One False Step

Stargate SG-1SG-1 follows a brief visit to a habitable but seemingly undeveloped planet with an unmanned air reconnaissance vehicle, which surveys an area around ten miles beyond the gate before crashing into an unusual form of plant life. Shortly before the transmitter on the remote-controlled probe stops sending, however, Carter and O’Neill watch as an inquisitive, unclothed, but undeniably humanoid male examines the new arrival. SG-1 returns to the planet, finding its people harmless and incapable of communicating verbally. But after O’Neill and his team have spent some time with them, the natives begin falling seriously ill. As much as no one wants to admit it, Dr. Fraiser says that the inevitable may have finally happened – SG-1 may have set the extinction of an entire race in motion simply by setting foot on their world. But that doesn’t explain why O’Neill, Daniel and Teal’c are the next ones to show signs of the disease…

Order the DVDswritten by Michael Kaplan & John Sanborn
directed by William Corcoran
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Colin Heath (Alien), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Daniel Bacon (Technician), David Cameron (Elder), Richard DeKlerk (Joe), Shaun Phillips (Jim)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Nook

LexxThe arrival of a giant insect-like ship in their sky terrifies the population of the planet Nook. Their simple, monk-like existence is further disrupted by the landing of Stan, Kai and the first woman anyone on Nook has laid eyes on in generations – Xev. It turns out to be one of Lexx’s more peaceful planetary stops, as Xev and Kai get to know the natives, and Kai studies their culture – though he expresses surprise that none of the men of Nook have any recollection of having a mother. Indeed, the very knowledge of women is forbidden there – but the same doesn’t hold true for knowledge of sex. So when Xev introduces a markedly heterosexual lifestyle to the monks, she may have set the entire civilization of Nook on a path toward destruction.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Bill Fleming
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Matthew Burton (Randor), Mathias Klimsa (Traygor), Jeffrey Hirschfield (790), Tom Gallant (Lexx), Martin Honer (Older Brother), Tom Strauss (Brother Deal), Philipp De Roche (Brother Stack / Rat 1), Milton Welsch (Rat 11), Adrian Mattiske (Young Copying Brother)

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Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: While Bashir and O’Brien are visiting Vic’s, the lounge suddenly turns into a sleazy dive, and Vic is fired. The hotel has been bought by a mobster and old rival of Vic’s named Frankie Eyes – the result of a surprise plot development buried in the program by its designer. Rather than reset the program, which would wipe Vic’s memory, the DS9 officers concoct a plan to rob the casino, so that Frankie Eyes will be unable to pay the mob its cut.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Marc Lawrence (Mr. Zeemo), Mike Starr (Tony Cicci), Robert Miano (Frankie Eyes), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Bobby Reilly (Countman), Chip Mayer (Guard), James Wellington (Al), James Darren (Vic Fontaine), Andrea Robinson (Blonde), Sammy Micco (Croupier), Jacqueline Case, Kelly Cooper, Michelle Johnston, Michelle Rudy, Kelly Sheerin (Dancers)

Notes: “Bobby” Reilly is also known as actor Robert O’Reilly, taking a break from his usual recurring role as Klingon Chancellor Gowron.

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover with notes by Earl Green

The Way

Xena: Warrior PrincessAs Xena and Gabrielle are walking by a river in India, they are attacked by the minions of Indrejit. Their leader says they were sent to stop the warrior and bard from reaching the Avatar. They find Eli, surrounded by people seeking his help, and realize that he must be the Avatar. The offer to protect him from Indrejit and he relcutantly agrees. That night, an apeman, Hanuman, appears in the camp. He has been following Eli because it is his job to protect him. He tells them that they should head to the temple of Krishna and ask the god for his help.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by John Fawcett
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Timothy Omundson (Eli), Jake McKinnon (Hanuman), Rajneel Singh (Indrajit), Rajiv Varma (Krishna), George Sabbage (Man), Slade Leef (Demon)

Notes: Protests about this episode’s portrayal of Krishna led the producers to edit certain elements of the episode before it was repeated again.

