The Heart of the Journey, part one

Original Airdate: 6 May, 2005

"I see through you,
now that the cycle of possibilities is infinite,
headed toward nothing."

Seefran Love Song,
341-AT9

[Saloon]

(Seefra One is overcrowded with refugees from the other eight planets. In the saloon, Beka and Hunt are using coloured plaques to assign new living areas to the incomers. A burly man is not happy.)
MOORHEAD: No means no.
BEKA: Green means temperate climate. It's what you requested.
MOORHEAD: There is no temperate zone.
HUNT: But there will be. Think big picture, Moorhead. Green rolling hills, fields of plenty, sunshine, and a perfect eighty five degrees. Thank you very much. Bye, bye.
WOMAN: You are so full of it. Have you even looked outside? It's ugly, nasty, acid rain! That's never going to change.
(Beka puts a green plaque in her mouth to shut her up.)
BEKA: Okay, look. If it weren't for us, you'd all be exo-zodiacal dust right now, so take your nice green card for the new utopia, and move on. Thank you.
(Hunt pauses the line.)
BEKA: Sheesh. Some people's kids. Remind me never to have my own.
HUNT: I never knew you wanted any.
BEKA: I don't. Just in case I ever get soft and weepy, slap me. Hard.
HUNT: Next.
(Moorhead goes to the bar, where Doyle is serving.)
MOORHEAD: I need a drink.
DOYLE: You're cut off.
MOORHEAD: I want a drink, sweetheart.
BEKA: I think the lady said, you're cut off.
MOORHEAD: My question is, how is it that you and Beka, two women, can tell me, one man, what to do?
DOYLE: Because we always have to repeat things twice to you, Moorhead.
BEKA: You really have no idea what a lady likes, do you?
DOYLE: What makes her open up, share her soul, reveal her secrets.
BEKA: You see, Moorhead, if you want a woman, you're going to have to figure out what a woman wants. She wants flowers.
(Beka slaps Moorhead.)
BEKA: And candy.
(A punch.)
DOYLE: Chocolate.
(Punch.)
BEKA: With nuts.
(A knee you know where.)
BEKA: Ouch. That's got to hurt.

[Machine shop]

RHADE: It's hard to believe this place could ever be beautiful. How many times have you rerouted power?
HARPER: Rerouting power. Oh, let's see. About too many to count.
RHADE: Rate this place is growing, We'll never have enough.
HARPER: Then we'll just have to re-reroute.
RHADE: Again?
HARPER: Again. Now, the thing about low-tech is it starts out as an intriguing and charming challenge, but sooner or later, it becomes extremely frustrating!
(Rhade stops Harper from hitting the computer with something heavy.)
RHADE: No.

[Saloon]

(Trance is meditating on a candle, with Hunt watching her.)
TRANCE: Fire. Flame. Nuclear. What am I trying to remember here? What? Fire, flame, nuclear.
(Pieces of energy leave the flame and then a miniature sun appears.)

[Machine shop]

RHADE: Couldn't I be doing something more useful? Any idiot can throw a switch.
HARPER: No comment. Don't touch it until I say. I've only got two hands. I need your help, thank you. Now.
RHADE: Now what?
HARPER: Throw the switch! Funny.
(Rhade throws the switch, and all the power goes out.)

[Saloon]

(The single mini-sun is multiplying. There are fifty in the end, I am told.)
HUNT: Trance, you mind telling me what's going on?
(The suns go out. There is a short scream.)

[Corridor]

TRANCE: They are the Lambent Kith Nebula.
HUNT: But who are they?
TRANCE: They are a convocation of stars, of avatars. They rule all the galaxies. All that is light.
HUNT: And you're part of it.
TRANCE: Was.
HUNT: So they're the ones who sent you to me.
TRANCE: Not exactly.
HUNT: Trance.
TRANCE: I ran away. That is why they locked me in the Methus sun. To keep me from you. Lambent Kith are energy, and their enemy is the Abyss.
HUNT: Then we have a lot in common.
TRANCE: They were afraid, Dylan. Afraid that the Abyss was winning, so they devised a plan to destroy it.
HUNT: Once again, sounds like a plan I could get behind.
TRANCE: No. Their plan was a bad plan. I can take you there.
HUNT: Sure.

