Okay, so I know we briefly discussed the EU of Starbuggers...and I have the (draft of the) first short story, Discover'y! It's set before Legends of the Force, I don't know how it matches up with Takeoff, but it is about how the Empire uncovered the injured Captain Spaghetti. Tell me what you think!
“Lord Vader, we’ve found something.”
Darth Vader spun around to face one of his top officers, the young man known as Commander Dent. He had been recently promoted to serving aboard Vader’s Star Destroyer Behemoth, and the Dark Lord of the Sith was surprised by the young man’s…intellect. He was a lot wiser than most of his other captains, and nearly all of them were at least seven or eight years older.
Vader was a first-hand witness to the fact that age does not have any bearing on experience.
“What is it, Commander?” Vader asked, his raspy breathing echoing throughout the bridge of the Behemoth. Dent raised a datapad he was holding in his right hand, using his left hand’s index finger to enlarge and scroll through images. “There seems to be a…life-form floating in the void ahead of us. We’re picking up heat signals, but they’re almost gone.”
Vader stood still for a moment, and then turned back to look out into space. “Bring the life-form aboard. Once it is contained, contact me.”
Dent nodded, stepping back. “As you wish, Lord Vader.”
After nearly a half-hour of standard time, one of the bridge crewmembers strolled up behind Vader. “My lord, Commander Dent is contacting you. He says that the life-form is onboard and they have him contained.”
Vader turned, nodding. “Very well. Inform Commander Dent that I am en route to the medical bays.”
The crewman nodded. “Yes, Lord Vader.”
As the Sith Lord marched down the corridors of the Behemoth, he ignored the signs of respect given from his subordinates. He hadn’t requested the salutes, so he wouldn’t accept them.
Shortly, with several of his long-legged strides throughout the starship, Vader reached the medical bay designated ISDB-03. With his developed Force powers, the dark lord had been able to see where Dent and the newfound life-form were located.
The doors slowly opened up as the Sith Lord strolled inside. “Lord Vader,” Dent said, bowing slightly to his superior. The dark lord didn’t do anything in response. Dent cleared his throat before continuing on: “It seems as if this man has been bitten in multiple places by humanoids. We’re giving him different types of medicine to keep him from dying.”
Vader examined the injured man, who had a terribly torn-up right arm and a fingerless left arm; his legs were both damaged badly, as if they had been burned by something. His head was the least damaged part of the body, but Vader didn’t care. He knew that this man was of no use to him.
“Don’t bother wasting any medical supplies. Let him die.” Dent stepped back, hands raised ever so slightly. “Let him…die? But, my lord, he may be of use to us…”
The Sith Lord turned on his heel, raising a gloved hand in the form of a claw. “You heard my order, Commander Dent. Do not defy me.” The young officer had begun to claw at his throat. “Y-yes, my l-lord.” Vader let his hand drop as the officer fell down, panting. He rubbed his throat, and then turned to one of the medical officers standing nearby.
“You heard Lord Vader: let him die.” The officer nodded, and then looked to the 2-1B medical droid standing nearby. It was in the middle of an injection when the officer tapped its shoulder. “Don’t bother.” The droid gave a simple “affirmative,” and then removed the built-in needle from the injured man’s torso.
Dent pointed to a pile of clothing and gear in the corner. “Oh, Lord Vader, that was what the man was wearing when we found him. I don’t know if it could be salvageable or worth anything.”
Vader began to speak, but then stopped when a tingle in the Force touched his mind. He slowly craned his head to gaze at the pile of equipment when he caught sight of a strange emblem. Directly beneath the insignia was the name Starfleet…
The Sith Lord spun around. “Recall that order!” he yelled out, slamming his palms on the table the injured man was lying upon. “Sir?!” Dent cried out, shocked. Vader let out a mechanical growl. “Never mind. I’ll handle it myself.”
Stretching out with the powers of the dark side, Vader placed a hand on the injured man’s forehead, and a faint glow began to shimmer from his glove. The only thing Vader thought about was this man sitting up, alive. He had learned this power from Darth Sidious, his own master…but he had been too late to learn it to save Padme.
Suddenly, the man’s eyes began to flutter open. Dent’s jaw dropped at the sight, and the medical officer slumped back into his chair. He had clearly never seen anything like this before.
Vader slowly lifted his hand off of the man’s head. He laid there for a few seconds before looking down to his legs. “What the—? What happened? W-where am I?”
The Sith Lord crossed his arms. “You are aboard the Imperial starship Behemoth. I am Darth Vader, enforcer of the Galactic Empire.” The man tried to lift himself up, but his body was so battered that he could not do so. “Where’s Earth?”
