Okay, long question. Long answer! To be honest we didn’t put a lot of thought into it. We were getting excited about returning to present day and finding Graboids in Australia (Tremors 5). But, as avid faq readers know, that didn’t happen.
In any case, here’s what I think. For a time, everyone made money, since Perfection was an active boom town, ballooning to several thousand residents. Pyong and Lu Wan saw their store rebuilt (with real walls this time). Juan rose to foreman in the mine, wisely putting every penny he made into improving his paid-off ranchland.
Inevitably the silver played out and Perfection went the way of so many other boom towns, shrinking almost overnight, never to return to its glory days. But it was never abandoned. There was always a core of hardworking residents. Juan took over his ranch and turned full time to raising cattle. Decades later, the ranch would be owned by Miguel.
Chang’s market never closed. Pyong and Lu Wan gamely ran their store well into the next century when Fu Yien did indeed take it over, with Walter following him.
Perfection was not helped by its geographic isolation. Due to the mountains and the cliffs, to this day there is only the one road into the valley. The road wasn’t even paved until the 1950s, when there was increased activity in town due to the nuclear weapons testing in Nevada. Even then, the use of Federal funds to pave the road was denounced as government pork for a “road to nowhere.” Government money and personnel disappeared with end of testing and the Cold War, and Perfection was once again a lonely outpost. Burt, Heather and Nancy were relative newcomers, arriving in the 70s and 80s, respectively. Melvin’s parents used it as a second home, spending most of their time in Vegas.
So, that’s a bit of the history as we now know it!
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