Archive for October 2019

Black Light/Black Light (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Colonel Bramwell, Half a Century Out of His Time

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 11

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

Sam Loggin as Electra

James Smith as Colonel E.W. Bramwell

Chris Ragonetti as Raider #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:06

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Electra

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  1. The Redux version of this episode features some new music.
  2. Luc opposes gambling.
  3. The comic relief in this otherwise serious episode comes during the poker game for kitchen duty.
  4. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he mentions that neither he nor his current lover want to have children.
  5. I have been pondering the Raiders.  They have existed for at least half a century.  Their origins were with soldiers who could not father children, due to the effects of experiments.  So the Raiders started abducting–liberating and adopting, as they say–children.  Are “liberated” and “adopted” Raiders also sterile?  Or has the abduction of children just become a tradition with them?
  6. Electra, whom Rudolpho calls a “Raider babe gun runner,” is 25 years old.  She has been a raider for 18 years.  She remembers her previous family, with its broken home life.
  7. In the 2230s (in the Redux chronology), the Transutopian served as a troop carrier and bore the name Nighthawk during a war against Raiders on Mars.  Colonel E. W. Bramwell, of the 104th Space Cavalry, commanded the vessel in Operation Black Light.  History recorded the first assault on Raiders’ bases on Mars as a failure.  Indeed, the Raiders won that battle but lost the war.  His only child, Joe, died in that assault.  Bramwell claimed he lost the engagement because some of his men betrayed him.
  8. Bramwell planned another assault on Raider bases, but disappeared.  He was officially Missing in Action and presumed he dead.  He received the Silver Signal Medal, Second Class, posthumously.
  9. Bramwell and Majors Taylor and Fuji remained in cryonic freeze on Level 48 of the Transutopian for about 50 years, until a short circuit and a power surge caused a computer to revive Bramwell.  Taylor and Fugi had died already.
  10. Bramwell, intent on completing his mission, initially does not believe how much time has passed, even after meeting Luc, Dante, and Electra.  Meeting Percy convinces him, though.
  11. Dante tells Bramwell that the current year is 2276.  That year is consistent with the original chronology of Starhunter, in which The Divinity Cluster opens in 2275.  The Divinity Cluster (Redux), however, the current year is 2285.  So the current year in this episode in 2286.
  12. The Transutopian is en route to Ganymede, to drop off Electra, until Dante realizes that he has stumbled upon the location of the Raider gathering, held every four years.  He hopes to retrieve Travis, but Electra tells the captain to be careful what he wishes for–good advice.
  13. Attendance at the gathering is mandatory for Raiders.
  14. Raiders seem to be relegated to the outer worlds, except when the venture into the inner worlds, as in Family Values.
  15. Bramwell has become a hero to the Raiders, who use his assault on their bases on Mars half a century prior as a model for training new Raiders.
  16. Dante offers to let Electra go if she will help him find Travis.  She gets the Transutopian through security at the gathering, and Dante makes plans to accompany Bramwell to the gathering.  Bramwell, however, has other plans.  He flies a small craft literally crashes the gathering.  His last words are “Mission accomplished!”
  17. The Transutopian gets the hell out of Dodge.
  18. Electra is still headed for Ganymede.
  19. Percy is the most important person in Dante’s life.
  20. Dante, prior to what he thinks will be a dangerous mission to retrieve Travis, visits virtual reality Penny.
  21. Bramwell comes across as a pathetic character and a man intent on fulfilling his mission.  Some of his men betrayed him in the 2230s, he spent decades sleeping in a cryonic chamber while authorities presumed him dead, his family died in the interim, and he had no place in the 2280s.  In the end, all he had to live and die for was his mission, which had ended five decades prior.  Shortly after a freak power surge woke Bramwell up, he started looking for a way to die.  He found it.
  22. Bramwell quotes Revelation 1:7-8, but he, not Jesus, is the Alpha and the Omega in his mind.
  23. Electra belongs to the Valkyrie clan.

