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Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Season 1
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Captain Hunt and the crew of the Starship Andromeda set out on a mission to rebuild the Systems Commonwealth 300 years after its fall.
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From the first few moments I knew this show would be enjoyable. The production values are pretty magnificent. The CG battles are easily on par with feature films. The makeup could use a lot of work, but the sets are pretty solid. The characters are definitely unique. My favorite being Tyr (Anasazi, out of Victoria by Barbarossa) the Nietzschean mercenary and perfect foil to Kevin Sorbo's Dylan Hunt. The plot seems to meander quite a bit in this first season, with more filler than I like, but when it works it works spectacularly. The season finale is some seriously tense television.
Overall I love this show, dispite its flaws. It seems to think it has the epic scope of Farscape, DS9, or Babylon 5. And at times it reaches those heights, but not consistently. At its heart it is a character driven action show, and on that score it delivers by the boatloads. If you're a sci-fi nut like myself you'll find little not to like. Personally I see it as both contemporary and companion to the show Farscape.
As with all ADV products I've run across, the sound and picture quality are magnificent. That's never the problem. The box set is pretty dry on the extras I like to see, namely interviews and behind the scenes footage, both with the cast and the writers. Though there is a lot of info on the background on the world, I'll give them that. Again, as with other ADV box sets (*cough* Farscape *cough) you're truly better off waiting for the box than buying each "collection" individually. Unlike the FS boxes however, you can buy this and still afford food that month.
Overall: The show got better in the 2nd season, and it could use more interesting extras, but its still a great and underrated show.
Other than that, its a great show-so great in fact, that the occasional science inaccuracies don't seem so bad.
The First Season DVD is a keeper. It has pretty good special features; the timeline of the Systems Commonwealth adds a nice bit of background history, as do the Argosy/High Guard ship specs. My only complaint is that the ship specs should feature blueprints of the ships along with the specs. Still, I s'pose that's a minor complaint. The print for the ship specs and actor/character bios are very small and difficult to read. But I can live with that. I like the commentaries and actor/producer interviews as well.
The second season "Andromeda" DVD graphics and features are a bit slicker and more sophisticated than those of season one, still, though season one's very much worth owning if you're a fan.
All-in-all, a worthy addition to the Roddenberry corpus of fine sci-fi shows.Read more ›
Anyway, his original crew is evacuated from their super deluxe starship just before the captain is alone stuck on the edge of a black hole. He's rescued 300 years later by the crew of a salvage ship - in like the year 10,000 something. They eventually all form a ragtag group of beings, from wildly different backgrounds, trying to restart the "Commonwealth" - an alliance of over one million worlds (that broke down while the captain was in his 300 year 'sleep').
I LOVE the bigness of everything in this series. The ships are supposedly many times larger than ships in other series, close-range combat is like a 100,000,000 kilometers (or so many light seconds) and they have bombs that can explode the suns of solar systems and take out many planets at once. When they have battles, it's typical for billions to be killed and, when they face the home base of the dreaded Magog (in the ending cliffhanger), it's claimed that there are "trillions of them" waiting - to eat us.
And there's LOTS of cool space battles without so many episodes where characters are overly "flushed out" (Star Trek: DS9 - ahem). I say go ahead and keep the characters mysterious until we're just dying to know their back stories (like what's the deal with the purple girl), and give us our action straight up - at least, at first - and save the sentimental stuff for later. This show has a lovely dark flavor that I'd like to see preserved.
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Love all of Gene Roddenberry's Work - and this (to me) was more my idea of how advanced civilizations would co-mingle.Published on Feb. 3 2014 by Thomas Roberts
I have always wanted this series for my collection The storyline is original and classic good versus evil never wears out. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2013 by Rosemary Gale
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