Andromeda (TV series)

Andromeda (TV series)

:"See Andromeda (disambiguation) for other uses of "Andromeda"."infobox Television
show_name = Andromeda

caption =
format = Science Fiction
runtime = approx. 45 mins (per episode)
creator = Gene Roddenberry
Robert Hewitt Wolfe
director = David Winning
starring = Kevin Sorbo
Lisa Ryder
Keith Hamilton Cobb
Lexa Doig
Laura Bertram
Gordon Michael Woolvett
Brent Stait
Steve Bacic
Brandy Ledford

country = CAN
network = Global
first_aired = October 2, 2000
last_aired = May 13, 2005
num_seasons = 5
num_episodes = 110
list_episodes = List of Andromeda episodes
imdb_id = 0213327
tv_com_id= 637

"Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" was a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by the late "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and produced by Roddenberry's widow, Majel Roddenberry. [cite web |url= |title=The Great Hen of the Galaxy Speaks |date=2000-11-01 |first=Don |last=Lipper | |accessdate=2007-11-12] It starred Kevin Sorbo as High Guard Captain Dylan Hunt. The series premiered on October 2, 2000 and ended on May 13, 2005.

"Andromeda" was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and produced by Tribune Entertainment and Fireworks Entertainment. It was distributed by Global TV (Fireworks' parent company) in Canada and syndicated in the United States on WGN and other channels.cite web
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] "Andromeda" is one of two TV series (to date) based upon concepts Roddenberry had created as early as the 1960s and 1970s. The name Dylan Hunt had also been given to the heroes of two TV movie pilots Roddenberry had produced in the mid-1970s, "Genesis II" and "Planet Earth". The other series posthumously created from Roddenberry's notes is "".

Ten episodes were directed by David Winning, including "Banks of the Lethe" and the 100th episode, "Pride Before the Fall".

Plot and production

The series is set thousands of years in the future, and revolves around the Systems Commonwealth, a constitutional monarchy based in a distant star system called Tarn-Vedra. Humankind is a part of The Commonwealth, having been discovered by its members thousands of years prior. The Commonwealth is based out of three galaxies; The Milky Way, Triangulum Galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy, located 3 million light-years away. Ships travel from one end of the Commonwealth to the other through slipstreams, following pre-guided roller coaster-like pathways through the cosmos to and from their destination.

The Commonwealth claims to be a utopian society, but it is actually in a state of war with the Magog, a humanoid species with bat-like faces that is dedicated to war. A few years earlier, to show good faith as a result of peace talks, the Commonwealth ceded to the Magog a key home world. This home world is a key planet of one of the Commonwealth's member species, the genetically engineered Nietzscheans. The Nietzscheans, displeased with this peace agreement with the Magog, secretly attempt to usurp control of the Commonwealth. This is also the embodiment of their basic beliefs, as they see themselves as the race described as the "Übermensch" by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

The Commonwealth is defended by the High Guard, an armada of many ships. The protagonist of the series, Dylan Hunt, is the captain of a Commonwealth ship, the "Andromeda Ascendant". The ship's computer, a powerful AI (Artificial Intelligence), is a key character in the series.

The entire High Guard, including Captain Hunt, is caught by surprise in the first engagement of the Nietzschen uprising. He is forced to evacuate his crew, but Andromeda gets caught on the edge of an event horizon of a black hole, freezing him in time.

303 years later, the crew of the salvage ship "Eureka Maru" locates Hunt's ship. The Systems Commonwealth and the High Guard have fallen in the centuries since he was frozen in time, beginning an era known as "The Long Night". Hunt recruits the salvage crew to join him in an attempt to restore the Systems Commonwealth and "rekindle the light of civilization."

