Andromeda

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2001X-RayTV-PG
Rescued from a black hole by a salvage ship, Captain Dylan Hunt finds himself 300 years in the future: The universe in chaos and the Commonwealth fallen. He recruits the eclectic crew of the salvage ship to aid him in restoring the Commonwealth, but finds their motives often at odds with his own.
Starring
Kevin SorboLisa RyderGordon Michael Woolvett
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AdventureActionScience Fiction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Under the Night
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    October 2, 2000
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    After being left stranded near a black hole, Capt Dylan Hunt is discovered by a mercenary salvage ship to find he has been frozen in time for 300 years.
  2. 2. An Affirming Flame
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    October 9, 2000
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    Dylan protects the Andromeda from the mercenaries while Beka starts to wonder if they are fighting for the wrong side.
  3. 3. To Loose the Fateful Lightning
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    October 16, 2000
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    Dylan finds a space station full of kids who believe he is there to bring peace by killing their enemies. He is manipulated into unlocking his weapons locker.
  4. 4. D Minus Zero
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    October 23, 2000
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    The crew of Andromeda is still learning how to work together as they are attacked by the Restorers.
  5. 5. Double Helix
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    October 30, 2000
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    The Andromeda gets involved in a feud between a Than planet and a Nietzschean colony. Tyr must choose between his clan or his new family aboard the Andromeda.
  6. 6. Angel Dark, Demon Bright
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    November 6, 2000
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    A slipstream sends the Andromeda back in time to just before the Commonwealth fell. The crew must intervene to preserve history.
  7. 7. The Ties That Blind
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    November 13, 2000
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    Answering a distress call leads the crew to pick up Beka's brother, now a Wayist, and his friend. They are connected to environmentalists trying to prevent space travel.
  8. 8. The Banks of the Lethe
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    November 20, 2000
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    A black hole allows Dylan to communicate with his former fiancee, 300 years in the past. He can't abandon his mission to reform the Commonwealth, but can he bring her into the future?
  9. 9. A Rose in the Ashes
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    November 27, 2000
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    Dylan is imprisoned on a prison planet and must stage an escape as his crew tries to stage their own rescue.
  10. 10. All Great Neptune's Ocean
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    January 15, 2000
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    Castalians board the Andromeda to finalize the charter for the New Commonwealth. When the leader is discovered dead, Tyr is the main suspect.
  11. 11. The Pearls That Were His Eyes
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    January 22, 2001
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    Beka learns that her father's former business partner deals in a highly addictive drug called Flash. The rest of the crew holds a "garage sale" to earn money for new ship parts.
  12. 12. The Mathematics of Tears
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    January 22, 2001
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    Beka learns that her father's former business partner deals in a highly addictive drug called Flash. The rest of the crew holds a "garage sale" to earn money for new ship parts.
  13. 13. Music of a Distant Drum
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    February 5, 2001
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    Tyr crash lands the Eureka Maru on a Nietzschean planet and develops amnesia. He must remember what he is doing before the Nietzscheans discover him and his crate of stolen goods.
  14. 14. Harper 2.0
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    February 12, 2001
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    Harper receives the "gift" of knowledge from a dying Perseid, only to discover that the Perseid was being hunted by a bounty hunter, who has now turned his attention to Harper.
  15. 15. Forced Perspective
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    February 19, 2001
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    Dylan is arrested for assassinating a dictator 300 years ago, by the man he helped install in his place. The new dictator ended up being much, much worse.
  16. 16. The Sum of Its Parts
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    February 26, 2001
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    Andromeda is boarded by a drone from the Consensus of Parts, a mythical mechanical society. While friendly at first, the drone tries to force the ship to join the Consensus.
  17. 17. Fear and Loathing in the Milky Way
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    April 9, 2001
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    Gerentex is back, and demands Trance and Harper help him with his new scheme: finding Tarn-Vedra.
  18. 18. The Devil Take the Hindmost
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    April 16, 2001
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    Dylan and Rev Bem help a peaceful society stand up to their would-be slavers. They have to be careful because if Dylan teaches them to kill, their kids will be born knowing it.
  19. 19. The Honey Offering
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    April 23, 2001
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    Dylan attemps to bring peace to two different Nietzschean prides by escorting the princess of one to her arranged marriage to the prince of the other.
  20. 20. Star-Crossed
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    April 30, 2001
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    Rommie's avatar falls in love with what turns out to be the avatar of a warship named Gabriel. Gabriel attempts to infect Rommie with a virus that broadcasts its plans to the warship.
  21. 21. It Makes a Lovely Light
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    May 7, 2001
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    Beka takes the Andromeda to Tarn-Vedra, but extended time in the slipstream causes side effects. To combat them, Beka starts taking Flash, and soon becomes addicted.
  22. 22. Its Hour Come 'Round at Last
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    May 14, 2001
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    An old memory from the Andromeda is accidentally activated, which sends her on a mission and leaves Dylan and the crew unable to override the command.

