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Plot break down of “The Twilight Zone,” Season 1, Episode 1: Where is Everybody

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This is a break down of the first episode of The Twilight Zone. For the past year I’ve been experimenting with different ways of breaking down movies and sitcoms, and I’ve found the easiest way to do it is to paste a set of prompts in between each beat of the script. Then, I fill out the prompts and add headings that break the beat itself into its components. The prompts and headings are self-explanatory. The one confusing things about this script is that the antagonist of each beat isn’t a character, it’s the absence of life.

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BEAT: 1

SUMMARY:

Mike walks to a diner but doesn’t know if he has any money. He checks his pocket and is delightfully surprised to find some. Then he goes in the diner.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Introduce the hero

Setup main conflict

Mystery

Teaser

QUEST CHAIN:

1: Hero’s introduction

Step 1: Introduce the hero

 

ACT ONE
ESTABLISHING SHOT

The camera has begun to pan down until it passes the
horizon and is flush on the opening shot (each week the
opening shot of the play). We are now looking down the
small two-lane asphalt highway. It is dawn, the road is
deserted save for a small diner on the left hand side. A
broken neon light flashes on and off over the front door.
From inside the sound of a rock-‘n’-roll record lends a
strange, raucous dissonance to the early morning silence.

SETUP
Then the camera sweeps right for a
LONG SHOT MIKE FERRIS
Who suddenly appears, walking down the road. His step is
tentative, unsure. He’s a tall man in his thirties. His
dress is nondescript, his only identifiable garment being
army pants. There’s an indecisiveness, a puzzlement, in his
features as he comes closer to the camera, sees the diner,
stops, rubs his knuckles over the side of his face and
feels his beard’s stubble.

OPPORTUNITY

He pats in his pocket, unsure,
reaches in and pulls out a couple of dollar bills.

OUTCOME

For some
reason this buoys him up. He looks a little more resolved
as he walks up the steps and into the diner.

 

BEAT: 2

SUMMARY:

Narrator gives his opening speech, stating the quirk in the universe, Mike inexplicably has no memory.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Narrator’s prologue

State the problem

Teaser

QUEST CHAIN:

1: Hero’s introduction

Step 2: Narrator’s prologue

 

SETUP

NARRATOR’S VOICE
We are looking at a male Caucasian,
age approximately thirty-one, height
approximately 5’11”.

CONFLICT

As to his name,
where he is, and what he’s doing
there — this even he doesn’t know.

OUTCOME
For the journey that this man will
take is an excursion into the shadows,
and all of you are invited to go
along.
DISSOLVE TO:

 

BEAT: 3

SUMMARY:

Mike sees signs of life in the diner but no life.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Show the hero’s problem

Hero investigates

Escalation

Mystery

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 1: Investigate the diner

Step 1: Setup

3: Find out who Mike is

Step 1: Investigate American money

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT
INT. DINER
It is a small, nondescript, typical eatery with a row of
small booths along the outside window, a counter, and a
kitchen beyond. The room is empty.

SETUP
PAN SHOT MIKE
As he walks over to a stool and sits down at the counter,
reaches over, takes a menu, studies it for a moment, then
turns and looks over toward the juke box.
MED. CLOSE SHOT JUKEBOX
Garish, multicolored, still blaring out the music.
MED. SHOT ROOM
He turns on his stool to look toward the opening to the
kitchen.
CLOSE SHOT AN OVEN INSIDE KITCHEN
Through the glass we can see a row of six or seven pies
baking and almost fully browned.

CONFLICT
MED. SHOT ROOM
Mike calls out.
MIKE
(sardonically calling out)
Is this thing loud enough for you out here?
I mean, can you hear it all right?
He grins wryly, waits momentarily for an answer that never
comes, turns and looks again at the juke box. He rises,
gets off his stool, goes over the juke box, looks all
around it, pushes it away from the wall a few inches,
reaches back, fiddles with a knob. The music goes much
lower. Then, satisfied, he pushes the machine back against
the wall and goes back over to the counter.
MIKE
Kind of early for that kind of music, isn’t
it?
Still, silence.
MIKE
I noticed there’s a town just up the road.
What’s the name of it?
Again, silence. Mike puts the menu down, peers through the
little opening to the kitchen.

A small room with a couple of stoves, et cetera. He goes
over to the stove, turns down the oven, and looks around
the room. He goes over to a back door, tries it and it
swings open. He steps back as it creaks open and reveals
the diner’s backyard.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
(calls out)
Hey? You got a customer out front! Hey!
Customer here!

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
Still no answer. Mike turns, retraces his steps to the
lunch counter.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MED. SHOT ROOM
Mike still shows no real emotion beyond a puzzlement. He’s
neither frightened nor concerned as yet. Again he picks up
the menu and studies it. He talks out loud, now.
MIKE
I think ham and eggs. Eggs up and soft.
Hash browns. Coffee. Black.
(looks up, calls out again)
Customer! Got a customer out front!
(he rises from the stool
again — sticks his head in
the kitchen)
Ham and eggs. Hash browns. Coffee black.
He stands there by the open, swinging door staring into the
empty kitchen. His eyes dart about now and for the first
time we see something beyond puzzlement on his features.
What supplants it is irritation, not acute, but definitely
there. He reaches into his shirt pocket and takes out a
crumpled pack of cigarettes, goes back to the lunch
counter. Now he scratches his head, sits down on the stool
for a long moment.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

Suddenly the music on the juke box
stops. The sudden cessation of noise brings with it a
silence even more obvious.

HERO’S RESPONSE

Mike turns to stare at the juke
box. He looks up at the clock.

CLOSE SHOT CLOCK
It is on the counter near the coffee urn, its face turned
sideways so that Mike can’t see it.
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he goes over to the clock to turn it around and stare at
it.
CLOSE SHOT CLOCK
It reads a quarter to six.
MED. SHOT MIKE
Mike turns away from it, but in doing so brushes against it
and knocks it to the floor.
CLOSE SHOT CLOCK
On the floor as Mike bends over and picks it up. The face
of it is broken. He puts it back on the counter, then goes
back over to his seat.
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
His fingers tap a nervous staccato on the counter top. The
silence now begins to be oppressive and nerve-racking.
Suddenly, as if an afterthought, he reaches into his pocket
and pulls out the money, looks at it in his hand, then
reaches into all his other pockets. He finds nothing. He
rubs at his face again.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

Mike speaks aloud but obviously to
no one in an attempt to make noise or sound or just to end
the stillness.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
Cash customer here. Hungry cash customer.
(he rubs his face again)
I got two dollars and eighty-five cents.
(he looks at the money very
thoughtfully, almost
questioningly)
Two dollars and eighty-five cents, American
money.

OUTCOME
(then he stops and looks off
in obvious puzzlement)
American money.
(he throws it out into the
air as if to reassure
himself as to the meaning of
the phrase)
Sure, American money.

 

BEAT: 4

SUMMARY:

Mike admits he doesn’t know who he is or anything about himself. He discovers he’s American because he has American money.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Escalation

Catalyst

State the problem

Mystery

Discover a clue

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 1: Investigate the diner

Step 2: Shout for help

3: Find out who Mike is

Step 2: State the problem

SETUP

He looks at the clock again, and into the opening to the
kitchen and the swinging doors, at the silent juke box, and
back at the money in his hand.

OPPORTUNITY
MIKE
Well, we got this much settled. I’m an
American.
(he raises his voice a
little now as if to wake
someone in the next room)
There’s a little question about my
identity. Let me put it to you this way —
I’m not sure who I am.

HERO’S RESPONSE
(he holds up the money)
But I’ve got two dollars and eighty- five
cents and I’m hungry.
This much is established!
He gets up off the stool and suddenly slams both palms down
hard on the counter, making all the salt shakers and catsup
bottles quiver and rattle.
MIKE
(shouts)
I got two dollars and eighty-five cents and
I’m hungry!

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
He stops dead now, listening to the silence that enfolds
and surrounds him.

HERO’S RESPONSE

Then he looks around. Again the sense of
irritation.

OUTCOME

He takes a drag on his cigarette, then butts it
out, rises, goes to the front door and stares out.

 

BEAT: 4

SUMMARY:

Mike looks outside the diner for signs of life.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Escalation

Mystery

Character development

Investigation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 1: Investigate the diner

Step 2: Look outside

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT
EXT. LUNCH ROOM
The long road that leads away from the lunch counter
without a sign of traffic, people, or anything.

SETUP

He whirls
around to look back into the lunchroom.
MIKE
(aloud)
I’m gonna wake up in a minute. I know I’m
gonna wake up.

CONFLICT

I wish… I wish there’d be
a noise or something to wake me up.

HERO’S RESPONSE
He suddenly sticks two fingers in his mouth and whistles,
listens for a moment, then he whistles again, kind of
grinning to himself.
MIKE
A little noise, please!
(now he sings at the top of
his voice)

HERO’S ESCALATION
“Yes sir, that’s my baby. No sir, don’t
mean maybe. Yes sir, that’s my baby now!”
He laughs a little sheepishly,

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

listens for a moment to the
silence,

OUTCOME

then he turns and goes back to the lunch counter.

 

BEAT: 5

SUMMARY:

Mike gives up looking for clues in the diner.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Failure

Escalation

Mystery

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 1: Investigate the diner

Step 3: Fail quest chain 2.1 (Investigate the diner)

 

SETUP
INT. LUNCH ROOM
Mike sits down, buries his face in his hands, rubbing his
eyes, massaging his temples as if trying to force out with
his fingers some connective link… some reassurance of
existence… some knowledge of where he is and what he’s
doing. Once again he looks around the room.

CONFLICT
PAN SHOT WITH HIS EYES
Taking in the shots of the coffee urn, the menus, the salt
and pepper shakers, all the simple, commonplace, terribly
normal adjuncts to what should be a normal scene but
somehow isn’t.

OUTCOME

He rises now, looks around again, then walks
to the door.
CLOSE SHOT THE ‘OPEN’ SIGN ON THE DOOR
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he slowly reaches down and turns the sign over to read
CLOSED. Then he walks out.

DISSOLVE TO:

 

BEAT: 6

SUMMARY:

Mike finds no life outside and starts to crack up a little.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Escalation

Mystery

Investigation

Restate the problem

Character development

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 2: Investigate outside

Step 1: Look at the stores

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT

EXT. TOWN STREET MIKE’S P.O.V.
It’s still early morning, and what we’re looking at is the
main drag of a small town, flanked by stores, a courthouse,
a post office, et al. The most singularly overwhelming
feature of this is the complete absence of motion and all
noise.

SETUP
LONG SHOT MIKE FERRIS
As he walks down the sidewalk looking from one side of the
street to the other.

CONFLICT
TRACK SHOT
Past stores as Mike goes by them. Drugstore, grocery, soda
bar. Most of the doors are open and there are lights on
inside, but there are no people. There’s an odd,
indefinable feeling that permeates the scene, a sense of
activity and yet coming with no players, and no people, as
if it was a place full of motion and movement suddenly
stripped of the people performing it.

OUTCOME
LONG SHOT DOWN THE STREET
From Mike’s point of view. It is devoid of any kind of
movement whatsoever. It is absolutely quiet. Over this
tableau we superimpose the title, “Where Is Everybody?”
along with major credits.

 

BEAT: 7

SUMMARY:

Mike thinks he sees a person, but it turns out to be a mannequin.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

State the problem

False hope

Failure

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 2: Investigate outside

Step 2: Investigate the woman

3: Find out who Mike is

Step 3: State the problem

 

SETUP

CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he stops and looks around. He is suddenly startled by
the sound of chimes.

He whirls around and looks up.
LONG SHOT CHURCH STEEPLE BELL
As it rings.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
He shades his eyes to search out the church and then, in
turning away from it, he stops abruptly, staring at
something across the street.

OPPORTUNITY
LONG SHOT ACROSS THE STREET
A little clothing store and alongside of it an alley where
a large delivery truck is parked. In the cab, in the
passenger- seat, a human figure can be seen.

HERO’S RESPONSE
LONG ANGLE SHOT
Looking down as Mike goes to the curb, cranes his neck to
look over to the truck.
MIKE
Hey, miss? Miss?
(he makes a gesture that is
part a wave, part an attempt
at reassurance)
Over here, miss. Look, I wonder if you
could do me a favor? I don’t want you to
think I’m nuts or anything. I mean, it’s
nothing like that. It’s just that —
(again he grins a little)
I don’t seem to remember who I am. It’s the
craziest thing. I’ve looked all around and
I haven’t seen anybody around. I guess it’s
just early or something. Literally there
hasn’t been a soul.
(he takes a step off the
curb, looks again toward the
cab of the truck, a little
puzzled. He smiles again.)
You know, it’s a real oddball thing but…
well, I woke up this morning…
(he stops and rubs his jaw)
I didn’t exactly wake up. I just sort of
found myself on the road walking.
(and then suddenly)

HERO’S ESCALATION
Amnesia, that’s what they call it, isn’t
it? Amnesia? Well that must be what I’ve
got. I just don’t remember a thing… I
can’t find anybody to ask…
TRACKING SHOT
As he starts to walk across the street.
MIKE
(as he walks)
You’re the first person I’ve seen. Look, I
really don’t want you to be frightened or
anything, but I was wondering if you could
just tell me if maybe there’s a doctor or
something.

CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he stops dead in his tracks. He’s about ten feet from
the truck.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
MED. LONG SHOT THE TRUCK
The female figure is outlined in the passenger seat but
very much in the shadows.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MOVING SHOT MIKE
As he gets close to the cab.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
CLOSE SHOT PROFILE FEMALE HEAD

HERO’S RESPONSE
FLASH CLOSE SHOT MIKE’S EYES
As they suddenly narrow in reaction.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE’S HANDS
On the door handle as he suddenly yanks the door open.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
MED. CLOSE SHOT INSIDE THE CAB
The female figure suddenly slumps down in the seat, her
head sticking out of the open door, the hair cascading
down. The camera pans slowly across her body until it stops
at what should be arms. There are no arms. Mike reaches
over, grabs at the hair of the figure and pulls it up and
around, to stare into the wooden face of a mannequin. He
very slowly lets loose and the mannequin tumbles back onto
the seat and then down to the floor of the cab.
CLOSE SHOT FLOOR
he mannequin staring up with glassy, manufactured eyes.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MED. SHOT MIKE
As he slowly backs away, then turns to read the lettering
printed on the side of the truck.
CLOSE SHOT LETTERING
It reads, RESNICK’S STORE MANNEQUINS.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As his lips form the words that he’s read. Then he turns to
look through the window of the cab at the figure of the
mannequin, He takes a few steps over to her and then very
gently picks her up and sets her back on the seat.
MIKE
I’m very sorry, Madame. I can assure you
that at no time did I mean to be so
upsetting. As a matter of fact I’ve always
had a kind of secret yen for quiet women.
(then he grins)
You get what I mean, Babe?
(he kisses his fingertips
and then plants them on the
mannequin’s nose)
Now don’t take any wooden boy friends.

OUTCOME
Then he looks at her again for a more pensive moment as if
unspoken now were his earnest wish that this creature was
alive and could be talked to. He turns away and walks back
across the street.
LONG SHOT MIKE
As he walks.

 

BEAT: 8

SUMMARY:

Mike uses a payphone to ask the operator what’s going on.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 2: Investigate outside

Step 3: Investigate the phone booth

Step 1: Make a call

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT

SERIES OF SHOTS MIKE WALKING
In different sections and on different streets. The last
scene ends with him stopping abruptly to stare at something
down the street.
LONG SHOT GAS STATION
Out in front is a glass-enclosed public phone booth.

SETUP
LONG ANGLE SHOT LOOKING DOWN AT MIKE
As he walks toward the gas station and goes into the phone
booth.

CONFLICT
MIKE
Look, I wonder if anyone there could tell
me —
He stops abruptly, grins, shakes his head, slaps at the
side of his head with an open palm, fishes in his pocket
and takes out a coin, deposits it in the phone, then dials
the operator. He listens to the dial tone that comes on and
off with dull regularity. He jiggles the receiver
impatiently.
MIKE
Operator. Operator. Will you listen to me?
He pounds on the phone and then just indiscriminately dials
a bunch of numbers. He’s about to throw down the phone in
disgust when suddenly at the other end of the line he hears
a dial tone ringing. He very slowly and very gratefully
picks up the phone now and hears a voice filtered at the
other end.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
VOICE
(filtered)
This is the Special Operator.
(MORE)
VOICE (CONT’D)
The number you have reached is not a
working number. Please make sure you have
the right number and are dialing it
correctly.

HERO’S RESPONSE
Mike starts to shout into the phone.
MIKE
Is everybody asleep over there? What kind
of operation do you people run?

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
Then she repeats all she’s just said as Mike listens to
her, excited beyond words that he has found someone alive.
When she finishes repeating the message he grabs the phone
and is about to speak when suddenly he hears the Operator’s
voice again.
VOICE
This is a recording.
There is a certain suggestion of tenseness that suddenly
shows on Mike’s face.
VOICE
(filtered)
This is the Special Operator. The number
you have reached is not a working number.
Please make sure you have the right number
and are dialing it correctly.

OUTCOME
MIKE
A recording?
(he pounds on the receiver
hook and shouts)
Operator! Look, all I want to know is where
I am. I just want to know the name of this
place.

 

BEAT: 9

SUMMARY:

Mike looks in a phone book for answers

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 2: Investigate outside

Step 3: Investigate the phone booth

Step 2: Escape the phone booth

 

4: Who’s watching Mike?

Step 1: Evidence on the street

SETUP

Then he slowly lets the receiver loose and it hangs down
from the phone box.

Mike’s hand touches and then grasps a
telephone book, a thin one that he grabs and looks at
hungrily.
CLOSE SHOT TELEPHONE COVER
On it is written OAKWOOD.
MED. SHOT MIKE
He rips open the cover, looks down at the first page.
MIKE
A. Abel. Ackerman. Adams. Allenby. Arnold.
All right, boys, where are you?
(his voice is a little
edgier now)
Where do you all live? Just in this book
here?
(he rips the page open)
Baker. Beldon. Biltmore. Botsford. Well,
look, gang — who’s watching the store?
He suddenly turns to look out at the street.
FULL SHOT THE STREET MIKE’S P.O.V.
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
MIKE
Who’s watching any of the stores?
He lets loose of the phone book now, lets it fall to the
floor, and stands there motionless for a moment, deep in
thought. Then he automatically reaches for the door handle,
turns it, and pushes.

