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Starhip troopers tv show pilot Part 9

Hey there,

I was busy yesterday so no blogging could be achieved and I probably wont have new content next week because I’m working a lot but hey gotta make that bread right.

More starship troopers stuff, I keep seeing that meme going around that they’re making a new tv show but I don’t see any development, I think it was like I thought. It’s just someone trying to meme it into reality, it’s not actually happening. I really hope it doesn’t happen because obviously I dream of making it myself, but I know no one else but me will do it justice. 
I know it’s going to be super progressive woke garbage and won’t do the original source material justice. It’ll just regurgitate the stuff from the movies to pay lip service to them and completely shit on the book.

Oh that reminds me I just got a horrible taste in my mouth because netflix just released the cast for the cowboy bebop live action tv show and it’s even worse than the witcher, oh my fucking god, how do they keep getting away with this?
Jet and Faye are ok but who cares about them? Spike is who matters and there’s no sugar coating it they literally hired Harold from Harold and Kumar to be Spike fucking Spiegel. An asian actor who has no martial arts experience as far as I know, but does Spike Spiegel sound like an asian name? 
Cowboy Bebop always played the racial card close to the chest because these are people literally being born and raised on other planets. Spike is a martian literally, and his influences are obviously western and he’s based on an asian cop character as far as I know and Bruce Lee. So I mean by all means make him asian as long as you get an asian who has martial arts experience and can do Jeet Kune do. 
Don’t hire a random asian guy from fucking stoner comedies that suck. 

The problem we have is that there aren’t really any martial arts actors anymore, outside of the guys from the raid and Keanu reeves (Who would’ve made an excellent spike when he was younger). Martial arts movies aren’t really a thing anymore in the west. Action movies aren’t even really a thing. All we have are these sterile castrated comic book movies that are just glorified kids movies that appeal to perpetually stunted adults.

Which should be right up my alley right? Wrong.

Gone are the days Arnie engages in strangely philosophical action killing sprees, now he just makes movies that mock those movies.

Big block buster movies aren’t made for adults anymore, even the deadpool movies weren’t really for adults, they were just the same childish shit dialed up to 11 with no filter. Logan was what we really wanted and what the comic book movies could have been if the people who made these movies gave a shit about anything other than making stinking piles of money.

I gotta stop because I could rant about this for days and I really need to do some proof reading since I lost yesterday.

See you…

 

EXT. Terra in a park. Day

 

 

A couple of MI troops approach a bunch of kids. One of the troops holds up his weapon.

 

 

Mi troop

 

 

A fully automatic

bareeta

, who wants to hold it?

 

 

The kids jump up and down shouting.

 

 

Kids

 

 

ME! ME! ME!

 

 

The soldiers chuckle to themselves happily as they watch the kids fight over who gets to hold the gun.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Citizen rule, fighting together for a better tomorrow.

 

 

They show one of the kids how to aim it and hold it.

 

 

They start handing out bullets to touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InT. a federal missile silo.

 

 

A giant missile is moved on a rail system.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

It’s big it’s deadly and everyone has an opinion on the new Q bomb!

 

 

VOICE OVER (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Experts worry about the ethics of a bomb so powerful it can crack a planet.

 

 

We see a graphic

represention

of the bomb blowing up a whole planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. terra outside a courthouse. Day.

 

 

A middle aged politician addresses a camera with his aides behind him as he descends the steps of a courthouse.

 

 

JACQUES LANCASTER

 

 

The creation of a planet that can destroy an entire planet is a dangerous precedent for the entire human race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InT. interview room. Day.

 

 

We cut to an interview with Murray Rosenthal credited as an expert in a graphic.

 

 

Murray Rosenthal

 

 

What people fail to realize is how many planets there are, would any average citizen even notice if one were missing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. outside a federal building. Day.

 

 

A video of an explosion at a federal building.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

A bombing earlier today injuring many on federal service men is believed to be at the hands of the terrorist organization know as the Gonneck peace movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ExT. outside a courthouse. Day.

 

 

A video of a fat man in a wheelchair with meddles on his chest is holding up a peace sign board and shouting into a megaphone.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

This man Elmo Gonneck, head of this movement is wanted for questioning.

 

 

Elmo gonneck

 

 

Get that camera out of my face.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

If you see something, say something, you could be in for a big fat reward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InT. a studio. Night.

 

 

In a studio two academics are having a disagreement about the treatment of the

skinnies

.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Federal scientists grapple with the moral issues surrounding the pacification of the

skinnies

.

 

 

Woman

 

 

The way we’ve treated those poor creatures is barbaric, it’s inhumane.

 

 

Man

 

 

Are you listening to yourself?

 

 

MAN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

It’s right there in the middle of the word ‘inhumane’.

 

 

MAN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

The word you’re looking for is ‘human’.

 

 

MAN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

They’re not human, they’re alien and they’re a threat.

 

 

WoMAN

 

 

My research states that they’re a peaceful race of people and they deserve the respect…

 

 

MAN

 

 

They’re not

humana

and they don’t ‘deserve’ a damn thing and frankly I find it offensive you’d even suggest such a thing.

 

Starship troopers pilot scene 7

Hey there,

So I haven’t heard any updates on the starship troopers tv show in development. It could just be one of those things where it’s a rumour trying to meme into existence support for a real project. Or it’s a project that just never gets off the ground. Considering the budget constraints I imagine it’s not a risk many studios would want to burden themselves with. Like if I was going to pitch this I would want to sell it as game of thrones in space with giant alien bugs instead of ice zombies. And this is me the  person who hasn’t seen a single episode of of GOT (and never wants to) haha.

Although saying GOT might not be the best strategy considering how I heard it concluded. I haven’t seen it but apparently it’s like an eight year build for the big bad to get metooed in the back haha.

I mean I don’t give a shit, I’ve never given a shit, the show has never interested me, I honestly don’t really like fantasy or sci-fi haha. 

Well I do but only a specific type of each. I’m just really particular. I hate lord of the rings, but I love Conan and Solomon Kane. I hate the fanciful, ponsey fantasy and I love the gritty, brutal, bone crushing fantasy. So I prefered stuff like Vikings over GOT, although Vikings kinda lost me because the main character sort of got cucked or died. I watch shows mainly for characters so when the characters no longer appeal to me I just stop watching.

