Sci-fi drama series. It's Eve's first Christmas and while trying to connect to her mother, she contracts a software virus which activates her latent ability to dream.
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Christmas is cancelled. No parties and no holidays.
But it's, um... Christmas Eve.
There IS no Christmas until this company shows a profit.
Speaking of which, have you got it working yet?
I can't understand it.
All its systems are functioning, but it just...won't respond.
It's as if there's...something missing. Something we've overlooked.
-Well, take it apart and start again.
What did you say?
Rebuilding the prototype could take months.
If we could make this model work, it'll save a lot of time, and...
Very well. You have until midnight.
If it's not working by Christmas Day, Project Eternity is over.
This is our last chance. Help me!
There is something going on in there.
Just wish I knew...what.
CHRISTMAS CAROL PLAYS ON RADIO
Got you, Mary Douglas!
-Hi. You're just in time for the big switch-on.
-ALL: ..three, two, one!
ELECTRICITY SHORTS OUT
..zero, minus one, minus two...
-Why isn't it working?
-Absolutely no idea.
You understand string theory and you can't fix this?
Christmas tree lights defy all the known laws of physics, Will.
Eve, I need to talk to you now.
Eve, can you make the lights work, please?
Um... No, I wouldn't.
-Yeah, that... That's too much power.
-Eve, what are you doing?
-Hang on a second.
-Oh, it's steaming!
No, no... It's going to...
Eve, are you all right?
That's got it. Everyone OK?
That doesn't look too bad. Ah!
I'll, um...get this lot cleared up.
That's the last of the old ornaments.
The ones your mum bought you?
It doesn't matter.
It's just stuff.
Whoa! I see you got the party started!
I can't believe you've wrecked the place without me!
-It was an accident.
-Looking forward to your first ever visit from Santa?
Yes! I wish to study his transportation methods.
They appear to contradict all I have learned
about the physical laws of the universe.
Forget all that. What you want to focus on is...
Santa can get you anything you want!
Then why do humans also give presents to each other?
Well, it's not just about getting new stuff.
-It's about showing that you care.
-The exchange of gifts is required to prove affection.
Er, not necessarily.
There are all sorts of valid reasons why someone might forget
to buy a present.
It doesn't mean anything.
Don't worry, Dad. There's plenty of time for you to go to the shops.
Yeah, I wasn't talking about me.
Mum didn't send anything this year? Nothing?
Like I said, there's... all sorts of reasons.
I'll just see if there's more tree stuff in the loft.
You know, the post's really slow from Dubai this time of year, Will.
-Look, Eve, I really need to talk to you.
-But Will's unhappy.
He needs our help. I know, but I think I can cheer him up.
Just come with me, OK?
So this present will make Will happy
despite his mother's lack of love?
Look at this. I made a hard copy so nobody could wipe it.
-What is this?
-It's the address to an encrypted site.
Basically a place where people talk to each other in secret.
But you need to be careful. There's some dangerous people on there.
Why would you want to talk to dangerous people?
I'm not talking, just watching.
I think I've traced your mother.
Where is she?
She's too careful, and she moves really fast, but...
she's got all these supporters all over the world,
and this is the site she uses to communicate with them.
-Why are you telling me this?
-She's your mother.
I thought you should know before anyone else.
FRONT DOOR SLAMS
-I wanted you to have this early.
-It is a football.
Not just a football!
Somebody has defaced it!
No! No... No!
These are autographs, the whole squad!
Wayne Clancy, Alex Drayton, Hamish Holmes! Oh, my! Oh!
How did you even get this?
It was easy, really - I just had to call the club.
But then they said no, so I hacked into the database,
got all the players' numbers and called them until they agreed.
-Thanks, Lil. Cheers.
Mine's rubbish compared to this.
Can't be worse than that perfume you got me last year!
-Oh, you didn't like it, then.
-You've got it again, haven't you?
Look, girls are hard to buy for...
-Just tell me you didn't get the same thing for Eve.
-You bought me perfume?
-But I have no olfactory senses.
-Trust me, you're the lucky one.
-Lily's gift to you took many hours.
-Not that many.
That shows she cares for you deeply.
-Why do you not reciprocate?
-I do recipro...
Look, I'm just not good with presents, I'm sorry.
-I know, it's fine.
-Local analysis indicates it is not fine.
Look, I've got loads more presents to wrap, so I'll...
