Star Wars: Episode III - Page Seven





Star Wars Episode III

The Path of Darkness

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INT CORUSCANT - MEDICAL FACILITY - NIGHT

Amidala floats in a bacta tank. Her wounds show bright pink against her pale skin.

Obi Wan and Anakin confer with the doctor, TELLEY ZIMRON, a bulky humanoid.

TELLEY ZIMRON

The prognosis is bleak. To be honest, I've never seen anything quite like this before.

ANAKIN

What could have caused it?

TELLEY ZIMRON

The burns seem to indicate a power of some kind, but every power that I've seen leaves some damage. It shouldn't mutate the cells like this.

OBI WAN KENOBI

What are you saying?

TELLEY ZIMRON

Her body is attacking itself. It's not healing like it should. I don't think the bacta is going to work.

ANAKIN

Is there anything that we can do?

TELLEY ZIMRON

If you believe in any gods, I suggest you pray to them.

Telley Zimron nods once, ending the conversation, and walks away.

Anakin turns away. Brushing tears away from his eyes.

ANAKIN

What do I do? I can't let her die.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I can heal her.

Anakin looks up, hope in his eyes for the first time.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I need to get the permission of the Council.

INT CORUSCANT - MEDICAL FACILITY - NIGHT

Amidala lays out on a table. Oxygen curtains surround the bed. Her breathing comes in shallow gasps.

Mace Windu and Obi Wan Kenobi lay hands on her head and heal her through the force. Anakin watches from outside the oxygen curtain.

Color flows back into Amidala's face. Her breathing turns regular. All the medical instruments register normal vital signs.

Mace Windu and Obi Wan remove their hands from her head. They step out of the oxygen tent.

ANAKIN

I don't know how to thank you.

MACE WINDU

It was the will of the force that she not die at this time.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The Council wishes to speak with you.

ANAKIN

I'm going to stay with Amidala tonight.

MACE WINDU

We will see you at first light, then.

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INT CORUSCANT - LOWER LEVELS - STORAGE FACILITY - NIGHT

Darthine Jez enters. Sajo Yex drags an unconscious Jedi Council Member, EETH KOTH, toward the freezing chamber.

SAJO YEX

I thought he'd put up more of a fight.

DARTHINE JEZ

He probably gave you the "suffering brings refinement" line, too.

SAJO YEX

You know them well.

DARTHINE JEZ

I had to spend a lot of time with the Jedi Council as a child.

SAJO YEX

Do we freeze him, just like the other ones?

DARTHINE JEZ

Of course.

Eeth Koth is lowered down into the freezing chamber.

SAJO YEX

If Lord Sidious ever finds out ...

DARTHINE JEZ

He won't.

Darthine activates the freezing process.

DARTHINE JEZ

Only I know where they are stored.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - COUNCIL CHAMBER - DAWN

Anakin and Amidala stand before the small Council. Amidala is still weak, but she stands with only a little support from Anakin.

MACE WINDU

Anakin Skywalker, the Council has need of you.

YODA

The will of the force, this is.

MACE WINDU

We want you to lead the attack on another cloning facility.

ANAKIN

Another one? I thought we destroyed all of them.

OBI WAN KENOBI

We found another one on Malaschu'Ckar.

AMIDALA

Don't go, Annie.

YODA

Choose you must, how to serve best your family.

MACE WINDU

The choice is yours, Anakin. Only you can make it.

ANAKIN

I'll go.

AMIDALA

No.

ANAKIN

If I don't, Luke may not have a future.

AMIDALA

So you're choosing the Jedi over me.

ANAKIN

Amidala-

AMIDALA

No, I understand.

Amidala coughs weakly, turns, and exits.

Anakin looks to the Jedi Masters for help, for advice.

MACE WINDU

You will leave at sundown.

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INT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON

Amidala sobs on the bed, alone. The door slides open. Obi Wan enters. He wears a somber expression, but his eyes are filled with compassion.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Amidala, I know it hurts. It hurts Anakin, too.

Obi Wan sits down on the edge of the bed.

AMIDALA

How could you know? How could you possibly know how I feel?

Obi Wan searches for the right words to say.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Because I made the same choice, many years ago. I chose the Jedi over my family. I haven't seen my daughter since.

Amidala wipes her eyes and sits up. She looks at Obi Wan earnestly.

AMIDALA

You have a girl?

Obi Wan smiles sadly.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Her name is Danna Timri. Her mother won't allow me to see her. She's probably about twenty now.

AMIDALA

I don't want to lose him.

OBI WAN KENOBI

He's made his choice.

Amidala dries her tears. She sets her face in a mask of determination.

AMIDALA

Take me back to Alderaan. I want to be with my children.

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INT IMPERIAL PALACE - HOLOCRON ROOM - SAME TIME

Anakin enters. Palpatine sits in meditation.

PALPATINE

Enter, my apprentice.

ANAKIN

Why did you do that to her? She didn't deserve that.

