New Arrivals

Mercy PointIn the year 2249, space station Mercy Point serves as humanity’s primary medical facility at the edge of a hazardous area of deep space known as the Sahartic Divide. Both human and alien doctors practice there, straining under constant shortages of both supplies and personnel. Dr. Grote Maxwell and Dr. Haylen Breslauer, both humans, eagerly await the arrival of a new resident to ease their workload, but Haylen is less than overjoyed when her younger half-sister, Dr. Dru Breslauer, is the new arrival. Her arrival also leaves Dr. Caleb Jurado, Mercy Point’s chief EMT, at a loss for words, as the two had a tumultuous prior relationship. Mercy Point’s resident nurses seethe with jealousy over Ani (short for Android Nursing Interface), a tireless nurse with perfect bedside manner and appearance, no matter how long her shifts are. A computer technician from the nearby Jericho Colony, the most distant human settlement, arrives and begins have seizures. Maxwell is flustered in his attempts to pinpoint the cause, but when a group of patients arrive from the same colony and display similar symptoms, Mercy Point is placed under quarantine to contain a possible epidemic.

written by Trey Callaway
directed by Michael Katleman
music by Jon Ehrlich

Mercy PointCast: Joe Morton (Dr. Grote Maxwell), Maria Del Mar (Dr. Haylen Breslauer), Alexandra Wilson (Dr. Dru Breslauer), Jordan Lund (Dr. Batung), Julia Pennington (Ani), Gay Thomas (Dr. Rema Cook), Brian McNamara (Dr. Caleb Jurado) Joe Spano (Dr. DeMilla), Salli Richardson (Kim), Zachary Ansley (Bortok), Veena Sood (Mrs. Tennant), Gordon Currie (Mr. Tennant), Mitch Kosterman (Hennessy), Christine Willes (Nurse Tobbit), Leanne Adachi (Mednaut Cowan), Brent Chapman (Launch Attendant), Paul McGillion (Pvt. Banes), Joe Pascual (Mednaut Westhusing), Rick Ravanello (Mednaut Thurston), Diana Stevan (Mrs. Hennesey), Haig Sutherland (Nagnom)

Mercy PointNotes: As the writer of the hit movie I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, series creator Trey Callaway was given his first shot at a “created by” credit on TV, resulting in Mercy Point, a SF medical drama which was part of an attempt by UPN to revitalize the network in its third year on the air. Genre series were greenlit with great fanfare in UPN’s fall 1998 season, though Mercy Point was the first to fall under the axe, airing only three episodes before cancellation. Its stablemate, Seven Days, found an audience by virtue of sharing Wednesday nights with Star Trek: Voyager. UPN burned off the remaining unaired Mercy Point episodes in July 1999. Callaway went on to write and produce CSI:NY.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Opposing Views

Mercy PointMercy Point braces for a sudden influx of patients after the explosion of a passenger shuttle that has left the pilot dead. The co-pilot is in critical condition, and an accident scene investigator arrives on the station, wanting to do a “memprint” from her mind, even though the stress of doing so may kill her. Dr. Batung overrules his human colleagues during surgery on a woman with badly injured legs, insisting that amputation followed by cybernetic prosthesis is the only possible treatment. He’s stunned when, after the surgery, his patient says she should’ve been allowed to die…not realizing that she was a prize-winning gymnast.

written by Trey Callaway
directed by D.J. Caruso
music by Jon Ehrlich

Mercy PointCast: Joe Morton (Dr. Grote Maxwell), Maria Del Mar (Dr. Haylen Breslauer), Alexandra Wilson (Dr. Dru Breslauer), Jordan Lund (Dr. Batung), Julia Pennington (Ani), Gay Thomas (Dr. Rema Cook), Brian McNamara (Dr. Caleb Jurado), Joe Spano (Dr. DeMilla), Salli Richardson (Kim), Larry Cedar (Charlie Bantam), Lisa Darr (Julie Porteuse), Craig Kirkwood (Mednaut Jeffries), Christine Willes (Nurse Tobbit), Haig Sutherland (Nagnom), Kirsten Robek (Nurse Davies), Leanne Adachi (Mednaut Cowan), Rick Ravanello (Mednaut Thurston), Joe Pascual (Mednaut Westhusing), Hagan Beggs (Mr. Blumenthal), Taylor-Anne Reid (Lily Parks), Fiona M. Scott (Nancy Curtis), Mercy PointAndrew Laurenson (Peter Reese), Alison Matthews (Surgeon Tyndale), Matt Smith (Dr. Lasker), Paul Jarrett (Mr. Parks), Zoran Vukelic (Mr. Porteuse)

Notes: Matt Smith is the Doctor! Or at least Matt Smith is a doctor. And he’s probably not the Matt Smith you’re expecting – this Matt Smith is a Canadian-born actor who went on to have a long career in voicing English dubs of anime, no relation whatsoever to the actor who played the eleventh Doctor of Doctor Who fame.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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