The title of this episode is a reference to the 1888 novella
by Rudyard Kipling, "The Man Who Would Be King".
At 2:30 on the DVD, we can see that the 25-year-old Ulysses
wears ragged armbands with symbols on them. Are they Terrian
This episode is narrated by Uly. He states that it is the
104th day Eden Advance has been on the planet.
Uly reveals that day 105 will be his birthday, according to
the station calendar.
Uly states that, on the station calendar, it's exactly 364
days since he turned eight. But that's not really true since
he spent 22 years in suspended animation on the trip from
the Earth stations to G889. So, it's more like 8,035 days!
That also means that, while he may have the physical and
mental maturity of a 9-year-old, he's actually 31!
At 5:07 on the DVD, notice that there is a tear in the tent
in the background. This must be how the little koba got
At 7:11 on the DVD, we're told that the future scenes are 16
years later, making the elder Uly 25-years old.
Future-Uly reveals that there is a National Lands Treaty
with the Terrians at that time. This sounds similar to the
various reservations given to Native American tribes in the
United States beginning with the Indian Appropriations Act
Max tells Uly that he's drafted a new treaty which entitles
the human settlement to 10,000 more hectares and rights to
the upper Morgan River. Presumably, this river is named
after Morgan Martin. In
Leather Wings, he names (unofficially) Martin
Canyon and Martin River, with plans to someday form the
Martin Mining Company in the area.
At 9:27 on the DVD, we can see that future Devon wears a
large pin on her lapel that appears to be a representation
of G889 and its two moons.
During her conversation with future-Uly, future-Devon
implies that other humans besides Uly have been healed of
the Syndrome by the Terrians and that those humans seem to
have more loyalty to the Terrians than to their fellow
Future-Devon tells future-Uly that a surgeon is prepping to
perform a chroma-alt on him. This will rid him of the
Terrian portions of his DNA. "Chroma-alt" must be a
shorthand term for "chromosome alteration".
In Devon's dream communication, future-Uly refers to the
room he and his mother shared at the bio-dome as a Quonset
hut. Quonset huts were introduced by
the U.S. Navy during WWII as a lightweight, easy to ship and
assemble building for housing offices, barracks, latrines,
and medical facilities. Surplus huts were also sold
throughout the U.S. after the war and can still be seen in
many parts of the country.
At 16:27 on the DVD, notice that future-Uly, while in the
dream plane, is posed in the same squatting position, palms
on the ground, frequently used by the Terrians.
In the shot at 31:15, as little Uly and Devon sled down the
hillside, it does not look like young actor Joey Zimmerman
(who plays Uly) on the sled; it must have been a stuntman or
In the scene beginning at 41:37 on the DVD, we see a couple
other humans who seem to be part of the Terrian tribe,
presumably former Syndrome children who were healed by them.
Near the end of the episode, we see that the future True is
able to understand Terrian speech.
Also near the end of the episode, the future Devon seems to
be getting a faint memory of the sledding excursion she took
with Uly when he was a boy when they hid a sample of his DNA
in the cave. This suggests a time ripple is occurring due to
the slight change made by the events inspired by future-Uly's dreaming into the past.
Will the timeline of G889 continue on the same path we saw
in the 16-years-later scenes?
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I think they're going to grow up to be very good friends.wav
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