Below you will find the original script of TROOPS © 1997 Kevin Rubio.
Also be sure to check out the production journal entries of Marilyn Estes,
Rapid cuts of Imperial Stormtroopers in and around Mos Eisley flash across
the screen. The COPS, theme song "Bad Boys", plays as familiar credit crawl
appears on screen.
TROOPS IS FILMED ON LOCATION WITH THE MEN OF THE IMPERIAL FORCES. ALL
SUSPECTS ARE GUILTY. PERIOD! OTHERWISE THEY WOULDNíT BE SUSPECTS, WOULD
THEY? . . . .
EXT. TATOOINE DESERT - DAY
A Storm trooper sits astride a DEWBACK. Imperial transports can be seen
lifting off in the background as he starts his patrol.
SUPER: TATOOINE, DUNE SEA 08:00 IST
CAPT. JYANIX BAUCH
I joined the empire about six years ago. I can remember as a kid watching
the holographic images and being excited about the new direction the galaxy
was taking. So when I was old enough I went down to the local recruitment
cent and signed up, and Iíve been here at Tatooine ever since.
He gives the Dewback a good kick. The animal quickens its pace.
(still to camera)
Most people would call this the ass end of space, but I like the small town
feeling you get around here.
I mean, we know everybody. EVERYBODY!
And I feel I can really make a difference here.
EXT. TATOOINE DESERT - DAY
Captain Bauch approaches several JAWAS heading towards a SANDCRAWLER with a
DROID. Bauch is joined by to other STORMTOOPERS.
Weíve got a routine stop here. We have a report of some stolen droids and
we think these might be it.
The camera follows Bauch as he leaves his mount and joins the other
Excuses Me. You wanna come over here, please.
The Jawas look surprised.
Yes, Iím talking to you two.
The Jawas sheepishly walk over to the troopers.
Whose droid is this?
The Jawas answer in their native tongue.
Oh, itís your cousinsí. Is this your cousin?
Jyanix turns to the other Jawa #2.
Are you his cousin. No. Then who are you?
The Jawa #2 says something.
Oh, youíre his friend. Well Mr.Friend would you step over there for a
Jyanix turns his attention to the first Jawa. The other Troopers move
closer to the second one.
(holding back laughter)
Ok, so the droid belongs to your cousin. If I go over to that sandcrwaler
over there and ask to see your cousin, is he gonna have a Bill of Sales for
Jawa #1 answers.
Ok. Well what Iím gonna do now sir, is place you under Imperial arrest.
So it can only help your situation if you tell me the truth.
Jawa #2 moves in to protest. The other troopers quickly draw their guns on
Hey! Am I talking to you?
AM I TALKING TO YOU?!! Then stay over there and shut your mouth!
Now if you move again Iím gonna shoot you.
Jawa #1 starts pleading with Capt. Jyanix.
No. Yes, I understand. Iíve got a wife and kids too, but you donít see me
out here stealing imperial droids, do you?
Sure youíll never do it again.
Heís making a run for it!!
Camera swished around to see Jawa #2 running across the sand. The two other
troopers chase after him, then finally raise their guns and shoot him down.
The first Jawa, now fearing for his life makes a run in the other
direction. The camera follows Jyanix as he shoots the Jawa in the back.
EXT. TATOOINE DESERT - DAY
Captain Jyanix faces the camera as the two other Troopers carry away the
Jawas. In the background you can see that the sandcrawler that the Jawas
were headed to in now on fire.
Well, what we had here was that these Jawas had stolen some Imperial
property and it unfortunately turned violent. These Jawas do this kind of
stuff all the time-picking up stay droids and selling them to the highest
Another Trooper chimes in. The camera focuses in on him.
We didnít find the droids we were looking for. But, we did find one that a
kid had reported stolen. So he and his parents are gonna come down to the
detention center and pick it up.
Boy, Iíll bet theyíll be happy.
Yup. Thatís what itís all about.
SUPER: TATOOINE, LARS FARM 14:35 IST
EXT. MOISTURE FARM - DAY
Several Storm troopers descend on upon a moisture farm. VAPORATORS, several
DEWBACKS, and a TROOP TRANSPORT, dot the landscape. The camera follows a
Trooper, OFFICER MOTT, as he dismounts and heads towards what appears to be
a main dwelling.
SUPER: OFFICER DAEMOND MOTT
Weíve got a call to check out this domestic dispute. Supposedly the husband
said something to their kid and now the wife thinks that heís run off...
(trailing off) Supposedly one of themís intoxicated and one of themís
Daemond gives several hand signals to the other Troopers and they
disperse-placing themselves in a wide circle around the farm.
Weíre familiar with this couple. This is not the first time weíve been out
here, so weíre going to see if we can straighten this whole thing out.
