Archive for November 2019

Becoming Shiva/Becoming Shiva (Redux)   1 comment

Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Bhagavad-Gita, following the Trinity Test, July 16, 1945

Above:  Nailson and Salvatore

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 6

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Jonathan Sagall as Salvatore

Elisa Moolecherry as Nailson

James Carroll as Detective

Hayden Baptiste as Arun

Don Willmott as Opening Space Station Worker

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Denis McGrath

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:48:04

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:09

BACKGROUND

Above:  Nailson

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Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and one-third of a triad.  The other two-thirds of the triad are Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the preserver).  Shiva’s destruction is part of a cycle, for the purpose of re-creation.  This understanding is applicable to the mindset of the ecoterrorists in this episode.

Salvatore misquotes J. Robert Oppenheimer, though.  According to Salvatore, Oppenheimer said, “I am become Shiva, the destroyer of worlds.”  The portion of the Bhagavad-Gita Oppenhiemer quoted is in the mouth of Krishna, in the guise of Arjuna’s chariot-driver.  I am a Christian (an Episcopalian, to be precise), not a Hindu.  Yet I know from sources that Krishna is not Shiva.  According to what I have read, Krishna is an incarnation (the eighth incarnation, actually) of Vishnu, who is not Shiva.

Salvatore does not care about historical accuracy in quoting people and about details of Hindu theology, apparently.

Tanya Allen and Elisa Moolecherry worked together during the 1996-1997 season of The Newsroom, a superb comedy series.

What is the state of the Earth since Resurrection (1.22), set in late 2286?  The events of this episode exist in the same universe as the events of that episode.  I conclude that the seeds must not have destroyed all life on the planet and that they did not restore the atmosphere either.  Did those seeds change anything?  The Earth is, according to Rudolpho, who spent part of his youth there, “a sewer.”  We also learn that people who live on Earth are the only humans who can die of cancer.

Jeremy, Nailson’s son, died of cancer at age seven.

We will hear more about conditions on the mother planet in the next episode, The Third Thing.

Percy tells Marcus that Dante saved the Earth.  That may be her recollection, but it is inconsistent with the events of Resurrection (1.22), for Dante did not prevent the Raiders from releasing the seeds into the atmosphere.  As I recall, Dante could not even save himself and Travis (Mark I, the actual Travis).

Percy also tells Marcus that she has been to Earth.  I wonder if she referred to the events of The Divinity Cluster (1.1) or those of Resurrection (1.22).  One may recall that, in Family Values (1.3), Percy said she had never been to Earth.

I do not assume that characters in works of fiction always speak accurately or truthfully.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Percy would still rather punch Nailson in the face.

