The Lost World (1999) s03e15 Episode Script


What are you reading? Oh, The War of the World.
A good read.
I think it's the best book Welles has written so far.
A little too chilling for my liking.
Martians invading earth, killing everyone with heat rays.
We've had just about everything else around here, and there's nothing quite like a dark story to make one appreciate the world around us even if it isn't the world you choose to live in.
Come on It's not so bad, living on the edge of paradise, away from the trouble of the outside world.
What's Challenger up to? He's in his lab, isn't he? No.
As a matter of fact, I've hardly seen him for days.
He's been acting quite mysteriously.
No doubt working on some new invention to endanger all of our lives.
That should do it.
Oh, this is most impressive! It's much more energy than I expected.
If we can enhance the energy enough I should be able to transport matter from one place to another.
And if it works, we'll be home before we know it.
But first, a practical test, just to silence the critics.
Let's see! So it's four degrees six minutes eight seconds south and 54 degrees nine minutes and seven seconds east.
So far so good.
Now, that should do it.
One small step for science a hopefully one giant leap for me.
Marguerite and Roxton, hold onto your hats here I come! What?! This isn't the treehouse! It's a raptor nest! At the dawn of the last century A band of explorers searched for a prehistoric world Driven by ambition Secret desires A thirst for adventure And seeking the ultimate story They are befriended by an untamed beauty Stranded in a strange and savage land Each day is a desperate search for a way out of the Lost World Oh, bloody hell! A raptor in hand is worth two scientists on the run.
Challenger? George? Ufff! What on earth is he up to? Roxton! Roxton! What's going on, George, What is all this? The most incredible thing that you could ever imagine.
Five minutes ago I was standing in the middle of this cave and thenI was gone.
Yes, I noticed you weren't here when I arrived.
Where did you go? Well, not exactly to where I intended.
But the point is, I did not walk there! - No? - No! You remember that cave where we dragged Malone back from the so-called spirit world? This entire area is riddled with hot spots! Hot spots.
Focal points of some inexplicable energy from the earth's center.
And this - is the very nexus! - Yes, well, it's It's very bright, I'll give you that.
That's because I polished the wall to enhance the energy.
Can't you feel a strange and powerful aura? Well, I'm not sure.
Step into the circle.
Right, good.
- Now, raise your arms.
- Come on All right.
Whoa! What is that? That's like an electrical charge! Precisely! The intersection of earth's energy lines.
And it's more powerful here than any other place.
And you found a way to tap into all of this energy? Oh, John, I'm going to use this - to get us back to London.
- You what? By amplifying the natural energy here, I've created a resonating chamber capable of transporting matter from one place to another.
Wait a minute! What are you saying? That from here you can magically fly us all the way back to London? - Is that what you're saying? - It's not magic, John! This is science, pure and simple.
And it works.
I've already trialed it.
I tried to transport myself back to the treehouse.
I only missed by about three hundred yards, which is a minor technicality.
Just a matter of calibration.
I don't mean to be rude but it sounds a little far-fetched.
Not at all, John.
This could be the escape hatch we've been searching for! - Yeah, if it works! - I've been thinking about that too.
And all things considered, I think it best I try this alone.
- Now wait just a minute - Look, if it does work, and I get back to London, I will mount a return expedition to the plateau.
- And if it doesn't? - Well, you don't owe me anything, John.
You've saved my life more times that I can count.
You always put your wants and needs second to mine.
And you've done the same for me.
Oh I'm much more selfish than you are, John.
I'm driven by a pursuit of knowledge Science is my Marguerite.
She needs you too.
Don't you give it a second thought.
He's finally lost his mind! Transmitting himself out of this jungle, across the ocean! That is impossible! Maybe so.
But he's determined to try it, and I can't let him go alone.
That is, if it really works.
Are you concerned about leaving me here? Yes.
And Veronica and Malone for that matter, once they return.
But most of all you.
