Saturday, July 31, 2010

Total Recall #20: A Familiar Face?

"Oh, boy!", exclaims Ernie, Rekall's assistant lab tech. "Is he gonna have a wild time! He's not gonna want to come back!".
Dr. Lull giggles in agreement: "Oh, that's for sure.".
As his eyes begin to shut, Doug sees the face of an exotic brunette appear on the lab monitor. . .

Friday, July 30, 2010

Total Recall #19: Tailor-Made Companion

As the sedative begins to work on Quaid, Dr. Lull continues to cull information from him: "I'll be asking you some questions Doug, so we can fine-tune the Ego program. If you answer honestly, you'll enjoy yourself a whole lot more. Your sexual orientation?".
"Headro.", replies Doug.
"So, how do you like your women?", asks Dr. Lull. "Blonde? Brunette? Redhead?".
Doug, now noticeably sleepy, replies: "Brunette.".
Lull reads the list of body types: "Slim, athletic, voluptuous?".
Quaid groggily says: "Athletic.".
Punching in body type specifications, Dr. Lull reads out personality traits: "Demure? Aggressive? Sleazy? . . Be honest.".
Quaid, barely awake, says: "Sleazy.", but then changes his response to, "Demure.".
"41A, Ernie!", announces Lull. The program has matched a suitable companion based on Doug's tastes.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Total Recall #18: A Bit of a Lull

Prior to the memory implantation, Doug meets Dr. Renata Lull (Rosemary Dunsmore), Rekall's head programmer of purchased memories. She runs video of some of the highlights Quaid will experience on his trip.
"Two-headed monstaaz?", asks Doug inquisitively.
Dr. Lull laughs: "Don't you keep up with the news? We're doing alien artifacts now.".
Quaid sees an enormous, stone-like structure appear on the screen. "It's a pile.", he says.
"Yeah, they date back a million years!", responds Lull. Changing the subject she asks: "Been married long?".
"Eight years.", says Quaid.
"Oohh, I see. Getting away for a little hanky panky.", quips Lull.
"Not really, I was always fascinated with Mars.", Doug states as a matter of fact.
"Ready for Dreamland?", Dr. Lull says before she injects a sedative into the right side of Doug's neck. The drug will relax him as his bought memories are being uploaded.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Total Recall #17: Ready to Leave

Doug has taken the big step and is ready to "leave" for Mars. All his worries are behind him. . . . . . ?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Total Recall #16: Sealing the Deal

Quaid now gives Bob his full attention. The option of going to Mars as a secret agent (via Rekall) has fully captured Doug's imagination.
"Let me tantalize you." , says Bob. "You are a top operative back under deep cover on your most important mission. People are trying to kill you left and right! You meet this beautiful, exotic woman!" . . . McClane pauses and is prompted by Quaid to continue.
"I don't want to spoil it for you, Doug. But, you rest assured by the time the trip is over you get the girl, kill the bad guys, and save the entire planet! Now, you tell me! Isn't that worth a measly 300 credits!?!".
A big smile stretches out across Doug's face.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Total Recall #15: Always the Same

Rekall travel agent Bob McClane begins to list options for Doug's trip, but Quaid isn't interested. Trying a different approach, Bob asks Doug: "What is it that is exactly the same about every single vacation you have ever taken?".
An irritated Quaid says, "I give up.".
McClane continues: "You! You're the same! No matter where you go, there you are! It's always the same old you! Let me suggest that you take a vacation from yourself! I - - I know it sounds wild. It is the latest thing in travel. We call it the Ego Trip!".
"No, I'm not interested in that.", Doug says casually.
Undaunted, McClane keeps his pitch going: "You're going to love this, Doug! We offer you a choice of alternate identities during your trip. Face it! Why go to Mars as a tourist when you can go as a playboy or a famous jock or . . .".
Before Bob can finish the list, Doug interrupts him by reading A-17; the last option: "Secret Agent!", he says enthusiastically. "How much is that?!".
Pointing his finger in the air, Bob says triumphantly, "Aahh!".

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Total Recall #14: All in the Past

". . Nowadays traveling with Rekall is safer than getting on a rocket. Checkout those statistics.". Bob points to the monitor behind Doug and continues to tout the advantages of going Rekall.
"Besides, a real holiday is a pain in the butt! You got lost luggage, lousy weather, crooked taxi drivers... When you travel with Rekall, everything is perfect. So, what do you say?".
Doug is convinced and agrees to the mind trip.
"Smart move.", says McClane.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Total Recall #12: Sales Pitch

Upon reaching the offices of Rekall, Doug meets virtual travel agent, Bob McClane (Ray Baker). The slick but friendly salesman initially tries to coax Quaid into a cruise to Saturn. However, he eventually caves in to Doug's request for a vacation to Mars and gives him a rundown of the trip's highlights.
"Yeah, but how real does it seem?", Doug asks.
Bob responds, "As real as any memory in your head.".
"Come on, don't bullshit me.", Quaid shoots back.
McClane reacts with an enthusiastic defense: "No, I'm telling you Doug! Your brain will not know the difference and that's guaranteed or your money back!".

