Nightflyers (2018) s01e02 Episode Script

Torches and Pitchforks

1 Previously on Nightflyers - Karl.
- This is Dr.
Matheson.
- Oh, Agatha's fine.
- I'm Melantha Jhirl, - Karl's mission specialist.
- This is Rowan, - our xenobiologist.
- Oh, you must be thrilled.
First contact with alien life.
I think he's waking up.
[SINISTER MUSIC] [COUGHING] The fuck was that? It was psychic feedback.
He wasn't trying to hurt you.
[GASPING] Bad idea bringing one of those things onto the ship.
Never before has mankind had the opportunity and the means.
to make first contact.
There was a malfunction during launch.
They seem to think that it wasn't an accident.
[DISTORTED] Daddy? Stop playback! This is not how it happened! - It is not Thale.
- He's he's using my memories - against me! - He was right here, out cold.
A search of the ship is underway.
So you've got cameras everywhere.
- How is this possible? - My security team will find him and take the appropriate action.
Your crew will walk into a bloodbath.
You fucking little freak! [DEEP VOICE] Get out.
[SCREAMING] [SHRIEKING] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] [SHRIEKING] [SCREAMING] [MAN CONTINUES SCREAMING] [OVERLAPPING SHOUTING] Somebody help! I need some help down here.
- Is he still alive? - Barely.
- Did Thale do this? - I don't know.
Murphy had a gun, and if he used it - It won't matter to the crew.
- No.
Level four alert.
Please proceed to You should get to your quarters.
The L-1's out.
[SNIFFLING] [OMINOUS MUSIC] [CLIPPED, DISTORTED SOUND] [SINISTER MUSIC] I've been waiting for you.
What do you want? I just wanna talk.
[MUSIC BOX TUNE PLAYS] [SCREAMING] [SCREAM ECHOING] - What did you just do? - You're not one to piss about with, are you? - What did you see? - Let's just say you're way more interesting than I imagined.
- Get out of my room.
- You know the ship.
You tell me how to get to the domes without being seen, and I'll be gone.
The maglev tunnels.
There are no cameras there.
You can climb up to the domes.
Oh, and, uh don't tell anybody you saw me, will ya? And I won't tell anybody what I saw.
He's stable.
Lucky you got him up here when you did.
It probably saved his life.
- Can I talk to him.
- No.
We had to put Murphy in a coma to control the pain.
They're gonna tear Thale apart.
[TENSE MUSIC] Is this the work of your telepath? No, and I'd strongly encourage you not to feed into that hysteria.
Thale's not capable of doing this.
You have quite a lot of things you say he's not capable of, yet they seem - to keep happening.
- Mechanical malfunctions.
- Nothing to do with Thale.
- Are you trying to deny the danger your L-1 presents on my ship? No, of course not.
That's why we have them isolated and under suppression.
Someone on your crew set him free.
That's who we should be hunting for.
Look, we can bring Thale in safely.
He trusts Agatha more than anyone.
Then what? I agreed to transport you to you Volcryn.
I can't do that with my crew fearing for their lives.
The L-1 is a complication I can't afford.
[SIGHS] That doesn't sound good.
I need you to find Lommie.
We're gonna need her.
[DRAMATIC MUSIC] [FOREBODING MUSIC] [EERIE GROWLING] [CLANGING] Thale? [POWER DOWN THRUM] [EERIE WHISPERING] [CLANK] Thale? [UNEVEN BREATHING] [HINGES SQUEAKING, CLANGING] [SIGHS] [SINISTER MUSIC] [EERIE GROANING] [FOOTSTEPS APPROACH] [GROANING CONTINUES] Thale.
[GASPS] - He he was in my head.
- It's okay.
He didn't mean to hurt you, he's just scared.
- It's okay.
- He was in my head.
It's okay.
It's okay.
[DRAMATIC MUSIC] [COMPUTER CHIMES] Admit.
[COMPUTER BEEPS] I was worried.
Where'd you go? What happened to you? It was, um there was something - in there.
- In where? In the computer? At first I thought it was a A firewall, but then I I could feel it around me.
Heat and rage.
It wanted me dead.
Hey.
Hey.
Hey.
Come here.
We'll keep each other safe.
Jesus, Lommie, you're bleeding.
Let me see.
You did this? You can't.