I’m kinda the same with sci-fi because I hate shows like star trek but I loved Lexx unironically because it was fun and funny but also felt kind of real and gritty at the same time. And I also loved Battlestar galactica because it felt real, like it was just the real world in the future, it didn’t feel silly or out of place it felt grounded and real.

I’m watching this show called the Expanse on amazon prime right now and it’s even more of that kind of feeling, like just the real world in the future. The characters are a bit eh so far but I love the feel of the show. I just wish all of them didn’t have to whisper their fucking lines with like spaceship asmr playing in the background. Although I love spaceship asmr, I just also love hearing what people are saying. I can’t always read subtitles because I’m usually lifting weights while I watch these shows. But I’m really enjoying it, not really for the story or the characters because they’re both kinda meh honestly. I just love the atmosphere of the show, I like how the world looks and how it feels. It’s one of the reasons I like battlestar because it feels like this could be happening in elite dangerous. Like it’s a micro story in elite, like I’m on the otherside of the galaxy fighting some war while this story is playing out on some space station somewhere and it makes the world feel bigger.

The story is sort of I wanna say Laura in space to sound pretentious (because I read Laura look at me). But it really only borrows the ‘guy falls in love with dead chick he’s investigating’ trope. The story is kinda bog standard but I just love the feel of the world. I could totally imagine myself living on a space station like this and being like a space trucker hauling ice to some far off colony.

I didn’t do a blog the other day because I was busy, work stuff, bit of gardening irl stuff. Work has been particularly shitty recently but I’m excited about the future, I really want that new job. But I got a phone call that didn’t pick up recently from jamaica which freaks me out. Because my phone constantly gets wrong where the call is coming from and that country is too close to be considered a coincidence to the one I actually want to work in. So I’m shitting bricks and the reason I didn’t pick up is because my phone was on silent for my shitty job. So my shitty job might have cost me the good one I actually want which blows so fucking hard. 

But it’s not the end of the world because my cv is gonna be looking a lot stronger by the end of the year.

So about this scene/scenes, err, I kinda like this one from the book because it’s actually decent satire. Which people attribute more to the movie than to the book but there is subtle satire in the book sort of making fun of the intellectual class who thinks they should be running things but don’t really have the will or the balls to really do anything or seize power and probably wouldn’t know what to do with it if they got it. Despite constantly pontificating that they do. 

It’s satire because it’s sort of the way things are run now, the intellectual class make the policy and the science we’re supposed to live our lives by but it doesn’t really work and obviously in this world it all came tumbling down which it will eventually in this world too. Because the point he’s making is that the people that make the decisions have to be the ones who face the consequences of those decisions.  You can’t give power to people who aren’t expected to go out and fight to protect it. Which is why I love the logic of this world. The power to vote or be a citizen isn’t based on your intelligence, it’s based on your commitment to the system. It based on your willingness to give your life to protect it and all it stands for because with that comes the understanding necessary to wield power. 

No longer in this world with people wield power who are so disconnected from the consequences of their choices. The people that make the decisions feel the direct consequence of their actions and they know the effect it will have on them and other servicemen and women and I love that.

The system we have now people just all vote for their own interest so all you really ever get is a tug of war with all these disparate factions arguing over a dwindling pile of resources not knowing or caring what will happen to the other groups, only caring about their own.

This philosophy entirely does away with that and only gives power to a group that has the capacity to see the big picture and sees voting not as a way to get themselves more money and benefit but as a sacred duty to protect the lives and liberties of the people they serve.

That’s what I love about this world, voting isn’t just this meaningless, selfish, pointless thing. It actually has weight and means something and isn’t just a puppet show for big business interests or a shell game to give you the illusion of freedom of choice. It’s a real functioning democracy that functions as a military dictatorship.

It’s like when people say ‘well if you don’t like the system vote to change it’ but it’s a joke because your vote doesn’t really matter. But in this world it does but to get the right to vote you have to be willing to sacrifice your life or at the very least two miserable years of it in which you will be tempered into the kind of person that deserves to vote.

I think it’s a really interesting system that could actually work. I don’t want to go too much into my politics but I’m with Churchill when he said that democracy is great until you talk to the average voter. I genuinely that the right to vote should be more sacred than it is, it shouldn’t be just given to everyone. I’m not taking an elitist position where I think the populace is too stupid like the doctor in the book. I don’t think that smart doctor should vote either. It’s not just about intelligence it’s about being able to see outside of yourself. It’s about being able to put the needs of the many of your needs. 
You don’t just give the right to vote to any average person you give to someone that’s really seen what it means, that understands the consequences of voting for a war because they or someone just like them has to fight it.

How many wars would be started if just the military and veterans were allowed to vote? Probably not very many and if they did they’d be for damn good reasons. The book and the movie hint at the idea of perpetual wars like 1984 for instance with the skinnies where you can’t be certain the aggressor. But I mean what better war to fight in than with the bugs who are this mindless killing force that just want to erase humanity. Although obviously in the later movies and the tv show it sort of builds that there’s more to it to that and they’re not mindless bugs and they still dangle that lame trope of ‘oh maybe we’re the bad guys hurr durr’.

I think that’s really overdone and just sort of solipsistic in my opinion. I think it’s been done to death and people aren’t really interested in it. It’s like a starting block question, or something a stoner would ask. The story starts and you’re ‘hmm am I the good guy or the bad guy’. No you should already know that before the story starts and if you think that’s a twist, it’s not an interesting one. Can we just have a decent story where we’re either the good guys or it doesn’t matter haha? This whole introspective, neurotic questioning of motives is just boring filler. And moreover it’s part of this anti-western attack on imperialism. It’s become sort of trendy to dump on imperialism, you know that thing that built most of the modern world.

It’s just nonsense, without imperialism, the people who complain about imperialism literally wouldn’t exist or they wouldn’t have the means to even complain about it haha. Literally everyone benefited from imperialism and anyone that criticises it is just too stupid to imagine what their lives/countries/cultures would have been like without it.

