Copyright 2005 by TITAN-RAINBOW Media Productions All Rights Reserved.
SUPER: "ULUNGAR VALLEY - WEST CHINA"
We open on a French Pilot in a sleek, tiny, wingless fighter
jet, racing over a valley between two mountains. The pilot
is fighting with the craft, which will not act as it should.
He's trying to engage a stealth system that would make him
nearly invisible, but it's only working in spurts and
Behind him are two bulky and mean-looking pursuit craft, each
bearing the unfriendly yellow star of Communist China.
Suddenly they pull off and the pilot thinks he's OK; his
craft isn't doing what it should, but at least he's got a
chance to catch his breath and work on that.
What he doesn't know is that a Command Center below has
ordered the pursuit craft to back off. Why, because the
intruder is nearing their assault batteries without realizing
The Chinese weapons emit giant lightning arcs which find the
craft and zap its power in a fit of sparks. Frantically, the
Pilot calls out a May-Day as he plummets from the sky. Will
he regain control and land, or crash into the mountains or
forest? It's anyone's guess as we fade to commercial.
* * *
SUPER: "BLOOR WEST VILLAGE - TORONTO - CANADA"
A late 20's female is walking down the main thoroughfare of
this now covered, traffic-less, historical shopping district.
She stops from time to time, glancing in the windows of the
shops, but very quickly we realize that she's using the
reflected surface to track someone following her.
She eventually ducks into an old style pub, say the "Dark
Horse" for example, and quickly works her way through the
crowd to the stairwell leading down to the washrooms.
Instead of heading down the stairs though, she presses
herself into the tiny space just past the threshold.
Her pursuer is a stocky, middle-aged man. He enters the pub
and scans the place for his quarry. Seeing the door he heads
for it, but as he enters, the late 20's female steps forward,
grabbing him from behind and pulling him back in a firm grip.
"Who are you?" She growls.
"Angela Bale?" He sputters. "Leftenant Angela Bale?"
Surprised, she releases him. He turns around while
appreciating the chance to breathe again. She continues to
eye him suspiciously.
"Are you still interested in joining Cimarron?"
On Bale's reaction we crossfade to...
* * *
SUPER: "BORNEO - SE ASIA"
A group of Astrals (Space Paratroopers) are trying to quickly
cut their way through the jungle. Among them is a mid-20's
male, Ensign Davis, who comments they should put in a road.
Another adds that this is the road; the damn jungle grows
faster than they can clear it.
They finally get through the foliage and come to a small
village. Quickly, they move to one of the grass huts and
enter. Inside, a large missile is steaming away, buried nose
first in the middle of the dining table.
Davis is led over to it. It's intact, which is good. He
identifies it as a Blue Thought Missile, one of the more
powerful super-smart bunker-buster bombs. "What happened?
Did it mistake someone's 'fish-head soup' as a chemical
"Nuevo Cayo lab. Low-grade barbiturate flooding the street
trade in Europe. Don't know why the Bomb zeroed in on it,
"Someone on the production line must be into that stuff.
These only go for what they're familiar with. Either that or
it was a programming error."
"Wrong line of code, the bomb mistakes the mustard in a
cheeseburger for Sarin gas."
Panel off, Davis goes to work. He starts working his way
through the circuitry, carefully pulling out the blades in
the right sequence.
"Why don't you just cut the wire?"
"No wires, my friend. It's all synaptic, now." He clears
the outer layer and zeroes in on his Primary Cortex, a
complex dance of semi-organic materials. "One wrong move,
and it'll think it's got a cold."
"How's that so bad?"
"Thing like this gets a headache, everybody suffers!"
Suddenly a high-pitched whine starts up, rising in intensity,
fast. Davis triggered something and there's no time to
counteract it. He looks around frantically while everyone
starts to panic. He orders people out, quickly, even though
there's no place they can get to fast enough.
Finally, he steps back, grabs his Rifle, brings it up and
starts firing directly on the Cortex. Surprisingly, it
One of the Troopers, inspecting the damage, comments on how
he basically just gave it a lobotomy. Davis turns to see the
same pudgy middle-aged man from the earlier scene, this time
wearing the uniform of an Astral Major.
"Bobby Davis? Ensign Bobby Davis?"
"Sir!" Davis snaps to attention.
"Come with me, please, Mister Davis; you've been reassigned."
The Major turns and Davis moves to follow. He calls back to
one of this buddies, "Get my kit bag, will you? I need a
change of pants, here."
* * *
SUPER: "THE SUDD - CENTRAL AFRICA"
A group of freedom fighters are brought into an old stone
courtyard with their hands up. They're being herded by a
small platoon of Astrals (Space Paratroopers), one of whom is
the mid-20's female junior officer, Helen Caboto. Despite
her rank, she is twitchy, nervous, and unsure that she's
qualified to lead these people.
