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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

Hyperspace I/Hyperspace I (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Roone, or Big Trouble

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 21

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Rachel Sanders as Dr. Vienna Xeylon

Greg Ellwand as Dr. Edward Murchison

Lynne Cormack as Roone

Geordie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = Hudson King

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:42:18

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Travis, Emerging from Hyperspace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

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

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

Licence to Fill/License to Fill (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Percy Montana

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 20

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

Nancy Palk as Senator/Judge Skaylon

Jeff Seymour as Senator Morgan Rendell

John Vine as Senator Vidal Calder

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = Roger Gartland

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:13

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Morgan Rendell

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This is a clip show.  Clip shows are rarely good.

Dark and Stormy Night, the clip show from the first season, tied up many loose ends well early in the second half of that season.

Licence to Fill is mostly tedious, however.

The title of the original episode of Starhunter 2300 is Licence to Fill, according to good Canadian English.  The title of the episode of Starhunter Redux is License to Fill (Redux), according to good American English.

What is the structure of the government of the Mars Federation?  We know that the government has ministries, a president, senators, and a military.  Why do senators double as middle-level bureaucrats and moonlight as judges and attorneys?  The government seems not to have much separation of branches.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Senator Vidal Calder

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Goof:  The screen identifies Calder as being from the Jupiter Federation.  This error also occurs in the Redux version of the episode.

  1. The episode title is probably a play on Licence to Kill (1989), the second of two movies in which Timothy Dalton portrayed James Bond.
  2. In this episode the crew’s bounty-hunting license/licence (Whatever; I am an American.) of the Tulip has lapsed.  The ship is docked at Mars Orbital One, and the application to renew the license is in process.  Also, the crew is almost out of money.
  3. The crew of the good ship Transutopian has fallen out of favor (or favour) with the government of the Mars Federation since Just Politics.  I can’t imagine why. :)
  4. Senator Calder, from the Internal Affairs division of the Security Division, has authority over the licensing of bounty-hunting vessels.  He impounds the ship and convenes a tribunal intended to have a rigged result.  Calder (the prosecutor) and Senator Skaylon (a judge) conspire to make the proceedings seem fair.
  5. Senator Morgan Rendell, a family friend of the Larkadias, volunteers to defend the crew pro bono.  He replaces the intended, substandard public defender and frustrates the plans of Calder and Skaylon.
  6. A standard courtroom story unfolds.  Caravaggio serves as a witness, providing plot cover for playing clips from previous episodes, usually out of context and cherry-picked.  The in-universe problem with this is that many of the clips show scenes that played out off the ship, therefore beyond Caravaggio’s recording devices.  Calder commits character assassination of most of the crew members, one-by-one, while Callie Marcus, and Rudolpho watch from the bridge and Travis sits in the courtroom.
  7. Percy returns.  Mars Federation officials are holding her in a mental hospital.
  8. Calder argues that the crew of the Tulip constitutes a menace.  He is insincere, of course.  Calder has an axe to grind.
  9. Rendell discovers that axe.  An old photograph shows Calder with his arm over one shoulder of Devak, a disgraced former member of Citadel Squad, from Chasing Janus.
  10. This case was always about Calder taking revenge on Callie for being honest and for insisting on honesty in the military.
  11. Judge Skaylon has no choice but to dismiss the charges and have Calder arrested.  Rendell tells Skaylon that he will pursue this matter against her.  He wants to know why she was eager to bring the case to tribunal.
  12. Percy reunites with her shipmates.

Next:  Hyperspace I, the first part of the two-part season finale.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

Negative Energy/Negative Energy (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 19

MAIN CAST

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

Michaela May as Jay Beckers

Carin Moffat as Karina

Jake Simmons as Orchard Buyer

Simon Williams as Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt

Dan Willmott as Maintenance Guy

Carol Schulte as Bartender

Neil Davison as Thug

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Eitan Arnusi

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:03

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Karina (“Goldilocks”) and Rudolpho (“Papa Bear”)

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Does fake Travis Montana think he is the son of Danta and Percy Montana, and the cousin of Percy Montana?

