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FADER
(Act I) by RYE-N FADER (ACT I) by RYE-N
Copyright © 2009 by RYAN RIVERS http://www.rye-n.com

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents, featured in this publication either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events, or institutions, is purely coincidental.
Let me get you up to speed. It’s 2045 and we’ve come a long way. The unexpected Gamma Burst of Alpha Centauri turned our world upside down——figuratively of course. There was just one problem: we lived. It’s been everyone’s understanding that in the event of a Gamma Burst, the extent of the radiation produced from said burst would be enough to decimate Earth and all its living species.

And yet, we’re still here.

The electromagnetic radiation emitted from the Gamma Burst appeared to have somewhat of an unlocking effect in regards to those susceptible. Thus awakening inner affinities that seemed to lie dormant, somehow waiting to be triggered. Long story short, many were endowed with special abilities.

Equally impressive, animals of various species——just like humans——are well equipped with special abilities as well. It should also be noted that the animals susceptible to the benefits of the Gamma Burst have an unusual added benefit: with each new consecutive reproduction, the animals——depending on their original size——tend to double, triple, and in some cases, quadruple, in size. And it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

But don’t get me wrong, the transition didn’t just go smoothly. The world was inundated with people and animals with special powers. The animals had to be tamed in such a way so that they didn’t become a threat to the general public, and if they couldn’t, well, they were exterminated. Humans were a different beast in of itself. After the Gamma Burst, within a matter of seconds, people started discovering their special abilities.

And that’s where it all fell apart.

Now, the random guy walking down the street could have the power to wreak havoc on an entire city block. The kid holding his mom’s hand could effectively take out an entire country with his power to control the weather.

Unaware of the onset of these new found abilities and more importantly, how to control them, havoc ensued throughout the world. In every continent, every country, every state and city. Boundaries were crossed; treaties and laws were ignored; and inevitably World War III commenced.

If all of this doesn’t seem bad enough, this also ignited the international robot arms race. If you were to ask my personal opinion, it was more like the robot arms blitz. It happened so fast it was quickly thrown into the conflict. Its main purpose was to protect those without special powers from those that do——essentially level the playing field.

But just like those with powers used them for good or for bad, same went for those with robot allies. Something had to be done to end this bloodbath. And it was only when the world had lost more than two billion lives that its leaders realized enough was enough. Negotiations were held; treaties and laws were put in place to accommodate the new structure of what the world’s nations were capable of. After five years of around the clock destruction and bloodshed, World War III crawled to a halt.

Despite this, tolerance for those with special powers and those with robot allies walked a thin line. Separation was the only logical decision the Global Defense Council was able to institute. Each "faction" was segregated into its own academy. The five factions and academies are as follows:

Evoker Academy / Sealer Academy / Infuser Academy / MechEng Academy / Artificer Academy

Dr. Saturn, along with Saturn Robotics—the foremost distributor of the world's robotic needs—has initiated a plan to build The Saturn Academy, the first academy to pull 25 cadets from all 5 factions. Coincidentally, on their first day, these five teams of five will be tasked with defending the world.
FADER (Act I)
a Screenplay-Novel by Rye-n

It’s the most serene environment: A few million miles away from Earth with no indication of his surroundings; just tunnel vision of our very own planet.

So, what was so disturbing that caused TK to frequently wake in a cold and clammy panic? Earth, our one and only habitable planet is encased with water; filled to the brink of our stratosphere.

Earth... is nothing more than a watery tomb.

 

INT. HIGH-RISE, EVOKER ACADEMY - MORNING

 

TK

 

(clenched teeth) GET. OUT. OF. MY. HEAD.

MILES (half asleep) Hey... you alright?

Miles Da Costa
Origin: São Paulo, Brazil Class: Evoker
Affinity: Air
Armed: Carbon Bow
TK

Yeah. Bad dream. (beat)
It’s nothing.

ENZO
(half asleep)
Liar. Your heart is beating so hard it’s about to rip out of your chest.

TK (sighing) It’s nothing.

 

ENZO (smirking) Liar.

 

RAIDEN KAIRO SHUT UP! SHUT UP!

 

Raiden and Kairo simultaneously launch their pillows toward TK and Enzo’s vicinity.

Raiden Nakamura
Origin: Tokyo, Japan Class: Evoker
Affinity: Lightning Armed: Katana

Kairo Ilaoa
Origin: Pago Pago, American Samoa Class: Evoker
Affinity: Fire
Armed: Samoan Fire Knives

TK reclines back. The pillow misses its intended target. The pillow makes a beeline towards the glass of water located on his bedside table. The glass topples over and begins to spill. He extends his right arm. A deep aquamarine aura illuminates from his hand. He suspends the contents of the glass. With his left hand, he repositions the glass back in its upright position and slowly guides the water back with his aura induced hand.

TK Vera
Origin: Manila, Philippines
Class: Evoker
Affinity: Water
Armed: GES (Graphite Eskrima Sticks)

KAIRO

 

Argh. I can’t go back to sleep.

 

MILES

 

You could sleep through an earthquake.

 

ENZO

 

Did someone say earthquake?!

 

TK/MILES RAIDEN/KAIRO NO!NO!

Enzo Okuma Origin: Lagos, Nigeria Class: Evoker
Affinity: Earth
Armed: Titanium Bo Staff

Three beds separated by bedside tables line the north wall. They contain: Raiden, Enzo, and Kairo, respectively. Opposite the foot of their beds lining the south-side wall is TK and Miles’ bed.

The five are sprawled across their beds; silent. Awake. Enzo dons his blackout sunglasses and grabs his titanium bo staff. Starts spinning and tossing it. Catches it. Repeats.

TK
I can’t believe this is the last time we’ll be waking up in this room.

RAIDEN
I can’t believe this is our last day and also our first.

(beat)

 

I feel so cheated.

It’s the last day of school for all five corresponding academies. A new initiative is being lead to form the new Saturn Academy. 25 students from various backgrounds and academies organized into core groups of specialized cells.

TK, Miles, Enzo, Kairo, and Raiden, are 5 of 25. RAIDEN
On the other hand, I guess we should feel lucky that all five of us were chosen.

Raiden tosses in his bed.

RAIDEN
Plus, it might actually be fun mixing it up with the other classes.

Miles stares at the ceiling. Hands folded behind his head.

 

MILES

 

I heard three other Evokers were picked.

 

TK

 

(tilts head towards Miles) Who?

 

MILES

 

Umm...

 

(beat)

 

Haze, Edison, Onyx...

 

TK

 

Well there goes my theory.

 

MILES

 

...I think. What theory?

TK
I figured this whole new initiative is a testbed to mix and match teams of five, each having someone from each academy: an Artificer, an Infuser, a Sealer, a Mechanical Engineer, and an Evoker.

(beat)

 

Five teams of five equaling twenty-five.

 

Miles and the group take in TK’s theory.

 

MILES

 

I guess we’ll know soon enough.

 

TK pushes away the bedding that engulfed his entire body.

 

TK

 

We should get up now anyway.

Enzo twirls his titanium bo staff one last time. Catches it. Tosses it on his bed as he walks towards their flat panel television. He guides his left hand along the top of the panel waiting for the very familiar indentation. There it is: The power button. Presses it. Walks towards the bathroom.

The display beams to life. The J²N² (Jackson Jordan News Network) begins its commencement coverage of the new Saturn Academy.
EXT. ROOFTOP, MID-RISE - CONTINUOUS

Two reporters on location. One male, the other female.

JACKSON
Today marks a very special day. It will undoubtedly be a memorable day in history, would you agree?

JORDAN

 

(looks at co-host)

 

Definitely.

(shifts her gaze to the
camera)
Never before has a project of this caliber taken place since the five academies inception.

JACKSON

 

All I can say is this: It’s about time!

JORDAN
Evidently... we’re not the only ones who agree.

The two reporters point over their shoulders. The cameraman walks towards the edge of the building. Peers over. Perched atop a mid-rise building, he pans the streets leading up towards the newly constructed facilities.
INT. HIGH-RISE, EVOKER ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

RAIDEN (eyes wide) That’s insane!

 

ENZO (O.S.) What? What’s happening?

Their interests are now peaking. The four remaining boys are now sitting upright at the foot of their beds; eyes locked on the display. Enzo is in the bathroom, brushing his teeth.

RAIDEN
They’re showing footage of the streets leading up to our new school; there’s hundreds, thousands! of people lining the streets.

MILES RAIDEN How is this a big deal? We’re going to be famous!

 

TK glances at Raiden from the corner of his eye. Notices his excitement.

 

TK (to Raiden) Easy tiger.

 

The news coverage shows aerial shots of the campus. KAIRO

 

(agape)

No. Way.
(beat)
Check out our new stomping grounds.

RAIDEN That’s huge.

 

ENZO

 

(mouth filled with toothpaste foam)

 

How huge?

 

Eyes firmly locked on the display, TK responds.

TK
Remember how a good quarter of the northern part of the island was sectioned off all this time?...

INT. BATHROOM

 

Enzo pauses brushing.

 

ENZO

 

You’re kidding. That whole area?

 

INT. DORM ROOM

 

TK Yeah.

 

Seems odd don’t you think?

 

KAIRO Why, what’s up?

MILES
I don’t know. Just the fact that there’s what... hundreds? of us here at the Evoker Academy...

Stills of various parts of the new academy appear on the screen.

MILES
Nevermind mentioning the other four academies and how much they contain.

TK
Yeah, you could totally fit all five academies within Saturn’s boundaries and still have room to spare.

KAIRO

 

We get a little breathing room, so what?

 

TK eyes Kairo. Kairo catches the glare.

KAIRO
Okay, A LOT of breathing room. 25 people don’t need that much breathing room, that’s what.

EXT. ROOFTOP, MID-RISE - CONTINUOUS

JORDAN (O.S.)
(to the cameraman)
Feed off the crowd response. Pan the streets more.

INT. DORM ROOM

 

MILES

 

(watching the news) Isn’t that...

Miles stands up. Walks towards the electronic panel located off to the side of the dorm’s blackout curtains. Presses “open” on the touch screen. The curtains begin receding from its center. The radiant sun penetrates the dorm’s darkness.

MILES ...Wow.

Everyone approaches the east wall; entirely made up of a single sheet of reinforced glass. A large portion of the city is visible from their high-rise dormitory. Just below them is the very same scene they witnessed on the television.
The reporting duo and cameraman are clearly visible from their vantage point. Thousands of people line the street in what seems to be an impromptu make-shift parade for the grand opening of the new academy. A furious repetitious beep blares from the intercom, startling the five’s train of thought. They know that beep from anywhere.

A FAMILIAR VOICE (MALE)
Lobby in fifteen minutes boys. Get dressed and bring only your weapons.

(beat)

 

...oh and good luck.

 

The room falls silent. The look of independent thoughts grace their face as they continue to take in the view.

 

Fifteen minutes.

All the information begins to process. TK inches his way towards the bathroom; pulling away from the pack. Kairo catches him from the corner of his eye.

KAIRO Oh no you don’t!

 

TK sprints towards the bathroom.

TK I CALL BATHROOM! Everyone makes a mad dash for the bathroom entrance. Unable to get through the doorway, the five vie to squeeze through.

TK

 

Standard shotgun rules:

(laughing)
I’m in sight of the bathroom when I call it.

A sudden rush of air from behind shoots all five through the threshold. They collapse on the bathroom floor.

 

RAIDEN

 

Miles, you always do that.

MILES
You’d think after twenty years we’d have this down to a science.

TK
Okay. This time, I’m really calling the shower.

The dormitory teems with life. They’re getting ready in various ways all at the same time.

ENZO
So, just get dressed and bring our weapons, nothing else?

RAIDEN

 

I guess.

 

(looks left and right)

 

Has anyone seen my katana anywhere?

 

Kairo points to the wall behind Raiden.

 

KAIRO

 

You mean your towel rack?

 

RAIDEN Oh yeah.

Raiden rips the towel away revealing a glistening blade. It’s firmly lodged into the wall. He grabs the hilt with both hands. Steadies his right foot below the blade. Pulls. Releases it.

RAIDEN Okay. I’m ready.

Raiden pushes a small button located under his grip. The retractable casing shoots through the blade’s sharpened portion all the way to the tip. The entire back edge is left exposed.

Miles pulls both the upper and lower limbs of his carbon bow towards its center. Snaps it in place. Now compact, he slides it on the front side of his rectangular aluminum haversack. Turns it over. Attaches a shoulder holster on its backside.
ENZO

Anyone have grip tape?

 

KAIRO Think fast.

With his back facing Enzo, Kairo tosses the grip tape without a glance. Enzo drops the edge of his staff on the floor. Catches the grip tape in midair.

ENZO Thanks.

 

KAIRO

 

I’m set. I just gotta...

 

Kairo guides his samoan fire knives over his shoulder holster and attaches them to their weapon slots.

 

KAIRO ...There.

 

MILES Same.

Miles grabs the strap of his haversack and throws it over his right shoulder. Catches it. Inserts his left arm though the strap. Enzo wraps the edges of his bo staff with grip tape. He rips the excess tape with his teeth.

ENZO Good to go.
Raiden is lying back on his bed. His feet still firmly placed on the floor.

RAIDEN TK hurry up.

 

TK runs out of the bathroom; dressed and geared. Toothbrush hanging out the side of his foaming mouth.

 

TK

 

Aww you guys are ready already?

 

ENZO Need grip tape?

 

Enzo twists the roll of grip tape with his fingertips.

 

TK Nah, I’m okay.

RAIDEN
Your grip is practically falling apart. It’s barely hanging on.

TK

 

(shrugs)

 

It’s okay, I kinda like it like that.

 

TK retreats back into the bathroom.

KAIRO
You won’t be saying that when it slips out of your wet hands.

TK Yeah yeah.

TK spits out the toothpaste-induced foam from his mouth. Wipes the remnants away. He studies his reflection in the mirror. Shifting from left to right, he analyzes the grip on his dual graphite eskrima sticks.

TK

 

(whispers)

 

Seems fine to me.

 

TK hits the lights.

 

TK Alright.

 

(beat)

 

I’m ready.

 

Everyone rises to their feet.

 

RAIDEN About time.

 

KAIRO Yeah brah.

 

TK

 

Oh, wait. I gotta fix my hair!

 

MILES It’s fine.

 

KAIRO Yeah, let’s go.

 

RAIDEN Seriously.

TK
No way. You guys barely even have hair and Raiden over there has his whole “sloppy” look.

RAIDEN I resent that.

 

Raiden folds his arms into his chest.

 

RAIDEN

 

I call it: controlled chaos.

 

TK (smiles)

Okay.
(beat)
I’ll be fast.

MILES (interjects) I’m faster.

Miles locks eyes with TK. His index and middle fingers protruding upwards with the remaining centered towards his palm. He steadies his hand as it begins to emit a faint grey aura.
With his right hand, he clutches his left wrist. A quick swift, traces of his aura emissions leave behind a very familiar symbol.

MILES

 

(whispering)

 

Air Tech: Razor’s Edge

A sequence of boomerang shaped condensed air reaches TK within a second. TK knows enough from past experiences to obey the two rules when Miles performs “Razor’s Edge.”

Rule number one: Never attempt to dodge it.

 

Rule number two: Don’t break rule number one.

Blasts of air race towards TK’s temples. The air is so fast and sharp it razors its way with precision to the back of his head. It fades off, leaving the length of the back intact. The air boomerangs back to the area it just cut, this time zigzagging in multiple directions.

MILES

 

Hmm, it needs something.

 

Miles studies his latest creation.

 

MILES I got it.

Miles extends his left hand, palm side up, and begins to elevate it at a slow pace. The air within its radius starts to rise, mimicking the speed of his hand. The air is now raising TK’s hair, drying and molding it at the same time. Miles snaps his fingers. The air recedes.

MILES There, done.

TK runs to the bathroom mirror and observes a very familiar look. Sides are close shaven with precision etched zigzagging line graphics. The top, perfectly styled in a mohawk-like fashion.

TK
You get better and better at this every time, Miles.

MILES I know.

 

TK

 

Alright let’s go.

 

RAIDEN Finally.

Everyone proceeds towards their dormitory’s exit in a single file line. The elevators are set up in such a way that they are the direct entrance and exit of each dorm room. They board the elevator and turn to face their room. TK realizes this would probably be the last time he or any of them saw it. He pauses before hitting the lobby button. One final glance.
INT. ELEVATOR, EVOKER ACADEMY

KAIRO

 

(jokingly)

 

A little sentimental, are we?

 

TK smiles. Taps the lobby button. The reflective door swiftly slides shut and begins its descent.

 

ENZO (to Raiden) Nervous, much?

 

RAIDEN

 

Nervous? I’m not nervous.

TK glances up to view the reflection off the elevator door. He is front and center. Raiden and Enzo flanking his left and right respectively. Kairo is located behind Raiden’s left side. Miles is behind Enzo’s right. They form an upside down V.

TK

 

(to Raiden)

You must be nervous.
(looks down at Raiden’s hands in the reflection)

Your hands——

 

RAIDEN What?!

 

Your hands, they’re trembling.

 

Raiden looks down as he brings his hands up from his sides. He notices a slight quiver.

 

KAIRO

 

(to Raiden)

 

This time, just keep the lighting——

 

Before Kairo could finish his sentence, electric currents start racing up and down Raiden’s arms.

KAIRO
...in check.
(beat)

Brah you better not fry the building’s power or else we’ll be stuck in here like that one time.

RAIDEN

 

(narrows eyes)

Once. That happened once.
(beat)
When we were like 5 might I add.

Raiden folds his arms into his chest. The electric currents subsides.

 

KAIRO

 

Take it easy, I’m just messin’ with ya. (to Raiden)

 

Why are you on edge all of a sudden?

 

ENZO

 

(to TK)

 

Same reason why you should be.

 

TK Huh?

 

ENZO First.

 

TK (suspicious) First wha——

 

Enzo shoots a quick jab into TK’s rib cage.

 

ENZO

 

First birthday hit of the day!

 

KAIRO HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

RAIDEN Yeah bro!

 

MILES

 

Now is as good a time as any right?

 

KAIRO You know it!

 

RAIDEN DOG PILE!

 

Everyone jumps TK from behind and proceed to get their birthday hits.

 

TK

 

Oh god, guys, no!

 

KAIRO Seven.

 

ENZO Nine.

 

MILES Eight.

 

RAIDEN SEVENTEEN!

 

KAIRO

 

(pauses)

 

Easy Raiden. Seventeen? Already?

RAIDEN
(panting)
Yeah man, I still have that scar from my birthday last month when I was trying to run away from TK. He couldn’t hit me so——

(points towards TK’s

 

graphite eskrima sticks)

 

He threw a GES at me.

 

TK takes a break from trying to block the birthday hits.

 

TK

 

(smiles)

 

Well maybe you shouldn’t have ran. Baby.

 

A surge of lighting encases Raiden’s fist. He brings it down with full force onto TK’s stomach.

 

RAIDEN EIGHTEEN.

 

TK

 

(air knocked out of him) Alright alright.

 

RAIDEN

 

There’s more where that came from.

The elevator sounds. It makes a pit stop mid-descent. TK staggers to get up while the rest are already standing, back in their original formation. The elevator door slides open revealing HAZE. She stands nonchalantly at the divide.

HAZE

 

Got room for one more boys?

Haze Rockwell
Origin: Las Vegas, Nevada Class: Evoker
Affinity: Micro Particles (clutching his rib cage)

Yeah, of course.

 

TK takes a step back to make room. Haze steps inside. Waves to the four boys behind TK.

 

HAZE Hi guys.

 

ENZO/MILES RAIDEN/KAIRO Hi. Hey.

 

Haze approaches TK. Just as she comes face to face, she greets him.

 

HAZE Hi TK.

She pivots to face the elevator door just as it begins to close. The quick shift in her pivot sends her fragrance racing towards TK’s vicinity. TK inhales. Perfection.

The elevator resumes its descent. TK glances at her reflection. She wears a white button-up not completely buttoned up. A black tie, loosely tied. A cropped bomber jacket: black. Her button-up hangs below the jacket. Her pitch black hair tightly held back in a pony tail. Her bangs falls right and tucks behind her ear.

HAZE Oh hey, TK... Yeah?

She reaches into her back waist pack attached to her belt. Pulls out a thin aluminum case the size of an index card. Still facing forward, she holds the small box over her shoulder for TK’s taking.

HAZE Happy Birthday!

 

TK (bashful) Aww, thanks.

 

TK grabs the box. Studies it.

 

TK What is it?

 

HAZE Open it up.

 

TK slowly unfolds the top portion of the case. It stops at a ninety degree angle. Inside the case: MicroBerries.

MicroBerry
The latest in personal communication. Alone, a MicroBerry can be used as a standalone mobile device via voice command. In multiple instances, MicroBerries can be synced to create a secure connection amongst one another. No way! MicroBerries!

RAIDEN

 

MicroBerries! As in... plural?

HAZE
Yeah, I thought since each of your birthdays had come before TK’s, that this was a good chance to make up for it. Plus, MicroBerries have more of an advantage when paired up and synced.

(beat)

 

So, Happy Birthday to all of you!

TK removes a MicroBerry and brings it up to eye level. Examines it. With his eyes still locked onto the MicroBerry, he passes the case back to the others for their taking.

TK

 

(to Haze)

 

I don’t know what to say.

KAIRO
(to TK)
Umm, thanks would probably be a good place to start.

TK
Oh, well of course. Thanks Haze. I really appreciate it.

MILES Thanks Haze.

 

ENZO Yeah, thanks Haze.

 

KAIRO Thank you.

 

RAIDEN Thanks!

 

HAZE

 

You’re welcome guys.

TK
(to Haze; excited)
Oh hey, congratulations! I heard you were chosen for Saturn.

HAZE

 

Why wouldn’t you have?

 

TK

 

Why wouldn’t I have what?

HAZE
Everyone chosen was couriered a Sit Rep (Situation Report) last night. I think it was Saturn’s way of informing us with everything we needed to know. I’m assuming that it was delivered as late as possible to prevent a media leak.
(beat)

So much for that huh?!

TK
I’m not sure I’m following. We didn’t receive a Sit Rep.

HAZE (looks back) Are you sure?

 

TK

 

(nods)

 

Yeah. Right guys?

 

RAIDEN Yeah.

 

KAIRO

 

Yeah, nothing. Enzo?

 

ENZO Don’t look at me!

 

MILES

 

Nope. I’m sure I would’ve noticed.

HAZE
Hmm. Maybe your Sit Rep was intercepted, hence the media leak?

TK
Maybe. But don’t we all get one individually? I doubt that all five were intercepted.

HAZE
This might not be the reason, but I’m guessing that since you’re all on the same team again...

(beat)

 

That maybe they only sent you one package?

 

RAIDEN

 

WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM!?

 

HAZE Yes.

 

RAIDEN That’s a relief.

MILES
What happened to Mr. ‘It Might Actually Be Fun Mixing It Up With The Other Classes?’

RAIDEN
I hate that you retain everything you see and hear.

(beat)
Plus, I said ‘might’ then of course, I got nervous.
MILES

If you don’t mind, could you give us a rundown of the Sit Rep?

HAZE
Not at all. Basically it listed those who were chosen and what each team consists of. As you might of guessed, the 25 are split into 5 teams of 5. Three teams are made up of one student from each academy. Another team consists of all Artificers. Word is, they’re just like you guys, an entire team of one class that has been together since the beginning of their academy days. Then of course there’s the last team, you five... all Evokers.

MILES Interesting.

RAIDEN
Any word on why the campus is ridiculously huge?

HAZE

 

None.

(beat)
Amazing isn’t it? I was watching the news this morning and it was breathtaking and scary all at the same time.
The only conclusion I could come up with is that this is Saturn Academy——

MILES

 

(interjects)

 

As in Saturn Robotics.

HAZE
Exactly. Having global distribution of the entire planet’s robotic needs can only entail one thing——

MILES

 

(laughs)

 

That they basically print money.

HAZE
And with that kind of money, there’s no reason to skimp on such a high-profile venture.

TK
Why all the interest in forming a new academy? Why now?

HAZE
Rumor is, is that Dr. Saturn has been lobbying for a while now to create a new academy that would integrate all five classes into one, but that the Global Defense Council has always rejected his proposals.

TK
I’ve always wondered why there is such a deep seeded rivalry between all five factions and academies.

(rolls eyes)
I’d hate to sound corny, but, can’t we all just get along.

HAZE
Maybe we’re just looking too much into it. The Sit Rep stated that we’d all be involved in global operations and that a special academy needed to be built to utilize training from all aspects of the five academies.

MILES Seems logical.

 

HAZE

 

That’s basically the gist.

(beat)
Oh and get this, Xzavier Saturn, Mikey West, Davis Chambers, Edison Cross, and Maximillion Grey are part of the 25 chosen.

TK

 

Are they all on the same team?

 

HAZE No.

MILES
They’re pretty high-profile. I’m surprised and not surprised all at the same time.

*DING*

 

The elevator door slides open as it reaches its final destination.

 

HAZE Ready boys?

 

Haze steps over the threshold.

 

INT. LOBBY, EVOKER ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

The group makes their way towards the front entrance. Noise from the streets reverberate through the lobby’s thick window panes.

FAMILIAR VOICE (O.S.) You’re late.

 

The familiar voice: Iverson Vidal (White, 30’s).

 

HAZE

 

(waves)

 

Hey Iverson, how are you?

 

IVERSON

 

(behind a bank of monitors)

Great! Thanks for asking. (interposes sarcastically)
These boys aren’t the reason for you being late are they?

RAIDEN
I’m offended, you know. I mean, what if it was actually the other way around. What if it was Haze who kept us from arriving on time, hmm?

Everyone fixes their gaze on Raiden. After contemplating what he just said, everyone turns their heads away ignoring him.

HAZE
Oh, no, I caught the elevator down and they were already on. Sorry for being late.

Iverson shifts from the bank of computer monitors to make eye contact with the group.

 

IVERSON Change in plans.

 

Iverson steps aside from his personal command center, firmly maintaining eye contact with the entire group.

 

RAIDEN (whispers)

 

How does he do that? TK (snaps)

 

Shh. Not now.

IVERSON
You’ll be couriered in those black unmarked SUVs.

TK

 

I thought we were going to walk?

IVERSON
Hence the change in plans. As you can observe, the media leak has cause quite the commotion, coupled with the fact that it contained the entire roster of cadets chosen for Saturn——you’d be lucky if you could make it down the block without being bombarded with interviews or pictures——

(beat)

 

Or worse.

 

KAIRO Sounds like fun.

IVERSON
The reason why I said you’re late is because we were expecting you to be ready within the fifteen minutes allotted. Those five unmarked SUVs contain all the cadets attending Saturn Academy.

(beat)
You five will ride in the fourth vehicle. Haze, you hop into the last vehicle where the other four members of your team are awaiting. Enzo, you’ll have to remove your weapon and lay it horizontally.

ENZO Gotcha.

IVERSON
Word spread quickly and it seems as if everyone in the city knows what we’re up to.

TK

 

(to Iverson)

 

So... just run for it?

IVERSON
Yes, before the crowd gets too out of control and then we might not be able to move the vehicles out of their parked position.

KAIRO Unreal.

 

IVERSON Let’s go.

Iverson ushers the group to the front entrance where the five unmarked SU Vs are currently parked.
The closer everyone got to the entrance the more it became visible the sheer amount of people congregating around the area.

IVERSON

 

(turns to face the group) Ready?

Everyone agrees silently. Iverson enters the security code into the front entrance console. The automatic door detects a presence. It slides open.

IVERSON Go!

 

Haze bolts in front of the boys and makes her way to the last SUV. A flash catches her sudden movement.

 

ENZO (whispers) TK——

 

TK

 

(whispers)

 

Just stay at my six, I got you.

Enzo slips his right index finger through one of TK’s belt loops. TK races forward with Enzo, Raiden, Kairo, and Miles directly at his six o’ clock.

EXT. ENTRANCE, EVOKER ACADEMY

 

An eruption of flashes ensue. TK (to Enzo) Third row.

 

TK guides Enzo in front of him.

 

TK

 

You guys ride middle.

 

Miles shuts the door behind him. They situate themselves.

 

INT. SUV #4

ONBOARD CONSOLE
Welcome. Please fasten your seatbelts. We will be departing shortly.

Herds of people start rushing the SUV s. Cameras flash everywhere.

MILES
You would think a vehicle that’s capable of driving itself——completely aware of its surroundings——would be aware that we’re about to be tipped over.

TK

 

At least the windows have limo-grade tint.

 

KAIRO

 

(looking into the sea of

 

flashing cameras)

 

Apparently that’s not enough to stop them. RAIDEN

 

I know right. Those flashes are blinding.

 

ENZO

 

We need to move. Now.

 

TK

 

(looks at Enzo) How bad?

ENZO
Our six is completely blocked. So is our nine. Our only exit is directly in front of us and if we don’t move now, these people will definitely block us in.

RAIDEN

 

Hey onboard robot, can we move, like, now!

 

ONBOARD CONSOLE We will be departing shortly.

 

RAIDEN Jerk.

 

MILES

 

(grips door handle) I’ll be right back.

 

Miles opens the door. Slips out.

KAIRO
Wait, what? Where are you going? Miles closes the door. He dashes to the SUV directly in front of theirs. Knocks on the back right window.

INT. SUV #3

The door cracks open. Reveals five guys geared identically. Five individuals outfitted in technologically advanced, high-end combat gear——exactly who Miles is looking for.

Madex Knight
Origin: Virginia Beach, Virginia Class: Artificer
Affinity: Recon | Long Range Combat Armed: Stealth Recon Scout

Demetrius Allen
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Class: Artificer
Affinity: Demolitions | Explosives
Armed: Carbine | Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS)

Demarcus Allen
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Class: Artificer
Affinity: Demolitions | Explosives
Armed: Carbine | Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS)

Rex Vargas
Origin: Los Angeles, California Class: Artificer
Affinity: Mid-Range Combat
Armed: Carbine | Grenade Launcher

Aero Owens
Origin: Portland, Oregon
Class: Artificer
Affinity: Close Quarters Combat
Armed CQBR (Close Quarters Battle Receiver)

MILES Artificers right?

 

MADEX Yeah.

 

MILES

 

We’re about to get boxed in.

 

REX

 

The console said we’re about to leave.

MILES
(shakes head)
It’ll be too late. By any chance do any of you happen to have smoke grenades?

MADEX

 

(looks to his teammates) Guys?

 

REX

 

I got 40 mike mike smoke spikes. MILES Mike mike?

 

AERO

 

Military phonetic alphabet for M.

 

DEMETRIUS Millimeter.

 

DEMARCUS MM = mike mike.

 

MILES (nods)

 

Right.

MADEX
What does the smoke have to do with us moving out?

MILES
These SU V s are typically aware of its surroundings and yet it can’t figure out that we’re all about to be boxed in. When it finally does realize, it’ll refuse to move. I figure, the smoke might alert the SU Vs into thinking it’s in a hazardous situation and maybe it’ll get us out of here.

Madex thinks it over. REX

 

(looks at Madex) Sounds like a plan.

MILES
Worst comes to worse, it does nothing but at the very least it might stop these people from swarming around us.

MADEX

 

Okay. Rex, spike the vehicles’ 9.

MILES
Thanks guys, I appreciate it. Oh, I’m Miles by the way. Nice to meet you.

MADEX Madex.

 

REX Rex.

 

AERO Aero.

 

DEMETRIUS Demetrius.

 

DEMARCUS Demarcus.

 

Miles gives a quick nod to the entire group. Closes their door. Retreats back.

 

INT. SUV #4 - CONTINUOUS

 

KAIRO (to Miles)

 

Yo, what’d you do?

 

MILES

 

Getting us out of here.

Just as Miles finishes his sentence, Rex maneuvers his upper body out of his SUV’s sunroof. He quickly derestricts his collapsed helmet. The speed of assembly was amazing——from the collar attached to his modified kevlar vest, the helmet and visor advance up from its compartment, assembling in one swift swipe. Rex proceeds to load his grenade launcher located under the barrel of his Carbine with 40mm smoke spikes.

Unlike the 40mm’s of the past, these 40mm’s have the extra added feature of an extending spike——that at the high velocity most assault rifles produce——lodges itself to any given surface to assure precise placement.

Rex pumps his loaded grenade launcher. He quickly scopes into his Carbine’s ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight). Fires round after round of 40mm smoke spikes along each of the vehicles’ 9. An acute hissing sound followed by a dense cloud of smoke quickly fills the vicinity.

ENZO What’s that sound? TK

 

Is that... smoke grenades?

ONBOARD CONSOLE
Warning. Airborne chemicals detected. Extracting now.

The SUVs engines roar to life. They roll forward at a steady pace.

 

HAZE (on MicroBerry) Nice job Miles.

 

RAIDEN Haze?

 

TK

 

(on MicroBerry) How——

HAZE
(on MicroBerry)
The MicroBerries. Single tap for open communications within your group of synced MicroBerries. Double tap plus the user’s name for a single secure connection with just that person.

TK

 

(taps MicroBerry twice) ‘Haze’ ...like that?

 

HAZE

(laughs)
Yes, but not literally tapping twice. It can recognize the pressure between your fingers. So all you have to do is raise one finger and apply pressure to the MicroBerry for the open communications feature or two fingers to represent the double tap for the secure connection feature.

TK (to Haze) Okay.

HAZE
Alright. Talk to you guys later. Say hi girls!

ADRIAN/ZOEY/TRACE/JUSTICE Hiiiiii guys!

Adrian Banks
Origin: Anchorage, Alaska Class: Sealer
Affinity: Cryo Seal

Zoey Sparks
Origin: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Class: Mechanical Engineer Affinity: Mechas
Trace Valentine
Origin: New York City, New York Class: Artificer
Affinity: Reconnaissance | Sniping Armed: .50 Caliber Rifle

Justice Gamble
Origin: Cape Town, South Africa Class: Infuser
Affinity: Increased Speed

HAZE Haze out.

 

The secure connection closes.

 

RAIDEN

 

Their whole team is girls? How HOT is that!

 

KAIRO

 

(looks down adjusting holster)

 

I don’t know Raiden, how hot?

 

RAIDEN (answering) Hot.

 

GROUP (laughs)

 

RAIDEN

 

Anyway, at least we’re finally moving.

TK
(stares out the window)
Probably could’ve been there already if we were allowed to walk.

KAIRO
Maybe. Even though we’re moving, the crowd is barely thinning. Imagine having to walk through that.

The SU V s began gaining a decent speed despite the haphazardly placed barricades futile attempt for crowd control in their way. The team proceeds to take in their surroundings in silence.

EXT. ROOFTOP, MID-RISE - CONTINUOUS

 

The female reporter’s phone rings.

 

JORDAN Hello...

 

(beat)

Your source?
(beat)
This better be legit!

The female reporter shuts her mobile phone.

 

JACKSON A tip?

 

JORDAN An anonymous tip.

JACKSON
Oh come on. You know how these usually end up! They’re never worth it.

JORDAN THIS one is!

 

JACKSON Alright fine.

 

(curious)

 

What is it?

 

JORDAN

 

(smiles)

 

An explosion. 5 minutes. Let’s go.

 

INT. SUV #4 - MOMENTS LATER

 

KAIRO

 

(turns to Miles)

 

So, what were they like?

 

MILES Who?

 

KAIRO

 

(looks forward)

 

The team you talked to. MILES All Artificers.

 

KAIRO Oh, that team.

 

MILES

 

Yeah. Their gear looks pretty high-tech.

RAIDEN
Artificers get all the good toys. Like, guns and stuff. Cool helmets and protective gear.

TK
You can summon lightning and shoot electricity out of your hands.

Raiden ignores the fact that he has these exceptional abilities.

RAIDEN
(excited at the thought)
Maybe our new academy will hook us up with some fun stuff!

ENZO (to everyone) SHHHH...

 

Enzo throws his hands up to get everyone to focus. Do you hear that?

 

KAIRO What?

 

ENZO That!

 

KAIRO What? You talking? (laughs)

Enzo hooks his titanium bo staff over the middle row and pulls back. The staff now grips Raiden, Kairo, and Miles’ throat. Enzo tighten his grip.

RAIDEN (slightly choked) Umm, ow.

 

ENZO Listen.

 

Everyone attempts to listen attentively.

 

MILES That faint beeping?

 

ENZO Yeah.

 

KAIRO So?

 

It’s coming from the bottom of——

 

BOOM

 

BOOM

 

BOOM BOOM BOOM.

A domino effect of detonations from underneath each of the SUVs send them flying through the air. The five SUVs crash land and skid to a halt.

EXT. ACCIDENT SCENE, NYC - CONTINUOUS

JORDAN
Oh my god! Are you getting this? Are you getting this?

CAMERAMAN (O.S.) Yeah we’re rolling.

 

JORDAN

 

There’s been an accident!

JACKSON
The five SUVs escorting the Saturn Academy cadets have just been blown up!

JORDAN
It appears that the vehicles are still intact.

JACKSON

 

(observes the scene)

 

There doesn’t seem to be any movement.

JORDAN
We can’t get any closer. There might be more explosions!

INT. SUV #4 - CONTINUOUS

 

The explosions were deafening. The ringing in their ears are remnants of that.

 

KAIRO

 

Wha... what the fu——

 

TK

 

You guys alright?

 

RAIDEN WHAT?!

 

KAIRO

 

Damn. We’re upside down.

 

Miles tries to open his door.

 

MILES

 

(dazed)

 

I think my door’s blocked. I can’t open it.

 

RAIDEN

 

This side won’t open either.

ONBOARD CONSOLE
Please remain seated. Assistance will arrive shortly.

ENZO The hell it will.

Enzo unbuckles his seat belt. THUD. He lands on the roof. His titanium bo staff that was just pressed against the necks of his teammates now lies on the roof as well. Enzo grabs it.

MILES

 

(to Enzo)

 

See if the front doors will open.

Enzo inches his way to the front of the SUV. Prone. He clutches the handle bar. Pulls. Pushes. Nothing. Reaches over to the other side. Same.

ENZO Nope.

 

ONBOARD CONSOLE

 

Please remain seated. Assistance will——

 

Enzo smashes the console with his staff.

ENZO Shut up.
Enzo grips the center of his weapon and starts stabbing away at the front windshield. His attempts barely scratch the surface.

MILES

 

(to Enzo)

 

They’re probably bulletproof.

 

Enzo ceases.

ENZO (panting)
What do we do?

KAIRO Maybe I can melt——

TK
(hesitant)
I don’t know bro. We shouldn’t risk it. We don’t know if any flammable chemicals are leaking somewhere. Anywhere.

KAIRO

 

Got any better ideas?

 

Kairo releases his safety belt. THUD. The rest follow. *SIMULTANEOUS THUDS*

TK Ow.
We could listen to the onboard robot thingy, and just wait.

MILES

 

Oh you and the robot are friends now?

ENZO
Those explosions weren’t an accident. Those beeps were coming from underneath all five of the SUV s. Five detonations, one right after the other. These trucks were rigged with explosive devices and I don’t want to stick around for an encore.

KAIRO
Please tell me you don’t hear more beeping anywhere around us.

ENZO
No. I don’t know. The ringing in my ears are distracting me and I’m three seconds away from raising the earth underneath us and ripping this SUV in half.

MILES
Don’t. If there’s nothing to pin us down, you’ll just end up launching us a hundred feet into the air.

TK

 

I could flood it.

KAIRO
When I asked for other ideas, I meant good ones. Ones that, you know, won’t drown us in the process.

TK
No wait, hear me out. The windows are bulletproof, but are they pressure proof? I could expand water and fill the interior to the point where the pressure will be too much and blow the windows out.

RAIDEN

 

(skeptical)

 

Umm... yeah, we should just wait.

 

MILES (to TK)

 

Do it.

KAIRO
(to Miles)
Are you serious?! And if it doesn’t? If it is pressure proof or whatever? Then what? TK can expand a drop of water into an infinite amount, but he can’t reverse that. Then what?

TK

 

(nervous chuckle)

Then we wait?
Oh ha-ha. Not funny. Last time I checked we can’t breathe under water. But I’m not sure, that was last time. Things could have changed since then. Maybe NOW we can breathe under water.

(sarcastically)

 

Let’s try!

 

MILES

 

TK...

 

(tosses water bottle) Do it.

