Final Judgement: Episode #217.
Tag: A secret agency forces Adam to stand trial for allegedly trying to take over the world with his super-powered mutants. [Transcript]
Cast & Crew: Written by David L. Newman; Directed by Bill Corcoran
Nigel Bennett....John Warren
Amy Price-Francis....Janet Nicholls
Nick Mancuso....Judge #1
Official Synopsis: Adam (John Shea) rushes out of Sanctuary after receiving a call from Marsden (Gary Reineke), an old acquaintance who’s extremely connected in the underground world, who claims to have information regarding an imminent threat to Adam’s life. Waiting for Marsden at the marina, Adam is surprised when Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) appears. He explains that he’s waiting for a friend who claims that Adam’s life is in danger and promised he would come alone. Seeing Marsden’s car parked in the distance, Adam tells Shalimar to leave. As Adam heads towards the car, a mysterious truck pulls up next to him and two men jump out and grab him. Shalimar rushes to help, but one of the men opens fire on her while the other forces Adam into the truck. The gunman then turns his sights on Marsden, grazing him in the shoulder with a bullet. Watching the truck speed away, Shalimar calls the team to let them know Adam’s been kidnapped. Back at Sanctuary, Brennan (Victor Webster) asks Shalimar about the man Adam was meeting. She tells the team that Adam would not reveal the man’s name, only that he had vital information. Informing them that the man was shot during the abduction, she takes out a bag containing wood chips stained with the man’s blood, which she took from the scene. Meanwhile, the bag that had been placed over Adam’s head is ripped off, and he finds himself in a large chamber in front of a Judge (Nick Mancuso), strapped to a high-tech chair. Demanding to know where he is, the Judge tells him that he is at the Tribunal, a court that punishes criminals who believe they are untouchable. Infuriated, Adam insists that he is a scientist, not a criminal. The Judge then promises that everything will soon be resolved. As the Mutant X team searches the database for clues, Adam, who’s been placed in an isolation cell, is visited by Janet Nicholls (Amy Price-Francis), a woman who’s been assigned to represent him. She tells him he’s being charged with manipulating human DNA and creating super-powered mutants in order to gain world dominance. Adam insists that the charges are a lie, but Janet isn’t convinced. Later, Adam is brought back to the chamber and sees the Judge from before sitting on the dais with two other Judges, a large monitor on the wall, and the prosecutor, John Warren (Nigel Bennett), at a table. When Janet pleads not guilty for him, Adam is restrained in the high-tech chair, and a neuro-imaging device is clamped to his head. As Warren begins the trial, he explains that the device has been programmed to trigger Adam’s memories of specific times and dates, which will be projected on the wall monitor and used as evidence in the case. Numerous instances of mutants committing violent crimes suddenly flash across the screen. When Warren finally deactivates the imager, he tells Adam, who’s physically worn from what he’s just been through, to confess. The court then takes a recess and Adam begs Janet for her help as he’s carried back to his cell. Back at Sanctuary, Jesse (Forbes March) and Brennan are becoming more frustrated about Adam’s disappearance when Marsden suddenly appears on the computer screen. He tells them that by using his blood samples to try to determine his identity, they are now all in grave danger. When Brennan orders Marsden to help them find Adam, Marsden reluctantly gives them an address to meet him at. Meanwhile, Adam tries to convince Janet that he’s been set-up and tells her to investigate Genomex and she’ll learn the truth. Brennan, Jesse and Shalimar enter the meeting place and are suddenly surrounded both by Marsden’s voice and a number of lasers with tracking missiles. After some time Marsden comes out of hiding and Shalimar confirms that he was the man Adam had planned to meet. Marsden explains that he has to go to such extremes because he knows that the people who took Adam are watching him. He finally reveals that Adam is at the Tribunal, a secret all-powerful organization that judges people associated with certain world events, almost always convicting them. The moment Marsden gives them the coordinates to find the Tribunal, a group of armed men rush in and begin shooting. Using their powers, the team defeats the men while Marsden escapes through a trapdoor. Back at the