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Hyperspace I/Hyperspace I (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Roone, or Big Trouble

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 21

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

Rachel Sanders as Dr. Vienna Xeylon

Greg Ellwand as Dr. Edward Murchison

Lynne Cormack as Roone

Geordie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = Hudson King

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 = 0:42:18

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Travis, Emerging from Hyperspace

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This episode is the first part of the two-part finale of the second season.

We previously encountered Dr. Edward Murchison and Tristan Catchpole in The Prisoner.

In Dark and Stormy Night, Darius Scott told Dante Montana that access to hyperspace via the Divinity Cluster is tantamount to immortality, due to time travel.  That point is germane to Hyperspace I and Hyperspace II.

In The Most Wanted Man and Resurrection, we learned that the Divinity Cluster is something to fear.  In Resurrection, we learned that the aliens who implanted the Divinity Cluster seek to resurrect themselves in us, thereby ending our species as we know it.  These points are germane in Hyperspace I and Hyperspace II.

Murchison’s goal is for the Orchard to monopolize access to hyperspace.  He is ruthless in pursuing this purpose.  He was certainly operating off-screen in Negative Energy.

Does Percy think that fake Travis is her cousin and the son of Dante and Penny Montana?  Tristan Catchpole does.  So does Rudolpho.  As far as Callie and Marcus know, he is.  Furthermore, fake Travis seems to think that he is.

A trope in this series is women hiding behind male pseudonyms.  One may recall Father Abode (Biocrime), Bliss (Painless), and Jay Beckers (Negative Energy).

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dr. Xeylon, Preparing to Take the Transutopian into Hyperspace

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  1. Marcus is up alone, late at night (ship time), reading obscure science journals while his shipmates sleep.  He reads an article that prompts him to wake everybody up early.  This is an unwelcome development for everyone else, especially Travis, who is having an erotic dream about Callie.
  2. Marcus tells the drowsy shipmates (except Rudolpho, who is sleeping), that a negative energy pulse, when fired through plasma conduits in an antimatter engine, should result in the formation of a warp bubble, thereby allowing the vessel to enter hyperspace, according to a reclusive scientist, Dr. Gregor Laszig.  The other bounty hunters return to bed.
  3. Travis goes back to bed and enters hyperspace as he thinks about Dante (who is not his father), lost in hyperspace.  There Travis meets a woman (Dr. Vienna Xeylon, as we learn soon), who tells him that he will be the one to find her.
  4. A few hours later, most of the other bounty hunters are sleep-deprived and grumpy, but Marcus is in a good mood.  Travis is missing, however.  Callie insists upon a search of the ship.
  5. On Mars, Tristan Catchpole and Roone, members of the new Orchard, are conspiring behind Murchison’s back.  Roone tells Catchpole that she estimates the length of time required to hybridize the human species will be three years.  (Remember, O reader, that Eccleston opposed this hybridization and the old Orchard supported it in Resurrection.)  Orchard agents are abducting people with naturally-activated Divinity Cluster genes and bringing them to Mars. Catchpole perceives that two people have entered hyperspace.  He suspects that Travis is one of them.  Who could the other one be?
  6. Aboard the Tulip, Callie sees Travis return from hyperspace.  Travis tells his crew mates where he has been and what he has seen.
  7. The Orchard decides to let Travis lead them to the second person who entered hyperspace.
  8. Marcus tells Travis that a horizon generator is necessary for a ship to enter hyperspace.  Furthermore, Dr. Gregor Laszig, who wrote of it, had disappeared.
  9. Percy hates hyperspace because being stuck there is like “getting stuck for centuries in a cell with no window.”  She also opposes going into hyperspace because she thinks that Dante is looking for her, and she does not want to miss him.
  10. We learn that Rudolpho’s father, being absent, never taught him how to be a man.
  11. Travis tracks down Dr. Laszig’s assistant, Dr. Vienna Xeylon, in Syn City, Io.  Rudolpho calls in a favor from a “friend of questionable character” to find an address.  Laszig is a fiction; Xeylon is Laszig.  Orchard agents are not far behind.  They shoot Callie, and Catchpole abducts Xeylon.
  12. Aboard the Tulip, Callie dies because her heart dissolves.  Travis comes to realize that, via the Divinity Cluster, he can go back in time and save her.  This is not entirely news, for he traveled in time in Rebirth.  But how can he travel not at random, but on purpose?
  13. On Mars, Murchison tries to persuade Xeylon to join the Orchard team.  Catchpole takes her to a planet in a “galaxy a thousand light-years from our solar system.”  (That description, verbatim, makes no sense.  How does Catchpole define a galaxy?)  After Xeylon refuses to join the Orchard team, Catchpole suggests changing her mind via neural treatment.  Murchison consents.  Travis and Marcus rescue her before the Orchard can change her mind.
  14. An Orchard vessel in orbit of Mars bears down on the Tulip.  Xeylon takes the Transutopian into hyperspace just in time.

