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Frozen/Frozen (Redux)   5 comments

Above:  Dr. Devon with Ryan, His Son

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 7

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

Yves Beneyton as Dr. Devon

Kai King as Billy Tsunami

Philippe Simon as Etienne

Matthew Crabbe as Ryan

Debiiey Dunn as Qunita

J. Michael Boudreault as Zakal

Sheldon Gordon as Raider #1

Meredith Vuchnich as Tracey

Barbara Longaphieas as Luc’s Mother

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Lorne Wise

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:  Dr. Devon

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  1. Meredith Vuchnich is an actress, screenwriter, producer, and director.
  2. This episode is one of Matthew Crabbe’s two credits at the Internet Movie Database.  The other credit is Episode #15, Dark and Stormy Night, which incorporates clips from various episodes, including this one.
  3. One theme of this episode is the sacrifices fathers make for their sons.  Rudolpho’s opening transmission, omitted from the Redux version, fits into this theme; he recalls sacrifices his frequently absent father, the member of a crew of space ship, made for the family.
  4. Another theme of this episode is forgetting and remembering parents from whom one has been parted for a long time.  Ryan does not remember his father at the beginning of the episode, but calls him father at the end.  A Raider tells Dante that Travis (Dante’s son) has forgotten him (Dante).  Yet a Raider captured on board the Transutopian says that he remembers his mother.
  5. The Raiders are despicable for more than one reason.  The kidnapping of children is one of these reasons.
  6. Etienne (last seen in Family Values) is back.  He provides much of the comic relief in this episode.
  7. Billy Tsunami, Percy’s favorite singer, is back, too.  We last saw him in Siren’s Song.
  8. Luc, referring to the Omega 47 virus, refers back to Siren’s Song.
  9. I enjoy continuity from one episode to another.
  10. Dante feels guilty for failing to protect Travis from the Raiders.
  11. Dr. Devon feels guilty for failing to protect Ryan from the Orchard and the Raiders.
  12. A Raider double agent betrayed Ryan to the Raiders.
  13. Dr. Devon’s wife, Tracey, died after giving birth to their son, Ryan, born with a rare brain disorder.  Dr. Devon, a specialist in pediatric research, tried to cure his son.  The Orchard financed his research, which resulted in “an electromagnetically altered genetic cocktail.”  The cocktail transformed Ryan into a boy who, while seemingly asleep yet really in a trance, unconsciously manipulated the magnetic fields of nearby people, accessed their memories, and caused them to see and hear illusions.  The Orchard kidnapped Ryan and told Dr. Devon that the boy was dead.  Dr. Devon rescued his son, stole a small transport ferry, and set out, with a squadron of Raiders in pursuit.  There was also an Orchard vessel, which never intercepted the Transutopian, which rescued Dr. Devon and Ryan.
  14. Dr. Devon accurately describes the Orchard as “the bastards” who finished what he started.
  15. Etienne pretends to be infatuated with Luc and to love women.  He tells Luc that, if any woman could make him “jump ship,” she could, though.
  16. Ryan’s condition causes Dr. Devon to see Tracey (his late wife), Dante to see Travis, Luc to see her mother, Percy to see herself, and Etienne to see Luc.
  17. After Raiders board the Transutopian to seize Ryan, he causes them to see the illusion of a shuttle departing the former luxury liner.  The Raider squadron pursues the illusion.
  18. Etienne works for the Orchard.
  19. Luc, who also works for the Orchard, ensures that Dr. Devon and Ryan can settle on Titan, a moon of Saturn, and begin a new life.
  20. Titan has been free of Raiders for years.
  21. Dr. Devon’s most ardent desire is to be a good father.
  22. This episode tells us that Dante used to be a corn farmer on Titan.
  23. Percy is 18 years old, according to G. Philip Jackson, who should know, given that he was one of the creators of the series.
  24. Percy is cute and not intimidating when she orders Etienne to surrender to her authority.

