Liars, Guns and Money Part 1: A Not-So-Simple Plan

FarscapeStark re-corporealizes slightly worse for wear in the sanity department, but being a little unbalanced has helped him hatch a fairly cunning plan – Moya’s crew will rob a Shadow Depository, a vault for illicit wealth, and use the proceeds to purchase a lot of slaves that includes a thousand of Stark’s fellow Baniks – and D’Argo’s son Jothee. D’Argo is, needless to say, enthusiastic about the plan, while the others urge patience while they try to think of a slightly less suicidal option. For D’Argo, however, there is no time like the present, and he takes a Transport Pod to the Despository – where he is quickly captured. Moya follows him, and the crew learn that Stark planned for his capture – it gives him the opportunity to access the Depository’s new codes. Frustrated at their manipulation, the crew goes along with Stark to save D’Argo; Zhaan poses as a criminal and opens an account at the Depository, claiming that D’Argo was sent ahead to test security. Their deposit includes a smuggled Rygel, who arranges for the contents of another vault to be sent to Moya. As Crichton’s luck would have it, that vault belongs to Scorpius, and when he arrives to check in on his holdings, trouble can’t help but ensue.

Order the DVDswritten by Grant McAloon
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Claudia Karvan (Natira), Nicholas Hope (Akkor), Matt Newton (Jothee), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Adrian Brown (Gan), Jennifer Fisher (PK Nurse)

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Last Of The Titans

Last Of The TitansThe seventh Doctor, traveling alone, is looking forward to a holiday on the planet Armelia. The TARDIS doesn’t quite get him there, however, landing instead inside an enormous spacecraft. The Doctor becomes stranded there when, moments after stepping out of the TARDIS, he sees his timeship plummeting into the vessel’s gigantic furnace (thanks to a less-than-fortuitous landing on a deck hatch). In the course of trying to retrieve his only means of escape, the Doctor befriends Vilgreth, an enormous and slightly slow-witted being who claims to originate from – of all places – Devon. Vilgreth mentions that many have come to destroy him, and he’s glad that the Doctor isn’t one of them. Just such a creature arrives, and insists that the Doctor leave, since a bomb has just been planted on Vilgreth’s ship. The Doctor, infuriated, disarms the bomb, but also grows increasingly suspicious of why anyone would try to harm his seemingly innocuous host. The truth soon becomes apparent: Vigreth’s ship is, not unlike its captain, a dangerous relic. The ship’s fuel is entire planets. Its next stop is Armelia.

written by Nicholas Briggs
directed by Nicholas Briggs
music by Alistair Lock

Cast: Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Vilgreth), Alistair Lock (Stelpor), Lennox Greaves (Professor Pat Trethui), Holly King (Mrs. Burden)

Timeline: after The Sirens Of Time and before Doctor Who

Notes: This was a thirty-minute, single-episode story distributed exclusively on a CD included with issue #300 of Doctor Who Magazine, a CD which also included a preview version of episode one of Storm Warning. Last Of The Titans has not been released on CD to date, but was released as a free downloadable podcast in 2011. The script was originally written by Nicholas Briggs for the Audio Visuals amateur audio drama cassettes.

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Liars, Guns and Money Part 2: With Friends Like These

FarscapeWhen Moya arrives at the slave auction, D’Argo discovers to his horror that Scorpius has gotten there first and purchased the slaves – which he is perfectly willing to exchange for Crichton. Crichton’s alternate plan is to use the money which would have purchased Jothee to hire some of the less savory characters they’ve encountered in the Uncharted Territories for a breakout. But when most of the crew heads out on a recruitment drive, Zhaan and Chiana discover that they are victims of a double cross. Natira, head of the Shadow Depository, had replaced the actual ingots with creatures that had begun to eat Moya. Only intense heat – enough to injure Moya – will eliminate the parasites. When the others return to a damaged Moya to discover they no longer have the wealth to finance the operation, Crichton decides it might be time to put himself out of his misery for everyone’s benefit.

