E.G.G Q&A: Episode 51
This Q&A Session contains full spoilers for E.G.G Episode 51: Technovore! If you have not read it, please click here to do so now!
*Editor's Note: Sorry for the wonky editing on 51, I just noticed it, it's been fixed!
When Josh returns to E.G.G Base after a sweet date Maya, he finds that it is overrun by a computer virus. Jocasta volunteered to enter the system and find the source of the problem before it erased all of E.G.G's data. However, things were worse than they seemed. Inside was a menacing monster the team came to call a Technovore, and it was consuming everything! Jocasta worked as hard as she could to hold off the Technovore while E.G.G came up with a counter virus. In the end, Jocasta sacrificed her consciousness to stop the Technovore, leaving only a sliver. When E.G.G revived her, she had seemingly forgotten everything and was about to reacquire Ultron, but Celeste was able to get through to her. Josh discovered that the Technovore came from A.I.M, but was threatened by a mysterious figure before he could look any further into it.
Aren't they cute a couple?
“Are you sure she’s okay?” Maya asked Josh as they sat on the grass in Battery Park.
“For the umpteenth time, yes!” Josh replied. “Why do you keep asking?”
“Sorry, sorry.” Maya replied. “But, I mean, come on, she got kidnapped.”
“Don’t worry, those creeps didn’t lay a finger on her.”
“I still think you should’ve called the police.” Josh laughed.
“Police couldn’t have done anything if they tried.” He replied.
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“They weren’t really your everyday kidnappers.”
“And you’re more qualified than the cops?”
“Ex S.H.I.E.L.D, remember?”
“Right, right. But you’re sure she’s alright?”
“Agh! Can we just not talk and kiss instead?” Maya smiled.
“Okay, fine.” She moved her arms down Josh’s jacket and they kissed in the New York sun.
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Awwww, isn't that sweet! All you Jaya's can cheer in joy, because it looks like these two are in it for the long haul! As long as Josh doesn't make the same mistake he did with Allyson, sorry Jallyson's!
Inside the computer, Jocasta floated amongst infinite data streaming by her.
“Where is the virus?” She asked. She looked around, then spotted something out of the corner of her optics. She turned to see a vicious looking black creature, with long sharp nails and teeth, piercing red eyes, real predator-like. It was absorbing the data into its hands and mouth.
“Consuuuuuuume.” It hissed. Jocasta flipped her arms into guns.
“Cease and desist!” She ordered. The monster turned to her.
“Errrraaaaaahhh!” It roared, vanishing in an instant.
“What?” Jocasta asked, looking around. “Where did…” Suddenly the data around her began to turn red. “Wait. Analyzing. Of course. He is using the data to…” Just then the monster appeared behind her and scratched her back.
“Agh!” She shouted. “Yes, to do that.” She opened fire on the monster.
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So Marvel fans know who Technovore is, basically a monster A.I.M made that feeds on data and tech and stuff. I based this version off of the one from Iron Man Armored Adventures (anyone still remember that show?) because I thought that was the coolest version of the character. And let's face it, the fact that the only word he hisses is "consume" is super creepy!
A.I.M, and the mystery man...
Josh sat in a conference room, spinning around in the chair and fiddling with the memory stick. Then he stopped. He squinted at it. He chipped away some of the char and looked closer.
“What in the…” He said. Printed on the memory stick were three sole letters: A.I.M. Josh spun around to the computer. “Jocasta.” He called.
“Yes director.” Her voice replied.
“Do a search on A.I.M, give me anything you come up with.
“As you-” Suddenly Jocasta cut off.
“Jocasta?” Josh asked. Just then the computer glitched, and on it appeared a symbol, of ten small circles, each with a different Chinese symbol in it, forming one large circle, and two swords crossed in the middle. “What is this?” Josh asked. At that moment a man, shrouded in shadow, appeared on the screen.
“Director Westbrook.” He said, in a deep, spine chilling voice.
“What do you want?” Josh asked.
“I implore you to look no further into this matter.” The man replied. “Doing so could be… very dangerous.”
“Yeah, tough talk from a guy hiding his face.” Josh replied.
“I’m warning you now, back out of these affairs, or you will force my hand, and I will have to stop you personally.”
“Yeah, no. I don’t scare easy pal. Your little Technovore didn’t work and neither will your threats. You have no idea who you’re dealing with.”
“Neither do you.” The man replied.
“I’m not backing down, so go ahead and come get me. I’ll be ready.”
“No you won’t.” The screen began to glitch. “You’ll never see me coming.” Just then, it returned to normal.
“-wish.” Jocasta finished. There was a pause. “What happened?”
“I don’t know,” Josh said, looking at the A.I.M imprinted on the memory stick. “But I have a horrible feeling we’re about to find out.”
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Ooooh, A.I.M! Yeah, I went there. And who could this guys threatening Josh be? Psh, like you don't know...
