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IN THE FINAL DECADE OF THE 21st CENTURY,

MEN AND WOMEN IN ROCKET SHIPS

LANDED ON THE MOON.

BY 2200 A.D.,

THEY HAD REACHED THE OTHER PLANETS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM.

ALMOST AT ONCE,

THERE FOLLOWED THE DISCOVERY OF HYPERDRIVE

THROUGH WHICH THE SPEED OF LIGHT

WAS FIRST ATTAINED AND LATER GREATLY SURPASSED.

AND SO, AT LAST,

MANKIND BEGAN THE CONQUEST AND COLONIZATION

OF DEEP SPACE.

UNITED PLANETS CRUISER C-57-D,

NOW MORE THAN A YEAR OUT FROM EARTH BASE

ON A SPECIAL MISSION TO THE PLANETARY SYSTEM

OF THE GREAT MAIN SEQUENCE STAR, ALTAIR.

WHEN DO WE GET A DC FIX, JERRY?

HALF A MINUTE, SKIPPER.

SHIP ON COURSE, SIR.

WE'LL REACH DC POINT AT 1701.

THAT'S LESS THAN THREE MINUTES NOW.

ALL RIGHT. TAKE IT AWAY.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

CHIEF, WE'LL DROP BACK BELOW LIGHT-SPEED

IN ABOUT THREE MINUTES.

GOT YOUR BREAKABLE GEAR STOWED?

AYE, AYE, SIR.

ALL RIGHT. GOOD.

DC SET AND PUNCHED ON, SKIPPER.

ALL RIGHT, ATTENTION!

CAPTAIN TO CREW.

ALL HANDS SQUARED AWAY TO DECELERATE.

SHIP'S BEEPER WILL, AS USUAL,

SOUND 10 TIMES AFTER LIGHTS DIM.

COME ON, DOC. DC, BOSUN.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

DC STATIONS ON THE DOUBLE!

WANT TO BOUNCE THROUGH THIS ONE?

[BEEPING]

ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE DOWN TO .3896 OF LIGHT-SPEED.

WARM IN HERE, SKIPPER.

YEAH.

JERRY, YOU--

[BEEPING]

THERE'S ALTAIR RIGHT ON THE NOSE, SKIPPER.

MEANWHILE, THIS SHIP ARRANGES ITS OWN ECLIPSES.

O.K., JERRY. PUNCH OUT AN ORBIT ON THE FOURTH PLANET.

AYE, AYE, SKIPPER.

SHIP IN APPROACH, SKIPPER.

HELICAL VECTOR ORIENTED.

ATTENTION! CAPTAIN TO CREW!

ATTENTION!

OUR DESTINATION, ALTAIR-4,

IS NOW VISIBLE ON THE MAIN VIEWPLATE.

AS YOU RECOLLECT FROM YOUR BRIEFING LECTURES,

THIS IS AN EARTH-TYPE PLANET.

20 YEARS AGO,

THE SPACECRAFT BELEREPHON LANDED HERE

WITH A PROSPECTING PARTY OF SCIENTISTS.

OUR MISSION IS TO SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS.

THAT IS ALL.

THE LORD SURE MAKES SOME BEAUTIFUL WORLDS.

HOW DO THESE CONTINENTS

CHECK WITH THE OLD CHARTS?

BE ABLE TO TELL YOU BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE, SKIPPER.

IT'S TIME FOR BRAKES.

O.K., TAKE IT AWAY.

ASTROGATOR TO CREW.

STAND BY TO CHANGE FLUX.

ANOTHER ONE OF THEM NEW WORLDS--

NO BEER, NO WOMEN, NO POOL PARLORS.

NOTHING TO DO BUT THROW ROCKS AND TIN CANS,

AND WE GOT TO BRING OUR OWN TIN CANS.

ATTENTION, CAPTAIN TO CREW! NOW, HEAR THIS.

WE ARE NOW ENTERING THE ATMOSPHERE OF ALTAIR-4.

NO SURVIVAL SUITS WILL BE REQUIRED UPON LANDING.

OXYGEN CONTENT 4.7 RICHER THAN EARTH STANDARD.

GRAVITY ONLY .897.

ADJUST YOUR EQUIPMENT ACCORDINGLY.

THAT IS ALL.

ALL HANDS, CHECK EQUIPMENT.

NOT EVEN ANY SHORT-RANGE RADIO SIGNALS YET?

NOT SO FAR, SIR.

JERRY, CAN YOU MAKE OUT ANYTHING DOWN THERE?

I MAY BE MISSING SOME INDIVIDUAL STRUCTURES,

BUT THERE ARE NO CITIES, PORTS, ROADS, BRIDGES, DAMS.

THERE'S JUST NO SIGN OF CIVILIZATION AT ALL.

[STATIC]

SIR, WE'RE BEING RADAR-SCANNED.

CAN YOU ZERO ON IT?

NO, SIR, BUT IT SEEMS TO EMANATE

FROM AN AREA OF ABOUT 20 MILES SQUARE.

20 MILES SQUARE?

BOSUN, PASS THE ALERT.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

COMBAT STATIONS!

BLASTER MEN, ACTIVATE YOUR SCOPES.

RADIO CONTACT, SIR. THERE'S A VOICE HERE.

HUMAN?

YES, SIR. SOUNDS LIKE IT.

BOOST IT.

SPACESHIP, IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

YOU'RE BEING TRACKED.

CUT ME IN, QUINN.

UNITED PLANETS CRUISER C-57-D,

J.J. ADAMS COMMANDING.

WHO ARE YOU?

MORBIUS OF THE BELEREPHON.

WHO?

EDWARD MORBIUS.

YEAH, HERE IT IS.

MORBIUS, E. Ph.D., Lit.D.,

EXPEDITION PHILOLOGIST.

PHILOLOGIST?

WHAT DO YOU WISH HERE, CRUISER?

WELL, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, SIR.

WE'RE YOUR RELIEF.

WE'RE VERY GLAD TO FIND YOU ALIVE.

I, OF COURSE, APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERN,

BUT ABSOLUTELY NO ASSISTANCE OF ANY SORT

IS REQUIRED.

OH, THE RED CARPET TREATMENT, HUH?

DR. MORBIUS, MY ORDERS

ARE TO SURVEY THE SITUATION ON ALTAIR-4.

LET ME REPEAT.

I'M IN NO SORT OF DIFFICULTY HERE!

YOUR BEST PROCEDURE WILL BE

TO TURN BACK AT ONCE WITHOUT LANDING.

SORRY, SIR.

COMMANDER, IF YOU SET DOWN ON THIS PLANET,

I WARN YOU THAT I CANNOT BE ANSWERABLE

FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR SHIP OR YOUR CREW.

IF YOU'LL JUST SUPPLY ME WITH LANDING COORDINATES.

DR. MORBIUS, I REQUIRE LANDING COORDINATES.

VERY WELL,

BUT I WASH MY HANDS OF ALL RESPONSIBILITY.

YOU HAVE STANDARD CHARTS?

YES, SIR.

YOU MAY COME IN AT 83-17-4 NORTH...

148-21 WEST.

THANK YOU.

IT'S RIGHT BACK THERE IN THE DESERT.

COMMANDER, I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO RECONSIDER.

PLEASE PERMIT ME TO RECOMMEND--

SOMETHING FUNNY DOWN THERE, SKIPPER.

O.K., JERRY. I'LL TAKE HER IN.

RIGHT.

ATTENTION! CAPTAIN TO CREW.

STAND BY TO REVERSE POLARITY.

STANDARD CLASS "A" SECURITY

WILL BE MAINTAINED UPON LANDING,

AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,

ALL HANDS WILL WEAR SIDE ARMS.

THAT IS ALL.

ARTIFICIAL GRAVITY OFF.

GRAV OFF.

HALF-FLUX. CUT PRIMARY COILS.

PRIMARIES CUT, SIR.

ALL CLEAR, SIR.

LOOK AT THE COLOR OF THAT SKY.

YEAH, BUT I'LL STILL TAKE BLUE.

I DON'T KNOW. I THINK A MAN COULD GET USED TO THIS

AND GROW TO LOVE IT.

BOSUN, YOU CAN ASSEMBLE THE TRACTOR.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

BETTER CHECK THE COMMAND MIKE, SKIPPER.

THE COMMAND MIKE, SIR.

OH. GOOD IDEA. CHIEF!

YOU'RE IN COMMAND NOW, QUINN.

YOU KEEP RIGHT AT THOSE INSTRUMENTS.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

HEY, WHAT'S THIS DUST COMING?

IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE BEING MET.

BOSUN, HOLD THE TRACTOR.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

QUITE A VEHICLE, HUH?

THAT DRIVER MUST BE A MADMAN.

WHAT DRIVER?

WELCOME TO ALTAIR-4, GENTLEMEN.

I AM TO TRANSPORT YOU TO THE RESIDENCE.

IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH,

I AM AT YOUR DISPOSAL WITH 187 OTHER LANGUAGES,

ALONG WITH THEIR VARIOUS DIALECTS AND SUBTONGUES.

COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH WILL DO FINE, THANK YOU.

THIS IS, UH, NO OFFENSE,

BUT YOU ARE A ROBOT, AREN'T YOU?

THAT IS CORRECT, SIR.

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I AM MONITORED

TO RESPOND TO THE NAME ROBBY.

IT'S A NICE CLIMATE YOU HAVE HERE.

HIGH OXYGEN CONTENT.

I RARELY USE IT MYSELF, SIR.

IT PROMOTES RUST.

HEY, DOC, IS IT A MALE OR A FEMALE?

IN MY CASE, SIR,

THE QUESTION IS TOTALLY WITHOUT MEANING.

WILL YOU GET IN, GENTLEMEN?

QUINN... TRACK THIS.

IF I BLINK RED...

I'LL BRING THE TRACTOR IN A HURRY, SIR.

RIGHT.

PASSENGERS WILL PLEASE FASTEN THEIR SEAT BELTS.

LOOKS AFTER US LIKE A MOTHER.

IF YOU GENTLEMEN WILL GO IN.

YOU'RE EXPECTED.

I AM MORBIUS.

I'M COMMANDER ADAMS.

THIS IS LIEUTENANT FARMAN, MY EXECUTIVE,

AND LIEUTENANT OSTROW, OUR SHIP'S DOCTOR.

