Herein a vast journey lies
In the span of an instant."
Seefra-One Chamber Inscription
"What Will Be Was Not" is episode 9 of Season 5.
The crew is drowning their sorrows at the Oasis Bar when tempers begin to rise. Telemachus Rhade believes Seamus Harper is inflating the bill, Beka Valentine is sick of his grousing and alcohol use, Harper wants them to take it outside, and Doyle takes offense when Beka says she whines about not being real. The whole thing dissolves into a bar fight that flows into the street and then back inside. Finally fed up, Harper takes a large gun and fires a shot into the ceiling. The fight ends as everyone laughs at Harper getting covered with plaster. They all feel good now that that they have vented to each other. Rhade does not notice Trance Gemini coming in and she hears him apparently blaming her for their situation. Doyle tries to stop her but Trance is verbally wounded by his words. She returns to Andromeda Ascendant where she says goodbye to Dylan Hunt and disappears. After Dylan confronts Doyle outside the bar to find out what happened, they leave to search for her in the tunnels.
Sure that her friends’ plight rests firmly on her shoulders but with no reasons why, Trance is crying quietly to herself deep in the tunnel system when she is found by a man named Orlund. As he approaches her, he discreetly covers a High Guard patch on his clothes and lowers the strange weapon he carries. He says he maintains these tunnels and offers to guide her through the traps. As they round a bend, he pulls her against the wall just in time as a weapon is fired from the shadows. Three tunnel dwellers charge them but when Orlund fires his weapon, they are petrified, as if turned to stone. As each body hits the ground with a heavy thud, Trance asks about his long silver rifle, which she realizes must be Vedran. He tells her he inherited the job of protecting this and other hidden technology before leading her to the Vedran Portal Chamber that holds 9 doors with small cradles next to each. A chest filled with Methus crystals sits in the center of the room; they are the keys to the doors, the tesseract portals to each planet in the system. He has used the doors to gain access to the many secrets the Vedrans left behind but he appears guilty about something. He shows her the High Guard patch he wears but before divulging anything else he’s done that might anger the Vedrans, an alarm beeps. He leads her through the Seefra-2 door and leaves her there while he checks on his trap.
He finds Dylan and Doyle and approaches them like a feeble tunnel dweller until he is close enough to fire his weapon. He fires at Dylan, who writhes in pain but does not fall. Orlund is shocked at the effect, only the Paradine, those of Vedran descent, would be unharmed by this device. While Dylan is still paralyzed, Orlund tries the weapon on Doyle who slumps against the wall from the charge, but she's unaffected because she is an Android. He binds them both and leads them away, while Dylan quietly tells Doyle to play along to see what they can learn.
Orlund leads them to the same chamber but takes them through the Seefra-5 door into a room packed with crates. When they try to question him, he tells them they must be hidden away so they cannot tell any other Paradine about him. When they tell him they are but the vanguard and more are on the way, he locks them in while saying he has a guest waiting for him. Guessing that his guest is probably Trance, Doyle tries to unlock the door while Dylan looks for a place to sit but the crates are extremely hot. They find charged quartz crystals inside heating up. They also find many furs and carvings as well as piles of money. It’s exactly the type of hoarding the Vedrans didn’t do and the type of wealth Seefrans simply can’t amass. The situation is growing desperate as the temperature continues to rise when Dylan finds a trap door under a huge rug. As Doyle comes to look, they see the box of quartz glow bright when she approaches, giving Dylan an idea. If the electromagnetic energy she emits affects the crystals, they can tweak her settings in order to manipulate the door’s magnetic lock. She dials up her output (which results in a previously unknown side effect) and places her hand on the door, springing the lock.
Orlund has Trance tied up, believing her to have led Dylan and Doyle in to punish him for invading the Vedran’s lair. He drags her through the door to Seefra-2, taking the Seefra-1 crystal with him. Shattering it will destroy all the chambers on the different planets and hide him from his perceived threat. Trance pleads with him, somehow knowing the destruction of the crystal will mean destruction of all the planets as well. He ignores her and smashes the crystal down creating a deafening noise that shakes the tunnels. Dylan and Doyle emerge from underground on Seefra-5. They overhear reports of earthquakes on Seefra-1 and understand what is happening. Orlund thinks he is only destroying a key when it fact, the crystal holds the programming for the entire planet. Using the charged quartz to boost Doyle's power, they spring open the tesseract door and plunge back through the portal, interrupting Orlund, who is speechless at their arrival. They try to explain but he is beyond hearing. Swept away by his own self-pity, he launches into a diatribe against all who don’t appreciate his work in the tunnels below Seefra. As he lifts the crystal for the coup de grace, Trance tries to tear the rifle off him. They struggle for control of it until Trance realizes he is letting her win. He wants her to kill him, to finish it and put him out of his misery. He lets go defeated, and admits to using the Vedran technology for his own gains. Dylan gets an idea and pushes back Orlund’s cloak, revealing his High Guard insignia. Invoking his position as a High Guard captain, he gives Orlund the praise he never received and orders him to stay his post in the tunnels, guarding these secret chambers. Recognized at last, Orlund salutes him and humbly agrees.
When the crew is back aboard Andromeda, Dylan doles out back pay donated from Orlund’s stockpiles. He also donated all the charged quartz, which was enough to bring Andromeda up to seventy percent power, returning Andromeda Ascendant to her former glory. The crew, reunited in a way they’ve missed since arriving in Seefra, are a step closer to their possible escape.
- The title is a reference to Que Sera, Sera.
- The crew turns on each other in anger and desperation.
- "The Test"
- "What Will Be Was Not"
|Aired:||November 19, 2004|
|Writer By:||Naomi Janzen|
|Directed By:||Gordon Verheul|
|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