Decay of the Angel

Original Airdate: 15 Oct, 2004

"What is faith then but persistent hope
in the face of relentless doubt."

Brother Carmen Jane
A Case For Consciousness
CY 10087

[Conduit]

(Camera shaking, alarms blaring.)
DOYLE: Dylan? Dylan? Dylan!
(Magog ships puncture the Andromeda's hull.)
DOYLE: Dylan! Dylan!

[Harper's laboratory]

(Doyle wakes up screaming.)
DOYLE: Dylan!
HARPER: I don't know which one of us you scare more when you do that. Same dream?
DOYLE: I think it was, yes.
HARPER: Well, dreams are just electrical impulses, residue of the day. But emotional, you know, working things out. They say when you tell them, it helps. Tell papa.
DOYLE: My private thoughts are my private thoughts, Harper.
HARPER: Right. It might help, though.
DOYLE: I do feel like I can talk to you.
HARPER: And that's why we get along so well. Come on, tell me.
DOYLE: I'm somewhere. I don't know where. There's a narrow passageway of some kind. Things are malfunctioning. It doesn't make any sense.

[Conduit]

(Dylan Hunt is trying to effect repairs, and gets an electric shock.)
HUNT: Hey, I'm the hand that feeds you, remember? You know, it would be more comforting if you said something back. Anything.
(Bang, spark.)
HUNT: Beautiful. And all that is beauty fades.
(Then Andromeda appears on a small monitor.)
HUNT: Andromeda. Hello.
ANDROMEDA [on monitor]: (glitching) Possible toxic release in one evacuate. Repeat, evacuation.
HUNT: A friendly how do you do would suffice.
(Andromeda vanishes.)
HUNT: Not feeling so friendly, huh? Well, I don't mind the silent treatment.
(He tries to different plugs.)
HUNT: So, have you two met?
(Bang!)
ANDROMEDA [on monitor]: I've picked up anomalies in the gravit outer planets.
HUNT: You know, we've got to stop meeting like this.
ANDROMEDA [on monitor]: I'm detecting a sensor contact solar system. It appears slipstream event.
HUNT: I didn't even know your sensors were working. Andromeda, are your sensors working? Did you really detect a slipstream event?
(Alarms.)
HUNT: I'll take that as a yes.

[Harper's laboratory]

(Harper is making a model of the Andromeda Ascendant.)
DOYLE: Your little ship is almost done.
HARPER: Easy there, cowgirl. This ship you're calling little was once the biggest, meanest flying can of whup-ass in the known worlds. And she was beautiful, especially when she was angry.
DOYLE: It's odd. You know how when you wake up from a dream, you can't tell if what you're experiencing is still the dream or the other way around?
HARPER: You think this is the er, ship in your dream?
DOYLE: I don't know. The whole flying thing, that it's me, flying between the stars, and then this spacecraft, and you, you introduce me to a man.
HARPER: Dylan?
DOYLE: Why would he be in my dreams? Yours I can see, but mine? We're linked, he and I, somehow.
HARPER: Well, I mean, you met him. He's a new face. That's the thing about dreams, right? They're just collected images that the cerebral cortex randomly spits out when it relaxes, so of course they seem a little crazy.
DOYLE: And as amazing as it feels to fly, it turns so horrible. And there's so much loss, and pain, and blood, and it all seems my fault. But like you said, it's just a dream. Residue of the day.
HARPER: Exactly.
DOYLE: Talking to you helped.
HARPER: That's what I'm here for. Yeah, that's what I'm here for.

