List of Andromeda episodes
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The 100th episode (#512, Pride Before the Fall) contains 108 seconds of outtakes (many intentional) at the end as a "thank you" to the viewers.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||22||October 2, 2000||May 14, 2001||Syndicated|
|2||22||October 1, 2001||May 18, 2002|
|3||22||September 21, 2002||May 12, 2003|
|4||22||September 29, 2003||May 17, 2004|
|5||22||September 24, 2004||May 13, 2005||Sci-Fi|
Season 1 (2000–01)
The long night has come. The Systems Commonwealth, the greatest civilization in history, has fallen. But now, one ship, one crew have vowed to drive back the night and rekindle the light of civilization. On the starship Andromeda, hope lives again.
Season one of the series shows Dylan Hunt assembling the crew and adjusting to the new universe, while pursuing the creation of the New Systems Commonwealth.
The idea of the new Commonwealth proves unpopular; only 6 worlds actually sign the Commonwealth charter in this season. Major powers like the Than Hegemony or the Nietzschean Sabra and Jaguar prides are not really interested in the new Commonwealth; Dylan also manages to make quite a few enemies himself (including the most powerful of all Nietzschean Prides, Drago-Kazov).
Dylan also encounters several dysfunctional remnants of the old High Guard and witnesses the consequences of some of his own actions 300 years before. He realizes that the old Commonwealth had made some mistakes, the repetition of which he has to avoid.
The unification of Andromeda's crew is a major theme of season one. Dylan's new crew does not really believe in the idea of the Commonwealth, and joins him only for personal gain. To their surprise they find that having something to fight for is not a bad thing. In the season finale, Beka, Dylan's First Officer, even promises to continue his mission if he dies.
Initially Trance seems to be a ditzy, naive girl, warm and compassionate but serving little actual purpose on the ship. She quickly demonstrates she is more than she seems. Trance has a strong ability to gauge probabilities in the fabric of space-time, which seems to others as if she could see the future. She describes it as seeing "all possible futures". She uses this ability several times to help her friends, but her true goals remain unknown. The show hints that she engineered the Battle of Witchhead, where the last remains of the old Commonwealth fleet were destroyed, taking most of the Nietzschean forces with them, by "accidentally" sending the Andromeda back in time and pulling various members of the crew by the right strings.
Dylan himself has a difficult time accepting the fact that the universe he lived in no longer exists and all his friends are long dead. In a bizarre accident he actually manages to contact his fiancée, Sara Riley, 300 years before and even to teleport onto her ship – but returns alone, deciding the new Commonwealth is more important than his own life.
In the season finale Andromeda encounters the Magog World ship, a huge structure of twenty connected planets and an artificial sun. The World ship contains trillions of Magog and is equipped with a powerful weapon – a point singularity projector, which creates miniature black holes. Andromeda is heavily damaged; Tyr and Harper are abducted to the World ship. Trying to rescue them, Rev Bem follows them to the World ship. The rest of the crew are badly injured.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Under the Night"||Allan Kroeker||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||October 2, 2000||103|
|Capt. Dylan Hunt is betrayed by his 1st officer when the Nietzschean prides betray the Systems Commonwealth. Stranded in his ship, the Andromeda Ascendant, near the event horizon of a black hole, Dylan is frozen in time for 300 years, until a mercenary salvage crew tries to claim the ancient ship for themselves. After a civil war leaves the universe in ruins, the last starship captain, Dylan Hunt, and a group of mercenaries set out to restore peace and order to the Commonwealth.|
|2||2||"An Affirming Flame"||Brenton Spencer||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||October 9, 2000||104|
|Dylan must protect the Andromeda from the mercenary crew as it is tugged away from the black hole's time-distorting gravity, while Beka and her friends on the Eureka Maru discover they may be fighting for the wrong person.|
|3||3||"To Loose the Fateful Lightning"||Brenton Spencer||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||October 16, 2000||102|
|Dylan is manipulated into unlocking powerful weapons stores when the Andromeda discovers a Commonwealth space station populated by children who believe that he is the legendary "High Guard" who has come to bring peace by destroying their enemies. A group of child warriors bent on causing the destruction of solar systems is discovered on a Guard Station outside of the Dyhedra system.|
|4||4||"D Minus Zero"||Allan Eastman||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||October 23, 2000||101|
|Dylan and the crew of the Andromeda face off against an unknown enemy when they discover a ship's recorder, forcing Dylan to deal with the tensions between him and his new crew.|
|5||5||"Double Helix"||Mike Rohl||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||October 30, 2000||106|
|The Andromeda finds a Nietzschean colony conducting pirate raids on a nearby Than planet. Dylan hopes that saving the Than will win support for his cause, but Tyr's loyalties are divided when the colony presents him with the opportunity to have a mate and a home if he gives them the Andromeda.|
|6||6||"Angel Dark, Demon Bright"||Allan Eastman||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||November 6, 2000||108|
|When a slipstream error throws the Andromeda back in time to the climactic battle of Nietzschean-Commonwealth war, Dylan and his crew must not only decide whether or not to interfere, but which side to interfere on. Ultimately, it is discovered that the Nietzscheans arrived at the Witchhead Nebula with 1,500 ships, three times more than was said to have been in the battle. The crew realize that their intervention is necessary to preserve history, and Dylan devises a strategy to destroy two-thirds of the massive fleet. When this plan succeeds, Tyr reveals that he knew the truth about the fleet size discrepancy all along—from a Nietzschean legend in which Andromeda's actions were attributed to "the Angel of Death"—but that no one at the time knew what really happened. With history back on track, Andromeda returns to her own time.|
|7||7||"The Ties That Blind"||David Warry-Smith||Story by : Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz|
Teleplay by : Ethlie Ann Vare
|November 13, 2000||107|
|Beka's brother and his friend come aboard, with her brother claiming to have converted to Wayism. However, it soon becomes clear that they have an agenda of their own, connected to the 'Restors', a group of environmentalists attempting to prevent all space travel.|
|8||8||"The Banks of the Lethe"||David Winning||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||November 20, 2000||109|
|Dylan discovers a way to communicate through a black hole with his former fiancee, on a ship sent to rescue the Andromeda in the past, but when faced with a possible reunion by transporting through time, he must decide whether to leave the future behind and abandon his mission to reform the Commonwealth. Resolving to time-travel back to the rescue ship, then return to the future with his lover, Dylan finds himself on the bridge of the Starry Wisdom just in time for a Nietzschean attack. The crew of the Wisdom trick their attackers into thinking the Andromeda is fully functional by nudging its orbit around the black hole, as Dylan sends a gravity-warped transmission threatening attack. The ruse works and the Nietzscheans leave, but Harper informs everyone that he can only lock on to Dylan to bring back. Dylan says goodbye and returns to his own time. Upon his return, he learns that while the efforts to alter Andromeda's destiny failed to free him in the past, the "nudges" made it possible for the Eureka Maru to save him in the present, so Sarah saved him after all. Guest stars Sam Jenkins, Kevin Sorbo's real life wife, as Dr. Sara Riley, Captain Dylan Hunt's lost love.|