Vader’s black helmet snapped to look at Dent, and then back at the man. “What is Earth? And who are you?”
The man closed his eyes, beating his head lightly on the table he was lying on. “My…my name is Captain Spaghetti, commander of the starship USS Italian from Starfleet. Earth’s the planet I call home.” His eyes blinked open. “The…the zombies…I remember now…”
He was able to lean up slightly, turning his head to look at Vader. “Where’s my crew?” Dent leaned forward to Vader. “Is he a member of the Rebellion, sir?”
Vader shook his head. “No. He’s from a different galaxy.” The man—Spaghetti, he called himself—nodded. “Y-yeah, I’m from a different galaxy! The Milky Way, to be precise.”
The 2-1B droid raised a mechanical limb. “Excuse me, but what is a ‘Milky Way’? It sounds like some sort of food.”
The Sith Lord ignored the droid. He leaned closer to Spaghetti. “Tell me…Captain Spaghetti. Where is this Milky Way galaxy located?” Before the captain spoke, he looked to Dent’s hip. A holstered blaster pistol hung from his belt. In response, the captain sneered at Vader.
“I’m not going to tell you…you monster! I know just from the looks of you…you’re evil! Villains!”
He scrambled to the side of the bed, but Vader stopped him by raising a hand. The man lifted into the air, and then dropped into the table. The Sith Lord held his hand in the same position, pinning him to the medical table. “You’re not going anywhere.” He slowly raised his other hand, delving into Spaghetti’s mind.
The captain resisted Vader’s Force powers, but the Sith Lord was too strong. “Tell me…now.” And that was all there was to it.
Spaghetti told Vader everything he wanted to know.
The Sith Lord strolled out of the room with Commander Dent on his heel. The medical officer and his 2-1B droid had been left to heal the injured captain as best as they could.
“I take it we’re headed to the Milky Way galaxy, then, Lord Vader?” Dent asked, hands clasped behind his back. Vader stopped, and his commander did the same. “No…I need to contact the Emperor first.” He took a turn at the intersection they had stopped at and continued to speak: “Be on the bridge and ready for my command.”
Dent nodded as his superior marched to his private quarters. “As you wish, sir.”
Thanks, Adam! I'm working on a second short story now. It doesn't tie in directly with the series just yet, but it's going to involve Kyle, Mara, and Jan. Well, Vader's just discovered a whole new system of planets, and the Empire could use it to their advantage. Hey, that gives me an idea for a later episode (or story arc): the Empire can try to invade Earth.
Yeah, and once they begin thinking into the Empire's sudden appearance, they should figure out that it was their doing...well, maybe everyone except Maloney and Rimmer... Now I've got another idea for a short story! I'm gonna have a dozen of 'em before Takeoff even premieres! XD
Here's the draft for "Emperor's Hand"! Tell me what you think!
“Left starboard’s been hit!”
Mara Jade, known to many as simply the Emperor’s Hand, grabbed ahold of the chair of the pilot, Jareb Merrick, as their Imperial Lambda-class shuttle was hit by laser fire.
“Blast…what about the Emperor’s ship? How is it?” she asked, gazing out into the void. The similar-looking white shuttle that the Emperor was onboard looked fine, but she had to be sure. The shuttle’s co-pilot, a man who she knew only as Standish, turned to look over his shuttle.
“Scans are showing that it is fine,” he mumbled in his raspy voice. “But we’re not. Our engines have been hit.”
Merrick muttered a curse from an alien language as he tapped a few keys. From under her breath, Mara grumbled: “Now I really wish that the Emperor would’ve let me be on board his ship…”
“Ma’am, a new ship is coming out of hyperspace,” Merrick said, his fingers dancing along the keys of his console. “It is identified as a rebel ship we’ve been looking for…the Raven’s Claw.”
Recently, Mara’s life had been jumbled up. She had always been told of the Alliance’s cruel and dangerous methods towards the galaxy and the Emperor’s safety; that was one of the main things that motivated her. But then, on a mission to the planet Umbara, she met the Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker…and she, for the first time, did two things: realized what the rebels really were doing, and fell in love.
She and Luke had spent a number of days surviving in the wilderness together—Luke had even used his Force powers to save her. But she still felt she had a duty to protect and serve the Emperor, and couldn’t leave him. But ever since those days, she had always had a new feeling when she encountered rebels.
Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, the crew aboard the Raven’s Claw, were top marks on the Empire’s wanted list. The former was the son of a Force-sensitive man, Morgan Katarn, who had been killed by the Inquisitor Jerec. Katarn had served with the Empire for many years, believing that the Rebellion had been responsible for his father’s death, but was pulled over to the Alliance by saboteur Jan Ors. Now, the duo was known for handling top-secret missions that were vital to the Rebellion’s survival.
