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Cleopatra 2525
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Cleopatra 2525 intertitle
Genre Science fiction
Starring Gina Torres
Victoria Pratt
Jennifer Sky
Opening theme "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (List of episodes)
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Original run January 17, 2000 (2000-01-17) – March 5, 2001 (2001-03-05)

Cleopatra 2525 is a science fiction television series that aired for two seasons, starting January 2000 and ending March 2001. It appeared as the first part of the Back2Back Action Hour, followed by Jack of All Trades.

Its theme song is based on the Zager and Evans song "In the Year 2525", though with different lyrics from the original. It was sung by cast member Gina Torres.

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Synopsis

The setting is five centuries into the future. Cleo (Jennifer Sky) is an exotic dancer from the 20th century who was put into suspended animation after complications during breast augmentation surgery. She awakes 500 years in the future and teams with two other women, joining their fight against the Baileys, armed flying machines who control the surface of the Earth. Her team leader Hel (Gina Torres) receives their orders from a mysterious female entity named "Voice," who relays the orders via a communications implant under Hel's left ear. Voice controls many other teams and gives them their orders in a similar fashion, in effect forming a resistance to the Baileys, with their ultimate goal to retake the Earth's surface. Their final team member is Sarge (Victoria Pratt), whose sister belongs to a cult that regards the Baileys with reverence and willingly sacrifices themselves to them. Humanity has moved underground and built a complex of elaborate shafts and tunnels created by the "shaft builders" to survive the Bailey menace. Cleo (pictured above on the right) wows the 26th century denizens with her philosophical sayings (many of which come from 20th century popular culture).

The series was released on DVD in July 19, 2005.[1]

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Episodes

Main antagonists

Creegan: A brilliant yet dangerous and psychotic scientist, he lacks scruples entirely and carries out a vendetta against Voice whom he claims to know. His goals and methods are massively destructive and he is the most frequent enemy fought by the team. Hel has a personal stake in bringing him to justice, as he's responsible for the death of her family. His unusual taste in clothing—he always appears dressed as an evil-looking circus clown, complete with white face make-up—suggests a dangerous psychosis. In reality he is Dr. George Bailey, the creator of the Baileys, and the one time lover of Voice. He is in fact still in love with Voice on some level but his psyche has snapped entirely. He didn't program the Baileys to betray humanity, but ended up agreeing with his creation's logic.

Raina: A dangerous psychic and former Voice team member, she wields telepathic powers. Though she only appears in three episodes she is considered one of the more memorable villains. Her most beloved trick was to make people see friends as enemies and vice versa. The girls disarmed her of her powers the first time around, but this drove her to come after them again in an effort to regain her powers by having them returned to her brain in the form of an implant chip.

Baileys: The Bailey units are enormous flying robots with heavy weaponry. They have taken over the surface and forced humans underground. Baileys are slightly more compact in their passive mode than in their aggressive. They will usually attack humans on sight. Their name comes from the man who created them: Dr. George Bailey. Cleopatra once developed a psychic connection with a Bailey and tried to use it to the team's advantage.

Betrayers: Betrayers are dangerous robotic enforcers who kidnap people, assimilate their every detail, and then kill them, creating a perfect copy of the person in the process. They are usually devoid of emotions and are unrelenting in their missions, taking massive damage and enduring all manner of hardship. They can turn their arms into guns, fire optical blasts, regenerate their bodies, and have highly sensitive scanners. They also possess their human counterparts' memories which are added to their bodies before their mission programming.

Mauser is a Betrayer who has been pacified so as not to be a threat to the team, and does not use his abilities very often.

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