Prologue: trucks bringing in nuclear waste drums as President watches
he asks about when the families move in, about the conditioning they’re going through, (wryly) how this will all continue for centuries after all of them are dead and gone- scientist assures him that it will work
Statues of the president and scientist are erected at the entrance and then everyone leaves- the roads allowing access are dynamited to prevent easy access
500 years later: shot from the surface
the statues are worn down, the faces are gone
long, long shaft down to the well
below: huge caverns of greenhouses, schools, hospital, playing field
bright lights everywhere
SPEAKERS EVERYWHERE, WIRING EVERYWHERE
activity everywhere, everyone busy and happy and working, something a little brainwashed about them (‘1984′)
and overseeing everything: Rachel, the leader, the hero, subordinate only to the ‘priests’ and the head priest, Otto.
Rachel meets with the department heads and priests
m: security patrols on the surface haven’t seen any return of the ‘Others’ who attacked months ago
m: food, water, materials production is good
Otto mentions that one worker was found in the morning sleeping in a hallway; they discuss discipline but Rachel counsels just checking on him and seeing if it happens again (i: not sleeping at night = MAJOR TABOO)
Rachel eating dinner with husband Ned and kids Shelly and Penny- they discuss the worker’s case
Ned looks at Rachel and says that the worker should be punished, forced to stand patrol ON THE SURFACE
Rachel: well we don’t want to kill him, do we?
Ned: well, you have people wandering around in the dark, what good will come of that? It’s a danger, the priests can tell you that-
there is a low hum coming through the speakers- the family puts everything away and gets into bed.
the hum changes, everyone falls asleep-
The lights turn off…and voices can be heard behind the hum, hypnosis, audioconditioning playing all night
In the dark, Rachel opens her eyes. She gets out of bed and silently walks…through the tunnels…to a ladder behind a bloked door. She climbs the ladder a long way, opens a series of hatches- and she’s on the surface. She’s in the bottom of a huge crater. The statues are there. She looks out into the dark- the glow of distant fires beyond the rim. It’s too far to walk there, she just looks out into the night and breathes the air, then goes down.
Morning. Otto pulls her aside to talk, but she’s grabbed by other priests and taken away. Otto confronts her: they left dust on the floor to see who might be walking around at night and her footprints were found, and the dust goes to the ‘secret’ ladder she used. Otto stands behind Rachel and tells her to speak to him: she doesn’t, she can’t hear him, she’s deaf. Otto tells her that she can’t be allowed to stay. He knocks her out with an injection-
-and she wakes up, on the surface, at night. She panics, she screams, she bangs on the door- nothing.
She cries and begins to walk to the rim.