Blue Beetle (2023) | Transcript

An alien scarab chooses college graduate Jaime Reyes to be its symbiotic host, bestowing the teenager with a suit of armor that's capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the superhero...
Blue Beetle 2023

Blue Beetle is a 2023 American superhero film based on the DC character Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle. Produced by DC Studios and The Safran Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the 14th installment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero BLUE BEETLE.

* * *

[craft flying overhead]

[engines powering down]

Lieutenant Carapax, tell me that you’ve found the Scarab.

They’re cutting into it now.

Ah. That’s exciting.

[Carapax] I’ve had them working around the clock since we unearthed it about two weeks ago.

[woman] Good. Let’s keep this thing airtight until we’re ready to show the board.

Miss Kord. Miss Kord?

Oh, Dr. Sanchez, hello.


Hi. Actually, that’s not my name.

How much longer you think it’s gonna be?

We’ll hit the center before sunrise.

[Victoria] Well, push your men harder.

I’ve searched for 15 years.

I don’t want to wait another second.

[Sanchez] Should’ve called before making the trip out, Miss Kord.

This could be another decoy.

It’s in there.

I can feel it.

[deep rumbling]

[“Atrevete-Te-Te” playing]


[Jaime] All right. Let’s do this.

[woman speaking indistinctly over PA]

Excuse me, sir? How do I look?

Like you’re six figures in debt.


Anyone see him yet?


[Alberto speaks Spanish]

[in English] We say nothing for now.

Let’s enjoy this moment. Before he knows.

I’ll tell him.

Are you crazy?

[in English] What the hell? Why not?

Even good news…

Sounds like bad news when you deliver it.

[in English] And this is pretty bad news.

I can be joyful.

[Rocio] Your job is the balloon.

[Milagro] Hope I can handle it.

Handle what?

[all yelling joyfully]

Hey, hey, hey!

The graduate is here! [laughing]

[Rocio] How was your flight?


Are you hungry?

Of course.

Here. It’s all they had.

[Milagro] Welcome back, bro.

Thank you.

Nana! [Speaks Spanish]

[Nana laughs, speaks Spanish]

I’m so proud of you!

Finally together!

[in English] Now we hug!

[all laughing, chattering indistinctly]

[Jaime] Hey, where’s Uncle Rudy?

[“La Chona” playing]

[truck horn playing “La Cucaracha”]

[engine stops]

[whistles sharply]

[speaks Spanish]

[Rudy speaks Spanish, then English] Welcome back, pinche college boy.

Hey! Come on. Get out the car and give me a hug.

No. No hugs, man.

They got Big Brother watching. There’s cameras.

I knew you were gonna say something.

[Rudy] Facial recognition. Body imaging scanners.

[Milagro] Yeah, and they’re all so happy to finally catch you.

You see? It’s that kind of talk right there that’s gonna get us all busted.

Where’d you get this?

[Milagro] I bought it for Jaime.

A boy? We know it’s a boy. There’s probably a bug in here.

Come on. What are you doing?

[“Cumbia Poder” playing]

[playing trumpet]

Oh, my God! I missed this so much.

[inhales deeply]

Good to know some things don’t change.

Mom and Dad have something to tell you.


[Milagro] What?

Okay, he’s had his tacos, now let him have the truth.

The truth? What is it?


[Rocio] We…

We’re losing the house.

[spits, coughs] What?


He didn’t take it that bad.

No, no, no, losing the house?

What does she mean, losing the house?

The landlord tripled the rent.

They gave us three months to come up with the money or get out.

I am so sorry, flaquito.

No. Am don’t be sorry. It’s not your fault.

It just means that we’re gonna have to bust our ass at the shop, right?

Mmm… auto shop’s gone.


You can thank Kord for that.

[Alberto] Brother. [Rocio] We couldn’t keep up.

Especially since your dad, he…

He, uh… had a…

[stammering] He…

Dad had a heart attack.


I’m fine!

Just a clogged pipe but I’m totally fine now.

[in English] At least the food’s the same. [Speaks Spanish]

Wait, why didn’t you tell me?

You were working so hard, mi amor.

We didn’t want to distract you from school.

Ma, I could have done something.

I could have come back.

I could have been here. I could have…

[Alberto] Animo, Jaime.

We figured it out. We always do.

We have a lot to be grateful for. Mira…

We’re celebrating the first Reyes to graduate from college!

[in English] Yeah. And the last!

Yes, because you didn’t apply.

[Milagro] What, so I can get into debt for the rest of my life? No thanks.

[Milagro sighs]

What? 25%?

Mi amor, these people make nothing.

We are broke.

[Alberto] Let’s worry about money tomorrow.

[“Sin Ti” playing]

[Milagro] Remember how Mom taught us salsa right there on the front porch?

[Jaime] You were always better than me.

[Milagro] Yeah. No, I still think you don’t know how to dance salsa.

[Jaime laughing]

[Jaime] Yeah, I got two left feet. I can’t help it.

[Milagro] Yeah.

Do you remember your 21st birthday?

[Jaime groaning] I remember the first half.

[sighing] I can’t believe we’re losing this place.

[Milagro] It was rough.

[Jaime] Yeah, well, I’m not leaving again.

[rooster crowing in distance]

What about grad school?

Well, that’s not gonna help the family.

I can’t get us into even more debt.

Animo, bro.

Okay, you always land on your feet.

You’re “Jaime.”

Thank you, but…

[sighing] This wasn’t how it was supposed to happen, Mili.

What was supposed to happen?

I was supposed to make it out.

I was supposed to get all of us out of here.

Thanks, bro, but I like the Keys.

You know what I meant.


[Jaime] Doesn’t it bother you that they talk about progress and get everything

while we have to sit here and go broke?

You’re a Mexican in Edge Keys, carnal.

That progress is not for us.

Okay? The poor go over here and the rich go over there, until the rich want to be here and push us out.

We used to have the other side of the tracks and now they want that, too.

I still have a degree, right?

That’s gotta mean something. I’ll get a job.

Not just any job, but a prime job.

Yeah, I’m gonna get the money to save this place.

[Jaime chuckles]

Don’t look at me at like that. Look, Mili, I’m telling you, in five years, we’re gonna be rolling in it.

This is just gonna be one of our houses.

We’re gonna have the mansion on the water with the marble everywhere, infinity pool.

Yeah, just watch, Mili.

Just watch.

[“Sera Que No Me Amas” playing]

[Milagro] Excuse me, Mister Reyes?

You finish scraping the gum off that lounger or what?


This is bullshit.

Wow. “Thanks, Milagro, for hooking me up with this gig.”

It’s not my fault your future didn’t turn out the way you wanted.

How am I supposed to get experience when nobody’s gonna give me a job?

Sounds like a “you” problem.


What? I’m keeping us employed, you noob!

[Victoria] Yes, yes, we’ve finally found it.

Doctor Sanchez is running tests on it now.

With the actual code in hand…


We can move beyond the prototype phase.

Check it out.

Yes, yes.

There goes Victoria Kord.

Look at that walk.

[Victoria speaks indistinctly]

She’s kinda sexy in like a… Cruella Kardashian sorta way.

[Victoria] I don’t think so.

I’m gonna say hi.

What? No…

Good afternoon, ma’am.

If you want, we could.

It’s the breakthrough we’ve been working towards, General.

[Victoria] Mm-hm.

We’re invisible to people like that, Jaime.

It’s like our superpower.

Okay. Back to work.

I agree. That’s a waste of time, but General, I am telling you what I’m gonna show you tomorrow night is gonna blow you away.

Yes. I look forward, also.


[woman] Aunt Vicki?

[groaning sigh]


[Victoria] Jennifer, what are you doing here?

I didn’t know you were coming.

Oh, Carapax, this is Ted’s daughter.

My favorite niece, Jennifer.

So, to what do I owe this unexpected pleasure?

[Victoria on TV] The world has changed.

Kord Industries faces an unprecedented challenge to secure our assets, both here and abroad, from our promethium mines in Guatemala, to our real estate developments right here in Palmera City.

Introducing the future of private policing: The O.M.A.C., the “One Man Army Corps.”

Where are we going?

Gotta take a shit, bro. Need you to be a lookout.

Wait, but the service restrooms are out there.

Yeah, and I deserve a luxury dump right now, all right?

Be my lookout.

[in English] I…

[Victoria on TV] Using revolutionary Kord symbiotech, the O.M.A.C. connects directly into the human brain, to create a self-contained war unit,

allowing a single soldier to harness the power of legions.

The O.M.A.C. ensures security Kord can rely on.

A future we can control.

The O.M.A.C.

[pleased sigh]

Think it works pretty well, don’t you?

So, this… [exhales] project was shut down years ago.

Why have you relaunched it?

[chuckling] Jennifer, the O.M.A.C. is the future of this company.

You should be so excited.

No, no, no. I really want to know what’s at Pago Island?

That’s classified.


It’s a secret.

But I’ll tell you, what isn’t classified is what’s gonna go on at this party.

It’s gonna be an amazing evening with some very interesting people, so if you wanna come, bring someone and it’ll be fun.

All right, see you later.


I know what you’re doing, Vicki.

We don’t make weapons anymore.

