In the thrilling conclusion of the story arc “Universe, Mine”, Professor A and Ms Gentry must break into the detention center to save Dr. Robere and Bear before helping the Vigents fight for their freedom. Not everyone survives.
This concludes the first multi-episodic series of stories within the Nutmeg Junction universe. Professor A’s first story (Chapter One: The Fair Trade) was self-contained. A second story (Chapter 2: The Copenhagen Principle) was also relatively self contained even though the Chapter 3: My Brother’s Keeper” followed it loosely. We learned how best to present this material because we released the first two parts of the story and then we did one-shot stories until we had recorded the continuation and then conclusion to the stories. In future, when we have a multi-episodic adventure, we will release them all successively until the conclusion, so listeners can expect the continuation of the story instead of having to wait a month for the end. So the last three weeks (episodes) finish the Professor A: Adjunct Professor to the Multiverse story arc and we’re extremely excited about how they came out.
So the story began with:
Chapter 4: The Welcome Wagon. (Episode 16)
Chapter 5: Borrower of the Night (Episode 17)
and then we decided to put the remaining episodes back to back every week until the conclusion so Chapters 6 through 8 were as follows:
Chapter 6: Bold Plans (Episode 22)
Chapter 7: Resist! (Episode 23)
Chapter 8: Universe, Mine (Episode 24)
The title “Universe Mine” makes so much sense that I recognize the entire story arc will use that title.
The cast did not read the script until the day of rehearsal and for some, they had no idea how the story would end until we read it during rehearsal. The resolution of one character was an emotional one for many.
For the students, Ms. Gentry and Dr. Robere, there is growth which I felt was important for the evolution of the show. Ms. Gentry grows from a somewhat passive bystander of events, chronicling it but not really playing a part (especially in Chapter One) to a heroic participant in events, taking action-she’s an action hero by the end. Further, Dr. Robere at the beginning is somewhat of a novice intellectually at the beginning of the Professor A series, for true he is a Professor at a University but the smartest intellectual in our world still has much to learn from Professor A from the multi-verse. But by the end Dr. Robere has not only used his cunning to stay alive, he is recognizing and understanding fundamental aspects of the multiverse.
Some of the most cinematic lines are said by the supporting cast. Olivia Wadsworth as Sa-rah has my favorite line in Chapter 8. “You can blame me” which in the context of what occurs is quite powerful.
David Robinson comes in as Bear and his dramatic scene of ” I stand for my people, I can do no other” has shades of Martin Luther in it.
It was wonderful working with Deborah Goodman again (she was in Battle of Elsenorift) and we’ll be bringing her back very soon!
Josh Newey once again plays “everyone”. An accomplished actor, he took on the world building aspect of our show and fans of his work can look forward to October for he will be the featured host of our “Nightmare Junction” series.
EPISODE 24: PROFESSOR A: CHAPTER 8: UNIVERSE MINE
written and directed by J. Timothy Quirk (c)2018
LANA PECK AS PROFESSOR A/OFFICER FUNSTON
KURT BOUCHER AS DOCTOR ROBERE
TIFFY MCKAY AS MS. GENTRY
DEBORAH GOODMAN AS B1067/DEE-NAH
JOSH NEWEY AS SUPERVISOR FRIENDLY/MINER/UNIONE2
J. TIMOTHY QUIRK: AS SECURITY DETAIL
DAVID ROBINSON AS BEARNARD SABLE
OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS SA-RAH
PROFESSOR A THEME MUSIC WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LANA PECK (C)2018 AND USED WITH PERMISSION
NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME AND END CREDITS WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON (C)2018 AND USED WITH PERMISSION