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  1. "The Weight (Part 1)"
  2. "The Weight (Part 2)"
  3. "Phear Phactor Phenom"
  4. "Decay of the Angel"
  5. "The Eschatology of Our Present"
  6. "When Goes Around..."
  7. "Attempting Screed"
  8. "So Burn the Untamed Lands"
  9. "What Will Be Was Not"
  10. "The Test"
  11. "Through a Glass Darkly"
  12. "Pride Before the Fall"
  13. "Moonlight Becomes You"
  14. "The Past is Prolix"
  15. "The Opposites of Attraction"
  16. "Saving Light from a Black Sun"
  17. "Totaled Recall"
  18. "Quantum Tractate Delirium"
  19. "One More Day's Light"
  20. "Chaos and the Stillness of It"
  21. "The Heart of the Journey (Part 1)"
  22. "The Heart of the Journey (Part 2)"
"In the absence of doubt
there is no change."
The Memories

"Attempting Screed" is episode 7 of Season 5.


The crew relaxes in the Oasis Bar, watching some local gangsters. Telemachus Rhade is eyeing the gang's leader, when they hear the thunderous scream of a spaceship bearing down on the street outside. After its crash landing, the ramp lowers, and out steps Flavin. Dylan Hunt and Rhade, shocked, greet him. The gangsters Lunah and Bozim attempt to get into the ship, but Dylan heads them off, disarming them both before locking the ship and retiring to the bar. Flavin tells them the surviving Paradine had sent him back as a mentor for Dylan. They turn to Beka Valentine for transportation. As they're preparing to leave, Lunah and Bozim are prowling around the ship and find small orbs which Flavin dropped. They bear the same marks as the craft, and Lunah inserts hers into its hole. Bozim doesn’t believe she’ll give him his fair share, and their groups split off. When Lunah and her crew go off to the bar, Rhade laughs at Bozim’s thick-headed group and comes up with a plan. He walks into the bar and strikes a deal with Lunah to get the other key; they follow him outside where he demonstrates his good intentions by beating the daylights out of Bozim’s men. He then negotiates his price with Lunah, as well as one third of the ship’s cargo. The pair find a booth where they seal the deal. When she thinks he’s asleep, she sneaks out and Rhade hears her tell her cronies her plan; kill him once she has the other key.

Dylan, Flavin, and Beka travel in the Eureka Maru when Lunah’s ships approach and begin firing. One flies in much too close and explodes against the Maru’s hull, crippling it, and sending them into a dive towards the surface. They land hard, but in one piece, close to Dylan’s long lost childhood home. The place is key to Dylan and his status as a Paradine, because it symbolizes his greatest losses, which in turn drives him towards his greatest achievements. Flavin tells him he must be satisfied with life as it comes,and not force every loss into a victory, or it'll trap him. The paradox of the Paradine is that the sooner he accepts that some things just are, the sooner he'll understand his powers, which will allow him to travel to a time before his loss.

Rhade walks into Bozim’s camp with Lunah and her gang right behind him. When he has everyone’s attention, he throws the money Lunah paid him into the street and demands Bozim double it for his loyalty, or else. Bozim's delighted, and agrees, as Lunah fumes in the street. Both sides want a fight, but Lunah's outmanned, and retreats to the bar. Doyle's waiting, inside, with a proposal; she knows Lunah could use some hired muscle and demonstrates her capacities, by beating the biggest thug she sees before going outside and smashing Bozim’s men to the ground.

Beka's parked the Maru outside a Vedran burial ground and waits as Dylan and Flavin walk inside. They stop in front of 2 name plates which Dylan's surprised to see are his parent’s. He thought neither of his parents were true Vedrans and learns his father was a Paradine, an evolved Vedran. But this revelation only frustrates Dylan more. More secrets, more riddles infuriate him,and he leaves the room. He goes to the tunnel entrance, but doesn’t find it. Understanding he isn’t where or when he thought he was, he relaxes and lets the test take him where it will. They reach the cave's mouth, but in Beka’s place is the grand city of Tarn-Vedra - 300 years in the past, stretching out beneath them. The image vanishes, and Flavin defines the test for Dylan. His existence as a Paradine is not static; he can be in several places and times at once. When Trance Gemini moved them all through the Route of Ages to save them, she couldn’t determine when in time they would emerge. They're in the past, before the battle to save the Commonwealth. It's now Dylan’s job to learn how to move at will through time and space, mastering the abilities handed to him.

Rhade and Doyle have driven both their employers into paranoia; each keeping the other off balance by threatening to switch sides. Both sides (again) erupt into a firefight. Rhade and Doyle stand aside during the fight, as Harper, sneaks the keys from both their hiding spots. Rhade and Doyle each report that their counterpart may be too strong for them and both sides must come to an agreement, or no one will get the ship’s bounty. When they meet at the ship and insert both keys, the door doesn’t open and each gang’s fury dissolves into a fight.

Beka leaves Flavin and Dylan on the Andromeda Ascendant and takes the Maru to search for power cells. Harper's on the com. pleading for help from the fight on Seefra. Dylan has no way to reach him with Beka gone, but Flavin steps in to give him his final lesson; he and Trance Gemini focus their energy, as Dylan concentrates, and they all dissolve into a glowing ball of light.

As Lunah, Bozim and their crews continue to fight, the door to Flavin's ship suddenly opens, and everyone is shocked as Dylan steps out. Lunah and Bozim both raise their weapons, but he shoots them down before they get a shot. The crew's shocked by Dylan's appearance, but he offers no explanation.

Later that night, in the bar, Trance and Dylan talk as she helps him come to terms with his new responsibility. As strange as it is to him, he begins to accept the Paradine view, in which some things just are, and there’s no fighting it.


  • The title is a reference to screed.

Memorable Quotes[]

Rhade: You seen them fly? Maniacs.

Harper: Ok. Does it have anything, anything at all to do with us getting outta here?
Flavin: Yes.
Harper: Yes. I knew this was our lucky day.
Flavin: And no.
Harper: I knew we were screwed.

Dylan: First thing's first. You left here in a slipfighter.
Flavin: Big mistake trading that ship.
Dylan: No kidding, that one has landing problems.

Harper: (thinking he's gonna die soon) See you in the next life. (raises his glass and then cuts communications).
Andromeda: Harper terminated.
Dylan: Bad choice of words.

Beka: (after Dylan unexpectedly steps out of Flavin's ship) Well this is a surprise.

Production Information[]

Production Number: 507
Aired: November 5, 2004
Writer By: Larry Barber and Paul Barber
Directed By: David Winning
Created By: Gene Roddenberry
Developed By: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Executive Producers: Majel Roddenberry
Josanne B. Lovick
Adam Haight
Kevin Sorbo
Bob Engels
Producer Sherry Gorval
Production Designer Brian Kane
Intro The Universe is a dangerous place. But in our future my crew and I fight to make it safe. I am Dylan Hunt, Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, and these are our adventures.


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