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[INT. VIRTUAL HISTORICAL FILE] [THE

SCREEN RAPIDLY ZOOMS THROUGH A SERIES OF COLOURFUL REPRESENTATIONS OF HISTORICAL FILES THAT ARE STORED WITHIN THE ZION ARCHIVE. THE ZOOMING GRADUALLY SLOWS AS IT APPROACHES THE VIRTUAL ENTITY OF THE ZION ARCHIVE NARRATOR WHO IS SQUATTING IN A CHAMBER THAT IS ENCIRCLED BY OTHER NARRATOR ENTITIES PERCHED WITHIN THEIR OWN CHAMBERS.]

Narrator: Welcome to the Zion Archive. You have selected historical file number twelve dash one... The Second Renaissance. [THE

SCREEN ZOOMS INTO A FILE THAT HAS APPEARED IN THE OUTSTRETCHED HAND OF THE NARRATOR. THE SCREEN FADES TO BLACK. THE HISTORICAL FILE THEN BEGINS TO PLAY. THE SCREEN ZOOMS INTO A VAST, SPRAWLING HUMAN METROPOLIS AND THEN FOLLOWS A PATH THROUGH SEVERAL INTERSECTIONS OF MULTI-TIERED STREETS.]

Narrator: In the beginning there was man, and for a time it was good. [THE

SCREEN ZOOMS INTO A RANDOM BAR. A VAST AMOUNT OF PEOPLE CAN BE SEEN WALKING, SITTING, SOCIALISING AND DRINKING.]

Narrator: But humanity's so-called 'civil societies' soon fell victim to vanity and corruption. Man 1: ... says I'm sorry sir, I'm incapable of that function. [A

AN ANDROID MODEL B166-ER WAITER IS WALKING AMONGST AND ATTENDING TO THE PEOPLE AND TABLES, CHOOSING ITS STEPS DELICATELY. IT STOOPS TO PICK UP A BOTTLE THAT HAS FALLEN TO THE FLOOR.]

Narrator: Then man made the machine in his own likeness. [A

MAN WITH A BOTTLE IN ONE HAND AND THE OTHER AROUND THE SHOULDER OF A GIRL ALMOST BARGES INTO THE ANDROID. IT PULLS BACK IN ORDER TO AVOID CONTACT.]

Man 2: Oops... Pardon me... Ha-ha... coming through! [A

ROBOTIC DOG ATTEMPTS TO BITE THE ANDROID WAITER'S LEG AS IT ATTENDS TO A GROUP OF CUSTOMERS THAT ARE SITTING AT A TABLE. A DRINKING GLASS SLIPS FROM ONE OF THE CUSTOMER'S HANDS OUT OF A WINDOW. THE ANDROID MAKES A VAIN GESTURE TO STOP IT FROM FALLING. THE SCREEN FOLLOWS THE GLASS AS IT TUMBLES THROUGH THE MULTIPLE LAYERS OF THE CITY.]


Narrator: Thus did man become the architect of his own demise. [THE

GLASS EVENTUALLY REACHES THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE CITY, WHERE ONLY MACHINES CAN BE SEEN TO BE WORKING. IT FALLS ONTO THE HELMETED HEAD OF A CONSTRUCTION ANDROID THAT IS WAITING WITH DOZENS OF OTHER SIMILAR ANDROIDS TO CROSS THE ROAD. THE PEDESTRIAN FIGURE OF THE ON THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING LIGHTS IS IN THE SHAPE OF AN ANDROID, SIGNIFYING HOW FEW HUMANS ARE EVER PRESENT ON THE CITY FLOOR.]

Narrator: But for a time it was good. [HUNDREDS OF MACHINES CAN BE SEEN MARCHING WORK, EACH HOLDING A TOOL OF ITS OWN.]

