The Emissary

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42901.3: The Enterprise becomes the temporary home of a priority-one emissary from the Federation who has been sent to deal with a dire emergency – a crew of 23rd century Klingons in suspended animation is about to be awakened by their ship’s “alarm clock” to wage war against the former enemies of the Klingons – the Federation.

Order the DVDstelevision story & teleplay by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
based on an unpublished story by Thomas H. Calder
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Suzie Plakson (K’Ehleyr), Lance Le Gault (Captain K’Temoc), Georgann Johnson (Admiral Gromek), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Anne Elizabeth Ramsey (Ensign Clancy), Dietrich Bader (Tactics Officer)

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Peak Performance

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42923.4: The Enterprise undertakes Federation-mandated wargames, as Zacdorn tactical observer Sima Kolrami observes and, more often, pesters the crew. Picard is pitted against Riker in a maneuver that is harmless until a Ferengi attack puts the crew of the Enterprise and the Hathaway, Riker’s vessel in a no-win situation – to which Riker has the key.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Roy Brocksmith (Sirna Kolrami), Armin Shimerman (DaiMon Bractor), David L. Lander (Ferengi First Officer), Leslie Neale (Ensign Nagel), Glenn Morshower (Ensign Burke)

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Shades Of Gray

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 42976.1: While exploring a new planet with Geordi, Riker is stung by an alien thorn whose poison creeps up his spine toward his brain. Pulaski brings him back to the ship and tries to trigger emotional responses to destroy the poison by forcing the first officer to remember his past adventures.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Maurice Hurley, Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
story by Maurice Hurley
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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Battlefield

Doctor WhoThe Doctor and Ace arrive in Britain in the late 90s, near a stranded convoy carrying a nuclear missile. Strange weather and power outages seem to be taking place all of a sudden, and the Doctor himself is mystified at the coincidences – especially since all of this is happening on the shores of the lake where, according to legend, the dying King Arthur returned Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake. The legend turns out to have a solid foundation in reality – but a different reality where one of the Doctor’s future selves was trapped for a time, assuming the identity of Merlin. Now that warriors on both sides of the ancient battle are entering Earth’s dimension, the Doctor must take on a role he doesn’t even know how to play.

Season 26 Regular Cast: Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace)

Order the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Ben Aaronovitch
directed by Michael Kerrigan
music by Keff McCulloch

Guest Cast: Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Jean Marsh (Morgaine), Christopher Bowen (Mordred), Angela Bruce (Brigadier Winifred Bambera), Marcus Gilbert (Ancelyn), Ling Tai (Shou Yuing), Angela Douglas (Doris), June Bland (Elizabeth Rowlinson), Noel Collins (Pat Rowlinson), James Ellis (Peter Warmsly), Marek Anton (The Destroyer), Dorota Rae (Flight Lieutenant Lavel), Robert Jezek (Sergeant Zbrigniev), Paul Tomany (Major Husak), Stefan Schwartz (Knight Commander)

Broadcast from September 6 through 27, 1989

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Pilot

Alien NationFive years after a ship full of Tenctonese slaves crashed on Earth, the “Newcomers” are gradually integrating into human society, holding jobs, holding public office, and struggling for acceptance. LAPD Detective Matt Sikes and his Tenctonese partner, Detective George Francisco, find themselves investigating a case involving the body of a dead homeless man, covered with sores of an unknown origin. They find most of the leads in the case to be dead-ends, but things get more complicated when the body vanishes from the coroner’s morgue. In the meantime, they have their hands full with other emergencies as well, including breaking up a rally of anti-Newcomer “Purists” at a local school which happens to be attended by George’s eight-year-old daughter Emily. The protest rally is quickly disbanded by Sikes, but when class resumes, Emily discovers that bigotry isn’t a phenomenon unique to adult humans. Emily’s older brother Buck actively resents his father’s insistence that he assimilate into human society, opting instead to skip school and fall in with a crowd of like-minded Tenctonese teens, though Buck’s attempts to live part of his life on the streets may have disastrous consequences. George’s wife Susan attends classes of her own, trying to discover a niche she can fill on Earth.

