The series premiered on October 2, , and ended on May 13, Andromeda is one of two TV series to date alongside Earth: Final Conflict based on concepts Roddenberry had created as early as the s and s; Roddenberry died in , nine years prior the series premiere.
The name Dylan Hunt had previously been used for the hero of two TV pilots Roddenberry had produced in the mids, Genesis II , and Planet Earth , all of which shared a similar dystopian, post-apocalyptic premise.
Thousands of years in the future, the Systems Commonwealth is a republic based in a distant star system called Tarn-Vedra. Mankind is a part of The Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is at war with the Magog, a predatory humanoid species with bat-like faces that is dedicated to war. Peace talks led the Commonwealth to cede a key world to the Magog, that of the Nietzscheans; in response, the Nietzscheans secretly attempted to usurp control of the Commonwealth.
Dylan Hunt is the captain of the Commonwealth ship Andromeda Ascendant. Its computer is a powerful artificial intelligence which can emit a holographic interface persona in the form of a woman, called "Andromeda" or "Rommie". Caught by surprise in the first engagement of the Nietzschean uprising, the crew evacuates. The Andromeda , with Hunt aboard, is caught at the edge of the event horizon of a black hole , freezing both in time. Three hundred and three years later, in CY approx AD , the crew of the salvage ship Eureka Maru locates the ship.
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 comprises 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 , a mysterious alien of unknown origin whose innocent demeanor hides a surprisingly old soul, and Rev Bem , a Magog who has adopted a non-violent, Taoist-like religion called The Way "Rev" being short for "Reverend".
The salvage crew's beneficiary brings along an insurance policy in the form of a Nietzschean mercenary named Tyr Anasazi. Slipstream is the primary mode of travel for ships in the Andromeda universe, and the only known method of traveling faster than the speed of light. The Vedran discovery of the Slipstream was instrumental in the formation of their intergalactic empire, which became the precursor of the Systems Commonwealth. It is thought to be the process of choosing a path that makes the chosen path the correct one.
A function of slipstream is that apparent objective velocities are extremely variable, as it enables travel across millions of light years seemingly as swiftly as traveling between neighboring stars only tens of light years apart.
Further, slipstream is a non-linear method of travel; the best and swiftest way to get from Point A to Point B though they might be in the same galaxy may very well involve hopping to another galaxy entirely. Also, the more frequently used routes are often easier, faster and more predictable. The Systems Commonwealth was a huge utopian civilization, spanning three major galaxies of the Local Group. It was founded by the Vedrans , the first race to discover slipstream, who initially used it to conquer the Andromeda Galaxy.
After a long and bitter war of attrition with the major powers of the Triangulum Galaxy, the Vedran Empire was reorganized as the democratic Systems Commonwealth. The Commonwealth served as a peaceful intergalactic government for almost 10, 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, who were allied with the Abyss.
Robert Hewitt Wolfe was brought in to develop the series. Fireworks Entertainment was brought in to co-finance and for international distribution. In early , actor Kevin Sorbo was recruited to star in the series while he starred in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Sorbo, his agent, Eric Gold, and Majel Roddenberry were to be executive producers and Wolfe as co-executive producer. The Andromeda theme song used in the first season was composed by Alex Lifeson , guitarist for the progressive rock band Rush , executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe being a big fan.
Andromeda' s first episode was aired in syndication on October 2,  while being carried on Global Television Network in Canada. In January , Andromeda was renewed for two seasons, its third and fourth, having gotten two year deals with stations in 39 out the top 40 markets. In January , the Sci-Fi Channel made a deal for the show and all its episodes plus fellow Tribune syndicated but discontinued show BeastMaster.
In March, the cable channel would start showing season four episodes which would then be seen in syndication 7 to 10 days later. With the deal, the series was renewed for its fifth and final season. With Fireworks being the primary production company, this was effectively the show's cancellation notice. Fireworks Entertainment took Tribune to court to get an order releasing them from production and financing the two series.
A region B Blu-ray release of Season One was released on June 24, in the UK, with the next two seasons following by the end of that year. The all-region Blu-ray release of the complete box set of all five seasons was released on September 19, Andromeda was nominated for 39 awards at organizational events spanning the years to The show won 18 of those awards.
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