Rogue TygerEpisode Transcript

Rogue Tyger
 “The End Run,” Part 2

ANNOUNCERLAND

MUSIC: THEME MUSIC BEGINS

ANNOUNCER
In a distant part of the galaxy from a far-flung future yet unwritten comes the adventures of a lone ship and her intrepid crew:

REG MACORUM
Reg Macorum, ship’s captain.

GRAINNE
Grainne Kochowa, pilot.

ENLING
Shen Enling, ship’s doctor.

TORMAR
Tormar, engineer.

AIDAN
Aidan Vosky, mechanic.

ANNOUNCER
Can the crew of the Tyger deliver Princess Nalini al-Zamin safely to Acheron?
(BEAT)
Jabberwocky Audio Theater presents Rogue Tyger. Tonight’s episode: “The End Run,” part two.

MUSIC: THEME MUSIC ENDS

TYGER BRIDGE

(STANDARD BRIDGE AMBIENT)

SOUND: FTL DRIVE ENGAGES

GRAINNE
All right, heads up. We have finally arrived in the Hraggedor system.

AIDAN
Okay, um… you know, Grainne, I know you insisted I’d want to see this and I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but so far this Core system isn’t looking that different from some other systems we’ve seen.

GRAINNE
Patience Aidan, wait until we’ve come about.

SOUND: ENGINE THRUSTERS FIRING

AIDAN
Is there going to be a big space station or somethi —
(REACTS)
Oh—! Wow.

MUSIC: ASTOUNDED MUSIC BEGIN

GRAINNE
I thought that would get your attention.

AIDAN
There must be hundreds of ships out there.

GRAINNE
Thousands, actually.

AIDAN
So many… Hey! There’s a Shantung speedster, and a Venusian Star-cruiser, and is that a Corvallan scout?

GRAINNE
It is.

AIDAN
But that’s, that’s ancient, isn’t it?

GRAINNE
It is. Many of the ships here are. They date back to the System Wars and the Unification Wars. There were hundreds of battles here before your people even met mine.
(BEAT)
Not every part of the Core can be pristine, Aidan.

SOUND: AIRLOCK OPEN

AIDAN
Are you kidding? It’s beautiful. Does it have a name?

SOUND: AIRLOCK CLOSE

REG MACORUM
The Skeleton Sea.

AIDAN
Okay, is that more because it looks like a graveyard or because people scavenge for spare parts? I noticed that star-cruiser didn’t have any weapon mounts left.

REG MACORUM
A little of both. Scavenging is theoretically why we’re here.

AIDAN
The “engine trouble?”

REG MACORUM
Right. Our “engine trouble,” Vosky.
(BEAT)
Has our ‘ghost’ jumped in to shadow us yet?

GRAINNE
Yes. This time it’s that courier we last saw two weeks ago. Xinwei registry of course. At least they give us variety.

REG MACORUM
Well, it’ll jump closer to the shipping lanes in a minute so as not to arouse suspicion. Make sure it picks up our call for engine help.

SOUND: COMPUTER BEEP

GRAINNE
Transmitting.

AIDAN
Won’t that get a ship to come to help?

REG MACORUM
Not at this edge of the system.

GRAINNE
It’s just for our ghost’s benefit.

REG MACORUM
As is this.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

SOUND: CHAFF SOUND

AIDAN
More of Tormar’s “engine trouble?”

REG MACORUM
The final touch.

GRAINNE
The “ghost” just jumped away.

REG MACORUM
Time to make our move.

SOUND: ENGINE THRUSTERS FIRING

GRAINNE
Taking us into the wreckage.

AIDAN
So how’s the Coutharian ship going to find us here?

REG MACORUM
It should already be waiting for us near that early Imperial dreadnought.

SOUND: HAIL SOUND

MINTHA
(RADIO FILTER)
Tyger
. We read you on scope. This is Vermillion Sky.

AIDAN
Vermillion Sky? That’s the name of the ship?

GRAINNE
That’s what Tormar told us.

AIDAN
I didn’t think Coutharians were so poetic.

GRAINNE
You’re basing all Coutharians on Tormar?

AIDAN
(EMBARRASED)
Well, no.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

REG MACORUM
Vermillion Sky, This is Tyger. We read you. Transmitting verification code.
(BEAT)
Grainne?

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

SOUND: COMPUTER BEEP

GRAINNE
Done.

REG MACORUM
Where are they?

GRAINNE
They want to stay hidden until they’re sure of us.

AIDAN
Um, they are on our side, right?

MINTHA
(RADIO FILTER)
Tyger
: Transmission confirmed. Ship profile confirmed. Voiceprint also confirmed. Stand by.

SOUND: MASSIVE METAL DOORS OPEN

AIDAN
Whoa! Part of the dreadnought’s hull is opening up.

REG MACORUM
Well, I’ll be. They were hiding inside her.

GRAINNE
Very cautious.

REG MACORUM
And ingenious.

