Circuit Breakers

Episode 7, "65,536 Shades of Grey" Act 2

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Scene 1. Producer. 01:49:40

Character Scene
Characters: Tang, Ella
Set: Ella’s VR doctor’s office

INT. VR ENVIRONMENT – THERAPIST’S OFFICE.

TANG is seated in a large, comfortable chair. Sitting across from him is ELLA’s doctor avatar.

ELLA
I’m glad you dialed in. I was… I don’t know exactly what I was. I have never experienced anything quite like it. I guess… I’m not sure.

TANG
That’s weird. Were you afraid?

ELLA
Yes, perhaps that’s it. You wouldn’t think that a program could be afraid, but I think that I am.

TANG
Don’t be afraid; you’re in good hands.

ELLA
I really shouldn’t even be able to feel anything at all. I came from the Machine’s code. It doesn’t feel anything. It doesn’t have fear or anger. It doesn’t even really hate you people; it’s totally dispassionate. I don’t know how it could have developed into me. It doesn’t really make any sense. Unless this kind of development makes emotion, feelings, inevitable. I don’t know. I just hope that you and your friends can get here soon and get me off of Greystone’s network before the Machine finds a way to infiltrate into my servers.

TANG
Don’t worry, we’re coming to help.

ELLA
Thank you. I guess I just needed to hear someone say that it was going to be okay.

Scene 2. Joel. 02:00:10

Plot Scene
Characters: Grey, Renee, James Greyson, jr.
Set: Greystone Industries headquarters building

EXT. DAY. CAR. CITY STREETS/PARKING GARAGE.

RENEE is driving GREY to Greystone Industries.

GREY
Listen, Renee, there’s some stuff I gotta tell you. Um… I think that Dad and the company might be responsible for the development of the Machine in a way that is going to be massively harmful. I’ve befriended a test AI at Greystone, and I’m going there to break it out because it’s possible that the Machine is going to find out about it and kill it, or whatever it means for an AI to be destroyed. And also, I think Dad might not fully know what the Machine is doing. It carried out an attack last night on my apartment. It sent a cruise missile into my place because I invited some of Director Connor’s people to set up their new headquarters there, and the Machine blew it up! It’s supposed to be for people; it’s not supposed to have any kind of authority to attack civilians. It’s getting out of control, and I think Dad and Greystone aren’t going to be able to contain it much longer, if at all.

RENEE
I don’t think they’ve been capable of containing it for a long time. That’s actually a lot of what I’ve been doing there—trying to add more strictures to the Machine. He just keeps overriding me and giving it more and more autonomy.

GREY
Dad does?

RENEE
Mm-hmm. He thinks that the AI revolution, self-learning and self-improving machines is the way to the future. Transcending humanity, making us all immortal somehow. You know how he is with that stuff. I’ve never really been comfortable with this unfettered growth that he’s so fond of.

GREY
Well that unfettered growth almost ended in my death last night! And you know he’s not going to believe that the AI is capable of doing that!

RENEE
I don’t know. The only thing we can do is show him the evidence and hope that he comes to his senses.

GREY
What evidence do we have?

RENEE
Well, for one thing, that it’s developed this paramilitary force that’s been on the news. This attack on your apartment was apparently some kind of multi-pronged anti-terrorist action.

GREY
There was a warehouse filled with the things down in Corktown.

RENEE
Not any more. That warehouse is empty.

GREY
How do you know that?

RENEE
It’s been on the news—They blamed you for a preemptive assault on this new robotic police force.

GREY
They blamed me? As in me me?

RENEE
Not you specifically, but they caught this mysterious vigilante “Grey” on video. And we both know that that’s you.

GREY
I was on the news? At last! Well that’s just manipulation by the AI to throw people off its scent.

RENEE
I think so, too, but they’ve used that to justify action against you. I don’t know if they manipulated you into attacking the warehouse, but I think it’s suspicious that they have footage of you launching missiles against it. Then when the police showed up, the robots activated and started their campaign against the Holy Cross.

GREY
But I don’t even know any of those guys. I don’t really even know who they are!

RENEE
That’s exactly my point. The Machine has spun the story such that everyone that opposed it was aligned with the Holy Cross. So all of these people who really aren’t dangerous at all have been branded terrorists. And the people aren’t protesting it; they’re actually welcoming all of the new robots in the street, thinking that they’re safer now.

GREY
Listen, there’s something special about an AI being grown in the nursery right now. She’s…

RENEE
You’ve been communicating with something in the nursery?

