“I should’ve brought my gun,” Leela said. “Also, I should’ve had a V8.”

“Product placement?” Mack asked.

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Buck Meanly and Undeath Row. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


Today’s tale is a tribute to the sometimes hilariously bad and other times just unwatchably bad B-movies that provide grist for Mystery Science Theater 3000.


“It’s the only way the producers could get the money to make this,” Leela said. “Seriously, I get that they’re fog things, but where does Mars come in?”

“That’s where my calculations show they came from,” Dr. Flash said. “You can tell I’m a scientist, coz I’m wearing a lab coat.”

“And nothing else,” Leela noted.

“Not all of us are overdressed,” the doctor replied. “What is that outfit, anyway?”

“Something the costume people had left over from Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, I think,” Leela said. “But we’re standing on this metal whatever-it-is so it looks science-fiction-y.”

“Stop complaining,” Mack said. “I’m wearing someone’s idea of a starship crew uniform, if starship crews wore shorts. You’re at least fully-covered.”

“For now,” Leela said. “The script has the my hood off in the next scene and my vest off in the scene after that. And so on.”

“You didn’t think they cast you for your acting, did you?” Dr. Flash asked.

Leela rolled her eyes. “So, Dr. Genius, what do these fog things want?”

“Water,” the doctor said. “In science fiction movies, they always invade Earth for water.”

“We’re on Earth?” Mack asked. “Then why am I in a bargain-basement starship uniform?”


Have fun!


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