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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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Half Dense Players/Half Dense Players (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Andrea Arquette, Possessed:  “You will be as gods.”

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 14

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

Ambre Boukebza as Andrea Arquette

George Harris as Darius Scott

Tim Ward as Dr. Goddard

Lindsey Lomax as Provhkova

Robert Fisher as Manager

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakiah

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:07

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  The Alien Presence

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  1. The beginning of this episode casts doubt on what Charles told Martin Harman about the whereabouts of Darius in The Most Wanted Man, the previous episode, which leads directly into this one.  How could Darius have been chairing the Outer Worlds Peace Conference if he has been burning out his ship’s annihilation drive to travel from the Earth’s Moon to Jupiter space in five weeks?
  2. On Clarke Station (named after Arthur C. Clarke, of course), Darius sees a severely disfigured body off-screen.  The corpse is evidence of what he calls “a catastrophic intersection of multidimensional space and time.”  The corpse is that of Harvey, a friend of “the” Andrea Arquette, an artist and celebrity, whom Percy reveres and Rudolpho describes as the “bitch goddess of wankers everywhere.”
  3. Andrea is really sweet.
  4. Andrea, officially wanted for questioning in Harvey’s alleged murder, has been losing days.  According to Darius, she has manifested multidimensional sight via the Divinity Cluster.
  5. Dante has been broadcasting aged-up images of Travis again.
  6. Officially, Dante has orders to take Andrea Arquette to Ganymede for questioning.  Yet, as Andrea points out, authorities could have questioned her at Clarke Station.  In reality, Orchard agents masquerading as Ganymede correctional officers have orders to intercept the Transutopian at Ganymede and take Andrea Arquette.
  7. In Trust, Percy described the judicial system at Ganymede as being corrupt.
  8. Rudolpho forbids Dante to fire Luc.
  9. Dante explains to Percy that the Golden Rule is, “He who has the gold, makes the rules.”
  10. Percy is correct; Rudolpho is on the take.  We in the viewing audience know that the Orchard has been paying him.
  11. A three-million-year-old ship, the same one from The Divinity Cluster, was orbiting Clarke Station.  When the Transutopian departed for Ganymede, the ancient vessel, visible to the Tulip‘s scanners only in diagnostic mode, began to follow the Transutopian.  Percy confirmed the existence and age of the ancient ship with two probes.
  12. “She has a very interesting soul.”–Andrea Arquette on Percy
  13. Luc continues to leave the bridge without permission, even after Dante forbids that.
  14. Luc tells Darius about the ancient ship.  He makes the connection to the the archaeological site from The Most Wanted Man.
  15. Lights (or what appear to be lights) from the ancient ship invade the Transutopian and temporarily disable Caravaggio and send the Tulip falling toward Europa.  Percy saves the ship, of course.
  16. “Damn, I’m brilliant.”–Percy on herself
  17. The alien presence possesses Arquette, who tells Dante and Luc, “You will be as gods.”
  18. Darius is willing to let Dante and Percy die and save only Luc and Andrea.  Luc refuses to cooperate.  Darius, in an Orchard vessel, is even willing to fire on the Transutopian with Luc aboard.
  19. Luc, in her quarters, dictates a detailed report, which she places on a small storage device and gives to Dante.  She has set up a dead man’s switch, just in case Darius fires on the Tulip.  If he fires, Caravaggio will broadcast the report.
  20. Darius withdraws.
  21. Luc reveals that she has been working for the Orchard and has just saved the lives of Percy and Dante.
  22. Dante asks Luc to tell him the truth after having deceived him consistently for so long.
  23. The first season of Starhunter/Starhunter Redux improves as one gets deeper into it.  Connecting the dots and establishing how one episode relates to other episodes is very satisfying.