PALPATINE

She stood in the way.

ANAKIN

What right do you have to decide who lives and dies?

PALPATINE

I am Emperor.

ANAKIN

And that means you can arbitrarily decide if someone's life is worthless?

PALPATINE

With great power comes responsibility to use that power.

ANAKIN

Aurra Sing didn't deserve disintegration.

PALPATINE

Have you told the Jedi of your betrayal?

ANAKIN

They don't need to know.

PALPATINE

It will eat at you. It will destroy you.

Anakin paces, angry and frustrated.

ANAKIN

What do you want me to do?

PALPATINE

Embrace your anger. It will make you strong.

ANAKIN

Someone tried to kill Amidala.

PALPATINE

And yet you leave her.

ANAKIN

The Council wants me to lead an attack on a cloning facility.

PALPATINE

You destroyed all the cloning facilities.

ANAKIN

They found another one on Malaschu'Ckar.

Palpatine forces a tight smile.

PALPATINE

Very well.

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INT SITH COMPOUND - TRAINING ARENA - NIGHT

Palpatine enters the arena. All of the dark jedi bow in reverence. Darthine Jez and Sajo Yex rise as Palpatine approaches them.

PALPATINE

Skywalker gravitates toward the Jedi. The Son of Skywalker must be brought to me.

DARTHINE JEZ

I will get him.

PALPATINE

Go quickly. We have very little time before the Jedi attack Botham Caruz.

SAJO YEX

Shall I take my troops there?

PALPATINE

Send your warriors ahead. There are still seven Jedi Council members left alive.

SAJO YEX

By dawn there will be none.

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EXT ALDERAAN - DAY

Obi Wan's ship approaches Alderaan.

OBI WAN KENOBI

(on comlink)

Lady Amidala Skywalker and Jedi escort request permission to land at the Royal Palace.

FIGHTER

Permission granted.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - NURSERY - CONTINUING

Amidala hurries into the nursery. She is still very weak. Shmi and Rabe embrace her warmly. Luke lays on his back on a blanket. Amidala picks him up and holds him tightly.

Tears fill her eyes as she holds her son.

SHMI SKYWALKER

When we heard what happened ...

RABE

We feared that you would never come back to us.

AMIDALA

I am still very sick. But I need to be with my babies.

Shmi pulls up a chair for Amidala.

AMIDALA

Where is Leia?

RABE

Amberle is coming.

Amberle Organa enters. She is mid-twenties, beautiful, but wears a sad smile. She holds Leia close.

AMBERLE ORGANA

I had hoped that this day wouldn't come. Thank you. Thank you for letting me have her. If only for a short time.

Amberle hands Leia back to Amidala. Tears stream down both of their cheeks.

AMIDALA

You can see her whenever you want. This is my home now.

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EXT CORUSCANT - NIGHT

The fleet of Jedi ships blasts away from the planet.

In their wake, Darthine Jez blasts her ship in the opposite direction, towards Alderaan.

CUT TO:

INT JEDI TEMPLE - TRAINING ARENA - NIGHT

Vin Tiro wields a large staff. He whirls it over his head and all around. Suddenly he looks around, sensing something.

VIN TIRO

I know you are here.

Sajo Yex steps out from behind a pillar.

SAJO YEX

And just what are you going to do about it?

VIN TIRO

A Sith? Here?

SAJO YEX

My reputation precedes me.

Vin Tiro picks up his lightsaber from his robe.

SAJO YEX

I had not expected you to be here. I was hoping to kill the little green ones first.

Vin Tiro ignites his lightsaber.

VIN TIRO

You will not live another minute, dark spawn. I swear it.

SAJO YEX

You and what army? I have mine.

A dozen dark Jedi appear around the arena. In the shadows, a dozen more skitter in and out of vision.

SAJO YEX

I have you. They have the green ones.

Vin Tiro attacks.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - BEDROOM - NIGHT

Darthine Jez slips into the room. A cradle sits next to the bed. She pulls her Chakram out. The soft moonlight glints off the polished blade. She creeps toward the cradle.

Soft breathing from both the bed and the cradle is the only noise in the room. Darthine looks to the bed. Long dark hair covers the sleeper's face.

Darthine lifts her Chakram high above the sleeper.

DARTHINE JEZ

(softly)

Goodbye Amidala.

She slashes down. The sleeper erupts into action, rolling off the bed. She pulls a blaster and fires at Darthine Jez, narrowly missing her.

She stands up and tosses the hair back from her face - it is Rabe.

RABE

Obi Wan!

Darthine grabs the sleeper in the crib. The canine puppy yelps at being picked up so abruptly. Darthine angrily tosses the puppy onto the bed.

Rabe fires again, clipping Darthine in the shoulder. She pulls out her lightsaber and hisses at Rabe.

Obi Wan Kenobi throws open the door and races in. He ignites his lightsaber and slashes down at Darthine Jez. She easily parries. With the force, she throws open the window. One more quick exchange of blows with Obi Wan, then she leaps out the window and disappears into the shadows.

