In episode 190 of the Sarcastic Voyage podcast, we will be picking up with part 4 of an ongoing Adventures of Nick and Willikins serial. Part 3 was featured in episode 176, over a year ago.
We concede that this is a horrible way to tell a story. On the other hand, just call this “part 2″ of this series of The Adventures of Nick and Willikins and we’re suddenly in the same illustrious company as Venture Bros or Mad Men.
Anyway, if you’re new to the Sarcastic Voyage podcast, or if you somehow don’t keep a Grail Diary of every bit we’ve ever done (shame on you), here’s a quick recap.
Nick, an English prat of indeterminate age, was making crayon drawings in his flat one day when a workman arrived with a large crate. The crate contained a butler named Willikins, whom the included documentation indicated was now Nick’s property. The documentation also stated that Nick was the last surviving heir of a wealthy English family, and it urged him to return to his ancestral home. He promptly did this and, upon learning that the estate contained a vast assortment of exotic wildlife, ordered Willikins to cook them into a soup. He then almost immediately lost interest in this pursuit and ordered the soup “bunged down the loo.” This tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Nick and his relationship with Willikins.
In subsequent adventures, the duo met a wily criminal named Erroll, encountered Willikins’ own father (”The Colonel”), and broke through the Sarcastic Voyage podcast’s own fourth wall.
In 2012, they died. Sort of.
In 2013, Nick became concerned about his lack of a male heir. He embarked on a quest to class up the estate, transform himself into a proper gentleman (with the assistance of his Good Great Aunt Petunia) and court a lady. This resulted in the entire hall being transported to the Victorian Era. After considerable effort, Willikins was able to return them to their proper time.
That brings us more-or-less up to date. Here’s what’s happened in the first three parts of the current series, The Omce and Future Nick:
Part 1 – After threatening to do so for four years, Nick and Willikins finally visit “The Colonies” — and Nick spends his entire stay in an England-themed park called Englandland.
Part 2 – On the plane ride home, Nick declares his intent to open a branch of Englandland… in England. This, he reasons, would entail learning what it truly is to be English. Willikins suggests that these things are typically a matter for one’s parents, leading Nick to realize that he has parents.
Part 3 – Having crashed their plane on a deserted island, Willikins struggles with basic survival and the loss of his own arm.
Will our heroes escape this most dire of fates? Does Nick actually have a family? And seriously — who waits 14 months to continue a story? What is this, Planetary? Find out in the next exciting episode of The Adventures of Nick and Willikins!