Next:  Dark and Stormy Night, an exercise in connecting the dots.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 COMMON ERA

Goodbye, So Long/Goodbye, So Long (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Ike and Marco

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 12

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

Matthew Brenher as Marco

James Coombes as Ike

Boris Linzender as Thug #1

Tony Marra as Raider Leader

R. Martin Klein/Robert Klein as John Kouyomdjian

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Alan Zweig

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:06

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Percy Montana

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  1. This episode begins on a light tone, offers comic relief, than takes on a darker tone.
  2. This episode establishes a Chekhovian gun–the seeds the Raiders want.
  3. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he opines that friendship is more important than family, for people choose their friends.  He also reveals that his given name is Rudolph.  “Rudolpho” sounds more exotic.
  4. The Mimas station at Io is a weapons-free zone.  Weapons are forbidden and nothing is free.  It is also “the bizarrest of bazaars.”
  5. Mimas is a moon of Saturn.
  6. Ike and Marco are merchants whose stalls are next to each other.  The two men are also working together on a clandestine deal involving the Raiders and some genetically-enhanced seeds that can allegedly restore the atmosphere of a planet, such as the polluted Earth.
  7. Percy gets off the ship!
  8. Percy purchases an oxygen recycler (needed immediately) as well as a kaleidoscope and some whatchamacallits and thingamajigs.
  9. Ike used to be Dante’s best friend.  Fifteen years ago (2271, in the Redux chronology), however, Penny left Ike for Dante.  Ike’s life went downhill, and he became involved in unsavory enterprises.
  10. Ike still bears a grudge against Dante.
  11. Ike, on the run from Raiders, blows up his ship and fakes his death.  Marco, whom Ike has double-crossed, boards the Transutopian with Dante and Percy.  He disables Caravaggio, overpowers the crew one-by-one, and lets some Raiders onboard.  The Raiders and Marco torture Dante, who does not know what they think he knows–the location of the seeds.  Then Marco kills the Raiders.   Dante sends Marco to the brig.
  12. This episode contains references to Cell Game and The Man Who Sold the World.
  13. Marco sets the Transutopian on course to Dion, another moon of Jupiter.
  14. The contact Ike and Marco have on Dion is John Kouyomdjian, a bartender.  Luc uses her Orchard contacts to find Kouyomdjian’s location very quickly when Dante, seeking to use the seeds to find Travis, becomes discouraged.  Percy becomes suspicious of Luc.  Dante meets Kouyomdjian in the bar.  Ike joins them.  Luc brings Marco to the bar.  People argue and kill each other.  Only Dante and Luc survive.
  15. Back on the Transutopian, Dante is discouraged again.  This was his best opportunity yet to find his son.
  16. The seeds are in the kaleidoscope.
  17. One of the funny stories Dante and Ike exchange entails a misadventure from years prior.  Ike had stolen Mrs. Kouyomdjian’s beloved shih tzu, to use for breeding.  Ike did not know that the dog was gay.
  18. Aram Kouyomdjian was a boom operator during the first season.

Next:  The Most Wanted Man, in which we return to the Orchard.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Cell Game/Cell Game (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Dante and Rex

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 10

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

Pat Roach as Goran

Tina Malone as Rex

John Vernon as Policeman

John Muggleton as Maks

Graham Austin as Prisoner

Lisa Pieterse as Erica

Jayna Corbett as Joy

Andrew Barnes as Paddy

Sean Burgess as Guard #1

Barry MacKinnon as Guard #2

Rebecca Flewelling as Molly

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Mary Pedersen/Mary Rogal-Black

