Andromeda (TV series)

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Andromeda
Andromeda title card.jpg
Created byGene Roddenberry
Developed byRobert Hewitt Wolfe
StarringKevin Sorbo
Lisa Ryder
Keith Hamilton Cobb
Lexa Doig
Laura Bertram
Gordon Michael Woolvett
Brent Stait
Steve Bacic
Brandy Ledford
Composer(s)Alex Lifeson
Matthew McCauley
Country of originCanada
United States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes110 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Tribune Entertainment
MBR Productions, Inc.
Fireworks Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelGlobal
Sci-Fi Channel
Original runOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02) – May 13, 2005 (2005-05-13)
 
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Andromeda
Andromeda title card.jpg
Created byGene Roddenberry
Developed byRobert Hewitt Wolfe
StarringKevin Sorbo
Lisa Ryder
Keith Hamilton Cobb
Lexa Doig
Laura Bertram
Gordon Michael Woolvett
Brent Stait
Steve Bacic
Brandy Ledford
Composer(s)Alex Lifeson
Matthew McCauley
Country of originCanada
United States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes110 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Tribune Entertainment
MBR Productions, Inc.
Fireworks Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelGlobal
Sci-Fi Channel
Original runOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02) – May 13, 2005 (2005-05-13)

Andromeda (formally titled Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda) is 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 Barrett.[1] 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.[2][3] It was picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel in the U.S. halfway through season four.[3] 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 used for the hero of two TV movie pilots Roddenberry had produced in the mid-1970s, Genesis II and Planet Earth, which had a similar premise. The other series posthumously created from Roddenberry's notes is Earth: Final Conflict.

Plot and production[edit]

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 in three galaxies; The Milky Way, Triangulum Galaxy, and the Andromeda Galaxy, located 2.7 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy. 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 are 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 German 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 Nietzschean 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 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, 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 mercenaries, of which he is the only one to be left on board after the opening episodes. Tyr's propensity for self-preservation leads him to also join Dylan's crew until better opportunities arise.

Cast[edit]

Season One cast

Andromeda universe[edit]

Slipstream[edit]

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.

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.

A function of slipstream is that apparent objective velocities are extremely variable, as it enables travel across millions of lightyears seemingly as swiftly as traveling between neighboring stars only tens of lightyears 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.

Systems Commonwealth[edit]

Main article: Systems 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 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[edit]

Major races[edit]

Other races[edit]

Organizations[edit]

Home media[edit]

ADV Films released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 between 2003-2006. On October 3, 2006, they released a complete series DVD box set known as Andromeda: The Slipstream Collection.

Alliance Home Entertainment has released all five seasons on DVD in Canada only.

In Region 2, Revelation Films has released the first four seasons on DVD in the UK.[4][5][6][7] The fifth and final season will be released on November 24, 2014.[8]

On January 26, 2015, Revelation Films will release a complete series set on DVD in the UK.[9]

In Region 4, Beyond Home Entertainment has released all 5 seasons on DVD in Australia. In 2007/2008 they re-released all 5 seasons in new collector's editions that featured new packaging and all episodes were digitally re-mastered in wide screen format.[10]

A region B blu-ray release of series one will be released on June 24, 2013 in the UK, with the next two series following by the end of the year.[11]

Awards[edit]

Andromeda was nominated for awards five organizational events spanning the years 2001 to 2006. It was nominated for six Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA awards, five Chicago International Film Festival awards, eight Gemini Awards, fifteen Leo Awards, and five WorldFest Houston awards. The show won 18 awards, of the total 39 nominations.

