The Outer Limits (1995) s04e24 Episode Script

Phobos Rising

1 HOW MUCH LONGER, BOYS? THINGS ARE SMOOTH AS BUTTER, SIR, RADIATION LEVELS ARE IN THE GREEN, I SAY ANOTHER 10 MINUTES, OUTSTANDING, SAY WE CHECK HYDROPONICS AFTER THIS, A LITTLE STROLL IN THE MOONLIGHT? HOW ROMANTIC, IT'S THAT LATE? WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? APPARENTLY OUT OF YOUR MIND, HEY! CAREFUL WITH THAT! SORRY, SIR, I'M ALL RIGHT, I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT YOU, EDWARDS, IF YOU CRACK A SEAL ON A TRIRADIUM CANISTER, WE'LL GLOW IN THE DARK TILL THE NEXT CENTURY, THINK OF THE PAPERWORK THAT'LL CAUSE ME, THAT'S JUS PLAIN INCONSIDERATE, YES, SIR, SORRY, SIR, AMAZING A TEASPOON OF THAT STUFF CAN POWER A SHIP FROM HERE TO THE EARTH AND BACK OR VAPORIZE THE SHIP IF YOU MAKE ONE LITTLE MISTAKE, A LOT OF THINGS ARE DANGEROUS AND EXPENSIVE, JUST HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEM, I'M NOT GOING THERE, NO, YOU'RE NOT, ( intercom beeping ) MAJOR BOWEN, REPORT TO THE COMMAND ROOM, YES, MA'AM, ON MY WAY, SO WE DIDN'T RESOLVE THAT HYDROPONICS ISSUE, WE DIDN'T? I THOUGHT WE DID, NO, WE DIDN'T, STRANGE HOW WE HAVE DIFFEREN INTERPRETATION OF THINGS, YEAH, YOU'D ALMOST THINK WE WERE MARRIED, I THOUGHT WE WERE JUST GETTING WARMED UP, WARMED UP? DANGEROUS, THAT'S HOW YOU GET BURNED, SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE, OH, YEAH, IT'S HAPPENED TO ME ONCE OR TWICE, OH, YEAH? ONCE BY A TALL, MUSCULAR, CHARMING, DARK-HAIRED, SLIGHTLY ROGUISH, ONLY SLIGHTLY FUNNY, ,, OW, ,, ,NAVY COLONEL IN SHANGHAI, OH, SO IS THAT A YES OR A NO? ( speaking Chinese ) GESUNDHEIT, IT MEANS ONLY THE RAIN WILL KNOW WHEN THE FLOWER WILL BLOOM, AH, ,,WELL, I'M GLAD WE'RE CLEAR NOW, GOOD, COLONEL, MAJOR WE'VE GOT AN URGENT INCOMING FROM COMMANDER IN CHIEF FOR ALLIANCE SPACE FORCES, HE PROBABLY WANTS TO BORROW YOUR PLACE ON MAUI AGAIN, AFTER WHAT HIS KIDS DID TO IT? MY HUSBAND WOULD KILL ME, I PROMISED MY NIECE, SHE AND HER FRIENDS COULD HAVE I AS A GRADUATION PRESENT, THAT'LL BE GOOD, THAT'LL WORK OUT FINE, ( computer ) CODE BLUE ALPHA TRANSMISSION RECEPTION IN 15 SECONDS, MAJOR TALIF, PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR QUARTERS, ACCORDING TO THE GUIDELINES FOR LIAISON EXCHANGE, YOUR LIAISON OFFICER IS PRIVY TO ALL INCOMING MESSAGES, AND I'M ENTITLED TO THE SAME, VERY WELL, GOING OUT OF LINE OF SIGH IN 5 MINUTES, 53 SECONDS, NEXT WINDOW 12 HOURS, 18 MINUTES, COLONEL ELLIOT, SOME MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS HAVE OCCURRED ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE, 20 MINUTES AGO, PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE FREE ALLIANCE AND THE COALITION OF PACIFIC STATES BROKE DOWN, THEY ACCUSED US OF DEVELOPING A DOOMSDAY DEVICE, A TRIRADIUM-BASED ANTI-MATTER WEAPON, AT WHICH POINT THE SECRETARY ACCUSED THE CMPS OF THE SAME THING, IT ENDED IN A SHOUTING MATCH, SAM, EVERY GRAM OF TRIRADIUM THAT HAS LEFT MARS HAS BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR DOWN HERE, IF THE COALITION IS WORKING ON A DOOMSDAY WEAPON, SOMEBODY IS SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, TRIRADIUM ONLY EXISTS ON MARS, WE NEED YOU TO FIND OU IF ANYBODY HAS SHIPPED SOME DOWN HERE WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION, ( explosions ) UH, SAM, HOLD ON, MY GOD, WHAT HAPPENED? WE'RE NOT IN SHADOW FOR ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES, GET HIM BACK ON SCREEN! COLONEL, I'M GETTING SERIOUS ELECTROMAGNETIC WASH, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT, GET ME A VISUAL! ANYTHING! SWITCHING TO MAIN TELESCOPE ARRAY, OH, MY GOD, ( Control Voice ) THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR TELEVISION, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADJUS THE PICTURE, WE ARE NOW CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION, WE