REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
SYNOPSIS by Bret Rudnick
REVIEW by Bret Ryan Rudnick
Kate Elliot (Lily)
Written by Chris Black
Directed by Rick Jacobson
Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, by Renaissance Pictures inassociation with Studios USA. Executive producers Rob Tapert, SamRaimi, 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, JosephLoDuca; casting, Marie Adams, Beth Hymson-Ayer, Tracy Hampton.
TV GUIDE PROMO
Cleopatra and Lily (Jennifer Sky, Kate Elliott) are held in the Betrayer factory and scheduled to be turned into killer robots.LogLine
Hel and Sarge must save Cleopatra and Lily from the Betrayer factory.
This synopsis is by Bret Ryan Rudnick .
The entire teaser for this episode was a recap of last episode, so if you want to know what happened, best to just read the synopsis from the last ep.
Hel wants to make sure Sarge doesn't let her hot temper endanger the mission since Hel knows Sarge blames her sister Lily for Cleo's capture. Sarge tries to reassure her, but Hel is not convinced.
We next see the Bailies flying back to "base" and with that we get a nice (but very brief) shot of a Bailey stronghold. Cleo and Lily are ejected from the Bailey that captured them and fall down a chute to a chamber below (scream count: top of Act 1 this episode). Cleo and Lily exchange sci-fi-babble. Lily is ecstactic that this must be "Roswell". Cleo tries to tell her not all aliens are cute and cuddly, "Some come bursting out of your chest!" But Lily isn't buying what Cleo is selling, declaresthat Cleo doesn't belong here, and walks off to seek her passage to the "mother planet".
Hel and Sarge have lost track of Lily and Cleo. Over Voice's objections, Sarge launches a "drone" from a hand-held launcher which turns out to be a mini-satellite probe. As a Bailey approaches, homing on on their signal, Sarge works fast to re-establish a track of Lily and Cleo. Just in time, Sarge breaks the signal and the probe self-destructs. A Bailey prowls the area, searching for the two freedom fighters.
Meanwhile, Cleo and Lily are taken by Betrayers to another chamber where they are placed in giant "coccoon-like" containers. A fluid sample is painfully extracted from both of them and injected into two different "pods", where Betrayer duplicates of Cleo and Lily take shape.
As Sarge and Hel continue to wait out the prowling Bailey, they see it morph a large footlike appendage that begins to stomp the area, coming dangerously close to them. Voice launches another "drone" probe to distract it and the ruse works -- Sarge and Hel move on to the Betrayer factory.
Lily and Cleo are now each faced with a 1970's style lamp fixture in front of them which begins to draw out mental energy and memories. We see Cleo flash back to being on the operating table before she was frozen, someone, likely her mother, holding a tray of freshly-baked cookies, and another young man that could have been her boyfriend or a relative. Cleo also flashes back to memories of Sarge and Hel and Voice. But now the Betrayers know that Cleo has association with Voice, and that makes her an even more valuable captive.
Sarge and Hel exchange words once more about Lily. Sarge declares her sister weak, and if she's going to be made into a Betrayer, she has to die. Sarge is also keen to rescue Cleo before that happens. Hel cares about Cleo too, but is also concerned about Sarge's reaction to Lily, who after all, is her sister.
As the Betrayer "pods" of Cleo and Lily emerge, Sarge and Hel arrive like the cavalry. There's a huge fight, lots of shooting and slo-mo stunts. Sarge looks as if she might kill Lily but stops herself, perhaps because she now knows the Betrayers are duplicates, not modifications of people themselves, or perhaps of her genuine affection for her sister, "weak" though she may be. The heroines prevail, the Betrayers are killed, and Sarge sets a bomb that blows up the Betrayer factory just as they escape through a hole in the floor.
Sarge, who has a change of heart toward Lily since Lily apologised to Sarge and said she was right all along. Lily just wanted to be with mother and father. Lily will stay underground, since the Baileys will be looking for her. The four of them "fly" through the tunnels to the next adventure, Lily and Cleo stereo screaming.
This review is by Bret Ryan Rudnick .
The group that Voice leads commands some interesting technology, but it's not very realiable. They have the "drone" probes which can be launched into space or search a Betrayer complex for "bio signatures".
They also have "cloaking devices" that make them invisible, but, as Hel points out after Sarge comments they could do some serious damage with the devices, "Yeah, when they're not in the shop".
The body shields tend to go down unpredictably as well.
Apparently it was previously thought that people were converted into Betrayers directly, not made from "pods". That was new info to Sarge and Hel. Also new was the fact that the Baileys can create a giant foot appendage to stomp the ground and anything else underfoot.
We still don't know if the Baileys are of alien origin or not. The technology we've seen is quite advanced. The original pilot song made reference to the fact that something happened in 2025, but that reference has been absent in the revised Main Title.
Those who saw Hope emerge from her pod on XENA will surely recognise the style as the Betrayer Cleo and Betrayer Lily hatched from theirs.
Funniest line: In response to Hel asking Cleo how she feels after being rescued, Cleo says "I feel as if my brain has been sucked into an unstoppable killing machine -- and a little dry mouth."
Will the Betrayers and Baileys take this sitting down? Are there other factories? Why are some Betrayers easier to kill than others? Will we see more CLEO flashbacks in future? How was she frozen? By whom? Was it really her rich boyfriend we saw in this flashback? And what the heck is Cleo's *real* name?
Perhaps we'll see more next week...