Season 4 Episode 22

The Dissonant Interval (2)

Aired Unknown May 17, 2004 on Syfy
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The Dissonant Interval (2)

Beka decides to leave the crew to fight for themselves, but after all of the promises that everyone will be reunited, Trance tells them that they will never be as they are again. When the MagogWorldship finally re-encounters the Andromeda after two years, Rommie and Harper race to take the Arkology to slipstream, Rhade must teach the inhabitants to defend themselves, and Dylan and Trance fight off the invading Magog. But as the Andromeda becomes covered in swarmships, Trance tells Dylan that he and only he may escape this alive.


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  • I'm used to plotholes in Andromeda, but all you've done here is make everything else utterly pointless

    I love this show. I love Andromeda. I really do. Yeah, so season three made no sense, and for the first two seasons the exterior SFX were practically non-existent. But the characters were mostly loveable and the wider plot arc was interesting enough. Plus there are some giggles along the way. By the end of year four I'm quite used to the show's flaws, and quite used to forgiving them.

    But.... then this. Seriously? Allow me to summarise.

    First three seasons: ups and downs whilst heroes try to build an army to fight the upcoming invasion of evil.

    Fourth season: well, the Commonwealth has a fleet. It's being a bit of a baby, but we've succeeded and should be able to put up a fight now. Let's bring it!

    Fourth season finale - the invasion begins. The Commonwealth is nowhere to be seen (rendering that four-year struggle quite pointless, no?) The main hero gives up and runs away (though admittedly it did take him a full hour to agree to this). Everybody else dies... including one who does so annihilating the enemy ship in about three seconds flat. It remains unclear why she didn't do this on day one.

    At least the special effects were really good by this point. And the finale *was* still kind of fun.moreless
  • Let's kill everyone off!

    While part 1 was one of the crappiest, stupidest episodes of the series, they decided to pad it out into two episodes. And after the Worldship blasts a gaping hole in Arkology, the fact that the depressurization would probably vent all the air in the cylindrical space station in seconds, and everyone would probably die in a few minutes, the entire thing is handwaved with a "resealing system", as if a system that was probably designed to protect the station from stray asteroids would do anything to save them from a hole at least half a mile in diameter. And it goes downhill from that.

    So, say you're the writer of the last episode of a season, wondering if the series will be picked up for another season, and you want to hedge your bets so you can have it both ways, and make an episode which could be the end, but might not be. Do you make something with an ambivalent ending which leaves the viewers questioning, like you did at the ends of season 2 or 3? Well, if you're Bob Engles, the head writer, you think to yourself "Let's kill everyone off! That's an excellent way to end what might be the end of the series! I'll kill off everyone's favorite characters!". But rather than follow like in Season 1 where they all look like they die together, what happens in The Dissonant Interval part 2 ends up being like a horror movie, where each member of the crew is killed off one by one by monsters, though except for Rommie all the deaths happen offscreen. And if you're Bob Engles, you're probably thinking:

    What a delightful way to (possibly) end the series! And if the series IS picked up for another season, we can just pull some mystical voodoo **** from Trance to reverse everything like it didn't even happen. Makes perfect sense!

    And hey, just to add a bit more death and screw ourselves over more if the series is picked up again, let's have Trance kill herself too, and Beka to look like she's safe, then try to come back Millennium Falcon style to save the day! Fanboys eat up anything that's a homage to Star Wars, after all. But then let's shove their misguided notions in their face, and show Beka dying too for her foolish return! That's the ticket! Now EVERYONE dies!

    Wait no, not Dylan Hunt. He's all powerful. He's the star of the show. He's been in every single episode since the series started, he's been elevated to near Godhood in the first part of the episode, and Kevin Sorbo would probably wring my neck. So I'll have him running away and teleporting to safety or something. Add a woman singing for practically the whole episode, and have a weird, nonsensical ending just to freak people out, and this episode will be GOLDEN! That's a wrap, I'm out for lunch. Sherry, turn this wisdom I've written on these napkins into a working script by Monday!moreless
Marjorie Monaghan

Marjorie Monaghan

Louisa Messereau

Guest Star

Patricia Idlette

Patricia Idlette

Council Member #1

Guest Star

John MacDonald

John MacDonald

Ark Person

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Trance: Dylan, have you ever thought that perhaps you traded the better angels of your nature for the mission you felt you had to do?
      Dylan: No, Trance, I haven't. But I am about ready to trade my better nature for an angel who thinks 'Can do'!

    • Trance: Within seconds, the universe is going to be different.
      Dylan: C'mon Trance, it's glass half full time.

    • Dylan: Harper, I need an update.
      Harper: Things are going from bad to worse, Boss.
      Dylan: That's not a very good update.

    • Dylan: (when he finds Beka getting wasted on the Maru) Beka, you never drink.
      Beka: That's not true, I do drink. It just seems like never 'cause it's... you know, almost never.

