A crash course in changing the world.
Scene unfolds in Washington DC. President sits in oval office, reclined in chair with newspaper in hand. A steaming cup of coffee rests on the desk and the light peeping in through the windows indicates that it is early morning.
A shot of the newspaper in the president’s hands. Headline reads: COCAINE BUST IN MIAMI, FL; LARGEST SUPPLY SEIZED IN HISTORY.
(out of panel) “Mr. President, your car has arrived.”
President walks down the hallway with security officer
President: “Did you see the headlines about Florida?”
Officer: “I just heard. Crazy, isn’t it? They say it was the largest seizure of illegal drugs ever reported! How do people even get their hands on that much material?”
President: “Drugs are a powerful thing, Kenny. Some people will do whatever it takes…”
The two exit the White House, heading towards a black SUV. More armed officers and Secret Service officials wait beside the car. The president rubs his brow, seeming frustrated.
President: “Sometimes, I wonder what has happened with society and this drug obsession. This morning, it’s Miami. Last week, we had the heroin scandal in Dallas… What’s next?”
Officer: “Hang in there, sir.”
Inside the SUV. Shot reveals a man in sungla**** and an earbud behind the wheel, while the president sits in the backseat.
Driver: “To the hospital, sir?”
President: “Yes. Pease.”
Inside of a DC hospital. Walls are white and sterile. An older woman is laid down in a hospital bed. She is covered in wires and IV’s, all connected to various machines and monitoring equipment. She is very thin and her head is wrapped in cloth.
Figure of the president stands in the doorway of the hospital room. The patient smiles at him weekly.
Patient: “Harvey… I was wondering if you would come today…”
President: “It’s Tuesday. When have I ever missed our Tuesday lunch?”
Patient coughs into hand. She looks even weaker.
Patient: “I’m afraid I haven’t been able to keep any meals down this week. This chemo will be the death, of me I tell you…”
(out of panel) President: “Don’t say that!”
President sits in chair beside the patient and takes her hand.
Patient: “It’s the truth. I know I’m supposed to be your big brave sister, but I don’t think I can mask the pain anymore. I can barely take it. You know… Joshua, in Colorado, says that he thinks-“
President: “Samantha, stop! I don’t want to hear-“
Patient: “He’s seen countless people helped or even cured with medicinal weed!”
President, still holding his sister’s hand, drops his head.
President: “Samantha, weed, medical or not, is still not legal in this state. You know that.”
Patient/Samantha: “But why?”
Close up of President, looking pained.
President: “To be honest… I’m not sure anymore.”
President sitting in oval office again, hunched over in his chair, cell phone cupped in both hands. The sun is setting outside.
President: “There’s only one person who can help…”
Close shot of cell phone screen reveals “EVOKE: ALCHEMY” and a tiny phone symbol below. President presses thumb against phone symbol.
Shot of alchemy sitting in a dimly lit room, surrounded by giant computer monitors. He holds a tiny phone up to his face, smirking.
Alchemy: “Mr. President. To what do I owe the pleasure?”
Close up of President.
President: “I need your help. I need EVOKE…”