|Character Name||David Kano|
|Played by||Clifton Jones|
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Age 32, born 1967. He is usually addressed by his surname. He took part in an experimental programme on Earth to link the memory and calculating ability of a computer to the thinking ability of the human brain. A complex of fibre sensors was implanted in the cortex of his brain: the other 3 subjects ended up as cabbages, but Kano was the success story (Guardian Of Piri).
Kano is the computer expert (replacing Ouma in Breakaway). He addresses the computer as "she", and is defensive of others criticising computer errors: Black Sun, Guardian Of Piri, The Last Sunset, The Testament Of Arkadia. An Eagle pilot in The Full Circle. He takes Paul Morrow's seat in The Last Sunset and he assumes command in Mission Of The Darians.
In the early episodes, he is normally stood by the computer wall in Main Mission. In Missing Link he gained his own desk, on a rotating pedestal. It is the only desk, apart from Koenig's, with a screen (never seen in action).
Kano featured in 23 episodes of Year 1 (not Breakaway).
In the Powys novels, Kano is the one who destroys Main Mission after they have moved the computer core to Command Center. Some months before they encounter Psychon, Kano links up to the computer again repeatedly. His consciousness has entered the computer, but is unable to communicate, until the events of Born to Adversity. At the end of the episode he interfaces with Psyche to save the Alphans, and restores Main Mission for them.
"Commander. Alpha cannot survive without computer." (Black Sun)
"You clumsy fool! Is it so difficult to carry a tray of coffee?" (Missing Link),
"I swore I'd never go through this again" (Guardian Of Piri),
"Computer never tells stories." (The Last Sunset)
"I hate back-seat drivers." (The Full Circle)
"Destruction of Alpha..imminent" (The Infernal Machine),
"Computer's not a crystal ball, Commander. She can only predict on specific data." (The Testament Of Arkadia)
"Don't worry, it can only get worse." (The Testament Of Arkadia)
|Matter Of Life And Death||Kano is at the command conference, checks the Terra Nova fruit, and calculates the planets they will pass.|
|Black Sun||Kano talks to Bergman in the computer room. When the forcefield is activated, he says "It will cut through fish scales". He plays chess with Mathias.|
|Ring Around The Moon||Kano is thrown across the room by Clifford. He finds out what the Triton probe is extracting from computer.|
|Earthbound||Kano's list of names isn't short enough.|
|Another Time, Another Place||An alternative Kano lives on Earth|
|Missing Link||Kano gets a desk, tells of June and argues with Paul Morrow.|
|Guardian Of Piri||Kano gets told off by Koenig, plus his brain into computer, and vanishes. Koenig embraces him on Piri, but he won't leave.|
|Force Of Life||Kano is monitoring the temperature drops.|
|Alpha Child||Kano gets a space suit and blaster, but doesn't get to fire.|
|The Last Sunset||Kano takes Paul Morrow's seat. Koenig is angry at him.|
|Voyager's Return||Kano is at his desk apart from a command conference.|
|Collision Course||Kano tries to restrain Koenig|
|Death's Other Dominion||Kano is at his desk|
|The Full Circle||Kano flies Bergman to the planet. He hates backseat drivers.|
|End Of Eternity||Kano's desk gets destroyed.|
|War Games||Kano helps clear Medical Centre. He listens to Bergman's farewell to Alpha.|
|The Last Enemy||Kano types in Dione's instructions.|
|The Troubled Spirit||Kano is in the front row of the concert. He is part of the seance that invokes the spectre.|
|Space Brain||Kano gets in a spacesuit for the second time.|
|The Infernal Machine||Kano is hit by the torture beam in Main Mission|
|Mission Of The Darians||Kano is left on Alpha, in charge.|
|Dragon's Domain||Kano plays chess with Koenig.|
|The Testament Of Arkadia||Kano plays backgammon with Paul Morrow. Ferro points a laser at him.|
Copyright Martin Willey