I'll be making a new topic to replace this mess with the Corporals approval, but I don't have time right now.
Part 5.The crew of Solara find themselves in a desperate situation with the deadliest creatures in the universe. And the man who wants to control them.
As always, there's lots of fun stuff hidden in the show.
Literally this was no fun to make. At all. It started production last December for cryin' out loud. So with that, here's the fun little references and stuff.
The chief and Ramirez briefly discuss how their voices are different and that no one will probably even notice. Losing both people who originally did the voices had to be explained somehow. And no one will ever mention the voices being different anyway, which was a sad reference only I understand.
Gorman's sidearm sound effect. Someone was able to acquire it after I asked for it.
You can kinda hear a sentry gun firing.
Operations alarm in the background.
The Captain fires a pulse rifle much the same way Ripley does the first time.
"The three amigos", the prospectors and Jack are the ones responsible for the events of the series. The prospectors found the eggs, and Jack was stealing Gold that brought Deckard to Solara and then the rest of the events unfold.
I wrote the scene between the Captain with Stephanie in Mind long ago, but since we lost her that scene between our new Captain and the prospector lost its meaning.
A dual cassette boombox would be considered state of the art in the alien universe. In ours you can literally find them rotting away on a curb somewhere. Not far from where I live someone tried to dump what was at some point a very expensive boombox in the trash. But it never got picked up and no one ever took it. It's been decaying on the side of an abandoned building for years. So that's where I got the idea from. In the spring it gets covered with grass. In the fall it gets covered by the fall leaves. In the winter it gets covered in snow. You'd almost feel sorry for it.
Awesome mix tape.
Tarzan boy literally plays every time I shop at Kroger.
"She looks like a Stephanie". Was an obvious reference before she left.
when coming up with the idea for the 5th episode, I thought how cool it would be, if this were visual, with the crew gearing up while fox on the run plays. In my head the crew is all geared up, heavily armed and looking bad-ass as they head to the lift. I imagined the Captain had a sucker in her mouth and Church tried to slip away from the group only to be grabbed by the Chief and dragged back. This all takes place in slow motion. And the lift begins to descend as a certain part of the music hits. It doesn't quite translate to audio though.
No one stays behind to blow the bomb. I remember I was watching Armageddon when I was writing.
The bangs on the door are the same sound effect used in Stargate SG-1 when something would impact the iris.
Church doesn't say who's giving the orders. Foreshadowing something else I was planning but probably will never get to due to all the problems I've had with this.
Church mentions Hadley's Hope wasn't nuked because the processor air bursted. This was written long before Charon was even an idea.
The "nuke" is very important to the final episode.
Final performance by AJ Carter as John which is why he is mentions as "was" in the credits.
Now that AJ is gone, the need to change the ending of the series is required. He had the first lines of the series, was to have the last. Losing him completely obliterated a very emotional ending I had planned.
I teased what would have been a continuation of the series after this ended when John talked about food and water on the engineer ship. This is no longer a possibility.
Our new Captain said Solara wrong. I did not ask her to do it again because I was honestly unbelievably angry with former cast at the time and couldn't stand to bother with it anymore.
I did not ask our new Ramirez to record in better quality. I was still angry and didn't want to take it out on the new crew.
The major reason this took almost a year from the last episode was: Stephanie left to pursue her education. Absolutely no problem there. Another left for real life. And the rest because of money. Graham never left, nor did he become a diva. He even offered to do the credits for me even after I told him not to waste his time with this anymore.
We make sure to mention Fox is owned by Disney now.
Things I wrote that got cut out:
I wrote church offering a "5 day all expenses paid pass to Disney planet" as a bribe to the Captain, to which she responded with "I still couldn't afford it". Because Disney will never, ever be cheap. But I cut it out.
Originally the Xenomorph was going to grab the power loader from behind and Jack would scream about it trying to "mate" with him. But I thought it'd be funnier to have John punch it.
I wrote a scene with the chief and kid raiding operations and finding "Jalapeno cheese dip and Doritos". When I was a kid during Summer vacation my friends and I would guzzle Pepsi and eat tons of Fritos Jalapeno cheese dip and Doritos while playing video games damn near 24/7. It was a personal reference. Pointless otherwise.
What to expect from the final episode?
Even though I have to change the ending, I'm still firm on what happens during the final scene and into final credits. I always knew Solara would end while Roll me away plays. And believe it or not, it's a very important song to the series.