Beka learns her asshole ex-boyfriend is dead and reminisces about him. Then she finds out he’s still alive and still an asshole.
On Andromeda, Captain Hunt delivers a message to Beka, that her ex-boyfriend Bobby Jensen’s dead and that she needs to identify his body. She, Hunt, and Harper board the Maru and head off to…wherever.
The Old Days
On the way, we get a series of flashbacks as Beka and Harper tell an inquisitive Hunt all about Bobby. He and Beka used to work together on the Maru transporting semi-illegal cargo and had a sort of Bonnie and Clyde relationship. They eventually recruit the help of Harper (so this is a bit of an origin story for him as well), but he and Bobby don’t get along at all.
Bobby became obsessed with liberating the Mugani (an alien race enslaved by a mining company) to the point of transporting arms for them and lying to Beka about it – their relationship quickly ends.
Back in the present, the Eureka Maru is boarded by Bobby, still alive but now a comical-looking cyborg, along with his new girlfriend Margot and a Mugani named Lem. They take everyone aboard the Maru hostage with plans of gaining control of Andromeda to help the Mugani finally overthrow their oppressors.
Hunt is locked in a compartment in the Maru’s floor. He chats with Lem and gets him to turn on Bobby and Margot by saying stuff like, “They don’t care about you, they’re only using you, and you should listen to me because I’m awesome.” Lem sets Hunt free.
Beka fights Margot and kills her, then goes after Bobby but gets knocked unconscious. Hunt shows up and fights with Bobby long enough for Beka to wake up and electrocute Bobby to death.
This episode had a promising start, as I actually enjoyed some of the flashback scenes. But as soon as Bobby and friends showed up, my expectations slipstreamed to another galaxy. It just devolved into a typical story about our heroes getting captured and needing to retake their ship.
Bobby’s noble cause of wanting to free the Mugani in an “ends justifies the means” way could have made for an interesting antagonist. Instead, he turned out to be a simple, two-dimensional villain, and I couldn’t really buy him as the love of Beka’s life we’re led to believe. And the less said about his cohorts, the better – Margot was one-dimensional, and Lem was just there to turn on the villains and free the good guys.