Earth 2 (1994) s01e19 Episode Script

Survival of the Fittest

I can't see it.
Why can't I see it? We should be right on top of it.
We've got to get them to turn back now, Devon.
John? There's been a small error.
Wejust received a pulse, strongest one yet- a little too strong, I'm afraid.
- What do you mean by that? - We believe it was its terminal event.
Last gasp, so to speak.
- Well, where is it? - 250 klicks northeast.
- That's over a day from here.
- John, I'm sorry.
We got a very good read this time.
She went out with quite a surge.
- All this way for nothing.
- No.
Not for nothing.
You're not thinking what I think you are? We've come this far.
Now, wait a minute.
This is crazy.
You're two days past fail-safe already, John.
You cannot go on! John, I want you to turn back immediately.
- If we turn back, Adair, we don't know what we're givin' up.
- That is my point, John.
You don't know.
You are taking much too big a risk- We are not even sure what it is.
The transmission could be a mirage.
We have picked them up before.
It could be a mimic from some unknown source.
And it could be number nine.
I figure we go on half rations, we got a chance.
Half rations? I thought we were on half rations.
Hey, Morgan! - I'm- It was just a drop.
- We didn't come all the way out here thinking it was a mirage, did we? What if it's number nine and we walk away? - What do we tell the others? - We tell them that we decided not to commit suicide.
That's what we tell 'em.
I think we should go, for the sake of the group.
I can't believe this! I don't wanna go back unless we know for sure.
Gotta be unanimous, right? Right.
Let's go.
Let's go, Morgan.
Next time I volunteer for something, remind me how unsuited I am for this kind of stress.
I'll be the first.
John-John, stop.
You barely have enough supplies to make it back.
Just point us in the right direction, Adair.
Hey, look.
See that? Is that it? I don't know.
We found it.
It's number nine.
Wait till everybody sees what we brought 'em.
We're gonna be heroes! Oh, no.
We're dead.
We're all dead.
In the 117 days we've been on this planet, few had been as disappointing as this.
Cargo Pod 09 would've been quite a find.
Foodstuffs, converters, vehicles.
Whether it was the atmosphere that broke it up or the Grendlers didn't matter.
We risked our lives on the chance that something might be left.
Not even a can of cold heat.
We'd better head back.
- Can't do it.
Rail's runnin' hot.
Needs to cool down for at least a couple hours.
Danziger, every minute we delay is another minute closer to starvation.
Morgan, you wanna start walkin', be my guest, but I'm not gonna risk burnin' out that vehicle.
I'd rather make a run for it.
We're gonna need the rail if we stand any chance at all.
The best thing is to rest and slow down our metabolics.
Let's set up a shelter.
I can't believe this, Devon.
They barely had enough to make it back.
We tried to stop them.
They took a vote.
They were all raised on the stations.
They have no idea what they're up against.
Bess, please.
We have to stay calm.
Devon, have you ever seen anyone starve to death? Have you ever watched anyone trying to eat dirt, trying to suck the moisture out of mud? True, the, uh- the scouting party's in trouble.
I'm not gonna lie to you.
They'll be okay.
I know Dad.
He'll get them through it.
I know he will.
All right.
Let's go.
Mom, you're not going too, are you? No.
She's staying right here.
She's staying right here where she's needed most.
She's fully charged, packed and ready.
If they're unconscious, administer hydration caps immediately.
Don't even bother to take their pulse, all right? As long as they keep moving, you guys should intercept 'em within about four or five days.
Assuming no delays.
I want you guys to keep in contact every couple of hours.
I cannot afford to lose you too.
Devon, don't worry.
No one's gonna lose anyone.
Don't worry, Devon.
We'll find 'em in time.
I think if we head southeast just two degrees, we could knock off half a day.
No way to be sure about that.
It's just an educated guess.
Oh, great.
The difference between life and death left to a guess.
Can you be helpful, please? We don't know what kind of terrain's out there.
Rail might not handle it.
Don't you wanna risk it? Risking it got us into this mess, I hope you remember.
I say we stay the course and hope Yale and Walman don't decide to risk some educated guesses of their own.
Maybe we could save some time without that dead weight we're carrying around back there.
Oh, knock it off.
Oh, that would make sense, wouldn't it? You too, Morgan.
After all, I'm the only one who didn't want to go past fail-safe in the first place! - Morgan, shut up! - Maybe if someone had paid attention- - Pay attention to this! You don't zip that waste, I'm gonna knock- - John! Sound off.
Heller? I'm fine.
Alonzo? Barely.
Morgan? I'm afraid not.
I can't move my legs.
How's he doin'? We're not gonna make it.
Don't say that.
We have no food left.