 

TK spins the cap open and turns the bottle upside down. The water rushes out. An aquamarine aura engulfs his arm.

 

TK

 

Water Tech: Replicate!

 

The water spills replicating atoms tenfold.

 

TK

 

On my word, get ready to hold your breath.

 

The SUV fills with water in a matter of seconds.

 

RAIDEN

 

Oh god. We should have taken a vote!

TK NOW!
The group inhales deeply. TK clutches his right wrist with his left hand. His fingers spread apart, controlling the water’s action. The aura increases in size and the water now fills every crevice.

TK (V.O.) Come on... come on...

A faint cracking occurs in the area that Enzo repeatedly attempted to smash. Enzo silently gets TK’s attention. Points to the crack that is slowly starting to spread out. TK is used to holding his breath. It was part of his training, being able to evoke water. He fears for the rest of the group. They’re not used to it and it’s starting to show. Gamma emissions leak from the pores of TK’s arm; a deep aquamarine. TK concentrates on the flow of water.

TK (V.O.) Faster... faster...

TK draws more power from his water evoking abilities. His irises adopt the color makeup of his gamma emissions. From natural brown to a super saturated aquamarine.

EXT. ACCIDENT SCENE, NYC - CONTINUOUS

JORDAN
This is bad. A few minutes have past and there has yet to be any movement from the five vehicles.

JACKSON

 

We’re obviously fearing the worst.

The crowd surrounding the scene of the accident begin to inch their way forward, all the while keeping a safe distance.

JACKSON Look, look at that!

 

JORDAN What! Where?

 

JACKSON

 

The SUV that’s tipped over on its side!

JORDAN
There appears to be a seal on the underside of the vehicle.

JACKSON It’s starting to... (beat)

 

...freeze!

 

Another huge blast. Water blows out the windows of the SUV. TK and company spill out onto the streets of NYC.

JACKSON
We have some activity! That SUV over there just exploded!

(confused)

 

Exploded water?

 

JORDAN (points)

 

They’re moving.

RAIDEN (gasps for air) What a dumb idea.

Still dazed, the group stagger to get up. TK looks around and notices the huge crowd surrounding them. The other SUVs all land within feet of one another, still somewhat in the same position as they rode.

TK

 

Everyone alright?

 

They nod.

 

MILES

 

(looks around)

 

The others are still inside.

 

TK double taps his MicroBerry.

 

TK

 

Haze, are you alright? Can you hear me?

 

HAZE

 

We’re okay. We can’t get out.

(beat)
You have to help, I think Adrian is disoriented and her seal is somehow activating. It’s a cryo seal.
TK pivots 180 degrees. The SUV behind theirs is encasing with ice from the outside in.

TK
We need to get them out. You guys try to get the other three SUVs open. Enzo, help me with Haze.

TK and Enzo rush towards the freezing SUV. Miles, Kairo, and Raiden, fan out individually towards the remaining SUVs. TK signals his MicroBerry.

TK
Guys, we don’t know how hurt some of them might be. Be careful.

HAZE TK you there?

TK
Yeah Haze. We’re right outside your SUV. Still trying to figure out how to get you guys out.

HAZE

 

How did you guys get out?

 

ENZO

 

Believe me, you don’t want to know.

HAZE
Try smashing in the windows. We tried that, but I think they’re bulletproof or something.

HAZE
Yeah but they’re starting to crystallize from the cryo seal. You might be able to shatter it.

TK Enzo?

 

ENZO Yeah, alright.

TK
(to Haze)
Okay Haze, tell everyone to close their eyes and cover their heads.

(to Enzo)

 

Go ahead.

Enzo jumps onto the tipped SUV. Grips his titanium bo staff. With more clearance this time around he’s able to channel the power of Earth. Brown aura engulfing him, Enzo brings down a force so strong, it shatters all the bulletproof windows of the frozen SUV.

KAIRO
So anyway, I have my hand on the windshield right... and I’m heating the surface. And guess what... IT’S MELTING.

Alright, alright. I get your point. (laughs)
Just be careful for anything flammable.

RAIDEN
Guys, this looks bad. The back of this SUV is on fire and these guys are still stuck inside. Doors won’t open.

KAIRO Are they okay?

RAIDEN
Uhh, they look alive. There’s some kind of force field surrounding them. I think it’s protecting them.

TK
It’s probably that then. Do whatever you can to get them out.

RAIDEN Okay.

Raiden reaches for the sky. Electric currents circulate his right arm. He takes a few steps back and throws down his arm.

RAIDEN
Lightning Tech: Lightning Barrage! A huge lightning bolt rampages down onto the SUV’s windshield, blowing it out. Trails of lightning strikes continue to rain down, sporadically hitting parts of the asphalt as well as the SUVs Miles and Kairo were trying to help. It shreds concrete and shatters the windows.

KAIRO (looks at Raiden) Brah!?

 

RAIDEN (cringes)

 

My fault. Sorry.

 

All remaining SUVs now have a means of an exit. The team quickly extract the passengers.

 

EXT. ACCIDENT SCENE, NYC - CONTINUOUS

 

The reporting duo eagerly take in the scene.

JORDAN
Amazing. From what we can see, it seems that the new cadets are fine.

JACKSON

 

Quite the fascinating display of abilities.

JORDAN
Save for the kid who almost electrocuted an entire city block. Us included!

JACKSON

 

Look! Here come the sweeper bots!

Sweeper bots are aerial robots designated to clean up accidents. As the cadets exit the vehicles, the sweeper bots release their vice grips that claw and attach itself to the vehicles. The sweeper bots aerial lift the five unmarked SUVs and fly away. The 25 cadets remain on the scene of the accident. They congregate towards one another.

MILES (looks around) Is everyone okay?

The new academy students grip their injuries and rub away sore spots. They all show signs of agreement towards Miles’ question. The J²N² correspondents approach the cadets.

JORDAN

(holds microphone towards
cadets)
Are you guys alright? Can we have a word with you?

Still dazed and somewhat confused, the group take in their surroundings.

ENZO
No offense, but we just got blown up. The last thing we want to do is an interview.

You——
(points to Enzo)
You’re the one who shattered the windows of
the frozen SUV and saved this group of
young ladies!

JACKSON
Yeah, is that like, your ability? Super strength or something?

( h o l d s microphone to

 

Enzo’s mouth)

 

ENZO No.

JORDAN
You say that you were blown up. How can you be sure of this?

MILES
You mean besides the fact that our vehicles were blown up, how can we be sure that they were... blown up?

JACKSON

 

My my, quite the feisty one we have here.

 

JORDAN

 

Do you believe that you were targeted?

ENZO
Look. I started to hear simultaneous beeping coming from all five of the SUVs and they blew up in unison.

JACKSON

 

Did anyone else hear these elusive (performs air quotes)

 

“beeps?”

 

Enzo steps forward. The only thing that separates Jackson and Enzo’s face is the microphone.

 

ENZO

 

Are you calling me a liar?

JACKSON
No, no. Just clarifying. Suspecting and knowing are not one in the same. Seeing these explosives as opposed to just hearing them would be more concrete and frankly, more believable.

Enzo rips the blackout shades off his face, revealing white glazed irises to the reporter.

 

ENZO

 

DOES IT LOOK LIKE I CAN SEE!

TK wedges himself between the reporter and Enzo, who are still very much face to face. He nudges Enzo away and holds him off.
(extends microphone to

Enzo)
So is that your ability? Super sonic hearing?

MILES
(to the reporters)
Please stop. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

JORDAN
(turns to Miles)
And is that your ability? The ability to evoke attitude?!

MILES

 

Air Tech: Cyclone Armor

Wisps of air orbit Miles, Enzo, TK, Raiden, and Kairo. The cyclone armor acts as a defensive barrier. The fast orbiting air starts to dry their drenched clothes.

MILES
(to the reporters)
Go ahead, I dare you to stick that microphone in my face.

The reporters are taken aback by the intimidating cyclone armor. TK breaks away from the pack.

 

(to TK)

 

Hey what are you doing?

TK
(looks back)
What we should’ve done in the first place. Walk.

TK’s teammates follow. The rest of the cadets follow suit.

 

JACKSON

 

Hey wait! Where are you going?

 

JORDAN

 

Yeah! We’re not finished here!

 

They ignore the reporters. Miles catches up with TK.

 

MILES You alright?

 

TK Fine.

 

MILES Sure?

 

TK Sure I’m sure.

 

Raiden, Kairo, and Enzo catch up with Miles and TK. Well that was interesting.

 

TK

 

Almost dying is far from interesting.

MILES
I take it you’re far from fine. You seemed okay earlier.

TK
That was then. Panicking in a chaotic situation doesn’t help anyone. But now that I’m alive and can reflect on it, no Miles, I’m not fine.

KAIRO

 

Alive being the operative word.

ENZO
That doesn’t excuse the fact that those explosives were planted on the SUVs. And before anyone asks if I’m sure, I’m positive. I’d bet my life on it.

TK

 

Nobody doubts you. Not us, anyway.

RAIDEN
You think some of these people don’t believe us?

TK
I don’t care whether they believe us or not. Right now I’m just trying to get this excess adrenaline out of my system.

EXT. ACCIDENT SCENE - CONTINUOUS

 

JORDAN What did I tell ya!?

 

JACKSON (agreeing)

 

It was good.

JORDAN
Good? It was GREAT! We had amazing coverage beforehand, not to mention the tip that gave us our live feed of the explosion. We literally taped a live accident.

JACKSON

 

Except it wasn’t an accident.

JORDAN
Obviously it can’t be an accident if we were given an anonymous tip about it.

(beat)
You’re not getting soft on me are you? This would’ve happened with or without us covering it. We might as well be the ones to get credit for it.

JACKSON

 

(smiles)

 

You think we’ll get a raise for this?!

JORDAN
There we go, now you’re you. And you bet your ass we’re gonna get raises. Death threats equals dollars.

The reporting tandem exchange a super stylized high-five.

 

EXT. SATURN ACADEMY, ENTRANCE - MOMENTS LATER

The outlying walls of Saturn Academy resembles that of a fortress. Thick stone slabs strengthens and prevents unwarranted entrance. Amidst all the old-world stylings lies subtle futuristic accents.

XZAVIER SATURN approaches the 50 foot high stone blockade that surrounds the entire campus. Places his bare hand on the stone. A holographic wire frame embedded within the stone scans his fingertips. A large portion of the stones digitally disintegrates, creating an entrance.

Xzavier Saturn
Origin: New York City, New York Class: Mechanical Engineer Affinity: Unknown

It took a few steps before he realized no one was following him. Xzavier looks back. Everyone hesitates. XZAVIER You coming?

The group of cadets cross over the digital threshold. Once the last one stepped through, the digital hologram re-configures back to its stone interface. Xzavier slows his pace. The 25 cadets amass.

XZAVIER
(to everyone)
The outlying stone walls are laced with a holographic wire frame. Just place your fingertips on any part of the stone surface. It’ll digitally scan and identify you.

(beat)
All of your identities have already been logged into the system. Remember that for when you try to access other parts of the compound.

The group continues to walk along the paved road towards the main building’s entrance. A sea of grass surrounds the paved pathways. MIKEY WEST walks side by side with his new teammate/long-time friend.

Mikey West
Origin: Chicago, Illinois Class: Sealer
Affinity: Adaptive Seals MIKEY

Is it real? The walls?

 

XZAVIER

 

The barrier around the compound?

Mikey asked the question but everyone listens intently for any bits of information they’d like to know themselves.

XZAVIER
As real as real gets. It’s the latest in holographic technology. The holographic display has the ability to render the exact properties of whatever it’s program to mimic. The 50 foot walls of stone feels like stone and is as strong as stone.

MIKEY Must be expensive.

 

XZAVIER

 

(shrugs)

 

Not really. I engineered it last night.

 

Everyone stops dead in their tracks.

XZAVIER
(glances back)
Oh, right, like you all didn’t know or assume who I was. Yes, I’m Xzavier Saturn. Yes, that Saturn.
Yes, my dad is Dr. Saturn, and yes, the one who funded this whole operation.

Xzavier continues his pace as he approaches the entrance of the newly minted Saturn Academy. Just like he did at the stone blockade, he places his hand on the door’s wooden surface. A holographic scanner illuminates underneath his fingertips. Scans. Doors open.

XZAVIER
Now that we got that out of the way, please try not to hold it too much against me.

A warm smile dons Xzavier’s face as he allows the group of cadets to enter before himself.

 

INT. ENTRANCE HALL, SATURN ACADEMY

The entrance hall leaves everyone speechless. Deep dark wood accompanied with old world furnishings. For a campus that is very future forward, it relegates its ambiance to that of an old European manor. Awaiting their arrival is a familiar face to some. Located on the entrance hall’s mezzanine, alerting them with a high pitched whistle.

IVERSON (O.S.) You’re late.

 

Iverson begins his descent towards the lower level.

IVERSON Amphitheater, NOW. He acknowledges their presence but makes zero eye contact. Leads them into the amphitheater.

RAIDEN
See, but this time, our reason for being late is a good one——

IVERSON
I’m well aware of the reason. It’s all over the news.

RAIDEN

 

Geez you say it like it’s our fault.

 

Iverson pivots one hundred eighty degrees. Stops. The 25 halt.

IVERSON
It’s my fault. I was delegated responsibility for your courier services. I made the assumption that since the vehicles were provided by the GDC, that they were safe.

INT. AMPHITHEATER, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

GENERAL CROSS and DR. SATURN await the groups arrival on the amphitheater’s podium. Behind them, a projector screen spanning the entire wall. The display projects satellite captures of the bombing, live feed, and forensic diagnostics of the five SUV’s.

GENERAL CROSS (to Iverson)

 

All 25 accounted for?

 

IVERSON Yes, sir.

GENERAL CROSS
Very well. Appoint their status while I have a word with Dr. Saturn.

Iverson nods. Rows of theater seating are separated by tabletops. Iverson signals towards the seats.

IVERSON ALPHA
Miles Da Costa Enzo Okuma
TK Vera
Raiden Nakamura Kairo Ilaoa

BRAVO
Mikey West
Shakespeare Riggs Xzavier Saturn Onyx Omega
Davis Chambers

GAMMA
Trace Valentine Zoey Sparks
Haze Rockwell Justice Gamble Adrian Banks

DELTA
Ace Alvarez
Maximillion Grey Edison Cross
Jet Woods
Christian St. Claire

EPSILON
Rex Vargas Demetrius Allen Madex Knight Demarcus Allen Aero Owens

IVERSON Any questions?

MIKEY
Alpha, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon... if we’re going with the Greek system, wouldn’t we be Beta?

IVERSON
Excellent attention to detail. To answer your question, yes, you would be. But there’s already a Beta team.

MIKEY Oh...

 

(beat)

 

Who?

 

The General interrupts.

GENERAL CROSS
Thank you Iverson, you may have a seat. I’d like to welcome you all. I am General Cross, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military. We were scheduled to have an inaugural address by the President himself, but due to a little bump in the road, no pun intended, we’re here to reassess and debrief you on the situation at hand.

DR. SATURN
I must offer my most sincerest apologies. With our level of security and wherewithal, the incident regarding your transport should have been the furthest thing to have happened.

Dr. Saturn paces the podium; thinking.

DR. SATURN
You are a group of extraordinary individuals. Ironically, what happened to you is exactly the reason why you’re here.

The cadets shift their gaze, gauging reactions.

GENERAL CROSS
Targeted acts such as this, are a regular occurrence in our world. There are plenty of people who are averse to the formation of this academy. But it’s situations like this,

(points to the projection

 

behind him)

 

why we need this new academy.

 

For lack of a better term, you are an ‘experiment’ to prove the naysayers wrong.

DR. SATURN
We’re not going to sugarcoat this. From this day forward, you’re fighting an uphill battle. The reason for such opposition is because of the status the 25 of you will receive.

GENERAL CROSS
From here on out, you will have complete global jurisdiction and full diplomatic immunity.

DR. SATURN
Quite the achievement for a group of twenty s o m e t h i n g s fresh out of their class specific academy.

Dr. Saturn offers up a warm smile to ease all the information being processed by the five teams in front of him. The same smile Xzavier offered as he held the door open for everyone. Mikey raises his hand.

GENERAL CROSS Yes.

 

MIKEY

 

In layman’s terms, a global defense force?

(smiles)
Straight to the point. You are indeed your father’s son.

(nods)

 

Yes.

 

Dr. Saturn’s mobile phone rings.

 

DR. SATURN Excuse me.

 

Dr. Saturn retreats to the back of the podium. Still within earshot.

 

DR. SATURN Hello?

 

(beat)

You know the drill. (beat)
Very well.
(ends call)

General Cross awaits Dr. Saturn’s response. He nods.

DR. SATURN
(addresses cadets)
You’ll have to excuse the General and I. The media is having a field day with this incident.
Some of you, specifically those from the Evoker Academy already had the privilege, but I’d like to introduce the rest of you to Saturn Academy’s new liaison, Iverson Vidal.

GENERAL CROSS
If you have any questions or concerns, Iverson will be the one to address them. He will brief you on the day’s matters and bring you up to speed.

DR. SATURN

 

(addressing Iverson)

 

Everything proceeds as planned.

 

IVERSON (hesitates)

 

Yes sir.

 

DR. SATURN

 

(to Iverson)

 

Don’t worry, everything’s going to be fine.

 

Dr. Saturn and General Cross exit the amphitheater.

 

INT. CORRIDOR, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

General Cross and Dr. Saturn walk side by side. Do you think it’s wise to proceed as planned?

DR. SATURN

 

Wise? No. I think it’s brilliant.

 

The high-powered duo share a laugh.

 

DR. SATURN Having second thoughts?

GENERAL CROSS
Not at all. But after going over these forensic diagnostics, as a friend, I just had to see how you’re feeling.

Dr. Saturn stares off into the distance. Contemplates.

 

INT. AMPHITHEATER, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

 

Iverson takes the podium.

 

IVERSON Any questions?

 

All 25 cadets raise their hand. Miles interjects.

MILES Why us?
Alright we’ll start with that. Care to specify?

MILES
Worldwide jurisdiction, global defense force, why us? Why are we entrusted with this kind of responsibility?

IVERSON
I understand your concern, just having graduated and now thrust into this new life, but it’s all relative and really all about perspective.

TK raises his hand.

 

IVERSON Yes, TK.

 

TK

 

Hypothetical situation.

IVERSON
Okay, hypothetical situation. Give me a second to set this one up. After the Gamma Burst, humans evolved. Some led the charge for technical advancement. Some attained abilities. So did animals. Adverse to the way some humans evolved, animals grow exponentially in size. We literally have modern-age dinosaurs roaming the Earth. Matter of fact, dinosaurs have nothing on us compared to the T-Rex sized lions or hippos that are twice the size of mammoths.

(beat)
Here’s your hypothetical situation: Saturn Robotics has sky scraper sized mechs in key places to control these colossal animals, who, like some of you in this room, have special abilities. One of the mechs in charge of controlling a herd of hippos succumbs from a targeted attack, malfunctions, and goes offline. A rogue hippo goes astray, has the ability to decimate an entire city or worse, a country.

(beat)
You, TK, can evoke water. Imagine the damage you alone can accomplish. Now imagine a hippo that’s twice the size of a mammoth who, just like you, has the ability to evoke water. Imagine the damage. The damage to property. The lives at risk.

(beat)
But that’s just a hypothetical situation. A probable one though.

HAZE
Wouldn’t it be quicker to have the world’s military take care of stuff like this? On the contrary. The time it would take to amass and organize military units, ours or otherwise, might be too late or prove disastrous.

RAIDEN
Okay this might make me look dumb but I don’t care.

A few laugh.

RAIDEN
If something like that were to happen, couldn’t you just shoot whatever’s causing the problem in the face?

KAIRO

 

(to Raiden)

 

Might make you look dumb?

 

More laugh.

IVERSON
Truth be told, due to the size of certain animals, you’d need a bomb capable of atomic proportions to stop some of these beasts.

(beat)
Teamwork is the key. Take for instance Epsilon. A team made up entirely of Artificers.
Could they alone take down the rogue beast? The answer is yes. With their ability to control their surrounding environment and their level of teamwork, having been a team since their first days at the Artificer Academy, they could contain a possibly hazardous situation.

(beat)
That’s if time is on their side. What if this hypothetical situation starts rampaging through a densely populated area and is killing thousands of people and time isn’t on our side?

Iverson fixes his gaze on Raiden.

 

RAIDEN

 

Oh, are you really asking me?

 

IVERSON Sure.

 

RAIDEN Umm... kill it?

 

IVERSON

 

You don’t sound so sure of yourself.

Raiden hesitates. Iverson grabs a remote control located on the table nearest to the podium. Presses a button. Satellite images of Raiden conducting the lightning strike from earlier appear on the projection screen. You seemed sure of yourself here. One hundred twenty million volts of electricity sure.

RAIDEN Yeah, but——

 

IVERSON But what?

 

The room falls silent.

IVERSON
Hesitation gets people killed. You don’t need to remember that because you KNOW that. Because here,

(eyeing Raiden; pointing
towards the satellite
stills)

you did not hesitate. You assessed the situation and to the best of your ability did what you thought was right. And in the end, you were right.

Iverson switches out the satellite images and replaces it with forensic diagnostics of the SUVs.
What you saw was that the back of the SUV was on fire and that inside, BRAVO was surrounded by a force field care of Shakespeare. What you didn’t see was——

SHAKESPEARE

(interjects; almost
silently)
The SUV was also burning from the inside out.

Shakespeare Riggs
Origin: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Class: Infuser
Affinity: Force Fields

IVERSON
Right. Had you not did what you did Raiden, that fire would have, in seconds, burst and eat away at that force field; burning them alive.

Everyone takes it all in. Uneasiness fills the room as Iverson takes a moment to make eye contact with the group of cadets.

IVERSON
(addressing everyone)
Time waits for no one. It’s long overdue and the world needs individuals like you.

Teams like you.
(beat)
Any more questions?

Of course they had questions. They could ask questions all summer. But everything up until this point has been surreal and the future responsibilities that they’ve all been entrusted with is nothing short of overwhelming.

Silence.

Iverson succeeds. Succeeds in making them believe that they could handle all this. Succeeds in making them believe that they were made for this. Succeeds in making them realize that they are indeed, extraordinary.

IVERSON
(nonchalantly)
Sorry to break it to you, but every one of you are the best in your specialty. Now how about some upgrades, shall we?

Iverson taps a button on the universal remote. The long sheet of tabletops located in front of the cadets spin one hundred eighty degrees to reveal accessories and attachments held in place for each of them.

IVERSON

 

Xzavier, would you mind?

 

Iverson signals towards the rows of Robot Revolvers. Not at all.

 

Xzavier stands from his seat. Walks down the isle to the podium. Iverson tosses him a Robot Revolver.

XZAVIER
(to everyone)
This is the bread and butter for us Mechanical Engineering students and now for each and every one of you as well. This is a Robot Revolver.

Xzavier releases the safety and ejects the magazine.

XZAVIER
Instead of bullets, the magazine houses RoboBoxes. Small to medium sized robots can compress into these cubic centimeter boxes. Larger robots fit into these cubes as well, they just have to be split into multiple RoboBoxes. The standard Robot Revolver magazine holds 10 RoboBoxes. When fired, the robots decompress and assemble in midflight.

Iverson examines a spare Robot Revolver. Eyes the RoboBoxes.

IVERSON
I’ve always wondered how they were able to fit robots into such small boxes.
Yeah, it’s the exoskeleton of the robots that we can compress. The insides, the stuff that makes the robots tick, that was the tricky part. Once we figured out how to convert matter into energy, everything else fell into place.

MIKEY

 

So the whole robot doesn’t compress?

XZAVIER
God no. That would be impossible. Well, let me rephrase that. We’d still be able to compress robots into just physical matter, it just wouldn’t be this compact. Anything larger than this would probably be too much of an inconvenience. By converting the guts into energy, we’re able to basically smash the exoskeleton into these cubic centimeter RoboBoxes. When fired, the revolver turns energy into matter and what you have is a robot that materializes in air.

HAZE
So it’s like that holographic barrier surrounding the academy?

XZAVIER

 

Exactly. Energy into matter and vice versa.

DEMETRIUS
What’s the biggest robot these things can hold?

XZAVIER
Well, the max these magazines can hold is 10. That’s either 10 small robots, 5 medium robots, or 1 large one. Like I said earlier, you can split larger sized robots into multiple RoboBoxes, as they will reattach mid-assembly.

DEMARCUS How big is big?

XZAVIER
It depends. On average, 1 RoboBox can compress a robot that’s about a foot high. Or if you break down a large robot into 10 RoboBoxes, when assembled, can be in excess of 10ft.

DEMARCUS

 

Is that the largest then?

 

XZAVIER

 

(laughs)

 

Zo, a little help here.

ZOEY SPARKS, a fellow Mechanical Engineering student, unhinges her robot sidearm from her thigh holster. She tosses it over two rows of heads to Xzavier standing at the podium. He catches it. Continues explanation.

XZAVIER Okay, Robot Revolver——

 

He holds up a revolver with his left hand.

XZAVIER
10 RoboBoxes max. 1 RoboBox, 1f t . 10 RoboBoxes, 10ft. Roughly, give or take.

He holds up Zoey’s robot sidearm.

XZAVIER
Robot Sub Machine Gun. This magazine houses 100 RoboBoxes. 1 SMG, 100 RoboBoxes, 100ft tall. Zoey wields 2.

Xzavier tosses her robot SMG back to her.

XZAVIER
Needless to say, her sub specialty is Mechas. One very tall 200ft high mecha. Why do you think the Academy is so huge? We had to figure out a way to accommodate her mechas!

The group of cadets share a laugh.

 

XZAVIER Just kidding.

 

(thinks it over) Actually, not really!

(chuckles)
ALRIGHT, moving on. To call your robot back, all you have to do is turn on the laser targeting attachment located under the muzzle. Aim the laser at the robot and pull the trigger. The laser will then convert the robot into energy and transfer it back into the gun and reassemble within its RoboBoxes; back into the magazine.

RAIDEN

 

(studies his robot revolver)

 

Sa-weet.

TK
But, wait. If we can already convert energy into matter and matter into energy, couldn’t we apply that to like, animals?

XZAVIER
The reason why we’re able to do it with robots is because the robots are already synced to their RoboBox. So the disperse and retrieve system is instant. All it has to do is recognize that the same algorithm is running parallel.

TK

 

So theoretically it’s possible? Xzavier hesitates.

XZAVIER
Alright, I wasn’t suppose to say anything until after the press conference later today but——

Xzavier reaches towards his lower back. He pulls out a heavily modified Robot Revolver tucked underneath his back waistband. He releases the safety and pulls the barrel back. Unloads the entire clip from the fully automatic revolver. The 10 RoboBoxes hover in the air. They slowly start a circular orbit.

MAXIMILLION
I don’t get it. Robots would have assembled already.

Xzavier makes eye contact with his mechanical engineering peer, and also long-time friend. Smiles.

XZAVIER
Yeah. You’re right. ROBOTS would have assembled already.

The RoboBoxes accelerate their orbit. Energy emits from the RoboBoxes. Matter re-atomizes in the center of the RoboBoxes orbit.

It’s a 3ft tall panda. A living, breathing, panda. He yawns.

 

ZOEY NO WAY!

 

HAZE

 

Whaaa... It’s so adorable.

 

MAXIMILLION Is that its actual——

XZAVIER
Actual size? No. His full size is around 50ft. He’s still growing.

ZOEY

 

Then how is he so small right now?

 

XZAVIER This——

 

Xzavier points to the laser sight mounted under the barrel of his modified Robot Revolver.

XZAVIER
It’s the same mechanism that retrieves robots back into their boxes except this modification allows for the laser to reconfigure the animal’s DNA. Its entire DNA makeup is stored on a microd rive next to the laser sight. You can increase and decrease the animal’s size on the fly.

Xzavier demonstrates. Increasing and decreasing the panda’s size in real-time.

XZAVIER
I obviously can’t increase him to his max size because, well, he’ll rip a hole through the wall and probably the roof, all the while crushing us in the process.

RAIDEN

 

Yeah, good idea. Let’s not.

XZAVIER
But I can reduce him to his smallest size, the size he was when he was first born.

Xzavier reduces the panda’s size. It’s small enough to cradle like an infant.

XZAVIER
The biggest setback we have right now is that we just can’t go around randomly firing RoboBoxes capturing animals. They still have to be tamed in order for us to control them and harness their powers. Also, they have to stay still long enough for the laser targeting to absorb and memorize its DNA makeup.

(beat)
The plus side, once you do tame and capture them, they’re yours for life.

The panda sits on the floor gnawing on a bamboo shoot. Xzavier aims the laser sight on his panda. Pulls the trigger. The laser turns the panda into energy and draws it back into the revolver.

IVERSON Thank you Xzavier.

 

Xzavier walks back to his seat.

IVERSON
Next we have your two forms of identification. First, your Symphony Tags. These are pretty straight forward. They are reminiscent of standard issue military identification tags and function exactly as that. Lastly, we have your zBand. Armbands that also function as a form of identification but also have a special underlying feature.

Iverson borrows a zBand from the front row where Epsilon is seated.

IVERSON
The underside of these zBands are laced with special Sealer technology. More specifically, a healing seal. Sealers, obviously, specialize in summoning seals.

Iverson brings forward the satellite images from their discussion earlier. He zooms in on Gamma’s SUV. A huge seal is located under the frozen turned SUV.
IVERSON

Adrian Banks. Sealer. Her seal specialization is a cryo seal.

 

Adrian sinks in her chair.

IVERSON
A lot of research and development took place to harness this ability. The sheer amount of effort and expense to graph someone’s gamma makeup alone, only warranted one specialty and needless to say, the ability to heal became top priority.

EDISON

 

So, these things can heal us?

IVERSON
On two different levels, yes. First, when you put it on it slowly induces its healing properties into your pores. It is so effective that it can be worn over any material that may be covering your body and still induce its healing properties into your bloodstream. Second, requires a Sealer. As I’ve mentioned previously, Sealers activate seals. Instead of their inherent seal, they could instead, activate the healing seal located on the zBand. The first way slowly absorbs into your bloodstream whereas activation via a Sealer becomes present on the individual, rapidly introducing the body with its healing properties.

RAIDEN

 

(whispers)

 

No Sealer on our team. Sucks for us.

 

Alpha lets out a subtle laugh.

IVERSON
I’d like for everyone to please put them on right now.

Everyone grabs their zBands and straps them on.

IVERSON
Judging from these forensic diagnostics, some of you were obviously more injured than others. To some, the zBands might seem faint. Others will feel it instantly. As the healing properties are introduced into your body, it will adapt and travel to a point of reference.

SHAKESPEARE Whoa.

 

IVERSON It’s kicking in? SHAKESPEARE Definitely.

IVERSON
Holding up that force field as long as you did must’ve drained your gamma. Sealers can speed up this process. Adrian, go ahead, give it a shot. Just make sure you don’t accidently activate your cryo seal.

Iverson smiles. Adrian blushes. She draws from the gamma located within the zBand. Instantly, the healing seal spreads amongst the 25 cadets like a set of dominoes falling.

IVERSON
Well done. If it’s not too troublesome, could you keep the heal seal active for the remainder of the orientation?

ADRIAN Sure, no problem.

 

IVERSON

 

You guys will need the restoration.

(beat)
OK. Last but certainly not least, we have your communications device, the MicroBerry. All 25 have been synced with one another so communication with someone outside your squad is effortless. These are pretty straight forward.
Insert the MicroBerry inside your ear canal. Should be a snug fit. Single tap opens a secure connection with your entire squad. Double tap plus a user’s name will open a secure connection with only that person. You can double tap an entire squad as well, just say the squad name instead of an individual’s name.

Iverson’s mobile phone rings. He glances at the LCD.

IVERSON
So there you have it. Your Robot Revolver, your Symphony Tags, your zBand, and your MicroBerry. Equip them now, and remember, these items are to remain on you at all times. No exceptions.

(beat)

 

Excuse me, I have to take this call.

 

Iverson excuses himself towards the back of the podium. Exits through the back door.

 

INT. CORRIDOR, SATURN ACADEMY

 

IVERSON Hello?

 

DR. SATURN How are the kids doing?

(laughs)
With all due respect sir, with everything we’re entrusting them with, is it fair to refer to them as kids?

DR. SATURN Touché.

IVERSON
For the most part, I believe that they’re ready. I’ve briefed them on everything and given them their upgrades.

DR. SATURN
Very well. I’m here with the General in the coliseum. We have addressed the media via a press conference and everything shall proceed as planned. Gather the cadets, their audience awaits.

IVERSON

 

Let’s hope they don’t get stage fright.

DR. SATURN
After what transpired earlier today, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind releasing a little bit of that pent up aggression.
I’m just worried that they might feel a little like they’re putting on a show with their actions always being spectated.

DR. SATURN
It’s not always going to be like this Iverson, you know that. But we need this and the world needs to know what we’re trying to do.

IVERSON Yes sir. I understand.

DR. SATURN
Enough with the ‘sir,’ you’re making me feel old.

IVERSON Yes sir—— uhh, Doc.

DR. SATURN
Doc, I like that. Have the cadets ready in five. I’m using the press conference to unveil a recent scientific advancement that we in the Saturn camp have kept under wraps for a few weeks now.

(beat)

 

Oh, and Iverson...

 

IVERSON Yeah?

 

DR. SATURN

 

Thanks for accepting this position.

 

IVERSON

 

No problem Doc, it’s an honor.

 

The two end communications. Iverson stares at his mobile phone.

 

IVERSON

 

Sorry Doc. No more surprises.

 

INT. AMPHITHEATER, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

Chatter fills the room. Iverson re-enters. He heads straight for the computer linked to the projector. Reaches into his pocket and pulls out a USB stick. Plugs it in. The computer scans the files. A flurry of files and images scatter on the projection screen. The chatter fades. Iverson grabs the universal remote.

IVERSON

 

(to everyone)

 

I only have a few minutes.

 

Iverson scans through the image files on the screen. Five mechs shuffle to the foreground.

IVERSON
In approximately five minutes I will be escorting you to the Academy’s coliseum.

RAIDEN

 

This place has a coliseum? Oh god, why?

IVERSON
I’m seriously pressed for time Raiden, let me get through this and I promise you’ll understand why. When Dr. Saturn said everything was to proceed as planned, this is exactly what he was talking about. The catch, you weren’t suppose to know any of what I’m about to tell you. But considering this morning’s incident, it’s safe to say I owe you one. These five mechs...

(beat)

 

These are your opponents.

 

ZOEY

 

Those are Class A Demo Mechs.

 

Iverson scans the data.

 

IVERSON Correct.

ZOEY
I don’t understand. Those mechs are built to destroy and they’re built well. Everything in their path practically turns to dust. And we’re suppose to fight them?

IVERSON

 

Yes.

(beat)
I guess before any of you ask the inevitable ‘why’ here’s the reason. It basically stems from our hypothetical situation that was proposed earlier. Instead of a colossal animal running rampant, what if it was a sky scrapper sized mech? Simple role reversal. Robots get a bad rep and there’s always that underlying fear that they could potentially go haywire. Saturn Academy plans to demonstrate that they have the means to quickly avert any future situations.

XZAVIER

 

Talk about no rest for the weary.

IVERSON
I apologize. Especially with what happened today. Which is why I’m going against orders and giving all of you a heads up. Each team will be tasked with taking down a mech, by any means necessary. We have a few minutes until I have to escort you to the coliseum. Take this as an opportunity to get your game plan in order.

Iverson takes a seat at the computer. Chatter re-emerges as each team plot and plan their strategies.

 

INT. AMPHITHEATER, BRAVO TABLE

 

MIKEY

 

(turns to Xzavier) You had no idea?

 

XZAVIER

 

About what? This little mech assault thing?

 

MIKEY Little? (jest) Yeah.

 

Xzavier studies projection.

 

the five m e c h s displayed on the XZAVIER No. Not even the slightest clue.

 

Mikey gages his reaction. He believes him.

MIKEY (V.O.)
Judging from his reaction, he almost seems bitter. I don’t blame him, if I was Dr. Saturn’s son, I’d probably expect to know everything ahead of time, or at the very least, before anyone else did.

DAVIS
The better question would be, how are we even going to approach this?
Davis Chambers
Origin: Washington, D.C.
Class: Artificer
Affinity: Heavy Weapons/Artillery Armed: LMG (Light Machine Gun)

XZAVIER
I got this. I just hope I can get to it before it moves.

ONYX

 

It won’t move. I’ll make sure of it.

Onyx Omega
Origin: San Juan, Puerto Rico Class: Evoker
Affinity: Shadow

INT. AMPHITHEATER, GAMMA TABLE

 

JUSTICE Any ideas, ladies?

ZOEY
First things first, what are each of our abilities and/or specialties? I’m sure you’re all aware my specialty is mechas and I do have mine equipped with me. We could battle it mecha vs mech, but that could get sloppy fast.

JUSTICE
As an Infuser we only tend to specialize in hand to hand combat, but our main power is the ability to boost, reverse, and distribute special abilities. I can increase our speed in multiple intervals.

TRACE
I’m a recon specialist and deal primarily in long range combat. I’m not sure how much I will be able to help.

ADRIAN
Well, you all know from past experience, and by past experience I mean almost freezing us to death. Maybe I can slow its movement.

ZOEY
That’s definitely a start. Mechanical parts tend to struggle when they overheat or start to freeze.

HAZE
I can evoke micro particles. Either creating a——

TRACE (smiles)

 

A haze?

 

HAZE

(smirk)
Yeah. Either a haze to distort vision or I can compact micro particles into any shape to form a weapon, a barrier, whatever.

TRACE
Sounds like a good arsenal of abilities. Let’s figure out a way to piece it all together and take down this mech.

INT. AMPHITHEATER, EPSILON TABLE

 

Epsilon sits in the front row. They observe the five mechs displayed on the screen directly in front of them.

 

AERO

 

Which one do you think we’ll get?

MADEX
It doesn’t matter. Either way, it will require the same approach.

REX
And that approach is the same approach you’d take when faced with any large object.
INT. AMPHITHEATER, DELTA TABLE

EDISON

 

Mechs mechs mechs.

 

(beat)

 

Why am I not surprised.

Edison Cross
Origin: San Francisco, California Class: Evoker
Affinity: Magnetism

MAXIMILLION

 

Fear not best friend. We got this.

Maximillion Grey
Origin: San Francisco, California Class: Mechanical Engineer
Affinity: Microbots

JET

 

You guys know each other?

Jet Woods
Origin: Atlanta, Georgia Class: Artificer
Affinity: Atomic Particles Armed: Photon Cannon

EDISON
Edison Cross. That was my dad up there with Dr. Saturn.

MAXIMILLION

 

And my dad is the President.

 

CHRISTIAN OF THE UNITED STATES?

Christian St. Claire Origin: Sydney, Australia Class: Sealer
Affinity: Gravity Seals

MAXIMILLION
My name is Maximillion Grey. Yeah, my dad is President Grey.

ACE

 

Jesus that’s pretty high profile.

Ace Alvarez
Origin: Mexico City, Mexico Class: Infuser
Affinity: Super Strength Armed: Gravity Hammer

MAXIMILLION
I don’t know. We never really think of it that way I guess. Plus look at Bravo behind us. They have Vice President West’s son, Mikey West, Secretary of Defense’s son, Davis Chambers, and we all know Xzavier, the son of Dr. Saturn.

JET
Aren’t your parents worried that you guys could get hurt?

EDISON Aren’t yours?

 

JET Yeah but——

 

MAXIMILLION I guess that’s the point.

 

ACE What do you mean?

MAXIMILLION
It’s one thing risking the lives of other people’s kids, but in the end, would you be willing to risk your own?

EDISON
Just because our parents are who they are doesn’t make us more valuable than you.

CHRISTIAN
That’s not what everyone else is going to think.

MAXIMILLION
It doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks. We’re a team now.
All that matters is what each of us think, because it’s only us that will have each others back when we’re out there.

EDISON
Fighting the stupid me ch s . It’s always mechs. Stupid mechs.

INT. AMPHITHEATER, ALPHA TABLE

 

TK leans into Miles, speaking under his breath.

TK
Remember that co-op test we had awhile back, the one where we had to showcase our abilities working in unison?

MILES Yeah.