|9||9||"A Rose in the Ashes"||David Warry-Smith||Ethlie Ann Vare||November 27, 2000||105|
|Dylan and Andromeda are imprisoned on a penal colony where no one is allowed out; even the inmates' children are forced to remain. As the ship's avatar's power source runs low, Dylan looks to an intelligent woman to help them escape. Meanwhile, with the help of Trance, the crew tracks down Dylan and Rommie's location, but discover the colony's defenses would easily destroy the Eureka Maru. Dylan stages an uprising against the android warden of the prison and tries to shut down the defenses so that the Maru can rescue him, but is no match for the brutal warden. Rommie, knowing Dylan is in trouble, is able to use an improvised power source to recharge herself and destroys the warden, but runs out of power before she can do anything else. Dylan manages to shut down the defenses in time and the Maru safely rescues him and Rommie, but Dylan is left perplexed at how Trance randomly picked the right prison planet.|
|10||10||"All Great Neptune's Ocean"||Allan Harmon||Walter Jon Williams||January 15, 2001||110|
|Castalians come aboard to finalize the charter of the New Commonwealth, but, when their leader dies, Tyr becomes the prime suspect due to the leader having destroyed a Nietzschean ship during an old war.|
|11||11||"The Pearls That Were His Eyes"||David Winning||Ethlie Ann Vare||January 22, 2001||111|
|Beka and Trance search for Beka's father's former business partner and discover he is the leader of a large company dealing in a highly addictive drug called 'Flash'; meanwhile, the rest of the crew organize a 'garage sale' to gather money for new parts.|
|12||12||"The Mathematics of Tears"||T.J. Scott||Story by : Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz|
Teleplay by : Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer
|January 29, 2001||112|
|The Andromeda discovers her sister ship, the Pax Magellanic, with a skeleton crew who have not aged a day in 300 years, only for Andromeda to struggle with the ship's demented AI as the crew tries to piece together the mystery of what happened to the ship's slipstream drive and what caused the crew's immortality. Eventually the mysteries are solved and the Pax is destroyed. Rommie sheds a tear for her sister's ultimate fate.|
|13||13||"Music of a Distant Drum"||Allan Kroeker||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||February 5, 2001||115|
|With the Eureka Maru having been infected by attack-nanobots that disrupt electrical systems, Tyr crashlands it on a Nietzschean controlled planet. His memories lost and the Maru damaged, Tyr must try to remember his past before the ruling Nietzschean pride discover him and the crate he was transporting.|
|14||14||"Harper 2.0"||Richard Flower||John Whelpley||February 12, 2001||113|
|Harper becomes a genius when a Perseid "downloads" immense amounts of knowledge into his brain, and becomes the target of a bounty hunter with advanced technology. Dylan and his crew discover information on the Magog.|
|15||15||"Forced Perspective"||George Mendeluk||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||February 19, 2001||114|
|While picking up parts for Andromeda, Dylan Hunt is arrested on charges for assassinating a planetary dictator three hundred years ago, by one of the men who participated in the assassination, leaving Trance to rescue him and solve the mystery of how the man survived for three centuries. It is eventually revealed that the dictator was killed in self-defense by Gharis Rhade, but the man set to replace him became as bad as he was and survived through cloning. When Dylan and Trance confront the man, Trance offers a peaceful solution: to abdicate power and include the rebels in the new government that forms so that everyone has a voice. The man, who had never wanted to become a tyrant, agrees.|
|16||16||"The Sum of Its Parts"||David Winning||Story by : Celeste Chan Wolfe|
Teleplay by : Steven Barnes
|February 26, 2001||118|
|The crew is contacted by a drone from the Consensus of Parts, a race of sentient machines who live in the space between galaxies. It claims to have been sent to make contact with them, but the drone proceeds to take over Andromeda in an attempt to escape his destruction. Through the drone, its 'master' tries to force Rommie to join the Consensus.|
|17||17||"Fear and Loathing in the Milky Way"||David Warry-Smith||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||April 9, 2001||120|
|Gerentex kidnaps Trance and Harper and forces them to assist in his quest for power, as he claims to have discovered the location of a map to the lost Commonwealth capital Tarn-Vedra.|
|18||18||"The Devil Take the Hindmost"||Allan Eastman||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||April 16, 2001||116|
|While the rest of the crew of the Andromeda aid in relief efforts for a Than colony, Dylan and Rev Bem go to the aid of one of Rev Bem's friends. They initially intend to help a peaceful people protect themselves against slavers, but matters become complicated when it is revealed they possess a perfect genetic memory. If Dylan teaches them to kill, their descendants will always remember how to take a life.|
|19||19||"The Honey Offering"||Brad Turner||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||April 23, 2001||121|
|Dylan tries to bring peace to two warring Nietzschean prides by escorting a princess of one to an arranged marriage with the other, but when Dylan and the princess are forced to escape in the Eureka Maru while Andromeda lures away a fleet, he realizes that things aren't as they seem.|
|20||20||"Star-Crossed"||David Warry-Smith||Ethlie Ann Vare||April 30, 2001||117|
|Rommie falls in love with an android who was rescued from a destroyed ship, but she is betrayed when it is revealed that he is the avatar "Gabriel" of the warship, the Balance of Judgement, whose AI has gone insane over the years. The AI is the leader and founder of the Restor faction, and Gabriel, under its control, infects Rommie with a virus so she will broadcast the crew's plans to the Judgement. However, Dylan and the crew use Rommie to draw the heavy cruiser into a trap, distracting it by leaving Gabriel and Rommie alone aboard Andromeda and then deploying missiles along its trajectory from the Eureka Maru using only basic inertia. As his ship breaks apart, Gabriel is briefly freed from its control, but Rommie is forced to destroy him after discovering that the Judgement AI managed to transfer a backup copy of itself into him.|
|21||21||"It Makes a Lovely Light"||Michael Robison||Ethlie Ann Vare||May 7, 2001||119|
|Beka attempts to pilot the Andromeda to Tarn-Vedra, the old capital of the Commonwealth which was cut off from the slipstream in the war. The stress of prolonged slipstream navigation causes her to become stressed and exhausted, but she seems addicted to the idea of succeeding. In desperation, she starts taking the psycho-stimulant drug 'Flash', but she succumbs to its effects and nearly dies from an overdose before Dylan and Harper can stop her.|
|22||22||"Its Hour Come 'Round at Last"||Allan Eastman||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||May 14, 2001||122|
|Harper accidentally activates a hidden personality stored away in Andromeda's system, causing her to forget the events of the past few years and re-enact a top secret mission. Since the mission pre-dates Dylan's assignment to Andromeda 300 years ago, he and the crew are powerless to stop the ship. While executing this mission, Andromeda becomes overrun by Magog.|
Season 2 (2001–02)
He is the last guardian of a fallen civilization, a hero from another time. Faced with a universe in chaos, Dylan Hunt recruits an unlikely crew and sets out to reunite the galaxies. On the starship Andromeda, hope lives again.