You're on a team, Lommie.
We are relying on you.
And you can rely on us.
Do you understand? You're the one who doesn't understand.
[MAN COUGHING] [FOREBODING MUSIC] [HACKING, COUGHING] [DISCORDANT MUSIC BOX PLAYING] [LAUGHING] What's wrong? Nothing.
- Jesus.
- Keep his head elevated.
- What happened to him? - Temporary side effect of telepathic energy: minor hemorrhaging - in the sclera.
- That thing attacked him.
He's not a thing.
And no.
If Thale wanted this man dead - he'd be dead.
- He's gotta be in one of the domes.
Get Doryen and his men up here.
[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] Was it Thale? I know how this looks, but he's showing restraint, Karl.
Yeah, I don't think anybody here is gonna - appreciate that nuance.
- I know where he is.
Just be straight-forward.
Honest and direct.
He's not under suppression right now, so he'll know if you're lying.
Okay.
[CRICKETS CHIRPING] Thale? Come and talk to us.
- We're here to help you.
- Sod off.
You can barely help yourself.
You know there's nothing I wouldn't do - to keep you safe.
- You let them put me in a coma! And maybe that was the plan all along.
Clear the deck for you and D'Branin.
That's what you wanted, innit? The decision to put you under was mine.
I was wrong.
Look, I'm sorry.
[RUSTLING] Oh, so now you tell the truth.
Now your prized lab rat's escaped.
It's not like that.
We just want to protect you.
One of the crew is badly burned and everybody thinks you did it.
Did you see what happened? [SINISTER MUSIC] Look, have a look.
I got nothing to hide.
Just tell me what you know, and you and I can work it out with Eris together.
- There he is! - Fucking knew it.
- No, no, don't run! - Don't come in here with those weapons! You'll force him to defend himself! Yeah? After what he did to Murphy, he'd better be ready to defend himself.
- That wasn't Thale.
- Okay, you're making a mistake.
You go after him and that boy [INDISTINCT WHISPERING] [TENSE MUSIC] Necessary personnel only until the L-1 is contained.
Sir, perhaps I could have a word in private? Just speak freely.
We have an escaped L-1 onboard.
- Three men are down.
- Your point? We're a colony ship.
This mission, sir? - Perhaps we should turn back.
- Out of the question.
You worry about our trajectory, Augustine.
Let me worry about the mission.
Thale will be apprehended within the hour.
As you wish, Captain.
[CRICKETS CHIRPING] Dude, what the fuck? That was D'Branin - you knocked out.
- He brought the L1 onboard, didn't he? He's responsible, as far as I'm concerned.
[WHISPERING] Split up.
- [THUD, ENERGY PULSES] - Jesus.
You ever shoot one of those things before? - Only in training, sir.
- Just keep your hand steady and squeeze.
[BREATHING HARD] [BRANCH SNAPS] I said quiet.
[ELECTRICAL ZAPPING] I got him.
I got him! - Suczek got him! - Move in! Let's go help.
[INDISTINCT SHOUTING] - [GRUNTS] - What are you doing? [SINISTER MUSIC] What the fuck? Fall back.
Everyone, out of the dome, now! So this is how it's gonna be.
Clear the deck.
Out, now.
I'm sorry, Karl.
I had him.
I could have walked Thale back - into his dome.
- And my crew would still be calling for his head.
He's a threat to the life of every person on this ship.
- I need him alive.
- You want him alive.
Need is a matter of opinion.
We've detected anomalies in the wave forms recorded by the Volcryn The same anomalies exist in the L-1s.
Thale is our best hope at communicating with them.
Give the chaos onboard of my ship, perhaps it's time for you and your team to devise another way - to communicate.
- Oh, for Christ's sake.
Thale is a kid.
He volunteered to come out here.
I'm sorry, my hands are tied.
I'm gonna prove to you that he's innocent, and then we'll see if you still have the balls to murder him.
[SIGHS] What's the status in Terraform? Stand-off.
Security can't get close to the L-1.
It's time to use something that can.
[DOOR OPENING] Security already came by.
No L-1s in here.
Just one overworked lab tech.
We need a mobile robot that can maneuver easily inside Terraform.
The Spider-Bot's fully charged.
Just upgraded the OS.
Can you outfit it with laser cutters? Lasers are lethal.