Percy Montana is still on vacation.

The Transutopian is one of the few ships in the solar system to have an antimatter drive.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  A Functional Antimatter Drive

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  1. This episode contains references to Pandora’s Box and Just Politics, among other episodes.
  2. Carol Schulte returns to play the bartender again, as she did in Pandora’s Box.
  3. Callie and Travis getting closer to each other romantically.  She wants him to share secrets, to talk to her–really talk to her.  He tells Callie, however, that she may not want to know his secrets.
  4. The episode opens with the crew of the Tulip pursuing shipjackers and much-needed bounty.  The shipjackers activate the stolen ship’s antimatter drive and get away, however.  They admit that maybe they could have caught up with the vessel and earned that bounty had Percy been around, for only she knows how she has modified the ship’s propulsion system over the years.
  5. The crew asks Caravaggio to apply for the required Change of Energy Source Permit, despite the cost of 20,000 credits.  When the Tulip arrives at Io, Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt, an extremely officious official with no sense of humor boards the ship and conducts an inspection.  He can cite regulations the way a classically-trained actor can quote Shakespeare.  Callie and Travis remain on the ship.  Callie keeps Travis away from Tibbitt as much as possible.
  6. Unfortunately, Percy’s unorthodox rewiring may lead to stiff fines.
  7. Rudolpho and Marcus go in search of Jay Beckers, a scientist (whom they presume to be male) with connections to the late Keres Group.  Beckers deals in both legal and illegal energy sources.  Surely Dr. Beckers will have Duranium 237, the energy source from Just Politics.  Rudolpho visits an old flame (Karina), who seems to know everything and will certainly be able to tell him where to find Dr. Beckers.
  8. Rudolpho on Karina, whom he met in jail:  “She lied, cheated, and stole from me.  It was the best relationship I ever had.”
  9. Executive Chief Inspector Tibbitt, who insists that people address him by his full title, is corrupt.  He plans to condemn the Tulip, presumably to have it destroyed, but really so he can sell it to the Orchard for a large profit.  Marcus learns, however, that Tibbitt’s inspection is not official; the Jupiter Federation has yet to process the application for the permit.  When Tibbitt calls in troops to try to expel Travis and Callie from the ship, combat ensues and Tibbitt flees deeper into the vessel.
  10. Jay Beckers is a woman.  She does have Duranium 237, but she also wants to enslave and modify Marcus.  Rudolpho pretends to play to along with Beckers, but he returns shoots her, rescues Marcus, and takes the Duranium 237.
  11. Marcus and Rudolpho return to the Transutopian during the firefight.  Meanwhile, an Orchard ship approaches the Tulip.  Tibbitt tries to prevent Marcus from placing the Duranium 237 into the antimatter drive, but other bounty hunters subdue Tibbitt.
  12. The Tulip travels from Io to beyond Neptune almost instantaneously.
  13. The Transutopian travels at normal speed back to the Jupiter Federation, which posts a 100,000 credit bond for the return of Tibbitt.
  14. Does the crew of the Tulip ever get that permit?

Next:  Licence to Fill, a clip show in which Percy returns.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

Just Politics/Just Politics (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Mars Federation Minister of Trade Andras Kolzig

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 18

MAIN CAST

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

Kai Wiesinger as Andras Kolzig

Sara Stockbridge as Gaynor Schon

John Boylan as Reasoner

Kerry Segal as Jophie Henrik

Colm Magner as President Moreland

David Ingram as Hakin Dircott

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = David T. Reilly

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:43:54

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  President Moreland of the Mars Federation

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The absence of Tanya Allen as Percy Montana hangs over this episode.  Percy’s absence is crucial to the plot, and she appears only in recycled footage.

My best guess is that Tanya Allen was filming Anyone’s Game/Chicks with Sticks.

