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BILL DJANGO Well, I'm your commanding officer Lyn, and I'm ordering you to let the dance out! Lyn starts to dance with a little more abandon.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) C'mon goddamit! DANCE! Let it go! Let it all go! Lyn starts to go for it. And it's true - he CAN dance.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) (with approval) Welcome to the Heroes Journey Lyn. Lyn smiles shyly.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) (to the room) Okay remember everyone, we don't officially exist as a unit so I'm afraid there's no coffee budget. Bring your own coffee. Oh, and no solid food for the first week. As the track continues we...

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65 OMITTED 65

MONTAGE SEQUENCE BEGINS

66 EXT. FORT BRAGG - DAY 66

UNIFORMED SOLDIERS march double time across the parade deck.

SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS "I don't know but I've been told Eskimo Pussy is mighty cold..."

67 EXT. - DAY - JEDI WARRIORS 67

...marching, chanting a mantra.

JEDI WARRIORS Ommmm...

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68 INT. MESS HALL - DAY 68

Soldiers shovel in mouthfuls of creamed potato and steak.

69 INT. MESS HALL - DAY - JEDI WARRIORS 69

...sipping their vegetable juice.

70 EXT. FIELD - DAY 70

The Jedis stand watching a JEEP driving down a course marked out on the field.

71 INT. INSIDE THE JEEP - DAY 71

Bill sits next to a nervous JEDI TRAINEE who is driving. The Jedi is BLINDFOLDED.

BILL DJANGO

(CALMLY) Okay, you're doing very well. Now feel the next bend...

72 EXT. ON THE FIELD - DAY 72

The Jedis SCATTER as the jeep swerves erratically off the course and drives straight towards them...

73 INT. CLASSROOM - DAY 73

SOLDIERS examine a DIAGRAM of BATTLE TACTICS.

74 INT. JEDI CLASSROOM - DAY 74

The Jedis examine a blackboard on which Bill is writing: "Before going into Battle the JEDI utilizes A) Yogic Cat Stretch. B) Primal scream and leap. C) Belgian waffle. D) Ginseng E) Amphetamines."

75 EXT. FIELD - DAY 75

The Jedis stare doubtfully at the bed of HOT COALS in front of them. One JEDI stands ready, his feet bare.

BILL DJANGO Okay, only when you're ready. The Jedi nods nervously, hesitates, starts to WALK ON THE COALS, almost immediately starts to SCREAM.

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BILL DJANGO (CONT'D)

(ENCOURAGING) Think cold! Think real cold!

76 EXT. FORT BRAGG - ROOFTOP - SUNSET 76

Bill leads the Jedis in the EARTH PRAYER as they face the setting sun.

JEDIS Mother Earth, my life support system as a soldier, I must drink your blue water. I pray my boots will always kiss your face and my footsteps match your heartbeat. I am yours and you are mine. I salute you.

77 INT. EX-MESS HALL - EVENING 77

Bill leads the Jedis in another dancing session - rock music blasting - the men dancing in a variety of nerdish and demented ways. Their uniforms have been supplemented with odd, personal touches: hats, badges, sunglasses, a poncho... We find Lyn dancing in blissful, idiotic abandonment.

BOB (V.O.) After years of feeling like an oddball Lyn had finally found a home. At last he was amongst men who prided themselves on being different.

78 EXT. BRIG. GENERAL HOPGOOD'S GARDEN - DAY - THE PAST 78

Bill leads the Jedis and Brigadier General Hopgood in a complex YOGA MOVE. We CLOSE on LYN.

BOB (V.O.) These were Golden Days for Lyn. There was something so noble and pure in Bill's vision that the Jedis felt themselves inspired to be more than soldiers. In a world torn apart by greed and hate they would be a force for good, for peace. A BUTTERFLY lands on Lyn's outstretched hand. He watches it with a gentle smile.

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BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) For the first time in his life Lyn felt truly happy. The Butterfly flits away and lands on an APPLE in the tree overhead.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) Then into the garden a serpent did come.

79 INT. DINNER PARTY - NIGHT - THE PAST 79

GUESTS sit eating dinner around the large table. Brigadier General Hopgood is talking to his WIFE. He turns back to find the FORK in his hand BENT DOUBLE. He looks in amazement at the man sitting beside him -

LARRY HOOPER.

BOB (V.O.) Larry Hooper was a failed Sci-Fi writer from Colorado, recruited to the Jedis after Brigadier General Hopgood met him at a spoon-bending party. Other guests laugh and applaud.

80 EXT. FUNCTION ROOM - NIGHT - THE PAST 80

A WEDDING CELEBRATION is in progress. SCOTTY MERCER - one of the JEDI RECRUITS - is dancing, beaming with his new BRIDE. Guests - Lyn and the other Jedis amongst them - stand watching, clapping and cheering, a boisterous atmosphere of bonhomie. Larry watches the revellers with contempt.

BOB (V.O.) Right from the start he had made himself unpopular with the other Jedis. Scotty and his wife are walking off the dance floor. Larry stops him to shake his hand.

LARRY HOOPER Congratulations Scotty. I'm sorry it doesn't work out for you two. Scotty's face falls. The other Jedis glare at Larry. One of them makes a move towards him but Lyn holds him back.

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81 INT. MESS HALL - DAY - THE PAST 81

The Jedis eat at one table. Larry sits alone and shunned at another table. Lyn walks over with a tray, hesitates seeing Larry alone.

BOB (V.O.) Larry made it quite clear that he despised most of the other Jedis. Feeling sorry for him Lyn sits beside Larry. Larry flushes red.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) But Lyn - Lyn was different. (Beat) He really hated Lyn.

82 INT. PSI EXPERIMENT ROOM - DAY - THE PAST 82

Scotty, Larry and Lyn sit focusing on a wall of SMALL WOODEN CUPBOARDS. Each cupboard has a letter and number printed on its door.

BILL DJANGO

A-9. The three men focus on the cupboard in question.

SCOTTY It's...it's something cylindrical? I think it's a pencil?

BILL DJANGO Okay. Larry? Larry rolls his eyes up in his head, speaks in a high wavering voice with a bad cockney accent.

LARRY HOOPER This is Larry's Spirit Guide, Maud. I'm looking into the cupboard now and I'm seeing...I'm seeing...a tin mug?

BILL DJANGO Lyn? Lyn stares at his hands, focused. He looks up suddenly, puzzled.

LYN CASSADY It's a man on a chair. Bill unlocks the little cupboard and takes a photograph of the Lincoln Memorial. There are murmurs of admiration from the watching Jedis.

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LARRY HOOPER

(BLUSTERING) Oh, no, wait. See, I thought you said K, not A! Bill ignores him, smiles at Lyn.

BILL DJANGO Bravo Zulu, Lyn. Outstanding. Larry looks daggers at Lyn.

83 EXT. FIELD - DAY - THE PAST 83

Lyn is walking calmly over the HOT COALS as the other Jedis watch, impressed.

84 INT. GYM - DAY - THE PAST 84

Bill is leading the Jedis in AIKIDO.

BILL DJANGO Aikido is a vehicle for harmonizing ourselves with the Universe and the Way. Look upon these sessions as an opportunity to discover yourself and your training partner in a loving environment.

LATER Larry flails violently at Lyn. Lyn FLIPS him with ease. Larry gets up and CHARGES bellowing at Lyn who FLIPS him out of the frame. Bill joins Lyn.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) (addressing the watching Jedi's) Notice how Lyn's circular motions turned Larry's aggression back upon him. Good work Lyn. A CHAIR flies through the frame, just missing Lyn's head.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) (without looking at

HIM) Larry, go outside, calm down.

85 INT. REMOTE VIEWING ROOM - DAY - THE PAST 85

Lyn lies on a couch drinking a beer, staring at a large BROWN ENVELOPE. Bill sits beside him with pad and paper.

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85 CONTINUED: 85 Lyn opens the envelope and stares at the PHOTOGRAPH of the NATO GENERAL inside.

BOB (V.O.) After a year's training, Lyn was given his first tasking. A senior Nato General had been kidnapped by Red Brigade members in Italy. Bill was unofficially asked if his unit would be able to help find him before it was too late.

LYN CASSADY

(CONCENTRATING) We're north of Verona. It's a little town. There's a lake nearby. I can see a Cinema. Across from the Cinema is a shop or, or...it's a cafe. He's in the apartment above. The town is called...it's something sweet. (Beat) Dolce. It's called Dolce. Bill looks proudly over to where an important looking OFFICIAL watches from the next room. The Official looks impressed.

BOB (V.O.) It's true that the unit never found out whether any of their remote viewings were accurate or not. Nevertheless from that moment on Lyn's reputation soared.

86 INT. EX-MESS HALL - DAY 86

Lyn stands in front of the other Jedis.

BILL DJANGO Rank, medals...these things mean little to the Jedi. But growth in spirit, in wisdom, in psychic power, these things earn our respect. He presents Lyn with an EAGLE FEATHER.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) Native Americans believed that when one received an Eagle feather, it was the mark of love, of gratitude and ultimate respect. Only true Human Beings may carry the Eagle feather. He gives the feather to a deeply moved Lyn, as the other Jedis applaud. Larry watches Lyn with HATE.

