Script- Episode 10
for the Space Race
Narrator: The history of racing in space goes
back many years. Before the development of the
Manchausin Drive, races were held in the sole system using primitive spacecraft.
the construction of the FTL craft, the scale of the races expanded. Eventuallly,
competitions that descended down
from them continue to take place throughout the
galaxy. Spaceship development factories and their subsidiary companies
prestige by sinking funds into corporate ships, while unknown privatiers enter their
own ships, trusting
in their abilities. Whether they're corporate or private, pilots
in the race are all shooting for the same goal. The fame
and glory bestowed on the
winner. It spurs them on in these dangerous races. These races have become well known
the difficulty of their courses, not to mention the speed involved. Year after
year, many ships continue to participate.
But the ultimate glory's given to the one who
overcomes all of these obstacles.
// The Outlaw Star is finally at
Space Port Guy: Attention. This is space port control tower in Heiphong. Outlaw Star, I have you
Gene: Yes, we finally made it to Heiphong.
Jim: Since Heiphong's such a big place, aren't the port fees
gonna cost us an awful lot of money?
Gene: Yeah, whatever, it will work out.
// They are on a subway.
Wow, this place is pretty cool.
Gene: C'mon, don't get so excited, it's embarressing.
Jim: I can't help it.
and Gene: Oh...
Gene: Man o man, Heiphong's a big city alright.
Suzuka: So Gene, where do you plan on going to from here?
Gene: To the offices of the space race here
Suzuka: Space race office?
Gene: Thats right, we're gonna enter the Outlaw Star in the space race.
For the Space Race
// In the office...
Claire: Alright , now the Heiphong Space Race is
open to everyone. The entry fee may be paid by
business or an individual, either way is fine. And the ship's class doesn't
either. If you'd still like to enter, I recommend you do now.
Gene: There's one more thing I'd like to know.
If it would be possible, I'd like to get some more
information about the other ships that are competing.
I'm sorry, according to the rules, you're not allowed to investigate the other ships.
Gene: But I'm only interested
in one other ship.
Claire: Well, I'm not allowed to tell you that sir.
Gene: Are you sure you can't?
Gene: Okay, well in that case there's one other thing I'd like to know.
Claire: What would that be?
I'd really like your phone number.
Claire: If I'm not mistaken, I think you already have this office's
Gene: Oh I see, since you put it that way, I guess I'll just call the office when the race is
In the meantime, would you mind doing me a favor? Tell us what we need to do now.
Claire: Just fill in the necessary
items on these forms. Our staff will conduct a simple on
board check in before the race begins.
Gene: And anything
Claire: Yes sir. You must deposit into an assigned account 150000 wong as your entry fee.
Gene: I'm sorry,
how much did you say?
Claire: 150000 wong. That of course includes the insurance.
Gene: Open to everyone?! Yeah
right, c'mon lady, even if you win the race you don't take home a
single wong. What private pilot has that kind of money?
That is the stupidest thing I ever heard of.
Claire: When participants can't afford it they simply find themselves
Jim: Find a sponser?
Claire: Thats right. The Heiphong Space Race is regarded as a highly effective
approach by which many businesses have found they increased their sales. However...
Gene: Yeah? What
Claire: Just so you'd know, it might be difficult for someone entering the first time to find a
I know! Thanks for nothing! Just you watch us lady, we're gonna enter this darn race and
we're gonna win! I'm not really
sure how though.
// Later, as they eat at a local diner...
Jim: Just forget about it. I don't think we'll come
up with the 150000 no matter what we do.
Gene: There are 2 reasons why we gotta fly in the space race. First, we gotta
promote our name.
Because if we don't the big jobs are never gonna come our way.
Jim: You mean use it to kinda advertise
us? Still what good is the race if we don't make any
Gene: The second reason is MacDougal. I heard his ship
is here now.
Jim: What are you kidding? The MacDougal Brothers are gonna enter the race?
Gene: I'm not sure.
I dont' have any definite proof but I thought I saw one that looked like his
on the news when they showed all the ships
entering the port.
