Rogue TygerEpisode Transcript

Rogue Tyger
 “The Pilot,” Part 2

ANNOUNCERLAND

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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. Will the ship following them prove friend or foe?
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Jabberwocky Audio Theater presents Rogue Tyger. Tonight’s episode: “The Pilot,” part two.

TYGER SICK BAY

REG MACORUM
Grainne, how much time before they make their move?

GRAINNE
(INTERCOM)
Hard to say, captain. 5, maybe 10 minutes.

REG MACORUM
I’ll be right there.

SOUND: SWITCH CLICK

AIDAN
Why are we being followed?

REG MACORUM
I’ll know that when I get an idea who’s doing the following.

SOUND: BULKHEAD DOOR OPENING.

REG MACORUM
Tag along if you want, Vosky.

SOUND: BOOTS ON CATWALK FADING AWAY

AIDAN
Uh…

ENLING
Come on, good excuse to see the bridge.

SOUND: BULKHEAD DOOR CLOSING.

TYGER CORRIDOR

(CHANGE IN AMBIENT TONE, INTERSPERSED WITH FOOTFALLS ON CATWALK)

AIDAN
Doctor? Um, Enling? What kind of cargo do you haul?

ENLING
What’s your real question?

AIDAN
Well…
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Are you smugglers?

ENLING
It’s an entrepreneurial ship, Aidan. Who else do you think would hire someone with no Spacetime?

AIDAN
I see.
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I should have seen.

ENLING
Not with those “wish come true” blinders of yours. Enough time in space they’ll come off…or not. Some lessons you get to learn over and over.
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Oh, and Aidan? Don’t bring up smuggling with the captain unless he does first. It’s a long story.

AIDAN
I’m guessing there’s a lot of long stories I’ll need to hear on this ship.

ENLING
That’s what the kaoliang is for.

SOUND: AIRLOCK OPENS

TYGER BRIDGE

(DIFFERENT AMBIENT SOUND, SCANNERS AND ELECTRONIC MONITORING IN THE BACKGROUND)

REG MACORUM
Welcome to the bridge, Vosky. Don’t touch anything.

ENLING
(QUIETER)
Over here.

SOUND: AIRLOCK CLOSES

REG MACORUM
Okay, Grainne, you were saying about our friend…

GRAINNE
See those markings? They want you to believe they’re a courier out of Xinwei Prime, but that prefix hasn’t been used in over a generation. Nokari mercenaries aren’t very detail-oriented.

REG MACORUM
Are we sure they’re Nokari?

GRAINNE
They could be subcontractors renting the ship, Captain, but they’re not simple couriers, that’s the straight and narrow.

REG MACORUM
Right, so what do we have for plan B?

GRAINNE
Haapsalu 6 has some mighty attractive rings, plus matching sets of L-point asteroids.

REG MACORUM
Let’s go sightseeing then shall we?

GRAINNE
Already plotted.

REG MACORUM
Of course.

ENLING
She’s brilliant. You pay us too little captain.

REG MACORUM
I might not be able to pay you at all if our Nokari friend has his way.

AIDAN
Are they like a commerce raider? The ones that prey on ships at the system edges?

REG MACORUM
Not quite as common as the tri-vids would have you believe. Space is too damn big. Much easier to pick a mark leaving port.

GRAINNE
We’ll be hitting the rings in a little under a minute, Captain.

REG MACORUM
Good.

SOUND: HAIL SOUND

TORMAR
(INTERCOM)
Captain. I am ready for Mechanic Vosky, but I cannot locate him.

REG MACORUM
He’s here, Tormar, but hang on a while longer. I want Grainne to shake our tail. We’ll send him down after the first jump.

TORMAR
(INTERCOM)
In that case, good luck, Pilot Kochowa.

GRAINNE
Thank you, Tormar.

AIDAN
(SOTTO VOCE)
So I guess he does that to everyone.

ENLING
(SOTTO VOCE)
Oh yeah. Coutharians are mad about titles. When you do get down there, make sure you call him “Engineer Tormar” to start off.

GRAINNE
Everyone hang on, the gravity gyros might not keep up.

SOUND: ENGINE THRUST

AIDAN
Whoa!

SOUND: MORE ENGINE SOUNDS

REG MACORUM
Well isn’t our friend surprised.

GRAINNE
It looks like he’s going to try and close the gap, but we’ll see how good he is.

SOUND: MORE ENGINE SOUNDS

GRAINNE
So, Mechanic Vosky, we weren’t properly introduced. Welcome to my bridge.

REG MACORUM
You people are getting entirely too possessive.

ENLING
Better us than the Nokari.

