This episode was made when the network decided that the original opening episode, "Racing the Night", did not explain the situation well enough for their target audience. So for this one, TNT wanted large amounts of exposition. They also wanted the episode to start off with a fist fight, to include a "cool" fighter jock, and to contain video footage of the riots on Earth. The latter was impossible to film within the series budget. This forced the producers to insert stock news footage.