Everyone gathers in the living room. Anticipation. They speculate where they will be taken this week and what dangers they may encounter. The adults settle into their comfy chairs while the kids choose to stretch out on the floor. The best seat in the house isn't in front of any TV. It's next to the radio.
For decades, this was the ritual of families across the country. After dinner, some nights would be filled with The Shadow and Little Orphan Annie. Others would be be a jazz band followed by The Adventures of Superman. Dick Tracy. Grande Ole Opry. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Shakespeare. Sherlock Holmes. Suddenly, the whole world wanted a bedtime story.
Times change. Theatre of the mind slowly faded away. Until now.
Enter Jack Roulette, a secret agent who serves as a bridge between the harsh reality of espionage and the glamorized lifestyle we see in the movies. Jack longs to be the suave secret agent but in reality the government is on a tight budget and independent women aren’t so easily seduced. With a constant streak of bad luck, it becomes almost impossible to satisfy his old-fashioned agency, HELM, whose motto is ‘Keeping the World on Course.’
There is an array of colorful characters in the Roulette-verse like Jack’s no-nonsense boss The Chief, who heads into the 21st Century dragging his feet, his hopeless romantic secretary Bonnie Chessfield and a rogue’s gallery consisting of a germaphobic mad scientist who longs for immortality, a gelatin dessert magnate wielding a mind control formula and a one-eyed assassin known only as the Lone Shark. Tantalizing B-stories involving romance, betrayal, suspicion and murder will be constantly weaving throughout the series before they step into the spotlight at their climax.
The tone of the show is reminiscent of radio serials from the first half of the 20th Century. An eccentric announcer with a love for alliteration narrates each episode, divided in half by a cliffhanger. As we follow case after case through the eyes of Jack Roulette, we overhear his thoughts as he questions, pursues and protects. For those playing along at home, several clues and hidden messages have been slipped into much of the Roulette-related media, giving hints about developing plot lines and mysteries. This is a story where the sensationalism and the satisfaction of real adventure invigorate the imagination.
At last, theatre of the mind is back.