Saturday, 28 May 2016
First glimpse of new Rogue One poster dig Jyns goggles - I wonder if the set up with this movie is mentioned in the radio drama back in 70's
Antilles looks like John Wayne lol but there's loads of backstory in the original NPR show -written by Brian Daly -
A few photoshop renderings of some Star Warriors -I have to remind myself these days that I can do this sort of thang.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
and the magic of Ralph I remember seeing his artwork on modeling kit boxes as a kid and been blown away -still am he'sthe mackdaddy Ralph's worldliveson forever-mind you I remember everytime a Stormtrooper finnished a sentence they'd have a little click -bought the dvd boxset lately andthat seems to have vannished -pity I' liked that made them more like automaton's -naturally been a Boba Fett fan he had to be driving force -I was thinking about The Good The Bad and The Ugly when I wrote this-Ben been the Good , Fett the bad and McGrrr the ugly (more about McGrrrr in a second..but yeah Fettybob had to be him because..
McGrrrr is of course the EU's inclussion of the original humanoid Jabba the Hutt -I remember seeing the actor in Private Shultz big Irish Guy Declan Mulholland so he had to be my Eli Wallach for this tale Ben Kenobi appears to in this story -an older Alec Guinness Kenobi rather than Ewan although I could hear both voices when I was writing this-I had to get him off world -when he was disguised as a Bounty Hunter in The Clone Wars series I thought that was a smart move so in this story he reprieves his deception in order to hook up with Fett without been noticed by Imperials and people hunting him Luke also appears he had to really but I didn't want a force ghost looking out for him (something that has been explored in novels)but rather find an excuse to get him offworld so Ben could keep an eye on him(although he may not turn out altogeher successful at this as story moves along) then it came to me -this particular story takes place two years before "A New Hope" Luke would of turned 18 -kinda of special hitting that age (well at least in Blighty ) so thought that a intergalactic jolly boys day out was in order-Luke been a huge fan of Max Rebo would be a good excuse-so as a treat Uncle Owen treats his Nephew (plus Biggs and Camie) to see Max on his homeworld tour (had to get that funky blue elephant into this story somehow lol)besides he only went to Jabba's Palace in original trilogy to check out Max's latest jams lotsof cameos in story won't go into big detail -hopefully they'll be surprises -some characters may need explaining as they have a rich history essentially this is a sequel to Bounty Hunter the Jango Fett game -forty or so years later
Also supporting cast come from theBlood Lines stories for Dark Horse-I liked the fact Boba had a private life a young Dad whose relationship soured gives him more dimenson -not keen so much on him having so much facetime in those comics although toned it down in the second seriesbut for the art alone these comics are worth reading
Warrant Officer Sheckil(must stop spelling name wrong lol) the other role that Jeremy portrays also plays an important role in this story (as well as his Bounty Hunter brother)
Starry back drop with the legendary lines..
Long Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away..
An Old Threat.
As completion of The Death Star draws to conclusion , more than ever does the shroud of darkness descend to extinguish any remnants of the Old Republic.Whilst the resistance to the evil Galactic Empire is small it is sparse and effective none more so than a band of guerrilla fighters. known as the Mandalorian Protectors.
The Emperor frustrated with the stalemate bought upon by the shock-troop tactics of Tobbi Dala and Fenn Shysa has employed the services of fellow Mandalorian mercenaries known as the Death Watch to aide in the capture of the outlaws.
In a desperate bid to escape the pursuit of nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett -fugitive pirate Opun Mcgrrrr and his band have hijacked a freighter now en route to one of Mandalore's orbiting moons Corncordia .As the ship comes under heavy bombardment his crew face a grueling choice.
The cargo freighter noses down towards the green moon of Concordia -chased down by the smaller but deadlier Slave 1 - Fett's ship unleashes a number of laser bolts from it's tail guns at the burning cruiser .
Pirate:"We all know how relentless Fett is Skipper - least we might stand a chance if we let him board-he's only one man!"
The laser blasts rip through the corridors of the "Beleaguered Glory " causing explosions and mayhem for the passengers of the ship -the large and shaggy attired pirate turns to his shipmate shuddering as the sparks tear thorough the walls .
Opun Mcgrrrr:" Unthinkable - the Hutt want's me dead this time-you don't escape his clutches twice."
Boba Fett at his pilot seat - surveys the damage he's inflicted on the cargo ship - rather than his usual familiar green and red iron helmet he's wearing the blue and grey helmet seen in his cartoon debut and the Droids series.-
Boba Fett:"You're no use to me alive McGrrrr do the honorable thing and I will spare your crew"
Fetts' voice can be heard over the whole ships intercom where McGrrrr's hired mercenaries
suddenly halt in there tracks as they gather around their leader.
Boba Fett:"One more proton torpedo will settle it-unless you co-operate I will offer a quarter my fee to the pirate who slays McGrrrrr."
Pirate 1:" A quarter ? Fett's real stingy !
Pirate 2:"..But he ain't cheap!.. I'm in."
Pirate 3:"Jabba must want you real bad boss":
Boba Fett:"You have Five Seconds before I blow you out of the sky"
Close up of McGrrrrr as it seems his hired guns have now all turned on him .Blasters trained on him front and back .
Exterior of "The Beleaguered Glory" as Slave One circles the critically damaged craft .
Opun McGrrrrr:" Lets not be rash now fella's - think of the cargo on this ship ...it's priceless"
Close up of Opun -looking very sweaty as the blaster muzzles draw closer to his skull.
Pirate :"And you're not!"
View of Opun's boots and the pirates that have gathered around him. a flashing silvery ball bounces to the ground over their feet.
Boba Fett: "Three"
Opun McGrrrr:"You're throwing away a fortune-I'll pay you triple - quadru.."
Slave One motions in for the kill... We can make out the Bounty Hunter in the cockpit
Boba Fett: "Two".
Pirate:" ...A Thermal Detonator"
The blurred figure of Opun is sent flying by a familiar iron helmeted figure-the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen as the pirates open fire accidently blasting each other in all directions.
Close up of one of the pirates as he picks up the non activated grenade around him laser beams and fellow crewmen falling and dying amongst the chaos that Fett and the silver ball has created..
Pirate:"Hey it's a dud!"
Close up of Fett's helmet full frontal view.
Slave One sets off a volley of proton torpedoes .
Big Panel -as huge explosions erupt throughout the "Beleaguered Glory" Slave One has rendered the much larger bulk cruiser beyond repair but as all this destruction is at hand - an escape pod is jettisoned and begins it's trajectory to the moon's surface.
SFX : "WAAKKOOOOM!"
Side view of Fett as he realizes that the escape capsule is descending rapidly towards Concordia
Forward view of the escape capsule - in the background the burning cruiser and the elephantine silhouette of Slave One as it revs it's engines in pursuit of the pod.
Opun McGrrrr:"Once again I can't thank you enough.. first you break me out of Jabba's palace and now this..."
Opun McGrrrrr arms outstreached as he clutches to two handles on the wall but he is euphoric-once again he has cheated death thanks to the quick thinking of his guardian angel-Bounty Hunter Rako Hardeen - close up of Rako's mask.
Rako Hardeen:"You can pay me later-first off we have to deal with Fett"
The burning cruiser through the lenses of micro binoculars
Warrant Officer Sheckil:"You should take a look at this Dono "
The imperial officer lowers his binoculars he sits astride a giant dinosaur type lizard-much like the kind seen in The Search Begins-behind him also astride a giant lizard is his twin brother Dono Sheckil -although both are identical the two couldn't be more differently attired -Warrant Officer Boru Sheckil in his clean grey overalls and black cap - whilst Dono Sheckil in his blood red and green weapon covered armor the kind favored by the Death Watch .Whilst Boru is clean cut , prim and proper as you'd expect from a imperial naval officer -Dono is unkempt and scruffy looking and battle-scarred .
Dono Sheckil:"That's some fireworks- we should send a salvage team up there. "
Warrant Officer Sheckil:"We'll have to close the deal with General Bast before you can do anything on this rock "
The twins skirt the mountainous landscape of Concordia rear view of the big lizards and their riders against the backdrop of the night sky.
Dono Sheckil:" Well you're the middleman Boru -I just hope you skills in liason have improved since your spell in the academy- Toffax is less tolerant of whitehats than me"
Slave 1 flying downward through the Concordia clouds towards the moons surface.
Boba Fett:"Teychenne what is it?"
Boba glares down at monitor on dashboard of his ship-Teychenne Fetts Zeltron informer appears on screen.
Teychenne:"Conner and I have entered the grounds - no resistance.."
Boba Fett : "How's that?"
Medium shot of Teychenne and Connor in Imperial base long dead Clonetroopers and officers carpet the floor -you can tell it's been sometime as Stormtroopers wear markings that haven't been worn within 18 years ) Conner looks curious
Teychenne:" Seems like the local garrisson have been out of action for some time.."
Close up of fried Clonetrooper helmet off burnt skull amongst the clutter of imperial bodies
Teychenne:"Light Sabre marks lots of severed limbs "
Frame 25: Chin view portrait of Fett as he pilots ship.
Boba Fett:"Could be Jedi, could be Bando Gorra!"
Boba Fett:"At least this confirms my suspicions .."
Slave 1 rear view as it breaks through clouds and into the mountains as the pod meteors it's way downwards across the night sky.
Boba Fett" Listen-you must leave now-I want you alive - I will contact you once this job is done"
The inside of the inside of the escape pod as it crashes on the surface of Concordia -Opun and Rako are send flying downwards as the room tilts sideways.
The Pod settles Opun flat on his ass addresses the stunned Rako
Opun McGrrrr:" You ok boss?"
Rako Hardeen:" So much for happy landings .. "
Rako Scrambles to feet and grabs blaster heads towards escape pods exit-Opun stumbles to rise up.
Rako Hardeen"We've got move if I know Fett.."
Frame: 30 :
The pod door shunts open-revealing the Concordia landscape and in the not too far distance the sillohette of Slave 1 touching down
Rako Hardeen"He's already a step ahead of us"
Fett descends from steps of craft -blaster rifle cradled in arms
Rako Hardeen" time to shake a leg McGrrrr"
Back view of Fett as he casually strides towards the crashed escape pod in distance-
Rako pushes the mass that is Opun McGrrr away from the wreck.
Rako Hardeen:"It's down to me to slow him down.
Rako aims his laser rifle its long mussle penetrates the panel borders..
Rako Hardeen:" Just one more step..."
Fetts Feet come to halt on the Concordia sands..
Side view of Rako long rifle pointed towards Boba.
Rako"Wise move-now drop the blaster"
Extreme close up of Fetts T shaped visor
Boba Fett:"I know you..but you're dead?"
Fetts rifle falls nearby to his feet .