Next:  Hyperspace II, which exists in its original form and its greatly altered Redux form.  That post will be considerably longer and have more screen captures than this one.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

The Prisoner/The Prisoner (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Jane Doe/Maria Geddes

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 14

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

Allison Burn as Georgia (Orchard)

Greg Allwand as Dr. Edward Murchison (Orchard)

Georgie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole (Orchard)

Dean McKenzie as Soame (Orchard)

Tracey Ferencz as Jupiter Federation Official

Jacklyn Francis as Dr. Alora Kir

Carli Norris as Jane Doe/Maria Geddes

Michael Sinnott as David Geddes

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = David T. Reilly

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 = 0:42:35

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Tristan Catchpole

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This episode takes us back into the realm of the Orchard, reintroduced two episodes ago, in Pandora’s Box.  In this episode we see the de jure grand opening of the Orchard (Mark II), the previous version of the Orchard having torn itself apart in 2290.  Yet, as one who recalls Pandora’s Box understands, the Orchard (Mark II) was already functional de facto.

This episode contains some exposition, for the benefit of certain characters and many viewers who, back in 2003 and 2004, had not seen or had vague memories of the first season (2000-2001).  Binge watching this series leads to a different, negative experience of such clunky dialogue than one would have watching one episode a week, missing the series some weeks, and having years pass and memories fade.  Consider also, O reader, that I have a details orientation, so I know many of these details already.

This episode includes name drops of Dante Montana, Penny Montana, and Eccleston.

According to Dr. Edward Murchison, head of the Orchard (Mark II), Eccleston went insane because he activated his four Divinity Cluster genes artificially.  This account is inconsistent with what I recall from The Divinity Cluster and Resurrection.  I do not expect Murchison to know everything or be entirely truthful, though.  I recall that Eccleston recalled vaguely some experiences he had in other dimensions.

There are two Travis Montanas.  The Clive Robertson model is not the son of Dante and Penny.  If he knows this, he does not let on that he does.  Nobody at the Orchard (Mark II) seems to know it, either.

The Redux version of this episode omits early scenes of Jane Doe shooting at Travis on Clarke Station.  This cut does not hurt the reedited version of the episode, for we hear about her rare act of violence.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dr. Edward Murchison

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  1. “Jane Doe” has had amnesia and multiple personalities for a few years as she has not been confronting a trauma.
  2. The crew of the Tulip, always in need of credits, is accepting jobs transporting mental patients and their counselors.  They are transporting “Jane Doe,” in the company of Dr. Alora Kir, to Ganymede Neural.  No, make that Ganymede Maximum, after “Jane Doe” sees Travis and recognizes him, shouts that he should die, and shoots at him.  She shoots another man instead.
  3. While Travis and Callie are on Clarke Station, Travis bumps into Tristan Catchpole in a corridor.  Catchpole turns around and pays attention.  Travis and Callie move along.
  4. Travis (the fake one) is a good man.  He is also a guilt-ridden man who says he has hurt too many people.  In this episode he is usually a very moody man, too.
  5. This episode occurs about fifteen years after the events of The Divinity Cluster, so characters speaking of the passage of fifteen years makes sense, mathematically and in context.  Recall, O reader, that the first season of Starhunter Redux spans late 2285-2286.  This episode occurs in late 2300.
  6. Dr. Alora Kir, an assertive advocate for her patient, contacts “Edward,” a psychiatrist and her superior, more than once.  Edward is Dr. Edward Murchison.
  7. Meanwhile, in Penrose Interstellar Research City, Mars, Murchison presides over the formal opening of the Orchard (Mark II).  The Orchard is dedicated to getting people into hyperspace.
  8. Tristan Catchpole is the first human (as far as Murchison knows, at least) to activate three of his four Divinity Cluster genes naturally.  He can travel through hyperspace to planets in other solar systems.  He can also track down other naturally-activated subjects via a psychic link.
  9. Travis (the fake one) is one of these naturally-activated subjects.
  10. Percy defends Travis to her crew mates.
  11. When Dr. Kir observes “Jane Doe” touch Travis and phase in and out with him, she does not understand what just happened.  She does grasp, however, that the patient recalls her name (Maria Geddes) and that fake Travis (or whatever he was calling himself in 2285, when the real Travis was ruling the Raiders), as a member of the Varran Clan, killed Maria’s husband, David.  Dr. Kir tells Murchison what she saw.  Murchison is very interested in this report.
  12. Unanswered question:  Does Percy, in this episode, think that the fake Travis is her cousin?
  13. An Orchard vessel with Catchpole on board intercepts and grapples the Transutopian.  Catchpole and two guards board the Tulip.  Percy immediately recognizes them as being from the Orchard.
  14. Catchpole takes Travis through hyperspace to a planet 400 light-years away.  Travis does not buy what Catchpole is selling.  The two men struggle and return to the Tulip.
  15. The Orchard personnel return to their vessel, which ungrapples the Tulip and leaves.
  16. Maria forgives fake Travis for killing her husband.
  17. Maria is no longer headed for Ganymede Maximum, but for Ganymede Neural.
  18. On Mars, Catchpole tells Murchison that Travis (the fake one) will eventually come to the Orchard of his free will.
  19. Murchison, a psychiatrist, should not be casual about killing people and having them killed.  He is a Machiavellian person, fit for the Orchard.