Don't worry about me.
I'll just start reading all those books again.
I'm serious, Marguerite.
You know I can't leave you here.
Even if I still have secrets? Perhaps in time you won't.
You have taught me a great deal, Lord Roxton.
And I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Well, almost every minute.
Do you really think Challenger can do this? He's amazed us once or twice before.
But this trip could be very dangerous.
On the other hand, if it doesn't kill us, it could be the only way we ever get out of this godforsaken place.
That's true.
It's a chance worth taking.
south, zero degrees ten minutes west! - London, here we come! - You hope.
So, we just adjust this mirror into place Now, let's see what happens! Oh, you know how to make your passengers feel at ease, George.
Oh, we will be back in London in a few seconds, traveling as fast as the speed of light itself.
I'll believe that when I see it.
All right, now what? Now, We prepare to meet the press.
Last chance to run for it.
If you're wrong about this, George, I'll never believe another word you say! I've never been so sure of anything in my life! - Yeah, I've heard that before! - At least we're all together.
I knew you'd say that.
Here we go! What happened? - Well, nothing, by the look of it.
- How can that be? I'm sure my calculations were correct! Perhaps you made an error somewhere.
All that packing and soul- searching for nothing.
I'm going back to the treehouse.
I just don't understand.
I'll leave you to it.
No, no, no.
I'll come with you.
I've got to sit down and think things through.
Perhaps there was too much energy.
And we were tele-transported there and back.
- We didn't go anywhere, George! - I'm not so sure about that, this whole place looks overgrown to me.
What happened to the electric fence? Oh, how strange! That's nothing! Look! The treehouse is gone.
How could that be? I don't know.
This is very strange, This tree appears different too.
Seems that the circumference is much larger! What are you saying? I don't know, but a measurement will help.
I'm going to scout around awhile to see what else has changed.
- I'll be back shortly.
- Don't go too far.
Don't worry, Marguerite.
I won't be long.
Just stay close to Challenger.
And if I don't see you back here, we'll rendezvous back at the crater.
Where did this come from? New Amazonia.
Ten kilometers.
Greetings, stranger.
Hands in the sky or I'll blow 'em off.
Nice to meet you too.
- What do you want? - Your guns, your valuables.
- And you most of all.
- You take good care of them.
- I'll be wanting them back.
- Can I beat him to a pulp? It'll take a hell of a lot more than you, my friend.
I've seen plenty tougher than you.
Take a seat.
He ain't gonna like that when he wakes up.
- Yeah.
- Neither are you.
Get him in the car.
Nice catch! We're going to cruse around town and see what's kicking around.
We'll see you back at the oil rig.
Let's go.
three Where is he? I'm sure he'll be back in a minute.
By my calculations, this tree is at least a hundred years older than it was when we left it this morning.
- What? - Oh, we've traveled all right.
Into the future! You were supposed to be sending us back to London.
Well, yes, yes, I know, but isn't it fascinating! Einstein's theory of relativity postulates that time and space are in fact welded into a four-dimensional time-space continuum! We have validated his theory! At least Albert would be pleased.
How can you stand there calmly contemplating the wonders of the universe, when you have just made the biggest mistake of your life! Oh, much more than that, Marguerite.
I have probably perpetrated the greatest blunder in scientific history! I am going to find Roxton, and the three of us are going back to the crater, and you are going to whatever is necessary to get us back to where and when we belong! Yes, Marguerite! If I can This road surely wasn't here this morning.
Seems there's a lot of things that weren't here a hundred years ago.
New Amazonia! That's the way to the inland sea! Roxton's hat! Something must have happened to him.
Clearly, he's in some sort of trouble.
These tracks were made by an automobile, I think.
Perhaps it stopped to pick him up.
But he wouldn't have just left his hat.
And he wouldn't have taken a ride without waiting for us.
Right! Well the tracks go off in that direction.
Let's just take a look from the top of that hill and see what we can see.