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:26

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Goran

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  1. An appropriate alternative title for this episode would be A Tale of Two Hellholes.  The facility at Oberon is clean and the prison at Nereid is dirty, but both are hellholes.
  2. Rudolpho, in his opening transmission, omitted in the Redux version, complains about the difficulty of finding good bounty hunters and calls prison a school of the dark side of human nature.
  3. Both prisons seen in this episode operate on the basis of bribery.
  4. Dante, Luc, and Percy arrive at a space station in orbit of Oberon, in orbit of Nepture.  (Dante has let Percy off the ship.)  They are there to take a prisoner to the Nereid penal colony, the most dangerous prison in the solar system.  Rex, in charge at the Oberon station, decides, without a pretext, to take Percy prisoner.  Rex’s guards, unbeknownst to Dante, Luc, and Percy, are members of the Oberon Militia.  These guards overpower Dante and Luc.  Percy assaults one of the guards.  Rex announces the sentence of five years and blackmails Dante into breaking Goran, her big brother, out of the Nereid prison.  This is, presumably, a suicide mission.
  5. Getting too close to the force fields at the Oberon prison causes nasty burns.
  6. Rex intends to sell Percy into sexual slavery.
  7. Percy begins to cave into the dehumanizing effects of prison during her few days at Oberon.
  8. The episode implies that guards rape female inmates at Oberon.
  9. Percy uses a smuggled music listening device to lower the force field in the cell holding her and two other female inmates.  After motion detectors alert guards, though, a guard kills one of the other cellmates.
  10. Goran is serving three life sentences for the torture and murder of an ambassador and his family.
  11. Dante and Luc’s plan is to take their prisoner to Nereid (as scheduled) and to pass Dante off as a dangerous criminal.  Luc tracks Dante, in the prison, electronically from the Transutopian.  Dante meets Goran and explains the plan to break him out.  Goran, initially skeptical, accepts it eventually.
  12. Luc removes Dante and Goran out of Nereid on the pretense of health:  Hepatitis 57.  A guard at Nereid demands half of the fee Luc will receive for taking a prisoner to the quarantine station at Triton.  She promises to give him that, eventually, but is lying.  She manipulates the situation to cause a near-riot, thereby forcing authorities to let her take Dante and Goran away.
  13. Goran stole and hid three million credits’ worth of art and jewelry from the ambassador’s family.
  14. Rex and her husband are not sentimentalists.  No, if Goran does not tell them where he hid the art and jewelry, they will send him back to prison.
  15. Dante, having learned of this art and jewelry off-screen, bribes guards at Oberon,  When Rex tries to arrest Dante for assisting in the escape of a prisoner, guards sentence her to fifteen years.
  16. Starhunter has a gritty side in some episodes, including this one.  Nevertheless, the rating would be equivalent to PG-13.  In this case, removing those elements would detract from the episode.
  17. The future, as Starhunter depicts it, is far from utopia.  Of course, “utopia” means “nowhere.”

Next:  Black Light, in which the story revisits the search for Travis Montana plot thread.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 28, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Past Lives/Past Lives (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Luc and Eric

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 8

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Marc Duret as Eric

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

Natasha Marco as Dr. Gardiner

Kevin Ryan as Guard #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Peter Campbell

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Percy

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 25, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Siren’s Song/Siren’s Song (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Percy and Ire

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 4

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

Vincent Winterhalter as Petrakist

Kai King as Billy Tsunami

Nazneen Contractor as Ire

Neil Dickson as Major Wayne Bartlett

Darell Meshaeau as the Captain of the space yacht

Cheryl Quiacos as Attractive Woman aboard the space yacht

David Green as Prisoner #1

Seth Van Horne, Michael A. Durley, and Terry Mortlock as Commandos #3-5

Max White as the Steward aboard the space yacht

Edward Leslie as Dr. Slade

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Nelu Ghiran

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:05

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Petrakist

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  1. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission, omitted in the Redux version of this episode, he opines about monsters coming in various shapes and sizes, being everywhere, and always waiting.
  2. Prisoners escape from a maximum-security prison on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter.  A few of these escapees seize a luxury space yacht and kill most of those aboard.  The Transutopian answers a distress call from the yacht.  Besides, Dante owes Rudolpho five years’ back rent.  Dante owed four years’ back rent three episodes ago.
  3. Officially, Luc is aboard the Transutopian to make sure that Dante does not foul up his missions.  Her presence does not prevent him from fouling up this mission, in which three escapees die and only Petrakist becomes a prisoner with a bounty on his head.
  4. Dante, discouraged, vows that this will be his last mission.  He encourages Percy to pursue a real life elsewhere, go to school, et cetera.
  5. A special forces black operations shuttle, with Major Wayne Bartlett and some other commandos aboard, intercepts the Transutopian, which Bartlett seizes.  He has a prisoner, a young woman, Ire, who escaped from the Phoenix research station, in orbit of Miranda, a moon of Uranus.  As we in the audience eventually learn, the Miranda sector has been under quarantine for at least thirteen years, due to the outbreak of the deadly Omega 77 virus.  The quarantine has prevented that virus from spreading, but Ire escaped the Phoenix station via a ship until special forces captured her.  She insists that she must get to Earth.
  6. Bartlett and his commandos, who insist that they follow orders, make no pretense of being charming and diplomatic.  Percy has contempt for them.  She calls them “stupid thugs” and asks them if they can count as high as four.  Even Luc, a veteran of special forces, has contempt for them.
  7. This episode is the first one in which Kai King plays Billy Tsunami, Percy’s favorite singer.
  8. Most of the Transutopian is abandoned and lacks gravity.
  9. Ire kills most of the commandos.  Petrakist kills Bartlett and one other commando.
  10. Ire says she has “enough pain to fuel the universe.”  She even regrets killing commandos.
  11. Ire sets the Transutopian on course for Miranda and the Phoenix research station.
  12. Ire has no life signs.
  13. Ire reveals that she must go to Earth (the opposite direction than the way to Miranda) to tell the story of what happened, not to hurt anyone.
  14. Ire resembles a young woman who died thirteen years ago, when the Omega 47 virus reached the Phoenix research station.
  15. Ire to Bartlett:  “Such hatred.  Contact with you changed us.  Colonists needed water.  Melted ice set us free.  Mixed with your DNA.  Give us your anger, guilt.  All new, thrilling.”
  16. After Bartlett merges with Ire, Miranda explodes.
  17. Caravaggio (doing his best Victor Bergman impersonation):  “Amazing, a deadly virus that was sorry.  Guilt really is the engine of the universe.  And it seems to have chosen not to infect any of you.  How discriminating of it.”
  18. Rudolpho is livid with Dante until the captain pays off the back rent with the special operations shuttle.
  19. This episode made no sense to me the other times I watched it.  That has not changed.

