Yale seems pretty convinced that the cargo pod they've found
should have had a VTO (Vertical Take-off) aircraft inside;
he mentions they should find one there in
"First Contact" Part 1
is disappointed that it was apparently taken by whoever broke
into the pod and robbed it, as discovered here. So, what did
happen to the VTO? Apparently, Gaal (the criminal who shows
up in the following three episodes) does not have it or he'd
be using it, judging by his desire to obtain one of the Eden
Advance vehicles. We never really learn who robbed the pod;
presumably it was the Grendlers, who become known as
opportunists in obtaining property in later episodes. What
would they do with a VTO, not knowing what it really was?
At 44:59 on the DVD, O'Neill is looking at a Grendler
footprint in the dirt just outside the forced-open door of
the cargo pod.
The team discovers three usable ground vehicles in the cargo
pod: the large, red TransRover; the small, red ATV; and the
yellow, dune-buggy-like DuneRail.
The large TransRover vehicle is made by Hummer, as evidenced by the prominent
brand name on the front. Hummer was a real world brand at
the time Earth 2 was in production, but which was
closed down by its parent company AM General in 2010. Still,
it's not inconceivable that the brand name could be
remarketed by the year 2192.
At 49:28 on the DVD, we see Commander O'Neill carrying a
different rifle than we see in later episodes of the series.
Page 146 of the novelization reveals that it was recovered among the
cases left in the cargo pod and was his personal antique
hunting rifle. The rifle does show up again a time or two in
At several points during Alonzo's run through the cave
tunnel system in his dream, we see what appear to be large,
round light fixtures in the ceiling! The most prominent
sighting is in the top-left corner at 50:59 on the DVD.
I wonder if the location for the
scene of Commander O'Neill's koba
encounter of the third kind was
picked for its resemblance to
Vasquez Rocks, where the battle
between Captain Kirk and the Gorn
took place in the original Star
Trek episode "Arena"?
|Location of koba
encounter (New Mexico)
During the burial ceremony of Commander O'Neill, Yale has
modified the classic Anglican burial liturgy, adding
"universe to universe" to the well-known "ashes to ashes,
dust to dust."
The word "Terrian" for the humanoid civilization inhabiting
G889 is probably derived from "Terra" the Latin word for
When Alonzo looks at the visiting
Terrians through a monocular device
(the novelization seems to indicate
it is called a telescanner) at 1:00:21 on the DVD, notice that
it gives the latitude and longitude
of the location on G889. But when
Morgan looks through it later at
1:16:32, the lat-long is much
different! There shouldn't be any
significant difference! Possibly the
device was made to lock onto Earth
coordinates by satellite or star
patterns and is unable to adjust for
its presence on G889?
At 1:07:37 on the DVD, the koba appears to have already
regrown the claw it shot at Commander O'Neill earlier.
At the site of Uly's disappearance underground, Danziger
orders everybody else back to camp for safety, except for
Devon. Yet, in the very next scene, a number of people are
seen with them as they search for an entrance to the
underground tunnel system.
Julia uses the term REM in reference to dream sleep. REM
stands for Rapid Eye Movement and refers to the rapid
back-and-forth movement of the eyeballs under a sleeping
person's closed lids when they enter dream sleep.
Some of the Terrians sounds, as heard in the dream plane,
are similar to the songs of humpback whales on Earth.
When Devon calls for a vote on whether the group should head
to New Pacifica, only Morgan and Bess do not raise their
hands in favor (though Bess gives Devon a smile). Note that
Yale, standing off to the side, seems to have excused
himself from the vote. Notice also that Zero's head swivels
around as he watches the results of the voting members. (In
the novel, the entire team raises their hands in favor, Bess
helping Morgan to raise his, and Yale does not abstain
At the end of the episode, when we see the man we will later
know as Gaal, he is wearing a bone necklace. In
Promises" he reveals to True that the bones are
Terrian and they keep the
Terrians from attacking him, apparently giving them a false
sense that he is one of them.
Notes from the novelization of "First Contact",
by Melissa Crandall
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published December 1994)
Pages 140-end cover the events of "First Contact" Part
Page 145 reveals that, except for the Earth-like G889, the
only life found on other worlds so far have been variations
On page 150, Alonzo refers to Dr. Heller as a chromo-tilt.
This is a reference to her having genes modified
by her parents in the womb,
for work in
the bio-sciences, as she reveals
to Devon in
"First Contact" Part 1.
Also on page 150, Julia seems to refer to the humans who
used to live on Earth as the Ancients.
