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Negative Energy/Negative Energy (Redux)   5 comments

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

The Heir and the Spare/The Heir and the Spare (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Percy

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 17

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

Victoria Adilman as Officer Eva Halperin

Philip Craig as Wilkes Halian

Tam Williams as Alex Arroyan

James Faulkner as Jaten Sarat

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Stephen Lowe

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 = 0:44:14

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Jaten Sarat

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Percy Montana is not a well-adjusted person.  This is not news to anyone who has been watching the series since the first episode and paying attention.  In this episode, however, she dials it up to eleven (“This one goes to eleven.”  I chose to quote that movie.) and leaves for a vacation.  I do know the real-world circumstances that prompted Tanya Allen to be away for the next two episodes, but I know that Percy’s absence for those two episodes pays off a line from Resurrection, in which the real Travis Montana agrees with her that she has been on the Tulip too long.

We learn the origin of Marcus Fagen, who grew up in an orphanage.  He is of the former royal family of Europa, the Endolas.  We learn that, a quarter of a century ago, after the Sarats executed the royal family at a wedding, the Sarats began their tyrannical rule.  We also learn that Wilkes Halian, a servant of the royal family, rescued an egg, which had divided, and had the eggs “hatched” via test tube technology.  Furthermore, we learn that Antony (who grew up to become Alex Arroyan) grew up with Halian, who placed Octavius (who became Marcus Fagen, meant to be the spare/blank), in an orphanage.  We also learn that Jaten Sarat, concerned about quashing opposition on Europa, plans to kill and clone Alex, and to make Marcus the blank he was supposed to be.

Rudolpho has sex on the brain.  This is no surprise to any observant viewer, especially if one has watched the unaltered first season episodes on disks.

Speaking of unaltered episodes, I recommend purchasing the original, unaltered episodes on DVDs.  I intend no disrespect to Starhunter Redux, but watching both versions of each episode augments the Starhunter viewing experience.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Wilkes Halian, Alex Arroyan, and Marcus Fagen

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  1. Percy continues to argue against Marcus’s obsession with getting into hyperspace.
  2. In engineering, Percy puts to somethings together quickly (“slowish,” she explains), causing the Tulip, causing blue sparks, an immediate threat to the ship, and a 37% decease in the ship’s power.  Then Percy and Marcus separate the somethings.
  3. Percy spends much of the rest of the episode trying to “find a good vein” in the old vessel–to increase the ship’s power.
  4. The crew, using Callie as bait, apprehends Alex Aroyan, a con man who has wooed women and stolen their money.  Finding him is somewhat challenging due to his frequent plastic surgeries.  Alex turns out to be the twin brother of Marcus Fagen.  Exposition dumps follow.
  5. Capturing Alex is personal for Officer Eva Halperin.
  6. Two armed vessels intercept the Tulip.  Jaten Sarat, a Europan warlord, hails the Transutopian and demands that the crew hand over Alex Arroyan.  Travis refuses.  Besides, Marcus and Alex are in a shuttle headed for Io.  Sarat pursues.  Marcus meets Halian and learns the truth.
  7. Alex is not one to lead a revolution.
  8. Marcus thinks of himself as Marcus Fagen, not Octavius Endola.  He has no interest in leading a revolution either.
  9. Halian dies defending Marcus and Alex and from Sarat.
  10. Travis rescues Marcus and Alex from Sarat by pretending to be as ruthless as the warlord is.
  11. Travis refuses to hand Alex over to the spurned Eva Halperin.
  12. Percy leaves the Tulip for a vacation.

Next:  Just Politics, about corruption in the Mars Federation.

THE TRANSCRIPT OF PERCY’S VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE CREW

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Above:  Percy’s Farewell

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Hi.  It’s not going to come as any great surprise to anyone, but it seems that I’ve gone a bit bananas.  So, I’m gonna take off…for a bit.  I don’t want you to come after me.  I have lived my whole life on this ship and I think I’m due a vacation.  Now this is very, very important:  Do not think that you have just scored yourselves a ship because I will always, always be able to find the Tulip.  I do care about you guys though for some reason, so take care of yourselves.  Bye.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 18, 2019 COMMON ERA

Stitch in Time/A Stitch in Time (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Gallentis, a Mining Platform, in Orbit of Ida (In One Universe, at Least)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 13

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

Kristen Holden-Reid as Ritson

Andrew Woodall as Captain Robert Parker

Dorian Kolinas as ?

