COLONIES a spec science fiction television series proposal created by Ran Cartwright
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION SUBPLOT BACKGROUND HISTORY PRIMARY LOCALES (SETS) SECONDARY LOCALES (SETS) ASSORTED LOCALES (SETS) THE PLAYERS Principle Characters Supporting Characters THE PILOT EPISODE, A Synopsis Colonies Colonies Teaser THE STORIES, Synopses The Rescue Infiltrators Just Cause Terrorist Deadly Poison Patriot Hell’s Kitchen (Part 1) Hell’s Kitchen (Part 2) Assassination (Part 1)
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COLONIES A Spec Proposal INTRODUCTION Imagine the Wild West in outer space. That’s COLONIES. The series is set in Earth’s solar system in the 24th Century. A fledgling rebellion against the might of Imperial Earth is brewing in the Outer Colonies centered in the wild and dirty mining town of Calico located on Terra Titan, the large Saturnian satellite. The rebellion is on, the cause ostensibly taxation (of mining equipment by Imperial Earth) without representation (colonists), but in reality it’s Imperial Earth’s strong arm tactics to keep the colonies in line. The small group of secretive rebels is lead by a mysterious man named Isaac Hayne. The fact of the matter is – there is no Isaac Hayne; at least not living (see THE PLAYERS below). This fact is known only to Alex Pascovin, the man who fronts the rebellion supposedly for Hayne. Our audience and characters are unaware of this. However, it is hinted that Alex reveals the truth to fellow rebel Sirce Fourwinds in the pilot episode. Although he fronts the rebellion, supposedly carrying out Hayne’s orders, Alex Pascovin is somewhat a man of mystery and secrecy himself. We see this at the beginning of the pilot episode in which Alex has infiltrated the Organization of Imperial Earth (OIE) and maintains a rather high standing without Imperial Earth knowing his true identity or background. However, deep inside Alex is troubled. Something happened in the past, something concerning the disappearance of his mother and father 45 years earlier. The disappearance is a mystery that Alex is determined to find out at any cost. And that brings us to the subplot of this pilot... SUBPLOT BACKGROUND HISTORY Although the primary focus is the rebellion and its political implications, there is a subplot to be worked out over several episodes, perhaps over the entire length of the series. It involves a secret known (in varying degrees) to only two people - Morgan Shinn, aging Chairman of the Office of Imperial Earth, and Professor Donald Julian, an aging prisoner housed at the Mars Penal Colony. This subplot begins (began) in the year 2330. We find a small mining operation setting up at a desolate location 160
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/4 miles from the recently founded mining camp of Calico. The desolate location has been named Hell’s Kitchen in honor of the horrid conditions at this small station. While at this station, a mini black hole (or worm hole) appears, then disappears shortly thereafter. While the black hole is present, a young astrophysics professor named Don Julian is brought in to investigate. Julian uncovers a prior event – traces of tachyon emissions. With this information, Julian concludes that the black/worm hole is floating and is able to plot when it will reappear. The Office of Imperial Earth is notified, the message intercepted by a young ambitious and power hungry operative named Morgan Shinn. He thinks if he can harness this power, then he will be able to gain political control over the entire solar system. Secretly, Shinn takes a squad of IE agents to Hell’s Kitchen. The miners are interrogated, then shipped off someplace to be executed (Shinn wants no witnesses). Morgan has Julian sent to the Mars Penal Colony until he decides to fess up about his information on the black hole and its reappearance. Prisoners from the penal colony are brought in to run the mine, thus begins Hell’s Kitchen’s function as a prisoner operated facility. Shinn also has his guards executed. Among the miners executed are Alan and Rita Pascovin, parents of an infant Alex who was left in the care of an aunt. The death of his parents 45 years earlier sets the stage for conflict between Alex and Shinn. PRIMARY LOCALES (SETS) These are places (sets) that tend to have a recurring presence in the series. Calico – A small mining village on Terra Titan composed mostly of dusty dilapidated and ramshackle huts made of baked mud brick, wood, and sheet metal, lining narrow dusty streets. Calico resembles an old west mining/ghost town (inspired by Calico, California). Feeble yellow street lamps glow on street corners and in some building fronts, barely cutting through a perpetual overcast. It's dangerous at night, very few people about. Just outside of town is a small space port (the only space port on Terra Titan); lights barely cut through the fog and dusty haze. Bear’s Den – A saloon located in Calico, usually crowded with all manner of people. It’s a hot, smoky, and dimly lit place, resembling an old west saloon with a bar, ceiling fans, and