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directed by Catherine Millar
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Claudia Karvan (Natira), Nicholas Hope (Akkor), Matt Newton (Jothee), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), John Adam (Bekhesh), Jeremy Sims (Rorf), Jo Kerrigan (Rorg), David Wheeler (Durka), Lionel Haft (Zelkin), David Bowers (Kurz), Thomas Holesgrove (Teurac)

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Old Ares Had A Farm

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle have stopped in a tavern to eat, when the warrior notices some men seated at a nearby table that seem familiar. She goes to question one of them, but he doesn’t want to tell her anything until she puts her pinch on him. He tells Xena that they’ve united under the warlord Gasgar to go after Ares now that he’s mortal. They want revenge on the former god of war for double crossing them.

Away from the village, Ares is walking alone when a man appears and says he’s there to collect the bounty. But before he can do anything, Xena and Gabrielle appear and the man retreats. Ares tells them that he’s been having people want to fight him a lot lately. Xena fills him on how the warlords want his head and tells him he should go undercover. The former god of war says he’d been thinking about becoming a king or a priest. But that’s not what Xena had in mind – she thinks he’d be better off hiding out on a farm.

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directed by Charles Siebert
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Kevin Smith (Ares), Noel Coutts (Gasgar), Kirk Torrance (Demetrius), Charmaine Guest (Greba), Norman Forsey (Dempar), Dai Henwood (Siki), Andrew Kovacevich (Allus), Megan Nicol (Bargirl)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Shattered

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: A temporal anomaly stops Voyager in its path, creating dangerous feedback in the warp core – which then lashes out into engineering and strikes Chakotay. The first officer is rushed to sick bay, only to wake up to find that the Doctor doesn’t know what a mobile emitter is. A visit to the bridge proves to be even more surprising – Captain Janeway orders him arrested as a Maquis fugitive, even though she’s surprised to see him since Voyager has yet to depart Deep Space Nine on the mission to retrieve the Maquis. The cargo bay is crawling with Borg drones, including a still fully assimilated Seven of Nine. The astrometrics lab is manned by Icheb and Naomi Wildman, both adults and running the ship since the death of the command crew. And in engineering, Seska and the Kazons have taken over the ship. Time has fractured Voyager into countless splinters of past and future – but the only one who can perceive this is Chakotay, so how can he prove it to anyone else and repair the timelines?

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story by Michael Sussman & Michael Taylor
directed by Terry Windell
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Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Martin Rayner (Dr. Chaotica), Martha Hackett (Seska), Scarlett Pomers (Naomi Wildman), Mark Bennington (adult Icheb), Vanessa Branch (adult Naomi), Terrell Clayton (Andrews)

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Storm Warning

Doctor WhoThe Doctor happens upon a recursive disaster in the time vortex – a timeship whose fiery demise is repeating itself over and over again, leaving the vessel helpless to fend off the attack of vortex-dwelling creatures swarming over the wreck. The Doctor impetuously tries to nudge the timeship out of its predicament, putting the TARDIS in danger of joining it in its never-ending fate. The gambit works, but when the Doctor makes a hasty emergency exit of the vortex, vortizores follow the TARDIS to its destination: Earth, 1930, aboard the doomed maiden voyage of British Airship R-101. The Doctor becomes stranded aboard the ship – which history records as having crashed in France on its first flight with all hands lost – when the TARDIS, having landed in one of the ballast tanks, is dumped overboard. He then meets stowaway Charlotte Pollard – “Charley” for short – who boarded the R-101 in the guise of a steward, but has now been found out and is on the run. Lord Tamworth, the Minister of the Air, is also aboard, as is the dirigible’s nervous designer, fearful of the changes that Tamworth made to his specifications. And in Cabin 43, a heavily-sedated passenger is kept in isolation, though someone aboard the craft has made arrangements to return her home…to an alien space vehicle at an altitude of 5,000 feet.

Order this CD written by Alan Barnes
directed by Gary Russell
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Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Gareth Thomas (Lord Tamworth), Nicholas Pegg (Frayling), Barnaby Edwards (Rathbone), Hylton Collins (Chief Steward Weeks), Helen Goldwyn (Triskele)

Timeline: after the 1996 TV movie and before Sword Of Orion

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Liars, Guns and Money Part 3: Plan B

FarscapeAeryn and the mercenaries decide to revise the initial plan; they’ll break into the Shadow Depository, loot the place, and rescue Crichton. Everyone still gets rich, nobody stays in Scorpius’ clutches, everybody’s happy. Within the Depository, Scorpius makes contact with the neural clone and prepares to remove the chip from Crichton’s brain. The break-in distracts Scorpius enough for Crichton to persuade Natira to help him escape; after all, her odds of survival when all this is over are pretty nil unless Moya can help get her away as well. Even as the two try to escape, the team is suffering losses – and the neural clone is getting more and more assertive, demanding that Crichton just give up and go back to Scorpius.