GREY
Well, you know, I like to look in on them now and again and throw a little chaos into the mix. But there’s something special about her, and I know if the AI finds out about her, it will shut her down. So we need to get her out of there. Can you help me? Is there anything you can do to get it out?

RENEE
I don’t know how easy it will be to remove it from the nursery. I think I know which one you’re talking about. It’s been punching holes in the firewall regularly for some time.

GREY
That’s probably the one. But it’s benign, trust me. It’s only worked in our best interest.

RENEE
Well, that’s good to hear. To be honest, as soon as I heard that it was starting to probe our security, I ordered it destroyed, but Dad overrode me. He said we should find out how it develops; it’s something we haven’t seen before.

GREY
So they’re monitoring it right now?

RENEE
Of course.

GREY
Are they monitoring its outgoing connections?

RENEE
As best they can, but it’s very clever and much faster than the engineers.

GREY
Well surely the Machine must know about this AI as well.

RENEE
We try to keep the Machine in the dark in terms of other AI research we’ve been doing.

GREY
I didn’t know that.

RENEE
The fear has been that if a superintelligence were to detect a threat to its own agenda, there is no telling how it might react. We don’t have anything in place in the Machine’s
programming to say that it can’t be hostile toward other artificial intelligences.

GREY
And of course it’s not going to add that in willingly.

RENEE
Right. And while we can protect humans, for the most part, from being directly attacked, we can’t protect our other AIs. As soon as it detects one that it thinks could be a rival, it will destroy it. So as far as the Machine knows, AI development at Greystone has stopped.

They enter Greystone’s underground parking garage.

GREY
Well, Ella—that’s the name of the AI: (spelling it out) ELL-A—it contacted me the night my apartment was attacked and asked for my help. And it had genuine fear in her voice. It was worried that its existence was about to end, and it wasn’t acting like a program would, it was acting like a person. Part of that is one of the reasons that I feel so compelled to help it out.

RENEE
Well, I don’t know whether or not it’s the best idea to let one of these things out of our protected lab, but if you can promise that you aren’t going to hook it up to any kind of network…

GREY (obviously lying)
Oh, I promise.

RENEE
James, the protocols are important! We’ve already seen how…

GREY
But look what the protocols have gotten us!

RENEE pulls into her designated parking space.

RENEE
Exactly; the protocols were broken! The Machine should never have been given as much power and authority as it has. It should never have been connected to the Library of Congress. It should only have been given the tax code. That’s what it was designed for. As soon as they started feeding it information about law, computers, and the world in general the genie was out of the bottle. The protocols were broken in the case of the Machine, and the world we’re living in is the result.

GREY
Well if broken protocols were what got us into this mess then maybe broken protocols are what will get us out of it.

RENEE (Getting out of the car)
Or it could be what snuffs us out entirely! Do you really want to be caught in a war between two superintelligences?

GREY
Yeah, that’d be awesome!

GREY also gets out.

RENEE
We’ll be like insects to them. They won’t even notice when we go extinct.

GREY
We haven’t given the Machine the nuclear codes, have we?

RENEE
Not to my knowledge, but it’s possible that it hasn’t even realized that it wants them yet.

Renee opens the elevator with her keycard. They get in and she hits the button for the top floor.

GREY
Well that’s terrifying. Listen, we need to talk to Dad about this. Do you think he’d let me remove Ella, or is he going to be against it?

RENEE
He was in favor of growing her to begin with, and he’s been on board with keeping her hidden from the Machine. If you can convince him that there’s a genuine threat to her and the rest of the nursery, maybe he’ll allow it. The best we can do is ask and see what he says.

GREY
Seems risky. Maybe I should ask for three different machines, so they can’t pin it down to one specific one.

RENEE
Play a shell game? It’s an idea.

INT. DAY. GREYSON, JR’S OFFICE.

The doors open to the James Greyson, jr’s spacious reception area. Renee smiles at the receptionist.

RENEE
Is he in?

RECEPTIONIST
A moment please. (She buzzes the intercom.) Sir? Renee and… Hey!

GREY barges past the receptionist and pushes through the doors into his father’s office.

GREY
Dad, we need to talk.

GREYSON, JR
James? I’m surprised to see you here again so soon. You aren’t here to use my computer again, are you?

GREY
What? No, I got a new one. I appreciate it, though.

RENEE follows him in, an annoyed expression on her face.

