Recap of “Black Museum”
A woman is driving along on a desert road in the American southwest. She has a bit of car trouble and pulls off for a bit. She’s happened upon the “Black Museum” and fiddles with vents and then heads inside for a tour, with just the owner himself as the guide.
She’s driving through on the backroads to surprise his father for his birthday and this is along the way. As the woman, Nish, looks through the exhibits, the owner, Rolo, tells her stories. First up is a helmet that he was involved with working on in New York when he was doing tech stuff. It connected to a transmitter in another person.
The device sends physical sensations that the helmet wearer has to the transmitter. He gives it to a doctor to help diagnosis things quicker. Things are going great. Until he can’t do it. He feels someone died and comes out the other side. After that he’s different. He’s into pain. He gets off on it and now he’s addicted.
The hospital finds out and shuts him down until they can take the transmitter out. He’s home, alone, going nuts. With no pain at work he starts hurting himself but it’s not the same because there is no fear mixed in. So he goes out and kills someone. He gets caught and ends up in a coma. He’s still there to this day, Rolo says.
Nish is still waiting for her car to charge so tells her the story of another item. It’s a stuffed animal. He tells her of a young couple that met and had a kid. They were the perfect family, complete with the smiling baby boy, until the woman gets hit by a truck. She ends up in a coma but her man does right and keeps visiting.
She gets hooked up to a device so that she can at least in some way communicate back. Rolo approaches the man about a revolutionary idea. They are working on a way to move a coma patient’s consciousness into a host. In this case the guy would be the host. He’s hesitant but the woman communicates that she is game.
Dude agrees and they go through with it. It’s a success. She can taste and feel and see and speak. There’s always a “but” though, Nish points out as the story continues. There’s no privacy or anything and dude looks crazy talking to himself. He went back to Rolo who upped his privileges. Now he can pause the other consciousness.
On the way out he checks out a woman and the consciousness yells at him. He pauses her, for eight weeks. She freaks out and they eventually come to a compromise. Like a divorce, she’s on pause except on the weekends. It works for a while, until the guy meets someone.
Then they need a new solution and Rolo has one. They transfer the mom into a talking stuffed monkey. It goes horribly for the mom and the kid gets bored with the monkey. The woman is still in the monkey on the display now. It’s now illegal to delete her.
Rolo takes Nish to the main exhibit. It’s a hologram of a convicted killer. Rolo originally wanted to fill the museum with dead celebrities, a living Madame Tussaud’s but there were too many rights involved so he went the crime route instead.
The murderer got the chair and Rolo got his consciousness. The first man to survive his own execution. Rolo moved him in and let guests zap him with voltage recreate the guy’s death. Rolo keeps talking, and choking. His AC has been busted and he’s been chugging water.
He’s having trouble though and that’s when Nish starts talking. She rips on Rolo for being such a sadist. She knows the story of the murderer. He was wrongfully convicted and died for it. Rolo just let him suffer for years until people found out and there were protests. They abandoned the museum and he had to let real creeps in to run wild in order to pay the bills. That turned the digital consciousness into a vegetable.
Nish knows all this because her mom had come and saw it herself. She saw the hologram of her husband destroyed and then killed herself. Nish found her and now she’s here for payback. She zaps Rolo into her father’s head and she’s going to fry them both. She figures it will set her father free and trap Rolo forever.
It works and she’s got a souvenir to prove it. She heads out and takes the stuffed monkey with her. Turns out this isn’t her first experience with the tech. Her mom is in her head too.
I didn’t expect that ending. Poor Nish. Actually all those people were victims because the dude was just awful. Like really supremely awful. He got what was coming to him it seems. I don’t like all this put a thing on your temple and it messes with your brain stuff they use in every episode.