Season two begins with the crew of Andromeda in a seemingly hopeless situation. Dylan and Trance are revived by Beka, and Dylan goes to the Magog World ship with Rommie (the android avatar of Andromeda's AI) to recover Tyr, Harper and Rev. Harper is infested with Magog eggs, and Rev's loyalty is strained when he encounters the being the Magog call the Spirit of the Abyss. They believe it to be their creator and god. Although Dylan and Rommie rescue Tyr and Harper, Andromeda is badly damaged, Rev has a spiritual crisis, and there seems to be no possible way to extract the Magog larvae from Harper. A powerful drug will keep them dormant for a time, but it only delays the inevitable.
The season shows the crew reacting to the sudden necessity of the New Commonwealth after the discovery of the Worldship (which will arrive at the Known Worlds in a few years), as they continue to make sure the dream comes true. Many worlds became more willing to sign the charter after learning of the Worldship. Dylan becomes more ruthless in his actions as well.
The episode "Ouroboros" (2:12) in the middle of this season became a major turning point for the whole series. "Ouroboros" was the last episode written solely by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, the show's original developer and head writer, though he returned a few episodes later to finish the writing job on "Dance of the Mayflies". The producers allegedly felt that the series was becoming too intellectual and complicated (see departure from the show). One immediately visible change was Trance's transformation. She exchanged places with her own future version; New Trance had a different (golden-skinned) appearance and much more serious personality.
Behind the scenes, Brent Stait (Rev Bem) also left Andromeda in "Ouroboros" due to exhaustion. He clarified in an interview "I was chemically burned once but that was not due to allergy. The suit was combination of Yak hair and synthetic, I believe, and it was very very hot. The Latex was thick, covered my head and neck completely and the days on set were very long... I just woke up one morning and that was it. I couldn't put that suit on again. I was physically spent." He reprises his role twice later, in seasons three and four. Ethlie Ann Vare, another writer, rounds out the list of people who departed the show in this season.
In the second half of season two, restoration of the Systems Commonwealth becomes a much less significant theme. The show mostly concentrated on Star Trek-style standalone adventures. However, by the end of the season, the new Commonwealth had gained a new powerful war fleet and a total of fifty worlds. This period also saw Kevin Sorbo reunited with his Hercules co-star Michael Hurst for one episode.
Andromeda's Nietzschean crewman, Tyr Anasazi, is revealed to have a son, Tamerlane Anasazi, who is a genetic reincarnation of Drago Museveni, Founder and Progenitor of the entire Nietzschean Race. Since all the Nietzschean Prides believe that Drago Museveni's genetic reincarnation will necessarily be a great leader, the Nietzschean Messiah, Tyr Anasazi gets a unique opportunity to unite all the Nietzschean Prides. He does not use it yet, biding his time.
In the season finale, the Systems Commonwealth is finally reinstated. A ceremony is held on board of the Andromeda, but interrupted by the attack of unknown extra-dimensional aliens.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|23||1||"The Widening Gyre"||Allan Eastman||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||October 1, 2001||201|
|With the ship severely damaged and Tyr, Harper, and Rev having been abducted, Dylan leads the crew of the Andromeda in battle against its deadliest enemy to rescue their captured crew-members. With help from Rev, who pretended to join the Magog, the group escapes and Andromeda launches a nova bomb into the Worldship. However, due to the actions of the Spirit of the Abyss, the Magog leader and creator, the Worldship survives, though severely damaged, while Andromeda gets away, also badly damaged. The World Ship is discovered to be heading to the Known Worlds and the Commonwealth, once a dream, becomes a necessity to combat this threat.|
|24||2||"Exit Strategies"||T.J. Scott||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||October 8, 2001||202|
|Harper and Rommie try to cope with their recent 'violations' by the Magog and repair the ship with Trance. Dylan, Beka, Rev, and Tyr are pursued by a gang of Nietzscheans, while returning with spare parts for the Andromeda and are forced to make a crash landing on an icy planet. They must escape before Rev Bem's desire to feed either forces him to kill or causes his body to digest itself.|
|25||3||"A Heart for Falsehood Framed"||David Winning||Ethlie Ann Vare||October 15, 2001||203|
|The crew must steal a jewel being fought over by a greedy Drift-owner and the Than to organize a peace treaty, but matters become complicated when Beka develops a relationship with the security chief on the station, who is a former thief known as 'Schrödinger's cat'.|
|26||4||"Pitiless as the Sun"||Richard Flower||Emily Skopov||October 22, 2001||209|
|While Andromeda investigates mysterious attacks on an isolated, somewhat xenophobic Inari, Trance is interrogated by that same species as they try to determine her origins, blaming one of her kind for inciting a civil war.|
|27||5||"Last Call at the Broken Hammer"||David Winning||Story by : Robert Hewitt Wolfe|
Teleplay by : John Lloyd Parry
|October 29, 2001||206|
|Dylan and crew attempt to find a long-lost Commonwealth leader and bring her back into the fold, but the question of her identity proves more complicated than it initially appears. And while trying to protect her from the people who want her dead, Trance loses her tail. After faking her death to her pursuers, she joins the fight to rebuild the Commonwealth with Andromeda's crew.|
|28||6||"All Too Human"||T.J. Scott||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||November 5, 2001||204|
|While Rommie tries to save a defector from a planet that hates AI's, the Eureka Maru plunges deep into the ocean after being crippled, leaving Harper, Tyr and Rev struggling for survival as Dylan, Beka and Trance attempt to stop a planet-destroying ship armed with Magog weapons. After saving Mobius they rush back to save their crew. Back on their crippled ship it soon becomes up to Tyr and Rev to save the ship, for Harper overdoses on his medication to keep the Magog eggs from hatching and falls into a coma. Rommie defector is killed by its people. She finds out that the planet has allied themselves with the Magog and have a Magog ship; she steals the ship and rescues Rev, Tyr, Harper, and the Eureka Maru.|
|29||7||"Una Salus Victus"||Allan Kroeker||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||November 12, 2001||207|
|With a deadly plague on the loose, Andromeda, captained by the inexperienced Harper escorts medical ships through Drago-Kazov space while Beka seeks stragglers from the convoy. When both Beka's ship and her enemy ships are damaged by each other, both women talk as they work to get their ships repaired in order to destroy the other one's ship. Harper finds being a captain is not as easy as it seems. In the end, Beka proves she is the better repairman, and destroys the enemy's ship, but not before both women get the chance to understand each other's families and cultures. Dylan and Tyr try to stop the missile batteries trained on them; even if it means killing themselves along with their enemies, making the enemy surrender, but at a cost of wanting not just Tyr dead, but Andromeda's crew as well. Dylan gets an explanation about Tyr's "special cargo," which causes him to mistrust Tyr's intentions. After their mission is complete, Dylan denies Tyr access to his cargo, which in turn causes Tyr to mistrust Dylan, and shows that his "little stunt" has proven that he is vulnerable.|
|30||8||"Home Fires"||Michael Robison||Ethlie Ann Vare||November 19, 2001||205|
|Andromeda discovers a planet of Commonwealth survivors and descendants gathered together by Dylan's former fiancé after the Commonwealth fell, including the genetic reincarnation of Dylan's first officer Rhade, but when the election to rejoin the Commonwealth goes against Andromeda's crew, an apparent Magog attack raises several questions.|
|31||9||"Into the Labyrinth"||Brad Turner||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||November 26, 2001||208|
|Another agent of the Abyss tries to tempt Harper to join the Magog god by removing some of his larvae, as the crew battles more tesseracting villains.|
|32||10||"The Prince"||Allan Eastman||Erik Oleson||January 19, 2002||210|
|Dylan and Tyr are appointed the Regents to a Prince after the rest of his family is killed in a civil uprising on his planet, but they find themselves facing significant challenges from the revolting nobles while trying to reinstate his rule and negotiate a peaceful settlement.|
|33||11||"Bunker Hill"||Richard Flower||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||January 26, 2002||211|
|Dylan and his makeshift Commonwealth fleet, consisting of the Sabra-Jaguar pride, engage the Drago-Kazov fleet while Harper and Rommie return to Earth to start an insurrection, but matters are complicated when Dylan finds the fleet to be larger than he expected.|
|34||12||"Ouroboros"||Jorge Montesi||Robert Hewitt Wolfe||February 2, 2002||212|
|After Rev Bem departs to try to find himself, Harper, running out of time before the Magog hatch, must build a Tesseract Machine to remove them with Hohne's help, unintentionally triggering 'ripples' from the future that cause parts of Andromeda to start shifting to other time periods and culminate in Trance being replaced by her future self.|
|35||13||"Lava and Rockets"||Mike Rohl||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||February 9, 2002||213|
|Dylan outruns dangerous mercenaries by kidnapping a Tourist barge and her pilot, while Tyr and Rommie must put aside their differences to find Dylan before the mercenaries do, leaving Harper to try to adapt to the "new" Trance.|
|36||14||"Be All My Sins Remembered"||Allan Eastman||Story by : Jill Sherwin|
Teleplay by : Ethlie Ann Vare
|February 16, 2002||216|
|When Dylan, Beka and Harper are called to identify the body of Beka's lost crewmate Bobby Jensen, they discover that he is actually alive and seeks to force the Andromeda to help end a revolution that he started after he left the Maru.|
|37||15||"Dance of the Mayflies"||J. Miles Dale||Story by : Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz|
Teleplay by : Robert Hewitt Wolfe
|February 23, 2002||214|
|The Andromeda is pursued by the Than after they rescue dying people from a drift, but when the victims come back as the walking dead, it is revealed that they are under the control of a hive-mind-entity known as the Bokur that infects and kills its victims. With Beka infected and Trance being used as a vessel to communicate, Dylan, Rommie and Harper must race against time to discover a defense and save their friends before they are all infected.|
|38||16||"In Heaven Now Are Three"||David Warry-Smith||Story by : Celeste Chan Wolfe|
Teleplay by : Emily Skopov
|March 2, 2002||215|
|Dylan, Beka, and Trance attempt to attain the mystic 'Engine of Creation', capable of rewriting the universe according to the designs of whoever possesses it, before someone else gets it, resulting in a brief encounter between Trance and another of her species.|
|39||17||"The Things We Cannot Change"||Jorge Montesi||Ethlie Ann Vare||April 13, 2002||221|
|During an investigation of a black hole, Dylan is blown out into space and finds himself married with a son in a world where there are no Magog and the Commonwealth is still intact (albeit falling from prolonged war). This episode is a clip show.|
|40||18||"The Fair Unknown"||Mike Rohl||John Lloyd Parry||April 20, 2002||217|
|Dylan, Trance and Rommie must rush to save a Vedran, the long-lost founders of the Commonwealth, from the deadly Kaldeans, but her demands after her rescue place Dylan in a difficult position.|
|41||19||"Belly of the Beast"||Allan Harmon||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||April 27, 2002||219|
|A mythical planet-eating space creature turns out to be fact when it attempts to eat the Andromeda, with only Dylan and Trance in the Eureka Maru available to save the day as Rommie begins to shut down and the ship begins to dissolve.|
|42||20||"The Knight, Death, and the Devil"||Richard Flower||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||May 4, 2002||218|
|While Dylan embarks on a quest to liberate captured ships of the High Guard from imprisonment with the help of their AI's, hampered by their unwillingness to become the slaves that they feel they would become if they gained captains once more, Beka is forced to convince the potential fiftieth planet in the New Systems Commonwealth to sign the charter without Dylan to win them over.|
|43||21||"Immaculate Perception"||Brad Turner||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||May 11, 2002||220|
|When Tyr races to save his wife and her colony from attack by the Genites, humans opposed to genetically-engineered humans (a particular problem as that includes almost all of the crew of Andromeda), he discovers that not only is he a father, but that his son may be the foretold genetic reincarnation of Drago Museveni.|
|44||22||"Tunnel at the End of the Light"||Allan Eastman||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||May 18, 2002||222|
|Mysterious beings begin attacking delegates at the final Commonwealth Charter signing that will determine the First Triumvir, but when Trance reveals that this crisis resulted in the destruction of Dylan's dream of a renewed Commonwealth, the crew must find a way to win a fight that they lost in Trance's future.|
Season 3 (2002–03)
The Universe is a dangerous place. But in our future my crew and I fight to make it safe. I am Dylan Hunt, Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, and these are our adventures.
For season 3, Bob Engels was brought on the writing staff to fill the hole in that had been left by the departure of Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Ethlie Ann Vare. This season had the most episodic format of all. The Systems Commonwealth is already reunited, but there is not much progress in the fight with the Magog and the Abyss.
Several episodes of season three explore Trance and her actual role. One episode (The Dark Backward) is filmed completely from Trance's viewpoint, showing that she indeed "lives" through all possible alternate futures before choosing the right one.
