Force Unbridled

Episode 1 Part 2

The Phantom Menace Part 2

EXT. ALDERAAN
As the camera lowers towards the bright green and blue planet of Alderaan, we follow a large group of TRADE FEDERATION ships coming out of orbit, one of which heads towards a speck in Alderaan’s orbit. We follow the ship in to see the speck become a large orbital station, its grand windows gazing out onto the horizon. Voices crackle as the ship identifies itself to Alderaan Orbital Control, and requests clearance to land on the station. As it is cleared, the camera follows the ship into the docking bay and then pans up the outside of the Station to rest upon …

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONCONFERENCE ROOM DELTA B
Obi-Wan Kenobi stares out into space, a wistful smile on his lips. His master, Qui Gon Jinn, sits at the conference table reviewing station plans and sipping caff. He looks up at his padawan learner and regards him a moment.

OBI-WAN : Look at those cruisers, Master. They’re enormous! I wonder if this was what it was like to see the Sith war fleets arrive during the Great Sith Wars

QUI-GON : Be thankful you never have to find out, Obi Wan. The Sith Wars were a dark time in the history of the galaxy, one we should be thankful is past, not fondly wishing for.

OBI-WAN : I know that, Master, but the Jedi were needed then! We were out saving the galaxy, battling evil, not motioning to the schematics on the table reviewing design plans for oversights and non-compliance to Senate standards.

QUI-GON : Moving to Obi Wan and placing his hands onto his shoulders Your youth and naiveté is showing, my young apprentice. We were doing more than just defeating Sith. We were dying. We were making hard decisions that cost the lives of thousands, sometimes millions, because other decisions would have been worse. We were heroes to the billions we saved, but we were also butchers to billions others that we couldn’t. War makes a mockery of us all, Obi Wan, you would do well to remember this. Be careful what you wish for.

OBI-WAN : You’re right, of course, Master. I just wish that we had our lightsabers for more than just academic sparring and utility sometimes, that’s all … looks up to see Qui Gon has moved away and was staring out of the window, a concerned look on his face Master? Is everything all right?

QUI-GON : Those cruisers are moving into low orbit and dispensing landing craft. I sense something terrible is happening.

Warning Klaxons flare as explosions rock the station. The comms crackle as a desperate voice announces that Trade Federation forces have taken the station and that the primary command deck is in danger of falling, but the voice is cut off as a blaster shot is heard. Obi Wan and Qui Gon ignite their lightsabers as gas begins to fill the room

QUI GON : Dioxis. We must get to the control room to negotiate a surrender. nodding, Obi Wan joins him in taking a deep breath

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONHALLWAY
A hologram of NUTE, surrounded by BATTLE DROIDS, appears in the conference room hallway.

NUTE : They must be dead by now. Blast, what’s left of them. The hologram fades off, as a BATTLE DROID, OWO-1, cautiously opens the door. A deadly green cloud billows from the room. BATTLE DROIDS cock their weapons as a figure stumbles out of the smoke. It is TC-14 , carrying the tray of drinks.

TC14 : Oh, excuse me, so sorry. The PROTOCOL DROID passes the armed camp just as two flashing laser swords fly out of the deadly fog, cutting down several BATTLE DROIDS before they can fire.

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONBRIDGE
The bridge is a cacophony of alarms. NUTE and RUNE watch OWO-1 on the viewscreen.
OWO-1 : Not sure exactly what… OWO-1 is suddenly cut in half in mid-sentence. RUNE gives NUTE a worried look.

NUTE : What in blazes is going on down there?

RUNE : Have you ever encountered a Jedi Knight before, sir?

NUTE : Well, not exactly, but I don’t…(panicked) Seal off the bridge.

RUNE : That won’t be enough, sir. The doors to the bridge SLAM shut.

NUTE : I want destroyer droids up here at once!!!

RUNE : We will not survive this.

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONHALLWAYOUTSIDE BRIDGE
QUI-GON cuts several BATTLE DROIDS in half, creating a shower of sparks and metal parts. OBI-WAN raises his hand, sending several BATTLE DROIDS crashing into the wall. QUI-GON makes his way to the bridge door and begins to cut through it.

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONBRIDGE
The CREW is very nervous as sparks start flying around the bridge door. QUI-GON and OBI-WAN are on the view screen.

NUTE : Close the blast doors!!! The huge, very thick blast door slams shut, followed by a second door, then a third. There is a hissing sound as the huge doors seal shut. QUI-GON stabs the door with his sword. The screen goes black as a red spot appears in the center of the blast door.

RUNE : …They’re still coming through! On the door, chunks of molten metal begin to drop away.

NUTE : Impossible!! This is impossible!!

RUNE : Where are those destroyer droids?!

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONHALLWAYOUTSIDE BRIDGE
Ten ugly destroyer WHEEL DROIDS roll down the hallway at full speed. Just before they get to the bridge area, they stop and transform into their battle configuration. QUI-GON can’t see them but senses their presence.

QUI-GON : Destroyer droids!

OBI-WAN : Offhand, I’d say this mission is past the negotiation stage. The WHEEL DROIDS, led by P-59, rush the entry area from three hallways, blasting away with their laser guns. They stop firing and stand in a semi-circle as the smoke clears. OBI-WAN and QUI-GON are nowhere to be seen.

P-59 : Switch to bio…There they are! The Jedi materialize at the far end of the hallway and dash through the doorway that slams shut. The WHEEL DROIDS blast away at the two JEDI.

OBI-WAN : They have shield generators!

QUI-GON : It’s a standoff! Let’s go!

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONBRIDGE
NUTE and RUNE stand on the bridge, watching the view screen as the WHEEL DROIDS’ POV speeds to the doorway.

RUNE : We have them on the run, sir…they’re no match for destroyer droids.

TEY HOW : Sir, they’ve gone up the ventilation shaft.

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONMAIN BAY
QUI-GON and OBI-WAN appear at a large vent in a giant hanger bay. They are careful not to be seen. Thousands of BATTLE DROIDS are loading onto landing craft.

QUI-GON : Battle droids.

OBI-WAN : It’s an invasion army.

QUI-GON : It’s an odd play for the Trade Federation. We’ve got to secure the Alderaanian Royalty and contact the Senate. Let’s split up. Stow aboard separate ships and meet down on the planet.

OBI WAN : Well, Master, at least I know Master Drallig’s lightsaber training paid off. weak smile

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONBRIDGE
TEY HOW receives a transmission.

TEY HOW : Sir, a transmission from the planet.

RUNE : It’s Queen Amidala herself.

NUTE : Route it through our ship’s holonet, don’t let her know we have the station. On the view screen, QUEEN AMIDALA appears in her throne room. Wearing her elaborate headdress and robes, she sits, surrounded by the GOVERNING COUNCIL and FOUR HANDMAIDENS, EIRTAE, YANE, RABE, and SACHE.

NUTE : (cont’d) Again you come before me, Your highness. The Federation is pleased.

AMIDALA : You will not be pleased when you hear what I have to say, Viceroy … Exit your battleships from the sovereign airspace of Alderaan and leave our planet in peace.

NUTE smirks at RUNE

NUTE : I know nothing about any battleships…you must be mistaken. AMIDALA, surprised at his reaction, studies him carefully.

AMIDALA : Beware, Viceroy….the Federation is going too far this time.

NUTE : Your Highness, we would never do anything without the approval of the Senate. You assume too much.

AMIDALA : We will see. The QUEEN fades off, and the view screen goes black.

RUNE : She’s right, the Senate will never….

NUTE : It’s too late now.

RUNE : Do you think she suspects an attack?

NUTE : I don’t know, but we must move quickly to disrupt all communications down there.

INT. ORGANA PALACETHRONE ROOM
The QUEEN, her handmaidens EIRTAE and SACHE and her Governor, SIO BIBBLE, stand before a hologram of COUNCILOR PALPATINE, a thin, kindly man.

PALPATINE : …How can that be true? No member of the Republic has attempted an armed confrontation with another member in millennia. It must be a…gre…derstanding… the hologram of PALPATINE sputters and fades away

AMIDALA : Councilor Palpatine?!? (turns to Panaka) What’s happening? CAPTAIN PANAKA turns to his SARGEANT

CAPT. PANAKA : Check the transmission generators…

BIBBLE : A malfunction?

CAPT. PANAKA : It could be the Federation jamming us. Your Highness.

BIBBLE : A communications disruption can only mean one thing. Invasion.

AMIDALA : Don’t jump to conclusions, Governor. The Federation would not dare go that far.

CAPT. PANAKA : The Senate would revoke their trade franchise, and they’d be finished.

AMIDALA : We must continue to rely on negotiation.

BIBBLE : Negotiation? We’ve lost all communications! How can we negotiate? We must prepare to defend ourselves.

CAPT. PANAKA : This is a dangerous situation, Your Highness. Our security volunteers will be no match against a battle-hardened Federation army.

AMIDALA : I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war.

EXT. SPACE LANDING CRAFTTWILIGHT
Six landing craft fly in formation toward the surface of the planet Alderaan.

EXT. ALDERAAN SWAMPSHALLOW LAKETWILIGHT
*Three landing craft slowly descend through the cloud cover of the twilight side of the planet. One by one, the Federation warships land in the eerie swamp. OBI-WAN’s head emerges from the mud of a shallow lake. For in the background, the activities of the invasion force can be seen in the mist. OBI-WAN takes several deep breaths, then disappears again under the muddy swamp. Troop Transports (MTT’s) emerge from the landing craft.

EXT. ALDERAAN EDGE OF SWAMP/ GRASS PLAINSTWILIGHT
The droid invasion force moves out of the swamp and onto a grassy plain. OOM-9, in his tank, looks out over the vast ARMY marching across the rolling hills. A small hologram of RUNE and NUTE stands on the tank.

RUNE : …and there is no trace of the Jedi. They may have gotten onto one of your landing craft.

OOM-9 : If they are down here, sir, we’ll find them. We are moving out of the swamp and are marching on the cities. We are meeting no resistance.

NUTE : Excellent.

EXT. ALDERAAN SWAMPTWILIGHT
QUI-GON runs through the strange landscape, glancing back to see the monstrous troop transports, emerging from the mist. Animals begin to run past him in a panic. As the machine is about to crush him QUI-GON begins to run. Just as the transport is about to hit them, QUI-GON drops, and the transport races overhead. QUI-GON pulls himself out of the mud and stands watching the war machine disappear into the mist. In the distance, two STAPS burst out of the mist at high speed, chasing OBI-WAN. The two STAPS barrell down on OBI-WAN. The two troops fire laser bolts at OBI-WAN. QUI-GON deflects the bolts back, and the STAPS blow up. One-two. OBI-WAN is exhausted and tries to catch his breath

OBI-WAN : Sorry, Master, the water fried my weapon. OBI-WAN pulls out his burnt laser sword handle. QUI-GON inspects it

QUI-GON : You forgot to turn your power off again, didn’t you? OBI-WAN nods sheeplishly It won’t take long to recharge, but this is a lesson I hope you’ve learned, my young Padawan. This weapon is your life.

OBI-WAN : Yes, Master.

QUI-GON: This army is too well equipped, and Alderaan is peaceful, their defense forces won’t be able to stop them. We must get to the Royal Family and secure their safe passage to Coruscant. Come, we must be quick.

INT. ALDERAAN STATIONBRIDGE
NUTE and RUNE stand before a hologram of DARTH SIDIOUS.

NUTE : The invasion is on schedule, My Lord.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Good. I have the Senate bogged down in procedures. By the time this incident comes up for a vote, they will have no choice but to accept your control of the system.

NUTE : The Queen has great faith the Senate will side with her.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Queen Amidala is young and naive. You will find controlling her will not be difficult. You have done well, Viceroy.

NUTE : Thank you, My Lord. DARTH SIDIOUS fades away.

RUNE : You didn’t tell him about the missing Jedi?

NUTE : No need to report that to him, until we have something to report.