[Machine shop]

HARPER: Let's take another shot at getting some power. Okay, Doyle, give me another five. No, make it fifteen percent.
DOYLE: Fifteen.
(Big bang and flames.)
HARPER: Maybe it should have been five. Man, this is frustrating. I'm almost ready to turn to leftover Vedran tech.
DOYLE: That is a sore spot with me, Harper.
HARPER: Look, putting Vedran tech into you and Rommie, and putting it into a power supply are two very different things.
DOYLE: Then go ahead. But maybe the power supply will eat energy rather than create it, and it might blow up the whole planet and you with it. You don't know.
HARPER: Okay, okay. We'll stick to the junk we have. But it won't be nearly as pretty as you.
DOYLE: Harper, don't you ever get tired of that kind of joking?
HARPER: Me? Get tired of joking? Come on. Knock, knock. Come on, Doyle, you're not getting all serious on me now, are you?
DOYLE: Ever since I gave Rommie back her core memories, I feel different. I'm vulnerable without a past. What's it like having real memories? Like childhood memories.
HARPER: Childhood memories? Ooo, let's see, haven't I told you this story? My home planet, Earth, overrun with Nietzscheans and Magog hordes, who couldn't decide on whether it should be a forced labour camp or a feeding ground. Sound fun?
DOYLE: But you still have a fondness for Earth.
HARPER: Well, yeah, sure. I mean, even though I may not have chased birds and bunnies over rolling green hills, those of us that weren't collateral damage, we managed to have fun. Aura Bromwell. She was sixteen, I was thirteen. Taught me the facts of life.
(Doyle doubles up in pain.)
HARPER: Doyle? You okay?
(A voice comes through Doyle.)
DOYLE: Are abandoning. You. Wanted to send.
HARPER: Take a run at making some sense, would you?
(Then she straightens up, all better.)
DOYLE: We have trouble.
HARPER: Now you're making sense. But I liked it better when you weren't.

[Nebula]

(Represented by a circle of thick stone columns with bright gas outside.)
TRANCE: Here are my people. I owed them my allegiance, but instead I chose to stay with you.
HUNT: Just proves that you are wise beyond your years, Trance.
(The fifty suns appear. It gets bright and hot.)
HUNT: I could've worn shorts. Don't worry, we'll be fine.
(The suns transform into Trance look-alikes.)
TRANCE: It's a standard. We adopt the same form.
HUNT: It's beautiful.
MAURA [OC]: Welcome, and be welcomed.
(Trance dips into a deep curtsey.)
MAURA [OC]: Arise, Trance Gemini.
(The speaker is dressed differently to all the rest.)
MAURA: I am Maura. We are honoured to have a Paradine as our guest.
TRANCE: I am here to plead my case.
MAURA: You have disobeyed this council.
HUNT: She was assigned to protect me, and she obviously felt that she needed to leave.
MAURA: Her feelings, Captain Hunt, are immaterial. There is a larger plan at work here.
HUNT: Yes, I know. The end of the Abyss.
MAURA: I'm aware of your battles with this dark entity. You've made progress. But in the end, it will come to nothing.
(Flash, and Maura and Hunt are walking together down a colonnade.)
MAURA: In the end, it will be the Lambent Kith Nebula who will destroy the Enigma for all time.
HUNT: I'm listening.
MAURA: You are familiar with the All Forces Nullification point?
HUNT: Yes, I've been there. All matter and energy are destroyed. Takes a while but it is final.
MAURA: Just so. We found a way to expand it.
HUNT: Sounds like you're playing with fire.
MAURA: What could be more appropriate for a council of suns? The All Forces Nullification point will grow until it consumes all three galaxies in which the Abyss roams.
HUNT: That's your plan? To destroy three galaxies? That's exactly what the Abyss wants.
MAURA: Captain, you know as well as I that matter and energy are the same. Nothing is created or destroyed. It will all begin again, but this time without the Abyss.
HUNT: The people on those planets will die. Sentient beings beyond number.
MAURA: Like these pretty things, sentient life is momentary. Lovely, even precious, but, in the time of the universe, our time, insignificant. What is life? What is death? Don't you see? It's all the same.
HUNT: No. Not to me, it's not.

