#K2815 - "Slidecage" - 1st Yellow Revs. 11/24/97
35 INT. LABYRINTH - CORRIDOR - NIGHT
A hatch in the wall opens and Quinn and Colin slide out, COUGHING,
FUMES. Quinn seals the hatch behind them. Both continue to HACK, gasping
As they start to recover, Colin turns to Quinn.
I feel as if I've just been through the longest car exhaust in the world.
They break down laughing, slap each other on the back,
glad to be alive. Then they catch their
breath, laughter dying. Quinn looks down the hall, all seriousness.
Now to find Rembrandt...
38A INT. KROMAGG LAIR - NIGHT
We're in the middle of an intense, deep scan of Rembrandt
by Kolitar, Rembrandt in a trance,
back in the moment of being tortured in the prison camp. Two guards stand
Kromaggs... get away from me. It hurts...
(realizes) You're not speaking of us. They did something to you in the
implanted something in your mind. (sees it, surprised) You're to kill
Remmy goes unconscious. Kolitar gives a cry of
(to guards) Twenty minutes, then wake him and we start again.
He strides off.
I will have this!
38B ON KALDEEN
In the distance, crouched, watching Rembrandt with
sympathy and concern.
39 INT. CONDUIT CENTRAL - NIGHT
Maggie's standing, watching the varioius monitors as they
switch from scene to scene. Thomas
watches her from several feet back, uncomfortable, wanting to distract
You know, you're gonna get eye strain that way.
She keeps watching. He holds up a homemade checkerboard
with bolts and washers for checkers.
Look here, made it myself. (an invitation) I'm a positive fiend at
No response. He digs down into a pile of clothes, comes up
with a tattered paperback of CLAN
OF THE CAVE BEAR.
How about a good book? 'Clan of the Cave Bear.' Had it in my back pocket
I arrived. Or I could recite it for you.
Maggie keeps watching the screens. An image of Quinn and
Colin appears on one of the monitors.
There. There they are. (turns to Thomas) Do you recognize it?
Thomas says nothing, eyeing the screen nervously.
Thomas, do you know where that is?
Well, I -- I, that is --
It's a corridor, not far from here.
Show me the way.
She starts off. He hangs back.
That's not such a good idea, really.
She turns back to him.
What are you talking about?
It would be much better if we just stayed here, safer, trust me.
Thomas, they're my friends. I've got to go to them.
Really bad things happen out there. You only had a taste. (off the
is a controlled environment. No one knows about it, no one comes here.
We can live out our lives...
Maggie reacts -- live out our lives? She shakes her head,
He sees she means it. His heart sinks. She speaks gently.
Thomas, you've been very kind to me, but I have no intention of staying
going to my friends, whether you come with me or not. But I'd rather you
No, that's out, no no no. I don't talk to people!
A beat, then:
You talked to me.
You were different.
So many have died here. I couldn't let you be another one.
He sinks down, turns his tormented face up to her.
Want to know why I'm here in the walls? During the war, I was assigned off
Armored Division. It got so bad, I cracked, ran off. When I came back,
they were all dead,
all my friends, nothing but blood and meat. I lost it, wandered for
months, years. Finally
I wanted to come home, but it was too late. I landed here. It was only
right. I should
have been with them.
Maggie comes down to his level, speaking softly. Off the
image of Quinn and Colin on the monitor:
Thomas, you couldn't save your friends... but maybe you can save mine.
He looks at her and a change comes over him.
40A INT. ARRIVAL AREA - NIGHT
Quinn and Colin move toward the closed door that the
Kromaggs passed through with the
unconscious Remmy. Quinn carries a long piece of metal.
The Kromaggs took Remmy through there.
He angles the piece of metal into the corner of the door
to use it as a lever to force the door open.
He puts his shoulder to it, then pauses, thoughtful.
You know, it's funny, I just had the feeling that somehow Maggie's looking
down on us.
(smiles) At the end of our road, they say we're reunited with --
Suddenly, several PEOPLE appear in the corridor behind
them, running toward them.
(AD-LIB. "There they are! Get them!" etc.)
Quinn and Colin put their shoulders to the door -- no
good. They turn and run another way.
But the way is blocked with more HUMANS running toward them. They're
Quinn is thunderstruck to see her.
Maggie, Oh, God.
His face fills with joy and relief. She sees this reaction
and smiles, moved. A moment between
them. But from behind her, Thomas calls:
Get in. Quickly!
They hurry to climb in, but it's too late. The humans
reach them, pull them back out, get all four.