When Burns, a tabloid photographer who hangs around the precinct and continually annoys Sikes, captures a photo of a hulking insectoid creature, and Newcomer bodies begin to turn up horribly disfigured, rumors abound, ranging from an unknown virus brought to Earth by the aliens, or some sort of creature that occupied a Newcomer host body for its trip to Earth. Public sentiment turns against the Tenctonese and tensions rise. Sikes turns to his Newcomer neighbor, biologist Cathy Frankel, for help in deciphering the clues, but it seems that she knows something about the case that she doesn’t want to discuss. Sikes and George mount a stakeout at the site where Newcomer corpses have been found, only to discover that their threat may be more home-grown than they realized.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Kenneth Johnson
directed by Kenneth Johnson
music by Joe Harnell

Cast: Gary Graham (Matt Sikes), Eric Pierpoint (George Francisco), Michele Scarabelli (Susan Francisco), Lauren Woodland (Emily Francisco), Sean Six (Buck Francisco), Terri Treas (Cathy), Molly Morgan (Jill), Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein), Jeff Doucette (Burns), Ron Fassler (Capt. Grazer), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Sgt. Dobbs), L. Scott Caldwell (Lyddie), Diane Civita (Jill’s Mother), William Frankfather (Purist Leader), Ketty Lester (Teacher), Loyda Ramos (Puente), Tim Russ (Ketnes), Brian Smiar (Priest), Evan Kim (Dr. Lee), Tony Acierto (Marcus), Jeff Austin (Randall), Terry Beaver (Newcomer Cop), Lisa Donaldson Bowman (Miranda), Jade Calegory (Mark), George Cheung (Rowdy #2), Gus Corrado (Linen Manager), Robert Allan Curtis (Salvage Manager), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), John William Evans (Vagrant), Brooks Anne Hayes (Receptionist), Marco Hernandez (Tito), Kevin Hurley (Second Streetperson), John Kirby (Supporter), Aaron Lustig (Amos N. Andy), Melora Marshall (Woman Purist), Joe Mays (Informant), Richard Mehana (Dr. Hurwitz), Martha Melinda (First Streetperson), Catherine Paolone (Diane), John Patrick Reger (Ramna), Bert Rosario (Bernardo), Andrea Stein (Homeowner), Tiere Turner (Black Kid), Steve Vandeman (Rowdy #1), Ed Williams (Newcomer), Biff Yeager (The Man)

Notes: The two-hour pilot of Alien Nation is distinctly different in tone from the rest of the series, and makes many major changes from the story established in the film of the same name. Writer/director Kenneth Johnson enlisted the help of several people he had worked with on V, including composer Joe Harnell and actors Diane Civita and Evan Kim. Alien Nation has another connection with Johnson’s earlier work: the basic premise of Alien Nation, minus the characters, was intended to be the premise of the (never produced) season season of V, which would have seen the alien Visitors withdraw from Earth en masse, except for at least one ship which crashed on Earth, its complement of reptilian Visitors forced to become an underclass in a storyline that would’ve commented on Apartheid. This is the only episode in which Sikes is seen to smoke, though that may have been an attempt to stay “in character” as a street bum.

