Nerve

FarscapeCrichton is surprised to learn that Aeryn has not fully recovered from her injuries at the hands of the Peacekeeper commandos. While the muscle damage has healed, her paraphoral nerve, which helps to eliminate toxins from her system, has been irreparably damaged. Without a graft from a compatible donor, she will soon die. Crichton decides to try to pose as a Peacekeeper one more time, and find a donor at the Gammak base. With help from Chiana and his old friend Gilina, he manages to get a synthetic graft. But just as he’s ready to make his departure, the base’s deformed commander Scorpius realizes his energy signature is distinctly not Sebacean. As he’s captured, Crichton manages to smuggle the graft to Chiana, who gets it back to Moya and Aeryn. Scorpius places Crichton in the Aurora Chair, a device that allows Scorpius to bypass a verbal interrogation and access the subject’s memories directly. Searching for Crichton’s true mission aboard the base, Scorpius learns of Moya and its escape from Crais, but encounters a neural block when he tries to access Crichton’s encounter with the wormhole aliens. Pushing past the block, Scorpius – and Crichton – learn that the aliens placed the equations for wormhole travel into Crichton’s subconscious, to help guide his research. This is quite a find for Scorpius, whose own research seeks to unleash wormholes’ potential as weapons. To help convince Crichton to give up what he knows, Scorpius summons Crais, but Crichton won’t budge. What Scorpius doesn’t realize is that it’s not wormhole information Crichton is trying to hide – it’s Gilina, who’s still hiding in the base as Scorpius places Crichton in the Aurora Chair for one more go-round . . .

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Alyssa-Jane Cook (Gilina), Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Paul Goddard (Stark), Imogen Annesley (Niem), Stephen Leeder (Commander Javio), Anthony Kierann (Lt. Heskon), Christian Bischoff (Bixx), Pete Walters (Crais’ Guard)

Notes: Gilina encountered Crichton and Aeryn aboard the Zelbinion in PK Tech Girl. Crichton’s encounter with the wormhole aliens occurred in A Human Reaction. Paul Goddard makes his first appearance as Stark in this episode; he would later join the cast as a regular crew member. This episode was considered the first of two parts, with a “To Be Continued” slug at the end, although unlike future multi-part stories, the title does not reflect this.

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Seeds Of Faith

Xena: Warrior PrincessAres appears after a brawl in a tavern and tells Xena that some of the people involved are part of a movement that has been inciting people to disobey the gods. Xena realizes that he’s afraid that the prophecy about the twilight of the gods may be comiing true. He says he’s just being thorough.

Xena and Gabrielle accompany the members the movement to protect them, and learn that they are followers of Eli’s teachings. They meet up with their friend in another village where he’s encouraging people to destroy their weapons, saying the only weapon they need against the gods is love. But Xena is concerned about what Ares may be up to…and her fears are confirmed when she finds some of his warriors preparing to attack the village.

Order the DVDswritten by George Strayton and Tom O’Neill
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Hudson Leick (Callisto), Kevin Smith (Ares), Timothy Omundson (Eli), Ann Baxter (Disciple), Tim Beveridge (Villager #2), James Gaylyn (Petracles), Albert Heimuli (Head Soldier), Peter Rowley (Milos), Greg Ward (Villager #3)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Fair Haven

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Having met only limited interest with such holoprograms as Chez Sandrine’s and The Adventures of Captain Proton, Tom creates a holographic replica of Fair Haven, Ireland. The uncomplicated – at least by 24th century standards – and pastoral setting meets with the crew’s approval, and Captain Janeway finds herself fascinated by barkeep Michael Sullivan. When she discovers that Sullivan isn’t as educated or outspoken as she would like, the captain simply changes his parameters (and deletes the character of his wife as well). After falling in love with Sullivan, Janeway is overcome with remorse and withdraws from the holodeck altogether. The rest of the crew is then left to deal with a man – albeit a holographic one – with a broken heart.

