An alien ice queen wants to mate with Captain Hunt.
The episode begins with everyone asleep and Harper in command of Andromeda as he races it with his Nietzschean friend, Agio. Since when does Harper have Nietzschean friends?
Harper pulls a crazy maneuver and jostles the ship, causing Hunt to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Incidentally, Hunt starts hearing a voice: a woman talking about fire and ice. Rommie realizes that the voice is referring to a nearby fire planet with an icy moon (and not the Ralph Bakshii film Fire and Ice).
The Andromeda crew gets in the Eureka Maru and heads over to the moon, where they all get zapped by weird energy. Dylan is kidnapped by some ice queen lady who thinks he’s really hot, and she wants to make babies with him. Really.
Meanwhile, Agio’s ship arrives in orbit and starts causing trouble. He gets in a skirmish with Andromeda (Tyr in command) and destroys a cloud in orbit that lets the ice queen lady mate.
But then Andromeda destroys Agio’s ship to make a new cloud, and the queen’s mating abilities are restored. Hunt makes babies with her – an entire civilization’s worth. Really.
Well, if you weren’t convinced that the show has now entered “Captain Hunt worship” mode, you should be now. Yikes, this was awful. I’m most surprised by the ending, where Hunt actually goes through with the mating with little reservation! Anything to save a species, I suppose. And his reaction to having a moon full of his progeny was way too low-key. It’s a strange concept, not to mention a pretty big deal, but all he says is something along the lines of “ahh, the miracle of life,” and then the episode ends.
This episode was written by Harper’s actor, Gordon-Michael Woolvett, and I swear it had to have originally been about Harper, but was changed to be about Hunt. It still wouldn’t be a good episode, but it would be more fitting if Harper, the eternal-hopeless-in-love guy was the one chosen by ice queen lady to father her offspring because she thought he was awesome.