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LAND OF THE LOST

 

"Crystals Are a Sleestak's Best Friend"

 

Written by

Clayton Barr

 

 

FIRST DRAFT

LAND OF THE LOST

"Crystals Are a Sleestak's Best Friend"

TEASER

 

 

FADE IN:

EXT. JUNGLE—DAY

SHUNG and his lackeys, NIM and KEEG, stalk through the jungle. Nim and Keeg are scanning a stony escarpment that runs alongside their path as they walk.

SHUNG

Search well, Sleestaks! Most of the powerful crystals are gone, mined by the ancient Sleestak civilization that existed here, on the surface, long ago. We cannot afford to allow any crystals to pass by unnoticed.

(clenches his fists)

Blast the humans! They destroyed my crystal, my most coveted possession! When I have a new one, the Longhair and Porters shall feel my wrath!

While Shung grumbles, he walks right past a cave entrance set into the rock.

NIM

(pointing)

Look, Shung! A cave.

          KEEG

We have never been here before. Maybe there are crystals inside.

Shung walks over to the entrance and peers in.

SHUNG

There are Sleestak engravings within. Perhaps we’ll find some useful artifacts. Come!

Shung enters. Nim and Keeg follow.

INT. CAVE TUNNEL—DAY

Shung, Nim, and Keeg travel through a narrow stone passage, dimly lit by sunlight from the entrance. A few Sleestak engravings adorn the walls.

INT. CRYSTAL CHAMBER—DAY

Shung, Nim, and Keeg enter a stone chamber which contains a giant, 6-faceted crystal set upon a stone base. Diffuse sunlight enters from above. Shung looks up at the source.

SHUNG’S POV—CEILING

Sunlight filters through vegetation partially covering a hole in the ceiling.

BACK TO SCENE

Sensing a turn-of-fortune, Shung reaches out and touches the crystal. It begins to glow a weak blue. We HEAR a soft hum.

CLOSEUP—SHUNG

as he closes his eyes in concentration.

BACK TO SCENE

Shung focuses his will through the crystal until a bolt of energy surges out of it, upward, clearing the opening above and allowing the sunlight to strike the crystal.

The crystal’s glow increases to a bright blue. Nim and Keeg cover their ears from the loud HUM which now permeates the chamber.

Shung ends the display with a thought and a sweep of his arm.

CLOSE SHOT—SHUNG

SHUNG

Perhaps I should thank the humans for compelling me to search for this...

(clenches a fist in the air)

...my new crystal!

FADE OUT.

END TEASER

 

 

 

ACT ONE

 

 

FADE IN:

EXT. TREEHOUSE—DAY

TOM, KEVIN, and ANNIE PORTER work at individual tasks outside their treehouse home, finishing morning chores.

Tom is chopping wood.

Kevin is drying the truck, which he just washed. A bucket and wet rag sit nearby.

Annie picks some large melons from the garden, searching for the ripe ones and placing them in a basket. TASHA follows her along. AD LIB as Annie finds herself continuously scolding Tasha for trying to eat the leaves off the garden plants. She tells Tasha to go away, but the puerile dinosaur refuses.

ANNIE

(exasperated)

Kevin, will you call Tasha over there?

KEVIN

(sarcastic)

Yeah, right. Like I really want her over here bothering me.

ANNIE

You’re such a dweeb, Kevin! She’s going to ruin the garden and it’ll take me forever to finish picking these melons.

KEVIN

Forget it, sister. Uh-uh. No way. Strike out.

SHOT OF LOG

as Tom slams the ax into it angrily.

BACK TO SCENE

TOM

(shouts)

Kevin, why do you have to be such a pain-in-the...

(pause)

You’re worse than Tasha! Can’t you and Annie get along and help each other just once-in-a-while? Looks to me like you’re just about done with the truck anyway, so keep Tasha occupied for a while! Will you please?

Kevin is taken aback by his father’s outburst. But, he has indeed finished his chore, so he tosses the rag to the ground.

KEVIN

(clapping)

Come here, Tasha.

Tasha runs to Kevin. He begins to shoot baskets at the homemade basketball hoop, teasing Tasha with the ball.

FADE TO:

EXT. TREEHOUSE—LATER THAT MORNING

Tasha has the basketball and will not give it up. Kevin, sweaty and breathing heavily, plops into a chair.

KEVIN

Fine. Keep the stupid ball, you dumb dino.

Kevin looks away nonchalantly. It is clear that Tasha is not interested in the ball unless Kevin is too. She begins to walk dejectedly away with it.

Suddenly, Kevin jumps up and tries to grab the ball away from her. Tasha holds on and they wrestle with it until she loses her grip and tumbles into the chair, knocking it over.

KEVIN

Oh, great going, Tasha! Now look what you did!

Annie, still in the garden, looks on.

ANNIE

(sarcastically)

Thank heaven no one was killed!

Kevin opens his mouth and shakes his head in mock amusement. He sets the chair upright again.

Annie places the final melon in the large basket. She lifts the basket, but finds it too heavy to carry easily.

ANNIE

(pleading)

Kevin, please help me carry this upstairs, will you?

KEVIN

(assumes a put upon expression)

What? Now I’m supposed to do your chores, too?

Tom looks up from the work of stacking the wood he has chopped.

TOM

(warningly)

Kevin..!

KEVIN

Is she going to help me clean the spark plugs this afternoon?

From the distance we hear STINK’S voice.

STINK (O.S.)

Stink help!

Stink the Pakuni suddenly bounds into view. He looks around.

STINK

What "bark plugs"?

Not waiting for an answer, Stink goes to Annie, whom he sees struggling with the basket of melons.

ANNIE

Hi, Stink.

STINK

Acuba ne. Stink help Annie Porter for very small price!

(takes a melon from the basket)

One fruit!

ANNIE

Deal!

STINK

Good deal!

They begin to carry the basket together towards the ladder.

Kevin gazes toward the horizon with an odd expression. Tom approaches.

TOM

What’s the matter, Kev?

KEVIN

I’ve been watching those clouds. They’re kind of funny...

TOM

You mean funny "strange" or funny "hoo-ha"?

Before Kevin can answer

SERIES OF SHOTS

as the Porter family and Stink are caught by a quake. They stumble around for several seconds. Annie and Stink spill the melons to the ground.

BACK TO SCENE

The quake ends.

TOM

Is everyone okay?

Everyone nods.

ANNIE

That was the biggest one yet!

TOM

Yeah, and the fourth one this morning!

STINK

(nodding)

Malu!

Suddenly, the ground shakes again, accompanied by strong winds.

SHOT OF SKY

as dark clouds roll in.

BACK TO SCENE

Tom suddenly races up the ladder, into the treehose, leaving the others behind, bewildered. He returns quickly with Kevin’s portable television.

The television’s snowy screen is distorted by strange interference and a high-pitched SQUEAL emits from the speaker.

TOM

(excited)

Kevin, Annie. look! I think another portal is opening. All the indications are just like last time!

ANNIE

You’re right! The quakes and the wind, the T.V. interference; just like when we homed in on that one portal!

KEVIN

(looks back up at sky)

But what about these weird storm clouds, dad?

Tom pats Kevin on the back, laughing.

TOM

You just washed the car, Kev! Of course it’s going to rain!

(rattles keys in hand)

I’ve got the keys right here. Let’s go right now before we lose our chance again!

Excited, the Porters and Tasha run to the truck. Stink is left standing in the clearing.

KEVIN

Come on, Stinkmeister!

ANNIE

Yeah, even if you can’t come home with us, you can see us off.

STINK

Stink no go! Porters always find trouble!

KEVIN

No way!

STINK

(nodding vigorously)

Way!

(pause)

Also, Christa say good-bye, too! Stink find, then Christa and Stink follow tracks.

Tom starts engine.

TOM

Okay, Stink. I hope we don’t miss you,

(MORE)

TOM (CONT'D)

but we’ll have to take the first chance we

get to go home.

STINK

(saddened)

Okay, Porters.

(pause)

Stink hurry! Find Christa!

AD LIB as the Porters say good-bye, wondering if they will ever see Stink and Christa again. They drive off.

STINK

(sadly)

Acuba ne, Porters.

Then Stink dashes off to find Christa.

EXT. JUNGLE—DAY

Nim and Keeg walk through the jungle, each carrying a pair of animal-skin sacks stuffed with items from their old lair. They are both wet and they stumble during the occasional quake. THUNDER and the agitated ROARS of dinosaurs can be heard.

KEEG

Finally, the rain stopped! Tell Shung to stop messing around with the weather!

NIM

You tell him!

KEEG

Why do we have to move into this new cave anyway? I liked the old one!

NIM

Because that is what Shung decided.

KEEG

Why does Shung get to make all the decisions while we get to do all the work?

NIM

Because we’re stupid lizards!

KEEG

If Shung would stop and help us, we would be done by now!

NIM

He’s too busy playing with his new crystal!

The rain starts again.

NIM and KEEG

(simultaneously)

I hate Shung!

SERIES OF SHOTS

as the Porters drive through the jungle, searching for the epicenter of the quakes, using the television as a homing device. Rain pelts the truck in bizarre fits and starts.

EXT. JUNGLE—DAY

The Porters see a portal in the distance and race toward it, but it is already fading and is gone when they reach the spot.

Inside the truck, Kevin holds the television in his lap and it continues to behave strangely.

KEVIN

Dad! The T.V. is still picking up something.

TOM

It must be homing in on another source of electromagnetic interference.