HOW IRONIC THAT A SIMPLE SCHOLAR

WITH NO AMBITION BEYOND A MODEST MEASURE OF SECLUSION,

SHOULD, OUT OF A CLEAR SKY,

FIND HIMSELF BESIEGED BY AN ARMY OF FELLOW CREATURES

ALL GRIMLY DETERMINED TO BE OF SERVICE TO HIM.

I'M SORRY, SIR, IF WE'RE NOT WELCOME,

BUT WE DO HAVE OUR ORDERS.

OF COURSE YOU MUST STAY FOR LUNCH, GENTLEMEN,

AND FORGIVE THE ILL MANNERS OF AN OLD RECLUSE.

WON'T YOU COME IN?

WHATEVER THAT LUNCH WAS,

IT WAS CERTAINLY DELICIOUS.

SIMPLY SOME OF ROBBY'S SYNTHETICS.

HE'S YOUR COOK, TOO?

EVEN MANUFACTURES THE RAW MATERIALS.

COME AROUND HERE, ROBBY.

I'LL SHOW YOU HOW THIS WORKS.

ONE INTRODUCES A SAMPLE OF HUMAN FOOD

THROUGH THIS APERTURE.

DOWN HERE, THERE'S A SMALL BUILT-IN CHEMICAL LABORATORY

WHERE HE ANALYZES IT.

LATER HE CAN REPRODUCE IDENTICAL MOLECULES

IN ANY SHAPE OR QUANTITY.

THAT'S A HOUSEWIFE'S DREAM.

PLUS, ABSOLUTE SELFLESS OBEDIENCE.

ACTIVATE THE DISPOSAL UNIT.

A HOUSEHOLD DISINTEGRATOR BEAM.

PUT YOUR ARM IN THERE.

ORDER CANCELED.

DON'T ATTRIBUTE FEELING TO HIM, GENTLEMEN.

ROBBY IS SIMPLY A TOOL.

TREMENDOUSLY STRONG, OF COURSE.

HE COULD QUITE EASILY

TOPPLE THIS HOUSE OFF ITS FOUNDATION.

MIGHTN'T SUCH A TOOL BECOME A DEADLY WEAPON?

NO, DOCTOR, NOT EVEN THOUGH I WERE

THE MAD SCIENTIST OF THE TAPE THRILLERS,

BECAUSE THERE HAPPENS TO BE A BUILT-IN SAFETY FACTOR.

COMMANDER, MAY I BORROW

THAT FORMIDABLE-LOOKING SIDE ARM OF YOURS?

THANK YOU.

ROBBY, POINT THIS THING AT THAT ALTHAEA FRUTEX

OUT THERE ON THE TERRACE.

FIRE!

YOU UNDERSTAND THE MECHANISM?

YES, MORBIUS.

A SIMPLE BLASTER.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW, TURN AROUND HERE.

POINT IT AT THE COMMANDER.

AIM RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES.

FIRE!

YOU SEE, HE'S HELPLESS.

LOCKED IN A SUBELECTRONIC DILEMMA

BETWEEN MY DIRECT ORDERS AND HIS BASIC INHIBITIONS

AGAINST HARMING RATIONAL BEINGS.

CANCELED.

IF I WERE TO ALLOW THAT TO CONTINUE,

HE WOULD BLOW EVERY CIRCUIT IN HIS BODY.

DOCTOR, HOW DID YOU COME BY SUCH A MECHANISM?

UH...I DIDN'T COME BY HIM, DOCTOR.

I TINKERED HIM TOGETHER

DURING MY FIRST MONTHS UP HERE.

COFFEE IS READY, SIR.

GENTLEMEN.

DOCTOR, DO YOU MEAN THAT YOU MADE THIS...GENTLEMAN?

A USEFUL ENOUGH TOY, LIEUTENANT,

BUT NOWADAYS, I HAVE NO TIME FOR SUCH THINGS.

DR. MORBIUS, YOU'RE A PHILOLOGIST,

AN EXPERT IN WORDS AND LANGUAGES,

THEIR ORIGINS AND MEANINGS.

YET THIS ROBOT OF YOURS

IS BEYOND THE COMBINED RESOURCES

OF ALL EARTH'S PHYSICAL SCIENCE.

MY DEAR COMMANDER,

MAYBE YOU OVERESTIMATE BOTH ROBBY AND MYSELF.

GENTLEMEN, LET ME SHOW YOU

ANOTHER BIT OF PARLOR MAGIC.

[BEEP]

FORGIVE ME.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO ALARM YOU, GENTLEMEN.

I HAD ROBBY INSTALL THE STEEL SHUTTERS

BEFORE I REALIZED

HOW ALTOGETHER SAFE I AM HERE.

[BEEP]

WELL, GENTLEMEN, THIS HAS BEEN VERY PLEASANT.

YOU'VE SEEN HOW COMFORTABLE I AM HERE--

NO HARDSHIPS, NO SPECIAL DIFFICULTIES,

AND NO NEED AT ALL FOR MILITARY ASSISTANCE.

NOW, I DARESAY, YOU'RE IMPATIENT TO GET BACK TO BASE.

YES, SIR, THE MOMENT WE'VE INTERVIEWED

THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BELEREPHON PARTY.

OTHERS? BUT THERE ARE NO OTHERS, COMMANDER.

BEFORE THE FIRST YEAR WAS OUT,

EVERY MAN AND WOMAN HAD SUCCUMBED

TO A--TO A SORT OF PLANETARY FORCE HERE.

SOME DARK, TERRIBLE, INCOMPREHENSIBLE FORCE.

ONLY MY WIFE AND I WERE IMMUNE.

JUST HOW DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR YOUR IMMUNITY, DR. MORBIUS?

MY WIFE AND I DIFFERED

ONLY IN OUR SPECIAL LOVE FOR THIS NEW WORLD--

IN OUR BOUNDLESS LONGING TO MAKE A HOME HERE

FAR FROM THE SCURRY AND STRIFE OF HUMANKIND.

I REMEMBER HOW,

WHEN THE VOTE WAS TAKEN TO RETURN TO EARTH,

SHE AND I WERE UTTERLY HEARTBROKEN.

HOW COULD WE HAVE FORESEEN THE EXTINCTION

OF SO MANY COWORKERS AND FRIENDS?

SKIPPER, THERE'S NO RECORD OF ANY WIFE

IN THE BELEREPHON ROLLS.

OH, LIEUTENANT, LOOK UNDER BIOCHEMISTRY.

JULIA MARSIN.

SHE AND I WERE MARRIED ON THE VOYAGE HERE.

I HAVE THE CERTIFICATE.

I THOUGHT ROBBY HAD MANAGED

SOME VERY CHARMING FEMININE TOUCHES.

I TAKE IT MRS. MORBIUS ISN'T AT HOME TODAY?

MY DEAR WIFE DIED A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE OTHERS.

ONLY IN HER CASE, IT WAS OF NATURAL CAUSES.

I'M VERY SORRY.

DR. MORBIUS, JUST WHAT WERE THE SYMPTOMS

OF ALL THOSE OTHER DEATHS,

THE UNNATURAL ONES, I MEAN?

THE SYMPTOMS WERE STRIKING, COMMANDER.

ONE BY ONE, IN SPITE OF EVERY SAFEGUARD,

MY COWORKERS WERE TORN LITERALLY LIMB FROM LIMB.

BY WHAT?

BY SOME DEVILISH THING THAT NEVER ONCE SHOWED ITSELF.

THE BELEREPHON?

VAPORIZED AS THE THREE REMAINING SURVIVORS

TRIED TO TAKE HER OFF.

AND YET, IN ALL THESE 19 YEARS,

YOU, PERSONALLY, HAVE NEVER AGAIN BEEN BOTHERED

BY THIS PLANETARY FORCE?

ONLY IN NIGHTMARES OF THOSE TIMES.

AND YET, ALWAYS IN MY MIND,

I SEEM TO FEEL THE CREATURE

IS LURKING SOMEWHERE CLOSE AT HAND,

SLY AND IRRESISTIBLE AND ONLY WAITING

TO BE REINVOKED FOR MURDER.

FATHER.

ALTA!

ALTA, I SPECIFICALLY ASKED YOU

NOT TO JOIN US FOR LUNCH.

BUT, FATHER, LUNCH IS OVER.

YOU NEVER SAID A WORD

ABOUT NOT COMING IN FOR COFFEE.

DID YOU OR DID YOU?

UH, THIS IS COMMANDER ADAMS,

DR. OSTROW, AND LIEUTENANT FARMAN.

MY DAUGHTER.

HOW DO YOU DO?

I'VE ALWAYS SO TERRIBLY WANTED TO MEET A YOUNG MAN,

AND NOW THREE OF THEM AT ONCE.

THAT'S VERY KIND OF YOU.

YOU'RE LOVELY, DOCTOR.

OF COURSE, THE TWO END ONES ARE UNBELIEVABLE.

COULD THIS END ONE GET YOU SOME COFFEE?

OH, I'M QUITE ABLE TO GET IT. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU MUST MAKE ALLOWANCES

FOR MY DAUGHTER, GENTLEMEN.

SHE'S NEVER KNOWN ANY HUMAN BEING EXCEPT HER FATHER.

I HOPE YOU'LL MAKE ALLOWANCES, TOO, SIR.

WE YOUNG MEN HAVE BEEN SHUT UP IN HYPERSPACE

FOR WELL OVER A YEAR NOW.

RIGHT FROM HERE, THE VIEW LOOKS JUST LIKE HEAVEN.

SUGAR?

BUT YOU KEEP HELPING ME.

AFTER ALL, YOU'RE NOT ROBBY.

I WOULDN'T MIND BEING ROBBY IN CERTAIN WAYS.

THAT'S ONLY IN CERTAIN WAYS, OF COURSE.

I CAN SEE THAT WAS PROBABLY VERY CLEVER,

BUT I DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND IT.

WELL, THERE'S, UH... THERE'S NO RUSH.

YES, I SUPPOSE ONE DAY I SHALL BE OBLIGED

TO MAKE THE TRIP TO EARTH WITH HER

FOR THE SAKE OF HER NATURAL DEVELOPMENT.

I SHOULD SAY FAIRLY SOON, TOO.

YOUR FATHER WASN'T TOO HAPPY AT FIRST

ABOUT YOUR MEETING US, WAS HE?

NATURALLY NOT. YOU'RE FROM EARTH.

WELL, WHAT'S WRONG WITH EARTH?

