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  • Robert Hewitt Wolfe took his ball and went home, and everyone else tried to keep on playing with a brick. Injuries ensue.

    Andromeda makes me very, very sad, when I think about where this series might have gone.

    The show did fairly well in its first season, and with good reason. The show was new and interesting, with a well-matched set of characters and an intriguing universe for them to play in. This continued a little bit into the second season.

    Then Robert Hewitt Wolfe, the man at the reins who developed the show from Roddenberry's original ideas, had to leave.

    From that point on, Andromeda went to hell.

    The show became more episodic. Characters became trivial and one-dimensional. Insight was abandoned in favor of traditional action. Dylan Hunt gets a girl-of-the-week. The show came to DEFINE the term "faceless baddies". Any semblance of depth in the series vanished in a puff of smoke. We were left with the Kevin Sorbo Space Cowboy Hour. Heck, even Keith Hamilton Cobb stepped out. (EDIT: Further information reveals that Cobb's initial contract was only for three seasons anyway, so this point no longer applies.) But he came back just long enough to finish the physical and metaphorical assassination of his character.

    When the reformation of the Commonwealth, the event that motivates the entire series from its outset, occurs with barely a flaccid whimper and hardly a lick of excitement, you know you've fallen, hard. And when the motivation for the series after that point is "The universe is dangerous! We have a ship!"...

    ...Yeah. Oh, what might have been.

    (EDIT: Recently, Robert Hewitt Wolfe posted a short one-act play called "Andromeda: Coda" on his website. The play is a short exchange between Harper and Trance that serves to summarize where Wolfe was going with the story before his involvement with the show ended. It can be found at .)
  • All Sci-fi no brains

    I watched this show for years hoping it would get better. Sadly it never did. From the fleet of ships they saved (that never mad much of an apperance) to the vedrans, whats up with them there all powerful kickarse people that just sit back in hiding and watch the commonwealth fail allover again. The bonds between the crew of the Andromeda grew more distant and they grew apart and the show failed. This show had so much potensal and i feel sick inside that it never reached it. I was hoping for a movie after the first season but all i got was the show getting worst over a few seasons.
  • Star Trek without the Star Trek people.

    Andromeda is a Gene Roddenberry creation and is produced my many of the same people that do Star Trek. Although it is (apparently) set in a different universe there are many similarities. Regardless of whether you like Star Trek or not, you should give “Andromeda” a chance.

    Kevin Sorbo as Captain Dylan Hunt takes a change of direction from “Hercules” as he has to rely on other people and represents organization.

    Lexa Doig is the personification of the ship and appears in various forms: on viewscreens, as a hologram and as an android. She pulls off playing three slightly different versions of one character quite well. Her performance is even more remarkable as much of her acting is done alone in front of green screen and added to the scene after.
  • Andromeda was special

    There is something spiritual about Andromeda. It took me on a journey that allowed me to belive in the greatness of people and that perhaps we are not alone but just ignorant to what's out there. At the end of the fourth season, i found myself quiet sad and could relate to dillians sadness. He worked so hard to re-create the commenwealth, it was kind of sad for me to see him stuck on some god aweful place, where becka was greedy and trance was not herself. What happened to the friendship they all had. The fourth season was my last season, that was the end of the show for me. The 5th season was simply a bonus but the story arc was frustrating sometimes. It was nice at the end to see dillian reach his goal but i wanted more, even if it was just another episode to see what they they would set in montion with this new found peace.
  • It just went so wrong.

    If any show could be said to have had a great imaginative start, flare out, and then putter along for another 3 seasons then this is it.

    This is not to say that there were not some great episodes all throughout it, but it just failed to keep a slow steady burn, like what it gave us the first season.

    It is one of those things where you watch the first season and just can not wait to see more. But then the end of the first season and the beginning of the second strikes you between the eyes.

    They took a failry interesting misfit story, and they try to "make it better."

    From a virile youth it fell into an appoplectic middle age. You got the feeling that the writers of the story could not figure out what type of story they were writting. They kept suddenly changing things to try and make it work out better, because that is what you do when you loose sight of your goal right, you re-write?

    From its violent and angry middle age it gets a severe case of early alzheimers. It becomes forgetful. We have a huge number of story threads that get tossed out into the wind never to be seen again as they take what obviously was a 7 to 8 year storyline, and compress it into 2 years to try and finish it before it gets cancelled.

    Some of the episodes in season 5 have a decided "Plan 9 From Outerspace" thing going for them. Which is to say nothing at all.

