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Captain Dylan Hunt - Andromeda

Dylan Hunt from Andromeda played by Kevin Sorbo.

Dylan Hunt is a fictional male Human captain in the Andromeda television series who was played on screen by Kevin Sorbo. Dylan Hunt holds the rank of Captain within the Commonwealth.

Captain Dylan Hunt was born on Tarn-Vedra in the era of the Systems Commonwealth, a powerful alliance of planets spread across three galaxies. When he wakes up from his deep sleep, all he can think of about is to restore the Systems Commonwealth which had been destroyed whilst he was frozen in time.

Battle of Hephaistos

It was a battle between the Andromeda Ascendant and the Nietzschens on the edge of a black hole that had caused Dylan Hunt to go missing for 300 years. During this time, his girlfriend Sara Riley had believed he was dead. In fact, he was just in suspended animation, frozen in time. The Andromeda Ascendant had been betrayed from within by Gaheris Rhade. It wasn't until the Eureka Maru, a scavenger ship that eventually pulled the Ascendant out from the grip of the Black Hole.

During the battle, Dylan ordered the evacuation of his crew leaving just him and a Than pilot behind. The Than was killed by Gaheris Rhade leaving just him as the sole person on board. When he's pulled out of the black hole, he recruits the salvagers to help him.

Dylan and the Nietzeschens

Dylan Hunt's main enemy would be the Spirit of the Abyss, a fiery character that would appear in a group of episodes. The Nietzscheans felt that The Commonwealth betrayed them when they were attacked by the Magog and therefore set out to destroy the Commonwealth in revenge. Dylan Hunt would have a couple of Nietzscheans in his crew, starting with Gaheris Rhade then Tyr Anasazi and then finally Telemachus Rhade.

Dylan would come up against a number of Nietzschean enemies and a few who would become allies. In the episode, Into The Labyrinth, he would meet Charlemagne Bolivar, a Nietzschean who wished to join the new Commonwealth and who was accepted.

Gaheris Rhade

Gaheris was a Nietzeschen who had a score to settle with the Systems Commonwealth because of the lack of support by the Commonwealth against the Magog. When the scavenger party boarded the Andromeda Ascendant, it contained Tyr Anasazi who was also Nietzeschen. Tyr joined the crew along with the other members of the scavenger party, he is loyalty would last until the end of the third series when he would then turn his back on Dylan Hunt and walk away.

Tyr Anasazi

Dylan would encounter Tyr Anasazi again in the fourth series where Dylan would end up killing Tyr. Tyr's character would be replaced with another Nietzeschen, Telemachus Rhade who was a descendant of Gaheris Rhade. Unlike the ancestor, Telemachus would remain loyal to Dylan for the rest of the series.

Telemachus Rhade

When Telemachus and Dylan Hunt meet for the first time, there is a lot of distrust between them. The friendship between the two men improves over time. When the Commonwealth come with an arrest warrant for Telemachus, Dylan has total loyalty to his crew and hide Telemachus from the police.

Waking up after 303 Year Sleep

303 years after the battle of Hephaistos, the crew of the Eureka Marus captained by Rebekah Valentine pulls the Andromeda away from the Black Hole. Pulling the craft away from the black hole unfreezes Dylan Hunt who then kills Gaheris Rhade. One of the people that Dylan recruits is Tyr Anasazi who would later desert him at the end of series 3. Tyr returns in series four for a couple of episodes before being killed off for good.

Tarn-Vedra / Seefra-1

As mentioned above, Dylan Hunt is from the planet Tarn-Vedra which is cut off from the rest of the Universe. Attempts to get back to Tarn-Vedra failed. People from Tarn-Vedra are heavy-worlders who are stronger than normal humans. It would probably be correct to say that Tarn-Vedra is larger than Earth and as such have a stronger gravity field than Earth. To cope with the stronger gravity, the Tarn-Vedrans would therefore be stronger than other humans.

In Harper/Delete episode, Dylan Hunt reveals he is an only child as off the cuff comment whilst trying to bring peace between a brother and sister who are determined to destroy one another to take control of their pride of Nietzscheans.

At the end of the fourth series when the Magog have succeeded in destroying the Arkology space station, Dylan Hunt is persuaded to go through the Route of Ages, a portal. Dylan wakes up after going through the portal on a desolate, Mad-Max style town which is known as Seefra-1. During his explorations, he discovers that the planet is actually Tarn-Vedra, his home planet.

Dylan Hunt, a Paradine

It is revealed by one of the leaders of the Arkology that Dylan Hunt is a Paradine in the two parter The Dissonant Interval at the end of the fourth series. Paradines are evolved Vedrans from Tarn-Vedra who are sentient beings that have the power to step through time and space.

The second person to refer to Dylan as a Paradine is Flavin, a bearded older man who is the first to greet Dylan when Dylan arrives on Seefra. Flavin gives Dylan a small amount of information before leaving and returning again in Attempting Screed to teach Dylan more. Dylan learns that his home, once advanced fell into the state it is now after the fall of the Commonwealth in the same episode.

The first time Dylan Hunt uses his Paradine powers is to get from one of the planets to another as a small battle is breaking out between two groups who want control of a space ship. Dylan had been receiving training from another Paradine just before and during when the two factions were fighting over the space ship.

Doctor Sara Riley

Although Dylan Hunt does seem to be romancing nearly every woman he meets in the series, there is only one woman who he really loves and cares about. Doctor Sara Riley is Dylan's love interest from the past which he thinks about all the time at the start of the adventures.

In The Banks of The Lethe, we see Sara for the first time as she tries to mount a rescue operation to pull the Andromeda Ascendant from the black hole. Sara is unsuccessful but it does alter the Ascendants position to make it easier for the Eureka Marus to pull it out later. Sara Riley is played by Sam Sorbo who is Kevin Sorbo's real-life wife.

Kevin Sorbo

Dylan Hunt is played by Kevin Sorbo through all five series of Andromeda. He is also well known for staring in Hercules - The Legendary Journeys television series in which he played the legendary demi-god Hercules.

Dylan Hunt Facts

Alien RaceHuman
AllegianceThe Commonwealth
SpaceshipAndromeda Ascendant
ActorKevin Sorbo
Last UpdatedSaturday, June 22, 2019

Copyright: Tribune Entertainment

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