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

The Disease

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager has docked with a Varro generational ship, a huge vessel which is not only a closed ecosystem, but a closed society which avoids all contact with outsiders. However, not all of the Varro have been sticking to their xenophobic ways – and not every member of Voyager’s crew has been observing Starfleet protocols about engaging in intimate relations with alien species. Harry has fallen for Varro engineer Derran Tal, and even when unforseen biological side-effects expose their relationship to both ships’ crews, they continue to see each other, no matter whose orders they defy. What Harry doesn’t know is that Tal represents a serious threat to her own people – a splinter faction that wants to explore other worlds and cultures instead of shunning them. Without realizing it, Harry may have set in motion the downfall of the Varro civilization as its people know it.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Taylor
story by Kenneth Biller
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Musetta Vander (Derran Tal), Christopher Liam Moore (Varro Leader), Charles Rocket (Jippeq), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

Notes: Charles Rocket was a former Saturday Night Live cast member who was famously fired from the show after saying the “F” word live on national television; he later appeared in a recurring role as the villainous network executive Ned Grossberg on Max Headroom. He committed suicide in 2005.

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Back In The Red Part II

Red DwarfThings are not going well for Lister and his friends. Kryten has been sentenced to be completely rebooted back to his original personality parameters, and the others are due to stand before a board of inquiry for crashing a Starbug into the ship. Worse yet, Lister has entrusted Rimmer with helping them escape or bringing evidence of the nanobots to the captain’s attention. However, Rimmer has no time to do either since he’s spending all of his time enjoying the sexual magnetism virus. Cat, Kochanski and Lister barely escape being recaptured (thanks to Lister’s use of the luck virus), and are soon on their way to freedom…so long as nothing goes wrong with their plan. But they haven’t counted on Rimmer’s need to keep the source of his secrets…well, secret.

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

Guest Cast: Mac McDonald (Captain Hollister), Kira Mirylles (Doc Newton), Jemma Churchill (First woman officer), Andy Taylor (Dr. MacLaren), Sue Keeryn (Second woman officer), Karl Glenn Stimpson (MP Thornton), Guenevere Swallow (Third woman officer), Geoffrey Beevers (Doctor)

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Show And Tell

Stargate SG-1An unscheduled, unauthorized incoming wormhole puts the SGC on full alert. Despite every effort to close and lock down the iris, the gate remains open and a single small, cloaked humanoid emerges – a young boy with a shaven head. The first words out of the boy’s mouth are “I am here to warn you.” In the SGC infirmary, the boy says his mother told him to speak only to O’Neill – and then points to an empty bed. The boy claims his mother has observed SG-1’s activities and has determined the team to be honorable enough to help him. The boy not only knows who O’Neill is, but even knows about his son, and asks to be named after O’Neill’s son, Charlie. “Charlie” describes a Goa’uld attack on his people fairly accurately, and panics at the sight of Teal’c. Unusually, Teal’c has a strong reaction to Charlie as well – when he gets close to the boy to demonstrate he means no harm, a strange nauseous sensation overwhelms both Teal’c and his symbiote. When O’Neill and the others question Charlie, they learn that his mother is a survivor of the Re’tu race, whose more militant rebel faction has taken it upon itself to rid the galaxy of the Goa’uld by ridding the galaxy of every potential host life form. Carter calls her father, now fully integrated with the Tok’ra known as Selmak, to get the Tok’ra’s help. The Tok’ra know the Re’tu well, and even have weapons capable of detecting and elimintating them – and they quickly find that the boy’s “mother,” an insectoid Re’tu, is indeed in the SGC. Charlie gives O’Neill the coordinates to the rebels’ staging area, where SG-1 and SG-12 find the rebels preparing for a massed attack on Earth. O’Neill and his teams return to Earth, only to discover that they’ve brought their new enemy home with them.