CONTROL THE HORIZONTAL, AND THE VERTICAL, WE CAN DELUGE YOU WITH A THOUSAND CHANNELS OR EXPAND ONE SINGLE IMAGE TO CRYSTAL CLARITY, ,, AND BEYOND, WE CAN SHAPE YOUR VISION TO ANYTHING OUR IMAGINATION CAN CONCEIVE, FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WE WILL CONTROL ALL THAT YOU SEE AND HEAR, ( ) YOU ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE THE AWE AND MYSTERY WHICH REACHES FROM THE DEEPEST INNER MIND TO THE OUTER LIMITS, ( Control Voice ) HOW FAR WILL MANKIND HAVE TO GO BEFORE WE REALIZE THA THE ONLY ANTIDOTE TO SELF-ANNIHILATION IS TRUST? GET ME CAPTAIN ROSEN ON THE LINE, SEE WHAT OUR LIAISON OFFICER HAS TO SAY, EITHER THE CHUMP BASE ISN'T RESPONDING, OR THERE'S TOO MUCH RADIATION INTERFERENCE TO REACH THE OTHER MARS BASE, OKAY, LET'S GET TO IT, THREE MINUTES AGO, WE LOST CONTACT WITH EARTH, AS HARD AS IT IS, WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FAC EARTH MAY BE DESTROYED, AND WE'RE THE LAST SURVIVORS, MAYBE THE REACTOR ON ONE OF THE SPACE STATIONS BLEW, THAT COULD CAUSE A RADIATION CLOUD, BLOCKING OU OUR VIEW OF EARTH, BUT WE WON'T KNOW FOR SURE TILL WE CAN RE-ESTABLISH LINE-OF-SIGHT COMMUNICATIONS, THAT'LL BE 12 HOURS, 15 MINUTES, SERGEANT NICHOLS, WHAT'S OUR STATUS? WE HAVE A YEAR'S WORTH OF FOOD AND OXYGEN, AS LONG AS THE CONVERTERS KEEP WORKING, WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH TO LAST INDEFINITELY, SO WORST CASE SCENARIO, THE COALITION DID LAUNCH A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE AGAINST EARTH, USING A TRIRADIUM DOOMSDAY DEVICE, WHICH MEANS NOBODY FROM EARTH IS GOING TO BE RESUPPLYING US FOR A LONG, LONG TIME, 600 MILES SOUTHWEST OF US IS THE COALITION BASE, IF THE COALITION WAS SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, IT COULD MEAN THAT THEY'RE PLANNING TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK AGAINST US HERE AS WELL, BUT WOULDN'T THEY COORDINATE THAT WITH THEIR ATTACK ON EARTH? MAYBE THEY NEEDED TO WAIT FOR AN ADVANTAGE, MAYBE THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE ELECTROMAGNETIC WASH TO PLAY HELL WITH OUR RADAR WHICH IT HAS, IF THEY HAVE MISSILES, THEY CAN LAUNCH NOW, WE DON'T HAVE ANY INDICATION THEY SMUGGLED OR THEY HAVE MISSILES, WE NEED TO FIND OUT, WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, YOU CAN BET THERE'S FIRE, WITH THESE PRESSURE WALLS, A FIRST STRIKE IS A LAST STRIKE, SO AT THE FIRST SIGN OF ANY HOSTILE PREPARATIONS BY THE COALITION, I INTEND TO MAKE THEIR FUTURE VERY SHORT, ANY QUESTIONS? MA'AM? THE MEN HAVE FAMILIES ON EARTH, SO DO I, AS SOON AS WE CAN RE-ESTABLISH CONTACT, WE'LL TRY TO GET IN TOUCH, I KNOW HOW IMPORTAN THIS IS TO EVERYONE, HOW CAN THEY GET IT OUT? WHAT IF THE COALITION DIDN'T START THIS? TRIRADIUM IS TOO IMPORTANT, YOU DON'T START A WAR WITHOUT WARNING YOUR UNITS FIRST TO BE PREPARED, ESPECIALLY YOUR MOST VALUABLE UNITS, AND SINCE WE RECEIVED NO SUCH WARNING, I CONCLUDE WE DIDN'T START IT, BESIDES IT FITS THE COALITION PATTERN, 30 YEARS AGO, THEY STAGED A SURPRISE ATTACK AGAINST THE MOON BASE, AND THEY DID THE SAME THING IN SAGAN-5,, ,MAJOR? YES, MA'AM, I AGREE, THEREFORE IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY COMMUNICATIONS TO THE CONTRARY, MY STANDING ORDERS ARE CLEAR, WE ARE TO INITIATE NO HOSTILITIES, BUT WE ARE TO DEFEND AND MAINTAIN THIS BASE AT ALL COSTS, NOT JUS BECAUSE OF THE TRIRADIUM, BUT BECAUSE WE MAY BE THE LAST SURVIVORS OF THE FREE ALLIANCE AND THE LAST CHANCE MANKIND HAS TO REPOPULATE EARTH, ( technician ) INCOMING CALL FROM THE COMMANDER OF THE CHUMP BASE, MA'AM, COLONEL PAZ WILL BE ON IN THREE SECONDS, COLONEL ELLIOT, HAVE YOU HAD ANY CONTACT WITH EARTH? NO, COLONEL, I HAVE NOT, HAVE YOU? NO, I HAVEN'T, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO CAPTAIN ROSEN, MY LIAISON OFFICER, HE'S OU ON A MINING INSPECTION SURVEY, HE SHOULD BE