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Pokémon Pocket Monsters

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  • SparklingEspeon

    Insquisitabilitating
    Pronouns
    She/Her
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    Taking the form of a series of television screenplays, Pocket Monsters chronicles the endeavors of several pokemon trainers and their pokemon partners, as they strive for the highest honor of all - a seat of glory in the Hall of Fame.

    Beat – A pause in the flow of the scene.

    Continuous – The weather/setting of the titled scene is exactly the same as whatever was in the last one.

    Int. – Interior.

    Ext. – Exterior.

    Cont'd – This means that a character will continue speaking even after they break off from their original line of speech.

    O.S. – The character is off-screen when speaking.

    V.O. – The character is speaking, but not present in the scene.

    CUT TO – go straight to the next scene.

    SUPER – Text on screen.

    CUT TO BLACK – The screen goes black. Usually signals the end.

    Episode 1: Dreams

    In Pallet Town, child enemies Red and Blue are recruited by the mysterious Professor Oak for a mission.

    Episode 2: Reverberations

    All on his own, Red tries to survive out in the wild. Team Rocket invades the nearby Mount Moon. Giovanni makes Dr. Fuji an offer...
     
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    Season One - Episode One
  • SparklingEspeon

    Insquisitabilitating
    Pronouns
    She/Her
    Based off the games
    by
    Nintendo
    and
    Game Freak


    Written
    by
    SparklingEspeon



    Pocket Monsters

    Episode One: Dreams



    OPEN ON:



    INT. POKEMON MANSION – NIGHTTIME

    Dirty stone steps.

    A door BANGS in the background…

    …And a RESEARCHER with long golden hair dashes down the stairs.

    Running for his life.

    Lights flicker.

    A silver POCKETWATCH dangles from his belt as he dashes for the ROOF TRAPDOOR at the end of the corridor—

    -BANG. Researcher spins on his heels.

    A not-quite-human silhouette stands in front of the steps. Dripping.

    Researcher stands frozen. Horrified.

    A loud buzzing begins to whiz through the air, before-

    -The lightbulb above the creature SHATTERS into a thousand pieces.

    Researcher springs into frenzied action-

    -Rushing to the end of the corridor as lights flicker and POP consecutively-

    -He reaches the end of the hall-

    -Pop-

    -He lowers the ladder-

    -Pop-

    -He fiddles with the lock-

    Pop-pop-POP-

    -Researcher throws the door open-

    EXT. POKEMON MANSION – CONTINUOUS

    -And staggers onto a beach at night.

    The massive silhouette of the POKEMON MANSION blots out the sky.

    Suddenly, it EXPLODES in a blast of light and fire-

    -Researcher is thrown back-

    -And pinned to the ground by a large piece of wood.

    The MAN IN BLACK, an imposing figure in a trenchcoat, watches from afar on the beach. He stands unflinchingly as a shockwave of sand engulfs him and blows away his FEDORA.

    FROM A DISTANCE: Someone else scrambles out the door of another structure to see the burning house…

    WITH RESEARCHER: Researcher struggles under the beam. His Pocketwatch lies nearby in the sand; he sees it.

    Researcher stretches his hand out towards it, but it’s just out of reach.

    Behind him, the CREATURE floats above the flames of the burning house, a silhouette. Its glowing oval EYES fly open, locking directly on Researcher.

    Researcher reaches harder for the pocketwatch. No dice.

    A telekinetic force BLASTS the wooden beam off Researcher-

    -The same force THRUSTS him into the air-

    -Researcher floats helplessly.

    The creature MOVES to Researcher at inhuman speeds and clutches his face. It’s INSPECTING HIM.

    For a moment, there’s silence. The creature snorts into Researcher’s face.

    Telekinetic powers release Researcher, and he plummets back towards the ground—

    -The world is BLURRED and FUZZY and filled with RINGING. Researcher staggers to his feet. His pocketwatch lies near him, forgotten.

    MIB watches, a silhouette in the distance. Unmoving.

    Researcher stretches his hand out towards him for help…

    …But no help comes. Researcher collapses. He lies unconscious in the sand next to his pocketwatch, which GLISTENS in the flames…

    SLOWLY FADE TO BLACK.

    INT. BLACK SCREEN

    SUPER:


    POCKET MONSTERS

    OPEN ON:

    EXT. VIRIDIAN CITY – RAINY AFTERNOON


    VIRIDIAN CITY, a tight maze of dirty buildings amid clouds and LIGHT RAIN.

    SUPER:
    Viridian City

    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY – CONTINUOUS

    The streets are no less rainy, but practically deserted. Two POKEMON TRAINERS run by with backpacks on their heads, laughing hysterically to each other.

    They pass a MAN who walks down the street with a PARCEL in his hands. Shrewd. Stoic. Vigilant. This is DETECTIVE LOOKER. He’s heading for the POKEMON CENTER that’s just down the street.

    Looker stops at an INTERSECTION. He turns to look at the VIRIDIAN GYM, which is now a pile of rubble behind Crime Scene Tape.

    Someone in a black trenchcoat passes Looker. Looker glances at them as they pass. The Man in Black walks down the street. He glances back at Looker, then hurries off into the nearby alleyway.

    Looker adjusts his overcoat. He walks away.

    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER – CONTINUOUS

    Looker enters the VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER, which is dry and well lit. The bored CLERK at the desk listens to the radio as Looker approaches.


    RADIO NETWORKING
    In light of the recent attacks by
    criminal organization Team Rocket,
    authorities have-

    The Clerk shuts off the radio as Looker approaches. He slides a card on the table. There's a sign on the desk that reads "Room Service Unavailable".

    LOOKER
    I’m looking for a room.

    The Clerk looks at the card.

    CLERK
    One-Hundred Kay-Ar…

    LOOKER
    Looker.

    The Clerk frowns, but swipes the card anyway. She begins to punch things in.

    CLERK
    So, you’re a police officer?

    LOOKER
    Essentially.

    CLERK
    Essentially?

    LOOKER
    Essentially.
    She slides him his card back, along with a ROOM KEY.

    CLERK
    Here's your key. Third room on
    the second floor; checkout at
    Noon sharp.

    Looker takes the cards, then leans in.

    LOOKER
    In addition, I'd like a serving of
    dragonite antennae to go, please.

    A GLINT in the clerk's eye. It is clear this is rehearsed. She slides him his card back, along with a ROOM KEY.

    CLERK
    We'll have your order ready for
    you shortly.

    Looker nods and walks off.


    INT. POKEMON CENTER ROOM – CONTINUOUS

    Looker enters the POKEMON CENTER ROOM, which is all battered up and in serious need of some TLC. He sets the parcel on the DESK and flips the light switch. ONE OLD LIGHTBULB flickers on.

    Looker sits down. He opens the parcel and removes several sheets of PAPER, a PEN, and a DUSTY LEATHER NOTEBOOK.

    Thunder crashes outside. The window’s curtains are open. Looker gets up and walks over to draw them, but then he sees: OUTSIDE, the Man in Black stands. Looking up at his window.


    EXT. VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER – CONTINUOUS

    Looker stares out of a second-story window, and pulls the curtains SHUT-

    CUT TO:

    EXT. PALLET TOWN – MORNING

    It’s SUNNY. We see PALLET TOWN from above, a small village located amongst sprawling green fields and stunning waterfront property. In the distance, there’s a lighthouse.

    SUPER:
    Pallet Town

    INT. PALLET TOWN – CONTINUOUS

    The buildings of Pallet Town are scarce and quaint. Few reach above two stories.

    A CATERPIE slowly climbs to a House-BELLSPROUT that sits in the potted plant of a second-story window…

    Several SPEAROW alight upon a cream-colored sign standing in front of the woods- The PALLET TOWN ENTRANCE SIGN.

    INT. RED’S BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

    The bedroom is dark and cluttered. It's still morning. An ALARM CLOCK on a dresser RINGS…

    …And wakes RED (11), who very much doesn’t want to be awoken. Red expertly SLAMS his hand down on the stop button-

    -But it lands on a squeaky toy PYUKUMUKU instead. The ringing continues. Red sits up in his bed, confused. The alarm clock is all the way on the OTHER side of the desk. That’s by design.

    Red inwardly groans: Are you kidding me? He tries to reach for it, but it’s too far-

    -Red topples off the bed. He groans. He sits up. He tries to get up-

    -But his feet become entangled in the YELLOW TENT on the floor-

    -And he trips AGAIN. The alarm clock is still ringing.

    Red pulls himself up to the dresser with his hands and reaches for the clock-

    -And finally STOPS it. 7:30.

    Beat. Red sits back against the dresser, exhausted.

    A large commotion suddenly erupts outside Red's window. Red looks at the window. He shakes the tent off his feet and pulls himself off the floor.

    At the window, Red parts the drapes-

    OUTSIDE: BLUE (12), a loose-clothed, smug-faced boy with sandy hair, performs parlor tricks for a gang of whooping children. Blue finishes his juggling act and smugly bows to applause.

    Nonplussed, Red shuts the drapes.

    INT. RED’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

    Red tromps down the stairs and enters the LIVING ROOM. RED'S MOTHER (30's) talks on the phone as she washes dishes.


    RED’S MOTHER (Into Phone)
    Yes. Yes, he did. He invited me over
    for lunch today, in fact-

    Red grabs an APPLE from a fruit bowl on the table.A TELEVISION SET adjacent the dining table buzzes with static. Red kicks it, and the static is replaced with the image of four boys walking down railroad tracks.

    RED’S MOTHER
    Red!

    Red spins. Red's Mother looks at him from the kitchen.

    RED’S MOTHER
    I'm going out today. You can make
    yourself breakfast.

    Red nods. She goes back to her conversation.

    RED’S MOTHER (Into Phone)
    I know, I didn't believe it either
    when he told me!

    Red grabs a KHAKI-COLORED BAG from the coat hanger. He searches the shelves above it, but finds NOTHING.

    Red approaches his Mother in the kitchen.


    RED
    Mom? Where's my hat?

    She can't hear him over the dishes and the phone.

    RED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RED’S MOTHER
    Mom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …Yes, kids can be a handful-

    Mom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (To Red)

    MOM! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is it?!

    RED
    I can't find my hat.

    RED’S MOTHER
    It's on the counter. It found it
    lying around on the floor.

    Red looks around for and snatches a red/white SPORTS CAP with a grey button off the counter.

    He mumbles his thanks, and places the hat on his head.

    He walks to the front door and slowly parts the curtains next to it…

    Outside, Blue makes an inaudible declaration. He throws a STICK in the air.

    Red closes the drapes before it lands.

    Red's Mother sets a stack of cleaned dishes on the counter.


    RED’S MOTHER (Into Phone)
    Tell me about it. I've lost count of
    the amount of times we've had our house
    Tee-peed by those kids.

    Red slings the bag over his shoulder, and heads down the hallway…

    …To the BACK DOOR.


    RED’S MOTHER
    Red! Why are you leaving through the
    back door? Use the front, please.

    Startled, Red turns around. So close.

    RED
    But-

    RED’S MOTHER
    No 'buts.' I won't have you scurrying
    out the back door like some undignified
    scoundrel. Use the front. Now.

    EXT. RED’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

    The door to Red's house slowly opens, and Red reluctantly steps out. He slowly walks down the porch steps. They CREAK as he goes.

    BLUE, twirling his stick, approaches Red from the street.


    BLUE
    Yo, freakshow! Reddy-boy.

    Red ignores him.

    Blue slaps him on the shoulder and shoves him towards the child-mob.


    BLUE
    Get over here; join the show!

    Red adjusts his bag and begins to walk away from Blue. He throws an apple core in the trash can as he passes.

    BLUE
    I'm sorry, what's that? Couldn't hear
    you.

    Blue's mockery is popular with the other kids. They hoot and jeer in approval.

    BLUE
    Delcatty got your tongue?

    Red adjusts his hat to cover his face. Blue begins to walk after Red. Red walks faster.

    BLUE
    Bet it does. Hiding behind that hat
    like a stinking coward-

    Blue reaches over with the stick-

    -And PLUCKS Red's hat right off his head. He dangles it in the air.

    Red turns around and grabs for it. Blue mirthfully holds it out of his reach.


    BLUE
    What, this?

    He waves the hat above Red.

    BLUE
    Ya want this back, ya gotta talk to
    me.

    The children laugh as Red jumps for the hat. Blue effortlessly holds it away from him.

    BLUE
    Just a couple of words, can't be that
    hard-

    -Blue sticks out his foot and TRIPS Red-

    -He hits the ground hard.

    Blue throws the hat to the child-mob. He picks Red up by the shirt, and pins him to the wall.


    BLUE (Hushed)
    Say it. 'I'm a stinking coward.'