Tribunal, Janet presents Genomex files to the Judges, but they refuse to allow them to be submitted as evidence. As the trial continues, Warren again uses visuals from Adam’s memory to show that the Mutant X team members are terrorists who commit crimes at Adam’s command. A short recess is then granted for Adam to prepare a statement. When the trial reconvenes, Adam tells the court that he is innocent and the evidence has been taken out of context. Meanwhile, the team lands the Double Helix at Tribunal and Shalimar takes out two guards at the entrance. As the team races to find Adam, the Judges return with a guilty verdict and orders Adam’s immediate execution. An IV is inserted into Adam’s arm, but just as the poison starts to flow into his veins, Brennan appears and fires a bolt of electricity that shatters the IV. As the guards fire at Brennan, Shalimar attacks them from behind and Emma (Lauren Lee Smith) uses the opportunity to free Adam. Wanting to know who set him up, Adam forces Warren into the chair and puts the neuro-imaging device on his head. The Mutant X team gasps when an image of their old enemy Mason Eckhart appears on the monitor. The team heads back to Sanctuary, filled with shock and fear that Eckhart is again at large.
Adam: It’s been so long, I almost forgot how to contact you.
Marsden: You never forget anything. That’s the source of your power.
Shalimar: Think he’s gonna be okay?
Emma: Yeah, he’s Adam. No matter what’s happening to him, he’s still got his mind and his will. And that means he has resources other people wouldn’t even dream of.
Janet Nicholls: You’re accused of manipulating the DNA of over one thousand human beings. Of attempting to create a master race of super powered mutants with which you plan to shift the balance world power for your own ends.
Adam: Shift the balance–wait, are you serious?
Janet: The prosecution intends to prove that you not only inflicted your victims with pain and suffering, but that the mutants you created have wreaked havoc on society.
Adam: That’s absurd! Who’s bringing these charges, the government?
Janet: Mr. Kane, this is an impartial body. A case doesn’t come this far unless it has been fully researched.
Adam: You mean, unless it’s been fully decided already that I’m guilty. Now tell me something, are you even going to pretend to mount a defense for me?
Janet: That’s the job I’ve been given.
Adam: The job you’ve been given? My life is in your hands!
Janet: I am aware of that.
Adam: All right, look. My entire scientific career has been dedicated to helping people. And the people that I work with are not dangerous mutants. They’re human beings. They are heroes who risk their lives every day trying to help people.
Janet: That’s good. That passion, that forthright quality, you’re gonna need all of that and more. Because once you get into that room, you should be aware that there is likely not going to be one person rooting for you to be innocent.
Adam: This is some kind of neural imager, isn’t it? Where did you get this? I invented this technology.
Warren: I realize that your arrogance makes it difficult for you to believe that there’s anyone else creating things in the world of science, but it is true.
John Warren: Somewhere along the line, Adam Kane became a monster. He is personally responsible for the creation of a seemingly endless stream of deadly monstrosities.
Adam: I fixed the genetic flaws that were killing those children.
Warren: You fixed them? You fixed them. Who did you fix? Did you fix Michael Ward? Is he one of your crowning achievements? June 29th of this year, the location a national park upstate.
Adam: I had nothing to do with Michael Ward!
Warren: Your technology created him. And when your mistake was about to become public, you and your mutant army destroyed him. Tell me. How many other mistakes have you made? Why don’t you show us how you fixed Lorna Templeton. That’s impressive. But his most terrible creation was the first. The one known as Patient Zero, Gabriel Ashlocke. Enlighten us, Adam. Show us how your monster traveled back through time to brutally murder his own parents. You see, Ashlocke was a killer’s killer. He was more powerful than all the rest and completely insane. And I’m told damage was caused by mutants who fell under Ashlocke’s mental domination. Even then, when you realized that he didn’t fit in with your twisted plans, you had him destroyed. All of this in the name of science. Or was it simply a string of terrible crimes that mankind need never have seen? A confession would make things easier. Otherwise, as you know, we have much more to see.
Adam: You know, as a defense attorney, you leave something to be desired.
Janet: And what do you expect? I can’t exactly argue with images from your own memory.
Adam: They’ve taken them out of context! Whoever’s trying to destroy me has orchestrated this. They’ve taken specific dates, specific times, they’ve fed them to Warren to make me look as bad as possible.
Janet: We witnessed the abominations.
Adam: Look, there are many people living productive lives out there who wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for me!
Janet: Okay, and what about the crimes committed by your mutants?
Adam: My mutants. You make it sound like they’re my science project. They’re human beings; they have free will. I am not responsible for their moral choices! You have to believe me about this! But see, it doesn’t make any difference if you believe me or not, because the whole trial is a setup, isn’t it? All right, but tell me something. Did you go to law school? Did you believe in justice? I mean, isn’t that why you went to law school? How can you divorce what you’re doing here from what you actually believe in? See, you’re a good person. I don’t think you can.
Janet: When I was offered this position, it was to be a part of ridding the world of our worst nightmares.
Adam: Janet, our worst nightmares are running this trial. And doesn’t the possibility of that scare the hell out of you?
Marsden: You don’t think I’ve survived 40 years to be threatened by a bunch of made-to-order superkids?
Adam: What could I possibly tell you that would alter the outcome of this trial? Now, I could tell you that what you have seen today has not been the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It’s been half-truths. That images from my life have been deliberately taken out of context by the prosecution to portray me as some sort of a criminal, as a terrorist, and my teammates as some sort of genetic monsters. I will tell you this: that the genetic therapies I performed at Genomex saved hundreds of lives. And I will tell you that I made mistakes, and that some of my patients developed extraordinary abilities that I could never have forseen and that these abilities have complicated their lives. But I will also tell you that if this had been a real trial, and I were allowed to really defend myself, and you invite those patients here and you would hear the vast majority of them say thank you for what I have done, which is to defend them against the forces that would exploit or eradicate them.
Warren: Objection. Conjecture.
Judge: Mr. Kane, you will confine yourself to the facts.
Adam: The so-called government forces that the prosecution says that I tampered with, that I battled with, that was the Genetic Security Agency. It’s a rogue agency whose job it was to hunt down, to torture and to murder these specially gifted human beings.
Janet: Let the man speak!
Adam: All right, there’s another fact. The team of brave young people that I work with, called Mutant X, have saved hundreds of their lives. But you were not allowed to see those images today because the prosecution chose not to show Your Honors those images. Now why is that? Well, because this trial is a joke, right? It’s a sham, and I still don’t know why. Is it really about some sort of an elaborate revenge that is orchestrated against me by enemies whose names I am not allowed to know? But I will tell you this. That I am extremely proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished. And that I face whatever verdict you send down with something you justices may never again enjoy: a conscience which is clear.
Judge: Mr. Kane, prepare yourself for execution.
Adam: If you can contact my friends, let them know they were in my final thoughts.
Adam: Who. Set. Me. Up.
Emma: I can’t believe he’s still out there.
Adam: He’s out there, all right. And he was able to tell Warren everything we’d done, minute by minute, since we last saw him.
Brennan: You think his organization is still intact?
Adam: Well, he didn’t accomplish that alone.
Jesse: So what are we gonna do? Just wait for him to make another move?
Shalimar: I say we hunt that psychopath down and put him away for good.
Brennan: He was in a pod, I thought that was already done.
Adam: Well, should’ve known the pod wouldn’t hold him. Now we all have to face the grim fact, our worst enemy is out there again. He’s not gonna rest till we’re all dead.
Trivia & Nitpickers: Emma’s wearing her skates again.
Honestly, Shalimar is justified in tailing Adam as he leaves Sanctuary, because that man has never left on his own without some kind of disaster occurring. The team should just hide a GPS on him to save time.