Mara’s holoprojector disk beeped. The Emperor’s Hand grabbed her communications device, holding it out leveled before her. As she squeezed it, a transparent blue image of Commander Dent, who was currently at the destination she and the Emperor were headed, sizzled into view. Dent had the reputation of being the right-hand man of Darth Vader onboard the starship Behemoth, but had been sent to base duty on Basteel.
“Ma’am,” Dent said, standing tall. “I can’t get a comm signal in to the Emperor. I have a vital message: a squadron of rebel X-wings are headed to Outpost Nine. Do not come; I repeat, do not come! You need to warn the Emperor to—”
Before he could finish, the Imperial commander’s hologram disappeared. “Commander Dent? Commander Dent?!” Mara barked, squeezing her comm unit over and over.
Mara shouted out as she stormed back to the cockpit where Merrick and Standish were piloting the shuttle behind the Emperor’s. “I need a line open to the Emperor’s shuttle immediately!” she barked, clasping her hand around Merrick’s shoulder.
The dark-haired pilot, who had served with Mara multiple times, knew that when she touched you, it wasn’t a sign of happiness: she was mad. Furious, even. Merrick nodded. “Affirmative, ma’am.”
Mara sighed, crossing her arms. She hated people calling her “ma’am,” but all of her attempts to steer them away from the word’s usage ended with no change.
So she just didn’t say anything and ignored Merrick.
“Comm line opening up, ma’am,” Merrick said as the voice of the Emperor filled the room. Mara could’ve sworn she saw both Merrick and Standish shudder, even though both men had been members of the Emperor’s Royal Guard before this mission. Apparently, even those red-robed centurions were frightened by their master.
“Mara Jade,” the Emperor’s icy voice spoke. “What is it?”
Mara quickly responded: “I just got a communication from Commander Dent at Outpost Nine. He said that they’ve been attacked by a squadron of X-wing starfighters and told us not to come.”
The Emperor let out an “hmm.”
“Very well. Get the ships ready to leave. We’ve got to—”
But before the Emperor could finish, a pounding noise sounded from the top of the Imperial shuttle Mara was onboard. Standish’s eyes flicked upwards. “What in the blazes was that?!”
Mara huffed, drawing one of her blasters. She wasn’t going to use her lightsaber unless she absolutely had to. “I don’t know…I’ll check it out.” She stomped into the passenger quarters, where a small legion of specially-marked red Imperial shock troopers stood with their blasters drawn.
“You,” she said, pointing to one of the trooper’s dignified by a unique color pattern and shoulder pauldron. “What’s your name?”
The officer stood at attention. “Sergeant TX-943—” he started, but Mara cut him off. “No, no—a name. What do they call you?” she asked, motioning to the other shock troopers behind him. The sergeant—TX-943—nodded. “Oh…well, ma’am, they call me Rocket.” He motioned to a disassembled Imperial-grade missile launcher in the corner. “Eh, you can see why.”
Mara nodded. “Yes. Anyways, Rocket; you take your best men and come with me.”
The stormtrooper sergeant saluted Mara. “As you wish, ma’am.”
In quick succession, Mara led Rocket and his choices of troopers—he had chosen four—and climbed out, onto the top of the shuttle. As Mara clambered up on top, she sneered at Kyle Katarn and raised her blaster.
Katarn was standing firmly, his shimmering lightsaber hilt held downwards in his hand. His customized sidearm was holstered at his hip, and it looked as if he had recently been in a mission; his padded leather clothing was covered in scuff marks.
“Well, if it isn’t Mara Jade…the Emperor’s Hand.” Katarn offered a smile as his hand held still. “I suppose it wouldn’t be wild to guess that the Emperor is in that shuttle up ahead, then?” When Mara simply stared on blankly, Kyle chuckled and spoke to no one in particular: “Jan, I’ve got a confirmation on the Emperor’s location. He’s in the other shuttle; blast it!”
Mara’s teeth bared. “No!” Even though she had been in mixed feelings about the Rebel Alliance, she still had a duty to the Emperor and would carry it out, even if she had to take a few rebels with her. Stretching out her arms, she pushed out with the Force as Kyle did the same, keeping her at bay. While he did so, one of Rocket’s troopers flung off of the shuttle as the other three, as well as the sergeant himself, braced for the Force push’s impact.
“Blast him!” Rocket yelled, firing his rifle. Kyle quickly ignited his elegant blue blade, blocking the laser shot back at the stormtroopers. The shot skimmed Rocket’s shoulder as the troopers continued to fire and Mara fired her weapon.
