Hal wakes up and finds himself plummeting toward a planet. He uses his ring to protect himself just as he slams into the middle of a city street. Hal is unable to contact his teammates on his ring, and as he looks around he discovers that the pedestrians are wearing 19th Victorian clothing. A woman, Lady Catherine, is on a street corner protesting the tyranny of Duke Nigel Fortenberry. Steam-powered robots march down the street and order the people to comply with the law or face prison. Lord Nigel speaks through the robots, insisting that he saved the planet and they must do what he says...Read the full recap
Steam Lantern: We named it "hardtofindium" because it's really, really...
Hal: Yeah, I get it. So, you're basically wearing a nuclear reactor you cobble together with chicken wire and string?
Steam Lantern: Top floor, Mr. Jordan. Topcoats, top hats, various dry sundries, and the gateway to your universe.
Duke Nigel: Can you forgive me in the short bit we have left?
Steam Lantern: Of course.
Lady Catherine: Time for one last tea, then?
Duke Nigel: Quite.
Hal: Whoa whoa. There's no time for tea now.
Steam Lantern: For the best then. I don't think I want to live on a world without sunrise.
Lady Catherine: Me, neither. How would we know when it was time for tea?
Hal: Oh, enough with the stiff-upper-lippery. No one is going to die on my watch.