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  1. Ring Shepherd, Saturn Federation:  Nailson and Salvatore, leader of Terra’s Children, plant a bomb in restricted area of the space station still under construction.  They say, “For Terra.”  Then they depart.  Two workers enter the area shortly thereafter.  Nailson and Salvatore, getting away in their ship, hear sounds of human activity.  Nailson is concerned, but Salvatore does not care.  The bomb explodes and the men die.
  2. Terra’s Children, an Earth First organization active for about seven years, has targeted structures, not people.  Until this episode, that is.
  3. Syn City, Io, Jupiter Federation, two days later:  A detective informs Travis of a message from Terra’s Children; there is a threat of an attack in Syn City in one day.  The detective hires the crew of the Tulip to bring in Salvatore.  We get an update on Gus and Arnot from Biocrime, three episodes ago:  They cashed out after the Father Abode mess.
  4. Callie and Marcus remain on the Tulip and tap into Syn City (What a sin city it is!) surveillance cameras.  Marcus, Callie, and Rudolpho pound the pavement in Syn City.  Salvatore plants a bag containing a bomb.  Nailson removes the bag and disarms the bomb.  After Percy and Marcus alert their colleagues to Nailson’s whereabouts, Nailson becomes a prisoner quickly.  Salvatore gets away, though.
  5. Salvatore returns to Adrastea, the smallest moon of Jupiter, and the site of a base.  He has a plan to use the Transutopian to push Adrastea (with bombs on it) into the gas giant planet and cause an explosion that will destroy the Tulip, create a radiation wave, and kill three billion people.  Salvatore sends two of the groups members to Ring Shepherd, where they kill two security guards and, in the guise of security guards, board the Tulip.
  6. Nailson contemptuously calls Percy a “can dweller” and refuses to answer questions.  Percy eventually persuades Nailson to reveal details by turning the gravity in her cell to nine times the gravity of Earth.
  7. Marcus has never sat under a tree or stood under an open sky.
  8. “Gone to Terra” is a euphemism for having died.
  9. Members of Terra’s Children die while attempting to seize control of the Tulip.
  10. When Travis, Callie, and Rudolpho go to Adrastea, Salvatore and other members of Terra’s Children surrender–or do they?  Salvatore and those with him constitute the second wave of ecoterrorists who try to seize control of the ship.  That leaves the three members Callie and Rudolpho guard until the bounty hunters flee, due to the polonium explosives.  Callie and Rudolpho, in a stolen terrorist shuttle, pursue Salvatore, in a shuttle he stole from the Tulip.  Callie uses a particle beam to damage Salvatore’s engines.  His fate will be that of the three billion people he wants to murder.
  11. Salvatore orders the increasingly radicalized Nailson, standing on the Tulip‘s bridge, to abort the plan.  She disobeys; it is too late for that, she says.  Percy points a gun at Nailson, who points a gun at Percy.  Then Travis enters the bridge.  Nailson points her gun at him, and he kills her.
  12. Marcus frustrates the terrorists’ plan by shutting down the Transutopian‘s engines.
  13. I guess the other three terrorists remained on Adrastea.  The episode does not answer that question.
  14. The Tulip heads for Ring Shepherd, to turn Salvatore over to authorities.
  15. Travis asks Percy is okay.  She replies, “No.”

Next:  Most of the crew of the Tulip faces another potentially lethal challenge, “reality” programming, in The Third Thing.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 24, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Spaceman/Spaceman (Redux)   1 comment

Above:  Mishkin and Percy

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 5

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Michael Filipowich as Mishkin

Frank Moore as Commander Orlando

Neil Girvan as Soldier #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writers = Nelu Ghiran and David Wheatley

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:48:01

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:12

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Colonel Orlando

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  1. Michael Filopowich and Frank Moore previously appeared in Earth:  Final Conflict (1997-2002).  Filipowich portrayed Judson Corr, the assassin, who, on orders of Ronald Sandoval, murdered Kate, William Boone’s wife, in the first episode.  Moore played Hubble Urich, an advisor to U.S. President Andrew Thompson, in twenty-two episodes from 1999 to 2002.
  2. The Transutopian, on the edge an uncharted debris field near Saturn, detects life signs in a very small escape pod–barely large enough for one person.  The debris is that of a large freighter that imploded.   Rudolpho is the only member of the crew of the Tulip to voice caution, which turns out to be prophetic.
  3. The escape pod, taken aboard the Tulip, contains a man, who turns about to me Mishkin.  Percy’s attraction to him is obvious before he touches her.  Then he touches her.  She really becomes attracted to him.
  4. Mishkin, who recovers from amnesia during the episode, has the power to affect adversely the judgment of anyone he touches.  Percy has sex with Mishkin.  Marcus returns to his Raider ways.  Rudolpho, claiming to be the rightful owner of the Transutopian, plots to sell it.  He also strands Travis and Callie aboard a powerless shuttle in the debris field before retrieving a fighter, which he also intends to sell.  When Marcus, under Mishkin’s influence, becomes suspicious of Rudolpho, he locks the older man in his (Rudolpho’s) quarters.  Rudolpho resorts to using a weapon to burn through the doors.
  5. Mishkin’s effects are temporary.  They wear off in about a day.
  6. Marcus grew up in the Raiders.  He does not remember his parents.  We will learn about his family in The Heir and the Spare.
  7. The Varran clan hangs out near Io.
  8. Colonel Orlando contacts Travis and Callie, but does not rescue them.  His mission takes him to the Transutopian, which he and a small team of soldiers board.  Orlando is Mishkin’s father.  Mishkin is the prototype of a military experiment code named Trojan Horse.  His official purpose is to infiltrate groups and cause them to sabotage their causes.  Mishkin, however, cannot control whom he influences, friend or foe.  His touch causes a change in the subject’s brain activity–namely, bad judgment.  Mishkin escaped because he was too dangerous.  Orlando has been pursuing his son.  The colonel understands his sad duty to be to destroy his son.
  9. Percy tells Mishkin she never felt alive before she met him.
  10. Mishkin tells Percy he must leave the Tulip, or else people will die.  He returns to the escape pod, which she launches.  Orlando and men pursue him, but collisions with debris in the debris field destroy their ship and kill them.
  11. How long can Mishkin live?  Orlando said that Mishkin was dying.
  12. Travis and Callie continue to await rescue, soon to be on the way, when the episode ends.
  13. Mishkin’s power seems to entail accentuating some aspect (frequently negative, that which the best angels of one’s nature keep in control) of a person’s character.  Percy is lonely and emotionally withdrawn.  Unfortunately for her, she can never find a good boyfriend.  Rudolpho is greedy.  Marcus has a background in the Raiders; he is somewhat violent.

