We're sorry that it's all Graystone, all the time at The Caprican today...but, well, the man makes news. Daniel Graystone's much-hyped guest spot on Backtalk with Baxter Sarno was full of surprises, not the least of which was the sudden appearance of his wife, Dr. Amanda Graystone, who proceeded to more or less take over the interview. However, the biggest surprise came from Graystone himself, who made an announcement regarding his company, Graystone Industries, that has all of Caprica buzzing.
In front of the Backtalk studio audience and the millions of people tuning in, Daniel Graystone declared that Graystone Industries would "no longer profit from Holobands or V-World licensing." Graystone went further and asked other companies to get on board with this radical approach, particularly calling out rival company the Vergis Corporation.
Graystone said that all profits from Holobands (one of the most popular - and profitable - of Graystone Industries' products) will go to a charity or foundation "for young people to find the right experiences and right values."
This comes from the Graystones' discussion with Sarno that living in allegedly amoral virtual environments like the V-Clubs and New Cap City led the Graystones' daughter, Zoe, to be involved in the recent MAGLEV bombing - a devastating "real world" tragedy if there ever was one.
Will Daniel Graystone stay true to his word? It's apparently up to us, as after making the announcement he turned to the audience and said, "Hold me to it, Caprica."
If nothing else, maybe this will stop protestors from throwing their Graystone computers out the window.
In a twist of fate that would seem more at home in science fiction than in reality, Tomas Vergis has seized control of Graystone Industries. One man has overtaken another, bringing the long rivalry between Caprica's two greatest industrialists to an apparent end. For now, anyway.
Yes, Tomas Vergis now sits in the best office on the Graystone campus. But what exactly is he doing in there? Vergis has kept almost completely quiet since the press conference announcing the takeover. Since then, he's made no effort to let the public know what his plans are for the company. He hasn't even boasted about why he thinks he's the better man for the job.
In the weeks leading up to the takeover, Vergis was putting on quite a show, positioning himself as Caprica City's "White Knight." He humbly renounced his Tauron upbringing and revealed he was pursuing Caprican citizenship on Backtalk With Baxter Sarno. He announced that his own company will be applying "VergisVolt," a new self-developed energy standard, to all Vergis Corporation properties, including all offices, labs, parking garages - even Vergis' multiple private homes in Caprica City.
And yes, he'd been seen smiling away at all sorts of public events, including museums, art gallery openings, movie premieres...even a C-Bucs game or two.
But now Mr. Vergis has walled himself up within the confines of Graystone Industries. As far as anyone can tell, it's business as usual over there - cars pull into the parking lot in the morning, workers go into their respective buildings, they emerge at the end of the day and drive home.
What's going on? This guy just took over the company of his number-one rival. When's he going to let us know his Big Plan for Big Change?
Caprica's Boy Wonder seems to have returned to the public eye, though that probably wasn't his intention.
Hot on the heels of our own Ralston Sinclair's speculation last week as to the whereabouts of the suddenly reclusive Daniel Graystone is a public appearance by Graystone himself. But the (former) CEO of Graystone Industries was not attending a film premiere or watching the C-Bucs take on their latest opponents at the Stadium. Nothing so glamorous.
Our source reports that he saw Graystone running from his house and into a waiting car in the driveway. Running, like, really fast.
"It was the early afternoon, but he looks like he'd just woken up," says our source, who wishes to remain anonymous. "He bolted out of the house and into that car so fast, you'd think he just got word that his wife was in labor."
This behavior only fuels recent speculation that Graystone might have gotten himself involved in some rather shady dealings.
"I heard that he might be getting mixed up in some bad stuff - organized crime and such," says our source. "But I don't think Daniel would sink that low. Do you?"
Again, time will tell.
I apparently spoke too soon - Tomas Vergis does indeed have a plan for Graystone Industries.
Just last week I reported that Mr. Vergis had all but disappeared from the public eye since his (some would say all too easy) takeover of Graystone Industries. There he sat in the best office on the Graystone Industries campus with seemingly nothing to say for himself.
Now, the silence has been broken. Tomas Vergis greeted the press recently, looking like a million bucks and smiling with pride.
I'd probably smile, too, if there were the image of dozens of robots coming off an assembly line behind me.
Vergis has entered into an exclusive - and, apparently, very, very sweet - deal with an unspecified military organization.
"We'll be delivering one thousand robot chasses a month," Vergis said.
So, Graystone Industries - and, indeed, all of us - have entered a brave new world. A world of Robot Soldiers.
Say that out loud: Robot Soldiers. It's not science fiction. It's real.
What do you think about this? Is this a good thing? Or a very, very bad thing? Let us know. In the interim, we'll keep you posted on Tomas Vergis, Robot Master.