[Briefing room]

ROMMIE: The process, once begun, will happen very quickly, with no possibility of reversal.
BEKA: I think I'm gonna be sick.
DOYLE: Three galaxies and everything in between will literally be sucked into a cosmic sinkhole.
TRANCE: Including the Abyss.
BEKA: Seriously, I think I'm gonna be sick.
HARPER: How many worlds is that? How many people?
ROMMIE: It is as yet unknown, but extrapolating from current figures
HARPER: Don't tell me.
TRANCE: Seefra, Tarn Vedra is going to be the only safe place.
RHADE: How do you figure?
TRANCE: The Lambent Kith have offered us a deal.
BEKA: Oh? So they're capable of mercy.
HUNT: Apparently, Tarn Vedra will remain untouched and blossom as the Vedrans had planned with us on it.
RHADE: And we're supposed to thank our lucky stars for this deal? Hey, maybe we can watch the known worlds disappear, too? Now that would be a bonus.
TRANCE: Dylan, what if it's a trap?
HUNT: Well, then we'll be dead and we won't care anymore. Sorry, I'm in kind of a bad mood.
HARPER: Tell me about it. I don't know. If I lived to see everything I've known die, I'd feel worthless.
ROMMIE: That's called survivor's guilt, Harper.
HARPER: Thanks. Now that you've put a name on it, I feel much better.
HUNT: Good, Harper, at least one of us does.

[Machine shop]

DOYLE: It's weird. It hurt, Harper, really hurt.
HARPER: Yeah, well, that's what pain does, It gets your attention. It's probably designed to do that. Hold on. Let's see if I can't run this through a tunable demodulator.
(They get a garbled man's voice.)
VOICE: Dylan, this is the message I never wanted to send, but knew would one day have to.
HARPER: That's pretty darn mixed up.
DOYLE: But the voice is familiar.
HARPER: Familiar? It is?
DOYLE: Someone, someone we trust.
HARPER: From around here? That's a pretty short list if there ever was one.

[Briefing room]

(Watching the rerun of the holographic death of three galaxies into a black hole.)
TRANCE: If it wasn't so horrible, one could even say it was beautiful.
HUNT: Yeah, well, I'll stick with what it is. It's unacceptable.
TRANCE: And unavoidable. Apparently.
HUNT: Nothing is apparent, Trance. That's the problem. Hologram off.
(Harper and Doyle enter.)
HARPER: Speaking of problems, here's one you're going to love. A message, transmitted at an ultra low, almost undetectable, frequency, straight into Doyle's memory bank. Without consent, I might add.
HUNT: Well, that explains your headaches.
DOYLE: Correct. Now you will have one, too.
(Harper presses a button and Doyle tenses up.)
DOYLE: Dylan, this is the message I never wanted to send, but knew would one day have to.
DOYLE + HOLO-FLAVIN: That day has, that day has come. All signs lead you to think you are the only Paradine left to fight. Your assumption is correct. You also think they are abandoning you. Abandoning you. You. There you would be wrong. There are no Paradine left but you. I think I can say there are no Paradine left, because they are being ceased, killed, perishing. Only you will survive. You are anointed.
TRANCE: who could do that?
HOLO-FLAVIN: Be very careful, Captain Hunt. Look for what's not apparent. Goodbye, dear one.
TRANCE: He's gone. Dead. And the person who did it
HUNT: I know who did it.