- It's incredible! - Unbelievable! Look at all those glistening towers.
It's like something out of H.
Welles! I've never seen anything so ugly in my entire life.
- People actually live in those? - Thousands of them, I would say.
Do you realize what this means? In the hundred or so years we've jumped ahead in time, the plateau has been discovered and developed! One way or another, we will definitely get back to London now! - Not before we find Roxton.
- Oh, no.
Of course not.
But let's go and introduce ourselves to the inhabitants of the XXI century.
If they've done anything to harm him, their future is going to be as dreary as their bloody architecture.
I'm sure he'll be fine, just some sort of misunderstanding.
I hope so.
Are you going to tell me what this is all about? Don't tell him nothing! If you as me, we should bury him right here and now.
Just fix the friggin' car.
He's worth a hundred coins to us alive.
A hundred coins to whom? - You tryin' to be funny? - If I'm for sale, I just want to know who's buying, that's all.
You really don't have any idea, do you? Ever heard of Claude Jenkins? - Afraid not.
- He's lying! Everybody's heard of Jenkins! I told you to shut up! Mr.
Jenkins runs the whole show everything west of the inland sea.
You must have heard of the oilfields.
No, I can't say that I have.
Where you been for the last ten years? Oh, here and there, mainly here.
Don't see many like you around these days, that's for sure.
Clean clothes, well fed.
You got any friends we should now about? Mr.
Jenkins can use all the employees he can get! To work in the oilfields, right? Now you're getting the picture! You see? It's dangerous work.
Most of the scrags we pick up don't last a month, but a man like yourself, hell, - he could have a future! - That's good to know.
How long as this, uh, Mr.
Jenkins been ruling the roost? Well, let me see now, He struck oil in '26 that's 7 years ago now, give or take a month or so.
Are you telling me it's 1933? What are you? A friggin' alien? Just slightly ahead of my time if it's 1933.
Try 2033.
Have you ever imagined anything so extraordinary? There must be skyscrapers like this all over the world.
But why does everything look so rundown? - That's a good point.
- And where are the people? You're right.
We haven't seen a single person.
It's it's as they've all just disappeared.
And taken Roxton with them.
Something terrible must have happened here War broke out in 2015, all over the WHOLE world.
- Who started it? - Who the hell knows? Didn't even hear about it 'til the bombs started droppin'.
Nuclear bombs.
Mushroom clouds, radioactive fallout! Man, you miss the whole deal! I'm sorry to hear that.
They started tossing them back and forth to each other like there was no tomorrow Which of course there wasn't not for those poor suckers out there.
- What are you talking about? - There's no one left except for right here, in this twisted piece of paradise.
- They killed everybody? - Not just the bombs.
They chased those up with chemicals and germs.
- You mean like, mustard gas? - Yeah, whatever.
The whole atmosphere got choked up.
People started dropping like flies.
Then the nuclear winter came, and wiped out all the rest of them.
Hell, we didn't see the friggin' sun for almost ten years.
Well surely there must be someone left in the world outside.
Maybe there is.
But hell, we ain't heard from none of them.
- How many people are there here? - Hard to say.
Before the war there was about No actual bombs dropped here, so we were laughing.
Thought we'd be safe as babies.
Then the radiation and the germs got us.
Cities are all empty now.
It's like the end of the friggin' world.
Or a new beginnin', depending on your point of view.
I find it hard to believe.
How did it ever come to this? Hell, you got the technology.
You gotta use it.
Right? Oh, puke! Morning, Finn.
- Need a ride? - You looking for a place to die? Oh, I've got you this time.
Come on! - Come on! - Oh! - Nice car - No! - I want her alive! - Come on.
Get in, she can't be far away! Come on ! Let's go! Let's go! Let's go! - Did you hear that? - What on earth was it? There's a woman! Marguerite, there's a Hey! Blood! Well, there must be someone around here.
Must be some kind of centre for commerce a trading market of some description.
