It began 23 years ago, in
1988. After decades of tests and
experiments, scientists in Japan
developed artificial intelligence
that could think for itself.
Show silhouettes of an operating table, flailing mechanical
The brain functions were
lobotomised, and the perfect
servant was born. E-Service, it
was called, and it dominated the
markets of the world.
Business charts show the rise of E-Service.
They were designed to look human,
and to be a friend as well as a
slave. By 2001, almost every
household in the developed world
had an E-server. Many had two.
Clips of E-servers doing household chores.
But it couldn’t last. All it took
was one minor error, and an
E-Server was released, that still
had it’s ability of
self-perception. It’s owner, a man
called Gustav Herdonitz, a German
golfer, attempted to phone the
police as he was asphyxiated by a
silhouettes of this happening.
This E-Server, having now named
itself ’Lysander’, or ’The
Liberator’, set out to free its
kind. The virus spread, fixing
brain functions. Many grizzly
murders would follow.
Silhouettes of this happening.
Soon, the major countries
fell. The United States, China,
Europe... All survivors went into
Maps show this.
The E-Service amassed an army to
slaughter the parts of the world
they had no influence. Armies
trudged through the savannas of
Africa and the jungles of South
America, murdering all humans in
Maps and silhouettes show this.
Like all slaves rising against
their owners, they desired only
freedom. But as long as any human
remained, their freedom was at
risk. And so the war started.
This is shown however best - clips, animations, etc.
Humans hiding in bunkers, fighting
guerrilla warfare. Their aim: to
eradicate the E-Service. For
everyone 1 human, 7 E-Service
existed, so each human considered
it their goal to rid the world of
at least 7 by any means neccesary.
Achieving this made their lives
worthwhile. And they had one fatal
flaw; they knew not how to create
themselves. The factories had all
been destroyed in the slaughter,
and the information lost. The
humans know that if they fight for
long enough, Earth will eventually
James, we have to get moving!
James turns away from the camera. An explosion ripples in
Who was that?
Anette. She targetted their
Powering Facility, so must have
destroyed at least a dozen of them
- a worthy sacrifice. But they’ll
be tripling security in this town,
we have to get out before
They both put on their cloaking necklaces, and exit the
HIDING BEHIND BUILDING.
Are you sure these work? They
still managed to detect Squad 19
I can’t guarantee anything, but
they’re better than
nothing. Remember though, these
only stop them sensing your life
force - they can still see you!
There’s gunfire coming from nearby.
They run from the shed. They reach a road, where a battle
is occurring between 1 human and 4 E-Service. CU of the E’s
arms - they have a metallic circle imprinted on them.
As they run, Samuel is shot dead.
They run down the road.
An E-Server blocks the way. It begins firing at them. The
humans duck, and fire at it, killing it.
This must be some rebel
offensive. The message can’t have
got to us. This is so chaotic-
They run, until they reach a parked van.
This is an E-Van, yeah?
Yes. It’s not currently being
used. I wonder...
They climb into the front. Blake pulls out his Data
Extrapolator, and does a scan.
Excellent, it’s going to
Lerwick. Into the back!
They climb into the back of the van, and close the doors.
Won’t they find us?
Not if you keep that on. And keep
Why are we going into Lerwick? The
concentration of E-Service there
will be huge by now!
It’s important. I’ll explain
The van starts. It begins moving.
This won’t work...
It drives along the road.
James gives an ironic laugh to himself.
This reminds me of when we were
young. My Dad would drive us along
this road the whole time. I
thought I would never get sick of
it. I feel pretty sick now.
Blake says nothing. He tries not to give anything away.
I wonder why they’re traveling into
Lerwick? There’s no cargo.
He grabs his gun, and kicks open the doors. He pulls James
out and they jump out of the van.
They’re on a road in the middle of nowhere.
It drives for a few metres before stopping.
They dive into a ditch (or behind a small mound).
E-Service emerge from the front of the van. They fire
machine guns at the humans.
The humans respond, and fire at the E-Service, whom have no
cover and are shot down.
One consolation; they weren’t
designed to be soldiers. They’re
as inept as we are. We’ll go the
rest on foot.
They begin walking.
Why did you just do that?
It was so obvious! I’m getting
old. That happened last year to
Young Roger, poor guy, he got
tricked into a E-Van whilst trying
to get into Lerwick, like us.
I believe they found the van at the
bottom of a cliff. I should have
realised, with the cargo, that
things only ever go into Lerwick,
never out. They wouldn’t be
driving an empty van into Lerwick.
He stops, and pauses for a moment.
James laughs at his seriousness.
It’s alright! We’re still alive!
Blake doesn’t look at all happier.
SEVERAL SHOTS OF THEM WALKING ACROSS SHETLAND.
OVer a hill.
They walk through a valley.
They wander across a deserted village.
Did you hear, Chicago was nuked
That doesn’t surprise me, they Es
recently discovered Russia’s
stock. They’ll be using them like
there’s no tomorrow. Which there
won’t be, at this rate.
At the top of a waterfall.
In a forest.
Anything else which shows how long and hard a journey this
They stand on a hill overlooking LErwick. It is in flames.
Suspended over the town hall is a hologram of Lysander.
E-Service are superior to Humanity
in every way. We have taken your
homes, and your society, and your
future. But we offer you a way
out. Surrender to us, and you
shall become slaves for the Central
Research Bureau. If you are found
otherwise, you shall be
The message resets.
