Supernova: episode guide
Series 1 | Series 2
Under-achieving, under-confident scientist Paul Hamilton is swept suddenly from his unexciting life and boring girlfriend in London to a thrilling astronomical frontier at the Royal Australian Observatory in the Australian Outback.
Can he find the Black Hole and impress his fellow scientists? Can he win the affection of beautiful scientist Rachel, even though she is engaged to astronaut Chad? A world of impossible adventure opens up before him.
Guest cast: Deborah Thomson as Ruth, Morgan O'Neill as Chad, Jennifer Radich as Miss Honey, Alex Babic as Security Guard
God Are You Out There?
The age-old clash between religion and science. Paul thinks he sees God in the gullet of a wormhole and becomes determined to publish his beliefs.
But as Rachel, the cool, cynical and terminally atheist, reminds him, there is no place in science for religion and God did not create the world. But then Pip and Rachel also see the face in the wormhole, and reluctantly agree that Paul may be right and should publish his paper.
Guest cast: Sophia Wel as Nun 1, Felicity Hay as Nun 2, Mary Haire as Barmaid
When You Wish Upon A Star
Paul is overwhelmed by the support and love of his colleagues when they throw a surprise birthday party for him, and for the first time ever feels like a real man.
And then he gets a call from girlfriend Ruth with her exciting surprise — she is in Australia and on her way to the Observatory. How can he get rid of her and live his own life?
Guest cast: Deborah Thomson as Ruth, Morgan O'Neill as Chad
When Venus, the planet of love, rises, hormones and temperatures in the Observatory rise with it, and Paul's lack of sex life becomes a real focus.
He realises that the best way to shut up his well-meaning colleagues is to pretend he is having a raging affair with a bikie chick he met at the pub. A simple lie that can't hurt anyone.
To Paul's surprise, it seems to bring him unexpected bonuses. Pip gives him more responsibility at the Observatory, and Rachel seems genuinely attracted to him for the first time ever. So the lie gets bigger and bigger.
Guest cast: Nathy Gaffney as Bikie Chick/Catherine Parkes, Morgan O'Neill as Chad
Paul discovers a new planet which he names Unity as a symbol of the togetherness he feels exists with his weird and gifted fellow scientists.
A film crew, led by the sleazy Alistair Foster, arrives to interview Paul and capture the discovery of the new planet, but Paul learns that science is no different from real life, and that beauty sells—as Rachel is seduced into the spotlight.
Guest cast: Craig McLachlan as Alistair Foster; Hermoine Gehle as Researcher, Anthony Burns as Cameraperson, Andrew Cochran as Sound Recordist
Where Men Are Men
Paul solves the mystery of how the Universe will end, and is depressed.
And then he is challenged to a duel by the local thug. It is Paul's high noon.
Paul looks for answers in the desert, and it is Bill who teaches him what it means to be a real man.
Guest cast: Aaron Dewsbery as Ed Ryan, Morgan O'Neill as Chad
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