The salvage crew is comprised of its leader, Beka Valentine,a con-artist and expert pilot; a super-genius engineer named Seamus Harper (rescued from Nietzschean-enslaved Earth by Beka) who can plug his mind directly into computer systems; Trance Gemini, and Rev Bem. "Rev" is short for Reverend; although he is a Magog and thus violent by nature, he has discovered a non-violent, Taoist-like religious order called "The Way" and become a Wayist priest. As for Trance, little is known at first about this pixie-like purple female alien other than that she has a tail and seems somewhat distant. The salvage crew's beneficiary also brought along an insurance policy in the form of a Nietzschean mercenary named Tyr Anasazi ("out of Victoria by Barbarossa") (of the nearly extinct Kodiak pride). Tyr is the leader of a group of Nietzcheans, of which he is the only one to survive the opening episodes. Tyr's propensity for self-preservation leads him to also join Dylan's crew until better opportunities arise.

eason one

Season one of the series shows Dylan Hunt assembling the crew and adjusting to the new universe, while pursuing the creation of the New Systems Commonwealth. The idea of the new Commonwealth proves unpopular; only 6 worlds actually sign the Commonwealth charter in this season. Major powers like the Than Hegemony or the Nietzschean "Sabra" and "Jaguar" prides are not really interested in the new Commonwealth; Dylan also manages to make quite a few enemies (including the most powerful of all Nietzschean Prides, Drago-Kazov) himself.

Dylan also encounters several dysfunctional remnants of the old High Guard and witnesses the consequences of some of his own actions 300 years before. He realizes that the old Commonwealth had made some mistakes, the repetition of which he has to avoid.

The unification of "Andromeda"'s crew is a major theme of season one. Dylan's new crew does not really believe in the idea of the Commonwealth, and joins him only for personal gain. To their surprise they find that having something to fight for is not a bad thing. In the season finale, Beka, Dylan's First Officer, even promises to continue his mission if he dies.

Initially Trance seems to be a ditsy, naive girl, warm and compassionate but serving little actual purpose on the ship. She quickly demonstrates she is more than she seems. Trance has the ability to see the future (or, as she explains it, "all possible futures"). She uses this ability several times to help her friends, but her true goals remain unknown. The show hints that she engineered the Battle of Witchhead, where the last remains of the old Commonwealth fleet were destroyed, taking most of the Nietzschean forces with them, by "accidentally" sending the "Andromeda" back in time and pulling various members of the crew by the right strings.

Dylan himself has a difficult time accepting the fact that the universe he lived in no longer exists and all his friends are long dead. In a bizarre accident he actually manages to contact his fiancé, Sara Riley, 300 years before and even to teleport onto her ship — but returns alone, deciding the new Commonwealth is more important than his own life.

In the season finale "Andromeda" encounters the Magog World ship, a huge structure of twenty connected planets and an artificial sun. The World ship contains trillions of Magog and is equipped with a powerful weapon — a "point singularity projector", which creates miniature black holes. "Andromeda" is heavily damaged, Tyr and Harper are abducted to the World ship. Trying to rescue them, Rev Bem follows them to the World ship. The rest of the crew are badly injured.

eason two

Season two begins with the crew of "Andromeda" in a seemingly hopeless situation. Dylan is revived by Trance and goes to the Magog World ship with Rommie (the android avatar of "Andromeda's" AI) to recover Tyr, Harper and Rev. Harper is infested with Magog eggs, and Rev's loyalty is strained when he encounters the being the Magog call the "Spirit of the Abyss". They believe it to be their creator and god. Although Dylan and Rommie rescue Tyr and Harper, "Andromeda" is badly damaged, Rev has a spiritual crisis, and there seems to be no possible way to extract the Magog larvae from Harper. A powerful drug will keep them dormant for a time, but it only delays the inevitable.

The season shows the crew reacting to the sudden necessity of the New Commonwealth after the discovery of the Worldship (which will arrive to the Known Worlds in a few years), as they continue to make sure the dream comes true. Many worlds became more willing to sign the charter after learning of the Worldship. Dylan becomes more ruthless in his actions as well.