Next:  Becoming Shiva, which is about environmental terrorists.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 24, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Reflections on the Possessions of the Deceased   2 comments

I have helped to clean out two apartments of deceased people since the middle of August.

Last August, in Americus, Georgia, I did much of the cleaning out of the apartment of my maternal grandmother, Barbara Futch, who died at the age of 89 years.  My grandmother was aware that she was leaving much–especially clothing, as well as tubes and bottles of various creams and pills–for others to go through.  However, she lacked the energy level to dispose of more of it than she did.

I knew Bonny Thomas for over a decade.  I also understood that she had a mental illness.  Bonny, under the influence of that illness, became the fifth victim of a police-involved shooting in Athens-Clarke County, since March 2019.  I also knew a compassionate, vivacious woman who had a whimsical side and enjoyed watching films noir with me as we ate pizza and drank coke, and who liked to watch Columbo episodes with me as we at Hamburger Helper.  When she died, on October 14, one pillar of my world collapsed.

Yesterday, a few members (just enough to be about right–not too few, not too many) of my parish and I emptied Bonny’s apartment.  (Her family had taken the last of what they wanted a few days prior.)  Bonny had died, never to enter her apartment or mine again, but her possessions remained.  Most of them have gone to benefit a local charity that helps battered women.

Life is short and precious.  Much of it consists of that which is intangible, which is more important that the majority of that which is tangible.  Nevertheless, packing up and deciding what to do with the possessions of the deceased is an uncomfortable task.  It is also a tangible reminder of that person’s departure.  Completing that task can simultaneously be comforting and sad.  On one hand, the task is done; one can move on from no-longer unfinished business now.  Yet the emotions of loss can come to the fore.

I understand the Roman Catholic fixation on relics of saints.  After all, I keep relics of friends and relatives.  I have two chests and one tall bookcase full of photographs, school annuals, documents, books, et cetera.  That which is tangible, despite being less important than that which is intangible, has power.  The deceased have moved on, but an object one can hold has sentimental value.   Now my archives include relics of Bonny Thomas.  But if I could have her back, I would, of course.

One day (not any time soon, I hope; I love life) my turn to be the deceased will come.  Others will have the responsibility of disposing of my worldly possessions.  I am preparing for that day, with the intention that their task will require just a few hours–the more the helping hands, the fewer the hours.  I live comfortably in about 600 square feet.  My abode has relatively large empty areas in it.  Yet I review my possessions periodically and ask if I should donate to a thrift store or give to a person.  After all, they should be possessions; they should not possess me.  I do not want them to become a burden to anyone, including me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 22, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ROBERT SEAGRAVE, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF DITLEF GEORGSON RISTAD, NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN LUTHERAN MINISTER, HYMN TRANSLATOR, LITURGIST, AND EDUCATOR

Chasing Janus/Chasing Janus (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Janus Larkadia

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 4

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Lawrence Bayne as Strasser/Devak