Mark C. Fraser as ?

Kerry Dorey as ?

Dean Coplov as ?

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Roger Gartland

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 = 0:47:53

Length of Redux episode = 0:43:59

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Rudolpho, Travis, Ritson, Callie, and Marcus

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I am a detail-oriented person.  Consider that, O reader, when I express confusion regarding four listed members of the guest cast.  The IMDB page for this episode is of limited value.  I, after having rewatched this episode carefully, have no idea what roles two credited actors could have portrayed.  The four names are:  Dorian Kolinas, Mark C. Fraser, Kerry Dorey, and Dean Coplov.  The two roles for which I do not know the actor’s name are Derek (whom Rudolpho calls for information) and the voice of Dante Montana. I am accustomed to counting and matching actors and roles.  In this case, I arrive at two more actors than roles.

Dean Coplov also has a screen credit in Painless.

Tanya Allen’s performance as the two Percy Montanas holds up well.  One can tell just from presentation that the Percy from the parallel universe is a different person.

The more I think about this episode, the more I realize that the details are confusing.  The story is, to borrow a phrase, “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey.”  I recommend just enjoying the ride.

The asteroid Ida is real.  A quick Internet search reveals that the asteroid is in the Asteroid Belt, that astronomers have know of Ida’s existence since 1884, that they have known of its moon (Dactyl) since 1993, and that the Galileo probe photographed both in 1994.

When did evil Percy create the singularity that allows for crossing over from one universe to another?  The episode does not reveal the answer to this question.

Another unanswered question concerns the fate of Ritson.  He drops out of the episode toward the end.  One may wonder if he returned to his universe, and if there is a version of Ritson who returned to the prime universe of Starhunter.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above: Travis, Parker, and Callie

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  1. This episode opens with Travis (the fake one) having a nightmare.  The dream includes the voice of Dante asking for help, as well as Travis finding Percy dead on the bridge.  In the nightmare Travis also sees a flashing light in outer space.
  2. Travis, awake, eventually gets to the bridge.  Crew members and Caravaggio mention that he is late.  Some even comment on how bad he looks.
  3. Travis and Callie retrieve Ritson, a prisoner, from Mars Correctional.  Ritson is a deserter from Jupiter Federation Special Forces.  That is odd, for he used to be a decorated soldier.  The mission is to transfer Ritson to Clarke Station for a prisoner swap.
  4. Travis,. back on the bridge, hears a distress call before anyone else does.  A flashing light from near Ida is visible.  Astonishingly, a mining platform (Gallentis, to be precise) appears where empty space had been, in orbit of Ida.  The distress call comes from the mining platform.
  5. The man issuing the distress call is Captain Robert Parker, commander of the penal station.  He wonders where his 20 crew members and 80 miners/prisoners (hardened, violent criminals) are.  Oddly enough, there is no mining operation on Ida in the prime universe of Starhunter.
  6. Travis and Callie take a shuttle to Gallentis, where they find Parker.  The three return to the Tulip.  Below decks, a blue light overtakes Percy and swaps her with her evil counterpart, a mass murderer.  This Percy, dressed the same as good Percy, lacks certain information (such as where engineering is) that good Percy knows.
  7. Evil Percy visits Ritson in the brig.  She asks for his help in seizing control of the ship.
  8. Evil Percy knows Ritson and of the existence of Gallentis.  She also carefully avoids encountering Parker for most of the episode.  Ritson praises evil Percy for her “damn brilliant” prison break at Gallentis.  The Ritson in the brig is from the parallel universe.  Good Percy is on Gallentis, where evil Percy was.  Does this mean that good Ritson is or was there, too?
  9. Parker is a conscientious commanding officer.  He is also confused, a condition he shares with the crew and almost anyone watching this episode for the first time.  When Parker contacts the Mines Division of the Mars Federation, he learns that the government does not know of his existence.
  10. Why do the crew members not suspect that something is amiss with “Percy” (not the one they know)?
  11. Travis and Callie continue their bonding nicely.
  12. Travis realizes that Parker disappeared, that his crew and prisoners did not.  Parker states that someone opened a portal between universes, but that the does not know how to reverse the process.
  13. Evil Percy liberates Ritson, but Callie, Marcus, and Rudolpho return him to the brig.
  14. Evil Percy targets Parker, but Travis and Parker subdue her.  Evil Percy, who reveals who she is (“a very successful” mass murderer), spends the rest of the episode in the brig.
  15. Parker devises a method of escaping the singularity evil Percy created and to send people back to their correct universe–maybe.  Travis and Callie return the captain to Gallentis, and he sets his plan into motion.  Gallentis and evil Percy disappear.  Good Percy appears on the bridge.  What about Ritson?
  16. Percy, understandably antsy, says, “I was in a mine with homicidal maniacs.  What the hell?”
  17. Nobody has told good Percy about evil Percy yet.
  18. Did Parker’s plan succeed?  Travis and Callie do not know.