[Corridor]

MAURA: You've heard from your fellow Paradine.
HUNT: And so have you.
MAURA: You can't think it's me, Captain, even though it appears that way. I must state without qualification that I mourn the loss deeply of the Paradine. We are alike, you and I, Captain Hunt.
HUNT: Okay. I'll take the risk that that is true. But I need you to take it too.
MAURA: In what manner?
HUNT: In defeating the Abyss. You and the council work with me. Take me on that last step across the universe. But you give Trance her freedom to follow me.
MAURA: Captain Hunt
HUNT: Come on. Take us through the Route of Ages, back to where we are from. Come with us.
MAURA: So I may see the good of it through your eyes?
HUNT: If we truly are alike, then you'll go with me. That's the risk. You willing to take it?

[Command]

TRANCE: I am.
ROMMIE: I go where you go, Captain.
HARPER: And I'll go. For seeing Earth again. And who doesn't want to give the Abyss some payback?
HUNT: Rhade?
RHADE: The Abyss doesn't frighten me. Not knowing for sure about my family does. I can no longer say no to that fear. As I've said before, I'm going.
BEKA: Oh, man, this place is going to be paradise around retiring time. But then, a paradise without you guys would scare me more than the Abyss.
HARPER: Aw, so then you're in, right?
BEKA: I'm in, I'm in. Hell, if the Abyss shows up, I'd love another kick at the cat.
TRANCE: I wonder what we'll find, considering who we're going with.
HUNT: We need Maura to get there.
TRANCE: But do you trust her?
HUNT: Do you? You've been silent.
DOYLE: Yes. I'm of two minds. The human side of me agrees with Beka. Seefra is my home. A paradise I've earned. The other side, like Rommie, is programmed to follow you.
HUNT: You're in a unique position, Doyle.
HARPER: I'd like to get Doyle in a unique position.
HUNT: Harper? Take some time, think about it.
(Maura appears.)
HUNT: Time's up.
DOYLE: Thought about it. I'm in.
HUNT: Excellent. Going my way?
MAURA: Why else would I be here?
(A little later -)
HUNT: Andromeda, open a slipstream portal.
MAURA: This is all in vain, Captain.
HUNT: Oh, humour me. What have you got to lose? Beka, we are now in your capable hands.
BEKA: Only human hands can get us through.
ROMMIE: GFG full capacity. We are go for slipstream, Captain.
(The slipstream portal opens.)
HUNT: Maura.
MAURA: I'm now opening paths for slipstream which will propel you into the Route of Ages.
HUNT: Let's bring it.
(They fly through slipstream.)
BEKA: This is different from before on Seefra. This is the real thing!
MAURA: We are moving through space and time, Captain.
HUNT: Thank you. Rommie, prepare slipstream exit.
ROMMIE: Slipstream exit on Beka's signal.
BEKA: Are you kidding? I don't want this to ever end.
HUNT: Beka.
BEKA: Okay, okay, hold on.
(They come out by the Gateway.)
HUNT: Wow. Would you look at that?
BEKA: The Route of Ages.
MAURA: As I promised.
ROMMIE: Set for entry into Route.
BEKA: All set on this end.
ROMMIE: Confirm all systems go.
HUNT: Let's do it.
(They fly into the Gateway, and relive some of their experiences on Seefra, happy and sad. Back and back they go, to the start of season five.)
ROMMIE: We have exited the Route of Ages in full working order, Captain.
BEKA: I don't believe it.
HUNT: Is that Terazed?
ROMMIE: Confirmed. That is Terazed.
MAURA: Back to the known worlds.
BEKA: The Triangulum galaxy.
HARPER: Great, the measles again.
HUNT: It's good to be back.

