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Dark Star’s Darkest Hour – Carpenter / O’ Bannon



INTERIOR - FREEZER ROOM

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Commander?  Are you still there?

                                   POWELL
                    Oh, yes, Doolittle, I'm thinking.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    We're running out of time, sir.

                                   POWELL
                    Oh, yes... Well, Doolittle, if you
                    can't get it to drop you'll have to
                    talk to it.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Sir?

                                   POWELL
                    Talk to the bomb.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    I already have, sir, and Pinback is
                    talking to it now.

                                   POWELL
                    No, no, Doolittle, you talk to it.
                    Teach it Phenomenology, Doolittle.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Sir?

                                   POWELL
                    Phenomenology...

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   PINBACK
                    Doolittle!  Doolittle!  Six minutes to
                    detonation!

     INTERIOR - VENTRAL AIR LOCK

     Wearing his starsuit, complete with jetpack, Doolittle pushes a
     button.  Above him, the giant lock doors slowly slide open.

     EXTERIOR - SHIP

     Doolittle slowly rises up out of the ship.  He stops his ascent with
     his jetpack, turns, and moves down toward the bomb bay.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   PINBACK
                    Doolittle!  Doolittle, what the hell
                    are you doing?

     EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

     Doolittle floats into shot, jets himself up until he is facing massive
     Bomb #20.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Hello, bomb, are you with me?

                                   BOMB #20
                    Of course.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Are you willing to entertain a few
                    concepts?

                                   BOMB #20
                    I am always receptive to
                    suggestions.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Fine.  Think about this one, then:
                    how do you know you exist?

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    What's he doin'?

                                   PINBACK
                    I think he's talking to it.

     EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   BOMB #20
                    Well of course I exist.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    But how do you know you exist?

                                   BOMB #20
                    It is intuitively obvious.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Intuition is no proof.  What concrete
                    evidence do you have of your own
                    existence?

                                   BOMB #20
                    Hmm... Well, I think, therefore I
                    am.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    That's good.  Very good.  Now then,
                    how do you know that anything else
                    exists?

                                   BOMB #20
                    My sensory apparatus reveals it to
                    me.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Right!

                                   BOMB #20
                    This is fun.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    All right now, here's the big
                    question: how do you know that the
                    evidence your sensory apparatus
                    reveals to you is correct?

     INTERIOR - EMERGENCY AIR LOCK

     Talby lies unconscious near the burned laser.

     EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    What I'm getting at is this: the
                    only experience that is directly
                    available to you is your sensory
                    data.  And this data is merely a
                    stream of  electrical impulses which
                    stimulate your computing center.

                                   BOMB #20
                    In other words, all I really know
                    about the outside universe relayed
                    to me through my electrical
                    connections.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Exactly.

                                   BOMB #20
                    Why, that would mean... I really
                    don't know what the outside universe
                    is like at all, for certain.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    That's it.

                                   BOMB #20
                    Intriguing.  I wish I had more time
                    to discuss this matter.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Why don't you have more time?

                                   BOMB #20
                    Because I must detonate in seventy-
                    five seconds.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    The key!

                                   PINBACK
                    Key?  Key?  What is the key?

                                   BOILER
                    No, no, the key, the key to the
                    fail-safe lock!

                                   PINBACK
                    Key?

                                   BOILER
                    Where's the fail-safe key?

                                   PINBACK
                    The key!

                                   BOILER
                    Where is it?  What did you do with
                    it?

                                   PINBACK
                    I don't have it.  I don't know where
                    it is.

                                   BOILER
                    You must have it, you idiot, we can
                    stop the bomb!

     EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Now, bomb, consider this next
                    question, very carefully.  What is
                    your one purpose in life?

                                   BOMB #20
                    To explode, of course.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    And you can only do it once, right?

                                   BOMB #20
                    That is correct.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    And you wouldn't want to explode on
                    the basis of false data, would you?

                                   BOMB #20
                    Of course not.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Well then, you've already admitted
                    that you have no real proof of the
                    existence of the outside universe.

                                   BOMB #20
                    Yes, well...

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    So you have no absolute proof that
                    Sergeant Pinback ordered you to
                    detonate.

                                   BOMB #20
                    I recall distinctly the detonation
                    order.  My memory is good on matters
                    like these.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Yes, of course you remember it, but
                    what you are remembering is merely a
                    series of electrical impulses which
                    you now realize have no necessary
                    connection with outside reality.

                                   BOMB #20
                    True, but since this is so, I have
                    no proof that you are really telling
                    me all this.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

     Pinback is pawing frantically through the control room, searching for
     the key.  Boiler is apoplectic.

                                   BOILER
                    The key, goddamit, the key!

                                   PINBACK
                    Christ, twenty seconds, Christ!

