About The Show
The kids are caught in the middle of a conflict between Davenport and Goddard. Goddard needs them in the command post to pilot the ship, but Davenport insists that their studies must continue. Catalina suggests that they create a schedule so they can do both. Davenport and Goddard agree. Davenport tells Thelma that the schedule is "tip-top priority."
Meanwhile, the Christa is passing into Ferna Hernan space. The extremely polite members of the Ferna Hernan planetary intruder squad discover their presence, but instead of blowing the Christa up, they give the Christa three hours to explain their presence.
Thelma receives the message from the Ferna Herna, but does not pass it along immediately because she must stick to the busy schedule. She wakes the children up. As she is doing so, she attempts to tell Harlan about the Ferna Hernan threat, but he asks if it can wait. Thelma says it can wait three hours.
Thelma tries on several occasions to inform the crew, but her efforts are thwarted, either by the schedule or by Catalina's sonic practicing, which is starting to get on everybody's nerves and is shaking the entire ship apart. Cat eventually manages to blow out her vocal chords.
In the meantime, Davenport has the students begin keeping journals, to determine what jobs they are best suited for.
The Ferna Herna, having received no explanation, fire their missiles at the Christa. Thelma then finds an opportunity to tell Cat that the Ferna Herna have fired their missiles. Now Cat is the only one who knows, and she can't talk!
The Christa survives the first barage of missiles when Radu raises the shields at the last minute. But they know more will be coming.
Cat goes to the command post to tell everyone what is happening, and manages to use charades to tell them to ask Thelma. Thelma finally tells Goddard about the message she received. They send a message to the Ferna Herna, apologizing profusely, but it is too late, the Ferna Herna's most deadly missiles have already been fired.
Cat comes up with a plan to stop them: she will use her sonic powers to disrupt the missiles' guidance. She gets her voice back just in time, and saves the ship.
Back in quarters, time for bed, both Harlan and Cat tell their journals, in exactly the same words, that they saved the ship today.
Jin: Who ever heard of invited intruders? If they were invited, they wouldn't be intruders, they'd be invitees and we'd be having them down for drinks and cheezy-bits, not blowing them up!
Harlan: We're stuck in space! It's like seven years of detention! What more can
she do to us?
Bova: I'll be in charge of mess!
Harlan (to journal): I try hard not to constantly be the first one to give the answer in class...
Catalina (to Suzee): It's a good thing you're here, or I'd have gone nuts.
Goddard: Radu, raise the shields!
Davenport: Why would the commander want us staying down here?
Goddard: Thelma, you've got to have priorities.
Jin: Even if they contact us now, apologizing profusely, they haven't got a
Thelma (referring to the Ferna Herna): My, what polite killers.
"Day in the Life" was originally supposed to air second. We wanted to give viewers a feeling for what a "typical" day aboard the Christa was supposed to be. However Nickelodeon decided they wanted the more action-heavy "Who Goes Where?" to air second. The major problem with this decision is that several key elements in WGW--which were to be introed in "Day"--instead simply show up, unexplained and confusing, including the food wheel and Cat's sonic scream.
Cat's scream actually grew out of a throwaway joke in our original, unaired pilot, in which Cat--when Harlan is about to make an unwise bargain with a shady salesman--Cat says, "If you sign that contract, I'll...I'll scream!" "Go ahead!" says Harlan. Cat promptly uncorks a scream which shatters glasses in the team room, Miss Davenport's reading glasses, and prompts a CGI-animated constellation labelled "The Dog Star" to howl.
This was our first episode with guests stars. with the immortal performances of Bill Mumy and Mark Hamill as Jin and Pel. Obvious send-ups of the Beatles (their names variations on John and Paul, and the title itself is from a Beatles song) we were going to have four Fernaherna instead of two in order to make the Beatles parallel really clear. But it was decided that four was somewhat unwieldy from a filming circumstance, if nothing else. The Jin and Pel sequences were shot "second unit" in Los Angeles, filmed by Fox executive and producer Kevin Burns. Kevin also owns the "Lost in Space" robot who can be seen on the left hand side, and the consoles which were from the "Time Tunnel" series.
Mark Hamill had been promised that shooting would wrap by four o'clock. But as the day wore on, the four finish became increasingly hopeless. There are outtakes during certain blown scenes of Mark dryly reciting the constantly revised wrap time as Kevin calls "Cut" and Mark says, "Oh yeah, four...no problem." "Five...five's happening. We're out at five." "Six, definitely six, no sweat."
Very playful musical score during the missile sequence, particularly at one point where the missiles are closing in on the Christa and we hear a quick riff of a classic funeral dirge.
Concept cut for time: When we see Miss Davenport's electronic journal in which she's smugly writing about the students, the playback image of Davenport was suddenly going to start saying, to the shock of the real Davenport, "However...little do any of the students realize that I'm actually...Stellara, Empress of the Universe!" The reason being that Harlan had hacked into her computer journal and screwed with it.
Episode Details provided by Tracey Rich.