Kevin moves the television around to find the direction.

ANNIE

(looking at a compass)

North-east, dad.

They speed onward until Tom suddenly slams on the brakes.

CUT TO:

SHOT OF DINOSAURS

stampeding in front of the truck. They are terrified by the seismic disturbances and unusual weather. Finally, they pass to reveal

SHOT OF SCARFACE

as he runs straight towards a portal which has materialized in the jungle beyond.

SHOT OF PORTERS

sitting in the truck, startled.

ANNIE

(yelling)

Dad! Scarface is going to run through the portal!

FADE OUT.

 

END ACT ONE

 

 

ACT TWO

 

 

FADE IN:

SHOT OF SCARFACE

running toward the portal.

SHOT OF PORTERS

inside the truck, watching with apprehensive looks on their faces.

TOM

We can’t let a T. Rex get through to run rampant on our world!

Tom hits the accelerator and guns the vehicle forward, leaning on the HORN.

SHOT OF SCARFACE

as he turns at the sound and ROARS.

SHOT OF TRUCK

as the engine suddenly dies and it rolls to a stop.

SHOT OF PORTERS

inside the truck as Tom turns the key frantically.

TOM

The engine’s conked out, just like that other time we tried to drive through a portal. It won’t start.

SHOT OF TRUCK AND SCARFACE

as Scarface comes upon them and digs at the hood of the truck with one foot.

SHOT OF PORTAL

as it fades away.

SHOT OF PORTERS

in the truck.

KEVIN

(sweating)

Well, at least we saved Earth...

CUT TO:

SHOT OF TRUCK AND SCARFACE

as he lunges at the cab. Suddenly, lightning strikes a nearby tree. Intimidated by the blast, Scarface backs off in confusion, then bolts into the jungle.

SHOT OF PORTERS

in the truck, as they all breath a sigh of relief.

ANNIE

Boy, this freaky weather actually worked to our advantage!

KEVIN

The portal’s gone now, though.

TOM

What about the T.V?

KEVIN

It’s still going crazy!

Kevin moves the televison around and gets a new heading.

KEVIN

(pointing)

That way.

Tom continues to turn the key, but the truck still refuses to start.

TOM

We’ll have to go on foot.

They climb out of the truck and head off.

EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE—DAY

The Porters approach, just as another downpour is ending. They enter the cave, following the signal of the television which Kevin still holds.

INT. CAVE TUNNEL—DAY

As the Porters pass through the tunnel they HEAR Shung singing his own praises to himself.

Kevin quickly shuts off the television and Annie quiets the murmurings of Tasha.

TOM

(whispering)

We better get out of here!

Tom begins to back them all down the passage, but Shung’s voice freezes them in their tracks.

SHUNG (O.S.)

Not so fast, Porters!

The Porters and Tasha begin moving forward, but it is clear that their muscles are moving involuntarily.

INT. CRYSTAL CHAMBER—DAY

Shung’s will, exerted through the crystal, forces the Porters against the wall farthest from him, the crystal standing between them.

KEVIN

(astonished)

Dad! That’s the same type of crystal—

TOM

(interrupting)

I know!

SHUNG

You know nothing, Porter. Unless it’s that you are weak and I am all-powerful!

Just then, Nim and Keeg enter, each with a wooden cage containing a small animal.

NIM

We caught food, Shung, like you commanded.

SHUNG

(throws back his head)

Bah!

(indicates Porters)

I have plenty of food right here! I captured them easily where you two lizards always failed!

MED. SHOT—NIM AND KEEG

as Keeg mutters under his breath to Nim.

KEEG

We did catch them, and Shung always let them escape!

BACK TO SCENE

SHUNG

(to Keeg, angrily)

What was that, wart-picker?

Thrusting an arm out towards Keeg, Shung sends an invisible force plowing into him, slamming Keeg against the wall. Keeg bounces off and stumbles around with a limp.

KEEG

(groveling)

I meant nothing, Shung! I serve faithfully!

SHOT OF PORTERS

still held against the wall.

TOM

(whispering)

Try to resist...use the crystal against him...

But it is no use. Shung’s experience with crystals makes him too powerful.

BACK TO SCENE

Shung returns his attention to the Porters.

SHUNG

What has brought you here, Porters?

TOM

We were just exploring and saw the cave entrance. We decided to check it out.

SHUNG

(approaching)

Is that so?

(grabs T.V. from Kevin)

And what is this device?

KEVIN

Nothing.

SHUNG

Nothing? You lie!

(grips Kevin’s jaw)

Tell me why you have come here, Quickmouth!

Kevin clearly tries to resist, but Shung’s mental power forces the words from him.

KEVIN

(stuttering in strain)

We’re searching for a portal...a gateway...to take us back to our world. The T.V. leads us to them...but it led us here...

