BEFORE THE MOON E1 – “Revelations” – Transcript

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Good day. This is a secured transmission – do not decrypt at any public terminal. As complications have been uncovered in the shutdown sequence for Moonbase Theta, Consortium Communications has been asked to provide archival files for certain active personnel. The following is a report on said personnel activities … Before the Moon. 

The following is file BTM-E1, codeword “Revelations.”

(We are in an office on the outskirts of the Rio Enclave. We can hear faint noises in the background, including a rotating fan. A door opens tentatively as Michell enters. Note – ‘Ser’, a gender-neutral title, is pronounced ‘sair’, rhyming with ‘hair’.)

MICHELL

Ser? You had them pull me out of – you sent for me?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

What were you into, L’Anglois?

MICHELL

The gymnasium. Physical training.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Take a seat. Put your towel down, that’s a Tenriero chair.

MICHELL

Yes, Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Point that fan in your direction.

MICHELL

Yes, Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Relax, son, you’re not in any sort of trouble. Shit, I’m not supposed to call people ‘son’ these days.

MICHELL

It’s okay.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Can I get you a bottle of water?

MICHELL

No, thank you.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Well, the reason I had them bring you here is –

MICHELL

            (nervous)

Do you have olfactory?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

I’m sorry?

MICHELL

Olfactory. It helps me to –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Sorry, can’t help you there.

MICHELL

Okay.

            (he sniffs surreptitiously)

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Are you sniffing the inside of your pocket?

MICHELL

Of course not, Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

            (after a moment)

How have things been lately out on the wall?

MICHELL

Oh. It’s been … fine. Just fine.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Nothing in particular going on?

MICHELL

Of course there have been several incursions, you were copied on the reports –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

I have your reports. Among others.

MICHELL

Well, then there’s … that’s it. The wall – it’s holding. We’ve held it, Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

You and the … personnel under your command.

MICHELL

Of course. With them.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

And everything’s been … all right there.

MICHELL

Of course, Ser.

            (sniffs nervously)

Can I have that water now?

            (he uncaps the bottle and drinks deeply)

ENCLAVE OFFICER

            (while Michell is drinking)

I heard about another sort of incursion happening out there. Off the … reports.  

MICHELL

            (gulps)
Ser?

            (drinks again)

ENCLAVE OFFICER

What I heard is that they fragged you.

MICHELL

            (sputters)

I’m – I’m sorry?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

The personnel under your command … fragged you.

MICHELL

I don’t recognize that term.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Attempted, at least, being as you’re still here.

MICHELL

I don’t know where you heard that, Ser, but I – I promise you that I am in complete control of my … command. My command.

            (there is no response)

I admit there was an incident, just rebellious horseplay among the personnel, but it was dealt with. I handled it, it’s fully taken care of and it was nothing at all, nothing to concern yourself with. The wall is secure. Everything is – it’s just fine now.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

That’s your position?

MICHELL

That’s my report. Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

And there’s nothing else to add.

MICHELL

            (cockier, thinking the worst is over)

I can’t think of another thing.

            (sliding his chair back)

If that’s all, I’ll just –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Be gentle with that chair, I’ve asked you already.

MICHELL

Yes … Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Sit back down, son. We’re still talking.

            (we hear the chair scrape back into place)

I know this hasn’t been the easiest adjustment for you. You changed places a little bit late in the game, didn’t you?

MICHELL

I wouldn’t refer to it that way –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

You moved to Rio fresh out of school, not a lot of time to get used to the place. It’s okay, I’ve only been here a few years myself. I started out in northern Ontario, before the fires spread and the Conglomerate snapped up anything worth keeping. I jumped ship to the Consortium with any secrets I could grab. You came here with your family?

MICHELL

            (startled)

Yes! Yes, Ser. My sister and I.  Our parents were, well … they thought that …

ENCLAVE OFFICER

I know that story too – my folks were Separatists back in the day. Still, you made the right choice. I know you’ve been wondering, late at night on the wall, or when you wake up and your own are breaking down the door – but we’ve got a place for you. Don’t worry about that.

MICHELL

That’s … good to hear. Thank you.  

ENCLAVE OFFICER

And believe me, their new CO is gonna bust their chops but good.

MICHELL

New CO? You mean I’m being – you mean they’re not being – I’d like to lodge a formal protest!

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Cool your jets, Officer. Didn’t you tell me five minutes ago that nothing officially happened? You don’t want to be out there anyway – we all know that wall is coming down, it’s just a matter of time. Negotiations are already underway – hell, you don’t need to know that. Wipe that out of your head, son.

MICHELL

            (we hear the chair pushed back again)

Ser? I think I’m going to leave now.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

We’re not finished.

MICHELL

I think I might be.

            (deep breath)

I’d like to resign from Security, official as of today. You can have my – my ID is in my locker, but I can get it and bring it back, no time at all.

