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Hyperspace II/Hyperspace II (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Percy Montana, from the Starhunter Redux Version of This Episode

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 22

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana (Starhunter Redux)

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

Neil Davison as Thug

Michelle Duquet as Penny Montana (Starhunter 2300)

Heather Belle-Matmor/Heidi von Palleske as Penny Montana (Starhunter Redux)

Sima Sepehri as Red Hair Lady (Starhunter Redux)

Chadwick Allen as Man in Suit (Starhunter Redux)

Cavanagh Matmor as Waitress (Starhunter Redux)

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Director (for Starhunter Redux new material) = G. Philip Jackson

Writer = Hudson King

Writers (for Starhunter Redux additional material) = Chris Jones-Hansen and G. Philip Jackson

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 = 0:46:14

PRELIMINARY COMMENTS

Above:  Percy Montana, from the Starhunter Redux Version of the Episode

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All but one screen capture in this post comes from the Starhunter Redux version of the episode.  For more screen captures, I refer you, O reader, to my May 2011 post about Hyperspace II (Starhunter 2300).

This post is much more involved and considerably longer than any other post in my series about Starhunter Redux.  This is the case because the alterations to the reedited version of Hyperspace II are greater.  There is also additional material.  Hyperspace II (Redux) sets up season 3, SolSys, not released yet.

Some of the content of this post comes from an email from G. Philip Jackson, one of the creators of Starhunter (2000-2001) and Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004), as well as one the people deeply involved in shaping Starhunter Redux.  I want you, O reader, to know that I am consulting reliable sources, not making up material for this post.

In 2010 and 2011, when I wrote my first series of episode guides, there was no Starhunter Redux.  I was operating from DVDs of Starhunter (2000-2001) and Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004).  At the time, I posited that each season existed in a parallel universe.  It made sense to me at the time. How else could I account for the Transutopian looking radically different on the outside in each season?  And how else could I explain the differences between Travis Montana in each season?   I have disavowed this theory for two reasons.  First, Starhunter Redux has made the two seasons more superficially similar, bringing the second season ship design into the first season.  Second, I have learned information not available to me in 2010-2011.  G. Philip Jackson has written me, “On both seasons, for totally different reasons, there was a struggle for creative control, reflected in unintended mysteries, in addition to intended mysteries.”  Jackson has also confirmed that that man claiming to be Travis Montana in the second season is not the son of Dante and Penny Montana.

From G. Philip Jackson:  “We don’t know if the Season Two Travis is an imposter with intentions of deceit, or a victim of  a Raider always falsely encouraged to believe he was Travis by his early “Raider family” because something wrong happened with the real Travis (maybe when he disappeared with Dante at the end of 122 Redux, as briefly referred to by Dante in 222 Redux).

One should be willing to change one’s mind based on evidence.

Future Percy seems to accept fake Travis as her cousin.  When did she change her mind?

As far as the developments after Hyperspace II (Redux) are concerned, watch SolSys when it is available.  That is my plan.

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Percy and Dante

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In the hyperspace diner scene at the end of the Redux episode, Dante asks the alien/waitress, “Were you there when I met Penny?  Is that why you look like her?”  In real life, the alien/waitress looks like Penny because Cavanagh Matmor is the daughter of Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor, who portrayed Penny in the first season and in the Redux version of this episode.

Cavanagh Matmor, as a baby, portrayed the very young Travis Montana in the first season.

Neil Davison was a stunt performer and stunt double on Starhunter 2300.  He also played a thug in Negative Energy.  Most of his credits in the second season were in the categories of stuntman and stunt double.

Those of us who have lived long enough to have historical perspective remember life before microwave ovens were ubiquitious, when VCRs were expensive, when most people had access to only a handful of television channels, when telephones sat on tables and hung on walls, and when one could place a small Christmas tree atop many a television set recall having to wait a week between episodes of our favorite series.  The Starhunter 2300 version of the episode, does not really get underway until 0:05:23, due to the opening sequence (0:01:15 long), followed by the recap of Hyperspace I.  By 2017, however, the age of streaming services and binge-watching had begun, hence the absence of a recap at the beginning of Hyperspace II (Redux).

