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Bad Seed/Bad Seed (Redux)   1 comment

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

A Screen Capture

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 11, 2019 COMMON ERA

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A Twist in Time/A Twist in Time (Redux) and Eat Sin/Eat Sin (Redux)   1 comment

Above:  Five

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SEASON 1, EPISODES 17 AND 18

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Howard Anthony/Howard Antony as Five

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Patrick Malakian

Writer = Peter I. Horton

Composer = Donald Quan

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

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

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODES

Above:  Luc, Percy, and Dante

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Super Max/Super Max (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Max and Zelda

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 16

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

Tracy Ann Oberman as Zelda

Paul Mari as Max

Matthew Wade as Worker #1

Paul Spike Lees as Prison Controller

Jason Shipley-Holmes as Reno 7 Controller

Astrid Wade as Bank Officer

Pierre Huard as Worker #2

Tony Curtis Blondell as Max’s Bodyguard

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writer = Julian Fikus

Composer = Donald Quan

Composer = Robert Duncan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:08

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Enjoying the Show from the Bridge

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  1. Tracy Ann Oberman and Paul Mari have Eastenders in common.  She played Chrissie on the series in 2004-2005.  Paul Mari wrote some episodes from 2009 to 2014.
  2. Tracy Ann Oberman will always be the hypernationalistic Torchwood member, Yvonne Hartman, converted into a Cyberwoman, in Doctor WhoArmy of Ghosts and Doomsday (2006), to me.
  3. This episode, despite some serious moments, is humorous.
  4. In Rudolpho’s opening transmission (omitted in the Redux version), he opines that greed is really about insulating oneself from life and death.
  5. The design of the Reno 7 space station in the Redux version indicates that Reno 7 and the dastardly Keres Group (from Pandora’s Box, in the second season) used the same architect.
  6. Dante, Percy, and Luc are at Reno 7 to buy spare parts.
  7. In a bar, Zelda, a lusty blonde, flirts with Dante as Percy and Luc observe.  Zelda wants to know if Dante is a real man and laments her marriage to a “cheap copy.”
  8. Caravaggio summons Dante and company to the Transutopian.  They find strangers converting the ship into a prison vessel and learn that Rudolpho has sold the Tulip to Super Max Corrections, Inc.  Max offers Dante the job of warden and reprograms Caravaggio to become a “fiscal engineer,” or a bean-counter.  After Dante and Luc temporarily expel Max and company from the Transutopian, the ship goes nowhere.  Max returns and expels Dante, Luc, and Percy.
  9. Rudolpho is legally bound to honor the remaining six months of Dante’s lease on the Tulip.
  10. Dante, Percy, and Luc play along with Max and accept jobs with Super Max Corrections, Inc.  Dante becomes the warden, Luc becomes a guard, and Percy becomes a janitor.  Percy, at Dante’s request, causes “technical accidents” to happen while Dante and Luc flatter and distract Max.
  11. Zelda is Max’s wife.  She insults her husband frequently, referring to his sexual inadequacies (“three-second wonder,” for example) and flirts with Dante.
  12. Max, who talks too much, has an inferiority complex.  He wants Zelda, who manipulates him, to think of him as a “real man.”
  13. Luc requests and receives the Orchard’s help in investigating Super Max Corrections, Max, and Zelda.  The company is about to go bankrupt, although Zelda (a spendthrift) thinks Max is wealthy–until Dante tells her otherwise and Max confirms cash-flow problems.  Dante drives Super Max Corrections deeper into debt and further behind schedule as the Orchard causes First Saturn Bank to call in Max’s loan.
  14. Percy restores Caravaggio and programs him to deceive Max and other correctional personnel.
  15. Percy also places a digital tapeworm in the prison control center and causes a magnetic containment failure in Reactor One, forcing the Tulip to return to Reno 7 for repairs.
  16. Max begins to suspect that the original crew is responsible for sabotage.
  17. Zelda comes on to Dante in his quarters.  Max finds them in a compromising situation.  Zelda accuses Dante of assaulting her.  Max locks up Dante, and Zelda tells her husband that, if he were a real man, he would kill Dante.  Max agrees to do that.
  18. Max has Luc arrested on an ambiguous charge.
  19. Max orders his bodyguard to expose the incarcerated Dante and Luc to a lethal concentration of a gas.  Percy breaks them out in time, though.
  20. Luc and Dante retake the Transutopian as Max and Zelda bicker on the bridge.  The Dante sends them to brig.
  21. Dante, Percy, and Luc watch Max and Zelda bicker in the brig.  They even ignore Rudolpho’s latest transmission, so they will not miss anything.
  22. Robert Duncan’s score (one of two for the first season) sells the humor of this episode well.
  23. The sequel to this episode is Super Max Redux, from the second season.  Given the naming of episodes in Starhunter Redux, the episode of the re-edited episode is Super Max Redux (Redux).

