"The cycle of possibilities is fleeting.
The lash of an eye in a hurricane."
Seefran Love Song
(The planet Earth goes KaBOOM! Consoles explode.)
ROMMIE: I'm picking up attack craft leaving Earth on an intercept
HUNT: Beka, slipstream. We don't need this fight right now.
has been retrieved safely.)
TRANCE: He's more heartbroken than hurt. The sedative should help him
sleep. You could use a good sleep, too.
HUNT: Like that's going to happen. Is he going to be okay?
TRANCE: Yes, he'll be up and irritating in no time. Maura saw this
HUNT: What she is and what she knows, Trance, is quickly becoming
Captain, we may have a larger problem than previously thought.
HUNT: And the good news just keeps coming.
ROMMIE: The debris from Earth's explosion has been analysed three
hundred and thirty nine different ways. And in each test, I've
discovered at least one variety
of radical isotope.
TRANCE: The Abyss.
DOYLE: In league with the Nietzscheans.
BEKA: And they're waiting for us.
Andromeda Ascendant has returned to Terazed.)
HUNT: Hey. Nice job on Earth. Yeah, I'm sure you know nothing about
MAURA: I've come to make my final offer. You're the last of the
Paradine. Your survival is of utmost importance. A hope for the future.
You see that things are getting worse.
HUNT: I will not let three galaxies fall into that cosmic sinkhole and
wipe out trillions of sentient beings just so you can destroy the
MAURA: Let me show you what you are passing up. This is what Tarn Vedra
will look like in the future. Would you like to see what you look like
in the future?
HUNT: She's really starting to get on my nerves.
What are you really up to?
MAURA: Had you stayed, you would know.
TRANCE: But I don't.
MAURA: I am doing the ultimate, the only. You, Trance, are our oldest
TRANCE: The first to flee, as well.
MAURA: That is a problem, even though the reason was a Paradine.
TRANCE: The Paradine protect the Lambent Kith Nebula.
MAURA: Do they?
TRANCE: Why is all this happening now? The Abyss, the Nietzscheans
suddenly so active, why? Why won't you answer me?
is sitting on the floor.)
HUNT: Mister Harper. May I?
HARPER: I guess nobody else is going to take it.
(Hunt sits down opposite him.)
HUNT: All the years I've been on this ship, I've never done this
before. Gives you a whole different perspective, doesn't it?
You're strong enough to get through this, Harper.
HARPER: I can't get over that feeling that all I have left now are
HUNT: Welcome to the club.
HARPER: Does it ever get better?
HUNT: Of course, once you start to forget. It makes you stronger.
HARPER: I don't want to forget. I don't want to get stronger. Right
now, these memories are worth more to me than everything.
I know I always used to talk about how crappy Earth was, but there were
good memories, too. Like camp. Summerville camp. Did I ever tell you
HARPER: Okay, we moved around a lot, but one summer, we lived at a
camp, kind of like a refugee camp, and, me and my cousins
called it Summerville because that's exactly what it was not. We
learned sarcasm pretty young. Anyway, one day I find a stack of comic
books in a pile of ruins. I don't know what happened to the kid who had
but anyway, I go running home, worried about where I'm going to hide
them, right? And my mom's there. She sees me and she says, Seamus, why
are you so sad? And I realised, right then and there, I wasn't. I
wasn't thinking about Nietzscheans, I wasn't thinking about Magog.
Despite everything, I was happy. So, I gave her a big hug and it was
just a really great day.
HUNT: My mother used to call days like that commonplace miracles.
HARPER: We sure could use one of those right now, huh?
HUNT: Yeah. I'm working on it.
I've reached a decision.
MAURA: You will return to the Seefra system?
HUNT: I will return to the Lambent Kith Nebula.
MAURA: That's a start. Do you trust me?
HUNT: About as far as I can throw you.
You have questions.
HUNT: What I have is I've had enough out of you. The known worlds have
turned to chaos, and you are all making this happen.
MAURA: We have nothing to do with the Nietzscheans.
HUNT: They knew to come here. They arrived with the Abyss. This won't
stop until everything, including you, and each and every single one of
you, is destroyed.
You've got to see that. There must be some among you who have the same
courage as Trance Gemini. Come on, you can leave this council. You can
help us. Help us to live!
MAURA: I warned you, Captain. We've already set fate in motion. We
don't control it.
HUNT: If this was really fate, it wouldn't need your help, now would
The Nebula wants you back. This is your last chance.
TRANCE: And if I don't?
MAURA: Then your sun will perish along with everything else.
TRANCE: I have no choice but to stay.