    Red remains silent.

    BLUE
    Say it!

    He holds Red tighter.

    BLUE
    Say. It.

    Red struggles to breath…

    RED
    -I'm-A-Stinking-Coward!

    Blue releases him. Red gasps for breath.

    BLUE
    Good. Loser.

    He leans in, just for a second-

    BLUE (Hushed)
    Gramps wants you over at his lab
    tomorrow, but if you've got half a
    brain in there you’re not gonna show
    up. Got it?

    Blue shoves him lightly and retreats. He takes the hat from a young boy and throws it at Red.

    BLUE
    Here. take your trash.
    (To Child-Mob) C’mon, this is boring
    now! Let’s go TP someone’s house!

    Everyone cheers at that. Red, shaken, dusts off his hat and scampers off.

    CUT TO:

    OAK RANCH PATHWAY - AFTERNOON

    Red walks down a dirt pathway surrounded by fields, past the football-field-sized glasshouse that is PROFESSOR OAK'S LABORATORY.

    He gazes up at the glass building as he passes. It’s massive.

    PALLET TOWN OUTSKIRTS – CONTINUOUS

    A vibrant purple FLOWER grows outside the TALL GRASS.

    In the distance, Red's bag leans against the PALLET TOWN ENTRANCE SIGN.

    Red chucks Poke-ball sized STONES at a TARGET TREE located just a few meters from the tall grass and the LOOMING FOREST.

    None of them are hitting.

    PALLET TOWN OUTSKIRTS – SUNDOWN

    The sky is now golden.

    Red holds his last stone in his hand.

    He closes his eyes and concentrates…

    …And throws the stone-

    -It soars over the tree and up into the canopy.

    Flocks of PIDGEY fly away from the tree he hit and nearby ones.

    Red leans back against the sign in defeat. He lets out a groan of frustration, and looks to the sky. He sees the STORM CLOUDS that are building on the horizon.

    Red snatches his bag away from a bowl of stones as he walks back to Pallet Town…

    CUT TO:

    EXT. SAFFRON CITY - MIDDAY

    A large metropolis of glittering skyscrapers and shining towers that only get larger until we see The SILPH COMPANY, crown jewel of the Kanto Region.

    SUPER:
    Saffron City – Capital of the Kanto Region

    EXT. SILPH CO. BUILDING – CONTINUOUS

    A BLACK TRUCK pulls up to the building's grand entrance as the Man in Black heads through the massive front doors…

    INT. SILPH CO. LOBBY – CONTINUOUS

    …And walks into Silph Co.'s massive LOBBY- Larger than a ballroom. A FOUNTAIN of a Poke-ball forms the lobby's centerpiece.

    NEWS CREWS gather around an empty STAGE near the far end of the room. MIB leans against one of the massive pillars supporting the roof, and watches from a distance.

    Waiting…

    …A VOLTORB, half red, half white, rolls onto the stage.

    It COMBUSTS-

    -Into dazzling FIREWORKS that sparkle and fizzle out above the crowd.

    Applause. Cameras flash. MIB watches.

    An elderly man in a suit walks onstage and basks in the deafening applause. This is the SILPH CO. DIRECTOR.

    Director bends over, picks up the two halves of Voltorb, and clicks them back together.

    He sets Voltorb on the ground, who comes to life and rolls circles around Director.

    Quick as a flash, Director pulls a POKE-BALL from his belt and presses the button-

    -Scarlet ropes of light shoot out of the ball and latch on Voltorb, who dissolves into white energy as the ropes whip back into the ball-

    -Which closes.

    Director dusts off his suit. He clips the Poke-ball back on his belt.


    DIRECTOR
    Good afternoon. What you just saw was
    one of the Silph Company's most innovative
    inventions to date.

    INT. KANTO ROUTE ONE - MIDDAY

    A field of TALL GRASS.

    A YOUNGSTER crouches in the tall grass as he spies on a RATTATA gnawing on rocks in the field. There’s a Poke-ball in his hand.

    -Youngster presses the button and THROWS the ball-

    -That opens midair-

    -Scarlet ropes of light consume Ratatta as it tries to flee-

    -And the Poke-ball closes just as it lands.


    DIRECTOR (V.O.)
    The Poke-ball not only makes life with
    the creatures we call Pokemon bearable,
    but opens up a universe of possibilities.

    Youngster runs over and scoops the Poke-ball up out of the grass as it LIGHTS UP BRIGHT WHITE-

    INT. BATTLEGROUND – AFTERNOON

    Rattata squares off on a cement field with a GROWLITHE.

    -Rattata DIVES through Growlithe's legs as Growlithe lunges with a mouth of FIRE-

    -Rattata spins around and sinks its teeth into Growlithe's tail. It barely hangs on as Growlithe tries to shake it off, then scampers up its back.


    DIRECTOR (V.O.)
    We've perfected the ancient art of
    the Pokemon battles…

    Growlithe does a flip, but suddenly loses control as Rattata gets itself in Growlithe’s face—

    -Growlithe crashes at the end of the battlefield. Rattata emerges from the fallen Growlithe victorious, and runs over to the Youngster as the other trainer attends to Growlithe.

    INT. POKEMON CENTER – NIGHTTIME

    Inside a POKEMON CENTER, glittering with lights and filled with People and Pokemon. Pokemon trainers feed their Pokemon from a table of POKEMON TREATS.


    DIRECTOR (V.O.)
    …And created technology that makes
    standard healthcare obsolete.

    A NURSE places six Poke-balls on a high-tech machine, which displays health data on the Pokemon inside…

    INT. TRADING CENTER - AFTERNOON

    Youngster, visibly older, approaches a six-sided TRADING CONSOLE. He places Ratatta's Poke-ball in an indent-

    -And a burst of white data shoots up into the DATA stream protruding from the console…

    …And a bright tangerine stream takes its place.

    The Poke-ball lights up bright ORANGE

    INT. ANOTHER TRADING CENTER – CONTINUOUS

    Rattata's NEW Poke-ball rolls out onto a surface surrounded by a gang of whooping children, who snatch the Poke-ball.

    INT. GRASSY HILL – SUNDOWN

    The rowdy gang of children trade with a boy holding a BUG CATCHER'S NET: Rattata’s Poke-ball for a bag of RARE CANDIES.

    YOUNGESTER JOEY smirks behind his sunglasses as he pockets the pokeball.

    INT. SILPH CO. LOBBY – MIDDAY

    This was all an AD on a large screen above the stage – Director clicks it off.


    DIRECTOR
    For years, Silph Co. has prided itself
    on taking leaps of faith. Doing things
    no other company would dare try.

    Director clicks the remote. The screen now shows a clothed pedestal that sits on the stage.

    DIRECTOR
    And we're happy to continue that trend
    with-

    Director WHIPS the cloth off of-

    DIRECTOR
    -The Silph Scope.

    -A bulky, goggle-like device.

    Director takes it into his hands.


    DIRECTOR
    A device that makes the unseen-

    Director presses the On-button and TOSSES the Silph Scope in the air-

    -It catches the light, and suddenly the entire room is lit up like a PRISM. The device reveals a HAUNTER floating up above the stage, which laughs, makes a face, and then zips up through the roof.

    The Scope falls, and Director catches it cleanly.


    DIRECTOR
    -Seen. A foolproof way to catch
    ghost and psychic-types in any
    environment!

    Applause. Cameras flash. MIB is unmoving. He looks down at the poke-ball he holds in his own hands…

    CUT TO:

    INT. RED’S HOUSE – AFTER DARK

    It’s storming out. Red walks in through the BACK DOOR, and kicks it closed behind him.

    INT. RED’S HOUSE – LATER

    Red and his Mother sit at a table. A plate of spaghetti is in front of Red; nothing is in front of his mother, who reads a book. She looks over her book at Red. He’s still wearing his hat.


    RED’S MOTHER
    Red… What do we say about hats at
    the table, sweetie?

    RED
    You're not eating.

    RED’S MOTHER
    That's not what we say about hats at
    the table.

    RED
    But you're not eating.

    RED’S MOTHER
    I'm just not hungry.

    RED
    You're never hungry.

    Red's Mother reaches over, and whips the hat off Red's head.

    RED’S MOTHER
    I'll keep that! You can have it when
    you're done eating.

    Red shovels another forkful of Spaghetti in his mouth.

    RED (mouth full)
    It's Professor Oak, isn't it?

    RED’S MOTHER
    Don't talk with your mouth full.

    RED
    You're never hungry because you go
    to Professor Oak's for lunch every
    other day.

    RED’S MOTHER
    It's good to have a social life.

    RED
    People say he's a loon. They say he
    sits around in that kooky building of
    his on the other side of town, tinkering
    around with crazy lab experiments.
    (Hushed)
    I heard he once asked someone whether
    they were a boy or a girl!

    RED’S MOTHER
    He's a famous researcher! Those are
    ghost stories.

    RED (mumbling)
    A famous researcher with a grandson
    who wants me dead.

    RED’S MOTHER
    No-one wants you dead!

    RED
    Blue does.

    RED’S MOTHER
    Blue is a child!

    RED
    Blue’s a psychopath! He'll have me
    gutted if I go within a hundred feet
    of that laboratory!

    RED’S MOTHER
    You can't live your life in fear of
    an eleven-year-old boy! One day, you're
    going to have to stand up to him.

    RED
    So he can run me into another wall?

    RED’S MOTHER
    Well, if you can't stand up to what
    scares you, how do you expect to
    succeed in life?

    Red's Mother rises from the table and takes Red's empty plate, leaving his hat there.

    RED’S MOTHER
    You should get some sleep.

    Red gets up from the table, and snatches his hat. He thrusts it on the floor as he heads up the stairs.

    Thunder crashes-

    CUT TO:

    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER – STORMY EVENING

    -Looker writes on the page with his pen.

    Beat. The pen scratches in silence.

    Thunder crashes again. The unlatched window FLIES open-

    The incoming wind sends papers soaring. Looker jumps up from his seat and runs to shut the window…

    …The Dusty Leather Journal BLOWS OPEN, its pages blowing with the wind-

    -Looker shuts the window, and this time he latches it. He collects the upset papers, and sets them on the desk. Then he picks up the journal

    CUT TO:

    INT. PEWTER CITY – MIDDAY

    It’s the cloudy, mountain-surrounded, gemstone-ridden landscape of PEWTER CITY, and the place is simply teeming with MINERS and MINER POKEMON.

    SUPER:
    Pewter City – Mining Town

    Not DR. JOHN SMITH FUJI. Bright colors. Dressed smartly. He sticks out like a splendidly dressed sore thumb amongst the very grey crowd.

    Fuji carries a leather-bound JOURNAL with him. Notes are practically falling out of it.

    In fact, one falls to the ground. It’s a BLUEPRINT. Fuji picks it up. Stuffs it back in the notebook. Continues on his way.

    He pushes past a pair of gravelers carrying a large metal BEAM.

    His destination: The grand, domed PEWTER UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE.

    INT. PEWTER UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE - CONTINUOUS

    Fuji walks into the Pewter University of Science, bustling with all sorts of people. A GYARADOS skeleton eternally pursues a school of fossilized MAGIKARP hung from the inside of the dome.

    The Man in Black - leaning against a wall - looks up as Fuji passes.

    Fuji sits on a wooden bench. He sets his journal aside.

    He takes out his POCKETWATCH. Opens it. Checks something. Closes it and puts it away.

    Fuji spreads his blueprints, looking through them as he waits.


    SECRETARY (O.S.)
    Appointment for Dr. John Smith Fuji?

    Fuji looks up. A SECRETARY stands outside the door to a side OFFICE.

    FUJI
    Yes- That’s me-

    He scrambles to get all his blueprints in order, before hurrying in the door.

    The Man in Black watches him as he goes. His face is unreadable.

    INT. MANAGER’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

    The MANAGER audibly sighs as Dr. Fuji enters his office. Fuji takes a seat opposite Manager and sets his journal on the desk.

    He opens it. The blueprints lay neatly folded inside. Fuji slides it over to Manager, who looks it over.


    MANAGER
    You’re here for another funding
    grant.

    FUJI
    If I could just convince you-

    MANAGER
    Stop trying.

    Manager slides the journal back to Fuji.

    MANAGER
    I heard about… what happened. You
    have my condolences.

    Under the desk, Fuji clutches his pocketwatch.

    FUJI
    Thank you for that.

    MANAGER
    However… We are still picking up the
    pieces of your last endeavor. Big scandal,
    that one. Do you have any idea how much
    bad press we’ve had to endure for that?

