GIANT CANNIBALS
Love, lies, mythology and murder on the seas of ancient Greece.
EPISODE I: MUTINY  

Odysseus begins to tell the story of how he survived disaster.


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Giant Cannibals

Script for Episode 1

SCENE 1ANTHEA'S PROLOGUE. DISTANT SOUNDS OF A CALM SEA. GULLS AND GENTLE WAVES.
ANTHEAIt happens so quickly.
He came out of nowhere, with enough stories to fill a dozen lives, and I felt like he had so many more ahead of him.
But there's a reason he'd survived so much.
And there was something about those stories.
SCENE 2INT. BANQUET NIGHT.
SOUNDRAUCOUS CROWDS, FOOD, WINE
BEATRIXSo the wooden horse was your idea, too?
ODYSSEUSWho else could get away with it?
GELASTOS(LAUGHING) Odysseus, you are unbelievable! You've taken on Trojans, towering one-eyed titans -
ODYSSEUSSometimes even the Gods -
BEATRIXBut that's exactly it - you're a king, sure, and you look like a tough old soldier - but all these enemies were bigger and tougher and scarier than you, yes?
ODYSSEUSClever - that's what I am.
GELASTOS(INFORMAL/CHATTY) Odysseus, you may have been through hell, but I am glad you found Phaeacia.
ODYSSEUSNot half as glad as I am.
BEATRIXWait.
ODYSSEUS(STUMBLING) Well. . . earlier.
BEATRIXBut what about the other ships. Does that mean you -
ODYSSEUSIt was - hard -
BEATRIXHow many left Troy?
ODYSSEUSTwelve.
BEATRIXSo where are the others, Odysseus?
ODYSSEUS(STILL STUMBLING) The others - I didn't lose them.
BEATRIXYou've told us a lot about your victories, Odysseus. If that's all true, then who could possibly have -
ODYSSEUS(REGAINS COMPOSURE) The question isn't who but what!
GELASTOSThe Gods?
ODYSSEUSMonsters.
BEATRIXBut - you were only a few days from Ithaca.
ODYSSEUSAnd it wasn't a difficult slog ahead. We had a divine gift to help us, from Aiolos himself.
SOUNDSLOW CROSSFADE
SCENE 3EXT. SHIP DAY.
ODYSSEUS(EXCITED) Statheros!
STATHEROSIt's my home too, Odysseus.
ODYSSEUSFunny.
STATHEROSJust like our resources.
ODYSSEUSI'd find a way.
STATHEROSIt doesn't matter now.
ODYSSEUSWe can go quicker than that.
STATHEROSThe water's flat as a mill pond.
ODYSSEUS(LAUGHING) You never know, Statheros - the Gods might see fit to give us a hand for once.
SOUNDODYSSEUS SLAPS HIM ON THE BACK.
ODYSSEUSGo and tell the men.
SOUNDFADE TO PHILAUTOS AND LUPIOS BELOW DECKS, CROWDED AND BUSY BACKGROUND.
SOUNDENTER STATHEROS
STATHEROSIthaca's in sight!
SOUNDGASPS FROM THE OTHER MEN, THEN SILENCE
PHILAUTOSWhat do you think, Statheros?
LUPIOSHe's been good to us.
PHILAUTOSHas he, Lupios?
LUPIOSYou should have a little faith, Philautos.
STATHEROS(DEJECTED) Philautos is right.
PHILAUTOSAnd you'd let him get away with that?
STATHEROSHe's our King, Philautos.
PHILAUTOS(SNORTS) Really? You don't wish you could at least walk away from all this with something worth the years you lost?
STATHEROSIthaca is my reward.
SOUNDSTATHEROS PICKS UP THE SACK.
STATHEROSWe still have time to talk about it.
SOUNDENTER ODYSSEUS
ODYSSEUSThere's hardly time to stand around and talk!
SOUNDSILENCE
STATHEROSI did tell them.
ODYSSEUS(BANTER) An attitude problem, for a start.
PHILAUTOSHe's asking you how much of this is ours.
ODYSSEUSWhat?
STATHEROSWe've been rolling about on this ship for seventeen years.
ODYSSEUSYou're lucky to be afloat.
STATHEROSAnd the rewards, Odysseus.
PHILAUTOSEqual share to all of us, and all debts are cleared.
SOUNDMURMURS OF APPROVAL.
ODYSSEUSDon't you talk to me like I owe you.
STATHEROSWhat's so important about this?
SOUNDSTATHEROS SHAKES THE BAG.
ODYSSEUSFor Gods' sake, put it down!
SOUNDSTATHEROS PUTS DOWN THE SACK, UNEASILY.