Strictly for work outside the hull.
Lethal works.
Orders of Captain Eris.
[ENERGY SOURCES BUZZ QUIETLY] [CRICKETS CHIRPING] [BEES BUZZING] [BEES BUZZING] That's close enough.
Why? What will you do to me? Whatever it takes.
The colony would perceive that as an attack and protect me.
Are you gonna shoot each of them as well? [BEES BUZZING] [DEAFENING BUZZING] Who are you? I can't hear through the bees.
Well, let me help you.
[BEES BUZZING] [TENSE MUSIC] You have the ship in an uproar.
Yeah, well, they started it, so Sit down.
Go on.
You're my prisoner now, so [CLEARS THROAT] [ECHOING LAUGHTER] Daddy? [ECHOING] Daddy daddy [OMINOUS MUSIC] - Try and catch me.
- Wait, wait! Wait, wait! Skye! Hi, Daddy.
Do you remember when you gave me this bracelet? Come here, Daddy.
I don't know what you are, but I will find out.
[EERIE NOTES] You.
[ECHOING] You you [APPROACHING FOOTSTEPS] [VOICE DISTORTS] Don't know anything.
[RUNNING RETREATING FOOTSTEPS] [COMPUTER CHIMES] Admit.
[DOOR OPENS] [FOOTSTEPS APPROACH] - [SOFTLY] Hey.
- What happened to you? Courtesy of our host, Roy Eris.
You want some rope? It's an organic anti-inflammatory.
No, thanks.
I'm more of a gin man.
Suit yourself.
[BLUESY MUSIC PLAYING] [SIGHS] Rowan, I don't know what's happening.
This ship Eris, the crew, Thale [SIGHS] The way things are going, I don't know if we'll even make it to the Volcryn.
We need to send a probe.
- We need to send White Rabbit.
- What, now? Yeah, now.
I don't trust Eris.
It might be the closest we ever get to the Volcryn.
You think Eris will abort the mission? Honestly, I don't know.
I don't wanna risk it.
I need you to get Mel.
Bring her with you, make all the necessary adjustments.
Don't let anybody see you.
We don't want to give Eris a chance to stop us.
This isn't right.
This patient should not be moved right now.
A man's life is at stake.
Yeah, his.
Hey.
Is he ready? How far is too far, Karl? You're doing this for your mission.
Do I really need to remind you of the stakes? You're just denying accountability.
I'm not denying anything.
Look, if this ends up killing Murphy, then I'll have to live with that so will you.
Unless this is too much for you, and I didn't say that.
I want Thale alive as much as you do.
More.
[COMPUTER BEEPING] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] [BEEP] What are you trying to do? We need to disconnect the memory suite from the main system.
I know a few tricks.
Been on the ship long enough.
Whose memories are you planning on accessing here? Murphy.
Do you honestly believe the L-1 is innocent? He's part of our team.
Ah.
Loyalty.
- I understand.
- Why are you doing this? I'm loyal, too.
My captain, my ship I think what you're doing here could help them both.
Better move fast.
The crew's working double-time to try and deal with your L-1.
[SIGHS] We trained on probe systems way more complex than this in the program.
I did three tours around Luna, all manual drives.
That's certainly impressive.
- You think I'm green.
- Being orbiters with a group of cadets is hardly the same as crossing the Void.
This bloody tray.
You have to disengage the limiter.
[CLUNK, HISS] I knew that.
Plan B is ready.
It's beautiful.
[CLUNK] It will be even more beautiful if it sends us pictures back of the Volcryn.
Especially if we don't make it.
[AIR HISSING] Is the gun necessary? They have guns.
You could kill me with your mind, right? Yeah, if I wanted to.
Maybe I don't.
What's your name? Thale.
What, no family name? I was taken from my family.
I'm very sorry to hear that.
I'm Tessia, by the way.
It's nice to meet you, Thale.
I know what you're doing.
- Making conversation? - No, empathizing.
Agatha, she does it all the time.
She's my, uh therapist, or handler.
I don't know what the fuck she is.
[SIGHS] Cor, if you could hear the things they want to do to me.
I think it's absolutely horrible, the way people treat L-1s.
I'm profoundly against it.
Still, you can't really blame them, you know? They've been pushed down the food chain by a new apex predator.
Naw.
