Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Every action hero needs an origin story to explain his:
powers or abilities;
any other details.
See here and here.
In Zero, the Service made a "'...youth unit...'" an offer they couldn't refuse. In return, the Service got:
"'...a young, nameless orphan with intelligence and potential.'" (p. 167)
Thus, later, Ezekial Webb, wound up as commander of the Zero. His first name reflects the dominant religion in the Lunar 1 colony and his surname is that of the founder of the colony transferred to many of its orphans.
"'The Zero is all I've ever had. It's who I am.'" (p. 112)
Another character describes him as bought, programmed and owned by the Service. (p. 168) This is an understated origin story.