 

TK

 

Think it would work here?

 

MILES

 

Possibly. It depends on Enzo.

 

Enzo hears the barely audible discussion between the two.

 

ENZO

 

What depends on me?

 

The rest of Alpha lean into the conversation. MILES

 

(to Alpha)

 

Unison test. Remember?

 

ENZO How high?

MILES
Not positive, looks like it could be 150 feet or taller.

ENZO
We got a lot of flak for executing that move at a fraction of that height; telling us that we endangered TK’s life and that our actions were irresponsible for those around us.

TK

 

(looking down) I’ll be fine.

 

INT. AMPHITHEATER, SATURN ACADEMY

 

The room fills with sporadic chatter.

IVERSON
Sorry to interrupt but we have to get going. Equip your things and let’s go. Everyone stands, quickly slipping on Symphony Tags, readjusting zBands, and attaching Robot Revolver holsters. They file out behind Iverson.

INT. CORRIDOR, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

 

Iverson accesses the direct connect feature on his cell phone.

 

IVERSON

 

We’re on our way. ETA 1 minute.

 

EXT. COLISEUM, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

Dr. Saturn is addressing the crowd. The coliseum is completely packed from the open invitation announcement. Press, representatives from various countries, students ditching their last day of school, make up this eclectic crowd. Dr. Saturn demonstrates Saturn Robotics’ new scientific advancement. The same presentation Xzavier gave to his new peers. The crowd roars with excitement that reverberate throughout the surrounding area.

INT. CORRIDOR, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

 

The noise resonates through the interior halls.

KAIRO What was that? Iverson approaches the security panel. The doors slide open.

IVERSON Your audience.

 

EXT. COLISEUM, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

DR. SATURN
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you: Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon!

The five teams enter the coliseum. The vibrations from the cheering penetrate their bodies.

MILES
(to Kairo)
Remember what you said earlier about having a little breathing room?

KAIRO Yeah?

 

Kairo’s eyes widened. The other team members expressions show signs of shock.

 

MILES

 

Feel free to breathe.

 

Iverson leads the 25 cadets to the staging area. DR. SATURN

 

How about a showcase of abilities?

 

Like clockwork, the crowd cheers.

DR. SATURN
The team that places 1st will be awarded animal contracts of their choice. The first recipients ever of our new animal harnessing revolver!

The crowd is beyond deafening at this point.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM - CONTINUOUS

 

IVERSON

 

Epsilon, you’re up first.

ZOEY
(to Epsilon)
Remember what I said earlier about those being Class A Demo Mechs?

MADEX Yeah?

ZOEY
It’s bad. You have to get to these things before their weapon system engages.

MADEX

 

Thanks for the heads up. The team breaks away from the pack.

IVERSON
Make sure you stand behind this line until you’re cued.

EXT. SIDELINES, COLISEUM - CONTINUOUS

DR. SATURN
(on the microphone)
The rules of engagement are simple: By any means necessary. You will have a 5 second load out period. During those 5 seconds you are free to prep your abilities, so long as you stay behind the frontline. When those 5 seconds run down, showtime! And remember, you are being timed.

Five aerial robots circle the coliseum. One descends and air drops a sea of RoboBoxes. The RoboBoxes decompress and assemble in midair. The sky scrapper mech towers above the coliseum.

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

RAIDEN

 

I think I’m going to barf.

 

The 5 second countdown begins. EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

REX

 

So what’s the plan?

MADEX
Like I said before, same way you’d approach any large opponent, its knees.

( t o Demetrius and

 

Demarcus)

 

How fast can you two whip something up?

 

Madex turns his gaze towards the demolition spec brothers.

 

DEMARCUS Done.

 

DEMETRIUS Always prepared.

 

MADEX

 

(shifts gaze to Aero and Rex)

 

Us three will divert.

The timer hits zero. The countdown reverses and begins counting up. Demarcus and Demetrius run straight for the mech’s legs. The problem? The mech’s closest hinge joint is 50ft above their heads. Madex, Aero, and Rex, flank right and divert the mech’s gaze by firing a wave of bullets. The demo bros. release their helmets and brace themselves.
DEMARCUS

I’ll get right.

 

DEMETRIUS Left it is.

 

They each roll out percussion grenades in their path. They simultaneously leap directly above their grenades.

 

BOOM.

The force from the explosion launches them into the air. Their MASS prelo aded with explosives, they fire. Their bombs wiz through the air and attach to the mech’s knees. The brothers sail downward. Detonate.

BANG. The knees blow out. Unable to balance its weight, the mech collapses. 38 seconds flat.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

CHRISTIAN Bloody hell.

ACE
How did they land from that height without breaking their legs?

JET

 

These——

 

(points to his boots)

Drop shock boots.
It’s part of our regular equipment as Artificers, in order to stabilize any fall damage we might take during combat.

DR. SATURN (O.S.)
That, ladies and gentlemen, is nothing short of amazing. 38 SECONDS!

The crowd continues their applause. The mech shatters and reco nfig ures back into its multiple RoboBoxes. Sweeper bots dive into the coliseum and pull the RoboBoxes via a magnetic cage. An aerial bot descends, dropping the next set of RoboBoxes.

IVERSON Delta, ready up.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

EDISON
Alright, I guess we should revolve this around whoever has the best kill shot.

CHRISTIAN Kill shot?

MAXIMILLION
Whoever has the ability to do the most amount of damage to this thing.
(to Maximillion and Jet)

Okay, you two have those big cylinders on your backs. What are those, rockets? Rockets would really help right about now.

MAXIMILLION

 

(pointing to the white canister on his back) This houses my microbots.

Maximillion raises his right arm. A carbon glove with a built in touch screen interface extends to the base of his elbow.

MAXIMILLION

 

And I can control all of them with this.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, okay. How many of these microbots are we talking about?

MAXIMILLION One million.

 

ACE

 

Wow, you really live up to your name.

 

CHRISTIAN

 

Alright, what about you. (looks at Jet)

 

What does your cylinder do? JET

 

It’s a photon cannon.

 

CHRISTIAN

 

Now we’re talking. So what does it do?

JET
It absorbs and condenses photons and blasts it in the form of a beam.

EDISON

 

So... in other words, a flashlight.

 

Jet stares Edison down. He powers up his photon cannon. The sound alone intimidates the whole team.

 

EDISON

 

(laughs nervously)

 

Uhh, kidding bro. Does it hurt?

JET
I wouldn’t recommend it. Anything that condenses atomic particles and shoots it at the speed of light cannot not hurt.

CHRISTIAN (looks at Ace) And you?

 

ACE

 

Infuser. Super strength. (points to his back)

Gravity hammer.
What a coincidence I’m a Sealer and I can summon Gravity Seals.

ACE
Keep in mind I can redistribute some of my abilities to you guys.

JET What do you mean?

ACE
Infusers have the ability to emit radial bursts of energy that transfers to those within its radius. So, like, I have super strength, I radial burst and transfer that ability to you guys. Justice, over there, can increase speed and Shakespeare can distribute temporary force fields. But for now, I’m the only Infuser you got.

MAXIMILLION
That’s already more than helpful. What about you Christian, what type of gravitational force?

CHRISTIAN
Zero gravity or complete reversal. I could use that mech’s weight against it and put ten million tons of force on it so that it can’t move.

EDISON
W e have magnetism, microbots, super strength gravity hammer, photon cannon, annnnnd gravity seals.

The 5 second countdown commences.

 

EDISON

 

I’m not seeing a clear path here.

ACE
We could wing it with everyone flying solo doing the most damage we can individually.

MAXIMILLION Sounds good to me!

 

EDISON Serious?

 

CHRISTIAN Sure, let’s have at it.

 

JET

 

So our plan is that we have no plan?

 

MAXIMILLION Sounds like a plan to me!

The timer hits zero. The countdown reverses and begins counting up. An energy aura engulfs Ace and travels down his legs. The energy makes contact with the ground and blasts out in a perfect circle.
The radial burst travels like a shock wave to the other members of Delta. A faint glowing aura arises from the base of their bodies as each member adopts Ace’s super strength ability.

The mech target locks all of Delta. Its weapons operating system emerges. Christian crouches low and places a gravity seal on the mech. The radial seal expands instantly to the size of the mech. He accidently deploys a zero gravity seal.

CHRISTIAN Oh crap, GUYS WATCH OUT!

The mech loses its center of gravity and begins spinning uncontrollably in zero gravity. Its weapons system begins firing in every direction imaginable. The crowd screams. Edison extends his right arm.

EDISON

 

Magnetic Tech: Magnetic Sphere!

Edison creates a magnetic barrier around the mech. The bullets and missiles suspend in the air. Christian corrects the gravitational pull. The mech slams onto the floor front side down. Crouching on one bended knee, he concentrates pinning down the mech with more and more force.

CHRISTIAN
Alright boys, go to work. Jet’s photon cannon shifts to the right side of his back. It unhinges and slides over his right shoulder blade. Now firmly resting on his shoulder, the cannon begins acquiring atomic particles.

Ace dashes towards the now pinned mech and leaps onto its surface. He pulls out his gravity hammer and smashes left and right. Mechanical pieces fly all over the place. Scraps of metal get pulled into Edison’s magnetic field.

Maximillion points forward towards the mech. From the cylinder hanging off his back, the microbots explode from the top’s opening. A mechanical tidal wave destroys everything in its path.

Jet fires his fully charged photon cannon. He blasts key components off the mech; mainly its weapons system. Ace finds the mech’s main hub. With his megaton hammer raised, he let gravity do the rest.

The mech powers down. All that is left is a mess of a mech that resembles metal swiss cheese. Edison releases the magnetic field, killing the force behind the suspended bullets and missiles. The sky rains ammunition.

38 seconds flat.

 

EXT. SIDELINES, COLISEUM

DR. SATURN
Impressive control, Delta. We have a tie right down to the millisecond.
Still reeling from the spray of ammunition the crowd manages to clap with excitement.

DR. SATURN
If the rest of the squads cannot come under 38, it looks like we might be handing out two sets of animal contracts!

The sweeper bots clean up. An aerial bot descends.

 

IVERSON Ladies, you’re up.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

Gamma advance towards the frontline.

 

ZOEY Any ideas?

HAZE
Judging from Epsilon and Delta, the only way we’re going to compete is if we work together as a team.

TRACE
The difference between the two is that Delta used simultaneous attacks, whereas Epsilon used clean teamwork.

HAZE
Epsilon has been a team for a long time now right?

TRACE
Yes, most definitely. Back at the Artificer Academy they were the top ranking tactical unit. And overall, the team to beat.

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

TK cups his hands around his mouth. Yells.

TK (excited)
5 SECONDS HAZE!

MILES (to TK)

 

MicroBerry bro.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

ADRIAN A friend of yours?

 

A subtle smile dons on Haze.

 

JUSTICE

 

Oh my, you’re totally blushing.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

KAIRO You’re so into her.

TK
What, I was just giving her a friendly warning.

ENZO

 

I bet that’s not all you want to give her.

 

TK

 

(laughs)

 

Wow, you did not just go there.

 

KAIRO I think he did.

 

ENZO I think I did too.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

HAZE I am not!

 

Her smile extends.

 

ZOEY

 

His friends are totally cute too.

 

JUSTICE

 

We’re such a bunch of girls.

ZOEY
Alright, alright. The countdown is about to start. Let’s just go toe to toe with this thing.

The countdown begins. Zoey unhinges her SMG. Dials back a lever located on top of the SMG. Fires off a single shot. A RoboBox disperses and a cockpit assembles on the ground.

ZOEY Get in!

 

JUSTICE Hold on a second.

Justice clasps her hands together. Eyes closed, she begins to illuminate as she concentrates. Eyes open. The intense silver aura radial bursts beneath her, encompassing an area of effect of multiple yards.

JUSTICE
Enjoy the increased speed ladies. We’ll need it.

Gamma hops into the cockpit and buckle themselves in with speed barely caught by the naked eye.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

MIKEY Wow.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

Zoey fires her dual SMGs in the air. She unloads both magazines. Due to Justice’s increased speed perk, the RoboBoxes assemble at an alarmingly quicker rate than normal. The mecha fully forms. Zoey, with her teammates seated to the right and left of her, controls the mecha from the cockpit.

ZOEY Attach!

 

The mecha picks up the cockpit.

 

ADRIAN Oh my GODDDD!

 

HAZE Weeee!

 

ADRIAN

 

THIS IS NOT A WEEEE MOMENT!

 

ZOEY

 

Afraid of heights? Don’t be!

 

ADRIAN

 

Don’t be? Oh, why didn’t I think of that.

ZOEY
I’m sensing a little sarcasm in your voice. No worries.
(excited)

Prepare for battle!

The mecha attaches the cockpit as its head. Gamma is now face to face with their mech opponent. The timer hits zero. The countdown reverses and begins counting up.

ADRIAN

 

Sealing Arts: Cryo Seal

ZOEY
Target one of the legs, that way we can constrict its movements.

The ice-blue seal is placed under their opponent’s left leg. The ice creeps up.

 

JUSTICE LOOK!

 

Justice points to the mech’s left arm. A massive gunblade ejects from its side compartment.

 

ZOEY Oh no.

 

HAZE What?

ZOEY
One swipe from that thing will cut through any part of my mecha.

HAZE
Well, it has to be able to see where it’s swinging in order to hit us so...

A smokey earth-toned aura encircles Haze’s arm.

 

HAZE

 

Particle Tech: Sand Cyclone.

From the bare earth of the coliseum floor, a hurricanelike sand storm rages around the mech, making its way to the top. The sand storm spins with such velocity the mech can’t organize its movements. Trace motions towards the glass in front of them.

TRACE

 

Does this thing open?

 

ZOEY Yeah, why?

 

TRACE

 

I think I can get a clear shot.

Zoey taps a button. The window lowers. Trace unhinges her .50 Caliber Rifle. She rests it on the dashboard. Trace looks down her scope. The ice is beyond crystallizing. She takes the shot. The frozen leg bursts and shatters into millions of pieces. The mech is brought down to a knee.

ZOEY
It’s time to finish this. Zoey cranks down on a lever. The weapon system activates. A modified gu nb la de much like the one their opponent wields releases from Zoey’s weapons hatch. She goes for the one hit kill. The mech braces itself and reaches out for Zoey’s mecha. It grips the chest plate and pulls itself up. Using the mecha as leverage, the mech begins to blindly swing through the sand storm. It cuts one of the mecha’s arms off. It falls to the floor with an echoing thud.

HAZE

 

Go for it, go for it!

Zoey extends the gunblade and shoves it straight through the mech’s main frame. She unloads a few bullet bursts into the mech. In a last ditch effort, the mech extends its own gunblade and blindly swings it directly in front of itself as it collapses to the floor. The blade connects in the worst way imaginable. The impact causes Haze to lose control of the sand storm. It now clouds their vision, as well as distort those observing from below.

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM - CONTINUOUS

 

TK

 

What’s going on up there.

MILES
The timer stopped at 59 seconds. I guess they’re done, but something’s not right. The cockpit snaps.

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

The whirling noise from the sand cyclone dilutes the cracking noise for most ears. The snap echoes in Enzo’s ear canal.

ENZO Oh no.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

The cockpit dislodges and sends Gamma sailing two hundred feet to the ground.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

Enzo breaks formation and runs towards the battle zone.

 

KAIRO

 

(to Enzo)

 

Hey, what’s happening? We can’t see.

 

ENZO

 

Now you know how I feel!

 

TK splits from the group and trails Enzo. TK

(to Enzo)
I don’t know what’s going on or what you’re doing, but I’m right behind you.

Enzo pulls his titanium bo staff off his back and stabs the ground beneath him. 1/3 of the staff is underground.

 

ENZO (to TK)

 

Crank it!

 

A few steps behind Enzo, TK leaps forward.

 

TK On it.

Without missing a step, TK grabs hold of the tip. He wrenches it back as hard as possible. Releases. The titanium bo staff produces sound waves that reverberate. Enzo looks up to the sky. The reverberating sound waves create a 3D mapping of his entire surroundings. Amidst the sand storm, Enzo sees the cockpit sailing down. With only a split second to calculate, he adjusts and slides into position. On one knee, Enzo slams his right hand on the ground; palming it. A massive column of earth ascends with remarkable speed. He adjusts for impact, slightly descending the column. The earth column embraces the falling cockpit with a slight shock; cradling it. ADRIAN

And today’s theme is: strapped inside turned over vehicles.

 

ZOEY

 

For a second there, I thought we were dead.

 

JUSTICE

 

(glances over at Haze) Hey you alright?

HAZE
Yeah, I’m fine, I just hit my arm on the side of this thing.

TRACE
Are you sure? It looks like it really hurts.

Haze releases the sand storm and a sharp pain shoots through her arm. She winces.

ADRIAN
Here, don’t move, let me activate your zBand.

The sand rains down to the surface revealing Enzo’s earth column cradling the decapitated cockpit. Unbeknownst of Gamma’s danger, the crowd now realizing this, cheer and explode with encouragement. Enzo withdraws the column back into the earth.
TK

Enzo, you never cease to amaze me.

TK reaches Enzo’s position. The two steady both ends of the cockpit as Enzo lowers the final mass of rock into the earth below. It now rests on the floor. Zoey attempts to open the overhead hatch. It stutters but eventually gives way. TK and Enzo assist Gamma out of the compartment.

TK

 

(offers hand to Haze) Are you okay?

 

HAZE

 

I think I’ll be fine.

Haze places her left hand in TK’s hand and uses it as leverage as she climbs out. The heal seal still active, follows her footsteps. TK notices a slight limp as she grips her arm.

TK

 

Here, let me help you.

TK guides her good arm onto his shoulders and places his arm around her back. The two walk back to the staging area. Enzo offers a hand to each of the remaining members exiting the compartment. On his way back, TK passes Enzo’s titanium bo staff. He gives it a firm kick. The staff sends out another set of sound waves which gives Enzo an updated re-mapping of his environment.

ENZO (yelling)

 

THANKS!

 

TK No problem.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

MIKEY

 

So, let me get this straight. He’s——

 

KAIRO Blind? Yes.

MIKEY
And he was able to see something all of us couldn’t?

RAIDEN Yeap.

 

MIKEY (confused)

 

How?

 

MILES

 

He uses echolocation to see.

MIKEY
Is it like that one theory, where if you lose one sense, the others become heightened?

MILES
Something like that. I mean, his hearing is super sensitive, otherwise his echolocation skills wouldn’t be as effective as they are.

XZAVIER
So, technically, he could ‘see’ around corners and situations like that?

MILES
Around corners, rooftops, behind walls; as long as sound can bounce off a surface, he can map it out in his head.

MIKEY (amazed)

 

Unreal.

 

Iverson sprints back as TK and Haze approach.

 

IVERSON Are you——

HAZE
I’m alright, or, I will be. Really, I’m okay.

IVERSON And the rest of Gamma?

HAZE
They’re fine. They’re coming, you should ask them just to be sure.

Enzo rips the staff out of the ground. With each step he firmly taps the tip of the staff on the ground.

 

IVERSON

 

(to Gamma)

 

Are the rest of you alright?

TRACE Yes. We’re fine. (to Gamma)

Right?

 

ZOEY Yeah.

 

ADRIAN Okay.

 

Justice fixes her gaze on Enzo. Smiles.

 

TRACE Justice?

 

ZOEY Justice...?

 

JUSTICE Huh, what!?

 

Are you okay?

 

JUSTICE (thumbs up)

 

All good on my end.

IVERSON
Well, let’s go and have you looked at just to be on the safe side.

(beat)
Epsilon, Delta, you’re welcome to join us since you’re done as well.

MADEX
Thanks, but I think we’ll stay till it’s over.

EDISON Yeah.

 

RAIDEN

 

Can I go? I’m starving.

 

KAIRO (to Raiden) Shut up.

 

IVERSON

 

Zoey, is your mecha retrievable?

 

ZOEY

 

I’m not sure. It’s way too damaged. I’ll signal for the sweeper bots.

ZOEY
Is there any way I could salvage it for parts?

XZAVIER
Yeah, there’s an underground facility that houses all our mechanical operations for the Academy.

ZOEY Cool, thanks.

 

Iverson escorts Gamma back to the main campus. Before leaving, Justice approaches Enzo.

JUSTICE
I just want to thank you. You saved our lives twice and it’s not even noon yet.

ENZO No problem.

 

Justice places her hand on Enzo’s neck to steady his gaze. She gives him a light kiss on the cheek.

 

JUSTICE Thank you.

Sweeper bots zero in and deconstruct the two massive mechanical structures in the coliseum.
The four remaining squads take in the scene. Alpha and Bravo wait patiently for their turn.

XZAVIER

 

So it definitely wasn’t an accident. (to Enzo)

 

You saw the explosives under the SUVs.

 

Xzavier’s voice trails off.

 

ENZO

 

Now you believe me?

XZAVIER
It’s not that I didn’t believe you. It’s just that, I didn’t understand. And with you revealing you were blind, I really didn’t understand.

ENZO It’s alright.

XZAVIER
That’s the problem, it’s not alright. Vehicles that can drive themselves, vehicles that have the ability to maneuver any situation; detect any form of hazardous chemicals, and yet, they were somehow unaware of the fact that there were bombs strapped to them.

Xzavier shakes his head. MILES
Now that I really think about it, they didn’t really acknowledge the bombing. Dr. Saturn and General Cross skimmed over the topic and then threw us into the whole global defense force thing.

EDISON
Averting confrontation is practically my Father’s specialty.

EXT. SIDELINES, COLISEUM

DR. SATURN
Things are getting interesting wouldn’t you agree?!

The crowd roars.

DR. SATURN
The ladies of Gamma completed the task in just under a minute with 59 SECONDS! Give it up for Gamma everyone!

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

XZAVIER

 

(over the roaring crowd) Evidently, my Dad as well. Iverson taps into Bravo’s MicroBerries.

IVERSON
Bravo, I’m getting word that your turn is up. Step up and prepare yourselves.

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

DAVIS
(to Xzavier)
Back at the amphitheater you said that you had this.

XZAVIER
Just as long as I can get to it before it moves, yeah, I got it. As far as it not moving, Onyx said he got that.

(beat)

 

So, we got it.

 

SHAKESPEARE (unsure)

 

Alllllright.

 

MIKEY

 

Here, let’s cheat a little.

 

Mikey lowers his head. Concentrates. MIKEY (whispering)

Come on... where, (beat)
Where are you...

ONYX Who?

Mikey doesn’t respond. He shuts his eyes. Focuses. Wrinkles form around the edges of his eyes from the pressure he applies as he concentrates.

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY

Gamma lounges in the dormitories common room. They view the various plasmas located throughout the room. On the screens: Live feed of the coliseum. An adaptive seal appears under Justice’s feet.

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

MIKEY Gotcha!

The seal located under Justice replicates under Mikey. Mikey opens his eyes. The radial burst performed by Justice in the match prior has an encore performance care of Mikey’s adaptive seal.
JUSTICE

How did he——

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

ONYX How did you——

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

CHRISTIAN I knew it.

 

(shouts)

 

CHEATER!

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

Mikey looks back. He smiles big for Christian, a fellow Sealer, well aware of his abilities. Mikey turns to face the mech. He replicates the radial burst 5 times in a row, increasing the speed by intervals.

MIKEY
(to Bravo)
Adaptive seal. Whoever I place my seal under, my body’s gamma reconfigures itself to adapt and use their abilities.

SHAKESPEARE (laughs)

 

Cheater.

 

ONYX That’s dope.

MIKEY
I can’t retain their abilities. It helps though, cause I can place my seal on Evokers, Sealers, and Infusers, and read their gamma make-up and understand their powers. On top of all that, since I’m just able to mimic, it’s usually not as strong as the person who inherently has those skills.

ONYX Still dope.

 

MIKEY Yeah, I like it.

 

DAVIS Here we go!

The timer runs down. Switches. Onyx intersects his fingers, forming a plus symbol. Gamma emission leak out of his hand.

ONYX
Shadow Tech: Shadow Bind! The colossal mech binds to its shadow. It cannot move even the slightest bit.

ONYX

 

The floor is yours.

 

Onyx clutches his interlocking fingers and firmly presses his palms together.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

TK

 

Well, that mech isn’t moving anytime soon.

 

ENZO (smirks)

 

Shadow Bind?

 

TK Yeah.

EDISON
I was on the receiving end of that one time.

(laughs)

 

So not fair.

 

MAXIMILLION

 

Is it exactly what it sounds like?

EDISON
Yes, pretty much. It locks your shadow on the surface it’s displayed on and then binds you to your shadow. Your shadow won’t be able to move and neither will you.

(beat)

 

Have you ever tried outrunning your shadow?

 

MAXIMILLION (laughs)

 

No, that’s impossible.

MILES
Exactly. When you go up against Onyx, even your shadows will have shadows.

CHRISTIAN

 

So that makes two cheaters for Bravo!

 

Alpha, Delta, and Epsilon share a laugh.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

Xzavier pulls out his Robot Revolver. The gunlock strikes the percussion cap as he slightly pulls on the trigger. The barrel slides into place. He brings the Robot Revolver up to his temple.

DAVIS
Wha... What are you doing?! Xzavier pulls the trigger. The RoboBox slams onto his temple and then slides back into the barrel. He tosses the Robot Revolver to Davis. Caught off guard, Davis barely catches it.

DAVIS

 

What do you want me to do?

XZAVIER
You’re a better shot than me. Get as close to the head as possible.

Effortlessly, Davis pivots and swings his arm into place. Before he even gets the chance to settle his arm and aim, he fires. Xzavier is right. Years of Artificer training, Davis nails the shot without calculation. The increased speed perk Mikey borrowed sends what would already be a fast RoboBox, faster towards the mech. The RoboBox decompresses. Rather than assembling, the RoboBox launches a micro sized robot. It infiltrates the mech.

XZAVIER (V.O.) Shut down.

 

In a matter of 5.6 seconds the mech is forcefully powered down.

Xzavier Saturn
Origin: New York City, New York Class: Mechanical Engineer Affinity: Technopathy
EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

CHRISTIAN

 

Make that three cheaters.

 

Bravo retreats back to the staging area of the coliseum. All smiles and giddy with excitement.

DAVIS
That was amazing man, even though I don’t understand what I just saw.

MAXIMILLION
(to Xzavier)
Okay, be straight with us. In all our years at the Mechanical Engineering Academy, never once have I seen you do what you just did.

Xzavier hesitates.

XZAVIER
(explaining to everyone)
When I was younger, I was in an accident. I won’t bore you with the details but the end result was me suffering severe brain damage.

(beat)
My brain and parts of my cranium were cybernetically repaired.

MAXIMILLION Shut! Up!

 

It’s true.

 

MAXIMILLION Oh my god, you’re a cyborg.

 

XZAVIER (laughs)

 

I’m not a cyborg.

 

MAXIMILLION (laughs)

 

Whatever, cyborg.

DAVIS
And when you brought the revo lver to your temple?

XZAVIER
Shortly thereafter, I figured out that I could create secure mechanical devices. connections with So I started

engineering robots capable of interfacing with my mind. After the accident, at the tender age of five, I invented the Robot Revolver.

SHAKESPEARE

 

You invented the Robot Revolver? At 5!?

 

TK

 

I was eating graham crackers at 5.

(simpers)
Yeah. My father was so proud of me and everyone thinks I want to follow in his footsteps and be just like him. How could I even come close to achieving what he has, and continues, to accomplish. The truth is, with the Robot Revolver, I made that purely for myself. I never expected it to be the de facto way of dispersing or retrieving robots.

(beat)
In the end, I came to the conclusion that I needed a high impact device to enable that secure connection. The first thing that came to mind was a gun.

DAVIS
Couple that with bringing it up to your head, you kind of freaked me out, ou t there.

XZAVIER
Sorry about that. I’ve always been self conscious about it, which is why I’ve never done it in public or even around my peers.

ONYX
So what made you okay with it just now? A few things. One, transportation robots failing to detect the obvious. Two, after being thrown half a city block in a flaming vehicle, we come back here to this skirmish to fight these insanely large demolition mechs.

(sighs)
I’m just kind of sick of anything mechanical right now and I wanted this to be over and done with. Fast.

(beat)
Animal contracts for our team is a nice bonus.

RAIDEN
Thanks for raising the bar ridiculously high by the way. Appreciate it.

TK

 

Aww don’t be bitter, we still have a shot.

 

KAIRO

 

I’m all up for optimism too, but 5 seconds?

 

XZAVIER

 

It did kind of feel like I was cheating.

MADEX
As Mechanical Engineers and Artificers, we’re the only class not born with abilities, and for that reason alone, you take any advantage presented to you.

REX

 

We totally rocked it out there.

MADEX
We thought we had this in the bag with 38 seconds.

AERO
You know what they say, competition breeds success. Had we gone last, instead of first, we probably would have figured out a way to come in under five.

MADEX
If you want it bad enough, you’ll figure out a way.

REX

 

There’s always a way.

 

DEMARCUS DEMETRIUS Always. Always.

The pristine mech shatters and organizes itself back into its RoboBoxes. Sweeper bots dive in low with the magnetic cages pulling RoboBoxes off the floor. Alpha dwells on the situation silently.
EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM - MOMENTS LATER

RAIDEN
What’s the deal, what’s taking so long? I’m starving.

KAIRO

 

(stomach rumbling) I second that.

Iverson re-enters the coliseum. He sprints past the staging area and advances towards the sidelines where Dr. Saturn awaits.

EXT. SIDELINES, COLISEUM

IVERSON
I got your message Doc. Anything I can do to help?

DR. SATURN
I’m having my team of engineers take a look at it.

IVERSON Is it serious?

DR. SATURN
It shouldn’t be. Better safe than sorry, no?

IVERSON Definitely.

 

DR. SATURN

 

Did you bring what I asked of you?

 

IVERSON

 

Yes, of course. I have it right here.

Iverson reaches into his back pocket. He pulls out a reinforced magazine clip. Hands it over to Dr. Saturn. A look of concern emerge in his eyes.

DR. SATURN We have to do this.

 

IVERSON (hesitates)

 

I know.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

XZAVIER (looking up) Hmm... that’s odd.

MILES What?

 

XZAVIER

 

The aerial bots have been called away.

 

MILES

 

What does that mean?

XZAVIER
Either we’re done here, or there’s a problem.

EXT. SIDELINES, COLISEUM

 

Idle chatter fills the coliseum. Dr. Saturn addresses the crowd.

DR. SATURN
I apologize for the delay, but you’ll have to excuse us, it seems we are experiencing some technical difficulties. It’s nothing to be alarmed about but we will have to improvise for our last skirmish.

Dr. Saturn steps away from the microphone and motions for Iverson.

DR. SATURN
(to Iverson)
I want you to take this magazine over to Xzavier. Have him disperse the contents and tell Alpha to ready up.

IVERSON

 

You’re positive about this?

DR. SATURN Iverson, if this is going to work, you’ll have to understand one thing about me and that is I’m always positive about my decisions. Otherwise, I would not have gotten this far in life.

IVERSON

 

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean anything by it.

DR. SATURN
I know you didn’t but just know that there’s a bigger picture involved and that the decisions I make, even though they may seem scattered, are always working towards an ultimate goal.

Iverson grips the magazine as he nods in agreement. He retreats back to the staging area.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

IVERSON
(panting)
Seems like all I’ve been doing since I woke up is run back and forth to things!

KAIRO
What’s the hold up? When are we gonna get our turn?

IVERSON

 

Right now, but first,

 

(looks towards Xzavier)

 

Xzavier, may I have a word with you?

 

XZAVIER Sure.

 

IVERSON Alone?

 

XZAVIER Oh. Okay.

 

Iverson and Xzavier step away from the staging area towards the coliseum’s frontline battle area.

 

TK

 

I wonder what that’s all about.

MILES
Dr. Saturn said something about technical problems and Xzavier found it odd that the aerial bots were called away. It’s probably something mechanical.

RAIDEN

 

Inside information, much?

 

TK catches Xzavier pulling out his heavily modified Robot Revolver from his back waistband.

 

I just heard him eject a magazine.

 

Xzavier loads his modified Robot Revolver with the reinforced magazine from Iverson.

ENZO
He just reloaded the magazine back into the revolver.

(beat)
Wait, it’s a different one. It sounds different.

TK
That is the same Robot Revolver he used to disperse the panda right?

MILES Yes.

 

ENZO

 

Different mag tho——

Xzavier fires and unloads the mag from his heavily modified Robot Revolver. Enzo’s speech trails off as he feels a huge mass appearing in front of them.

ENZO

 

Umm, what is that?!

 

TK What?

 

That thing in front of us?!

MILES
Xzavier shot his revolver, the RoboBoxes are orbiting and re-atomizing right now, why?

ENZO I can feel it.

 

KAIRO And?

ENZO
And it’s bigger than any of the mec hs we saw today.

Iverson and Xzavier regress.

 

XZAVIER (turns to Alpha) I’m sorry guys.

 

TK Sorry for wha——

 

The RoboBoxes finish orbiting. A massive hippo releases.

 

TK Holy.

 

IVERSON

 

Alpha, proceed to the frontline. TK

 

You’re kidding right?

 

ENZO

 

Is that a... a hippo?

 

IVERSON

 

A hippo, yes. And also your opponent.

 

MILES Why?

IVERSON
We’re having some technical issues so we had to improvise.

ENZO
Is that all you said to Xzavier? And don’t bother lying, I’ll know if you’re lying.

IVERSON
I would never lie to you guys. But withholding information is not the same.

TK
I don’t think I can do it. You guys can’t honestly tell me you’re a hundred percent okay with this.

KAIRO
Of course not. We’re not heartless. TK listen to me. Remember when you asked for a hypothetical situation and I gave you one?

TK Yeah.

IVERSON
That wasn’t hypothetical. It happened. Last night.

MILES
Then why did you present it as a hypothetical situation?

IVERSON
Technically I shouldn’t have, but you all were so preoccupied with everything that had happened, I didn’t feel it was appropriate.

KAIRO

 

Look how well that worked out.

ENZO
What happened with you being straight with us. Saturn Academy is already entrusting us with all this responsibility and yet you still withhold information from us. Had you not have to fight the hippo would any of this even come up?

TK
But WE ARE! That’s the whole point. You said it’s our opponent. What does that mean? Kill it?

IVERSON
This hippo rampaged through an African village killing hundreds. It was detained by Saturn Robotics and sentenced to be euthanized.

TK

 

Isn’t euthanasia killing something gently?

IVERSON
You wanted me to be straight with you, well, here it is. We decided to use it for demonstrative purposes.

MADEX

 

It killed hundreds. It deserves to die.

 

DEMETRIUS

 

They’re not asking you to club baby seals.

 

DEMARCUS Or set puppies on fire.

XZAVIER
(to Epsilon)
Guys, stop. We’re not making this any easier and let’s face it, it’s not fair considering all of us had mechanical opponents.

TK
The hippo was caught. It was dispersed from a RoboBox. If it has to be euthanized, can’t we just get rid of the box. Why do we have to go out there and kill it. For what? To put on a show?

IVERSON
You make a solid argument. Truth be told, we could take your suggestion and put this behind us. But I think you’re missing the point.

TK What?

IVERSON
It took all night to detain and restrict that hippo, to secure its DNA on a microdrive. By then, the damage had already been done. This is everything I presented to you in our hypothetical situation. Could you stop it? Would you? Or would you let it take lives?

TK
I get what you’re saying. I honestly do. But it doesn’t make it any better. If we were in that situation, in that village, witnessing it with our own eyes, then yeah, I would not hesitate.

IVERSON
(points to the crowd)
They need to know. The world needs to know you can handle situations like this, otherwise, why are we even here, what’s the whole point of building a new academy to train people to defend the world when all they do is hesitate.

(beat)

 

You know what happens when people hesitate.

 

MILES

 

(interjects)

 

Let’s get this over with.

Miles advances towards the frontline. The hippo’s limbs are chained to the floor. A muzzle is also wrapped around its mouth and tethered to the ground. Alpha catches up with Miles.
EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

MILES
We have to adjust our strategy. It’s taller and bigger.

ENZO So, back?

 

MILES Yeah, way more.

 

KAIRO

 

Everything else stays the same?

MILES
Yeah, but for you and Raiden, just step it up as much as possible. We have to make sure that it will restrict its movements, otherwise it throws everything off balance.

RAIDEN You ready TK?

 

TK’s silence betrays him. He turns and walks back to get into position.

 

KAIRO I guess so.

 

MILES He’ll be fine. (to TK)

 

Hey wait for me!

 

Enzo trails TK. TK speaks without a hint of emotion.

 

TK

 

How far back do you think we should go?

ENZO
As far as possible. Behind the staging area.

TK Okay.

 

ENZO Hey TK...

 

TK I’m okay Enzo.

Enzo doesn’t respond. TK’s heart races. Enzo knows he’s lying. They reach the staging area where the other teams are standing.

IVERSON

 

Is everything all right?

 

ENZO Yeah.

 

IVERSON

 

What are you guys doing back here? Getting into position.

 

TK

 

By any means necessary right?

 

IVERSON Yes, of course.

 

TK Then, move.

Anger infects TK’s voice. Silence. Bravo, Delta, and Epsilon part ways and make room for Enzo and TK. TK gives the hippo a quick look.

TK 45 degrees.

 

Enzo extends his right arm. Palm side down.

 

ENZO

 

Earth Tech: 45th Divide

 

A fragment of the ground erects at a 45 degree angle. TK hops on top of it; double taps his MicroBerry.

 

TK Miles...

 

MILES Yeah?

TK
The second that five second timer counts down, you go. We’re doing this under five.

MILES
(pulling up his oversized scarf around his nose and mouth)

You got it.

 

IVERSON

 

I take it you’re ready?

 

ENZO Yup.

IVERSON (on MicroBerry) Start the countdown.

IVERSON
Remember, all five of you have to stay behind that line until the time commences.

ENZO Yeah, no problem.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

The five second pre-battle countdown commences.

 

KAIRO Here we go guys. 0.05

 

Miles launches himself straight up into the atmosphere. His flight path creates a massive sonic boom.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

MAXIMILLION So——

 

(beat)

 

He can fly, yeah?

EDISON
It’s not so much flying as it’s manipulating the air around him.

MAXIMILLION

 

Whatever bro, he’s totally flying.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

Miles cuts through the atmosphere. Frost starts to form sporadically on his body. The brown of his irises transform to a slate grey.

0.04

 

MILES

 

Air Tech: Force Funnel!

 

His air element technique forces the freezing air down to ground level.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

The temperature drops drastically. Everyone’s breath is seen as they exhale. Still crouching on top of Enzo’s earth fragment, TK spreads his arms out like an eagle. The deep aquamarine gamma emission ignites on both his arms. His irises adopts the color of his gamma emissions.

0.03

 

TK

 

Water Tech: Extract

 

Droplets of water are pulled from the moisture located within the air.

 

TK

 

Water Tech: REPLICATE!

 

Massive amounts of water erupt from the extracted moisture. The water continually replicates over itself.

 

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

 

0.02

 

Blue flames ignite all over Kairo’s arms.

 

KAIRO

 

Fire Tech: Fire-Lightning Fusion!

 

0.01

 

Blue electric currents encircle Raiden’s arms. RAIDEN

 

Lightning Tech: Lightning-Fire Fusion!

 

0.00

The hippo’s chains and muzzle releases. It buckles and shifts as it peers down with anger. A burst of flames erupt from Kairo’s arms and shoot around the left side of the colossal beast. Raiden’s lightning technique flanks from the hippo’s right side. The trail of fire and lightning collide behind the beast, fusing completely together and continuing their paths ensnaring the colossal hippo with no place to go.

0.01

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

TK Enzo. Now!

 

ENZO

 

Earth Tech: ROCK RAISER!

The fragment of earth that TK is perched on top of is sent flying through the air, still very much connected to the ground. The 45 degree column is continually fed from the earth and sails through the air at a high velocity.

EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM Kairo switches position just as TK is soaring a hundred feet above him. He blasts an immense flame at TK’s trail of replicating water. The temperature of the water reaches near boiling point.

TK (V.O.) What is he doing?

Feeling the effects of Miles’ force funnel, TK molds the torrent into a sharp spear. The freezing air grazes the torrent and it begins to crystallize and solidify.

0.03

MILES
(to Enzo; on MicroBerry)
Okay, Enzo. TK is almost there. One final burst...