Next:  The Prisoner, with more about the Orchard.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 16, 2019 COMMON ERA

Supermax Redux/Supermax Redux (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Max Fairly with Mina Zums and Dr. David Dumont

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 11

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

Danny Webb as Max Fairly

Patricia Zentilli as Mina Zums

Robert Bockstael as Dr. David Dumont

Paul Robbins as Quigley

Wendy Haller as Nora McCallum

David Black as Transutopian Captain

Michael Killinger as William

Kim Allan as Young Woman

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writers = Noel Garland and Chris Jones-Hansen

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 = 0:47:53

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:07

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Quigley

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This episode is a sequel to Super Max/Super Max (Redux), from the first season.

We learn that Max’s surname is Fairly, although Percy pronounces it “Fearly” at the beginning of the episode.

We also learn that Max and Zelda parted ways after Super Max/Super Max (Redux).

The episode naming convention of Starhunter Redux is to add (Redux) to the end of the name of each episode.  The remastered and reedited version of Supermax Redux is, therefore, Supermax Redux (Redux).

Some of the dialogue in this episode contains exposition, for the benefit of new crew members and of many viewers alike.

A wonderful line from Percy, to Rudolpho and Marcus:  “You are such hopeless boy-creatures.”

In 2011, when I wrote my original post about this episode, I found evidence for my parallel-universe theory of the two seasons of Starhunter.

However, now that Starhunter Redux exists and plays out in one universe (some retconning of sets aside), I retract that argument.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  “Such Hopeless Boy-Creatures”

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  1. As the episode opens, the Transutopian is in the Saturn Federation.  We meet Mr. Quigley, a prisoner Travis and Callie are escorting into a cage in the brig.  Quigley seems to be insane.  He is, after all, en route to Neuro Correctional, Ganymede.  He also speaks of his “fellow quantum mechanics from the Quantum Federation,” who are allegedly on the way to rescue him.
  2. Just then, a ship fires on the Tulip.  Percy, on the bridge, returns fire.  She is trigger-happy.  Travis prevents her from destroying the other vessel.
  3. Max Fairly hails the Tulip.  Not only does he have hair now, but Percy recognizes him somehow.  Max tells the crew that his ship fired missiles at random.  He also offers the crew an opportunity to get rich.  Before Max and his companions board the Transutopian, Percy warns her shipmates not to trust that “snake.’  Travis, et cetera, heed the warning, and play along, to learn what Max’s scheme is.
  4. Max introduces his companions, Mina Zums and Dr. David Dumont.  Mina, Max’s mistress, is allegedly the head of exploration of Supermax Exploreco.  David, a former history professor, is allegedly the head of research and science.  The company, founded in 2287, is legitimate and active in philanthropy.  Max claims to be a reformed man.
  5. Max tells the bounty hunters that he, Mina, and David, are also en route to Ganymede, to found an omnium mine.  Omnium is apparently an extremely valuable and rare mineral and energy source.  Omnium even exists, Caravaggio confirms.
  6. Could Max be telling the truth?  Remember, O reader, that the most effective lies include elements that pass fact checks.
  7. At a formal dress dinner at the captain’s table, in a ballroom, in a part of the ship almost never used, only Percy is absent.  Everyone present dresses elegantly.  Meanwhile, Percy discovers the truth:  Max is seeking an omnium necklace left on the Tulip a century ago, when the ship was a luxury liner.  She beats him over the head (literally) into agreeing to split the profit from the necklace.
  8. We learn that, in Super Max, when Max briefly owned the Tulip, he found the diary of Nora McCallum, a passsenger aboard the ship a century ago.  We also learn that she punished her husband for having a wandering eye by “losing’ the necklace (apparently valuable) he had given her.  In 2300, the necklace is allegedly worth 10 billion credits.  It would also be a valuable power source for the Tulip‘s antimatter drive.
  9. Quigley, who claimed to send and receive signals at the beginning of the episode, says in his cage, “You just sit tight and wait for my signal.”
  10. As we learned in the previous episode, Marcus likes ballroom dancing.
  11. The bounty hunters confine Max, Mina, and David to their quarters then begin to question them.  Mina tries to seduce Travis, who resists her charms then conks him out.  Callie questions David.  Percy questions Max while pointing a gun at him.
  12. Another vessel shoots at the Transutopian as Mina releases Quigley from the brig.  We learn that she had planted him aboard the Transutopian and double- or triple-crossed Max and David.  She and Quigley plan to find the necklace, leave the Tulip, and destroy the former luxury liner.  Max and David escape from their quarters during the attack.
  13. Travis, awake again, fires on the attacking vessel and drives it away.
  14. Mina and Quigley find the necklace behind a panel in the brig.
  15. The bounty hunters now have four prisoners.  That must be a nice bounty!
  16. Mina will serve consecutive terms for fraud in prison.  One may wonder how much time Quigley, Max, and David will get.
  17. The stone in the necklace is actually cubic zirconium, worth 37 credits.

