Our heroes finally reach civilization! But it’s not New Civilatham, it’s Mini Civilatham. Only 700 more miles to go! Give this episode a listen and let us know what you think.
Excitement! Intrigue! Romance! All of these and more at a video rental store near you!
On the other hand, if you listen to the Malex Minute, you’ll get a collection of misfits wandering around an inside-out city! Isn’t it great?!
I feel like this episode is wonderful. It’s not exactly spectacular in any particular way, but it achieves a certain style that I have grown to love. Solid sci-fi contributing to a weirdness that can only lead to comedy. Enjoying that combination is like trying to find the rainbow at the end of a pot of gold – at some point you realize you’re having a great time and you just don’t care how or why.
Maybe I’m the only one that feels this way, but that’s okay. I’m having a great time with my pot of gold, and you can go play with your sticks.
“Hit it harder; maybe you can scare it into fixing itself.”
Snufflefungus: Here we are! New Civilatham!
Linus: No, this is Mini Civilatham. See the sign?
Malex: Mini Civilatham is a sort of satellite city or suburb of New Civilatham. From what Philip said, there’s a lot of commuting back and forth.
Mara: But aren’t we still like 700 miles from New Civilatham?
Malex: Mm, something like that.
Linus: But how are we supposed to travel that far?! I don’t want to travel any more!
~~ Very pronounced rumbling.
Linus: I repent! Onward!
Malex: Philip said that we should be able to find a shortcut somewhere in the city. Whatever the commuters use, I’d guess.
Mara: A train, maybe?
Malex: Well, I’m not sure I remember. We’ll have to find out.
Snufflefungus: Malex, was that rumbling louder than before?
Malex: I don’t know.
Linus: I think it was.
Snufflefungus: But why?
Mara: Isn’t this mysterious bad guy in New Civilatham?
Malex: Supposedly. Perhaps it’s he who’s causing the rumbling?
Snufflefungus: How scary!
Linus: You guys are crazy.
Malex: Guys, what in the world am I looking at?
Mara: Is it a building?
Linus: (Mind staggered.) It seems to be completely inverted.
Snufflefungus: (Cheery.) He means it’s upside-down!
Malex: And parts of it seem to be… phased out or something. Like it’s carved out or invisible in places.
Snufflefungus: And there are floating doors orbiting the building!
Mara: And a tree. Or a system of tree roots.
Citizen: Hey there!
Linus: We didn’t do it!
Malex: Oh… Uh, hello.
Linus: We found it like that! It’s not our fault.
Citizen: So, are you admiring my new house?
Citizen: Yes, my house. Right there.
Malex: Oh, uh… Yes! It’s quite… Uh… House-ish.
Snufflefungus: Only upside-down!
Citizen: I know, isn’t it great?! I had it flown in on a bubble this morning. I got a raise at the office and I could finally afford the house of my dreams! It even comes with its own doors!
Malex: Ah… Uh, yes, I always appreciated a house with doors.
Linus: Yes, indeed.
Citizen: Quite a luxury, you know. Most people have to take public doors wherever they’d like to go.
Mara: Oh dear, public doors, you say?
~~ Awkward silence.
Citizen: You’re not from around here, are you?
Malex: No sir, and we have no idea what you’re talking about.
Snufflefungus: You have floating doors!
Citizen: Yes, well, this whole city – really, every city on this planet – is built from the sky down with Transdimensional Engineering!
Linus: Not all buildings are upside-down, are they?
Citizen: (Laughs.) Oh no, that’s strictly to personal preference!
Malex: So, sir, how do these doors work?
Citizen: What do I look like, a tech? I haven’t the faintest!
Mara: Could we use one to travel to New Civilatham?
Citizen: Why certainly! I do so every single day!
Snufflefungus: But how? It’s a door!
Citizen: These doors are programmed to go, fetch a corner of space, and bring it to you! All you have to do is step through and you find yourself wherever the door just came from!
Linus: Fascinating! Space time must be putty in the hands of these people!
Malex: Did you say there were public doors we could take?
Citizen: Oh yes! Just go down two blocks that way and head Inner North three blocks. The Door Terminal is right there, you can’t miss it!
Mara: And what direction is Inner North?
Citizen: (Laughs.) Well the opposite direction of Outer North, silly, what else?
Malex: Uh– We’ll find it.
~~ Scene change.
Mara: (Exasperated.) We’ll never find it!
Linus: (Unnerved.) Not only am I confident we’re going in circles, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen us out of the corner of my eye more than once.
Snufflefungus: Oh look, there it is! The Door Terminal!
Linus: Now we just have to figure out how to work it…
Producer and Director: Alex Markley
Writers: Alex Markley and Peter Markley.
Voices: Markley Brothers, with a guest appearance by Leela as Mara.
Post-processing director: Leela
Illustration: Peter Markley
Release manager: Peter Markley
Recording assistance: Oz
Thanks to everyone for their help and support.