EXT. THEEDMAIN ROAD INTO THEEDDAY
The long columns of the DROID ARMY move down the main road leading to Theed, the Alderaan capital

EXT. THEED PLAZADAY
As the QUEEN watches helplessly from a window in the palace, a transport carrying NUTE and RUNE lands in Theed Plaza. They exit the transport.

NUTE : Ah, victory!

EXT. THEEDESTUARYDAY
Paradise. Billowing clouds frame a romantic body of water. There is a RUSH OF BUBBLES, as OBI-WAN and QUI-GON bob to the surface. QUI-GON stands up to look around. OBI-WAN is on shore and helps to pull QUI-GON out of the water

BATTLE DROID 3B3 : (O.S) Drop your weapons! The TWO JEDI turn around to see a BATTLE DROID standing in front of them. I said drop your weapons QUI-GON ignites his laser sword, and in a brief flash, the DROID is cut down by the JEDI. The JEDI move on.

EXT. THEEDPALACEDAY
The waterfalls of Theed sparkle in the noonday sun.

INT. THEEDPALACE THRONE ROOMDAY
QUEEN AMIDALA, SIO BIBBLE, and FIVE OF HER HANDMAIDENS (EIRTAE, YANE, PADME, RABE, SACHE) are surrounded by TWENTY DROIDS. CAPTAIN PANAKA and FOUR ALDERAANIAN GUARDS are also held at gunpoint. NUTE and RUNE stand in the middle of the room.

BIBBLE : …how will you explain this invasion to the Senate?

NUTE : The Alderaanians and the Federation will forge a treaty that will legitimize our occupation here. I’ve been assured it will be ratified by the Senate.

AMIDALA : I will not co-operate.

NUTE : Now, now, your Highness. You are not going to like what we have in store for your people. In time, their suffering will persuade you to see our point of view. Commander. OOM-9 steps forward Process them.

OOM-9 : Yes, sir! turns to his sergeant Take them to Camp Four. The SERGEANT marches the GROUP out of the throne room.

EXT. PALACEPLAZADAY
QUEEN AMIDALA, PADME, EIRTA, YANE, RABE, SACHE, CAPTAIN PANAKA, SIO BIBBLE, and FOUR GUARDS are led out of the palace by ten BATTLE DROIDS. The plaza is filled with tanks and BATTLE DROIDS, which they pass on their way to the detention camp. Unbeknownst to them, QUI-GON and OBI-WAN sneak across on a walkway above the plaza and jump from a balcony to begin an attack to rescue the QUEEN. FOUR BATTLE DROIDS are instantly cut down. MORE DROIDS move forward and are also cut down by the JEDIS’ flashing lightsabres until there is only the DROID SERGEANT left. The SERGEANT starts to run but is pulled back to QUI-GON by the Force, until finally he is dispatched by the JEDI. QUEEN AMIDALA and the OTHERS are amazed. They move between two buildings.

QUI-GON : Your Highness, we are Jedi from the Council here to conduct an inspection on your Orbital Stations.

BIBBLE : Not that we aren’t grateful, but what then are you doing down here?

QUI-GON : The Viceroy is in control of your orbital stations, now. Your Highness, we must make contact with the Republic. CAPTAIN PANAKA steps forward.

CAPT. PANAKA : They’ve knocked out all our communications.

QUI-GON : Do you have transports?

CAPT. PANAKA : In the main hanger. This way. THEY disappear down an alleyway as the ALARMS are sounded

INT. CENTRAL HANGERHALLWAYDAY
CAPTAIN PANAKA cracks open a side door to the central hanger. QUI-GON looks in over his shoulder. OBI-WAN, and the rest of the group are behind him. They see several Alderaan spacecraft guarded by about FIFTY BATTLE DROIDS. ALARMS can be heard in the distance.

CAPT. PANAKA : There are too many of them.

QUI-GON : That won’t be a problem. to Amidala Your Highness, under the circumstances, I suggest you come to Coruscant with us.

AMIDALA : Thank you, Master Jedi, but my place is here with my people.

QUI-GON : They will kill you if you stay.