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87 INT. REMOTE VIEWING ROOM - DAY - THE PAST 87

Lyn lies on the couch, drinking another beer, the Eagle Feather on a chain around his neck. A period song is playing in the room.

BOB (V.O.) The word soon got out in the intelligence community that there was a sergeant at Fort Bragg who could find whatever you needed found. It was as if Lyn could fly anywhere in the world without leaving his room. We TRACK INTO LYN'S EYE - UNTIL WE ARE INSIDE HIS MIND. LYN'S MIND P.O.V - We move towards the wall.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) As Bill Django said - the Force truly was strong with this one. As the song breaks into the chorus we burst through the wall, into freedom...

88 EXT. THE SKY - DAY - THE PAST 88

As the track continues and we RACE over the land, flying faster and faster, free as a bird, swooping up towards a huge SUN, until the screens WHITES OUT and we...

DISSOLVE TO:

89 THE SUN - RISING - THE PRESENT 89 ...as the Pick-up with Bob and Lyn in the back pulls up next to another TRUCK. Two MEN dressed in black with their kaffiyeh covering their faces stand by it staring at them. In the back seat of the Truck sits a blindfolded IRAQI MAN. The Driver of the Pick-Up crosses to the TWO INSURGENTS with a half-gallon bottle of WATER and passes it to them. They drink and confer briefly in Arabic. He turns and gestures to the other two Young Iraqis who push Lyn and Bob down from the back of the pick-up. Lyn stands still.

YOUNG IRAQI (gesturing again) Etaharrak!

BOB Lyn?

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LYN CASSADY

(GENTLY) It's okay, Bob. We're not getting into that truck. The First Young Iraqi gestures more angrily at the Truck.

YOUNG IRAQI Edkhol!

LYN CASSADY Don't move Bob.

BOB (scared, whispering) Are you going to use the Blob?

LYN CASSADY Let's hope it doesn't come to that. One of the Insurgents stirs and says something softly in Arabic. The other laughs. Angrily the First Young Iraqi takes out a HANDGUN and levels it at Lyn.

YOUNG IRAQI

EDKHOL! Lyn raises one hand towards him.

LYN CASSADY You can put your weapon away. You're not interested in us. The Young Iraqi points the gun at Bob who starts to walk towards the truck.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D)

(FIRMLY) Stay where you are Bob. Bob stops.

BOB Shit...shit...

LYN CASSADY (to the Iraqi,

CALMLY) We can go about our business. Apparently having had enough one the Insurgents pulls his own GUN out and aims at Lyn. The tension builds. Suddenly Bob remembers the phrase he was taught.

BOB

(BLURTING) La termi, ana sahafi!

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Immediately everyone stares at Bob. The Insurgent OPENS FIRE at him. Terrified Bob, dives across the sand. The Young Iraqi behind him also scrambles for cover. Still firing, the Insurgent is suddenly aware of Lyn sprinting towards him. Before he can turn to aim at him, Lyn LEAPS into the air, spinning around, face contorted as he emits a bizarre SHRIEK. We FREEZE-FRAME ON HIM, HUNG IN MID-AIR.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) Now at the time I thought Lyn was having some kind of fit here. Later I discovered what he was actually doing was performing the Echmeyer technique.

90 INT. DOJO - DAY - THE PAST 90

CLOSE on a man who looks like WOODY ALLEN in a jungle hat. He has his eyes closed in IMMENSE CONCENTRATION. A bead of sweat runs down his face. SUPERED TITLES read:

BEN ECHMEYER.

BOB (V.O.) Ben Echmeyer was a Vietnam vet with sixty-three confirmed kills. He remains the only non-Korean to achieve the rank of Master in Kwa Ra Do. He was one of the Jedi teachers at Fort Bragg.

REVERSE SHOOTING from behind Ben to the rows of JEDI RECRUITS watching with expressions of mingled admiration and horror.

BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) It was said he could have a tug of war with a dozen men and not move an inch. We PAN DOWN the back of BEN and find he is NAKED from the waist down. A SAND BAG is somehow hanging between his legs.

BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) He was also able to lift bags of sand on hooks hung through his scrotum. A RECRUIT raises a hand.

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JEDI RECRUIT Sir, what's the practical application of this?

91 EXT. ARMY BASE - DAY - THE PAST 91

OVER-HEAD SHOT - Ben lies on the ground staring up at us. We hear the sound of an approaching engine.

BOB (V.O.) Another demonstration involved letting a recruit drive a jeep over him. This, in the end, was to be his undoing. Next second a JEEP roars straight over Ben, going at sixty miles an hour. We FREEZE FRAME on the JEEP.

BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) Before his untimely death Ben caused quite a stir by advocating his controversial "shock and awe" knife attack method.

92 INT. DOJO - DAY 92

Ben leaps spastically in the air, spinning and shrieking, a knife held in one hand.

BOB (V.O.) The approach was hailed by some knife aficionados as revolutionary but criticized by others who believed that the leaping and spinning might lead you to accidentally stab yourself. TRACKING ALONG BEN'S TRAINEE JEDIS - as they watch his display.

BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) Lyn Cassady, however, became a firm convert to the style. We reach LYN who TURNS TO CAMERA.

LYN CASSADY Ben, you're not forgotten. The knife you gave me lies next to my beret. God bless Ben Echmeyer.

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93 EXT. DESERT - EARLY MORNING 93

We UN-FREEZE ON LYN - as he whirls and shrieks towards the Insurgent. Bob watches amazed from where he lies on the sand.

BOB (V.O.) Of course, Lyn didn't actually have a knife with him at this particular time...so I still think what he did was kinda...reckless. The Insurgent, understandably startled, flinches backwards, trips over the water bottle and falls on his ass. Lyn scoops up the gallon bottle of water and begins to POUND the fallen man with it. The Young Iraqi moves to intervene but Lyn smacks him in the face with the bottle. The BLINDFOLDED IRAQI IN THE TRUCK manages to open the door and stumbles out, claws his blindfold off and races away over the sand. The second Insurgent is distracted for a moment by his victim's flight. When he turns back Lyn has scooped up the Insurgent's GUN and is aiming it at him. Beat. Nobody moves.

94 EXT. ROAD - MOMENTS LATER 94

The sun is rising as the PICK-UP TRUCK roars over the sand and swerves onto the road.

INSIDE THE TRUCK Lyn drives. Bob is leaning out of the window, staring at the road behind them.

BOB (pulling his head back in) They're not coming! We're okay! Oh God, we're gonna be okay! The Truck crests a hill and we see the IRAQI MAN running desperately down the road ahead of us, his hands tied.

LYN CASSADY There he is. He puts his foot down and the truck roars after the running man.

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TRACKING SHOT - pulling the IRAQI MAN, running for all he's worth. Lyn leans out of the truck window as he drives up behind him.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) (yelling over the

ENGINE) Sir? You're okay! We're Americans. We're here to help you! Terrified the Man sprints faster. Lyn tries to pass him, but the Man veers at the same time and the truck CLIPS him, sending him flying.

IN THE TRUCK

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) Oh crap!

BOB What happened?

LYN CASSADY

(BRAKING) I think I just ran him over.

95 EXT. ROAD 95

Lyn runs over to where the MAN lies moaning on the road, his head bleeding.

LYN CASSADY Sir? Are you okay? (Beat) Bob, give me a hand here will you? Bob gets out and the two lift the Iraqi Man and begin to carry him back towards the truck. They stop listening to an approaching rumble.

BOB Oh shit! Oh shit, they're coming! They scuttle faster back towards the truck, the Iraqi Man dangling between them. Next second, two GLEAMING WHITE SUVs crest the hill and roar towards them. Seeing the road blocked by the truck, the SUVs screech to a halt and several MEN IN FLAK JACKETS AND SUNGLASSES tumble out in formation, aiming their M-16's at Lyn and Bob. ARMED MEN'S P.O.V - Lyn and Bob stare at them before dropping the bound Iraqi on the ground. Bob waves nervously.

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We hear the opening of a period song as we...

96 INT. S.U.V - DAY 96

LAPTOP SCREEN We're rushing over a CGI DESERT, between the CGI rivers Tigress and Euphrates towards a GLEAMING CITY rising from the sand.

NIXON (O.S.) Then I say "There it is. The Future!" Bob and the Iraqi Man sit beside TODD NIXON - a suit. Lyn sits behind in between two of the PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS, who are nodding along to the music playing in the car. Nixon, holding the LAPTOP for Bob to see, watches the screen, moved.

NIXON (CONT'D) We play this on these big screens at the conferences, you know? This trumpet music blasting out. Every time I see it, it gets me. He glances over at the Iraqi Man who is holding a dressing to the cut on his forehead, pale and shaken.

NIXON (CONT'D) You a businessman, sir? The Iraqi Man nods.

NIXON (CONT'D) Yeah, Ali Babas have been targeting locals lately.(Holding out his hand) Todd Nixon, Army Small Business Office.