Order the DVDswritten by Robin Burger
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Finton McKeown (Michael Sullivan), Richard Riehle (Saemus), Jan Claire (Frannie), Henriette Ivanans (Maggie), Duffie McIntire (Grace), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Hidden Memory

FarscapeA barely-recovered Aeryn insists on leading a mission to rescue Crichton, while Moya’s labor shuts down all her propulsion systems. At the Gammak base, Crichton gradually befriends his cellmate Stark, while Gilina patches into the intercom long enough to tell Crichton that the next time Scorpius puts him in the chair, he should recall their kiss aboard the Zelbinion. Crichton is a bit confused by this, as that’s exactly the memory he’s been trying to hide, but Gilina insists that she trust him. When Crichton recalls the kiss, he triggers a flood of false memories that Gilina programmed into the chair – “memories” that implicate Crais in a conspiracy to use wormhole technology against the Peacekeepers. When Crais denies this, Scorpius orders him into the chair to prove his innocence. With help from Aeryn and company, Stark, Crichton and Gilina make their break. As they try to escape, Chiana and Rygel must try to survive the birth of Moya’s child – a Leviathan/Peacekeeper hybrid complete with weaponry that blocks the offspring’s exit from the birth canal. But the baby wants out, and if he has to fire on his mother to do it, so be it.

Order the DVDswritten by Justin Monjo
directed by Ian Watson
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Alyssa-Jane Cook (Gilina), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Paul Goddard (Stark), Imogen Annesley (Niem), Anthony Kierann (Lt. Heskon), Pete Walters (Crais’ Guard), Nicole Roma (Blonde Technician)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Quest For Firepower

Cleopatra 2525Centuries before 2525 A.D., humanity was driven into vast networks of underground tunnels and chambers by flying mechanical aliens known as Bailies. Freedom fighters try to restore human control of Earth, but find themselves up against agents of the Bailies even underground. Hel and Sarge manage to reach the surface, a rarity for their generation of humans, only to find themselves in a firefight with a Bailey almost immediately. A third freedom fighter reveals himself to be a “traitor bot” – a mechanical assassin created by the Baileys to infiltrate and eliminate resistance cells. He injures Sarge, but fails to capture either Sarge or Hel.

Hel takes Sarge to an underground “body bank”, where they will have to barter for a new kidney to replace Sarge’s injured kidney. The shady characters operating the body bank have plenty of replacement organs to choose from, harvested from recently-recovered humans cryogenically frozen in the early 21st century, though they’re keeping one particularly attractive female intact for their own lascivious purposes. This woman awakens during Sarge’s operation and, having no knowledge of when or where she is, tries to escape, but when the traitor bot tracks Sarge down, all three women flee together. Sarge and Hel discover, much to their chagrin, that their new friend Cleopatra was what was known in the 21st century as an “exotic dancer”, and has no fighting experience whatsoever. But is there something she can contribute to the fight to save humanity?

teleplay by R.J. Stewart
story by Rob Tapert & R.J. Stewart
directed by Greg Yaitanes
music by Joseph Lo Duca

Cleopatra 2525Cast: Gina Torres (Hel), Victoria Pratt (Sarge), Jennifer Sky (Cleopatra), Patrick Kake (Mauser), David Press (Horst), Mark Williams (Cat Man), Elizabeth Hawthorne (Voice)

Notes: Airing as a CGI-heavy, half-hour action series in its first season, Cleopatra 2525 was hastily conceived as one of two shows to fill in the slot formerly occupied in the Universal Action Pack syndication package by Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, a show which had come to an abrupt end with the defection of its star, Kevin Sorbo, to Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. (It shared Hercules’ former one-hour Cleopatra 2525time slot with the Bruce Campbell series Jack Of All Trades, which also clocked in at half an hour) All three of Cleopatra 2525’s leads had previously played roles on Hercules and Xena. American-born actress Jennifer Sky played Amarice in several Xena episodes, and would go on to make appearances in Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Fastlane. Canadian actress Victoria Pratt appeared as Cyane in the Xena two-parter Adventures In The Sin Trade, and immediately after Cleopatra 2525 moved on to the syndicated series Mutant X as one of its regulars; she has since appeared in Day Break, NCIS, and Cleopatra 2525Heartland. Gina Torres appeared as Nebula in several episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and after this series went on to the recurring role of Jasmine in the Buffy spinoff Angel, before taking the role of Zoe Washburne in Joss Whedon’s Firefly. She has since appeared in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, 24, Alias, Standoff, Hannibal, and Suits, and has voiced characters in Justice League, Transformers Prime, and, most recently, Star Wars Rebels.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Lyre, Lyre, Hearts On Fire

Xena: Warrior PrincessDraco and his men find one of Terpiscore’s golden lyres in the desert, but Amazons appear and claim that it belongs to them. As they are about to start fighting, Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer arrive. Xena takes the lyre and tells them that their dispute will be settled in a battle of the bands.

