EPISODE 1 - 'ten'
A series of dystopian streets filled with propaganda posters about energy usage and people in varying states of hopelessness.
An electronic device is alive with the blood of energy. It fades to a dead version of itself.
Gen, 20s, an ethereal punk, finishes painting a sandwich board that reads “Free Soul Saving- Get Yours Today” before rushing out the door.
Avery, 30s, a steely exterior shielding a vulnerable intelligence, inhales a bong full of glittery smoke. She falls back into the dirty velvet pillows of a 2020’s opium style parlour, and closes her eyes as we transcend into her vivid dream…
We catch an intimate glimpse of Avery’s life before the CME hit and gain an insight into what used to drive her.
Gen makes several ill-fated attempts at offering her services to people she encounters on the streets. Her final attempt is a homeless man who can’t form a coherent sentence. It becomes clear to her he must have been one of the neglected AI’s when he shuts down.
Gen finds Avery in the opium den and rescues her from a desperate dilemma.
Waking up in Gen's tiny apartment, which looks like a sci-fi church on an acid trip, Avery is convinced Gen must have been another drugged out hook up. As she’s about to leave there’s a loud banging on the door and sounds of chaos breaking out on the streets.
We hear a Government report (via a hand cranked radio) that the last generator has failed and The Government will no longer be able to supply Food Blocks. They announce that over the next 10 days they will be winding down all power and advise everyone to say their goodbyes and pick up a free Escape Pill.
Avery, skeptical, tries to leave Gen’s apartment but is distracted by some batteries she could steal underneath Gen’s bed. Gen explains her master plan for opening the portal to a better dimension. Avery is dismissive until something Gen says connects her to a personal memory.
Knowing there are only 10 days left, Gen needs to finish her mission before it’s too late. As she heads for the door she asks Avery if she’s coming with her.
We hear a door open and close. A countdown starts from 10D 24H 00M 00S.
The rest of the series follows Gen on her mission to save the last 10 people needed to open the portal and Avery, who follows but has an agenda of her own. Through each episode we learn more about their back stories along with how the world came to be whilst also watching it slowly deteriorate. In every subsequent episode our heroines need to cope with less and less power and more and more anxiety whilst their personalities at times clash and other times propel one another.