MARS (2016) s02e04 Episode Script


1 NARRATOR: Previously on Mars.
AMELIE: It's a girl.
DOCTOR: It's been three months since Joon died.
HANA: What would really help is letting me get back to work.
- KURT: Go.
- MARTA: They're actively drilling.
Whose side are you on? HANA: The side of following orders.
ROLAND: IMSF is dangerously close to becoming irrelevant.
ROBERT: I'm here for you.
HANA: I know.
MIKE: A rover was taken into the field without authorization.
She doesn't respect your authority.
HANA: Solar flare.
It's taken out our entire communications.
Without navigation, she could freeze to death before we find her.
KURT: We're answering an SOS from your commander.
CAMERON: There are signs of life.
But identical to the strain you already discovered.
A lot can happen in 10 minutes.
We're coming in too fast and Everyone is burning bright 182 seconds, baby And heaven is a trick of the light Cold hell, my love - Got another one - It's moving pretty quick.
Roger that.
Block those two off, go to the main one now.
Turn that one off, switch the main receiver over there, relay those two, okay? Hey, hey Terry, we need to keep the slurry clear of the rig.
Roger that.
JEN: And let's get another drill string going, just need to watch that coolant flow.
Yes, it's moving pretty quick.
JEN: Okay, I'm going to head in for some water.
JEN: Hey, keep an eye on the feed rate.
These cuttings are killing the pump, huh.
MAN: Yes, ma'am.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Decontamination complete.
MAN: Get another pip on the string.
Guys, raise the downward force pipe.
Roger that.
We're moving pretty quick.
Make sure RPM is above 50.
SHEP: You all right? JEN: I think I'm getting a cold or something.
Just give me a minute.
SHEP: Okay, it seems like you need more than a minute.
Why don't you just go ahead and sit down? Man, what some people will do to get out of work these days.
JEN: You know, you can shut up.
I do more work out here in an hour than you do in a whole day.
HANA: How are you feeling? MARTA: Fan-fantastic.
Do I, do I still have my toes? HANA: Yeah.
But you did have frostbite.
You were severely hypothermic.
MARTA: Hmph.
HANA: What the hell were you thinking? MARTA: I don't regret doing what I did.
I think that's what you're asking.
I, I needed to get those samples.
HANA: You ignored my direct command, which was stupid and dangerous.
MARTA: Those idiots were contaminating the site.
HANA: 20 more minutes and you would have been dead.
I can't put one more person in the ground.
I can't.
ROBERT: Commander, may I speak with you? What's going on in there? You all right? HANA: I don't know.
Sometimes I'm fine.
Then it'll just come out of nowhere, this thing.
I can't control.
I'm not sure why.
When it happens, it makes me feel like I don't know what I'm doing here.
I know what you're doing, and there's no one that can do it any better.
But you can't deny you're grieving.
You're still mourning Joon.
Here, come here.
HANA: I'm okay.
It'll be fine.
It's going to be fine.
JAVIER: Gabriella.
AMELIE: Hey, oh my God.
Did you just say another woman's name in your sleep? JAVIER: I wasn't asleep.
AMELIE: Who is Gabriella? JAVIER: It's my grandmother's name.
AMELIE: Your grandmother's name? JAVIER: Yeah.
How would you feel about that for her? AMELIE: Uh.
Javier, I'm only at four months, you know.
JAVIER: It's your nature as a doctor to be cautious, but the baby's going to be fine.
All signs are positive so far.
AMELIE: Yeah, but we've got plenty of time to choose a name.
And I really have to go to work.
- JAVIER: Be late today.
- AMELIE: No, I can't.
- JAVIER: You can.
Come on, we've got plenty of time for that, too.
- JAVIER: Yeah.
- AMELIE: Yeah.
AMELIE: I can't, I have to go.
I have to.
JAVIER: You're going to wish you would have stayed.
I know.
SHEP: Hurry up, let's get her into the Med Bay.
Doc! Need you over here.
DOCTOR: What have we got? SHEP: She's not good.
DOCTOR: How long has she been like this? SHEP: She started coughing like this just a couple of hours ago.