Next:  A Twist in Time and Eat Sin, a two-part story about time loops, parallel bubble universes, and an insane serial killer named Five.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 COMMON ERA

Dark and Stormy Night/Dark and Stormy Night (Redux)   3 comments

Above:  Darius Scott and Dante Montana

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 15

MAIN CAST

Michael Paré as Dante Montana

Claudette Roche as Lucretia “Luc” Scott

Tanya Allen as Percy Montana

Murray Melvin as Caravaggio (the ship’s AI)

Stephen Marcus as Rudolpho DeLuna

SUPPORTING CAST

George Harris as Darius Scott

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = François Basset

Writer = Nelu Ghiran

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:16

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Luc, Contemplating the Murder of Her Father

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

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

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 COMMON ERA

Half Dense Players/Half Dense Players (Redux)   2 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

The Most Wanted Man/The Most Wanted Man (Redux)   2 comments

Above:  Martin Harman

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SEASON 1, EPISODE 13

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

Tim Dantay as Martin Harman

Andrew Bicknell as Charles

Campbell Morrison as Arielo

Andrew Forbes as Commander Cline

BEHIND THE CAMERAS

Director = Luc Chalifour

Writer = Peter I. Horton

Composer = Donald Quan

Length of the original episode = 0:47:23

Length of the Redux episode = 0:44:10

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE EPISODE

Above:  Charles

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  1. We saw Mars Orbital One in Trust.
  2. We briefly saw Charles on Luc’s Orchard communicator screen in Trust (Redux).
  3. Darius Scott (off-screen) is the chairman at the Outer Worlds Peace Conference, according to Charles.  The necessity of such a peace conference hints at what is happening beyond Saturn and its natural satellites.
  4. Is Darius the chairman of that peace conference?
  5. In Rudolpho’s opening monologue (deleted in the Redux version), he reveals that he has purchased a fifth bounty-hunting vessel.  Rudolpho also says that the more he earns, the more he spends, and that he is broke.  Rudolpho is also desperate, for he has three loan payments due soon, and one can go to prison for debt on the Moon (Luna).
  6. Rudolpho calls Dante periodically to inquire if the bounty hunters have captured Martin Harman.
  7. The bounty on Harman’s head is very high.
  8. In a bar on Mars Orbital One, Martin Harman is disappointed to have to meet with Charles (of the Orchard), not Darius (also of the Orchard).  Charles demands that Harman reveal the location of “the artifact,” which is “the key, the ultimate Rosetta Stone.”  Harman replies that he is the artifact, the blueprint for the next stage of human evolution.
  9. Harman moves quickly, as Eccleston did in The Divinity Cluster.  Harman also has the power to stun people into unconsciousness.
  10. Dante and Luc have been chasing Harman, but he has gotten away.
  11. Three vessels intercept the Transutopian.  Arielo, whose brother Dante delivered to prison, seeks to repossess the Tulip.  Commander Cline, of Mars Federation Special Forces, seeks to arrest Harman.  The third vessel, with Charles aboard, is from the Orchard.  Luc communicates with Charles, to protect the Transutopian and crew.
  12. Percy launches a probe that tracks the ion trail from Harman’s vessel.  The crew of the Transutopian captures the ship, but Harman is loose onboard the Tulip.
  13. Luc leaves the bridge without permission repeatedly, even after Dante forbids her from doing so.
  14. Percy finally gets the ship’s reactor to full power.  That much power is dangerous for the Tulip‘s structural integrity, though.
  15. The editing of one scene in the Redux version differs from its counterpart in the original episode.  An asteroid strikes the Transutopian, thereby fully charging the particle beam.  In the original version, with its battered ship design, Dante and Luc cannot identify where the asteroid struck the ship.  Luc comments that the Tulip looks rough on its best days.  The scene in the Redux version, with a nicer-looking Tulip, omits the search for evidence of external damage and the comment about the ship’s appearance.
  16. The design of the Orchard vessel in the Redux version of the episode differs from the design in the original version of the episode.
  17. Dante and Percy learn some of Luc’s secrets in this episode.  Luc tells Harman that she can arrange a meeting with Darius.  Dante and Percy hear that.  Later, in private, Luc tells Harman that she is the daughter of Darius.
  18. En route in the shuttle to the Orchard vessel, Harman tells everything to Luc.  He, formerly an intelligence officer with Mars Federation Special Forces, worked on top-secret projects with the Orchard, especially with Darius.  Years ago, in “the sector formerly known as Africa,” Darius and Harman worked together on a project.  They found three-million-year-old objects with unearthly writing on them.  After a disk sang to Harman to opened up, he touched the liquid inside.  Then he knew everything, and his life changed.
  19. After that, Harman became unstable and involved in criminal activities, such as gun-running and drug-trafficking.
  20. Harman does not trust the aliens who implanted the Divinity Cluster.  He also contends that the Orchard is foolish to think that it can ever control the Divinity Cluster.  Harman goes so far as to quote the Bhagavad-Gita:  “I am the destroyer of worlds.”
  21. Harman’s advice regarding the Divinity Cluster:  Those one holds near and dear, “hold very near.”
  22. Dante confronts Luc upon her return from the Orchard vessel.  Getting paid double the bounty on Harman does not soothe Dante’s mind.  It certainly makes Rudolpho ecstatic, though.
  23. The Orchard ship explodes.
  24. I assume that Harman is not dead, any more than Eccleston is.
  25. Luc, in her quarters, as Dante and Percy spy on her, plays back the transmission she received from the Orchard ship before it exploded.
  26. Luc returns to the bridge.  Dante asks her who Darius is.  Luc reveals that Darius is her father.  Dante tells Luc that he wants her off his ship.

Next:  Half Dense Players, which picks up where this episode stopped, and reveals more about the Divinity Cluster.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Goodbye, So Long/Goodbye, So Long (Redux)   4 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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