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#402 : Bataille terrestre

Après toutes ces histoires, Kal-El est arrêté à cause de Lord Nor qui a montré les mauvaises intentions de Kal-El. Il doit être jugé par Trey et sa sentance sera d'être désintégré. Jonathan, Martha et Loïs assistent au procès et pendant le processus, Lord Nor marie Zara mais Ching arrive à ce moment et explique à Trey que ce n'est pas dans la loi.

Il devrait combattre Lord Nor en duel. Ils acceptent tous les deux. Ching exerce Kal-El avec les armes et il lui montre la manière de tuer à coup sûr. Le combat commence à Métropolis, Superman tient le coup malgré la force de Lord Nor.

Pendant ce temps, Loïs chercher qui a pu voler la kryptonite et elle apprend que c'est le général du Pentagone qui veut l'envoyer par gaz sur Superman mais Loïs lui donne une leçon et avertit Superman.

Alors Superman utilise la fameuse technique meurtrière mais le gaz est quand même lancé mais il vit grâce à Lord Nor et ses gardiens qui aspirent le gaz à sa place. Clark et Loïs retourne sur terre pour se marier au plus vite.

Note : 9.5/10

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Titre VO
Battleground Earth

Titre VF
Bataille terrestre

Première diffusion
29.09.1996

Première diffusion en France
06.05.1997

Plus de détails

Guest Star - 402



 Mark Kiely  Ching
 Justine Bateman  Zara
 Simon Templeton  Lord Nor
 J.G. Hertzler  Trey
 Mark Lindsay Chapman  Jen Mai
 Richard Grove  Cornol Cash
 Eric Allen Kramer  Drull
 Dan Hildebrand  Ran
 James Dumont  Ralph
 Rick Scarry  Rebel Worker
 Mark Kretzeman  Lieutenant Small

                             LOIS AND CLARK

                     THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN



                          "Battleground Earth"

                              EPISODE TWO

                  


                               Written by

                   Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner

                              Directed by

                           Philip J. Sgriccia




                              _CAST_


CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN

LOIS LANE

JIMMY OLSEN

PERRY WHITE

MARTHA KENT

JONATHAN KENT

ZARA

CHING

NOR

TREY

JEN MAI

RAN

DRULL

COLONEL CASH

MESSENGER

                            _LOCATIONS_


_INTERIORS_:                                   _EXTERIORS_:

Daily Planet                                  Daily Planet
   Newsroom
   Conference Room                            Smallville
                                                Town Hall
Lois' Apartment                                 Malt Shop
   Living Room
   Kitchen                                    Metropolis Street

 Malt Shop                                      *

 Mother Ship                                  Lois' Balcony
   Grand Chamber
   Bridal Chamber
   Corridor
 

                                _TEASER_

       FADE IN:


       RECAP

       Clark on Mother Ship, hearing Nor has gone to Earth; Clark
       reuniting with Lois, caught by Trey; Nor telling Smallville
       it's been taken over; Lois brought in as concubine; Nor
       vaporizes Cash's tanks; Clark and Lois smuggled into
       Smallville; Nor telling Clark he wants to get rid of him.


   1   EXT. SMALLVILLE - TOWN HALL - DAY #5 CONTINUED                                 1  

       RAN holds a weapon on JONATHAN and MARTHA, DRULL and a Guard
       hold CLARK; LORD NOR is in the middle of all of them,
       pleased by this turn of events.  LOIS watches nervously from
       the crowd in the square.

                                              NOR
                               (looking around him)
                         Well, well, we have here a tableau
                         of infinite possibilities, none of
                         them, unfortunately, pleasant for
                         you.

       He walks contemptuously up to Clark.

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         Do you try to escape and I kill the
                         Kents?  Do you attack me and I kill
                         you?  Do we do battle and I kill
                         all these Earth people?  Stop me if.
                         you're sensing a theme...

                                              CLARK
                               (menacingly)
                         You don't want to do battle with
                         me.

                                              NOR
                               (an inch from Clark's 
                                face)
                         Oh, but I do.  All my life I've
                         been one step away from marrying
                         Zara and taking the throne.  All my
                         life I've heard the lore of the
                         great House of El and its beloved
                         son..  my rival.  How I've hated
                         you.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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   1   CONTINUED:                                                                     1  

                                              CLARK
                         It's not me who kept you from the
                         throne... It's the law of your own
                         people.

                                              NOR
                         On the contrary, the law of my
                         people will _place_ me on the     
                         throne!  You are under arrest.

                                              CLARK
                         Under arrest for what?!                                       (X)

                                              MARTHA
                         He hasn't done anything!

                                              JONATHAN
                         You're the one who's breaking the
                         law!

                                              LOIS
                         You hired an assassin to kill him!
                         Is _that_ legal?!

       Nor slowly turns and regards them with utter contempt.

                                              NOR
                         Excuse me, do any of you hold
                         Kryptonian law degrees?

                                              LOIS
                         No.

                                              NOR
                         Then shut up.
                               (to Clark)
                         So, not content with ruling your
                         world, you wanted to rule mine.
                         Ambition'll be the end of you, Kal
                         El.
                               (nods to Kents and Lois)
                         And them as well.

                                                                  BLACK.

                             _END OF TEASE_


                            --page break--
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                               _ACT ONE_

       FADE IN:


   2   EXT. CORNER MALT. SHOP - DAY                                                   2  

       Jonathan and Martha stand chained to the post outside the
       door, flanked by two Kryptonian Guards with drawn weapons.
       Lois arrives, escorted by Ran.

                                              MARTHA
                         Lois, dear, are you alright?

                                              LOIS
                         Are _you_ two alright?
                               (crossly, to Ran)
                         Could you at least get them chairs
                         or something?

                                              RAN
                         On New Krypton we do not give
                         hostages chairs.

       She storms inside, drags out two wire ice cream parlor
       chairs, all during:

                                              LOIS
                         You know what?  I don't _like_ New
                         Krypton.  There, I said it.  I know
                         you're supposed to be so
                         intellectually advanced, but I
                         think you're a bunch of creeps and
                         I am sorry Kal El even gave you the
                         time of day much less sacrificed
                         everything to save your stupid
                         planet.

       During this, she's placed the chairs for Jonathan and Martha
       and they've slid their chains down the pole and sat down.

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                               (to Kents)
                         Are you comfortable?
                               (to Ran)
                         So're you gonna shoot us over a
                         couple of chairs?  I don't think                              (X)
                         so!  'Cause we're the only hold                               (X)
                         you've _got_ over my friend Kal El
                         who'd be out here in maybe two
                         seconds to mop the floor with you.

       The Kents applaud with their shackled hands.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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   2   CONTINUED:                                                                     2  

                                              JONATHAN
                         Well said, Lois.

                                              MARTHA
                         Hear, hear, Honey.

                                              RAN
                         Silence!
                               (to Lois)
                         You.  Inside.


   3   INT. MALT SHOP - DAY                                                           3  

       Clark stands near the counter, anxiously watching the
       exchange outside, watched over by a Guard.

                                              RAN
                         Kal El.  In accordance with your
                         legal rights, you have a visitor, a
                         particularly vile Earth woman.

                                              LOIS
                         Watch it, I'm his favorite
                         concubine.

       Ran glares at her, and he and the Guard leave.  Lois runs to
       Clark, throwing her arms around him, as:

                                              CLARK
                         Lois, you've gotta be careful with
                         these guys.  Get 'em' angry and they
                         might...

                                              LOIS
                         I know.  I'm sorry.  I get upset
                         and shoot my mouth off; I don't
                         know if you've noticed.

                                              CLARK
                               (smiling)
                         I have.
                               (kisses her, then nods at
                                the room)
                         When I was a kid, I used to sit
                         right on that stool, eating a
                         banana split.  Never thought I'd be
                         locked up in here with my parents
                         chained up outside and the world
                         about to be taken over.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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   3   CONTINUED:                                                                     3  

                                              LOIS
                               (touches his face)
                         I know.  It's always something.
                               (then)
                         Clark, how can they arrest you?
                         Aren't you the king or something?

