Letters From The Other Side

JeremiahJeremiah, Marcus and Erin are reunited in cells in Valhalla Sector, where Marcus is ruthlessly interrogated about his involvement in an “attempt to overthrow the United States government.” Jeremiah, on the other hand, is escorted to a personal meeting with the man who seems to be in control of that government. The President asks Jeremiah to talk his father into revealing the secrets of the out-of-control bioweapon that the world knows as the Big Death – but, if Jeremiah refuses to cooperate, his life will be used as a pawn to force his father to tell the President what he knows. Jeremiah is reunited with his father, meeting his research assistant Libby in the process, but both men know that their reunion has put them in a dangerous position: the President’s men won’t touch Devon, but as a bargaining chip, Jeremiah is expendable – and the moment he talks, so is Devon.

In the meantime, Kurdy is still on the run from Valhalla Sector search parties and helicopters, and he meets a man who claims that God wants Kurdy to stop running and surrender. Kurdy keeps running until he’s cornered – by none other than Lee Chen, Marcus’ traitorous right-hand-man. But now Lee claims to be working for Jeremiah’s father, and wants to return to Thunder Mountain with Marcus’ help. Lee wants to use Megan, the Big Death-infected woman living in Thunder Mountain’s isolation lab, as a way to secure the release of Valhalla Sector’s prisoners – and if it means saving Marcus’ life, Megan is willing to hand herself over. But the shadow government within Valhalla Sector doesn’t want Megan or Devon’s research to contain the Big Death. They want the ability to selectively deploy the disease as a weapon to ensure their dominance over the world.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Luke Perry (Jeremiah), Malcolm Jamal-Warner (Kurdy), Joanne Kelly (Liberty “Libby” Kaufman), Sean Astin (Mister Smith)

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series based on the comic book by Hermann Huppen
directed by Martin Wood
music by Tim Truman
series main theme by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Michael David Simms (General), Robert Wisden (Devon), Suzy Joachim (Megan), Robert Foxworth (The President), Garfield Wilson (Cell Guard), Robin Mossley (Interrogator)

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Letters From The Other Side – Part II

JeremiahKurdy has to do some fast talking to convince Thunder Mountain’s remaining personnel to stage a desperate assault on Valhalla Sector, with a prisoner exchange – Megan for Marcus, Erin, Jeremiah and Devin – serving as a distraction. But Valhalla Sector’s “President” and his advisors have only released Marcus and Erin, and Kurdy’s lightning raid forces Valhalla Sector’s troops to keep the door open long enough for the helicopter carrying Megan to land…and then the base is sealed off from nuclear, conventional and biological attack. Once inside, Megan grimly sets about the task of making physical contact with as many people as she can. Valhalla Sector’s sealed biosphere is set to open automatically in a matter of days, by which time the Big Death will have been set loose again. But can any survivors trapped inside – namely Jeremiah, Devon and Libby – ever be allowed to leave the base again?

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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Michael David Simms (General), Robert Wisden (Devon), Suzy Joachim (Megan), Robert Foxworth (The President), Garfield Wilson (Cell Guard), Adam Harrington (Team Leader), Colin Lawrence (Team Leader), Jason McKinnon (Communications Soldier), James Michalopoulos (Sniper), Darcy Laurie (NORAD Guy)

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Strange Attractors

JeremiahJeremiah’s father stays behind with a team at Valhalla Sector to ensure that the facility – and the Big Death outbreak – is secure. Jeremiah and the others return to Thunder Mountain, with Libby and Mr. Smith in tow. Traumatized by her recent reacquaintance with the Big Death, Libby isn’t interested in taking on any new assignments. Devon contacts Marcus to tell him that the other prisoners taken in Valhalla Sector’s raid of the St. Louis meeting are in imminent danger of being killed in a town called Millhaven, one of Valhalla Sector’s frequent supply stops. Familiar with Millhaven, and known to its people as someone from Valhalla Sector, Libby reluctantly agrees to accompany Jeremiah on a mission to distract Millhaven’s leaders while Kurdy and Mr. Smith lead an assault team to rescue Theo and the other prisoners. The mission is successful in terms of releasing the prisoners, but Millhaven’s leader escapes after learning the truth of what happened at Valhalla Sector – and he begins making his own plans.

