Although the Andromeda series is credited as being a Gene Roddenberry production, he passed away in 1991. Gene`s wife Majel is the principle producer of the series. The series was designed by Gene before his death however it was only after his death that production actually began on the series.
The premise is that planets of three galaxies have formed the `Systems Commonwealth` to maintain order and security. When a colony of Neitzscheans was attacked by the Magog , the Commonwealth did not provide enough help which resulted in many deaths, the Neitzscheans decided to take revenge and destroy the Commonwealth. During the break-up of the Commonwealth, the star ship Andromeda Ascendant is involved in an incident which renders everyone frozen in time near the event horizon of a black hole.
Centuries after being stuck in time, a salvage crew of the Eureka Maru manage to pull the Andromeda out of the Event Horizon and unfreeze the crew. When the crew of Andromeda regain consciousness, they discover that the galaxies are now in a state of turmoil. The original crew of the Andromeda has either died or was able to escape before it got stuck round the Black Hole. The only people who were left onboard the Andromeda is the Captain Dylan Hunt. He offers the crew of the Eureka to join him which they do. The ship had its own persona known as Rommie and appeared in three forms, on screen, as a hologram and as a robot, all played by the same actress. The human robot form of Rommie was built by Seamus Zelazny Harper after joining. At the end of the fourth series, Lexa Doig, who played Rommie had to leave the series so they blew her up in the last episode. In the next series, Harper had replaced the love of his life with a new android (Doyle) but Rommie would later return.
There were five series in total, with the fifth series being different from the others. Whereas in the first four series, the Andromeda flew from planet to planet sorting out matters of galactic importance, in the fifth, they were stuck on a planet called Seefra. They could not slipstream their way away from the planet. Planets were all connected via a slipstream, a wormhole between planets. Seefra, later to be identified as Tarn-Vedra, where Dylan was born, which had cut itself off from other planets. They reached the planet by going through the Route of Ages when they attempted to escape the `Magog Worldship`. There have been no films produced in connection with the films yet.
As with every series, you need a villan, Andromeda was no exception, its enemies were the Neitzscheans and the Magog World Ship, a series of planetoids connected to one another and controlled by a mysterious energy being known as the Abyss. Although the Neitzscheans were one of the principle enemies, two Nietzscheans were members of the crew (Telemachus Rhade and Tyr Anasazi). In the first series, the crew had a Magog (Rev Bam) who was the crew`s spiritual character. Rev Bams character was written out because the actor who played the Magog developed an allergy to the make-up so couldn`t wear it anymore. Rev would later appear in the odd episode but wouldn`t return to the full time cast.
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