1: This is a pseudo-screenplay format. Due to extension types/compatibility, I am unable to upload the script as-is on the forum. This version (which I painstakingly did several times to get it right) is extremely close to "proper" screenplay format, and will suffice.
2: While this is a "pseudo-screenplay" format, keep in mind that it may seem "bare-bones" or too rigid to those unaccustomed to script format. The point of scripts is to be minimalist in terms of word-usage and descriptors (they're the blueprints of a show) so the key is to visualize what's happening as if it's on-screen as you read.
3: This is only "part 1" of (?), not only because it's extremely tedious to post as it appears here (not that I mind) but also because I'm curious to see how people feel about it. If people like it, I'll make more!
This is set in the Universe continuity (because I thought it would be easier to write for)
Also, if you have any comments or constructive criticism, go right ahead. I just want this to be fun for people. Thanks for reading!
EXT. MASAKI SHRINE - DAY (PRESENT)
It is another typical summer afternoon at the Masaki residence, the Tenchi cast lounging outside near the lake.
SERIES OF SHOTS - MOS
A) Tenchi, Sasami and Ryo-Ohki gaze at clouds.
B) Ayeka and Ryoko bicker.
C) Mihoshi sleeps under a tree.
D) Kiyone tends to the recently-added garden.
END SERIES OF SHOTS
Suddenly, Ryo-Ohki’s ears pick up. She leaps and begins bounding toward the house.
Hmm? What is it, Ryo-Ohki?
SASAMI leaps to her feet.
Look, Tenchi! Washu’s here!
TENCHI smiles and scratches his head.
Oh, great. I sure hope she doesn’t have anything too crazy planned today.
RYO-OHKI rushes to greet Washu as she emerges from the house.
(leaping onto Washu)
Meow meow meow!
Hey now! Okay, okay, settle down, you.
Awww, you’re just happy everyone’s together on a nice day, aren’tcha’ girl?
SASAMI rushes up to meet WASHU as the mad-scientist slowly makes her way towards TENCHI and the rest of the gang.
Hiya, Washu! Whatcha’ been up to all day?
Well, Sasami, my dear, I’ve been pondering for some time now the possibility of dabbling in...
BACK TO SCENE
TENCHI approaches as SASAMI eagerly listens to WASHU’S monologue.
Hello, Washu! Now, maybe I heard wrong, but, did you say something about ‘time travel’ just now?
As a matter of fact, I did Tenchi my boy...if you hadn’t interrupted, you’d have figured that out on your own.
No, I didn’t hear wrong...I just didn’t want to believe what I heard.
TENCHI forces a big grin.
Yes, eh...sorry, about that Washu, please continue.
WASHU sneaks in a chuckle.
(pinching TENCHI’S cheek)
Oh, who could stay mad at you, Tenchi?
Hey! GAH! Come on, now!
SASAMI giggles and RYO-OHKI meows playfully.
Now, as I was saying: I could have theoretically dabbled in time travel for years now, but not only did I have many other very important projects on my plate, but there was always a pragmatic dilemma....
You mean, like ethical concerns? Or the possible repercussions of tampering with the, uh, time-space continuum?
MIHOSHI inexplicably pops up right next to TENCHI.
TENCHI and WASHU flinch with the shock of MIHOSHI’S arrival.
Or the, um...the fact that, um...well...no, wait, I’m pretty sure the Galaxy Police have a precedent for this....
MIHOSHI stares into space as TENCHI, SASAMI and WASHU look on, unamused.
Hmm...I’ll need to consult my partner on this!
(shouting over her shoulder)
Kiyone!!! Where are you?! Your partner, First-Class Detective Mihoshi requires your assistance!
KIYONE peacefully tends to her vegetable garden as MIHOSHI calls out in the distance.
AD LIB MIHOSHI calling KIYONE
Just...try to keep her out of your mind, Kiyone...concentrate on your tomatoe plants...your tomatoe plants need you, Kiyone.
BACK TO SCENE
Maybe if I shout a little louder--
(interrupting - irritated)
Will you numbskulls let me finish?!