JEN: It's getting hard to breathe.
SHEP: She said she was getting a cold or something but no way is this a cold.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Temperature, 40 degrees Celsius and rising.
Blood pressure, 90 over 60 and falling.
DOCTOR: That's pretty sick.
What about the rest of you? (COUGHING).
SHEP: Yeah, well, I guess we're not feeling so hot, either.
DOCTOR: Okay, we need to close the doors, we need to close them now.
KURT: Whoa, whoa, whoa, what the hell's going on in there? DOCTOR: Something at the site has been making them sick.
Anyone that's been down there needs to be quarantined.
Stop the drilling.
HANA: How did you do with the solar flare yesterday? CHEN: We were on the dark side of the planet when it hit, so no problems here.
HANA: Yeah, we weren't so lucky.
Easy to see why you're not in a hurry to settle on the surface.
CHEN: But everything's okay now? MIKE: We've got an emergency call coming in from Lukrum.
HANA: Sorry, commander, I have to go.
KURT: Commander, we've got a problem.
Our camp's been hit by some kind of contagion.
Made a bunch of my guys sick.
Looks like it originated at our drill site.
HANA: What are the symptoms? KURT: Coughing, fever, difficulty breathing.
Jen's got it the worst, but I've got six other guys going downhill fast, including our doc.
I'm hoping you can send me one of yours to help.
JAVIER: Not Amelie, no way.
HANA: We'll send Dr.
Johar, but it'll take a while.
ROBERT: I can get him there quicker.
I've got a few tricks up my sleeve with the rover.
HANA: Be careful.
ROBERT: I will.
KURT: I appreciate the help, commander.
HANA: Of course.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Communication ended.
HANA: Someone should tell Cameron about Jen.
I know they're close.
JAVIER: The lab is not open yet.
I'll go find him.
HANA: Wait.
He said drill site.
Cameras, Med Bay.
Amelie, stop, don't go in there.
AMELIE: What's wrong? HANA: There's a contagion going through the Lukrum Colony.
Everyone from the drill site is coughing, feverish, and experiencing respiratory distress.
Marta was there, too.
AMELIE: No, but she's fine.
I mean, good vitals, no fever, no symptoms whatsoever.
Marta, have, have you been coughing at all? MARTA: No, why? HANA: Lukrum's dealing with a drill-site-related illness that's sweeping their camp.
MARTA: Maybe they drilled deeper today, and released some sort of pathogen.
Or maybe they went too far, too fast.
If we manage to go to Mars, you don't want any surprises, you don't want anything that could end up killing you, that was previously unforeseen.
The great explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries encountered diseases that they had never seen before.
Diseases don't carry passports.
They will be wherever humans go.
SONIA: If you think about our entire history, every time we've expanded our territory, we've disrupted the environment, creating new conditions where diseases can spread.
This problem is intimately tied to our industrial activities.
It's usually the extractive industries who are first to try to penetrate areas that are newly available.
They're bringing new people into these remote areas, they're building roads and drilling in new places, and creating these new opportunities for microbes to emerge and to spread.
REPORTER (OVER TV): Russia is fighting a mysterious outbreak of disease.
Dozens of people are hospitalized due to anthrax.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The hottest summer in at least 130 years is feeding devastating wildfires.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The place where the outbreak is occurring is called the end of the Earth, or the Yamal Peninsula.
REPORTER (OVER TV): An outbreak of anthrax in Siberia has been blamed on a heat wave melting infected reindeer carcasses, that were frozen in the tundra.
JOEL: I think it's very difficult and very dangerous to be a protester in Russia now, especially in the Arctic.
When the government is so incredibly supportive of the industry, when the government actually owns the industry, you're essentially protesting the government.
And we all know how that goes in Russia.
It's not a easy thing.
SONIA: This isn't some faraway problem, this is happening all over the world.
HOLT: The Zika virus is spreading explosively.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The changing climate conditions have affected where these tropical diseases take root.
CDC considers climate change a serious public concern.
Climate change may also heighten the risk of infectious diseases.
SONIA: Climate change will allow diseases to take hold in new ways that they haven't been able to in the past.
