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Awakening

Deepwater Black / Mission GenesisA young woman named Yuna awakens from cryogenic sleep aboard a ship that’s lurching unpredictably through space. Other cryogenic containers open gradually, revealing the rest of her crewmates, though none of them – including Yuna – can remember their names or their shipboard functions at first.

Yuna and a young man named Reb regain enough of their memories to realize that their ship is being attacked, and manage to evade the attack by jumping into hyperspace – but whoever is firing on them continues the pursuit, and they can’t run forever. The others begin to recall their jobs: Zak is a cybernetics expert, and immediately sets about trying to repair the onboard computer and its holographic interface, Gen. Lise is medically trained, while the aggressive Bren comfortably steps back into his function as the ship’s security chief. Gret seems to be the crew’s communications expert. But all of them will have to remember how to do their jobs quickly in order to survive the next attack…

written by Bill Taub
based on the Deepwater novels by Ken Catran
directed by George Mendeluk
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: Gordon Michael Woolvett (Reb), Nicole de Boer (Yuna), Jason Cadieux (Bren), Julie Khan (Gen), Craig Kirkwood (Zak), Sara Sahr (Lise), Kelli Taylor (Gret)

Deepwater BlackNotes: Aired in the U.S. as Mission Genesis on Sci-Fi Channel, this series – based on a series of young adult SF novels by Canadian writer Ken Catran – was partially bankrolled by Sci-Fi Channel and was billed as the first Sci-Fi Channel original series. The cast is filled with faces familiar to viewers of Canadian-produced drama series (a category that also crosses over with many later Sci-Fi Channel original series). The television series diverges from the books in everything from minor story details to major elements such as the characters’ names. Composer Fred Mollin had previously scored such Canadian-produced TV series as Friday The 13th: The Series (and some of the later movies from that franchise), Forever Knight, TekWar and episodes of the new Outer Limits.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Lullaby

Deepwater Black / Mission GenesisAfter surviving their first challenge from a hostile ship, the young and still amnesiac crew of Deepwater Black continues trying to remember anything – including how to fix the onboard computer, Gen. They’re surprised when Gen puts in an appearance shortly after Zak short-circuits her console, but she’s not herself. Gen insists that the entire crew resume cryo-sleep in one hour, and begins depressurizing sections of the ship in preparation. Even without their memories, everyone knows something is wrong, but with Zak locked out of Gen’s diagnostic program, they can’t get her to slow down her rush to put them back to sleep. Exploring the ship to look for another console, Gret suddenly has a flash of memory – and that memory includes the knowledge that she, and everyone else on board, is a clone.

Deepwater Blackwritten by Jeff Copeland and Barry Pearson
based on the Deepwater novels by Ken Catran
directed by Don McCutcheon
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: Gordon Michael Woolvett (Reb), Nicole de Boer (Yuna), Jason Cadieux (Bren), Julie Khan (Gen), Craig Kirkwood (Zak), Sara Sahr (Lise), Kelli Taylor (Gret)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Legacy

Deepwater Black / Mission GenesisThe ship is nearly wiped out in a tachyon storm, with the lack of a clear chain of command nearly getting the crew killed. Bren is sent into the bowels of the ship to reroute power, but is distracted when he finds a message tape with his name on it – along with the words “for your eyes only.” After the immediate crisis, Bren returns to his quarters to watch the message: a top secret communique from the original Bren’s military commanding officer, informing him that he may have to take command at a critical moment. But the message is vague enough to make Bren think that his time is now, and he begins planning an armed takeover; after all, the lack of discipline on the bridge is dangerous, and it’s in everyone’s best interests. Yuna and Zak, conducting repairs outside the ship in the shuttlecraft, are stranded outside the shields, and Bren chooses this moment to relieve Reb of command by force, stunning him and taking him off the bridge. The more his crewmates resist his command, the more paranoid Bren becomes. Lise discovers that the message tape was coated with a mind control drug developed by the military, but by the time Bren finds out that he’s out of control, it may be too late for Yuna and Zak.

Deepwater Blackwritten by Jeff Copeland
based on the Deepwater novels by Ken Catran
directed by Don McCutcheon
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: Gordon Michael Woolvett (Reb), Nicole de Boer (Yuna), Jason Cadieux (Bren), Julie Khan (Gen), Craig Kirkwood (Zak), Sara Sahr (Lise), Kelli Taylor (Gret)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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