(beat)

 

NOW!

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

Enzo pulls the rising earth under his feet and gives it one final push. The column erupts like a volcano. It sends TK soaring through the air.
EXT. FRONTLINE, COLISEUM

TK releases the torrent as he zooms over the cranium. Just as he gains enough clearance, he makes eye contact with the colossal hippo. Sadness infects its gaze. TK shuts his eyes. He pulls the frozen spear-shaped torrent and guides it right under the jaw. Now soaring well above the hippo’s head; now or never. He pulls with full force. The frozen torrent rips through the colossal hippo’s cranium. It collapses. Dead.

0.05

 

TK

 

Water Tech: Extract!

 

TK plummets towards the coliseum floor. The water he extracts freezes instantly.

 

TK

 

Water Tech: Replicate

He guides the water directly in front of him before it has the chance to freeze. TK creates an ice slide and coasts his way down nearly 200 feet to the coliseum below. Miles dives down and flies side by side with TK. He eyes the ice slide.

MILES Looks like fun. TK

 

(smirks)

 

Says the guy who’s flying.

 

Upon landing, Alpha gravitate towards one another.

 

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

TK

 

(to Kairo)

 

What was with the huge fireball?

KAIRO
Oh you like that? I read somewhere hot water freezes faster than cold water.

(shrugs)

 

Worth a shot.

 

TK

 

(laughs)

 

I think it worked.

 

The coldness finally sets in. Miles clutches himself as his teeth begin to chatter.

 

KAIRO (to Miles)

 

I gotcha.

 

Kairo holds out his hand and reignites it. Miles huddles as close as he can.

 

EXT. SIDELINES, COLISEUM

DR. SATURN
If there were any doubts as to the extent these individuals are willing to go, let it be known from this day forth, to serve and protect is their discipline.

(beat)
Congratulations Alpha, you have shown quickness in your adaptability and a fine display of your technical prowess as a team. It is with honor that I award the five of you: Kairo Ilaoa, Enzo Okuma, Raiden Nakamura, Miles Da Costa, and TK Vera, the first official recipients, ever, with Animal Contracts of your choosing.

The crowd erupts with cheering and applause. The lifeless colossal hippo is extracted back into its microdrive. The whole process goes virtually unnoticed. But TK observes it all.

EXT. STAGING AREA, COLISEUM

 

XZAVIER

 

(to Alpha)

 

Impressive. You guys deserve it.

IVERSON
I think it’s high time you all get a break and something to eat!

RAIDEN

 

Finally. I’m starving. I could eat a hippo.

 

KAIRO

 

That’s just wrong. Wrong on so many levels.

 

RAIDEN I’m just sayin.

 

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY - LATER - DAY

Anticipating their arrival, the culinary robots had prepared an assortment of limitless variety. Alpha, Bravo, Delta, and Epsilon, congregate with plates stacked with food. With the exception of TK, Alpha practically inhales their food and refill their plates.

JET (to Alpha) Jesus, hungry?

 

SHAKESPEARE And I thought I could eat.

ENZO
It’s all that fighting, it drains our gamma and in turn really drains our energy.

CHRISTIAN

 

I wonder why they refer to it as gamma.

MIKEY
(to Christian)
Dude, we’re Sealers, they teach us this stuff at the Academy.

CHRISTIAN

(stuffing his face with
food)
I so o o don’t pay attention in History class.

MIKEY
Gamma refers to the Gamma-Ray Burst that hurled all that electromagnetic radiation towards Earth.

CHRISTIAN (mouth full)

 

Uh huh...

MIKEY
The same radiation that burned through our atmosphere...

CHRISTIAN (mouth full)

 

Uh huh...

MIKEY
And instead of making us extinct like it was suppose to——

CHRISTIAN

 

(raises an eyebrow; mouth full)

 

It gave some of us powers?

 

MIKEY

 

Is that an answer or a question?

 

Everyone shares a laugh.

 

CHRISTIAN (mouth full; swallows) Both?

MIKEY
Okay. And the way we use our abilities is consuming the gamma that now flows through our bodies. There’s your history lesson.

ENZO

 

Speaking of gamma, where’s Gamma?

 

KAIRO

 

(to Enzo)

 

I know, right? Where’s your girlfriend?

 

ENZO

 

(flustered)

 

Whaaaaat are you talking about!?

RAIDEN
We totally saw you making out with her on the battlefield.
A) We weren’t making out. B) It was just a friendly peck on the cheek.

MILES

 

(mocking; over

 

exaggerates)

 

C) “Oh Enzo, you’re my hero!”

The commune erupts with laughter. Enzo smiles uncontrollably with a hint of embarrassment. Enzo changes the subject and shifts his gaze towards TK.

ENZO (to TK)

 

Hey, you alright?

TK
Why does everyone keep asking me that? How many times did I get asked that today? Do I really come off as sensitive or something? I need people to stop asking me if I’m alright.

ENZO
Sorry. I asked because you barely touched your food.

TK I’m not——
Don’t even bother. I can hear your stomach from here.

TK I need a drink.

 

TK gets up and separates himself from the group. He makes zero eye contact. A culinary robot approaches him.

 

CULINARY ROBOT Can I assist you with anything?

 

TK No.

 

CULINARY ROBOT

 

I can retrieve anything you’d like.

 

TK

 

Thanks, I can get it myself.

The culinary robot orbits around TK’s upper body. He nudges it away as he reaches for the refrigerator door. Naturally, he grabs a big bottle of water. He sits on a bar stool adjacent to the kitchen’s island; alone.

An elevating platform egresses into the commune. Haze emerges with grease markings on her hands and face, as well as all over her white t-shirt. She waves.

HAZE Hey guys!

 

XZAVIER (smiles)

 

Mech lab?

 

Haze forgets for a second she’s covered in mechanical fluids.

HAZE
Oh, yeah. Zoey’s mecha got thrashed, so she’s building new ones.

MAXIMILLION New, ones? Plural?

HAZE
Yeah! And she asked us if we could help. We’re almost done, I just came up to see if you guys were back yet. We watched everything that happened in the coliseum from the monitors...

She looks over at TK sitting by himself.

 

HAZE Is he okay?

 

DAVIS

 

Wow, he does get asked that a lot.

(perplexed; to Alpha)
It’s just, I figured with all those summers he’s spent at the Aquatic Preservation Society——

Miles shakes his head in disappointment.

MILES
(dejected)
And rehabilitating injured hippos was his favorite thing throughout the whole experience.

(beat ; puts his plate of

 

food down on the table)

 

I can’t believe I forgot.

 

RAIDEN It was awhile ago.

MILES
Still. I was the one who initiated killing the hippo when he was hesitant. Obviously, now I remember why.

HAZE

 

I’ll go talk to him.

ENZO
Just don’t ask him if he’s alright! Not unless you want to get scolded. Scolded like a child.
(smirking)

I think I can handle him.

 

Haze walks towards TK who’s still unaware of her presence.

 

HAZE

 

Oh, by the way Enzo...

 

ENZO Yeah?

 

HAZE Justice says hi.

Raiden makes kissy faces. The group erupts in laughter. Haze takes a seat right next to TK. She says absolutely nothing. She nudges her shoulder into his. A subtle smile appears on his face. He nudges his shoulder back into hers.

EXT. ROOFTOP HELIPAD, SATURN ACADEMY

The helicopter rotor blades spin furiously as it prepares for lift off. Dr. Saturn, General Cross, and Iverson advance towards the aircraft.

GENERAL CROSS
I’m impressed. Is it always like that at the Evoker Academy?
I’m surprised you’re impressed.

GENERAL CROSS Why is that?

IVERSON
This coming from the father of a son who has the ability to manipulate magnetic fields and in turn stop bullets in midflight.

GENERAL CROSS (proud)

 

He is amazing.

 

IVERSON

 

(agreeing)

 

Saved us from collateral damage!

 

General Cross and Dr. Saturn board the helicopter. They buckle themselves in.

 

DR. SATURN

 

(to Iverson; handing him something)

 

Here.

 

Iverson, standing outside of the helicopter, reaches in. Symphony tags? (examines) They’re blank.

DR. SATURN
It’s interlaced with everything you need to access any part of the Academy as well as any computer or building associated with Saturn Robotics.

(beat)
We’ll resume training on Monday, but for now, ease them into their environment for the weekend. The General and I have a meeting with the President on Air Force One, so there will be a period of time where we’ll be unreachable.

IVERSON We’ll be fine.

Dr. Saturn offers an acknowledging nod. Iverson bids a silent farewell to both men. The helicopter lifts off and slightly banks right, off into the horizon. Dr. Saturn retrieves an Ultra Mobile PC from the inside of his jacket pocket. The UM PC silently alarms, the screen reads: CRITICAL.

GENERAL CROSS How bad?

 

DR. SATURN

 

We were unable to detain it.

 

INT. ALPHA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY - NIGHT

RAIDEN
Man, I thought today was such a drag, you know the whole car bombing and mech assault thing, but man, if I knew we’d be living like this!

KAIRO

 

We didn’t ‘assault’ mechs.

 

RAIDEN Oh, right.

ENZO
Do you guys feel bad for not remembering that aquatic society thing TK did?

KAIRO
Well, Raiden obviously can’t be held accountable, he couldn’t even remember that we didn’t face a mech.

RAIDEN

 

Hey!

(beat)
Actually, I have no defense for that because it’s true, but, hey, even Miles forgot and he never forgets anything. ENZO

That is true. But I still feel bad.

KAIRO
Just give him time, I’m sure he’ll get over it.

RAIDEN
Anyway, this is pretty sweet. I thought our high-rise was cool, but nothing beats having our own multi-level silo.

KAIRO

 

Enzo, can you see everything in here?

ENZO
Yeah. I mean, technically we’re in a big tube so the sound in here echoes like crazy.

Miles enters the silo.

 

MILES

 

Have you guys seen TK anywhere?

The three boys sitting on the couch do not answer. They simultaneously point above their heads. Miles looks up and notices the door to the silo’s rooftop open. He flies to the top.
EXT. ALPHA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY - NIGHT

Miles passes over the threshold and sees TK sitting on the very edge of the rooftop. His legs dangle over the edge. He takes a seat right next to him.

MILES
I know you. You’re going to say it’s okay, but really, it’s not.

(beat)
I can’t believe I forgot about the summers you spent taking care of hippos. Things like that never slip my mind. Hell, NOTHING slips my mind.

Silence. TK barely acknowledges his presence. Miles continues to rant.

MILES
I don’t know what it was out there that caused me to do what I did. I’m really sorry, because had it not slip my mind, I would’ve asked you what you wanted to do, and if that meant or involved walking away, I would’ve had your back.

Silence.

MILES
I don’t know how but I’m going to figure out how to make this up to you.

(beat)

 

I’m sorry.

 

(beat)

 

Please say something.

TK continues to look straight ahead, silent. Saturn Academy occupies the vast majority of upper Manhattan. The view of Mid and Lower Manhattan from their seated position is nothing short of picturesque.

TK

 

It’s okay, Miles.

 

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - NIGHT

A bank of monitors adorn the wall of the central command center. On the monitors it displays: Multiple Threat Alert Center (MTAC) Saturn Robotics.

Around the conference table seats LOGAN GREY (45, President of the United States) LUKE WEST (45, Vice President of the United States) DOMINIC CHAMBERS (45, Secretary of Defense) GENERAL JASON CROSS (45, USAF, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) DR. XANDER SATURN (45, CEO of Saturn Robotics).

LUKE WEST

 

(studies multiple monitors)

 

So what are we looking at?

 

DR. SATURN

 

The virus spread was instantaneous.

LOGAN GREY
You are going to have to do a lot better than that, Xander.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
With all due respect Xa nd er , you have a monopoly of the entire robotics industry on this planet. YOU made it clear that something so mundane as a virus never had a chance with your hardware and software. I believe the term ‘impervious’ was used.

DR. SATURN

 

(stressful)

 

Look,

(addressing the entire
group)
I remember what I said and I stand by it one hundred percent. We’ve isolated the source and R&D is having a look as we speak.

LOGAN GREY Any news so far?

DR. SATURN
Just had I not followed my instincts and shut down all electronic and wireless communications to and from the city, the virus would have spread throughout the world in a matter of minutes.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS YOU DID WHAT?!

 

DR. SATURN Annnnd here we go.

 

DOMINIC CHAMBERS Answer me!

 

DR. SATURN (voice raised)

 

I DID YOUR JOB!

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
Last time I checked, it wasn’t my company that put the entire world at risk.

LUKE WEST
So is this it? Is this what it comes down to? Are we really going to sit here and argue semantics? Really?

GENERAL CROSS
Dom, I understand your frustration. But YOU have to understand how hard it was for him to make that decision. To acknowledge that there was nothing he or his team could do to stop it.

LOGAN GREY
Something tells me that ‘pulling the plug’ isn’t where this story ends.
Good news: The virus is completely contained and has no further chance of spreading. Bad news: The entire island of Manhattan is infected. Ninety-nine percent of all robots, mechs, and machines, are out of our control and confirmed to be ‘HOSTILE.’

LUKE WEST What’s with the 99%?

DR. SATURN
The 1% accounts for all robotics located at the Saturn Academy. They have yet to be activated and since we already cut off all wireless and electronic communications to and from the city, even if turned on and activated, they can’t download and update their systems and in turn cannot become infected by the virus.

LOGAN GREY We have to evacuate.

 

President Grey contemplates the situation. The other four men exchange knowing glances.

 

DR. SATURN Logan, we can’t do that.

 

The two lock stares. LOGAN GREY This isn’t up for debate.

 

DR. SATURN

 

If word gets out, I’m done.

LOGAN GREY
If word gets out that I tried to cover this up, I will have a bullseye on my head.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
We’ve worked too hard to get all five of us into the positions we are in. If this goes public, we might as well throw ourselves under the bus.

DR. SATURN No one has to know.

LOGAN GREY
All those people. Millions, Xander. How do you plan on keeping all their mouths shut?

Dr. Saturn awkwardly shifts his gaze. Logan understands fully.

LOGAN GREY No——
He’s already entered the minds of everyone in the city and commanded them to remove all robotic devices and toss them out onto the streets and to remain indoors.

LOGAN GREY
I fail to see how this remedies the entire situation. And using him, you do realize the risk, right?

LUKE WEST Is he okay with this?

 

GENERAL CROSS It was his idea.

LOGAN GREY
(shaking his head)
With everything that he’s been through, we should know better than to involve him.

DR. SATURN
He’s evolved and much more capable. He can alter your subconscious and keep you in a dream like state as well as project visions and create telepathic barriers.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
And the 99% death dealing massively infected hostile robots?
We can dispatch a few military squads.

LOGAN GREY
Will that be enough to eradicate an entire city of hostile robots?

GENERAL CROSS No. Not even the slightest.

 

LUKE WEST

 

Then what’s the point of deploying them?

 

LOGAN GREY

 

And don’t you dare say suicide squads.

 

GENERAL CROSS Suppressive fire.

 

LOGAN GREY Suppressive fire for what?

 

DR. SATURN Not what. Who.

 

LOGAN GREY Then who?

 

DR. SATURN

 

Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
Jesus Christ Xander. They might as well be suicide squads.
Don’t underestimate them. You saw what they are capable of. Every one of those teams took down a colossal opponent in under a minute!

DOMINIC CHAMBERS In a controlled environment, yes.

 

LOGAN GREY

 

Those are our sons out there!

GENERAL CROSS
And truthfully our best bet in keeping this under wraps.

LOGAN GREY

 

And if something were to happen to them?

 

Uneasy silence fills the room.

GENERAL CROSS
Do I have to say it? Does everyone want me to say it so that they can direct their anger towards me? Fine. If something were to happen, we’ll just have to accept that.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
Easy for you to say, your son is magnetokinetic.

LUKE WEST Enough.

 

(beat)

 

What’s the plan?

 

EXT. ALPHA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY - NIGHT

 

TK Hmm...

 

MILES What?

 

TK

 

(studies the city skyline) Something’s not right.

 

Now upbeat, TK continues.

 

TK (to Miles) Piggy back?

 

He tilts his head and motions towards the city.

MILES
Ugh. Fine. You know, just cause it looks effortless doesn’t mean carrying someone on my back is a breeze too.

(beat)

Hop on.
Enthusiastically, TK jumps on Miles’ back and wraps his arms around his neck. Miles launches into the atmosphere. It looks effortless. As they gain altitude and speed, TK tightens his grip around Miles’ neck.

MILES (cringing)

 

Tight much?

 

TK

 

Make me kill a hippo much?

MILES
Oh wow. I thought you asked me to fly us into the city, I didn’t know this was actually a guilt trip!

TK cracks a laugh. Miles too. Miles propels them forward towards the center of the city.

 

EXT. TIMES SQUARE, MANHATTAN

 

They land in the middle of Times Square.

TK
It’s Friday night and the city is completely empty.

MILES

 

Technically it’s Saturday morning.

 

TK Miles...

 

MILES Sorry.

 

TK bends down and picks up a small metal box.

 

TK

 

Are these RoboBoxes?

 

MILES Must be.

 

Miles picks up two Robot Revolvers with each hand.

 

MILES

 

There’s revolvers everywhere too.

 

TK spins around. He takes in his surroundings.

TK
I don’t get it. Why is this stuff littered all over the streets? And where the hell is everyone?

TK and Miles walk off in different directions but still remain in close quarters. Miles peers into a door. There’s people inside. Sleeping? He slowly pulls the door handle. A little bell dangling from it chimes as it bounces side to side. There’s people. A LOT of people. Some standing, some sitting, some slumped over.

MILES (V.O.)
Please don’t be dead. Please don’t be dead. Please don’t be dead!
He reaches over and checks for a pulse. The body is warm to the touch. Pulses. Miles sighs. The ground slightly trembles followed by a loud noise ripping through the air. He knew that sound from anywhere.

MILES

 

(under his breath) Airstrikes.

Fighter jets cut through the city, flying dangerously low. The fighter jets release large quantities of bombs. The bombs deconstruct and small containers hail from the sky. A few of the containers penetrate through the window and land near Miles. He studies the object while keeping his distance. The instrument clicks. Gaseous fumes emit from the container at a rapid rate.

MILES (V.O.) TK!

Miles pulls his oversized scarf over his nose and mouth and bolts from the building. The same container Miles experienced inside the building is the same type of container now littered and mixed with all the other debris on the streets of Manhattan. Different colored gaseous fumes pollute the air. Miles continues to hold his breath and restrains himself from screaming for TK. Through the smoke he notices movement in the middle of the street. He blindly runs through the cloud of fumes and clutches his arms around TK, performing a bear hug. Like a rocket, he blasts TK and himself straight up into the air. In a perfect ninety degree turn, Miles banks north and flies towards Saturn Academy in a matter of seconds.

EXT. ALPHA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

The rooftop access door is still wide open. Miles flies straight through and hovers to a stop. Upon landing, TK buckles to his knees, gasping for air.

INT. ALPHA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

 

MILES

 

Just breathe. Deep breaths.

 

TK

 

I’m

(gasping)
trying.
(gasping)
I had to hold my
(gasping)
breath
(gasping)
and then flying...through...the
(gasping)
air...
(gasping)
Too fast.
(gasping)
Couldn’t breathe.

KAIRO

 

What’s going on? What happened?

MILES
TK, don’t talk, just breathe. Did you inhale any of it?

TK shakes his head signifying no. He lets his body collapse on its back as he continues to gasp for air. Sweet delicious heavenly air. Miles scratches the back of his head. He mouths his thought process. Barely audible.

KAIRO
Wow. Seriously. If this is your way of building up suspense, it’s pretty lame.

(beat)

Miles?
(beat)
Miles?
(beat)
Miles?
(beat)
I’m going to keep saying your name until
you answer me.
(beat)
Miles?

Just as he finished talking, the alarm triggers and begins to echo throughout the entire compound. ROBOTIC INTERCOM

 

ALPHA, you have been activated.

 

(beat)

 

Please report to the commune immediately.

 

INT. BRAVO SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

 

ROBOTIC INTERCOM

 

BRAVO, you have been activated.

 

(beat)

 

Please report to the commune immediately.

 

INT. GAMMA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

 

ROBOTIC INTERCOM

 

GAMMA, you have been activated.

 

(beat)

 

Please report to the commune immediately.

 

INT. DELTA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

 

ROBOTIC INTERCOM

 

DELTA, you have been activated.

 

(beat)

 

Please report to the commune immediately. INT. EPSILON SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

 

ROBOTIC INTERCOM

 

EPSILON, you have been activated. (beat)

 

Please report to the commune immediately.

 

INT. ALPHA SILO, SATURN ACADEMY

 

ROBOTIC INTERCOM

 

ALPHA, you have been activated.

 

(beat)

 

Please report to the commune immediately.

 

RAIDEN (to the alarm)

 

Ugh. Shut up already.

 

MILES

 

(directs his gaze towards Kairo)

 

Help me get TK up.

 

KAIRO

 

Oh now you want to talk?!

Miles kneels down and throws TK’s arm around the back of his neck. He grips the belt around his waist and attempts to pull up TK’s dead weight.

MILES Kairo!

 

KAIRO (sighs)

 

Kairo grabs TK’s other arm and the two hoist TK up to his feet.

 

MILES Okay, let’s go.

KAIRO
I take it you’re not going to explain anything then.

MILES
Whatever happened out there is probably the same reason why these alarms are going off. Let’s just get to the commune already.

KAIRO Fine.

Alpha’s silo door detects a presence and proceeds to slide open. Raiden trails behind them as they make their way to the commune connecting all five silos.

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY

The other four teams start to make their way towards the center of the commune. The alarm’s strobe light spins across the dimmed facility.

RAIDEN
(screaming over the alarm)
Dude, you know what I just noticed? Where’s Enzo?

KAIRO
Dude, you know what I just noticed? You have a MicroBerry! Use it much?

RAIDEN
Okay, I’m sensing a little anger and hostility with a dash of sarcasm.

With his arms draped over Miles and Kairo, TK lifts his head while he tries to maintain his balance. He takes his arm off Miles’ shoulder and reaches for his MicroBerry.

TK

 

(dazed)

 

En...zo, you there?

 

ENZO

 

Yo TK! What’s up, you don’t sound too hot.

 

MILES

 

Enzo, where are you?

 

ENZO (yelling)

 

WHAT?

Miles silently signals to Kairo to sit TK down on the sofa.
With TK’s arm still draped over his shoulder, Kairo takes a seat and TK’s weight follows in unison. TK’s head slumps onto Kairo’s shoulder.

MILES (to Enzo)
Where are you?

INT. UNDERGROUND ARMORY, SATURN ACADEMY

ENZO
I can’t hear you over that noise. What is that? An alarm?

Iverson, who was standing by Enzo the whole time, pulls Enzo towards him. Iverson hovers his ear around Enzo’s MicroBerry. He listens intently. The alarm Enzo’s referring to reverberates at steady intervals through his MicroBerry. Iverson pats his pockets. He’s looking for his UMPC.

IVERSON
Damn. Enzo, I gotta go, you can find your way back right?

ENZO Yeah.

IVERSON
I don’t mean to rush you but you’re going to have to hurry up and pick your team’s Animal Revolvers.
Iverson rushes from the armory into the elevator. Enzo faces a wall of revolvers. All look identical.

ENZO Great.

 

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY

 

KAIRO

 

Was that Iverson in the background?

RAIDEN
More importantly, was that Iverson in the background telling Enzo to hurry up and pick our Animal Revolvers? Who voted for the blind guy to pick our pets!

ENZO Blind. NOT DEAF.

RAIDEN
You know I love ya Enzo. Get me something good!

ENZO

 

One big hairy tarantula it is.

 

Raiden shudders.

 

RAIDEN So not cool.

 

INT. UNDERGROUND ARMORY, SATURN ACADEMY

Enzo grazes his hand across the wall of Animal Revolvers. They all appear identical. There’s etched markings under certain revolvers’ magazines. Enzo runs his thumb over the markings to feel if he can ‘see’ what they are.

ENZO (whispers)

Hmm...
(beat)
Interesting.

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY

The elevator ascends to the commune. Iverson exits and scans his Symphony Tags across the panel located beside the elevator. The alarm ceases.

ACE

 

Finally. Can we go back to bed now?

IVERSON
Not yet. Have a seat while I find out what triggered the alarm.

MADEX
I don’t think it was an accident. It was saying something about us being ‘activated.’

IVERSON Just sit tight.

Iverson grabs his mobile phone and UMPC off the table where he left it. He heads through a door and down a flight of stairs and scans his Symphony Tags on the panel. The door slides open. As he enters the room all electrical and computational devices register his presence and beam to life.

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY

The rows of computer monitors and flat-screen displays read and flash a combination of ‘Alerts,’ ‘Critical,’ and ‘Warning’ signs.

IVERSON

 

You have got to be kidding me.

 

He direct connects to Dr. Saturn.

 

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC

 

DR. SATURN A little late are we?

 

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY

IVERSON
Sorry Doc, I was underground and left my com devices upstairs.
INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC

DR. SATURN
No worries Iverson, the alarm systems have yet to be installed throughout the underground facilities.

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY

 

Iverson gives an off look.

IVERSON
Judging from what I’m looking at, you’re awfully calm.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC

DR. SATURN
I’m calm because I have to be. As should you.

(beat)

 

Here’s what you’re going to do.

 

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY

Everyone stands spread out in the middle of the commune. Silent. Waiting. The elevator sounds and Enzo comes out with holster straps draped over his shoulders. He whistles a tune. All eyes are on him at the moment. He can’t tell; continues whistling. He stops abruptly.

ENZO

(notices everyone in the
room)
Oh, hey everyone, what’s up? Are we having a party?

He already forgot about the alarm.

 

KAIRO

 

What did you choose?

ENZO
(shrugs)
I don’t think we really had a choice. These had our names engraved on the bottom of the mags, so I assumed they were for us.

Xzavier expresses a bit of confusion.

 

XZAVIER (to Enzo)

Mind if I take a look? (beat)
I’m over——

Enzo extracts a revolver from one of the holsters. While firmly gripping the revolver, he ejects the magazine into the air. The mag sails through the air and lands in Xzavier’s hands with precision.

XZAVIER

 

...here.

 

(realizes Enzo’s capacity) Right.

Xzavier exams the mag. Eyes the engraving on the bottom. It reads: ENZO. He runs his thumb along the side, looking for something familiar. He finds it: a hard switch. Presses it. The mag hisses and the cartridge ejects. An illuminating light and sound relay as he pulls the cartridge out of the magazine. He expresses a look of pure amazement.

RAIDEN
What is it? The look on your face must mean it’s something good!

XZAVIER
(acknowledges Raiden’s comment; continues

studying the cartridge) It’s nothing.

 

(beat)

 

It’s empty.

 

RAIDEN (to Enzo)

 

Smooth move.

 

XZAVIER

 

(to Raiden)

No they’re suppose to be empty. Xzavier slides the cartridge back into the magazine and approaches Enzo. He shoves the mag back into the empty revolver and ejects two additional mags from the other holsters hanging off of Enzo’s chest.

RAIDEN

 

What’s so interesting about empty mags?

XZAVIER
Nothing. They’re suppose to be empty. We had the revolvers manufactured in preparation to be filled but the animals we caught aren’t scheduled to arrive until next week.

(dislo dges the cartridges
from their mags; familiar
hiss)

What’s interesting, is that these mags... (refers to Alpha’s mags;
pulls his own animal
revolver out and ejects

the mag)

 

...aren’t the ones we made.

 

MILES

 

(to Xzavier)

 

Can I see one of those?

 

XZAVIER

 

(hands one off to Miles)

 

I’ve been bouncing around the idea—— RAIDEN

 

(to Xzavier; excited) Eww, me too, me too.

 

XZAVIER

 

(hands the other off to

Raiden)
...of multi-core housing for magazines that disperse robots and animals alike.

DAVIS

 

You’re speaking geek again.

XZAVIER
Basically it’s a way to house more than we’re capable of doing right now. I’m still ways away from completely figuring it out and——

MAXIMILLION (somewhat sleepy) X, to the point.

XZAVIER
My point is that these are it. ( p o i n t s to Alpha’s

revolvers)

 

These are multi-core mags! MAXIMILLION

 

Oh, so you figured it out... (yawns)

 

...that’s cool.

XZAVIER
No... well, yes. Technically yes. Just not yet.

MILES What do you mean?

XZAVIER
Check the side panel of the cartridge. It, like all the other devices I engineer, bear my signature: my initials followed by the year I engineered it.

Miles examines the cartridge. Fully rotating it and double checking. There it is: the signature.

 

MILES (to Xzavier) But the year——

 

XZAVIER (cuts him off) Is years from now.

 

Iverson storms through the commune. His demeanor shows signs of distress. Instinctively the room falls silent.

IVERSON
(to everyone)
I’m going to give it to you guys straight up, because frankly, there’s no way I can spin this information to soften the blow.

(notices TK spacing out)

 

What’s wrong with him?

 

MILES

 

We were in midtown a few minutes ago——

 

KAIRO

 

(speaks under his breath) Oh so now you answer.

MILES
(to Kairo)
Yeah I’m answering now so why don’t you listen. The reason why I waited is so that I didn’t have to keep repeating myself.

KAIRO

 

Don’t scold me like I’m some child.

 

MILES

 

Well don’t act like one.

 

KAIRO Whatever.

 

RAIDEN

 

Trouble in paradise, much?

 

MILES KAIRO Shut up!Shut up!

 

TK

 

(to nobody; giggling) You shut up!

Ive rs on grabs a cup and fills it with water from the commune’s kitchen. Approaches TK and shoves the water into his face. The water drenches him. TK barely reacts.

IVERSON

 

(to Miles; knowingly) Did he inhale any of it?

MILES
(how does he know?)
He said he didn’t but maybe he did if it’s the reason he’s reacting this way.

KAIRO Inhale what?

MILES
(to Kairo personally; but
loud enough for everyone
to hear)

When I went up to the roof to apologize to him, he noticed that there was something wrong in the city.
KAIRO

What?

MILES
I flew him over and when we landed there was nobody around and no movement whatsoever. There were Robot Revolvers and RoboBoxes all over the streets, and I mean ALL OVER.

(beat)
I went to check inside a building. A bunch of people were inside, definitely asleep or something. It was weird, some were sitting, some where standing, and a lot were hunched over. I checked someone’s pulse, and they had one, so I assumed they all did.

(beat)
And then that’s when the a i r s t r i k e s happened.

Looking down, Enzo runs his finger through the revolvers engravings.

ENZO
Ten, top grade military 2040 Bombers dropping approximately five tons worth of payload.

(beat)

At least, that’s what it sounded like. Iverson places his fingers on TK’s carotid artery, he steadily monitors TK’s pulse.

IVERSON

 

(to Raiden; serious) Shock him.

 

RAIDEN What?

 

IVERSON Shock. Him.

RAIDEN
But he’s wet. I’d hate to have to go science class on you, but water conducts electricity and we didn’t learn that in class, we learned that the hard way growing up.

IVERSON
Those airstrikes dropped biochemical bombs all over the city. With the aid of an Evoker, all those people are in an unconscious dream-like state. Those biochemical bombs emitted multiple gaseous fumes to reduce their heart rate and keep them, ALL OF THEM, in an unconscious dreamlike state; among other things. But only after the fact. Only when they were already subdued were they to inhale those chemicals.
TK on the other hand was not subdued and instead of just lowering his heart rate, it might just eventually stop.

HAZE
That’s insane, why are they being knocked out?

IVERSON
(to Haze; to everyone)
There’s a virus. A massive mechanical one. All robots on the island are infected and hostile with the exception of those in this Academy. The entire online communications bay have yet to be activated, so all things mechanical are free from the spread.

XZAVIER
(shaking his head)
That’s impossible. Like, literally. Robots have an underlying defensive mechanism that was put in place to defend humans. Saturn Robotics had to figure out a way to make them impenetrable to viruses so that there would never be an instance where they go haywire or revolt. That had to be solved. That had to be implemented and put in place, otherwise there was no way the GDC would give us the gr ee nl ig ht to go into production.
Saturn Robotics was and is the only robotics company to comply with those standards. It’s the reason why we have a monopoly on the entire robotics industry.

IVERSON

 

That’s what your father said.

XZAVIER
Well then let me talk to him or bring me to see him, there has to be something I can do. He’s probably at MTAC, we can take a helicopter there.

IVERSON
Sorry. No can do. I was given strict orders and one of those orders is to specifically keep you here in the city.

(to Raiden; now impatient)

 

SHOCK HIM!

Slightly taken aback by the tone of Iverson’s voice, Raiden hesitates. Electric currents encircle his left arm. Still hesitant. Grimacing, he sends a low steady stream of electricity into TK’s body. Stops. TK doesn’t respond. Iverson checks TK’s pulse again. It’s dangerously low.

IVERSON (to Raiden)

More.
RAIDEN
I don’t know about this, maybe we should just take him to a hospital or something.

IVERSON
There’s no one there that could help us remember?!

(beat)
Stop being such a baby and step up the voltage. NOW!

Angry, electricity surges throughout his body. Using both hands now, Raiden shoots two heavy streams into TK’s chest. TK screams in agony as life returns to his body. Instinctively his body evokes a water pull to defend itself. Bad move. Raiden is unable to pull the streams away in time. The water he pulled from moisture in the air absorbs Raiden’s electrical currents and brings him to his feet. The pain of being electrocuted somewhat paralyzes him. He now cannot bring himself to get rid of the water encircling his body.

In a last ditch effort, Miles tackles TK to try and break him free from the electrified water ensnaring him. They land on the floor, a good 10 feet away. It works. TK is free from the electrified water pull. A fraction of a second later, the water summons back and spills over TK and Miles’ body; electrocuting them both.

MILES TK (in agony) (in agony) AHHHH! AHHHH!

 

Kairo runs for the two screaming in agony on the floor.

 

RAIDEN (to Kairo)

 

NO DON’T!

 

Kairo abruptly stops.

 

RAIDEN

 

The currents will just keep transferring. (beat)

 

Stop. Just stop.

 

RAIDEN (V.O.)

 

(thinking)

Separate them from the current.
(beat)
You’re the only one who can do it and not
get hurt.
(beat)
THINK!

Raiden makes a mad rush for Miles and TK. Without being evoked, electrical currents rage throughout his entire body.

RAIDEN (V.O.) WHAT AM I DOING?!

In a flash, LITERALLY, he grips one arm from each of them. An ELECTRIC FLASH sends them to the other side of the commune.
Before the electricity induced water has a chance to summon back towards TK, Kairo evokes a fire tech.

KAIRO

 

Fire Tech: Fire Blast!

 

He incinerates the entire supply of water; evaporating it.

RAIDEN
(ecstatic)
Oh my god. Did I just TELEPORT?! I DID, DIDN’T IT?!

(beat)

I achieved Solid State Affinity! (celebratory dance)
YATTA! (”I did it” in Japanese).

Realizing Raiden isn’t going to help him up to his feet, Miles pulls himself up and aids TK in the process.

 

IVERSON

 

(to everyone; frustrated)

 

GEAR UP NOW!

(everyone scatters back to
their silo; continues)
ANY AND EVERYTHING YOU’D NEED TO DO BATTLE WITH!
INT. BRAVO SILO, SATURN ACADEMY - NIGHT

SHAKESPEARE
(to Onyx)
So what’s the deal, can all Evokers teleport like that?

ONYX
Naw. It’s pretty rare. We call it ELEPORT , Elemental Teleport.

SHAKESPEARE
You have to be able to evoke some type of element in order to teleport?

ONYX
To some extent. It varies, really. Like, if I were to achieve Solid State, there’s no guarantee that I’d be able to teleport. Like I said, it’s pretty rare and Solid State doesn’t guarantee that.

SHAKESPEARE

 

What’s Solid State?

 

(laughs)

 

Sorry for all the questions.

ONYX
(shrugs)
It’s cool. Basically it just means you have full control over your affinity. That alone, is hard and damn near impossible to achieve. Part of the reason why we are born Evokers as opposed to Sealers or Infusers is because of the amount of excess gamma that flows through our bodies. It’s why we’re able to “Evoke” right? To be able to control that amount of gamma at all times is kind of hard.

SHAKESPEARE
Has all of Alpha achieved Solid State Affinity?

ONYX
I’m not positive. I think Raiden is the first actually. Miles, he flies, so it’s kind of hard to tell because if he can teleport, he never really does it. Truth is, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was actually the first out of all of them to achieve Solid State with the amount of control he has over his abilities.

(beat)
Anyway, they’ve been together since they were like 3 years old, before you’re even allowed to start at any academy. Everyone kind of expects them to be the ones to achieve Solid State.

Checking his Robot Revolver, Xzavier ejects the magazine, checks, and shoves it back in.
He SLAMS the revolver down onto the table in front of him. His teammates fall silent.

XZAVIER
(snaps)
This is WRONG. It’s not possible. I know this, my dad knows this. I should be out there inspecting and analyzing this socalled virus.

DAVIS
It’ll be cool. I’m sure our fathers are together right now working this out, you know how they are.

XZAVIER
D... you don’t understand, I can’t stress enough how impossible all this is.

MIKEY
Maybe that’s why your dad wants you in the city, so that you can observe it first hand. Who better to think on the fly if something bad does happen, right?

XZAVIER (sighing)

 

I guess.

DAVIS
So gear up and let’s see what all the fuss is about.
INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY

Iverson approaches each silo telling each squad to report one level down to the Underground Armory via the elevator located in each of their silos.

IVERSON
(entering Alpha’s silo)
Armory one level down when you’re ready. You have 2 minutes.

He leaves.

KAIRO
Why say, ‘when you’re ready’ if you’re just gonna say, ‘in 2 minutes.’

RAIDEN
(agreeing)
I know right! Or how about, ‘you dump a couple million volts into your friend’s body.’ Honestly.

TK
Hey it worked right?! Saved my life and achieved Solid State.

(beat)

 

Congratulations.

RAIDEN
I’m relieved that you’re okay and happy that I’m Solid State, but I won’t lie, I almost cr ap pe d in my pants.
I could’ve electrocuted you to death. Iverson had no right to put me on the spot like that.

TK

 

Don’t worry about it.

RAIDEN
Easy for you to say, if you died I’d have to be the one to live with that.

TK
(realizing Raiden’s
disturbed at the thought,
he tries to make light of
the situation)

No, I mean it’s okay because you’re too weak to actually do any damage to me!

 

KAIRO OHHHH BURN!

 

RAIDEN (smiling)

 

WHAT EVER!

 

MILES

 

(to everyone)

 

You guys bringing your weapons?

TK
I guess so since he said to bring anything we’d need for battle.

ENZO
(to Miles)
You said the streets were completely empty right? What are they expecting? That, because there’s a virus we should prepare ourselves for some kind of robot onslaught?

MILES
Whatever the situation is, bring anything that makes you feel comfortable.

(beat; to everyone)

 

Ready?

TK
Yeah, I’m just going to bring everything we already had on.

ENZO Alright, let’s go.

 

INT. UNDERGROUND ARMORY, SATURN ACADEMY - NIGHT

 

Alpha and Bravo are the last to enter the underground armory.

IVERSON
Alright. Now that you’re all here, listen closely. Anything you think you might need, grab.

The underground armory is fully stocked with the latest technology. Everything is brand new and sterile. Racks line the wall containing armament and ordnance. RoboBoxes and Robot Revolvers are lined up with precision across the tables throughout the room.

HAZE
(nervous)
What is it exactly that we’re frantically gearing up for?

IVERSON Hostile robots.

Xzavier shakes his head in disgust. Doesn’t believe it. Epsilon blitzes the room with exactness. They know exactly what they want and what they need. Demetrius and Demarcus simultaneously remove their packs and raid a table with small devices.

DEMARCUS

 

(to Demetrius; holding up something minuscule) How about this?

 

DEMETRIUS

 

(throwing stuff into his pack; looks up)

Sure.
(eyes something peculiar)
How about this?
DEMARCUS
Yeah.
(beat)
You know what, this stuff is all small
enough...
(sweeps the table with his
arm, throwing all the
explosives into his pack)
There!

DEMETRIUS

 

Why didn’t I think of that!

Demetrius follows in his brother’s actions. He stuffs everything imaginable that will fit into his pack. Zips it up and puts it on. So lightweight it’s like carrying air.