Whoa, whoa, “we”?

Who’s “we”?

You are nothing to this company. You’re an expense.

A brat in her daddy’s board seat, jet-setting around the world on the company’s dime, doing your “charity work.”

My father would never…

Look, your father was handed a company I built… my company.

Which he then proceeded to almost sink with his moronic inventions and his reckless management, and then after he’d done all that, you know what he did?

He just disappeared, and left me to pick up the pieces.

Your father abandoned this company.

And he abandoned you.

I won’t let you do this.

Don’t get in my way, Jennifer.

Back away.

I’m not afraid of you.

[Victoria chuckles]

[whispering] Maybe you should be.

[Carapax growls]

Hey, hey!

Uh, sh… she said to back away, ma’am.


[toilet flushing]


That was lavish!

Oh, shit.

And who are you, handsome?

Jaime Reyes.

I think it’s time to find a new job, Jaime Reyes.


You, too, toilet. Go.



[Jaime] Where’s the car?

[Milagro] Uh, 47 minutes.

Hey, are you okay? That was…

I appreciate the chivalry,

but I can take care of myself, okay?

Totally. But I mean… what a dick, right?

She’s a Kord. They’re all dicks.

[Jenny chuckles]

Jenny Kord.

We’re not all dicks.

Obviously. Yeah. Uh…

[Jenny] Uh…

Look I’m… I’m really sorry about this.

It’s fine.

Give me your phone. Let me give you my number.

Okay. Yeah.

Yeah. Come by Kord Tower tomorrow.


I might be able to get you a job somewhere else in our company.

Yes. Oh, my gosh. That’d be great.

I’ll do anything. Really. [chuckles]

Anything, huh?

Hey, you know he has a degree, right?


I… Yeah.

You guys need any pre-lawyers?



Text me.


Nice meeting you, Jaime Reyes.

Nice to meet you, too…

Jenny Kord.

I think she might be into you.

[car starts]

What? No.

[sweetly] Bye.

You think?

Yeah. Yeah.

She took one look at your young Mexican-ass, hero-of-the-moment vibe and was into it.

Hey, you know what?

Maybe she’ll pull you out of poverty like Maria la del Barrio.


Except, she’s the rich white dude and you’re the Maria!

Yeah. Okay.


[singing in Spanish]

[woman singing on TV]

[humming along]

[man on TV shouts]

[trumpet playing]

[crowd on TV cheers]

[man on TV speaking Spanish]

[“Deportivo” playing on phone]


[typing on phone]

[exhales deeply]

[song continues, muffled]

[“Gracias A La Vida” playing on radio outside]

[Jaime] You drinking?

Just one.


Don’t tell your mother.

[both chuckling]

Can’t sleep?


I’m not sleepy either.

[sighing] Yeah.

I planted those nopales with la Nana, when you were a baby.

Look at them now.

Like you and la Mili, grown and beautiful.

You okay?


Sorry, Apa, it’s just everything right now feels so out of reach, and…

I feel like I failed you guys.

[Jaime sighs shakily]

We’re on a journey, Jaime…

This house, the nopales, el auto shop.


They’re just a stop in the journey.

But this isn’t the destination.

And what is it?

I don’t know.

What’s important is that we go on this journey together.

Things don’t last.

La familia, that’s forever.

That lasts.

Don’t look so sad.

[both laughing]

[in English] Everyone has a purpose.

[Jaime sighs]

You just haven’t found yours.

So what’s your purpose then?

I’m still searching, too. [chuckles]

But right now, it’s this.

Talking to you, right here.

[speaks Spanish]

See you in the morning.

[sighs heavily]

[in English] Okay.

[“No Vamos” playing]

[Jaime gasps]

[exhales nervously]

All right, okay, Jaime. You got this.


[Alberto speaks Spanish]

[in English] God…

Thank you, Apa.

Ya, pues, you guys can go, okay?

You’re gonna be okay, flaquito. You belong here.

Yeah, cabezon. You look like an asshole just like everybody else here.

[Nana, in Spanish]

Come here!

I forgot to give you a blessing!

[speaking Spanish]

[blessing in Spanish]

[in English] Okay.


Bring your A-game, bro.


Bring a Molotov cocktail to burn this dump down!

Okay! [Speaks Spanish]

Hey, and get me a job, too!

[all chanting] Jaime, Jaime, Jaime…

They don’t get out much.

[all continue chanting]

[beeping horn in rhythm]

[Victoria on over loudspeaker] Hello, I’m Victoria Kord, and this is Kord Industries, a company with the planet in its sight and the future on its mind.

We are taking our cutting edge technology…

Hi, nice to meet you.

Deliveries are downstairs.

Uh… No, no, no. My name is Jaime.

Jaime Reyes. I’m here to see Jenny Kord.

Do you have an appointment, Jamie?

Um… It’s Jaime, but…


[stammering] Uh… Yes, I do have an appointment.

She said to drop by, so I’m sure I should…

Oh, you can stand there.


Why don’t you have a seat, Jamie?

Okay. Thank you.

[clicks, beeps]

[door latches, beeps]

[device humming]

[Jenny] She found it.


[machine stops humming]


[grunts] Uh… Okay…

[Sanchez] Okay.

Just me and you.




No, no, no, no, no, no, no…


No, no, no, no, no!

[phone beeps]

There’s been a security breach. Lock the building.

Lock the building!

[elevator dings]

Jenny! Jenny.


[woman 1] Hey! [woman 2] Oh!

[man exclaims]

[Jaime] Jenny!

Oh… Sorry.

Hey, Jenny Kord! It’s me. Jaime from yesterday.

I’m sorry, I’m in a rush.

No, that’s all good.

But you know, yesterday you said you’d consider getting me a job and, you know, I can’t leave without one even if that sounds too…

Do you think you could pause for one second? Please…

Look, Jaime, this is really a bad time.

Okay. Let’s… let’s talk while you have lunch.

[alarm blaring]


[indistinct radio chatter]

[guard] Stay on comms.

You said you’d do anything, right?

Yeah. Basically, anything.


Guard that with your life.


But do not open it.

Do not touch it! Don’t even look at it!

Okay. I’m just gonna guard it with my life.

Yeah, you’re a quick learner.


Good. Now go!

Okay. Okay!

Go, go, go!

Lock up the south entrances! You two, with me!

[guards shouting indistinctly]

[guards chattering]

[indistinct radio chatter]

[“El Rey” playing on radio]

[Milagro] So, you went in to get us jobs, and all you brought back was a hamburger?

Okay, I don’t think it’s a burger.

You haven’t looked?

She said not to open it. I…


[Milagro scoffs]

[Rudy] She’s not here.

[Jaime] What?

Open it!

[all chanting in Spanish]

Okay, okay. One look.

Oh, you guys are so childish.

[Rudy] What the hell is that?

[Rocio] Huh.

Looks like a bug, right?

[Alberto speaks Spanish]

[in English] Why was she hiding it?

I don’t know.

[Milagro] Hm. It’s kind of a letdown.

The world’s biggest tick.

[Rudy and Milagro chuckle]

Okay. You guys are the ones who wanted to see it.

Hey, hey, hey!

Milagro. Okay, look. Very mature, but she said to not open it, so please…

Mmm, she said for you to not open it, bro.

[exclaiming] Stop, stop. Hey, oye.

[Rudy groans, speaks Spanish]

[in English] It’s heavy.

Okay, okay.

I’m gonna use a motor, all right?

I’m gonna get my drill.

Wait, wait!

Don’t get the drill! What are you doing?

God, I hate when you do that.

[device humming]


[Rudy] Ooh. Is that the new Tamagotchi?

[Milagro] How did you get it to do that?

[Jaime] I don’t know.

[exclaims] Ama.

I think it likes me.

What the hell!

[all screaming]

It doesn’t like me!

Jaime, it’s on your face! It’s on your face!

[yelling] Get it off!

[screaming] Alberto!

[yelling in Spanish]


[Rudy shrieks]

[song continues playing]

[song stops]

[music playing faintly on headphones]

[humming along with music]


[glass shattering]

What the hell?

[Rocio speaking Spanish]

[Jaime panting heavily]

[device whirring, muffled]

Where did it go? Where did it go?

[Rudy] Oh, man! I’m trying to help you, cabezon!

I think it’s inside of me.


Oh, my God! It’s inside of me!

Inside you? How?

It went up his ass!

[Jaime yelling]

[all screaming]

[grunting in pain]


[all screaming]

[in English] He’s possessed!

[Jaime groaning loudly]


Oh, my God.

[Rocio] Jaime!

[Jaime screaming] Milagro!

Jaime! Jaime! Jaime!

Rudy, what’s going on?


[screaming, distorted]

He’s moving. He’s moving.


[distorted voice] No, no, no! No!


Damn! Shit.

That scared the frijoles outta me.

Are you okay, mijo?

[Rudy] Cabezon.



[water sizzling]

What the f…

[automated voice] Host acquired.

[Jaime] Who said that?

[automated voice] System configuration initializing.

[Jaime] Wait. You don’t hear that?

Don’t look at him in the eyes.

[automated voice] Analyzing host.



[Jaime] There’s a voice in my head.

[system powering on]

[automated voice] Hello, Jaime.

