Which we see ourselves--
Reversed and without form.
Our deepest lies reborn, true."
A.K.A."The Mad Perseid"
"Through a Glass Darkly" is episode 11 of Season 5.
Telemachus Rhade is defending a refugee camp on Seefra-5 from the local warlord. With people dying from a lack of food and medicine, they are fighting a losing battle and running out of time. Beka Valentine and Trance Gemini have supplies aboard the Eureka Maru, but can’t get through the anti-air defences. Dylan Hunt monitors the whole thing from the Andromeda Ascendant. He has the ship’s escape pods loaded with supplies but only as a last resort, the hopes of defenceless pods exposed to anti-air fire are remote. Doyle reports a zero-point energy build-up on the deck when Seamus Harper’s old Perseid friend Hohne suddenly appears in a blue flash of light. Dylan is astonished since Harper watched Hohne die in the Slipstream Core 3 years ago. As Dylan brings him up to speed on their current situation, they can only deduce that he actually fell through a stray Tesseract that sent him 3 years into the future. He agrees to help with the crisis on Seefra-5 and goes to meet Harper, who greats him with a bear hug. After discussing the options, the only way to get the supplies on the ground is to teleport them. Harper and Hohne set about rebuilding the device from the plans of their old experiment, but before they even begin their work, a baffling transmission comes through the teleporter. A scientist from the Hephaistos IV research station appear in the messages. It is the very same station near the Black Hole where Dylan and the Andromeda were found. Somehow, after their first experiments with the teleporter, the Andromeda Ascendant Artificial Intelligence maintained a quantum connection with the black hole that spans space and time. But for the time being, the supply problem remains and Beka Valentine prepares to give covering fire to the escape pods. After a few tense moments, Dylan receives reports from the ground that at least a few of the pods made it through but then Harper interrupts with very startling news. More messages from the Hephaistos station are warning of an approaching enemy fleet, the same fleet that signalled the First Systems Commonwealth Civil War 300 years ago. Dylan knows this means one thing. They did in fact travel backward through time. Neither the Battle of Witchhead nor the fall of the Commonwealth has happened yet. Dylan doesn’t buy into coincidence and won’t miss this opportunity handed to him. He wants Harper to send the crew through the teleporter, to give them a chance to make a difference and for Dylan to reclaim 300 years lost to him. But Harper and Hohne have yet to teleport anything successfully and there is another problem. Hohne shows Dylan his genetic map before and after they first teleported him. The second sequence of DNA is different than the first; there is an additional strand added, the link to his Paradine heritage. Regardless, it is clearly dangerous to subject anyone to potential genetic change, even Doyle, who offers to be the first subject. Guessing perhaps the genetic change is part of his Paradine destiny, he decides to go himself. He calls Rhade for his opinion, Rhade thinks that he is crazy, and that self-preservation is a better option, which includes himself. Meaning he would rather stay then go. Dylan understands, but he still wants to try.
The teleporter is ready but when Harper powers it up, Hohne discovers yet another side effect. The quantum connection has immediately destabilized both suns to the point of near collapse. Dylan leaves to tell Beka and Rhade while they frantically try to shut it off. A support drone sent out from the ship still has a datalink up and must be destroyed. The solar activity has disrupted much of the ship’s systems but Dylan is able to raise Beka on the comm; to see if she can catch the drone with the Maru. They streak toward the drone and the two suns, but once they’re in range all the controls go offline. Trance jabs a few controls, but the Maru is adrift and nothing can be done. Beka suggest a drink, as she is getting it, both Trance and her talk about life and death. Beka wanting to go out in a bang, and with music, not like this, all quiet. Trance answers that no matter what life is and what death is, it seems to be all the same. Beka pulls out a device, and plays music. She asks Trance to dance, and as they dance good memories flow through their minds.
With no apparent way to shut off the drone, Hohne suggests Dylan teleport to Hephaistos himself, sacrificing the Seefra System but saving the Systems Commonwealth and the rest of Known Space. Dylan understands the logic, but refuses. He decides to use the teleporter to shut down the drone himself. When Hohne tells him the re-adjustment will take too long, he has Andromeda prep a Slipfighter. Dylan arrives at the hanger door but the door won’t budge. Harper tries to override it from his end but Hohne has changed the command codes. He steps from the shadows and stuns Harper with a mild blast from a plasma pulse pistol. He speaks into the comm, apologizing to Dylan but explaining that he must meet his own destiny. He steps to the teleporter controls and reconfigures them. Harper groggily tries to talk him out of it but Hohne is resolute. He knows Dylan is too important to the people in Seefra and beyond. Before Harper can stop him, he steps into the teleporter and is gone, having severed Andromeda’s link to the teleporter and locking the controls. Dylan rushes in but he knows Hohne is beyond reach. The radiation levels are too lethal for the time it would take to reboot the system and bring him back. He agonizes at the loss, but can only hope he can finish the job and save them all. Harper, meanwhile, can’t stand losing his friend again and pulls a gun on Dylan when he tries to stop him. Dylan disarms him easily but feels crushed inside when Harper puts him at fault for Hohne’s impending death.
Doyle reports that the drone is offline and the datalink has been severed; Hohne succeeded. Both suns stabilize but no life signs are read aboard the drone and Harper leaves, furious. At command Dylan and Doyle talk about Harper perhaps hating Dylan. Doyle tells him that Harper is man who thinks many things, but hating him is not one of them, angry at him, but not hate. Rhade reports that the solar flares broke the warlord’s defense network, but he has escaped and is heading straight at the Andromeda. Dylan targets the approaching ship and destroys it. They have save the system, but not without a price.
Harper is alone in his room watching a hologram Hohne left for him. His old friend thanks him for years of friendship. He reminds him of the moment Harper told him a man makes his own destiny. Hohne had taken his destiny in his hands, giving Harper the chance to create his own. Dylan overhears Hohne's message; Harper asks what now, Dylan answers to do what Hohne suggested, "create their own destiny." He leaves Harper to think about it.
- The title refers to the phrase "Through a Glass Darkly" from 1 Corinthians 13. In the Sci-Fi field, it was the title of a "Highlander" episode, and was evoked in the 2006 rotoscoped film of Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly".
|Aired:||January 14, 2005|
|Writer By:||Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz|
|Directed By:||Jorge Montesi|
|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.|
- Kevin Sorbo as Dylan Hunt
- Lisa Ryder as Beka Valentine
- Steve Bacic as Telemachus Rhade
- Gordon Michael Woolvett as Seamus Harper
- Laura Bertram as Trance Gemini
- Lexa Doig as Rommie
- Brandy Ledford as Doyle