RABE

Who was that?

OBI WAN KENOBI

A Sith warrior. As I suspected, the Emperor is after Anakin's children.

RABE

What do we do now?

OBI WAN KENOBI

I think I know where to hide Luke.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT

Dark Jedi burst open the doors and rush in. They stop as they see no one there.

The doors slam behind them.

YODA (O.S.)

Hard to see the dark side is.

YADDLE (O.S.)

But harder to see for the dark side are we.

The floor trembles beneath the dark jedi. They look around for their enemies, but cannot see them.

The floor melts beneath their feet, swallowing them up. They scream in terror. Silence.

Yoda and Yaddle emerge from behind a chair.

YADDLE

Many more, are there.

YODA

Time to go, it is. Come.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - TRAINING ARENA - CONTINUING

Vin Tiro and Sajo Yex clash in a whirlwind of blows. They trade blows equally. Vin Tiro appears to have a slight advantage, being unencumbered by armor.

SAJO YEX

You hear the screams? You're all that's left.

Vin Tiro reaches out with the force.

VIN TIRO

So are you.

INT JEDI TEMPLE - HANGAR - CONTINUING

Yoda and Yaddle hurry as fast as their short legs will take them. Their ship waits just a few meters away.

Dark Jedi burst into the hangar. They wield blasters as well as lightsabers.

From the opposite side of the hangar, more dark jedi approach.

YADDLE

Surrounded we are.

Yoda concentrates and lifts a starfighter and hurls it at the approaching jedi. They scatter, but two of them get caught beneath the ship, crushing them.

YODA

Come. Hurry.

A blast tears up the floor of the hangar beneath Yoda. He flies through the air and crashes to the floor. He picks himself up slowly. Blood trickles down his head.

YADDLE

Go. I will stay.

YODA

May the force be with you, my friend Yaddle.

Yaddle throws the approaching dark jedi backwards with a wave of her hand. She pulls out her small lightsaber.

Yoda climbs into the small fighter and buckles in. The fighter lifts off and races out of the hangar.

The dark jedi overwhelm Yaddle like an insidious black wave. She disappears into the force as she is cut down.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - TRAINING ARENA - CONTINUING

Vin Tiro and Sajo Yex continue their battle. Dark Jedi trickle into the arena, their tasks completed.

SAJO YEX

You see? You are all that is left.

VIN TIRO

I see the force.

Two dark jedi throw Oppo Rancisis onto the arena floor. He twitches once, then lies still.

From above, EVEN PIELL leaps down on the dark jedi, his saber blazing. He cuts down three before they know what hit them.

VIN TIRO

(continuing; to Even Piell)

Be strong, my friend. Be one.

Even Piell backs towards Vin Tiro. They stand back to back against the dark tide of evil jedi.

EVEN PIELL

"And in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior ..."

VIN TIRO

"And he shall be called the Son of the Sun."

The Dark Jedi rush in and overwhelm the two Jedi Masters.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - BEDROOM - DAWN

Early sunlight streams through the open curtains. Obi Wan stands watchful guard. Amidala sits on the bed, holding Luke close to her.

OBI WAN KENOBI

My brother, Owen Lars Kenobi, lives on Tattooine now. Luke will be safe with him.

AMIDALA

What about Leia?

OBI WAN KENOBI

Anakin doesn't know about her. She will be safe as long as she stays here.

AMIDALA

I can't give up my baby.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The Emperor will find him here. I can't allow that to happen.

AMIDALA

What about Anakin?

OBI WAN KENOBI

I will find him and bring him back ... if I can.

Amidala hands Luke to Shmi. Shmi holds him tenderly.

AMIDALA

Goodbye, Luke.

Amidala kisses Luke once, then the emotions overwhelm her. She collapses on the bed, weeping uncontrollably.

Shmi looks to Obi Wan. He nods. She and Rabe exit with Luke.

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EXT MALASCHU'CKAR - CLONING FACILITY - DAY

Swarms of Jedi Knights flood out of starships and toward the facility. They encounter no resistance.

Anakin throws open the doors of the cloning facility and enters.

ANAKIN

What is this?

Droids operate conveyor belts as cans of pudding are packaged, sealed, and put into crates.

ANAKIN

We've been had.

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INT CORUSCANT - IMPERIAL PALACE - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM - DAY

Mandalore enters and kneels before Palpatine.

PALPATINE

The Jedi are destroying your cloning facility as we speak.

MANDALORE

Our facility on Malaschu'Ckar was a ploy to keep the Jedi away from our armies.

PALPATINE

Continue.

MANDALORE

You now have ten thousand more stormtroopers to destroy the Jedi. They are on their way to Botham Caruz.

PALPATINE

You have done well, Lord Mandalore. I only hope that your arrogance will not lead you to any foolish mistakes.

MANDALORE

The Jedi are as good as extinct.

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