For those who have already seen this show, I'm going to start by reviewing the quality of the Amazon Video release, though a synopsis of the story follows for those who may be seeing Andromeda for the first time.
The Amazon Video release appears to be based off of the Blu-ray, so video quality is fairly good. Most of the CGI effects were rendered in SD and it shows, though some of them may have seen some remastering or at least decent quality upscaling of the rendered footage. Audio quality is about the same, superior to SD with a few effects that aren't quite up to today's 7.1 Full HD standards. The show was a low budget production and still lacks the wide audience to justify a high dollar remaster, so while it's a significant improvement in quality over the original broadcast and even the DVD, you're still only getting upscaled CGI and stereo sound.
Overall, it's a good release, on par with the Blu-ray release and a good way to enjoy this show.
For those who haven't watched Andromeda yet and who may be introduced to it because it's on PRIME, here's a brief overview.
Captain Dylan Hunt is the captain of a futuristic space ship, the Andromeda Ascendant, in a time where several galaxies are united by a single Systems Commonwealth government. Society is generally peaceful but somewhat stagnant. However, in a dramatic series of events the Andromeda becomes trapped in orbit near the event horizon of a black hole with only her captain still aboard. 300 years later, a salvage crew pulls the Andromeda free.
Due to time dilation effects, Captain Hunt is still alive and only beginning to realize how much time has passed. The Commonwealth has fallen and intergalactic society has collapsed into independent worlds vying amidst growing chaos. Like all good Roddenberry captains, Hunt is idealistic and sets out to unite these disparate worlds and rebuild the Commonwealth.
The story, acting, and writing are all on the cheesy side, a bit like Star Trek: TOS. The characters are interesting, but mostly static. There isn't a lot of philosophical examination and the plots are rather flat, but it's a good family friendly science fiction show that is easy to enjoy. Younger audiences especially are apt to enjoy it. Yes, it's tacky and low budget "B movie" grade, but that's part of its charm. The show is fairly episodic in that each episode is a self-contained subplot without the dramatic cliffhangers some audiences have come to expect; however the overarching story progresses rapidly so I advise watching episodes in order.
The story does degrade as the series progresses, as some of the writers moved on to other projects and fresh ideas were not forthcoming; the show lacked the budget to attract the best writers of the day. The series was adapted from Gene Roddenberry's notes but created after his death so it lacks his personal touch that made Star Trek so iconic. Science fiction fans will notice some stylistic similarity with other early 2000s sci-fi, such as Stargate SG-1, but Andromeda also carries with it a unique charm of its own. While most viewers are not likely to agree, I'm rating it 5 stars, partly for nostalgia and partly for being a good sci-fi show that you can enjoy with the whole family which makes it a rare gem today.