Kyle slashed downwards, deflecting a series of shots towards Mara, Rocket, and the other three stormtroopers. Another man’s red-and-white armor was splintered apart as the laser seared his armor, and he simply screeched as he flew down into Basteel’s mountainous abyss.
From up above, the Raven’s Claw—piloted by none other than Jan Ors—soared past Mara’s shuttle towards the Emperor’s. The freighter’s laser cannons hammered down upon the white shielding of the Emperor’s ship as Mara’s eyes opened wide. “NO!” she yelled again, this time throwing her pistol over the edge.
Kyle smirked as she held out her right hand, summoning the Force to it. Her lightsaber hilt tore from her belt and flew into her hand as she stood tall, the weapon’s purple blade gleaming from the end of the hilt. The Jedi raised up his blue saber, letting the light illuminate his face. “Let’s see if you’re as good as they say.”
Mara gritted her teeth, charging Katarn. The man bent down, bringing up his weapon to crack it against hers, sparks sizzling off into the ship’s white hull. Mara brought up her knee, allowing for a crack to sound as her knee connected to his nose.
As Kyle staggered back, rubbing his bloodied nose, Mara huffed. Her red hair had been shaken around by their quick duel. “Is that enough?” she asked, twirling her weapon in her hands. Kyle shook his head, chuckling. “No…enough will be once your sick master is dead!”
Quickly, Katarn let out a battle cry and slammed down with his saber with both hands. Mara gripped her weapon’s hilt with her left and right hands, blocking Katarn’s onward assault.
After exchanging blows for a few seconds, a boom from above caused both lightsaber duelists to look back. Smoke began to trail from the Emperor’s shuttle as it began to dip down, spiraling into one of the ravines of Basteel.
Rocket’s sudden shout caused Mara to look back to the sergeant. She had completely forgotten about him and his two comrades!
“What?” Mara barked as Rocket raised a hand. “Look out!” Acknowledging her lieutenant’s remark, Mara snapped her head back, only to see Kyle charging her with his saber drawn. The Emperor’s Hand wasn’t fast enough to block Katarn’s attack, and his saber seared into her right shoulder.
Mara let out a cry as she collapsed on the deck and the stormtroopers began to fire their blasters. Looking up, Mara saw Kyle begin to bat bolts back and forth, and one shot sent a trooper flying off. Rocket and his one man continued their battle as the Jedi closed in.
Stumbling to her feet, Mara heard the shout of Rocket’s companion just as Kyle jabbed inwards, impaling him in the chest. As the stormtrooper flew off into a crevice down on Basteel’s surface, Rocket’s attack was shortened when Kyle slashed with his blade, cutting into the trooper’s stomach and searing up into his shoulder, leaving an orange, fiery gash on his torso.
Mara yelled out, drawing her second blaster pistol. Firing three shots in rapid succession, two caught their mark in Katarn’s back. The man cried out in pain, collapsing to the white hull of the shuttle.
Holstering her blaster, Mara stepped forward, igniting her lightsaber. The purple blade hummed near Kyle’s head, and the Jedi could feel its heat prickling the hairs on his neck. They each stood on edge.
“That was for Rocket.” She raised her blade as Katarn rolled over, lifting himself up. He rubbed one of the seared holes where a blaster shot had hit him. “This is for the Emperor.”
Mara slashed with her lightsaber, catching Kyle in the gut. With all of her strength, the Emperor’s Hand threw him off of the edge, and the Jedi hero flew off of the shuttle, down to Basteel. Mara let out a huff as she collapsed down, clipping her saber’s hilt to her belt.
From behind, Rocket’s body shifted. “Ma’am?” he struggled to say as Mara turned quickly, catching sight of the injured trooper. “Rocket!” she cried out, scrambling towards him. The sergeant looked down to his cut torso, then back up to Mara. “Is he…dead?” he asked.
“I doubt it…Katarn’s a skilled warrior.” The hum of the Raven’s Claw signified that she had been correct. “See? They’re going to pick him up before he smacks down into a mountain or something.”
Rocket shook his head. “No, ma’am—I meant the Emperor. Is he dead?” Mara smirked. “Nope.” The stormtrooper sergeant motioned to the place where the Emperor’s shuttle had been flying before it had crashed. “What do you mean? He couldn’t have survived that!”
Mara chuckled. “He could’ve; if he was here. But the Emperor’s off meditating at a private location.” She smiled to the sergeant. “It’s classified.” The trooper nodded. “Ah…I see.” Mara looked down. “That was one of the Emperor’s decoys—he has many of them, and no one even knew that he was a decoy, besides the Emperor, the decoy himself, and me.”
The stormtrooper stood, dusting off his legs. He cringed as he tried to straighten up. “Here,” Mara said, resting a hand on his back. “Let’s get you inside. We’ve still got work to do.”
