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Pandora (2019)

Season 1


Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 1] Shelter from the Storm
Shown 16 Jul 19

This is set in the year 2199. The protagonist, Jacqueline "Jax" Zhou ( Priscilla Quintana ), is a young woman whose parents were killed when their space colony was mysteriously destroyed.

Jax goes to space college, so she can become a space cadet and join Space Force. She meets a group of fellow students, and joins their study group. Nowhere near as interesting as the one in Community. One is the son of an alien ambassador, who calls them out on the fact their Federation only pays lip service to the concept of diversity. Presumably he means diversity of opinion.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 2] Chimes of Freedom
Shown 23 Jul 19

Space college hosts a guest speaker, a politician from an allied world. Unfortunately this is a controversial issue, because that world has a policy that is not politically correct. Basically they grow clones and use them as slaves. Not so different from The Island , which has clones grown for spare-part surgery. The nearest issue to this in the modern world is medical science which uses foetal aborted tissue. Yes, the anti-slavery protesters are the equivalent of anti-abortion fanatics.

One of Jax's friends is a former slave. She decides to go back to her homeworld, to sabotage the clone factory and destroy the slavery system.

The irony is that the slave-cloners are allied to Earth, and before that they were neutral. However, now Earth's arch-enemies - against whom they recently fought a terrible war - are now deemed to be more morally pure than the allies.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 3] Masters of War
Shown 30 Jul 19

The space cadets have a guest speaker at their lecture. He is a war veteran who tells them a patriotic story. It turns out that Boo-ya (short for Boo-yah-kah-shah, courtesy of Ali G) is the new Hoo-ah!

The kids discover that the military were dosed with steroids to turn them into super-soldiers. Worse, the steroids are addictive. This is a bit like Ketracel White, the drug used by the Jemhadar in Star Trek: DS9 . Of course, everything has been covered up by the military. Worse, it ties into the heroine's story arc.

The villains are a military-industrial MegaCorp run by Ben Cross ( First Knight ). They are running a crew of drug-addicted military deserters, who act as privateeers in exchange for a steroid supply.

There is a subplot about racism in the academy. The token enemy citizen is not only attacked by the roid-rage war hero, but by some racists among the other students.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 4] I Shall Be Released
Shown 06 Aug 19

Jacqueline "Jax" Zhou ( Priscilla Quintana ) and her fellow Space Cadets are on a training mission. They get a distress signal, and decide to investigate. This leads them to a secret research facility where an experiment went badly wrong and turned most of the staff into Fast Zombies.

The research facility is not run by the government, but by the Military-Industrial complex - yes, the Parallax Corporation. They were attempting to weaponise the virus, but somehow reversed the process so the only species affected was their own!

Back at the college, Tommy the Token Black Guy is trying to sort out his relationship with the purple-haired girl. It turns out that she does not understand monogamy. She is an omnisexual nymphomaniac, so she should not have been complaining about her old job as a sexy slave.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 5] Most Likely to Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
Shown 13 Aug 19

The tutor takes Pilar, the clique's Asian Mean Girl, on a test-flight in the asteroid belt. He uses the opportunity to recover salvage from the wreck of the pirate ship from Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 3] Masters of War. Jacqueline "Jax" Zhou ( Priscilla Quintana ) later finds out, and suspects he is hiding something that might lead her to the truth about her parents' death. She is angry at him, but as someone later points out she is single-minded and only uses other people to promote her agenda of revenge.

Tommy gets an unwelcome surprise - his father is in town. Billy Dee (an obvious reference to the actor from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back ) is a con-man with telepathic powers. He is in hock to a female-led organised crime syndicate who are blackmailing him into doing a robbery for them. By incredible coincidence his new fiance, Tierny ( Tina Casciani ), is a kick-ass babe with specialist skills such as the ability to cartwheel through a bunch of laser sensors.

Tommy is unhappy, and hangs out in the VR simulator at school. Tierny persuades Jax to help, with the offer of info on her mother's background. Jax in turn persuades Tommy to help, so that he will get what he wants and she gets something that will benefit her. Later on he complains that her actions were for enlightened self-interest.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 6] What Was It You Wanted
Shown 20 Aug 19

Pilar, the clique's Asian Mean Girl, is a know-it-all because of her computer implants. They contain nanites that connect her brain to the data-stream. She complains that they do not give her an advantage in class, because she is expected to use critical thinking, but all she does is display rote knowledge.

Someone manages to hack the datastream, and uses Pilar's implants to control and humiliate her. There is an obvious suspect, a stereotypical InCel who hangs out with data-slicers. Although the University has a disciplinary committee for expelling naughty students, and there are civilian authorities for investigating criminal acts, it falls to the clique to investigate the hacking incident.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 7] Time Out of Mind
Shown 27 Aug 19

A sleazy politician uses the slogan Make Earth Great Again. For the American audience, this may seem like a reference to Trump. However, a European environmental campaigner used a similar slogan as a response to Trump's nationalistic MAGA slogan. Anyway, the politician's call-girl turns out to be Jacqueline "Jax" Zhou ( Priscilla Quintana ), a female protagonist who can beat up two male bodyguards who are twice her size and experience level. It turns out this all happened over a hundred and fifty years earlier.

Jax gets her alien buddy to perform a ritual which helps her discover her hidden memories. Back in the year 2037 she worked for an Asian woman, the political rival of the stale male pale victim. She seduced a nerd who worked for the white boss - a nerd who ended up starting the Parallax Corporation. The hypocrisy is clear. Assassination, even when unnecessary, is acceptable - but exploiting info for personal gain (or the greater good) is evil.

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 8] Under the Red Sky
Shown 03 Sep 19

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 9] It Ain't Me Babe
Shown 10 Sep 19

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 10] Hurricane
Shown 17 Sep 19

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 11] I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Shown 24 Sep 19

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 12] Knocking on Heaven's Door
Shown 01 Oct 19

Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1, Episode 13] Simple Twist of Fate
Shown 01 Oct 19

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Pandora (2019) Pandora (2019) [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
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