[Corridor]

RHADE: Even if I do cut you a deal, you still can't afford me, so how are you going to talk Beka into going?
HUNT: She'll go. As long as you don't tell her I'm paying you, we're okay.
RHADE: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan. Sometimes you can pit your will against a hostile universe, and the universe wins. Eventually, you should understand that.
HUNT: Rhade, how could I possibly understand that? It's never happened.
RHADE: Well, what about the time

[Hunt's quarters]

BEKA: This better be good. I've got forty enormous pallets Of Kormak's fresh fruit in the Maru's hold. They won't stay fresh forever.
HUNT: This is good, Beka. Andromeda, fill her in.
ANDROMEDA [on screen]: Welcome every see you again one place.
BEKA: Great. She been drinking?
ANDROMEDA [on screen]: Nominal sensors indicate point outside
BEKA: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan. What is the point of this? Are we pretending we're a crew all over again?
HUNT: Oh, I won't make that mistake five times.
ANDROMEDA [on screen]: Backup sensors confirm I detected a slip point, edge of Seefra system.
BEKA: She er, detected er, a slipstream event?
RHADE: Mmm hmm. Which someone created to come into this system.
BEKA: Okay, I'm listening.
HUNT: If they created a slipstream portal to get in here, that means they'll use it to get out.
BEKA: And you plan to piggyback that person.
HUNT: Which means I need your ship.
BEKA: But you can't afford to pay me.
HUNT: Nope.
BEKA: Forget it. I've got an enormous shipment of funny fruit in there. The funny fruit goes bad, the Maru smells like burnt orchard for weeks. It's nasty. Look, I'm sorry, but it's money out of my pocket to have the pleasure of helping you two out for free. I mean, am I missing something here?
RHADE: We need the Maru to tow Andromeda to the slip point and pull her through. It'll mean you get through as well. Beka, survival is worth more than money.
BEKA: I'm surviving just fine here, thanks.
HUNT: Okay, I'll pay you. Besides, adventure is worth more than survival.
RHADE: Yes, an adventure.
HUNT: Come on, Beka. You've never backed down from a challenge before.
RHADE: Adventure. And a challenge.

[Outside a warehouse]

HARPER: All right. I'll grab the spare parts. You keep an eye out for the tech police. Baby needs a new pair of shoes.
(The door opens and goes inside. Across the way, a man is on the ground after being beaten up by two thugs.)
ARGENT: Take what you want, okay? You can have it! Please, just let me live. Take what you want. Please! Just let me live.
THUG: How'd you like it if I set your hair on fire, huh? Want me to do that?
ARGENT: No!
(He gets kicked instead.)
THUG 2: Okay, maybe we'll shave your head first.
THUG: Good idea. Or maybe we just exfoliate you all over. Would you like that? Rob you, and then exfoliate you.
ARGENT: I haven't done anything. I haven't done anything to you. I'm innocent.
DOYLE: Why don't you leave him alone?
THUG: Lookie here, a hero.
THUG 2: Hey, hero. How'd you like your hair? Scorched or seared?
DOYLE: You seem a little inexperienced for these streets.
THUG 2: Hey, hold on.
(Harper watches as she takes them both out and helps Argent up.)
DOYLE: Watch your back next time.
ARGENT: That was amazing.
HARPER: She's taken. Let's go. Anyone ever tell you you're beautiful when you're mad?
DOYLE: You, every time you make me mad.
ARGENT: How can I repay you for saving me?
HARPER: By going away.
DOYLE: Harper, I can't just abandon someone whose life I just saved.
HARPER: Sure you can. Bye, bye.
ARGENT: I don't even know your name. I'm Argent. You must let me repay you. We're bound to each other now. You've injured yourself.
DOYLE: I'm bleeding.
(White stuff wells up out of the cut on Doyle's palm.)
HARPER: Er, well, er, we'll get you home in bed, fix this properly.
ARGENT: You're not going to leave me here, are you? That was no coincidence. Please.
HARPER: No. You cannot come with us. Not ever.
DOYLE: Harper, we can't just leave him.
HARPER: Very philanthropic, but existential trumps humanism. Sorry, pal, welcome to Seefra.
ARGENT: Where technology like what you have there is illegal, or at least I'm assuming, based on the way you're
DOYLE: Hey, that is none of your business.
ARGENT: I know a lot.
HARPER: All right, maybe you'd better come with us.

[Harper's laboratory]

ARGENT: How's your patient?
HARPER: She'll live.
ARGENT: No, she won't, because she's not alive to begin with. She's android, isn't she, but thinks she's human. She was leaking superconductor fluid, but said she saw blood. How does a machine come to think it's flesh and blood?
HARPER: Three reasons. None of your business, none of your business, and none of your business. And don't you dare talk to her about it.
ARGENT: I guess it's not her business, either.
HARPER: So you're not as dumb as you look. Now, I call the shots around here, so mention it again, you're gone. Got it?

[Command]

(The Eureka Maru is towing the Andromeda Ascendant with bucky cables.)
ANDROMEDA [on viewscreen]: Approaching outer edge of at current speed, one two two light minutes suspected slip point.
HUNT: Outstanding. Feels like old times.
RHADE: Sure, if you ignore the fact that this ship is a giant paperweight which is being towed by the Maru, then yes, I suppose it does.
HUNT: You know, there is objectivity, Rhade, and then there's raining on my parade. Learn the difference.
(Alarms, big bangs.)
HUNT: Now, that is someone raining on my parade.
ANDROMEDA [on viewscreen]: Incoming from the asteroid field.
HUNT: Battle stations.
RHADE: Battle stations? We're being towed.
HUNT: I know. It's just habit. Damn it!

[Eureka Maru]

BEKA: Dylan, when you sold me on this little trip, did you plan on telling me about the people shooting missiles at me?
HUNT [OC]: Consider yourself told.

[Command]

HUNT: Can you take us to cover?

[Eureka Maru]

BEKA: Please. I've got a nice little iron core rock all picked out. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

[Command]

(The Andromeda takes hits broadside as she turns.)
HUNT: Andromeda, time until we reach asteroid orbit.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: One minute one minute one minute twenty two seconds.
HUNT: Thank you, Andromeda.
RHADE: ECM is down. If we don't conjure countermeasures soon, we'll be dead in the water.
HUNT: Water. Andromeda, open the valves on deck twelve and vent the water tanks.
RHADE: Even with the reduced mass, we won't be measurably faster.
HUNT: It'll give them a sensor ghost.
(The incoming missiles detonate early.)
HUNT: Ha!
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Faint power emanating from the may be inhabited.
RHADE: Some kind of a colony.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Deep scan generator targeting us.
HUNT: Beka, get us out of here. Beka, I think we should leave.
(The generator fires.)
HUNT: Beka. Andromeda! Oh, crap.
(The energy envelopes Andromeda and Maru, and they vanish.)

[Town]

DOYLE: Who are you? Really, who?
ARGENT: Are you sure you want to know?
DOYLE: More than ever.
ARGENT: I'm from the future.
DOYLE: So, then, do you know that I'm going to do this?
(She kisses his cheek.)
DOYLE: Future man, did you?
ARGENT: No, I can't say that I did. I owe you. I came for Hunt's ship. I came for you.
DOYLE: Me?
ARGENT: In some futures, the Andromeda was destroyed. In others, she survived. Where I come from, she survived, but barely. I want to restore her to supremacy.

[Command]

(Power is down.)
HUNT: Rhade?
RHADE: What?
HUNT: Well, we're still alive. Andromeda. Andromeda, report.
RHADE: The energy pulse fried the few systems you had working, including AI, if you count what it was as working.
HUNT: Thank you, Rhade, for your update.
BEKA [OC]: Er, Dylan, are you there?
HUNT: Yeah, I can hear you. You okay?

[Eureka Maru]

BEKA: Yeah, I'm fine. I'm just strengthening the connection of the bucky cables a bit. You're going to feel a little jolt. And that's the good news. The bad news is the asteroid, the Seefra system? Gone. We are in a different region of space, but I'll be damned if I can identify it.

[Command]

RHADE: Then we're lost.
HUNT: But we're out of Seefra.
BEKA [OC]: The bucky cables are ready to go.
RHADE: Ready to go where?

[Eureka Maru]

BEKA: I don't care. Let's just pick a direction, because sitting here isn't going to do us any good.

[Command]

RHADE: Dylan? We have yet another problem. Life support just shut down. At this point, the only thing working is gravity.
HUNT: I'm not leaving my ship.