Next:  Kate, or why one should never replace Caravaggio.

A FINAL NOTE

Above:  Dr. Alora Kir, Callie, and Marcus

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The Orchard was the glue that unified the first season.  Most episodes related to that cabal.  Perhaps more did than I, a detail-oriented person, know.  Was the Orchard also behind the scenes in Peer Pressure, A Twist in Time, and Eat Sin?

If so, I would not fall over in surprise.

The second season needed for the Orchard to be more prominent more often.  This is my strongest critique of the second season.

I have become fonder of the second season since beginning to watch Starhunter Redux, which does much to unify the two seasons.  The explicit statement (strong in the remastered and reedited version of Hyperspace II) that the Clive Robertson Travis is not the son of Dante and Penny Montana does much to improve the second season for me.  Resolving that plot point may yet prompt me to rank the second season higher than the first season.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 17, 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

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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Rebirth/Rebirth (Redux)   16 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.  

Perhaps the man claiming to be Travis Montana believes he is the son of Dante Montana because other Raiders told him he is.  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

Travis/Travis (Redux) and Resurrection/Resurrection (Redux)   10 comments

Above: Zephryn/Travis Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODES 21 AND 22

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

David Fournier as Zephryn/Travis Montana

James Gaddas as Senaca

Caroline Hayes as Salomea

Ray Lonnen as Navarre

Angie Hill as Tosca

Mark Powley as Eccleston

Ben Hong as Junior Officer

Liam Hollaran as Travis (age 3)

Martin Landry as Orchard Agent

Cavanagh Matmor as Travis (Baby)

Patrick Malakian as Hippolito

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director (Travis) = François Basset

Director (Resurrection) = Patrick Malakian

Writer (Travis) = Susannah Brennan

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original version of Travis = 0:47:23

