Season 1 Episode 13

Music of a Distant Drum

Aired Unknown Feb 05, 2001 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • The planet Midden has been ruled by the Drago-Kazov pride for centuries. Several attempts at rebellion against their rule have been put down with brutal methods, including nuking cities that successfully resist.

  • Quotes

    • Beka: Your entire crew has an ulterior motive. Rev Bem wants to use your Commonwealth to spread his faith. Harper is in lust with your ship. Tyr is always plotting something, and God knows what the purple one is up to. Does it really surprise you to find out that I'm no different?

    • Tyr: I'll teach you rule number one. You NEVER aim a gun at someone unless you intend to use it.
      Breyon: Go ahead. Shoot me. Sooner or later, Midden will be free of you Dragon bastards. (Tyr has three flashes of memory: of himself saying "My blood!" "Drago-Kasov" and "Drago-Kasov". He releases Breyon.)
      Tyr: You keep talking as if I am a member of the Drago-Kasov Pride. But I... I think I hate them even more than you do.

    • Dylan: I thought you went to bed.
      Beka: Yeah, I didn't sleep very well.
      Dylan: Is anything wrong?
      Beka: Yeah, actually, uhm... I kept dreaming about you. It was very, uhm... what's the opposite of sleep-inducing?
      Dylan: Arousing.
      Beka: Yeah... it wasn't that kind of dream. It was very disturbing. Yeah, that's the word I was looking for. It was disturbing. You know, you were - uhm - King Arthur, and I was Guinevere...
      Dylan: I thought it wasn't that kind of dream.
      Beka: ...and we were discussing our taxes. I wanted you to demand a tribute from the Saxons, and you, of course, wanted to give back all the money that we'd gotten from them so far. And then, in walked Merlin, only he looked exactly like Andromeda.
      Dylan: Ah, lucky him.
      Beka: Andromeda the ship, not the persona.
      Dylan: Ah.
      Beka: BUT wearing a big, pointy hat...?
      Dylan: So, this is the disturbing part.
      Beka: No, that's still coming. Anyway, uhm, he said - errr, she said, that the kingdom was in trouble, and if we didn't start doing something about it, we would have to sell the Round Table.
      (At this point, she's got a grin on her face, obviously leading up to something)
      Dylan: We are not using the Andromeda to carry cargo.

    • Yvaine: M'Lord. I didn't realize. I came to see if you needed help.
      Tyr: M'Lord? Where am I?
      Yvaine: You're on Midden, m'lord. Melanzey Inlet. I'm Yvaine Gwennens-daughter.
      Tyr: All right. One more question: Who am I?

    • (After regaining his memory)
      Tyr: I am Tyr Anasazi ... of Kodiak Pride out of Victoria by Barbarosa! And I ... will never ... surrender!

    • KLUDGE (Klooj) - N. Disparaging term for genetically unmodified human being. See also "Uber".

      A Concise Dictionary of Slang and Euphemisms
      CY 9021.

  • Notes

    • Laura Bertram, Gordon Michael Woolvett, and Brent Stait do not appear in this episode.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 24, 2001 on Global.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 12, 2001 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in the Australia on October 26, 2002 on Fox 8.

    • This episode won a 2001 Leo Award for Best Musical Score of a Dramatic Series. The award went to series composer Matthew McCauley.

    • The scene where Tyr regains his memory was voted #10 in the Top Ten Scenes at the official site.

  • Allusions

    • Yvaine:

      Yvaine is the heroine of Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust. She was played by Claire Danes in the 2007 movie of the same name. This can also be viewed as a feminine form of the name Yvain (also spelled Ywain, or Owain) who was one of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table.

    • Title:

      The episode's title comes from the Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayyam.

    • Hegelsport:

      The city of Hegelsport was named after the German philosopher Friedrich Hegel, a contemporary of Nietzsche and a somewhat similar philosopher.

    • Arjun:

      Arjun was a Muslim general and governor for the Ilkhan empire, which controlled much of the Middle East in the 13th and 14th centuries after the breakup of the Mongol Empire.

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