CONFLICT

Nothing happens. He tries again and
it remains locked.

HERO’S RESPONSE

He waits a moment, then puts all his
weight against it.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

It does not yield.

HERO’S RESPONSE

It is more than
irritation that we see on Mike’s face now. There’s the
first suggestion of a real concern. He looks around his
strange, glass prison.
MIKE
All right. Who’s the wise guy? Who locked
the door?
(he tries the door once
again)
It’s a great gag.
He pounds again and then suddenly stops and looks all
around.
PAN SHOT FROM MIKE’S P.O.V.
From inside the phone booth. The camera moves all the way
around the glass, almost in a three hundred and sixtydegree pan.
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
He laughs softly, shakes his head.
MIKE
Trapped in a phone booth! Trapped in a
glass phone booth, like a goldfish.
(then he suddenly calls out)
Well, here I am! You got me! Everybody come
see! I’m right here on display!
LONG ANGLE SHOT LOOKING DOWN AT MIKE
In the phone booth, as once again he starts to pound on the
glass.
MIKE
How about a hand, somebody? A little
assistance — how about it? This is an
absolutely hysterical town, and I’m growing
very fond of it, but I’d appreciate it if
ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
He stops abruptly.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE’S FACE
As he stares at something through the glass.
CLOSE SHOT A CIGAR
Half-smoked and still burning, lying on the sidewalk just
outside the booth.

HERO’S RESPONSE
ANGLE SHOT
Looking into Mike’s face through the glass. For the very
first time there’s a look of incipient fear.
MIKE
Look. Whoever’s out there. This isn’t funny
any more. You understand? I don’t like this
jazz. It’s getting dull.
(he looks around again)
(MORE)
MIKE (CONT’D)
Look, I know I can be heard. I know… I
know somebody’s watching me.
Immediately after he’s said this he realizes he has
suddenly given voice to his fear. He’s labeled what is
beginning to bother him. Simply a sense of being watched.

OUTCOME:
He suddenly bends down, picks up the phone book, flings it
against the glass of the door. The glass disintegrates.
Mike sticks his hand through, opens the door from the
outside, then kicks at it with his foot. It springs open
and halfway off its hinges as he goes out onto the street.
Then he looks down at his hand. It’s cut; a rivulet of
blood runs down through the fingers. He feels for a
handkerchief, takes it and wraps it around the hand. He
squeezes it a couple of times, trying to get more blood to
flow. Then he starts down the street again.

 

BEAT: 10

SUMMARY:

Mike investigates the police station.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 2: Investigate outside

Step 3: Investigate the police station

 

4: Who’s watching Mike?

Step 2: Paranoia escalates

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT
LONG SHOT STREET MIKE’S P.O.V.
Once again the sense of emptiness and loneliness and that
bizarre quality of activity with no actors.

SETUP
TRACK SHOT WITH MIKE AS HE CONTINUES DOWN THE STREET
He pauses in front of a building and looks up.
CLOSE SHOT SIGN
Which reads, POLICE STATION.
TRACK SHOT
He walks up the steps and into the building.
INT. POLICE STATION
There’s a small anteroom, and then an open, barred door
which leads to a corridor lined with cells.
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he enters and looks around. There is a police sergeant’s
desk, files, pictures of wanted men on the wall. A teletype
machine hums in the corner. Mike goes to look at it. The
light over it is on, but nothing is being written. He
whirls around and stares toward the sergeant’s desk, goes
behind it, picks up a microphone, fingers it for a moment,
then talks into it.
MIKE
Calling all cars. Calling all cars. Unknown
man walking around the police station.
Suspicious looking character. Probably
wanted by the FBI —
Then he stops, looks at the mike, chuckles softly for a
moment and then stops abruptly, the smile gone. He flings
the microphone away from him and looks slowly around the
room.

CONFLICT
MIKE
I wish I could shake that feeling…
(he looks around again)
That crazy feeling of being watched…
listened to…

HERO’S RESPONSE
He stares toward the cell doors then begins to walk slowly
toward them.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he stands in the middle of the next room, looking from
empty cell to empty cell. Then he whirls around at a
bubbling sound. There, on a hot plate, is a pot of coffee
perking. Behind him we see the barred door leading to the
anteroom begin to close.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

Mike’s eyes look wild, as if
subconsciously he realizes he’s in danger.

He whirls around
to see the cell door closing and then,

HERO’S RESPONSE

with a shout, throws
himself against it, pushing it away before it locks. He
seems to hang on it now, breathing deeply.

OUTCOME
MIKE
All right, time to wake up! Time to wake up
now!
He whirls around, his face distorted, close up against the
camera. He shouts.
MIKE
Time to wake up!
He stumbles through the anteroom and then back to the
street.

HERO’S ESCALATION
EXT. STREET LONG ANGLE SHOT
Looking down at Mike as he stands in the middle of the
empty street, the stores around him, the quiet. He suddenly
screams.
MIKE
Where is everybody? Where is everybody!?
FADE TO BLACK:

 

BEAT: 11

SUMMARY:

Mike tries to take advantage of his alone-ness by stealing cigars, but it doesn’t make him feel better.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Escalation

Mystery

State the problem

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 3: Exploit the situation

Step 1: Investigate the drugstore

Step 1: Enjoy a free cigar

 

ACT TWO

ESTABLISHING SHOT
FADE ON:
FILM CLIP A HOT AND HIGH AFTERNOON SUN
Shimmering in a sea of heatwaves. The camera sweeps down
until it is level with the street.

SETUP

Note: This segment could be considered its own beat.)
LONG SHOT MIKE FERRIS
As he sits on a curb, staring dully and numbly across at
nothing. The church steeple clock sounds two. He looks up,
listens to it, but is no longer shocked by it. He just lets
the sound of the chimes play along the edges of his
consciousness without really being aware of them. Now he
rises and walks slowly, methodically, without much apparent
purpose across the street. He looks up to see a sign
reading DRUGSTORE. He enters.
INT. DRUGSTORE
It is light and cheerful inside. On the left hand side is
the soda bar with a big mirror behind it full of stickers
advertising various concoctions — soft drinks, ice cream,
sandwiches.

OPPORTUNITY

Mike, as he enters, pauses by the cigarette and
candy counter.

HERO’S RESPONSE

He looks through the glass for a long
moment, then reaches behind and takes out a couple of
cigars. He unwraps one, sticks it in his mouth, lights it,
takes a couple of draws, butts it out, reaches in another
box, takes one of those, then looks in the box.
MIKE
Two for a dollar. Now that’s more like it.
I always like an expensive cigar.
Then he turns with a smile and says to nobody.
MIKE
How about you guys — any of you want a
cigar?

HERO’S ESCALATION
SERIES OF SHOTS OF EMPTY BOOTHS
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he gets up on a stool.
MIKE
I’ll take a chocolate soda with chocolate
ice cream.
He starts to laugh, but the laugh is checked almost
immediately as he sees his reflection in the mirror behind
the counter. His fingers run exploringly across his face,
taking in the beard stubble, the hollowness beneath the
eyes, the strange, haunted, frightened look that is obvious
there. He looks at himself again for a long moment.
MIKE

HERO’S RESPONSE
You’ll forgive me, old pal, but I don’t
recollect the name. The face seems vaguely
familiar… but it’s the name that escapes
me.
(a pause)
I’ll tell you what my problem is. I’m in
the middle of a nightmare that I can’t wake
up from.
(he points to the
reflection)
You’re part of it. You and the ice cream
and the cigar. That police station and the
phone booth. That little mannequin. This
whole bloody town, wherever it is.
(a pause)

OUTCOME
Whatever it is. I just remembered
something. Scrooge said it. You remember
Scrooge, old buddy? Ebenezer Scrooge? It’s
what he said to the ghost, Jacob Marley. he
said, “You may be an undigested bit of
beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese,
a fragment of an undone potato. There’s
more of gravy than of grave about you.” You
see? That’s what you all are. You’re what I
had for dinner last night. You must be. But
now I’d like to wake up. I’ve had it… I’d
like to wake up now. And if I can’t wake
up, at least I’d like… I’d like to find
somebody to talk to.

 

BEAT: 12

SUMMARY:

Mike tries to enjoy an icecream soda, but it doesn’t make him feel better, and he sees a comic titled “The Last Man on Earth” that freaks him ou.t

BEAT PURPOSES:

Escalation

Mystery

Misdirection

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 3: Exploit the situation

Step 1: Investigate the drugstore

Step 1: Enjoy a free soda

 

SETUP

He rises now and goes behind the counter. He starts to fix
himself a chocolate soda, experimenting with some of the
cupboards until he finds the right ingredients, the ice
cream, the milk, et cetera. Then he mixes himself a soda,
tall, frosty, delicious.

He starts to sip it with a straw
as he walks around the drugstore.

OPPORTUNITY

He stops by a poster of a
high school football schedule.
CLOSE SHOT CARDBOARD SIGN
IT READS, OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, 1958 SCHEDULE. A LIST OF
TEAMS AND DATES TO BE PLAYED APPEARS BELOW.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he takes it in one hand and reads it as he sips the
soda. But the normality of it suddenly points out the
incongruity of what he’s living through. He puts the poster
back on the counter, shaking his head, staring at it.
MIKE
I must be a very imaginative guy. Very
imaginative. Nobody in the whole world can
have a dream as… as complete as mine.
Right down to the last detail.
(he taps the poster)
Right down to the last detail.

OUTCOME
He turns, stares across at a big magazine rack near the
front window of the store. He crosses over to it, stares
down at some of the magazines, then kneels down,
interested. He begins to trace the dates on each one of the
magazines. The majority of them say October 1958 and his
mouth forms that phrase, “October 1958.”
Then he bites his lips, shakes his head again, rises, looks
down at the group of comic books, each with a lurid title
having to do with horror themes, Spook themes, et cetera.
Then suddenly he stops and looks down at one, the cover of
which is peeping out from behind the others and whose title
is visible. He reaches down and pulls it out just a few
inches farther so that he can read the entire title.
TIGHT CLOSE SHOT COVER
The title: The Last Man on Earth.
MED. SHOT MIKE
He picks it up and stares at the cover, then flings it down
on the floor. He turns rapidly away and heads back to the
counter where he puts the soda down. He is suddenly gripped
by another spasm of such utter loneliness that it forces
him out onto the street.

 

BEAT: 13

SUMMARY:

Mike tries to take advantage of his aloneness by stealing money from a bank, but it doesn’t make him feel better.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 3: Exploit the situation

Step 2: Investigate the bank

Step 1: Enjoy some free money

3: Find out who Mike is

Step 4: State the problem

 

SETUP
EXT. STREET
Camera follows him out of the store. As he gets out on the
street he suddenly shouts, shrilly, illogically.
MIKE
(shouting)
Hey! Hey, anybody! Anybody hear me? Anybody
hear me?
He almost lurches to the other side of the street where he
buries his face against the window of a building. When his
head goes back he sees the letters U.S. POST OFFICE and he
starts to laugh again.
MIKE
Any mail for me? Anybody write me a letter?
I don’t know what my name is, but maybe you
can tell me in there, huh? Will you tell me
what my name is?
He pounds his fist against the glass and then suddenly has
to stifle what obviously is a sob as he begins to give in
to the loneliness and to the unknown and to the pulsating,
gnawing fear that envelops him. Then he turns away from the
window, struggling for composure.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
He looks at something across the street. Camera sweeps wide
until it stops on —
LONG SHOT BUILDING

OPPORTUNITY
With a sign reading CITY BANK.

HERO’S RESPONSE
LONG SHOT MIKE
As he gets up off the bench, walks across the street, and
into the bank.
INT. BANK
TRACK SHOT MIKE
As he walks past all the tellers’ cages. He stops at the
end of the line, presses his face against the bars.
CLOSE SHOT ROW AFTER ROW OF STACKED BILLS
MED. SHOT MIKE
MIKE
I’d like to borrow about eight hundred
thousand dollars. How about it?
(then he nods and grins)
Thanks. I think that’s generous of you. I
think that’s really generous.
He pulls the bars up, reaches in and takes two packages of
money. Then he starts to retrace his steps toward the front
door. He’s about to leave when he looks toward the first
teller’s window.
MED. SHOT ROWS OF COINS ON TOP OF THE COUNTER
MED. SHOT MIKE
He takes some of the bills that he’s crammed into his shirt
pocket, throws them away.

OUTCOME
MIKE
Gotta make room for some silver.
He goes behind the teller’s window and starts to cram rolls
of coins into his pockets. Then suddenly his eyes look wild
again as he looks up, his eyes scanning the room. And
again, illogically, the same mixture of wisdom and
paranoia.

 

BEAT: 14

SUMMARY:

Mike almost gets locked in the bank.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

False victory

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 3: Exploit the situation

Step 2: Investigate the bank

Step 2: Danger in the bank

4: Who’s watching Mike?

Step 3: Paranoia escalates

 

SETUP
MIKE
Somebody watching me?
He goes out in front of the teller’s cage again and looks
around.
MIKE
Somebody watching me?
He looks up toward the ceiling and around as if expecting
to see someone.
MIKE
Crazy feeling. Crazy, odd-ball feeling.
Like… like I knew someone was watching
me.
And then his eyes narrow again in an awareness of danger.
MIKE
Watching me… and trying to button me up
someplace. Trying to trap me.
He looks around wildly again.

CONFLICT

CLOSE SHOT HIS LEGS
As he starts to run toward the door. He trips over some
sort of a lever close to the teller’s cage.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
FLASH SHOT ALARM BELL
On the wall as it begins to ring.

HERO’S RESPONSE
LONG ANGLE SHOT LOOKING DOWN AT MIKE
As he stops by the front door and whirls around as the
loud, dissonant clanging pierces the quiet. Then he whirls
around and tries the front door again.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

It’s locked.

HERO’S RESPONSE
SERIES OF FLASH SHOTS
Bell. Teller’s cage. Locked door. Mike’s hand. Mike’s face.

TRACK SHOT MIKE
As he races toward the alarm on the wall. He grabs the
wires that extend from it and suddenly yanks on them,
pulling them apart. The bell abruptly stops. Then he whirls
around and stares at the front door.

OUTCOME
CLOSE SHOT DOOR
It is now ajar.

 

BEAT: 15

SUMMARY:

Mike tries lighting a cigar with money but it doesn’t make him feel better.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 3: Exploit the situation

Step 2: Investigate the bank

Step 3: False victory

 

SETUP

MED. SHOT MIKE
As he goes back toward the teller’s cage, grabs the coins
and bills, crams them back into his pocket. He walks toward
the open door, then out onto the street again, leaving a
trail of silver and bills behind him.

OPPORTUNITY

He sits down on the
curb, unwraps the handkerchief from around his hand, wipes
his face with it. He reaches into his pocket, takes out a
crumpled fistful of bills, takes one out, grins at it,
takes out the remnants of a cigar, sticks the cigar in his
mouth, takes the bill, lights it.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
Here’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
Always wanted to do this.
He takes the lit bill and lights a cigar with it, then he
lets loose of the burning bill and watches it flutter to
the ground and disappear in ashes. Mike watches it burn,
and then slowly his face looks tired, hopeless.

OUTCOME
MIKE
Big deal. So what? Big deal.
He lets his head hang a moment.
DISSOLVE TO:

 

BEAT: 16

SUMMARY:

While investigating a movie theater, Mike sees a poster in a window that makes him realize he’s in the Air Force.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

Find a clue

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 4: Investigate the movie theater

Step 1: Investigate the ticket booth

3: Find out who Mike is

Step 5: Find a clue

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT
EXT. TOWN SQUARE [NIGHT]
TIGHT CLOSE SHOT STREET LAMP
As it suddenly goes on. Camera then pans down for a
SHOT OF MIKE

SETUP
On a bench looking up toward the light. Then he turns to
look toward the street flanking the square. The lights have
gone on in front of all the stores and in the windows.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
Reacting.
MED. LONG SHOT THEATER MARQUEE
As the lights go on around it.
TRACK SHOT MIKE
He walks across the street, stops by the ticket window, and
then, almost dreamlike, speaks.

OPPORTUNITY
MIKE
I’d like one tick —
Then he stops, shakes his head, closes his eyes, realizing
how ludicrous this is. He is about to go in when he
suddenly stops and stares at a poster advertising the
movie.
CLOSE SHOT POSTER
Which shows an air force pilot in his coveralls advertising
the movie.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he suddenly feels his own outfit and gradually makes the
connection that the uniform of the man in the picture is
similar to that which he wears.
MIKE
Air force. Air force.
(then he whirls around,
looks up toward the sky)
Air force. I’m air force.
(he once again looks down at
his coveralls and feels
them, grabs at them)
Air force. I’m in the air force.

OUTCOME
TRACK SHOT MIKE
As he walks from the outside of the theater, through the
lobby, on into the interior.
MIKE
(shouting)
Hey, everybody. I’m in the air force. I
remember that much. I’m in the air force.
Does anybody hear me? I’m in the air force.
And then once again he rubs his eyes, runs a hand wildly
across his face and then suddenly surveys the theater.
CUT TO:

 

BEAT: 17

SUMMARY:

Mike Ferris investigates the inside of the movie theater, fails to find anyone and really starts to crack up.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 4: Investigate the movie theater

Step 2: Investigate inside the theater

3: Find out who Mike is

Step 6: Analyze the clue

 

SETUP
FULL SHOT THE THEATER
There are enough lights on to cast a soft orange glow
through the room. He looks around at the absolute, vast
emptiness of the place. Then he sits down, checks his
watch, looks up at the big white screen with nothing on it.
He looks at his watch again and then settles down in the
chair, his eyes closed, and he starts to succumb to the
fatigue that sweeps over him.
MIKE
Air force. What does that mean? Was there a
bomb or something? Is that what happened?
That must have been it, a bomb.

But if
there was a bomb —
(he looks around the empty
theater now)
It would have destroyed everything. And
nothing is destroyed.

