The Outer Limits (1995) s04e16 Episode Script

Final Exam

1 PLEASE HAVE YOUR TICKE READY FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE EXAMINATION HALL, THIS LINE IS FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES ONLY, TODTMAN, SETH, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? TAKING MY FINAL EXAM, BUT YOU FAILED OU OF THE PROGRAM, SETH, YOU KNOW THAT, DEFINE PROGRAM, DEFINE FAIL, LET'S GO SOMEWHERE AND TALK, WE USED TO BE FRIENDS, FRIENDS! FRIENDS DON'T STEAL FRIENDS' INSIGH AND GENIUS, FRIENDS DON'T CALL FRIENDS PARANOID IN FRON OF KANGAROO COURTS, IS SHE CALLING SECURITY? GOOD I WANTED TO SHOW THEM SOMETHING EVER SINCE THEY THREW ME OFF CAMPUS, SETH, SETH, COME ON, IT'S OVER, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE OVER UNTIL I SAY IT'S OVER, NOBODY WANTED TO LISTEN TO ME, BUT NOW YOU'RE GOING TO, ( gunshot ) SETTLE DOWN! EVERY WAY IN AND OUT OF THIS BUILDING HAS A TRASH CAN, AND EVERY TRASH CAN IS WIRED WITH AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE WHICH I HAVE JUST ARMED, YOU WON'T GET AWAY WITH THIS, REALLY? DEFINE COLD FUSION, WHAT? I SAID DEFINE COLD FUSION, COLD FUSION IS, UM, IS THE RELEASE OF THERMAL NUCLEAR ENERGIES BY DEVICES THA OPERATE AT ORDINARY ROOM TEMPERATURES AND PRESSURES, BUT SUCH DEVICES ARE TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE, WE'VE PROVEN THAT, REALLY? I MADE THIS ONE ALL BY MYSELF, I DID IT ON MY KITCHEN TABLE, THE PEOPLE WHO SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE WERE WRONG, THE PEOPLE WHO SAID I WASN'T WORTHY TO BE A GRADUATE STUDENT WERE WRONG, THE PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO DISCREDIT ME WERE WRONG, AND TODAY I GET TO PROVE THAT, LOOK OUT THE WINDOW! LOOK OUT THE WINDOW! ( recorded voice ) I AM A BOMB, IN FIVE SECONDS, I'LL DETONATE AND KILL EVERY LIVING THING WITHIN 100 YARDS, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, ( siren wailing ) STOP RIGHT THERE! THE BUILDING IS WIRED, AND IF MY HEART STOPS OR I PRESS THIS BUTTON RIGHT HERE THE DEVICE IN HERE WILL EXPLODE WITH A RELEASE OF ENERGY ONE MILLION TIMES GREATER THAN THE DEVICE THAT JUST DETONATED OUT THERE, WHAT DO YOU WANT? IT'S VERY SIMPLE, I WANT THE FIVE PEOPLE ON THIS LIST, I WANT TO SEE THEM BROUGHT HERE BY THE GOVERNMEN AND SHOT DEAD ONE AT A TIME, FIVE LIVES OR FIVE MILLION LIVES, IT'S YOUR CHOICE, YOU'VE GOT THREE HOURS, HAVE A NICE DAY, ( Control Voice ) THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR TELEVISION, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADJUS THE PICTURE, WE ARE NOW CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION, WE CONTROL THE HORIZONTAL, AND THE VERTICAL, WE CAN DELUGE YOU WITH A THOUSAND CHANNELS OR EXPAND ONE SINGLE IMAGE TO CRYSTAL CLARITY, ,, AND BEYOND, WE CAN SHAPE YOUR VISION TO ANYTHING OUR IMAGINATION CAN CONCEIVE, FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WE WILL CONTROL ALL THAT YOU SEE AND HEAR, ( ) YOU ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE THE AWE AND MYSTERY WHICH REACHES FROM THE DEEPEST INNER MIND TO THE OUTER LIMITS, ( Control Voice ) THEY SAY A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING, BUT WHAT OF THE MAN WHO POSSESSES TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE? WHERE'S YOUR ART PROJECT, KATE? WHO'S DRIVING ME? YOUR MOTHER IS, HE'S JOKING, KATE, I'M LATE FOR WORK, I GOT A NEW PATIEN AT 9:00, I MUST FILE A GRANT PROPOSAL BY NOON, YOUR PROPOSAL WON'T KNOW THAT YOU'RE LATE, MY CLIENT WILL IF THIS WEST-SIDE FEEDING PROGRAM IS LOST, COME ON, NO, YOU DEAL WITH ONE PATIENT, AND THAT'S WORLD SHAKING? BUT I DEAL WITH FEEDING 200 YOUNG WOMEN, AND THAT'S WHAT? SECRETARIAL WORK? IT'S YOUR