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RELIC HUNTER

RUN SYDNEY RUN


EPISODE NO. 37
Season 2, episode 15
Series 215
1st release: 02/12/01
2nd release:
Production number: 214
Approximate shooting dates:
Last update: 04-07-01


REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
PRESS RELEASE
COMMENTARY by Beboman
ON THE HUNT


REGULAR CAST
Tia Carrere (Dr. Sydney Fox)
Christien Anholt (Nigel Bailey)
Lindy Booth (Claudia)

GUEST CAST
Joseph Zeigler (Dean Wormer)
Peter Stebbings (Tsarlov)
Kevin Rushton (Yuri)
Kelley Grando (Tatiana)
Tig Fong (Warrior #1)
Robert Kennedy (Patrol Leader)

CREDITS
Written by Jeff F. King
Directed by Paolo Barzman

Filmed on location in Toronto, Canada and Paris, France by Fireworks Entertainment Inc. and Gaumont Television.




TV GUIDE PROMO

After an ambush, Sydney is captive at a remote hunting lodge in the Russian Steppe. ExciteTV


PRESS RELEASE

While in the steppes of Russia recovering the Sword of Ateas, an ancient blade lost more than 2000 years ago, Sydney, Nigel and their Army escorts are ambushed by rebel forces. When Syd regains consciousness two weeks later, she's being held against her will at a hunting lodge deep in the woods. Unbeknownst to Sydney, her captor has given up hunting animals and now stalks only the most dangerous game -- humans.



COMMENTARY

This commentary is by Beboman.

On Run Sydney Run, Sydney takes us to Russia in another very interesting episode. In this episode, however, the relic to be hunted for is Sydney herself.

Once again, we are treated to another episode in which we see Sydney's outstanding deductive ability at play. She is in control and she lets her captors know that she is in control. He might have the upper hand, but in the end she will win no matter what.

One of the best scenes in this episode is when Sydney gets shot. We see Sydney gradually fall from a wound to her side as everything around her turns as she falls, as her world comes to a crashing end.

When Sydney finally wakes up, she finds herself in a strange place, alone and naked. She feels her wound and the memories of how she got her wound come back to her, but being wounded does not stop her. She looks for a way out and, wounded and all, she faces one of her captors and defeats him. A side bar here: how did Sydney's clothes get into her room. Last time we saw her when she got wounded, she was wearing a wet suit. Well, that's television for you.

Sydney's ability to fight does not get hampered by the fact that she has been wounded. Neither does her sense of humor, which I believe is her way of keeping those around her from really knowing how she feels.

At the same time, this wound to her side does not hamper Sydney's appetite. When I say appetite, I mean both the physical appetites, when she is in the kitchen, finds a pot of stew and eats from it and her appetite for life, which is her driving force to stay alive.

This episode had three very interesting, touching moments. The first was when Sydney is told that Nigel is dead. The pain reflected on Sydney's face at the time was strong. But even stronger was her denial of the fact that Nigel could be dead. For Sydney, the idea that Nigel could be dead was not a realistic one.

But since Sydney is a woman of fortitude and in control of herself, she does not give her captor the pleasure of seeing her break down. So she controls her emotions and her only thought at this time is to find a way out. I believe Sydney realized her predicament way before she was confronted with the fact that she was to be the prey in this man's hunt.

The second touching moment was when Sydney finds Nigel alive. The way she held him as they hugged truly stated how important he is in her life and how happy and relieved she was that he was alive. Deep inside Sydney probably blamed herself for Nigel's death. Had he not been with her out in the field looking for the sword, he would have probably been alive. Now seeing him there in front of her alive gave her a relief from that guilt.

On the other hand, it was good to see Claudia in control. When she and the Dean of the university had not heard from Sydney, Claudia stayed calm. She did all she could to obtain information about Sydney. It was great to see that she was not as much as a dizzy blonde as they sometimes tend to portray her. I have to agree with Claudia when she said that Sydney made it all look so easy when in reality the job is a very dangerous one.

We get another treat in this episode. We get to see Nigel use his surroundings to his advantage and see him think on his feet. He is in control of his moment and he is going to make good use of it.

The third and last great touching moment comes at the end when Sydney has beaten her captor and the hunted wins over the hunter. It is at this time that Sydney refuses to kill him, but he is so consumed by pride that he literally forces Sydney's hand into killing him.

Although I have to take another side bar here to say that when Sydney was at the pit and began to dig a hole on the side of the pit, I was wondering why she was wasting such precious time. Sydney had an ace up her sleeve and, in the end, the pit ended up being a trap for her hunter.

I have to say that the Hunter was a perfect match for Sydney. The chemistry between them was excellent and the ability to think was at the same level. He was a great opponent for Sydney and that is what made this episode so good.

This was a good episode. It kept the tension up all through the episode and at no time did it lay off the tension. This made the audience keep up the interest without coming across as a totally unrealistic premise.



ON THE HUNT

05-13-01. From Winnie Hallex. This episode is almost identical to the story "The Most Dangerous Game", which is about a Russian guy named Zaroff hunting people in the middle of nowhere and the protagonist build traps and tries to escape. This episode is about a guy named Tsarlov which is pronuced the same as Zaroff who hunts beople and Sydney build traps to escape.




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