Order the DVDswritten by Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster
directed by Mark Beesley
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Darien Takle (Cyrene), Ted Raimi (Joxer/Jace), Jay La’Gaia (Draco), Gillian Illiana Waters (Amoria), Susan Calloway and Susan Wood (Gabrielle vocals), Tony Bishop (Alabardus), Paul Norell (Falafel), Grant Bridger (Farmer Paxon), Jim Ngaata (Maximinimus), Christine Bartlett (Townsperson #2), Jeremy Birchall (double for Joxer/Jace), Stephen Butterworth (Small Guy), Geoff Dolan (Henchman #1), Latham Gaines (Rich Guy), Bruce Hopkins (Barkeep), Olaf John (Leader), Geoff Knight (Big Man), Ciaran Pennington (Young Man), Guy Ryan (Sex Symbol Guy), Clint Sharplin (Townsperson #1)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Blink of an Eye

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager enters orbit around a greyish-blue oblate spheroid of a planet. This world’s rotation is so accelerated that years pass on the surface in mere minutes of Voyager’s time. The unusual gravitational properties of the planet trap Voyager in orbit, where it is spotted by the planet’s population over hundreds of generations. Before the crew’s eyes, civilizations rise and fall, technology advances from the bronze age to the space age, and the evolving society turns from curiosity about the vessel “permanently” fixed in their sky to hostility toward it. And at the exponential rate at which the planet’s technology is emerging, its inhabitants will soon have plenty of spaceworthy firepower to enforce that hatred.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Joe Menosky
story by Michael Taylor
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Daniel Dae Kim (Pilot), Obi Ndefo (Protector), Daniel Zacapa (Astronomer), Olaf Pooley (Cleric), Jon Cellini (Technician), Kat Sawyer-Young (Astronaut), Melik Malkasian (Shaman), Walter H. McCready (Tribal Alien), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman)

Notes: This episode of Voyager is peppered with veterans of other SF franchises. Olaf Pooley guest starred as the mad Professor Stahlman in the 1970 Doctor Who Inferno seven-parter. Daniel Dae Kim shot this episode fresh from his brief stint as First Officer Matheson on the ill-fated Babylon 5 spinoff, Crusade, but a few years before his rise to mainstream fame as a member of the ensemble cast of Lost. Obi Ndefo had a small guest role in the fourth season opener of Deep Space Nine.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Pretense

Stargate SG-1The Tollan make an appearance, overpowering the SGC’s defenses and stepping right through the closed Iris, informing General Hammond that SG-1’s presence has been requested by someone who is on trial in a Tollan Triad. When O’Neill and the others arrive on Tollana, they discover that the defendant is Skaara – and so is the plantiff. Both Skaara and his Goa’uld symbiont have argued for control over Skaara’s body, and the Triad is to determine which of them will keep control. To O’Neill’s dismay, the counsel for the symbiont is a Goa’uld System Lord, and his minions who have accompanied him to Tollana have their own orders – to prepare to deliver the Tollan to their own judgement day.

Order the DVDswritten by Katharyn Powers
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith & Richard Band

Guest Cast: Alexis Cruz (Skara), Frida Betrani (Lya),
Marie Stillin (High Chancellor Travell), Garwin Sanford (Narim), Kevin Durand (Zipacna), Bill Nikolai (Technician)

Notes: Lya’s first appearance was in The Nox, while Narim and Tollan first appeared in Enigma, both in the first season.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Bone to Be Wild

FarscapeScorpius accompanies Crais back to his Command Carrier to continue the hunt for Crichton, who along with the rest of Moya’s crew is hiding in an asteroid field. With their power shut down to escape detection, the crew faces two problems: they can’t navigate the asteroid field, and they have no idea if Moya’s offspring will ally with them or with the Peacekeepers. Aeryn boards the new ship to help Moya bond with her child, while Crichton, D’Argo and Zhaan follow a distress signal to one of the asteroids, hoping they can find someone with a map. They find M’Lee, the sender of the distress call, apparently on the run from a creature that she claims massacred the rest of her family. Crichton soon discovers that M’Lee is the actual predator, and the creature is in reality a botanist named Br’Nee. That does not necessarily mean that he’s the most trustworthy resident of the asteroid, however, as the botanist has an agenda of his own – one that centers on Zhaan, who, like all Delvians, is a sentient plant. The three quickly find themselves trapped between M’Lee’s hunger and Br’Nee’s curiosity…and all the while, Crais and Scorpius are closing in.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper and Rockne S. O’Bannon
directed by Andrew Prowse
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Francesca Buller (M’Lee), Marton Csokas (Br’Nee), David Franklin (Lt. Braca)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Punch Lines

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle are spending the night in one of Aphrodite’s temples. While the warrior is sleeping soundly, Gabrielle is trying to write a story about their latest adventure when Aphrodite appears. The goddess of love offers to help the bard get past her writer’s block by having Gabrielle talk about what happened earlier in the day, when the god of despair, Lachrymose, shrank Argo and how she had to try find away to restore the horse to her normal size before Xena found out.