Rako :"very much alive-..now the rest.. remove your gauntlets"
Opun's mouth is ajar as his jog for freedom comes to abrupt halt as he catches sight at approching riders ! we see Rako and Boba's standoff further in the distance
Large Panel as Slavers on lizard-back charge , Opun stumbles in their wake -Slavers -in appearence much like how they appear in "The Search Begins" with a bit of Deathwatch /Maul influence here and there -big lizards they ride also look fierce , riders either brandish swords or staffs ofsome kind .
lettering:"Mandolorian for "Let's Hunt!"
Hardeen is distracted by the fat pirates yelps and breifly takes his eyes from his rifles sights..
Opun"They're gonna kill me..."
Fett unleashes a blast from his wrist rockets...
Frame 42: The missles impact sends the Hardeen flying his iron mask torn off by the explosion
Fett stands over the now unmasked Hardeen we see him from behind -but Fett gets a full glimpse of his bounty hunter rivals true identity now reunited with his trusty blaster he points it the stunned Hardeen...
Boba Fett:" You..? "
Close up of Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness-as it's only two years before A New Hope) He tries to reason with the bounty hunter by using his particular brand of Jedi mind trickery.
Ben Kenobi:" We'll discuss this later -we've got to deal with those Slavers"
Boba helps Ben to his feet -they are heavilly outnumbered by the raiding party -but the odds are now stacked more in Fett's favour with a Jedi as an ally..for now at least..
Boba Fett:"right old man"
Kenobi now on his feet ignites his blue lightsabre Fett downs a lizard-rider.
Ben Kenobi:"You want Opun and the Bando Gora we'll have to cooperate!"
A Slaver rides away from the battle with Opun strapped down to his saddle rear view of lizard galloping away a look of horror from the space pirate ...
Obi Wan force pushes away a number of slavers whilst wielding lighsabre in his sword hand , Fett is midair flame projector raining fire on another group of slavers.
Boba Fett:"McGrrrrr''s getting away..."
Ben Kenobi: "I've placed a tracking device on his person -best we deal with the matter at hand"
The Beleagured Glory crippled by Slave 1's assualt hangs inanimate in space-An Imperial Shuttle
with Tie Fighter escort approaches the stricken cargo ship- rear view of the Imperial craft.
a speechbubble appears from Imperial Shuttle
Dono Sheckill:" Attenttion all hands of The Beleaurred Glory-we have come to assist you -please remain calm , as a boarding party will soon be despatched.
a speech bubble appears from The Glory..
Owen Lars"Blast it Luke it's looks like we'll never reach Orto "
Owen Lars -Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter , Camie and Fixer congregate around the ships lounge area .Amongst other passengers
Owen Lars :" They'll strip this ship of all contreband before thinking about repairing anything-don't look like we'll be seeing the Rebo band this or any other season son"
Luke Skywalker" Just to get off world is more than enough Uncle Owen -any idea what happened earlier on?"
Owen Lars:" Must of had something to do with that Pirate business earlier on -at least we're in safe hands what with the Imperials now involved"
Sheckill ,his brother Dono now masked and a Strormtrooper squad enter the freighter cruiser as the boarding party gains permission to board.
Captain Drebb:" Welcome aboard Warrant Officer -as you can see we've had quite a journey"
Drebb approachs the Imperial Officer - he looks geniunely pleased to see Sheckill -side view of Imperials and Drebb
Boru Sheckill:"I take it your craft was under attack -We'll see if we can get you spaceworthy again Cap'n "
Same view only Drebb is blown away by a laserblast coming from the right side of the panel -
As this happens Dono and some of the better trained Stormtroopers swing into action- his brother though is caught by the suddeness of ths event having no combat experience it is the first time he has seen anyone gunned down let alone so cold bloodliedly in the back.
Stormtroopers Dono and Warrant Officer Buro Sheckill front view of them opening fire laser bolts screech through the ships corridors..
Buro Sheckill: "Blast Them!"
A Nikto and two other pirates react with there blasters as one of there motley crew is also sent reeling from a well placed laser bolt
Nikto:" This Ships ours Whitehats!"
Toffax's fortress against the Concordian landscape - a heavilly defended fortification at that-
General Bast:" You're chucking in this fatman into the bargain Toffax?"
Toffax in full Death Watch slaver armour(see McQuarries original Fett designs mix it up with Death Watch motif's) has McGrrrr by the scruff of the neck (his furry vest now gone) Toffax is a big guy ,somewhere between Vader and Chewies height - General Bast is much like how he appears in a New Hope - whilst standing next to him in a orange flight-suit .
General Bast:"Well we do need someone on Trash Compactor duties -with a bit of discipline I'm sure he'd fit the bill"
Toffax turns his attention to the blonde guy in the flight suit -Fenn Shysha.- behind his visor he glares at his fellow Mandalorian.
Toffax:"And what of our genuine Mandalorian Protector here..."
General Bast:" Lord Vader especially wants custody of this traitor -I think we've had a good day's business eh?"
Stormtroopers frog march the two prisoners up a Imperial shuttles ramp .As Bast bids the giant Slaver farewell:
Toffax :" Where are you taking these scum anyhow?"
General Bast:"I'm afraid that's classified information - but in due time you'll know.It's been a pleasure doing business again"
Silhouette of Basts Imperial Shuttle lifting off against the Concordia sky Toffax walks away head down cast.
Back on Kohlma .. the dead moon where Teychenne and Conner are investegating in the background we can make out Sintas Vel and her daughter Ailyn walking among a platform to the front of the panel we can make out the familiar shape of a Mandalorian helmet -this one having to once belong to Montross Jango Fett's rival and former comrade.
Sintas: Vel:"Hey Conner looks like we've found Montross well his bones at least"
Conner:" Macabre Vacation huh?"
Sintas picks up the helmet and glances into the black visor .
Sintas:"Why Bo can't let the past be the past.."
Conner:"Well officially you and Ailyn are on Concord Dawn awaiting my safe return ..if he even suspects you're here I'm dead."
Sintas bends over to inspect Montrosses Rocket pack while Ailyn looks over ..
Sintas"Don't tempt fate -gahh this place is so dead"
Conner :" We're leaving soon .. take what you can and meet us back at the ship.."
Aerial view we can make out the long shape of a electrostaff protruding from some rocks pointing diagnolly towards Sinta's who now standing strapson the bounty hunters jet pack to her back
Sintas:"Be with you in half a parsec.. just found a way off this rock.
Circular inset panel-a ringed beam (much like the one thatgot Leia in a New Hope )rings out of the end of the long staff-
The ringed beam hits it's target catching Sinta's totally unaware in the background we can make out Aiylen as she screams...
From the rocks leap two figures firstly the familiar form of Boushh the original Boushh rather than Leia in disguise so he's very much alive here the other figure is a young man in smuggler,garb with light brown hair
Jodo Kast: "Good shooting Boushh .. we bagged one- better deal with the little one..."
Sinta' unconscious body sprawled out on the platform.. Boussh checks to see if she's out cold- Jodo on the other hand runs to a small hole in the wall-which Ailylen would have no trouble squeezing thorough but a dead end to a full grown adult
Jodo Kast:"Hey that womp rats ran out on us..."
Boushh- produces a silver globe-excatly like the one Leia produced years later in front of Jabba
-a thermal detonator
Boushh :*Here ..pest control!"
The grenade bounces against the hard stone ground...
The ball vanishes into the hole.
Jodo is livid at his partner he pulls his blaster towards the Ubese Bounty Hunter ..
Jodo Kast:"Now that's just harsh .. that was a youngling I should..."
Boushh:" You can try..."
Boushh swings his electo-staff/sniper rifle disarming Jodo at lightning speed -Jodo's blaster flies out of his has hand as electric sparks race around his arm .
Jodo on his knees -the slight figure of Boussh stares down at him - in front of the crouching Kast is Montross mandalorion helmet ..Boussh points towards it.
Boussh:"But you will fail - don't let emotion get in the way of a good haul"
Jodo picks up the antique helmet
Jodo :" We'll talk about this later.. should fetch a hefty price this armour"
Boushh fireman lifts Sintas over his shoulder whilst the now armoured and Jet Packed Jodo fastens his new acquirred chest plate .
Boussh:" We'll take the girl back to Lemo and Sanda -they'll have questions to ask...
Jodo Kast:" Hey what do you know.. a perfect fit!"
The two Bounty Hunters and their captive venture further down cave -rear view
Boussh:" You're "all helmet no head" Jodo an old Mando saying -we'll sell it to someone worthy of that armor"
Jodo Kast:" I do feel more like a Bounty Hunter in this get up - I must try it out"
As the pair of mercenaries dissapear further down the catacoombs-Ailyn head pops out of the crack that Boussh hurled the themal detonator - having avoided the explosion although her face is sooted with the blast of the explosion something catches her eye which avoided Jodo's glance.
Boussh:" Be it at your peril, after this salvage I'm doing a job for Black Sun - not for the soft hearted"
Ailyn examines Montrosse's duel heavy blaster pistols among the long dead bounty hunters bones.that Jodo had missed .
The battle onboard "The Beleagured Glory" rages on in the ships corridors Stormtroopers are either struck down by laser fire or dishing it out - Dono and Buro fight their corner -Dono has wrist arm streached out much like Boba would .
Buro Sheckill :" It's no use we'll have to retreat and send re-inforcements"
Dono Sheckill:" Never say die brother -I have something up my sleeve"
View from Dono's wrist rocket as he shoots green toxins towards the wildly firing pirates - the wrist rockets have a sickly green smoke emanating from them.
Dono Sheckill:" Observe.."
The projectiles hit the ground -creating a green fog that surrounds the pirates..
... who all of sudden crash to the ships deck-a powerful knockout gas...
Dono lowers wrist Buro is impressed
Buro Sheckill:" Riot Gas ?"
Dono Sheckill:" Yep-very handy when it comes to capturing slaves un-harmed-works on any species"
Back in the ships bar a pirate has blaster to Lukes head guns are trailed on the other passengers too"
One of the bandits yells into a inter-com
Pirate:" Listen up Imperial scum - we've got hostages in here - so I suggest some good old fashioned diplomacy or you'll have a massacre on your hands"
Buro and Dono discuss the situation as they listen to the pirates demands
Pirate:"And you don't want that-may generate sympathy for your Rebel friends"
Buro:" I'll do the sweet talking here-how much of that stuff have you got"
Dono draws back his cloak to reveal a whole bandola of green tubes -
Buro Sheckill:"Excellent -I have a idea .."
The moon of Concordia Toffax speaks to one lieutenants who is looking though some microbinoculars.
Toffax:" What is it?"
The view through the micro-binoculars reveals a man riding one the giant lizards we saw earlier carrying a long rifle heading directly towards Toffaxes fortress..
