Written by David Gerrold and Larry Niven
Directed by Bob Lally
Original airdate: December
Will inadvertently opens a time
portal, admitting a hypersonic glider from Earth’s future.
Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen
Notes from the
I placed "Hurricane" before
"Elsewhen" simply due to my
own leaning towards the artistic estheticism of having
"Elsewhen" be the first season finale, seeing as how I've
invalidated "Circle" as same.
There are several references to past
episodes. Will mentions Holly's lost perfume from
"The Paku Who
Came to Dinner"; Holly mentions the devastating shock Rick
received from two crystals in "The Search"; Holly and Will
mention the events of "Skylons"; Will remarks on the
circular river of "Downstream".
At 8:15 on the DVD, the actors aren't
aligned well with the miniature background on the blue
screen...Will and Holly are standing on the top of a fern
instead of the ground!
At 14:49 on the DVD, you can see in the
background the dividing line between two panels of the painted
If the gateway is gone as Rick says, destroying itself when it
swallowed the pylon, why do we see still see it receding into
the distance as the last shot of the episode? This is one reason
I placed The Dinosaur
Adventure after this episode, speculating that Dr.
Potts arrived through that same gateway shortly after this
Both the pylon and one of the skylons get sucked
into the time doorway. Does this mean there's a pylon and a
skylon now on Earth?
Notes from the audio commentary by David
Gerrold and Larry Niven
Gerrold notes that "Hurricane" was inspired by
the story "The Wind Between the Worlds" by Lester Del Rey.
Gerrold wrote Beauregard Jackson as a character
to possibly be portrayed by himself as the actor. Jackson's colorful dialog
was written by Gerrold to be fun for himself to deliver. (It would have
been interesting to see Gerrold in the role. But, as it is, Ron Masak does a great job with it.)
Gerrold mentions that in early drafts of the
series treatment, he wrote Will as a younger version of himself.
The original draft of the script of this episode
had the punchline that not only was Jackson from the future but
also from an alternate Earth. It was to be revealed his country
was the United States of Texas (or something along those lines).