IRAQI MAN

(SHAKING) Mahmud Daash.

NIXON Ask me what business I'm in, Muhammad.

MAHMUD DAASH

(WEAKLY) Mahmud. What business are you in sir?

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NIXON Right now, I'm in the Quality of Life business. Nixon nods, smiling, pleased with the line.

NIXON (CONT'D) (To Bob) We've got 25 million Iraqis out here who wanna be independent, wanna make something of their lives. But more than anything else they wanna buy stuff. Cell phones, digital cameras, leisure suits - you name it. If it sells in Boston, then we can damn well sell it in Baghdad! (To Mahmud) Am I right Muhammad? (To Bob) He knows what I'm talking about. We've got Halliburton, Parsons, Perini...just in the primes. We're gonna have Macdonalds, we're gonna have Starbucks...No corporate tax. It's a gold-rush. Oh, and by the way, fuck the French! (Laughing) Did you hear that shit? Chirac wants to bring French contractors in? Can you believe that? Hey, Phil? Raise one hand if you like the French.

THE DRIVER (their double act) Raise both your hands if you are French! He raises both his hands.

NIXON

(LAUGHING) Yeah, okay...watch the wheel Phil. (To Bob) Year Zero boys. Bob nods politely.

THE BACK SEAT Lyn prepares an INJECTION for himself. He feels the Security Guard beside him watching. He notices the name of the company on the man's badge - Krom Security.

LYN CASSADY (making conversation) What's Krom? The Security Guard continues to watch him through his mirrored shades.

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SECURITY MAN (Texan accent) God of War.

LYN CASSADY

(INTERESTED) Really? Is that Norse?

SECURITY MAN Conan the Barbarian. S'in the movie. Lyn injects himself.

LYN CASSADY Right. Lyn notices the Chilean Security Guard on his other side has a tattoo on his arm - "Viva Pinochet!"

DRIVER

(SUDDENLY) Okay. We're in Indian Country. Check six. The SUV's are approaching a town and other cars have appeared on the road. The Security Men on either side instantly lean out of their windows with their M-16's - aiming them at the cars which swerve out of their way in fear.

NIXON (To Bob) I was pretty down for a while about not getting any trigger time in this war Bob, but you know what I've learnt? Our greatest weapon against evil is commerce. When these people have quality consumer items they will no longer want to kill Americans. He turns to gaze at the TOWN they are now driving into.

NIXON (CONT'D) We're not gonna rest until there's a satellite dish on every one of

THOSE roofs. Behind him the sound of CARS BRAKING AND SWERVING continues.

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97 EXT. TOWN - GAS STATION - DAY 97

A LONG line of cars are waiting for gas - Iraqi men, women and children, suffering in the heat. Many of them have been there for hours. The SUVs approach.

98 INSIDE THE SUV 98 The driver of the first SUV radios Nixon's car.

FIRST DRIVER (O.S.) (Over radio) We've got a line for the gas station here. Are we waiting?

NIXON'S DRIVER (into radio) Negative. We'd be way too exposed. We're taking the station. Go in fangs out. He accelerates.

99 EXT. GAS STATION - CONTINUOUS 99

...as the two SUV's roar up, horns blaring, M-16's bristling from the windows. The lead SUV rams the car at the head of the line and sweeps it out of its path. Nixon's SUV barrels through the gap and screeches to a halt by the pumps. The THREE SECURITY MEN roll out showily, machine guns ready.

TEXAN SECURITY MAN Secure the perimeter! The men fan out to the corners of the station, while the first SUV blocks the road and more SECURITY pile out, guns raised to cover the line of cars. There are howls of protest from the waiting Iraqis. Inside the SUV Bob, Lyn and Mahmud watch in astonishment.

TEXAN SECURITY MAN (CONT'D) Give her the go-juice, Eddy!

CHILEAN SECURITY MAN I filled her up last time.

TEXAN SECURITY MAN Bullshit.

NIXON (cheerfully, out of the window) He did fill her up last time Gary.

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TEXAN SECURITY MAN With respect sir, bull-fucking- shit. I tanked her last time.

THIRD SECURITY MAN Every time! Can we get some sort of fucking system so we don't... We hear a sudden, sharp POPPING sound. Immediately the Men drop into CROUCHES, scanning the area.

TEXAN SECURITY MAN

(YELLING) Contact! We've got contact! He opens FIRE - IMMEDIATE CHAOS: people scream, duck down, some cars reverse desperately and collide with the cars behind. The other Security Men join in the shooting.

THIRD SECURITY MAN

(SHOOTING) Where? Where's the shooter?

100 ACROSS THE STREET 100 Another SUV - identical, but black, is passing, hemmed in by traffic. A stray BULLET from the gas-station pings off it's armor plating. Immediately it screeches to a halt and a NEW DETACHMENT OF SECURITY MEN roll from the car - same flak-jackets and Oakley sunglasses but different color uniforms.

NEW SECURITY MAN (into radio) Contact! We're under fire! The New Detachment open FIRE blindly in the general direction of the Station.

101 GAS STATION 101 ...as bullets smack off the parked SUV.

THIRD SECURITY MAN Two o'clock! Two o'clock! All the Security Men turns and begin spraying bullets across the road. Car windshields and windows explode.

INSIDE THE SUV A scowling Nixon has slid low in his seat.

NIXON (muttering to

HIMSELF)

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NIXON (CONT'D) Trying to help you fucking savages. Mahmud, Bob and Lyn are lying flat on the seats.

MAHMUD DAASH My house is not far. We could walk from here. Bob flinches as another bullet ricochets off the SUV.

BOB Sounds good Muhammad.

MAHMUD DAASH Mahmud.

102 GAS STATION 102 As machine-gun fire from across the street strafes the station and Nixon's Security men return fire blindly.

FIRST SECURITY MAN (yelling into Radio) Krom One this is Freedom Frontier. We are under attack. This is a FUBAR situation. Requesting Kiowa! Behind him Lyn, Bob and Mahmud crawl across the station on their hands and knees, bullets zipping past them.

103 EXT. STREET - MOMENTS LATER 103

Mahmud leads Bob and Lyn at a crouching run down the street, amongst the crowd of Iraqis fleeing the gunfire behind them. We hear the whup-whup of a helicopter as a Kiowa Warrior passes over head. Moments later we hear an EXPLOSION as the helicopter opens fire with a MISSILE...

104 INT. MAHMUD'S HOUSE - EVENING 104

TRACKING along a wall, past a crooked WEDDING PORTRAIT - a smiling Mahmud and WIFE, the glass broken...

BOB (V.O.) Muhammad led us to his home which it turned out had been robbed in his absence. We TRACK past a row of BULLET HOLES in the wall, a section of smoke damaged wall paper.

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BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) And also accidentally set on fire by a US tank. Neighbors told him his wife had left, they weren't sure where she had gone. We reach Bob, Lyn and Mahmud eating at a low table. The windows behind them have been partially boarded up. Mahmud is sunk into a profound depression. Lyn looks tired, pale. They eat in awkward silence.

LYN CASSADY What is this?

MAHMUD DAASH Taameeyah.

LYN CASSADY They're really good. Bob nods politely. Mahmud nods, sighs.

BOB (V.O.) I understood he was going through a lot, but considering we had saved him from kidnappers I still thought his welcome could have been a little warmer. Lyn clears his throat.

LYN CASSADY I'm very sorry for running you over, sir. Mahmud shrugs.

MAHMUD DAASH It was an accident.

LYN CASSADY

(BEAT) And I apologize for that security detachment. Please don't think all Americans are like that. Mahmud nods. Beat.

MAHMUD DAASH I apologize for the kidnappers. Lyn demurs softly.

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LYN CASSADY Not your fault sir. I mean we get kidnappers in America too, so...you know. There's always, uh, bad apples, right? The men eat in silence for a moment. Mahmud stares blankly at his plate, looking crumpled and lost. Bob watches him, faintly irritated. Lyn tries to think of something comforting to say.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D)

(CAREFULLY) Akhir il ahzan. (May this be the last of your sorrows.) Mahmud looks at him, startled perhaps by the unexpected Arabic phrase.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) Did I say it wrong? Mahmud shakes his head, moved but embarrassed.

MAHMUD DAASH No...that was right. They eat in silence.

105 INT. MAHMUD'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT 105

Lyn and Bob are sharing a bed. Bob looks out of the window and notices a CLOUD over the moon. He concentrates on it, trying to "bust" it. Nothing happens. He sighs, looks over to Lyn who is staring at the wall, lost once more in dark thoughts.

BOB Lyn?

LYN CASSADY What?

BOB What are you thinking?

LYN CASSADY Just Mahmud. People try to build something of their lives, something lasting, something good... but there's always someone wants to smash it up...

DISSOLVE TO:

106 OMITTED 106

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107 INT. REMOTE VIEWING ROOM - DAY - THE PAST 107

BOB (V.O.) Lyn was thinking of Larry Hooper and the part he had played in the destruction of the New earth Army. But, in fairness, the Jedis' own eccentricities hadn't exactly won them many allies in the Army. A JEDI - TIM KOOTZ - lies on the couch in a TRANCE, Bill sitting beside him with pen and paper.

BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) For example, there was Tim Kootz who, on being asked to ascertain the whereabouts of General Manuel Noriega, had replied... Tim jerks awake from his trance.

TIM KOOTZ

(FIRMLY) Ask Angela Lansbury.

BILL DJANGO

(BEAT) What's that Tim?

TIM KOOTZ Ask Angela Lansbury. Bill looks up to an CIA AGENT observing from the next room. The Agent frowns.

108 INT. CORRIDOR - DAY - THE PAST 108

Bill waits a little anxiously. The CIA Agent walks up to him.

CIA AGENT We asked Angela Lansbury.

BILL DJANGO And?

CIA AGENT She said she didn't know where General Noriega was.

109 INT. STAFF CAR - FORT BRAGG - DAY - THE PAST 109

MAJOR GENERAL JACK GILLING is being driven through the base. As he stares out of the window his expression suddenly changes to one of amazement.

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BOB (V.O.) Or there was the time Major General Gilling was visiting the base and saw Jedi trainee Clifford Hickox... RUSSELL'S P.O.V - we are driving past the training course. A bare-chested, long-haired Hickox is dancing around a wooden pole to which he is attached by two long wires and metal hooks which are stuck in his bleeding nipples.

BOB (CONT'D) ...practising the ancient Sun Dance of the Sioux Nation.

110 INT. EX-MESS HALL - FORT BRAGG - DAY - THE PAST 110

Bill is introducing a young, fresh-faced recruit - LIEUTENANT NORM PENDLETON to the other Jedis.

BOB (V.O.) The Jedis survived such minor scandals, protected, it was rumored, by a President who was a fan of both the Star Wars films and the paranormal himself. But then, one summer, a young, likeable Lieutenant called Norman Pendleton was recruited to the New Earth Army... Larry Hooper examines the new recruit with interest.

111 EXT. FIELD - MORNING - THE PAST 111

Larry and Norm are jogging together, deep in conversation.

BOB (V.O.) Larry Hooper wasted no time befriending the newcomer. Desperate to compete with Lyn, Larry had been doing research into the infamous CIA MK-ULTRA experiments which he believed could enhance his own psychic powers.

112 INT. REMOTE VIEWING ROOM - DAY - THE PAST 112

Norm sits on the couch, smiling innocently as Larry wheels an ELECTRONIC DEVICE on wheels over to the couch.

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BOB (V.O.) All he needed was a lab rat to try them out on, check if they were safe. Larry, making sure Norm can't see, is pouring a massive dose of LSD into a DRINK. He gives the glass a quick stir and turns, smiling, to Norm with it.

113 INT. REMOTE VIEWING ROOM - DAY - LATER 113

Norm lies tripping on the couch, rigid, wide-eyed, wearing headphones, connected to the electronic device, which emit disturbing electronic frequencies. Larry stands at the light switch, turning the red bulb overhead on and off, eagerly watching Norm's reaction - a modern day Frankenstein.

BOB (V.O.) It turned out they weren't.

114 CLOSE ON LARRY - LATER 114 ...cowering terrified under the couch, as the sound of GUNSHOTS fill the room. Norm's NAKED LEGS stride past him.

115 EXT. FORT BRAGG - DAY 115

A NAKED AND DEMENTED NORM walks through the base, firing random shots at scattering soldiers with his Beretta. He finds Bill blocking his way.

BILL DJANGO

(GENTLY) Norm? Give me the gun, Norm. Norm starts to cry. Then he puts the gun into his mouth...

116 INT. DISCIPLINARY HEARING - DAY 116

Norm's father - MAJOR GENERAL PENDLETON - stares fixedly to where Bill and Brigadier General Hopgood sit in the hearing - his expression filled with icy rage.

BOB (V.O.) Norm's father, who it turned out was pretty high up in the Pentagon, wanted blood.

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BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) Although the Jedis were pretty sure Larry was responsible, nothing could be proved and when he was called to the disciplinary hearing Larry made sure to smear Bill with everything he could...

117 LARRY TALKING BEFORE THE HEARING 117 ...looking every inch the neat, professional soldier.

LARRY HOOPER Lieutenant Colonel Django used funds from the project's black budget to procure prostitutes... The OFFICIALS listening register shock and dismay. Bill stands up, outraged.

BILL DJANGO That's a lie!

LARRY HOOPER ...and also drugs for himself and his men. Bill jumps to his feet again.

BILL DJANGO That's a...(catches himself) Well the hooker thing is definitely a lie! The OFFICIALS look at him as if he were SATAN himself.

BOB (V.O.) Brigadier General Hopgood resigned and died some years later. Bill received a dishonorable discharge.

118 OMITTED 118

119 EXT. FORT BRAGG - DAY 119

Bill, a broken man, is walking off the base. He reaches the gates and sees Lyn waiting for him.

BILL DJANGO Continue the work, Lyn. The World needs the Jedis, now more than ever. Lyn can't speak. Bill hugs him and walks off, the gates closing after him.

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120 INT. FORT BRAGG - BARBERSHOP - DAY 120

The Jedis sit having their hair shaved with electric clippers. The Jedi's NEW COMMANDER - MAJOR HOLTZ - not a shred of New Age sympathy in his regulation heart - walks down the line, examining his men coldly.

BOB (V.O.) After Bill left, Major Holtz of Special Forces took command of the Jedis. Lyn stares at his reflection as his long hair falls to the floor.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) And nothing was ever the same again.

DISSOLVE TO:

121 INT. BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING - THE PRESENT 121

Bob wakes up, listening to the sound of Lyn's laboured breathing. Across the room Lyn sits, sweating with pain, preparing an injection. We see he has used the LAST OF THE MEDICINE. He injects himself, his breathing beginning to ease and sits staring at the empty VIAL. Bob watches for a moment then shuts his eyes, feigning sleep.

122 EXT. ROAD - DAY 122

Lyn and Bob are waiting on the quiet road which is studded with burnt out CARS. Mahmud drives an old Renault out of a warehouse and over to them. He gets out the car and hands Lyn the keys.

LYN CASSADY I really appreciate this sir.

123 INT. CAR - MOMENTS LATER 123

Lyn watches Mahmud in the mirror as they drive away. He stands in the middle of the road, staring at his feet. They drive on.

124 EXT. DESERT - ROAD - DAY 124

As the car cuts across the landscape.

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125 EXT. DESERT - ROAD - LATER 125

The car has pulled over at a junction.

126 INSIDE THE CAR 126 Lyn sits staring out at the emptiness, looking, perhaps for the first time, worried.

BOB

(PEEVISH) Jesus Christ. We could'a bought a map if you'd said.

LYN CASSADY Bedouins have been navigating this desert for centuries without maps. You can use a wrist-watch in conjunction with the sun.

BOB Well?

LYN CASSADY What?

BOB

(EXASPERATED) Well...use your watch.

LYN CASSADY I haven't got a watch.

BOB Oh for the love of...Here... He gives Lyn his watch. Lyn looks at the watch and turns to stare at Bob.

BOB (CONT'D) What?

LYN CASSADY This is a digital watch, Bob.

BOB So? That's...

LYN CASSADY So you need a watch with hands for Christ's sake!

BOB Well how the hell am I supposed to know?

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BOB (CONT'D) You're the navigation expert here. You told me you could find the way.

LYN CASSADY Will, if you'd just be quiet for a...

BOB Turns out you haven't even got a watch! Now what the hell are we...

LYN CASSADY Will you shut up? I don't need a watch. I'm using Level Two.

BOB

(BEAT) What?

LYN CASSADY Level Two. Intuition. We were trained to make correct decisions. Somebody runs up to you and says "There's a fork in the road. Do we turn left or do we turn right? And you go...(snapping his fingers) "We go right!" Bob stares at him.

BOB Just...instant?

LYN CASSADY Instant. (Snapping his fingers) Just like that.

BOB

WE'VE BEEN SITTING HERE FOR HALF

AN HOUR! HOW'S THAT "INSTANT?" Lyn abruptly starts the engine and takes the right turn.

BOB (CONT'D) Oh, it's that way?

LYN CASSADY

(GRIMLY) Yes. It's this way.

BOB Right. Now you know.

127 EXT. DESERT ROAD - CONTINUOUS 127

HIGH ANGLE

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Below us the car drives off into the empty landscape, getting smaller and smaller. Then... BOOM. We see the flash of the explosion and the Renault is flipped like a toy car. A ribbon of black smoke rises into the blue sky. Silence.

128 EXT. DESERT - LATER 128

BOB's P.O.V - We are stumbling forward towards a sand berm. We hear the sound of heavy breathing.

BOB (O.S.)

(CROAKING) What...what happened? Lyn is staggering over the sand with Bob on his back. He is holding his backpack. Bob has a gash on his forehead which is bleeding. Under the blood his face is white. In the distance, behind them, we can see the column of black smoke rising.

LYN CASSADY

IED.

BOB

(BEAT) What?

