Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Judge Dredd - Ego-a-go-go - Sime McDonald

PANEL ONE
Inside the Justice Department’s armoury, Judge Dredd stands with the armourer. Dredd’s outfitted in his uniform, weapon holstered by his side, iconic helmet plonked atop his head, his holding another helmet in his outstretched arms, slightly more advanced than his own, a few more bells and whistles, a little more extravagant. Dredd’s mouth is twisted into a sour grimace; he’s not impressed by this piece of new technology. The armourer, beside him, is far more impressed.

ARMOURER
- - all the customary features of course, night-vision, thermal-vision, and something else - -

JUDGE DREDD
Hmph.

ARMOURER:
- - an inbuilt fMRI scanner, that’ll display activity in the brain’s amygdala and anterior insula.

PANEL TWO
If looks could kill, the armourer would be sliced in half by Dredd’s; thusly, his complexion has paled and he’s lost a degree of composure, nervous now.

JUDGE DREDD
Which tells me what?

ARMOURER
Uh – well, er, increased activity in these parts of the brain indicate an anticipation of pain, a belief that a person is under threat - -


PANEL THREE
Dredd casually tosses the helmet into the air. The armourer watches on, fingers arms splayed, wide-eyed.

ARMOURER [1]
- - meaning you could scan a crowd, and anybody displaying heightened activity as a result of your presence could, potentially, be a threat and duly brought in for - -

ARMOURER [2]
What…?

PANEL FOUR
Small panel of the helmet clunking down onto the asphalt floor.

JUDGE DREDD (o/p)
No.

PANEL FIVE
Dredd holds his weapon up in front of the armourer’s face. It's

JUDGE DREDD [1]
People see me coming, I expect them to fear the worst.
If they don't, I'm not doing my job.
JUDGE DREDD [2]
I don’t need to see brain activity to validate my effect on people.
PANEL SIX
On Dredd, walking away.

JUDGE DREDD
My ego doesn’t need a boost.

END

1 comment:

  1. I really like this one. A really simple script with an interesting look into Dredd's character.

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