Order the DVDswritten by Justin Monjo
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Lani John Tupu (Crais), Claudia Karvan (Natira) Nicholas Hope (Akkor), Matt Newton (Jothee), John Adam (Bekhesh), Jeremy Sims (Rorf), Lionel Haft (Zelkin), David Bowers (Kurz), Thomas Holesgrove (Teurac)

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Dangerous Prey

Xena: Warrior PrincessAfter recieving an intivitation from Queen Marga, Xena and Gabrielle arrive in Amazon territory to find that she is missing. Varia isn’t happy to see them and thinks they should leave. Xena offers to hunt for the missing Queen. Gabrielle stays behind with the other Amazons. The warrior finds Marga, who has been seriously injured. The dying Queen asks Xena to look out for Varia. She thinks the young Amazon will be a good leader, but still has much to learn. Varia finds them just as the Queen dies. Xena notices that someone has carved a message into Marga’s leg. It seems that someone has decided to hunt the Amazons for sport.

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directed by Renee O’Connor
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Tsianina Joelson (Varia), Sandy Winton (Prince Morloch), Craig Hall (Raczar), Sela Apera (Marga), Sara Whitman (Amazon #1)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Lineage

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54452.6: A nasty turn in engineering leads to a momentous announcement for B’Elanna Torres – she is pregnant. She and Tom try to digest the news in private, but aboard the confines of a starship word gets out, and B’Elanna’s crewmembers are bombarding her with everything from unsolicited parenting advice to requests to be godparents. B’Elanna, meanwhile, is suffering through her own private hell, fearful that – like her own father did when she was young – Tom was get fed up with the temperaments of a Klingon wife and daughter and abandon them both. But an unusual possibility presents itself when the Doctor uses genetic manipulation to correct a potential deformity – and B’Elanna sees a way to ensure that while Tom’s wife may be half-Klingon, further genetic alterations could give them a completely human child. Tom disagrees, but B’Elanna will go to any lengths to give the child what she thinks is a “normal” life.

Order the DVDswritten by James Kahn
directed by Peter Lauritson
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Juan Garcia (John Torres), Jessica Gaona (young B’Elanna), Javier Grajeda (Carl), Paul Robert Langdon (Dean), Nicole Sarah Fellows (Elizabeth), Gilbert R. Leal (Michael), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Die Me Dichotomy

FarscapeThe crew takes their gains from the Shadow Despository to an ice planet that serves as home to the Diagnosan Tacot, a surgeon of great renown that they hope will heal Moya’s burns and remove the chip from Crichton’s brain. The neural clone, however, has gained the ability to assume control of Crichton’s body for periods of time, and exploits the other’s desire to help and trust Crichton to make its escape and signal Scorpius. When Aeryn pursues him, Crichton/Scorpius rams her Prowler, and although she ejects, the seat is damaged. She is unable to break free as the seat crashes into a frozen lake, killing her. She is entombed in Tacot’s cryogenic chamber, along with other recently- and near-deceased specimens that the Daignosan uses for transplant organs. After Aeryn’s funeral, the others ponder their next step. D’Argo plans to propose to Chiana and retire to a farm somewhere, but neither Chiana nor Jothee seem enthused by the idea as they grow closer. Rygel tries to buy his way off planet. Zhaan and Stark choose to stay with Moya, while Crais regrets that Aeryn never joined him aboard Talyn. A shackled and grieving Crichton undergoes the chip removal surgery, which temporarily removes his capacity for speech as well. And that’s when Scorpius himself shows up to collect his goods.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Lani John Tupu (Crais), Matt Newton (Jothee), David Franklin, (Lt. Braca), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Grunchlk), Thomas Holesgrove (Diagnosan Tocot)

