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Super Max/Super Max (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Max and Zelda

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 16

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Tracy Ann Oberman as Zelda

Paul Mari as Max

Matthew Wade as Worker #1

Paul Spike Lees as Prison Controller

Jason Shipley-Holmes as Reno 7 Controller

Astrid Wade as Bank Officer

Pierre Huard as Worker #2

Tony Curtis Blondell as Max’s Bodyguard

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Composer = Robert Duncan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Enjoying the Show from the Bridge

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 COMMON ERA

The Most Wanted Man/The Most Wanted Man (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Martin Harman

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 13

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

Tim Dantay as Martin Harman

Andrew Bicknell as Charles

Campbell Morrison as Arielo

Andrew Forbes as Commander Cline

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writer = Peter I. Horton

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:10

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Charles

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  1. We saw Mars Orbital One in Trust.
  2. We briefly saw Charles on Luc’s Orchard communicator screen in Trust (Redux).
  3. Darius Scott (off-screen) is the chairman at the Outer Worlds Peace Conference, according to Charles.  The necessity of such a peace conference hints at what is happening beyond Saturn and its natural satellites.
  4. Is Darius the chairman of that peace conference?
  5. In Rudolpho’s opening monologue (deleted in the Redux version), he reveals that he has purchased a fifth bounty-hunting vessel.  Rudolpho also says that the more he earns, the more he spends, and that he is broke.  Rudolpho is also desperate, for he has three loan payments due soon, and one can go to prison for debt on the Moon (Luna).
  6. Rudolpho calls Dante periodically to inquire if the bounty hunters have captured Martin Harman.
  7. The bounty on Harman’s head is very high.
  8. In a bar on Mars Orbital One, Martin Harman is disappointed to have to meet with Charles (of the Orchard), not Darius (also of the Orchard).  Charles demands that Harman reveal the location of “the artifact,” which is “the key, the ultimate Rosetta Stone.”  Harman replies that he is the artifact, the blueprint for the next stage of human evolution.
  9. Harman moves quickly, as Eccleston did in The Divinity Cluster.  Harman also has the power to stun people into unconsciousness.
  10. Dante and Luc have been chasing Harman, but he has gotten away.
  11. Three vessels intercept the Transutopian.  Arielo, whose brother Dante delivered to prison, seeks to repossess the Tulip.  Commander Cline, of Mars Federation Special Forces, seeks to arrest Harman.  The third vessel, with Charles aboard, is from the Orchard.  Luc communicates with Charles, to protect the Transutopian and crew.
  12. Percy launches a probe that tracks the ion trail from Harman’s vessel.  The crew of the Transutopian captures the ship, but Harman is loose onboard the Tulip.
  13. Luc leaves the bridge without permission repeatedly, even after Dante forbids her from doing so.
  14. Percy finally gets the ship’s reactor to full power.  That much power is dangerous for the Tulip‘s structural integrity, though.
  15. The editing of one scene in the Redux version differs from its counterpart in the original episode.  An asteroid strikes the Transutopian, thereby fully charging the particle beam.  In the original version, with its battered ship design, Dante and Luc cannot identify where the asteroid struck the ship.  Luc comments that the Tulip looks rough on its best days.  The scene in the Redux version, with a nicer-looking Tulip, omits the search for evidence of external damage and the comment about the ship’s appearance.
  16. The design of the Orchard vessel in the Redux version of the episode differs from the design in the original version of the episode.
  17. Dante and Percy learn some of Luc’s secrets in this episode.  Luc tells Harman that she can arrange a meeting with Darius.  Dante and Percy hear that.  Later, in private, Luc tells Harman that she is the daughter of Darius.
  18. En route in the shuttle to the Orchard vessel, Harman tells everything to Luc.  He, formerly an intelligence officer with Mars Federation Special Forces, worked on top-secret projects with the Orchard, especially with Darius.  Years ago, in “the sector formerly known as Africa,” Darius and Harman worked together on a project.  They found three-million-year-old objects with unearthly writing on them.  After a disk sang to Harman to opened up, he touched the liquid inside.  Then he knew everything, and his life changed.
  19. After that, Harman became unstable and involved in criminal activities, such as gun-running and drug-trafficking.
  20. Harman does not trust the aliens who implanted the Divinity Cluster.  He also contends that the Orchard is foolish to think that it can ever control the Divinity Cluster.  Harman goes so far as to quote the Bhagavad-Gita:  “I am the destroyer of worlds.”
  21. Harman’s advice regarding the Divinity Cluster:  Those one holds near and dear, “hold very near.”
  22. Dante confronts Luc upon her return from the Orchard vessel.  Getting paid double the bounty on Harman does not soothe Dante’s mind.  It certainly makes Rudolpho ecstatic, though.
  23. The Orchard ship explodes.
  24. I assume that Harman is not dead, any more than Eccleston is.
  25. Luc, in her quarters, as Dante and Percy spy on her, plays back the transmission she received from the Orchard ship before it exploded.
  26. Luc returns to the bridge.  Dante asks her who Darius is.  Luc reveals that Darius is her father.  Dante tells Luc that he wants her off his ship.

