Painless/Painless (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Roan Gerick

A Screen Capture

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 9

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

Nigel Bennett as Roan Gerick

Kathryn Winslow as Captain Dalyat/Bliss

Daniel Petronijevic as Frankel

Brendan Wall as ?

Dean Copkov as ?

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 = 0:47:56

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:24

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above: Frankel

A Screen Capture

Neckties came back into fashion between the two seasons, fortunately.  (I approve of neckties.)

As I have written, there are two Travis Montanas.  The Travis Montana of the second season is NOT the son of Dante and Penny Montana.  If we take the Clive Robertson version of Travis at this word, he does not know that he is not the son of Dante and Penny.  Neither do Roan Gerick and most of the crew members of the Transutopian.  Perhaps Percy still harbors suspicions.  If so, she keeps them to herself by this point in the season.

We learn that Travis Montana (Mark II), the Clive Robertson model, sold drugs when he was a Raider.  He apparently has a guilty conscience.  As Rudolpho tells Travis (Mark II), the former Raider is trying to please some dead people.

The anti-drug message in this episode is more effective and less “You see, Timmy” than the awkward Nancy Reagan “Just say no” speech from Symbiosis (Star Trek:  The Next Generation, 1988).

This episode also offers another timeless lesson:  Beware of scoundrels who hide behind cover stories as they distract attention from their crimes by casting insinuations, seeding unfounded doubts, and blaming the innocent.  (Yes, I just made a political statement.  Those who read this weblog should know which way that statement turns.)

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) serves me poorly regarding much of the second season.  I derive my episode information, as much as possible, from DVDs with unaltered episodes and from the Redux episodes.  I still do not know, however, who Brendan Wall and Dean Copkov played in this episode.  My best guess is that one portrayed Xerc and the other one played an unnamed thug.

Nigel Bennett, whom I know best as the vampire LaCroix from Forever Knight, plays a grieving father well.  His performance is a highlight of this episode.

Rudolpho continues to be adamant about making as much money as possible.  He even refers to having three former wives.  An observant viewer may recognize the reference to the previous episode.  Rudolpho’s attitude is not without merit, for these bounty hunters do need all the credits they can earn.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Captain Dalyat/Bliss and Rudolpho DeLuna

A Screen Capture

  1. Anesta is a relatively new drug causing 17 or so deaths daily in Titan City, Titan, Saturn Federation.  The drug causes people to cease to fell pain.  To be precise, anesta prompts the release of dopamine, causing people to feel more euphoric the worse the more severely they become injured.  People of anesta feel indestructible.  Then most of them prove that they are destructible, and die.
  2. The episode opens with two men, one named Sasha Gerick, beating each other to death while laughing.
  3. Boredom reigns on the bridge of the Tulip until Roan Gerick, father of Sasha, hails the ship and calls Dante.  Travis (not the one who is the son of Dante and Penny) answers.  Gerick hires the bounty hunters to arrest Bliss, the drug lord of the anesta in the Saturn Federation.  Gerick has little money (20,000 credits to spare), but Travis accepts the case, much to the dismay of most of the other bounty hunters, especially Rudolpho.  Callie seems more humane, though.
  4. Captain Dalyat, who has been a narcotics cop for about a decade, is handling Sasha’s case.  She immediately begins to try to discredit Travis in Roan Gerick’s mind.  Then she insinuates that Frankel, the Mars Federation’s chief anti-drug official, is Bliss.  Dalyat also claims to have lost a daughter to drugs.  The police captain also refers to Bliss as “he.”  Dalyat is Bliss, however, and she did not lose a daughter to drugs.  Dalyat’s plan is to kill the bounty hunters and Frankel, then to expand her drug business into the Mars Federation.
  5. We learn little about Frankel.  We know that he and Callie served together in Special Forces, and that he supported her when she had to leave the forces.  We also learn that Frankel effectively suppresses the illegal drug trade in the Mars Federation and, on occasion, travels to the Saturn Federation under a pseudonym.  Furthermore, we learn that Callie (not a bleeding heart liberal) considers his tactics to be too harsh.  We do not know, however, if they are too harsh.
  6. Travis, initially unaware that Dalyat is Bliss, cooperates with her.  He goes undercover and reunites with Xerc, a former Raider who now works for Bliss.  Roan Gerick interrupts this reunion.  Travis, without blowing his cover, saves Gerick’s life.  Later, in private, Travis consoles Gerick and advises him to forgive Sasha.
  7. Travis transports samples of anesta to the Tulip.  He asks Percy to run a chemical analysis.  Perhaps a clue will point to a particular laboratory.  Percy, who perceives that she is wasting her life, takes the drug.  Marcus, who also thinks he is wasting his life, does not take the drug.  He helps Percy, to the best of his ability, instead.
  8. When Travis, Callie, Rudolpho, and Frankel confront Dalyat, she admits to being Bliss.  She also claims to have a clear conscience, for she argues that she has not destroyed any lives.  No, she insists, people destroyed their own lives.  Dalyat has no conscience, actually.
  9. On the Tulip, Gerick holds a photograph of him holding a one-day-old Travis (the real Travis).  Gerick loans the picture to Travis (the fake one).

Next:  Skin Deep, about, among other topics, plastic surgery and standards of beauty.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 10, 2019 COMMON ERA

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This is post #1850 of SUNDRY THOUGHTS.

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