ENTER THE DIOSKOURI - CONTRASTING FIRST IMPRESSIONS IN PR
so guillermo gives us our first encounter w raleigh & his brother in a very subtle flashback type , where “the present ” is the narration , but the visuals are the past in a historical , not a subjective , context
so right away it has been changed , scope made infinitely bigger than one dude & his issues , which is a HUGE change from the orig script – prob the biggest 1 of all , narratively & ethically speaking
but in terms of charas , which is where we engage w narratives – what changes history from being ‘battles & dates & all that rot ’ to something that matters to human beings , & the same w fictional histories , even histories of a fictional future – the change is just as big
bc we meet raleigh as someone who leaps up at the first summons , raring to go fight monsters , who loves his job – also loves his brother & wants to share the glory & fun of the hunt w him , “keen as mustard” they used to say in the old boys own adventure stories
& we meet yancy as someone not quite as keen but just as ready & committed , who loves his little brother AND has no hubris , doesnt need to put him in his place or dom him for being annoying & kitten-like at 0200h , even if he is –slightly– more of a mature adult
so – & taking into acct that here are two self-described 'rock stars’ in the public eye , who choose to share a cabin on a base not exactly strapped for space , & MOREOVER a bunk bed , like kids ( its interesting they didnt AS children either ) – from the first minutes ’ introduction , nearly all the rest of the story does follow
the gallantry | duty-of-care | emotional devastation , all of it unfolds naturally from their first onscreen exchange - & so does the eventual upward journey – which , rly , starts when a badly wounded pilot struggles to put down wo causing civilian casualties despite his injuries
( which was a stupendously overwhelming sequence in the theatre btw )
THIS AGAIN IS NOT HOW IT IS IN THE ORIGINAL PRE-GUILLERMO SCRIPT !
BLACKNESS. A deep, thunderous BOOM, like a mountain hitting the ground. A garbled radio VOICE laughs triumphantly.
VOICE (FILTERED) Game on! That sonuvabitch is down!
INT. CONN-POD ZUMA-1 – DUSK We’re tight on a young man’s face – his square jaw tense; his short, dirty blond hair damp with sweat; his eyes focused and urgent. He’s RALEIGH ANTROBUS (23), a rare sort of pilot.
We don’t see much. It feels dark, cramped, and busy. Perhaps a cockpit. We’re dimly aware of Raleigh’s view reflected on the glass visor of his helmet – a flat, blue horizon.