TRANSCRIPT 1: MCMURDO

 

EXT. PLANE 

Into the walkie talkie.

PILOT

Gil, come in, over.

PILOT

Gil, come in, over! 

PILOT

Gil, come in! What's the hold up?

PILOT

We're going to be stuck here if you take much longer, the weather is turning. 

Alarm goes off. 

PILOT

Are you serious. 

PILOT 

I'm going in, over. 

INT. STATION BLUE

     PILOT

I hate this Station. 

PILOT 

Gil? 

PILOT 

Gil, I'm inside, where are you? 

PILOT

You have to be kidding me. 

(Into the walkie) 

I'm coming up, you better be ready to go, 

I will fly out of here storm or no I am NOT sleeping in this place.

INT. ELEVATOR

Hits the elevator button, walks in. The elevator stops, then the power shuts off. The door opens on the second floor. 

PILOT

What?

Before something grabs him

PILOT

No, no No STOO (something smothers his airway, choking and muffled screams as he's dragged in to the second floor)

INTRO MUSIC

INT. DORM ROOM - DAY 

LEADS 

Turn the light on...

PRATCHER 

It's on. Here, hand it to me. Don't press tha-

INT. DORM ROOM - DAY

LEADS 

Sorry. 

PRATCHER 

You turned it off. 

LEADS 

It was an accident. 

PRATCHER 

We need you to make regular recordings for the job. Make sure that light stays on. 

PRATCHER 

You've got the rest of the day to practice with it. 

 

We need you to be fully proficient before you get to the Station. 

LEADS 

You want me to record other people?

PRATCHER 

Don't interrupted me. 

PRATCHER

There won't be anyone to help you when you get to Blue Station. 

 

If you have any questions you'll need to ask them here.

LEADS 

When is the plane taking off?

PRATCHER

You interrupted me again. 

LEADS 

Sorry.

PRATCHER 

Look, be ready. Don't leave McMurdo.

PRATCHER

We'll collect you when it's time. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

That's Pratcher, bureaucracy incarnate. He's my contact at the Flower Company. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

I hate that he's the last person I ever saw at McMurdo.

INT. DORM ROOM - DAY 

LEADS 

About time he left. 

ROOMMATES 

Muffled talking 

LEADS 

Shoot. 

LEADS VOICE OVER 

Roommates. 

MATAN (MUFFLED)

Apparently sanitation was trying to  recruit me but the carpenters grabbed me last minute. I want to check out those dry valleys everyone is talking bout.

Leads starts shoving his pack into the corner. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

I flew 9,000 miles to find solitude.

SYDNEY 

Whoa, what happened in here? 

MATAN

What the hell dude, this place is a mess. 

LEADS 

I was just cleaning up...

LEADS VOICE OVER

It's not that I hate people. 

MATAN

Bad enough that they shoved an extra bed in here. 

 

Why do we get stuck with the newbie? 

SYDNEY

Next time just keep it to your bed. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

I just haven't had a lot of positive experiences with them. 

INT. LIBRARY - DAY 

Walking sounds with a door opening.

LEADS 

Hey man, are you in here? 

LEADS 

Glasses? 

GLASSES 

Oh.

Leads. 

GLASSES

You're not supposed to talk in here, it's a quiet area. Let's go.

Door closing. 

LEADS 

That's the library right? It's bigger than I thought it would be.

GLASSES 

It'll never be big enough for me. 

LEADS 

I guess you spent a lot of time in there over the Winter.

GLASSES 

You have no idea. 

LEADS VOICE OVER 

That's Glasses. He managed to pass the Psych Evaluation that won him six months of Antarctica's Winter. He's heading home in a few weeks. 

BEANIE 

Don't you slackers have a job? 

LEADS VOICE OVER

And there's Beanie. I met her at Christchurch before flying over.

GLASSES 

I've done my time. 

BEANIE 

Go out and get some sun, you look like Dracula. 

LEADS 

I'm up for a walk.

BEANIE 

Of course you are.

 I've already put in a nine hour work day and you're out here casually wandering the halls. 

 

What is that?

LEADS 

This? It's a voice recorder. 

BEANIE 

Weird. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

I've had a hard time connecting with others as I've gotten older. But the three of us? We clicked. 

BEANIE 

We're going drinking tonight. Want to come? 

LEADS 

Drinking? There's a bar here?

GLASSES

Two. 

LEADS

Two? 

GLASSES

Two bars. 

BEANIE 

And the cafe serves wine. Gotta keep everyone sane somehow. 

INT. DORM - EVENING

LEADS 

Dear Diary. I can't find my passport.

LEADS 

I've gone through my packs three times. I don't know where it is.

LEADS 

Leave it to me to lose my passport three days in...

LEADS 

I give up. I don't want to be here when the roommates show up. I'll let them sort through this. I'm going to the bar.

