THE SILVER SURFER
 
 
                           THE PLANET OF DR. MOREAU
 
                                  (#1875-05)
 
 
 
                                  WRITTEN BY
 
                        LARRY BRODY & CHRISTOPHER KANE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           REVISED PAGES    *
                                                           MARCH 5, 1997
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           FINAL DRAFT
                                                           FEBRUARY 28, 1997
                               THE SILVER SURFER
 
                          "THE PLANET OF DR. MOREAU"
 
                                    TEASER
 
              FADE IN:
 
              EXT. DEEP SPACE
 
              Quiet and peaceful, the stars like jewels set against a black
              velvet backdrop.  Suddenly, what looks like a new star
              appears as the SILVER SURFER WARPS IN.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Nooo...!!!
 
              It is mere moments since he learned the fate of Zenn-La, and
              the Surfer streaks TOWARD US, growing larger and larger, as,
              CRYING OUT:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        The universe has been torn
                        asunder!  Once again, am I
                        betrayed!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Careening crazily with his board, the Surfer zigs and zags
              through the heavens.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I am free now -- but where do I
                        go?  What do I do...?
 
              AN ASTEROID BELT
 
              A wide field of space rocks of various sizes.  Some are like
              pebbles, others are the size of moons.  The Surfer soars into
              it unheeding.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        No longer do I have a place in the
                        cosmos!  I have nothing, no one...!
 
              An asteroid comes straight at him.  The Surfer and his board
              fly right over it.
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Filled with frustration and torment, he FIRES TWIN ENERGY
              BLASTS, one from each hand.
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Galactus has taken my world from
                        its rightful orbit!  He has hidden
                        both my home and my beloved...!
 
              A PAIR OF ASTEROIDS
 
              The Surfer's BLASTS EXPLODE them into bits as:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Galactus!  Return Zenn-La...!
 
              WIDER
 
              Consumed by his feelings, the Silver Surfer continues
              BLASTING away as:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Give me my Shalla Bal!
 
              Again he BLASTS, this time hitting:
 
              A LARGE ASTEROID
 
              The size of a small moon.  It EXPLODES into jagged, flaming
              fragments, and we ANGLE WITH the largest of them as they
              hurtle toward:
 
              THE LANDING
 
              A space station cobbled together from old starships and other
              connecting structures.  We can SEE various small ships in the
              docking bays.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Sees what's going on.  He stops BLASTING.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        What am I doing?  I am a man of
                        peace, not anger...!
 
              Veering off, he soars from the asteroid belt.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Galactus, for all your great
                        power, never will you succeed in
                        making me a base creature of
                        destruction...!
 
 
 
 
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              Catching a COSMIC WAVE, the Surfer increases his speed,
              soaring toward:
 
              THE LANDING
 
              From within, O.S., EMERGENCY SIRENS SOUND, and we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. THE LANDING - PROMENADE - DAY - OBSERVATION DOME
 
              Through it, we SEE both the asteroid fragments and the
              Surfer, drawing nearer and nearer as:
 
                           ALIEN MAN (V.O.)              ALIEN WOMAN (V.O.)
                   It's the Silver Surfer!  He   He's going to do the same
                   and Galactus wiped out my     thing to this Landing!
                   world!
 
              WIDER
 
              The place is like a mall -- but on a universal scale,
              complete with businesses, shops, eating and sleeping places.
 
              Its inhabitants are an exercise in intergalactic culture
              shock: Men, women, and who-knows-what-else of every race and
              species.  Air-breathers...water-breathers...giant mobile
              crystals...tiny fairylike flyers...monstrous blobs of
              flesh -- and everything in between.
 
              All of them are panicking now, running for dear life and
              crying out in terror:
 
                           SECOND ALIEN MAN              ALIEN MAN
                   Got to get to my ship!        Take me with you -- please!
 
              The NOISE OF A HUNDRED DIFFERENT KINDS OF ALIEN COMMUNICATION
              BLENDS IN WITH THE CONTINUING SIRENS, everyone fleeing toward
              the docking bays, as we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. DEEP SPACE - THE ASTEROID FRAGMENTS
 
              Barrelling toward the station.  We WIDEN TO SEE the Surfer
              desperately trying to close in on them.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I must stop what I so foolishly
                        began -- before it is too late!
 
              And, as he continues through an area of COSMIC DUST, we HEAR:
 
 
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                                  ETERNITY (O.S.)
                        The Silver Surfer, my sister!
                        Mark him well!  He could be the
                        one we seek!
 
              The voice is spectral, ominous.  We WIDEN as the dust expands
              into a shimmering translucent outline of stars, like a living
              constellation.  This, we will learn, is ETERNITY, one of the
              most powerful of all intergalactic beings, his body the sum
              total of all matter and space.
 
              Another translucent outline appears beside him, made up of
              streaking, spiralling patterns: Eternity's sister, INFINITY,
              her body comprising all of time.
 
                                  INFINITY
                        I have grave doubts, my brother.
 
                                  ETERNITY
                        But you know how highly the
                        Watcher regards him!
 
                                  INFINITY
                               (snorting derisively)
                        How can we rely on the Silver
                        Surfer to protect the universe --
                        when even now his misplaced fury
                        is causing such tragedy?
 
              THE LANDING AND THE ASTEROID FRAGMENTS
 
              Mere instants away from what appears to be a deadly -- and
              inevitable -- impact as we
 
                                                       FADE OUT:
 
 
                                 END OF TEASER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                    ACT ONE
 
              FADE IN:
 
              EXT. DEEP SPACE - THE LANDING
 
              The flaming asteroid fragments are almost at the space
              station when, suddenly:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Carves a course between the station and the fragments and
              FIRES TWIN ENERGY BLASTS at:
 
              THE ASTEROID FRAGMENTS
 
              EXPLODE into a huge ball of fire!
 
              WIDER
 
              As the EXPLOSION spreads, a tongue of flame engulfing first
              the Surfer, then the nearest docked ships.
 
