We open up on Liberty Island this week with Brandonate consulting with another scientist about the Doomsday device. The scientist is explaining that they've doubled the thickness of the lead shielding around the machine, and Brandonate talks about the Faraday cage, and the scientist wants to know if all of this is necessary. "We're standing underneath a giant lightning rod. It's unclear what kind of electrostatic discharge the device may give off," is Brandonate's answer. Well, I know I would be reassured by being reminded that I'm standing underneath a giant lightning rod.
Then Walternate comes in, so Brandonate boots everyone else out of the lab, and then he gives Walternate a little vial of liquid and says they used Fauxlivia's DNA profile to identify the 23 chromosomes her son inherited from her and strip them out. That leaves them with only half of Peter's genetic profile, but hopefully that will be enough... to activate the machine, and they should be ready to do that within the hour.
Then Brandonate launches into a brownnosing speech of the first order, all about how history may never fully know what they've done here, how they saved the universe, but he's proud to be a part of it. A very sour-sounding Walternate then starts talking about how Oppenheimer saved them too, but at what cost? And now he is talking about Oppenheimer's nightmares, the screams of all the innocents who were killed. Quite the pep talk Walternate's giving here! Then he trots out Oppenheimer's famous "I am become death, destroyer of worlds" quote just in case Brandonate has not yet decided to go home and blow his own brains out. "Only in our case, that really is true. We destroy their world to save ours. May God have mercy on us," says Walternate.
We make the switch, via transforming Statue of Liberty and disappearing Twin Towers, over to Earth-1, where a farmhand named Rich in Accord, N.Y., comes upon a flock of sheep, bleating madly and huddled together in a tight bunch. He gets on the walkie-talkie to a dude named Joe, who's enjoying his breakfast in the cab of his truck on the side of the road. Joe's reluctant to interrupt his idyllic truck-feasting to go to work, but Rich's urgency gets him going, and he dumps out his coffee on the side of the road. [No cup-holders? - Zach]
Along the way, Joe's radio cuts out as he sees an approaching swarm of locusts, and before he has much chance to react, he's driving through the living cloud, getting locust guts splattered all over his grille and windshield. Look, I'm from Canada, so I hope I can be forgiven for thinking locusts only actually existed in the Bible.