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Hearts and Minds 

Soldiers are on a mission to kill aliens on a distant planet to protect a mineral necessary and profitable for Earth. The soldiers are injected with a drug to enhance their abilities which has consequences when the drug wears off.


Brad Turner


Naren Shankar

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Episode cast overview:
Christine Elise ... Lieutenant Rosen
Miguel Fernandes ... Captain Tavernier (as Miguel Fernández)
Dylan Walsh ... Sgt. Eldritch
Vincent Gale ... Corporal Hawthorne
Heather Hanson ... Archer
Tong Lung ... Asian Leader
Darryl Quon ... Asian Worker
Michael Todd Michael Todd ... Alien


A military squad led by Capt. Tavernier and Lt. Rosen patrol a complex series of caves on an alien planet. They're there to protect a key mineral - now used on Earth to provide power - from invading bug-like creatures. The aliens aren't only dangerous they are deadly requiring the team to regularly inoculate themselves against infection. When they learn that Rosen has not been receiving her injections due to a malfunction, Tavernier makes it clear she'll be on her own at the first sign of infection. Their immediate concern is to take control of a processing plant that the bugs will shortly make operational. As her medication wears off, Rosen begins to see things in a different light. Written by garykmcd

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6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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The soldiers call the energy source that is being mined pergium. This was also the name used for an energy ore in Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967). See more »


References Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967) See more »

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Energy Wars!
22 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A group of mercenaries is on what appears to be a moon or planet. The planet contains minerals that are critical to Earth's energy supply. The people have been hired to kill "bugs" (like in Starship Troopers) who are preventing the Earth excavators from mining the good stuff. It is a really tense episode as the crew confronts what they believe are insignificant garbage. This takes a different turn when one of the characters has her supply of a kind of nutrient blocked so she has to confront the worrisome creatures without protection. There is a macho dynamic here. There is great suspicion all along and several hints as to what is going on. This teaches us some lessons about our dependence on energy resources. It also has to do with the potential for compassion for those we don't really understand. Apparently, the budget for this show grew a bit by this time. A worthy effort.

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