Now whether it was our place to improve these places is another matter all together. But in my opinion survival is like a shark, if it stops swimming it dies. You need to keep growing and striving and pushing forward with technology and advancement and we need to ultimately make it to the stars or we’ll die as a species. And if we hadn’t advanced, if we’d stayed hunter gatherers and lived off the land we’d have all just ended up like 99.9% of all species on this earth and died. We need to get off this rock if we’re gonna live on as a species, so anyone on the opposite side of that is basically pro-extinction and there’s nothing more nihilistic than that haha.

It’s like people want to ask ‘is it moral for us to exist?’ when I’m like ‘I can’t hear you because I’m too busy existing and propagating my existence into the starts to perpetuate my existence into the millenia’. If you ask yourself this question you will literally just die pondering something that’s ultimately not important, because nothing is more important than your continued existence.

Ok well that fucking went down a weird place into like metaphysical philosophy or some shit, I dunno.

Ok enough ranting, I have editing and cooking to do and maybe more job hunting.

Oh and I just remembered I saw the new Mary Poppins movie and it was one of the most shameless cash grabs I’ve ever seen haha. I’ll probably talk about that tomorrow, or more likely I’ll start ranting and it’ll turn into a review haha.

See you…

 

InT. Recruitment facility doctor’s office. Day

 

 

Rico is getting a physical from the doctor, who pokes and prods him in a disinterested way.

 

 

RICO

 

 

What’s the rate at which people fail these tests?

 

 

Doctor

 

 

I never fail anyone. The law doesn’t permit us to.

 

 

RicO

 

 

Then why am I being tested at all?

 

 

DOCTOR

 

 

It’s part of the selection process, finding out what duties you’re physically able to perform.

 

 

DoCTOR (

CONT’D

)

 

 

You know you can’t choose your duties right?

 

 

RiCO

 

 

But I thought we could state a preference.

 

 

DoCTOR

 

 

Sure I can say I’d prefer to be a plastic surgeon living on mars but that doesn’t mean it’s

gonna

happen.

 

 

RiCO

 

 

Is that why you’re here, is this your service?

 

 

DOCTOR

 

 

Me? No I’m a civilian employee.

 

 

DoCTOR (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Military service is for ants.

 

 

DOCTOR (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I

see’em

go and I

see’em

come back, if they come back and for what? A nominal political privilege they don’t even understand.

 

 

DoCTOR (

CONT’D

)

 

 

If I were you, I’d get out while you still can.

 

 

He hands Rico his test papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INT. desk Sergeants office. Day.

 

 

Karl and Rico are in front of the desk sergeant as he reads over their medical reports.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

Apparently both of you are insufferably healthy.

 

 

He looks at Karl’s papers again and gives him and odd glance. Two clerks come and look at them and there’s whispering.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

We have established you are of sound mind and body and in your right minds to take the oath.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Repeat after me –

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I, being of legal age and of my own free will –

 

 

Karl and rico together

 

 

I, being of legal age and of my own free will –

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

– do now enroll in the federal service of the

Terran

federation for a term of not less than two years and as much longer as may be required by the needs of my service-

 

 

KARL AND RICO TOGETHER

 

 

– do now enroll in the federal service of the

Terran

federation for a term of not less than two years and as much longer as may be required by the needs of my service-

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

I swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the federation against all its enemies on or off Terra, to protect and defend the constitutional liberties and privileges of all citizens and lawful residents of the federation.

 

 

KARL AND RICO TOGETHER

 

 

I swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the federation against all its enemies on or off Terra, to protect and defend the constitutional liberties and privileges of all citizens and lawful residents of the federation.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

So help me God!

 

 

KaRL AND RICO TOGETHER

 

 

So help me God!

 

 

They finalise the paperwork and take pictures of both boys.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

All done, time to break for lunch.

 

 

RICO

 

 

Sir can I call my folks?

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

You’re on leave for the next 48 hours son, so you can do whatever you damn well please.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

But do you know what happens if you don’t come back after those 48 hours?

 

 

RICO

 

 

No sir.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

Not a damn thing.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

This is where we

seperate

the overgrown babies from the men who are serious.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Your paperwork will just be marked ‘term not completed’ and you’ll never get another chance.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

So I’ll see you noonday after tomorrow.

 

 

DESK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

If I see you.

 

Starship troopers pilot scene 6 (+propaganda)

Ok so good news bad news, well mostly bad news. 

Yeah you might have heard that they’re actually already doing a starship troopers fucking tv show. So fuck me right, someone stole my idea, plucked it right out of my head while I slept, those evil goblins. 

But you know there’s also ‘hey they’re making a starship troopers show, this is awesome, I love starship troopers’ yeah well about that. I heard the guys who made the movie are coming back to make it including Casper Van Dees (however you spell that guys name. Really dutch name though like mine, I should know how to spell it haha).

And a normie fan of starship troopers would be like ‘omg that’s amazeballs’ but your cynic realist like me is much more jaded. Obviously it’s fucking amazing to get the actual stars of the original movie to come back for a tv show, the problem lies in them reprising their roles. See this sounds nuts, you’re asking “Why wouldn’t they reprise their roles?”.

The reason they shouldn’t reprise their roles is because no one wants to see a 50+ year old white dude running around and being the hero of a sci-fi action show. Sure I would watch that if he were head of Rico’s roughnecks but more than likely whats going to happen is he’ll be a general who’ll be in a few episodes and the main cast will be all new characters most likely extremely racially and genderly (that’s a word I made up) diverse circa 2019 i.e there probably wont be a white male lead haha. I mean it’s not a huge problem, well it is considering the biggest demographic of sci fi fans are also white males looking to live vicariously through the main character and we’re currently seeing how the new star trek and star wars is totally tanking as they made their central characters women for no other reason but trying to straddle two demographics and pander to women. And yeah I saw the new star wars nine trailer and no I still don’t care.

Which from a marketing perspective makes perfect sense, you assume white straight men are baked into the cake so you then try to get women and other groups of people on board. The problem is white men are the biggest group and if you lose them in the process you’re fucked. And that’s not even mentioning the story and characters so while you’re juggling your target audience the story and other stuff still has to be good.

