY - SAME

The lights continue to flicker. Jasmine grabs onto Dylan and Patricia, holding them tight.

INT. WAR ROOM - CONTINUOUS

On the monitor we SEE the SCHISM, and BRIGHT LIGHTS as several fighters fly past.

GENERAL GREY We're out of time. Get out of there! Get as far away as you can.

EXT. PRESIDENT'S FIGHTER - SAME

Pissed, the President refuses to give up.

PRESIDENT Doesn't anyone have any damned missiles left?!

RUSSELL (O.S.) Sorry I'm late, Mr. President.

The President spins and SEES darting out of the clouds...

RUSSELL'S OLD BI-PLANE

Russell ZOOMS past the President and alien attackers, barely missing their FIRE.

PRESIDENT (filtered) Who is that? What are you doing?

RUSSELL (into mic) It's okay, Sir. I'm packin'.

We SEE he has a large MISSILES propped up in the seat behind him. A light on it flashes ARMED.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

RUSSELL (filtered) Just keep those guys off me for a few more seconds.

Hearing his voice, Miguel is shocked. He moves closer towards the monitors.

EXT. CITY DESTROYER - SAME

The remaining fighters lay down COVER FIRE for Russell's old bi-wing. Russell heads directly TOWARDS THE SCHISM.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

Everyone is gripped to the screen as we see it get closer and closer to the closing bay doors. Miguel is aghast.

RUSSELL (filtered) Do me one favor...

OFFICER Who is that guy?

MIGUEL Russell!

Miguel races over to the microphone, attempts to grab it.

RUSSELL (filtered) ...tell my children I love them very much.

EXT. CITY DESTROYER - SCHISM - SAME

Russell nears the SCHISM, a hail of alien firepower erupting around him.

MIGUEL (filtered) Dad! No!

Russell smiles at b being called "Dad."

RUSSELL I've got to, kid. You were always better at taking care of them than I was anyways.

Russell turns off his radio as he banks UPWARD towards the open SCHISM. The climb is steep, and the bi-wing nearly stalls out.

Suddenly the bright lights VANISH and the beam begins to form.

Russell's bi-wing just makes it INSIDE THE OPEN SCHISM and disappears from view.

The President and remaining fighters BANK AWAY, clearing.

Suddenly, A GIGANTIC EXPLOSION, RIPS THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE SPACE CRAFT. It's causing a CHAIN REACTION of explosion.

Teetering, the entire space ship, turns away out of control.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

The room erupts in CHEERS. Everyone, that is, except Miguel.

EXT. MOUNTAIN RANGE - SAME

Not far away from Area 51, the enormous craft is burning from the center outwards. Suddenly it DROPS and COLLIDES with the mountain range, EXPLODING ON IMPACT.

INT. WAR ROOM - SAME

Intercepting the celebration, General Grey moves over to a radio technician.

GENERAL GREY Let's get on the wire. Tell every squadron around the world how to shoot those fuckers down.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ALIEN ATTACKER - SAME

Sitting below the dash, Steve takes out the cigars, hands one to David.

STEVE I guess there's nothing left to do. Let's nuke 'em.

David realizes they're both about to die. He stares at the cigar.

DAVID (re: cigar) Funny, I always thought things like these would kill me.

They share a quick sober laugh.

STEVE Nice meeting you.

DAVID You as well.

Steve lights his cigar, then lights David's.

STEVE Ready?

EXT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ALIEN ATTACKER - SAME

Popping up from behind the dash, cigars in their mouths, Steve and David start waving "good-bye" like idiots.

The Aliens in the tower don't know how to react. The attackers move in for the kill.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

STEVE Think they know what's coming?

He reaches down to the black box we saw before and enters the launch code.

DAVID (still waving) Not a chance in hell.

EXT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Suddenly the missile ERUPTS from behind the manifold and BLASTS into the control tower, SHATTERING THE GLASS WINDOW.

INT. CONTROL ROOM - CONTINUOUS

The missile SMASHES through the glass. The atmosphere impeached, the aliens quickly succumb to the elements, chocking and dying.

The missile BLASTS by WRECKING equipment until it LODGES into the back wall of the Landing tower.

A small counter on the missile begins to count down 30:00, 29:00, 28:00...

EXT. DOCKING CLAMPS - SAME

Rocked from the explosions, the docking clamps RELEASES and the ships jostles free.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER - SAME

Steve grabs the controls.