Order the DVDswritten by Jonathan Glassner
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Carmen Argenziano (Jacob Carter / Selmak), Jeff Gulka (Charlie), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Daniel Bacon (Technician)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Norb

LexxNorb – a child space pilot rescued from the Guleen family by Kai – encounters a brightly-colored, candy cane-shaped space station which turns out to be an incredibly large number of Mantrid’s camouflaged drone arms. As the drones attach themselves to Norb’s ship, he ejects the pilot’s seat and sends a distress signal. Kai and Xev, in a moth, find Norb drifting alone in space and bring him back to the Lexx. Despite his rescue, Norb is neither friendly nor eager to answer anyone’s questions. After delivering a message – “let the contest begin” – from Mantrid, Norb reveals his true colors: he died in deep space, his body replaced or infested by the drone arms. Several arms manipulating what’s left of Norb’s body scatter inside the Lexx, and while Kai destroys some of them, others escape the reach of Lexx’s internal sensors. When Stan goes looking for the remaining drone, he finds it – and several identical drone arms that it has built in the short time that has passed. Even when Kai arrives to save Stan, it quickly becomes apparent that there are still more of Mantrid’s drones aboard, and they are replicating themselves by the hundred in short order, using Lexx’s own raw material. Stan, Xev and Kai evacuate Lexx in one of the moths as the drones overrun the ship – but now how will they get back into the Lexx?

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan
directed by Paul Donovan
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Dieter Laser (Mantrid), Brandon McCarvell (Norb), Jeffrey Hirschfield (790), Tom Gallant (Lexx)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: On the eve of a trip to Romulus for a conference and seminar on the Dominion, Bashir is visited by Sloan, who wants him to gather data on the Romulan leadership. Sisko advises Bashir that this might be a good way to learn more about Section 31 as well. At the conference, Sloan tells Bashir that he is to diagnose Chairman Koval of the Tal Shiar, who is suspected to have a disease called Tuvan syndrome. Believing that Sloan may be planning to use the disease as a cover to assassinate Koval, Bashir has no one to turn to except a Romulan senator.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Adrienne Barbeau (Cretak), John Fleck (Koval), Barry Jenner (Admiral Ross), Hal Landon Jr. (Neral), William Sadler (Sloan), Cynthia Graham (Wheeler), Joe Reynolds (Hickam)

Notes: The U.S.S. Bellepheron is an Intrepid class starship, meaning that the producers could cut costs by shooting on the standing sets of its fellow Intrepid class ship, Voyager. The episode’s title is Latin for “in times of war, the law falls silent.”

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover

Course: Oblivion

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 52586.3: The crew gathers to celebrate the wedding of Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres, but the joyous occasion turns out to be the last good news any of them will ever experience. B’Elanna falls ill and dies, and Voyager’s own structure begins to break down. Soon, others begin to fall victim to the same epidemic, until only a handful of the crew is alive, leaving Harry Kim in charge of the ship. Ultimately, the entire crew perishes in a futile attempt to seek assistance from a nearby vessel…the Federation starship Voyager.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Bryan Fuller & Nick Sagan
story by Bryan Fuller
directed by Anson Williams
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

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Back In The Red Part III

Red DwarfThings go from bad to worse as Lister, Kryten, Cat and Kochanski manage to get to a Blue Midget shuttle and escape – but in reality, they’re in an AR machine under the watchful eye of Captain Hollister and the “new” Red Dwarf’s Holly. But by monitoring their actions in artificial reality, Hollister does discover that their story about nanobots must be true – but they’re also desperate enough to steal a shuttle and leave on their own. Proving that the only consistent thing is their luck, Lister, Rimmer and the others are sentenced to serve time in Red Dwarf’s top-secret, well-populated prison floor.