    The entire time they are in pocket space you sit there and say, "what is the point?"

    They get out and it is as if nothing that happened for those eppisodes mattered one whit. And it did not.

    Then there was the final episode. It was the climax of the series, only in that is was the piece of tripe to rule everything else bad about the entire series.
  • I really wanted to like this show but just a few things stopped me the need for decent acting three dimensional charcters coherent plots and in sci fi decent effects as well.

    Dylan Hunt: The Legendary Journey’s.

    I’m a big science fiction fan and will give every new show that comes along a try sometimes in the cases of Farscape and Battlestar Galactica, to name just two you discover that they’re just so good that you are immediately gripped and that you’ll buy the DVD box sets so you can watch every episode again and again even the episodes that aren’t that good. On the other hand, as in my case with Firefly i missed it on TV I saw it on DVD and it was worth taking the chance on a show i'd never seen before.

    However back to the subject of Andromeda the opposite end from the shows i just mentioned, this show is a nothing more than a complete joke and gives television science fiction and indeed science fiction in general a bad name it has been poorly written and acted since the first episode and should never have lasted five episodes let alone five seasons. I started watching and I wanted to like it I really did it should have been easy coming from the mind of Gene Roddenberry brought to life by Robert Hewitt Wolfe and starring Kevin Sorbo who may not be the greatest actor in the world but he was very good in Hercules, so I tried to like it, I honestly did I watched every episode of the first season then about half the episodes of season 2 which is where everything began to go seriously wrong. Season one to me was pointless and not particularly great in the way it was written but it was at the least watchable ass a sort of lazy time passing substandard way. But Season 2 undermined what little effort had gone into it so I sat continually hoping that it would improve and show the full potential it had hinted at but it never did and after Sky changed the time it was on I just decided it wasn’t worth my time or effort trying to keep up with. In my opinion it suffered from a case of too many cooks so it has had no sense of direction and any arcs it tried to create were immediately junked when someone new came in and they tried to imprint their own ideas. When Robert Hewitt Wolfe was at the helm it was poor but there were glimpses small ones only but glimpses anyhow that it could improve but then he was fired for seemingly trying to make a decent Sci-Fi show. From then on it was downhill becoming a messy flashy thing where effects were the best thing about it and most of them were rough and looked to computer animated giving an already unrealistic and stupid show one more reason for people to hate it while story and acting took a back seat with Kevin Sorbo basically rehashing Hercules and the rest of the cast standing in the background getting to spout the occasional line of meaningless dialogue, it’s no wonder Keith Hamilton Cobb left as soon as his contract expired he’d spent his last two years on the show reduced to standing in the background looking mean and having about two episodes showcasing his character now I’m not saying he’s a brilliant actor but he was good enough to bring Tyr Anazazi the Nieztechien warrior to life and make him an interesting character even if only he’d been allowed.

    The characterisations were paper-thin and with the exception of Dylan Hunt and Harper badly acted not that I think Gordon Michael Woolvet is exactly a great actor either but he could do the comedy stuff he was given and deliver it well even if it was hardly ever as funny as the writers wanted it to be, but now I see him as a poor imitation of Firefly’s Wash even though Harper came first a statement that on the face of it makes as much sense as the average episode, Lisa Ryder as Beka on the other hand was especially bad wearing the same expressionless face for whatever her character was meant to be feeling, she is a bad actress and here’s hoping she never darkens the door of either Stargate show and especially not Battlestar Galactica. But the worst acted and most annoyingly pointless character was Laura Bertram as Trance Gemini from the start she was annoying where she was meant to be cute and friendly irritating where she was supposed to be mysterious and the viewers were supposed to care what her secrets were, a lethal combination of a bad actress and dozens of mediocre to just down right bad writers meant she just made the character come across as smug making you want to throw something at the screen when she was on and yell at Dylan to toss her out of an airlock. Ditto for hopes never to see her ruining SG or BSG