Duplicitous government officials, some of them willing to let innocent people suffer and perhaps die to save their political skins, are staples of fiction.  Mars Federation President Moreland is one of these.  He is not quite as bad as the evil and opportunistic British Prime Minister from Torchwood:  Children of Earth, but Moreland is bad enough.  One may also think of the murderous Prime Minister Francis Urquhart from the superior, original, British version of House of Cards and its sequels.  Another member of this elite club of fictional villains is William Morgan Clark, the Earth Alliance Vice President who conspired to assassinate President Luis Santiago then created a police state that stokes irrational fears of aliens and pursues an “Earth First” agenda in Babylon 5.  (1993-1998).  One may remember that Clark committed suicide and tried to wipe out the planet as guards arrived to arrest him and the rescue fleet was in orbit, saving the planet.

Such duplicitous government officials are not only characters in fictional works, unfortunately.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Marcus Fagen and Jophie Henrik

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  1. The episode opens with the Transutopian at Mars.  The crew’s mission is to transport Trade Minister Andras Kolzig and his party to secret negotiations in the Mannheim Asteroid Belt, near Neptune.  Travis thinks this mission is odd.  Besides, the Mars Federation government has official spacecraft.  Rudolpho likes the prospect of the payment of 300,000 credits for the mission.
  2. Kolzig arrives with aide Jophie Henrik and security officers Gaynor Schon and Hagin Dircott.
  3. Schon almost immediately reprograms Caravaggio to identify her as Percy Montana.  This action causes computer malfunctions relevant to the plot of the episode.
  4. Jophie is far more than the cute girl next door.  She, daughter of a ship’s engineer, is a technology geek.  She and Marcus become suspicious because of malfunctions in Caravaggio.
  5. Schon uses Caravaggio to murder Dircott then to diagnose the cause of death as a heart attack.  Travis and Callie find evidence of the murder, though.
  6. Caravaggio’s self-defense program attacks Marcus and Jophie, killing her.
  7. Rudolpho, suspicious of Kolzig, finally realizes who the man.  Kolzig is actually Carter Berkhan, a murderer and a fugitive responsible the deaths of 57 people, including some of Rudolpho’s relatives.
  8. The Tulip arrives at its destination.  A miner, Reasoner, arrives on the ship and meets privately with Kolzig.  The Trade Minister, who “made” Moreland, pays Reasoner 20 million credits to delay the delivery of Duranium 237 and somehow cause Moreland to fall to from power.  Kolzig wants to be the next President.
  9. A hellstone is an asteroid that has entered our universe through a black hole.  The hellstone in this episode is a rich source of Duranium 237, which one can use to produce negative energy, which allows one to enter hyperspace.
  10. Is the Orchard working behind the scenes in this episode?  Dr. Edward Murchison wants to get into hyperspace.
  11. Schon has been spying on everyone, via Caravaggio.
  12. Schon reports to President Moreland.  She confirms that Kolzig is a traitor and hints at a darker secret with the potential to destroy Moreland.  The President authorizes Schon to do “whatever it takes” to keep the secret and preserve his government.
  13. Schon uses Caravaggio to destroy the hellstone and kill Reasoner.
  14. Rudolpho confronts Kolzig in a corridor.
  15. Then Schon tells the truth to everybody.  The mission was really to prove whether or not Kolzig was a traitor.  A trial, however, would destroy the Moreland Administration.  Schon sets the Tulip to self-destruct and plans to escape via a shuttle.  Everybody else may die.
  16. Callie prevents Schon from departing while other crew members try to terminate the self-destruct process.  Travis reasons with Caravaggio, who terminates the countdown.
  17. One may reasonably assume that Kolzig and Schon spend the journey back to Mars in the brig.
  18. The crew decides to blackmail President Moreland into paying them the promised 300,000 credits.
  19. A corrupt miner and two innocent people died during this episode.
  20. President Moreland had a reputation as a softy by Mars Federation standards, and Kolzig kept a relatively low profile.
  21. We may understand why the Trade Minister kept a relatively low profile.
  22. If President Moreland, who was willing to let innocent people die to save his career, is a softy, I do not want to meet a hardliner.
  23. I wonder what President Moreland did to Kolzig after the Tulip returned to Mars.

Next:  Negative Energy, an episode with plot ties to this one.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

The Heir and the Spare/The Heir and the Spare (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Percy

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 17

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

Victoria Adilman as Officer Eva Halperin

Philip Craig as Wilkes Halian

Tam Williams as Alex Arroyan

James Faulkner as Jaten Sarat

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Stephen Lowe

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:14

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Jaten Sarat

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Percy Montana is not a well-adjusted person.  This is not news to anyone who has been watching the series since the first episode and paying attention.  In this episode, however, she dials it up to eleven (“This one goes to eleven.”  I chose to quote that movie.) and leaves for a vacation.  I do know the real-world circumstances that prompted Tanya Allen to be away for the next two episodes, but I know that Percy’s absence for those two episodes pays off a line from Resurrection, in which the real Travis Montana agrees with her that she has been on the Tulip too long.

We learn the origin of Marcus Fagen, who grew up in an orphanage.  He is of the former royal family of Europa, the Endolas.  We learn that, a quarter of a century ago, after the Sarats executed the royal family at a wedding, the Sarats began their tyrannical rule.  We also learn that Wilkes Halian, a servant of the royal family, rescued an egg, which had divided, and had the eggs “hatched” via test tube technology.  Furthermore, we learn that Antony (who grew up to become Alex Arroyan) grew up with Halian, who placed Octavius (who became Marcus Fagen, meant to be the spare/blank), in an orphanage.  We also learn that Jaten Sarat, concerned about quashing opposition on Europa, plans to kill and clone Alex, and to make Marcus the blank he was supposed to be.

Rudolpho has sex on the brain.  This is no surprise to any observant viewer, especially if one has watched the unaltered first season episodes on disks.

Speaking of unaltered episodes, I recommend purchasing the original, unaltered episodes on DVDs.  I intend no disrespect to Starhunter Redux, but watching both versions of each episode augments the Starhunter viewing experience.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Wilkes Halian, Alex Arroyan, and Marcus Fagen

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  1. Percy continues to argue against Marcus’s obsession with getting into hyperspace.
  2. In engineering, Percy puts to somethings together quickly (“slowish,” she explains), causing the Tulip, causing blue sparks, an immediate threat to the ship, and a 37% decease in the ship’s power.  Then Percy and Marcus separate the somethings.
  3. Percy spends much of the rest of the episode trying to “find a good vein” in the old vessel–to increase the ship’s power.
  4. The crew, using Callie as bait, apprehends Alex Aroyan, a con man who has wooed women and stolen their money.  Finding him is somewhat challenging due to his frequent plastic surgeries.  Alex turns out to be the twin brother of Marcus Fagen.  Exposition dumps follow.
  5. Capturing Alex is personal for Officer Eva Halperin.
  6. Two armed vessels intercept the Tulip.  Jaten Sarat, a Europan warlord, hails the Transutopian and demands that the crew hand over Alex Arroyan.  Travis refuses.  Besides, Marcus and Alex are in a shuttle headed for Io.  Sarat pursues.  Marcus meets Halian and learns the truth.
  7. Alex is not one to lead a revolution.
  8. Marcus thinks of himself as Marcus Fagen, not Octavius Endola.  He has no interest in leading a revolution either.
  9. Halian dies defending Marcus and Alex and from Sarat.
  10. Travis rescues Marcus and Alex from Sarat by pretending to be as ruthless as the warlord is.
  11. Travis refuses to hand Alex over to the spurned Eva Halperin.
  12. Percy leaves the Tulip for a vacation.

Next:  Just Politics, about corruption in the Mars Federation.