The slaver lowers the binoculars and asks the warlord..
Slaver:"Rider approaching -not one of ours shall I notify the cannon crew "
Toffaxes visor extreme close up
Toffax:"No not yet -lets see what he has to say -then blast him sky high"
The Imperial Shuttle that is carrying Fenn and McGrrrr is coming out of hyperspace
Pilot:"Grand Moff Tarkin would like a word when we board General"
General Bast:"Very Good Captain -inform the guards to deliver the prisoners to detention block AA-45 -"
Inside the cell compartment of the shuttle Fenn and Mcgrrr under heavy guard
McGrrrr:" Any idea where they're taking us Fenn?"
Fenn Shysha:" Your guess is as good as mine -least you don't have Vader to contend with"
The Shuttle comes out of hypherspace front view-
Imperial Officer:"Stop yakking you two-believe you me fatman..."
Big picture of shuttle approaching The Death Star in all it's glory
Imperial Officer:"..You've got your work cut for you -an awful amount of sanitation ha ha"
Pilot:" This is Shuttle ST107 code clearence amber permission to..."
All of a sudden the shuttles interior is shook up by a tremendous thud the prison guards and prisoners alike are thrown left and right
Pilot : "Alert! Alert! we are under attack !"
Large image of Mandalorian Cruiser unleashing a squadron of fighters -(a mixture of craft seen in Rebels & the Clone Wars )some of which are concerntating there fire upon the fleeing shuttle
Pilots:"Sheilds won't hold we'll have depend of The Death Stars defenses"
General Bast:" Whoevers attacking is either insane or suicidal "
The shuttle now heavilly crippled and lopsided enters the Death Stars massive hangers as two fighters pursue others aren't so successful as they are blasted into scrap by imperial gunners
Pilots :"Hold onto your seat General ...."
The Shuttle crashlands sideways into the hanger causing much damage along the way
Frame 101 :
Kohlma view of the dead moon .
Lemo:"We're moving as fast as we can your highness just loading the final artifacts onboard"
The flight hanger of the Bando Gora a large Correlian freighter is been loaded with various crates and items scavanged from the surface of the moon
Princess Leia:" I'm on the clock here Lemo - I have to leave Dantooine by sunrise "
Lemo and Sanda talking to big computer screen on the monitor a Princess Leia complete with double bun hairstyle lots of activity in background as Lemo and Sanda's gang members move gear up ships gangway.Whilst what appears to be imperial pilots walking around the hanger-these are defectors who are heading to Dantoine to join up with the rebel alliance
Sanda:" My brother is a man of his word your highness we'll see you at the compound in a few hours
two of Lemo and Sanda's gang march alongside a block of carbonite which a young woman is encased - this catches Leia's eye on themonitor screen...
Princess Leia :"Who is she? she's beautiful..."
Sanda bends down to inspect the form emerging from the carbonite -the grey form just motionless like a statue -devoid of life
Sanda :"A relic , guess it belonged to previous tenant here-before he ran off in a hurry-"
Princess Leia:" You don't realise that's a living being in there.?"
Boushh carrying Sintas over his shoulder and Jodo arrive as Leia is talking to the twins.
Princess Leia:" I'll have my people thaw her out -inhumane keeping her as a ornament"
Lemo:"Guess that puts the price up heh"
Leia is furious she scoulds the pirates
Princess Leia:"We'll agree a price for the defectors and scrap but she's not up for negotiation -we are not slavers"
Sanda spots the stunned body of Sinta's laying down at Boushh feet and points down to her
Sanda's :"And just who is she?"
Boushh:"No idea...she was nosing around so I set for stun she should be awake soon-I notified Fegz squad they'll deal with any others"
Boba Fett in cockpit of Slave One as he recieves a message from Kohlma-we can make out landscape of Concordia speeding by in the distance .
Boba Fett:" What is it Teychenne -didn't I tell you to get off that rock?"
Teychenne:" We've uncovered some important data -we're sending it to you now..."
Teychene and Connor in a com link room Teychenne hunched over desk
Teychene:" It concerns a Count Dooku -your father worked for him -seems like this would where he'd come to unwind"
All of a sudden the desk explodes as a laserblast strikes Teychenne is sent flying from the impact - Connor is suddenly jolted into action going for his blaster
Fegz and two more of his compadres enter the com link room smoke from recent blast escapes from the muzzle of Fegz blaster .
Fegz:"Intruders !Set for Kill"
Fegz and his fellow pirates recieve three ruthless laser bolts in the back although we don't see yet who issued them
Aiyleen stands over the three dead pirates wielding Montroses duel blasters -she is no stranger to dealing with lowlifes
Connor:"Aiyleen?.. but where's Mummy?"
Aiyleen drags Connor by her little hand owards the catacoombs -Teychenne gazes back in a state of ponderance-the Zeltron looks worried
Aiyleen:" In the big hanger-with more of these sleemo's we must hurry -through here"
Teychenne"I just hope Fett got that Intel .."
Concordia- Toffaxes fortess The slaver stands beetween two big gun turrets dead centre in fact and holds aloft McGrrrr's vest to the forefont is Ben Kenobi astride lizard steed -back view . Rako's helmet again fixed to his head as he continues his ruse his rifle on his back
Teychenne:" I fear we may have more than just pirates and slavers to contend with"
Toffax:"You're looking for this Bounty Hunter or rather the man that dared to wear this flea ridden rag "
Close up side view of Rako'mask as Ben tries to use a old Jedi mind trick to obtain information
Toffax:"I'm no stranger to homing devices -I have my handmaidens sew them into my slaves fatigues in case any go astray"
Ben Kenobi" You will tell me where he went"
Toffax stares down towards the disguised Jedi big guns still pointed at him .
Toffax:"Half way across the galaxy by now under imperial employment-sold him off to General Bast - I'm afraid you're too late "
View from gun turrets red with sights homed in on Ben and the Lizard he is astride.
Toffax:" Y'know I haven't heard from my dawn patrol lately - you didn't run into them perchance?"
The twin gun boxes are blown into smithereens as Slave One roars over the fort heavy cannons making mincemeat out of Toffaxes fortification-the slaver warlord also collapases as the bricks powder away beneath him give way from the impact of the attack
Toffax hits the rocky Concordia surface- the blow of such a fall is cushioned by his heavy armour ...we an make out a blurry silohuette of Ben and his dragon.
Ben Kenobi:"As a matter of fact we did as it happens"
Toffax halfway on his feet grabs a nasty looking device in his mits similar to a lightsabre with a red button just asking to be pressed
Toffax:" The Laser Lasher for you upstart !"
The tubular device -physically removes itself from Toffaxes hand his fingers can't keep hold of the weapon.
Ben Kenobi:"uh uh"
Kenobi snatches the Lase Whip midair with ease.
Ben Kenobi:"Magnetic gloves-a must have for any aspiring Bounty Hunter"
Toffax flat on his ass, can only watch as the stranger on the lizard ignites the "laser lasher" in one had whilst pointing a blaster pistol in the other-in the distance we can make out Slave One making procedures to land .
Ben Kenobi:" hmm these seem to come along since my day - nice modifications! .- perhaps you need to talk my associate-and come to some kind of arrangement"
Concordia space -The Beleagured Glory inactive smoke and sparks emanate around the damaged ship... within the ship two Stormtroopers have come across illegal substances within the cargo bay
Stormtrooper 1:" Death Sticks I thought those things were made extinct decades ago"
The Two Stormtroopers are wearing special breathing apparatus as standard helmets would still knock out a normal trooper - there's still a faint green mist all around the ship -various Imperials inspect the merchandise that was to be smuggled -until now in the cargo hold
Stormtrooper 2:"Me too -that's a big haul too -could be promotions all round for this one"
A Stormtrooper with a shoulder pad signifying rank over the two in previous panel addresses his two squad mates
Stormtrooper Seargent:" You two Warrent Officer Sheckill requires your assistance in the lounge "
The two Troopers walk from the cargo hold into the ships corridors
Stormtrooper 1:"Got to hand it to Shecky -smart move filling the air supply with that riot gas"
Stormtrooper 2:"That was his slaver scum of a brother, mind you minimal casualties is always a good thing -TK 7904 wasn't so lucky though"
Rear view of Troopers as they stroll down corridor
Stormtrooper:1 "Yeah I heard droid got him-not that theres any clankers left onboard now"
Stormtrooper 2 "We sure did see to that"
Sheckill in Oxygen mask meets the two Stormtroopers at the entrance to the lounge the haze of green is strongest in this area
Sheckill:"Glad you could make it over need as many men to carry the unconcious back too the shuttle "
Stormtrooper 2:"Very good sir"
Stormtrooper 1 looks down at Owen Lars snoring away -very much out for the count .
Stormtrooper 1:"Begging your pardon sir but not everyones a Pirate here-this guy looks like a farmer"
Warrent Officer Sheckill sneers through oxygen mask(much likethe one Leia and Han wore inside the asteroid when dealing with mynocks so we can see his eyes and expression
Warrent Officer Sheckill:" Doesn't matter we can't go by looks here -everyone could be guilty here"
Stormtrooper One carrying Lukes limp body through the lounge door Trooper 2 tries to get Biggs Darklighter to his feet whilst Buro and Sheckil pick up Owen amongst all the zonked out passengers and pirates"
Warrent Officer Sheckill:" Toffax and General Bast will have a field day when they see how many slaves we've apprehended today"
End of Part 1 .
"The Big Thaw".
Updated-I'd better mention the other members of supporting cast are where they fit it in - first up Lemo and Sanda -the two pirates ramshacking the dead moon -who first appeared in Star Wars #79 "The Big Con" from 1983-read this originally when I was 11-thought they were cool vllians (Lemo is that a nod to Lemmy?)excellent landspeeder chase towards the climax not much about them on the web but did find review of issue 79 -Nathan makes a mistake here that's not Sanda the green skinned chick but a gang member who goes mad with the blaster -but anyway thought they'd make interesting adversaries-I do love the 80's stories (well when they're weLl written and drawn- I'll have to complete colouring the first few pages of Death in the City of Bone in the next few days) Lando in his disguise reminded me of this Billly Ocean video and a bit of Prince too- very Jabba's Palace influenced. When I was writing this it hit me rather than having generic pirate henchmen why not set up other known characters- Jodo been one of them who I first saw in a PS1 game, then read about in Tales of the Bounty Hunters and Twins Engines of Destruction - lovethe Clint noises lol - I felt Boushh would make a appearence here too -I imagine the original Boushh would of known his martial arts going by his slight build -not sure he'd look like how he's depicted in these paintings under the mask though -I'd rather that stayed a mystery Had to feature General Bast - General here rather than Chief Bast (as story is set b4 his promotion) -Johnny Briggs Dad I think he was in Eastenders for a while too -Leslie Schofield
Sunday, 1 May 2016
The Avengers logo 1962-63 style length ways across.