BACK IN AN HOUR, HE'S UNABLE TO VERIFY THIS, THEY RUN THOSE SURVEYS EVERY TUESDAY, WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU? THERE'S NO QUESTION THA A DISASTER HAS OCCURRED, BUT NEITHER ONE OF US HAS RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS THAT WE ARE AT WAR, I ASSUME WE ARE STILL AT PEACE, UNTIL SOMEONE CAN LAY DEFINITE BLAME, I SUGGEST WE CONTINUE OUR POLICY OF COOPERATION, I AGREE, BUT IT'S POSSIBLE SOMEONE DID BLOW UP EARTH WITH TRIRADIUM SMUGGLED FROM MARS, THE SAME THOUGH HAS OCCURRED TO US, I SUGGES WE SEARCH THE SPACEPOR AND SEE IF ANYONE IS TRYING TO SMUGGLE OUT TRIRADIUM, AND IF WE FIND ANY, THEN WE'LL FIND OUT WHO IS BEHIND IT, I HAVE ALREADY PREPARED A TEAM, TWO TEAMS, WE'LL BOTH SEND A TEAM, MY LIAISON OFFICER WILL GO WITH YOURS, AND OUR LIAISON OFFICER, MAJOR TALIF, WHERE IS SHE? SHE'S RETIRED TO HER QUARTERS, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO HER, AND I'D LIKE HER TO ACCOMPANY YOUR TEAM ON THEIR INSPECTION, AGREED? AGREED, WE CAN HAVE A TEAM UP AND RUNNING IN 15 MINUTES, PATCH COLONEL PAZ TO MAJOR TALIF WHEN WE'RE FINISHED, LET'S PRAY THAT THINGS AREN'T AS BAD AS THEY SEEM, ABSOLUTELY, EDWARDS! RUN AN IMMEDIATE INVENTORY ON ALL THE TRIRADIUM ON BASE DOWN TO THE LAST MILLIGRAM, HAVE WE HAD CONTAC WITH EARTH YET? NOT YET, WE HAVE TO WAIT, HOW BAD IS IT? NO ONE'S SURE, GOT TO KNOW SOMETHING, WE CAN'T GET THROUGH, IF I KNEW ANYTHING, I'D TELL YOU, SARGE, YOU GOT FAMILY DOWN THERE, RIGHT? THREE SISTERS AND A CA THAT NEEDS DECLAWING, THREE SISTERS, ,, WELL, ARE WE GOING TO WAR? NO ONE IS TALKING WAR YET, BUT THE COLONEL'S LOCKED AND LOADED, BUT THEY DID IT, RIGHT? WE'LL FIND OUT, AND IF THEY DID DO IT? WE'LL FOLLOW THE COLONEL'S ORDERS, SARGE, WHAT DO YOU THINK'S GOING TO HAPPEN? IF THE COALITION DID DO THIS, THEN SOME EGGS WILL GET BROKEN, I NEED THAT INVENTORY ASAP, RIGHT AWAY, SARGE, KEEP ME INFORMED, YES, SIR, I WILL, ( signal beeping ) ENTER, HOW ARE YOU HOLDING UP? I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS, I MEAN, BILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE JUST DIED, AND I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD BE CRYING OR, ,,SOMETHING, BUT I'M NOT, THAT'S BECAUSE WE'RE SOLDIERS, AND A HUMAN SECOND? NO, WE HAVE THE SAME EMOTIONS, WE'VE BEEN TRAINED NOT TO SHOW THEM, YEAH, IF WE DON'T SHOW THEM LONG ENOUGH, WE'LL LOSE THEM, IF ANYTHING, OUR EMOTIONS ARE STRONGER, BECAUSE WE KNOW THE VALUE OF LIFE BETTER THAN ANYONE, ,, BECAUSE WE LIVE ON THE EDGE OF LOSING IT AT EVERY MOMENT, I KNOW IT'S HARD TO STAY FOCUSED, BUT I WANT YOU TO STAY SHARP AND COOL, YOU'RE RENDEZVOUSING WITH A COALITION TEAM AT THE SPACEPORT, I DON'T WAN ANYONE FLYING OFF THE HANDLE, WE'RE STILL NOT AT WAR, THAT MEANS COOPERATION, UNDERSTOOD? ONCE YOU REACH THE SPACEPORT, I WANT YOU TO SEARCH EVERYWHERE, YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MISSING TRIRADIUM CANISTERS OR ANYTHING THAT CAN BE USED TO SMUGGLE IT, WE'VE ACCOUNTED FOR OUR CANISTERS, THE COALITION SAYS THEY HAVE TOO, WHICH MEANS THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY LEFT AT THE SPACEPORT, GOT YOUR DETECTORS? YES, SIR, GOOD, ALL RIGHT, SADDLE UP GOOD LUCK, OKAY, MAJOR, GOOD, WE NEED TO TALK, DID YOU HAVE A NICE CHA WITH MAJOR TALIF? SHE ASKED ME WHA THE SITUATION IS, I TOLD HER, SHE SEEMED UPSET, UPSET? LOOK, WE'RE ALL UPSET, I DON'T KNOW IF MY HUSBAND'S ALIVE OR MY PARENTS OR MY HUSBAND'S PARENTS OR ANY OTHER OF A THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE, WE'RE ALL IN THAT BOAT, RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR COUNSELING, HALF THOSE KIDS ARE SO WORRIED, THEY CAN BARELY DO THEIR JOBS PROPERLY, BUT THEY DO, YOU KNOW WHY? 