Nietzschean crewman Tyr Anasazi makes his move at the end of the season. He implants his son Tamerlane Anasazi 's DNA into his own cells, and goes on to reunite the various Nietzschean Prides and separate them from the Systems Commonwealth again. The season ends with Nietzscheans withdrawing from the Commonwealth and Tyr Anasazi formally leaving the Andromeda.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|45||1||"If the Wheel is Fixed"||Allan Eastman||Bob Engels||September 21, 2002||301|
|When Beka and Tyr are taken over by the energy from a dimensional tunnel, they attempt to force Andromeda into the tunnel, leaving Dylan, Trance and Harper to stop them before the ship is destroyed.|
|46||2||"Cui Bono"||Brad Turner||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||September 28, 2002||302|
|Andromeda transports Beka's Uncle Sid when he runs for the top government office in the newly reformed Commonwealth, but matters are complicated when a seemingly failed assassination attempt puts him in a coma and his company opens up a revenge account that sends bounty hunters after everybody likely to have put out the hit in the first place.|
|47||3||"The Lone and Level Sands"||Jorge Montesi||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||October 5, 2002||303|
|After an attack by pirates, Dylan, Tyr, Harper and Rommie encounter a spacecraft from Earth that set out to explore deep space hundreds of years ago, but tensions between the ship's captain and crew result in the Andromeda crew getting caught up in a mutiny as they try to repair the slipstream drive on the Eureka Maru.|
|48||4||"The Shards of Rimni"||Brad Turner||Bob Engels & Matt Kiene||October 11, 2002||304|
|After Dylan receives a strange map in the mail, he is framed for the murder of the contract killer who sent him the package, leaving him and Harper in a race against time to clear their names before Commonwealth Security catches them, as well as to find the pieces of a mythical vase said to grant the owner the 'blessings of the cosmos'... a piece of which Dylan acquired before his trip to the black hole.|
|49||5||"Mad to be Saved"||Jorge Montesi||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||October 21, 2002||305|
|After rescuing a group of refugees fleeing an oppressive dictatorship, the Andromeda crew face serious problems when the refugees are revealed to be severely mentally unbalanced due to government experiments, each of them brainwashed to believe that they're the doctor responsible for the condition of the others.|
|50||6||"Slipfighter the Dogs of War"||Mike Rohl||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||October 28, 2002||306|
|The Andromeda crew must stop the evil rulers of the planet Marduk from making weapons of mass destruction.|
|51||7||"For Whom the Bell Tolls"||Philip David Segal||Naomi Janzen||November 11, 2002||307|
|The Andromeda is haunted by a crew member who died over 300 years ago.|
|52||8||"And Your Heart Will Fly Away"||Allan Eastman||Michael Cassutt||November 18, 2002||308|
|Tyr encounters a long lost love and the man who had hired him to kill her.|
|53||9||"The Leper's Kiss"||Mike Rohl||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||November 25, 2002||309|
|Dylan goes on a mission to seek out "The Leper" in order to prevent Marshall Man-Ka-Lupe's assassination.|
|54||10||"The Unconquerable Man"||J. Miles Dale||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||January 20, 2003||310|
|In an alternate universe where Dylan died before being trapped in the black hole, Gaheris Rhade sets out to restore the Commonwealth, but his increasingly strained relationship with his crew, to say nothing of his negative views on the Nietzschean prides, make this a seemingly impossible task. This episode is a clip show.|
|55||11||"Delenda Est"||Richard Flower||Bob Engels||January 27, 2003||311|
|The mysterious race that attacked the first Commonwealth Charter signing returns, and it's up to the Andromeda crew to stop them again.|
|56||12||"The Dark Backward"||Michael Robison||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||February 3, 2003||312|
|Trance runs through a series of possible outcomes in order to save the crew from a deadly intruder.|
|57||13||"The Right Horse"||Richard Flower||Emily Skopov||February 10, 2003||313|
|Beka puts her feelings for a past love ahead of the safety of her crew and endangers an entire planet.|
|58||14||"What Happens to a Rev Deferred?"||Allan Eastman||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||February 17, 2003||314|
|The crew receives a cry for help from the long lost Rev Bem. This episode is a clip show.|
|59||15||"The Risk-All Point"||Michael Robison||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||February 24, 2003||315|
|Dylan, Tyr and Beka fight to rescue the crew of a new, "More powerful than Andromeda", Commonwealth ship when it explodes, forcing the crew to suspect sabotage.|
|60||16||"Vault of the Heavens"||Jorge Montesi||Gordon Michael Woolvett||March 31, 2003||316|
|Dylan is beckoned to a far off planet by the voice of a mysterious woman.|
|61||17||"Deep Midnight's Voice"||Allan Harmon||Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer||April 7, 2003||317|
|Dylan and the crew search for a Nietzschean slip-scout probe that enables one to map every meter of the slipstream.|
|62||18||"The Illusion of Majesty"||Peter DeLuise||Joel Metzger||April 14, 2003||318|
|Dylan and the crew take a wrong turn, ending up in the Prolon System, where they discover a princess who is not what she appears to be.|
|63||19||"Twilight of the Idols"||Richard Flower||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||April 21, 2003||319|
|Andromeda and her crew set out to find a colony of Nietzscheans that have disappeared. Unknown to them, they aren't the only ones looking.|
|64||20||"Point of the Spear"||Allan Harmon||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||April 28, 2003||320|
|The crew battles against the Pyrians in order to save the planet Samsarra and avoid a galactic war.|
|65||21||"Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath"||Allan Eastman||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||May 5, 2003||321|
|The Balance of Judgment returns, taking over a new High Guard ship and Rommie. It is revealed that when it was destroyed, it transferred a copy of itself into Rommie as well as Gabriel. Using Rommie, the AI takes over the Resolution of Hector and forces Harper to build it a new Avatar it names Remiel. Andromeda tracks down the ship and disables it while Dylan and Hector, the Avatar of the Resolution board the ship to stop Remiel and the AI. They free Rommie, but are unable to defeat Remiel who kills Hector. However, Rommie manages to break through to the Balance AI and convince it to stop, reminding it of its original purpose as a High Guard ship. Remiel refuses to give up and tries to escape, but Rommie and Dylan blow him into space. Later all traces of the Balance AI are removed from the Resolution and Rommie.|
|66||22||"Shadows Cast by a Final Salute"||Jorge Montesi||Bob Engels||May 12, 2003||322|
|The Drago-Kazov clan begin a war against the Commonwealth and others. Tyr shows his true intentions. The Commonwealth fleet is lured into an ambush and later destroyed.|
Season 4 (2003–04)
Season 4 marked an extreme change in the writing staff. The writing team of Zack Stentz & Ashley Edward Miller, who had been with the show from the beginning and written more episodes of Season 3 than anyone else, did not return for season 4. The writing team of Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer, who had also been with the show from the beginning and who had written almost as many season 3 episodes as Zack and Ash, also did not return for season 4, though Kiene did write a single episode on his own. The weight was mostly taken up by new writers: Larry and Paul Barber, who had no previous involvement with the show, wrote the bulk of Season 4. Other newcomers included Ted Mann, Scott Frost, John Kirk, and Lawrence Meyers, and the team of Lu Abbott & Stacey Berman-Woodward, none of whom contributed more than one episode. Naomi Janzen, who had only written a single episode in the show's first three seasons put together, wrote four episodes in season 4.
Dylan is nearly outlawed by the Systems Commonwealth he restored. The Collectors (originally keepers of historical information unknown to anyone else), allied with the Spirit of the Abyss, manipulate the fragile government of the New Commonwealth to show him in a bad light. The Abyss infiltrates the Commonwealth using many other agents as well. Eventually the Collectors unite with Tyr Anasazi and his newly united Nietzschean Prides. Tyr mistrusts the Spirit of the Abyss, and hopes to defeat it. He tries to find a map to the Route of Ages, a portal connecting all galaxies together. It is possible to weaken the Abyss by passing through it. Dylan gets the map instead but he allows Tyr to follow Andromeda through the Route of Ages as Tyr knows more about the Abyss. Andromeda is transported into a weird universe where thoughts manifest as reality. With Trance's help, Dylan defeats and kills Tyr who tried to make a deal with the Abyss.
Since the Route of Ages closes before the Andromeda can return, Dylan has to use Trance's help. She reveals that she is the Avatar of the Sun, with "the power to create and destroy". Trance destroys Andromeda and re-creates it in the right universe. In this season, Dylan also finds a new crew member — Nietzschean Telemachus Rhade, who does not accept his race's betrayal of the Commonwealth and agrees to join Dylan. Rhade proves to be more manageable than Tyr Anasazi, whom he helped Dylan defeat. The Magog evolve and become more intelligent and cunning. In the season finale their Worldship is rediscovered. It is heading towards the Arkology, an old space station with a pacifist population. Dylan frantically tries to convince them that they have to defend themselves but the people of the Arkology hope to make peace with the Magog.
