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Episode 32: Revolutions

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First aired: The Signal: Season 6, Episode 20
Credits
Written by Helen Eaton
Starring Miranda Thomas as Taya Ray Parsec
Starring Kari Haley as Sarah Brunel
Featuring Kevin Bachelder as Announcer
Featuring Nick Edwards as Mister Spall
Featuring Anna Snyder as Hecuba Kali
Edited by Andy King

Location: Shuttle.

TAYA RAY
(Drowsily, waking up from a dream.) But where will the squirrels live?
SARAH
(In a very good mood for once.) Mornin’, sleepy head.
TAYA RAY
Did I fall asleep?
SARAH
I hope so, otherwise you’re going to have to come up with a very good explanation for that drool.
TAYA RAY
Oh, ugh. Sorry. You know, I had the strangest dream! I dreamt we left the fridge off at Black Rock and there was some nitro-10 in it, which exploded and ended up fixing the terraforming problem.
SARAH
(Playing along.) And we became millionaires, huh?
TAYA RAY
Yeah, it was a nice dream. (Beat.) What?
SARAH
Taya Ray. (Beat.) That wasn’t a dream!

NARRATOR
Starring Kari Haley as Sarah Brunel.
SARAH
Can life get any better? I’d say I was on cloud nine, but, oh look, there are no clouds over Black Rock today! Looks like summer has come at last! Someone must have fixed the terraforming problem!
NARRATOR
And Miranda Thomas as Taya Ray Parsec.
TAYA RAY
And that someone must have been us! Hah! We are the mighty terraformers!
NARRATOR
And featuring Nick Edwards as Mr Spall.
MR SPALL
Oh, just kill me now.
NARRATOR
Episode number 32 – Revolutions

Location: Shuttle.

SARAH
(Slightly hyper and very cheerful.) Oh, isn’t that a sight! Doesn’t Black Rock look beautiful from up here?
TAYA RAY
(Similarly hyper and on top of the world.) I think we’re gonna need a new name for this moon! Green Rock maybe! Or Teeming-With-Abundant-Life-Rock!
SARAH
All credit, and all credits, to us. We did an incredible job!
TAYA RAY
And now for the ceremony and the prize! A million credits, I can hardly believe it!
SARAH
It’s one hell of a bonus, that’s for sure.
MR SPALL
(From the back of the shuttle, finding all this exuberance somewhat painful and groaning to himself.) Urrggh, no.
SARAH
(Faking it.) Did you hear something, Taya Ray?
TAYA RAY
(Playing along.) I think that was the sound of some very sour grapes.
SARAH
I think you might be right.
MR SPALL
(Calling from the back of the shuttle, very despondent.) Will you two just stop going on and on about your triumph! Isn’t it enough that I have to come to the ceremony? Do you have to rub it in now as well?
SARAH
Oh, I think we do!
TAYA RAY
I know we do!

Musical cue to indicate passing of time. Location: Outside on Black Rock. Enough time has passed for the planet to be transformed into a leafy paradise, teeming with birds and animals.

SARAH
Now, this is a little different from the last time we were here!

Footsteps of someone walking up over the next line.

TAYA RAY
Just a little! Things have grown so quickly. Oh, look at that bird! I can hardly believe it’s the same place!
HECUBA KALI
(Flashheart-esque, as ever.) Ah, the heroes of the hour, I presume!
SARAH
Hecuba Kali! We’re so excited that you could make it! (Slightly fangirl-ish.) Um, I’m Sarah Brunel.
HECUBA KALI
Yes, I remember when I assigned you two to work together. I always knew you would do great things.
TAYA RAY
I’m Taya Ray Parsec.
HECUBA KALI
You are? I remember you differently. (Beat.) Anyway, I see some of my adoring fans over there and I mustn’t disappoint them, but we’ll catch up later. See you on stage!

Footsteps as Hecuba Kali walks away.

SARAH
Oh, this just gets better and better! Now Hecuba Kali wants to be seen with us! Come on, let’s get over to the stage. We don’t want to keep Mr Spall waiting!

Footsteps over the next line as they walk off towards the stage. Taya Ray’s voice fades out slightly as they walk away.

TAYA RAY
What did she mean, Sarah? “I remember you differently”?

Musical cue to indicate passing of time. Location: Outdoor stage on Black Rock. Mr Spall is talking through a microphone. All other lines in this section are also spoken through a microphone.

MR SPALL
(Not enjoying this at all.) And so it gives me great… pleasure… to introduce to you the two finest terraformers I have ever had the privilege of working with… Sarah Brunel and Taya Ray Parsec!

Cheering and applause.

MR SPALL
And to make the presentation, we have another terraforming great, Hecuba Kali!

More cheering and applause.

HECUBA KALI
Thank you, thank you. As much as I know my fans would like it to be different, this day is not about me. This day is about celebrating the exploits of the two terraformers who have solved the Black Rock mystery! I have in my hands a framed statement from the Alliance Terraforming Cooperation showing the transfer of one million credits into your accounts. Everyone, join with me in congratulating Sarah Brunel and Taya Ray Parsec!

Cheering and applause over the next two lines.

SARAH
Thank you, thanks very much.
TAYA RAY
Thank you!
HECUBA KALI
So, now you’re filthy rich, are you going to retire?
SARAH
Um, well, we thought about that, but actually we’d like to stay in the game for a while.
HECUBA KALI
That’s what I like to see! Once a terraformer, always a terraformer! But you could have the pick of the best jobs now. What do you want to do?
TAYA RAY
Well, we decided there’s one job we’d like to try for a couple of weeks, just for a bit of fun.
HECUBA KALI
That sounds intriguing, but I have a feeling you’re not going to give us any more details.
SARAH
It’s kind of a surprise.
HECUBA KALI
I guess we’ll all have to wonder what that means. And in the meantime, let’s give it up for our terraforming heroes!

Cheering and applause plus a band which plays everyone off stage. Then this fades, or we use our usual musical cue to indicate passing of time, whichever sounds best. Location: Office.

TAYA RAY
Is it time? I think it’s time.
SARAH
Oh, I think we’ve left him to stew long enough. Let’s find out what’s going on.

Beeps as Sarah uses com.

SARAH
Spall, do you copy? Come in, Spall.

(Beat.)

MR SPALL
(Over com. Very, very flustered.) Um, yes, I copy, Miss Brunel. (Aside, whispering.) Get off me, stop it. No, wait, catch it, it’s going to… (Louder again, blustering.) Yes, we’re here. All’s well.
TAYA RAY
Well, you just keep at it, Spall. Those squirrels won’t catch themselves!

Beeps as Taya Ray turns off com.

SARAH
I think I’m going to like this new job!

Clink-clink of glasses raised in a toast.

TAYA RAY
Me too!

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