CONFLICT
Suddenly he is aware of the lights lowering. He starts and
his eyes open wide in time to see the last of the lights go
down. A long beam of white light shines from the projection
booth and suddenly on the screen appears a big introductory
title, Cartoon Parade, with appropriate march music. Mike
leaps to his feet, looks from the projection booth down to
the screen. He suddenly starts to run down the aisle,
shouting.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
Hey! Hey, somebody up there?
He stops in front of the projectionist’s light so that we
get an almost — nightmarish picture of the cartoons
partially showing on his face and body as he screams.
MIKE
Hey, somebody up there? Who’s running the
pictures? Can you see me? Can you see me up
there? Hey!
Then he races back up the aisle, arriving at the rear of
the theater. He looks wildly around, then he sees a door
with a glass window, steps visible on the other side.
LONG ANGLE SHOT STAIRS
As he races up them.
INT. PROJECTION BOOTH
As he bursts inside. The picture is running from one of the
two projectors,

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

but the room is absolutely empty.

HERO’S RESPONSE

Mike
races over to the machine, bends down and peers at it as
the film goes through and he hears the sound of the cartoon
music and voices. This is too much for him. He throws
himself against the wall, peering out of the small,
circular hole that the picture shoots through.
LONG ANGLE SHOT THROUGH THE HOLE
Of the vast, empty theater.

HERO’S ESCALATION
INT. PROJECTION BOOTH
He turns away, goes out the door, stumbling down the steps.
ANGLE SHOT DOWN STAIRS
He continues down the steps and out into the lobby again.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
INT. LOBBY
He stops for a moment and looks across the lobby.
MED. LONG SHOT POPCORN MACHINE
That is at this moment making popcorn.

OUTCOME
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he closes his eyes, shakes his head. Then he opens them.
His eyes go wide. He starts to run toward the camera,
coming up very close and almost at the point of impact we
CUT AWAY TO:
TIGHT TWO SHOT
Of Mike and a mirror as he smashes his face and hands
against it and then recoils from the reflection, backs off
a few feet, and then looks at the mirror on the opposite
side of the room. The combination throws off reflections
almost to infinity. He looks from left to right staring at
the hundreds of Mike Ferrises who ape him in his every
movement. Then he stops and looks across at the refreshment
stand where the popcorn continues to pop in the big
container. This, too, is more than he can stand. His face
screws up like a small child about to cry, and then he
shouts.
MIKE
Oh my God. Oh my dear God!
He stumbles through the lobby and out into the street.

 

BEAT: 18

SUMMARY:

Mike leaves the movie theater and cracks up on the street.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Mystery

Escalation

Climax

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 5: Climax

Step 2: Approach the climactic threshold

 

SETUP
EXT. STREET
He stumbles down the street aimlessly now, intent only on
moving, not finding. His footsteps start to drag and
finally he stops, sits down on the curb, buries his face in
his hands, rubs his eyes. Then he looks up to once again
find himself looking through the drugstore window, the
magazine that he’d been reading lies on the floor face up.

CONFLICT
HIGH ANGLE SHOT
Looking down through the window, distorting the cover of
the magazine in such a manner as to make the lettering
appear big and irregular. Once again the title slaps at him
across the face. The Last Man on Earth.

HERO’S RESPONSE

He rises slowly,
backing away from the window, shaking his head. He turns
and races across the street. Suddenly, then, he stops
abruptly as the light on the corner changes to red and he
instinctively comes to a halt. And then he stops dead,
realizing once again the ludicrousness of it. He begins to
laugh — the laughter becomes convulsive, wild. All the way
across the street he continues it.
ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

TRACK SHOT
As he goes by all the stores that we’ve been introduced to.
As he goes by each one a sound emanates from it, a sound
way out of proportion to what it actually should be. When
he passes the pool hall we hear the mammoth bowling alley
sound echoing from it. From in front of the theater comes a
cacophony of music and laughter. From the drug store there
is a fizzling, bubbling sound of drinks. From the record
store, the dissonant, blaring sound of music. As each noise
joins in it becomes mumbled and part of a big morass of
noise.

HERO’S RESPONSE
Gradually the very dimension of it so frightens and shocks
Mike that he begins to back away from each store as he
passes — it as if being assaulted on all sides. He
stumbles against a street post, whirls around, frightened,
stares at it, and then suddenly, almost supplicatingly,
throws his arms around it, buries his face against it. He
starts to sob.
MIKE
Won’t somebody help me? Won’t somebody
please help me?

OUTCOME
Then his sobs subside and he stands there, breathing
deeply. His eyes slowly open. Sweat stands out on his
features. He looks haggard, desperate, close to cracking.
The noise somehow, for no apparent reason, suddenly stops
and there’s a deep, dead, all-pervading silence again.
Mike’s eyes travel up the post, stare up toward the sky. He
squints against the sun.

 

BEAT: 19

SUMMARY:

Mike gives up his quest and begs for release.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Escalation

Mystery

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 5: Climax

Step 2: Finishing move

 

4: Who’s watching Mike?

Step 4: Paranoia escalates

 

SETUP
MIKE
Who’s watching me? Who’s looking at me?
(screaming)
Who’s looking at me?
He looks down toward the street.

CONFLICT
LONG SHOT THE STREET
He moves to the middle of the road again, still looking up
toward the sky, and then as if suddenly seeing an
adversary,

HERO’S RESPONSE

begins to run.
CLOSE SHOT STORE WINDOW
As Mike backs into it, trying to get inside, reaching for
the door and missing, and then slamming his face against
the front pane.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
CLOSE SHOT MIKE’S FACE AND EYES
Looking from inside the store outside toward him. His eyes
go wide and he starts to scream.
CLOSE SHOT OVER MIKE’S SHOULDER
At a huge eye looking at him.

HERO’S RESPONSE
MED. SHOT MIKE
As he starts to run away from the store again.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE

The camera takes in a shot of an optometrist’s sign with a huge eye that Mike had seen.

OUTCOME
TRACK SHOT MIKE
As he runs back toward the post. He grabs it and holds on
tight, then he looks down. His hands have touched a button
and he looks down at it.
TIGHT CLOSE SHOT A BUTTON
With a sign over it: PUSH TO TURN GREEN.
MED. SHOT MIKE
As he looks away toward the light.
CLOSE SHOT THE LIGHT
MED. SHOT
And then suddenly Mike slams the palm of his hand against
the button and punches it over and over again.
MIKE
Somebody help me. Help me. Help me.
CLOSE SHOT THE LIGHT
As if flashes from red to green, from green to red, from
red to green, over and over again.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE’S HAND
As he keeps pushing the button. His voice, sobbing,
screeching, plaintive, frightened.
MIKE
Somebody help me. Please. Please, help me

 

BEAT: 20

SUMMARY:

It is revealed that Mike has been in a military-run isolation experiment.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Answer the mystery

Backstory

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 6: Denouement

Step 1: Reveal the answer

3: Who is Mike?

Step 7: Reveal the answer

4: Who’s watching Mike?

Step 5: Reveal the answer

 

ESTABLISHING SHOT
DISSOLVE TO:
OUT OF FOCUS ON HIS HAND
CLOSE SHOT IN FOCUS HIS HAND
Pushing a button on an instrument panel. The camera dollies
away until both the back of the panel and Mike’s face are
on a small television screen.

SETUP
LONG ANGLE SHOT
Down a line of officers in a viewing room as they intently
watch the screen. We hear Mike’s voice as it coincides with
a red light that flashes brilliantly on and off over the
viewing screen.

CONFLICT
MIKE’S VOICE
Please. Please help me. Help me.

BEAT PROTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
A general, obviously in command, turns to his aide on his
right.
GENERAL
Clock him!
(and then turning to his
left says to the officer
alongside)
Get him out of there, quick!
Officer two reaches over for a hand mike. Pushes the
button.
OFFICER TWO
Release the subject! On the double!

BEAT ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
INT. LARGE HANGARLIKE ROOM
In the center of it, illuminated by a couple of spots in an
otherwise dark room, is a small, hermetically sealed metal
box about six by five feet and about five feet high. A
sliding panel is pushed back. Several air force men reach
down and start unstrapping Mike and then carefully lift him
through the hole. A white-clad medical officer begins to
remove electrodes that have been taped to his body at
various points. By this time Mike has stopped speaking. His
eyes are half closed. He breathes deeply and irregularly,
slumps forward in his seat.
CLOSE SHOT HIS RIGHT FIST
Smashed against the instrument panel.
EXTREMELY TIGHT CLOSE UP HIS FIST
And the broken glass covering a clock on the panel which
reads six fifteen.
MED. GROUP SHOT THE AIR FORCE MEN
As they remove him.
AIR FORCE MAN ONE
Be careful. He’s cut his hand on that clock
glass there —
LONG SHOT GENERAL AND STAFF
As they hurriedly approach the scene, their footsteps
ringing hollowly on the concrete floor.

OUTCOME
MEDICAL OFFICER
He’s all right, sir. Delusions of some
sort. I guess that’s it. He’s coming out of
it now.
GENERAL
(nods)
Fine. You get all your data recorded?
MEDICAL OFFICER
Yes, sir. Every bit of it.
GENERAL
(to Officer One who comes up
from behind)
Did you get him clocked?
OFFICER ONE
Yes, sir. Four hundred and eighty four
hours, thirty-six minutes.
GENERAL
Good. I’d like to get a look at all the
data when they’re compiled. I’d like the
reaction chart on him, too.

 

BEAT: 21

SUMMARY:

A general explains the experiment to a report.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Explanation

Backstory

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 6: Denouement

Step 2: Reveal the backstory

 

SETUP
OFFICER TWO
(sotto)
The press, sir?
He points toward the opposite side of the room.
LONG SHOT THREE OR FOUR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
As they stand waiting expectantly.
GROUP SHOT GENERAL AND THE OTHERS
GENERAL
On the run, if they don’t mind. I want to
talk to Ferris.
OFFICER TWO
Yes, sir.
He motions toward the press, and beckons them over as the
General, the medical officers, and the others start walking
in the opposite direction toward Mike Ferris, who lies on a
stretcher at the very far and opposite side of the room.
TRACK SHOT WITH THE GENERAL AND THE REPORTERS
As they join him and start to walk across the room toward
Ferris.

CONFLICT

REPORTER ONE
You consider it a success, sir?

BEAT PROTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
GENERAL
Very much so. He’s been alone in that box
for something in the neighborhood of four
hundred and eighty four hours, which is
roughly equivalent to a trip to the moon,
several orbits, and then back.

BEAT ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
REPORTER ONE
And this then was a simulated trip to the
moon? Is that right, General?

BEAT PROTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
GENERAL
(nods)
For all intent and purpose.

BEAT ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
REPORTER TWO
What about the wires attached to him?

BEAT PROTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
GENERAL
Electrodes. All of his reactions have been
charted and graphed. Respiration, heart
action, blood pressure.
At this moment they reach a point some ten feet away from
where Mike Ferris lies on a stretcher attended by a couple
of medics. Their voices become low.

BEAT ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
REPORTER THREE
What happened to him toward the end? Just
before he pushed that button or whatever it
is.

OUTCOME
GENERAL
What happened to him was that he cracked.
We assume delusions of some sort, but I’ll
tell you something, gentlemen — you spend
two and a half weeks all by your lonesome
in a five foot square box without ever
being able to hear a human voice other than
your own… I’ll give you especially good
odds that your imagination would run away
with you too, just as his obviously did.

 

BEAT: 22

SUMMARY:

Mike is debriefed by the general.

BEAT PURPOSES:

State the moral

Backstory

Repercussion

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 6: Denouement

Step 3: State the moral

 

SETUP
One of the medics looks up, motions the general over. The
general takes a few steps until he’s very close to Mike.

CONFLICT
GENERAL
How do you feel, son?

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
(his voice is weak but he’s
obviously much improved now)
I feel much better, sir. I’m sorry about…
toward the end.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
MEDICAL OFFICER
(close by)
What was it like, Ferris? Where did you
think you were?

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
(looks from one to the
other, wets his lips)
Some place I don’t want to visit again. A
town… a town without people. Without
anybody.

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
MEDICAL OFFICER
And you had to get out of that town, didn’t
you?

HERO’S RESPONSE
MIKE
(nods)
I sure did.
(then he looks up toward the
medical officer)
What was the matter with me? Just off my
rocker, huh?

OUTCOME
MEDICAL OFFICER
Just a kind of nightmare, Ferris, that your
mind manufactured for you.
The reporters lean forward straining to overhear this
conversation.
MEDICAL OFFICER
You see, Ferris, we can feed stomachs with
concentrates. We can supply microfilm for
recreation, reading, even movies of a sort.
We can pump oxygen in, waste material out.
The camera now moves around so that it is shooting just
over the heads of all the men assembled and is looking at
the box in the background which is on the periphery of the
light.
MEDICAL OFFICER
But there’s one thing we can’t simulate.
That’s a pretty basic need — man’s hunger
for companionship, the barrier of
loneliness. That’s one we haven’t licked
yet.

 

BEAT: 23

SUMMARY:

We find out Mike’s future, which is to go to the moon alone.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Sunset

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 6: Denouement

Step 4: Sunset

 

SETUP

At this moment the medics help Ferris to his feet. He
stands there motionless for a moment as if testing newfound
legs, and then he looks out toward the open hangar door at
the night sky.

CONFLICT
MIKE
Next time though… it won’t be just a box
and a hangar, will it?

ANTAGONIST’S RESPONSE
GENERAL
(going to his side and
looking out toward the sky
with him)
No, Mike. Next time you’ll really be alone.

HERO’S RESPONSE
There’s a long, thoughtful silence as Mike takes a few
steps toward the hangar door. He pauses for a moment near
the box. A side has been removed so that he’s staring
directly into the control panel where the broken clock can
be seen still reading six fifteen.
CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he reacts.
CLOSE SHOT COCKPIT
As the camera pans over the broken clock, a microphone
which hangs by the cord, a small microfilm apparatus, et
cetera.

OUTCOME
MED. CLOSE SHOT MIKE
As he looks away and then continues to walk over to the
hangar door. He slowly looks up toward the sky and the
camera sweeps up for a long shot of the moon hanging bright
and lustrous in the sky.
MIKE
(grins thoughtfully, stares
up toward the silver orb,
and then quietly)
Don’t go away up there. Next time… next
time it won’t be a nightmare or a dream.
Next time it’ll be real. So don’t go
away… We’ll be there in a little while.
Then he starts to walk out in the night followed by the
others. The camera begins a slow pan back into the room
until it is shooting on the box, squatting empty and
impassive in the empty room.
BEAT: 24

SUMMARY:

Narrator gives an epilogue speech.

BEAT PURPOSES:

Epilogue

Narrator’s closing speech

QUEST CHAIN:

2: Find where everyone is

Step 6: Denouement

Step 1: Narrator’s epilogue

 

SETUP

NARRATOR’S VOICE
The barrier of loneliness. The palpable,
desperate need of the human animal to be
with his fellow man.

CONFLICT
LAP DISSOLVE TO:
NIGHT SKY
The moon and the stars.

NARRATOR’S VOICE
Up there… up there is the vastness of
space, in the void that is sky… up there
is an enemy known as isolation. It sits
there in the stars waiting… waiting with
the patience of eons… forever waiting…

OUTCOME
in the Twilight Zone.
FADE TO BLACK:
THE END

 

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Plot Outline Of “Star War: The Empire Strikes Back”