Order the DVDswritten by George Strayton & Tom O’Neill
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Jon Gadsby (Lachrymose), Chris Ryan (Blutos), Tony Forster (Solemus), Bernard Moody (Drunk)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Virtuoso

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54556.4: Voyager plays host to a handful of advanced aliens whose ship is incapacitated. The visitors infuriate Janeway and her crew with their arrogance at the “primitive” nature of Voyager’s culture – until the Doctor, with whom the aliens are also less than pleased, begins to sing. Never having heard music before, the Komari suddenly become rapt fans of the Doctor, and quickly extend an invitation to Voyager to visit their homeworld. After giving a gala performance to the population of an entire world, the Doctor is tempted by their offer to leave Voyager permanently and become a full-time musical ambassador to their world. But while the Doctor makes hasty goodbyes to his crewmates, he underestimates the fickle nature of fame.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Raf Green and Kenneth Biller
story by Raf Green
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Kamala Lopez-Dawson (Tincoo), Ray Xifo (Abarca), Paul Williams (Koru), Marie Caldare (Azen), Nina Magnesson (Vinka)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Land Of The Dead

Doctor Who: The Land Of The DeadThe TARDIS materializes in mid-air over Alaska, 1964, and then vanishes again when a small airplane nearly collides with it. The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Nyssa to the same location in 1994, where British millionaire Shaun Brett oversees the construction of an enormous house. Brett’s employees include the half-Inuit, half-American Tulung, who acts as a mediator between Brett and the local Inuits who have labored on the huge project, and Monica Lewis, an interior designer who hopes that this house’s unique and sometimes macabre designs will enhance her resume. The Doctor and Nyssa encounter savage creatures roaming the frozen wasteland outside the isolated house, and it soon becomes evident that the same beings are in the house as well. Tulung and the elderly Gaborik believe that the creatures are manifestations of angry spirits of the land, which has been defiled to create Brett’s house. The Doctor quickly discovers that the creatures have properties unlike any other creature on Earth, and yet they are native to the planet. It’s only a matter of time before something kills everyone at the house – the only question is whether it will be the increasing hoarde of ancient monsters, or the mad blood feud for vengeance that has tied Brett and Tulung together since childhood.

Order this CDwritten by Stephen Cole
directed by Gary Russell
music by Nicholas Briggs

Cast: Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Lucy Campbell (Monica Lewis), Neil Roberts (Tulung), Christopher Scott (Brett), Andrew Fettes (Gaborik), Alistair Lock (Supplier)

Timeline: after Time-Flight and before Arc Of Infinity

LogBook entry and TheatEar review by Earl Green […]

Urgo

Stargate SG-1SG-1 steps through the gate, believing they’re about to visit a planet with a tropical paradise that they’ve just seen transmitted back via MALP, only to return through the gate instantaneously. But General Hammond tells them they’ve been gone, with no contact, for 15 hours, and has them report to the infirmary. Everything checks out normal at first, but they begin to notice that their senses are heightened – even to the point that the base’s standard-issue cafeteria food actually tastes good. A closer examination reveals that each member of SG-1 has received a kind of brain implant, and this device’s purpose becomes clear when they begin to collectively hallucinate a man named Urgo – who no one else can see. Urgo can’t control their actions, but he can make fairly powerful suggestions…and it appears that he can’t be removed. When SG-1 begins trying to figure out who created Urgo, though, he frantically warns them that his creator could be more of a threat to their lives than he is.