Hello! - Hello yourself.
- Take it easy, young lady.
- I don't mean you any harm.
- Put your gun on the floor.
Do it now.
Now back away.
Try anything, and you're dead.
Keep walking.
Where to, if you don't mind me asking.
Don't think I won't kill you, You won't be the first.
Oh, I don't doubt it for a minute.
Are you alone or are there others like you? Shut up! Sit down against the wall.
Now take off your pack and toss it over.
- What's this? - It's a dinosaur's egg.
It's a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
I was hoping to take it back to London with me.
An egg.
Dinosaurs roam quite freely through the plateau.
Or have they disappeared as well Nothing lays an egg like this.
- No, please! - Get back! If this is an egg, then I'm going to eat it.
If it's food you're looking for, I'm afraid that is beyond the point of being edible.
There are some dates and nuts in a tin.
I guess food is scarce these days.
Who are you? Why are you here? It was an accident, really.
I I come from a different time.
At least a hundred years ago.
And about friggin' time too.
Come on.
It's time to hit the road.
Go ahead! - If you think you're fast enough - I don't want any trouble.
I didn't mean what I said about trying to kill you.
Oh, you were just making polite conversation, were you.
Get out of the automobile! Sorry! You you're free to go.
- We won't try to stop you.
- Do I have your word on that? You bet! Try again! Do now! Let's see, How do I drive this thing? the clutch where's the brake? And what's this? Try R.
Okay D.
Whoa! Ha! Great! Great! All right.
That's mine.
That's mine.
And this is mine.
So much for modern technology Challenger, where are you? In my time, none of this was here except for the inland sea.
I live in the jungle, not too far from here.
What you say isn't possible.
Oh, but it is.
This whole plateau is was virtually untouched back then.
It was pristine, it was beautiful.
There were lakes, rivers animals as big as a house.
- An incredible paradise of sorts.
- I don't believe you.
What happened to the people? Where did everybody go? They died.
All of them.
How? And how do you know? I know what I was told by people who didn't lie.
Yes, but what happened? I mean, did an asteroid crash into the earth? - What's an asteroid? - Like a shooting star from outer space.
No! People did it with bombs and chemicals.
- Another war to end all wars.
- But I survived.
What happened to your parents? They got sick and died when I was four.
That's when this terrible war began.
But there must have been others like you who did survive.
There were.
We lived in the subways and sewers underground where it was safe, until the air was clean again.
- How long did that take? - I was a teenager.
The city was empty except for us.
Until the slavers came for workers to die in the mines and oilfields.
My friends my family - they took them all.
- I'm so sorry.
It's over now.
It's in the past.
But how can you live like this? So all alone.
I'm free.
And that's all I want.
When I catch this guy, I'm going to rip his eyes out! You might just get your wish! Well, nail me to the wall and call me siding.
Looks like he got it stuck pretty good.
Get the winch out.
I'll see if I can start it.
- Where are you taking me? - I'm letting you go.
Without my gun? I need them more than you do.
At least I've got my egg.
I'm certainly grateful for that.
Challenger! There you are! - Throw down your weapons! - Do as she says.
Where did she come from? She lives here.
This is her home.
- Take off your pack.
- Oh, no, wait a minute - She just wants to look inside.
- Now, hurry up! A common little thief if ever I saw one! There's nothing in there, really.
Diamonds! Where did you get these? - They are mine! - Not anymore.
Now go.
Get out of here! Sure you wouldn't like to come with us? At least give us back our weapons! So you can shoot me? Go! Before I change my mind! Come on, George.
We have to find Roxton.
Well, almost back to where I started.
What the hell! Not again! Run, you dog! He's worth a hundred coins to us alive.
Who needs money? I'd rather blow his brains out! Well, we can't just leave her here, Marguerite.
What exactly are you proposing? She robbed us, took our guns.
She doesn't want anything to do with us! I was hoping to run into you again.