'CAUSE THEY'RE WATCHING US, IF WE CAN DO IT, SO CAN THEY WE LEAD BY EXAMPLE, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR INDIVIDUALS, PARTICULARLY IF THEY'RE FROM THE COALITION, I WAS BRINGING HER UP TO DATE, NOTHING MORE, DON'T GE YOUR BACK UP, I'M NOT SLEEPING WITH HER, SHE'S THE ENEMY, JAMES, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO TRUS ANYBODY FROM THE COALITION, NO MATTER WHA OUR GUTS TELL US, SHE'S HAD ENOUGH FREE ACCESS TO THIS BASE TO SCREW US, I DON'T SEE I THAT WAY, ALL RIGHT, MAYBE YOU'RE RIGHT, MAYBE THEY DON' HAVE ANY PLANS, THE THING IS WE DON' KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE, LIKE GOOD BOY SCOUTS, WE GOT TO BE PREPARED, YES, MA'AM, REMEMBER, JAMES, SHE'S A SOLDIER, IF I ORDERED YOU TO DO SOMETHING AT COALITION BASE, YOU'D DO IT, WOULDN'T YOU? YES, MA'AM, MA'AM? YOU BETTER COME LOOK AT THIS, IT'S A SIMULATION, RAN IT THREE TIMES THE RESULTS ARE ALWAYS THE SAME, RESULTS TO WHAT? IF PART OF THE EARTH EXPLODED, WE'RE GOING TO BE WHACKED WITH ONE MONSTER OF SHOCK WAVE IN 7 MINUTES, 43 SECONDS, THERE'S A 4-SECOND MARGIN OF ERROR, GIVE OR TAKE, WHAT IF A LARGE PAR DIDN'T GET BLOWN UP? THE FAR SIDE OF MARS WILL ABSORB THE IMPACT, EVERYBODY DOWN TO THE MESS, HARRIER, CONTACT MAJOR TALIF AND THE COALITION'S TEAM, THEY WON' MAKE THE SPACEPORT, TELL THEM TO SEEK SHELTER, YES, MA'AM, AND GET WORD TO THE COALITION BASE, FREE ALLIANCE ONE TO MAJOR TALIF, FREE ALLIANCE ONE TO COALITION BASE, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY, ( alarm wailing ) ( computer ) SHOCK WAVE WILL IMPAC IN 30 SECONDS, GOT EVERYBODY? YEAH, THAT'S A FULL COUNT, MA'AM, NOT A MINUTE TOO SOON, SEAL OFF ALL THE DOORS, YOU OKAY, CHARLIE? SURE, SIR, THE EARTH CAN'T BE DESTROYED, CAN IT? I JUST TALKED TO MY BROTHER YESTERDAY, IT'S ALL A PRECAUTION, RIGHT? RIGHT, GET UNDER THE TABLE, SHOCK WAVE WILL IMPACT IN 10 SECONDS, BRACE FOR IMPACT! HANG ON, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, IMPACT, ,, ,TWO, THREE, FOUR, GIVE OR TAKE, OKAY, WHOO! EVERYBODY BRACE! ALL GONE, THEY'RE ALL GONE, WHAT'S THE REPAIR BILL? MAIN SYSTEMS ARE STILL ON LINE USING THE BACK-UPS, ALL OUR ANTENNAS ARE DOWN, WE'RE JERRY-RIGGING REPLACEMENTS, WE'VE LOST CONTAC WITH THE COALITION BASE AND MAJOR TALIF'S AWAY TEAM, WE'RE ON ALL STATIONS, MA'AM, THIS IS COLONEL ELLIOT, HOW DO I SAY THIS? IT SEEMS THE EARTH HAS BEEN EITHER PARTIALLY OR COMPLETELY DESTROYED, WORDS ARE INADEQUATE, AT THIS TIME, WE FACE TWO ENEMIES, FIRST, OUR OWN GRIEF AND SUFFERING, AND SECOND, FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, WE STILL DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW BAD THINGS ARE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP TRYING TO FIND OUT UNTIL WE DO KNOW, UNTIL THEN, I EXPECT AND I KNOW THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DO YOUR DUTY, NOW MORE THAN EVER, OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON EACH OTHER, WE MUST COUNT ON EACH OTHER AS NEVER BEFORE TO SEE US THROUGH THIS, AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS, ELLIOT OUT, I THINK I'VE GOT IT, SIR, PUT IT UP ON SCREEN, THIS IS THE LAST SIGNAL FROM MAJOR TALIF'S SOUP CAN, SHOULD GIVE US AN IDEA WHERE THEY ARE, LET'S GO! LET'S GO! LET'S GO! COME ON, WE GOT TO SEAL THIS HATCH! LET'S GO! LET'S GO! LOOKS LIKE THEY MADE I TO A FUEL STORAGE BUNKER, I'LL ORGANIZE A RESCUE TEAM, PLAY BACK THE FIRST PAR OF THAT TRANSMISSION, I WANT A MEDICAL TEAM STANDING BY AND SUITED UP, YES, SIR, STOP! PUNCH IN ON THAT, THEY FOUND A COALITION FUEL CANISTER, THERE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ANY CANISTERS WITHIN MILES OF THAT PLACE, THE COALITION WAS SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, SON OF A BITCH! GET ME SERGEANT LAUGHTON, NO RESPONSE, MA'AM, TRY THE OTHERS, NO ONE'S ANSWERING, BASTARDS, DON'T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS, WHY IS NO ONE RESPONDING? THEY COULD BE DEAD, THEY ALL MADE I TO THE BUNKER, SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE SURVIVED, IT'S A COALITION CANISTER, TALIF COULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE TEAM, THAT'S STILL JUS SPECULATION, MA'AM, YOU'RE RIGHT, IT IS, BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD TO BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, COLONEL, MAJOR TALIF JUS SHOWED UP IN AIRLOCK D, WHAT ABOUT THE OTHERS? JUST TALIF, MA'AM, NOBODY ELSE, LET'S GO, WHAT HAPPENED AT THE BUNKER? WE GOT CAUGHT IN A SHOCK WAVE, WE THOUGH WE WERE SAFE, AND THEN IT JUST COLLAPSED, I WAS STILL IN THE AIRLOCK, IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE THAT WASN' COMPLETELY DESTROYED, IT SMASHED MY COMMLINK, AND EVERYBODY ELSE WAS, ,, CRUSHED BY DEBRIS, IT WAS HORRIBLE, WHERE DID LAUGHTON FIND THE CANISTER? I DON'T KNOW, CORPORAL EDWARDS, CONFINE MAJOR TALIF TO HER QUARTERS, YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME? MY MEN ARE DEAD, AND YOU'RE ALIVE, HARRIER, ANY WORD FROM COALITION BASE? NO, MA'AM, KEEP TRYING IF TALIF TOLD THEM ABOUT THE CANISTER, I DOUBT THEY'LL BE RESPONDING, MAYBE THEIR ANTENNAS ARE DOWN, SERGEANT NICHOLS, ASSEMBLE A TEAM, CHECK OUT MAJOR TALIF'S STORY, WE NEED TO TALK TO PAZ, I KNOW, WE'RE WORKING ON IT, EDWARDS, HEY, WHAT'S GOING ON? WE'RE CHECKING OU MAJOR TALIF'S STORY, WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR? SHE COULD BE TELLING THE TRUTH, WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? YOU WANT TO KICK ASS ON THE ONLY OTHER PEOPLE IN THE UNIVERSE? YEAH, BEFORE THEY KICK OURS, THEY HAVE FAMILIES ON EARTH, WHY WOULD THEY BLOW IT UP? THEY'D BE KILLING THEMSELVES, THEY'RE STUPID! THEY'RE IN TROUBLE JUST LIKE WE ARE, THEY STARTED IT, WE DON'T KNOW THAT! YOU GOING TO KISS BUT UNTIL THEY BLOW OURS GO TO HELL! YOU GOT TO HELL! WHAT DID YOU SAY, CORPORAL? THE COALITION JUST KILLED MY BROTHER, THEY'VE GOT TO PAY! LOOK, CHARLIE, WE'RE ALL SCARED, BUT KILLING THEM WON'T CHANGE IT, YES, IT WILL, THEY'LL BE DEAD, AND WE'LL BE ALIVE, EDWARDS, OPEN UP, YES, SIR, ELLIOT'S SENDING A TEAM TO CHECK ON YOUR STORY, GOOD, LAUGHTON WAS CARRYING A COALITION CANISTER, I NEED TO KNOW WHY, NO ONE WAS SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, ALL RIGHT? I'M SURE OF IT, ( sighing ) YOU EVER GET TIRED OF THIS CAT-AND-MOUSE GAME WE PLAY? I DON'T MEAN JUST US, THE FEDERATIONS, I KNOW I DO, WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, I WASN'T THINKING, "HOW CAN I GET THE EDGE ON THOSE COALITION BASTARDS?" UH-HUH, I WAS THINKING, "MAYBE I'D ASK HER OUT TO DINNER TONIGHT," THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT IN LIFE, IF WE'D BEEN ON EARTH, I'D HAVE TAKEN YOU TO CAPTAIN FRANKIE'S SEASIDE CHALET, IT'S NORTH OF L, A, EVER BEEN THERE? NO, NEVER BEEN TO L, A, SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT'S A GOOD THING, BA-DUM-BUM, IT'S AN OLD JOKE, ANYWAY, ONCE WE WERE THERE, WE'D HAVE GONE HIGH CHOLESTEROL FRIED POTATOES, SPICY RICE, SOME SERIOUS COLESLAW AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, BLACKENED CATFISH, ALL WASHED DOWN WITH SOME REALLY NICE COLD BEER, MMM, COLD BEER, GOD, ,,THAT'D BE NICE, AND THAT'S YOUR IDEA OF A FIRST DATE? YEAH, IT'D BE GREAT, IF IT'S STILL THERE, BUT YOU'D HAVE TO TRUST ME, WHICH IS MY WHOLE POINT, YOU HAVE TO TRUST FIRST, AND THEN FIND OUT, WILL COLONEL PAZ PLAY THIS BY THE BOOK? THERE IS NO BOOK, FEAR'S RUNNING THE SHOW NOW, DO YOU HAVE ANY MISSILES? MISSILES? MISSILE SYSTEMS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER THE JOIN COLONIZATION BY-LAWS, WHAT'S YOUR FIRST-STRIKE POLICY? YOU'RE TELLING ME THE ALLIANCE VIOLATED THE BY-LAWS? WHAT'S YOUR FIRST-STRIKE POLICY? WE DON'T HAVE ONE, ALL MILITARY OPERATIONS HAVE ONE, YOUR FIRST-STRIKE POLICY! WE DON' HAVE MISSILES! REMEMBER? JUST LIKE YOU, BUT IF WE DID, I'D SAY OUR POLICY IS TO LAUNCH ON WARNING OF ANY HOSTILE ACTIVITY, JUST LIKE YOU, THANK