DEMARCUS (to Demetrius) Guns?

 

DEMETRIUS

 

Think the ones we have are enough?

 

DEMARCUS

 

Depends. Still got room to carry something?

 

DEMETRIUS Maybe one more.

 

DEMARCUS

 

Okay. Rocket launcher or cannon?

DEMETRIUS
Wow, I was thinking more like a side arm or maybe a submachine gun.

DEMARCUS
Uhh no. We’re the demolition bros. We lay waste.

DEMETRIUS (shrugs)
Lead the way.

Ive rs on monitors his UMPC for any change in activity. Glances up to see everyone frantically grabbing whatever looks viable.

IVERSON (V.O.)
They’re not ready for this. Some of them have never fired a Robot Revolver let alone an actual firearm.

IVERSON
(to everyone)
LISTEN UP! When you’re out there, I need everyone to exercise more caution than usual. Watch your backs, but more importantly, watch each other’s backs. When you’re ready, take the elevator to the roof of your silo. From there a helicopter will be waiting to deploy you and your team into the heart of the city. Your mission: investigate and eliminate.
Iverson makes his way towards the elevator. Zoey approaches him and asks him a question. They’re conversation appears inaudible. After the question he nods his head in agreement.

JUSTICE (to Zoey)

 

What did you ask him?

ZOEY
Instead of taking the helicopter could we... you know...

JUSTICE (knowingly)

 

Oh right!

Rex and Aero grip a few guns in their hands. They feel the weight. Not right. Puts them back. Rex nudges Aero to look over at Raiden. As he’s checking the magazine, probably to see how much it holds, Raiden fumbles the magazine and gun. A liquid substance spills out of the magazine.

REX
(to Aero; laughs softly)
Someone needs to give them a rundown if they’re going to be firing guns around us.

Aero intervenes. (to Raiden)

 

Here...

 

(takes the leaking mag and

 

gun away from him)

 

You got to watch out for this stuff.

AERO
(to everyone)
Everyone who is not an Artificer, listen up. If you plan on wielding a firearm out there, here’s a crash course for you.

(poi nti ng to the leaking
mag)
This stuff is Depleted Uranium and the magazine of every gun is filled with it. When the mag is locked in place, the chamber will automatically siphon off multiple drops from the mag. A microscopic drop is equivalent to a single bullet, so essentially, you’ll have unlimited ammo. The chamber siphons a drop of depleted uranium and constructs it into a bullet.

(he puts the leaking mag
down and picks up an
attachment)

What does this look like?

 

REX

 

(obvious; raises hand) Ew, ew, pick me!

 

Shut up bro.

 

REX

 

Harsh.

 

( m u m b l e s clearly and loudly)

 

A polar bear head!

AERO
(rolls his eyes)
This attachment resembles a polar bear’s head right?

Heads nod.

AERO
And for good reason. These things can attach to the ends of gun barrels and in turn, when the trigger is pulled and bullets race past the attachment, it will apply ceratin attributes to the bullets. In this case, this polar bear attachment would freeze your bullets.

REX
(to everyone)
There are other types of mags too. Some are simply filled with water, and really, a glorified water gun.
But add an attachment like this polar bear one, well, essentially what was once harmless, now is capable of producing ice bullets.

RAIDEN
(excited)
Sa- wee t. Eww , does this place have LASER GUNS!?

Standing next to a wall of guns, Madex reaches for a specific one above his head. He tosses it to Raiden.

MADEX
That one’s pretty compact. The size of the laser emitted depends on how long you hold the trigger. Short bursts equals shorter lasers. Held down emits longer laser streams. Last but not least, under the barrel extends a second barrel. What would normally be some form of launcher, on that gun is a secondary laser attachment. When you pump the barrel a static laser beam extends. Go ahead, try it.

RAIDEN

 

(hesitant)

 

You sure it’s safe in such close quarters?

MADEX Yes.
Raiden pumps the second barrel. A 3ft laser extends from the firearm.

RAIDEN (eyes lighting up) Whoa!

MADEX
That is what we refer to as a LASER SABER. Pump the barrel again to dissolve the laser. And word to the wise, be careful with that thing, it could pretty much cut through most things, including body parts.

Raiden quickly pumps the barrel, dissolving the laser. Xzavier approaches Enzo.

 

XZAVIER

 

Hey, can I ask you something?

 

ENZO What’s up?

 

XZAVIER Follow me.

 

He walks towards an access panel located on one of the walls.

 

ENZO

 

(jokingly)

I don’t think that’s a question. Xzavier scans his Symphony Tags. Gains access. The wall recedes revealing a vault.

XZAVIER
This is where you picked out the Animal Revolvers right?

ENZO

 

Yeah. This is the spot. (pointing)

 

Right there.

Additional racks of revolvers line the wall. 5 slots are empty. Xzavier inspects random revolvers. Ejects magazines. Current technology. None resemble Alpha’s set.

XZAVIER
None of this makes sense. This is all current tech and nothing closely resembling the one’s you picked out.

ENZO

 

This is where I got them though.

XZAVIER
(nodding)
I know. It’s just——tech that I’m currently working on and obviously succeeding sometime in the future... Robots not capable of having viruses, having viruses!

(beat)

 

Something’s up. I just don’t know what.

ENZO
(hands on Xzavier’s
shoulders; eye to eye)

Your best bet is as good as mine. Actually, you’re a genius, so it’s probably better than mine.

The two share a laugh.

ENZO
One step at a time. We’re bound to start getting answers eventually.

XZAVIER

 

(determined)

 

You’re right. Let’s go get some answers.

 

The two exit the vault. TK methodically grabs 2 full auto pistols. Ejects the default mags. Tosses it aside.

 

RAIDEN (to TK)

 

What’re you getting?

 

TK

 

I gotta stick with what I know.

 

He follows Rex’s example. Obtains water mags. Attaches it. Pockets 2 of the polar bear attachments.

 

TK

 

(eyeing his creation)

Dual full auto pistols. Fitted with suppressors, laser sights, reflex sights, flashlights, and extended high-capacity aqua magazines.

RAIDEN
And I thought my laser saber sounded cool. Aren’t you going to add one of those attribute attachments? Otherwise, let’s face it, that’s just a fancy water gun.

(TK doesn’t respond;

 

angry?)

 

Oh my god, please don’t drown me.

TK
(laughs)
I have polar bears in my pocket just in case. This way, I can just unload multiple rounds of water and then evoke it instead of having to pull water from the air.

KAIRO
(pats TK on the back)
Always thinking ahead like a true champion. Excuse me.

(reaches in between TK and

Raiden)
What does this look like to you guys? A phoenix? Phoenix could mean fire right?

(shrugs)

 

Guess I’ll just have to wait and see. (eyes TK’s load-out)

 

That looks good. I think I’ll get that too!

 

RAIDEN

 

(not wanting to feel left out)

 

Me too.

 

KAIRO

 

What about your...

 

(mimics laser sounds) PEW PEW PEW laser gun?

 

RAIDEN

 

I’m still keeping it.

 

(sees Kairo taking 4 full auto packages)

 

Dude 4?

 

KAIRO Two for Enzo.

RAIDEN
Well you might as well get 2 more for Miles.

TK

 

He doesn’t need it. He already has a pair. (laughs)

 

I copied from him!

 

Epsilon regroups in front of their silo’s elevator. MADEX

(to everyone)
Catch you all top side. And remember what they say about guns...

Epsilon boards the elevator. Madex taps a button.

MADEX
It’s better to have one and not need it, than to need it and not have one.

The clear elevator door slides shut and ascends at an alarming speed.

 

XZAVIER (to everyone)

 

We need to head out.

Everyone thinks of additional things they might need. Equip. They all start boarding their silo’s elevator individually as they wait for the rest of their team. Bravo boards. Ascends. Delta boards. Ascends.

TK

 

(to Haze)

 

Got everything you need?

 

HAZE (anxious)

 

I don’t know. TK

 

(understanding)

I know.
(consoling)
It’ll be okay.

Haze nods. TK gives a final nod. Alpha boards. Ascends. Gamma boards. Descends.

 

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - EARLIER

 

DOMINIC CHAMBERS So what’s the plan?

GENERAL CROSS
We have 2040 Bombers standing by ready to deploy and drop biochemical agents.

LOGAN GREY
And what, pray tell specifically, are these biochemical agents.

DR. SATURN
Nothing harmful. It’s nothing more than a sedative. By effectively tranquilizing the people in the city, it frees him up to focus on the telepathic barrier and manipulate outside sources into believing nothing is wrong with Manhattan.

LUKE WEST Just a tranquilizer?

GENERAL CROSS
It’ll keep them in an unconscious dreamlike state along with restricting movement and lowering their heart rate to keep them that way until it’s safe.

LOGAN GREY

 

How long before you can mobilize?

 

General Cross taps into his MicroBerry.

 

GENERAL CROSS (to President Grey) Ready on your call.

 

LOGAN GREY Give the go-ahead.

DR. SATURN
(to General Cross)
Throw in an additional payload of surveillance bots.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS (apprehensive)

 

You want to send in more robots?

 

LUKE WEST

 

What if they get infected?

DR. SATURN
I’m not positive that it won’t. But we need eyes on those streets.
Worse comes to worst, they get infected, they’re only capable of surveying and nothing more. They should be harmless.

No one responds. Everyone looks to Logan for a response. He nods. General Cross issues the command.

 

EXT. SILO ROOFTOPS - NIGHT

Alpha buckle themselves into their helicopter located on the roof of their silo. Entirely on autopilot, the helicopter prepares for takeoff. From the communications panel, Iverson speaks.

IVERSON
Okay everyone, I’m getting confirmation that you’re ready for take off.

INT. ALPHA HELICOPTER

 

TK

 

(through the communications panel) Wait, Gamma’s not here yet.

 

IVERSON

 

(through the

 

communications panel)

They’re being transported by other means. All four helicopters are uploaded coordinates for their destination. The blades begin to spin furiously; unnervingly silent.

IVERSON

(through the
communications panel)
Autopilots, track and follow Gamma’s coordinates.

From the helicopters vantage point, an enormous partition arises. A massive hole appears on Saturn Academy’s ground. Located multiple floors below ground level, Gamma is elevated to the surface. Five monolithic-sized zoomorphic mechas rise to the surface.

Trace Valentine pilots the Eagle Mecha. Adrian Banks pilots the Tiger Mecha. Justice Gamble pilots the Rhino Mecha. Zoey Sparks pilots the Lion Mecha. Haze Rockwell pilots the Hippo Mecha.

ENZO (impressed) Nice!

KAIRO
(smirks; looking at the
zoomorphic mechas below)

I think I know what we should fill our Animal Revolvers with.

 

IVERSON

(through the
communications panel)
A little heads up, once you exit the Saturn compound, all communications will be lost.

(beat)
You’re essentially on your own. And remember, inspect and eliminate if need be. Those are your orders.

Gamma’s zoomorphic mechas activate. The four helicopters launch off the rooftops and hover in position. Gamma races forward exiting the Saturn grounds. The helicopters tether to Gamma’s GPS signal and follow.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - CONTINUOUS

 

Someone knocks on the conference room door. A Saturn Scientist enters.

 

DR. ALBRECHT (peeking his head in slowly)

 

I hope I’m not interrupting.

 

DR. SATURN No, by all means.

 

DR. ALBRECHT

 

(to Dr. Saturn)

 

Can I have a word with you... (beat; hesitant) ...privately?

The five men exchange looks. Dr. Saturn excuses himself and escorts the Scientist into the hallway. Closes the door behind him.

INT. MTAC HALLWAY

DR. ALBRECHT
Sir, we were able to locate the origin of the virus.

( h a n d s Dr. Saturn the

 

detailed analysis report)

 

Sir——

 

DR. SATURN (impatient)

 

Where? Who?

 

DR. ALBRECHT Your son, sir.

 

DR. SATURN Excuse me?

DR. ALBRECHT
Earlier today, at the Saturn Coliseum, your son fired a RoboBox at a demo mech.

DR. SATURN
So, what are you trying to say, he was purposely behind this? Because you should be very careful how you choose your words.

DR. ALBRECHT

 

(nervous)

No sir, umm, what I meant to say was... (struggling)
I think it’s safe to say your son is
intelligent, but——

DR. SATURN But what?

DR. ALBRECHT
He’s intelligent, but I don’t think he’s the one behind it all. What we found was a virus so technologically advanced that it’s literally, not even possible right now.

DR. SATURN (snaps his fingers rapidly)

 

To the point.

DR. ALBRECHT
I’m sure you, just like all of us, were surprised to find out there was a virus attack on your robots. Mainly because, let’s face it, it’s not possible. We stay far ahead of the curve so that viruses will never be a factor within Saturn Robotics. YOU make sure of that. And someone out there knows that as well. They know how far ahead of the curve we are that they are one step ahead of us.

(beat)
This virus is based off technology that is currently in pre-production from the Saturn Robotics Research & Development team.

DR. SATURN
If we are not caught up with this specific technology and the ones responsible, is as you say, one step ahead of us, one step ahead of us researching technology that has yet to exist?

(beat)

 

How does that even begin to make sense?

 

DR. ALBRECHT

 

Sir the virus is from the future.

Dr. Saturn studies the analysis report resting in his hands. Frustrated. He firmly clenches his hand. Sections of the report begin to crumple.

DR. SATURN
As entertaining as this conversation is, this is the part where you ACTUALLY give me intel to work with.

DR. ALBRECHT
That RoboBox, sir, contained the virus. Your son used it whilst sparring with a mech. That RoboBox deployed a microbot and it infiltrated the mech. That mech was connected to a wireless network and resulted in an instantaneous upload of the virus.

Dr. Saturn turns around assuming the conversation is over. He grips the handle of the door, ready to return to the conference room.

DR. ALBRECHT Dr. Saturn, that’s not all.

 

Gripping the door handle, he pauses. He doesn’t turn around. Waits for Dr. Albrecht to finish.

DR. ALBRECHT
Before the micr obot infiltrated the mech, your son shot the revolver containing the RoboBox onto the side of his temple.

( w h i s p e r i n g , as if a
tightly held secret)
By creating a direct connection with the robot itself, the cybernetically repaired portion of his brain quite possible interfaced with the virus.
He releases his grip from the handle and charges straight toward the scientist. Dr. Saturn slams him up against the wall.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - SAME TIME

 

GENERAL CROSS (hearing the slam) What was that?

 

INT. MTAC HALLWAY

General Cross enters the hallway. Furious, Dr. Saturn grips the chest portion of the Scientist’s white lab coat.

DR. SATURN

 

Quite possibly?

(beat)
Remember what I said earlier about choosing your words carefully?

DR. ALBRECHT

 

Yes sir.

(scared but truthful)
Not quite possibly. We’re a hundred percent sure that the virus interfaced with your son’s CRB.

(beat)

Your son is the catalyst.
When within range of the infected robots, the signal emitting from Xzavier’s CRB will fully activate the robots into their hostile state.

(beat)
From there, the spread will be instantaneous.

Dr. Saturn stares intently into the eyes of the Scientist. He doesn’t know what to believe anymore. His grasp gets tighter and tighter. Realizing this, he lets go. He retrieves his mobile phone from his pocket. Frightened and finished, the Dr. Albrecht scurries away.

GENERAL CROSS Xander, is everything——

 

DR. SATURN

 

(holds up his free hand;

“just a second”)
Iverson, you have to stop Xzavier from leaving the Saturn Compound!

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY

 

Iverson monitors the real-time data being fed from the surveillance bots.

IVERSON
Sorry Doc, no can do. Everyone left a few minutes ago.
We lost all forms of communications the second they left the Academy.

INT. MTAC HALLWAY

 

General Cross continues to listen intently.

DR. SATURN
Iverson, Xzavier is the host for the virus. When in proximity of the infected, the virus will activate.

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY

 

IVERSON

(reading the screens in
front of him)
I hope you have a plan b, because all 25 just touched down in the city’s center.

INT. MTAC HALLWAY

 

Dr. Saturn hangs up. He turns around to see General Cross still standing next to him.

 

DR. SATURN

(to General Cross;
flustered)
How fast can you mobilize a battalion into the city?
EXT. CITY CENTER - NIGHT

Trace soars through the air in her eagle mecha. She hovers to a landing atop a high-rise building. The rest of Gamma follow. Their zoomorphic mechas swiftly climb the vertical faces of various high-rise buildings. Each member positioning a few buildings apart.

The four helicopters approach ground level. The air around the blades disrupts the debris. RoboBoxes skid around as the helicopters touch down. Alpha, Bravo, Delta, and Epsilon, exit. The helicopters power down. Shakespeare performs a radial burst. A force field erects around the helicopters.

SHAKESPEARE Just in case.

Xzavier runs towards a pile of debris. Bending down, he picks up a handful of miscellaneous RoboBoxes. Examines them. The RoboBoxes rumble to a faint degree. An acute pain surges around the cybernetically repaired portion of his brain. He drops the RoboBoxes as he writhes in pain.

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

The once static red dots indicating the infected area are now flashing. Iverson monitors Xzavier’s movements. The surveillance bots record Xzavier as he continues to writhe in pain. The rest of the group rush to his side. INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - CONTINUOUS

Monitors flank the entire conference room, each having a direct feed from various surveillance bots. Dr. Saturn watches from a laptop in front of him. He sees his son’s agony. Undoubtably activating the virus. He shuts the laptop close.

EXT. CITY CENTER - CONTINUOUS

 

Mikey assists Xzavier to his feet.

 

MIKEY

 

Talk to me bro, are you hurt?

XZAVIER
(applies pressure to the side of his head with his hand)

No. I’ll be fine.

 

DAVIS

 

(studies his surroundings)

So...
(beat)
Where do we start?

MADEX
Let’s start with the people. Secure and protect them first.

MILES
They’re all inside the buildings and heavily sedated.

MADEX
(shaking his head)
That’s not enough. If we’re dealing with hostile robots, they’re sitting ducks waiting to be picked off.

XZAVIER
(abrasive)
What is it that you’re assuming will happen?

MADEX

(catches his tone; throws
it back)
Look, I get it, alright. Boy genius and his precious robots backfired. If I were you I’d be mad too.

XZAVIER

 

(snaps; steps up to Madex; low tone)

 

WHAT DID YOU SAY TO ME?!

 

Mikey side steps Xzavier and holds him back. EXT. HIGH-RISE ROOFTOP

 

Trace is perched atop her eagle mecha scouting the street below through the scope of her .50 Caliber Rifle.

TRACE
(to Gamma; on MicroBerry)
Looks like our boys are having a little scuffle.

ADRIAN

 

(to Gamma; on MicroBerry) Boys...

 

EXT. CITY CENTER

Ace emits a small super strength radial burst. He clutches the handle of his Gravity Hammer hanging on his back. Released from its secure position, he swings it over his shoulder, demolishing the ground in front of him. The gravity waves knock the group in different directions.

ACE

 

Enough.

(ta ke s matters into his
own hands)
Shakespeare, think you’re strong enough to put a force field on every building in the city?

SHAKESPEARE

(gets up; brushes dirt off
his shirt)
Yeah, but it would take a while, my radial bursts only go so far.

Everyone instantly looks to Raiden. He is clueless.

 

RAIDEN

 

(realizing; teleports to

Shakespeare)
Oh hey! I could teleport you every few blocks!

ACE

 

(calm)

 

See? Working together isn’t so hard is it?

 

Everyone rises to their feet.

SHAKESPEARE
(to Raiden)
Let’s start at one corner of the island and go diagonal. Then reverse and repeat.

RAIDEN So in an X formation?

 

SHAKESPEARE (nods)

Ready?
RAIDEN
(grips Shakespeare’s

shoulder)

 

When you are.

The two flash out of site. Every few blocks, for a split second, the two re-emerge as Shakespeare executes a radial burst.

SHAKESPEARE

 

Infuser Tech: Building Barrier!

 

Disappear. Repeat. Disappear. Repeat. Disappear. Repeat.

In less than a minute the teleporting tandem cover the entire island with force field radial bursts. An electric blue field encases each building individually. The color dissipates leaving the force field intact. The two teleport and converge back with the group.

SHAKESPEARE Done.

Madex pulls out his side arm and fires a single shot at the building closest to his position. The silence from the entire city reverberates the shot. As the bullet comes in contact with the force field, it deflects. The original electric blue color resurfaces around the area of impact. It slowly returns to its invisible state. MADEX

Good. Now that’s taken care of, we’re going to perform a standard recon sweep of the area. You guys can do whatever you want.

Epsilon walks off. Cuts a corner. Out of sight.

CHRISTIAN
(jokingly)
So now that he’s gone, what do you guys REALLY think of him?

ADRIAN

 

(on MicroBerry)

 

Christian, stop instigating.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS

 

AERO

 

(to Madex)

 

You sure do have a way with words.

MADEX
(passive)
It’s nothing personal. He’s on the verge of making this personal. He’s too invested and it may cloud his judgement.

(beat)

 

I did him a favor.

REX
But you gotta admit, him and his father’s reputation and livelihood are on the line——

MADEX
(waves the thought away)
That’s a given. More importantly there are peoples lives on the line, including ours and the rest of the squads. Like I said, I did him a favor and maybe now, he’ll get his head in the game.

EXT. CITY CENTER

 

XZAVIER

 

I don’t get what his problem is.

DAVIS
Don’t mind him. He’s blunt like that. That’s just the way he is, always has been, since day one at the Artificer Academy.

JET
(to Xzavier)
I know it may not seem like it, but he means well. Think of it as his way of getting you to focus.

MIKEY
(to Xzavier; encouraging)
So what do you say? Let’s do what we came here for.

ONYX (to Xzavier) Where to first?

XZAVIER (determined)

 

Saturn Robotics HQ.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - MOMENTS LATER

 

Alpha, Bravo, and Delta make their way towards SRHQ.

 

CHRISTIAN

 

Umm...

(beat)
If there’s a force field around every building, how are we going to get in?

Everyone stops dead in their tracks. Unaware, Shakespeare keeps walking at a steady pace. Notices everyone is stumped at the thought of “Well, what now?”

SHAKESPEARE
(looking back)
The force field is organic and anything organic and attached to it can pass through, back and forth.

(re a l i z i n g everyone is
still confused)
Human bodies are organic and anything attached to them whether organic or not can pass through.
So, you and the weapons you carry will phase through the force field. Now, if you take off your weapons and say, throw it at the force field, it will deflect and not pass through because it’s not organic or attached to anything organic, like a human body.

ONYX

 

(to Shakespeare) What?

 

SHAKESPEARE Seriously?

 

ONYX

 

(laughing)

 

Just kidding. Gotcha, we get it.

CHRISTIAN
With that said, I think I’ll just hop on through and get me a treat at the Mega Marshmallow Factory!

From their current location, Christian crosses the street to the giant Mega Marshmallow store.

 

ADRIAN

 

(to Christian; on

MicroBerry)
You wouldn’t happen to be stealing now, would you?

CHRISTIAN
(looking up to sky)
Bloody hell, what are you, the eye in the sky?

ADRIAN

 

Just your conscience speaking.

 

CHRISTIAN

 

Yeah, yeah. I’ll pay for it. (beat)

Later.
(beat)
Maybe.

He approaches the force field and slowly taps it with his index finger. The electric blue pigment resurfaces. He looks back to Shakespeare giving him a thumbs up. Crosses the force field’s threshold. A subtle smirk following an eye roll dons Shakespeare’s face.

RAIDEN (stomach growling) Man, I’m hungry too.

Raiden teleports out of sight. A few seconds later, Christian comes out gnawing on a thick chocolate marshmallow bar. As he makes his way back towards the squads, Raiden flashes back ready to go. He too, is gnawing on the same treat.

KAIRO
(to Raiden)
You learn to teleport and all of sudden you’re too lazy to walk ten feet now?

(sn at c he s the candy bar
away from him; takes a
bite for himself)

Sharing is caring.

 

RAIDEN (narrows eyes) Jerk.

He pulls out a second bar from his pants pocket. Unwraps it. Just as he’s about to take a bite, Miles snatches it from his hand. Takes a bite. Enzo motions with his hands to “pass it here.” Miles hands it off.

RAIDEN

 

Do you want me to cry, because I will cry.

 

Kairo tosses the half eaten bar back to Raiden. He protects it with all his life.

TK
(to everyone)
Hey, is it true what they say about the Mega Marshmallow building?

XZAVIER What?

 

TK

 

Well, you know...

 

XZAVIER

 

(unaware of what TK is implying)

 

What?

TK
If it’s shaped like a robot, looks like a robot, moves like a robot, that it is, a robot?

EDISON

 

Quite the imagination there TK——

 

XZAVIER (to everyone) It’s true.

 

Shocked, everyone pauses and glances up at the giant structure.

XZAVIER
The architect proposed that the building look like Mega Marshmallow’s mascot. They commissioned Saturn Robotics to build it. It’s a fully functioning robot disguised as a building.

(beat)

Or is it a building disguised as a robot? (shrugs)
Either way, it’s true. Anyway, SRHQ is right over there, let’s go.

The group turn their backs on the giant robot/building, building/robot.

 

EXT. HIGH-RISE ROOFTOP

 

Zo ey sits straddling the outside of her lion’s mecha head. She taps into Xzavier’s MicroBerry.

 

ZOEY

 

Hey Xzavier, you there? It’s Zoey.

 

XZAVIER Yeah, I’m here.

 

ZOEY

 

What’s the haps? Anything new?

XZAVIER
Nothing much. We’re about to enter SRHQ and have a look around.

She slightly peers over from her seated position and glances down the building she’s perched atop.

ZOEY
It’s the real tall, black reflective building right?

XZAVIER That’s the one.

ZOEY
I’m on the roof of it right now. Is there anything that I can do?

XZAVIER
(remembers what Christian said to Adrian over his

MicroBerry)

 

Be our eyes in the sky?

 

ZOEY

 

No problem, you got it.

 

XZAVIER Thanks.

 

ZOEY Oh hey, Xzavier?

 

XZAVIER Yeah?

 

ZOEY

 

What is it that you’re hoping to find?

XZAVIER
(thinking)
I’m not sure. Answers? Proof? Something, anything. I have to see it for myself.

ZOEY

 

I understand. Be safe. XZAVIER I will, you too.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS

Alpha, Bravo, and Delta advance towards SRHQ’s front entrance. Xzavier scans his Symphony Tags from around his neck. The front door pops ajar.

INT. SRHQ

Xzavier enters and everyone follows suit. He bypasses the central alarm and inputs a master code. The once dim skyscraper now beams to life. The entire building essentially turns “ON.” All parts of the building are unlocked and full access has been granted.

MAXIMILLION

 

I’m thinking a routine scan?

 

XZAVIER

 

Yeah. Just to see what we’re dealing with.

( w a l k i n g towards the
elevators; to everyone)
Let’s meet on the top floor. That’s where R&D is and where we can perform the scan.

Each team board an available elevator. They tap the highest number. Alpha instinctively stands in the same formation as they did when they left the Evoker Academy. Miles remembers something. Smiles.
He nudges Enzo and whispers in his ear. Enzo bypasses TK and whispers in Raiden’s ear. Raiden passes the message along to Kairo. They all give each other a knowing look through the reflection of the elevator door.

TK (to everyone) What?

 

MILES

 

(shrugs)

 

Now is as good a time as any right?

 

KAIRO You know it!

 

RAIDEN DOG PILE!

 

Everyone jumps TK from behind and finish getting their birthday hits in.

 

TK

 

Oh god, guys, NO!

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - MOMENTS LATER

Appearing to have come from different streets and side streets, Epsilon converges towards one another. They lower their weapons indicating their sweep was clear. Aero kicks up a pile of RoboBoxes.

AERO
(annoyed)
Why are we here?! It better not be to clean up this debris, cause as far as I can tell, that’s the only thing wrong.

A loud echoing screech orbits their vicinity. Five heavily modified open top hum ve es flank and surround Epsilon. Epsilon responsively draw their weapons. Each vehicle housing five fully armed soldiers: Driver seat, passenger seat, both backside window passenger seats, and a gunner erected from the center of each vehicle.

SOLDIER #1 (to Epsilon)

 

STAND DOWN!

 

Epsilon’s backs gravitate towards one another. They form a compact circle, weapons fully drawn.

SOLDIER #1
I repeat, STAND DOWN and LOWER YOUR WEAPONS!

SOLDIER #2

 

Or we’ll put a bullet through your head.

Collectively, Epsilon quickly tap their side collars. Their helmets and visors derestrict, racing up over their heads and shielding their face. This happens in less than a second.

MADEX

 

(to the 1st Soldier) Identify yourself.

 

SOLDIER #1 You first.

 

MADEX

 

Epsilon Squad. Saturn Academy.

SOLDIER #1
Stand down. Lower your weapons. That’s an order!

REX

 

And who are we taking orders from?

 

SOLDIER #2 USMC Reserve.

 

INT. SRHQ R&D - SAME TIME

Xzavier grabs a stray bin off one of the tables. He starts sweeping in and picking up random RoboBoxes throughout the lab. Tosses them in one by one, pack by pack, into the bin. Maximillion preps the flatbed scanner. The machine, already on, starts beeping. Crisscross infrared lasers blanket the flatbed scanner. Xzavier dumps the full bin of RoboBoxes onto the flatbed scanner. The infrared scanners detect a presence and begin scanning. He pulls up a stool next to a nearby computer. Waits for the results of the scan.
The rest of Alpha, Bravo, and Delta hover over Xzavier’s shoulder. The results display across the screen: Infected. Rate of Infection: 100%. Origin: Virus Spread.

EXT. HIGH-RISE ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

 

Through her magnified scope, Trace sees Epsilon is surrounded.

TRACE
(whispers to herself) Well what do we have here?

Both parties have their weapons drawn and aimed at one another. She double taps her MicroBerry.

TRACE
(to Epsilon)
Epsi lon , I have a visual on your current location. I know you can’t tap into your MicroBerry right now because you’re all holding your weapons, just know that I have your back if need be.

She single taps her MicroBerry.

 

TRACE

 

(to Gamma)

 

Heads up girls, we’ve got some action.

 

She continues to spectate through her magnified scope. EXT. CITY STREETS - SAME TIME

 

DEMETRIUS (clarifying)

 

USMC Reserve?

 

DEMARCUS

 

Great. They sent in the weekend warriors.

 

A stray grunt, tasked with foot patrol comes sprinting out from a side street. He interrupts the tension.

 

SOLDIER #3

 

(holding up a Robot

Revolver)
Hey guys! Hey guys! Guess what? Look what I’ve got! They’re all over the place man, how cool is...

He now realizes the interruption he’s made. Ashamed that he let his guard down, he raises the gun he holds in his hand. It’s suppose to be his assault rifle. Instead, a Robot Revolver.

SOLDIER #3
(just like his squad mate,
he is now aiming at
Epsilon; with a Robot

Revolver of all things)

 

Wha——What’s going on... Who are these guys?

MADEX
(still directing his
response to the 1st
Soldier)

I apologize if you haven’t been briefed on the situation but we’re here on behalf of Saturn Academy with direct orders——

SOLDIER #1 (cutting Madex off) STAND DOWN!

 

The Reservist thrusts his assault rifle into Madex’s visor.

 

INT. SRHQ R&D - SAME TIME

Xzavier awaits another set of scans. Remains persistent. The results display across the screen: Infected. Rate of Infection: 100%. Origin: Virus Spread.

EDISON
(to Xzavier)
Come on man, you’ve scanned like four batches already. They’re all 100% infected.

Xzavier reluctantly gives up.

 

DAVIS

 

(to Xzavier)

 

Anything else you wanted to check? XZAVIER (bitter)

 

No. Let’s just go.

 

Everyone makes their way out of the R&D Labs. They board the elevators.

 

XZAVIER

 

(to everyone)

 

Oh hey, I forgot something...

 

MIKEY

 

(holds the elevator door open)

 

Want us to come with you?

XZAVIER
No, it’s okay. I’ll meet you guys out front.

Mikey pulls his arm back. The elevator door closes. Bravo and Delta’s elevator descend. Miles abruptly stops their door from closing.

KAIRO
This is the part where you want to follow him, huh?

MILES
You guys go, I just want to see what he’s up to.

RAIDEN

 

Alright. Just remember, curiosity kills.

 

MILES

 

(puzzled)

 

Thanks for the advice?

 

RAIDEN You’re welcome.

 

ENZO (to Raiden) You’re dumb.

Alpha’s elevator descends. Miles trails Xzavier just as he’s entered back into the R&D Labs. He watches Xzavier through the windowed walls from the hallway.

EXT. HIGH-RISE ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

 

TRACE

 

Madex, I don’t like what I’m seeing.

 

Trace quickly blinks her laser sight on Soldier #1’s chest.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - SAME TIME

 

Madex spots the laser targeting’s subtle blinks and improvises.

 

INT. SRHQ R&D - SAME TIME

Xzav ier sighs. Reluctant to find out his next “truth.” Brushes all the RoboBoxes that lie on the flatbed scanner into an available bin. The scanner is clear. He retrieves his personal Robot Revolver from its holster. Ejects the mag. He pops out the single RoboBox he used earlier today against Bravo’s battle with the mech. He places the RoboBox onto the scanner and retreats back to the computer. Scared to know the truth, he hesitates for a second until he clicks “SCAN.” Still observing from the hallway, Miles has a clear view of the computer screen Xzavier is looking at. The scanner’s progress bar nears 90%. 95%. 100%. The cursor blinks repeatedly awaiting the outcome. The results display across the screen: Infected. Rate of Infection: 100%. Origin: HOST. Xzavier stumbles back. Shocked.

XZAVIER (shaking his head) No...

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - SAME TIME

 

MADEX

 

I suggest you lower your weapons.

 

SOLDIER #1

 

And why on Earth would we do that? MADEX

 

Because right now you have multiple

(he lies)
.50 Caliber Rifles on each and every one of you. And you...

(referring specifically to
the 1st Soldier)
You have one very dangerous woman behind the .50 Caliber aimed directly at you.

SOLDIER #1
(laughs)
And we’re suppose to just believe you? You don’t scare me.

Madex motions to the soldier’s chest. The soldier looks down. The once blinking dot becomes a full-on laser stream. A group of soldiers turn to trace the laser to its origins. The laser fades off into the night sky. The soldiers turn back to the 1st Soldier wondering what they should do. The laser slowly gravitates from the chest, resting right between the soldier’s eyes. The soldier can’t follow the laser anymore. He’s nervous. They all begin to show signs of panic.

AERO

 

Maybe you should stand down.

 

A shot is fired. EVERYONE flinches. EXT. HIGH-RISE ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

Trace scans the entire group. No one appears to be shot. She steadies her rifle back onto the soldier’s head. She stays frosty.

EXT. CITY STREETS - SAME TIME

A RoboBox whizzes through the air. Soldier #3, in a panic, had fired the Robot Revolver. The RoboBox decompresses into a small circular-shaped capsule. It bounces off the asphalt and rolls, stopping right in between Epsilon and the 1st soldier. Silence. The capsule begins to vibrate. EVERYONE aims their sights and barrels onto the now vibrating capsule. It begins to shake uncontrollably. The ground begins to rumble. It rumbles, EVERYWHERE. The small circular-shaped capsule erupts. A midsize robot ejects.

THIS TRIGGERS THE REST OF THE ROBOBOXES TO DECOMPRESS.

 

The entire island quakes. All the RoboBoxes begin to open and erect themselves.

 

INT. SRHQ LOBBY - SAME TIME

 

The squads feel the ground shake.

 

RAIDEN ENZO is that YOU?! ENZO

 

(steadies his balance) I wish it were.

 

INT. SRHQ LOBBY - SAME TIME

Xzavier gives the room a quick scan. He feels the ground beneath him shake. Then he notices. It’s more than just the ground shaking. The floor, the room, the entire building is shaking. A prototype bot ejects from its casing and assembles into a massive robot. It blasts a hole through the ceiling.

EXT. SRHQ ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

The ground beneath Zoey falters. Behind her, an explosion. A ball of energy rips through the floor beneath her. The ball of atmosphere.
energy soars into the

ZOEY

 

(nervous breathing) Not good.

She inches her way towards the seething hole. Just as she gets close enough to see below, the prototype bot rips through the ceiling, taking the entire thing apart. The prototype bot attempts to rocket into the atmosphere but the force field denies it. The robot slams back down. The impact throws Zoey and her lion mecha off the building. She braces her mecha. The two pass through the force field and fall to the streets below.

INT. SRHQ LOBBY - SAME TIME

 

The explosion reverberates down to the lobby.

 

ENZO

 

That’s our sign. We need to get out NOW!

 

INT. SRHQ R&D - SAME TIME

From the corner of his eye, Zoey sails down to the streets below. In a fraction of a second, Miles reacts. He sprints and opens the door to the R&D Labs. Swiftly, he pulls out one of his pistols and unloads fully automatic rounds. Now running, he chases after the bullets he just fired. A grip of bullets burst through the sheet of glass. Xzavier now understands Miles was near him the whole time. It doesn’t matter.

MILES

 

(glancing over towards Xzavier)

 

Stay here!

Miles runs towards the bullet-riddled window. Crossing his forearms into his face, he throws himself through it. The windowpane shatters.
EXT. SRHQ - SAME TIME

The squads exit via the front entrance.

 

MIKEY (realizing) Xzavier!

 

RoboBoxes engage everywhere. The entire city echoes. Enzo senses someone falling from the sky.

 

ENZO (pointing up) Guys look!

Zoey continues her descent. She screams for her life. Miles breaks the sound barrier in order to catch up to Zoey. He sweeps her into his arms and lands on the floor below to safety. Her lion mecha lands on its feet, destroying the ground upon its landing. Zoey’s eyes begin to well up. She trembles in shock.

MILES

(to Zoey; still embracing
her)
Hey, it’s going to be alright. You’re going to be alright.

MILES

 

(to Raiden)

 

Raiden, get Xzavier out of there! RAIDEN (already running) I’m on it!

 

Raiden flashes out of sight, leaving a trail of electric discharge.

 

INT. SRHQ R&D

 

Raiden teleports into the lab. He doesn’t see Xzavier anywhere. The prototype bot stands opposite of Raiden.

 

XZAVIER (whispering) I’m over here.

Xza vi er appears to be masking himself under a pile of debris. The prototype bot locks onto Raiden with its weapons system drawn. It scans Raiden.

XZAVIER (still whispering) Don’t move.

RAIDEN
(barely moving lips)
You’re going to have to jump out of cover. It’s the only way I can get you out of here.
XZAVIER

I don’t think I’m fast enough. That thing will blast me at the slightest movement.

 

RAIDEN

 

(staring the bot down)

 

You’re gonna have to trust me and try.

 

XZAVIER (hesitant; beat)

Okay.
(beat)
On 3.
(beat)
1. 2. 3.

Xzavier propels the debris into the air to distract the prototype bot. The bot nukes the debris with precision. It locks onto Xzavier and fires instantly. Raiden teleport tackles into Xzavier, before they hit the ground barely escaping the shot, Raiden teleports them back to the front entrance of SRHQ.

EXT. CITY STREETS - CONTINUOUS

The fully erect robot stands idle. Epsilon and the soldiers guns are still drawn. Sights stare down the robot. Its side arm retracts its shielding, revealing spike-replicating missiles.
EXT. HIGH-RISE ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

Trace has seen enough. Zero hesitation, she pulls the trigger. The .50 Caliber round annihilates the robot as it clears straight through the cranium.

EXT. CITY STREETS

The robot doesn’t get a chance to aim. Its arm flails upward and releases its entire load of ammunition. Its weapon system engages as it falls dead to the floor.

MADEX (shouting out) RUN!!!

 

Epsilon bolts from their position.

SOLDIER #1
Hey! Where are you going? WE’RE NOT DONE HERE!!!

Epsilon ignores them. They cut the next available corner. Spike-replicating missiles rain from the sky. They penetrate and stab the concrete. Nothing happens. The soldiers, cautiously and amateurishly stick around. Their sights aiming all around them, waiting for movement. The spike missiles erupt, sending spikes in all directions. The spikes release replicating spikes. The soldiers get ripped to shreds. Dead.
AERO

There goes the back up.

 

REX

 

(to Madex)

 

Should we regroup with the rest?

MADEX
(on MicroBerry)
Everyone, this is Epsilon, can you give us a heads up on your location?