Order the DVDswritten by Tor Alexander Valenza
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Dom DeLuise (Urgo), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Nickolas Baric (SF Guard), Bill Nikolai (Technician)

Notes: Guest star Dom DeLuise is the father of frequent-flyer Stargate director Pete DeLuise; the younger DeLuise is also an actor who has appeared with his father and brothers in such shows as seaQuest DSV and 3rd Rock From The Sun.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Family Ties

FarscapeRygel decides that it’s time to save his own skin, and takes a transport pod to Crais’ Command Carrier to trade his life for the rest of Moya’s crew. Rygel quickly realizes he is dealing from a position of weakness – but so is Crais, who soon loses command of his crew to Scorpius. Crais and Rygel escape back to Moya, where Crichton and the others are decidedly less than thrilled to see them. Crichton decides to buy time for Moya to escape by piloting a transport pod full of explosives directly into the Gammak base, knowing that Scorpius won’t kill him before he has the chance to access the wormhole equations in Crichton’s mind. D’Argo chooses to assist Crichton, and while the crew hatches a plan to try and bring everyone back alive, they know it’s a long shot at best. When Crais takes Moya’s offspring – newly christened Talyn by Aeryn, in honor of her father – the odds get even longer.

Order the DVDswritten by Rockne S. O’Bannon and David Kemper
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Subvision

Guest Cast: Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), David Franklin (Lt. Braca)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

God Fearing Child

Xena: Warrior PrincessZeus pays a visit to the Fates, who confirm his belief that the twilight of the gods is approaching. They tell him that the birth of Xena’s child will be the beginning. Though Hera tries to disuade him, Zeus decides that Xena must die before the baby is born. Hercules catches up with Xena and Gabrielle, bringing a gift for the baby. But as the three friends are talking, Proxitici appear. They fight them off and learn that about Zeus’s plan. While Hercules goes to talk to his father, Xena and Gabrielle head to the underworld to get Hades’ helmet of invisibility.

Order the DVDswritten by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
story by Chris Manheim
directed by Phil Sgriccia
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Kevin Smith (Ares), Meg Foster (Hera), Charles Keating (Zeus), Nicko Vella (Solan), Stephen Lovatt (Hades), Chloe Jordan (Lachesis), Slade Leef (Xena’s Proxidicae), Samantha Adriaanse (Clotho), Elizabeth Pendergrast (Atropos)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Memorial

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The Delta Flyer returns from a two-week mapping mission with a very cranky crew consisting of Chakotay, Neelix, Tom and Harry Kim. But upon their return, the Delta Flyer crew begin to suffer from hallucinations of a bloody battle – a battle in which there is no evidence of their participation. But Janeway’s concern grows as all four crewmen eventually recount their hallucinatory memories, which corroborate each other and create a consistent picture of the battle they fought – a battle in which they killed almost a hundred civilians. And the captain’s concern becomes horror as she, too, begins to remember having played a part in the carnage.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robin Burger
story by Brannon Braga
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: L.L. Ginter (Commander Sovdra), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Fleming Brooks (Soldier one), Joe Mellis (Young soldier), Susan Savage (Alien woman), Maria Spasoff (Female colonist), Robert Allen Colaizzi, Jr. (Dying colonist), David Keith Anderson (Crew member)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

A Hundred Days

Stargate SG-1A visit to a peaceful planet to establish relations becomes more serious when SG-1 discovers that the eagerly anticipated annual “fire rains” are actually meteor storms that occur when the planet passes through its solar system’s asteroid belt. A near-miss convinces Carter and Daniel that this society’s time is almost up, and that an extinction-level event can’t be far off. The next day, for the first time that any of the planet’s inhabitants can remember, the fire rains begin again during broad daylight – and this time, the blazing lights slam into the ground. The team begins evacuating the people of the village they’re visiting through the stargate back to the SGC for their own safety, but the entire planet can’t be saved – and when the next meteorite takes out the gate, O’Neill finds himself trapped with no way home.

Order the DVDsstory by V.C. James
teleplay by Brad Wright
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Michele Greene (Laira), Julie Patzwald (Naytha), Gary Jones (Sgt. Walter Harriman), Shane Meier (Garan), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Marcel Maillard (Paynan)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Fire & Water

LexxThe Lexx is adrift, as it has been for thousands of years, its crew in hibernation or, in 790’s case, standby mode. 790 awakens when the ship’s sensors detect something the crew has been waiting for – a habitable planet. Actually, the Lexx has drifted into the gravitational pull of two habitable planets, one an ocean-covered paradise, the other a global desert, orbiting each other and permanently connected by a strand of breathable atmosphere between them.

A hot air balloon from the desert planet comes to investigate the insect-like visitor in the sky; the leader of this expedition questions 790 briefly and then tosses the robot head into the chasm beneath the flight deck. He next awakens Stanley, and introduces himself as Prince. Prince abducts Stanley and the still-frozen Xev and takes them to the desert planet of Fire. Left aboard the Lexx, Kai awakens, finds 790 and repairs it – but the robot head’s love slave programming reasserts itself and 790 now moons over Kai instead of Xev. Unable to pinpoint which planet Stan and Xev have been taken to, Kai mistakenly jumps through the atmosphere interface toward Water.

