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What's Going On?

Posted By Kim Lowe, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A One Act Scene

The scene opens with the Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee from Michael Bay’s live-action movie sitting around a table in their auto form reading today’s Orlando Sentinel.  


BUMBLEBEE
[Scene Note: Due to a battle injury, Bumblebee is mute and communicates through use of selected playback of radio and television signals.] With a quizzical lift of his distinctive Chevy Camaro brow, Bumblebee looks at Optimus Prime while the following lyrics from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 What’s Going On play from his radio:

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, eheh
 


OPTIMUS PRIME
: [Scene Note: Optimus raises his tire to his forehead, scratching his head]: “I don’t know what is going on Bumblebee.  Our human friends seem to be losing all sense of themselves.” 


BUMBLEBEE
: [Scene Note:  Bumblebee looks at Optimus with an angry bent to his bumper while Aerosmith’s 1989 Janie's Got a Gun plays from his radio]

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Tell me now it's untrue
What did her daddy do?


OPTIMUS PRIME
: “Yes! Bumblebee, I agree.  Guns do seem to be much of the problem.  But alas, our human friends do not seem to be able to solve this problem, so the senseless loss of life continues.   What can we do?” 


BUMBLEBEE
[Scene Note: Bumblebee gestures madly with his tires as Alien Ant Farm’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal spills from his speakers.  His point not from the lyrics but the title]


OPTIMUS PRIME
: “I agree Bumblebee. There are criminals in this world who are smoothly accessing guns and using them to harm people out of irrational hate.  But yet again, what can we do?”    


BUMBLEBEE
[Scene Note: Bumblebee gazes longingly out the window towards the distant sky while the beautiful voice of Judy Garland sings Over the Rainbow from the 1939 Wizard of Oz]:

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.


OPTIMUS PRIME
: “Oh Bumblebee.  I know how you feel.  This is a great country where many have come for centuries to find that place over the rainbow.  This is a land of great promise and opportunity, if only . . .

[Scene Note: Optimus also looks longingly out the window at the stars.  Bumblebee puts his tire on Optimus’s fender while Barbara Streisand’s Memory from the 1981 hit Broadway show Cats fills the room].


OPTIMUS PRIME
: “If only the leaders of our human friends can find the political will and courage to put a stop to the legal madness that continually allows guns to fall into the hands of those who use them for senseless mass murder.  Bumblebee, as you dream, we could hit the skies.  We could leave this planet and travel to Asgard where we could bunk down with the Gods.  But giving up is not the answer.  I cannot help but recall my own line from the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:   

Our races united by a history long forgotten and a future we shall face together. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message so that our past will always be remembered: for in those memories, we live on.”  


BUMBLEBEE
[Scene Note: Bumblebee and Optimus Prime bro hug while John Lennon’s Imagine plays in the background.]


NARRATOR
[Scene Note: the angry voice of a bar president fills the room]: “We should all ask ourselves what can we do as officers of the court.  By virtue of our license and with the collective power of the legal profession, our voice is loud and cannot easily be dismissed.  We cannot just keep ignoring the fact that the perpetrators of these mass killings have obtained the guns used in the heinous crimes far too easily.” 

 

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