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Hyperspace II/Hyperspace II (Redux)   3 comments

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

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 22

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana (Starhunter Redux)

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

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

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

SUPPORTING CAST

Rachel Sanders as Dr. Vienna Xeylon

Greg Ellwand as Dr. Edward Murchison

Lynne Cormack as Roone

Geordie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole

Neil Davison as Thug

Michelle Duquet as Penny Montana (Starhunter 2300)

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

Sima Sepehri as Red Hair Lady (Starhunter Redux)

Chadwick Allen as Man in Suit (Starhunter Redux)

Cavanagh Matmor as Waitress (Starhunter Redux)

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

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

Writer = Hudson King

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

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

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

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

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:53

Length of Redux episode = 0:46:14

PRELIMINARY COMMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Percy and Dante

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

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

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

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

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

Above:  Penny Montana in Hyperspace II (2004)

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

PENNY:  I understand why you hate me.

TRAVIS:  Why are you here?

PENNY:  I’ve always been here.

TRAVIS:  No, you haven’t.

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

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

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

TRAVIS:  I think you’ve missed the point.

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

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

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

Penny touches Travis’s face.

PENNY:  I’m always with you.

Penny vanishes.

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

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

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

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

PENNY:  I understand that.

TRAVIS:  Why are you here?

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

TRAVIS:  No, you haven’t.

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

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

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

TRAVIS:  I’d like to think not.

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

Penny vanishes.

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

THE HYPERSPACE DINER SCENE

Above:  The Hyperspace Diner

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The alien/waitress speaks with a distorted voice.

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

WAITRESS:  Been a while.  Where you been?

DANTE:  Staying with my niece.

WAITRESS:  Coffee’s on the house.

Dante drinks coffee.

DANTE:  It’s so good.

WAITRESS:  Have as much of it as you want.

DANTE:  No.  I got too much to do.

WAITRESS:  On a day like this?

Rain begins to fall.

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

WAITRESS:  You want a top off?

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

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

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

The waitress’s face is returning to normal.

WAITRESS:  No need to get sassy.

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

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

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

WAITRESS:  Don’t do this, Dante.

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

WAITRESS:  Wait.

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

End credits roll.

Above:  The Distortion in Outer Space

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MORE SCREEN CAPTURES, IN ORDER

FINAL COMMENTS

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

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

KENNNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

Hyperspace I/Hyperspace I (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Roone, or Big Trouble

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 21

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

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

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

SUPPORTING CAST

Rachel Sanders as Dr. Vienna Xeylon

Greg Ellwand as Dr. Edward Murchison

Lynne Cormack as Roone

Geordie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Roger Gartland

Writer = Hudson King

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

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

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

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:54

Length of Redux episode = 0:42:18

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Travis, Emerging from Hyperspace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

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

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 19, 2019 COMMON ERA

The Prisoner/The Prisoner (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Jane Doe/Maria Geddes

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 14

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

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

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

SUPPORTING CAST

Allison Burn as Georgia (Orchard)

Greg Allwand as Dr. Edward Murchison (Orchard)

Georgie Johnson as Tristan Catchpole (Orchard)

Dean McKenzie as Soame (Orchard)

Tracey Ferencz as Jupiter Federation Official

Jacklyn Francis as Dr. Alora Kir

Carli Norris as Jane Doe/Maria Geddes

Michael Sinnott as David Geddes

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = David T. Reilly

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

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

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

Composer (Episode–Starhunter Redux) = Donald Quan

Length of original episode = 0:47:53

Length of Redux episode = 0:42:35

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above:  Tristan Catchpole

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dr. Edward Murchison

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

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

A FINAL NOTE

Above:  Dr. Alora Kir, Callie, and Marcus

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

If so, I would not fall over in surprise.

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 17, 2019 COMMON ERA

Painless/Painless (Redux)   4 comments

Above:  Roan Gerick

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 9

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

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

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

SUPPORTING CAST

Nigel Bennett as Roan Gerick

Kathryn Winslow as Captain Dalyat/Bliss

Daniel Petronijevic as Frankel

Brendan Wall as ?

Dean Copkov as ?

