Season 2 Episode 8

Home Fires

Aired Unknown Nov 19, 2001 on Syfy
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Home Fires

A stranger gives Dylan a message from his dead fiancée leading him to an untouched world with descendants of his former crew and friends, including the descendant of his treacherous former best friend.

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  • Good episode continuing the show's rise in season 2.

    I always like episodes that bring back characters from previous episodes and in this instance, the previous season. Not exactly the same character, but a regenerated version from 300 years before, Dylan meets his "best man" that betrayed him once before. Now, faced with a second betrayal, Dylan must come to grips with his past. Another episode where everything is not what it seems, we are treated once again to a believable, dramatic, and surprising ending. Andromeda really began to pick up speed in the second season, getting a bigger budget and more freedom to try new ideas, and this episode has it all. Drama. Adventure. Action. Comedy. Space Fights. etc etc etc...moreless
Françoise Yip

Françoise Yip

Rakel Ben-Tzion

Guest Star

Sam Jenkins

Sam Jenkins

Dr. Sara Riley

Guest Star

Zahf Hajee

Zahf Hajee

Lt. Jamal Brown

Guest Star

Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic

Telemachus/Gaheris Rhade

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Tyr speaks about the Nietzschean belief that Drago Museveni will be genetically reincarnated, just as Gaheris was. This will be an important story element in an episode later this season, and towards the end of season three/beginning of four.

    • This is the first of two episodes in which Steve Bacic plays both Gaheris and Telemachus Rhade. The other is the season 5 episode "Totaled Recall", which features Telemachus in the real timeline and Gaheris in one of the alternative realities Dylan visits.

    • This episode reveals that the Than are hermaphrodites.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Rommie: You should see the armaments they have stockpiled. Dozens of shrike fighters just sitting in hangars. Janus light attack drones, Oracles, Centaurs. But you know what it is that I really want?
      Tyr: An avatar unencumbered by cleavage?
      Rommie: (ignoring Tyr) A real crew. I used to have eight hundred lancers stationed on me.
      Dylan: Yes, and I can imagine the eavesdropping potential.
      Rommie: I never eavesdrop. I monitor. For security purposes.

    • Dylan: Andromeda, analysis. Is the madam Triumvirate a killer android or not?
      Harper: Who cares, what a babe!
      Trance: Stop being so predictable!

    • Harper: If you think Aquaman and The Silver Surfer here are gonna help you stop the Magog, you may as well start basting yourself in steak sauce now and avoid the rush. (Everyone stares incomprehendingly at Harper)
      Beka: I don't know...
      Harper: Aquaman? Silver Surfer? Did you people go to school? No classical education whatsoever!

    • Harper: Every single High Guard remnant we've encountered has been psychotic or evil--or both! Present company excluded of course.

    • Tyr: No Nietzschean carries the gene for astigmatism, acromeglia, arterial sclerosis. You combine that with extensive safeguards against mutations...
      Dylan: And the odds are still in the trillions.
      Tyr: It's a big universe.
      Dylan: Yeah--and a bigger coincidence. I just don't trust coincidences--especially ones named Rhade.
      Tyr: You should never trust any Nietzschean (Dylan stares at him)...except me.

    • Harper: Yeeesh! Give me a nice simple dictatorship any day. Then at least when things go wrong, you know who to hang.
      Trance: You're just saying that because you've never lived in a democracy. I think free elections sound like fun.
      Harper: Please! There is no such thing as a free election. Inexpensive... maybe... occasionally, but free... never.

    • Dylan: Did I do the right thing, Rommie? Throwing it all away like that?
      Rommie: You mean by arresting Rakel Ben-Tzion instead of Telemachus Rhade?
      Dylan: Yeah...
      Rommie: I try not to dwell on what's right or what's wrong - it slows down my processors. Still - one innocent man convicted, one guilty woman set free - in exchange for a fleet, a crew, the ability to protect Tarazed and a thousand other planets from genuine horror...
      Dylan: One act of betrayal to save the universe. It seems a small price to pay, doesn't it?

    • Gaheris Rhade: About this 'Best Man' job...
      Dylan: Uh... yeeeees?
      Rhade: Does it always involve drunken bachelor parties and half-naked dancing girls?
      Dylan (sighs heavily): Pretty much, yeah.
      Rhade: In that case, I accept.
      Dylan: Good - I'm glad.
      Gaheris: Thank you, Dylan. It's an honor to serve with you, and an honor to be your friend.

    • Telemachus: Do you have a moment?
      (Dylan flashes back 300 years to shooting hoops)
      Gaheris: Do you have a moment?
      Dylan: For my best man? Always!
      Gaheris: About that...there must be better candidates.
      Dylan: Excuse me?
      Gaheris: What about Refractions of Dawn?
      Dylan: Best Man? Best Insectoid Hermaphrodite! You know--it just doesn't have...quite the same ring to it, does it? Look, there is no one on this ship--hell, there is no one in the known worlds that I trust more. I want you at my side at my wedding. Think you can take me? (hands basketball to Gaheris)
      Gaheris: MAGOG! (Dylan looks away, Rhade sinks a basket) Yes. (he smiles and leaves)
      Dylan (muttering): Best Insectoid Hermaphrodite sounds a lot better...

    • With their minuscule families, humans are often
      forced to rely on a "state" or a "nation" for support.
      They might as well dig their hives in sand.

      Fragment of a Than-thre-kull anthropology text,
      approx CY 7956.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Oddly, on the DVD release of this episode, the final line of the opening quotation reads, simply, "Pity them."

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 24, 2001 on Global.
      -This episode aired in the UK on May 15, 2002 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in the Australia on February 22, 2003 on Fox 8.


    • Harper: That's one fish down... two fish... red fish, blue fish.

      Harper is referring to the famous Dr. Seuss book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Theodore Geisel.