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Beat Acts Action Sequences Beat Description Storylines
1
1
While on patrol, Luke gets kidnapped by a Wampa as an Imperial spy droid lands on Hoth.
Words scroll through space saying the Empire is trying to hunt down the Rebel Alliance. The Empire
Rebels
2 A Star Destroyer deploys a probe to the ice planet, Hoth. Star Destroyer
Probe
3 Luke rides a Tauntaun around the icy surface of Hoth. He tells Han he is on patrol and saw a meteor hit and is going to check it out. Then a Wampa attacks and knocks out Luke. Luke
Tauntaun
Probe
(Han)
Wampa
4 Han enters the rebel base on a Tauntaun and greet Chewie, who is welding on the Millennium Falcon. Han
Chewie
5 Han meets with Rieeken and Leia. Han reports their patrols haven’t found anything, Luke is still out patrolling, and Han is leaving to settle his debt with Jaba. Leia is upset Han is leaving. Han
Rieeken
Leia
(Luke)
6 As Han leaves, Leia unsuccessfully tries to convince him to say, making it obvious she likes him. Han
Leia
(Luke)
7 C3PO and R2 walk through the halls of the rebel base and make comedic banter. C3PO
R2
8 C3PO and R2 approach Han at the Millennium Falcon and tell him Luke hasn’t checked in and Leia is worried about him. Han orders a deck officer to look for Luke in the rebel base. C3PO
R2
Han
(Luke)
(Leia)
Rebel officer
9 Later, the deck officer reports to Han that Luke isn’t in the rebel base. Han says he’ll go look for Luke on Tauntaun. The deck officer says it’s too dangerous, but Han goes anyway. Rebel officer
Han
(Luke)
10 In an ice cave, Luke wakes up and uses the force to grab his lightsaber and kill the Wampa that has captured him. Then Luke stumbles out of the cave. Luke
Wampa
11
2
Han finds Luke and saves him from freezing.
R2 and C3PO stand vigil at the door to the rebel base. C3PO says it’s too cold to stay outside and look for Luke. C3PO goes inside while R2 remains outside watching for Luke. R2
C3PO
(Luke)
12 Luke stumbles through the cold and collapses in the snow. Luke
13 In the rebel base, Leia asks Derlin if Luke has returned. Derlin says no and they have to close the doors to the rebel base and assume Luke is dead and/or unreachable. Leia
Derlin
(Luke)
14 As Luke lays in the snow, Ben’s voice tells him to go to the Dagobah system. Then Luke falls unconscious. Luke
Ben
15 Han finds Luke, then kills their Tauntauns with Luke’s lightsaber, and Han and Luke spend the night inside the Tauntauns. Han
Luke
16 The next morning Zev drives a snow speeder through the Hoth landscape and retrieves Han and Luke. Zev
Han
Luke
17 At the rebel base, Luke is put in a healing tank. Luke
18 In a hospital room at the rebel base, Leia, Han, R2 and C3PO tell Luke how good it is to see him alive and recovering. Han and Leia flirt some more. Leia
Han
R2
C3PO
Luke
Chewie
19 In the rebel base command center, Rieekan tells Leia and Han their instruments have detected something metal a few miles from the base. Han and Chewie leave to check it out. Rieeken
(Probe)
Leia
Han
Chewie
20 Han and Chewie find and destroy the Imperial probe. Han
Chewie
Probe
21 Han reports back to Leia and Rieekan the Empire knows their location. Han
Leia
Rieekan
The Empire
22 On a Star Destroyer, Ozzel tells Vader their probe on Hoth sent suspicious readings. Vader uses the force to confirm the probe located the rebel base. Ozzel
Vader
(Probe)
(Rebels)
23
3
Team 1 plans and prepares to defend themselves as Team 2 plans and prepares to attack.
A rebel captain issues orders for speeder squadrons to defend the base while the rest of the personnel is evacuated by transport space ships. Rebel captain
Rebels
24 Han and Chewie frantically and unsuccessfully try to repair the Millennium Falcon. Han
Chewie
25 Luke dresses for battle and orders a droid which equipment to prioritize loading on the transport ships. Luke
Rebels
R2
26 Luke says farewell to Han and Chewie as they continue trying to repair the Millennium Falcon. Luke
Han
Chewie
27 In the rebel base control room, Controller tells Rieeken a fleet of Star Destroyers has come out of hyper space above Hoth. Rieeken orders Controller to reroute all the power to the shields until the transports get away and to prepare for the ground assault. Rebels
Rieeken
(The Empire)
28 On a Star Destroyer, Veers tells Vader the rebels are aware of the Imperial fleet and are preparing to defend/evacuate. Vader blames Ozzel and kills him using the force. Then Vader promotes Piett to Ozzel’s position. Veers
Vader
Ozzel
Piett
29 In the hangar of the rebel base, Leia explains to an audience they will send escorted transports through the shields two at a time and use an ion blast cannon to clear a path for their escape through the space fleet blockade. Then, survivors are to proceed directly to the rendezvous point. Leia
Rebels
(The Empire)
30 In/around the rebel base, troops prepare to fight the incoming Imperial forces. Rebels
Stormtroopers
31
4
Team 1 attacks Team 2 while also successfully beginning their escape.
A rebel transport ship and two fighter escorts leave Hoth. An Imperial officer tells his Captain that a transport ship is leaving the planet. The Captain is happy about blowing up the transport ship. Rebels
Imperial officer #1
Imperial officer #2
32 Two giant cannons at the Rebel base shoot into the sky. The blasts hit a Star Destroyer, which burns and veers as the Rebel transport ship and its escorts fly past the Imperial blockade. Rebels
The empire
33 In the Rebel base’s hangar, Luke and Dack get in their snow speeders. They hear an announcement that the first transport ship escaped successfully, and Luke and Dack tell each other they’re in good spirits. Luke
Dack
34 On the surface of Hoth, a Rebel officer spots an Imperial Walker in his binoculars. He announces on his radio that he’s spotted Walkers. Rebels
Walkers
35 Rebel troops run around, aim their weapons and prepare to fight the Walkers. Rebels
Walkers
36 Montage shot of Rebel snow speeders, including Luke’s, approach the Walkers. Rebel speeders
Luke
Walkers
37 After shooting a Walker a few times without effect, Luke says on his radio that blasters don’t affect Walkers and to use harpoons and tow cables instead. Walkers
Luke
Rebel speeders
38 Luke’s snow speeder is hit, and his copilot, Dack dies. Luke
Dack
Walkers
39 Walkers and snow speeders fight each other, both with successes and failures. Walkers
Rebel speeders
40 In a Walker, Veers tells Vader over the radio that he’s approaching the Rebel base and will disable the base’s shields in moments. Veers
Vader
Rebels
41 In his snow speeder, Luke tells Wedge he’ll have to harpoon the Walker they’re engaged with because Dack, Luke’s copilot, is dead. Luke
Wedge
(Dack)
Walkers
42 Wedge shoots a harpoon around a Walker’s legs and then circles the Walker, tying up its legs and making it trip and crash. Wedge
Walkers
43 Montage of shots of Rebels, including Luke and Wedge, celebrating Wedge’s victory. Rebels
Walkers
Luke
Wedge
44 In the Rebel base command center, Rieekan says they need to send more transports at a time but can’t protect them en mass. Leia says they have to try because they’re running out of time. Rieeken
Leia
(Rebels)
(The Empire)
45
5
Team 2 advances on Team 1 as Team 1 suffers losses and scrambles to escape.
In the Rebel base hangar, Han and Chewie frantically try to fix the Millennium Falcon. Han
Chewie
46 C3PO oversees R2 being lowered into an X-wing spaceship that Luke will use to escape Hoth. C3PO
R2
Rebels
47 As the battle on the surface of Hoth wages on, in his Walker, Veers orders his troops to advance. Veers
Stormtroopers
Rebels
48 In his snow speeder, Luke talks to Zev over his radio. Luke tells Zev to use his harpoon on another Walker while Luke covers him. Luke
Zev
Walkers
49 Sev and Luke engage the Walker while coordinating their attack over the radio. Sev
Luke
Walkers
50 Zev’s speeder is blown up by laser fire, and Luke’s speeder is critically hit with laser fire. Zev
Luke
Walkers
51 Han meets Leia running through the halls of the Rebel base, and they flirt. An announcement over a loudspeaker says Imperial troops have breached the base. Leia tells a Rebel officer to issue a final evacuation order. Han
Leia
Stormtroopers
Rebels
52 On the surface of Hoth, Rebel troops retreat as Imperial forces advance. Rebels
Stormtroopers
Walkers
53 Luke jumps out of his damaged snow speeder and he blows up the Walker by climbing up it and throwing mines in it. Luke
Walkers
54 In his Walker, Veers prepares to fire on the Rebel shield generators. Veers
Rebels
55 In the Rebel base, Han and Leia run to the Millennium Falcon to evacuate themselves. Han
Leia
56 Vader strides through the halls of the Rebel base surrounded by storm troopers. Vader
Stormtroopers
57 Han, Leia and C3PO continue running towards the Millennium Falcon. Han
Leia
C3PO
58 Han, Leia and C3PO arrive at the Millennium Falcon and meet a relieved Chewie. Han
Leia
C3PO
Chewie
59 Vader and his accompanying storm troopers continue walking down a hallway of the Rebel base. The storm troopers are panicked, but Vader is calm. Vader
Stormtroopers
60 In the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie have problems getting the ship started. Han
Chewie
Leia
C3PO
61 Storm troopers enter the Rebel hangar. The Millennium Falcon shoots them. Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
Leia
C3PO
62 Han starts the engine of the Millennium Falcon and takes off. Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
Leia
C3PO
63 Vader sees the Millennium Falcon fly away. Vader
Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
Leia
C3PO
64 As Luke and Wedge get into X-wings, Luke says goodbye to Wedge and says he’ll meet him at the rendezvous. Then Luke takes off and flies into space. Luke
Wedge
65
6
Luke flies to Dagobah as Team 2 chases the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid belt.
Luke tells R2 they’re not going to the rendezvous point. They’re going to the Degobah system. Luke
R2
66 The Millennium Falcon is pursued by Tie-fighters. Han says there are two Star Destroyers in front of them, which they’ll have to outmaneuver. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
67 The Millennium Falcon flies past the two Star Destroyers. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
68 Han tries to jump to light speed, but it doesn’t work. C3PO says the hyperdrive motor is broken. Han says they’re in trouble. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
69 As Han and Chewie frantically mess with controls an check things in the cockpit, they realize they’ve flown into an asteroid field. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
70 Han says they’ll fly into the asteroid field despite Leia and C3PO’s protests. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
71 The Millennium Falcon races through the asteroid field. Some of the Tie-fighters following it hit asteroids and blow up. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
72 Leia tells Han they need to get out of the asteroid field before they’re pulverized. Han says he’s going to take them closer to a big asteroid. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
73 As the Millennium Falcon dives towards a large asteroid, another asteroid hits the two Tie-fighters chasing the Millennium Falcon. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
74 Han sees a good place to land on an asteroid and maneuvers the Millenium Falcon. Leia and C3PO are surprised and confused. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
75
7
Luke finds/trains with Yoda as the rest of Team 1 hides in an asteroid and tries to fix the Millennium Falcon.
Luke flies over Dagobah. He tells R2 his sensors aren’t picking up any technology but lots of life on the surface of the planet. Luke
R2
76 Luke crashes his X-wing. Luke
R2
77 R2 falls in the swamp and is briefly attacked by a swamp monster. Luke begins to question whether coming to Dagobah was a wise idea. R2
Luke
78 Piett enters Vader’s room and tells him the Millennium Falcon entered an asteroid field. Vader says to pursue it despite the risks. Piett
Vader
(Millenium Falcon)
79 Han and Chewie mess with a bunch of controls. Han says C3PO needs to diagnose the problem with the hyperdrive. The Millennium Falcon lurches, and C3PO says the asteroid isn’t stable. Han
Chewie
C3PO
Leia
80 Leia and Han flirt. Leia
Han
81 On Dagobah, as Luke fixes his X-wing, Yoda comes to him and says he’ll lead Luke to Yoda in exchange for a flashlight. Luke agrees. Luke
Yoda
R2
82 C3PO tells Han he needs to replace a part on the Millennium Falcon to get the hyperdrive working. C3PO
Han
Chewie
Leia
83 Leia and Han flirt. Han kisses Leia. Leia
Han
84 Vader tells several commanders to keep looking for the Millennium Falcon. Then Piett tells Vader that the Emperor wants to speak with him. Vader
Imperial officers
Piett
(The Emperor)
85 Vader speaks with a hologram of the Emperor in his chamber. The Emperor says the force is strong with Luke Skywalker and he poses a threat. Vader says Skywalker would make a powerful ally, and he will try to convert or kill him. The Emperor approves of the plan. Vader
The Emperor
(Luke)
86 Yoda says he can’t train Luke because he’s impatient. Luke begs, and Yoda agrees to train him. Yoda
Luke
87 Leia thinks about Han in the cockpit until an alien bat lands on the windshield and startles her. She runs out of the cockpit. Leia
Han
Bats
88 Leia tells Han they’re not alone. Han says he’ll go check it out. Leia says she’ll go with him. Leia
Han
(Bats)
89 Han, Leia and Chewie exit the Millennium Falcon and discover there are Mynocks in the cave, and the cave walls are the inside of a living creature. Han rushes everyone inside. Han
Leia
Chewie
Bats
90 Han prepares the ship for takeoff, dismissing Leia’s advice to stay put. Han
Leia
Chewie
Bats
91 The Millennium Falcon takes off just in time to escape the cave (which is actually a monster’s mouth) closing in on them. Han
Leia
Chewie
92 Luke trains with Yoda, who teaches him about the force. Luke
Yoda
93 Yoda tells Luke to enter a path between dark trees to confront the dark side of the force. Yoda
Luke
94 Luke enters the space between the dark trees and meets Vader. They have a light saber battle, and Luke cuts off Vader’s head, which has Luke’s face. Luke
Vader
95
8
Team 1 flies to Cloud City and is taken hostage by Lando as Luke prematurely ends his training with Yoda to go save his friends.
Vader tells a group of bounty hunters they will be paid a fortune to capture the Millennium Falcon. Piett tells Vader their ship’s sensors have found the Millennium Falcon. Vader
Boba Fett
(The Millenium Falcon)
96 A Star Destroyer chases the Millenium Falcon. C3PO tells Han the rear deflector shields are out. Han turns the ship around and flies straight toward the Star Destroyer. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
97 On the Star Destroyer, Needa watches the Millenium Falcon fly toward the Imperial ship and then disappear. Needa tells an officer he’ll apologize to Vader for losing the Millennium Falcon and to keep scanning for it. Needa
The Millenium Falcon
(Vader)
98 On Dagobah, Luke trains with Yoda in how to use the force. Luke
Yoda
99 On a Star Destroyer, Vader kills Needa. Piett tells Vader the Millennium Falcon must have went into hyperspace. Vader orders Piett to search the galaxy for the Millennium Falcon. Vader
Needa
Piett
(The Millenium Falcon)
100 In the Millennium Falcon, which is clinging to the side of a Star Destroyer, Han and Leia discuss where they can find a safe space port. Han looks at a map and says they should go Bespin and see his old friend, Lando. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Tie-fighters
Star destroyers
(Lando)
101 The Death Star, which the Millennium Falcon is attached to, dumps its garbage into space. The Millennium Falcon releases and floats away with the debris. When the Death Star flies away into hyperspace, the Millennium Falcon flies away. Boba Fett’s small ship is floating with the garbage as well and follows them. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
Star destroyers
(Boba Fett)
102 On Dagobah, Yoda is training Luke. Luke sees a vision of Han, Leia and Chewie in trouble and tells Yoda he has to go to them. Yoda says this is unwise and urges Luke to have patience. Yoda
Luke
(Han)
(Leia)
(Chewie)
103 As the Millenium Falcon enters the atmosphere of planet Bespin, Han convinces the local air traffic control tower to let them land by dropping Lando’s name. Han
Liea
Chewie
C3PO
(Lando)
104 The Millennium Falcon lands on a floating city in the sky above Bespin. Han and Leia discuss whether or not they’re safe. Han
Leia
Chewie
C3PO
105 Han and Leia watch as Lando approaches the Millennium Falcon with a group of guards. Han
Leia
Chewie
C3PO
Lando
106 Lando greets Han and embraces him after pretending to be angry about something that happened in the past. Lando
Han
Leia
C3PO
Chewie
107 While walking into the floating city, Han tells Lando their ship needs repairs, and he introduces Lando to Leia. Lando tells Han he’ll have his workers fix the Millennium Falcon. Han
Lando
Leia
C3PO
Chewie
108 While walking through a hall in the floating city, Lando tells Han he’s been having business difficulties. Han compliments Lando on being a business man. Han
Lando
Leia
C3PO
Chewie
109 While following behind Han, Leia, Chewie and Lando, C3PO wanders into a room and gets shot by a laser blaster. Han
Lando
Leia
C3PO
Chewie
Stormtroopers
110 On Dagobah, Luke packs up his X-wing and tells Yoda he’s going to save Han and Leia. Yoda tells him not to, but Luke goes anyway. Yoda
Luke
R2
111 Han and Leia pace in a bedroom. Leia says she senses something wrong and doesn’t trust Lando. She says C3PO is missing and they need to leave. Han consoles her. Han
Leia
Chewie
(Lando)
(C3PO)
112 Chewie enters Han and Leia’s room carrying C3PO on his back in pieces. Chewie tells Han he found C3PO in a junk room. Then Lando enters and summons the team to go have refreshments with him. Chewie
C3PO
Han
Leia
Lando
113 Walking through a hall, Han asks Lando if he’s worried about the Empire, and Lando says he’s made a deal that will keep the Empire out. Han
Chewie
Leia
Lando
(The Empire)
114 Lando leads the team into a room where Vader is waiting for them. Lando apologizes for betraying the team. Lando
Han
Leia
Chewie
Vader
115 Luke enters planet Bespin’s atmosphere in his X-wing and flies towards Cloud City. Luke
R2
116 Chewie puts C3PO back together in a jail cell where Leia is also. Chewie
C3PO
Han
Leia
(Lando)
117 Standing outside a room where Han is being tortured, Vader tells Boba Fett he can deliver Han to Jabba after Vader is done torturing him. Then Vader tells Lando to never let Leia and Chewie leave Cloud City. Vader angers Lando, because Vader altered his original deal. Han
Vader
Boba Fett
(Jaba)
Lando
(Leia)
(Chewie)
118 Han is brought into the jail cell. Chewie and Leia greet him. Then Lando enters and says Leia and Chewie can’t leave Cloud City, and Han will be handed over to Jabba. Lando says Vader doesn’t care about them. He just wants Luke. Vader apologizes, and Han shames him for betraying them. Han
Chewie
Leia
Lando
(Jabba)
(Vader)
119 Vader oversees the carbon freezing chamber installation. Vader tells an Imperial soldier to test it on Han. If it works, they’ll freeze Luke in it as well and take him to see the Emperor. Vader
Stormtroopers
(Han)
(Luke)
(The Emperor)
120
9
Han is frozen as Luke approaches Bespin. Then Luke fights Vader as the rest of Team 1 escapes Cloud City.
Luke lands his X-wing on a platform at Cloud City. Luke
121 Han is led to the carbon freezing chamber by storm troopers. Lando tells Han he’s about to be frozen in carbonite. Han
Stormtroopers
Lando
Vader
Chewie
C3PO
Leia
122 Chewie gets angry about what’s happening to Han. So Han consoles him. As storm troopers take Han away, Leia tells Han she loves him. Han
Stormtroopers
Lando
Vader
Chewie
C3PO
Leia
123 Montage of shots of Leia, Lando, Chewie and C3PO reacting to Han being put in the carbonite freezing chamber. Han
Stormtroopers
Lando
Vader
Chewie
C3PO
Leia
124 After Han is frozen, Vader asks Lando if the carbonite freezing chamber worked. Lando says yes. So Vader tells Boba Fett he can take Han to Jabba. Then Vader tells an Imperial officer to reset the chamber for Luke. The officer says Luke has just landed. Vader tells Lando he’s taking Leia and Chewie. Lando says that wasn’t the deal. Vader threatens Lando. Han
Stormtroopers
Lando
Vader
Boba Fett
(Jabba)
Chewie
C3PO
Leia
125 Luke and R2 run into Boba Fett and two storm troopers in the hall transporting Han’s carbonite-encased body. Luke shoots the two storm troopers with a blaster while Boba Fett flees with Han’s carbonite-encased body. Down the hall, Leia shouts at Luke that he’s walking into a trap. Then doors close around Luke forcing him to go towards the carbonite freezing chamber. Luke
R2
Boba Fett
Han
Stormtroopers
Leia
126 Luke follows the path he’s forced to take. More doors close around him forcing him closer to the carbonite freezing chamber. Then the floor he’s standing on raises up and lifts him into the carbonite freezing chamber room. Luke
127 Luke meets Vader and they begin fighting with their light sabers. Luke
Vader
128 Lando, Leia, Chewie, C3PO and two storm troopers walk down a hall. Lando shoots the storm troopers with a blaster and tells the team he has decided to help them escape. Lando makes a plan to get to the Millennium Falcon and escape on it. Leia and Chewie don’t believe him, but he convinces them. Lando
Leia
Chewie
C3PO
Stormtroopers
129 Boba Fett loads Han’s carbonite-encased body into his ship. Boba Fett
Han
130 Lando, Chewie, Leia and C3PO run into R2. They join up and continue moving towards the Millennium Falcon. Lando
Chewie
Leia
C3PO
R2
131 Running down a hallway, Lando, Chewie, Leia, R2 and C3PO look out a window just in time to see Boba Fett’s ship fly away. Then storm troopers shoot at them, causing them to run away. Lando
Chewie
Leia
C3PO
R2
Boba Fett
Han
Stormtroopers
132 Vader and Luke continue light saber fighting as Vader tries to convert Luke to the dark side. Luke seems evenly matched with Vader. Vader
Luke
133 Vader and Luke continue sword fighting. Vader begins getting the upper hand, and Luke goes on the defensive. Vader
Luke
134 Leia, Lando, Chewie, C3PO and R2 come to a locked door. R2 hacks Cloud City’s computer system and opens the door. Leia
Lando
Chewie
C3PO
R2
135 Liea, Lando, Chewie, C3PO and R2 reach the Millennium Falcon and board it. Chewie begins starting up the ship. Leia
Lando
Chewie
C3PO
R2
136 Chewie flies the Millennium Falcon away from Cloud City as the rest of the team gets settled. Leia
Lando
Chewie
C3PO
R2
137
10
Vader defeats Luke in combat.
Luke and Vader continue light-saber fighting. Vader cuts off Luke’s hand and then tells Luke he’s lost and must join the dark side. Luke refuses. Then Vader tells Luke he’s his father and wants Luke to kill the Emperor so Vader and Luke can rule the galaxy as father and son. Luke suicidal-ly lets himself fall down a massive air vent. Vader walks away. Luke
Vader
138 Luke is sucked into an exhaust pipe and falls through a series of them until he falls out of the bottom of Cloud City and hangs on an antenna. There he uses the force to try to call Ben or Leia for help. Luke
(Ben)
(Leia)
139 On the Millennium Falcon, Leia tells Lando and Chewie they need to go back for Luke. They disagree, but she convinces them. Leia
Lando
Chewie
C3PO
R2
(Luke)
140 From a landing platform, Vader watches the Millennium Falcon flying around. Vader tells a storm trooper to bring him his shuttle. Vader
Stormtroopers
Millenium Falcon
141 The Millennium Falcon flies under Luke. Lando opens a hatch in the roof and pulls Luke into the ship as Tie-fighters race toward them shooting. Leia
Lando
Chewie
C3PO
R2
Luke
142
11
Team 1 saves Luke.
Leia lays Luke down on a medical cot as the ship is rocked from Tie-fighter blasts. Leia
Luke
Tie fighters
143 The Millennium Falcon flies into space, where a Star Destroyer is waiting. Lando tries to use the hyperdrive, but to his surprise, it doesn’t work. Star Destroyer
Lando
Chewie
Leia
Luke
R2
C3PO
144 Vader stands on the bridge of the Star Destroyer. He asks Piett if the Millennium Falcon’s hyper drive has been deactivated. Piet says yes and makes a plan to draw in the Millennium Falcon with the Star Destroyer’s tractor beam, where a boarding party will be waiting for it. Vader
Piett
Star Destroyer
Millenium Falcon
145 Montage of shots R2 fixes C3PO. Chewie fixes the Millennium Falcon. Leia and Lando are showered with sparks in the cockpit. R2
C3PO
Leia
Lando
Chewie
146 Laying in his cot, Luke senses Vader on the Star Destroyer. Luke calls out to him, and Vader uses the force to tell Luke to join him. Luke asks Ben why he didn’t tell him Vader is his father. Luke
(Vader)
(Ben)
147 On the bridge of the Star Destroyer, Piett tells an Imperial officer to ready the tractor beam. Piett
Imperial officer
Star Destroyer
Millenium Falcon
148 R2 hacks the Millennium Falcon computer system and fixes the hyperdrive. Leia and Lando are thrown into their seats as the ship unexpectedly goes into hyperspeed. R2
Leia
Lando
149 On the bridge of the Star Destroyer, Piett watches the Millennium Falcon disappear. He looks towards Vader in terror. Vader calmly walks away. Piett
Millenium Falcon
Vader
150
12
Denouement
The Millennium Falcon is docked on a huge Rebel starship. Lando sits in the cockpit of the Millennium with Chewie. Over the radio, Lando tells Luke that he and Chewie will find Jabba, Han and Boba Fett and then contact Luke. Lando
Chewie
Rebels
Luke
(Han)
(Boba Fett)
151 Luke sits in a medical bed/room as a robot attaches a robotic hand to Luke’s arm. Over the radio, Luke tells Lando he’ll meet them at the rendezvous point on Tattooine. Everyone exchanges goodbyes. Luke
(Lando)
R2
C3PO
Leia
Chewie
152 Luke walks over to Leia and hugs her. They stand together looking out a window thinking about their lives as they watch the Millennium Falcon fly away into hyperspace. Luke
Leia