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/5 tables. In a darkened corner is a door that leads to a corridor which leads, in turn, to a place called The Arena located near the back of the building. The Arena is an earthen floor contest area encircled by a wooden wall. Surrounding this contest area are bleachers for spectators. The Rite of Contest is performed in The Arena. This is a secret contest, kept from Imperial Earth authorities, and is a gladiatorial fight to the death. The saloon is owned and operated by a rebel member nicknamed Bear. Messages are passed between rebels via Bear’s Den and secret meetings are held there beneath the Arena Bleachers. Yellow Dust – the secret Rebel Hideout on Iapetus; this is an abandoned mining complex. Alex Pascovin’s Battle Frig – This is a somewhat medium size spaceship owned by Alex Pascovin. It’s stripped down and customized for fighting and evasion (imagine a Millennium Falcon that works). Here we have a control room (bridge), a council room, various crew’s quarters, and a brig (prison cell). The frig is unnamed at present. SECONDARY LOCALES (SETS) Mars Penal Colony – This is a dark, rough, violent, and deadly prison/slave labor camp where individuals whom Imperial Earth deems hardened criminals are sent. Of course, with Imperial Earth, even those accused of minor crimes, guilty or not, can be sent there. Certain prisoners seem to disappear after being sent to the Mars Penal Colony. Although ultimately controlled by vicious and violent IE guards, there IS a pecking order among the truly hardened criminals. The prison exhibits the proverbial inmates in charge of the asylum syndrome with guards on the take and making deals with various criminals. Hell’s Kitchen – A small mining site located at a hot and desolate location about 160 miles from Calico. Originally, it was founded by a group of miners, but with the discovery of a floating mini black hole, Imperial Earth took it over, executing the miners at a secret isolated location, and replacing them with prisoners from the Mars Penal Colony. Being so remote and inaccessible, Imperial Earth operatives
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/6 shuttle in supplies (and new prisoner workers as needed). Also, there are no guards. Hell’s Kitchen is so remote that the only safe way out is by shuttle. If one tries to escape by foot, they’ll quickly die in the harsh environment. The prisoners run the place, one of them acting as liaison between the prisoner/miners and Imperial Earth operatives. Nearly all of the prisoners are male, Hell’s Kitchen certainly not a place for women. However, as a form of punishment, female prisoners are occasionally brought to Hell’s Kitchen and left at the mercy of the male prisoners. Pisa – The Colonial capital, this is the largest village in the Outer Colonies. It is located on Ganymede and is named for Galileo’s birthplace. Pisa was the first permanent colony in the Outer Solar System. The early years were rough. Many colonists died due to the harsh conditions and the colony was nicknamed Dead Man’s Gulch for a short period of time. Offices of the Organization of Imperial Earth – Various offices on Earth of the Gestapo-like authority. ASSORTED LOCALES (SETS) Assorted locales appear as needed... THE PLAYERS The Players listed here include principle and supporting recurring characters. A few characters are to be introduced in subsequent episodes. Sketches of the recurring characters are short due to their continued development and evolution over the course of the proposed series. There are a few supporting characters that do not appear in this list. The list is subject to change over the evolving series. Principle Characters include: Isaac Hayne – A figurehead for the rebellion created by Alex Pascovin, Isaac Hayne has been dead for nearly 400 years, but Imperial Earth (and our audience) is unaware of this, thinking Hayne is real, heading the rebellion, and in hiding. In truth, Hayne was an American colonist who fought in the American Revolution. He was captured in Charleston, South Carolina and executed by the British as a spy. He died for what he believed in and for his country, much like Nathan Hale,
