Rogue Tyger Show Notes – The End Run

This month, we’re diving into the sixth Rogue Tyger serial “The End Run” and sharing show notes about the thought behind and making of that season two finale.

~Bjorn Munson, writer/director, Rogue Tyger

Season Finales and Payoff

At this point, I had been furiously writing scripts for about a year and a half, catching up to my outlines and notes in order to meet recording dates, so the urgency you hear 

The character’s snark, especially Aidan’s I credit to working on a less-than-desirable-yet-financially-necessary contract job. Working on this series has been a delight, but in this case, it was a vital creative outlet.

In any case, one of my goals for this finale –which if you recall was originally meant to be the final serial of a 30-episode season—was to give the audience payoff. So that meant having some of the intrigue we’d heard in “Flatrock,” some of the ship action we’d heard in “Uninvited Guests” and “Cat & Mouse” and some character arcs being fulfilled. 

I knew I had to have that scene between Reg and Aidan, for example. The nice thing was, on this side of time as it were, I now knew better how Brooks and Nick would and could play it. It was important to me that Aidan initiate the conversation, showing where he had come to at this part. It was also important to show that even though you see Reg through the serial get excited at actually winning rather than surviving, he still doesn’t quite know how to be comfortable being victorious. Both have grown, but still on their own trajectories.

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Rogue Tyger Show Notes – Cat & Mouse

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Originally Multiple Filmmaker Cameos Were Planned

Back when I was doing the high-level plotting for the 30-episode season, I thought it would be fun to involve a bunch of the indie filmmakers and others I had worked with. That’s why in episode two, you hear Reg talk about the different captains with some specificity. I had created backstories and personality traits for each of the captains you hear him reference. Originally, the serial was going to revolve around him playing the Zenocrate captains off one another to make his escape. The action would bounce between multiple ship bridges as the audience heard the disparity between what a particular ship thought was true and what was really happening.

As I was writing out the script — and certainly after recording “Uninvited Guests” — I decided that all the different ships and their subplots were going to be more complicated than we could pull off. There was both the limiting factor of the 15-minute episodes (which was what I was I was aiming for) as well as making sure audio listeners could distinguish between all the different bridges.

The Border Wars

One of the benefits of not trying to cram all the different maneuvering between the Zenocrate captains was that I was able to spend more time setting up both character backstories and the history of the Imperium.

One of these empire-wide events, and certainly a formative one for Reg Macorum was a series of conflicts that came to be known as “The Border Wars.”

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Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 15: Uninvited Guests, Part 5 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we air the season finale of our space opera, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Aidan, Enling, and Tormar are fighting to escape a wrecked courier, aided by a mysterious robot, while Grainne and Reg look for an opening to rescue their crewmates.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Rikken: Yasmin Tuazon
Jochi Bortay: Bjorn Munson
Sylvia Malabar: Carol McCaffrey
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Tormar: Phil Amico
The Robot: William R. Coughlan
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Chinnery: Brooks Tegler
Redback: William R. Coughlan
Walsh: Phil Amico
Nicoli: Nick DePinto
Computer: Kim Davenport

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 14:55
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains explosions, decompression, and people earnestly trying to kill one another. This is an adventure after all.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')


Rating: AD-G

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 14: Uninvited Guests, Part 4 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we continue the third and final serial of Rogue Tyger, season one.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

On a routine salvage job, Aidan, Enling, and Tormar find themselves trapped on the wreck… with an armed boarding party closing in.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
The Robot: William R. Coughlan
Hess: Brooks Tegler
Parker: Erin Goldstein
Thalman: Bjorn Munson
Jochi Bortay: Bjorn Munson
Rikken: Yasmin Tuazon
Sylvia Malabar: Carol McCaffrey
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 9:21
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains wushu, passive-aggressive use of particle beam weaponry, and the disturbing realization that one is alone.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')


Rating: AD-G

Rogue Tyger Show Notes – Lost & Found

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Originally a 30-Episode Season

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the original idea for Rogue Tyger was to have 30-episode seasons, consisting of six five-part serials.

Having six serials matched one of the models for the Rogue Tyger format, that British show with the guy with the blue box. So when I went to writing, I was thinking of some season-long arcs for Aidan Vosky and Reg Macorum that would pay off by the sixth story. At the same time, I knew enough to suspect that we might want a natural spot to give ourselves more time with post-production, so I had the third serial, “Uninvited Guests” end on what I thought was an appropriate “mid-season cliffhanger” just in case we needed to use it.

As it turned out, this came in handy as a season cliffhanger.

As it happens, you’ll find the plot does kick into another gear with “Lost and Found,” so does work well as a whole new season. But looking forward, I am reworking some of the stories and story breaks for what had been a planned four seasons. I’m going to work to make sure there’s some satisfying arcs within a single three-story season (which I think will be easier as the individual episodes will be expanding to fit the half-hour format).

The Writing Process and Interrogating a Robot

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Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 13: Uninvited Guests, Part 3 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we continue the third and final serial of Rogue Tyger, season one.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Exploring a wrecked courier in a far-off star system, Captain Macorum’s old ship, the Silver Star, appears out of nowhere — and her new captain doesn’t like competition

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Jochi Bortay: Bjorn Munson
Sylvia Malabar: Carol McCaffrey
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
The Robot: William R. Coughlan
Rikken: Yasmin Tuazon
Hess: Brooks Tegler

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 11:10
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains creepiness, veiled threats, and assorted skulking about.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 12: Uninvited Guests, Part 2 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we continue the third and final serial of Rogue Tyger, season one.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Far away from the core system, the band of adventurers on board the Tyger have found a wrecked ship in the remote star system of Russahn. But will their search bring them riches or ruin?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Tormar: Phil Amico
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Sylvia Malabar: Carol McCaffrey

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 11:20
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains mysterious abandoned ships, veiled threats, and more than a little allusion to backstory.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 11: Uninvited Guests, Part 1 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we start the third and final serial of Rogue Tyger, season one.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Taking leave of the intrigue of Flatrock, the Tyger crew travels far off the beaten path in search of riches. Will they find what they’re looking for in the seemingly deserted star system of Russahn?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 11:44
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains anxiety about science fiction tropes involving abandoned ships.

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')


Rating: AD-G

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 10: Flatrock, Part 5 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:00pm ET)  as we finish the second serial of our debut show, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Aidan finds himself facing down the barrel of blaster in the hands of a dead man — even while agents of the Zenocrate Cartel hunt him and Captain Macorum down in the wilds of the Two-Forty. Tune in to the exciting conclusion of Flatrock!

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
“Lucky” Louie Hardin: Neil Conway
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Scanlon: Bjorn Munson
Weaver: Brooks Tegler
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Tormar: Phil Amico

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 11:14
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi action, secrets, and morally ambiguous deals.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 9: Flatrock, Part 4 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we begin the next serial of our debut show, Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Thanks to a tip by Flatrock fixer Vic Ratha, Aidan and Reg are off to “the Two-Forty,” the artificial moon’s nature preserve, where Louie Hardin’s partner, Icarus Crane, may be hiding. But how will they find him? And how does Zenocrate factor into it all?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Louie Hardin: Neil Conway
Park Ranger: Francis Abbey
Thug One: Bjorn Munson
Thug Two: Brooks Tegler

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 9:27
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi noir related peril and flagrant bribes.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')