TURN, YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD KATE READY, YOU WERE STANDING HERE, SHARON, I'LL LOSE RAPPOR WITH THIS NEW PATIEN IF I'M LATE, YOU'RE NOT WORRIED ABOU LOSING RAPPORT WITH ME? OKAY, FINE, I'LL TAKE HER, COME ON, SWEETIE, YOU'RE COMING WITH ME, COME ON, SWEETHEART, GIVE ME KISSES, BYE, DADDY, YOU SHOULD DO THERAPY ON YOURSELF BEFORE YOU INFLICT ADVICE ON OTHER PEOPLE, I REALLY THINK YOU'RE OVERREACTING, SECOND TIME THIS WEEK, IT CAN'T BE! SHARON! SHARON! WELL, ,, WHERE'S THE CALENDAR? IT CAN'T BE TWICE THIS WEEK, OH, GOD, ( phone ringing ) SHARON, LOOK, I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY, SIR, THIS IS AN ALPHA CALL, PLEASE STATE YOUR IDENTITY, WHAT? OH, UH, ,, MARTIN, JAMES MARTIN, PHD, SIR, MY AUTHENTICATION CODE IS BRAVO- ZULU-221, WHAT IS YOUR COUNTER AUTHENTICATION CODE? UH, YEAH, DELTA-TANGO-983, SIR, THIS IS AN ALER FROM THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE SECRETARY HAS DECLARED A NUCLEAR EMERGENCY SEARCH-TEAM MOBILIZATION, ON A FRIDAY MORNING? THIS IS NOT A DRILL, I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL, TRANSPORTATION YOUR LOCATION, E, T, A, TWO MINUTES, WHAT? ( dial tone ) HELLO? HELLO? ( shutting phone off ) MOVE! MOVE! WHAT DO WE HAVE? NO LIFE-THREATENING RADIOACTIVITY FROM THE BLAST SITE, THOUGH WE'RE GETTING SOME READINGS, IN TOUCH WITH THIS KID? WE OPENED A DIRECT LINE, BUT HE WON' TALK TO US, HERE'S THE LIS OF THE PEOPLE HE WANTS BROUGHT IN, THIS IS DR, MARTIN, TEAM NEGOTIATOR, HAS HE SAID ANYTHING ASIDE FROM GIVING YOU THIS LIST? HE SAYS HE'S INVENTED A COLD FUSION BOMB, THAT'S A GOOD ONE, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT THIS KID DID, HE'S BUIL AN ORDINARY EXPLOSIVE DEVICE, CONTAMINATED IT WITH RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO FAKE A NUCLEAR BLAST, YOU WON'T ASSUME JURISDICTION? WE'LL STILL CONSIDER THIS A NUCLEAR INCIDENT, YOU PULL YOUR MEN BACK AND CAUTION THEM ABOUT SPREADING WILD STORIES, PANIC COULD DO MORE HARM TO THIS CITY THAN THAT LUNATIC, WE ALL KNOW WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST, OKAY? YOU BET, WELL, ,, LET'S SEE WHAT HE'S GOT TO SAY, ( phone ringing ) WHO'S THIS? THIS IS JAMES MARTIN, I'M THE D, O, E, -NES TEAM NEGOTIATOR, YOU SOUND LIKE A SHRINK, MARTIN, I DON'T NEED A SHRINK, I JUST NEED SOMEONE TRAINED IN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, I HAVE A JOINT DEGREE IN PHYSICS AND PSYCHOLOGY, WHAT'S THE MATTER? YOU KEPT LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AND COULDN'T FIND ANY? ACTUALLY I TRAINED TO STUDY ELECTRICAL FIELDS OF THE BRAIN, I STARTED DOING THERAPY FOR CLIENTS WHO COULDN'T TALK TO ANYONE WHO DIDN' HAVE SECURITY CLEARANCE, I'M HEAD SHRINK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, A LIMITED AUDIENCE, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, JUST TRY TO UNDERSTAND THIS, I HAVE A COLD FUSION DEVICE WIRED INTO A DEAD MAN'S SWITCH AND A TIMER, THE YIELD OF THIS DEVICE IS 50 MEGATONS, IF IT DETONATES, IT'LL DESTROY THE ENTIRE CITY, NOW TELL ME ONE THING, WHAT'S THAT? DEFINE HOW YOU CAN BELIEVE ME, LISTEN, I TAKE THIS THREA VERY SERIOUSLY, THEN YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED, NO ONE HAS BUILT SUCH A DEVICE, WHAT ARE THEY REALLY SAYING, MARTIN? THAT I FAKED THE BLAST? I DON'T WANT TO OFFEND YOU, BUT THE TRUTH IS IF YOU REALLY CREATED COLD FUSION, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? WHY NOT JUS CLAIM YOUR NOBEL PRIZE? I WON'T EVEN GE THE CRACKER JACK PRIZE, YOUR TEAM WILL LOCK ME UP AND TORTURE ME TILL I'VE TOLD THEM WHAT I KNOW, MR, TODTMAN, I SWEAR NO ONE IS GOING TO HURT YOU, THIS IS WHAT I EXPECTED, I'LL GIVE YOU MORE PROOF, NO, WAIT, IF I'VE OFFENDED YOU, I APOLOGIZE, YOU THOUGH