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Fountain Of Youth

Alien NationA fellow Newcomer cop takes a bullet for George at a stakeout, and is rushed to L.A.’s new Newcomer-only hospital. Despite focusing on Tenctonese medicine, the hospital has a human administrator, an old friend of Sikes’, and he promises Sikes and George that their colleague is suffering a superficial wound to his arm. Later, as the recovering police officer is walking around the hospital, he spots something completely at odds with the hospital’s mission: a female human patient is being treated there. The next day, the officer dies, supposedly of a fatal reaction to anesthetics. Sikes and George talk to the hospital staff, including Sikes’ neighbor Cathy, discovering that there have been a number of deaths recently. At a party held by Sikes’ friend, Sikes is offered the post of chief of security at the hospital, but he also has a little too much to drink and passes out. When Sikes wakes up in the morning, he has an odd scar. Cathy, who has discovered one common factor – a missing gland – among all of the dead Newcomers, discovers that Sikes has been injected with a Newcomer hormone from that gland…and that yet another patient died at the hospital while Sikes was at the party. Tenctonese patients are dying to make humans younger – and both Sikes’ friend and some of the Tenctonese doctors are in on the scheme.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Gary Graham (Matt Sikes), Eric Pierpoint (George Francisco), Michele Scarabelli (Susan Francisco), Lauren Woodland (Emily Francisco), Sean Six (Buck Francisco), Terri Treas (Cathy), Molly Morgan (Jill), Jeff Marcus (Albert Einstein), Jeff Doucette (Burns), Ron Fassler (Capt. Grazer), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Sgt. Dobbs)

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov
directed by John McPherson
music by Steve Dorff

Guest Cast: Jason Beghe (Dr. Trenner), Joel Polis (Dr. Windsor), Liz Torres (Dr. Tamayo), Bonnie Urseth (Sofia James), Susan Gibney (Harriet Beecher), Gretchen German (Lisa Bancroft), James Greene (Moodri), Robert V. Barron (Celinite Priest), Crystal Carson (Celeste), Randy Harrington (Man), Wendy Kaplan (Beth Meadows), Steve Rankin (Henry James), Barry Sherman (Executive)

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Evolution

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43125.8: While the crew of the Enterprise races against the clock to launch a space probe for a critical experiment, a culture of experimental microbe-machines accidentally released by Wesley threatens to render the Enterprise uninhabitable.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Michael Piller and Michael Wagner
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Ken Jenkins (Dr. Paul Stubbs), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Mary McCusker (Nurse), Randal Patrick (Crewman #1)

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Captain Cook

BlackadderCaptain Edmund Blackadder, serving on the front lines of World War I, suspects that he and his men, Lieutenant George and Private Baldrick, are about to be sent on a suicide mission. When a call comes from General Melchett looking for an artist to inspire the troops for the big push, Edmund sees it as an opportunity to get out of the trenches. But once he gets the assignment, Edmund realizes there’s more to it than he was led to believe…

Season 4 Regular Cast: Rowan Atkinson (Captain Edmund Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Private S Baldrick), Stephen Fry (General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett), Hugh Laurie (Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh), Tim McInnerny (Captain Kevin Darling)

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
directed by Richard Boden
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: none

Notes: No explanation is given as to how the Blackadder line has fallen again despite the previous series ending with Edmund assuming the identity of the Prince Regent, and so presumably ruling England as King George IV. This Edmund may simply be descended from a different line than the lead character of Blackadder the Third.

This is the first series to feature absolutely no new additions to the cast. The entire regular cast had appeared as regulars in one or more previous series.

In keeping with the claustrophobic nature of life in the trenches, Blackadder Goes Forth features fewer guest appearances than any other Blackadder series.

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The Ensigns Of Command

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate not given: Data attempts to convince the stubborn leader of an endangered colony that his people must evacuate the planet or face certain extinction at the hands of a race of ruthless aliens also seeking a planet to colonize.