What is happening?

[automated voice] Begin systems check in three…

Systems check?

[automated voice] …two, one.

Thrusters engaged.

It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay! [screaming]

[Jaime yelling]

What are you doing? What’s happening?

[automated voice] Escape velocity protocol engaged.

[screams] Where are you taking me?

[automated voice] Crossing atmospheric layers.

[Jaime screaming] Stop!

[automated voice] Adjusting pressure for host protection.

[Jaime panting]

Ay, virgencita, I’m in space. I’m in space.

Oh, man, I’m in space.


[panting heavily]

What the hell is going on?

Wait, is that my house?

[automated voice] Testing re-entry systems.

Wait, wait, wait! No, no, no!


No, no, no, no!

[panicked gasping]

Oh, my God! Oh, my God, I’m on fire!


Stop, stop, stop! Oh, God!

Fly, fly!

No. No, no, no.

[automated voice] Approaching contact.

Oh, my God, I’m gonna die!

[automated voice] Three hundred meters.

[Jaime praying in Spanish]

Two hundred meters.

[continues praying]

One hundred meters.

[Jaime screaming]

[automated voice] Braking systems check complete.

Oh, thank God it’s over.

Okay, you can take me home now.

[automated voice] Flight systems engaged.

Wait, wait, wait… Don’t engage!

Stop, stop, stop!

[“Demolicion” playing]

[grunts, yelling]

Listen to me!

You’ve got the wrong guy!

I swear! I’m a nobody!

[Jaime spluttering]

Oh, come on!


[automated voice] Testing acceleration systems.

Too fast! Too fast!

[Jaime] Watch out, watch out, watch out!

[man] What was that?

[shock waves booming]

I don’t know what I’m doing!

[woman yells]

Sorry about that.

[truck roaring]

[automated voice] Fine-tuning flight control.


[horns blaring]

Watch out. Watch out!

Pull up! Pull up!

Why are you doing this to me?

[automated voice] Host overreacting.

Overreacting? You kidnapped me!

How long ago did we take it?

[in English] 20 minutes, I think.

Man, has it hit you yet?


‘Cause it ain’t hit me.


Man, has it hit you?

Nah, man.

[car horn honking]

[people exclaiming]

[Jaime groaning] My back!

[automated voice] Landing systems check complete.

[pedestrian] What was that?

[Jaime] Are you guys okay?

What did you do to my car, man?

Hey, hey, do you have insurance, man?

Oh, I’m in so much trouble.

[automated voice] Threat approaching.

[horn blaring]

[Jaime gasps]


What the hell?

[people screaming, distorted]

[Jaime gasping]


[people screaming]

[tires skidding]

[people shrieking]

[Jaime] Oh, no, what did you do?

[automated voice] Host protection successful.

[Jaime] Hey, hey, look, is anyone hurt?

Oh, no. Calm down. I can explain.

There’s nothing to worry about.

Oh, my God, there’s a kid! It wasn’t me, I swear.

This is gonna sound crazy, but I’m not in control…

[automated voice] Systems check complete.

Oh, no, not again.

[shockwave booms]

[people chattering]

I think it just hit me.

[newscaster speaking Spanish on radio]

Let me explain that again.

He’s technically not a missing person, but he is missing.

But also, he is…


[Rocio murmuring in Spanish]

[chiding in Spanish]

[in English] He exploded out of the roof. With rockets on his back.

[Milagro] Shouldn’t we be out there looking for him?

[Alberto speaks Spanish]

No, no, no!

[drill whirring]

I’m on hold again.

[Jaime yelps, groaning]

[automated voice] Return landing successful.

Never mind. We found him.


Why are you naked?

[Rocio] Jaime?

[Milagro, in English] Yo, put those huevos away, bro.

[Nana cackling]

Just like when he was little.

Because he’s cold!

[Rudy, in Spanish]

[Rocio, in Spanish]

Cover your balls, Jaime.

[in English] It’s Jamie, not Jaime.

[Rocio yelps]

[all murmuring]

[Rudy] Oh, no.

[rooster crowing in distance]

[newscaster reporting in Spanish on radio]



What are you guys doing?

[comforting in Spanish]

You okay?

[in English] He’s alive.

Jaime. Do you feel okay, mijo?


No. No way.


[Milagro] Jaime, listen, there’s something on…

No, not now, Milagro.

Jaime, I’m serious.

No, no, no. Not now, Milagro.

Not now!

There’s something on your…

[Rudy] Hey, Jaime, keep that blanket now that it touched your chorizo.

What is going on?

You can’t fly.

You can’t fly. Superman can fly.

Those people on that bus were okay. They’re fine.

Okay. This probably happens all the time.

Yeah, she wouldn’t do this to me.

Yeah, right. Okay.

[inquisitive grunt]


[Jaime screaming]

[Rocio speaks Spanish]

[in English] I tried telling him.

Okay, guys. I… I need to go find Jenny Kord, ’cause she’s gonna know how to get this thing out of me.

Uh, where are my shoes?

Come on, where are my… shoes.

Not the 84s!

These were my favorite shoes.

Okay, okay.

Jaime, what happened? Where did you go?

Ama, I don’t know.

I think I cut a bus in half and then…

Cut what?

And flew into orbit.

[speaks Spanish, then English] Flew into orbit?

Apa, I don’t know.

That’s why I need Jenny. Okay?

I am calling the police.

No, no. Don’t call the police. No police. They work for Kord.

What do you think Kord’s gonna do when they figure out that some Mexican kid has that type of military tech inside of him?

They’re gonna lock his ass up.

And then they’re gonna wipe our minds, so that we don’t tell anybody.

And it’s not like the government isn’t used to locking up Mexicans anyway.

I mean, this is sci-fi shit. This is CIA.

This is Area 51!

Rudy, focus. What do you mean?

What I’m saying is the government and Kord are gonna be all over this, and then they’re gonna start asking for documents.

And that includes you, Nana. And that includes you, Alberto.

Okay, then fine. I’m just gonna have to go by myself then.

You are not leaving this house.

Ama, I’m 22! Besides, what if she’s in danger?

What if she’s in danger?

Jaime, you flew out of the roof.

You don’t understand.

He’s into her.

Oh, he totally is.

No, I’m not.


Stalked her Insta.

Where’d I put my…

She’s Brazilian, she lives at the Regent Tower.

And she’s single, by the way.

Bit of a loner, though, if you ask me. I mean…

She’s single?

I thought you weren’t into her.

What are you doing with my phone?

You left it unlocked.

It’s like Maria Mercedez.

Only she’s the rich white guy and he doesn’t have a pot to piss in.

[in English] Yes, the Maria! Yes, I said the same thing.

But Maria la del Barrio.

Even better!

[singing in Spanish]

I’m proud to say I’m Jaime from the neighborhood.

[alarm chirps]

[keys jingling]

He left his hometown

[truck door closes]

To make a living.

[singing in Spanish]

[in English] You hear that, flaco?


[chattering in Spanish]

[speaks Spanish]

[truck engine starting]

[in English] No. No, no.

No. No. No!

[Rocio] Jaime!

No! No! No!

[truck driving off]


He took the Taco!

Don’t be silly!

[scolding in Spanish]

[“Cumbia Sampuesana” playing]

[tires screeching]

[horn honking]

[groaning] So itchy, this thing.

Ay, okay.

No way.

What the…

Wait, what?


[tire squeals]

[Jenny] Oh, my gosh.

What are you doing here?

Just go. They’re coming.

Who’s them?


[bullets striking]

[Jenny shrieks]

Oh, God. Okay!

Let’s go! Let’s go!

[Jaime] Okay, okay! Oh, my God!

[Jenny] I told you to go!

You should have started with, “they have guns.”

[Jaime yelling]

Watch out!

[horn blaring]

[Jaime] Oh, Rudy’s gonna kill me.

[Rudy screaming in distance]

[Rudy] Oh, my headlights!

[glass breaking outside]

No! My mirrors!

[Jaime exclaims softly]

What the hell, man? [Shrieks]

What’s wrong with you? Cabezon!

Do you want some water?

[Rudy] My tailgate!

No, I’m… I’m good. I’m fine.

[Alberto] Okay.

[door opens]

What did you do to the Taco? [clears throat]

And that… that’s Rudy.

My name’s Cesar, okay? And only my friends call me Rudy.

I’m Jenny.

[mocking] “I’m Jenny.”

Hi, Jenny.

We know who you are. What are you doing here?

Thinking about turning our house into a nuclear power plant?

I went swimming out there by where your family has that company.

My testicles are seven times their normal size.

Shouldn’t you be pillaging cobalt from some developing country or something, Jenny?

Where is it?


Allow me.

[family exclaiming]

Rudy! What?

What are you doing?

[Milagro] Rudy!

[speaking Spanish]

[Rocio yelling in Spanish]

[in English] I thought the chingaderas would come out.

Come out?


What is he talking about?

He’s talking about this.

[Nana exclaims]


[gags] Oh, I forgot how bad it looks.

Gross! Cover that up!

[in English] No, it doesn’t look that bad.

You can barely see it.

[in English] I’ve seen worse.


You don’t wanna know.

Okay, what the hell is this thing?