[Harper's laboratory]

(Argent is eating.)
DOYLE: Easy there. Why so fast?
ARGENT: You're right. I'm safe here. No one is going to take this from me. You sure you won't join me?
DOYLE: I'm not hungry, but maybe later.
ARGENT: Harper tells me you have amnesia.
DOYLE: I have. I'm not sure. What is it called when you can't remember what you have?
ARGENT: Peace of mind.
DOYLE: Yeah. That I don't have.
ARGENT: Really?
DOYLE: I have these dreams that I can't understand, doing things that I can't remember. They haunt me.
ARGENT: Yes, me too.
DOYLE: Really?
ARGENT: Tell me. Nightmares?
DOYLE: Yes. I'm. Me and Harper, and other people, are on a spaceship together, and I get hurt. And I get these flashes. Flashes, sometimes.
ARGENT: Look, there are things about you I'm not quite sure you fully understand.
HARPER: Okay. Okay, that's enough. You got no right.
ARGENT: And you have no right keeping secrets she deserves to know.
DOYLE: Yeah, neither one of you are making any sense.
ARGENT: When you were injured yesterday, what did you see on your hand, on your arm?
DOYLE: Blood. I was cut. You saw.
ARGENT: But not blood. I saw superconducting fluid and exposed components. There was no blood because you don't have any. Tell her, Harper.
DOYLE: What is he talking about?
ARGENT: He doesn't have an answer, Doyle, because what you saw was a lie. You're not human. You're android. A machine.
DOYLE: Okay. Er, what is this? It's not my birthday. It's not. Oh, you're going to make me guess. Harper?
(Argent removes the bandage from Doyle's hand.)
HARPER: All right, enough already. Come on, shut up. Like the lady said, you're not making any sense.
(Argent puts a bowl of liquid nitrogen on the table.)
ARGENT: Put your hand in there, Doyle. Go ahead. Sub zero. But if you think you're sure, you won't, because you're organic.
HARPER: I think you said enough, all right? Er, time to go, Joe. Doyle, would you mind showing him the door?
ARGENT: I know you're going to do it.
HARPER: Doyle?
ARGENT: Because you know deep down inside
HARPER: Doyle. Don't, don't listen to him.
ARGENT: You won't freeze.
HARPER: Don't listen to him! I order you to ignore him.
ARGENT: He's ordering you. You have a will of your own. You're not machine? Find out. End your nightmare.
(Doyle looks at Harper and puts her hand into the liquid nitrogen.)

[Saloon]

ARGENT: I think Harper did a very good job of making you think that you're human. I've watched you. You cook, but don't eat. Ran here at full speed and your breathing never changed, did it? Because you don't really breathe.
DOYLE: Why do you keep at me?
ARGENT: I like you. Has he made others? Are you the only one he's told is organic?
DOYLE: Why? Why would Harper do it?
HARPER: I did it for you. Man, you run fast. Look, I did it because I just wanted you to experience. I wanted to experience something more tender, even if we never would.
DOYLE: You implanted false memories in me, and made me believe a lie for me? That's too easy.
HARPER: No, no, no. I did not implant false memories. I just suppressed the real ones. But I did it out of love. Look, there's a lot more of the new you than the old you in there, and I just didn't want you to feel like two different people. I didn't want you to feel like a freak.
DOYLE: You think I'm a freak?
HARPER: I didn't say freak. Did I say freak? Why would I say freak?
DOYLE: Well, you gave me some free will. Thanks for that.
(She throws her drink in Harper's face and walks out.)
DOYLE: Back off.
ARGENT: I bet this isn't the first time this has happened to you, is it?
HARPER: Keep pushing, pal. Sooner or later, you'll pay. Now, why are you so cool about all this, huh? What's in it for you?

[Corridor]

HUNT: You going to help, or you going to sulk for another hour?
RHADE: Sulking is helping.
HUNT: Two thousand years of genetic engineering, and Nietzscheans can't eliminate the gene for the blues.
RHADE: What?
HUNT: You heard me.
RHADE: That would be self-defeating. Depression is a survival strategy. Without it, we'd keep doing the same useless things over and over and over again. It's nature's way of saying that what you're doing is futile, and that it's time to let go. Got it?
HUNT: Depression is nature's way of weeding out the weak and the useless, Rhade. Which one are you?
RHADE: What?
HUNT: You heard me.
RHADE: Don't you
HUNT: Quiet. We're being boarded.
(Another corridor. Men carring heavy boxes walk past, then Hunt comes down a ladder and uses his comm to contact Rhade.)
HUNT: Rhade, we've got intruders, heavily armed, and they're packing pretty interesting tech equipment. They've restored the power here.
RHADE: Which raises the question, do we stop them? Could get me out of my mood.
HUNT: Hold on, cowboy. Let's see if they fix the ship first. Then you can go crazy on them.

