Season 1 Episode 7

The Ties That Blind

Aired Unknown Nov 13, 2000 on Syfy
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The Ties That Blind

The pilot of a ship that has been attacked turns out to be Beka's swindler brother.

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  • Beka has a brother in space who is nothing but trouble in Beka's twilight years as a young kid. She has an older brother like any other sibling, a real pain in the butt!!moreless

    In this episode, I loved the opener because we truly see a different side to Tyr who is in combat training with a very unlikely opponent, lovable Trance!!! Since I just recently started watching re-runs of the series in no consequential order, I'm beginning to enjoy all characters of the show.

    Tyr a heartless mercenary soldier mentors a very naive, innocent Trance which make the show fun and interesting to watch. In this episode, Beka's "beloved" sibling shows up rather unexpectedly and brings a whole gamut of trouble for the Andomedra and crew. Beka's brother a "changed" man plays a very convincing part to most everyone watching but Beka is clearly suspicious but there is a part of her who does not want to believe her brother is part of an evil plot to steal the access codes and destroy the Andromeda and crew so its really up to her to figure out what is going on and to dig deeper for the truth and eventually it took some clever tricks from two Valentines to win the day!!!moreless
Cameron Daddo

Cameron Daddo

Rafe Valentine

Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George

Serenity Vikram Singh Khalsa

Guest Star

Pablo Coffey

Pablo Coffey

Wayist Monk

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: In the original broadcast, the title "Serenity" was misspelled "Serentity" in the opening quote.

    • The Free Trade Alliance tries to protect trade routes from pirates, but also seems to work to protect the interests of large corporations over those of small operators.

    • When Beka goes to the Wayist monastery, you can see a giant statue of a Magog holding a flame. That Magog is The Anointed, the founder of Wayism.

    • It is revealed that Dylan is 342 years old, meaning he was 39 years old when the Andromeda was frozen in time and was born in CY 9745.

    • This is the first episode to feature the Restorians (also called the Restors) a group of eco-terrorists who believe that space travel encourages colonization, which encourages exploitation of primitive cultures and the despoiling of pristine planets. So, they blow up starships to discourage space travel.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Dylan: Talking to yourself is the first sign of mental collapse.
      Rommie: (avatar and hologram) Only for wetware.

    • Dylan: Any of your prayers been answered, Rev?
      Rev: Many, just not today.

    • Dylan: Andromeda, vitals.
      Andromeda: Radiation levels normal. Respiration depressed, and heart rate
      accelerated. There are some odd discrepancies.
      Rev: We must save him. The Serenity is a light among Wayists. A philosopher, a
      teacher, a peacemaker.
      Trance: And a human, which means that patching him up is easy as cake.
      Dylan: Easy as pie.
      Trance: Are you sure about that? I think that making pie is a lot harder than cake.
      Dylan: Just fix him, Trance.
      Trance: Oh, he'll be fine. Compared to baking, brain surgery is a snap.

    • Beka: Yee haw! Way to go, Harper!
      Dylan: I thought Harper was refitting our G-Array on Mitner Drift.
      Beka: Yeah, he was. He took a detour on the way back. Infinity Atoll.
      Dylan: He flew all the way to Infinity just to go surfing?
      Beka: Just? It's the pan-galactic surfing championships.
      Dylan: Do the words Absent Without Leave mean anything to you people?
      Beka: Huh?
      Dylan: How's he doing?
      Beka: As of last Tuesday, 48th place.
      Dylan: That doesn't sound so good.
      Beka: Out of ten thousand entries.
      Dylan: There are ten thousand insane surfers out there?
      Beka: And ours is one of the craziest.

    • (Trance punches Tyr in the chest)
      Tyr: Again! Harder!
      (As she pulls back to try again, he grabs her arm)
      Tyr: Stop. Watch. The punch should begin at the soles of your feet and end at the back of your opponent's skull.
      (He demonstrates on a punching bag with a big "HAH!")
      Trance: Well, I don't want to hurt you.
      Tyr: Let me worry about that.
      Trance: OK. Hi-Ho!
      (She kicks Tyr in the chest and bounces off, knocking herself to the floor. Tyr helps her up)
      Tyr: What was that?
      Trance: Well, you told me to choose a Ki-yai. A sharp exhalation to focus energy and intimidate the opponent.
      Tyr: And you chose "Hi Ho"!?!
      Trance: Is that a bad one?
      Tyr: You might want to choose another, unless you intend to incapacitate your opponents with laughter. Hmmm?
      Trance: Ok. Ummm...all right, I've got one. Ready? Hee-Haw!
      (She makes a jump at Tyr, then drops and rolls, knocking him off his feet. She's so excited, she starts jumping around)
      Trance: Hee Haw! Hee Haw! Hee Haw!

    • Many say living in the way is difficult. Is sleeping difficult? Is waking?

      Serenity Vikram Singh Khalsa, Colllected Works, AFC 301.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Gordon Michael Woolvett does not appear in this episode.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 18, 2000 on Global.
      -This episode aired in the UK on November 20, 2000 on Sky One.
      -This episode aired in Australia on September 14, 2002 on Fox 8.

    • The character of Vikram Singh Khalsa is named after a Chiropractor from L.A. that writer Ethlie Anne Vare knows.


    • Rev: Serenity? Trance made this for you...Angel's Tears from Gehenna. She assures me it has no medicinal value.

      Gehenna, the planet that the "Angel's Tears" came from, is usually taken to mean hell. It refers to a place or state of torment or suffering. It also refers to a deep and narrow ravine southwest of Jerusalem called the valley of Hinnom. In ancient times, that valley was used in rituals of child sacrifice. Later, it was used as a dump. Garbage was taken from Jerusalem and dropped into the valley where it was burned.