              CLOSER ON THE SHIPS
 
              One after another they too EXPLODE in a devastating chain
              reaction!   We WIDEN as the EXPLOSIONS FILL THE SCREEN.  Then:
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The EXPLOSION fades -- and we FIND the Surfer on his board,
              shaken.  Behind him, parts of the surface of the space
              station have been charred, while others still glow like RED
              EMBERS.  The Surfer's silver body is covered with soot.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        This is the use to which I put the
                        power cosmic?  Violence?!
                        Destruction...?!
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER
 
              He looks down at himself, and his entire body GLOWS, the soot
              DISSOLVING so that the Surfer gleams once more.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I must do all I can to make amends.
 
              He swoops into the nearest docking bay, and we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
 
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              INT. THE LANDING - PROMENADE - DAY - A DECK
 
              Still smouldering from the near-miss outside.  EXTRA-
              TERRESTRIAL HUBBUB is OVER everything, and we WIDEN TO SEE
              everyone milling around.  Suddenly, the NOISE STOPS as:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Steps onto the Promenade, board in his hand.  Any being
              unlucky to be near him stops in his or her tracks and slinks
              away.  The Surfer looks out at:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - PROMENADE
 
              In spite of all the different lifeforms present there are
              only two expressions for the Surfer to see:  Fear and
              loathing.
 
              A fishlike creature lets out a LOW WHISTLE of contempt.  The
              THIRD ALIEN MAN turns to it.
 
                                  ALIEN MAN
                        I didn't know you were acquainted
                        with his mother.
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Reacting as though struck.  Uncertain of what to do, he tries
              to call out:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        People of this station...I offer
                        my apologies --
 
              From O.S., we hear a SHRIEK, and the Barlowe-like ALIEN WOMAN
              bursts from the crowd and runs toward him.
 
                                  ALIEN WOMAN
                        You destroyed them all!  You and
                        Galactus...!
 
              Disheveled and blind, she finds the Surfer with her hands.
              Tears stream from her unseeing eyes.
 
                                  ALIEN WOMAN
                               (continuing)
                        My family is gone!
 
              The Surfer stares, dumbfounded.  The crowd picks up the
              Woman's words:
 
 
 
 
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                           ALIEN MAN                     SECOND ALIEN MAN
                   Get out of here!  Go!         You bring misery wherever
                                                 you go!  You're a plague!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The Alien Woman clutches at the Surfer, and he regards her
              helplessly.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        You do not understand --
 
              The NOISE GROWS LOUDER, and he breaks off.  Then, realizing:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                               (continuing)
                        You are blind.  Perhaps I can
                        help...
 
              He reaches out, touches her head.  From the crowd:
 
                                  SECOND ALIEN MAN
                        He's attacking her!
 
              The crowd surges forward, then stops when the Surfer doesn't
              move.  He concentrates, and we TIGHTEN ON his eyes.  They
              GLOW with the power cosmic, a BEAM OF LIGHT SHINING from them
              to:
 
              THE ALIEN WOMAN
 
              Her face is BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM THE SURFER'S EYES.  The
              LIGHT STOPS, and she blinks -- and stares in wonder.
 
                                  ALIEN WOMAN
                        I...can see -- !
 
              WIDER
 
              The crowd responds with LOUD HUBBUB, but then:
 
                                  ALIEN WOMAN
                        But none of my loved ones is left
                        for me to look at -- and sight
                        won't bring them back!
 
              She beats uselessly at the Surfer's chest, and we TIGHTEN ON
              his face as:
 
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              INT. GALACTUS' SHIP - (FLASHBACK)
 
              As Galactus looms over the Silver Surfer.
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        You must go.  And with you take
                        the power cosmic.
                        Not as my blessing, but as my
                        curse.
                               (beat)
                        Let us see if those for whom the
                        Silver Surfer has been so willing
                        to sacrifice can ever overcome
                        their fear and hatred of you.
 
              The SOUND OF GALACTUS' LAUGHTER COMES OVER everything as we
 
                                                       SMASH CUT TO:
 
              INT. THE LANDING - PROMENADE - DAY - (END OF FLASHBACK)
 
              Exhausted, the Alien Woman collapses in a heap.  The crowd
              surges forward to help her, and his mind reeling, the hapless
              Surfer backs away, to:
 
              INT. THE LANDING - SPACE CAFE - DAY
 
              The Silver Surfer finds himself in a small, crowded cafe.
              Most of the patrons stand near the entrance, where they've
              been watching what's happened in the Promenade.
 
              Unlike those in the Promenade, though, these beings are a
              disreputable lot, heavily armed with blasters, laser swords,
              or neural whips.  They regard the Surfer appraisingly, as
              though waiting for him to make his move.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The Surfer looks at the others uncertainly.  Behind the bar-
              like counter, the Cotati BARTENDER, with his many branch-like
              arms, snatches up as many bottles as he can as, quickly:
 
                                  BARTENDER
                        Please...no trouble.  Drinks're on
                        the house.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I need neither food nor drink.
                               (realizing)
                        However, I do require
                        information -- about the planet
                        named Zenn-La.
 
 
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              A NEARBY TABLE
 
              Where RAZE, a mean-looking Skrull who we will later learn is
              a bounty hunter, sits at a holographic card game with three
              other equally nasty-looking compadres.  He frowns angrily,
              and rises from the table.
 
                                  RAZE
                        Zenn-La?  What does the herald of
                        Galactus want with a world his
                        master has already decided is
                        inedible?
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Turns toward the big Skrull.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        No longer do I serve Galactus.  I
                        merely seek to return to my
                        homeworld.
 
                                  RAZE
                               (furious)
                        So that's why Galactus turned
                        away!  Your planet bought him off
                        by providing you to take him to
                        other victims instead!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        That was never the intention --
 
              RAZE
 
              The Skrull takes a challenging step toward the Surfer.
 
                                  RAZE
                        Intentions mean nothing, Surfer.
                        My nest brother foolishly believed
                        all the lies about Zenn-La...
 
              As Raze speaks, we TIGHTEN ON his hand.  Stealthily, it moves
              toward his belt -- and the blaster that's there.
 
