Starhunter–Peer Pressure (2000)   2 comments

Percy, Boy-Crazy

EPISODE #6

I own the four-DVD set of the 2000-2001 Starhunter series.  I walked into a store and purchased in in 2007.  (I do not own Starhunter 2300, which I have watched at Hulu.  Starhunter 2300 is set in a universe parallel to the original Starhunter.)  So I notice that the series set arranges the episodes in production number, not air number.  Hence The Divinity Cluster, first episode aired, is the fourth episode on Disc One.  And Peer Pressure, sixth episode aired, is the first episode on Disc One, while The Man Who Sold the World, fifth episode aired and sixth one produced, is the first episode on Disc Two.  (Thanks, epguides.com!)  I note these facts because much of the exposition in Peer Pressure is needless and annoying when one views it in air order, not production sequence.  The observant viewer already knows much of what of what characters state in expository dialogue because the previous five aired episodes.  Evidence seems to indicate that this was supposed to be the pilot episode, however, and it feels like one.

Dr. Nasreen in the Tulip‘s Brig

Dante goes to Mimas, a moon of Saturn, to apprehend Dr. Nasreen, an expert in psychological traumatic stress and a suspect in a murder case.  He also brings along her adolescent son, Ajit, because the young man would be alone at the research station otherwise.  Luc insists that, per Rudolpho’s regulations, Ajit go the brig with his mother.

Nevertheless, Dante does take pity on Ajit shortly thereafter, and release him.

Dr. Nasreen carries a mind control device on one wrist.

She points it toward Dante’s face and into his eyes.  Now Dante is in trouble.  He must obey Dr. Nasreen, a murderer with an unhealthy relationship with her son, or die of a self-destructing cerebral cortex.  So she has the run of the Tulip for a while.

Ajit

While Ajit enjoys staring at outer space, Percy stares into a mirror and practices saying, “Hi, there.”

Percy

Percy and Ajit meet and experience puppy love.  Both are isolated and emotionally underdeveloped characters, pitiable in different ways.  The puppy love is sweet, but can never become anything more.

Luc discovers what Dr. Nasreen has done to Dante.  The Tulip‘s security officer compels the criminal to reverse the process, which Dr Nazreen says she must do at the Mimas research station, where the equipment is located.  So the Tulip returns to Mimas and Dr. Nazreen reverses the mind control process, thereby saving Dante’s life.

But the criminal renders Luc unconscious and means to leave Dante and Luc to die at the research station, where the air system is failing, and to take the Tulip to Iapetus, another moon of Saturn.  Ajit knows that he must stop his mother.  He refuses to use the mind control device on Percy, in defiance of his mother’s wishes.  Instead he tells Percy, “My mother is insane.  She has to be stopped once and for all….Goodbye.”  Then he blows himself out an airlock.

In horror, Dr. Nasreen watches her son die.

Then she uses the mind control device on herself.

Back on the Tulip, she rocks back and forth in the brig, repeating, “Tell me what to do.”

And Percy, holed up in her quarters, mourns Ajit.

The end is heartbreaking for Percy and Ajit, emotionally stunted young people who find each other.  Dr. Nasreen, however, gets what she deserves–a taste of her own medicine.  That is indeed poetic justice.

Courtesy of epguides.com, here are the first six episodes arranged according to air and production order:

  • The Divinity Cluster–4th produced; 1st aired
  • Trust–2nd produced and aired
  • Family Values–3rd produced and aired
  • Siren’s Song–5th produced and 4th aired
  • The Man Who Sold the World–6th produced and 5th aired
  • Peer Pressure–1st produced and 6th aired

So, following the production number, Percy has two consecutive crushes (Peer Pressure and Trust), we learn much about the abduction of Travis (Family Values), we learn about the Divinity Cluster in the fourth episode produced, and that story arc continues  with The Man Who Sold the World, with a break for a story about a walking virus.  This is a different way to experience the first six episodes of Starhunter.  Whether it is superior to that of the broadcast order is a matter of opinion.

For your information, the broadcast and production orders are identical beginning with episode #7.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 16, 2010 COMMON ERA

I used the Power DVD program to capture images from the episode.

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ADDENDUM:

Last night I noticed a continuity issue when watching Trust again for the first time in over half a year.  Percy had never been to Earth in Trust yet she goes there in The Divinity Cluster.  So viewing the episodes in production order avoids a continuity error.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 6, 2011 COMMON ERA

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ADDENDUM II:

Series Producer Philip Jackson has stated in a recent Facebook post in the Fans of Tanya Allen group that The Divinity Cluster was supposed to be the first episode aired, even though it was not the first episode filmed.  Thus the order in which I have numbered episodes at the top of each blog post is the order which Jackson has declared correct.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 21, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Posted December 16, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Starhunter (2000-2001)

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