YOU, ( explosion ) WHAT WAS THAT? ( siren wailing ) ANOTHER SHOCK WAVE? NO WAY, ( PA annoucner ) ALL PERSONNEL INITIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SEQUENCE THREE, COME ON! WHAT HAPPENED? SOMETHING EXPLODED IN THE MESS HALL, IT'S ALREADY SEALED OFF, WE'LL HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE AND INSPECT THE DAMAGE, GO TO DEFCOM ONE, ALERT! MOVING TO DEFCOM ONE, ALERT! ALERT! MOVING TO DEFCOM ONE, ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THE COALITION'S PLANS NOW? STEDETSKI, INITIATE MISSILE PRE-LAUNCH SEQUENCE, ( Stedetski ) INITIATING MISSILE PRE-LAUNCH SEQUENCE, SWITCHING MISSILES TO STAND-BY MODE, MAJOR? COLONEL, IT MAY NO HAVE BEEN AN ATTACK, THE OXYGEN CONDUI BLEW FROM THE INSIDE, THE METAL'S CURLING OUTWARD, A COMMANDO UNIT COULD HAVE PLANTED EXPLOSIVES, THE SHOCK WAVE COULD HAVE DAMAGED THE PIPE, CAUSING A PRESSURE BUILD-UP? DOESN'T FIT, IF IT WASN'T COMMANDOS, THEN SOMEBODY SABOTAGED US FROM INSIDE, THAT'S PURE OXYGEN THERE, IT WOULDN'T TAKE MUCH TO IGNITE IT, HAVE THAT THING HACKED OUT, GO TO DEFCON TWO, TERMINATE MISSILE PRE-LAUNCH SEQUENCE, DOWNGRADE MISSILES FROM STAND-BY TO INACTIVE, WANT TO KNOW MY THEORY? ALL TALIF HAD TO DO WAS ROLL A THERMAL CHARGE ON TIMER DOWN AN ACCESS VALVE, BOMB GOES OFF, QUICK CHANGE IN PRESSURE EXPELS IT OUTSIDE, HOW AM I SOUNDING SO FAR? TO BE HONEST, PARANOID, COLONEL, SERGEANT NICHOLS' TEAM HAS JUST RETURNED FROM THEIR RECON OF THE FUEL BUNKER, THEY'RE DECOMPRESSING IN AIRLOCK A, PUT 'EM ON THE MAIN SCREEN, COMING UP ONTO THE MAIN SCREEN NOW, IT'S A REAL MESS OUT THERE, MA'AM, THE AIR IS STILL MURKY, SO VISIBILITY IS WAY DOWN, FROM WHAT WE COULD TELL, IT'S LIKE MAJOR TALIF SAID, THE AIRLOCK IS STILL UP, THE FUEL BUNKERS ARE TOAST, WE DID FIND THIS, DEFINITELY A CHUMP FUEL CANISTER, MA'AM, AND IT HAS NO TRACKING CHIP, SECURE THAT FUEL CANISTER, SERGEANT, BUT DO NOT OPEN IT, LAST THING WE NEED IS A RADIOACTIVE FLOOD, YES, MA'AM, SO NOW WE KNOW, THE COALITION WAS SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, ALL WE KNOW IS THAT SOMEONE WAS USING A CHUMP CANISTER TO SMUGGLE TRIRADIUM, COULD BE SOMEBODY FROM HERE, YOU DON'T GIVE UP, DO YOU? ( computer ) MISSILE LAUNCH INDICATION DETECTED OUTSIDE COALITION BASE, REPEAT! WE HAVE INCOMING! GO TO DEFCON ONE! GET PAZ! TIME OF THE IMPACT? 24 MINUTES AND 3 SECONDS, TOO SLOW FOR A MISSILE, WHAT'S THE I, D, ? ( computer ) COALITION PILOTLESS DRONE, WHERE THE HELL IS PAZ? STILL GETTING NO RESPONSE, PREPARE TO INITIATE ARMING SEQUENCE, THEIR ANTENNAS MIGHT BE DOWN, LIKE HELL, PREPARED TO INITIATE LAUNCHING SEQUENCE, THEY'VE LOS ONE BEFORE, HEADED STRAIGHT AT US? TARGET MISSILES AT CHUMP BASE AND THE DRONE, TARGETING MISSILES ONE AND TWO, THREE IS ON THE DRONE, IT'S MOVING TOO SLOW, IT'S JUST A DRONE, FILLED WITH EXPLOSIVES, YOU CAN BET YOUR LIFE, THEY'RE TRYING TO TRICK US, IT'S WHY THEY'RE NOT RESPONDING, THEY WANT US TO THINK IT'S CHAOS, COMMUNICATIONS DOWN, DRONES RUNNING WILD, NEXT IT'LL BE A DISTRESS CALL, IF WE LAUNCH, THEY'LL RETALIATE, YOU KNOW THEY HAVE MISSILES? SHE TOLD YOU? WHAT ELSE ARE YOU HOLDING BACK? SHE IMPLIED THA THEIR LAUNCH POLICY WAS THE SAME AS OURS, IF THAT'S TRUE, THINK OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING, IF YOU LAUNCH, THEY'LL LAUNCH WITH EVERYTHING, THERE'D BE NO ONE LEFT, NO ONE, SO WE LET THEM KILL US, SO AT LEAS SOMEONE SURVIVES? IF THAT MEANS KEEPING HUMANS ALIVE, YES, JUST KNOCK DOWN THE DRONE, THE DRONE IS A TEST, WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO FIND OU IF IT'S A REAL THREAT, BY THAT TIME, THEY'LL ALREADY HAVE LAUNCHED, THOSE PEOPLE HAVE KILLED EVERYONE YOU LOVED, EVERYONE I HAVE LOVED, THEY AREN'T THE ONES WHO DESERVE TO CONTINUE, SIX BILLION PEOPLE ARE DEAD DOWN THERE BECAUSE OF THEM WE'RE LAUNCHING, WE DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORIZATION, THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN AUTHORIZE US ARE DEAD, PUNCH IN YOUR CODE, MAJOR, GIVE ME THE CHUMP BASE, STAY AS YOU ARE, ( computer ) INCOMING DRONE CONTACT IN 22 MINUTES, PUNCH IN YOUR CODE, MAJOR, YOU NEED MY AUTHORIZATION CODE, I'M NOT GIVING THEM TO YOU TILL WE NOW WHAT'S GOING ON, YOU MUST PUNCH IN YOUR CODE, IT'S YOUR DUTY AND AN ORDER, NOW PUNCH IT IN, I CAN'T DO THAT, MA'AM, SERGEANT NICHOLS, ARREST MAJOR BOWEN, BRING ME THE CODE FROM HIS QUARTERS' SAFE, I'M PLACING COLONEL ELLIOT UNDER ARREST I'M IN CHARGE HERE, SERGEANT NICHOLS, I AM NOW ASSUMING COMMAND, PLACE COLONEL ELLIO UNDER ARREST, MA'AM, I CAN BY-PASS HIS CODE, TALK TO ME, IF I TOSS A VIRUS IN, IT'LL FRY THE INITIALIZATION FILES, HAVE A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO BY-PASS THE SYSTEM'S FIREWALLS BEFORE THE BACK-UP PROCESSOR DETECTS WHAT'S HAPPENING, EATS THE BUG AND RESETS, HOW MUCH TIME? IT'S HARD TO KNOW, 10 MINUTES, MAYBE 15, I'LL BE THE MAIN COURSE AT A LUAU IN 20, YOU'RE MAKING A MISTAKE, SAM, I DON'T HAVE A CHOICE, MAJOR, ( computer ) INCOMING DRONE, ,, DO IT! CONTACT IN 21 MINUTES, SERGEANT, CONFINE MAJOR BOWEN TO QUARTERS, ( computer ) INCOMING DRONE, CONTACT IN 10 MINUTES, ( banging ) EDWARDS! EDWARDS! OPEN THE DOOR! YOU MUST STOP COLONEL ELLIOT! EDWARDS! 10 MINUTES TO GO, EDWARDS! EDWARDS! YOU GOTTA OPEN THE COMMLINK, LET ME TRY TO REACH MY BASE, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO? BREAK A PIECE, USE IT AS A CROWBAR, PRY THE DOOR OPEN, HE WILL SHOOT US, CAN'T SHOOT BOTH OF US AT ONCE, FORGET THE CROWBAR, LET'S GET THIS OVERRIDE PANEL OPEN, WE CAN'T PROVE YOUR BASE WASN'T SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, ALL THE CHIPS WERE ENCODED IN YOUR BASE AS WELL AS OURS, WE JUS SCAN THE CHIP, AND I'LL SHOW ELLIO HOW THE RECORDS ACCOUNT FOR IT, THE CANISTER DIDN'T HAVE A CHIP, THAT'S WHY ELLIOT WAS SURE YOUR BASE WAS SMUGGLING, THE TEST DRONES USED MOCK CANISTERS, ( computer ) INCOMING DRONE, WITHOUT ANY CHIPS? WE DIDN'T NEED THEM BECAUSE THE CANISTER DOESN'T CONTAIN ANY TRIRADIUM, EDWARDS! EDWARDS, I CAN PROVE THE COALITION WASN' SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM, EDWARDS, OPEN UP! I CAN PROVE IT, MAJOR, THINK YOU CAN STOP THIS? NOT FROM IN HERE, 8 MINUTES AND 42 SECONDS TO IMPACT, HOW MUCH TIME TO LAUNCH? MISSILES WILL BE READY IN FIVE, ANY WORD FROM PAZ? NO, MA'AM, LAUNCH AS SOON AS THEY'RE UP, ( computer ) INCOMING DRONE, CONTACT IN EIGHT MINUTES, YOU TWO DON'T NEED TO BE HERE, I'M STAYING, ME TOO, GET THE DOOR, HERE'S THE CANISTER THEY FOUND AT THE BUNKER, EASY, EASY, WELL, THERE'S NO TRIRADIUM CONTAMINATION ON THE OUTSIDE, THAT'S GOOD, RIGHT? THERE'S ONE WAY TO FIND OUT, OH, MAN, HERE GOES, ( banging ) DROP YOUR WEAPON! HE'S TRYING TO SAVE US, DROP YOUR WEAPON! YOU HIT A CANISTER, YOU'LL CONTAMINATE THE BASE! DROP YOUR WEAPON, MAJOR! IT'S SAND, IT'S ONLY SAND, ELLIOT! THERE'S ONLY SAND INSIDE THE CONTAINER! NOBODY'S SMUGGLING TRIRADIUM! WHY DID THEY LAUNCH THE DRONE? I DON'T KNOW! TO TES OUR DEFENSES, SIX MINUTES TO IMPACT, SAM, WAIT, TALK TO PAZ! WE'VE TRIED, THEY'RE NOT RESPONDING, FIRE MISSILES, FIRING MISSILES, NO! WAIT! WAIT! ( computer ) MISSILES FIRING, YOU'VE GO TO INITIATE SELF-DESTRUCT! ARREST THESE MEN AND MAJOR TALIF, CONFINE THEM TO AIRLOCK D, WELD THE DOOR SHUT, THERE'S NO SMUGGLING PLOT, THE HULL BREACH, TALIF'S TEAM GETTING KILLED WAS ALL A COINCIDENCE CAUSED BY THE SHOCK WAVE, WE'RE NOT AT WAR, MA'AM, I'M GETTING AN INCOMING TRANSMISSION FROM THE DRONE, PUT IT ON SCREEN! WE CAN HEAR THEM, THEY CAN'T HEAR US, WHY THE HELL AREN'T THEY ANSWERING US? PLEASE, THIS IS COLONEL PAZ! THE SHOCK WAVE HAS DESTROYED OUR BASE, WE HAVE MANY INJURED AND DYING! PLEASE COME IN! THE DESTRUCT CODE FOR THE MISSILES, THERE ISN'T ONE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN? IT WAS KILLED