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Torment/Torment (Redux)   1 comment

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

Spaceman/Spaceman (Redux)   1 comment

Above:  Mishkin and Percy

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 5

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

Michael Filipowich as Mishkin

Frank Moore as Commander Orlando

Neil Girvan as Soldier #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writers = Nelu Ghiran and David Wheatley

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 = 0:48:01

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:12

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Colonel Orlando

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  1. Michael Filopowich and Frank Moore previously appeared in Earth:  Final Conflict (1997-2002).  Filipowich portrayed Judson Corr, the assassin, who, on orders of Ronald Sandoval, murdered Kate, William Boone’s wife, in the first episode.  Moore played Hubble Urich, an advisor to U.S. President Andrew Thompson, in twenty-two episodes from 1999 to 2002.
  2. The Transutopian, on the edge an uncharted debris field near Saturn, detects life signs in a very small escape pod–barely large enough for one person.  The debris is that of a large freighter that imploded.   Rudolpho is the only member of the crew of the Tulip to voice caution, which turns out to be prophetic.
  3. The escape pod, taken aboard the Tulip, contains a man, who turns about to me Mishkin.  Percy’s attraction to him is obvious before he touches her.  Then he touches her.  She really becomes attracted to him.
  4. Mishkin, who recovers from amnesia during the episode, has the power to affect adversely the judgment of anyone he touches.  Percy has sex with Mishkin.  Marcus returns to his Raider ways.  Rudolpho, claiming to be the rightful owner of the Transutopian, plots to sell it.  He also strands Travis and Callie aboard a powerless shuttle in the debris field before retrieving a fighter, which he also intends to sell.  When Marcus, under Mishkin’s influence, becomes suspicious of Rudolpho, he locks the older man in his (Rudolpho’s) quarters.  Rudolpho resorts to using a weapon to burn through the doors.
  5. Mishkin’s effects are temporary.  They wear off in about a day.
  6. Marcus grew up in the Raiders.  He does not remember his parents.  We will learn about his family in The Heir and the Spare.
  7. The Varran clan hangs out near Io.
  8. Colonel Orlando contacts Travis and Callie, but does not rescue them.  His mission takes him to the Transutopian, which he and a small team of soldiers board.  Orlando is Mishkin’s father.  Mishkin is the prototype of a military experiment code named Trojan Horse.  His official purpose is to infiltrate groups and cause them to sabotage their causes.  Mishkin, however, cannot control whom he influences, friend or foe.  His touch causes a change in the subject’s brain activity–namely, bad judgment.  Mishkin escaped because he was too dangerous.  Orlando has been pursuing his son.  The colonel understands his sad duty to be to destroy his son.
  9. Percy tells Mishkin she never felt alive before she met him.
  10. Mishkin tells Percy he must leave the Tulip, or else people will die.  He returns to the escape pod, which she launches.  Orlando and men pursue him, but collisions with debris in the debris field destroy their ship and kill them.
  11. How long can Mishkin live?  Orlando said that Mishkin was dying.
  12. Travis and Callie continue to await rescue, soon to be on the way, when the episode ends.
  13. Mishkin’s power seems to entail accentuating some aspect (frequently negative, that which the best angels of one’s nature keep in control) of a person’s character.  Percy is lonely and emotionally withdrawn.  Unfortunately for her, she can never find a good boyfriend.  Rudolpho is greedy.  Marcus has a background in the Raiders; he is somewhat violent.

Next:  Becoming Shiva, which is about environmental terrorists.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 24, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Star Crossed/Star Crossed (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Percy Montana

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 2

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

Brandi Marie Ward as Cira

Juan Chioran as Dakkota 79

Domenic Cuzzocrea and Lou Tove

Chris Benson as Rhendal Ving

Bruce Beaton as Arms Dealer

Jung Yul Kim as Dakkota 300

Junior Williams as Redus Fledder-John

Greg Bryk as Dakkota Clan Minion

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

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 = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:28

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Cira

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  1. Get used to seeing Syn City, Io, in the Jupiter Federation.
  2. The episode opens with a weapons deal that ends in a shoot out.  The only survivors are Dakkota 79, leader of the (Raider) Dakkota clan, and his girlfriend, Cira.  Dakkota 79 purchases Thorium 238.
  3. Rudolpho DeLuna is behaving suspiciously.  He is covertly contacting Lou Tove, a merchant of a sort who deals in former Raiders.
  4. Rhendal Ving, of the Jupiter Federation, hires Travis and Callie to prevent a Raider clan war as the Dakkota clan (from Triton) moves into the Jupiter Federation.  Why bounty hunters instead of federal agents?  Bureaucracy.  Hiring contractors is simpler and involves less bureaucracy.  In this case, Ving plans to detain Dakkota 79 on delinquent docking charges.
  5. No jurisdiction has paid in the Jimmi Zavras matter from the previous episode.
  6. Ving resents Callie for, while in Mars Federation Special Forces, having exposed the Citadel Squad for planting evidence and getting them drummed out of the military.
  7. Travis is the new captain of the Transutopian.
  8. Dakkota 79 is not above killing Dakkota clan members he knows to be loyal just to send the message that clan members should be loyal.
  9. Callie, who became a bounty hunter after leaving the military, does not get along with her family, despite her privileged upbringing.
  10. Travis claims to be the son of Dante.  Yet he has not memory of Dante or Penny, as the actual Travis did at the end of the first season.  As I wrote in the previous post, this Travis is not the son of Dante and Penny.
  11. Only five members of the Varran clan have left.  This Travis is one of them.
  12. Percy trusts nobody.
  13. Travis and Callie go undercover as weapons technicians.  Cira recognizes Travis, her former lover.  He knows her from a time when she belonged to a different clan.
  14. Percy confronts Rudolpho regarding his covert transmissions.  He denies that they place the ship or anyone aboard in danger.  Percy threatens to throw him out an airlock if he is lying.
  15. Marcus discovers the contents of Rudolpho’s covert transmissions.
  16. Lou Tove arrives on the Tulip with bounty hunter Redus Fledder-John, who endangers the lives of the crew, minus Travis and Callie.  Marcus arrests Tove.
  17. Dakkota 79, suspicious of Travis and Callie, learns that they are bounty hunters, and so is Cira.  Travis and Callie rescue Cira, arrest Dakkota 79, and return to the Tulip.  Travis leaves Cira and Dakkota 79 aboard the shuttle, but prevents her from leaving with his bounty, worth 200,000 credits.
  18. Travis, etc., confront Fledder-John, who has taken Percy hostage.  Percy defends herself well.  Rudolpho kills Fledder-John.
  19. We see the new lookout set.
  20. Travis and Cira part.
  21. Rudolpho was seeking out and neutralizing people who knew who Travis is.
  22. Does Travis know who he is?

Next:  Biocrime, in which we learn more about the background of Marcus Fagen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 18, 2019 COMMON ERA

Rebirth/Rebirth (Redux)   4 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.  We will catch up with the real Travis Montana in the third season.  I have another reason to anticipate the third season.

Perhaps the man claiming to be Travis Montana believes he is the son of Dante Montana.  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