And will the story of this be good? I don’t know because there’s almost no way it could be based on the book. Maybe it could be based on the comic books, that would be cool. But I just don’t know. I’m glad it’s happening but I think 2019 in the era of Trump is the wrong time for it to be good. I think it’s going to be a bit silly and counter signal trump a lot in a ridiculous way. I don’t think they could resist that since it’s basically a fascist dictatorship in space. So expect hammy political nonsense chucked in, I dunno it could be ok, but I doubt it.

On the otherhand I just saw the trailer for the Mandalorian and that actually looks pretty good and believe it or not the main character is a huhwhite male which in 2019 is like wtf? Because as soon as I heard the main character wasn’t Boba or Jango Fett I was like ‘Oh here comes the black lesbian bounty hunter’ haha. And I was watching the trailer and they didn’t show him without the helmet and I was like ‘yup it’s gonna be a black chick haha’ but no it’s actually a guy and I think the casting is perfect. Because they picked someone who’s not too famous but he’s just famous and interesting enough to carry a show. He’s just been in a few indie movies and played bit parts in some big movies so he’s at the perfect point in his career to be the vehicle for this. And he is a huhwhite male but he’s a huhwhite male through the backdoor haha. 

Because he has a hispanic name and he looks a little hispanic and he has a spanish accent but he’s actually chilean spanish. So the dude is white and I was coincidentally watching a movie called ‘the prospector’ last night that he was in and his american accent is flawless and he’s a fantastic actor and would be perfect to play the mandalorian for a number of reasons.

I think his face and the way he talks and acts is perfect for playing an anti-hero because he has this sort of nice soft sort of face where he looks a bit like Nathan Fillion but he also has a ruggedness to him and a tone of his voice where you can see him being a villain. So he does this perfect balancing act between likeable and sort of sleazy and I think that’s exactly what you want from an underworld space bounty hunter/merc.

I really just have no idea how this Cassian Andor show is going to go up against this, surely they’ll have to cancel it. There’s no way that show can go up against this, I mean it’s made by Jon Favreau and it’s tangentially about the most beloved and under served character in the star wars universe. Everyone loves Boba fett and mandalorians. And who the hell is Cassian Andor? He’s mexican Han solo no one asked for. Makes me think the Han solo movie would’ve been better as a series actually. Because I actually didn’t hate that movie, I thought the casting was pretty good and the movie was pretty fun. Pointless but fun.

Ok so yeah it sucks, in an alternate universe where I had cash and connections and any social skills and I was born in L.A I would’ve made a bomb ass starship troopers show that would’ve stayed faithful to the book and the expanded universe and built out from that but ya know, maybe it’ll be good.

Anyway enough ranting, gotta look for a new job haha.

See you…

ExT. A park. Day

 

 

A small blonde child with his back turned to the camera is playing in the park.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Hey there little Timmy

 

 

Little Timmy

 

 

Hey there mister

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Say Timmy do you like little puppies?

 

 

LITTLe TIMMY

 

 

I sure do mister!

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Well get a load of this!

 

 

A cybernetically enhanced battle dog jumps over a rock.

 

 

Little timmy

 

 

Woah

that’s so cool.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Yes it is Timmy. Wanna know how you get an awesome neodog like this.

 

 

LiTTLe TIMMY

 

 

I sure do mister.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Join the mobile infantry’s

K9

division and you’ll get a cybernetic uplink to your faithful pooch so you can do your part together!

 

 

LITTLE TIMMY

 

 

That’s so cool, where can I sign up?

 

 

VoICE OVER

 

 

Maybe when you’re a little older Timmy.

 

 

LiTTLE TIMMY

 

 

Aww

shucks.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Why don’t you say hello to this little guy in the mean time.

 

 

The kid is handed a cute little puppy.

 

 

LitTLE TIMMY

 

 

Yay!

 

 

The kid and the puppy roll around on the floor giggling.

 

 

LITTLE TIMMY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

(

looking

at the camera) I’m doing my part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int. Inside someone’s bedroom. Day.

 

 

A normal looking guy is looking down staring at an intranet screen.

 

 

VoICE OVER

 

 

Why so glum non-citizen.

 

 

Guy

 

 

I missed the execution of that deviant pornographer.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Don’t worry non-citizen, we’re streaming round the clock executions on the

fednet

with highlights of the best executions and corporal punishment in federal space.

 

 

A video clip of the pornographer being shot by firing squad appears.

 

 

GuY

 

 

Awesome!

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Would you like to know more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ExT. Outside a federal brothel. day.

 

 

A

schlubby

looking guy is trying to get into a brothel. It’s a big square building that looks more like an office. Grey stone but with flashy

neons

signs outside.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Where do you think you’re going non-citizen?

 

 

GUY

 

 

Oh I was just…

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Federal brothels are servicemen and citizens only.

 

 

GUY

 

 

But I…

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Talk to the hand non-citizen.

 

 

The non-citizen walks away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InT. Inside the federal brothel.

 

 

The federal brothel is a stark building where women are behind glass in what looks like a human vending machine.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

One of the many perks of federal service is enjoying a federation joy centre.

 

 

One of the federal sex workers dressed in a sexy faux uniform smiles at the camera.

 

 

VOICE OVER (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Remember not all service roles have to be in combat.

 

 

Federal sex worker

 

 

I’m doing my part!

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Hahaha

That’s the spirit!

 

 

VOICE OVER (

CONT’D

)

 

 

(In fast small print voice) Federal sex work does not guarantee citizenship)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InT. Recruiting station. Day.

 

 

Carmem

, Karl and Johnny head to the reception of the recruitment centre to join up for federal service. A vet with one arm and no legs is behind the desk.

 

 

KARL

 

 

Good morning, I want to join up.

 

 

RICO

 

 

Me too!

 

 

The officer at the desk looks past them at Carmen.

 

 

Desk sergeant

 

 

Good morning, young lady. What can I do for you?

 

 

CARMEN

 

 

I want to join up too. I wanna be a pilot.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

Good girl! You look like a pilot. If you’ll just head up to room 201 and ask for Major

Rojas

she’ll take care of you.

 

 

CARMEN

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

Carmen heads off to be tested.

 

 

The desk sergeant turns back sullenly to the boys.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

So?

 

 

RICO

 

 

I want to be a pilot too.

 

 

DESK SERGEANT

 

 

You?