It’s… it’s called the Scarab.

It was given to my dad when I was a kid, um…

It’s some kind of a world destroying weapon.

Oh, that’s nice.


What did she say?

[Jaime groaning] What?

And did you know what was gonna happen to my brother when you stuck him with this world destroying thing?

No, I swear to you, I had no idea this would happen.

I mean, come on.

My father said it can’t be activated by just any person.

It has to choose you.

So I’m guessing it’s chosen you.

[Rudy] No more blind dates.

Okay. So, how do we get it to un-choose me?

I don’t know. But we better move fast, because my aunt will kill us all just to get it back.

Kill us?

[dismayed murmuring]

No, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean that.

She’s the one who sent the assassins.

[Alberto questions in Spanish]

[in English] Yeah.

Like the assassins in Mexico?

[chattering in Spanish]

[in English] I’m so sorry I put you all in this situation.

I had no idea it would activate.

Really. I didn’t know.

That’s convenient.

[all chattering]

But she already said she didn’t know.

She’s a Kord, dude. You seriously trust her?

[Alberto calming in Spanish]

[in English] We are going to figure it out. We always do.

Come on, we are the Reyes.

We’ve dealt with harder things.

We have?

[Nana scolding in Spanish]

Animo. We can do this.

[Milagro murmurs]

Yeah. Yeah, Apa.

He’s right.

Okay, so, how are we gonna get this thing outta me?

You know, before it busts another hole in our house.

[Rocio] Exactly.

[Jenny exhales]

There’s a place where we can get some answers.

But we need the key.

Okay, so where’s the key?

At the Kord building.

And they’re probably on high alert over there since I took the Scarab.

So, what are we talking about? Laser-based security system?

Wide area motion imagery?

Maybe, uh… photonic emitters?

I really don’t…

Because I’ve been working on something that I believe can help us.

And it’s almost finished.

If I can get the mechanical structure right.

Mm. I love you, Ma.

Give me a couple hours.

[people chattering, laughing]

[live band playing “Tu Seras Mi Baby”]

[champagne cork pops]

[people cheering]

[singing in Spanish]

[General Crane] You’re aware that if you deliver the O.M.A.C., you’d be the most powerful weapons manufacturer in the world.

If you buy into this, you can call me whatever you want.

Oh, if it isn’t the devil himself.


General, this is Lieutenant Carapax.

He’s been crucial to the development of the prototype, and I personally handpicked him for his courage during the anti-communist counter-terrorism operations in Guatemala.

He’s the perfect recipient for the O.M.A.C., and a product of the school of the Americas.

Great to meet you, Lieutenant.

[Victoria chuckles]

Well, can’t wait to see it in action.

When will it be ready?

Oh, it’s ready, isn’t it?

We’re just putting some finishing touches on it.

[quietly] We have a problem.

Well, if you’ll excuse us.

Have a cigar, they’re made by real Cubans.

[Victoria] You lost her? How?

My men saw someone helping her.

All right. I wanna find out who she is working with now.

Because without the Scarab, we can’t complete the O.M.A.C.

I’m on it. I will bring the Scarab back.

This time I’ll do it personally.

Well, I would hope so, Carapax, because if not, all your sacrifices will have been in vain.

Just think of how much suffering your body has been through.

I’m aware of what you’ve done to it.

My God… What we’ve done.

Ignacio, I’m on your side.

Do you not remember what it was like when I found you?

How badly crippled you were?

How broken?

I am just trying to fix you.



I have to go back to the party.

Now, go get me that Scarab.

[Rudy chuckles]

That’s it?

I call it, El Chapulin.


You know, when you make something cool,

you can call yours whatever you want, okay?

Here, be useful. Hold that.

[Jaime] You’re sure that this one works?

Thank you. Yes.

Unlike the junk that Kord makes, my tech delivers.

Okay. You could have just said yes.

Okay, cupcake, you wanna hit that yellow switch there?


[Rudy] Hit the yellow switch.

I just did.

[button clicking]

[Rudy mutters in Spanish]

[in English] Okay.

Well, at least I don’t have to open that annoying tailgate.

It’s going on your tab.

So just give me, like, one step.

Just gotta give it a little…

[motor whining]

[playing quirky electronic theme song]

[Rudy] Oh, that’s sexy.

[Jenny] Great.

That’s… that’s great. Uh, so it works.

[device powering up]

Uh, yeah, it works.

I’ll keep the truck running.

Let’s go.

[Rudy] Wow.

[Rudy mutters in Spanish]

[mocking, in English] “So it works?”

[static crackling]


Something’s happening.

[quirky theme music playing]

[narrator speaking Spanish on TV]

What the hell is this?


El Chapulin Colorado! [speaking Spanish]


[Victoria, on speaker] So join me and my little pals and all of our Kord subsidiaries…

[Jenny] The key’s here.

Around the globe, to build a better future.

A Kord future.

She seemed so different back then.

Vicki and my grandfather started Kord Industries together…

and turned it into a military powerhouse.

Then, when my grandfather died, Victoria thought the company would go to her.

But he left everything to my dad instead.

Seems kind of…


[chuckling] Yeah.


Still, my father wanted to steer the company in a different direction.

So, Victoria became obsessed with erasing my father’s legacy.

Could I get a hand over here?

Yeah, sorry. What do you need?

Just hold this.


There’s a signal blocking our feed.

We’re being jammed out.

[Spanish dialogue looping on TV]

[line dialing]

Lieutenant Carapax? We got a problem.

This is the key?


[watch beeps]

Okay, let’s go.

Let’s go.

[“Armando Sanchez” playing on radio]

[muttering in Spanish]

[in English] This is why I don’t let anyone drive the Taco!

[Jenny] To be honest, I didn’t think the Chapulin would work.

[Jaime] Yeah, that’s Rudy. He’s like the Mexican Doc Brown.

[Jenny laughing] No kidding. Okay.

[Jaime] So that’s all you need?


Oh, my God. I don’t know why I thought it was gonna be way harder than that.

[Jaime exhales]

Oh, shit.

The Scarab, now!

What is he doing here?


[Jaime] Should we run? He’s not slowing down.

Watch out! Watch out!

[Jenny yelps]

[automated voice] Hola, Jaime.

[Carapax grunts]

Oh, my gosh. How’d you do that?

I have no idea.


Oh, he’s pissed.


What the hell is that thing?

The O.M.A.C.


[Carapax] You’re going to regret that.

[automated voice] Defending host.

[Jaime] Oh, my God. Quick! Go find Rudy!

[automated voice] Engaging threat.

[Jaime] Engage? No!

[Carapax grunting]

[Jaime] Oh, shit!

[both grunting with impact]

[Jaime] Okay, wait, wait, wait! No, no, no, wait! Don’t!

[yelling, grunting]

What did you do that for? I told you not to engage.

[O.M.A.C. servos whirring]

[automated voice] I have an arsenal at my disposal.

No! No weapons.

[“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” playing on radio]

Ooh. And my song, too! Ay!




What the heck, where’s cabezon?



[Jaime] Hey! Calm down!

Oh, shit!

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.

Let’s go, let’s go!

[breath rasping]

[Jaime] Let me talk to him.

[automated voice] Verbal communication is ill-advised in a combat scenario.

Hey, man, look! I think this is just one big misunderstanding…

[pained yell]

I didn’t mean to punch you back there.

I promise, I would never…

[loud grunt] I’m not in control of this thing.

[Carapax grunts]

[Jaime] No, no, no, let me explain!

Never mind. He’s not listening.

[automated voice] Permission to take over host.

Yes! Anything!

[suit powering up]

[grunting, yells]

[automated voice] Watch and learn, Jaime.

Hey, wait, where you going? Come on.

What the hell?

[both grunting]

Oh, my God. My hands are guns.

[Carapax groaning]

[automated voice] Threat neutralized.

[Jaime] Oh! What’s with the blades?

[automated voice] Eliminating threat.

No, no, no. Put the blades away.

[automated voice] Would you like to use a different weapon?

[Jaime] No. I mean, we don’t have to kill him.

[automated voice] Eliminating threat.

[Jaime] Are you even listening to me?

[automated voice] Eliminating threat.

Stop! I’m not a killer.

[automated voice] Command accepted.

[horn playing “La Cucaracha”]


[Rudy] Cabezon!


Uncle Rudy.

[Jaime] No!

Holy shit!

[both yelling]


Where do you think you’re going?

[Jaime] Hey! You guys gotta get out of here!

[yells. Grunts]

[Rudy coughing]

[Jenny groans]

[Rudy] What’s with this guy?


Stupid boy.

Did you think you could beat me?

[automated voice] Recommend lethal measures.

[Jaime] I told you, I’m not a…


[automated voice] Warning, host concussion detected.

[Jaime groaning]

[yells, grunts heavily]

[Carapax] You should have finished me when you had the chance.


He’s gonna kill him.

[pained grunt]

[Carapax growling]

No. He’s not.

[revving engine]

Hold on.

[engine roars]


Please, just don’t hurt my family.

The love you feel for your family makes you weak.

Cesar! What are you doing?

Okay, Kord girl.

When I tell you, pull that handbrake and pull it hard.

You ready?