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

Guest Cast: Mac McDonald (Captain Hollister), Graham McTavish (Ackerman), Yasmin Bannerman (First ground controller), Jeillo Lennards (Second ground controller), Karl Glenn Stimpson (MP Thornton)

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1969

Stargate SG-1SG-1’s latest mission is slightly delayed when Carter has to run more calculations than usual due to solar flare activity, and before she goes, General Hammond hands her a folded note and cryptically tells her to open it on the other side of the gate. But when O’Neill and his team finally step through the gate, they seem to go nowhere, arriving at the gate room at the SGC again. That environment seems to melt away, and SG-1 finds itself standing under a Titan II missile whose engines are about to be tested – incinerating them in the process. When no one else can find an escape, Teal’c takes a gamble on disabling the missile with his zat gun, but that gets even more attention. O’Neill and the others are captured by soldiers and interrogated by U.S. officers who accuse them of being Soviet spies. The solar flare has thrown SG-1 30 years into the past, and the note given to Carter by General Hammond shows the team how to return to 1999. But first, they’ll have to convince a young Lieutenant George Hammond that their fantastic story is true – and that they need his help.

Order the DVDswritten by Brad Wright
directed by Charles Correll
music by Joel Goldsmith
montage music by Bruce Turgon

Guest Cast: Alex Zahara (Michael), Aaron Pearl (Lt. George Hammond), Amber Rothwell (Jenny), Pamela Perry (Cassandra), Daniel Bacon (Technician), Glynis Davies (Catherine), Fred Henderson (Major Thornbird), Sean Campbell (Sergeant), Efosa Otuomagie (Security Police)

Notes: Jack’s choice of aliases is only partly anachronistic; in early August 1969, the original Star Trek had just aired its final episode mere weeks before SG-1’s capture, so his “Captain James T. Kirk” alias could have been spotted right away; Jack wisely corrects this and claims to be “Luke Skywalker” instead.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Twilight

LexxXev finds Stan passed out on Lexx’s flight deck, and 790 says he’s been out cold for over nine hours. 790 diagnoses Stan with a terminal illness and, atypically, expresses concern for Stan’s well-being – primarily because Lyekka is still aboard the Lexx in her dormant plant form, and would eat Xev if she woke up hungry and couldn’t eat Stan first. Xev transmits a medical distress call and receives a promising reply from the planet Ruuma, whose ecosphere is said to restore health to its inhabitants. The signal leads Xev, Kai and Stan to an island castle, where an odd family of three is eager to begin Stan’s treatment – and none too eager to finish it. Kai goes exploring on the island to see if a legend concerning the discarded bodies of the Divine Predecessors is true. As it turns out, Xev’s suspicions about their hosts and Kai’s rumor both turn out to be true: the leftover host bodies of His Divine Shadow stalk Ruuma by night as zombies, and Stan’s would-be healers only want to steal the Lexx. Things get worse when Xev is bitten by one of the zombies while trying to protect the weakened Stan – and begins transforming into one of them – while Kai begins to exhibit very unusual personality quirks and can no longer defend his crewmates.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan, Lex Gigeroff and Jeffrey Hirschfield
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Louis Del Grande (Roada), Mary Walsh (Heedia), Louise Wischermann (Lyekka), Jeffrey Hirschfield (790), Tom Gallant (Lexx), Lauren Abraham (Lomea), Christian Murray (792)

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Cassandra

Red DwarfLister signs himself and his friends up for Canary duty, an elite corps of prisoners who tackle the dangerous task of being the first members of Red Dwarf’s crew to visit inhospitable an unknown environments, determining whether or not it’s safe for more valuable and irreplaceable crew members (i.e. the automatic robotic mining equipment) to make planetfall. Their first assignment, to board a long-lost Space Corps vessel discovered in a nearby planet’s ocean, proves to Lister that he didn’t sign up for a singing group. The derelict ship’s only inhabitant is a computer called Cassandra with infallible powers of foresight. This otherwise useful power proves to be a massive pain in the ass when Cassandra predicts that at least one of them will soon die.

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

Guest Cast: Geraldine McEwan (Cassandra), Graham McTavish (Ackerman), Jake Wood (Kill Crazy), Shend (Warden Knot), Ian Soundry (Guard)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Out Of Mind

Stargate SG-1O’Neill awakens in a facility he’s never seen before, surrounded by strangers. The last thing he remembers is going through the gate with his teammates to visit a world that intelligence reports said had been attacked by the Goa’uld. O’Neill is told that the year is 2077, that he’s awakened in the SGC, and that he is the only survivor of SG-1. He’s also told that, even now, Earth is fighting a losing battle against the Goa’uld, and anything from his memory of races or technologies encountered by SG-1 who could fight the Goa’uld is desperately needed.