    FUJI
    This academy rode on the coattails of
    my biological research. I think I’d
    have a little more leeway with the
    company-

    MANAGER
    You blew up a lab. We covered your
    behind. That’s leeway enough.
    (Cont’d)
    And we haven’t even begun to broach
    upon your recent spending record, Doctor.
    You’ve amassed something of a reputation
    as a reckless spender here. A reckless
    spender without any results to show for
    it.

    FUJI
    My last few projects were missteps
    in more ways than one. That’s true.
    But I have double-checked the math,
    the science is sound… I’m really
    faithful in this one. This is the one.

    He slides the journal towards Manager again. Manager looks at it like it’s radioactive.

    MANAGER
    Be that as it may…

    Manager gets up from his desk. He walks over to Fuji.

    MANAGER (Cont’d)
    We at the Pewter Academy of Science
    no longer have the funds nor the
    drive nor the confidence to pour
    into your machinations.

    He puts his hands on Fuji’s seat. But Fuji connects the dots.

    FUJI
    You’re firing me?

    MANAGER
    Bluntly speaking.

    FUJI
    You can’t fire me. There would be
    social uproar-

    MANAGER
    Keeping you in the academy is
    causing social uproar. Haven’t you
    read the newspapers?

    He pulls Fuji’s chair out, and Fuji with it.

    MANAGER
    Good day, Doctor Fuji. I can’t say
    it’s been a pleasure doing business
    with you.

    CUT TO:

    INT. POKEMON CENTER ROOM – RAINY EVENING

    Looker SNAPS the journal shut.

    CUT TO:

    INT. RED’S BEDROOM – RAINY SUNRISE

    The alarm clock rings, LOUDLY. Rain lashes against the windowpane of Red's bedroom.

    Red wearily sits up in his bed. He gropes the toy pyukumuku tiredly, then remembers about the alarm clock. He stands up, reaches over, and stops it.

    7:30.

    Slowly, Red walks across the room. He steps over the tent, but trips on a belt of unused poke-balls right after and hits the floor-


    RED
    Ow!

    OAK RANCH PATHWAY – CONTINUOUS

    The rain has lightened up.

    Red walks down a dirt pathway surrounded by fields, past the football field-sized glasshouse that is PROFESSOR OAK'S LABORATORY.

    He gazes up at the glass building as he passes…

    …And suddenly dives into the field opposite the lab.

    Red peeks over the crops, and watches as BLUE exits through the Lab's front doors.

    He picks up a stick, looks around, and begins to walk down the path AWAY from Red.

    Red breathes a sigh of relief.

    EXT. OAK’S LABORATORY - CONTINUOUS

    Red approaches the massive building. It looms ominously above him. A wooden door is the only entrance to the otherwise metal building.

    Red stares at it for a few minutes…

    …But then shoulders his bag. He leaves the area.

    PALLET TOWN OUTSKIRTS – CLOUDY MORNING

    The rain has stopped. It's still cloudy. Water drips off the leaves of a vibrant PURPLE FLOWER, before-

    -An ELDERLY HAND SNIPS the stem. The flower shudders, and falls to the ground.

    In the distance, RED walks towards the Pallet Town Entrance Sign.

    Red drops his bag by the Entrance Sign and grabs a stone from the ground.

    There’s a sudden FLUTTERING from above. Red looks upwards to see several SPEAROW watching him intently from the treetops. They all stare at him intently.

    Red ignores them, and throws a stone anyway. It soars into the canopy and makes FLOCKS OF THEM scatter.

    PROFESSOR OAK, an elderly man in a lab coat, carefully places the snipped purple flower inside a PLASTIC BAG. He rises to his feet to witness the flock of screeching spearow fly away from the tree.

    Red returns to the Target Tree with another stone. Je closes his eyes as he steadies his aim…

    A Spearow flies back to the Target Tree. Then another. And another.

    Red opens his eyes. He shoots them a glance, but then returns to his exercise.

    More Spearow return to the tree. One hops steadily closer to the target zone. It pecks at the carved "X…"

    …Red throws the stone directly at the Target Tree. It HITS the Spearow square in the beak. The spearow falls to the ground, lifeless.

    Red opens his eyes. He sees the fallen Spearow. Slowly, he approaches it as it lies lifelessly on the ground…

    …The Spearow opens its eyes and lets out a bloodcurdling SCREECH as it flaps madly on the ground. A downpour of countless Spearow suddenly engulfs Red. He makes a mad dash for the ENTRANCE SIGN and ducks behind it-

    -The birds find and attack him anyway. Red uses the bowl that held the stones as a shield against them, but to little avail. He cries out wordlessly for help.

    …The Spearow attack Red mercilessly from above as Oak arrives at the clearing-

    -Oak shields his face and draws a Poke-ball from his belt. He throws it-

    -Scarlet ropes of light give form to a tiger-striped GROWLITHE.

    Red sees the Growlithe and DUCKS-

    -As the Growlithe hurls a ball of FIRE at the Spearow-

    -And BLOWS the Entrance Sign to pieces.

    The Spearow scatter, squawking.

    Red sits up among the singed remains of the Entrance Sign. Professor Oak returns the Growlithe.


    OAK RANCH PATHWAY – EARLY MORNING

    The sun is shining. Oak and Red walk down a dirt pathway surrounded by fields.

    RED
    You're Professor Oak? The Professor
    Oak?

    Red quickens his pace to catch up.

    RED
    You're not some loon with withering
    grey hair… I -I mean, you still have
    grey hair, but you're not a loon…
    Right?

    OAK
    …Is that what people say about me?

    Red looks down at the ground. Awkward.

    RED
    Some do.

    Beat. Silence between them as they walk.

    OAK
    Amusing.

    Oak begins to walk again. They reach the lab. It looms above Red, almost ominously.

    Oak tries to unlock the door, but realizes it's already open. He mutters something inaudible to himself, and walks inside.

    Red slowly follows him through…

    INT. PROFESSOR OAK’S LAB – CONTINUOUS

    …And steps into another world.

    Various conflicting habitats of nature impossibly co-exist within the plant-lined walls of the laboratory, filled with Pokemon of all shapes and sizes that run amok. Red takes it all in, awestruck.

    A giant ARCANINE runs through a grassy field to greet Professor Oak, who halts it with his hand. Oak releases the Growlithe from its poke-ball, which runs up to the Arcanine.

    Oak gestures to Red, who walks forward. Oak guides his hand to the Arcanine's nose. The Arcanine presses up against and nuzzles Red’s hand.

    A bird pokemon calls out from high above. Red looks up to see-

    -A massive movement of BUTTERFREE cover a grove of trees, as PIDGEY and PIDGEOTTO and a lone PIDGEOT circle around the large glass top of the dome. Red stares upwards, transfixed.

    He quickly snaps out of his trance, and follows Oak into a forested grove surrounding a small CAVE. Red lifts his foot to let a SANDSLASH and her SANDSHREW young pass.

    He gawks at an elevated den of PICHU. A RAICHU huddles over its young protectively. What looks like a patch of grass splits into several ODDISH to reveal a dormant GLOOM.

    A PARAS scuttles from its perch on the rocky wall, under several large yellow pot-like plants, attached to the wall by vines. Red extends his hand toward one—

    -It SNAPS at him. Red recoils. Oak looks over at him.


    OAK
    Don’t touch the victreebel. They bite.

    Red walks over to where Oak is. He stands in front of an aquatic habitat full of miniature POLIWAG, which swim to the surface

    He sprinkles a kelp-like weed into the water; the Poliwag swim around the weeds, eating them.


    OAK
    Poliwag.

    Oak stands up, and continues.

    Red and Oak walk onto a wooden bridge spanning a deep lake. Red leans over the side of the bridge to see schools of MAGIKARP and HORSEA and TENTACOOL swimming in the lake.

    A dark shape appears in the water…

    …Red stands back, as a colossal GYARADOS leaps out of the water to catch a low-flying PIDGEY that soars out of its reach.


    OAK
    Gyarados. Lord of the seas.

    The Gyarados plunges back into the lake with a colossal splash, drenching both Red and Oak in water. Oak doesn’t even flinch.

    OAK
    My office is up ahead.

    Oak walks down the path through a saffron-colored field of grass. Red gawks at several DOUDO and DODRIO, duos and trios of heads feeding in the grass.

    Finally, they reach the end of the Lab, where a thick curtain to Oak's office lies. Oak parts it and walks in, and after one last look at the scenery, Red-

    INT. OAK’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

    -Parts the curtain as he enters Oak's office. It’s little more than a glorified tent.


    OAK
    Have a seat.

    Red sits down. Outside, pokemon call lazily.

    OAK
    You're probably wondering why I brought
    you here.

    RED
    I'm wondering why you didn't bring me
    here sooner.

    Oak leans back in his seat.

    OAK
    If only others could share your
    enthusiasm. The truth is… I had a
    dream. A rather disturbing one,
    actually. In this dream, there
    was a man who had a dream of his
    own. It was a dream long abandoned,
    but one never forgotten. See, he'd
    turned his back on it. He'd locked
    it away, done whatever he could to
    get it out of his sight. He was too
    scared to even think about going
    through with it, so he didn’t. Soon,
    the man had grown old and feeble,
    but his entire life was haunted -
    dictated even, by one thing. What if
    he had? What if, instead of putting
    his lost dream out of sight, he'd set
    out and accomplished what he had
    meant to do? Taken a leap of faith? I
    knew I couldn’t let this dream I had
    become reality, so I decided to
    bring you here instead.

    Avian shrieks. Wings flap. The panicked screams of a twelve-year-old. Blue.

    BLUE (O.S.)
    Ger'off me, you stupid bird!

    Seconds later, Blue enters the office, holding a parcel.

    BLUE
    'Sup, gramps. Got your package or
    whatever.

    He leers at Red, who glowers back. Clearly, they loathe each other.

    BLUE
    So. You did come.

    He shoves past Red, whispering in passing-

    BLUE
    -You'll pay, loser-

    -And leans against a large wooden beam supporting the tent-office.

    BLUE
    Gotten enough of Gramps' zoo yet? If
    he wasn't such a loon he'd know by now
    that it gets lame after the first ten
    minutes.

    OAK (Sighs)
    Good morning, Blue.

    Blue throws the package on the desk. Oak winces at the thud.

    BLUE
    So, Gramps. gonna rip me one of them
    Pok-e-mans, or what?

    OAK
    There's a time and place for everything-

    BLUE
    -Come on, Gramps, not this again-

    OAK
    -Not now.

    BLUE
    Fine.

    Oak opens the package and pulls out two candy red devices. He sets one on the desk and opens the other, showing off its many DIALS and BUTTONS.

    OAK
    This is a high-tech encyclopedia,
    capable of recording scientific data
    with a single scan. I call it "The
    Pokedex." Together, I want the two of
    you to travel throughout our home
    region, and perform a scan of all
    one-hundred and fifty-one species
    of pokemon native to here. And to
    help you along your way…

    Red and Blue look less-than-happy about the prospect of working together on something.

    Oak pulls out a BOX from under the table. Inside it are three poke-balls – one lit up ORANGE, one lit up BLUE, and one lit up GREEN.


    OAK
    Inside each of these, a different
    Pokemon lies dormant. You may both
    take one, and only one.
    (Cont’d)
    Blue. You first…

    But Blue waves Oak off.

    BLUE
    Nah. Reddy-Boy can choose his first.

    Red is suspicious. But he goes along with it anyway. His hand lingers over the poke-ball lit up green…

    …But he takes the one lit up orange instead.

    Quickly, Blue snatches the Poke-ball lit up blue-


    BLUE
    Dibs!

    He smirks, and leans over to Red-

    BLUE
    -Water beats Fire. Every. Time.

    Blue takes a Pokedex from the table. He pushes past Red-

    OAK
    Make sure you use it, Blue-

    BLUE
    Yeah yeah, Smell ya, Gramps-

    -Blue leaves the tent.

    Red gets up from his seat. He takes the other Pokedex, and follows after Blue. Oak simply reclines in his chair.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SILPH CO. LOBBY – AFTERNOON

    It’s the AFTERPARTY. Everyone is talking and conversing in the lobby, and news cameras are still recording the event. The Man in Black decides its finally time to make his move.

    He presses the button on the poke-ball he holds, then sets it on the floor and rolls it off.

    Slowly, dementedly, he walks towards the center of the lobby. Attention becomes focused on him.

    MiB raises his arms…

    The poke-ball OPENS, and a MAGNEMITE comes out. It knows what to do – it unleashes an electrical attack, and all the news cameras suddenly SHATTER-

    EXT. SILPH CO. BUILDING – CONTINUOUS

    The Black Truck sits outside the Silph Co. headquarters. It never left. On its side is a bright red “R”.