BIBBLE : They wouldn’t dare.

CAPT. PANAKA : They need her to sign a treaty to make this invasion of theirs legal. They can’t afford to kill her.

QUI-GON : The situation here is not what it seems. There is something else behind all this, Your Highness. There is no logic in the Federation’s move here. My feelings tell me they will destroy you.

BIBBLE : Please, Your Highness, reconsider. Our only hope is for the Senate to side with us, Bail will need your help.

CAPT. PANAKA : Getting past their blockade is impossible, Your Highness. Any attempt to escape will be dangerous.

BIBBLE : Your Highness, I will stay here and do what I can…They will have to retain the Council of Governors in order to maintain control. But you must leave… The QUEEN turns to PADME and EIRTAE

AMIDALA : Either choice presents a great risk…to all of us…

PADME : We are brave, Your Highness.

QUI-GON : If you are to leave, Your Highness, it must be now.

AMIDALA : Then, I will plead our case before the Senate. to Bibble Be careful, Governor.

INT. CENTRAL HANGERDAY
The door opens to the main hanger. QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, CAPTAIN PANAKA, TWO GUARDS, and THREE HANDMAIDENS (PADME, EIRTAE, RABE), followed by QUEEN AMIDALA, head for a sleek chrome spacecraft. SIO BIBBLE, YANE and SACHE stay behind. The HANDMAIDENS begin to cry

CAPT. PANAKA : We need to free those pilots. CAPTAIN PANAKA points to TWENTY GUARDS, GROUND CREW, and PILOTS held in a corner by SIX BATTLE DROIDS

OBI-WAN : I’ll take care of that. OBI-WAN heads toward the group of captured pilots. QUI-GON and the QUEEN, CAPTAIN PANAKA, and the rest of the GROUP approach the GUARDS at the ramp of the Alderaanian craft

GUARD DROID : Where are you going?

QUI-GON : I’m Inspector for the Jedi Council, and I’m taking those people to Coruscant.

DROID GUARD : You’re under arrest! The DROID GUARD draws his weapon, but before any of the DROIDS can fire, they are cut down. OTHER GUARDS run to their aid. OBI-WAN attacks the GUARDS around the PILOTS. QUI-GON stands, fighting off DROIDS as the OTHERS rush on board the spacecraft. OBI-WAN, the FREED PILOTS (including RIC OLIE), GUARDS and GROUND CREW MEMBERS rush on board the ship. The OTHER PILOTS and GUARDS race to SIO BIBBLE. After everyone has made it onto the ship, QUI-GON jumps on board. ALARMS sound. MORE DROIDS rush into the hanger and fire as the ship takes off

EXT. THEEDHANGER ENTRYDAY
The ship exits the hanger. BATTLE DROIDS standing in the hanger shoot at them

EXT. SPACE
The sleek spacecraft speeds away from the planet of Alderaan and heads for the deadly Federation blockade

INT. ALDERAANIAN SPACECRAFTCOCKPIT
The PILOT, RIC OLIE, navigates toward the massive battleship, QUI-GON and CAPTAIN PANAKA watch

RIC OLIE : ….our communications are still jammed. the massive battleship begins to open fire We’ve lost our main deflectors, one more direct hit and we’re in trouble.

INT. ALDERAANIAN SPACECRAFTDROID HOLD
A long row of five short, dome-topped ASTRO DROIDS (R-2 units). They all look alike, except for their paint color, and they all seem to be shut down. Soon, a bright red R-2 UNITs head pops up, followed by the others. In formation, they roll to a lift in the droid hold and one by one, they shoot up and onto the exterior of the ship.

EXT. ALDERAANIAN SPACECRAFTDAMAGED PANEL
The short, dome-topped ASTRO DROIDS (R-2 units) begin their work on the ship as blaster fire continues to wiz past their domes. One by one, they are struck by the blasts until only a BLUE DROID remains. Whistling worriedly, he swaps two wires, and the red panel glows blue

INT. ALDERAANIAN SPACECRAFTCOCKPIT

RIC OLIE : Powers back! That little droid did it. He bypassed the main power drive. Deflector shield up, at maximum.