Order the DVDswritten by Melinda M. Snodgrass
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Eileen Seeley (Ard’rian MacKenzie), Granger Hines (Gosheven), Mark L. Taylor (Haritath), Richard Allen (Kentor), Colm Meaney (Chief O’ Brien), Mart McChesney (Sheliak)

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Little Lost Lamb

Alien NationJust as George is remarking on the superficiality of human physical relationships, Sikes pulls over to help a Tenctonese prostitute being threatened by an equally Tenctonese pimp. George gives her bus fare to go home to her family, and charges Sikes with making sure she makes it to her bus. At first Sikes is furious, but George explains that the girl is suffering from a kind of Newcomer post-traumatic stress disorder that convinces its sufferers that they are still slaves. Rather than getting on a bus, she wanders back to Sikes’ apartment, where he puts her up for another night – and when he comes home from work, she’s been murdered. George and Sikes set out to find the killer, and the trail leads them to a talent agency whose owner, a Newcomer woman, seems to find it all too easy to enslave her people again. But closer to home, George learns of a troubling secret his son has been keeping as well.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov
directed by Kevin Hooks
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Heather McAdam (Mary Shelley), Kimberly Kates (Dallas Ft. Worth), Shannon Wilcox (Charlotte Bronte), Will Bledsoe (Dorian Grey), James Greene (Moodri), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), Catherine Lansing (Receptionist), Robert Mangiardi (Harry Marcus), Noon Orsatti (Svabo), William Wellman Jr. (Ruby)

Notes: Buck’s tangle with members of a street gang happened in the pilot episode.

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Ghost Light

Doctor WhoThe Doctor brings Ace to a house called Gabriel Chase in the year 1883 – a house which a younger Ace firebombed in 1983, long before she joined the Doctor but long after anything had lived in the house. Gabriel Chase’s original owner is a very unusual man named Josiah Samuel Smith, infamous in the 19th century for his controversial theories of evolution, and these theories have brought the Reverend Matthews to Gabriel Chase. But something else has brought the missing explorer Redvers Fenn-Cooper there – a offer of glory in exchange for an assassination. At the heart of all of these events lies a sinister secret of a far less earthly nature, something which could result in the destruction of Earth…but the Doctor’s hands are already full when Ace discovers that he has brought her to her dreaded home town of Perivale a century before her birth.

Order the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Marc Platt
directed by Alan Wareing
music by Mark Ayres

Doctor WhoGuest Cast: Ian Hogg (Josiah Samuel Smith), Sharon Duce (Control), John Hallam (Light), Carl Forgione (Nimrod), Sylvia Syms (Mrs. Pritchard), Katharine Schlesinger (Gwendoline), Michael Cochrane (Redvers Fenn-Cooper), Frank Windsor (Inspector Mackenzie), John Nettleton (Reverend Matthews), Brenda Kempner (Mrs. Grose)

Broadcast from October 4 through 18, 1989

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Corporal Punishment

BlackadderEdmund’s various schemes to avoid actually fighting finally come to a head when he kills a pigeon that turns out to be a pet of General Melchett’s. Arrested for defying orders (and the murder of a pigeon), Edmund’s fortunes look grim once George takes on his defense…

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
directed by Richard Boden
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Jeremy Hardy (Corporal Perkins), Stephen Frost (Corporal Jones), Lee Cornes (Private Fraser), Paul Mark Elliot (Private Robinson), Jeremy Gittins (Private Tipplewick)

Notes: Stephen Frost returns to the series, having previously appeared in The Black Adder (Witchsmeller Pursuivant).

Lee Cornes was seen in both Blackadder II (Chains) and Blackadder the Third (Ink and Incapability).

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Fifteen With Wanda

Alien NationSikes and George are assigned to provide protection to the Newcomer witness of a mob-related murder, but after three weeks holed up in a hotel room, both the witness and his protectors are ready to tear each others’ heads off. Worse yet, he’s due to be married as soon as he is reunited with his future bride, and since Tenctonese custom involves both bride and groom preparing for the big day with a massive dose of their native aphrodisiacs, he’s literally trying to escape from George and Sikes. Worse yet, Sikes’ daughter, Kirby, calls with a crisis of her own, and then George’s son Buck gets into trouble at school – and each man has to leave the other alone with their charge for a while. If they don’t let their guard down enough to endanger him, if his rampaging hormones don’t put him in harm’s way, and if they can resist the urge to strangle him, he may just live to testify…

