Sunday, March 20, 2005

Unseen -- Episode 1

Looky! Another overly long recap of a Primetime Adventures game. Oh, I also have put together a cast picture.

An Unkindness of Ravens

We open at Julie's Place, showing Virgil talking with his reporter friend, Sydney Bennett. She offers to help him any way she can in his hunt for Odin. They have seven days until the full moon, and the final ritual that Odin has planned. Also in the diner is Lewis, who chats with his friend Susan. She reminds him that he is supposed to escort her tomorrow to a gallery opening of some of her work (she is a potter.) The final little scene takes place in Robyn's government class at Waterford High, where the teacher has just told them to clear their desks... it's a pop quiz! The camera pushes to a guy sitting a few tables behind Robyn. He's a kid in a varsity jacket and he looks red-eyed. He just stares intently at Robyn and he appears to be drawing something. The camera looks over his should to reveal that he is sketching the hanged man -- Odin!

Opening titles and theme song

We're in the basement of the department store where the gang encountered Odin. Lewis is setting up some strange analytical equipment that he has thrown together. He is trying to detect energies, as well as trying to find out patterns in the symbols that Odin had painted on the wall. No matches found...

The tabloid offices where Sydney works -- she goes to her computer and notices an envelope under her keyboard. It has her name scrawled on the front. Inside is a picture of Lewis; a surveillance picture. On the back is written the number "439."

After-school, in Lewis's bus, and Robyn is complaining about Government class, and the differences between Canadian and U.S government. She is pacing and eating cookies, while Lewis is still trying to find clues from the basement. Robyn suggests he try to cross reference with movies, or maybe album covers. She notices that one of the screens has a red light flashing. Someone has tripped a sensor in one of the alleys leading to the bus. On the camera they seem the shambling, red-eyed student who had been drawing the hanged man. Robyn thinks his name is Whitney. He stops every ten feet or so, cocks his head, as if he is listening to something in the wind. Then he looks directly into Lewis's surveillance camera and it goes dead.

Virgil is at the new age shop that houses Phil Erickson, the feng shui guy's office. No one is around and he glances at the receptionist's steno pad. There is a doodle of a man on a throne, and a game of hang-man being played with the man hanging upside down. The receptionist shows up and angrily takes the pad. Phil takes Virgil into his office, and Virgil tells him, over a game of mancala, that he needs his help to try and find Odin again.

Lewis tries to call Virgil in his cell phone but only get's Virgil's voice mail. Lewis and Robyn are startled when there are skittering noises on the roof of the bus. Lewis activates a camera on a building overlooking the bus, and sees that there are dozens of ravens on the top of the bus. The camera also sees and zooms in on the kid, Whitney, standing nearby, watching the birds. He seems to be listening to something again. Lewis tells Robyn to stand on a rubber mat on the floor, as he does too, and unplugs two thick electrical cables. He slams the live ends of the cables into the metal ceiling of the bus! The shock causes all the birds to take flight, but their screeches have a very unnatural sound. The surveillance camera shows them flying off, but Whitney is gone...

The mancala game ends, and Virgil checks his phone. He has voice mail, and listens. It's Lewis. He jumps up and he and Phil dash out of the office. Virgil slaps the police light onto the roof of his car and races to Lewis's place. About a block away from the bus, Virgil comes to a screeching halt -- there is someone standing on the middle of the road. A kid in a varsity jacket... Whitney. He glances at the car, but we only see him for a moment. A wall of black flying forms turn the corner and engulf the car. When the ravens fly off, the kid is gone.

Lewis, Robyn, Virgil and Phil are in the bus. comparing notes. Phil seems distracted, and disturbed by the feng shui of the bus. Virgil watches the video of the kid, and uses his mental focus. He hears the old woman's voice (he encountered her in the previous episode -- she seems to have some connection with Odin), saying "I think we're making them nervous now. Sleep." The camera goes blank. Lewis is searching for this kid in the Waterford school records. A match. Whitney Sutherland. Phil is stunned. He says he know the kid. It's his nephew...

