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Above:  Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 19

MAIN CAST

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

Michaela May as Jay Beckers

Carin Moffat as Karina

Jake Simmons as Orchard Buyer

Simon Williams as Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt

Dan Willmott as Maintenance Guy

Carol Schulte as Bartender

Neil Davison as Thug

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Eitan Arnusi

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 = 0:44:03

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Karina (“Goldilocks”) and Rudolpho (“Papa Bear”)

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Does fake Travis Montana think he is the son of Danta and Percy Montana, and the cousin of Percy Montana?

Percy Montana is still on vacation.

The Transutopian is one of the few ships in the solar system to have an antimatter drive.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  A Functional Antimatter Drive

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  1. This episode contains references to Pandora’s Box and Just Politics, among other episodes.
  2. Carol Schulte returns to play the bartender again, as she did in Pandora’s Box.
  3. Callie and Travis getting closer to each other romantically.  She wants him to share secrets, to talk to her–really talk to her.  He tells Callie, however, that she may not want to know his secrets.
  4. The episode opens with the crew of the Tulip pursuing shipjackers and much-needed bounty.  The shipjackers activate the stolen ship’s antimatter drive and get away, however.  They admit that maybe they could have caught up with the vessel and earned that bounty had Percy been around, for only she knows how she has modified the ship’s propulsion system over the years.
  5. The crew asks Caravaggio to apply for the required Change of Energy Source Permit, despite the cost of 20,000 credits.  When the Tulip arrives at Io, Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt, an extremely officious official with no sense of humor boards the ship and conducts an inspection.  He can cite regulations the way a classically-trained actor can quote Shakespeare.  Callie and Travis remain on the ship.  Callie keeps Travis away from Tibbitt as much as possible.
  6. Unfortunately, Percy’s unorthodox rewiring may lead to stiff fines.
  7. Rudolpho and Marcus go in search of Jay Beckers, a scientist (whom they presume to be male) with connections to the late Keres Group.  Beckers deals in both legal and illegal energy sources.  Surely Dr. Beckers will have Duranium 237, the energy source from Just Politics.  Rudolpho visits an old flame (Karina), who seems to know everything and will certainly be able to tell him where to find Dr. Beckers.
  8. Rudolpho on Karina, whom he met in jail:  “She lied, cheated, and stole from me.  It was the best relationship I ever had.”
  9. Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt, who insists that people address him by his full title, is corrupt.  He plans to condemn the Tulip, presumably to have it destroyed, but really so he can sell it to the Orchard for a large profit.  Marcus learns, however, that Tibbitt’s inspection is not official; the Jupiter Federation has yet to process the application for the permit.  When Tibbitt calls in troops to try to expel Travis and Callie from the ship, combat ensues and Tibbitt flees deeper into the vessel.
  10. Jay Beckers is a woman.  She does have Duranium 237, but she also wants to enslave and modify Marcus.  Rudolpho pretends to play to along with Beckers, but he returns shoots her, rescues Marcus, and takes the Duranium 237.
  11. Marcus and Rudolpho return to the Transutopian during the firefight.  Meanwhile, an Orchard ship approaches the Tulip.  Tibbitt tries to prevent Marcus from placing the Duranium 237 into the antimatter drive, but other bounty hunters subdue Tibbitt.
  12. The Tulip travels from Io to beyond Neptune almost instantaneously.
  13. The Transutopian travels at normal speed back to the Jupiter Federation, which posts a 100,000 credit bond for the return of Tibbitt.
  14. Does the crew of the Tulip ever get that permit?

Next:  Licence to Fill, a clip show in which Percy returns.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

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