            (brief pause)

I tried to fit in. Je me suis battu pour ton foutu … I did everything I was told. I went through training, even with the Enclave’s shit transition program I made it through, you put me on the wall, I said okay, I’ll go up there, I knew what kind of command I was getting. I said to myself, Michell, you can handle this, everyone starts somewhere and I was Doing. That. Job. For. You. I was doing it, and if this is all the respect that doing that job gets, all I’ve got to say is, “Mettez-vous le au cul ! I’m done!

ENCLAVE OFFICER

            (after a moment)

Are you done?

MICHELL

I just have to get my –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

You can go if you want, I can’t keep you from leaving.  

MICHELL

All right. I appreciate the … whatever this was –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

But I wouldn’t have called you in here if you weren’t still worth something to the Enclave.  

            (he stands up)

I trained your sister, did you know that? She was … a lot like you when it came to people skills, but she was a goddamn superior candidate. I was proud to have a hand in shaping her.

MICHELL

Nobody made Maria what she is … but Maria.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Of course I mean, “they were,” standard protocol and all. But you’re right. She – They – became one hell of an officer. Their reports are still the high point of my week.

MICHELL

You know where she is?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Of course I do, son.

MICHELL

She wasn’t allowed to say. I get messages, but they’ve been bounced a dozen times …

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Maria L’Anglois is right where I put her, under my command, following my advice to the letter. She wasn’t so hot on the Moon when I first suggested it –

MICHELL

She’s on the Moon?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Head of security on Base Gamma.

MICHELL

I can’t believe she never said. She wouldn’t even give me a hint.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

            (a harsh laugh)

We keep things locked down pretty tight here in Security. Communication with Earth is strictly limited.

MICHELL

You have to let me send a message. I’ll submit through the Protocol office, I’ll have it pre-censored –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Or you could bypass all that by following in your big sister’s footsteps.

MICHELL

On Moonbase Gamma?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Theta, actually.

MICHELL

Theta, that’s the one that’s on the –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

You’ll be replacing the current three-person team.

MICHELL

By myself?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

The crew is being … reduced, as well. But it’s a big responsibility, I don’t trust one of them. Other than you, of course.

MICHELL

Of … course.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

So, I can count on you?

MICHELL

I don’t understand why I’m the best choice. How much longer is Maria assigned to be …?

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Hard to say. Things have gotten a bit … volatile, on the moon. Every base is being scaled back, locked up tight. There’s … see that, I did it again. Can’t tell you more, son. Classified.

MICHELL

Unless I’m on the inside.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

There is that.

MICHELL

There is that.

            (brief pause)

I’m still … I want to know what happens to … dammit. Je me sens pas bien comme ça.

            (no response)

You can count on me. Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

I thought so. There’s a lot more we’ll need to talk about – who to keep a particular eye on, protocols for information gathering, but there’s time for that. Go and get yourself cleaned up, son.

MICHELL

Right away.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Oh, L’Anglois? You remember where I said I moved here from?

MICHELL

I think you said –

ENCLAVE OFFICER

Canada, while it was still a thing, had two official languages. Je parle le français. You may want to keep that in mind.

MICHELL

Oh. I’m … understood, Ser.

ENCLAVE OFFICER

You’re dismissed.

(We hear Michell walk out, close the door, walk through an outer office and into the hallway. He leans against a wall, breathing heavily.)

MICHELL

What the hell was that? Dans quoi me suis-je embarquée exactement ?

            (suddenly, we hear an audio alert)

Receive, internal conduction.

AUTOMATED VOICE

You have a message from an unauthorized source. Do you accept?

MICHELL

Go ahead, play.

MARIA

            (recorded)

Hey, mister, long time no hear.

            (we hear Michell gasp as the message begins)

My fault of course, but now you know the reason why. Which I can finally talk to you about – congrats on the new gig! I’ll tell you right now, you’re gonna want a sweater, and I’d suggest your own body armour.

MICHELL

How the hell does she know?

MARIA

            (laughs)

You know how it goes in our line of work, if you’ve got the right connections. Lucky for you when you get up here, you’re gonna have me, and that will make everything a whole lot easier. Don’t worry about anything, kid; I’ve got your back.

            (there is some noise over the line)
I’ve gotta get to it here – they run wild if you’re not looking, right? Oops, might be a sore subject at the moment. Anyway, you’re gonna show those assholes! Welcome to the Moon, little bro!

AUTOMATED VOICE

Message complete. If you wish to record a reply –

MICHELL

Stop. Save for later.

            (after a pause, his breathing has evened out)

Welcome to the Moon … I guess.

(The episode ends.)

D.J. SYLVIS

This episode featured Cass McPhee as Michell, and D.J. Sylvis as the enclave officer. With special appearance by Cat Blackard as Maria. It was written and edited by D.J. Sylvis. Theme music is “Star” by the band Ramp. You can find more information and a transcript of the episode on our website – monkeymanproductions dot com. Thank you so much for all your support. A million thank yous. Enough thank yous to reach up to the moon and back.

Back in two weeks, when we’ll be bringing you “Adjustments”, an episode about Wilder featuring Tina Daniels and Claudia Elvidge. Until then, moonbaseians!

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