Jim: Are you sure it was really them?
Gene: I don't think I can forget that ship. And I"m
gonna enter this race to make sure they don't
Jim: Okay, so now I know we are. But how are we gonna do
Gene: Hey, what do you think?
Suzuka: I believe in the expression neither a borrower nor a lender be. I
left 3 wong, which was
my part of the bill.
// Suzuka leaves.
Gene: Wait a minute, where are you going?
I haven't the slightest bit of interest in space racing and theres nothing else here at
the moment that needs my help.
But don't worry, once the race is over I'll be in touch
with you again.
Gene: Hey, don't bother.
You sure about that?
Gene: I don't care, she can do what she wants.
Jim: So now what are we supposed to do?
I guess we're gonna have to go see our friend.
Jim: What? Uh oh.
// At Fred's...
Fred: My my, Gene and
Jim. It must be fate that has brought us together again.
Gene: Actually, I'm surprised to find you here
at your place. I thought other people always ran
your divine headquarters.
Fred: If theres a god of business he's
certainly watching over me.
Gene: We came here strictly for business Fred. C'mon, I already explained this to you on
Fred: Okay, alright, stop joking. I'll be glad to sponser you.
Its good advertising, even for us. We'll handle all your expenses if you finish in the
Gene: Whats this
in the money? Is that when you finish in the top 3?
Fred: Thats right. But if you finish 4th or lower you'll owe me
even more money.
Jim: You see, what did I tell ya Gene?
Gene: Stop, its alright Jim. Okay, thats fine. With
expenses it will come to about 400000 wong so
please have it ready for us.
Fred: Don't worry, I've been ready for
a long time. Hm.
// He brings out a rack with a sheet over it.
Gene: Whats that supposed to be?
takes off the jacket revealing a very weird looking costume.
Fred: When you're in the winners circle you'll wear this.
This way everyone will get a chance to
see you in it. It will be worth the 400000 and bring me such joy to my heart that
I did it.
Jim: You're not gonna go through with this, are ya?
Gene: Yeah, like we have any other choice.
Fred, Melfina's not gonna have to wear that thing, is she?
Fred: Gene, you shouldn't bring Melfina here, it wouldn't
be good. This place is much too
Gene: Whats going on here, what do you know about
Fred: Oh, not too much really. Only that the Kai pirates have been looking all over the place for
are making a special effort to find Melfina.
Gene: Oh, are you going to betray us and try to sell us out?
Of course not. Continuing to do business with you proves to be much more profitable.
Gene: We're not gonna let you
Fred: Good. Now lets see what you're made of.
Gene: We'll see ya later. I hope you have a good time
watching the race.
Fred: When does the race start?
Gene: Not long, 30 hours from now. We need to get going,
we got a lot to do. Take it easy, Fred.
// On the way out...
Guard: You better not screw this up, I'm counting
Gene: Well well, what a shock. I never thought I'd see the day when you were cheering me on.
// In space...
Tower Guy: Outlaw Star control tower here. Negative return now confirmed.
Gene: This is the Outlaw Star here. Yes,
negative return is clear.
Gilliam: Planetary launches should always run as smooth as this. Big cities always have the
Jim: yeah, but it costs so much to park and we were only there for half a day.
can't do anything without money here in Heiphong Jim, but if you're willing to spend
a little you can find just about anything
that you can think of.
Melfina: Now displaying route to designated star position.
Gene: I gotcha.
Proceed immediately to start position.
Gene: Hey Gilliam, do you have any detailed maps of the Heiphong area?
Yes I do. My library is on par of that with a space force cruiser.
Gene: Good, go ahead and get them ready. We're gonna
be needing them for the race.
Gilliam: Really, what race would that be? And by the way Gene, you still haven't explained
why Suzuka didn't come along this trip with you.
Gene: Don't worry, I'll explain the whole plan to you later.
At the dock, Gene looks around.
Gene: I don't see MacDougal's ship anywhere.
Jim: You can tell all of that from
Gene: Believe me, if he was here I'd know it.
