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Dreaming, Andrea finds herself
traveling with her Uncle Rob and Aunt Bernice down a country
road towards their house. With Hanna's help, Andrea
notices something wrong with the house, and then the sun.
She soon realizes she's having a nightmare about the Shadows and
attempts to wake up, but is unable to. Running, the
shadows begin to give chase, but are stopped by Morningstar,
telling them to destroy Hanna.
Morningstar appears as a king to
Andrea as she cries under a tree and asks for a moment of her time in
exchange for helping her escape the dream. After hearing
his offers, she refuses, saying she already IS an angel.
Morningstar claims that a deal is in place, and that Hanna's
interference (whistling as a bird to attract Andrea's
attention), has broken the deal.
Morningstar then attempts to kill
Andrea at the same time the shadows return and impale Hanna.
With Morningstar nearly caught up to Andrea, Andrea manages to
muster up enough power to do the same light-blast that Hanna did
earlier to destroy the other two shadows. Morningstar's
scream attracts the attention of the Shadows fighting Hanna,
causing them to leave before they have killed her.
Draining life, Hanna's brightness begins fade, but not before
she transports Andrea and herself into deep space. Hanna
gives Andrea a gift and a promise, but the promise is never said
as Hanna passes out. Just before passing out, she sends
them both back to her room.
Diana finally makes it back to the
Angel's headquarters and explains Hanna's recent off behaviour
to the True Angel Michael just as True Angel Ridhaa reports that
there's been a shadow fight and Hanna has dissapeared.
Fearing the worst, he rounds up several angels and the
Misericordia (shadows who have repented and joined the angels)
to find her.Andrea pretends to sleep as Michael and Diana find
the nearly blackened Hanna, and take her home. Michael is
obviously disturbed that Hanna has talked directly to a human,
as well as broken several other rules, as he leaves.
Waking up the next morning, Andrea
realizes she has a halo that only she can see. When
talking to her classmates the next morning, no one believes her.
Morningstar attempts to coerce
Andrea to join the shadows with a long heart-to-heart.
Andrea refuses because she believes she is ALREADY an angel.
Morningstar claims Hanna is not
really an angel and wants to force Andrea into servitude.
He also claims that there is a deal in place, and Hanna's
interference has broken the deal this time. Later, Hanna
claims "I'm free" and "It's over" when Andrea defeats
Andrea manages to muster up enough
power to do the same lightblast Hanna did to disable
A shadow mentions that "eight out
of nine isn't bad at all...." Earlier, Morninstar mentions
"You are the only one who has not joined me." There have
been eight others Hanna and Morningstar have tested, and Andrea
is the only one who hasn't joined the Shadows.
Hanna begins to fade from bright
light to grey. She's almost black by the time she is found
Hanna transports herself and Andrea
into deep space, yet the True Angel Michael claims "We can't
leave the planet."
The angels live far underground in
what seems to be a war bunker. They are led by the True
First appearance of the
Misericordia, a group of Shadows who have repented and work
menial tasks for the angels.
Hanna makes a promise to Andrea,
but never reveals what it is. Andrea then receives a gift,
a halo that only she can see.
True Angel Michael reveals that Hanna has
broken several rules tonight, such as speaking directly to
humans, removing her mask, engaging Shadows alone and drinking
The title "The Final Nightmare"
comes from a Robotech episode.
The characters and events of A Wish for Wings represent an
allegorical retelling of the author's life. Many of the
events in story are events that really happened, but are
twisted into a fantasy plot.
The nightmare Andrea has is,
with small exeptions, a nightmare the author had in
childhood. Rob and Bernice are based on the aunt and
uncle from that same dream.
The first photographic
background shows up here. The artist cites time
constraints and a large photo gallery for their use in the
the series. Most are doctored to at least look as if
Andrea wears the same outfit
that Hanna does, minus headdress.
The gradiated borders denote
what's a dream, and what's not.
Hanna attracts Andrea's
attention by whistling a bird call. We see her doing
bird calls to attract hunters to prey in "The Lesson of
The shadows say "By your command" to Morningstar's image -
another Battlestar Galactica homage.
The King's crown is three
horned, mirroring the three "tails" trailing from his head.
The crown itself is based on the one Starscream wears in the
In "The Final Nightmare, Part
Five" all of Morningstar's dialogue is the truth, he is not
Roger was initially going to be
a recurring character through the series, but his story was
never started. The story, in which Andrea tells her
classmates about what happened, was compressed to two panels
in the last episode of "The Final Nightmare." His role
was assumed by Iblael, later in the series.
The first two guest strips
appear here, by Sarah Clarke and Rebecca Dowgiert.
They were comissioned while trying to catch up on
A second half to the dream was
planned but never shown, involving Andrea finding a mansion
with three floors, one showing her at seven, the next at
seventeen and the final one at twenty seven.
Eventually she would have been led into the cellar to talk
with Morningstar there.
Andrea manages to muster up
enough power to do the same lightblast Hanna did to disable
Morningstar. In keeping with the new plot involving
color, the center of the blast is blue.
Hanna's color begins to darken
through the rest of the episode, foreshadowing an upcoming
Underground, the angels do not
Michael's costume is a high
collared tunic, his head-dress is pinned to his right
shoulder, draping over his left arm. The pin is light
grey, even when his uniform is glowing. Like Hanna's killmarks, this is used to identify him when he is wearing
Ridhaa means "Goodwill" in
The Misericordia are a group of
the most evil individuals of human society, who, when they
died, repented and joined the angels doing their most
painful or menial tasks. They are based on the
Bretheren of the Misericordia, a religious group who do work
no one else wished to do to repay crimes and debts of
Angels bleed white.
Hanna's last name is "Alfagauchmeier."
Although not mentioned in the series, her clan name in the
Tribe of Ehrem is "Alfagauch." Meier was Hanna's
When Michael considers the
rules Hanna's broken, the pose is obviously based on Auguste
Rodin's The Thinker.
The final title card revealing
the title of the next episode and showing the seventeen year old Andrea
for the first time is based on the versus screens for Mortal Kombat 3.