The camera follows Whitney walking through a park. He does not seem sinister and red-eyed. Just a normal kid on his way home from school. He walks into his house, goes to the kitchen and pours himself a glass of orange juice. He walks to the basement door, opens it, and goes down. It is a dirt floored basement, with a bare light-bulb hanging. In the shadows, there is a man sitting in a large, ornate chair. "Father, I have done as you asked," the boy says, and the man in the chair leans forward, and we see that it is the one-eyed Odin, and he has an evil smile.

Back in the bus, everyone is shocked by Phil's revelation, until Robyn points out that another of Lewis's monitors is flashing again. Not one, not two, but three different government black sedans on three different cameras. But they were not going to the bus, instead, they they headed to the old department store, where Odin's former lair was, and where Lewis had left all his equipment. They see Agent Severin lead a team in. They head on over to the location, being sneaky, but they are being watched... by Sydney. Virgil sneaks up on her and asks what she'd doing there. She says she was checking out the area, looking for clues to Odin's whereabouts. She says she saw Fed coming out, carrying some electronics. But they are now gone. Then the building explodes, and everyone hits the ground!

It's the next morning, at Julie's Place, and the whole gang is there, including Phil and Sydney. Virgil and Sydney were talking in a booth, while the others were at the counter eating. Virgil was trying to get Syd to tell him who her informant was, or why she was there at the department store last night. Robyn glanced over and saw Virgil take Syd's hand. You could almost see the beams of angry energy shoot from her eyes and bore into Syd's head (it must be noted that Sydney is a connection for Virgil and Robyn's nemesis.) Sydney showed Virgil the envelope with the picture of Lewis. Virgil was thrown off by that... Sydney had actually been there last night following Lewis?

Robyn wanted to get that envelope. Anything to annoy and/or discredit Sydney. She made a diversion with her TK, causing a waitress to drop some dishes while she walked by Virgil and Syd. She grabbed the envelope with her TK while they were distracted. In the bathroom, she opened it and saw the photo of Lewis. What the heck?

Robyn wants to make a quick stop at the arcade, to calm her nerves she claimed. Phil and Virgil play a little Gauntlet, while Lewis and Robyn shoot pool. Robyn shows Lewis the photo and tells him that Sydney had it.

Later that evening, Lewis escorts Susan to the opening of her exhibit, and lo and behold, Sydney's there. She is very friendly to Lewis, saying she was assigned to cover the opening of Susan's exhibit, a last minute thing, but he's not buying it. Of course, he doesn't let on that he knows that she is investigating him.

Phil and Virgil go to the home of Phil's sister Ann, and her son, Whitney. He tells Robyn to wait in the car. Virgil asks the boy some questions, but he seems completely normal. He asks to see Whit's varsity jacket, but doesn't find anything, other than that it seemed to have been very recently cleaned. Both Ann and Whitney seem confused by the questioning, and Virgil decides to wrap-up before they get too suspicious. They go out to the car, and hear the music is cranked up. But, the car is empty and still locked... Robyn is gone.

Robyn comes to and is tied up and gagged. She is in the basement of Whitney's house, now lit by candles. She is at the foot of the chair, now revealed to be a thrown, and Odin is sitting in it, looking down at her...

Next Time on Unseen

-- The click of a gun cocking. Whitney and Virgil. Virgil wrenches Whitney's arm behind his back and slams him against the wall. He presses his gun to the back of the boy's head. "What the hell do you want man!" Whitney says. "You're gonna tell me now," Virgil growls. Whitney's expression changes from innocent kid, to sinister and creepy.

-- Julie's Place. Sydney walks in and over to Virgil. "Where's your tagalong?" she asks, mockingly. Virgil gives her "the look."

-- The camera focuses on the full moon over a tree. It drifts down to a raven perched in the tree. It screeches three times, and the third on has an unnatural sound to it.

-- The scene is surreal and dream-like. Robyn is hanging upside down in a tree, and Whitney's voice can be heard from off camera. "All-Father! Why have you chosen her over me!"

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