We ain't predators, we're victims.
You certainly act like it.
Say that again.
What do you get from me, Thale? A bunch of fuzzy fucking rainbows.
And behind the rainbows? [DARK MUSIC] Everyone's the same.
Darkness and light.
Maybe the problem isn't the terrible things people send out to you, but what you let in.
[TENSE MUSIC] Easy for you to say.
- Okay, ready for playback.
- Come on out.
- We'll get started.
- Okay.
[SOFT, ENERGETIC MUSIC] [DISTORTED SOUND, STATIC] [DISTORTED SPEECH] [CLICKING] It's not working.
Maybe it's too hard on him.
Hold on [DISTORTED SPEECH] Here we go.
That's Murphy in the med bay.
Can you scan backwards? [REVERSED GARBLED SOUND] - You brought an L-1 onboard? - His name is Thale, he's vital to the success of our mission.
He's an L-1.
They're murderers.
[GARBLED STATIC] Getting closer.
You're afraid, again.
I'm afraid too.
- Record feed.
- Yeah.
'Cause our world is dying.
I'm guessing that's why you're all on a colony ship.
[WHIRRING, DISJOINTED VOICES] Stop.
Slow down.
This is where they're hunting Thale.
Go back to your quarters.
L-1's still on the loose.
Eris needs the feeds restored.
Just in case.
Yeah, here we go.
[FOREBODING MUSIC] [HEART BEAT] [GASPING] You fucking little freak.
No! [SCREAMING] - Jesus.
- Shut it down.
- There was no malfunction.
- [SCREAMING] [SHRIEKING] Wanna say any last words? [INHALES] Safe travels, little rabbit.
[CHUCKLES] [ENGINES WHIRRING] You okay? Fine.
Just be a shame to come out all this way just for a probe launch.
Wanted to make real contact.
Then let's do that.
Stop hiding.
Come and talk to me.
[ELECTRONIC HUM] You want to experience intimacy? Truth? Excuse me? That's why you watch people, right? That's what you told me.
Well, start with D'Branin.
You two are partners.
You need to trust each other if we're gonna survive - out here.
- Partners.
Karl isn't my partner.
- He's my passenger.
- We are not out here to take a joy ride on your ship.
[TENSE MUSIC] We are out here to find solutions.
- As am I.
- Then trust him.
It's not just the L-1, Melantha.
This mission faces a threat you do not understand.
So help me understand.
I can't.
You need to run your ship your way.
Karl needs to find the Volcryn his way.
- I tried.
- Melantha Go.
[COMPUTER CHIRPING] How much longer is this gonna take? Five minutes, tops.
As I initiate the [COMPUTER CHIRPING] The hell? What is it? [COMPUTER BEEPING] The domes were my mother's design The jeweled life glowing against the blackness of space.
They're nothing without the outer ring to support them.
A much more intricate design My design But all anyone sees are the domes.
Thale set Murphy on fire.
Not with his mind With his hands.
Bringing him was my idea.
I needed him to be innocent.
It doesn't matter, Karl.
The real question is how do we keep the crew from learning what Thale did? I'll make a ship-wide announcement that a faulty comm relay caused the fire.
We'll be able to return Thale safely to his dome.
Murphy will know that's a lie.
Murphy has been placed back in a coma.
Before he's brought out, I'll adjust his memory of the fire to reflect our version of events.
Why? Why are you doing this? We both want this mission to succeed for our own reasons.
Doesn't explain all the accidents on the ship.
There's nothing to explain.
[TENSE MUSIC] An internal review of memory footage has revealed that an electrical fire was responsible for Chief Engineer Murphy's injuries.
The L-1 will be returned to his dome.
- [SNIFFS] - Thank you for your patience while we resolve this matter.
[HOPEFUL MUSIC] The crew seem to have settled.
I'm relieved to put this incident behind us.
I gave D'Branin's team a hand this morning in the memory suite.
- Is that a fact? - I wanted to install a mirror program on their system to monitor the footage they extracted from Mr.
Murphy.
A little insurance policy.
You're quite dedicated to their mission, sir.
Yes.
I am.
- It's still not too late.
- Too late for what, Auggie? You're not an explorer, you're a builder.
- It's what you do best.
- It's what my mother did best.
Your mother was a great woman.
My mother didn't care about building colonies.