    Bang. The back doors open. Three men in black uniforms jump out of the truck's back. They are members of TEAM ROCKET, the villainous crime organization that is a growing threat to the Kanto Region.

    Two of the three Rocket agents set a CASE on the ground. These are SCARFACE and RAGSKIN. Scarface opens the case, and Ragskin removes a VOLTORB from it.

    INT. SILPH CO. LOBBY – CONTINUOUS

    The lobby is chaos. People and pokemon are panicking and creating a scene. MiB stands in the middle of it, immoving.

    …The Metal Detector beeps as a Voltorb rolls through it…

    …And EXPLODES into a mass of smoke-

    The three Rocket grunts advance through the smoke and enter the lobby. They head for the stage. The crowd makes a wide berth for them in fear.

    Rocket Three spins on his heels, grabs a Poke-ball from his belt, and releases an eight-foot, serpentine ARBOK that HISSES at the guests menacingly. That keeps them in line.

    Scarface and Ragskin advance to the stage, and Scarface removes the Silph Scope.

    MIB stands unflinchingly as the Rocket Agents walks back down the stairs. Once they pass he turns to follow them.

    The Arbok hisses again as it follows the Rockets out of the building.

    EXT. SILPH CO. BUILDING – CONTINUOUS

    The Rocket Agents quickly exit the building and climb into the truck. Scarface hands MIB the Silph Scope.

    MIB admires it for a second, then climbs into the truck as it drives off.

    In the distance, POLICE SIRENS can be heard…

    CUT TO:

    EXT. OAK’S LABORATORY - AFTERNOON

    Blue violently pins Red to the wall of the Lab.


    BLUE
    I told you not to show up-

    Blue punches. Red dodges.

    BLUE
    -Told ya you were gonna pay-

    Blue punches again. Red scrambles to the side, but Blue grabs his arms.

    BLUE
    -Not so fast, Reddy-boy-

    He shoves Red close and center.

    BLUE
    We're not done yet.

    Blue grasps Red's shirt collar.

    BLUE
    Go ahead. Say it. You know the words.
    I'm. A. Stinking. Coward.

    Red KICKS Blue in the leg. Blue staggers back and hunches. Red falls on his behind. Surprised.

    Red rises from his sitting position. He walks up to Blue.


    RED
    You think you're so much better than
    everyone else.

    He draws the Poke-ball Oak gave him and holds it up to Blue.

    RED
    Prove it.

    Blue looks up. He’s grinning – was this what he wanted all along?

    BLUE
    That's more like it, Reddy-boy.

    Blue takes several steps back. He expertly throws his Poke-ball into the air-

    -Scarlet ropes of light give shape to a turtle-like SQUIRTLE that effortlessly sticks a landing.

    Red throws his Poke-ball…

    …It lands on the ground. Lifelessly.


    BLUE
    Press the button, you dunce!

    RED
    I did-

    The Poke-ball bursts open-

    -And sends a lizard-like CHARMANDER face-first into the dirt.

    Red falls back in surprise. Charmander peels its face from the ground, and locks eyes with Red for the first time…


    BLUE
    Charge!

    …Squirtle LUNGES at Charmander and sends it rolling backwards into the ground.

    Squirtle pounces-

    -Trades blows with Charmander-

    -Charmander rolls over and spits a FIREBALL into Squirtle's face.

    -Squirtle falls back-

    -Charmander scampers the other way…

    …Squirtle flips back upwards-

    -And shoots from its mouth several blasts of WATER-

    -Charmander dodges-

    -Red DUCKS-

    -Water bullets rattle the Lab's walls.

    …Charmander scampers and scurries-

    -Over and under-

    -One-

    -Two-

    -THREE Water blasts-

    -Moving closer to Squirtle-

    -Charmander takes a swipe for Squirtle, who ducks into its shell and pops out.

    Squirtle headbutts Charmander-

    Charmander stumbles back-

    -Squirtle SPINS-

    -And trips Charmander backwards-

    -Who rolls onto all fours and scampers away…


    BLUE
    Finish it!

    Red picks himself up from his ducking spot on the ground.

    Charmander runs across the dusty plain…

    …Squirtle stands up.

    Charmander runs faster.

    Squirtle fires a water bullet-

    -That collides with Charmander-

    -Sends it skidding across the ground-

    -Until it arrives at Red's feet.

    Unconscious.

    Blue presses the Poke-ball's button, and scarlet ropes of light consume Squirtle. He hooks his Poke-ball to his belt as he walks over to Red, who cradles Charmander in his arms.


    BLUE
    Pathetic. I -I knew you were a wimp,
    but…

    He scoffs.

    BLUE
    …Go home. Just… Go home. Before you
    get hurt or something.

    Beat. Red stands up, holding Charmander.

    BLUE
    The world ain't like Pallet Town,
    Reddy-boy. Might makes right out there.
    And you clearly can't handle it.

    Red looks at Blue loathingly.

    BLUE
    But hey. If you don't die first, you
    might catch me in Pewter. Smell ya,
    dunce.

    With that, Blue strides down the dusty path. Away from Red.

    INT. RED’S HOUSE - LATER

    Red enters his house through the back door. He slams Charmander's POKE-BALL on the counter, and tromps up the stairs to his room.

    INT. RED’S BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

    Red stuffs the Yellow Tent into his bag. He starts to leave…

    …but stops before he trips over the belt of Poke-balls.

    Red puts that in his bag too.

    INT. RED’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

    Red tromps down the stairs and heads for the door. He grabs Charmander’s Poke-ball on the counter.

    Red walks through the FRONT DOOR, out into the streets of Pallet Town.

    He disappears down a corner, and doesn’t come back.

    CUT TO:

    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER – RAINY EVENING

    Looker writes furiously with his pen. On the desk, the JOURNAL lies wide open…

    CUT TO:

    INT. PEWTER UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE – DAYTIME

    Dr. Fuji sits on the wooden bench. He drops his notebook and all his blueprints beside him.

    He opens the pocketwatch again, but we don’t see what’s inside.


    MIB (O.S.)
    Doctor Fuji, I presume?

    Fuji is startled. He closes the pocketwatch, and looks at where the voice came from: The Man in Black stares down at him…

    CUT TO BLACK.

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    Paper Boat - Benjamin Wallfisch
    Rituals - James Newton Howard
    Blood on My Hands - James Newton Howard
    Dragon Racing - John Powell
    Travel Delays - Alan Silvestri
    Inside the Case - James Newton Howard
    Sorrento Makes an Offer - Alan Silvestri
    Dragon Training - John Powell
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    INT. MAIN TITLES

    A desk of doodles and drawings and outlines, all on blue paper. Blueprints.

    Mechanical parts lay organized, spread out on a separate bench.

    Old, wrinkled hands pick up the parts…

    …Clicking some together…

    …Screwing others in…

    …Welding metal together…

    …Until the sleek red and white shell of a POKE-BALL sits on the desk…

    …And lights up.

    SUPER:

    POCKET MONSTERS

    BASED ON

    THE GAMES

    BY

    NINTENDO

    AND

    GAME FREAK

    EPISODE TWO

    "REVERBERATIONS"



    CUT TO BLACK.


    MIB (V.O.)
    Dr. Fuji, I presume?

    OPEN ON:


    INT. PEWTER UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE – DAYTIME


    DR. FUJI looks up. The MAN IN BLACK stands over him.

    FUJI
    -Yes, that’s me.

    MIB
    The famous biologist.

    Fuji quickly stuffs his pocketwatch in his vest pocket and shakes MIB’s hand. He stands.

    FUJI
    I’m sorry, I’m not in any position
    to be giving out autographs right
    now.

    He walks off. MIB walks with him.

    MIB
    I’m not here for an autograph.

    FUJI
    Everyone’s here for an autograph.
    You’re going to try to sell me
    something, aren’t you? Well, let’s
    cut to the part where I tell you “no,
    I’m not interested in a years’ worth
    of Jangmo-Os and my picture on the
    cereal box”.

    MIB
    I can offer you more than a cereal
    company could ever dream of.

    FUJI
    Save it for the growlithes.
    I’m not interested.

    MIB
    Not interested in enough money to
    fund your project completely?
    Because that is very interesting to
    me.

    Fuji stops in his tracks. He looks back at MiB.

    FUJI
    How do you know about that?

    MIB
    I research all my potential clients
    before I approach them. Thoroughly.

    He flips Fuji a card.

    MIB
    Call me if you change your mind.
    The number only works once.

    With that, MIB begins to walk off.

    Fuji looks at the card. It’s blank, except for a type-written phone number. At the last second, he changes his mind and calls out.

    FUJI
    No, wait. I’d like to hear more
    while I have you.

    Giovanni stops. The look in his eyes: Hook, line, and sinker.


    INT. EMPTY CLASSROOM – LATER

    MIB shuts the blinds in the EMPTY classroom one by one with a clack. All the blinds. Fuji stands by the blackboard, perplexed.

    MIB
    Nothing I tell you leaves this room.

    FUJI
    Are we going to rob a bank? Because
    otherwise I don’t see-

    MIB
    Your word. Nothing I tell you leaves
    this room.

    Fuji is reluctant.

    FUJI
    …You have it.

    MIB walks over to the teacher’s desk. He pulls a folded-up paper out of his pocket.

    MIB
    The world trades in pokemon. It’s the
    old business, the new business, the
    business eternal. And I believe I have
    discovered the new hot product.

    He unfolds the paper and sets it on the desk: it’s a drawing of the pokemon MEW.

    MIB
    There is an island right off the coast
    of Cinnabar, where I believe the
    fossilized remains of the pokemon Mew
    lie. I want you to go to this island.
    Find the tomb. Bring back the fossil.
    In return you will have everything you
    need to fund and realize your project.

    Fuji remains suspicious.

    FUJI
    And if I find nothing? What then?

    MIB
    One grand. In good faith. You will
    receive it later today.

    FUJI
    No strings attached?

    MIB doesn’t answer that. He folds up the paper and puts it back in his pocket. No evidence. He heads towards the door, but looks back.

    MIB
    I’ll need your decision by tonight.
    Call that number when you’re ready.
    Remember, it only works once.

    Fuji yells out before the door closes—

    FUJI
    Wait--you didn’t answer my question!

    The door shuts. Fuji scrambles for the door.


    EXT. CLASSROOM – CONTINUOUS

    Fuji exits the classroom, looking around for MIB. But MIB is nowhere to be seen. Only the other people in the hall look at Fuji like he’s a madman. Fuji closes the classroom door and clears his throat to look causal.

    He looks at the card he holds: same type-written number. Fuji pockets it.

    He grabs his unwatched journal and supplies from the bench he was sitting on, then heads for the large archway that leads out of the building…

    CUT TO:


    ROUTE ONE – NIGHTTIME

    It’s the open fields of ROUTE ONE. Night has fallen. A lone RATTATA gnaws on a rock as it sniffs through the blades of grass, then dashes off into the underbrush.

    In the background, a shoddily set up CAMPSITE with a yellow tent is visible.


    INT. CAMPSITE – CONTINUOUS

    CHARMANDER lies asleep in the clearing, snoring softly. An APPLE is speared upon a STICK that is propped up above Charmander's flaming tail.

    RED sits against the yellow tent, fiddling with his POKEDEX.

    His thumb finds the power button. He hesitates, but then presses it.

    The Pokedex whirs to life. Red jolts.

    Two words pop up on the screen-

    --POKEDEX ONLINE--

    The buttons light up in a synchronous light display, like an arcade machine.

    --POKEMON DETECTED---

    --POINT ME!--

    Red takes a look at Charmander. What harm could it do. He points it.

    The second he points it, the Pokedex suddenly whirs and beeps loudly-

    -Red is startled and drops it. His foot knocks over the prop that knocks the stick that sends the apple falling right onto Charmander's tail.

    Charmander awakens with a SHRIEK-


    ROUTE ONE – CONTINUOUS

    Charmander’s shriek of pain travels out throughout the plains. A pair of long EARS perk up out of the grass.


    INT. CAMPSITE – CONTINUOUS

    The Pokedex dings. A simple, smug ding.

    Red doesn't even want to pick it up.

    Red picks it up anyway.

    There’s a big red button that’s flashing. It’s the only one flashing. Red presses it. Then the pokedex SPEAKS:

    POKEDEX
    Charmander: Prefers hot places.
    The flame on the tip of its tail
    is an indicator of its health and
    should not be disturbed under any
    circumstances- Not even as a
    camping fire.

    Charmander shoots Red a dirty look: Even the red brick knows it. Why don’t you?

    The smoldering apple lying on the ground catches its eye- It could really use something to eat right now. Charmander snatches up the apple and walks to the other side of the campsite.