    As for Dylan Hunt he was the ultimate moronic cardboard hero never wrong always did the right thing and was sanctimonious from the outset. I’d tuned in every now and then during seasons 3, 4 and 5 to see if things had gotten better to discover they hadn’t they’d gotten worse and now Dylan had become even more indestructible and annoyingly smug and superior and now didn’t let any other character get even the most simple thing to do he just hogged the screen time solving every tedious problem that faced him by beating up the bad guys or shooting them with that stupid laser stick of his no doubt as a result of Sorbo becoming an executive producer. As for Bacic and the other blonde who cares what her name is not as bad as bottle blonde No.1 Ryder but not hard to tell she’s ex Baywatch they came in and were just as average as I’d come to expect from this show. As for the final episodes The Heart of the Journey Part’s 1 & 2 the first part seemed like it might at least take the series out with some kind of a bang with Harper and Rhade looking like they’d left the crew for good then a tense and even unexpected ending to part 1 with the destruction of Earth but it was ruined in part 2 yes Earth was destroyed but it had never seemed like it mattered to much during the run so blowing it up had little impact and the ending was lame and not even a good ending if it had just been a season finale but this was the last ever episode and what do we get everyone looking like they’re about to die the Andromeda against over two thousand ships and it survives then they fly into the square thing and everything is alright and everyone survives man what a complete and utter cop out I mean it’s the final episode what would have been wrong with killing off at least one of the crew I mean if I had have had the bad luck to have had anything to do with this shambles I would have at least taken the opportunity to knock off the supremely annoying Trance but no she gets to live. At the top I called this Dylan Hunt the Legendary Journey’s in reference obviously to Hercules Sorbo’s last show, but that is insulting at least Hercules was entertaining even when the acting did sometimes leave a lot to be desired and the stories were just silly this show was just a complete waste of time and how on earth this lasted longer than Farscape or Firefly I will never understand and think about it this pile of garbage lasted as long as and for as many episodes as Angel and even Babylon 5 for crying out loud it just makes no sense to me. As for the quotes that appeared at the start of each episode and the episode titles what were they all about, I assume they were supposed to bring some deep meaningful insight to the story but they never did they were just more meaningless words. Then there’s they opening credit speech voiced with the exception of season 2 by Sorbo as Capt Hunt as each season passed they became ever more ridiculous, they had neither the meaning nor the simplicity of the Space the final frontier speeches of the original Star Trek or the ST: TNG.

    I can’t ever imagine this is the show Gene Roddenberry wanted made from his original ideas but it was and will forever be linked with his name and that is a shame. Finally I read here on a reviewer, who said in their piece that this show was from the start darker than Farscape that person is seriously, seriously wrong and makes me wonder if had you ever actually seen it cos from where I sat the two are not even in the same league, when Farscape was dark characters were tortured or killed or sacrificed themselves like Zhaan or Crais, on Andromeda bad guys said horrible things to them and laughed before getting soundly thrashed by Captain Indestructible, darker than Farscape my ass. I hate this show I hate the design of the ship it’s big and ugly I hated the shallow one dimensional characters it is in my opinion a show that wouldn't even hold the attention of a 5 year old that anyone could enjoy it mystifies me that anyone could regard it as good well written well acted or in anyway anything other than worthless trash is astounding. As a fan of Sci Fi I hate this show so much. I really, really hate this show.
  • Hercules in space....

    Hey.. I know.. this is the show which I learned that Kevin Sorbo can't act. But, this show is kinda like Buffy for me, where the supporting cast makes up for the lead. Especially when they had Tyr, in the first 4 seasons. He was interesting as a character, as well as Harper.. (think Iolaus with tech).. and the rest of the gang.

    Anyways, like I said, the show was cool, but.. season 5.. woah.. so bad.. the ending.. so bad.. and I heard this was an executive decision.. 5 seasons .. made our money, let's go.. I wasn't too thrilled as a regular watching the show about how they ended the show, we kinda got short-changed I think.

    Oh well.
  • Why did I wait until 2012 to get into Andromeda?????????

    First of all let me just say that I am as about as big a fan of Science Fiction as it gets. I can be just as self absorbed, over opinionated, and as well deluded as the next person when it comes to waxing lyrical. But really, there is no need. Andromeda gets such a bad rap, that I too fell foul of taking on board all the negativity surrounding it and never gave it a look until 2012, STUPID me. This show is really one of a kind, as long as you don't have any pre-conceptions and go into with an open mind. I love the Roddenberry Universe, and no one is telling me that Deep Space 9 is not the best show in any universal dimension. But in the parallel Roddenberry universe where things aren't quite as serious and deep, then Andromeda rules.

