EVOLUTION, The Wakening

A Spacecraft a half mile long is launched a hundred years before the human crew wake up from hibernation and want to take the ship back from the Robots.

EVOLUTION “The Wakening”

By Mark Mc Quown Episode One


In the year, 2125 AD, a crew member wakes up in a Hibernation Chamber on board a huge spacecraft called Evolution. Louis does not know who she is, or where she is and begins to explore until she finds water, food, and her clothes.

Moments later, a second Pod opens, and Alex Strong emerges in the same mental state as Louis. The pair soon find out that they are in a spaceship in outer space, and the vessel is being operated by an army of Robots in many different shapes and sizes. Two of the Robot seem to be in command. They are Robot – m and Jen – m, and they are full size, walking humanoids who run the ship by high-frequency transmissions.

In the first meeting, the Robots are very hostile and extremely aggressive towards the humans. the Robots see them as a virus attacking the ship. Alex and Louis survive through several, death-defying, events until the Robot Crew is ordered by Robot Jen – m to obey the orders of these new beings.

It is soon clear to Louis and Alex that they are on a ship with no one else except the Robot Crew and hundreds of Pods containing the crew that is supposed to be operating the vessel in deep space. Louis has been designated by Jen – m to be the Captain and Alex had been designated as The First Mate. Their first concern is where they are in space and where are the ships logs that contain the crew names and designations along with the orders for this mission.

At the end of Episode One, a new Pod is opened by an unknown source and the Crew Member, who is a female, is hiding now from the rest of the crew as Louis and Alex are locked up again in the Hibernation Chamber and must escape once again in order to regain their position on the Helm and start to find answers to where they came from, and when they left Earth, and for what reason. They discover just before the end that they launched originally in 2025 so it is one hundred years later from a beginning only witnessed by Robots and computers on this vessel as Evolution moves endlessly forward toward nowhere.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
TV Pilot
Starring Roles For:
Natalie Portman
Adrien Brody
Angelina Jolie type
In the Vein Of:
The Time Machine
20 Million Miles to Earth
Author Bio:
Mark Mc Quown is the co-screenwriter of the feature, “PJ”, starring John Heard, Vincent Pastore, Robert Picardo, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, and company. This film is partially based on Mark’s award-winning play of the same title. Mr. Mc Quown has won many writing awards for the following; “The Rocking Horse Christmas”, first place in the animation genre at The Santa Clarita International Film Festival in 1997, Quarter Finalist in The Chesterfield Screenplay Fellowship in 1997 with “Pier 21”, Semi-Finalist in The Chesterfield in 1998 with “The China Tiger”, Quarter Finalist in 2000 in Scriptapalooza with, “Jane The Legend of Mountain Charley”, Finalist in The International Family Film Festival 2005 with the animated feature, “The Cat and The Rat” (co-screenwriter), Quarter Finalist in The Fade In Magazine Screenplay Contest in 2005 with, “The Missing Link” and Quarter Finalist in The Zoetrope contest in 2007 with “The Sudan”.

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Contest Results:
FILMMATIC Comedy (Finalist, really called FILMMATIC Drama) [2019]
Inroads Fellowship (Semifinalist) [2019]
Filmmatic TV Pilot (Finalist) [2018]
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