EXT. SRHQ

 

Miles taps into his MicroBerry.

MILES
(to Epsilon)
This is Alpha. We’re here in front of Saturn Robotics HQ with Bravo, Delta, and Zoey. The rest of Gamma is perched on rooftops.

SHAKESPEARE
(to Epsilon)
It’s the building filling up with assembled robots,

(nervous)

 

that’s about to explode.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - SAME TIME

 

MADEX

 

(to everyone)

 

Okay, we’ll advance towards that position.

 

EXT. SRHQ

 

ZOEY

 

(to Gamma; on MicroBerry) Gamma, rendezvous on me.

 

HAZE (O.S.) Copy that.

 

ADRIAN (O.S.) Gotcha.

 

JUSTICE (O.S.) Roger that.

TRACE (O.S.)
I’m going to rendezvous with Epsilon and guide them to your position.

ZOEY Roger that. Out.

 

XZAVIER

 

(to Shakespeare)

Will it hold? The force field? ZOEY
It stopped that one robot from shooting out through the roof. Knocked me off, but the barrier stopped it from passing through.

SHAKESPEARE
It should. But considering that this building is Robot Headquarters, the amount of robots assembling and wearing down the barrier, I can’t make any promises.

A midsize mech slides into view.

 

ONYX

 

Shadow Tech: Shadow Bind!

 

Onyx locks the mech in place.

 

EDISON

 

Magnetic Tech: Disassemble!

The mech’s bolts slowly start unraveling. Edison maintains his focus. The mechanical structure resists. Determined, Edison walks forward with his arm thrown out in front of him.

EDISON
(a charcoal aura emission bursts from the pores of his arm)

Magnetic Tech: DISASSEMBLE!

 

The midsize mech bursts. EDISON

 

Magnetic Tech: Suspend!

The mechanical pieces hover in midair. The mech looks like it was taken apart intricately, piece by piece; a floating blueprint.

ONYX (to Edison) What next?

EDISON
(still holding his arm up;
he drops his head in

defeat)

 

I don’t know, I didn’t think this far.

ENZO
Well we better think of a plan fast because more are on their way.

MILES

 

(to Edison)

Hold the pieces there.
(to everyone)
Stay here and hold this position until
Epsilon arrives.

Miles runs towards the suspended pieces of metal.

 

TK

 

(to Miles)

 

What about you? Where are you going? Miles turns his head back. He responds.

MILES
To stop as many of them from reaching this location.

(beat)

 

Air Tech: Cyclone!

Pockets of air shift the metal pieces from their suspended state. Miles pulls the air, along with all the pieces of scrap metal. He creates a raging cyclone of wind and sharp fragments of metal. The cyclone encircles Miles and acts as a barrier as he runs through the city streets; decimating everything in his path.

EXT. CITY STREETS

Epsilon pushes forward. As robots spring up around them, they make an effort to dump as many bullets humanly possible into anything that moves. The sound of constant fire draws more and more hostile robots towards their location. Epsilon slowly becomes overwhelmed.

MADEX Guys, GO FULL AUTO!

The team dials up their rate of fire. Much like how they were held up by the Reservists, Epsilon forms a circle, pushing their backs against one another. Their shots become less and less selective. Triggers are held down as they spray in all directions. Robot carcasses pile up as they’re unable to reach Epsilon’s position.

AERO

(over the sound of
gunfire)
This is probably the most bullets I’ve ever fired in my life!

REX Don’t stop!

A loud thud echoes in the distance. Epsilon continues to engage. Another thud. Muzzle flashes become more and more vibrant as gunfire maintains persistent. Another thud.

DEMETRIUS

 

Just wondering, you guys hear that right?

DEMARCUS
What? The earth shaking thuds? I hear it. I’m just pretending I don’t.

Another thud.

AERO
(still firing)
Please don’t be footsteps. Please don’t be footsteps.

EXT. CITY STREETS - CONTINUOUS

Mi le s maintains a steady sprint. The metal infused cyclone increases in size as he destroys everything in his locality.
He speeds up the process by slightly levitating off the ground and rocketing himself through the streets of Manhattan. The cyclone continues spinning furiously as Miles breaks the sound barrier. The robots occupying the streets are slammed by wind and metal at the speed of sound. No chance.

EXT. MID-RISE ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

3 hooded figures stand nonchalantly on the very edge of a mid-rise rooftop. Wrapped around their upper arms are zBands. The OMEGA symbol is present. Miles zooms past them on the streets below. The one in the middle speaks.

MIDDLE HOODED FIGURE Exactly how you remembered it?

 

LEFT HOODED FIGURE Unfortunately.

 

RIGHT HOODED FIGURE It’s time.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - CONTINUOUS

 

REX

 

(pauses firing)

 

We may be able to keep them off. (sm o k e exudes from the barrel of his carbine; resumes firing) But we’re surrounded.

 

The earth shaking thud continues.

AERO
I don’t care what that is, I just don’t want to be here long enough to find out.

MADEX

 

(frustrated; to Epsilon)

 

Shut up! Just shut up and let me think.

.50 Caliber rounds echo in the distance. The echo becomes louder and louder; closer and closer. Down the street, Trace flies low in her eagle mecha. She approaches Epsilon’s position, laying waste with her mounted .50 Caliber Rifle. The .50 is firing on full auto.

TRACE

 

(to Epsilon; on

 

MicroBerry)

 

No hesitation! Get ready to hop on!

Epsilon continues their sporadic firing. The eagle mecha dips low as it lines up with Epsilon’s position. It does not slow down.

MADEX JUMP!!!

Epsilon times their jump. Perfect. They land effortlessly on the mecha’s wingspan and chassis.
Epsilon grips any portion of the surface for leverage. Epsilon’s circle of destruction from their previous position rapidly fills up as robots swarm in. The sea of robots do not give up. They lock onto Trace’s mecha. One robot runs with lightning speed. Before Trace can pull up and gain altitude, the robot running at blazing fast speeds launches itself into the air, clutching the tailend of Trace’s eagle mecha.

The chassis dips with the added weight hanging from the tail. Epsilon loses balance as the surface changes to a steep vertical incline. Robots start to chain with the first robot, forming a ladder as they climb up from one another. Trace loses control and speed.

TRACE (to Epsilon) GUYS hold on!

She tries to gain altitude in attempts to shake off the robots holding onto her tail. The eagle mecha remains stuck.

AERO

 

They just had to start working together!

With one hand each, Demarcus and Demetrius firmly hold themselves in place. With the other, they pump their Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS), located below the barrels of their carbine. They inch their way down the chassis.
With each robot that climbs up from the makeshift robot ladder, Demarcus and Demetrius blast a shotgun round to each and every one of their faces. The robot ladder has extended so fast that it now anchors the eagle mecha to the floor.

MADEX
(to Trace)
Keep the mecha steady, the robots have us tethered. We have to break free!

Unable to maneuver, Trace manages to level out the mecha. Epsilon now has a flat surface to work with again. Aero reaches into his back waist pack and pulls out suctioncupped anchors. Affixes one end on the surface of the mecha. He pulls the other end. A repelling line extends from both ends. He sets the slack and attaches the other end to the front of his kevlar vest. Time to fly. He leaps into the air. The slack feeds and comes to an abrupt stop. The repel cord swings him into place, underneath the mecha. His view of the makeshift robot ladder is unobstructed. He fires his carbine, ripping into ascending robots.

EXT. SRHQ - SAME TIME

Windows of the Saturn Robotics Headquarters begin to blow out. Areas of the force field illuminate as the robots fail to pass through. A robot’s machine gun attempts to shoot through the field. The force field exhibits pockets of weakness but maintains a strong presence.

KAIRO
(looking up at SRHQ)
I might not be the first person to go to for coming up with a game plan, but something tells me, standing here, in front of the robot spawn point, isn’t the brightest idea.

ENZO
(listens intently)
And what’s with the armament? Do all robots come equipped with machine guns, missiles, and rocket launchers by default or something?

XZAVIER
Most have a built in defense system. A lot of robots are heavily modified by their owners. Naturally, we call those modifiers. Those are some of the ones we need to watch out for.

EXT. CITY STREETS

Aero guns down each robot before it has a chance to reach the mecha. Rex and Madex position themselves on opposite ends of the wingspan; they too, are keeping the robots at bay.

MADEX

 

(yelling over gunfire) Demarcus, Demetrius...

 

DEMARCUS DEMETRIUS Yo! Yo!

MADEX
This is it, we need something explosive. Something big.

Simultaneously, they slide their carbines onto the magnetic holsters on their backs. They both reach into their packs and grab a grip full of explosives. Furiously, they twist, connect, modify, and chain multiple sets of explosives. It looks so foreign. A language only spoken and interpreted by the brothers.

DEMARCUS (to Demetrius) Ready?

Demarcus tosses his contraption to his brother. Demetrius hands the detonator off to Demarcus. He begins to link their “explosive” results together. Demarcus programs the detonator. They finish at the same time.

DEMETRIUS Ready.

Demetrius rolls the chain of explosives into a ball. Nods to his brother. His brother nods back. Both are ready. Demetrius finger-rolls the ball of explosives out of his hand. Like a pinball, the ball of explosives bounces its way down the makeshift robot ladder. Demarcus activates the charge. A high-pitch ascending charge blares through the interface. The charge reads: READY.

DEMARCUS (clicks)

 

BOMB VOYAGE!

The initial blast separates the ball of explosives and makes a clean break of the robot ladder. The remaining bits of explosives rain down. Some explosives are timed separately and detonate in succession of one another. All that remains hanging onto the mecha is a handful of robots. Trace extracts. Epsilon clears the remaining hostiles.

EXT. SRHQ

A slight tremble approaches their position. Flanking from the front and back of their location, Gamma advances towards their teammate. Shortly thereafter, Trace speeds into view. Madex and Rex ride opposite wingspans. Demarcus and Demetrius ride the tail end. Aero grips the underbelly, hanging securely from the affixed repel wire. Flying low, Aero releases his grip. He lands smoothly on the pavement. Inertia throws him forward in the direction of the rendezvous point. A volley of sparks spray from his drop shock boots as he skids on the surface of the concrete. Aero coasts to a halt.
Trace hovers to a stop right behind him. Madex releases the suction pad affixed to the mecha. The repel cord rewinds back into the other suction pad located on Aero’s kevlar vest. Epsilon jumps off the low hovering mecha and restrict their helmets back into their collars.

DEMETRIUS (to Demarcus)

 

Bomb Voyage?

 

DEMARCUS Too much?

 

DEMETRIUS (thinking it over)

Naw...
(smiles)
Catchy.

Smoke exhaust discharge from the barrels of Epsilon’s guns.

JET
(to Epsilon)
You guys look like you’ve been through hell.

MADEX
Really? You guys look like you’ve been standing here this whole time.

RAIDEN

 

(proud)

 

We saved two lives, thank you very much.

 

Raiden glances over at Zoey. She clutches herself, still showing signs of shock. Gamma surround and console her.

 

MADEX

 

Where’s the flying kid.

 

XZAVIER (sharply)

 

His name is Miles.

 

ENZO

 

(hears the tension brewing)

 

He’s sweeping the streets.

 

MADEX (shocked)

 

Alone?

REX
I think you guys are underestimating how bad it is out there. If you really knew, you wouldn’t let him be out there alone.

AERO

 

(confused)

 

Why are there no robots around here? TK

 

Miles pulled them into his cyclone’s orbit.

KAIRO
We may underestimate the situation but we don’t underestimate Miles.

A monumental burst takes off a chunk of SRHQ’s facade. Everyone recoils.

 

AERO What the hell?!

 

MADEX Retreat!

 

SHAKESPEARE

 

(correcting)

 

It’s fine. The force field should hold.

 

REX You sure?

 

SHAKESPEARE (shrugs)

 

For the most part.

 

MADEX This is stupid.

XZAVIER
(sarcastically)
Well since you’re such a natural born leader,

(annoyed)

 

what do you suggest we do?

A strong wing current disrupt the groups footing. Everyone crouches low. Miles jets past them. As he touches down, he rapidly spins like a tornado. The air around him gravitates into his orbit and mimics his movement. The rotating wind funnel spits him out.

MILES Air Tech: Tornado

He pushes his arm, guiding the rapidly building tornado forward. The tornado gains velocity, sucking objects into it’s orbit. Spent, a greyish aura emits from the pores of his arms. He converges with the group. The irises of his eyes match the aura emitting from his body.

MILES (panting)

 

TK——

Instinctively, TK understands without Miles having to finish his sentence. He waves across the air with his right hand. Water extracts from the air. He molds the liquid into a shape of a bottle. Miles grips the water shaped like a bottle. Oddly enough, the water remains tangible. Water spills from the ‘liquid’ bottle. As he finishes drinking, he tosses the ‘liquid’ bottle aside. It dissipates in the air.

MILES
(catching his breath)
I’ve swept the streets and ripped most of the robots apart. I also deployed a couple tornados as a cautionary clean up crew.

Slightly kneeling, Enzo places his palm on the floor.

ENZO
(softly)
It’s faint...

(to Miles)

 

There’s bigger ones? Five. No, wait——six.

 

MILES

 

(nodding)

 

Give or take. I could barely nudge them.

 

AERO

 

Faint? Not where we were.

ENZO
(to Aero)
You’ve seen them? Are they anything like what you guys fought earlier today back at the coliseum?

AERO
(shaking his head)
No, we didn’t see them. Definitely heard them, or one of them.

MADEX
(clarifying)
Okay so, 5 or 6? Let’s finish this. We’ll split up, each team taking on one. For the sixth one, we’ll converge and eliminate it or if your team happens to finish early and confront it, by all means, take it down.

ADRIAN
Shouldn’t we stick together? Like strength in numbers. With all of us together we could probably run through them faster than if we were to split up.

RAIDEN
(agreeing)
Yeah, that sounds like a better plan. Strength in numbers.

MADEX
(shaking his head)
No. It’s too risky. If we get caught in a bad situation, it’ll be a cluster fuck.

REX

 

(agreeing)

Yeah. Why are you guys so afraid? We all fought these kinds of things, what’s the difference?

EXT. ROOFTOP - SAME TIME

The three hooded figures leap separately and effortlessly through the various high-rise rooftops; keeping within formation. The three stop right above Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. The hooded figure on the left speaks.

LEFT HOODED FIGURE This should be good.

 

The middle hooded figure slowly elevates his hand. A deep black aura emits from his arm.

 

MIDDLE HOODED FIGURE (to the hooded figure on his left)

 

Leave nothing to chance.

The left hooded figure nods. Fingers spread, the middle hooded figure quickly clenches it into a fist. TIME FREE ZES . The middle and right ominous figures teleport away.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - CONTINUOUS

The video feed on all the monitors freeze. Power is lost in all areas except for the conference room where the five fathers are located.
The electronics flicker within the room. Dr. Saturn taps his laptop monitor. Still frozen. He taps the keys. Frozen. He grabs the monitor remote and attempts to cycle through the surveillance bots’ feeds. Still frozen. On all monitors, the five squads stand in front of SRHQ, frozen in time.

LOGAN GREY (to Dr. Saturn) What’s going on?

 

DR. SATURN I have no idea.

Dr. Saturn abruptly stands up to check the rest of the office. Just as he’s about to reach the door, the two hooded figures teleport into the conference room. The right hooded figure nudges Dr. Saturn in the chest, preventing him from exiting the room. Dr. Saturn is taken aback as he realizes the arm keeping him from taking another step is entirely robotic. The fathers take a defensive stance.

RIGHT HOODED FIGURE
(to his partner)
I’ll take care of them. You deal with Iverson.

DR. SATURN

 

(to the ominous figures)

You wait just a minute—— Too late. The middle hooded figure leaves a trail of black smoke as he teleports from the room.

DR. SATURN
Are you the ones responsible for this?! I demand to know who you are...

(voice escalating)

 

RIGHT NOW!

 

INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY - CONTINUOUS

Iverson concentrates on the monitors surrounding him. All his feeds seem to have froze. Little does he know, they’re all in working condition, time has simply stopped. He retrieves his mobile phone and begins dialing. The hooded figure teleports into Central Command. Before Iverson realizes the additional presence, the mobile phone is snatched from his hands. Trails of the black aura emissions linger behind the ominous figure.

HOODED FIGURE

 

(to Iverson)

 

You know, I never would’ve guessed...

 

He tosses the mobile phone into the air repeatedly.

HOODED FIGURE
That you were the one they were looking for. That you were capable of such an ability.
The ominous figure leans into Iverson’s peripheral view. Under the shadow of his hood reveals a white porcelain mask. Iverson peers into the eyes behind the mask. The irises are as black as the midnight’s sky. In a flash, the irises highlight and turn aquamarine.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - CONTINUOUS

 

DR. SATURN ANSWER ME!

 

HOODED FIGURE Take it easy, Dad.

 

Time freezes within MTAC.

 

EXT. SRHQ - CONTINUOUS

The five squads remain frozen in time. The hooded figure waits for his que. The five squads unfreeze. They notice nothing.

MADEX

 

(to everyone)

 

So it’s settled, divide and conquer.

 

ENZO

 

Earth Tech: Terra Infra!

 

A column of earth erects under Enzo’s body. The column rockets into the atmosphere.

 

MIKEY What is he doing?

 

KAIRO

 

Mapping out the entire city.

Enzo releases his titanium bo staff and slams it into the rock column. The column is so high, the entire city of New York is well below his feet. The sound resonates as it reflects off all the surfaces.

MILES (to Enzo)

 

See them?

 

ENZO Yeah, here.

From the massive rock column extending vertically into the air, five thin cylinders erect out horizontally. Each cylinder points in a different direction.

ENZO
(to everyone)
Just follow a cylinder. That’s where each one is located.

TK

 

(to Enzo)

 

I thought you said there were six? ENZO

(to everyone)
Hmmm , I must’ve been mistaken, I only see five——

Just then, a laser rips through the massive rock column from a distance. The column breaks. Enzo loses his balance and falls off. The huge chunk of rock sails to the floor.

ENZO

 

(falling; panicked) MOVE MOVE MOVE.

The five squads react and fan out. Miles shoots into the air, catching Enzo. The large fragment of earth decimates the asphalt. touchdown.
The ground rumbles. Miles and Enzo

KAIRO (to Enzo) What was that?

ENZO A laser.

MADEX
Each squad takes on one. If it’s anything like earlier today, we should all be done in less than a minute.

(to Epsilon)

Let’s go.
Epsilon darts from the pack and proceeds in the direction where a cylinder points towards.

CHRISTIAN

 

Who died and made him team leader.

TRACE
Maybe Madex is right. They were caught in such a bind back there, I would’ve expected them to be hesitant on going back out there alone. If it’s anything like the mechs we fought we should be okay.

JUSTICE And if it’s not?

 

No one replies. Jet activates his photon cannon that’s resting vertically on his shoulder blade.

JET
It’s been a long day and this is just another thing in the way. We can do this. Let’s go.

Jet of Delta initiates the lead and the rest of his squadmates follow.

 

CHRISTIAN

 

(jokingly)

 

Who died and made you team leader.

 

Delta share a laugh as they run in the direction of a north facing cylinder.

 

DAVIS

 

He’s, well they’re, right you know.

XZAVIER
(rolls his eyes)
Ugh. Do all you Artificers stick together or something?

DAVIS Or something.

MIKEY
(pats Xzavier on the back)
Come on, the faster we do this, the faster this will all be behind us.

ONYX

 

(pointing at one of the cylinders)

 

Let’s take that one.

 

Bravo advances towards that direction. Alpha and Gamma converge towards one another.

TK
(to Haze)
We don’t have to follow their plan you know. We could stick together.

HAZE
(nervous)
No. Maybe they’re right, we should be able to handle this.
(looks to her squadmates)

Right?

 

Gamma silently agrees.

 

HAZE

 

(to TK)

It’ll be okay.
(reassuring)
Plus we got these awesome mechas to back us
up.

Gamma board their mechas and power them up.

 

TK (to Haze) Be safe.

 

HAZE I will.

 

Haze hugs TK. He hesitates letting her go.

 

TK Promise?

 

HAZE (smiling)

 

I promise.

TK lets go. Haze waves to the rest of Alpha as she boards her hippo mecha. Gamma chooses an isolated pillar pointing in the opposite direction of the others. I guess that leaves us with this one.

ENZO

 

So what’s the plan?

 

RAIDEN Back in a sec.

 

A gleam of white light looms where Raiden just stood. He re-emerges every block to scout his surroundings.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - ALPHA SITE

Four blocks in, he over-steps his teleport and slides in between the mechanical beast’s legs, stopping behind it. The colossal brute seems unaware of the new presence. Raiden steadies his breathing and stance to avoid alerting the robot. Then he notices it: the tail stretching out as far as half a city block.

RAIDEN (looking up) Holy shi——

 

The beast pivots its head and peers down at Raiden. Raiden teleports out of site.

 

EXT. SRHQ

 

Raiden re-emerges. Well?

 

RAIDEN A T-Rex.

 

KAIRO Damn.

 

TK Plans?

 

RAIDEN Touch shoulders.

 

KAIRO Huh?

RAIDEN
Touch shoulders so I can teleport us as a group.

Alpha flashes out of site.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - DELTA SITE

 

EDISON

 

Man that’s big... what the hell.

 

MAXIMILLION It’s an anthropoid. EDISON

 

What the hell is an anthro——

 

MAXIMILLION

 

It’s just a fancy word for man-like. (second guessing)

 

Or is it ape-like?

ACE
Either way, we can mimic Epsilon’s strategy.

CHRISTIAN
Yeah, once they blew out the legs, it was done for.

JET
Sounds solid. Should we all focus on one leg at a time or split up with each team targeting a leg?

CHRISTIAN
Well, I can apply a gravity seal and make sure that it doesn’t move. But that counts me out cause I have to stand back and concentrate on holding the seal in place. That would leave the four of you to decide whether you want to split up or tag-team it.
Delta position themselves in an alleyway, out of sight. The anthropoid hurls a bus towards their vicinity, blocking their exit.

EDISON

 

I guess that means anthro knows we’re here.

Ace’s strength aura engulfs his body. Traveling down his legs, the aura bursts into a perfect circle. Each member of Delta adopts the added strength as the faint glowing aura rises up from the base of their bodies. He toggles the gravity hammer off his back and takes a golf-like swing at the vehicle blocking their way. The force of impact sends the bus flying effortlessly.

ACE Let’s go!

 

Delta breaks away from the alleyway.

 

CHRISTIAN

 

Sealing Arts: Decrease Gravity

 

A circular seal radiates from under each Delta member. The circular seal overlaps Ace’s strength boost aura.

 

ACE (to Christian) What is this?

CHRISTIAN
I lowered the gravitational force surrounding our bodies.

JET For?

CHRISTIAN
I don’t know, just in case we need to jump higher than humanly possible.

As Delta makes their way out of the alleyway, the anthropoid hurls another bus at them.

 

CHRISTIAN LIKE THIS!!!

Delta leaps higher than humanly possible. The bus skids underneath them. A volley of sparks spray into the air. Delta lands with ease; they now face the anthropoid.

EDISON (to Christian)

 

Lock this robot down!

 

CHRISTIAN

 

Sealing Arts: Increase Gravity!

A massive seal appears underneath the anthropoid’s legs. Christian crouches low and concentrates keeping the seal in place.

EDISON
(to Jet and Ace)
Me and Max will take the left, you two take the right.
ACE

Alright. Remember to back Christian up so that he doesn’t get attacked while he’s holding the seal in place.

Ace makes a mad-dash towards their objective. He swings his gravity hammer at full force, knocking out a big partition of the anthropoid’s leg casing.

ACE

 

(to Jet; on MicroBerry)

 

Start blasting away at its inner wirings.

Jet delivers a steady stream of photons into the now exposed leg. The leg begins to show severe wear and tear. The pinned anthropoid bends over and reaches for a SUV. Ace leaps onto the back of the anthropoid and begins scaling the colossal robot.

Maximillion accesses his microbots via his carbon glove’s interface. The canister lid slides open and microbots erupt out and rain down on the streets.

MAXIMILLION

 

(to his microbots)

 

25 yard radius, scatter, and anchor.

A sea of identical microbots scatter throughout the streets. Maximillion sporadically positions them in and around the anthropoid, with a few scaling Shakespeare’s force fields. The microbots bolster up and anchor down.

MAXIMILLION

 

(via voice command)

 

Laser jet stream that quadrant.

Maximillion laser targets the anthropoid’s leg. The microbots target and lock on. A jet stream of lasers emit from each microbot; targeting the locked-on quadrant.

EDISON

 

Magnetic Tech: Magnetic Shift

A directed magnetic force begins to shift in opposite directions, bending the anthropoid’s leg in ways it’s not meant to bend. The anthropoid hurls another vehicle, this time heading directly towards Christian.

CHRISTIAN GUYS!

Jet reacts and blasts a beam of photons, sending the vehicle back towards the direction it came from. Like a vertical rock face, Ace traverses the colossal robot looking for the main hub housing critical components. Another vehicle thrown, another photon blast deflects it.

The combination of Edison’s magnetic shift and Maximillion’s laser streams dislocate an entire leg off the anthropoid. The anthropoid buckles under its own weight and the upper portion of the structure slams onto the surface below. Christian’s gravity seal locks that section in place. The anthropoid is barely crouching on one leg and only has one arm available.
It continues to acquire vehicles for ammunition. Another vehicle thrown, another photon blast deflecting it.

JET

 

(to Edison and

Maximillion)
You guys focus on this leg, I’ll deflect the cars.

MAXIMILLION Okay.

The anthropoid’s back is now in a horizontal position. Ace hurtles forward and begins dropping megatons of force with his gravity hammer on the anthropoid’s head.

ACE

 

You can never go wrong with the head.

Ace emits multiple radial bursts one after another to increase his strength; all the while swinging his gravity hammer. The anthropoid’s other leg buckles and its entire mass is pinned face down on the pavement. Everyone focuses their attacks on the anthropoid’s head. Gravity seal pinning it down, a million laser streams, magnetic force pulling it in opposite directions, a cannon stream of photons, plus the full metal contact of the gravity hammer. The colossal robot powers down. Delta converges.

CHRISTIAN

 

Man, that was exhausting. ACE (panting) I’m beat.

 

JET What now?

MAXIMILLION
Let’s go see if the other squads need assistance.

EDISON
I’ll catch up with you guys in a sec , I need to check something real quick.

Edison sprints towards the destroyed anthropoid. The rest of Delta shrug it off and walk in the opposite direction. A pristine SUV temps Delta.

CHRISTIAN
I don’t know about you guys but all this walking is making me tired. Wanna get a ride?

Jet, Ace, Christian, and Maximillion, board the SUV. The SUV powers up.

 

ACE Nice!

Doors shut. The SUV buckles them in, rolls the windows up, and locks the doors. They panic and attempt to release the safety belts. It constricts.
The robotically controlled SUV slams on the accelerator. The SUV e-brakes and drifts 180 degrees. Slams on the accelerator. The SUV races at full speed towards the destroyed anthropoid. Unaware, Edison steps into the path of the speeding SUV. Christian smashes the horn to get Edison’s attention.

Edison turns around. The SUV is a few feet from slamming into him. He throws his arm out. Before the SUV can hit him, he swings his arm over his head. A magnetic sphere pulls the SUV into his arm’s movement. The SUV sails into the air, upside down, over his head. Looking up, he sees his teammates in the vehicle. Before he was about to release and throw the SUV, he applies a tech:

EDISON
Magnetic Tech: Suspend Magnetic Tech: Disassemble

The SUV rips apart piece by piece, hovering in midair. Delta hovers, still buckled and seated in the SUV’s chairs.

EDISON
(to Delta)
What were you guys thinking? The robots are hostile and you get in a robotically controlled vehicle?

CHRISTIAN

 

(ashamed)

I guess I never thought of it that way—— The colossal anthropoid activates an alternate weapons system. The alternate weapons system engages Edison and fires multiple bullet rounds into his back. The bullets exit his chest cavity. He drops to his knees and in turn releases Delta from their suspended state. Panicking, Maximillion re-releases his microbots and they laser cut Delta from the constricting safety belts.

CHRISTIAN

 

(furious)

 

SEALING ARTS: ZERO-G ASSAULT!

Vehicles and debris from their surrounding area float in zero gravity. Christian launches the hovering barrage into the anthropoid, creating what seems like a 30 car pile up. The vehicles explode and the massive pile up ignites in flames. Surely, the anthropoid is now finished.

MAXIMILLION (to Edison)

 

No...

ACE
(to Christian)
Quick, activate the heal seal from his zBand.

A green seal appears under Edison. Maximillion rushes towards his long-time friend and cradles him. He applies pressure to the bullet wounds to slow the bleeding.

MAXIMILLION
(to Edison)
It’s going to be okay, just stay with me, the heal seal is on you.

EDISON (shaking his head) I don’t think so...

 

MAXIMILLION (eyes welled up) Shut up!

The heal seal attempts to repair the wounds but Edison is bleeding out faster than the seal can repair. Edison’s life fades away.

MAXIMILLION (in tears)

Edison...
(no answer)
Edison...

EXT. CITY STREETS - BRAVO SITE

XZAVIER
(to Bravo)
It’s similar to what we battled in the coliseum. Class A Demolition Mech; military grade.
ONYX

So what does that mean?

DAVIS
Military grade is guaranteed to be modified and fully loaded with enough ammunition to level an entire city.

ONYX
(jokingly)
You think it’s too late to switch opponents?

SHAKESPEARE
Back at the coliseum was pretty easy, but that’s because,

(looks to Xzavier)

 

we had your ability.

XZAVIER
That’s a no-go. I can’t use that ability, not with what’s going on right now with the virus.

DAVIS
I can divert the robot’s aggression towards me. My light machine gun can do some damage, but it’s going to take a while to eat through all that metal.

XZAVIER

 

(laughs)

 

Where’s Edison when you need him.

MIKEY
(to Davis)
I don’t know bro , having that thing focus solely on you is like a death sentence.

ONYX
I hate to say it, but I think it’s the only way.

MIKEY

 

There has to be some other way.

 

ONYX

 

(thinking; to Mikey)

 

Place your adaptive seal on me.

A seal illuminates under Mikey. The seal replicates under Onyx. The seal under Onyx changes as it adapts to his abilities. The seal under Mikey replicates the new seal under Onyx.

MIKEY Okay, done.

 

ONYX

 

I’m thinking this:

(to Mikey)
You perform a shadow bind, that’ll free me up for other attacks.
But it renders you attack less because you have to focus on keeping that bind in place. Davis will divert the mech’s attention while I counter it with shadow techniques.

SHAKESPEARE
I’ll infuse a force field around us just in case it fires in our direction.

XZAVIER
But that means Davis will have to be outside in order for him to shoot his LMG right?

SHAKESPEARE Unfortunately.

 

DAVIS I’ll be fine.

MIKEY
Davis, last time I checked, you couldn’t dodge bullets.

SHAKESPEARE
He’s right, you’ll be a lot safer behind the field.

ONYX
(to Davis)
I’ll step it up if I’m the only means of attack; especially if it means we’ll all be safe within the force field.

DAVIS
(to Shakespeare)
Your force fields aren’t indestructible. If we’re all in it, the mech will focus solely on the force field; eventually eating it away.

No one argues the truth in Davis’ rebuttal.

 

DAVIS

 

It has to be done.

(laughing)
It’s probably what we would’ve came up with earlier if we didn’t have Xzavier’s trick to save our asses.

MIKEY
I still think you’re confusing ‘being right’ with ‘being a hero.’

Mikey walks off and begins approaching the Class A Demo Mech.

 

SHAKESPEARE

 

Uhh, is he gonna be alright?

(nodding)
Don’t worry about him, he’s just like that cause he cares.

XZAVIER

 

Rightfully so.

(to Shakespeare and Onyx)
Because of our fathers, we’ve practically been friends since we were in diapers.

(to Davis)
I think Mikey is the only one still not used to your hero complex.

DAVIS Dang, hero complex? (smirk)

 

That’s harsh.

XZAVIER
(laughing)
Come on, we better back Mikey up before he engages that thing all by himself.

Bravo catches up with Mikey. Mikey produces a highpitched whistle. The Class A Demo Mech engages. Crouching low, Mikey intersects his fingers forming a plus symbol; gamma emissions rise from his hands.

MIKEY
Shadow Tech: Shadow Bind! Shakespeare emits a radial burst, throwing up a force field. Davis derestricts his helmet. It slides over the back of his head, assembling the bullet resistant face guard. The helmet locks in place and he releases his light machine gun (LMG) off the magnetic holster.

ONYX

 

Shadow Tech: Shadow Mirror Shape-Shift!

From the colossal mech’s shadow, a mirrored shadow copy erects. The shadow shape-shift copy holds the demo mech from behind; restricting its weapons system.

ONYX

 

Shadow Tech: Shadow Clones!

All hell breaks loose as shadow clones of Onyx rain down from the shadow shape-shift’s body. The shadow clones resemble Onyx’s bodily proportions but are made up entirely of black mist. The shadow clones scale the demo mech and infiltrate any crevice or opening as well as doing outwardly damage with brute force.

DAVIS

 

(amazed)

 

Damn, do you even need us?

ONYX
It’s still going to take a while, you’ll probably do more damage with actual ammunition.
From the looks of it, doubt it. But, I’m going for it!

Davis crosses the force field’s threshold. The demo mech is preoccupied with fighting it’s own shadow. Davis lets his LMG rip as he focuses solely on the head. Xzavier pulls out his heavily modified Robot Revolver tucked underneath his back waistband. He releases the safety; pulls the barrel back. He unloads the entire clip from the fully automatic revolver. The RoboBoxes hover in midair and slowly begin their orbit. Energy streams emit from the orbiting RoboBoxes and his pet panda reatomizes.

XZAVIER

 

(to his panda)

 

Titan, I need your help, you up for it?

 

Titan understands and gives a one-off nod.

 

XZAVIER (to Titan)

 

Okay.

Xzavier reloads his Robot Revolver with a spare magazine. Fires once. Back armor with a weapons system assembles via the RoboBox. He scales it down in size to fit the small panda and places the armor on his back. Fires once more. A helmet assembles via the RoboBox. Xzavier outfits Titan with the helmet.

XZAVIER
(to Titan)
I’m going to scale you to full size. Promise me you’ll be safe.

Titan nods.

XZAVIER
(to Titan)
Go as far back as you can and only engage from afar.

Xzavier locks-on to Titan. The laser sight mounted under the barrel of his modified Robot Revolver activates.

 

XZAVIER (to Titan)

 

Go!

The small panda sprints off. The fixed laser stream stays with him as he runs in the opposite direction; away from the demo mech. As Titan gets farther and farther away, Xzavier increases his size tenfold until Titan achieves his maximum size. Titan performs a 180 and it’s a sight to behold. Fully armored and geared up, Titan achieves dinosaur level proportions in just a matter of seconds.

ONYX
(to Xzavier)
Oh I get it... Xzavier Saturn... Saturn’s satellite: Titan... Clever.
Xzavier grins. A massive hydro rocket slams into the demo mech. Sparks fly as electronic components get decimated by water.

MIKEY Go Titan!

 

The demo mech exhibits signs of a struggle. Xzavier’s MicroBerry beeps.

 

XZAVIER (on MicroBerry) Go ahead.

 

A pause.

MIKEY
(to Xzavier; still concentrating on holding the Shadow Bind)

What is it?

 

Xzavier’s eyes begin to well up as the shock sets in.

XZAVIER (to Mikey)
Edison is dead.

MIKEY

 

(dismayed; his hands fall to his sides)

 

What?!

 

ONYX (to Mikey)

 

THE SHADOW BIND!

Mikey tries to react and re-issue the Shadow Bind, but it’s too late. The demo mech breaks free and engages Davis with its turret. The shadow mirror shape-shift dissipates as the mech breaks free; shadow clones attempt to fight the colossal mech off. Titan, fully aware, employs his weapon system on full auto. A barrage of ammunition hails into the mech. Davis notices the mech focussing its aggression solely on him; he makes an effort to retreat back into the protective force field. The mech clips him in the leg. Shakespeare bolts from the force field and drags Davis in. The mech engages but the force field blocks its attempts. Unfortunately the force field begins to rapidly deteriorate from the stress of ammunition. The ground starts to rumble. Titan races towards the colossal mech. Leaping over the force field, Titan headbutts the mech, forcing it to lose its balance. He pins the mech down with his sheer weight. Titan swipes his massive paws all over the mech. DESTROYED.

MIKEY

 

(to everyone)

 

I’m so sorry, it’s all my fault. DAVIS

(sitting on the street,
clutching his leg in
pain)

Why’d you let go of the Shadow Bind?

 

Mikey is distraught.

XZAVIER (to Davis)
Edison is dead.

Davis releases his clutch. He lets his back hit the pavement.

 

DAVIS

 

(angry; tossing his LMG to the side)

 

Damn.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - EPSILON SITE

 

DEMETRIUS

 

(looking up at the building)

 

Well look at that.

 

A mechanical spider climbs the outer force field surrounding a building. Four legs on each side.

DEMARCUS
Let’s see how tough it is when it starts losing its legs one by one.

AERO
You two always get excited if it means you get to start blowing stuff up.

REX
Man, that thing is practically the size of the building it’s crawling on.

MADEX

(looking at the colossal
beast)
Demarcus is right; it’s elementary. Without the use of its legs, it’s done. We have the ammo and explosives to back us up. Spread out and fire from all sides.

Epsilon engages the mechanical spider. Firing a sea of bullets, the spider leaps down to the ground with an earth shattering thud. It performs a speedy crawl; advancing towards Epsilon. Epsilon encircle the beast and continue their steady stream of fire.

REX

 

(to Epsilon; on

MicroBerry)
Right where the legs connect to the chassis, that’s the stress quadrant! Epsilon focuses on the connective parts between the chassis and legs. With their MASS p r e l o a d e d with explosives, Demetrius and Demarcus fire explosive attachments that adhere to the mechanical spider’s stress quadrants. Detonate. The Spider loses two mechanical legs. EASY. Rex pumps his grenade launcher and lobs a fragmentation grenade into the air. The grenade lands on the spider’s back, blowing out huge amounts of mechanical components in the process.

MADEX

 

(to Epsilon; on

 

MicroBerry)

 

Everyone keep doing what you’re doing.

 

One by one, Epsilon continues to blow out the mechanical legs.

AERO
(yelling)
I don’t think this thing even has a weapons system.

REX (yelling back) Oh well.

Just then, the mechanical spider spikes a leg into the concrete. The shock wave knocks Epsilon off balance. It buckles, unable to withstand its own weight. The wind severely picks up. One of Miles’ stray tornados sweeps through Epsilon’s position. It catches them by surprise. Epsilon hangs on to anything around them that’s rooted to the ground. Demarcus grips his brother’s hand as the tornado attempts to suck him in. Demarcus slowly loses his grip and his brother is lost to the tornado.

MADEX

(to Miles; on MicroBerry; screaming)
Is there any way to call it off... ...CALL OFF THE TORNADOS!

Demarcus activates his charge and manages to blow off the remaining legs. The mechanical spider smashes into a car Rex was using as leverage; taking itself along with Rex into the tornado’s orbit. DESTROYED.

MADEX

 

(furious; on MicroBerry) CALL IT OFF!

Aero attempts to anchor himself to the ground with his suction-cupped anchors. He manages to apply both ends, securing himself to the pavement. Aero loses his balance and floats in the air as the tornado attempts to take him. Demarcus swiftly maneuvers the street. He tethers himself to a stop light and inches his way towards Aero. He extends a carabiner and attaches it to Aero’s belt.

AERO

 

(to Demarcus; scared) Don’t let go...

 

DEMARCUS I won’t.

The stop light snaps. Demarcus loses his secure line. Still tethered to Aero, Aero’s suction-cupped anchor now prevents the two from being sucked in.

DEMARCUS (to Aero)

 

It won’t hold...

 

Demarcus begins unfastening the carabiner that links himself to Aero.

 

AERO

 

(to Demarcus)

 

What are you doing... NO!

DEMARCUS
(motions over to the anchors losing its

traction)

 

It won’t hold the both of us.

 

Demarcus pulls the carabiner off and the tornado instantly takes him.