The episode "Ouroboros" (2:12) in the middle of this season became a major turning point for the whole series. "Ouroboros" was the last episode of Robert Hewitt Wolfe, the show's original developer and head writer. The producers allegedly felt that the series was becoming too intellectual and complicated (see Controversy over Robert Hewitt Wolfe's departure). One immediately visible change was Trance's transformation. She exchanged places with her own future version; New Trance had a different (golden-skinned) appearance and much more serious personality.

("Behind the scenes", Brent Stait (Rev Bem) also left "Andromeda" in "Ouroboros" because of his developing allergy to Magog make-up. He reprises his role twice later, in seasons three and four).

In the second half of season two, restoration of the Systems Commonwealth becomes a much less significant theme. The show mostly concentrated on "Star Trek"-style standalone adventures. However, by the end of the season the new Commonwealth had gained a new powerful war fleet and a total of fifty worlds.

Andromeda's Nietzschean crewman, Tyr Anasazi, is revealed to have a son, Tamerlane Anasazi, who is a genetic reincarnation of Drago Museveni, Founder and Progenitor of the entire Nietzschean Race. Since all the Nietzschean Prides believe that Drago Musevini's genetic reincarnation will necessarily be a great leader, the Nietzschean Messiah, Tyr Anasazi gets a unique opportunity to unite all the Nietzschean Prides. He does not use it yet, biding his time.

In the season finale the Systems Commonwealth is finally reinstated. A ceremony is held on board of the "Andromeda", but interrupted by the attack of unknown extra-dimensional aliens.

eason three

Season three had the most episodic format of all. The Systems Commonwealth is already reunited, but there is not much progress in the fight with the Magog and the Abyss.

Several episodes of season three explore Trance and her actual role. One episode ("The Dark Backward") is filmed completely from Trance's viewpoint, showing that she indeed "lives" through all possible alternate futures before choosing the right one.

This season shows several confusing additions, refits, and changes to the Andromeda, its crew and the Commonwealth. The Andromeda gains a highly trained High guard crew in some episodes only to have them disappear in the next, leaving the core command crew to deal with problems on the ship without help. The capabilities of the ship increase and decrease and the characters often react in ways which are contrary to their established personalities. Most noteworthy is the appearance of multiple squadrons of slip fighters who fight under Beka's staunch leadership in the final episode, when in the previous episode, where a squadron of slipfighters would have been handy, they are not utilized.

Nietzschean crewman Tyr Anasazi makes his move at the end of the season. He implants his son Tamerlane Anasazi 's DNA into his own cells, and goes on to reunite the various Nietzschean Prides and separate them from the Systems Commonwealth again. The season ends with Nietzscheans withdrawing from the Commonwealth and Tyr Anasazi formally leaving the "Andromeda".

eason four

In season four, Dylan is nearly outlawed by the Systems Commonwealth he himself had restored. The Collectors (originally keepers of historical information unknown to anyone else), allied with the Spirit of the Abyss, manipulate the fragile government of the New Commonwealth to show him in a bad light. The Abyss infiltrates the Commonwealth using many other agents as well.

Eventually the Collectors unite with Tyr Anasazi and his newly united Nietzschean Prides. Tyr mistrusts the Spirit of the Abyss, but hopes to defeat it. He tries to find a map to the Route of Ages — a portal connecting all universes together. It is possible to weaken the Abyss by passing through it. Dylan gets the map instead, but he allows Tyr to follow "Andromeda" through the Route of Ages, as Tyr knows more about the Abyss. "Andromeda" is transported into a weird universe where thoughts manifest as reality. With Trance's help, Dylan defeats and kills Tyr Anasazi who tried to make a deal with the Abyss.

Since the Route of Ages closes before the "Andromeda" can get back, Dylan has to use Trance's help. She reveals that she is the Avatar of the Sun, with "the power to create and destroy". Trance destroys "Andromeda" and re-creates it in the right universe.

In this season, Dylan also finds a new crew member — Nietzschean Telemachus Rhade, who does not accept his race's betrayal of the Commonwealth and agrees to join Dylan. Rhade proves to be more manageable than Tyr Anasazi, whom he helped Dylan defeat.