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directed by Charles Winkler
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Kim Hawthorne (Theo), Robert Wisden (Devon), Aaron Douglas (Millhaven Leader), Biski Gugushe (Steve), Travis MacDonald (Guy), Jake Moyer (Guard), Rob Hayter (Guard), Dana Pemberton (Norader), Morley MacDougall (Traveler)

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Deus Ex Machina

JeremiahMarcus picks up where he left off, trying to unite various communities and factions to stave off the anarchy that has reigned since the Big Death. Counting on Theo for support, Marcus is somewhat surprised when she is uncharactertistically quiet during the contentious meetings. Kurdy, still refusing to work with Jeremiah, insists that Mr. Smith is his new partner, but he’s unaware that his mysterious benefactor has created and begun using a simple camera – and he’s upset when Marcus refuses to accept Smith so readily. Theo and Marcus are especially worried about a town leader named Daniel, who has a dangerous reputation – and a lot of pull with those who have even heard of him. Marcus pairs Kurdy with a man named Trent, and sends them to make contact with a particularly dangerous group – a mission that nearly gets Kurdy killed, something averted only by the sudden appearance of Mr. Smith, who seems to single-handedly disperse the gang holding Kurdy and Trent hostage. When an agent sent by Daniel arrives at Thunder Mountain and tries to steal the thunder from Marcus’ meeting, Theo steps forward to announce her preference for Marcus’ vision of a new world and a new government – because, to everyone’s surprise, she’s pregnant.

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directed by Mike Vejar
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Kim Hawthorne (Theo), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), David Palfey (Vincent), Scott Heindl (Thug), Kavan Smith (Trent), Adrian Holmes (Sandor), Craig Veroni (Hernandez), David Quinlan (Worker)

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Rites Of Passage

JeremiahJeremiah is nervous about his father’s upcoming visit to Thunder Mountain, and yet can barely find words when they have time to talk. Libby interrupts their uneasy reunion, claiming that Devon is needed to fix a technical problem. But her real reason for interrupting, as Jeremiah finds out, is to give him a letter – one written by Devon, in the event of his death, for Libby to someday take to Jeremiah. The letter apologizes for the death of Jeremiah’s mother, killed in an attempt to escape Valhalla Sector with Devon and Simon, the young son of the virologist responsible for the Big Death.

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excerpts written by J. Michael Straczynski
directed by Martin Wood
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Kim Hawthorne (Theo), Robert Wisden (Devon), Teryl Rothery (Mary), Christopher Heyerdahl (Paul Weill), Maddy Capozzi (Kid), Ryan Hale (Simon), Noah Beggs (Valhalla soldier), Sean Campbell (Valhalla soldier), Darryl Scheelar (Valhalla soldier), Deryl Hayes (Valhalla soldier)

Appearing in footage from The Long Road: Ryan Drescher (Michael), Devin Douglas Drewitz (young Jeremiah)

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The Mysterious Mr. Smith

JeremiahAs promised, Jeremiah “takes over” the town of Millhaven, running it as a far more benevolent community than its previous self-appointed “mayor.” With Marcus’ full support and with Libby in tow, Jeremiah restores freedom and a more neighborly feel to the town, but his reward is skepticism from the townsfolk when an emissary from Daniel arrives to take custody of a traveling family with information about Daniel’s fledgling government. Jeremiah refuses to hand the family over, and the people of Millhaven quickly lose faith in him for fear that they will be on the receiving end of Daniel’s retribution. In the meantime, Kurdy discovers that his new partner, Mr. Smith, has not only been leaving and returning to Thunder Mountain at odd hours, but he’s also created a primitive camera and has been photographing the interior of the base. Kurdy follows Smith out of the mountain, determined to discover the truth about Smith’s secretive agenda.