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Colin Bucksey

Writer = Denis McGrath

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 = 0:47:56

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:24

BACKGROUND AND OTHER GENERAL COMMENTS

Above: Frankel

A Screen Capture

Neckties came back into fashion between the two seasons, fortunately.  (I approve of neckties.)

As I have written, there are two Travis Montanas.  The Travis Montana of the second season is NOT the son of Dante and Penny Montana.  If we take the Clive Robertson version of Travis at this word, he does not know that he is not the son of Dante and Penny.  Neither do Roan Gerick and most of the crew members of the Transutopian.  Perhaps Percy still harbors suspicions.  If so, she keeps them to herself by this point in the season.

We learn that Travis Montana (Mark II), the Clive Robertson model, sold drugs when he was a Raider.  He apparently has a guilty conscience.  As Rudolpho tells Travis (Mark II), the former Raider is trying to please some dead people.

The anti-drug message in this episode is more effective and less “You see, Timmy” than the awkward Nancy Reagan “Just say no” speech from Symbiosis (Star Trek:  The Next Generation, 1988).

This episode also offers another timeless lesson:  Beware of scoundrels who hide behind cover stories as they distract attention from their crimes by casting insinuations, seeding unfounded doubts, and blaming the innocent.  (Yes, I just made a political statement.  Those who read this weblog should know which way that statement turns.)

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) serves me poorly regarding much of the second season.  I derive my episode information, as much as possible, from DVDs with unaltered episodes and from the Redux episodes.  I still do not know, however, who Brendan Wall and Dean Copkov played in this episode.  My best guess is that one portrayed Xerc and the other one played an unnamed thug.

Nigel Bennett, whom I know best as the vampire LaCroix from Forever Knight, plays a grieving father well.  His performance is a highlight of this episode.

Rudolpho continues to be adamant about making as much money as possible.  He even refers to having three former wives.  An observant viewer may recognize the reference to the previous episode.  Rudolpho’s attitude is not without merit, for these bounty hunters do need all the credits they can earn.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Captain Dalyat/Bliss and Rudolpho DeLuna

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  1. Anesta is a relatively new drug causing 17 or so deaths daily in Titan City, Titan, Saturn Federation.  The drug causes people to cease to fell pain.  To be precise, anesta prompts the release of dopamine, causing people to feel more euphoric the worse the more severely they become injured.  People of anesta feel indestructible.  Then most of them prove that they are destructible, and die.
  2. The episode opens with two men, one named Sasha Gerick, beating each other to death while laughing.
  3. Boredom reigns on the bridge of the Tulip until Roan Gerick, father of Sasha, hails the ship and calls Dante.  Travis (not the one who is the son of Dante and Penny) answers.  Gerick hires the bounty hunters to arrest Bliss, the drug lord of the anesta in the Saturn Federation.  Gerick has little money (20,000 credits to spare), but Travis accepts the case, much to the dismay of most of the other bounty hunters, especially Rudolpho.  Callie seems more humane, though.
  4. Captain Dalyat, who has been a narcotics cop for about a decade, is handling Sasha’s case.  She immediately begins to try to discredit Travis in Roan Gerick’s mind.  Then she insinuates that Frankel, the Mars Federation’s chief anti-drug official, is Bliss.  Dalyat also claims to have lost a daughter to drugs.  The police captain also refers to Bliss as “he.”  Dalyat is Bliss, however, and she did not lose a daughter to drugs.  Dalyat’s plan is to kill the bounty hunters and Frankel, then to expand her drug business into the Mars Federation.
  5. We learn little about Frankel.  We know that he and Callie served together in Special Forces, and that he supported her when she had to leave the forces.  We also learn that Frankel effectively suppresses the illegal drug trade in the Mars Federation and, on occasion, travels to the Saturn Federation under a pseudonym.  Furthermore, we learn that Callie (not a bleeding heart liberal) considers his tactics to be too harsh.  We do not know, however, if they are too harsh.
  6. Travis, initially unaware that Dalyat is Bliss, cooperates with her.  He goes undercover and reunites with Xerc, a former Raider who now works for Bliss.  Roan Gerick interrupts this reunion.  Travis, without blowing his cover, saves Gerick’s life.  Later, in private, Travis consoles Gerick and advises him to forgive Sasha.
  7. Travis transports samples of anesta to the Tulip.  He asks Percy to run a chemical analysis.  Perhaps a clue will point to a particular laboratory.  Percy, who perceives that she is wasting her life, takes the drug.  Marcus, who also thinks he is wasting his life, does not take the drug.  He helps Percy, to the best of his ability, instead.
  8. When Travis, Callie, Rudolpho, and Frankel confront Dalyat, she admits to being Bliss.  She also claims to have a clear conscience, for she argues that she has not destroyed any lives.  No, she insists, people destroyed their own lives.  Dalyat has no conscience, actually.
  9. On the Tulip, Gerick holds a photograph of him holding a one-day-old Travis (the real Travis).  Gerick loans the picture to Travis (the fake one).