Length of Travis (Redux) = 0:44:06

Length of the original version of Resurrection = 0:47:23

Length of Resurrection (Redux) = 0:43:36

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Navarre

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  1. We have arrived at the conclusion of the first season.
  2. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission in Travis, he opines regarding surprises.  Rudolpho concludes, “I was the best think is someone’s life.  Poor bastard.  Now that’s a surprise.”  The Redux version of Travis does not include this transmission.
  3. This episode opens about a day after the end of Bad Seed.  Percy has been at Raider headquarters for at least seventeen hours.
  4. Percy’s transmission to Dante leads him to find the atmospheric seeds in his quarters.
  5. Travis (fourteen or fifteen years old) is the leader of the Raiders.  He is also the first naturally-occurring manifestation of Divinity Cluster.  He can render someone unconscious without using force, see time, remember every detail of his life, and travel in dimensional space.  This is a partial list of his abilities and powers.  He has difficulty remaining sane.
  6. Zephryn/Travis has a psychic link to Dante.  He has always known where Dante was and what the father was doing.
  7. Travis’s Raider name is Zephryn.
  8. David Fournier, who portrays Zephryn/Travis, was seventeen years old.
  9. Denis Theriault, who portrayed not-Travis in Family Values, was fourteen years old.
  10. Senaca, Zephryn’s Raider father (and the man who coordinated the raid on Titan on November 3, 2274), is responsible for the abduction of Travis Montana, the death of Penny Montana, and the demise of Percy Montana’s parents.
  11. Senaca regards Zephryn as a source of political power and a pawn to manipulate.  Senaca also fears Zephryn.
  12. Dante’s intensity in seeking Travis and Percy is understandable.
  13. Salomea is Zephryn’s loyal bodyguard.  She clashes with Senaca.
  14. Percy, who initially demands that Zephryn/Dante take a DNA test to confirm his identity, drops that demand shortly thereafter, even though Zephryn/Travis agrees to take the DNA test.
  15. Senaca is a wily man who plays the role of diplomat well while plotting to betray people.
  16. Dante agrees to trade the atmospheric seeds for Travis and Percy.  Senaca pretends to agree to these terms.
  17. Dante hands the atmospheric seeds over to the Raiders.
  18. Luc is loyal to Dante.
  19. Luc requests all Orchard files on Gunnar (spelling?) Biochemical, which created the atmospheric seeds.  Navarre informs her that Tosca’s forces are en route, and that Dante is in great danger.
  20. Zephryn/Travis Montana is stuck between Senaca and the Orchard, mainly Tosca. Senaca and Tosca are dealing with each other.  Senaca distrusts Tosca, though.
  21. Dante reunites with Percy and Travis at Raider headquarters while Luc is on the way to rescue them.
  22. Senaca order’s Luc’s death, but Zephryn/Travis sends Salomea to save Luc’s life.
  23. The Earth is barely habitable.  Do the Raiders plan to use the atmospheric seeds to restore the home world’s atmosphere then settle on Earth?
  24. Penny, who worked for the Orchard, experimented on herself.  After she became pregnant with Travis, the influence of the Divinity Cluster spread to him.
  25. Zephryn/Travis had Penny’s files stolen from the Orchard.
  26. Zephyrn/Travis and Dante converse with Penny’s soul, which Travis has brought from the dimension she inhabits.  Penny apologizes for what she did to her son.  Zephyrn/Travis forgives his mother and sends her to the fourth dimension, where she will find peace.
  27. Salomea saves the lives of Luc, Percy, and Dante from Senaca.
  28. Senaca kills Salomea.
  29. Luc and the three Montanas escape in a shuttle and go the the Transutopian.
  30. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission in Resurrection, he knows that Dante has found Travis.  Rudolpho also reports that he has heard whispers of “other things waiting for their chance.”  This transmission is absent from the Redux version of the episode.
  31. In a bar on Mars, one Hippolito (portrayed by director Patrick Malakian) asks the audience if someone wants to sing.  Hippolito recognizes Eccleston, who looks much worse for wear and who performs a harrowing version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”  Hippolito alerts Navarre immediately.  In the original version of Resurrection and in the teaser for Resurrection (Redux) at the end of Travis (Redux), Eccleston then kills Hippolito.  In Resurrection (Redux), however, the death of Hippolito is absent.
  32. Tosca intercepts Hippolito’s message to Navarre.
  33. A Raider squadron pursues the Transutopian, which is taking severe damage.  The ship has no more torpedoes left and the reactors are not functioning well.  Then the Raider squadron leaves.  The Orchard will extract “the Chosen One,” or Travis.
  34. Travis explains that the Raiders are running toward Earth.  All of the sudden, he reveals that the atmospheric seeds will not restore Earth’s atmosphere, but destroy all life on the planet.
  35. Interpersonal relations aboard the Tulip become more difficult.  Travis is not warm and friendly.  Percy knows she must leave the ship soon.  She rebuffs Luc, who tries to be comforting.  Luc and Dante still have an understanding, though.
  36. Travis agrees with Percy when she says she has been on the Tulip too long.
  37. Luc joins the Orchard resistance to Tosca.  Dante understands and permits her to leave.  He even sees her off.
  38. Percy cannot repair the engines and reactors.  While looking for a part to repair the communications system, she sees Eccleston flicker in front of her.  Later, he materializes in front of her.
  39. Eccleston has been traveling in dimensions with no smell, taste, or touch, with “just a terrible beauty.”
  40. Raider shuttles use a deception matrix to mask their approach to Earth.
  41. What could be worse than rendering Earth uninhabitable?  Eccleston explains that a terrible thing is going to happen in all people.  He explains to Travis and Dante that the Divinity Cluster is not about freedom, as he had said in The Divinity Cluster, but is about the extinction of the human species instead.  Eccleston has seen those aliens who have been waiting for millions of years for their chance at resurrection in people.
  42. Travis, who recognizes Eccleston as “the First One,” is initially skeptical.  Then Eccleston touches Travis’s head.  Dante touches Eccleston and Travis.  A glowing effect later, Eccleston has shared with them what he has seen; they have seen it and know that he is being honest.
  43. On Mars, Navarre explains to Luc that the resistance has not fully recovered from the death of Darius in Dark and Stormy Night.  Tosca and armed guards interrupt.  Tosca has Navarre killed.
  44. How often should we in the viewing audience take Tosca at her word?  Sometimes she speaks accurately, as when she explains that Darius created the plan to extract Travis.  We know this from Dark and Stormy Night.  Should we believe her when she denies any responsibility for the death of Darius and insists she does not know who is responsible  Why did she terminate the Orchard investigation into Darius’s death?
  45. Tosca is one of the Orchard personnel who welcome the resurrection of ancient aliens in human beings.
  46. The editing of the Redux version of Resurrection makes more sense that the editing of the original version of Resurrection regarding one sequence of scenes.  In the original version of the episode, an Orchard shuttle approaches the Tulip at Mars when Eccleston transports the Transutopian to the outer threshold of Luna.  Then Tosca orders Senaca to oversee the extraction of Travis but tells him not to destroy the Tulip.  In a subsequent scene, Tosca orders Orchard operatives based on the Moon to extract Travis.  In the Redux version of Resurrection, Tosca never orders Senaca to extract Travis, just to avoid destroying the Tulip.
  47. Senaca orders the destruction of the Tulip anyway, after having disabled it.
  48. Dante and Travis leave the Tulip in a shuttle.  Travis must see the seeds then see them somewhere else, such as the Sun, to save life on Earth.
  49. Travis cannot do this.  The Raiders seed Earth’s atmosphere.
  50. After Senaca orders the shooting down of the shuttle containing Dante and Travis, the shuttle falls to the surface of the dying planet.
  51. Percy elects to remain aboard the Tulip, to restore Caravaggio.  The only other person on board is Eccleston, who takes the ship into hyperspace immediately prior to Raider torpedoes striking it.
  52. Tosca throws tantrums when she experiences frustration.
  53. When we last see Luc, Tosca is pointing a gun at her and cocking the trigger.
  54. Before the shuttle crashes into a city, Dante and Travis hold hands.  Dante tells Travis to see home.
  55. Dante awakes at home, on Titan, on November 3, 2274.  Travis is three years old and Penny is alive.  Then the Raiders attack.
  56. Throughout the episode, Dante avoids a message from Rudolpho.  After the Tulip enters hyperspace, Caravaggio (rebooted) plays that transmission.  Rudolpho, having won a lawsuit, leaves the bounty hunting business and gives the Tulip to Dante.