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directed by Mike Vejar
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Derek Hamilton (Charles), Jeniffer Copping (Leah), Tom Scholte (James), Michael P. Northey (Richard), Michael Telgen (Frank), Stuart Pierre (Traveler), Richard Harmon (Madison), Jason Bryden (Mike), Dana Pemberton (Clete), Alex Rae (Dave), Norm Sherry (Bartender), Alicia Thorgrimsson (Teller), Tamara Lashley (Teller), Grayson Hosie (Teller), Jay Hilliker (Teller), Nicola Anderson (Teller), Emmanuel Belliveau (Norader guy)

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Voices In The Dark

JeremiahA celebration is held in Millhaven to honor Jeremiah’s victory over Daniel’s armed thugs. But the party nearly becomes a wake when aman in the crowd, receiving orders from Daniel through a walkie-talkie, tries to assassinate Jeremiah in full view of everyone present. Though Jeremiah is shot, the wound is not fatal, and the gunman then fails to kill himself as ordered. Jeremiah feels that Marcus needs to learn more about Daniel’s movement sooner rather than later, but when Marcus doesn’t act on that suggestion, Jeremiah asks Kurdy and Mr. Smith to help. The three visit a city under Daniel’s control, finding that luxuries such as water and electricity can be found there – but so can dissenters in the ranks of Daniel’s army…at least, Jeremiah hopes so when one of these defectors is taken back to Thunder Mountain.

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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Francoise Yip (Rachel), Doron Bell Jr. (Adam), Michael P. Northey (Richard), Adrian Hughes (Karl Stevenson), Gaston Howard (Foreman), Cody Laudan (Prisoner), Rob Daly (Enforcer), Lance Gibson (Enforcer), Melissa Barker-Sauer (Dancer), Ted Kozma (Bypasser), Essra Vischon (Onlooker), Alessandro Juliani (voice of Daniel)

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Crossing Jordan

JeremiahKurdy and Smith convince the leaders of the town of Ridgeway to join Marcus’ alliance to stand up to the spread of Daniel’s forces, promising that Thunder Mountain will stand with them if Daniel threatens. Their next stop is a town where Kurdy feels that Jeremiah’s presence will help to sway the town leaders over to joining the alliance. Libby, pregnant with Jeremiah’s child, insists on going along, though he is troubled by his latest revelation from God. When the four travelers from Thunder Mountain arrive, they find a receptive audience in the town’s leaders, but somehow, Daniel’s thugs, led by the fanatically violent Sims, have learned where Jeremiah and Kurdy are headed next. Jeremiah and Kurdy learn that Ridgeway has all but been wiped off the map by Daniel, and find only a lone survivor. Jeremiah and Kurdy race back to the town, where Smith is helping to organize a defense against Daniel. But Smith is also plagued by his latest revelation, something which tells him that Libby will soon die – but without telling him at whose hands, or why.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: John Pyper-Ferguson (Sims), Michael Teigen (Frank), Ocean Hellman (Barbara), Kirsten Williamson (Sheila), Jon Cuthbert (Rod), Stephen Park (David), Matthew Currie Holmes (Keith), Dean Marshall (Gary), C.J. Jackman-Zigante (Woman with basket), Alessandro Juliani (voice of Daniel)

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Running On Empty

JeremiahJeremiah drops everything to pursue vengeance – he’ll stop at nothing to kill Sims in order to avenge Libby’s death. Elsewhere, Sims and his thugs continue their campaign of terror. Marcus and Erin arrive from Thunder Mountain, and Marcus makes a surprising announcement: he’s ready to help Jeremiah find Sims, no matter what it takes. Jeremiah can have his revenge, and the attacks that are steadily eroding confidence in the alliance will come to an end – at least for now. Marcus hatches a plan to draw Sims and his men out into the open, with the intention of either finishing them off or taking prisoners who can tell him more about Daniel’s operation. Jeremiah, on the other hand, may not be feeling merciful enough to take any prisoners…

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directed by Martin Wood
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Michael Teigen (Frank), Jon Cuthbert (Rod), D. Harlan Cutshall (Driver), Santo Lombardo (Nick), D. Neil Mark (Man)

Appearing in footage from Crossing Jordan: Joanne Kelly (Libby)