ODYSSEUS(COMMANDING) The rest of you, clear the hold and make ready.
SOUNDEXIT STATHEROS AND ODYSSEUS
LUPIOSNothing worse than his kind of idiot.
PHILAUTOSYeah.
SOUNDPHILAUTOS PICKS UP THE SACK.
LUPIOSWhat are you talking about?
PHILAUTOSThe boy was stupid to say it, but he's right.
LUPIOSFrom your King?
PHILAUTOSWe have nothing else.
SOUNDPHILAUTOS SHAKES THE SACK.
LUPIOSPhilautos, put it down. It isn't yours!
PHILAUTOSWe have nothing!
LUPIOSWe have our lives, and him to thank for that.
PHILAUTOSWhat lives, Lupios?
LUPIOSYou don't know that one's gold.
PHILAUTOSIt's heavy enough.
LUPIOSPhilautos, where's your honour?
SOUNDLUPIOS KNOCKS THE SACK FROM HIS HAND. ANOTHER EERIE GUST. THE OTHERS MOVE OUT OF THE WAY.
PHILAUTOS(LOW) Get out, boys.
SOUNDPHILAUTOS DRAWS A KNIFE.
PHILAUTOSYou listen to me.
LUPIOSI'm a coward?
PHILAUTOSAnd my reward is in that bag.
LUPIOSLook.
PHILAUTOSPleading for your life.
LUPIOSI give you my word, I won't
PHILAUTOSYour word is worthless -
LUPIOSSTOP! (BEAT) Philautos, I know what you're saying. When we land, I'll be as poor as you, and every other man on board.
PHILAUTOSSo you know why I need to do this.
LUPIOSPerhaps you need to steal.
PHILAUTOSMurder is your fault.
LUPIOSThen what if I take some of the - gold?
PHILAUTOSDon't want to die.
LUPIOSPhilautos.
SCENE 4INT. BANQUET NIGHT
SOUNDFAST-FADE IN W/ PHAEACIAN'S INTERRUPTION
BEATRIXYou lost your fleet because they were squabbling about the loot?
ODYSSEUSNot exactly.
BEATRIXYou said they were slaughtered by cannibals.
GELASTOSHe never said it was gold.
ODYSSEUSIt wasn't gold.
SOUNDSLOW FADE OUT. A HEAVY DOOR SLAMS, CLOSING OFF THE SCENE.
SCENE 5INT. PALACE DAY. AGNES AND ANTIPHATES WALK INTO THE HALLWAY, ARGUING.
AGNESI don't care how afraid you are of losing your grip!
ANTIPHATES(TRYING NOT TO GET ANGRY) Agnes.
AGNESPerhaps you'd rather we moved her into the trophy room?
ANTIPHATESYou are poison when you don't get what you want.
AGNESAnd you're taking this personally.
ANTIPHATESShe's my DAUGHTER
AGNESOur daughter.
SOUNDDOOR FLIES OPEN AS ANTHEA STORMS IN.
ANTHEA
AGNESDon't you dare speak about your father like that.
ANTHEADon't you dare assume you're exempt!
ANTIPHATESReally?
AGNESAntiphates!
ANTHEARight now, that sounds perfect, but the tide would drag my corpse back to shore.
AGNESAnthea!
ANTHEADo you think you could stop the tide, Daddy?
SCENE 6INT. SHIP DAY. PHILAUTOS AND LUPIOS CONTINUE TO BARGAIN.
SOUNDCREAKING SHIP NOISES
PHILAUTOSYou're pathetic.
LUPIOSGods forgive me.
PHILAUTOSAnd you have to open it.
SOUNDPHILAUTOS THRUSTS THE WINE-SACK TOWARD LUPIOS, BUT LUPIOS DOESN'T QUITE TAKE IT. BREEZE.
LUPIOSPlease
PHILAUTOSOr I spill your guts for you.
SOUNDPHILAUTOS HANDS LUPIOS THE WINE-SACK. SPOOKY BREEZE.
LUPIOSAlright!
SOUNDLUPIOS OPENS THE SACK.
LUPIOSThis is . . . not . . . gold!
PHILAUTOSWhat have you done?
LUPIOSI did what you said!
PHILAUTOSShut the bag and run!
LUPIOSI can't shut the bag -
PHILAUTOSThen RUN!
SOUNDTHEY RUN ABOVE DECK AND INTO A GATHERING STORM.
ODYSSEUSWhat on Earth is going on?
STATHEROS(OFF MIC) Storm!
ODYSSEUSThe bag!
STATHEROSWhat bag?
ODYSSEUSWho did this?
LUPIOSWhat's happening?
ODYSSEUSI told you!
SOUNDTHE RISING STORM DROWNS OUT THEIR WORDS. A MAST SPLINTERS AND CRASHES TO THE DECK.

THE END



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EPISODE II: STRANGERS  

Odysseus and his men recover after their ordeal.

EPISODE III: TRUCE  

The Ithacans and Laestrygonians grow closer.

EPISODE IV: WHISPERS  

Trouble brews between host and guest.

EPISODE V: CLAMOUR  

Things get serious by the riverbank.

EPISODE VI: RELEASE  

Time runs out for Odysseus.