Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reid Stories: Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Clips Plus VECTO Chapter 3.1

Here are some clips from Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show I used to watch:

"Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 24, 1988. It later aired on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central for another six seasons until its cancellation in 1997. The show was then picked up by Syfy (then known as The Sci-Fi Channel) and aired for another three seasons until its final cancellation in August 1999." - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy a collection of movies that appeared on the show: The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection - The Essentials (Manos, the Hands of Fate / Santa Claus Conquers the Martians).

And here's my VECTO scene of the week:

(Previously: Chais tells Vecto that a martial arts master named Leroy Johnson may know where Zendora is. Instead of using force, Vecto offers to trades his weapons if Chais leads the way to Leroy. The scene now changes to Crysilis and Streamline.)

At two o'clock in the morning, Crysilis and Streamline stood in darkness, on a roof, looking down a hole in a solar panel with their infrared visors.

“You think Vecto’s down there?” Streamline asked.

“Well, he was here at last transmission. And I said we’d be here …” Crysilis said.

Streamline inspected the rooftop for clues as Crysilis gazed at the moonlit sky. A small note lying on the roof caught Streamline’s attention.

“Over here,” he said, picking up the letter and waving for Crysilis to come. “It says: Dear wepons man and werd loking guy. sory bout stealin your gun. i kidnapped your frend and holding him for ransom. meet me her tomor at noon with 3,000 credits or els. your frendly thef,” Streamline said, reading it the way it was written.

“Is it that bad?” Crysilis asked. “I mean the note. I’m not worried about Vecto. He can handle himself.”

“Yeah, pretty much. Looks like he embedded a chip sensor, though,” Streamline said as he scanned the letter. He pressed the sensor to activate a Nexus screen. A holographic screen with a saved video clip hovered above the letter.

“Play saved clip?” a voice from the screen queried.

“Sure, why not?” Streamline responded.

In response, a reporter in her mid-20s filled the Nexas screen. “Currently, the police are looking for this man,” the woman said as a close-up picture of Streamline was displayed. “Apparently, this armed man stormed into Greenback World Bank and attempted to rob it.” A security camera clip of Streamline followed, showing him firing a shot in the air and yelling for everyone to get down. “According to police, a brave citizen allegedly foiled his plans and tied him to a rail until their arrival, but the attempted robber escaped,” the woman said as Streamline was shown sawing the rail with a laser knife. “Police have identified him as a Diamese knight going by the name ‘Streamline.’ He is described as a 38-year-old male, 6 feet 8 inches tall and wearing full body armor, brown in color. The police also have said that a hovercopter was dispatched in an attempt to arrest the attempted robber but was destroyed in pursuit. Streamline is considered extremely dangerous, and citizens are asked to report any sightings of him to authorities.”

The video clip stopped, and another screen popped up in haste.

“Oh, great! I’m a wanted man now!” Streamline said. “And they’ve got it all wrong!”

“Not so fast. There’s a new feed that just dropped in,” Crysilis said as he touched the online screen.

“Just in. Police have released information that confirms that members the Alpha Squad killed the entire SS6 Formation,” the woman said. “They have identified their leader as Vecto Botland, a robot that was once part of the old Alpha Squad of 14 years ago--a group best known for saving Acaterra from a 9-foot-tall cyborg named Morphaal. Police have also confirmed that Streamline, who apparently attempted robbery hours ago at Greenback World Bank, is a member of the A.S. and was at the scene when the SS6 Formation was killed. They are both classified as extremely dangerous and are still at large. Any whereabouts of these fallen heroes should immediately be reported to authorities.”

Streamline shut the Nexus screens off and threw the note aside. “Great--just great! What are we gonna do, now?”

(Now that Vecto and Streamline are wanted by the police, what will they do now? And is Chais really taking Vecto to see Leroy Johnson? Find out more in the next installment of VECTO!)

(Oct. 23, 2014, update: You can buy my Vecto: Vengeance light novel on Amazon here: Vecto: Vengeance.)

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