Beauty and the Beast

To Reign in Hell

 

 

Season One, Episode 20

Original Air Date March 18, 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon

Created by Ron Koslow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Director – Christopher Leitch

Director of Photography – Steven Larner

Production Designer – John Mansbridge

Editor – Drake P. Sullivan

Executive Story Editor – Alex Gansa

Executive Story Editor - Howard Gordon

Theme by Lee Holdridge

Music by Don Davis

 

Supervising Producer - Ron Koslow

Co-Supervising Producer - Stephen Kurzfeld

Producer - David Peckinpah

Producer - George R. R. Martin

Producer - Kenneth R. Koch

Associate Producer – Anthony Mazzei

Unit Production Manager – Tony Brown

1st Assistant Director – John Hockridge

2nd Assistant Director – Debra Du Val

Set Decorator – Peg Cummings

Property Master – Wally Wall

Assistant Producer – David F. Schwartz

Special effects Coordinator – Gary Bentley

Stunt Coordinator - Fred Lerner

Script Supervisor – Kathy Barrett

Make-up Supervisor – Fred Blau Jr

Hair Stylist – Josephine McCarthy

Beast Designed & Created by Rick Baker

Beast Make-up – Margaret Beserra

Costume Designer – Judy Evans

Costumer – Mary Taylor

Costumer - Ron Hodge

Sound Mixer – Pat Mitchell

Sound Mixer – Rick Ash

Sound Editing – David Hankins

Music Editor – Don Sanders

Main Titles – Robert Farina

Main Titles – Chris Arnold

Casting – Joyce Robinson

Casting – Penny Ellers

Executive in Charge of Production – Harry Waterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Catherine Chandler – Linda Hamilton

Vincent – Ron Perlman

 

Erlik the Giant – Big John Studd

Father – Roy Dotrice

Jamie – Irina Irvine

Mary – Ellen Geer

Narcissa – Beah Richards

Paracelsus – Tony Jay

Pascal – Armin Shimerman

Winslow – James Avery

 

Joe Maxwell – Jay Acovone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACT ONE

 

FADE IN:

 

EXTERIOR NIGHT - NEW YORK:

Ariel view over river and city.

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR – TUNNEL:

We hear Vincent’s voice, and then see shots of tunnels and then Vincent, in his chamber. Children are sitting gathered around him.

 

VINCENT

Our world is in mourning now, and… though it is painful,
each of us must try to find meaning in what has come to pass…
some hope in this time of great sorrow and sacrifice.

We must never forget what has happened or why,

so that the story will live always,

so that one day, you can tell your own children.

 

CHILD

(Excited)

Tell us, Vincent!

 

VINCENT

(Nodding and smiling)

It began a long time ago, when our world was very young.
There was a man who… with Father, helped to plant
the very seed of our civilization. But even then,
his evil side began to grow, until it overshadowed
all that was good. He was banished.
Yet, we were never truly free of him.

Then, one night, his evil visited the world above.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXTERIOR NIGHT - CATHERINE’S BALCONY:

Someone is standing on Catherine’s balcony, peering inside. His breathing is audible. Catherine has just entered her apartment, after jogging. The watcher on the balcony follows her from the French doors of the living room to the bedroom door. Catherine presses the button of her answering machine, and listens to a message.

 

JOE’S VOICE

Hey, Radcliff, it’s me.

I hate to ask you, but I need you to do
a skip trace before you come in tomorrow morning.

A guy named Danny Burke, that’s B-U-R-K-E.

You can start by checking the secured tax rolling records.

But if nothing turns up there, he’s also a member of the Pipe Fitters Union.

So, maybe they have a roster you can use, or something.

Alright, I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Thanks. Bye.

 

Catherine is standing by the answering machine, listening to the message. There is a tall shadow behind the curtain in the balcony. Catherine realizes that someone is standing there.

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS - VINCENT’S CHAMBER:

Vincent is sitting in his chair, reading a book. He stops suddenly, very apprehensive.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR - CATHERINE’S APARTMENT:

Catherine has realized that someone is standing outside.

 

CATHERINE

(Pleased)

Vincent!