    It tosses the apple in the air, choking out a FIREBALL that chars it completely, before catching the burnt fruit in its hands. Charmander huffs at Red, before sitting on the ground and taking a big bite.

    That's how you properly roast an apple.


    INT. YELLOW TENT – LATER

    There's a slightly singed apple core in the tent…

    …And next to it, Charmander's Poke-ball…

    …And next to that, the Pokedex, which Red holds in his hand. Fast asleep.

    Silently, a SHADOW bounds onto the tent's wall.

    It flicks its ears, then hops to the other side of the tent

    Silence. Red slumbers quietly-

    -CRASH-

    Red quickly sits up. He glances around, trying to figure out what just happened. He hears rustling just outside the tent.

    Red silently sets the Pokedex aside, and listens to the scuffling just outside. He grabs Charmander's Poke-ball, silently creeping for the entrance…


    INT. CAMPSITE – CONTINUOUS

    Red peeks out of the tent, brandishing Charmander's Poke-ball like a weapon

    He sees nothing.

    The rustling is coming from behind the tent. Red creeps around the side of the tent, making sure to step over a large stick on the ground.

    A large PIKACHU digs through Red's bag, stuffing its cheeks with everything edible it can find.

    Red freezes. Pikachu continues to dig through the bag, until it pulls out an apple, and begins to greedily devour that, too.

    Silently, Red takes a step backwards-

    -SNAP-

    -the stick breaks in half under his foot.

    Pikachu's head whips back to stare directly at Red.

    Red stays frozen. Pikachu, still staring at Red, defiantly stuffs the rest of the apple in its cheeks.

    It chews. It swallows.

    Red SCREAMS. He stumbles backwards and drops Charmander's Poke-ball.

    Pikachu SCREECHES in response to Red’s scream. It becomes entangled in Red's supplies as it desperately tries to escape.

    Red grabs Charmander's Poke-ball from the ground and THROWS it-

    -It ricochets off the ground and releases a sleepy Charmander into the dirt.

    Pikachu — entangled in Red's camping supplies — struggles in vain as Charmander picks itself up off the ground. Charmander’s head tilts curiously as it notices the squirming rodent.

    Pikachu HISSES at Charmander. Its cheeks release a couple of SPARKS that bounce to the ground and fizzle out at Charmander's front claws. Pikachu's tail flickers with high voltage as it growls threateningly to drive home its point.

    That doesn’t scare Charmander. It takes a challenging step forwards…

    Pikachu releases electric fury from its tail and BLASTS Charmander back several feet and sends Red's supplies flying everywhere.

    Red scrambles backwards further as Pikachu picks itself up from the now-scattered supplies.

    Suddenly, a small ball of FIRE flies out of left field and blows Pikachu off its feet-

    -Charmander sprints out of the underbrush and SWIPES at Pikachu-

    -Who blocks with its tail and SHOCKS Charmander-

    -Red yelps and dives behind a bush as sparks and flames collide around him. He crawls through the underbrush as Pikachu and Charmander viciously spat off-screen, then makes a mad dash to the yellow tent-


    INT. YELLOW TENT – CONTINUOUS

    The sounds of the battle are loud, even from inside the tent. Red snatches the Pokedex off the ground and stuffs it in his pocket-

    -A stray THUNDERBOLT blasts the tent off its poles, exposing Red completely.

    Pikachu sinks its teeth into Charmander's tail-

    -And Charmander spins around, throwing it off-

    Red ducks as Pikachu flies over his head. Stray sparks litter the ground all around Red.

    He looks around and spots the belt of empty poke-balls, lying around in the remnants of his supplies. Perfect! Red runs over to collect them hurriedly.

    A bolt of lightning flies past Red and blasts Charmander into a tree. Pikachu runs forward, cheeks sparking-

    Red acts fast. He unclips a poke-ball from the belt, presses the button, and THROWS IT—

    Scarlet ropes of light fly from the ball and latch onto Pikachu. Pikachu’s body is digitized and absorbed by the Poke-ball, all before it latches closed and lands neatly on the ground.

    Silence. Charmander picks itself up with a huff.

    -The Poke-ball flashes once…

    …Twice…

    …Thrice…

    …Click.

    It lights up bright YELLOW.

    Slowly, Red and Charmander approach it. Red picks up a broken half of the campfire stick and prods it. Nothing.

    He pulls the Pokedex out of his pocket, and points it directly at the ball.

    The Pokedex whirs, then dings. Red presses the red button.

    POKEDEX
    Pikachu: Stores electricity in the
    pouches on its cheeks. This variety
    has been frequently known to steal
    food from careless travelers who
    leave their bags outside in the middle
    of the night.

    Red sighs and snaps the Pokedex closed. He picks up Pikachu's Poke-ball and hooks it to his belt. To the east, the sun is rising.

    He looks at his wrecked tent, no longer suitable for sleeping. At least his bag is unharmed. Red walks over to grab it, passing Charmander.

    RED
    Come on, Charmander. Let's get packed
    up before any other crazy pokemon come
    through here.

    Charmander turns its nose up at Red. Your stuff, your problem.


    ROUTE ONE PATH – MORNING

    Red and Charmander walk down the beaten path. Charmander crawls along on all fours grumpily behind Red.

    Red flips open the pokedex once again, navigating through the archives. He eventually reaches one marked:

    --EVOLUTION--

    --PLAY ME!--

    Red presses the big button once again, and the pokedex speaks:

    POKEDEX
    Evolution: All pokemon naturally store
    up excess energy within their bodies,
    only to be used in the most dire of
    emergencies. When that energy builds
    up sufficiently, it triggers a process
    within the pokemon known as Evolution.
    While the exact trigger of evolution
    is unknown, many scientists believe
    it has much to do with the bond of trust
    between a human and a pokemon…

    Charmander looks like it would rather be anywhere else at the moment. It eyes its Poke-ball swinging on Red's belt. And all the other empty ones.

    One swipe, and it's free.

    As the pokedex drones on, the camera slowly rises up through grass and trees to view the VIRIDIAN CITY SKYLINE in the distance…


    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY - AFTERNOON

    It's high morning. Red and Charmander walk through the rusty gates to VIRIDIAN CITY. The buildings are dirty. The ground cracked. A parched fountain of a crumbling DEWGONG forms the city's morbid centerpiece.

    Red snaps the pokedex closed, pockets it, and looks around at the sad excuse for a town.

    RED
    What a dump.

    Charmander can't help but agree.

    All types of unsavory people glance up at Red as he walks throughout the city, going about their furtive activities. A HOODED FIGURE standing outside the poke-mart turns their head to glance at Red as he passes.

    A young boy rattles a net full of junk in front of the hooded figure. Backwards cap. Tee-shirt. Sunglasses. Shorts. This is YOUNGSTER JOEY.

    JOEY
    Sure you don't wanna buy? I got
    all kinds of stuff.

    No response from the hooded figure. They return to looking at the store window, where a collection of SHINY ROCKS sits. Joey flicks his sunglasses up his nose.

    JOEY
    Hey, you listening? I got stuff you
    didn't even know you wanted until
    you looked at into my stash.

    Hooded Figure looks at Joey. They silently shake their head.

    SHOPKEEPER (O.S.)
    Hey!

    Joey’s head spins, as the SHOPKEEPER walks out the shop doors.

    SHOPKEEPER
    Didn’t I tell you to stop advertising
    outside my shop?

    Joey puts his hands up in the air. Something falls out of his net.

    JOEY
    Okay, ya made ya point. I’ll dash.

    SHOPKEEPER
    You better! Next time I see you
    out here I’m siccing Dragonite on
    you!

    A DRAGONITE sticks its head out of the poke-mart door at the sound of its name.

    JOEY
    Yeah, yeah, I’m going.

    He walks off, hands in the air. The shopkeeper turns to the hooded figure.

    SHOPKEEPER
    Something I can get you?

    The hooded figure nods, pointing to the rock collection.

    Joey picks himself up and saunters right over to Red, who is walking off. Joey tracks with Red.

    JOEY
    Hi. My name's Joey.

    He rattles his net.

    JOEY
    Wanna buy-

    RED
    No, sorry. Not interested.

    Joey doesn't skip a beat. He briskly follows Red anyway. Charmander switches gears and walks with Joey instead. It causally bats at his net.

    JOEY
    (Hushed)
    Beat it, lizard.
    (To Red) You know… you look like a
    pokemon trainer. And I like pokemon
    trainers.

    RED
    I don't want to buy anything.

    Charmander won't leave. Joey slings his net a little higher so it can’t claw a hole in it.

    JOEY
    Go away.
    (Louder)
    Y'know…

    He begins to follow Red again.

    JOEY
    There ain't never been someone I
    couldn't cut a deal with. Just sold
    me a bunch o' stuff to them goons
    over at the bike bridge past Cerulean
    City. Rare candy. T-M.
    (Wiggles eyebrows)
    Gold Nugget.

    RED
    Stop following me.

    Red walks off without Joey. Again. Joey peers over his sunglasses. Tough customer.

    Wordlessly, he flicks them back up his nose and continues after Red.

    Red approaches the VIRIDIAN GYM, a two-story, curved-roof building that simply exudes malice. A battered SIGN stands outside the gym:

    ~VIRIDIAN GYM~

    Everything below those words has been brutally clawed out by something big. Something dangerous.

    JOEY (O.S.)
    I'll battle you.

    Red turns around to see Joey, who still hasn’t left. Charmander jumps for Joey’s net. Joey holds it high out of its reach. Charmander hisses.

    JOEY
    My ratatta's in the top tier of
    ratatta. The wager’ll be a-hundred
    ‘n-Fifty poke-bucks. Either way.
    You in?

    Red’s had enough.

    RED
    Joey!

    JOEY
    What?

    RED
    Lay off! Please. I don’t want to buy
    anything.

    Joey raises his hands once again in surrender.

    JOEY

    Alright, alright. Your loss.

    Satisfied, Red begins to walk off again. Charmander follows after Joey’s net for a bit, but eventually walks back to Red in disappointment.

    But Red has stopped. He stares at something: To the far right of the gym, a tall and mangled wire fence covered in Danger signs conceals a large, pink FOREST.

    Red glances back.

    RED

    Hey, Joey?

    Joey, walking away, looks back.

    JOEY

    Changed your mind?!

    Red points at the forest.

    RED

    Where does that go?

    Joey looks at the forest. He smirks.

    JOEY
    Info’ll cost ya.

    Red sighs, fed up. He pulls some change from his pocket, walks over, and hands it to Joey. Joey counts, then pockets it.

    JOEY
    Much appreciated. That’s the
    Viridian Forest. Gnarly path.
    Leads you right into Pewter
    City.

    RED
    Thanks.

    He glances back at the forest, just as imposing as ever.

    JOEY
    Word of warning: They say there’s
    bugs live in those woods. Big bugs
    that’ll gobble you up for breakfast
    and then some. Stay on the path. Or
    maybe I could interest you in this
    Repel – priority discount, of course…

    RED
    I don't want anything else, Joey…

    JOEY
    Okay. Loud and clear. I’ll be off
    now.

    He and his jangling net make like the wind and disappear. Charmander watches them go in disappointment.

    Red only looks anxiously at the woods ahead. Over the forest's treetops, a pitch-black mountain peaks up…


    EXT. VIRIDIAN FOREST – NIGHTTIME

    It’s nighttime. The forest entrance is shrouded in darkness. The tall black peak that is MOUNT MOON juts up into the night…


    EXT. MOUNT MOON MINING SITE – CONTINUOUS

    The entrance to Mount Moon is filled with mining supplies under tarps. It’s currently occupied by two ROCKET TRUCKS. Their headlights illuminate the yard harshly.

    A fancy black SEDAN pulls up. A pair of Rocket Grunts step forward and open the back door. The Man in Black steps out.


    INT. MOUNT MOON MINING SITE – CONTINUOUS

    A dark cave entrance leads into a brightly lit MINING SITE, which is trashed. MIB walks in, surveying the place.

    Broken tools and equipment are strewn all over the ground. In the background, a rickety, three-story SCAFFOLDING STRUCTURE sits against the wall of a cliff, where the colossal fossil of a Gyarados juts out.

    Rocket Grunts strip the Poke-balls and valuables from a row of workers and scientists.

    Bound. Gagged. Trembling.

    MIB leans against the cave wall, watching the Rocket Grunts go about their work.

    Sudden shouting from offscreen. Two Rockets pursue one of the WORKERS as he makes a run for it-

    The worker looks back as he runs, but suddenly SLIPS-

    -And hits the ground. The two Rocket Grunts drag the worker back to the line of prisoners.

    That’s his cue. MIB steps forward, walking over until he stands in front of the prisoners. They look at him with fear…

    …But are surprised as MIB removes his sunglasses and pockets them.