LYN CASSADY Improvised Explosive Device.

BOB Oh Jesus.

LYN CASSADY You're okay Bob. It's gonna be okay.

BOB I can't believe this. Great fucking intuition Lyn. I can't...put me down. I can walk. Put me down. Lyn puts Bob down. Bob keels sideways onto the sand and lies there, wheezing.

BOB (CONT'D) Oh, Jeez. Oh, Jeez.

LYN CASSADY Alright, c'mon... He hauls Bob to his feet, puts his baseball cap on him and pulls him onto his back. Bob hangs there limply as Lyn sets off again.

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Lyn reaches up and gropes at Bob's face, removing his spectacles. Bob doesn't notice.

BOB Where are we going? We should stay with the car so the army can find us.

LYN CASSADY Fedayeen will find us first.

BOB Well, I disagree. I totally disagree.(Beat) The Federal what?

LYN CASSADY Fedayeen Saddam. Paramilitary. Fellas who probably laid the IED. They could be on their way now. Hold this Bob. He passes Bob his backpack. They stagger on in silence for a moment, Bob jogging up and down on Lyn's back. Lyn snaps the legs off Bob's glasses, uses them as improvised divining rods to scan the sand ahead.

BOB What are you doing?

LYN CASSADY Could be IED's or mines around here. I'm checking for disturbances in the telluric current.

BOB (still dazed) Are they my glasses? Lyn doesn't answer, keeps on walking, struggling a little under the weight. Beat.

BOB (CONT'D) Jesus, it's hot. I'm so hot. (Beat) Aren't you hot?

LYN CASSADY (not unkindly) Bob? It's pretty important you keep your mouth closed, okay? You can lose a lot of water through an open mouth. He staggers on with him.

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Bob trails after Lyn, his shirt tied around his head, breathing hard. Lyn is still scanning the sand.

BOB I can't breathe properly. I can't...Oh boy... He staggers, manages not to fall.

LYN CASSADY You're okay.

BOB I think I'm bleeding to death.

LYN CASSADY You're not bleeding to death, Bob. It's shock, okay? It's just the shock. It'll pass. You're gonna be okay.

BOB If we'd stayed at the road we would be safe now! Now we've got no water, no food or, or... (noticing Lyn's scanning) Will you forget about the fucking tantric currents?

LYN CASSADY

(PATIENTLY) You're going to be okay.

BOB Stop saying that! I just got blown up! I'm in the middle of a desert!

I'M NOT GONNA BE OKAY!

LYN CASSADY Bob, you're suffering from shock. If you start panicking now your heart's gonna stop. Bob stares after him incredulously.

BOB (losing it) Is that...is that supposed to calm me down?! (hurrying after him) You know what color the seats were in the frigging hotel but you can't...you wanna observe something Lyn? Observe the fucking bomb in the middle of the road!

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Lyn walks on without answering. Bob notices the sun is sinking.

BOB (CONT'D) Wait a minute. That's west. Al Qaim's in that direction. We're going the wrong way.

LYN CASSADY The mission isn't in Al Qaim. It's somewhere near Al Qaim.

BOB Where?

LYN CASSADY

(BEAT) I don't know.

BOB Is that...is that...is that a joke? We've come six hundred miles and you don't know where we're going?

LYN CASSADY If the exact whereabouts of the Target was known it wouldn't take a Jedi to find them, would it? Bob watches Lyn stare around him, looking pale and drawn and, for the first time, afraid.

BOB Who gave you the mission Lyn? (Beat) Lyn?

LYN CASSADY Bill did.

BOB What?

LYN CASSADY Bill did. He appeared in my trailer two months ago. A psychic projection. I could hear him calling my name. Bob is so staggered by this for a moment he can't speak.

BOB

(SOFTLY) Oh...Oh Jesus.

LYN CASSADY He needed me.

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BOB Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus Lyn. There's no mission? We're in the middle of the desert because you heard voices? There's no one here! There's no-one fucking here. Lyn starts to walk off but staggers and falls.

BOB (CONT'D) Lyn! Bob rushes to him, kneels beside him. Lyn clutches his stomach, grimaces.

BOB (CONT'D) Is it the Crohns?

LYN CASSADY I don't have Crohns.

BOB What's the matter with you?

LYN CASSADY I'm dying. Bob stares at him, stunned.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) I've been murdered.

130 EXT. DESERT - NIGHT 130

Lyn sits staring up at the immense MOON above them. Bob sits watching, huddled against the cold, in the shelter of some rocks. Lyn gets up, stumbles back over to him and lies down, struggling for breath, white with pain.

LYN CASSADY It's gone Bob. I can't find him. I've lost my power. It's the curse.

BOB What curse?

LYN CASSADY (With profound

SADNESS) They took this... beautiful thing we'd been building and they corrupted it. They destroyed the New Earth Army.

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BOB Who destroyed it? Lyn stares at the stars above, remembering, grief stricken.

LYN CASSADY I did.

DISSOLVE TO:

131 INT. EX-MESS HALL - FORT BRAGG - DAY - THE PAST 131

The Jedis, now indistinguishable from other soldiers, stand white-washing over the COSMIC MURALS. Major Holtz stands watching.

MAJOR HOLTZ Yoga is not the business of the US Army, ladies. Drumming circles are not the business of the Army. And love and peace is most certainly not the business of the Army. So you girls better start thinking about how you CAN engage in the business of the United States Army, which, in case you have forgotten, involves winning fucking wars!

BOB (V.O.) When the dust of the Pendleton Affair had settled it revealed a surprising victor.

132 INT. MAJOR HOLTZ'S OFFICE - DAY - THE PAST 132

Larry stands to attention in front of Holtz, a REPORT held under one arm.

BOB (V.O.) Major Holtz regarded Larry Hooper as a patriotic whistle-blower and the one sound fruit in an otherwise dubious barrel of apples.

LARRY HOOPER It's some scientific research I've done for possible offensive psi applications sir. (Beat) I did show the report to Lieutenant Colonel Django, but he didn't seem interested. Holtz snorts angrily.

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MAJOR HOLTZ

(MUTTERING) I bet he wasn't. He takes the report and begins to look through it. Pause. He looks up slowly at Larry.

MAJOR HOLTZ (CONT'D) We have men who can do this?

LARRY HOOPER (a sly smile) I think I know one sir. Holtz ponders the report, tempted.

MAJOR HOLTZ But we don't have the resources.

LARRY HOOPER Well sir...there is goat lab?

133 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - DAY - THE PAST 133

The building we saw at the top of the film. A hundred GOATS stare silently at us.

BOB (V.O.) Goat Lab was originally created as a clandestine laboratory to provide in-the-field surgical training for Special Forces soldiers. We BOOM down to reveal that many of the goats have their legs in PLASTER.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) The goats would get shot in the leg with a bolt gun and then a trainee would have to dress the wound successfully. Goat lab actually used to be called Dog Lab...

134 SMALL DOG STARING AT US 134 ...with big, brown eyes.

BOB (V.O.) But it turned out most soldiers didn't feel good shooting dogs in the leg... A SOLDIER stares doubtfully down at the dog, bolt-gun in hand.

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A Goat stands tethered in the desert. TITLES read "Nevada Test Site, Frenchman Flat, 1951."

BOB (V.O.) ...whereas the army had long felt fine about doing stuff to goats - even testing atomic weapons on them. We hear the drone of an AEROPLANE high, high above. The goat looks up...

136 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - DAY - THE PAST 136

Lyn stands facing the goats. Holtz and Hooper watch him. Lyn STARES. One of the goats STARES BACK. Lyn STARES. The goat STARES BACK. Lyn STARES. And the Goat falls over.

MAJOR HOLTZ

(SOFTLY) Holy shit. Beat. The goat gets back up, shakes itself and walks off. Lyn slumps.

137 EXT. DESERT - NIGHT - THE PRESENT 137

Bob listens transfixed.

LYN CASSADY This was the real deal, Bob. I was at the Gateway. Afterwards I realized I'd got injured.

BOB Huh?

LYN CASSADY Sympathetic injury I guess. I was bruised all over.

BOB So, it's not that the goat fought back?

LYN CASSADY

(SADLY) Goat didn't have a chance.

BOB But...that was it?

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LYN CASSADY I wish it was. Hooper told Holtz we should try the experiment again. Only this time they said...kill the goat.

138 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - DAY - THE PAST 138

Six GOATS - each wearing a NUMBERED BIB - stand in a small bare room. A SOLDIER is setting up a VIDEO CAMERA in front of them.

139 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - SECOND ROOM - THE PAST 139

Lyn sits in another bare room. Holtz and Larry Hooper stand watching him. Lyn is also being TAPED. A SOLDIER walks in carrying an envelope. Holtz takes the envelope and draws from it a piece of paper. He shows it to Lyn - the number FOUR.

MAJOR HOLTZ Take out number four. Lyn stares at the number.

BOB (V.O.) Lyn said he had no intention of killing the goat.

140 EXT. DESERT - NIGHT - THE PRESENT 140

Lyn flushes with indignation at the memory.

