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Rise and Shine/Transcript

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It is only when [[Ecopoint: Antarctica]] receives a message coming through on a weak signal that Mei is woken up by her cryopod to deal with it. She wakes up [[Snowball]] from the room's charging port and says to her friends "Rise and shine, sleepyheads.". After brushing her teeth (blowing a mischievous Snowball away with a hairdryer) and putting a kettle on for the team's coffee, she examines the dataset to find the anomalies on the surface are much worse than her team predicted. When she receives more and more data, she asks Snowball how long the team has been asleep, and is given the answer of 9 years.
Mei is stunned, unable to believe that Overwatch didn't rescue them. After she stores the data on a USB stick, Snowball pulls up relevant news stories from the news they were able to get before communications went down. She learns that not only was the Ecopoint considered lost in the storm, but that Overwatch is gone-disbanded by the Petras Act. She realizes that her team hasn't woken up yet; she goes to check on them and is devastated to find that they are dead;: their cryopods malfunctioned and they all died in their sleep. After falling into a seated position and grieving for several hours, she looks at the USB stick in her hand and wonders aloud that with 9 years worth of research data she could save millions of lives. She makes a promise to her dead friends that she will bring their work to the world. Or rather, she'll try.
Mei soon realizes this will be easier said than done-the satellite dish is broken, the supply truck is full of snow, the standby helicopter's main rotor has a snapped blade, and although she contemplates journeying into the Antarctic on foot she backs away. She states that she can't do it alone and she wishes her friends were still there, before Snowball brings her a cup of coffee. She thanks the robot as there is a small power fluctuation, and she decides to find out a way of extending the life of the station's power supply batteries. As she clears away the cryopod status window, she finds the message. The signal is still weak but it is broadcasting on the Overwatch Emergency Frequency. She thinks this might be a rescue message but she has to climb and reinforce the radio tower to know for certain.