[Corridor]

(Rommie escorts in a man.)
ROMMIE: Triumvir Laurent, Captain Dylan Hunt.
HUNT: Thank you, Rommie.
LAURENT: Captain Hunt. The Commonwealth welcomes you back with open arms and the wealth of our resources at your command.
HUNT: Thank you. It's good to be home. Triumvir, what is the state of the Commonwealth?
LAURENT: Not well, Captain. It's turning to chaos. The Magog Worldship is on approach.
HUNT: Whoa, whoa, whoa. That's impossible. We destroyed it.
LAURENT: When, Captain?

[Briefing room]

HUNT: Well, it was at least. Hello, Maura. Triumvir Laurent, this is Maura. She is a guest with us. Rommie, how long has it been since the Worldship was destroyed?
ROMMIE: It has been exactly four days, two hours, three point nine seconds since Trance went supernova and transported you all to Seefra.
HUNT: Four days?
MAURA: Why do sentient organics measure the distance between events?
ROMMIE: I don't know.
HUNT: Triumvir, tell me how you know the Worldship survived our attack.
LAURENT: We know because of you. The messenger you sent.
HUNT: Messenger. Rommie, would you mind? Thank you.
(Rommie leaves.)
HUNT: So, the Worldship lives on.
MAURA: I told you the Abyss was already in league with the Magog and others.
LAURENT: The Commonwealth is assembling the last of its fleets and forces, and ready to fight with you.
(Rommie reenters.)
ROMMIE: Captain. Ensign Larissa Knowles.
HUNT: Ensign Knowles. 
LARISSA: Captain. Reporting as ordered, sir.
HUNT: Now, I sent you here before the Worldship blew up, correct?
LARISSA: Correct, Captain.
HUNT: Then how do you know that the Worldship wasn't destroyed?
LARISSA: Before I entered slipstream, I monitored solar explosions. My data confirmed the Worldship was merely crippled, not destroyed.
LAURENT: Subsequence data extrapolation and long range recon indicate the Worldship's survival. To what state is unknown.
MAURA: You see, Captain. What is fated has nothing to do with time. You cannot escape or change what we do.
HUNT: Okay. Now for the good news?
LAURENT: Rhade's wife is alive. We have brought her here.

[Corridor]

(Rhade has tied his hair back and put on his old Commonwealth uniform. He is pacing.)
BEKA: Rhade. Rhade? What's the matter?
RHADE: I'm just a little unstable right now. I mean, up until two hours ago, I thought my entire family was. And now I'm about to be reunited with them.
BEKA: So this is how Nietzscheans relax?
RHADE: Right, right. Relax. Okay. It is so great. So great to see you.
BEKA: Good, good. Now, just be natural. Be yourself. Your cool self.
HARPER: Rhade.
(Harper escorts in a woman, then leaves.)
BEKA: Rhade, remember. Natural, cool.
(Beka leaves.)
JILLIAN: My love.
RHADE: I thought I would never see you again.
JILLIAN: I knew. I knew, my dear. I knew you would return.
RHADE: I'm so sorry that I did not. I have done such terrible things. Beyond the ken of the Nietzschean. Beyond hope, beyond dreams. Hateful to my very soul. But I never stopped loving you.
JILLIAN: Nor I you.
RHADE: You are so brave.
JILLIAN: I am a Nietzschean.
(A long hug.)
RHADE: And the little ones?
JILLIAN: Not so little anymore. They are waiting for you at home. We will never be apart. Promise me.
RHADE: I am yours.
(Rhade says goodbye to his comrades.)
RHADE [OC]: For no man, no cause, no war, because there is no cause greater than life. And life is here with my family.
RHADE: (to Beka) Thank you.
RHADE [OC]: When I was alone, my return was all I dreamed of. And now, the reality of being home is greater than any dream to you, my fellow travellers, I will carry you always in my heart of hearts.
(He sort of hugs Rommie, then it is Harper's turn.)
RHADE: If we perish, we do so as one, because it is with my family that I will stay till the end. The ghost of what I was will haunt me no longer for I am loved. I am free.
(And after Trance comes Hunt.)
HUNT: Lieutenant Commander Telemachus Rhade.
RHADE: Captain Dylan Hunt. It has been an honour to serve under you.
HUNT: Thank you, Rhade, but the honour was mine. You know, you still have time to take your family to Seefra.
RHADE: Jillian's home is here, with her Pride. I don't want to be away when the next trouble comes.
HUNT: The trouble may come in the form of your own people. There's a Nietzschean fleet headed our way.
RHADE: I know that, and I can only suppose what a great confluence of my people will do. I don't particularly look forward to it, but I know the Nietzschean race can never be unified, so one can only be true to one's Pride.
HUNT: One Pride cannot defeat an entire Nietzschean fleet. I will do my best to save you from a senseless fight.
RHADE: I couldn't put my life in better hands, but that adventure is yours. Take care of yourself. Hold the line. Rhade. That's a good look for you.

