Beyond Thunderdome Minute 71 - He holds his own

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Max, Anna Goanna, and Tubba Tintye are deep in the nothing, on the trail of Savannah and the other leavers. The three hear a call on the wind, but instead of discovering someone ahead of them, they instead find that Eddie, one of the smallest waiting ones, is rushing to join them. Max is terse in his assertion that the little one will have to carry their own weight, but it’s soon shown that Max is willing to carry Eddie on his shoulders as they trek all day and into the night.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 70 - Into the nothing

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Having heard Anna Goanna’s request for a hunter, the tribe look to Tubba Tintye, who in turn looks to see that he has been selected to accompany Max and Anna into the nothing. The trio fills their arms with bottles, gourds, and leather flasks before heading out into the dunes. Slake and the other Waiting Ones stand silent as they watch the rescue party disappear into the desert, none of them sure if they will ever see their friends again.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 69 - As much water as I can carry

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With a dusty ocean of sand in front of him and a tribe of expectant children behind him, Max must make a decision on what to do next. Anna pleads with him to save Savannah and the others, and despite his better judgement, Max finally agrees with a simple request for as much water as possible. The tribe drops all of their water vessels at Max’s feet and as he begins to collect his supply, Anna states that she is coming along and they should bring a hunter.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 68 - Savannah's taken them

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As Max sits by the fire with Savannah and her crew tied up nearby, he has no idea that Scrooloose is sneaking around behind him. He is shaken awake the next morning by Anna Goanna who informs Max that Savannah and her cohorts were freed during the night and the lot of them have disappeared into The Nothing. Anna drags Max out to the edge of the desert where they find Slake and the other Waiting Ones looking out at the endless expanse of sand.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 67 - House arrest

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Max has Savannah held by the shoulder, but she refuses to yield. Max raises his fist threateningly, but she does not flinch. Finally, Max punches her across the face, knocking her out. Max takes a breath and leans down to pick up Savannah. With her slung over his shoulder, Max tells Slake to get the others. The group of leavers taken by the other Waiting Ones and tied to support posts in a hut so Max can keep watch over them, but someone has other plans.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 66 - We're gonna stay here

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Armed with the rifle that was Slake’s walking stick, Max explains to The Waiting Ones that while he’s not Captain Walker, he is still someone that they should respect, and their best chance of staying alive and safe, is to stay in The Crack in the Earth. Savannah stares at Max for a moment then turns again to leave. Max fires another warning shot which is met with spears thrown at his feet. Frustrated, Max chases after Savannah, catching her before she can leave.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 65 - Warning shot

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Having heard Max’s warning about the dangers, Savannah turns her back on The Waiting Ones and starts to lead her group out. Slake calls after them, pleading for them to abandon this idea, but Savannah has had enough of Max’s words and will not stay. Seeing that the time for diplomacy has ended, Max takes Slake’s spear, actually a rifle, and with some nearby ammunition, fires a warning shot in Savannah’s direction. With their undivided attention, he speaks.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 64 - No easy ride

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Slake and Savannah are facing off in the center of the camp. Savannah and her supporters are adamant about being allowed to leave, but Slake is unwilling to let them depart, considering their plan foolish and essentially a suicide mission. Despite this assessment, Savannah and her followers are determined to make the journey, which prompts Max to step in and let them know that there’s more than sand out there in the wasteland, they also need to worry about Bartertown.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 63 - Just jerking time

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Back in The Crack in the Earth, Max sits with Copilot away from the children of the tribe. He looks around and notices small faces glaring at him, but there is nothing he can do for them. The silence is broken by the sound of the camp gong as Savannah announces to the others that she is pulling on a leaving and looking for volunteers to join her. Slake opposes this idea and emerges from a hut to say as much, but his opinion does not sway those leaving.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 62 - Flight delayed

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The children stand eager to fly away on the burned out wreckage of their skyraft, insistent that the wind is in their favor and it is the opportune time to take to the sky. They shout out to Max, but he stands still, unwilling to entertain the idea that any of them could ever use what is left of the plane to leave the wasteland. He turns and walks away, leaving Savannah and the others to wonder what happens now that their supposed savior will not help them.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 61 - Loaded and waiting

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The Waiting Ones pour over the top of a dune, running towards the burned out remains of the 747 that brought Captain Walker and his followers to the wasteland so many years ago. Max follows the crowd at a distance but stops short. The children rush ahead and climb atop the broken fuselage, each finding their place with Scrooloose taking his seat at the top of the tail fin. The children call out to Max letting him know that they are ready to depart.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 60 - This is it!