 

She steps out onto the balcony, and approaches the concealed figure who turns towards her from the shadows. It is not Vincent. Into the light, steps an enormous,  giant-warrior (Erlik). He steps toward Catherine and she faints.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS - VINCENT’S CHAMBER:

Vincent leaves his book on the table and hurriedly starts on his journey to Catherine.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXTERIOR NIGHT - CENTRAL PARK:

Erlik walks carrying Catherine over his shoulder.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS:

Erlik, still carrying Catherine over his shoulder, travels down the spiral stairs, passing through the Chamber of the Winds, descending the large steps.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXTERIOR - CATHERINE’S BALCONY:

Vincent arrives and looks through the apartment window.

 

VINCENT

(Worried)

Catherine!

 

There is no response. He turns and looks down to the city. Then he sees a gold coin on the ground beside him; twisted and half melted. He kneels to pick it up.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

FLASH BACK:

From “The Alchemist”.

 

PARACELSUS

Found as a baby, outside St. Vincent’s hospital?
Did you…did you really believe that all these years?

(Echo)

Did you really believe that all these years?

 

END FLASH BACK:

 

EXTERIOR – CATHERINE’S BALCONY:

Vincent looks at the skyline.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

FLASH BACK:

From “The Alchemist”.

We see Paracelsus’ as the switch knife springs from his sleeve. He slashes Vincent. They fight. A lantern falls on the ground and starts a fire.

 

END FLASH BACK:

 

EXTERIOR – CATHERINE’S BALCONY:

Vincent is looking at the gold coin.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

FLASH BACK:

From “The Alchemist”.

Explosion. Fire.

 

PARACELSUS

My gold!

 

Paracelsus runs back into his chamber that is on fire. Vincent tries to stop him.

 

VINCENT

(Shouting)

Paracelsus!

 

PARACELSUS

(Wailing)

My gold!

 

Paracelsus escapes Vincent’s hold and rushes back into the chamber and disappears in a wall of fire.

 

END FLASH BACK:

 

EXTERIOR – CATHERINE’S BALCONY:

Vincent is still looking at the gold coin in his hand. He turns his gaze at the city, realizing what has happened.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS – VINCENT’S CHAMBER:

Father is seated and Vincent paces back and forth.

 

FATHER

Paracelsus? Alive? But how?

I thought you said that he was…

 

VINCENT

He’s alive, Father.

 

Vincent throws the gold coin on the table, before Father. Father takes the coin in his hand.

 

VINCENT

(Pacing)

He’s taken Catherine.

 

FATHER

Catherine? Do you know where?

 

VINCENT

No… Our connection has been broken some how.

 

FATHER

I know Paracelsus.

As twisted as his mind may be,
it’s still very complex, full of… designs and structures.

No, Vincent, I assure you, if he intended to kill Catherine…
he would have done so already.

He’s luring you. Calling you away from this place of safety.

 

VINCENT

I have no choice but to try and find her.

 

FATHER

(Nodding)

I know.

 

VINCENT

Why is he doing this, Father?

 

 

 

 

FATHER

Why? Because, in his mind, you are the one person
that prevents his return to this world,
a world which he still considers to be his own.

No, the consequences of this action may stretch far beyond Catherine.

The whole future of what we’ve built here is in balance.

Vincent, you must be careful. Expect anything.

Remember, Paracelsus has mislead you before.

 

VINCENT

I haven’t forgotten.

 

FATHER

Whatever he tells you… remember this. There is a truth beyond knowledge.

 

VINCENT

(Sigh)

I’ll remember, Father.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS – PIPE CHAMBER:

Shots of the pipes, with continuous tapping sounds. Pascal is tapping the pipes with two iron sticks. He listens intently. He hears some kind of a reply.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS – PIPE CORRIDOR:

Pascal and Winslow run following the length of a pipe on the wall of a corridor. They stop.

 

WINSLOW

Where is it coming from?

 

PASCAL

I don’t know. Too faint to tell. I thought this was a dead pipe!

 

They continue and go down a few steps. Pascal is listening through his stethoscope.

 

WINSLOW

It can’t just stop here!

 

PASCAL

(Listening carefully)

It doesn’t.

