Hugh Laurie: Nix
Nix : Let's imagine... if you glimpsed the future, you were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? You would go to... the politicians, captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck! The only facts they won't challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in. But what if... what if there was a way of skipping the middle man and putting the critical news directly into everyone's head? The probability of wide-spread annihilation kept going up. The only way to stop it was to show it. To scare people straight. Because, what reasonable human being wouldn't be galvanized by the potential destruction of everything they've ever known or loved? To save civilization, I would show its collapse. But, how do you think this vision was received? How do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up like a chocolate eclair! They didn't fear their demise, they re-packaged it. It could be enjoyed as video-games, as TV shows, books, movies, the entire world wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse and sprinted towards it with gleeful abandon. Meanwhile, your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint! In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this terrible future. You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because *that* future does not ask anything of you today. So yes, we saw the iceberg and warned the Titanic. But you all just steered for it anyway, full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink! You gave up! That's not the monitor's fault. That's yours.
Nix : Every day is the opportunity for a better tomorrow.
Athena : You made this yourself?
Nix : Athena, what are you doing here?
Athena : Did you, or didn't you?
Young Frank Walker : Uh, what?
Athena : Did you make this yourself?
Young Frank Walker : Yeah?
Athena : Why?
Young Frank Walker : I guess I got tired of waiting around for someone else to do it for me?
Nix : Oh, bollocks.
[standing on Monitor]
Casey Newton : How is this possible?
Nix : We are millions of exponential deviances away from the dimension you call home. Frank had the noble idea of building this machine so that we can keep in touch.
Casey Newton : [looking back at her garage] This is 3 days ago.
Nix : Relatively... That's space-time humor. Those tachyons travel faster than light. Once we harness them...
Casey Newton : You can see backwards in time.
Frank Walker : Not just backwards.
Casey Newton : You're kidding.
Frank Walker : No.
[using Monitor to see the future]
Frank Walker : David... The Monitor is acting as an antenna. It isn't just receiving tachyons. It is taking a possible future and...
Casey Newton : And amplifying it, transmitting it, like a feedback loop. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy that's coming from right there. But it's not just showing people the end of the world, it's giving them the idea over and over again until they just accept it! It's a ticking time bomb, and we're the ones that lit the fuse. We still have 58 days to try and change things. But nothing will work as long as that thing is still on.
Nix : Young lady, I'm gonna assume that your knowledge of tachyonic fusion is a little sketchy. Shutting it down is impossible. There is no off.
Casey Newton : I'm telling you what it's doing. Why don't you care?
Frank Walker : Because he's the one that's doing it.