Close Encounters - Cut Scenes

ROSWELL: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN - "Close Encounters" – Cut Scenes - 00/00/10

CRASH AND CAPTURE EXPLANATION.

There was so much exposition in this episode that we needed to do a lot of trimming and we also changed the location of the whole crash and capture explanation. Below is the original, more fleshed out version for those who like more explanation. :-)

1 INT. MESALIKO CAVE - CONTINUOUS

MICHAEL

We were not the only group of hybrids, but we were the first team deployed, in 1958. Unfortunately, the shuttle crashed.

MARIA

Where?

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2 EXT. FRAZIER WOODS - CONTINUOUS

Isabel has calmed down, but Alex still has one arm around her.

ISABEL

It was a few miles from where they hid our pods. They were all injured in the crash. Especially Mary and Alice.

ALEX

Mary and Alice?

ISABEL

Mary was Ed's wife and Alice was Robert's wife, and the four of them were our mentors. They were given human names from the time period, to fit in, and that's how Ed referred to them.

ALEX

What happened to them?

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3 INT. MAX'S POD CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

MAX

Their injuries were beyond the abilities of Ed and Robert or the healing stones, so they had to leave them behind, while they hid the pods.

Cut to:

4 INT. MESALIKO CAVE - CONTINUOUS

MICHAEL

Robert and Ed had to conserve their strength to be able to excavate the rock to create chambers for the pods, so Mary and Alice used the last of their strength to manipulate the wreckage by making it look like an Airstream trailer home.

MARIA

(sad)

Did they die?

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5 EXT. FRAZIER WOODS - CONTINUOUS

ISABEL

Mary communicated telepathically with Ed. She told him Alice had died and that she didn't have much longer. The manipulation of the shuttle wasn't holding and she couldn't fix it, so they needed to hurry back. When Ed and Robert came back from hiding the pods, the debris was back and the military were swarming all over it. They saw Mary's and Alice's dead bodies being carried to one of the trucks.

ALEX

What happened to Ed and Robert?

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6 INT. MAX'S POD CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

MAX

They were stopped by a patrol. They were too weak to use their abilities to escape. They tried to talk their way out of it, but the MPs insisted they had to be checked for exposure to radiation.

LIZ

Where did they take them?

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7 INT. MESALIKO CAVE - CONTINUOUS

MICHAEL

They brought them to the Eagle Rock military base. Once they did the blood tests it was all over.

MARIA

What did they do to them?

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8 EXT. FRAZIER WOODS - CONTINUOUS

ISABEL

After that it was one test after another. They drugged them, to keep them docile, and unable to defend themselves. Then they discovered the effects even small amounts of alcohol has on us; with the loss of their inhibitions they became aware of some of our abilities.

ALEX

(concerned)

Which ... abilities?

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9 INT. MAX'S POD CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

MAX

Just small stuff, because the drugs kept them from doing anything major, but enough to pique their curiosity. Ed said, and I quote, "Their narrow-minded, insular desire to learn what we could do, turned them into pig-headed despots who forgot they were dealing with sentient beings."

LIZ

(with tears in her eyes)

That must have been so awful for them.

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10 INT. MESALIKO CAVE - CONTINUOUS

MICHAEL

Ed said that constant use of our abilities like manipulating molecular structures, healing even small injuries, and alcohol is extremely damaging, especially to our memories because it kills brain cells. Ed lost a lot of his memories--short term, long term, and ancestral--and he may never get them back.

MARIA

(concerned)

What about you? Have you been over using your powers?

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11 EXT. FRAZIER WOODS - CONTINUOUS

ISABEL

The small stuff we do isn't harmful, but he was really upset with Max healing Liz. He said we're much too young to try something of that magnitude. It's dangerous even for an experienced healer; using that much energy kills brain cells ... do it enough times and you could die.

ALEX

(concerned)

Is Max OK?

ISABEL

Yeah. I think Ed was just trying to scare him into not doing it again. So he doesn't start thinking he can save the world, you know?

ALEX

(nods knowingly)

So what happened to Robert?

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12 INT. MAX'S POD CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

MAX

Ed and Robert were separated, but communicating telepathically; then suddenly they couldn't. Ed thought maybe it was the drugs they were giving him. He could still sense Robert's presence though, until one day he couldn't.

LIZ

What happened?

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13 INT. MESALIKO CAVE - CONTINUOUS

MICHAEL

They told Ed Robert had died.

(beat)

He said he was relieved for Robert because he no longer had to deal with the experiments.

MARIA

(sadly)

He must have felt so alone.


MICHAEL'S PRESENTS.

In Draft 1 we had the group sitting in the living room while Michael opened his presents. In later drafts we decided that we wanted to show them dancing at the party, but the scene was getting too long to do both so we chose action (dancing) over sitting and talking. :-). In the final draft we kept the conversation between River Dog and Amy, but lost Maria's presentation of her gift. If you are interested in that see below. The reference Maria makes was a follow-up to her suggestion to Michael in our Ep 122 (Breathing Lessons). :-)

1 INT. DELUCA LIVING ROOM - LATER (after bathroom scene)

All the guests are seated in the living room. Michael has just opened River Dog's gift and is holding it up with a puzzled expression.

RIVER DOG

It's a dream catcher. Legend says if you hang it over your bed, bad dreams will be caught in it's web.

MICHAEL

(admiring gift)

Thank you.

AMY

(to River Dog)

That's beautiful craftsmanship. Did you make it yourself?

RIVER DOG

Yes.

Michael is pleased and surprised to hear this.

AMY

You know, if you want to make some more I take things on consignment at my store.

MARIA

(warning tone)

Mom!

AMY

(aside to River Dog)

We'll talk later.

(to Michael, handing him a gift)

Here, open this next.

Michael pulls a basket out of a gift bag that is filled with teas, jarred fruits, etc. He holds up one of the jars.

AMY (cont'd)

Those are mulled pears in a juniper berry and red wine sauce.

(sotto voce)

Good for cleansing karma.

RIVER DOG

(to Amy, admiring items in basket)

Good choices.

(to Michael)

These will be good for you.

MICHAEL

Oh, uh, thanks, Mrs. DeLuca.

MARIA

Here, open mine.

He does. It's a picture of Michael, Maria, Max, Liz, Isabel, and Alex in a very nice frame. Tucked in the corner of the frame are two tickets to a Metallica concert. Michael pulls out the tickets.

MICHAEL

Righteous!

MARIA (cont'd)

(indicating picture)

This is to help personalize your apartment and these ...

(indicating tickets)

... well, duh.

MICHAEL

(smiling)

It's perfect.

He leans over and gives her a quick kiss.




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