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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"The Greatest Love Story Never Told"
TV episode
Written by: Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett
Directed by: James Frawley

 

Scouting for food across the frozen tundra, Danziger discovers another group of humans who claim a strange connection to Devon.

 

Read the full summary at the Making of Timelines Yahoo Group

 

Didja Know?

 

The title of this episode was inspired by the 1965 film The Greatest Story Ever Told, about the life of Jesus Christ from birth to death and resurrection. It is probably also a reference to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, considered by many to be the greatest love story ever told.

 

Roy Dotrice plays the Elder in this episode (and in "After the Thaw"). Dotrice is also known for his role as Father in the 1987-1990 TV series Beauty and the Beast.

 

The young boy who is one of the underground-dwelling humans is played by Andrew J. Ferchland, also known as the Anointed One on the second season of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

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 planet.

 

Didja Notice?

 

As Danziger treks on foot through the frozen desert, trying to reach the Eden Project group over his gear, he remarks that he's lost and his gear compass is down. I assume by "gear compass" he means a digital compass built into the same communications gear he's wearing. But why would the compass be down if the gear is working at all? Maybe the generally strange behavior of G889 includes fluctuations of the magnetic fields, messing up detection of the pole.

 

At 1:41 on the DVD, we see the sun of G889 quite large on the horizon! Either the sun is much bigger than our own or the planet is much closer than Earth is to our sun.

 

When Danziger tumbles down the slope in his exhausted state at 2:19 on the DVD, we can see there are already footprints next to where his body stops rolling! And they're not the ones he made on the way up because we can see those behind him.

 

At 8:18 on the DVD, notice that the Elder wishes his granddaughter, back on the space stations, pleasant dreams in the same manner that Shepard communicated with Devon in her dreams before she came to G889.

 

Alonzo's dream tells Devon to come alone to the designated spot in the desert to be reunited with the missing Danziger. But True hides under a bundle of netting in the Dune Rover, intent on helping to rescue her father. Devon tells the young boy who meets them that True just wants her father and she won't be any trouble. Uh, I don't know, I kinda thought "True" was short for "Trouble" based on past episodes!

 

This episode reveals that Devon's mother died when she was 18.

 

Sheppard reveals that he knows that Devon hasn't had a lover since Uly was born.

 

At about 14:09 on the DVD, Shepard's reaction shows us that he detects an affection for Danziger in Devon, which disappoints him, considering his own feelings for her. Later, the Elder accuses Danziger of being in love with her as well.

 

Sheppard reveals that Terrians hibernate in the winter, or, at least, the ones the underground dwellers associate with do. It makes me wonder if the concept of the Terrians was partially inspired by the Sleestak of the original 1970s Land of the Lost TV series. Both species 1) live underground in tunnels, 2) have the potential to wield strange, energy-based implements, and 3) sleep or hibernate, in a standing position, in alcoves of the tunnels during cold seasons.

 

In this episode, we learn that Devon received messages from Shepard in her dreams back on the stations telling her to go to G889 to save her son's life.

 

The bed Katrina sleeps in looks as if it might be made out of the cryo chamber that malfunctioned on the trip from Earth, causing her to age during the journey instead of keeping her in suspension.

 

Shepard tells Devon that, back on the stations, Katrina got involved in black magic and she even learned how to darken his heart. The implication is that he believes black magic is real.

 

Shepard tells Devon that he lost his right eye in an accident, a token of the rough life the planet has made for the humans on it. But, during an argument he has with his sister, Katrina, we learn that she was apparently the one who took his eye, and threatens to take the other.

 

The end of the episode seems to imply that Devon will continue to see Shepard in her dreams, despite his death. The Elder also remarked, right after Shepard's death, that he'll find her again. 

 

Memorable Dialog

she won't be any trouble.wav

what are you getting at?.wav

30 years seeking amends.wav

he knows.wav

True girl.wav

years off my life.wav 

 

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