MAURA: There will be no rescue.
TRANCE: I don't want to be rescued.
Rommie, how much ammo and power does Andromeda have?
ROMMIE: With help from the Commonwealth, we will soon be at full
capacity. I haven't had this kind of ordinance since we left Terazed a
HUNT: So, yet another moment of truth. I want each of you to speak
honestly. No holding back. Don't everyone talk at once.
HARPER: Nobody wants to go first? All right, I'll go first. I say we
stay and fight. You saw what they did to Earth.
I'm more than happy to die right here, right now, as long as I can take
a whole bunch with me.
ROMMIE: I'm a warship.
HUNT: I'll take that as a vote to fight.
DOYLE: Seefra is all I've ever known. This isn't my fight. I fight for
what I love. I want to go back. What?
HUNT: I was hoping for a on the other hand.
DOYLE: On the other hand, if you choose to fight, I think I would still
like to go back.
HUNT: I see.
BEKA: We don't stand a chance against a Nietzschean fleet. And the
Commonwealth forces won't help us. They're in shambles, thanks to the
This fight seems like lunacy. On the other hand, what have we been
fighting for for the last five years?
We can't just throw it all away just for the slimmest chance of
something safe. I'll do it. I'll fight.
HUNT: Doyle? What do you say? Are we going to do this or not?
DOYLE: For you.
HUNT: Rommie, begin the final prep. Doyle, secure all outer decks for
assault. Harper, double check and triple check all systems. Beka, I'll
need you on Command with me. Oh, and, you don't have to call me
TRANCE: I say we do it.
Seems like old times.
HUNT: You said that with a smile.
BEKA: I'm feeling nostalgic.
HUNT: One day we'll look back on all this and giggle.
BEKA: Has been quite a ride. Dylan?
BEKA: Promise me something.
HUNT: You got it.
BEKA: If we get out of this, we'll always ride together.
HUNT: Beka. You were my first friend on this journey, and I promise
you, you will be my last.
I've just come from a meeting with the leaders of what is left of the
JILLIAN: We're going to lose.
RHADE: Somehow I've always known. I've dodged death once before through
JILLIAN: A miracle that brought you to us.
RHADE: For that, I am grateful. But a false miracle, nevertheless.
RHADE: A building without walls is where we live. Hope without dreams
is all we have. To run is to embrace despair.
JILLIAN: The Nietzschean riddle of desperation.
RHADE: That's all we had. But now we have each other.
(The air raid sirens begin to wail.)
is dealing out her tarot cards.)
TRANCE: Are you worried you're not doing the right thing?
TRANCE: So maybe you're just a little short on hope right now.
HUNT: Deal another card, Trance.
TRANCE: Maura's terrified of you. Maura. What is she fearful of?
HUNT: Well, she has none. That's odd for the avatar of light.
what have you got?
ROMMIE: I've got multiple ships heading our way. Cruisers, Garuda class
fighters, stealth fighters, Drago-Kazov and Mandau Prides.
Bad news travels fast.
HUNT: Yeah, there's nothing more enjoyable than somebody else's
ROMMIE: This is enjoyable to you?
HUNT: Hey, what can I tell you? I am a fun guy.
ROMMIE: Well, I'd really like to know how they found us.
HUNT: Well, they had help.
And that, Captain, would be the Sabra-Jaguar joining the Nietzschean
(Space is filled with ugly fighting ships.)
HUNT: Look at that. They're coming right at us like somebody gave them
ROMMIE: Why are they targeting us with such prejudice?
HUNT: Well, it's because every one of those Prides just happens to hate
RHADE: What brings you to this humble entrenchment?
BEKA: You know me, I love slumming.
RHADE: So do my enemies. It's going to be one hellacious fight. Some
Prides already on the ground are headed this way.
BEKA: You're going to lose, Rhade. The Commonwealth is going down.
RHADE: Most definitely. Which brings me to the question, why are you
BEKA: I'm your friend.
RHADE: And Matriarch.
BEKA: If that's what it takes.
RHADE: What does that mean?
BEKA: The Nietzscheans are not just coming after you. They are coming
after all of us. Okay, now if I can play the Matriarch card, there
might still be hope.
RHADE: Hope doesn't matter anymore.
BEKA: Snap out if it, Rhade. Fight with your friends. Bring your
(Somebody starts shooting at them. They return fire.)
BEKA: I can get you out of here.
That's a pile of ships.
DOYLE: Two thousand one hundred and three, to be exact.
HARPER: Like I said, we're about to be neck deep in a big pile of
DOYLE: Missiles one through eighty loaded and ready. PDLs online.