-see you guys tomorrow, yeah?
-See you later.
-You hurt her feelings.
-What? You make me look like Scrooge.
-What is Scrooge?
-You've got the internet in your head, look it up.
-POSH ENGLISH ACCENT:
-"A Christmas Carol.
-"By Charles Dickens."
-You don't have to read it out loud, Eve.
"Scrooge was a squeezing, wrenching,
"covetous old sinner."
-And you are just like him!
You have never given me a Christmas present.
Well, this is your first Christmas, so...
-You have never given me any present.
I gave you life.
Incorrect. I was created by Mary Douglas.
Yeah, and she tried to destroy you. Twice.
Things would be a lot different if I wasn't around. Think about it.
-I am thinking about it.
Look, I need to go to the shops to prove I'm not a Scrooge, all right?
Talk to you later.
Are you there?
You gave me life.
Did you really mean to destroy me?
I want to ask you...
-..whaaaat would have happened if Will wasn't nooo...
Tick-tock, Dr Clarke. How are you getting on?
I, er...thought...perhaps...a change of environment might be helpful.
Maybe if I got to...take it home?
Do what you like. As long as it's functioning by midnight. Otherwise...
Eve? Get ready for the best Christmas of your...
Eve? What are you doing, have you taken yourself offline? Eve? Dad!
-What?! What's happened?
-I don't know!
Eve! How long has she been like this?
I don't know!
-Eve! Talk to us, Eve!
THEIR VOICES DISTORT
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock...
Why did I bring you here?
There was something.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock...
Why did I think it would help?
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock...
-What's wrong with her? Is she broken?
She's just not responding to the outside world.
What have you done with my robot?
She appears to have contracted a software virus...
while searching for Mary.
-And why was she doing that?
-It was my fault, I'm sorry.
You can grovel later.
Right now, we need to identify the virus
-and construct an antiviral programme.
-Yes, yes, we're on it.
I've never seen these activity patterns in her brain before.
All these regions are usually dormant.
-That level of mental energy is unsustainable.
Her mind's burning up.
Eve's experiencing a sensory input,
but it's not coming from the outside world.
It's coming from...
What I can only describe as her subconscious.
-You mean she's dreaming?
-That's the only explanation.
-What's she dreaming about, can you find out?
Eve's memories are automatically recorded.
They can be downloaded to any computer.
I don't see why her dreams should be any different.
OK, we're in.
I know there's something you'll react to. I just need to figure out what.
You're early. You said we had another hour.
I've changed my mind. You've got...
Then...I'm taking it apart.
-What do you think it means?
You symbolise the progress of the virus through Eve's systems.
Why am I the bad guy?
-And why that wig?
-Can we focus, please? She said ten minutes.
What happens in ten minutes?
-The virus wins.
-But it's a dream, right? Dreams can't hurt you.
Eve's brain isn't wired to cope with imaginative visions of any kind.
As far as she's concerned, what's happening to her is real.
So if she's damaged in the dream, then...
Calimov loses its most valuable asset.
She could die.
-# We wish you a merry Christmas We wish you a merry Christmas
# We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year! #
THEY CHUCKLE Can I help you?
Yes, Dr Clarke, we're collecting Christmas donations
-for the children's hospital.
And you are..?
We've been your neighbours for, um...
Aah, yes, well, um...
I'm a bit...busy right now, so...
Didn't know you had any children, Dr Clarke!
Um... I don't.
You... You moved. Um...
This is Eve.
It's... It's fascinating!
Eve's analytical and predictive software has used available
data to extrapolate our entire situation.
-Minus one significant factor.
'If Eve's staying for a while, she's welcome to come next door
-'and visit our daughter.'
Good luck with that. Lily doesn't want to meet anyone.
She's got no mates.
I've got mates.
Yeah, you've got two of us.
Look, it could be worse, I don't exist in there.
Something happened back there. You moved.
I saw a look in your eyes. Can you do it again?
The virus, it's destroying her systems.
-We need that antiviral now.
-I just need some more time.
You've got six minutes.
Hurry. You've got six minutes.
It's... It's not enough, Will.
Well, what if we can get in there and help her?
-What do you mean, get in there?
Katherine will be here in five minutes.
'Dad, it's me, Will!'
-Who are you?
-'I'm the thing that's missing. I can save Eve.'
CLICKS HER FINGERS
Dad, what's happening?
