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The prank song that Lorhrok plays on Adow in the original pilot ("...There You Are") is "Science Genius Girl" by Freezepop.
It's actually one of my personal favorites (FULL DISCLOSURE: I am the only person on the team who likes it), but, since it was supposed to be annoying in context, we picked the most obnoxious part of it, amped it wayyyy up past tolerable, then compressed it in a weird way that made it sound worse.
I wish we could say that last part was deliberate, but ...the truth is that back during the pilot we didn't have a clue what we were doing.
Anyway, here's the actual song.
There's more to this story, but for another time. Remind me in a week.
Excelsior fun fact: CAG Zatreya Vesant and Chief Conn Officer Jon Sylveste are engaged to be married.
They had already asked their C.O., Bev Rol, to officiate, but that's no longer possible. Jon would rather not be married by Captain Dovan, so they're now planning to be married with no officiant. Jubal Valentine and Cpl. Earnest will witness their self-administered vows (as best man and matron of honor)..
The Season 5 subtitle is "The Round Table," which is a bit odd, when you think about it.
Previous seasons have all had titles with pretty obvious links to their stories: "The Sword of Damocles" was about the Sword of Damocles, "The Valandrian Expedition" was about a trip to Valandria, "Ex Astris Mirificentia" was about the wonder of the galaxy, and so on. But "The Round Table"? What's that?
Back in the days when there was an Excelsior roleplaying game (from which some of ou...r stories are still borrowed, though not too many lately), there was a cataclysm involving the Iconian Gateways, which led to a complicated story involving the Omega Particle, a Borg invasion, a cold war with the Klingons, and more (all of which was passed over in the audio drama). One upshot was that our task force was sent to explore a new region of the Delta Quadrant, out toward the Perenalthorias Arm, which was called The Round Table Theatre of Operations.
It was given that name (rather a mouthful) by a whimsical admiral named Walter Picardo Tenson who ran part of the roleplaying organization the Excelsior game was in. The Excelsior spent quite some time there, exploring things and giving them names stolen from Arthurian legend, like "Mordred Nebula." There was even a planet named Avalon, although RPG Avalon really had nothing at all in common with Audio Drama Avalon except the name.
None of that made it into the audio drama. Not the new theatre of operations, not the Gateway cataclysm, not the daring raid in a stolen Klingon bird-of-prey renamed I.K.S. Trevor Chappell. But when I was fishing around for names for the fifth season, I came across it, and I thought it was a good fit for our heroes at this stage in their lives: they are mature, they are united, they are heroes, they are legendary.
Of course, The Round Table of legend didn't last.
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