Took a walk, whilst imagining a meteor shower. Playing around with some ideas in my mind, I was reminded of an older Garage Band session that’s basically one big cascade with a very spacey-atmosphere.
Strapped for time at the computer, I opted to write what could be an episode of Love Death and Robots:
The year is 2080. The comet cluster Halcyon 5 is on an irreconcilable collision course with Earth. For the last three decades since our discovery of Halcyon 5, not only have we terraformed new planets outside of our solar system but implemented a planet-wide exodus for all people and a full catalog of flora and fauna under project ARC (Absolute Re-Civilization). Successfully completing a 30 year long evacuation, the final ships left Earth as Halcyon 5 breached our solar system and became visible to any remaining unaided earthling eyes.
Entertainment giant VIZEN launched probes to race alongside the descending comets, providing a real-time feed of mother Earth’s next, but likely not last, total immolation.
Our POV begins by following CUSTODES, a bot tasked with custodial duties at the ICBC motel of Azure Falls, Arizona. As Halcyon 5 draws nearer overhead, we see through the motel windows CUSTODES gliding from room to room performing what seem to be the dutiful but sadly futile tasks he must have been programmed to perform. While the heavens swirl above, CUSTODES tends to all nooks and crannies of the already over-tidied motel, finally pausing in the motel office in front of a picture of a family of three: two parents and a little girl. They are standing proudly in front of the Neon sign of the ICBC hotel. The photo has doilies patterned around the edges, little hearts in the corners. We switch to the POV of CUSTODES, with the word “remote” blinking in the bottom corner. We look on while making our way out into the empty lot, in front of the dormant neon sign, gazing up beyond at Halcyon-5 as it draws nearer.
2:45 – Now outside in the Arizona desert, we observe through CUSTODES, rummaging about the property, rifling through the creosote and bumbling over the rocks, eventually happening upon a little clearing. There, a child’s table, some stools, and a plastic tea set lay strewn about the area, dusty and scratched but unbroken. CUSTODES searches the clearing, overturning small boulders, until at about 5:20, after noticing a nylon strap flapping in nearby bush, zooms in to discover a little pink camera with a cheap little tripod screwed onto the bottom, and little rubber bunny ears above the lense.
4:26 – 5:32 We switch to the POV of the VIZEN drones racing alongside Halcyon 5’s multiplying comets, some small, some large, all mighty, piercing the light cloud layer in the Arizona night sky until the cameras disappear at the moment of impact.
Return to CUSTODES, who snatches the camera and begins racing through the Arizona desert, rabbit-camera dangling behind, as the first marble-sized debris pummels the dry earth. The sun is rising. CUSTODES evades bombardment, for a time, until the fusillade is about to completely engulf our little hero, when a single blue-flames rocket emerges from CUSTODES wee chassis at 6:13.
Vaulting upwards, CUSTODES rushes to clear the swirling debris clouds, breaking free at 6:29, wheeling about has comets shower downwards all around him.
Our final shot sequence from 6:49 is from the POV of a lone Vizen(TM) drone sitting in orbit, we wave goodbye one last time as Earth is enveloped, CUSTODES zooming past our moon.
The camera rotates to follow CUSTODES blinks into light speed to return the camera to its operator, several galaxies away.
Looking for feedback on
Mostly types by phone so forgive any lack of clarity, but plot-thoughts? Should the kiddie-camera be swapped out for a different precious object? Any and all thoughts welcome!