Higher Power

Synopsis: When the Universe decides what it wants, it's pointless to resist. With his family's life at stake, Joseph Steadman finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it.
Production: Magnet Releasing
93 min



(intense music playing)



I know about your work.

(intense music continues)

I know they turned

their back on it.

What if I told you

I had a plan?

A plan to finally see it

come to life.


Because I know for a fact

that it's the only thing

powerful enough to stop

what's coming.


(music rising to crescendo)

The end.

Joining us today is

astrophysicist Michael Swaford

from MIT's Kavli Institute

for Space Research

to discuss his new book,

In the End There Was Light.

Welcome to the show.

This light you describe as,

"The brightest and most violent

event in our known universe",

is what, exactly?

It's a gamma ray burst

or a GRB.

And you believe, Mr. Swaford,

that this light,

this gamma ray burst is

the last thing that mankind

will see before we are

blown out of existence?

Yes. That's correct.

Where do they come from,

these GRBs,

and how are they made?

When a high mass star


gravity crushes its core

into a black hole.

This black hole immediately

begins to devour the dying star

around it at a rate of

1 million

Earth masses per second.

Now that's far too much energy

for the black hole

to consume at once,

so a majority of that energy

is blasted back out

into the universe.

In the form of two narrow beams

of intense radiation.

And you believe, Mr. Swaford,

that there is a dying star

right here in our own

Milky Way Galaxy, AWR104

- that could be a likely GRB candidate?

- Yes, that's right.

And that Earth is

lying directly

in the path

of the beam zone.

We are essentially staring down

the barrel of a gun.

(ominous music playing)

(eerie music playing)


(eerie music playing)

- (soft piano music)

- (waves crashing)

(seagulls squawking)

Hey, you know, I've been

thinking of a couple of names.

Oh yeah?

Let's hear them. (echoes)

What about Rhea?

You know, like a ray of light?


Rhea Steadman.

I love it.

What about if it's a boy?

Oh, that's easy.

Joe Junior.

- Joe:

- Yeah, I don't think so.

- (Heather laughing)

- Joe:
Yes! Come on.

Uh-uh. Zoe Lorraine, let's go!

S'more time.

No, no, I got her.

Wait, you forgot a prize.

- Joe:
A prize?

- Zoe:
This one.

It's got magic powers

that make you strong.

Thank you.

I always wanted magic powers.

I spy a secret light!

I spy a secret light. Okay.

- Is it that one?

- Zoe:

- Joe:
Is it that one?

- Zoe:
You win!

You know

that's a lighthouse, right?

Check this out.

Watch how it blinks.

One four three.

That stands for...


L. O. V. E.

Y. O. U.

One four three.

- What does that spell?

- Zoe:
I love you!

I love you, too, baby girl.

(sirens blaring)


Primary subject:

Joseph Steadman. Forty-five.

DNA analysis concludes

possible match.

- Further testing required.

- Joe:
What's up, man?

- (indefinite chatter)

- Joe:
Anytime bro.


Undergoing psychiatric

treatment for depression,

suicidal tendencies

and recurring

anger control issues.

And the anger.

Have we maintained control?

Yeah. Yeah, definitely. I...

- You remember what happened last time.

- I know. Yes, it's...

That's never gonna happen


I'm doing work. I am, really.

Remember, if it

starts to happen you have to...

Think with my head before

my heart.

- I know.

- Psychologist:

- Precisely.

- You're in control of your emotions.

They're not in control of you.

His condition remains


(instrumental music playing)

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