THE TRANSCRIPT OF PERCY’S VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE CREW

Heir and the Spare 23

Above:  Percy’s Farewell

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Hi.  It’s not going to come as any great surprise to anyone, but it seems that I’ve gone a bit bananas.  So, I’m gonna take off…for a bit.  I don’t want you to come after me.  I have lived my whole life on this ship and I think I’m due a vacation.  Now this is very, very important:  Do not think that you have just scored yourselves a ship because I will always, always be able to find the Tulip.  I do care about you guys though for some reason, so take care of yourselves.  Bye.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 18, 2019 COMMON ERA

Rivals/Rivals (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Captain Christopher Judson, Callie, and Jeffers

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 16

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

Marc Danbury as Jeffers (Seattle)

James Gallanders as Captain Christopher Judson (Seattle)

Santino Buda as Maxim Vendel

Rogue Johnston as Bellboy

Joe Matheson as Nestor Grant

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Michael Cocker

Writer = David T. Reilly

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:51

Length of Redux episode = 0:43:58

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Travis and Callie

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A recurring theme during the second season has been family, formal or informal.  We know that the man claiming to be Travis Montana is not the son of Dante and Penny Montana.  He seems not to know that.  Whether Percy accepts him as her cousin by the time of this episode is an open question.  The crew members of the Tulip have only each other.

Where does Callie belong?  Is she wasting her life on this broken down, old ship?

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Maxim Vendel

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  1. Callie is having an especially bad day.  Bolger, the prisoner, attacks her.  She drops her key on the floor.  He uses the key to escape.  Callie, while recapturing Bolger, nearly electrocutes him. Furthermore, most of the corridors in use on the Tulip are dim because of power conservation mode.  Callie has no hot water in her shower.  Finally, the near electrocution of Bolger damages the system that would enable the Transutopian to get out of the way of an asteroid.
  2. The Seattle, a modern, well-equipped and well-lit bounty-hunting vessel under the command of Captain Christopher Judson, destroys the asteroid and saves the Tulip.  Judson also sends a doctor over to save Bolger’s life.  After all, the bounty is for Bolger alive, not dead.
  3. Judson works for Fugitive Containment Systems (FCS), which has corporate backers.  Employees of FCS have good salaries, benefits, and spiffy uniforms.  When Judson offers Callie a commission, she accepts it.
  4. The crews of the Tulip and the Seattle compete for the capture of one Maxim Vendel aboard Clarke Station.  Travis and company desperately need the 200,000 credits.  Vendel is a hardened career criminal who has escaped from Ganymede Maximum.  Vendel is planning an assassination, and the government of the Jupiter Federation wants to prevent that killing.  Unfortunately, no images of Vendel are available.
  5. Callie joins FCS at Clarke Station.  Her absence from the Tulip is evident.
  6. Vendel kills then impersonates a bellboy at Clarke Station.
  7. Callie learns quickly that that FCS is not what she thought it to be.  FCS has procedures and paperwork.  Judson’s failure to heed her advice regarding capturing Vendel costs Jeffers and two other bounty hunters their lives.
  8. Callie alerts Travis and company to look out for Vendel.
  9. Marcus recognizes Nestor Grant, a prosecutor who once put him away for six months.  Could Grant be Vendel’s target?  FCS intercepts Travis’s request for information about Grant.  Judson and Callie intercept Grant.  Callie leads the prosecutor away to safety; Judson sits down.
  10. Vendel approaches Judson, who had arrested the criminal years prior.  Judson is the target.  Callie and and Travis save Judson’s life.  Vendel dies via his own murderous technology.  The warrant said dead or alive.
  11. The Jupiter Federation pays the crew of the Tulip 300,000 credits.
  12. Callie returns to the Tulip.

Next:  The Heir and the Spare, an episode in which Marcus is central.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 18, 2019 COMMON ERA

Kate/Kate (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Percy and Katherine (Kate)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 15

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

Deborah Odell as Kate

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Michael Cocker

Writer = Farrukh Dhondy

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 = 0:44:01

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  A Contact Mine

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The character of Percy Montana has a troubling aspect:  sometimes she behaves in ways that endanger the Tulip and those aboard it.  An observant viewer may cite examples as early as Trust, the second episode aired.  That pattern continues in this episode, in which she, while entertaining herself during her boring life, creates a replacement AI that is both inadequate and dangerous.

Deborah Odell as had more than one career.  She has been a backup singer for Julio Iglesias and has performed musical theater.  Her acting credits, as listed at the Internet Movie Database, spanned 1997-2013.  She has become a registered psychotherapist, with a practice in Toronto.