BY THE PROCESSOR, THERE'S NO DESTRUCT CODE, WE CAN'T STOP OUR MISSILES, THEN WE WRITE A NEW ONE, LET'S GET THOSE CODES HAPPENING, COALITION DRONE, COME IN PLEASE, FREE ALLIANCE ONE TO COALITION DRONE, PLEASE COME IN, FREE ALLIANCE ONE TO COALITION DRONE, PLEASE COME IN, ELLIT, CAN YOU HEAR ME? ( computer ) ALLIANCE MISSILES DETECTED, COALITION COUNTER-STRIKE INITIATED, OUR BASE HAS LAUNCHED A COUNTER-STRIKE, ( computer ) SIX COALITION MISSILES INCOMING, ALLIANCE ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEMS ACTIVATED, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? STEDETSKI? STEDETSKI? YEAH, I'M WORKING ON IT, WE'VE ESTABLISHED AUDIO CONTACT! TELL PAZ TO ABOR THOSE MISSILES, COLONEL PAZ, THIS IS MAJOR TALIF, ABORT THE MISSILES! COLONEL ELLIOT, THIS IS CAPTAIN ROSEN, THEY ARE NOT ARMED! I REPEAT! THEY'RE NOT ARMED! THIS IS NOT A TRICK! YOU MUST ABORT! WE LOST THE ABORT CODES! TELL PAZ TO ABORT! STEDETSKI? ( computer ) DESTRUCT CODE REJECTED, I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT! ( computer ) DESTRUCT CODE REJECTED, ABORT ALL MISSILES, ABORT STEDETSKI? ( computer ) TARGET DESTROYED, INCOMING COALITION MISSILES, IMPACT IN TWO MINUTES, FIRE THE ANTI-MISSILE MISSILES, MAYBE SOME OF US WILL SURVIVE, FIRING ANTI-MISSILE MISSILES, ( computer ) ANTI-MISSILE MISSILES FIRED, GET EVERYONE TO THE LOWER LEVELS, MOVE IT! GO! GO! GET DOWN THERE! LET'S GO! RIGHT NOW! MOVE IT! ( computer ) INCOMING COALITION MISSILES IMPAC IN 1 MINUTE, 30 SECONDS, SAM! SAM, LET'S GO! COME ON, LET'S GO! SAM! WE'RE NEVER GOING TO MAKE IT, COME ON! IN HERE! ( computer ) ANTI-MISSILE MISSILES INEFFECTIVE, ENEMY MISSILES WILL IMPAC IN 30 SECONDS, ( computer ) 20 SECONDS TO IMPACT, HERE, WE MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE IN HERE, ( computer ) 10 SECONDS TO IMPACT, JAMES? JAMES? JAMES, OH, ,, OH, THANK GOD, ( labored breathing ) ARE YOU OKAY? YOU OKAY? YEAH, ( turning radio on ) ELLIOT, ELLIOT, THIS IS BOWEN, CAN YOU READ? ANYBODY, OH, GOD, ,,OH, GOD, COME ON, COME ON, NICHOLS? STEDETSKI? ANYONE? CHARLIE? ( Talif ) EVERYBODY'S DEAD, THIS IS MAJOR TALIF, ANYBODY, PLEASE COME IN, THIS IS MAJOR TALIF, ANYBODY, ,, PLEASE COME IN, THEY'RE ALL GONE, OUR OXYGEN CAN' LAST FOREVER, LET'S SEE WHA ELSE WE HAVE LEFT, THIS IS THE EARTH CALLING FREE ALLIANCE BASE ONE, COME IN PLEASE, COLONEL ELLIOT, I REPEAT, IF YOU ARE RECEIVING US, PLEASE RESPOND, WE'VE HAD AN INCIDENT, ACTUALLY, SAM, IT'S A NIGHTMARE, AN ALLIANCE BASE WORKING ON AN ANTI-MATTER WEAPON PROTOTYPE WAS DESTROYED BY REACTOR FAILURE ON THE MOON, THE MOON COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED, I REPEAT, COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED, I CAN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE DESTRUCTION HERE ON EARTH, IT'S AS IF HELL ITSELF HAS COME ALIVE, THE ALLIANCE AND THE COALITION HAVE CALLED AN EMERGENCY MEETING, AND AS OF TWO HOURS AGO HAVE DECLARED A PERMANEN AND IMMEDIATE PEACE AGREEMEN SO WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON REBUILDING ALL OF OUR FUTURES, IT WAS CLOSE, SAM, IF THAT PROTOTYPE HAD BEEN POWERED BY TRIRADIUM, THE EARTH WOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY DESTROYED TOO, YOU'RE LUCKY YOU'RE NOT HERE, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THA WE COULD HAVE COME THIS CLOSE TO COMPLETE ANNIHILATION, THANK GOD YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DO THAT, YOU AND PAZ ARE AN INSPIRATION TO EVERYONE HERE ON EARTH, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, SAM, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, SPACE FORCES OUT, ( computer beeping ) ( James ) OH, MY GOD, LOOK AT THE EARTH, JAMES, LOOK, TRUST ME, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT, ( Control Voice ) IF MANKIND IS TO SURVIVE, WE MUST LEARN TO TRUST ONE ANOTHER, AND THAT TRUST BEGINS