The Pleistocene Redemption

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Introduction to a Film Treatment (© 2003-2010, Dan Gallagher) in TV Miniseries Format of The Pleistocene Redemption (TPR)

Thematic Core: In one form or another, every major religion recognizes prophecies foretelling that the resurrection of humanity will be both physical and spiritual.  TPR portrays a plausible – if terrifying – means by which the prophecies become manifest. (see scientific & spiritual reviews) The protagonist's most frightening choice can lead to redemption.

Allegorical StructureTPR explores the shadowy influence of the divine and the diabolical upon the empirical world of individuals and society.  It unfolds on two interconnected levels, with a military/heroic climax and a spiritual/heroic climax.

Setting & Structure:  Spans 20 years of dramatic developments in U.S., Israel & Iraq.  Harrigan’s journey in 7 acts, episodes, condensed from TPR’s 21 chapters.

Story Line:  Protagonist Kevin Harrigan develops Fossil Gene Redemption (FGR), a means of regenerating ancient humans and animals, agonizingly discovering the potential for the expression of human personality genes that have been archived for generations in what we assumed is “junk DNA.”  To study this, Harrigan recreates ancient humans to be observed in dangerous Pleistocene epoch-like captivity.  Iraqi antagonist Ismail Mon dupes him, perverting FGR into a genetic weapon that he believes will exterminate everyone except his people and their progeny.  But Harrigan realizes that this would, instead, trigger a genetic “cascade” such that coming generations would be our ancestors.  His ethical and moral agony grows.  After an American commando raid is assumed to have taken this technology from Mon, Harrigan faces his own death and the choice to permit the cascade or not.

Comparison to Jurassic Park:  presented here to preclude any shallow comparison of the two – radically dissimilar – works.

Similarities:

1) Jurassic Park and TPR both have animals in natural and zoo-like settings (research can only be done in those settings),

2) Both regenerate extinct species.

Differences:

1) FGR relies on two processes that are distinct from JP’s DNA recovery method:   FGR uses a. non-mineralized fossil genetic material and b. archival DNA, as affected by a mysterious RNA,

2) TPR has Ice Age species and human sub-species,

3) TPR is a spiritual thriller, an exploration of Harrigan’s tormented psyche, and a military thriller.  The tale spans 20 years, making it episodic – perfect for a TV series or miniseries.

4) JP takes a modernist/rationalist view of reality.  TPR’s hauntingly subtle Catholic eschatological and moral view tempts the reader to consider responding to the God who pursues, even pines for, every human being from the moment of conception.

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