Oh, my gosh, this is insane.

[Rudy] Three, two, one.



[explosive grunt]

[Rudy] Cabezon, let’s get outta here!


[tires screeching]

Is he okay? Jaime! Jaime!

Jenny! Snap out of it!


[Jaime] Don’t look, don’t look!

I’m sorry, I’m sorry.


I’m fine, Rudy. Thank you.

All right. I got a T-shirt. On the side.

All right. Okay.

[Rudy] Man…


Oh, that psycho almost killed me.

You got the key?

All right.


Good. Now, let’s go get that Scarab taken out of you.


Khaji que?

The Scarab’s name is Khaji-Da.

How do you know?

I… Something happened back there. My…

It’s like I feel it in my mind. Is that crazy?


You’re becoming symbiotic.


Okay, where to now?

Take that exit.

What? Hold on!

No, no, no!

[tires squealing]

[horn blaring]

[Rudy] Does anybody in this town know how to drive?

[birds squawking]

[Rudy] Oh!

[Jaime] They’re not gonna look for you here?

[Jenny] No one’s been here since I was eight.

[hinges creaking]

[watch beeps]

[mechanism rumbling]

[Rudy] Yeah, I get it. That makes sense.

[Rudy] So, your dad was all obsessed with Scarabs, huh?

Where are we?

[machinery humming]

No way.


Ted Kord was Blue Beetle?


What the hell is Blue Beetle?

[Rudy] Oh, you were a kid. It’s like Palmera’s superhero.

Like Superman in Metropolis or the Flash in Central City.

But just, uh… I don’t know, maybe just not… not as good.

I can’t believe he was the Blue Beetle.

Oh, I get it though.

Eccentric billionaire, a genius. El Escarabajo Azul.

Your dad was a great man. I had no idea.

You can call me Cesar or Rudy.

You can call me whatever you want, I don’t care.

Hey, how come all of this…

Are you okay?

I’m fine.

Um, what were you saying?

Yeah, how come this stuff doesn’t look more like…

Nicer? Less ridiculous?

No. But I mean…

Like, look at this. It’s like Batman’s stuff, but… like if he had ADHD or something.

Batman’s a fascist.

The Blue Beetle, he had a sense of humor.


My dad was never able to unlock the Scarab.

So instead, he built his own tech to fight as Blue Beetle.

If there’s a way to get it out, it’s in there.

[knuckles crack]

Let’s crack into this sucker.



Damn, you stink.

This is your shirt.

Come on, I think there’s some of my dad’s clothes upstairs.

[Rudy] That’s a good idea. This is gonna take a minute.




When is this day gonna end?



Ay. [Chuckles]

[Jenny] Is everything okay?

Um, yes. Yeah. Yeah, I’ll be right out.

Yeah, I think they, uh… I think they fit.

And they’re comfy, too, so…


It must have been so cool growing up in a place like this, no?

Honestly, it was… it was pretty lonely most of the time.

[Jaime] It was just you three in here?

[Jenny] Yeah.

That was my mother’s last painting.

Why’d she stop?

My mom died when I was six.

Oh… We don’t…

I’m so sorry to…

It’s okay. No, it’s okay.

It’s fine.

What was she like?

She was great.

She was great.


She changed my dad’s life.

She was the one who taught him that the world is a place to protect.


But when my mom died, he… he really went adrift.

He obsessed over the Scarab and he would disappear for days.

Sometimes weeks.

And one day, he… he left and… didn’t come back.

I’m so sorry, Jenny.

You’re really lucky.

This house is… it’s full of stuff.

Your house is full of love.


[voice breaking] A family.


That’s a home.

[crying softly]

I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

Sorry for… for what?

I… I haven’t talked about this in a very long time.

Kinda feels nice to, maybe, right?

Thank you.


You’re a good listener.

My mom says it’s ’cause I got big ears.

[chuckling lightly]

Hey, guys, I found something that… Ho!

Nothing happened.

Her mom died.

I found something you guys need to look at.

Uh, great. That’s great. Let’s go.

Nice jammies, guey.


[Rudy] Okay. [Groans] I’ve gone through the files.

So… Ted had a professor, this guy named Dan Garrett.

The Scarab chose this Garrett guy before it chose you, Jaime.

And pinche Ted, ran tests on him to map out how the Scarab would react to the human body.

So, once this Scarab goes up someone’s ass…

It didn’t go up my ass.

Okay. Well, it connects to the brain and that’s what it’s trying to do to you, Jaime, connect to your brain.

It’s trying to become one with you.


I think you should ask it yourself.

I mean, this thing has its own will.

[Jenny] It’s sentient.

That’s why it chooses a host.

That’s why sometimes, it does what you want, and sometimes, it doesn’t.

Okay, well, who made it? Can they help us?

[chuckles] This wasn’t made on Earth, cabezon.

No way.

Si way.

It’s alien.

Yeah. I don’t really like the term “alien.”

You can use it, but I just…

Whatever, Rudy. Come on.

What happened to Ted’s professor guy? How did he get it out?

You might want to sit down.

Or not. All right…

Rudy, please. Focus.

I got good news and I got bad news.

The good news is, I figured out how to get it out.



And the bad news is that you have to be dead.



[Jaime] What do you mean “dead”?

[Rudy] Okay, right now, Jaime, look.

It’s fusing itself to every cell in your body.

It’s completely coiled around your brain.

And there’s nothing on earth that could remove it.

It’s designed to protect its host.

To keep it alive.

So you’re saying that this thing’s in me forever?


[Rudy] No, it’s not forever.

I mean, it’s just until you… until you die.

[stammering] I think it’s kinda cool.

No, I mean, basically, you are a superhero, cabron.

I’m so sorry. I had no way of knowing…

Oh, you had no idea. So then what are my options now?

So, option one is to become an android for the rest of my life.

Or option two is to hand myself over to a murderous billionaire psychopath?

I’m so sorry.

All I wanted was a job.

[Rudy] Maybe there’s a…

Maybe what, Rudy?

It’s all bad news.

Okay, this shit just doesn’t get any better for us.

I don’t understand why you can’t…

God. [Sighs]

Whatever. I’m gonna… I’m gonna go for a walk.

[Jenny] Jaime, just…

Let me go talk to him. I think I know where he’s going.

Cabezon, wait up.

[door opens, hinges creaking]



There he is. I knew I’d find you out here.

[chuckles] Like a cat, Jaime.

[questions in Spanish]


[in English] I’m sorry for yelling at you, Rudy.

I shouldn’t have yelled at you, but…

[Rudy speaks Spanish]

[in English] It’s not lost on me that your situation is a little bit out of the ordinary.

[light chuckle] Yeah, we’re… we’re resilient people.

Life will continue to hit us with curve balls, and… difference is, when we get hit, we get stronger.

Look at your old man. He brought me here from Sonora.

I was ten. I think he was 19.

And people think crossing the border is hard.

Yeah, it’s hard, but you know what’s harder?

The next 20 years after, I mean, la chinga.

But your viejo would work 16 hours a day, bust his ass.

Any ja he could get his hands on.

Jornalero, bus boy, waiter.

He was a mechanic, era de todo, dishwasher.

[speaks Spanish]

[in English] And to get us all here and to keep us all together.

And not that he wanted to, he had to.

That’s what we come from.

The universe has sent you a gift, Jaime.

And you have to figure out what you’re going to do with it.

Maybe this did all happen for a reason.

Maybe it’s time that we get our own hero.

And not just some foot up our ass. [Chuckles]

Hey, but what do I know, huh?

I’m just some failed promise that sleeps in his brother’s living room.

Don’t say that, man.

You’re not a failed promise.

Come on, you’re the shit! You know it.

I am the shit.

Yeah. [Chuckles]

And… and I love you.

And I love you, too, cabezon. Yeah, all right.

[door creaks open]

[Jenny] Guys?

[aircraft thrumming]

Do you hear that?

That’s Victoria.

[Rudy] Where are they going?


[water running]

[Alberto] You’re wasting too much water.

[gentle music playing on radio]

[Rocio chiding Milagro in Spanish]

[Milagro groaning]

[pleased chuckle]

[Milagro, in English] It’s always my fault.

[Alberto reassures Milagro in Spanish]

[Milagro, in English] Yeah.

[Rocio speaking Spanish]

[low rumbling]

[mug rattling]

[Rocio continues in Spanish]

Something wrong?

[rumble of aircraft approaching]

[Alberto speaks Spanish]

[rattling intensifies]

[soldiers chattering faintly]

[in English] Guys?

I think there’s somebody at the window.

[siren wailing outside]

[tarp rustling]

[aircraft thundering overhead]

[man over PA] Jaime Reyes, come out with your hands up.

Turn yourself in.

We are authorized to use deadly force.

Jaime Reyes, come out with your hands up…

Get away from the windows!

We are authorized to use deadly force.

Okay. Okay.


I’m gonna fly. I’m gonna fly.

Let’s do this.


Yeah, no chance.




Dude, no worries.

Just take your time.

Thanks, Jenny.

You gotta force it to come out.

What do you…

[frustrated panting]

Oh. Oh.


You’re a genius.

I know. What’d I say?

You said this thing’s gonna protect me, right?

