EXT. POWER PLANT
Felina and Enita emerge from a rooftop stairwell and hurry across the top of the building towards the transmission towers. Felina has a coiled up length of rope with a grapple at one end slung over one shoulder, as does Enita.
I hope this works!
If we can rewire the dishes like I hope we can, it should.
I just hope everyone got the message to cover their ears.
Rushing to the edge of the roof, she unslings the rope and begins swinging the grapple around, flinging over towards the transmission tower on the left. Enita follows her example, although she misses her first try. The grappling hook falls down to the asphalt below with a loud clang and the rope slips. The geologist gasps, almost losing it, but she manages to regain it and haul it back up. She gets it anchored on the second try. Using the ropes, the two swing over onto the towers and climb to the tops of them. They've both got little tool kits attached to their belts, from which they remove various little doo-dads used in repairing and rewiring electronic devices. Enita hollers out.
This box here!
She uses a small screwdriver to tap a box on one of the struts. Felina nods. She watches as the geologist takes out a set of keys like the ones Kyle had and unlocks her box, revealing a lot of complicated-looking wiring and micro-circuitry. Turning, she tosses the keys across to Felina, who fumbles. They slip through her fingers and fall down to the asphalt parking lot below with a distant little "tink."
No, it was my fault!
I'll go get--
No! I'll do it! You get to work!
Nodding, Enita begins futzing with the inner workings of her box, as Felina starts climbing down. Suddenly she notices Munro, who is hiding among the parked cars. She seems to wrestle with whether or not to potentially endanger him by asking for his assistance. He looks up, sees her.
Hey! Toss me those keys!
Nodding, he crawls out on his hands and knees towards them. Grabbing them, he stands up, grinning.
One of the rock monsters lumbers over and Felina gasps.
Look out...! Don't move!
They sense our presence by sound! The impact of footfalls on the ground!
Munro freezes. He sweats. The monster ambles closer and closer, and walks past him harmlessly. He sighs in relief, and is about to turn and throw the keys to Felina when suddenly the creature brushes against a parked car, setting off the burglar alarm. The car makes an enormous racket, attracting the rock monster's attention suddenly. Munro pauses to watch the behemoth's reaction with sudden, distracted interest.
EXT. MAIN GATE
The rock monsters who were in the midst of leaving the property hear the whooping car alarm, pause, and turn back.
EXT. POWER PLANT
As the other rock monsters approach, albeit with a lazy interest, the one who'd set off the alarm swings its fist down, crumpling the back end of the car. Munro gasps and steps back a bit. The alarm continues wailing. With one swipe of its hand the beast sends the car flying, right towards Munro. The technician screams, turns to flee, only to encounter the wall of the plant exterior blocking his path. Before he has an opportunity to choose a different direction, the airborne car collides with him. It embeds into the wall, whereupon the screaming burglar alarm finally fizzles out in a pathetic little mewl and dies. And unfortunately so does Munro. Watching from her perch above, Felina winces in empathetic agony, squeezing her eyes shut and resting her head against the metal strut she's clinging to. Looking over, Enita cries out at the sudden, violent death of her co-worker.
Someone else witnesses the technician's death. Miranda peeks out from behind a construction crane that sits parked at the other end of the property. She frowns, opens the door of the cab, and gets in. Back over at the towers, Felina and Enita grimly resume their work as the other monsters slowly approach. Enita attacks her box with a new vigor and determination, gritting her teeth angrily. Felina climbs back up to hers. She jams her screwdriver into the box and grunts, using it in an effort to break the lock and just pry the little door off. She grips the handle tightly, grunting and sweating. Finally she manages to bend it with an almost primal holler, flinging little broken bits of the now useless lock every which way.
Calming down so her hands won't tremble for the delicate work ahead, she starts taking apart and rewiring the sensitive machinery contained within. Hearing something behind her, she turns and sees the monster which killed Munro is mere inches away from her. She freezes, wide-eyed, feeling exposed and vulnerable this high up and with nothing securing her to the tower.
Enita looks over and gasps.
(terrified but calm)
Keep working... just get your job done...! If s-something happens to me, it's all up to you...
(hissing to herself)
Crud, I can't work with it so close... if he kills me while I'm on the tower, he'll damage it! If I get killed, it's got to be somewhere else so she can rewire this tower!
She looks down at the ground, then at the monster. She looks down again. She leaps down, falling through the air. She lands hard on all fours, crying out in pain at the impact, which hurts but doesn't injure her. Wincing, she rises, whirling 'round. As she'd hoped, the monster is now ignoring the tower she'd been clinging to and is turning towards the sound of her landing on the asphalt. Turning, Felina begins running across the parking lot, her destination being the overturned Geological Society Jeep which she and Enita arrived in earlier. The box containing the seismic charges is still in it. Suddenly, however, one of the monsters from the gate lumbers over, stepping between the Jeep and her, effectively trapping her between it and the monster that killed Munro.
Well, I've got my work cut out for me...
As she stands there, panting, trying to figure out a course of action, she is stunned when suddenly an enormous, heavy hook on the end of an industrial-strength cable comes swinging in behind the monster preventing her from reaching the Jeep. It collides with the back of the beast's head, knocking it forwards. It stumbles and falls, causing such an enormous and powerful impact that Felina wobbles and falls onto her butt. Hearing a revving engine, she looks over and sees the construction crane driving over, Miranda in the driver's cab, grunting and working the controls uncertainly, but managing.
Do... whatever it is you're trying to do, Lieutenant! I'll hold these big suckers off!
Felina nods dumbly, surprised, and runs past the dazed creature, skidding to a halt by the Jeep. She takes out the timer, checking it. It seems to still be working. Nodding, she opens the box, causing the individual charges to spill out all over the pavement. She grumbles and starts grabbing armloads of them. Nearby, Miranda turns her attention to the monster that killed Munro, and works the levers, causing the crane to swing around, the hook at the end of the cable slamming into the beast's hideous face, knocking it sideways with a roar of pain. It lands on and flattens several parked cars.
R.I.P. Gary Owens (1936-2015)