This episode marks the return of Michael Paré as Dante Montana, absent from the role since Resurrection, at the end of the first season.  According to what I read here, Dante will be prominent in SolSys, the third season.

In Travis, the penultimate episode of the first season, the real Travis forgave his mother (Penny) and sent her to the fourth dimension, where she would find peace.

The fake Travis hates Penny until he speaks with her in this episode.

As future Percy reveals in this episode, hyperspace is just a bunch of nows.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dante, Appearing in Percy’s Quarters, from the Starhunter Redux Version of This Episode

One may recognize the scene (minus Dante) as being from The Heir and the Spare.

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  1. At the end of Hyperspace I, the Transutopian entered hyperspace when an Orchard vessel was on top of the Tulip. The proximity of the Orchard ship creates the triphasic event on the Tulip.
  2. Fake Travis and Dr. Xeylon go off into a region of hyperspace resembling clouds while reality on the Transutopian split up into a triphasic event.  Percy, Marcus, and Rudolpho are each alone (yet not alone) in his or her separate phased reality.  Percy is in a blue-shifted reality, Marcus is in a red-shifted one, and Rudolpho is in a green-shifted one.
  3. In the Starhunter 2300 version of this episode, the implication is that the only other person in each color-shifted reality is Tristan Catchpole.  He is indeed, present, as one who watches the episode should know.  Yet, in the Starhunter Redux version of this episode, Percy from eighteen years later (and perhaps from an alternate universe) creates portals, looks through them, and closes them.  She appears to her younger self and to Marcus in early scenes.
  4. Percy eventually returns to “home, sweet home,” wherever that is, in the Starhunter Redux version of this episode.  She proceeds to move her arms about and move tachyons until Caravaggio arrives.  They speak.  She asks the AI to help her find Dante, for there is a window to locate her uncle.
  5. Fake Travis, whom most characters seem to accept as being the son of Dante and Penny, is a good guy.  His major problem in this episode is his suppression of his emotions.  Dr. Xeylon tells him that, to activate his second Divinity Cluster gene, the one that will enable him to travel in hyperspace at will, he must experience his emotions fully, in order to control them.  Only then will he be ready go back in time and change the past, to save Callie.  He succeeds on the second attempt, after encountering the deceased Callie and Penny in hyperspace.
  6. The conversations between fake Travis and Penny Montana are different in each version of this episode.  Read farther down the screen, O reader, for both versions.
  7. Future Dante and Percy (in the Starhunter Redux version of the episode) do not operate under the constraints of linear time.  In a scene set prior to other events of Hyperspace II (Redux) and altered from a previous episode of Starhunter 2300, fake Travis walks through a corridor.  In so doing, he walks through Dante, trying to break through from hyperspace. Shortly thereafter, both Dante and Percy appear in her quarters and speak to each other.  Percy has returned to hyperspace, and Dante has never left it.  Yet they can see and hear each other.  Dante asks, “Who was that that walked through me?”  Percy answers “That was your son, Travis.”  Dante replies, “No.  If there is one thing I’m sure of, Percy, he–that was not my son.”
