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Monday, February 16, 2004

MUTANT X'S "A NORMAL LIFE"

"A Normal Life," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Peter Mohan and dircted by Alan Goluboff.

Below the photos is a thorough plot synposis, with spoilers. (Click on the thumbnails for larger images).

Jesse (Forbes March) uses heat signals to guide Brennan (Victor Webster), Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) and Lexa (Karen Cliche) through a warehouse towards a man who is holding five members of the Dominion council captive.

The team enters a room where an image of a digitally altered man, and the hostages trapped in a glassed-in area behind him, appears. The man says that since the Dominion has not paid his demands, one of the captives will suffer. He hits a remote control and the enclosure fills with smoke.

As the air clears, Mutant X sees the hostages are now frozen like statues. A light suddenly comes on and the team is startled to find a frozen woman in the room with them.

When Shalimar takes a step towards the woman, the stranger who's recently been contacting her and feeding her information, shouts a warning over her comlink not to touch the body. The warning is seconds too late, however, as Shalimar's movements have already triggered a ball bearing, which drops on the victimıs head, shattering her body.

At Sanctuary, Lexa's Dominion contact tells her the kidnapper is Keith Burstyn (Shaun Smyth), who was working for the Dominion to create a method of suspended animation until six months earlier when he disappeared. The contact then says they've become aware of untraceable communications coming into Sanctuary and orders her to find out who it is.

After doing some research on Keith, Jesse informs the team that Keith was a standout citizen and doesn't fit the kidnapper profile.

Still reeling from the woman's death earlier, Shalimar goes to her room. She suddenly gets a call from the same stranger, and when she demands to know his identity, is stunned to see a holographic image of Adam Kane (John Shea) appear in front of her. Refusing to believe it's really Adam, he tells her things only he would know. Adam explains that an unknown enemy was after him and that faking his death was his only option.

Believing the same people may be responsible for the abduction of the Dominion Council Members, he asks for her help, but insists she not tell the rest of Mutant X he's alive.

Meanwhile at Dominion headquarters, Lexa's contact meets with the Council Head (Jeff Seymour) and Council Member Anthony Gervais (Sten Eirik). The Council Head suggests that whoever is communicating with Mutant X may be trying to turn them against the Dominion, and therefore, Mutant X must be monitored closely.

Lexa asks Brennan and Jesse about the incoming calls, but they both claim to know nothing. Reviewing the computer records, Jesse discovers another call recently came through to Shalimar's terminal. With Shalimar gone, Jesse retrieves an address from her computer and Brennan and Lexa head out.

Across town, Shalimar arrives at the address and finds Keith, who claims he s not involved in the kidnapping. Adam's image appears and tells Shalimar that Keith was framed and must be kept safe until he can create a counter-agent for the deadly freezing process.

When Brennan comlinks Shalimar, she tells him Keith is innocent. She then puts her comlink ring on the ground and per Adam goes with Keith to a country house that has been set up with an array of genetic lab equipment.

Keith tells Shalimar that he's been trying to reanimate the frozen bodies for a long time, but it's always ended up causing serious cell damage. Believing that a microwave accelerator might be the key, Adam appears and tells them there's one in Sanctuary.

That night, Shalimar slips into Sanctuary and finds the machine in the storage room. When Brennan suddenly enters, Shalimar runs for the Helix where Lexa is waiting. Left with no choice, Shalimar knocks Lexa out with a vicious spin-kick and then takes off.

As Lexa recovers, Jesse works to gain control of the Helix from Sanctuary. When the wheel locks up in the ship, Adam appears on the monitor and gives Shalimar a code that enables her to steady the craft.

Back at Sanctuary, Jesse manipulates the image of the kidnapper's digitized face and discovers it's Council Member Anthony Gervais. Jesse then tells the team that he's tracked the Helix to a field and Brennan leaves to retrieve it.

When Brennan returns, Jesse and Lexa reveal that they think they've located Gervais. Brennan, Jesse and Lexa soon arrive at the location and Jesse picks up six heat signals inside -- three moving and three still.

When Brennan and Lexa split up to find Gervais and the hostages, two Plexiglas walls move into place, trapping Brennan. He comlinks Lexa, who rushes to his rescue only to find him frozen. Gervais then appears and says that unless he's paid, Brennan will die.

Back at the country house, Keith is working to reanimate the frozen cells when Adam appears and informs them that Brennan has been captured. Keith finally perfects the process and shows Shalimar how it's done.

As Shalimar heads out to help Brennan, Keith returns to his apartment to gather his things. When Shalimar calls Jesse to let him know she's going to save Brennan, he and Lexa head out.

At Gervais' headquarters, Shalimar finds Brennan and uses the microwave accelerator to restore his body. Shalimar leaves him to rest while she goes to find the hostages. She locates them and is about to use the accelerator, when Gervais comes over the intercom and tells her she's too late.

As Gervais begins inputting the commands to destroy the bodies, a shaky Brennan appears and blasts him with a massive tesla coil.

With everyone safe, Lexa calls her Dominion contact and is told they're still going after Keith even though he's innocent.

Hearing this, Shalimar takes off for Keithıs apartment. When he comes out to greet her, Keith sees a team of Dominion operatives close behind and runs back inside. Just as he enters the building, it explodes and Shalimar falls to her knees in anguish.

The next day, Shalimar is in her room when holograms of Adam and Keith appear. Adam explains that they faked Keith's death to avoid his capture. Shalimar then asks Adam when she'll see him again, but he just smiles at her lovingly and disappears.


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