                                              CLARK
                         Under their law, if one Noble
                         charges another with a crime, a
                         tribunal has to be convened.  But
                         the Elders can't convict me...  I
                         haven't _done_ anything.

                                              LOIS
                         See, _you're_ so good, you assume
                         justice will prevail.  This is not
                         something I assume.

                                              CLARK
                               (holding her)
                         Lois, I'm gonna beat this guy Nor.
                         Then the Kryptonians can go back                              (X)
                         and solve their _own_ problems, and
                         faster than a speeding bullet,
                         we're gonna get married.

                                              LOIS
                               (smiles)
                         Can you make it any faster than
                         that?

                                              CLARK
                               (quietly)
                         Try to find out if they know about
                         Kryptonite.  It's the one thing
                         that could be a problem.

                                              LOIS
                               (quietly)
                         As far as I can tell, they _don't_
                         know about it.  For a bright bunch       (X)
                         of aliens, they sure haven't done
                         their homework.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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   3   CONTINUED:  2                                                                  3  

                                              CLARK
                         Then why's he so confident of
                         winning?  What _does_ he have?

                                              LOIS
                         That's what I will try to find out.

       She grabs him in a big kiss, we...

                                                                  CUT TO:

   4   INT. DAILY PLANET - ON CLOCK - NIGHT #5                                        4  

       Deathly silence.  The clock reads 3:00 A.M.  PULL BACK to
       find a newsroom packed with government and military types,
       watching the clock, speaking in low murmurs.  PERRY comes
       out of his office with ZARA.

                                              PERRY
                         Judas Priest, it's like a tomb in
                         here.
                               (loud, to room)
                         Look, you all may call this your
                         headquarters, but it's still my
                         newsroom, so stop looking glum.
                         Superman's on the case.                                       (X)

                                              ZARA
                         Still, one more day, and this whole
                         planet may be at war.  The world's                            (X)
                         military gave Kal El just 48 hours                            (X)
                         to find out what's going on in
                         Smallville.

       COLONEL CASH strolls up, chewing on an unlit cigar.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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   4   CONTINUED:                                                                     4  

                                              COLONEL CASH
                         I'll tell you what's goin' on.                                (X)
                         We've got a wacko Martian on our
                         hands and he's gotta be taken out!

                                              TREY/CHING
                         Martian?

                                              COLONEL CASH
                         A generic term for anyone who's
                         never had a Big Mac.

       JIMMY races in.

                                              JIMMY
                         Chief, bad news...  Superman told                             (X)
                         Star Labs to get their Kryptonite
                         ready for use...  Only there isn't                            (X)
                         any.  It was stolen from their
                         vault.  No sign of forced entry...
                         It must've been someone on the
                         inside.

                                              PERRY
                               (glancing around)
                         Or... someone with super powers.

                                              JIMMY
                         That's what Dr. Klein said.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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   4   CONTINUED:  2                                                                  4  

                                              CHING
                         If Nor _does_ know Kryptonite's
                         power and uses it against him...

                                              ZARA
                         ...he will marry me and assume the
                         throne...

                                              TREY
                         ... My dear, you continue to paint
                         far too bleak a picture of Lord
                         Nor.

       JEN MAI rushes in through the same door Jimmy entered
       through.

                                              JEN MAI
                         I have bad news.

                                              PERRY                                    (X)
                         Anyone ever come through that door                            (X)
                         with _good_ news?

                                              JEN MAI
                         Kal El has surrendered to Nor, who
                         invites us to meet him in
                         Smallville.

                                              TREY
                               (to Zara)
                         I still maintain Nor is, at heart,
                         loyal to the Nobility.  Do what you
                         should've done from the beginning.
                         Go to this Smallville and confront
                         him.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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   4   CONTINUED:  3                                                                  4  

                                              JEN MAI
                               (craftily, to Zara)
                         You have the full backing of the
                         Council of Elders.

                                              ZARA
                         Well, if you feel that's best...

                                              PERRY
                         Then it's a done deal.  Olsen!  Tag
                         along with these folks and get word
                         to Lois and Superman about the
                         Kryptonite.  Oh, and get the usual
                         inside-the-force-field photos.
                               (catches himself)
                         If that's okay with your ladyship.

       Zara smiles, nods approval.

                                              JIMMY
                         Great!  Thanks.  And thanks, Chief.

       The Kryptonians start out; Jimmy catches up with Ching.

                                              JIMMY (CONT'D)
                         Listen... Ching... think I oughta
                         wear one of those black suits like
                         Kal El has?  Just.. so I'd fit in
                         better.
                               (off Ching's look;
                                following him out)
                         It's not like I'd look _bad_ or
                         anything...  I've really lowered my
                         percentage of body fat...

                                                                  CUT TO:


   5   EXT. SMALLVILLE - TOWN HALL - DAY #6                                           5  

       Nor is in discussion with Ran when Drull approaches with a
       document.

                                              DRULL
                         A citizens committee has drawn up a
                         petition.  They demand more food
                         and water for the people.

                                              NOR
                         That's only fair.  Kill the
                         committee and distribute their
                         portions to the rest.
                               (to Ran)
                         Leadership is problem solving.

       Drull is going Nor turned back to his discussion; when a
       huge shadow comes over them.  They all look up.


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   6   EXT. SMALLVILLE - THE ENTIRE TOWN - DAY                                        6  

       The bubble remains over the city.  And over the bubble looms
       the huge Mother Ship.


   7   EXT. TOWN HALL - DAY                                                           7  

       Nor smiles craftily.

                                              NOR
                         I thought they'd never get here.
                         Order the field made penetrable by
                         thought transmission.


   8   INT. MOTHER SHIP - GRAND CHAMBER - DAY                                         8  

       Zara closes her eyes while Trey, Jen Mai, and Ching look on.

                                              ZARA (V.O.)
                         Lord Nor.  It is Zara.  I hereby
                         order you to open the force field.


   9   EXT. TOWN HALL - DAY                                                           9  

       Ran and Drull look up anxiously.  Nor listens, bored.

                                    ZARA (V.O.)
                         ... You are here without
                         authorization of the Council of
                         Elders and have much to explain...


  10   INT. MALT SHOP - DAY                                                          10  

       Lois stares at Clark, who's anxiously looking up, tuning in.

                                              LOIS
                         What?

                                              CLARK
                         It's Zara.  They're here.


  11   INT. MOTHER SHIP - DAY                                                        11  

       Zara continues to focus.

                                              ZARA (V.O.)
                         ... Not only to me, but to your
                         people.

       Jimmy abruptly enters, grumpy, wearing a baggy black jump
       suit.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  11   CONTINUED:                                                                    11  

                                              JIMMY
                               (pulling unhappily at the
                                baggy material)
                         Ching, my man, could you have a
                         talk with the guy who hands out
                         suits...?

       The Elders glare, as:

                                              CHING
                         Ssshh!

       Chastened, Jimmy apologetically backs off.  Ching closes his
       eyes to focus.

                                              ZARA (V.O.)
                         ... The entire Council joins me in
                         warning you not to resist our...

       Jimmy has brought up his camera.  FLASH!  Zara's and Ching's
       eyes fly open, as they reel,


  12   EXT. TOWN HALL - DAY                                                          12  

       Nor listens, puzzled, to:

                                              ZARA (V.O.)
                         Jimmy, we are trying to
                         communicate!

                                              CHING (V.O.)
                         Just go sit over there.

       Nor taps his head as if to clear a faulty connection, and:

                                              NOR (V.O.)
                         Look, before you go invoking the
                         Council, the law, and all that's
                         sacred, let me extend you my
                         sincerest welcome.


  13   INT. MOTHER SHIP - GRAND CHAMBER - DAY                                        13  

       Zara and the others tune in to:

                                              NOR (V.O.)
                         As always, I remain the Council's
                         most humble servant.

                                              TREY
                         Words of reason, Lady Zara.  I fear
                         Lord Nor's been judged too harshly.


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  14   INT. MALT SHOP - DAY                                                          14  

       Clark listens, suspicious, opens eyes, glances at Lois.

                                              CLARK
                         He's giving them permission to
                         land.  What's he up to?


  15   EXT. TOWN HALL - DAY                                                          15  

       Ran and Drull flank Nor; the remaining Guards stand at
       attention in two rows before them, forming a wide aisle.