Lengthway view of Glienicker Bridge Winter 1963.Nightime
One-Ten: “Alas Frauline Stern we must part here along the bridge of spies, I cannot say it’s been a pleasure.”
Again Lengthways Panel
One -Ten , The Avengers spy chief has a gun pointed at the back of Hilda Stern, female assassin and valuable member of the Intercrime organisation, Her hands are raised. In the distance we can make out an American jeep and two soldiers , one a gunner the other a driver.. been such a harsh winter One-Ten is in his winter coat ,scarf and hat, Hilda is wearing a Gestapo like black trenchcoat , very much the ice maiden.
Hilda Stern:”I have no value in your game, my organisation have no political motive , why hand me over to the Stasi “
One-Ten:”You can’t fool me dear I’m an old hand.. move along”
On the eastern side of the bridge the soviet spy chief Adeen-Desyat (One-Ten in Russian)also has a prisoner to hand over except his hands are tied and he has a sack over his head ,the prisoner wears a brown dirty trenchcoat somewhat too thin for the wintery climate .In the distance we can see a big Soviet army truck.
Adeen-Desyat:”I believe your boss man has blessed us with his presence, punctuality has always been one his great strengths”
Prisoner:”gahh get this thing off my head “
The Russian unties the prisoners hand he too has a strange looking small arm pointed at his captive
Adeen-Desyat:”Let me untie your hands first, we cannot return to the imperialist west in bondage can we Doctor?”
The sack headed man as soon as hands are free pushes the big Russian away and runs across the bridge and makes a run for it..
Adeen-Desyat:”Mother of Kazan!”
Prisoner:” One Ten! It’s a trap!”
Back view of the running man the sack flying off his head as he dashes towards One –Ten ,Hilda and the G.I’s in the Jeep
Prisoner:”Get Off the Bridge”(Shouting)
Three Red army troops appear from the back of the truck , Rifles with telescopic sights pointing , with strange tubular attachments on the guns muzzle , like silencers. Adeen –Desyat with his odd looking pistol raised he also raises his voice.
Adeen –Desyat:”Prepare to Fire!”
One-Ten with a cold look in his eye arm around Hilda’s neck gun to her head.. Hilda looks afraid.
One- Ten:”Utter Shambles “
GI at jeeps gun swerves into action and driver also goes for his pistol.
Again view of Jeep except both the driver and gunner are struck by two projectiles not bullets but darts with feathery trips (tranquilizers ).
The Prisoner leaps to the edge of the bridge as the red army troops fire towards him in the middle of the bridge we see One-Ten and Hilda who are also in the line of fire.
Both One-Ten and Hilda are now struck by the darts,lunging backwards from the impact the spy chief isn’t given a chance to let off a shot.
Adeen-Desyat motions with his pistol as his troops rush towards the bodies and The Jeep.
Adeen-Desyat:”Secure the Prisoners”.
Hanging from the bridges girders the trench-coated prisoner we are yet to get a decent visual of his face .
Above him the soldiers follow Adeen -Desyats orders.
Soldier:”But what of Keel? He’s disappeared !”
Adeen –Desyat supervises the troops as they lift the unconscious bodies from the bridge, eastwards.
Adeen Desyat:”We’ve no time we must evacuate area immediately there must be no trace of our been here.. As for Doctor Keel..”
Doctor David Keel clings for dear life underneath the bridge . trapped between the freezing waters of the Havel and certain death above.
Adeen-Desyat:”He’s served his purpose , with have our prize “
Title “The Defectors” in white over a close up of Keels determined face .
Close up of photograph of Che Guavare ,Cathy Gale and Fidel Castro , arms around each other like best buddies on holiday , the photo is obviously taken in Santiago after the fall of the Batista’s reign.
John Steed:”Radiant as ever Mrs Gale, although I can’t say the same about your compadres here, both in dire need of a trip to the barbers.
Side view of John Steed, bowler hat crowning his head, chatting away to Catherine Gale , who is sporting a oriental style top profile view of her as she responds to Steeds comments , the photo of the threesome is frame on the wall. It is clear to the reader that the two are in a art gallery.
Cathy Gale:”It’s quite obvious that you think I’m hanging up my dirty laundry for the world to see, and I’m none too proud, but it’s an episode in my life.. an important episode.”
John Steed:”In our line of work my dear, it unwise to court controversy savvy? I can actually feel the prying eyes around this room. “
Both Steed and Gale walk away from photograph to reveal small gallery is full of visitors young and old viewing Cathy’s photography exhibition. Various large blow ups of Cathy’s greatest works so far hang on the walls of The Cork Street gallery.
Cathy Gale:” Good! It will provoke a reaction and attention , as I keep telling you Steed I can’t pay the rent on air alone”.
John Steed:”But it’s the kind of attention you want , your escapades in Cuba aren’t going to generate much sympathy with my colleges or for that matter Joe Public either”
Cathy Gale ”You know at the time I fought for what was right , and what was humanely decent-but I realise now I was naive ..”
Close up of Steed , jovial – he has one over on Mrs Gale at least he feels he has.
John Steed:”Revolution –to quote your man up their ..is no bed of roses ..”
Cathy Gale close up shoots Steed a frosty glare
Cathy Gale:”..revolution is a struggle between the future and the past “.. and sometimes Steed talking to you in those clothes , I know precisely what he meant.. but rest assured he’s no friend of mine”
Back view of Cathy hands on hips , Steed clutches his umbrella , as he prepares to leave.
John Steed:”Anyhow word of warning , be careful, as I know you are .. fight your corner”
Cathy Gale:”You’re going?”
John Steed:”Yes as it happens doctor s in fact”
Steed gestures a wave goodbye tips hat with umbrella , Cathy pulls a curious expression and posture. In background various gallery visitors .
Cathy Gale:” Bit late in the night for a check up , anything the matter”
John Steed:” aha except not me my doctored friend has just back from Europe he’s picked up a nasty cold .. thought I’d drop by some grapes the poor thing.”
Steed pulls open gallery door a walks briskly into the dark London streets ,
John Steed:” I’ll pop around in the morning –Hasta luego!”
Two figures standing by one of Gales huge portraits of some Kenyan Children , both look shifty somewhat in their American style suits, and hats , the older of the two Agent Frey looking very much the CIA man that he is , the slightly younger American, Agent MacGuffin is wide eyed and taking it all in , both are somewhat baffled by the English art scene , they kind of stick out like sore thumbs but try not to draw much attention to themselves .
Agent MacGuffin:”You reckon that’s her old man?”
Agent Frey ”Hard to tell these Limeys sure are peculiar !”
The two agents look towards Cathy (who’s chatting to a group of friends) and towards the Cuban poster.
Agent Frey:” One things for sure she sure knows Castro..she’s definitely our gal”
Agent MacGuffin:”Shall we spring on her now sir”
Agent Frey taps on his bulbous nose .. he’s been in the Central Intelligence Agency for a long while now.
Agent Frey:”Best we tail her MacGuffin , too public here ..”
Cathy Gale chatting with friends close up.. Frey and Macguffin watch in the distance of the art gallery.
Agent Frey:”The way I see it , this Mrs Catherine Gale can either be a great asset or terrible burden , you’re a street man you know the score.”
A London street , Steed is at the front door of a doctors surgery he speaks into doors phone. The name Doctor Martin King is visible on a sign on the wall.
John Steed:” Hello Carol it’s me Steed!”
Carol Wilson now Doctor Kings receptionist welcomes her old friend through the doorway , Steed graciously raises his bowler and grins the Steed grin.
Carol Wilson:” My goodness it’s been an age , my your looking well”
John Steed:” Thank you my dear, It’s all been business and pleasure , the reason for my absence .. how’s the patient ?”
Carol Wilson:”He’s stuffed up with the flu – Doctor Kings with him now.. seeing you might liven him up”
Steed inspects the surgery , it’s much like it was when Keel was the GP ,give or take a few items a photo of King and Wilson is on the desk. Although it’s been almost two years since he last frequented the room It’s like Steed hasn’t been away.
John Steed:” Congratulations are in order, when’s the big day?”
Carol Wilson ”Oh you heard about our engagement , the end of June , Martins booked some time off “
Doctor King at Keels be side , Steed pops his head around the door , Keel looks worse for wear, in his pyjamas .
John Steed:”Doctor Keel I presume?”
Dr David Keel:” If you want to *cough!* catch your death Steed you’ve come to the right place!”
Close up of Keel
Dr David Keel:”They’ve got One-Ten..not sure he’s dead though..i found a dart –a doping agent , after they left.”
Close up of Steed a quizzical look written on his face.
John Steed:”A dart?”
Dr David Keel:”I gave it to Martin to examine ”
Steed hand on chin ponders Doctor King interjects
Doctor Martin King:” One Ten would be more valuable to the Soviets alive.. makes sense they’d use such a method ”
John Steed:” And they carted him away like livestock..ohh he won’t like that!”
Profile view of Steed eyes downwards
John Steed:”This whole defection thing with Stern, was a ploy , they fed false information and instructed One-Ten that they’d only make the exchange if he was present , Stern and I daresay you Doc were mere pawns in the game.”
Keel rises from bed he points towards Steed.
Doctor David Keel:”So what we going to do .. I just can’t sit here and feel sorry for myself”
Steed produces a bunch of grapes which he hands to his sick friend.
John Steed ”Maybe you’d like some grapes to go with your wrath..we’ll think of something, Martin and I will get to work on this at the crack of dawn”
Steed about to disembark from the sickroom places bowler on head , Keel about to eat grape but lets out a great sneeze side view of the Doctor.
John Steed:”Bon Appetite “
Doctor David Keel:” Actchoo!”
Night in London , Mrs Gale walks down street hands in pockets of leather trenchcoat it is a cold night.On her head a brown leather cap in the far distance the familiar shapes of Agent Frey and MacGuffin , who are sneakily following her.
Agent Frey:” Looks like she’s heading for the subway train station , we’ll split up there”
Agent MacGuffin”I hear they’re testing a fully automatic train here ... no driver ? what next ?planes that fly themselves?”
Cathy Approach’s Green Park station .. totally unaware of her stalkers . who continue their dialogue behind her.
Agent Frey:”Or robotic access agents if we blow this one .. keep your eye on the honey pot and your mind on the job.”
Bleak and desolate , empty but for a lone Teddy boy unlit cigarette to mouth , Cathy waits for the last train back .
The Ted notices Cathy and yells over to her
Teddyboy:”Scuse me Darlin’ have you got a light?”
Cathy produces a lighter ignites a flame to spark up the youngsters cigarette.
Teddyboy :”Much Obliged..”
