Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Force of the People

          Force of the People
          A Star Wars Fanfic

The film begins with a Jedi trainee running away to planet Corbom. He shelters with an eccentric scientist and his shady patron and raffish pals. With the runaway Jedi’s cooperation, the gang extracts some of his midichlorians, which they then breed by the vatful. One injection can give anyone Force powers. They also invent a plug-in module for droids. The powers conferred include telekinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance and danger sense; but also levitation, Force shields and healing powers. Also, resistance to Force choking, and Toydarian resistance to the Jedi mind trick.
The shady midichlorian dealer makes big money mass-marketing Force powers to his fellow Corbomites. With the runaway Jedi’s help, they climb a steep learning curve. They innovate; for instance, Force shield plus levitation equals Superman-type flight. The scientist tries to telepathically contact another but gets a message; “I am asleep or ignoring you right now, so please leave your message after the beep. BEEP!” Some Force accidents, followed by Force healings.
The Jedi and the Sith hear about this. They unite to defeat this challenge to their shared monopoly. The violent Sith and the manipulative Jedi agree that they, the genetic overclass, alone should have Force power, and not the common folk.
Many fight scenes. The Jedi and the Sith have individual power; the Corbomites have numbers. Eventually enough Corbomites learn enough Force control to hold their own, then push back. Light sabers and blasters are useless against Force shields. Jedi master to runaway Jedi; “You will come with me.” Runaway Jedi; “I am not the Jedi you’re looking for.” Jedi master; “You are not the Jedi I’m looking for.” A Sith lord tries to Force-choke the midichlorian dealer, who Force-flings him across the room, Force-slaps him, and sneers “Bitch!”
The Jedi/Sith alliance fails in its ground war, so they call in a Death Star. Onboard the Death Star, a Jedi master looks on as the Sith lord calls in the engineers. The Sith lord boots up the blueprints of the Death Star, and notes that the thermal exhaust port vulnerability has still not been fixed. He then points out equally fatal flaws in every other vital system on board. He intones, “I will not tolerate such incompetence.” The Sith lord kills the head engineer, promotes his subordinate, and says, “You will suffer a similar fate if you do not fix these problems immediately.” The Jedi nods. “It’s good to maintain discipline.”
As the Death Star approaches Corbom, flights of X-wing fighters try to save the day. But all of the vulnerabilities have been fixed, by hasty jury-rigging, and the heroes are repulsed or destroyed. Nothing stands between the Death Star and Corbom.
On Corbom, the Force-powered populace gathers together, in massive crowds all over the planet, all going OMMMM. A light blue Force shield forms around Corbom. The Jedi master and the Sith lord, sensing trouble, commandeer a shuttle and leave the Death Star just before it gets into firing range.
On the planet, the Death Star is clearly visible in the sky, and the Corbomites are going OMMM louder than ever, and glowing blue brighter than ever. We see a crowd, outdoors, OMMMing around a white-haired old man, levitating cross-legged. He’s holding his right forearm straight up; a beam of blue energy blasts out of his fist into the sky. We also see a short thin young black girl leave the group, run into a field of dandelions, sit down facing the Death Star on the horizon, and pluck a dandelion puffball.
The Death Star fires its superlaser. The beam hits the Corbomite Force shield; its energy ripples outwards in a wave which wraps around the planet, converges at the antipodes, bounces outwards, ripples back around the planet, reconverges at the target point, and spits out a beam aimed straight at the Death Star.
In the last few seconds before the planet returns fire, we hear, on the fleeing shuttle’s radio, loud uproar from the Death Star. Klaxons, alarms, shouted orders. We see the black girl lift the puffball to her face. We see the Death Star in space, we hear it emitting loud radio noise.
A blue-white beam engulfs the Death Star. The radio uproar from the Death Star cuts off; there’s a blast of static; then radio silence. The black girl blows on the puffball. The beam sputters out; the Death Star is gone. The seeds from the puffball fly away, to the sound of the wind. A cloud of red-hot gas silently billows away from Corbom. The girl smiles.
The fleeing Jedi master says, “Oh well, so much for Death Stars.” Their shuttle is fired upon; they surrender. A tractor beam grips the shuttle, and the Sith says, “They will put us on trial for attempted ecocide.” The Jedi says, “If you wish, I can testify against you, so they will execute you soon.” The Sith says, “Thank you. Shall I reciprocate?” “No, thank you.” The Sith shrugs and says, “Life imprisonment? That’s your choice.”
They dock; they open the door and walk out; a squad of levitating policemen surrounds the Jedi and the Sith. They Force-cuff them, and the top cop Mirandizes them. “You have the right to remain silent...”
Viewpoint pulls out from the docking bay, then away from the police ship, then pans towards Corbom, its Force field still glowing blue. The music swells; roll credits.

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