INT. BAR - NIGHT 

Glasses clinking.

BEANIE 

You're still crazy. 

You should have come back to New Zealand with me. 

 

We went backpacking, it was rad. 

LEADS 

Three years and you've never  Wintered here. 

BEANIE 

Hell no! You couldn't pay me enough. Six months of sunlight is bad enough, six months of darkness? 

GLASSES 

I liked it. 

It was peaceful. 

You just didn't want to talk to the psychologist. 

LEADS 

I still can't believe they have a psych test. 

BEANIE 

What's not to believe. They don't want to leave a bunch of crazies in here for half a year. 

 

One year a guy lost it and started attacking people with a hammer. 

LEADS

That's ridiculous.

BEANIE 

It's true. Ask anyone. 

LEADS 

So fly them out.

GLASSES 

There are no flights during the winter. 

LEADS 

No flights.

BEANIE 

You try landing here during condition 1 weather. 

Once that last plane takes off, that's it, you're stuck. 

No boats, no calvary, just you and the other hundred lunatics who volunteered to stay.

LEADS 

Not even for emergencies?

GLASSES 

It doesn't matter. 

Years ago the doctor here got cancer during a Winter. 

She had to treat herself. 

BEANIE 

If you can't get a plane for cancer you can't get a plane for anything. 

LEADS 

That's rough...

GLASSES 

Well, now they keep two doctors on staff.

BEANIE 

I don't care if they have fifty doctors. I'll be long gone before the sun goes down. 

LEADS 

So how did you spend your free time? 

GLASSES 

*Clink* Alcohol.   

BEANIE 

Cheers to that! 

INT. DORM - MORNING 

Mic clicks on. Leads is breathing.

SYDNEY

He left his bags out again. 

MATAN 

This sucks. We have seniority, they should have stuck him in the bunks. 

SYDNEY

Whatever, let's get going, we're going to be late. 

Door closes. 

LEADS VOICE OVER 

I'm not a thief. 

Zipper sounds. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

Sure I've stolen food on the road. But I don't usually steal from people.  

LEADS VOICE OVER

I just needed to know if they had my passport. 

Bag moving sounds. 

INT. MCMURDO - DAY 

GLASSES 

Still haven't found it?

LEADS 

Nope. 

GLASSES 

I wouldn't stress out too much. You won't need it until the end of the summer. 

We can always mail it to you at Amundson-Scott if it turns up. 

BEANIE 

I didn't know you were going to South Pole Station! 

LEADS 

Yeah, I've just been waiting on the weather. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

A lie. 

GLASSES 

He's doing a documentary. 

LEADS 

It's why I've been recording everything. 

GLASSES

We're going to be famous.

LEADS VOICE OVER 

Another lie. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

Look, I'm not proud. What would you tell them? That you're off to do a job that you don't understand for a company that you can't even pronounce? I was going to be gone any day, this was easier.

BEANIE 

Well shoot, I have some friends heading down there. You should meet them!

 

LEADS 

Cool... You'll have to point them out to me. 

GLASSES

Are you okay? 

LEADS 

Yeah, I'm fine. What are we doing?

BEANIE 

That South Pole flight is supposed to leave tomorrow. We need to take you to the cross. 

GLASSES 

I've been meaning to go up there. 

BEANIE 

And I haven't gotten a good look at Erebus yet. 

 

Go get your stuff Leads. 

 

We're going to Ob Hill. 

EXT. OB HILL - DAY

LEADS VOICE OVER 

Above the hundred something mismatched buildings that make up McMurdo stands Observation Hill. It's widely regarding as the best view you can get to in a pair of bunny boots. 

LEADS

Jeeze, how long is this hike?

BEANIE 

Quit being such a baby. 

LEEADS 

You've spent the last season backpacking... 

BEANIE 

Shut up. It's worth it. 

LEAD VOICE OVER 

The thing you need to know about Antarctica, is that it's not some snowy wonderland. It's the worlds largest desert. And Ob Hill was all volcanic ash, ice chunks and boulders. I'm surprised no one broke their ankle.

BEANIE 

Close your eyes. 

LEON 

I'll break my neck!

BEANIE 

You're the most dramatic person I've ever met in my life.

 

Close your eyes, take my hand. Glasses, make sure he doesn't fall backwards.

GLASSES

Yes Boss. 

LEADS

And you say he's the crazy one. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

I've never been good with surprises. Especially if they're meant for me. My ex once lead me on a six hour blind scavenger hunt for my birthday. I was nothing but nerves the whole time. 

GLASSES

Watch it Leads.

BEANIE 

Just a little bit further. 

LEADS VOICE OVER 

But sometimes being pushed out of your comfort zone can bring you to incredible things. 

BEANIE 

Alright, look up. 

LEADS VOICE OVER 

I'll never forget that view. 

LEADS

I... I don't have words. 