Next:  The Man Who Sold the World, with space Mengele, hiding out on Pluto and selling ores.  We will return to the Divinity Cluster story arc.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 17, 2019 COMMON ERA

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The Divinity Cluster/The Divinity Cluster (Redux)   17 comments

Above:  Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 1

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

Mark Powley as Eccleston

Ron Donachie as MacDuff

Charlotte Weston as Pacquette

Helen Latham as Lily

David McAlister as Professor Renfrew

Nikki Grosse as Carmel

Anette Shaffer as Lapis

David C. Wade as Middle-Aged Man #1

Richard H. Wade as Middle-Aged Man #2

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Nelu Ghiran

Composer = Donald Quan

Composers = The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk)

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

FORMATTING CHANGES FROM THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS OF STARHUNTER TO STARHUNTER REDUX

FORMAT OF AN ORIGINAL EPISODE

Opening credits

Opening transmission from Rudolpho DeLuna

Story

Closing Credits

FORMAT OF A REDUX EPISODE

Teaser

Opening credits

Story

Preview of the next episode

Closing credits

REGARDING THE OPENING TRANSMISSIONS FROM RUDOLPHO DELUNA (FIRST SEASON ONLY)

Each first-season episode of Starhunter opened with a transmission from Rudolpho DeLuna, the owner of the Transutopian (the Tulip).  The recipient of this transmission was frequently uncertain, but the transmission usually provided an exposition dump, frequently with some levity.  This was nice, given the dourness of Dante Montana.  One learned that Rudolph enjoyed the pleasures of life, often to excess, and not always for his own good.

These opening transmissions, mostly absent from Starhunter Redux, were frequently absent from syndicated broadcasts of the original Starhunter years ago.  Cutting these segments allowed for selling more advertisements.

Above:  Rudolpho and His Big Sandwich

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RUDOLPHO’S OPENING TRANSMISSION FROM THE DIVINITY CLUSTER (ABSENT FROM THE REDUX VERSION)

You see, it’s like this; I run a good operation–not the best, but not the worst.  But it’s a hard business I’m in–long hours, low cash flow, high risk, ungrateful employees.  But nobody said I had to be in the bounty hunter business.  Nobody put a gun to my head.

Well, actually, that did happen once.  I was at some lowlife Martian bar.  These drunk terraforming engineers thought I–I–had improperly touched this cute little hydraulics expert.  Which, of course, I had.  Later that night, it was nothing but improperly touching till the sun rose in that pink Martian sky.  No, don’t get me started talking about my love life.  You won’t have the stomach for it.  Believe me, I barely do.

