FGC:Episode 08 Scene 10

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The trap

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Close-up of a display bearing the schematic of the operation. The depiction goes on until the ships collide with the Angel and explode.

MISATO (OFF):“That's right.
We scuttle the two evacuated battleships along the line of the umbilical cable, setting a trap.”

UrsusArctos: Anno really knows his warships. These are the Iowa-class battleships Illinois and Kentucky, complete with their correct designations, BB-65 and BB-66. In real life these ships were canceled while partially complete, with the last Iowa-class ship being the Wisconsin. Also take note of the brief appearances of JMSDF Kongo, the Russian destroyer Udaloy, heavy missile cruiser Kirov and heavy aviation cruiser Novorossiysk on the screen. Novorossiysk is an interesting case, because it was severely damaged in a fire in 1995 when NGE was in production and scrapped in 1997, making it the only Kiev-class aviation cruiser/aircraft carrier not to survive to 2015.

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Close-up of Misato.

MISATO:“Meanwhile, Unit-02 will open the mouth of the target.”

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Close-up of the display.

MISATO (OFF):“The ships will rush into the opening, unleash a direct barrage from their main bow turrets, and furthermore self-destruct afterwards. This will obliterate the target.”

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The captain makes the appropriate judgement.

CAPTAIN:“That's preposterous!”

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Misato speaks in a truly dispassionate manner.

MISATO:“Maybe it is preposterous, but it's not, I think, impossible.”

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The captain resolves himself to it.

CAPTAIN:“(Soberly) ...I understand.”

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Large-scale bird's-eye view of the U.N. fleet.
Waves, fuel oil, and black smoke are present in the areas where ships have gone down.

SPEAKER MAN A:“All hands abandon ship. Repeat, all hands abandon ship.”

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A frigate, with people in lifeboats in the foreground. Netting has been lowered for people to embark.

SPEAKER MAN B (OFF):“All frigates, move quickly to retrieve those adrift.”

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The captain, concerned for them. Kensuke and the first officer remain looking out at the water.

CAPTAIN:“But what about the Eva?”

Misato has faith in the children.
Toji is worried.

MISATO:“You don't need to worry about those two.”

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Inside the entry plug, Shinji, leaning forward, is operating the levers instead of Asuka.

ASUKA:“Hey! Don't you operate my Unit-02 without permission!”

Asuka fights against it, raining blows down upon him. In contrast with Misato's sentiment, the entry plug interior is a state of utter chaos.

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Misato on the bridge.

MISATO:“The two of you understand the operation, right?”

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Asuka pulls on Shinji's hair.

SHINJI:“We'll do our best.”

MISATO (OFF - RADIO):“I'm counting on you.”

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The port side of a battleship, sinking with a *fwssssh*.

SE <<Fwsssshhh>>

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Shot from directly overhead. The two battleships lined up with their bows already under water.

FEMALE ANNOUNCER (OFF):“The ships have opened their Kingston valves. They have started sinking towards point Z.”

MISATO (OFF):“Roger.”

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Misato, looking over her shoulder as she speaks.

MISATO:“Reverse the cable!”

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The cable being wound back.

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The cable, heavily arcing.
It stretches taut, and strains with tension!


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Shinji and Asuka suffering the impact.



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The Angel, underneath the water.
It is being pulled by the cable.

SE <<Vwooossssh>>

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The cable winding around the bobbin.

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The group, watching the surface of the water.

SPEAKER (OFF):“Eva has started surfacing.
T-minus 70 to contact!”

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Unit-02, trying to somehow force open the mouth and get outside.

SE <<Vwooossssh>>

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Inside the entry plug. Shinji is still on top of Asuka. Asuka is complaining.

ASUKA:“Hey. Stop touching me already! Get off!”

SHINJI:“But if we don't force its mouth open soon, we'll be killed too!”

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Shot from within the Angel's mouth of Unit-02 inside it.

SE <<Strain strain strain>>

Unit-02 is trying to force open the mouth. The teeth are piercing its abdomen.

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A sphere shining with light, with Unit-02 and the teeth in the foreground.

SE <<Creak creak creak>>

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Misato and Toji leaning forward, watching.
Kensuke coolly continues shooting video.