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/7 qualities that Alex deeply admires. (Wouldn’t it be interesting if the actors themselves didn’t know there wasn’t really an Isaac Hayne in the story?) Alex Pascovin – Of Russian/American ancestry, Alex is a middle aged former historian/history teacher who grew tired of Imperial Earth’s rewriting history to suit its own ends. Born on Earth to poor mining parents (Alan and Rita Pascovin), Alex’s family moved to the Colonies when Alex was just an infant in order to find work. His parents signing on to the Hell’s Kitchen Project, Alex was left with an aunt. He never saw his parents again. With the strong arm tactics of Imperial Earth and its horrid treatment of the Outer Colonies, it isn’t long before Alex develops a strong dislike for Imperial Earth and its government. Alex eventually leaves his job as a historian and relocates to Calico. There he forms a few close friendships that become the foundation of the small rebel group. Keeping his background secret, Alex is able to infiltrate the ranks of the Organization of Imperial Earth. He masquerades as a top Imperial Earth agent until the events that unfold early in the pilot episode. Nal Karo – Special IE Agent and hired assassin. She’s a drop dead gorgeous sensuous young woman with an icy cold demeanor. She’s obsessed with destroying the rebels, especially Alex Pascovin since he pulled one over on her in the pilot episode. Don Julian – Aged prisoner at the Mars Penal Colony, he is the only survivor of the original Hell’s Kitchen mining camp, and keeps the secret of the floating black hole’s reappearance schedule. To be introduced in the episode entitled The Rescue (see THE STORIES below). Morgan Shinn – Chairman of the Office of Imperial Earth, accused of mass executions in the past, beginning with the first group of miners that were sent to Hell’s Kitchen; Shinn is determined to uncover Julian’s black hole secret. To be introduced in the episode entitled The Rescue (see THE STORIES below). Jaren Olsen – A middle-aged protégée of Morgan Shinn, he’s handpicked by Shinn to be the new Outer Colonies Governor after the death of Greg Vasachek in the pilot episode. Olsen takes up residence in the Governor’s home in Pisa.
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/8 Supporting Characters include: Josef Anton – A young rebel, late 20s, early 30s. Second in command to Alex. Linda Miller – A young rebel with a very bad attitude and a personal grudge due to OIE’s murder of her parents. Jack Zellers – A young rebel; 3rd after Alex and Josef. Sirce Fourwinds – A young female rebel of American Indian ancestry; she’s drop dead gorgeous, in her mid-20s, and has long silky black hair. She wears a hunting knife strapped to her right leg, very much into her Indian heritage, and very knowledgeable of her ancestry. Jin Martinez – A young Hispanic female rebel. Giorgi Yurashev – A young rebel taken prisoner in Calico in the pilot. Later we see he’s been imprisoned at the Mars Penal Colony and is rescued in an episode entitled “The Rescue” (see THE STORIES below). Misha Yakota – A young and petite rebel of Japanese ancestry in her early 20s; Misha is a native Calicoan. Sean “Irish” McKenzie – A young rebel of Irish ancestry with red hair, quick wit, and penchant for practical jokes. Ivan – A young rebel, Ivan is an engineering wizard, and in charge of the construction of the two rebel battle cruisers in Nereid orbit. Bear – A big heavy set bearded rebel, hence the name. He owns and runs a saloon, Bear’s Den, in Calico (much like a wild west saloon) that’s a hideout and a front for rebel meetings. Bobby John – teenage whiz kid in Calico, great with electronics. Helps out Pascovin’s rebels from time to time. Nikki Weldon – A young female rebel to be introduced in the episode entitled “Just Cause” (see THE STORIES below). Captain Robert Vagorin – IES Gordon captain in pilot film, Vagorin becomes Shinn’s lackey, pursuing Pascovin along with Nal Karo. Tommy Bowers – Young man with an axe to grind, appears in the
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/9 episode entitled Terrorist (see THE STORIES below) Natasha Fuller – Nal Karo’s sister; ….., appears in the episode entitled Deadly Poison (see THE STORIES below) Richard Dalins – Commander of the Vesta Jumping Station David Vernon – Top IE Agent, killed in the pilot episode. Greg Vasachek – Outer Colonies governor, killed in the pilot episode. Philip Wells – IES Calcutta Commander, killed in the pilot episode. (a young) Rita Pascovin – Alex Pascovin’s mother, told in flashbacks. (a young) Alan Pascovin – Alex Pascovin’s father, told in flashbacks. THE PILOT EPISODE A small band of Outer Colony rebels have started an insurrection lead by mysterious Isaac Hayne