Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983) (part 3 of 12)

Cut to Apollonia on her own Compu-Desk. On her display—which, like all other computer displays in this movie, seems only able to display about three lines of text at a time—she sees the faces of the people who will be doppled that day. First up is a woman named “Crull Spier” [?]. Well, with a name like that, you know it’s the future. Crull’s image fades and is replaced by that of a lion named “Bruno”.

Apollonia’s VO says that it was the usual type of people on that day, mostly people going on “doppling vacations” in search of a “new thrill”. Some guy named “Geddy Arbeid” is displayed, followed by the image of a panda named “Flossy”. Apollonia says these people wanted to get “their personalities inserted into wild animals, so they could experience the world through different eyes!”

So, there you go. Now you know what doppling’s all about. For the time being, I’m not going to contemplate why anyone would want their personality removed and placed into another creature. Okay, sure, I can imagine somebody might do it just for the hell of it, but enough people to sustain an entire corporate subsidiary?

But putting that aside for a moment, why would Novicorp consider it beneficial to force their employees to transplant their personalities into wild animals? Transplanted into a housecat, I could maybe understand. Have you seen what a cat does all day? But wild animals? I’m not so sure. They don’t exactly live stress-free lives, you know. As will be proven shortly.

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Multi-Part Article: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983)

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