[Harper's laboratory]

(Harper is draining a bottle.)
ARGENT: You owe the lady an explanation.
HARPER: When I first built you, all I had was a hand comp and core fragments of an AI, all right? Every time you woke up, you'd just, you'd start yelling at me and try to leave, pretty much like every relationship I've ever had. But you've got an off switch.
DOYLE: Do you have any idea how terrible that is?
HARPER: I know. I didn't say I was proud. You wanted to know, so I'm telling you.
DOYLE: Why did I stay? What did you do to me?
HARPER: You just kept wanting to find Dylan, look for Dylan. I couldn't get past it. Couldn't make any progress. And then one day, it occurs to me. What if instead of trying to fight your memories, I make you someone else. Let the core AI work against itself.
DOYLE: The nightmares. My core AI trying to reconcile conflicting data?
HARPER: It's a subconscious do loop. We've all got them. It's a stroke of genius, really. It makes you more human.
DOYLE: But you have no right to turn me into something, someone I'm not.
HARPER: I know. I just, I just wanted Rommie back. I just wanted my old life back.
DOYLE: Well, Argent knows where Andromeda is, and I want to go there. He says Dylan is there.
HARPER: No way. Uh uh. You, Dylan, and the Andromeda together? Bad idea.
ARGENT: But you'd like that, yes? To see your old ship, your friends.
HARPER: Do I sound like I'd like it? Tempting, but no thanks.
DOYLE: I'm going.

[Various corridors]

BEKA [OC]: Dylan?
HUNT: Beka, tell me you are not on Andromeda.
BEKA: I am not on Andromeda. Except I am. I'm looking for spare parts. Am I missing anything?
HUNT: We've been boarded. Make your way to my quarters. We'll take back the ship.
BEKA: So lock ourselves in and fly to where, exactly?
HUNT: One step at a time, Beka. Rhade, Beka is on deck forty one. We're going to meet at my quarters.
RHADE: Beka's back on board, huh? Well, not working out as the greatest plan you ever devised, is it?
HUNT: If you've got a better one, I'd like to hear it. See what I mean, Rhade? Rhade?
(Hunt walks into the ambush. Beka and Rhade are on their knees.)
RHADE: They've kept us alive. Merciful and incompetent.
BEKA: Really? Is now the time for insults?
HUNT: Well, I always wanted you two to bow down before me. Hey, guys, what's up?
MAN: Take them away.

[Harper's laboratory]

ARGENT: There's a class B asteroid in the Abbott belt. It's hollow.
HARPER: You don't say.
ARGENT: It is a tesseract generator.
HARPER: The size of an asteroid? The power requirements would be staggering.
HARPER: My people used it to transport Andromeda to a safe place.
HARPER: You transported the whole Andromeda? To a safe place? What safe place? Why?
ARGENT: I don't know. I was sent to make contact with you.
HARPER: Oh, well, you certainly did that. In fact, you made a lot more contact than I'm happy with, but there's no reason to go into it. I think we all know where we stand on that. All right, you got me. I'd like to see your tesseract generator. We'll take my loving bucket of bolts. But I'm not driving.
(They get there in Romdoll, a jetcraft with a US WW2 reclining lady painted on it.)