On Fire, Stanley is forced into slave labor under pain of death, while Prince awakens Xev and questions her about the Lexx, not having gotten what he wanted from Stan. When Xev reveals the Lexx’s destructive power, Prince finally understands what Stan was holding back – and decides that he wants both the Lexx and Xev.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Brian Downey (Stanley Tweedle), Michael McManus (Kai), Xenia Seeberg (Xev)

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

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Linda Busby (Chief Handler), Jon Loverin (Handler #2), Gary Levert (Lead Balloonist)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Eternal Bonds

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle escape a storm, unleashed by the gods in an effort to kill Eve, in a cave. Joxer is waiting for them with three people who say they are Magi, with gifts for Xena’s baby. But the warrior recognizes one of the gifts as being sacred to the goddess Artemis. She and Gabrielle fight the “Magi.” During the fight, Joxer is cut on his arm. Xena recognizes that one of the swords belonged to a warrior from the temple of Apollo, which means there was poison on the blade. Xena sends Joxer and Gabrielle to find a certain tree to make an antidote.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Manheim
directed by Mark Beesley
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Kevin Smith (Ares), Natalie Duggan (Tira), Peter Sa’ena-Brown (Tazor), Matthew Dwyer (Orcas), Patrick Iwobi (Magi #1), Grant Boucher (Magi #2), Barbara Cartwright (Magi #3)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Tsunkatse

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 53447.2: A visit to a civilized world provides a prime opportunity for shore leave. Seven and Tuvok plan to visit and study a nearby nebular phenomenon, while Janeway plans a similar away mission for some “relaxing” scientific discovery. But most of the crew is enthralled by the gladiatorial sport of Tsunkatse, in which two opponents vie for the prize – to be the only one left alive in the ring. Seven and Tuvok’s shuttle goes missing during their mission, and Chakotay and the others are horrified to find that their Borg crewmate is the next competitor in Tsunkatse. An attempt to beam Seven out of danger fails because she isn’t there – the fight is being broadcast from a remote location. Seven is being forced to do battle not only for her own life, but for Tuvok’s – and the savage competition may strip her of whatever humanity she has regained aboard Voyager unless her crew can rescue her.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert Doherty
story by Gannon Kenney
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Penk), J.G. Hertzler (Hirogen Hunter), The Rock (Champion)

Original title: Arena

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Shades Of Grey

Stargate SG-1After Daniel makes a lengthy appeal to open diplomatic relations with the Tollan, they still refuse to trade technology with Earth. Incensed, O’Neill interrupts the negotiations and calls the talks off – if Earth’s new allies can offer no help in defending the planet, they’re not really allies. As SG-1 prepares to return to Earth, O’Neill takes a piece of Tollan technology without permission, specifically the device that neutralizes enemy weapons. General Hammond is outraged at the theft, and has O’Neill removed from active duty and examined for any evidence of alien mind control; to his dismay, Dr. Fraiser finds no such evidence. Faced with court-martial or retirement, O’Neill chooses retirement – and in very short order, he’s contacted by Colonel Maybourne, who claims to be working for an “offshoot” of NID. Maybourne wants O’Neill to command teams going through a stargate again, but this time O’Neill will be pilfering any alien tech that could help Earth, with no diplomatic overtures. O’Neill reluctantly agrees to go along, but one of his very first missions pits him squarely against his former SG-1 teammates.

Order the DVDsstory by Jonathan Glassner
directed by Martin Wood
music by Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Tom McBeath (Col. Harry Maybourne), Steve Makaj (Col. Makepeace), Marie Stillin (High Chancellor Travell), Christian Bocher (Neumann), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Linnea Sharples (Lt. Clare Tobias)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

May

LexxConvinced by Xev that he is vital to controlling the Lexx, Prince releases Stan and tries to persuade him to hand over the ship’s key – but even with Xev trying to convince him, Stan isn’t sold on the idea. On the planet Water, Kai plummets out of the sky, having jumped off the hull of the Lexx through the two worlds’ connected atmosphere, and lands at an oceanside city. Here he meets May, a lovely woman who seems to be the only survivor of a recent battle. A balloon from Fire arrives, and Kai quickly dispatches its crew after they try to kill him. With May, he pilots the balloon through the atmosphere to Fire to search for Xev. Once near Prince’s palace, May avails herself of an opportunity to assassinate Fire’s leader, earning an instant grudge from the smitten Xev. They escape Fire and return, via balloon, to the Lexx. But having escaped Prince and his demands to use Lexx to destroy Water, Stan is now asked by May to destroy Fire…and Xev is outraged when he seriously considers it.

