Batteratta [Bat] is shoved into the cell, and the doors
close behind him. He is wearing blue. He looks up, and
speaks directly to the camera. He looks feeble and weak.
How did this happen?
The ground shakes, and gunshots can be heard firing.
He listens with interest.
They actually broke through?
More gunshots, screaming.
(back to resignation)
He turns back to the camera.
We were such a peaceful people...
peoples... Now look what we’re
reduced to. No better than
animals, slaying for our very
A semi-mechanical voice echoes through the walls.
All hail the
Partnership! Insurgents shall be
pacified, all hail the-
An explosion cuts it short.
The Partnership will win. It
always wins - no contest. And
then they’ll find a new world to
mold and destroy as their
He looks up at the camera.
And I will die.
2 OPENING CREDITS.
3 BLUE CIVILIZATION.
Caption reads "10 hours earlier"
In a rural area, various tents/sleeping bags are
assembled, along with various other signs of
civilization. In a shed, BAT wakes up.
He opens the door and looks out. Such a wonderful,
Camera pans around and shows village activity. People
play in the burn - sit in the sun - and are generally
He wanders over to the CLIMBING FRAME set in the centre of
the fence, and looks out upon the empty landscape ahead of
What do you see, son?
It’s clear, sir. Nothing beyond
And our safety is secured for
CAMERA PANS BACK. IT PULLS THROUGH THE CLIMBING FRAME,
AND AS IT DOES SO THE BLUE VILLAGE VANISHES.
CAMERA PANS ROUND TO REVEAL RED VILLAGE.
TABNAR sits at the climbing frame.
What do you see, boy?
Nothing in sight, sir. The fence
is the final boundary, as usual.
Then we need worry not today.
CAMERA PANS BACK TO SHOW THE WHOLE CLIMBING FRAME.
Tabnar stands on it, looking out.
Bat fades into existence...
Neither of them see each other.
4 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
Screechy mechanical voices speak.
Each civilisation has no idea the
The existential-shift works
5 BLUE SHED.
BAT returns to the shed. His room-mate Shrim is there.
Why do you check the fence every
day, Bat? It’s the same thing
Um... I’m not sure, to be
honest. It’s just... I have this
Shrim looks, interested.
That there’s something over
there. I’d climb over it, but...
Shrim’s interest turns to terror. He shakes his head.
6 RED TENT.
TABNAR sits in the tent with his friend MIRSH.
I’m telling you, there’s
something over the fence.
Tabnar, it’s a fantasy. There’s
nothing over there. If there
was, we’d see it, wouldn’t we?
Well, yeah, but... I don’t
7 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
It is time.
Take it away.
8 OBJECTIVE VIEW OF BOTH CIVILIZATIONS.
The fence vanishes.
Several shots of individual parts of the fence vanishing.
RED ELDER and BLUE ELDER stare at each other, in terror
They both immediately hold up guns to each other, which
make gun clicky sounds.
I’m warning you-
They both fire their guns, and drop down dead.
BAT and SHRIM look out, in their blue clothes.
TABNAR and MIRSH look out in their red clothes, looking as
THen there’s a rush as they all retreat to cover. And the
machine gun fire begins.
Random people fire from tents, behind boxes and chairs...
IT’s complete chaos.
Red people die, blue people die...
BAT and SHRIM run in.
I knew it! There’s people there,
and they’ve been waiting for us.
He pulls out guns, and gives one to Shrim.
We need to fight.
10 INT. TENT.
TABNAR and MIRSH run in.
I told you! They’re real and
He pulls out guns, and gives one to Mirsh.
We must destroy these monsters.
11 EXT. TENT.
TABNAR and MIRSH run out, and begin fighting. Chaos
surrounds them. Mirsh is shot down.
12 EXT. SHED.
BAT and SHRIM run out, and begin fighting. Chaos
surrounds them. Shrim is shot down.
He looks up, and sees Tabnar on the other side of the
fence. Tabnar fires, but he’s out of ammo.
Bat fires too, but is also out of ammo.
They both pull out knives, and charge at each other.
As they collide, they both vanish.
Nobody notices, as the bloodshed continues...
13 DARK CORRIDOR.
Both Bat and Tabnar fall onto the floor. They stand up
quickly and point knives at each other.
What devilry is this?
You should know, your people are
Don’t lie to me.
A wheazy breath breathes around them.
Seriously, what is this?
I don’t know!
Of course you do!
Tabnar raises the knife even more threateningly.
I’m telling you, I don’t know!
Thud. Thud. Thud. THey fall silent.
A PARTNER emerges from around the corridor. It is masked,
It scans them...
SHOT FROM PARTNER’S POINT OF VIEW.
14 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
Alarms go off, signalling alerts.