Shawn Lawrence as Janus Larkadia

Norma Clarke as Vesta Larkadia

Damon D’Oliveria as Nivinsky

Scott Wickware as Casca

Vieslav Krystyan as Detective

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = Denis McGrath

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:48:06

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:13

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Vesta Larkadia and Strasser

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  1. In 2019, Dawn Stern and husband Stephan Wolfert operate DE-CRUIT, a non-profit organization that treats military veterans’ trauma with science and the plays of William Shakespeare.
  2. The choice of Vesta and Janus for Callie’s parents, spoken of since the first episode of the season, is not accidental.  In Greco-Roman mythology, the two deities are associated with each other.  Vesta is the goddess of the family hearth.  Janus, the god of past, present, and future, is supposedly responsible for doorways, gates, and all beginnings.
  3. Travis and Callie work together at Clarke Station to capture Strasser, a smuggler.  Strasser recognizes Callie, though, and shoots her, injuring her severely.  The temporary solution to the problem of saving Callie’s life is to place her in an old and leaky cryonic tube aboard the Transutopian.  The real solution is to get to Mars as soon as possible and get “spare parts” from Callie’s blank, or mindless clone.
  4. In 2300, a member of a wealthy family has a blank, which has no brain above the brain stem.
  5. Before the Tulip can get to Mars, it has fight off Strasser’s ship while docked at Clarke Station and denied official permission to depart.  The Tulip leaves anyway, damaging Clarke Station.
  6. The Transutopian docks at Mars Orbital One and takes a shuttle to the Larkadia estate at Olympus Mons City.  Janus lies when he says Callie has no blank.
  7. Vesta, Callie’s mother, has not spoken to her daughter in two years, since Callie became a bounty hunter.
  8. The Larkadia family, assumed to be wealthy, has fallen on hard times.  Janus has pawned his blank and that of Vesta and Callie to one Nivinksy, who insists on “foreclosing,” or selling off body parts for money, of Callie’s blank.  Janus, desperate to save his daughter’s life, accepts Nivinsky’s offer and prepares to send himself to the chop shop, so Nivinsky will release Callie’s blank.
  9. Strasser visits Vesta and threatens Janus and Callie.
  10. Marcus has experience building small reactors.
  11. Strasser sees Travis on Mars and shoots at him, but Travis avoids getting shot.  Martian police arrest Travis, though, and Strasser gets away.  Janus persuades a detective to let Travis see police records.  Travis learns that Strasser is really Devak, a member of Citadel Squad, which Callie exposed for corruption.  Devak is officially dead.  Travis places a tracking device of Janus.
  12. Fake customs inspectors attempt to board the Tulip.  Percy vents atmosphere–compressed carbon dioxide–at them.  They leave.
  13. Travis rescues Janus at Nivinsky’s place of business.  Travis and Rudolpho arrest Strasser.  Travis threatens Nivinsky, forcing him to hand over Callie’s blank.
  14. Callie receives the necessary parts from her blank and recovers.
  15. Janus is proud of his daughter, whom he loves.  She rebuffs him, though.  She does not know how much he was willing to risk to save her.  She also does not know the truth about her family’s finances.
  16. Callie is better medically, but is not whole.

Next:  Spaceman.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Biocrime/Biocrime (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Father Abode (Or is she?)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 3

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Ellen Dubin as Father Abode

Boyd Banks as Lumpy Goodwin

Walker Boone as Senator Orford

Maggie Castle as Taryn Orford

Hugh Dillon as Gus

Ron Kennell as Arnot

Debra McCabe as Vayla Tambur

Mike Turner as Man #1

Curt Wu as Lab Tech #1

Brian Frank as Man #3

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = Peter Zorich (Peter I. Horton)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:57

