We open on a wide empty shot of an industrial street. The street shows subtle hints of a Dystopia- decay, weird things growing in places they wouldn't naturally, a rusty old sign that reads 'Pussy Police Off Duty- Enter at Your Own Risk'.
We see Gen finishing up painting a sandwich board that reads “Free Soul Saving- Get Yours Today” before rushing out the door. Cut to Avery inhaling from a bong like device full of glittery smoke. As she leans her head back to fall into what feels like it could be the most beautiful lucid dream, a giant man with a tattooed head shakes her violently and tells her she needs to get out and not show her face there again unless she has 500 batteries to trade.
Gen walks down the street wearing the sandwich board and shouting “Don’t let this End be Your End” as people pass her on the street staring blankly at phones with blank screens. She approaches a homeless guy who short circuits mid-sentence - he must have been one of the AI's.
Avery glides down the street in a half stupor cursing at everything in sight. She takes a drink from a puddle on the street. A cat falls from the sky and hits Avery in the head just as she and Gen collide into one another.
Avery wakes up in Gen’s tiny squat which is decorated to look like a church on an acid trip- full of crazy brightly coloured religious paraphernalia. She’s built a pulpit out of cardboard and spray painted it gold. There are plastic snakes hanging from every corner and her bed has a dirty blanket with a cross embroidered on it.
As Avery starts to come to we hear a radio report (via a small battery powered radio) that the last generator has failed and The Government will no longer be able to supply Food Blocks to anyone anymore. They estimate that the world will be completely over in 10 days and advise everyone to say their goodbyes and pick up an ‘escape pill’.
Everyone’s phone will automatically be programmed with a countdown clock so they can manage their time accordingly. Electricity usage will now be limited to 30 minutes a day and will gradually decrease until the last day on earth.
Avery tries to get out of Gen's apartment but her head is still pounding- she’s stuck there. She refuses to believe the radio report. Gen convinces her to stay and says that she shouldn’t worry and she can actually save her. If she saves 10 more people before the world ends a magic portal will open up and take them into another dimension. They will be saved. Avery thinks this is all nuts but when Gen mentions Avery needing to find forgiveness from a person whose head she has tampered with (“I have looked for him in all the nanosylums but he’s clearly still out there”). Though very sceptical, Avery is intrigued by Gen’s mission or can at least see the advantage of tagging along...
The world outside goes into complete chaos. We can hear riots breaking out from inside Gen’s apartment.
As we sense the impending booms and destruction happening around them Gen explains her plan to Avery in detail. She takes Avery to the chart on her wall which is marked with various symbols and links between places and those symbols. Avery is a total skeptic and completely shuts down Gen’s theories. She does it in a pretty mean way but Gen brushes it off with her annoyingly positive and optimistic responses.
Gen needs to visit places where people have given up hope- gambling dens, boozers, places people go to forget the state of things. For the last year Gen has believed the world was going to end. She had a sci-fi novel, Marla goes to Mars, which she references as a sort of bible. She uses her power rationing to search for the meaning of some of the symbols and plot her paths to where she thinks the people she needs to save are located.
Episode 1 ends with Gen and Avery heading out on their first mission… Avery tags along because she is lonely and scared despite being able to admit it.
The rest of the series follows Gen and Avery as they try to track down the people on Gen’s list. 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 the world needs to cope with less and less power and more and more anxiety.