The B-story of this episode, Alonzo's attempted suicide, was
originally written and shot as part of
"Life Lessons". But the
episode was running too long, so Alonzo's story was cut. A
new episode was then written to feature the already-shot
footage along with the new A-story of Bess' successful
attempts at trading with a Grendler and her conflict with
Devon. This shuffling of stories makes
"Natural Born Grendlers"
somewhat difficult to place in the chronology. See mentions
In Alonzo's dream, notice that the small landing pad has
G889 (the name of the planet) painted along two edges.
When the Terrian appears in Alonzo's dream, he asks it if
it has seen a large F-class cruiser around. This is the only
time we hear of an F-class cruiser and we never do get a
look at one.
Yale narrates this episode, but does not state how long the
group's been on the planet at this point. A statement by
Devon about the food supply suggests they've been on the
planet for 4 weeks.
At 4:06 on the DVD, Yale is making notations on a printed
map of a portion of G889. Presumably it represents the area
in which the group currently finds itself. Unfortunately,
the screen image is too blurry to make out any of the words
printed on the map.
Devon reveals that they'd estimated their food supply to
last 8 months, but it's already 1/3 depleted after just 4
This episode marks the first appearance of VR (virtual
reality) gear, used mostly for entertainment purposes by
members of the group.
Alonzo reveals to Julia that he is 109-110 years old.
Alonzo also reveals that, as an interstellar pilot, the last
several weeks of their lives on G889 have been the longest
he's been out of hypersleep.
Upon analyzing the fruit Bess trades for with the Grendler,
Julia announces it is mostly glycosaccharide and fibroin.
Glycosaccharide is a sugary carbohydrate. Fibroin
is a type of protein normally associated with the production
of silk by silkworms on Earth.
Uly remarks that the new fruit traded by the Grendler looks
better than "that gross spirulina."
This may be a reference to Spirulina, a microalga that can
be consumed by humans and is high in protein and many other
nutrients. The Eden Advance group has been seen eating it in
Notice at 20:42 on the DVD that the source of light in the
Grendler's cave appears to be a greenish-glowing pool of
water. Possibly some kind of bioluminescent organisms in the
water are creating the glow.
While attempting to check in on Alonzo, Julia discovers his
tent empty, his homemade crutches still leaning against his
bunk at 24:01 on the DVD. But how did his crutches get
there? We saw Alonzo using them earlier to get to the ATV on
the edge of camp and leaving them on the ground as he drove
At 25:31 on the DVD, we see that Alonzo has obtained a large gash on
his right temple from the crash of his ATV. This is one of
the continuity items that make this episode problematic to
place in the chronology. The scar is also seen at the
beginning of "Promises, Promises",
whose dialog and circumstances place it before this episode
in the chronology.
Alonzo's dream sequence, as he continues to lie unconscious
from the ATV crash, introduces us to one of his old
flames, a woman named Lydia from the Garsonia star base.
Notice that the very large necklace Bess brings to the
Grendler for trade is made up of metal kitchen utensils.
Bess trades with the Grendler for the geo-lock in its
possession, setting up events that will occur later in
"Better Living Through Morganite" Part 1.
(However, the geo-lock depicted here is about half the size
of the one used in the later episodes!)
When Alonzo finally wakes up from his spill, he looks around
and sees the ATV sitting upright nearby. The Terrian who
prevented him from driving off the cliff must have righted
the vehicle for him while he was unconscious because we saw
that it was on its side after the crash.
At 35:08 on the DVD, we get a glimpse of Uly's horse,
Pegasus, partly obscured by a makeshift tent awning. This is
another indication of the Alonzo story's original placement
in the middle of "Life Lessons",
in which the horse was grown from an artificial womb
and ran off after being stolen by True and Gaal.
If the group has been on the planet for 4 weeks as stated by
Devon (and travelling towards New Pacifica most of that
time), then they must be quite distant from the site of the
cargo pod that was broken into by Grendlers in
"First Contact" Part 1.
Not to mention, there is an immense canyon hundreds of miles
long between them and the crash point, as depicted in
Leather Wings. So how did all the stolen equipment manage to make it so far in
Grendler hands, as is seen here? One explanation is that the
equipment seen here was actually pilfered from a different
cargo pod, since several of them were lost in the accident
when the Eden Advance ship reached orbit in
"First Contact" Part 1.
Did the group ever manage to repair the faulty hover scout
they traded for? We don't see it again in any future
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