HOW LUCKY I AM, THOUGH.

ALL THREE OF YOU ARE SUCH VERY FINE EXCEPTIONS.

WELL, YOU ARE EXCEPTIONS, AREN'T YOU?

OH, SURE, SURE.

WELL, THAT IS, I AM ANYWAY.

OLD DEPENDABLE JERRY.

OF COURSE, THE DOC CAN BE TRUSTED, TOO,

UH, IN THE DAYTIME.

WHAT ABOUT THE COMMANDER?

WELL, I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS, ALTA,

BUT THAT MAN IS NOTORIOUS

THROUGHOUT SEVEN PLANETARY SYSTEMS.

OH, DEAR.

WHAT DOES HE DO?

WELL, I DON'T FEEL FREE TO DISCUSS

THE SHORTCOMINGS OF A FELLOW OFFICER, BUT...

ANY GIRL OR WOMAN

WHO LETS HIM GET HER ALONE ANYWHERE...

YES.

YES, I CAN SEE IT NOW.

THERE.

JUST THEN WHEN HE LOOKED AT ME.

WHY, HIS EYES ALMOST HAD FIRE IN THEM.

I'M SO GLAD

YOU DON'T HAVE ANY FIRE IN YOUR EYES, LIEUTENANT.

WELL, I'M NOT THAT HARMLESS.

[MORBIUS] ALTA.

YES, FATHER?

THESE GENTLEMEN HAVE EXPRESSED

A VERY KINDLY CONCERN

OVER THE AMOUNT OF LIBERTY YOU HAVE HERE.

LIBERTY?

I'VE EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION

TO VISIT EARTH WHENEVER YOU CHOOSE.

EARTH? I?

THEN MY LITTLE GIRL

NEVER FEELS LONELY OR CONFINED?

I--I DON'T KNOW.

I HAVE YOU AND ROBBY AND ALL MY FRIENDS.

FRIENDS?

UH, YES, UH...

PERHAPS YOU'D BETTER CALL THEM, MY DEAR.

ALL RIGHT.

COME, GENTLEMEN.

I FELT SOMETHING GO RIGHT THROUGH MY HEAD.

UH, ALTA'S WHISTLE IS ABOVE THE PITCH OF HUMAN HEARING.

I OFTEN FEEL IT MYSELF.

WHAT'S UP?

LOOK.

[TIGER GROWLS]

NO, NO. NO, NO. WATCH.

HE'S AS TAME AS A KITTEN.

OUTSIDE OF THE RANGE OF MY DAUGHTER'S INFLUENCE,

IT'S STILL A DEADLY WILD BEAST.

[BEEP]

JUST A ROUTINE CHECKUP FROM THE SHIP.

OH.

WHAT, CHIEF?

EVERYTHING O.K., COMMANDER?

NO PROBLEM.

WOULD YOU MIND ACTIVATING THE VIEWER, SIR?

MM-HMM. YEAH.

AS YOU CAN SEE,

WE'RE UNDER NO RESTRAINT WHATSOEVER.

[WOLF WHISTLE]

UH, KNOCK THAT OFF, QUINN.

WELL, GENTLEMEN, IF I CAN BE ANY HELP TO YOU

IN YOUR PREPARATIONS FOR THE HOMEWARD VOYAGE...

WELL, THANK YOU, SIR, BUT UNFORTUNATELY,

CIRCUMSTANCES MAY KEEP US HERE FOR A WHILE.

CIRCUMSTANCES?

YES, YOU SEE, MY ORDERS

DON'T SEEM TO COVER THE BELEREPHON FATALITIES.

I--I'M FORCED NOW TO CONTACT BASE FOR NEW INSTRUCTIONS.

BUT, COMMANDER, SUPPOSE THESE NEW INSTRUCTIONS

REQUIRE MY RETURN TO EARTH FOR QUESTIONING?

TWO YEARS OR MORE AWAY FROM MY WORK HERE.

TELL ME JUST, UH, WHAT IS INVOLVED

IN YOUR MAKING CONTACT WITH EARTH-BASE?

WELL, FUNDAMENTALLY, IT'S A QUESTION OF CRUDE POWER--

HOW TO SHORT-CIRCUIT THE CONTINUUM ON A 5 OR 6 PARSEC LEVEL.

A TRANSMITTER LIKE THAT ISN'T STANDARD EQUIPMENT.

TO BUILD ONE, WE'D HAVE TO CANNIBALIZE

ABOUT 2/3 OF THE SHIP'S ELECTRONIC GEAR

AND THEN UNSHIP THE MAIN DRIVE TO JUICE IT.

JUST TO CONSTRUCT A BUNKER TO HOUSE THE CORE

WOULD TAKE ABOUT 10 DAYS.

DISABLED HERE FOR 10 DAYS AND NIGHTS.

WOULD, UH, 2-INCH LEAD SHIELDING DO AS WELL?

BE BETTER IF WE HAPPENED TO BE CARRYING

ABOUT 100 SQUARE YARDS OF THE STUFF.

I'LL HAVE ROBBY RUN IT OFF FOR YOU.

YOU'LL GET IT NOT LATER THAN TOMORROW NOON.

THAT'S VERY OBLIGING OF YOU, SIR.

OBLIGING?

LOOK OUT THERE, COMMANDER--

THE BELEREPHON PARTY.

19 YEARS AGO, I DUG THOSE GRAVES WITH MY OWN HANDS,

AND I HAVE, BELIEVE ME,

NO WISH TO REPEAT THAT EXPERIENCE.

WELL, WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN SOON, ALTA, I HOPE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DOCTOR.

UH...

EXCELLENT LUNCH, DOCTOR.

TO TELL THE TRUTH,

I SOMETIMES STILL MISS THE CONVERSATION

OF SUCH GENTLEMEN AS YOURSELF, DOCTOR.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESY AND CONCERN, SIR.

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS, GENTLEMEN.

EASY WITH THIS CORE.

OUR M.G. COILS WON'T TAKE US HOME WITHOUT IT.

COME ON, COOKIE, GET OUT OF THE WAY.

YOU WANT TO GET RUN OVER?

HANDLE IT GENTLY.

IT HAS TO GET US HOME.

HEY, YOU THINK IT'S FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM THE SHIP?

SURE, NO INTERFERENCE THERE.

WHAT ABOUT THE MAGNETIC PULLER?

BOSUN, JUST DROP THE THING DOWN RIGHT OVER THERE.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

WHERE DO YOU WISH THE SHIELDING STACKED, SIR?

WELL, YOU CAN JUST PUT IT RIGHT OVER THERE BY THE CORE.

WAIT A MINUTE.

THAT'S SOLID LEAD HE'S CARRYING.

COMMON LEAD WOULD HAVE CRUSHED THE VEHICLE, SIR.

THIS IS MY MORNING'S RUN OF ISOTOPE 217.

THE WHOLE THING HARDLY COMES TO 10 TONS.

HELLO, ALTA.

DOES YOUR FATHER KNOW YOU'RE OUT HERE?

HE TOLD ME NOT TO GO NEAR THE SHIP.

THIS ISN'T VERY NEAR.

ALL RIGHT, COOKIE, OUT OF HERE.

YES--YES, SIR.

[LAUGHTER]

COMMANDER, PUT ME DOWN, SIR.

COMMANDER. COMMANDER.

WHAT IS IT, CHIEF?

IF YOU'D LIKE TO CHECK MY FINAL ASSEMBLY

FOR THE MONITORING UNIT OF THE KLYSTRON TRANSMITTER...

WHAT, ALREADY?

YES, SIR.

EXCELLENT.

ARE--AREN'T THESE CONDENSERS OUT OF MY ACCELERATOR CIRCUITS?

YES, SIR.

AND I BORROWED SOME SOLENOIDS

FROM YOUR GYRO-STABILIZERS, TOO.

HERE'S THE BIG DEAL.

I'LL BET ANY QUANTUM MECHANIC

WOULD GIVE THE REST OF HIS LIFE

TO FOOL AROUND WITH THIS GADGET.

GET THIS IN THE SHIP BY DARK.

WE DON'T WANT SOME FOOL FALLING OVER IT

BEFORE WE TRANSMIT TOMORROW.

GOOD WORK.

PSST!

COME HERE.

OVER HERE.

CAN I BE OF SERVICE, SIR?

LOOK, NEVER MIND THE "SIR," MISTER,

BUT I'M A STRANGER ON THIS SO-CALLED PLANET.

COULD YOU TELL ME

WHERE I COULD GET A HOLD OF SOME OF THE REAL STUFF?

REAL STUFF?

JUST FOR COOKING PURPOSES, YOU UNDERSTAND.

I TAKE A BIG PRIDE IN MY DUTIES.

PARDON ME, SIR. "STUFF"?

OH.

JUST ABOUT ONE JOLT LEFT.

OH, GENUINE ANCIENT ROCKET BOURBON.

SEE HERE?

HEY!

WHY, YOU LOW-LIVING CONTRAPTION.

I OUGHT TO TAKE A CAN OPENER TO YOU.

QUIET, PLEASE. I AM ANALYZING.

[BURP]

YES, RELATIVELY SIMPLE ALCOHOL MOLECULES

WITH TRACES OF FUSEL OIL.

WOULD 60 GALLONS BE SUFFICIENT?

GALLONS!

MISTER, I'VE BEEN FROM HERE TO THERE IN THIS GALAXY,

AND I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW

YOU'RE THE MOST UNDERSTANDING SOUL

I EVER MET UP WITH.

OW!

IT'S NOTHING REALLY PERSONAL-- JUST A KISS.

HMM. BUT WHY SHOULD PEOPLE WANT TO KISS EACH OTHER?

IT'S AN OLD CUSTOM.

ALL THE REALLY HIGH CIVILIZATIONS GO IN FOR IT.

BUT IT'S SO SILLY.

IT'S GOOD FOR YOU, THOUGH.

IT STIMULATES THE WHOLE SYSTEM.

YOU CAN'T BE IN TIPTOP HEALTH WITHOUT IT.

REALLY?

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

I'D BE ONLY TOO HAPPY TO SHOW YOU.

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LIEUTENANT.

NO TROUBLE AT ALL.

IS THAT ALL THERE IS TO IT?

WELL, YOU--YOU'VE SORT OF GOT TO STICK WITH IT.

HMM.

JUST ONCE MORE. DO YOU MIND?

NOT AT ALL.