  8. According to G. Philip Jackson, Dante was looking for Percy, just as she was seeking him.  Furthermore, future Percy returned to the events of Hyperspace II to “effect changes that, among other things, help save all of them at the end of 2300.”  She also enabled Dante to “enter her older timeframe.”
  9. Tristan Catchpole, aboard the Tulip, cannot retrieve the horizon generator until Percy, Marcus, and Rudolpho each fire a gravitonic burst, thereby bringing them into the same reality.  Then Catchpole steals the horizon generator and returns to Mars, the headquarters of the new Orchard.
  10. The new Orchard is at least as bad and perhaps worse than the original one.  The second Orchard, like the first one, also has factions.  Dr. Edward Murchison just wants the new Orchard to monopolize access to hyperspace.  He is not above ordering people abducted, reprogrammed, or murdered, if he thinks that is necessary.  He is Machiavellian; the ends justify the means, according to him.  Catchpole and Roose, however, conspire to assassinate him during a meeting.  With Murchison’s corpse slumped at the table, Catchpole encourages the other Orchard members present to embrace the agenda of hybridizing the human species and resurrecting the aliens who implanted the Divinity Cluster about three million years ago.
  11. This was the same agenda a faction of the first Orchard favored and that Eccleston opposed in Resurrection.
  12. Fake Travis finally activates his second Divinity Cluster gene, goes back in time, changes the past, and shoots the Orchard thug to shot Callie in Hyperspace I.  Fake Travis returns to hyperspace.
  13. Darius Scott was correct in Dark and Stormy Night; the ability to travel in time is tantamount to immortality.
  14. On the bridge of Tulip, Percy, Marcus, and Rudolpho discuss how screwed and doomed they are without the horizon generator.  The ship is losing its structural integrity, and will explode soon, unless they can get out of hyperspace.   Then Callie appears on the bridge.  Nobody is surprised to see her.
  15. Fake Travis and Dr. Xeylon return to the Transutopian.  Dr. Xeylon says there is a theoretical, untested way to take the ship out of hyperspace.  Yet time is running out; the warp bubble is collapsing.  Presumably, if the warp bubble collapses, boom!  Dr. Xeylon is finally ready to try her proposed method of exit when the warp bubble collapses.
  16. The second season of Starhunter 2300 ended on that cliffhanger.
  17. In Hyperspace II (Redux), a new scene placed shortly before that final scene of Hyperspace II (Starhunter 2300) has future Dante and Percy moving tachyons around (I guess that is what they are doing.) and observing the past. Dante remembers that, at the end of Resurrection, when he and the real Travis were in a shuttle falling toward Earth, he (Dante) teleported them into hyperspace.   Shortly after hearing this, Percy, in mid-sentence, disappears.  Or rather, the projection of her disappears.  I interpret her partial sentence to be a reference to Dr. Xeylon’s untested method of taking the Tulip out of hyperspace.
  18. The final scene of Hyperspace II (Redux) plays out in a hyperspace diner.  Read farther down in this post for the transcript of that scene, O reader.  The waitress in the scene is a projection of one of the aliens who implanted the Divinity Cluster at the beginning of the first season.
  19. The last shot of the episode is of a distortion in outer space.  This shot is recycled from the opening of Rebirth.  In that context, the shot precedes the emergence of the Tulip from hyperspace.  Is this a clue to what will happen in the opening scene of SolSys?  Time will tell, will it not?