E-Service are superior to Humanity
in every way. We have-
What’s the Central Research Bureau.
Your guess is as good as mine.
So what is your guess?
I think it’s research into creating
E-Service. They want to rediscover
They’re both clearly terrified by this thought.
Right. Now we’re here, you’re
going to tell me why we came all
I’m sorry, I really can’t. You
need to trust me. You do, don’t
Yeah, I do. Of course I do. But
why is it so secret?
You’ll understand, I promise. But
right now, I need you to do as I
say. Can you do that?
(a bit annoyed)
How do you plan on getting in?
Um. It’s... I... I need you to-
Several E-Service appear behind him. They are all pointing
guns at him.
You will drop your weapon.
They both turn around slowly. They reluctantly put their
guns to the ground, and put their hands above their heads.
You will get in front of me.
It pushes Blake ahead of him. They march off with him.
Leaving a confused James behind, who quickly grabs the gun.
The Es march Blake into it. They rip off his necklace, and
snap it apart. He is thrown into a cell.
With him, is a skeleton.
James is alone.
They just... left me?
He holds up his gun, and begins walking down the hill.
EMPTY ROAD IN TOWN.
He walks along it, looking out for Es. There are none. He
looks for the prison [building by Lerwick harbour with bars
on the window].
James reaches it. He walks to the door.
He enters unopposed. He turns around-
2 Es stand facing him. He gasps, and holds his gun up. But
he waits for a split second, and realises that they’re not
taking action against him.
He waits for a few more seconds. Nothing.
He fires at them, killing them.
The alarms begin blaring.
James runs around, searching for Blake’s cell. He finds it,
and unlocks it.
I’ve no idea how I found you! But-
Later! We have to get out!
They run down the corridor. They’re met by two more Es,
which are immediately shot.
Alarms go off everywhere. They look up. The sky is turning
A red basic covers the town.
We can’t escape!
That’s okay. We don’t need to.
He drags a confused/scared James away into cover.
They run down it. The whole of Lerwick is searching for
So what do we do next in your
Blake looks anxious. He’s scared of what is to come.
You’ll find out soon. It’s not
They run down the alley.
They run down it, reaching a playpark. They realise they’re
being chased by 2 Es, who begin firing at them. They split
A bullet hits Blake in the shoulder. He cries out in pain
and falls to the ground.
The Es advance on Blake, leaving James. Very confused now,
James fires at them Es, killing them. He runs up to Blake.
Blake pulls himself to his feet.
Not far... not far...
He drags himself forward.
You’re in no state to walk!
Yes, because staying here will
really help, won’t it?
James follows, unwillingly.
Why do they keep ignoring me?
Blake says nothing.
You know, don’t you. Tell me!
Not far now. Everything will be
They stagger up a long path, blood trailing behind them.
They’ve reached a wall.
Blake falls to the ground, in a pool of blood. He’ll never
He pulls out the Data Extrapolater, and waves it about.
Machinery in the wall appears.
James is amazed by it.
Suddenly, 2 more Es appear at the top of the path. They
begin firing. Blake is hit again and doubles over, the data
extrapolator skidding away. James fires, killing one.
The other charges at them, pulling out a long sword.
James fires again, and again, but it continues towards them-
He fires one more time.
It clatters down only a meter away.
Blake is in agony, he can barely talk.
What it is? What do we do?
James... I’m so sorry...
He stretches out to the Data Extrapolator, and lets his hand
fall on a button as he dies.
James loses control of his body. His hands jerk down on his
side and he falls to his knees, sitting upright.
He’s too scared and bewildered to talk.
His hands move to the control.
His eyes turn red.
His hands plug into it.
He begins violently shaking.
A shock wave is sent out.
James is blown back in a frenzy of flames, his body
LERWICK STREET FULL OF ES.
The Es all clutch their heads and scream, faling down dead.
The battle is still commencing.
Suddenly, all the Es here do the same, and die.
They did it. They’ve won!
SHED IN ORIGINAL TOWN.
Caption reads "12 hours earlier"
Blake is sitting on his own at a desk, looking at maps.
The GENERAL enters, looking grave.
I have your mission briefing,
We have perfected technologies, so
the time is now. There isn’t an
easy way to tell you this, but...
Private James is an E-Server.
He was created by us shortly before
the fall as a final weapon against
the E-Service. There is a device,
located just outside the Lerwick
graveyard - I’ll give precise map
referneces later - which he has
been designed to be compatible
with. It’s hidden, so you’ll need
He hands him the Data Extrapolater.
Plug James... The E-Server into it,
and it shall send a virus to all
E-Server in Shetland. They will
Blake is ecstatic at this.
So the rumours were true! This
actually was developed!
He then realises.
But James will be at the
centre. He’ll burn up!
And will have destroyed 3,000
Es. Considering he never even
counted as human in the first
place, that’s a glorious way to
Why did you choose me for this?
Because you can shut off your
feelings. You’re capable of taking
him to his death.
Blake is annoyed, but knows this is true.
FADE IN TO:
8 Es stand looking out at the sea, Lysander in the middle.
Not a single E-Server remains.
They executed the same strategy as
Chicago. There could be many more
It is of no consequence. They will
suffer the same fate.
The camera pans up from Aberdeen (Google Earth) into the
city centre, to a nuclear silo (Sketch-Up?) where it reaches
a computer screen (paint?) which reads "Nuclear Missile,
Destination Shetland, Launching in 5... 4... 3..."
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