Next:  Pandora’s Box, with a story involving the Orchard.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 16, 2019 COMMON ERA

Painless/Painless (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Roan Gerick

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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

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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

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  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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Torment/Torment (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Serena and Rudolpho DeLuna

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 8

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

Lindy Booth as Serena DeLuna

Von Flores as Darnell

Richard Blackburn as Arthur Santiago

Debra McCabe as Vayla Tambur

Jacqueline Pillon as Gina

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Peter I. Horton/Peter Zorich

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 = 0:44:04

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Callie and Percy, Putting on Their Best Faces

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  1. Callie is my favorite character unique to the second season.  Dawn Stern’s performance is the main reason for my choice.
  2. Lindy Booth, playing the 16-year-old hellion, Serena, was 24 years old at the time of filming.
  3. Von Flores (Darnell, with interesting eye makeup), portrayed agent Ronald Sandoval, one the best-dressed antagonists in science fiction, for all five seasons of Earth:  Final Conflict, a series that diminished with each season.  (Watch the first season and ignore the other four seasons.)
  4. We meet Vayla Tambur, first seen in Biocrime, again.
  5. This story contains comedy gold.  For example, Rudolpho tells Travis, “I bet you made out like a bandit.”  Travis, with a straight face, replies, “I was a bandit.”
  6. Percy on adolescents:  “Teenagers are psycho.”
  7. We open at Syn City, Io.  Darnell contracts Arthur Santiago and demands ransom for Santiago’s parents, abducted from the jungles of North America nearly a half-century ago (from Santiago’s perspective) but about eight months prior (from the parents’ perspective, due to time dilation).   This is the only instance of time dilation in Starhunter Redux.
  8. Santiago hires the crew of the Tulip to rescue his parents, “just kids.”  The crew ultimately succeeds, of course.  The really interesting material pertains to Serena.
  9. Rudolpho is inappropriate.  This is no surprise to anyone who has been watching Starhunter (especially the pre-remastered versions of episodes, still available for purchase on DVDs) from the first episode of the first season.  In this episode we see him watch a NSFW video only he can see while on the bridge of the Tulip.  He may as well be Chewbacca’s father watching Diahann Carroll in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).
  10. Back, prior to the first season, Rudolpho met a stripper named Gina.  He married her.  They had a daughter, Serena.  Rudolpho filed for divorce when Serena was two years old.
  11. Gina is one of three ex-wives to whom Rudolpho makes court-ordered payments.
  12. Gina, angry that Rudolpho is delinquent on 50,000 credits of child support, cannot afford to send Serena to correctional camp.  So she sends the “hell cat” (as Rudolpho refers to his daughter) to the Tulip.  Serena drives everybody crazy.  She tries to seduce Marcus.  Callie restrains herself from killing the young woman.  Furthermore, Serena is openly contemptuous of her father for most of the episode.
  13. Serena has worked as a stripper, for the money, needed when Rudolpho did not send child support.
  14. Darnell tries to abduct Serena.
  15. Vayla, an old friend of Marcus, provides Travis with information crucial to rescuing Serena.
  16. Father and daughter reconcile at the end of the episode.

Next:  Painless, about illegal drugs.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 7, 2019 COMMON ERA

Becoming Shiva/Becoming Shiva (Redux)   2 comments

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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