RYOKO phases into view, her arms slung around Tenchi’s shoulders as she floats overhead.
Speak of the devil....
Tenchi, won’t you help me prove that silly little princess wrong by saying that I have the most beautiful eyes?
Are you two arguing over nothing again?
Oh, Tenchi, is it so hard to give your sweetie-pie a compliment on her gorgeous good-looks once in a while?
Well, err, I, uh...you see, Ryoko--
AYEKA butts in between TENCHI and RYOKO.
What has that foul-mouthed ogre been saying about me, Tenchi? Whatever it is, it’s all vicious lies!
Well, that doesn’t make you seem guilty of anything at all....
Y-you stay out of this!
RYOKO coyly runs her index finger along TENCHI’S chest.
Tenchi here was just telling me that I have the most BEAUTIFUL eyes he’s ever seen!
Now hold on just a minute--
(pinching RYOKO’S hand)
How DARE you! Keep your filthy fingers off Lord Tenchi!
RYOKO presses her face against AYEKA’S.
‘Filthy’?! Why, you pompous little...
RYOKO rubs her hands across AYEKA’S face.
...HERE now, do those seem dirty to you?!
AYEKA cringes and squirms before wailing loudly.
(brushing aside RYOKO’S hands)
Who only knows where those dreadful things have been!
AYEKA butts heads with RYOKO.
How DAAAAAAAAARE you, you wretched ingrate!
Lord Tenchi, will you not defend my honor against this monster?!
Come now, why on Earth would Tenchi do that when he’s got me?
RYOKO squeezes TENCHI tightly.
Hey now, Ryoko!--
(interrupting - to RYOKO)
You degenerate! Well, I see now what must be done! As the crown-princess of Jurai, I am obligated to put you in your place myself!
AYEKA leaps away from TENCHI and enters a battle pose. RYOKO looks mildly amused.
Aww, the little princess wants to get rough, huh?
Fine by me, but don’t come cryin’ to me or Tenchi after I pummel you into the dirt!
TENCHI, SASAMI and WASHU look on futilely as RYOKO and AYEKA prepare to fight.
EXT. JURAIN COURTYARD - DAY (FUTURE)
An air of calm hovers over the Jurain Royal Palace. A peculiar-looking device disturbs the otherwise lush green atmosphere of the Royal Gardens.
A note attached to the device reads “Boys: taking some heat from the Galaxy Police. Stowing my latest and greatest invention here for the time being. Thanks! p.s. DO NOT TOUCH!”
BACK TO SCENE
KENCHI peacefully reads a book while sitting under a tree. Birds chirp in the distance.
KENCHI appears to be in his late teens, and wears elegant Jurain leisure attire. A royal headpiece partially hides his smooth purple hair.
KENCHI slowly closes his book.
What a splendid manner in which to spend an afternoon.
WE HEAR the exuberant voice of RAI O.S.
Uh-oh! Heads up, Kenchi!
KENCHI glances upward just as a sports ball slams into his face.
BACK TO SCENE
Spiky-haired RAI phases and appears next to KENCHI lying on the ground. He hovers in mid-air with an apologetic grin on his face and a mischievous sparkle in his golden eyes.
Wow, yeah, I’m reeeeally sorry about that, man. That last one got away from me somehow....
KENCHI angrily rises to his feet.
Knowing you that was no accident!
KENCHI dusts himself off.
Hey now, of course it was an accident!
(holding back laughter)
Who could possibly take joy in--cheap-shotting you in the face--when you least expect--
RAI bursts out laughing, unable to contain himself.
I knew it! How DARE you strike royalty in the face!
‘Royalty’? What’s that supposed to mean? What does that make me?
Isn’t it obvious? I descend from Jurain nobility via both lineages, while you, on the other hand, well...
(a beat; continuing)
...what’s a polite term for ‘mongrel’?
RAI phases and appears right in front of KENCHI. He grabs KENCHI by the collar of his shirt.
And what’s a polite term for ‘self-entitled, pompous BRAT’?!
KENCHI angrily brushes aside RAI’S hand.
The only terms you understand involve you taking a beating!