Length of Redux episode = 0:43:59

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Lumpy Goodwin

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  1. The universe of Starhunter/Starhunter Redux is dangerous and dark.
  2. Walker Boone, who played Senator Orford, also portrayed Leland T. Lynch, one of the Chief Engineers of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, during the first season of Star Trek:  The Next Generation, in Skin of Evil.
  3. In Syn City, Io, Jupiter Federation, Marcus and Callie are complaining about having to wait for Travis when they rescue a young woman wearing only a sheet from two men wearing blood-stained white uniforms.  The young woman is Taryn Orford, the disowned daughter of Mars Federation Senator Orford.  She is also a drug addict.  She and Marcus were friends and drug addicts on the streets together until Marcus went off with Travis.
  4. This episode seems to imply that Taryn and Marcus were on the streets of Syn City, Io.  However, this series has already established that Travis rescued Marcus in a bar on Oberon, a moon of Uranus.  I wonder if I am missing some important details.
  5. Marcus feels guilty for abandoning Taryn.
  6. Marcus and Callie take Taryn back to the Transutopian, docked at Clarke Station, for “Father” would find her at a hospital in Syn City.  “Father” is Father Abode, of whom no image exists.
  7. Half of Taryn’s body is turning into something not human.  The rapid transformation is killing her.  Percy takes on the unpleasant duty of draining blood from flooded areas of Taryn’s body, concealed under an increasingly stained sheet as the episode progresses.
  8. Senator Orford, who does not care about his daughter, blames Marcus for getting her addicted to drugs.  Senator Orford also insists on keeping Marcus and Taryn apart, even after hiring Travis and the team (minus Marcus) to bring in the notorious Father Abode, a student of Dr. Novak during the Callistian Civil War (The Man Who Sold the World).
  9. Father Abode genetically modifies victims for “sex and degradation.”  Options in genetic modification include transgender and transspecies.
  10. Marcus, working the case alone in Syn City, reunites with Vayla Tambur, a friend an an exotic dancer with a heart of gold.  She is reluctant to help him find Lumpy Goodwin, a drug dealer and a human trafficker in cahoots with Father Abode.
  11. Senator Orford introduces Travis and Callie to detectives Gus and Arnot, who are corrupt–in cahoots with Lumpy and Father Abode.
  12. Marcus reunites with Lumpy, who, after learning that Marcus is on the right side of the law, drugs him and plans to give him to Father Abode.  Then Travis and Callie rescue Marcus and arrest Lumpy.
  13. Gus and Arnot, concerned about having to tell Father Abode about Lumpy’s capture, know they will not want to live unless they can spin the situation to their benefit.  They plot to capture bounty hunters, offer to trade them for Lumpy, get Lumpy back, then kill the bounty hunters.
  14. The Transutopian has at least two functional shuttles.
  15. Travis has a plan.  He will go undercover as Mr. Farrell, carrying a skin sample from Callie, and go to meet Father Abode.  Travis needs access to Father Abode’s records of genetic modification, to save Taryn.  Callie inserts a top-secret tracking device in one of Travis’s arms.  This tracking device is top-secret and from Mars Federation Special Forces.
  16. Father Abode is a woman.  What a way to avoid detection!
  17. According to plan, Callie and Rudolpho follow Travis.  Father Abode learns why Travis is there, and begins to modify him genetically.  Gus and Arnot arrest Callie and Rudolpho.  Rudolpho offers to bribe them, so they let the bounty hunters go.  Callie and Rudolpho rescue Travis and encounter Father Abode and an amorous clone of Callie.  The close is fragile, though; she dies due to the slightest injury.
  18. Taryn and Travis recover aboard the Transutopian.
  19. The woman in the brig of the Tulip is actually a clone of Father Abode.  The clone dies.  The real Father Abode is on one of the outer worlds.
  20. Taryn agrees to meet her father.
  21. Gus and Arnot keep very low profiles.  They also never receive the bribes Rudolpho promised them.
  22. In this episode Callie said that if she were in Taryn’s position, her father would not help her.

We will learn about Callie’s parents in the next episode, Chasing Janus.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Star Crossed/Star Crossed (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Percy Montana

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 2

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Brandi Marie Ward as Cira

Juan Chioran as Dakkota 79

Domenic Cuzzocrea and Lou Tove

Chris Benson as Rhendal Ving

Bruce Beaton as Arms Dealer

Jung Yul Kim as Dakkota 300

Junior Williams as Redus Fledder-John

Greg Bryk as Dakkota Clan Minion

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = Peter Zorich (Peter I. Horton)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:28