I DON'T KNOW. THERE MUST BE SOMETHING

SERIOUSLY THE MATTER WITH ME,

BECAUSE I HAVEN'T NOTICED

THE LEAST BIT OF STIMULATION.

HONEY, LET'S DO THIS THING RIGHT.

NOW, HERE.

ARE YOU GIVING ME THE TREATMENT?

ARE YOU?

LIEUTENANT FARMAN.

UH, DON'T SAY A WORD, SIR.

I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PRESSING DUTIES

WAITING FOR ME BACK AT THE SHIP,

AND RANK DOTH HAVE ITS PRIVILEGES.

AND YOU CAN DEPEND ON IT

THAT THOSE PRIVILEGES WON'T BE STRETCHED

INTO TAKING YOUR KIND OF ADVANTAGES.

OH, BUT I--

DISMISSED.

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HIM?

WHY DID HE LEAVE?

WHY DID YOU BOTH ACT SO FUNNY?

WELL, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

WELL, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND, ALTA?

NO?

WELL, LOOK AT YOURSELF.

YOU SEE, YOU CAN'T RUN AROUND LIKE THAT IN FRONT OF MEN,

PARTICULARLY NOT A SPACE WOLF LIKE FARMAN.

FOR PETE'S SAKE, GO HOME AND PUT ON SOMETHING THAT WILL, UH...

ANYTHING.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY CLOTHES?

I DESIGNED THEM MYSELF.

STOP LOOKING AT ME THAT WAY.

I DON'T THINK I LIKE IT.

HA HA!

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, "HA HA"?

COMMANDER, THE LIEUTENANT AND I

WERE JUST TRYING TO GET A LITTLE HEALTHY STIMULATION

FROM HUGGING AND KISSING. THAT'S ALL.

OH, THAT'S ALL.

IT'S SO EASY FOR YOU, ISN'T IT?

THERE'S NO, UH, FEELINGS, NO EMOTIONS. YOU, UH...

NOTHING HUMAN WOULD EVER ENTER YOUR MIND.

WELL, IT SO HAPPENS THAT I'M IN COMMAND

OF 18 COMPETITIVELY SELECTED SUPER-PERFECT PHYSICAL SPECIMENS

WITH AN AVERAGE AGE OF 24.6,

WHO HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP IN HYPERSPACE FOR 378 DAYS!

IT WOULD HAVE SERVED YOU RIGHT IF I HADN'T HAVE--

AND HE...

OH, GO ON. GET OUT OF HERE

BEFORE I HAVE YOU RUN OUT OF THE AREA UNDER GUARD,

AND THEN I'LL PUT MORE GUARDS ON THE GUARDS.

"AND THEN I'LL PUT MORE GUARDS ON THE GUARDS."

I DON'T LIKE HIM. I JUST DON'T LIKE HIM.

THE WAY HE KEPT LOOKING AT ME.

THEN HE SHOUTED.

WHAT ABOUT?

I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW, REALLY.

IT--IT WAS AWFUL,

AND I WAS ONLY TRYING TO BE NICE ABOUT KISSING THE LIEUTENANT.

OH?

HOW DID THE COMMANDER REACT TO THAT?

HE WAS FURIOUS.

HE SEEMED TO THINK THAT ALL THAT ABOUT BIOLOGY

HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH ME-- PERSONALLY, I MEAN.

I'VE NEVER BEEN SO NERVOUS IN ALL MY LIFE,

AND I HOPE I DON'T SEE HIM AGAIN IF I LIVE TO BE 400 MILLION.

YOU WON'T HAVE TO.

JUST GO TO BED.

I STILL HAVE SOME WORK TO DO IN MY STUDY.

GOOD NIGHT, MY DEAR.

[BEEP BEEP]

[BEEP BEEP]

[BEEP]

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

I'VE BEAMED AND BEAMED.

SORRY, MISS.

I WAS GIVING MYSELF AN OIL JOB.

AND WHAT IS IT YOU REQUIRE THIS TIME, MISS ALTA?

ROBBY, I MUST HAVE A NEW DRESS RIGHT AWAY.

AGAIN?

OH, BUT THIS ONE MUST BE DIFFERENT.

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MUST SHOW BELOW, ABOVE, OR THROUGH.

RADIATION-PROOF?

NO. JUST EYE-PROOF WILL DO.

THICK AND HEAVY?

OH, NO. NO, ROBBY.

IT MUST BE THE LOVELIEST, SOFTEST THING YOU'VE EVER MADE FOR ME

AND FIT IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF STAR SAPPHIRES.

STAR SAPPHIRES TAKE A WEEK TO CRYSTALLIZE PROPERLY.

WOULD DIAMOND OR EMERALDS DO?

WELL, IF THEY'RE LARGE ENOUGH.

5, 10, AND 15 CARATS, AND ON HAND.

I WILL RUN THE DRESS UP FOR YOU IN TIME FOR BREAKFAST.

HA HA!

SLEEP WELL, MISS.

THANK YOU, ROBBY.

I DON'T REALLY CARE NOW WHETHER I DO OR NOT.

FUNNY TO SEE TWO MOONS IN THE SKY, ISN'T IT?

FUNNY HOW QUICK A GUY GETS USED TO IT.

YEAH.

JOE.

WHAT?

DO YOU HEAR SOMETHING?

LIKE WHAT?

LIKE A SORT OF BIG BREATHING.

NO.

THAT'S FUNNY.

I DID.

[BREATHING]

STRONG AND GREY, LAST NIGHT DURING YOUR WATCH,

THIS SHIP WAS ENTERED,

AND VALUABLE GOVERNMENT PROPERTY WAS SABOTAGED.

NOW, THE TWO OF YOU CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN AT YOUR POSTS AND AWAKE,

YET THIS SHIP WAS ENTERED.

THE HEAVY-DUTY HATCH WAS RAISED AND LATCHED BACK,

AND NEITHER OF YOU SAW OR HEARD ANYTHING.

EXCEPT YOU, GREY. YOU HEARD BREATHING.

AND YOUNGERFORD, LET ME SEE.

YOU WERE ASLEEP IN YOUR BUNK,

AND YOU THINK YOU HAD A DREAM.

A DREAM!

PENDING FURTHER EVIDENCE, YOU'RE DEPRIVED OF SPACE PAY AND ALL PRIVILEGES.

OH, ME, TOO, SIR?

NO. "ME, TOO, SIR" WILL STAND 20 EXTRA WATCHES.

I'LL HAVE LESS DREAMING ABOARD THIS SHIP!

DISMISSED.

SKIPPER.

WELL, QUINN?

ABOUT HALF OF THIS GEAR WE CAN REPLACE OUT OF STORES,

AND THE REST WE CAN PATCH UP ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,

EXCEPT THIS SPECIAL KLYSTRON FREQUENCY MODULATOR.

WITH EVERY FACILITY OF THE SHIP,

I MIGHT BE ABLE TO REBUILD IT,

BUT FRANKLY, THE BOOK SAYS NO.

IT CAME PACKED IN LIQUID BORON IN--

ALL RIGHT. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

WELL, IF I DON'T STOP FOR BREAKFAST...

ALL RIGHT. GET ON IT, QUINN.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THE TRACTOR'S READY, SIR.

THANK YOU, STEVE.

I'LL CHANGE INTO A CLEAN UNIFORM.

STAY AS YOU ARE.

I'M LEAVING YOU IN COMMAND.

I SEE.

ESTABLISH A STANDARD PERIMETER.

SET UP A CLASS "A" ALERT.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

[CHATTERING]

GOOD MORNING, GENTLEMEN.

WE'D LIKE TO SEE DR. MORBIUS.

MORBIUS IS IN HIS STUDY, SIR,

NEVER TO BE DISTURBED WHILE THAT DOOR IS CLOSED.

ALL RIGHT. WE'LL WAIT.

IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY OUT OF THERE?

THIS IS THE ONLY DOOR.

IN CASE YOU REQUIRE ANYTHING, GENTLEMEN,

USE THE BEAMER.

HOW COULD HE HAVE SLIPPED PAST TWO SENTRIES?

NOTHING IMPORTANT, SKIPPER.

LOOK, DOC, YOU STAY RIGHT THERE WHERE YOU ARE

AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON THAT DOOR.

O.K., SKIPPER, AND IF MORBIUS COMES OUT,

WE'LL CALL YOU FROM RIGHT HERE.

MORNING.

MORNING.

COME ON IN.

DIDN'T BRING MY BATHING SUIT.

WHAT'S A BATHING SUIT?

HO HO. MURDER.

NEVER MIND.

I'M COMING OUT.

NOW, ALTA, LISTEN.

YOU MUSTN'T...AL-AL--

YOU JUST WAIT RIGHT THERE.

IT'LL ONLY TAKE ME A SECOND TO GET DRY.

YES, WELL, I'LL, UH...

I'LL JUST TURN MY BACK HERE.

WELL, IF THAT'S THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT IT.

WELL, DON'T WORRY.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT ME ANYMORE FROM NOW ON.

HMM?

YOU'LL SEE.

SEE WHAT?

YOU'LL SEE WHAT.

NOW, WAIT. NOW, WAIT A MINUTE, ALTA.

NOW, IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON, UH...

I SURE DIDN'T EXPECT TO SEE YOU TODAY

AFTER THE WAY YOU SPOKE TO ME YESTERDAY.

UH-HUH.

I'M, UH, I'M VERY SORRY

ABOUT THE WAY I SPOKE TO YOU YESTERDAY.

I WAS SORT OF BOTHERED.

HMM.

ALL RIGHT,

YOU CAN LOOK NOW.

NOTHING SHOWS THROUGH, DOES IT?

MM-MMM.

I HAD IT MADE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.

OH, I THOUGHT YOU WEREN'T EXPECTING ME TODAY.

I WASN'T.

I DON'T KNOW.

I GUESS THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT ME PERSONALLY

YOU DON'T LIKE.

ALTA...YOU ALWAYS LOOK JUST BEAUTIFUL.

THEN WHY DON'T YOU KISS ME LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES?

EVERYBODY?

HASN'T YOUR FATHER TAUGHT YOU ANYTHING AT ALL?

WELL, HE SAYS I'M TERRIBLY IGNORANT,

BUT I HAVE HAD POETRY, MATHEMATICS, LOGIC,

PHYSICS, GEOLOGY, AND BI...

OLOGY?

OF COURSE, THAT'S, UH...

