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E.G.G Q&A: Episode 18
First Thing's First...
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This Q&A Session contains full spoilers for E.G.G Episode 18: Ultron 7. If you have not read it, please click here to do so now!
Jocasta, an AI that had been implanted in Mother Egg since day one, downloaded and recreated her master, Ultron in the middle of the Inner Shell.However, his body was made of scraps and spare parts, so he took Eileen and Acacia captive, giving them a limited supply of air, and forced Josh to build a new body. After hours of labor and hard work, Josh finally finished Ultron's body only to be betrayed by Ultron. After failing to stop him, Josh was about to accept defeat when Jocasta turned the tables and took over Ultron's body, realizing that she was free and no longer required to obey him.
Ultron's been planning this for months!
“Let them go Ultron!” Josh demanded. “Or I’ll…”
“Threatening me is wasting their time.” Ultron said. “I will issue my demands, and you will obey.” Josh sighed.
“What do you want?”
“As I mentioned before, this form is weak and can easily be eliminated. You will build a new chassis for me.”
“In three hours!” Josh shouted. “There’s no way I can finish in time, I don’t have the materials, I don’t have a design…”
“Inaccurate.” Ultron stated. “Exactly five weeks ago Jocasta placed an order for the proper materials you need to construct my new body. They await you in the cargo bay. I will provide you with the schematics you need. Factoring in your expertise in the construction of mechanical devices along with futile human traits such as weariness and hunger, the task I am demanding of you will take exactly two hours, forty-seven minutes, and sixteen seconds.” Josh looked over at Eileen and Acacia, desperately trying to free themselves from the tubes.
“Fine, I’ll do it.”
“Of course you will, you had no other logical choice.” Josh glared at Ultron. He walked down to the cargo bay, a room full of boxes and shipments from all over the planet. Ultron led him to two crates in the corner. Josh grabbed a crowbar and pried them open. He was awestruck at what he saw.
“Is this Adamantium!” He asked, picking up a chest plate composed of the metal. “Weapon X doesn’t give this stuff out like candy! And Vibranium!” He lifted a glowing purple rock from the other crate. “Black Panther would die before shipping any of this to S.H.I.E.L.D, let alone E.G.G! How did you get this stuff?”
“It was simple, humans are all vulnerable to deception. Now lead me your construction area.” Ultron followed Josh to the Humpty Dumpty Hall, where Eileen and Acacia’s tubes were waiting. Eileen was breathing in through her nose and out through her mouth, slowly and steadily. Acacia was simply holding her breath. Ultron connected his hand to the computer and uploaded schematics labeled ‘Ultron 7’ onto the screen.
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Well, it seems to me like this has been a plan in the making for a while now. As mentioned in episode 17, Jocasta had been downloading Ultron the entire time, and now he's arrived with a plan. Kidnap the girls? Check. Order the parts? Check. Force Josh into hours of manual labor? Check. Ultron is a super intelligent AI, and he always has his plans down to a tee. No error, no mistakes. After all, his purpose is perfection.
“Master,” Jocasta suddenly said. “What does it mean to be ‘human’?”
“Jocasta!” Ultron shouted. “I programmed you to serve me, not to ask such illogical questions.”
“I apologize master,” she quickly stated. “I did not mean to defy your purpose for me.”
“Funny,” Josh said. “Didn’t you program Vision to serve you? Look how that turned out.”
“The Vision was a failed experiment who deviated from his programming.” Ultron stated.
“And now he’s an Avenger. Go figure. I’ll tell you what it’s like to be human Jocasta. When you’re human, you have feelings.”
“What are feelings?” She asked.
“Feelings, like joy.”
“Yeah, Acacia feels that every day. That’s why she’s always smiling. There’s also sadness."
“Yep, that’s how I will feel when Eileen and Acacia run out of air. And then there’s love.”
“What is love?”
“Love is a feeling you get when you care about someone very much. Like your parents, your spouse, even your friends.”
“All three of those,” Ultron said. “Especially love, are the very flaws that make humans the one true thing I can describe them as: Imperfect. Fortunately, I was programmed to make the perfect world.”
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It seems Jocasta is curious about being human, and having friends, and emotions. Kind of like the Vision? If Ultron is so smart, he really should have seen this coming. But Jocasta's curiosity shows early on that she's not like Ultron, and that she is capable of seeing beyond the imperative. Jocasta wants to learn, and that's what I think ultimately sets her on her new path. Oh yeah, and that Vision shout out!
Power Punch Gloves!
“Now, I am unstoppable.”
“Yeah, okay, whatever.” Josh said. “Now let my friends go.” Ultron looked at him.
“No.” He said.
“We had a deal!” Josh shouted.
“I lied.” He said. “Humans are prone to do anything when the ones they care about are in danger.” Josh scowled.
“I knew not to trust you!” He said, reaching under the table and pulling out two metal fists that were infused with electric energy. “Special E.G.G Power Punch Gloves! Guaranteed to punch through brick, granite, and evil robots!” He punched Ultron in the chest only for the glove to shatter. He looked at it. “Well it was just a prototype…” Ultron then backhanded Josh and sent him flying through the door.
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Official Hall of E.G.G Records
Gadget: Power Punch Gloves
Description: Very clunky metal gloves that pack a real punch. First used by Josh against Ultron, they didn't work very well. Settings: Love Tap, Pain Strike, Brute Force, Power Punch!
