Station Eleven (2021) s01e02 Episode Script

A Hawk from a Handsaw

Just because I can't see you doesn't mean I can't kill you.
What's your What's your name? My name's Sarah.
I'm safe.
I played music before.
What about you? I was a Shakespearean actor.
Well, who'd you train under? Arthur Leander.
We can overcome that.
When we fix the ship, I'm gonna say goodbye to Arthur.
And Jeevan.
And my little brother.
His name was Frank.
You've been out here a long time by yourself, haven't you? Dr.
Eleven can't feel time.
Okay, don't mind the Director.
He hates children.
Even though they're the only ones who can act worth a damn.
Everyone else is too traumatized.
We're The Traveling Symphony.
We travel for a reason.
We burn the house down, then go! Just try to make the world make sense for a minute.
And, you know, they blame you if you stay, but they love you like you saved 'em when you come back.
- How's Charlie? - Fine.
At the back.
You good? - Yeah.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Thank you, babe.
How's your process going, Hamlet? Hmm? - It's good.
I'm okay.
Who wants to go on a prop run? Your leave and favor to return to France, from whence, though willingly, I came to Denmark.
- You okay? - Yeah.
How long? - Uh, 20 minutes.
Be ready for Ophelia too.
- Okay, yeah.
Larded all with sweet flowers, which bewept Hey, you want some water? No, I got my camel.
Everything good? You're okay, you're okay.
- Yeah.
- What's up? - Look who's coming.
- Hey, Traveling Symphony! What's up? - Oh, God.
This guy.
Hey, horsey.
Dan! Remember? From before.
- You found us.
- Yes, I did.
I'm gonna audition again.
Whoa! Super preggers.
- Whoa.
- Awesome.
Can I? No.
- No.
- That's not cool, is it? - It's okay.
Thank you.
Come on, please.
Just just no Shakespeare.
We only perform Shakespeare.
Let him.
Sarah's still composing.
She's not paying attention.
Come on, Dieter.
Break a rule.
- Fine.
- Yes! Opening up auditions for one time only to any content whatsoever, not necessarily Shakespeare.
Do we even need a new player? You never know.
- Come on, Dan.
Fifth time's a charm.
You got this.
Good morning.
Good morning! In less than an hour, an aircraft from here will join others from around the world.
Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July and you will once again be fighting for our freedom.
Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation.
We're fighting for our right to live, to exist.
And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known, as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, we will not go quietly into the night! - No.
- Right.
We will not vanish without a fight! - Yeah! - We're going to live on! - Yes! - We're going to survive! Yeah! Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Come on.
So? - Yeah, man.
Let's make magic.
- I got the job? - Yes! I'm in the Traveling Symphony? Are you serious? I'm in? - Congratulations! - Oh, my God.
Thank you.
Welcome to the family.
Oh! Yes, yes, yes! It's my 20th symphony.
Oh, did you finish? Ugh, harder every time.
How do you feel? - They should make me a saint.
Like St.
Well, you didn't die in a chemical fire.
I die every year composing.
- Hey, Kirsten! - Kirsten! - Hey.
- Hi! I don't like "Hamlet.
" Ha! That's always been your process.
Shakespeare people! Welcome back to St.
Is Kirsten here? You all really liked "Romeo and Juliet" last year, huh? Kirsten! Hey.
You wanna go on a little prop run? - Yeah.
- Okay.
Come on.
Are you okay? I know these woods make you think of Jeevan.
- Hmm? Yeah, I'm fine.
Okay, go.
What's your question about the phone? So I press the button.
Then? Then an entire map of the area and all the cars comes up.
Okay, so then I press, "I want a ride.
" "I want a ride.
" And something happens in a car nearby? They can see where we are? Yeah, and then they come and pick you up, and they take you anywhere.
So how many plays fit on this one? Alex, every play.
All of the plays fit on it.
- I wish I coulda had a phone.
- They weren't that great.
Okay, so let me just read everything and speak to anyone, anywhere.
I asked Sayid to come swimming with us.
We've had no contact with Jeff or any of our team in Moscow for over 20 hours now.
We are going to head over to our office in Los Angeles.
You have reached Catherine Raymonde.
I'm not available to take your call.
Leave me a message, or to reach my assistant, press two.
Reports of an excess of 10,000 deaths coming in tonight from whatever county officials we can find.
Maybe you should turn it off.
The speed at which this virus kills There hasn't been any news on the Ferris wheel.
Experts believe that it's got a kill rate of over 99%.
Imagine dying like that.
Well, the way I see it, the power is on.
Things will be back to normal in a couple of days.
Hey, this is Jim.