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Plot Outline of “Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi”

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1
1
Team 1 fails to break Han out of Jabba’s base and are sentenced to death.
Prologue Text scrolls through space saying Luke has returned to Tatooine to rescue Han from Jabba, and the Empire is secretly constructing a new Death Star. (Luke )
(Han )
(Leia )
(Chewie )
(Lando )
(R2 )
(C3PO )
(Jabba )
(Deathstar )
2
Vader arrives on the Death star, gets briefed on its construction and foreshadows the Emperor’s arrival.
Vader’s shuttle lands on the Death Star after it lowers its shields. Vader
3 Vader exits the shuttle. In the hangar, Jerjerrod assures Vader construction of the Death Star is on schedule, and Vader says the emperor is coming. Vader
Jerjerrod
(Emperor )
4
C3PO and R2 enter Jabba’s lair, foreshadow Han’s rescue and get captured by Jabba.
R2 and C3PO knock on Jabba’s door, and Bib lets them in gruffly. R2
C3PO
Bib
5 C3PO tells Bib they have a message for Jabba that they must deliver personally. Bib leades them to Jabba’s lair. R2
C3PO
Bib
6 R2 plays a hologram of Luke for Jabba. Luke says he’s a Jedi knight and will come bargaining for Han’s carbonite-frozen body. Luke gives R2 and C3PO to Jabba as a gesture of good faith. Jabba says there will be no bargaining. R2
C3PO
(Luke )
Jabba
Han
7 Ninedenine leads R2 and C3PO away and assigns them jobs. Ninedenine
R2
C3PO
8
Leia and Chewie infiltrate Jabba’s lair and attempt to rescue Han but get captured by Jabba.
Leia (in disguise) leads Chewie into Jabba’s lair and collects the bounty on his head. Leia
Chewie
Jabba
Lando
9 Guards lead Chewie to a jail cell. Ninedenine
Chewie
10 That night, Leia sneaks into Jabba’s lair and releases Han from his carbonite frame. C3PO translates for Jabba, who catches her and sends both to jail cells. Leia
Han
Jabba
C3PO
11 Han is put in Chewie’s cell, and they both embrace each other. Han
Chewie
12
Luke infiltrates Jabba’s lair and attempts to rescue Han and his friends but is captured by Jabba.
Luke enters Jabba’s front door and uses the Jedi mind trick to convince Bib to take him to speak to Jabba. Luke
Bib
(Jabba )
13 Luke enters Jabba’s lair and tells him to release his friends. Jabba laughs at him and pulls a lever, which drops Luke into the Rancor pit. Luke
Jabba
C3PO
Leia
Lando
(Rancor )
14 Luke fights and kills the Rancor. Jabba says Han and Chewie will suffer for Luke killing Jabba’s Rancor. Luke
Rancor
Jabba
C3PO
(Han )
(Chewie )
(Leia )
15 Han, Chewie and Luke are brought before Jabba in his lair. Jabba declares they will be thrown into the Sarlacc pit and die slowly. Han
Chewie
Luke
Jabba
Leia
C3PO
Lando
(Sarlac )
16
2
Team 1 fights and kills Team 5.
Jabba attempts to execute Team X, but they use their strengths and defeat/kill Jabba, then escape.
Han, Chewie and Luke are brought to the Sarlaac pit on Jabba’s sail barge. Jabba
Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
C3PO
R2
Lando
Sarlac
17 Jabba, Leia, R2 and C3PO chit chat on the barge. Jabba is confident, and everyone else is scared. Jabba
Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
C3PO
R2
Lando
Sarlac
18 Luke, Han and Chewie are led to the plank of Jabba’s sail barge over the Sarlacc pit. Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
C3PO
R2
Lando
Sarlac
19 Luke, Chewie, Han and Lando fight Jabba’s henchmen. Jabba
Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Lando
Sarlac
20 Leia chokes Jabba to death with the chains that bind her. Leia
Jabba
21 Luke, Chewie, Han and Lando continue fighting Jabba’s henchmen. Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Lando
Sarlac
22 R2 cuts Leia’s chains, and they move to escape the barge. R2
Leia
23 After a little more fighting, the team blows up Jabba’s barges and escape. Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
C3PO
R2
Lando
Sarlac
24
3
Luke goes to Dagobah and sees Yoda die. Ben tells Luke it’s his destiny to kill Vader. The Emperor tells Vader to bring Luke to him. Team 3 prepares to attack Team 2 using a ground team and space team. Team 1 joins the ground team, and Lando joins the space team. Team 1 flies to Endor. Team 2 prepares to defend against the attack.
Team X makes a plan to fight the Empire. Luke leaves the group and strays from the path to go on his Jedi training quest.
At the Millennium Falcon, Luke says he has to leave to go keep a promise to an old friend. Then Han and Lando reconcile and decide to leave Tatooine. Luke
(Yoda )
Han
Lando
R2
C3PO
Chewie
25 Flying in an X-wing, Luke speaks to the team on the radio. Luke says he’ll meet the team back at the Rebel fleet after he goes to the Dagobah system. Luke
R2
26 The Emperor meets Vader on the Death Star, and they make a plan for their quest to convert Luke. The Emperor lands on the Deathstar in a shuttle. He exits the shuttle in the docking bay, where he’s met by Vader. The Emperor says Vader is looking for Skywalker, but Skywalker will come to Vader, and when he does, Vader is to bring Skywalker to the Emperor. Emperor
Vader
(Luke )
(Deathstar )
27
Luke meets Yoda and learns he must kill Vader to complete his Jedi training. Then Yoda dies, and Ben reiterates that Luke must kill Vader.
In Yoda’s house, Yoda says he’s dying of old age. He tells Luke that Vader is Luke’s father and that he must fight Vader to become a Jedi. The Emperor will try to turn Luke to the dark side, and Luke has another living relative. Then Yoda dies. Luke
Yoda
(Emperor )
(Vader )
28 Luke leaves Yoda’s house and meets Ben’s ghost, who tells him Vader’s backstory and that Leia is his sister. Ben stresses the point that it’s Luke’s destiny to kill Vader. Luke
Yoda
Ben
(Leia )
(Vader )
(Deathstar )
29
Mothma states the condition to destroying the Death Star The shield generator on Endor must be destroyed before the Death Star can be attacked by the Rebel fleet. Luke reunites with Team 1, and they accept the mission to destroy the generator.
On a rebel starship, Mothma briefs a room of generals, including Han, Lando and Leia. Mothma says the new Deathstar’s weapon is not operational, the Imperial fleet is scattered across the galaxy and the Emperor is on the Deathstar. So they should attack it. The Deathstar’s shield is powered by a generator on the nearby moon of Endor, which must be destroyed before the Rebels can attack. Mothma
Han
Lando
Leia
(Deathstar )
30 Mothma turns the presentation over to Madine, who says a strike team will infiltrate Endor using a stolen Imperial ship. Han, Chewie, and Leia volunteer for the strike force. Then Luke walks in and volunteers as well. Mothma
Madine
Han
Lando
Leia
Luke
(Deathstar )
31
Lando leaves Team 1 and joins the Rebel fleet while Team 1 prepares step 1 of the quest to destroy the generator.
In the docking bay of the rebel starship, Lando says goodbye to Han. Lando
Han
32 The team prepares the stolen Imperial shuttle and then flies it off the Rebel starship. Han
Leia
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
33 The Emperor prepares to enact his plan to ambush the Rebel fleet. In the Emperor’s throne room, the Emperor tells Vader to hide their fleet behind Endor and await further instructions on the command ship. Emperor
Vader
(Luke )
(Deathstar )
34
Team 1 completes step #1 of their quest to destroy the generator, but it’s a false victory, because Luke’s strength gives them away, since Vader can sense Luke.
The team approaches the Deathstar in the stolen shuttle. Via radio, Han requests Piett to lower the Deathster’s shield, and he transmits their access code. Luke senses Vader’s presence on a nearby command ship, and Luke says he’s endangering the mission. Han
Piett
Leia
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Star destroyers
Deathstar
35 On the command ship, Vader asks Piett about the approaching shuttle. Piett says it’s carrying cargo and crew to the moon and that their security code is valid. Vader knows Luke is on the shuttle, and he says he’ll deal with the team. Vader
Piett
(Luke )
Deathstar
Star destroyers
36 On the shuttle, via the radio, Piett tells the team they’re cleared to move through the Deathstar’s energy shield. Han
Piett
Leia
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Star destroyers
Deathstar
37
4
Team 1 gets sidetracked from their mission when they’re kidnapped by Team 4, but Team 1 convinces them to fight Team 2. Luke accepts his destiny and gives Leia hers, then Luke goes to Vader.
Team 1 attempts and fails step #2 of their plan to destroy the generator, when they’re spotted by Stormtroopers,. The Stormtroopers flee, and Leia leaves Team 1 to chases them.
The team lands on Endor and hikes through the forest until they spot some Imperial scouts. Liea asks if they should go around the scouts, and Han says there isn’t enough time. Han says he and Chewie will take out the scouts. Han
Leia
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Stormtroopers
38 Han makes a noise sneaking up on one of the scouts, who tells the other to go get help. The second scout jumps on a speeder bike and takes off. Chewie shoots the second scout while Han fights the first. Leia and Luke see two more scouts, who jump on speeder bikes and take off. Luke and Leia jump on a speeder bike and chase them. Han
Leia
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Stormtroopers
39 Leia pulls up next to one of the scouts, and Luke jumps off Leia’s bike onto the scout’s and throws the scout into a tree. Two more scouts on speeder bikes join the fight. Luke and Leia fight them. They kill all the scouts but lose their bikes in the process. Leia
Luke
Stormtroopers
40 Team 1 regroups and makes a plan to stray from the path on a side-quest to find Leia. Luke meets up with Han, Chewie, R2, C3PO and some Rebel soldiers. Luke says he got separated from Leia. Han and Luke decide to go look for Leia. Han tells a Rebel soldier to take the rest of the squad to the generator where Hand Luke will regroup with them later. Luke
Han
Chewie
C3PO
R2
Stormtroopers
41
Leia meets Wicket, and they get to know each other. Then they kill Stormtroopers and make a plan to find safety.
Leia wakes up in the forest and meets Wicket. Leia makes friends with him, and Wicket senses danger nearby. Leia
Wicket
(Stormtroopers )
(Deathstar )
42 Leia and Wicket fight and kill two more scouts. Then Leia says they need to get out of there. Leia
Wicket
Stormtroopers
43 The Emperor gives Vader a quest to get Luke from Endor, which Vader accepts. On the Deathstar, Vader tells the Emperor that Luke and a rebel troop have landed on Endor. The Emperor tells Vader to go to the moon and wait for Luke, which he says he has foreseen happening. Then Vader leaves. Vader
Emperor
(Luke )
44
Team 1 fails step #1 of their side-quest to find Leia, when they are captured by Ewoks. This is a double false failure, because the Ewoks think C3PO is a god, and Leia is with the Ewoks.
Luke, Han, Chewie, R2 and C3PO find Leia’s helmet. Then Chewie smells something and runs off as the rest of the team follows him. Luke
Han
Chewie
C3PO
R2
45 The team gets caught in a large net set by Ewoks. Ewoks surround them. R2 cuts the net, dropping the team to the ground. When the Ewoks see C3PO’s golden skin, they bow to him like a god. Ewoks
Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
46
Team 1 is reunited with Leia, and Luke uses his strength to play to the Ewoks’ flaw to convince them to join their team and quest to destroy the generator.
The team is brought to the Ewok camp. Logray, the Ewok medicine man says the team will be eaten at a feast that night. Leia shows up and tries unsuccessfully to convince the Ewoks not to eat her friends. Luke tells C3PO to order the Ewoks to release them or he’ll use his magic on them. Then Luke uses the force to lift C3PO in the air. Logray orders the prisoners to be released. Ewoks
Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Leia
47 Later that night, C3PO tells the Ewoks about the Rebels fighting the Empire. The Ewoks accept the team into their tribe and that Ewok scouts will take the team to the Imperial shield generator. Ewoks
Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Leia
48
Luke and Leia get to know each other. Then Han and Leia get to know each other.
In a private hut, Luke tells Leia Vader is his father and is on Endor and that he must confront him and Leia is his sister. Luke says there’s still good in Vader. Leia cries, and Luke leaves. Leia
Luke
(Vader )
49 Han enters and asks Leia why she’s crying. She says she can’t say. Han gets jealous of Luke, and Leia tells Han to hold her. Han
Leia
(Luke )
50 Luke strays from the path when he quits his quest to destroy the generator and begins his quest to confront Vader. He completes step #1 by surrendering.to Vader.
Vader completes step #1 of his quest to deliver Luke to the Emperor.
Luke surrenders to Vader at the power generator station and tells Vader there’s still good in him. Vader says he’s taking Luke to the Emperor and that Luke must turn to the dark side or die. Luke says Vader will have to kill him. Luke
Stormtroopers
Vader
(Emperor )
51
5
Team 1 and 4 fight Team 2 on Endor. Team 3 fights Team 2 in space. Team 2 is winning on both fronts. Luke meets the Emperor, who tries to turn Luke to the Dark Side.
Team 1 and the Ewoks complete step #3 of their quest to destroy the generator by approaching/surveying the target. They make a plan for step #4. The rest of the team look at the Imperial shield generator from a distance. Wicket tells them there’s a secret entrance. Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Leia
Wicket
Stormtroopers
52 Lando joins the Rebel fleet and begins their quest to Destroy the Death Star by heading to the battle field. In the Millennium Falcon, Lando joins the Rebel fleet. He tells Mothma that the other team will have the shield generators down in time, and the fleet takes off into hyperspace towards the Deathstar. Lando
X-wings
Rebel cruisers
Mothma
Ackbar
(Deathstar )
53
With the help of the Ewoks,Team 1 completes step #4 of their quest to destroy the generator They eliminate the Stormtroopers who are guarding the generator.
With Wicket and Paploo, the team prepares to attack the Imperial troops guarding the shield generator. Paploo suddenly runs off into the underbrush. Ewoks
Wicket
Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Leia
Stormtroopers
54 Paploo steals one of the guard’s speeder bikes and takes off. All but one of the guards jump on their bikes and chase him. Watching this, Han volunteers to take out the last guard. Ewoks
Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
Luke
C3PO
R2
Leia
55 Paploo leads the guards on a chase through the forest and then jumps off the bike. The rest of the scouts continue chasing the unmanned bike. Ewoks
Stormtroopers
56 Han kills the remaining guard at the shield generator. Then the team enters the shield generator building, leaving one guard behind. Han
Chewie
C3PO
R2
Leia
Stormtroopers
Ewoks
57 Luke completes step #2 of his quest to confront Vader by entering the Emperor’s lair.
Vader completes step #2 of his quest to convert Luke by brining him to the Emperor.
Luke and Vader enter the Emperor’s throne room. The Emperor tells Luke to come to the dark side. Luke refuses and says they’ll all be dead soon. The Emperor reveals he baited the Rebels into coming to Endor and the fleet attacking the Deathstar. The Rebels are walking into a trap. Luke
Vader
Emperor
(Deathstar )
58 Team 1 fails to complete step #5 of their quest to destroy the generator (setting explosives) when they’re captured by Stormtroopers As Leia, Han and other Rebel soldiers enter the shield generator building and begin setting up explosives, a larger group of storm troopers enter and capture the Rebels. Han
Chewie
C3PO
R2
Leia
Stormtroopers
Ewoks
59
Lando and the Rebel fleet arrive at the battle field and prepare to attack the Death Star but discover they’ve walked into a trap. .
The Rebel fleet comes out of hyperspace near the Deathstar. Lando, Wedge, Gray Leader and Green Leader check in with each other over their radios. On the Bridge of the Rebel frigate, Ackbar tells the pilots, “May the force be with us.” Lando
X-wings
Rebel cruisers
Ackbar
Deathstar
60 Lando leads the squadrons of X-wings towards the Deathstar but realizes the shields are still up. He relays this info, and all the X-wings veer away from the shield. Lando
X-wings
Deathstar
61 On the bridge of the Rebel frigate, a Rebel technician says Tie-fighters are inbound. Ackbar says they’ve walked into a trap. Lando tells the other pilots to draw the fighters’ fire away from the Rebel cruisers. Lando
X-wings
Rebel cruisers
Ackbar
Deathstar
62 Luke experiences the repercussions of Team 1 and the Rebel fleet’s failure. He watches rebels die, which is step #3 of the Emperor’s quest to convert Luke. Luke is tempted to use his flaw. On the Deathstar, the Emperor watches the space battle calmly. He tells Luke to watch and says the Rebels will lose. Luke looks at his lightsaber in the Emperor’s hand. Luke denies it, but the Emperor relishes Luke’s anger, saying he’s turned to the dark side. Emperor
Luke
Vader
(Deathstar )
63
6
Team 2 gets the upper hand on all three fronts Endor, space, Luke
Ewoks rescue Team 1, who returns to the path to find the door to the shield generator is now locked, and they summon R2 to fix the new complication..
Outside the shield generator building, storm troopers lead the captured Rebels away. Ewoks attack the storm troopers. Stormtroopers
Han
Leia
C3PO
R2
Ewoks
64 Leia and Han return to the shield generator building and try to get back in, but the door is locked and they need R2. Leia calls R2 on her radio and tells her to come to them. R2 makes his way back as Ewoks battle storm troopers around him. Leia
Han
R2
Ewoks
Stormtroopers
65 Lando and the Rebel fleet continue fighting and losing. In their ships, Lando, Wedge and Red Leader fight Tie-fighters and communicate with each other about the fight. Lando wonders why only the Tie-fighters are attacking the Rebel ships and why the Imperial Star destroyers are waiting to attack. Lando
Tie fighters
X-wings
Star destroyers
Ackbar
Deathstar
66
The Emperor enacts step #4 of his plan to convert Luke. He uses the Deathstar’s laser on the Rebel fleet. Luke and Lando react to the new complication.
On the bridge of a Star destroyer, an Imperial commander tells Piett the Star destroyers are ready to attack. Piett tells the commander that the Emperor gave strict orders to wait because he has something special planned. They only need to keep the Rebel ships from escaping. Imperial commander
Piette
(Emperor )
(Deathstar )
67 The Emperor tells Luke his friends have failed and to witness the awesomeness of the Deathstar. The Emperor tells Jerjerrod over a radio to fire at will. Jerjerrod presses a button, and the Deathstar’s main gun fires and blows up a Rebel cruiser. Emperor
Luke
Vader
Jerjerrod
Rebel cruiser
Deathstar
68 Lando says over his radio the Deathstar’s main weapon is operational. Ackbar says for all ships to retreat. Lando says they won’t get another chance to blow up the Deathstar with the Emperor and Vader on board. Ackbar says they have no choice. Lando says that the ground crew will have the shields down soon. Lando
X-wings
Ackbar
(Ground team )
Deathstar
69 R2 fails to unlock the door to the shield generator using his strength. Han tries to use his while danger escalates. R2 attempts to hack the shield generator building’s computer system and fails. Han says he can hotwire the door as storm troopers attack them. R2
Han
Leia
70 Lando makes an attack plan that compensates for the new complication of the Death Star’s laser. As the Deathstar shoots Rebel cruisers, Lando tells the Rebel forces to all attack the Star Destroyers at close range. Ackbar says they won’t last long, and Lando says they’ll last longer than getting picked off by the Deathstar, and they’ll take badguys with them. Deathstar
Rebel cruisers
Lando
Star destroyers
X-wings
Ackbar
Tie fighters
71 Luke reacts to Team 1 and Lando’s failures. The Emperor enacts step #5 of his plan to convert Luke by goading him more, resulting in Luke straying from the path and using his strength and his flaw to attack the Emperor, but Vader rescues him. The Emperor continues goading Luke by telling him his friends are doomed. Luke gets angry and uses the force to grab his light saber. He brings it down on the Emperor, but Vader blocks Luke’s lightsaber with his own. Emperor
Luke
(Ground team )
Vader
(Deathstar )
72
Chewie wins a battle against a Walker and wins a walker, which he uses to save the rest of Team 1, who has been failing.
Chewie and Ewoks battle storm troopers and Walkers in the jungle. Chewie enters a Walker and throws its crew out. Chewie
Walkers
Stormtroopers
73 Han fails to open the door to the shield generator building. Two storm troopers sneak up on Han and Leia, but Leia kills them with a blaster. Then a Walker approaches them, which Chewie pops out of. Han
Leia
R2
Chewie
74
7
Team 1 accomplishes its ground mission while Luke does a better job of converting Vader than the Emperor is having converting Luke to the Dark Side.
The Emperor watches step #6 of his plan unfold, as Vader and Luke fight. Vader offers Luke the opportunity to join the dark side, but Luke uses his strength and refuses the call. As Luke and Vader lightsaber-fight, Vader tells Luke to join the dark side, and Luke tells Vader he knows there’s still good in him. Luke refuses to continue fighting Vader and stays on the defensive. Luke
Vader
Emperor
(Deathstar )
75 Lando and the Rebel fleet continue fighting and losing because of Team 1’s failure. Lando continues fighting Tie-fighters in space and hopes Han will hurry up disabling the Deathstar’s shields. Lando
Tie fighters
(Ground team )
Deathstar
76
Team 1 succeeds enacting step #5 of their plan and blow up the shield generato by setting explosives in it.
Han tricks the Imperial technicians inside the shield generator building to open the outside door by pretending to be a storm trooper and asking for reinforcements to hunt down the beaten, fleeing Rebels. The Imperial techs open the door and are captured by Rebel forces and Ewoks. Han
Leia
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Ewoks
Stormtroopers
77 Han, Chewie and several Rebels enter the shield generator building’s control room and plant explosives and then rush out. Han
Leia
Chewie
78 The Emperor watches step #6 of his plan unfold, as Vader and Luke fight. Vader offers Luke the opportunity to join the dark side. Luke uses his flaw, strays from the path and attacks Vader. The Emperor offers him the opportunity to kill Vader and join the dark side. Luke uses his strength and refuses the call by not killing Vader. This is a false victory, because it angers the Emperor. Luke hides while Vader searches for him. Vader uses the force to read Luke’s emotions and discovers Leia is his twin sister. Vader says he’ll convert her if Luke won’t. Luke gets angry and attacks Vader with his lightsaber, cutting off Vader’s hand. The Emperor tells Luke to kill Vader and take his place. Luke refuses, which makes the Emperor angry. Luke
Vader
Emperor
(Deathstar )
79 Team 1 escapes the exploding shield generator, completing their quest to destroy the shield generator. Han and several Rebels run from the shield generator building as it blows up in the background. Han
Leia
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Ewoks
80
8
Vader kills the Emperor, and Luke escapes the Deathstar just before Team 3 blows it up.
Lando and the rebel fleet experience the repercussion of Team 1’s success and make a plan to attack the Death Star. Ackbar says the shields are down. Lando says he knew Han would do it. Then he orders a squadron of X-wings to follow him. Lando
X-wings
Ackbar
(Ground team )
Deathstar
81 The Emperor reacts to the repercussion of failing to convert Luke and attacks/disables him. This is a false victory, as Vader rescues Luke by killing the Emperor. The Emperor shoots lighting from his fingers at Luke, shocking him. Luke begs Vader to help him. Vader grabs the Emperor and throws him over a ledge into an abyss. Then Vader falls down on the ground. Emperor
Luke
Vader
(Deathstar )
82
While Lando and the Rebel fleet enact step #1 of their plan to destroy the Death Star by approaching it, Ackbar makes a plan to destroy the main Star Destroyer, enacts it and succeeds.
Wedge, Lando and other Rebel pilots fly into the Deathstar and fight Tie-fighters as they move towards the center of the Deathstar. Lando
X-wings
Deathstar
83 Ackbar tells the pilots not in the Deathstar to attack the largest Star destroyer. Lando
X-wings
Ackbar
Star destroyers
84 On the bridge of a Star destroyer, an Imperial technician tells Piett the’ve lost their shields. Piett says to divert power to the shields. Then a damaged X-wing crashes into the bridge, blowing up the entire ship. Piett
X-wings
85 While escaping the Death Star, Luke and Vader get to know each other. Then Vader dies. Luke helps Vader walk to a shuttle amid the chaos of Imperial staff evacuating the Deathstar. Vader takes off his helmet and looks at Luke and says goodbye. Luke says Vader is coming with him, but Vader dies. Luke drags Vader’s body onto a shuttle. Luke
Vader
(Deathstar )
86 Lando and the Rebel fleet enact step #2 of their plan to blow up the Death Star by attacking its weakness. Then they escape the exploding Death Star. Lando and Wedge blow up the center of the Deathstar, which causes a chain reaction of explosions, which blows up the whole Deathstar. Wedge and Lando narrowly escape and fly into space ahead of the explosion. Lando
X-wings
Deathstar
87 Luke escapes the Death Star. Luke escapes the Deathstar in his shuttle. Luke
Vader
Deathstar
88
9
Denouement
Team 1, the Ewoks and the Rebels react to their success by celebrating.
Han, Leia, Chewie, R2, C3PO, Rebel troops and Ewoks watch the Deathstar explode in the sky. Leia says Luke got off the Deathstar and that he’s her brother. Han and Leia embrace. Deathstar
Han
Leia
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Ewoks
(Luke )
89 On Endor, Luke lights a funeral pyre for Vader and watches fireworks explode in the sky. Luke
Vader
Han
Leia
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Ewoks
90 The whole team dances, hugs and celebrates at a wild celebration happening around the funeral pyre. Luke
Vader
Han
Leia
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Ewoks