This is one of the least memorable episodes of the second season.  Its reliance on tropes about differences between men and women, combined with some ham-fisted dialogue, relegates this episode to a lower tier of quality.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Damage to the Transutopian

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  1. The episode opens with Percy becoming upset with Caravaggio.  First, he fails to consult with her regarding the timing of weekly maintenance that temporarily cuts off the supply of water, specifically hot water.  Not only does the AI refuse to admit error, but he/it (whatever) notices a contact mine until too late for the ship to avoid hitting it, while arguing with Percy.
  2. The mine, a Mars Federation Special Operations model, is in the service of pirates, who eventually board the ship.  First, however, the mine damages the Tulip severely and causes Caravaggio to malfunction.
  3. Percy creates a new AI, Katherine, or Kate, complete with female intuition.  Unfortunately, Kate cannot scan beyond the Transutopian.  Kate is also fixated on Travis and jealous of Callie.
  4. Although Marcus finds Kate distracting, Travis, our hero, does not find her distracting.
  5. Kate sabotages the ship and attacks crew members.  She causes life support systems to malfunction, sabotages Caravaggio, and attacks anyone who tries to deactivate her.
  6. When heavily-armed pirates with breathing masks attack the Transutopian, crew members must fight them and try to survive as Kate withdraws oxygen.
  7. Travis saves the day, shoots the pirates, and deactivates Kate.  He uses a piece of technology from a pirate ship to accomplish the last task.
  8. Caravaggio is back and somewhat intuitive at the end of the episode.
  9. In one scene, Percy refers to Caravaggio as “the old fart.”  This reminds me of The Man Who Sold the World, in which the Billy Ray computer virus calls the AI an “old fart.”

Next:  Rivals, an episode in which Callie is the main character.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 17, 2019 COMMON ERA

The Prisoner/The Prisoner (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Jane Doe/Maria Geddes

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 14

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Allison Burn as Georgia (Orchard)

Greg Allwand as Dr. Edward Murchison (Orchard)

Georgie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole (Orchard)

Dean McKenzie as Soame (Orchard)

Tracey Ferencz as Jupiter Federation Official

Jacklyn Francis as Dr. Alora Kir

Carli Norris as Jane Doe/Maria Geddes

Michael Sinnott as David Geddes

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = David T. Reilly

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:53

Length of Redux episode = 0:42:35

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Tristan Catchpole

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dr. Edward Murchison

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

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

A FINAL NOTE

Above:  Dr. Alora Kir, Callie, and Marcus

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

If so, I would not fall over in surprise.

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 17, 2019 COMMON ERA

Stitch in Time/A Stitch in Time (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Gallentis, a Mining Platform, in Orbit of Ida (In One Universe, at Least)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 13

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter Redux, Season 2

SUPPORTING CAST

Kristen Holden-Reid as Ritson

Andrew Woodall as Captain Robert Parker

Dorian Kolinas as ?

Mark C. Fraser as ?

Kerry Dorey as ?

Dean Coplov as ?

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Roger Gartland

Composer (Theme–Starhunter 2300) = Peter Gabriel (Darker Star, arranged and mixed by Richard Evans and David Rhodes)

Composers (Episode–Starhunter 2300) = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Composer (Theme–Starhunter Redux, Season 2) = Donald Quan

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:53

Length of Redux episode = 0:43:59

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Rudolpho, Travis, Ritson, Callie, and Marcus

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I am a detail-oriented person.  Consider that, O reader, when I express confusion regarding four listed members of the guest cast.  The IMDB page for this episode is of limited value.  I, after having rewatched this episode carefully, have no idea what roles two credited actors could have portrayed.  The four names are:  Dorian Kolinas, Mark C. Fraser, Kerry Dorey, and Dean Coplov.  The two roles for which I do not know the actor’s name are Derek (whom Rudolpho calls for information) and the voice of Dante Montana. I am accustomed to counting and matching actors and roles.  In this case, I arrive at two more actors than roles.

Dean Coplov also has a screen credit in Painless.

Tanya Allen’s performance as the two Percy Montanas holds up well.  One can tell just from presentation that the Percy from the parallel universe is a different person.

