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FADE IN: Alien dragonfly arrives.
Meeting the Mentor in his Ordinary World: Agent Kay identifies the only alien from the line of illegals.
Magical Gift: Neuralizer.
Call to Adventure: Kay's partner retires.
Meeting the Hero and his capabilities: James Edwards/Agent J (Jay)/"Slick" is LA PD and chases down an alien.
Foreshadow of the Journey: you don't understand, your world is going to end.
Meeting the Antagonist: the alien arrives and takes over the farmer's body; needs sugar.
Meeting the Romantic Challenge: Dr. Laurel Weaver/Agent L (Elle) appears.
Pulled to the First Threshold by the Mentor: Kay talks to Jay; "..come on, lets take a ride…"
Developing the Mentor's Ordinary World: Jack Jeebs.
Magic Gift: the alien guns.
Resisting the First Threshold: K uses the Neuralizer on J
Foreshadow of the First Threshold: the MIB card.
Developing the Antagonist: the alien kills the bugernator.
Entering the First Threshold: J enters the MIB building; a New, Unfamiliar World.
Threshold Guardian: having to pass the paper test; the shooting test;
Backstory of the Adventure [provided by the Mentor]: K tells J the background of the agency.
Refusal: "…why don't you show me the door…."
Pushed Forward: to the Physical Separation: having a cup of coffee; meeting the aliens.
Pushing to the Physical Separation: why don't you join the MIB?
Resisting the Physical Separation: no one will ever know you exist; is it worth it? Yes, if you're strong enough.
Developing the Antagonist: the alien drives on in his truck.
Physical Separation: J agrees; in the lift.
World of the Transformation: Alien immigration.
Guided by the Mentor: K shows J around.
[Dramatic] the magic bouncing ball.
New Self: new clothes [the suit], removal of fingerprints etc.
Developing the Antagonist: the alien watches the old man.
Journey to Trial 1: Chief Zed sends them on a mission.
Developing Characters and Relationships: J impersonates Zed.
Magic Carpet: the car.
Symbol of Transformation; Interdiction: never touch the red button.
Developing the Antagonist: the alien watches the old man; kills the waiter and the two aliens sitting at the table.
Trial 1: the pregnant alien.
Pushed to Trial 2: Alien stole my husband's skin.
Journey to Trial 2: K and J visit the farmer's wife.
Developing Characters and Relationships: you kicked him out; get a facial; hire a decorator to come in here quick…
K discovers that a bug has arrived.
Developing the Goddess: Weaver gives the dead aliens an autopsy.
J helps with the Alien autopsy.
Developing the Romantic Challenge: you have sweet eyes; have we met before….
Meeting the Oracle and learning of the Sword: the alien in the face of the old man; Orion's belt.
Developing Characters and Relationships: make it a happy memory.
Developing the Antagonist: the bug can't find the Galaxy.
Developing Characters and Relationships: J with Zed.
Mentor's Inner Challenge: K looking at pictures of his wife.
Developing Characters and Relationships: J sees K looking at his wife.
Foreshadow of Time Pressure: they see the battle cruiser near the earth.
Pushed to the Sword:
Magic Gift: J gets a gun.
Antagonist learns of the Sword: the bug breaks into the shop and sees Orion's belt.
Threshold Guardian to the Sword: J attacks the bug in the van; everyone in the street has to be Neuralized.
Time Pressure: the aliens are holding Earth responsible.
Seizing the Sword: the dog tells of Orion's Belt; J realizes the Galaxy is on the cat's collar.
Romantic Challenge: Weaver finds the Galaxy on the cat's collar.
Developing the Antagonist: the bug spray sequence.
Near Death Experience: J and K confront the bug in the morgue; the alien threatens and kidnaps Weaver.
Resisting the Final Conflict: "..no way.."
Time Pressure: a standard galactic week; one hour.
Reward: J sees the old space ships; "…to those still work…"
Transformation Complete: push the little Red Button.
Magic Flight: in the batmobile in the tunnel.
Refusal: Weaver is "staying here!"
Magic Gifts: K gets a bigger gun.
Time Pressure: destruction of Earth imminent.
J and K shoot the alien in the space ship.
The space ship crashes.
Atonement with the Father: The bug reveals itself.
Apotheosis: Eat me.
J battles the bug.
The bug tries to escape.
Rescue from Without: J steps on the cockroaches.
Crossing the Return Threshold: the bug climbs down to attack J.
Master of the Two Worlds: Kay kills the bug from inside.
Challenges conquered: we have the galaxy.
Catharsis 2: Weaver shoots the bug again; interesting job you guys have.
Mentor's Inner Challenge: Kay wants to quit.
Freedom to live:
Kay awakens from 35 year coma.
J gets a new partner: Weaver.
by Kal Bashir