the manifestor of what they cannot dream;
he takes no name where none fits."
Original Progenitor Diatribes
"Quantum Tractate Delirium" is episode 18 of Season 5.
Beka Valentine and Telemachus Rhade are moving evacuees to the Andromeda Ascendant via the Eureka Maru, but the dire situation and cramped conditions have the people fighting among themselves. Beka urgently requests the Andromeda’s help but the Andromeda Ascendant Artificial Intelligence is unable to confirm where they will re-appear and will not proceed to Slipstream. Dylan Hunt tries to override the Artificial Intelligence but they need the 3 entities working together in order to do so. He enters the Virtual Reality matrix to ask Rommie if she is ready to return to them but her answers are elusive and her loyalty still questionable. Dylan has little choice and tasks Seamus Harper with rebuilding her with Doyle’s help. Harper refuses, the last time he tried to rebuild Rommie, she turned on him and had to be shut down. He believes she will turn on Dylan so Doyle has no choice but to fix her alone. Dylan meets her in the med deck where Doyle has calculated only a 25 percent chance of saving Seefra-9 without slipstream capability. Meanwhile, Harper begins working on a failsafe option that will deactivate Rommie just in case.
When Rommie is nearly complete, she talks casually with Doyle, earning her trust and reaches to shake hands. When Doyle does, Rommie immediately links to the ship’s computer, and gets the green light to command of all the systems. They verify the chain of command and the command codes. Doyle still doesn’t suspect anything and brings her to meet with Dylan, as they leave Rommie uses Doyle's style of walk of swinging her hips and thighs.
They arrive at command where her first test will be to get slipstream up and running but as soon as she takes her post, she claims the ship for herself and powers down all systems. Dylan Hunt instructs her to shut down but she fights the order and she begins to choke him. Doyle comes to his rescue and the two avatars brawl across command until Rommie increases the ships Artificial gravity, pinning the crew to the deck. Doyle fights to maintain her connection with the Artificial Intelligence and manages to return gravity to normal after Rommie has already escaped into the ship.
While Beka and Rhade discuss ways to approach the Andromeda without being destroyed, Dylan finds Rommie in the corridor attempting to access the ship’s systems, but he has shut her out. She doesn’t buy the story that they are all friends and he wishes to help her. Instead, she informs Dylan he is number one on her list of people to kill today. He warns her that if she tries, she will self-destruct, but the threat falls on deaf ears. Doyle steps between them and the two struggle again while the ship lurches as they battle for control.
Trance Gemini's sun finally passes completely through the portal and closes on Seefra-9. As Beka and Rhade approach the erratic Andromeda, Trance contacts them from command. She has slipped through undetected and opened a docking bay. Rommie is too distracted to notice while she struggles with Doyle. Dylan shouts that harming Doyle will destroy the files she carries, files that are Rommie core memories. Rommie is ready to kill her unless she uploads the files but Dylan offers a deal. Only he can initiate the upload and he will do so only if Rommie first helps them evacuate the doomed planet. She accepts and relinquishes control to Doyle. When leaving Rommie uses Doyle's style of walk of swinging her hips and thighs.
Dylan calls off Beka and Rhade, ordering them back to Seefra-9 to continue the evacuation. When they have a moment, Doyle confesses that when she was rebuilding Rommie, she was forced to fill in programming gaps with Vedran technology. The foreign software accounts for her behavior but the only way to fix it will be to upload Doyle personal core into Rommie. They corner her in the hallway and Doyle grabs Rommie’s neck, sending the information coursing into Rommie’s circuits. Doyle collapses while Rommie fights the effects but soon freezes.
The crew watches as Seefra-9 is obliterated by Trance’s sun and the ship’s computer calculates a slight decrease in speed. The brakes are working and the people were evacuated in time. The crew has more reason to celebrate as Harper ushers in a fully repaired Rommie. She reports for duty and Dylan orders Beka to take them to slipstream. Thought her piloting is rusty, she brings them through only to find they arrive in the exact place they left. The crew’s frustration is palpable but there are no answers to be had yet.
Doyle serves drinks to Harper and Dylan down on Seefra-1. She has a calmer, more human appearance since ridding herself of Rommie’s memories. Harper still carries the guilt for imposing that upon her but she makes it clear he is forgiven. She is thankful for the life he gave her and happy that Rommie has been returned to them as she was. She is content to have her whole life ahead to fill with new experiences all her own.
- The title Quantum Tractate Delirium literally translates to: “the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction in physics” “signifies a treatise” “severe neuropsychiatric syndrome”. This describes Rommie's mental state and physical damage.
|Aired:||April 15, 2005|
|Writer By:||Larry Barber and Paul Barber|
|Directed By:||Peter DeLuise|
|Created By:||Gene Roddenberry|
|Developed By:||Robert Hewitt Wolfe|
|Executive Producers:||Majel Roddenberry|
Josanne B. Lovick
|Production Designer||Brian Kane|
|Intro||The Universe is a dangerous place. But in our future my crew and I fight to make it safe. I am Dylan Hunt, Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, and these are our adventures.|