Terms of Entanglement by Dave Schroeder | Script Revolution

Terms of Entanglement

Twenty years after a mysterious event split reality and destroyed data records, a woman contends with quantum weirdness and a shadowy government agency to find the daughter she gave up for adoption.



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TV Pilot, One Hour Sci-Fi Drama: “Terms of Entanglement”

A grounded sci-fi drama, “Terms of Entanglement” combines the “search for a lost family member” dynamic of 2016’s “Lion” with the eerie, detached vibe of “Severance.”

Elle is the chief data archivist for a large city in 2054. Beset by regret and the pervasive sense that something is missing in her life, Elle risks her job -- maybe even her freedom -- to find out what happened to the daughter she gave up for adoption two decades prior. The complication -- shortly after Elle gave birth to her daughter, the expanded use of quantum computers disrupted the fabric of reality, resulting in a “data catastrophe” -- the scrambling of most digital records. Two decades later, save for one photograph, Elle has no information that might answer her questions.

Three of Elle’s fellow data archivists join her quest. They must locate a pre-catastrophe quantum computer to help reconstruct the lost data while finding clues concerning Elle’s daughter. Standing in their way is Averill Merkin, the head of a secretive agency dedicated to finding all quantum computers and disposing of them.

When Elle and company find a quantum computer, they discover that the events underlying the data catastrophe split reality into two planes of existence: Blue World and Pink World. Although free will exists in both, everyone is connected -- at a fundamental level -- to their counterpart by quantum entanglement. Although an initial foray with the quantum computer proves devastatingly disappointing to the Elle of Blue World, two subsequent discoveries renew her hopes and open the story to interaction between the two worlds.

In subsequent episodes, Blue World’s Elle slowly zeroes in on her daughter’s location. In Pink World, the daughter searches for Elle, while a more deranged version of Merkin attempts to outwit his Blue World counterpart in a play to recover the missing data.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Finalist, Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition
Coverfly - Top 8% of all Projects

Submitted: February 27, 2023
Last Updated: February 27, 2023

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The Writer: Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder is a husband, a father of three boys, a former lawyer, and an armchair historian. Currently in his third decade as an expatriate diplomat, he tries to connect the dots between his small-town origins and a surreal world. His passion is writing. As an English literature major, a lawyer tasked with persuading judges on diverse and complex issues, and a diplomat charged with sensitive reporting and influencing national security policy, Dave’s attention to the craft of writing has grown steadily. He first tried his hand at screenwriting in 2021 and fell in love with the form. He has since written five features and two TV pilots – most of which are dark comedies exploring the... Go to bio

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