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Season 1, episode 2
Series 102
1st release: 01/24/00
2nd release: 03/20/00
Production number: 1252/1202
Approximate shooting dates: August 1999
Last update: 11-16-00

SYNOPSIS by Bret Rudnick
REVIEW by Bret Ryan Rudnick

Gina Torres (Hel)
Victoria Pratt (Sarge)
Jennifer Sky (Cleopatra)
Patrick Kake (Mauser)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Voice)

Joel Tobeck (Creegan)
Rodney Cook (Mutant 1)

Written by Carl Ellsworth
Directed by Greg Yaitanes

Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, by Renaissance Pictures in association with Studios USA. Executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, R. J. Stewart; co-executive producer, Eric Gruendemann; producer, Chris Black, Janine Dickins; co-producer, Mike McDonald, associate producer, Sam Clark; camera, Kevin Riley; editor, Cushla Dillon; music, Joseph LoDuca; casting, Marie Adams, Beth Hymson-Ayer, Tracy Hampton.


Hel, Sarge and Cleopatra must prevent the evil Creegan from purging Mauser of top secret information. ClickTV

Cleopatra must prevent the evil Creegan from purging Mauser of top-secret information. ExciteTV

1st RELEASE: 01/24/00
An AA average of 3.0

2nd release: 03/20/00
An AA average of 2.5


This commentary is by Bret Ryan Rudnick.


Voice is concerned about the Betrayer attack from last episode. Hel says everything is under control. Sarge is getting a massage from Mauser, who tells him "A little lower" as he works on her midsection. Cleo is making the most of her fashion sense, as she now leaves her gauze behind for shorts, garters, and a top that breathes. A lot. Hel isn't much impressed with any of them, she's concentrating on her work.

Cleo is standing by the camoflage door and notices a problem with it. As she's about to say something, a hand reaches out from it and grabs her. Cleo screams, Hel pushes her away to temporary safety. Several masked mutants break in to the lab and there is a big fight. Voice says that Mauser must not be captured. But the girls have their hands full with the invaders.

Enter Creegan, leader of this mutant group. His makeup is a cross between the Kiss band and the Joker from Batman. Creegan wants Mauser. Voice tells Hel that if Mauser can't be destroyed, he is to be eliminated. But one of Creegan's mutants beats her to it and blasts Mauser into several pieces.

Cleo screams (Q'ell Suprise) that Mauser is dead. "He's not dead," Hell assures him "Just offline." Creegan's goons stuff Mauser's torso and head into a large plastic bag and escape. Hel yells at Creegan. Creegan responds, "Helen". These two know each other. Creegan releases a device that resembles "the ball" from Phantasm (but this one shoots energy bolts too) and it makes a pass at Hel, misses, and returns to Creegan's hand. He leaves.

Act 1:

The lab destruct sequence has been activated and our heroines have to leave. Voice tells Hel that Mauser has a lot of information in him and must be recovered, or else Hel and her "team" will be in even bigger trouble because of what Mauser has stored. Meanwhile, Creegan is attempting to extract that information. Mauser is hooked up to several tubes, and Creegan is patiently trying to extract information.

Hel and company are tracking down Creegan and Mauser. Hel states that Creegan killed her family and jumps further down a shaft after Creegan. Sarge comments that the Voice is leading Hel to Mauser. Cleo asks who the voice is, and Sarge answers that the Voice is the reason they will be able to take back the surface, and Voice has gotten out of trouble many times before. Cleo is still no closer to finding out more about Voice than we are at this point.

Creegan is getting closer to getting the info he wants. He is also expecting Hel and her friends. He sends mutants out to delay them while he gets more information from Mauser.

Creegan has discovered the frequency Voice broadcasts on and taunts Hel. He uses the receiver in Hel's ear to disorient and disable her. There is a big fight and our heroines basrely manage to escape. Hel and Cleo are about to jump down a shaft, but Hel stumbles and falls, dragging Cleo with her.

Act 2:

Hel and Cleo are falling down the shaft. Sarge shoots down some webbing and just barely manages to save the two.

The trio is pinned by mutant fire, but the receptor in Hel's head is still being controlled by Creegan. Under fire, Cleo extracts it while Sarge covers. Just as things look most dim, Cleo comes through and Hel fights back.

Creegan learns that our heroines have incorporated a Bailey weapon into their arsenal. Just then our trio breaks in on him and there is another big fight.

Mauser in disconnected from the syphon. The mutants are beaten back. Creegan unleashes his palm-held device again but eventually Hel shoots the Bailey-adapted weapon and drives him off.

Creegan has escaped and Mauser is restored. What will happen next week?


This review is by Bret Ryan Rudnick.

We learn a little more this week. Hel is short for Helen, and her family is dead.

Voice knows more than she is telling -- apparently Hel and Sarge and Cleo are not alone in their freedom fighting, but for their protection, where the other fighters are is kept secret.

The bad guys apparently also have their central computer system too, although any direct relationship between Baileys and Betrayers is unclear at this point.

The only normal looking males we've seen so far are robots.

In addition to Spiderman, we see also an influence from Batman and perhaps X-FILES and PHANTASM. In any case, the set design and costumes are very inventive.

We have a moment in this episode reminiscent of the "baby tossing" scene in the XENA episode CRADLE OF HOPE. Hel and Cleo fell a loooooong time before Sarge shot down some webbing to rescue them.

The show seems to be hampered by the 30 minute format. Everything happens too fast. The precious moments of dialogue and peace we get are like an oasis in the desert. The action is cut more like a video game with emphasis on quick cuts. The direction is still quite good, however. But don't blink or you'll miss a lot.

Joel Tobeck was a good CREEGAN. He was nothing like his roles as Strife or Deimos. Creegan is measured, deliberate, and quite frightening. It's good we'll see him again.


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