Kyle Katarn leaned back in the chair onboard the Raven’s Claw. Jan had been able to pick him up as he plummeted down to Basteel’s surface. He thought that it was a beautiful site, but he didn’t want to help decorate it by becoming a red splotch on some random mountain.
Jan sighed, leaning back in her own pilot’s chair. “That was a success,” she said with a smile, propping her feet up against the ship’s console. “Even though that Emperor’s Hand still made it out, the Emperor himself didn’t.”
Kyle stroked his bearded chin. “I wouldn’t be too sure of that. The Alliance has been hearing of the Emperor using decoys to carry out special missions. I doubt he’d ever leave that old Imperial Palace on Coruscant.”
Jan’s feet flung off of the console, her hands slapping to her legs. “What?! You mean that whole thing was pointless?”
The Jedi shrugged. “I wouldn’t say pointless…we did get rid of one of his decoys.” Jan let out a chuckle. “Sometimes, you amaze even me with your calm attitudes.”
Katarn leaned back in his chair, letting out a sigh. “Eh, keep your amazements to yourself, Jan; I’ve gotta get some sleep. I did some real work out there today.”
I don't know how you manage it, this is terrific! I'm literally freaking at how cool this is! Now I kind of feel guilty that you're writing these amazing stories left right and centre and I'm sat on my butt staring at a screen all day trying not to.
XD I try to finish up as much of my work as possible. I also was thinking: since we're going to start up this expanded universe, I think we're going to need a timeline. Do you have the years planned out for when the series' events take place?
No, not really. In fact, I don't even think the timeline makes sense. For example it's supposed to be set five years after Voyager, and Tann was 19 then, but it says her birthdate was 40 years earlier! I don't get this timeline at all, I think I messed up a date somewhere.
I figured yours was back in the old Fallout Tale times. What do you want me to call it? I'm not too sure about mine...I was thinking maybe prior or concurrent to Legends...and I'm planning on making a sequel to Emperor's Hand: we still don't know what happened to Dent and Outpost Nine...and Mara made it clear they weren't finished yet.
It'd have to be waaaaaaay in the AFT future if it's got trans-stellar cruises; last I checked, Earth was virtually back in the Middle Ages. (Why do they still call them that? They haven't been in the middle for hundreds of years...)
Well, technically they're not zombies, they're actually possessed by a demonic entity given license to possess the living - and the dead - through the incantations of specific passages in a book, the Necronomicon. What happens is, a group of 5 people cgi on a trip up in the hills on the Tennessee-Michigan border where an archeologist was translating the Necronomicon. They play the recording made by the professor and unwittingly release this evil on themselves. One by one they are taken by the Deadites, until one man - his name was Ash - was left (albeit he escaped infection by cutting off his own right hand with a chainsaw and then mounting the chainsaw on the stump). When the professor's daughter Annie arrived, together they came up with a plan to defeat the demon by sucking it into a time vortex. It worked - but Annie was killed by Ash's severed hand and Ash himself was thrown back in time to 1300 AD, where the two great armies of Henry the Red and King Arthur fought between each other and the Deadites. Ash then went on a quest to find the book again, since it was the only thing powerful enough to send him back home. When he accidentally did it wrong (and not only awoke the undead hordes, but his own evil twin), he was forced to join the forces of the two armies to combat them and protect the book. In the end he managed to clean up the mess he made, defeat the army of darkness and return home - well, maybe not immediately. Anyway, skip forward 30 years later, Ash is now middle-aged and still fighting the Deadites, this time with the aid of S-Mart recruits Pablo and Kelly.
That's kind of what I'm planning on doing with the sequel, but I'm still debating on how to explain the infected virus. Is it native to only that planet? If not, then does everyone who dies become a zombie?
I don't know...I would say an afterlife, since it's the same universe as both VT and Star Wars (we have several ghosts in BOTH). So you mean they don't know about the zombie virus? But how should it be contained? Maybe that can be the focus of Bad Planet...I would figure it should be addressed in the series instead of just the EU.
As cool as the idea is, I don't think it would've been as good an ending. It was really Luke's battle by that point, and it wouldn't have been if he'd had Obi-Wan lending him a hand, i think it'd sort of defeat the objective of fighting his father, defeating the Dark side and becoming a Jedi himself if he'd had the old man giving him a push.
Yeah. Imagine if Obi-Wan just jumped in and - being an INVINCIBLE Force ghost - killed the Emperor. Then Vader/Anakin wouldn't have been able to redeem himself by saving Luke. And he probably would've survived. That brings up a series of Star Wars comics that were an interesting concept; a series called "Infinities" that were basically the "What If..." series in the Star Wars non-canon. A few focused on some minor changes in the Original Trilogy that ultimately altered the entire course of the films and the galaxy.