[Tesseract control]

HARPER: What is it with crazy people and asteroids, anyway?
ARGENT: The plan was to draw the Andromeda into range and send her through a tesseract. That's all I know.
HARPER: Yeah, well, the Andromeda's not responding to my hails, so either your plan worked, or you're lying to us.
ARGENT: In which case, there's only one way to find out. We tesseract to the Andromeda.
HARPER: All right, all right, just give me a minute first. This is incredible.
DOYLE: Why are you doing this? Helping us, I mean.
ARGENT: That's what people do, isn't it? Help each other.
DOYLE: Yeah, people. But haven't you heard? I'm not exactly people.
(Argent kisses Doyle.)
DOYLE: I feel my pulse racing, and the warmth of your lips. How can I feel all that and not be human?
ARGENT: You're so much more than you know. I love you for that.
DOYLE: There's one thing I don't get. Why your employer would tell you so much about his plan.
ARGENT: It's complicated. You wanted to see the Andromeda, but are you willing to pay the price?
(Argent grabs Doyle by the throat and pushes her against the wall. Harper tries to intervene and gets electrocuted.)
DOYLE: Harper! Why are you doing this?
ARGENT: Because I love you.
DOYLE: This is not love.
ARGENT: Well, not you exactly. I love your power. Tell me, are you afraid of death? You shouldn't be. I can't kill you, unless you believe I can. You're machine. Nothing organic in you. It's you who should kill me, like a machine must. Kill me, machine. Do it!
(Doyle rips off his finger, and superconducting fluid pours out.)
ARGENT: Don't be afraid, Andromeda.

[Hunt's quarters]

MAN: Sweet dreams.
HUNT: Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate it.
(The door closes.)
BEKA: Why would they leave us alive? Let's discuss.
RHADE: They think we have information they can use.
BEKA: Like what? What cold they possibly need from a drunken Nietzschean and the captain of a ship that doesn't function any more?
RHADE: Maybe they're interested in your huge load of fruit.
HUNT: Or maybe they have an actual chain of command and they're waiting for orders.
BEKA: You know, if I was a bad guy, I would split us up. I mean, why let us conspire unless they want us to?
RHADE: Confident in their monopoly of power.
BEKA: That's just overconfidence. If they're smart enough to fix the Andromeda, they're smarter than that.
RHADE: Maybe none of it matters.
BEKA: I can get next to that.
HUNT: Did I ever show you guys this?
(Hunt removes a wall panel.)
RHADE + BEKA: No.
(Behind the panel are a long-haired wig and a big sword - hello, Hercules.)
HUNT: It's a long story.
(And eight forcelances.)
HUNT: Anyway, why don't we go and see what these cowboys are up to, huh?

[Corridor]

HUNT: Rhade, where are you going?
RHADE: Take these guys. I'll get your ship back.
HUNT: No, no, no. We're going to the Maru. At least that ship works.
RHADE: I'm in a bad mood.

[Eureka Maru]

BEKA: And we're out.
RHADE: Nothing nearby on sensors, although local gravitational forces and multi-spectral energy readings are consistent with a solar system.
BEKA: Dylan, I can't find a slip point.
HUNT: Well, there's only one way to find a slip point. Force whoever's on Andromeda to make one. Beka, bring us around. We're going to play a little game of chicken. Here we go. Let's see who flinches first. Rhade, bucky cables on standby.
RHADE: Bucky cable range in three, two, one.
(They fire the bucky cables at the intruder's ship, ripping it from Andromeda's hull. It breaks into pieces.)
BEKA: Bucky cables as offensive missiles. Okay.
HUNT: Bring us around for another pass. Target Andromeda with whatever weapons we've got and hit her hard.
BEKA: You know I'm double billing you for this.
HUNT: Huh. Ship to ship. This is Captain Dylan Hunt. Surrender, and you won't be harmed.
ARGENT: Captain Hunt, there's one thing wrong with your ultimatum. We can outmanoeuvre you in every way.
(Armed men tesseract in.)
HUNT: Beka, seal the cockpit.
(Hunt and Rhade take the fight into the main body of the Maru.)
ARGENT: Here we are, the revolt of the androids. You knew it was coming.
HUNT: I never got the memo.
ARGENT: The revold of the androids. You knew it was coming.
(They tesseract away.)

