Ouroboros Script – Episode 4

I’m going through my first draft of my upcoming webisode series Ouroboros, and revising it.  I changed a lot of the dialogue and extended a monologue about the Eternal Return.  Please let me know what you think about it.  Alex and Nathan kind of serve as a Greek Chorus in this series.  They describe the concepts dealt with in the series in more conversational terms; kind of reiterating the points.  But yah, here’s Episode 4 of Ouroboros:

**sorry for the formatting. When I bring it into WordPress it messes it all up.


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FADE IN:

INT. ALEX’S APARTMENT – 501 – DAY

There’s a spark from a match being lit and Alex lights a stick of incense. Nathan is playing Silent Hill 2 and drinking an energy drink as Alex is sitting beside a small table, loading a bowl from a baggy hidden inside an ornate WOODEN CHINESE BOX.  Alex goes to sit on the bed and opens up Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel. He pages through it a bit while Nathan plays the game and then he speaks up.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Are we whole beings?

NATHAN LEVY

What do you mean?

(staring ahead, not really paying attention)

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Are we whole beings? Or is it our brains that make us who we are?  And it just controls the appendages from a command centre behind our eyes.

(Beat)

Do we have a soul, or do we just think we do because possess the ability to reason abstractly?

NATHAN LEVY

I’m not sure.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Maybe, in some long ago point in history, all humans collectively thought: “you know, we should probably believe in some higher power, because otherwise this is all we have, and that’s kind of depressing”.  Maybe the idea of a soul came about as an evolutionary side effect of our developing complex brains that could conceptualize abstract things and we just created this warm and fuzzy idea of something more when really

(beat)

we’re just animals like all other creatures on Earth.  Maybe in another 5 million years birds will evolve brains that can conceptualize and they’ll have their own bird deity and go to war with other birds who don’t believe in the same bird God.

Alex takes a drag from the pipe and passes it to Nathan.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

And I mean, what is consciousness anyway?  Are we just a brain trapped inside a larger inanimate machine made up of a torso, arms, legs and a head that wouldn’t be able to function without the brain?  And what about all of the processes going on inside the body?  Involuntary breathing, the Krebs cycle, blinking, sweat secretion, saliva . . . Jesus, all of these things . . . how are we not aware of them.  And that’s assuming we exist to be aware of those things in the first place!  What if we’re not aware of them because we don’t actually exist?

NATHAN LEVY

Yup

He’s obviously not paying attention; he’s too absorbed with the video game.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Yesterday I started reading this book on the Eternal Return.

NATHAN LEVY

What?

ALEX SUNDERLAND

The Eternal Return!  As I understand it, it’s the theory that matter and time is finite and, in a universe, there are finite configurations of matter’s changes in state.  So sooner or later some changes will recur and using that logic, earlier philosophers like the Egyptians, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Greeks thought of reality in a cyclical framework.  Oh, check this out . . .

Alex grabs a book from his bookshelf and opens it.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Sir Thomas Browne said: The world was before the Creation, and at an end before it had a beginning; and thus was I dead before I was alive, though my grave be England, my dying place was Paradise, and Eve miscarried of me before she conceived of Cain

NATHAN LEVY

(In a “bravo” sort of way)

Woah!  Trippy.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

I know!

(Beat)

Although, I often wondered why matter would come back in the same configuration?  Why couldn’t the next time around I be a fish? Or rather than humans, maybe cows become the more evolved life form. And I mean, that could very well be one of the state changes too, I guess.  ‘Cause maybe if given a long enough space of time, we would always come back to the atoms and molecules were are at this moment.

(Long beat)

Nathan is intently playing Silent Hill 2 and doesn’t respond.  Alex puts the book away.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

What did you do today?

Nathan burps.

NATHAN LEVY

(Says as he burps)

Nothing.

(Beat as he breathes in and at the top of his breath he holds it a moment and then as he breathes out he says:)

I polished off a bag of Doritos.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

(Beat)

Nice.

There’s a muffled KNOCK at the door and Alex looks up from his book.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Do you hear something?

Nathan shakes his head.  There’s a beep as Nathan gets a text and he pulls out his cellphone and checks who is calling.

NATHAN LEVY

Seth’s outside.

Alex leaves the room.  Nathan continues playing Silent Hill 2 quietly.

The door opens and Alex and Seth both enter the room. Seth smiles meagerly at Nathan as he sits down on the bed. Seth opens his backpack and pulls out a baggy filled with smaller one gram baggies.

SETH BROCK

The regular?

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Are you okay?

Seth sighs.

SETH BROCK

I’ve been better.

NATHAN LEVY

What happened?

SETH BROCK

The regular, guys?

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Yeah.

(Cautious and slightly unnerved by Seth’s mood.)

Hey, what’s going on?  Is it serious?

SETH BROCK

It’s nothing.

Nathan pauses his game and turns to face Seth.

NATHAN LEVY

Dude, I’m detecting some major negative energy.  Just chill for a bit.  We have some pizza coming

ALEX SUNDERLAND

And we were just about to start Waking Life.

NATHAN LEVY

I haven’t seen it.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Nathan hasn’t seen it.  And look . . . I just loaded this bowl.

Seth sighs again.

SETH BROCK

Okay, yah.  Let’s chill.

Seth is still looking very detached and preoccupied.  He’s just staring forward.  They pass around the pipe and each take a hit.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

You know, I realized something at work today.