Out of the shadows leap out two more Teds brandishing knifes it’s an ambush .. the Ted with the cigarette cool as you like(this is routine behaviour to him) continues...
Teddyboy:”Think we’ll ‘ave your purse too luv!”
MacGuffin and Frey on station stairs they hear the scuffle below on the platform
Teddyboy “ URRRGGH! GETTOFF YOU BITCH!”
Agent Frey:”Sounds like trouble!”
Agent MacGuffin:”Well I’m a sucker for damsels in distress Eddie .. I’m going in..”
Agent Frey:”Your funeral kid .. just stay in character!”
Cathy has the smoking Teddyboy in what looks like a very agonising arm lock the Ted yelps
The other teds back off slightly still brandishing knifes
Teddyboy:”Just back off will ya ! She’ll break me arm “
Agent MacGuffin rushes towards the ruffians on the platform , the two knife wielding Teds turn their attention to him
Cathy releases the weakened mugger to the ground as she hears the Americans voice, the mugger is drained off all his energy.
Agent MacGuffin:”Hey you punks leave her alone!”
MacGuffin slugs one of the Teds knocking blade out of his hand –Cathy grabs the other and is about to hurl him into a wall
Which she does .. the tube train rapidly approaches the platform as the Ted strikes the wall.
Announcer:” The next train on platform C calling at Oxford Circus, Warren Street and Euston!”
The Tube Trains doors open as the carriages grind to a halt.. MacGuffin calls over to Cathy to board the train , As she fixes hair after her fight . Two of the Teds lay flat out on the platform in distance you can just make out Agent Frey about to board train further down platform.
Agent MacGuffin:”Hey Lady!”
Cathy puts on her cap as she boards the train. The doors halfway shutting as she does.
Cathy Gale:”Thank you ever so much”
MacGuffin standing inside train tilts hat back , and grins , he’s impressed with what he just saw he’s also impressed by Cathy’s looks,
Agent MacGuffin:” Ahh it was nothing used to box in the army.. but wow you .. was that Ju-Jitsu ?”
Cathy Gale:” As it happens yes .. I study Judo.. haven’t I seen you before tonight ...?”
MacGuffin close up
Agent McGuffin:” Yeah I was at your exhibition , you’re a woman of many talents it seems”
Close up of Cathy also smiling.
Cathy Gale:” Thank you ,The exhibition really was my friend Steed’s Idea , I ‘m an anthropologist I found recording my subjects helped with that too”
Lengthways shot of tube carriage , various other passengers on train take up the seats as the two secret agents chat away.
Agent MacGuffin:” So this Steed guy he’s like a svengalli type”
Cathy Gale:”You could say that .. what line of business are you in Mr..”
Agent MacGuffin:” Call me Charley ,, I’m with an agency, do they say talent spotter over here?”
Agent Frey moving up the carriage mumbles under his breath as he spots the two talking.
Agent Frey:”Ahh heck he’s hitting on her”
Cathy Gale:”Really where are you based New York?”
Agent MacGuffin ”Virginia “
Doctor Kings Surgery Steed examines some paperwork , Doctor King and his fiancé stand in background.
John Steed:”Seems like the only lead we have is these tranquiliser darts, you’d imagine an animal tranquiliser would kill a man?”
Doctor Martin King:”I made a study of the dart Keel retrieved – seems like this is experimental tranquiliser , a prototype , I Imagine intended for crowd control “
Steed still in chair looks over to Dr King to ask him a question.
John Steed:” Very nasty, how about the drug itself?”
Doctor Martin King:” Seems to be a very subtle cocktail of various sedatives used on pigs and other livestock.”
Close up of Doctor King
Doctor Martin King:”.. the weight of the dart and it’s contents are vital they’d have to correspond with their targets body weight otherwise you’d kill the intended victim..or drive them insane.”
John Steed:”It makes one assume this abduction was planned well in advance.. right down to information about One-Ten’s last visit to a “speak your weight machine”.
Steed lifts up the dart closes one eye to examine the projectile .. King and Carol seem unaware that Keel has made it out of his sick bed and has opened the door into the surgery.
John Steed:”I imagine it would of taken about two of these things to knock out One Ten , the Old Bulldog! heh heh ”
Keel announces his presence to the others in the room..standing in his pyjamas he makes a shocking revelation .
Doctor David Keel:”No Steed!.. it just took one dart .. you see it was I who made them.”
Camden Town Station
Along with the splash of Passengers exiting the station gates we see Cathy and MacGuffin .. not far behind them trying to look anonymous Agent Frey. Ticket guard at exit.
Cathy Gale:” it’s very kind of you to walk me home Charley “
Agent MacGuffin ”Well I know you’re a big girl now after that bother at the station –but I’m trying real hard to be a gentleman”
View from Agent Freys perspective who’s amongst the crowd of commuters a few steps behind Gale and MacGuffin who hands over his ticket to guard.
Cathy Gale:”I can make you a nightcap Steed has my cabinet drowning in brandy – one glass won’t hurt... it’s the leastI I can do”
Agent Mac Guffin:”Sure...You’ve twisted my arm “
Agent Frey:” Oh brother!”
Frame 68: Macguffin hails a London Taxi as it pulls by.
Cathy and MacGuffin take the back seat , view from cabbies perspective
Cab Driver:” Where too?”
Cathy Gale”14 Primrose Hill”
As the black cab drives away into the night , Agent Frey opens door of a lighter coloured Taxi door holding a wad of bank notes as he does.
Agent Frey:”Follow that Cab”
The black cab comes to a halt as it’s reached it’s destination. Cathy stands on pavement as MacGuffin leans over to driver.
Agent MacGuffin:”It’s alright Cathy I’ll pay for this.”
Cathy opens front door to flats. MacGuffin looks pleased with himself (his investigating seems to be paying off)
Cathy Gale:”I only moved in here a month or two ago.. all mod cons I hope you’ll like it”
As Cathy opens door , a Dalmatian leaps up to greet Cathy .. she wasn’t expecting the dog.
Cathy Gale:” Goodness Freckles what you doing out of your basket?”
Cathy has her arms full with the over excited spotty dog , glad to see her mistress.
Cathy Gale:”Down girl!.. just up the stairs second door”
MacGuffin makes his way up the stairs as Cathy tries to calm the dog down ..
Agent MacGuffin: “You usually let your dog out in the hallway must play havoc with the other residents?”
Freys Cab arrives outside Cathys flat..
Taxi Driver:” This is it”
Agent Frey:”Thank you driver”
As MacGuffin walks up the staircase Cathy calls up to him
Cathy Gale ”No.. she should be indoors.. oh my..”
Side view of MacGuffin looking downwards .. he seems unsure of Mrs Gale all of a sudden.
Cathy Gale:”I think I’ve been burgled !”
Reaction shot of Frey standing out on street.. as he hears a loud gunshot emanating from Cathy’s flat.
At Cathy’s front door at top of stairs stands a figure similarly dressed as Cathy is now .. long black leather coat , she has same colouration of hair and similar hairstyle too.. but her face is obscured by the lighting.. she carries a tiny firearm.. in fact Cathy’s very own Garter gun. Smoke escaping from muzzle.
Frey bursts through front door ..
A look of horror can be read from Cathy’s expression as she discovers what lies on her staircase
Close up of Charley MacGuffin having been a victim of a headshot wound lies dead on the stair carpet.
The Avengers –End of Act 1
The Avengers-The Defectors -Act 2
Frame 1: Title -Original style font from series signalling the start of act two -big panel taking up three quarters of the page.
Standing on a top of a staircase is mousey blonde woman wielding a small smoking beratta , in a large black leather trench coat, she grins a wide evil grin.The lighting is bad but we can make out her features.
Below her victim C.I.A Agent Charley McGuffin with a gaping gunshot wound to his skull lies fallen on the stairs profile view of Cathy Gales face in shock as she was only just talking with Charley seconds before-she recognises the woman at the top of the stairs an old nemesis...
Stern dashes down the stairs shoving Mrs Gale out of the way in the process .. usually Gale would of stopped her but in her state of confusion and the fact Stern is carrying a pistol Stern seizes the moment.
"Freckles" the dalmatian has leapt upon Agent Frey in all the confusion.The noise gunshot has driven the poor dog berserk .
"Hey down boy! easy now!"
Whilst the American is trying to evade the dog Hilda makes her way through the open front door into the night.
Cathy Gale clambers to her feet hat knocked off in the scuffle , knowing fully well she must capture Stern.
But as Cathy rises to her feet she is met by another gun wielding figure who now has shaken the dog -back view of Cathy front view of Frey.
"Ok Mata Hari I gotcha !"
Front view of taxi cab driver who's had a good night ..his last fair Frey had left him a very generous tip ,he counts his money , although he's just heard a gunshot he's nonplussed about it... he's had many dodgy cab fairs before- in the background we can make out Stern running towards taxi quickly pursued by Freckles who may or may not know it's Stern or her Mistress Cathy.
Stern converses with the driver at his window
:"Heathrow airport driver and step on it"
Back view of taxi as door opens and Stern and Freckles enter
" Make sure your dog doesn't mess up my seats only just got them cleaned"
As the cab drives off down the street - Frey and Gale stand out on the street. Frey still has gun pointed at her , he is fuming .. Cathy gazes towards the disappearing car.
"I'll see you get the chair for this Commie ! Chuck was a good man, one of the best in all my years!"
"Then you should be chasing down that taxi - I didn't do this"
"No way sister - I've seen the company you keep , your holiday snaps try explaining them and Chucks killing down at the embassy "
Outside shot of Doctor Kings surgery , still night time.
"So let me get this straight you been aiding the Russians in their biological warfare program?I can't believe my ears"
Dr David Keel sits in his pyjamas fighting back against his influenza , he looks moody as he tries to explain to his former partner his part in a Soviet plot. Steed is standing and looks sternly down at the doctor.
Dr David Keel:
"Not so much the Russians but the East Germans , they've set up a laboratory which conducts studies into Steroid research- a Super Soldier program"
"So once you crossed the Iron Curtain you jumped at the chance to work on this project c'mon Doc doesn't at all sound like you at all"
Side view of Doctor Keels head cup of hot soup steaming in hand.
Doctor David Keel:
"Not quite; initially One Ten had sent me out there to observe what was going on in the plant - see if they were making any progress in the field.."
Aerial view of the surgery - back view of Doctor Keel in chair with cuppa soup , front view of Steed.
Doctor David Keel:"
"Well no in fact they'd made little or no progress , but as a Doctor and a scientist I pursued and made use of the facilities they provided and made giant leaps forward.. for the first time in a long time I was happy"
Doctor David Keel:
" My assistant Elizaveta was a great help in my studies and we soon married and I wanted to stay and complete my research"
Side view of Steeds head smirking.