 

 

KarL

 

 

I’m interested in the Research and Development Corps.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

Do either of you boys understand why they have me out here?

 

 

KaRL

 

 

Why?

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

Because the government doesn’t care if you join up because you think it’s ‘cool’.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Think all the girls will swoon because you have a fancy ribbon in your lapel and you can tell people you’re a vet whether you saw combat or not.

 

 

DESK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

We’ve already got too many recruits than we know what do with, you think you have what it takes to be a real soldier.

 

 

RICO

 

 

No.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT

 

 

Then go back home, go to college, get married, have kids.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I can’t tell you what to do, it’s your constitutional right to join up and claim full citizenship.

 

 

The desk sergeant wheels around to show them his missing legs.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

They put me out here to scare people like you away.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Take your pretty girlfriend that just went, I hope she makes it but if she doesn’t they take her anyway and she could be shipped off to

antartica

and not see natural light for two years, doing nasty dirty work.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

If you don’t make it,

that’ll

sound like paradise compared to whatever they might give you.

 

 

DESK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Look at me, this is what service can buy you, if not the whole farm.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

But I was lucky, you might not be so lucky.

 

 

DESK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

This is not a vacation.

 

 

DeSK SERGEANT (

CONT’D

)

 

 

So,

what’ll

it be?

 

 

KaRL

 

 

I’m here to join up.

 

 

RiCO

 

 

Me too!

 

 

Starship troopers pilot scene 5

Hey,

Not really feeling my usual high energy self today so I’ll keep it brief. Haven’t been doing much this week except working my day job which was ok. Didn’t really get around to doing any Cur, so I’ll start friday and hopefully not have any excuses to avoid it.

Vampyr came on gamepass this week so I’ve been playing that. I bought a month of gamepass because it was on sale and I mostly feel ripped off because most of the games are pretty bleh. Only three really stuck out, but three games for two quid is ok I guess, but Vampyr is pretty good. I’ve been waiting for it come down in price, it was 85% off last week and I thought about getting it but it was still over a tenner so I thought I’d just wait and boy am I glad I did haha. So far it’s pretty good, not amazing but not generic either, it feels like it’s own thing instead of a clone of something else.

I tried to watch a Cronenberg movie I hadn’t seen before called ‘Naked Lunch’ and I got about halfway through before I decided I had better things to do than watch that utter nonsense.

It had no story really, and it was just gross, which is normal for Cronenberg movies but the grossness had no context or plot, it was just there. Which made it totally boring, the whole movie was just really boring and about nothing. It reminded me a lot of Brazil but not fun or interesting. It was surreal but not in a  fun or interesting way either.

It was like if David Lynch had no sense of humor whatsoever and was just a pretentious douchnozzle. Which some probably think he is but it couldn’t be further from the truth and it’s why I love his movies and music, he’s like anti-pretentious. He’s the guy who isn’t afraid of being called an idiot, his movies couldn’t be less pretentious. They’re just fun and weird and any deeper meaning is left ambiguous.

But the reviews for naked lunch perfectly illustrate the nature of this sort of emperor’s new clothes mentality in media. All the reviews are either 10/10 praising it for being super artistic and having all this deep meaningful context about heroin addiction and the other half are people without their heads jammed up their asses giving it 1/10 because it was boring and nothing really happens. The movie has no inciting incident, there’s no structure or goal, and I see people calling it funny in the reviews, it’s not funny, not at all. Unless you think bugs with talking buttholes is funny, which I don’t.

It was just weird for the sake of being weird it had no relevance to the plot of which there wasn’t any. Brazil is funny and cartoony and weird and it works, it builds its world really nicely, this movie doesn’t even try to do that. It was written by a heroine addict writing about a self insert character failed writer drug addict and it’s only famous because he was friends with a bunch of other famous drug addicts.

It’s just one of those movies that’s obscene and is just trash but the right people have convinced themselves that it’s art and not a movie that should end up on the sci-fi channel. I dare someone to watch this movie and then compare it to silent night deadly night 2. At least that movie had a story and was kind of funny. Naked lunch isn’t even funny bad, and all the reviews are telling me to watch it over and over when I couldn’t get through it once.

It’s just two hours of total pretentious nonsense. It has some cool effects but they’re sort of contextless, they’re just there. It doesn’t really help that I guess it’s inspired heavily by Kafka and I also haven’t made it through a Kafka book. I just find them too dry and boring. Like 1984 is a really amazing and serious and vital book but it’s also really interesting and genuinely entertaining. It’s not just a boring book you need to read for whatever mind expanding experience. I enjoyed it thoroughly, it’s actually a good read.

This is like if Hunter S Thompson was just really boring and instead of going on a crazy drug binge road trip he just stayed in his hotel room and had weird sexual conversations with his bug type writer’s butthole. I honestly can’t for the life of me pull anything worthwhile out of this movie and any one that can is for lack of a better word a total moron high on the smell of their own farts.

I guess this can’t really be called a review since I didn’t watch it all the way through but I didn’t really hate it, it just did nothing for me and sort of repulsed me. It wasn’t funny or fun or entertaining like it could have been, like brazil or fear and loathing. It was just bleh and I decided it had wasted enough of my time, it hadn’t done anything or gone anywhere with the story for the first hour and I didn’t expect it to go anywhere in the second.

So anyway, starship troopers haha. That reminds me I couldn’t really get through the animated tv show either, I was watching it while I worked out for the last week or two an it’s not that it’s bad, it actually has a lot of good ideas, it’ just sort of substance less in terms of actual story. It’s basically a kids show it’s a lot like eating a big fast food burger, it’s like you’re eating real food but it’s just empty calories, you don’t really feel full because there’s not much to it.

But I was just watching it mainly for ideas and in that regard it’s been really good, it expands on the mythos really nicely borrowing from the book and the movie. But it’s just a kids show, an excuse for cheesy jokes and mindless action. It’s as shallow as a puddle.

Anyhoo, gotta get back to proofreading the final chapter of Loverman for thursday.

See you…

EXT. an open dance floor on a terrace garden. Night

 

 

 

 

 

Rico is walking back after getting some punch for Carmen and he finds her deep in discussion with another guy.