 

WINSLOW

(Reaching for the stethoscope)

Let me listen!

 

Pascal gives him the stethoscope tips.

Winslow listens, breathing heavily from exertion and concern.

 

WINSLOW

(Bewildered)

I don’t recognize the code.

 

PASCAL

Here.

 (Motioning to have the stethoscope back.)

Here!

 

Winslow gives him back the stethoscope. Pascal puts the chest piece back on the pipe.

 

PASCAL

I’m trying to remember… Yes! Repeated sequence… one word…

V – I – N – C – E – N… Vincent!

(Unbelievably)

It says “Vincent”!

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS – PIPE CORRIDOR:

Vincent arrives at the spot where Pascal and Winslow heard the message on the old pipe. Winslow follows.

 

VINCENT

Has it stopped?

 

PASCAL

No. Like a machine.

 

Vincent puts his ear on the pipe and listens.

 

PASCAL

Is it Catherine?

 

VINCENT

(Nodding in uncertainty)

Tell me, Pascal, where does this pipe lead to?

 

PASCAL

Down! Down below the Chamber of the Winds, after that…
It’s been silent ever since I can remember.

 

VINCENT

How far away is the tapping?

 

PASCAL

Hard to tell. These old pipes twist and turn in the bedrock.
But, judging by the faintness, I’d say… three days travel! Two at least!

VINCENT

The code?

 

PASCAL

Archaic! One of the very first my father taught me. A Morse derivative.

You remember, Vincent! Before we shorthanded the system.

 

VINCENT

So, Paracelsus would know of this code.

 

PASCAL

He probably invented it!

 

VINCENT

Pascal… Do you think you could take me there? To the source?

 

PASCAL
I don’t know, I… I could try.

 

VINCENT

Would you?

 

PASCAL

Of course!

 

VINCENT

Prepare your things. We leave at once.

 

Vincent is leaving but Winslow stops him.

 

WINSLOW

Vincent! I’m going too!

 

VINCENT

Winslow…

(Sighing)

Thank you, but the danger is already too great.

 

WINSLOW

If Paracelsus has Catherine, then we’re all in danger.

 

VINCENT

Yes, but we should try to limit our risk!

 

WINSLOW

Vincent, I have my reasons! Besides…
Pascal says the journey could take many days!
You‘ll have to sleep some time.
Somebody has to stay and watch!
And three shifts are safer than two.

 

 

Vincent reflects on what Winslow has suggested.

 

VINCENT

(Sighing and stepping in closer to comrades)

You’re my friends and… I accept your help.

But the way is uncertain.

You must both promise.
You will turn back at the first sign of trouble.

 

 

Pascal and Winslow look at each other.

 

WINSLOW

I promise.

 

PASCAL

(Nodding)

I promise.

 

VINCENT

Then we go.

(Grabbing their shoulders)

The three of us…Together.

 

Pascal and Winslow smile. Vincent leads and they follow.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR – RED TUNNEL:

A corridor suffused with blood-red light, and jets of pressurized steam coming out of the walls. Erlik passes through carrying Catherine, who is still unconscious. He puts her down carefully with her back on the wall. Catherine begins to waken. She looks around, then at Erlik. Bending down to her, he takes her hand, and leads her along a chamber.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR – PARACELSUS’ RED COLISEUM CHAMBER:

Erlik and Catherine emerge from a narrow tunnel into a vast cave of many levels, illuminated with candles. The back of Paracelsus is seen. He slowly turns towards Catherine. He is wearing a gold mask that covers half his face. Erlik enters the cave, pulling Catherine in.

 

CATHERINE

(Astonished)

Paracelsus!

 

 

END OF ACT ONE

 

 

 

 

 

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ACT TWO

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNELS:

Tunnel denizens are preparing the trio with the supplies for their journey. Mary gives Vincent a talisman.

 

MARY

(Squeezing it into his hands)

This is for luck.

 

VINCENT

Thank you, Mary…

(Sweeping a look to the whole group)

And all of you…

 

Father approaches Vincent.

 

FATHER

(Forlorn)

Safe journey, Vincent.