Next:  Rebirth, the first episode of the second season.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 13, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Bad Seed/Bad Seed (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Tosca

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 20

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

Caroline Hayes as Salomea

Ray Lonnen as Navarre

Angie Hill as Tosca

Tim Hamaguchi as Agent #1

Robert A. Shorthill as Agent #2

Dean Parsons as Technician

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Jon Older

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:04

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Navarre

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  1. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he says that women have no power to change him.  Rudolpho also states that secrets cause damage and that parents screw up their children.
  2. This episode plays out over four days, according to the passage of time, indicated in dialogue.
  3. In the Jovian system….
  4. Navarre, a senior official of the Orchard, finds himself marginalized by the faction to which Tosca belongs.  He also finds himself at a crossroads, with no escape.
  5. Dante dreams that he, roaming the Transutopian, wakes himself up.
  6. Orchard agents, commanded by Tosca, board the Tulip and abduct Dante.  One agent reprograms Caravaggio.  The altered AI is blue, not yellow.  The blue Caravaggio floods the quarters of Luc and Percy with a narcotic nerve agent, rendering them unconscious.
  7. Three days later (although one would not know that, except via dialogue), on space station Epsilon 147, departs for the Transutopian in a shuttle.  Meanwhile, Tosca interrogates Dante on Epsilon 147.
  8. Tosca and her agents have injectors (or an injector) identical to the one Eccleston had in The Divinity Cluster and that Darius presumed was lost in Dark and Stormy Night.
  9. Tosca, seeking to locate Travis, injects Dante with a serum, a variation of the Divinity Cluster, in hope of establishing a psychic link between Dante and Travis.  Eccleston developed the serum.  Dante, in an induced trance state, sees Penny instead.
  10. Navarre’s access code is “Cassandra’s warning heeded.”  How ironic!
  11. Yellow Caravaggio and Blue Caravaggio argue.  Blue Caravaggio wins, for a while.
  12. Navarre, approaching the Transutopian, orders Yellow Caravaggio to replace the atmosphere in the quarters of Luc and Percy, who wake up.  Blue Caravaggio initiates the ship’s self-destruct sequence and insults Percy.
  13. I enjoy the way Percy says, “I’m a vindictive little person.”
  14. Percy forces her quarters’ doors open. Then she meets Navarre and Luc, en route to a shuttle.  Percy remains on board to reprogram Caravaggio and halt the self-destruct sequence.
  15. Navarre and Luc go to Epsilon 147 to rescue Dante, which they do.
  16. Dante, under the influence of the serum, remembers seeing Penny inject herself (via a device that resembles the one Eccleston had) with what she claimed was a “vitamin booster.”
  17. Darius harbored suspicions about Navarre until shortly before Darius died.
  18. Tosca cancelled the Orchard investigation into Darius’s death.
  19. Percy finds the container of atmospheric seeds in the kaleidoscope from Goodbye, So Long.
  20. A Raider shuttle with Salomea on board approaches the Transutopian.  She is on a mission from Travis, to find Dante’s VR device, which Penny invented.
  21. Travis remembers Percy and knows that Dante has been searching for him.
  22. Travis should be fourteen or fifteen years old.
  23. Navarre injects Dante with an antidote.  Then Luc takes Dante back to the Tulip.
  24. Percy finally succeeds in rebooting Caravaggio and saving the ship.
  25. Percy leaves the container of atmospheric seeds in Dante’s quarters then leaves with Salomea.
  26. Dante and Luc, aboard the Transutopian, follows the ion trail of the Raider shuttle with Salomea and Percy on board.
  27. The new special effects are very good.