Next:  Goodbye, So Long, which introduces another plot thread that will pay off at the end of the season.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 29, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Cell Game/Cell Game (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Dante and Rex

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 10

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Pat Roach as Goran

Tina Malone as Rex

John Vernon as Policeman

John Muggleton as Maks

Graham Austin as Prisoner

Lisa Pieterse as Erica

Jayna Corbett as Joy

Andrew Barnes as Paddy

Sean Burgess as Guard #1

Barry MacKinnon as Guard #2

Rebecca Flewelling as Molly

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Mary Pedersen/Mary Rogal-Black

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:26

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Goran

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  1. An appropriate alternative title for this episode would be A Tale of Two Hellholes.  The facility at Oberon is clean and the prison at Nereid is dirty, but both are hellholes.
  2. Rudolpho, in his opening transmission, omitted in the Redux version, complains about the difficulty of finding good bounty hunters and calls prison a school of the dark side of human nature.
  3. Both prisons seen in this episode operate on the basis of bribery.
  4. Dante, Luc, and Percy arrive at a space station in orbit of Oberon, in orbit of Nepture.  (Dante has let Percy off the ship.)  They are there to take a prisoner to the Nereid penal colony, the most dangerous prison in the solar system.  Rex, in charge at the Oberon station, decides, without a pretext, to take Percy prisoner.  Rex’s guards, unbeknownst to Dante, Luc, and Percy, are members of the Oberon Militia.  These guards overpower Dante and Luc.  Percy assaults one of the guards.  Rex announces the sentence of five years and blackmails Dante into breaking Goran, her big brother, out of the Nereid prison.  This is, presumably, a suicide mission.
  5. Getting too close to the force fields at the Oberon prison causes nasty burns.
  6. Rex intends to sell Percy into sexual slavery.
  7. Percy begins to cave into the dehumanizing effects of prison during her few days at Oberon.
  8. The episode implies that guards rape female inmates at Oberon.
  9. Percy uses a smuggled music listening device to lower the force field in the cell holding her and two other female inmates.  After motion detectors alert guards, though, a guard kills one of the other cellmates.
  10. Goran is serving three life sentences for the torture and murder of an ambassador and his family.
  11. Dante and Luc’s plan is to take their prisoner to Nereid (as scheduled) and to pass Dante off as a dangerous criminal.  Luc tracks Dante, in the prison, electronically from the Transutopian.  Dante meets Goran and explains the plan to break him out.  Goran, initially skeptical, accepts it eventually.
  12. Luc removes Dante and Goran out of Nereid on the pretense of health:  Hepatitis 57.  A guard at Nereid demands half of the fee Luc will receive for taking a prisoner to the quarantine station at Triton.  She promises to give him that, eventually, but is lying.  She manipulates the situation to cause a near-riot, thereby forcing authorities to let her take Dante and Goran away.
  13. Goran stole and hid three million credits’ worth of art and jewelry from the ambassador’s family.
  14. Rex and her husband are not sentimentalists.  No, if Goran does not tell them where he hid the art and jewelry, they will send him back to prison.
  15. Dante, having learned of this art and jewelry off-screen, bribes guards at Oberon,  When Rex tries to arrest Dante for assisting in the escape of a prisoner, guards sentence her to fifteen years.
  16. Starhunter has a gritty side in some episodes, including this one.  Nevertheless, the rating would be equivalent to PG-13.  In this case, removing those elements would detract from the episode.
  17. The future, as Starhunter depicts it, is far from utopia.  Of course, “utopia” means “nowhere.”

Next:  Black Light, in which the story revisits the search for Travis Montana plot thread.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 28, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Order/Order (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Dante and Brother #13

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 9

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Leon Herbert as Brother #13

Benjamin Russell Waters as Jacob

Marcelle Duprey as Marina

Barry Minshull as Follower #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writers = Hugh Evans and Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Percy and Marina

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  1. Rudolpho, in his opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), reveals that he has no use for religion.  Rudolpho also calls Brother #13 “this piece of garbage.”
  2. Perhaps the name “Brother #13” is a reference to Brother XII (born Edward Wilson), founder of the Aquarian Foundation and leader of a cult in British Columbia in the 1920s and 1930s.
  3. Unfortunately, suicidal cults are not just elements of certain works of fiction.
  4. The Ark, with a capacity of about 500 people, is a pyramid-shaped spacecraft headed for the Sun, supposedly to take the members of the Church of Omega to Heaven, or union with their god, Vahooti.
  5. Brother #13 is rude and insulting whenever a follower expresses a lack of faith, or expresses a doubt, a common occurrence.  He has no tolerance for doubts.  Brother #13 is a cult leader, in the full meaning of “cult.”
  6. Brother #13 has the power to “rejuvenate faith” in a person by touching that person’s head with his hands, from which a blue glow emanates.
  7. Brother #13 “makes a great sacrifice” by escaping from the Ark with his unofficial wife (Marina, young enough to be his daughter) and his bodyguard (Jacob) at the last minute.  The cult leader explains that he has to “rejuvenate faith” in more people.
  8. Brother #13, once an army mechanic then a prisoner of war on Callisto during the civil war, claims to have emerged from his captivity with the gift of insight.
  9. In-universe, the historical Vahooti was a twentieth-century monk who wrote extensively about the Bible.
  10. Brother #13 temporarily converts Luc.
  11. Absence from Brother #13 weakens his control over one.
  12. Percy is a good shot.
  13. Dante turns Brother #13, Marina, and Jacob over to the authorities at Mercury.
  14. Luc sends a message to Darius.  She speculates that Brother #13 had come into contact with Dr. Novak and warns Darius that the cult leader is dangerous.
  15. On board the authority shuttle, a guard kneels before Brother #13.
  16. The new special effects are beautiful.