                                  RAZE (O.S.)
                        Husserl went to Zenn-La intending
                        to find peace --
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer is shocked to hear the name -- and pleased as well.
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Husserl!  I knew him as an
                        honorable man --
 
                           RAZE                          RAZE (ALTERNATE LINE)
                   His honor got him killed --   His honor earned him an
                   !                             early end -- !
 
              Raze's hand is at his blaster.  Quickly, he draws it and
              FIRES!  The CHARGE hits the Surfer in the chest -- and
              bounces right back into the Skrull!
 
              NEW ANGLE
 
              The Skrull goes flying back onto another table, the others
              there collapsing on top of him.  Furious, he throws them
              off -- and SHAPE SHIFTS into a large, bear-like CREATURE.
 
              ROARING, the Raze/Creature charges, swiping with extended
              claws at:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Not moving.  He barely blinks as Raze's claws SHATTER on his
              face, leaving absolutely no mark.
 
              WIDER
 
              Raze's ROAR TURNS INTO A HOWL OF PAIN, and he staggers away.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I am sorry about your brother.
                               (beat)
                        But you are wrong about Zenn-La...
 
              Raze SHAPE SHIFTS back into his normal form.  Unrepentant:
 
                                  RAZE
                        It's not over yet!  You and your
                        cursed world betrayed the entire
                        universe to stay alive, and, by
                        the Hive Mother, I'll make you pay!
 
              For a short beat, it looks as though the fight is going to
              start all over again.  But:
 
                                  BARTENDER (O.S.)
                        Silver Surfer...!
 
              THE BAR
 
              As the Bartender emerges, waddles nervously toward the Surfer.
 
 
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                                  BARTENDER
                        I heard a rumor that there's
                        someone from Zenn-La on a
                        backwater Kree planet called
                        Morovus, in the Iwanter Quadrant.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        You are certain of this?
 
                                  BARTENDER
                               (quickly)
                        I swear!
 
              The Bartender's many arms are busy -- ushering the Surfer to
              the door.  The Surfer hesitates, and the Bartender tenses --
              until, clasping the Bartender's hand gratefully, the Surfer
              leaps onto his board and soars out the door!
 
              We HOLD ON the Bartender as he heaves a very heartfelt, very
              relieved, and very LOUD SIGH...
 
              EXT. THE LANDING - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soars from the main docking bay.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Scarcely can my mind accept what
                        I have just heard...!
 
              WIDER
 
              As the Surfer's speed increases
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        It is one thing for the Silver
                        Surfer to be reviled, but never
                        could I have imagined that Zenn-La
                        would be the object of such
                        detestation and scorn!
                               (beat)
                        Truly, it is as though the very
                        order of the cosmos is being
                        turned upside-down...
 
              And as the Silver Surfer FORESHORTENS INTO WARP we
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
              EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF MOROVUS - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              WARPING IN just past a dense orange sun.  He gazes around,
              getting his bearings.
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        So this is Morovus...
 
              Continuing away from the sun, the Surfer looks out at:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - MOROVUS
 
              A small, reddish world with deserts of crimson sand and
              rugged scarlet mountains.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        The planet itself appears
                        primitive, with no sign of
                        civilization...
 
              As the Surfer looks on, a Kree freighter takes off from the
              surface of Morovus, flying toward:
 
              EXT. MOROVUS' MOON - DAY
 
              Site of a sprawling, advanced, industrial-military compound
              that resembles a glorified refinery  -- and which proudly
              bears the KREE EMBLEM.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        The Kree, however, have dominated
                        most of the universe for millennia!
 
              The freighter goes into orbit around the moon, and a host of
              smaller ships dart up to it, connecting like hummingbirds
              feeding from a flower.  It's all very quick, very efficient,
              with not a wasted move.
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Flying closer to Morovus.  A myriad of small, artificial
              satellites move INTO VIEW as they circle the planet.  From
              each comes a BEAM OF LIGHT, sweeping through space like a
              searchlight.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I wonder what interest a race so
                        advanced can have in a world such
                        as this...
 
              Without paying much attention, the Surfer flies through a
              BEAM OF LIGHT from one of the satellites.  As he passes the
              satellite, we TIGHTEN ON it.  A SHRILL SOUND EMERGES, and the
              BEAM WIDENS.
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        And whether it truly harbors a
                        visitor from Zenn-La --
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer breaks off his thought as, acting in unison, the
              BEAMS from all the satellites WIDEN to form an ENERGY BARRIER
              between the Surfer and the planetary system.
 
              Unable to stop himself, he soars directly into the barrier.
              SPARKS BURST all around the Surfer, and he is thrown back
              into space!  Wordlessly, he CRIES OUT from the impact.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              As the Surfer struggles to stay upright on the board.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        The Kree are every bit as powerful
                        as their reputation...!
 
              Regaining his balance, he surveys the situation determinedly.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        But if to find my home I must
                        first reach Morovus -- then reach
                        it I shall!
 
              And, sweeping into a new COSMIC WAVE, he FIRES A COSMIC BLAST
              at the barrier!
 
              WIDER
 
              As the BLAST STRIKES the barrier -- and BOUNCES OFF IN AN
              EXPLOSION OF MORE SPARKS.  The COSMIC BLAST slams back from
              the barrier, heading directly at:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Hardly able to believe what he sees.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Can it be?  Can these Kree
                        deflectors actually turn my own
                        power cosmic against me -- ?
 
              He throws up his hands -- but it's too late.  The reflected
              COSMIC BLAST hits the Silver Surfer with its full force --
 
 
 
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              WIDER
 
              And both the Surfer and his board are BLASTED backward,
              toward --
 
              ONE OF THE KREE SATELLITES
 
              Flailing, the Surfer reaches out -- and grabs onto the
              satellite.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        There must be a way I can
                        neutralize the barrier...
 
              Using all his strength, the Surfer turns the satellite so
              that its BEAM is out of sync with the others.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        It is a basic precept of Zenn-La
                        that even with the highest
                        technology, simplicity is best...
 
