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CLEOPATRA 2525

RUN CLEO RUN


EPISODE NO. 7
Season 1, episode 7
Series 105
1st release: 02/28/00
2nd release:
Production number: 1257/1213
Approximate shooting dates:
Last update: 11-16-00


REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
SYNOPSIS by Bret Rudnick
REVIEW by Bret Ryan Rudnick
COMMENTARY 2 BY Xena Torres
CLEO CHAT


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

CREDITS
Written by T.J. Scott and Kevin Lund
Directed by T.J. Scott

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

Voice sends Cleopatra on a mission to save Sarge and retrieve a pod containing valuable information.

SYNOPSIS:

This synopsis is by Bret Ryan Rudnick .

Teaser:

Sarge is on a mission, but it takes us a couple of minutes to figure out what exactly is going in. She's fitted with a nasty collar that will takeher head off if she tries to escape from the mutant strip club/auction block she finds herself in.

But Sarge is more than just a pretty... everything. She's been sent to retrieve an information pod from a particularly fat and ugly mutant droid. The info pod conatins a map of the entire Underground, the only known map of its kind. Every level, every shaft. Whoever has the pod controls the Underground. That's why Voice sent Sarge for it.

Sarge makes eyes at the "Jenny Craig Poster Boy", gets close to him, grabs his weapon, blasts him open, and grabs the pod, which bears a striking resemblance to a football. She shoots her way out of the room, but the mutants are in pursuit. Her clock is also ticking, "And not the biological kind" she says, as Voice enigmatically orders Cleo, not Hel, to help out Sarge. Why Cleo? We'll have to wait to find out until after the commercial!

ACT I:

Cleo is fitted with a pair of fully functional gauntlets and given a crash course in how to use them. She sets off, web-swinging and screaming, dodging mutants, to meet Sarge.

Cleo takes a wrong turn and ducks into a mutant bar. There is a tense moment before she bumps into a microphone, then sings "The Mutant Bar Blues". She leaves, trying to catch up to Sarge again.

Cleo walks ankle deep in sewage, dodges a giant rat, and finally catches up to Sarge. But Sarge's collar is making unpleasant noises, and explodes! A pursuing mutant picks up the pod, Cleo screams.

ACT 2:

But wait! Cleo is still in the chair! She didn't leave! It's still a simulation and Cleo has to learn.

She does better on the web-swinging. She does a comedy act instead of a song in the mutant bar. She slogs her way through sewage faster.

But this time she shoots sarge instead of the collar. The mutant shoots her. End of bad sim.

Cleo is off for real this time -- and there isn't much time. Voice is very concerned about the pod but not too concerned about Sarge. Hel isn't happy. She follows.

Cleo gets to the right level. This time in the mutant bar she screams (Cleo? No!) and disables all the mutants. She web-swings over the sewage and giant rat. Hel continues to follow.

At the shaft, Sarge tosses the footy to Cleo. Cleo tosses a gauntlet to Sarge. Sarge shoots off the collar, kicks it behind her, and kills the pursuing mutant while using the momentum from the explosion to help her across the shaft.

Most of the way.

She falls short, but Cleo grabs her. Cleo cannot hold on though and drops Sarge. Hel arrives on the scene and jumps down the shaft after Sarge.

Hel gets Sarge, Cleo follows and the three are reunited. The pod is theirs, the day is saved (and so is everyone on the team).



REVIEW

This review is by Bret Ryan Rudnick .

Did Cleo give Sarge stip-tease pointers before the mission?

Sarge's "costume" for her mission had some pretty cool fibre-optic lights on the shoulders.

According to Jennifer Sky at the New York City convention in late February, that was really her singing the "Mutant Bar Blues".

Voice's concern for the pod and lack of concern for Sarge as a priority is very unsettling. In the noblest causes, the individuals fighting for that cause should not elicit the callous reaction of Voice to caring more for the recovery of the pod than for the recovery of Sarge. Hel seems to have noticed this too.

T.J. Scott did his usual excellent job of keeping the feel of tension throughout the episode. This ep went faster than just about any other, even for a 30 minute episode.



COMMENTARY 2:

This commentary is by Xena Torres .





"Run Cleo Run" is based upon the German film "Run Lola Run" (or "Lola Rennt") in which Lola has twenty minutes to get 100,000 marks to save her boyfriend, Mannie.

The film (and this episode of Cleopatra 2525) repeat themselves three times, but not in the same sense as the Xena episode "Been There, Done That." The first two times the scene is played, it is merely showing what would happen if tiny things were changed. For example, Lola gets tripped on her way down the stairs, and arrives a few seconds later at her fathers office, which leads to a different reaction on his part. Cleo avoids the mutant trouble makers and arrives to meet Sarge a few seconds sooner.

The differences are also that the heroines are on a time limit and unless they do things just right, someone will die. The point is to show how time controls our lives and actions, but we have no control over it.

Cleo was Lola, Hel was Mannie and Sarge (with the pod) was the 100,000 marks. In the first scene, Cleo wasnt fast enough and Sarge was killed. Try again. Second time, both she and Sarge were killed. Same thing happened in "Run Lola Run" with Lola and then Mannie getting killed. Once more around, third times a charm after all. Cleo gets the pod (like Lola got the money) and Hel got Sarge (like Mannie got the money). Meaning, they got what they needed and then some for an all around good ending.

TJ Scott directed and co-wrote the episode, which was very cleverly done. "Run Lola Run" has been subtitled and is available at your local video store (and the soundtrack is available as well). Both were wonderful, well put together pieces which everyone should see.


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