Daemond, approaches the arguing couple, OWEN and BARUE LARS. Barue, hurries
over to Mott-MOSAIC DISTORTION CIRCLE hides her face.
Whatís the problem Barue?
(holding back tears)
Iíve just had it. IíVE HAD IT WITH HIM!! He keeps lying to Luke, and me and
now Lukeís run off, and he hasnít come back, and-
Oh, now thatís just re-
Hey, Iíll talk to you in a second.
Right now Iím talking to your wife.
Barue leans in over Daemondís shoulder.
And Lukeís probably dead now cause of you!!
Oh thatís just bullsh--!
DAEMOND and two other Troopers separate the Lars before they can get at
NOW BARUE JUST CALM DOWN! Calm down. Do you want to be arrested?
Well now, if you keep this up thatís just what Iím gonna haveta do. And you
donít want that, do you?
Ok, then. Are you gonna calm down?
Good. Why donít you start over.
Well yesterday Luke, comes in and says, I think those droid-
Now is Luke, your boy.
Nephew. So anyway he says, I think those droids we bought might be stolen.
And then HE!-
She points to Owen. He looks like heís going to protest but stops short
when the Troopers raise their guns.
Then he says, well I donít care. Your only concern is to get them working.
And then Luke is like, I want to go to the academy this year. And he says
well I still need you for the harvest. And then he starts in about Obi-Wan
and his father and-
Oh, I did not!!
Daemond raises his gun to Owen. Owen shuts up.
Yes you did! Yes you DID! Youíre just lying to him Youíre always lying to
him!! You never tell him the truth about him or his SISTER!!
(gritting his teeth)
Will you just shut up!
No, you shut up! Iím tired of shutting up!
You can both shut up, or spend a night in the detention area!
Both Barue and Owen, stop yelling. Daemond turns his attention back to
Barue, The other Troopers give the impression that theyíve seen this
argument one to many times.
So what do you want to do now, Barue?
I donít know.
Do you want us to take you some where so you can get help.
I donít know.
What do you mean you donít know.
Youíve obviously have a problem otherwise-
I donít have a problem.
Barue, come here. Do you see his ear, how itís cut? It didnít get that way
by itself did it?
And you did that didnít you.
Barue shakes her head sheepishly in agreement with Daemond.
Yes you did. Now see that tells me you have a problem. And when we get
called in then it becomes our problem. And-
But he was the one wh-
(calming her down)
Now wait a second, Iím talking. I listened to you, now you listen to me.
Thatís how this works. Ok? Are you going to listen to me?
Barue shakes her head again.
Now how many times have we been out here? A lot hun? And what did I tell
you last time?
I donít know.
You donít know, or you donít remember?
Barue mumbles something unintelligible.
Barue. What do you want to do?
I want you to arrest him!
I canít arrest him. He hasnít done anything. If thereís anybody I should be
arresting, it should be you for assault.
Daemond raises his hands in defeat.
Barue you have two choices here. You can stay here, or we can take you to
an Imperial Shelter. What do you want to do?
Barue shifts from side to side - confused.
Barue? What do you want to do? Do you want us to take you somewhere
Ok. Do you need to get anything?
Some clothes, or something?
Yes. And youíll find Luke wonít you?
Yes will find Luke.
Oh, Luke is fine, heís just out working!
Hey, just let it go.
Barue heads back to the house; escorted by two Storm troopers. Daemond
makes his way over to Owen.
Look, sheís been under a lot of stress lately. We just lost two more hired
hands and we just got a little out of hand.
I know. I know. But right now I think the best thing for both of you is to
get some distance from each other for a couple of days.
I mean Iíve been telling her to get some help for a long time now.
Well, this is probably the best thing for her right now. You should really
have someone look at that ear.
Iíll be fine.
Camera swish pans to catch Barue arguing with several of the Troopers. They
are trying to help here with her bags.
Let go. I said LET GO!!
Barue. If you-
Look out!! Sheís got a thermal detonator!
The Troopers scramble to avoid the blast Daemond raises his rifle to try
and knock the detonator out of Barueís hand. As he does, Owen, tries to
stop him. Another Stormtooper opens fire Owen, dropping him like a brick as
the detonator simultaneously blows up in Barueís hands, charring both of
them to a crisp.
EXT. LARS FARM - DAY
The now familiar "burning farm scene" fills the screen. Uncle Owen and Aunt
Barue, lay in the positions we remember Luke finding them in from the first
film. Daemond and the other Troopers are busy packing things up.
Well, things got a bit nasty here. Itís unfortunate, but it was almost
expected with these people. You know, the farmers out here are having a bad
season, tempers are high, and itís just bad for everyone.
Daemond mounts his Dewback.
The important thing now is that we find their nephew and make sure heís ok.
Did she say that theyíd just bought some stolen droids?
Camera follows Daemond and the other Troopers as they ride away.
Damn shame. Damn shame....
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