(Kissing him on both cheeks, and holding his head)

I should be going with you.

 

VINCENT

But you will be with us, Father.

 

Father and Vincent embrace and as the three men start off, Jamie steps forward.

 

JAMIE

Wait!

 

WINSLOW

(Annoyed)

What do you want?

 

JAMIE

I wanna go with you. Catherine’s my friend too.

 

VINCENT

(Appreciatively)

Jamie… Where we’re going is too far, and the way too dangerous.

 

JAMIE

(Fuming)

Too dangerous for who?

 

 

 

WINSLOW

(Aggravated)

For you!

 

JAMIE

I can take care of myself. I always have.

 

PASCAL

She’s got a point!

 

WINSLOW

She’s crazy!

 

VINCENT

Winslow!

 

WINSLOW

Well, I’m right, ain’t I?
Girl’s got no business coming along, we all know that.

 

VINCENT

(Gently)

I’m sorry, Jamie…
(placing hand on her shoulder)

It’s for the best.

 

JAMIE

Best for who?

 

Vincent turns and they start off once again.

 

WINSLOW

(Apologetically)

I only said it cos I care.

 

The exit party watch mournfully as the trio slowly disappears from view. Jamie looks especially sad, and Father tries to comfort her by placing his arm around her shoulder. She turns to look at it scornfully.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR – PARACELSUS’ RED COLISEUM CHAMBER:

Erlik is gathering bundles of wood before a recess in the stone wall, at the left side of the cave. Catherine is sitting by a table. Paracelsus emerges from an opening of another chamber. He offers Catherine a large bowl of water.

 

PARACELSUS

Drink, or you’ll dehydrate. Drink!
You’re certainly no use to me dead.

 

CATHERINE

(Drinking thirstily)

Why? Why have you brought me here?

 

PARACELSUS

Must there be a reason?

 

CATHERINE

(Derisively)

Yes!

 

PARACELSUS

(Sighing)

I was exiled from my home… from the world I created…
by the man you call “Father”.
Even then, he wouldn’t allow me to live in peace.

 

CATHERINE

I know a story. Fifty people died because of you.

 

PARACELSUS

I killed no one…

(Walking away)

They died because they were fools.

 

CATHERINE

They were weak. There is a difference.

 

PARACELSUS

Ah… But you’re not weak, are you, Catherine?

(Caressing the hair from her face)

You’re strong! Intrepid…

 

Cathy stiffens as Paracelsus' black-gloved hand comes to rest on her neck.

 

CATHERINE

(Seething)

What do you want with me?

 

PARACELSUS

Once a person is being visited by violence, everything changes.
Isn’t that so? Nietzsche said “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.”

Well, I am stronger now.

 

CATHERINE

You still haven’t answered my question.

 

PARACELSUS

Vincent is the answer to your question.

He’s all that stands between Father and me.

In more ways than one.

 

He removes his mask to reveal the disfiguring burn underneath.

 

 

PARACELSUS

And this… is why I must destroy him.

 

CATHERINE

I am not afraid.

 

PARACELSUS

You will be.

(Nodding)

You see…Vincent is also coming here to watch you die.

 

CATHERINE

(Stunned)

 

Catherine slowly turns thinking of the consequences of this trap.

 

PARACELSUS

Go Erlik, and make certain that Vincent continues his journey… alone.

 

Erlik leaves.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR PIPE TUNNELS:

Tapping sounds. The three men continue on their journey, following the pipe on the stone wall. Pascal taps it with a metal rod.

 

PASCAL

The tapping stopped.

 

VINCENT

Are you sure this is the same pipe?

 

PASCAL

Positive.

(Tapping it again)

The tone is identical.

 

WINSLOW

What do we do now?

 

VINCENT

(Sighing)

The only thing we can. We continue.

 

They start walking again and they reach an opening leading to a chamber at a lower level - it is bathed in golden and sapphire light. There is a ladder leading to Narcissa, the blind woman’s chamber.

 

 

NARCISSA

(Looking up)

Welcome, children!

 

VINCENT

(Delighted)

Narcissa!

 

NARCISSA

(Smiling broadly)

Vincent! Enter, please!

