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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

"All About Eve"
TV episode
Written by Robert Crais
Directed by John Harrison


The group discovers a 50-year old Council ship, with crewmembers in suspended animation.


Read the full summary at the Making of Timelines Yahoo Group


Didja Know?


The title of this episode is probably an homage to the 1950 film of that name, though thematically unrelated.


Didja Notice?


This episode is narrated by Julia at the beginning and Devon at the end. Julia remarks that it has been 6 days since they left the winter camp. However, Danziger later says they've been stuck in the valley for 8 days; it's not clear how much time has passed since the burial of their comrade on day 6, so it's possible this scene takes place two days after the opening.


After all of the Eden Advance members contract a strange malady, the first of them dies and is buried at the beginning of this episode. The grave marker left behind identifies her as Eben Sinh (the end credits of this episode call her Eben Synge instead, but I think the grave marker takes precedence!). This is a name we've not heard previously in the series, but is identifiable by the body later examined by the revived Dr. Anson as one of the background characters seen in the past who never had dialog; an attractive, dark-haired young woman. The screen grab at right is Eben from "Better Living Through Morganite" Part 2.


A jet contrail is seen in the sky at 2:23 on the DVD.


Alonzo remarks that the first ship out as far as G889 was a Jupiter-class freighter. But the crashed vessel they've found now is from 30 years before even that, a Venus-class vessel.


Julia refers to the cryo-suspension tubes in the crashed ship as "cold-sleep crypts".


At various times in the episode, the names of some of the cold-sleep crew members are visible on the nameplates of the sleep crypts or on computer displays. These names are nods to a few production crew members on this episode: China Iwata was the art department coordinator, Bruton Jones was an assistant art director, and Maxine Shepard was the production designer.


Yale finds the crashed ship's records and finds that it was a Council research ship, commissioned out of New Mars Station.


This episode reveals that the colonists were all unknowingly injected with bioprobes at the base of the neck that were meant to allow the Council to monitor them from the satellite orbiting G889.


Bennett states, during his conversation with Dr. Anson about the crypt logs, that they indicated they'd sat frozen in the crypts for 50 years.


Riley now appears with a mustache, though he is also revealed to be nothing but a computer program operating from the orbiting satellite.


Discussing the problems with the Council implants, Riley suggests Eve can effect a repair and, "No more problemo." Possibly, Riley's statement is a nod to the phrase "No problemo" used by the robotic Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.


When Devon and Yale establish the communication link with Riley, the computer-programmed image is reciting lines from Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th Century collection of stories The Canterbury Tales:


Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour


When Devon points out to Riley that the implants allowed him to pinpoint the group's whereabouts on the planet at all times and asks why he didn't, therefore, simply come for Uly (and his Terrian-laced DNA) at any time, Riley responds that he and the Council are not cruel, "Are we not men? Do we not bleed?" The "do we not bleed" phrase is from William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.


At 28:40 on the DVD, a very obvious jet contrail is seen in the sky.


Near the end of the episode, notice that the group is salvaging parts and equipment from the crashed Venus ship to take with them.


Alonzo remarks to Julia that he'd like to take the Venus ship's food hydrolyzers. To hydrolyze something means to dissolve it by addition of water; it seems more likely that the devices he speaks of are meant to reconstitute dried food for consumption.


As his mother is placed in the sleep crypt to prevent her immediate death and left to be revived at some later date, notice that Uly leaves his decorated walking stick (first seen in "The Man Who Fell to Earth (Two)") next to the crypt. 


Unanswered Questions


Why is the humanoid image of the Eve program depicted as nude when the Riley program is always clothed?


While beginning his cyberspace link with Riley, Yale makes some rather cryptic remarks which are not elaborated upon: "I can see them. I can see the others. I can see their settlements. I can see their children! They're dying. They're all dying!" Are there as yet undiscovered settlements on G889? Human? Alien? Is Yale's vision related to the cryptic warning from Dr. Anson before she dies that the planet is rejecting them? Is it related to Devon's ailment?


Will Devon be cured of her ailment? Since this was the last episode of the series, we'll never really know. But, remember, we did see her still alive 16 years in the future in "The Boy Who Would Be Terrian King".


Memorable Dialog


withering away.wav

I really hate it when you nag.wav

no more problemo.wav

I've lost my ball.wav

do we not bleed?.wav

that is a stupid thing to say.wav

promise me, John.wav

it was worth it.wav

I hope you all feel better.wav

we could sell it.wav

strange new world.wav

we cannot live here.wav 


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