 

 

Dizzy sees this and intercepts him taking one of the drinks.

 

 

DiZZY

 

 

Thanks

loverboy

.

 

 

RiCO

 

 

Hey, that was…

nevermind

.

 

 

Karl walks over to join them.

 

 

KARL

 

 

To

Diz

; May I have this dance.

 

 

DiZZY

 

 

Wait in line, me and Rico are up next.

 

 

KARL

 

 

Is that right?

 

 

Carmen comes over smiling. Rico gives her his drink.

 

 

CarMEN

 

 

Thanks.

 

 

CARMEN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I was just talking to Steve, his sister made fleet, can you believe that?

 

 

CarMEN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Can you imagine what is must be like to fly one of those

starships

?

 

 

RicO

 

 

You should try out for it.

 

 

CARMEN

 

 

Well that’s what I’ve been meaning to tell you.

 

 

CARMEN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I’m

gonna

sign up the day after my birthday.

 

 

KARL

 

 

That’s great, me and Rico were thinking of doing it ourselves. We’ll go with you.

 

 

CARMEN

 

 

You both wanna go fleet too? That’s amazing.

 

 

KaRL

 

 

Me, be a space truck driver, no thanks, I’m going

starship

R & D. Electronics.

 

 

CaRMEN

 

 

Space truck driver? I hope they drop you off on Pluto and let you freeze.

 

 

CaRMEN (

CONT’D

)

 

 

And Johnny what were planning on doing?

 

 

RICO

 

 

I think I’ll buck for space pilot too.

 

 

CARMEN

 

 

That’s great! Maybe we’ll bump into

eachother

in training.

 

 

KaRL

 

 

A collision course.

 

 

RicO

 

 

(Seeing Mr.

Duboi

) Hey there’s Mr.

Duboi

, I just wanted to go talk to him.

 

 

Dizzy watches him go and decides to go dance with Karl instead.

 

 

Rico greets Mr. Dubois.

 

 

RICO (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Hey Mr.

Duboi

, I just wanted to tell you that your class was the best I had all year.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS

 

 

That’s great to hear son, I just hope you learned something.

 

 

RicO

 

 

I did, I think I did, I just wanted to ask you.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS

 

 

What is it Rico?

 

 

RiCO

 

 

I was thinking of joining up for federal service.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS

 

 

That’s great Rico.

 

 

RiCO

 

 

My parents are against, but it’s my choice.

 

 

RiCO (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I just don’t know what I should do.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS

 

 

Part of growing up is learning to make your own decisions. That’s what it means to be a man.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I can’t tell you what’s best for you.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Only you can do that.

 

 

Rico nods and Mr. Dubois shakes his hand.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Maybe one day we’ll meet under better circumstances.

 

 

Rico goes back to dance with Carmen.

 

Starship Troopers tv show pilot scene 2

Hey there,

I would have had this finished already but I had day job stuff getting in the way as usual, gotta make that bread.

So this to me is one of the most important scenes in the film and one of the most important relationships in the book. Because in the film his teacher who is called Mr Radchek tries to teach him about what it means to be a soldier and a citizen and then later on he returns to active duty when war is declared.
But in the book the teacher and Raczek as he’s called in the book are two different characters entirely but Mr. Dubois, his teacher in the book still plays an active role, writing him letters and just having faith and pride in him a father might have when Rico lost his parents that didn’t approve of him joining the service.

I really liked what they did in the film because in the book he just stays on earth and presumably keeps teaching as this intergalactic war that threatens humanity is raging whereas in the movie he throws his armor back on and gets back in the fight. It adds a level of scale to the war the book does not convey. There is a missing sense of urgency in the book and that’s also what lends so much realism to it. It just seems like the day in the life of an average soldier instead of the ultimate conflict for humanity. It almost makes fighting giant bugs on pluto in mech suits seem like the most normal thing on earth and that’s what I love about it.

But at the same time there needs to be a sense of urgency and threat for it to function as a movie and not just a weird documentary. My goal essentially is to somehow combine those two things. Have the urgency but also keep in the mundanity for the sake of realism and immersion. Sure humanity is at stake but you’re just one man doing his job who wants to get home and play space xbox haha.

Perfect subway into talking about shitty games on xbox, I got gamepass because it was on sale and I’ve been messing about with shitty microsoft games. I mainly wanted it for Mutant year zero which was this fun little strategy game like xcom but where you play a mutant pig and duck person and it was really good. Then played some crackdown 3 which is just bleh, which is why people are pissed about it because it took ages to come out only to be another generic crackdown game.

Then I attempted to play shadow warrior 2 because I loved the first one, it was a classic fps with great action but then they decided to turn it into a shitty borderlands clone and get rid of the crafted levels and replace it with randomly generated free roam sections with hordes like a shitty mmo. Total garbage. 

Then I tried to play Gears of War 4 because I forgot why I stopped playing that franchise only to be reminded by this game after the first act. It’s because it’s the most boring action series ever. Just run from shooting gallery to chest high wall shooting gallery to fight boring enemy after boring enemy with guns that sound like nerf guns.

I can’t believe that series is getting a fifth entry. The gameplay is supposed to be the draw in these games because it sure as shit isn’t the story or characters but it gets tiresome within the first hour. I don’t have a problem with cover shooters as long as they have a gimmick. One of my favourite games of all time is a cover shooter. But in Dark Sector you also have a giant glaive that shoots out of your hand you can direct with your mind and throw it over cover and its basically a hybrid between resident evil 4 and gears that works so well. 

Gears of war is like the most bog standard shooter ever, no gimmicks, just run to cover, shoot over cover, move onto the next shooting gallery. Even games like Cod can be enjoyable just for the gameplay but this is just drek. I just couldn’t be fucking bothered to grind through it, the combat is just so rigid and unfun. The guns aren’t satisfying or varied enough, the characters and the world aren’t interesting. This is console generation apart from the original games and all that’s changed is the graphics. The game plays and feels exactly the same. I can’t believe this series still exists. This is the last microsoft console I buy, their exclusives when there are any just blow.

