On Earth, Eve will have to deal with Ted’s betrayal; and Jen’s betrayal of Rollie, to whom Eve feels close. She will also have to deal with the fact that her genes are changing like the astronauts’ … and her repeated dream of Ted yelling “go … go!” in the middle of a Mars dust storm. As the dreams become more vivid, she will realize that this isn’t a vision of the past – Ted’s helmet visor clearly says ANTARES – rather, a vision of the future. Her future. She realizes that the fractals want her to go to Mars.
There would be a re-supply ship launching for Mars at the end of the second season. Eve will be on it — as will Rollie (the pilot), who, it will turn out, has been genetically changing as well. They will meet Ted and Jen on Mars and get a chance to confront them directly.
Claire will be freaked out by the gene modification happening to Eve, Rollie, and the astronauts and will seriously start to question the mission. This is all far darker than she ever imagined – and clearly, as the probes on Venus showed, there is a larger, international agenda. She will find herself becoming an ally of her ex-lover, Trevor – who, with his black rock clue delivered by Arnel Poe, starts some serious digging.
This digging and unraveling of the true nature of the mission continues over several seasons and will, eventually, involve Ajay, as well. And, ultimately, even Goss – who will discover that he’s been played all along by the uber bosses:
The true mission isn’t to bring the objects back (or assemble them, as Wass discovers) – the uber bosses want the world to remain as it is. Whatever the fractal objects are, they don’t want them. The true mission is to collect them and send them and Antares out of the solar system into deep space. To simply get rid of them.
Mars. This will be a lot of season three and into season four. I honestly haven’t thought through it. Obviously, the Eve/Ted/Jen/Rollie stuff will play out. But the center of it is Donner and his discovery that Karen Walker lived for weeks in the habitat after he left her on Mars; and was, in fact, pregnant. The ISO knew it and blocked her radio transmissions. In the writers’ room we were playing with Karen being alive when they got there – and maybe we would have gone that way. At the very least, alive in Donner’s mind as an hallucination.
But it is when they leave Mars (and I think one or two of them will be left behind, dead) that they discover 1) that the fractals are a puzzle to be assembled, and 2) that they’ve been seriously shorted on fuel (Ajay and Claire will tip them). Their choice is to try to return home, or go for it.
Goss, who now knows that he’s been played, tells them to go for it.
So the end game is to get the rest of the fractals – which involves each of our characters overcoming their weaknesses – in effect, proving themselves to the universe.
Yes, Zoe will become pregnant, even though hers and Donner’s tubes are tied. And yes, their dream will, in fact, come true.
The dark planet is Pluto (okay, Pluto’s no longer a planet). The bright light emerging from behind it is the assembly of objects – now, as bright as the sun and put together by Wass and Paula in a surely suicidal mission. But they have faith that something greater is going to come of it. And it does….
As the light hits Zoe and Donner, we’ll flash back to all of those moments in our characters’ lives – the moments that shaped them – the moments that they could have done something to change. And this time, like a giant do-over, they go the other way. Other moments, unrelated to our characters, shift as well. A road untraveled is taken. A life is spared. And, in a brilliant flash …
Antares is floating again above Mother Earth. Coming home. Its astronauts shuttling back to the surface after a successful mission. Climbing out of their shuttle to cheering crowds. Ajay, Goss, Arnel, Claire — a completely different crew.
Donner and Zoe cheer from Mission Control with their family.
It’s a different world. A better world. The only constant is Trevor Williams, asking into his camera if it was all really worthwhile.
I pressed Parriott for further clarification on something at the end there. Here’s his response:
The objects, Wass realizes, are a puzzle to determine man’s worthiness to exist in a greater universe. Mankind is being tested. In the retrieval of the objects, and in figuring out what to do with them in the end. If we fail, we will simply be allowed to progress on our self-destructive path and cease to exist. If we succeed, we are given a push (don’t forget that time is elastic) by re-doing bad decisions that lead us on the wrong path. Like Ganesh, the god of destruction — but also of new beginnings — we are given a chance to start over. Call it an alternate universe, if you like.
The Antares is returning from a tour of the solar system (the mission as it was conceived, minus the fractals and intrigue). Yes, an alternate universe mission — the mission it would’ve taken had we been on the right path. Donner and Zoe, in this universe, were never on it. (although, in thinking about it yesterday, a better ending would be for Zoe to have been on the mission and for Donner to be married to Karen — in the re-do, he never left her on Mars). It would’ve been a more bittersweet ending — and I like that.
Well, there you have it. I’m sure Mr. Parriott will be glad to not have to hear from me anymore, and I’m hoping having this information revealed to fans will give him some satisfaction that there’s some closure out there for us. Before I posted this, I asked Parriott if this was really how he’d like for the rest of the story to be told, via this little ol’ site called CliqueClack. Could it continue in book form? Comic books, perhaps? Unfortunately, FOX and ABC own all rights to the series, so unless they decide to release or sell the rights to the series, it’s dead and buried; no life left in the girl.
Thank you again to Mr. Parriott for all his time and dedication to the fans, in releasing the final words on Defying Gravity. And thanks everyone for reading.