Whoo-ee, we’ve had some fun with this topic in the past. Roger’s foretold destiny to end up with Beatrice Wankmeister, his wife and future mother of Roger Jr., and the sudden introduction of Stellar Santiago in Space Quest 6. What was up with all that? Well, thankfully, the always delightful and helpful Josh Mandel (original designer and writer of SQ6) stepped up to answer most, if not all, of the questions that have been nagging us fans about Stellar’s role in SQ6. And I already had Mark Crowe on file from the supporting cast episode talking about Beatrice’s role in SQ5, so … all that’s left is my own opinion and–
Whoa, wait. At the very last minute, Jason “Skyefyre” got his two cents in. The dude wrote on Twitter as early as when the episode was announced, close to two weeks before release, and said that he had some opinions but he wasn’t sure if he wanted to share them – given that they might be slightly, um, incendiary. At the very last minute, he apparently talked himself into it, and managed to get his bit in (forcing me to rerecord a tiny bit of the show where I said that “no one chimed in – apparently, it was just too controversial a topic”, but hey, I love listener emails, so I was glad to include it).
Likewise, both Chris Ushko’s bit about Space Quest: Incinerations and James Mulvale’s bit about his “Arnoid Funk” theme came in very late, but not because they had to convince themselves to appear. In both cases, I actually bear the blame for stressing these poor gents out with getting their stuff in. Chris’ bit was literally a last-minute brain fart on my part as I was writing the script on Monday (the episode came out Thursday), so he had practically no time to elucidate on what really is a complicated subject: How he treated the “love-triangle” between Stellar, Beatrice and Roger in his game. I’m really thankful he managed to get something in at all.
(And he even submitted it by video! Here, look!)
For James’ bit, I usually remind him about what tune is coming up, and he then records his commentary in time for the show. (In contrast, Mark Seibert’s bits were recorded way in advance in one go, before the season even started.) And, alas for the poor man, I’m usually very late in reminding him — sometimes only a day or two before I start writing the script and recording. This time, I was so late, it again was a minor miracle that he got anything in. Again, it was a Monday thing of writing the script and going, “Fuck, James isn’t in here!” and hurriedly writing the man, apologizing profusely, and asking if he would have time to get it in, like, yesterday. And, owing to the man’s incredible talents for time travel, he did.
So, my apologies to both Chris and James, and also great big thanks for sacrificing their time to be on the show!
As for Pete Toleman and his ongoing quest to ruin everything that’s good and true — this is probably, I think, Gareth’s finest hour on the show. I was pissing myself laughing when I heard his rendition of Sinead O’Connor. Stick around after the “end credits” for an outtake from that, er, ‘performance.’
And just for shits and giggles, here’s an outtake of Pete singing a completely different song.