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I do like Sci-fi - You set up the look, feel and technology well - a small glimpse into a bigger world.
The ending - I don't know if I have this right, but I read it as Dr Kee is killing patients (well, this one at least) on behalf of insurance companies because the patients are costing them too much money - I scratched my head at the ending for a few moments before that realisation came to me - I am probably being slow.
Anyway, I quite liked it - The writing was very good, the horror element could be ramped up as you had another page and a half to play with.
The bobblehead element seems a little forced - they were relevent to the story no doubt, but it seems like making them bobbleheads was an afterthought
So what benefit does Dr. Kee get from killing off the client? Isn’t that taking money from his pocket? Or if the insurance company is paying him to kill off patients so save money, how much do they have to pay for that? Just seems weird.
You did fuse the sci-fi and horror elements together pretty well here, so good job with that. I’m not sure I bought into the story ending. I might have had her husband come in and save her at the end, maybe killing not just Keith, but Dr. kee as well. That would have been different. but otherwise I thought it was fairly well written. Good effort.
Best of luck, Gary
An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
Very well written with a good flow. I disagree with the other reviews that the dolls were incidental - I thought they were used well and fitted in with the high tech theme.
Look its tough to fit a complete story in 5 pages as opposed to a glimpse of a scene but this one was pretty good for that. It seems like the writer had this cool concept but the page restraint forced things to happen quicker.
Anyway good job and i liked it.
PS - writer is perhaps a music/culture buff? Keith, Hendrix, Becker lol. And John Lennon once spent the night with an Aussie Jenny Kee on their Aussie tour in 1964 lol
He gazes through his black-rimmed glasses at the thousands of raindrops that roll down the pane. Beyond this water film, there is constant lightning on the horizon. The flashes strike that frequently, they illuminate the whole therapy office of metallic chairs, abstract art, and glass furniture.
I think this could be tightened up, you spend a lot of lines setting the mood for a 5 page script.
It’s overly descriptive.
She makes small steps
takes small steps?
Amanda slumps into the glass sofa, which consists of an elastic matter that perfectly forms around her butt.
The images are a bit all over the place, initially you said filled with metallic chairs, now we have a glass/elastic sofa. It's unclear to me what I'm meant to be seeing
Some awkward writing, I'm thinking English may not be a first language.
The bobbleheads feel forced into this situation, especial considering the futurist world you tried to build.
The ending left me scratching my head.
I feel like the genre requirements were met, but the writing could definitely use some work.
So, I really liked the idea of the bobbleheads as virtual reality/healing devices. I had to overlook the comedic nature of a typical bobblehead, but that's not that big a deal... and certainly not an issue outside of the tourney (I'm assuming you'd adjust the script element if you did a rewrite.)
I completely disagree with how you ended things. A really interesting idea just fizzled into nothing. That's too bad. My suggestion would be to chop everything after she gets into the virtual world and build out something bigger (once you're free of the 5 page limitation.)
To that end, consider playing the ending sequence more straight. She actually confronts the killer (though be careful... this is supposed to be a therapy tool) and comes to some level of understanding/forgiveness/peace.
Of course, it's your story... so, tell it your way. but, I hope you'll consider a different ending to an interesting beginning.
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I really wanted to like this and then it lost me. I guess I just don't understand the insurance scam and why would they go to all the hi-tech to make her braindead. I think I would've preferred a fight between the two in which she loses and the doctor is bewildered since it never happened before? IDK, I'm just rambling. Still, why the scam?
You had some good characters and dialog, I think you met the fusion criteria, and the prose was pretty decent. Good job, writer.
Shouldn't the patient come in dripping wet? Or is the window just a virtual decoration? If it's the latter, emphasize that she's dry.
End notes as I read
Ok. This feels like a really good writer rushed for time. The set up feels like the Matrix. Which could really work well if she is, like Neo, already within a virtual world. This would explain her dryness coming through the door.
Then everything just kind of wraps up easy with a not-very-memorable twist.
I'm inclined to give a moderate score here and expect much better things in a future round.
Virtual role-playing? I got excited for a second, picturing Sandra Bollock in skimpy jams. You handily steered clear of Demolition Man though.
There's a lot of set up that builds towards something that never pays off. Or does it pay off in an unexpected way? If so, it's really unclear since there are no motives given for why it ends the way it ends. Who was behind it, the faceless corporation or the killer? And what do they gain by it?
The writing was solid except for a few mis-steps and a couple of head-scratching decisions. The doctor was inconsequential, and the bobbleheads were only bobbleheads because they had to be. Still, criteria met, though it is very light on horror. More like thriller.