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RELIC HUNTER

MIDNIGHT FLIGHT


EPISODE NO. 40
Season 2, episode 18
Series 218
1st release: 04/23/01
2nd release: 07/16/01
Production number: 218
Approximate shooting dates:
Last update: 08-23-01


REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
PRESS RELEASE
AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION
COMMENTARY by Beboman


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

GUEST CAST
Sam James
Les Clack
Michel Albertini
Fadila Belkebla

CREDITS
Written by Charles Heit
Directed by Ian Toynton

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




TV GUIDE PROMO

Syd and Nigel race to recover a ruby-encrusted scepter before it can be spirited out of the country. ClickTV

Sydney and Nigel hunt a ruby-encrusted scepter for Frederick and then discover he sold the recovered relic for a large profit. ExciteTV


PRESS RELEASE

Davide Gagnon, an old friend of Sydney's from the Louvre Museum, begs to join her and Nigel in the hunt for a ruby-encrusted scepter once wielded by Gunther the Brave. But finding this relic is only the first half of their adventure - because they discover afterwards that Davide has quit his job and sold the recovered relic for a handsome profit. It is up to Sydney and Nigel to straighten out the double-cross and recover the scepter - before the mysterious buyer takes a midnight flight under the cover of diplomatic immunity.

AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION

2nd RELEASE: 07/16/01
An AA average of
Competition from Syndicated Action Hours:
Stargate: SG1 (2.7, - 4), (62R New Ground)
Andromeda (2.5), (16R The Sum of Its Parts)
Xena (2.3/2.5, -26), (126R Path of Vengeance)
VIP (2.3/2.4, -21),
Earth: Final Conflict (2.0/2.1, - 5), (22R The Joining)
Maximum Exposure (2.0/2.1),
The Invisible Man (2.0, +25), (32 Den of Thieves)
The Lost World (2.0, + 5), (35R The Guardian)
BeastMaster (2.0, - 9), (38R Fifth Element)
Baywatch Hawaii (1.9/2.1, -14),
Sheena (1.9), (20R Unsafe Passage)
Relic Hunter (1.7, - 6), (40R Midnight Flight)
The Outer Limits (1.4, -13),
Thunderbox (1.3),
Queen of Swords (1.1) (10R 112 The Serpent)



COMMENTARY

This commentary is by Beboman.

This is a "Nigel light" episode and gives us another look at Sydney's ability to obtain what she wants and at her heightened sense of pride. On the other hand, it bothered me that at first Sydney and Nigel were taken by this babbling idiot, Frederick. Who led them into helping him find the lost ruby scepter, which he later sold to this Turkish Investment that was keeping it stashed in the Turkish Embassy in Paris.

Being taken by someone that stupid is way out of Sydney's character, even when she explained that she did not think twice when she got the call from Frederick about helping him get the relic for the museum. This did not really feel right and it did not go with what we have learned so far about Sydney.

This is not the norm for Sydney. She has always provided the opportunity for someone she trusted to experience field work, but she has never been so načve as to be led by the nose by someone like Frederick.

The salvage point in this episode is the opportunity to see Sydney in a more sexual, predatory way. Her cat and mouse interaction with Habassi was just great and let her show off her knowledge of relics, as well as the opportunity to recover what she had lost thanks to that idiot Frederick (Have I said that I really disliked that character).

We could see Sydney was enjoying that challenge more than she enjoyed obtaining the scepter the first time. This adventure into the Turkish Embassy and retrieving the scepter was more of a challenge for Sydney than she had expected, especially considering that she had a deadline to meet. Habassi had a midnight flight to catch, thus the name of the episode.

I did not find in this episode the tension and mystery of other episodes, but it did provide a bit more insight into Sydney's mind and her personality. By doing so, it did fulfill its purpose to entertain.




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