Series: Silversun

Silversun is a 2004 children/teenage sci-fi program produced for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It depicts an "elite young crew" who are travelling on a 90-year journey to a habitable planet referred to as Silversun or "the new world." Although it was cancelled after the cliffhanger final episode of its only season and never released on DVD, Silversun remains a cult classic and various uploads to Youtube have attracted calls for a second series.


  • Absent Aliens: Initially, subverted in Episode 12 when they discover an alien after leaving the wormhole and briefly prior to that with Leonella's statement that they've found some primitive strands of DNA. In fact, Leonella's unexcitement at this discovery, combined with their general expectation that there might be aliens on the Silversun, such as before finding Tycho's cat suggests that aliens may have been discovered elsewhere previously. Also slightly justified by the fact that they're flying through the middle of space and not visiting planets.
  • Another Dimension: Accessed through the wormhole/s.
  • Artificial Limbs: Pancha's implant not only replaces the damage done to her brain in an accident - to the point that she's still a candidate for a space mission - but allows her to communicate directly with the computer, saving the mission on numerous occasions.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Explored briefly through Pancha and her implant. Like many plot points and themes, the exploration of this is mainly confined to a dedicated episode, but Pancha's ambiguous emotions (and penchant for extreme rationality) are a recurring reminder.
  • Escape Pod: Also the location of the flight simulator, though it's unclear whether it simulates flying the pod and/or the Starrunner.
  • Future Food Is Artificial: The D-Room food. Also implied to be... ahem... recycled.
  • Hologram: A feature of earlier episodes is the hologram room, with all the signs of this trope: opacity, emitter, and frequent clipping (presumably to remind the young audience of who is real and who is hologram). Oddly, this is used less in later episodes, perhaps to tie in with the characters' growing acceptance of their separation from Earth.
  • Impossibly Mundane Explanation: The eponymous alien of "Alien Presence" turns out to be Squirt, a cat that Tycho smuggled onboard.
  • No Seatbelts: The second time they go through the wormhole, with full knowledge of the level of turbulence that occured the first time, the characters not actually flying the ship are either standing around consoles on the bridge or sitting in random areas of the floor hugging each other. Worse, they sleep in bunks with no side rails. In the middle of a room. On a spaceship.
  • Oven Logic: Well it didn't involve an oven but Tycho though giving plants three times the fertiliser would get them to grow faster, it killed them.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Fluctuates - on one hand, the journey to the Silversun is 90 years long. However, they're "halfway across" the Milky Way after two years and must therefore be exceeding the speed of light, but they frequently count down distance to incoming objects, for example, in tens or hundreds of kilometres, which would pass in an instant at this speed.
  • Space Cadet: All the crew except for the adults. They seem to have remarkably little contact with their families.
  • Space Is Magic: Not only do aliens and wormholes exist, the crew are remarkably willing to fly through unknown phenomena such as a "solar fog", even when Cyriax openly admits that they're going where no man has gone before.
  • Space People: Cinnamon and Tycho fit this trope to some extent - unlike the other crew who were handpicked for their skills, they're only onboard because their parents are both part of the mission. They were presumably about eight and six years old respectively at the start of the mission and tend to have fewer cravings for Earth compared to the rest of the crew.
  • Time Stands Still: When entering the wormhole, though oddly only the clocks and computer freeze.
  • Transhuman: Pancha.
  • Virus Victim Symptoms: Cyriax when he gets bitten by the alien.
  • We Will Have Perfect Health in the Future: Mostly played straight - nobody seems to get sick unless they're suffering the effects of suspended animation or brain implants. On the other hand, it's implied that the characters can get sick, or at least that disease was eradicated during their lifetime, as Tycho and Leonella use the excuse of feeling unwell to escape awkward situations. Possibly also justified by the fact that they're on a spacecraft and effectively quarantined from new illnesses.
  • Zeerust: Avoided to a remarkable degree (as of 2012). For example, the computer is described as having "billions of gigabytes" of data, in a context (2004) where the general public wasn't really familiar with the idea of a "gigabyte".