The title of this episode was likely inspired by either the
1931 science-fiction novel Brave New World by
Aldous Huxley, or the line from Shakespeare's play The
Tempest which was the inspiration for the title of the
Unlike most episodes of the series, this one does not have
an opening and closing narration by one of the characters,
nor is it stated how many days the group's been on the
At about 1:22 on the DVD, a ring of red stain is seen at the
bottom of the canister the Grendler is looking into, a
quick hint as to the previous contents of the canister
before it is revealed on the side of the case just seconds
The side of the metal case in the Grendlers' possession
reveals it is from the supplies of the Eden Project and is labeled as HUMAN BLOOD. It seems unlikely it would
be labeled with the "human" qualifier though since no other
intelligent species has joined humanity before G889. Even
though the Eden Advance supply pods did have some
artificial placental sacks of domestic animals as well,
such as the horse grown in "Life
Lessons", blood transfusions are not
normally conducted on animals, so it is unlikely that the
Eden Project would go to the trouble of packing animal blood
which would need to be distinguished from human. The label
is really on the crate just to clarify for the viewing
audience what the Grendlers have become addicted to.
The human blood-drinking by the Grendlers was first seen in
"Life Lessons" when Gaal provided a couple of Grendlers with
samples of his own blood as a reward for service.
The live spiders used in this
episode look as if they may be wolf
spiders, though the spider that
climbs into the Grendler's clothes
at 5:42 on the DVD does not appear
to be the same one who later bites
the creature at 6:59.
|Spider at 5:42
||Spider at 6:59
At 7:28 on the DVD, the Grendler looks at a photo badge of
Dr. Heller, though she looks quite different from her
current appearance! Notice also here that the Grendler's
hand is obviously a human one with make-up applied;
fingerprints are visible on the index finger.
Notice that there's a spider on the Eden water pouch
Danziger picks up at 13:16 on DVD. He shakes it off without
ever realizing it was there!
The water pouch Julia spots in the Grendler cave at 20:29 on
the DVD has a truncated version of the logo of the exiled
biological research group (as first seen in
"Moon Cross") on it, indicating it was not from
one of the Eden cargo pods.
Julia tricks the Grendler into getting bit by one of the
spiders by taking the sea water-filled vial and dumping a
spider into it when he can't see it before giving it back to
him to drink. She's lucky the spider didn't drown first!
Besides that, when the Grendler upends the vial into its
mouth, no water comes out, just the spider!
When the tunnel transports Devon, Alonzo, and Danziger to a
beach, Devon assumes it is the Sea of Antius, where the
colony of New Pacifica is to be founded. The Sea of Antius
is mentioned in the novelization of the
"First Contact" pilot
episode and is seen on the map on the back cover of the
book, depicted as an inland sea.
Devon doesn't seem to put 2 and 2 together and realize that
Danziger punched Alonzo because he was jealous over the
younger man's sudden attraction to her.
At 41:42 on the DVD, considering all the negative spiders
that were in the cave, it seems unlikely that the "love
spider" would be one of the ones that just happened to climb
onto the Grendler and bite him. Plus, why do the spiders
keep biting for no apparent reason? Normally spiders only
bite prey or if they feel threatened. In this case
particularly, the Grendler was just sitting there.
From the sounds in the cave tunnel, the "transport system"
starts up again slightly before Alonzo has even scooped up
the "love spider" into the metal vial. If the force field of
the transport system is being upset by the love spider's
presence in the negative spiders' space, why would it start
up while it was still exposed?
When the sound of the "transport system" starts up again,
Danziger says, "I hear a train comin'." Spending his life on
the stations, would he even be familiar with the sound of a
At the end of the episode, Alonzo shakes the errant spider
out of the phial in which it was held into his hand before
pushing it back onto its proper web. But shouldn't he be
afraid of it biting him again? The spiders seemed to be
easily provoked into doing so previously!
our best shot to get to New Pacifica.wav
closer than we thought.wav
this planet is a living organism.wav
a slow boat to New Pacifica.wav
you're the only loner in this group.wav
are you flirting with me?.wav
I hate to admit.wav
stay right here, lover boy.wav
a spider that wants to meet you.wav
it won't be so bad getting there.wav
it's hard to imagine.wav
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