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Andromeda Series 4.8

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The Andromeda is accidentally jolted out of slipstream when Beka (Lisa Ryder) misses a decision point. The ship appears over the New Commonwealth planet, Baltria, home of the Ch’kadau people. It is a world so over-developed that nothing grows there anymore. Andromeda immediately receives a distress signal from the surface about a prison riot. Dylan agrees to come to their aid, but before he leaves he picks out an Old Commonwealth pin to wear as well as a small crystal with a red flower embedded in it. The crew arrives at a fortress containing the prison where they meet Patrius (Sebastian Spence), leader of Baltria. They view the riot on several monitors before going in to clean up. After the situation is defused, Patrius thanks Dylan, amazed that such a famous, high-ranking officer answered his call. Dylan, lost in a nightmarish flashback of fighting and sprinting through a field of red flowers, believes it is fate.

Patrius claims the prisoners are part of a radical faction who renounced the peaceful Ch’kadau ways and are bent on the destruction of the planet. Rommie (Lexa Doig) interrupts, saying that three prisoners are missing. One of who is a woman who has no criminal record on file and who Patrius claims not to recognize. Beka, Rhade (Steve Bacic), and Rommie leave to search for them. After they leave, Patrius shows Dylan and Harper (Gordon Michael Woolvett) what his enemies are after. It is called the Gol-Rashen, the energy source of the planet protected by a three hundred year old Commonwealth security system that Patrius believes only Dylan can disarm. Dylan decides to take Trance (Laura Bertram) and find the mysterious woman first. [See clip] As they look, he tells her he’s been here, three hundred years ago before he was trapped by the black hole. They track the woman to the a hideout where they meet Rhade and Beka, who split off and discover a mural with various symbols including a man and a small child next to a symbol of the Gol-Rashen. Rhade scans it for Rommie to decipher and she discovers a prophecy in its writings. It speaks of a symbiant girl who must be united with the Gol-Rashen by a man, a conduit. Wavy lines also found on the mural represent a river, leading them to a spring deep within the local sewer where Dylan and Rhade go to look. They are attacked on the way but their assailants stop short when they recognize the Old Commonwealth symbol Dylan wears on his chest. It identifies him as their prophesized conduit. [See clip]

Dylan asks to see the woman that escaped. He believes she may have clues to the mystery after being held by Patrius for so long. As he speaks to her, he suffers another flashback that gives him a clue to her identity, which she has forgotten after such a long imprisonment. He takes her to the Andromeda’s med deck where he and Harper explore her unconscious mind. They discover incomplete neural pathways and synapses. Dylan realizes this is the girl from his flashbacks, the girl from three hundred years ago who has been imprisoned ever since. He tells her that her name is Siara (Laura Mennell) and that she is the symbiant to the Gol-Rashen. She begins to remember her past and the Commonwealth soldier that saved her from being killed along with her parents. The soldier took her to people he thought would protect her, promising to come back to see she was safe. He never returned and one of the caretakers betrayed her, killing the others and imprisoning her.

The crew sneaks up to the fortress that night, splitting up to cover Dylan and Siara as they disarm the security around the Gol-Rashen. Energy waves pulse from the shrine as Dylan leads the nervous Siara to its pedestal. [See clip] She approaches and the room fills with brilliant light, the Gol-Rashen has expanded to an amorphous form, encircling Siara until the two become one and she glows with power. Beka, Rhade, and Patrius arrive quickly followed by guards who burst in, hoping to usurp control of the Gol-Rashen and harness its power to control all of Baltria and the Commonwealth. Siara unleashes her years of built up anger, blasting them all out of the room with a burst of energy. Patrius grabs a fallen gun and orders her to stop. She advances on him and Dylan takes advantage of the diversion to open a secret door in the pedestal that hides a force lance. He shoots Patrius, dropping him but Siara turns on Dylan, furious to have her revenge cut short. He pleads with her to do the right thing, to use her power to heal her planet and its people, but she is too bent on revenge to listen. She is about to destroy him and everything else to end her pain when he reminds her of his promise. He was the soldier, and he has finally come back for her. He shows her the crystal with the red flower, the crystal she gave him when he left. She realizes he is telling the truth, his promise has been kept and she smiles. As they all leave the fortress, they stare in amazement as they watch the planet heal. Light spreads across the city chasing back the gloom as green shoots burst through the concrete, turning into red flowers. Peace has returned to Baltria.
Release date NZ
November 18th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Sci-Fi
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