Carter awakens in a facility she’s never seen before, surrounded by strangers. The last thing she remembers is going through the gate with her teammates to visit a world that intelligence reports said had been attacked by the Goa’uld. Carter is told that the year is 2077, that she’s awakened in the SGC, and that she is the only survivor of SG-1. She’s also told that, even now, Earth is fighting a losing battle against the Goa’uld, and anything from her memory of races or technologies encountered by SG-1 who could fight the Goa’uld is desperately needed.

Teal’c awakens in the SGC, where Dr. Fraiser and General Hammond tell him he’s been unconscious for three weeks. The last thing he remembers is going through the gate with his teammates to visit a world that intelligence reports said had been attacked by the Goa’uld. When Teal’c is told that he is the only survivor of SG-1, he refuses to believe it; when General Hammond says the search for SG-1 has ended unsuccessfully, Teal’c tenders his resignation and asks to be sent through the gate one last time.

Carter is awakened from her recovery by O’Neill, and they also find Daniel alive and well. They disocver that they’re not at the SGC at all, but aboard a Goa’uld ship commanded by Hathor. On the run from the rest of the Goa’uld, Hathor does need their memories – and she’ll implant one of them with a Goa’uld symbiote to gain access to those memories.

Order the DVDsstory by Jonathan Glassner & Brad Wright
teleplay by Jonathan Glassner
excerpts written by Hart Hanson, Katharyn Powers, Robert C. Cooper, James Crocker, Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright, Terry Curtis Fox, David Bennett Carren & J. Larry Carroll, Michael Greenburg & Jarrad Paul
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith and Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Suanne Braun (Hathor), Tom Butler (General Trofsky), Samantha Ferris (Dr. Raully)

Appearing in footage from The Nox: Armin Shimerman (Anteaus), Frida Betrani (Lya)

Appearing in footage from The Torment Of Tantalus: Elizabeth Hoffman (Catherine Langford), Keene Curtis (Ernest Littlefield)

Appearing in footage from The Serpent’s Lair: Tony Amendola (Bra’tac), Peter Williams (Apophis), Alexis Cruz (Klorel / Skaara)

Appearing in footage from Secrets: Douglas H. Arthurs (Heru’ur)

Notes: As a result of her brief merger with Jolinar, Carter apparently has naquadah in her bloodstream.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Curse of Fatal Death

Doctor WhoThe Doctor lures the Master to the planet Terserus, the home of an extinct race infamous for its method of communicating via flatulence. Perhaps feeling his half-human oats, the Doctor announces his intention to wed his pretty assistant Emma, something which disgusts the Master to no end – so it’s fortunate that the evil Time Lord has prepared a series of nasty traps, to which he immediately and repeatedly falls victim himself. But the Master’s allies, the Daleks, are rather less clumsy and have plans to take over the universe. The Doctor makes a final bid, for the love of Emma and the entire cosmos, to halt the Daleks’ evil plans at the cost of not just one, but three of his precious lives…

written by Steven Moffat
directed by John Henderson

Cast: Rowan Atkinson (The Ninth Doctor), Jonathan Pryce (The Master), Julia Sawalha (Emma), Richard E. Grant (The Tenth Doctor), Jim Broadbent (The Eleventh Doctor), Hugh Grant (The Twelfth Doctor), Joanna Lumley (The Thirteenth Doctor), Roy Skelton (Dalek voice), Dave Chapman (Dalek voice)

