Starship Season 1 Episode 7: What Lies in the Darkness



Episode #107
"What Lies in the Darkness"
Written by Luke Parker

FADE IN:
INT. STARSHIP - WYATT’S QUARTERS - MORNING
Miranda lies in Wyatt’s bed while he gets dressed on another side of the room. Miranda stirs, waking up, as Wyatt notices.

WYATT
Morning.

MIRANDA
Early day?

WYATT
I got some big meeting with Eli.

MIRANDA
Oh. That sounds fun.

WYATT
I’m sure it will be a blast.

MIRANDA
What’s it for? The Halloween Celebration? Some new High Class Ball?

WYATT
It’s probably best you don’t know.

MIRANDA
Top secret?

WYATT
You could say that.

MIRANDA
You know you can tell me. It’s not like I have a big social circle to share with.

WYATT
Really. It’s better if you don’t know. You like sleeping, right?

MIRANDA
I’m just curious.
(a beat)
So is it about that kid who died? What, was his name Maxx?

Wyatt walks over to Miranda and gives her a kiss on the forehead.

WYATT
Babe, really, it’s classified.

Miranda lets out a sigh of disappointment.

MIRANDA
Oh, come on. I’m interested. Isn’t there anything you can tell me? Just for fun.

Wyatt sighs, defeated.

WYATT
Ok. Just one little thing. But you can’t tell anyone.

MIRANDA
Cross my heart.

WYATT
So, the night the kid was murdered. You remember how Eli called the early curfew?

MIRANDA
Yeah. I heard someone from the Prison Wing escaped.

WYATT
Well, Maxx was out of his room past curfew.

MIRANDA
Wouldn’t all of the rooms been locked? He would have needed a powerful card to get anywhere...

WYATT
Exactly.

MIRANDA
So someone high up had something to do with it?

WYATT
We’ll find out.

Wyatt grabs his things and heads to the door.

WYATT (CONT'D)
I assume you’ll let yourself out.

MIRANDA
Yeah..

WYATT
See you tonight?

Miranda smiles playfully at Wyatt and blows him a kiss.

MIRANDA
We’ll see about that.

CUT TO:
INT. STARSHIP - CYBER DECK - CONTROL ROOM - MORNING
Davis and Meridian sit in the bay of the Control Room in the Cyber Deck. Davis is typing eagerly away on a holographic computer, searching for something frantically. Meridian is standing behind him, keeping watch.

MERIDIAN
Are you almost done looking for whatever it is you’re looking for? I can only be doing maintenance for so long.

DAVIS
Yeah. I just need to get into the Security Footage for a few nights ago.

MERIDIAN
Do what you gotta do.

Davis continues searching the screen eagerly, typing away.

MERIDIAN (CO NT'D)
So what are you looking for exactly?

DAVIS
You know my mentor, Kai, from the Night.

MERIDIAN
I’ve seen him around once or twice.

DAVIS
Yeah, well, the other night he went out on a mission. Looking into some stuff on the higherups of the ship.

MERIDIAN
So you’re covering something up?

DAVIS
Nope. He never came back. I’m looking into what happened to him.

MERIDIAN
Do you think something bad happened?

DAVIS
I hope not. But with what’s been going on around here, nothing would surprise me.

We hear a clicking sound.

DAVIS (CONT'D)
And, I’m in.
(a beat)
Hum. That’s weird.

MERIDIAN
What?

DAVIS
I was trying to look at the security footage from the night he went missing.

MERIDIAN
And?

DAVIS
There is none.

MERIDIAN
What? How could that be?

DAVIS
Someone big is covering this up. Just like they’ve been covering everything up.

INT. STARSHIP - THE COMMON ROOM - MORNING
CUT TO:
Eli and Wyatt sit at a table in the crowded common room. Eli is typing on a holographic computer and continues typing throughout the entire conversation.

WYATT
So, get on with it.

ELI
Thank you for coming today. It’s not often we talk.