                                              NOR
                               (slyly)
                         Look sharp, Lads.  We do want to
                         give our... ruler... a most fitting
                         welcome.

       A FLASH and Zara, Ching, Jimmy (still in black suit), Trey,                     (X)
       and Jen Mai stand in the aisle between the rows of guards.
       Lord Nor makes a sweeping bow; the rows of Guards fall to
       their faces in a kowtow.  Zara impatiently waves for them to
       rise, which they do.

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         My most humble greeting, Lady Zara
                         of New Krypton, and to the Council
                         at whose pleasure she rules.

                                              ZARA
                               (unimpressed)
                         Lord Nor.  You've taken Kal El
                         prisoner, and we order his release.
                         We also order you to surrender this
                         territory.

                                              NOR
                               (another bow; oozing
                                slime:)
                         Of course, my Lady, if that is what
                         the Council wishes.
                               (to Council)
                         My Lords, my hope had been to
                         present you with a full report
                         about colonizing the Earth...

                                              ZARA
                         'Colonizing?!'  We _have_ a home!

                                              NOR
                         A temporary one, I feel.  Lord
                         Trey, wasn't our charter to find
                         the most _hospitable_ home for our
                         people?
                                              (MORE)

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  15   CONTINUED:                                                                    15  

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         Can we think that barren wasteland                            (X)
                         we live on is preferable to the                               (X)
                         lushness of _Earth_?                                          (X)

       He gestures around; Trey considers this.                                        (X)

                                              CHING
                         Our planet is _not_ temporary.  The
                         charter is fulfilled!

       Infuriated, Ran and Drull take a step toward Ching.

                                              NOR
                         No, no, I beg you not to lash the
                         Lieutenant for his boldness; even
                         though the law demands it.

                                              TREY
                         Very generous.  Perhaps we should
                         wait until your report is complete.
                         Provided the townspeople are
                         unharmed.

                                              NOR
                         Even today, I increased their
                         rations of food and water.  As to
                         Kal El, I'm merely holding him for
                         tribunal, since he has the power to
                         elude us.

                                              ZARA
                         _What_ tribunal?!

                                              NOR
                               (pleasantly)
                         A tribunal must judge any charges
                         brought by one Noble against
                         another.

                                              ZARA
                               (astounded)
                         And what could Lord Kal El possibly
                         be charged with?

                                              NOR
                               (still pleasant)
                         The same as you, Zara.  Destroying                            (X)
                         the royal bloodline... Betraying                              (X)
                         your people.  In short:                                       (X)
                             (deadly serious)
                         High treason.                                                 (X)


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  16   INT. MALT SHOP - DAY                                                          16  

       Clark's been tuning in.  His eyes fly open.  Lois stares
       anxiously.

                                              LOIS
                         What?  _What_?

                                                                  BLACK.

                            _END OF ACT ONE_


                            --page break--
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                               _ACT TWO_

       FADE IN:


  17   INT. DAILY PLANET - ON PAMPHLET - DAY                                         17  

       The pamphlet has a happy face drawn on its cover and the
       words "New Krypton: We'll Have a World of Fun."  PULL BACK
       to find the Planeteers, Perry, Colonel Cash, the Military
       and Government Types, all standing, stunned, holding
       pamphlets, listening to:

                                              JEN MAI (O.S.)
                               (the sunny P.R. Man)
                         ... Lord Nor commends the Earthly
                         governments for ordering their
                         military units not to interfere
                         with the reorganization of this
                         planet.


  18   INCLUDE JEN MAI                                                               18  

       He floats above the crowd, reading from a tablet.

                                              JEN MAI
                         Being annexed by New Krypton is a
                         lot like getting amiable, some say
                         fun-loving new neighbors, except
                         you'll be our slaves.  We will take
                         over one major city at a time,
                         beginning with Metropolis.  Any
                         city resisting this opportunity                               (X)
                         will be annihilated.  Thanks for                              (X)
                         your cooperation, and welcome to
                         the New Krypton family!

       He smiles, waves and BLURS out the window as the room erupts
       in an UPROAR.


  19   PERRY, COLONEL CASH                                                           19  

                                              PERRY
                         Great shades of Elvis, you ever                               (X)
                         hear such unmitigated gall?!  And                             (X)
                         when did _that_ rascal switch
                         sides?!

                                              COLONEL CASH
                               (crossing to phone)
                         Well, we're not just gonna sit
                         still for this...  I'm calling the
                         Pentagon!  The U.N. has to let the
                         military _act_.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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                                              PERRY
                         But Colonel, what can you _do_
                         against these people?  You've
                         already lost men trying to stop
                         'em...  You simply don't have a
                         weapon that's effective against
                         Kryptonians.

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  20   EXT. TOWN SQUARE - WITH DRULL - TRACKING - DAY                                20  

       Drull strides through the exhausted Smallville people,
       ordering them into formation for work detail, passing out
       picks and shovels.

                                              DRULL
                         Up!  Up!  Up!  Form up for work
                         detail!  You!  Up!
                               (points)
                         And you!  Get in line.                                        (X)

       CAMERA REVEALS a startled Jimmy, who points questioningly to
       himself.

                                              DRULL (CONT'D)
                         Yes you.  You in the baggy suit.                              (X)

                                              JIMMY
                               (annoyed)
                         Hey!

       Drull turns around to harass other workers and Jimmy starts
       shuffling toward the line as Lois slithers up to him.

                                              LOIS
                               (an urgent whisper)
                         Jimmy!

                                              JIMMY
                         You notice these aliens have a lot
                         of attitude?

                                              LOIS
                         This Kryptonite you said was stolen
                         from Star Labs... Hear any talk
                         about it?

                                              JIMMY
                         No, and I've been nosin' around
                         since I got here.

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                                              LOIS
                         Me, too.  No one's saying anything,
                         but Nor's got _some_ game plan here
                         and I'll bet he's got it.

       In the b.g. Drull has been approached by a Guard, who's told
       him something, pointing to Lois.  Drull comes over.

                                              DRULL
                         You.  Concubine.

                                              LOIS
                               (had it)
                         Okay, let's just get one thing
                         straight!  I am not a concubine!

                                              DRULL
                               (leers, winks)
                         Sure.  Baby.
                               (then)
                         You are to report to the palace.
                         The trial is about to commence.

       He takes her arm, starts away with her.

                                              JIMMY
                         Hey, what about me?!  I'm with the
                         press!

                                              DRULL
                         This is a Kryptonian matter, and no
                         one of your species is to attend.
                         Unless they are evidence.

       He continues on with Lois, who suddenly freezes, staring at
       him.

                                              LOIS
                         '_Evidence_?'

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  21   EXT. SMALLVILLE - FULL SHOT - MOTHER SHIP - DAY                               21  

       The Mother Ship hovers over the town as we hear:

                                              NOR (V.O.)
                         ... My Lords of the Tribunal of                               (X)
                         Elders, the evidence is all too
                         clear...


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  22   INT. GRAND CHAMBER - ON NOR - DAY                                             22  

                                              NOR
                         ... That Kal El and Lady Zara did
                         willingly enter into a cynical pact
                         to delude the people of New Krypton
                         and place Zara illegally on the
                         throne!

       MURMURS all around.

                                              CLARK (O.S.)
                         That is a lie!

       WHIP PAN to a dramatic SHOT of Clark, in his black
       Kryptonian suit, standing on a short raised platform, a
       prisoner's dock, full of anger.  Zara, on a similar platform
       nearby, tries to motion him quiet.

                                              CLARK (CONT'D)
                         Everything I've done was for the
                         _good_ of New Krypton.


  23   WIDER                                                                         23  

       The Grand Chamber's been reconfigured as a courtroom, with
       spectators (all Kryptonian) a seated Lois and Ching, the
       Kents (menacing guards on either side of them), and a small                     (X)
       raised dais where the Jen Mai and Trey, in sleeveless
       ceremonial robes, sits behind a table.

                                              NOR
                         And who would _you_ be to judge
                         what is 'good for New Krypton?!'
                               (whirling on judges)
                         My Lords, Kal El was raised on
                         Earth... A virtual half breed!
                         Awash in the primitive teachings of
                         these simple rustics...

       He gestures toward the Kents.

                                              MARTHA
                         You watch your mouth.

                                              JONATHAN
                         He's the best son we could've hoped
                         for.

                                              NOR
                               (revolted)
                         No doubt.
                               (to the room)
                         To anoint Kal El our ruler is to
                         place an Earthling on the throne!

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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       Horrified BUZZING from spectators, the Tribunal glances and
       murmurs to each other.

                                              CLARK
                         I'm _proud_ of how I was raised.
                         If I knew nothing about Krypton,
                         it's because I was sent here as a
                         baby...

                                              NOR
                         Your heritage was preserved for you
                         in the ship you arrived in.
                         Holograms... writings...

                                              CLARK
                         In a language I didn't know!

                                              NOR
                         You mean a language of no interest
                         to an Earth child!  The same child
                         who would become a man and give his
                         heart to...
                               (spins and points to
                                Lois)
                         An Earth woman!

       Horrified gasps from the assembled as Nor furiously whirls
       back to Clark.

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         Do you deny you were in love with
                         this creature?  That you had her
                         smuggled into the palace as your
                         'concubine?'  That you planned to
                         _marry_ her, in direct violation of
                         Kryptonian law?!!

       Loud MURMUR from the galleries.

                                              TREY
                         Silence!  Silence!  There will be
                         order to these proceedings!

                                              CLARK
                         I _left_ her on Earth!  I _left_ to
                         bring _peace_ to your planet!

                                              NOR
                               (amused)
                         Did you now?  And wasn't that a
                         ruse, too?

       The crowd reacts as Nor waves a hand and a screen
       materializes; on it is the recorded image of Lois and Clark
       kissing passionately outside her building.  More gasps.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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                                              CLARK (V.O.)
                         You see?  I told you I'd come back.

                                              LOIS (V.O.)
                         And you did...
                               (beat)
                         Don't ever leave me again....

                                              CLARK (V.O.)
                         I won't.

                                              TREY
                               (unnerved)
                         I'm sad to say I witnessed this
                         myself.

                                              ZARA
                         There is no question he loved this
                         woman... But also no question what
                         his intentions were when he left
                         Earth!

                                              NOR
                               (pleasantly)
                         Ah, his intentions.  I'm so glad
                         you brought that up...

       He waves his hand and we hear:

                                              ZARA (V.O.)
                         You saved yourself for her?

                                              CLARK (V.O.)
                         Yes.

                                              ZARA
                               (outraged, to Nor)                                      (X)
                         How dare you?!                                                (X)

                                              ZARA (V.O.)
                         And I've saved myself for Ching.

                                              CLARK (V.O.)
                         Then we're agreed?  Not partners in
                         bed, but partners in battle.

       Horrified GASPS as Nor whirls on them:

                                              NOR
                         Do you deny you never intended to
                         produce an heir as demanded by
                         law?!  That this 'marriage' was
                         never consummated?!  That you have
                         no intention of doing so?!

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       Trey shifts uncomfortably, having some inside knowledge of
       this, as the room erupts in more angry murmuring.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         A sham marriage for the sole
                         purpose of snatching the throne
                         from the proper bridegroom:  Me.

                                              CLARK
                         That's not true!

                                              NOR
                         Oh no?

       He waves his hand once more.

                                              CLARK (V.O.)
                         ... Lois, I'm gonna beat this guy
                         Nor.  And with him out of the way,
                         the Kryptonians can go back and
                         solve their _own_ problems.... and
                         we're gonna get married.

                                              NOR
                         In a single speech, Kal El reveals
                         his plans to...
                               (ticking them off on his
                                fingers)
                         Abandon the people he'd pledged to
                         rule, commit adultery and bigamy,
                         and... Murder a fellow Noble!!

                                              LOIS
                               (leaping up)
                         No, you tried to murder _him_!!

                                              TREY
                         Silence, concubine!

                                              LOIS
                         For the last time, I am not a
                         concubine!!

                                              NOR
                         From her own lips!  A confession of
                         her subterfuge!!  And where is one
                         shred of proof of this wild-eyed
                         murder allegation?

                                              ZARA
                         I saw the assassin Tez!

                                              CHING
                         As did I!

                                              CLARK
                         Me, too.

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                                              NOR
                               (a pitying stare)
                         Well, there's an air tight case if
                         I ever heard one.

       Clark jumps from the dock, strides toward the tribunal.

                                              CLARK
                         Do you see the railroad job going                             (X)
                         on here?!  All Zara and I are
                         guilty of is trying to save our
                         people.
                               (emotionally)
                         Because I was grateful to the
                         planet that gave me life, and to my
                         father, Jor El, who _saved_ my
                         life.  My father was honest and
                         good, so I imagined a great society
                         with noble ideals...
                               (beat)
                         And I imagined saving it from war
                         was worth turning my back on
                         everything and everyone I loved.

                                              NOR
                               (quiet; slow; dark)
                         Oh, it is a noble society, Kal El,
                         and you are its nightmare: A
                         duplicitous, lying half breed bent
                         on seizing the throne, ending the
                         bloodline, and diluting the
                         culture.
                               (to tribunal;
                                thundering:)
                         If you do not banish him, my Lords,
                         no telling what he'll do to you!
                         And to Lady Zara!  The ruling
                         couple of New Krypton will most
                         likely be the half breed and his
                         earthly slut!

       With this he points to Lois.  Clark charges him!

                                              CLARK
                         NOR!!

       Nor spins in horror, but Drull and Ran leap into Clark's
       way, wrestling him back toward the dock as all in the
       courtroom leap to their feet, shouting in confusion.

                                              TREY
                               (jumping up, shouting)
                         Silence!  Silence!  There _will_ be
                         order!!

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  24   INT. BRIDAL CHAMBER - LOOKING DOWN AT CLOSEUP OF ZARA - DAY                   24  

       She lies on the bed, lost in miserable thought. We hear the
       DOOR OPEN, and we PULL BACK and DOWN as she sits up to see
       Nor standing in the doorway.  He smiles evilly, closes the
       door.

                                              NOR
                         Well, Lady Zara.  On the bridal bed
                         at last.  Dare I hope to soon be
                         joining you?

       He goes to side table, pours wine into an ornate cup.

                                              ZARA
                         You proved nothing in court.  All
                         you did was prey on their fears and
                         prejudices.

                                              NOR
                               (drinking)
                         Brilliantly, if I do say so.  Ooh,
                         I'm sipping from the wedding cup...
                         I take to all this quite naturally.
                               (coming closer)
                         By the way, I've begged the Council
                         for leniency in your case.  Care to
                         show your gratitude in some
                         inventive way?

                                              ZARA
                         Get out.

                                              NOR
                         Tossing your husband from the
                         bedchamber's no way to start a
                         marriage.

                                              ZARA
                         You'll never be my husband.

                                              NOR

                         I beg to differ.  With Kal El gone,
                         I'm next pig at the trough.
                               (leaning over her,
                                leering:)
                         And I assure you.  _I'll_ have no
                         trouble consummating the marriage.

       Furious, Zara slaps him hard.  He reels back, glaring.

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         Not feeling romantic, dearest?  I
                         swear, this'll be the _last_ time
                         you deny me.

       He heads for the door, pauses, looks back at her.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         You've lived on this idiot planet
                         too long, Zara.  And grown far too
                         emotional.

       And he stalks out.  She sinks down on the bed, looking
       helplessly around, and we...

                                                                  CUT TO:

  25   INT. GRAND CHAMBER - ON METAL CYLINDER - DAY                                  25  

       BUZZ of spectators.  The cylinder hangs from a metal
       armature.  It is struck with a mallet, making a GONG-like
       ring.  PULL BACK and PAN to Trey.

                                              TREY
                         This chamber will come to order.
                         Come to order.


  26   NEW ANGLE                                                                     26  

       As Lois takes her seat.  Doors open and Clark is escorted
       in.  He glances over at his parents, still under guard and
       threatened by weapons.  Then he looks over at Lois.


  27   LOIS                                                                          27  

       She and Clark lock eyes, never leaving each other's gaze as:


  28   THE ROOM                                                                      28  

       Zara, Ching and Nor have entered.  The Tribunal is seated.

                                              TREY
                         Having considered all the evidence,
                         the tribunal will render its
                         verdict.


  29   QUICK SHOTS - THE KENTS - NOR - LOIS - CLARK - ZARA                           29  


  30   BACK TO SCENE                                                                 30  

                                              TREY
                         Kal El... Of the charges of high
                         treason and conspiracy... The
                         Tribunal finds you....
                               (beat)
                         Guilty as charged.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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       Big reaction from the courtroom.  Lois and the Kents leap
       up, are threatened by Guards.

                                              TREY (CONT'D)
                         And we do hereby direct for you to
                         be banished forever...  That your
                         body be disintegrated and your
                         molecules scattered over countless
                         distant galaxies.

       More reaction from the room.

                                              TREY (CONT'D)
                         That is the sentence of this court.

       The Tribunal stands to leave.  The Kents and Zara look
       stricken.  Nor looks smug.  Lois tries to rush to Clark, is
       wrestled back and..

                                                                  BLACK.

                            _END OF ACT TWO_



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       FADE IN:


  31   INT. GRAND CHAMBER - DAY                                                      31  

       There's a stunned silence.  Guards restrain Clark; Ran and
       Drull aim weapons at the Kents.

                                              NOR
                         I assume the sentence will be
                         carried out post haste.

                                              LOIS
                         What about Kal El's appeal?!

                                              NOR
                         Admittedly he's well built.  But a
                         bit dull for my tastes.

                                              LOIS
                         I _meant_ his legal options.

                                              NOR
                         Oh that.  There are none.

                                              CLARK
                               (to the Council)
                         Council, you've been used.  Lied                              (X)
                         to and manipulated to get me outta
                         the way.  So Nor could threaten the
                         people of this planet with
                         extinction.

                                              NOR
                         The ravings of a condemned man, My
                         Lords, for which there is not one
                         shred of proof!

                                              ZARA
                               (to the Council)
                         Kal El is your ruler!  Surely his
                         case is entitled to more
                         consideration than this!

                                              NOR
                         Kal El only rules so long as he is
                         married to you.

                                              TREY
                         The Tribunal has annulled your
                         marriage.

                                              ZARA
                         _What_?

                                              (CONTINUED)


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                                              NOR
                               (drawing close to Clark)
                         He is a mongrel dog, unfit to lead,
                         unworthy of your hand.  An impostor
                         who has been unmasked.  Any last
                         words, Mongrel?

       Clark's hand whips away from the Guard and his fingers close
       around Nor's neck, lifting him off the ground.

                                              CLARK
                         I'm a man of few words.

                                              NOR
                               (struggling to speak)
                         Slit their throats.

       Ran and Drull bring weapons closer to the Kents.                                (X)

                                              CLARK
                         No!                                                           (X)

       Clark considers his options, is forced to back down.                            (X)

                                              CLARK (CONT'D)
                               (murderously calm)
                         One day you'll have nothing to hide
                         behind.  And it'll just be you and
                         me.  And you'll be made to answer
                         for all the lives you've ruined.

       For a moment they hold each other's eyes, then Nor smiles
       contemptuously and turns away, grabbing Zara's arm.  He
       sweeps out, followed by Jen Mai and Trey.

                                              NOR
                         Come along, gentlemen!  You're
                         invited to a wedding!

                                              ZARA
                         No!!

       Trey pauses at the door.

                                              TREY
                         The prisoner shall be placed in the
                         molecular disbander.

       He turns and goes as a shiny cylinder suddenly APPEARS
       before Clark.

                                              LOIS
                         Clark!!

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       One eye on his parents, Clark moves toward the cylinder,
       escorted by Ran.  Martha and Jonathan can't bear it anymore
       and finally:

                                              MARTHA
                         Clark, don't do it.

                                              JONATHAN
                         We kept thinking the Tribunal would
                         free you, but now...

                                              MARTHA
                         Honey, a lot more lives are at
                         stake than ours...

                                              JONATHAN
                         Get out of here, Clark.

       Clark hesitates for a moment, looks from his parents to
       Lois, who watches him pleadingly.

                                              CLARK
                         I... can't do that, Dad.  They'd                              (X)
                         kill you.

       He is inside the cylinder, which begins to VIBRATE
       ominously.


  32                                                                                 32  
THRU   OMITTED                                                                     THRU  
  33                                                                                 33  


  34   INT. BRIDAL CHAMBER - DAY                                                     34  

       Trey concludes the ceremony.

                                              TREY
                         ... Thus ends this ceremony which
                         binds you together.

                                              NOR
                               (whirls to Zara)
                         Kiss me, my pet.

       She slaps him another time.

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                                              ZARA                                     (X)
                         I'd rather die.                                               (X)

       A MESSENGER rushes in.                                     
                                                                                       (X)
                                              MESSENGER
                         My lord Nor!  I have urgent news!
                         Metropolis has refused to
                         surrender.

                                              ZARA
                         I knew this would happen!

                                              NOR
                         Shut up, beloved!

                                              TREY
                         Metropolis?

                                              NOR
                         I was conducting delicate
                         negotiations for our people to
                         share the city...

                                              TREY
                         By ordering it to surrender?

                                              NOR
                         I had to have _some_ leverage!

                                              JEN MAI
                         Lord Nor is our leader now, Trey.
                         He is not to be questioned.

       Trey looks from Jen Mai to the triumphant sneer of Nor, now
       realizing how things are aligned.

                                              TREY
                               (quietly)
                         I see.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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                                              MESSENGER
                         Any response sir?

       Nor whirls on the man and VAPORIZES him with a blast of HEAT
       VISION.

                                              NOR
                         That was 'yes.'
                               (turns to the Elders)
                         My Lord Jen Mai!  Alert my
                         generals.  We proceed to
                         Metropolis.  Where we will destroy
                         the city.

       He seizes the squirming Zara by the shoulders, gives her an
       enormous kiss, flings her back on the bed and stalks out.                       (X)
       A shaken Trey stares after him.

                                              TREY
                               (hollow)
                         He's mad.

                                              ZARA
                               (glaring at him)
                         Yes.
                               (beat)
                         He is.

                                        JEN MAI
                         Careful.  As I'm sure I needn't
                         remind you... such words are
                         treasonous.

       He smiles craftily at Trey, gives Zara a limp bow, and goes.


  35   INT. GRAND CHAMBER - ON LOIS                                                  35  

       She stares in horror.


  36   THE KENTS                                                                     36  

       Jonathan holds Martha, who's in tears.


  37   THE ROOM                                                                      37  

       The cylinder, with Clark inside, is all but gone.  Ran and
       Drull are gone, and two Guards oversee the procedure.


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  38   INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE BRIDAL CHAMBER - DAY                                    38  

       Exhausted and distraught, Trey stumbles from the Bridal
       Chamber, leans against a wall.  A beat, and Ching hurries
       down the corridor to him, carrying an ancient-looking
       tablet.

                                              CHING
                         Lord Trey!  There's been an
                         oversight.  The court must allow
                         two nobles vying for the throne to
                         settle their differences privately!

                                              TREY
                               (wearily)
                         Yes, yes, the Right of Challenge.
                         An ancient law.  Almost never used.
                         In any event, Kal El didn't request
                         it...

                                              CHING
                         He didn't know of it!
                               (waving tablet)
                         _I_ barely knew of it...

                                              TREY
                         As a traitor he's lost the Right...
                         Stripped of his title.... The
                         verdict is irreversible.

                                              CHING
                               (firmly)
                         If he was not informed of the Right
                         before the trial, the verdict is                              (X)
                         _illegal_.

       Trey slowly looks up at him, hope creeping into his eyes.
       He grabs Ching and they hurry off.


  39   INT. GRAND CHAMBER - DAY                                                      39  

       The VIBRATING HUM is horrendous, the cylinder nearly
       invisible.  Lois lurches away from a Guard and staggers
       toward the vanishing Clark.

                                              LOIS
                         No... no....

       The cylinder is gone.  Ching and Trey stride into the room.

