FINNEGAN'S SQUAD: "Molotov Paradigm" - teaser/opening act
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       FINNEGAN'S SQUAD: "Molotov Paradigm"

               BEGIN OPENING ACT:

               EXT. ASIAN PLATEAU - NIGHT

               With the faint outline of the Himalayas behind them the First
               Troop Carrier rumbles across the flat plateau following some
               nearly invisible trail.

               INT. FIRST TROOP CARRIER - CAB 

               Finn stands in the threshold between the cab and the box of
               the vehicle holding a Comm-Link to his ear.

                                   FINN
                         I copy that.
                             (to Davis)
                         Bearing 219 at the crossroads
                         ahead.

               Davis is not from the Fleet.  His brow furrows in confusion.

                                   DAVIS
                         What?

               Bale leans in pointing left.

                                   BALE
                         Left!

               Davis shakes his head as he starts keying in the turn.

                                   DAVIS
                         I don't speak "Fleet" sir!

               Continuing to speak into the Comm-Link Finn ignores him
               moving back in the vehicle.

                                   FINN
                             (into Comm-Link)
                         How far back are we?

               EXT. SPACE - AT CIMARRON ORBITER

               The large craft, sans Lander, sits parked in Earth Orbit.

                                   TOPPER (V.O.)
                         We're tracking them 5.4 kilometers
                         ahead of you.

               INT. CIMARRON ORBITER - COCKPIT

               Topper is following both tracks on the monitor of the station
               opposite Ackers.

                                   FINN (V.O.)
                         Are we gaining?

                                   TOPPER
                         We can't tell.

                                   FINN (V.O.)
                         Explain please?

                                   ACKERS
                         You're very close to the Radiation
                         Zone, Finn.

               INT. FIRST TROOP CARRIER

               Finn turns and looks out the front window of the Carrier.

                                   ACKERS (V.O.)
                         We're tracking you by imaging
                         alone.

                                   FINN
                         How far does the radiation go?

                                   TOPPER (V.O.)
                         Another 400 kilometers if they stay
                         on this track.  

                                   ACKERS (V.O.)
                         If they start tacking east you're
                         going to lose them in a sandstorm.

                                   FINN
                         Great...

                                   TOPPER (V.O.)
                         Do you have radiation pills?

               Finn reaches into one of the pockets on his uniform and pulls
               out a small vial.  He slides it back in as he responds.

                                   FINN
                         Affirmative.

               INT. CIMARRON ORBITER - COCKPIT

               As before.

                                   FINN (V.O.)
                         But what about Legato?  Would she
                         have packed for that?

                                   TOPPER
                         Probably.  Are you sure you saw
                         Dawn?  It's possible she's back at
                         Kodari in a cell somewhere.

                                   FINN (V.O.)
                         It was her.

               Topper looks at Ackers.

                                   TOPPER
                         What's the situation with the
                         Lander?  I mean wouldn't that be
                         faster than a truck?

               Ackers is about to answer that but Finn cuts him off.

                                   FINN (V.O.)
                         The Lander is tending to our
                         wounded... they have their
                         instructions.

               INT. FIRST TROOP CARRIER

               Finn looks out the front of the window again.  Things are
               starting to lighten up.

                                   FINN
                         We've got first light coming.  If
                         they spot us things could get
                         intense.

               INT. CIMARRON ORBITER - COCKPIT

               As before.

                                   ACKERS
                         Understood.

                                   FINN (V.O.)
                         I'll check back shortly.  Finn Out.

               The link goes dead and then Ackers turns looking at a
               decidedly agitated Topper.

                                   ACKERS
                         How involved are you with Legato?

               Topper is caught off guard by this question.

                                   TOPPER
                         What?

                                   ACKERS
                         Are you personally involved with
                         Dawn Legato, Lef-tenant?

                                   TOPPER
                         I recruited her.  I sent her on
                         this mission.

                                   ACKERS
                         The impression I'm getting is that
                         there's more to it than that,
                         Mister Topper.

                                   TOPPER
                         No sir.  Nothing.  Only the same
                         thing you feel when you send
                         someone into the field.

                                   ACKERS 
                         I don't send in civilians. 
                         Everyone under my command is
                         military and they know the risk
                         going in.

                                   TOPPER
                         Yeah.
                             (pause)
                         Doesn't make it any easier though
                         does it?

               Although Ackers doesn't answer his expression says a lot.

               END OPENING ACT:
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