I’m playing the tomb raider game before last and it’s ok, but it’s basically budget uncharted. It has better more interesting combat and stealth than gears but it isn’t as exciting or interesting as the last uncharted game was. It amazes me that gears has gone on so long and they haven’t used a stealth system and at least attempted to switch up the formula and stay relevant. I guess they just couldn’t be bothered. So glad I didn’t actually pay full price for that crap. I remember enjoying the original games but I think that’s because they had splitscreen co-op and I played them with a friend so it was more fun.

Anyway yeah so I haven’t been reading as much of the shadow which has been really fucking boring but I’ve been lead to believe from a reliable source that the next book is the best one. I mean I’m not surprised these books are so boring apparently two were released every month and they’re not that short, two hundred pages average. It’s not a full length novel but still they were churning these things out so it’s sort of surprising they’re worth reading at all.

On the writing side of things I’m kinda struggling for what to do next, I don’t know if I should do a sequel to Diana or Cur. I could keep going with Diana, although I got a response from an agent saying it was fucking derivative, fuck me right. You could just say you’re not interested, don’t need to add insult to injury. I mean wtf isn’t that the point, if it’s similar to something people like and that was popular, oh ‘the market is saturated’ bitch what the fuck do you know about markets?

So yeah, bit salty over that one, just waiting for some inspiration to hit or someone to give me some advice, I dunno. I’m gonna put up the last chapter of Cur and get some feedback from inkitt and others and see what I should so next. 

I might do something completely different. I still need to look into what to do with this screenplay if I do anything with it. I want to do my like tween fantasy story but I guess that would be derivative too and I don’t really feel that inspired to write it. I need to think about it more. I’ll probably finish Loverman and hell if that podcaster like 3 ring I’ll do another part for him I guess, I dunno.

See you…

(I tried to post this yesterday and it didn’t work for some reason, I’m lying, I probably just got forgot haha.)

INT. Class room. Terra. Day

 

 

Mr. Dubois

 

 

RICO!

 

 

Rico awakes with a start as his teacher Mr. Dubois shouts at him.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Although you’re not required to pass history and moral philosophy you are nevertheless required to stay awake.

 

 

The class including CARMEN and DIZZY and KARL laugh at him. He’s

embarassed

but his attention is suddenly drawn to a bright blue light in the sky. He tries to warn the others as the light get closer and closer but his voice is muted and the light is growing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InT. ClASS ROOM. TERRA. DAY

 

 

RICO wakes up on his own accord and looks over at DIZZY who poked him and then at CARMEN who’s silently gigging at him.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS is still lecturing not having noticed RICO dozing during class.

 

 

 

 

 

DiZZY

 

 

My mother says violence doesn’t solve anything.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS

 

 

So?

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I’m sure the city fathers of Hiroshima would be happy to hear that.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Why doesn’t she let them know, you?

 

 

  1. DUBOIS prods CARMEN with his stump.

 

 

Carmen

 

 

There’d

be nobody to tell, Hiroshima was destroyed, everyone knows that.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS

 

 

Wouldn’t you say violence ‘solved’ them rather thoroughly?

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

The doctrine that violence doesn’t solve anything is historically untrue and immoral.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Napoleon and Wellington could debate on the subject with

Hitler

as a referee. The audience made up of the dodo and the passenger pigeon.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Violence, naked force is the only thing that ‘solves’ anything.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Anyone in doubt about this fact can be accused of wishful think at best.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

A people who forgets this fundamental truth have always paid for it with their freedoms and their lives.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Forget not the old ills of ‘liberal democracy’ a weak ideology no better than communism that thrust our society into division and chaos, ultimately tearing it apart.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

It was the veterans who saved us and created a new world snatching us from the brink of extinction.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS prods RICO with his stump.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

You, what’s the moral difference between the soldier and the civilian?

 

 

RiCO

 

 

The difference…

 

 

RicO (

CONT’D

)

 

 

lies

in the field of civic virtue.

 

 

RICO (

CONT’D

)

 

 

A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member.

 

 

RICO (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Defending it, if need be, with his life.

 

 

RICO (

CONT’D

)

 

 

The civilian does not.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS

 

 

The exact words of the text.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

But do you understand them?

 

 

RiCO

 

 

Sir?

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS

 

 

Do you understand them or not son?

 

 

Rico

 

 

I… I don’t know sir.

 

 

The bell rings.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS

 

 

Of course you don’t.

 

 

  1. DUBOIS returns to his desk.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

And that is all, a final all.

 

 

Mr. DUBOIS (

CONT’D

)

 

 

I hope we all meet again under happier circumstances.

 

 

The class is dismissed.

 

 

Starships Troopers Tv show pilot Scene 1

Ok so this is as weird for me as it is for you, forgive the formatting issues, I’m using a script program and copy and pasting from it is like the word equivalent of the fly.

So it looks like ass but it gives you the general feel for it which is all that matters. Had some problems with it as I said, I started with an idea in my head and then rereading the book I liked his opening a lot more and I thought I could a lot with that that was way more subtle and would deliver more worldbuilding in the first five minutes than what I had originally sketched out.

But then pain in the ass of asses for some reason this damn program didn’t save the last five pages despite having an auto save function. So I spent yesterday reconstructing it from notes and memory, which is so disheartening, really makes you just wanna give up.

I’m almost back to where I was and if I keep pace, I should have it done within a month, maybe two.

So far it’s going really well, I think I’m blending the movie and the book in a really organic way. I’m really enjoying, I should be doing prose but this is just a fun little experiment I wanted to try, it’s not like I have anywhere in particular to send it, I’ll probably just sit on it. I’m really just killing time until all the rejections come rolling in for Diana haha. Then I can restrategize because I know that book has what it takes to hook an agent if the chick that wrote fifty shades can get an agent, that book can get an agent.

I just need to repackage it a little.

Busy tomorrow so I might do a poem but I saw this utterly beautiful movie last night called ‘Leave no trace’ where Ben Foster plays this military vet with ptsd who is living off the grid with his daughter and it was just the most touching story ever and it really spoke to me. Beautifully shot and acted, I want to do a review but it just felt so personal, there was so much that touched me personally in that film. It left me feeling so sad. 

But then of course I put on some american horror story season 6 and did a super heavy chest day and that made me feel better but it stays with me still. It was about this broken guy who couldn’t live in society dragging his daughter to live in the woods. And she’s pulled on one side by him and the other by being a normal girl who wants friends and to be around people and the ending is just so sad. Because they want to be together so badly but they just cant. I get the feels even thinking about it.