NATHAN LEVY

Yah?  What?

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Speech is really trippy.

NATHAN LEVY

Why is that?

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Uh! . . . Because!

(In a way that really means: you should know this.)

Speech is just sounds that we group together and a certain amount of people agree to what the meanings are, which is . . . duh duh duh daaa: language.

NATHAN LEVY

Woah!  I never thought of that before.

NOTE: Long pause as the group lets the epicness of that thought sink in.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

And that’s why I’ve never understood censorship.  That annoying beep that “apparently” masks the meaning of the fucks or the cunts.  How is fuck fundamentally different then saying fog.  You shape your mouth a little differently. Oooh that’s so horrible. And, if language is just the communication of meaning, then that beep is obscene as well since we know that it must be a naughty word or else why would they censor it? The N-word being a phenomenal example of this.  News anchors say it all the time on the television.  They say N-word and immediately you think it. So they’ve placed that word in your head without having to say it.  How is that any different than saying N-Word.  You can’t say the N-Word, so you say N-Word which has the exact same meaning as the N-Word.   People shouldn’t be offended by words.  Words are sounds people! You choose to let those words have power.  If someone says something with the intent to hurt or maliciously offend you, then that guy is a fucking asshole and isn’t worth your time anyway, ‘cause if you get upset and fly off the handle, he wins.

NATHAN LEVY

Huh, interesting.  What do you think, Seth?

Short blips of ANIMA come into the shot.  Close up of her mouth whispering into Seth’s ear and she smiles.

NATHAN LEVY

Seth?

SETH BROCK

Huh, what?
(He’s pulled out of his thoughts.)

Both Nathan and Alex laugh, but Seth continues to stare forward.  There’s an awkward silence and Alex suggests:

ALEX SUNDERLAND

We should probably start the movie, huh?

Anima continues to whisper in Seth’s ear.

NATHAN LEVY

Good idea.

Alex grabs the remote and TURNS ON the television.  Alex starts laughing.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Fuck man, I can’t believe you haven’t seen this movie.  It’s trippy as hell.  This movie really changed my mind about a great many things.

(beat)

Actually wait, before we start I need to talk to you guys about something.  I’ve never told this to anyone, cause I don’t think anyone would believe me.  But, I can see the future.

NATHAN LEVY

Fuck off.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

No, I’m serious. I mean, I don’t think I’m clairvoyant or psychic or whatever, I think it can be explained, I just . . . I can’t.  I have these dreams that are incredibly vivid but very mundane, like everyday kind of shit happens. I’ll go to work.  I have discussions with customers, my boss will flip out. And then a week later, sometimes only a couple days later, exactly what I dreamed will happen.  And I mean down to the same words in a conversation.  I mean verbatim.  I’ll see customers in my dreams who I know I’ve never met before and then they’ll be in line, I mean right there, in the flesh, in the exact same order they were in my dream.

NATHAN LEVY

You do too many drugs buddy.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Come on, Nathan.  I’m pouring my heart out here.  This is really fucking with my head.  At first I think it’s Déjà vu, but that’s remembering something that already happened, right?  I know that there’s no way this could’ve happened before. Yet, I remember it.  But how am I aware of remembering that I already experienced these events before? It’s like some kinda circle. I remember something that hasn’t happened but when it does happen I’m aware that I can feel myself dreaming.  Does that mean I’m a character in an earlier self’s dream? Or, I’ve considered this too, what if there are numerous realities that are all parallel to each other but are disjointed at slightly different spaces in time.  Like tons of lanes on a freeway and the cars are going at different speeds. Maybe I’m picking up information while I’m sleeping from a different lane on the highway.  But that means that we never really make any choices because everything is predetermined.

NATHAN LEVY

Well, do you remember this particular conversation?

Alex looks off into nothingness, and sort of sighs.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Yah.

Seth interrupts Alex.

                              SETH BROCK

What would you do if there were no consequences?

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Uh, what do you mean no consequences?

SETH BROCK

I mean no consequences, or if there were consequences they wouldn’t apply to you.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Hmm.  Probably drop kick my boss.  Throw coffee on some of the customers in Drive-Thru.

SETH BROCK

Would you kill someone?

Anima is behind him.  She mouths the words along with Seth as he says them.

NOTE: Half two-shot, half close-up of Anima’s mouth saying “someone”)

(Turns to face Alex)

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Um, I don’t know.  Probably not.  Even if I could get away with it I don’t think I could ever kill someone.

NATHAN LEVY

Yah, me neither.

SETH BROCK

(stone-faced)

No?  You’re not at all curious about what it would feel like to snuff out a life.  To touch something alive and breathing one moment and cold and lifeless the next?

For the phrases “snuff out a life” and “cold and lifeless the next” there’s a close up on Anima’s mouth with Seth’s voice over top.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

I can’t say that I have.

(Beat)

You’re kidding right?

There’s a slight pause and then Seth’s shudders slightly.  His face turns from a serious scowl to a faint, unnerved smile.

SETH BROCK

Yah, I’m just fucking with you.

Returns back to his seating position and stare forward.

ALEX SUNDERLAND

Um . . . let’s watch the movie.

FADE OUT:

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2 thoughts on “Ouroboros Script – Episode 4

  1. Actually I don’t have the rights to it. I found it online and actually have no idea who initially created it. I’ll take it down if they don’t want me using it, but so far no one has said anything.

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