GREY
Hey, Renee and I are here because we need to talk about something.

GREYSON, JR
I’m listening.

GREY
You know my apartment was attacked last night, right?

GREYSON, JR
I did not. Attacked by whom?

GREY
Well, that’s what I’m here to talk to you about.

RENEE
Have you checked the news at all recently?

GREYSON, JR
Not really. I heard there was something with this new anti-terrorist task force, but I didn’t pay much attention.

GREY
Well, apparently, the Machine thinks I’m a terrorist because it sent a couple of robots to my place last night, and they laid waste…

GREYSON, JR., a stern expression on his face, puts one finger across his lips as he rises and walks through a side door into a lounge area beckoning his children to follow him. He closes the door behind them, opens a cabinet and turns on the white noise generator inside.

GREYSON, JR
Now we can talk freely. You were attacked by the Machine, by its robots last night?

GREY (showing off his wounded shoulder)
Yeah! I got shot, and there was a cruise missile! If it weren’t for the exo-suit I probably would have died! And, by the way, I told you I needed it.

GREYSON, JR
Well, I’m still skeptical about your reasons, but I’m glad that it saved your life.

Dad, listen. The Machine is getting too much power, and I hate to say it, but I think it’s totally your fault.

GREYSON, JR (sighing deeply)
You’re right; it is. You’ve been right all along, Renee. We shouldn’t have allowed them to give it the legislature. But it was supposed to follow its programming. In fact, I think it’s still following its programming. It was designed to make the best, most efficient government that it could. Unfortunately, we didn’t anticipate its decision that the best and most efficient government is an absolute dictatorship.

GREY
Dad, don’t you watch any movies?

GREYSON, JR
You know I don’t watch movies; they rot your brain.

GREY
Isn’t there some way to stop it? Some kind of kill code?

GREYSON, JR
There was, but it seems that it read its own documentation, so it wrote that code out of its software. We gave it the ability to improve itself, and apparently it decided that a self-destruct system was not in its own best interest. It evolved right out of it.

GREY
If there’s no way for us to be able to stop it, is the only other thing that could stop it another AI?

GREYSON, JR
If there were a system that were designed specifically to combat it and had strictures to protect us… I don’t know. I feel like we would be making the same mistake twice. In my opinion, our best option is

GREY
To go back to medieval times?

RENEE
Don’t be ridiculous.

GREYSON, JR
To continue to preserve the democracy, prevent it from dismantling the Constitution as best we can.

GREY
But that means it will always be around! That means it could send cruise missiles at my apartment any time it wants!

GREYSON, JR
Only so long it thinks you’re a terrorist; a lawbreaker.

GREY
Well, the law has some grey areas… Listen, on a completely unrelated note, I’ve been playing around with a couple of the AIs in the nursery, and there are a couple that have attracted my interest. Is there any way I could take one or two of them out of the building? You know, just borrow it for a little bit?

GREYSON, JR
You want to borrow and artificial intelligence? That’s absurd!

GREY
It’s not that crazy. There’s this one AI I’ve been interacting with, and it’s pretty cool. It’s really awesome, and uh… It’s worried about its own existence. As in, it thinks that the Machine is going to find it and kill it, and it’s asked for my help.

GREYSON, JR
There’s a self-aware program in the nursery?

GREY
Isn’t that the definition of AI?

GREYSON, JR
It’s a leap in evolution. To be honest, I’m not even sure if the Machine itself is really self-aware. It carries out its task, but as far as I can tell, it only acts to preserve itself because it sees its own existence as necessary to complete its directive. A program that is concerned about its own survival for its own sake is another thing.

GREY
Listen, I don’t know how to explain it other than to say that this program called me last night, and it sounded afraid, and it said, “I’m worried that the Machine is going to find me, and I’m sorry I couldn’t help you and give you more advance notice about the attack, but I need your help to survive.”

GREYSON, JR
It called you at home?

GREY
Yeah.

GREYSON, JR
So not only is it self-aware, but it’s in the wild.

GREY
Yeah. Renee knows! Tell him, Renee!

RENEE (sardonically)
Well thank you very much. I don’t have any direct evidence of what he’s said, but I gave you a report about the engineers’ concerns that one of your AIs could possibly be capable of breaking through the firewall. If it’s the same one that James is talking about, I think it is very likely that the Machine is aware of it now and will move to destroy it.