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The Question

JeremiahAt Thunder Mountain, Smith learns that he may never regain the use of the arm that took a bullet in his shootout with Libby, a shootout whose details he’s still keeping secret from everyone else. Not so secret is the fact that Thunder Mountain is going to have to raise an army of its own keep standing up against the forces of Daniel – and once enough recruits show up, Kurdy is expected to train them into an effective fighting force. Skeptical of his leadership abilities, Kurdy turns out to be better than anyone else expected of him. But even that may not be enough to keep his recruits alive when they find themselves thrust into a real firefight.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Nicholas Cleary (Kent), Enid-Raye Adams (Gina), Michael Adamthwaite (Ed), Lara Azzopardi (Brianna), Kerri Smith (Leader), Kevan Ohtsji (Leader), Adrian Holmes (Leader)

Appearing in footage from Man Of Iron, Woman Under Glass: Suzy Joachim (Megan)

Notes: Enid-Raye Adams also appeared in J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5: The Legend Of The Rangers, as the Minbari healer Firell.

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The Past Is Prologue

JeremiahAgainst his better judgement, Kurdy takes on Chen Lee as backup for his next assignment, returning to a city where he once lived before his travels began with Jeremiah. Chen Lee still hasn’t regained the trust of anyone at Thunder Mountain since his betrayal of the alliance, but Kurdy finds that he’s not much more welcome when he returns to his old stomping grounds. He was a gang member there, but ran for his life – and watched his few friends die – when the gang went from foraging for survival necessities to cold-blooded murder. On the road, Jeremiah is stranded and looks for the nearest town, but when he finds shelter, he’s given drugged food and wakes up in a nicely-furnished home with a wife and son who aren’t his. Everything in the house claims that it’s 2004 – 17 years in the past – and even the woman who’s posing as his wife seems to think that every day she wakes up there is going to be a great day. But no one ever leaves the house, and Jeremiah realizes that this piece of the past is now his prison.

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Guest Cast: Stefanie von Pfetten (Sandra), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Enid-Raye Adams (Gina), Ronald Selmour (Ike), Kurt Evans (Ben), Eliza Norbury (Lisa), Brad Mooney (Jimmy), Patrick Gallagher (Tony), Travis Watters (Gang One), Ikkee Battle (Man), Anthony McRae (Cal)

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The Face In The Mirror

JeremiahHis name is Frederick Monash, and he’s a survivor of the Big Death. He’s on the run from Daniel’s forces, and he’s trying to reach the resistance, but has to go into hiding just before he can meet with them. Jeremiah’s father knew him, at Valhalla Sector, when he was working on a top-secret plan called Project Backfire, designed to keep Valhalla Sector’s more militant leaders from grabbing too much power – but no one ever knew if he lived long enough in the outside world to set that plan into motion. Monash’s mission was to create a new government that would challenge Valhalla Sector’s secretive tactics, and if a leader couldn’t be found to lead that new society, one would be invented. But somewhere along the way, Project Backfire lived up to its name and became even more vicious than Valhalla Sector itself, and its leader is indeed the one Monash dreamed up – and his name is Daniel.

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directed by Sean Astin
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Francoise Yip (Rachel), Leila Arcieri (Crystal), Robert Wisden (Devon), Matthew Walker (Frederick Monash), John Pyper-Ferguson (Sims), James Upton (Aide), Trever Havixbeck (Driver), Michael Jonsson (Driver), Kimani Ray Smith (Traveler), Leanne Adachi (Traveler), Linden Banks (Scientist), Judith Maxie (Scott), Larry Musser (Warren)

Appearing in footage from Letters From The Other Side and Crossing Jordan: Joanne Kelly (Libby)

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The State Of The Union

JeremiahAs Jeremiah continues to chafe against his duties as the mayor of Millhaven, Marcus continues to send teams out from Thunder Mountain with radios for the cities that make up the alliance. Kurdy and Smith, making a radio supply run, decide to visit Jeremiah and give him a break from it all, but this break from his duties is anything but relaxing; the town where they were due to drop radios off has been razed to the ground by Sims and his thugs, with only a few of the residents living long enough to escape the carnage. The area is land-mined as well, and Kurdy’s vehicle is destroyed, along with the only way to call Thunder Mountain for backup. The three wander south to seek help, instead finding that Sims has set up camp nearby with a radio jammer capable of taking down the very communications network they’re trying to build.