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Cira

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  1. Get used to seeing Syn City, Io, in the Jupiter Federation.
  2. The episode opens with a weapons deal that ends in a shoot out.  The only survivors are Dakkota 79, leader of the (Raider) Dakkota clan, and his girlfriend, Cira.  Dakkota 79 purchases Thorium 238.
  3. Rudolpho DeLuna is behaving suspiciously.  He is covertly contacting Lou Tove, a merchant of a sort who deals in former Raiders.
  4. Rhendal Ving, of the Jupiter Federation, hires Travis and Callie to prevent a Raider clan war as the Dakkota clan (from Triton) moves into the Jupiter Federation.  Why bounty hunters instead of federal agents?  Bureaucracy.  Hiring contractors is simpler and involves less bureaucracy.  In this case, Ving plans to detain Dakkota 79 on delinquent docking charges.
  5. No jurisdiction has paid in the Jimmi Zavras matter from the previous episode.
  6. Ving resents Callie for, while in Mars Federation Special Forces, having exposed the Citadel Squad for planting evidence and getting them drummed out of the military.
  7. Travis is the new captain of the Transutopian.
  8. Dakkota 79 is not above killing Dakkota clan members he knows to be loyal just to send the message that clan members should be loyal.
  9. Callie, who became a bounty hunter after leaving the military, does not get along with her family, despite her privileged upbringing.
  10. Travis claims to be the son of Dante.  Yet he has not memory of Dante or Penny, as the actual Travis did at the end of the first season.  As I wrote in the previous post, this Travis is not the son of Dante and Penny.
  11. Only five members of the Varran clan have left.  This Travis is one of them.
  12. Percy trusts nobody.
  13. Travis and Callie go undercover as weapons technicians.  Cira recognizes Travis, her former lover.  He knows her from a time when she belonged to a different clan.
  14. Percy confronts Rudolpho regarding his covert transmissions.  He denies that they place the ship or anyone aboard in danger.  Percy threatens to throw him out an airlock if he is lying.
  15. Marcus discovers the contents of Rudolpho’s covert transmissions.
  16. Lou Tove arrives on the Tulip with bounty hunter Redus Fledder-John, who endangers the lives of the crew, minus Travis and Callie.  Marcus arrests Tove.
  17. Dakkota 79, suspicious of Travis and Callie, learns that they are bounty hunters, and so is Cira.  Travis and Callie rescue Cira, arrest Dakkota 79, and return to the Tulip.  Travis leaves Cira and Dakkota 79 aboard the shuttle, but prevents her from leaving with his bounty, worth 200,000 credits.
  18. Travis, etc., confront Fledder-John, who has taken Percy hostage.  Percy defends herself well.  Rudolpho kills Fledder-John.
  19. We see the new lookout set.
  20. Travis and Cira part.
  21. Rudolpho was seeking out and neutralizing people who knew who Travis is.
  22. Does Travis know who he is?

Next:  Biocrime, in which we learn more about the background of Marcus Fagen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 18, 2019 COMMON ERA

Rebirth/Rebirth (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Percy Montana

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 1

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300 and briefly in this episode

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Alan Van Sprang as Jimmi Zavras

Shawn Roberts as Skinny (Grown Up)

Eric Flower as Skinny (Child)

James Arnold as Father

Fionnuala Jamison as Mother

Jee-Yun Lee as News Anchor

Abena Malika as Clarke Station AI Holograph

Cherilee Taylor as Aliana Niran

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = Peter Zorich (Peter I. Horton)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:48

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:00

THE SECOND SEASON

Above:  An Example of Retconning the Tulip Interior

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(Look at the windows and the steps.)

The opening titles sequence to Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004) is here.

I prefer the opening and closing credits music in both seasons of Starhunter Redux; Donald Quan’s music has a positive effect on me.

I realize that a refit of a Transutopian happened off-screen in Rebirth and that Percy had the bridge chairs replaced off-camera early in the episode, but the only explanation for certain changes to the interior of the ship within the Redux universe is retconning.  In our universe, of course, the answer is that people built new sets.

The re-editing of the first season in Starhunter Redux removes most of the visual discontinuity from the first season to the second.  Nevertheless, the color palate in the first season is darker than in the second season.

As early as 2010 and 2011, when I wrote the first set of posts about this series, I posited that each season played out in a separate reality.

Starhunter Redux plays out in one reality, though.

I like seeing Murray Melvin back as the slightly redesigned Caravaggio in the second season of Starhunter Redux, no offense to Graham Harley.