The Magog evolve and become more intelligent and cunning. In the season finale their Worldship is rediscovered. It is heading towards the Arkology, an old space station with very pacifist population. Dylan frantically tries to convince them that they have to defend themselves, but the people of the Arkology hope to make peace with the Magog.

They pay dearly for that mistake, as the Magog never make peace with anyone. "Andromeda" tries to defend the Arkology against the Worldship, but is horribly outnumbered. The Arkology is destroyed with all its inhabitants. Rhade, Beka and Harper are left in absolutely hopeless situations. Rommie explodes after being shot through her stomach while saving Harper from the Magog.

Trance asks Dylan to escape on a slip fighter through the Route of Ages, claiming that now there is nothing more important than saving his life; Marlowe, Arkology's leader (who had disappeared several hours before the battle) tells Dylan that they both are Paradine, two of the few ancient beings with incredible powers. Dylan reluctantly leaves through the Route (in a strange sequence where he finds himself in a large dark room and seemingly meets another version of himself). Trance turns into a sun and crashes into the Worldship on the "Andromeda".

eason five

Season five starts with an unusual premise. Dylan finds himself transported into Seefra system — nine identical barren worlds with superstitious population and two dim suns. Technology (especially spaceflight) is shunned, and water is treasured because of constant drought. Flavin, a Paradine, meets Dylan here, giving him cryptic hints about Dylan's destiny and what Seefra is before disappearing.

Dylan eventually finds Nietzschean warrior Telemachus Rhade, pilot Beka Valentine and super-genius engineer Seamus Harper on Seefra, and to his amazement, they all arrived in Seefra at different times and locations. Harper, in particular, arrived three years earlier with the remains of the android Rommie. He tried to repair her but failed, eventually building another android, Doyle, with some of Rommie's memories. Initially he convinces her that she is human, but later her true identity is revealed by a rebel android. (The "behind the scenes" reason for replacing Rommie with Doyle is Lexa Doig's pregnancy. Rommie was rebuilt by Doyle late in this season.)

Trance is also found, but she is weakened by her attempt to transport "Andromeda" and its crew to Seefra. She does not quite remember who she is and what she is supposed to do. Trance underwent a metamorphosis yet again; she is still golden-skinned but appears younger, and her personality resembles her first purple incarnation.

"Andromeda" itself is transported to Seefra as well, but it has no power and no way to restore it. Trance partially recharges the ships generators, but "Andromeda" still cannot move, and its AI behavior is erratic.

The first half of the season deals with three main themes: Dylan's conflict with his crew, his attempts to restore Andromeda's power and eventual discovery of the true role of Trance and Seefra system.

Rhade, Beka and Harper are all angry at Dylan for leaving them behind in the Battle of Arkology and for throwing them to Seefra without any way to return back to the Known Worlds. Their loyalty is strained several times, but seems finally reaffirmed after the intervention by Stranger, a Paradine sent by Dylan from an alternate future.

"Andromeda"'s power is eventually restored with ancient Vedran artifacts, but it is still unable to leave Seefra. Seefra seems to be located in a "pocket universe," and the only way out is the Route of Ages. Although some characters come and leave through it, Dylan cannot use it.

Seefra turns out to be Tarn-Vedra, long lost capital of the Commonwealth. But Vedrans themselves left it long ago, disillusioned with humans. Seefra-1 is the original Tarn-Vedra and Seefra-2 to 9 are copies of it. Tarn-Vedra's original sun was somehow replaced by two artificial constructs, Methus-1 and Methus-2. Methus-2 is now damaged and emits deadly flares, which are the reason for Seefra's drought.

Methus Diagram — a blueprint for Seefra system, recovered with the help of mysterious DJ Virgil Vox — also reveals the purpose of the eight extra planets. The Vedran sun will return someday, and destroy Seefra-2 through 9 to slow down and take its position. But because of the damage to Methus-2 this mechanism is not working, and the sun threatens to devastate the system completely.