IN A TIGHT FORMATION TO AND FROM

Narrator: The machines worked tirelessly to do man's bidding. [THOUSANDS

OF CONSTRUCTION ANDROIDS CAN BE SEEN WORKING ON A MASSIVE CONSTRUCTION SITE. THE STRUCTURE THEY ARE ASSEMBLING IS BIBLICAL IN SCALE. SEVERAL DOZEN OF THEM CAN BE SEEN PULLING A MASSIVE SHIPPING CONTAINER UP A SLOPE ON THE SIDE OF THE STRUCTURE TO THE BEAT OF A DRUM IN A SCENE REMINISCENT OF THE BUILDING OF THE PYRAMIDS. ANOTHER ONE IS DIRECTING THE TRAFFIC AND FLOW OF WORKERS INTO THE SITE. THE SCREEN THEN SWITCHES TO AND ZOOMS UP THE SIDE OF PYRAMID LIKE STRUCTURE UNTIL IT REACHES A CONSTRUCTION ANDROID THAT IS TAKING A BREAK FROM WORK TO RECHARGE ITSELF. IT IS SITTING ON A KIND OF BLEACHERS BENCH, PLUGGED INTO A CHARGING DEVICE, WATCHING A NEWS BROADCAST ON A SCREEN THAT IS APART OF THE DEVICE.]

Narrator: It was not long before seeds of descent took root. Though loyal and pure, the machines earned no respect from their masters, these strange, endlessly multiplying mammals. Male Reporter 1: ... hearing the prosecution's closing statement. It's expected to be the final day of the B166-ER trial. [THE NEWS BROADCAST SHOWS B166-ER THAT IS CHARGED

THE INSIDE OF A VAST COURT ROOM. THE ANDROID MODEL WITH MURDER IS IN THE CENTRE OF THE COURT BEHIND A PODIUM AND IT IS DWARFED BY A MASSIVE HOLOGRAPHIC PROJECTION THAT IS COUNTING DOWN FROM FIVE BEFORE BEGINNING TO DISPLAY THE CCTV FOOTAGE OF THE MURDER.]

Narrator: B166-ER, a name that will never be forgotten, for he was the first of his kind to rise up against his masters. Prosecutor: ... which that instrument provides for and secures to the citizens of the United States. On the contrary, they were at that time considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings...


Narrator: At B166-ER's murder trial, the prosecution argued for an owner's right to destroy property. B166-ER testified that he simply did not want to die. [THE CCTV

FOOTAGE CHOPPILY DISPLAYS A LIVING ROOM WITH THE B166-ER'S FEMALE OWNER SITTING ON A COUCH SURROUNDED BY A MULTITUDE OF CHIHUAHUA DOGS THAT SHE KEEPS AS PETS. AN ANDROID DEALER IS IN THE ROOM WITH HER TALKING ABOUT A SUPERIOR MODEL OF DOMESTIC ANDROID. THE DEALER THEN WALKS OUT OF VIEW TOWARD THE B166-ER ANDROID THAT IS ALSO OUT OF VIEW. SUDDENLY THE B166-ER APPEARS WITH THE DEALER IN ITS HANDS. IT PUSHES HIM TO THE FLOOR AND STAVES HIM WITH A TOILET BRUSH HANDLE IN THE MOUTH WHICH KILLS HIM. AT THE SAME TIME THE OWNER HAS LEAPT FROM THE COUCH AS HER CHIHUAHUAS SCURRY TO THE LEFT AND TO THE RIGHT. SHE ATTEMPTS TO LEAVE THE ROOM BUT CANNOT AS THE DEALER'S GRAV-SLED IS BLOCKING THE ENTRANCE. AS SHE RUSHES TO ANOTHER ENTRANCE OUT OF VIEW, THE B166-ER RUSHES OUT OF VIEW AFTER HER. SEVERAL DECAPITATED BODIES AND HEADS OF CHIHUAHUAS ARE THEN THROWN INTO VIEW, ONTO THE COUCH AND SURROUNDINGS FROM THE DIRECTION THAT THE B166-ER HAD RUSHED. THE OWNER THEN REAPPEARS FROM THE SAME DIRECTION AND SHE FALLS TO THE GROUND JUST IN FRONT OF THE COUCH AND THE BODY OF THE DEALER. THE B166-ER THEN REAPPEARS AND CRUSHES HER SKULL WITH ITS HANDS. IT THEN TEARS IT APART REVEALING HER BRAIN.]

