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A STARLIGHT Yarn: I might know a little something

8 Nov

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I started writing this as a sample script for the Millarworld writer comp. That’s where this started. Then it became something else when I realized I’d misread the submission entry. Typical me, I tell ya.  I was supposed to be writing about Starlight’s young Duke McQueen. But I’d already started, was too in love with the exploits of old Duke to stop telling this story (young Duke’ll get his shot later.) I had to finish it.

And ‘it’ was borne of my interest in old Duke’s genesis; a mix of Flash Gordon and Clint’s Walt Kowlaski from Gran Tourino. In the latter Walt started off a backwards, bigoted curmudgeon. He’s a xenophobe with fond memories of yesteryear. He hates what’s become of his neighborhood and he hates the invading immigrants he feels have taken over. But through a period of enlightenment and kindness Walt ends the movie having a new found appreciation for the Hmong people and their culture, despite his initial misgivings. He becomes a guardian of it, adding what he can in his own tough, practical way.

Now I thought, what would Duke McQueen, a man of Walt’s ‘can do’ generation, think of the current race riots in America? He comes from the American golden age. Same as Walt, Duke quite likely votes Republican. He believes in hard work, grit, truth, honesty and sticking up for whats right. But culture clashes aren’t always black and white. Entrenched values and bigotries interfere in what should be straight up moral crises. They get in the way of doing the right thing.

So what would Duke think? What would he do? And what would black America think of Duke? An interfering old white guy. When it comes down to it, what really matters when humans need each others help? It ain’t color or culture or pride. It’s something far more fundamental. Far more beautiful. Mark Millar seems to capture this. It’s his thing. I tried my spin on it here.

That’s what this stories about. That and intergalactic bounty hunters.

Hope you enjoy – Mark

“I MIGHT KNOW A LITTLE SOMETHING”
By
Mark McCann

24 Deramore Ave
Ormeau Road,
Belfast
BT7ER
07872924289
Mrk.mccann@gmail.com

PAGE 1

P1 EXT: A black, aqualine ship – the Shark Hook – hurtles through the cosmos – the Milky Way galaxy in the distance.

BOX
Deep space, 30 pico-minutes – Milky Way trajectory

GRADA
How long? This is a diversion from the real credits.

SENITOCK
That’s not what this is. This is honoring a glorious bargain, Grada.

P2 INT: Inside a huge, bestial humanoid un-shelfs a futuristic rifle from a rack in a lit chamber to the rear of the cockpit. In the cockpit, a lean dark shape half illuminated by the monitors in front hunches.

SENITOK
A good reputation hinges on kept deals. The Kingfisher might have fallen, but we took the contract. It’s paid for.

GRADA
You and your codes Senitok. Waste of time if you ask me. The Kingfishers gone. We could just keep the spoils. Easy creds.

P3 INT: Senitok’s boney talon points at a picture of young Duke McQueen along with his stats on the holo panel.

SENTIOK
Not so easy, I don’t think. We’ll take McQueen. By surprise. Honor the bargain. Win the glory.

GRADA
Humph. We wrap quick. McQueen is small fry. The real currency is elsewhere. Back there.

 

P4 EXT: The ships rear – hyper drive flaring as it jets towards earth.

 

SENITOK
Currency is false glory, Grada. When will you learn the true value of hunting …

P5 EXT: Close up of Earth – focus on the US

SENITOK
… Is the prey

 

PAGE 2

P1 Int: Duke McQueen works underneath his 1970 Dodge Camaro in a pair of oily overalls. His garage is stocked with tools – radio playing on a shelf – an older police officer – Ray Fernandez leans against the open garage shutter door. His squad car sits on the pavement outside.

 

RADIO
Now KMZ News at 12. Breaking …

FERNANDEZ
You got her working yet Duke?

DUKE
Not hardly. AC heating systems busted. I got a new one ordered at the garage. Damn expensive too.

 

P2 Int: Close on the radio

 

RADIO
The latest protests sparked by the shooting of local man Xavier Thompson in Downtown … have resulted in clashes between police and protesters. 4 Police officers were injured with over 20 arrests. The numbers are still coming in …

 

P3 Int: Duke from the rear – stood up from under his car – Fernandez still leaning – behind him 3 African American teens stroll past on the pavement.

 

DUKE
More riots. Seems like all over the country now.

FERNANDEZ
Goddamn savagery. Playing the victim and then listen to that, four officers hurt.

DUKE
Not sure it’s that simple Ray.