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

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Anna Kathrin Bleuler (May)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Amphipolis Under Siege

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena fights off a group of female warriors who attacked the guards on the road to Amphipolis. Her first thought is Ares, but after he appears she realizes that it was Athena who sent the warriors. When Xena and Gabrielle reach Amphipolis, the warrior tries to get her mother to leave, but she refuses. They gather the villagers to discuss the threat of Athena’s forces. The goddess appears and offers to leave the area – but only if Xena will give her Eve.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Black
directed by Mark Beesley
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Paris Jefferson (Athena), Darian Takle (Cyrene), Kevin Smith (Ares), Musetta Vander (Ilainus), Ben Brown (Villager #2), Douglas Kamo (Border Guard), Crawford Thomson (Villager), Stuart Thorpe (Infantry Commander)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Collective

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The Delta Flyer is captured by a Borg cube, and there is no escape for Tom, Chakotay and Neelix. Harry, trying to make adjustments in one of the Flyer’s Jeffries tubes during the attack, is knocked out by an explosion and is left aboard. Voyager catches up with the cube quickly and disarms it with surprising ease. Seven of Nine beams aboard to find that only a handful of drones are running the cube – and all of these drones are no more than adolescents. Despite the skeleton crew aboard the Borg ship, the children take the three Voyager crew members hostage and demand repairs and supplies from Voyager in exchange for their safety. Harry awakens and makes covert contact with Voyager, and Janeway sends him on a mission to sabotage the cube and weaken the Borg children’s position. In the meantime, Seven of Nine attempts to reason with these recently disconnected drones the way that Janeway once reasoned with her.

Order the DVDswritten by Mark Gaberman & Andrew Shepard Price
directed by Allison Liddi
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Ryan Spahn (Boy One), Manu Intirayni (Icheb), Marley McClean (Mezoti), Kurt Wetherill (Azan), Cody Wetherill (Rebi)

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New Ground

Stargate SG-1On a world previously unvisited by SG-1, a stargate is unearthed by indigenous archaeologists. When the gate opens and a MALP rolls through, they’re stunned; Daniel speaks to them via two-way radio built into the MALP unit, and asks if SG-1 can visit. But as soon as they’re through the gate, the team learns that there’s a war on between two fundamentally different belief systems – and the very presence of humans from another world will cause that war to heat up even more. O’Neill, Carter and Daniel are captured, while Teal’c goes into hiding to bide his time for a rescue attempt. A close encounter with one of the armed locals leaves the Jaffa blinded and all but defenseless. O’Neill and the others quickly learn the gravity of their situation: they will most likely be executed, the gate reburied, and the entire incident covered up, all to protect the belief system of one of the planet’s dominant nations. But when the archaeological dig uncovers the gate’s DHD, there’s also an opportunity for the “heretics” to escape.

Order the DVDswritten by Heather E. Ash
directed by Chris McMullin
music by Joel Goldsmith and Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Richard Ian Cox (Nyan), Daryl Shuttleworth (Rygar), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Desiree Zuroski (Parcy), Jennifer Copping (Mallin), Bill Nikolai (Technician), Finn Michael (Soldier)

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Gametown

LexxAfter dying of a fatal arrow wound, May lives again – but only because, out of desperation, Stanley has promised a mysteriously revived Prince that he will turn Lexx’s weapons on Water. Kai takes a fleet of newly-bred moths to Water to acquire food for the slowly dying Lexx, but Stanley is desperate to keep Xev aboard – possibly to keep himself from fulfilling his promise to Prince. On Water, Kai lands at a floating city called Gametown, but his fleet of moths is hijacked by the ambitious Fifi, who leads them through the atmospheric corridor to Fire to join forces with a more aggressive power – in this case, a military leader on Fire named Duke. When Xev realizes what Stan had to do to bring May back to life, she’ll stop at nothing to prevent him from destroying Water.

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

Guest Cast: Nigel Bennett (Prince), Anna Kathrin Bleuler (May), Patricia Zentilli (Bunny), Jeff Pustil (Fifi), Ralph Brown (Duke)

Notes: Star Wars fans may recognize Ralph Brown as Ric Olie, the pilot of Queen Amidala’s royal starship, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This is also Patricia Zentilli’s second appearance in the series, but her first in the role of Bunny, a character who would gain a little more importance in season 4.