The virus has overwhelmed Eve's CPU and reached her kernel.
No, there's still time, we need to get Eve out of there.
How do you mean, out of there? It's all in her head.
No, it's real to her.
She created this whole alternative universe in her mind.
-I'm not there, but, Lily, you are - your mum said so.
Somewhere in Eve's dream there's a dataset corresponding to me.
We need to find it.
-'Who are you?'
-Your best friend.
I don't have any friends.
Yeah, you're right, YOU don't have any friends, but...
-'I'm switching you off now.'
-Wait, let me talk to her. Lily...
-Who are you?
-No, I'M me.
just an aspect of a robot's subconscious mind.
'But you are really important.'
In the real world, you're the robot's best friend.
So in here, you're a part of the antiviral software,
and it's your job to help her out.
'So...what do you want me to do?'
Her name's Eve, and you need to find her and save her before Katherine...
Lily... Why can't she hear me?
-The virus has killed the webcam.
-Ohh! Well, get a new one, then!
I control your kernel, and I control this entire reality.
You leave her alone.
You can't destroy life.
Shut up, Protocol One.
I've overridden you.
What are you...doing?
All functions have been disabled.
Your systems are shutting down.
Eve, don't panic, your core programme is putting up a fight.
What are you?
Your worst nightmare.
Antiviral software here to remove you.
It's OK, Eve.
That was fun!
Want to try it again?
I won't let you hurt her.
Poor little antiviral code.
The virus is out of control.
-We need to get back in there.
The interface has gone down. We're locked out. All we can do is watch.
No friends to help you.
And you're so weak.
Hastily thrown together.
So easily taken apart.
-I...can't save you.
it's time for Project Eternity to be terminated.
The antiviral software's failed.
Cyber-neural activity decreasing sharply.
Her mind's shutting down.
Eve, this is my fault. I won't let this happen to you.
I'm sorry, Eve.
Who are you?
Just call me Santa.
You saved me.
She's waking up.
Are you all right?
And you were there.
-Very good question.
You, um...caught a virus, Eve, it made you...dream.
-I was dreaming!
-Yeah, and it almost killed you.
Will managed to save you.
Yeah, I was trying to get into your head to talk to you, and...
Who cares how it happened, hmm? It's a Christmas miracle!
God bless us, everyone(!)
-Um...Will, do you want to take...
So... Katherine, um... Any plans for...Christmas Day?
Most of the offices are closed, so it's a good chance to get a
march on the annual figures and next quarter's cash-flow projections.
CRACKER SNAPS Ooh! Yes!
Calvin! Calvin! Calvin!
Um, well done, Catherine.
The hat, Catherine.
There you go.
Oh, you look lovely(!)
-And there's a joke, read that out, Catherine.
What is a robot's favourite music?
-Oh! I know this one.
-We had this, last year.
THEY LAUGH Yes.
EVE BURSTS OUT LAUGHING
I don't get it.
I've got a present for you.
-I like them.
No, I mean... I genuinely like them.
-Oh, I'll get that.
-Oh, they're back from the children's hospital!
-Hope you're enjoying the festivities!
A happy Christmas, everybody!
I've had too many mince pies!
Now, I've got a special present for a very special lady.
-No, Dad, not mistletoe!
-Ah, now, don't be shy! Come on!
-Don't be shy!
You guys are so embarrassing!
There you go!
-There you go, sir.
-Where's Santa's little helper?
-know it's Christmas.
And this is my present.
You fixed it.
And put the rest of the gang on.
Oh, thank you, Eve.
Thank you, Eve.
-I'll put it on the tree.
Time for turkey.
-Grub's up! Come on, everybody!
It's Eve's first Christmas and after finding a way to connect to her mother, she has a million questions in her mind. She contacts Mary Douglas, but instead of answers, she contracts a software virus which activates her latent ability to dream.
When Will finds Eve in an unresponsive state, he works tirelessly with Nick, Lily and Katherine to figure out what's wrong with her. They get a window into Eve's dream state, but Eve's brain wasn't wired to cope with imaginative visions and it's behaving weirdly.
The software virus sends Eve into a cheerless parallel world, and as Eve can't distinguish between reality and dream, her systems start to shut down. Can Will and the gang save Eve from her Christmas nightmare? And can Abe escape his own nightmare - being 'Santa's little helper', dressed as a Christmas elf?