                                   BOILER
                    Where is the key?

                                   PINBACK
                    We're gonna die, Boiler.  We're gonna
                    die.

     They begin slapping each other hysterically.

     EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    That's all beside the point.  The
                    concepts are valid, wherever they
                    originate.

                                   BOMB #20
                    Hmmm...

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    So if you detonate in...

                                   BOMB #20
                    ... nine seconds...

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    ... you may be doing so on the basis
                    of false data.

                                   BOMB #20
                    I have no proof that it was false
                    data.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    You have no proof that it was
                    correct data.

     There is a long pause.

                                   BOMB #20
                    I must think on this further.

     THE BOMB RAISES ITSELF BACK INTO THE SHIP.  Doolittle practically
     collapses with relief.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    It didn't go off.

                                   PINBACK
                    Oh, God...

                                   BOILER
                    It didn't go off.

                                   PINBACK
                    Boiler, we're alive.  My heart.

     INTERIOR - EMERGENCY AIR LOCK

     Talby slowly climbs to his feet.  He is dazed, groggy.

                                   TALBY
                    Doolittle?  Doolittle?  What happened?
                    Pinback?  Boiler?  Did we blow it up?
                    Hello?  Hello?

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    No bombs today.  No bombs.  Big
                    Boiler's back in business.  No bombs
                    today.

     Pinback is mumbling unintelligibly.

     INTERIOR - EMERGENCY AIR LOCK

                                   TALBY
                    Hello, anybody!  Did we blow up the
                    planet?  Hello, hello!  What's going
                    on?

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

     Pinback and Boiler have calmed down.

                                   BOILER
                    We've got to disarm the bomb.

                                   PINBACK
                    Doolittle, are you there?

     EXTERIOR - EMERGENCY AIR LOCK

     Doolittle is floating outside the Emergency Air Lock door.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    I'm coming in now.  I'm down by the
                    Emergency Air Lock.  Too much trouble
                    to come in the Ventral Lock.  Would
                    you blow the seal on the emergency
                    hatch so I can come in?

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   PINBACK
                    Oh, sure.

     He presses a button.

     EXTERIOR - EMERGENCY AIR LOCK

     The Emergency Air Lock door EXPLODES AWAY FROM THE SHIP.  Behind it,
     carried by the burst of escaping air, comes Talby spinning head over
     heels into deep space.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Hello, Pinback, are you there?

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   PINBACK
                    Yeah, Doolittle.  What's up?

     EXTERIOR - EMERGENCY AIR LOCK

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Talby was in the air lock.  You blew
                    him out of the ship.  I'm going after
                    him.  Turn on his helmet radio so I
                    can contact him.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    What was that, I didn't hear...

                                   PINBACK
                    It's Talby.  He's drifting away from
                    the ship without his jetpack.

     EXTERIOR - SPACE

     Doolittle fires his jetpack, moving off into space after Talby.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Talby, Talby, can you read me?

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    Can you beat that?  I always knew
                    Talby was weird.

     EXTERIOR - SPACE

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Talby, can you read me?

     Talby is spinning wildly.

                                   TALBY
                    Help, Doolittle, help me!

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   PINBACK
                    All right, bomb, prepare to receive
                    new orders.

                                   BOMB #20
                              (over)
                    You are false data.

                                   PINBACK
                    Huh?

                                   BOMB #20
                    Therefore, I shall ignore you.

                                   PINBACK
                    Hello, bomb.

     INTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   BOMB #20
                    False data can act only as a
                    distraction.  Therefore.  I shall
                    refuse to perceive you.

                                   PINBACK
                              (over)
                    Hey, bomb.

                                   BOMB #20
                    The only thing which exists is
                    myself.

                                   PINBACK
                              (over)
                    Bomb?

     EXTERIOR - SPACE

     Talby, spinning, is reflected in Doolittle's face plate.

                                   TALBY
                    Doolittle!  Help me.

                                   DOOLITTLE
                    Calm down, Talby.  I'm coming.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   PINBACK
                    Snap out of it, bomb.

     INTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   BOMB #20
                    In the beginning there was darkness,
                    and the darkness was without form
                    and void.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    What the hell?

                                   PINBACK
                    Yoo hoo, bomb...

     INTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   BOMB #20
                    And in addition to the darkness
                    there was also me.  And I moved upon
                    the face of the darkness.

     INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

                                   BOILER
                    Bomb, hey bomb.

                                   PINBACK
                    Hey, bomb...

     INTERIOR - BOMB BAY

                                   BOMB #20
                    And I saw that I was alone.

     Pause.

                                   BOMB #20
                              (cont'd)
                    Let there be light.

     THE SCREEN GOES WHITE.

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