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DESCENT



“Descent”  Episode 83/502

[TEASER]

H:  “Gods of Sumeria-- I’ve never prayed before-- not even to my
own gods-- but I don’t know what else to do.”

[[[[[[  Fight with Gilgamesh  ]]]]]]

H:  “I don’t have the words to tell you what Iolaus meant to
me-- so I’m asking you to look into my heart.  Hear me.  Hear my
prayer.”

[[[[[[H:  “Nebula!”  I:  “Noooooooooooo!  Uh!  Ahhh!”  Nebula
[Neb]:  “Iolaus!”  ]]]]]]

H:  “Please-- help me.  I need him back.”

[[[[[[I:  “Huh-- Hercules.”  ]]]]]]

H:  “We took down Gilgamesh!  Iolaus died fighting for you!
Show me you have more compassion than the gods I know, and bring
him back!  You owe him that!  Do you hear me?  Do you hear me?!
Are you even listening?  I won’t let you go.”

Courtier:  “I’m sorry to disturb you, Hercules.”

H:  “Get out.”

Courtier:  “Please-- we must prepare his body for burial.”

H:  “Don’t you _touch him_!”

Neb:  “Hercules.”

H:  “Get out of here.”

Neb:  “What are you doing?  Leave us.”

Courtier:  “Come on.”

Neb:  “You’ve looked better.  It’s been three days.  Why don’t
you eat something?  Get some sleep?”

H:  “Not until this is finished.”

Neb:  “You wanna clue me in?”

H:  “The gods are the same everywhere, Nebula.  If they don’t
wanna come to me, then I’ll go to them.  I’m getting Iolaus
back.”

Neb:  “I know it hurts.  I think about him all the time, too.
But you just can’t walk into the underworld and take him back
from the dead.”

H:  “Watch me.”

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[ACT I]

H:  “Tell me how to get to the underworld.”

Neb:  “No-- listen to me.  You’re not thinking straight.”

H:  “My thinking’s never been clearer.  I let my best friend
down.  It’s my job to make that right.”

Neb:  “Stop.  Don’t you see this is the last thing in the world
he would have wanted?  He fought by your side all his life
because he believed in what you stood for.  If you don’t make it
back, he would have died for nothing.”

H:  “If Iolaus were in my place, he would do the same for me.”

Neb:  “Supposedly-- the door to the underworld is up the
Euphrates-- in the darkest hut of the jungle.  And if you insist
on being so _stubborn_ about this, I’m gonna have to come along
and babysit you.”

H:  “No chance.  I can’t worry about you, too.”

Neb:  “Brother, you don’t have much of a choice-- unless, of
course, you stay.”

H:  Stay out of my way, Nebula-- I mean it.”

Neb:  “So do I.  If you go, I go.”

H:  “Uhh!”

Neb:  “Hercules-- he’s gone.  We have to accept that.”

H:  “I don’t know if I can.”

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Neb:  “Hercules?  Thought you might want something to eat.  Damn
him.”

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Se’er:  “Come-- sit.”

H:  “Thank you.”

Se’er:  “Eat.”

H:  “I-- don’t have anything to offer you in return.”

Se’er:  “Your company-- will do.  This land can be cruel to
strangers.”

H:  “Then what are _you_ doing out here alone, in the middle of
the night?”

Se’er:  “I might ask you-- the same question.”

H:  “Well, if I told you, you’d probably think I was crazy.”

Se’er:  “You are-- at the beginning of an extraordinary quest--
and there’s doubt-- in your heart.  That doesn’t make you
crazy.”

H:  “Is this the standard fortuneteller routine?  Or did the
gods send you?”

Se’er:  “I’m their servant-- just like you are.”

H:  “You shouldn’t make assumptions about people you just met.”

Se’er:  “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you not to go on.
Only weak men fear the consequences of their actions.  Your
eyes-- have not-- yet grow accustomed to darkness-- but they
will.”

Se’er’s Voice:  “They will.”

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H:  “What are you doing here?”

Neb:  “I could ask you the same question.”

H:  “This is as far as you go.”

Neb:  “You lied to me.”

H:  “I was trying to protect you.”

Neb:  “What do you think I was trying to do?”

H:  “I don’t want your help.  Iolaus was _my_ partner-- _my_
responsibilty.”