The Sergeant-at-Arms for this make-shift prison approaches.
"You took some alive, sir?"
Caboto replies, "These guys were smart; they surrendered."
"So much for the 'law of the jungle'"
At this point, one of the captives, one near the back of the
pack, makes a run for it. He knocks the Astral nearest him
to the ground and dives behind various crates and barrels of
supplies as he makes his way to the courtyard exit.
Before leaving, he pulls over a cart which topples bales of
hay, or barrels (depending on availability) into the exit,
cutting off pursuit.
Caboto looks around amid the confusion, and seeing some other
crates that are stacked against a side wall in a way that
almost forms steps, she rushes to them, and climbs until
she's straddling the outer wall.
She looks in the direction their prisoner has run. Her eyes
are like an eagle's; she quickly tracks and sights her
quarry. In a smooth motion, she removes her rifle from her
shoulder, activates it and brings it up.
In another second, she has the prisoner in her sights. He's
almost obliterated by the foliage in a grove of nearby trees,
almost, but not quite. She sees his head as he races, re
sights down to his torso, and then, with a sly grin, she
tracks his feet.
She steadies her breath, carefully watching as she counts his
cadence, and then, after a slow release of breath, she fires.
The prisoner's foot jerks up from under him as though he's
been snagged by a trap. He falls on his back, screaming and
then clutching his injured ankle.
Caboto looks down, the rest of her platoon has cleared the
entrance and a few of her team are heading out to collect the
Then she sees the Major being directed up at her by the
Sergeant-at-Arms. "Ensign Helena Caboto?"
Caboto responds, "Yes, sir!"
"Come with me, Ensign," the Major says, and leaves.
* * *
SUPER: "BUFFALO COMMONS - America - near Rapid City Hub"
Two figures glide across the barren brush on their Hovering
Motorbikes. One is wearing the 23rd Century equivalent of
Royal Canadian Mounted Police red serge. The other is in the
hunter green uniform of an Astral Trooper.
The Mountie comments admiringly on the success of the six
month long Peacekeeping mission the Astral is wrapping up.
He asks what the Astral (FINNEGAN) will do first. "I should
say 'See my son,' but the truth is, I could murder for a
long, hot bath."
They pull into a brand-new roadside mobile Convenience store.
They enter, ignoring the Auto-Shop-Keeper's welcome, and Finn
moves directly to the back for a cold beverage, which he
holds to his forehead to cool down before turning to move to
At this moment, a rather desperate-looking Bandit who has
gone even longer than Finn without bathing, enters with a
shotgun. He turns, frantically looking for the person to
rob, but it's an Auto-Store and there is no one.
He steps forward holding the rifle directly at Finn's head
while screaming for money.
Finn doesn't ruffle. The Mountie doesn't move so as not to
trigger something. Both are very calm considering. This
seems to agitate the robber moreso.
Without flinching, Finn looks his opponent directly in the
The robber is confused by this. Why won't these people do
what he wants?
Finn explains with a dead calm intensity that he is a member
of a force whose might stretches throughout the known
Universe. And should the bandit kill one of them, they will
pursue him forever. He'll never get another night's sleep,
never have peace. Everyone he meets might be the person who
turns him in for the reward. In fact, the last person to
kill one of his own was dead within a week.
Finn suggests the smart thing for the Robber to do is lower
his weapon and back out of the store slowly, no harm, no
The fool blinks while trying to figure this out and in that
split-second, Finn removes the weapon from his grip, twists
him around and mule-kicks him out the front door.
The Mountie moves to make the arrest, while Finn disables the
firearm and offers it as "another donation to the
When Finn follows the Mountie outside, he sees someone
standing near their bikes. Someone he knows.
He approaches the stocky, middle-aged Major with surprise.
Ackers asks if Finn is busy. Finn looks back at the scene
behind him and shrugs. He's got a flight to catch, that's
all. Ackers wants to know if Finn is ready to join his team.
"I thought someone kept rejecting that request?"
Ackers smiles, "Odds only had to favour us once."
Finn hesitates and then explains. He needs to go home, even
if only to change and shower. Ackers understands, asks if
he'll be ready in six hours.
Finn nods. Ackers moves off, leaving Finn to remount his
bike and continue his journey.
* * *
SUPER: "NOVA HOUSE - Manchester England - Night"
Inside the largest room of the somewhat Victorian Castle
(something Casa Loma like) is Finn. Clean and relaxed, he's
gathering the gear he'll need for an undefined mission when a
woman enters the room and approaches him. She is his sister,
Penelope Finnegan, fifth Lord of Novus.