We finished the water this morning.
We've got maybe 36 hours, maybe not even that.
You can't give up.
That would be the worst thing to do.
Alonzo, I feel so helpless.
I can't do anything.
I know.
Morgan? Damn.
How's he doin'? There's not much you can do under these conditions.
Well, we couldn't move him even if we wanted to.
Anything? We're lucky this thing's transmitting at all.
Without the proper tools, I'll never get voice-comm back, let alone visual.
Well, under the circumstances, maybe that's for the best.
What am I gonna do, Daddy? What am I gonna do without you? No.
Please, no.
Yeah, that's it.
That's theirs.
Are they alive? I can't tell.
They're not moving.
Let's go.
Let's go! Yale.
! Oh.
What happened here, huh? Are you all right? Yes.
I'm all right.
I'm all right.
I'm all right.
Give me the bag.
What do you think, John? Well, we're lucky the frame's not bent.
We're gonna need some help gettin' it started, though, check the other systems.
Something's strange here.
They look a lot healthier than they should be.
That's for sure.
It's more than that.
None of them have said two words to each other since we brought them around.
And that's not all.
The Mag-Pro's been fired.
Fired? Yeah.
I found it armed when we first came here.
Danziger mumbled something about seeing an intruder one night.
Just his imagination, he said.
But you're not buying it.
I don't know.
Something went on here.
That's for sure.
- They're here! They're here! Come on! - Morgan.
! Oh, my God.
! They made it! Morgan! Dad! True girl.
injured his back when we crashed.
I'm more concerned about his fever.
What happened to your head? It's fine.
Looks like I put you all through hell for nothin; All that matters is you're safe, that you're back and you're safe.
I'm so happy you're back.
I can't.
It's okay, sweetheart.
No! Mom.
! Mom, hurry up.
! Come here.
! What is it? What? It's dead, isn't it? For some time now, judging by the state of rigor.
It's been shot.
That looks like a Mag-Pro wound.
What? John, what's going on? What happened out there before we got to you? Daddy? - Alonzo.
- What? It's a Grendler.
Grendler? Yeah.
Just saw him over that ridge right there.
Come on.
Maybe he's got a stash somewhere.
What's going on? Danziger saw a Grendler.
We're goin'after it.
Wh - No.
That's a bad idea.
That's a very bad idea.
- It could have food or water.
- Well, it might not, and you'd be tracking it for several kilometers and wasting precious energy.
I can't just lie here waitin' to die, Doc.
I'm goin' after it.
We won't go far.
I promise.
We lost it.
Hear that? Ow! What is it? It's acid.
What? Watch your head.
Don't see him.
What do you think? I don't know.
It stinks in here.
Wait a second.
Move, Alonzo.
! Move.
! Well, you did what you had to do.
I had no choice.
It was enraged.
It would've killed Alonzo.
It would've killed me.
Hey, I think you'd better come outside and see this.
Are there any more? I can't see any.
That doesn't mean they aren't there.
All right.
Full alert.
No one leaves the perimeter until further notice.
What do you think it wants? I have no idea, but we've gotta find out.
Yale, get - get the kids inside, okay? Yeah, yeah.
Come on.
Come on.
Dad? Go on, True.
- Lonz.
Lonz, wake up.
- What? - It's a Grendler.
- Grendler? I just saw him.
I just saw him.
Over there.
Over the ridge.
Come on.
He's got a stash somewhere around here.
What's going on? - Danziger saw a Grendler.
- I'm goin' after it.
That's a bad idea.
That's a very bad idea.
- It could have food or water.
- And it might not.
You could waste precious energy tracking it.
It could be several kilometers from here.
Come on, buddy.
We can make it.
Come on.
John, she's right.
Maybe we oughta just forget about it.
I'm not just gonna sit here waitin' to die! I'm goin' after it.
! I can't let him go alone.
We won't go too far.
I promise.
We'll be all right.
We lost him.
Come on.
You hear that? Ow! You all right? Yeah.
What is it? Acid.
Come on.
Alonzo, move! No, John! Don't shoot! So you're saying he didn't have to kill it.
That thing hasn't moved for hours, and it's gettin' on everyone's nerves.
I'm gonna blast it and drive it off.
You're gonna do what? It's just sitting there.
It hasn't done anything wrong.
Yeah? But what does it want? We killed one of them.
It was just a stupid Grendler.
- How do you know they're stupid? - Stupid.
What's the difference? - We have a right to defend ourselves.
- It doesn't mean we can blast our way across the planet! Hold on.
No one is gonna blast their way anywhere.
Now, shut down, Walman.
Shut down.
Now, I think it's time we all take a deep breath, try to remain calm until we figure out what it wants.
