Beka gets hooked on drugs and tries to navigate Andromeda to the Vedran homeworld.
The episode begins with Beka presenting Captain Hunt with a map to Tarn-Vedra, the long lost homeworld of the Vedrans found in the Perseid’s diary that Harper and Trance recovered a few episodes ago. Hunt seems cautiously optimistic. He wants to go because Tarn-Vedra is also where he was born, but the trip will be incredibly taxing and dangerous, requiring 46 slipstream jumps.
The rest of the crew reacts to the possibility of going to Tarn-Vedra with trepidation. Tyr tries to jump ship and wait in the Maru, but Beka convinces him to stay, while Rev Bem and Harper wonder what they’ll find when they get there.
The journey to Tarn-Vedra begins and Beka pilots Andromeda through the first few jumps, then stops for a rest. Trance collapses and is taken to the medical bay due to all the slipstream jumps; while there, she sees Beka mix a bunch of chemicals together Breaking Bad-style. Beka’s making and taking Flash (the reflex-augmenting drug from the John deLancie episode) so she’ll be adept at navigating through all the slipstream jumps to Tarn-Vedra.
Beka returns to the bridge and takes Andromeda through a couple more jumps. Hunt and the rest of the crew start to notice how increasingly weird she’s acting and eventually figure out she’s on drugs. She’s relieved of her post and confined to her quarters.
Beka Takes Over
Rev visits Beka in an attempt to comfort her, but she shoots him with a force lance and escapes to the engine room. There, she gains control of the ship and tries to continue the journey to Tarn-Vedra, while continually taking more and more Flash. Hunt and Harper manage to regain control of Andromeda and end the ill-fated journey, returning the ship back where it started.
The episode ends with Rev and Trance feelin’ fine, and Beka in the medical bay apologizing for what she did and feeling bad for becoming a Flash addict like her father. Hunt reassures her that everything will be a-okay.
A decent bottle episode and very character-oriented. Some things could have been handled better, but even with its thinly veiled “drugs are bad” message, this is without a doubt the best Beka episode of the season.
We also learn a little bit more about how slipstream works and how much of a strain it can be on people, especially pilots. Trance seemed especially vulnerable to its effects.
This is the first episode to really build on the events of previous episodes, which is a welcome trend that will continue in the first half of the second season.