The Road River is looking down at the front wheel of the bicycle. Maybe an establishing shot with (original) Uncle Joe riding red bike, flips off, finds black bike. Continues.

The road flows by like water, like life, memory, time. In effect, the Road River is Joe's time travel device, mediated by the iStone. We know what qualities the road river has through the iStone. At first, there's a map leading to Christina and the Big Boat. Second, he communes with the future and teaches Signals from a Nearby Now to the People, helping them to remember the lessons of the past epoch through oral history and preparing them for the advent of the Daughter of God. Third, the iStone is a receiver and spook network interface that the Clique devolve technology and the iStone receives the notice.

The combination of the Road River and iStone equals travel, whether through space or time. He stays on the bike during regress because the Road River allows him to observe the changes and not be effected by them. This could be part of the automated transmission.

iStone mediates different modes of Road River

Near Here, Almost Now

synopsis [09-30-19]

opening - road river and poetry, fairy tale

Big Boat Route

synopsis [09-21-19]

Joe activates iStone map before leaving secret hideout, icon of big boat and route to get there through zones or whatevs. This map is static!

Then he's traveling and Csárdás, with hints of scenes to come and teasers of fragments we'll never see again, Theme Song. Intercut with iStone interface - map and progress towards destination.

Teach the Future (Arborealists)

synopsis [09-21-19]

iStone interface - Future transmission mode, Lena. Begin Arborealists

Automated Transmission (Regression)

synopsis [09-21-19]

iStone alert - "The following is an automated transmission to field operatives from Clique Central Control. Forgettery enhancement is now activate, technological regression in progress. Have a nice day." Road river objects devolving to earlier forms.

synopsis [09-27-19]

Transmission is in british woman's voice, ode to Forsaken, Corbettreport, UFO. "The following is an automated transmission to field operatives from Clique Central Control. Forgettery enhancement is deploying. Establish and maintain temporal envelopes until technological regression is complete. Thank you and have a nice day"

 

Automated Transmission (Regression) Variation

synopsis [09-30-19]

The Road River devolution could happen without warning, just a sort of unexplained phenomena, enough loose threads are left dangling for the audience to craft their own explanations. Or the automated transmission is subtler, quieter, audio only or a brief glance at the iStone.

The all points bulletin is at this point unprecedented, there hasn't been an announcement from the spook network prior to this scene, so the exposition could be a bit heavy handed. The option is to have no exposition at all, just show things going backward, regressing, the next time we see Joe, he is then wearing a bear skin. OR, the devolution could be a backlash from Joe teaching the future. Is he teaching the future before heading to the Big Boat? A message early on... "warning, extensive communing with the future will trigger local regression. continue?"

If offered early on this message could be a bit opaque, so as not to reveal the iStones awesome power too soon. A gentle progression seems ideal. However, a glimpse of awesome power really early might be subtle foreshadowig - did I just see that?

Earlier Versions

Working out concepts, keeping for archival purposes

[09-21-19]

Were on Script Synopsis V4 and the Road River has several different themes.

  1. Indicates Joe traveling
  2. segue to what Joe sees traveling, apocalypse tour
  3. Magic time bike, the devolution of culture
  4. Magic time bike, teaching the future

Perhaps too many ideas here? Could be the various modes are set on the iRock and displayed for audience edification.

Road River A traveling to the big boat / icon

Road River B snippets of apocalyptic fun

Road River C leaving big boat devolution of culture

iStone mediates different modes of Road River

• Map and cut scenes

Joe activates map before leaving secret hideout

then he's traveling and Csárdás, with hints of scenes to come and teasers of fragments we'll never see again, Theme Song. Map might be getting closer.

• Retrograde technology

iStone alert - "The following is an automated transmission to field operatives from Clique Central Control. Forgettery enhancement is now activate, technological regression in progress. Have a nice day." Road river objects devolving to earlier forms.

•Transmit to future - Poetry Slam