A spacecraft approaches Earth. On its side in bold letters:
"Voyager 3 - Mars"
HANK (40's) and BILL (30's) tinker with dials and switches.
Try it now.
Lackluster, Bill moves over to the communications system, hits a button and speaks into a mic:
This is Voyager Three. Do you--
Bill, let's go of the button, slumps back.
What's the point, Hank? It's been two
years since their last transmission.
We've been through this a million times.
What's the bigger likelihood, Bill?
Bill mouths the phrase along with Hank.
That Earth blew up... or our craft is
experiencing technical issues?
Hank frowns and points at a little window displaying Earth in the distance.
I can see Earth right there, Bill.
I refuse to believe no one's left.
Bill sighs and leans back into the mic. As he hits the button, their system picks up a signal.
Hank and Bill instantly perk up in disbelief, then scan the data coming up on their computer screens.
Bill types some commands - a video stream window pops up on his machine.
The men are glued to the black screen. Then, an image appears.
Their delighted faces instantly turn to horror.
What the fuck is this?
A nude woman sits tied to a chair, a TV screen in place for her head - bloody teeth glued to the screen where her mouth would be.
Behind her, the American flag and other governmental insignia.
Her TV head flickers on. It displays images of flourishing crops - endless farm land.
Tired of your corn looking and tasting like
sand paper? Tired of the pest-induced
blemishes on your apples? Our seeds
are guaranteed to withstand any
natural or man-made hazard--
Images display the crops resistant to pests, even fire.
and produce twice the amount of
nutritious goodness for your family.
Images of people harvesting like crazy.
An Ethiopian family in a little hut sits at a table, full plates - all smiles.
A close-up of the crops reveals that dead insects and birds cover the ground. A grotesquely mutated frog "hops" by.
The image flips to a lab with scientists experimenting. Kids and pregnant women receive shots. Everyone smiles.
Tired of your little ones having to endure
the pesky flu, chicken pocks, obesity or
ADHD? Our kids are guaranteed to withstand
any natural or man-made hazard because
every one of us deserves a bright, happy future.
A child without eyes smiles at the camera.
The TV voice turns to that of a female politician.
Your government is committed to serve you.
We are here to protect you, your loved ones,
your family. Don't forget, if you want
to be heard - vote. God bless.
The TV Head on top of the nude woman, turns to static.
The deranged face of a MAN jumps into view.
Hank and Bill startle.
The Man has lesions all over his face. He waves at the camera with bloody pliers.
Welcome to Earth.
The spacecraft drifts on.