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Skin Deep/Skin Deep (Redux)   1 comment

Above:  Lena Bannen

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 10

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

Jennifer Foster as Lena Bannen

Kelly Fiddick as Dr. Frederick Nolman

Alex Karzis as Quinn

Daniel Bruce as Mr. Pllob

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = Jeffrey Hirshfield

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 = 0:48:18

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:20

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Percy Montana

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One theme of this episode relates to standards of female beauty.  We learn that, among Martian elites, natural women, those who have had no plastic surgery are prestigious because they are rare.  Yet the pressure to maintain a certain standard of beauty without resorting to plastic surgery remains great.  Maintaining that standard of beauty is impossible without resorting to plastic surgery because of aging.  This is a standard not worth maintaining.

Another theme of this episode is hypocrisy.  Lena Bannen and her mother publish Natural, a holozine that outs plastic surgeons and “plastics,” women who have had plastic surgery.  Yet Lena, who looks like she did a decade ago, is a “plastic.”

A third theme of this episode is the high price of keeping one’s hypocrisy secret.  Lena lies to protect both her mother and herself.  Lena’s mother has killed to protect the daughter.

This episode provides much character development for Marcus Fagen and Percy Montana.  Neither one is well-adjusted.  Together they make an especially odd couple.  We learn that Percy, who was eager to get off the Tulip in the first episode, prefers to remain on the ship most of the time.  We also learn that she has a fear of the “psychos and idiots” in open spaces, not of open spaces.  We also learn that Marcus likes the elegance of ballroom dancing and dreams of monkey wrenches.    This episode introduces us to his obsession with getting into hyperspace, thereby setting up much of the rest of the season.

Percy’s character in the second season contains a mystery.  She owns the Transutopian, yet she permits the other bounty hunters on board to overrule her.  In this episode, for example, she and Marcus search for antimatter stabilizer coils on the black market even though Percy insists that the errand is a waste of time and she has no desire to return to hyperspace.  Percy is not consistently assertive.

Travis jokes about human colonization of Mars having destroyed the ancient civilization there.  This sounds like a reference to Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Video Evidence that Lena Has Been Lying 

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  1. This episode has an A plot and a B plot.  The A plot is the Lena story.  The B plot follows Marcus and Percy in Syn City, Io.
  2. Lena and Callie, who knew each other during their university days a decade prior, reminisce on Clarke Station, near Jupiter.  Armed men, whom we eventually learn are bounty hunters working under the jurisdiction of the Mars Federation, try to apprehend Lena.  Callie, with her physical defense skills, fights them off, however.  She and Lena escape to the Tulip, which leaves Clarke Station.  The other bounty hunters pursue in their vessel.  Quinn, one of the other bounty hunters, has a warrant for the arrest of Lena, wanted for the murder of Dr. Frederick Nolman, a plastic surgeon.  Lena insists that she never met or knew Dr. Nolman.  Furthermore, Nolman’s widow suspects that her husband was conducting an affair with a woman.  Could Lena be the other woman?   The Tulip proceeds to Mars, with Quinn not far behind.
  3. Meanwhile, in Syn City, Percy and Marcus meet their supplier, Mr. Pllob, a mentally unstable man who refuses to hand over the antimatter stabilizer coils because he suspects them of being cops.  When Marcus learns that the Tulip will be away for days, he suggests to Percy that they enjoy entertainment in Syn City.  Percy just wants to get a room.  She and Marcus do get a room and sample “a Noah’s ark of booze”–two of everything, including spinach beer.  Marcus has romantic interests in Percy, who has none in him.
  4. Dr. Nolman was conducting an affair with Lena’s mother, the Chief Executive Officer of the holozine publishing company.  Lena’s mother wanted to end the affair, but Dr. Nolman threatened to out Lena if she did.  After Lena’s mother killed the plastic surgeon, Lena framed herself, to protect the mother.
  5. The B plot concludes with Percy sleeping under the covers, in the bed, while Marcus sits on the foot of the bed.
  6. The A plot concludes with Lena preparing to ride aboard a police shuttle to the surface of Mars, where a good attorney will be waiting for her.