Neb:  “I am getting sick and tired of watching you act like
you’re the _only_ who _lost_ something.”

H:  “Oh, yeah?  And _what_ did you lose, Nebula?  A repeat
performance of your one-night stand?!”

Neb:  “You listen to me, Hercules.  I may not have known him as
long as you did, but I loved him, too.  In fact, he’s the only
man that I probably ever did love.  He gave his live for me-- so
don’t you dare tell me that I didn’t _lose_ something.”

H:  “Nebula [Sighs]-- I shouldn’t have said that.”

Neb:  “No, you shouldn’t have.”

H:  “Uh-- I knew Iolaus-- his whole life.  I saw the way-- you
two looked at each other.  He cared for you a great deal.  I
don’t know why I said what I said.  I’m sorry.”

Neb:  “It’s a long hike up the river.  I brought a crew and some
supplies with me.  I figure if we leave now-- it takes about
three days?”

H:  “Why don’t you go on?  I’ll-I’ll catch up.”

Neb:  “You’re not gonna-- ”

H:  “Uh, no.  No.  I don’t know what’s happening to me.”

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Men:  [Chant]

Neb:  “We keep moving upriver for another day or two.  It’ll
spit us out into uncharted territory.  From there, we hoof it.”

Aide [AKA Agenor]:  “We have only legend and rumor to guide us
to the temple of Demuzzi?”

H:  “Who’s that?”

Neb:  “The gatekeeper to the underworld.”

Aide:  “No living mortal has ever laid eyes on him.”

H:  “Well, I hope, for his sake-- he’s feeling cooperative.”

Servant:  “By the gods!”

Men’s Voices:  “I don’t like the looks of this.”  “Neither do
I.”

Aide:  “The eyes are the window to the soul.  Look at the eyes.
They have been desecrated.  We risk our souls by travelling
further.”

H:  “What’s this marking?  I’ve seen it before.”

Aide:  “Where?”

H:  “On an old woman I met last night.”

Aide:  “That was no ordinary old woman.  It was a spirit sent by
the gods as a warning.  She appears only to the damned.”

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[ACT II]

Aide:  “We have been warned by the gods not to proceed.  To go
on would be sacrilege.”

H:  “Is that right?  Uhhhhhh!  Where I come from, you make your
own destiny!  Anyone who wants to leave can go.  I’m not turning
back.”

Neb:  “I’m with Hercules-- and you?”

Aide:  “We have our duty to the throne.  We will stay with our
queen-- even if she is following-- a damned soul.”

H:  “You’ve got it backwards.  I’m damned if I don’t go.”

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Danaeus [Dan]:  “So-- that’s the legendary Hercules, is it?”

Neb:  “In the flesh.”

Dan:  “Gotta say-- I’m a little disappointed.”

Neb:  “Why?  Were you expecting him to fly?”

Dan:  “I thought he’d be a little more-- I don’t know--
inspiring.  I mean, he took down the Hydra and the Cyclops.  I
was hoping for some action.”

H:  “Danaeus-- if you came looking for a cheap thrill-- you’re
at the wrong place-- at the wrong time, with the wrong guy.”

Dan:  “I-- I didn’t mean-- ”

H:  “I don’t care what you meant.  I’m not here to entertain
you.  Just-- stay out of my way.”

Dan:  “Screw this.”

Neb:  “Danaeus.  Great.”

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Servant:  “Captain!  I was gathering wood-- and I found this.”

Neb:  “It’s Danaeus’ shirt.  Danaeus!”

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Neb:  “Danaeus!”

H:  “Turn around, Nebula.  Trust me.”

Neb:  “Danaeus-- what happened to him?”

H:  “I don’t know.  I heard a sound.  I came to check it out.
That’s when I found him.  I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Aide:  “I beg you-- let us turn back before Hercules dooms us
all.”

H:  “If you’ve got something to say, you say it to me.”

Aide:  “You’d gladly lead us to our death in your own quest.
This crazy idea of saving your friend-- he’s dead!  Don’t you
understand?!  He’s gone!”

H:  “Not until I say so!”

Neb:  “Stop it!  You’re choking him!  You OK?”

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Neb:  “Hey-- you wanna tell me what that was all about?  Fine.
Let me tell you this.  Next time you feel like strangling one of
my crew members, I won be so quick to ask why.”

H:  “Is that a threat?”