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Married With Fishsticks

Xena: Warrior PrincessWhen Gabrielle and Joxer go to a village for food, they find Aphrodite and Discord fighting. During the fighting, some rigging from a ship is knocked loose, hits Gabrielle in the head, and she falls into the water. When she wakes up, she’s in a cave with a mermaid’s tail. A man named Hagar (who bears a striking resemblance to Joxer) is also there, and he says that she’s his wife, Crustacea.

Order the DVDswritten by Kevin Maynard
directed by Paul Grinder
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite/Crabella), Ted Raimi (Joxer/Hagar), Meghan Desmond (Discord/Sturgena), Joseph Main (Urchin), Rupert Simmonds (Flipper), Steve Clearly (Instructor), Don Linden (Council Member/Minister), Renee O’Connor (Crustacea), and Baby Ro

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Spirit Folk

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: The peaceful folk of Fair Haven have never questioned the unusual number of strangers who have entered their village. At least not until Tom Paris calls upon an unknown power known as “computer” to make some slight alterations to life in Fair Haven. The townsfolk don’t take kindly to this hint of sorcery, and soon all of the strangers are persecuted – but Fair Haven’s residents may gain the upper hand when another power, something called the “holodeck failsafes,” leave the strangers at their mercy.

Order the DVDswritten by Bryan Fuller
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Finton McKeown (Michael Sullivan), Richard Riehle (Seamus), Ian Abercrombie (Milo), Ian Patrick Williams (Doc), Henriette Ivanans (Maggie), Duffie McIntire (Grace), Bairbre Dowling (Edith), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

Original Title: Daoine Sidhe

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The Fearmonger

Doctor Who: The FearmongerIn the present day, the Doctor and Ace arrive in a London gripped by fear. Terrorists seem to be going to extreme lengths to rid Britain of the ultra-right-wing New Britannia party and its Parliamentary candidate, Sherilyn Harper. The Doctor unceremoniously bursts in on Mick Thompson’s political talk radio show to make contact with a man named Walter who, with an accomplice who is now institutionalized, attempted to assassinate Harper and barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by…something. The Doctor postulates that the deadly entity is a non-corporeal creature which incites fear among its victims – and then feeds off that fear, often leaving the victims traumatized for life. Walter says that he can hear this creature in the voice of Sherilyn Harper, but as the crisis worsens and the streets become even more infested with terrorists – some of whom are not political agitators, but hired guns – it becomes apparent that the Fearmonger could be using anyone as its host… even, as Ace comes to believe, the Doctor himself.

Order this CDwritten by Jonathan Blum
directed by Gary Russell
music by Alistair Lock

Cast: Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Jacqueline Pearce (Sherilyn Harper), Mark McDonnell (Walter Jacobs), Vince Henderson (Mick Thompson), Hugh Walters (Roderick Allingham), Jonathan Clarkson (Paul Tanner), Jack Gallagher (Alexsandr Karadjic), Mark Wright (Stephen Keyser), John Ainsworth (Tannoy voice)

Timeline: between Survival and The Genocide Machine

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Maternal Instinct

Stargate SG-1Bra’tac emerges through the SGC’s stargate with a wounded Jaffa, and bearing news that Apophis is still alive and fighting. An entire Jaffa world has been razed to the ground as Apophis searches for his child by Sha’re, a child which Daniel has pledged to find for much more benevolent reasons. Bra’tac admits that he may be growing too tired to single-handedly lead the Jaffa’s fight for freedom from the Goa’uld, and urges Teal’c to take over for him. But first, their immediate mission involves finding the child before Apophis does, and Bra’tac has a clue that leads them to a world whose name the Goa’uld dare not even speak. The child is there, but Daniel is the first to realize that something else is too – a higher life form that won’t let either side take the baby. But as immensely powerful as it seems to be, is this being enough to stop Apophis’ advancing army?

Order the DVDswritten by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Peter F. Woeste
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Tony Amendola (Bra’tac), Terry Chen (Monk), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Aaron Douglas (Moac), Steve Bacic (Coburn), D. Harlan Cutshall (Jaffa Commander), Carla Boudreau (Oma Desala)

Notes: This is the first episode to feature Oma Desala (though played by a different actress), and marks the first hint of the plotline that will eventually result in Daniel’s ascension in season five.

LogBook entry by Earl Green