"You're leaving already?"
Finn doesn't stop. He doesn't have the time to. "I told you
"Your son is growing up without a father, you know."
Finn stops. This does bother him.
"Can't they 'go to' someone else for a change?"
"It doesn't work like that, and you know it."
She shakes her head before saying, "Celia wouldn't like
Finn turns to her, this is a line she should not have
He closes the distance and speaks grimly, "My wife knew
exactly what my job required; that's why she willed our son
to my sister."
Light begins to stream in through the large wall of windows
as a Shuttle descends pretty much on the back terrace. Finn
zips up his pack and turns heading for the door.
"Stay safe," is all he says to her as he leaves.
* * *
Inside the shuttle sit Finn, Bale, Caboto and Davis. At the
front is Ackers, standing over the shoulder of the shuttle
pilot. He turns and moves back to them, picking up four
portable displays and handing them out as he takes a seat
He begins to explain the mission, answering each of their
questions as best he can, but frequently responding with, "We
don't know that." It must be business as usual, because
after a nod each time, they continue.
"How are we getting down there?" Finn wonders. Ackers turns
and motions out the front window. Before them is the
Cimarron. A long flat craft about the size of a 737, only
wider and without the wings. The bottom front half is a
nested Lander. Each of them recognize it as the preferred
method of entry into a hostile zone.
* * *
As they dock and board the craft, Finn pulls Ackers back.
He's reviewed the personnel files for the other three members
of his team and he understands the selection of Bale and
Davis, but Caboto seems a little too young for covert
Ackers grins at him. She might seem immature and unready,
but when it hits the fan, Finn will thank him for including
Inside the Lander, Ackers confirms with Team Captain Martin
Tremblay that the rest of the Platoon has reviewed the
relevant material. He quickly reviews the objectives and
introduces the new members before heading for the upper half
Tremblay is surprised that Finn is also a Captain, and
catches up with Ackers at the ladder to ask if he's being
replaced. He's not. Ackers has supreme confidence in
Tremblay as a field leader; it's the future Ackers is worried
At the same time, Finn realizes that one of the people coming
along with them on this mission is a reporter, and not just
any reporter, but the one who, at a much earlier point in
both their careers, reported something she shouldn't have,
setting his career back many years, while advancing her own.
Finn doesn't trust her, and doesn't understand why she's
earned embedded reporter status. She tries to apologize, but
all Finn wants is to make sure that she stays well away from
Unsure how to take that, Tremblay returns to his post and
directs departure from Cimarron and approach to their target,
West China. Everyone else straps in.
As the Lander begins a high-speed approach towards the Earth,
known as RAPIDAX, Caboto shows how green she is in more ways
The dive is risky; it's dark, and they're coming down very
close to mountains, but despite a near-miss, they succeed and
the craft is soon flying low over the tree-tops of a nearby
forest, toward its drop zone.
The first priority is rescue of the pilot, whom they track to
a fortress near a group of newly built warehouses in a fenced
Tremblay wants Finn and his squad to wait on one perimeter
until the rest of the platoon is in position, then create a
Bale instantly recognizes this as Tremblay wanting to use
them, and particularly her, as bait. Finn sees it too, but
assures her that although he'll give Tremblay what he wants,
it won't necessarily be the way he wants it.
While Tremblay's team makes their way towards the front gate
where they'll attack from, Finn and his Squad set up to
create a suitable diversion.
Finn moves into the compound to do recon and set up part of
the diversion. It's not happening as fast as Tremblay would
like, and this causes tension between the two.
Things are further delayed when Finn discovers the Reporter
is following him. Why? Because of all the people here, Finn
is the only one with an anti-gravity vest and pilot's helmet.
She's smart; she knows where the story is.
They quarrel a bit, not the wisest thing, considering they're
both out in the open, on a rooftop, inside the enemy
compound, but Finn does get her to keep out of his way while
he completes what he has to do.
Then it happens. The charges Finn set blow, the power to
this part of the compound goes out, and his Squad engages the
guards, drawing everyone they can towards this part of the
compound so that the main force can enter.
Finn returns to the rooftops and proceeds toward the main
force which is running up against stronger than anticipated
resistance. He gives his Squad the recall notice and they
head to join the main group.
Unfortunately, with each leap the power in Finn's Gravity
Vest drops, and halfway to the Fortress, he drops, barely
catching the rooftop.
With the Reporter's help, Finn is able to climb back up and
then provide cover for the Platoon as they withdraw with the
Pilot. From his position, he can see the three members of
his Squad approaching, but because of the commotion, he is
unable to warn them what they're heading for. Fearing
they'll be cut down by the crossfire, he rises and fires
warning shots on his own Squad to keep them from rushing into
the middle of a firefight.
