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Mutants at The Mall

THIS MALL HAS THINGS TO DIE FOR… AND THEY MIGHT HAVE TO.

90 min mixed media feature film for family viewing.
 

 

 

Mutants at The Mall

THIS MALL HAS THINGS TO DIE FOR…

AND THEY MIGHT HAVE TO.

90 min mixed media feature film for family viewing.
 

 

 

Aqua Velvet  ||  Scribble  ||  Sheena Orion  ||  Drakanica   ||  Cogs  ||  Monty

WHAT MAKES COGS’ WHEEL TURN?

Q: What do you value above all else in life?
A: My microchips and my VR. I travel the whole world. But let’s move on, I must hunt down a bargain at the supermarket. There was a rumble of hunger just occurring in a southerly direction. And miles to go before I sleep.

Q: What are you most ashamed of?
A: Ah. Yes. Well, one has to mention my bringing Scribble to Sheena for his mental repair. In mitigation it must be understood that I was not quite compass-mental. But still. One has some morals somewhere. Even though the lady is hard to refuse. Still it all ended well, what?

Q: What is your biggest source of pride and why?
A: Delaying Sheena’s evil plan when Monty alerted me, to give him time to fetch Drakanica who rescued young Scribble from peril on the sea. One doesn’t like to blow the old trumpet, but one does like to think one stepped into the breeches as it were. And made up for previous lapses, you could say. And I do hope you will.

Character sheet: Cogs

More about Cogs

Cogs is the rather vague recipient of a brand new AI brain and some sim-chips (like the SimStim chips from William Gibson’s book Neuromancer  et al). ‘Short-term’  and ‘long term’ chips in the back of his head, download wonderful experiences from the Grid, none related to his own life.

Cogs isn’t always ‘present’, but he’s oddly wise and his archetype is a ‘holy fool’ as exemplified by Chance the gardener, Peter Sellers’ character in ‘Being There’.

Unlike Drakanica who is more of a logical scientist, too busy to listen, the little owl helps by listening carefully and never interrupting. This is because sometimes he’s trying to retrieve lost info, asleep or meditating. He is Mr Carson, the butler in Downton Abbey, only with feathers – deeply suspicious of the others he suspects laugh at him behind his back. This is sometimes true.

Cogs likes the company of the good and the great. When Sheena seizes control of the Mall, previously his undisputed domain, he grudgingly cedes power to her and becomes her more or less innocent collaborator.

Conflict happens between Cogs and:
  • Scribble: because he thinks he’s a badly brought-up little (bleep) and ignorant with it – if only Scribble realised it, then he shouldn’t be quite so brash and confident around his ‘betters’;
  • Drakanica: because he takes her help for granted, often forgetting how much she does; and because she has to keep an eye on his cog to see whether he’s still present. Sometimes the chips itch and he takes them out…
  • Sheena because there is a wary, resentful acceptance of her coup in the Mall which was previously his domain. This acceptance becomes whole-hearted when his chips are missing.
  • Aqua, when she tries to cuddle him; this, he feels, violates his dignity.
  • Monty: Cogs envies Monty’s quick and clever brain. He sees both him and Scribble as upstarts until they prove themselves with the conquest of Sheena.