Next:  Travis and Resurrection, with Travis Montana.

Below:  Salomea

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KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 11, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Bad Girls/Bad Girls (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Ayla and Cordula Hamilton

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 19

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Gary Cady as Stephen Hamilton

Cathy Keenan as Ayla Hamilton

Cathy Keenan as Cordula Hamilton

Calum MacPherson as Carl

Peter Sadeuvnic as Peter

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Kai Sehr

Writer = Annie Ingham

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:11

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Stephen Hamilton

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  1. The new special effects are beautiful.
  2. Umbriel is a moon of Uranus.
  3. Yet the Umbriel colony (Stephen Hamilton’s point of origin) is the site of the oldest colony on a natural satellite of Jupiter.  Which moon would that be?  One wonders.
  4. Actresses Anna and Cathy Keenan, who play sisters Ayla and Cordula, are sisters.
  5. I assume that Hamilton’s wife, who has presumably left him, has dark hair, given that Ayla is a blonde, Cordula is a brunette, and Stephen has fair hair.
  6. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he says that adolescent females are exhausting.  Rudolpho also states that little choices determine one’s fate.  The second statement certainly applies to Stephen Hamilton.
  7. Percy installs Percy’s Internal Defense System (PIDS) in the shuttle bay without Dante’s permission.   Contrary to Dante’s orders, she does not agree to dismantle PIDS until the end of the episode.  Percy has a rebellious episode throughout most of this episode.
  8. Dante picks up the Hamiltons at the Moon and takes them to Mars.  Rudolpho orders Dante to provide transportation for the family.  Stephen Hamilton is a “contact of a contact.”  In plain language, he works for Gunnar (spelling?) Biochemical, which has connections to the Orchard.
  9. Gunnar (spelling?) Biochemical is developing a new technology of terraforming–seeds that alter the atmosphere of a planet.  That is the information we receive in this episode, at least.  Hint:  Subsequent episodes contain more information about the seeds.
  10. These are the seeds from Goodbye, So Long.
  11. Percy refers to events of Family Values.
  12. Stephen Hamilton is in deep debt and trouble.  He accepted the Orchard’s money then failed to deliver the agreed-upon result.  He seeks protection for his daughters and himself from certain dangerous people.  The Orchard is dangerous, too, of course.
  13. Percy still hates Luc.
  14. Rudolpho expresses his condolences for the death of Darius Scott at the end of Dark and Stormy Night.
  15. Stephen Hamilton, by his admission, is a terrible spy.  He gets nowhere quickly with Luc when he asks her about her family.  His mission is to learn secrets she may have shared with Darius.  Stephen learns no secrets.
  16. Stephen Hamilton is also a terrible liar.  He tells the Orchard that he has data files on the atmospheric seeds when he does not have those files.
  17. Cordula is an especially negative influence on Percy.  Cordula gives Percy a dose of a drug called charge.  Cordula and Percy get high together.
  18. Percy briefly wears a dress.
  19. Rudolpho informs Dante that an authority marshal will intercept the Transutopian to take Stephen Hamilton away.  An orchard agent, identifying himself as an authority marshal, arrives without so much as a warrant.
  20. The Orchard (part of it, to be precise) changes its plans during this episode.  Initially, the Orchard wanted to question Luc.  Enemies of the late Darius have become foes of Luc, who has no interest in speaking with her father’s murderers.  Anyone connected with Darius has come under suspicion.  Before the end of the episode, the anti-Darius faction tries to kill everyone aboard the Tulip.
  21. The fake authority marshal abducts Percy, who is high.  He mistakes her for one of the Hamilton daughters.
  22. Dante kills the fake authority marshal.
  23. PIDS kills the armed force the Orchard sends to kill the Hamiltons and the crew of the Transutopian.
  24. Caravaggio records everything that happens aboard the Tulip.  The ship’s AI (as Luc refers to Caravaggio) also deletes records upon request.
  25. Stephen Hamilton is off to a holding cell at the end of the episode.
  26. The Orchard is not done with the crew of the Transutopian.  For proof of that statement, watch the next three episodes.
  27. Percy says farewell to Ayla and Cordula before going off to dismantle PIDS.  She has an idea for a better defense system, she says.  Dante is less than enthusiastic.
  28. Perhaps Ayla and Cordula will be safe from the Orchard.  Maybe they will fare better without their father getting into trouble and hauling them around.
  29. The Orchard has not contacted Luc since the death of Darius.  Yet Luc contacted the orchard in Super Max.
  30. Luc still has some allies in the Orchard.  Watch the next three episodes.
  31. How many shuttles does the Tulip carry?  It has one functional shuttle, seen throughout the first season.  Yet an observant viewer may recall shuttles others have left on board, including in this episode.  Yes, Dante paid his back debts to Rudolpho with the special forces shuttle at the end of Siren’s Song.  But what about the other shuttles?  (Yes, I pay close attention to details.)

