Captain Hunt hosts a group of New Commonwealth members on Andromeda, and Harper meets someone willing to extract his Magog larvae…for a price.
Andromeda hosts a bunch of different members of the New Systems Commonwealth in the hopes of getting them all to sign a defense pact. Among them is Charlemagne of the Sabra-Jaguar Pride AKA the guy who married Elssbett last season AKA James Marsters, freshly snatched from the set of Buffy for this guest appearance.
Meanwhile, Harper is in his lab working on trying to get the Magog larvae out of his body. One of Andromeda’s guests, the sultry Satrina, finds him and offers to remove them all. She sticks her hand right through his stomach and takes one out as a demonstration. The catch? Harper has to give her the data he got from Harper 2.0; the very same data that made him super smart and nearly killed him in the process.
Deal with the Devil
Harper realizes she works for the Spirit of the Abyss and rejects her offer, but goes off looking for the data regardless. He meets with Trance and asks her where he hid it (since he no longer remembers), but she tells him it’s too dangerous.
Trance’s sun tattoo reminds Harper that he somehow encoded the data in a sun; he heads over to the sun in the Maru, downloads the data, adds a Trojan Horse virus to it, then hands it over to Satrina. She removes half of the remaining larvae from his stomach, then disappears to her ship to check the data…but Harper’s virus causes the data to delete itself.
Satrina returns to Harper, but he traps her in his lab. She tries to get him to join her and the Spirit of the Abyss, but he says no, so she orders some technicolor minions that look like monster rejects from Power Rangers to kill Andromeda’s guests. Charlemange and the Andromeda crew fight them off, but they (and Satrina) disappear after Harper destroys Satrina’s ship.
The episode ends with Charlemagne signing the New Commonwealth defense pact and quoting Shakespeare with Hunt.
This episode was really good in that it was the culmination of several plot threads and episodes’ events. It gave the series a good sense of continuity and rewarded long-term viewers for sticking around.
James Marsters made a great guest star and had memorable scenes with every character he interacted with, notably Tyr. It would be nice to see him again.
It appears Andromeda is finally shaping up, something is building, and we’re finally getting somewhere. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill from here…