    Mr. High Guard himself, Dylan Hunt, is no Sisko or Picard and definitely no Janeway. Although there is a bit of Tiberius about him, as Eddie Murphy would say "You gotta be a horny motherf***r to f***k a green bitch". Although he does lead an assortment of real cool ship mates in his quest to re-assemble the long dead commonwealth. It's all good but for me, Seamus Zelazny Harper played by Gordon Michael Woolvett, is an absolute Star. Also, Rommie would give Seven a good run for her money in the whole "resistance is futile" stakes. And without giving anything else away, the rest of the cast all fit in really well.

    It may not be as cerebral as the Trek stuff, but has just as much right to its existence. I am coming up to the end of season four, and although it may not get to me in the same way as the final season of DS9. I have a feeling that the end of season five is going to be like saying goodbye to an old friend. I came to Andromeda after finishing BSG. In much the same way I was late onto BSG due to some things I read about the remake, again, stupid me. BSG is up there with DS9 for me, and it was great getting into Andromeda as a tonic for all the heavy emotional journey, yet brilliance of BSG.

    Anyway, there I go doing the thing I said I would not, and mouthing off to the world like some film critic who thinks that his opinion is worth anything at all. Seriously though, Andromeda is really good fun. Just ignore all the negativity, ignore me and my opinion, and give it a chance, you will not be disappointed.
  • I love this show...

    The great thing about Andromeda was that instead of being extreamly serious and scientificly correct it was quite lax. I love shows that star people from other shows that can make fun of the shows they had stared in, and were quick to make jokes about the show they were currently in. The first 3 seasons were great, and I enjoyed the return of Steve Bacic as Telemechus Rhade in season four. Season five was alright, though it could be kind of confusing in a few episodes. Everything ended fairly well which made up for the strangeness of the last season. All in all a very good show that I would recommend to any Sci-Fi fan.
  • Star Trek TOS perfected

    Majel Barrett Roddenberry took a project from her late husband's desk and turned it into "Andromeda," with the help of Robert Hewitt Wolfe, who later developed "The Dresden Files" TV series. The plot, backstory, and tech resolve many of the holes that the original Star Trek series was known for. On "Andromeda" there are no quasi-scientific phasers, just railguns and missiles; no force fields, just super-hard hulls. And no transporter. In one "Andromeda" episode the ship's AI (artificial intelligence) says sarcastically, about a crew member imprisoned on another ship: I could just dematerialize him and make him reappear here, if such things actually existed. And the backstory explains why the captain puts himself personally in harm's way so often -- something the captain of a large warship rarely does.

    But the star of the show is the actress playing the title character. Lexa Doig plays both the warship's AI, seen as a hologram, and an android imbued with a version of that AI, called a "ship's avatar."

    Why do so many say the show was great for the first three seasons (and then...)? One main reason was that Lexa Doig got married and pregnant with the first of two children about then. Her role was much reduced -- some appearances as the the AI, but not as the athletic, kung-fu kicking avatar, naturally.

    Perhaps the only gain for her fans is that she may use her married name when she continues acting. "Doig" is about the rockiest name for an actress since "Zellweger," and as inappropriate in its way as "Bullock."

    The other cause for the apparent change in quality was the departure of Wolfe due to "creative differences," or some such. However, this isn't that clear. What I much liked about the series was its exploration of different species, particularly villains. A human subspecies called "Nietzscheans" -- think of Ricardo Montalban's "Khan" from "The Wrath of Khan," multiplied into billions. A ravenous race embodying the worst attributes of any villain imaginable, called the Magog. Humanity itself ranking only second or third in capabilities in this federation -- called the "commonwealth." A species called Vedrans are acknowledged by all as superior.

    And the warships are beautiful. And their names are fresh and thoughtful.

    I'd rate the middle part of "Babylon 5" -- after Boxleitner's arrival -- ahead of Andromeda. B5 achieved a gritty, naturalistic tone. The current "Battlestar Galactica" takes that too far for my taste, into gruesomeness and nihilism. For me, "Firefly" and "Serenity" got it almost precisely right.

    Both B5 and Andromeda for me slackened at the end when they got all cosmic and mystical. Of course, that's the same problem many had with "2001." Seems a vulnerability of sci-fi.

    I'd thought Andromeda moved from first-rate space-opera to mysticism after Wolfe left. But Wolfe published a script online that shows he was fully on-board with the mystical stuff.

    An earlier poster asked for comparisons with "Farscape." I only tried the first episode of "Farscape" on fancast. The video broke up, and I wasn't motivated to try later. Some similarities, perhaps. Castaway spaceman, going back to "Planet of the Apes" and well before.

