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Gaheris and Telemachus Rhade

Telemachus Rhade from Andromeda played by Steve Bacic.

Telemachus Rhade is a fictional male Neitzschean in the Andromeda television series who was portrayed on screen by Steve Bacic. Telemachus Rhade is a direct descendent of Gaheris Rhade, close friend of Dylan Hunt and Commonwealth commander. Gaheris would betray Dylan in the first episode to help the Nietzscheans, his race to destroy The Commonwealth. Gaheris and Telemachus Rhade are both played by the same actor, Steve Bacic, a Croatian born Canadian actor. Having the same actor implied that descendants looked exactly like their forefathers..

Before Telemachus joined the crew, he is introduced in as Admiral Telemachus Rhade of Tarazed in Home Fires. Telemachus doesn't hide the fact that he is against joining the Commonwealth and when it comes to a referendum on Tarazed, the no's win.

Telemachus is a character from the Ancient Greek story of Homer's Odyssey. The character is the son of the central character Odysseus and Penelope and in the first four books of the story talk about Telemachus search for his father who never returned from the Trojan War. Telemachus is also a name of a character in the television cartoon series Ulysses 31 which is based on Odyssey.

Deja vu Fight

After the incident with Magog swam ships, evidence points to Telemachus having sent those decoys to discredit him. Telemachus does suggest that Dylan led the Magog swarm ships to the planet. Rommie finds out that Telemachus has been framed. When Telemachus and Dylan confront one another on the bridge of the Andromeda Ascendant, its a virtual replay of what happened between Gaheris and Dylan 300 years ago.

When Telemachus and Dylan meet first the first time when introduced by Rekel Ben-Tzion, Telemachus doesn't know about the truth of Gaheris and his betrayal. Telemachus tells of what he knows of Gaheris as being a strong and loyal person. Dylan doesn't disappoint and doesn't reveal the traitorous nature of Gaheris Rhade.

When they fought it out on the bridge of the Andromeda Ascendant, neither of them ended up killing the other. Dylan knew somehow how it would end when Telemachus asked to come and see him in private. Telemachus had ordered marshall law just previously when the Magog was sited.

Gaheris Rhade

Gaheris Rhade was the Nietzschean first officer on board the Andromeda Ascendant three hundred years previous. The Nietzscheans set out breaking up the Commonwealth in revenge for the way the Magog killed thousands of Nietzscheans and the Commonwealth did nothing in their eyes to help. Gaheris tells Dylan Hunt that he did try to warn him but Dylan didn't see.

Gaheris and Dylan Hunt were close, they first encountered each other when they had to undertake a mission on behalf of the Commonwealth to depose a leader on the planet Mobius, chronicled in Forced Perspective. From that point onwards, they were close friends.

In Home Fires, we learn that Dylan had asked Gaheris to his best man which Gaheris agreed to but because of the war, the wedding never happened.

In The Unconquerable Man, we see an alternate timeline to how the series has taken up to now. It imagines how Gaheris succeeded in killing Dylan Hunt. The ensuing result is not how Gaheris had planned everything. The episode speeds through a number of different episodes including facing off against the Magog WorldShip. Dylan exists only as a hologram to give advice over a game.

When Gaheris realises what he has done, he goes back in time with Trance Gemini using Seamus Harper's Tessaract machine to change the past. Gaheris ends up at the Battle of Hephaestos where he kills the other Gaheris so he fights Dylan Hunt and loooses.

Telemachus Rhade in Greek Mythology

The surname Rhade is not part of Grecian Mythology but Telemachus was. Rhade is in fact a municipality in the district of Rotenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The municipality is in the north western area of the country.

Telemachus was a character in Homers Odyssey story. We're talking of Homer, the great story teller of Ancient Greek times and not Homer Simpson. Before Odyssey, there was the Illiad, the story of a Trojan prince Paris who kidnapped Helen for her to be his wife. The kidnapping sparked the Trojan War which would culminate in the Trojan Horse. The Trojan Horse maybe associated with the Illiad but it didn't feature in the story.

The Trojan Horse appeared in Odyssey, the follow up story. The Trojan Horse was a giant wooden horse that the Greeks created to trick the Trojans into thinking it was from the Goddess Athena. The trick worked and the Trojans bought the horse into the city which from there, the Greek Soldiers sprang from and launched their attack.

Telemachus features in the Odyssey as the son of Odysseus and Penelope. Odysseus was a hero of the Trojan Wars. Telemachus searches for news of his father who had not returned from the war. Greek Mythology

Gaheris is of Arthurian mythology. Gaheris was a knight of the Round Table and was the third son of Arthur's sister or half-sister Morgause and her husband Lot, King of Orkney and Lothian. It also makes Gaheris, nephew to King Arthur.

Telemachus Rhade Facts

Alien RaceNeitzschean
AllegianceThe Commonwealth
SpaceshipAndromeda Ascendant
ActorSteve Bacic

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Christian Williams
Telemachus Rhade should really pass for human, besides he's just a clone of Gaheris Rhade, except he has emotions and a conscience and he's hairier and more muscular, making him a monster.
I happen to like this guy very much. He's my favourite character. He's an evolved Nietschean, with conscience and emotions. Remember, he was born on Terazed, a planet where Humans and Nietzscheans coexist. That's why he doesn't despise Humans for being inferior like some other prides (clans). The Terazed Nietzscheans learned to share a planet with Humans, and that's why they are more tolerant, more evolved. Somehow, I think this is the true Nietschean way. Sharing way of life and culture with other races in general.
When I first started watching Andromeda the first ep. and I saw Rhade I was like there's my my favorite character (I do that a lot) and then they went and killed him so i was like Darn it now I have to find a new favorite. But, then as if by miracle he returned. the Neitzscheans are also my favorite race (except for maybe Trance's) just like the Vulcans are off of Star Trek.