Next:  Supermax Redux/Supermax Redux (Redux), with the return of Max Fairly, the chief weasel with an inferiority complex from Super Max.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 12, 2019 COMMON ERA

The Third Thing/The Third Thing (Redux)   1 comment

Above:  Matilda

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 7

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

Richard Zeppieri as Julian Sanders

Carla Collins as Matilda

Shanly Trinidad as Nasdeen

Marqus Bobesich as Tremayne

Billy Otis as Brent

Malcolm Younger as Griffin

Jerry Getty as Man

Martha Ferguson as Woman

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writers = Michael Allcock and 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 = 0:48:24

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:01

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Nasdeen with Julian Sanders

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  1. The frequently seen street in Syn City, Io, Jupiter Federation, is a standing set.  Producers must have spread the costs of constructing it over at least half the season.
  2. This episode includes a mention of the Lunar-Terran Federation of attempts to renew the Earth.
  3. Carla Collins is a successful comedian, “the Queen of Comedy” and “Canada’s Tina Fey.”
  4. I like Tanya Allen’s deadpan delivery of lines, from “That’s not my job” in The Newsroom (1996) to “Because we’re cute and funny” in this episode.
  5. We hear a name drop of Lou Tove, from Star Crossed.
  6. Holovision, an evolution of television, is a popular form of entertainment in 2300.
  7. During a lull in good bounty hunting jobs, the crew of the Transutopian (minus Travis, who takes an easy job, to keep his face off holovision), earns six months’ worth of money by appearing in a “documentary,” actually a weekly episode of faux reality program called The Third Thing.  The audience is on Mars, but the studio and host are in orbit of Jupiter.
  8. Callie insists physically and in vain that her face stay off the broadcast.  Travis also asks in vain that his face stay off the air.
  9. Most of the crew and staff of The Third Thing are dodgy characters.  Matilda, the host, makes up what she does not know.  For example, she invents a family dynamic for Callie.  Anyone who remembers Chasing Janus knows that what Matilda is false.  Also, Julian Sanders lies repeatedly and shamelessly.  He and Matilda conspire to spice up the episode, and cause two people, including staff member Nasdeen, to die.  Nasdeen is the only sympathetic staff member of the show.  She needs the job to afford to take care of her child.
  10. Percy and Marcus get off the Tulip and assume the lead roles in the next bounty hunting job, the rigged one.  They wind up pursuing Tremayne, an ex-raider and an assassin.  An unnamed woman becomes the first person to die after Tremayne and Marcus recognize each other, and a shootout ensues in a bar on Clarke Station.
  11. According to Mathilda, in this episode of The Third Thing the first thing is the antagonist, the second thing is the antagonist (Tremayne), and the third thing is Callie (abducted, to raise the stakes).
  12. A cortical implant turns one into a human camera.  Julian Sanders, Marcus, Nasdeen, and Tremayne each have one.
  13. Rudolpho, who helped to arrange the appearance on The Third Thing without knowing how badly matters would go, rescues Callie.
  14. Callie and Percy terminate the broadcast with weapons.
  15. The settlement at the end of the episode entails no side filing charges against the other.
  16. Travis returns from his “baby sitting job” and asks how the broadcast went.

Next:  Torment, or dealing with Rudolpho’s adolescent daughter.

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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Biocrime/Biocrime (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Father Abode (Or is she?)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 3