" aha I take it once you met this Elizaveta you've gone down with a case of the red flu "
Front view of Keel blowing his nose .. Dr King approaches phone as it rings in the background
Doctor David Keel:" That's not funny.. she's been held at the compound must get bac...attchhooo!"
Doctor Martin King:
" The Phone!.. who at this hour!"
Doctor King lifts earpiece to head and receives call
"Doctor Kings Surgery..speaking!.. uh? I'll just get him!"
Steed picks up the phone.
"Caruthas -.. Pardon? .. We'll be right there."
Steed picks up his brolly and lifts hat towards head and gestures to King
" That was One-Six there's been an incident you better come with me Martin"
Outside the American embassy Westminster Eagle clearly visible atop of the three year old structure .. sky is turning colour as night progresses .
" One more time Mrs Gale .. why did you shoot Charley McGuffin down in cold blood"
Agent Frey and two American Military Police Men frogmarch Mrs Gale across the splendid blue carpet of the embassy , she is handcuffed and is considerably smaller than the three men escorting her . Been very late at night the place is almost empty except for guards and various members of staff.
"I'm afraid you're barking up the wrong tree Mr Frey- you're allowing a known felon abscond the country as we speak"
Frey leers down at Gale who fixes a steely glare back at the C.I.A operative.
"I don't think so little lady , once we find ourselves a dark private room in this hotel me and the boys are gonna beat that Marxist claptrap out of you forever"
" And I'll see you in court Field Operative Frey"
The trio walk down one the embassy's corridors-back view.
"You're on U.S owned soil now,move it pinko!"
The street outside Cathy's flat .Blue Police lights from the cars and ambulance sirens brighten up the pavement . There are barriers towards the doorway and a line of Policemen blocking the crime scene from the public's prying eyes .King and Steed shuffle there way towards the commotion.
"Not sure it was wise to leave Keel alone with Carol "
"She's known him longer than either of us and I trust him -I don't think he's been brainwashed by the sounds of things-besides it's Cathy's welfare is whats concerning me now "
Steed gestures to one of the Policemen standing by the doorway
"May I inquire what on earths going on here Constable?"
"There's been a shooting sir ,some poor fellows copped it"
Steed turns to King hand over mouth.
John Steed:"Good Lord! .."
Steed reverses and addresses the policeman again.
"That's terrible ,you see I was to take my furry friend for a early morning stroll lives in one of these flats , "
" There was no dog on the scene sir , we would of taken it away"
" Thank you Constable , I hope you find the culprit".
Steed and King stand by a vintage 1930's Lagonda , Steeds Car looking pensive
Well at least we know Cathy , wasn't the victim.. and Freckles has gone astray-that's it.. c'mon we may still have a chance!"
Two Large Doors guarded by the two military policemen-close up of there helmeted expressionless faces, a speech bubble appears from one of the door panels.
"Don't fight it ya commie witch-you're ours now!"
The room is dark except for a small lamp directed at Gale who is maneuvered herself to a far corner.Her hands are still cuffed . Frey , now with jacket removed . in a short sleeved shirt , hat is also gone revealing a balding head(I was thinking of Karl Malden when I came up with his character) whilst positioning light with one hand in his other he's produced a rather nasty looking syringe.
"You see we at the agency have been trying out all kinds of new truth serums -but we need test monkeys
you my dear fit the bill to a T."
Same Panel as Frame 29-except for slight hint of a shadow approaching the silhouette of a man,
"This sedative is just an appetizer , meant to loosen you up a little.."
Close up of Frey (a demented sadistic grin on his face ) and the syringe which escapes the panel borders so it looks like it's heading directly toward the reader.
"After this we'll try out a few doses of lysergic acid diethylamide "
Same as Panel 29-but now silhouette has taken human form a stout white hatted man in a black suit the M.P's don't blink an eye as he approach's the door.
"They say it opens up all kinds of doors to the mind -but I just want you to spew up the truth!"
The white hatted gent swings open the doors and pulls a wonderful expression of shock and disgust eyes bulging ..
"Good Morning Charles, glad you could make it!"
Cathy has the C.I.A man in a stranglehold with the cuffs, he's losing the struggle, Cathy grins an aggressive grin as he struggles.
:"If you would most kindly release him please Mrs Gale"
Cathy slams Frey to the ground , Charles looks skyward as he surveys the room..
"Sloppy work Douglas ,She's one of ours ..the real killer is en-route out of the country "
One of the M.P's unlocks Cathy's handcuffs , she looks at her freed hands, meanwhile Charles is addressing Frey slumped down on the ground.
"Call yourself an intelligence agent? No thanks to you an enemy agent is on the loose"
"How do you know all this?"
Cathy sprints out the door listening to Charles answer as she does..
"Seems like the suspect has kidnapped your dog -it's heading towards Heathrow at nearly 70 miles per hour, Steeds tracing the animals collar signal as we speak."
"Good dog ! I'm going to need a bike.. a fast one."
A phone kiosk Heathrow Airport Hilda Stern is making an international call , we also catch a glimpse of Freckles scratching behind her.
"Nein ! but she's behind bars where she belongs.."
Phone:"And what of Keel?"
East Germany- A Secret Laboratory exterior, gun towers can be seen so the place is more like a fortress.
"That's your problem Herr Kommissar , I'm severing all links with your organization unless you
treble my salary "
"That is not negotiable Frau Stern-unless you bring the doctor back to me alive"
Adeen-Desyat the Soviet equivalent of One-Ten. Sits at his big wooden desk clutching phone to ear a bust of Lenin on the desk as well as various dossiers , behind him a large painting of Joseph Stalin .The Kommissar is a hard liner.
"There go the pips .. can reverse the charges accursed phone..."
" Wherever you plan to fly off to ..be wary we have eyes everywhere ..."
Hilda at Kiosk as line fades out and goes dead
"Spasibo Frauline Ster..***"
Hilda Stern:" Ach! need more change"
Adeen -Desyat:'s office side view of his profile A young tall blonde woman in a labcoat is present looking very much like Elisabeth Shepherd . guarding the doors are two NVA soldiers standing very still in their distinctive helmets,
"Terrible woman.. I just hope you have bought me better news Doctor Keel"
Doctor Elizaveta Keel:
"Da Kommisar , quite wonderful news in fact, One-Ten's resiliency to the new serums seems to be wearing off he's named various locations of agents operating in the Balkans"
Adeen-Desyat at desk rear view of Elizaveta
"Good, Once Operation Mayday commences you are to leave for England and recover your husband - I can rely on you to tie up any lose ends"
Steed and Doctor King on the motorway heading towards the airport, Doctor King is unsure about the capabilities of Steeds mode of transport.
" You sure this relic can make it over to Heathrow in one piece"
Side view of car built into the dash board is a radar with a white blip signifying Freckles the dog. just visible to the right hand of the panel is a motorcycle wheel.
"This ladies made it to John O'Groats and back mark my words a fine piece of motor engineering"
Same Panel almost-except the bike is clearer in view to the right -Steed and Dr King continue talking
"We must be getting closer the blip on monitor is growing by the second"
The bike and its rider a familiar shape in a black and white helmet speeds to the left hand side of the panel ,Steed responds to the bikes horn tooting by raising his bowler"
"Ahh good morning Mrs Gale!"
Again almost same panel as the others except King has perplexed look on his face and Steed at the wheel also looks somewhat confused. The bike has now sped past the Lagonda and we see the hind wheel vanish to the left hand side of the panel.
" That was Cathy wasn't it?"
Front view of Lagonda .
"Then who's got the dog?"..
Hilda Stern drags Freckles towards a information desk the dog struggles to sit still.
"That's it Hund! if you don't stop following me around ,I will have to take drastic actions!"
Hilda arrives at an information desk a plump stoic man sits behind it.
"I need to take this animal to quarantine , could you give me the directions!"
"Is this your Pet?"
Close up of Freckles ears slightly raised and a look of recognition as she hears a familiar voice.
"No ..I mean yes "
John Steed:"Freckles! it is you old girl!"
The Dog runs off towards the familiar umbrella wielding bowler hatted shape .. back view .
"You'll need to sign a few documents"
"Come to Daddy!"
Hilda suddenly turns to see Steed and Doctor King reunited with the dalmatian a small pointed muzzle protruding from her trenchcoat sleeve .
"One Minute Madame"
Cathy suddenly springs from behind the assassin and gives her an almighty powerful karate chop to the back of the neck.
Hilda lies flat out unconscious in a crumpled heap , Cathy's Garter gun dislodged from her hand , view of Cathys boots as she stares down at her adversary.
"Round Three to me Frauline Stern!.."
Large panel , Doctor King lies dead from a gunshot to the heart from the garter gun Hilda was brandishing earlier, Steed is on his knees eyes welling up with tears - he is naturally devastated Freckles too is upset nose facing downward.
John Steed:" I'm afraid it seems rain has stopped play Mrs Gale "
Aerial view of the scene with Doctor King sprawled out on the ground Cathy walking toward Steed and Freckles-in silence.Over the airport tannoy's announcements are still been made.
"The flight to Berlin -at Terminal One is about to depart"
Passengers walking up an airstair of a Lufthansa aircraft.. typical tourists one wearing an unusally patterned hat like a checker board and a brown trench coat.
The man in the hat sneezes and covers nose with a handkerchief as he walks by air hostess who is there to greet him
Air Hostess:" Welcome Aboard Sir"
Close up of the man with hat his face is clearer to see now after blowing nose to reveal that is Doctor Keel.
Air Hostess:"Sounds like you have a nasty cold there sir "
Doctor Keel:" I'll be fine mam, I'm a doctor"
A rain soaked graveyard , the sky is crying as Vicar lays Doctor Martin King to his final resting place .
amongt the mourners (most of who are sheltering from the rain with umbrellas ) are John Steed, Cathy Gale , members of the doctors immediate family including his younger sister Tara (she'd be about 13 or 14 here with longer hair)and his fiancee Carol Wilson, also seen among the mourners is Mother, Charles and One- Six. The pallbears lower The doctors coffin as the Vicar utters the words.
Vicar:"God Almighty our brother Martin Luke King and we commit his body to the ground..."
The Casket is lowered into it's grave.
"Earth To Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust..."
Close up of a crying Carol Tara clutches her for support.
"The Lord Bless him and keep him, The Lord make his face shine upon him and be gracious unto him.."
Coffin has now disappeared below now-the Vicar finnishes.
"and give him peace .Amen"
A C.I.A Interrogation station somewhere in England , Hilda Stern is strapped upright to a table -Agent Frey's torture rack in a stark darkened room . Frey scuttles his hands over various torture devices , hammers , wrenches ,wires and syringes .
" It's your Funeral ."
But Frey opts for the power drill , Sterns eyes widen as she see's what he's picked up.
