Sarcastic Voyage - Radio Adventures - The Radio Adventures of Matt & AAlgar season 2Matt, AAlgar and Dottie have been rocketed to the far-off future year of 2014 in this 1950s-style pulp serial
• I had every intention of returning to Radio Adventures after season one, of which I was extremely proud. But I wasn't sure if there was a whole lot more meat on the "1935 pulp adventure" bone, so I began to explore the possibility of bringing the story forward in time a bit. Eventually I realized that it might be fun, big-picture wise, to follow the development of pulp entertainment through the ages, which remains my overall intention. (We have subsequently produced a standalone Dottie adventure set in the late 60s.) The next obvious step, to me, was a space-based 1950s-style story.
• Whereas season one was meant to be a pastiche of a lot of different things, this season ended up being based largely on Space Patrol, a radio serial (also a TV series) from the mid-50s. I found some other things to crib from, of course, but Space Patrol definitely had most of what I was looking for, concentrated in one single entity. It somehow made the idea of jetting through space and meeting exotic aliens super boring and mundane. Everyone was a super-square that would make Adam West's Batman look like a hippie. I can't imagine how it was ever entertaining, but it was perfect for my needs.
• The meta-story of this season is that, in the final, pathetic days of the Golden Age of Radio, Slap Strongarm and the Orbit Cops was forced by its corporate owners to merge with The Radio Adventures of Matt and AAlgar. I realized that this setting — among the death throes of a dying industry — was much more suited to my personal aesthetic than the earlier season, which I'd set during the peak of radio's heyday.
• Slap Strongarm (played by Dave, in probably his best role for us) took a little while for me to find, as a character, but when he finally came together, I absolutely loved him.
• Nate as Cadet Gary, on the other hand, was a character I adored instantly — largely because of Nate's performance. Pairing Dottie, who was designed to be a kid sidekick that you didn't want to literally kick, with a character more like the traditional kid sidekick, ended up being a lot of fun. We even got to record the two of them in the same physical place once! Given that they live in different countries, thousands of miles apart, this was quite the event!
• Gary's tendency to pun and his weird goose-laugh are lifted almost directly from Space Patrol. Seriously, the show was terrible. (I even read a book about how not-terrible it was. This book, clearly written by a misguided baby boomer, was wrong.)
• The purple bats harassing Dottie and Gary are essentially "dickbats," which regularly appeared in Filmation's Star Trekanimated series.
• It took me a few episodes to really get a feel for what this season of Radio Adventures was all about, but I'd really cracked it by the time we got to episode 5. That's why it's extra-long — I was so excited to have figured it all out that I wanted to make up for lost time and do a long episode to correct for the slight meandering that had preceded it.
• "Dr. Molengo" is a super-deep cut. When Vishal redesigned the logo and other visual elements for Sarcastic Voyage, he suggested this font for titles, which we regularly used. I always had trouble remembering the name, so I basically named a character after it as a mnemonic device. Three years later, I am pleased to report that it worked!
• The electronic cacophony in Dr. Molengo's lab is actually real electronic music created by musical pioneer Raymond Scott in the 1950s. Scott was a super-fascinating guy who was responsible for, among many other things, several melodies with which you are almost certainly familiar from their use in old Warner Brothers cartoons.
• About halfway through this story, I abandoned any hope of rehabilitating the AAlgar and Matt characters and just had everyone in-universe start referring to the fact that they were nowhere near as useful as their sidekick.
• Details of the alien invasion were largely ripped off from old Mars Attacks! cards.
• The theme music (composed by me in GarageBand) picks up a super-cool theremin most of the way through, thanks to the efforts of regular Voice Acting Player and musical wunderkind, Josef Ravenson.
• The ending, where Dottie is promoted to full agent, makes me tear up a little every time I hear it. Which is especially stupid when you consider that I wrote the thing in the first goddamn place.
• Dottie's adventures continue in the one-shot Agent Dottie, which jumps forward to the late 60s and imagines her as a cheesy Hanna Barbera-style cartoon.
Vishal Bharadwaj - Dale Durust Lateef
Kristy Brannon - Archduchess Clamato
Duncan Boszko - Dr. Molengo
Mark Boszko - The President
Dave Fields - Slap Strongarm
Danielle K.L. Grégoire - Prime Minister of Canada
Nathan LaJeunesse - Cadet Gary
Josef Ravenson - prospector, Deputy Vance Valence
Matt Rowbotham - Matt
Amanda Smith - Announcer, Carla, horrible wife
Sabrina Snyder - Dottie
Jason Wallace - Archduke Pachinko
Ron “AAlgar” Watt - AAlgar, Rick Threefold
Written & directed by Ron “AAlgar” Watt
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