She was more interested in building her legend.
I beg to differ, sir.
I think you're selling her short.
Those colonies create homes for families.
Enough, Auggie.
It's imperative we keep order on the "Nightflyer.
" You can destroy that footage, now.
[DEVICE BEEPING] Don't know what's happening.
Someone's taken control.
They're re-writing the code.
No one can code that fast.
Turn it off.
- Turn it off! - I can't get control back.
[SINISTER MUSIC] Shit.
[ROBOT BEEPS] [ROBOTIC LEGS CLICKING] [SHAKY BREATHING] [ROBOT WHIRRING, BEEPING] [ROBOTIC LEGS CLICKING] [MECHANICAL WHIRRING] [ROBOT BEEPS] [LOUD CLANG] [SHAKY BREATHING] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] [QUIET CLANGING] - [ROBOT BEEPS] - [CLANGING CONTINUES] [DRAMATIC MUSIC] [ALARM BLARING] [APPROACHING CLICKING] [LASERS HUMMING] [SHRIEKS] [MUFFLED SHRIEKING] [SINISTER MUSIC] [SCREAMS ABRUPTLY STOP] - Wait here.
- Yes, ma'am.
Thale? No one's gonna hurt you.
Yeah, so it seems.
Interesting announcement from the captain, wasn't it? Yeah, well, I promised I would protect you.
You'll still be confined to your habitat for your own safety, but mission's back on track.
You're gonna help us talk to the Volcryn.
I'll go back to my dome, but no more drugs.
Well, I'm an apex predator.
I need to stay sharp, don't I? - Predator? - Yeah.
That's the truth, innit? Just gotta keep it under control.
How do you propose to do that? Sift through what I receive.
Filter out the negative shit.
I think I'd like to go back to my dome, now.
[WEAPON CLANKS DOWN] [DOOR OPENING] I got your message.
Do you need help with something? D'Branin's updated the mission prep calendar.
He needs you to confirm the probe's trajectory.
I can't go back in there.
Start off slow.
Stay out of the deeper system.
No, I can't.
But you can.
I'll be with you the whole time.
You're manipulating me.
Am I? [TENDER, MELANCHOLY MUSIC] [COMPUTER BEEPS] [OMINOUS MUSIC] [GRUNTS] What happened in here? [PANTING] The The spider.
It was it was alive.
[PANTING] Where is it now, Mr.
Suczek? It's been a real stretch, to tell you the truth, Joy.
I, uh I would have called you sooner but every second there's a battle up here, so Oh, I'm so sorry, baby.
Are you regretting it? No, no, I can't afford to.
Every day we get closer to contact is a good day.
[QUIET, SOMBER MUSIC] Hey Where'd you get that bracelet? [LAUGHS] Looks familiar.
Yeah.
[LAUGHS] Skye gave me this.
We made them together in the backyard.
- Oh.
- Uh-huh.
Right.
[LAUGHS SOFTLY] Does it hurt? Letting pieces of our daughter go like that? I don't know, it just seems so sad to me.
I can't feel sadness over things I don't remember.
- Right.
- That's the whole point of the therapy.
I just just can't help but wonder what's left.
All the good stuff.
Skye was good.
- Every part of her was good.
- I know.
I just couldn't go on one more day blaming myself for the decisions we made.
[LAUGHS SOFTLY] She'd still be alive if we just I can't even remember what we did wrong.
[MECHANICAL WHIRRING] [MUFFLED CLINKING] - Eris.
- The door to the mission lab has been disabled.
The room requires maintenance.
[SIGHS] Come on, Roy.
I have a shitload of work to do.
What type of maintenance? You were right, Karl.
I haven't given you the full truth.
About? The chaos onboard my ship.
The malfunctions the images of your daughter they're all related.
Related how? I'm dealing with a force that's trying to stop this mission.
- Okay.
- I can't go into precise detail without further compromising - the safety of my ship.
- That's not good enough.
Tell me what force.
What do you mean? I'm sharing this with you because I want to trust you, Karl.
I gave you Thale.
Please.
I need this.
I'll let you know once I have the situation under control.
[MECHANICAL BEEP] This is Captain Roy Eris.
[CHIRPS] Override unauthorized user.
Deactivate.
This time you've gone too far.
[EERIE MUSIC]