LYN CASSADY There was no way! What had the goat ever done to me? It was totally against the way of the Jedi. I was just going to pretend to try so they would say, "okay - it can't be done" and forget about it. But then, as I sat there, I felt this, this pulse start inside of me and...I couldn't stop it. He turns to look at Bob, haunted.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) You know what I keep thinking?

141 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - LYN'S ROOM - THE PAST 141

CLOSE ON LYN ...as he stares, concentrating.

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LYN CASSADY (V.O.) Maybe deep down inside some dark part of me wanted to see if I could do it?

142 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - GOAT ROOM - DAY - THE PAST 142

VIDEO FOOTAGE Grainy, flickering black and white footage of the six goats in the room. Suddenly one of them goes down.

143 INT. ABANDONED HOSPITAL - LYN'S ROOM - THE PAST 143

A soldier runs into the room. Holtz, Hooper and Lyn turn to him, the atmosphere electric with dread and anticipation.

SOLDIER

(SOLEMNLY) The goat is dead. The three men stare at him.

MAJOR HOLTZ

(HOARSELY) Goat number four?

SOLDIER

(SURPRISED) No. Number five.

144 EXT. DESERT - NIGHT - THE PRESENT 144

Bob stares at Lyn aghast.

BOB Collateral damage?

LYN CASSADY (eyes glistening) Collateral damage. (Beat) That was it. I'd used my powers for evil and it was like I brought a curse upon us all. Like that poem where the guy kills the seagull and they make him wear it round his neck. Every night I'd dream of that goat in its little bib, it's mouth opening and closing but nothing coming out... Bob shakes his head, stares out into the darkness.

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BOB The silence of the goats. Lyn flicks a suspicious glance at Bob, but is reassured by his solemn expression.

LYN CASSADY I finished my tour and I quit. I walked out of the unit and I never went back.

145 EXT. FORT BRAGG - DAY 145

Lyn, wearing civilian clothes and holding a suitcase, is walking off the base. He reaches the gates and turns for one last look at the place that has been his home.

BOB (V.O.) But before he could leave Larry arranged one last parting gift. Lyn tuns back to the gates and finds Larry Hooper standing in front of him, looking WIRED.

LYN CASSADY What do you wan...? Before he can finish Larry CHOPS his hand down in an odd blow onto Lyn's forehead. Lyn staggers back a little, holding his head.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) What the hell? Larry has already darted around him with a crazy laugh and is running madly back into the base. Lyn stares after him, stunned.

LYN CASSADY (V.O.) (CONT'D) It was the Dim Mak.

146 EXT. DESERT - NIGHT - THE PRESENT 146

Bob looks at Lyn, puzzled.

BOB The Dim Mak?

LYN CASSADY The Dim Mak. The Quivering Palm. The Death Touch. It's like this legendary, martial arts move. It was forbidden in the New Earth Army. Larry had got it from a mail- order book.

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BOB What does the Death Touch do?

LYN CASSADY (Beat, patiently) It kills you Bob. With one touch.

BOB Jesus.

LYN CASSADY There's a story that Wong Wifu, great Chinese martial artist, had a fight with some guy and had him beat when the guy gave him this light tap, and Wong looked at him and the guy just nodded. That was it. He'd given him the death touch and Wong died.

BOB Then and there?

LYN CASSADY No. Eighteen years later. That's the weird thing with Dim Mak - you never know when it's going to take effect. He flops back, too tired to talk anymore. Bob watches him as he falls asleep.

DISSOLVE TO:

147 EXT. DESERT - MORNING 147

The same horizon, the dunes now burning under the sun. We TRACK back and find Bob and Lyn lying asleep, lips cracked, dehydrated, exhausted. Faintly we hear a sound - a tinny BELL. It gets closer. Groggily Bob opens his eyes just as a GOAT walks into the frame and walks past him, the bell tied around its neck. Bob lies, watching it pass, trying to work out if it's a hallucination. He struggles to his feet and sets off up the berm he's been lying at the foot of. The goat walks on ahead of Bob, crests the top of the berm and disappears from sight. Bob reaches the top of the berm and stands, swaying, staring down at something. CLOSE ON BOB'S FACE - stunned.

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Bob is dragging a barely conscious Lyn up the berm, following the goat. He staggers, barely able to put one foot in front of the other. At last we crest the top of the berm and find ourselves looking down on a WATER-HOLE, fringed with palms. The goat stands drinking. It stops to look up at us.

149 EXT. WATER-HOLE - DAY 149

Bob and Lyn collapse into the wet mud of the hole. Bob manages to cup some water into Lyn's mouth and then his own. He rolls onto his back, stares up at the burning sky. We hear a dull roaring, muffled, growing in volume. A HELICOPTER is approaching...

FADE OUT. In the BLACK we hear a VOICE.

ARMY BROADCASTER (O.S.) (in Arabic,

SUBTITLED) In America if I do not like my cell-phone company I change them. I am in charge. This is consumer power.

150 INT. ARMY BASE - INFIRMARY - DAY 150

OVERHEAD SHOT - Lyn and Bob lie side by side in beds, both hooked up to IV's. Sunlight slants through the shutters on the window in the cool room. The voice is coming from a SPEAKER on the wall.

ARMY BROADCASTER (O.S.) This is democracy. Let us work together for that. And please stop shooting at those who are only here to help. Lyn opens his eyes, looks around him.

ARMY BROADCASTER (O.S.) (CONT'D) This is an old one from Cat Stevens. (Correcting himself) Yusef Islam. That's Yusef Islam. Lyn looks at the door and for a second there's a FLASH OF A FACE staring in through the glass. Then it's gone.

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Over the speaker comes the sound of a period song. Lyn sits up, staring at the door. Bob stirs in his bed.

BOB Lyn?

151 INT. ARMY BASE - CORRIDOR - DAY 151

Lyn walks unsteadily out of the room, towing his IV drip behind him. The door at the end of the corridor is just CLOSING. Lyn sets off down the corridor. Bob appears in the doorway behind him, towing his own IV.

BOB

(HISSING) Lyn? Where are you going?

152 ANOTHER CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER 152 Lyn passes doors, glances into the rooms beyond... LYN'S P.O.V - the room seems to house a PRINTING PRESS. A SOLDIER stands with his back to us, watching LEAFLETS fire out of the press. We pass to the next room which seems to be a RECORDING STUDIO - the walls covered in shelves of CD's. A SOLDIER sits with headphones on playing an electronic keyboard...

153 EXT. ARMY BASE BUILDING - DAY 153

Lyn emerges blinking into the light. He stares around him. The song is playing over speakers, echoing eerily around the base. A door slides shut with a clang nearby and Lyn turns to locate the sound. A trail of FOOTPRINTS leads across the sand to a HANGAR nearby. Lyn heads off across the sand, dragging the IV. Bob emerges behind him.

BOB Lyn! Lyn reaches the sliding doors of the building and drags them open and stands staring into the gloomy interior. Bob catches him up.

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BOB (CONT'D) I don't think we should... He stops following Lyn's gaze...

INSIDE THE BUILDING The place is full of GOATS. Lyn and Bob stare at the animals. Slowly Lyn advances into the darkness, peering around him. In the shadows at the back of the building a figure STIRS. Lyn walks slowly forward until he can make out the man - old, bearded, worn and wasted by years of heavy drinking. It's BILL DJANGO. Lyn stares at him.

LYN CASSADY

(CHOKED) Hello Bill. Bill smiles hesitantly.

BILL DJANGO Hello Lyn. Lyn is too choked with emotion for a moment to answer.

LYN CASSADY This is Bob.

BILL DJANGO Hello Bob. Bob is too amazed to reply.

LARRY HOOPER (O.S.) Oh good... Bob and Lyn turn to find Larry Hooper standing in the doorway behind them.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) ...the gang's all here. Lyn stares at Larry - shocked.

154 INT. BASE - PSIC HQ - DAY 154

Larry and Bill are showing Bob and Lyn around. A few CIVILIAN WORKERS are working at computers behind them.

LARRY HOOPER This is primarily a Psyops base.

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BOB Psy for psychic?

LARRY HOOPER

(CHUCKLING) Psy for psychological, although the irony isn't wasted on me. Radio broadcasts, leaflets, that sort of thing. Bob picks up a LEAFLET.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) Oh, that's an Iraqi Psyops leaflet they dropped on us.

BOB

(READING) "American Soldier - your wives are back home having sex with Bart Simpson and Bert Reynolds."

LARRY HOOPER Yeah, hadn't exactly done their homework there. Lyn is staring at Bill who is looking a little vacantly at the racks of CD's. Larry notices.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) How'd you find us, Lyn?

LYN CASSADY I remote viewed you. Larry smiles a little mockingly.

BOB If this is Psyops what are you doing here?

LARRY HOOPER I said primarily Psyops. This is a restricted area, you understand? Everything you hear and see stays secret or you go to prison. Bob nods a little nervously.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) There are individuals in the current administration who are looking for...creative solutions for the War on Terror.