I'D DETONATE ANOTHER BLAST, WELL, DON'T GE YOUR PANTIES IN A BUNCH KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE FRONT DOOR, I'M SENDING YOU A SAMPLE, HIT THE TIMER AND STAND BACK UNDERCOVER AT LEAST FIVE MILES, MAKE IT SNAPPY, BECAUSE MY TIMER IS SPINNING LIKE A TOP, PUT IT DOWN! PUT IT DOWN SLOWLY! THAT'S IT, DON'T SHOOT, PLEASE, HE GAVE IT TO ME! COME ON! COME ON! GUYS, MOVE IT! MARTIN, THIS THING ISN'T EVEN BIG ENOUGH TO PACK A CONVENTIONAL WALLOP, EXACTLY THE SORT OF PARANOID FANTASY YOU'D EXPEC FROM SOME FAILED ENGINEERING STUDENT, I'M NOT SO SURE, THE KID TAKES HOSTAGES, FAKES A NUCLEAR BLAST, YOU DON'T THINK HE'S CRAZY? ALL I'M SAYING IS HE'S LUCID ENOUGH TO DO TECHNICAL WORK, HE SURE AS HELL PRODUCED A BIG EXPLOSION, IT DIDN'T GENERATE SIGNIFICANT RADIATION, ISN'T THAT THE EERIE PART? THE THING ABOUT COLD FUSION IS, IF IT REALLY WORKS, IT HARDLY RELEASES ANY RADIATION AT ALL, EXCEP WE ALL KNOW, MARTIN, THAT COLD FUSION ISN'T POSSIBLE, LOOK, ALL I KNOW IS THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS BUILT MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO, PLENTY OF TIME FOR DEVELOPMENTS, DON'T YOU THINK? HELICOPTER IT OU TO THE TEST SITE, WE NEED TO START WORK ON THE HOSTAGE RESCUE PLAN, WE'RE OPENING THE OUTER CASING NOW, LISTEN, I DON'T THINK HE WAS LYING, WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT A LUNATIC HE IS IN HI-8, IF HE ISN'T, I'LL FILE A PATENT ON THIS MYSELF AND RETIRE, OKAY, HE HAD IT RIGGED, THE CLOCK'S COUNTING DOWN, WE'RE PULLING BACK TO THE BLAST SHELTER, TELL THEM TO INCINERATE I BEFORE IT BLOWS, NO, WE NEED THE DOCUMENTATION, THOSE TUNNELS CAN CONTAIN A 10-KILOTON BLAST, ASSUMING IT'S NOT JUST TNT, WHAT IF IT REALLY IS A COLD FUSION BOMB? OKAY, BOMB ROOM IS SEALED, SAFETY PROTOCOL IS IN PLACE, 10 SECONDS, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, AND, ,, BIG NOTHING, HUH? TOLD YOU, MARTIN, GUY'S A WHACKO, NOTHING ON THE VIDEO EXCEPT, ,, WHAT THE, ,,? HAL? HAL? TEAM TWO! TEAM TWO, RESPOND! SIR? THREE SATELLITES DETECTED A SUB-SURFACE DETONATION AT BASE ONE IN THE MEGATON RANGE, HE DID IT, HE REALLY DOES HAVE COLD FUSION, I WANT TO SEE EVERYONE ON HIS LIST, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? WILL SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE? SIT HIM DOWN, STAY THERE, SIR, YOU'RE GOING TO GE MORE HOSTAGES FOR HIM? ARE YOU SPEAKING AS MY NEGOTIATOR OR A DO-GOOD THERAPIST? IT WILL ONLY INFLATE HIS EGO AND TERRORIZE THEM NEEDLESSLY, NEEDLESSLY? DO YOU COMPREHEND OUR OPTIONS HERE? HE MAY HAVE A 50-MEGATON DEVICE, WHAT IS THE ONLY ASSURED METHOD OF DISABLING SOMETHING LIKE THAT? INCINERATE I BEFORE IT ACTIVATES, YOU DO THAT IS BY USING A TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPON WHICH WILL KILL EVERYONE WITHIN SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS, INCLUDING US, NOT YOU, YOU CAN CALL FROM ANYWHERE, BUT SOME OF US MUST STAY, TELL ME WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE KILL THE PEOPLE ON THIS LIST? WILL HE WALK OU OR WILL HE PULL THE TRIGGER? I'M STILL NOT PREPARED TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, IT WILL TAKE TEN DAYS TO EVACUATE EVERYBODY IN THIS CITY, TEN DAYS, WHAT DO I DO? WILL KILLING THE PEOPLE ON THIS LIST SATISFY HIM? WILL IT SAVE THE CITY? GET HIM ON THE LINE, ANSWER MY QUESTION, I CAN'T, WILL, HE WEN INTO COUNSELLING AFTER HE STARTED FIGHTING HIS TEACHERS, BUT NONE OF HIS THERAPISTS SAW THIS SORT OF PSYCHOTIC ANGER IN HIM, I MUST SEE HIM FACE TO FACE TO UNDERSTAND HIM IN TIME, WIRE ME AND GE HIM ON THE PHONE, KAY, I'LL DELIVER THESE TO THE AGENCY, BUT I NEED 20 MORE COPIES FOR THE PRINCIPAL DONORS, SEE YOU LATER, ( car alarm beeping ) ( radio ) THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS DENYING REPORTS THAT THERE IS ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN TODAY'S TERRORIST BOMBING AT THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND THE RUMORS THAT MINUTES AGO AN MAJOR EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN THE DEPARTMENT'S SUPER-SECRET RESEARCH LABS AT WILLOWBRIDGE, IN APPARENT CONFIRMATION, INDEPENDENT SOURCES CONFIRMED THAT NO SIGNIFICANT RADIATION WAS RELEASED IN THE EXPLOSION, THE REPORTS A NUCLEAR ACCIDEN MIGHT HAVE OCCURRED THERE WERE WRONG, IN OTHER NEWS TODAY ( phone ringing ) ( woman ) FEDERAL OPERATOR 652, THE NUMBER YOU HAVE CALLED IS TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE, PLEASE WAIT, CONNECT ME TO THE SECURITY OFFICE, I DON'T KNOW WHA YOU'RE REFERRING TO, YOU AND I BOTH KNOW I'M CALLING THE D, O, E, LABORATORIES AT WILLOWBRIDGE, IF SOMETHING'S HAPPENED, YOU'VE GOT TO TELL ME, I'M A FAMILY MEMBER, MA'AM, I'M SORRY, BUT I HAVE NO INFORMATION, FAMILY MEMBERS ARE URGED TO MAKE NO RASH ASSUMPTIONS OR PUBLIC STATEMENTS AT THIS TIME, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED WHEN PERSONNEL BECOME AVAILABLE, ( dial tone ) OH, MY GOD, ( dialing ) PARKWAY ELEMENTARY, THIS IS MRS, MARTIN, I MUST PICK KATE UP IMMEDIATELY, ( phone ringing ) WE NEED TO TALK, YOU SOUND DEPRESSED, MARTIN, YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOURSELF, I DON'T THINK YOU'LL BE MUCH HELP TO ME, I HAD FRIENDS ON THE TEAM THAT TESTED YOUR DEVICE, IT, ,,COULDN' HAVE MALFUNCTIONED, THEY DIDN'T FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTIONS, DID THEY? THEY TRIED TO STUDY IT, AND THEY PAID FOR I WITH THEIR LIVES, SO WHY DON'T WE JUST CALL I EVEN, OKAY? I MEAN, EVERYONE, EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY DISCOVERY YOU'VE MADE, SO WHY DON'T YOU LET ME INSIDE TO MAKE A DEAL? I CAN HEAR YOUR PAIN, MARTIN, BUT YOU'VE GOT TO THINK LOGICALLY, MY RIGGING THE DEVICE WAS AN ACT OF MERCY, IT PREVENTED ANYONE ELSE FROM LEARNING HOW TO BUILD A COLD FUSION BOMB, THE WORLD IS STILL SAFE, I CAN'T FOLLOW YOUR LOGIC, I MUST TALK TO YOU, I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU, MARTIN, YOUR LIPS ARE MOVING, WE ARE TALKING, IN PERSON, TRIGGER'S STILL WIRED TO MY HEART, SNEAK IN A GUN OR EVEN A WAVE OF RIGHTEOUS ANGER, IT WON'T WORK, 500 PEOPLE DIED IN THAT EXPLOSION, YOU OWE ME A CHANCE TO SEE YOU, OKAY, FOR A PRICE, KILL THE FIRST PERSON ON MY LIST, YOU KNOW I CAN'T DO THAT, YOU COULD IF YOU RESPECTED ME, I COULD DETONATE THIS BOMB, THE BLAST WAVE WOULD REACH HIM HALFWAY TO MARS, I SWEAR TO GOD, HE ISN'T EVEN HERE, TOO BAD, IN THE MOVIES, THEY'RE ALWAYS HERE, BUT YOU WANT TO TALK ANYWAY? NO, GOD, PLEASE, THEN KILL HER! WHAT THE HELL? GIVE HER AN EXTRA HOLE IN HER HEAD, HELP ME! USE THE DISTRACTION TO FILTER IN THE DEMOLITION TEAM, GET THEM DIRECTLY UNDER THE BUILDING TO CONTAIN THE BLAST, COPY THAT, OKAY, LET'S DO IT, SADDLE UP, GUYS, LET'S MOVE THAT NUKE INTO THE TUNNEL, YOU REALLY WAN A HUMAN SACRIFICE? YOU'RE RIGHT, I AM A LOUSY NEGOTIATOR, SO SHOOT ME INSTEAD AND TALK TO MY SUCCESSOR WHEN HE FLIES IN, YOU REALLY WAN TO BE PUT OUT OF YOUR MISERY? COME THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR, I'LL LET YOU PAST THE SENSORS, BUT ANYONE ELSE TRIES TO GET NEAR, I'LL BLOW THIS DEVICE, ( sensor beeping ) YOUR LIFE OR HERS? GET IT OVER WITH, ( gunshot ) WHAT MADE YOU THINK I WOULDN'T SHOOT YOU? I DIDN'T, I JUST DIDN'T WAN ANYONE ELSE TO DIE, OKAY, YOU'VE DEFINED YOUR QUALIFICATIONS, YOU'VE GOT GUTS, LET'S TALK, JACKSON'S ON, SIR, JACKSON, WHERE ARE WE? WE'VE MADE ENTRY INTO THE TUNNEL, THERE COULD BE TRAPS ANYWHERE, IT COULD TAKE US HOURS, WE DON'T HAVE HOURS, IF HE TOLD THE TRUTH, WE HAVE LESS