The more I think about this episode, the more I realize that the details are confusing.  The story is, to borrow a phrase, “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey.”  I recommend just enjoying the ride.

The asteroid Ida is real.  A quick Internet search reveals that the asteroid is in the Asteroid Belt, that astronomers have know of Ida’s existence since 1884, that they have known of its moon (Dactyl) since 1993, and that the Galileo probe photographed both in 1994.

When did evil Percy create the singularity that allows for crossing over from one universe to another?  The episode does not reveal the answer to this question.

Another unanswered question concerns the fate of Ritson.  He drops out of the episode toward the end.  One may wonder if he returned to his universe, and if there is a version of Ritson who returned to the prime universe of Starhunter.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above: Travis, Parker, and Callie

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  1. This episode opens with Travis (the fake one) having a nightmare.  The dream includes the voice of Dante asking for help, as well as Travis finding Percy dead on the bridge.  In the nightmare Travis also sees a flashing light in outer space.
  2. Travis, awake, eventually gets to the bridge.  Crew members and Caravaggio mention that he is late.  Some even comment on how bad he looks.
  3. Travis and Callie retrieve Ritson, a prisoner, from Mars Correctional.  Ritson is a deserter from Jupiter Federation Special Forces.  That is odd, for he used to be a decorated soldier.  The mission is to transfer Ritson to Clarke Station for a prisoner swap.
  4. Travis,. back on the bridge, hears a distress call before anyone else does.  A flashing light from near Ida is visible.  Astonishingly, a mining platform (Gallentis, to be precise) appears where empty space had been, in orbit of Ida.  The distress call comes from the mining platform.
  5. The man issuing the distress call is Captain Robert Parker, commander of the penal station.  He wonders where his 20 crew members and 80 miners/prisoners (hardened, violent criminals) are.  Oddly enough, there is no mining operation on Ida in the prime universe of Starhunter.
  6. Travis and Callie take a shuttle to Gallentis, where they find Parker.  The three return to the Tulip.  Below decks, a blue light overtakes Percy and swaps her with her evil counterpart, a mass murderer.  This Percy, dressed the same as good Percy, lacks certain information (such as where engineering is) that good Percy knows.
  7. Evil Percy visits Ritson in the brig.  She asks for his help in seizing control of the ship.
  8. Evil Percy knows Ritson and of the existence of Gallentis.  She also carefully avoids encountering Parker for most of the episode.  Ritson praises evil Percy for her “damn brilliant” prison break at Gallentis.  The Ritson in the brig is from the parallel universe.  Good Percy is on Gallentis, where evil Percy was.  Does this mean that good Ritson is or was there, too?
  9. Parker is a conscientious commanding officer.  He is also confused, a condition he shares with the crew and almost anyone watching this episode for the first time.  When Parker contacts the Mines Division of the Mars Federation, he learns that the government does not know of his existence.
  10. Why do the crew members not suspect that something is amiss with “Percy” (not the one they know)?
  11. Travis and Callie continue their bonding nicely.
  12. Travis realizes that Parker disappeared, that his crew and prisoners did not.  Parker states that someone opened a portal between universes, but that the does not know how to reverse the process.
  13. Evil Percy liberates Ritson, but Callie, Marcus, and Rudolpho return him to the brig.
  14. Evil Percy targets Parker, but Travis and Parker subdue her.  Evil Percy, who reveals who she is (“a very successful” mass murderer), spends the rest of the episode in the brig.
  15. Parker devises a method of escaping the singularity evil Percy created and to send people back to their correct universe–maybe.  Travis and Callie return the captain to Gallentis, and he sets his plan into motion.  Gallentis and evil Percy disappear.  Good Percy appears on the bridge.  What about Ritson?
  16. Percy, understandably antsy, says, “I was in a mine with homicidal maniacs.  What the hell?”
  17. Nobody has told good Percy about evil Percy yet.
  18. Did Parker’s plan succeed?  Travis and Callie do not know.

Next:  The Prisoner, with more about the Orchard.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 16, 2019 COMMON ERA