They pay dearly for that mistake, as the Magog never make peace with anyone. Andromeda tries to defend the Arkology against the Worldship, but is horribly outnumbered. The Arkology is destroyed with all its inhabitants. Rhade, Beka and Harper are left in absolutely hopeless situations. Rommie explodes after being shot through her stomach while saving Harper from the Magog. Trance asks Dylan to escape on a slip fighter through the Route of Ages, claiming that now there is nothing more important than saving his life; Marlowe, Arkology's leader (who had disappeared several hours before the battle) tells Dylan that they both are Paradine, two of the few ancient beings with incredible powers. Dylan reluctantly leaves through the Route (in a strange sequence where he finds himself in a large dark room and seemingly meets another version of himself). Trance turns into a sun and crashes into the Worldship on the Andromeda.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|67||1||"Answers Given to Questions Never Asked"||Jorge Montesi||Bob Engels||September 29, 2003||401|
|Dylan receives a message from a collector claiming to have a hostage, and finds the remains of the Commonwealth fleet, leading them to the All Forces nullification point.|
|68||2||"Pieces of Eight"||Jorge Montesi||Larry Barber & Paul Barber||October 6, 2003||402|
|Citizen 8 threatens to replace members of the Commonwealth, including Dylan, with help from his soothsayer slave.|
|69||3||"Waking the Tyrant's Device"||Andrew Potter||Larry Barber & Paul Barber||October 13, 2003||403|
|Andromeda encounters the builder of the Worldship and has to stop him before he launches another invasion by the Abyss. Ultimately the new Worldship is destroyed, but the builder manages to escape.|
|70||4||"Double or Nothingness"||David Winning||John Whelpley||October 20, 2003||404|
|Dylan is kidnapped and forced to play mind games for the amusement and monetary gain of weapon dealers.|
|71||5||"Harper/Delete"||Richard Flower||Naomi Janzen||October 27, 2003||405|
|"File D", a flexy that can erase people's minds, is in the hands of two warring siblings, with Andromeda and Harper trying to prevent its activation.|
|72||6||"Soon the Nearing Vortex"||Brad Turner||Larry Barber & Paul Barber||November 3, 2003||406|
|Tyr Anasazi joins with the Collectors to find the Route of Ages, thinking it will stop the Abyss. Rhade, who lost Tyr as his prisoner, joins the Andromeda crew.|
|73||7||"The World Turns All Around Her"||Peter DeLuise||Larry Barber & Paul Barber||November 10, 2003||407|
|Beka and Tyr are pulled through the Route of Ages, where the crew of the Andromeda pursue and confront Tyr as he prepares to offer Dylan to the Abyss in exchange for Nietzschean safety in the upcoming war. Dylan and Rhade rescue Beka, but are forced to kill Tyr as they escape. After Andromeda gets trapped in the Route of Ages, Trance reveals her true nature as the Avatar of a Sun and saves the crew, though only Dylan is aware of the truth.|
|74||8||"Conduit to Destiny"||Pat Williams||Lawrence Meyers||November 17, 2003||408|
|Fate brings Dylan full circle to fulfill a planet’s destiny 300 years in the making when the crew return to a planet where a woman is supposed to merge with a power source. Dylan helps her do so and defeats the person trying to use her for her own gain and reveals that he was the mysterious soldier who had saved her life 300 years before and never returned as promised because he got trapped in the black hole.|
|75||9||"Machinery of the Mind"||David Winning||Ted Mann||January 12, 2004||409|
|The crew thwarts an assassin’s attempt to steal the minds of the Commonwealth’s most brilliant scientists.|
|76||10||"Exalted Reason, Resplendent Daughter"||Richard Flower||Naomi Janzen||January 19, 2004||410|
|Dylan hunts down a notorious outlaw who has kidnapped a Commonwealth leader’s daughter. Things are revealed to not be what they seem: the daughter was set up to be murdered by her insane father and the outlaw is actually more of a Robin Hood-type character than a villain. After stopping the woman's attempted assassination by her own father, Dylan invites the outlaw and his coalition of more than 1,100 planets to join the Commonwealth in exchange for his freedom and allowing him to marry the woman.|
|77||11||"The Torment, the Release"||Jorge Montesi||Bob Engels||January 26, 2004||411|
|Dylan is arrested and tried by the Collectors and Triumvirs for high crimes against the Commonwealth. This episode is a clip show.|
|78||12||"The Spider's Stratagem"||Brad Turner||Emily Skopov||February 2, 2004||412|
|When the Andromeda intercepts a shipment of Living Armor, Dylan goes in search of its creator and learns a deadly secret.|
|79||13||"The Warmth of an Invisible Light"||Jorge Montesi||Matt Kiene||February 9, 2004||413|
|While trying to escape pursuing ships and low on fuel, Andromeda ends up in a dead galaxy and tries a new device of Harper's, which accidentally transfers Dylan to an alternate universe where he died a hero after stopping the Nietzschean rebellion 300 years earlier and Andromeda has been turned into a museum. In the new reality, the Commonwealth never fell, but Harper, now part cybernetic and manipulated by the Abyss, has taken it over with Rhade as his second in command and Beka the general of the rebellion. Dylan teams up with the alternate Rommie and a part of Trance that enters that reality looking for him to stop Harper. With the help of Beka, Dylan leads a counter-rebellion on board Andromeda and tries to reach out to Harper, believing he still has good in him. Alternate Rommie and Beka defeat Harper's forces, but Rhade activates Andromeda's self-destruct. Harper, whom Dylan did reach, decides to surrender, but Rhade kills him as the self-destruct reaches zero. However, Andromeda reveals she tricked him and orders Rhade to surrender as Harper's rule has now been overthrown. Beka and Rommie plan to work together to restore the Commonwealth to its former glory with the help of the Andromeda and Dylan has Trance return him to his world with Harper's device. Before she does, Trance gives him a "gift," the word "Amalthea" and upon his return, Dylan finds out he has only been gone thirty seconds. There, he learns that by rigging up the Eureka Maru to the Andromeda, the ship can now reach a nearby star, but unless one goes supernova, they won't be able to refuel. Dylan learns that one of the stars is Amalthea and orders Andromeda to it. Amalthea goes supernova and Andromeda is able to refuel. Trance mourns the loss of Amalthea as the star sacrificed itself for Andromeda.|
|80||14||"The Others"||Peter DeLuise||Scott Frost||February 16, 2004||414|
|The crew steps in to mediate an apocalyptic war in order to halt genocide and cure a fatal disease.|
|81||15||"Fear Burns Down to Ashes"||Peter DeLuise||John Kirk||February 23, 2004||415|
|The Collectors trap Dylan in a life or death test using former crew member Rev Bem as bait.|
|82||16||"Lost in a Space that isn't There"||Peter DeLuise||Naomi Janzen & Paul Barber & Larry Barber||April 5, 2004||416|
|The crew discover that Beka's behavior is being influenced by the Abyss after a Restorian attack, forcing Dylan to carry out a dangerous plan to rid her of its influence by travelling into Beka's mind. Dylan ultimately manages to trap the Abyss in a VR matrix, but it starts to take over Andromeda so Trance enters the matrix and uses her powers to defeat it. This episode is a clip show.|
