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Starhunter/Starhunter 2300 and Starhunter Redux: Opening and Closing Credits   Leave a comment

Above:  The Title Card from Starhunter (2000-2001)

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I’m a bounty hunter, but that’s just something that I do.  I’m looking for something that was stolen from me.  Ten years ago, they took my son.  As I search there are signs that something is happening, that humanity is about to change.  But I won’t be distracted.  How do you find one small boy in a lawless universe?  I’m not sure, but I have to keep trying.

BACKGROUND

Starhunter (2000-2001) and Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004) have become some of my favorite viewing.  In fact, I have written an episode guide to the series.  That episode guide is available at this weblog.   That is old news from 2010 and 2011.  This post exists and at least 44 other posts will exist because of Starhunter Redux (2017), available via Amazon Prime.

I have had some difficulty finding much background information about Starhunter and Starhunter 2300, for they seem to be cult series.  I have, however, learned that series creators Daniel D’Or and G. Philip Jackson had some “creative” differences with executives.  I wrote “creative” in quotation marks because I do not assume that executives necessarily possess creativity.

As I have written in my episode guide, the visual differences between Starhunter and Starhunter 2300 are impossible to miss.  The same space station looks quite different in each season.  The exterior of the Transutopian (the Tulip) is quite different in each season, and the bridge area seems to have gone through a renovation while in hyperspace for 15 years.  (The steps off the break room/dining area, absent in Starhunter, are impossible to miss in Starhunter 2300.  Also, some windows are different, with different sometimes meaning present.   Furthermore, the exteriors and interiors of shuttlecrafts and the shuttle bay are different.)  In Starhunter Redux, however, the visual design of Starhunter 2300 takes over in the altered versions of first season episodes, except in the bridge area and the interiors of shuttlecrafts.  The two series/seasons feel cohesive, mostly.

Above:  The Transutopian, from Starhunter (2000-2001)

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Above:  The Transutopian, from Starhunter 2300 and Starhunter Redux

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I prefer the original appearance of the Transutopian, given the backstory that the vessel is a former luxury liner long since relegated to a junkyard and converted into a bounty hunting ship.  The unused sections of the ship that lack a hull help to sell that backstory.

I plan to write a series of posts comparing the original and altered episodes.

CREDITS

The opening credits of Starhunter (2000-2001) are here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbiOACX9Qw.  The narration explains the backstory:  Bounty hunter Dante Montana is really looking for his son, whom Raiders abducted some years prior.  Meanwhile, the human species is changing.  These two plot threads merge throughout that first season.

The opening credits of the first season of Starhunter Redux retain that theme yet feature a different  arrangement of it. Dante’s exposition is absent.  The visuals also differ; most scenes come from both Starhunter and Starhunter 2300, and some are new.  The opening credits of the second season of Starhunter Redux are similar to those for the first; the differences are most obvious in scenes depicting the cast.  The Starhunter 2300 theme (an arrangement of Peter Gabriel’s Darker Star) is gone.  (Darker Star does work well for a science fiction series, though.)  The opening credits for the second season of Starhunter Redux also differ from those for Starhunter 2300 in that the opening credits for Starhunter 2300 do not show the actors.

The closing credits music for Starhunter 2300 is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dfiJllkhaw.

A slightly extended version of the end credits music from Starhunter plays over the end credits of both seasons of Starhunter Redux.   (Start playing at about 4:29 for the original end credits music.)  Donald Quan is a talented composer.

Next in this series of posts:  Season One, Episode One:  The Divinity Cluster.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 7, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Continuity and Canon   Leave a comment

Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

–Judge Judy

The overlords of Star Trek have been marketing urine as rain since 2009.  Paramount Pictures has been doing it since 2009, when, in Star Trek (2009), the sold the first moment or so of that action movie has occurring in the same universe as and about three decades prior to Star Trek (1966-1969).  Visual evidence belied that claim.  Paramount said the superficial differences were due to a “visual reboot.”  Suits at CBS have been selling the same line of dung regarding Star Trek:  Discovery (properly abbreviated as STD) since 2017.  They have also hired people who have rewritten and contradicted continuity and committed character assassination in an alleged prequel series.

Visual reboots are at least as offensive as the bad story-telling and disregard for continuity in STD.  I make a distinction between an alleged visual reboot and a remaster.  I own a blu-ray set of the original series, so I have the option of watching any episode in its original form or with the shiny new special effects.  The remastered episodes are only superficially different from the originals, for better and for worse, though.  The remastered version of Spock’s Brain looks much nicer, but it has the same script as the unaltered episode, unfortunately.  Furthermore, those who remastered the original series obviously knew it well and held it in awe.

Likewise, the remastering and alteration of Starhunter (2000-2001) and Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004) into Starhunter Redux is a labor of love and respect, with some of the original guiding hands still behind the scenes.  Starhunter Redux is a television equivalent of a director’s cut of a movie.  That is fine.  Nobody is producing a terrible and alleged prequel series to Starhunter and disrespecting continuity.

Some creators (who will remain unnamed here) of YouTube series have said that the only people who have any legitimate right to define canon are the licensed creators/owners–in this case, CBS.  Balderdash!  Or, as General McAuliffe replied to a German demand for surrender during World War II,

NUTS!

Unlike the people responsible for writing STD, I understand and respect nearly all of the previous series.  (I heap scorn upon Star Trek:  Voyager and Star Trek:  Enterprise, however.  Enterprise broke me of my habit of watching and recording every new episode.)

At least I have I my copies of actual Star Trek movies and actual Star Trek series to enjoy.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 7, 2019 COMMON ERA