that no one has ever seen. Iron fisted totalitarian Imperial Earth sends an assassin, Nal Karo, to the Outer Colonies to assassinate Hayne and stop the rebellion. Karo is shuttled to the asteroid belt by Imperial Earth Operative, Alex Pascovin. Pascovin and Karo are picked up by Linda Miller. They head to Terra-Titan to infiltrate the rebel ranks. In the small Terra Titan mining village of Calico, they enter the Bear’s Den, a rough and tumble saloon. Karo, openly flaunting the Imperial Earth patch on her vest, is challenged to a “Rite of Contest” by an Amazonian woman. The Rite is a gladiatorial combat to the death. Karo kills the Amazon and is told to leave while she can. She’s chased into an alley where she’s beaten unconscious, but rescued by rebel Josef Anton before she’s killed. Anton takes her to his apartment. She regains consciousness, finds herself in the presence of Anton, Pascovin, and Miller. She learns that Miller and Pascovin are rebels, and that Pascovin leads the rebels by receiving and carrying out the instructions of the mysterious Isaac Hayne. Meanwhile, Imperial Earth launches a new super-class battle cruiser, the IES Calcutta. As a show of strength, the ship’s maiden voyage is to Europa to destroy a terra forming satellite,
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/10 the Solara 7. Pascovin, having infiltrated Imperial Earth ranks, has obtained a copy of the Calcutta’s blue prints. Deciding to leave Calico and Terra Titan with their assassin prisoner, Nal Karo, fortune would have them stumbling into a small detachment of Imperial Earth Guards. A small fire fight ensues and causes the rebels to flee for the Calico Spaceport. The rebels escape while left behind are a captured rebel compatriot and Nal Karo. The rebels have two new battle cruisers being built in orbit around Rhea. But the ships aren’t ready to intercept the Calcutta. Pascovin decides they’ll have to go it alone with his battle frig, a ship that doesn’t stand a chance against the Calcutta. It seems a certain death sentence. They set course for Europa, the location of the Solara 7 satellite. Back on Terra Titan, Nal Karo discovers the rebel plan. She attempts to warn Imperial Earth, but finds all communications are down (thanks to Bobby John, the electronics whiz kid). Frustrated, she commandeers Captain Vagorin and the IES Gordon, and sets out to catch the rebel battle frig before the rebels reach Europa. The rebels are nearly to Europa when Karo, Vagorin, and the Gordon catch up to them. Pascovin commandeers the ship before the Calcutta can be warned, intending to use it against the Calcutta. With Karo, Captain Vagorin, and crew of the Gordon imprisoned on the battle frig, Pascovin takes a small band of rebels aboard the ship to prepare her for the Calcutta confrontation. Still, even the Gordon is no match for the Calcutta. But Pascovin has a plan that he keeps to himself despite the misgivings of his fellow rebels. The rebels near Europa. Pascovin puts his plan into action. He orders his team back to the battle frig. He’ll pilot the Gordon alone. Using his Imperial Earth access codes, he ties into the Calcutta control systems, shuts the Calcutta down, and sets the Gordon on a collision course. The two ships collide, exploding in a huge ball of fire. All aboard the battle frig are stunned. Pascovin can’t be dead. He’s not. He hails them from Europa, having left the Gordon at the last moment in an escape pod. The rebels join him. There’s casual talk; are you Isaac Hayne? Some think he is. Pascovin strands Nal Karo, Captain Vagorin, and the Gordon’s crew on Europa. Someone will be by to pick them up. Nal swears revenge, that no matter where Pascovin goes, she’ll track him down and kill him.
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/11 Pilot film Teaser – FADE IN EXT. VESTA ASTEROID A small unmarked asteroid hopper is inbound to the Vesta Jumping Station. It skims across the airless surface of the asteroid. INT. VESTA JUMPING STATION IN THE CONTROL ROOM The hopper, on visual, is closely monitored in the dim control room. The station COM OFFICER (20s) sits at a console. The station commander, RICHARD DALINS (50s), and Organization of Imperial Earth (OIE) agent ALEX PASCOVIN (40s) stand at the Com Officer’s shoulders. DALINS Raise the pilot. The Com Officer opens a line. COM OFFICER Vesta Jumping Station to unidentified hopper, do you read? (pauses for reply) Unidentified hopper, do you read? Still there’s silence. He shakes his head, looks back at Dalins. COM OFFICER No contact, sir. DALINS Intentional? COM OFFICER Unknown. Pascovin leans forward, watches the hopper on the screen. PASCOVIN An asteroid hopper with no markings.
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DALINS A rebel? PASCOVIN Maybe. COM OFFICER She's coming in on Platform B. Dalins reaches for the communications console, patches a line to security. DALINS This is Station Commander Dalins. Security team report to Platform B airlock immediately. He switches off the link and turns to Pascovin. DALINS Let’s go see what we’ve got. Pascovin nods. He and Dalins cross the control room and pass through an airlock door that HISSES open and close. EXT. VESTA JUMPING STATION The asteroid hopper above Platform B begins its descent, finally touching down. An airlock tube extends to the hopper’s hatch. INT. PLATFORM B AIRLOCK A station SECURITY TEAM stands at the airlock, weapons drawn. Behind them a door hisses open. Dalins and Pascovin enter the corridor. DALINS Fire only on my order. The airlock opens. The hopper pilot in space suit and helmet steps through and stops. FADE TO BLACK
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THE STORIES The following are very brief story descriptions of the nine hourly episodes. Note that each hourly episode will focus on a specific character while the remaining cast regulars will have supporting roles. One Hour Episode: The Rescue In the pilot episode Giorgi Yurashev was taken prisoner by Imperial Earth guards, and eventually sent to the Mars Penal colony – a place no one has ever escaped from and no one has ever been rescued. Alex and the rebels decide to rescue Giorgi. They find unexpected help on the inside from an elderly man named Don Julian and a prison guard with a past. The name ‘Don Julian’ rings a bell in Alex’s memory. He’s heard the name before, but can’t place it. Finally, Giorgi is rescued. The fleeting memory of Julian taunts Alex, so he frees the aging professor as well. Alex begins to remember. Julian was at Hell’s Kitchen decades ago when his parents were killed, and now Alex wants answers. One Hour Episode: Infiltrators Forty five years earlier, Julian had left notes concerning the black hole in a safe at Hell’s Kitchen. Nothing ever came of them; they were well hidden. Then, the notes are discovered. Shinn finds out and wants them. The hardnosed Hell’s Kitchen prison leader isn’t quick to comply; he’d rather negotiate, angering Shinn. Julian and Alex also find out. Julian is adamant that they must retrieve those notes at all costs, that they must not fall into Shinn’s hands. It’s decided that two rebels will infiltrate Hells Kitchen, one male and one female. Alex asks for volunteers. Irish volunteers, and though certainly not a place for females, Jin Martinez also volunteers. One Hour Episode: Just Cause A hit and run bombing campaign has begun against Imperial Earth guards at Calico. A mysterious individual - hooded, masked, dressed in black - has been leaving small, but effective, bombs at various locations, including suitcase bombs outside of town that explode when picked up. This individual also taunts the IE personnel by sending them messages.
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/14 The situation begins to escalate. More IE personnel arrive instigating more bombings instigating the arrival of more IE personnel. Alex is concerned that the influx of more IE personnel will blow their cover. Meanwhile, Misha begins to suspect that her friend, Nikki Weldon, is behind the bombings due to the things Nikki’s says, the indirect references she makes about the bombings (Nikki is unaware that Misha is a rebel). Misha, following Nikki, discovers that the mysterious individual in black is indeed Nikki Weldon. Misha confronts Nikki, and distracted, they both are nearly killed in an IE ambush. As the episode concludes, Nikki joins the cast as one of Alex’s rebels. One Hour Episode: Terrorist There’s a com call between IE operatives stating “it’s a go; take them down.” A middle aged couple are dragged out in front of their Calico home by IE guards and executed by firing squad. Irish happens to be walking past and witnesses the event. So does the couple’s teenage son, Tommy Bowers. The execution of his parents makes Tommy bitter, hateful. Irish tries to talk him down, to back off, don’t act so rash. Tommy doesn’t listen. Angered, he makes some comment that... “Isaac Hayne wouldn’t back down and I won’t either! One day I’ll be a rebel and fight IE with Hayne and Pascovin!” The young man has no idea that Irish is a rebel. Tommy decides to take matters into his own hands. He enlists the help of three teenage friends. They bumble an attempted attack on IE guard HQ in Calico. The IE guards chase them down, killing Tommy’s friends one by one. Tommy escapes with the aid of Irish who has suddenly appeared from nowhere. In the end, Irish takes Tommy to a secret meeting with Pascovin. Tommy’s astounded that Irish is a rebel. After talking, the young man relents and takes Pascovin’s advice. Finding that Tommy is a whiz kid, he’s sent to the Nereid station to work on the battle cruisers for Ivan. One Hour Episode: Deadly Poison IE agent Natasha Fuller (maiden name Karo; sister of Nal) has just returned from the jungles of South America where she came upon a native tribe with poisoned blow darts. Natasha has taken the secret of this poison and developed a “dart gun” for special occasions. With no known antidote to the poison, once a victim is hit by the dart, the poison takes two weeks to work, and in the final week there’s a searing pain that drives the person raving mad.
