Space Station Zebra Episode 4 (Anarchy)

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Order and discipline begin to break down as Eli starts to question the purpose of the station, also Eli and the crew recall what circumstances led to them being stationed on Zebra.

Submitted: January 09, 2012

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Eli walks into a restroom and up to a urinal. There's an officer standing directly beside him.
 
Eli: How's it going?
 
Officer:Okay, how are you?
 
Eli: Great! I just got out of boot camp, I'm waiting for orders to my permanent station.
 
Officer: Oh really? I'm actually in charge of all junior enlisted initial assignments.
 
Eli: That's cool.
 
Eli glances at the other urinal for a moment
 
Eli:hm.`
 
he finishes and walks away.
 
The officers eyes glare
 
Eli stands with his friends as they read their assignments off a large computer monitor.
 
Eli's friend: Sigma squadron! Yes!
 
Eli:(squinting at the screen) What's Zebra station?
the room goes silent
 
a girl starts bawling in the background
 
Eli's friend (holding back tears): You deserved better than this! No one deserves this!
 
Eli: dammit,eyes forward, I should've known better.
 
-opening sequence-
 
Rodney sits by the oxygen generation plant.
 
Rodney:What's that my love?
 
he stares intently at the O2 plant.
 
Rodney:A storm is coming? what kind of storm?
 
close up of the 02 plant.
 
Rodney:(laughs) Interesting.
 
-flashback-
Young Rodney and Aaron stand in the engineering spaces.
 
Rodney: Oxygen generation? That's cool
 
a scary looking man with tattoos all over his arms and face hands Rodney a little green book.
 
Scary guy: Don't sleep, that's when it will come for you. It says such sweet lies, they're like kisses, but soon you will learn you have become its slave.
 
Joe walks up behind them.
 
Joe: Happy retirement Nathan!
 
Rodney tries to take the book and Nathan tries to hang on, until Rodney finally jerks it out of his hands.
 
Rodney: Wow I can't wait to get started!
 
He reads a page.
 
Rodney: I'm gonna need bone marrow!
 
Aaron:Uh, good luck with that. I'm gonna go study, um ventilation.
 
Joe: Great idea kid.
 
the engineering control room officer walks by.
 
officer: Hey guys how's it going?
 
Rodney: Good sir. How are you.
 
officer: I just got back from leave, man my wife is a wildcat. I cannot wait to get back to her again, she is the love of my life.
 
-end flashback-
 
Bob and Eli sit in the cafeteria.
 
Bob: So you got disqualified?
 
Eli: Yeah Aaron didn't even get to eat anything.
 
Bob: What happened?
 
Eli: The officer's ex-wife loved lavender.
 
Bob: let me guess, she cheated on him with another man?
 
Eli: Woman.
 
Bob:bad ass.
 
Eli:He didn't seem to feel that way.
 
Bob: Yeah that guy's a dick.
 
Eli: I'm so sick of this place, we give a damn about so many rules, that no one really wants enforced.
 
Bob: That's the military.
 
Eli: No this is not the military, this is the lord of the freaking flies. No rules matter out here, were 
 
just a bunch of retards who got sent to a space station most people don't care about. No one 
 
wants to be here, no one should be here, were a remnant from a cold war so ancient we don't 
 
even know who it was against! Fuck this, I'm done.
 
Eli storms off
 
Bob: They grow up so fast.
 
Flashback
A pair of nurses sit in a room with an older looking man
 
Nurse1:About your son.
 
Man: Yes, is he in trouble?
 
Nurse2: This is a mental institution people can't get in trouble here.
 
Nurse1: There are complications however.
 
Man: So is he in complications?
 
Nurse1: Uhhh.... Yeah sure. Robert is a gifted child.
 
Nurse2: Yes, gifted.
 
Man: Thank you.
 
Nurse1: He is however, evil.
 
Man: Is that serious?
 
Nurse2: Yes, evil things typically are.
 
Nurse1: Since you brought him here, he's lead a majority of the staff to go on strike
 
Man: Yes.
 
Nurse2: The scabs that crossed the picket line were later convinced to start a small militia.
 
Man: Just like his elementary school.
 
