Character - Rocket Scientist
Prop - Roller Skates
I have a few initial ideas for possible scenarios;
Similar to the introduction of Lost (TV series)
In Lost, a plane containing over 300 people crashes on a desert island. The survivors must then try to escape the island, encountering abnormalities along the way.
My character, the Rocket Scientist, could be a passenger of a either plane (passenger) or a space shuttle (observer/overseer) and has crash landed onto the desert island. Being the only survivor of the crash, he salvages the crash in an attempt to escape from the island. Among the crash site, he finds a pair of roller skates. These roller skates belonged to his son who, was either was on the plane or is back home and initiates the tension through the "ticking clock".
On the basis of his son being on the plane, he struggles to cope with his son's passing. This, however leads to the irrelevance of the father's occupation. Though, to counter that, the Rocket Scientist, created a space shuttle and took his son, including crew, for a journey that no more than a hand full of people will ever witness. The scientist holds that regret, and builds a memorial for son, placing his son's roller skates at the site. The story would be told through flashbacks, jumping from present to past. A possible, very dark and gloomy way to end this particular idea, would be similar to that of a scene in CSI: New York.
In the scene, a teenager who had committed murder, un-knowing and un-willing, killed himself upon finding out the truth. He believed it was his father that killed them, and upon hearing the truth from his father's friend, the teenager drove to the beach. Having sat and stared at the empty sea, he stood up, took off his shoes and began to walk slowly into the sea. The guilt was too much for him to bear, thus relating back to my idea. Though, in addition to the roller skates, a toy rocket would be at the memorial too.
On a brighter note, with the basis of his son at home, the scientist devises of a way at getting back home. With a bit of comedy to this telling, the scientist attempts to build rafts, boats, S.O.S signs, catapults, slingshots, digging tunnels and to no avail has either worked. Through searching the island for an idea, he stumbles upon a pair of roller skates. He then took them back to his makeshift office, consisting of branches, vines and logs, to devise his next idea. His idea was to take the necessary components, to make a pair of rocket powered skates, similar to that of Dead Rising 2's workbench combo system, that would take him home.
Of the ideas, I'm more compelled to the first as I prefer a more mature story, than a comic one.