THAN 60 MINUTES, YES, SIR, I UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE TO BE UNDER THE LECTURE HALL IN 50 MINUTES, AREN'T YOU TOO SMART FOR THIS? IS THAT YOUR BEST LINE? YOU'RE SURE YOU GOT YOUR DEGREE FROM A REGULAR COLLEGE, OR WAS IT A NIGHT SCHOOL WHERE LIFE EXPERIENCE COUNTS? I DIDN'T EXPRESS MYSELF WELL, WHAT I MEANT TO SAY IS I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY, WHEN YOU'RE SO SMART, WHY YOU'VE CHOSEN TO CAUSE SO MUCH PAIN, DEFINE YOUR LOGIC, I READ IN YOUR CASE FILES THAT YOU LIVED IN MANY FOSTER HOMES AFTER YOUR MOTHER DIED, MANY PEOPLE MUST HAVE CAUSED YOU PAIN, THEN HELP ME FEEL BETTER, KILL THEM FOR ME, WHEN A CHILD IS TRAUMATIZED, THEY STILL HAVE CHOICES, SOME GROW UP AND FIGHT BACK, THEY BECOME PROTECTORS AND TRY TO SAVE OTHER PEOPLE FROM THE SAME PAIN THAT THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH, YOU MEET THEM AS SOCIAL ACTIVISTS, TEACHERS AND BADLY DRESSED THERAPISTS? ARE YOU A LONER, MARTIN? DON'T HAVE A WIFE TO PICK OU YOUR CLOTHES FOR YOU? NOT THAT I MEAN TO CRITICIZE, SOME OF THE VERY BEST PEOPLE AT THIS SCHOOL SAID I DRESSED LIKE A GEEK, YOU KNOW, THE TEXTBOOKS CLAIM THAT HUMOR AT A TIME LIKE THIS USUALLY MEANS YOU'RE SCREAMING INSIDE, I THOUGHT THE LACK OF IT MEAN THAT I WAS STUPID OR A MADMAN, WHAT ABOU YOUR NEXT TYPE OF VICTIM? WELL, THEY'RE THE TYPE WHO IDENTIFY WITH THE ABUSERS, AND THEY BECOME PAIN-GIVERS THEMSELVES WHICH IS INHERENTLY ILLOGICAL, BECAUSE THAT'S JUST ANOTHER FORM OF SURRENDER TO THE ABUSERS, IT'S SAYING YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM, SO YOU'RE JOINING THEM, OH, COME ON, MARTIN, ARE YOU TRYING TO TIE ME UP IN LOGICAL KNOTS LIKE I WAS SOME SORT OF WAR GAME COMPUTER YOU COULD CRASH WITH A GAME OF TIC TAC TOE? NO, I DON'T HAVE TO BE THAT SMART, JUST YOU DO, AND YOU ARE, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE CHOICES, THE MYSTERY TO ME IS WHY HAVE YOU BECOME A VICTIMIZER ANYWAY? BECAUSE I WANT JUSTICE, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE PEOPLE ON MY LIST DID TO ME? NO, I DON'T, MR, WALKER WAS MY LAST FOSTER FATHER, HE USED TO EXPERIMENT ON ME, SEE WHAT SORTS OF THINGS HE COULD BEAT ME WITH WITHOUT LEAVING A MARK ON ME, HE DROVE HIS WIFE TO SUICIDE LAST YEAR, IF THAT'S WHAT IT WAS, THEN SCREW HIM, THEN THERE'S MR, OWENS, MY SOCIAL WORKER, HE CALLED ME A LIAR WHEN I ASKED FOR HELP, I RECENTLY FIGURED OUT WHY, HE WAS TAKING KICKBACKS FROM THE WALKERS, LET'S PUT THEM IN JAIL, THEN WE HAVE MS, CARSTAIRS, SHE KNEW I COULDN'T DEAL WITH PEOPLE VERY WELL, SHE FORCED ME TO WORK THE LIBRARY'S FRONT DESK, WHEN I BEGGED HER FOR A TRANSFER TO THE STACKS, SHE FIRED ME, I TOLD HER I WOULDN'T EAT, LITERALLY NOT HAVE FOOD, SHE BARRED ME FROM ANY WORK-STUDY JOB AT THE SCHOOL ALL THE SAME, I'M NOT SURE IT MERITS THE DEATH PENALTY, AND FINALLY THERE'S KLAUS WYLIE, WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S HASTINGS AWARD, HE STOLE MY IDEAS AND ACCUSED ME OF PLAGIARIZING HIM WHEN I SUBMITTED MY OWN PAPER TO THE COMMITTEE, ALL UNFORGIVABLE THINGS TO DO TO SOMEONE WHO'S TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY IN THE WORLD ALL ALONE, I AGREE, THANK YOU, THEN GIVE ME THEIR LIVES, OR WHAT? YOU'LL KILL EVERYONE IN THE CITY? WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THAT? BECAUSE THEY'RE DEAD ANYWAY, I MEAN, HAVEN'T YOU EVER WONDERED WHY THERE ISN'T ANY INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE? EXCUSE ME? OH, COME ON, MARTIN, ALL THOSE YEARS LISTENING TO THE STARS AND NOT A PEEP, NO I LOVE LUCY WITH TWO-HEADED GREEN GUYS PLAYING BOTH LUCY AND RICKY? NO RADIO SIGNALS AT ALL, YOU KNOW WHY? NO, I DON'T, BECAUSE THEY GE TO THIS POIN WHERE YOU AND I ARE TODAY, AND THEY DISCOVER THE