We finally see the PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL. THREE PARTNERS
sit at different heights, plotting.
Two units got through-
Deal with them-
PARTNER rasies its arm...
I think we should... run...
THey both dart out a door.
16 LANE (BANK LANE)
They run out, and run up the lane.
The PARTNER makes chase.
He swivels round, and throws the knife-
It hits the PARTNER. It grunts in mechanoid pain, and
falls to the ground.
What was that?
It looked like... a robot...
They turn to each other again. Tabnar takes an aggressive
I think I know what’s going on
Not here, we’re too exposed. We
need to find somewhere else.
Bat begins walking off. Tabnar stays put.
Come on! It’s us against them
now, we’re on the same side, at
least until we find out what’s
He takes the knife out of the dead PARTNER and gives it to
Tabnar. Tabnar takes it.
See? You can trust me.
He walks up the hill. Tabnar follows, reluctantly.
They walk along. They find somewhere to hide.
Let’s wait here until nightfall.
He looks up.
If there is a nightfall.
18 DIMLY LIT STREET, AT NIGHT.
BAT and TABNAR emerge from a building.
We didn’t attack you! We’re a
Stop lying! One minute, nothing,
the next you’re all over us! It
was clearly an ambush!
No, you ambushed u- oh.
We were set up. Two
civilisations living in peace,
unaware of the other’s
existence... Seperated by a
You took the fence away.
Someone took the fence away.
Thud. Thud. Thud.
They hide as a PARTNER passes.
They took the fence away. So we
would both think we were under
attack, and react.
So neither side is wrong, blue or
They walk along a pavement.
So what do we do now?
Well... we have to find a way of
getting back, and tell everyone
about what we’ve discovered.
And how do you suggest we-
19 RURAL AREA, BETWEEN TWO VILLAGES.
Do that- ... Oh?
20 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
Error! Error! They have
Internal error! It originated
from... Control Sector C.
They both turn on PARTNER 3.
I acted from pity
logarithms. These acts are
brutal and cruel, I wanted to
find a way to stop-
PARTNER 3 vanished before they can destroy him.
3 has escaped.
21 RURAL AREA.
Fighting is still rampant. People shoot guns, die, shout.
We have to find a way to stop
Tabnar climbs onto the climbing frame. he pulls off his
red jumper and waves it about.
Several BLUE INFANTRY hold guns at him.
Bat throws himself in front of them.
RED SOLDIERS also stop, curious about what’s happening.
What is the meaning of this,
Bat? Have you betrayed us?
You don’t have to fight! We’ve
been set up. Neither of us are
the attackers, this whole
situation has been created so
each side thinks they’re acting
in defence. BUt all of you,
think... Did anyone start the
What he’s saying is true. We got
taken to the world of the
creatures that did this. They
took away the fence, and made us
aware of each side.
Soldiers from each side begin putting down their guns.
Good, good. Now we need to-
Both BAT and TABNAR vanish.
It’s a trick!
They’re playing mind games!
The fighting continues.
22 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
BAT and TABNAR appear.
They stand before the COUNCIL OF THE PARTNERSHIP.
You have been allowed to discover
more than any human before you.
What are you?
We are the Partnership.
And what does that mean?
Are you robots?
We are far more...
It takes off its robotic mask, to reveal a skeletal face
BAT and TABNAR react.
PARTNER 1 puts the mask back on.
We were like you, but now we are
Why are you doing this?
The Partners look at each other.
PARTNER 3 (NEW)
He pulls out his knife and runs at them.
FLASHING LIGHTS - TABNAR falls down dead.
Bat is horrified.
Take him away. Prepare
A PARTNER walks into the room.
Dramatic shots of fighting. The battle is nearly over.
Suddenly, PARTNER 3 appears in the centre of the
battlefield. He has the number 3 on his robot suit thing.
Soldiers stop, and stare at it in awe.
No dialogue, but PArtner 3 gestures and communicates with
Bat sits, and listens to the fighting.
25 FIGHTING IN CORRIDOR.
People, whatever colour, fire at Partners. Partners in
turn fire at people.
The third partner explained it to
them in ways we never
could. They now know who the
real enemy is.
But we don’t stand a chance.
27 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
Emergency, emergency, base under
Destroy the world and you destroy
28 EMPTY BATTLEFIELD.
SHOT OF SKY.
A single bomb falls from the sky. It gets closer and
It hits the climbing frame.
The screen turns white.
The screen flashes white, and all the soldiers vanish.
The screen flashes white, and Bat vanishes.
31 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.
PARTNERS 1 and 2 stand over PARTNER 3.
Flashing lights, and PARTNER 3 collapses.
This experience has been most...
32 END CREDITS.
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