S E C T A S A U R™ - USS ARKTOS, FOSSILIZED JAW
A startling discovery in the Antarctic ice, a large insect like prehistoric dinosaur, never seen before
CHAPTER 1: US ARKTOS 1838 EXPEDITION - At a time in the not too distant future, the ice melts at both poles revealing features on the land not seen for thousands of years. The North Pole had been melting for over 30 years, with the South actually gaining in size due to lopsided thermodynamics and ocean currents, then it too began to disappear, as the temperatures of the sea increased.
A converted Frigate, the US Arktos is discovered at the South Pole locked into the melting ice, then became freed, as the melt accelerated, due to political promises of growth, and more oil exploration licences. The Arktos had been missing since an expedition in 1838. A famous ship at the time, formerly the USS Essex, she had been bought at auction in 1837 and hastily refitted by a group of explorers who had come by a fossilized artifact thought to be of considerable archaeological importance. The fossilized jaw was said to have originated in Antarctica brought back as a souvenir by the famous Russian explorer, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen during his fabled 1820 expedition. The artifact had remained undiscovered for just over eleven years, when subtle clues as to the find, were published in the explorers book on Antarctic travel, called Double Investigation of the Southern Polar Ocean and the Voyage Around the World. Another six years were to pass before the clues were pieced together.
Edmund Halley remains known for the comet of the same name, but in 1692 he suggested that there were three concentric spheres below the surface of the Earth.
Some 130 years later, on April 10th 1818, John Cleves Symmes from the Army, Captain of Infantry, a citizen of Ohio, United States, joined with James McBride to promote the theory that the South Pole,
Antarctica, may have underground caverns,
to be entered by a hole or holes. This was later published in 1826, in McBride's book on Symmes’ theories.
No amount of lobbying would prevail, leaving those keen to risk all in their attempts to prove an interesting theory, out on a ledge and ruined to all intents. Though, full marks for the intensity of their conviction.
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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.
Po Chang eliminates the remaining
opposition. Then nurtures one 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.
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.
The artwork is also suitable for use in "Jimmy Watson's Magic Dinobot." A proposed network TV serialization, about boy who saves his paper round money to buy himself a robot for Christmas. Then, when assembled, it come to life, to become his friend. ARTWORK - Somewhat better than the huge ants in "Them," but perhaps not as good as the CGI in Antman. Now a museum exhibit in Sussex, England. The artwork is based on an Australian Bulldog ant.
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