Characters keep referring to the passage of fifteen years since the events of the previous season.  In-universe, the first season ended in late 2286.  The last firm date, from Eat Sin, was September 13, 2286.  Given the date of January 3, 2300, in Rebirth, the passage of time was actually about thirteen years.

THERE ARE TWO TRAVIS MONTANAS

Above:  Clive Robertson as Travis Montana (Left) with Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen (Right)

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Discontinuities between the Travis Montana we meet in Travis and Resurrection and the Travis Montana we meet in the second season provided evidence I interpreted as support for the parallel universes theory in 2010 and 2011.

Travis Montana (Mark I) was about fifteen years old in late 2286, when Dante Montana, his father, caught up with him.  This Travis was the first naturally-occurring manifestation of the Divinity Cluster.  Zephyrn, as the Raiders called him, was “the Chosen One” and the leader of the Raiders  He had perfect memory, possessed a psychic link to his father, remembered this mother, and knew all about the Divinity Cluster.  This Travis disappeared with his father into hyperspace aboard a shuttle about to collide with the surface of Earth in late 2286.

Travis Montana (Mark II) was in his middle-to-late thirties in 2300.  He had been the leader of the Varran clan of the Raiders until 2289/2290 (about a decade prior to January 3, 2300), when he left both, due to an attack of conscience during the abduction of the boy designated to become his heir and the next leader of the Varran clan.  This Travis was manifesting the Divinity Cluster; he traveled in time on occasion (as in Rebirth), but knew nothing about the Divinity Cluster until Percy briefed him at the end of the episode.  This Travis also had no memories of Dante or Penny.  Yet he referred to Dante as his father and to Percy as his cousin.  This Travis bore the Raider name “Dazak.”

The following information comes from series co-creator G. Philip Jackson, via email.  The Travis Montana we see in the second season is not the son of Dante and Penny Montana.  We will catch up with the real Travis Montana in the third season.  I have another reason to anticipate the third season.

Perhaps the man claiming to be Travis Montana believes he is the son of Dante Montana.  If so, he does not know who he is, and a line of dialogue to Jimmi Zavras at the tail end of Rebirth is ironic.

For the sake of convenience, I will refer to Travis Montana (Mark II) as “Travis” or “Travis Montana,” minus the quotation marks, in posts, starting after this sentence.

A PROPOSED CHRONOLOGY LINKING THE FIRST TWO SEASONS

Above:  Establishing the Date in Rebirth

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2271:  Penny Montana gave birth to Travis Montana on Titan.

November 3, 2274:  Senaca led the raid that resulted in the death of Penny Montana and of Percy Montana’s parents, as well as the abduction of the three-year-old Travis.

Early 2275:  Dante became a bounty hunter, with Percy (probably seven years old) in tow.

Late 2285:  The beginning of the first season.  Percy was eighteen years old.  Dante was thirty-five years old.

2286:  The events of the majority of the first season.  (G. Philip Jackson tells me that the events of the first season took about a year in story time.)

Late 2286:  The end of the second season.  Travis, Dante, Percy, and Eccleston disappeared into hyperspace.

2289/2290:  Dazak, leader of the Varran clan, left that clan and the Raiders.  Jimmi Zavras attacked Dazak, abducted a boy who was supposed to become Dazak’s heir and the next leader of the Varran clan, and ordered the deaths of the boy’s parents.  Dazak recovered and called himself Travis Montana afterward.  (How long had he thought of himself as Travis Montana?)

Year Uncertain:  Travis (formerly Dazak) saved the life of Raider apprentice Marcus Fagen in a Raider knife fight “in a hellhole bar on Oberon.”  Marcus began to pursue an honest life in the company of Travis.

January 3, 2300:  The Transutopian, with only Percy Montana aboard, emerged from hyperspace.  Her time in hyperspace was, in her words, “like a dream.”  Caravaggio’s appearance changed slightly.  (I refer to the Murray Melvin version of Caravaggio, in both seasons of Starhunter Redux.)  The Tulip, according to Jupiter Federation salvage laws, became her property.