Neb:  “What if it is?  You gonna hit _me_ now?  Hmm?  Is that
gonna make you _feel_ better?  Have yo listened to yourself,
lately?  Since when has it become a crime to disagree with you?”

H:  “I don’t know what’s happening to me.  I look around, and
all I feel is rage.”

Neb:  “You’re grieving!”

H:  “It’s more than that.”

Neb:  “What?!”

H:  “Like I said-- I _don’t_ know!  I don’t know.”

Neb:  “You’re Hercules.  In case you forgot what that means--
I’ll remind you.  You’re at your best when things are at their
worst.  You give people hope when they don’t have any of their
own.  But if there’s one thing that I _do_ know-- you’re gonna
be fine-- because you always are.”

H:  “Yeah.”

Neb:  “_Now_ where are you going?”

H:  “Danaeus deserves  a proper burial.  I owe him that much.”

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[[[[[[I’s Voice:  “Hercules.”  H:  “Iolaus?”  I:  “Uhh.  [Etc.]
I knew you’d come and get me, buddy.”  H:  “I couldn’t give up
on you.”  I:  “You should have.”]]]]]]

H:  “Uh.  Uh.”

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Neb:  “What _is_ that?”

H:  “It’s a ship.”

Neb:  “It must have crashed.”

H:  “I doubt it.  This way.”

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Neb’s Voice:  “What is this?”

H’s Voice:  “There was a fight here.”

H:  “Look around.  These men are all armed.”

Aide:  “A fight?  Against what?”

H:  “That’s what I’d like to know.”

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Neb:  “They all look like Danaeus did.”

H:  “It’s like they’ve been drained.”

Neb:  “Let me guess-- a giant bat?  It could happen.  That’s
what I call a speedy recovery.”

H:  “Everybody-- get out of the ship, now.”

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[ACT III]

H:  “I said get outta here!”

Neb:  “Let’s go!”

[Fight]

Neb:  “They’re not dying!”

H:  “Ahhh!”

Zombi:  “Ahh!”

H:  “This was definitely not a boating acciedent.  Must be a
spare.  Nebula!”

Neb:  “Got it!”

Dan:  “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!  Kill me.  Kill me!”

Neb:  “Sorry, Danaeus.”

H:  “Get off this ship!  Now!”

Neb:  “Let’s go!  Thanks.  Come on!  Let’s go!  Move!”

Men’s Voices:  “Hurry!”  “Come on!”  “Come on!  “This way!  Go!
Go!”

H:  “Uh-ahhhhhhhh!”

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Aide:  “Now-- stay here.  My queen-- the men would rather live
with the shame of desertion-- than die like the others.”

Neb:  “Can’t say that I blame them.”

Aide:  “I will not be joining them-- my place is by your side.”

Neb:  “Not today-- go with them.  That’s an order.”

Aide:  “Please, come with us.  The people of Sumeria have
already lost one leader.  We cannot afford to lose another.”

Neb:  “You won’t.”

Aide:  “Let’s go.”

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Neb:  “Back on the boat-- it was like Danaeus was fighting
himself-- like he was resisting something.”

H:  “He was under Demuzzi’s control.  They all were.”

Neb:  “How do you figure?”

H:  “He’s the gatekeeper to the underworld, right?”

Neb:  “Uh-huh.”

H:  “Who else could stop souls from crossing over?”

Neb:  “Well, let’s say you’re right.  What’s in if for him?”

H:  “I don’t know.  You all right?”

Neb:  “Yeah, fine-- just-- I’m just tired.”

H:  “Come here.  Sit over here for a while.  Let me take a look
at that arm.”

Neb:  “Well-- I figure we’re all headed for the underworld
sooner or  later.  Wanna race?”  [Laughs]

H:  “You’re not gonna die.”

Neb:  “That’s what I’m afraid of.  I don’t wanna end up like
Danaeus and the others.  Promise me you won’t let that happen.
Promise me you’ll kill me first.”

H:  “It won’t come to that.”

Neb:  “Promise me-- or you’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do.”

H:  “I promise.”

Neb:  “Good boy.  Uh.  Help me up.”

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Neb:  “Uh.”

H:  “What is it?”

Neb:  “Do you hear that?”

H:  “I don’t hear anything.”

Neb:  “Uhh.  Uh.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!”

H:  “Nebula!  Nebula, wait!  Wait!  Look at me!”

Neb:  “He’s calling me.  It’s like a part of me is fading away.
I’m afraid.”

H:  “No-- listen to me.  We still have time.  Wait!  Wait!”

Neb:  “He led me here.”

H:  “Uhhhhh!  Uhh!  Uh.  Huh.  Uhh!  I’ll be right back.”

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H:  “Uhh!”

[Fight]

Neb:  “I hope you’re a man that keeps his promises.  Kill me--
or I’ll kill you.”

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[ACT IV]

H:  “Nebula.  Demuzzi’s making you do this.  You’re not dead,
yet.  Fight him!  I know you can!”

Neb:  “Do it.”

H:  “Sorry-- but that’s a promise I can’t keep.  Now-- don’t go
anywhere.”

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H:  “Demuzzi!  Demuzzi, show yourself!  Uhh.”

Demuzzi [Dem]’s Voice:  “You can’t sneak up on a mirror,
Hercules.  Your reflection _always_ stares back at you.”

H:  “Gods are the same all over.  You take an eternity to say
absolutely nothing.”

Dem’s Voice:  “Your ears have grown so accustomed to the sound
of your own lies.”

Dem:  “You no longer hear the truth.”

H:  “I didn’t come here to talk.  You have something that
belongs to me.”

Dem:  “A soul?”

H:  “My friend.”

Dem:  “And why should I give you anything?”

H:  “Because I’ll kill you if you don’t.”

Dem:  “Like you killed the other gods?  Yes.  Your victory
against Dahok came at a heavy price.  The chalice was our only
sustenance, and you let Gilgamesh destroy it.  I had no choice
but to find a new source of nourishment.”

H:  “Human souls.”

Dem:  “You have no right to look upon me with judgment.  My
brothers and sisters are dead because of you.”

H [Laughing]:  “I’m not even gonna pretend I care.  It’s bad
enough the gods won’t let people lead their lives.  Now, you
won’t even let them die in peace.  The world will be a better
place without all of you.”

Dem:  “It’s easier for you to blame us for humans suffering--
than take responsibility yourself!  Surely you must remember the
look on your friend’s face-- ha-ha-ha-- when he took his last
breath.”

H:  “I’m gonna remember the look on your face, when you take
yours.”

Dem:  “You knew then-- Iolaus paid the price for his loyalty to
you.”

H:  “I’m here for his refund.”

Dem:  “You can no longer deny what you know in your heart-- you
killed him-- as surely as if you’d thrown the knife yourself.”

H:  “Iolaus died fighting for what he believed in.”

Dem:  “You allowed him to be sacrificed in your name-- and that
makes you no different than a god.”

H:  “I am _nothing_ like you.”

Dem:  “No-- you’re worse.  You’ve tricked mortals into thinking
you’re their savior when you’ve been their greatest enemy all
along.”

[Fight]

H:  “Ahhhhh!  Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  Uh!”

Dem:  “Your rage betrays your true feelings.  You’re everything
you most despise.  Your sould will feed a world of gods.  It
will sustain me for an eternity!”

H:  “Give me my friend back, or eternity ends now.”

Dem:  “Iolaus crrossed over to the underworld _before_ I began
collecting souls.  Your friend is lost to you forever.  My
deepest sympathies.”

H:  “Iolaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaus!”

Dem:  “Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  Ahhhhhhhh!”

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H:  “How you feeling?”

Neb:  “Been better.  You?  When do you start back for Greece?”

H:  “I’m not going back.  There’s nothing there for me.”

Neb:  “You can’t let this destroy you, Hercules.  Iolaus-- ”

H:  “Iolaus is dead.  I killed him.  I killed my best friend.”

Neb:  “Hercules-- ”

H:  “Don’t.  I _am_ damned, Nebula-- and so are all the people I
love.  All I can do now is learn from my mistakes-- and
disappear.”

Neb:  “Take my ship.  I won’t be needing it for a while.
Besides-- it’s time for me to stay put and, uh-- take all this
_queen_ business a little more seriously.”

H:  “It suits you.”

Neb:  “I expect my ship back someday-- and you with it.
Hercules-- I don’t care what you think of yourself.  You saved
my life-- and all those souls finally found peace because of
you.  That’s worth something-- isn’t it?”

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