Julie: Just another typical morning in the Flashpoint, home of world famous
science heroes the Flashpack. Intrepid team leader Max Thornfield was poring
over decades old historical records in his never-ending quest to find his
father; genius inventor Molly Singh was sketching out specs for a new wild
machine; the ingenious Sara Keane was calculating the statistical likeliness
of the last of the unicorns dying off; super-buff Drallus Thornfield was doing
hyper-crunches; young adventurer Jimmy Kovacs was finishing up his sciencology
homework; team joker Jill Slotter was-
Slotter: Julie… as you’ve so ably pointed out, we’re all
working on things. It’s a lot easier to do without someone describing
everything you’re doing for no reason.
Julie: Well, I’m bored. You guys all have projects to keep you busy,
but I’ve got nothing. … Bored bored bored. … Bored-a-mundo. … Bored
Keane: All right! Why don’t you go repair the artificial oxygen maker
in the lower decks? It’s been-
Julie: Fixed it last night. It just needed an oxyphonic deregistrator.
Drallus: (working out) You could finish… painting that Harlequin mural… in
Julie: I also finished that last night- as you’d know if you hadn’t
been off on another one of your little El Paso jaunts. Jimmy said it reminded
him of the carnival we went to on Emlaker 9 when he was ten.
Jimmy: Why don’t you work on that hyperdrive you and Molly have been
Julie: Molly is already busy working on something.
Molly: Don’t use me as your excuse! We can go work on the hyperdrive
if you want, this schematic isn’t a big deal, just a couple of emergency
Julie: Ok, ok- you got me. I just don’t feel like it. Besides, there’ll
be plenty of time for that later. We can finish it tomorrow. Or the next day.
Max: Well, you’re going to have to find something to occupy yourself.
We’ve been doing non-stop science-heroing for the past three days. I,
for one, want to make the most of this time off while it lasts. I’m
no closer to finding my father than I was when I was eight.
Julie: Oh, come on, Max! You’ve gone this long, you can wait another
day! We should be living life! Experiencing thrills! Taking the bull by the
horns! Doing things that scare the snot out of us! We should take every moment
we’re alive as a gift and live it to the fullest! Isn’t there
anything you want, anything you’ll regret not doing while you had the
Max: Well… of course there is… but these records are due back
at the library tomorrow. I don’t want to get a fine.
Julie: A library fine? That’s what’s keeping you from living
the life you want? What about the rest of you, what’re your excuses?
Keane: The unicorns aren’t going to save themselves. Every minute I
waste on myself, another of them dies.
Julie: Well, at least that’s noble.
Jimmy: I have homework… and believe me, my teacher will make me regret
not doing it.
Julie: Practical, I suppose.
Drallus: Don’t look at me; I’m living the life I want.
Julie: What about you, Molly? I know there’s something you’ve
always wanted to do, if you could only get up the nerve.
Molly: What?!? I… I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Julie: Sure you do… your little ‘crush.’
Slotter: Oh, my! What’s the buzz, here? A little juicy gossip?
Molly: I’ve got a lot of work to do on this…
Julie: I thought you said it wasn’t a big deal? I think it’s
about time for getting our feelings out in the open… wouldn’t
you agree, Max?
Max: What? I don’t have feeli- I mean, I don’t know what we’re-
Stellof: Hello, Flashpeoples!
Molly: Dr. Stellof! I’m so glad you’re here! You wanted to use
my lab, right?
Stellof: Oh, yes! I’ve been doing tests on Saturnian Hamburgers- oh,
but, not for eating of course. I have a condition, which-
Molly: Yes, yes, we know all about your condition. It’ll be my pleasure
to let you use our facilities. Come on, I’ll show you to the lab. Just
make sure you keep it away from my Stronium-79.
Stellof: Of course! Thank you Miss Singh… (they leave)
Max: Wait… Molly has a crush on Dr. Stellof?
(2 alarms go off)
Slotter: Uh-oh… Max! Two incoming calls! Line one is a secure channel
from the Whitehouse. Oh, Gods, Max, it’s our slimeball President, Smitty!