    But Andromeda's castaway is himself not of Earth. And he brings along his ferocious warship, and his AI. Makes all the difference. And the aliens aren't Muppets. Different flavor, different shows. "Farscape" looked like it had a sort of sword-and-sorcery quest type theme. "Andromeda" is far more Roddenberryesque.

    Enjoy Andromeda for its excellent parts.
  • Captain Hunt and the Commonwealth

    Nice characters and nice soil to grow an incredible series but the relation between cause and effect is lame and stupid, the storytelling by the image and the dialogs is not connecting with the core of the story and there is a divorce between the strength of the premise and the center of the stories. Andromeda has a cast of six characters, all of them individually different. The Nietzscheans were great bad guys as well, particularly the Drago-Kazov pride. It was cool and refreshing to see humans as the main villains of a sci-fi series. There are many episodes where you have to watch several times to understand them.
  • not the greatest sci-fi show, but one of the better ones.

    Hmm andromeda, what to say, what to say...
    It's been a really long time since I last saw that show, since it isn't aired anymore on any channel I recieve where I live.
    But as far as I remember it's a pretty decent show. The whole idea of the captain trying to rebuild the great and ancient commonwealth after it's been dead for a very long time is pretty original and leads to a pretty good storyline.
    The characters are not very deep and don't really evolve during the show, but that is compensated by some really funny moments and cool battles with decent special effects.
  • Hercules: The legendary journeys - In Space!

    Kevin Sorbo does it again. He start the main character in a decent show that is best watched with not too high expectations but tends to send some surprising moments your way. The story is easily summarized: Dylan Hunt, captain of a large warship is frozen in time for about 300 years and wakes up to see everything he stood for, loved and cared about has gone down the drain. He then tries to reform the universe to his commonwealth. With his allround talent and shiny-knight-in-armor good-doing and a talking space ship (Knight Rider lives again!) he's travelling the galaxy in search for support of his dream on resurrecting the commonwealth.
    I mostly watch the show for the supporting characters, I have had enought of Kevin Sorbo already on that Hercules show.

    Edit: Shows has jumed the shark in the 3rd season already. Seems like Majel Roddenberry is easily able to screw up her husband's ideas.

    Edit2: The show is dead and gone. Nothing good is happening after the 2nd season. I swear no never again watch another series starring Kevin Sorbo and/or being made by Roddenberry's widow. Ever.

    Overall rating:
    Season 1&2: 8.5
    Season 3: 6.7
    Season 4: 5.3
    Sesaon 5: 4.2
  • First season and part of second season good - downhill from there.

    The first and 1/2 of the second season were great, you really felt that there was an epic tale to be told (although there is a gap between the shaky formation of an alliance at the end of the first season and a full-blown civilisation at the start of the second).

    From there, it goes downhill, descending into ridiculous action in an obvious ploy to gain ratings. Some episodes are really good, most are bad - leading to the departure of Tyr. He is replaced by Telemachus Rhade, a worthy replacement. It is a shame that the two could not meet in more onscreen encounters; it would have been interesting to see the two characters play off each other.

    The end of the fourth season sums the show up; it tries to be mysterious, but ends up so bad you can't even laugh, you can only cringe. The fifth season has only one redeeming factor; it shows the acting talent of Steve Bacic, as his character is extremely different to how he was in previous seasons.

    Overall, the first season or so would have gained a much higher rating, but it was brought down by the last few seasons. Great concept though.
  • Nice space adventures.

    I like nice space adventures and robotics in person becoming ship. same doctor on startgatesg1.
    Andromeda is a Gene Roddenberry creation and is produced my many of the same people that do Star Trek. Although it is (apparently) set in a different universe there are many similarities. Regardless of whether you like Star Trek or not, you should give “Andromeda” a chance.

    Kevin Sorbo as Captain Dylan Hunt takes a change of direction from “Hercules” as he has to rely on other people and represents organization.

