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Gaheris and Telemachus Rhade - Andromeda

Telemachus Rhade from Andromeda played by Steve Bacic.

Telemachus Rhade is a fictional male Neitzschean in the Andromeda television series who was played on screen by Steve Bacic. Telemachus Rhade holds the rank of Gaheris (Executive Officer), Telemachus Rhade (Lieutenant Commander) within the Commonwealth.

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.

Telemachus Rhade Romance

Telemachus Rhade had to wait until the last two part episode of the fourth series until he finally found romance. When Andromeda Ascendant comes to a group of people living on board a massive space station that is targeted by the Magog Worldship, Telemachus begins a doomed relationship with a Nietzschean from an once thought of extinct pride. His love interest sadly doesn't survive the Magog onslaught.

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.

At the end of the fourth series, the crew are separated after the attack by the Magog. Telemachus and Dylan are reunited in the first episode of the fifth and final series, Telemachus is a bruiser for Thomas, a religous leader. Telemachus ends up fighting with Dylan in a public house on the orders of Thomas. Telemachus turns back to side with Dylan before Telemachus shoots Dylan making Thomas flee. It is revelaed that the book that Thomas was quoting from is empty.

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.

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.

Gaheris/Telemachus Rhade's Important and Best Episodes

Forced Perspective

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

The Unconquerable Man

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 Tesseract 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 looses.

Soon the Nearing Votex

Telemachus Rhade joins the crew when he is saved when his ship is attacked by Nietzscheans. The Nietzscheans were after the cargo which happened to be Tyr Anasazi. Tyr managed to escape during the attack.

For Tyr escaping, Telemachus becomes a wanted man in the eyes of the Commonwealth. Dylan Hunt shields and hides him on the first request to hand him over. On the seond attempt, Dylan Hunt hands him over. When those who have taken Telemachus into custody turn out to be someone they're not, Dylan and Rommie attempt to rescue him back.

From this moment on, Telemachus is no longer a special guest, Telemachus becomes a member of the crew till the very last episode.

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.

Series 5, Telemachus on Seefra

Series 5 changed everything, the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant was stuck on a planetary system known as Seefra. Dylan Hunt would later identify the planet as being Tarn-Vedran, planet of his birth.

Having been cut off from the rest of the Universe, the slipstreams no longer working, Telemachus has to deal with surviving by getting any work he can. When he first arrives on Seefra, he gets work working for a religious person called Thomas.

One of the tasks that Thomas orders Telemachus to do is kill Dylan Hunt. After a fight, Telemachus falls back into line in the second part of Weight episode. Telemachus turns on Thomas who flees. Dylan discovers that the scriptures that Thomas relied on were actually blank.

When the Telemachus discovers that Beka Valentine is the female progeniter of the Nietzschean race, he vows to protect her and go wherever she is. He is her bodyguard whether she likes it or not.

Telemachus Rhade Facts

RankGaheris (Executive Officer)
Telemachus Rhade (Lieutenant Commander)
Alien RaceNeitzschean
AllegianceThe Commonwealth
SpaceshipAndromeda Ascendant
ActorSteve Bacic
Last UpdatedThursday, November 14, 2019

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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.
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