Bonus Crossover Issue: Hollow Ship and Tales of Adequacy!
Has any word in the history of licensing captured the imagination like “Crossover?” Star Trek/Doctor Who…Marvel/DC…X-Men/Teen Titans…huge events in publishing. The only thing companies like more, the only word that even competes for attention in the minds of marketing Suits, is “spinoff,” perhaps “team-up.”
Thusly, time for our first true Crossover!
For a couple of weeks, I have been linking, and peer pressuring readers to check out Hollow Ship, a sci-fi comedy series that is trying to get off the ground. It’s pretty funny stuff, and the creative team is pretty solid. The basic premise is pretty simple: The USS Pathfinder is a starship, the interior of which is all Holodeck. That way, instead of actually having to have the parts of a spaceship, you can just turn on the emitters and get what you needed from a program. Clever idea.
Except the ship is broken, and the only program that they have is the one for 21st Century Los Angeles. That’s where the humor comes in. I was still a little unclear about how the show would work, so I had a brief interview with series Co-Creator, Curtis Fortier, who will also be playing the Captain. The interview is after the graphics, which are shilling the project, Gentle Reader.
Also…if the interview isn’t enough, and the Kickstarter didn’t just grab you by the neck and shake some money out of you…you might click here, and here, to get more multimedia content! Like Podcasts with the cast…!
So, on to the interview!
Adequacy: I’m working on a post. Is there an exterior design for the Pathfinder?
Fortier: There is not. Just some unimpressive sketches that I’ve misplaced.
Adequacy: Is it like the Enterprise?
Fortier: More “boxy.” In my head (and I’m not good at design) each deck is just a big empty space with Holo Emitters in the walls.
Adequacy: Well, I’ll just draw something for panel one and text the image to you when I’m done. So, if the Pathfinder is hollow, so to speak, then the parts of the ship are represented by parts of Los Angeles?
Fortier: That is correct. The Bridge is a conference room. Engineering is an auto repair shop. Sickbay is a vet clinic, and so on.
Adequacy: So when an alien ship is encountered, they FaceTime in the conference room?
Fortier: 3D FaceTime in the Conference Room. Or the Captain’s Office. Or a Fatburger.
Adequacy: What kind of problems are typical for the Pathfinder crew?
Fortier: They need to learn how to run a 26th Century starship with 21st Century technology. One quote we have is that they “must navigate space, and life itself, six hundred years in the past.”
Adequacy: Oooh. Deep.
Fortier: Also, since the crew is “B-string” they need to learn how to get along and come together as a functioning unit if they are to survive. They need to try to hide their condition from HQ, since everybody thinks they are screw ups. They have something to prove.
Adequacy: I was going to ask why they didn’t just go home and get a software update. I notice that none of the crew are wearing Capri pants, although they are making a comeback. Why?
Fortier: We hope that Hollow Ship will be the vanguard of the Capri pant resurgence.
Adequacy: If you had a starship, what is the last place you would take it, and why?
Fortier: Into the anti-matter universe because the entire ship would annihilate the second it appeared there.
Adequacy: How much of the effects budget is going into “hot alien?” what should the viewers expect from said character?
Fortier: People will need to tune in to find out the answer to that question. But the latest “Crew Blog,” by our IT Guy Quake (Update #23) on the Kickstarter gives a preview.
There you have it. The team has nearly hit their Kickstarter goal. Click a link, and help back a Sci-Fi Comedy, True Believers. Unlike J.J. Abrams, this team will actually give you NEW material and stories!