My favorite scene in my audio adaptation of "Who Goes There"
FX-banging on a table
Calm down, everybody, calm down!
(voices quiet down)
Thank you. Macready, you've told us about the ship and this...thing...
that you found out there. I gotta tell you guys, I'm at a loss here. They
don't train us on what to do with a man from Mars.
Well, that should be obvious. I'll thaw it out and study it.
What? You can't be serious!
Of course I'm serious. We'll never get another...
Listen, I don't care what you do with it, just don't do it in my dining
room on my tables.
We can't thaw that thing out! There's no telling what we'd catch from
What? Don't be dim? Let me tell you something, you no-necked
Pipsqueak? Now, just a...
Blair, let the man talk. You've done your
share. Now, what are you talking about, Clark?
Germs. Disease. You thaw that thing out, we could catch anything.
I'm telling you...
No, let him respond. I think I know where he's going.
Oh, I give up. What?
I'm talking about comparative biochemistry. I'm talking about the fact
that this thing did not evolve here on Earth, so there is no way that
it can be carrying any micro-organism that could be dangerous to
humans. Add to the fact that it lay buried in minus 40 degree weather
for six days, and nothing could have survived.
Oh, that's bunk and you know it Blair. Plenty of organisms freeze
and return to life when thawed.
But those are not higher order, complex organisms. An animal, one of
Clark's dogs for instance, would not thaw alive. Neither would a man,
or something advanced enough to build a spaceship. That kind of
structured organism needs all of it's major parts to operate. This thing
That thing may be dead, but what about all the not-so-complex
lifeforms it carries? It could have some blood borne...pathogen...for
all we know. Something that killed the pilot and made the ship crash.
The point is we don’t know!
Hold on, hold on. Let's just take a vote, why don't we?
But, you said that I would be in charge if we found anything in my
field. I think this qualifies.
No, Mac, really. You were there. And now he wants us to vote? This
is one of, no, the most significant, most important, most exciting
discovery in the history of man. I mean, forget airplanes and
nuclear bombs, we have proof, inarguable proof, of life from
somewhere else. And he wants to vote on destroying it?
Who said anything about destroying it? I’m talking about voting on
whether we thaw it here, or take it to Black Island and let them do it.
Those morons at Black Island would either lose it or just turn it over
to the military. Either way, we lose a chance to make history!
Listen, not only do we have a space alien, we have a dead space
alien! There's nothing in my training about this. We vote. If the vote
goes your way, then you can be in charge.
So, we just write down our vote and put it in a hat?
No. No secret ballots on this. You want to thaw it, go stand next to it.
You don't, go stand by the door.
That's easy enough. I'll be the first.
I...I've got to go with Connant on this one, Blair.
I have to agree with Blair. This is not something we should pass on,
210 Van Wall
Come on, guys! A real honest to goodness Martian! Who wouldn't
want do this?
I don't care what we do with it, as long as it isn't in here..
I promise, I won't do anything here. I have to set up a lab.
Fine. As long as you take it away, I'll let you play with it.
Kinner! You can't be serious!
Connant. It’s his choice.
Mac, you should never have dug that thing up. Shoulda burned
it where you found it. I'm staying right here by the door.
You may well be right, Childs, but we are here for scientific study.
Oh, Mac, not you, too! Garry, you have to see that this thing is
dangerous. At least make it a tie so we can flip a coin or something.
I'm sorry. But this could mean tremendous things for all of us. I…I
have to go with them.
At least some of us have some common sense.
Shut up, Blair. That ice should have cleared by now. Pull the
tarp off and let's see the newest member of our team.
It's about time. We haven't been able to see it clearly since we found
it. Copper, get that end.
FX-cloth rustling and dropping to the floor
FX-running, then someone throwing up
FX- walking up
What was that, Blair? Did I just hear you say oh my sweet Jesus!
FX-stumbling back, a chair falls over
227 Van Wall
Are those...are those worms?
This is a joke, right? You four cooked this up out there just to get a
Is...is it too late to change my vote?
I hope Garry left me some room in that trash can.
I told you, Mac.
Yeah, I'm beginning to agree with you.
Well, nobody ever said that biology would be pretty. So, Connant old
boy, what do you think of God's handiwork?
Uh-uh, evolution can have this one. My God never created
So, let me get this straight. You want to thaw this out and
And you have to cut it up to do that.
Yes, of course. Eventually, a full dissection will be necessary.
I think I'm with Clark. Cutting this thing into pieces would be a good
Blair, if you don't, I damn sure will.