As our two heroines are thrown together to navigate the impending apocalypse, they encounter an eclectic selection of other characters in each episode.
GEN, 20's, a self ordained faith healer
Gen left home when she was 16. Her parents were overbearing and overprotective. They were so fearful of the outside world they made her live underground in a bunker sheltered from any 'dangerous' external influence. Bored and lonely as a child she always felt she had a greater calling in life. She knew there had to be something more to this world than her four irons walls.
One day whilst staring at the ceiling, a leaflet for a music gig fell through a crack in the entry way. Entranced by the colourful pictures, and the thought that there was something greater out there, she took it as a sign. The next day she ran away from home and met the lead singer in the band and fell in love. He was part of the Happy Faith Healers who believe that if they save enough people a magical portal will open to a better dimension. This guy and his beliefs gave her a sense of purpose in what otherwise felt like a purposeless world.
She eventually broke up with the guy but carried on with her mission of saving people. She now lives alone in a small squat. Her tiny apartment is messy and cluttered with tacky religious paraphernalia- testamints (religious mints), plastic icons, neon candles in various states of melted-ness, a blanket with a cross embroidered on it draped over her small bed. In one corner there's a makeshift pulpit she's fashioned out of cardboard and gold spray paint. On another wall there's a chart indicating how many people she needs to save before the world ends. It’s an intricate mess, something you would see on the walls in a detective’s office trying to link an entire crime syndicate.
There’s something special about Gen, something almost mystical that makes you believe, even a little, that there’s something else out there...
AVERY, 30's, a curmodgeongly but brilliant former Mindstyle Designer
Avery is a ‘head’ person, believing every problem can be solved rationally. This comes at the cost of allowing herself to feel hurt, disappointment or other emotions that make her feel out-of-control. She has a tendency to bottle up feelings until she explodes. She also believes there is a solution to the energy crisis but The Government is hiding it.
A brilliant programmer, she used to work as a Mindstyle Designer - a company owned by Todd Harris which started offering AI enhancements to humans ten years ago. The AI enhancement process involved implanting a nanochip into a person’s head allowing their brain to learn and grow beyond it's natural capability by accessing a vast central server. Think of it as having a mini computer living in your head which is continually teaching itself from the masses of web-based information. Minstyle Corp's programmers were constantly creating updates and looking for ways to improve the chip's capabilities.
After ‘the love of her life’ dumped her two years ago Avery, hacked the nanochip of her ex-girlfriend, rendering her unable to open up to anyone else. She was later discovered by one of her colleagues and got the sack. Even if she wanted to she doesn’t have access to change the code and she’s convinced it messed up her life.
The rationing of energy has also affected the nanochip servers, rendering AI-enhanced individuals incapable for most of the day as they have become so heavily reliant on the data stream. The worst affected have been placed in secret mental asylums to hide the The Government's shortcomings.
Despite the fact that she won’t admit it openly, Avery wants to find her ex to ask for forgiveness.
She’s completely shut down emotionally and has detached herself from the world. She's also succumbed to an addiction to Twinkle Dust… a new and highly addictive Escapist drug. She lives alone on a canal boat and when she’s not smoking Twinkle Dust she’s drinking homemade booze she fashions in pickle jars.
THE GOVERNMENT/NEWS ORG
The Government controls everything society needs to function including News Org - the only legally permitted news outlet. It's the amalgamation of multi-billionaire Todd Harris’ many business ventures. He got his modest start by creating an app which noted all the food left in your fridge to come up with money-saving recipes thus reducing food waste and helping people save money. He was once someone who wanted to develop apps to help better the world... but eventually money and power got the best of him.
After several financially successful apps he began buying up various companies and realised he could control every aspect of the way people live. He thrived on the fact that he could control not only how people function in their current lives but could determine their futures and The Future. He could essentially run an entire society by controlling their thoughts, desires, what they wanted to buy, who they wanted to be... the world was his and all of the people his playthings. One of his biggest ventures was Mindstyle Corp - a place where he could create a race of 'superhumans' which he controlled by AI enhancing their brains, who in turn depended on his programmers and servers.
After the sun flares, people were panicked and worried about their futures... they needed a 'leader' they could 'trust.'
Since Todd owned pretty much everything anyway, he eventually bought The Government. He promised the people he would use his business savvy to help save them. Bit by bit people had to accept restraints in their freedom of movement and communication in return for basic civic services and survival created a totalitarian state. Between his inexperience, greed and need to cater to his wealthy friends this was the only way he knew how to lead.
When the people started to revolt against The Government he created News Org and banned all other news outlets. It was too dangerous for the people to have access to so much information.
It's now been 4 years since Todd's been in power.