[Rudy] I…

It’s not gonna let me die?

No, no. I mean, when you die…

All right, let’s see if it works.

[Rudy] I wouldn’t test it.

No, no, no, Jaime!

Wait, wait, wait, Jaime!



Well, back to the Tacoma, I guess.


[indistinct chatter]

[soldier on radio] We have the Reyes house surrounded. The family’s inside.

[Victoria on radio] You know what to do.

Round them up!

Breach team, go.

On me.

We’re in!

Fan out. Flash!


Get the light on.

I got your left!

Back room, clear!


[family whimpering] -Hands on your head. Don’t move.

Okay, okay.

[soldier] Don’t move!

Don’t touch my family!

Get up!

Let’s go! Up, up!

Hands up! Watch your two!

[Milagro whimpers]

Miss Kord, we found the family.

[soldier 1] We got ’em coming out. [Soldier 2] Take ’em out.

Let’s go.

[soldier] Drag them out!

[soldier commands in Spanish]

[Milagro yelling]

[in English] Come on! Let’s go, come on!

[Rocio] Let her go!

[soldier] Move, move!

[panicked, indistinct shouting]

Let’s go, let’s go!

[glass shattering]

[Rocio yelling]

[Nana shouting angrily in Spanish]

Let’s go!

Do not resist!

No! No! No!

[weapons cocking]

[Alberto shouting in Spanish]

[Nana shouting in Spanish]

[soldier 1, in English] Get on the ground. On the ground!

[soldier 2] Get down, now! Let’s go, now!

[soldier shouts in Spanish]

The kid’s not there.

Find him!

[Milagro panting]

[soldier] Is he inside?

Don’t say anything.

[soldier, in English] Where is he?

[repeats Spanish]

[in English] Where is he?

Where is he?

I could use that arsenal right about now.

[Khaji-Da] Thought you’d never ask.

Hell yeah!

[soldiers yelling]


[Jaime] Nice work, Khaji. You guys okay?


Sorry, I’m late, Mom.


[weapons cocking]

Wait, what?

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Look, don’t shoot. I don’t wanna hurt you guys.

[Victoria over radio] Fire!

God damn it! I said don’t shoot.

[Rocio yelps]

[gunfire continues]

Oh, my God. I’m bulletproof.

Let’s see what you can do.

Target the family.

[Victoria over radio] Engage. [soldier] Take ’em out.


[grunts] I got you guys. Don’t worry.

It’s gonna be okay.


Okay, let’s see what you got.

[Khaji-Da] Eliminating threats.

What? No, Khaji, no killing.

Yeah, that’s more like it.

[all yelling]


Get out of here.


[Alberto urging in Spanish]

[Khaji-Da] Analyzing threat level.

Okay. Let’s do this.



[laughs] Hell yeah!

[all panting, whimpering]

[soldier] Down on the ground!

[Milagro] Papi!


[soldier] We got one.

[fearful gasping]


[soldier] Stay down. Don’t move.


Stay where you are.

[cursing in Spanish]

[Milagro] No!

[soldier on radio] We got another one.


Come to papa.

[all grunting]

Carapax, ready the claw.

[claw mechanism powering up]

[shaky whisper] Daddy, I’m scared.

[weakly] Everything is gonna be okay.

[Khaji-Da] Jaime, your family.

[soldier] Stay down!

[Jaime grunts]

Okay, come on, Papi.

Mili, get Dad outta here. Go!


Okay. Okay, let’s go.


[Khaji-Da] They have a weapon. I suggest we retreat.

No way. They attack my family, we’re gonna finish this.

[Victoria] And…

[grunting in pain]


[heart thumping]

Dad, no. Dad, what’s wrong?

Dad! Dad!

[crying] No, no, no! Dad!


No, no, no.


[Milagro] No!


[yells] Now, what’s happening?

[Khaji-Da] Symbiotic systems…

Khaji, do something!

[sobbing] Dad, no!

Dad! Apa!



[panting, whimpering]

No. No, no, no.


No, Jaime.

Jaime, watch out!

[Jaime gasping for breath]

[yelling] You! You!

What do you want with us?


[Milagro] Dad, no! [Jaime] What are you doing?

Get this thing off of me, you psycho!



[Rocio screams] Mili!

[crying] Alberto!

[Nana speaking Spanish]


Let me go!

Khaji, do something! [Groans]

I got him. Let’s go.

Apa! [yelling]

[Rocio pleading in Spanish]

[calling for help in Spanish]

[Rocio yelling in Spanish]

[family crying]


[Rocio] Rudy. Rudy, Rudy.

[speaking Spanish] Wake up.

[Jaime yelling indistinctly]

[groaning loudly] Apa!

[weakly] I’m gonna come… I’m gonna come get you.

[Rudy] Call an ambulance.

[sobs, echoing]

[sirens wailing]

[defibrillator charging]

[medic] Clear!

[paddles thumping]

[medic] Clear! Clear!

[faint voices, echoing]

[monitor flat lines]


[Milagro whimpering, sniffling]

[Rocio murmuring to Milagro]

[Nana speaking Spanish]

We have to help Jaime.


We don’t have time for self-pity.

We must rescue Jaime.

That’s what his father would have wanted.

[Milagro crying]

[Nana addressing Milagro in Spanish]

[Milagro sniffles]


I know how you feel but we have to be brave.

There will be a time to cry.

This is not that time.

We have turned both cheeks.

Now is the time to fight.

[Rudy agreeing in Spanish]

[crying, in English] Nana is right, Mili. We have to go and save Jaime.

How? Okay, we don’t even know where they took him.

[Jenny] I might know where he is.


Come with me.

I can help.

[Jenny] Watch your step.


[doors rumbling]

All right.

Let’s do this.

[paint can rattling]

[Rocio speaks Spanish, then English] Let’s go.

[Milagro] Okay, okay.

I’m done, I’m done.

Okay, guys.

Let’s hope this Kord tech works.

[motor thrumming]

[switches clicking]

[buzzer buzzes]

Hang on.


[mechanism powers down, powers back up]


[systems humming]

[powers off]

[powers on]


[automated voice] Welcome back to the Bug Ship, Teddy.

Oh, that’s sexy.

[Rocio] Look at you.

[Milagro] This is sick.

[Rudy] Thrusters!

Let’s go get our boy.

[Jenny] Let’s do this.

[Rudy] Jenny.

[Nana laughs]

Okay. Good, good, good. Good.

[speaking Spanish]

[speaking Spanish]

[in English] So, what’s the plan when we get there?

We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.

[Milagro] That’s not how you say…

[all yelling]


[Rudy] Ama, I’m flying!


[Victoria] After 15 years, everything we’ve done, every sacrifice we’ve made, has led to this moment.

Finally, the power of the Scarab will be ours.

[Sanchez] Almost there.

[Victoria] We are going to change the world, Carapax.

Are you ready?

I’m ready.

[monitor beeping]

[Milagro groans]

This will make you feel better.

[in English] Is this thing bulletproof?

[mutters in Spanish]

We’ll need more than a flying bug to save Jaime.

[mutters in Spanish]

[in English] Well, do you guys wanna see Dad’s toys?

Wait, is that Kabloom bubble gum?

[Jenny] Oh, no, no. That’s not what you think it is.

It’s just a special prototype my dad was designing for me when I was little.

Do these things work?

Mm… some of them.


[glove beeps]


[nervous chuckle]

Oh, that’s the Bug Shield.

Try pressing another button.

[Milagro chuckles softly]

Yeah, you know what? I think I’m keeping this one.

Okay, so, how are we supposed to learn how to use these things?

[heavy weapon clicks, powering up]

[Milagro] Nana?

Hey. How do you know how to hold that so perfectly?

There’s plenty you don’t know about your Nana.


[hairpin clatters]

[Jenny] This is where they took Jaime.

Pago is a Caribbean island off the coast of Cuba that Kord bought from Batista in the 50s.

The place is a fortress.

Okay, how the hell are we gonna get in there?

I’ve stormed this kind of fortress before.

[in English] What the hell?

Mili, one day, we gonna have to talk about Nana’s revolutionary past.

Her what?

Let me see that tunnel.

[speaking Spanish]

That’s how we get in.


We will create a diversion while they go in directly to the basement.

[Jenny, in English] Yeah, the generators are here.

[Nana] Mm.

We could blow them up and knock power out.


[praising in Spanish]

After that, you go and find Jaime.

We’ll be the getaway.

Any questions?


[Milagro, in English] Damn, Nana.

[Nana laughs intensely]


[breath echoing, faint]

[shuddering gasp]

Hey, who are you?


What’re you doing? Get me out of this thing, please?

[Victoria] Is there a problem, Sanchez?

[whispers] I’m sorry.

You’re sorry? You’re sorry? What does that even mean?

Tell her to get me out of this!


It’s okay. It’s okay.

Yeah. Listen, kid.

The Scarab chose you, that’s true.

But it doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to me.

But now that you’ve activated it, we can transfer its code directly into the O.M.A.C.

What are you even talking about?

No, no, Miss Kord. It could kill him.

Oh, bummer.

Well, but sacrifices have to be made for the greater good.

And this is yours, Jaime Reyes.

Do it, Sanchez.