 

Vincent descends the ladder.

 

NARCISSA

Bring your friends!

(Encouraging them forward)

And why have you come travelling so far?

 

VINCENT

We are in search of Catherine.

 

Pascal and Winslow follow behind.

 

NARCISSA

And why do you seek the woman?

 

VINCENT

She was taken from her home.

We are… following the ghost of a message along the pipes.

 

NARCISSA

(Looking in Vincent’s direction and listening intently)

And who do you say has taken her?

 

VINCENT

Paracelsus.

 

NARCISSA

(Grief-stricken)

Ah!

 

Pascal and Winslow look at each other.

 

VINCENT

What is it, Narcissa?

You have knowledge.

You must share it with us; it could help us in our journey.

 

Narcissa reaches for a tray and puts it on the floor. Shaking a handful of small shells, she throws them onto the tray and interprets the message.

 

NARCISSA

(Horrified)

Turn back, Vincent! Journey no more!

 

VINCENT

(Acknowledging this)

She is my life. I am… bound by my heart to go on.

 

NARCISSA

There is death!

(Emphatic)

I see it!

 

Pascal and Winslow look alarmed.

 

VINCENT

I must continue.

 

NARCISSA

Then… my first duty is served. I have warned you.

 

VINCENT

(Touching her hand)

I hear your warning.

 

Vincent helps Narcissa to stand up.

 

NARCISSA

(Recalling something)

Vincent, that man, whom you know as Paracelsus? He is not alone.

There are those down here, who follow him. Protect him.

 

Pascal and Winslow look troubled and wary.

 

VINCENT

How many?

 

NARCISSA

They are the simple ones.

The lost ones…The way is dangerous before you.

 

Narcissa puts the tray back in its place. Pascal gives Vincent his lantern and they continue their journey through Narcissa’s chamber.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR WIND TUNNELS:

The three men reach the end of the tunnel. They arrive at a junction of three illuminated entrances. Vincent walks to the entrance on the left, which leads out to a chasm, the bottom of which cannot be seen. A rope hangs above it.

 

WINSLOW

Where does this take us?

 

PASCAL

Down.

 

WINSLOW

How do we know this is the right way?

 

VINCENT

Because it’s the only way.

I’ll go first, and Pascal. Winslow, you follow.

 

Vincent jumps onto the rope and begins to descend. Pascal is looking at the rope somewhat frightened.

 

PASCAL

Um….

 

WINSLOW

What is it?

 

PASCAL

I don’t think I can make this jump.

 

WINSLOW

I can’t hear you.

 

PASCAL

(Shouting)

I said, I don’t think I can make this jump! OK?!

 

WINSLOW

(Teasing)

You’re afraid, aren’t you?

 

PASCAL

I’m not afraid, I’m just not… especially fond of heights.

 

WINSLOW

Ok…

(Going behind Pascal and putting hands on Pascal’s shoulders)

How about if I count to three,
and if your butt’s not off to here by then, I’ll push you
?
One… two…

(shouts)

Three!!

PASCAL

(Making the jump and starting to descend)

Winslow!

 

WINSLOW

Yeah, yeah, I’m coming.

(Looking heavenward and smiling wryly. Looking at the rope and then belly. Sighing)

I should have gone on that diet. It’s too late now!

 

He makes the jump as well and descends.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR JOURNEY TUNNELS:

Vincent, Winslow and Pascal sit round a fire. Their sleeping bags are laid down on the ground nearby.

 

PASCAL

I studied everything he ever wrote.
The early manuals were brilliant.

Codes, schematics…

(Heavy sigh)

It’s hard to believe he is the same man…

 

VINCENT

Paracelsus is not the same man, what he’s done proves that.

 

PASCAL

Oh, I know that. It still makes me sad.

All that intellect and energy, just…

(Sigh)

 

WINSLOW

You’ve got a heart like a soft boiled egg, you know that?

(Laughing)

 

PASCAL

Well… I’m going to bed.
Wake me up when it’s my turn for the watch.

(Patting both comrades on their shoulders)

 

WINSLOW

Goodnight.

 

Pascal goes to sleep nearby. Winslow watches Vincent tenderly studying the rose that Catherine gave him on their first anniversary.