I can't get to the phone right now, but I'll call you back when I can.
Go, Cubs.
You have reached Catherine Raymonde.
Yes, that's correct, Tina.
Kirsten, maybe do you wanna get some sleep? There is a spare bedroom.
I'll tell you when my parents call.
Good night, Jeevan.
Good night, Frank.
Whoo-hoo! Check inside the cabin? You see any ghosts this year? I looked in the window.
It's the same, as always.
There's no sign of him.
Oh, wow.
Look how clear it is.
You can see Chicago.
Every time I think my first 100 days were bad, I remember you walked across Lake Michigan.
Let's get to the lake.
Frank, I'm opening the door.
Frank, is that okay? Where's Alex? I don't know.
- Did you see where she went? - No.
Jeevan! What? Strangers.
Kirst! Hey! Hey! Step away from him.
- Kirsten, this David and - Come here.
What did they say to you? - He said hi.
And then I said hi.
We're from Hamilton.
We just passed through St.
Found out that the Symphony was on the way.
We had to stick around.
- Hey, hey, hey, hey.
They're fine.
They're fine.
I met them back with the troupe.
We actually saw you perform up in Mackinac Island ten years ago.
We're just huge fans.
What plays did you see? "Coriolanus" and "Taming of the Shrew.
" Okay.
Should we have some snacks? - Want some mushrooms? Picked them along the way.
Whoo-hoo! Chicken of the Woods.
I used to eat them when I was a kid.
Harder to find back then.
Cody's mom died out there? In Detroit? You must have felt so desperate.
She's sick, and you fell and got hurt? She was gone by the time that I got back to her and Cody.
I guess I'd had some idea that we'd find some medicine for my wife.
I'm not sure I can raise Cody right, you know, out here without a mom.
Isn't he, like, 17 or 18? He's pretty much raised.
Also, how old are you? Tell me your wife's name.
I'll sing a dirge for her tonight.
She was a good mother.
A part of me thinks we were better off all getting killed.
All right, now we really have to go.
Four hours to curtain call.
May I ask you about those tattoos? What's the symbol? It's for all the people I've killed.
Alex, I'm just gonna do a quick perimeter sweep.
To the monsters, we're the monsters.
I guess.
Where did you hear that? It just came into my head.
See you at the premiere.
Jeevan! Frank! - Kirsten, run.
Right now.
Lock the door.
Wanna see your knives for this season? Yeah.
I'd say boot, right? For the switchblade? Hmm.
This likes me well.
I'll have Chrys sew the rest in.
Are you okay? I'm good.
What would you have done if you knew the flu was coming? I would have come home earlier from LA.
How about you? Say goodbye to Arthur.
I didn't get to say goodbye to anyone.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Um, this one.
Thank you.
You came to the right town.
Deborah's vernal spirit guides us both.
You build life, we bridge.
Yeah, I'd hoped to get a last performance from you both, but it wasn't meant to be.
What wasn't? - I'm gonna check on the - I'm gonna go work on casting.
- Thing.
- Okay.
What? What? We're getting off the wheel.
We're gonna stay here for the year.
I didn't wanna say anything until I knew.
Karen thinks, you know, the newborn out there on the road isn't safe.
Who the fuck is Karen? The midwife.
What about wolves here? What if a wolf ate the baby? - Okay.
This is why I didn't tell you.
Why? Ahh! Ooh.
- Oh, shit.
- Ooh.
- What um - Ooh.
Karen! Karen! Dan, welcome to the Symphony.
- Peter, I'm so - We have an emergency.
We're gonna need you to play Queen Gertrude tonight.
Of the seven possible Gertrudes skill-wise, three are critical musicians for the conductor's brilliant new score, two refuses to do "Hamlet" because of Gil Who's Gil? - Can't get into it.
Is that a yes? I have to say yes? Yes.
What's happening with Alex? I heard she's with Sayid now.
- Did Jeremy talk you into it? Jeremy and Karen? You know Jeremy is just in Jeremy's world.
This is why I don't date actors.
- You dated me.
And Jeremy.
Okay, okay.
Hey, hey.
- What? - Stop.
I wanna stay.
The Symphony is my family.
You too.
It doesn't end because I take a season off.
We've never been apart.
Since Year Three.
I know.
It would be better for the Symphony if you came.
With the baby! You are an amazing Gertrude.
Being a mother would only make that more true.
This is a choice.
What? It's selfish.
I'm starting a family.
You just said the Symphony was your family.
Look, can she get you the rest of the way there? I should go help.
Break a leg.
Deliver the baby.
Here we go.
- Who's there? - Nay, answer me.
Stand, and unfold yourself.
Long live the king.
