Name: Space Vixens from Planet Hell
Other Names: The Space Vixens; Space Vixens from Mars
Publisher(s): McClintock High School
First Appearance: Writer's Block (2014)
Number of Appearances: 1
Type of Organization/Group: alien race
Note: subject of play idea Milo suggested to Robert
Unsuccessful playwrights Milo and Robert were desperately trying to come up with an idea for a play. Milo described his latest idea to Robert. As he spoke, the two generic Actors appeared on stage and silently pantomimed the characters and actions Milo described.
Milo said: "So it's the year 2057, and we have sent astronauts to Mars. They're up there, doing, y'know, science and stuff when suddenly one drops to the ground. So the first astronaut is like 'what's wrong dude?' and the second is like 'Oh no! It's in my brain!' which just straight horrifies the first dude. He looks behind him and BAM! He sees it. Evil Martian parasite. He pulls out his space gun and..."
Robert cut his writing partner off, frustrated at hearing yet another lowbrow idea rather than a concept for an artistic masterpiece. Robert said: "Milo!"
Milo asked: "What?"
Robert started to tell his friend, once again, about the serious type of play he thought they should be writing. He said: "I really think that--"
But then Robert's recent date's words came to his mind (in the form of an offstage voice). She had asked him whether people would rather see Hamlet or Dumb and Dumber.
Taking her words to heart, and deciding to give Milo's entertainment-oriented approach a chance, Robert said to Milo: "I really think we should go with it?"
Milo was surprised. He was accustomed to Robert shooting down every idea he had. Milo said: "Wait, what?"
Robert continued: "Yeah, I could really see this play being a hit. What did you call it?"
Milo told him: "Space Vixens from Planet Hell."
Robert started to seriously help Milo begin working on the play, but their writing session was interrupted by a knock at the door. Their successful associate (and rival) F. Jackson Hewitt was visiting them. Milo and Robert told Hewitt a little about their latest idea for a play. Hewitt chided them for their idea, sarcastically saying: "always aiming for the highbrow crowd, aren't we?"
After F. Jackson Hewitt left, Milo and Robert continued working on their play idea. Milo asked: "So when the first astronaut is killed by the parasites, the second guy is alone, right?"
Robert elaborated: "Yeah, I mean until the Space Vixens show up, but yeah."
Robert and Milo spent more time talking about their play, which Robert conceived as a pure entertainment piece, but which Milo thought had the potential to offer serious commentary on "how we're alone in this world, as in that world."
In the play "Writer's Block," when Milo first mentions his idea for this Martian-set play, and then mentions the title ("Space Vixens from Planet Hell"), audiences might think that the "Space Vixens" named in the title are the Martian parasites. But when Robert tells Milo more about the play later (after Hewitt's departure), he specifically states that the Space Vixens show up after the Martian parasites kill the first astronaut, clearly indicating that the titular "Space Vixens" are not the same beings as the Evil Martian parasites.
Although the title of Robert's play suggests that the play's "Space Vixens" are from "Planet Hell," we believe that the phrase "Planet Hell" is intended as a dramatic, colorful reference to Mars, an is no intended as a distinct planet. Mars is a red-colored, hot planet and there is ample precedent in popular fiction and genre fiction for referring to Mars as "Planet Hell" or the "Hell Planet."