Awards
YearAwardsCategoryNomineeEpisodeResult
2001Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Syndicated/Cable Television SeriesAndromeda[12]Nominated
2001Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actor on TelevisionKevin SorboNominated
2001Gemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesLisa RyderNominated
2001Gemini AwardsBest Visual EffectsBruce MacDougall, James Kawano, Geoff Anderson, Tom Tennisco, Joe Farrell, Jim Finn, Darren Marcoux, Roberto BiagiNominated
2001Leo AwardsBest Musical Score of a Dramatic SeriesJefMatthew McCauleyMusic Of A Distant DrumWon
2001Leo AwardsBest Visual Effects in a Dramatic SeriesTodd LiddiardWon
2001Leo AwardsBest Visual Effects of Dramatic SeriesJim Finn, Roberto Biagi, Tom Tennisco, Geoff Anderson, Jamie Kawano, Paul Cox, Joe Farrell, Peter Mastalyr, Bruce MacDougall, Mladen Miholjcic, Noel Wright, Jean-Paul LedouxMathematics of TearsWon
2001Leo AwardsBest Picture Editing of Dramatic SeriesGordon RempelAngel Dark, Demon BrightNominated
2001Leo AwardsEditing, Dramatic SeriesEric HillMusic of a Distant DrumWon
2001WorldFest HoustonTelevision and Cable Production - Directing - TelevisionDavid WinningAttempting ScreedWon
2002Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Syndicated/Cable Television SeriesAndromedaNominated
2002Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actress on TelevisionLexa DoigNominated
2002Gemini AwardsBest Achievement in Make-UpRyan Nicholson, Francesca von ZimmermannWon
2002Gemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic SeriesKristin LehmanNominated
2002Gemini AwardsBest Photography in a Dramatic Program or SeriesGordon VerheulNominated
2002Gemini AwardsBest Visual EffectsGeoff Anderson, Jim Finn, Roberto Biagi, Tom TenniscoNominated
2002Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Visual EffectsJim FinnIt's Hour Come Round At LastNominated
2002WorldFest HoustonTelevision and Cable Production - Directing - TelevisionDavid WinningDouble or NothingnessWon
2002WorldFest HoustonTelevision and Cable Production - Directing - TelevisionDavid WinningMachinery of The MindWon
2003Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Syndicated/Cable Television SeriesAndromedaNominated
2003Chicago International Film Festival awardsSpecial Achievement in DirectionDavid WinningA Heart for Falsehood FramedWon
2003Gemini AwardsBest Achievement in Make-UpRyan Nicholson, Francesca von ZimmermannNominated
2003Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Visual EffectsJim Finn, Paul Cox, Todd Liddiard, Peter Mastalyr, Robert ApplebyThe Tunnel at the End of the LightWon
2003Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Supporting Performance - FemaleLaura BertramThe Dark BackwardNominated
2004Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Syndicated/Cable Television SeriesAndromedaNominated
2004Chicago International Film Festival awardsBest Dramatic SeriesDavid WinningDouble or NothingnessWon
2004Chicago International Film Festival awardsBest Dramatic SeriesDavid WinningMachinery of The MindWon
2004Chicago International Film Festival awardsSpecial Achievement in DirectionDavid WinningDouble or NothingnessWon
2004Gemini AwardsBest Visual EffectsBruce Turner, Peter Hunt, Simon Lacey, Grant LindsayA Symmetry of ImperfectionWon
2004WorldFest HoustonTelevision and Cable Production - TV Series-DramaticDavid WinningA Heart For Falsehood FrameWon
2005Chicago International Film Festival awardsSpecial Achievement in DirectionDavid WinningDouble or NothingnessWon
2005Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Make-UpFrancesca von ZimmermannMoonlight Becomes YouNominated
2005Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Overall SoundJeff Jackman, Michael Thomas, Roger Morris, Gordon AndersonDissonant IntervalNominated
2005Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Sound EditingJeff Jackman, Chester Biolowas, Roger MorrisDissonant IntervalNominated
2005Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Visual EffectsBruce Turner, Simon Lacey, Lindsay Grant, Ben Funk, Nick MichaeleskiDissonant IntervalNominated
2005Leo AwardsDramatic Series: Best Visual EffectsBruce Turner, Simon Lacey, Lindsay Grant, Ben Funk, Nick MichaeleskiThrough a Glass DarklyNominated
2005WorldFest HoustonTelevision and Cable Production - TV Series-DramaticDavid WinningThe Banks of The LetheWon
2006Leo AwardsBest Sound Editing in a Dramatic SeriesJeff Jackman, Chester Biolowas, Rick Senechal, Ian Mackie, Don HarrisonWon
2006Leo AwardsBest Overall Sound in a Dramatic SeriesPaul Michael Thomas, Ken Biehl, Jeff Jackman, Gordon AndersonNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lipper, Don (2000-11-01). "The Great Hen of the Galaxy Speaks". Space.com. Archived from the original on 2005-05-24. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2000" (PDF). CanWest Global Communications Corp. 2000. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Science Fiction/Fantasy/Etc. TV Episode Titles For 2000/2001 season". SFTV.org. 2000-09-30. Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 
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  10. ^ "EzyDVD - Australia's first and largest online DVD and Blu-ray store". Ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Andromeda (2000) - Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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