|There's no escape from the giant harvestmen creatures!|
Previously On The Theoretical Science Foundation:
After an extended hiatus (since July) over the summer, our favourite '50s heroes return to the small screen in the latest thrilling episode of The Theoretical Science Foundation.
Our stalwart party - Dick (Kevin's G-man), Freya (Clare's photographer), Buck (my global explorer), Fr Ned (Simon's priest, played by the group in Simon's absence), and Onyx (our NPC cat burglar, played by the group) - continued its hike across the floor of the giant crater.
Soon we spotted, in the distance, what appeared to be a collection of multi-storied adobe buildings, surrounded by a three rings of increasingly high walls.
Having lost the original trail of footprints we had been following, Onyx spotted a new trail that led towards a break in the outer wall. Of course, with the sun staying almost static in the sky, we had to head towards the buildings, we had no supplies, no water, no idea of where (or when) we were.
There was only one door and as Dick approached we started to hear clicking and skittering from inside.
With Dick taking point, we cautiously made our way in. Dick had seen glimpses of small (four foot high?) humanoid creatures in the shadows, but - despite all the clicking - there were no signs of aggression.
We made our way through the strangely empty - and clean - building complex until we reached in an internal courtyard with a fresh fountain that helped slake our thirsts.
As we made a temporary camp in the courtyard we started to see faces in all the overlooking windows, strange, unreadable, insectoid faces.
We got nowhere trying to discern any patterns in their clicking, and it felt as though they had no comprehension of what we were saying or our friendly overtures.
We tried offering them some of Dick's cigarettes as a token of friendship, but we were truly able to prove our worth to the community when a commotion broke out on the right-hand side of the building.
Racing to the roof, we saw three of the enormous "harvestmen" spider-abominations we had just fought striding towards the city, easily stepping over the internal walls, making for the building complex we were in.
The native insectoids appeared to have no missile weapons, possibly no weapons at all, so we laid into the monstrosities with some 20th Century firepower.
Onyx peppered one with crossbow bolts, Dick and Freya let rip with their revolvers, and Buck - after his pistol jammed - switched to his trusty shotgun and took several lumps out of the one of the beasts.
One was felled - allowing Fr Ned to, later, deliver a coup de grâce with his shillelagh - and the other two were driven off.
Hopefully now, we have opened the door to some productive negotiations.
To Be Continued...
The Theoretical Science Foundation - The Cast:
- Buck Hannigan - played by me
- Dick Tate - played by Kevin
- Father Timothy 'Ned' O’Flaherty - played by Simon (absent)
- Freya Larson - played by Clare
- Onyx Jones - NPC (Fake Shemp)
Showrunner - Pete