Sunday, 15 August 2010

FILM MUSINGS - VIRGIL: SPACE COUNSELOR

Ok, here's a Sci-Fi feature idea I got yesterday. Pretty out there, as usual, but bear with me. I am also a tad hungover so my writing might not be as "razor" sharp as you'd expect. Razor, Razorhead Films? Geddit?

... See what I mean?...

"Virgil: Space Counselor" would start with an alien on a different planet having a mental breakdown, holding a ray gun to his head, threatening to shoot himself as the authorities try to keep him calm. Virgil, a space counselor, is called in to help out. He lands his ship near the scene and slowly walks up to the alien, who is increasingly nervous. Virgil lights up a cigarette and in a nonchalant, casual way, talks to the alien about his life. Little by little, Virgil relates to the alien and eventually calms him down. Trusting, the alien gives Virgil his gun and starts crying. Virgil then proceeds to shoot the alien in the heart and discreetly, absorbs some of his green blood with a hidden syringe. The authorities look on shocked and demand an explanation. Virgil shows them (fake) documents linking the alien with several unspeakable crimes and assures them that Justice has been served. He gets back on his ship and leaves.

Once home, Virgil picks up the syringe and starts to test the blood he's acquired. He doesn't get the results he was looking for and throws it against the wall. Just then, his right arm starts contracting and shaking. Virgil picks up a bunch of nearby pills and gives himself a shot. This calms the shaking down.

So yeah, just to explain that last part. We basically learn that Virgil has a terminal disease for which there is no cure. His blood is slowly rotting and so is he. His goal is to maybe find a cure in an alien blood so he uses his counseling as a way to travel from planet to planet and getting access to various strange, demented creatures. He kills pretty much everyone he helps and every time the blood he acquires doesn't work. As the film progresses, Virgil becomes more and more desperate, physically he starts to gradually shut down and loses his mind little by little. He actually almost forgets why he is killing people and even starts to truly enjoy it. His criminal denial is broken though when he learns of a possible cure, an alien blood with particularly healing powers. This becomes his Holy Grail, his last chance. He will need to counsel this strange alien being who lives alone on a planet and is the last of his kind (no, he's not The Last Airbender) in order to gain access to his plasma.

This proves to be extremely difficult as the alien is extremely volatile and powerful. Virgil cannot kill him even by shooting him. In the end, a barely standing and extremely bitter Virgil manages to emotionally manipulate the alien so that he commits suicide. Unfortunately, the whole "healing blood" thing turns out to be a dud which Virgil may or may not have created in his mind out of sheer desperation and madness. The ending I'll obviously develop as I don't really know any specifics yet but basically think Vertigo. In one final shot, we realise he is essentially doomed. Might also include a big twist.

So that's my latest crazy idea. Will develop it over the next few weeks and give you some updates once in a while.

Let me know what you guys think! Thanks! :)

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