 

AERO

 

(responsively swings around)

NOOOOO...
The anchor tethered to his kevlar vest rips as a result of him switching positions. The last bit of material the anchor hangs onto rips free. Aero manages to grab the anchor with his hands but the repel cord snaps, sending him flying straight into the tornado.

EXT. CITY STREETS - ALPHA SITE

 

KAIRO

 

(noticing Miles’ worried look)

 

What is it?

 

The MicroBerry transmissions from Madex were all distorted due to the heavy winds. Miles assumes.

 

MILES Air Tech: RELEASE!

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - EPSILON SITE

The tornado dissipates; accumulated debris rains down. The four unfortunate members of Epsilon succumb to the tornado. Madex is the only surviving member.

EXT. CITY STREETS - GAMMA SITE

ADRIAN Are we lost?
The five animal mechas stand grounded and idle. Gamma remain seated within their respective cockpits.

ZOEY

 

I don’t think so.

(looking at her dashboard)
The readings are through the roof, another mechanical presence is here and it’s big.

The streets surrounding them could not be anymore eerily quiet. The ground rumbles. Something shoots past them.

 

JUSTICE I don’t see anything.

ZOEY
This doesn’t make sense. I felt something pass right by us.

HAZE Girls...

 

ZOEY

 

These readings are insane.

 

HAZE Girls...

TRACE
Maybe it’s a false scan, cause I don’t see anything either.
Haze releases her sand canisters located on the spine of her hippo mecha. Two barrel-sized cylinders erect from the chassis.

HAZE
Girls... You can’t see it because it’s not out here. It’s under us!

A mechanical snake erupts from the subway entrance.

 

ZOEY (to Gamma) ASSEMBLE!!!

The five members of Gamma crank down a lever within their cockpits. The mechanical animals expand and begin to realign. The mechas morph into a colossal android.

Adrian and her Tiger Mecha as a leg and foot. Justice and her Rhino Mecha as a leg and foot. Trace and her Eagle Mecha as an arm and hand. Haze and her Hippo Mecha as an arm and hand. Zoey and her Lion Mecha as the chest and head.

Justice performs a radial burst under the combined mecha. Its maneuverability and speed greatly increases. The mechanical snake slithers underneath them and races towards the opposite direction. Adrian attempts to apply a cryo seal but the mechanical snake is too quick for the seal to lock-on to. Certain areas of the mechanical snake gets exposed to portions of the cryo seal, resulting in the freezing of various quadrants.
From the opening of the eagle mecha’s mouth, Trace’s .50 Caliber fires fully automatic rounds at the snake; shattering numerous frozen quadrants. The mechanical snake slithers up the combined mecha; coiling its entire body around Haze’s section. The mechanical snake CONSTRICTS. It crushes the arm and parts of the hippo’s chassis.

ADRIAN

 

What’s going on up there?

Panicking, Trace maneuvers her section of the combined mecha’s arm to face in Haze’s direction. Strategically, she fires burst shots into the coiling snake. The mechanical snake tightens its grip.

TRACE

 

(to Haze; on MicroBerry) Haze, EJECT!

Trace disconnects her link. The eagle mecha fires into atmosphere and reassembles into its original form. Trace hovers beside Haze.

TRACE

 

(to Haze)

 

Climb onto my mecha.

 

HAZE

 

(muffled)

 

I can’t the door is jammed!

 

The walls of the cockpit begin to close in on Haze. HAZE

 

(to TK; on MicroBerry; muffled)

 

TK... HELP!

 

EXT. CITY STREETS - ALPHA SITE

 

TK accesses his MicroBerry

 

TK

 

Haze, I can’t hear you.

 

TK receives muffled feedback.

 

TK HAZE?!

 

(beat)

 

Damn.

 

MILES What happened?

TK
I don’t know, I couldn’t understand her. I think she’s in trouble.

MILES

 

What do you want to do?

TK
I have to see if she’s alright. Enzo twirls his bo staff and slams it against the concrete. The mechanical T-Rex is alerted by the sound; its roar is deafening. Enzo advances towards the T-Rex.

ENZO

 

Earth Tech: Terra Infra!

 

A cylinder of earth erects behind the colossal T-Rex, preventing it from back-stepping.

 

ENZO

 

Earth Tech: 45th Divide

In front of the T-Rex, a 45 degree earth column erupts from the ground below. The column of earth hurls towards the T-Rex’s head. The T-Rex attempts to move backwards but is pinned in place from the Terra Infra.

ENZO

 

45th Divide: Terra Drill!

The very tip of the 45 degree column sharpens into a massive drill. The 45 degree column drills straight through the cranium of the colossal T-Rex; penetrating and colliding with the Terra Infra behind it. DECIMATED.

ENZO

 

(to Alpha)

 

Alright, let’s go help Gamma. EXT. CITY STREETS - GAMMA SITE

Alpha teleports into view as a group. The mechanical snake is relentless as it continues to constrict Haze’s entire section. The dual sand canisters burst. Gallons of sand spill everywhere. All of sudden, the sand suspends.

HAZE

 

Particle Tech: ENSNARE!

The sand replicates the mechanical snake and begins to coil around the snake, as well as the entire arm of the combined mecha itself. The mechanical snake constricts once more. In a last ditch effort Haze conjures her last particle tech:

HAZE
(eyes welled up, scared; shutting her eyes; tears fall)

Particle Tech: SAND SPIKE!

The sand stops slithering and ensnaring. In a split second the sand particles construct and condense; blasting penetrating sand mechanical snake and Haze’s spikes throughout the

mecha. Haze and the mechanical snake take each other’s life.

 

TK

 

(looking up; on MicroBerry)

 

Haze?

 

(beat; distraught) HAZE!?

The sand-spiked arm rips from the combined mecha’s chassis. The thud reverberates as Haze’s hippo mecha slams into the street below. TK tries to open the hatch leading to the cockpit. The cockpit is beyond crushed with multiple sand-spikes running through the entire metal frame.

TK

 

(banging on the metal frame)

Haze...
(on MicroBerry)
Haze...

KAIRO She’s gone TK.

 

Madex approaches Alpha and Gamma’s position; FURIOUS. With one hand, he raises his rifle; aiming at Miles.

MADEX
(unstable)
IT’S YOUR FAULT... MY WHOLE TEAM IS DEAD BECAUSE OF YOU!

Pulls the trigger. Enzo hears the bullet release from the barrel and quickly side-steps in front of Miles before he can react. Madex pulls the trigger three times. TK bolts from the destroyed mecha, rushing to Enzo’s aid. Enzo takes three bullets to the chest. Madex, still adamant, aims his rifle using both hands this time; concentrating on Miles. Raiden reaches for his katana’s hilt. He taps the button and the casing retracts, revealing the blade’s sharpened portion. He teleports out of sight and reappears behind Madex. In that very instant, his katana swiftly slices across; decapitating Madex. NO MERCY. Hands covered in blood, TK taps into his MicroBerry.

TK

 

(to Adrian)

 

Adrian, activate the heal seal!

 

The healing seal illuminates beneath Enzo’s lifeless body.

 

TK

 

(whispering)

 

Enzo. Come on...

 

(cradling Enzo in his arms)

 

Not like this.

 

EXT. SRHQ

Bravo rendezvous back in front of SRHQ. Davis’ arms are thrown across Mikey and Xzavier’s shoulders as they aid him in walking. Heads held down, Delta arrives at approximately the same time.
With Ace’s super strength ability, he cradles Edison’s lifeless body in his arms with ease.

ONYX
(on MicroBerry)
Alpha, this is Onyx. We’re back in front of SRHQ with Delta.

(sighing)

 

Edison didn’t make it.

Raiden flashes in sight with the remaining members of Gamma. He flashes out of sight. Reappears with Kairo, Miles, and TK. TK holds Enzo in his arms.

XZAVIER Not him too.

 

RAIDEN No. Madex did this.

 

JET What?!

 

(beat)

 

Where’s Madex?

RAIDEN
I don’t know, but you’ll find his head rolling down some street.

Raiden pushes a button located under the hilt. The retractable casing shoots through the blade’s sharpened portion. Blood drips as the casing swipes through it. ONYX

Where’s Haze?

 

Kairo slowly shakes his head.

DAVIS
(clutching his leg; heal seal active care of

Mikey)

 

So Epsilon——

 

MILES They’re all dead.

 

TK

 

(traumatized)

 

This isn’t happening.

 

(kne eli ng ; clinging onto Enzo; whispering)

 

This cannot be happening...

Uncontrollably, gamma emissions seep out from TK’s body. Tears race down his cheek. His irises go from brown to aquamarine, matching the gamma emission evaporating into the atmosphere. A violent blast from the rear of SRHQ burns an opening through Shakespeare’s force field.

RAIDEN

 

We have to get out of here.

TK
NO! I’m done running. I’m done splitting up.
TK gently lets go of Enzo. The gamma emitting from his body increases tenfold.

MILES TK don’t.

 

His aquamarine eyes pierce straight through Miles.

TK
You guys can run. (to Raiden)

As high as you can.

 

MILES

 

(interjects; voice raised) TK DON’T!

 

RAIDEN

 

(to everyone)

 

Grab hold of each other.

 

MILES

 

(to Raiden)

 

Don’t you dare move.

 

RAIDEN

 

(irritated)

 

You may have a death wish, but I don’t.

MILES
(to TK)
More reason for you to rethink your actions.
Miles and TK stare each other down.

MILES

 

I won’t let you do it.

 

TK

 

You can’t stop me.

MILES
You’ll live to regret it for the rest of your life.

TK doesn’t respond. Miles gets the hint.

MILES
So that’s it. You’re going to sacrifice your life. For what...

TK

 

(pointing to Enzo and Edison)

 

FOR THEM!

 

(lowers his head)

 

For her...

 

MILES (sympathetic) TK——

TK
AQUA FORTIS: WAVES OF RAGE! The shoreline surrounding Manhattan shoots back into the ocean at an alarming speed. Miles locks stares with TK’s aquamarine eyes; his eyes pleading silently for TK to stop.

MILES
(defeated)
Fine. I’m not moving then. If anyone deserves to die, it’s me. It was my tornado that killed Epsilon. It’s the reason why Madex was angry and wanted revenge; the reason why he shot at me, the reason why Enzo took those bullets for me.

The entire island begins to tremble.

 

XZAVIER

 

Uhh, what did he just do?

 

MILES

 

(answers; doesn’t take his gaze off TK’s eyes)

 

Summoned a mega tsunami.

 

Every second the trembling escalates. Tension reaches a breaking point.

SHAKESPEARE
(thoughtful)
With that kind of pressure, the force fields won’t hold. They will deplete.

CHRISTIAN
(agitated)
Well what the hell is going to happen to us!?

MILES
Go ahead TK, tell them. Tell them what’s going to happen to them and to the millions of people behind those force fields.

RAIDEN

 

I’m getting us out of here.

Mil es whips out his pair of fully automatic pistols. Taking a step back, he aims one directly at Raiden’s head; the other right between TK’s eyes.

MILES

 

(to Raiden)

 

You move, I’ll shoot you.

 

KAIRO Miles...

 

RAIDEN

 

(to Kairo)

No, it’s okay.
(to Miles)
I can teleport faster than you can pull
that trigger.
MILES
(to Raiden)
You move, I’ll shoot you. You teleport... (now looking at TK)
I’ll shoot him.

KAIRO
You’re going too far. What is it that you expect him to do.

MILES

 

(staring straight into

 

TK’s eyes)

 

He knows exactly what I expect him to do.

 

TK

 

I can’t call the tsunami back.

MILES (furious)
THEN FREEZE IT!

The venom in Miles’ voice takes Alpha by surprise. A slight raised voice was the most you could ever get out of Miles.

KAIRO

 

What is he talking about TK?

The trembling city becomes unbearable. RAIDEN
Is this really the right time to have a conversation?

MILES

 

(gripping the pistol in his hand)

 

Earlier today,

 

RAIDEN (under his breath) I guess so.

MILES
(continuing)
I tried to rush that freezing air down to the coliseum as fast as I could. But 5 seconds? I knew that wouldn’t be enough. Last time we ran that skirmish, I needed 10 seconds.

(beat)

 

But even from that height——

 

Miles lowers his aimed pistols.

MILES
Even from that height, I was able to see your hand fuse with that torrent of water. It’s unfair. Being able to have vision like that when one of your best friends gets his vision stolen entirely. I almost wish I didn’t see it.
If only to make myself feel better about Enzo not having his vision. But I did. I did see it. I saw your hand turn into water when you ran it through the torrent; freezing it.

(beat)
If that torrent wasn’t entirely frozen, it might not have cleared through the hippo’s skull. You couldn’t bear making it suffer.

(beat)
You achieved Solid State at that very moment. You have the ability to transform your body into water and you have cryokinesis on top of hydrokinesis.

TK
(obnoxious)
Well maybe you’re mistaken. Maybe it’s you who’s Solid State because that freezing air is the reason that torrent froze the way it did.

TK refuses to reason with Miles. Miles dumps two bullets into TK’s chest. Blood seeps through the fabric as it gravitates downward. Shocked, TK looks down, touching his new wounds. Blood saturates his finger tips. He looks up to make eye contact with Miles.
INT. CENTRAL COMMAND, SATURN ACADEMY

The remaining squad members stand in front of SRHQ. The scene plays out entirely on the bank of monitors. TK has just been shot by Miles.

HOODED FIGURE (to Iverson; bubbly) Ouch! Well, that’s my cue!

TIME FREEZES.

The bank of monitors follow suit. Miles is displayed on the screen, pistol raised; TK touching the death dealing wounds. The ominous figure grips Iverson’s shoulder. The two teleport out.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC

 

Iverson appears side by side with the cloaked figure. Time unfreezes within MTAC.

 

DR. SATURN

 

(to the hooded figure in front of him)

 

Xzavier...?

 

The hooded figure next to Iverson speaks.

 

HOODED FIGURE

 

Aww, you told!

 

(lighthearted)

That was so not part of the plan. The hooded figure in front of Dr. Saturn reveals himself. The hood drops, resting on his shoulders; revealing a white porcelain mask and a cybernetically repaired right arm. Using his robotic arm, he slides his mask up, resting it on top of his head. It’s Xzavier.

XZAVIER (to his cohort) Sorry.

The remaining hooded figure rolls his eyes behind his white porcelain mask. He too drops his cloak and slides his mask up, revealing his piercing aquamarine eyes. It’s TK. Black gauze is sporadically wrapped around his right arm. Much like the other TK but severely weathered.

IVERSON

 

TK?

(looking at the remaining squad members on the monitors)

How are you here? There?

 

DR. SATURN

 

What’s going on?

 

(to his son)

 

And what happened to your arm?

 

XZAVIER Loooong story.

 

(shifting gazes between TK

 

and Xzavier)

 

Please tell me you two aren’t from——

 

TK

 

(smiling; finishing Dr. Saturn’s thought)

 

From the...

 

(dramatic)

 

Future???

 

XZAVIER

 

I know what you’re thinking Dad.

 

Xzavier grabs the analysis report located on top of the conference table. Opens it up; reads it.

 

XZAVIER

(studying the analysis
report)
That the virus is from the future. Coincidently, so are we.

LOGAN GREY
(to Dr. Saturn)
Why didn’t you say anything, if you knew the origin of the virus?
What was I suppose to say? ‘Oh hey, the results are in, we have a virus sent from the future.’

(beat)
You guys would think I was out of my mind, that I’d go to great lengths to not have the blame placed on me.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
I hope you come bearing answers because that would excellent.

LUKE WEST

 

(unfazed)

The virus is from the future.
(points to TK and Xzavier)
You two are from the future. But you’re not
responsible for it?

TK Correct.

 

LUKE WEST Then who?

 

XZAVIER The GDC.

 

Xzavier notices General Cross’ distraught nature.

Undoubtedly from watching his son die. IVERSON
The Global Defense Council? Their existence is to ensure protection, why would they plant a virus?

TK (to Iverson) Because of you.

 

IVERSON Me?

TK
(smirking)
You can cut the act. We know what you’re capable of. Did you not get the memo, we’re from the future.

XZAVIER
I can see how it flew right over our heads. That day, back at the amphitheater, when Mikey asked why our team was Bravo instead of Beta,

(looks at Iverson)
And you said it was because there was already a Beta team.

(grinning at the thought)

 

Mikey asked who.

 

( d i r e c t s his gaze to

General Cross)
And Mr. Cross swiftly interrupted that conversation.

TK
(to Dr. Saturn)
You’ve petition numerous times to the GDC to form this new academy. And every time they’ve shot you down. Ever wonder why? Why they were so hesitant in letting you mix classes together?

(mo t i o n i n g to the five
fathers)
So behind their backs, the five of you secretly put together a Beta team. Which truthfully, I applaud you for; it’s good to break down those barriers whenever possible.

XZAVIER

 

But you went about it the wrong way.

TK
Secretly putting together 10 of the most powerful and most dangerous group of Sealers, Infusers, and Evokers, behind the GDC’s back... What did you think was going to happen?

GENERAL CROSS
That organization has too much power for its own good.
What’s the point of a democracy if they rule with such an iron fist.

XZAVIER

 

You’re absolutely right.

TK
Your attempt at a Beta team, obviously, didn’t go unnoticed. One by one, the GDC has seized and captured the members of Beta.

( d i r e c t s his gaze to

 

Iverson)

All but one.
(beat)
Like I said, I never would’ve guessed.
Iverson, an Evoker? Capable of entering
minds and casting illusions so real that it
transcends reality? What a neat trick.

XZAVIER
(bitter)
A trick that cost a lot of people their lives.

TK
Even after being captured, Beta never said a word.

(to the five fathers)

They never gave you up.
(to Iverson)
And they never revealed your identity. But somehow the GDC had a feeling that all of you were behind this.

(addressing Dr. Saturn)
So, when you petitioned once again for permission to build the Saturn Academy, they used it as bait.

XZAVIER
They gave you the go-ahead because they had an inclination that you might still be harboring the last member of Beta. Rather than confront you, they let you have your way. They planted the virus that effectively turned all the robots in the city against the public. They knew you would do anything to cover that up. That you would deploy us as a clean up crew. Why else do you think they rigged our transport S U V s with explosives? It was risky considering I was their means of distributing the virus. But I guess they always knew that you would proceed with the mech assault skirmish and they were hoping that some of us would be too injured from the car bombing and the rest of us who participated would probably succumb to fighting colossal demo mechs.

(beat)
The whole point was to leave you as defenseless as possible for the forthcoming robot onslaught.

TK
But more importantly, and what they were hoping for, is that you would enlist in Iverson to cast an illusion to cover up the mess that happened tonight.

XZAVIER
In doing so, they’ll know for sure you have the last member of Beta and that you were the ones responsible to begin with.

TK
Classic bait and switch. The GDC uses it as a catalyst to shut down this entire operation and have the four of you removed from office.

XZAVIER
Let’s just say that everything goes downhill from there. To say the least.

The conference room remains silent. Information overload.

 

XZAVIER

 

Well, I guess that covers it.

 

DR. SATURN

 

(shocked; lighthearted)

That doesn’t even begin to cover it. I just wanted to let you know. We don’t have much time here.

DR. SATURN So what do we do?

 

XZAVIER

 

Beat them to the punch.

 

IVERSON What do you mean?

XZAVIER
(directs his gaze towards
the monitors and
displays)

You have recorded feed of the entire night. The GDC is watching via satellite right now. But obviously there’s an illusion over New York City.

TK

 

Drop the illusion. Leak the feed.

 

XZAVIER

 

(reiterates)

 

Beat them to the punch.

DR. SATURN
But that doesn’t excuse the fact that there was a virus. Am I suppose to take the fall for that?
That would destroy Saturn Robotics. Come on Dad, I would never let that happen.

TK
(to Xzavier)
We better get going, we’re running out of time.

TK teleports to Xzavier’s position. They teleport out in tandem.

 

DR. SATURN Wait——

 

The two are already gone.

 

EXT. ROOFTOP - CONTINUOUS

 

TK and Xzavier teleport into view. They now stand side by side with their accomplice.

HOODED FIGURE
(notices TK and Xzavier are no longer disguised) I knew you two couldn’t resist.

TK

 

Xzavier did it first.

XZAVIER Snitch!
The remaining hooded figure drops his cloak. His russet brown skin contrasts against his clean fitted white tshirt. A sharp katana hangs on his back. He moves his porcelain mask up. It’s Miles. The three study the scene below them. Time still very much frozen.

TK

 

I can’t believe you shot me. (beat)

 

Twice.

 

MILES

 

Shut up. I knew what I was doing.

TK
But how could you have been 100 percent sure?

MILES Well, I wasn’t.

 

TK

 

I KNEW IT! The truth finally comes out.

MILES
In case you’re having a mind lapse, you just summoned a mega tsunami and you were being a brat by not wanting to stop it. So either you were going to stop it, or I was going to make you stop it.

TK

 

(eyes glazed over)

 

Why do you have to bring up the past?

 

MILES

 

You brought it up first.

XZAVIER
You’re like a bunch of girls, t he way you two argue the way you do.

(under his breath)

 

Like a bunch of school girls.

 

Miles and TK share a laugh.

 

EXT. SRHQ

Time unfreezes. TK falls silently. The second his back slams into the concrete, his body shatters into a puddle of water.

KAIRO

 

(to Miles)

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

Flames ignite on both Kairo’s arms. Everyone takes a step back because the heat radiating from his body is unbearable. The mega tsunami rages through Manhattan, filling every crevice as it engulfs each street and block. A wall of water rampages towards their location. Miles turns to walk towards it. Raiden grabs his wrist to prevent him from leaving.
Miles pulls away from Raiden’s grip. In a split second, Miles appears halfway between the oncoming wall of water and the remaining squad members. He moved so fast, no one can tell if he teleported or used air to aid his movements.

MILES

 

Air Tech: WIND WAKER!

Miles’ body bursts out a slate grey aura. His irises mimic the aura emissions. The oncoming wall stops directly in front of Miles. A one on one battle of wind vs water takes place. Large amounts of water shoots past him and cups around the remaining squad members as it continues its rampage behind them. Everyone remains safe as walls of water race around them.

MILES

 

(yelling behind himself; to Raiden)

 

GET THEM OUT OF HERE!

 

RAIDEN WHAT ABOUT YOU?

 

MILES

 

(shaking his head) DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME.

The squads converge as Raiden is about to teleport them to safety. Behind them, TK re-atomizes. His body is entirely in an aqua state.
TK’s body condenses and returns back into his human form; no bullet wounds in his chest. TK extends his arm and grazes the wall of water with his fingertips.

TK

 

Cryo Tech: Deep Freeze

The mega tsunami freezes en masse. TK exhales. His breath is visible. TK and Miles stare each other down from a distance. In between the two, the remaining squad members look to one another, gauging one another’s reactions.

CHRISTIAN Awk...ward.

 

EXT. ROOFTOP

 

TK

 

(to Miles)

 

That should be enough.

Miles’ midnight irises revert back to brown. The area around the squads dissipates. The frozen mega tsunami: GONE. Every member of all five squads re-emerge; alive and unharmed.

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC

 

GENERAL CROSS (shifting his gaze between monitors)

What... What just happened? IVERSON
(watching the feed;

shocked)
An illusion? An illusion under my illusion? UNBELIEVABLE!

GENERAL CROSS

 

(confused)

So my son,
(pointing to the screen)
That’s him, he’s there, he’s alive?

IVERSON

 

YEAH!

 

(calms down)

Casting an illusion under an illusion. (thoughtful)
That takes control.

Future TK’s face appears on one of the displays. He’s commandeered a surveillance bot.

TK
(on the display)
Sorry for the scare, but we had to make it clear that this is exactly how it would have turned out.

(beat)
I never got around to thanking you for that ability Iverson.
Actually, I shouldn’t be thanking you, I couldn’t even control that ability, but I gave it to someone who could.

TK points the surveillance bot to Miles. Miles’ eyes appear on the monitors. His irises quickly flash as black as the midnight’s sky, then reverts back to brown.

EXT. SRHQ

 

TK embraces Enzo; tightens his grip.

 

ENZO

 

(in TK’s ear)

 

You’re hurting me bro.

Shocked, no one knows what to believe. Hugs are exchanged all around. The five long time friends converge towards Edison.

MAXIMILLION

 

(to Edison; poking his face)

 

You’re real, right?

 

Edison touches his chest and searches for his wounds.

 

EDISON

 

What happened? Didn’t I——

Zoey hugs Haze. ZOEY
I’m so sorry. I should have reinforced the lining——

(rambling)

 

A roll cage or something——

 

HAZE

 

Sweetie it’s NOT your fault.

 

Still holding onto Enzo, TK enforces his clutch.

 

ENZO

 

TK I’m okay.

 

(whispering in TK’s ear) Haze...

TK releases his grip. Pivots. There she is. Alive and well. TK advances towards her; they lock gazes. He kisses her on the lips. A tear drops down his cheek as his eyes shut tight.

HAZE

 

(she smiles a small smile) You didn’t even ask first.

 

Their foreheads touch.

TK (chuckles) Can I kiss you?

HAZE Again...

 

TK (smiling) Again?

 

Foreheads still touching, she nods. He moves in for another kiss.

 

TK

 

I’ve wanted to do that since I was five.

 

HAZE

 

Really?

(playfully)
What a coincidence, I’ve been waiting since I was five for you to kiss me.

CHRISTIAN
I’d hate to be the party poop er but does anyone know what the hell is going on?

The 25 cadets exchange looks. Silent.

 

EXT. ROOFTOP

 

MILES

 

They’ve got questions...

 

TK

 

We’ve got answers.

 

XZAVIER (sighing)

 

That was a long night. MILES

 

Let’s go rectify the situation.

 

The future three teleport out of sight.

 

EXT. SRHQ

The future three re-emerge from a trail of black aura emissions. The squads are taken aback by the sudden appearance of three masked figures. Omega stands silent. Future TK releases the surveillance bot he used to communicate directly with Saturn Robotics MTAC. Omega pull their porcelain masks up.

FUTURE XZAVIER

(staring down the 5
squads)
I’ve always wondered what their reaction would be like.

FUTURE TK (to Future Xzavier) Kind of underwhelming.

 

FUTURE MILES (agreeing)

 

A little bit.

Future Miles grabs the hilt of the katana hanging off his back. He presses a button under his grip and releases the retractable casing.

FUTURE MILES (to Omega; pointing the katana towards SRHQ) I’ll take care of that.

The duo nods. Red electric energy surges through both of Future Miles’ arms. Alpha exchange confused glances; Miles studies his future self and the new ability he’s exhibiting. Future Miles advances towards Saturn Robotics HQ. He stops right behind Raiden; eyes the katana hanging off his back. Future Miles grabs the hilt and pulls it off Raiden’s back. Releases the casing.

FUTURE MILES (to Raiden)

 

Mind if I borrow this?

 

RAIDEN

 

(to Future Miles; confused)

Not at all...
(looking to present Miles then back at Future

Miles)

 

...Miles?

 

Future Miles produces a subtle smile and nods.

 

FUTURE MILES (to Omega; pointing at

Raiden)
I’ve missed him!
Omega smiles knowingly. Future Miles now wields identical katanas. Future Miles’ katana is undoubtedly Raiden’s present katana. Future Miles launches himself into the atmosphere and lands on the collapsed roof of SRHQ. He works his way down, destroying every robot on every floor; single-handedly.

EXT. SRHQ - MOMENTS LATER

Future Miles exits from the front lobby of SRHQ. The 25 cadets are engaged in conversation with Omega. Future Miles hands off both katanas, hilts facing forward, to Raiden.

RAIDEN For me?

FUTURE MILES
Well, technically the one I was wielding was yours to begin with.

RAIDEN

 

Oh.

 

(beat)

 

Sa-weet, dual katanas.

TK
(to his future self)
So why not just teleport back to before all this happened and stop it from there? FUTURE TK

It doesn’t work that way. You can’t change the past, the past is set in stone.

MILES
If nothing changes the past, then how could the three of you...

(motions to himself, TK,
and Xzavier)
...the three of us, come back in time and attempt to change things?

Everyone listens intently.

 

FUTURE TK

 

Because this isn’t the past. This,

 

(pointing all around him)

 

in the grand scope of time, is the present.

 

TK

 

(shaking his head) Yeah, I don’t get it.

 

Future TK chuckles.

FUTURE TK
The biggest misconception is the butterfly effect. The past is the past. It already happened. Time lines aren’t running parallel with each other. You, as you stand right now, is the present.
We’re your future because of the actions that are taking place right this second. Think of it like a slot machine. Your present outcome. actions dictate your future

Your present self makes a decision, i.e. pul ls the lever, and your future manifests, as a result of those actions. You change your action or decision, the lever, your future, gets pulled again and a new outcome appears.

KAIRO

 

Damn, we must’ve pulled the wrong lever.

 

FUTURE MILES Like you wouldn’t believe.

FUTURE TK
The very second you made the decision to split up and take down those colossal robots, dictated everything you’ve just experienced.

MADEX

 

So, that’s where we’re at?

 

(dejected)

 

Just right after I said we should split up?

FUTURE XZAVIER
Yes. Once everyone agreed to split up we became a product of that decision; a fastforward representation of that decision.

RAIDEN

 

I think my brain is about to explode.

FUTURE XZAVIER
For better or for worse: For better because TK eventually learned that he had the ability to absorb powers, for example, time traversal. For worse because eventually, over the years, you all end up dying because the situation kept escalating.

FUTURE TK
What happened tonight, happened. That illusion you saw was our past. Epsilon died tonight. And so did Edison, Haze, and Enzo.

FUTURE MILES
Think of it as a play by play replay. But more importantly, think of it as a second chance.

Everyone is lost in their thoughts. A second chance.

 

FUTURE XZAVIER (clears throat loudly)

Ahem...
(eyeing specific people)
Apologies?

It’s more of a demand than a question. MADEX

 

(to Miles)

 

Sorry for trying to shoot you.

 

MILES

 

(to Epsilon)

 

Sorry about the tornado.

 

MADEX

 

(to Enzo)

 

Sorry for killing you.

 

ENZO Apology accepted.

 

Epsilon exchange looks; unaware of the circumstances. Future Miles silently stares at Raiden. He gets the hint.

RAIDEN
(to Madex; rolls eyes;
quickly, under his

breath)
Sorry for slicing your head off. But just so we’re clear, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

MADEX

 

(rubbing his neck) Fair enough.

 

Future Xzavier clears his throat once more. This time it’s directed towards Miles and TK.

I’m not apologizing.
(acknowledging TK)
He knew what he was doing.

TK

 

Can’t say the same for you.

 

MILES

 

What’s that suppose to mean?

TK
That you didn’t know what you were doing. How could you have been so sure that I was Solid State. I wasn’t even sure.

(argumentative)
I tried, afterwords, to make sure. But I couldn’t. I couldn’t figure it out. If it happened out there at the coliseum, it was involuntary.

(beat)
So if I wasn’t sure, how could you have been? You shot me twice in the chest. You can’t take that back.

FUTURE TK Whoa, déjà vu.

 

FUTURE MILES (to Future TK)

Duh.
A flurry of Sealer seals alternate under future TK’s feet. A multitude of Infuser radial bursts, one after another, emit a blast radius of fifty yards. Evoker auras engulf his body. A rainbow of abilities are activating. He evokes a standard water pull with his left hand. His irises turn black. The seals, radial bursts, and auras all turn black. The abilities gravitate towards his right arm. All the abilities snake around in a black aura. The water pull gravitates and infuses with the black aura. He motions for TK’s hand.

TK extends his arm. The water pull infused abilities shoots towards him. The liquid coils his arm. The pain is unbearable as the collective gamma of abilities penetrates his arm. Slowly, and painfully, the gamma DNA seeps into his pores; absorbing the abilities. His irises fade to black as he writhes in pain. The water dissipates as the black aura remains and leaks from his pores. Future TK tosses a roll of white gauze to Miles.

FUTURE TK

 

(to Miles)

You might want to wrap his arm up. ( m o t i o n s to his own heavily black bandaged arm)

It should help with the pain.

 

Miles nods in agreement. He approaches TK and begins wrapping the white gauze around his arm.

 

(sincere)

 

Sorry about shooting you in the chest.

 

TK

 

That’s so 5 minutes ago.

 

(cl u t c h i n g his biceps; wincing from the pain)

 

This hurts more than getting shot!

The two put the past aside. The tightly woven gauze absorbs the black aura emissions; effectively turning it black.

FUTURE XZAVIER
(to his present self;
hands over a Robot

Revolver)
This should wipe the virus that’s lodged in your head. Go ahead.

Xzavier brings the Robot Revolver up to his temple. Pulls the trigger. An acute hissing is heard as the RoboBox shoots through the barrel onto the side of Xzavier’s temple. Xzavier breathes a sigh of relief. He hands the futuristic revolver back to his future self.

FUTURE XZAVIER Keep it, it’s yours. Xzavier studies the revolver. It has a few characteristics that resemble the futuristic Animal Revolvers that Enzo picked out for Alpha.

XZAVIER This looks like——

FUTURE XZAVIER
(knowingly)
We put those revolvers in the armory for Alpha.

XZAVIER

 

So I, you, engineered those?

Future Xzavier removes a chain around his neck. Along with Symphony Tags, hangs two RoboBoxes on separate chains. Future Xzavier places it around Xzavier’s neck.

FUTURE XZAVIER (smiles)

 

Among other things.

Xzavier examines the RoboBoxes hanging around his neck. He reaches out for his future self’s arm. Gripping the wrist, he slowly rotates and studies the robotic arm.

XZAVIER

 

(doesn’t look up; nervous) What happens to my arm? FUTURE XZAVIER

(tugs arm away)
Don’t worry about it. It’s not your fate. Not anymore.

EDISON
(realizing)
Aw w MAN! If this is the time where we decide to split up, does that mean we have to fight those things all over again?

(beat)

 

Dying twice would totally suck.

TK
(to Edison)
Magnetic Tech...

(beat)

 

...Electromagnetic Pulse?...

 

Turns to face his future self.

 

TK

 

How did I know that...?

 

But Omega is already gone.

 

TK Where... When——

XZAVIER I don’t know.
TK digs deep into his thoughts. He slowly starts to understand. Miles helps TK up to his feet.

TK
(to Edison)
What do you know about electromagnetic pulses?

EDISON
Just that the higher the EMP blast, the larger the blast radius.

TK Can you do it?

EDISON
If I could, I would’ve tried. An EMP blast would shut down and disable all things electrical. And we’re talking about shutting down an entire city. I honestly don’t think I have it in me to do that.

Red electric energy surge around TK’s arms. The same energy that Future Miles exhibited before he took on SRHQ single-handedly.

TK

 

(to Edison)

 

Even if I super charge your abilities——

A massive debilitating pain spikes within TK’s arm. He loses balance as he clutches his biceps.
Miles steadies TK. TK grips Miles’ arm for leverage. The red electric energy subsides.

TK (wincing) Ow.

TK looks down at his hands. The red electric energy is gone. It doesn’t re-appear. A faint crackling sound is heard around Miles. Traces of the red electric energy snake around his arms.

Disappears. Reappears. Disappears. Reappears.

 

MILES That was weird.

Just then, it surges with full force. Red electric energy ensnares his arm. A red seal appears underneath him. His body performs a red radial burst.

MILES (stunned)

 

What just...

 

ENZO

 

(to Miles)

 

You have a stronger aura now.

TK
I don’t have it anymore. I think... I think I transferred the ability to you.

MILES

 

It’s a super charging ability?

 

TK Yeah.

MILES
Why is it a Sealer, Evoker, and an Infuser ability?

TK I have no idea.

 

RAIDEN

(pouting; folds arms into
his chest)
No fair. All I got was a second katana. And it was mine to begin with!

TK
(to Miles)
I think you’ll have to super charge Edison’s ability in order for him to pulse the entire city.

EDISON

 

(hands up; taking a step

 

back)

 

Whoa, whoa, whoa. That looks like it hurts.

Miles extends an index finger. Edison reluctantly extends his. Slowly they connect. Edison pulls away quickly. A strand of red electric energy trails through Edison’s arm and disappears.

MILES Did that hurt?

 

EDISON No.

 

(amazed)

 

Not at all.

 

TK

 

(clutching his arm)

 

I wish I could say the same.

MILES
(pats TK on the back)
Let’s shut this city down.

(to Shakespeare)

 

Throw down a force field just to be safe.

 

Shakespeare performs a radial burst. A dome erects where they stand. Miles approaches Edison.

 

MILES Ready to fly?

 

EDISON (excited)

 

YES!

 

Miles and Edison cross-clutch into a hug. Miles rockets them into the atmosphere.

 

XZAVIER I hope this works.

 

EXT. ATMOSPHERE

 

The two gain altitude. Red electric energy flows through Miles’ body.

 

MILES Okay, get ready.

Miles throws Edison up and flies past him. The two begin their descent. Miles aims his arms out and shoots a steady stream into Edison’s back; constantly maintaining the connection.

EDISON

 

MAGNETIC TECH: ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE!

Blue electric energy encircles Edison’s body. The energy converges towards his chest; front and center. The energy condenses until it reaches its breaking point. The electromagnetic energy pulses.

EXT. SRHQ

Within a second, a blue electromagnetic wave and a red energy radial burst races past Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.

It’s over. Xzavier sprints over to Haze’s hippo mecha. Opens the hatch leading to the cockpit. Checks something. The hippo mecha powers up.

XZAVIER
Okay, the force field protected our mechanical and electrical devices.

Miles and Edison speed into view.

EDISON
(to everyone)
It worked! On our way back we checked the mechs and they were all downed.

Stray electromagnetic currents sporadically surge all over Edison’s body.

CHRISTIAN
(to Edison)
You’re not like an earthquake with aftershocks, right?

EDISON

 

(watching the trails of energy)

 

I don’t think so.

 

THUD. Everyone flinches. THUD. The thud resonates as it gets closer.

JUSTICE
It’s official, this night will never end. Crouching low, Enzo palms the pavement. TH UD . Enzo recoils and pulls his hand back, close to his body.

ENZO

 

Okay. I have good news and bad news.

 

JUSTICE

 

Bad news, bad news first.

ENZO
There’s one more robot. It’s big. Skyscraper big.

(beat)
Remember how I said there were six but only ended up sensing five? Well, the sixth one finally decided to come out and play.

EDISON

 

But the EMP blast, it got everything.

 

ENZO

 

I don’t know, but it’s out there.

 

KAIRO And the good news?

ENZO
The good news is that there’s no more bad news.

KAIRO (chuckles)

Brah, you serious?! ENZO
I thought that would make everyone feel better.

KAIRO (jokingly)

 

You thought wrong.

ENZO (shrugs)
Worth a shot.

MADEX

 

So, let’s split up and go find it.

 

Everyone including Epsilon shoots Madex a glare.

 

MADEX That was a joke. (to Enzo)

 

How far?

 

Enzo points away from their position.

 

ENZO 2 blocks. Tops.

THUD. This thud was so earth shaking that it blew out a multitude of windows from various buildings around the five squads location.

ENZO

 

Scratch that, one block. TK

 

(bewildered)

 

It took one step the size of a city block?

THUD. This thud was minimal, almost secretive. The sound was distinct. The direction was obvious. Baby steps are taken towards the cross street. Creeping around, everyone peers to take a glance hoping to get a glimpse. Nothing. Everyone reverts behind the corner.

ENZO

 

I don’t get it. It’s suppose to be here.

 

The group takes a second look around the corner. Nothing. They remain behind the corner. Ready.

 

And there it is.

Slowly peering around the opposite corner. Unbeknownst to the five squads, the Mega Marshmallow “Building/Robot, Robot/Building” firmly grips the corner building——smiling face and all——peering down, directly at the 25 cadets. Enzo hears movement behind him. He quickly turns. Mega Marshmallow has already snuck behind the corner.

MILES (to Enzo)

 

What is it?

 

ENZO

 

Umm, nothing. I thought I heard something.

(skeptical)
There’s no ‘thought’ with you. You of all people either heard something or not.

A gust of wind shifts Miles towards the opposite corner of the block.

ENZO
(to Miles; almost whispering as if not to alert the others)

No, don’t!

 

Miles cuts the corner and is out of sight. TK hears Enzo’s failed attempt at warning Miles.

 

TK

 

(to Enzo)

 

Where did Miles go?

A torrent of melted marshmallow spills through the cross street. Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon rush towards the unfamiliar substance.

RAIDEN
(sniffs the air) Is that...marshmallow?