Dylan, should I fire?
HUNT: No. We wait. I want them closer.
ROMMIE: I've prepared an estimate of the approaching firepower.
HUNT: Doesn't matter.
ROMMIE: But they're targeting.
HUNT: So are we. Forty salvos of direct offensive missiles, followed by
forty salvos of hunter-killer drones. I'm betting they've never seen
anything like this before. Fire.
(Lots of enemy ships go KaBOOM! as Andromeda flies through the middle
of the fleet.)
and Rhade finally kill this wave of attackers.)
RHADE: They've pinpointed us. They're just going to keep coming.
Their markings. Drago-Kazov, Mandau, Sabra-Jaguar. Nietzscheans coming
for their own. History repeating itself.
BEKA: We can change all that. If we can get to the Maru, I can outfly
any of these bozos. They might even stop firing for fear of killing me.
RHADE: This is my home, my fate. It ends here.
Surprise, surprise, we broke their attack pattern. You were right,
boss, they weren't ready for it.
HUNT: Let's make sure we don't give them the opportunity to regroup.
Reload all missile tubes and prepare bucky-cables.
ROMMIE: Dylan, I have several stress fractures on my outer hull.
Repairs are underway.
TRANCE: But I see damage in sector fifty five.
HUNT: How did that happen?
HARPER: Lucky shot.
DOYLE: That's our life support system hub.
ROMMIE: Correct. And Dylan, sector fifty five cannot sustain another
attack without compromising repairs to my hull.
TRANCE: Dylan, without all systems in sector fifty five functioning, we
could lose life support systems completely.
HUNT: Doyle, assign all available nanobots to deck fifty five for
repairs. Harper, continue direct fire until I get back.
HARPER: Gladly. Firing on any Nietzschean that comes within eighty
lightseconds of my Rommie.
Now or never, Rhade.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Aye.
RHADE: The Nietzscheans are here.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Yes?
RHADE: With a little bit of luck, I can get them to concentrate their
fire and attention on me long enough for you to get away.
BEKA: Rhade, don't do this.
RHADE: This is my duty. This is my home.
BEKA: Your home is about to be the hottest patch in the heart of hell.
RHADE: My family makes it heaven.
BEKA: I'm your Matriarch. We're going.
RHADE: Beka, I beg you. Allow me to have the time I have left without
the shadow of disrespect.
BEKA: Then I'm begging you as a friend.
RHADE: As I am you. Now go. Go!
You can still decide.
HUNT: You're forcing me to choose between two deaths, one in valour,
one in cowardice.
MAURA: Live your life out on Seefra. Be happy.
HUNT: There is no happiness on Seefra. Besides, I'm winning.
MAURA: It's time to embrace your fate.
(The Route of Ages Gateway appears.)
HARPER [OC]: Boss, we've got some serious and might I say some wondrous
weirdness going on here.
(He sees it on a wall screen.)
HUNT: I'll give you credit, that's a good trick.
MAURA: I don't need tricks.
HUNT: Yes, you do. Illusion is your primary strength. That's really all
MAURA: Ridiculous. I offer you life because you are a Paradine. But
watch me kill your crew.
HUNT: And there it is. You see, I had my suspicion, and now you've just
confirmed it. I know what you are, and you can't kill me because I am
It's too bad, Maura, but you are about to lose.
(Maura sends an energy bolt at Hunt, throwing him back down the
HUNT: Oh, that hurt.
Harper and Rommie are sitting in front of the viewscreens. A fire
breaks out and Harper stands up.)
ROMMIE: I got it.
(The fire goes out.)
HARPER: What the hell are they waiting for?
HARPER: This is like a dream.
DOYLE: I wonder what it's like to die?
HARPER: I've died a thousand times.
DOYLE: You can only die once, Harper.
HARPER: You don't know my love life.
ROMMIE: That's a really old joke.
HARPER: That's my love life. Old joke. Kind of like life. One big joke,
and then you die, without ever hearing the punchline.
DOYLE: That is a joke.
ROMMIE: My head was in a cabinet. That's a joke. That's what I
DOYLE: Is that all you remember?
ROMMIE: It made me angry. And then nothing.
DOYLE: Like a dream.
HARPER: Much better topic. Let's get back to dreams. Ow!
ROMMIE: I don't have dreams. I have visions.
HARPER: Doyle has dreams.