    Lexa Doig is the personification of the ship and appears in various forms: on viewscreens, as a hologram and as an android. She pulls off playing three slightly different versions of one character quite well. Her performance is even more remarkable as much of her acting is done alone in front of green screen and added to the scene after.
  • I only reason i was watshing this show, was that my other sci-fi shows was on a brake. and i did´t have anything to do. BUT

    I only reason i was watshing this show, was that my other sci-fi shows was on a brake. and i did´t have anything to do. BUT i have to admit it was way betther than i expected. I think i finished all 5 seasons in about 7 or 8 days, i was glued to my monitor, ( good thing i did´t have to work that week. ) Now i only wish there was more of it. In my opinion the could have maked a season more.
    Bottom Line if you like sci-fi it´s worth your time, even if it a bit old.
  • Classic, Adventurous, Tense

    I have been a long time fan of Gene Roddenberry. I had looked forward to this show when they first started advertising for it, and it never let me down. I absolutely love the characters, the strife, the annoyance that Dylan feels as he tries to push through the muck of the universe. The writing on this show was spectacular. It was a classic Roddenberry premise. They had adventurous times, and very tense situations, funny characters and evil ones, loving times and not so loving times. I think my favorite character was Trance Gemini, she started out so unassuming ... after she lost her tail ... POOF ... all the sudden she's formidable ... I loved it!!! Well done. I'm sorry it's over.
  • seems to have recieved a lot of bad press but i think it's awsome

    At times it may be corny, cheesy, and overacted but despite all this it remains a great show with good writing and more often than not original story lines. the concept of the high guard oficer been released from a 300 year suspension, discovering that everything he once stood for and believed in and every one he onced was loved gone sounds rediculous on paper but works onscreen. i have to say taht my favorite part of the whole show was the idea of the Nietzscheans. they are so interesting with there strict code of behavior and pre-evolutionary, predatory view piont, not to mention there seemingly unending relation with ancient earth mythology and history. i was disapointed by the way the show ended, i thought that it was a good episode but it should have gone on for another series or brought out a movie so that we could have the opertunity to see how they were living in the newly renewed commonwealth that they had fought so hard for. bt regardless long live the commonwealth!
  • I think the Andromeda Series are very good with the exception of the 5th season that was very confusing and very slow in action, but for the ones that watched it from the beginning like me it was a fine show.

    I think the Andromeda Series are very good with the exception of the 5th season that was very confusing and very slow in action, but for the ones that watched it from the beginning like me it was a fine show. I wasn´t expecting nothing like the 5th season in fact since the first season to the 4th i my oppinion was ascending when the 5th arrives it went down the drain.
    And Tyr Anastasi where did he go? if died was a lousy disposal of a caracther vital to the series, Doyle what is she doin there? The caracther is well performed by the actress but i don´t see the need for another android, and the destruction of Earth in last episode was completely of the chart cmon it´s EARTH.
  • A show that had much promise till....

    The first season and most of the second season were great. For a show plagued by loss of writing staff on several occasions it did quitre well. However as a whole it is quite jumbled. It seems as though each staff change brought a change in tone feel and overall storyline. I feel as though the first stroyline was awesome and had me enthralled. Then sometime in season three I kinda lost interest. I caught the episodes in reruns and they weren't bad, but weren't great either. Things really went downhill sometime in season four. I can imagine the pitch too. "Let's make Mr. Sorbo feel right back at home by making him a near deity, it'll be Hercules meets Star Trek the fans will love it... it's a license to print money I tell you..." Sigh Then we have the so called "steampunk" episodes of season five. Yeah by the way when did every galactic body in the universe require an avatar. Hmmmm seems like more hercules territory. I honestly preferred the old secretive Trance, whom many of us thought of as a "Q" from Trek like entity slumming with the mortals. The sentient sun being the writers made her into does not seem like the one from the first few seasons. The new feel from the first seasons failed I feel because the successive wirters used tired old sci-fi/fantasy conventions to keep things on "familiar ground". When this show first hit it was as groundbreaking as Farsacpe in my opinion, and tons more darker. However in the end we have a jumbled mess that does not fit and has more filler than substance.
  • Another semi-precious sci-fi gem from the mind of Gene Roddenberry. Starring Hercules. Hee.

    Now, I love science-fiction; love to read it, love to watch it. And, child of the seventies, I love Gene Roddenberry's take on "the world out there". Andromeda was an very interesting concept: some time in the very far-off future, The New World Order is in place, and there is a spaceship, a spaceship captained by Dylan Hunt, manned by humans, aliens, androids, and artificial intelligences with human avatars. And there's a civil war being fought between one group of humanoids and another genetically, though not necessarily ethically, superior group (the Nietzscheans). And amidst all this war, there's some mutiny going on within our primary space ship (goes by the name Andromeda). Before there is resolution to this, our Andromeda gets 'stuck' in time. So, when next we see the Andromeda, its 300 years later, she's been boarded by some mercenary salvagers, headed up by Beka Valentine, looking for loot, and the keys to the ship. They find a freshly-out-of-stasis Captain Hunt, and the ship's AI, who have no idea that centuries have passed, the government (The Commonwealth) they once served no longer exists—and everyone else is long gone!