Well, we could possibly introduce something that takes place at a precursor a number of years before the series takes place, opening up a portal thingy that has allowed each of these universes to merge together. We can pick and choose from what has happened in each distinct universe to make canon in Starbuggers. For example, Anakin has turned into Darth Vader already, but this series takes place before Return of the Jedi, so Vader's still alive. But then Kylo Ren has been born already, yet "Legends" characters, like Thrawn and Mara Jade, are in it as well.
Possibly. We could maybe hint towards her killing his father in an episode, maybe have it in a short story or flashback scene. Or he could hate her for leaving him for Timebomb in the end, so he "kills" Timebomb. Who knows.
Maybe! David may have been decieved into thinking that Cywren killed his father in cold-blood, but he provoked her, maybe by either killing one of the old Fallout characters or injuring them, so David is mistaken and sets out to kill Cywren, but he doesn't know the whole truth.
Oh yeah, I know what you mean. I remember the first time I killed a character. His name was Ryan, he'd just been mortally wounded in a future war in a desolated London. It was hard to do, but he had to die to drive the plot forward. So,writes I think he's still there, clutching his stomach and groaning unconvincingly.
I've noticed myself before when killing off characters it seems too cheesy to be real. I think I've kinda gotten away from that - for the time being, at least. On the Wordpress part, I had an idea: maybe we could have a blog or website with Wordpress for Starbuggers. The blog would be for updates, and the website would just be generally for, well, anything.
XD that sounds so wrong. Yeah, I've done a few Rebels but I had to bring in a robot for the Daleks, I can't find a human who can do it right. Still got a few openings, tough... That all sounds so wrong!
So, let's take a look out our character roster. Our main group is Maloney, Juliet, Cywren, Mari, Picard, Starbug, Rimmer, and Casey. We're gonna be killing of Casey at the end of Series 1, and Starbug is planned to go out in either a later series or the finale of the whole thing. And Maloney's going to be "killed" at the end of Series 1, as well as Picard's thievery of Starbug. Series 2 kicks off then with Juliet, Cywren, Mari, and Rimmer joining up with...what was the commander's name again? I know it was Hillary something...I just realized: up until Hillary joins the group, Rimmer's gonna be stuck with the three women. Oh boy...XD
It's been over a month since this thread's been active! I'm planning on writing another short story, this time actually focusing on the Starbuggers crew. I had a couple questions to run by you first, though.
1: Should this take place when Avani is still apart of the crew?
2: I'm planning on making this be a mission whent he crew goes on a mission to crack down on some kind of illegal drug deal-thing. What kind of drug should they be cracking down on? I was thinking we could maybe make something on our own for the universe (like how Star Wars uses spice as its main drug).
A whole month? Wow, doesn't time fly when you're not looking! I was gonna do another short with Cywren (a Cywren Solo if you will) but I'm trying to focus on writing 5 & 8 currently and I have a lot of other things to do besides. I think the amount of things I need doing is starting to get to me.
Oh, that's fine! After all, you've got college stuff, Business Unusual, and, on top of all that, other episodes and stories to work on in this universe. Plus, I really want to write something else for Starbuggers. XD
But that's just it! No one would be expecting it to happen and it would definitely be out of character. But how else would he die? Do you think you could post (or tell me) what you've got done so far on the script to see how everything's playing out?
So far Maloney and the rest of the crew have taken temporary refuge at a rebel base and are working on a plan to repel the coming Empire. But the people at the base seem to know things about Cywren that the crew don't, and Mari, Juliet and Maloney want to know what it is she's not telling them and why.
Ah, okay. Will the crew find out the truth by the end of the finale, or is it still going to be a secret? For Casey, how about he dies by the hand of Vader or the Emperor? We could maybe have Picard reveal his intentions and try to escape, but Casey tries to stop him and Picard accidentally kills him in the escape attempt.
I just finished a short preview using the briefing scene. I was up until quarter to 4 last night editing it and I just finished it this morning as I was getting ready for college. I also wrote the pitch for another short story, this time about Juliet before the Melissa V.
Okay, I've started on a spin-off short story focusing on the crew of the Who's Your Mama (the original) as they hunt for a traitor on the WYM who has tried to assassinate Maloney. It takes place before the flashback in Silence, so Avani is still alive. I just wanted to make something that she would be in.