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Plot Outline of “Star Wars: A New Hope”

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Beat Storylines Beat Description Action Sequences Acts
1 (Rebels )
(Empire )
(Vader )
(Leia )
Scrolling text in outer space informs the viewer that the galaxy is in civil war. Rebels won their first battle and stole secret plans for the empire’s ultimate weapon, an armored space station capable of destroying an entire planet. Leia is fleeing the battle carrying the stolen plans and is being pursued by the empire. Prologue

State Leia’s goal of delivering the Deathstar plans to the Rebels.

State the Empire’s goal of destroying planets and finding the Deathstar plans.

1
Leia is captured by Vader. C3PO and R2 escape, and Luke dreams of leaving Tatooine.
2 Liea
Stormtroopers
R2
C3PO
In space, Leia’s ship is reeled in by an empire ship’s tractor beam. Storm troopers invade the ship and shoot rebels trying to defend it. R2 and C3PO hide behind a blast door and lament being doomed. Introduce Leia, who is suffering a major setback in her goal of delivering the Deathstar plans to the Rebels.
3 Luke
(Leia )
At Luke’s moisture farm on Tatooine, Luke watches a battle in space with binoculars. Introduce Luke, who watches the fight in space longingly, which is a metaphor for his dreams and foreshadows his quest.
4 Vader
Stormtroopers
(Leia )
Vader enters Leia’s ship, and storm troopers stand aside to let him pass.

Introduce Vader.

Leia fails to escape and is captured by Vader, but not before she gives R2 and C3PO a message to Ben, the Deathstar plans and a quest to deliver the message and Deathstar plans to Ben.

Vader states his quest goal is to find the Deathstar plans. He completes step #1 of his quest by capturing Leia, but it’s a false victory since Leia no longer has the Deathstar plans.

5 Leia
R2
(Ben )
On Leia’s ship, Leia records a message on R2.
6 Vader
Rebels
Stromtroopers
(Leia )
On Leia’s ship, Vader asks a dying rebel where the Deathstar plans are. The rebel doesn’t cooperate, and Vader kills him. Vader orders his troops to find Leia.
7 Leia
Stormtroopers
On Leia’s ship, storm troopers capture Leia.
8 R2
C3PO
On Leia’s ship, R2 and C3PO escape in an escape pod.

R2 and C3PO complete step #1 of their quest to see Ben by flying an escape pod to Tatooine.

This leaves clue #1 for stormtroopers to find: knowledge of the escape pod going to Tatooine.

9 Stormtroopers
(R2 )
(C3PO )
On the star destroyer, a storm trooper says the escape pod left but there is no life onboard. So he chalks it up to a malfunction.
10 Luke
Biggs;
At a power station on Tatooine, Luke talks to his friend, Biggs, who says he’s leaving Tatooine. Introduce Biggs, who states his goal of going to space, and Luke states his goal of going to space.
11 Liea
Vader
In Leia’s cell on the star destroyer, Vader asks Leia where the Deathstar plans are, but Leia doesn’t cooperate.

Vader attempts step #2 of his plan to get the Deathstar plans by interrogating Leia, but he fails because she won’t cooperate.

An Imperial commander states the risk of harming Leia (dipolomatic setback), but Vader says the benefit outweighs the risk and uses clue #1 to deduce a new plan to find the Deathstar planes. He gives his team a new quest: Search Tatooine for R2 and C3PO.

2
Vader searches for the Deathstar plans as C3PO and R2 look for Ben, but they find Luke instead.
12 Commander
Vader
(Rebels )
(R2 )
(C3PO )
Outside Leia’s cell, a commander tells Vader it’s diplomatically dangerous to hold Leia. Vader insists she is involved with the rebels, and she is his only hope to find the secret rebel base. Vader says the Deathstar plans must be on the escape pod and orders a search team to be sent to Tatooine.
13 R2
C3PO
Jawas
In the Tatooine desert, R2 and C3PO make a plan to deliver Leia’s message to Ben. They see a sand crawler (transport vehicle) approaching and wave for help. R2 and C3PO enact step #2 of the plan to find Ben. They try asking Jawas for help, but this is a false victory since Jawas won’t help them.
14 Biggs
Luke
(Rebels )
(Empire )
At the Tatooine power station, Biggs tells Luke he’s joining the rebel alliance and states the stakes of the empire controlling the galaxy. Biggs states his goal of joining the Rebels and the stakes of failure: The Empire will control the galaxy.
15 R2
C3PO
Jawas
In the Tatooine desert, R2 and C3PO are captured by jawas and taken to their sand crawler. R2 and C3PO experience the consequence of their false victory: They’re setback on their quest by being taken prisoner, but this is a false failure, since it will take them to Luke.
16 Stormtroopers
(R2 )
(C3PO )
In the Tatooine desert, storm troopers investigate the abandoned escape pod. They see R2 and C3PO’s tracks in the desert and ascertain droids have left the escape pod. The storm troopers follow R2 and C3PO’s tracks. Stormtroopers complete step #1 of their plan to find R2 and C3PO. They investigate clue #1 (the escape pod) and find clue #2: Droid tracks. They use clue #2 to deduce step #3 of their plan: They’ll follow the tracks.
17 R2
C3PO
(Jawas )
Inside the sand crawler, R2 and C3PO debate if/what horrible death awaits them. R2 and C3PO continue experiencing the consequence of their false victory: They state the stakes of their predicament: a potentially horrible death.
18 Jawas
Owen
Luke
(R2 )
(C3PO )
Outside the sand crawler, the jawas line up a bunch of droids. Owen and Luke inspect the droids looking for one that speaks computer languages.
Owen states his goal of buying farming droids. C3PO fills the condition of Owen’s need. So he buys R2 an C3PO.
19 C3PO
Owen
R2
Jawas
Luke
C3PO tells Owen he speaks computer languages. Owen buys R2 and C3PO.
20 Luke
(Owen )
C3PO
R2
Leia
(Ben )
At Owen’s workshop, Luke cleans C3PO while stating he wants to leave Tatooine. Luke finds something jammed in R2. It activates part of Leia’s message telling Ben he’s their only hope, but then disappears. Before Luke can investigate further. Then Beru summons Luke to dinner.