Trance remembers her identity when she meets Ione, avatar of the Tarn-Vedra moon. She "is" the Tarn-Vedra sun. When she realizes this, her sun enters the Seefra system, and Dylan has to find a way to fix Methus-2 and evacuate eight doomed planets to Seefra-1.

Trance's "sisters" (who call themselves "the Nebula"), however, try to persuade her to join them. In their opinion the fate of Dylan, Seefra or the Known Worlds is irrelevant. Trance stubbornly refuses, and the Nebula attempts to replace her (all Avatars of the Suns look alike). Real Trance is imprisoned inside Methus-2, and it takes some time for Dylan to realize the deception and rescue her.

Dylan proceeds with the evacuation of the Seefra planets, although his plans are hindered by General Burma, a religious leader from Seefra-5. Burma is later revealed to be under the control of the Abyss.

In the series finale, the Vedran sun is back in its place and people are safe on Seefra-1. Trance then contacts the Nebula — the Lambent Kith Nebula, supreme council of the galaxies which includes fifty Avatars. Trance was once the oldest member of the Nebula, but disagreed with their views of organic life as something insignificant and left long ago. Together with Dylan she appeals to the Nebula and its leader Maura, who plans to destroy the Abyss by expanding the All Forces Nullification Point until it consumes all galaxies. This incidentally will destroy everything alive in existence; only Seefra will survive.

Maura refuses to reconsider their plans, but allows Dylan and the "Andromeda" to return to the Known Worlds. When the "Andromeda" slipstreams to Tarazed, Dylan finds out that only four days have passed since the Battle of Arkology, and the Magog Worldship is crippled but still operational. Rhade reunites with his wife (only to return to the "Andromeda" shortly).

"Andromeda" visits Earth (where Harper secretly plans to stay), but as soon as the ship arrives in the system, the planet is promptly destroyed by the Abyss. A huge Nietzschean fleet emerges from behind the debris, and "Andromeda" barely escapes.

Dylan begins to suspect Maura's motives and soon realizes she is the avatar of the Abyss and that all of the Nebula were under its control. Maura had destroyed all Paradines (except Dylan). Trance annihilates Maura in a fight.

After a massive battle with the Nietzscheans of the Drago-Kazov Pride, Dylan checks the Methus Diagram once again and discovers that Trance's sun is capable of destroying the Abyss. "Andromeda" returns to Seefra through the Route of Ages, followed by the Abyss. Trance manages to pull her sun closer and plunge it into the Abyss, burning it.

The Abyss is finally destroyed, and Dylan's battle is over. The Route of Ages transforms into a slipstream portal, allowing the Commonwealth fleet to return to Tarn-Vedra.

Controversy over Robert Hewitt Wolfe's departure

Controversy erupted during the midst of the second season when series developer and executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe announced he had been released from the show's production, though his influence was felt through the completion of the second season; at that point, Bob Engels was brought on to executive produce the series. The reason for the change was purportedly to make the show more episodic and open to "casual viewing," as Wolfe's version — although episodic — had many continuing plotlines and story arcs. After the show's final episode aired, Wolfe wrote and published on his site a one-act play titled [ "Coda"] that explained his intended plans for the show without contradicting the already aired episodes.

In discussion on his web site's forums and various interviews over the last two years, Wolfe has elaborated that he was released from the production staff after he refused to shift the show's focus more heavily onto Kevin Sorbo's character, Dylan Hunt, by essentially making all of the show's episodes Hunt-centric.Request quotation|date=August 2008 The events of the episode "Ouroboros", the final episode written by Wolfe, introduced the last major changes that Wolfe was willing to make to the series.