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

Ellen Dubin as Father Abode

Boyd Banks as Lumpy Goodwin

Walker Boone as Senator Orford

Maggie Castle as Taryn Orford

Hugh Dillon as Gus

Ron Kennell as Arnot

Debra McCabe as Vayla Tambur

Mike Turner as Man #1

Curt Wu as Lab Tech #1

Brian Frank as Man #3

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 = 0:47:57

Length of Redux episode = 0:43:59

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Lumpy Goodwin

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  1. The universe of Starhunter/Starhunter Redux is dangerous and dark.
  2. Walker Boone, who played Senator Orford, also portrayed Leland T. Lynch, one of the Chief Engineers of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, during the first season of Star Trek:  The Next Generation, in Skin of Evil.
  3. In Syn City, Io, Jupiter Federation, Marcus and Callie are complaining about having to wait for Travis when they rescue a young woman wearing only a sheet from two men wearing blood-stained white uniforms.  The young woman is Taryn Orford, the disowned daughter of Mars Federation Senator Orford.  She is also a drug addict.  She and Marcus were friends and drug addicts on the streets together until Marcus went off with Travis.
  4. This episode seems to imply that Taryn and Marcus were on the streets of Syn City, Io.  However, this series has already established that Travis rescued Marcus in a bar on Oberon, a moon of Uranus.  I wonder if I am missing some important details.
  5. Marcus feels guilty for abandoning Taryn.
  6. Marcus and Callie take Taryn back to the Transutopian, docked at Clarke Station, for “Father” would find her at a hospital in Syn City.  “Father” is Father Abode, of whom no image exists.
  7. Half of Taryn’s body is turning into something not human.  The rapid transformation is killing her.  Percy takes on the unpleasant duty of draining blood from flooded areas of Taryn’s body, concealed under an increasingly stained sheet as the episode progresses.
  8. Senator Orford, who does not care about his daughter, blames Marcus for getting her addicted to drugs.  Senator Orford also insists on keeping Marcus and Taryn apart, even after hiring Travis and the team (minus Marcus) to bring in the notorious Father Abode, a student of Dr. Novak during the Callistian Civil War (The Man Who Sold the World).
  9. Father Abode genetically modifies victims for “sex and degradation.”  Options in genetic modification include transgender and transspecies.
  10. Marcus, working the case alone in Syn City, reunites with Vayla Tambur, a friend an an exotic dancer with a heart of gold.  She is reluctant to help him find Lumpy Goodwin, a drug dealer and a human trafficker in cahoots with Father Abode.
  11. Senator Orford introduces Travis and Callie to detectives Gus and Arnot, who are corrupt–in cahoots with Lumpy and Father Abode.
  12. Marcus reunites with Lumpy, who, after learning that Marcus is on the right side of the law, drugs him and plans to give him to Father Abode.  Then Travis and Callie rescue Marcus and arrest Lumpy.
  13. Gus and Arnot, concerned about having to tell Father Abode about Lumpy’s capture, know they will not want to live unless they can spin the situation to their benefit.  They plot to capture bounty hunters, offer to trade them for Lumpy, get Lumpy back, then kill the bounty hunters.
  14. The Transutopian has at least two functional shuttles.
  15. Travis has a plan.  He will go undercover as Mr. Farrell, carrying a skin sample from Callie, and go to meet Father Abode.  Travis needs access to Father Abode’s records of genetic modification, to save Taryn.  Callie inserts a top-secret tracking device in one of Travis’s arms.  This tracking device is top-secret and from Mars Federation Special Forces.
  16. Father Abode is a woman.  What a way to avoid detection!
  17. According to plan, Callie and Rudolpho follow Travis.  Father Abode learns why Travis is there, and begins to modify him genetically.  Gus and Arnot arrest Callie and Rudolpho.  Rudolpho offers to bribe them, so they let the bounty hunters go.  Callie and Rudolpho rescue Travis and encounter Father Abode and an amorous clone of Callie.  The close is fragile, though; she dies due to the slightest injury.
  18. Taryn and Travis recover aboard the Transutopian.
  19. The woman in the brig of the Tulip is actually a clone of Father Abode.  The clone dies.  The real Father Abode is on one of the outer worlds.
  20. Taryn agrees to meet her father.
  21. Gus and Arnot keep very low profiles.  They also never receive the bribes Rudolpho promised them.
  22. In this episode Callie said that if she were in Taryn’s position, her father would not help her.

We will learn about Callie’s parents in the next episode, Chasing Janus.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Rebirth/Rebirth (Redux)   5 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

A Screen Capture

  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