We're changing our environment very, very quickly in ways that we just can't anticipate, and re-activating very dangerous infectious microbes.
So if we go and we colonize Mars, we could be exposed to new infections, and that's a really dangerous spot to be in.
JAVIER: Cameron.
Ay Dios mío.
Marta's pushing you way too hard if she's got you working all night, buddy.
Hey! Cameron.
Hey, hey, hey.
Comms, Medical Bay.
JAVIER: Something's wrong with Cameron.
He's got blood on his mouth, and he's struggling to breathe.
AMELIE: Okay, okay.
Uh, does he have fever? JAVIER: He's burning up.
What do you want me to do? AMELIE: Put on a mask and gloves.
What else? AMELIE: Clo-close the air lock.
JAVIER: What? Why? AMELIE: Because what he has is very contagious, and we can't risk it spreading through the colony.
JAVIER: What are you saying? AMELIE: That you can't leave.
Javier, you have to stay with him.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The epic task of containing this deadly virus continues.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The clock is ticking, and they have to get this under control.
SONIA: With emerging diseases, every day is a huge opportunity to prevent a crisis.
If you delay, then there's so many people out there who are infected, who are touching other people, who are also getting infected.
It becomes impossible.
You're talking about something that's growing exponentially.
PARDIS: When outbreaks happen, you need that definitive early response, otherwise before you know it, they escalate and can get out of control.
ELON: When there's a lot of people in close proximity if one person has an illness and it's contagious, potentially everyone can get that illness before it's quarantined.
Mars is going to be more dangerous than Earth, more difficult.
HANA: Cameron's infected, but he wasn't ever at the drill site.
MIKE: No, but maybe he saw Jen.
She was with the rescue crew that brought Marta back.
HANA: Right, but does mean it passed through direct contact, or is it airborne? And why didn't Marta get sick if she was at the drill site too? MIKE: I don't know.
It doesn't make sense.
HANA: No, it doesn't.
But until we figure it out, cut off all air circulation and confine everyone to their habs.
MIKE: Look, I can take the lead on all this, if you're not in the right head space.
I mean, if you're not feeling HANA: Mike, do you want to be helpful? Notify IMSF for me.
AMELIE (OVER RADIO): That was great, Javier.
Now just hold it to his skin and press the button.
The device will do all the work, okay? HANA: How's he doing? AMELIE: Extremely elevated white blood cell count, indicating rampant infection.
He needs to be on an antibiotic drip.
Johar's already tried that at Lukrum, using the most potent meds we have, but it's not working.
JAVIER: What else? We have to help him.
AMELIE: Okay, I'm sending in antibiotics, but you'll need to administer them, - okay? - JAVIER: Okay.
AMELIE: I'll walk you through the process.
Hurry, because he's barely breathing anymore.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Transmission from Mars received.
Press play to listen.
Transmission from Mars received.
Press play to listen.
MIKE: Secretary General Richardson.
Commander Seung asked that I inform you of a serious situation here.
An unknown, highly contagious pathogen is sweeping through the Lukrum Colony, and now appears to have infected at least one crew member at Olympus Town.
We're not sure exactly what we're dealing with, but we do know that the illness that's being caused is quite severe.
We'll keep you apprised of the situation as it develops.
In the meantime, we're doing all we can to keep it from spreading any further.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Transmission ended.
Decontamination complete.
KURT: I appreciate you putting that clean room together.
ROBERT: Yeah, I hope it helps.
KURT: Yeah, well it'll keep us safe, but it won't do much for them.
ROBERT: I'm sorry.
It's got to be hard for you.
KURT: Yeah, just standing here watching my people dying.
Unable to do anything.
It's pretty damn hard.
JAVIER: He's gone.
You going to tell me what this means? AMELIE: Javier.
JAVIER: Are you going to tell me what I'm being exposed to? HANA: You need to try and stay calm.
AMELIE: Please, we're trying to JAVIER: You're trying to what? It's hot in here.
HANA: The air circulation is off.
JAVIER: It's not that.
I have a fever.
Don't I? Comms, Med Bay.
I want the truth.
HANA: We're trying to figure this out.