He needs our help. Again.
Keane: We’ve also got the Prime Minister of Venus on line two! The
evil wizard Nova is attacking!
Max: There goes our day off. What do we deal with first?
Keane: Maybe we can do both- I think I can handle Venus, but I’ll need
Max: Do it.
Keane: Check. Drallus, come with me. I may need you to get naked.
Drallus: What? (they leave)
Max: Jimmy- get Molly and meet us at the Marvin II. Load up weapons. We launch
Jimmy: You got it, Max!
Max: Slotter… (unfortunately) >sigh< put on the president.
Julie: Why do we keep helping that wastebucket, Max?
Max: He may be a criminal, but he’s still our president. That’s
got to be worth something, right?
Smitty: Thornfield! How dare you keep me on hold! This is a nation emergency!
Max: I’m sorry, sir. What’s the problem?
Smitty: Stragon the Annihilator! He’s attacking Washington!
Julie: Stragon? But he usually attacks-
Max: The Siriusians. Now why would he think the Siriusians have anything
to do with Washington, DC, Mr. President?
Smitty: I have no idea… (explosion in background) But I need you people
here, NOW, saving me!
Slotter: So a villain wants revenge on you for a crime you actually committed… and
it’s a national emergency?
Smitty: You have no proof for your baseless allegations! Besides, he’s
an annihilator! He’ll destroy the entire planet when he’s- (louder
explosion in background) Oh, Gods, please hurry, I don’t want to die!
Max: We’re on our way, sir. Let’s go, Gang.
Stragon: (above Washington) The commodification of the Annihilator-class
has gone on too long! The under-classes shall rise and throw off the yolks
of the Siriusian Bourgeoisie, and all who ally themselves with their greed-fueled
ways! Bring forth this ‘Smitty’! The revolution shall take from
him the lifeblood he and his ilk have bled from me and mine for generations,
and this entire planet shall follow! None who exist at the expense of those
they consider their lessers shall be allowed to live! This means you, Earth!
You’ve lived on the backs of the workers for too long! Prepare to have
your consciousness raised – as your planet is burned to the ground!
Ba-hahahahhaahahahaaaaa! (more laughs, fading into the background as we move
to the Flashpack)
Max: All right, gang- there’s Stragon. He hasn’t seen us, yet.
What do we do?
Slotter: Well, last time we hit him with a stick until he passed out. Anyone
got a stick?
Julie: Max, his power readings are off the chart. Something has boosted him
up, made him stronger than ever before. I think… I think he really could
annihilate the planet this time!
Slotter: Oh, great. Anyone got a really big stick? Let’s just blast
him out of the sky.
Julie: These weapons aren’t nearly strong enough to get through his
newly amped sheilds!
Molly: Unless… Slotter, do you have your Time-Turning watch with you?
Slotter: Always. Why, do you want me to go back in time?
Molly: Not quite. We’re going to jury-rig ourselves a Chronal Alacrity
Julie: Molly, you’re a genius!
Slotter: Can you do that?
Julie: We’re about to find out. Give me the watch.
Max: What is it you’re making?
Slotter: A Chronal Alacrity Beam. It’s a time weapon. Whatever you
hit with it experiences time extra-fast… so, if you shoot it at someone,
it’s like fast-forwarding to their death.
Julie: Or to their bones turning to dust, just to be on the safe side. I
think… 10,000 years would be a good setting.
Max: And this is going to work?
Molly: Sure. The Blaster’ll draw the chronal energy from the extra-dimensional
source that powers Slotter’s time turning watch. It might take a minute
or so to build up a blast, so we’ll need to make the first shot count.
How’s the mod coming, Julie?
Julie: I think… I think I’m done!
Max: We’re set?
Julie: Yeah, I think so…
Molly: All right. Like I said, it has to build up power. I’ll just
lock onto Stragon, hit the trigger, and we wait until-
Slotter: Er… I think you have the watch in backwards?
Slotter: It’s backwards… you said you were going to tap into
the time source, but it looks like it’s set to tap into the realm of
Julie: Oh, crap! I can fix it-
Molly: No, Julie, it’s already charging!