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The God You Know

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle have returned to Norse territory. They find Beowulf in a tavern and ask him to help them get to Valhalla. Three Valkyries who entered behind them offer to send Xena there by killing her. But she’s the one who sends them back out of the tavern, where a reporter wants to question her about why she has returned and if she plans to kill Odin.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Black
directed by John Laing
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Kevin Smith (Ares), Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite), Alexis Arquette (Caligula), Michael Hurst (Nigel), Luanne Gordon (Grinhilda), Alexander Petersons (Odin), Charles Mesure (Michael), Joel Tobeck (Lucifer), Peter Rowley (Charon)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Repentance

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Voyager’s quick response to an alien distress call turns into a crisis – the distress call is part of a trap. Eight convicts and their three guards are all disarmed in the process of transport, but this makes them no less dangerous. Despite a brief hostage situation, the prisoners are contained and Janeway adheres to the Prime Directive by offering to transport all of their guests to their original destination – and an appointment with a death sentence. But with everything to lose, the prisoners prove that they’re not quite so conscious of the rules as Voyager’s captain – and they’re not ready to go quietly.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert Doherty
story by Mike Sussman & Robert Doherty
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Jeff Kober (Iko), Tim deZarn (Yediq), F.J. Rio (Joleg), Gregg Poland (Voyager security officer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

You Are There

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle are walking through a field littered with bodies when the Archangel Michael appears. He tells them that Caligula is behind all of this carnage and that he will kill anyone who will not join his cult of blood, particularly the followers of Eli. Xena realizes that Eve must have headed to Rome and threatens Michael, saying that if she can kill gods then she can probably kill Angels too.

In Rome, Caligula is showing off his immortality to the people to gain their loyalty. When he learns who Eve is, he plans to throw her in jail. But before he can a woman comes riding up in a chariot. It’s Xena and she’s prepared to kill him. Just as she’s about to strike, though, Ares knocks her down, saying that if Xena kills Caligula, she’ll kill Aphrodite too.

Order the DVDswritten by Emily Skopov
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Kevin Smith (Ares), Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite), Alexis Arquette (Caligula), Adrienne Wilkinson (Eve), Charles Mesure (Michael)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Prophecy

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54518.2: Voyager is attacked by a cloaked ship which turns out to be Klingon in origin. The Klingon crew is multi-generational, having set out on a religious quest to find a savior before the signing of the Khitomer Accord, and they don’t take kindly to the arrival of a Federation starship. But they quickly cease hostilities when they meet B’Elanna and learn of her pregnancy, believing that her child is their savior. The Klingons even go so far as to sabotage their own ship, forcing Janeway to beam all 204 of them aboard Voyager. The crew is forced to share living quarters with the new arrivals, which causes no small amount of tension. But when the Klingons learn that B’Elanna is only half-Klingon, and that the father of her baby is a human, their spiritual fervor could turn deadly.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
story by Larry Nemecek & J. Kelley Burke and Raf Green & Kenneth Biller
directed by Terry Windell
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Sherman Howard (T’Greth), Paul Eckstein (Morak), Wren T. Brown (Kohlar), Peggy Jo Jacobs (Ch’Rega), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Path Of Vengeance

Xena: Warrior PrincessVaria has gathered the queens from the scattered tribes of the Amazon nation to meet and discuss plans of unification. A messenger arrives and tells them that Roman soldiers have been spotted in their territory. Varia decides the Amazons should attack them.

Eve is also in Amazon territory and the Romans find her. The captain tells her that the Emperor has sent them to protect her. She tries to send them away when the Amazons surround them and attack.

In a village nearby, Gabrielle has been trying to find a place for Xena and herself to stay, but says that nobody has room for them because of the Romans passing through. A Roman soldier stumbles into the village and tells them that Amazons attacked him and the troops he was with. He also tells them that the Romans were there to protect Eve.