THE (FAKE) TRAVIS-PENNY MONTANA CONVERSATION FROM HYPERSPACE II (2004)

Above:  Penny Montana in Hyperspace II (2004)

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TRAVIS (TO DR. XEYLON):  Because I hate her.

PENNY:  I understand why you hate me.

TRAVIS:  Why are you here?

PENNY:  I’ve always been here.

TRAVIS:  No, you haven’t.

PENNY:  My consciousness is within you, within the Divinity Cluster.  I’ll be with you as long as you live.

TRAVIS:  Well, thanks to you, I’m a Divinity Cluster freak and a Raider, the very people who killed you.

PENNY:  Then you’ve gained your revenge on me.

TRAVIS:  I think you’ve missed the point.

PENNY:  You think I meant for this to happen to you?

TRAVIS:  I’d like to think not.  The truth is, I actually don’t know.

PENNY:  Your heart is looking for someone to blame.  I had no idea my experiments would affect you.  And I’m sorry they did.  But you must accept that accident and allow the possibilities of this life, not the the one you might have had.

Penny touches Travis’s face.

PENNY:  I’m always with you.

Penny vanishes.

TRAVIS:  Wait.  There’s so much more I have to say.

THE (FAKE) TRAVIS-PENNY MONTANA CONVERSATION FROM HYPERSPACE II (REDUX) (2017)

Above:  Penny Montana in Hyperspace II (Redux) (2017)

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TRAVIS (TO DR. XEYLON):  Because I hate her.

PENNY:  I understand that.

TRAVIS:  Why are you here?

PENNY:  The flow of space, the geometry of time.

TRAVIS:  No, you haven’t.

PENNY:  My consciousness is within you, within the Divinity Cluster.  I’ll be with you as long as you live.

TRAVIS:  Well, thanks to you, I’m a Divinity Cluster freak and a Raider.

PENNY:  Do you think I meant for this to happen to you?

TRAVIS:  I’d like to think not.

PENNY:  It was an accident, Travis.  I had no insight into how my work would affect you.  And I am sorry it did.  But you may find that your powers and your training as a Raider could be of purpose to you.  It may serve you well in the events to come.

Penny vanishes.

TRAVIS:  Wait.  There’s so much more I have to say.

THE HYPERSPACE DINER SCENE

Above:  The Hyperspace Diner

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The alien/waitress speaks with a distorted voice.

The pictures on the diner wall behind the alien/waitress are scenes from the first season.

WAITRESS:  Been a while.  Where you been?

DANTE:  Staying with my niece.

WAITRESS:  Coffee’s on the house.

Dante drinks coffee.

DANTE:  It’s so good.

WAITRESS:  Have as much of it as you want.

DANTE:  No.  I got too much to do.

WAITRESS:  On a day like this?

Rain begins to fall.

DANTE:  I never saw it rain.  Where are you gettin’ this? Seriously.  From some bit I saw?  Were you there when I met Penny?  Is that why you look like her?

WAITRESS:  You want a top off?

Dante throws the mug.  It shatters then vaporizes.  The waitress has one eye missing.  There is solid black where it was. There there is solid white where the eye was.  The waitresses’s face is obviously a construct.

WAITRESS:  Something different about you, Dante.  You all right?

DANTE:  You could say that.  You see, my niece, she’s been helping me get a good look at myself.  I’ve been trapped here with you for so long the memories are starting to fade.  Let me ask you something.  You have any memories?

The waitress’s face is returning to normal.

WAITRESS:  No need to get sassy.

DANTE:  No, you don’t, do you?  Because it’s all a bunch of now to you people.

WAITRESS: People?  People?  You think we’re some sort of monkeys like you?

DANTE:  Maybe, a long time ago.  But you live in hyperspace now, don’t you?

WAITRESS:  Don’t do this, Dante.

DANTE:  I ought to pity you what you’ve become.  But after what you’ve done to me, to my family, to the whole human race, all I got is race, lady.  I got it all the way down–

WAITRESS:  Wait.

Most of the waitress’s face is missing.  We see outer space where her mouth, nose, and eyes used to be.  Then we see a distortion in outer space.

End credits roll.

Above:  The Distortion in Outer Space

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MORE SCREEN CAPTURES, IN ORDER

FINAL COMMENTS

Before I complete my Starhunter Redux blogging project, I have at least two more posts to compose and publish.  One will be a second season general post.  The other will be about Starhunter Redux as a whole.

I long for the days I can begin to watch and blog about SolSys.

KENNNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 21, 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)   3 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

A Screen Capture

  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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Black Light/Black Light (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Colonel Bramwell, Half a Century Out of His Time

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 11

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

Sam Loggin as Electra

James Smith as Colonel E.W. Bramwell

Chris Ragonetti as Raider #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:06