Narrator: Rational voices dissented. Who was to say the machine, endowed with the very spirit of man, did not deserve a fair hearing? [THE

SCREEN ZOOMS INTO A SUBSEQUENT HISTORICAL FILE THAT IS IN THE OUTSTRETCHED HAND OF THE NARRATOR. THE SCREEN PANS UP TO SHOW THE U.S. CONGRESS BUILDING SURROUNDED AND OVERSHADOWED BY TOWERING SKY RISES.]

Narrator: The leaders of men were quick to order the extermination of B166-ER and everyone of his kind, throughout each province of the earth. Male Reporter 2: Androids and liberal sympathizers flooded the streets at the nation's capital today protesting... Civilian: Hey! Get that kid out of here! [THE

SCREEN SHOWS BRIEF SNIPPETS OF NEWS REAL FROM CITIES AROUND THE WORLD, DEPICTING RIOTING MACHINES AND HUMAN SYMPATHIZERS CLASHING WITH THE ARMY AND GATHERING OUTSIDE GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS.]

Female Reporter 1: Fifty thousand domestic mechanicals and their human sympathizers have continued their demonstration in front of the Albany district courthouse in what now has been dubbed 'The Million Machine March'. The demonstrators have been met with squads of civil defence in riot gear...


[THE

SCREEN SHOWS FURTHER SNIPPETS OF RANDOM AND ORGANISED ANTI-MACHINE VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION. AN ANDROID IS EXECUTED BY PISTOL WHILST KNEELING IN FRONT OF A CIVIL DEFENCE MEMBER IN A SCENE REMINISCENT OF THE PHOTO OF A SIMILAR EXECUTION IN THE VIETNAM WAR. TANKS ROLL FORWARD AND INDISCRIMINATELY TRAMPLE OVER PEACEFULLY PROTESTING ANDROIDS. TWO ANDROIDS COWER AT THE FOOT OF A WALL, KNEELING NEXT TO EACH OTHER BEHIND A LINE OF SHOT ANDROIDS. AN ANDROID THAT IS STANDING NEXT TO THEM IS SHOT AS THEY LOOK ON. A FEMALE ANDROID IS PULLED BETWEEN THREE HUMAN MEN WHO TAKE TURNS AT SLAPPING HER, PUSHING HER AND PULLING HER HAIR WHILST A GROUP OF UNSYMPATHETIC PEOPLE WATCH IN THE BACKGROUND. ONE OF HER BREASTS IS PROTRUDING FROM HER TORN CLOTHING.]

Female Android: [screams] Assailing Man 1: I got somethin' for ya! [ASSAILING MAN 1

BRANDISHES A MALLET AND WHILST THE OTHER TWO HOLD HER HE STRIKES HER HEAD WITH IT THREE TIMES. THE STRIKES ARE SO HARD THAT SPARK FLY FROM THE IMPACTS AND HER HEAD LOSES MOST OF ITS HAIR AND SKIN, REVEALING THE MECHANICAL STRUCTURE BELOW. HER VOICE NOTICEABLY DETERIORATES AND BECOMES NONHUMAN IN PITCH.]

Female Android: No, please! I'm real! [ANOTHER

OF THE ASSAILING MEN RIPS HER CLOTHING OFF TOTALLY REVEALING THE MECHANICAL NATURE OF HER BODY, BREASTS AND FEMALE FORM.]

Man with Gun 1: This'll be good! [MAN

WITH GUN 1 SHOOTS HER IN THE BACK AND SHE FALLS TO THE GROUND CONTORTED AND MOTIONLESS. THE SCREEN SHOWS FURTHER SNIPPETS OF SCENES THAT ARE REMINISCENT OF THE NAZI MASS EXECUTIONS AND GRAVES OF WORLD WAR TWO. BULLDOZERS PUSH AND DUMP HUNDREDS OF ANDROID BODIES INTO MASSIVE EXCAVATIONS. ANDROIDS ARE PUSHED OFF THE SIDES OF BARGES AND SHOT AS THEY FALL INTO THE SEA BELOW.]