STEVE We're loose!

DAVID Doesn't matter. Game's over.

STEVE I don't hear no fat lady.

Steve THROTTLES IT. The craft JOLTS AWAY.

EXT. DOCKING STATION - SAME

Steve and David's attacker BLAST away, the other alien attackers follow in hot pursuit.

The attackers FIRE. Steve SWERVES avoiding the blasts as they race for the exit.

INT. LANDING - CONTROL TOWER - SAME

Grasping for breath, a dying Alien looks up at the wedged in nuclear missile. The counter reads: 00:04, 00:03, 00:02.

We get the feeling the Alien knows what's coming.

INT. DOCKING BAY - SAME

Steve and David's attacker just reaches the doorway as the center of the landing EXPLODES behind them.

The enormous impact, rocks some of the lagging attackers off track.

EXT. MOTHER SHIP - SAME

Steve DARTS his attacker out from underneath the Mother Ship's belly. A group of attackers FOLLOW.

Just as the last of them exit the docking bay, a HUGE FIREBALL erupts behind them ripping through the Mother Ship.

ANGLE - FARTHER AWAY

ZOOMING towards us, Steve guides his ship away. The Alien attackers in hot pursuit. Behind them we SEE the ENTIRE MOTHER SHIP EXPLODE.

The immense EXPLOSION GROWS OUTWARDS coming right at us. The ATTACKERS are GOBBLED UP as the EXPLOSION WIDENS. Quickly the explosion gains ground on Steve and David.

ANGLE - STEVE AND DAVID'S SHIP

Like a loose board caught in the surf, Steve and David's ship rides the edge of the explosion, getting knocked END OVER END.

INT. STEVE AND DAVID'S ATTACKER

Tumbling ass over tea kettle, David and Steve are ROCKED in their seats. Steve battles to regain control of the ship.

EXT. STEVE AND DAVID'S SHIP

The mammoth fireball reaches the outer edge of its zenith. Steve and David's ship is SPIT OUT, tumbling down towards EARTH.

EXT. AREA 51 - TARMAC - SAME

The fighters are returning home. Crowd RACE out of the ruins of the smoldering compound to greet them, cheering their arrival.

THE PRESIDENT'S PLANE

The President is climbing out as General Grey rushes to his aid. Behind him, Jasmine leads Dylan and Patricia, who breaks free and RUSHES to her father. The President sweeps her up in his arms as Jasmine approaches.

JASMINE (to General Grey) Any word from Steve?

Behind her, Constance rushes over, the same thing on her mind. Before he can answer they HEAR a ROAR above. They all become silent as they turn and look to the skies.

ANGLE - BLUE SKIES - FIREBALL

The FIREBALL COMET is rapidly shooting down towards us. Suddenly BURSTING OUT OF THE FLAMES, Steve and David's ship DARTS DOWN.

Just over the heads of the cheering crowds, Steve and David's ship ZOOMS overhead, disappearing out of sight.

EXT. DRY LAKE - DESERT - MINUTES LATER

Several army JEEPS race across the arid desert floor. As they WHIP past we see they are headed towards a gigantic BLACK PLUME OF SMOKE in the distance. ANGLE PLUME OF SMOKE

The Jeeps SKID to a halt. Jasmine and Constance are the first to leap off the Jeeps.

Steve and David walk towards us, cigars in their mouths. Jasmine races over to him.

JASMINE You scared the hell out of me.

STEVE Yeah, but what an entrance!

JASMINE Dick-weed.

STEVE Butt-munch.

Constance comes running up to David, hugs him tightly.

CONSTANCE Are you all right?

DAVID Did it work?

CONSTANCE You bet it did.

She hugs him. They kiss.

ANGLE - STEVE AND JASMINE

Behind them Dylan, Patricia, the President and General Grey come walking over. The President and General Grey approach.

PRESIDENT We're getting reports from all over. Their ships are going down!

As they begin to celebrate, they look up to the sky.

GROUP POV - BRILLIANT LIGHTS IN THE SKIES

The debris from the Mother Ship explosion enters the atmosphere like thousands of SHOOTING STARS. It's an incredible sight.

The group stares happily at the show in the sky. Steve takes Dylan by the hand.

STEVE Didn't I promise you fireworks?

Everyone stares in wonder at the beautiful lights.

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