Star Wars: Episode II - Page Eight





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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - QUEEN'S CHAMBERS - DAY

Amidala and Shmi look at wedding gowns. Amidala's handmaids bring them to her. The handmaidens are dressed rather informally, seeing as there is no queen now. The handmaids move in and out of the room.

Amidala steps out from behind a changing screen. She wears an exquisite silk gown.

SHMI SKYWALKER

That one is beautiful.

AMIDALA

I don't know. Does it make me look fat?

SHMI SKYWALKER

You look beautiful in it.

AMIDALA

I don't know. For the first time in my life, I don't have any answers.

Shmi smiles understandingly. She touches Amidala's arm. Amidala sits down on the corner of the bed next to Shmi.

SHMI SKYWALKER

No one has all the answers. We all just do the best we can with what we do know. And I know that I am about to gain a beautiful daughter.

Amidala smiles at the compliment.

AMIDALA

Do you think Anakin will like it?

Amidala stands and turns around in the dress, modelling it.

SHMI SKYWALKER

He will have too many other things to think about. Don't be sad, but he won't even notice the dress.

Amidala takes another dress from the rack.

AMIDALA

He hasn't noticed a lot of things.

SHMI SKYWALKER

Come here.

Amidala sits next to Shmi. Shmi consoles her.

SHMI SKYWALKER

My son is a man now. I haven't seen him for almost ten years. He has changed. But I still love him.

AMIDALA

He's mad all the time, like I did something wrong. But he never says anything.

SHMI SKYWALKER

You can soften him. I've seen him when he looks at you, and that is the boy I remember. He's not a Jedi Knight, he's Annie, my baby.

AMIDALA

But what do I do?

SHMI SKYWALKER

Let him know that you love him. Make your home a place that he can feel safe. That's what he needs right now.

AMIDALA

So much is happening.

SHMI SKYWALKER

Let it happen. The future belongs to you. I have lived my life; I know my place. But you have your whole future ahead of you. And you can share it with Annie.

AMIDALA

I hope so.

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INT JEDI WARSHIP - OBSERVATION DECK - NIGHT

Anakin stands looking out the window. Obi Wan enters behind him.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Anakin, I've been looking everywhere for you.

ANAKIN

He's out there.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The Mandalorians are out there.

ANAKIN

So are the Sith.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Stay away from them, Anakin. They will only hurt you.

ANAKIN

No. They can't. Only my friends can hurt me.

OBI WAN KENOBI

What is that supposed to mean?

ANAKIN

Don't read any deep meanings into my words, Obi Wan. They're just words.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Words are how we interpret life, Anakin.

ANAKIN

Three days a Jedi Master, and already philosophizing.

OBI WAN KENOBI

We have a war to fight.

ANAKIN

You have a war to fight. I have a battle to win.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Is there something I need to know about?

ANAKIN

They're out there. Waiting for me. I have felt them.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The Sith?

ANAKIN

So you feel them, too.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I have been focusing on this war. I don't have the time or energy to think of anything else.

ANAKIN

He thinks if he can defeat me, he'll be the chosen one.

OBI WAN KENOBI

But you're the chosen one.

ANAKIN

Am I? Am I really?

OBI WAN KENOBI

Qui Gon thought so.

ANAKIN

And he's dead.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Anakin, the prophesy is true. You will bring balance to the force.

ANAKIN

I don't care about that. All I know is I'm a Jedi Knight, and I have a battle to win, so that I can go back to Amidala and live out my life in peace.

OBI WAN KENOBI

That's a good dream to have. There have been times that I wished I had a family.

ANAKIN

Why don't you?

OBI WAN KENOBI

I gave my life over to the force a long time ago. I decided that if the force willed me to do something, I would do it.

ANAKIN

Is that why Qui Gon didn't disappear when he was cut down?

OBI WAN KENOBI

He has work yet to do.

Anakin ponders on this.

OBI WAN KENOBI

And so do we. We are coming up on Concord Dawn. Mace Windu is going to lead the first wave. He has asked that you be part of it.

