Deus Ex Machina

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/31/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Markus convenes a meeting at Thunder Mountain in attempt to finally form the Alliance. Some members have yet to arrive and Kurdy, now officially broken from his partnership with Jeremiah, is assigned Trent to accompany him rather than his choice of Smith. On the road they are ambushed and taken prisoner when Smith arrives alone and mysteriously beats the captors and frees Kurdy and the others. Jeremiah talks to Markus about Lee Chen following Chen's pleas and agrees to let him stay but not as head of security since his betrayal which he describes as straddling the line between protecting Valhalla Sector/Jeremiah and Thunder Mountain. A power from the east coast, a mysterious "dictator" named Daniel, sends a representative to the meting as it is slipping from Markus' control, but Theo finally speaks up arguing for the power of ideas rather than the man in throwing her support behind Thunder Mountain which many of the representatives agree to as well.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Luke Perry


  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner


  • Sean Astin

    Mister Smith

  • Mike Vejar

  • Ingrid Kavelaars


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  • Quotes (5)

    • Theo: I'd rather follow the man who has the power and doesn't use it, has the ideas, who thinks that they're better than he is than the man who likes power too much and will do anything to get it. The man who thinks that he is bigger than the ideas.

    • Theo: Why don't you go to what's ever left of the East Coast and ask about Daniel? Or the Tall Man. He goes by that one, too. They say he's like one of these guys from out of the old world. Tall and straight, good teeth, and eyes that see straight through you 'til Sunday. And when he speaks, huh, you listen. He's building something out there. Something big and scary.

    • Kurdy: So, how's it going with the rest of the founding fathers?
      Erin: Ugly. I just don't think they're taking this seriously.
      Kurdy: Well, should they?
      Markus: Shouldn't they?
      Kurdy: Think about it. Everyone in there got to where they are by fighting everybody else. Now, they have pushed and pulled and bit and scratched their way into running a town. Then a couple towns and then more. And every step of the way they've had somebody trying to con 'em or take it all away. Now, you think guys like this are gonna bend over just 'cause we ask 'em to?
      Erin: I know, it's just, it's just that they...
      Kurdy: They want to believe. They do. You can see it in their eyes. For sixteen years, they fought to build something and they don't want it to end when they die. They want to believe in all of this. Just like I did when I got here. But in the outside world, it's hard to trust anybody.

    • Kurdy: You're here.
      Smith: Good observation.
      Kurdy: You were just at the mountain.
      Smith: Good memory.

    • Theo: Never talk with your mouth full. Markus: Your mother tell you that? Theo: No, a hooker. Markus: I could've gone all day without knowing that.

    Notes (1)

    • Listed at the beginning are: Peter Stebbings Ingrid Kavelaars Kim Hawthorne Byron Lawson David Palffy Scott Heindl Kavan Smith

    Allusions (1)

    • The title is a Latin term literally meaning, "god of the machine" this is a phrase that is often applied to the end of an ancient Greek play when everything would work out by a God's or Goddesses's last minute intervention. Much like how Theo's speech at the end of the meeting got all of the leaders to agree.

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