[Command]

(A small craft leaves the Andromeda Ascendant.)
HUNT: Andromeda, set a course for Earth.
HARPER: Yes! Whoo hoo!
ROMMIE: Laying in coordinates.
DOYLE: GFG one hundred percent.

[Terazed]

LAURENT: We welcome your official return to Terazed, despite being slightly out of uniform.
RHADE: I'm a Nietzschean.
LAURENT: Still, to have our former commander return to the Home Guard, we are fortunate. And we are safe.
RHADE: You are lost. We are going to die at the hands of my own Nietzschean brothers if we don't do something. There is a Nietzschean fleet headed towards Terazed.
LAURENT: They know you are our protector. They will not attack their own.
RHADE: You know nothing of our history.
LAURENT: But we do know who has travelled with you.
RHADE: She has nothing to do with this.
LAURENT: Perhaps they have come for her.
RHADE: Perhaps. But she will be of no salvation to you and the Commonwealth.
LAURENT: Then the last thing for us to do is run. Live to fight another day.
RHADE: Run? Run to where?
LAURENT: Are you saying our only chance is to fight?
RHADE: Till it is over.

[Command]

HUNT: Harper, make this visit fast. We've got a lot to do.
HARPER: I'll be faster than a speeding smart bullet, boss.
BEKA: Planet Earth, here we come.
(They go into slipstream.)
HARPER: Come on, Beka, you call this riding the rails? Take the lead out.
BEKA: This is the appetizer. Hold tight for the main course.
HARPER: Much better.
BEKA: Just like old times, which is time that does count, right, Maura?
MAURA: You are now near your destination.
BEKA: Almost. It's a feel thing. You know, feeling?
TRANCE: Yes. The essence of sentience.
BEKA: Right, the thing that makes it possible for me to pilot better than anyone else alive.
(They come out of slipstream.)
DOYLE: Look at that blue ball.
HARPER: You ever seen anything more beautiful? I think not!
(Harper runs out.)
HUNT: Humans have their weaknesses, Maura, but passion isn't one of them.
MAURA: That depends on your perspective.
ROMMIE: Actually, throughout the history of humankind passion has always been considered a positive trait.
DOYLE: Only when it has been associated directly with stubbornness and consequent failure does the passionate nature carry a slightly negative connotation.
MAURA: Like right now, for instance.
TRANCE: No.
HUNT: The only failure we have here is the failure to communicate. So let me clarify. I will fight this fight for that, and everything that it represents. Passion, strength, courage, laughter. Everything human. In fact, everything truly alive. I am asking for your assistance, Maura. Please do not let this happen.
MAURA: Your courage is legend, Captain. And that of your crew. I look at Earth and I recognise what you wish to preserve.
TRANCE: So far, so good, right?
MAURA: Hardly. I also see things that you don't. So I leave you to it, Captain. While your passion pulls you one way, my intellect pulls me another. I'm sorry. But the course chosen by the Lambent Kith has not altered.
(Maura vanishes.)
HUNT: Nor mine, Maura. Intellect alone has never won a war. Damn it.

