Terror from the Skies
Edwin Blackgaard has teamed up with one of the local radio stations in Odyssey to produce and air a fun, fictional program called "Terror from the Skies." The show is aired live to add to its spookiness, but it is all in good fun. Unfortunately, through a series of incidents and accidents, Lawrence Hodges and Jimmy Barclay miss the fact that it's just a show. They think the program is for real and are terrified that aliens from outer space are invading the earth! Lawrence takes off in a panic with Jimmy close behind him.
After a series of madcap mishaps, the two of them manage to burst in on the climax of the production. This gives it a poignant, if unintended, ending. Lawrence again learns that he shouldn't let his imagination run away with him, and Jimmy finds that you can't believe everything you hear.
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- Why was it silly for Jimmy and Lawrence to be frightened of outer space aliens invading the earth?
- Would you have been afraid?
- Why or why not?
- What is the best way to handle fear?
- This entire episode is a reference to the radio drama of "War of the Worlds" and listeners' real life reactions to its original airing, 56 years ago to the day of this broadcast. During the original drama, one town's electricity was actually cut off (accidentally) much like Lawrence and Jimmy's was. The siting of the drama's 'meteorite' was Grover's Mill, not unlike Gower's Field.
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QuotesMr. Miffland: Well as they say in show business, break a leg.
Edwin Blackgaard: Of course. Equal wishes for your various limbs as well.
Dale Jacobs: something's coming out with tentacles. It's huge. it's monstrous. It's-it's..
Edwin Blackgaard: Dale! Dale? Well ladies and gentlemen I'm sorry but we seem to have lost contact with Dale. I've been informed that the police are at the scene now and well we'll break here until we have an update.
Walter Shakespeare: Help! Get your oily tentacles off of me. Help! Ed, it's got me. The rumors are true! The rumors are-.
Lawrence Hodges: AAAaah! I want my Mom!
Jimmy Barclay: Aaah! I want your mom too!
Eugene Meltsner: Hellooo! Mr. alien! I am Eugene Meltsner and I am your friend. Do you understand? I am your friend. Ow! Cease and assist! Wrapping your tentacle around me is not conducive to good communication. Ow STOP!
Edwin Blackgaard: Eugene? Eugene.
Eugene Meltsner: I'll have to get back to you Ed!
Edwin Blackgaard: Terrible. Just terrible.
Maureen Hodges: Are you crazy running in front of me like that? I could've hit you!
Harlow Doyle: I'm sorry about that ma'am. Harlow Doyle Private eye here. I thought you might want to know that the city is under attack!
Maureen Hodges: What?
Harlow Doyle: You'd better grab your water pistols and head for the hills. The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming! Warn your neighbors and your friends and maybe even a few distant acquaintances. The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming!