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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)   9 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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Bad Girls/Bad Girls (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Ayla and Cordula Hamilton

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 19

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

Gary Cady as Stephen Hamilton

Cathy Keenan as Ayla Hamilton

Cathy Keenan as Cordula Hamilton

Calum MacPherson as Carl

Peter Sadeuvnic as Peter

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Kai Sehr

Writer = Annie Ingham

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:11

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Stephen Hamilton

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  1. The new special effects are beautiful.
  2. Umbriel is a moon of Uranus.
  3. Yet the Umbriel colony (Stephen Hamilton’s point of origin) is the site of the oldest colony on a natural satellite of Jupiter.  Which moon would that be?  One wonders.
  4. Actresses Anna and Cathy Keenan, who play sisters Ayla and Cordula, are sisters.
  5. I assume that Hamilton’s wife, who has presumably left him, has dark hair, given that Ayla is a blonde, Cordula is a brunette, and Stephen has fair hair.
  6. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he says that adolescent females are exhausting.  Rudolpho also states that little choices determine one’s fate.  The second statement certainly applies to Stephen Hamilton.
  7. Percy installs Percy’s Internal Defense System (PIDS) in the shuttle bay without Dante’s permission.   Contrary to Dante’s orders, she does not agree to dismantle PIDS until the end of the episode.  Percy has a rebellious episode throughout most of this episode.
  8. Dante picks up the Hamiltons at the Moon and takes them to Mars.  Rudolpho orders Dante to provide transportation for the family.  Stephen Hamilton is a “contact of a contact.”  In plain language, he works for Gunnar (spelling?) Biochemical, which has connections to the Orchard.
  9. Gunnar (spelling?) Biochemical is developing a new technology of terraforming–seeds that alter the atmosphere of a planet.  That is the information we receive in this episode, at least.  Hint:  Subsequent episodes contain more information about the seeds.
  10. These are the seeds from Goodbye, So Long.
  11. Percy refers to events of Family Values.
  12. Stephen Hamilton is in deep debt and trouble.  He accepted the Orchard’s money then failed to deliver the agreed-upon result.  He seeks protection for his daughters and himself from certain dangerous people.  The Orchard is dangerous, too, of course.
  13. Percy still hates Luc.
  14. Rudolpho expresses his condolences for the death of Darius Scott at the end of Dark and Stormy Night.
  15. Stephen Hamilton, by his admission, is a terrible spy.  He gets nowhere quickly with Luc when he asks her about her family.  His mission is to learn secrets she may have shared with Darius.  Stephen learns no secrets.
  16. Stephen Hamilton is also a terrible liar.  He tells the Orchard that he has data files on the atmospheric seeds when he does not have those files.
  17. Cordula is an especially negative influence on Percy.  Cordula gives Percy a dose of a drug called charge.  Cordula and Percy get high together.
  18. Percy briefly wears a dress.
  19. Rudolpho informs Dante that an authority marshal will intercept the Transutopian to take Stephen Hamilton away.  An orchard agent, identifying himself as an authority marshal, arrives without so much as a warrant.
  20. The Orchard (part of it, to be precise) changes its plans during this episode.  Initially, the Orchard wanted to question Luc.  Enemies of the late Darius have become foes of Luc, who has no interest in speaking with her father’s murderers.  Anyone connected with Darius has come under suspicion.  Before the end of the episode, the anti-Darius faction tries to kill everyone aboard the Tulip.
  21. The fake authority marshal abducts Percy, who is high.  He mistakes her for one of the Hamilton daughters.
  22. Dante kills the fake authority marshal.
  23. PIDS kills the armed force the Orchard sends to kill the Hamiltons and the crew of the Transutopian.
  24. Caravaggio records everything that happens aboard the Tulip.  The ship’s AI (as Luc refers to Caravaggio) also deletes records upon request.
  25. Stephen Hamilton is off to a holding cell at the end of the episode.
  26. The Orchard is not done with the crew of the Transutopian.  For proof of that statement, watch the next three episodes.
  27. Percy says farewell to Ayla and Cordula before going off to dismantle PIDS.  She has an idea for a better defense system, she says.  Dante is less than enthusiastic.
  28. Perhaps Ayla and Cordula will be safe from the Orchard.  Maybe they will fare better without their father getting into trouble and hauling them around.
  29. The Orchard has not contacted Luc since the death of Darius.  Yet Luc contacted the orchard in Super Max.
  30. Luc still has some allies in the Orchard.  Watch the next three episodes.
  31. How many shuttles does the Tulip carry?  It has one functional shuttle, seen throughout the first season.  Yet an observant viewer may recall shuttles others have left on board, including in this episode.  Yes, Dante paid his back debts to Rudolpho with the special forces shuttle at the end of Siren’s Song.  But what about the other shuttles?  (Yes, I pay close attention to details.)

Next:  Bad Seed, with more about the Orchard, the seeds, and Travis, as the first season winds down and cranks up the action and excitement.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 COMMON ERA

A Twist in Time/A Twist in Time (Redux) and Eat Sin/Eat Sin (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Five

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SEASON 1, EPISODES 17 AND 18

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

Howard Anthony/Howard Antony as Five

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Peter I. Horton

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episodes = 0:47:23 each

Length of the Redux episodes = 0:44:19 and 0:44:18, respectively

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODES

Above:  Luc, Percy, and Dante

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  1. These episodes, not labeled ____, Part I and ____, Part II, constitute a two-part story and two bottle episodes with repetitive footage.  A bottle show is a cost-saving technique.  Besides, good storytelling is not about expensive sets and special effects.
  2. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version) from A Twist in Time, he eats another large sandwich and defensively admits that he had tried to sell the Transutopian in Super Max; the price was right.  He goes on to say, “In this universe, the only second chances we get are the ones we give each other.”
  3. The prisoner in the holding cell is Five, a former mechanic.  Five is an insane serial killer en route to Ganymede Correctional, in the Jupiter Federation.
  4. Rudolpho has dispatcehed the Transutopian to Triton (a moon of Neptune), site of a somewhat secret laboratory where scientists conduct (or conducted) research into gravitons for the Mars Federation.  Rudolpho wants the Tulip to seek survivors.  There are none.
  5. The Bubble Paradigm is the theory that an infinite number of universes, or bubbles, coexist or even intersect at an infinite number of points.
  6. The Transutopian is alone in the Neptune system.  Dante says that any other ship will need at least a week to arrive.
  7. The research lab is emitting graviton bubbles into outer space.  Whenever a vessel collides with a graviton bubble, the bubble damages the ship.
  8. Dante repeats the same ten-minutes-long loop four times in this episode.  Details vary from one pass to the others.  Percy dies in two passes.  In the third pass, Dante rescues Percy, but Luc dies.  Dante, who remembers each previous pass, saves everyone and the ship in the fourth pass.
  9. Then three bubble universes come into existence.  In each one, one of our major human characters is alone on the Tulip with Caravaggio and a version of Five.   Each of our major human characters kills his or her version of Five.
  10. Versions of Five commit murder then escape to other universes.  After Dante kills one version of Five, another one appears.
  11. Five claims to have “eaten the sins of many worlds” and become hungry again.  He also claims that he has a “sacred duty” to return much pain to the universe.
  12. One version of Five tells Luc that he knows Darius (or a version of Darius, at least), who is alive.  Five does know much about Luc.  How does he know that much about her?
  13. Five seeks to go home, apparently in the Oort Cloud.
  14. The date in Eat Sin is September 13, 2286, according to both the original and Redux versions.  The year is 2275 in the original version of The Divinity Cluster yet 2285 in the Redux version of that episode.  The year, in dialogue, is 2276 in Black Light yet really 2286 in the Redux version of that episode.  G. Philip Jackson tells me that the timeframe of the first season was always supposed to be 2285-2286.  This episode is consistent with that statement.
  15. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version) to Eat Sin, he speaks of the Tulip being lost.  Then he recalls a time when, as a child, he briefly became lost at an amusement park during a trip with his parents.
  16. Percy escapes her universe via a warp anomaly, but not before giving the self-destruct order to Caravaggio.  Percy and Dante, reunited, escape that universe via another warp anomaly, and that version of the Tulip explodes, too.  Percy, Dante, and Luc, reunited on another version of the Transutopian, see Five in the holding cell.
  17. Versions of Five remain on the loose, murdering people then escaping to other universes via warp anomalies.
  18. Dante orders the destruction of the secret laboratory, although that action is illegal.
  19. Percy, in her quarters, goes to bed.  She dreams that Five emerges from her closet and strangles her.
  20. In the original version of the episode, a special effect indicates the transition from one universe to another after that.  In the other universe, Percy’s closet door opens.  Five laughs.  This ending as absent in the Redux version of Eat Sin.

Next:  Bad Girls.  Back to the Orchard and the seeds from Goodbye, So Long!

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Super Max/Super Max (Redux)   6 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

Dark and Stormy Night/Dark and Stormy Night (Redux)   9 comments

Above:  Darius Scott and Dante Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 15

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

George Harris as Darius Scott

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Nelu Ghiran

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:16

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Luc, Contemplating the Murder of Her Father

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  1. This is a clip show.  As far as clip shows go, it is a well-done one.  Dark and Stormy Night is vastly superior to the clip show in the second season.
  2. This episode picks up where the previous installment, Half Dense Players, ends.
  3. The exposition dump in this episode links it and almost all of the previous episodes together.  Many clips come from The Divinity Cluster.  The Redux version of Dark and Stormy Night includes a brief clip from episode 1.22, Resurrection.
  4. The Redux version of this episode, unlike any other one thus far, opens with Rudolpho’s opening transmission.  He includes accepting money from the Orchard and shows Percy’s recorded demand that Dante get to fire Luc.  Dante may not fire Luc, Rudolpho says.
  5. Luc and Dante arrive at an understanding at the end of the episode.
  6. Darius is a control freak.
  7. Luc explains the Divinity Cluster to Dante.
  8. Darius boards the Transutopian and meets Dante.
  9. Luc no longer trusts her father.
  10. Pacquette’s faction of the Orchard seeks to control the Divinity Cluster, ostensibly for the benefit of the human race.  Darius and his faction seek to gain more information then make the news public, in a controlled way.  Darius and his faction seek to find Eccleston, presumably traveling between dimensions, before Pacquette’s faction does.  Darius wants Dante and Luc to find Eccleston before Pacquette does.
  11. The Divinity Cluster allows some people to travel through other dimensions.  Departing for another dimension looks like dying to the uninformed.
  12. The Divinity Cluster also allows some people to move back and forth in time, therefore, to be immortal.
  13. Penny Montana, Dante’s late wife, was an Orchard scientist working on what became known as the Divinity Cluster.  Eccleston built on her work.
  14. Unbeknownst to Darius, Luc has the injector Eccleston designed and used in the first episode.  Darius thinks the injector is lost.
  15. We have a repeat of the internal dating problem the move of the present from 2275-2276 in the original version of the first season to 2285-2286 in the Redux version of the first season.  In a clip from Frozen, Dante gives the date of his son’s abduction as November 3, 2264–just over a decade prior to the events of that episode.  Within the Redux chronology, that date must be November 3, 2274.
  16. Darius offers to help Dante find Travis in exchange for Dante helping Darius.
  17. The Orchard has a thorough dossier on the Raiders.  As we learn before the end of the first season, the Orchard and the Raiders are not strangers to each other.  (I would be careful about spoilers, but the first season, in its original form, aired in 2000-2001.  After more than eighteen years, the anti-spoiler clause has expired.)
  18. Darius and Luc depart on hostile terms.
  19. Luc is done working for the Orchard, but not playing along with them.  She shows Dante, still unsure about whether to believe Darius, Eccleston’s injector.
  20. Darius departs the Transutopian, after having left a tracing program.  Dante will lead the Orchard to Travis, Darius says.  Then the ship carrying Darius explodes.
  21. Luc declares her father death to be “cold-blooded murder.”
  22. Luc has been protecting Dante and Percy throughout the series.
  23. She no longer has divided loyalties.
  24. Dark and Stormy Night links episodes, ties up loose ends, and moves the story arcs forward.

Next:  Super Max, a lighter episode and a palate-cleanser.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 COMMON ERA