Julie: I have to! Who knows what it could do if it’s backwards! All
I have to do is turn the- (electrocute) AIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!
Julie: I’m… I’m all right… I think…
Molly: You fixed it! Here we go, it’s almost ready to fire.!
Slotter: That’s Keane! Hello?
Keane: We’re back!
Max: We’re in DC. It’s Stragon. Just come meet us.
Keane: Be right there! (beep)
Max: She’s going to teleport them over to-
Julie: Oh my God, it was true… They’re going to be caught in
Julie: They’re going to teleport in and get caught in the blast!
Max: How do you-
Julie: Just trust me!
Molly: We can’t stop it now! It’s at 98%!
Julie: There’s only one way to save them…
Molly: 5… 4…
Julie: I can save them. But-
Molly: 3… 2…
Max: Julie, no! Don’t-
(The Blast goes off… then pause)
Molly: J-…. Julie? I thought… I thought you said you could save
Julie: (upset) I know, I… I could have. I’m sorry, I… I
decided not to…
Jimmy: They’re dead! Keane and Drallus are dead!
Julie: But, so is Stragon! The beam worked, it was-
Slotter: But our teammates are dead!
Max: Julie, I… For a moment I thought… I thought you were going
to jump in front of the beam, and-
Julie: I was! … I mean, I could have… I could have died, to save
them… I would have-
Max: No, Julie! No one would expect you to give your own life-
Julie: To save two others? It would have been the right thing to do, Max… except…
Julie: The visions…
Molly: What visions? What are you talking about?
Slotter: Please tell me this isn’t another of your “One God” things.
Julie: No! It was your watch… when I grabbed your watch, when that
surge of energy caught me, these… these visions flooded over me… I
saw… everything. Backwards.
Julie: I don’t know how… but it showed me everything, everything
that would have happened as a result of this one decision. Everything that
would have happened if I’d died. From when you finally had to kill Drallus
and Keane yourself, all the way back to my death.
Max: I… I would kill Keane and Drallus?
Julie: You had to, Max, they betrayed the ‘pack! Drallus lead an invading
alien fleet to Earth, and Keane secretly helped in order to save herself!
Jimmy: There’s no way kind, shy, Sara would-
Julie: It’s a long story, Jimmy. Sara was changed after… it’s
a long story.
Slotter: You don’t think you’re going to get off without telling
it to us, do you?
Julie: It’ll take a while to tell.
Max: We’ve got time.
Julie: You want me to go backwards, how I saw it, or in chronological order?
Slotter: Which makes more sense?
Julie: Uh… dunno?
Jimmy: I just want to know why our friends would betray us!
Julie: Ok, I’ll tell you everything… er, but first there’s
a few things we should take care of… Senator Randal Marsh is a Cthulhu
cultist attempting to raise the elder Gods, Senator Jason Grace has been replaced
by a Siriusian shapeshifter, and the Magic Hat is recruiting our old enemies
to take us down. He was behind Stragon’s little power boost. If we hurry,
we can stop him before he gets to any of our other villains.
Molly: The Magic Hat?!
Max: It’ll be all right, Molly. Now that we know about him, we can
take him down. And speaking of knowing… Julie, about what you were saying
before… things we might regret. There’s something I-
Julie: Max, no. It’s Molly.
Julie: Molly loves you, Max. She always has.
Julie: Don’t worry, Mol! He loves you, too.
Max: I do?
Julie: You do. You just don’t realize it yet. Go on, tell him, Mol.
Max: Molly… is what she says tr- (she kisses him) mmmmm
Slotter: Now, that’s a kiss.
Julie: It’s been a long time coming.
Jimmy: Um, guys… two of our friends just died.
Julie: Give them a minute… (pause) Although, like I said, there are
things we should-
Max: (breaks off kiss) Right! Let’s deal with things. We’ve got
to find Senators Marsh and Grace, deal with an ancient Magic chapeau, and
then… Julie can tell us what she saw. Sound good?
Julie: Sounds good.
Max: All right, let’s do it. Flashpack!
Julie: The End.