Friday, July 16, 2010

Total Recall #11: Different Direction

Ignoring the warning from Harry, Doug decides to go to Rekall Inc. after his shift has ended. What could be the harm? Instead of an expensive trip to Mars he'll see what opinions Rekall can offer. It's probably more interesting than the real thing, anyway. Besides, you only live once. . . . . don't you?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Total Recall #10: No Shit

NO SHIT! Quaid is taken aback by the news that Harry's friend almost lost his marbles at Rekall. Harry continues his warning, telling Quaid, "Don't fuck with your brain, pal! It ain't worth it!". Doug pauses and then says reluctantly, "I guess not.". Firing up his jackhammer, Doug gets back to work. But, he fails to notice Harry giving him a dirty, disapproving look--as if he knows more than he's letting on.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Total Recall #9: Harry's Song & Dance

Realizing what Quaid is talking about, Harry (Robert Costanzo) immediately breaks into a pedestrian version of the Rekall theme song. He then asks Doug: "You thinkin' of goin' there?".
Quaid answers him: "I don't know, mahybe.".
Harry's comeback is blatantly firm: "Well, don't! A friend of mine tried one of their special offers - - nearly got himself lobotomized!".

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Total Recall #8: Fixing a Hole

Traveling to Mars without ever leaving home. . . the idea runs through Quaid's head while he works in the construction pit. "Don't let life pass you by.". . . the words of Dr. Edgemar echo repeatedly in Doug's ears. His wife doesn't want to leave Earth for Mars. So, why not go to Rekall? He turns to his co-worker and yells out over the drilling of bedrock: "Hairy! Hairee!! Have you ever heard of Rekall?! You know, where they sell those fake memories?!".

Monday, July 12, 2010

Total Recall #7: Memories of a Lifetime

The screen flitters with images of high mountain peaks and deep ocean trenches. Douglas Quaid is captivated by what he's seeing. The voice of Dr. Edgemar, head scientist of Rekall, begins his narration:
"Would you like to ski Kilimanjaro but you're snowed under with work? Do you dream of a vacation at the bottom of the ocean, but you can't float the bill? Have you always wanted to climb the mountains of Mars, but now you're over the hill? Then come to Rekall Inc. and quote me. Where you can buy the memory of your ideal vacation cheaper, safer, and better than the real thing. So, don't let life pass you by. Call Rekall. . .for the memory of a lifetime!".
As Dr. Edgemar stands before the Rekall memory implant machine, a computer generated butterfly glides from his right hand. While the insect hovers above the Rekall logo, a chorus of women gently sing out: "For the memory of a lifetime---Rekall,Rekall,Rekall!".

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Total Recall #6: Subway Commercial

Doug is running late for work. While taking the subway to the construction site, the train's video system airs a commercial for Rekall, a company that offers virtual reality trips within the mind.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Total Recall #5: Speaking to the Press

Mars administrator Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox) is holding a press conference to address the issue of Kuato's Freedom Brigade and their recent attack. Rumors persist that their offensive was launched to protect alien artifacts found in the pyramid mines.
"Mars was colonized by the Northern Block at enormous expense", Cohaagen tells the gathered press. "Our entire war effort depends on their turbinium. And it's ridiculous to think we're going to give it away just because a bunch of lazy mutants think they own the planet. But the fact is it's Mr. Kuato and his terrorists who spread these rumors to undermine trust in the government!"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Total Recall #4: Staying Put

Sweetly irritated, Doug's wife Lori (Sharon Stone) replies: "Honey, why do you have to spoil a perfectly wonderful morning? Sweetheart, we've been through this a million times. You'd hate it on Mars. It's dry, its ugly, its boring. I mean really, revolution could break out there any second.". Doug tells Lori that Cohaagen describes the terrorists as "a few extremists". Lori retorts, "you believe him?". Dejected, Doug turns his attention back to the news. . .

Monday, July 5, 2010

Total Recall #2: News with Breakfast

Morning breakfast includes the latest news from Mars. Quaid first hears of Kuato, the leader of the mutant resistance against Cohaagen, the chief administrator of the red planet. Despite the turmoil miles away, Doug turns to his wife & says . . .

R. I. P. Oscar Gamble