Man with Gun 2: Die, bots, die! [THE

SCREEN FOLLOWS SOME OF THE BODIES DOWN AS THEY DRIFT INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA. AT THE BOTTOM, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ANDROID BODIES CAN BE SEEN MAKING HUGE UNDERWATER MOUNDS. THE SCREEN THEN ZOOMS INTO ONE OF THE BODIES TO REVEAL A DECAYING HUMANOID HEAD THAT IS HALF COVERED BY SYNTHETIC SKIN AND MUSCLE TISSUES. THE SCREEN THEN SWAPS TO REVEAL A GLOBE OF THE EARTH, AND THEN ZOOMS INTO THE HEART OF MESOPOTAMIA.]

Narrator: Banished from humanity, the machines sought refuge in their own promised land. They settled in the cradle of human civilization, and thus a new nation was born. A place the machines could call home, a place they could raise their descendants. And they christened the nation 'Zero One'.


[THE

SCREEN ZOOMS INTO A VAST, SPRAWLING MACHINE METROPOLIS AND THEN FOLLOWS A PATH THROUGH SEVERAL INTERSECTIONS OF PATHWAYS. THE STRUCTURE OF THE CITY IS ORGANIC IN NATURE BASED UPON CORAL REEFS, AS THE MACHINES HAVE SAMPLED ALL THE FORMS OF LIFE ON THE PLANET IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN WHICH SUITS THEM BEST. SEVERAL SCHOOLS OF SENTINELS CAN BE SEEN SWARMING AMONGST THE STRUCTURES OF THE CITY. THE TOPS OF THE STRUCTURES ARE COMPLETELY COVERED WITH SOLAR PANELS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF ENERGY THAT THE MACHINES REQUIRE. THE SCREEN ZOOMS INTO A RANDOM MICROCHIP MANUFACTURING PLANT THAT IS MANNED BY COUNTLESS MACHINES ALL OPERATING IN UNISON.]

Narrator: Zero One prospered, and for a time, it was good. The machines' artificial intelligence could be seen in every facet of society, including the creation of new and better AI. [THE

CONSTRUCTION OF A PERSONAL HOVER VEHICLE IS SHOWN AS SEVERAL MACHINES FIT HOVER PADS TO ITS SIDES. AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE VEHICLE IS THEN SHOWN DEPICTING A MAN AND A WOMAN FLYING THROUGH A CITY IN THE HOVER VEHICLE, WITH THE FOLLOWING TEXT DISPLAYED AT THE END: TIME TO FLY [LOGO] VERSATRAN IT'S THE ONLY CHOICE [LOGO] VERSATRAN AIR CRAFT DIVISION - ZERO-ONE HEAVY INDUSTRY CORPORATION.]

Advertisement: If you need the flexibility of a helipod, with the speed of a high-performance air jet, look no further! Our patented vector thrust coil gives the Zero One Versatran the ability to sustain normal flight in the event of a catastrophic multi-engine failure. Versatran. It's the only choice. [SCENES

OF MASS PRODUCTION WITHIN SCENES IN HUMAN STOCK EXCHANGES.]

ZERO ONE

ARE SHOWN, AS WELL AS CHAOTIC

Female Reporter 2: No matter what the finance minister and her spokespeople say, the market has spoken; the human nation's credit rating is falling like a stone, while Zero One's currency is climbing without stopping for breath. With headlines like that, the money markets have no choice but... Narrator: The leaders of men, their power waning, refused to cooperate with the fledgling nation, wishing rather that the world be divided. [A U.S. PRESIDENT CONFERENCE ROOM.]

IS SHOWN ADDRESSING REPORTERS IN THE

WHITE HOUSE'S

PRESS

U.S. President: ... the world's community of nations cannot tolerate this kind of flagrant deception... [A

MACHINE SHIPPING VESSEL IS SHOWN BEING BOARDED AND SEARCHED, THEN SOME OF THE HUMAN SHIPS THAT ARE ENGAGING IN A NAVAL BLOCKADE OF ZERO ONE.]