"Two Allied agents dead by your hand... the Limey well I can't speak for him , but I think Chuck would of wanted this..."
Frey Points drill directly at Hildas skull.
"You see we go way back Hungary 56, Cuba 61, Indo China last year.. I can tell you we were a team"
Frey turns his back on Hilda and inspects his drill.
"What if I tell you about Operation May Day "
Agent Frey: "You can "Sprechen" to your hearts desire .."
Frey turns to the rack again .. back to reader.
"You're going to die anyhow"
A rifle butt crashes into the back of Freys skull taking him totally off guard.
Steed and Gale in the rainy graveyard , most of the mourners have left. Steed is upset.
"You go ahead Mrs Gale, I don't think I'll be welcome at the wake, I could of prevented all this."
Cathy Gale:" Actually I wanted to give you this "
Gale hands Steed a slip of paper.
"Carol handed me this earlier, she said Keel was adamant you got it."
Steed reads the scrap of paper Gale peers to see what it is.
"What does it say?"
"It's a map of where One-Ten is been held.
Classic John Steed and Cathy Gale defiant pose as the duo head away from the graveside.
" Hope your passports up to date looks like we're in for a jaunt to the German Democratic Republic "
The unconscious body of Agent Frey lies on its back in the detention centre. Hilda Stern is now free from her restraints liberated by what appears to be an British RAF Officer - who seems to be a dead ringer for a younger John Steed
Hilda Stern:"So you do have eyes everywhere the Kommisar is a man true to his word"
" Operation May Day is imminent and Frau Stern we're needed!
End of Act 2 Title Panel.
Frame 0: Act Three -Still of Act Two Graphics from a original Series 2 or 3 episode.
The Secret base where Hilda Stern was to be tortured -The RAF Officer who bares a uncanny resemblance to a young Patrick Macnee gazes ahead Hilda now loose stares down at the now out for the count C.I.A Agent Frey.
Hilda Stern:"Schwein... I'll..."
RAF:" I know what you're thinking.. but no .. it's not how I operate..leave him"
The Steed like airman chucks the hitwoman a flight helmet which she catches .. she is all agape she can't understand why her rescuer is one of her mortal enemies.
Hilda Stern:" Your face..it's..?"
RAF Officer:"oh it's all intentional -get into these togs it's your ticket out of here"
Stern clambers into a flight suit much like the one pilot s wearing
RAF Officer:"All will become clear once you rendezvous with Keller.
Hilda now with pilot helmet on obscuring her face and flight suit and Officer who carries helmet walk down long corridor -
RAF Pilot:"Just get in the back seat- and I'll brief you once we are midair -can't really talk now- "
Frame 5:A telephone rings in Freys torture room , he rubs head as he recovers from been pistol whipped
SFX: BRRRRRRINNNGG BRRRRRRRINGG!"
Frey:"Oh my aching head..."
Frey lifts the receiver close up of his head talking on the phone.
Frey:" Frey Speaking..uhuh...when?"
Frey:" Immediately ...Thank you sir..."
Frey: "It will be real honour sir,,,"
Morderberg "Murderers Mountains! Barracks of the Volkspolizei Bereitschaft (A para military riot police unit) lots of activity marching - prisoners made to stare blankly into wall for hours on end .Whilst an NVA Officer barks at them at the top of his shrill voice.
Amongst all this clockwork militarism you can make out Doctor Keel sheltering by a wall unseen by the uniformed men. A young trooper walks down a darkened arch unaware he's passed Keel .
The young recruit walks through archway assault rifle strapped to his shoulder totally unaware of the shadowy figure creeping behind him(Keel)
Keel lunges on VPB man with a syringe stabbing it into his neck the lad dozes off almost instantly
Doctor Keel:"Gute Nacht!"
In the shadows Keel tries on VPB's recruits uniform as he lays asleep undressed
Doctor Keel:"Guess I need to lay off the frankfurters -it'll have to do."
Keel places cap on head and heads towards a sentry box.(not sure what view yet from behind-all depends on photo stock)
The Sentry box is actually a flight of stairs which leads to a underground bunker-the disguised Keel clambers down the stairwell.
A Hawker Kestral cuts through the clouds at supersonic speed the prototype contains the RAF Pilot and Hilda Stern.
RAF Pilot:" I'm testing out a new cloaking device designed by Knight Electronics -actually it's my fiancees innovation , she's a bit of a whizz kid when it comes to pretty much anything"
Side view of cockpit of plane Pilot continues chatting away.
RAF Pilot:"The device can make any aircraft undectable to radar and missile systems- very effective I must say-thing is I'd consider myself somewhat of a enterprising young buck-that's why you have a microfilm of the device tucked safely away in that flightsuit of yours"
The jet begins it's landing maneuver view from above the plane and runway.
RAF Pilot:"Emma will drive you over to Keller once we land I've told her you are a NATO observer - but she's completely in dark about all this saavy?
Emma Knight stands by her white Elan Lotus as she watches the Kestral touchdown on the runway tarmac - (obviously this is Emma Peel we all know and love but before she took her vows and before she encountered John Steed)
RAF Pilot:"Top Hole-when you see Keller pass him this message Wotto!"
Hilda Stern :"Wotto?"
RAF:" He'll understand".
Frame 17: Up above the East Berlin landscape a small balloon with the Union Jack emblazoned all over it floats high above.
Cathy Gale:"Really Steed you can take this eccentric behaviour a bit too far"
Steed pours himself another rather large brandy into a rather large sherry glass -Cathy arms folded faces in opposite direction of the balloon basket.
John Steed"Nonsense , another brandy before we cast anchor?"
Cathy Gale:" No thank you , I'm quite air sick as it is."
Steed stretches out arms puffs out stomach as if to inhale the wind -Cathy reduces the gas on the burner .
John Steed:"Such a great tonic to life the breeze... you really should try it some time my dear"
Cathy Gale:" The signals becoming more apparent - One -Tens somewhere within these co-ordinates"
The balloon descends lower we get a a view from the ground as heavily armed East German border guards converge around the bubble shaped flag .
John Steed:" You know those lab coat boys have excelled themselves once again- this brings me back to '43-actually I recognise where we are from here,"
Cathy Gale" Lets hope your powers of negotiation are as keen as your observational "
The balloons basket is almost on ground level now. Cathy raises hands whilst Steed raises his glass to his captors -the border guards are all around the balloon their superior officer points his handgun directly at Steed.
Stasi Officer: "Raus aus dem Balloon Englander!"
John Steed:" We're here for the Zeppelin convention -I do hope we made the right turning?"
Keel walks through dungeon corridors -undetected as he's in GDR uniform
Something all of a sudden catches his attention.Close up look of slight dismay written on his face.
GI: "Was ist mit Jackie?"
Two G.I's and a guard chat in fluent german , the GI's don't exactly look like prisoners-quite the opposite as the are also carrying there weapons quite freely - Keel stands in distance quite dumbfounded
GI 2: "Nein nein,aber ich kann laufen mit ihr ha ha"
A silencer gun muzzle presses against the side of Keels head .his eyes dart sidewards to see...
Eliza Keel:"Cat got you tongue Davy?"
Eliza , Keels new wife , dressed in red leathers and head scarf much like how Elisabeth Shepherd is in her promo photos for Emma Peel silencer ready to blow spouses head off., she smiles a wide grin.
Eliza Keel:" I was going to fetch you myself -but you've saved me the effort "
A guard and one of the G.I's now also raise weapons towards David Keel , his wife lowers her weapon.The Doctor raises hands.
Eliza Keel:" Show our comrade his new living quarters"
David Keel:"Judas wept."
Emma Knights Lotus Elan roars down the motorway , in the passenger seat beside her sits Hilda Stern .
Emma Knight: "Peter's such a angel , not sure where I'd be without him"
Hilda Stern:"I'm sure you'd survive , you seem most independent "
Emma Knight:" Well you know how it is , to be young and in love"
Close up of the front seat of car wind blowing through the girls hair.
Hilda Stern:" oh they never seem to stay around for me- you are most fortunate to meet such a dashing fellow".
Emma Knight:"We're to be wed next month , they say love is blind but my eyes are wide open like never before.."
The white lotus has now reached the capital passing London Taxi's and Buses the two continue their conversation.
Hilda Stern:"Surely a woman of your ambition - marriage may slow you down? your so young "
Emma Knight:" Pete's not old fashioned as he looks -well not yet - he allows me to breath - quite exhilarating in comparison to the past disasters I've courted"
The Lotus parks at a side street Bald man sporting a mustache and what seems to be a addiction to Vicks stick inhaler stands by a door waiting -this is Keller( Warren Mitchell).
Keller:"wooohoo Hilda .. it's me Keller!"
Emma Knight:" This is the address "
Keller graciously steps aside as Hilda climbs out of passenger seat. Emma introduces herself to Keller.
Keller:" You must be...?
Emma Knight: "Emma..."
Hilda side glances steely at Keller she can sense that he's not quite right in the head.
Keller with vicks stick shoved halfway up one of his nostril - side view of Emma at dashbord.
Keller: "ah yes of course the squadron leader has told me so much about you - kettles boiled your most welcome to.."
Emma Knight:"Sadly I can't Daddy want's me at a board meeting pronto, but another time Peter says he has business to discuss with you -I may as well tag along too".
Keller and Hilda standing on street watch the lotus zip off down the street-rear view .
Keller:"Charming lady it's too bad she's going to be replaced."
The same stairwell that Doctor Keel walked down earlier different angle as you get a better view of what's below , bolted dungeon doors Eins Zehn paces the room Bonaparte style ,
Steed and Gale are escorted by the officer that caught them earlier and two helmeted GDR troopers
Steed gazes around the bunker trying to take it all in.
John Steed:" hmm - not a bad refurbishment job- t'was a two star accommodation , I guess the bombing didn't exactly help but thanks to German .. let me rephrase that East German ingenuity I'd say I'd knock it up to three stars"
Eins Zhen:" You would make an excellent travel writer Mr Steed I can provide you means to visit many gulags from here to Manchuria"
Steed Profile facing Eins Zhen's profile face to face eye to eye.
John Steed :" Intriguing proposal how's the old boy holding up?"
Eins Zhen:" his tenacity and fortitude is much to be admired.. but after the events today it will not matter "
The spy master points at Cathy who stares back in complete horror.
Eins Zehn:" Take this girl to One Tens cell and shoot her ".
Cathy Gale:"I beg your pardon?"
The officer and a guard tug Cathy down the dungeon corridors to be executed . Steed watches on helplessly as he too has an automatic weapon trained on him.
John Steed:"No take me instead"
Eins Zehn:"Now Now Mr Steed..you are far too valuable - but her nothing more than hired muscle"
At the other side of the tunnel Doctor Keel and Eliza discuss there future or rather the lack of it.