                                              TREY
                         Reverse the procedure at once!
                         Bring Kal El back!

                                              JEN MAI (O.S.)
                         You'll do no such thing!!


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  40   NEW ANGLE                                                                     40  

       as JEN MAI angrily roars in.  The Guards look from one to
       the other in confusion.

                                              CHING
                         Kal El was denied his legal rights!

                                              JEN MAI
                         Lord Nor will determine his rights!

                                              TREY
                         Nor follows the same laws we all
                         do!

                                              JEN MAI
                         Do this, Trey, and you'll answer to
                         Nor!

                                              TREY
                         If Nor breaks the law, he answers
                         to _me_!

                                              LOIS
                         HEY!!

       They turn and stare.

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Kal El's being scattered all over
                         the Milky Way!  So shouldn't
                         someone _do_ something, and maybe
                         you could measure your manhood...
                         later?

       Trey glares at Jen Mai, grabs the controlling device from
       the hands of a Guard, and spins the knob.

                                              TREY
                               (weary of her)                                          (X)
                         Frankly, I don't know _what_ Kal El
                         sees in you.

       Lois looks over at him.


  41   THE ROOM                                                                      41  

       The cylinder gradually RE-MATERIALIZES with Clark inside.
       Jen Mai charges furiously out of the room.  Clark stumbles
       from the cylinder, trying to get his bearings.  Martha
       rushes up to him, embracing him.

                                              MARTHA
                         Clark!  Oh, honey, I thought we'd
                         lost you.

                                              CLARK
                         Careful, Mom, I'm a little shaky...


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  42   CLOSE ON CLARK                                                                42  


       He looks up from the embrace and connects with...

  43   LOIS                                                                          43  

       She smiles emotionally back at him.

                                                                  CUT TO:

  44   OMITTED                                                                       44  


  45   EXT. SKIES OVER METROPOLIS - DAY                                              45(X)

       The Mother Ship races toward the city.


  46   EXT. METROPOLIS STREET - HIGH ANGLE - DAY                                     46(X)

       It's a war zone.  Burning cars and overturned military
       vehicles litter the streets.


  47   STREET LEVEL - HAND HELD                                                      47  

       Combat footage.  Citizens run screaming in terror as
       Kryptonians grab them, toss them around.  WHIP PAN to
       various positions on the street:  Kryptonian thugs atop the
       theatre marquee; others hustling people out onto the street
       from buildings.


  48   WITH JEN MAI                                                                  48  

       He floats down to the street, approaches Drull.
                                   
                                              JEN MAI
                         Where's your master?

                                              NOR (O.S.)
                         Enjoying himself immensely.

       Nor steps from the shadows, carrying golf club like a
       swagger stick.

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         And just why are you here and not
                         looking after my interests back at
                         the Palace?

                                              JEN MAI
                         The Palace is _here_.  Kal El has
                         exercised the Right of Challenge.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  48   CONTINUED:                                                                    48  

                                              NOR
                         _Kal_ _El_?!

                                              JEN MAI
                         He lives.  The Tribunal determined
                         he must be given the Right.
                               (off Nor's furious gaze)
                         The... traitorous _Chief_ of the                              (X)
                         Tribunal.  Master.                                            (X)

                                              NOR
                               (lips curling)
                         And you probably feel it would be
                         prudent to accept.

                                              JEN MAI
                               (nervously)
                         There is a certain public relations
                         upside to a duel, yes... Wherein it
                         is certain you will emerge the
                         victor...

       The 'Surround-Sound' voice of Trey fills the heads of Nor
       and Jen Mai.

                                              TREY (V.O.)
                         Lord Nor.  Kal El is no longer an
                         outcast...


  49   THE MOTHER SHIP - GRAND CHAMBER - DAY                                         49(X)

       Trey stands in the chamber eyes closed, alone but for two
       Guards at an exit.

                                              TREY (V.O.)
                         Further, I can assure him the                                 (X)
                         support of at least a portion of                              (X)
                         the nobility.  Avoid a massive                                (X)
                         battle.  A battle you well could                              (X)
                         lose... And accept the challenge.


  50   METROPOLIS STREET - NOR AND JEN MAI - DAY                                     50(X)

       They stand there, eyes closed, absorbing:

                                              TREY (V.O.)
                         Mind you, this duel belongs to you
                         and Kal El.  Your warriors are
                         restricted to their barracks.  Is
                         that clear?                                                   (X)

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                                              NOR (V.O.)
                         Perfectly.
                                              (beat)
                         The street upon which I now stand.
                                              (beat)
                         Noon.  Tomorrow.                                              (X)

       He opens his eyes.

                                              JEN MAI
                         You're doing the right thing,
                         Master.  Kal El is as good as dead.

                                              NOR
                         Oh be still, you sickening
                         sycophant.
                               (an evil smile)
                         Although you're not incorrect.  I
                         do possess the superior skill.

                                              JEN MAI
                         There's that.

                                              NOR
                         And I cheat.

                                              JEN MAI
                         That, too.

       The two savor the moment with cruel glee, and...

                                                                  BLACK.

                           _END OF ACT THREE_


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                               _ACT FOUR_

       FADE IN:


  51   INT. LOIS' LIVING ROOM - NEAR KITCHEN - ON LOIS - NIGHT #6                    51(X)

       Lois is on the cel phone.  There are CRASHES, strange noises
       of struggle coming from the background.

                                              LOIS
                               (covering an ear; into
                                phone)
                         What bothers me, Dr. Klein, is
                         this duel is coming up, and Lord
                         Nor seems _completely_ unconcerned..
                         One reason may be that _he_ has the
                         missing Kryptonite!

       A huge CRASH.  Lois looks wearily over at:


  52   THE ROOM                                                                      52  

       Empty food cartons are everywhere.  Other food steams away
       on the stove.  Clark and Ching duel with "Drei's," pole-like
       weapons tipped at each end with shimmering globes.  Clark
       has just knocked Ching against a table and sent a lamp
       flying.

                                              LOIS
                               (loud)
                         Excuse me, but that was my
                         grandmother's lamp!

       Zara dashes in from the kitchen with bowls of chips and
       pretzels.

                                              ZARA
                         Sorry, I meant to move it... And
                         you're almost out of high-fat, high
                         salt, nutritionally worthless snack
                         items.

                                              LOIS
                         I nearly cleaned out the store!

                                              ZARA
                         I know, but we're all nervous and
                         with our high metabolism we can eat
                         a lot of...

                                              LOIS
                         Trust me, I know all about it.

       Ching goes flying over the couch.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  52   CONTINUED:                                                                    52  

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)                            (X)
                         Boys!  Watch the fish tank!
                               (into phone)                                            (X)
                         Sorry, Dr. Klein...  Don't you                                (X)
                         agree Nor could've pulled off the
                         robbery without signs of forced
                         entry?

  53   CHING AND CLARK                                                               53  

       Ching comes at Clark, who fends him off with some quick
       moves.  Ching pivots, swings the Drei like a club, Clark
       ducks.

                                              CHING
                         You're a very quick study.  Nor's
                         dueled with the Drei since
                         childhood, but you've already
                         mastered its fine points...

       Ching stabs Clark in the chest, Clark reels back.                               (X)

                                              CHING (CONT'D)
                         ... as well as the nine hundred and
                         eighty basic moves.

       Clark spins the drei and hurls Ching across the room,
       disarming him as well.

                                              CHING (CONT'D)
                         And you've won three out of
                         four matches.

                                              CLARK
                         That's good isn't it?

                                              CHING
                         Yes.  But I could still beat you.

                                              CLARK
                               (too confident)
                         You sure?

                                              CHING
                         Yes.

       Lois crosses through with dustpan and whisk broom, still on
       the phone.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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                                              LOIS
                         Well, if not Nor, who else had
                         access to the vault?  Zara!  Stir
                         the fudge and turn off the popcorn!

                                              ZARA
                               (running toward kitchen)
                         Which is which?

                                              LOIS
                         Finally, someone worse in the
                         kitchen than me.

       Clark tosses Ching's drei back to him.

                                              CLARK
                               (cocky)
                         Go for it.

       Ching adopts a new posture.  A serene violence settles on
       him.  His expression changes.  Spinning the drei so fast it
       becomes only SOUND not sight he hurls something which
       appears almost as PHOTONS at Clark, knocking him out of
       FRAME.                                                                          (X)

                                              LOIS
                               (into phone)
                         Gotta go.


 53A   ANGLE TO INCLUDE WINDOW                                                      53A(X)

       Lois and Zara run to the shattered window just as Clark                         (X)
       BLURS back in.

                                              CLARK
                               (breathless)
                         What the heck was that???

                                              CHING
                         There is a mind-set crucial to all
                         drei-masters.  A point in the match
                         where the man becomes the weapon.
                         All else vanishes.  No doubts.  No
                         heart.  No mercy.  Just the kill.

                                              ZARA
                         You have not shown us that.

       Clark considers this, glances over at Lois, and:

                                              CLARK
                         And I won't.  That's not me.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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 53A   CONTINUED:                                                                   53A  

                                              CHING
                         Yes it is, Clark.  It is part of
                         the Kryptonian will that lies
                         within you.

                                              CLARK
                         I've... never believed in killing.
                         I've closed my mind to Kryptonian                             (X)
                         instincts like that.

       A moment, then:

                                              CHING
                         Then I doubt you will survive the
                         duel.

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  54   OMITTED                                                                       54  


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  55   EXT. STREET OUTSIDE THE PLANET - HIGH ANGLE - DAY #7                          55  

       It's "High Noon."  The streets are vacant.  No people.  No
       traffic.


  56   PANNING SHOT                                                                  56(X)

       A Merchant lowers his blinds.  People peer from behind                          (X)
       shades.  Another Merchant hangs a "Closed" sign inside his
       door.


  57   INTERCUT WITH PLANET BULLPEN                                                  57  

       Lois, Perry, Jimmy and the staff tensely look out the
       window.


  58   THE MOTHER SHIP                                                               58  

       Ching and Trey wait with Zara, a Guard enters and whispers                      (X)
       something to her.

                                              ZARA
                         Nor's men are safely in their
                         barracks.

       She looks away and the departing Guard exchanges a knowing
       look with Jen Mai.


  59   EXT. DAILY PLANET INTERSECTION - LOW ANGLE - DAY                              59  

       Two feet, shod in black, step into FRAME.  We TILT UP to
       find Lord Nor, carrying two drei's, looking like he means                       (X)
       business.  He glances around, then up as he hears the sound
       of RUSHING AIR.


  60   VARIOUS ANGLES                                                                60  

       People behind shutters and windows also look up.  Inside the
       Planet, everyone stares up.  Even in the tension, big smiles
       start breaking out.


  61   EXT. DAILY PLANET - DAY                                                       61  

       SUPERMAN, in traditional blue, FLOATS down until he lands                       (X)
       before the Daily Planet.  He's also loaded for bear.


  62   INTERCUT NOR                                                                  62  

       He stares, Superman stares back.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  62   CONTINUED:                                                                    62  

                                              NOR
                         A change of uniform, Kal El?  In
                         whose name are you fighting?

                                              SUPERMAN
                         I'm fighting for my home.

       Superman glances up at the buildings, quickly X-RAYS them.

                                              NOR
                         Don't you trust me?  I assure you
                         we're quite alone.

       Nor tosses a drei to Superman.  Nor then wields his like a
       bo in martial arts.  He takes a premature swipe at Superman,
       sending him backward, then hurls the drei like a spear,
       almost knocking Superman off his feet.  Then, the weapon
       reappears in Nor's grip.

                                              NOR (CONT'D)
                         Did I mention I'm quite good at                               (X)
                         this?                                                         (X)


  63   INT. PLANET BULLPEN - LOIS' DESK - DAY                                        63  

       Lois is on the phone.

                                              LOIS
                               (frantically, into phone)
                         Dr. Klein, what _is_ it?  You know
                         you can trust me.
                               (then; deathly calm)
                         Even if it _is_ a rumor... If you
                         have information about who else had
                         access to that Kryptonite, you have
                         to tell me.  Now.

       Behind her, Colonel Cash checks his watch and slips out of
       the room.

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                         What did you say?  No I won't quote
                         you.  I swear.

       She hangs up, thinking fast, hurries over to the crowd at
       the window.

                                              JIMMY
                               (staring out)
                         Whoa!  The guy just sucker punched
                         Superman!

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  63   CONTINUED:                                                                    63  

                                              LOIS
                         Perry, did you ever hear a rumor
                         that when Kryptonite was first
                         deposited at Star Labs, the
                         government insisted the military
                         also be given the access codes?

                                              PERRY
                               (turns to Lois)
                         I recall there was some fear that
                         Superman, who was pretty much an
                         oddity at the time, might go
                         berserk and use his superpowers
                         against us.  The military wanted
                         assurances they could stop him.

       Lois stares at him, then her gaze shifts to the glass walls
       of the conference room.                                                         (X)


  64   INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - COLONEL CASH - DAY                                     64  

                                              CASH
                               (into phone)
                         This is Code Name 'Ready Money.'
                         It's a go-ahead on deployment of
                         lethal gas in three minutes.

       He looks behind him, startled to find Lois standing in the
       open doorway.

                                              LOIS
                         Lethal gas?

                                              CASH
                               (closing cel phone)
                         We're covering our bets, in case
                         Superman can't beat this Nor guy in
                         combat.

                                              LOIS
                         Ordinary gas wouldn't be lethal to
                         Kryptonians would it, Colonel?
                         Unless it's laced with Kryptonite.

       He just watches her evenly, and starts toward the door.

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                         The missing Kryptonite's been in
                         your hands the whole time!

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


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  64   CONTINUED:                                                                    64  

                                              CASH
                         I know tactics.  If we take Nor
                         down, his followers will cave.
                               (then)
                         We just didn't have a way of
                         getting to him.

                                              LOIS
                         Not until you had Superman for
                         bait.

                                              CASH
                         If you'll excuse me.

       He tries to get past her, but she grabs his arm.

                                              LOIS
                         Stop the gas.

                                              CASH
                         No can do.

                                              LOIS
                         Superman has risked his life for
                         all of us, even you, thousands of
                         times, and you repay him with
                         betrayal?

                                              CASH
                         It was a tactical decision.
                               (jerking his arm from her
                                grasp)
                         Now, do you have anything else to
                         say?

       She stares at him a beat, then hauls off and decks him.

                                              LOIS
                         No.

                                                                                       (X)

  65   EXT. STREET - NEAR ALLEY - DAY                                                65  

       Nor and Superman are deep in mortal combat near the alley.
       They've crossed drei's, struggling to break the deadlock.
       Suddenly Nor whips the drei around, belts Superman with it,
       and Superman flies into the little alley.  Nor advances on
       him.


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  66                                                                                 66  
THRU   OMITTED                                                                     THRU  
  67                                                                                 67  


  68   THE ALLEY                                                                     68  

       A couple more whirling dervish moves from both men, and
       suddenly Superman has Nor pinned back against the metal
       stairs, the drei against his neck.  He keeps pressing, Nor
       thrashes about, trying to position his weapon.

                                              LOIS (O.S.)
                         Superman!!

       Superman looks and CAMERA ADJUSTS to find Lois at the mouth
       of the alley.

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                         They're gonna hit the two of you
                         with Kryptonite gas!  Get out of
                         here!

       Blam!  Nor brings the end of his drei up into Superman's
       jaw, sending Superman reeling backward into a pile of trash
       cans, the drei falling from his hand.  Smelling blood, Nor                      (X)
       brings his drei up to make the kill.                                            (X)

                                              NOR
                         Only one of us leaves this place.                             (X)

                                              LOIS
                         You have to get out of here!!                                 (X)


  68A  AN UPPER STORY WINDOW                                                        68A  

       A rocket launcher appears out of the window, a Soldier
       readying to fire.


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  69   INTERCUT SUPERMAN                                                             69  

       He tries to collect his senses. Nor prepares to plunge the
       drei downward.  Lois stares in horror.

                                              NOR
                         Your world is mine.

       Suddenly Superman looks up at Nor and the same deadly
       expression Ching earlier wore transforms Superman's face.
       He is focussed, calm, deadly power flowing through him.  Nor
       brings down his drei and Superman catches the end of it in
       his palm.

       He shoves it violently back at Nor who staggers backward.
       Superman leaps to his feet, still holding the drei,                             (X)
       swinging Nor around.  He now flings Nor's drei aside, and                       (X)
       with his fists, pastes Nor and the man staggers dazedly.
       Superman picks up his own drei, which glows in his hand,
       and, swinging it like a bat, he connects with Nor, the
       shimmering PHOTONS sending him flying back against the wall,
       where he collapses in an unconscious heap.  Lois stares,
       stunned.  A beat, then:

                                              LOIS
                               (awed)
                         You did it.  'No doubts... no
                         mercy... Just the kill.'

       Superman stares from Nor to Lois, startled himself by what
       came over him, and not entirely happy about it.

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Clark, the gas... Come on!

                                              SUPERMAN
                         I can't leave him here.
                               (going to Nor)
                         He's still alive.

       And he picks Nor up, fireman style, and begins to carry him
       to safety.  Suddenly, Ran, Drull, and Jen Mai BLUR in to                        (X)
       the mouth of the alley.                                                         (X)

                                              LOIS
                         Nor had no intention of facing you
                         alone!

       Jen Mai grabs her arm, holding her tight as Ran and Drull,                      (X)
       fire a blast of HEAT VISION, staggering Superman.                               (X)


  70   UPPER STORY WINDOW                                                            70  

       The rocket launcher fires!


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  71   THE ALLEY                                                                     71  

       The rocket lies into the alley and EXPLODES!  Instantly                         (X)
       the FRAME is filled with a wall of green smoke.                                 (X)


  72   EXT. STREET - AT ALLEY                                                        72  

       Out of the alley billows a cloud of green smoke.  Jimmy
       races up as a military vehicle SCREECHES UP and a squad of                      (X)
       soldiers piles out.                                                             (X)

  73   THE ALLEY                                                                     73  

       We are SHOOTING from inside the alley toward its mouth.
       Weapons drawn, the soldiers warily approach, the smoke
       clearing.  Jimmy pushes through them as they come upon Lois,
       leaning against a wall, dazed.  Jimmy puts an arm around her
       as they fearfully look around the alley, now being revealed
       by the departing smoke.  PULL BACK to reveal Drull lying                        (X)
       dead.  A Soldier takes his neck pulse, shakes his head.
       Slowly, Lois creeps through the clearing smoke.  Jen Mai is
       also lifeless.  She looks ahead and gasps.


  74   HER POV                                                                       74  

       Up ahead, from a little bend in the alley, protrude two red
       boots.  Lois rushes forward, joined by Jimmy.  They move
       around to find Superman lying on his side, covered by Nor                       (X)
       and Ran.  Jimmy pulls the Kryptonians off Superman.                             (X)

                                              JIMMY
                         They didn't make it.

 74A   LOIS' HAND                                                                   74A(X)

       It slowly reaches out toward Superman.                                          (X)

                                              LOIS
                         He's not dead.  He's not dead.
                         You're not dead.                                              (X)

       She feels his neck pulse, then leans into FRAME, smiling.                       (X)

                                              LOIS (CONT'D)
                         You're alive.                                                 (X)

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  75   INT. MOTHER SHIP - BRIDAL CHAMBER - NIGHT #7                                  75(X)

       Superman is reclining on the bed, weakened but recovering.                      (X)
       Surrounding him are Lois, Zara, and Ching.  Lois hugs him,
       gives him something to drink.

                                              SUPERMAN
                         Thanks, Honey
                               (to Lois)
                         So Nor and Ran saved my life.

                                              LOIS
                         They 'saved your life' by absorbing
                         most of the gas with their bodies
                         after first knocking you senseless.

                                              SUPERMAN
                               (tries to smile)
                         I keep tellin' you... There's some
                         good in everyone.

                                              LOIS
                         Oh?  How about Colonel Cash?  He's
                         in jail, by the way.

       Trey enters and offers a tablet to Superman.

                                              TREY
                         Kal El, this will require your
                         signature.

                                              SUPERMAN
                               (standing)
                         What's this?

                                              TREY
                               (hands him a writing
                                tool)
                         Orders for my arrest.  Before you
                         say more, let me assure you I
                         accept full responsibility for the
                         gravity of my acts.  The ease with
                         which Lord Nor appealed to my
                         arrogance, my fear, and my mistrust
                         of you is shameful.  Further, I
                         accept with humility whatever
                         punishment you and the Tribunal
                         deem proper.

       A beat.

                                              SUPERMAN
                         And who will advise Lady Zara while
                         you're imprisoned?  She'll need the
                         steady hand of a statesman to keep
                         all the factions in line.

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
       "BATTLEGROUND EARTH"  (#2)    Green Rev.     7/30/96                       48.    


  75   CONTINUED:                                                                    75  

                                              TREY
                         Isn't that what you'll... I mean
                         aren't you..?

                                              CHING
                         Kal El is not returning with us.

                                              SUPERMAN
                         Trey, the more I try to be Kal El,                            (X)
                         the more I know I am Clark.  Zara                             (X)
                         will do what she's been prepared
                         for since birth...  Rule wisely
                         over New Krypton.  Her place is
                         there.  with the man she loves.
                               (looks to Ching)
                         Mine is here.  With Lois.

                                              TREY
                         But Lieutenant Ching is not of the
                         nobility...

                                              SUPERMAN
                         You know, I think what matters
                         isn't nobility of blood... but
                         nobility of spirit.

       CAMERA PUSHES IN on Zara and Superman.

                                              ZARA
                         Good-bye... Clark.  We are grateful
                         beyond words.
                               (she hugs him)
                         I said once you've been on this
                         sloppy planet too long, and now I
                         think it's true of me.  For the
                         first time in my life, I have
                         tears.

       He smiles fondly.  They part, she takes Ching's hand, they
       step back, waving.


  76   SUPERMAN AND LOIS                                                             76  

       They wave good-bye as an enormous HUM of engines fills the
       air, wind blows at the Earth people, and the whole FRAME
       glows bright and WHITES OUT.


  77   EXT. NIGHT SKY                                                                77  

       A streak of light, the Mother Ship, whisks across the sky
       and is gone.


                            --page break--
       "BATTLEGROUND EARTH"  (#2)    Pink Rev.       7/18/96                      49.    


  78   EXT. LOIS' BALCONY - NIGHT                                                    78  

       Lois and Clark stand outside watching as the Mother Ship
       streaks away.

                                              LOIS
                         It seems like years ago we stood at
                         this window and said good-bye to
                         each other.

                                              CLARK
                         That was the worst night of my
                         life.

                                              LOIS
                               (nestling him)
                         Did any part of meeting up with
                         your roots feel good?  I mean did
                         it satisfy some need, or did it
                         disappoint you?

                                              CLARK
                         Maybe all of those.  I kept waiting
                         for some incredible feeling of
                         connection... A feeling that I was
                         exactly where I belonged.
                               (beat)
                         But that's only happened to me once
                         in my life.

                                              LOIS
                         When?

                                              CLARK
                         The day I met you.

       She just stares at him, almost overwhelmed.

                                              LOIS
                         For a space man, you are' the most
                         romantic person I've ever known.
                         Earth guys don't have a chance
                         against you.

       And then a big kiss.  Still very close to her, he pulls the
       ring out of his shirt on its chain.

                                              CLARK
                         I told you I'd keep it safe.

                                              LOIS
                               (recalling his words)                                   (X)
                         'As safe as your love for me.'                                (X)

                                                                  (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
       "BATTLEGROUND EARTH" (#2)              FULL Blue Rev.  7/15/96             50.    


  78   CONTINUED:                                                                  78    

                                              CLARK
                               (it just gushes out)
                         Marry me Lois.  Let's not plan,
                         let's not wait, let's not let
                         clone-makers or psycho
                         psychiatrists or women who shrink
                         people keep us apart... Just marry
                         me.

                                              LOIS
                         You know... That's precisely what I
                         was thinking.

       Another huge kiss as we PULL BACK and...

                                              BLACK.

                               _THE END_

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