We are not told how long the group has been on the planet in
this episode. In the previous episode,
Grendlers", it was 4 weeks and in the next
televised episode, "Church of Morgan", it is 5 weeks. The
novel Puzzle, which does not specify how long the
group has been on the planet, I've placed in between this
episode and "Church of Morgan" due to the state of Alonzo's
healing leg. So that makes the 4th to 5th week on G889 quite
a busy one!
This episode is narrated by Bess.
Reilly claims that the sabotage of the Eden Advance ship was
orchestrated by Blalock, not the council, and that the man
has been put out to pasture. Blalock was the government
stooge in "First Contact"
Part 1 who attempted to stop the colonists from leaving
the stations, while pretending to assist them with getting
the paperwork and procedures through the proper channels.
At 5:38 on the DVD, notice that Danziger's pack, though made
of fabric, appears to have a numerical keypad on it,
presumably part of a locking mechanism with a key-code
combination. It also appears to have a solar panel on it.
During their trek to find water in the DuneRail, Devon
volunteers to drive for a while if Danziger wants a rest.
Danziger seems skeptical of her driving abilities when she
confirms her driving experience is just with voice-activated
taxis on the stations. But at this point, more than four
weeks after the crash, you'd think she'd already have taken
some turns driving one or more of the group's three
At 8:02 on the DVD, a number of the production crew can be
seen in the reflection of Devon's sunglasses.
Notice at 7:55 on the DVD that Danziger appears to have a
pistol tucked under his belt. He later uses it to return
fire against the Terrians.
At 10:50 on the DVD, notice that, as the two Terrians erupt
from the hillside, the foreground Terrian has a bent staff!
The prop must have gotten bent during the eruption through
the dirt and rock because it appears straight in a quick
glimpse before this and is straight again afterward.
Danziger resents what he perceives as Devon pigeon-holing
him as a third-generation indentured stiff. But he acts with
his own preconceptions about Devon, i.e. that she's essentially a
rich, spoiled, princess.
Danziger refers to the Adair corporation back at the
stations as a multi-orbit firm. This may be analogous to
modern day multinational firms, but with space stations at
different orbital locations around Earth or the Sol system.
When Danziger chides Devon for her "tough life" as a rich
kid, Devon concedes that it doesn't compare to life in the
Quadrant (the word is capitalized in the subtitles on the
DVD). I'm not sure what she means by "Quadrant".
Danziger reveals that indentured servitude exists on the
stations. Many workers on the stations are stuck working to
pay off the cost of their grandparents' passage from Earth
to the stations generations ago. He tells Devon he plans to have his
family debt paid off completely with his work so that True
won't grow up to be another drone. Devon informs him that
she issued payment to her crew on departure, so back on the
stations he is already debt free.
Devon's reaction to the word "drone" suggests it is
considered a derogatory term on the stations, used to put
down the worker classes.
When Danziger and Devon run back to the DuneRail after their
argument about what course of action to take, notice that
the vehicle seems to start up without Danziger saying,
"Vehicle start," as he did before. Devon also later starts
the vehicle without speaking the command.
Devon remarks that the roots that are holding her and
Danziger captive for the Terrians feel stronger than biocord.
Biocord appears to be a fictional item used in the Earth
At 24:49 on the DVD, notice that, in
the background, Alonzo walks briskly up to the opening of
Julia's tent. But, both immediately before and after, he is
seen walking gingerly and cautiously on his newly-healed
After Alonzo and Julia kiss in her tent, Bess suddenly walks
in and says, "Did I just see what I thought I saw?" For just
a second, the viewer is fooled into thinking she is
referring to the kiss, but then she states she saw him walking
without crutches outside.
Notice that the size of the rock Danziger ties to the
canteen to submerge it changes in size from 29:27 on the DVD
After collapsing from dehydration, and despite his earlier
protestations, Danziger admits to Devon he wants True to
grow up confident and optimistic like her.
When Devon turns the DuneRail's headlights on at 36:40 on
the DVD, it's obvious that an external production light is
also turned on to illuminate actress Debrah Farentino and
After their kiss in the afternoon, that night Julia tells
Alonzo, "I've got more important things to think about than
us." This is a reference (unknown to Alonzo) to her
clandestine spying activities and reportings to Reilly.
Notice that there is a bit of a parallel story in the
Alonzo/Julia and Danziger/Devon plots of this episode.
They both, one obviously and one subtly, are about the
attractions between the male/female pairs.
Do all Terrian tribes receive the power for their staffs
from an "electrified" body of water, as the ones seen here
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