              WIDER
 
              SEEING that the Surfer has made a gap in the energy barrier!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Ah...
 
              Smiling with grim satisfaction, the Surfer guides the board
              right through the gap in the barrier.  Now there's nothing
              between him and Morovus.  Victoriously, he straightens on the
              board --
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        I am through!  Soon will I find my
                        way back to Shalla Bal --
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer breaks off sharply as the energy barrier DISSOLVES
              and the satellites all turn their BEAMS at him, FIRING AN
              EXPLOSIVE BLAST!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              SPARKS FLY THROUGH the Silver Surfer.  Separately, he and his
              board plunge down, down, toward the planet below, and we
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
 
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              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - DAY - THE SILVER SURFER'S POV -
              BLACKNESS
 
              We SEE nothing but darkness as:
 
                                  KILI (O.S.)
                        See, Pip...?
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Eyes closed as he fights to gain consciousness, the Surfer
              lies sprawled on his back just this side of a thicket of
              scrawny desert vegetation.
 
                                  KILI (O.S.)
                        Not using a chisel or mortar
                        teaches us how everything in
                        nature fits together in perfect
                        harmony...
 
              GROANING, the Surfer opens his eyes as:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - A DESERT VILLAGE
 
              The Surfer's peripheral vision is non-existent, and THE EDGES
              OF THE SHOT ARE FUZZY.  But directly before him, two small
              humanoids, PIP and KILI, work together.  They wear thin green-
              and-white collars of CONSTANTLY SHIFTING ENERGY, and are
              building a low stone wall with only their hands.
 
              As Kili speaks, the Surfer sees her as RIPPLING INTO the
              MASTER, standing at a wall on Zenn-La, surrounded by NORRIN
              RADD, SHALLA BAL, and other students, both human and alien in
              appearance.  Everything RIPPLES BACK as:
 
                                  PIP
                               (with attitude)
                        Yeah, yeah, yeah...
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Trying to focus.
 
                                  PIP (O.S.)
                        If everything's so perfect, how
                        come we do all the sweating...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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              WIDER
 
              As the Surfer shakes his head to clear it, we SEE that the
              village is the inhospitable-looking home of a group of beings
              like Pip and Kili, all wearing similar collars as they trudge
              about their daily business -- eyeing the Surfer curiously all
              the while.
 
                                  PIP
                        And the Kree get all the goodies?
 
              (NOTE:  In the following sequence, we SEE the Surfer's face
              and various parts of his body, but we never SEE his throat or
              neck!)
 
              The Surfer GROANS once more, and Pip and Kili turn, hurry to
              him as, weakly, he tries to pull himself to his feet.  He
              slumps back to the ground, Pip catching him just in time.
 
                                  PIP
                               (continuing)
                        Easy, pal, you took a tail-
                        breaking fall.
                               (looking him over)
                        Between us, I was kinda hoping
                        that if anything came fallin'
                        outta the sky it'd be -- rain.
 
                                  KILI
                        Pip, the universe has brought us
                        a guest.  We must make him welcome.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Again, the Surfer struggles to get up.  Gently, both Pip and
              Kili help him.  Still dazed, the Surfer looks at Kili.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        The way you speak...for an instant
                        I felt I was back in...Zenn-La.
 
                                  PIP
                        Zenn-wha?  Never heard of it.
 
                                  KILI
                        This is Pip, and I'm Kili.  You're
                        in Work Camp A.
 
                                  PIP
                        Named by our wonderful employers.
                        Just can't help lovin' folks with
                        that kinda originality, can ya?
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I am the Silver Surfer...
                               (realizing)
                        You are -- trolls.  The Kree slave
                        force --
 
                                  PIP
                        Boy, nuthin' gets past you, does
                        it?  Careful how ya talk, pal.  Us
                        trolls ain't the only slaves here.
 
              WIDER
 
              Now, for the first time, we SEE that the Surfer wears a
              similar collar around his neck.  He looks down at himself.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        What...?
 
                                  KILI
                        The men were ordered to "collar"
                        you while you were unconscious.
                        We're sorry, but they couldn't
                        refuse --
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        No!  I am free now!  This
                        abomination cannot be borne!
 
              The Surfer puts his hands to the collar.  Pip reaches out to
              stop him.
 
                                  PIP
                        Don't do it -- !
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Too late.  The collar GLOWS, GREEN-AND-WHITE ENERGY ZAPPING
              OUT of it and into the Surfer.  Steeling himself, the Surfer
              pulls at the collar once more.
 
              Once more, it ZAPS him, and the Surfer's body goes rigid.
              Falling backward, his body thrashes and he rolls on the
              ground, sending clouds of red earth flying.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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              The Silver Surfer's mouth opens, and he CRIES OUT WORDLESSLY,
              the slave collar CONTINUING TO ZAP him with punishing ENERGY
              as we
 
                                                       FADE OUT:
 
 
                                END OF ACT ONE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                    ACT TWO
 
              FADE IN:
 
              EXT. DEEP SPACE - A SWIRLING NEBULA
 
              GLOWING space gas whirls, the various particles starting to
              coalesce.  It's a real LIGHT SHOW...but on a cosmic scale!
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        The Hubble telescope's got a
                        pretty good view -- but now I know
                        the meaning of awesome...!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The flaming form of NOVA literally stands in space,
              transfixed by what's happening before her.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        Wait'll I tell Amber that I was
                        this close to a galaxy being born!
 
              Something else catches her eye.  Nova streaks toward:
 
              A COMET
 
              As she comes alongside its incandescent tail.  Racing the
              comet, Nova starts to overtake the head, then stops abruptly.
              We HOLD ON her, frowning as the comet goes on by.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        Duh, Frankie, forget it.
                        Everything you knew and loved is
                        history.  No more Amber, no more
                        beach...
 
              Trailing off, Nova points at a chunk of space rock nearby,
              and a STREAM OF FLAME FLOWS from her finger.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Ah, so what?  Galactus has give me
                        a lot more than I ever had...
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The flame TORCHES the rock into NOTHINGNESS!
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        On Earth I was an orphan, thanks
                        to the crash that took Mom and Dad.
 