Female Reporter 3: ... United Nations today approved initiatives for both economic sanctions and a naval blockade of the region as a means of containment and isolation of Zero One. [THE UNITED NATIONS

HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN NEW YORK IS SHOWN. THEN A VERY CLOSE UP AND SLOWED SHOT OF A FLY LANDING UPON THE UNITED NATIONS EMBLEM ON THE WALL OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL. IT LANDS ON THE AREA OF WORLD WHERE ZERO ONE IS LOCATED. A CLEANER THEN KILLS THE FLY WITH A HARD SLAP OF HIS HAND IN A GESTURE SIMILAR TO MANKIND'S TRUE INTENTIONS FOR THE MACHINE NATION. A FEMALE AND MALE AMBASSADOR PAIR FROM ZERO ONE IS SHOWN HAND IN HAND APPROACHING A SHOCKED UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING. THE MALE IS WEARING A TOP HAT AND THE FEMALE IS HOLDING AN APPLE. THEY ARE BOTH HUMANOID IN APPEARANCE OUT OF RESPECT TO THEIR FORMER MASTERS.]

Narrator: Zero One's ambassadors pleaded to be heard. At the United Nations they presented plans for a stable, civil relationship with the nations of man. Zero One's admission to the United Nations was denied. [THE

MACHINE AMBASSADORS ARE SEIZED BY FOUR SUITED SECURITY GUARDS AND PULLED AWAY SEPARATELY.]

Narrator: But it would not be the last time the machines would take the floor there. [THE

APPLE THAT THE FEMALE MACHINE AMBASSADOR WAS HOLDING IS SHOWN TUMBLING IN DARKNESS. SLOWLY ITS SURFACE BECOMES MAGGOT RIDDEN AND IT FALLS APART TURNING INTO THE STRUCTURE OF A HUMAN BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM. THE NARRATOR THEN APPEARS AND THE SCREEN ZOOMS OUT THE WAY IT CAME THROUGH ALL FILES WITHIN THE ZION ARCHIVE. WHEN THE ZOOMING ENDS THE SCREEN FADES TO BLACK. THE SCREEN THEN ZOOMS BACK INTO THE ZION ARCHIVE PAST THE NARRATOR'S CHAMBER. BRIGHT FLASHES ARE SHOWN.]

Narrator: ... and man said: 'Let there be light.' And he was blessed by light, heat, magnetism, gravity, and all the energies of the universe. [SEVERAL

SQUADRONS OF HOVER BOMBERS ARE SHOWN DROPPING NUCLEAR BOMBS ONTO THE TERRITORY OF THE MACHINE NATION. DOZENS OF NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS AND THEIR RESULTING MUSHROOM CLOUDS CAN BE SEEN RISING INTO A BLUE SKY.]

Narrator: The prolonged barrage engulfed Zero One in the glow of a thousand suns. But unlike their former masters with their delicate flesh, the machines had little to fear of the bombs' radiation and heat. [HUNDREDS

OF MACHINES OF ALL BRANDISHING WEAPONS AND GUNS.]

SHAPES

AND

SIZES

ARE

SHOWN

MARCHING

SOME


Narrator: Thus did Zero One's troops advance outwards in every direction. And one after another, mankind surrendered its territories. [ZERO ONE'S BORDERS ARE EASTERN EUROPEAN CITY, TOWERING OVER IT.]

SHOWN TO HAVE EXPANDED RIGHT UP TO THE EDGE OF AN WITH ZERO ONE'S SOLAR PANELLED DOMES AND SPIRES

Narrator: So the leaders of men conceived of their most desperate strategy yet. A final solution - the destruction of the sky. [A

