Bowman flicks the toggle to 'Arm' and holds it there.
Another moment... Then Santen slams two large buttons on either side of him, and...
28 EXT. MARS-1 - DAY 28
EXPLOSIVE BOLTS BLOW. As this is space, and a vacuum, there's no sound.
29 INT. MEV - DAY 29
In here, however, it's loud. The EXPLOSION REVERBERATES. Then another EXPLOSION, and...
30 EXT. MARS-1 - DAY 30
MEV is blown free. Again, oddly silent. Small maneuvering motors burn for a moment, nudging MEV out of orbit toward Mars.
31 INT. MARS-1 - FLIGHT DECK - DAY 31
Bowman's alone, but she's got no time to worry about it. There are still free-flows all over the board. Bowman can't get them to shut down. They flicker, pop on and off. Systems start and shut down and start up again all over the ship. When suddenly...
31A EXT. MARS-1 - DAY 31A
The ship stops spinning.
31B INT. FLIGHT DECK - DAY 31B
Artificial gravity is lost. Bowman is jolted by the sudden stop and begins tumbling in zero-g along with everything else not lashed down.
32 INT. MARS-1 - SPHERE SIX - DAY 32
A control PANEL on the wall. We hear a CLICKING.
33 INSIDE PANEL 33
The switch sputters on/off. It fails, arcs. Smoke begins to wisp out.
34 INT. MARS-1 - FLIGHT DECK - DAY 34
A red light comes on. An ALARM sounds. Bowman turns. Smoke warning in sphere six.
35 INT. MEV - DAY 35
Descending. Santen's throwing switches madly.
(NOTE: Throughout MEV's descent, a COMPUTER VOICE announces various onboard systems failures.)
Auto-guidance system's out. Flare must've cooked a chip.
I thought MEV was shielded.
Complain later... I'm going to manual flight.
36 INT. MARS-1 - VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY 36
Bowman propels herself down access tubes to...
37 INT. MARS-1 - SPHERE SIX - DAY 37
Bowman frees a fire extinguisher. Moves to the smoking panel. Yanks off the cover. Aims the EXTINGUISHER. TRIGGERS it. And
--- is hurled across the room by the force. Smashes into the far bulkhead... For a moment, though, it looks like she's succeeded. Then smoke begins to wisp out again. She propels herself over, anchors her feet and jams the nozzle into the panel. Empties the extinguisher. This time it seems she's prevailed. And then, in a gentle digital V.O. Mars-1's P.A. –
MEV drops toward the planet at high velocity. Sparks fly off as the head shield cooks away.
39 INT. MEV - DAY 39
The high-g couches do what they can as the craft brakes from 17,000 to 800 mph. Santen tries to keep his eyes focused on the gauges. Gallagher's making a noise. Humming a song behind clenched teeth. Indistinct. Almost a groan. A groan that sounds a little like "Here it comes, here it comes..."
40 EXT. MARS - DAY 40
MEV can't be seen, but a huge plasma trail can. There's a THUNDEROUS CRACK as the SHOCK WAVE reaches the surface.
41 INT. MEV - DAY 41
800 mph. 35,000 feet. The needle passes a red mark. Nothing happens. As they continue to plummet, Santen reaches over and with great effort, finds and pulls a manual release lever. We hear EXPLOSIVE BOLTS FIRE.
42 EXT. MEV - DAY 42
The top PANEL BLOWS off. A drogue chute streams out. And then main CANOPY WHOPS open.
43 INT. MEV - DAY 43
The sudden deceleration pins them. Eyelids flutter, pupils roll back. They're at the edge of consciousness.
44 OMITTED 44
45 INT. MARS-1 - MEV DECK - DAY 45
More smoke. Bowman's choking on it as she enters. She cracks a glowpanel for extra light, then moves to the remaining spacesuit -- hers -- deflates the hanger that's holding it, and hauls it on. Yanks the hood over her face and secures it, whereupon air begins feeding into the suit... Bowman gulps it, relief for her searing lungs.
46 INT. MEV - DAY 46
Still descending under the chutes. Santen regards a radar screen showing the Martian topography below them.
We're off-target. Terrain's crappy.
Find a new landing zone.
No time. Deploying bags.
He smashes a button, and...
47 EXT. MEV - DAY 47
... BLAM, BLAM, BLAM... AIR BAGS the size of Land Cruisers POP out of the icosahedronal sides of MEV, surrounding the entire outside of the craft.
48 INT. MARS-1 - MEV DECK - DAY 48
The fire breaches the hatch to the access tube. Bowman's hurled across the room by the effect of the fire. Beat. Her eyes go to something. She launches herself towards a safety tether attached to a wall. Clips on. Reaches for a control panel marked "MAIN HATCH" and throws it open. And...
... instantly, Bowman's sucked toward the hatch, until ---
WHAP! The TETHER SNAPS TAUT. Almost breaks her in half. Bowman a ragdoll on the end of the line. Every loose object on the ship starting to purge past her. Smacking into her. Bouncing off her. The fire purging, too. Streaming around her body and head, nearly cooking her alive as it vents into space.
49 INT. MARS-1 - VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY 49
Everything that's not lashed down is sucked toward the Main Hatch... And then, as pressure equalizes with the vacuum of space, the stream of flotsam slows and stops flowing... The fires subside and die. The ship is still and dead.
49A INT. MARS-1 - MEV DECK - DAY 49
The ALARMS CEASE. With the pressure equalized, Bowman's no longer being thrashed and pummeled at the end of the tether. She hauls herself to the controls. Shuts the hatch... The immediate danger's over. And Bowman finally allows herself a moment to be terrified.
50 EXT. MARS SURFACE - DAY 50
MEV crushes down on the uneven terrain. Bounces. Again and again. Rebounding, rolling, tumbling...
51 INT. MEV - DAY 51
A carnival ride from hell.
52 EXT. MARS SURFACE - DAY 52
A jagged outcropping. MEV hits it. Air bags tear open.
53 INT. MEV - DAY 53
The ride's now worse. There's no cushion on one side. Chantilas is directly over the unprotected area. He takes the brunt of each impact.
A horrible jolt rips loose Chantilas's g-seat. He's battered and rolled as MEV continues to tumble. He's a threat to all of them as he bashes about with each rotation. He takes a monstrous beating.
54 EXT. MARS SURFACE - DAY 54
MEV slowly grinds to a halt. The bags that aren't in shreds begin to deflate. The icosahedron unfolds. Opens like a flower... And then silence. Utter quiet that seems to last forever. When...
... the hatch blows. A figure steps out. Gallagher. A moment later, Chantilas is passed through the hatch. He's unconscious. Gallagher drags him a short distance away as one-by-one, Santen, Pettengill and Burchenal emerge. Shaken but intact. To Burchenal and Pettengill –