Thomas, I'm so sorry.
He gives her a small smile.
It's good to be alive before I'm dead again.
She smiles back.
43 FAVORING JANIE
as she bulls through the crowd up to our guys.
If you had brought the Kromaggs down on us, I swear I'd have chased you to
hell and gone and killed you all.
Now she sees Maggie and reacts to her still being alive.
We're not so easy to kill.
They stare daggers at each other.
No one's gonna kill anybody.
Not up to you.
Listen to me. We've got something you need. Don't you wonder how we got
out of that room?
She studies him, intrigued.
Where's the mechanism that runs the Slidecage?
In Kromagg territory.
Quinn nods, heartened.
I was hoping you'd say that.
44 INT. KROMAGG LAIR - NIGHT - CLOSE ON REMBRANDT
chained to the wall, holding his head in pain. Kaldeen
Head feels like a butcher's gone to work. Not going to be much left
if he keeps it up...
Kaldeen produces a key, hands it to Rembrandt.
Here, quickly. While they're not looking.
Rembrandt takes the key, hurriedly unlocks the restraints.
Come with me.
The humans would kill me. Father's said. Go!
All right, but there's something I've got to do.
He reaches out and pulls the rags free of Kaldeen's face.
Kaldeen's arms fly up to shield his face.
Rembrandt gently lowers Kaldeen's arms -- revealing the
face of a normal human boy. He
hadn't been sure, but he'd suspected it.
Oh, my lord.
I told you I was hideous.
You're not hideous, you're beautiful. You're human. Understand? Human.
Kaldeen's stunned. He doesn't know how to react.
Suddenly, they're interrupted by the SOUND of KROMAGGS
COMING ON THE RUN.
Rembrandt grabs hold of Kaldeen's arm, start off with him.
C'mon. (off Kaldeen's hesitation) Trust me.
Kaldeen looks into Rembrandt's eyes and nods. They take
off for the door.
Kolitar appears on the other side of the room with several
of his men, hurrying.
Kaldeen, no! (to his men) Stop them!
The Kromaggs take off after them. A Kromagg makes a flying
tackle, knocking Kaldeen over
and taking Rembrandt down. The Kromagg starts to beat Rembrandt.
gapes at this. Then he does an extraordinary thing: his
head goes down and his eyes roll up,
showing white as he concentrates.
47 ON PIECE OF DISCARDED MACHINERY
lying on the ground. It moves, then takes off
through the air.
48 FAVORING REMBRANDT AND KROMAGG
The machinery STRIKES the Kromagg, knocking him down and
out. Rembrandt's amazed,
having seen it fly through the air on its own (Note: None of the other
Kromaggs have seen this).
Just then, a SECOND KROMAGG rushes up. Kaldeen grabs him,
tries to stop him. The
Kromagg starts beating Kaldeen. Seeing this, Rembrandt turns and dives at
the Kromagg. By
then, other Kromaggs appear, leap on Rembrandt and subdue him, hold him
They're shoved roughly against a wall. Rembrandt whispers
to Kaldeen as Kolitar strides
toward them, out of earshot.
You moved that with your mind.
It happens when I'm scared. They don't know.
Kolitar comes up to them, glaring. Rembrandt clams up.
Kaldeen. Cover yourself.
Kaldeen looks to Rembrandt, hesitating.
Rembrandt nods. Kaldeen hides his face once more.
I will think how to deal with you. (to Kromagg) Take him to his room.
The Kromagg escorts Kaldeen off. Guards stand a few feet
behind Kolitar as he faces Rembrandt.
My God, how could you do it? He's a human being!
Kolitar says nothing.
You got him in some kind of raid, didn't you?
Slowly, Kolitar nods, in the memory.
My own son was killed and there was no hope of having another. Something
about this place prevents it. So I took this one. Everyone is a bit mad
more than a bit. At first, he was a pet. But he was bright and this place
is so tedious.
Then I saw he could be of use. Those hydroponics, he designed them. And
filters to keep the air breathable.
And no one ever told him he was human?
They were forbidden. (moves in closer) Enough of this. I will have your
secret now, and then you will die.
He grabs hold of Rembrandt's head ferociously, begins
scanning him. Rembrandt is transfixed.
Who are you to kill? Who did they order you to kill?
Rembrandt's resisting. Kolitar bears down.
(in a trance) Qui -- Quinn...
Kolitar is stunned, Rembrandt's expressionless, as we ...
END OF ACT THREE