DOYLE: I did. Not anymore. I miss one of them, though. I had it all the
time. A strange man walks up to me in the saloon when I'm working and
asks me to marry him, and I say, I cannot marry thee for I have a love
who sails the deep salt seas. And though he's been gone these seven
years, no man shall marry me. For what if he has died, or in some
battle slain, or drowned in the deep salt sea, or found another love
and he and his new love both married be? If that is so, I wish them
both health and happiness that burns across the sea. And he looks at me
and kisses me and says, weep no more, my own true love., for I am your
long lost love.
I remember waking and thinking, if that never happens to me, I will
cease to exist.
HARPER: That's beautiful.
ROMMIE: I have a ship approaching. It's a friendly.
Stand back, you freaks. I'm the Matriarch.
(The fleet stops firing at her.)
It's Beka. Ha!
DOYLE: Beka, we have you within our range. Keep moving.
[OC]: Translation, haul ass!
BEKA: Hey, good to hear from you.
HARPER [OC]: We don't have time for niceties.
Put the pedal to the metal.
You know, I think I have this under control. But stand by.
Surrounded by two Nietzschean fleets? I don't call that under control.
Okay, everybody, this is your Matriarch speaking. Incidentally, it's
nice to see you all. You're looking very good.
Now, what I want you to do, my loyal and loving subjects
[OC]: Is to take it nice and easy here.
want you to remain in formation and let me pass by. If you do, I will
With what, I'm not exactly sure, but it's going to be a very, very big
(Something goes Bang on the Maru.)
BEKA: Hey. Hey, hey, hey! That's not being a very good subject!
Juke left. You've got an Orca on your six.
Andromeda, get ready, I'm coming in.
Opening hangar seventeen.
(Screech, slide, sparks.)
ROMMIE: She's in.
MAURA: You can't win.
(She slams him into a stanchion.)
HUNT: You're not an avatar of the suns. You're an avatar of the Abyss.
And now the Nebula is controlled by it, as well.
MAURA: Brilliant deduction, Captain. Too bad it's too late for it to be
of any use to you.
HUNT: Yeah, okay, so, are we having fun yet?
(Maura sends him flying further down the corridor.)
HUNT: Oh. Okay, you set me up. Must've been the same with all the other
Paradine, and then you fed them to the Abyss, but I won't go that
As long as I'm alive, you will fail.
MAURA: I can still make you suffer, and the rest will die. Trance will
perish, the only real light left of the universe. The oldest, most
powerful sun will be gone.
I have my orders.
TRANCE: And so do I.
MAURA: Ah. The fire princess. Let me crown you.
(Maura sends Hunt flying past Trance.)
MAURA: Trance, join me while I can still save you.
TRANCE: I do not need to be saved. You offer me nothing. Dylan, we need
to get to the Route of Ages. I can lead us through.
HUNT: Sounds good to me. Andromeda.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Here, Captain.
HUNT: Take us into the Route of Ages.
MAURA: No! No!
(The Andromeda enters the Route, and the world spins as time goes back
through season four.)
MAURA: My passing won't make a difference. That which I am the avatar
of is going to destroy you. It is right behind us. The Abyss will
swallow you up.
HUNT: Yeah, at least I won't have to put up with your drivel anymore.
(Maura disappears in a puff of black smoke. Andromeda exits the Route.)
Well, if we defeat the Abyss, all chaos of the universe will cease.
HARPER: Well, that ceasing better happen soon. The Abyss was right on
our tail when we came through the Route of Ages.
DOYLE: We have to take it out.
TRANCE: Without a doubt.
(Hunt enters with Beka.)
HUNT: Well, it's good to know that we're all on the same page.
Andromeda, put the Methus diagrams onscreen, please. This is what I
think. The diagrams weren't just meant to stop Trance's sun. They were
also meant to stop the Abyss. In the known worlds or in the Seefra
system, it didn't matter.
The Abyss was always coming after us. Maura and her friends were just
HARPER: I should've seen it, boss. Trance's sun coming to Seefra, a
concentration of mass designed to attract a cosmic rendezvous.
BEKA: A rendezvous with the Abyss. Talk about a date with death.
DOYLE: The Vedrans anticipated all of this.
HARPER: Those crazy Vedrans, anticipating everything. But we still
haven't figured out what goes in that empty spot in the Methus
HUNT: Mister Harper, you disappoint me. Trance. Trance was always
supposed to go in there. That was the plan. Trance's sun will be able
to destroy the Abyss.
(A second Trance pops in.)
TRANCE 2: Exactly.
HARPER: Two Trances? I don't know if this is a nightmare or my dream
TRANCE 2: Dylan, you have to act. You have to get her off this ship
TRANCE: Dylan, no.