Pages 155-156 feature a scene not found in the televised
episode. It details Morgan and Bess' night in their private
camp and the next morning, when Morgan tries to repair the
beacon, they encounter creatures that will later be
identified as Grendlers in
"The Man Who Fell to Earth
Pages 155-156 seem to indicate that Morgan and Bess spent
the night outside, sleeping next to the campfire. Wouldn't
they have been better off sleeping inside their escape pod?
On page 158, Bess reveals that rats are still alive on Earth
(seemingly one of the few species to have survived
humanity's misuse of the planet).
On page 172, Commander O'Neill tells Danziger he had
previously used his antique hunting rifle at the Officers'
Hunting Preserve, which is apparently an invitation-only
retreat for high-ranking or decorated military officers.
Page 186 indicates that the TransRover is an antique, at
least in Danziger's estimation.
Page 187 reveals that New Pacifica is about 5,409 miles away
from the site of the salvaged cargo pod. Yet,
Leather Wings suggests that it is only about 3,000
miles away. The 3,000 mile figure seems the more accurate
as, even here, on page 259,
Devon tells the Eden Advance team they can reach New
Pacifica in 9 months if they can average 12 miles a day;
that would equal around 3200 miles.
As Danziger works on the TransRover
on page 187, Zero indicates that he
is equipped with a variety of
sceptors and retractors. Presumably,
these are types of tools. Danziger
asks True to hand him a number nine
anthro-sceptor and the televised
episode shows her handing him a
multi-socketed wrench (the stem "anthro"
means human; not sure how that plays
into describing a wrench among a
society that has not yet met another
intelligent species; perhaps "anthro"
here designates a tool not used by a
On page 189, Danziger thinks of Devon's platitudes about
their circumstances on the planet as Pollyanna-ish.
Pollyanna is a character appearing in a number of children's
novels; she is known for an unfailingly optimistic attitude.
Zero seems to behave a bit more human-like in the novel than
in the televised episode and even seems to lean a bit
towards comic relief. As he approaches the Terrians when
they appear on the ridge overlooking the human camp for the
first time on page 197, Zero hums the "Battle Hymn of the
Republic". The song was written by
Julia Ward Howe in 1862, using the music of an 1862 song
called "John Brown's Body", about the abolitionist. Since
Zero is only humming the music, not singing the lyrics, he
may actually be humming the original "John Brown's Body"
song, whose lyrics describe a brave soldier who gave his
life against the enemy to free and protect the enslaved,
which may be a bit how the robot feels about his current
On page 202, Danziger thinks of G889 as terra incognita.
This is a Latin phrase for "unknown land".
Pages 217-218 feature an added scene not in the televised
episode. After Uly has been knocked off of the ATV in his
tussle with True, the koba, also apparently knocked off,
joins him and the boy begins playing and laughing with the
cute little creature. The koba runs off as the ground begins
to shake with the arrival of the Terrians who snatch Uly
On page 245, Devon refers to the tranquilizer she takes as a
sedi-derm. In the televised episode she simply calls it a
Page 252 features a brief moment not included in the
televised episode. After telling Alonzo that humans have
been on G889 before the Eden Advance team, the Terrians form an
image in the dirt floor of the cave in front of he and Devon
reads E2. This is superficially representative of the show's
title Earth 2, but we will learn in
that E2 was the code name of the program that brought
convicts to G889 15 years ago.
On page 259, Devon tells the Eden Advance team they can
reach New Pacifica in 9 months if they can average 12 miles
a day. In the televised episode, she says 20 kilometers a
day instead. That is almost the same distance; when the
English units are converted to metric, 12 miles equals 19.3
On page 261, as the Eden Advance team begins their march to
New Pacifica, the group is described as a "ragtag line made
up of a few mechanized vehicles, a robot, a cyborg, and a
group of people bursting with optimism." Possibly the use of
the word "ragtag" is a reference to the original
in which the scavenged spaceships of a struggling, fleeing
humanity is referred to as a "ragtag fleet".
At the end of the novel, it is Danziger driving the
TransRover, but in the televised episode another colonist
The novel reveals that "koba" is the Terrian word for the
little creature befriended by True. In the TV series we only
know the term as it is offered by Gaal in
"The Man Who Fell to Earth
(Two)", without explanation.
At the end of the episode, we merely see Gaal watching the
retreating wagon train of colonists. At the end of the
novel, Grendlers are digging up the grave of Commander
O'Neill with Gaal's supervision, as seen in
"The Man Who Fell to Earth
Why is Alonzo singled out as the Terrians point of contact
in the dream plane? Is it because he has spent the most time
asleep due to his many long periods in stasis as a pilot? Does his
lack of dreams otherwise (as revealed in
"First Contact" Part 1)
play a role?
Why does Danziger not tell anyone what he knows about
Morgan's cowardly action of launching the first escape pod
from the advance ship with only he and Bess aboard?
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