Written by Carleton Eastlake
Directed by Kevin Hook
While Nathan Bates lies in a
coma, Chaing deals with the Visitors to maintain order in the
city and end the resistance.
The Freedom Network report reveals that Cordoba
is the last free city in Spain and Juan Palacios is the leader
of the Spanish resistance; the wounded Nathan Bates has declared
martial law in Los Angeles (though we learn in the course of the
episode that Bates has remained in a coma since the shooting and
it is really Mr. Chaing running things); 34-year old insurance
man Benny Scallini from Atlanta, GA received the Freedom Network
Medal of Valor for his efforts in derailing a train carrying
over 600 prisoners to a labor camp in Savannah, with more than
half the prisoners able to escape.
In the lab at Science Frontiers, one researcher
brings another a refreshing beverage. But after she takes a
drink he says, "What you need is a thermal nebulon rassafrass."
I guess that's supposed be his idea of a comical cocktail name.
This episode marks the first appearance of Lt.
James, one of Diana's longer-lasting subordinates, played by
Judson Scott. Scott is also known for his sci-fi roles as
Joachim in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and as Bennu on the
short-lived TV series The Phoenix.
While practicing the use of her psionic powers,
Elizabeth turns on the clock radio, which has a news bulletin
about the latest attempt on the life of Nathan Bates. We hear
the news reporter in the background while Elizabeth levitates
Kyle's bed and then drops it, awakening him. As he asks what's
going on, we suddenly no longer hear the radio at 6:02 on the
DVD. Did Elizabeth turn it off with her mind as well just then?
At 7:16 on the DVD, we hear an 8-second snippet
of dialog between Diana and a subordinate. This small bit is a
clue that the Visitors have planted a spy near the resistance,
as revealed at the end of the episode.
John Langley jokes that he is a "roving tiger
expert in from Rajasthan." Rajasthan is the
geographically largest state in India and hosts the
Sariska tiger reserves.
At 24:29 on the DVD, Elias and Willie walk a past a street
poster advertising a violin recital by Paul Boray. Paul Boray is
the violinist character portrayed by John Garfield in the 1946
|The weapon that
kills Elias at 25:07 on the DVD
is called a disintegrator by the
Visitors and this is the first
time we've seen it.
After witnessing Elias' death, John says he's seen the
disintegrator in action before in Prescott. Presumably this is a
reference to the real city of Prescott, AZ to bolster his cover
story of being a reporter from Phoenix.
At 30:23 on the DVD, there is a bowl of obvious gummy worms for
Lydia to eat. But it is cool that some actual living, squirming
worms were put at the bottom of the pile to give the impression
of a bowlful of living nightcrawlers. There's also a ring of
crackers around the bowl...they look like Ritz! I guess the old
slogan is true, "Everything tastes better when it sits on a
Diana tells Charles that Robin's DNA is very unusual, very
susceptible to recombination which is why she was able to
cross-breed her with Brian to create Elizabeth. Diana goes on to
say that she has not been able to find any other humans with the
same genetic compatibility. And yet other Visitor scientists
have apparently done so (see the novels
The Florida Project
and The Texas Run and
seemingly the pregnancy of Tomoko at the end of
Symphony of Terror).
Charles says that he considers Napoleon to be one of humanity's
rare geniuses. Diana then retorts, "And look what happened to
him? He was left on a scab of rock to die." To which Charles
replies, "Something to ponder, Diana." Perhaps an ironic
commentary on her lover, the Leader's, choice of sending her to
Earth (similar to Pamela's comment in
(Napoleon was held under arrest by the British for 6 years until
he died on the small south Atlantic island of Saint Helena.)
Notice that, at 38:20 on the DVD, just before he is led out the
door for execution, John pulls out his sunglasses and puts them
on...a hint at his Visitor origin that is revealed at the end of the
At 40:34 on the DVD and again at 41:21, Diana appears to be
about to say something as she sees that John is about to be
executed as a resistor.
As Ham, Julie, and Elizabeth storm Caniff Printing to free the
hostages, at 42:39 on the DVD, we can see in the background,
through the window, that Donovan is being led up
the steps of
the disintegrator platform. But then, back outside at 42:47,
Donovan is still in the street trading verbal jabs with Charles!