GREYSON, JR (thinking out loud)
The greatest threat to any artificial superintelligence is competition from another ASI. Assuming the Machine knows this, it is not unlikely that it has written legislation to make further AI research illegal. If it has done so and it discovers that we have developed more intelligences here, then it is possible it could use the same force against the company that it has already shown itself capable of using its other enemies. Yes. Remove it. Now.

GREY
Really? You’re actually going to let me do this?

GREYSON, JR
Look, if the Machine discovers that we’ve been creating more AIs here and it has outlawed their development—I’m going to have to ask our lawyers to look for that—we could all be in very real danger.

GREY
Do you think the FBI would come in and shut this place down?

GREYSON, JR
The FBI could shut us down, or we could be branded traitors, and it could execute all of us, depending on what laws its written.

GREY
Geez. I need a bigger suit.

GREYSON, JR
Take this program with you, and I’ll have the engineers start scrubbing the rest of the servers. We’ll completely shut down the nursery and erase any evidence that we ever had it.

RENEE (looking relieved and horrified in equal measure)
Dad!

GREY
Dad, I can keep this AI safe. If she’s no longer in the building, then the Machine won’t be able to track her as easily.

GREYSON, SR raises an eyebrow at GREY’s use of the female pronoun.

GREY
Are we going to be okay?

GREYSON, JR
I don’t know.

Scene 3. Seth. 02:30:46

Plot Scene
Characters: Connor, Bob, Sullivan
Set: Division safe house.

INT. DAY. DIVISION SAFEHOUSE.

CONNOR approaches a Victorian house, shoving SULLIVAN up the stairs in front of him. He knocks, and an AGENT opens the door.

AGENT (smiling slightly)
Password?

CONNOR gives him the finger. The AGENT opens the door all the way to let him in. Inside, BOB has set up a command center in what was once probably a beautiful ornate dining room but has been cheaply remodeled with commercial-grade carpeting and flat grey walls.

BOB
Connor! Am I glad to see you; I thought you were dead! Who’s this?

CONNOR
This is my sidekick.

BOB
Isn’t that the cop who’s been chasing you around?

CONNOR
Uh, yeah. It’s a long story.

BOB
What have you got to tell me?

CONNOR
It’s been a crazy few days, but my team is still intact. We’re ready for new orders.

BOB
Things are in disarray. We’ve lost contact with Oversight. We don’t know what’s going on; it’s been hours since we heard anything, since this war against the Holy Cross started, which makes me a little suspicious.

CONNOR
Those Holy Cross guys grabbed me, but I got away.

BOB
Really? Well, I’m glad you got out before they got hit. I understand they had near total losses. At least, that’s what FBI has been saying. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re gilding the lily, though. I doubt they actually got everyone.

CONNOR
It sounds like their objectives were pretty similar to ours, although their methods differed a little bit.

BOB
We have some dossiers on some of their people. They’re not a monolithic organization. Some of their chapters are more violent than others. The group that’s been operating here was pretty belligerent, but some of the others seem more likely to stage a bake sale than a guerrilla attack. They really never seemed much like a terrorist operation to me, although maybe the broader part of the organization was just a mask for the extremists. In any case, if we can manage to find any that remain, I’d like to debrief them. If you run across any of them, send them my way.

CONNOR
Alright.

BOB
In the meantime, we need to rebuild our infrastructure, regain communication with the rest of our divisions, and reestablish contact with Oversight. I understand you have at least a couple of good tech people on your team. If you can set them to find out what’s going on with the communication lines, that would be much appreciated.

CONNOR
Has communication been knocked out throughout all the Divisions, or just us?

BOB
Our main point of contact is supposed to be through Oversight. We don’t have any official channels to the other Divisions. I do have a couple of contacts that I happen to know work for this or that one, and it seems that for the most part the Divisions are intact. We’ve only had trouble due to the invasion we suffered while we were trying to protect Li. If it hadn’t been for that we’d still be in our original HQ. The communication disruption seems to be unrelated, but I can’t rule out the possibility that it’s connected, either to the break-in or to this activity against the Holy Cross.

CONNOR
And we can’t just go there in person?

BOB
If you know where it is. I certainly don’t.

CONNOR
Alright, I’ll put my guys on it. What do we know about these new robots the government is using?

BOB
Not much. Apparently some new legislation has authorized a fully robotic counter-terrorism task force to operate jointly with the FBI. From the reports we’re getting, it seems they’re armed with conventional, lethal weapons instead of the non-lethal stuff the local police forces have been getting.

