"Memories of Pangaea": Tom Strong once again finds himself in Pangea – the Earth's first supercontinent. For a recorded diary entry, Tom recounts his first expedition to this ancient land. Back in the 1950's, Tom's inventor friend (Professor Fingel Parallax) allowed Tom and Dhalua to use his tim
Appearing in "Memories of Pangaea"
- Tom Strong (Flashback and main story)
- Dhalua Strong (Flashback only)
- Professor Parallax (Flashback only)
- Pangaean (First appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Memories of Pangaea"
Tom Strong once again finds himself in Pangea – the Earth's first supercontinent. For a recorded diary entry, Tom recounts his first expedition to this ancient land. Back in the 1950's, Tom's inventor friend (Professor Fingel Parallax) allowed Tom and Dhalua to use his time travel device to explore Pangea. They note the lack of complex lifeforms, as well as the toxic atmosphere that surrounds them. Then suddenly, Tom and Dhalua are separated. When Tom finally finds what appears to be his wife, he embraces her, but is shocked to find that a gigantic, shape-shifting slime-mold creature (The Pangaean) has taken her form. When Tom locates the real Dhalua, the two battle the creature for a while, before being returned to their time by Professor Parallax.
Unexpectedly, a piece of the giant creature had latched on to the two explorers as they traveled forward in time, and after numerous conflicts through the years, Tom decided enough was enough; he trapped the Pangaean, and sent it back to its own time (two to three million years into the past). Back in the present, Tom re-encounters the slime creature, and finds its intellect and language ability had grown due to its time in the twentieth century. It explains that an alliance had been forged between itself, Weiss, and an unknown male associate, with the intent of keeping Tom occupied in the past while Weiss and the man prepare a "surprise gift" for Tom's 100th birthday. The Pangaean recants on its end of the deal, and attacks Tom, rather than let him return back to his own time. However, the other two conspirators foresaw his betrayal, and situated the confrontation so that it would coincide with asteroid storm, seemingly killing the creature, and allowing Tom to escape in a time-capsule. Back at his own time, he is confronted by what appears to be his mysterious male antagonist.
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