ASE Ep. 31: Couch Fishing Marathon 1 lvl 5

Durandal has gone Rampant, and is in contact with the Pfhor and S'pht aliens currently infesting the Marathon! Leela wants us to flip some switches that will apparently help with... something. Not really sure what. Of course, before the switch-flipping comes the Pfhor-killing, and there's plenty of that to do in this level, including the new variant mentioned last episode by Leela-- the Pfhor Trooper.

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Music used in this episode:

"What About Bob?" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (intro music)
"Swirls" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (gameplay background music)
"New Pacific (Reprise)" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (outro music)

For more information on this level, visit the Marathon Spoiler Guide:

For complete Terminal texts, visit the excellent Marathon Story Page:

There you can read faithful and complete reproductions of all of terminals in Marathon and its sequels, plus Facts and Puzzling Things About all sorts of characters, places, and concepts in the Marathon universe, as well as a forum where stalwart fans continue to argue the finer points of interpreting Marathon's story nearly twenty years after the game's release!

For more information on RAMPANCY and what it means for Mjolnir cyborgs attempting to stay alive, fight off the Pfhor invaders, and figure out what the heck is going on, see the Marathon Story Page's entry for Rampancy:

Couch Fishing, of course, is the name of a Beavis and Butt-head episode from 1993, the year before Marathon was released.



Welp, I think I'm gonna stop nitpicking because I have a feeling it's pretty annoying, and just say good episode.

Nah, go ahead and nitpick, it's fine :)

Welp, glad that worked.

In response to your latest response to me in the comments of the last episode (...nope, that sentence checks out :P), I wasn't saying don't summarize or don't read the terminals, you spend like a few seconds [i]literally[/i] saying that a terminal is supposed to give us exposition or objectives. Not saying that you shouldn't read or summarize, that's important, just don't spend a few seconds troping. (tropeing? trope-ing?) I keep saying this because I'm pretty sure you've been misunderstanding, but if you're not and I'm misunderstanding your responses, then sorry for repeating myself :P

Gotcha :)