Next:  Cell Game.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 27, 2019 COMMON ERA

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In Paradisum Deducant Te Angeli….   4 comments

Photograph (dated October 27, 2019) by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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BONNY MARIE OGLESBY THOMAS

JANUARY 17, 1965-OCTOBER 14, 2019

Adieu, ma chérie.

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Posted October 27, 2019 by neatnik2009 in Various Memories and Opinions

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Past Lives/Past Lives (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Luc and Eric

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 8

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Marc Duret as Eric

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

Natasha Marco as Dr. Gardiner

Kevin Ryan as Guard #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Peter Campbell

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Percy

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  1. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he reveals that he has never married, that he did meet the woman he should have married, and that, years later, he saw her again, from a distance.
  2. The Biodesign corporation is a front for the Orchard.  Biodesign uses its janitorial staff as guinea pigs for a foreign antibody that attacks the brain stem and causes death within two days.  The corporation has hired more than 4000 janitors.
  3. One may reasonably wonder how many of these janitors actually cleaned anything.
  4. Dr. Gardiner does not care about, as far as she knows, having caused the deaths of many test subjects.  She is, however, interested in that happens during the 48 hours following injection.
  5. The new special effects (in the Redux version) for Saturn Outpost 359 resemble those for Ring Shepherd from Becoming Shiva (season 2).
  6. Eric, Luc’s former husband, is the newest janitor at Biodesign.  He has that job for less than a day before Dr. Gardiner injects him.
  7. Eric is a compulsive gambler.  This caused his dishonorable discharge from the military years ago.
  8. Eric was deep in gambling debt until Biodesign bought his debt and injected him.
  9. Dr. Gardiner explains that she is trying to further human evolution.
  10. The warrant for Eric’s arrest indicates two counts of first-degree murder.  He insists he was just defending himself.
  11. After Dr. Gardiner injects Eric, he grabs a gun, shoots his way out, and steals the Carpathia, a shuttle.  The Transutopian apprehends him while he is en route to the Hyperion Medical Outpost, the closest medical site, in search of the antidote Dr. Gardiner claimed did not exist.
  12. Caravaggio develops an antidote, which the foreign antibody overpowers quickly.
  13. Luc is not impulsive.
  14. Luc projects the image of a hard, by-the-book, no-nonsense person, but she has a soft side.
  15. Luc’s marriage becomes a topic of conversation, especially with Percy.
  16. Luc divorced Eric more than five years ago.  She did not cease to love him, though.
  17. Luc left the military a year and a half ago, after her mother died.  Luc wanted to be close to Darius, her father, at that time, but he was distant and busy dealing with the Divinity Cluster.
  18. Luc saw an illusion of her mother in Frozen.
  19. After Dante finds a spare part aboard the Carpathia, Percy restores the Transutopian‘s reactor to full power, but not in time to reach the Hyperion Medical Outpost.
  20. Dante visits virtual reality Penny.
  21. Penny, a scientist, had developed a way to record the essence of one’s soul.  He used that technique on her when she was dying, after the attack on Titan about a decade prior to this episode.  See Family Values.
  22. In a scene present in the original episode yet deleted from the Redux version, members of the Orchard called Rudolpho and expressed their displeasure with him, for Eric was still not in their hands.
  23. The Redux version of the episode includes the follow-up scene, in which Rudolpho calls Dante, who informs him of how ill Eric is. Rudolpho says that, unless Dante delivers Eric, nobody will receive any bounty.
  24. Pacquette (seen in The Divinity Cluster), a member of the Orchard, serves on the Board of Directors of Biodesign.
  25. Eric, with the help of Dante and Luc, takes the Carpathia into outer space.  The shuttle explodes.
  26. Is Eric dead?  Or did he move to a different dimension, as Eccleston did in The Divinity Cluster?
  27. Luc properly blames the Orchard for Eric’s death.
  28. The new special effects in the Redux version are beautiful.  The story, not remastered, still holds up well.  Special effects can be nice, but a good story matters more.
  29. Luc mourns Eric:  “People come into your life and make you happy, they cause you grief, and then they’re gone. All that’ s left are ripples where they once were–ripples, stretching out forever.”  This statement hit me hard this time, due to a recent death.
  30. Percy has mostly cut her self off from other people emotionally.
  31. Dante’s attitude toward Eric changes during the episode.  The captain initially has the “tell it to the judge” attitude.  At the end, he lets Eric go.