              Nova's frown deepens.  Her flaming body grows DIMMER.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Never could figure out how I ended
                        up outside the car that night --
                        with just a few bruises...and a
                        lot of tears --
 
              She breaks off as before her appears:
 
              AN ENERGY BUBBLE
 
              Coming toward her.  Nova touches it curiously, and the BUBBLE
              EXPLODES, an IMAGE OF GALACTUS appearing.  The IMAGE speaks
              in a VOICE LIKE A THUNDERCLAP:
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        My herald!  The Great Hunger is
                        upon me!  Where is the next world
                        upon which I can feed?
 
              WIDER
 
              Nova stares at the IMAGE with the same awe she feels at the
              sight of Galactus himself.
 
                                  NOVA
                        Oh, you know, it's -- just around
                        the corner -- I mean, up the
                        block --
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        I trust I have not made a mistake
                        with you, my Nova.  Use the power
                        that only you have.  Galactus does
                        not take disappointment well!
 
              Galactus LAUGHS sardonically, and the IMAGE vanishes.
              Quickly, Nova as  gets down to business, scanning the stars.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        Uh-oh, recess if over.  Time to
                        find a fresh, nutritious planet...
 
              NOVA'S POV - THE UNIVERSE AROUND HER
 
              LOOKING for ENERGY SIGNALS, as:
 
 
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                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        With all the vitamins and minerals
                        the big guy needs to stay jolly --
 
              And there it is, a BLOB OF GLEAMING RED ENERGY in the center
              of Nova's field of vision.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Jackpot!
 
              BACK TO NOVA
 
              As her eyes snap open.  She starts flying through space,
              faster and faster.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        How's that old saying go?  "No
                        rest for the weary...?"
 
              Nova passes the comet -- looking much like a comet herself.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        No wonder the Silver Surfer took
                        early retirement.  I've gotta work
                        myself down to the ember, but he
                        can just sit back and chill...
 
              And, as she says it, Nova FORESHORTENS INTO WARP and we
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - DESERT VILLAGE - DAY
 
              The Silver Surfer's hand clutches at the energy collar around
              his neck, while the GREEN-AND-WHITE ENERGY ZAPS through him.
              Other trolls have gathered around, and Pip bends down beside
              the Surfer, shouting:
 
                                  PIP
                        Let go'a yer collar -- !
 
              The Surfer tries, but nothing happens.  He GASPS:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I cannot!  It -- holds -- my --
                        hand -- in -- place -- !
 
                                  PIP
                        You gotta let go!
 
 
 
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              Stubbornly, Pip grabs the Surfer's arm, pulls his hand away.
              A last ZAP OF ENERGY hits the troll, and Pip goes flying
              backward.
 
                           SILVER SURFER                 KILI
                   Pip!                          Oh no!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Both the Surfer and Kili rush to where Pip lies on the
              ground.  Opening his eyes, the troll manages a wry smile.
 
                                  PIP
                        Lighten up, guys.  It'll take
                        more'n a little static to fry a
                        prime hunk'a manhood like me.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I will not forget what you have
                        done for me, Pip.
 
                                  PIP
                        Hey, don't worry -- neither'll I.
 
                                  KILI
                               (to the Surfer)
                        You've got to be careful.  The
                        collars have their own built-in
                        defense.
                               (beat)
                        As slaves, we're completely
                        governed by them and the voices
                        they put into our heads.
 
              From O.S. COMES THE WAILING OF A SIREN, and the other trolls
              start away.  Still disoriented, the Surfer hesitates, looking
              around.
 
                                  PIP
                        Time for our shift -- 'less you
                        want another taste of Kree
                        "hospitality."
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I have lost something...
                               (starting to call out)
                        My board --
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER AND THE OTHERS
 
              He doesn't even get to finish, his COLLAR ZAPPING OUT once
              again.  The Surfer staggers, and the ZAPPING STOPS.
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Eons of war and subjugation have
                        made the Kree experts at causing
                        pain and suffering.
                               (beat)
                        It will be better to stay away
                        from their strengths -- for now.
 
              And, as they continue from the village, we ANGLE TO:
 
              THE OTHER EDGE OF THE VILLAGE
 
              TIGHTENING ON the Surfer's board, almost completely buried in
              the sand.  The board twitches, just a bit, in the Surfer's
              direction.  Then it becomes still, and we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - THE MINE - DAY - THE SUN
 
              TILTING TO SEE that it is beating down on a craglike
              mountain.  The top of the mountain has been scooped into a
              pit, and unmanned hovercraft carry large, ore containers up
              and down the side.
 
              The area THRUMS WITH POWER.  Everything is automated, with no
              sign of any beings but the trolls who move in and out of long
              shafts bored into the sides of the pit.
 
                                  PIP (O.S.)
                        So, Slurper, whaddaya think of the
                        business my dear old dad left me?
 
              As he talks, we TIGHTEN ON a shaft leading to:
 
              INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAY
 
              Dark and narrow, like all mines, the only light coming from
              DIMLY GLOWING COILS in the rock wall.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (O.S.)
                        Strange...I thought to find Kree
                        overseers here.
 
              We ANGLE PAST various trolls hard at work with FIERY ENERGY
              DIGGERS TO:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              With Pip and Kili, the three of them riding a moving floor
              farther into the tunnel.
 
 
 
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                                  PIP
                        If you do, lemme know so I can
                        talk about my overtime.
 
                                  KILI
                        We're nothing to the Kree.  On all
                        the planets we've worked on, we've
                        never seen any beings but other
                        trolls...and now you.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Leaving the moving floor, they go to the rock wall.  From
              around them comes a RUMBLE, and the tunnel TREMBLES.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        The mountain is unstable.
 
                                  PIP
                        Try the whole planet.  This mining
                        really rips things up.  Makes it
                        kinda hard ta keep yer friends.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        What do you mine for?
 