Next:  Skin Deep, about, among other topics, plastic surgery and standards of beauty.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 10, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Rebirth/Rebirth (Redux)   16 comments

Above:  Percy Montana

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 1

MAIN CAST

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Clive Robertson as Travis Montana

Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen

Graham Harley as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)–in Starhunter 2300 and briefly in this episode

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

SUPPORTING CAST

Alan Van Sprang as Jimmi Zavras

Shawn Roberts as Skinny (Grown Up)

Eric Flower as Skinny (Child)

James Arnold as Father

Fionnuala Jamison as Mother

Jee-Yun Lee as News Anchor

Abena Malika as Clarke Station AI Holograph

Cherilee Taylor as Aliana Niran

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = David Wheatley

Writer = Peter Zorich (Peter I. Horton)

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 = 0:47:48

Length of Redux episode = 0:44:00

THE SECOND SEASON

Above:  An Example of Retconning the Tulip Interior

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(Look at the windows and the steps.)

The opening titles sequence to Starhunter 2300 (2003-2004) is here.

I prefer the opening and closing credits music in both seasons of Starhunter Redux; Donald Quan’s music has a positive effect on me.

I realize that a refit of a Transutopian happened off-screen in Rebirth and that Percy had the bridge chairs replaced off-camera early in the episode, but the only explanation for certain changes to the interior of the ship within the Redux universe is retconning.  In our universe, of course, the answer is that people built new sets.

The re-editing of the first season in Starhunter Redux removes most of the visual discontinuity from the first season to the second.  Nevertheless, the color palate in the first season is darker than in the second season.

As early as 2010 and 2011, when I wrote the first set of posts about this series, I posited that each season played out in a separate reality.

Starhunter Redux plays out in one reality, though.

I like seeing Murray Melvin back as the slightly redesigned Caravaggio in the second season of Starhunter Redux, no offense to Graham Harley.

Characters keep referring to the passage of fifteen years since the events of the previous season.  In-universe, the first season ended in late 2286.  The last firm date, from Eat Sin, was September 13, 2286.  Given the date of January 3, 2300, in Rebirth, the passage of time was actually about thirteen years.

THERE ARE TWO TRAVIS MONTANAS

Above:  Clive Robertson as Travis Montana (Left) with Paul Fox as Marcus Fagen (Right)

A Screen Capture

Discontinuities between the Travis Montana we meet in Travis and Resurrection and the Travis Montana we meet in the second season provided evidence I interpreted as support for the parallel universes theory in 2010 and 2011.

Travis Montana (Mark I) was about fifteen years old in late 2286, when Dante Montana, his father, caught up with him.  This Travis was the first naturally-occurring manifestation of the Divinity Cluster.  Zephyrn, as the Raiders called him, was “the Chosen One” and the leader of the Raiders  He had perfect memory, possessed a psychic link to his father, remembered this mother, and knew all about the Divinity Cluster.  This Travis disappeared with his father into hyperspace aboard a shuttle about to collide with the surface of Earth in late 2286.

Travis Montana (Mark II) was in his middle-to-late thirties in 2300.  He had been the leader of the Varran clan of the Raiders until 2289/2290 (about a decade prior to January 3, 2300), when he left both, due to an attack of conscience during the abduction of the boy designated to become his heir and the next leader of the Varran clan.  This Travis was manifesting the Divinity Cluster; he traveled in time on occasion (as in Rebirth), but knew nothing about the Divinity Cluster until Percy briefed him at the end of the episode.  This Travis also had no memories of Dante or Penny.  Yet he referred to Dante as his father and to Percy as his cousin.  This Travis bore the Raider name “Dazak.”

