The bus stops at a Zone Trooper check-point, and the Sterlings attempt to hide in a smuggler’s compartment in the back of the bus, but are captured.
Before the family can be taken to Kroll (Jonathan Banks), a motorcycle gang led by a guru called -- I kid you not -- “Chalktrauma” (Marjoe Gortner) rescues them, and takes them to his biker commune in nearby caves.
To prove it, he shows Hal a U.S. dollar bill. Anyway, Tango reveals that any one of the bikers can issue a “challenge of rule” to de-throne Chalktrauma. Hal resolves that this is the course he must take.
Again, nothing at all wrong with any of that, but it’s just kind of…square.
Just once, I’d like to see a sci-fi show where inan altered-state isn’t depicted a priori as a totally negative thing. Star Trek’s “This Side of Paradise,” Space: 1999’s “The Guardian of Piri” and Farscape’s “Thank God it’s Friday, Again” all push the same agenda: that any substance which alters your mental state will also kill your sense of purpose and desire to produce, to do good work. It’s not that I disagree with the premise, just that a little variety in storytelling is nice. At least Spock does admit that the spores made him happy in “This Side of Paradise,” but that’s as far as cult-tv goes…
He instructs her to run away with the children if he doesn’t survive the “rule of challenge” (also known as the “blood clash.”) June is understandably reluctant to leave her husband, but understands his point. The motorpig culture is toxic to family units, and so the children must be free of it. It’s an emotional scene, and well-done. Both characters come off well.