[Rhade's home]

JILLIAN: I'm sorry. I couldn't stay away.
RHADE: No apologies, please. If there are apologies, it is I who should apologise.
JILLIAN: I am happy. You are, too.
RHADE: I do not understand the joy that I feel. I only know I will never give it up.
JILLIAN: Can you give up happiness?
RHADE: I gave it one hell of a try.
JILLIAN: We're staying.
RHADE: We're staying and we're fighting. Fighting whatever comes.
JILLIAN: Thank you.
RHADE: One should never be thanked for one's duty.

[Corridor]

BEKA: Your slipfighter is ready, Harper.
HARPER: Thank you.
BEKA: So, what's first? Bean town?
HARPER: I'll see if I can't find my cousin's grave, play him a song. Then maybe I'll see if the old homestead's still standing. Boston, place of my birth. Pride and joy of many Harpers. All started by Artemis Flanders Harper, a man who could not be stopped. Had eighteen sons. Dalton, Warren, Michael, Manten
BEKA: Harper, keep it up and you can take the air lock. So, sure you don't want me to come with?
HARPER: Yeah. Last time I was there, I let a lot of people down. I'd better go alone and get reacquainted with the gang, you know?
BEKA: Right. You just don't want me cramping your style.
HARPER: No. No. No. It's just er
BEKA: Just er. You're not coming back, are you. No goodbyes to the crew?
HARPER: I don't know how to say goodbyes. How do I start? What would I say?
BEKA: So this is it.
HARPER: Damn it, Beka, what do you want me to say?
BEKA: How about I'll be seeing you.
HARPER: But you won't be.
BEKA: Fine. Have it your way.
HARPER: Oh, come on, don't be like that.
BEKA: What do you want, a big kiss? It's not going to happen.
HARPER: Okay. Er, quite a ride, huh?
BEKA: Yeah.
(Harper walks away.)
BEKA: Goodbye, Seamus.

[Command]

(They watch the slipfighter head for Earth.)
TRANCE: He's gone.
DOYLE: Beka, you think he's not coming back?
BEKA: He's going home, Doyle. That's where his heart is. Rommie, you okay?
ROMMIE: Yes. I am having doubts about Harper, though.
HUNT: We all have our doubts about Harper. 
ROMMIE: No, I mean he's in danger. I'm picking up tectonic vibrations from the planet's core.
DOYLE: Dylan, they're building fast, rising to the surface. I estimate the vibrations will reach harmonic resonance in forty seven seconds. Mark.
ROMMIE: The exponential expansion will bring core heat to the surface in no time.
BEKA: The whole planet's going to blow up.
TRANCE: We have to get him back here now.
HUNT: Get me Harper.
ROMMIE: Comlink established.
HUNT: Harper, abort your return to Earth.

[Slipfighter]

HARPER: What? You got to be kidding.

[Command]

TRANCE: The planet is unstable.

[Slipfighter]

HARPER: Tell me something I don't know.

[Command]

DOYLE: Harper, for once, listen.
ROMMIE: Earth is experiencing massive earthquakes, Harper. The crust will fracture

[Slipfighter]

ROMMIE [OC]: And the surface temperatures won't be able to support life.
HARPER: What?
HUNT [OC]: Harper

[Command]

HUNT: Turn your bird around, that's an order.
HARPER [OC]: I got to see for myself.

[Slipfighter]

HARPER: Just let me get a little closer.

[Command]

TRANCE: There is something wrong with him.
BEKA: You're just figuring that out now?
ROMMIE: Captain, catastrophic structural failure is imminent.
HUNT: Deploy bucky-cables, now! Beka?
BEKA: Got him.
DOYLE: Earth explosion in ten seconds on my mark. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two

To Be Continued

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