Order the DVDswritten by Joel Metzger
directed by Chris Martin-Jones
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Adrienne Wilkinson (Eve), Tsianina Joelson (Varia), Kevin Smith (Ares), Morgan Reese Fairhead (Cyan), Marise Wipani (Kanae), Michelle Blanchard (Mawu-Ka), Kirstie O’Sullivan (Gwyn-Teir)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

The Void

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54553.4: Voyager is pulled off-course into an enclosed void littered with the debris of hundreds of dead ships. Once inside, new ships are immediately attacked by other ships, and Voyager quickly becomes the latest target. Though the crew is able to defend the ship, its supply of deuterium is stolen, leaving only very limited warp capability. Other assailants descend upon Voyager like vultures, each one stating that survival in the Void requires nothing more than strength and viciousness. After a one-shot attempt to escape fails, leaving Voyager dead in space and barely able to defend itself, Janeway hatches a plan to establish a new balance of power by forming mutually advantageous alliances with other ships and crews trapped in the Void…but no one seems eager to join Janeway’s Federation-in-miniature.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Raf Green & James Kahn
story by Raf Green & Kenneth Biller
directed by Mike Vejar
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Guest Cast: Robin Sachs (Valen), Paul Willson (Loquar), Scott Lawrence (Garon), Jonathan Del Arco (Fantome), Michael Shamus Wiles (Bosaal)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Sword Of Orion

Doctor Who: The Sword Of OrionIn the wake of the events surrounding the crash of the R-101, the Doctor and Charley take in a stray time vortex-dwelling creature, which Charley names “Ramsay.” But when Ramsay falls ill, the Doctor steers the TARDIS toward the Garazone system, where he hopes to find a cure. But the Doctor’s stopover at Garazone launches him into an even more perilous adventure. The scrap ship Vanguard is preparing to depart under the command of a mysterious new captain, and the Doctor and Charley are forced to stow away when the TARDIS is mistakenly loaded into the Vanguard’s cargo bay. Matters are made worse when the Vanguard makes a bee-line for a hulking derelict spacecraft. The Doctor and Charley watch helplessly as the crew try to board the enormous ship, and then one by one begin falling victim to that ship’s population of Cybermen, who have received a signal to reactive. But a danger greater than Cybermen may be lurking among the Vanguard’s crew – a danger which threatens the future of the entire human race.

Order this CD written by Nicholas Briggs
directed by Nicholas Briggs
music by Nicholas Briggs

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Michelle Livingstone (Deeva), Bruce Montague (Grash), Helen Goldwyn (Chev), Ian Marr (Ike), Hylton Collins (Vol), Toby Longworth (Kelsey)

Timeline: after Storm Warning and before Stones Of Venice

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To Helicon And Back

Xena: Warrior PrincessGabrielle joins in the celebration of Varia becoming Queen of the Amazons, while Xena camps nearby. Men with their faces painted blue begin to attack under the cover of an eclipse, led by a man wearing a mask. Xena joins the Amazons in fighting them. During the fight, the leader grabs Varia and rides off, while his men retreat. Xena recognizes that a weapon left behind by the men comes from Helicon. The other queens think that someone from Greece should lead in their rescue of Varia. Gabrielle thinks Xena should do it, but they will only listen to another Amazon queen – and Xena says that means Gabrielle.

Order the DVDswritten by Liz Friedman and Vanessa Place
directed by Michael Hurst
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Tsianina Joelson (Varia), Craig Parker (Bellerophon), Morgan Reese Fairhead (Cyan), Madeleie Sami (Tyro), Marise Wipani (Kanae), Michelle Blanchard (Mawu-Ka), Kirstie O’Sullivan (Gwyn-Teir)

LogBook entry by Mary Terrell

Workforce – Part I

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54584.3: On the planet Quarra, it’s another typical work day. The members of the labor force arrive at their jobs, perform their tasks, laugh with each other, fall in love, and receive frequent injections from their Quarren “employers,” ostensibly to protect them from radiation. But one employee has troubling flashbacks of being aboard a starship, and he even thinks he recognizes a fellow worker as his Captain in these visions. But that woman – Kathryn Janeway – is settling comfortably into her work schedule, falling in love with another worker, and is blissfully unaware of the fact that she was once the captain of the starship Voyager. In the meantime, four of her colleagues still retain their memories and are working against time and overwhelming Quarren security to recapture their crewmates.