    With minor struggles as to who's the boss, Hunt, Valentine and her crew join forces to travel the universe to try to restore the peace, government and unity. And that's where the fun begins.

    With a good cast of supporting characters (the ship's super-hero AI, nicknamed 'Rommie'; Tyr Anasazi, a Nietzschean with lots of subtle layers and delusions of grandeur; an earth-born super-techie, Seamus Harper; a spiritually evolved member of a species that terrorized the known universe [by ripping folks apart, then laying their eggs in people—yikes!], Rev Bem; and an initially purple then sun-golden yellow being with a kittykat tail, Trance Gemini, who may be a Goddess or something.) this show piqued my interest for several seasons and I only fell out of love during the season they made Tyr a completely ridiculous megalomaniac, replete with the "Bwahaha!" laugh. Altogether, a pretty good sci-fi show.
  • Great until the until the 5th Season.

    The show was a great series. Not Star Trek great but it did make waves in the Sci-Fi world.

    The 1st to 4th season was just amazing seires and for all good reasons it should have ended there after season 4, but they keep it going one more season that made this good series look like crap!

    You have to know when to end and series and this one should have ended long ago.
  • I don’t understand what all the hype was about – When it first started it was half decent and got my interest. I watched Andromeda for the sake of doing so – (and because no one would let me change the channel.)

    Some of the characters were memorable and the dialogue wasn’t half bad. However, it was plot wise a very stunted series and I’m surprised it carried on for so long. It seems to have gotten worst in these latter stages and I wonder who comes up with these ideas.

    During the course of the show the ship landed on “Alien” or other worlds and I was shock to see – pine trees and shrubs and snow…sometimes grass. This didn’t in my mind scream “exotic other world”, more than anything I kept thinking of Canada…or Greenland.

    Getting into arguments about this series is a waste of time; it will never be “A Star Trek” or even remotely on that level. Good in its own right but I can’t say it was absolutely fabulous.
  • A great concept. Our hereo is frozen in time, and when he think only minutes have gone by, he's infact 300 years in the future. The world as he knew it is gone, and he's going to restore it.

    Yes, the concept is exelent, and so is the first two seasons of the series. The story is not always easy to follow, but one manages. The caracters are believable and well acted.

    The problems with the rest of the seasons, is that almost every episode takes a new turn, and the episodes will not funktion together. Slightly confused after each episode, I started to lose interest in midseason 3. It seamed like the writers didnt know what direction to move in, and the resault was "all directions at once".

    Even if the quality was somewhat poorer in season 3 and 4, it continued to be watchable. Many things is still unclear to me, like wat was really "the Nebula", "the rout of ages", "The Paradines" and "The Vederans". I don't think that the Andromedas makers managed to explain all of the fenomenas in this universe, and this left me confused.

    The show should have been taken off the air after season 4, while it still had some dignity. Season five was really disapointing in many ways; The space show I was used to from the first 4 seasons was no more. Now, the storry took place on the planets sufaces of sefra 1, 2...9. The storyline was even harder to follow, and from this season I'm still having questions unanswered.

    All in all it was a good attempt at making a great show, and it could have been, but sadly they couldnt make me belive in their green sun.(Green sun= Tolkien reference)
  • This show's about one thing: blowing things up. Though it had imaginative concepts and engaging CGI effects, the show was hamstrung by shabby dialogue, bewildering plots, shallow characters, and an overwhelming preference for destruction over content.

    I want to start off by saying I actually have watched almost every episode of this series, perhaps from boredom, but also from a great hope that it would evolve into something greater. It embarasses me somewhat to say I have watched FIVE SEASONS of this show and yet have given it such a low rating, but... here I am.

    In some ways, it is very refreshing that this show decides from the very outset that depth and intrigue are not its targets -- instead, the show guns for action. Shows often start in the middle of firefights, hordes of Magog or other anonymous alien types reach a horrific body count, spaceships with crews of thousands vaporize in firefights, and every other episode features a slow-motion dive away from a massive explosion. I've always wondered if this carnage were an indirect response to Star Trek's soap opera feel, where firefights were avoided at all costs, and the death of ONE person was a shock and outrage in any given episode.