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LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) They're far more open minded then their predecessors, and they've out-sourced experimental research to my company. He indicates the PSIC name badge he's wearing.

BOB "Sick?"

LARRY HOOPER It's pronounced psi-ike. Psychic Systems International Corp. Turns out certain people had heard about the New Earth Army and were interested in some of the work we were doing back then. They got in touch with me, I got in touch with Bill.

LYN CASSADY (To Bill) You're working for him? Bill frowns at the CDs, not seeming to hear.

LARRY HOOPER Bill's been looking into subliminal messaging. (Selecting a disc) This is one we've designed to play to our own troops before combat. He puts the disc in a player and presses play. We hear a burst of a period song.

BOB There's a subliminal message in this?

LARRY HOOPER (reading the CD) This is..."Don't get drunk before firing heavy machine guns." We've got all sort of products in development.(To Worker) Tell them one of our new ideas.

PSIC WORKER Air bag mine?

LARRY HOOPER Air bag mine. Non-lethal mine, catapults the fucker up into air. (To another) Gimme another one.

2ND PSIC WORKER Blast target with pheromones and then release Attack Bees.

(CONTINUED)

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LARRY HOOPER Excellent. Attack Bees. The Forces of Nature! Another.

1ST PSIC WORKER Project Achilles. We mutilate enemy corpses and...

LARRY HOOPER We're not doing that anymore! (Throwing an eraser at the worker) Idiot! He turns back to Lyn.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) The point is we've got a budget, we've got supporters. I'm rebuilding the New Earth Army. Only this time without the hippy crap. Bill stands up and starts walking a little unsteadily towards the door.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) You okay Bill?

BILL DJANGO (Without turning) Gonna get some ice-cream. Larry waits until Bill has left before turning back to Lyn.

LARRY HOOPER You get the odd flash of what he used to be but... he's pretty burnt out with the booze. Larry shakes his head in apparent sorrow. Then he notices some candy on a desk.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) Ooo, Twizzlers. He picks it up and starts to eat it.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) (To Lyn) You want one? Lyn shakes his head, trying not to show the emotions he is feeling.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) (Watching him) God, I love these things...

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155 INT. BASE - CORRIDOR - DAY 155

Bob helps Lyn down the corridor. Lyn suddenly stops, listening. There is a faint sound of MUSIC coming from somewhere nearby.

156 INT. BASE - CELL CORRIDOR - DAY 156

Lyn walks down the corridor, Bob following. At the end of the corridor is a single door with a SPY-HOLE. The loud music is coming from there. We can hear now that it is an annoying children's show song or heavy metal. We TRACK towards the door... Lyn hesitates then slides back the SPY-HOLE cover and peers in.

LYN'S P.O.V - An IRAQI PRISONER sits huddled in the cell, illuminated in the flashes of a powerful STROBE LIGHT OVERHEAD.

SONG (O.S.) (Lyrics from chosen song.) The prisoner looks terrified, and despite the whimsical music the whole scene is horribly sinister. Lyn steps away from the spy-hole.

BOB

(ANXIOUSLY) What? What is it?

LYN CASSADY It's the Dark Side.

157 INT. ARMY BASE - TENT - DAY 157

Lyn sits on his bed, as low as we've ever seen him. Bob watches him, concerned.

BOB What are you going to do? Lyn stares at the wall.

BOB (CONT'D) Lyn? What are you going to do?

LYN CASSADY It's too late...I'm dying, Bob.

(CONTINUED)

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BOB Oh, you're not dying! I don't believe you can kill someone with a mail order Dim Sum. You can't...

LYN CASSADY Dim Mak.

BOB Whatever. I don't believe you can just...

LYN CASSADY It's cancer.

BOB ...just tap someone and ...it...(Beat) What?

LYN CASSADY I mean, I know it was caused by the Dim Mak. But...it's...you know...it's cancer. That's what the doctors say. Different ways of looking at...different names for a reality or, or uh... He lapses into silence. Bob is stunned. Lyn lies down.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) I shouldn't have come Bob. Shouldn't have come. Lyn pulls the EAGLE FEATHER from the chain around his neck.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D) ...Give this back to Bill...I don't deserve it. Bob stares at him.

158 EXT. BASE - DAY 158

Bill Django sits cross-legged in the sand, drinking from a bottle of whiskey, watching the sun set. Bob marches up to him, stands awkward but determined.

BOB I think you should go and see Lyn, sir. (Beat) he needs you. Bill doesn't answer.

(CONTINUED)

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BOB (CONT'D) The man crossed a desert to see you again. Bill takes a long drink, stares at the sky. Bob watches him with mounting frustration.

BOB (CONT'D) You know, he told me all these stories about Bill Django, and I was pretty excited to meet you, but I've gotta tell you...you're one big disappointment. Bill doesn't react. Bob starts to walk away then turns back, and throws the FEATHER down at Bill's feet.

BOB (CONT'D) He told me to give you that back. I don't know why. Its supposed to be a mark of honour isn't it? I don't see how you deserve that. Beat. Bill turns to look at Bob for the first time. He takes a long drink.

BILL DJANGO

(BEAT) It isn't real.

BOB What isn't?

BILL DJANGO The feather. Twenty thousand dollar fine for taking an eagle feather. This one's off a turkey. You just die the tip black. (Beat) Don't tell Lyn. Bill stares at the feather.

BILL DJANGO (CONT'D) None of it was real.

BOB

(ANGRILY) That isn't true. That isn't true. He looks around for inspiration - notices a LONE CLOUD floating in the sky. Bob places his fingers on his temples and STARES at the cloud, focuses, desperate, hopeful... Bill notices and watches, curious. Slowly, the cloud fades and DISAPPEARS.

(CONTINUED)

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Bob can't believe it. He looks at Bill who is staring at him. He has tears in his eyes.

159 INT. ARMY BASE - TENT - NIGHT 159

Lyn lies sleeping. Larry sits at the foot of his bed, smoking a cigar. He watches Lyn for a moment, then COUGHS deliberately. Nothing. He repeats the cough - louder. Lyn wakes.

LARRY HOOPER Oh. Didn't mean to wake you. The two men stare at each other.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) Heard you weren't feeling well?

LYN CASSADY

(BEAT) Just tired.

LARRY HOOPER How'd you find us?

LYN CASSADY I told you. I remote viewed you.

LARRY HOOPER

(SMILING) Scotty Mercer told you, didn't he?

LYN CASSADY No.

LARRY HOOPER Yeah, he did. We told Scotty we were coming over here, asked him if he wanted some work.

LYN CASSADY I haven't seen Scotty.

LARRY HOOPER That's funny, because he told me he'd run into you and mentioned that there might be some jobs going with us over here. (Beat) Isn't that why you came, really, Lyn? You want back in, don't you? Lyn stares at him, disturbed, afraid this might be true.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) It can happen. You've only got to say the word. Could be the new Golden Age for Psi research.

(MORE) (CONTINUED)

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LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) You, me and Bill, back together again. Just like the old days. Larry closes his eyes, trying to remember something.

LARRY HOOPER (CONT'D) Mother Earth, my life support system. As a soldier I must drink your blue water, live inside your red clay and eat your green skin. Lyn listens, moved despite himself.

160 EXT. BASE - NIGHT 160

Bill and Bob stand on a picnic table, under the full moon. Bill is leading Bob through some YOGA POSITIONS. Both are drunk.

LARRY HOOPER (V.O.) I pray my boots will always kiss your face and my footsteps match your heartbeat.

161 INT. ARMY BASE - TENT - NIGHT 161

Lyn can't help but join in the prayer.

LARRY AND LYN Carry my body through space and time. You are my connection to the Universe...

162 EXT. BASE - NIGHT 162

Bill and Bob both stand in a difficult position - balanced on one leg.

LARRY AND LYN (V.O.) ...and all that comes after. I am yours and you are mine. As we watch Bill slowly topples forward off the table and crashes out of sight below.

163 INT. ARMY BASE - ROOM - NIGHT 163

The two men finish the prayer.

LARRY AND LYN I salute you.

(CONTINUED)

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LARRY HOOPER

(BEAT) Don't make a decision now. Tell me in the morning. He pats Lyn's leg, walks out.

164 EXT. BASE - NIGHT 164

Bob is holding a concussed Bill who has a cut on his head.

BOB Bill? Bill are you okay? Bill opens his eyes suddenly.

BILL DJANGO I just saw Timothy Leary.

BOB

(BEAT) Timothy Leary's dead.

BILL DJANGO I know. He's had an idea.

165 INT. CORRIDOR/KITCHEN - NIGHT 165

Bill and Bob head down the corridor. They pass a SOLDIER.

SOLDIER

(SALUTING) Good evening sir.

BILL DJANGO

(MUMBLING) Getting some ice-cream. They walk on and reach the doors to the KITCHENS. The two men hesitate, look at each other... Then Bob walks in.

166 INT. BASE - CANTEEN - MORNING 166

PSIC WORKERS AND PSYOPS TROOPS are all eating breakfast together, talking, laughing. Bob and Bill sit drinking coffee. Lyn appears with a tray and sits down beside Bob.