Finn climbs to the highest point, figuring he might be able
to make it to the rooftop over the opposition force, and
jumps. He drops hard, but makes it. He rolls to the edge
and then ambushes that force so that his Platoon can get
His Squad catches up to him and with the Reporter still in
tow, they head off to rejoin the Team.
Out in the field is a scene of carnage. Tremblay was killed
in the assault. The Pilot is wounded and screaming in French
while the rest of them are shell-shocked from the intensity
of their opposition. The call for pick-up by the Lander has
been put in; it's only a matter of waiting.
Finn realizes the Pilot is trying to warn them of something.
The Reporter again comes to his rescue, being the only one
among them with any knowledge of French. Unfortunately, she
doesn't really understand the technical words he's using.
Something about a Cobalt Generator and a Clip.
As a Pilot himself, Finn knows exactly what he means. The
Pilot removed the control key from the aircraft so it
couldn't be controlled by the opposition, but was unable to
get the nuclear generator under control before he was
captured. Without the clip, the generator will continue to
build in energy until it either automatically shuts down, or
reaches critical mass and explodes.
Finn realizes they don't have much time. He takes the clip
from the Pilot and using what little information there was in
the briefing, and his own memory, he tries to figure out
where the aircraft is.
He collects as many power cells as he can for his Gravity
Vest and then, leaving Bale in command, heads off in the
hopes he can prevent a disaster.
Finn arrives at the cluster of portables being used as a
Mobile Command Centre. Under the large camouflage netting he
sees the aircraft. It's tiny and like nothing he's ever seen
It's also surrounded by numerous engineers and soldiers.
Like a bad penny, the Reporter arrives behind him. She won't
listen to reason, including the point that the craft doesn't
look large enough for both of them to fit in. The Reporter
brushes off that concern and insists that she can help him.
Finn rejects her and starts on his own for the craft,
knocking one of the biohazard-suited technicians unconscious
for his outfit.
He makes it to the craft and climbs up the ladder, coming
face-to-face with the Chinese Engineer who is trying
unsuccessfully to get the generator under control.
After mistaking one of the perimeter guards as a male she
could seduce, and then discovering it was a woman she instead
had to overpower, the Reporter finally catches up to him.
But his fears were correct; there isn't a second seat.
At this moment, they are spotted. No longer having the
luxury of time to discuss this, Finn forces her inside and
squeezes in with her, only to discover the latest wrinkle.
The vehicle's controls are in Russian.
Meanwhile, Bale and the rest of the Platoon have been
recovered by the Lander which is now desperately trying to
evade destruction at the hands of interceptors committed to
defending their homeland.
With the help of the Reporter's translator unit, Finn
continues to work through the various controls, trying to
decipher the commands, while he frantically activates one
system after another in the hopes of keeping those around
them at bay.
One of the controls triggers an invisibility shield, quite a
surprise to Finn as this was technology he didn't know
existed. Another finally gets them hovering.
Eventually, with the local Chinese Command powerless to stop
them, the aircraft ascends, destroying the camouflage cover
overhead and escaping.
The Lander, however, isn't having it so lucky. They're the
mouse in a game with two cats, neither of which is easy to
While Bale tries to help the Lander Pilot evade their death
through various tricky maneuvers that barely clear the
treetops their pursuers continue to lob one missile after
another at them in the hopes of making the kill.
When a counter-move succeeds in knocking out one of the
pursuers, everyone cheers until the Lander Pilot says that
was it. There are no more rear defenses. Unless they can
get the final interceptor ahead of them, there is no way they
can knock it out.
Bale comes up with that move and they try it. It's almost
too late, the Chinese Pilot pursuing them had locked on and
fired, but the missile is intercepted by Finn's new toy which
comes out of nowhere as the Lander succeeds in clearing the
The two vehicles flank each other as they break for orbit.
Back on the Orbiter, Ackers and Finn are standing together as
the Reporter says her good-byes and leaves. Tensions between
Finn and her are resolved, forgiven if not forgotten.
The Reporter brushes off concern about the mess they just
left, saying that the West Chinese will blame the Russians
After Dawn leaves and the hatch closes behind her, Ackers
turns to Finn. "What was a Network Pilot doing flying a
Russian craft over Communist China?"
It's a good question. Finn doesn't know. Ackers is fuming,
"We just got played, Captain, and I don't like that."
"Still want to go home, Mister Finnegan?"
"Eventually, but you'd have to drag me out of here, first."
"Good to hear. Debrief your Squad; we've got work to do."
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