Black Hunger

K-9Exploring some of the underground tunnels below Professor Gryffen’s lab, Darius spots two Department scientists experimenting with a piece of alien technology… and then unleashing something alive into the air. What Darius doesn’t see, however, is that the airborne life form quickly consumes anything near it – anything alive or dead, including one of the scientists. As far as Darius knows, the scientists simply abandon their experiment and leave their equipment there, which he then gathers up and takes to Gryffen’s lab. Darius discovers the purpose behind the alien life form: it consumes anything, and can then be retrieved by the device – the perfect miracle cleaning solution, except that it’s capable of devouring human life as well.

written by Chris Roache
directed by James Bogle
music by Christopher Elves

Guest Cast: Robyn Moore (Inspector June Turner), Connor Van Vuuren (Drake), Jared Robinsen (Thorne), Scott Tilly (Worker #1), Anthony Kidd (Worker #2), Stephen Sourkis (Dept. Technician), Josh Norsend (CCPC), Jason McNamara (CCPC), Dane Paltman (CCPC)

Notes: There’s a fairly interesting piece of rather major character development in this episode, as Inspector June Turner admits that Jorjie’s involvement with K-9’s adventures does represent a conflict of interests for her work with the Department, but she also says that she stays with the Department to keep the likes of Drake from winding up in charge. There’s also a major Doctor Who reference here, as K-9 says he’ll evacuate his fuel cells when he next visits the planet Atrios, which has “no carbon-based life forms” – presumably the Atrios-Zeos war didn’t come to a conclusion that favored the survival of any life there.

LogBook entry by Earl Green