Harper inadvertently restores a backup file of Andromeda’s AI that doesn’t recognize the crew and tries to kill them all. Hundreds of Magog board the ship and try to eat everyone.
While performing maintenance on Andromeda, Harper finds an old backup file of the ship’s AI. He opens it and holo-Rommie reverts to an older version of herself before Hunt was captain; she doesn’t recognize any of the crew, and believing them to be a hostile boarding party, tries to kill them with shipboard defenses. Android Rommie, being a separate entity, isn’t affected by the backup restoration and is seen as an intruder.
Holo-Rommie relives her last mission with her original, Pre-Hunt crew, and coerces Trance to pilot the ship through slipstream to an unknown destination. An armada of small Magog ships come across Andromeda and latch onto it, sending oodles and oodles of violent Magog aboard.
Send in the Magog
The Andromeda crew fight off all these Magog, which are actually killed pretty easily. Harper is able to access Andromeda’s VR Matrix and restores Rommie’s memories, and we see the result of her last mission with her first crew – everyone slaughtered by the Magog.
Andromeda makes another slipstream jump and encounters an immense spaceship made up of a large cluster of twenty planets around a star. This is the Magog World Ship, and it’s what Rommie was looking for on her earlier mission.
Everything Gets Worse
More and more Magog pour into the ship. A “boss” Magog, Bloodmist, tries to tempt Rev Bem back to his carnivorous, bestial roots…and it seems to work. The World Ship fires its Point Singularity Projector weapon at Andromeda, causing heavy damage. Android Rommie is impaled by a pole, Harper and Tyr are nabbed by the Magog, and the rest of the crew lie on the floor bleeding.
We get one last view of the World Ship and its controller, the shadowy guy from that one episode awhile back!
When this episode started and we had the whole Rommie turns on the crew story going on, I was underwhelmed: “This is the season finale?” The arrival of the Magog did pique my interest a little bit, and it was nice to see the crew’s fear. It reminded me a bit of how Serenity’s crew in Firefly reacted when they encountered the Reavers in the first episode. But as soon as we saw the Andromeda crew killing the Magog by the hundreds in a boring, tensionless action-fest, I lost hope.
On the plus side, there was some good to be had in this episode. Captain Hunt and Beka have a nice scene towards the end, where she promises to continue his quest to restore the Commonwealth should he die. A far cry from the skeptical Beka we saw in the early episodes. Tyr and Harper also have some good moments before their fight with the Magog in a scene reminiscent of the end of Butch Cassidy.
We leave the episode with the return of shadowy guy and Andromeda in really bad shape. Could the show actually be leading up to something interesting? We shall see.