And how are we supposed to do that, Devon? Read its mind? We know it's a trader by nature.
It possibly expects some kind of compensation.
And if not? If it just wants old-fashioned revenge? Sooner or later, we're gonna have to confront it.
That is not a threat.
All I know is something happened out there, something more than they're telling us.
You're right.
And you might as well know what it was.
I'm goin' back.
Why? I'm gonna go back there and bring some of it here.
To eat? You can't be serious.
Watch me.
Why not? You can't.
It's not right! Look, man.
What's done is done.
I can't change any of that.
You wanted to kill it, didn't you? What? - Alonzo, stop it.
- It was your plan all along, wasn't it? You're crazy! You killed it, and now you wanna butcher it, right? I'm not gonna die! Alonzo! Stop it.
Stop it.
! - Stop it.
Stop it, both of you! Stop it! Stop it! Alonzo, we're gonna die here.
Morgan might not even last the next 24 hours.
- You're taking his side? - I'm not taking his side.
I'm taking our side.
Even just a little bit would be enough moisture and protein for us to survivejust a little while longer.
That Grendler could save our lives.
I- I don't want to die.
I don't want to die.
No, I'm sorry.
I can't.
- Morgan, please.
You have to try.
- Please.
- I can't.
- You have to.
- Try.
- No! So Danziger meant to kill it all along so they could- No.
It attacked Alonzo.
- I had to shoot.
- But Alonzo said it wasn't acting aggressively.
I'm telling you what I saw! It came out of nowhere and jumped us.
We didn't attack it.
It attacked us.
I had no choice.
But then you ate it.
We took a vote.
It was unanimous.
We were starving.
Hold on.
I mean, what if it had been one of us? Would it be okay to eat us? It's not the same.
It was just an animal.
We have no way ofknowing which are the superior life-forms on this planet.
How can you say that? I mean, how can you compare us to it? It was a she.
I'll go with you.
I'll know what to do when we get there.
I'll take care of it.
I'll wait outside.
Morgan? Morgan? Morgan, I just wanted you to know I would've done the same thing.
Thank you, Bess.
I don't care what happened out there, Morgan.
All that matters is that you're alive and you came back to me.
You know what, True girl? I was scared.
I was scared I'd never see you again.
All I could think about was you.
I had to get back to you no matter what.
It's okay, Dad.
You know, the truth is I don't know what happened that night.
Maybe I made a mistake.
Maybe I saw it wrong.
It was just an accident, Dad.
Guess I'll never really know for sure, will I? It's okay.
True? True? Can't find her anywhere, Devon.
What the hell were you doin' out there all night? Foolin' around in V.
? We were all watching, John.
All of us.
One minute it was there, and the next, it was gone.
We can't even be sure that it took her.
What are you going to do, John? If anything happens to True- Don't let him go alone.
Uh, find Alonzo.
Have him go with him.
You guys get the A.
and follow them.
Yale, you and I are going to circle around.
We've got to get to them before he does.
There's no sign of her over here.
Keep moving and widen your perimeter.
Devon, come look at this.
- Grendler tracks.
- Ha.
She comes there.
Oh, God.
You know what that means.
- He didn't take her.
She came to it.
Let her go! Daddy, no! It doesn't wanna hurt me! I'm okay.
! It's not going to hurt me.
! True, run! Get away from it! - John.
- Don't move, anybody! Don't spook it.
Daddy, stop.
! Daddy, stop! I'm not in danger! Daddy, please, listen to me.
It does not wanna hurt me.
Don't shoot.
I'm sorry.
I'm so sorry.
I never meant to kill your friend.
I was afraid, and I let my fear get the best of me.
It's all my fault, but you must believe me, please.
I never meant for it to happen.
I didn't wanna shoot.
If there was any way I could undo what I did, I would.
But I can't.
Please understand she did not die in vain.
It was a terrible mistake, but it was not for nothing.
She saved our lives.
Her death meant that we could live.
It had meaning.
Please- I'm begging you now- let my daughter go.
She's all I have to live for.
She's my whole world.
I know how you feel, but please don't hurt her.
See? Me for her.
- No.
- What is he doing? Me for her.
Me for her.
Dad! Oh! Dad, it didn't wanna hurt you or anybody else.
It didn't want revenge.
It just wanted to know why.
It's the simplest of emotions.
It wanted remorse.
It wanted acknowledgement for what it had lost.
And now he's got it.
In the last 200 years, we've formed some pretty good theories about the origin of emotions.
Now, halfway across the universe, we stumble around on this new planet finding that we know so little about what makes us human, what makes our hearts shiver with grief, our chests pound with fear.
Why is it that a species so different from us could possess these same feelings we hold so essential to humankind?