Definitely worth a watch.

It’s a slow movie, where nothing really happens but its one of those movies that holds your attention anyway.

It was based on a book too so that’s more inspiration I guess, not that I think I’m capable of writing something so moving.

Anyway now realising I have no image for this and I have to go make a folder for one brb haha.

Ok there we go.

See you…

 

FADE IN:

 

 

 

 

 

Inter title:

 

 

“Come on, you apes! You wanna live forever?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. Staging area. Day

 

 

MI troops are lined up in formation as an overlay is laid over the top as an

informerial

propaganda ad for the mobile infantry.

 

 

Soldier 1

 

 

I’m doing my part!

 

 

SolDIER 2

 

 

I’m doing my part!

 

 

A shino dog in full MI regalia barks at the screen and his barks are translated a subtitles.

 

 

MI Doge

 

 

I’m doing my part!

 

 

The MI troops all laugh jovially.

 

 

Voice over

 

 

They’re doing their part, are you doing yours? Join the mobile infantry today! Remember, service guarantees citizenship! Sign up today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ExT. Skinny homeworld. Night

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Skinny homeworld zeta k

 

 

VOICE OVER (CONT’D)

After years of aggression, the alien threat on zeta k has been pacified.

 

An MI troop violently herds a family of innocuous skinny aliens into an enclosure. When he notices he’s being filmed he smiles at the camera and gives a cheesy thumbs up

 

VOICE OVER (CONT’D)

 

All thanks to the guys and girls in the mobile infrantry, good work trooper!

 

VOICE OVER (CONT’D)

 

Would you like to know more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ext. Outside the skymarshall’s office. Day

 

 

A group of protestors are picketing the skymarshall’s office with signs complaining about brutality and various causes. “Sky man bad!” Protesting the fascist nature of the government.

 

 

VOICE OVER

 

 

Protests broke out today outside the Sky Marshall’s office.

 

 

VoICE OVER (CONT’D)

 

Unhappy non-citizens whining about their sorry lot.

 

 

The military police open fire on the protestors.

 

 

VOICE OVER (CONT’D)

 

 

Nice try non-citizen!

 

 

VOICE OVER (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Democracy was last century, only citizens can vote, become a citizen today and join the mobile infantry.

 

 

VOICE OVER (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Do your part for a better tomorrow! Service guarantees citizenship!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INT. ROGER YOUNG SPACE SHIP. Drop room

 

 

All cap troopers are strapped in ready to drop.

DIZ

and JENKINS watch RICO as he sits placidly shaking in his pod.

 

 

 

 

 

JENKINS

 

 

All the injections and hypnotic suggestion in the world and your boy is still shaking like a leaf.

 

 

DIZZY

 

 

That’s Johnny Rico you’re talking about.

 

 

JENKINS

 

 

Well Johnny Rico looks like he’s about to

shit

his pants

haha

.

 

 

DIZZY

 

 

Johnny isn’t afraid of nothing.

 

 

JENKINS

 

 

Then why’s he shaking like a virgin on prom night?

 

 

DIZZY

 

 

It’s not fear… it’s like… have you been to a race back on Terra? You get close enough you can see the trembling of a race horse about to leave the starting gate… Johnny

aint afraid of nothing.

 

 

The platoon leader JELLY walks up and down the platoon for an inspection of their gear. He stops at JENKINS and presses his vitals button on his belt.

 

 

JELLY

 

 

Fall out!

 

 

JENKINS

 

 

But

sarge

it’s just a cold! Doc said…

 

 

JELLY

 

 

Doc

aint

making your drop! Fall out!

 

 

JENKINS is forced to leave the pod bay looking saddened and angry.

 

 

JELLY looks over the remaining squad

 

 

JeLLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

What a gang of apes!

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Remember! We can spare you but not that fancy

shit

you’re carrying. No heroes in this outfit, you got a job you do it you show up for retrieval on the bounce get me?

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Your’re

 

sposed

to know the plan but some of you

aint

got minds to hypnotize. This is just a raid, not a battle, a demonstration of force, we want them to know we could destroy their whole

goddamn

planet but we didn’t.

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Take no prisoners but kill only when you have to and don’t come back with any unloaded bombs. Command wants the whole are we hit flattened.

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

The lieutenant told me before he bought it that he’d have his eye on you.

 

 

Rasczak’s

roughnecks have got a reputation to uphold!

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Five minutes padre.

 

 

JELLY looks over at the squad chaplain who is ready for the drop like an ordinary mi, some men fall out to kneel in front of MIGLIACCIO.

 

 

MIGLIACCIO

 

 

JOHNNY RICO!

 

 

RICO

 

 

YEAH?

 

 

MIGLIACCIO

 

 

Anything you wanna say to god in case you buy the farm?

 

 

RICO

 

 

Tell him I’ll see him out there.

 

 

JeLLY

 

 

Tenn

… Shut!

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Platoon!

 

 

MIGLIACCIO

 

 

Section!

 

 

JOHNSON

 

 

Section!

 

 

JELLY

 

 

By sections – port and starboard – prepare for drop.

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Section! Man your capsules! Move!

 

 

The cap troopers are slowly enclosed in their drop capsules and now voices can be heard through the radios in their headsets as they prepare to drop.

 

 

JELLY (

CONT’D

)

 

 

Bridge!

Rasczaks

roughnecks… ready for drop!

 

 

Captain

deladrier

 

 

Seventeen seconds Lieutenant!

 

 

CAPTAIN

deladrier

(

CONT’D

)

 

 

Good luck, boys!

 

 

CAPTAIN

deladrier

(

CONT’D

)

 

 

Brace yourselves five seconds!

 

 

The capsule troops wait in silence and darkness until launch, tightly wrapped in their pods

 

 

Then suddenly they’re violently ejected into space as the corvette class warship the Roger Young fires them onto the planet they’re

orbitting

like an artillery gun.

 

 

But there’s a problem with Rico’s pod, a misfire, a decoy pod collides with his pod and he’s knocked off course.

 

 

DiZZY

 

 

RICO!

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