Season 3 Episode 6

Slipfighter the Dogs of War

Aired Unknown Nov 04, 2002 on Syfy
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Slipfighter the Dogs of War

After finding out that a planet is developing Nova Bombs and testing them on a nearby star and planet, Dylan takes it upon himself to disarm them.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Harper says the last time Trance slip-piloted, they wound up back in time. Future-Trance has slip-streamed since then, she did in Season Two "In Heaven Now are Three". Trance (version 1) also slip-piloted during the first season finale. While that resulted in meeting the Magog Worldship, that wasn't her fault. It could also be argued that the first "mistake" wasn't one at all, but rather Trance making sure that Dylan and Andromeda would stop the Nietzscheans from becoming too powerful for them to bring back the Commonwealth upon their return.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Tyr: I'm sure you'll agree we should no further consider this. (Dylan declines to answer)
        Harper: He's considering it.

      • Harper: All right, come on, you guys. You did a lot of good down there. I mean, you took out a major threat. If you hadn't, their lives would probably get even worse.
        Beka: Yeah, but did we make their life better? I mean, there are always gonna be another guy who comes along and builds another reactor.
        Dylan: And we'll be there to destroy that one, as well. It's our job. It's what we do.

      • (When boarding the slipfighters where Trance wasn't supposed to be)
        Dylan: Hello, Trance.
        Trance: You're not mad at me?
        Dylan: I knew you wanted to come along. Beside, how can I ever be mad at you?
        Trance: You know you need me.
        Dylan: I have no doubt.

      • Dylan: (to Trance, in combat) Any words of wisdom?
        Trance: Um, always be nice to your parents.
        Dylan: Sound advice.

      • Trance: Is there an official word for, 'Phew!'?

      • Harper: Trance, no offense, but I think we all remember what happened the last time you tried to pilot the slipstream. You took us back 300 years in time, into the middle of a humongous space battle where we, uh, fixed the course of history...
        Trance: Lucky for us!

      • Beka: Have you guys noticed how cold it is lately?
        Rommie: Nope. Android.
        Beka: Right. Must be some kind of crazy space weather thing.
        Trance: Could it be that maybe you're scared about the mission, and would like to talk about it?
        Beka: What makes you think that?
        Rommie: No weather in space.
        Beka: You know, ever since we re-established the Commonwealth, I've been wondering: is it really necessary to risk life and limbs every time someone somewhere has a problem?
        Rommie: We're the good guys Beka, we fight the bad guys.
        Beka: I mean, so some stars blew up. There are more stars than one person could count in a lifetime.
        Trance: The lifetime of a human is infinitely smaller compared to that of a star, but a star is born and created from dust just like a human, with life, and fire breath into it. It shines. But, eventually, the star grows old, it hunches and winks out. Maybe it even goes out with a bang. And that is life. Just because there are so many of them, Beka don't think that it's not valuable, that it doesn't make a difference. It does.
        Beka: (kindly) You two are no help, you know that, right?
        Rommie: Help is our mission.
        Trance: (cheerfully) It's what we do.

      • Harper: At least the slip drive's not broken!
        Dylan: This time...

      • The moth wants a star
        The night wants tomorrow
        The King wants what's far
        Outside his sphere of sorrow

        "Tales of Queen Kysella", CY 5647.

    • NOTES (1)

      • International Airdates:

        -This episode aired in Canada on October 26, 2002 on Global.
        -This episode aired in the UK on November 25, 2002 on Sky One.
        -This episode aired in the Australia on December 20, 2003 on Fox 8.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Title: Refers to Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony's line, "Let slip the dogs of war."

      • Baal:

        Baal was one of the major Gods of the ancient Middle East. As his worshipers were generally rivals of the Israelites, he is considered the archetypal false god and is often equated with Satan in Judeo-Christian belief.

      • Marduk:

        Marduk was one of the main Gods of ancient Mesopotamia. Chief among his accomplishments was slaying the primeval chaos dragon Tiamat.

      • Beka: The Odses look like moons.
        This comment about the orbital defense satellites echoes the Obi-Wan's famous line in Star Wars: "That's no moon.... It's a space station".