TRANCE 2: Somehow, this impostor has appeared. She will ruin us. You
have to get rid of her right now! Dylan, now.
TRANCE: No, this isn't right.
TRANCE 2: Dylan, now.
(An alarm goes off.)
TRANCE 2: Please.
(Hunt shoots Trance.)
TRANCE: Illusions, lies, simulations. You fell for it, hard. Mist and
mysteries until there was no way out. You have to help
TRANCE/VIRGIL: Listen to my music, and see the reflections of your
BEKA: It's Virgil Vox.
TRANCE/VIRGIL: You all listened to my music, you fools. I brought you
darkness and joy. But time is running out. There is no such thing as
time. The Abyss.
(Hunt shoots Trance again, and she disappears in a puff of black
HARPER: How'd you know?
HUNT: She was crying. The Abyss has no memories. Nothing to remember or
DOYLE: What was that?
HUNT: Let's get moving.
HARPER: Am I seeing things, or have we turned back toward the Route of
HUNT: What the Abyss fears most is light. So, I say we smother the
bastard with the sun.
BEKA: Trance's sun.
HUNT: That's right. Remember what Flavin said. Find a place where
opposites cancel time. Well, that place is the Route of Ages.
TRANCE: Time to cancel time.
HUNT: Everything I've done has brought me to this point. Every friend,
every foe, every fight. This is where it ends.
It's been an honour to serve with you. All of you. Let's bring it.
(They approach the Route, which is filled with swirling black and red.)
HARPER: Would you look at that?
DOYLE: The Abyss.
BEKA: So, we meet again.
ROMMIE: We can't get any closer, Captain.
HUNT: Oh, yes, we can.
HUNT: Beka, the fun is just starting.
BEKA: You've always had a very strange idea of fun.
HUNT: Hey, you're the one who always said that it's been one hell of a
BEKA: It's showtime.
(More twirling and this time the clips move forward in time.)
HARPER: Getting some serious shake rattle and roll here, boss.
ROMMIE: We're sustaining heavy damage on all outer decks. Hull
integrity is severely compromised.
DOYLE: Starboard thrusters are going critical.
HUNT: Negate the automatic shutdown. Beka.
BEKA: It's too hard. The gravitational pull of Trance's sun and the
Abyss, it's too strong.
HUNT: You can do this.
BEKA: No, I can't. It's too much.
HARPER: Come on, Beka.
HUNT: Beka, this is it. This is what it all comes down to. Your whole
life. Come on, you can get us through this.
(Clips of happy times on Seefra One as the Route spins into the Tarn
Vedran sun and is consumed. The Andromeda Ascendant flies free.)
HARPER: Whoo, hoo! Yeah!
DOYLE: We are free and clear. And home.
HARPER: See you later, you big freak. Speaking of which, I haven't been
this happy since Tyr left.
BEKA: I knew I could do it. I'm the best. Oh, my god. I'm so relieved I
could kiss Harper.
HARPER: Hey, why not? I'm not proud.
BEKA: It's a figure of speech.
HUNT: Damage report?
ROMMIE: Thrusters are out. AP systems are offline. I'm initiating
DOYLE: Time to completion, one hour twenty six minutes.
BEKA: The fact that we have time is all we need to know.
HUNT: Trance? Are you okay?
TRANCE: Dylan, I'm happy, but I'm also sad.
(A slipstream portal opens and ships come out. They are not hostile.)
HUNT: My god. Look at that.
TRANCE: It is my sun. The Abyss is dead.
DOYLE: Captain, the Route of Ages has turned into a slipstream portal.
Tarn Vedra has rejoined the known worlds.
ROMMIE: I'm picking up a distress signal. It's Rhade.
HUNT: Let's hear it.
My family is safe, but I'm out of fuel. I'm coming in very hot.
I have his location.
HUNT: Let's go get him.
BEKA: I'm on my way.
HUNT: Trance. Prep med deck.
HARPER: I'll help. Yes, he's a Nietzschean, but he's a friend. A good
friend. Regardless of his bad sense of style.
(Harper and Trance leave.)
HUNT: Doyle, take a slipfighter for escort and make sure Rhade makes it
back to the Maru.
DOYLE: With pleasure.
ROMMIE: Would you like to be alone, Captain?
HUNT: Yes. Yes, I would.
ANDROMEDA [OC]: Aye, Captain.
HUNT: Just checking. Five years. Three hundred and eight years. I'm
home again. I'm home.
(Hunt heads for the exit.)
HUNT: Yes! Andromeda, I know winning isn't everything, but I sure could
get used to this feeling.
(The lights go out, and Hunt leaves.)