BEANIE 

Told you it'd be worth it. 

LEADS VOICE OVER 

It wasn't the old wooden cross that caught my attention. It wasn't the barge docking against ice or the bustle of the Station below.

LEADS

That mountain... 

GLASSES 

Mount Erebus. 

BEANIE 

If I could go anywhere, and I mean anywhere, I'd go in Mount Erebus. 

LEADS 

In? 

BEANIE 

It's an active volcano. See the steam coming from the top? 

 

It's one of six volcanos in the world that has an open lava lake. 

 

You'd have to go to Africa to see anything like it. 

LEADS

Africa... I think the Flower Company does work in Africa.

GLASSES

The Flower Company? 

BEANIE 

I've been trying to convince them to let me on the team that flies out there since I first came here. 

They're not having it. 

LEADS

It's so big. It takes up half the sky.

BEANIE 

In Greek Mythology, Erebus was a child of chaos and the god of darkness. One of the oldest beings in their pantheon. 

GLASSES

It also served as a sort of gate between death and the Underworld, depending on which interpretation you follow. 

LEADS

I can see why they named it that.

GLASSES 

Yeah?

LEADS 

Well, we're in Antarctica. Humans aren't supposed to live here. Then you have this giant standalone mountain on an

 uninhabitable continent that has a literal entrance to the core of the earth.  

BEANIE 

Kind of creepy, huh. 

I love it up here. 

GLASSES 

It makes your problems seem small. 

BEANIE 

 As if you have problems!

GLASSES

Everyone has problems. 

BEANIE 

How about you Leads? Got any problems?

LEADS 

Everyone has problems. 

BEANIE 

Cop out. 

LEADS 

People.

GLASSES

Your problems are people?

LEADS 

More or less. 

BEANIE 

Well, you've come to the right place for that. 

LEADS 

I don't know. There are more people than I was expecting.

BEANIE 

But the type of people, that's what counts. 

We're all outcasts here. 

 

We picked sixty hour work weeks in this wasteland over jacuzzis and restaurants. 

 

We all came here to get away from that.

LEADS 

Huh. 

GLASSES 

And who knows. 

You could be dying for those megamalls and fast food joints by the end of the season. 

LEADS 

Oh I'm sure. Bring on the sitcoms and cubicles. 

BEANIE 

The true American dream. 

EXT. BASE OF OB HILL 

LEADS 

Is that a seal? 

BEANIE 

Oh, sad. 

GLASSES 

That's not good. 

LEADS 

It's struggling.  

GLASSES

It got lost. 

It's crawling south. 

It should be making its way to the ocean. 

LEADS 

Lost? I can see the ocean from here.

GLASSES

That doesn't mean it can. 

It's scared. It's trying to make it to safety. 

LEADS 

Oh. Well lets help it. Hotel California is close, we can grab a blanket from my dorm.

BEANIE

Leads, we can't.  

LEADS 

What do you mean? 

GLASSES

The treaty. You can't interfere with wildlife. 

LEADS 

Who cares about a treaty? 

BEANIE 

You don't break the treaty. 

 

Everyone on Antarctica is either here to observe or support the observers. 

Where were you when we had to watch all of those videos in New Zealand? 

LEADS 

I was a little distracted! But... Really? I thought that meant don't hug the penguins. Look at it.

(PAUSE)

LEADS 

It's going to die. 

GLASSES

Not quickly. But yes, most likely. 

LEADS 

I'm going. 

BEANIE

Leads! No. You'll get kicked off the continent. You could get arrested. 

LEADS 

I can't just watch this thing crawl to its death! 

GLASSES 

You have to. 

This is the only place in the world that all nations have agreed to leave alone. 

We can't mess with that. 

BEANIE 

Come on Leads, let's get out of here. 

PRATCHER

Leads! 

BEANIE 

What the hell? 

LEADS 

Oh no. 

PRATCHER 

Leads! 

Where have you been? 

LEADS 

I went on a hike. 

PRATCHER

I've been looking for you. 

 

You weren't supposed to leave the Station! 

 

GLASSES 

What's going on? 

Who is this guy? 

PRATCHER 

Get your bags. I'll meet you at 155. 

Your plane leaves in an hour. 

BEANIE 

The South Pole plane doesn't leave for another day. 

LEADS 

I know... 

GLASSES

You aren't going to Amundson Scott, are you.

LEAD 

It's been great meeting you. I have to go. 

BEANIE 

That's it?

LEADS

I'm sorry. 

INT. DORM - DAY

LEAD VOICE OVER 

Why did I get on that plane. Why did I come to Station Blue. 

I should have stayed with Beanie and Glasses. 

I should have dragged that seal back to the ocean. 

A jail cell would have kept me from this. 

So many things would have kept me from this. 

LEADS VOICE OVER

But that's all hindsight. 

-End Music