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Directors
Allan KroekerBrenton SpencerAllan EastmanMike RohlDavid Warry-SmithDavid WinningAllan HarmonT.J. ScottRichard FlowerGeorge MendelukBrad TurnerMichael Robison
Supporting actors
Laura Bertram
Season year
2001
Network
Lionsgate
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TReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cheesy, tacky, fun, and good family sci-fi
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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.
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JRReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Give it a few episodes it will grow on you.
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Everyone is right about what is wrong with the series especially about the low budget and (very) often times awful extras casting.
BUT
This is a Gene Roddenberry series and it has much of his spirit if not the big budgets or special effects. The ideals and the very human condition that propelled Star Trek are to be found here too as well as some great new concepts and two very interesting characters: the ship's AI and Pan like character called Trance. I assure you that if you liked Star Trek the TV show you will get into this, it just took a while for the cast to get comfortable with their characters and the producers to figure out where to spend the little money they had. The silly aliens stay (mostly) silly, the Yoda like character preaches entirely too much and the extras bad guys remain cast from Gold's gym, yet even with all of that, it is still fun to watch. With luck the other seasons will be on prime.
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Big IVReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Too often criticized. Watch it openly.
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Andromeda is too often panned. This 200x sci-fi show used a beautiful concept, the name of its famous creator, and a so-so actor to propel this budget show into mediocre fan reaction. Some of its criticism has been overly harsh.

Gene Roddenberry's name was added to pull in fans from his famous series. Retrospectively, that was probably a mistake. Leaving his name off would have silenced many comparisons. However, I like a series dealing with the less than perfect Utopia of Star Trek--it is after all why I like Deep Space Nine and Firefly. Ignoring Roddenberry's name is probably best. Notes on napkins provided some inspiration but probably not a lot of substantial direction despite the involvement of Majal Roddenberry.

The show did lack the production values of Gene Roddenberry's other inspirational successors Deep Space Nine and Next Generation, however the simple costumes and beautiful ship looked far better than the original Trek series. It is odd when space helmets are easily noticeable as motorcycle helmets. That is a true criticism but it is overplayed. This show is more than its costumes and uneven creature effects.

The stories are good in the first season. They are not completely repetitive or predictable. They break out of pure formulaic expectations. I've seen too many criticisms of what should be the show's strengths--and probably would be if fans weren't sucked in looking for another set of Star Dates and Captains Logs.

Andromeda does discuss fascism, racism, ethics, and philosophy well in a high concept sci-fi setting. While the episodes can only sporadically feel like wild rides, or emotional, they nearly all deal with large philosophical issues without being preachy.

Season 1 ends on a nice cliff hanger.
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Karen GReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really enjoying this.
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I am so happy to see this available on Amazon Prime. Back in the day I watched every single episode and loved it. I am currently binge watching it and hoping that Amazon is going to come up with seasons 3 - 5 soon. For those that think this is "cheesy" and "bad" science fiction, you must be oh so very young. You must be people that can't enjoy a movie from the 40's, or a science fiction book from the 50's, or a spaghetti western. Just because something does not meet modern standards does not mean it is diminished.
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Kristen S.Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
For its time the show delivered a fun mix of campy humor
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As a lifelong Star Trek fan I am thrilled that Amazon has added the first season of Andromeda. For its time the show delivered a fun mix of campy humor, action and it's fun to watch Lexa and the rest in some of their earliest roles.
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Patrick MobleyReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Always loved this show. I hope to see the rest of the seasons soon! :)
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Aurora F. RawlinsonReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great show from the past.
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This is a great blast from the past, as someone once put it when I was as a teenager, "My mom says it's like Hercules in space." Totally awesome... Amazon just needs to get all the seasons.
12 people found this helpful
Duchess of DreamsReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Campy Space Opera
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It's space opera people. It's not supposed to be believable. While not as fabulous as Firefly or Farscape or Babylon 5, it's worth watching for the man-candy alone. I like to watch it while knitting. The storylines are good enough and the ensemble is fun and the concepts are ok too. I like to see if someone says 'bring it' in every episode. (not all but nearly an ubiquitous line.) I was certain that when I started watching after Christmas 2017 that all five seasons were available on prime but now just two seasons. What's up with that?
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