Luke discovers Leia’s message and the Deathstar plans. Luke makes a plan to investigate the message, but Owen creates a complication when he refuses to allow Luke to go and orders Luke to have the droids’ memories wiped.

Luke experiences another complication when he discovers R2 has fled to continue his quest to find Ben.

Luke makes a plan to find R2 tomorrow.

21 Luke
Owen
Beru
(R2 )
(C3PO )
(Ben )
In Owen’s dining room, Luke tells Owen and Beru about R2’s message. Owen tells Luke to take R2 into town the next day and have his memory wiped. Luke says he wants to leave Tatooine, and Owen tells him it’s never going to happen.
22 Luke
C3PO
(R2 )
Luke returns to Owen’s workshop and discovers R2 has escaped and traveled into the desert. C3PO asks if they should go after him, but Luke says it’s too dangerous at night.
23 Beru
Owen
(Luke )
The next morning, in Owen’s kitchen, Beru tells Owen that Luke left early. Owen is upset.

Beru tells Owen that Luke has enacted his plan to find R2.

While enacting step #1 of Luke’s plan, he states the stakes of failure. He’ll be in trouble with Owen if he can’t find R2.

Sandpeople complicate Luke’s quest by attacking him, but this is a false victory for them and a false failure for Luke, because Ben saves Luke, R2 and C3PO.

3
Luke meets Ben, gets a mission to save the galaxy, refuses the call and then accepts when he has nothing left to lose.
24 Luke
C3PO
(R2 )
(Owen )
Luke drives his speeder across the Tatooine desert with C3PO looking for R2. Luke states the consequences of taking too long to find R2. He’ll get in a lot of trouble.
25 Sandpeople
Luke
C3PO
Sandpeople watch/hunt Luke from a distance.
26 Luke
R2
C3PO
Sandpeople
Luke finds R2 and then is attacked by sand people.
27 Ben
Sandpeople
Luke
R2
C3PO
Ben saves Luke from the sand people.
28 Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
Sandpeople
Ben introduces himself to Luke and makes a plan to leave the desert.
Introduce Ben, who makes a plan to deliver the Deathstar plans to Alderaan and train Luke in the force. Ben gives Luke a lightsaber, but Luke refuses the call, siting the stakes of failing to get R2 and C3PO back to Owen.
29 Ben
Luke
Vader
R2
C3PO
At Ben’s house, Ben tells Luke about his father and the force and gives Luke a light saber.
30 Ben
Leia
Luke
R2
C3PO
At Ben’s house, Ben plays Leia’s message and makes a plan to go to the planet, Alderaan, with Luke and train Luke in the force. Luke refuses the call.
31 Vader
General
(Emperor )
On a star destroyer, Vader’s general discuss how the emperor has taken control of the galactic government and will rule with fear. One general restates Vader’s mission to find the Deathstar plans. Vader states his goal of controlling the galaxy with fear. One of his henchman restates the Empire’s goal of finding the Deathstar plans.
32 Luke
R2
C3PO
Jawas
(Sandpeople )
(Stormtroopers )
In the Tatooine desert, Luke drives his speeder with Ben, R2 and C3PO. They stop at a destroyed sand crawler, and Ben realizes it has been made to look like sand people attacked it. Luke leaves Ben and rushes home to check on Owen and Beru.

Luke and Ben discover clue #2. Stormtroopers have killed the Jawas and covered it up, foreshadowing they know Owen bought R2 and C3PO and is in danger.

Luke investigates clue #2 and finds Owen and Beru are dead.

33 Luke
Owen
Beru
(Stormtroopers )
Luke returns home on his speeder and finds Owen and Beru have been killed.
34 Vader
Leia
Stormtroopers
On a star destroyer, Leia is tortured for information. Vader enacts step #3 of his plan to find the Deathstar plans. He tortures Leia but fails, requiring him to escalate his next step.
35 Luke
Ben
R2
C3PO
Luke returns to Ben and accepts his invitation to go to Alderaan. With his original plans in life cut off, he decides to return to the path and accept Ben’s quest to go to Aaleran and train in the force.
36 Luke
Ben
R2
C3PO
Stormtroopers
Ben, Luke, R2 and C3PO arrive at the spaceport city of Mos Eisley. While entering, they’re stopped by storm troopers looking for R2 and C3PO. Ben uses the force to mesmerize the storm troopers into leaving them alone.
Ben enacts step #1 of his plan to get to Alderaan. They arrive at Mos Eisley, where Ben plans step #2: Hire a spaceship captain to take them to Alderaan.
4
Luke and Ben hire Han and Chewie to take them to Alderaan and fly away from Tatooine.
37 Luke
Ben
R2
C3PO
(Han )
Luke parks his speeder in front of a bar. Ben makes a plan to hire a ship to take them to Alderaan in the bar.
38 Luke
Ben
R2
C3PO
Bartender
Luke, Ben, R2 and C3PO enter the bar, but the bartender says R2 and C3PO must wait outside. Ben acquiesces.

Ben completes step #2 of his plan to get to Alderaan. He hires Han and Chewie while badguys close in.

Han agrees to the quest under two conditions: Large payment upfront and another payment once they reach Alderaan.

39 Ben
Chewie
Luke
Ben speaks with Chewie while Luke waits at the bar.
40 Bar bully
Luke
Ben
A brute harasses Luke. Ben tries to talk the brute down, but the brute gets violent. So Ben kills him with his light saber.
41 C3PO
Stormtroopers
Outside the bar, C3PO sees a creature telling storm troopers about them.
42 Ben
Luke
Han
Chewie
In the bar, Ben and Luke hire Han and Chewie to fly them to Alderaan.
43 Han
Chewie
Stormtroopers
Ben
Luke
In the bar, Han sees storm troopers approaching and warns Ben. They all flee before the storm troopers arrive.
44 Ben
Luke
In the street, Ben makes a plan to sell Luke’s speeder. Ben plans step #3 of their quest to get to Alderaan. They’ll sell Luke’s speeder to pay for Han’s first condition: a large payment upfront.
45 Han
Greedo
(Jabba )
(Ben )
(Luke )
In the bar, Han runs into Greedo, who says Jaba has put a bounty on Han’s life for dumping contraband from his ship when approaching a blockade. Greedo tries to kill Han, but Han shoots Greedo first. Han encounters a complication in his quest to get to Alderaan. A bounty hunter states Jabba’s goal of capturing Han dead or alive. Han kills the bounty hunter and escapes.
46 Vader
Officer
On the Deathstar, Vader makes a plan to blow up Alderaan. He orders an officer to fly the Deathstar to Alderaan. Vader states step #1 and #2 of his plan to find the Rebels: Fly the Deathstar to Alderaan and threaten to blow it up if Leia doesn’t tell him the location of the Rebel base.
47 R2
C3PO
Stormtroopers
In the streets of Mos Eisley, R2 and C3PO hide from more storm troopers.
Ben completes step #3 of his plan to get to Alderaan. He sells Luke’s speeder while badguys close in.
48 Luke
Ben
Vendor
In the streets of Mos Eisley, Luke and Ben sell Luke’s speeder to a vendor.
49 Jabba
Han
(Ben )
(Luke )
In a docking bay, Jabba confronts Han. Han tells Jaba he can pay him back for the lost contraband plus 20%. Jaba agrees. While completing step #1 of his plan to get to Alderaan (prep the Millenium Falcon), Han experiences a complication. Jabba confronts him demanding money, but Han neutralizes the complication by increasing his debt to Jabba.
50 Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
In the docking bay Han and Chewie prep the Millennium Falcon for launch while Luke, Ben, R2 and C3PO board the ship.
While completeing step #4 of Ben’s plan to get to Alderaan (Leave Tatooine in the Millenium Falcon) (which is also step #2 of Han’s plan), they experience a complication when stormtroopers attack, but they neutralize the complication by flying away in a hurry and going into hyperdrive. This is a semi-false victory, because they leave clue #5: The plans to the Deathstar are in the Millenium Falcon.
51 Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
A creature points some storm troopers to the Millennium Falcon. The storm troopers attack Han and Chewie, who return fire.
52 Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
The Millennium Falcon takes off amid laser gun fire from the storm troopers.
53 Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
Tie fighters
In space, the Millennium Falcon is attacked by tie fighters, but the Millennium Falcon escapes them by jumping to hyper drive.
54 Vader
Leia
(Rebels )
(Deathstar )
On the Deathstar, Vader makes Leia watch as he blows up her home planet of Alderaan. Leia tells Vader the location of the rebel base on Dantooine to prevent him from blowing up any more planets. Vader completes step #2 of his plan to find the Rebel base. He blows up Alderaan, and Leia tells him the Rebel’s location to prevent more deaths. This is a false victory for Vader though, because Leia tells him the wrong location.
5
En route to Alderaan, Ben trains Luke in the force whole Vader blows up Alderaan. After arriving at Alderaan, the Millennium Falcon is abducted by the Deathstar. On the Deathstar, Team 1 makes a plan to save Leia and escape.
55 Ben
Luke
On the Millennium Falcon, Ben makes Luke practice using the force and his light saber. Ben is distraught when he senses the disturbance in the force caused by the destruction of Alderaan.
While completing step #5 of Ben’s plan to get to Alderaan, Ben’s team gets to know each other.
56 R2
Chewie
Han
R2 and Chewie play chess. At Han’s urging, R2 lets Chewie win.
57 Officer
Vader
(Rebels )
(Leia )
On the Deathstar, an officer tells Vader that the rebel base on Dantooine is abandoned. Thus, Leia lied to Vader earlier. Vader learns of his false victory. The Rebels aren’t where Leia said.
58 Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
The Millennium Falcon leaves hyperspace near Alderaan and discovers the planet has been destroyed.

Ben’s team completes step #5 of their plan to get to Alderaan by leaving hyperspace and arriving near Alderaan. This is a false victory though, since Alderaan was destroyed by the Deathstar.

The Empire captures the Millenium Falcon and uses clue #5 to deduce the plans to the Deathstar are onboard, which means they’ll kill the crew.

59 Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
Tie fighters
Deathstar
The Millennium Falcon is attacked by a tie fighter. The Millennium Falcon tries to shoot it, but it is captured by the Deathstar’s tractor beam.
60 Stormtroopers
(Han )
(Chewie )
(Ben )
(Luke )
(R2 )
(C3PO )
(Deathstar )
On the Deathstar, storm troopers prepare to board the Millennium Falcon as an officer orders the Deathstar’s shields up to prevent the Millennium Falcon from escaping.
61 Officer
Vader
(Han )
(Chewie )
(Ben )
(Luke )
(R2 )
(C3PO )
On the Deathstar, an officer tells Vader the Millennium Falcon is the same ship that left Mos Eisley and it’s empty. Vader orders the ship to scanned for hiding passengers.
62 Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
(Deathstar )
On the Millenium Falcon, hiding in a smuggling compartment, Ben makes a plan to disable the tractor beam.

Ben’s team makes a plan to escape the Deathstar and rescue Leia. Step #1 of the plan to escape the Deathstar is to find the tractor beam controls. Step #2 is for Ben to reach the tractor beam controls. Step #3 is to disable it. Step #4 is to return to the Millenium Falcon.

Han kills some Stormtroopers, and he and Luke disguise themselves as Stormtroopers.

63 Stormtroopers
Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
Two storm troopers bring a scanner onto the Millennium Falcon and are killed by Han.
64 Han
Chewie
Stormtroopers
Han disguises himself as a storm trooper. He and Chewie kill two more storm troopers who were guarding the Millennium Falcon.
65 Han
Chewie
Ben
Luke
R2
C3PO
Deathstar
R2 hacks the Deathstar’s computer system and finds the location of the tractor beam generator. Ben says he’ll go disable it.

R2 completes step #1 of the plan to disable the tractor beam by hacking the Deathstar’s computer. Ben states he will complete the rest of the steps alone.

While completing step #1, R2 finds clue #6: Leia’s location.

Luke makes a plan to rescue Leia. Step #1 of the plan to rescue Leia is for Luke and Han is to lead Chewie to the detention cells while disguised as Stormtroopers. Step #2 is to break Leia out. Step #3 is to return to the Millenium Falcon.

66 R2
(Leia)
Luke
Chewie
Han
C3PO
R2 locates Leia in the detention block. Luke convinces Han they need to rescue her.
67 R2
(Leia)
Luke
Chewie
Han
C3PO
Luke comes up with a plan to save Leia. He and Han will dress as storm troopers and pretend to escort Chewie as a prisoner, and R2 and C3PO will stay with the Millennium Falcon.
68 Luke
Chewie
Han
Luke and Han pretend to escort Chewie to the detention block.
While enacting step #1 of the plan to rescue Leia, Han and Luke’s disguises fail, alerting the Empire. Han makes a new plan for Luke to break Leia out and return while Han holds off the incoming Stormtroopers.
6
Team 1 breaks Leia out of jail and escapes the Deathstar while Ben disables a tractor beam and gets killed by Vader.
69 Luke
Chewie
Han
Stormtroopers
Luke, Han and Chewie’s cover is blown when a security guard stops them. Luke, Han and Chewie kill the security guard and more storm troopers.
70 Luke
Chewie
Han
Stormtroopers
Han makes a plan for Luke to go get the princess while Luke holds off any incoming storm troopers.
71 Luke
Leia
Luke breaks Leia out of her cell. Luke completes step #1 and #2 of the new plan to rescue Leia. He reaches her cell and breaks her out.
72 Vader
Tarkin
(Ben)
Vader tells Tarkin that he sense Ben is on the Deathstar. Then a computer alerts Tarkin that there’s a security breach in the detention block. Tarkin sounds a general alarm, and Vader says he must face Ben alone. Vader uses the force to discover Ben. Vader states his new plan to find and kill Ben.
73 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
(C3PO)
Luke and Leia meet back up with Han and Chewie. They determine their escape route is blocked and need to find another way back to the Millennium Falcon. Luke calls C3PO and asks him to find another escape route.
Luke and Leia complete step #3 of the new plan to rescue Leia. They meet back up with Han. They can’t complete step #4 though, because their path is blocked. So Leia makes and enacts a new plan to take a different route. The she completes step #1 and #2 by creating a new path by blasting a hole in a vent and everybody jumping through it. This is a false victory though, because the path leads to a deadly dead end (a trash compactor).
74 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
Stormtroopers
Storm troopers attack Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia. Leia shoots a grate in the wall, and the team jumps through it.
75 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
Stormtroopers
(C3PO)
Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia slide into a trash compactor room. Luke tries to call C3PO on his radio, but there is no answer.
76 Storm troopers
R2
C3PO
Storm troopers board the Millennium Falcon and find C3PO and R2. C3PO lies and says they’re imperial droids and need to go to the maintenance department. The storm troopers let them go. Stormtroopers fulfill step #1 of Vader’s orders to search the Millenium Falcon for rebels. They find C3PO and R2, who avoid death by claiming to be Imperial droids and escape. This is a false victory though, because they can get lost and can’t help their friends by using the same comm port to hack the Deathstar.
77 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
C3PO
R2
The trash compactor room begins to shrink. Luke finally gets C3PO on the radio, and R2 hacks the Deathstar’s computer system and shuts off the trash compactor room and opens the door. Luke’s team suffers the consequences of their false failure. They’re stuck in a shrinking trash compactor. After several failed attempts, they succeed at contacting R2, who finds a new comm port, hacks the Deathstar and reverses the trash compactor and opens a new path for Luke’s team to complete step #4 of their new plan to rescue Leia.
78 Ben Ben arrives at the tractor beam generator and shuts it down.
Ben completes step #2 and #3 of his plan to escape the Deathstar. He reaches the tractor beam controls and disables it. Then he begins step #4: return to the Millenium Falcon.
79 Stormtroopers
Ben
Storm troopers enter the room Ben is in. He uses the force to distract them while he slips away.
80 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
Stormtroopers
Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia run into storm troopers and fight them. Han and Chewie chase a fleeing storm trooper, and Luke and Leia head towards the Millennium Falcon. Luke’s team ecounters a complication while completing step #4 of their plan to escape the Deathstar. They run into more Stormtroopers. Han uses his flaw and strays from the path by chasing the Stormtroopers with Chewie. Luke and Leia continue moving towards the Millenium Falcon.
81 Han
Stormtroopers
Chewie
Han runs into more storm troopers. So he turns around and runs back. He meets Chewie, and they both run away together.

Han experiences the consequence of using his flaw and straying from the path. He an Chewie meet more Stormtroopers. With no other options, he turns and runs away in the direction he came.

Meanwhile, Luke and Leia also encounter a complication: more Stormtroopers. They’re to stray from the path and run away.

Ben encounters a complication in the form of Stormtroopers, but he uses the force to evade them and continues on his quest to return to the Millenium Falcon, but this is a false victory, since Vader is closing in on Ben.

82 Luke
Leia
Stormtroopers
Luke and Leia run from storm troopers.
83 Ben
Stormtroopers
Vader
Ben evades storm troopers as Vader follows him.
84 C3PO
R2
C3PO wonders where their team is. R2 hacks the Deathstar computer system to find out. R2 and C3PO are experiencing the consequence of their false victory. They’re lost on the Deathstar. So they make and enact a plan to find their team members by using a comm port to hack the Deathstar.
85 Han
Chewie
Stormtroopers
Han and Chewie run from storm troopers. Han and Chewie’s complication continues and escalates. They’re still being chased by Stormtroopers.
86 Ben
Vader
Ben meets Vader and they prepare for a light saber fight. Vader completes step #1 of his plan to kill Ben by finding him. This adds a new condition to Ben’s quest to return to the Millenium Falcon if. Ben can’t continue until he kills Vader. So Ben prepares to fight Vader.
87 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
(Ben)
Luke and Leia meet back up with Han and Chewie. They plan to get back to the Millennium Falcon. Han hopes Ben disabled the tractor beam. Luke, Liea, Han and Chewie recover from their setbacks by accidentally finding each other and reuniting. They state their plan to continue step #4 of their plan to escape the Deathstar: getting back to the Millenium Falcon. Luke states the stakes of Ben failing his quest to disable the tractor beam.
88 Luke
Leia
Han
Chewie
Ben Vader
Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia see Ben fighting Vader on a walkway above them. Luke’s team’s quest and Ben’s quest meet, when Luke’s team sees Ben fighting Vader. This is a complication for Luke’s team’s quest since it’s a distraction and possible loss of a team member.
89 C3PO
R2
Stormtroopers
C3PO and R2 move through the hallways of the Deathstar evading storm troopers. C3PO and R2 enact and continue on their quest to return to the Millenium Falcon.
90 Vader
Ben
Luke
Chewie
Han
Leia
Vader kills Ben as Luke watches.