 

WINSLOW

(Gently)

So, what’s on your mind?

You’ve been awfully quiet ever since we left this morning.

 

VINCENT

Just… thinking…

(Caressing the rose)

Wondering.

 

WINSLOW

About Catherine?

 

VINCENT

If she’s really in danger, why can’t I feel her fear?

 

WINSLOW

We’ll get her back, don’t worry.

(Long pause / sighing)

I remember Paracelsus from when I was a kid.
Times were bad. Resources were scarce.
People were scared. Paracelsus took advantage.
He was convincing. Smart! People started to follow him.

 

VINCENT

What about Father?

 

WINSLOW

He was the one that saved us. He reminded us that…
we were family, that we… had to stand by each other.
Oh, you would’ve been proud of him, his strength… his conviction!
Without him…

 

VINCENT

Paracelsus might have prevailed.

 

WINSLOW

(Long pause)

But… he was never the same after that.

 

VINCENT

Why?

 

WINSLOW

(Looking sad)

Because once they were friends.

 

VINCENT

(Sighing)

You should go to bed. It’s been a long day.

 

WINSLOW

Yeah…

(Yawning slightly)

I guess you’re right. Besides… there’s always tomorrow!

(Standing up)

 

VINCENT

(Gratefully)

Goodnight, Winslow.

 

Winslow turns and takes a few steps towards Vincent.

 

WINSLOW

Vincent… I want you to know
that I’m not just doing this because of Paracelsus.

It’s… for Catherine too, she’s… a good woman.

I’ve always said that… what’s between you two…
is something I’ve never felt myself.
But seeing it, I know it’s real. I believe in it.

 

Winslow goes to sleep. Vincent is left looking at the rose.

 

 

END OF ACT TWO

 

   

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

 

 

ACT THREE

 

CUT TO:

 

 

INTERIOR JOURNEY TUNNELS

Vincent, Winslow and Pascal continue their journey, following the length of the old pipe on the stone wall.

 

VINCENT

Here…

 

They keep walking.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNEL CAVE:

The three enter a huge blue cavern with an underwater lake. The water is completely obscured by fog. The end of the pipe lies half buried on the ground. Pascal kneels to have a better look.

 

PASCAL

It ends here.

 

WINSLOW

Where the hell are we?

 

Suddenly, Pascal is seen flying through the air and lands at Vincent’s feet. Erlik appears carrying a length of pipe. Vincent jumps up from Pascal’s side and lunges towards the giant, but Erlik hits Vincent to the ground where he writhes in agony.

Winslow takes up where Vincent left off, trying to duck and dive the giant’s blows to distract him. But this infuriates Erlik even more, and Winslow does not move quick enough to evade the next strike which knocks him hard against the rock wall.

 

Vincent recovers after seeing his comrade fall, and he battles with the giant being thrown to the ground like a rag doll. Erlik makes his way back to Pascal, whom is tending to a badly-injured Winslow. Just as Erlik is preparing for his move on Pascal,

the giant suddenly jerks forward -- struck by something in his left shoulder. He reaches for it and, with a grimace, pulls an arrow out of his shoulder. He turns around further enraged to see a girl reloading her crossbow.

 

PASCAL

(Greatly relieved)

Jamie!

 

A quiver of arrows is strapped to her back. Erlik advances menacingly toward her. Jamie lets another arrow fly -- this one striking the giant in the chest.  The giant groans loudly in pain, and then plucks the arrow out. Jamie begins to reload quickly, almost frantically, as Vincent pushes back up on to his feet and moves toward the giant, but stops. Erlik sinks down into the fog and vanishes. Jamie and Vincent rush back towards Winslow. Pascal is already there and puts his ear on Winslow’s chest.

 

PASCAL

(Incredulously)

He’s dead!

 

Vincent and Jamie kneel beside Winslow’s body.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNEL CAVE

Vincent, Pascal and Jamie are at the lake edge gathered near the mound of burial rocks. Pascal is throwing stones into the water.

 

PASCAL

I’m remembering when we were kids,
we used to tease Winslow.