Next:  Bad Seed, with more about the Orchard, the seeds, and Travis, as the first season winds down and cranks up the action and excitement.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 COMMON ERA

A Twist in Time/A Twist in Time (Redux) and Eat Sin/Eat Sin (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Five

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SEASON 1, EPISODES 17 AND 18

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Howard Anthony/Howard Antony as Five

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Peter I. Horton

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episodes = 0:47:23 each

Length of the Redux episodes = 0:44:19 and 0:44:18, respectively

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODES

Above:  Luc, Percy, and Dante

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  1. These episodes, not labeled ____, Part I and ____, Part II, constitute a two-part story and two bottle episodes with repetitive footage.  A bottle show is a cost-saving technique.  Besides, good storytelling is not about expensive sets and special effects.
  2. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version) from A Twist in Time, he eats another large sandwich and defensively admits that he had tried to sell the Transutopian in Super Max; the price was right.  He goes on to say, “In this universe, the only second chances we get are the ones we give each other.”
  3. The prisoner in the holding cell is Five, a former mechanic.  Five is an insane serial killer en route to Ganymede Correctional, in the Jupiter Federation.
  4. Rudolpho has dispatcehed the Transutopian to Triton (a moon of Neptune), site of a somewhat secret laboratory where scientists conduct (or conducted) research into gravitons for the Mars Federation.  Rudolpho wants the Tulip to seek survivors.  There are none.
  5. The Bubble Paradigm is the theory that an infinite number of universes, or bubbles, coexist or even intersect at an infinite number of points.
  6. The Transutopian is alone in the Neptune system.  Dante says that any other ship will need at least a week to arrive.
  7. The research lab is emitting graviton bubbles into outer space.  Whenever a vessel collides with a graviton bubble, the bubble damages the ship.
  8. Dante repeats the same ten-minutes-long loop four times in this episode.  Details vary from one pass to the others.  Percy dies in two passes.  In the third pass, Dante rescues Percy, but Luc dies.  Dante, who remembers each previous pass, saves everyone and the ship in the fourth pass.
  9. Then three bubble universes come into existence.  In each one, one of our major human characters is alone on the Tulip with Caravaggio and a version of Five.   Each of our major human characters kills his or her version of Five.
  10. Versions of Five commit murder then escape to other universes.  After Dante kills one version of Five, another one appears.
  11. Five claims to have “eaten the sins of many worlds” and become hungry again.  He also claims that he has a “sacred duty” to return much pain to the universe.
  12. One version of Five tells Luc that he knows Darius (or a version of Darius, at least), who is alive.  Five does know much about Luc.  How does he know that much about her?
  13. Five seeks to go home, apparently in the Oort Cloud.
  14. The date in Eat Sin is September 13, 2286, according to both the original and Redux versions.  The year is 2275 in the original version of The Divinity Cluster yet 2285 in the Redux version of that episode.  The year, in dialogue, is 2276 in Black Light yet really 2286 in the Redux version of that episode.  G. Philip Jackson tells me that the timeframe of the first season was always supposed to be 2285-2286.  This episode is consistent with that statement.
  15. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version) to Eat Sin, he speaks of the Tulip being lost.  Then he recalls a time when, as a child, he briefly became lost at an amusement park during a trip with his parents.
  16. Percy escapes her universe via a warp anomaly, but not before giving the self-destruct order to Caravaggio.  Percy and Dante, reunited, escape that universe via another warp anomaly, and that version of the Tulip explodes, too.  Percy, Dante, and Luc, reunited on another version of the Transutopian, see Five in the holding cell.
  17. Versions of Five remain on the loose, murdering people then escaping to other universes via warp anomalies.
  18. Dante orders the destruction of the secret laboratory, although that action is illegal.
  19. Percy, in her quarters, goes to bed.  She dreams that Five emerges from her closet and strangles her.
  20. In the original version of the episode, a special effect indicates the transition from one universe to another after that.  In the other universe, Percy’s closet door opens.  Five laughs.  This ending as absent in the Redux version of Eat Sin.