The following information comes from series co-creator G. Philip Jackson, via email.  The Travis Montana we see in the second season is not the son of Dante and Penny Montana.  

Perhaps the man claiming to be Travis Montana believes he is the son of Dante Montana because other Raiders told him he is.  If so, he does not know who he is, and a line of dialogue to Jimmi Zavras at the tail end of Rebirth is ironic.

For the sake of convenience, I will refer to Travis Montana (Mark II) as “Travis” or “Travis Montana,” minus the quotation marks, in posts, starting after this sentence.

A PROPOSED CHRONOLOGY LINKING THE FIRST TWO SEASONS

Above:  Establishing the Date in Rebirth

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2271:  Penny Montana gave birth to Travis Montana on Titan.

November 3, 2274:  Senaca led the raid that resulted in the death of Penny Montana and of Percy Montana’s parents, as well as the abduction of the three-year-old Travis.

Early 2275:  Dante became a bounty hunter, with Percy (probably seven years old) in tow.

Late 2285:  The beginning of the first season.  Percy was eighteen years old.  Dante was thirty-five years old.

2286:  The events of the majority of the first season.  (G. Philip Jackson tells me that the events of the first season took about a year in story time.)

Late 2286:  The end of the second season.  Travis, Dante, Percy, and Eccleston disappeared into hyperspace.

2289/2290:  Dazak, leader of the Varran clan, left that clan and the Raiders.  Jimmi Zavras attacked Dazak, abducted a boy who was supposed to become Dazak’s heir and the next leader of the Varran clan, and ordered the deaths of the boy’s parents.  Dazak recovered and called himself Travis Montana afterward.  (How long had he thought of himself as Travis Montana?)

Year Uncertain:  Travis (formerly Dazak) saved the life of Raider apprentice Marcus Fagen in a Raider knife fight “in a hellhole bar on Oberon.”  Marcus began to pursue an honest life in the company of Travis.

January 3, 2300:  The Transutopian, with only Percy Montana aboard, emerged from hyperspace.  Her time in hyperspace was, in her words, “like a dream.”  Caravaggio’s appearance changed slightly.  (I refer to the Murray Melvin version of Caravaggio, in both seasons of Starhunter Redux.)  The Tulip, according to Jupiter Federation salvage laws, became her property.

January 4, 2300:  The Transutopian docked at Clarke Station, near Jupiter.  Percy met Travis, the former Dazak, and did not accept him as her cousin.  (She had met the real Travis at the end of the first season, after all.)  Percy has aged to appear twenty-two years old, although she was chronologically closer to thirty-two years old.  A minor refit of the ship began.  Refitters removed the sensor array and did not replace it.  Percy had the bridge chairs replaced.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Dawn Stern as Callista “Callie” Larkadia