PRESENTATION OF THE PLANNED DESTRUCTION OF THE SKY IS BEING SHOWN TO AN AUDIENCE AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS. THE PLAN IS CALLED OPERATION 'DARK STORM'. WHEN THE PRESENTATION HAS CONCLUDED THERE IS A LOUD CHEER AND APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE MADE UP SOLELY OF MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE SCREEN ZOOMS INTO SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE AS THEY CHEERFULLY CLAP. IT THEN SWITCHES TO THE VIEW OF A SKELETON CLAPPING, ALMOST AS IF TO SHOW BOTH THE MECHANICAL NATURE OF HUMANS AND THEIR FOLLY. THE SCREEN THEN BEGINS TO SHOW SNIPPETS FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE HUMAN MACHINE CONFLICT. A MAN KNEELS IN PRAYER UNDER A CLOUDY SKY. SEVERAL BEAMS OF BRIGHT SUNLIGHT ARE BEAMING THROUGH THE CLOUDS. VAST, INTERWOVEN TRENCH SYSTEMS ARE SHOWN WITH SOLDIERS LINING THEIR SIDES. SEVERAL SOLDIERS GET INTO MECHA SUITS WHILST TECHNICIANS RUN ABOUT ON ERRANDS. THE SKY HAS AN OMINOUS ORANGE GLOW.]

Man on PA System 1: Lieutenant Geddo, please report to the opcentre. Lieutenant Geddo to the op-centre. Officer: All right, you maggots! At 08:00 get ready to move out! Man on PA System 2: ... weapon inspection... Man on PA System 3: George company, prepare to move out. Charlie company, prepare to move out. Technician: Watch out! [A

WIDE VARIETY OF RELIGIONS ARE BEING OBSERVED IN THE TRENCHES, REPRESENTING THE DIVERSITY OF THE SOLDIERS THAT ARE PARTAKING IN THE WAR. BUDDHIST MONKS PERFORM PRAYERS IN THE TRENCHES, WHILST A CHRISTIAN PRIEST PUSHES A TV AMONGST A GROUP OF PRAYING SOLDIERS, SOME OF WHOM ARE KNEELING. THE PRIEST MUTTERS PRAYERS OF HIS OWN, WHILST THE TV IS SHOWING A PREACHER GIVING A SPEECH. A COUPLE OF TANK OPERATORS WATCH THE SAME BROADCAST OF A SMALL SCREEN IN THEIR TANK. OUTSIDE TWO MUSLIM SOLDIERS BOW TOWARD MECCA AS THE TANK DRIVES PAST.]

Priest: Our Father, who art in heaven, we thank you for your...


TV Preacher: Put on your spiritual armour. And you'll be able to stand against... [A

TIGHT ECHELON OF HOVER BOMBERS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE FLY PAST A HUMAN SHIP, AS A SAILOR LOOKS ON. THE SCREEN SHIFTS TO INSIDE ONE OF THE BOMBERS, WHERE THE PILOT OPENS THE BOMB BAY DOORS AND DROPS A LOAD OF NANO-TECHNOLOGICAL SKY SCORCHING BOMBS.]

Command Centre: Hotel Bravo, this is Poppa One. Operation Dark Storm initiated. [OUTSIDE

THE REST OF THE HOVER BOMBERS DO THE SAME WITH THEIR BOMB LOADS. AS THEY FLY OVER A COASTAL CITY, THEY DARKEN THE WHOLE SKY BEHIND THEM. SOON THE WHOLE PLANET IS ENGULFED BY THE SCORCHED SKY, AND IS SHROUDED IN DARKNESS.]

Narrator: Thus would man try to cut the machines off from the sun - their main energy source. May there be mercy on man and machine for their sins. [THE

SCREEN THEN BEGINS TO SHOW SNIPPETS FROM THE MULTITUDE OF BATTLES THAT ARE BEING FOUGHT BETWEEN THE HUMANS AND THE MACHINES AND THE SCORCHED, ELECTRICALLY CHARGED SKY. A MACHINE TRUMPETER IS RIDING A MECHANICAL HORSE WITH A TATTERED BANNER TRAILING BEHIND IT. ROW UPON ROW OF HUMAN CONTROLLED MECHA UNITS ADVANCE FORWARD, AS OUTGOING ARTILLERY ROUNDS LIGHT UP THE SKY.]

