Season 2 Episode 4

Pitiless as the Sun

Aired Unknown Oct 22, 2001 on Syfy
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Pitiless as the Sun

After Trance is taken prisoner on the planet of Inaris, she is questioned for causing a civil war fifteen years ago.

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  • Secrets over secrets!

    In this episode, a lot more is revealed about Trance Gemini as she is invited by scientists of the Inari to help their people lay down prejudice and hatred toward outsiders and other species. Meanwhile, the rest of the Andromeda crew are searching for the misterious attacker, who destroys Inari ships carrying precious resources for the depleted homeworld of the Inaris.

    Things turn out to be different for Trance as she is held prisoner by the Inaris, who seek out ways of killing her and wanting to know where she comes from, what she is. The lead scientist Professor Logitch (played by the X-Files cigarrette-smoker) reveales that a male of the same species as Trance caused the civil war that nearly destroyed the planet, causing 50% if the population to die.moreless
Anne Marie DeLuise

Anne Marie DeLuise

Major Whendar

Guest Star

Antonio Cupo

Antonio Cupo

Lieutenant Gadell

Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Professor Logitch

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dylan: Fact is, even in the old days, fully loaded, crewed, and armed, the Andromeda was only an even match for a Pyrian Torch ship. In case anyone hasn't noticed, we're not fully loaded, armed, or crewed, and the Pyrians have had three centuries to improve their technology.
      Beka: Not the best pep-talk you've ever given.
      Dylan: Oh, you want a pep-talk! Ok, uh, do your jobs, don't screw up, and we'll get out of this alive. (pause) Maybe.

    • Andromeda: Funny, Tyr, I didn't know this was your battle station.
      Tyr: Whoever told you sarcasm was a desirable feature in a ship was sadly misinformed.

    • Harper: Oh, great! So now we can invite some new scary super villains to the 'people who suck' party!

    • Trance: What do you need to know?
      Logitch: To begin with, I want to know why when I scan you I am unable to detect anything remotely resembling life signs as we know them.
      Trance: Your machine is broken.
      Logitch: Second, I want to know your true purpose aboard the Andromeda Ascendant, and how the rest of the crew fits into your mission.
      Trance: That is actually two separate questions...

    • Logitch: So what happens to us? Are we gonna be your little toys, too?
      Trance: No, I'm not that bored. The universe is a mess. I've got plenty of things to keep me busy.
      Logitch: You enjoy the chaos, don't you? Just like he did.
      Trance: It keeps life interesting.
      Logitch: According to our greatest spiritual texts, chaos is just a manifestation of evil.
      Trance: Are you implying that I'm some sort of... Devil?
      Logitch: ...Are you?
      Trance: You'd better hope not.

    • Dylan: I can't make alliances until I know who I'm dealing with. Or at least until I know I can trust them.
      Trance: Aren't those the same thing?
      Dylan: Usually. But there are those few, rare exceptions.

    • Tyr: Am I mistaken, sir, or did you just grant complete strangers unlimited access to this ship?
      Dylan: Why, yes, I did. That way, we can monitor them closely and see what they do with it. There's something not quite trustworthy about them, don't you think?
      Tyr: Your occasional bouts of deviousness never fail to surprise me, Captain.

    • Logitch: Is that what he wanted to do, the one who came before you? To destroy us?
      Trance: Like I told you before, I do not know who that was or what he wanted, but most likely he was just bored.
      Logitch: Bored?
      Trance: When you have seen and you have done as much as we have, the universe starts to seem a little small. And stagnant. And you learn to make your own fun.

    • Logitch: Tell me what you were created for.
      Trance: Sex. We're sex slaves. Designed to bring pleasure to the universe.

    • Logitch: I don't think I follow you.
      Trance: Maybe you're not trying hard enough.

    • Trance: You want me to be clear? Fine. We're not real. None of us. Not me, not my 'parents'. We're all just fake. FAKE people.

    • Logitch: Someone designed you?
      Trance: Yes. And I'm very ashamed of it. (crying) In fact I've never told that to anyone before.
      Logitch: But surely your shipmates, they--
      Trance: No! They just think I'm some wacky purple girl with some mysterious hidden past! I know they think that what I'm hiding from them is something really really important, or really really dangerous. And that makes me feel special!

    • We are not the masks we wear.
      But if we don them, do we not become them?

      Keops D'ao Tsumai, "Fortunes" CY 9683.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The original script for this episode had Rev Bem, not Trance, being "interviewed". However, Brent Stait had been having serious allergy problems with the Rev Bem prosthetics, and several episodes were re-written to minimize his role before his departure in "Ouroboros".

    • Brent Stait does not appear in this episode.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on October 20, 2001 on Global.
      -This episode aired in the UK on October 22, 2001 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in the Australia on January 25, 2003 on Fox 8.


    • In one scene, Dylan says "Open the pod bay doors". Beka replies "I have the greatest enthusiasm for the mission". This is a line from the Movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Harper: All right, Rommie, are you recording this? 'Cause this is like Freaky Friday or something, it's like somebody reversed the polarity on your brain waves.
      When Dylan wants to leave the people in need, and Beka wants to help, Harper points out that they have reversed roles, and compares it to Freaky Friday, which is a novel which was made into made into a movie twice, first in 1976 and then later in 2003.