Queer Ear Podcast Productions presents A Call To The Stars, a peculiar sci-fi comedy that boldly goes where most people wouldn't bother. Follow an ordinary Earth girl and an alien punk as they travel through the fabric of reality itself...
It's a perfectly ordinary day for Nicola Brown. The trains run late as usual, her colleagues are annoying as ever, and she's working another tedious shift at Planetary Connections. Leonora Halebopp, space punk incarnate, is stuck on Earth with an uncooperative universal remote control. When the two connect over a phone call they realise they could be the solution to each other's problems.
Nicola's imagination powers up Romo, Leonora's universal remote control, and the fabric of reality changes. Nicola falls down and down, into absolute nothingness, gets taken apart, in ways a person shouldn't be taken apart, and put back together again. After her first trip through The Void leaves a bad taste in her mouth, she finds herself in a strange makeshift spaceship built from her thoughts, memories and dreams. Things become infinitely more peculiar when two aliens called Big and Small contact the ship and demand payment for passing through their stretch of interstellar highway.
It's been ages since Big and Small have had people! As the ship nosedives through the planet's atmosphere, they celebrate the occasion with their fellow spawn. Meanwhile, inside the ship; chaos. Help turns up in an unexpected form; I.T Dave but...not I.T Dave. With a whizz of his computer skills, the trio make a quick escape and land in deep waters. Whilst Dave suffers from an identity crisis, Nicola and Leonora are confronted by Big and small. Just as it seems the two bulbous-headed businessmen are ready to strike a bargain, they spot Romo, and their ambitions grow infinitely larger. Who cares about a glorified food & beverage dispenser when you can achieve galactic domination with a press of a button? Leonora isn't prepared to let Big and Small get their flippers on Romo; a struggle enues and Nicola is caught in the middle of it. This isn't exactly how she imagined her first space adventure.
The Narrator waits for his two protagonists to pop back into existence. Whilst he takes a break from his narrative duties, he floats around the Red Dawn Mars base and finds Adam, an astronaut, who is troubled by the news coverage he and his fellow scientists are receiving back on Earth. Eva, a Red Dawn botanist, is less concerned about her reputation and more interested in maintaining healthy crops, which is why it's hugely problematic when all internal systems go on the blink! Meanwhile, the void spits Nicola out onto the stormy surface of Mars. The Martian dust plays havoc with Romo's synaptic systems and the "red planet" terraforms into a muddy marshland. Adam and Eva, unable to locate an internal problem, exit the base and follow an uniendifiable source of heat. Their hunt for answers leads them to an unexpected discovery. Leonora learns a home truth about herself and age old question rears its ugly head; is there life on Mars?
On the day Mars gains life, Punk Rock becomes a new addition in the big, yellow galactic directory. The Galactic Green Guard squad announce the arrive of The Galactic Emperor; the judge, jury and executioner. The sovereigns' familial relationship with Leonora does somewhat complicate things, especially as she has been ignoring their dinner invites for the past 6000 years! On top of "ghosting" the emeperor, Leonora is also charged with several other grieveous charges. Namely; creating a paradox species, abusing several universal remote privelleges, and interfering with the affairs of a primitive species. When Nicola attemps to come to Leonora's defence, the Emperor charges her with aiding and abetting. The sentece: eternity.
Nicola and Leonora take the escalator to eternity, through the singing soul...