Also, I've finally started watching Star Trek stuff! I've seen The Motion Picture and Generations before (as well as the 2009 reboot and Into Darkness), and a few episodes here and there of the original series and TNG, but I've just now started watching it to actually get into it. So, if I begin to push for Kirk or Spock or someone else to be in the series, you'll know why. XD
Heheh! XD Yeah that sounds cool! I feel the same way, I think we lost something with Avani, because in the original we have Maloney saying no to the job, and he goes down to talk to Avani and she changes his mind, whereas in the current version he just does because they've now got a cloaking device and it just wasn't as good in my opinion. She was a great character and she would've made a fine addition to the crew.
I figured that we could replace Avani's character with some guy that Maloney knew from his early days from the Starfleet Academy, similar to Gary Mitchell and Captain Kirk's relationship from the original Star Trek series. (As you can see, I'm getting ideas from Star Trek already. XD) And, to make a backstory for the character, we could have him appear in other stories that may take place pre-TakeOff. How does that sound?
Now that I think about it, I'm not sure about that line. Sure, it's good and it gives Juliet a bit of depth, but a) it's a little too close to Ghost's sister in BU and b) what I like about Juliet is that she's a completely blank slate, no backstory or anything. We don't know who she is, why she was on the ship at the time. We don't even know if her name really is Juliet - she doesn't actually say her name until after meeting Maloney, who wasn't in the room before the machine was activated and you-know-what happened.
Sorry, I've been busy the past few days. But, on a good note, school is done!
Here are some ideas I've thought of:
She could have been the daughter of some rich tycoons that lived on Earth, and they were passengers on the Melissa V before it blew up. They both were killed, and the only survivor wound up to be Juliet.
She could have been some random traveler aboard the Melissa V and was taken captive by the Daleks.
She could be related to someone who caused trouble for the Daleks at some point, so in revenge they stalked her to kill her. When they realized that they needed someone to experiment on, they figured they'd work on her since the pain would be excruciating.
That's all I can really think of right now. What about you?
The pitch I was working from for the story was that Juliet's family were forced off a failing agricultural colony formerly owned by Oomanchen, and the ship they were on was taken down by Raiders en route to Persephone. After some stuff happens the only other (known) survivor locks Juliet in the bridge before jettisoning it so that he can blow the engines and take out the Raiders with the blast. After a while the distress beacon gets picked up by a scouting vessel, the Melissa 5...
Yeah, basically. That's one of the best things about writing lots of different shorts set in the same universe: you get to interconnect them in tiny, almost unnoticeable ways and see if anyone picks up on them later.
Okay, sounds good! Looking forward - or should I say backward? - to reading it. (It was amazing, BTW) X)
Yeah. Even such things as Oomanchen being in A Profitable Venture and, now, the Juliet story connect the universe. I know in the more recent canon of Star Wars, they've done things like that. There's this Imperial officer who stars in a Rebels-era book, but later appears in a novel set after Return of the Jedi, and a rebel spy who was in a one-off comic book and later appeared as the main antagonist of four or five issues in another series.
Mhm. They've even introduced characters who are similar to Thrawn and Mara Jade. Well, one guy may wind up being Thrawn, it was just mentioned that he was an unnamed Grand Admiral who was going to the Unknown Regions to search for help.
Really? Didn't know that. Did hear they were watching through old Hammer films to get Peter Cushing's walk right so that they can accurately recreate him for Rogue One. I just hope he doesn't end up like young Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy. But it would be cool to reintroduce some of the characters from the Legacy timeline - I've got a list of all the ones I'd like to see back, it's longer than the toilet stop for a diuretic Bantha. Although I guess in a way Kanan and Hera fill the Kyle-Jan void. Especially since Vanessa Marshall voiced both. Tell you what though, one guy in the film series I think needs a backstory is... Scott Tracy.
I did hear something about them using CGI or something to create Tarkin in Rogue One. I think I saw something that said it may just be a hologram, but you never know. As long as it looks good. Yeah, I want to see Kyle and Jan come back. I didn't notice any similarities in the pairs until you brought it up! Or that Vanessa Marshall voiced both Jan and Hera, for that matter. Who's Scott Tracy?
You've heard of Thunderbirds, haven't you? The guy who voiced Scott cameoed in A New Hope as an InCom engineer who offers to get Luke a less tatty droid to replace R2 for his X-Wing. He also comes on after the battle and gets his engineers working on R2 after that shot hit him. Plus, and I don't know if this is true or not, I heard he also voiced some of the announcements you hear. I think he was the PA voice that said "all flight crews man your stations".
I've heard of it, but never seen it. Interesting. They usually do take background characters and develop them. Sometimes not for the best, though; some Legends comic focused on the R5 unit that blew up and R2 was taken in place of him, and it said that he was a Force-sensitive astromech that knew how important R2 was and blew himself up! Also, with the whole announcer thing, I know that Mark Hamill also did something like that in Empire. He voiced the communications officer that says "The first transport is away."
So now we got three statuses of canon in Star Wars: canon, Legends and Infinities. They need to come up with a name for the new timeline, otherwise it just looks naff in comparison to the other two. Who's gonna take that seriously?
When you finally do come back Jon, there's a few things I need to discuss with you. Firstly, Seanerzat finally got back to me apologising for being so late about getting back to me and he absolutely loved the script. I'm wondering should we cast him as Rimmer, or maybe even McCroskey? I kind of feel for the guy since he only got back to me at quite a late stage and he really does seem enthusiastic about it.
Second, I think we should try to include the cast in the development process of the series if we can, because it doesn't seem fair to them to deny them the chance to develop their characters. After all, what's a character without the actors who play them? Just ink on paper, dots on a screen. Little more than a writer's imagination.
Sorry I've been gone, I left for church camp and just got back today. But, I'm back now! I agree, he should get a chance. Maybe pitch to him Rimmer and McCroskey (we have Casey too) and see what happens?
For the second part, I agree on it as well. We're still working on the rest of Series 1, so we've got plenty of time to change stuff.
Nice to have you back man! Yeah, I think that could work. I already asked you about adding Rimmer to TakeOff on the other wiki, because I was thinking if we don't actually get to series (which isn't impossible) then he won't have the chance to be in it at all, will he?
At the moment, it's not going at all. I'm going to make a start on it eventually but right now I just have too much on my plate. Think I might have an idea for something to do with it but like I said, I'm gonna leave it until I'm less busy. But don't worry, I will get it done eventually.
So, did we ever decide what we wanted to do for Bad Planet? We decided that Picard, Mari, Casey, Avani, and some other crewmen go to the planet to pick up fuel and supplies, only to find the outpost there abandoned. Eventually, we can have the doors all shut and lock themselves and then the zombies pour into the facility, killing nearly all of the crewmen (we could have Casey and Avani stay on Starbug, or send them with Picard and Mari). They eventually meet one of the people from the Undead short story and they tell them about something they've learned on how to stop them, and they then carry out the plan to destroy the zombies and escape. How does that sound?
Before, based on how the timeline is right now. This was set a few months prior to it. The only problem is, why haven't they contacted Maloney and Co.? Maybe whoever is behind the whole Undead thing has made their own fake communications from the crash-landed crew to Maloney to cover it up?
Hang on, since Feelings and Bad Planet take place at the same time we need to make sure events are synchronised so that the timeframe matches up. And we're also going to need a scene at the beginning that explains why they're both going on different missions.
Yeah, that's true. I did have the beginning of Bad Planet start with a scene where Maloney, Juliet, Cywren, and Rimmer were getting into a ship after a short briefing with the rest of the crew, but nothing beyond that. I guess we can discuss it once the scripts are completed. Or now, if that'd work better.
Yeah, I think that'd work better. I did have a draft I was gonna show you but my hitachi needs remounting and it's gonna take a while to partition all of the data. I'll let you know if it works. I hope it works, because if it doesn't I'm kissing 15 years worth of information goodbye.
Me too, man. I'm going to ask my mate Josh if he can help because he's really good at that sort of thing. If that doesn't work, I'm gonna go to a specialist. And if that fails... Well, that's it then. I can't think of any other way to fix it.
I know I'm reviving a long-dead thread (hey, that rhymed!) but I just am wanting to do something with Starbuggers- and I mean really bad. I know you said you can't do any animating or anything right now, so what could we do? Maybe write more short stories? Make up the scripts for the other episodes?
Funny you should mention that Jon, I forgot to tell you that I finally got my gmod working so I can do some animation after all! I just can't edit it in Corel because I kinda broke my computer a little bit. But I know what you mean, I've been feeling the same thing!
Only the stuff I didn't put on my Hitachi, which wasn't much. Only a few things from the second reshoot - the Juliet scenes, the space jump, a few shots of a Dalek saucer and Cywren's intro scene from Legends, plus some more recent stuff I shot after the event for the trailer.
It was the first time around, then it was the FFCM Judith Mossman for the reshoot (that's the one you see in the preview). The first one was the Joey citizen from hl2, but I quickly dropped that because it's the same one that we're using for the journalist in Qeios.
...I apologise for the bad language but I'm afraid I have some rather unfortunate news. My computer has stopped working completely now; it gets stuck in the early stages a scanning cycle on boot up that was supposed to fix the internal problems but has instead become part of it and extended it by proxy into something too big for me to handle alone. My Steam is still on the portable hard drive so that isn't affected but all the footage that was still on the computer and all of my files from the last year and a half are now inaccessible to me.