WYATT
We both know you’re not here to chit chat.

ELI
So I see we can skip the formalities.
(a beat)
Now, I know that we won’t meeting with the other circuits for a few more weeks. But we need to get our facts straight.

WYATT
And what is that?

ELI
The other Circuits are not as polished and privileged as we are. They don’t reside the way we do.

WYATT
I expected as much. Do you have a point?

ELI
My point is that we need to be prepared. For any outcome.

WYATT
We’re doing what we can. The Elders already have me on a tight leash.

ELI
Which is good. But I’ll tell you more than what the Elders do.

WYATT
Go on.

ELI
There may be rebels in the other circuits. Residents who are not interested in the common goal and the Elders’ wishes.

WYATT
What are you saying?

ELI
They may be violent. They may be deranged.

WYATT
So what do we need to do?

ELI
Keep making sure the ship is well equipped. And keep your lips shut on this matter. No one on the ship can know about them until they absolutely have to.

WYATT
Is that it?

ELI
There’s one more thing. Before we meet with them, I want you to look into their history. I want to know who we’re dealing with. We know why we’re dealing with them, but I want to know how powerful they are.

WYATT
Why?

ELI
I’m sure the Elders have talked to you about Operation Prometheus?

WYATT
They have, but I don’t know what it is.

ELI
Let’s just say that if the circuits aren’t a threat, it’ll help us deal with them.

WYATT
You really want to go that route
again? People are still asking questions about the last time we did that.

ELI
Questions that will never have an answer. It’s a non issue. Like I told you, nobody will ever know.

CUT TO:

INT. STARSHIP - WINTER’S CLASSROOM - AFTERNOON
Winter stands at the front of her crowded classroom. A 3-D projection of a giant city is being shown to the class.

WINTER
And that is what we’re projecting our new home to look like. The whole thing is pretty breathtaking if you ask me. Something you all should consider yourselves lucky to be a part of one day.

A student raises their hand.

WINTER (CON'D)
Yes, Luck?

LUCK
That’s all pretty great and all, in theory.

WINTER
What do you mean?

LUCK
I mean, how can you really know if we’ll ever get to the new colony?

WINTER
Because if we never did, there would be no point for this whole thing. For all of us to be on this ship, on this journey.

LUCK
What if we’re all some test subject? For some big rich company. The class laughs.

WINTER
I highly doubt that. There is plenty of history of residents on this ship years and years before you were even born. Fear not, we’re all really in space.

FLO
I think he has a point. Sure, we’re really in space, but what if it’s for a reason we don’t know about?

WINTER
Care to give me an example of what you mean?

FLO
I don’t know, Ms. Elara. What if we are all on this ship because we’re meant to just float into the unknown until something cool or new comes up.

WINTER
Such as?

FLO
I don’t know, maybe a new planet.

WINTER
Well, we are traveling to a new colony, so you’re not that far off.

LUCK
Okay, but ever heard of the Solar Wars?

WINTER
Yes, I’ve heard of them. But I don’t know much about them.

FLO
There’s this big conspiracy that the entire Solar System is at war. Fighting over colonization of the planets, the Milky Way, the whole thing.

WINTER
How does that relate to Starship?

LUCK
What if we’re part of them?

WINTER
Well, last I checked, we don’t fall asleep to the sounds of booms and bangs. We’re not in a war.

LUCK
Maybe not yet.

JEM
And what about aliens?

A few classmates laugh at this question.
.
WINTER
Jem, I can swear to you we are not going to be attacked by any little green men.

JEM
That doesn’t make me feel any better, Ms. Elara.

WINTER
Why not?

JEM
I don’t mean to sound disrespectful, but you don’t know what lies out there. In the darkness. None of us do. That’s what’s scary.

INT. STARSHIP - WYATT’S QUARTERS - NIGHT
CUT TO:
Miranda is searching through Wyatt’s things. Opening up his desk doors, looking through his desk items, in his closet. The whole ordeal. She comes to a quick stop when Wyatt enters the room, surprising her.