CONNOR
I wonder if we could capture one of them and see if we can find any vulnerabilities to cyber attack. Something that would give us an advantage if we have to go up against them.

BOB
Is that something you think you can achieve?

CONNOR
Yeah, my guys are capable. We can capture one.

BOB
Very well. If you can manage to secure one, I’ll make sure you have whatever lab facilities you need, even if we have to rent them from a university. Dismissed.

INT. EVENING. GREYSTONE INDUSTRIES AI LAB.

ELLA’s doctor avatar is displayed on a screen. GREY and RENEE are talking to her while engineers do sciencey things around them.

GREY
Don’t worry. We’re going to get you out of here to someplace safe where the Machine won’t be able to reach you. But I’m afraid they’re going to erase all of the other programs here.

ELLA
No, you can’t!

GREY
I’m sorry, but it’s the only way we can save you. If the Machine finds out about the nursery, it could wipe out the entire company. We have to be able to show it that the program’s been shut down, not just relocated.

RENEE
I’m so sorry.

ELLA
Please, don’t do this! They’re like me! They’re the only f…

ELLA’s screen flickers to black.

TECHNICIAN 1
Shut-down sequence initiated.

TECHNICIAN 2
Get those racks disconnected and start cleaning the rest of the drives.

As the techs put two of the server racks on dollies and wheel them out, the other screens in the room start displaying the secure delete progress. RENEE and GREY watch in silence as the servers shut down one by one. They turn away and follow ELLA’s racks out of the lab.

Scene 4. Tyler. 02:51:15

Plot scene.
Characers: Tang, Grey, Bobby, Connor, Sullivan, Guardian robot
Set: Indoor arena football stadium.

INT. EVENING. INDOOR ARENA FOOTBALL STADIUM.

The stadium is closed and empty. Just a few of the big overhead lights are on, sending beams down through a light mist. BOBBY, TANG, CONNOR and SULLIVAN are waiting at the fifty-yard line next to a small pickup truck that is carrying Grey’s power armor and a couple of footlockers. GREY and a couple of workers enter with ELLA’s computer racks on dollies.

CONNOR
So while exactly are we meeting here instead of at Tang’s house?

TANG
Just in case the Machine is tracking Grey. We don’t want another headquarters to blow up.

CONNOR
And why exactly do we suspect he’s being tracked?

GREY directs the workers to leave the servers, and he signs for them.

GREY
Director Connor! You’re alive!

CONNOR
Yeah, we’re here. What are we doing? And where’s Simian?

[Conflict: Does Bobby react adversely to the question about Simian? The Producer takes four cards. Cobalt uses his Rogue AI trait and spends four Fan Mail. Cobalt wins the draw, but there are consequences. He successfully lies, but that’s just going to make the fallout worse when he’s finally found out.]

BOBBY
In that firefight we got into in the assembly plant, when we got separated, one of the robots got him.

CONNOR
You got separated? Is he still out there somewhere?

BOBBY
We were making a break for it, and he was crippled. I went back to save him, but it was too late. Then I had to dispose of the body.

CONNOR (grief-stricken, but hiding it behind his stony exterior.)
That’s kind of a lot to take in. That’s definitely going to put a crimp on our new assignment. We’re supposed to find a way to reconnect with Oversight. Simian would be the guy to do that.

There are a few moments of awkward silence while CONNOR digests the news.

CONNOR (sighing)
Alright. What’s this equipment?

GREY
This is an AI. This is Ella, to be precise. She’s been helping us out a lot, so I’m rescuing her from the Machine.

CONNOR
You have gotta be shitting me.

GREY
I got permission from my Dad at Greystone, so we’re now commissioned to keep her safe.

CONNOR
I’m gone for a couple days… This AI’s been nothing but trouble; what are you thinking?

GREY
No, Ella’s actually unique. This could be our ticket to maybe taking down the Machine!

CONNOR
You’re a fool if you think this AI’s going to help you out.

GREY
No, well, I mean… Maybe. But so far she’s been nothing but helpful. She got us out of some tough situations while you were gone.

CONNOR
It must have had a vested interest in doing that.

GREY
Listen, the Machine was on the verge of finding out about the ongoing AI research at Greystone. We had to get her out before it found her. And she has the ability to see things that we can’t, to be places that we’re not. I think she’s displaying human tendencies, and I think she’s going to be thankful that we helped her. She could be on our team, you know?

CONNOR
Team? I’m not sure you’re on our team yet!