He used to try so hard, not to lose his temper, but…
you could always see everything in his face.
Do you remember, Vincent? The common meeting,
when Father named him to the council?
You could see it then… in his eyes…that he finally knew
how much we all cared and respected him.

 

VINCENT

That’s a good memory to have…
Winslow loved all of us fiercely. We were his family.
Nothing could ever change that for him.
Not conflict, nor anger, not even death…

(Long pause)

 

Jamie, who is kneeling reverently by the grave, starts weeping.

 

 

VINCENT

Winslow will always be a part of us, in our hearts.

Let us remember him, for his strength (sigh) and his courage.

He’ll continue to live through us, through our memory of him.

Allow yourself the time to mourn, and the pain will soften, I promise.

 

JAMIE

(Weeping even more, then standing up)

We have to go on.

 

VINCENT

I must go alone.

 

JAMIE

(Imploring)

Please, Vincent!

 

VINCENT

No! I’m sorry but… I’m responsible for this.

 

PASCAL

We came of our own choice. All of us.

 

VINCENT

I am still responsible.

I can no longer share that burden, even with my friends.

You must go back… tell Father and the others
(heavy sigh)

what happened here.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR – PARACELSUS’ RED COLISEUM CHAMBER:

Erlik is carefully placing bundles of twigs around Catherine feet. She is chained to the rock wall.

 

PARACELSUS

(Looking around skyward)

Vincent is close.

 

CATHERINE

I Know.

 

PARACELSUS

(Curiously)

You’re really not afraid to die, are you?

 

CATHERINE

No.

 

PARACELSUS

Not even as you watch the stage being built?

CATHERINE

(Looking at him inquisitively)

 

PARACELSUS

Don’t you feel anything?

CATHERINE

Sadness…

 

PARACELSUS

About dying?

 

CATHERINE

About you… and the world you helped create.

Vincent has told me. Your vision, your ideals… All wasted.

 

PARACELSUS

(Maniacally)

Taken from me.

 

CATHERINE

Still, wasted.

Now, all you want to do is destroy.

Something… someone you don’t even know.

 

PARACELSUS

Then you perceive my life to be… contradictory.

 

CATHERINE

No, tragic.

 

PARACELSUS

Don’t you see? It doesn’t end with your death, or Vincent’s.

This is only the beginning.

 

CATHERINE

The beginning… of what?

 

PARACELSUS

Reclaiming what is mine!

(Walking slowly away – long pause)

After all these years… I’ve decided to go home.

 

 

END OF ACT THREE

 

   CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNEL UNDERGROUND LAKE:

Vincent is standing on a boat crossing the lake. He looks around the vast canyon, which is diffused with an amber glow and rays of golden lights.

CUT TO:

 

OTHER SIDE OF UNDERGROUND LAKE:

Vincent continues on his journey. He enters a scarlet fog, into a cavern which leads to a narrowed passageway. This eventually brings him to a cave where the rock walls spew jets of red steam. He passes through the steam jets and comes across a skeleton which has Catherine’s crystal pendant attached to its neck.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

FLASHBACK:

Flash back from “Temptations”. Catherine’s balcony and the night Vincent gave her a crystal pendant marking their first anniversary.

 

END FLASHBACK:

 

 

RED STEAM CAVE:

Vincent is holding up the crystal – light flashes through it.  

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR – PARACELSUS’ RED COLISEUM CHAMBER:

Erlik is standing guard at Catherine’s side, ready to use the torch to ignite the pyre.

Vincent enters Paracelsus’ Chamber – full of books and candlelight.

 

PARACELSUS

“Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven!”
Eh, Vincent?

 

VINCENT

Paracelsus!

 

PARACELSUS

(Sarcastically)

Milton, actually.

 

Paracelsus then appears from his hiding place and they both stand staring at each other.

 

VINCENT

Where’s Catherine?

 

PARACELSUS

Oh, she’s uh…well. And alive, for the time being.

 

VINCENT

I’m warning you!

 

PARACELSUS

Your threats, Vincent, hold no power here.

It is my place.
It is I…who brought you to where you’re standing.

 

VINCENT

Twice, we have been lenient with you,
and twice you have taken advantage.