Shung moves away and sets the television down.

SHUNG

(laughing)

You bring new meaning to your name, Quickmouth!

CLOSE SHOT—SHUNG

rubbing his chin thoughtfully.

SHUNG

A gateway, you say? Hmmm...perhaps I can open my own gateway, to bring a certain two individuals here, to complete my revenge...

BACK TO SCENE

Shung concentrates on the crystal.

SHOT OF CRYSTAL

as an image begins to appear on each facet of the crystal; an image of CHRISTA and Stink as they follow the tire tracks through the jungle.

SHOT OF CAVE WALL

A smaller version of a portal begins to form in front of the wall, accompanied by quaking.

BACK TO SCENE

NIM

Don’t bring the Longhair, Shung! She’ll ruin your plans!

Shung replies by shoving the two Sleestaks back with an unseen hand.

SHOT OF CRYSTAL

which shows an image of Christa and Stink as they are enveloped by the fog.

SHOT OF PORTAL

as Christa and Stink appear in the chamber, the mists fading away.

BACK TO SCENE

with Christa and Stink now present.

Christa immediately takes in all around her and raises her staff to swing at Shung. Shung exerts his will through the crystal, causing Christa’s hands to shake uncontrollably until she drops the weapon.

Christa and Stink are rooted to the spot by Shung’s power as he approaches. Christa’s face twists in dertermination to break free.

Shung raises his club above his head.

SHUNG

You will be the first to die, Longhair, my great foe!

Suddenly, Kevin breaks free of the mental shackles.

KEVIN

(shouting)

No!

Shung whirls, grabbing his head in pain.

KEVIN

You won’t hurt Christa...or any of us!

The distraction allows all of the prisoners to break free.

TOM

Now! Everyone! Focus your will through the crystal—towards Shung!

Shung fights to regain mental control. The crystal glows intensely, emitting a shrill HUM. Nim and Keeg cower in fear.

SHUNG

(staggering)

Help me, lizards!

But the two run from the cave.

SHUNG

Come back here, Sleestaks! You’ll pay for your betrayal!

EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE—DAY

Nim and Keeg exit the cave, running. Dust and debris begin to fall from the shaking walls and ceiling.

NIM

Shung brings his own downfall. We’re not to blame for his foolishness. He deserves his fate.

KEEG

Let us go, before the humans decide to kill us, too!

They rush off.

INT. CRYSTAL CHAMBER—DAY

as the battle continues. Shung is brought to the ground by the mental attack. Kevin grabs his television and, as the cave starts to collapse around them, all but Shung run from the cave. The crystal glows fiercely and then disintegrates in a fierce blast.

EXT. JUNGLE—DAY

The truck sits where the Porters left it. Tom hops in and finds that it will now start.

TOM

That crystal must have been causing the interference that prevented it from starting before.

They load Tasha into the back end. Annie and Stink climb into the front with Tom, while Christa sits in the backseat with Kevin.

They drive back to the treehouse.

FADE TO:

INT. OLD SLEESTAK LAIR—NIGHT

Nim and Keeg gnaw the last bites off of a couple of bones. Shung staggers in, exhausted and in pain. Seeing him, Nim and Keeg scurry back, Keeg limping. Shung settles upon his throne.

SHUNG

Bring me food. And why do you limp, Keeg?

KEEG

Don’t you remember—

Nim shoves Keeg.

NIM

(whispering to Keeg)

Shut up, Keeg! He’s lost his memory of our "betrayal."

SHUNG

(growing sleepy)

It is fortunate you missed the battle; you two wart-lickers would have been slain instantly by the Longhair.

(pause)

But the humans only think they have defeated me. The Quickmouth will pay dearly for the destruction of the crystal. One day he and his precious Longhair will beg me for mercy! And they will get none!

INT. TREEHOUSE—NIGHT

The Porters, Christa, and Stink all sit at the table

discussing the events of the day.

TOM

All those portals must have been opened by Shung, unintentionally, when he was messing with the crystal. If we can find another one someday, it could be our ticket out of here!

ANNIE

If Shung survived that explosion, he might find one first!

KEVIN

Maybe we should have gone back and made sure Shung was dead.

TOM

No. We’re not like Shung. We’re not killers. It’s enough that we prevented him from using that crystal ever again.

(pause)

And we defeated him with teamwork, thanks to Kevin’s lead! Good work, Kev!

Embarrassed, Kevin looks down at his hands, wringing them.

CHRISTA

(smiling brightly)

Yes. You save Christa’s life...all our lives. Daiyay. Thank you, Kevin Porter...

Christa gives Kevin a peck on the cheek, while Annie scowls as if Christa has lost her mind. Then, Stink also gives Kevin a kiss.

STINK

Thank you, Kevin Porter!

FADE OUT.

 

 

THE END