WIVB gives me wonderful Paranoia headlines, a whole buffet of bizarre and corrupt twists. First, the Mayor issues a cease and desist to a nightclub. Second, volunteers help people navigate the changes to Obamacare. Third, hockey players to be rigged with cameras.
The hockey one seems appropriate, but it’s already done. All citizens are walking cameras, so it has to be something different and wild to rake in more money for sports fans. And what is that? 3D cameras of course! With a new bonus of Sense-Surround, where the viewers experience the same physical sensations as the athletes, including decapitation and broken bones. One good check against the wall could leave an entire viewing audience unconscious.
Here’s our plot: A group of PLC citizens decide it’s their patriotic duty to help citizens through the bureaucracy of Alpha Complex, when it comes to ordering fast food. In the process of untangling the Teela-O-My-What-A Tasty-Burger ordering and billing system (which could take three years to complete a transaction), the PLC Samaritans uncover the nasty truth: Solvent Green Burgers are Orange clearance citizens and not the advertised Green Clearance citizens. The Computer initiates a campaign of cracking down on false advertising and sends the Troubleshooters to check out the claims of Sense-Surround Sports Simulation that their new 3D glasses/receiver captures the experience of a Slipping-Swinging-Sports-Spectacular professional event. The glasses/receiver are limited to use by clones fortunate enough to get a ticket for the Alpha Complex Tooth Gaps event.
While testing out the glasses/receiver (any roll of a Computer on the die results in the Troubleshooters suffering a sports injury), Teela-O-My-What-A Tasty-Burger’s surviving management staff plan to snuff out the PLC Samaritans, who were rewarded for their civic duty by getting tickets for the Tooth Gap game. The managers are Sierra Club members and use their resources to unleash the most lethal of ice monsters: penguins. So, penguins run amuck in the stadium. The managers try to kill the Samaritans themselves, and everyone gets beat up as they experience repeated sports-related injuries.