|83||17||"Abridging the Devil's Divide"||Peter DeLuise||Gordon Michael Woolvett||April 12, 2004||417|
|Harper is captured by the Patriarch to build a bridge across time so that he can bring an army of the future to the present, but the future is not what it seems.|
|84||18||"Trusting the Gordian Maze"||Jorge Montesi||Larry Barber & Paul Barber||April 19, 2004||418|
|The Triumvirate sends a beautiful spy to tempt Dylan and retrieve the Star Map.|
|85||19||"A Symmetry of Imperfection"||Allan Harmon||Naomi Janzen||April 26, 2004||419|
|Rommie’s emotional decisions sever her connections with the ship’s systems, leaving the Andromeda vulnerable to a Magog attack.|
|86||20||"Time Out of Mind"||Allan Harmon||Lu Abbott & Stacey Berman-Woodward||May 3, 2004||420|
|The Abyss sends agents to murder the True Collectors and find their hidden library.|
|87||21||"The Dissonant Interval (Part One)"||Martin Wood||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||May 10, 2004||421|
|Andromeda saves a transport from Arkology, a peaceful society on a space station, which is now the target of the Worldship. Dylan also learns of his true heritage as a Paradine. To be continued...|
|88||22||"The Dissonant Interval (Part Two)"||Martin Wood||Bob Engels||May 17, 2004||422|
|When Dylan can't move the Arkology, he chooses a stand off which he can't win. Things go badly: Rhade is surrounded, Rommie is destroyed, Harper is found by a Magog and Beka is presumed killed, while Arkology is destroyed and Andromeda is invaded by Magog and severely damaged with the only survivors being Trance and Dylan. Dylan tries to destroy the Worldship by firing every Nova Bomb Andromeda has at it, but does little damage. Andromeda repels the Magog by venting her atmosphere and Trance convinces Dylan to abandon ship in a Slipfighter for the Route of Ages while she deals with the Worldship. As Dylan heads into the Route of Ages, Trance pilots Andromeda into the center of the Worldship, firing every missile the ship has as she goes to clear the way, saying her goodbyes. As Andromeda loses power, the ship enters the center of the Worldship and Trance goes supernova apparently destroying the Worldship. Dylan enters the Route of Ages where he encounters another version of himself. The two Dylans stare at each other for a moment before the other one walks away.|
Season 5 (2004–05)
Dylan finds himself transported into the Seefra system — nine identical barren worlds with a superstitious population and two dim suns. Technology (especially spaceflight) is shunned, and water is treasured because of constant drought. Flavin, a Paradine, meets Dylan here, giving him cryptic hints about Dylan's destiny and what Seefra is before disappearing.
Dylan eventually finds Nietzschean warrior Telemachus Rhade, pilot Beka Valentine and super-genius engineer Seamus Harper on Seefra, and to his amazement, they all arrived in Seefra at different times and locations. Harper, in particular, arrived three years earlier with the remains of the android Rommie. He tried to repair her but failed, eventually building another android, Doyle, with some of Rommie's memories. Initially he convinces her that she is human, but later her true identity is revealed by a rebel android. (The "behind the scenes" reason for replacing Rommie with Doyle is Lexa Doig's pregnancy. Rommie was rebuilt by Doyle late in this season.)
Trance is also found, but she is weakened by her attempt to transport Andromeda and its crew to Seefra. She does not quite remember who she is and what she is supposed to do. Trance underwent a metamorphosis yet again; she is still golden-skinned but appears younger, and her personality resembles her first purple incarnation.
Andromeda itself is transported to Seefra as well, but it has no power and no way to restore it. Trance partially recharges the ships generators, but Andromeda still cannot move (apparently it needs 100 percent power), and its AI behavior is erratic.
The first half of the season deals with three main themes: Dylan's conflict with his crew, his attempts to restore Andromeda's power and eventual discovery of the true role of Trance and the Seefra system.
Rhade, Beka and Harper are all angry at Dylan for leaving them behind in the Battle of Arkology and for throwing them to Seefra without any way to get back to the Known Worlds. Their loyalty is strained several times, but seems finally reaffirmed after the intervention by Stranger, a Paradine sent by Dylan from an alternate future.
Andromeda's power is eventually restored with ancient Vedran artifacts, but it is still unable to leave Seefra. Seefra seems to be located in a "pocket universe," and the only way out is the Route of Ages. Although some characters come and leave through it, Dylan cannot use it.
Seefra turns out to be Tarn-Vedra, long lost capital of the Commonwealth, but the Vedrans themselves left it long ago, disillusioned with humans. Seefra-1 is the original Tarn-Vedra and Seefra-2 to 9 are copies of it. Tarn-Vedra's original sun was somehow replaced by two artificial constructs, Methus-1 and Methus-2. Methus-2 is now damaged and emits deadly flares, which are the reason for Seefra's drought.
Methus Diagram — a blueprint for Seefra system, recovered with the help of the mysterious DJ Virgil Vox — also reveals the purpose of the eight extra planets. The Vedran sun will return someday, and destroy Seefra-2 through 9 to slow down and take its position. But because of the damage to Methus-2 this mechanism is not working, and the sun threatens to devastate the system completely.
The second half of the season builds to major revelations and solutions.
In the 100th episode of the series, the crew meet up with Peter, who they eventually deduce will become Drago Musevini, the progenitor of the Nietzschean race. He and Beka have a sexual tryst, after which he takes samples of Beka's DNA to mix with his own to create their children, applying bioengineering and nanobot technology to these offspring to create the Nietzschean race. This makes Beka their Alpha Matriarch, and an instrumental part of the history of the Systems Commonwealth. Peter exits through the Route of Ages to an earlier time, so that the new race will have already existed for 16 generations when the 1st episode happens. The episode also sees Andromeda restored to full power.
Trance remembers her identity when she meets Ione, avatar of the Tarn-Vedra moon. She is the Tarn-Vedra sun. When she realizes this, her sun enters the Seefra system, and Dylan has to find a way to fix Methus-2 and evacuate eight doomed planets to Seefra-1.
Trance's "sisters" (who call themselves "the Nebula"), however, try to persuade her to join them. In their opinion the fate of Dylan, Seefra, or the Known Worlds is irrelevant. Trance stubbornly refuses, and the Nebula imprisons her inside Methus-2, replacing her with Bad Trance (all Avatars of the Suns look alike). It takes some time for Dylan to realize the deception and rescue the real Trance.
Dylan proceeds with the evacuation of the Seefra planets, although his plans are hindered by General Burma, a religious leader from Seefra-5. Burma is later revealed to be under the control of the Abyss. In a confrontation with Burma and Evil Trance, Dylan and Beka kill Burma and Trance drives off her evil counterpart.
