S E C T A S A U R™ - U.N. CALL FOR JOHN STORM
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CHAPTER 4: U.N. CALL FOR JOHN STORM - On the advice of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) team, MI6 contact the UN, who decide it would be wise to take precautions. But they need someone who is disposable, and not directly affiliated with either organization, but is simply a consultant.
The only man for the job is John Storm. He is an expert diver, amateur archaeologist and enthusiastic adventurer, thus ideal to report on the goings on. BAS are worried about the sudden influx of teams from China, Sweden and the USA, that seems to have been triggered by the rapidly receding ice.
"The PM has authorised me to offer you a commission in His Majesty's Royal Navy"
"I do admire Edward Thomas, as a prime minister he gets my vote, but General Dunbar, or is that Sir Rodney I fail to see why I might be at all interested in a vacation to Antarctica. It's right out of my comfort zone."
"Of course. General or Sir Rodney, no matter. Am I right in thinking, that you are saying your ship is not up to the task?"
"I won't rise to that bait General. What I'm saying is I cannot see how putting myself and crew out of commission for other ocean duties, is a worthwhile venture. What can you offer me to compensate. Tangible and equitable rewards please."
"Apart from a generous consultancy, there are rights to species as yet not catalogued. You have what is probably the most comprehensive DNA collection in the world. Am I right?"
"Wouldn't you want to add to that?"
This was John's Achilles heel. His weakness, that got him every time. He was an obsessive collector of the code for life on earth. It was true that the Elizabeth Swann would be tested, like never before. But John disliked it when anyone called him out. It being disrespectful to the memory of his Uncle Douglas.
"So, then, to recap. You'll cover our costs with interest, plus a contribution to a cause of my choosing. And, I'll have access to and permission to retain the DNA of any new species that I discover."
"Yes. You'll be a Master & Commander, granting you the right to negotiate as an ambassador for His Majesty. Your ship will be hired and insured by the Navy. So, will become 'HMS Elizabeth Swann,' while on active duty during this mission. Any species you discover, will be yours in terms of DNA samples and the like. Is that acceptable. Can I advise the PM you'll go for it."
"Sir Rodney, if I can please have that in writing, as a legal contract. I'm your man. I'm sure Dan and Charley will go for it, but will have to check and get their approval. I could of course travel alone with Hal and my cat as company. But feel sure my friends will not want to miss this boat."
The UN and MI6 dangle the prospect of a significant consultancy fee, by way of a generous remuneration for himself and team, and contribution to his causes. Storm is happy to oblige, but in reality, accepts the assignment on the premise that he has carte blanche, to add to his DNA collection, with all expenses covered and a hefty donation to his favourite charities.
Shortly after stocking up, he, Dan Hawk and Charley Temple sped to the Southern Ocean, and from there to the Weddell Sea and thence to Deception Island, an extinct volcano. The UN urged extreme caution, advising the newly appointed Commander Storm and his crew, not to trust anyone.
A startling discovery in the ice, sharp jaws protruding from a block of solid ice.
SECTASAUR™ - CHAPTERS (APPROX 5 MINS PER SCENE)
1: US ARKTOS 1838 EXPEDITION -
The ice melts at both poles revealing features on the land not seen for
thousands of years. A converted Frigate, the US Arktos is discovered at the South Pole locked into melting
ice, then freed.
5: IT'S MURDER ON THE ICE - Several fatal accidents occur in quick succession, then an egg clutch is discovered in a section of a tunnel.
Chang eliminates the remaining opposition. Then nurtures one thawed
egg through a simulated incubation.
8: WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH - Confirmed, they
lived when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Dinosaurs starve in volcanic/asteroid
winter. Sectasaurs have higher
tolerance to freezing conditions, eat competition, then hibernate.
Suki Hall hypothesis merit worthy, supported scientific community.
CHAPTER 13: CAT & MOUSE - Storm and Temple play cat and mouse with Sectasaur - when the giant insect came up from behind over the brow of a ravine and knocks Charley nearly unconscious. Storm strikes the creature with an axe, causing partial shock.
CHAPTER 14: FIRST AID - Charley and John patch creature's wound with antiseptic and bandages. The giant insect feigns immobility. Understands dialogue between John and Charley is not aggressive or threatening, and marks these two humans down as allies.
CHAPTER 15: SECTASAUR RESCUES JOHN - John panics with axe.
Creature lashed out in reflex throwing John over a ledge. John at the mercy
The huge insect puts itself at risk to pull John up to safety. Meanwhile government troops,
Territorial Army reservists are closing in.
CHAPTER 19: ATTACK SUBSIDES - John and Charley shout as loud as they can, stopping firing. They reach insect. They raised its feelers, Charley and John take one each, and the trio embraced for a minute, its antennae were limp - there was no reviving it - tears, anger - it was gone. J&C in shock for a moment.
20: NO REMORSE - John & Charley anger welling up inside, tears
gave way to action. A rhinoceros soldier
is delighted at kill. "Yes," cried the soldier. "Yes," said John,
punching the trigger happy fool out. Up to that point other military thought they had saved
their lives. Chang is devastated at loss.
See draft scripts for 'KULO-LUNA' and 'CLEOPATRA'S MUMMY.' Other John Storm adventures (under development) include: 'OPERATION NEPTUNE,' 'THE HOLY COMPASS,' and TREASURE ISLAND - BLACKBEARD'S CURSE & PIRATES GOLD. Development order is subject to viewer polls and other third party interest.
Another title, using the same special effects artwork as Sectasaur™ is JIMMY WATSON'S MAGIC DINOBOT. This is a children's Christmas story. Far removed from high seas adventures.
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