Haven't seen you around for a while, but, then, I haven't _been_ around for a while. I've been reading bits of that whole Bush/CATS thread thingie, and I am just falling on the ground. "What's he trying to say now?" when he goes into badly-translated '80s video game speech..."I am a perfectly mature and normal teapot!" And Ralph Nader having _druidical_ powers, oh, gods...
As for the cyborgs and warp gates and stuff, I've been (re)playing Phantasy Star III lately, and I am SO tempted to have the male cyborg in the "Day of Davos" episode turn out to be Wren. Of course, that'd be a slight setback since he's programmed only to take orders from a direct descendant of a certain family that has never existed on Earth, but HEY!--maybe _that_ directive can be one of the things Lucca removed, too.
Wren is a cool cyborg; he can also transform into a submarine, plane or aquaskimmer if you get him the right parts! _And_ of course he wields a high-tech gun about as big as he is without suffering any recoil or anything. (He's a little BITTY cyborg. Well, human sized, but _short_, around 5'4" if that I'd guess. It's NEVER explained exactly _how_ such a teeny cyborg can transform into a vehicle large enough to carry four people...it's one of those "just go with the flow" things that video games tend to do.)
Mieu would probably come with him as they usually work as a team. Mieu is a very realistic looking, tiny, curvy little redheaded female android with big blue eyes (that never blink) and a skimpy red, armoured, leotard. I'm SURE _somebody_ would try to hit on her at some point. I'd LIKE to SEE them TRY....bwahahah...
(No, she does _not_ transform. Not that we've seen in the game, anyway.)
And as for the dragon people we also have "Dragon Knights" in PS3...genetically engineered people who can turn into a dragon at will. They're very rare by the time the game starts. Having an _untrained_ one--a guy who turns into a dragon at random times, say, triggered off by very strong emotions--would be fun and cause lots of entertaining chaos. (My personal fanficy theory is that this one third-generation character who is the grandson of a Dragon Knight from the first generation inherited his ability without knowing it, and tends to change uncontrollably in times of great stress, but that's neither here nor there.)
If I hadn't taken a Vow of Silence from the Addventure, I would be VERY tempted to bring these characters in. But, sigh, I really don't want to ever go back there and expose myself to L.E. again, and I guess it's really better that the characters I like so much from Phantasy Star III _aren't_ tossed into such a dangerous mix.
But...well, they'd just fit in SO WELL, dammit! Ah, well, sigh...
As for the original question, how long should an Addventure episode be, obviously _I_ can't help you. I have the exact same problem you have!
Anyway, HI, CONRAD! WHOOO-HOOO! (waves her arms around like an idiot.)