In a solar system with three earths sharing one orbit, tectonic shifting is shaking the world apart. Wade falls victim to one of these earthquakes and is swallowed by the ground below. The others attempt to get down below to determine her fate, but are stopped by the scared inhabitants who only know it is forbidden to go beneath the earth. Quinn goes anyway, while the other two begin to succumb to a strange injury causing their limbs to bleed. Down below, Wade has survived but is under threat from humanoid creatures feeding on the flesh of those who live above. A baby has fallen with her, and she and Quinn decide to rescue it from the creatures. Up above, one friendly local treats Arturo and Rembrandt’s injuries and explains that Arturo must be far sicker than he let on. Arturo reveals to Rembrandt his illness. With the local’s help, the two head down below to find their friends who narrowly escape the enraged creatures below.
Wade has a nightmare about the past events that happened on Welles-Niven World. She recounts the events to Rembrandt, thus setting up the flashback.
An intriguing world of artificial design that is populated by a simple tribe of humanoids on the surface and subhuman monsters amidst the technology far below.
Wells-Niven World is called as such because it brings several popular science fictions themes into the realm of reality. The first part, postulated by writer H.G. Wells, shows two offshoots of humanity, one living aboveground in a state of almost childlike innocence, one below more beast than man. How this came to pass is almost unexplainable.
The second part, named after Larry Niven, describes a race of beings called Engineers, who were able to construct whole worlds with technology. These worlds were filled with creatures from all over and run using state-of-the-art technology. Then, inexplicably, the Engineers vanished, and their technology ceased to work.
Even crazier, there are two other “Earths” in orbit with this world and the moon. The syzygy of the four celestial bodies (it’s unknown if the other two planets are synthetic in nature) creates severe tectonic stresses, stresses that used to be compensated for by the absorbers. However, in the wake of the Engineers’ disappearance, the equipment has failed and those living above fear for their lives.
The dates don’t add up when described by the locals, and even some of the signs we discovered below ground were inconsistent. They claim the pylons were constructed in the 1970s, too soon a date from our standpoint. It’s likely that the year corresponds to a different numbering system than we have for years. Month names are identical.
Wells-Niven World has plant life that tastes like whatever you want it to and water that acts as a healing salve, both no doubt an extension of the Engineers’ genius.
“When I first read [the script] I thought ‘this is kind of spooky, maybe it’ll work,’ but to play — it’s unbelievable — to play the underground people, they got all these members from Cirque du Soleil. And they were unbelievable. These guys were flipping, climbing trees with their toes, climbing up walls, it was so freaky, man. It was the freakiest episode we have done. And it freaked me out. And they lit it so well, and they have them in this make-up. And it was really a Class A operation. It looked terrific.
“Hey,” Jerry adds, “if you went to Las Vegas, you’d pay $80 to see Cirque du Soleil.”
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This episode was originally supposed to air on February 7, 1997, but because of John Rhys-Davies’ exit, things were switched around a little. The episode ended up airing on March 28 — afterArturo had been killed off in The Exodus, part II. As a result, an opening scene was hastily filmed for this episode which explains that Wade was dreaming about the events here. She relates her dream to Rembrandt, which basically sets this episode in a flashback.
|Written by||Josef Anderson|
|Directed by||Allan Eastman|
|Music by||Danny Lux|
|Edited by||Michael B. Hoggan, A.C.E.|
|Next:||The Exodus, part I|
“Last of Eden” is by no means their best effort, but at the very least it’s a far more fitting send-off for John Rhys-Davies than that farcical piece of dung known as The Exodus. It’s also a very ironic title, as there’s a good chance nothing that comes after will be any better than this.
On a world plagued by earthquakes and populated by primitive people, Wade stumbles upon a vast, deserted underground city overrun by a race of nonhuman creatures.