But, if I have learned anything in this sorry life, it’s that nothing ever is what it first seems.  It doesn’t matter if it’s tracking down or bringing in the scum of the solar system or trying to mend a broken heart by falling into the arms of the first little cupcake that comes your way.  Uncertainty rules everywhere, friend, but the mysteries out there pale in comparison to the mystery that is about to explode in all of us.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

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Above:  George Harris as Darius Scott

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  1. Rudolpho lives on and works from the Moon.
  2. The ship is the Transutopian.  In Starhunter 2300 and Starhunter Redux, the name on the vessel is “TRANSUTOPIA CRUISE SHIP HHS,” with most letters faded.  On the original version of the ship, the name is “TULIP.”  The interior of the Transutopian includes a tulip motif.
  3. As far as I can tell after consulting science websites, the continental arrangement for Earth three million years ago is accurate.  Also, hominids existed at that time.  This was apparently before the emergence of Australopichecus africanus.
  4. The current year in the original episode is 2275.  The current year in the Redux episode is 2285.  That change helps to synchronize this season with the second season/series, Starhunter 2300.
  5. The most obvious differences between the original and Redux versions of this episode are special effects; the new effects are better.  Now Eccleston’s eyes glow green when he is under the influence of the Divinity Cluster.  The screen on the tracker Pacquette gave MacDuff to locate Eccleston is different.  Some backgrounds and foregrounds are more detailed.  New Los Angeles looks better.  We see the domes on the Moon.  Some of the members of the Orchard attend the meeting via holograms in the Redux version.
  6. The Orchard, with a few exceptions, is an organization of amoral men and women.  Some members have a sense of right and wrong, but others are quite willing to betray each other and to sacrifice the lives of innocents casually.  The vain quest to control the Divinity Cluster and to guide human destiny is the ultimate goal.  Darius, one of the more sympathetic members of the Orchard, is slightly less Machiavellian than his peers.
  7. Eccleston discovered the Divinity Cluster (four genes) three years prior to the episode.  This detail seems to contradict certain subsequent episodes.  However, we of the audience learn that the term “Divinity Cluster” did not exist back then, before this episode.  One may harmonize the seeming contradiction somewhat by asserting that the discovery of the Cluster resulted from decades of work.
  8. George Harris, who portrays Darius Scott, has gravitas to spare.  The combination of his voice, posture, and acting with his eyes is always impressive.  Darius, one of the more sympathetic Orchard characters, is a recurring character during the first season.
  9. The new effect of a holographic tree turning above a table in the middle of the Orchard conference room is a nice touch.
  10. The “killer earthquake of ’56” devastated Los Angeles.  New Los Angeles is next to old Los Angeles.  Given the addition of a decade to background dates (such as 2275 becoming 2285), I suppose the earthquake occurred in 2266 instead.
  11. The dry dock at the Moon looks different in the original and Redux versions of the episode.
  12. The new effects for the alien vessel from three million years ago are quite lovely.
  13. If this episode had a movie rating, that rating would be PG-13.  However, most of those elements could be absent and the plot of the episode would lose nothing.
  14. Eccleston enjoys the company of women.  At the end of the episode, when he leaves this dimension, those pleasures cease to be an option for him.
  15. The Divinity Cluster sets up the series well.  We learn of Dante’s single-minded search for his son, Travis.  We of the audience also learn of what Dante and Percy do not know yet–the Divinity Cluster.  These two plot threads merge later in the first season.
  16. Percy has been stuck aboard the Transutopian too long.   She is brilliant, but not well-adjusted.
  17. Earth is a polluted wasteland in the late twenty-third century.  Most of the human race lives elsewhere in the solar system, but a few million people remain on the home planet and work to restore it.  As the season progresses, we learn of various federations (Lunar-Terran, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) in the solar system.
  18. Last night, when I watched both versions of the episode simultaneously, I kept having to synchronize a scene in the original version to its counterpart in the Redux version.  Seldom did synchronization within a scene translate into the continuation of synchronization for long.  The editing of the original version into the Redux version started with the cutting of Rudolpho’s opening transmission and continued with a few brief cuts and addition of new effects throughout the episode.  Pauses became shorter, I noticed.
  19. Darius tells Luc that a human being has 100,986 genes.  According to the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), that number is actually about 30,000.
  20. Lily to the unfortunate Dr. Renfrew:  “You will not suppress the Divinity Cluster.”
  21. Rudolph to Dante:  “Relativity is a damned lousy excuse for not paying your bills.”
  22. Eccleston cured MacDuff’s brain tumor with neuronanoprobes.
  23. Dante harbors suspicions regarding Luc.
  24. Luc has Eccleston’s injector.
  25. MacDuff has magnificent eyebrows.
  26. Eccleston is alive in another dimension at the end of the episode.

Next:  Trust, an episode in which the Divinity Cluster is not a plot point.  Percy is prominent, though.  That is always good.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 9, 2019 COMMON ERA

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