With all due respect, my name, again, is not Sanchez.

[Jaime] Hey, hey! Get me outta this thing!

[fly buzzing]

Damn it.

[Bug Ship engines whining]


[Jenny] Rudy. [Rudy] Yeah, I see it.

[Jenny] You’re going too fast!

[Rudy] Here goes nothing.

Hold on, hold on!

[all yelling]

[Rudy] All right. All right.

[all shrieking]

[gasps] Incoming!

Brace for impact!

[soldiers shouting]

[all screaming]

[groans loudly]


[soldier] Let’s go, let’s go!

On the wall! Engage. Engage.

[Rocio] Rudy, do something.

Rudy, we need to move. We need to move.

[“Kickstart My Heart” playing]

[Rudy] Here we go!

[all yelling]

[Rudy] Whoa.

Okay, okay.


Get out of the way. Sorry!

[Nana shouting in Spanish]

[soldiers screaming]

[in English] It’s like I can’t miss.

Right there, right there.

[soldier groans]

I stepped on him!

[in English] Twenty points!

[Rudy] Whoo-hoo!

[soldiers grunting, screaming]

Activating cloaking system.

[Bug Ship voice] Activating bug fart.

[Bug Ship farting explosively]


[soldiers coughing, gagging]

[Rudy] Take that!


[soldiers yelling]

[Jenny screams]

[Bug Ship squeaks]

[Jenny exhales]

Yeah, this way.


Hey! Come on.

I know you can hear me.

[breathing heavily]

Just let me out!

[grunts explosively]

[Jaime struggling, panting]

[Victoria] I’ll keep it safe.

Start the transfer.

And when it’s complete, kill the kid.

Get me out of here!

But, Miss Kord, we could learn so much from his connection to the Scarab…

We can learn a lot more if we take it off his corpse.

[Jaime] Let me out! No! No!


[screaming continues]

[indistinct radio chatter]

Milagro, here, hide!

[metallic rattling]

Holy shit.

Okay, I think we’re good.

What the…

Victoria, you crazy bitch.

[Milagro] What the hell is this?

[Jenny] Fully operational O.M.A.C. systems.

Enough to build an entire army.

[Sanchez] Miss Kord, this… this isn’t looking good.

[Victoria] What’s going on?

[Sanchez] Oh, no. The Scarab download is generating too much power. Our systems are spiking.

[Victoria] What does it mean?

[Sanchez] The transfer is killing him.

[Victoria] He can’t die before the transfer is completed.

His pulse is dropping.

Well, just fix it!

[gasping deeply]

[Alberto, echoing] Hey, flaco.


What’s going on?

What are you doing here?

You know.

No. Apa.

[comforting in Spanish]

Everything is going to be okay.

[speaks Spanish]

[Jenny] Milagro, here. Help me with these.

[cracking, rumbling]



This is not your time.

You have to go back.

Come with me.

[in English] Please.

I understand everything now.

My destiny was to be here with you.

In this moment.

To help you cross into it.

The universe knows it’s you.

I know it’s you.

You know it as well.

[in English] This is your purpose.

The scarab has chosen you for a reason.

[in English] It’s time for you to accept your destiny, Jaime.

[breathing rapidly]

How am I gonna do this without you?

I’ll always be with you.

[in English] How am I gonna know what to do?

All the answers are here.


I love you, son.

[in English] I love you, too, Papi.

[speaks Spanish]

Something’s happening.


His brainwaves, they’re syncing with the Scarab’s frequency.

Right there. They’re connecting.

I need you, Khaji!

They’re becoming one.


[monitor beeping]

[Victoria] We’ve got the code?

[Sanchez] The transfer’s complete.

The code is ours.


It’s working!

[Jaime panting]



[panting] Oh, no.

[soldier] Go, go, go!


[panting heavily]

[sharp groan]


Okay. Here we go.


[electronic ticking]



[Jenny] Okay, let’s go.

[Milagro] Yeah.

[Carapax screaming distantly]


[suit warbles, sputters]

No. No, no, no.

[Carapax yelling]

Sanchez, stop him!

[panting] Oh, shit.

[Carapax screaming]



Get your family and get off this island, okay?

Wait, wait, wait. My family?


What do you mean my family?

[door slams]


Sanchez, you moron. What are you doing?

My name is not Sanchez, pendeja!

It’s Jose Francisco Morales Rivera de la Cruz!

[Victoria] What are you doing?


[Jaime yells]


[Victoria] Stop him, Carapax.

Go. I’ll be fine.


Okay, Khaji, come on.

[loud thudding]


Okay. All right, Khaji, activate!

[Khaji-Da] Rebooting.

Rebooting? Are you kidding me?

[O.M.A.C. powering up]

Oh, God. Oh, no. Oh, no.



Go, go, go.

Okay, okay, okay.

[rumbling, cracking]

Milagro, wait.

Oh, no, no, no.

What’s wrong? What’s wrong?

[Jenny] No, no, watch out!

[Milagro screams]





Finally, I can feel it.

[growling softly]

[exhales] Oh…

Now this look really suits you.

[loud buzzing]

[klaxon blares]

Okay. [Panting]

Okay, Khaji. All right, Khaji-Da.

You got this. You can do this.

Come on! Let’s go! Let’s go!

[suit hums, then falters]

[Khaji-Da] Still rebooting.

Come on!




[soldier] Freeze!

Stay right there!

[weapons cocking]

Come on.

[weapons powering up]

Don’t move.


[soldier] Take him down.

[powerful weapon firing]

[soldiers screaming]

[firing ceases]

[Jaime gasps]


Come on.

[Jaime, in English] Okay.

Where did you learn to shoot like that?

I’ll tell you later.

[urging in Spanish]

[soldiers chattering]

[weapon clicks]

[soldier] Keep your eyes peeled.

[prolonged battle yell]

Down with the imperialists!


[soldiers screaming]


[weapon spinning down]

[contented sigh, laugh]

Now we can go.

[calling in Spanish]

[rocks clattering]

[muffled booming]


[coughing] Milagro!


[Victoria tutting]

Jennifer, Jennifer, Jennifer.

What a mess you have made.

[soldier] Let’s go. On your feet. Get up!

[Nana and Rocio speaking Spanish]


[Rocio speaking Spanish, relieved]

You ok?

[in English] Yeah.

[muffled booming]

[muttering in Spanish]



[Jaime] Where is she?

Milagro and Jenny. They’re in there.

[Jaime] Oh, you gotta be kidding me.

Okay, I need to head back in there, okay?

[Rudy] Yeah. What about the suit?

It’s not working right now. I can’t deal with it.



[speaking Spanish]

[in English] Okay.

[in English] Uh… Rudy, what’s that chongo thing called again?



I know you can hear me, Khaji-Da.

I want you both to get it together.

Find your strength, mijito.

Use the pain we’re feeling and turn it into power.

I want you to go back in there…

And kick their asses!

[soldier grunts]

[Milagro gasps]

I found one of them.




[all grunting loudly]


Drop your weapon.

Oh, goddamn it.

[gasps in pain]

[Jaime] Hey! Pendejos!

[“I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” playing]

[suit powering up]

[Khaji-Da] Rebooting complete.

Get the hell away from my sister.

I’m out.

I’m out.

You ready Khaji?

Let’s kick their ass.

[Khaji-Da, in Spanish]

Come on, let’s get it.

Who’s first?

[all grunting]



[Jaime] Oh, you want some?



[pained yell]

Wait, wait, wait! Watch out!

Engage the target.

[soldiers yell]

[chuckles] Let’s go!


Oh, man, there’s more.


[soldiers grunting]

[Jaime yells]

Grab him!

What the hell? Get ’em off of me!

[Khaji-Da] With pleasure.

[all yelling]

Thanks, Khaji.

[Khaji-Da] De nada.


[Khaji-Da] One more left.


[Jaime] Get over here!

[soldier yells]

[pleased chuckle]


[Jaime] Come on.

[chuckles] Come on.

Nice slap.

Where were you?

[in English] Okay, I deserve that one.

[Milagro] I thought I’d never see you again.

I told you I wasn’t going anywhere.

[Milagro] Well, you did.

Yeah, that wasn’t my…

[exclaiming in Spanish]

Rudy! Rudy!

[in English] Mili, oh, my God. Oh, my God.

You’re safe. I thought I lost you.

[Milagro] No, no. Look.

[Milagro laughing]

Hey, hey, hey.

Wait, wait, wait. Where’s Jenny?

We got separated. I don’t know.

Okay, we have to find her.

[power surge humming]

Okay, we’re gonna find her before the others do because I…

Watch out!

[Jaime yells]

What the hell was that?


[Khaji-Da] O.M.A.C. incoming, Jaime.

Ah, crap. [Grunts]

[Jaime yelling]

[both grunting]

[Jaime] Get off!

Okay, let’s do this, Khaji!

Give me rockets or something.

[Khaji-Da] Deploying blasters.

[Carapax groans]

Okay, now give me blades.

Okay, now give me…

[pained grunt, yelling]

[Khaji-Da] Careful, he’s stronger than before.

Okay, I get it.


[Milagro] Okay, which way do we go?

Go to the Bug Ship. It’s that way.

But where are you going?