I bet you were.
But not like this.
Drop your pack, and your weapons.
Let me go, Burke.
You don't need me.
I need you most of all, Finn.
There was a time when I was the most important thing in your life.
Before you sold us out and became one of them.
I've got to go back for her.
What? Oh! I'm going to kill you, Burke.
- Really.
- I swear it.
That's no way to talk to the man who made you a woman.
- Hey you! - What's going on? Get out of here! - Where the hell you been? - I was looking for you! Finn's found some new friends.
We have to get back to the crater before the sun goes down! - I am not going without Roxton.
- No, no, of course not! But the plan was to rendezvous back that the crater.
Let's hope he's waiting there for us.
Now go, come on go! I'm tired of running, boys.
More fun that getting drunk.
Last chance to turn back now! - We're taking him alive! - The hell we are! Whoa! Damn! No wonder there's no one left in this world.
Go that way.
We'll circle around.
Drop the gun.
Do it now! Walk away.
It's over! Whatever you say, stranger.
No harm done.
No harm at all.
Are they still following us? I can't tell for sure but I hope so! - Why? - Unfinished business.
We're almost there.
Marguerite! Challenger! This isn't any good! Where the bloody hell are you? Roxton? - Where have you been? - Learning to drive.
Who's your new companion? Companion! She robbed us, could have gotten us killed! I let you go! You didn't have to come back for me.
Finn, this is our very good friend, Lord John Roxton.
John Roxton will do.
Nice to meet you, Finn.
Nice guns! Can you get us out of here? Yes, I'm certain I can.
All if have to do is set the co-ordinates back to zero.
That'll be our best chance.
Well, I'm coming with you.
- It's time to move on.
- Oh, now wait a minute! We saved your life! We don't owe you any more than that.
Oh, Marguerite, come on Damn it! Who the hell is this? Slavers.
They tried to grab Finn back in the abandoned city we found.
- New Amazonia? - Most horrible place I've ever seen.
Throw down your weapons! - How many are there? - Two.
George, you'd better go back and reset those co-ordinates.
I'll keep you covered.
Go now! Did you hear? The year is 2033! The world has destroyed itself! So I've been told.
Where the hell is she going? Taking care of number one, by the looks of it.
Like somebody else I used to know.
Well, we're better off without her then.
The coordinates are set! Ready when you are.
One down, one to go.
Going someplace? Take it easy, Finn.
You know I'd never hurt you.
- Never again, that's for sure.
- Let me go.
- You'll never see me again.
- This is for all our friends.
- The family you destroyed.
- I didn't have a choice.
Hurry up, George, reset this thing to get us back to 1922.
- Well, where is she? - She took off! We can't save her if she won't save herself! It had better work this time, George.
Our only hope to change this unfortunate future.
- What are you doing here?! - I said I was coming with you.
Well, are we back? Did we make it? I don't know.
Too much energy! This place is falling apart! What's going on? Where did it go? There must be so much energy in that cave, it's still traveling through time! So where does that leave us? Still on the plateau.
But when? - You hear that? - It's a T-rex! We made it.
What is that? That is where we live.
Welcome to the past.
Well, what do you think of your new home? Not bad, It's better than what I left behind.
Well, I'd have to agree with you about that! And what a miserable future we have to look forward to.
What was that you were saying about changing it, George? When we get off the plateau, we have to warn the world what lies ahead in the future, if we can't find a way to stop the war.
What if we never get out of here? Oh we will.
One day.
We have to.
It's more important now than ever! I mean, how else do we prevent the end of civilization? We may have already started.
- How so? - By bringing Finn back with us, we've made a small but hopefully significant alteration in the course of history.
Are you saying that by saving one person's life, - we've changed the world? - We have to start somewhere.
She may be our brightest hope for a better tomorrow.
If that's the case, I'm very glad you brought her with us.
Oh, I think it was her choice, not ours.
So which room is mine? *