JAVIER: But you already know one thing: that I have what Cameron had, right? Right? AMELIE: It's going to be okay.
We've got other antibiotics to try.
JAVIER: No, we tried them all on him, and now he's dead.
How much time do I have? AMELIE: You can't think like that, we're JAVIER: Tell me! AMELIE: I don't know.
HANA: We lost Cameron.
ROBERT: What? How'd he get this? HANA: We don't know, but now Javier is infected.
AMELIE: Is anything working for you? Any different antibiotics? Anything? JOHAR: Nothing.
We're using the same meds, same protocol as you.
HANA: How many have you lost? JOHAR: We've got over a dozen who are pretty gravely ill, but no one's dead yet.
HANA: Well that's some good news.
AMELIE: But Jen was the first to be diagnosed.
How is it she's still alive? JOHAR: I don't know.
But I just checked on her, she's deteriorating but she's hanging in there.
HANA: Why? What are you thinking? AMELIE: Jen's alive, she's probably not patient zero.
MARTA: Cameron? Cameron is? HANA: We think he may have been exposed to the pathogen first, in your lab.
MARTA: That's impossible.
HANA: You don't have it.
And no one in the colony did either, until Javier went into your lab.
Now he's infected and we're running out of time.
The only thing new that was introduced were your samples from the drill site.
MARTA: Cameron analyzed them.
He told me, he told me he found the same microbial forms we've been working with.
Maybe he missed something.
- HANA: What are you doing? - MARTA: I'm going to my lab.
HANA: You can't.
Your immune system's already been compromised.
MARTA: I need to examine those samples.
HANA: If we're right about this, you'd be walking straight into the source of the infection.
MARTA: I'm the only one who knows the science.
I know it better than anyone here.
I'll figure something out.
There's no other way to find a cure.
I know I disobeyed you before, but, please don't try to stop me now.
AMELIE: Javier, please keep talking to me.
You have to stay awake.
My love, you're going to get through this.
You're going to be fine.
AMELIE: What? What? Can you say it again? JAVIER: Tell my daughter that I loved her and I, always loved her mother, okay? AMELIE: Stop talking like you're leaving us.
You're not.
My love.
My love, we're going to get through this.
Javier? Javier? (CRYING).
HANA: You're brave to do this.
MARTA: I'm the only one who should have to.
MARTA: Javier? JAVIER: Help me.
MARTA: Get up, get up.
I have to collect a sample from you.
You need to cough into this jar, do you understand me? (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE).
Blood mixed with his sputum.
AMELIE: Is he aware? MARTA: Javi, Javi, Javi.
His eyes are open.
AMELIE: His fever is so high, it may have already damaged his brain.
HANA: Don't get ahead of yourself.
MARTA: I have to figure out how this thing is different from the only other microbe we've found.
AMELIE: Oh God! MARTA: It looks identical.
I can see how Cameron thought it was the same.
It reacts to temperature in a different way.
This thing likes heat.
HANA: There's no heat at the drill site.
MARTA: I'm guessing long ago, there was a hydrothermal spring there.
This microbe mutated to survive in that environment, and when the spring dried up, it went into hibernation.
Bringing it into the warmth of our lab woke it up.
We've been, we've been checking for oxygen in here, but not temperature.
At least not high temperature.
When Cameron inhaled it into his lungs, the heat and moisture of his body caused it to bloom.
- AMELIE: Like an algae bloom.
- MARTA: Exactly.
As it grows, it's producing a toxin, an organic toxin, like, like a micro system.
AMELIE: Okay, so it's destroying lung tissue.
How do we stop it? MARTA: I'm not sure.
AMELIE: But why aren't the antibiotics working, if it's an organic compound? MARTA: I don't know.
I'm trying everything, but.
HANA: Marta, don't rush, be thorough.
If you're at a dead-end, start from the beginning.
MARTA: This is a primitive, simple microbe.
What allows this mutation to survive in humans? What allows this mutation to survive in humans? What allows it? The cell wall.
Disrupt the cell wall, and it dies.
Our advanced antibiotics are too complex.
We need something, something basic, something as simple as this microbe.
AMELIE: Penicillin.