                                  PIP
                        Same stuff every place the Kree
                        shlep us --
 
              Pip's ENERGY DIGGER LASHES OUT, and he holds up what he's cut
              from the wall.  We TIGHTEN ON a SMOOTH, SHINING, GREEN-AND-
              WHITE STONE.
 
                                  PIP (O.S.)
                        Align a bunch of these jokers and,
                        presto -- instant energy collar!
 
              WIDER
 
              As Pip tosses the stone into a nearby bin.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        You risk your lives to provide the
                        very substance that keeps you
                        enslaved?!
 
                                  PIP
                        Hey, who says the Kree don't have
                        a crazy little sense of humor -- ?
 
 
 
 
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              NEW ANGLE
 
              Pip stops as another EARTH TREMOR HITS -- AND KEEPS HITTING.
              The entire tunnel sways, and the floor buckles, sending the
              trolls careening into the wall.
 
              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - THE MOUNTAINTOP - DAY
 
              The mountain SHAKES VIOLENTLY, trolls running for safety.
              One whole section of mountainside sheers off, falling toward
              the ground below!  We TIGHTEN ON the section and FIND:
 
              THE MINE TUNNEL
 
              Completely exposed to the day.  Pip and the other trolls CRY
              OUT as they plunge downward -- along with tons of rock!
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Slipping and sliding with the rest.  Mindless of the collar,
              he holds out his arms for a COSMIC BLAST.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Hold on -- !
 
              We TIGHTEN ON the Surfer's hands as the ENERGY STARTS TO
              FLOW -- and STOPS as:
 
              THE SURFER'S ENERGY COLLAR
 
              GLOWS, GREEN-AND-WHITE ENERGY ZAPPING out!
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer lurches backward, continues sliding down with the
              rock.  His face shows his anguish.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Nooo!!!
 
              Again he tries to POWER UP A COSMIC BLAST -- and again the
              collar ZAPS him!  He CRIES OUT WORDLESSLY, and then:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I cannot let the collar control
                        me.  I will not let it -- !
 
              We TIGHTEN ON the Surfer.  His entire body SMOULDERS WITH THE
              POWER COSMIC.  The collar ZAPS him again and again as:
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        On Zenn-La -- the -- Master --
                        taught -- us -- the -- power --
                        of -- the mind...How it could
                        overcome -- the greatest pain...
 
              His body tenses and strains.  We TIGHTEN MORE, ON the collar,
              as from it comes a VOICE, faint and far away:
 
                                  VOICE (O.S.)
                        The way of the universe is the way
                        of acceptance, not denial...
 
              We WIDEN TO SEE the Surfer's face, as, astounded:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        That voice!  It comes from the
                        collar, yet sounds so familiar --
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - THE INTERIOR OF THE MOUNTAIN
 
              Even as he and the trolls continue to fall, the rock before
              him RIPPLES INTO the Zenn-La garden wall we SAW earlier.
              Norrin Radd, Shalla Bal, and the other students look on as
              the Master places another stone.
 
                                  THE MASTER
                        The truly strong are those who do
                        not resist but absorb...
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        It is as though the Master himself
                        is speaking to me!
 
              The SCENE RIPPLES AWAY as:
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Filled with even more resolve.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Of course!  Fighting the slave
                        collar gives it more of my power
                        to use against me...
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S ENERGY COLLAR
 
              As he raises his hands to the ZAPPING collar.
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I must show true strength by
                        accepting the collar -- and
                        absorbing it!
 
              The POWER COSMIC in his hands unites with the collar's GREEN-
              AND-WHITE ENERGY, and, first slowly, then faster, ENERGY from
              the collar is STRETCHED AND PULLED into the Surfer's body!
 
              NEW ANGLE ON THE COLLAR
 
              The ZAPPING WEAKENS AND STOPS -- and the collar vanishes,
              absorbed directly into the Surfer's silver-coated skin!
 
              WIDER ON THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Unhesitatingly, he unleashes a SERIES OF COSMIC BLASTS at:
 
              THE ROCKSLIDE
 
              EXPLODES!  For a beat, all we can SEE are ENERGY AND
              FRAGMENTS OF ROCK FILLING THE SCREEN, until:
 
              WIDER ON THE MOUNTAIN
 
              As the POWER COSMIC DISSIPATES and we SEE the Silver Surfer
              and the trolls, suspended halfway down the mountain -- within
              an ENERGY BUBBLE that lowers to the ground and VANISHES.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The trolls gape in astonishment, and Kili hugs Pip.
 
                                  KILI
                        Pip!  We're safe!
 
                                  PIP
                        "Safe?"  A starcruiser and a six-
                        month headstart couldn't take us
                        someplace safe --
                               (pointing to his
                                collar)
                        Long as we wear these!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        There is a way to change that.
 
              CLOSER ON THE SURFER
 
              He holds out his palms, one toward Pip's collar, the other
              toward Kili's.  The Surfer's palms GLOW, the POWER COSMIC
              shooting out from them.  He concentrates intently as:
 
 
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                                  VOICE (O.S.)
                        Feel the energy, my son.  Feel how
                        it becomes a part of you...
 
              It's the same, Master-like voice, coming from both Pip's and
              Kili's collars.  Pip and Kili stare.
 
                                  KILI
                        That gentle voice -- it's been
                        speaking to us ever since we got
                        to Morovus!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        It is the voice of -- the Master
                        of Zenn-La --!
 
              The Surfer breaks off as the ENERGY from both Pip's collar
              and Kili's is STRETCHED AND PULLED right into him -- until
              these collars too are gone!  Pip's and Kili's hands go to
              their necks.  They stare at the Surfer.
 
                           KILI                          PIP
                   It can't be...!               We're free, babe!  Really
                                                 free!
 
              WIDER
 
              Pip races to the other trolls, gleefully points to his neck.
 
                                  PIP
                        Look!  We don't have to take all
                        that Kree baloney!  We don't have
                        to be slaves!
 
              The trolls see what's going on, pick up the cry:
 
                                  TROLLS
                        We don't have to be slaves -- !
 
              Immediately, their collars ZAP at them.  The cry turns into
              a HOWL, then resumes as the trolls fight desperately against
              those who control them!
 
              NEW ANGLE
 
              Pip whirls back to the Surfer.
 
                                  PIP
                        Ya gotta help 'em!  Ya gotta take
                        off their collars!
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        There are too many!
                               (beseechingly)
                        Master...!  Where are you?
 
              There's no response.  Kili reaches up, tugs the Surfer's arm.
 
                                  KILI
                        There's only one place he can
                        be -- up at the main base --
                        Morovus Prime.
 
              That's all the Surfer needs to know.  He holds up his hand.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        To me, my board!
 
              And this time there's nothing to stop him as:
 
              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - DAY - THE EDGE OF THE VILLAGE -
              CLOSE ON THE BOARD
 
              The Surfer's call ECHOES through the desert.  The board pulls
              itself from the sand and takes to the sky --
 
              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - THE MINE - DAY
 
              As his board sweeps down to the Silver Surfer, who leaps upon
              it, soaring upward!  Pip watches it, not understanding as:
 
                                  PIP
                        Hey!  Where ya goin'?  Don't leave
                        us --
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF MOROVUS - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soaring out of the atmosphere of the planet.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        The Master, working with the Kree?
                        How can such a thing be...?
 
              THE ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES
 
              Move into VIEW around the Surfer.  He watches them carefully.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        He and I must unite...
 
              The satellites begin emitting their BEAMS OF LIGHT.
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Of course, that is possible only
                        if I can reach him!
 
              WIDER
 
              The BEAMS START TO WIDEN AND JOIN TOGETHER, but this time the
              Surfer knows what to expect.  He bends lower on his board,
              and catching the curl of a COSMIC WAVE, he slaloms through
              them, weaving in and out like a skier, until:
 
              THE LAST ENERGY BEAM
 
              The Surfer whizzes past it -- just as it connects with all
              the others, and a new ENERGY BARRIER BLAZES INTO EXISTENCE --
              behind him!  But the Surfer's attention is already on:
 
              EXT. MOROVUS' MOON - KREE MAIN BASE - DAY
 
              As the Surfer approaches.  He heads for the largest tower,
              which is topped by a big, transparent dome.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        This appears to be the center of
                        operations.  Here will I find the
                        answers I seek!
 
              INT. KREE MAIN BASE - DAY - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              UPSHOT, as the Surfer hits the dome.  It SPARKS WITH ENERGY,
              and before he can react the entire dome literally wraps
              itself around him, just like the original ENERGY BARRIER!
 
              The Surfer and his board plummet down, the ENERGY COCOON
              stopping to hold them just above the floor.  We WIDEN TO SEE
              that the Surfer is in an imposing circular room, gleaming and
              sterile.
 
              At the top of the room are gliding catwalks and pumping
              compressors, moving automated life-support machines.  In the
              center of the room, suspended within a large ENERGY WEB, are
              three GLOWING, brain-like shapes, connected to each other,
              and the rest of the base, by various LINES OF ENERGY.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              From within the WEB, a HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE ZOOMS at the Surfer
              from the center brain:  A Kree woman military officer who we
              will call SHELLAINE.
 
 
 
 
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                                  SHELLAINE
                        I know of you, Silver Surfer.  How
                        dare you disturb a Kree Combined
                        Intelligence?
 
              The Surfer pushes at the COCOON.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        No civilization has the right to
                        subjugate another.  I demand that
                        you free those who toil on Morovus!
 
              Another HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE ZOOMS from one of the other brains:
              A Kree scientist we can call VOTRICK.
 
                                  VOTRICK
                        Correct me if I'm wrong, but you
                        don't seem to be in a position to
                        "demand" anything.
 
                                  SHELLAINE
                        Would you free the board on which
                        you ride, or a lamp that lights
                        your way?
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Is that all the trolls are to you?
                        Implements?  Tools?
 
                                  VOTRICK
                        Certainly.  That's precisely why
                        they were created.  Now, however,
                        this group is useless.
 
              NEW ANGLE
 
              Lining the room are REPRESENTATIONS of eyes, ears, mouths.
              The eyes and ears follow the Surfer's every move and word,
              while from the mouths come the words of the various brains.
 
              Votrick gestures to one of the eyes, and we TIGHTEN ON IT TO
              SEE the surface of Morovus -- where more and more trolls are
              taking up the CRY FOR FREEDOM, in spite of ZAPPING of their
              collars!
 
                                  SHELLAINE (O.S.)
                        You have shown our slaves that the
                        collars can be overcome.  No
                        longer will they selflessly go
                        about their tasks.
 
 
 
 
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                                  VOTRICK (O.S.)
                        Their minds have been polluted by
                        the possibility of freedom!
 
              WIDER
 
              The IMAGE of Shellaine reaches out as though pushing a
              button.  The ENERGY WEB and LINES OF ENERGY FLASH BRIGHTLY.
 
                                  SHELLAINE
                        Fortunately, they are expendable.
                        We have billions more to replace
                        them.
 
              EXT. MOROVUS' MOON - KREE MAIN BASE - DAY
 
              An incredible BLAST OF ENERGY EXPLODES out of the Kree emblem
              emblazoned on the complex, and STABS OUT at space!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (O.S.)
                        What have you unleashed?
 
              INT. KREE MAIN BASE - DAY
 
              The third brain hasn't spoken.  Now a HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE ZOOMS
              from it:  Not a Kree but -- THE MASTER!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Master...!  It is truly you!  But
                        how?  Why -- ?
 
                                  THE MASTER
                        There is no time, Norrin Radd.  My
                        fellow governors of Morovus have
                        chosen to vaporize your friends...!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Now it's the IMAGE of the Master that reaches out, as though
              pushing a series of buttons.  The ENERGY COCOON around the
              Surfer vanishes!
 
                                  THE MASTER
                        You must go!  While it is still
                        possible to stop the carnage!
 