THAT'S MOSTLY ON THE THEORETICAL SIDE.

WELL, SO FAR.

OHH?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEORY?

NOTHING.

[GRRR]

ALTA!

THAT'S ALL RIGHT. HE'S MY FRIEND.

I'M...

I'M SORRY, ALTA.

I--I HAD TO DO THAT.

HE DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ME.

HE WOULD HAVE KILLED ME.

WHY?

YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW, DO YOU?

NO...I DON'T.

IS HE STILL IN THERE?

HASN'T COME OUT.

NO, NOW WAIT A MINUTE, SKIPPER.

AFTER ALL, IT IS HIS HOUSE.

WHAT'S THE MATTER?

DOC, SOMETHING NEW HAS BEEN ADDED.

OHH.

THAT'S GOING TO COMPLICATE THINGS A BIT.

YEAH.

NOT EVEN A WINDOW.

THE ROBOT LIED.

MORBIUS HASN'T BEEN IN HERE.

DOC, HE'S UP TO SOMETHING.

LOOK AT THIS, SKIPPER.

HIEROGLYPHICS?

MAYBE, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE EGYPTIAN

OR CUNEIFORM OR CHINESE.

YOU'LL FIND THE HOUSEHOLD SILVER IN THE DINING ROOM

AND MY DAUGHTER'S JEWELRY ON HER DRESSING TABLE.

DR. MORBIUS...

LAST NIGHT,

OUR KLYSTRON MONITOR WAS SABOTAGED.

AND YOU SUSPECT ME.

THEN THE TIME HAS COME FOR CLARIFICATION.

SIT DOWN.

IN TIMES LONG PAST,

THIS PLANET WAS THE HOME

OF A MIGHTY AND NOBLE RACE OF BEINGS,

WHICH CALLED THEMSELVES THE KRELL.

ETHICALLY, AS WELL AS TECHNOLOGICALLY,

THEY WERE A MILLION YEARS AHEAD OF HUMANKIND,

FOR IN UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF NATURE,

THEY HAD CONQUERED EVEN THEIR BASER SELVES.

AND WHEN IN THE COURSE OF EONS,

THEY HAD ABOLISHED SICKNESS AND INSANITY

AND CRIME AND ALL INJUSTICE,

THEY TURNED, STILL WITH HIGH BENEVOLENCE,

OUTWARD TOWARD SPACE.

LONG BEFORE THE DAWN OF MAN'S HISTORY,

THEY HAD WALKED OUR EARTH

AND BROUGHT BACK MANY BIOLOGICAL SPECIMENS.

I SEE.

THAT EXPLAINS THE TIGER AND THE DEER.

THE HEIGHTS THEY HAD REACHED,

BUT THEN, SEEMINGLY ON THE THRESHOLD

OF SOME SUPREME ACCOMPLISHMENT

WHICH WAS TO HAVE CROWNED THEIR ENTIRE HISTORY,

THIS ALL-BUT-DIVINE RACE

PERISHED IN A SINGLE NIGHT.

IN THE 2,000 CENTURIES

SINCE THAT UNEXPLAINED CATASTROPHE,

EVEN THEIR CLOUD-PIERCING TOWERS

OF GLASS AND PORCELAIN AND ADAMANTINE STEEL

HAVE CRUMBLED BACK INTO THE SOIL OF ALTAIR-4,

AND NOTHING-- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING--

REMAINS ABOVEGROUND.

WHAT WERE THEY LIKE?

NO RECORD OF THEIR PHYSICAL NATURE HAS SURVIVED,

EXCEPT PERHAPS

IN THE FORM OF THIS CHARACTERISTIC ARCH.

I SUGGEST YOU CONSIDER IT IN COMPARISON

TO ONE OF OUR FUNCTIONALLY-DESIGNED HUMAN DOORWAYS.

[ELECTRONIC MUSIC PLAYS]

THAT RECORDING WAS MADE BY KRELL MUSICIANS

A HALF A MILLION YEARS AGO.

NOW IF YOU WILL FOLLOW ME,

I WILL SHOW YOU SOME OF THEIR OTHER REMAINING ARTIFACTS.

KRELL METAL.

TRY YOUR BLASTER THERE, COMMANDER.

THIS SPOT SHOULD BE MOLTEN.

IT'S NOT EVEN WARM,

AND NO TRACE OF RADIOACTIVITY.

THE MOLECULES ARE MANY TIMES MORE DENSELY INTERLOCKED

THAN IN EARTHLY STEEL,

YET IT DRINKS UP ENERGY LIKE A SPONGE.

THIS IS JUST ONE OF THEIR LABORATORIES.

YOU'LL NOTICE

THAT MUCH OF THE EQUIPMENT IS FAMILIAR,

THOUGH DESIGNED FOR NONHUMAN TECHNICIANS.

WHAT'S THIS?

ON THIS SCREEN MAY BE PROJECTED

THE TOTAL SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE KRELL

FROM ITS PRIMITIVE BEGINNING

TO THE DAY OF ITS ANNIHILATION,

A BULK SURPASSING MANY MILLION EARTHLY LIBRARIES.

YOU'RE ABLE TO READ THIS?

A LITTLE. IT'S MY PROFESSION.

20 YEARS AGO,

I BEGAN WITH THIS PAGE OF GEOMETRICAL THEOREMS.

I WAS ABLE TO DEDUCE MOST OF THEIR HUGE LOGICAL ALPHABET.

I BEGAN TO LEARN.

THE FIRST PRACTICAL RESULT

WAS THAT ROBOT OF MINE

WHICH YOU GENTLEMEN FIND SO REMARKABLE.

CHILD'S PLAY.

I'VE COME HERE DAILY FOR TWO DECADES,

PAINFULLY PICKING UP

SOME OF THE LEAST DIFFICULT FRAGMENTS OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE.

A THING LIKE THIS--

IT'S TOO BIG TO EVALUATE.

THINK WHAT A DISCOVERY--

DR. MORBIUS, WHAT IS THIS DEVICE OVER HERE?

I CALL IT, THEIR, UH, PLASTIC EDUCATOR.

AS FAR AS I CAN MAKE OUT,

THEY USED IT TO CONDITION AND TEST THEIR YOUNG

IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS WE EMPLOYED FINGER PAINTING

AMONG OUR KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN.

I OFTEN PLAY WITH IT MYSELF FOR RELAXATION,

ALTHOUGH, WORKING HERE,

I SOMETIMES WISH

I'D BEEN BLESSED WITH MULTIPLE ARMS AND LEGS.

YOU CAN SEE THAT THIS HEADSET

WAS DESIGNED FOR SOMETHING MUCH BULKIER

THAN MY HUMAN CRANIUM.

NOW...OVER HERE YOU SEE

THE ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES OF MY BRAIN

SENDING THAT INDICATOR UP ABOUT HALFWAY.

I, UH, GATHER THAT ONE OF THEIR OWN YOUNG,

COMPARABLE TO A 7-YEAR-OLD CHILD,

WAS EXPECTED TO SEND THAT ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP,

WHICH BY KRELL STANDARDS CLASSIFIES ME AS A LOW-GRADE MORON,

YET I HAVE AN OFFICIALLY-RECORDED IQ OF 183.

NOW, THEN, FOR THE PRIMARY FUNCTION.

ACTUALLY, TO OPERATE,

WELL, I'LL CHOOSE A FAMILIAR SUBJECT TO START WITH

TO SAVE TIME.

THERE NOW, GENTLEMEN...

WHAT'S THAT?

WHAT'S HAPPENING THERE?

A STATUE.

THAT'S ALTAIRA.

SIMPLY A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE, COMMANDER.

BUT IT'S ALIVE.

BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER IS ALIVE IN MY BRAIN

FROM MICROSECOND TO MICROSECOND

WHILE I MANIPULATE.

THERE.

IT'S SOMETHING OF A STRAIN.

ALADDIN'S LAMP IN A PHYSICS LABORATORY.

WOULD YOU GENTLEMEN

CARE TO TAKE THE KRELL TEST OF INTELLIGENCE?

YES, VERY MUCH.

YOU MAY BE DISAPPOINTED, COMMANDER.

SUPPOSE WE START WITH THE GOOD DOCTOR.

WHAT DO I DO?

JUST SIT DOWN THERE, AND I'LL...

MOVE A LITTLE FORWARD, DOCTOR.

THERE NOW.

NOW, DOCTOR, YOU CAN...

READ IT HERE.

THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HERE.

I HAVE AN 1Q OF 161,

YET I DON'T REGISTER 1/3 WHAT YOU DID.

HMM. NOW THE COMMANDER.

IT'S ALL RIGHT, SIR.

A COMMANDING OFFICER DOESN'T NEED BRAINS,

JUST A LOUD VOICE.

HOW DO I MAKE AN IMAGE?

DON'T! STOP! YOU'D NEVER SURVIVE.

OUR BELEREPHON SKIPPER TRIED IT,

AND IT WAS INSTANTLY FATAL TO HIM.

OH, I SEE.

SO YOU'RE IMMUNE TO THIS, TOO.

IN MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT CREATING AN IMAGE HERE,

MY BRAIN PATTERN THERE WAS SCARCELY LARGER THAN YOURS.

AFTERWARDS, I LAY UNCONSCIOUS FOR A DAY AND A NIGHT.

YET YOU CAME BACK FOR A SECOND GO AT IT.

IT WAS A QUESTION OF SCIENCE, DOCTOR,

BUT YOU CAN IMAGINE MY JOY

WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT THE SHOCK HAD PERMANENTLY--

PERMANENTLY DOUBLED MY INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY.

OTHERWISE, MY RESEARCHES HERE

WOULD HAVE COME TO NOTHING,

POOR AS THEY HAVE BEEN.

RECENTLY I'VE TURNED UP SOME RATHER PUZZLING INDICATIONS

THAT IN THOSE FINAL DAYS

BEFORE THEIR ANNIHILATION,

THE KRELL HAD BEEN APPLYING THEIR ENTIRE RACIAL ENERGIES

TO A NEW PROJECT,

ONE WHICH THEY ACTUALLY SEEMED TO HOPE

MIGHT SOMEHOW FREE THEM ONCE AND FOR ALL

FROM ANY DEPENDENCE ON PHYSICAL INSTRUMENTALITIES.

A CIVILIZATION WITHOUT INSTRUMENTALITIES?

INCREDIBLE.

DR. MORBIUS,

EVERYTHING HERE IS NEW.

