The Last Batch

October 6, 2015

 

Directed by Jaime Lee Currier

With Brian Quakenbush, William J. Brown III, David O. Stein & Vince Faso

 

 

ZEFF

(Evil goof laugh) Extraction time approaches! 

 

NED

sighs audibly 

 

ZEFF

The appointment is at three so we have - 4 minutes. Great! Oooh, this is so much fun!

 

Looks at dials, knobs, screens throughout 

 

All levels looking good. Exactly like the test runs I did during training. I've got nice numbers here!

Nothing to worry about, sir. 

 

NED

I'm not worried.

 

ZEFF

I've got the temperature dialed up - it's progressing at a steady rate -- approved parameters. Perfect, actually! We are going to be right on time.

 

NED

Yes. We are always on time at The Last Batch.  

 

ZEFF

Sorry Ned. I mean, sir. I mean . . . 

 

He is quiet for a two beats 

 

I'm just EXCITED! This is my first time live and with a client. It has to be FLAWLESS! It's risky! This one is such a limited batch. 

 

He is looking at a readout

 

The last batch of blues, and the tenor vocal chords? I mean, wow.

 

NED

sighs audibly  

 

Zeff, please try to contain yourself when the client arrives. 

 

ZEFF

Uh oh. 

 

NED

sighs audibly again and walks to look the same thing as Zeff

 

Oh Zeff, Zeff, Zeff. This is a wash. Its over. We'll need to refreeze.

 

ZEFF             

What? What is it? Why? beeping ends and he yells over it: What did I do?

 

NED

leans over and presses a button to speak

into an invisible phone of some kind.

 

Xeno? 

 

garbled reply which is the same short sound cue over and over

 

Cancel the 3:00 appointment. 

 

garbled 

 

Immediately.                                                                          ZEFF

                                                                 What is it? The drains are open! Is it the right pod? It Forty- 

garbled                                                    five. Male - Oh shit. Oh no. I see it. Geeeez, I can't believe this.                                                                          What is wrong with me? 

Yes, with Gerald. 

                                                                 pushing buttons and knobs

garbled 

                                                                 Oh no. He's heating up fast! He's going to wake up! Help!

Furious. I know. 

 

garbled                                                    trying to get NED's attention

 

He's new. 

 

garbled 

 

I'll look. 

 

garbled 

 

Please Xeno, just ping Gerald and let him know we'll be in touch.

 

to ZEFF

He's waking up. It happens. Let's prepare.

 

ZEFF

I can't believe I forgot the sedative! Are you sure we can't administer it now? 

 

NED

You know that it has to be before the re-animator hormones bath. The body will be viable again a month after refreeze. No product lost. Just time. 

 

ZEFF

But what about policy 32? Policy 32 states that if a body wakes up - they have the option to break contract and join society.

 

NED

-and, just live in the body as is, after we've already harvested back teeth and what else, a finger? Ugh.

 

ZEFF

The manual says it happened before. You haven't heard of that? Interesting.

 

NED

Don't quote the manual at me. I wrote the manual.

 

looooong beat

 

ZEFF

No you didn't.

 

NED

Ok, we have the numbers and temperature. Pull him out so that he doesn't injure the body. Let's just keep him calm until we can refreeze him. 

 

ZEFF

Why would he feel any differently than when he chose to be a donor? I mean, he doesn't know that we can cure depression and inevitably he would feel differently if he joined society, but - 

 

NED

Focus. He's already moving! Be on guard and get to your position. 

 

MAN is stirring - twitching gently. NED speaks in a hypnotic and calming voice very different from his usual dry boredom.

 

Sir, please remain calm. You are here with us at The Last Batch as one of our - uh… 

 

checks transparency

 

ZEFF

I can do it. Let me do it. I've got the whole thing memorized…

 

NED

sighs audibly and indicates to go ahead 

 

ZEFF

You are here with us at The Last Batch as one of our honored donors. As you awaken, please try not to move. Please remain calm and still. Relax the-

 

ZEFF

Oh my goodness. Oh my-

 

NED

Sir, you will damage the body - please stop!

 

ZEFF

Lie down! Look out! Don't touch those! Oh my-

 

MAN

Wha? Whaaa?  Ooooooh?

 

NED

Don't try to speak. You will damage the vocal chords. You donated the- your body - you wanted to die in 2015. You chose to be frozen and donate. You have the only set of vocal chords from a trained singer we have from that era. 

 

ZEFF

Please don't speak! We have a very small batch remaining at all from your area! Please!

 

MAN

Very garbled and means: What year is it? Why am I missing a finger? My back teeth are gone!

 

Whaaa yea ees eeet? Whaay I meesing a feeenger? Maaay baack teeeef ar gaahn!

 

Still slamming around

 

ZEFF

Its 2412. This body that you donated has been put to use!

 

NED 

Please sit down sir.

 

The MAN crouches in a corner.  We hear a huge release of air and dripping sounds and a cacophony of metal clicks.

 

ZEFF

Oh shit! 

 

Running to a screen 

 

He hit something. They are all thawing!

 

NED

You are definitely going to be fired.

 

Banging noises on metal start from all sides of backstage.. moaning.. a muffled scream… GERALD enters

 

GERALD

I'm here for my-

 

NED

We cancelled your appointment! It isn't safe!

 

GERALD

What is that noise?

 

ZEFF

Look out Gerald!

 

Gerald whips back around and is face to face with the MAN, who grabs his shoulders - they are face to face, and the moans are getting louder.

 

MAN

My finger?

 

GERALD

These eyes. The eyes I've always wanted. Why is he awake? Ned, these are the eyes that I picked out for today. Are these my eyes?

 

MAN

My eyes! 

 

Reaches in to choke him as moans and banging get louder… Blackout

 

THE END

 

 

Please reload

Recent Posts

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

November 3, 2016

November 3, 2016

Please reload

Search By Tags
Archive
Please reload

© 2019 AmiosWest