    • (Trance on Command with her glowing Bonsai)
      Trance: Goodbye, Andromeda. Goodbye to your comforts...your joys...your sheltering arms. Goodbye, Maru...Rhade...Harper...Beka...Rommie. Goodbye...Dylan. (Command suddenly gets dark and she gasps)
      Andromeda: Terminating conversation.
      Trance: Andromeda? Andromeda! (Andromeda heads for the Magog Worldship and Trance transforms into her sun, Bonsai with her, and they go into the center of the Magog Worldship, destroying it)

    • Trance: The Route of Ages is your way out.
      Dylan: It's a way out for all of us.
      Trance: No. Just for you. If there is still time.
      Dylan: We've got to save as many as we can.
      Trance: Not this time.
      Dylan: Okay. Then I guess I'll die trying.

    • (Dylan and Trance walk towards a hanger where his slip fighter waits, her glowing Bonsai with her)
      Trance: Don't forget, Dylan, to enter the Route of Ages your timing must be perfect.
      Dylan: I need a crew to do that.
      Trance: No. You've done it before. Just follow the light.
      Dylan: There is no light in space.
      Trance: No! Your light, Dylan. As it has always been--your journey...your mission.
      Dylan: Trance. (He stops her and they face each other) It's our mission.
      Trance: What if you really could go back? Erase the past four years. Never suffer what you have suffered.
      Dylan: Start over?
      Trance: (nodding) It takes courage to start over.
      Dylan: There must be something else.
      Trance: Everything you have done has led to this. Perhaps you were not made for times like these. (Dylan scoffs) Then again, perhaps you will go where I will be waiting. (They smile at each other but the smile quickly fade as tears form in Trance's eyes) Now please go. You have to do this. Please. (she whispers "please" as her voice starts breaking)
      Dylan (whispers): Yeah. (puts his hand to her cheek and she smiles softly. He kisses her lips softly and backs away from her) It's been nice knowing you, Trance Gemini. (Trance tries to say something to him but no words come from her mouth. Dylan turns away sadly and gets into his slipfighter)

    • Voice (to Dylan): Have you come home from your journeys? Have you come home from your past? Dream, dear one. Dream.

    • Harper (to Magog): You could do that. You could kill me last.
      Magog: Kill you last? You are the last.

    • Beka: So I've been thinking. You see I'm uh, I'm kinda trapped. As in absolutely no freakin' way out.
      Harper: Yeah, me too.
      Beka: Hey, do you remember what you said to me before we boarded the Andromeda for the first time?
      Harper: Uh, yeah. I thought there might be treasure.
      Beka: Before that. You said--you said it was going to be fun...Well Seamus? It was.

    • Dylan: The Magog have slaughtered my crew. It's just you and me.
      Trance: Actually it's just you. But you were made for this moment. If you stay and fight, and win this battle, you will lose the war. You cannot do that.
      Dylan: Trance, fighting is all I know.
      Trance: This battle is beneath you. You have to go. I cannot go with you. Andromeda has lost to the Worldship. The Route of Ages is for you. But if you stay, and fight, and die? What will be the point of these past four years?

    • Dylan: Andromeda? What's the condition of my crew?
      (No response)
      Dylan: Andromeda. What's the status of the on-board crew?
      Andromeda: All of them are dead. Except the two of you.

    • Beka: You can't understand. This is the Abyss. I was there. I saw it. These people, they think there's beauty. There isn't. It's just darkness, they're reaching out at darkness. It knows no weakness, Dylan. None.

    • Dylan: What do you want?
      Beka: I want what no one else here seems to want. To live.
      Dylan: We're changing that.
      Beka: Not fast enough. There are people dying on Arkology already, Dylan, it's insane. These people don't want saving, Dylan, that's the problem. Not me. I don't want to leave you and the crew. But I can't stay. I can't watch.

    • Dylan: Beka, I owe you more than I can say in this short time. But we will meet again. In happier days. And that you can rest assured.

    • Man is his own star.

      His acts are his angels, good or ill,

      While his fatal shadows walk
      silently beside him.

      Rhyme of the Primeval Paradine,
      AFC 54.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Trance saying goodbye was voted #2 in the Top Ten Scenes at the official site.

    • This episode opens with clips from the previous episode; the first time it has happened, excluding season premieres, since the second part of the pilot "An Affirming Flame (2)".

    • It is rumoured that two endings were filmed for this episode, one to act as a Season Finale, and one as a Series Finale, as there was uncertainty to whether or not there would be a fifth season, and that the Series Finale version will be available on a DVD at some point.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on May 8, 2004 on Mystery.
      -This episode aired in the UK on May 25, 2005 on Sci-Fi.
      -This episode aired in the Australia on August 2, 2005 on Fox 8.