Main characters

Recurring and notable guest characters

*Gaheris Rhade, a Nietzschean; Dylan's previous First Officer who had betrayed him at the Battle of Hephaistos, accidentally causing the "Andromeda" to move at the event horizon of a black hole and freeze in time. The episode "The Unconquerable Man", where he manages to kill Hunt and tries to restore the Commonwealth himself, portrays him in a more sympathetic light, explaining his primary reason for betraying the Commonwealth was a desire to protect his people from the Abyss and becoming disillusioned with them when they turned on each other after the Fall. Feeling remorseful at killing his best friend Hunt, he goes back in time to allow Hunt to kill him instead, thus guaranteeing a new Commonwealth. (Steve Bacic)
*Gerentex, a Nightsider who had employed "Eureka Maru"'s crew to salvage the "Andromeda". (John Tench)
*Freya, a beautiful and wealthy Nietzschean of the Orca pride, briefly married to Tyr Anasazi. (Dylan Bierk)
*Sid Barry ("Uncle Sid", "Sam Profit"), a rich and amoral businessman, Beka's father's former partner. (John de Lancie)
* Höhne, a genius Perseid scientist. (Alex Diakun)
*Elsbett Mossadim, a First Daughter of Nietzschean Sabra pride, married to Charlemagne Bolivar of the Jaguar Pride to form the Sabra-Jaguar alliance. (Kimberly Huie)
*Gabriel/Remiel, an android avatar of the "Balance of Judgement", a powerful warship of the Old Commonwealth which went insane after the Fall. (Michael Shanks)
*Spirit of the Abyss, a malevolent entity which commands the Magog and appears to be the mastermind of many sabotages and attacks on the New Commonwealth. (Robert Saunders)
*Professor Logitch, an Inari scientist who tried to interrogate Trance. (William B. Davis)
*Telemachus Rhade, Gaheris Rhade's genetic reincarnation, Admiral of Tarazed Home Guard (in season two; became a regular in season four). (Steve Bacic)
*Charlemagne Bolivar, a wealthy and powerful Nietzschean, leader of the extremely powerful Sabra-Jaguar pride. (James Marsters)
*Ryan, an avatar of the former Commonwealth ship "Clarion's Call". (Michael Hurst)
*Rev Bem was a guest character in seasons three and four. (Brent Stait)
*Captain Metis of an ancient human generation ship, the "Bellerophon". (Tony Todd)
*The Patriarch, leader of the behind-the-scenes group known as the Templars, founded by Admiral Stark after the Fall. (Michael Ironside)
*Achilles/Hector, avatars of the New Commonwealth flagships "Wrath of Achilles" and "Resolution of Hector", respectively. (Christopher Judge)
*Tri-Jema, one of the Triumvirs of the New Commonwealth. (Carmen Moore)
*Tri-Lorn, another Triumvir (Nicholas Lea)
*Flavin, a Paradine from Seefra. (Alan Scarfe)
*Virgil Vox, a mysterious DJ from Seefra system. (Dena Ashbaugh)
*Avineri, father of Beka's "alternate version" from Seefra. (Don S. Davis)
*Orlund, keeper of Seefra's underground Vedran chambers. (Rob Daly)
*General Burma, a sect leader from Seefra-5. (Hiro Kanagawa)
*Maura, Avatar of the Sun, leader of the Lambent Kith Nebula. (Emmanuelle Vaugier)
*Bobby Jensen, Beka Valentine's former crewmate and old flame. (Costas Mandylor)
*The series is noted for having an especially high quota of "beautiful" people. In addition to a very coherent sense of fashion and styling being applied to the cast's attire, almost all significant characters in any given episode are especially attractive, particularly the female characters. This is often noted by the ship's mechanic Harper. It has been speculated that this explains Harper's lack of serious relationships with the opposite sex, compared to his more attractive crewmates who frequently liaise with other characters they encounter.

"Andromeda" universe


Slipstream is the primary mode of travel for ships in the "Andromeda" universe, and the only known method of travelling faster than the speed of light. The Vedran discovery of the Slipstream was instrumental in the formation of their interstellar empire, which became the precursor of the Systems Commonwealth.