The most primitive antibiotic.
The first.
What's wrong? What's wrong? AMELIE: We don't have any.
Penicillin is barely used in the West anymore.
HANA: What about the East? Not only is penicillin widely prescribed in China, most of the world's supply is actually manufactured there.
We'll need a capsule dropped immediately, otherwise our death toll will rise.
So with your permission, I'd like to call on our friends at the space station for their help in this emergency.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Transmission ended.
ROLAND: You can't allow her to make that request.
The Chinese broadcast 24/7 from their space station to the public.
If she communicates with them in any way about this contagion, the entire world will know.
LESLIE: That can't possibly be your first concern.
ROLAND: Look, an accident is one thing.
But a plague is another.
If this gets out, stocks will plummet, and the colonization of Mars will be over, before it begins.
LESLIE: And if it gets out that we didn't ask for help, and dozens die? ROLAND: The point is, it wouldn't get out.
Neither of our organizations broadcasts publicly, at least not without complete control of the feed.
Any of the families affected by this, they've all pre-signed non-disclosure agreements.
Obviously they'll be well-compensated.
LESLIE: You might be willing to stand by and watch people die.
I'm not.
ROLAND: Secretary General.
I would suggest you not bring your personal history with Martian tragedies into this decision-making process.
LESLIE: I intend to explore a diplomatic back-channel solution with the Chinese, here on Earth.
I'm going to ask them to disrupt their live streaming.
ROLAND: But they won't.
It pays for half of their operation.
Which will force me into a fairly defensive position.
If after all your best diplomatic efforts, word of this illness does get out, I'll make absolutely sure that everyone understands exactly where it originated.
And as we're both aware, it's not with Lukrum Industries.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Communication ended.
SONIA: Disease is intimately linked with commerce.
There's a huge economic cost when these outbreaks spread like wildfire.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The virus and fears about it could disrupt local economies.
The cost to the global economy of SARS was $40 billion.
Consumer behavior changed dramatically due to fear.
SONIA: A lot of governments feel like it's in their economic interest to keep these things quiet.
You don't want to admit that you've got a problem, and so naturally, that's what everyone tries to do.
They stuff down outbreaks until it's impossible to ignore.
REPORTER (OVER TV): Many of the nomadic people who herd reindeer have been infected with deadly bacterial disease.
At least 72 people are under observation in the hospital.
JOEL: These Arctic people called the Nenets are affected most by suddenly coming across and being exposed to this old anthrax virus.
And this is their backyard.
JOEL: When the anthrax outbreak occurred, the government wants to suppress any bad news that comes from that area.
ANTONIA: The expectations of the amount of oil and natural gas in the Arctic regions are astronomical.
Putin wants Russia to have control of that territory, both for the power that that territory gives him and for the oil and natural resources that are in it.
JOEL: Russia is using the oil and gas industry to lay down the infrastructure for a future Arctic civilization.
In the grand scheme of Russian Arctic development, a few people dying of anthrax is probably small potatoes to them.
STEPHEN: Disease could sweep through a Mars colony, and I can imagine a scenario where people would lie, cheat, and steal in order to make sure that their mission was successful, even if that costs a lot of human lives.
LESLIE: You're not to contact the space station until I've reached an agreement with the Chinese government.
I'm due to speak with their representatives momentarily.
I don't anticipate problems given their cooperation in our terraforming efforts.
I'll have an answer for you soon.
Hopefully within a few hours.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Transmission ended.
AMELIE: No, Javier doesn't have hours.
You have to do something, and you have to do it now.
MIKE: I understand you're upset, but the entire mission is at stake here.
One man AMELIE: One man? One man! Do you not know or do you not care that he will die without it? HANA: Stop! Comms, connect me to Commander Chen.
SONIA: Infection is natural.
Infections are going to happen.
But epidemics are political.
They are not a purely scientific problem.
It's a real conflict of interest governments have.
On one hand, they want to protect public health.
On the other hand, you know, they don't want to suffer this huge blow to their economies.
Look at what happened with SARS, for example.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The Chinese Communist authorities are now paying a price for their failure to acknowledge the SARS virus, the disease remains shrouded in in secrecy.
