Hello everyone. I'm filling in for the excellent Daniel this week -- I'd like to say that I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, capable of picking up things rather quickly. HOWEVER, this shit is dense, no? In any event, I'll do my very best not to confuse you. Or piss you off.
Ellison is digging. Look there's a face. I think this may be a dream, which I know is a favorite of Daniel's. He brushes dirt away from the face and we see that it's Chrome Artie. And, Ellison wakes up. He grabs a gun out of his bedside table and walks to his window where he observes Cameron walking around his backyard driving a metal rod into the ground. That's got to be a great workout. He shines a flashlight outside and she looks at him and tells him to go back to bed. It's been mentioned in the forums -- this girl has beautiful hair. Ellison follows her advice.
Derek and Sarah get out of a really big pick-up truck and give their keys and a big tip to a grateful valet. Derek tells him to keep the truck running. I realize he knows the future and everything, but you would think he'd consider the environment and energy conservation. Saving the world can start small.
Upstairs at a place that is not a hotel, Derek picks the lock on a door. Once inside, Sarah confirms that it is the right place. It's Dakara Systems, which has as its logo those three damn dots. Derek looks at all of the computers and says that they should have brought John, but Sarah replies that you don't need to know much about computers to know how to jack the hard drives -- which she proceeds to do.
Back at the ranch, John is analyzing the hard drives. It's all vaporware. They have a design for an AI "to handle big problems." But, you would need a whole server to run it and they have nothing, well, even less now that Sarah has "lobotomized their desktops." John says that they have a plan, but their situation is akin to having a design for a nuclear weapon without the plutonium. Derek says blankly that Sarah is chasing phantoms and smudges on the wall. Sarah's not buying it. Since Dakara is working on AI and their logo is three dots -- well, the coincidence is just too crazy to be overlooked. Derek thinks that the three dots were fingerprints left by that "poor bastard while he was bleeding out in the basement." Sarah points out that everything that was on the wall has meant something and it's all blood.