The Two GI's still have guns pointed at the Doctor.
Doctor Keel:" I've stumbled upon a real nest of vipers this time"
Eliza Keel:" I wanted to say goodbye David"
The Doctor turns in aghast towards his second wife
Doctor Keel:" Goodbye? so you're going to execute me?.. just terrific"
Eliza Keel:" Nyet Nyet.. it's me darling"
Eliza runs her gloved hand tenderly across Keels cheek .her eyes are soft ,tearful.
Eliza Keel:" I'm nothing more than a test subject an experiment"
The Prison escort come to cell door , Eliza removes headscarf to reveal long flowing golden hair and draws closer to Keel.
Eliza Keel:" I had no choice .. one day soon perhaps you will understand"
Frame 46: Another GI exits the unbolted door smiling at his comrades the Keels exchange meaningful glances
GI 3: "Unglaublich!"
Frame 47:: The cell door swings wider open to reveal a man in a lab coat sitting on the prison bed in his hands a strange silver metal helmet with black slits for eyes and mouth .. the doctor resembles the actor Ray McAnally- Arcos in a future episode "They Keep Killing Steed"
Eliza reluctantly enters the room looking back one last time at her husband
Arcos:" Are you ready Doctor Keel?"
Eliza Keel: "Da!"
The metal helmet half covers Eliza's face you just see her chin and lips
Eliza Keel:"Goodbye Comrade Davy."
The door slams shut and a AK47 prods into David Keels back you can see the anger swelling in his face the "G.I" barks
At the other end of the corridor Mrs Gale and her guards are alerted to sounds of further down the dungeon a guard at the other side of the corridor starts yelling..
GI:" ALARM! ALARM!
Keel rushes down tunnel , wielding Eliza's silenced machine pistol in the distance we can make out the shadows of the G.I's obscured by smoke they stagger confused in all directions.
view from Cathys perspective Guard in front of her now distracted raises his weapon at the doctor.
Cathy takes the opportunity to disarm the guard with a Judo throw...Keel is running directly towards her
Cathy Gale:"Ahh Butterfingers!"
Keel takes out Cathy's other guards with the machine pistol Cathy points Ak47 in there direction as they fall.
Cathy Gale:"Doctor Keel I presume.."
Doctor Keel:" We need to get to the lab .. shoot those barrels."
Frame 53: Cathy lets the kalashnikov sing the barrels form a huge explosion blowing out the side wall.
At the mouth of the gaping hole she's created the pair stare into a immaculate whiteness that is a secret laboratory .Keel produces a smoke grenade canister
Doctor Keel:"One Ten should be in here I'll slow these goose steppers down you go and fetch him ."
With all the commotion going on in the tunnel klaxxons are blaring and lights are buzzing- GDR troops head towards the action -Eins Zehn is shouting and pointing, directing his tr.oops down the underground dungeon-Steed leans on a big search light which is lighting the the corridors.
Eins Zehn:"The Prisoners are escaping- shoot them on sight:
Everything goes totally black .
Eins Zehn: "Was zum Teufel?"
Guard 1:"Im Dunkel?"
Guard 2:"Was ist los?"
Someone in the panic lets off there a machine gun sparks fly around the darkened room bullets rebounding against walls -we can make out steed has made it to top of the makeshift stairs.
Guard 1: "Achtung Achtung!
Frame 58: Steed climbs out of sentry box on all fours.(I may do these next few panels in silhouette )
Eins Zehn :"Stopping firing Kurt you'll kill us all"
Steed takes a brisk walk away from the sentry box casually lobbing a circular object behind him.
Eins Zehn :"He's turned off the lights -you two get up the stairs."
John Steed:"Well I guess I won't be needing this anymore"
Frame 60: Steed some distance away from sentry box comes to halt and looks upwards
in the far distance the Sentry box explodes.
Eins Zehn: "ARRRRRRGGGGHHHH!"
John Steed :"Onwards and Upwards"
Keels holding back GDR troops with Cathy's Ak47 teeth gritted smoke everywhere.
Doctor Keel:" Any luck with 1-10 yet Cathy?"
Frame 61:" A Scientist that Cathy has at gunpoint is at the big steel door
Cathy Gale:"As a matter of fact yes-he should be behind this door"
The big steel door swings open- we get a shocked reaction on Cathy's face and the scientist.- red lighting the inside of the cell..
Cathy Gale:"Good Heavens!"
Frame 63: Above shot of Cathy in brainwashing cell One-Ten is strapped to a hospital bed wires connected to his head -staring blankly the room is filled with communist propaganda -video screens of Stalin at May day parades , The Soviet flag flying over the Reichstag- Laika the dog -Yuri Gagarin -Mao -the room is wall to wall soviet propaganda 24/7.
Cathy :Its me Cathy -we've come to take you home sir-
One-Ten:"Wuh? Huh? Uhh!...
Side view of One Ten-this old warhorse isn't done yet he glares at a smiling Cathy and barks.
Cathy:" Get me a gun-and out of this ridiculous rig up.. chop chop!"
Aerial shot of Union Jack Balloon descending towards three running figures as the rush out big steel doors pursued by lightly green uniformed soldiers.
John Steed:"That must be them.. time to collect my little castaways...hey Cathy its me Steed!
Frame 66: Cathy looks up and smiles ..in the background just in a vest and slacks takes aim with a PPSH 41 (Ruski Tommy Gun )Doctor Keel is running too.
John Steed:"I say above you..."
Frame 67:Union Jack balloon descends lower front view Steed throws over a ladder out of the basket.
One Ten and Cathy scramble for the rope ladder- but Keel comes to a halt and faces reader.
John Steed:" Better let One Ten up first-age before beauty!"
Doctor Keel: "That basket will never hold four of us - I'll slow them down ..
View from balloon as we see another smoke canister thrown in the GDR troops direction we see One Ten climbing up rope ladder with Cathy close behind him .
John Steed:"Good thinking Doc..come along you two."
One Ten is in basket but he's still grumpy-he gestures to Steeds Bowler, we get a close up of Cathy's backside as she pulls her self over the basket- we can also see tracer bullets cut across in the night sky.
One-Ten: "Don't you think we should lighten the load a little eh Steed?"
Through the smoke Eins Zehn stumbles across the grass dangerously close to Doctor Keel totally unaware of his presence
Eins Zehn's uniform is all ripped from Steeds Grenade but he is very much in the world of the living if not a touch delirious .
Eins Zehn:"Fee Fee Fii Fo Fum , I smell the blood of a .."
Steeds Iron bowler hat just lands on Eins Zehn's head knocking him out like a cartoon - Doctor Keel just runs away from the smoke. .
The balloon is now up in the sky flying over West Berlin -
One -Ten :" Sorry about the hat old boy-but we'd never of made it I know how much that weighs?"
Cathy Gale:"Begging your pardon sir any idea what was going on back there.. I saw G.I's fighting alongside those Red Guards. "
West Berlin the streets are filled with people it's the 26th of July 1963 and Kennedy is making his famous speech -amongst his security is Agent Frey who sneers at the president
In the distance up in the clouds we can see the balloon .
John F Kennedy :"Ich Bin Ein Berliner"
One Ten :"From what I gather they've developed a face changing device those Americans you saw weren't Americans they were to be exchanged with President especially invited to see the exchange"
Steed:"Ahh I see the motive ..assassination - I hope Keels alright."
Keel hand on chin stares in empty cell at the metal mask that they placed on his wife.
A Lufthansa Jet mid flight high in the sky .
Emma Knight -or rather Mrs Keel now face changed to look exactly like a young Diana Rigg sitting next to Arcos both sip champagne first class flight
Arcos:"Another Mrs Keel"
Eliza Keel:"I don't see why not Arcos".
End Credits with Black and White Silhouettes in original show:
Starring:Patrick Macnee ,Honor Blackman Ian Hendry ,
(I could continue cast on the final page)
Next "A Knights Tale"
All written as directions for me to illustrate-then I hit on the grande idea of using stills of the actual actors and placing them in the setting if I could find the actual places -I had a stab at it but not sure it worked out
here's the opening scene-I was going to feature Elvis as one of the G.I's on the bridge
Steed and Mrs Gale #2- A Knights Tale
Panel 1: The Avengers Logo (circa 1962/63)
London Airport Heathrow ,July 1963 -A woman closely resembling Diana Rigg dressed head to toe in red leathers , sporting fashionable sunglasses waits for her luggage on a conveyor belt to arrive , behind her a shifty looking man in a suit and a black polar neck- looking much like Ray McNally-this is mad genius Arcos- whilst the lady in red is Eliza Keel-Dr Keels estranged wife in Emma Knight guise, off panel a speech bubble appears.
Henry Burke: "This emergency meeting , couldn't happen at a worse time for you Miss Knight.
Miss Knight(The future Emma Peel) dressed in 1963 fashionable attire-so looking quite different to what you'd expect and her travelling companion Henry Burke (A more spruced up than usual Harry H Corbett) walk by Keel and Arcos .
Emma Knight:"Oh I don't know Henry- could be a perfect oppotunity to show Daddy and Peter that I can handle myself just as well on the international stage"
Mrs Keel acts unconcerned her suitcase has arrived but Arcos -glares at the two passers- by wide eyed(he's done a very good job replicating Emma) who have now moved to the left hand side of the panel seemingly oblivious to the two eastern agents.
Henry Burke:"That may be so , but America's a awfully dangerous place-gun crazy by all accounts ..and I for one want to be there for your big day "
Emma Knight:" We'll be off the plane into a car straight to the meeting -then back here tommorow- like clockwork dear Henry"
Henry and Emma carry on there chatter as they head for their flight
Eliza and Arcos also walk away from the conveyor belt carrying their cases .
Henry Burke:"Lets hope so.. 'ere you sure you haven't got a long lost sister?"
Emma: Knight " Not to my knowledge -why pray tell?"
Arcos:"Remarkable quite astonishing-don't you think?
Eliza Keel:" Da -a good likeness- Squadron Leader Peel provided you with all the righr references- "
Emma and Henry turn around only to see the conveyor belt as Keel and Arcos are out off sight
Henry Burke:"Thought that woman in red we just passed was a dead ringer for you your ladyship"
Emma Knight:" You haven't been raiding Daddies cellar again? naughty naughty.."
Got as far as page one -but who knows I would like to continue Emma's adventure in the U.S.A at some point (perhaps I ignored the golden rule of just setting story in the UK -but in the early episodes Steed Keel King and Gale would go abroad so why not?-they are secret agents -that's what they do lol)
ok round off with two more Avengers Row videos -homemade with a crappy camera- glad you can upload stuff directly from ps4 now and OBS (although I can't get it work just yet)- Another script is on the way for my Star Wars story I've been typing away at " A Old Threat" hopefully I'll post part 1 on The Fourth of May