REGARDING YEARS IN STARHUNTER (ORIGINAL) AND IN STARHUNTER REDUX

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Above:  Luc

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  1. In both the original and Redux versions of this episode, Dante gave the date of the abduction of Travis Montana as November 2, 2264, from Titan.
  2. In the original version of the first season, the current year in The Divinity Cluster is 2275.  This is consistent with the abduction having occurred ten years prior.  Most people do not speak of the past in precise terms.  “Ten years ago” can mean ten years, two months, and seven days, for example.  It can also men nine years, eleven months, and ten days, for example.
  3. In the Redux version of The Divinity Cluster, the current year is 2285.  This change helps to reconcile the dates in the (first) two seasons.    Season Two was originally Starhunter 2300, set about fifteen years after the first season.
  4. Series co-creator S. Philip Jackson has written to me.  He has informed that the 2285 is indeed the correct year in The Divinity Cluster, and that the abduction of Travis was in 2275.  (It could have been in November 2274, I suppose.)
  5. I detect a contradiction between the audio in a scene and information from a co-creator of the series.  I believe the latter.
  6. Given Dante’s mention of 2264, even in the Redux version of this episode, I have a question about the timing of the Callistian Civil War of 2254-2257, mentioned in The Man Who Sold the World.  I wonder if the civil war could have spanned 2264-2267 in the Redux chronology instead.  Advancing the timeline by a decade seems to be normative.

Next:  Past Lives, with the Orchard, more skullduggery, and Eric, Luc’s former husband.

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Family Values/Family Values (Redux)   11 comments

Above:  Jeb with Dante Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 3

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

Philippe Simon as Etienne

George Harris as Darius Scott

Joseph Clark as Brad

Marc Belliveau as Telus

Denis Theriault as Jeb/Vincent Taylor

Cavanagh Matmor as Baby Travis Montana

Paula Dawson as Cynical Onlooker

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Henri Safran

Writer = Nelu Ghiran

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:  Dante and Vincent, in a wonderful scene

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  1. The Redux version of this episode incorporates nearly all of Rudolpho’s opening transmission.  In the original version, the transmission is distinct from the rest of the episode.  In the Redux version, however, we see the transmission broadcast throughout the Transutopian.  Rudolpho, between laughs, philosophizes about families as sources of both hope and pain.  The Redux version of the episode omits the end of the transmission, in which he brags about an imminent sexual encounter.
  2. The special effects of the surface of Mars, of outer space, and of virtual reality are better in the Redux version.
  3. The heart of this episode is character, however.  Let us not be so superficial as to focus on style over substance.
  4. VR Penny is the downloaded soul of Penny, as we learn in a subsequent episode.
  5. Virtual reality Penny is breaking down after a decade.
  6. Penny Montana was a scientist.  As we learn in a future episode, Dante was a farmer on Titan.
  7. After nearly a century of terraforming and colonization, Mars remains a “dump.”
  8. Dante knows that Luc has a secret agenda, that she is not merely someone Rudolpho sent to keep Dante on task.  Luc tells Dante that she has not secret agenda, though.
  9. Etienne and Brad are partners in life and in grifting.
  10. Etienne takes pride in his crime.  He objects strenuously when learning that his reputation is that of a minor criminal.
  11. Brad is a walking negative stereotype of a homosexual.
  12. The bickering of Etienne and Brad provides comic relief.
  13. Percy tells Caravaggio that she has never been to Earth.  An observant person may recall that she was aboard the Transutopian in The Divinity Cluster (1.1) when the ship flew over New Los Angeles.  Percy did not walk on the surface of the planet, though.
  14. Percy has a fine sense of sarcasm.
  15. Dante has arrested Etienne four times.
  16. Cortex moderation, first degree, is an alternative to arrest in this case.  This alternative renders the subject a “drooling idiot” for a year.
  17. Luc is a veteran of military special forces.
  18. Mars is supposedly clear of Raiders.
  19. The origin of the Raiders:  Military leaders experimented on some soldiers, rendering them sterile.  So Raiders increase their numbers via abduction.  One may wonder though, how long these experiments have continued, given the existence of Raiders for generations.
  20. The Raiders killed Brad.
  21. Denis Theriault, who played Jeb, the Raider boy, was 14 years old, the correct age for Travis at the time of this episode.
  22. The Transutopian, far past its prime, is full of obsolete technology.
  23. Percy encounters VR Penny via Dante’s virtual reality headset.
  24. Luc says that Raiders always abduct male children.  Raiders do not abduct only male children, though.  We see female Raiders later in the first season.
  25. Dante thinks that Jeb is Travis.  Jeb is actually Vincent Taylor, abducted from his family on Oberon nine years prior.  Vincent gets to go home.
  26. Darius Scott is all business with his daughter.
  27. Weight limits on the shuttle prevent Etienne from going with Dante and Luc when they decide to take Jeb with them back to the Transutopian.
  28. Etienne distracts Raiders with shell game con while Dante, Luc, and Jeb get away.
  29. In the sweet closing of the episode, Vincent, afraid on the way home, sits next to Dante as both of them gaze into outer space and Dante helps the boy to feel less afraid.
  30. Etienne escapes, to appear in another episode.

Next episode:  Siren’s Song, which has never made any sense to me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 15, 2019 COMMON ERA

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