Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Episode 12: Pants-Off Dance-Off Planet

This is a summary of an episode performed during Improvised Star Trek's initial live run at iO Chicago from October 17, 2009 until May 8, 2010. You can click here to listen to our most recent adventure on the podcast, subscribe to us on iTunes using the links to the right, or find out about upcoming opportunities to see us live here.

When the USS Sisyphus discovers a strange planet unreadable to their scanners a landing party is sent to investigate. The team includes is the ships secondary physician, nicknamed Dr. Bleedy as his true name causes the ears of humanoids to bleed profusely. Also, if exposed to the environment outside of his highly-sensitive containment suit he'll suffer a quick but horrible death. Also, the sound he makes to confirm his suit is intact after any minor collision sounds like someone screaming to death. He is a welcome addition to the crew. The away team is beset by political and counting problems as soon as numbering off is attempted, but two uneven teams are eventually formed, and a search of the surface begins.

The away team soon makes contact with the natives who have a dance-based culture. While Heffington is able to temporarily placate them by teaching them a box step, they're soon mistrustful of the visitors. It seems the planet's monoculture considers pants to be an evil, a fact that the Starfleet officers didn't originally notice since the natives' genitals resemble hand held weapons. The crew requests a beam up from an increasingly hostile situation, but its impossible to do so as the Computer has shut himself down to escape a tedious conversation with the Captain and LtCmdr Watson. The Captain decides to head to the planet's surface in the shuttlecraft SS People of Earth to rescue the away team.

On the planet, Dr. Bleedy's inability to disrobe without dying angers the natives greatly, and the space thermals of Hayes and Fritz seems to them some sort of evil mojo. The captain drops trou and tries to perform a dance of understanding and mutual respect, inviting the natives to join the Federation despite the fact that they're primitive superstitious savages with whom any contact is a violation of the Prime Directive. The natives decline and ask that the crew depart, but not before lifting the curse that prevented them from counting properly or beaming back to ship. Which was odd, since they thought they already knew the cause of that. Also, a curse?

With Special Guest Dunbar Dicks as Dr. "Bleedy"

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