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Steven Long Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle
directed by Rob Bowman
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: David Bowe (Buster Keaton), Joan McMurtrey (Victoria Sikes), Cheryl Pollak (Kirby Sikes), Lori Petty (Sal), Sachi Parker (Wanda), Wayne Pere (Thor), Haskell V. Anderson III (Principal Fisher), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), Jean Sincere (Granny), Michael Wilson (Maitre’d), Thomas J. Hagebueck (Officer), Mike Worth (Prep #1), Nikki Tyler (Salesgirl), Noon Orsatti (Svabo), Ron Howard George (Wayne Joshua), Bobbie Cummings (Ernie Jett)Notes:

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The Survivors

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43142.4: Captain Picard unravels one horrifying mystery after another while trying to persuade two people who are apparently the only survivors of an obliterated population of eleven thousand that their assailants have returned.

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Wagner
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John Anderson (Kevin Uxbridge), Anne Haney (Rishon Uxbridge)

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Major Star

BlackadderWith the overthrow of the Czar, Russia has pulled out of the war. In an effort to boost morale, General Melchett decides to put on a show for the troops and Edmund takes the assignment when he learns it could lead to a return to London. George is a fantastic success in drag as “Georgina”. So successful, in fact, that the General falls in love with “her” and his thoughts turn to marriage…

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
directed by Richard Boden
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Gabrielle Glaister (Driver “Bob” Parkhurst)

Notes: Gabrielle Glaister portrayed another cross-dressing “Bob” in the Blackadder II episode Bells and returns as Parkhurst in the next episode, Private Plane.

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The Takeover

Alien NationRiots in L.A. stretch police manpower to its limits – badly enough that Sikes and George are left desk-sitting at the precinct. Susan fights her way through traffic to bring George enough food to get through the night. But when a group of criminals – both humans and a newcomer woman – stage an all-out attack on the police station. They humans are after a cache of weapons and drugs that have been seized as evidence, while the Newcomer woman is seeking a tank of gas that was used by the Overseers to turn the Newcomers into slaves. Susan and Albert are unlucky enough to be found when the station is taken over, while Sikes is lucky enough to be handling an emergency call that conveniently involves an ex-girlfriend. Albert is shot while trying to help Susan escape, but she winds up being taken hostage. With no other backup available, George prepares to take on this hostage crisis entirely on his own.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Tom Chahak
directed by Steven Dubin
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Gwynyth Walsh (Diane), Ji-Tu Cumbuka (Andy), Charley Lang (Kenny), Tracey Walter (Tom), Michael Fairman (Captain McKnight), Will Egan (Harry Dundee), Camila Griggs (Letitia)

Notes: We learn here that “Holy Gas,” an airborne substance rendered the Newcomers completely submissive to the Overseers, and completely susceptible to their commands. It apparently also works on humans.

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Who Watches The Watchers?

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43173.5: A hidden outpost on a distant planet where Starfleet anthropologists are observing a primitve race of Vulcan-like beings is revealed after a mechanical malfunction, polluting the primitives’ religious and ethical beliefs and causing one of them to identify Picard with God.

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
directed by Robert Wiemer
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Kathryn Leigh Scott (Nuria), Ray Wise (Liko), James Greene (Dr. Barron), Pamela Segall (Oji), John McLiam (Fento), James McIntire (Hali), Lois Hall (Dr. Warren)

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Private Plane

BlackadderIn yet another attempt to get out of the trenches, Edmund, George and Baldrick join the Air Force, thinking it a safer alternative to the trenches. Once Edmund realizes the true level of danger, he attempts to get out of it, but is shot down while on his first mission and captured. Any number of tortures are possible, for Edmund finds he is in the clutches of the Red Baron, himself: Baron von Richthoven…

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
directed by Richard Boden
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Rik Mayall (Lord Flashheart), Adrian Edmondson (Baron von Richthoven), Hugo E. Blick (Lieutenant von Gerhardt), Gabrielle Glaister (Driver Parkhurst)

Notes: Rik Mayall returns with a new incarnation of Lord Flashheart, first seen in Blackadder II (Bells). He also appears in The Black Adder (The Black Seal) and in Blackadder: Back & Forth.

