"Moon in Gemini" Review

by Mike Helba

"Moon in Gemini" introduces us to Erin's twin sister, who is just as rebellious as Erin is serious. But wait! This isn't the old production trick of saving cash by having a regular cast member play the guest part. Ingrid Kavelaars actually has a twin sister, Monique, who comes in to play the part of Lauren.

This story is a nice piece of character development for Erin. She and Lauren have had a falling out, but they each judge the other too harshly. Poor Jeremiah in the middle must help to bring them together.

"Moon in Gemini" can't resist playing with the mistaken identity between twins cliché, but writer Sam Egan gives it an interesting twist. Jeremiah is obviously trying to build a more physical relationship with Erin, but he doesn't resist when Lauren (or is it?) comes to his bed. "He can't be very committed to Erin if he's going to sleep with her sister," says my wife. "You didn't see him with the prostitute last week," I reply. Jeremiah is certainly a gritty hero to match his tarnished world. The writers have conveyed more than once the survivors' need to find comfort wherever they can.

Meanwhile Kurdy and Elizabeth try to recruit a black separatist group to share information with Thunder Mountain. It occurs to me that every organized group must have its own Lee Chen. In this case it is Raheem Jones, an abrasive lieutenant whose distrust of the visitors is amplified by his disgust at Elizabeth's mixed heritage. This story is an interesting study in shades of grey. An audience member who is turned off by separatist concepts can still find Kwame Jamison, the separatist leader to be a likeable character. On the other hand, an audience member who is more accepting of separatist ideas can find Raheem to be offensive. It's all in the point of view.