Next:  Half Dense Players, which picks up where this episode stopped, and reveals more about the Divinity Cluster.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Order/Order (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Dante and Brother #13

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 9

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

Leon Herbert as Brother #13

Benjamin Russell Waters as Jacob

Marcelle Duprey as Marina

Barry Minshull as Follower #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writers = Hugh Evans and Julian Fikus

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 and Marina

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  1. Rudolpho, in his opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), reveals that he has no use for religion.  Rudolpho also calls Brother #13 “this piece of garbage.”
  2. Perhaps the name “Brother #13” is a reference to Brother XII (born Edward Wilson), founder of the Aquarian Foundation and leader of a cult in British Columbia in the 1920s and 1930s.
  3. Unfortunately, suicidal cults are not just elements of certain works of fiction.
  4. The Ark, with a capacity of about 500 people, is a pyramid-shaped spacecraft headed for the Sun, supposedly to take the members of the Church of Omega to Heaven, or union with their god, Vahooti.
  5. Brother #13 is rude and insulting whenever a follower expresses a lack of faith, or expresses a doubt, a common occurrence.  He has no tolerance for doubts.  Brother #13 is a cult leader, in the full meaning of “cult.”
  6. Brother #13 has the power to “rejuvenate faith” in a person by touching that person’s head with his hands, from which a blue glow emanates.
  7. Brother #13 “makes a great sacrifice” by escaping from the Ark with his unofficial wife (Marina, young enough to be his daughter) and his bodyguard (Jacob) at the last minute.  The cult leader explains that he has to “rejuvenate faith” in more people.
  8. Brother #13, once an army mechanic then a prisoner of war on Callisto during the civil war, claims to have emerged from his captivity with the gift of insight.
  9. In-universe, the historical Vahooti was a twentieth-century monk who wrote extensively about the Bible.
  10. Brother #13 temporarily converts Luc.
  11. Absence from Brother #13 weakens his control over one.
  12. Percy is a good shot.
  13. Dante turns Brother #13, Marina, and Jacob over to the authorities at Mercury.
  14. Luc sends a message to Darius.  She speculates that Brother #13 had come into contact with Dr. Novak and warns Darius that the cult leader is dangerous.
  15. On board the authority shuttle, a guard kneels before Brother #13.
  16. The new special effects are beautiful.

Next:  Cell Game.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 27, 2019 COMMON ERA

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The Man Who Sold the World/The Man Who Sold the World (Redux)   8 comments

Above:  Dr. Novak, also known as Mr. Kavon

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 5

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

Michael Halsey as Dr. Novak/Mr. Kavon

Noémie Kocher as Belle

Simon Fenton as Billy Ray

Timothy McNabb as Chorsky

Barry Hatt as Rusty

Kenn Hong as Buyer

George Harris as Darius Scott

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:06

RUDOLPHO’S OPENING TRANSMISSION (OMITTED IN THE REDUX VERSION)