Shalimar begins her call to Sanctuary by saying, “Guys, it’s Shalimar.” Who else would it be? Only two girls on the team, and she sure doesn’t sound like Emma.
Knowing that his team was able to track him down by retracing his computer search in “Within These Walls,” Adam carefully encrypts his call on a secure server this time around.
Jesse laments that Adam has encoded the hardcore genetic data, and that Adam’s holographic AI encryption system is beyond military grade (actually, we'll discover in "Into the Moonless Night," that this so-called sophisticated encoding is simply a four letter password, L*E*X*A. Hee.) I’ll bet Jesse’s regretting his break up with expert hacker Toni Quintana now, huh? Even so, you’d think that someone would suggest calling telecyber Michelle Bigelow. She owes them one.
Jesse says that the official bodies only started registering DNA samples back in the late 80s, so if Marsden’s been underground later than that, he can’t find him. Doesn’t he mean that Marsden's untraceable if he went underground any earlier than the '80s?
When Jesse can’t find Marsden’s identity from his genetic fingerprint, Brennan suggests that Jesse check the new mutant database to see if he might be a mutant. Huh? They have a sample of his DNA. Shouldn’t that be enough to determine whether he’s a mutant or not? It was with Leo Pierce in “Brother’s Keeper.”
Jesse states that the satellite images leading from the harbor where Adam was taken were doctored, but later in the Helix, Emma notices that there’s been recent activity near the missile silo where The Tribunal has taken him. The Tribunal, it seems, doesn't pay much attention to detail.
Marsden appears to be one hour away from everything.
How does Brennan suddenly know Marsden’s name as they're entering the warehouse? He didn't tell it to them.
Jesse says that while they’re in stealth mode, they are invisible to all scanning spectrums. So how was the Kovakistan army able to detect and shoot them down in “No Man Left Behind?”
Mason Eckhart has definitely moved up in the world since last we saw him. He might have had a hard time convincing the FBI to take a back seat for the investigation in “Crime of the New Century,” but since his days in the pod, he’s acquired enough pull that he’s convincing the power behind the power to go after his enemies.
Adam claims that he invented neuroimaging technology. It must be an incredibly intelligent machine indeed, for it reconstructs events from outside the individual’s perspective, and is intuitive enough to pinpoint the desired events even when the programmed dates and times are completely incorrect. According to Warren:
April 14 last year = “Lit Fuse”
September 7 last year = “Blood Ties”
October 15 last year = “Shock of the New”
June 29 this year = “Whose Woods These Are”
July 12 this year = “No Man Left Behind"
For example, Warren asserts that Brennan’s bank robbery in “Shock of the New” occurred after Ashley Elliot’s “Lit Fuse” rampage and Shalimar and Emma’s Nexxogen (Warren actually says they broke into the GSA) break-in in “Blood Ties.” In fact, "Shock of the New" came first. This contradiction becomes apparent when Warren goes on to say that Emma did not became a member of Adam’s team until after Mutant X rescued her in “Shock of the New,” but the images clearly show that Emma was already a part of Adam’s team during the Nexxogen break-in.
Believe it or not, it gets even worse. Warren shows Gabriel taunting Shalimar at the oil refinery in “The Future Revealed.” Not only was Adam not present when that occurred, but Gabriel wasn’t there either...it was merely a psionic illusion placed in Shalimar’s mind by Gabriel. Warren says that Mutant X, with the aid of another terrorist organization (Gaumont’s strike force) stole fissionable material to sell to international terrorists in “Power Play.” But Gaumont died before he got a chance to sell his xeraxium, and Adam wasn’t there to see Jesse recover it anyway–-at that point, he wasn’t even in radio contact with the team. Nor was he in the same country as his teammates while they were fighting Kovakistan government jets on their way home with the PVG.
Janet rides home with the entire team in the Double Helix. How many seats are there in the Helix now?
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