In light of Lizzie Widdicombe’s article “The End of Food” about the nutritious and time efficient meal-drink Soylent, I began to ponder the many directions mass consumption of Soylent could go in and in what ways it could transform or impact humanity, how we perceive food, and we experience different things. The combination of my thoughts on Soylent and my love for sci-fi, conceived “Soylential”, a (potential) movie about a breed of near perfect superhumans.
The setting is in a postmodern world in the very mid 22nd century, where humans have suffered a slew of serious consequences such as global warming, overharvesting, deforestation, industrialization that runs into natural habitats, pollution, etc. At the zenith of what was viewed as a near apocalyptic event from the lack of sustainability and depletion of resources on Earth, a panel of cutting edge scientists and engineers are selected to find a quick solution to ensure the continuity of humanity. Rhinehart emerges with a solution – Soylent. By figuring out the basic chemicals, combinations, and building blocks of food – minerals, vitamins, macro nutrients, and micro nutrients – he is able to construct a drink capable of sustaining the human population using minimal resources. Frenzied and pressed for time, the drink is administered to the masses and proves to be wildly effective.
Fast forward to the year 2158, and an entirely different breed of human beings exist. Due to the highly nutritious nature of the drink, humans have become a hyper version of themselves. Whereas the commonly processed foods sold during the early 21st century lacked in nutrtional value, the consumption of Soylential has filled in these holes. Humans are better looking than ever before with clearer skin, stronger muscles, less illnesses, longer hair, clearer vision, and are more vibrantly colored. They can run faster and longer and think quicker than ever before. Their brains function at a higher capacity, and in just about every way their abilities have been heightened. These individuals are known as Soylentials.
However, a flaw exists within the Soylentials. Although they are pratically bionic beings, they lack sensation, especially taste. Drinking Soylent has dulled their sense of taste and overtime their desire for experience and ability to find beauty in flaw and error and emote. Soylent has created a brand of logistical humans who, as time goes, are becoming more and more void of feeling and sensation despite their outward perfection.
As America has replenished itself quicker than the other countries and is abundant in resources, its government is refusing to return back to eating real food, opting instead for the breed of superhumans to become a strong (and beautiful) militia to place it as the world power once and for all and control the other countries.
This gives rise to the Anti-Soylentials, a large and growing coalition of normal humans who have been living sustainably on the countries resources secretly. They have discovered a chemical, Sensodine, only found in real food overlooked by Rhinehart that is responsible for creating taste and thus feelings of sensation within human beings. by disguising themselves among the Soylentials, they conspire to infiltrate the government and spike the main supply of Soylent with Sensodine, injecting emotion within the Soylentials to stir revolution. However this will be difficult, as government officials have been consuming a hyper nutritional version of Soylent that makes them much, much more powerful than the Soylentials. Who will win? Power? Or Passion?