SONIA: SARS broke out, the Chinese government was very secretive about it.
In the beginning, they didn't want to let WHO officials come see it.
MAN: We are putting in measures to prevent the spread.
SONIA: Because it was too disruptive to trade, so they kept it a secret.
And then it went out on airplanes, and infected so many other countries.
WOMAN: It remains the threat that a traveler could be the next case.
SONIA: This kind of conflict of interest ultimately is going to spell the difference between whether a few people get sick from a new pathogen, or a lot of people get sick.
REPORTER (OVER TV): Your health could be at risk because of climate change.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The flu outbreak that has been spreading so fast.
REPORTER (OVER TV): The temperatures are rising and so are worries about the Zika virus.
Everything that we've looked at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought.
REPORTER (OVER TV): There is no vaccine and no medicine to treat it.
Outbreaks are borderless.
When governments are hiding an outbreak from you in any way, that's where you're in danger, that's when the, the virus is actually winning.
And so I understand why people go rogue and work out of the system, because ultimately there are so many times in which, if you just waited for everybody else to act, you would just be sitting there watching people die.
AMELIE: Hurry, every second counts.
Is he breathing? - MARTA: Yes.
- AMELIE: Is he taking it in? MARTA: I can't tell.
AMELIE: Marta, you have to squeeze the inhaler! MARTA: I am.
I think he's getting it.
He's getting it.
HANA: We've done everything we can.
- AMELIE: Yeah.
- HANA: So we have to be patient now.
LESLIE: With a twenty minute delay between transmissions, she obviously felt it couldn't wait.
ROLAND: You have no control over your people.
LESLIE: She did the right thing.
ROLAND: She defied your order.
LESLIE: No images were released.
There was a request for medical aid, the suggestion of an illness.
That's all.
Words don't make an impression like pictures do.
And thanks to Hana, we have one death to explain, not dozens, as would have been the case in Lukrum Colony.
ROLAND: I hope you're right.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Communication ended.
LESLIE: Yes, Mars has pathogens.
But so does Earth, where explorers have faced malaria, cholera, and many other diseases.
But they didn't stop.
They fought back.
And some died.
But mostly, they endured.
And if they hadn't, we wouldn't be here now.
And that's exactly what our brave pioneers on Mars are doing.
Facing the unknown, overcoming its dangers and, yes, sometimes making mistakes.
But the truth is, they are role models for us all.
MARTA: I uh, I didn't mean for this to happen.
I came here to find life.
To study life.
But, but not at the expense of it.
I'm sorry.
KURT: Thanks.
For all you've done.
JOHAR: Happy to help.
KURT: And you have some serious building skills.
I don't know how to thank you.
ROBERT: You don't have to.
KURT: Alright, how about I make you an offer, then? Why don't you come here and work with us? Put your skills to real use.
Lukrum's got big plans.
We could use someone like you.
ROBERT: I appreciate the offer, but I'm needed back at my colony.
- KURT: Alright, thanks.
- ROBERT: You got it, buddy.
JAVIER: You don't have to stay all night.
I'm feeling better.
You have two to take care of, and you must be pretty tired yourself.
AMELIE: I'm not going anywhere.
Besides, I have something to tell you.
JAVIER: What? AMELIE: I love the name Gabriella.
ROBERT: To defying direct orders.
HANA: Not funny.
ROBERT: But you did it for all the right reasons, which took a hell of a lot of guts.
HANA: I'm sure I'll pay a price for it somehow.
Thanks for pulling hazard duty at Lukrum.
ROBERT: In a weird way, it was my pleasure.
HANA: It wasn't easy letting you go, you know.
Especially when we thought it was ground zero.
ROBERT: Were you scared for me? HANA: I was.
I really was.
Robert, we can't.
MIKE: Secretary General, normally I wouldn't reach out like this, but the situation here demands it.
It's my observation, as second in command, that Commander Seung is suffering from depression relating to the death of her sister.
She's distracted, in a weakened capacity, and as a result, has made grave errors.
It's my opinion that this colony requires new leadership.
VOICE (OVER COMPUTER): Transmission ended.