You may not have heard of it, but the Flight of the 'Tomorrow's World', is considered a modern sci-fi classic. Running for just a single pilot series of seven episodes between 1995-1996, 'Tomorrow's World' was a visually exciting and entertaining show. Sadly the show ran into difficulties when trying to commission a second series - networks felt that some elements were too adult for broad appeal, and the high cost of special effects made it a costly proposition. It was cancelled after just the pilot series.
Synopsis: A crew of misfits, aliens and robots led by dashing human rogue Rico 'AAA' DuBois and mystic empath Yan Tibbault journey through fringe space in search of wealth, fame and answers to mysteries they encounter.
|The crew of the Tomorrow's World
Set in the fringe space system of Golgotha, the series is full of exotic alien locations. Packed with high-energy action and a lot of laughs, Flight of the 'Tomorrow's World' was short-lived, but has become a science fiction TV classic! Rumours abound that a reboot is in the making - watch this space!
Episode 1: Bad Blood on Golgotha sees Rico, Yan and their bot companions A-D0M and G8H acting on a tip-off for local work. A short fire-fight on the streets of Mos Excellent results in the crew getting a retainer to run errands for a mysterious local group.
The crew are tasked with an assassination of a local official in Episode 3: I'll Walk You Home, as well as the safe delivery of a discrete package. The crew efficiently dispatch both the package and hapless official unobserved in the dark streets of Mos Excellent. The episode ends with our first character conflict - an argument between Tibbault and Rico puts the pair in the sickbay!
|Fan note: Episode 3 sees Rico both played by a new actor and given a much more eye-catching look.
Episode 7 (Part 1): Be Afraid of the Dark! A tense, claustrophobic two-part finale sees the crew of the Tomorrow's World enter a mysterious research facility. There are no staff or guards, but the reason why soon becomes clear, as a swarm brood has invested the entire network of underground rooms and tunnels. On entering the main research lab, Rico discovers a slanni encased in a coprolite slab - none other than Lottabot'l's kin, S'lann Sol'o. At the point of discovery, Rico is swarmed by vent crawlers dropping out of the ceiling void. All seems lost!
A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to stay with my good friend cheetor for a weekend of Five Parsecs From Home gaming. We had decided ahead of time that we would run it as a co-op adventure - each of choosing a couple of figures we wanted to use, and then adding in additional characters as and when seemed appropriate. Cheetor remarked early on that our assemblage of miniatures looked like the cast of a 1990s sci-fi TV show, and that's how we ended up playing it. Full of action and humour, but not too much in the way of death or despair. I didn't take enough notes on the games to write them up as a standard game report (in fact I have a nagging feeling I've actually missed out one of the games!), so I decided to write it up in the same 90's TV show vein as we played it.
As for Five Parsecs - I thoroughly enjoyed using it. It's a fantastic system for allowing you create an immersive universe and enabling a great co-op experience. Seemingly inconsequential story points and loot (a letter from home and the kiranin crystals) turned out to be perfect critical plot elements and chance post-battle events allowed us to bring in new and fun characters. It didn't really matter that we gunned down enemies relatively easily, because this made me suggest respawning swarm brood in our finale game - something that made it extremely tense and looking terminal at points! I'm very much looking forward to enacting the high-budget feature film remake of Tomorrow's World at some future point.