Next:  Bad Girls.  Back to the Orchard and the seeds from Goodbye, So Long!

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Above:  Max and Zelda

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 16

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Tracy Ann Oberman as Zelda

Paul Mari as Max

Matthew Wade as Worker #1

Paul Spike Lees as Prison Controller

Jason Shipley-Holmes as Reno 7 Controller

Astrid Wade as Bank Officer

Pierre Huard as Worker #2

Tony Curtis Blondell as Max’s Bodyguard

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Composer = Robert Duncan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Enjoying the Show from the Bridge

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  1. Tracy Ann Oberman and Paul Mari have Eastenders in common.  She played Chrissie on the series in 2004-2005.  Paul Mari wrote some episodes from 2009 to 2014.
  2. Tracy Ann Oberman will always be the hypernationalistic Torchwood member, Yvonne Hartman, converted into a Cyberwoman, in Doctor WhoArmy of Ghosts and Doomsday (2006), to me.
  3. This episode, despite some serious moments, is humorous.
  4. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he opines that greed is really about insulating oneself from life and death.
  5. The design of the Reno 7 space station in the Redux version indicates that Reno 7 and the dastardly Keres Group (from Pandora’s Box, in the second season) used the same architect.
  6. Dante, Percy, and Luc are at Reno 7 to buy spare parts.
  7. In a bar, Zelda, a lusty blonde, flirts with Dante as Percy and Luc observe.  Zelda wants to know if Dante is a real man and laments her marriage to a “cheap copy.”
  8. Caravaggio summons Dante and company to the Transutopian.  They find strangers converting the ship into a prison vessel and learn that Rudolpho has sold the Tulip to Super Max Corrections, Inc.  Max offers Dante the job of warden and reprograms Caravaggio to become a “fiscal engineer,” or a bean-counter.  After Dante and Luc temporarily expel Max and company from the Transutopian, the ship goes nowhere.  Max returns and expels Dante, Luc, and Percy.
  9. Rudolpho is legally bound to honor the remaining six months of Dante’s lease on the Tulip.
  10. Dante, Percy, and Luc play along with Max and accept jobs with Super Max Corrections, Inc.  Dante becomes the warden, Luc becomes a guard, and Percy becomes a janitor.  Percy, at Dante’s request, causes “technical accidents” to happen while Dante and Luc flatter and distract Max.
  11. Zelda is Max’s wife.  She insults her husband frequently, referring to his sexual inadequacies (“three-second wonder,” for example) and flirts with Dante.
  12. Max, who talks too much, has an inferiority complex.  He wants Zelda, who manipulates him, to think of him as a “real man.”
  13. Luc requests and receives the Orchard’s help in investigating Super Max Corrections, Max, and Zelda.  The company is about to go bankrupt, although Zelda (a spendthrift) thinks Max is wealthy–until Dante tells her otherwise and Max confirms cash-flow problems.  Dante drives Super Max Corrections deeper into debt and further behind schedule as the Orchard causes First Saturn Bank to call in Max’s loan.
  14. Percy restores Caravaggio and programs him to deceive Max and other correctional personnel.
  15. Percy also places a digital tapeworm in the prison control center and causes a magnetic containment failure in Reactor One, forcing the Tulip to return to Reno 7 for repairs.
  16. Max begins to suspect that the original crew is responsible for sabotage.
  17. Zelda comes on to Dante in his quarters.  Max finds them in a compromising situation.  Zelda accuses Dante of assaulting her.  Max locks up Dante, and Zelda tells her husband that, if he were a real man, he would kill Dante.  Max agrees to do that.
  18. Max has Luc arrested on an ambiguous charge.
  19. Max orders his bodyguard to expose the incarcerated Dante and Luc to a lethal concentration of a gas.  Percy breaks them out in time, though.
  20. Luc and Dante retake the Transutopian as Max and Zelda bicker on the bridge.  The Dante sends them to brig.
  21. Dante, Percy, and Luc watch Max and Zelda bicker in the brig.  They even ignore Rudolpho’s latest transmission, so they will not miss anything.
  22. Robert Duncan’s score (one of two for the first season) sells the humor of this episode well.
  23. The sequel to this episode is Super Max Redux, from the second season.  Given the naming of episodes in Starhunter Redux, the episode of the re-edited episode is Super Max Redux (Redux).

Next:  A Twist in Time and Eat Sin, a two-part story about time loops, parallel bubble universes, and an insane serial killer named Five.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 COMMON ERA