Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard S. Wright, Skip Williamson
Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
In 2034, computer programmer Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall) invents self-replicating nanites that replace brain tissue and allow humans to control other humans’ actions and see through their eyes. The first application of Castle’s “Nanex” technology is a virtual community life simulation game, Society, which allows gamers to manipulate live actors as their avatars. Society becomes Castle feels threatened by Kable’s winning streak, and introduces a new inmate into Slayers, Hackman (Crews), specifically to kill Kable. Unknown to anyone else, Hackman will not be controlled by a player, and thus not be handicapped by the “ping” that causes a small but dangerous delay between the player’s command and the Slayer’s action.They are met by Gina (Sedgwick), the talk show host, secretly assisting the Humanz. The Humanz deactivate the nanites in Angie and Tillman’s brains, and Tillman remembers that the original nanites were tested on him while he was still in the military. Under Castle’s control, Tillman shot and killed his best friend, and was imprisoned.