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directed by Miran Cheylov
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Enid-Raye Adams (Gina), John Pyper-Ferguson (Sims), David Richmond-Peck (Tad), Adrian Holmes (Sandor), Nicole Munoz (Little Girl), Rik Kiviaho (Aide), David Lovgren (Jacob), Brian Jennings (Samuel), Shaker Paleja (Jacob’s Soldier), Camille Martinez (Sandor’s Wife), Toby Berner (Guy)

Appearing in footage from Crossing Jordan, Voices In The Dark, Deus Ex Machina: Joanne Kelly (Libby)
Appearing in footage from Letters From The Other Side: Robert Wisden (Devon)

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Interregnum

JeremiahEven as Daniel’s troops close in on Thunder Mountain, Smith insists on taking Jeremiah and Kurdy to a children’s home that neither of them has ever seen before. There, a few adult survivors of the Big Death have banded together to shepherd the next generation of the human race toward their own adulthood. And they’ve made a discovery: the new generation of children is smarter than previous generations, and at a much younger age, though no one knows if this is evolution at work, or a side effect of the virus. Smith hopes that the home can be protected, but Marcus can’t guarantee this when an attack closes his supply lines right on the doorstep of Thunder Mountain. Worse yet, evidence is uncovered of sabotage taking place within the complex – Sims’ people are already inside. And on the eve of battle, when Jeremiah discovers how and why Libby really died, it seems there’s little chance that he’ll forgive either Sims or Smith.

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directed by Mike Vejar
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Michael Teigen (Frank), Donna White (Hannah), Enid-Raye Adams (Gina), John Pyper-Ferguson (Sims), Rik Kiviaho (Sim’s Lieutenant), David Richmond-Peck (Tad), Sam MacMillan (Pilot), Justin Stillwell (Thunder Mountain Recruit), Jillian Fargey (Teacher), Chris Lovick (Fifth Column Recruit), Michael Smith (Matt), Samuel Patrick Chu (Blackboard Kid), Jessica Amlee (Rose), Clint Carleton (Thunder Mountain Driver), Demord Dann (Thunder Mountain Passenger)

Appearing in footage from Crossing Jordan: Joanne Kelly (Libby)

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Interregnum Part 2

JeremiahOn the eve of battle, Sims finds himself troubled by Marcus’ announcement that Daniel doesn’t exist, but presses forward with preparations for the final battle anyway. Smith is discovered by one of the women running the children’s home, who gets him to safety, and he’s able to inform Kurdy of Sims’ movements. Armed with that information, Jeremiah sets out to settle the score once and for all, to kill Sims himself. At Thunder Mountain, one of Sims’ infiltrators is captured, and Marcus is able to avert the takeover of the base. When Jeremiah catches up with Sims, he discovers that the seed of distrust has already been planted, and that Sims is already questioning the existence of Daniel. But is that enough for Jeremiah to spare his life and possibly stop the war before the first battle is fought?

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directed by Mike Vejar
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Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Michael Teigen (Frank), Donna White (Hannah), Enid-Raye Adams (Gina), John Pyper-Ferguson (Sims), Rik Kiviaho (Sim’s Lieutenant), Larry Musser (Warren), Chris Lovick (Fifth Column Recruit), Matthew MacCaull (Guard), Jessica Amlee (Rose)

Notes: This was the final episode of Jeremiah, which was cancelled by MGM despite efforts to regroup the creative team after the departure of J. Michael Straczynski, who left in a dispute with the studio (and openly said he would never work with MGM again). The airdates for the latter half of the season season are taken from the episodes’ world premiere dates in Canada, where the entire season was aired in order on a weekly basis with no interruptions. In the U.S., the Showtime network buried the final episodes, airing them back-to-back in the wee hours of weekend mornings, with virtually no promotion to draw attention to the lame duck show’s return after months off the air.

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