Tigers takes place in a world so dominated by nature that all humans live in fear of all animals, including house cats and squirrels. The most feared beast, of course, is the Tiger, although no one has ever seen one. To protect themselves they use advanced sci fi technology to build weaponized cities modeled after a by gone 50’s era suburbia.
All products are Titan Corp brand, including the mythical Sky Laser, the omnipotent protector of humanity, a flying super base that travels from city to city holding 4th of July style festivals to promote patriotism, known as Regional Sky Laser Day.
Tigers stars David Cross (John) as the put upon family man and super scientist who works at Enlighten Inc. The testing ground for the Bodhisattva chair. An electric chair that blasts people into enlightenment for science. Father of 3 his wife Jane keeps things kosher at home while wielding a gigantic hook for a hand. Tigers is best described as Freaks and Geeks meets The Venture Bros.
The mythical Sky Laser is a mysterious satellite that hovers over the planet like a giant printer cartridge. It has 3 giant lasers that it shoots at the ground at it’s own discretion. Hailed as a god, everyone puts their faith in Sky Laser. It’s origin is that it was created by Titan Corp. Although some beg to differ. Year round it travels from city to city holding 4th of July style festivals to promote patriotism, known as Regional Sky Laser Days. On Regional Sky Laser Day communities pile up great caches of fireworks and explosives as an offering. It arrives and blasts these caches with lasers in giant spectacle. Hippies go on “Sky Laser Tour”, much to the disappointment of local communities. When Sky Laser’s whereabouts are unknown people believe it to be out on the frontier, protecting them from Tigers.
John (David Cross) works at Enlighten Inc. A round stainless steel science lab that lies atop a giant silver space elevator. Within the lab lies the “Bodhisattva Chair” a chair used to blast people into enlightenment or the after life using Titan Corp brand dynamos and electricity. Their body does not survive and for a brief time John can talk to them via com, until they wander off or the connection is lost. He accepts volunteers and assisted suicide advocates as test subjects. Everyday he goes to work while people picket outside the laboratory, holding signs like, “Enlightenment is the easy way out!” One day Frank volunteers, John’s best friend.
Nature is the great enemy. Tigers top the fear list. Girls aren’t aloud to where high heeled shoes because they might get caught in a storm drain and subsequently attacked by Tigers. Girls often rebel, sneaking out of the house at night to wear high heeled shows with their friends at slumber parties. High School Boys are encouraged to show off how fast they can run to impress girls at lunch. Tiger drills at school are a regular occurrence. Teachers paint tiger faces on cardboard boxes and chase the children out of class and down the hallways.
At night floating circular robots follow people around while putting a spot light on them. For safety.
On the television commercials play for roofing companies urging you to get dolphin proof shingles and squirrel proof windows.
Dynamos. Dynamos are the greatest power source in Tigers, powering all sorts of things. You can enter the Dynamo Lottery put on by Titan Corp to win your own Dynamo to use as you see fit. Dynamos are held at a facility outside the city, protected by armed guards who watch for fearsome deer, squirrels and tigers.
All products on the planet are Titan Corp, people love Titan Corp. The mysteries of Titan Corp will be revealed. They claim to have created the Sky Laser.
The Enlightened Man
The story really kicks off when one of John’s best friends and coworkers, Frank, decides he’s had enough and volunteers for the Bodisahtva chair. This bothers John, but performs the task for his friend and puts him in the chair. Exept this time, something goes ‘right’ with the experiment and Frank stays enlightened while remaining alive in his body. He becomes Lord Huckleberry. Enlighten Inc is shut down after this incident as Frank exhibits powers that the populace deem too much for regular society to contend with. John has no purpose now and freaks out and goes on Skylaser tour, leading him to figure out the mystery of Sky Laser and what is really going on with the animals and Titan Corp.
Lawrence the forest watcher sits guard in a rocking chair at the edge of the forest with a shotgun, in his mind he is the sole protector of the city. John asks him if he can use his barn to recreate his own Bodishatva chair and enters the Dynamo Lottery, hoping to win a Dynamo to power it.
Lock and Saw live out in the country, not afraid of animals or tigers, they have collected a large pile of safes that they try to pry open, looking for dynamos and treasure inside. The safes they gathered from ancient ruins that look not unlike cities and buildings from 20th century Earth. This gets John thinking about the nature of this planet and a lost history.
John’s 3 kids. The older teenage boy plays Tiger practice with his friends, Tiger practice is a video game phenomenon. A virtual reality helmet is placed on your head and you are suspended with wires so you can run in place, it’s very Battlefield 4. The younger teenage girl sneaks out at night to wear high heeled shoes with her friends and is a little morbid. The youngest (baby or not, I haven’t decided) is there for young kid stuff.
To sum up
This is an extremely new idea and I’m writing the pilot now. If you have any ideas let me know! I’m open to anything and everything works better in collaboration. I consider this universe open season. I have some pretty good scenes I’m working on but we’ve only just started. Every time I talk to someone they have a good idea for it, help me write it if you want. For example, I have no idea whether the tigers are real or not. What is Titan Corp up to? What alternate world does the Enlightened Man (Seth Rogan?) live in? I’ll have a pieced together pilot posted soon, but would love some help.
Contact me at @thirdeyesavant on twitter or my email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! and thank you to Dan Harmon for the well deserved grilling. That was epic and one of the highlights of my life, for sure.