AIDAN
Thank you, uh, Pilot Kochowa… or Pilot Grainne.

GRAINNE
Grainne Kochowa. That’s what it sounds like above water anyway. You don’t need to worry about titles. Call me Grainne.

AIDAN
Okay. Uh, Grainne? May I ask a question?

GRAINNE
Yes?

AIDAN
Why have you stopped the main thrust?

GRAINNE
Ah! The captain said you were a budding pilot. Good ear.
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Our pursuer now knows we’re onto him. He’s expecting we’ll get out of the gravity well and make a jump as quick as can be. But he knows he can’t quickly close that gap on thrusters alone, so if he’s at all good, he’s going to watch the thruster burn from the Tyger and plot an intercept course.

AIDAN
But don’t we want to get away from him? Out of the gravity well?

GRAINNE
Of course, but first we want him to commit to going deep into these planetary rings, where his scanners won’t work as well.

ENLING
Or ours.

REG MACORUM
Now, remember you said she’s brilliant.

GRAINNE
Thank you captain.

REG MACORUM
I think he’s taking the bait.

GRAINNE
So, here’s our plan, we lead them further in, through some sensor chaff, and then we dive in towards our obliging gas giant here and aerobrake around to jump safely.

AIDAN
And you already had this course plotted!?

GRAINNE
With variants, yes.

REG MACORUM
You see why I signed you on as a mechanic, Vosky.

AIDAN
Yessir.

GRAINNE
Don’t worry, when we’re not in a life-or-death struggle, I’ll be happy to give you some pointers.

REG MACORUM
He’s closing.

GRAINNE
I think it’s time.

SOUND: ENGINE THRUST

ENLING
I think you like this too much.

SOUND: MORE ENGINE SOUNDS

GRAINNE
Laying chaff.

SOUND: CHAFF LAYING SFX/TRACKING

REG MACORUM
Looking good.

SOUND: MORE ENGINE SOUNDS

GRAINNE
A little more for good measure…

SOUND: CHAFF LAYING SFX/TRACKING

GRAINNE
All right. Let’s go.

SOUND: ENGINE THRUST

SOUND: ALERT SOUND

GRAINNE
Tormar, we’ll be hitting the aerobrake orbit in just a few seconds.

TORMAR
(INTERCOM)
The shielding is ready.

GRAINNE
Thank you. In 4…3…2…1…

(A SERIES OF ENGINE NOISES COUPLED WITH THE SOUND OF FLAMES ROARING, SIMILAR TO THE LAUNCH, BUT DIFFERENT)

AIDAN
Unglaub…

ENLING
Look on the bright side Aidan, you should have no trouble with the jump at this point.

(THE AEROBRAKING ENDS)

GRAINNE
Okay, coming out above the rings now. Should be ready to jump in about half a minute captain.

REG MACORUM
Well done, Grainne.

ENLING
I’ll second that.

GRAINNE
Ready to say goodbye to your home system Aidan?

AIDAN
I guess.

SOUND: COMPUTER RESTART

GRAINNE
Scanners are coming back to full res, entering in jump coordinates. Get ready for —

SOUND: IMPACT ALERT

GRAINNE
MISSILE! Missile inbound!

REG MACORUM
(SIMULTANEOUS)
Brace for impact! Brace for impact now!

ENLING
(SIMULTANEOUS)
zao1-gao1-le5!

AIDAN
(SIMULTANEOUS)
Where did that come from?

SOUND: IMPACT AND EXPLOSION

(CLIFFHANGER MUSIC PLAYS)

ANNOUNCERLAND

(THEME MUSIC BEGINS)

ANNOUNCER
You’ve been listening to Jabberwocky Audio Theater. Tonight’s production: Rogue Tyger, episode two: “The Pilot,” part two of five.
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Produced by Jabberwocky Audio Theater, in association with Arlington Independent Media, WERA-LP, ninety-six point seven FM, Arlington, Virginia.
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Featured in the cast were Brooks Tegler as Captain Reg Macorum, Erin Goldstein as Grainne Kochowa, Nick DePinto as Aidan Vosky, Yasmin Tuazon as Doctor Shen Enling, and Phil Amico as Tormar.
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Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
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Production support by Meredith Sims.
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Music composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
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Supplemental recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
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Dialogue and sound effects editing by Maurice Malde and Kim Davenport. Additional sound mixing by William R. Coughlan.
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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.
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For all the latest episodes and information on Jabberwocky Audio Theater, visit jabber audio dot com. Until next time, this is William R. Coughlan, saying thanks for listening… and tune in next week for another installment of Rogue Tyger!

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

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