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Electra

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  1. The Redux version of this episode features some new music.
  2. Luc opposes gambling.
  3. The comic relief in this otherwise serious episode comes during the poker game for kitchen duty.
  4. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he mentions that neither he nor his current lover want to have children.
  5. I have been pondering the Raiders.  They have existed for at least half a century.  Their origins were with soldiers who could not father children, due to the effects of experiments.  So the Raiders started abducting–liberating and adopting, as they say–children.  Are “liberated” and “adopted” Raiders also sterile?  Or has the abduction of children just become a tradition with them?
  6. Electra, whom Rudolpho calls a “Raider babe gun runner,” is 25 years old.  She has been a raider for 18 years.  She remembers her previous family, with its broken home life.
  7. In the 2230s (in the Redux chronology), the Transutopian served as a troop carrier and bore the name Nighthawk during a war against Raiders on Mars.  Colonel E. W. Bramwell, of the 104th Space Cavalry, commanded the vessel in Operation Black Light.  History recorded the first assault on Raiders’ bases on Mars as a failure.  Indeed, the Raiders won that battle but lost the war.  His only child, Joe, died in that assault.  Bramwell claimed he lost the engagement because some of his men betrayed him.
  8. Bramwell planned another assault on Raider bases, but disappeared.  He was officially Missing in Action and presumed he dead.  He received the Silver Signal Medal, Second Class, posthumously.
  9. Bramwell and Majors Taylor and Fuji remained in cryonic freeze on Level 48 of the Transutopian for about 50 years, until a short circuit and a power surge caused a computer to revive Bramwell.  Taylor and Fugi had died already.
  10. Bramwell, intent on completing his mission, initially does not believe how much time has passed, even after meeting Luc, Dante, and Electra.  Meeting Percy convinces him, though.
  11. Dante tells Bramwell that the current year is 2276.  That year is consistent with the original chronology of Starhunter, in which The Divinity Cluster opens in 2275.  The Divinity Cluster (Redux), however, the current year is 2285.  So the current year in this episode in 2286.
  12. The Transutopian is en route to Ganymede, to drop off Electra, until Dante realizes that he has stumbled upon the location of the Raider gathering, held every four years.  He hopes to retrieve Travis, but Electra tells the captain to be careful what he wishes for–good advice.
  13. Attendance at the gathering is mandatory for Raiders.
  14. Raiders seem to be relegated to the outer worlds, except when the venture into the inner worlds, as in Family Values.
  15. Bramwell has become a hero to the Raiders, who use his assault on their bases on Mars half a century prior as a model for training new Raiders.
  16. Dante offers to let Electra go if she will help him find Travis.  She gets the Transutopian through security at the gathering, and Dante makes plans to accompany Bramwell to the gathering.  Bramwell, however, has other plans.  He flies a small craft literally crashes the gathering.  His last words are “Mission accomplished!”
  17. The Transutopian gets the hell out of Dodge.
  18. Also, Travis let the ship go.  This explanation is implicit in Travis.
  19. Electra is still headed for Ganymede.
  20. Percy is the most important person in Dante’s life.
  21. Dante, prior to what he thinks will be a dangerous mission to retrieve Travis, visits virtual reality Penny.
  22. Bramwell comes across as a pathetic character and a man intent on fulfilling his mission.  Some of his men betrayed him in the 2230s, he spent decades sleeping in a cryonic chamber while authorities presumed him dead, his family died in the interim, and he had no place in the 2280s.  In the end, all he had to live and die for was his mission, which had ended five decades prior.  Shortly after a freak power surge woke Bramwell up, he started looking for a way to die.  He found it.
  23. Bramwell quotes Revelation 1:7-8, but he, not Jesus, is the Alpha and the Omega in his mind.
  24. Electra belongs to the Valkyrie clan.
  25. Electra’s security code is “Roland’s Horn Echoes Still.”  This is a reference to the Song of Roland.  In the context of that epic poem, Roland dies a hero shortly after blowing his horn, to call for reinforcements in battle against Saracens.

