REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
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COMMENTARY by Beboman
Danielle Nicholas (Cleopatra)
Gerry Mendicino (Kalifa)
Yan Feldman (Shareef)
William Corno (Achillius)
Madhuri Bhatia (Dr. Hosni)
Melissa DiMarco (Max Schneider)
Written by Edwina Follows
Directed by Paolo Barzman
Filmed on location in Toronto, Canada and Paris, France by Fireworks Entertainment Inc. and Gaumont Television.
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Claudia's claim to have known Cleopatra in a past life is proven after she reveals a secret compartment in the Egyptian queen's jewel box. ClickTV
Claudia's past-life memories prompt a search for a missing necklace given to Cleopatra by Marc Antony. ExciteTV
When Claudia claims to have known Cleopatra in a past life, Sydney and Nigel laugh it off. But when her claims reveal a secret compartment in the Egyptian queen's golden jewelry box, they begin to listen. Claudia's memories lead them to Alexandria, and the hunt begins for a 50-carat diamond necklace, given to Cleopatra by Marc Antony. Meanwhile, back at the University, Nigel has to face down University Auditor Maxine Schneider with unexpected results.
This commentary is by Beboman.
I thought this was a really good episode. It was very enjoyable, but one thing really bothered me. It was the use of Nigel in this episode. I really don't believe there was any reason to use the scenes of Nigel and the female auditor.
The few scenes (thank God) used were not necessary, especially the scene where he becomes upset and the female auditor starts getting undressed because the assertion of power turned her on. This was a totally useless scene and it took away from the value of the show.
Also, the scene at the end in which Nigel regresses to the caveman. It shows he and Sydney together and she is the dominant one who drags him off. That scene was also absolutely unnecessary. With this said, I will move on.
I thought the use of Claudia as one of Cleopatra's maidens was a very good idea. The whole premise of the retrospective and the prior lives was well developed and it gave a new twist on a very old story (how many shows have touched on Cleopatra and her history). Don't get me wrong, I find the subject very interesting, whichever way it is told.
This show gave the relationship between Sydney and Claudia a more solid basis, with Claudia at the level of Sydney. At the same time, it gave Sydney an opportunity to show her caring and sensitive side. She was really worried about Claudia and her health, as well as her safety. Sydney was proud of Claudia and her ability to regress to a former life, not only for her personal well-being, but also to help Sydney.
I really felt that by leaving Nigel behind gave these two totally different women an opportunity to bond and develop a closer relationship.
Considering the fact that the idea of past lives is a subject that has been taken very lightly by many in Hollywood and much fun has been made of people who profess having lived prior lives, I was surprised this show did not go down that path.
Sydney took Claudia's past life seriously and the doctor who helped Claudia was portrayed in this episode as a respectable doctor, not as an abnormality, as other shows have done.
Regarding the doctor, she was truly portrayed as a professional, with caring and understanding for her patients. She, as well as Sydney, wanted to find the necklace, but at the same time both women wanted to make sure that Claudia was well and safe. That was very comforting.
Tia's acting in this episode was again very good. She kept Sydney on a very tight leash, which gave the show more sense of reality. Linda Booth did outstanding work as Claudia. She was just right. She made Claudia very believable when she was Cleopatra's maiden and still was able to keep a handle on Claudia in other situations.
I loved the scene in the temple when they found the necklace and the other relic hunter got killed. I loved her delivery of the line about forgetting to tell him to press the other symbol. Very good delivery.
Talking about that scene, the mixture of the action taking place in the past with the action taking place in the present was done very good, the merging of the two lives at the time when the past life was about to end and the present life was in danger was very well edited.
I also enjoyed the pace of this show, it moved fast and it kept the audience's attention on the matter at hand.
This was indeed a very enjoyable episode.