SPEAKER (OFF):“T-minus 60 to contact.”

MISATO:“What's the status of the Angel's mouth?”

CAPTAIN (OFF):“It's still not open!!”

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The Angel ascending to the surface like it's being reeled in.

SPEAKER (OFF):“Eva is rising towards the surface.
T-minus 50 to contact.”

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The two ships sinking downwards!!
The cable is in between them.

SPEAKER (FEMALE) (OFF):“The battleships are sinking towards the target.”

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The mouth of the Angel, a little more open than it was before.

SE <<Vwooossssh>>

Unit-02 uses its feet to brace itself.

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The two look at one another, flooded with a sense of purpose.

SHINJI:“It's not working!”

ASUKA:“We don't have any time left!”

At the end of the cut, their facial expressions become firm.

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Close-up of the levers. Shinji's hands, with one motion, after very briefly gathering strength, pull back the levers with a *clack*, changing the mode.

SE <<Ka-chack>>

Asuka grips the levers, placing her hands on top of Shinji's.

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The Angel passes by a vessel on the surface!
(Under the surface of the water)

SE <<Sound of a propeller!!>>

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Close-up of Misato, holding a microphone.

SPEAKER (FEMALE) (OFF):“The target has passed beneath Tempest!”

MISATO:“You won't make it in time. Hurry!!”

MALE (ANNOUNCEMENT):“The speed at which they are surfacing has further increased!”

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Asuka has her arms stretched out towards the levers, leaning forward over Shinji's back. An indecent arrangement.

ASUKA:“Don't get any strange ideas.”

SHINJI:“About what?”

ASUKA:“Anyway, just focus your thoughts.”

SHINJI:“I know!”

The two are making a great effort!

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Using all its might, Unit-02 tries to pry open the Angel's mouth.

SE <<Creak creak creak

The mouth starts to open by degrees.

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Pan with the Angel remaining in place.
Finally, the battleship enters the frame!!

SPEAKER:“T-minus 20 to contact!”

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Shinji and Asuka, holding down the levers in the midst of vibrations.

SE <<Holddddddding>>

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Close-up of a lever, with both of their hands on it! With a series of jerks, the lever is forced back!!

SPEAKER (OFF):“T-minus 15...”

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The bow of the oncoming battleship as it would be seen from their perspective!!

SPEAKER (OFF):“...to contact!!”


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Close-up of Shinji, by Asuka's chest, making a great effort.

SHINJI (MONO):“Open! Open! Open! Open!”

UrsusArctos: First his face was squished against Misato's chest, now his head's pressing into Asuka's chest right in the middle of a very serious scene. Episode 08 is more ridiculous than I realized.

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Close-up of Asuka, making a great effort.

ASUKA (MONO):“Open! Open! Open! Open!”

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The synchro-meter suddenly bursts into the red zone!!

SE <<Vreeeee>>

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Unit-02 inside of the mouth. Its lowered head is flooded with energy; it lifts it up. A light comes into its four eyes!


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Shot from the inside of the mouth. Using all its remaining strength, Unit-02 pries the mouth open.

SE <<Creak creak creak

Behind Unit-02, an array of gun muzzles points towards the camera.

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The mouth, opened wide by Unit-02!
A great battleship suddenly rushes into it!

SE <<Blam bam

The reaction produced by the ship coming to a halt causes Unit-02 to be separated from the scene.

SE <<Crack crack crack

Yet another ship appears in the foreground!!
It shows up enormously on the screen!


It forces the mouth wider! It penetrates inside and stops! The teeth are broken apart!

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Misato gives the command!



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Close-up of the main battery firing.


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Direct frontal close-up.


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The sphere of light, with the main battery in the foreground. The guns fire!!


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The Angel with the two battleships in its mouth.
Its body expands unevenly, then EXPLODES!!

SE <<Boom boom boom

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An enormous column of water rises up, with the deck of the aircraft carrier in the foreground.

SE <<Rumble RUMBLE>>

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A shadow appears on the deck as a falling noise is heard.
It gradually grows larger, until Unit-02 lands (badly damaged).


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It collapses, the energy drained from its body (limp and shapeless).

SE <<Clank clank
Vreuuuuu clunk>>

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