The Rebirth Treatment

I recently wrote an article about the so-called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer. That article was about what the trailer had to offer, and what it meant for the Mortal Kombat series of games. Its attempt to spin an absurd premise into a plausible one is one of the few ways to give a video game movie a chance with the average audience. The path forward is clear, then. We must re-imagine gaming's greatest hits with a gritty, darkly-realistic tone. This is going to be fun.

I recently wrote an article about the so-called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer. That article was about what the trailer had to offer, and what it meant for the Mortal Kombat series of games. Clearly, though, that only scratches the surface of what this masterpiece means for the gaming world. Its attempt to spin an absurd premise into a plausible one is one of the few ways to give a video game movie a chance with the average audience. The path forward is clear, then. We must re-imagine gaming’s greatest hits with a gritty, darkly-realistic tone. This is going to be fun.

INTERIOR - NIGHT

SWAT CAPTAIN
What's the situation officer.

BOMB SQUAD TECH
It isn't good, Captain. We've got hazard canisters, probably chemical, and enough C4 to spread the toxin across half the state, and us along with it.

SWAT CAPTAIN
Well, can you disarm it?

BOMB SQUAD CAPTAIN
I... I don't know, Captain. I've never seen a trigger like this before.

SWAT CAPTAIN
Damn it, Johnson, don't give me excuses, give me results!

BOMB SQUAD TECH leans in to cut a blue wire.

(Off Camera)
I wouldn't do that, Sargent.

Camera cuts to a federal officer.

FED
We've got the dossier on your suspect. It isn't good. The man who put this bomb together is a computer programmer, electronics expert, and ex-soviet. He's an extremist named A. Pazhitnov. It seems someone forgot to tell him the cold war is over.

SWAT CAPTAIN
I'm not interested in the man's biography. What can you tell us about the bomb?

FED
The payload is a cocktail of two toxic agents, Tetrahydroxiline and Ricin, and a separated capsule of sulphuric acid to render the whole mix into a gas. If one of those cansters ruptures, you'll be coughing up chunks of lung and leaking intestines out your ass inside of 30 seconds.

SWAT CAPTAIN and BOMB SQUAD TECH each take a step back.

SWAT CAPTAIN
Well... well can we disarm it?

FED
YOU can't. The control panel is rigged so that any tampering will detonate the bomb immediately. The only chance is to enter the correct crypto-cypher to deactivate it.

SWAT CAPTAIN
Well how do we do that?

FED
Simple. All you have to do is manually reconfigure the randomly pulled data sectors on the fly using the graphical data visualizer as they are downloaded, aligning the four-unit clusters into full quadrants. Each one will peel off a layer of encryption.

SWAT CAPTAIN
In English, Einstein.

FED
You have to move those funny shaped blocks into full rows so they disappear.

SWAT CAPTAIN
What's the catch?

FED
You're going to have wipe out 200 rows in order to reach the core command cluster to shut this thing down. Every ten levels the algorithm ups its through put, sending data in faster. And if the buffer ever fills, if those blocks ever reach the top... Boom.

SWAT CAPTAIN
... Then it's over... There's no man on earth who can do that.

FED
There is one man... we need Spencer Glende...

Camera pans down to the canister, showing the formula, Tet-Ri-S, then pans back to the FED.

FED

(Puts On Sunglasses.)
... because things are about to go down.

Fade to title.

TETRIS: REBIRTH
Get in line.

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