(CONTINUED)

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They eat in silence for a moment. Lyn turns to look out of the window to where Larry Hooper stands outside in the early morning sun, smoking a cigar and drinking coffee. He turns and notices Lyn, raises his cup, smiles. Lyn looks troubled. Bob suddenly leans into Lyn.

BOB

(SOFTLY) Don't eat the jello. Lyn turns to Bob puzzled.

LYN CASSADY

(BEAT) What?

BOB Don't eat the jello. Lyn tries to puzzle this out but is distracted by Larry outside who seems to have noticed something in the sand at his feet - a small insect of some kind. He begins to watch it with strange fascination. After a moment he sinks to his knees in order to get a better look at it. One of the SOLDIERS notices and starts to laugh softly. His neighbor looks at him as if he's crazy then begins to laugh himself. Lyn looks around him, sensing the strange atmosphere creeping through the room.

LYN CASSADY What's going on?

BOB We put LSD in the jello. Lyn turns to stare at him.

LYN CASSADY What?

BOB Bill showed me where Larry had bottles of LSD. So we put it in the jello mix last night.

BILL DJANGO

(SUDDENLY) And in the water. Bob turns to stare at him.

BOB What?

BILL DJANGO I put it in the main water tank as well.

(CONTINUED)

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Bob stares at him, aghast.

BOB But...we've drunk the water.

BILL DJANGO

(THOUGHTFULLY) Yeah. He pours himself another coffee.

ARMY BROADCASTER (O.S.) (Into microphone) The weather? The weather is going to be HOT! Through the window we see Larry get on his belly to get a better look at the bug.

167 INT. RADIO STATION - MORNING 167

The DJ SOLDIER has gone off script. A PRODUCER is trying ineffectually to pull him away from the desk.

ARMY BROADCASTER (Into microphone) I'm guessing. I mean, I haven't looked at the, the thing but I'd say it's going to be fucking HOT! Hot. Hot. Hot. The Producer pulls and releases the DJ's headphones so they slap against his head and starts giggling.

ARMY BROADCASTER (CONT'D) That hurt Greg, you fucking dip- shit. (Laughing too)You fuckity fuck dip-shit fuck-hole. (Remembering something) Hey! Music! He hits a button.

168 EXT. BASE - MORNING 168

CLOSE on a LOUDSPEAKER - blasting a period song out over the base. We BOOM down to where two SOLDIERS are dancing, tripping.

ALL OVER THE BASE Soldiers are wandering around, talking, some falling to their knees, weak with laughter. Some stand alone, staring with a beatific smile at the sky.

(CONTINUED)

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As the music plays on a STRYKER ARMORED VEHICLE drives around the corner of a building, a SOLDIER standing up, arms raised, in the gun turret. The Stryker screeches into a clumsy skid, the Soldier having to hang on. The Stryker roars off again, heading straight for the GATES of the base.

SOLDIER (calling down into the vehicle) You're going to hit the gates. You're going to hit the gates. The Stryker veers left and smashes through the perimeter fence and out into the desert.

SOLDIER (CONT'D)

(CALMLY) It's okay. You missed them.

169 INT. RADIO STATION - MORNING 169

The DJ and the Producer are wrestling over the sound desk, laughing.

170 INT. BASE - CORRIDOR 170

Bob and Bill walk towards the cell block.

BOB

(ANGRY) Don't you think it might have been more sensible if we hadn't drunk the fucking water?

BILL DJANGO That might have aroused suspicion. But don't worry. Over the years I have built up a massive tolerance to all narcotics.

171 INT. CELL - MORNING 171

An IRAQI PRISONER looks up startled as the door to the cell is flung open and Bill stands, filling the doorway, bare-chested, wild-eyed and wild-haired.

BILL DJANGO In the name of the New Earth Army and loving people everywhere I'm liberating this base!

104.

172 INT. GOAT SHED - MORNING 172

Lyn slides open the door to the shed and begins to shoo the goats out into the light.

173 EXT. BASE - LATER 173

As the music continues Bob, Lyn and Bill appear leading a column of nervous IRAQI PRISONERS out of the building, towards the gates. Lyn and Bill are holding BABY GOATS in their ARMS. A tripping Bob is holding bunches of flowers - it's as close as they can get to the illustration from the New Earth Army Manual. Lyn holds up a hand to stop the procession. Larry stands in front of them, a GUN in his hand, his face blank. Lyn and Larry stare at each other. Then, unexpectedly, Larry starts to cry.

LYN CASSADY

(SOFTLY) Give me the gun Larry. Larry starts to raise the gun to his mouth. Pauses. Scratches his head.

LARRY HOOPER Wow. I'm hungry. He wanders off.

ARMY DJ (O.S.) (Over loudspeaker,

LAUGHING) Hey! More music! (muffled) Get off, will ya? Over the loud-speakers we hear the opening of a period song.

LYN CASSADY (Beat, relieved) Okay, let's go.

174 FLATTENED SECTION OF FENCE 174 Bob and Lyn stand at one side, Bill at the other, beckoning the prisoners through, hugging the prisoners as they pass through.

LYN CASSADY We're very sorry. Ma'assalama.

(CONTINUED)

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One by one the Iraqis walk out through the broken fence, staring around them suspiciously, expecting a trap. Nothing happens, no one shoots them.

LYN CASSADY (CONT'D)

(WAVING) That's it. Keep going. Ma'assalama. The Iraqis start to hurry away over the sand. Beyond them we can the Stryker, driving in circles in the desert, a NAKED SOLDIER stands whooping on top.

175 EXT. BASE - LATER 175

Bob, tripping heavily, is staring with fascination at the sand trickling through his fingers. Suddenly we hear the building whine of the HELICOPTER engine starting up. Bob looks up, puzzled.

176 HELICOPTER 176 Bill and Lyn sit in the chopper, Bill at the controls. Lyn is holding the flowers. Bob appears, hurrying over.

BOB

(CALLING) Wait! Wait for me! Where are you going...what about the mission?

LYN CASSADY (Over the sound of the engine) You are the mission Bob! You are the mission! Tell them what happened! The helicopter begins to rise. Bob stands swaying, staring up. Lyn smiles sadly through the window, raises his hand. The Helicopter RISES - HIGHER AND HIGHER. Bob waves goodbye.

BOB (V.O.) At the time I was hurt that Lyn hadn't taken me with him. But now I know it was because he and Bill had already seen what was to come.

106.

177 EXT. DESERT - DAY 177

As the helicopter flies off into the blue.

BOB (V.O.) Nobody knows exactly what happened. The official story is that their helicopter must have crashed, either because they were hit by an RPG or because...well, that's what happens when you fly a helicopter while you're tripping on acid. All I know is they've never been seen since. Like all Shaman they returned to the sky. The helicopter disappears altogether.

DISSOLVE TO:

178 INT. MICHIGAN APARTMENT - EVENING 178

WEEKS LATER. Bob sits typing, frowning with concentration.

BOB (V.O.) When I got back home I wrote the story up. Everything.

179 EXT. OUTSIDE BOB'S OLD HOUSE - EVENING 179

Bob sits in his car staring at his old home, across the road. Through the window we can see Bob's ex-wife Debora, eating dinner with Bob's ex-Editor - Dave.

BOB (V.O.) I sent it to the newspapers, the radio stations, the TV stations, because that was what Lyn wanted me to do. The people needed to know.

180 INT. BOB'S APARTMENT - EVENING 180

Bob sits watching a Today style show on TV.

BOB (V.O.) I was ready for whatever they would do to me. I was ready to disappear. I was ready to go to prison. I was a Jedi and I was fighting for the New Earth Army.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

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BOB (V.O.) (CONT'D) (Beat) But they didn't put me in prison. They did something much worse.

ON TV

NEWS ANCHOR

(CHUCKLING) And finally, US forces in Iraq are using what some are calling a cruel and unusual tool to break the resistance of Iraqi POWs, and many parents would agree! Some prisoners are being forced to listen to Barney the Purple Dinosaur sing the I Love You song. I think after an hour of that they'll spill the beans! Don't you? Let's go outside to Al for the weather.

Bob watches, ashen.

181 INT. NEWSPAPER OFFICE - DAY 181

Bob is working for another small town newspaper. He sits at his desk, staring fixedly ahead at the wall.

BOB (V.O.) That was it. That was the only bit of my story that ran anywhere. And it was a joke. And if I ever needed proof of how the Dark Side have taken the beautiful dream of what a nation could be and had twisted it, destroyed it, that was it.

Bob stands up. He starts to walk down the office, his face set with grim determination.

BOB'S EDITOR Bob?

BOB (V.O.) But I won't stop. I won't give up. Bob quickens his pace.

BOB (CONT'D) (V.O.) (CONT'D) Because when I look at what is happening in the world, I know that now, more than ever, we need to become ALL that we can BE. Bob is running.

(CONTINUED)

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BOB (CONT'D) Now, more than ever, we need the Supermen. Bob rushes towards the WALL. Just as he is about to hit it we FREEZE FRAME. We hear the opening of a period song.

BLACK

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