Next:  Goodbye, So Long, which introduces another plot thread that will pay off at the end of the season.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 29, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Past Lives/Past Lives (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Luc and Eric

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 8

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

Marc Duret as Eric

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

Natasha Marco as Dr. Gardiner

Kevin Ryan as Guard #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Peter Campbell

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Percy

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  1. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he reveals that he has never married, that he did meet the woman he should have married, and that, years later, he saw her again, from a distance.
  2. The Biodesign corporation is a front for the Orchard.  Biodesign uses its janitorial staff as guinea pigs for a foreign antibody that attacks the brain stem and causes death within two days.  The corporation has hired more than 4000 janitors.
  3. Elsewhere in the episode, dialogue refers to the corporation as Biomicron.
  4. One may reasonably wonder how many of these janitors actually cleaned anything.
  5. Dr. Gardiner does not care about, as far as she knows, having caused the deaths of many test subjects.  She is, however, interested in that happens during the 48 hours following injection.
  6. The new special effects (in the Redux version) for Saturn Outpost 359 resemble those for Ring Shepherd from Becoming Shiva (season 2).
  7. Eric, Luc’s former husband, is the newest janitor at Biodesign.  He has that job for less than a day before Dr. Gardiner injects him.
  8. Eric is a compulsive gambler.  This caused his dishonorable discharge from the military years ago.
  9. Eric was deep in gambling debt until Biodesign bought his debt and injected him.
  10. Dr. Gardiner explains that she is trying to further human evolution.
  11. The warrant for Eric’s arrest indicates two counts of first-degree murder.  He insists he was just defending himself.
  12. After Dr. Gardiner injects Eric, he grabs a gun, shoots his way out, and steals the Carpathia, a shuttle.  The Transutopian apprehends him while he is en route to the Hyperion Medical Outpost, the closest medical site, in search of the antidote Dr. Gardiner claimed did not exist.
  13. Caravaggio develops an antidote, which the foreign antibody overpowers quickly.
  14. Luc is not impulsive.
  15. Luc projects the image of a hard, by-the-book, no-nonsense person, but she has a soft side.
  16. Luc’s marriage becomes a topic of conversation, especially with Percy.
  17. Luc divorced Eric more than five years ago.  She did not cease to love him, though.
  18. Luc left the military a year and a half ago, after her mother died.  Luc wanted to be close to Darius, her father, at that time, but he was distant and busy dealing with the Divinity Cluster.
  19. Luc saw an illusion of her mother in Frozen.
  20. After Dante finds a spare part aboard the Carpathia, Percy restores the Transutopian‘s reactor to full power, but not in time to reach the Hyperion Medical Outpost.
  21. Dante visits virtual reality Penny.
  22. Penny, a scientist, had developed a way to record the essence of one’s soul.  He used that technique on her when she was dying, after the attack on Titan about a decade prior to this episode.  See Family Values.
  23. In a scene present in the original episode yet deleted from the Redux version, members of the Orchard called Rudolpho and expressed their displeasure with him, for Eric was still not in their hands.
  24. The Redux version of the episode includes the follow-up scene, in which Rudolpho calls Dante, who informs him of how ill Eric is. Rudolpho says that, unless Dante delivers Eric, nobody will receive any bounty.
  25. Pacquette (seen in The Divinity Cluster), a member of the Orchard, serves on the Board of Directors of Biodesign.
  26. Eric, with the help of Dante and Luc, takes the Carpathia into outer space.  The shuttle explodes.
  27. In the original version of the episode, after Caravaggio announces the destruction of the Carpathia, the AI continues by saying, “Source of destruction unknown.”  Then Luc utters softly, “Unknown.  Unknown my ass.”  In the Redux version of the episode, however, “Source of destruction unknown” is absent.
  28. Is Eric dead?  Or did he move to a different dimension, as Eccleston did in The Divinity Cluster?
  29. Luc properly blames the Orchard for Eric’s death.
  30. The new special effects in the Redux version are beautiful.  The story, not remastered, still holds up well.  Special effects can be nice, but a good story matters more.
  31. Luc mourns Eric:  “People come into your life and make you happy, they cause you grief, and then they’re gone. All that’ s left are ripples where they once were–ripples, stretching out forever.”  This statement hit me hard this time, due to a recent death.
  32. Percy has mostly cut her self off from other people emotionally.
  33. Dante’s attitude toward Eric changes during the episode.  The captain initially has the “tell it to the judge” attitude.  At the end, he lets Eric go.