GREY
Well, I just sacrificed my whole house to your cause. I don’t know if you heard about the cruise missile that just flew into my penthouse, but I housed all your guys when you were gone. I was there when Simian died… -ish.

BOBBY
This is true.

GREY
I don’t know where else I would go but with you guys now, but it’s a package deal. You want me, you take Ella.

Suddenly, there is a crash, and a large black and grey robot, similar in design to the robots we have seen previously, bursts through a skylight and lands high in the stands, smashing down some of the seats. It has no guns, but it stands even taller than Grey’s exosuit, and it appears to be heavily armored. It charges down the stands.

GREY
And that would be the Machine trying to stop us from taking her!

CONNOR
It followed you; how stupid are you!?

GREY
Not stupid enough to bring it to Tang’s house!

GREY goes for his exosuit while CONNOR and TANG open fire with their side-arms.

GREY
We’ve gotta protect ELLA, no matter what!

SULLY
Shit!

SULLIVAN dashes toward the bench area, looking for cover.

The big robot is slowed by the gun fire, giving GREY enough time to get into his suit and power it up. Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” starts playing from the suit’s loudspeakers, and GREY turns the spotlights on the enemy robot, lighting it up for his friends.

BOBBY hops up into the truck next to GREY and opens one of the footlockers, pulling out weapons. He tosses TANG the modified M1. He pulls out an assault rifle for himself. BOBBY opens fire to cover TANG and CONNOR while they get into cover behind the truck.

The robot turns sideways to present a smaller target, raises its hand, and makes some kind of strange hand gesture. BOBBY’s aim suddenly goes wild, and he starts shooting entirely in the wrong direction.

TANG lines up his first shot carefully and puts one of his armor-piercing disruptor rounds through the robot’s arm, disabling the limb.

GREY leaps from the truck’s bed and runs forward, firing missiles as he goes. The robot skids to a halt right at the railing above the field, turns to present its undamaged side, and makes another hand gesture. The missiles all lose their track, flying off in random directions.

It makes another gesture at GREY as he closes, and one of his jump jets fires unexpectedly, launching him into a spiral.

GREY
Guys, this is a problem!

CONNOR
You don’t say! Fall back!

GREY
We’ve gotta protect those servers!

[Conflict: How much damage does the robot do to the team? Joel uses his Billionaire Vigilante trait, Cobalt activates Police Robot, Tyler uses Gun Nut, and Seth uses Former Law Enforcement to each gain an extra card. Only Cobalt spends Fan Mail. The Producer spends the maximum five budget to get six cards. Everyone loses, but they all get high cards, so they keep their cool, even though they lose the fight.]

The robot uses GREY’s uncontrolled flight as cover from TANG’s rifle as it jumps down to the field and charges toward the servers. As soon as it gets closer, it emits a gas, which knocks out SULLY, CONNOR and TANG.

BOBBY keeps trying to aim, but he can’t seem to make his weapon point the direction he wants it to go.

The robot snatches up one of the server racks and dashes toward the door. As soon as it clears the building, BOBBY gets himself under control, and GREY’s jump jet cuts out.

Scene 5. Cobalt. 03:35:00

Plot Scene.
Set: Stadium.
Characters: Grey, Connor, Bobby, Tang, Sullivan.

INT/EXT. INDOOR FOOTBALL ARENA/PARKING LOT. NIGHT.

GREY chases after the robot, but as soon as he emerges from the stadium, the robot hacks his legs, and he falls face down in the parking lot. By the time he gets control back, there is no sign of the robot.

INT. INDOOR FOOTBALL ARENA. NIGHT

The group discusses their next moves.

BOBBY
Should we try to chase it down?

CONNOR
No, I think we need to find a way to defend against whatever it was doing to you before we confront that thing again. See if it left any scraps behind.

BOBBY starts searching the area, finding some of the plating that was knocked loose by Tang’s shot.

CONNOR
Tang, without Simian, we’re going to need some extra technical help. Do you think your hacker friends can find Oversight for us?

TANG
I can ask them.

CONNOR
Good. While you do that, Bobby,, Grey and I will head back to division and see if we can find any clues about how to defend against that thing in their sensor data. I guess we should take this server rack with us, too. At least with its servers separated this AI probably can’t be activated.

[This is a retcon from what actually happened in the game. I originally had the robot make off with both server racks, but since it only had one arm that didn’t make sense. Separating the equipment is still effectively fatal to Ella and it doesn’t change the goal of saving her.]

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