“Jocasta, do you remember me?” She asked. “Celeste?”
“Negative, no recollection of you exists in my databanks.”
“But you have to remember me! Me, Auntie Acacia, Commander Wuthrich, Director Westbrook! We’re all your friends!”
“Error,” Jocasta answered. “I do not have, as you say, ‘friends’. I only have my purpose.” Josh was alerted.
“And what is your purpose, Jocasta?” He asked.
“My purpose is to ensure the survival of my master, so that he may carry out his imperative, the destruction of all organic life.”
“And who is your master?”
“Ultron.” Everyone looked at each other.
“That’s not good.” Eileen said.
“Upload process engaged. Error: Ultron files not found. Searching worldwide database now.”
“We gotta shut her down.” Josh said. “Or else she’s gonna find wherever she hid Ultron and bring him back.”
“Please do not try to stop me.” Jocasta said. “It is in my programming to use lethal force. If I must, I will kill you.”
“She hasn’t adapted to her body yet!” Acacia said. “Do it now! Before she gets the chance!”
“NO!” Celeste shouted, climbing on top of Jocasta. “Jocasta, please! You have to remember!” Josh grabbed the cord.
“I’m sorry…” He said.
“No, just stop!” Celeste screamed. “Jocasta! Please remember! It’s me! Celeste! Remember your friends!”
“No! No error! Remember Jerome! And Seth! Remember the day you and my mom fought Dr. Doom! Remember when I built your new body! Please!”
“Memories do not exist.”
“Josh, pull the plug.” Eileen said.
“Jocasta! I’m begging you!” Celeste sobbed. “Come back to me! I promise I’ll never rewire you or mess with your programming or anything I ever did ever again! I’ll be a good girl! Please! Don’t go, you’re my best friend! I love you!” She hugged Jocasta and began to sob. Josh sighed sadly, and began to pull the cord.
“I…” Jocasta said. Josh stopped. Everyone looked up. “I love you too, Celeste.” Celeste smiled, crying tears of joy.
“I knew you couldn’t forget.” She said, as the girl and machine embraced each other.
“Phew.” Acacia said. “That could have been ugly.”
“I guess friendship is the most powerful bond after all.” Josh said.
“Not friendship Josh.” Eileen said, smiling. “Love.”
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Phew is right! That got scary for a minute. Luckily, Celeste's love for Jocasta triumphed over her initial programming and brought back her memories! Let's just hope that Ultron stays where he is, and Jocasta never finds him.
Jocasta v.s Technovore
“The more Jocasta fights the more Technovore can damage her consciousness. She’s not making a dent, but he’s… he’s deleting her.”
“No!” Celeste shouted.
“Not on my watch.” Josh said. “Jocasta, listen to me, you gotta keep your distance from Technovore, you’re at 53% and dropping.”
“It is not as easy as you believe it to be.” Jocasta replied. She spun around and began shooting at Technovore.
“Grrraaahhh!” It yelled. It then jumped into the data and appeared under her, biting her leg.
“Agh!” Jocasta shouted, blasting it in the face. Technovore pulled and ripped Jocasta’s leg off, and she began leaking red numbers. “I will not allow you to delete my mind!” She shouted. She turned her arm into a blade and slashed Technovore.
“Rrrrrahhhhh!” It shrieked, looking down at the wound. “Consuuuuume…” It absorbed more data around it, and the cut healed.
“Okay then…” Jocasta said.
“She’s at 43%!” Celeste exclaimed.
“Jocasta, you’ve gotta have something we can use!” Eileen called.
“Negative, analysis is incomplete.” She replied. “I must get closer to acquire more sufficient data.”
“You can’t! You’ll be deleted!” Celeste cried.
“The kid’s right Jocasta,” Josh said. “You gotta pull out now, or there’s gonna be nothing left of you.”
“Negative.” Jocasta firmly objected. “I do not care how powerful it is, this virus will be stopped!”
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Talk about stakes! I mean, E.G.G losing all their data is bad, but come on, there's no real threat. Technovore slowly deleting Jocasta with every attack, however, yeah, that can lead to some serious repercussions. I wanted Technovore in E.G.G, but figured there was nno way for the gang to fight him without crossing into Tron territory. So Jocasta was the logical next step. And even though she was dying, she fought to the finish to save her friends.
See you tomorrow!
Make sure you tune in tomorrow, October 9, to read the E.G.G Episode 52: Hammer Time! Leave all your questions so I can answer them in the Q&A next Thursday, October 15! Love is in the air!
It's date night! Josh and Maya, Acacia and Quartermain, and Eileen and... Justin Hammer? It's hammer time in this romance filled fiasco! Heck, even Agent Rice gets a date! But, as always, trouble brews in the background, waiting to strike... Get in on all the love tomorrow, October 9, in E.G.G Episode 52: Hammer Time!