Sy-Fy’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers” continues with episode seven, “Transmission,” where we learn that time has passed and that we’ve missed eight months on the Nightflyer. Suprise! Things have gone from creepy to creepier. Thale has gotten pretty buddy-buddy with the rest of the crew but he plays a dangerous game and makes strung out adrenaline junkies out of some.
While Thale builds less and less wholesome relationships with others, (ok, “sweet, boring, fun games” like D&D sound pretty wholesome), Agatha spends more time with Karl who in turn spends more and more time obsessing over the organic material found inside the probe. Karl (sort of) accepts Agatha’s L3 status and Thale speaks about her abilities openly, as if he’s always known. Karl finds his way out of the lab to search for Rowan, who has impregnated Tessia and lost all enthusiasm for the mission at hand. Even Lommie is distracted from the volcryn and spends most of her time inside the ship’s crystal matrix where she’s built a space to relive some her happier memories.
Events of the last eight months come to a head when Karl uses the memory suite, enhanced with the volcryn organic materials, to make a connection with what he thinks is the volcryn but could also be a shiny bundle of his own memories. Also, guess who probably isn’t trapped anymore. Roy Eris suspects that Cynthia may escape and Lommie knows it for sure.
As the Nightflyer closes in on the volcryn Thale and Agatha are subject to unbearable, agonizing bursts of mental images and sounds that result from the insane amount of teke energy that emanates from the volcryn object. Both are the harbingers of likely destruction – more like the canaries in the Nightflyer’s cage. Thale has nothing nice to say when Tessia and Rowan ask him to listen to the baby in the womb and Agatha has confusing visions that could show the past, the alternate, or fears for the future to come.
The episode comes to a head with the premature birth of Tessia’s child and the revelation that you should probably not name your child after your friend’s dead child. Just saying. The episode closes with a series of nightmare space scenarios that remind us what the first ten minutes of the first Nightflyers episode showed . . .