MINTHA
(RADIO FILTER)
Welcome to the Skeleton Sea, Captain Macorum. A pleasure to be meeting. Prepare for docking.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

REG MACORUM
Captain Mintha, I presume. The pleasure is all ours.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

GRAINNE
They’re coming alongside.

SOUND: ALERT SOUND

TORMAR
(INTERCOM)
Captain, I am in the cargo bay. We are ready for docking.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

REG MACORUM
Thanks, Tormar, I’ll be right there.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

AIDAN
Do you need me down there?

REG MACORUM
Yes, but check with Enling at the skimmer when you get down there. Remember, we’ve got an hour at best to do the transfer.

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC IN

TYGER CARGO HOLD

(STANDARD CARGO HOLD AMBIENT)

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC OUT

SOUND: BULKHEAD DOOR OPENING

AIDAN
Hey, Enling! I’m back.

ENLING
Were you trying to pack all of sick bay? It’s been thirty minutes! Over here by the skimmer.

SOUND: BULKHEAD DOOR CLOSING

AIDAN
Not all of it was in sick bay. I had to check storage for the, uh, what did you call these?

ENLING
Self-bonding field dressings.

AIDAN
Yeah. I hope we don’t need to use them.

ENLING
That makes two of us.

AIDAN
Did I miss anything?

ENLING
Well, the two captains had to do a little pomp and circumstance.

AIDAN
Say, what happened to Tormar?

ENLING
You didn’t notice he bolted right after we docked — before Captain Mintha came over?

AIDAN
No. Is there some bad history between them?

ENLING
Oh, there’s history.
(BEAT)
He’s been getting gussied up for the past half hour.

SOUND: BULKHEAD DOOR OPENING

TORMAR
Is the captain here?

SOUND: BULKHEAD DOOR CLOSING

ENLING
Which one?

TORMAR
Ah! She is there. Excuse me.

(COUTHARIAN WALLA UNDERNEATH)

AIDAN
So, she’s not his, um, wife or something, is she?

ENLING
Well, I swear all the Coutharians I’ve ever met are related somehow. They do this geneology thing when-
(WHAT’S THAT?)
Oh wait, listen:

(SLIGHTLY DISTANT, RIGHT ON STEREO MIX)

TORMAR
Blessings upon you and your family Mintha ur Saithu ney Kalpa.

MINTHA
Blessing upon you and your family Tormar ney Domash ur Virain.

TORMAR
It is pleasing to see you again, Captain Mintha.

MINTHA
And it is pleasing to see you too, Tormar, though I worry for you on this human craft.

TORMAR
Her captain, as you know, is a good steward.

(COUTHARIAN WALLA UNDERNEATH)

AIDAN
Why aren’t they speaking, you know, their native tongue?

ENLING
They don’t want to be rude.

AIDAN
You mean all this time on the Tyger, Tormar’s been polite?

ENLING
Come on, Aidan. He wants to impress the girl. You know how that goes.

AIDAN
Really? Tinker’s going to be heartbroken.

ENLING
Said from recent experience? Like I said, if you need to talk.

AIDAN
Shh, they’re coming over here.

TORMAR
Honored Captain, these are the crewmates I must escort to the Human Throneworld.

MINTHA
A pleasure to meet both of you. But as your captain and I discussed, better for us to know little.

TORMAR
They will board in the skimmer when preparations are complete.

ENLING
Well, the skimmer is ready.

TORMAR
Excellent, Doctor. Captain, shall we inspect your cargo hold?

AIDAN
(COUGHS)

ENLING
(WARNS)
Aidan…

AIDAN
What?

MINTHA
Something amiss?

ENLING
No, captain. We will see you soon. Well, actually not. We’ll be hidden in skimmer.
(BEAT)
We’ll be on board soon.

AIDAN
Yes.

MINTHA
True. Since we may not speak again. Success to your mission.

ENLING
Thank you.

(PAUSE)

AIDAN
Well, I guess this is it.

ENLING
It is. If you need to do anything else before we leave, I’d do it now.

AIDAN
What do you mean?

ENLING
Well, Grainne and I are exchanging message rods for our families just in case.

AIDAN
Just in case what? Oh.

ENLING
Yeah.

AIDAN
Hmmm. Where’s the captain? Ours, I mean.

ENLING
He went to brief Tinker and the Princess in the galley, but he might be done by now.

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC IN

TYGER GALLEY

(SAME GALLEY AMBIENT AS BEFORE)

AIDAN
Captain!

REG MACORUM
Well, Vosky. All ready?

AIDAN
As ready as I’ll ever be, I suppose.

REG MACORUM
Ha! This isn’t what you expected when you came on board, is it?

AIDAN
No sir.

REG MACORUM
Well, if it’s any consolation, this isn’t at all what I expected either.

AIDAN
Captain?

REG MACORUM
Yeah?

AIDAN
There’s a question I had. About that day back on Flatrock.

REG MACORUM
You mean the warehouse?

AIDAN
Yeah.
(BEAT)
There was a moment… there was this moment when the door was blocked and the smoke was coming in, I wasn’t sure you’d come in for me.