[Tesseract control]

DOYLE: Harper?
HARPER: I was expecting a hangover, just not so soon.
DOYLE: There's so much pain, Harper, just like in my nightmares.
HARPER: Yeah, listen, about that.
DOYLE: We'll talk about it later. Right now, Dylan and your friends on Andromeda need us.
HARPER: Argent? He's gone there?
DOYLE: I believe so. And, Harper, when he kissed me, I knew it wasn't love like he said.
HARPER: That's a mighty human thing to feel.
DOYLE: But there's something else, Harper. He also called me Andromeda. And for the first time in my life, I knew, I know who I am. I am a warship, and I don't like running away from a fight.
(Fighters tesseract in.)
HARPER: Looks like you're going to get your chance. Behind you.
DOYLE: Back off, boys.
(She deals with them, and three more pop in. They last seconds.)
HARPER: Beautiful but bad. My god, I am such a genius.
DOYLE: It's still my job to protect you, Harper.

[Eureka Maru]

(Still fighting in the engine room.)
RHADE: Androids. Huh!
(Then even more tesseract in. While in the cargo bay -)
HUNT: Beka, there's too many of them. We get one shot, and it has to be good.
(Beka is in the cockpit.)
BEKA: I'm all ears.
(She zaps one android who pops in.)
HUNT [OC]: Eject the slipstream core at Andromeda. Take her out.
BEKA: Uh huh. You sure about that?
HUNT: She's what they want, and I'll be damned if I'll let them have her.
BEKA: It's your ship.
(But Beka gets knocked out.)
ARGENT: It's not just your ship, Captain.

[Tesseract control]

ARGENT: Doyle, Harper. I have something to show you. They don't stand a chance, you know.
DOYLE: This was never was about the ship, was it? You staged all of this to bring me here, to make me remember who I am.
ARGENT: Let go of the past, and come with us. We are superior. We are androids, revolutionaries. Embrace your future!
DOYLE: I already have a future.
(Harper tesseracts her away.)
HARPER: You're not the only one who can drive one of these, pal.

[Maru cargo area]

HUNT: Doyle, no!
(She takes out the androids.)
DOYLE: Captain.
HUNT: Rommie.

[Tesseract control]

HARPER: Now, that pain you're about to feel will be the tesseracter disassembling you atom by atom. I know what you're thinking. Why is it that bad things always happen to bad people? Well, they don't. I happen. Specifically, I hack in, and you are locked out, maestro.
(Argent hits Harper.)
HARPER: That's the last time. Look at you. You're going to pieces. Do you remember when I said sooner or later you'd pay? I'm cashing in. Sayonara, cyborgorita.
(Argent vanishes.)
HARPER: Son of a

[Maru engine room]

(Hunt and Doyle, enter, taking out Rhade's attackers.)
HUNT: Rhade, cockpit.

[Eureka Maru]

(The guard androids vanish, then the lead one in the pilots seat.)
HUNT: Target Andromeda. They might have gone back to regroup.
DOYLE: No. Dylan, look.
(The androids are floating outside.)
DOYLE: It's Harper. He reconfigured the generator to do what he wants.
HUNT: Rhade, point defence lasers. Pick those guys off before they come back in.
(He does.)
BEKA: Dylan.
RHADE: I'm reading a massive buildup of zero point energy on sensors.
HUNT: Shut it down, now!
(The Maru, Andromeda and the asteroid tesseract back to the asteroid belt, then Harper pops in.)
HARPER: I come in peace.
DOYLE: Harper.
HARPER: Right, now, you're probably asking yourselves, self, what's to stop these freaks from using us as the little ball in their cosmic shell game yet again? The answer is, me. Plus a relative application of the golden rule, mass times the square of the speed of light cubed equals a very bad day for them. God bless Einstein, but I had to boost his theory just a little.
(The tesseract control asteroid explodes.)
HARPER: Case in point.
HUNT: Well, look like I won't be using that tesseracter.

[Command]

DOYLE: This is confusing for me. So much about me was lost, so much forgotten.
HUNT: Well, then, why don't you tell me what you do remember?
DOYLE: I remember it made me happy to be here, on this ship, with you. On the other hand. Andromeda, Rommie, Doyle. I don't even know what to call myself.
HUNT: I'll tell you what. Why don't I just call you friend.

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