NOT A SIGN OF AGE OR WEAR ON ANY OF IT.

YOUNG MAN, THESE DEVICES--

SELF-SERVICED, SELF-MAINTAINED--

HAVE STOOD EXACTLY AS YOU SEE THEM

FOR 2,000 CENTURIES.

2,000 CENTURIES, AND DURING ALL THIS TIME,

WHAT WAS THE POWER SOURCE?

THAT'S A VERY GOOD QUESTION.

MAY I DRAW YOUR ATTENTION

TO THESE GAUGES ALL AROUND HERE, GENTLEMEN?

THEIR CALIBRATIONS APPEAR TO INDICATE

THEY'RE SET IN DECIMAL SERIES,

EACH DIVISION RECORDING

EXACTLY 10 TIMES AS MANY AMPERES

AS THE ONE PRECEDING IT.

10 TIMES 10 TIMES 10

TIMES 10 TIMES 10

ON AND ON AND ON, ROW AFTER ROW,

GAUGE AFTER GAUGE,

BUT THERE IS NO DIRECT WIRING

THAT I CAN DISCOVER.

HOWEVER, WHEN I ACTIVATE THIS MACHINE,

IT REGISTERS INFINITESIMALLY

DOWN THERE IN THE LOWER LEFT-HAND CORNER.

AND THEN, UH...

WHEN I ACTIVATE THE, UH, EDUCATOR HERE...

IT REGISTERS A LITTLE MORE.

BUT THIS MUCH IS NEGLIGIBLE.

THE TOTAL POTENTIAL HERE

MUST BE NOTHING LESS THAN ASTRONOMICAL.

NOTHING LESS.

THE NUMBER 10 RAISED ALMOST LITERALLY

TO THE POWER OF INFINITY.

GENTLEMEN, WOULD YOU CARE TO SEE

SOME MORE OF THE KRELL WONDERS?

YES.

INDEED, YES.

IF YOU WILL,

STEP IN THIS SHUTTLE CAR.

HOW OFTEN THE KRELL TECHNICIANS

HAVE RIDDEN IN THIS LITTLE VEHICLE.

WHAT NOW, DR. MORBIUS?

PREPARE YOUR MINDS FOR A NEW SCALE

OF PHYSICAL SCIENTIFIC VALUES, GENTLEMEN.

20 MILES.

20 MILES.

[SWITCHES CLICKING]

LISTEN.

CIRCUITS OPENING AND CLOSING.

AND THEY NEVER REST.

THIS IS ONE OF THEIR VENTILATOR SHAFTS.

YOU CAN FEEL THE WARM AIR RISING.

LOOK DOWN HERE.

LOOK DOWN, GENTLEMEN. ARE YOU AFRAID?

7,800 LEVELS...

AND 400 OTHER SHAFTS LIKE THIS ONE.

YES, A SINGLE MACHINE,

A CUBE 20 MILES ON EACH SIDE.

FOR 2,000 CENTURIES,

IT HAS WAITED PATIENTLY HERE

TUNING AND LUBRICATING ITSELF,

REPLACING WORN PARTS.

I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT 16 YEARS AGO,

A MINOR ALTERATION WAS PERFORMED

THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE 8,000 CUBIC MILES OF ITS OWN FABRIC.

BUT WHAT'S IT ALL FOR?

SOMETIMES THE GAUGES REGISTER A LITTLE

WHEN THE BUCK DEER FIGHT IN THE AUTUMN

OR WHEN THE BIRDS FLY OVER IN SPRING.

NEARLY A WHOLE DIAL BECAME ACTIVE

WHEN YOUR SHIP FIRST APPROACHED FROM DEEP SPACE.

I'LL SHOW YOU A SECTION OF ONE OF THE POWER UNITS.

THESE UNITS ARE SUNK IN THE BODY OF THE PLANET

50 MILES RIGHT BELOW OUR FEET.

NOW BE SURE AND LOOK ONLY IN THE MIRROR.

MAN DOES NOT BEHOLD THE FACE OF THE GORGON AND LIVE.

9,200 THERMAL NUCLEAR REACTORS IN TANDEM--

THE HARNESSED POWER OF AN EXPLODING PLANETARY SYSTEM.

ALL HANDS, STAND CLEAR OF FENCE AREA.

ALL RIGHT, QUINN, TURN IT ON.

HAVE YOU TESTED IT YET, BOSUN?

RIGHT AWAY, SIR.

THERE YOU ARE, SIR.

VERY GOOD.

LIEUTENANT, UH...

HAVING COMPLETED MY WASHING-UP DUTIES,

I REQUEST PERMISSION

TO TAKE A LITTLE WALK OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER.

BUT THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE.

BUT THERE IS, SIR.

I MEAN, I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BRIGHTEN THE BOYS' MESS

IF I COULD FIND A FEW WILD RADISHES OR SOMETHING.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LYING ABOUT,

BUT YOU BETTER GET BACK BEFORE THE SKIPPER CHECKS IN

OR WE'LL BOTH BE SKINNED.

QUINN, THIS IS FARMAN.

KILL THE POWER ON THE FENCE.

ALL RIGHT, PUT IT BACK ON.

480 PINTS,

AS YOU REQUESTED.

TOTAL--60 GALLONS.

GENUINE KANSAS CITY BOURBON.

IT'S SMOOTH, TOO.

ROBBY, I AIN'T NEVER GONNA FORGET THIS.

ANYTIME YOU'RE HARD UP FOR A COUPLE OF GALLONS OF LUBE OIL,

YOU JUST LET ME KNOW.

[BEEPS]

WHAT'S UP? SOMEBODY COMING THIS WAY?

NO, SIR.

NOTHING COMING THIS WAY.

LIEUTENANT, THE FENCE IS SHORTING!

SHALL I SHUT DOWN THE CURRENT, SIR?

NO. IT'S STOPPED NOW.

WE'LL CHECK OVER THE WHOLE SYSTEM

FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.

IT'S STRANGE HOW THAT FENCE JUST SHORTED OUT.

YEAH.

AAH!

YOU'RE TOO ARBITRARY, COMMANDER.

PERHAPS I DO NOT CHOOSE TO BE DICTATED TO IN MY OWN WORLD.

A SCIENTIFIC FIND OF THIS MAGNITUDE

HAS GOT TO BE TAKEN UNDER UNITED PLANET SUPERVISION.

NO ONE MAN CAN BE ALLOWED TO MONOPOLIZE IT.

I'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU TO MAKE EXACTLY THAT ASININE STATEMENT.

JUST ONE MOMENT, COMMANDER.

FOR CLOSE ON 20 YEARS,

I'VE BEEN CONSTANTLY AND DISPASSIONATELY

CONSIDERING THIS VERY PROBLEM,

AND I HAVE COME TO THE UNALTERABLE CONCLUSION

THAT MAN IS UNFIT AS YET TO RECEIVE SUCH KNOWLEDGE,

SUCH ALMOST LIMITLESS POWER.

WHEREAS MORBIUS,

WITH HIS ARTIFICIALLY- EXPANDED INTELLECT,

IS NOW IDEALLY SUITED TO ADMINISTER THIS POWER

FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE.

PRECISELY, DOCTOR.

SUCH PORTIONS OF KRELL SCIENCE

AS I, FROM TIME TO TIME, DEEM SUITABLE AND SAFE,

I SHALL DISPENSE TO EARTH.

OTHER PORTIONS I SHALL WITHHOLD.

IN THIS, I SHALL BE ANSWERABLE EXCLUSIVELY

TO MY OWN CONSCIENCE AND JUDGMENT.

DOCTOR, IN THE ABSENCE OF SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS,

YOU LEAVE ME IN A VERY AWKWARD POSITION.

[BEEP]

COMMANDER ADAMS.

SPEAKING, LIEUTENANT.

SKIPPER, THE CHIEF'S BEEN MURDERED.

QUINN MURDERED?

HE WAS WORKING ON THE MONITOR.

THE REST OF US WERE OUTSIDE.

HOW WAS IT DONE?

DONE? SKIPPER, HIS BODY'S PLASTERED

ALL OVER THE COMMUNICATIONS ROOM.

LEAVE EVERYTHING AS IT IS.

WE'RE ON OUR WAY.

IT'S STARTED AGAIN.

IS THAT IT?

WE TRIED TO MAKE A PLASTIC MODEL

FROM THE FOOTPRINTS WE FOUND.

37" x 19".

THAT'S FANTASTIC.

DOC, I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

WHATEVER WALKS ON THIS WOULD BE QUITE AN OPPONENT

FOR A MAN WITH A CLUB,

BUT WITH OUR KIND OF WEAPONS,

QUINN COULD HAVE KNOCKED THIS--

NO, THIS THING RUNS COUNTER TO EVERY KNOWN LAW

OF ADAPTIVE EVOLUTION.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

WELL, NOTICE THIS STRUCTURE HERE.

CHARACTERISTIC OF A FOUR-FOOTED ANIMAL.

YET OUR VISITOR LAST NIGHT

LEFT THE TRACKS OF A BIPED.

PRIMARILY A GROUND ANIMAL, TOO.

YET THIS CLAW COULD ONLY BELONG

TO AN ARBOREAL CREATURE

LIKE SOME IMPOSSIBLE TREE SLOTH.

JUST DOESN'T FIT IN THE NORMAL NATURE.

ANYWHERE IN THE GALAXY, THIS IS A NIGHTMARE.

IS THAT WHAT YOU MADE OUT OF THAT FOOTPRINT, DOC?

I THINK IT'S FAIRLY CLOSE.

PARDON ME, COMMANDER,

ARE YOU READY TO HOLD DISCIPLINE ON THE COOK, SIR?

YEAH, LET'S, UH, LET'S HAVE HIM.

I'M OBLIGED TO REMIND YOU, SIR,

THAT I GAVE HIM PERMISSION TO GO OUT LAST NIGHT.

DID YOU GIVE HIM PERMISSION TO GET FALLING-DOWN DRUNK?

DRUNK? ME?

ASK DR. OSTROW, SIR.

4 PINTS OF 120-PROOF BOURBON

WITHOUT A TRACE OF HANGOVER IN IT.

THAT AIN'T NATURAL, SIR.

WHY DID THAT ROBOT ARGUE ME INTO DRINKING ALL THAT WHISKEY?

YOU WERE WITH THE ROBOT LAST NIGHT?