ENERGY WEAPON THAT ANY CHILD CAN BUILD, AND THEN THEY DESTROY THEMSELVES, I CAN'T ACCEPT THAT, I DON'T BELIEVE YOU CAN EITHER, BEFORE THIS DAY'S OVER, YOU WILL, I JUST WANT JUSTICE DONE FOR ME WHILE THERE'S STILL TIME, WAIT, DON'T MOVE, ( alarm signal beeping ) MOTION SENSOR, PULL BACK SLOWLY, ( computer voice ) WARNING, WARNING, PLEASE STEP BACK FROM THE CAR, EVERYBODY, MOVE! GET DOWN! GET DOWN! GET DOWN! GET DOWN! BASE, MY TEAM IS DOWN, THE NUCLEAR DEVICE IS INTACT, ( signal beeping ) THEY TRIED TO COME UP THE UTILITY TUNNEL, WOULDN'T YOU? ARE YOU WEARING A WIRE? YES, TELL THEM WHAT I'VE DONE, HE JUST OPENED A SAFETY GUARD ON WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN OVERRIDE DETONATOR, SOMETHING THA HE CAN HI AND SET OFF HIS BOMB IMMEDIATELY, JIM, THE SLIGHTEST MOVE TO USE IT, YOU'VE GOT TO TELL US, LIEUTENANT JACKSON, WAIT FOR DETONATION ON MY COMMAND, YES, SIR, I'M ON THE TRIGGER, THEY DIDN' RESPECT ME, THEY DIDN' LISTEN TO ME, IT'S THEIR JOB, NOW THEY GO A NEW JOB, SHOOT THE FIRST PERSON ON MY LIST, OR I WON'T WAIT FOR THAT TIMER, I'LL BLOW THIS THING NOW, KILL WYLIE, OR THE CITY BLOWS, IS JACKSON CLOSE ENOUGH? WILL HE VAPORIZE THE COLD FUSION DEVICE OR DETONATE IT? TELL ME, YOU'RE THE DISPOSAL EXPERT, I'VE BEEN THROUGH SIMULATIONS BEFORE, BUT NOT ANYTHING LIKE THIS, WHAT DO I DO? SHOOT A MAN? IT'S AGAINST EVERYTHING THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR, I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG, HE'S CRAZY, DON'T YOU GET IT? SHOOT HIM! NECESSITY DEFENCE JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE, IF THE LIFEBOAT'S GOING TO SINK, YOU CAN THROW PEOPLE OVERBOARD, IF THE DAM'S GOING TO BREAK, YOU CAN OPEN THE FLOODGATES, THE LAW ISN' THAT CLEAR, IF JACKSON'S 100 METERS OFF, THAT NUCLEAR MINE MAY NOT WORK, I'M NOT SAYING THA BECAUSE IT'S OUR LIVES, YOU OWE ME THIS! PROFESSOR WYLIE, OUR NUCLEAR MINE BLOWS OR HIS COLD FUSION DEVICE IGNITES, IT'S THE SAME RESULT YOU'LL DIE, WE'LL ALL DIE, YOU BROUGHT ME HERE AGAINST MY WILL, I DON'T HAVE TO DIE! YOU BROUGHT ME! I'M SORRY, NO, YOU CAN'T DO THIS! ( Seth ) ,, ,THREE, TWO, ,, ( whimpering ) NO! SHOOT HIM! SHOOT HIM AND LEAVE HIM THERE, OR THE WHOLE CITY DIES! DON'T DO IT! HIS LIFE IS WORTHLESS! WILL! STOP! SHOOT HIM! ( gunshot ) WHAT ARE YOU FEELING? THAT YOU ARE NEVER SMART ENOUGH TO TAKE ME ON, WE'RE DONE TALKING, FOR YEARS, ,, YOU SAT ALONE IN YOUR BEDROOM AT NIGHT DREAMING ABOUT REVENGE, ONLY NOW, INSTEAD OF EXHILARATION, ALL YOU'RE FEELING IS EMPTINESS, WHAT MAKES YOU SO SURE YOU CAN READ MY MIND? YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHRINKS AND PATIENTS IS THAT WE HAVE A CERTIFICATE THAT SAYS WE'RE SANE, LOOK WHO'S DEVELOPING A SENSE OF HUMOR, MAYBE BECAUSE I WAS BEATEN UP ENOUGH IN MY CHILDHOOD THAT I'M SYMPATHIZING WITH YOU, YOU HAVE NO CLUE HOW I FEEL, I KNOW ENOUGH TO TELL YOU THIS, THAT MAN DYING AND YOUR TURNING ANOTHER GOOD MAN INTO A MURDERER DOESN'T MAKE YOU FEEL ANY BETTER THAN KILLING FIVE MORE OR FIVE MILLION, DO YOU KNOW HOW THE FIRST THOUGH OF AN ATOMIC BOMB CAME INTO THE WORLD? NO, IT WAS, UM, 1939, A GROUP OF GRADUATE STUDENTS WORKING WITH ROBERT OPPENHEIMER SKETCHED A DESIGN ON THEIR CLASSROOM BLACKBOARD, NOT LONG AFTER THAT, ANOTHER JUNIOR GUY WAS THINKING ABOUT THIS LITTLE RESEARCH REPORT FROM PARIS WHILE HE WAS RIDING ALONG IN HIS COMMUTER TRAIN IN BERLIN, THE FRENCH GUYS HAD NOTICED THA WHEN THEY SPLIT CERTAIN ATOMS, THEY GO AN EXTRA RELEASE OF NEUTRONS, AND THERE, AMID THE SCREECH OF STEEL WHEELS AGAINST STEEL RAILS, THE LIGH FLICKERING ACROSS HIS FACE, THAT GUY REALIZED THAT YOU COULD NOT ONLY BASE A BOMB ON THAT SORT OF CHAIN REACTION, BUT YOU COULD ALSO BREED YOUR OWN URANIUM TO DO IT, DO YOU, UH, ,, DO YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? THAT ALL THOSE PEOPLE WEREN'T NECESSARILY SPECIAL, AND THAT IT WASN'T EVEN BASED ON THEIR OWN EXPERIMENTS, EXACTLY, WHEN A SCIENCE IS READY, PEOPLE CAN'T HELP MAKING THE DISCOVERY, THE WORLD IS GOING TO END VERY SOON, DR, MARTIN, THE CONCEPTS ARE SO SIMPLE, EVEN A CHILD CAN MAKE A COLD FUSION BOMB, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT CHILDREN, SETH? LOOK, UM, ,, THIS IS A REAL CHILD, SHE ONLY WEIGHS 61 POUNDS, YOU COULD BALANCE THE WEIGHT OF HER LIFE IN YOUR HANDS, SHE'S NEVER HURT YOU OR ANYONE THAT I KNOW OF, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO KILL HER IF YOU SET OFF YOUR BOMB, LIAR, YOU GOT YOUR FAMILY OUT OF THE CITY HOURS AGO, NO, THEY DON'T KNOW, IT IS A PROCEDURE, ONCE THE TEAM'S ASSEMBLED, THEY TOOK MY PHONE AWAY, WHAT'S HER NUMBER? WHAT? GIVE ME AN OUTSIDE LINE NOW, I CAN'T NEGOTIATE WITH LIARS! CALL HIS WIFE NOW, ( phone ringing ) HELLO? WHO'S THIS? SHARON MARTIN, ARE YOU CALLING ABOUT JIM? HE'S OKAY, THANK GOD, BUT HE WANTS YOU TO DO SOMETHING, SHARON, I WANT YOU TO DO SOMETHING, IS YOUR DAUGHTER THERE? YES, THEN TAKE HER, SHARON, TAKE THAT PRETTY LITTLE CHILD OF YOURS AND DRIVE THE FASTEST WAY OUT OF TOWN, WHO IS THIS? JUST DO IT, YOU'VE GOT 30 MINUTES, THAT'S MY AC OF MERCY TO YOU, TELL HER, SHARON, IT'S ME, I'M OKAY, YOU'RE AT THE UNIVERSITY, AREN'T YOU? THAT WAS THE BOMBER, WASN'T IT? IS IT DADDY? IT'S OKAY, SHARON, I'LL BE ALL RIGHT, I SWEAR TO YOU, RIGHT NOW GET KATE IN THE CAR AND CROSS THE HAMILTON FOOTHILLS, PUT THEM BETWEEN YOU AND THE CITY, AND NEVER LOOK BACK, PROMISE ME, SHARON, JUST COME HOME IN ONE PIECE, OKAY, JIM? AND I'LL TAKE KATE TO SCHOOL FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, YOU BET, NOW GO, GO, OKAY, I GAVE YOU A LIFE, TWO LIVES, NOW YOU OWE ME ONE, WHAT? KILL THE NEXT PERSON ON MY LIST, KILL MR, WALKER, YOU CAN'T WANT THIS, WHY WON'T YOU GIVE ME WHAT I WANT? YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY WANT THIS, THE ONLY REASON SOMEONE IN YOUR POSITION LETS ME INSIDE IS BECAUSE YOU WANT ME TO HELP STOP YOU, OH, YOU REALLY HAVE LOST IT, YOU DEFINE THIS, IF YOU REALLY WANTED THOSE PEOPLE DEAD, YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE COME HERE AND DRAWN A TEAM OF COMMANDOS AROUND YOU TO TRY AND STOP YOU! I HAVE THE POWER TO DESTROY THE WORLD, I WANT RESPECT FOR THAT! YOU'D GET THA BY BLOWING UP ANYTHING AND WRITING TO THE PRESS! THINK ABOUT THE LOGIC, SETH, REASON IT THROUGH, ( alarm beeping ) THEY'RE COMING UP THE TUNNEL AGAIN, IT'S THEIR JOB, THEY'LL NEVER GET HERE IN TIME, NOW THAT MY HOSTAGES ARE ASSEMBLED, LET'S LINE 'EM UP, OR THE BLOOD OF THIS CITY WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS, ( soldier ) TUNNEL'S JAMMED, WE CAN'T CLEAR I IN TIME, JIM, YOU MUS GET HIM TO STOP THAT TIMER, I AM PREPARED TO TAKE ANOTHER LIFE, WHAT DID THEY TELL YOU? NOTHING USEFUL, WHAT DID THEY JUST TELL YOU? THEY OFFERED ME ANOTHER LIFE, DIDN'T THEY? ONLY IF YOU'LL STOP THE TIMER, TELL THEM I WANT WALKER, TELL THEM YOURSELF, GIVE ME WALKER! I WANT TO SEE HIM DOWN HERE ON HIS KNEES BEGGING FOR MERCY! GIVE ME WALKER! I WAN TO SEE HIM BEG, GOD KNOWS HE KNOWS HOW TO, HE SAW ME DO IT, I WANT HIM DOWN HERE! HIT THE BOMB WITH THE LASER BEAM, YOU CAN LINE IT UP IN THE MIRROR, WHAT? FIRE INTO THE MIRROR, YOU CAN FUSE THE DETONATOR CONTROLLER, GET US THE BIGGEST LASER THEY HAVE, YES, SIR, GOD, NO, NO! GOD, NO! SETH! IT'S ME! I'M PRACTICALLY YOUR DAD! LOUDER! I CAN'T HEAR YOU! THIS ISN'T THE WAY, IT'S THE ONLY WAY, YOU KNOW HOW LONG HE TERRORIZED ME? I WANT HIM DEAD! NO, THAT'S IT, ISN'T IT? YOU'VE SAID MORE ABOUT YOURSELF THAN YOU REALIZED, I JUST HAVEN' SEEN IT, WHAT? ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT FEAR, WHAT AM I THINKING? IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT FEAR, NOT ANY MORE, I HOLD THE POWER, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FEAR THAT THOSE PEOPLE CAUSED YOU, I'M TALKING ABOU THE FUNDAMENTAL FEAR THAT IS REACHING DOWN INTO THE CENTER OF YOUR SOUL RIGHT NOW, THAT'S THE ANSWER TO THIS MYSTERY, YOUR DISCOVERY HAS TERRIFIED YOU, YOU'D RATHER DIE THAN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT FEAR, AREN'T I RIGHT? LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF, ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU'RE FEELING? COME ON, MOVE IT, LET'S GET THIS THING POWERED, JIM, KEEP HIM AWAY FROM THE WINDOW, WE NEED TIME, YOU'RE JUS TRYING TO DISTRACT ME, I'M TRYING TO REFLEC YOUR TRUTH BACK TO YOU, THAT'S WHY YOU CREATED THIS PSYCHO-DRAMA, YOU DON'T WAN THE WORLD TO END, LET THAT BASTARD OUT THERE SUFFER WITH HIS OWN TERROR, STOP THE TIMER AND TALK TO ME, ( soldier ) LASER'S POWERED UP, HIT IT, OKAY, ,, I'LL ADMI THIS IS INTRIGUING, DEFINE WHAT YOU MEAN, BUT YOU BETTER TALK FAST, BECAUSE OUR TIME FOR CHIT-CHA IS ALMOST UP, I CAN'T DEFINE IT FOR YOU, IT JUST IS, JUST LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF, TELL ME WHAT YOU FEEL, WHAT IF I DO FEEL FEAR? WHAT IF I WISHED I NEVER SAW HOW TO BUILD THAT THING? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? IT'S BUILT, AND SOMEONE ELSE WILL BUILD ANOTHER ONE VERY SOON, WE CAN CONTROL THE MATERIALS NEEDED TO BUILD IT, WE CAN STEER THE PATH OF EDUCATION AWAY FROM THE DISCOVERY, THE MATERIALS ARE EVERYWHERE, WHEN SCIENCE IS READY TO MAKE A DISCOVERY, NOTHING CAN STOP IT, ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY THE IDEAS WILL OCCUR TO LOTS OF PEOPLE, DON'T LET HIM TURN, STEP UP THE POWER, MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, BUT HOPE IS AS INTRINSIC TO THE HUMAN CONDITION AS OUR THIRS FOR LIFE, I WANT YOU TO LIVE, I DON'T CARE IF THAT'S LOGICAL, LET'S PUT THE GENIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE, THEY'LL FORGET ABOU THE DEATHS TODAY IF YOU MAKE THAT DEAL, AND THE VERY EFFOR OF TRYING WILL HELP CURE YOUR FEARS, COME ON, ADMIT TO YOURSELF WHAT YOU'RE FEELING, I, UH, ,, MAYBE I DO FEEL FEAR, WE GOT IT! GET THAT SON OF A BITCH NEAR THE WINDOW, THEN WE'LL PUT HIM DOWN, LET'S DISCUSS THIS A LITTLE MORE, LET ME RESET THE TIMER, SETH, NO, NO, WHAT THE HELL? PUT HIM DOWN, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! MARTIN'S IN THE WAY, SIR, I DIDN'T WAN ANYONE ELSE TO DIE, YOU WERE BUYING TIME, GENERAL, HE COULD STILL MANUALLY ACTIVATE THE DETONATOR, ( general ) MOVE ASIDE, JIM, MOVE ASIDE, THEY'LL SHOOT ME THROUGH YOU, MOVE FROM THE WINDOW, WE'LL BOTH LIVE, WE'LL FIRE WHETHER YOU MOVE OR NOT, NO, YOU STEP AWAY, OR I'LL RESTART IT, ON MY COMMAND, READY, ,, WHY CAN'T I CONVINCE YOU? AIM, ,, BECAUSE WE'RE ALL DEAD ANYWAY, FIRE, SETH, DON'T MOVE! DON'T MOVE! STOP! STOP THEM! THE DOOR'S STILL ARMED, IT'S OVER, THE SECOND SWITCH TURNS OFF THE SENSORS, ALL RIGHT, GO, GO, GO! HELP ME SAVE THE NEXT GUY LIKE YOU, HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT COLD FUSION? WHAT WAS THE BREAKTHROUGH CONCEPT? IT'S SO SIMPLE ONCE THEY ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION, ONLY THEY'RE EXPECTING THE WRONG ANSWER, SETH, SETH, ,,SETH, ( student mumbling ) TOM? IS SOMETHING WRONG? NO, EVERYTHING'S GREAT, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO FAIL, I DON'T THINK SO, I DON'T THINK SO AT ALL, TOM, WHERE ARE YOU GOING? I GOT SOME WORK TO DO, DON'T WORRY, I'LL SEE YOU, I'LL SEE YOU REAL SOON, ( control voice ) IF KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, AND POWER CORRUPTS, HOW WILL HUMANKIND