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Season 1, episode 8
Series 108
1st release: 03/06/00
2nd release: 06/12/00
3rd release: 09/04/00
Production number: 1258/1204
Approximate shooting dates:
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)

Calvin Tuteao (Xev)
Latham Gaines (Nole)
Chelsea Howell (Alexa)
Phillip Spencer Harris (Suterran #1)

Written by Carl Ellsworth
Directed by Rick Jacobson

Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, by Renaissance Pictures in association 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.


Hel, Sarge and Cleopatra are forced to break up a happy family when they learn that the father is a Betrayer.

When a father is exposed as a Betrayer, his family must be broken up.


1st RELEASE: 03/06/00
An AA average of 2.5
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
The X-Files 3.7
3rd Rock 3.7
Xena 3.3
Stargate SG-1 3.2
Back2Back Action 2.5
Profiler 2.4
Beastmaster 2.4
Earth: Final Conflict 2.4
The Lost World 2.0
Relic Hunter 1.9

2nd RELEASE: 06/12/00
An AA average of 2.4
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
X-Files 3.2
Xena 2.8
Stargate Sg-1 2.6
Back2Back 2.4
Earth Final Conflict/Profiler 2.3
Relic Hunter 2.1
Voyager 1.9
Outer Limits 1.7

3rd RELEASE: 09/04/00
An AA average of 2.2
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
The X-Files 3.1
Xena 3.0
Back2Back Action 2.2
Invisible Man 2.0
Earth: Final Conflict 1.9
Stargate SG-1 1.9
Voyager 1.8
The Outer Limits 1.4
Relic Hunter 1.4


This synopsis is by Bret Ryan Rudnick .


On a snowy landscape, with twinlking holiday lights in the background, a team leader and his team are attacked by a Betrayer whose face is not seen. The leader's in trouble and calls to Voice for help.

Our heroines answer the call, jumping into a shaft and going deep below ground. They arrive at a position Voice identifies as "correct", but see no entrance to where they have to go. Sarge shoots at the walls, the floor dissolves, and the trio find themselves (after a short fall) in Christmastown, a snowy landsacpe illuminated with holiday lights.


Hel confirms they are still underground in an ASE -- Artifically Simulated Environment. 20th century earth, winter, great "attention to detail."

The trio eavesdrop on a father talking to his little girl about "monsters", but he tells her for each monster a guardian angel watches over.

A dead team member is found by townspeople. Voice says he has to be indentified. Cleo is called upon to help out and identifies herself to the crowd as "Marshall Sam Gerrard -- from the U.I.A. -- Underground Intelligence Bureau, Association."

Cleo works the crowd and puts them at ease with 20th century cop television banter. Hel and Sarge discover the dead team member is not the leader, but he was killed by Betrayer robot gunfire. Sarge is all for wasting Betrayers, but Hel reminds her that this is still a rescue mission.

Cleo notices the townspeople dancing to the Macarena, known here has "Kom Yo Pa". She chats with a little girl named Alexa (from the family they saw earlier). Meanwhile, Sarge finds the team leader who is very badly wounded.

As the trio talk with the team leader (Zev) and they head back to town, Hel determines that the Betrayer is Alexa's father. Sarge readies her weapons.

ACT 2:

Hel says they have to leave -- Voice says to get Zev out of there. Zev and Sarge want to destroy the Betrayer. Cleo points out that even though he's a Betrayer, he's still the only father that Alexa knows. Hel retorts that the Bailies have made the Betrayers nearly perfect, and he knows everything the original did, and the original is probably dead. The group leaves as per Voice instructions.

Zev breaks off to return to Christmastown to kill the Betrayer. Hel breaks off and follows. Sarge and Cleo are left behind, but they soon follow as well.

Zev finds the Betrayer and attacks, but soon runs out of juice. The Betrayer kills Zev. Hel crashes into the room and there is a big fight. Hel has the Betrayer on the ropes and the creature pleads for its life. It wants Hel to remove its killer instinct. Hel relents, but it was a ruse! The Betrayer gets the upper hand. But Sarge comes in just in time and the Betrayer is destroyed.


This review is by Bret Ryan Rudnick .

Barely a minute into the show and Cleo is screaming again.

Cool line from Sarge: "I didn't do that. Did I do that?"

Hel is supposed to be picking up snow, but that stuff is either soap flakes or foam, it ain't snow.

Before he kills Zev, the Betaryer says ominously, "The Voice and those who follow it are the true Betrayers."

In the last firefight, a stuffed and mounted fish over the mantle is blasted. Tribute to Rob Tapert?

This was a very thought-provoking episode. It blurs further just who the good and bad guys are or who they might be. Although we are no closer to learning the origins of Betrayers and Bailies, we see that resolve on both sides is very strong.


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