Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rick Grimes - The United Front - Sime McDonald

As the author is not entirely up to speed with The Walking Dead - shamefully he is only up to Volume 9 - certain details have been left purposefully hazy. The author has named characters 'scientist' and 'priest' to avoid confusion. If he was working with a longer script, he'd have introduced them properly. As it is, this is all you get.

1. Tight on Rick yelling, spittle flying.

RICK GRIMES
You're going to let this happen?!

2. Rick is standing in the middle of a field. Carl's nowhere to be seen - but the rest of Rick's entourage (whoever remains in current continuity) have been cut down, prey of the zombies that are streaming towards Rick and the two men standing before him, a priest and a scientist dressed in a putrid laboratory coat.

PRIEST
This is the way the Lord wants it.

SCIENTIST
This is evolution.

TOGETHER
(Priest & Scientist)
Fate.

3. The pack of zombies is nearing. Rick's eyes are wide, almost popping out of their sockets.

RICK GRIMES
This isn't fate!
This is a mistake!
We can beat this!
We can outlive this!

4. Despite their impending danger and Rick's ravings, the priest and scientist remain passive and calm.

SCIENTIST
The undead have become the driving force of evolution.

PRIEST
They are disciples sent from our lord.

5. The zombies swarm over Rick. The scientist and the priest will be next. But they don't care.


TOGETHER
(Priest & Scientist)
They will not be denied.


4 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, Simon, that's the most horrifying idea I've read all week. I'm sending this script to Richard Dawkins immediately...

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  2. Really good idea and really creepy execution too.

    I think the ambiguity worked better in this case, this is not just an individual scientist and an individual priest, because they are unnamed, they become an embodiment of a way of thinking.

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  3. Personally, the thing I find particularly clever about this bit is that usually, you have stories put priest types and scientist types on opposite sides of issues, usually with one being in the right depending on the thoughts of the author, but here you've instead managed to make them both wrong. It definitely has me interested in seeing more about what got the story to this point.

    And you shouldn't worry too much about not being up to date on the series. I've never read it all and I still managed to put a piece together.

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  4. I just get the feeling of pessimism in this one. No matter what way we go, who we follow, it's all inevitably leading to shit anyway. Kind of a downer...which is exactly what this comic is most of the time.

    In fact, I just picked up the 13th trade, can't wait to snuggle up with it as the storm settles in this weekend. Golden.

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