Gabrielle Glaister plays a much more feminine “Bob” than in her previous appearance (Major Star). “Bob” seems to have given up the pretense of being a man.

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The First Cigar

Alien NationGeorge and Susan wind up owing $2,400 to the most powerful force in their new world: the Internal Revenue Service. As the Franciscos try to figure out where they’re going to get the money, George can at least take solace in the newfound attention of Newcomer businesswoman Betsy Ross. After her tip helps George and Sikes take a human-Newcomer drug ring off the streets, she vows to keep tipping the department off to illegal activity – and she begins to send George unsolicited gifts, which makes Sikes uneasy. When the next tip from Betsy Ross keeps a substantial amount of drugs off the streets, the two cops begin to wonder where and how she’s getting her information. Meanwhile, Buck lands a job with New Tencton Village, a planned Newcomer-only community, and actually begins to make decent money selling homes there for a mere $100 down. But is this project – and his new job – too good to be true?

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov
directed by John McPherson
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstritt

Guest Cast: Diana Bellamy (Betsy Ross), Doug McKeon (Sam Simian), Joon B. Kim (Korean drug dealer), Carolyn Mignini (Ruth Steelman), John Patrick Reger (Ramna), Steve Susskind (Vahan), Jennifer Banko (Nina), Mike DeLuna (Cliff), Trevor Edmond (Blentu), Carlos Lacamara (Alvarez), Faith Minton (Bouncer), James Nixon (Newcomer Junkie), Noon Orsatti (Svabo), Jeff Skier (Delivery Man), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Yamato), Salvator Xuereb (Newcomer Dealer)

Notes: Either a voice-activated English-Tenctonese translation unit has only just been invented, or Sikes has only just been able to afford one on a police salary. (In the following episode, he’s apparently already lost it.)

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The Bonding

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43198.7: Worf’s conscience struggles with a fatality under his command as a deceased crew member’s young son confronts an alien life form that attempts to take on the physical and psychological characteristics of his mother.

Order the DVDswritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Susan Powell (Marla Aster), Gabriel Damon (Jeremy Aster), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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The Curse Of Fenric

Doctor WhoThe Doctor and Ace arrive at a soggy British naval camp in 1943, into which the Time Lord confidently strides, not even attempting to conceal his presence. He mingles with the base’s disturbed commander and the brilliant but paranoid Dr. Judson, creator of the Ultima code-breaking device. The Doctor and Ace later encounter a small platoon of Russian commandos who plan to steal Ultima – a move which has been anticipated. In the background lurks a devious alien presence with whom the Doctor has an old score to settle – provided that the humans in the naval camp, merely pawns in a much more complex game, don’t destroy their own world first.

Order the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Ian Briggs
directed by Nicholas Mallett
music by Mark Ayres

Doctor WhoGuest Cast: Dinsdale Landen (Dr. Judson), Alfred Lynch (Commander Millington), Tomek Bork (Sorin), Joann Kenny (Jean), Joanne Bell (Phyllis), Peter Czajkowski (Sergeant Prozorov), Nicholas Parsons (Reverend Wainwright), Cory Pulman (Kathleen Dudman), Marek Anton (Vershinin), Stevan Rimkus (Captain Bates), Marcus Hutton (Sergeant Leigh), Janet Henfrey (Ms. Hardaker), Anne Reid (Nurse Crane), Mark Conrad (Petrossian), Christien Anholt (Perkins), Aaron Hanley (Baby), Raymond Trickett (Ancient Haemovore), Cy Town (Haemovore)