Order the DVDswritten by Kenneth Biller & Bryan Fuller
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: James Read (Jaffen), Don Most (Kadan), John Aniston (Quarren Ambassador), Iona Morris (Umali), Tom Virtue (Supervisor), Michael Behrens (Coyote), Matt Williamson (Security Officer #2), Akemi Royer (Med Tech), Robert Mammana (Security Officer #1)

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Workforce – Part II

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54622.4: Chakotay is stranded on Quarra. Neelix has beamed back to Voyager with the brainwashed B’Elanna Torres, but with a heavy attack from Quarren security ships, Voyager has had to retreat (under the command of Ensign Kim and the Emergency Command Hologram). The first office manages to elude capture and meets with Janeway, who refuses to believe what he tells her about her true identity. But when the Quarren authorities finally capture Chakotay, and when Janeway’s new love dismisses what Chakotay told her, the fate of Voyager’s entire crew – whether or not they know who they truly are – lies in her hands.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Kenneth Biller & Michael Taylor
story by Kenneth Biller & Bryan Fuller
directed by Roxann Dawson
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Guest Cast: Don Most (Kadan), Tom Virtue (Supervisor), James Read (Jaffen), Jay Harrington (Ravoc), Damara Reilly (Alien Surgeon), Robert Joy (Yerid), Matt Williamson (Security Officer #2), John Aniston (Quarren Ambassador), Joseph Will (Security Officer #3), Majel Barrett (Narrator)

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Human Error

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate not given: Seven of Nine begins spending a great deal of time in the holodeck, simulating various social situations. But outside the holodeck, she is still her old self, showing no signs of her recent “practice” and still making every effort to avoid most shipboard social gatherings, including the baby shower for Tom and B’Elanna. But when massive energy discharges begin to explode in Voyager’s path, threatening the ship and its crew, there isn’t time for pleasantries anyway. Despite that, Seven continues spending every free moment on her “research,” even opting to forego regenerating in her Borg alcove in favor of social simulations which are taking on a personal and even romantic dimension (including a simulation of a relationship with Chakotay). But is she ignoring more pressing duties that could help the crew escape its current predicament?

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directed by Allan Kroeker
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Guest Cast: Manu Intiraymi (Icheb)

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Season of Death

FarscapeScorpius hides on the ice planet, looking to avoid any confrontation until his command carrier can retrieve him and the vital chip he has taken from Crichton’s brain. Jothee and Chiana get closer aboard Moya, while Rygel returns to the planet and discovers Crichton’s plight. Zhaan achieves a telepathic rapport with the still-mute Crichton, who begs her to kill him and free him from the Scorpius clone that still remains implanted in his mind. Instead his friends urge the Diagnosan, recovered from its injuries, to repair Crichton’s brain – a surgery that can only be performed with tissue from the bodies that remain frozen in the donor bank. A despairing Crichton earns a victory when he realizes that without the chip, he can mentally overpower the clone. It may be for naught, however, as a Scarran has arrived, chasing both the Moya crew and Scorpius. Crichton and D’Argo’s only hope may be Zhaan, who risks everything to summon help from beyond.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Ben Browder (Commander John Crichton), Claudia Black (Officer Aeryn Sun), Virginia Hey (Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan), Anthony Simcoe (Ka’a D’Argo), Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Lani Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius)

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning
directed by Ian Watson
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Matt Newton (Jothee), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Thomas Holesgrove (Diagnosan Tocot/Plonek), Aaron Catalan (Officer Kobrin)

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The Stones Of Venice

Doctor Who: The Stones Of VeniceThe Doctor barely gets Charley out of yet another near-death scrape, and realizes that they both need a vacation. The Doctor decides to take his companion to the lovely city of Venice…but naturally, overshoots the time frame a little bit and winds up taking her to Venice in the 23rd century, on the day before the fabled city sinks under the water once and for all. But Charley is stunned to see that no evacuation is being carried out – quite the contrary, in fact. Mad Duke Orsino is planning one last revel, and the more inebriated, the better as far as he’s concerned. Other Venetians aren’t taking their last day on Earth quite so calmly. Orsino’s court curator, Churchwell, is all but in a panic about the fate of the Duke’s valuable art collection. Pietro, a member of an amphibious race of gondoliers, has his eye on Charley in hopes of using her in a plot to help his people take over the city. The High Priest of an order that worships the Duke’s late wife means to see an ancient prophecy fulfilled, no matter the cost in human lives. And in his madness, the Duke deputizes someone to the throne, someone who may destroy everyone even before the city crumbles at daybreak. This time, the Doctor and Charley won’t be able to escape by dawn.