    MIB
    I imagine many of you are frightened.
    You have every right to be. All this
    – storming in, taking a mining site
    by force, tying you all up. It’s a
    brutal affair.

    There is still silence. The prisoners look shocked and uneasy.

    MIB
    I am the leader of Team Rocket. No
    need for honorifics; you may call me
    Giovanni. And this is the way of the
    world. Might makes right. The strong
    survive, and the weak are stepped on
    and forgotten. But it isn’t all bad.
    I am here today to make you an offer
    that will change your life. Join us.
    Join the winning side. Join Team
    Rocket, and never get trampled on
    again.

    The worker at the end – the one that ran away – finally snaps.

    WORKER
    What gives you the right to storm
    in here and take everything we have??

    GIOVANNI
    Rights are meaningless. There is only
    what can be taken, and those strong
    enough to take it.

    WORKER
    That’s a load of tauros-shit! You’re
    bloody criminals! Don’t go lecturing
    me about might or whatever! Let us
    go!

    GIOVANNI
    As you wish.

    Giovanni snaps. A pair of Rocket Grunts walk up, standing over the worker. Giovanni points to the cavern entrance.

    GIOVANNI
    Take him over there.

    WORKER
    No- Wait-

    The Rocket Grunts pick him up, and drag him – kicking and screaming – to the cavern entrance. They set him down.

    GIOVANNI
    Cut his ties.

    They do. The worker looks at his freed hands in disbelief.

    WORKER
    You’re- You’re letting me go?

    Giovanni puts his sunglasses back on. He pulls a single poke-ball out of his coat. It’s lit GREY. He presses the button, sits it down, and rolls it off into the darkness. Something LARGE moves off unseen.

    Giovanni leans in, and whispers in the worker’s ear—

    GIOVANNI
    (Hushed)
    Make it to the end of that cave,
    and you’re a free man.

    The worker can’t believe his ears. He looks up, trembling. He is met with indifference.

    WORKER
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you-

    Giovanni KICKS him on the back and sends him sprawling to the ground.

    The worker gets to his feet, and staggers off into the cave. He hears the clanking of something stomping around in the darkness, and only then does the reality of the situation set in.

    He walks faster for a bit. More sounds from the darkness set him on-edge.

    A particularly loud sound comes from up AHEAD. The worker loses it, and breaks out into a full-on SPRINT-

    -But a large, rocky tail swoops out of the darkness and trips him over. A massive RHYDON lunges from the shadows and snatches the man up, shaking him around like a mad dog before throwing him to the ground.

    Rhydon drops the worker at Giovanni’s feet. His shirt is tattered. He’s barely breathing. All the other prisoners have a front-row seat. Giovanni crouches down in front of the worker as he tries to make a sound.

    GIOVANNI
    Shh. You’ll be in a better place
    when you wake.

    He stands up, facing the rest of the prisoners.

    GIOVANNI
    I trust you all would not like to
    follow this man’s example. I once
    again present my offer: Are there
    any objections?

    Many, but not a single person dares to speak up.

    GIOVANNI
    Very well, then. Take them all to
    Basic Training.

    He stands up and gestures for the Rockets to collect the prisoners.

    MIB holds out a finger to stop Scarface before he can leave with the rest of the grunts.

    GIOVANNI
    Not you. I want you to take a couple
    of grunts and set up an outpost here.

    SCARFACE
    Shame. I was quite looking forward to
    the training process.

    He moves on, once again barking orders at the grunts.

    SCARFACE
    (To Grunts)
    Collect all the valuables! We move
    out with everything or not at all!

    Giovanni pockets his hands and follows.

    CUT TO:


    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER – NIGHTTIME

    Someone slides a COIN into a SLOT.

    It’s Red. He’s using one of the payphones in the VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER. Next to him, Charmander loiters. A large red banner above them both reads:

    -|- Pokemon Center -|-
    Offering free healthcare and lodging
    Twenty-four hours a day!
    Remember: A healthy Pokemon is a happy Pokemon!

    Red holds the old-fashioned telephone to his ear. It trills.

    TELEPHONE
    Dialing Pallet Town.

    Red waits for a bit. Eventually, the phone beeps.

    TELEPHONE
    We’re sorry, the number you were
    attempting to call didn’t pick up.
    Please leave a message after the
    beep.

    There’s a beep. Red takes a deep breath.

    RED
    Mom? It's me. Red. Sorry for skipping
    out on home the other day.

    Silence. Red remembers it’s a one-sided conversation.

    RED
    I'm in Viridian City. It's a little
    shabby…
    (Cont’d)
    It's really shabby, but I'm in one
    piece. Just thought you’d like to
    know. If you get this.
    Sorry.

    Red sticks the phone back on the hook.

    Charmander blows a few Embers up into the air, where they catch on the banner and begin to smolder.

    Red just watches as the banner spontaneously combusts and flutters down into a smoking heap on the ground.


    INT. POKEMON CENTER ROOM – CONTINUOUS

    Red and Charmander enter their Pokemon Center Room. It's quaint. The only pieces of furniture in the room are a cot and a table and a chair.

    Red throws his bag on the table and begins to dig through it. He pulls out a trio of apples – the last ones they have left.

    Charmander eyes them out of the corner of its eye.

    RED
    Hungry?

    Yes, but Charmander won’t admit it. It quickly turns its nose the other way.

    RED
    Yeah, me neither.

    He sets both apples aside and falls back into the chair. Exhausted.

    RED
    Look. I'm sorry I used your tail as
    a campfire. Is that what you want
    to hear?

    Charmander's nose twitches. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

    RED
    Really, I am! I didn't mean for any of
    that to happen.
    (Cont'd)
    I don't know what I'm doing.

    Charmander turns its head around all the way. This is unexpected.

    RED
    I've only been out here a day and I’ve
    already gotten my tent fried, caught a
    wild pokemon I don’t know what to do
    with, and turned the only friend I have
    right now against me. We're going to have
    to find a way to survive out here, and
    we can't do that if we can’t get along.

    He swivels the seat around until he’s facing Charmander.

    RED
    We're in this together. So let's stop
    fighting. Please. Deal?

    Charmander only turns away. Petty revenge for-the-win.

    RED
    Come on- I already said I was
    sorry!

    Charmander's not listening anymore.

    Red turns back to his bag with a groan, holding it upside down and shaking it out.

    RED
    Fine. Let's see what else is in
    here-

    Pikachu's Poke-ball lands on the desk with a metallic thud. Red looks at it trepidaciously.


    INT. POKEMON CENTER ROOM – LATER

    The room is dark. The cot, the desk, and the chair are all arranged on one side of the room like a barricade.

    Red peeks out from behind the sideways table. He presses the button of Pikachu’s poke-ball, then rolls it out into the open…

    Then quickly scrambles back behind the table, crouching down out of sight. Charmander is next to him.

    RED
    (Hushed)
    Don’t make a sound.

    The Poke-ball rolls out into the middle of the room…

    …And ACTIVATES-

    -Sending a battle-ready Pikachu face-first into the floorboards.

    Pikachu hops up onto all fours, growling.

    Behind the table, Red quietly pulls the second apple out of his bag…

    Pikachu stands up on its hind paws. It looks around, and sniffs the air.

    Charmander hungrily eyes the apple Red has in his hand. Slowly, it begins to reach out for it. Red silently shakes his head at it and mouths “no”.

    Charmander continues to reach anyway. Red holds it progressively further away, until he leans over and loses his balance—

    -And bumps the sideways desk.

    Pikachu's head whips around. Both Charmander and Red both freeze, realizing their mistake.

    Pikachu creeps up to the desk. Sniffs. Flicks its ears.

    Red sets the apple on the floor. It makes a thud.

    Pikachu slowly creeps around the desk…

    …And notices Red. And more importantly, the apple. Red slowly pushes the apple towards Pikachu with his shoe.

    Pikachu’s cheeks spark with electricity. Red quickly moves off and raises his hands into the air.

    Ever so slowly, Pikachu begins to walk closer. It approaches the piece of fruit until it's close enough to touch, then picks it up and takes a big, hefty bite of it.

    Red gently extends his hand…

    Pikachu looks up. Its tail gives a warning spark. Red stops. He closes his eyes, expecting to be fried, but nothing comes.

    Pikachu downs the apple, even the core. It looks up at Red. Fine, you fed me.

    Very slowly, Red begins to extend his hand again…

    This is Charmander’s chance. It jumps up, snatches the third apple from Red’s bag, and perches on top of the desk with the apple in its jaws.

    Pikachu hisses, and jumps after Charmander-

    -Red barely scoots out of the way as the two pokemon knock the bench over-

    The apple goes FLYING from Charmander's jaws as Pikachu pounces. It rolls and tumbles and is swatted about all over the room as the two dueling pokemon viciously SWIPE and SCRATCH and BITE and SCHOCK and BURN each other-

    -Red moves from piece to piece of overturned furniture as Charmander and Pikachu tear the room apart-

    -he barely ducks in time as the APPLE flies right over his head and hits the wall like a baseball.

    Beat. Everyone in the room is staring at the exact same spot.

    Slowly, the bruised and battered apple breaks apart into two smoldering halves.

    Charmander shoots a triumphant glance at Pikachu, whose cheeks spark in frustration.

    Red gets up. Both pokemon stare at him, but neither move. He walks over to the apple, sits down, and picks them up. He thrusts his hands out, a half in each one.

    RED
    You can share it.

    There’s a silent pause. Neither Charmander nor Pikachu want to take it.

    Then, slowly, Charmander crawls forwards. It bites one half out of Red’s hand. Pikachu quickly scurries up and snatches the other.

    Charmander takes a small bite of its apple and watches in disgust as Pikachu once again greedily stuffs the entire thing in its cheeks.


    INT. VIRIDIAN CITY POKEMON CENTER - LATER

    Charmander and Pikachu are sleeping next to each other on the floor. Red finishes pushing the cot back into place, then promptly collapses on it.

    Once Red is asleep, Charmander cracks open an eye. It can see its Poke-ball, on the desk.

    One swipe and it's free.

    But it doesn't do anything. Not yet.


    EXT. VIRIDIAN FOREST OUTSKIRTS – DAYTIME

    Red, Charmander, and Pikachu all approach the entrance to VIRIDIAN FOREST.

    A paper warning — one of many — is stuck to the gate. Red tears it off and looks at it.

    He folds it and sticks it in his pocket. He straightens his hat.

    RED
    Let’s go.

    He walks forward.

    As the trio walks through the gates, the camera rises up over Viridian Forest…

    …To reveal the peak of Mt. Moon looming above in the distance.


    INT. VIRIDIAN FOREST – CONTINUOUS

    It's windy. A BROOK trickles by in the distance.

    Red and Charmander and Pikachu walk along a shady dirt path through the woods.

    Charmander's tail flame whips in the wind as it purposely lures Pikachu from ahead. Pikachu creeps up closer from behind…

    …And POUNCES-

    -Charmander whips its tail out of the way just as Pikachu lands face-first. It smirks evilly to itself as it continues onwards.

    Its tail flame whips in the wind, to Pikachu's frustration…

    …And inevitable interest, as it begins to follow Charmander again.

    Behind the group, a slimy, motionless, chrysalis-like KAKUNA hangs from one of the trees.

    Red holds the paper from before in his hands. It flaps in the wind. He grabs the paper from the top to straighten it out.

    A crude drawing of an insect is on the page, and below-

    YOU ARE NOW ENTERING VIRIDIAN FOREST
    STAY ON THE PATH!

    Something unseen winds its way through the top of the trees, cracking branches and rustling leaves…

    Red looks upwards at the cracking noise.

    Pikachu can't resist. It leaps again-

    -And Charmander spins around, letting Pikachu hit the ground face-first.

    Pikachu has had enough. It leaps up- Hisses -And tackles Charmander with sparking cheeks-

    -Red spins around as the two Pokemon fight tooth and claw in a furred and scaly ball-

    -That goes cascading OFF THE PATH.

    Red runs up to the edge of the path. Charmander and Pikachu are nowhere in sight, but a trail of flattened underbrush marks their path into the woods. Red doesn’t hesitate before going after them.


    INT. DEEP WOODS – CONTINUOUS

    Charmander picks itself up in the woods. The deep woods. All alone.

    It calls out.

    Nothing.

    Again.

    Nothing. Above, something cracks through the trees…

    RED
    (O.S.)
    Charmander! Pikachu!



    INT. DEEP WOODS – CONTINUOUS

    Pikachu walks through the woods. Completely at home. It effortlessly scales a tree to see the long expanse of forest…

    WITH RED

    Red slides down the slope, trying to keep his balance.