Miles emerges from underneath the sea of marshmallow. He’s covered from head to toe. The warm creamy marshmallow begins to drip off his body. He slowly approaches his squadmates.
(heavy sigh; to everyone)

Noticed how I just sighed right there? I don’t even know what to say to that. What do you say to that? A marshmallow gun.

(sighs)

 

Honestly.

 

RAIDEN

 

Where did it come fr——

 

(realizing; shaking his head)

 

No...

Miles extends his arm, pointing out to his side. Everyone shifts their gaze from Miles’ marshmallow drenched body, towards the direction he’s pointing. Standing there, a skyscraper sized robot; the Mega Marshmallow building/robot, robot /building. An ecstatic smile dons the face of Mega Marshmallow.

EDISON But the EMP blast?

SHAKESPEARE
(realizing)
The force field! It protected our electrical devices from the EMP blast. I dropped a force field on every building when we got here.
DAVIS

So you’re saying that thing is walking around with a force field surrounding it?

SHAKESPEARE
Well, yeah. It can’t pass through because it’s not organic, so technically the force field will just move with it.

Everyone maintains their position; half a block from the colossal Mega Marshmallow mascot. It continues smiling. Davis releases his side arm and cocks the barrel; aims. Fires a single shot towards the face of Mega Marshmallow. The force field reacts and reveals itself. The electric blue pigment resurfaces at the point of impact. The force field illuminates around the entire mascot. It slowly dissipates and reverts back to being invisible. Mega Marshmallow’s expression turns from delightful to upset.

AERO

 

Great, you made it angry.

 

Mega Marshmallow nudges forward; angry.

 

ZOEY

 

What do we do? What do we do!?

ONYX
(to Bravo)
That military grade demo mech practically ate away at our force field.
SHAKESPEARE

Emphasis on military grade.

 

ONYX

 

Well, between all of us, we could break it.

 

Mega Marshmallow nudges closer.

 

CHRISTIAN Well...?

 

SHAKESPEARE

 

(to everyone)

If you have guns, use it.
(beat)
Aim at the same spot. Once the force field
breaks in one spot, the whole thing
collapses. Once it collapses...

There’s an awkward pause.

 

TK (puzzled) We eat it?

XZAVIER
The good news is, I don’t think it has a weapons system since it was designed and engineered as a building.

Everyone unhinges their firearms and pass along spare guns to those without one. Gamma boards their zoomorphic mechas and deploy their weapons systems.
MIKEY

Where are we aiming?

 

MADEX Center mass.

 

DAVIS Ready?

 

“READY” is echoed by everyone in unison.

 

MADEX FIRE!

A heavy barrage of ammunition sails towards Mega Marshmallow’s chest. Mega Marshmallow attempts to close the distance between itself and the sea of bullets. It takes a huge step towards the squads.

MADEX

 

(over gunfire; voice raised)

 

Back up! Back up!

Justice emits a radial burst; their speed increases. Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon increase the gap. Maximillion blows the top off his microbot canister. The microbots erupt out of the canister like a volcano.

MAXIMILLION (voice command)

Laser jet stream!
A jet stream of lasers emit from every mic ro bo t. All targeting the same spot, the force field flickers.

SHAKESPEARE I think we almost got it.

 

Mega Marshmallow opens its massive mouth.

 

MILES

 

No no no no no... WATCH OUT!

The flood gates open and a sea of warm creamy marshmallow is regurgitated on all the squads. The heaps of marshmallow cause the squads to lose their footing. Their firearms jam and their rate of fire decreases. Xzavier quickly releases Titan from his digital cage.

XZAVIER

 

Titan, fire at the force——

Before he could finish his command, Titan makes a mad rush for the warm creamy marshmallow surrounding the city streets. Titan starts eating the delicious marshmallow.

XZAVIER
(to Titan)
Oh my god, you just crossed the line into completely useless.

Kairo slips and loses his balance. Marshmallow floods into his mouth. TK offers a helping hand; Kairo accepts. TK Are you alright?

 

KAIRO

 

(chewing marshmallow) It hurts so good!

Kai ro puts his dual automatic pistols back into their holsters. Smoke exudes from the barrels. He unhinges his Samoan Fire Knives. Gripping the center of each pole, he extends both ends. The samoan fire knives elongate.

KAIRO Ignite.

His arms flare up and catch fire. The flame gravitates towards the ends of his samoan fire knives. Just like a traditional samoan fire knife dance, he begins spinning and tossing. The flame grows as he increases the speed of his fire acrobatics. The velocity peaks and he launches both fire knives; one after the other. The samoan fire knives pierce the force field, firmly lodging itself midway. Two ends of the flaming knives burn from the inside of the force field. The other two ends burn from the outside. Miles locks onto Kairo. Red kinetic energy snake around his arms. Miles sends a stream of super charging energy into Kairo’s back.

KAIRO
Fire Tech: WILDFIRE! Massive flames erupt from both ends of Kairo’s fire knives. From the inside and out, the force field catches on fire as the wildfire ensnares. The heat is unbearable for everyone except Kairo. Miles performs a radial burst. Red energy blasts out in a perfect circle. From the base of their bodies, a red flowing aura travels up, slowly evaporating. The red aura remains persistent. 25 replicating red seals appear underneath the 25 cadets. The red aura and seal simultaneously amplify the 25 cadets’ abilities.

MILES

 

Air Tech: Cyclone Armor!

Wisps of air frantically orbit each individual member of Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. The fast moving air is super charged and acts as a barrier between the raging fire and heat. The cyclone armor removes excess marshmallow that clings to their bodies. After clearing the barrels of their guns from marshmallow, everyone collectively resumes firing. The force field shows signs of rapid deterioration.

Atop the hippo mecha a panel slides open. Two barrelsized cylinders erect from the spine. The cylinders rotate and angle towards the sky. Like missile launchers, the cylinders burst and rocket gallons of sand into the atmosphere. Just above the squads heads, the sand suspends in midair.
Suicide doors of her hippo mecha slide open. Haze climbs on top of her mecha. Various earth-toned gamma emissions leak from the pores of her arms. She reaches for the sand hovering in midair.

HAZE

 

Particle Tech: Sand Suspension

Trails of sand summons back towards her arm. She lowers her arm, pointing down to her feet. The sand creates a platform as it condenses. She steps forward onto the suspended sand platform. Controlling its movement, Haze guides it over the squads and hovers towards the rest of the sand awaiting her. She evokes a particle tech.

HAZE

 

Particle Tech: Sand Cyclone

The sand hovering in midair shoots forward in the direction of Mega Marshmallow; entering through the break in the force field. Haze guides the raging sand; advancing it towards the colossal robot’s face. Stacks of sand orbit and obstruct its vision. The violent wildfire produced by Kairo evaporates as the last layer of the force field fades away. Mega Marshmallow attempts to claw away at the sand obstructing its vision. It begins to lose its balance as it cannot see where it’s moving.

ONYX

 

Shadow Tech: Shadow Bind! CHRISTIAN

 

Sealing Arts: Increase Gravity!

Mega Marshmallow is tethered on the spot. It attempts to spew torrents of marshmallow from its mouth. The sand cyclone orbiting its cranium blocks its attempts. The marshmallow bounces off the cyclone and back at the towering mascot.

RAIDEN

 

Lightning Tech: Thunderbolt STRIKE!

A single thunderbolt beam summoned from the sky, strikes down onto Mega Marshmallow. Electric discharge emits all over the structure. The marshmallow smeared on its frame catches on fire from the thunderbolt strike.

KAIRO

 

Fire Tech: Propagate

 

The fire replicates and spreads.

 

KAIRO Fire Tech: Wildfire

The entire structure of Mega Marshmallow is in flames. Meanwhile, those still wielding firearms continue to lay waste into the giant mascot.

Moments later——Madex, ahead of the squads——raises a clenched fist; indicating to cease fire. Silence creeps in as the rate of fire comes to a halt.
Mega Marshmallow stands, fully erect, pinned in place, and encased in flames.

MADEX I think it’s dead.

 

The squads watch in silence as the fire rages on.

 

ADRIAN

 

Sealing Arts: Cryo Seal

 

Mikey places an adaptive seal under Adrian.

 

MIKEY

 

Sealing Arts: Cryo Seal

Each cryo seal is placed under a leg. Ice slowly crawls up each leg as it works its way to the top. The super charging seals and radial bursts illuminate and amplify the cryo seals. The ice spreads even faster. Kairo’s flames are extinguished as the last of Mega Marshmallow is encased in ice. Mega Marshmallow stands entirely frozen; smile and all.

EDISON
(just realizing)
Oh my GOD! I could’ve just walked inside the force field and EMP Mega Marshmallow.

MAXIMILLION Wow. Just, wow.

 

INT. SATURN ROBOTICS MTAC - WASHINGTON DC - CONTINUOUS

 

The live feed shows a frozen and intact Mega Marshmallow building.

DR. SATURN
I guess I’ll have to front the bill to replace that.

Iverson finishes downloading and saving the night’s live feed. Silently he hands the mi c ro d ri v e over to Dr. Saturn.

IVERSON

 

Whatever you decide to do, I’ll understand.

DR. SATURN
You do realize that all of this was because they were after you?

IVERSON I do now.

DR. SATURN
Rightfully so. You have an exceptional ability and I can see why the GDC would misconstrue that as a global security issue.

IVERSON
I understand that sir, and if you decide to hand me over, well, I couldn’t blame you. (waves the thought away)

Spare me the martyrdom. Who said anything about handing you over?

 

IVERSON I just——

DR. SATURN
See, the thing is, the GDC messed up. They messed up big time.

LOGAN GREY
And they crossed the line when they involved Saturn Robotics and the new Academy——

(emphasizing)
And the nerve, to put the world in danger just to find one person.

LUKE WEST
(to Iverson)
You may have been a factor in this, but I have an inclination that there’s something bigger going on that the GDC is behind, that they would risk millions, possibly billions, of lives.

IVERSON
But it all fits. TK, Miles, and Xzavier coming from the future. The GDC having Beta and me being the last one they need—— Which is exactly my point. You may be the last one they need——Need for what?

DOMINIC CHAMBERS
They can’t be so desperate that they would risk Earth’s entire population just to find you, lock you up with the rest of Beta, and throw away the key.

GENERAL CROSS
Look at it this way, how could they have been so sure that we would have shut down all wireless signals to and from the city as quickly as we did to prevent the spread.

DOMINIC CHAMBERS

 

I was furious at the thought, that

(looking at General Cross
and Dr. Saturn)
these two would go over me and perform such a task without my approval. But in all seriousness, it makes sense right? How could the GDC have been so sure that someone would’ve done that?

LOGAN GREY
That virus, could have been global. Which leads us to believe that there’s more to it than what lies on the surface.
(to Iverson)

So yes, they may want to detain you, (smiling)
but if they want you that bad, they’re
going to have to fight for you.

Iverson is shocked that such high-profile individuals maintain their trust in him.

 

DR. SATURN

(handing the mi cr od r iv e
back to Iverson)
So, you take this. Give it to those crafty J²N² correspondents. They can’t resist an exclusive, so they’ll be sure to leak it before the GDC has a chance to get to them.

IVERSON
But there’s no way that we can prove they were the ones behind all this.

DR. SATURN
True. But the world needs to know it was saved by Saturn Academy.

(beat)

 

You leave the GDC to us.

 

Iverson clutches the microdrive in the palm of his hands. EXT. CITY CENTER - MOMENTS LATER

The force fields located throughout the city begin to run their course. They slowly fade away. Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon advance towards the helicopters. Worn out, they silently board. The helicopters power up. Gamma, in their mechas, lead the charge back towards Saturn Academy. The helicopters tether to Gamma’s GPS signal and follow suit.

INT. ALPHA HELICOPTER

RAIDEN
(to TK)
Remember all that talk about illusions and stuff?

TK Yeah.

 

RAIDEN

 

What if all that was an illusion?

 

TK

 

Can’t be, I have new powers to prove it.

 

RAIDEN

 

What if that’s an illusion too?

TK
I could teleport us back in time if you need an instant replay.

RAIDEN
What if it was a dream? What if we’re dreaming? What if——

TK/MILES ENZO/KAIRO Shut up. Shut up.

As they exit the city center and race towards Saturn Academy, sweeper bots invade the city en masse. The sweeper bots fly past the mechas and helicopters; free from the virus, they do not engage.

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY - MORNING

Culinary robots blitz the room. The five squads along with the five fathers celebrate their victory. Chatter fills the room. Dr. Saturn’s mobile phone rings.

DR. SATURN Hello?

 

IVERSON (O.S.) (on mobile phone)

 

Are you watching the news?

Dr. Saturn taps the universal flat screen remote. The displays within the commune beam to life. On the displays: leaked footage of the night’s events has spread throughout the news networks. Current footage: mobs of citizens posing and having their pictures taken in front of the frozen Mega Marshmallow robot.
DR. SATURN

Good job, Iverson.

 

IVERSON (O.S.) (on mobile phone)

 

That’s not all. Keep watching.

The live feed from the news networks is interrupted. A globally addressed press conference is displayed on all channels. The Global Defense Council is front and center.

EXT. GDC HQ STEPS - CONTINUOUS

News reporters converge on the Global Defense Council’s front steps leading up to the GDC’s HQ. The GDC’s General Assembly line the top steps. The Secretary-General approaches the podium. Rapid camera flashes ensue.

SECRETARY-GENERAL
I stand before you with our sincerest apologies.

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY - SAME TIME

The commune is near silent. Eyes and ears are fixed on the display. On the display: the globally broadcasted address from the GDC.
EXT. GDC HQ STEPS - SAME TIME

SECRETARY-GENERAL
It has come to our attention that late last night, early this morning, a virus broke out, causing robots to severely malfunction.

(beat)
We regret to inform you that the GDC is responsible for the virus outbreak.

Gasps spread throughout the streets. Camera flashes continue.

 

INT. COMMUNE, SATURN ACADEMY - SAME TIME

 

DR. SATURN

 

Hmm. Didn’t see that one coming.

 

EXT. GDC HQ STEPS - SAME TIME

SECRETARY-GENERAL
In our efforts to provide continuous global security, what was suppose to be a routine disposal——of hazardous hardware and software by-products——turned unfortunate when a mishap on our part caused the initial spread of the virus which was contained in said by-products.
INT. GENERAL ASSEMBLY CHAMBERS, GDC HQ - SAME TIME

The same General Assembly that line the exterior of the GDC HQ is the same General Assembly locked away in the chambers. The General Assembly attempt to break free but all the entrances and exits are locking them in. On the exterior handles of all the doors are precision placed Robolts (Robot Deadbolts ), securing them inside. Half the General Assembly have given up and are now watching the live feed of themselves on the displays.

EXT. GDC HQ STEPS - SAME TIME

SECRETARY-GENERAL
It is with pride that the GDC extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Saturn and the cadets of Saturn Academy, who on their first day, managed to save the world.

The crowd cheers. A subtle parting takes place in the sea of onlookers as someone is walking in the opposite direction, away from the GDC HQ. He glances back to see the crowd still cheering for Alpha, Bravo, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.

That person is Iverson.

Iverson walks away from the scene. His irises as black as the midnight’s sky, casting an illusion so real, it transcends reality.

//ACT I //END TRANSMISSION

 

ALPHA

Name | Nicknames: TK Vera
Birth Date: June 5th
Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Filipino
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Native Language: Tagalog
Languages Spoken: English, Tagalog
Clothing Styles: White V-Neck, Straight Cut Jeans Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Faux Hawk with graphics in his fade Eye Color: Brown when normal; Aquamarine when evoked Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Chained hippo dangling from a carabiner attached to a belt loop; Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: None; Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: Miles, Enzo, Kairo, Raiden, Haze
Educational History: Granted early entrance into the Evoker Academy
Work History: Aquatic Preservation Society; Contracted by the United States Navy
Skills: Water Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Water Techs, Kali x Krav Maga Weapon of Choice: Waves of Rage, Dual Graphite Escrima Sticks
Phobias | Fears: What the future holds
Bad Habits | Vices: Evoking too much water
Best Qualities: Always ready to lend a helping hand Worst Qualities: Sometimes emotions get in the way of his judgement
Likes: Martial Arts, Sparring, Video Games, Surfing, His Hair
Dislikes: Hair maintenance
Random Fact #1: Can extract water from air
Random Fact #2: Spent summers rehabilitating hippos Fun Fact(s): Can replicate a drop of water infinitely

Name | Nicknames: Raiden Nakamura
Birth Date: May 15th
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Japanese
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Native Language: Japanese
Languages Spoken: English, Japanese
Clothing Styles: Cut-off Hoodie; Black T-Shirt under, Skinny Jeans
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Shaggy hair, layered textured spikes Eye Color: Brown when normal; Electric blue when evoked Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Braided Leather Bracelet, Symphony Tags Key Family | Relatives: None. Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: Kairo, TK, Enzo, Miles
Educational History: Granted early entrance into the Evoker Academy
Work History: Mangaka
Skills: Lightning Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Lightning Techs, Ninjutsu Weapon of Choice: Lightning Strike, Thunderbolt Cut, Katana
Phobias | Fears: Insects
Bad Habits | Vices: Drawing on things that don’t belong to him
Best Qualities: Always has his friends back; Strong Evoker
Worst Qualities: Not knowing his strength
Likes: Comics, Sushi, Junk Food, Rock Music
Dislikes: Attending class
Random Fact #1: Wrote & illustrated his 1st serialized manga as a teenager
Random Fact #2: Achieved Solid State
Fun Fact(s): Turns statements into rhetorical questions by adding “much?” at the end. Despite his lazy persona, he is quite bright. “I can eat my body weight in sushi! OK, maybe not my body weight, but close!” -Raiden

Name | Nicknames: Miles Da Costa Birth Date: March 5th
Place of Birth: Sao Paulo, Brazil Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Brazilian
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Native Language: Portuguese
Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese
Clothing Styles: White T-Shirt, Draw-string Khaki Cargos, Oversized Shemagh (tied to his belt loop)
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Bald Fade
Eye Color: Brown when normal; Slate gray when evoked. Handedness: Left Handed
Jewelry: G-Shock Watch, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: None; Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: TK, Enzo, Kairo, Raiden
Educational History: Granted early entrance into the Evoker Academy
Work History: Contracted by the United States Air Force Skills: Air Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Air Techs, Ninjutsu x Capoeira x Jeet Kune Do
Weapon of Choice: Tornados, Cyclone Armor, Carbon Bow Phobias | Fears: His powers becoming his life
Bad Habits | Vices: Correcting people
Best Qualities: Retains everything he sees and hears Worst Qualities: “Retains everything he sees and hears” Raiden
Likes: The view from 30,000ft
Dislikes: “Fire.” -Kairo (laughs)
Random Fact #1: Has the power to control high levels of gamma from his air evoking abilities since a very young age.
Random Fact #2: Got perfect scores in both the SAT and ACT
Fun Fact(s): Can traverse all layers of Earth’s atmosphere. Turned down MIT in favor of staying at the Evoker Academy with Alpha.

Name | Nicknames: Kairo Ilaoa
Birth Date: April 25th
Place of Birth: Pago Pago, American Samoa
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Samoan
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Native Language: Samoan
Languages Spoken: English, Samoan
Clothing Styles: Fireproof Apparel
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Short Fade
Eye Color: Brown when normal; Red when evoked Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: None; Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: Raiden, Enzo, Miles, TK
Educational History: Granted early entrance into the Evoker Academy
Work History: Firefighter
Skills: Fire Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Fire Techs, Muay Thai Weapon of Choice: Fire Blast, Wildfire, Samoan Fire Knives
Phobias | Fears: None
Bad Habits | Vices: Testing things to see if they’re “flammable”
Best Qualities: Warm Hugs
Worst Qualities: Forgetful in remembering that not everyone is fireproof like he is
Likes: Spicy Food, Tropical Weather, Reggae Music, Making fun of Raiden.
Dislikes: “Cold weather. But I stay warm regardless.” Kairo
Random Fact #1: “Fire hazards? The science lab in flames? Blame Kairo” -Raiden “Shut up, it wasn’t always me!” Kairo
Random Fact #2: Single-handedly stopped the great wildfire of Spain (27 in total). “Probably caused it too”
-Raiden “Brah, shut up!” -Kairo
Fun Fact(s): At an early age, he caused the super volcano incident that forced the entire state of Hawaii to evacuate. The islands are now condemned; or so the legend says. Entire body is fireproof; even his hair.

Name | Nicknames: Enzo Okuma
Birth Date: January 5th
Place of Birth: Lagos, Nigeria
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Nigerian
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Native Language: Nigerian (Yoruba)
Languages Spoken: English, Nigerian
Clothing Styles: Black T-Shirt (says ‘Ebute Metta’ in reference to the suburb in Lagos he grew up in), Khaki Cargo Shorts, High Tops
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Bald Fade
Eye Color: Glazed White Irises; White when evoked Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Blackout Shades, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: None; Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: TK, Miles, Kairo, Raiden
Educational History: Granted early entrance into the Evoker Academy
Work History: Contracted by the United States Army Skills: Earth Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Earth Techs, Bojutsu x Karate Weapon of Choice: 45th Divide, Rock Raiser, Terra Infra, Terra Drill, Titanium Bo Staff
Phobias | Fears: None
Bad Habits | Vices: Earth Displacement
Best Qualities: Caring
Worst Qualities: “Always knows when you’re lying.” -TK Likes: Listening to music. Making fun Kairo and Raiden Dislikes: Too much silence
Random Fact #1: Stopped the great quake of 2025 Random Fact #2: Caused the great quake of 2035 Fun Fact(s): Blind; uses echolocation to see

BRAVO

Name | Nicknames: Xzavier Saturn Birth Date: August 10th
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Black
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: T-Shirt and Jeans; Military Polo Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Medium Fade
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Chronograph Watch, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Dr. Avery Saturn (Mother), Dr. Xander Saturn (Father), AJ (Sister, Deceased) Key Friends: Mikey, Davis, Edison, Maximillion Educational History: Mechanical Engineering Academy Work History: Saturn Robotics Engineer
Skills: Technopathy
Fighting Techniques: Robotics
Weapon of Choice: Robot Revolver, Animal Revolver Phobias | Fears: Failure
Bad Habits | Vices: Taking apart anything mechanical; hacking
Best Qualities: Modest, Calculated Intelligence Worst Qualities: Doesn’t ask for help; Tries to do everything himself
Likes: Robots
Dislikes: Being a perfectionist
Random Fact #1: Was in a car accident where his sister died; suffered damage to his brain that had to be cybernetically repaired
Random Fact #2: Feels responsible for random fact #1 Fun Fact(s): Invented the Robot Revolver at the age of 5

Name | Nicknames: Mikey West
Birth Date: October 18th
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Black
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Red T-Shirt (says “Illville” in reference to Chicago, Illinois), Dark Denim, Urban Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Medium Fade
Eye Color: Hazel
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Diamond Stud Earrings, Symphony Tags Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father (Luke West) Key Friends: Xzavier, Davis, Edison, Maximillion Educational History: Sealer Academy
Work History: Ability Tester and Trainer
Skills: Sealer
Fighting Techniques: Offensive and Defensive Seals Weapon of Choice: Adaptive Seals
Phobias | Fears: Not being able to control an ability he adapts to
Bad Habits | Vices: Calling people at obscure hours Best Qualities: Always has his friends back
Worst Qualities: Worries too much
Likes: Using others abilities against them
Dislikes: Not being able to adapt when Evokers exceed his gamma limit
Random Fact #1: Can’t sing, but does it anyway; a lot Random Fact #2: Self-proclaimed undisputed pillow fighting champion of the world
Fun Fact(s): Can mimic Evokers, Sealers, and Infusers’ abilities

Name | Nicknames: Davis Chambers
Birth Date: July 4th
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Black
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Standard Burr
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father (Dominic Chambers) Key Friends: Mikey, Xzavier, Edison, Maximillion Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Heavy Weapons/Artillery Weapon of Choice: LMG (Light Machine Gun)
Phobias | Fears: None
Bad Habits | Vices: Rushing into a firefight Best Qualities: Sure Shot
Worst Qualities: Hero Complex
Likes: Heavy Guns
Dislikes: Side Arms
Random Fact #1: Got accepted to West Point
Random Fact #2: Completed West Point while still attending the Artificer Academy
Fun Fact(s): Holds the record for continuous gunfire (3 hours straight).

Name | Nicknames: Shakespeare Riggs
Birth Date: December 9th
Place of Birth: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Dominican
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Native Language: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Clothing Styles: Athletic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Short Fade
Eye Color: Blue
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brothers (2, younger)
Key Friends: Onyx, Davis, Mikey, Xzavier
Educational History: Infuser Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Infuser
Fighting Techniques: Infuser Techs
Weapon of Choice: Force Fields
Phobias | Fears: Death
Bad Habits | Vices: Indecisiveness
Best Qualities: Always Interested
Worst Qualities: Amateurish Acts
Likes: Pop Culture
Dislikes: Jokes that make fun of a group of people. Random Fact #1: Abilities didn’t manifest until he was a teenager
Random Fact #2: Believes his abilities manifested as a result of his fear of getting hurt and/or dying Fun Fact(s): Despite his name, he is a terrible speller with abysmal grammar skills

Name | Nicknames: Onyx Omega
Birth Date: December 12th
Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Native Language: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Clothing Styles: Dark Denim, Low Tops, Fitted Tee Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Buzz Cut with messy texture on top Eye Color: Brown when normal; Black when evoked Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Wallet Chains, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brother (Older), Sister (Older)
Key Friends: Shakespeare, Mikey, Xzavier, Davis Educational History: Evoker Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Shadow Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Shadow Techs
Weapon of Choice: Shadow Bind
Phobias | Fears: Unknown
Bad Habits | Vices: Forgetting to release shadow binds Best Qualities: Trusting
Worst Qualities: Complacent
Likes: Sleep
Dislikes: Rude People
Random Fact #1: Painfully shy as a child; not so much as an adult
Random Fact #2: Incredibly optimistic; smiles so much it’s contagious
Fun Fact(s): When you go up against Onyx, even your shadows will have shadows!

GAMMA Name | Nicknames: Haze Rockwell
Birth Date: November 28th
Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Mixed
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 51 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: White Thermal; Black T-Shirt (over), Bomber Jacket
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Pony Tail; Bangs swept and tucked behind her right ear
Eye Color: Hazel
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Charm Bracelet, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brother (younger) Key Friends: Zoey, Adrian, Justice, Trace, TK
Educational History: Evoker Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Particle Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Particle Techs
Weapon of Choice: Sand Spike
Phobias | Fears: Rejection
Bad Habits | Vices: Staying up too late
Best Qualities: Affectionate, Considerate
Worst Qualities: Fearful
Likes: Beaches, Dusting, Sculpting
Dislikes: Self-imposed guilt
Random Fact #1: Has dyed her hair over 10 different colors
Random Fact #2: Is a classically trained pianist Fun Fact(s): Can condense micro particles into any form

Name | Nicknames: Adrian Banks
Birth Date: September 1st
Place of Birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 54 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Girly, slightly punk
Hair Color: Auburn with red highlights
Hair Style: Straight (shoulder length)
Eye Color: Green
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Earrings, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father
Key Friends: Justice, Trace, Haze, Zoey
Educational History: Sealer Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Sealer
Fighting Techniques: Sealing Arts
Weapon of Choice: Cryo Seals
Phobias | Fears: Heights; “More like the fall!” -Adrian Bad Habits | Vices: Clings to the past
Best Qualities: Responsive, Disciplined
Worst Qualities: Suspicious
Likes: Reading. Finding sequels to really good novels Dislikes: Hot Weather
Random Fact #1: Doesn’t like to be tickled
Random Fact #2: Doesn’t wear perfume
Fun Fact(s): “I can freeze anything in under a minute. Save for some robots, especially the big ones. They have this weird defensive mechanism: defense against the elements or something like that.” -Adrian

Name | Nicknames: Zoey Sparks
Birth Date: February 21st
Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Brazilian
Height: 158 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Native Language: Portuguese
Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese
Clothing Styles: Jumpsuits, T-Shirts and jeans when working on Mechas; Complete 180 outside of engineering life: Bright flowing dresses.
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Layered (shoulder length)
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Chronograph Watch, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brother (younger) Key Friends: Haze, Justice, Trace, Adrian
Educational History: Mechanical Engineering Academy Work History: None
Skills: Mechanical Engineer
Fighting Techniques: Mechas
Weapon of Choice: Zoomorphic Mechas
Phobias | Fears: Mechanical Malfunctions
Bad Habits | Vices: None
Best Qualities: Work Oriented, Adventurous
Worst Qualities: Passive
Likes: Mechas, Tea, Dancing
Dislikes: Laundry “Ugh, stupid robot grease.” -Zoey Random Fact #1: Dreams of building a mecha that can withstand outer space
Random Fact #2: Can totally dismantle and reassemble anything mechanical
Fun Fact(s): One of the very few to take of the arduous path of Mecha Engineering. Her younger brother is exceedingly gifted to the same degree and may surpass her one day; he too, specializes in Mechas.

Name | Nicknames: Justice Gamble
Birth Date: May 27th
Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: African
Height: 160 cm
Weight: 53 kg
Native Language: Afrikaans
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans
Clothing Styles: Simple; Tank Tops and Hoodies Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Straight (shoulder length)
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Jade Bracelet, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brother (older) Key Friends: Trace, Adrian, Haze, Zoey
Educational History: Infuser Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Infuser
Fighting Techniques: Infuser Techs
Weapon of Choice: Super Speed
Phobias | Fears: Running into things at a high speed Bad Habits | Vices: Tripping over things at a high speed Best Qualities: Fatigue-Free
Worst Qualities: Clumsy
Likes: Being in love
Dislikes: Being depressed
Random Fact #1: As a kid she once believed that if she ran in the opposite direction the earth was rotating, she could reverse time
Random Fact #2: Misses being a kid
Fun Fact(s): Once dodged a lightning bolt

Name | Nicknames: Trace Valentine Birth Date: November 30th
Place of Birth: New York, New York Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 158 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Pixie Cut
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: None; Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: Justice, Zoey, Adrian, Haze
Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Reconnaissance | Sniping
Weapon of Choice: .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle
Phobias | Fears: Being snuck up on
Bad Habits | Vices: Obsessed with winning
Best Qualities: Organized, Results-Oriented
Worst Qualities: Self-Satisfied (no need for improvement) Likes: Target Practice
Dislikes: Panicking
Random Fact #1: Her father was a marine force recon sniper
Random Fact #2: She strives to best him
Fun Fact(s): Can snipe you with a pistol

DELTA

Name | Nicknames: Edison Cross Birth Date: January 18th Place of Birth: San Francisco, California
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Preppy
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Style: Ivy League; parted on the left side Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father (General Jason Cross)
Key Friends: Maximillion, Xzavier, Mikey, Davis Educational History: Evoker Academy
Work History: Live Ammunitions Trainer (Military; All Branches)
Skills: Magnetism Evoker
Fighting Techniques: Magnetic Techs
Weapon of Choice: Electromagnetic Pulse
Phobias | Fears: Change
Bad Habits | Vices: Sleeping too little
Best Qualities: Responsible, Professional
Worst Qualities: Lacks Stamina
Likes: Getting up early, photography
Dislikes: Prejudice
Random Fact #1: Been known to have problems with authority figures
Random Fact #2: Probably has to do with the fact that his Father is a General
Fun Fact(s): “I can control metal objects” -Edison “They already know that” -Maximillion “Oh” -Edison “How about Maximillion being my bestest friend in the whole world!” Edison “*Sighs*” -Maximillion

Name | Nicknames: Maximillion Grey
Birth Date: March 23rd
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Modest yet sophisticated Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Textured Spikes
Eye Color: Blue
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Chronograph Watch, Symphony Tags Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father (Logan Grey) Key Friends: Edison, Davis, Xzavier, Mikey Educational History: Mechanical Engineering Academy Work History: Researcher
Skills: Micro Engineering
Fighting Techniques: Microbot Laser Beams Weapon of Choice: Microbots
Phobias | Fears: Ghosts
Bad Habits | Vices: Buying too many gadgets
Best Qualities: Idea-Driven, Risk-Taker
Worst Qualities: Impatient
Likes: Coffee
Dislikes: Waking up early
Random Fact #1: Always needs to know the reason behind things
Random Fact #2: Has never really learned to ride a bike Fun Fact(s): Engineered his one million microbots by hand

Name | Nicknames: Ace Alvarez
Birth Date: March 22nd
Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Mexican
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Native Language: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Clothing Styles: Form-fitted, Urban
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Slightly curly-wavey (layered)
Eye Color: Green
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brother (younger) Key Friends: Jet, Christian, Maximillion, Edison Educational History: Infuser Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Infuser
Fighting Techniques: Dispersing superhuman strength radial bursts; shattering bones
Weapon of Choice: Super Strength, Gravity Hammer Phobias | Fears: Unknown
Bad Habits | Vices: Testing to see if he could lift things
Best Qualities: Decisive
Worst Qualities: Rebelious
Likes: Apples and Sleep
Dislikes: Working out; “What’s the point?” -Ace Random Fact #1: Dabbled in Mechanical Engineering Random Fact #2: His gravity hammer is a result of that Fun Fact(s): Has the ability to amplify the inner core of his body to withstand the greatest of impacts

Name | Nicknames: Jet Woods
Birth Date: May 5th
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Black
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Standard Butch
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Sister (older) Key Friends: Ace, Christian, Edison, Maximillion Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Atomic Particles
Weapon of Choice: Photon Cannon
Phobias | Fears: None
Bad Habits | Vices: Unknown
Best Qualities: Responsive
Worst Qualities: Random
Likes: Getting to use his photon cannon in actual combat Dislikes: Stepping in gum
Random Fact #1: Can dance like nobody’s business Random Fact #2: And has the singing voice to accompany it Fun Fact(s): No, his gun isn’t a really big flashlight

Name | Nicknames: Christian St. Claire Birth Date: August 3rd
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Beachy, Casual Hair Color: Blonde
Hair Style: Medium-Straight, layered Eye Color: Blue
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father
Key Friends: Ace, Jet, Edison, Maximillion
Educational History: Sealer Academy
Work History: None
Skills: Sealer
Fighting Techniques: Gravity Seals
Weapon of Choice: Increased Gravity
Phobias | Fears: None
Bad Habits | Vices: Random statements and/or questions Best Qualities: Team Player
Worst Qualities: Can be inefficient at times Likes: Nice People
Dislikes: Mean People
Random Fact #1: Always in the Moment; lives life day by day
Random Fact #2: Has no sense of direction
Fun Fact(s): “I can defy gravity!” -Christian

EPSILON

Name | Nicknames: Madex Knight
Birth Date: September 26th
Place of Birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Textured Ivy League
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch; Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: None; Deceased from WWIII Key Friends: Rex, Demarcus, Aero, Demetrius
Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: Contractor (Military)
Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Recon, Long-Range; Ordnance Weapon of Choice: Stealth Recon Scout
Phobias | Fears: Losing Control
Bad Habits | Vices: None
Best Qualities: Accepts Authority, Accepts what’s given Worst Qualities: Too Assertive
Likes: The smell of cooked food; eating too
Dislikes: Manipulation
Random Fact #1: Doesn’t have much friends
Random Fact #2: But the ones he has means everything to him
Fun Fact(s): Led Epsilon as the top ranking tactical unit during their time at the Artificer Academy

Name | Nicknames: Demarcus Allen Birth Date: December 3rd
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Black
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Standard Burr
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch, Symphony Tags Key Family | Relatives: Father, Mother (deceased), Brother
Key Friends: Demetrius, Madex, Rex, Aero
Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: Contractor (Military), Bomb Squad Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Demolitions; Explosives Weapon of Choice: Carbine; Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS); Ordnance
Phobias | Fears: Blowbacks
Bad Habits | Vices: Being trigger happy
Best Qualities: Courageous, Loyal, Devoted Worst Qualities: Indifferent
Likes: Chemistry
Dislikes: Duds
Random Fact #1: Accidently blew up the Artificer Academy’s Chemistry Lab
Random Fact #2: “Demarcus, Demetrius, and the word ‘accident(ly)’ should never coincide in the same sentence” -Rex
Fun Fact(s): Catch Phrase: BOMB VOYAGE (as opposed to bon voyage)

Name | Nicknames: Demetrius Allen
Birth Date: December 3rd
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Black
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: Standard Burr
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch, Symphony Tags Key Family | Relatives: Father, Mother (deceased), Brother
Key Friends: Demarcus, Madex, Rex, Aero
Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: Contractor (Military), Bomb Squad Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Demolitions, Explosives Weapon of Choice: Carbine; Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS); Ordnance
Phobias | Fears: Blowbacks
Bad Habits | Vices: Being trigger happy
Best Qualities: Courageous, Loyal, Devoted
Worst Qualities: Complacent
Likes: Physics
Dislikes: Duds
Random Fact #1: Accidently blew up the Artificer Academy’s gymnasium
Random Fact #2: “Demarcus, Demetrius, and the word ‘accident(ly)’ should never coincide in the same sentence” -Rex
Fun Fact(s): “We still have all 10 of our fingers, so we must be good!” -Demetrius

Name | Nicknames: Rex Vargas
Birth Date: July 19th
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: Latino
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Native Language: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic
Hair Color: Black
Hair Style: High and Tight
Eye Color: Brown
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch, Symphony Tags Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brothers (2, younger)
Key Friends: Aero, Madex, Demetrius, Demarcus Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: Contractor (Military)
Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Mid-Range; Ordnance
Weapon of Choice: Carbine; Grenade Launcher
Phobias | Fears: Danger Close Explosives
Bad Habits | Vices: None
Best Qualities: Mature
Worst Qualities: Insecure
Likes: Football (the soccer variant)
Dislikes: Being anywhere near Demarcus and Demetrius’ blast radiuses
Random Fact #1: Is cautious and reserved
Random Fact #2: And is OK with that
Fun Fact(s): Was once tasked to kick one of Demarcus and Demetrius ball bombs; hence his fear of their explosive tactics

Name | Nicknames: Aero Owens
Birth Date: October 8th
Place of Birth: Portland, Oregon Residence: New York City
Ethnicity: White
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Native Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Clothing Styles: Militaristic-Futuristic Hair Color: Brown
Hair Style: Ivy League
Eye Color: Blue
Handedness: Right Handed
Jewelry: Military Spec Watch, Symphony Tags
Key Family | Relatives: Mother, Father, Brother (older) Key Friends: Rex, Madex, Demarcus, Demetrius
Educational History: Artificer Academy
Work History: Contractor (Military)
Skills: Artificer
Fighting Techniques: Close Quarters Battle; Ordnance Weapon of Choice: Close Quarters Battle Receiver Phobias | Fears: None
Bad Habits | Vices: Having tunnel vision
Best Qualities: Willingness, Aware of opportunities Worst Qualities: Insists on own view
Likes: Rain
Dislikes: People who walk too slow
Random Fact #1: Remembers places, buildings, rooms etc with dynamic clarity
Random Fact #2: Loves eating, hates cooking; is thankful for culinary robots
Fun Fact(s): “I can fly anything. ANYTHING!” -Aero

OMICRON
Consists of the five fathers:
Dr. Xander Saturn (father of Xzavier / CEO of Saturn Robotics) General Jason Cross (father of Edison / Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) Dominic Chambers (father of Davis / Secretary of Defense) Luke West (father of Mikey / Vice President of the United States) Logan Grey (father of Maximillion / President of the United States). This group of distinguished individuals have been friends for a lifetime. Serving together during World War III, they quickly ascended the ranks to become the most tactically sound squad ever assembled. Given the callsign: OMICRON, they were the foundation and building blocks for what was to become the fifth and final class: the Artificers.

BETA
Formed by Omicron. This team of 10 specialists spans three classes of special abilities. IVERSON (Evoker; Illusionist) MEGA (Evoker; Super Charger) NAMAKAEHA (Evoker; All-Sight) ELLE (Evoker; Dark Matter) NESS (Evoker; Vampirism) VINCE (Infuser; Phasing) ZION (Sealer; Regeneration) DECIMO (Sealer; Disabler) ADAKIN (Sealer; Animal Shifter) JD (Sealer; Necrokinesis). During Omicron’s rise to power, Beta was formed in order to carry out covert operative missions designed to uphold top levels of secrecy. Eventually the GDC caught wind of Beta’s existence and began detainment. All but Iverson were caught.

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