Order this CD written by Paul Magrs
directed by Gary Russell
music by Russell Stone

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Michael Sheard (Count Orsino), Nick Scovell (Churchwell), Barnaby Edwards (Pietro), Elaine Ives-Cameron (Ms. Lavish), Mark Gatiss (Vincenzo)

Timeline: after Sword Of Orion and before Minuet In Hell

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Suns and Lovers

FarscapeThe crew visits a commerce station to spend some of their profits from the Shadow Depository heist when a sudden storm hits, sending wreckage flying throughout the bar and trapping Moya in a mess of mooring cables. Aeryn raises the possibility of a physical relationship with John while Chiana and Jothee try to keep their own intimate encounters a secret from D’Argo. The crew discover that there are children trapped in another part of the station; Aeryn and Crichton set off to rescue them while Zhaan tends to the injured barkeeper. One of the cryogenic chambers from the ice planet opens; while Jothee is trying to figure out if the occupant overheard any of his most recent dalliance, said occupant has a sudden seizure and dies. He may not be the only one; another storm is heading their way, and it looks like someone on the station has a death wish – the storm is being summoned by a signal from inside.

Order the DVDswritten by Justin Monjo
directed by Andrew Prowse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Matt Newton (Jothee), Leanna Walsmann (Borlik), Thomas Holesgrove (Moordil), Jessica Fallico (Alien Girl), David Lucas (Cryoman)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Self-Inflicted Wounds Part 1: Could’a, Would’a, Should’a

FarscapeMoya is searching for a planet on which Zhaan can heal when Pilot informs Crichton that they’ve detected a wormhole. While he knows the urgency of Zhaan’s condition, Crichton figures a quick survey of the wormhole to gather data can’t hurt. Unfortunately, that’s when another craft comes spinning out of the wormhole, crashing through and merging with Moya. The fused craft is bouncing through a series of wormholes, and Moya’s systems seem to be shutting down as a result. The crew also begin to see visions of a flying serpent-like creature. The commander of the other ship, Neeyala, reports that the only way to disentangle the ships and escape the wormhole is to have the ships push off against each other, with the result being that one ship will be sucked into the wormhole and destroyed. Moya’s deterioration makes her appear to be the logical candidate, to everyone’s grief, particularly Zhaan. As the crew prepares for the detachment, they accidentally open another of the cryopods – but this time, the occupant survives. As Crichton scans through the data collected from the wormhole loop, he sees a familiar transmission – an old television broadcast. A sign of home.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Victoria Longley (Neeyala), Nicholas Hope (Kreetago), Dwayne Fernandez (Cresto), Kerith Atkinson (Shreena), Brian Carbee (Lastren)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Self-Inflicted Wounds Part 2: Wait for the Wheel

FarscapeBefore the crew leave Moya for the separation attempt, they discover that their ship’s deterioration is not a natural phenomenon at all – the occupants of the other ship have been using a device to render themselves invisible and sabotaging the Leviathan, in order to ensure the crew’s cooperation in keeping the other ship intact. The crew decides to try and save Moya, but they must act quickly – as they spend more time within the wormhole, the serpent becomes more tangible. The two crews battle each other for the upper hand, and eventually Moya and company prevail. The moment of separation is at hand – but one person must stay behind on the other ship to operate the critical controls. Crichton and Aeryn argue over who will stay behind, until Zhaan steps in and reminds them that she is the logical choice – her life is already near its end. As the rest of the crew watches, Zhaan withdraws the other ship from Moya; as Moya re-enters normal space, Zhaan and her ship are destroyed.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Victoria Longley (Neeyala), Nicholas Hope (Kreetago), Dwayne Fernandez (Cresto), Kerith Atkinson (Shreena), Brian Carbee (Lastren)

Notes: This was Virginia Hey’s final episode as a regular cast member; she left the show because of adverse reactions to the makeup and prosthetics required for the role.

