Friday, August 31, 2012
Starship Troopers - The Klendathu Conspiracy - J.D. Coughlan
Set in the movie universe, just after the events of the first film. I haven't seen the other films, so it may contradict them.
Panel 1: Colonel Carl Jenkins, Military Intelligence officer and psychic (played by Neil Patrick Harris in the movie), stands naked in the communal shower room, in the classic troubled man pose -- head down, hand against the wall as water cascades over him.
VOLMER (OP): (small) ...can't wait to find out our first black ops mission.
Panel 2: Corporals Volmer (male) and Weiss (female) enter, talking to each other. Original characters, both young black ops recruits. Both are naked too. No convenient obstructions either; we're all grown-ups here. Weiss is surprised to find Jenkins there (officers' have their own private showers).
VOLMER: Once they pull intel outta--
WEISS: Oh! Colonel. We didn't think anyone was--
Panel 3: Close on Jenkins. He is still looking downward, not at Volmer and Weiss.
JENKINS: It doesn't know a damn thing...
WEISS (OP): S-Sir?
JENKINS: The Brain Bug. It doesn't know a damn thing about Buenos Aires. The asteroid attack.
Panel 4: Wider shot of all three. Again, Jenkins looking down.
JENKINS: And that got me thinking... How the hell could the Bugs coordinate something like that in the first place? From a whole goddam galaxy away!?
JENKINS: Then I started digging... Found out the Federation had their eye on Klendathu for a while, but couldn't justify the expense of taking it...
Panel 5: Two-shot of Volmer and Weiss, reacting with shock.
JENKINS (OP): Then I started thinking... What if Buenos Aires was an inside job?
Panel 6: Close-up of Jenkins. He is looking at Volmer and Weiss (and us) for the first time, water dripping down his face. Grinning a small, non-pleasurable grin.
JENKINS: Would you like to know more?
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I saw the movie for the first time when I was about 13, so there was obviously one scene that stood out in my mind. I also wanted to highlight the logical inconsistencies and disturbingly prescient 9/11 parallels around the Bugs' "plan" without it being a boring talky page.
Is this Thought Balloons' first all-nude script?