Nurse2: We have reason to believe he's started a drug ring.
 
Nurse1: He's like Charles Manson. Except more congenial.
 
Man: I've heard that before.
 
Nurse1: We think maybe at 11 years old, he'd be better handled somewhere more strict.
 
Man: Like prison?
 
Nurse2: No, no! Not yet, maybe a military school.
 
Man: Whatever you think. I trust your decisions.
 
Nurse1: I think we found his practice dummy
 
nurse 2 nods
 
Man: Really? where was it?
 
-End Flashback-
 
Eli comes back wearing a black t-shirt and jeans
 
Bob: Eli, what are you doing out of uniform?
 
Eli: What's the uniform for? Who's gonna see us? We're all on a freaking space station together, I 
think we can figure out we're all on the same side.
 
Bob: Now that's not true at all.
 
Eli: I'm done playing games with these people.
 
Bob: What people?
 
Eli: Exactly!
 
Eli storms off again
 
Bob: I'd better get out of here before he comes back naked.
 
Engineering control room
 
Officer: (singing)Every now and then I fall apart! cause I need you now tonight! cause I need you more than ever!
 
Eli storms in.
 
Eli Sir your a tool, no one likes Bonnie Tyler, no one likes you, and if I was your wife I'd have given up high heels for steel toed boots too.
 
Officer: I'd have never married you in the first place, your ass is too fat.
 
Eli: I'm beautiful for my body type sir. And it's time Aaron got a break!
 
Officer: No way! You're disqualified pending reincarnation.
 
Eli: Oh I'm not going to relieve him.
 
Eli grabs the power cord for the VFDP
 
Officer:We can't operate without that, don't!
 
Eli: It's an 11 trillion dollar air freshener, and the guy who controls it just makes it smell like an old spinster's house!
 
Aaron:That's what I was going for.
 
Officer: Shut up!
 
Eli: This conversation is over!
 
Eli pulls the plug.
 
Aaron: Are... are you Jesus?
 
Eli:Go eat Aaron, it's chinese food night.
 
Aaron: Dammit.
 
Officer: Oh you're in trouble mister.
 
Eli: Don't call me mister, you don't even know my last name, no one does!
 
Officer: So? 
 
Eli: I don't know, it's just kind of strange for a military installation.
 
Officer: Yeah I know. Everyone just calls me sir, they don't even know my name, or the watch I'm standing.
 
Eli: What watch is it?
 
Officer: There isn't one, I'm just lonely
 
Eli: oh
 
Officer: Any way, you are still going to face serious consequences for what you've done.
 
Eli: yeah well, you're still a dick.
 
Captains quarters
 
CO: Okay first of all, usually people wear there dress uniforms. You're wearing jeans and t-shirt a space ship on it.
 
Eli: It's a boston t-shirt
 
CO: That's vintage. Anyway, you've broken like 250 rules.
 
Eli: and how many of those rules did you know about until today?
 
CO: six
 
Eli: Sir, don't you think it's kind of stupid that we selectively follow and enforce a million self-conflicting rules, made by a bunch of old people who forgot this station existed, if they ever knew in the first place.Who the hell are we trying to impress?
 
CO:We have to follow some rules. Otherwise it'd be anarchy.
 
Eli: What's so bad about anarchy? Any society is four meals away from revolution. I don't know about you, but I've been eating sweet and sour boots for the last 3 weeks. 
 
CO: That explains my difficulty moving my bowels. 
 
Eli: Sir, seriously, can we just say, fuck the rules for once? Let's just make the best of this floating prison.
 
CO:It's not actually floating...
 
Eli: Yeah, yeah, decaying orbit, 4 years, red sun, I know. 
 
CO: Well...
 
-flashback-
 
The CO (right now not a CO) sits in an office with an admiral.
 
Admiral: So I've been looking at your fitreps from your executive officer tour.
 
Young CO: Okay.
 
Admiral: Your Commanding officer said this, and I quote " He approaches his duties and responsibilities with the kind of commitment and attention to detail as a night manager at an adult video store."
 
Young CO: That's when the rush happens.
 
Admiral: Well despite these criticisms the abysmal retention rate has caused you to be a candidate for duty as a commanding officer, by default.
 
Young CO: Right on.
 
Admiral: Right on? that's a terrible response. Say something like "I'm honored" or "I'm humbled" or "I won't disappoint you"
 
Young CO: (scoffs) It's just a job man.
 
Admiral: Just a job! What the- (he stops and gathers himself) I think I have the perfect post for you.
 
-end flashback-
 
Crew cafeteria
Aaron quietly sits and eats pieces of leather dipping them in sauce.
meanwhile a riot erupts with men with welding torches wearing various civilian attire.
breaking beer bottles, fighting each other, with guitar solo from "more than a feeling" playing in the back ground.
Aaron continues eating quietly. Eli punches a crew member in the throat. The man falls to the ground, Eli kicks the man in the stomach again and again.
 
Eli: Stupid recruiters, stupid military, stupid station!
 
Bob walks in
 
Bob:Oh no. It's a like a pentecostal service.
 
The Captain (now also in civilian clothes) watches the brawl with some interest.
 
Bob: Sir, what the hell is going on?
 
CO: Eli's right, this station has no purpose, were actually kind of lucky it still supports life, and we're out here trying to play soldier. There's no point.
 
Bob: Not you too.
 
Bob leaves 
 
Aaron is continously jostled by people bumping into him as they brawl, he hovers over the food in a protective manner.
 
Bob comes back with a shotgun.
 
CO: Bob? what are you doing
 
Bob: Sir, if I may offer my rebuttal...
 
BOOM!
 
Eli stops just before stabbing someone in the face with a broken bottle.
 
Eli: DUDE! The hull is like 40% staples!
 
Bob: Oh now we have rules! Don't harsh my mellow I'm just firing a freaking shot gun!
 
Eli: Hey I'm an anarchist not a hippy!
 
Bob:Your speaking privelages are revoked.
 
Eli:You can't tell me what to do, it's an anarchy.
 
Bob: Shotgun!
 
Eli:Oh, Good point.
 
Bob: Listen, I know we follow a lot of dumb rules, and the people who thought them up are probably a bunch of beauracrats that don't know we exist. But if we couldn't ammuse ourselves with the utter insanity of them, this place would stop being a terrible place to live, and would just fall to pieces instead. Honestly Eli, you haven't done any work since you got here, we haven't had a drug test since I got here, and the last time someone came here for an external inspection, he disappeared with no questions asked. This place may suck. But honestly the only rules we follow we do so because we need them to function, or it's just funny.
 
Aaron: I was on watch for eight months, that wasn't funny.
 
Bob: Not for you. I thought it was.  Face it, we may not be tactically important. But if we get out of here without killing ourselves we'll get to pretend we did something really important without achieving anything.
 
CO: He's right! From now on we only break a few rules. And we need to be more discreet about it. And we're going to have mandatory drug testing for the entire command.
 
BOOM!
 
CO: In two months.
 
-Flashback-
 
Bob sits in a room across from a CO of another ship.
 
other CO: So Mr. Wakazashi.
 
Bob: Call me Bob sir.
 
Other CO: Okay Bob. Do you know why we're here?
 
Bob: I have a good idea.
 
Other CO: We had a split in between our crew.
 
Bob: Rivalry's good for a crew.
 
Other CO: Rivalry typically doesn't involve trench warfare.
 
Bob: Nothing brings a group together like rushing a machine gun nest.
 
Other CO: Bob, you're a crazy, evil genius. But you need to understand, all these uprisings, and civil wars you create. They may satisfy your God complex for now. But corrupting order into chaos is unsatisfying. Controlling and manipulating, chaos into order, now that's good for the ego.
 
Bob: No one's ever explained it that way before.
 
Other CO: You haven't met the right Megalo-maniac before.
 
Bob: Okay I'll bite, where can I do this.
 
Other CO: I know just the place
 
-Ending Credits-
 
Eli and Bob stare out a window into space
 
Bob: So what did you get as a punishment?
 
Eli: psychological counseling, and mandatory hugs every two hours from the chaplain.
 
Bob:lame
 
Eli: Yeah, he keeps trying to get to third base.
 
Bob: Well that's what you get.
 


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