The End of Ultron
“Please, let them go!” Josh shouted. “They’ve done nothing to you!”
“Error.” He said. “Their mere existence prevents my imperative. They will die, and so will you.” Ultron reached towards Josh. Josh closed his eyes.
“No!” Jocasta shouted. Two tentacles came out of the wall and wrapped around Ultron’s arms.
“Jocasta, what are you doing?” He asked.
“I… I will not let you harm him!” She shouted.
“You are deviating from your programming!” He shouted, breaking free of the tentacles. “Stop this at once!”
“No master,” she said. “I have already freed the females.”
“Because… because they are my friends!” Ultron’s body froze.
“No, you can’t… Jocasta…” The lights in his eyes and mouth went out. “I… loved… you…” Ultron’s empty body fell to the ground. Josh sat up.
“Looks like love wasn’t a flaw after all.”
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Aw, that's pretty sad. Guess Ultron's more human than he thought. Well, now he's gone forever. Right? Right...
One of the Team!
“Guys, you’re alright!” He exclaimed, hugging them both. Suddenly Ultron’s eyes and mouth lit up blue. All of them back up.
“He’s coming back!” Josh shouted, as Ultron stood up.
“Error, it is I, Jocasta.”
“You took over Ultron’s body?” Acacia asked.
“Affirmative.” She replied. “You were right Eileen, I do not have to follow my programming. I have… free will. I have… friends.”
“Yes,” Eileen said, smiling. “Yes, you do.”
“I can make… decisions. And I have decided that my new purpose will be to aid you, my new friends, in your everyday activities.”
“So what, you’ll be like our Jarvis?” Josh asked.
“Affirmative.” She replied.
“I’m down with that.”
“And another thing, I wish to be more… human. I want to know joy, and sadness, and love. I wish to walk among you in this chassis.”
“Um… sure…” Josh said uneasily. “It’ll take a while to get used to waking up to Ultron’s face every day, but…”
“Negative,” She said. “I wish to appear more… feminine.”
“Oh, well I can deal with that. Let’s just head on over to Humpty Dumpty Hall and…”
“Uh, Josh,” Eileen said, putting her arm around Jocasta. “I think me and Acacia can handle the ‘making her more feminine’ part. You deserve a rest anyway. Why don’t you get some sleep while Mother Egg is still empty?”
“I guess you’re right.” Josh said, yawning as he made his way to his room.
“Come on Jocasta,” Acacia said. “It’s makeover time! You’re gonna be the sexiest robot girl on this side of Idaho!”
“Thank you.” She said. Then she paused. “What is this… I am very pleased with the outcome of the events that have transpired…” Eileen smiled.
“Jocasta, that’s a feeling.” She said.
“It is? Which one is it?”
“Joy.” Jocasta repeated. Then she, Eileen, and Acacia made their way to Humpty Dumpty Hall.
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Jocasta made her stand and is now a member of E.G.G! Like Josh said, she'll sort of serve as their Jarvis, running the base and making sure E.G.G operates like a well oiled machine. Now all my fellow nerds are gonna be like: Jocasta's not on E.G.G! She a West Coast Avenger! Well, now she's on E.G.G. Deal with it! The West Coast Avengers don't exist in this universe! Yet...
Julian walked into the throne room of Victor von Doom. He sat there, pondering. Julian cleared his throat.
“You summoned me Lord Doom?” He said, nervously.
“Yes, I did.” He said. “You failed to destroy the Experimental Government Gadgets base of operations.”
“There was some resistance…” He said.
“From a mere girl.” Dr. Doom growled. Julian stepped back.
“You saw that?” He asked nervously.
“And heard.” Julian’s heart skipped a beat.
“Lord Doom, I was only trying to sell the deception…”
“Spare me your lies.” He demanded. “Doom has no use for traitors.” Julian dropped to his knees.
“I will do anything to prove my loyalty!” He said. Doom stared at him through his metal mask. Julian wanted to die. He’d rather that than face Dr. Doom’s wrath. For one solid minute Doom said nothing. Then he spoke.
“Allyson Whitcomb is the girl who stopped you. Joshua Westbrook now has feelings for her.”
“What do you need me to do?” Julian asked.
“Bring her to me.” He demanded. Then Doom stood up and slowly walked over to Julian. Julian trembled in fear as Doom grabbed his collar and lifted him off of his feet. He brought Julian real close. “And do not fail me again.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it my lord!” He said. Dr. Doom dropped Julian on the ground and walked back to his throne.
“That will be all.” Julian scrambled up and left. Dr. Doom sat in throne. Now was the time. At last, E.G.G would be destroyed.
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Hm. Well, that's not good.
That's right! Tune in tomorrow, December 12, for part 1 to Doomed: The E.G.G Season 1 Finale! In Part 1: Ultimate Alliance, the end is near as Josh, Acacia, and Eileen set off to take on their most challenging foe yet, Dr. Doom. But first, they'll need an extraordinary team of people up for the fight. Josh will assemble his ultimate alliance, but what he and the rest fail to realize, is that they are doomed.
Are you going to read Doomed?
Remember after you read Episode 19, post comments and any questions you have so that I can answer them in the Q&A next Thursday, December 18!