A Screen Capture

  1. The Redux version of this episode rearranges some of the content from early in the original Starhunter 2300 episode.
  2. The misinformation about the detrimental effects of MSG in Chinese food persists into the late twenty-third century.  (The twenty-fourth century will begin in 2301.)  Misinformation from 1969 does take root, does it not?
  3. When we meet Travis and Marcus, they are in Syn City, Io, a moon of Jupiter.  They and Callista “Callie” Larkadia are pursuing the same criminal, Aliana Niran, a black-market dealer.  After Travis and Marcus arrest Niran at Clarke Station the next day, the “tapped out” Callie is angry.
  4. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), not always reliable, lists Niran’s name as “Ailana Niran.”  Yet Travis pronounces her first name as “Aliana.”
  5. Jimmi Zavras, presumably the leader of the Varran clan since Dazak left about a decade prior, wants to kill Travis.
  6. Marcus is surprised to learn that Travis travels in time, after knowing him for years.
  7. Rudolpho, desperate for money, offers to lease the Tulip from Percy.  Callie, desperate for money, goes to work for Rudolpho.
  8. Marcus works for Travis.
  9. Rudolpho said in the original version of The Most Wanted Man that the more he earned, the more he spent and the deeper he went into debt.  His financial condition in this episode is consistent with that statement.
  10. Rudolpho was rich at the end of Resurrection, set in late 2286.
  11. Percy, as the new owner of the Tulip, takes half the bounty.  She needs the quatloos, to cite a currency from Star Trek (1966-1969).  (I know; the currency in the universe of Starhunter is credits.)
  12. Callie, one of “the Larkadias,” had a privileged youth, which she did not enjoy.  She is also a veteran of Mars Federation Special Forces.
  13. Lucretia Scott was also a veteran of Special Forces.
  14. Jimmi Zavras kills 312 people at the Pandora Terraform Research Facility, near Saturn, to lure Travis.
  15. Jimmi’s ship is the Guardian.
  16. Percy, Rudolpho, Callie, Travis, and Marcus agree to a trial run.  They will apprehend those responsible for the attack at Pandora, divide the bounty, and decide what to do next.
  17. Percy does not make plans, for they do not work out for her.
  18. As the crew members get to know each other (somewhat), they work well together to complete the mission.
  19. We see new sets for the first time.  The infirmary is one of these.
  20. “Percy does not always make sense to the impartial observer, but somehow she manages to make sense to herself.”–Caravaggio on Percy
  21. “I work in mysterious ways.”–Percy on herself
  22. Travis and Callie take the shuttle to Pandora, to search for evidence.  They do this without Percy’s permission.
  23. Percy insists that she is in command.  She traps Marcus, redirects ship controls away from the bridge (where Rudolpho is), and plans to leave Travis and Callie behind.  Percy says, “no pretend cousin, big fat sleeze, little buddy, or mystery slut.”  At this time Jimmi, in the Guardian, attacks the Tulip.  Percy fires lasers while the particle beam warms up.  Travis and Callie approach from Pandora and fire strictly illegal torpedoes at the Guardian‘s reactor.  Jimmi withdraws, rather than explode.
  24. A shuttle cannot legally carry torpedoes.
  25. Percy has made enemies aboard the Tulip.  Travis makes peace with her.
  26. Skinny, Jimmi’s first officer, contacts Travis and arranges a rendezvous at a bar on Iapetus Docking Station, near Saturn.  All on the Tulip recognize this as a trap.  Travis goes to the bar, a fairly tame gentleman’s club (the dancers wear bikinis and short shorts), but he is not alone.  Marcus and Callie are undercover as lovers.  Travis, Marcus, and Callie reverse the trap and spring it on Jimmi and Skinny.  Skinny, Travis reveals, was supposed to be the leader of the Varran clan, not Jimmi’s slave.
  27. Jimmi and Skinny become prisoners on the Tulip.  But no government will pay the bounty yet, due to jurisdictional disputes.

Next:  Star Crossed.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 COMMON ERA

Travis/Travis (Redux) and Resurrection/Resurrection (Redux)   10 comments

Above: Zephryn/Travis Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODES 21 AND 22

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

David Fournier as Zephryn/Travis Montana

James Gaddas as Senaca

Caroline Hayes as Salomea

Ray Lonnen as Navarre

Angie Hill as Tosca

Mark Powley as Eccleston

Ben Hong as Junior Officer

Liam Hollaran as Travis (age 3)

Martin Landry as Orchard Agent

Cavanagh Matmor as Travis (Baby)

Patrick Malakian as Hippolito

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director (Travis) = François Basset

Director (Resurrection) = Patrick Malakian

Writer (Travis) = Susannah Brennan

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original version of Travis = 0:47:23