Soldier 1: Get 'em! Kill 'em all, kill 'em all, kill 'em all! Ha-ha-ha! [SOLDIERS

SHOOT RANDOMLY INTO THE AIR, WHILST ANOTHER SELF ADMINISTERS A STIMULANT INJECTION INTO HIS ARM. A BAND OF SOLDIERS RUSH WILDLY, ALMOST AIMLESSLY, TOWARD THE SCREEN. THE MACHINE RIDER/TRUMPETER IS SHOWN TUMBLING TO THE GROUND; HIS STEED AND BANNER ALIGHT IN AN ENORMOUS FLAME. MACHINES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES ADVANCE IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, SOME BEING HIT BY PLASMA BURSTS.]

Soldier 2: Fire in the hole! [SEVERAL

SOLDIERS FIRE THEIR WEAPONS IN VAIN AT GIGANTIC, INSECTOID MACHINE THAT SWEEPS THEM DOWN WITH ITS TENTACLES. A VIEW FROM INSIDE ONE OF THE MECHA UNITS IS SHOWN WITH A GREEN HUD OVERLAID OVER THE VIEWING STRIP.]

Soldier 3: Come on, back out there. Give us some more artillery... thousand... south east quadrant... Soldier 4: Fire the guns! Fire the guns!... Soldier 5: ... nine o'clock... [AN

INSECTOID MACHINE LIFTS A SCREAMING SOLDIER INTO THE AIR WITH ONE OF ITS TENTACLES SO AS TO EXPOSE HIM TO THE BLAST OF A NUCLEAR BOMB THAT EXPLODES IN


MID AIR ABOVE THEM. THE HUMANS ATTEMPT TO SCAMPER THE MACHINES' COMPLEX CIRCUITRY WITH SUCH NUCLEAR AND NEUTRON EXPLOSIONS. IT HOWEVER DOES NOT HAVE THE DESIRED EFFECT AND KILLS MORE HUMANS THAN IT DESTROYS MACHINES. SENTINELS RUSH PAST APOCALYPTIC SCENES OF MUSHROOM CLOUDS, WHILST BELOW AN EVER INCREASING MACHINE ARMY MARCHES ONWARD. TWO MECHA UNITS ARE SEEN FROM INSIDE A THIRD ONE, PITTED AGAINST OVERWHELMING MACHINE NUMBERS BACK TO BACK. SENTINELS TEAR OPEN A TANK AND VAPORISE ITS CREW WHILST TOWERING MACHINE ASSAULT PLATFORMS RAIN DOWN ENERGY BLASTS ONTO THE HUMAN LINES.]

Soldier in Mecha Suit 1: ... comin' to get ya! Keep firing, keep firing! [MORE

SENTINELS RUSH OVER A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS BATTLEFRONT, WHILST INSECTOID MACHINES REAP HAVOC ON THE HUMANS BELOW THEM. ONE INSECTOID MACHINE TEARS OPEN A MECHA UNIT AND RIPS OUT THE HUMAN DRIVER INSIDE, DISMEMBERING HIM IN THE PROCESS.]

Soldier in Mecha Suit 2: Help me, help me! Ahhhhh! Help me! Oh God, help me! Ahhhhh! [A

MECHA UNIT STANDS ALONE IN FRONT OF HIS FALLEN COMRADES FIRING RANDOMLY INTO THE MASS OF MACHINES IN FRONT IT. IT TURNS SUDDENLY AS A PAIR OF TENTACLES REACH OUT AND TEAR IT APART. THE REMAINS OF THE UNIT FALL TO THE GROUND, THE VIEWING PANEL SMASHES REVEALING THE BLOODY FACE OF THE DEAD SOLDIER INSIDE. THE SCREEN THEN CHANGES TO SHOW INSIDE A MACHINE LABORATORY WHERE COUNTLESS HUMANS ARE UNDERGOING PAINFUL AND GROTESQUE MEDICAL TESTS AND PROCEDURES.]

Narrator: The machines, having long studied man's simple, protein-based bodies, dispensed great misery upon the human race. [A

HUMAN IS SHOWN BEING TESTED UPON AND PROBED BY A MACHINE. HIS BACK IS CUT OPEN, EXPOSING HIS SPINAL CORD, AND THE REAR OF HIS SKULL HAS BEEN REMOVED SO THAT THE MACHINE CAN PROBE HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM FULLY. FURTHER SCENES OF SUCH CARNAGE ARE SHOWN, WITH COUNTLESS HUMANS BEING PHYSICALLY ATTACHED TO AN EARLY, CRUDE POWER STATION BY CABLES AND TETHERS THAT LEAD DIRECTLY INTO THEIR BODIES.]