    Though the spacefights were brilliantly-rendered, spacefights alone cannot carry the plot. The plots were usually so hokey that it was obvious they were only a vessel for more violence. Seeing ships explode in a massive fireball is cool, but what does it mean? Why do we need to watch five minutes of repetetive footage of unexplained aliens being gunned down? Why are the space pirates attacking, other than because they are space pirates?

    In addition, the characters, while all looking different, were dull and uninspired. Attemps to give them motivations (most notably in the fifth series) felt forced and ham-fisted. They often ruined any sort of tension in firefights or crises by delivering witty quips that made the viewer feel they weren't in danger after all (which was true). I suppose in the end, that wasn't the point; rather, it was once again the explosions and flashing laser blasts that took center stage.

    This show had dazzling potential. The classically-inspired Commonwealth was a very interesting concept. Ships with avatars, indeed, celestial bodies with avatars, enriched the universe and made it a very vibrant place. The show featured a creature who lives backwards through time, a giant vessel composed of planets powered by a sun, an artificially-constructed solar system, interdimensional alien threats... you would think with palette this rich, the producers could have come up with a plot that surpassed the numerous "Dylan scores with another chick" episodes. So many great concepts were squandered, usually just blown up like everything else in the show.
  • An interesting concept poorly executed?

    This show was conceptualised by the late Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, it was initially supposed to be the Federation that had fallen into collapse, not "The Commonwealth" and could have been a very interesting series if it had been taken in this direction.

    However, it was decided to be made into a completely new universe with the commonwealth replacing the federation and Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo cast as the captain. The moment you saw that name you realised it would be more action and less thinking and to me that more or less killed the series.

    It had the potential to be so much more, a new generation of Star Trek with amazingly deep and well rounded characters like in The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager!

    Instead we were first treated to a mildly entertaining action fest with one dimensional characters trying to rebuild the commonwealth (by beating up aliens it would seem) and fight off the magog and their ultimate weapon but eventually it just degenerated into something even more mindless at which point I stopped watching.

    It makes me sad to see that a concept with so much potential just turned into this.
  • Andromeda was a great show. I start watching few years ago when I was searching for new shows to watch.

    Andromeda was a great show. I start watching few years ago when I was searching for new shows to watch. I read about it here and it it was a pretty good ideea and it was an original one. First 3 seasons were great, the 4th seasons is pretty good too but I didn't like season 5 at all. It was Andromeda without Andromeda and I didn't quite like it. Another reason I start watching the show was because of the quotes from the begining, then I also start to like the caracters. I didn't like the way they travel through space, the slipstream, It's not quite realistic.
  • An awesome show

    Dylan Hunt, captain of the starship Andromeda, was frozen in time and awoke three centuries later to find the Commonweath had fallen. To fight back the chaos among the stars, Hunt must use the Andromeda to restore the Commonwealth and bring unity to the galaxy once again. He recruits a mercenary, Tyr Anasazi, and the crew of the Eureka Maru: Captain Beka Valentine, Engineer Seamus Harper, Physicist Rev Bem, and Medical Officer Trance Gemini. After discovering the Spirit of the Abyss and its powerful weapon, the Magog Worldship, the need for the Commonwealth is greater than ever. 50 member worlds are finally recruited, and the reconstruction of the Commonwealth is finally truly underway. More and more worlds sign on, contributing their fleets to protect each other.
  • an awesome Sci-Fi show

    I remember when this was on and my dad and I would watch it together. Sci-Fi should bring this show back on the air like they did last year but that was only for like a month and I couldn't watch it because I was so busy. The Commonwealth spanned three galaxies and a myriad of cultures. Dylan Hunt, captain of the starship Andromeda, was frozen in time and awoke three centuries later to find the Commonweath had fallen. To fight back the chaos among the stars, Hunt must use the Andromeda to restore the Commonwealth and bring unity to the galaxy once again. He recruits a mercenary, Tyr Anasazi, and the crew of the Eureka Maru: Captain Beka Valentine, Engineer Seamus Harper, Physicist Rev Bem, and Medical Officer Trance Gemini.
  • My second scifi love...It could never be replaced.

    From the first episode, I was hooked. I love the action, the in depth story lines and the never ending character friction. The most wonderful thing about Andromeda is that each episode has a new and exciting plot that keeps you on your toes. Granted, it is a bit out dated, but the creativity of Gene Roddenberry is neverending. My favorite characters have always been Seamus Harper and Trance Gemini. I think the idea of having an entirly purple character is something original. I don't care if other people don't like this show...It is definatly one of my favorite of all time!
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