January 4, 2300:  The Transutopian docked at Clarke Station, near Jupiter.  Percy met Travis, the former Dazak, and did not accept him as her cousin.  (She had met the real Travis at the end of the first season, after all.)  Percy has aged to appear twenty-two years old, although she was chronologically closer to thirty-two years old.  A minor refit of the ship began.  Refitters removed the sensor array and did not replace it.  Percy had the bridge chairs replaced.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

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  1. The Redux version of this episode rearranges some of the content from early in the original Starhunter 2300 episode.
  2. The misinformation about the detrimental effects of MSG in Chinese food persists into the late twenty-third century.  (The twenty-fourth century will begin in 2301.)  Misinformation from 1969 does take root, does it not?
  3. When we meet Travis and Marcus, they are in Syn City, Io, a moon of Jupiter.  They and Callista “Callie” Larkadia are pursuing the same criminal, Aliana Niran, a black-market dealer.  After Travis and Marcus arrest Niran at Clarke Station the next day, the “tapped out” Callie is angry.
  4. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), not always reliable, lists Niran’s name as “Ailana Niran.”  Yet Travis pronounces her first name as “Aliana.”
  5. Jimmi Zavras, presumably the leader of the Varran clan since Dazak left about a decade prior, wants to kill Travis.
  6. Marcus is surprised to learn that Travis travels in time, after knowing him for years.
  7. Rudolpho, desperate for money, offers to lease the Tulip from Percy.  Callie, desperate for money, goes to work for Rudolpho.
  8. Marcus works for Travis.
  9. Rudolpho said in the original version of The Most Wanted Man that the more he earned, the more he spent and the deeper he went into debt.  His financial condition in this episode is consistent with that statement.
  10. Rudolpho was rich at the end of Resurrection, set in late 2286.
  11. Percy, as the new owner of the Tulip, takes half the bounty.  She needs the quatloos, to cite a currency from Star Trek (1966-1969).  (I know; the currency in the universe of Starhunter is credits.)
  12. Callie, one of “the Larkadias,” had a privileged youth, which she did not enjoy.  She is also a veteran of Mars Federation Special Forces.
  13. Lucretia Scott was also a veteran of Special Forces.
  14. Jimmi Zavras kills 312 people at the Pandora Terraform Research Facility, near Saturn, to lure Travis.
  15. Jimmi’s ship is the Guardian.
  16. Percy, Rudolpho, Callie, Travis, and Marcus agree to a trial run.  They will apprehend those responsible for the attack at Pandora, divide the bounty, and decide what to do next.
  17. Percy does not make plans, for they do not work out for her.
  18. As the crew members get to know each other (somewhat), they work well together to complete the mission.
  19. We see new sets for the first time.  The infirmary is one of these.
  20. “Percy does not always make sense to the impartial observer, but somehow she manages to make sense to herself.”–Caravaggio on Percy
  21. “I work in mysterious ways.”–Percy on herself
  22. Travis and Callie take the shuttle to Pandora, to search for evidence.  They do this without Percy’s permission.
  23. Percy insists that she is in command.  She traps Marcus, redirects ship controls away from the bridge (where Rudolpho is), and plans to leave Travis and Callie behind.  Percy says, “no pretend cousin, big fat sleeze, little buddy, or mystery slut.”  At this time Jimmi, in the Guardian, attacks the Tulip.  Percy fires lasers while the particle beam warms up.  Travis and Callie approach from Pandora and fire strictly illegal torpedoes at the Guardian‘s reactor.  Jimmi withdraws, rather than explode.
  24. A shuttle cannot legally carry torpedoes.
  25. Percy has made enemies aboard the Tulip.  Travis makes peace with her.
  26. Skinny, Jimmi’s first officer, contacts Travis and arranges a rendezvous at a bar on Iapetus Docking Station, near Saturn.  All on the Tulip recognize this as a trap.  Travis goes to the bar, a fairly tame gentleman’s club (the dancers wear bikinis and short shorts), but he is not alone.  Marcus and Callie are undercover as lovers.  Travis, Marcus, and Callie reverse the trap and spring it on Jimmi and Skinny.  Skinny, Travis reveals, was supposed to be the leader of the Varran clan, not Jimmi’s slave.
  27. Jimmi and Skinny become prisoners on the Tulip.  But no government will pay the bounty yet, due to jurisdictional disputes.

Next:  Star Crossed.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 COMMON ERA