    He steps through the brook as he goes; it gets his shoes wet. He calls out loudly.

    RED
    Charmander! Pikachu!

    Atop the trees, Pikachu spies on Red below.

    Something suddenly CRACKS through the branches-

    RED
    Charmander—

    WITH CHARMANDER

    Charmander growls threateningly as the rustling in the treetops continues. It looks up into the canopy. The rustling continues.

    WITH RED

    In the distance, Red marches through the woods, a silhouette. Something moves off in the shadows of the woods, but it’s not Charmander.

    RED
    Pikachu!

    Red approaches a dark, secluded HOLLOW in the woods. He calls into the cave.

    RED
    Charmander! Pikachu!

    Only the echoes of his voice receive him. But he hears something else in there too. He walks forward, tentatively entering the cave – what else can he do?


    INT. VIRIDIAN HOLLOW – CONTINUOUS

    The VIRIDIAN HOLLOW is dark and claustrophobic. Red carefully walks down the slanted dirt…

    …But it’s not steady. It sends him sliding down—

    Until his foot catches on a gnarled tree root and sends him sprawling to the ground.

    Red lands, right in front of a slimy, disgusting sac. He quickly yelps and gets to his feet once he realizes what he’s looking at: the dry, withered husk of a kakuna.

    Immediately, Red sees this was a mistake. He gets up to leave, heading back towards the upwards slope of dirt.

    A faint buzzing sound echoes from within the hollow. Red freezes. It comes again. Red sees something glisten within the darkness.

    RED
    Charmander?

    He set his hopes too high. The BEEDRILL, a huge wasp-like creature with spears for arms, descends upon him—

    WITH CHARMANDER

    Charmander lashes out with fire as ANOTHER Beedrill dives from the trees, heading right for it. It scurries out of the way just as the beedrill dives.

    WITH PIKACHU

    Pikachu is sitting in a tree branch, enjoying a couple of wild berries it’s found. Then it hears the sounds of a fight. It glances down at the Viridian Hollow below.

    RED
    (O.S.)
    Help!

    WITH RED

    Red flees for the entrance, heading up the slope. The beedrill tries to stab him, but he ducks. His foot catches on the tree root, and he falls to the ground—

    The beedrill descends upon him swiftly. Red rolls over before it can plunge one of its massive stingers into his chest. Red rolls to his hands and knees and begins to move again, but he can’t run forever. The beedrill flies up and makes to strike him down-

    A THUNDERBOLT arcs from the entrance and slams into the beedrill and sends it flying back into the cavern.

    Red spins around, getting to his feet completely.

    Pikachu stands at the hollow entrance. Its tail flickers with high voltage.

    Red wastes no time getting himself to the top of the cavern.

    WITH CHARMANDER

    Charmander sends an ember after the beedrill that hovers in the air-

    The beedrill effortlessly dodges and lets the fireball fly into the air and dissipate.

    The Beedrill rapidly closes on Charmander, dodging another ember. Charmander dashes out of the way at the last second, letting the beedrill spear a tree. It splinters the trunk.

    The beedrill’s OTHER stinger hits the ground right next to Charmander. It pulls its first stinger out of the tree…

    A second thunderbolt slams it against the tree and tips the tree over and sends the beedrill falling with it.

    Red and Pikachu dash into the clearing.

    Pikachu notices Charmander's tail flame…

    Charmander makes its way to Red posthaste, and all three take off into the woods-

    -Running-

    -Through trees-

    -Buzzing from behind-

    -Glimpses of multiple Beedrill through the woods-

    -Red's feet splash through water as they run adjacent to the river now…

    …Until they break through the trees into daylight, into a clearing-

    -That is a cliff.

    A small WATERFALL cascades down at least twenty feet into a river down below.

    Nowhere left to run.

    Red spins around as-

    -Both Beedrill fly out of the trees and zoom directly towards the group…

    …One of them heads straight for Charmander, and Pikachu sends it a Thunderbolt-

    -The other maneuvers around and heads straight for Red-

    -Who stumbles back-

    -And falls.

    Over the cliff.

    Towards the water-

    -SPLASH-

    -The HOODED FIGURE, at the riverbank, looks up just in time to see the remnants of Red's splash.


    UNDER THE RIVER – CONTINUOUS

    Silence.

    A tranquil, peaceful, deadly silence.

    Red sinks.

    Beat. It's as quiet as the watery grave it is.

    A VAPOREON swiftly swims past Red as he sinks.

    A muffled splash from above.

    Two muffled splashes.

    Charmander enters the water first, then Pikachu.

    Pikachu paddles to the surface, Red and Charmander forgotten-

    -But Charmander's tail flame begins to wither in all the water.

    Red swims up…

    …Grabs Charmander-

    -Heading for the surface-


    INT. VIRIDIAN RIVER – CONTINUOUS

    Red gasps as he breaks water.

    Charmander is in his arms.

    As Red catches hold of a rock at the riverbank, he grabs his backpack floating by…


    EXT. VIRIDIAN RIVER – CONTINUOUS

    The mighty waterfall cascades down in the background.

    Red climbs onto the riverbank and sets Charmander down on a rock.

    Nothing. Charmander is completely still. Red frantically searches his backpack for something- anything -to help.

    But the contents are waterlogged, and he can't find a thing.

    Pikachu- still dripping -creeps out of the nearby trees as Red searches.

    Red notices Pikachu. He tries to speak, but ends up coughing instead.

    Rattled, Pikachu scurries off into the woods.

    RED

    No, Wait!

    But it's too late. Pikachu is gone.

    Charmander remains still. Its tail flame weakly whips in the wind…

    …Getting weaker.

    HOODED FIGURE
    (O.S.)
    It won't wake.

    Red spins, startled.

    The Hooded Figure stands behind him, on top of a hill to the right of the river.

    He slides to the bottom , and removes his hood to reveal-

    -A teenaged boy, in his late 18s. This is BROCK.

    BROCK

    Let me take a look.

    Red moves aside as Brock passes through, planting his walking stick firmly into the ground.

    Brock passes Red and kneels over Charmander. He presses his ear to Charmander's chest…

    BROCK

    (Hushed)
    You need to get this one to a
    Pokemon Center.

    He rises, grabbing his walking stick out of the ground as he starts back towards the hill.

    BROCK
    I know where to find one. Follow
    me.

    Brock expertly scales the mini-cliff, stopping at the top.

    BROCK
    Coming?

    Red looks back at the woods. There's no sign of Pikachu.

    He hesitates for a bit, but finally makes his decision.

    Red slings his wet pack over his shoulder, returns Charmander to its Poke-ball, and casts one last wistful look at the woods as he follows Brock.


    INT. VIRIDIAN FOREST OUTSKIRTS – CONTINUOUS

    Brock walks through several tall plants, followed by Red.

    Red holds Pikachu's Poke-ball in his hand as he walks silently. Charmander's Poke-ball is on his belt.

    The yellow lights on Pikachu's Poke-ball flicker…

    …Then go out.

    BROCK
    Should be right through here-

    Red looks up at the sound of Brock’s voice. Brock brushes two ferns away with his stick-

    -The lush green plants of Viridian Forest completely give way to dark, mineral-rich rock. Settled between twin mountains lies a town built from stone…

    …And the massive figure of Mt. Moon looms above it. Larger than ever.

    SUPER:
    Pewter City – Mining Town


    INT. PEWTER CITY – CONTINUOUS

    Pewter City is noisy. And crowded. Pickaxes clang. Foremen shout indistinctly to their crews. Large GRAVELLER and MACHOKE carry heavy rocks and carts to and fro.

    These are miners.

    Brock gracefully walks through the crooked streets of the town, almost dancing around people as he goes.

    Red, not graceful at all, stumbles through behind Brock, pushing through people and trying to keep up.

    He passes a purple vendor tent selling GEMSTONES on display. Scarlet, Cerulean, Jade. The bright colors catch his attention from the middle of the street.

    Brock, a ways ahead, turns around.

    BROCK
    Come on. Keep up. Before-

    -CRASH.

    A large mining cart is dropped to the ground and covers Red in soot.

    BROCK
    -That happens.


    INT. PEWTER CITY POKEMON CENTER – CONTINUOUS

    The Pokemon Center is one of the few buildings not colored a shade of grey or black, and it's bustling with people.

    Red sits on one of the center's lobby benches, checking the contents of his sopping wet bag.

    He pulls out the Pokedex. It’s wet. Hurriedly, he opens it and powers it up. It instantly flickers to life, waterproof. Red turns it off and leans back in his seat with a sigh of relief.

    BROCK
    (In distance)So let me know if
    you ever wanna… go out together.
    I can get us booked at a fancy
    restaurant and…

    The Center Nurse isn't having any of his nonsense. She silently hands him Charmander's Poke-ball and walks indignantly back to the desk. Her body language tells Brock everything he needs to know.

    Brock tosses Charmander's Poke-ball around in his hands as he walks over to Red, then tosses it to Red, who barely catches it. He leans back against the bench with a sigh.

    BROCK
    There you go, kid. Any time you're
    in trouble like that, you go to a
    building like this and you talk to
    the lady at the counter. She'll
    help you.

    Red presses the poke-ball button and points the ball at the ground. A solid beam of scarlet light emits from the ball, and Charmander materializes on the ground unharmed- albeit disoriented.

    RED
    Thank you.

    BROCK
    No problem. It’s my job of sorts.

    He slowly raises himself from the bench.

    BROCK
    Unfortunately, duty calls, and I
    have that job to get back to. I
    have a feeling we may meet again
    very soon…

    He glances at Red's temporary name badge that reads 'Red.'

    BROCK
    Ah… Red. You can find me in the
    Pewter City Gym, if you wish.
    I'm sure you'll find it a very
    tumultuous experience.

    With that, he walks out the door with his cowl and walking stick.

    Red looks mournfully at his soaked bag. Charmander is visibly amused. Red is not.

    RED
    It's not funny.

    CUT TO:


    EXT. WRECKED SHOP – MIDDAY

    DETECTIVE LOOKER walks across the gravel of Pewter City towards the charred wreck of a building that's been completely burned down.

    Police officers secure the area with CRIME SCENE TAPE. Looker flips them a badge, and they let him in. He stuffs the badge back in his pocket and pulls out a small CAMERA.

    In the background, the disheveled SHOPKEEPER explains himself to the press.

    SHOPKEEPR
    There were five of them- with
    pokemon. They all rushed me,
    and then they raided my shop for
    everything- anything they could
    sell. They set it ablaze. And
    they stole my- my Nidoran. I don't
    know if I'm ever going to see it
    again…

    Looker enters the blackened building, searching for evidence. There are signs of a scuffle, and clearly pokemon were involved.

    He snaps photos.

    Anything left on what remains of the shelves has been burned to ashes. The cash register lies on the floor, half-charred and emptied out. He gets those on film too.

    The frenzied Shopkeeper points up towards Mount Moon.

    SHOPKEEPER
    They took everything from me. And
    they're up there. Waiting to do it
    all over again.

    Looker looks up at the hulking black mountain. He raises his camera…

    CUT TO:


    EXT. PEWTER GYM - MIDDAY

    Red approaches the PEWTER GYM, a mine shaft built into the side of the mountain.

    He manages to shove the iron GATE open a little, and slips through the small opening with Charmander. He looks around at the yard that could clearly use some TLC.

    RED
    Well, they don't get points for
    tidiness.

    There's a slightly rusted sign next to the door:

    PEWTER GYM
    OPEN TO CHALLENGERS
    COME RIGHT IN!

    The door is closed.

    Red knocks.

    A slot in the door flips open. A pair of eyes scan Red over.

    RED
    Is this-

    GYM TRAINER
    It isn't. Go away.

    The slot slams shut.

    Red knocks a second time.

    The slot flips open again.

    GYM TRAINER
    What do you want?

    RED
    Is this the Pewter Gym?

    Beat. There's no response.

    RED
    (Cont’d)
    The sign says, 'open to challengers,'
    so I thought…

    GYM TRAINER
    We're closed. Sorry.

    The slot slams in his face a second time. A large BANG comes from behind the door.

    GIRL
    (O.S.)
    What are you doing?

    BOY
    (O.S.)
    There's someone at the door-

    GIRL
    (O.S.)
    Of course there is; why else would
    you be standing there?

    BOY
    (O.S.)
    We aren't supposed to let people in when
    the Gym Leader's not here!

    GIRL
    (O.S.)
    Well, we can't just turn them away!
    Leader says it 'ruins publicity.'

    BOY
    (O.S.)
    So what do we do, then?

    RED
    Is the gym open or not?

    The talking stops. Red and Charmander share a look.