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As whipping winds pour into The Crack in the Earth, the children begin to get excited. Mr. Skyfish, in particular, steps forward with eagerness as he observes his kite rock and eventually rises with the rushing air from its perch. The boy shouts to the others that it’s the moment they’ve waited for and leads an exodus from the camp. Max is slow to follow, but a gesture from Scrooloose and the insistence of Eddie, one of the smallest children, hurry him forward.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 59 - A mighty wind

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The chorus of shouting children swells as Max struggles to get a word in edgewise. Finally, Slake calls for the others to be quiet and Max has a chance to explain that the images in the picture slides are no more, wiped away by calamity and that they are better off staying in The Crack in the Earth. Max punctuates this by reiterating that he isn’t Captain Walker and tossing away their makeshift pilot’s cap just as a mighty wind whips into the crevasse, carrying the cap high into the air.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 58 - The wrong guy

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Savannah caps off The Tell by declaring that Captain Walker has indeed returned and revealing the newest addition to the picture wall, a depiction of Max and his simian companion that The Waiting Ones have dubbed Copilot. Unfortunately for them, Max isn’t keen on the title and even though they were mindful and kept an established timeline of their history, he still refuses their adoration. This upsets the children who begin shouting at him once again.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 57 - 'Member this?

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As Max holds a stereoscope toy to his face, Slake proceeds to insert a series of slides depicting images of Sydney landmarks including the city skyline, the harbor bridge, and the opera house. Following the slideshow, Savannah continues with The Tell describing how Captain Walker gathered up a party and departed into the desert. But before they left, Walker told the others to wait, because one of them would return once they had found civilization.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 56 - We don't need the knowing, we can live here

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Savannah continues telling the story of Captain Walker and his Survivors. Following the crash of their aircraft, the survivors grouped together found The Crack in the Earth and decided that they could settle on the spot and make a new life for themselves. But as the years passed, some among them yearned for civilization and obsessed over a set of photographic slides that were kept from their departure from the great city. Slake brings those slides to Max.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 55 - Mr. Dead chasing them all

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Savannah begins telling the shared history of The Waiting Ones by looking back to the fateful day when the world came to an end, the Pox-eclipse. Following the bombs, the air was filled with fallout and nuclear winter which claimed the lives of many, but Captain Walker survived and gathered up a group of other survivors. They gathered what they could from the cities and fled in an aircraft, but before they were able to reach their destination, something happened.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 54 - Everything marked, everything 'membered

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Max’s confusion over being told that the tribe has been waiting for him leads Mr. Skyfish to suggest that Max is testing them somehow, and Slake takes that as a challenge that they have not kept their history. Still unsure of what’s going on, Max suggests that they may have been slack in their reckoning, which leads Slake to call the entire tribe together for the ritual presentation of their history. Though Slake normally does The Tell, he gives the honor to Savannah.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 53 - The waiting ones

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Max finds himself stuck between a rock and a large group of kids as the hunters of the tribe return from their latest excursion. The largest among them, a young man named Slake, swings on a line down to meet Max, silencing the children in the tribe and allowing Max to finally get some answers. Slake reveals that the tribe calls themselves The Waiting Ones, and they have been patiently waiting for his arrival. The notion that he is awaited gives Max pause.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 52 - Fly, Walker!

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Having woken suddenly and tried to escape his situation, Max suddenly finds himself hanging by a rope tied to his leg as he swings above a pool of water. Before Max can orient Himself, Mr. Skyfish cuts Him loose and He falls into the pool below. Max rises from the water gasping for air and is met with an entire tribe of children parroting his every sound. Max stumbles around the camp trying to get answers but is met only with his own words shouted back at him.

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