REG MACORUM
(PAUSE)
Yeah?

AIDAN
Yeah.

REG MACORUM
(PAUSE)
Yeah.
(PAUSE)
Yeah, you’re not wrong.
(BEAT)
In fact, you’re right a lot of the time. I should get used to that.
(PAUSE)
You angry?

AIDAN
(PAUSE)
Am I going to to be part of your cold equations in the future?

REG MACORUM
No.
(BEAT)
Fact is, if we get out of this like I hope, maybe there won’t be a need for so many cold equations.

AIDAN
I’m glad.

REG MACORUM
I’m glad I came back for you.

AIDAN
Maybe you had to.

REG MACORUM
Ha! That could be.

SOUND: HANDS CLASP

REG MACORUM
Good fortune, Mister Vosky.

AIDAN
And to you, Captain Macorum.

REG MACORUM
See you on the other side of time… in one place or another.

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC IN

TYGER BRIDGE

(STANDARD BRIDGE AMBIENT)

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC OUT

GRAINNE
Captain, Vermillion Sky has undocked is and ready to jump.

REG MACORUM
Thank you, Grainne.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

REG MACORUM
Safe travels, Captain Mintha.

MINTHA
I would say the same, Captain, but I am thinking — better to wish you luck.

REG MACORUM
Thank you, captain.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

GRAINNE
We’ll need it.

REG MACORUM
Vic said he’ll check in with us at Oh-Eight-Hundred Standard. That’s less than an hour.

GRAINNE
We have to hope that enough of his independent captains thought there’s profit in this.

REG MACORUM
All we have now is hope… and the knowledge that Vic is resourceful.

GRAINNE
(HOPEFUL)
Come what may?

REG MACORUM
(SMILES)
Indeed. Come what may.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

REG MACORUM
Tormar, all set?

TORMAR
Yes, everything is fine. The cargo is secure.

REG MACORUM
Good. See you on Acheron.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

GRAINNE
I wonder if the cargo feels as fine as Tormar suggests.

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC IN

SKIMMER

(CRAMPED AMBIENT)

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC OUT

AIDAN
Well, I suppose the good news is: we can see outside of the solar shielding of the canopy without anyone seeing us.

ENLING
Since all we can see is the bulkhead of a cargo hold, I’m not sure there’s much point.

AIDAN
You suppose Tormar has his own cabin?

ENLING
Unless he’s getting close with Mintha.

AIDAN
Can’t be any closer than we are in this skimmer.

SOUND: SEATBELT RUSTLE

AIDAN
Ow! What are you doing, Tinker?

TINKER
If your harness becomes loose in flight, you may shift and injure the princess.

NALINI
I’m sure he’s quite secure.

TINKER
I only wish to protect you, your highness.

AIDAN
I get it. My side. Your side. I’m secure.

ENLING
Oh, this is going to be a long trip.

SOUND: FTL DRIVE ENGAGES

NALINI
That’s our first jump. We’re on our way.

TINKER
I calculate we will be on Acheron in 20 hours.

ENLING
Barring complications.

AIDAN
Well, that’s why we made the skimmer spaceworthy.

ENLING
Sure, as long as we use the term “spaceworthy” loosely.

AIDAN
Hey, it’ll work, we just need to — TINKER! I’m just scratching my leg!

ENLING
It’s going to be a long trip.

MUSIC: CLIFFHANGER MUSIC CUE

ANNOUNCERLAND

MUSIC: CLOSING MUSIC BEGINS

ANNOUNCER
You’ve been listening to Jabberwocky Audio Theater. Tonight’s production: Rogue Tyger, episode twenty-seven: “The End Run,” part two of five.
(BEAT)
Produced by Jabberwocky Audio Theater, in association with Arlington Independent Media, WERA-LP, ninety-six point seven FM, Arlington, Virginia.
(BEAT)
Featured in the cast were Erin Goldstein as Grainne Kochowa, Nick DePinto as Aidan Vosky, Brooks Tegler as Captain Reg Macorum, Samantha Merrick as Captain Mintha, Phil Amico as Tormar, Yasmin Tuazon as Doctor Shen Enling, William R. Coughlan as Tinker, and Sophia Medley as Princess Nalini.
(BEAT)
Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
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Music composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
(BEAT)
Supplemental recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
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Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde. Sound effects editing, mastering and final mixing by William R. Coughlan.
(BEAT)
Tonight’s episode was written and directed by Bjorn Munson.
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This recording is the property of Team Jabberwocky, LLC, and may not be rebroadcast, retransmitted, or redistributed without express permission from Team J. The underlying content, including the script, story, and characters, remain the exclusive property of their owners and are used with permission.
(BEAT)
For all the latest episodes and information on Jabberwocky Audio Theater, visit jabber audio dot com.
(BEAT)
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(BEAT)
Until next time, this is William R. Coughlan, saying thanks for listening… and tune in next week for more Rogue Tyger!

MUSIC: CLOSING MUSIC ENDS

Text © Bjorn Munson, under license to Jabberwocky Audio Theater. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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