ANAKIN

No.

OBI WAN KENOBI

It is a great honor he is extending.

ANAKIN

I'll go down later.

OBI WAN KENOBI

You must do what you feel is right, of course.

ANAKIN

I'll talk with you later.

Anakin turns back to face the window, effectively ending the conversation.

Obi Wan nods in acceptance, then turns to exit.

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EXT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - DAY

Jedi drop ships land in the forests surrounding the facility. Legions of Mandalorian Supercommandos swarm into the forests.

EXT CONCORD DAWN - CONTINUING

The Senate Fleet engages the Mandalorian Fleet. Capital ships disgorge swarms of fighters. Turbolaser batteries spit destruction with every shot.

The two fleets are evenly matched. First a Mandalorian capital ship explodes, then a Republic one.

Fighters explode in every direction.

INT JEDI WARSHIP - OBSERVATION DECK - CONTINUING

Anakin watches coldly as this destruction ensues.

The harsh whispers return.

WHISPER

Anakin... I'm waiting.

Anakin turns and calmly walks down to the hangar bay.

INT JEDI WARSHIP - HANGAR - CONTINUING

Anakin looks at the rows of one-man fighters. He chooses a TIE prototype, with curved wings.

The TIE fighter takes off out of the hangar.

EXT CONCORD DAWN - CONTINUING

The TIE fighter streaks down toward the planet. Four Mandalorian fighters streak after it.

Anakin whips the TIE fighter around, and destroys one of the Mandalorians.

Anakin changes direction, and heads toward one of Concord Dawn's moons.

EXT CONCORD DAWN MOON - CONTINUING

The SLAVE I and Aurra Sing's ship rest side by side. Anakin flies over them. The Slave I turbolasers target his ship.

AURRA SING (O.S.)

No. We only watch.

The three Mandalorians fly over, in pursuit of Anakin.

Aurra Sing shoots one of them down.

BOBA FETT (O.S.)

You said we only watch.

AURRA SING (O.S.)

Sorry. My mistake.

EXT CONCORD DAWN MOON - CONTINUING

Anakin dives into a canyon. The Mandalorians follow. He weaves in and out among boulders and outcroppings. One Mandalorian misjudges, and crashes into the wall.

ANAKIN

One more to go.

Anakin races back toward Concord Dawn. The ship follows. Anakin swerves right next to a Mandalorian Capital Ship. Its turbolaser batteries target Anakin. At the last possible instant, Anakin swerves away, and the Mandalorian fighter explodes in a brilliant flash of light.

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INT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - DAY

The battle between Jedi and Supercommandos rages on fiercely outside. Inside the Cloning Facility is strangely calm. Vast rows of tubes incubate the developing clones.

Anakin enters cautiously. He looks around for any sign of his antagonists. Behind him, on the catwalks, dark shadows slip in and out of view.

Anakin ignites his lightsaber. He advances slowly. At the end of a platform, he looks down. The facility burrows deep into the very bowels of the planet. Thousands upon millions of cloning tubes line the walls of the facility. Every one of them looks to be in operation.

DARTH REZIN (O.S.)

I've been waiting for you, Jedi.

Anakin whirls. Darth Rezin blocks the only path out.

ANAKIN

I know.

Darth Rezin ignites his red lightsaber.

ANAKIN

What about them? Do I get to fight them, too?

Several Dark Jedi emerge from the shadows. They ignite their lightsabers and lightdaggers.

DARTH REZIN

We're here to kill you.

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INT JEDI WARSHIP - OBSERVATION DECK - DAY

Obi Wan Kenobi watches the battle with some concern.

EXT CONCORD DAWN - FOREST - DAY

The battle rages fiercely. Mace Windu and Adi Gallia again fight back to back. They cut down the Mandalorians with supreme efficiency.

All around them, Jedi and Mandalorians fall.

MACE WINDU

We have to destroy the facility.