Next:  Order, with a cult leader, the Divinity Cluster, and a reference to The Man Who Sold the World.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 25, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Family Values/Family Values (Redux)   11 comments

Above:  Jeb with Dante Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 3

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

Philippe Simon as Etienne

George Harris as Darius Scott

Joseph Clark as Brad

Marc Belliveau as Telus

Denis Theriault as Jeb/Vincent Taylor

Cavanagh Matmor as Baby Travis Montana

Paula Dawson as Cynical Onlooker

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Henri Safran

Writer = Nelu Ghiran

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:06

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dante and Vincent, in a wonderful scene

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  1. The Redux version of this episode incorporates nearly all of Rudolpho’s opening transmission.  In the original version, the transmission is distinct from the rest of the episode.  In the Redux version, however, we see the transmission broadcast throughout the Transutopian.  Rudolpho, between laughs, philosophizes about families as sources of both hope and pain.  The Redux version of the episode omits the end of the transmission, in which he brags about an imminent sexual encounter.
  2. The special effects of the surface of Mars, of outer space, and of virtual reality are better in the Redux version.
  3. The heart of this episode is character, however.  Let us not be so superficial as to focus on style over substance.
  4. VR Penny is the downloaded soul of Penny, as we learn in a subsequent episode.
  5. Virtual reality Penny is breaking down after a decade.
  6. Penny Montana was a scientist.  As we learn in a future episode, Dante was a farmer on Titan.
  7. After nearly a century of terraforming and colonization, Mars remains a “dump.”
  8. Dante knows that Luc has a secret agenda, that she is not merely someone Rudolpho sent to keep Dante on task.  Luc tells Dante that she has not secret agenda, though.
  9. Etienne and Brad are partners in life and in grifting.
  10. Etienne takes pride in his crime.  He objects strenuously when learning that his reputation is that of a minor criminal.
  11. Brad is a walking negative stereotype of a homosexual.
  12. The bickering of Etienne and Brad provides comic relief.
  13. Percy tells Caravaggio that she has never been to Earth.  An observant person may recall that she was aboard the Transutopian in The Divinity Cluster (1.1) when the ship flew over New Los Angeles.  Percy did not walk on the surface of the planet, though.
  14. Percy has a fine sense of sarcasm.
  15. Dante has arrested Etienne four times.
  16. Cortex moderation, first degree, is an alternative to arrest in this case.  This alternative renders the subject a “drooling idiot” for a year.
  17. Luc is a veteran of military special forces.
  18. Mars is supposedly clear of Raiders.
  19. The origin of the Raiders:  Military leaders experimented on some soldiers, rendering them sterile.  So Raiders increase their numbers via abduction.  One may wonder though, how long these experiments have continued, given the existence of Raiders for generations.
  20. The Raiders killed Brad.
  21. Denis Theriault, who played Jeb, the Raider boy, was 14 years old, the correct age for Travis at the time of this episode.
  22. The Transutopian, far past its prime, is full of obsolete technology.
  23. Percy encounters VR Penny via Dante’s virtual reality headset.
  24. Luc says that Raiders always abduct male children.  Raiders do not abduct only male children, though.  We see female Raiders later in the first season.
  25. Dante thinks that Jeb is Travis.  Jeb is actually Vincent Taylor, abducted from his family on Oberon nine years prior.  Vincent gets to go home.
  26. Darius Scott is all business with his daughter.
  27. Weight limits on the shuttle prevent Etienne from going with Dante and Luc when they decide to take Jeb with them back to the Transutopian.
  28. Etienne distracts Raiders with shell game con while Dante, Luc, and Jeb get away.
  29. In the sweet closing of the episode, Vincent, afraid on the way home, sits next to Dante as both of them gaze into outer space and Dante helps the boy to feel less afraid.
  30. Etienne escapes, to appear in another episode.

Next episode:  Siren’s Song, which has never made any sense to me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 15, 2019 COMMON ERA

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