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Patches In The Sky

LexxAboard his run-down satellite, Gubby gives paying customers the chance to live their fondest fantasies in his dream-enhancing narco-lounger chair. Sadly, no one drops by anymore except for a destitute “dream junkie” he calls Fruitcake, who brings vague warnings of “patches in the sky” on his latest visit. While Fruitcake enjoys an extended dream, Gubby scans the stars and discovers that large patches of it are missing – something is destroying stars, nebulae, entire galaxies, and at this rate it’ll be finished devouring the universe in a mere matter of days. Meanwhile, aboard Lexx, Stan decides to seek Gubby’s services to help him divine the meaning of a recent recurring nightmare involving the cannibalistic Giggerota. But when hooked up to Gubby’s dream-enhancing equipment, Stan discovers that Giggerota can now be as deadly in his dreams as she was in real life.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by David MacLeod
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Ellen Dubin (Giggerota), Wayne Robson (Gubby), Jeffrey Hirschfield (790), Tom Gallant (Lexx), David Lewis (Fruitcake), Lee-Anne Lowe (Dream Girl 1), Laura Nason (Dream Girl 2), Amy Lonergan (Dream Girl 3)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Play’s The Thing

Xena: Warrior PrincessGabrielle returns to a village to retrieve a scroll she accidentally left behind. She meets a woman, Zera, who wants to make the story into a play. The bard agrees and begins to make plans for the play, unaware that Zera is a con artist who is making deals with warlords to finance the play in the hopes of taking all of the money made.

Order the DVDswritten by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden
directed by Christopher Graves
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Zera), Allison Wall (Minya), Mark Hadlow (Milo), Peter Muller (Dustinus Hoofmanus), Polly Baigent (Palmina)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Krytie TV

Red DwarfSince entertainment is hard to come by in the prison block, Lister is understandably overjoyed when Petersen mails his guitar to him – but due to prison regs involving suicides, the strings have been confiscated, somewhat limited Lister’s repertoire (but not by much). In lieu of that, it’s another night at the prison theater, whose usual diet of bad movies is interrupted by Kryten, initiating a live broadcast from the female prisoners’ shower room. Lister is at first appalled, and then rather fascinated, by this invasion of Kochanski’s privacy. But what he doesn’t know is that he is the next star of Kryten’s embarassing broadcast…

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor & Paul Alexander
directed by Ed Bye
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Jake Wood (Kill Crazy), Graham McTavish (Ackerman), Mark Caven (Man in film), Sarah Wateridge (Woman in film), Clifford Barry (Guard)

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Woz

Lexx790 reveals that Xev has an “expiration date” – and it’s only 79 hours away. As part of her love slave programming, Xev’s body was programmed to break down and die – all to keep the love slave trade in business. Though the Lusticon, the machine used to transform women into love slaves in the Cluster, was destroyed, 790 tracks down a prototype on the tornado-ravaged planet Woz. Stan and Kai land near a convent run by “The Wozard,” a man who claims he can revert former love slaves to their original form and release their inner beauty. But the Wozard doesn’t have the Lusticon – it’s in a well-guarded fortress, protected by a group of women who actually want to use its powers. Kai and Stan try to snatch the machine before the war between the Wozard and the women ends in its destruction – and Xev’s death.

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Lex Gigeroff
directed by David MacLeod
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Lenore Zann (Dark Lady), Walter Borden (The Wozard), Lisa Hines (Zev of B3K), Kerry MacPherson (Skye), Stacy Smith (Calico), Robin Johnson (Guard 1), Laura Nason (Guard 2), Adrienne Horton (Guard 3), Lori Heath (Hologram Guard), Jeffrey Hirschfield (790), Tom Gallant (Lexx)

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Premiere

FarscapeCommander John Crichton is the first test pilot of Farscape One, a craft he designed in order to test a theory on gravitational acceleration. However, when the ship encounters a disturbance midflight, Crichton winds up sucked through a wormhole right into the middle of a prison ship’s escape from its military escort. Moya, the prison ship, brings Crichton on board, but not before one of the attacking Peacekeeper fighters collides with Farscape One and subsequently crashes. His first encounter with the escapees – the exiled priest Zhaan, the deposed ruler Rygel, and the warrior D’Argo – does not go well, and before long he and a captured Peacekeeper stage a prison break of their own . . . with the brother of the dead pilot on their trail and seeking revenge.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Ben Browder (Commander John Crichton), Claudia Black (Officer Aeryn Sun), Virginia Hey (Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan), Anthony Simcoe (Ka D’Argo)

Order the Season 1 DVDswritten by Rockne S. O’Bannon
directed by Andrew Prowse
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais)

Notes: Lani Tupu also provides the voice for Pilot, one of Farscape‘s recurring animatronic characters. Jonathan Hardy voices the former Hynerian Dominar, Rygel.