 

P4 Ext: Fernandez calls over his shoulder to the 3 passing teens (Tyrese, James, Holland.) They look on aggrieved. Duke wipes his hands in the background, hard faced.

 

FERNANDEZ
Sure it is. That’s right, keep walking.

TYRESE
Excuse me?

P5 Int: Duke looks on, stern and intense, hands pressed to his cars bonnet as Fernandez waves and walks to his car.

FERNANDEZ
Gotta go Duke. Keep on trucking.

DUKE
… yeah.

PAGE 3
P1 Ext: Downtown – Duke pulls his 1970 Wagon Queen Truckster into the lot of Big Glenn’s Auto.

 

BOX
Downtown, 30 pico seconds – U.S. Earth trajectory.

RADIO
Republican Candidate Oswald Jenner’s called the riots ‘animalistic’ while the reverend Jackson called for calm amidst …

P2 Int: Duke looks out his windscreen as he pulls into Glenn’s, the 3 teens from earlier stride in front of the car, looking in. Scowling.

 

RADIO
In other news

P3 Int: same panel lay out – directly behind the teens, spinning to look – the Shark Hook swings into view – obliterating half of Glenn’s store in the curve and a third of the parked cars in the yard.

DUKE
Sam Hill!

 

P4 Ext: splash panel – the Shark Hook overlooking Duke’s car – now swung sideways – all four teens crouched behind it as Duke Exit’s on their side. Forward guns unload laser shots on auto-pilot racking up destruction as Grada and Senitok exit by a side port on hover disc’s.

 

TYRESE
Get down old man.
DUKE
In a second. First I gotta know something.

 

P5 Ext: the teens, pensive along the side of Dukes Wagon Queen. Duke towers.

 

DUKE
Do you boys know how to fight?

TYRESE
Thought you was a racist?

PAGE 4

P1 Ext: Duke gives Tyrese a hand up – both smiling – as shots bounce off his car.

 

DUKE
Thought you was a punk. Guess we were both wrong. Can you fight or what?

TYRESE
Tsk. Yeah, well. I might know a little something.

 

P2 Ext: James grab Grada’s ankles as he passes over them firing shots wild with his laser rifle – Holland punches him in the groin, doubling him over.

 

HOLLAND
Guess they don’t play dirty where you come from, huh?

JAMES
And they complaining about immigration at the border.

 

P3 Ext: Senitok corners Duke – fists up – Senitok wielding a laser lash catches Duke’s left arm in a tight loop.

SENITOK
You’re an old debt McQueen. I’ll wear your death as glory.

DUKE
How about I wear your face like a glove. Now kid!

P4 Ext: Tyrese tackles Senitok’s legs and Duke slugs him hard in the kisser as he descends.

 

TYRESE
I don’t know what you are, man. But earth got enough problems.

DUKE
Good thing we got a pair’a problem solvers, right here.

 

P5 Ext: Tyrese, the other teens to his side, look on smiling as Duke load’s the unconscious merc’s into their ship.

TYRESE
You coming back old man? Just when I was starting to like you.

DUKE
Don’t worry kid. I ain’t done with you yet. You showed me something today. So we’ll be seeing each other.

 

PAGE 5

P1 Ext: Aerial view as the Shark Hook takes off from the street below – leaving dots behind

 

BOX
You showed me you can fight a good cause.

 

P2 Ext: same panel – crowds fill the street – one half police – the other protesters.

 

RADIO
This is KMZ News and Reports are in that a fresh swathe of protests have hit downtown … after 5 black teenagers we’re hospitalized in a showdown with police …

 

P3 Ext: Tyrese and his friends nose to nose with the heavily armed riot police. Pensive. A hooded figure hangs to their rear. Tension builds.

 

TYRESE
Get ready, yo. I don’t think these five’oh are playing.

JAMES
Go down fighting, homie.

HOLLAND
Got that straight. Ain’t no backing down from the blues

COP
Batter up punks.

P4 Ext: Front on – same panel composition – the hooded figure unveils himself – it’s Duke McQueen.

TYRESE
Holy …

DUKE
Looks like you boys went and picked a fight against impossible odds. Maybe I can be the one to help you out this time.

HOLLAND
RIGHT. ON!

P5 Ext: Duke lean’s in – a hard smile playing – the boys cheering to his sides. Tapping the riot shield of one of the front line cops – who lifting his visor reveals a shocked Ray Fernandez.

DUKE
Stick with me boys. I might know a little something.

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