This one’s a corker. I found you a piece of work called Novak. Crimes against humanity. They don’t get bigger than that.Civil war on Callisto. They’re still killing each other over differences. I guess we’re still the same old species even out amongst the stars. Hatred still the tie that binds.
But today that human bond, love, has reared it’s lovely bottom, and I am off to “The Love Derby.” Of course, I might actually only taking about lust. Nope. No. No. No. No. I am actually talking about the messy stuff. Well, actually really what I’m talking about is deceit. Whoever really knows what lurks in the human heart. Well, I know, now that you ask. Along with all that sunshine and puppies and kittens and pretty coloured balloons, crap. There’s also the dark nasty bits of creepy crawly things, that scatter away when you flip that rock over. Your heart carries it all. It’s the only sure thing I know. And anyone who doesn’t believe that our hearts are filled with eternally warring angels and devils is leading with their glass jaw just waiting for a round house right.
Another great truth from my tower of wisdom is you get your heart broken then you gotta pick yourself up and make sure the next time you get them before they get you. I mean, who out there thinks that it’s better to be on the sharp end of the love stake as it plunges into your heart?
Gotta nasty piece of work coming your way. So quick step, stay sharp, ’cause this evil evil bastard Novak hasn’t a shred of love in his black, black heart.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Belle

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  1. The crew of the Transutopian has been eating the “same slop” for a week.
  2. Percy, who dislikes studying history, has been skipping Caravaggio’s tutorials.
  3. Rudolpho dispatches the Transutopian to Pluto, to capture Dr. Novak (now calling himself Mr. Kavon), the “Butcher of Callisto.”  Novak/Kavon has been selling ores on Pluto and keeping the company of Belle (his girlfriend, whom he pretends to love, but really tolerates) and Rusty (a bodyguard).
  4. The settlement on Pluto is possible because of Core Magnetic Resonating Technology, or the projection of electromagnetic domes, beneath which terraforming is possible.
  5. Belle remains in denial about her boyfriend (for whom she kills bounty hunters) until the second half of the episode.
  6. Novak/Kavon has devised a way of fooling DNA identity tests.
  7. Callisto is a moon of Jupiter.
  8. During the Callistian Civil War (2254-2257–or was it actually 2264-2267?), Novak, a member of the Hand of God, a group of scientists obsessed with purity and with accelerating the pace of human evolution, experimented on more than 20,000 victims.  As Novak told Luc, “I once had a very different calling, bioengineering.  I was going to create the new man, something divine.”  Later in the episode, Novak said, “The Cluster lives.”  Subsequently, Novak, speaking to Luc, described the Divinity Cluster as “the most important, most deadly game that’s ever existed.”
  9. Luc, as a young Ranger, helped to liberate a concentration camp on Callisto when Martian and Lunar forces ended the civil war.
  10. I have been pondering the internal chronology of Starhunter.  The main story opens in 2275 (in the original version) or in 2285 (in the Redux version).  In The Divinity Cluster, the first episode, Darius told Luc that Eccleston had discovered the Divinity Cluster three years prior, so in 2272 or 2282.  Yet Novak was working on the Divinity Cluster in 2254-2257.  He even isolated the genes for telepathy and consciousness before he had to flee.  On the other had, as Darius told Dante in Dark and Stormy Night (episode 15), early research on the Divinity Cluster was underway for at least two decades prior to the first season of the series, and the Orchard did not use the term “Divinity Cluster” yet.  We could have a case of retroactive continuity (retconning).
  11. Speaking of internal chronology, how old is Luc?  She was 20 years old in 2257.  If we accept the Redux timeline (as we should), she is 48 years old.  She looks closer to 38, though.   Perhaps Luc takes care of herself and ages gracefully.
  12. Simon Fenton was delightful in Matinee (1993), one of my favorite movies, one with a charming movie (Mant–“Half man, half ant, all terror”) inside the movie.  As the Elvis-aping Billy Ray computer virus, however, he is annoying.  This plot is the weaker part of the episode.
  13. An Older Wave, or an electromagnetic wave which one Dr. Older predicted, intersects with the orbit of Pluto every 28,693 years.
  14. Belle kills Luc.  Either Dante or Luc kill Belle.
  15. Rudolpho receives double the bounty for Novak.  Dante has become a better employee in Rudolpho’s estimation.
  16. Michael Halsey portrays the evil Dr. Novak very well.
  17. The special effects for Pluto and the Older Wave in the Redux version are better than those in the original version.  A good story, however, is not about special effects.

Next:  Peer Pressure, with perhaps the worst mother since Medea.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

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