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After Impact

After Impact

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Published by cshaffr
The stories of those involved in a government program to salvage what's left of humanity after an asteroid impact.
The stories of those involved in a government program to salvage what's left of humanity after an asteroid impact.

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Published by: cshaffr on May 19, 2009
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Episode 101PilotWritten byChris Shaffer
 
After ImpactTEASERFADE IN:
EXT. THE A.R.K. - NIGHT
Something between a loading dock and an aircraft hanger iscarved out of the mountainside ahead.There’s a path leading toward its entrance made of heavilyreinforced chainlinked fences straight out of a federalpenitentiry. It parts the sea of protesting MEN, WOMEN,MOTHERS, FATHERS, SONS, DAUGHTERS, PEOPLE from everyconceivable walk of life, including CHILDREN, all crammedagainst the fences mosh-pit style. This isn’t some politicaldemonstration, although they’d certainly say politics wereinvolved. They’d say everything’s involved because they’reprotesting for their lives.A heavily armed schoolbus makes its way through thechainlinked path, which of course means we’re going toCUT TO:
INT. SCHOOLBUS - CONTINUOUS
TITLE:
“One Hour and Twenty Eight Minutes Before Impact”
Its PASSENGERS, no different demographically from the people we saw a minute ago, sit in silence. Everyone except MICHELLEMASSEY. A late forty something mother, whispering for --MICHELLECatherine!CATHERINE MASSEY, her teenage daughter awakens. She’s acouple rows down from Michelle.MICHELLE (CONT’D)Catherine? Get over here.CATHERINEBut--MICHELLEGet over here.Catherine gets up, but one of the armed MARINES positionedthroughout the bus tells her to --
 
MARINEPlease stay seated ma’am.Michelle’s husband, Catherine’s father, CARL MASSEY, earlyfifties recovering lawyer with a fading golf tan, wishes onlythe best when he tells her --CARLStay there.MICHELLENo she’s not --CARLBut the guy just told her to--MICHELLEShe’s not staying there.MARINEPlease remain seated ‘til we reachthe A.R.K.Catherine doesn’t remain seated. She goes, quickly sittingnext to Michelle, tightly gripping the other’s hands.Outside protests increase in fervor, screams piercing theair, and what’s even worse is that we don’t see a damn thing.By the looks of the Marines who can --MARINESDown! Down! Everybody down!We’re gunning it.MARINES (CONT’D)Everybody down!Semi-Automatic rifles pop.MARINES (CONT’D)Everybody down!Everybody drops.Carl covers himself over Michelle and Catherine.MARINES (CONT’D)Everybody --AN EXCRUCIATING FLASH. Carl looks up to see exactly what thefuck it--2.

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