MIRANDA
Oh, babe. You’re back early. Wyatt has noticed Miranda was looking through his things.

WYATT
Yeah. What are you doing?

MIRANDA
Nothing. Just waiting for you.

WYATT
It looked like you were snooping.

MIRANDA
Why would I do that?

WYATT
That’s what I wanna know. You were asking an awful lot of questions about that kid this morning.

Wyatt inches closer to Miranda.

MIRANDA
That was just for fun. You know I’m working for the paper. It interests me. It’s not like I thought you had something to do with it. I wasn’t snooping, honest.

WYATT
Please, cut the crap. Tell me the truth. What were you looking for? Miranda sighs and sits down on the bed.

MIRANDA
Ok. I was looking for something, anything really. I wanted to see if you had a keycard log I could look at. To see if it somehow tied to Maxx.

Wyatt sits down by Miranda and puts a reassuring hand her on her back.

WYATT
Why are you so invested in his murder? Nobody else is worried, only you.

MIRANDA
I really can’t tell you. You know what that’s like.

WYATT
And you also know how I told you something I wasn’t supposed to today. Eye for an eye?

Miranda sighs, deep and conflicted.

MIRANDA
Ok. But please, don’t tell anyone. I know your connections and I know how powerful you are.

WYATT
I can’t promise that.

MIRANDA
Please. For me.

WYATT (a beat)
Ok. I promise.

MIRANDA
So, you know I work for the Starship Chronicles. And I have to investigate a lot. Which gives me an upperhand.

WYATT
Right.

MIRANDA
If they found out who I really am, they’d kick me off. Or worse. And I can’t lose that edge. Not with this case.

WYATT
What is it?

Miranda lets out a deep and struggled sigh.
MIRANDA
Maxx. He was my...brother.

INT. STARSHIP - NIX’S QUARTERS - NIGHT
Nix is in his room. Winter barges in, obviously upset.

WINTER
So, were you going to make me wait at the Waltz all night long? Like an idiot? I thought we had a date tonight.

NIX
What are you doing? You can’t just barge into my room like this.

WINTER
When you don’t show up for our date, I can.

NIX
Excuse me? What date?

WINTER
You remember. We had a date
tonight. We were going to diner at the Waltz, then go look in the archives about Earth.

CUT TO:

NIX
Uhm. You must have me confused for someone else.

WINTER
You’re joking right? You’re my boyfriend.

NIX
I’m sorry, but I’ve never seen you before in my life and I don’t know who you are.

INT. STARSHIP - ROOM - NIGHT
CUT TO:
CLOSE ON ANNICA’S FACE. She’s asleep. We cannot see where she is.
She slowly wakes up, clearly tired and groggy. Maybe a little too tired.
The camera slowly moves back to reveal she is strapped down on some sort of table.

ANNICA
Huh?

Annica looks around. She cannot tell where she is. She struggles in her seat. After a few moments of trying to break free, her restraints let go and she’s released from the table. She falls onto the floor. It hurt.

She takes a minute to get her bearings straight and slowly stands up. The room is dark. Only one light shines above her, not enough to give her any insight as to where she is.
She slowly and weakly walks to the wall nearby and turns on the lights. Hundreds of lights come on in an instant. She looks around, horrified at what she sees.

Surrounding Annica are thousands of aisles and rows miles high of pods. We know where she is now.
INT. STARSHIP - THE POD ROOM - NIGHT
Annica slowly walks around the room. She looks inside the pods and is horrified at what she sees. Inside the pods are human bodies. Being preserved. The entire room is filled with them.

Annica lets out a horrified scream as in an instant, we

CUT TO:
INT. STARSHIP - ANNICA’S ROOM - NIGHT
Annica is in bed. She wakes up with the same scream we just heard.
It was a dream... or was it?
SMASH TO BLACK. END OF EPISODE.

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