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60 min TV pilot.
X men meets Fringe when a cynical bartender and four everyday people struggling for a meaningful life discover they’re superheroes- but only when in Earth’s alternate universe, where they can spend no more than 20 hours at a time, recruited to fight a super villain bent on taking over the parallel planet.
They fight to save a world, just not ours.
Young barback Stephanie, backup college QB Randy, older blue collar worker William, college freshman Claire and aimless Ezekiel all receive a cryptic invite from a Mr. Gary Trevino. At his stately home, he tells them he goes by the name Joxon, and is from an alternate reality of Earth where superheroes are real. There, he and a handful of superheroes are in hiding, since most have been killed, or allied with a malevolent superhero named Polaris, responsible for most of the deaths. Their only hope: recruit from our world the twin of killed superheroes, who will have the same powers as their twin in the “Alt-Earth” and train them to help defeat Polaris.
Skeptical, Joxon leads them through a portal within his home. They emerge onto Alt-Earth, where many things are the same, but some historical events and technology took different turns. There superheroes once reigned supreme. Faction ridden, over time they coalesced into two groups: those joining Polaris to bring order, although dictatorial, and the Libertines, who believe, despite the problems arising from a multipolar world, people and nations should be free to choose their own destiny. While most denizens there go on with their everyday lives, Polaris is on the verge of imposing his idea of social order onto the planet, where his superheroes will guide the human race. After showing what life for Alt-Earth will be like under him, wavering, and facing a not too meaningful existence here, each decides to take on the role as part time, alter universe superheroes.
There are drawbacks. Due to a “quantum phase imbalance” between the realities, each can remain in the other for about 20 hours before their DNA starts breaking down, resulting in death, even superheroes, and need at least 30 hours to recoup. And while our Earth’s people have the same powers as their dead Alt-Earth twin, they lack the same mind set or training. This, and maintaining their personal lives in our reality, present each character a life where, in our world, they are Joe/Jane nobodies, but superheroes on Alt-Earth.
They strive to defeat Polaris and his clan while performing mundane superhero feats: saving people from burning buildings, stopping terrorists and criminals, rescuing cats from trees, done to let Alt-Earth know they are still around, and regain trust. At times they must also assume the lives of their dead twin. Complicating matters: Stephanie deals with her dead twins’ lover (who is also a superhero), William’s former GF is a powerful, anti-superhero Senator (and they dated there too), Randy’s twin was a suspected traitor (responsible for the deaths of some Libertines), Clair’s a supermodel (here she’s ungainly) and Ezekiel’s a mild-mannered librarian (here he dislikes books and loves the nightlife).