I’m gonna get Cabezon. Go!

[both grunting loudly]

[Khaji-Da] Critical wing damage.

[Jaime] Scratch my back? Well, I’ll scratch yours.

[Jaime yelling]

[Carapax grunting]

All right, big boy.

[Carapax] You do not deserve this power!

[blade clanging]

[Jaime] I thought you’d hit harder than that.

[grunts with effort]

[Jaime] Okay, we need something else, Khaji.

[Khaji-Da] Accessing energy reactor.

[suit charging up]

[Jaime] There we go.


All right, you wanna dance, huh?

Now, give me a sword.

So I can make whatever weapons I want, huh?

[Khaji-Da] Whatever you can imagine, I can create.

Let’s party.

[yells, grunts]

[Khaji-Da] Nice choice.

[Jaime] Let’s go!

[Carapax growling]


[Jaime] Home run! Whoo!


[Jaime] Oh, yeah!

[laughs] Come on. That’s all you got?

[Khaji-Da] Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Jaime.

[Jaime] Khaji, don’t worry. We got this.

[both grunting]

[triumphant yell]

[both straining]

[Jaime] Okay, this is a little harder than I thought.


[pained grunt]

[Khaji-Da] Regenerative systems critical.

What the hell?

[Carapax] There can only be one of us.

[Jaime] Khaji, do something!

[both grunting]

[Jaime] What’s wrong? Can’t breathe?

[Carapax grunting, growling]

[Jaime grunts, straining]

[Jaime yelling]

[Khaji-Da] Jaime, I cannot protect you anymore.

[Khaji-Da] I’m sorry.

[Jaime groaning]

Khaji, Khaji, stay with me. [screams]

[Carapax] You are still a scared little boy.



[Carapax] I told you, the love you feel for your family… makes you weak.

[defiant scream]

[Carapax grunts in surprise]


Take these!

[Rudy, in English] Come on! Come and get me.

[shouts in Spanish, then English] Come on!



Oh, shit.

[Jaime] No!





Your O.M.A.C. has failed.

Jennifer, you don’t know what the O.M.A.C. is.

Carapax is just a prototype.

This is the only thing that’s important.

The Scarab code.

With this, I can make a thousand Carapaxes.

This is the culmination of my life’s work.

This is the Kord legacy. This is our legacy.

Not mine. I’ll make sure of it.

You’re… you’re gonna side with that Edge Key trash over your own family?

That Edge Key trash…

knows more about family than you ever will.

I know. No, I know about family.

I know about my family that overlooked me, just the way that you are now, because you are just like your pathetic father, who didn’t have the guts to do what was necessary for the greater good.

I wish that Ted were here now to see this.

[in Portuguese]

Me too.


[Victoria] Oh!


[alarm beeping]

[struggling grunts]

[grunting, yelling]



[Jaime] No! We’re not done!

[violent grunts]

[Khaji-Da] Jaime, threat disarmed.

You’re losing control.

[Jaime] You think that you could beat me? Huh?

You should have finished me when you had the chance!


[Khaji-Da] O.M.A.C. neutralized. Recommend to disengage.


[panting, grunts]

What are you doing?

[Khaji-Da] We are not killers, Jaime.

Let him go.


What about Dad?

What about Rudy?

[Khaji-Da] During the transfer, I unlocked his memories.

Let me show you.


[doctor] What if he doesn’t survive the procedure?

[Victoria] Then we’ll just get another one.

[doctor 2] It could kill him.

Sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

[Ronald Reagan] This country is confronting a brutal challenge, from guerrillas armed and supported by others outside Guatemala.

[woman] The United States is committed to restoring democracy and to address the root causes of the violent insurgency.

[Ronald Reagan] We know about the problems confronting Guatemala.

Perfect. Round them up.

[jet flying overhead]

[echoing] Mama!

[echoing] Ignacio!


[echoing scream]

[breathing shakily]

[Khaji-Da] Do you understand now?


Hey! Cabezon!


You’re wrong.

That love that I have for my family… that’s what makes me strong.

All right, give it to me. Come on.


Yes, that.

[screams] No! Now what have you done?

No! No, no!

[Jaime panting] Jenny?

[Jenny murmuring, relieved]

It’s okay.

Carapax, kill them.

Kill them both!

Take care of your family.


[in English] Okay.

[Victoria] What are you doing? They’re getting…

[Jaime] Okay.

[Jenny whimpers]

[Victoria] No.

Wait, Jenny, wait.

Go back to the Bug Ship. I’ll be right behind you.


I promise.

We can be partners, huh?

I’ll f… I’ll fix it. I’ll fix you.

We can find another Sanchez.

Do you remember everything that I’ve done for you?

[in Q’eqchi]

I remember everything now.

[Carapax’s suit powering up]

[whispering] No.

Khaji, what’s he doing?

[Khaji-Da] He’s maxing out the energy reactor in his suit.

I advise we back away.

[humming power intensifies]

[mother, echoing] Ignacio.

[laughs gently]

[in Q’eqchi]

It’s time…

[Victoria] What? What?

What, no! What are you doing?

Stop! No! No!

Time to come home.

[in Q’eqchi]

[in English] Sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

No! Please! No!

Ignacio, no! Stop!

[Khaji-Da] I suggest we run.

Okay. Oh, shit.


[Jenny grunts]

Milagro, pull!

[Rudy] Rocio!

[speaks Spanish]


[exhausted grunt]

[all panting]

[Jaime chuckles weakly]

[whispers] You okay?



[Rudy] Cabezon.





Yeah. You know…

Bad weed never dies.

[Jaime exclaims]


[Rocio speaks Spanish]


Now we can cry.

[all crying]

[crying softly]

It is a delicate moment for Kord Industries.

And of course, we mourn the loss of Victoria Kord.

But I’m looking forward.

As I was saying, we will no longer make weapons.

What I want to do is honor my father’s legacy.

It’s not about destruction, it’s about building a better future.

It’s not about taking from the community, but giving back to the community.

What are we gonna do now?

Animo, Rudy, okay?

We’re gonna get through this, we always do.

[woman calling out in Spanish]

[man, in English] Hey! The Reyes are here.


[animated chatter in Spanish]

Everybody showed up.

[indistinct chatter]

[“Sabor a Mi” playing]

[men chattering, laughing]

[indistinct chatter]

[Milagro] Nana.

[Nana grunting, speaking Spanish]

[in English] Okay.

[both laughing]

[speaks Spanish]

[addresses family in Spanish]

Now we can start to rebuild.


[in English] Where, Ama? We don’t have a house.

Rudy, we have, like, half the Edge Keys in our yard right now.

I’m sure they’ll be happy to help us out.

[speaks Spanish, then English] Of course they’re going to help.

Yeah, until when? Until Kord pushes us out?

[Jenny] I wouldn’t worry about that.

[pleased chattering]

[Rocio] Jenny, Jenny.


Thank you for coming.

[in English] I think it’s time to return the Edge Keys to the people that made it great.

Sounds like the Reyes family’s rubbing off a little bit on Jenny Kord, no?

[Jenny] Kord has a lot to learn from the Edge Keys.

Starting with you, Rudy.

Wait a minute, did you tell her to say that?

Rudy, I didn’t say shit.

That sounds like something that you would say to her to tell me.

And don’t worry, Kord Industries will fix and give you back your house.

[Milagro exclaims excitedly]

[all chattering]

[man] Excuse me.

Here you go.

Thank you.

Here, Rudy.

What’s this?

I felt really bad, so I got you a new tailgate.

[laughter, chattering]

How do you like that, cupcake?

Oh! Wow, it’s blue. A little on the nose, no?

[Rocio] Rudy.

Rudy. “Thank you.”

I’ll think about it.

[Jenny] Yeah, take a look.

Oh, wow. Come on, help me like it.

[Milagro] I’m inheriting that.

All right, I gotta go.


How about I walk you out?

Yeah, sure.



So, uh…

when am I gonna see you again?

Soon. I hope.

Where are you headed?

To my dad’s.

I want to look at my mom’s paintings again.

I forgot how beautiful they are.

Cool, cool.


What if I gave you a ride?



[Khaji-Da] I feel a surge of blood rushing towards your mid-region.


No, no, no. Not you.


What’s it saying?


[“Nada Personal” playing]

[suit humming]

[family hooting and cheering]

[all singing “Jaime la del Barrio”]



Hold on.

[nervous chuckle] Okay.

[Jenny yelling]

[song continues]

[heavy thud]

[devices powering up]

[“I’m All Out of Love” playing]

♪ I’m all out of love, What am I without you? ♪

♪ I can’t be too late I know I was so wrong ♪

♪ I’m all out of love, I’m so lost without you ♪

[static crackles]

[music skips and repeats]

[man over radio] Hello, hello?

Oh, my God, it’s working. Okay. Um…

Whoever turned on my computer, get a message to my daughter, Jenny.

Jenny Kord.

Please, tell her that I love her, and that I’m sorry, and her dad is alive.

Ted Kord is alive.

[quirky theme song playing]

[announcer speaking in Spanish]


[announcer continues in Spanish]


[announcer continues]


[announcer continues]

[pleased laugh]

[Rudy] Oh, that’s sexy.


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