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(formally titled Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda) was 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. It starred Kevin Sorbo as High Guard Captain Dylan Hunt. The
series premiered on October 2, 2000, and ended on May 13, 2005.
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. It was
picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel in the U.S. halfway through season
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.
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.
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.
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 "‹bermensch"
by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
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.
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.
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.
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
|The All Systems
Commonwealth or simply the Systems Commonwealth is a
fictional intergalactic government from Gene Roddenberry's
science fiction TV series Andromeda. It was born out of
the Vedran Empire. The Vedrans, originating from Tarn-Vedra,
which was their homeworld and the capital of their empire, were
the first known race to discover the Slipstream, the only known
way to travel faster-than-light. They built their empire by
traveling to the different star systems and conquering the
inhabited and colonizing the uninhabited worlds. The
Commonwealth was a democratic federation of planets, drifts
(space stations or orbital habitats), and systems. Depending on
where you look, the Commonwealth (and its preceding Empire) was
spread across Three Galaxies (referred in the fourth season of
the show simply as "Tri-Galaxies") or Six Galaxies. It
lasted for about 5500 years, starting with a time of political
reform and ending with a violent civil war started by the
Nietzscheans and subsequent invasion by the terrifying Magog.
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