Yeah? And when have you ever given me a beating? The old man ain’t around to save your prissy butt this time.
RAI glances over his shoulder as a number of miniature, rounded logs surround him.
They really should keep you on a shorter leash....
You can’t tame THIS, baby!
RAI phases through the ground just as an energy field of lightning BURSTS exactly where he was standing only moments before.
KENCHI hastily examines his surroundings, looking in no particular direction.
Quit hiding! Fight me like a man!
RAI appears behind KENCHI undetected. He kicks the back of KENCHI’S knee and performs a leg trap.
KENCHI unexpectedly topples onto one knee. RAI subdues him by grabbing both his arms and pinning his leg onto the ground. KENCHI’S energy field dissipates.
AD LIB KENCHI struggling.
F-fine, I submit. Release me at once!
RAI releases his hold on KENCHI.
That’s right you do!
AD LIB RAI laughing as KENCHI delivers a swift shuto strike to his side.
AD LIB RAI grunting.
You’d know all about those, wouldn’t you?
KENCHI begins to radiate light as he activates his Jurain powers.
Oh, so THAT’S how it’s gonna’ be, is it?
Blue light emanates from RAI as he activates his Jurain powers.
AD LIB RAI and KENCHI powering up.
Wind tears through the leaves of the garden’s trees. Bursts of electrical energy surge through the distilled air. The ground quakes.
In the distance, the mysterious machine left unattended on the far end of the garden hums to life. Various external coils and generators feed on the charged atmosphere.
The wind tears the note written on the machine off and sends it wisping violently through the air.
The note slaps KENCHI across the face. He angrily grasps it and waves it towards RAI.
Is this another of your underhanded tactics? Throwing garbage at me?
RAI’S expression quickly turns from excitement to anxiousness.
Wait, is that what I think it is?
There’s no low you won’t stoop to, is there?
And littering in the Royal Garden? Why, the callousness of it, the audacity!
KENCHI realizes something is amiss.
KENCHI and RAI notice an eerie humming emanating from nearby. They both hesitantly look across the courtyard.
The machine hums loudly while it begins to glow brightly. Fierce lightning and a rolling, thunderous roar now engulf the surrounding garden.
Did that crazed lunatic’s contraption turn itself on?!
Mmmmaaaaaybe it had something to do with how...’heated’ our argument got?
I can never tell if you’re joking or not....
RAI phases and appears in front of the machine.
Whatever, just...help me turn this thing off!
KENCHI rushes over to RAI’S side.
I don’t even know how it turned on! I knew letting Washu keep one of her demented devices here was a stupid idea!
The humming grows louder as a blinding light surrounds RAI and KENCHI.
Why is she even allowed here?!
AD LIB RAI and KENCHI screaming as white light engulfs the screen.
EXT. MASAKI SHRINE - DAY (PRESENT)
As RYOKO and AYEKA prepare to clash yet again, a sudden blast of energy bursts in between them.
What was that?
RYOKO and AYEKA leap backwards. Lightning pours out of a rip in the fabric of reality.
Everyone hides behind WASHU. She earnestly stares in wonder at the unfolding phenomenon.
Could this be? An inter-dimensional shift in the plane of existence? Or a tear in the space-time continuum?
Seriously?! Oh man, I hate it when I’m right!
Miss Washu! What’s happening?
(points to RYOKO)
Is this her doing?
What? ME?! Why, of all the no-good, rotten...what the hell makes you think I did it? If anything, you’re probably the one responsible.
How DARE you! Why I’ll--
Um, girls, you think maybe you two could stop arguing until we’ve dealt with this?
The storm ceases as abruptly as it began with one final CLAP of thunder as a bright light encompasses the Tenchi cast.
TENCHI and the girls look on in astonishment as a large, circular-framed contraption on a large pedestal sits on the grass as if it had always been there.
KENCHI and RAI lie unconscious on the ground next to the time machine.
Oh no! Those two look hurt!
TENCHI and the gang rush towards KENCHI and RAI. WASHU remains standing in place, gazing at the machine.
Hmmm...most interesting, indeed....
FADE TO BLACK.