    Suddenly, the metal door slams open, and a BOY pulls Red inside-

    BOY
    Welcome to the Pewter Gym! Sorry for
    the hold-up.

    The boy tugs Red inside, and leads him into a carved-out COAT ROOM-

    GIRL
    We apologize for the gym leader's current
    absence. In light of this baffling
    complication, we've prepared a grand tour-

    BOY
    Yes we have!

    GIRL
    That's a light-

    BOY
    -And there's a rock-

    They point to a light and a rock, respectively.

    GIRL
    And this is the coat room-

    RED
    Stop! Just stop. Let me go.

    The boy lets him go.

    Charmander huffs for attention from the ground.

    BOY
    He's not buying it.

    GIRL
    I can see he's not buying it! I have
    eyes!

    BOY
    You should have sold him better. I knew
    this was a bad idea-

    GIRL
    Let's see you do better! Your acting is so
    see-through it's invisible!

    BROCK
    (O.S.)
    Enough of that, you two.

    Everyone looks to the coat hanger. Brock hangs his hood and his walking stick up.

    BOY & GIRL
    Leader Brock!

    BROCK
    Don't wear it out.

    Brock straightens one of the coat handles.

    BROCK
    If I had a dime for every time you
    two started fighting…

    GIRL
    -You'd be a millionaire. We know already.

    Brock frowns.

    BROCK
    Well, now that that's out of the way, it
    seems we have a challenger. What say we break
    him in?


    INT. PEWTER CYM – CONTINUOUS

    Brock walks into a short corridor, followed by Red. He stops at a section of a wall and presses a button-

    -The wall flips open to reveal an impressive shelf full of many different poke-balls. Brock pours over them intently.

    BROCK
    Are you familiar with how pokemon gyms work?

    RED
    Kinda.

    BROCK
    I’ll give you the rundown quickly; a refresher
    never hurts. The pokemon gyms exist as checkpoints
    for the Pokemon League. We're the gatekeepers.
    There are eight gyms total in Kanto, and you’ll have to
    challenge every one and win before you can even think
    about the Hall of Fame. On that note… How many badges
    have you got?

    RED
    I don't have any.

    BROCK
    Very good… How many pokemon?

    Two activated poke-balls hang on Red's belt. One lit up orange. One not lit up at all.

    RED
    …One. Just one.

    BROCK
    (Mumbling to himself)
    …Straight out of Viridian… …first
    time challenging… …no prior experience…

    Brock pulls two Poke-balls from the shelf.

    BROCK
    These'll do. Follow me.

    Brock clips them to his belt, and then walks ahead, as Red follows-

    -Into a large, rock-carved STADIUM the size of a sports field.

    Red is taken aback.

    BROCK
    You like it?

    Red loves it. He can't stop gaping at it long enough to say anything.

    BROCK
    Good. Because in a few minutes, you and your pokemon are going
    to destroy it.

    That's enough to shake Red out of his trance.

    RED
    What?

    BROCK
    You heard it here. Welcome to your first Pokemon
    Gym Battle.

    He begins to walk to the far end of the battlefield. Red quickly does the same.

    Steps lead to a large metal PLATFORM with railings on both sides.

    Red climbs the one on his side of the battlefield. As he grips the railing, the stage jerks-

    -And smoothly rises up into the air. When it halts to a stop, Red is at least fifteen feet in the air.

    Brock is standing on the other platform, on the other side of the battlefield.

    BROCK
    (Over Speaker)
    I, Gym Leader Brock of Pewter City, hereby legalize
    this fair and lawful duel, to be preserved
    in the pages of history to come.
    Battlers, Ready your pokemon. In three…

    Red removes his hand from some HAND STRAPS on the rails. Not a good sign.

    BROCK
    (O.S.)
    Two…

    Red unhooks Charmander's Poke-ball from his belt.

    BROCK
    One…

    Red grips his Poke-ball…

    …presses the button…

    BROCK
    Let the battle begin.

    With that, Brock throws his Poke-ball and releases a GEODUDE onto the rocky field.

    Red throws Charmander's Poke-ball. As hard as he can.

    The Poke-ball soars through the air-

    -Perfectly releasing Charmander just before the Poke-ball hits the ground.

    Beat.

    Charmander surveys the field. Taking in the new terrain.

    Charmander suddenly scurries to the left as Geodude sends a rock flying, and Red's platform is off-

    -Scooting to the left and right with Charmander as it dodges the Geodude's attacks that make dents in the floor-

    Charmander sends a FIRE PULSE towards the Geodude and sends it flying back a few feet into a stalactite.

    Red can barely hold on as his platform soars to the left…

    …As Charmander leaps into a maze of Stalactites, jumping and ducking through spiny rocks and boulders as rocks zoom through them like cannonballs.

    In the open, Geodude prepares a fistful of rocks to lob at Charmander at the other side…

    Red can only call out from his platform.

    RED
    Charmander! Watch out!

    But Charmander's already out the other side, taking the brunt of the rock barrage the hard way-

    -fighting and burning and clawing its way through the endless boulders and swiping Geodude in the face with its claws-

    -Limbo-ing as Geodude punches at it and smacking it in the face with its flaming tail-

    -And finally retreating to a distance as Geodude recovers.

    Charmander sends a Fireball towards Geodude as it curls in defense-

    -Geodude takes the fire-ball and then spins around, raising a cloud of DUST-

    -Faster and faster-

    -Making it larger and larger as Charmander tries to avoid all the pebbles and dirt barraging it, shielding its …

    Red can only watch as the dust cloud gets larger and larger-

    Charmander is blinded by the dust. It sends an Ember into the air to light the way, looking around for Geodude-

    -But there's nothing. It sends a fireball instead-

    -But a PUNCH hits it from the side.

    Charmander goes flying-

    -Out of the dust cloud-

    -And hits the ground.

    Barely moving.

    Red's platform lowers to the ground, posthaste.

    RED
    Charmander!

    Brock looks down from his platform; concerned.

    BROCK
    (To Geodude)
    Stand down. Stop the battle.

    Red runs over to Charmander, laying still in the middle of the battlefield.

    It's conscious, but barely. Red shakes it frantically.

    RED
    Not again. Charmander. Charmander!

    Brocks platform lowers to the ground, and Brock walks off of it.

    He walks over to Red, Geodude at his side. He's three feet away.

    BROCK
    Red? The battle's over. You two did good. But I
    can't allow this to continue with your
    pokemon in that condition.

    Red looks up at Brock. Then back down at Charmander.

    But Charmander stands back up. It's bruised, but not finished. It HISSES at Geodude menacingly.

    RED
    If you want to stop, then we'll stop. I promise. But we can still win this!

    Brock stands there, waiting.

    RED
    But I trust you. Do you trust me?

    Charmander looks at Red for a moment. It's skin begins to shimmer ever so slightly…

    …Then its body EXPLODES with white energy as it seems to rebuild itself.

    Reshaping.

    Growing.

    Changing.

    Red watches from the ground, in awe.

    The blinding white glow slowly fades, and in the place where Charmander once was stands a larger, dinosaur-like CHARMELEON.

    Brock stands by. He looks mildly surprised. No-ones surprised him for a while.

    Red stands up from the ground. He looks at Brock.

    RED
    No. The battle's not over. Not yet.

    Red crouches next to Charmeleon.

    RED
    If we do this, we do it together. Up there,
    I can see everything. I'll guide you from the
    top. You improvise if you think I'm wrong.
    Got it?

    Charmeleon nods.

    RED
    Good.

    He gives Charmeleon a thumbs up, and scurries back to his platform.

    Brock's platform rises up to battle position, and Red's quickly follows suit.

    BROCK
    Let the battle begin.

    Geodude quickly makes a beeline for Charmeleon, swinging a boulder in his hand-

    RED
    Wait! Not yet!

    Charmeleon gives Red an 'are you crazy?!' look.

    Geodude quickly gets closer, preparing to smash Charmeleon.

    RED
    Wait for it…

    Geodude is less then twenty feet away, and closing fast.

    RED
    Wait…

    Geodude reaches Charmeleon, and swings the boulder-

    RED
    Now! Go around him!

    Charmeleon quickly skirts around Geodude as it plunges its heavy boulder into the GROUND-

    RED
    Now let him have it!

    Charmeleon shoots a powerful Fireball that SLAMS Geodude into a nearby stalactite. It slumps to the ground, unconscious.

    There's a moment of silence. Brock pulls out Geodude's Poke-ball, and returns it. He pulls out the second one, and throws it-

    -releasing a lumbering ONIX, a massive snake made entirely of rocks that towers over Charmeleon ominously.

    It bears down upon Charmeleon, quickly chasing it through the rocky field and gaining.

    Charmeleon has no chance in the open.

    RED
    Charmeleon! Head for the rocks!

    Charmeleon realizes what Red's up to this time, and makes a left turn for the rocky part of the field-

    -Jumping and ducking through spiny rocks and boulders as Onix comes lumbering through after it, tearing the place apart-

    The rocks become too close and cluttered for Onix, and it TUNNELS into the ground…

    …As Charmeleon reaches the end of the rocky strip, Onix suddenly comes crashing out of the ground, lunging straight for it-

    -But Charmeleon jumps to the side, and Onix just gets a face-full of rock.

    Charmeleon runs out into the open again, this time turning around and facing Onix as it plows right towards it…


    RED
    Find cover! You can't be out in the open!

    But Charmeleon just plants its feet-

    -And JUMPS-

    -Over Onix's head-

    -And lands on its back, holding on for dear life-

    As Onix prepares to tunnel again, Red realizes what Charmeleon's up to.

    RED
    Let go! Let go of it!

    But Charmeleon's not listening. Onix drills-

    -Into the ground, taking Charmeleon with it-

    Beat. The platforms go still.

    All that's left of the two pokemon is a large hole.

    Then, there's rumbling-

    -Red's platform begins to move again-

    -And Onix bursts out of the ground with Charmeleon holding on to the sail on its forehead.

    Onix thrashes about, trying to shake Charmeleon off, but Charmeleon holds on-

    -And sends a fireball down Onix's throat-

    -The fire hits Onix hard, and it slumps to the ground.

    Defeated.

    Charmeleon slides off Onix's head effortlessly. Victorious.

    Both Red and Brock's platforms lower to the ground.

    Red runs up to Charmeleon, celebrating in victory. Brock walks up calmly. He pats Onix on the nose, and returns it to its Poke-ball.

    Red kneels over next to Charmeleon.

    RED
    We won. We both won.

    BROCK
    Here. Catch.

    He flips a silver TOKEN in the air. Red catches it.

    BROCK
    The Pewter City Gym Badge. Proof you beat
    the gym. Take it. You earned it. Both of you.

    CUT TO:


    INT. VIRIDIAN VITY POKEMON CENTER

    The banner is not up on the wall.

    Dr. Fuji uses one of the phone booths in the empty Viridian City Pokemon Center.

    He dials the number, and holds the telephone to his ear.

    In his hand, he glances at the card he's been given…

    "Giovanni"

    "Gatekeeper and Entrepreneur"

    The phone picks up.

    FUJI
    I understand the hour's inconvenient-

    OTHER PERSON
    (Over Phone)
    Has something happened?

    FUJI
    On the contrary, it's good news.
    What would you say to a boat trip?

    OTHER PERSON
    I'll tell you what I can't say: I can't say
    I care much for water.

    FUJI
    It's a very special boat trip. I need you to meet
    me at the harbor in Vermilion City at 7:00
    in the morning tomorrow.

    OTHER PERSON
    Can't say I care much for mornings either.
    What's so special about this boat trip,
    anyway?

    FUJI
    I'll tell you along the way. Just be
    there.

    OTHER PERSON
    I'll try. Wouldn't stake my life on it, though.

    The phone hangs up.

    Fuji sticks it back on the receiver. He looks down at the card in his hand, and the pocketwatch hanging from his vest.

    He sighs, and stuffs both things in his pocket.

    CUT TO:


    EXT. MOUNT MOON – DAYTIME

    Red and Charmeleon approach the entrance to Mt. Moon. Absolutely massive.

    He looks down at Charmeleon.

    Charmeleon returns the look.

    Pikachu's Poke-ball-

    -Dead-

    -Flickers Yellow for just a second…

    Charmeleon looks up at the Poke-ball on Red's belt.

    One swipe and it's free.

    But it doesn't.

    Not yet. Maybe never.

    …The camera rises up as Red and Charmeleon enter the cave…

    …To reveal the peak of the monstrous Mt. Moon…

    CUT TO BLACK.



    EXT. MOUNT MOON - CONTINUOUS

    The entrance to Mt. Moon is deserted.

    Completely empty.

    Empty…

    …SOMETHING scurries past the camera-

    CUT TO BLACK.
     
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