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/15 Knowing the identify of her sister’s killer, thanks to Shinn, Natasha goes after Sirce with her dart gun, but misses and instead, she hits a friend of Sirce. The friend goes crazy with a howling pain in the second week. The rebels begin research to find an antidote, but have no success. Natasha makes good on her threat to get Sirce with a dart. Rather than let her friends see her die in agony, Sirce decides to take a shuttle and fly out of the solar system into deep space and die alone. But an antidote is found. One Hour Episode: Patriot Increased activity at an isolated Imperial Earth garrison/village on Rhea prompts Alex to send Josef to spy. Governor Olsen is present and the activity is being coordinated by Captain Vagorin. Josef discovers it’s an IE troop build up for clamping down on the Outer Colonies and for an attack on Calico. Josef contacts Alex, recommends Alex do something quick to deal with the Rhea build up. Alex has a plan in mind. Eventually, Josef is caught and brought before Olsen. Remembering information from a book Alex had recently lent to Josef prompts Josef’s responses in an exchange of words with Olsen (something like...Olsen: Who and what are you? Josef: Nathan Hale; I’m a school teacher. Olsen: A school teacher? Tell me, school teacher, what are you doing on Rhea? Josef: Vacation.) In the end Vagorin recognizes Josef (re: pilot film). Olsen sentences Josef to be executed as a spy. The sentence is carried out as the Outer Colony battle cruiser Nathan Hale (re: pilot film; “Terrorist”) arrives and lays waist to the garrison/village. A few escape, including Vagorin and Olsen. One Hour Episode: Hell’s Kitchen (Part 1 of 2) A flashback episode - we begin in Calico with an elderly man, Lionel Howe, requesting to see Julian. Turns out that Howe was one of Shinn’s original guards that survived the Hell’s Kitchen guard massacre. Howe is hiding out in Calico, passing time, waiting to die. Now with the knowledge of Julian’s presence in Calico, he wants to tell his story to clear the air. Alex tells a small group of the rebels that he and Julian are secretly meeting with Howe. They do, listening to Howe’s story told in flashbacks - about the coming of the miners to Hell’s Kitchen, about the appearance of the black hole, the coming of Shinn, the guards, and Julian. Julian confirms the story of the old former IE guard. We end this episode with the imminent execution of the miners.
COLONIES TV proposal/RSC/16 One Hour Episode: Hell’s Kitchen (Part 2 of 2) Conclusion of the flashback episode - we pick up with Howe’s story and the execution of the miners, including Alex’s parents. We follow the story through, told in flashbacks, including Howe’s escape to Calico. We end with the elderly Howe’s assassination as the meeting between Howe, Julian, and Alex is ambushed by IE guards from the IE Calico station. Shinn had found out through the blackmailed rebel (see “Assassination” below). One Hour Episode: Assassination (Part 1 of a two part season cliffhanger, or Part 1 of 2) Shinn has previously blackmailed one of the rebels, but we don’t immediately know who it is. As per instructions from Shinn, the blackmailed rebel must arrange a secret meeting between Alex and an IE agent. It turns out that the IE agent is an assassin come to kill Alex. We end this episode with the assassin and Alex facing off in some abandoned Calico warehouse. The blackmailed rebel appears out of the shadows and we learn it’s Jack Zellers. * * *
The episodes appear dark and moody as though something waits to destroy anyone or everyone; these people are fighting to survive, fighting for their lives. This is not a science fiction series of bright and shiny spaceships with swashbuckling heroes around every corner. This series is wrought with danger. It’s dark, shadowy, and people get hurt. No one ever said that life in space and life as a rebel with a price on your head was easy.