Archive for August, 2005
Vince’s feelings for his Aquagirl intensify, but when Eric, Turtle and Drama see her with her ex-, the crew begin to worry for their friend. Drama and Turtle follow her to get photographic evidence of her infidelities, but their low-rez camphone shots fail to convince their friend. Vince does ask her about her feelings, and she admits that she thinks that she needs to return to her former flame, leaving Vince devastated and ready to quit the Aquaman project. Ari’s conflict with Terrance hits a boiling point, and when Ari attempts a coup, he winds up being fired from the agency.
In any battle, the key to victory is the ability to strike the enemy without them knowing what hit them. Within the US arsenal one such weapon can go into harm’s way, deliver 40,000 pounds of either conventional or nuclear bombs, and slip away unobserved–the B-2 Stealth Bomber. With its origins in single-wing experimentation in Germany in the 1930s, the B-2 was developed under a cloak of secrecy. But when that cloak was lifted, the world was awed by what stood before them. Able to fly over 6,000 miles without refueling, it can reach whatever target the US military wants to attack and deliver its awesome array of laser-guided weapons with pinpoint accuracy. Using state-of-the-art technology, including over 130 onboard computers, and shrouded by a mantle of stealth, it’s undetectable by any radar.
Perhaps no field has experienced this revolution in velocity more acutely than transportation. We look at five blazingly fast technological marvels that have pushed the speed limits to the very edge, each with its own unique and dramatic history: the world’s fastest production car (Sweden’s Koenigsegg CCR); the world’s fastest train (the Maglev in Shanghai); the world’s fastest boat (The Spirit of Australia); the world’s fastest roller coaster (the Kingda Ka) and the fastest thing on earth (the Holloman High Speed Test Track), used to test highly sensitive equipment for many branches of the government and commercial clients.
Route 66, encompassing eight states from Illinois to California and 2,400 miles, represented an American myth–that something better lay over the rainbow. Route 66 began in the early 20th century when a confluence of technologies–automotive, steel construction, and concrete paving–merged with population explosion, westward migration, and prosperity after WWI. The federal government responded with highway bills that converted existing roadways into an interstate called Route 66. Later, WWII highlighted the need for a strategic system similar to Germany’s Autobahn–wider, safer, and more advanced. As federal and state governments worked on a superhighway, millions sought “their kicks on Route 66.” By 1985, the abandoned roadway no longer “officially” existed, yet, it remains a destination for nostalgic travelers wishing to recapture a simpler, more adventurous era.
As Vince’s relationship with Aquagirl intensifies, Eric has to deal with two increasingly anxious sets of agents – those representing Vince and those tied to his paramour. Ari lies to Eric, claiming that James Cameron is willing to drop Vince from the project if the actor doesn’t focus on the film. But the charade is exposed, and Eric turns the tables by sending Ari to Napa on a revenge-motivated wild goose chase. After Eric’s car is stolen, a demo CD is left behind by the perps. The crew loves the tunes on the CD, and Turtle tracks down the artist, signing him to a management deal.
German military aircraft designs were decades ahead of their Allied counterparts. To insure Luftwaffe superiority, their designers tested advanced concepts including swept-wing and vertical take-off aircraft and stealth bombers. Using computer-generated images and archival footage, we trace development of Hitler’s airborne arsenal.
Vince and his Aquagirl are outed as an item by Page Six, much to the concern of Shauna. Eric goes into damage control mode, keeping the two on a professional level when they’re out in public. Ari gives Vince a painting as a gift, but Eric later finds out that the painting is a fake. Realizing that he’s already in trouble due to Terrance’s overtures towards Vince, Ari replaces the painting with the original, straight from his own wall. Drama loses his Movie of the Week gig when he gets over-excited about his scene with Brooke Shields. Eric’s relationship with Sloan grows more interesting, further complicating his personal and professional lives.