Episode VII: Escape from Peril
An Original Screenplay
EXT. SPACE – CORUSCANT
Bustling traffic zooms all around the planet of Coruscant.
INT. CORUSCANT – SENATE BUILDING - SUNRISE
The domed Senate building sits majestically over the main thoroughfare.
INT. SENATE - MAIN SENATE CHAMBER
Chancellor LEIA ORGANA-SOLO is presiding a debate in the Senate. SEE-THREEPIO is at her side, both providing her with information as well as translating.
The Jedi are our best source for
QUARREN SENATOR (con’d)
protection and peacekeeping in the galaxy. To undermine their authority is ludicrous.
Local security squads are for everyday matters, Senator, we are talking about returning them as protectors of the Republic. To use their autonomy to help with disputes that benefit the galaxy as a whole. Like this matter with the Coalition.
Jedi can make the jobs of our armed forces a whole lot easier.
Echam wonna Jedi eit take bukka woe min ehy tabba whu. Deh mo anomen.
Senator Setoka says that the Jedi cannot be allowed to roam the galaxy free to do what they please. They have to be regulated.
The Senate will have authority, but you cannot take away their basic freedoms!
Threepio takes Leia aside.
Madame Chancellor, if I may, Malastare has a history of disliking Jedi for centuries. I do no think you can change their minds today.
I have to try.
To continue to serve the galaxy in the best way possible, I urge this
body to discontinue their distrust of the Jedi. The Jedi were the pillars of the Old Republic.
The aging, blue skinned, red eyed, pointy eared, SENATOR GOLEMUN moves his platform forwards.
The Jedi were responsible for the fall of the Old Republic, if I am not mistaken.
Senator Golemun, that is simply untrue-
I was there, Madame Chancellor. The Republic was by destroyed by Palpatine, whose manipulations the Jedi could not detect. We relied too heavily on their guidance, and as a result, the Jedi’s weakness led to decades of war.
Rumblings and cheers emit from various pods throughout the senate. Leia starts to look concerned.
Why should we trust them now?
The Coalition forces are growing, Senator. We need to support this body’s position on the Jedi if they are to help us with this new threat.
Threat? Threat, my lady? The Coalition is simply fulfilling the promises that this body has lacked the ability to accomplish.
Under current conditions, the Jedi are stinted. They cannot make a move without this body’s approval. They need more freedom to perform their duties.
The Empire was free of Jedi interference to complicate matters. The galaxy is once more in turmoil, and we’re here again talking about Jedi. I myself am beginning to think that the Coalition might be more effective in running the galaxy than either Empire or Republic.
There is an uproar. The Senators begin to argue.
MON CALAMARI SENATOR
That is treason!
This is not good.
Senator Golemun, enough! We are going in circles. The Coalition is consolidating their forces. We need to decide this issue as soon as we can.
Leia notices Jedi Master MARA JADE-SKYWALKER standing in the viewers area.
We will revisit this topic when we reconvene. Thank you all for your time. Senate adjourned.
The turmoil begins to die down as the Senators leave.
INT. SENATE – HALLWAY
Leia and Threepio walk with Mara down to Leia’s office.
I don’t know how much more I can take, Mara. This debate about the Jedi has been going on for months.
The number of Senators sharing Golemun’s point of view is growing.
Golemun has his own agenda. He’s only using this issue as a catalyst.
And he’s doing a very good job.
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