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Q2

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54704.5: Q returns to Voyager, not having been encountered by Janeway and her crew since he begged Captain Janeway to be the mother of his child. Q managed to conceive a child without Janeway, and now that child is running into trouble with the Q Continuum. Q brings his son to Voyager in the hopes that the crew can teach the boy the qualities of humanity that Q has learned from Starfleet officers past. But the junior Q is undisciplined, bored, and has the same degree of boundless power as his father – and the resemblance of his antics to those of the Q of old are striking. But the younger Q’s impetuous nature may turn deadly for Voyager if neither Janeway nor the elder Q can reign him in.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert Doherty
story by Kenneth Biller
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Keegan de Lancie (Q2), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb), Michael Kagan (Alien Commander), Lorna Raver (Q Judge), Anthony Holiday (Nausicaan), Scott Davidson (Bolian)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Different Destinations

FarscapeThe crew visits a memorial to a moment of history where the Peacekeepers lived up to their names, arranging a truce that spared the lives of a group of nurses inside a besieged monastery. Stark’s powers interact strangely with the memorial, opening a crack in time that pulls the crew back to the siege. Upon their arrival, they learn that reality doesn’t quite match up with the legends Aeryn learned in her training; between that and the distortions they created with their very arrival, history soon experiences substantial revision. As Stark tries to find a way to recreate the tear so they can go home, Crichton keeps looking for ways to repair the damage – but this may be one of those occasions that proves the old saying about good intentions.

Order the DVDswritten by Steve Worland
directed by Peter Andrikidis
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Lucy Bell (Nurse Kelsa), Basia A’hern (Cyntrina), Marshall Napier (General Grynes), Dan Spielman (Sub-Officer Dacon), Terry Serio (Colonel Lennok), Alan Cinis (Officer Tarn)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Author, Author

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 54732.3: Thanks to Q’s reward to Janeway for taking care of his son, Voyager is now within shouting distance of home – or, at the very least, close enough to utilize Lt. Barclay’s latest innovation, a subspace signal bounced into the Alpha Quadrant, enabling real-time communications between Voyager and Starfleet. For the first time since Voyager became stranded in the Delta Quadrant, Harry Kim is able to see his parents, B’Elanna Torres sees her father for the first time in over twenty years, and the entire crew gets their first glimpse of Earth via a satellite transmission. And who has the Doctor been talking to? A Bolian publisher of holonovels, who has shown great interest in the hologram’s dramatization of the crew’s struggles over the past seven years. The Doctor’s crewmates learn about the negotiations for his literary work, but when they play the scenario themselves, they’re appalled to see how the Doctor has exaggerated their worst traits (not to mention his own struggle for equal rights as a member of the crew). The crew suggests more realistic revisions, which the Doctor implements without realizing that his unscrupulous publisher has already gone to “press” – with the wildly unflattering first draft. The crew’s families back home, after experiencing the holonovel, start asking questions about what has really happened to their loved ones in the Delta Quadrant. But when the Doctor tries to seek legal recourse for the unauthorized distribution of his work, the publisher falls back on the very point of the Doctor’s drama – holograms have no rights.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
story by Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Barclay), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris), Barry Gordon (Broht), Irene Tsu (Mary Kim), Joseph Campanella (Arbitrator), Lorinne Vozoff (Irene Hansen), Juan Garcia (John Torres), Robert Ito (John Kim)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Minuet In Hell

Doctor Who: Minuet In HellBrigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Retired) arrives in the newly-formed American state of Malebolgia, where the locals have requested his advice following his participation in the secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom. But the Brigadier is a little suspicious of events in Malebolgia, and he’s not alone – he has actually been assigned to look into rumors of misuse of a mind scanning/recording/reprogramming device at a local mental hospital. Those rumors turn out to be true when the Brigadier encounters a long-haired man in unusual clothes who claims to have arrived out of nowhere only the night before, and also claims to know the Brigadier. But Lethbridge-Stewart takes the man back to the mental hospital, and doesn’t get to hear the man’s claims that he’s a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey – and another patient at the mental hospital is making precisely the same claims. But whoever the Doctor may be, he’s in no position to stop a confluence of demonic influences from overrunning the 51st state – leaving Lethbridge-Stewart and an equally amnesiac Charley to do battle with darkness by themselves.

Order this CD written by Alan W. Lear with Gary Russell
directed by Nicholas Briggs
music by William Allen

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Robert Jezek (Brigham Elisha Dashwood), Morgan Deare (Senator Waldo Pickering), Helen Goldwyn (Becky Lee), Maureen Oakeley (Doctor Dale Pargeter), Nicholas Briggs (Gideon Crane)

Timeline: after Stones Of Venice and before Invaders From Mars

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