- Bernardo? - He.
- 'Tis now struck twelve.
Get thee to bed, Francisco.
- Hi.
- Hey.
I can't go on.
How am I supposed to play Gertrude? I'm not a mom.
My mom's gone.
- Okay.
Have you ever heard of Arthur Leander, from before? - The Orion Soldier? - Yeah, yes.
So he gave me my first acting lesson.
Ready? It's not about you.
- That's it? - It works.
Put all of your attention on the other person.
So you're Gertrude, and you are, but your concern is your son, Hamlet.
You put all your focus on me, and it'll free you up.
I promise.
Okay? - Yeah.
Let's make magic.
- Have you your father's leave? What says Polonius? He hath, my Lord, wrung from me my slow leave by laborsome petition, and, at last, upon his will, I sealed my hard consent.
I do beseech you, give him leave to go.
And now, Laertes, you told us of some suit.
My dread Lord, your leave and favor to return to France, from whence though willingly I came to Denmark to show my duty in your coronation, yet now, I must confess, that duty done My thoughts and wishes bend again toward France and bow them to your gracious leave and pardon.
- Have you your father's leave? What says Polonius? He hath, my Lord, wrung from me my slow leave.
But now, my cousin, Hamlet, and my son A little more than kin, and less than kind.
How is it the clouds still hang on you? Not so, my Lord.
I am too much in the sun.
Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.
Do not forever with thy veiled lids seek thy noble father in the dust.
Thou know'st 'tis common.
All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.
Ay, Madam.
It is common.
If it be, why seem it so particular with thee? She still hasn't eaten.
Three days.
Come on.
You gotta come out and eat.
I know it's scary, but you gotta eat.
If it be, why seem it so particular for thee? - Kirsten, come on.
Open the door.
"Seems," Madam? Nay.
- Kirsten.
- It is.
Hey, Kirsten.
I know not "seems.
" Kirsten, come on.
Kirsten, what's going on? Open the door.
'Tis Kirsten.
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, nor customary suits of solemn black.
Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, together with all moods, forms, shapes of grief that can denote me truly.
I got weird texts.
These indeed seem, for they are actions that a man might play.
Hey, why don't you come out here with Frank and me? I don't even know how many days it is until Christmas.
Well, uh, we got a calendar, and we'll figure it out.
It's what is it? 12, 11 days? Right.
- It's okay.
It's okay.
It's all right.
But I have that within which passeth show.
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
Everyone's dead.
Not everyone.
Bravo! Bravo.
- Can I help you? - Yes, please.
Excuse me.
You seem You seem to be in charge here, correct? Yes.
I am an emissary from a community that has, until now, never once revealed its existence to the rest of the world.
And, uh, I I come to you with an invitation.
It's our first invitation.
We invite the Traveling Symphony to visit us at the Museum of Civilization.
What's the Museum of Civilization? A place that values human culture and the past.
Fuck the past.
We never leave the wheel.
I like the name of your town.
She's got Daddy's nose.
- Hopefully Mommy's brain.
- Yeah.
I'm gonna go drink with the guys.
I was being selfish.
Not selfish.
- Mm-hmm.
I'm sad.
But it's not goodbye.
You'll be back.
I'll be here.
You don't know that.
I know that when someone goes or Someone dies, I know how hard that is for you.
I want it to be different for her.
I understand.
So did Karen actually do anything, or no? Not much.
- Everyone.
Everyone, everyone.
Thank you to all the midwives and doulas from the birth center.
This is where the wheel begins.
And every summer, it's the same.
The Traveling Symphony comes back And Kirsten Raymonde brings down the house.
Yeah! I met a new friend today.
And I promised him I'd sing a dirge for his wife.
But this is for all of you and all of the lost.
I like ghosts.
You were really good tonight.
Who's in your tent these days? No one.
So you've moved? Into the closet? I didn't wanna stay in there.
I get it.
What's that? A book.
Arthur Leander gave it to me.
It's the only copy.
"I remember damage.
" Me too.
"Then escape.
" Good story.
Love a good comeback.
Frank? It's pronounced "Mack-in-aw," not "Mack-in-ack," the island.
Chicken of the Woods don't grow up north.
And you're creepy.
You're charged with that Day Zero pain.
It's like you never left.
You were incredible.
Aww, really? Well, thank you.
It's important that Cody and I join the Traveling Symphony.
We won't be with you for long.
Then your friends are gonna start to disappear.
The Conductor.
Charlie and Jeremy, they're staying back with the baby, but No.
Where did you hear that line? "To the monsters, we're the monsters.
" Where did you hear that? The prophecy.
I remember damage.
I remember damage.
Let's get you home.

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