Curiously, slipstream cannot be navigated by AIs (they have a 50% chance of choosing the correct path). Only organic pilots can "sense" a way to their destination (they have a 99% chance to choose the correct path), and although AIs are fitted on all large ships, they always require an organic pilot for interstellar travel. It is thought to be the process of choosing a path that makes the chosen path the correct one. Also, the more frequently used routes are often easier, faster and more predictable.

ystems Commonwealth

The Systems Commonwealth was a huge utopian civilization, spanning three major galaxies of the Local Group. It was founded by Vedrans, the first race to discover slipstream. Initially the Vedran Empire, it lasted for over 10,000 years until the Nietzschean revolt.

Dylan eventually managed to restore the Commonwealth (though not to its former glory; initially it had only 50 members while the Old Commonwealth had included more than a million worlds). However, the New Commonwealth soon fell victim to internal corruption masterminded by the group known as the Collectors, allied with the Abyss.

Major star systems

*Tarn-Vedra, the capital of the Old Systems Commonwealth and Vedran homeworld. All slipstream routes to Tarn-Vedra vanished soon after the Nietzschean rebellion, contributing to the ensuing chaos. Dylan was born on Tarn-Vedra. One of his motivations for restoring the Commonwealth is the search for his own lost home.
*Hephaistos, a system with significant Nietzschean population devastated by a rogue black hole in the pilot episode and the place of Dylan's imprisonment in time for 300 years. It turned out in season five that the "Andromeda" still somehow retained a connection to this black hole.
*Earth was ravaged by Nietzschean occupation and Magog assaults during the Long Night. Harper was born and acquired his notable survival skills there.
*Tarazed, a world with significant human and loyalist Nietzschean populations which survived the Long Night largely unscathed. It became the first capital of the New Commonwealth. Birthplace of Telemachus Rhade. Tarazed was described in the series as being located in another galaxy and therefore is not equivalent to Tarazed, the red giant that currently bears the name.
*San-Ska-Re, a Than homeworld and a major power in post-Fall Known Worlds. Did not actually appear on screen.
*Mobius, a barren world with underground cities. Mobius was ruled by ruthless dictators for many centuries but joined the New Commonwealth when its leader, the "Great Compass" Venetri resigned.
*Arkology, a huge space station with pacifist population and the site of the "Andromeda"'s final confrontation with Magog Worldship. The "Andromeda" lost and the Arkology was destroyed, but Trance still managed to cripple the Worldship with her powers.
*Seefra, a mysterious artificial system of nine planets and two suns where Dylan and his crew were transported after the Battle of Arkology.

Major races

*Vedrans, the first intelligent race to discover slipstream that connects the entire universe. The Vedrans went on to conquer the Known Worlds, building the Vedran Empire. The Empire was plagued by internal conflicts and eventually was peacefully transformed into the Systems Commonwealth.
*Nietzscheans, a group of superior humans who believed in self-improvement via genetic engineering and intense competition. They left the planet Earth thousands of years ago and evolved into a separate subspecies ("Homo sapiens invictus") which colonized many worlds throughout the galaxies. Nietzscheans are responsible for the Fall of the Systems Commonwealth; however, they failed to replace it with the Nietzschean Empire (as they had originally planned) because of constant betrayals and conflicts between different Nietzschean Prides.
*Humans make up about 70% of the Known Worlds population. Subspecies with minor genetic enhancements (like the Inari) are common.
*Magog, a race of savage semi-intelligent alien killers, feared throughout the Known Worlds. The Magog have to eat fresh meat to sustain themselves and to lay eggs into sentient beings to procreate. Magog Worldship is a structure of 20 planets and an artificial sun, home to trillions of Magog and a grave threat to the Known Worlds.
*Perseids, a highly intelligent race of alien scientists and bureaucrats.
*Than-Thre-Kull (Than), a tough and highly intelligent and civilized insectoid race divided into various function-specific castes.
*Kalderans, a xenophobic reptilian race which once rivaled the Vedrans. They managed to reverse engineer their own Slipstream drive.
*Paradine, a highly evolved form of the Vedrans, which looks like ordinary humans. The Paradine apparently had a special role in dealing with the Avatars of the Suns and the Route of Ages, but they are all but extinct now. Dylan Hunt is the last.
*Avatars of the Suns, humanoid forms of stars with great powers. They are immortal and can travel through time and space, affecting events and people as they wish.
*Pyrian, a grotesque, tentacled orb like species who are one of the most powerful enemies of the Commonwealth.