YES, SIR.

HIM AND ME, WE GOT TO TOASTING EACH OTHER'S GOOD HEALTH.

JUST FOR CORDIAL INTERPLANETARY RELATIONS, YOU UNDERSTAND.

AND THAT'S ALL THE TIME?

IT'S EVEN WHILE THE CHIEF WAS BEING KILLED?

CERTAINLY, SIR.

I HOPE YOU DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE GOT THAT STIFF

IN FIVE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT, DISMISSED.

SO I GUESS THAT KIND OF WASHES THE ROBOT UP.

WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US FOR SUSPECTS?

MAYBE IT LEAVES US WITH THE SAME ONE.

MAYBE WE OUGHT TO DROP OVER TO THAT KRELL LABORATORY

AND GET OUR IQs BOOSTED A COUPLE OF HUNDRED PERCENT.

SIR, BURIAL DETAIL IS READY.

OH.

ASHES TO ASHES.

DUST TO DUST.

ALL RIGHT, DISMISSED.

COMPANY DISMISSED.

FINE TECHNICIAN.

GOOD SHIPMATE.

THAT'S A GOOD EPITAPH FOR ANY MAN.

GOOD DAY, DR. MORBIUS.

I DARE SAY NEITHER OF US SLEPT ANY LAST NIGHT.

THAT'S A PRETTY CLOSE GUESS.

I WARNED YOU WHILE YOUR SHIP WAS STILL IN SPACE.

I BEGGED YOU NOT TO LAND ON THIS PLANET.

BELIEVE ME, COMMANDER,

THAT IS ONLY A FORETASTE.

THE BELEREPHON PATTERN

IS BEING WOVEN AGAIN.

REMAIN HERE AND...

THE NEXT ATTACK ON YOUR PARTY

WILL BE MORE DEADLY AND...

GENERAL.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?

KNOW? I...

I SEEM TO VISUALIZE IT.

I...

IF YOU WISH, CALL IT A...

A PREMONITION.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT, SKIPPER?

I'D SAY IT SOUNDED LIKE AN ULTIMATUM.

BOSUN.

AYE, SIR.

BOSUN.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

I WANT A CLEAR FIELD OF FIRE IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

RANDALL, HOW SOON WILL RADAR BE OPERATIONAL?

OPERATING RIGHT NOW, SIR.

GOOD. KEEP RIGHT ON IT YOURSELF.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

M.A. ALERT IS COMPLETED?

AYE, AYE, SIR.

FINE. ACTIVATE MAIN BATTERIES.

ALARM FOR TEST.

[ALARM SOUNDS]

FIRE!

CHECK GOOD.

OH, LIEUTENANT. YOU GOT YOUR TROUBLE SQUAD IN HAND?

YES, SIR, THEY'RE IN HAND,

BUT THEY'RE A LITTLE TRIGGER-HAPPY.

THEY'RE SORT OF EDGY

TO SEE WHATEVER'S OUT THERE.

OH, JERRY.

LOOK, THIS MAY BE A BIG DEAL COMING UP.

I'M SORRY IF I'VE LEANED ON YOU AT ALL.

YOU'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT--

STOP KNOCKING YOURSELF OUT, SKIPPER.

SHE PICKED THE RIGHT MAN.

OH.

[BEEP]

WHAT IS IT, RANDALL?

RADAR JUST PICKED UP SOMETHING.

WHERE AWAY?

AT THE ARROYO.

MOVING?

THIS WAY, SIR. SLOWLY.

AUTOMATIC CONTROL.

BATTERIES.

FIRE!

BATTERIES. HOLD FIRE.

YOU SEE ANYTHING OUT THERE, DOC?

NOTHING.

BATTERIES.

FIRE!

BATTERIES. CEASE FIRE.

RANDALL.

DEAD ON TARGET, SIR.

GOOD.

GIVE ME AUDIO-COM.

AYE, AYE, SIR.

NOW, ATTENTION!

THIS MAY HAVE BEEN A RUSE

TO DIVERT US FROM ANOTHER PART OF THE PERIMETER.

YOU WILL CONTINUE WATCHING ON YOUR OWN IMMEDIATE FRONTS.

THAT IS ALL.

[BEEP]

WHAT?

IT STOPPED AT THE PASS.

ARE YOU SURE YOU GOT A REAL BLIP THERE?

BIG AS A HOUSE, SIR,

AND WE WERE DEAD ON TARGET WITH BOTH BURSTS!

IT'S COMING ON AGAIN!

STRAIGHT ACROSS?

IT SHOWS HERE. IT'S STILL COMING!

GREY, STRONG, SET UP A CROSS FIRE ON THOSE ROCKS.

FIRE!

SKIPPER, THE BLASTED THING'S INVISIBLE!

[ROARING]

AAH!

JERRY!

HOLD FIRE!

FIRE!

[ALARM SOUNDS]

[ALTAIRA] AAH!

[ROARING]

AAH! FATHER!

ALTA!

FATHER!

ALTAIRA!

ALTA!

ALTA, WHERE ARE YOU?

FATHER!

WHAT IS IT? WHAT'S THE MATTER?

I JUST HAD A TERRIBLE DREAM.

THERE WAS BLOOD AND FIRE AND THUNDER,

AND SOMETHING AWFUL WAS MOVING IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

I COULD HEAR IT ROAR AND BELLOW.

NOW, NOW, YOU KNOW A DREAM CAN'T HURT YOU.

NOT ME. NOT US.

THE THING I SAW WAS TRYING TO BREAK INTO CAMP.

IT WAS GOING TO KILL...

YOU'LL TAKE CARE OF HIM FOR ME, WON'T YOU, FATHER?

YOU'LL PROTECT HIM.

MY DARLING, I'M COMPLETELY HELPLESS

AS LONG AS HE REMAINS HERE SO WILLFULLY.

COME NOW.

BOSUN.

YES, SIR.

GET THOSE GRAVES DUG. KEEP THE MEN BUSY.

RIGHT. THE BUSIER THE BETTER.

RANDALL, GIVE ME AUDIO-COM.

WELL, MEN, WHATEVER IT WAS,

OUR MAIN BATTERY STOPPED IT.

YOU BELIEVE THAT?

NO, IT JUST WENT AWAY FOR SOME REASON. IT'LL BE BACK.

DOC...

AN INVISIBLE BEING THAT CANNOT BE DISINTEGRATED BY ATOMIC FISSION.

NO, SKIPPER, THAT IS A SCIENTIFIC IMPOSSIBILITY.

HYPNOTIC ILLUSIONS DON'T TEAR PEOPLE APART.

THAT'S TRUE ENOUGH,

BUT ANY ORGANISM DENSE ENOUGH

TO SURVIVE 3 BILLION ELECTRON VOLTS

WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE OF SOLID NUCLEAR MATERIAL.

IT WOULD SINK OF ITS OWN WEIGHT

TO THE CENTER OF THIS PLANET.

YOU SAW IT YOURSELF STANDING IN THOSE NEUTRON BEAMS.

IT MUST HAVE BEEN RENEWING ITS MOLECULAR STRUCTURE

FROM ONE MICROSECOND TO THE NEXT.

BOSUN! I WANT THE TRACTOR.

READY, SIR.

NOW WE PICK UP THE GIRL AND HER FATHER

WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT?

SECTION 86-A-- EVACUATE ALL CIVILIANS FROM DISASTER AREA.

YOU LEFT OUT TWO VERY IMPORTANT WORDS--

"WHERE FEASIBLE."

NOW, IF YOU'LL REMEMBER

THE BELEREPHON EXPEDITION,

THEIR SHIP WAS VAPORIZED TRYING TO LIFT OFF.

WHICH MAKES IT A GILT-EDGED PRIORITY

THAT ONE OF US GETS INTO THAT KRELL LAB

AND TAKES THAT BRAIN BOOST.

BOSUN!

AYE, SIR?

I'M LEAVING YOU IN COMMAND.

GET THE SHIP OPERATIONAL.

DO YOUR BEST TO WAIT FOR ME AND THE DOCTOR.

THE SECOND THAT THAT FENCE STARTS TO SHORT AGAIN,

YOU LIFT OFF AND REPORT BACK TO EARTH BASE

ON CONDITIONS IN THIS SECTOR.

RIGHT, SKIPPER.

ALL RIGHT.

GET EVERYTHING ABOARD SHIP.

WE'RE PULLING OUT!

NO LIGHTS SHOWING.

YEAH.

LOOK, DOC, IN CASE WE MAKE IT INTO THAT LAB,

I'LL TAKE THE FIRST GO AT THE IQ BOOSTER.

YOU HEAR ME?

I HEAR YOU.

I AM MONITORED TO ADMIT NO ONE AT THIS HOUR.

THAT SOUNDED FINAL.

MAYBE IF WE REASONED WITH HIM.

MY BEAMS ARE FOCUSED ON YOUR BLASTERS, GENTLEMEN.

HASN'T HE GOT A BUILT-IN RULE

AGAINST WRINGING OUR LITTLE NECKS FOR US?

THAT IS TRUE, SIR.

YET I AM MONITORED TO ADMIT NO ONE.

ROBBY, LET THEM IN.

ALTA! THIS IS YOUR FATHER'S ORDER.

NOW, GET OUT OF THE WAY.

QUIET.

ROBBY, EMERGENCY CANCELLATION ARCHIMEDES.

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

WE WERE ATTACKED.

THREE MORE MEN DEAD, INCLUDING JERRY FARMAN.

I DON'T KNOW. IT WAS...

JUST SOME KIND OF BIG OUTLINE

IN THE DISINTEGRATOR BEAMS.

AND YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN IT?

NO.

WELL, ANYWAY, WE FOUGHT IT.

AND WE LOST. I FIGURE IT'LL BE BACK.

THEN YOU MUST LEAVE NOW.

DARLING, I'M NOT GOING WITHOUT YOU.

BUT I CAN'T POSSIBLY LEAVE HIM ALONE.

I JUST CAN'T.

THEN WE'LL TAKE HIM.

BY FORCE? I CAN'T AGREE TO THAT, EITHER.

CAN'T YOU? YOU DON'T REALIZE WHAT'S LOOSE ON THIS PLANET!

BUT I'M IMMUNE, LIKE BOTH MY PARENTS.

I DON'T BELIEVE IT. NOTHING COULD BE IMMUNE TO THAT THING--

DARLING, DARLING, PLEASE GO.