Next:  Order, with a cult leader, the Divinity Cluster, and a reference to The Man Who Sold the World.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 25, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Frozen/Frozen (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Dr. Devon with Ryan, His Son

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 7

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Yves Beneyton as Dr. Devon

Kai King as Billy Tsunami

Philippe Simon as Etienne

Matthew Crabbe as Ryan

Debiiey Dunn as Qunita

J. Michael Boudreault as Zakal

Sheldon Gordon as Raider #1

Meredith Vuchnich as Tracey

Barbara Longaphieas as Luc’s Mother

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Lorne Wise

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:05

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dr. Devon

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  1. Meredith Vuchnich is an actress, screenwriter, producer, and director.
  2. This episode is one of Matthew Crabbe’s two credits at the Internet Movie Database.  The other credit is Episode #15, Dark and Stormy Night, which incorporates clips from various episodes, including this one.
  3. One theme of this episode is the sacrifices fathers make for their sons.  Rudolpho’s opening transmission, omitted from the Redux version, fits into this theme; he recalls sacrifices his frequently absent father, the member of a crew of space ship, made for the family.
  4. Another theme of this episode is forgetting and remembering parents from whom one has been parted for a long time.  Ryan does not remember his father at the beginning of the episode, but calls him father at the end.  A Raider tells Dante that Travis (Dante’s son) has forgotten him (Dante).  Yet a Raider captured on board the Transutopian says that he remembers his mother.
  5. The Raiders are despicable for more than one reason.  The kidnapping of children is one of these reasons.
  6. Etienne (last seen in Family Values) is back.  He provides much of the comic relief in this episode.
  7. Billy Tsunami, Percy’s favorite singer, is back, too.  We last saw him in Siren’s Song.
  8. Luc, referring to the Omega 47 virus, refers back to Siren’s Song.
  9. I enjoy continuity from one episode to another.
  10. Dante feels guilty for failing to protect Travis from the Raiders.
  11. Dr. Devon feels guilty for failing to protect Ryan from the Orchard and the Raiders.
  12. A Raider double agent betrayed Ryan to the Raiders.
  13. Dr. Devon’s wife, Tracey, died after giving birth to their son, Ryan, born with a rare brain disorder.  Dr. Devon, a specialist in pediatric research, tried to cure his son.  The Orchard financed his research, which resulted in “an electromagnetically altered genetic cocktail.”  The cocktail transformed Ryan into a boy who, while seemingly asleep yet really in a trance, unconsciously manipulated the magnetic fields of nearby people, accessed their memories, and caused them to see and hear illusions.  The Orchard kidnapped Ryan and told Dr. Devon that the boy was dead.  Dr. Devon rescued his son, stole a small transport ferry, and set out, with a squadron of Raiders in pursuit.  There was also an Orchard vessel, which never intercepted the Transutopian, which rescued Dr. Devon and Ryan.
  14. Dr. Devon accurately describes the Orchard as “the bastards” who finished what he started.
  15. Etienne pretends to be infatuated with Luc and to love women.  He tells Luc that, if any woman could make him “jump ship,” she could, though.
  16. Ryan’s condition causes Dr. Devon to see Tracey (his late wife), Dante to see Travis, Luc to see her mother, Percy to see herself, and Etienne to see Luc.
  17. After Raiders board the Transutopian to seize Ryan, he causes them to see the illusion of a shuttle departing the former luxury liner.  The Raider squadron pursues the illusion.
  18. Etienne works for the Orchard.
  19. Luc, who also works for the Orchard, ensures that Dr. Devon and Ryan can settle on Titan, a moon of Saturn, and begin a new life.
  20. Titan has been free of Raiders for years.
  21. Dr. Devon’s most ardent desire is to be a good father.
  22. This episode tells us that Dante used to be a corn farmer on Titan.
  23. Percy is 18 years old, according to G. Philip Jackson, who should know, given that he was one of the creators of the series.
  24. Percy is cute and not intimidating when she orders Etienne to surrender to her authority.