ADI GALLIA

We can't reach it. There's too many of them.

MACE WINDU

We must. Follow me.

Mace Windu sends out a telepathic message to all the Jedi.

MACE WINDU (V.O.)

To the cloning facility with utmost speed. We must destroy the clones.

Mace Windu and Adi Gallia cut down six more Mandalorians, then run toward the distant facility.

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INT MANDALORIAN WARSHIP - CONTINUING

Mandalore watches the battle from his command deck.

Boba Fett and Aurra Sing stand behind him.

BOBA FETT

They will destroy the facility.

MANDALORE

Yes. That is the plan.

BOBA FETT

We will lose what power we have gained.

MANDALORE

I have made arrangements otherwise.

BOBA FETT

What arrangements?

AURRA SING

I think he's done some scheming on the side, Fett.

BOBA FETT

You stay out of this.

AURRA SING

He's got his own deal with Sidious.

MANDALORE

Your insight serves you well, Aurra Sing. Bury your feelings, for they could lead to your destruction.

One of Mandalore's GUARDS presses a blaster to the back of Aurra Sing's neck.

AURRA SING

One lucky guess and you think I'm some sort of Jedi. Lucky me.

MANDALORE

Go down and destroy the Jedi.

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INT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - DAY

Anakin squares off against Darth Rezin and his four Dark Jedi. Liem Kairnal steps first against Anakin.

LIEM KAIRNAL

I've not shed Jedi blood for a long time.

ANAKIN

Does that disappoint you?

Anakin immediately goes on the offensive, slashing down at Kairnal. Kairnal whips his lightdagger up, narrowly missing Anakin's face. Anakin leaps over Kairnal. Rather than slash back at Kairnal, he slashes out at another dark Jedi. That Jedi falls.

DARTH REZIN

Very good. You might almost be as good as me.

ANAKIN

I don't need tattoos to prove I'm tough. I'm better.

Anakin blocks an overhead swing by Kairnal. He kicks back, knocking Kairnal off balance. Anakin thrusts out with the force, pushing Kairnal off the edge of the platform.

The remaining dark jedi advance toward Anakin. He glances up and sees a catwalk running high above him. He leaps up, using the force to propel him.

One of the dark jedi throws his lightsaber at the catwalk, cutting it down. Anakin falls, but grabs the railing.

Darth Rezin watches and smiles. Anakin will die.

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INT JEDI WARSHIP - OBSERVATION DECK - CONTINUING

Obi Wan paces, holding his hands behind his back.

A young CAPTAIN CRIX MADINE enters and brings Obi Wan a readout.

CRIX MADINE

Sir. We just received word from the surface. We've lost a lot of men, General. I don't know that we can take out the facility.

OBI WAN KENOBI

What about our fleet?

CRIX MADINE

We are fighting a losing battle.

OBI WAN KENOBI

We need more men.

CRIX MADINE

Unless the force can conjure up another fleet, I fear we may lose this battle.

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EXT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - CONTINUING

Mace Windu leads his army of Jedi Knights to the facility.

Above them, the Slave I and Aurra Sing's ship race by, dropping bombs on the Jedi.

MACE WINDU

Inside, everybody. Now.

INT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - CONTINUING

Anakin pulls himself to safety. Darth Rezin paces beneath him.

DARTH REZIN

You cannot escape me. I am your doom, Skywalker. I am the one that will balance the Sith.

ANAKIN

You're a fool.

DARTH REZIN

You are the fool, to think that you can defeat my dark Jedi.

ANAKIN

Two of them are dead.

DARTH REZIN

There are many more.

ANAKIN

What about you? Or do you let the weak ones do your work for you?

The doors burst open, and Jedi stream through.

MACE WINDU (O.S.)

Destroy the clones!

Darth Rezin looks back at the wave of Jedi Knights, then quickly back to Anakin.

DARTH REZIN

This is not over! I will follow you to the ends of the galaxy if I have to.

Darth Rezin leaps off the platform into the darkness below. His dark Jedi follow him.