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The Fight

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager encounters a temporal-spatial anomaly called chaotic space, a phenomenon which threatens to tear the ship apart while it surrounds and traps Voyager. Chakotay experiences strange visions involving an alien boxer he has never actually encountered. The Doctor chalks these visions up to a latent gene in the first officer’s family, the same gene which once left Chakotay’s great grandfather “crazy.” When it is discovered that there is indeed an alien presence in chaotic space, Chakotay prepares to fight to save his ship and his sanity – and the gloves are coming off.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Joe Menosky
story by Michael Taylor
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Ray Walston (Boothby), Carlos Palomino (Alien Boxer), Ned Romero (Chakotay’s Great Grandfather)

Notes: Olympic boxer Carlos Palomino was not only Chakotay’s opponent in the ring, but actor Robert Beltran’s boxing coach for this episode; Palomino also once appeared as an alien athlete in an episode of Buck Rogers.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Pete Part I

Red DwarfCaptain Hollister sentences Lister and Rimmer to play basketball against the prison guards to punish them for playing a practical joke on Ackerman. However, impishly improvising once again, Lister and his friends make a surprise comeback and win the game, landing them in trouble yet again. Meanwhile, on a mission with the Canaries, Kryten and Kochanski discover a time wand, capable of slowing down, speeding up, or suspending time in small pockets – and smuggle it back aboard Red Dwarf so they can speed up time for the rest of the ship and be released from their prison sentences. Lister and Rimmer escape from the grimmest part of the ship’s prison, along with a nut case who prizes his sole possession, a sparrow named Pete. But the shock of freedom kills Pete. Lister convinces Kryten to use the time wand to revert Pete to his youth, but a slight miscalculation sends Pete millions of year backward on the evolutionary scale, transforming him into a rather hungry dinosaur.

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

Guest Cast: Mac MacDonald (Captain Hollister), Graham McTavish (Ackerman), Andrew Alston (Max), Holly Earl (young Kochanski), Perri Nichael (young Cat), Ricky Glover (Baxter), Ian Masters (Birdman), Shend (Warden Knot)

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Back and Back and Back to the Future

FarscapeThe crew rescues two Illanics, longtime allies of the Luxans. After returning from the scientists’ shuttle, Crichton finds himself even more disoriented than usual. At first his visions merely find him in compromising positions with Matala, the female Illanic. In and of itself this is enough to set off D’Argo’s jealousy. But soon Crichton sees his own death, and must figure out whether he’s lost his grip on reality or gained a chance to avert disaster.

Order the DVDswritten by Babs Greyhowski
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: John Clayton (Verell), Lisa Hensley (Matala)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Think Tank

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: When a fleet of Hazari bounty hunters converge on Voyager, Janeway is at a loss to explain why her ship is being hunted, or how to escape the Hazari. But at her moment of greatest need, Janeway is approaced by Kurros, the chief representative of a spaceborne “think tank” which solves problems as small as finding a lost pet or ending a war…for a price. While Voyager stops at Kurros’ mobile laboratory, the Hazari vessels catch up and launch an attack. Kurros’ price tag for saving Voyager’s crew? He wants Seven of Nine to join his crew.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Taylor
story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
directed by Terrence O’Hara
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Jason Alexander (Kurros), Christopher Darga (Y’Sek), Christopher Shea (Saowin), Steve Dennis (Fennim)

