#PowerCut was born out of our conviction that the current world crisis is a failure of the imagination
It is easier to imagine the extinction of the entire human race than it is to imagine a different way of being.
But that can change. We can change it.
#PowerCut is Narrative Ark’s near-future TV thriller. The action starts where we are, setting an intense drama of politics, survival and revenge in our world of tribalism, scarcity and inequality. But the world is changing and the old rules don’t work any more. Slowly, over time, the narrative leads us all towards the world we need to become so that, long before the final episode of the final season, we all have a vision of what a regenerative world looks like what it feels like – and how we might get there in ways that feel good.
food shortages, rationing and a crumbling system desperately clinging onto control
Episode 1 – pitches us into a world of food shortages, rationing and a crumbling system desperately clinging onto control. In true thriller style, SAS major NICK AINSLEY is ordered to break into a Russian lab and steal the DNA technology that will feed the UK. But politicians are political, and the mission is called off just a little bit too late. Nick is caught. His team are shot. Only he survives.
Nine months later, Nick slides back into the UK, seeking answers. He finds his wife has remarried, his colleagues believe him dead, and the father who was his rock and role model, has died of grief. With nothing left to live for, Nick seeks a private and peaceful way out.
But he has reckoned without LUCY, leader of a regenerative community in the west of Scotland. Lucy doesn’t give up easily on the people she’s just met, even if they’re a tramp she’s pulled out of a bin who turns out to have a neat line in inter-personal violence when the local Mafia are pulling heavy. Joining him in his loch-side vigil, Lucy lays her life alongside his. Thus, in the heart-breaking beauty of a Scottish winter landscape, Nick’s broken heart is offered redemption. But now his old bosses know he’s back, and as the security structures gear up to manage the food crisis and confront radical protest, they’re also hunting Nick.
As challenging as it is inspiring, #PowerCut steps beyond tribalism. It gives voice to the many tribes so that they will find common cause as it uncovers new paths, amplifies new voices, empowers new ideas, explores new ways of being in the world.
Which is how, in a climactic high-intensity episode midseason, Lucy ends up dead, posthumously smeared by a State that knows exactly how to destroy an enemy’s reputation.
Nick is devastated, but at least he has a mission now: he will take out every single member of the command chain that caused Lucy’s death – right to the top. His homeland has become enemy territory, and he is a lone hunter facing enormous odds. This is his comfort zone: here, he is the best of the best; unstoppable. Alongside revenge, though, he has to take care of Lucy’s late-teens daughter, Finn, and her high-tech hacker partner, Alyz. And these two have very different ideas of how the world should be, and their role in it. They’re not going to wait around to be victims, or even let Nick martyr himself for his new cause.
His homeland has become enemy territory, and he is a lone hunter facing enormous odds. This is his comfort zone: here, he is the best of the best; unstoppable.
nothing is as it seems
Set against him is the entire weight of the security services. Nick is hunted by his oldest friend, leading all the overt and covert apparatus of a desperate state, for which Nick is a dangerous irritation in a much more complex crisis. The hunt for Nick uncovers new truths, and we begin to doubt his motives. How did he get out of Russia? Who is pulling his strings? Nothing is as it seems and my enemy’s enemy can sometimes be my friend. What matters? What are we fighting for? What’s possible in a world hurtling towards chaos?
killing solves nothing
Nick is good at what he does. But as his ruthless revenge reaches its explosive climax and the helicopter containing the Prime Minister and the pioneering biotech CEO goes up in flames, he sees at last how little he has achieved and how far the world has to go. Lucy was right. Killing solves nothing and ‘winning’ is not the answer if it means half the world loses. So what can he do to stay alive in a world where the security forces of several nations are on his tail? How can he protect Finn and Alyz who are now on the target list…and yet who have answers he has never dreamed of?