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INT MANDALORIAN WARSHIP - CONTINUING

Mandalore looks at the report of the fighting on the surface.

MANDALORE

How foolish these Jedi are. Destroy the complex.

EXT MANDALORIAN WARSHIP - CONTINUING

A squadron of fighters streaks down toward the planet.

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INT JEDI WARSHIP - OBSERVATION DECK - CONTINUING

Obi Wan looks at a holographic display of all the forces surrounding the planet. He points to one Capital ship off to the side.

OBI WAN KENOBI

What is this one?

CRIX MADINE

It hasn't entered the battle.

OBI WAN KENOBI

It just deployed fighters. Where are they going?

CRIX MADINE

It looks like they're heading down to the cloning facility.

OBI WAN KENOBI

That's where the our troops are. Get them out of there.

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EXT CONCORD DAWN - CONTINUING

The Mandalorians press their advantage, destroying more Jedi and Senate ships.

Suddenly, another fleet drops out of hyperspace. The lead capital ship launches a barrage of fire that obliterates the nearest Mandalorian ship.

INT JEDI WARSHIP - OBSERVATION DECK - CONTINUING

Obi Wan and Crix Madine look at each other in surprise. Over the comlink comes a familiar voice.

BAIL ANTILLES (O.S.)

I apologize, General. We had some trouble with Palpatine's guardships.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Welcome, Bail Organa. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. We have a problem...

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INT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - CONTINUING

The Jedi look around at the sheer size of the facility.

MACE WINDU

There must be over a million cloning tanks in here.

ANAKIN (O.S.)

Hey, up here.

ADI GALLIA

Young Skywalker. What are you doing up there?

ANAKIN

Does anyone else feel that?

Mace Windu concentrates for a moment, then looks up in panic.

MACE WINDU

Everybody out!

The Jedi race for the single exit. The facility explodes behind them. The cloning tanks pop as the heat boils them.

Anakin searches for a way out. He looks up at a skylight. He clambers over machinery and cloning tanks to get to the skylight. It is locked. Anakin whips out his lightsaber and cuts a hole in the roof. He leaps out.

MACE WINDU (O.S.)

Out! Hurry!

EXT CONCORD DAWN - CLONING FACILITY - ROOF - CONTINUING

Anakin races along the roof. The back of the facility collapses in flaming ruin. Anakin races toward the front. The building falls beneath him. He leaps for the edge.

Anakin falls several stories to the ground. He hits the ground hard. The building crumbles and explodes behind him. Over half of the Jedi were trapped inside.

Mace Windu carries Adi Gallia over his shoulder. He gently lays her on the ground. She lies still. Her breathing is very shallow.

MACE WINDU

Don't leave us, Adi.

Mace Windu puts his hand on her forehead.

Anakin picks himself up slowly from the ground. He walks towards Mace Windu.

Mace looks up at Anakin. His eyes grow wide. He starts to warn Anakin. Anakin whirls, and raises his hand in just enough time to block a killing laser blast.

MACE WINDU

No!

Boba Fett stands with smoking blaster. Anakin falls to the ground. Mace Windu ignites his lightsaber and leaps at Boba Fett. Boba Fett fires more blasts. Each one is deflected by Mace Windu's lightsaber.

Boba Fett engages his rocketpack and blasts away from there. Mandalorian Supercommandos regroup and converge upon the Jedi.

The few remaining Jedi back into a circle, surrounding their fallen comrades. Anakin slowly rises. His right hand is useless, blackened and mangled from the blaster bolt.

Anakin ignites his lightsaber in his left hand. He raises it weakly to a defensive position.

The Mandalorians have completely surrounded the Jedi. They raise their blasters to completely exterminate them.

A huge explosion in the middle of the Mandalorian ranks draws everybody's attention. A squadron of Alderaan fighters swoop by overhead, razing the Mandalorian ranks with blaster fire.

The Mandalorian ranks crumble.

Anakin falls to his knees, exhausted and hurt.

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