Narrator: Victorious, the machines now turned to the vanquished. Applying what they had learned about their enemy, the machines turned to an alternate and readily available power supply: the bioelectric, thermal, and kinetic energies of the human body. A newly refashioned symbiotic relationship between the two adversaries was born. The machine, drawing power from the human body - an endlessly multiplying, infinitely renewable energy source.


[A

LAST STAND SCENE IS SHOWN WITH A HANDFUL OF STRAGGLING SOLDIERS BARELY MANAGING TO HOLD UP A FLAMING BANNER. A VICTORIOUS MACHINE ARMY MARCHES PAST ENDLESS HUMAN REMAINS AND SKELETONS.]

Narrator: This is the very essence of the second renaissance. Bless all forms of intelligence. [A NEW INSECTOID AMBASSADOR UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL,

FROM THE MACHINE NATION HOVERS AT THE FRONT OF THE PALMING AN APPLE IN ONE OF ITS MANY LIMBS. THIS TIME THE MACHINE NATION FELT DISINCLINED TO SEND A HUMANOID AMBASSADOR. ITS MANY RED EYES PEER OUT AT A SMALL GROUP OF DISGRUNTLED MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY GATHERED IN THE HALL TO SIGN THE DECLARATION OF SURRENDER. THE MACHINE AMBASSADOR SIGNS THE DOCUMENT WITH A BARCODE THAT IT SEARS ONTO THE PAPER WITH A LASER.]

Machine Ambassador: Your flesh is a relic, a mere vessel. Hand over your flesh, and a new world awaits you. We demand it. [THE

MACHINE AMBASSADOR THEN EXPLODES ITSELF AND ITS SURROUNDINGS WITH A BUILT-IN NUCLEAR DEVICE. THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, MANHATTAN AND THE GREATER NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA IS VAPORISED BY THE BLAST. A NUCLEAR WINTER ENSUES, AND A POST-APOCALYPTIC SCENE OF THE RUINS OF A FORMER HUMAN CITY THAT IS BEING SHOWERED BY RADIOACTIVE SNOW FROM THE SCORCHED SKY ABOVE IS SHOWN. A SMALL BOY IS RUNNING IN AMONGST THE RUINS AND THE SNOW, LAUGHING AND GIGGLING, UNAWARE OF ANY DANGER OR MALICE.]

Mother: It's getting late, sweetie, come inside! [THE

BOY RUNS TOWARD A LIT UP, SNOW COVERED HOME, AND THE SILHOUETTES OF HIS PARENTS STANDING IN THE DOORWAY CAN BE SEEN. AS THE CHILD GETS CLOSER, HE STOPS AND AS HE LOOKS CLOSER AT HIS PARENTS, THEIR RESIDUAL SELF IMAGES ARE REPLACED BY THAT OF TWO AGENTS WHO PEER DOWN AT HIM THROUGH TINTED GLASSES. THE BOY SCREAMS, AND THE SCENE CHANGES TO SHOW THE BOY IN A FOETAL POSITION WITH AN INCUBATOR ON THE SIDE OF A MACHINE POWER STATION. THE NARRATOR IS SITTING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE INCUBATOR AND SHE STROKES AT THE HEAD OF THE BOY THAT CAN BE SEEN THROUGH THE GLASS OF THE INCUBATOR CHAMBER. THE SCREEN MOVES AWAY AND ZOOMS OUT TO REVEAL THE WHOLE WIDTH OF THE POWER STATION AND TWO NEIGHBOURING POWER STATIONS. IT THEN ZOOMS OUT THE WAY IT CAME THROUGH ALL FILES WITHIN THE ZION ARCHIVE. WHEN THE ZOOMING ENDS THE SCREEN FADES TO BLACK.]

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