REGARDING YEARS IN STARHUNTER (ORIGINAL) AND IN STARHUNTER REDUX

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Above:  Luc

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  1. In both the original and Redux versions of this episode, Dante gave the date of the abduction of Travis Montana as November 2, 2264, from Titan.
  2. In the original version of the first season, the current year in The Divinity Cluster is 2275.  This is consistent with the abduction having occurred ten years prior.  Most people do not speak of the past in precise terms.  “Ten years ago” can mean ten years, two months, and seven days, for example.  It can also men nine years, eleven months, and ten days, for example.
  3. In the Redux version of The Divinity Cluster, the current year is 2285.  This change helps to reconcile the dates in the (first) two seasons.    Season Two was originally Starhunter 2300, set about fifteen years after the first season.
  4. Series co-creator S. Philip Jackson has written to me.  He has informed that the 2285 is indeed the correct year in The Divinity Cluster, and that the abduction of Travis was in 2275.  (It could have been in November 2274, I suppose.)
  5. I detect a contradiction between the audio in a scene and information from a co-creator of the series.  I believe the latter.
  6. Given Dante’s mention of 2264, even in the Redux version of this episode, I have a question about the timing of the Callistian Civil War of 2254-2257, mentioned in The Man Who Sold the World.  I wonder if the civil war could have spanned 2264-2267 in the Redux chronology instead.  Advancing the timeline by a decade seems to be normative.

Next:  Past Lives, with the Orchard, more skullduggery, and Eric, Luc’s former husband.

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Peer Pressure/Peer Pressure (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Dr. Nasreen

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 6

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Laura Landauer as Dr. Nasreen

Jazz Mann/Jasbir Mann as Ajit

Peter Pacey as Dr. McIntyre

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = G. Philip Jackson

Writer = Annie Ingham

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:05

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Ajit

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  1. Laura Landauer is a singer and comedian who impersonates both Celine Dion and Elvis Presley.
  2. This was the first filmed episode.  The original episode from 2000 plays like a pilot episode.  The Redux version does not.
  3. We see the end of Rudolpho’s opening transmission from the original episode.
  4. The storytelling in the Redux episode is tighter than in the original episode.
  5. Dr. Nasreen, an expert in psychological traumatic stress, is insane, dangerous, and cruel.  She also has an unhealthy interest in her son.
  6. Caravaggio is a wonderfully sarcastic artificial intelligence.
  7. Dr. Nasreen developed a method of controlling hardcore criminals:  manipulating their magnetic fields to make them docile.  If they want to live, they must obey orders.  If a prisoner disobeys, his or her cerebral cortex self-destructs.  The delivery method is a red light flashed into the eyes.
  8. Dr. Nasreen is the suspect in the murder of one Dr. McIntyre.
  9. Percy is cute.
  10. Percy and Ajit flirt and have mutual puppy love.
  11. Percy does need to get off the ship and find more people to whom to talk.
  12. Dr. Nasreen orders Dante, under her control, to kill Luc and to enjoy doing so.  Then Luc, immunized from the red light zapping by Caravaggio, seizes control of the association and forces Dr. Nasreen to reverse the procedure on Dante, back at Mimas, from which Dante picked up Dr. Nasreen and Ajit.
  13. Mimas is a moon of Saturn.
  14. After Caravaggio humiliates Percy in front of Ajit, she reduces the AI’s intelligence so much that it begins to sing “What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?”
  15. Ajit understands his mother’s character.  He stops her by spacing himself.
  16. Nasreen zaps herself.  Then she, back in a holding cell aboard the Transutopian, rocks back and forth and says, “Tell me what to do.”
  17. Percy mourns Ajit alone in her quarters.

REGARDING EARLY EPISODES OF THE FIRST SEASON

Above:  Percy Montana

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The first season has a story arc in two parts:  the Divinity Cluster and the search for Travis Montana.  Some of the early episodes merely seem disconnected from each other, in the style of episodic television.  A few of them are so disconnected.  The relationships among many of these early episodes become clear in the fifteenth episode, Dark and Stormy Night, possibly the only good clip show ever.

Next:  Frozen, in which we see the Orchard and Etienne (from Family Values) again.  The Orchard is, overall, an assembly of amoral, sick bastards (including some female ones) who think that the ends (which are impossible) justify the means.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 20, 2019 COMMON ERA

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