Other races

*Ogami - A race of brutish pirates and mercenaries.
*Bokor - Dangerous parasites that possess other species in order to survive, spreading through physical contact. Inside their shells, the Bokor are practically invulnerable to any type of weapon, ranging to energy, melee or bullets. However, they are vulnerable to electricity. Their existence in the Known Worlds is abhorred by the Than who attack any vessel carrying them. For normal humanoids, it takes a while for the Bokor to destroy their neural functions and take over. But for Trance Gemini, it just took a few seconds.


*Genites, a high-tech, numerous and well-organized intergalactic group whose aim is to rid the Universe of genetically engineered beings, especially the Nietzschean Prides, who brought about the downfall of humanity.
*Templar, a group of men and women who sought to restore order after the Fall. They were founded by High Guard Admiral "Constanza Stark".
*Collectors, The Commonwealth's keepers of secret history. They are agents of the Abyss.
*Tech Police, The brutish anti-tech enforcement on Seefra-1.
*High Guard, Main military force of the Systems Commonwealth.

DVD releases

On August 30, 2006, [cite web |url= |title=Andromeda - Season 5 & Slipstream Collection |first=Gord |last=Lacey | |date=2006-08-30 |accessdate=2007-11-12] announced that ADV Films would be releasing Andromeda season five, as well as a complete series DVD boxset known as Andromeda: The Slipstream Collection on Region 1 DVD on October 3, 2006.


During the filming of the final season of "Andromeda", several cast members were intensely involved in attempting to pitch a spin-off of the series that would feature the surviving core cast members, with the exception of Dylan Hunt. In 2005, Kevin Sorbo [ signed a development deal] with ABC/Touchstone Television, resulting in the creation of the pilot for [ "Bobby Cannon"] , a half hour sitcom that [ was never picked up by the network] . Details as to the nature and premise and even the title of the "Andromeda" spin-off are unknown.


External links

* [ The official "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" website] <-- Website returning 404 Error
* []
* [ Save Andromeda website]
* [ The unofficial Andromeda website] MMORTS, forums RPG. Originally in Russian, but also available in English.
* [ All Systems University] (semi-official site with lots of background information on Andromeda universe)
* [ David Winning (TV series director) official web site]
* [ AndroWiki] (originally a German wiki, but now also available in English)

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  • Andromeda Shun — Infobox animanga character name = Andromeda Shun series = Saint Seiya caption = Andromeda Shun by Masami Kurumada first = Manga chapter 4 Anime episode 2 creator = Masami Kurumada voiced by = Ryo Horikawa Yumi Touma Yūta Kasuya age = 13cite book… …   Wikipedia

  • Andromeda (Série Télévisée) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Andromeda. Andromeda Titre original Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda Genre Série de science fiction Créateur(s) Gene Roddenberry Musique Matthew McCaul …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Andromeda (série) — Andromeda (série télévisée) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Andromeda. Andromeda Titre original Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda Genre Série de science fiction Créateur(s) Gene Roddenberry Musique Matthew McCaul …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Andrómeda (serie de TV) — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Andrómeda. Gene Roddenberry s Andromeda Título Andrómeda Género Ciencia ficción Creado por Gene Roddenberry Robert Hewitt Wolfe …   Wikipedia Español

  • Andromeda (mythology) — Andromeda was a woman from Greek mythology who, as divine punishment for her mother s bragging, was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster. She was saved from death by Perseus, her future husband. Her name is the Latinized form of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Andromeda Software Development — (or simply ASD) is a Greek demogroup that was formed in 1992. They produced a number of small intros and demos in the mid 1990s for the PC, most notably CounterFactual (winner of the first Greek demo party ever, The Gardening 1995) and Beyond… …   Wikipedia

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