EXT. ALDERAANIAN SPACECRAFTDAMAGED PANEL
The lone BLUE DROID finishes his repairs and goes back into the ship. The Alderaan spacecraft races away from the Federation battleship.

INT. ALDERAANIAN SPACECRAFTCOCKPIT

RIC OLIE : There’s not enough power to get us to Coruscant…the hyperdrive is leaking.

QUI-GON : We’ll have to land somewhere to refuel and repair the ship. QUI-GON studies a star chart on a monitor

OBI-WAN : Here, Master. Tatooine… It’s small, out of the way, poor… The Trade Federation has no presence there.

CAPT. PANAKA : How can you be sure?

QUI-GON : It’s controlled by the Hutts…

CAPT. PANAKA : The Hutts??

OBI-WAN : It’s risky…but there’s no alternative.

CAPT. PANAKA : You can’t take Her Royal Highness there! The Hutts are gangsters… If they discovered her…

QUI-GON : …It would be no different than if we landed on a system controlled by the Federation…except the Hutts aren’t looking for her, which gives us an advantage. CAPTAIN PANAKA takes a deep breath in frustration

EXT. SPACEALDERAAN SPACECRAFT
The Alderaan spacecraft races away

INT. ALDERAANIAN ORBITAL STATIONCONFERENCE ROOM
NUTE and RUNE sit around a conference table with a hologram of DARTH SIDIOUS

NUTE : We control all the cities in the North and are searching for any other settlements…

DARTH SIDIOUS : Destroy all high-ranking officials, Viceroy…slowly…quietly. And Queen Amidala, has she signed the treaty?

NUTE : She has disappeared, My Lord. One Alderaan cruiser got past the blockade.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Viceroy, find her! I want that treaty signed.

NUTE : My Lord, it’s impossible to locate the ship. It’s out of our range.

DARTH SIDIOUS : …not for a Sith… A second SITH LORD appears behind DARTH SIDIOUS…Viceroy, this is my apprentice. Lord Maul. He will find your lost ship.

NUTE : Yes, My Lord. The hologram fades off This is getting out of hand…now there are two of them.

RUNE : We should not have made this bargain. What will happen when the Jedi become aware of these Sith Lords?

INT. ALDERAAN SPACECRAFTQUEENS CHAMBERS
QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, CAPTAIN PANAKA, and the LITTLE BLUE DROID stand before QUEEN AMIDALA and her THREE HANDMAIDENS, PADME, EIRTAE and RABE

CAPT. PANAKA : …An extremely well put together little droid. Without a doubt, it saved the ship, as well as our lives.

AMIDALA : It is to be commended…what is its number? The LITTLE BLUE DROID lets out a series of bleeps. CAPTAIN PANAKA leans over and scrapes some dirt off of the side of the DROID and reads the number

CAPT. PANAKA : R2-D2, Your Highness.

AMIDALA : Thank you, Artoo Detoo. You have proven to be very loyal…Padme! PADME bows before the QUEEN Clean this droid up the best you can. It deserves our gratitude… to Panaka Continue, Captain.

CAPTAIN PANAKA looks nervously to OBI-WAN and QUI-GON

QUI-GON : Your Highness, we are heading for a remote planet called Tatooine. It is a system far beyond the reach of the Trade Federation. There we will be able to make needed repairs, then travel on to Coruscant.

AMIDALA : We are so close to Coruscant, how can we make it to Tatooine?

OBI-WAN : The Galactic Core exerts great gravity, you highness, to try and counter it takes far more energy the closer that you are to it. By using that gravity as a slingshot to get further away, we can make it to the Outer Rim for far less energy that to try and fight it all the way to Coruscant, of the planets along this slingshot path, Tatooine is the one that will best serve our purpose.

CAPTAIN PANAKA : Your Highness, Tatooine is very dangerous. It’s controlled by an alliance of gangs called the Hutts. I do not agree with the Jedi on this.

QUI-GON : You must trust my judgment, Your Highness. AMIDALA and PADME exchange looks. PADME moves next to the DROID

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