Ben fails his quest to return to the Millenium Falcon when he’s killed Vader. Luke and his team show their emotional reaction, but they’re interrupted when a new complication arises in the form of more Stormtroopers.

Ben’s death is a false failure, because Ben’s voice speaks to Luke and tells him to continue on his quest. So Ben isn’t really dead.

91 Ben
Luke
Chewie
Han
Leia
Stormtroopers
Luke shoots at storm troopers, but Ben’s voice magically tells Luke to run. Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia run towards the Millennium Falcon.
92 Luke
Chewie
Han
Leia
R2
C3PO
The team is aboard the Millennium Falcon. Han flies it away from the Deathstar. Luke’s team completes step #4 of their plan to escape the Deathstar. They board the Millenium Falcon. They complete step #5 and #6. They start the Millenium Falcon and fly it away.
93 Leia
Luke
(Ben)
Leia comforts Luke as he mourns Ben’s death.

After Luke shows his emotional reaction to Ben’s death, Luke’s team experiences a complication in their escape plan when Tie-fighters attack them. They make, enact and complete a plan to use evasive maneuvers and cannons to blow up the Tie-fighters.

The fight sequence goes as follows:
Plan/prepare
Prepare
Approach
Bad guys attack/advance
Emotional reaction/state the stakes
Good guys attack/advance X2
Emotional reaction/state the stakes
Good guys attack/big win
Victory dance
Escape/complete quest

This is a false victory though, because Tarkin put a homing beacon on the Millenium Falcon.

7
The Millennium Falcon fights Tie-fighters as it escapes the Deathstar.
94 Han
Chewie
Tie-fighters
Luke
Han sees Imperial fighters coming towards them. He tells Chewie to power up the deflector shields while he prepares the ship’s weapons. Han goes and tells Luke they have to fight.
95 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
Han returns to the driver’s seat while Leia and Luke prepare to fire the ship’s guns.
96 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
The team tracks the incoming Imperial fighters and engages them.
97 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
The Imperial fighters rock the Millennium Falcon with laser fire.
98 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
Liea tells Han they’re in trouble. Han feigns confidence.
99 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
Luke shoots down an Imperial fighter.
100 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
Luke shoots down another Imperial fighter.
101 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
Leia says two more Imperial fighters are approaching.
102 Han
Chewie
Luke
Leia
Tie-fighters
Luke and Han shoot down the last two Imperial fighters.
103 C3PO
R2
C3PO wiggles comically in a pile of wires and R2 beeps. Closing shot of the Millennium Falcon flying away.
104 Tarkin
Vader
Millenium Falcon
On the Deathstar, Tarkin tells Vader the Millennium Falcon is gone and there is a homing beacon on the ship.

Vader reacts calmly to his failure, because it’s a false failure. Tarkin tells Vader he put a homing beacon on the Millenium Falcon.

Meanwhile, Leia deduces their victory was false because the Empire would have put a homing beacon on their ship.

Liea states a plan to have the Deathstar’s plans analyzed. The condition is, they must take R2 to the Rebel base, the stakes of which, is the Empire will track them and kill them, resulting in the Empire completing their ultimate goal and the Rebels failing theirs.

Han uses his flaw and strays from the path by refusing the call and quitting. Leia shows her emotional reaction.

8
Team 1 and Team 2 plan and prepare to fight.
105 Leia
Han
Luke
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Rebels
The Empire
Leia deduces the Empire is tracking the Millennium Falcon. Leia says she needs to have R2’s plans of the Deathstar analyzed. Han says he won’t help the Rebels and he just wants money. Leia leaves angry.
106 Luke
Han
(Leia)
Luke and Han discuss being attracted to Leia. Luke and Han get to know each other.
107 Leia
Han
Luke
Chewie
R2
C3PO
Willard
The Empire
The Millenium Falcon lands on the planet, Massassi. The team is met by Willard. Leia tells him the Empire is tracking them, and they need R2’s plans of the Deathstar analyzed. Luke’s team completes step #1 of Leia’s plan to have R2’s data analyzed when they land at the Rebel base. They meet their POC and enact step #2: Have the Rebels use their expertise and equipment to analyze R2’s data.
108 Tarkin
Vader
(Rebels)
On the Deathstar, Tarkin tells Vader they are approaching Massassi. Tarkin states the Empire has completed step #1 of their plan to crush the Rebels by flying the Death Star near the Rebel base.
109 Dodonna
Rebels
(Empire)
Leia
Han
Luke
Chewie
In the Rebel war room, Dodonna briefs a room of Rebels including Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia. Dodonna says the Deathstar is approaching and they need to destroy it by dropping a bomb into a vent on its surface, which they’ll do by flying a squadron of X-wings which will try to bomb the vent. Dodonna states the Rebel have analyzed the Deathstar plans and found clue #7: The Deathstar has a vulnerable air vent. Then Dodonna states the Rebel’s plan to destroy the Deathstar: Fly X-wings to the Deathstar and use them to drop a bomb in the vent.
110 Tarkin
Vader
(Rebels)
On the Deathstar, Tarkin tells Vader that in 30 minutes the Deathstar will be in range to blow up Massassi and the Rebels on it. Tarkin updates Vader on the Empire’s progress on step #2 of their plan to crush the Rebels. They’re 30 minutes away.This creates a time limit for Luke to complete his quest to destroy the Deathstar.
111 Han
Luke
In the Rebel base’s spaceship hangar, Han tells Luke he’s leaving to pay his debts. Luke shames him for being selfish. Then Han hints at having a change of heart.

Han strays from the path to go complete his quest to repay Jabba.

Luke and the X-wing pilots prepare to enact their plan to destroy the Deathstar and then complete step #1 by departing to the battle field.

112 Luke
Leia
(Han)
(Ben)
In the Rebel base’s spaceship hangar, Luke tells Leia he’s sad Han and Ben left. Leia consoles him.
113 Luke
Biggs
Red leader
In the Rebel base’s spaceship hangar, Luke meets Biggs and Red Leader. Biggs says they’re going to be heroes and swap stories after the battle. Biggs says Luke is a great pilot, and Red Leader says Luke’s father was too.
114 Luke
R2
Luke boards his X-wing while a technician puts R2 into the ship.
115 Luke
(Ben)
Luke sits in his X-wing preparing for take off. He hears Ben’s voice tell him, “May the force be with you.”
116 Luke
X-wings
Arial view of X-wings taking off from the Rebel base.
117 Leia
C3PO
Rebel commander
(Deathstar)
Leia, C3PO and a Rebel commander stand in the Rebel base war room. A computer tells them the Deathstar will be within firing range in 15 minutes. A Rebel commander tells Leia that Luke and the Rebels only have 15 minutes left to complete their quest.
9
Team 1 approaches Team 2 for the final fight.
118 Luke
X-wings
Deathstar
Red leader
The squadron of X-wings fly towards the Deathstar. A couple of members check in with each other over their radios, and Red Leader orders them into attack position.
Luke and the X-wings complete step #2 of their quest to destroy the Deathstar by arriving at the battlefield.
119 Wedge
Red leader
Luke
X-wings
Deathstar
In his X-wing, Wedge marvels at the size of the Deathstar, and Red Leader tells him to cut the chatter.
120 Wedge
Red leader
Gold leader
Luke
X-wings
Deathstar
In his X-wing, Gold Leader tells Red Leader his team is going to make a run to bomb the vent. Red Leader says he’ll draw the enemy’s fire away.
121 Luke
Stormtroopers
X-wings
Deathstar
On the Deathstar, Imperial soldiers scramble to operate anti-aircraft guns. In space, lasers shoot at/past Rebel X-wings. The Empire prepares their defenses.
122 Leia
Wedge
Red leader
X-wings
Stormtroopers
Deathstar
Montage of shots Leia listening to a radio, Wedge calling in enemy fire, Red Leader issuing instructions, Imperial soldiers preparing weapons, and X-wings flying toward the Deathstar. Enemies attack/no effect
123 Luke
Deathstar
Luke attacks the Deathstar with his X-wing. He narrowly escapes death.
Luke and X-wings attack/advance
124 X-wings
Imperial officer
Vader
(Tie-fighters)
X-wings strafe the Deathstar. Inside the Deathstar stuff blows up and Imperial soldiers go flying. An Imperial officer tells Vader their large cannons can’t hit the small X-wings. Vader says to send Tie-fighters to pick off the X-wings one by one.
125 X-wings
Luke
Red leader
Deathstar
In his X-wing, Luke tells Red Leader he’s going to attempt to bomb the vent. Red Leader tells him to be careful.
Luke attacks Deathstar/advance
Enemies send reinforcements
Tie-fighters attack Biggs/advance
Biggs is chased/ Luke saves Biggs
10
Team 1 attacks Team 2.
126 Luke
Deathstar
Luke flies over the surface of the Deathstar evading lasers.
127 Stormtroopers
Biggs
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Montage of shots Imperial soldiers run around on the Deathstar, Biggs evades laser fire, Imperial pilots board Tie-fighters in the Deathstar hangar.
128 Leia
Rebel officer
(Tie-fighters)
Deathstar
As Leia paces in the Rebel war room, a Rebel officer says they’ve picked up incoming Tie-fighters.
129 Luke
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Red leader
Deathstar
In his X-wing, Luke says he can’t see any Tie-fighters. Red Leader says to keep looking.
130 Tie-fighters
Bigs
Luke
Deathstar
A Tie-fighter chases Biggs, and Luke comes to his rescue, shooting the Tie-fighter.
131 Vader
Stormtroopers
(X-wings)
(Tie-fighters)
Deathstar
On the Deathstar, Vader tells some pilots that several X-wings have broken from the formation. Then Vader orders the pilots to come with him. Vader states his plan to join the fight and enacts step #1: Go to the hangar.
132 Leia
(Luke)
(Biggs)
(X-wings)
(Tie-fighters)
(Deathstar)
Leia paces nervously as she listens to radio transmissions of Luke and Biggs fighting Tie-fighters.
Leia shows her emotional reaction to the fight
Enemies attack Luke/Luke suffers a minor hit
R2 fixes the damage Luke suffered
Leia shows her emotional reaction to the fight
Enemies attack Luke/Wedge saves Luke
11
Vader thwarts Team 1’s attack.
133 Luke
Tie-fighters
X-wings
Deathstar
Luke’s X-wing gets hit by a Tie-fighter’s laser, but the damage isn’t bad.
134 Luke
R2
Tie-fighters
X-wings
Deathstar
R2 fixes the damage on Luke’s ship.
135 Luke
Red leader
Tie-fighters
X-wings
Deathstar
Leia paces nervously as she listens to radio transmissions of Luke telling Red Leader he can’t shake a Tie-fighter off his tail.
136 Wedge
Luke
Tie-fighters
X-wings
Deathstar
Wedge saves Luke by chasing down and blowing up the Tie-fighter chasing him.
137 Gold leader
Luke
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
In Gold Leader’s X-wing, he says she’s going to make a bombing run on the vent. He and several other X-wings dive towards the Deathstar.
Gold leader states he’s going to enact step #3 of the plan to destroy the Deathstar. He’s starting a bombing run.
Leia shows her emotional reaction to the fight.
Countdown clock
Preparation/complication
Vader attacks Gold leader/advance X3
Vader kills Gold leader.
138 Vader
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader flies an Tie-fighter, accompanied by two other Tie-fighters.
139 Gold leader
(Luke)
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Gold leader and his escorts skim the surface of the Deathstar avoiding flack as Vader and his escorts close in.
140 Leia
(Luke)
(Gold leader)
(Tie-fighters)
(X-wings)
(Deathstar)
(Rebels)
Leia listens to the radio chatter of Gold Leader talking about the battle. Leia’s computer says the Deathstar will be in range to blow up Massassa in 5 minutes.
141 Gold leader
Luke
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
In Gold Leader’s X-wing, he pulls a targeting device over his eye and prepares to bomb the vent. Suddenly all the Deathstar guns stop firing at him and his escorts.
142 Vader
Tie-fighters
Gold leader
X-wings
Deathstar
Vader and his escorts drop in behind Gold Leader and his escorts.
143 Gold leader
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader blows up one of Gold Leader’s escorts.
144 Gold leader
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader blows up Gold Leader’s X-wing.
145 Gold leader
(Luke)
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Gold Five tells the squadron that Gold Leader and the other escort are dead. Then his X-wing blows up too.
146 Tarkin
Imperial officer
(X-wings)
(Deathstar)
On the Death Star, an Imperial officer tells Tarkin he’s figured out the Rebel’s plan and they should evacuate the Deathstar just in case. Tarkin refuses. A voice on a speaker announces the Deathstar will be in range to blow up Massassa in 3 minutes. An imperial officer deduces the Rebel’s plan and advises precautionary measures to Tarkin, who uses his flaw to ignore the warning.
Countdown clock
12
Vader thrwarts Team 1’s second attack.
147 Red leader
Luke
Wedge
Biggs
X-wings
Deathstar
Red Leader tells Luke, Wedge and Biggs to prepare for a bombing run on the vent. Red Leader says he and his escorts will try first.
Red leaders states/prepares/enacts a plan to make another bombing run while Vader closes in.
148 Red leader
Luke
Wedge
Biggs
X-wings
Deathstar
Luke, Biggs and Wedge get in formation as Red Leader and his escorts fly over the surface of the Deathstar.
149 Red leader
X-wings
(Vader)
Deathstar
Red Leader and his escorts fly over the surface of the Deathstar evading flack and trying to visually locate Vader and his escorts.
150 Red leader
X-wings
Vader
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
As Red Leader and his escorts approach the vent, Vader and his escorts drop down behind them. Vader blows up one of the escorts.
Vader attacks/advance x2
Red leader attempts final shot/fails
Vader attacks/kills Red leader
Show emotional reactions from both sides
151 Vader
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader blows up Red Leader’s other escort as Red Leader says they’re almost there.
152 Red leader
Tie-fighters
Vader
Deathstar
Red Leader attempts to bomb the vent and misses.
153 Red leader
Luke
X-wings
Tie-fighters
Vader
Deathstar
Red Leader tells Luke to begin his bombing run. Then Vader blows up Red Leader’s X-wing.
154 Luke
Tarkin
Deathstar
Rebels
Deathstar
Montage of shots Luke looks worried. Tarkin looks happy, and an intercom voice tells him the Deathstar will be in range of blowing up Massassa in one minute. Leia looks nervous.
155 Luke
Biggs
Wedge
Deathstar
Luke and Biggs plan to make their bombing run at full throttle. Biggs and Wedge will escort Luke. Wedge doubts Luke’s X-wing’s computer can calculate the trajectory of the bombing correctly.
Luke and Biggs state/plan/enact plan to try a third bombing run.
Tie-fighters attack/Luke suffers minor hit
Vader attacks Wedge/Wedge leaves battlefield
Vader attcks Biggs/Biggs dies
Show Luke’s reaction to Bigg’s death
Vader prepares to attack Luke
Countdown clock
Luke prepares for final shot
Vader attacks/disables R2
Show both side’s emotional reactions
Countdown clock
13
Luke attacks the Deathstar and blows it up.
156 Luke
Tie-fighters
R2
Deathstar
Luke’s X-wing is hit and receives minor damage. Luke tells R2 to fix it.
157 Vader
Wedge
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader shoots Wedge, causing moderate damage to his ship. Wedge says he can’t continue and pulls out of the fight.
158 Vader
Biggs
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader blows up Biggs’ X-wing.
159 Luke
(Biggs)
Tarkin
Deathstar
Rebels
Vader
Tie-fighters
Montage of shots Luke is shocked and saddened by Biggs’ death. Tarkin smiles as his intercom informs him the Deathstar will be in range to blow up Massassa in 30 seconds. Vader takes aim at Luke’s X-wing.
160 Luke
(Ben)
Deathstar
As Luke prepares to bomb the vent, he hears Ben’s voice tell him to use the force. Luke turns off his targeting computer.
161 Vader
R2
Tie-fighters
Deathstar
Vader shoots R2, and Luke says he lost R2.
162 Leia
(Deathstar)
Tarkin
Imperial officer
(Rebels)
Montage of shots Leia stares at a screen showing the Deathstar moving into position. Tarkin looks at a similar screen and orders an Imperial officer to fire when ready. The officer presses a button.
163 Han
Chewie
Tie-fighters
Vader
Luke
The Millennium Falcon drops behind Vader and his escorts. Han blows up one escort. The other escort panics and runs into Vader’s Tie-fighter. The panicky escort ricochets into a wall and blows up while Vader’s Tie-fighter is sent spinning into space.
Han returns to the battlefield
Han attacks/Vader is neutralized
Luke prepares/takes final shot successfully
Countdown clock
Deathstar is neutralized
Show Han’s emotional reaction to the victory.
164 Luke
Deathstar
Luke relaxes and uses the force. He drops his bomb, which falls perfectly through the vent.
165 Stormtroopers
Deathstar
(Rebels)
Montage of shots Imperial soldiers press buttons to power up the Deathstar’s main laser as the Rebel space ships fly away from the Deathstar. Then the Deathstar explodes in a supernova.
166 Han
Luke
Vader
X-wings
Montage of shots Han congratulates Luke. Luke is at ease. Vader’s ship spins off into space. The Rebel spaceships fly towards Massassa.
Luke and his team return to the Rebel base and are rewarded with fortune and glory for completing their quest to destroy the Deathstar.
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Denouement
167 Luke
Leia
Han
Rebels
R2
Luke exits his X-wing on the flightline at the Massassa Rebel base. Leia and Han run up to him joyfully. A technician says he’ll fix R2.
168 Luke
Han
Chewie
Leia
Rebels
Luke, Han and Chewie walk to the center stage at an award ceremony. Leia gives them fancy medals.

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