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Pete Part II

Red DwarfKryten throws the time wand to Bob the Skutter, who is promptly swallowed by the enormous dinosaur that was once known as Pete. In a vain attempt to get the creature to cough up the time wand, Lister and the others cook up a dinosaur-sized vindaloo, complete with a live cow, to upset Pete’s enormous stomach. This it does too well, however, returning the time wand when it gets sick after eating half the food supply on Red Dwarf. Hollister now sentences Lister and Rimmer to turn Pete back into a sparrow at any cost.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor and Paul Alexander
directed by Ed Bye
music by Howard Goodall

Guest Cast: Mac MacDonald (Captain Hollister), Jake Wood (Kill Crazy), Ricky Glover (Baxter), Ian Masters (Birdman)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Net

LexxA sentient being resembling a spider permanently attached to its own web lies in wait in deep space, rendering itself all but invisible to any potential prey. When Lexx approaches, its eyes spot the web creature and it asks Stan for permission to take evasive action. Stan, more concerned with trying to bed Xev in the two days that the universe supposedly has left, fails to give that permission, and the web surrounds Lexx. The creature’s tendrils pierce Lexx’s skin, taking over the ship’s brain and working their way inside from there. Tendrils worm their way into Stan and Kai’s heads, but the creature seems to have an adverse reaction to the dead Brunnen G. It finds an easily controlled host in Stan, however, giving it dual control over the Lexx. And nobody seems to suspect anything except for 790 – whose warnings are dismissed as part of the robot head’s usual disdain for Stan…

Order the DVDswritten by Paul Donovan and Jeffrey Hirschfield
directed by Chris Bould
music by Marty Simon

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Hirschfield (790), Tom Gallant (Lexx)

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Exodus from Genesis

FarscapeA giant swarm of space insects shields Moya from detection by a scanning Peacekeeper Marauder ship – but it also infests the ship. The bugs gather genetic material from the crew and construct physical doppelgangers of them as they transform Moya into a hive. The process raises the ship’s temperature past the tolerance level for Sebaceans, which poses a threat to Aeryn but may be the crew’s best defense when the Peacekeepers arrive.

Order the DVDswritten by Ro Hume
directed by Brian Henson
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Damian de Montemas (Melkor), Jodie Dry (Kyona), Geoff Barker (PK Commando #3), Chenoeh Miller (PK Commando #4), Tai Scrivener (PK Commando #5)

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Only The Good…

Red DwarfRed Dwarf rescues a life pod with a sole survivor and an unwelcome visitor – a shapeshifting, corrosive microscopic life form which begins eating away at the ship, though no one realizes this just yet. After Lister tricks him into embarassing Kochanski, Kryten vows revenge, planting a fellow prisoner’s secret stash of home-brewed booze in Lister and Rimmer’s cell. But that prisoner’s response – basically a death threat – requires a new escape attempt. En route to steal a ship, they see the corroded life pod, and Lister decides that Captain Hollister must be informed of the imminent danger. Hollister rewards the prisoners by thanking them for giving Red Dwarf’s officers and crew time to escape…and then announces that all prisoners will be left behind to die.

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

Guest Cast: Mac MacDonald (Captain Hollister), Graham McTavish (Ackerman), Heidi Monsen (Talia), Tony Slattery (Dispensing Machine), Ricky Glover (Baxter), David Verrey (Big Meat)

Original title: Every Dog…

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Penumbra

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate 52576.2: Worf is reported missing in action after the ship he was commanding was destroyed by Dominion forces. The Defiant is forced to break off the search; however, Ezri sets out alone in a runabout, determined to find him. Meanwhile, Sisko, who has bought the land for his dream house on Bajor, proposes to Kasidy Yates, but then learns that the Prophets do not approve; and Dukat is secretly altered to appear as a Bajoran.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Rene Echavarria
directed by Steven Posey
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates), Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Casey Biggs (Damar), Deborah Lacey (Sarah), Salome Jens (Female Changeling), Michelle Horn (Saghi), Majel Barrett (Federation Computer Voice), Judi Durand (Cardassian Computer Voice)

LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover