Season 1 Episode 8

The Banks of the Lethe

Aired Unknown Nov 20, 2000 on Syfy
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The Banks of the Lethe

A signal from the past brings Dylan and his true love, Sara, back together.

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  • Best episode thus far!!

    This is probably the best episode in the first half of season 1. Trapped in a black hole for 300 years, Dylan Hunt literally missed his entire life as he knew it. For him to be able to communicate with Sarah, his long lost fiancee, was vital for him to reach at least some level of closure. More importantly, the crew of the Andromeda begins to start to work together in an effort to rescue their captain. If this would have occurred at the beginning of the season, the crew may have very well left Hunt, and taken Andromeda for themselves. All in all, a nice way for us to see Hunt's past, and for him to move on with his life to try to restore the Commonwealth.moreless
Sam Jenkins

Sam Jenkins

Dr. Sara Riley

Guest Star

Eli Gabay

Eli Gabay

Captain Ismail Khalid

Guest Star

Leanne Adachi

Leanne Adachi


Guest Star

Alex Diakun

Alex Diakun


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Captain of the Starry Wisdom is Ismail Khalid, a Nietzschean who stayed loyal to the Commonwealth during the rebellion.

    • Dylan and Sara met when he and Ismail Khalid saved her after her scientific research station had been attacked by a swarm of Magog. Dylan was sent to rescue her by Sara's Aunt Admiral Stark.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Hohne: (to Dylan) I must say, the prospect of tearing you apart particle by particle and re-assembling you on a ship 300 years in the past is quite exhilarating. We admire your devotion to science.

    • Dylan: (to Rommie) When I touch you, do you feel me, or do you measure the pressure of my fingers against your skin? When I speak, do you hear me, or do you interpret an acoustic wave? I can't be objective about this, I'm not a machine.

    • Harper: It's a teleporter It scans you, destroys you, transmits you through the projector, and then rebuilds you from the particles up. Hilarity ensues.
      Beka: I think Mr. Heisenberg would object.

    • Dylan's Hologram: (as Sara attempts to pull the Andromeda away from the black hole) I can't wait to see the look on my face when you pull me out of there.
      Sara: Another Dylan. Whatever would I do with two of you?

    • (Harper tests his teleportation device)
      Beka: Careful, Harper. That's one of Trance's plants.
      Harper: I know, I know.
      Beka: She loves them.
      Harper: I know.
      Beka: She names them.
      Harper: Trust in the Harper, the Harper is good. Now, it goes in here...(plant disappears)...and comes out here. (he smiles at his success as it reappears. The plant explodes and his smile fades)
      Beka: I believe she called that one...(wipes plant goo off her face)...Walter.

    • (Dylan says his goodbyes to Sara)
      Rev: Sometimes it's enough to write the letter even when you know no one is going to read it.

    • (About the Black Hole)
      Rev: It's strange, isn't it? How something as beautiful as a star could give birth to something so ugly.
      Dylan: It's not ugly, it's just hungry.

    • Sara: If I didn't believe in taking risks, I wouldn't have met Dylan in the first place.

    • (About the Perseids)
      Beka: And they're annoying.
      Dylan: I like them.
      Beka: Of course you like them. You like everyone. Even people who try to kill you--especially people who try to kill you.

    • (To the Perseids)
      Dylan: Rommie is not a lab rat.

    • Dylan: Sara, in the last hour I have tried eleven different ways to say goodbye to you. And in the process I discovered something. I can't.

    • (Harper shows Dylan his teleportation device with a upgrade from last time)
      Harper: Watch this. (he hits a button and a melon blows up in the display case)
      Dylan: You blew up a cali-melon.
      Harper: Yeah. But that's not the impressive part. This is. (grabs another melon, draws a face on it, puts it on the platform, hits a button and it disappears. Dylan stares in awe) I blew up THAT cali-melon.
      Dylan: Time travel.

    • Beka (To Dylan): You, have pulled some real knee-slappers before, but this has got to be the Queen Mother.
      Dylan: If you want to talk me out of it, take a number. The line starts behind Rommie.
      Beka: Oh, no, that's okay. We both know you're completely impervious to reason. I just wanted to tell you that killing yourself out of some misdirected need to play the lovesick schoolboy isn't the kind of thing that impresses people.
      Dylan: You know it's not as simple as that.
      Beka: That's right. It isn't. The truth is, you feel guilty. You survived the war and Sara didn't. Well join the club, all of us feel guilty for something, Dylan. It's called life. It hurts. It isn't fair. But it's not a reason to die.

    • Sara: You can't change the future by living in the past. Although, it certainly would be nice to have you around.

    • Dylan: But if I stay, the Dark Ages will still last for 300 years.
      Sara: And you won't make a difference to anyone, but me.

    • Dylan: It's a black hole, Sara. It's a fluke that I made it through, I don't want you taking that risk.
      Sara: Yeah, well, as far as you're concerned I've been dead for three hundred years.

    • Sara: You know, Dylan, I don't care about the physics. And I don't care about the math. I just want you back.

    • We say atoms are bound by weak attractors. Why not admit the truth: the Universe is held together by love.

      Michio Von Kerr,
      Wayist physicist.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title:

      In Greek mythology, the river Lethe flowed through the realm of Hades. The dead had to drink from its waters to forget their previous lives.

    • The Fountainhead:
      We see, during this episode, Tyr interrupted while engrossed in The Fountainhead, a novel by Ayn Rand, the main thrust of which is that selfishness is the only true expression of an individual's freedom; a very Nietzschean way of thought.