              EXT. KREE MAIN BASE - DAY - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soaring out of the open dome.  Behind him, we HEAR:
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  SHELLAINE (O.S.)
                        The fool from Zenn-La has taken
                        control of the system!
 
                                  VOTRICK (O.S.)
                        Nothing's responding!
 
              The Surfer shoots upward, toward:
 
              EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF MOROVUS - THE ENERGY BLAST
 
              EXPLODING through the ENERGY BARRIER as though it isn't even
              there!
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Following in its wake.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        I left the Master on Zenn-La, with
                        my beloved Shalla Bal...
 
              He passes the de-activated satellites.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Now I find him here -- part of a
                        Kree organic brain system...!
 
              THE ENERGY BLAST
 
              About halfway to the planet!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Instead of answers, my questions
                        are compounded!
 
              Suddenly, the Master's voice ECHOES.
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        Have I not always counseled
                        patience, Norrin Radd?  Even the
                        greatest enigma has a solution...
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Losing ground, not gaining.  His set face shows his
              dedication to what he's doing, as:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        Your sacrifice moved me as nothing
                        else ever has.  Soon after, I
                        departed Zenn-La with a group of
                        visiting students, on a pilgrimage
                        to see if I could attain your
                        courage...
 
              THE ENERGY BLAST
 
              Closing in on Morovus!
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        We were captured by the Kree...
 
              A drone freighter flies into VIEW --
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                               (continuing)
                        When they discovered who I was,
                        they found great satisfaction in
                        teaching the Master of Zenn-La
                        their own dark ways...
 
              And, punctuating the Master's words, the freighter is
              destroyed by the BLAST, FLARING OUT OF EXISTENCE as:
 
              WIDER
 
              The ENERGY BLAST is just outside the atmosphere of Morovus.
              Desperately, the Surfer slides into another COSMIC WAVE,
              putting on a fresh burst of speed and nearing his target!
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        Heed me, Norrin Radd.  This blast
                        is too powerful for you to destroy
                        or absorb.  But your mind tells me
                        you have the power to transmute --
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Transmute?  But into what -- ?
 
              The Surfer stops, finding the answer.  His eyes GLOW, and we
              ANGLE WITH THE BEAM OF THE POWER COSMIC THAT SHOOTS from them
              directly into the ENERGY BLAST and
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - THE MINE - DAY
 
              From O.S., we HEAR A SOUND LIKE THUNDER.  Pip and Kili jerk
              their heads up and start WHOOPING AND HOLLERING excitedly --
              as a TORRENTIAL RAIN beats down on the grateful desert planet
              from a cloudless sky!
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF MOROVUS - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Drained, exhausted, he looks up from the rain, and forces
              himself to call out:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Master!  It is done!
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        Norrin Radd, once again have you
                        proven your worth.  It is time now
                        for me to do the same.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I will come for you --
 
              The Surfer starts to carve a course back toward the moon, but:
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        No, Norrin Radd -- you must go
                        your own way...!
 
              EXT. MOROVUS' MOON - KREE MAIN BASE - DAY
 
              TIGHTENING ON the big complex as:
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        As a member of the Combined
                        Intelligence, I have been forced
                        to participate in acts of
                        unspeakable evil!
                               (beat)
                        Now, in atonement, I must do all
                        I can to make certain that the
                        trolls go free.  Goodbye, my son --
 
              EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF MOROVUS - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Realizing what the Master means.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Master, wait -- !
 
 
 
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              EXT. MOROVUS' MOON - KREE MAIN BASE - DAY
 
              Too late.  The entire base EXPLODES, BLAZING PARTICLES
              filling the sky as:
 
              EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF MOROVUS - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Illuminated in the moon's glare.
 
                                  THE MASTER (O.S.)
                        Through you have I at last found
                        true courage.  Give my good wishes
                        to Zenn-La!
 
              The Master's voice fades away.  We HOLD ON the Surfer, gazing
              at the moon with great anguish.  Then, quietly:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        But where is it, Master?  Where...?
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET OF MOROVUS - DESERT VILLAGE - NIGHT -
              MATCHING SHOT - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              WIDENING TO SEE that he stands beside the unmortared wall
              with Pip and Kili, a light rain still falling.  Pip's foot
              prods at one of the many discarded collars lying in the mud.
              He kicks it as far as he can.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I admire your courage, little ones.
 
                                  KILI
                        We're sorry about the one you
                        called the Master.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        You have freedom -- and the
                        thoughts he inspired.  Never would
                        such a man ask for more.
                               (beat)
                        I must go now.  The Master left
                        Zenn-La long before it was hidden
                        by Galactus.  I must continue my
                        search for my home.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The Surfer leaps on his board.  Pip hesitates, then races
              after him.
 
 
 
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                                  PIP
                        Slurper, wait!  All my life I've
                        gone from planet to planet -- and
                        never learned a thing.  Could I
                        kinda hang out with you -- just
                        for awhile?
                               (regarding Kili
                                nervously)
                        I mean -- if it's okay with you.
 
              He waits as though for an execution.  Instead, Kili smiles.
 
                                  KILI
                        And why wouldn't it be?  If you're
                        going to lead the rest of our
                        people to freedom, you ought to
                        know a little something about how
                        it's done!
                               (beat)
                        Besides -- how else'll I ever get
                        a night's sleep?
 
              The Surfer circles them for a beat, looking at Pip's eager
              face.  Then, with a nod:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        It has been a long time since
                        anyone treated me as a friend.
 
              Grinning, Pip gives Kili a big squeeze and jumps atop the
              Surfer's board, straddling it like a pony.
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer's EYES GLOW, and an ENERGY BUBBLE forms around
              Pip, who hangs on for dear life.  We ANGLE WITH the Silver
              Surfer as he soars upward to:
 
              THE SKY
 
              Where the Surfer and Pip vanish into a field of stars.  The
              stars move, and we SEE the forms of Eternity and Infinity
              once again.  We HOLD ON the two great cosmic beings, watching
              the Silver Surfer go, and we
 
                                                       FADE OUT:
 
                                        THE END.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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