Length of Travis (Redux) = 0:44:06

Length of the original version of Resurrection = 0:47:23

Length of Resurrection (Redux) = 0:43:36

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Navarre

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  1. We have arrived at the conclusion of the first season.
  2. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission in Travis, he opines regarding surprises.  Rudolpho concludes, “I was the best think is someone’s life.  Poor bastard.  Now that’s a surprise.”  The Redux version of Travis does not include this transmission.
  3. This episode opens about a day after the end of Bad Seed.  Percy has been at Raider headquarters for at least seventeen hours.
  4. Percy’s transmission to Dante leads him to find the atmospheric seeds in his quarters.
  5. Travis (fourteen or fifteen years old) is the leader of the Raiders.  He is also the first naturally-occurring manifestation of Divinity Cluster.  He can render someone unconscious without using force, see time, remember every detail of his life, and travel in dimensional space.  This is a partial list of his abilities and powers.  He has difficulty remaining sane.
  6. Zephryn/Travis has a psychic link to Dante.  He has always known where Dante was and what the father was doing.
  7. Travis’s Raider name is Zephryn.
  8. David Fournier, who portrays Zephryn/Travis, was seventeen years old.
  9. Denis Theriault, who portrayed not-Travis in Family Values, was fourteen years old.
  10. Senaca, Zephryn’s Raider father (and the man who coordinated the raid on Titan on November 3, 2274), is responsible for the abduction of Travis Montana, the death of Penny Montana, and the demise of Percy Montana’s parents.
  11. Senaca regards Zephryn as a source of political power and a pawn to manipulate.  Senaca also fears Zephryn.
  12. Dante’s intensity in seeking Travis and Percy is understandable.
  13. Salomea is Zephryn’s loyal bodyguard.  She clashes with Senaca.
  14. Percy, who initially demands that Zephryn/Dante take a DNA test to confirm his identity, drops that demand shortly thereafter, even though Zephryn/Travis agrees to take the DNA test.
  15. Senaca is a wily man who plays the role of diplomat well while plotting to betray people.
  16. Dante agrees to trade the atmospheric seeds for Travis and Percy.  Senaca pretends to agree to these terms.
  17. Dante hands the atmospheric seeds over to the Raiders.
  18. Luc is loyal to Dante.
  19. Luc requests all Orchard files on Gunnar (spelling?) Biochemical, which created the atmospheric seeds.  Navarre informs her that Tosca’s forces are en route, and that Dante is in great danger.
  20. Zephryn/Travis Montana is stuck between Senaca and the Orchard, mainly Tosca. Senaca and Tosca are dealing with each other.  Senaca distrusts Tosca, though.
  21. Dante reunites with Percy and Travis at Raider headquarters while Luc is on the way to rescue them.
  22. Senaca order’s Luc’s death, but Zephryn/Travis sends Salomea to save Luc’s life.
  23. The Earth is barely habitable.  Do the Raiders plan to use the atmospheric seeds to restore the home world’s atmosphere then settle on Earth?
  24. Penny, who worked for the Orchard, experimented on herself.  After she became pregnant with Travis, the influence of the Divinity Cluster spread to him.
  25. Zephryn/Travis had Penny’s files stolen from the Orchard.
  26. Zephyrn/Travis and Dante converse with Penny’s soul, which Travis has brought from the dimension she inhabits.  Penny apologizes for what she did to her son.  Zephyrn/Travis forgives his mother and sends her to the fourth dimension, where she will find peace.
  27. Salomea saves the lives of Luc, Percy, and Dante from Senaca.
  28. Senaca kills Salomea.
  29. Luc and the three Montanas escape in a shuttle and go the the Transutopian.
  30. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission in Resurrection, he knows that Dante has found Travis.  Rudolpho also reports that he has heard whispers of “other things waiting for their chance.”  This transmission is absent from the Redux version of the episode.
  31. In a bar on Mars, one Hippolito (portrayed by director Patrick Malakian) asks the audience if someone wants to sing.  Hippolito recognizes Eccleston, who looks much worse for wear and who performs a harrowing version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”  Hippolito alerts Navarre immediately.  In the original version of Resurrection and in the teaser for Resurrection (Redux) at the end of Travis (Redux), Eccleston then kills Hippolito.  In Resurrection (Redux), however, the death of Hippolito is absent.
  32. Tosca intercepts Hippolito’s message to Navarre.
  33. A Raider squadron pursues the Transutopian, which is taking severe damage.  The ship has no more torpedoes left and the reactors are not functioning well.  Then the Raider squadron leaves.  The Orchard will extract “the Chosen One,” or Travis.
  34. Travis explains that the Raiders are running toward Earth.  All of the sudden, he reveals that the atmospheric seeds will not restore Earth’s atmosphere, but destroy all life on the planet.
  35. Interpersonal relations aboard the Tulip become more difficult.  Travis is not warm and friendly.  Percy knows she must leave the ship soon.  She rebuffs Luc, who tries to be comforting.  Luc and Dante still have an understanding, though.