Jim: I think its kinda creepy here. (Yawn).
Hey listen, why don't we go check out that pre-race party thats going on now?
Jim: Mmmm... I'm there.
Jim: We left Melfina on the ship you know. You sure she's okay?
Gene: I'm just worried about what
Fred said. And since she prefered to stay behind, I figured
that was best.
Jim: Maybe we should bring her back
some cake from the party, I'm sure she'd really like that.
// On the Outlaw Star...
Melfina: Gilliam, I'd like
to make a request to access Heiphong's largest data bank if you will
Gilliam: The most likely one would
be Dialo University. Just give me an extra moment Melfina.
And what specific topic are you interested in finding out about?
The subject is myself.
Gilliam: Yourself? What exactly do you mean by that?
Melfina: I'd like some information
to find about about who I really am. Why was I created at all.
I want to know why.
Gilliam: Melfina dear, in my
world thinking about one's self isn't permitted at all. But I can
truly sympathize with how you're feeling right now.
And I will do all that I can to
Melfina: Thank you Gilliam.
// At the party...
The Heiphong Space Race has now reached its 13th year, and has become a truly hospicious
event with our largest field ever.
This year, it consists of 13 corporate ships and 29
private ships that have entered the competition.
Gene: I wonder
if he's here somewhere.
Speaker: The fact that there are 40 ships participating in this race merely for the honor of
is a true testement to its popularity.
Jim: Looking around won't do you any good, you don't know what he looks like.
So, I can still look.
Jim: C'mon, Gene, we paid big bucks to be in this race so lets atleast get our money's worth.
it out, don't you wanna try a little? Hm?
Gene: Yeah, alright.
// Gene walks up to a waitress that looks oddly
Gene: Ah. Hm? Ah?
Gene: Um.... hi.
Aisha: Yaah! I finally found you, Gene
Gene: Um... Hi.
Aisha: I found you!
I found you! I found you! I finally found you!
Gene: Okay... What are you doing, Aisha?
Aisha: This is divine
guidance from the god of Ctarl. Thank you god of Ctarl, I can hardly believe
it! Even though I had absolutely no money,
I was determined to track you down and so I
hitchhiked all the way across space.
Jim: You hitchhiked all the way
across space to get here?
Aisha: Yes, and it was hard. I went to where the ships were stationed and when I got there
made me do all this heavy labor. I dreamt it and dreamt it and wound up here on Heiphong
and was so grateful to
get this waitress job to earn just enough to eat. And just as I
was paying myself who would show up buth you? (laughs)
Well well, who knew we would be
running into each other again so soon?
Gene: Man, I can't believe what bad luck
Jim: This is ridicolous.
Aisha: Hey you 2, stop your babbling, I'm the one in control here.
Aisha: Ah... These 2 creeps, I mean gentlemen, were bothering me and I had to take care of myself.
Thats enough, we'll talk later.
Aisha is dragged away.
Aisha: Stop! Let go of me, let go!
Boss: If you
cause anymore trouble here Aisha, you're not gonna get paid!
Boss: I'm very sorry about that gentlemen.
Hey, thats okay, really its no big deal.
// Back on the Outlaw Star...
Gilliam: I'm afraid there weren't enough
leads for me to get any information for you Melfina.
Melfina: Thats alright, thank you for trying.
We could try checking out the pirates through the space forces, but I think thats also
gonna be very difficult.
Its okay, you don't have to worry Gilliam. I didn't think I'd find out everything there
is to know about me right away.
Very well, I am sure that we will find a good lead eventually Melfina.
Melfina: Me too. Gene promised me one day that
I would find out.
Gilliam: Oh did he? Well speaking of the devil, I believe he's coming through the door right now.
We're back! Hey guess what Melfina, we brought you a surprise!
Melfina: Just for me?
Jim: Mm hm.
Now listen Melfina, we need to resupply the ship, make a maitenence check, and get some
rest cause we start in 12 hours.
Gilliam: We start for where?
Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the start of the 13th
Annual Heiphong Space Race is about to
begin. Participating ships have come from all over and are now assembling at the
point. Which team will win the wreath of victory in the Heiphong Space Race?
Gene: We leave here from Heiphong 4 and
head to the third planet, Heiphong 3.
Jim: They say that its a binary planet. Man, they sure picked a nasty place to
Gene: Oh, it gets much worse after that. Next, its the 5th planet, and then an orbit around
that gaseous nebula and then we pass through the asteroid belt.
Jim: It says that you can use the checkpoint at
either the first or the second planet.
Melfina: The course using the second planet takes longer, but the course for
the first planet
is kinda risky.
Gene: I like it already. Then we turn around and head back to Heiphong. The trip
Gilliam: We're in this race so we may as well win, Gene!
Gene: Alright, well
its good to see you psyched.
Gilliam: Thats because no ship is even gonna come close to beating out the Outlaw Star.
You know it, now lets show them what the Outlaw Star is really made of. (thinking) I'm
gonna hunt you down MacDougal.
Gene, this will be all for nothing if we don't finish in the top 3.
Gene: Don't worry about that.
whatever you say. But if we finish in the top 3, thats 400000 wong minus the entry
fee then we get 200000 left for us.
Announcer: The ships will start one at a time in 2 minute intervals. The first ship is approaching
starting gate. The Blue Continental, a private vessel that competed in the last 6
races, piloted by Ernest Blue.
All systems are normal, the output of all engines is normal.
Gene: We're number 26 in the line up, so relax, it will
take a while.
Announcer: Ship number 7 in today's competition is unique. The Noburi Nueiro will be driven today
Mr. Nubaso Kunono. He's here on business from Ctarl Ctarl.
Gene: Hey, he said thats a Ctarl Ctarl ship.
// On the ship...
Pilot: Officer Aisha, how would you like us to run this space race, like we normally
perhaps some other way.
Aisha: Until I give an order, do what you want, but always remember to think of
my orders as the
same as the empire's orders.
Aisha: Just you watch my dear friends.
Well, I'm going now Officer Aisha.
// They start.
Melfina: Newton Reactor and gravity cycle unit are now coming
Announcer: Well it looks like he made it after all, and just in time. The El Dorado arrived
late, but now
the ship has managed to find its place in the starting lineup.
// MacDougal's ship shows up.
Gene: Huh? Oh...
The El Dorado, which placed fifth last year, is a favorite this year. Her captain is
Williams? Does that mean its not MacDougal?
// On the ship...
Harry: Hey I'm sorry I'm late, I got caught in
an ether current storm on my way over to the race.
Technician: The El Dorado is scheduled to start in 7 minutes. Can
you get yourself ready to go
Technician: Alright, good luck Mr. Williams.
Leo: Hey Harry, there's a transmition thats coming in. Says he's on the Outlaw Star.
Harry: I don't
know that ship. Its about time we got started, just drop that for now.
Gene: Darn, he won't answer.
Outlaw Star, the open channel at the starting point is for official use only.
Announcer: Attention, the El Dorado is
headed for the starting gate.
Gene: Lets fire off the engines, I'm gonna close in on that ship.
officials will stop us most certainly.
Jim: Gene, now take it easy, don't do anything crazy. You don't know who's ship
that is for sure.
Gene: Ugh... Yeah, I guess you're right about that. Its a long race, but I'll get my chance to
out for sure.
Announcer: El Dorado, its time to start.
Harry: Okay Leo, go ahead and cut loose.
// The El Dorado starts. Suzuka is in a casino, the race is on a television.
the Bonaparte, sponsered by the Penelope Corporation, is the Outlaw Star, a
private vessel competing for the first time.
Her captain is Gene Starwind.
// Outlaw Star starts going. An odd looking man watches in the dock.
ship looks very familiar.
Man: Is there something bothering you, Professor Khan?
Gwen: Oh no, its was nothing,
nothing at all. Thank you for asking. It'll be alright. No doubt
about it, thats ship's the XGP15A2. But whats it doing
Race Official: This is your final check, are you ready?
Gene: All systems green.