Broadcast from October 25 through November 15, 1989

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General Hospital

BlackadderThere is a spy at the Army field hospital sending information to the Germans. Captain Blackadder is sent in to investigate and finds himself romantically involved with a beautiful nurse. True, there is a patient named “Smith” with a German accent, but the evidence points towards someone quite close to Edmund…

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
directed by Richard Boden
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Miranda Richardson (Nurse Mary), Bill Wallis (Brigadier Smith)

Notes: Miranda Richardson swings full circle, giving a mostly dramatic reading as Nurse Mary, in stark contrast to her Queen Elizabeth from Blackadder II and following her schizoid performance in Blackadder the Third (Amy and Amiability). She also appears in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and Blackadder: Back & Forth.

Bill Wallis returns, having previously appeared in The Black Adder (The Archbishop) and Blackadder II (Head).

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Night Of The Screams

Alien NationSikes and George are assigned to investigate a wave of Newcomer murders, and the killer’s modus operandi lines up with the Tenctonese legend of Tagdot, a grotesquely mutilated alien who severed his victims’ hands. With Halloween approaching on Earth, the legends of Tagdot are being repeated by Uncle Moodri as ghost stories, but one thing is different about this killer – even if the murderer is masquerading as Tagdot, the hands have not been found. When the severed hands are recovered, they all have one thing in common, and the trail now leads George straight to the killer. But despite having the evidence he needs, George makes a decision not to arrest him – leaving Sikes to pursue leads that won’t put an end to the killing.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Tom Chehak
directed by Gwen Arner
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: David Opatoshu (Paul Revere), Bradford English (John Macy), Meagen Fay (Coroner), Wayne Powers (Car Salesman), Mitch Pileggi (John Paul Sartre), James Greene (Moodri), Anya Liffey (Mrs. Sartree), Michael Milhoan (Officer #1), Harry Caesar (Man buying car), Gwen E. Davis (Woman buying car), Susanne LaVelle Alien Nation(Newcomer Usher), Steven Majewicz (Tadgdot – adult), Jessica Puscas (Tagdot – child), Gabe Witcher (Lost Child)

Notes: In the original end credits as broadcast (and preserved on DVD), a character is named “Mrs. Sartree,” even though it should be spelled “Sartre” in keeping with Alien Nation’s custom of giving Newcomers the names of dead humans. The credits also mention a “Newcomer Ushser,” probably referring to the usher at the movie theater. Presumably there was a bit of a rush in getting the credits prepared for this episode.

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Booby Trap

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43205.6: After taking the Enterprise into a mysterious asteroid belt to examine the only known relic of a long-dead race, Picard discovers that the asteroid belt is actually a lethal snare and assigns La Forge the impossible task of finding a way out before it’s too late. Geordi turns to the holodeck for a simulation of one of the Enterprise’s original designers to help him brainstorm an escape route.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Ron Roman, Michael Piller and Richard Danus
story by Michael Wagner and Ron Roman
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Albert Hall (Galek Dar), Julie Warner (Christy)

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Goodbyeee

BlackadderThe time has come at last for the “Big Push” and Edmund tries every trick in the book to get out of it. But General Melchett is wise to Edmund’s plans and there really doesn’t seem to be any way out this time…

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
directed by Richard Boden
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Geoffrey Palmer (Field Marshal Haig)

Notes: Geoffrey Palmer is a mainstay of British comedies, appearing in diverse projects such as The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Whoops! Apocalypse, and As Time Goes By. He also appeared in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and with Rowan Atkinson in the Full Throttle episode of Heroes and Villains.

Goodbyeee was named the most popular episode of all Blackadder series by the registered members of the BBCi web site. It was also voted the most popular final episode of any TV series by a 2004 BBCi poll.