 

PARACELSUS

What would you know of that?

 

VINCENT

I know you have killed.

 

PARACELSUS

And who are you, of all people, to judge?

 

VINCENT

I speak for many.

 

Vincent sets the lantern he has been carrying on the ground.

 

PARACELSUS

Come any nearer, and the woman is dead!

 

Vincent stands up slowly and glares at him.

 

PARACELSUS

Now it’s your turn to listen. To know my pain.

My grief at seen the only things I’ve ever loved, torn away.

But it wasn’t just me. There were others! You!

You were betrayed, Vincent! You call him “Father”!
But it was I who found you, wrapped in rags, starving.
It was I who named you Vincent.

 

Vincent listens carefully to this.

 

PARACELSUS

And it was I who cared for you, all those months.
Even Father, didn’t think you’ll live, but I…
I fed you, I… bathed you… and you did live!

Don’t you see, Vincent? He wouldn’t let me take you!

When I was exiled, he made me leave you behind.
I loved you!
You were mine!...

(Sincere and heartfelt)

You don’t believe me.

 

VINCENT

What would you have me believe?

That you loved, and are now capable of this?

 

PARACELSUS

Now is the time for retribution.

 

 

 

 

VINCENT

Then… you never really knew love.

(Long pause)

Where’s Catherine?

 

PARACELSUS

Directly below you.

 

Vincent looks down, and quickly jumps to the ground. Erlik throws the torch onto the pyre and then charges at Vincent. They fight violently. Erlik slams Vincent into the rock and Vincent retaliates by swiping deep slashes into the giant’s shoulders. Vincent then makes a flying tackle, whilst Paracelsus looks on. Meanwhile, the flames are rising around Catherine. Erlik then wrestles Vincent in a bear-hug.

 

CATHERINE

(Screaming loudly)

Vincent!

 

Vincent makes one final slash across Erlik’s throat, and the giant sinks to the ground.

 

CATHERINE

(Screaming even louder)

Vincent!

 

Vincent runs up the steps to the recess where Catherine is chained, and frees her. A dejected Paracelsus looks at the dead giant. As Vincent carries Catherine to safety, Paracelsus retreats back into the smaller cave, from which he first appeared.

 

VINCENT

Breathe! Breathe deeply!

 

The silhouette of Paracelsus can be seen in front of the bright red smog, then he slowly makes his exit.

 

CATHERINE

(Coughing)

Paracelsus!

 

Vincent looks up to Paracelsus’ hide out, but the man has disappeared. Vincent embraces Catherine, and the giant lies slain beneath them.

 

CUT TO:

 

INTERIOR TUNNEL UNDERGROUND LAKE:

Vincent and Catherine are on the boat crossing the amber canyon. Vincent reaches down into the pocket of his doublet and gives her back their crystal pendant.

 

 

 

 

VINCENT

(Lovingly)

I found this on my way to you.

 

CATHERINE

(Looking up adoringly)

Oh, I thought it was gone forever!...

(Smiling and clutching pendant)

 

VINCENT

Catherine… On the journey, I felt for the first time,

as if, some how, you were lost to me.

I knew you were in danger and yet I could sense no fear!

 

CATHERINE

I was afraid, Vincent…

But I couldn’t allow myself to feel the fear.

 

VINCENT

You didn’t want to draw me.

 

CATHERINE

I couldn’t.

 

VINCENT

You’d sacrifice so much…

 

CATHERINE

I would sacrifice everything for you!...

What Paracelsus said… about your past…

 

VINCENT

Before I left, Father told me something
that I’m just now beginning to understand.

He said that there is a truth beyond knowledge,
beyond… everything we could ever hope to know.

 

CATHERINE

(Smiling)

Yes…

 

VINCENT

And that truth… is love…

 

CATHERINE

(Smiling with head bowed)

 

  

 

 

VINCENT

(OFF SCREEN) So you see, Winslow knew the truth all along.

He valued love enough to die for it. There’s something worth protecting at any cost. He knew it as the force that binds us together.

And in the end, his death allowed our love to live.

 

CATHERINE

(Smiling shyly)

 

 

 

THE END