  36. Travis agrees with Percy when she says she has been on the Tulip too long.
  37. Luc joins the Orchard resistance to Tosca.  Dante understands and permits her to leave.  He even sees her off.
  38. Percy cannot repair the engines and reactors.  While looking for a part to repair the communications system, she sees Eccleston flicker in front of her.  Later, he materializes in front of her.
  39. Eccleston has been traveling in dimensions with no smell, taste, or touch, with “just a terrible beauty.”
  40. Raider shuttles use a deception matrix to mask their approach to Earth.
  41. What could be worse than rendering Earth uninhabitable?  Eccleston explains that a terrible thing is going to happen in all people.  He explains to Travis and Dante that the Divinity Cluster is not about freedom, as he had said in The Divinity Cluster, but is about the extinction of the human species instead.  Eccleston has seen those aliens who have been waiting for millions of years for their chance at resurrection in people.
  42. Travis, who recognizes Eccleston as “the First One,” is initially skeptical.  Then Eccleston touches Travis’s head.  Dante touches Eccleston and Travis.  A glowing effect later, Eccleston has shared with them what he has seen; they have seen it and know that he is being honest.
  43. On Mars, Navarre explains to Luc that the resistance has not fully recovered from the death of Darius in Dark and Stormy Night.  Tosca and armed guards interrupt.  Tosca has Navarre killed.
  44. How often should we in the viewing audience take Tosca at her word?  Sometimes she speaks accurately, as when she explains that Darius created the plan to extract Travis.  We know this from Dark and Stormy Night.  Should we believe her when she denies any responsibility for the death of Darius and insists she does not know who is responsible  Why did she terminate the Orchard investigation into Darius’s death?
  45. Tosca is one of the Orchard personnel who welcome the resurrection of ancient aliens in human beings.
  46. The editing of the Redux version of Resurrection makes more sense that the editing of the original version of Resurrection regarding one sequence of scenes.  In the original version of the episode, an Orchard shuttle approaches the Tulip at Mars when Eccleston transports the Transutopian to the outer threshold of Luna.  Then Tosca orders Senaca to oversee the extraction of Travis but tells him not to destroy the Tulip.  In a subsequent scene, Tosca orders Orchard operatives based on the Moon to extract Travis.  In the Redux version of Resurrection, Tosca never orders Senaca to extract Travis, just to avoid destroying the Tulip.
  47. Senaca orders the destruction of the Tulip anyway, after having disabled it.
  48. Dante and Travis leave the Tulip in a shuttle.  Travis must see the seeds then see them somewhere else, such as the Sun, to save life on Earth.
  49. Travis cannot do this.  The Raiders seed Earth’s atmosphere.
  50. After Senaca orders the shooting down of the shuttle containing Dante and Travis, the shuttle falls to the surface of the dying planet.
  51. Percy elects to remain aboard the Tulip, to restore Caravaggio.  The only other person on board is Eccleston, who takes the ship into hyperspace immediately prior to Raider torpedoes striking it.
  52. Tosca throws tantrums when she experiences frustration.
  53. When we last see Luc, Tosca is pointing a gun at her and cocking the trigger.
  54. Before the shuttle crashes into a city, Dante and Travis hold hands.  Dante tells Travis to see home.
  55. Dante awakes at home, on Titan, on November 3, 2274.  Travis is three years old and Penny is alive.  Then the Raiders attack.
  56. Throughout the episode, Dante avoids a message from Rudolpho.  After the Tulip enters hyperspace, Caravaggio (rebooted) plays that transmission.  Rudolpho, having won a lawsuit, leaves the bounty hunting business and gives the Tulip to Dante.

Next:  Rebirth, the first episode of the second season.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 13, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Bad Seed/Bad Seed (Redux)   4 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

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  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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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.  See Bad Seed.
  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

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

Image in the Public Domain

  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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Black Light/Black Light (Redux)   3 comments

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

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 11

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Heidi von Palleske/Heather Belle-Matmor as Penny Montana

Sam Loggin as Electra

James Smith as Colonel E.W. Bramwell

Chris Ragonetti as Raider #1

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:06

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Electra

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 29, 2019 COMMON ERA

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