PLEASE, PLEASE. IF YOU LOVE ME, GO.

ALTA.

DOC, WILL YOU TALK SOME SENSE TO THIS GIRL?

I'M IN OVER MY HEAD.

DOC?

DOC?

DOC?

ON THE SOFA, ROBBY.

SO YOU TOOK THE BRAIN BOOST, HUH?

YOU OUGHT TO SEE MY NEW MIND.

UP THERE IN LIGHTS.

BIGGER THAN HIS NOW.

EASY, DOC.

MORBIUS...

WAS TOO CLOSE TO THE PROBLEM.

THE KRELL HAD COMPLETED THEIR PROJECT.

BIG MACHINE.

NO INSTRUMENTALITIES.

TRUE CREATION.

COME ON, DOC, LET'S HAVE IT.

BUT THE KRELL FORGOT ONE THING.

YES, WHAT?

MONSTERS, JOHN.

MONSTERS FROM THE ID.

THE ID? WHAT'S THAT?

TALK, DOC.

DOC?

OH, DOC.

DOC.

HOW ROMANTIC.

THE FOOL. THE MEDDLING IDIOT.

AS THOUGH HIS APE'S BRAIN COULD CONTAIN THE SECRETS

OF THE KRELL.

FATHER...

HE'S DEAD.

HE WAS WARNED! AND NOW HE'S PAID.

LET HIM BE BURIED

WITH THE OTHER VICTIMS OF HUMAN GREED AND FOLLY.

MORBIUS...

YOU WANTED ME TO MAKE A CHOICE.

NOW YOU'VE CHOSEN FOR ME.

ALTA.

I'M READY TO GO WITH YOU, DARLING.

ALTAIRA! NO!

[ROBBY] I WILL PLACE HIM IN THE TRACTOR, SIR.

THANK YOU.

SHE MUSTN'T DO THIS. SHE MUST BE PREVENTED.

MORBIUS, WHAT IS THE ID?

YOUNG MAN, MY DAUGHTER

IS PLANNING A VERY FOOLISH ACTION,

AND SHE'LL BE TERRIBLY PUNISHED.

WHAT IS THE ID?

ID, ID, ID! IT'S A...

IT'S AN OBSOLETE TERM...

I'M AFRAID ONCE USED TO DESCRIBE THE...

ELEMENTARY BASIS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND.

MONSTERS FROM THE ID.

HUH?

MONSTERS FROM THE SUBCONSCIOUS.

OF COURSE. THAT'S WHAT DOC MEANT.

MORBIUS.

THE BIG MACHINE, 8,000 CUBIC MILES OF KLYSTRON RELAYS,

ENOUGH POWER FOR A WHOLE POPULATION

OF CREATIVE GENIUSES,

OPERATED BY REMOTE CONTROL.

MORBIUS, OPERATED BY THE ELECTROMAGNETIC IMPULSES

OF INDIVIDUAL KRELL BRAINS.

TO WHAT PURPOSE?

IN RETURN, THAT ULTIMATE MACHINE

WOULD INSTANTANEOUSLY PROJECT SOLID MATTER

TO ANY POINT ON THE PLANET,

IN ANY SHAPE OR COLOR THEY MIGHT IMAGINE,

FOR ANY PURPOSE, MORBIUS!

CREATION BY MERE THOUGHT.

WHY HAVEN'T I SEEN THIS ALL ALONG?

BUT LIKE YOU, THE KRELL FORGOT ONE DEADLY DANGER--

THEIR OWN SUBCONSCIOUS HATE AND LUST FOR DESTRUCTION.

THE BEAST. THE MINDLESS PRIMITIVE.

EVEN THE KRELL MUST HAVE EVOLVED

FROM THAT BEGINNING.

AND SO THOSE MINDLESS BEASTS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS

HAD ACCESS TO A MACHINE THAT COULD NEVER BE SHUT DOWN.

THE SECRET DEVIL OF EVERY SOUL ON THE PLANET

ALL SET FREE AT ONCE TO LOOT AND MAIM.

AND TAKE REVENGE, MORBIUS, AND KILL.

MY POOR KRELL.

AFTER A MILLION YEARS OF SHINING SANITY...

THEY COULD HARDLY HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT POWER

WAS DESTROYING THEM.

YES, YOUNG MAN...

ALL VERY CONVINCING, BUT FOR ONE OBVIOUS FALLACY.

THE LAST KRELL DIED 2,000 CENTURIES AGO.

BUT TODAY, AS WE ALL KNOW,

THERE IS STILL AT LARGE ON THIS PLANET

A LIVING MONSTER.

YOUR MIND REFUSES TO FACE THE CONCLUSION.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

MORBIUS.

MORBIUS!

WHAT?

SOMETHING IS APPROACHING FROM THE SOUTHWEST.

IT IS NOW QUITE CLOSE.

[BEEP]

COULD ROBBY BE WRONG?

NO. NEVER.

HERE IT COMES.

I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU, YOUNG MAN.

FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR DAUGHTER, MORBIUS.

IT'S LISTENING.

[POUNDING ON DOOR]

ALTA, GO INTO MY STUDY.

YOU STILL REFUSE TO FACE THE TRUTH.

WHAT TRUTH?

MORBIUS, THAT THING OUT THERE--IT'S YOU.

YOU'RE INSANE. HOW ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE LED IT HERE

WHERE ALTA MUST SEE YOU TORN TO PIECES?

YOU THINK SHE'S IMMUNE? SHE'S JOINED HERSELF TO ME.

YES, AND WHATEVER COMES, FOREVER.

TELL IT YOU DON'T LOVE THIS MAN!

NOT EVEN IF I COULD.

[POUNDING ON DOOR]

STOP IT, ROBBY! DON'T LET IT IN! KILL IT, ROBBY!

IT'S NO USE.

HE KNOWS IT'S YOUR OTHER SELF.

WE'RE SAFE.

WHY DID YOU JUMBLE THAT COMBINATION?

WHATEVER YOU KNOW IN HERE,

YOUR TWIN SELF OUT IN THE TUNNEL KNOWS, TOO.

I'M NOT A MONSTER, YOU...

WE'RE ALL PART MONSTERS IN OUR SUBCONSCIOUS!

SO WE HAVE LAWS AND RELIGION.

LET ME GO!

YOU'VE GOT TO LISTEN.

WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME!

HERE.

HERE'S WHERE YOUR MIND

WAS ARTIFICIALLY ENLARGED.

CONSCIOUSLY, IT STILL LACKED THE POWER

TO OPERATE THE GREAT MACHINE,

BUT YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS

HAD BEEN MADE STRONG ENOUGH!

I WON'T HEAR YOU!

20 YEARS AGO, WHEN YOUR COMRADES VOTED

TO RETURN TO EARTH,

YOU SENT YOUR SECRET ID OUT TO MURDER THEM!

NOT QUITE REALIZING IT, OF COURSE,

EXCEPT MAYBE IN YOUR DREAMS.

WHAT MAN CAN REMEMBER HIS OWN DREAMS?

AT LEAST WHEN OUR SHIP APPROACHED,

YOU REMEMBERED ENOUGH TO WARN US OFF.

BUT THEN, WHEN YOU THOUGHT

WE WERE THREATENING

YOUR LITTLE EGOMANIAC EMPIRE,

YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS

SENT ITS ID MONSTER OUT AGAIN.

MORE DEATHS, MORBIUS.

MORE MURDER!

AND NOW THIS, TOO?

HARM MY OWN DAUGHTER?

BUT NOW SHE'S DEFYING YOU, MORBIUS.

EVEN IN YOU, THE LOVING FATHER,

THERE STILL EXISTS THE MINDLESS PRIMITIVE,

MORE ENRAGED AND MORE INFLAMED

WITH EACH NEW FRUSTRATION.

SO NOW YOU'RE WHISTLING UP YOUR MONSTER AGAIN

TO PUNISH HER FOR HER DISLOYALTY

AND DISOBEDIENCE!

AND IF YOU DON'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT SOON, MORBIUS,

IT'S GOING TO BE COMING RIGHT THROUGH THAT DOOR.

SOLID KRELL METAL, 26 INCHES THICK.

LOOK AT YOUR GAUGES.

LOOK.

THAT MACHINE IS GOING TO SUPPLY YOUR MONSTER

WITH WHATEVER AMOUNT OF POWER IT REQUIRES

TO REACH US.

LOOK NOW!

RED-HOT. SOON IT'LL BE WHITE-HOT.

THEN IT'LL SOFTEN AND MELT.

ALTA, SAY YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS OF ME.

TELL ME YOU DON'T.

THEN IT MUST BE TRUE.

YES, I MUST BE GUILTY.

THEN HELP US.

I'VE KNOWN YOU, I'VE KNOWN YOU GREAT AND NOBLE

LIKE THE KRELL.

GUILTY.

GUILTY!

MY EVIL SELF IS AT THAT DOOR,

AND I HAVE NO POWER TO STOP IT!

[ALARM SOUNDS]

STOP! NO FURTHER! I DENY YOU! I GIVE YOU UP!

FATHER.

OH, FATHER.

SON...

TURN THAT DISK.

THE SWITCH--THROW IT.

IN 24 HOURS,

YOU MUST BE 100 MILLION MILES

OUT IN SPACE.

THE KRELL FURNACES, THE CHAIN REACTION,

THEY CANNOT BE REVERSED.

AL...

OH, NO.

98.6 MILLION.

WE'RE CLEAR NOW.

WHAT AN ASTROGATOR.

A GENUINE PRIVILEGE, COMMANDER.

ACTIVATE MAIN VIEWPLATE.

AYE, AYE, SKIPPER.

THAT'S ALTAIR-4, THE BRIGHT SPECK BELOW THE STAR.

15 SECONDS.

YES, ALTA, YOUR FATHER, MY SHIPMATES,

ALL THE STORED KNOWLEDGE OF THE KRELL.

5 SECONDS, 4,

3, 2,

1.

ALTA...

ABOUT A MILLION YEARS FROM NOW,

THE HUMAN RACE WILL HAVE CRAWLED UP TO WHERE...

THE KRELL STOOD IN THEIR GREAT MOMENT

OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY.

AND YOUR FATHER'S NAME WILL SHINE AGAIN...

LIKE A BEACON IN THE GALAXY.

IT'S...TRUE, IT...

IT WILL REMIND US THAT WE ARE, AFTER ALL, NOT GOD.

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