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Contact

Alien NationA prominent Caltech astronomer, who was one of the first humans to meet the Newcomers when they first arrived, is murdered the night before he plans to announce an exciting discovery. The scientist’s employer refuses to speak with Sikes and George, and they follow him to a rather exclusive club – one which excludes Newcomers. As it turns out, the major discovery was an unmanned space probe, one which originated from the same part of the sky as the Tenctonese slave ship. George fears that this probe could have been sent by the Overseers to search for the missing slaves, and if contact is made with the probe, it could lead the Overseers to Earth – at the behest of a surviving Overseer from the slave ship who has promised his masters not only the wayward Newcomers, but four billion new slaves…the entire human race.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Joe Menosky
directed by John McPherson
music by Steve Dorff & Larry Herbstatt

Guest Cast: Jeff Doucette (Burns), Annabelle Gurwitch (Dr. Marissa Meyers), Jeffrey Josephson (Sergius), Joel Polis (Carl Peterson), Stuart Fratkin (Bob), Curt Lowens (Concierge), John Apicella (Jerry Bielack), Michael Paul Chan (Mr. Kim), Donald Hotton (Professor Tower), Alexis Arquette (John Barrymore), Vincent Leahr (Dr. Morales)

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The Enemy

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43349.2: Trapped without the aid of his VISOR on a perpetually stormy planet, Geordi is aided and abetted in his attempts to send a distress signal to the Enterprise by a shipwrecked Romulan, as Picard tries to wring the truth out of a secretive Romulan commander en route to Federation space.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper and Michael Piller
directed by David Carson
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John Snyder (Bochra), Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Steve Rankin (Patahk)

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Three To Tango

Alien NationWhen George and Sikes investigate the murder of a Newcomer couple, the dead male turns out to be a Binnaum, one of a very exclusive monastic order of Tenctonese who facilitate the reproduction of their species. George asks Albert, himself a Binnaum who has renounced his vows, to identify the body. Shaken by the death of one of his brethren, Albert quits his job and returns to the order, also agreeing after much persuasion to be the Binnaum for the conception of the Franciscos’ next child. The murder weapon leads the two detectives to a dangerous psychopath who has been engaging in the systematic extermination of Binnaums in an attempt to do his part to control the Tenctonese population. But even though Sikes and George arrest the killer, another Binnaum is killed while the suspect is in custody. And this second killer is planning to kill Albert next.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episodewritten by Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider
directed by Stan Lathan
music by David Kurtz

Guest Cast: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Dobbs), Dana Anderson (May O’Naize), Alan Scarfe (The Drevni), Ivan G’Vera (Bjorn), Charles Hayward (Goran), Patrick Johnson (Issac Newton), Richard Esajian (James Polk), Fiama Fricand (Guest), Laura M. Herring (Female Newcomer), Charlie Skeen (Craig Keller)

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The Price

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43385.6: Federation, Ferengi and third party delegates vie for control of a unique stable wormhole allowing instantaneous travel across reaches of uncharted space, and Troi makes discoveries both interesting and dangerous regarding one of the negotiators as the Ferengi plot to double-cross all and gain control of the wormhole.

Order the DVDswritten by Hannah Louise Shearer
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Matt McCoy (Devinoni Ral), Elizabeth Hoffman (Premier Bhavani), Castulo Guerra (Mendoza), Scott Thomson (DaiMon Goss), Dan Shor (Dr. Arridor), Kevin Peter Hall (Leyor), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

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Backwards

Red DwarfWhilst giving Kryten flight lessons in the Starbug vehicle, Rimmer and the hapless mechanoid wind up diving into some kind of time and dimension warp, arriving in a strangely different late 20th-century Earth. On this Earth, everything moves backwards – and Rimmer and Kryten are forced to use the novelty of being “forward” to land a job at a nightclub. Lister and Cat manage to track the others down, only to find by now that they’ve actually gotten to like the idea of watching ancient history unfold…or as the case may be, watching it fold.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Hattie Hayridge (Holly)

Order the DVDswritten by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
directed by Ed Bye
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Maria Friedman (Waitress), Tony Hawks (Compere), Anna Palmer (Customer in Cafe), Arthur Smith (Pub Manager)

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