"Una Salus Victus"
by David E. Sluss
21 November 2001
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THE BOTTOM LINE: Pretty good juggling of solid A-, B-, and C-stories, but I've got some of the usual concerns, and the ultra-violence in this series is on the verge of becoming comical.
CYNICS CORNER RATING: 8.25 (B)
CONTRIVANCES OF THE WEEK: The biggest problem for Andromeda during this mission, irrespective of the Nietzschean ambush, was that she had to guide and protect a fleet of Wayist relief ships. But did you see how tiny they were compared to the Andromeda? Is there any reason that all of the medical supplies and all of the people on those ships couldn't have simply been loaded onto the Andromeda, a gigantic vessel that was built to hold thousands of people?
After "Exit Strategies," how can it be that Hunt still didn't know what Tyr had stashed on his ship? It apparently didn't take him long to find it in Closet 15 once he put his mind, such as it is, to it. But what took him so long?
And why were Nez Perce and his men standing around like spare pricks at a wedding as Hunt brought weapons fire down on the mountain rather than simply shooting Hunt dead in his tracks?!
SPLIT PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK: The great Hunt mystery has once again reared its head. Is Hunt brilliant, almost Nietzschean in his tactics, or a madman who gets lucky despite his reckless, self-destructive stunts? There's only one forum in which we can get to the bottom of this...
ANDROMEDA CLICHES OF THE WEEK: Break it on down!
LAUGH LINE OF THE WEEK: Hunt, as he and Tyr face down the defense system: "OK, backup plan," the plan apparently consisting of Hunt and Tyr putting on Cool Shades in tandem.
BUDGET-CUTTING OF THE WEEK: Rev and his expensive makeup missing in action yet again (for the fourth episode out of seven so far this season), but his voice remains. I suppose this series could be turned into Rev's Angels, with Rev only heard through the speakerphone ("This is Lady Ellsbett, Angels. She's convinced that someone is out to sabotage her wedding").
MISSED CONTINUITY OF THE WEEK: With the return of Nez Perce and the first "Nietzschean episode" since "The Honey Offering," it would have been nice to hear how the war between the Drago-Kazov and the Jaguar-Sabra is going (or went); at the time it seemed like it was going to be an important conflict, but Dominionism may have sunk in. I also found it a little strange that Nez Perce apparently didn't hold anything against Hunt before now, considering it was Hunt who manipulated the prides into the war in the first place.
MYSTERY OF THE WEEK: I got your progenitor right here! But seriously, this notion that the Nietzscheans expect Drago Museveni, he whose name must be pronounced differently ever time it is spoken, to return and unify the prides opens the floodgates of speculation. It also sounds a lot like that bunkum on Star Trek: The Next Generation in which the legendary Kahless was resurrected in order to unite the Klingon Empire (sixth season's "Rightful Heir").
On the other hand, the progenitor could be someone we know:
Especially given the (so far) superficial similarity to the Kahless Krapola, the
Nietzschean belief in Museveni's return begs the question: With the advanced science we
see even in the post-Fall Known Worlds, couldn't cloning be used to bring him back at any
time (assuming such scams haven't been attempted in the past)? And if so, how could any
resurrection of Museveni ever be viewed as legitimate, particularly now that his remains
are in the hands of megalomaniac Hunt and schemer Tyr Anasazi?
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|NEXT WEEK: Is there a plot device that can't be used to bring back Rhade? Apparently not...|
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