In the series finale, the Vedran sun is back in place and people are safe on Seefra-1. Trance then contacts the Nebula — the Lambent Kith Nebula, supreme council of the galaxies which includes fifty Avatars. Trance was once the oldest member of the Nebula, but disagreed with their views of organic life as something insignificant and left long ago. Together with Dylan she appeals to the Nebula and its leader Maura, who plans to destroy the Abyss by expanding the All Forces Nullification Point until it consumes all galaxies. This incidentally will destroy everything alive in existence; only Seefra will survive.
Maura refuses to reconsider their plans, but allows Dylan and the Andromeda to return to the Known Worlds. When the Andromeda slipstreams to Tarazed, Dylan finds out that only four days have passed since the Battle of Arkology, and the Magog Worldship is crippled but still operational. Rhade reunites with his wife (only to return to the Andromeda shortly).
Andromeda visits Earth (where Harper secretly plans to stay), but as soon as the ship arrives in the system, the planet is promptly destroyed by the Abyss. A huge Nietzschean fleet emerges from behind the debris, and Andromeda barely escapes.
Dylan begins to suspect Maura's motives and soon realizes she is the avatar of the Abyss and that all of the Nebula were under its control. Maura had destroyed all Paradines (except Dylan). Trance has Dylan take Andromeda back to Seefra and the Abyss destroys Maura for her failure. At Seefra, Evil Trance returns and reveals herself to be the mysterious Virgil Vox, but Dylan is able to distinguish the real Trance from her counterpart and kills Vox.
After a massive battle with the Nietzscheans of the Drago-Kazov Pride, Dylan checks the Methus Diagram once again and discovers that Trance's sun is capable of destroying the Abyss. Andromeda returns to Seefra through the Route of Ages, followed by the Abyss. Trance manages to pull her sun closer and plunge it into the Abyss, burning it.
The Abyss is finally destroyed, and Dylan's battle is over. The Route of Ages transforms into a slipstream portal, allowing the Commonwealth fleet to return to Tarn-Vedra.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|89||1||"The Weight (Part One)"||Gordon Verheul||Bob Engels||September 24, 2004||501|
|Upon discovering the truth about planet Seefra-1, Dylan must free its people and reunite his crew. In the end, Dylan reunites with Rhade and sets out to find the others, having learned that Seefra-1 is actually Tarn Vedra, his long missing homeworld. To be continued...|
|90||2||"The Weight (Part Two)"||Jorge Montesi||Naomi Janzen||October 1, 2004||502|
|Dylan and Rhade pick up a distress signal from Beka, only to find her scheming with a trade mogul who has claimed Andromeda for himself. The mogul tries to destroy Andromeda in the end, but Rhade sabotages his ship and Dylan realizes that the Core Creature is actually Trance in her sun form. Trance restores enough power to Andromeda for the ship to fire a counter-missile, but Beka is unhappy with Dylan leaving her in Seefra for what seemed like years and holds little loyalty to him anymore. Also, Trance regains her usual form, but seems younger than when she went supernova at Arkology, but not as young as when they first met her. However, she only holds a vague recollection of the crew and doesn't remember anything.|
|91||3||"Phear Phactor Phenom"||Richard Flower||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||October 8, 2004||503|
|The crew reunites with Harper and the mysterious 'Doyle' when they confront a geneticist bent on an idea of a Vedran re-birth. In order to eliminate the tech ban that prevents her from realizing her goal, she plots to use fear to control the Seefra system.|
|92||4||"Decay of the Angel"||Jorge Montesi||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||October 15, 2004||504|
|For all of her life, Doyle has been plagued by amnesia and nightmares. When Argent, a "revolutionary" android from the future, arrives, Doyle discovers the truth about her life. It is discovered that Doyle is actually an android herself, created by Harper to hold Rommie's core programing when he was unable to rebuild her. Argent tries to entice Doyle to join him, but Doyle refuses and Harper destroys him and his men as well as their tesseract, but in doing so also destroys a possible way out of Seefra for the Andromeda crew.|
|93||5||"The Eschatology of Our Present"||Richard Flower||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||October 22, 2004||505|
|Beka is offered a mysterious prize by Virgil Vox, Seefra's only DJ, and must confront the tech police leader, Ard Barton, who wants it for himself. With the guidance of Virgil Vox, Beka learns the truth about the Seefra System and locates the mysterious Meethus Diagram, but is left with no clue as to its purpose.|
|94||6||"When Goes Around..."||Jorge Montesi||John Whelpley||October 29, 2004||506|
|Dylan and the crew encounter an officer of the original Commonwealth, who is trapped in a time loop. It is revealed that she was one of the scientists who pulled Tarn Vedra into the Seefra System and she helps correct the mistake that causes Seefra to be a desert. When the time loop is broken, she leaves and it is unclear what happens to her, but on Seefra it finally rains.|
|95||7||"Attempting Screed"||David Winning||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||November 5, 2004||507|
|Flavin returns to teach Dylan about his abilities as a Paradine, and a gang war over his ship and its technology ensues.|
|96||8||"So Burn the Untamed Lands"||Jorge Montesi||Gillian Horvath||November 12, 2004||508|
|Harper discovers a crystal that can restore Andromeda to full power. In order to obtain some of the crystal, however, Dylan must become muscle for Cutter, the mine's owner, who uses slaves to extract it. The crew get the crystal they need, but are forced to use it as a bomb to destroy the mines as they free the slaves.|
|97||9||"What Will be Was Not"||Gordon Verheul||Naomi Janzen||November 19, 2004||509|
|The crew encounters Orlind, a man who maintains a series of tunnels on Seefra-1, who leads them to a Vedran chamber containing portals that can be used to tesseract to the other eight Seefra planets.|
|98||10||"The Test"||Brad Turner||Scott Frost||January 7, 2005||510|
|After an old man named Prysis is slain, a mysterious man arrives through the Route of Ages to find his killer. Beka, Rhade, and Harper are the main suspects, and Dylan strikes a deal: the stranger will return Andromeda and its crew to the known worlds, in exchange for Dylan executing Prysis' murderer. In the end Dylan is killed, but it is revealed that the stranger and Prysis are the same person after Dylan revives. Dylan realizes that the Stranger is a Paradine sent from the future to bring the crew back together as they used to be and he leaves behind a cube that has the potential to repower Andromeda.|
|99||11||"Through a Glass Darkly"||Jorge Montesi||Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz||January 14, 2005||511|
|The crew helps rebels on Seefra-5 who are battling a local warlord. In order to help them escape, Harper attempts to rebuild the quantum teleporter with assistance from his old friend Höhne, a Perseid scientist thought to have been dead for years. This ultimately causes power to go out all across the planets and is restored when Höhne sacrifices himself to shut down the teleporter. The lack of power allows the rebels, led by Rhade, to defeat the warlord who flees the planet, but after he targets Andromeda, Dylan destroys his ship. Harper mourns his friend's death and discovers a message from him.|
|100||12||"Pride Before the Fall"||David Winning||Bob Engels||January 21, 2005||512|
|Beka's new boyfriend, Peter, places the entire crew in danger with a series of tests, culminating in a startling discovery that may help the crew – if they can escape the Seefra system. Peter is defeated by Dylan while Andromeda, now restored to full power, saves Beka. Peter leaves through the Route of Ages and Dylan reveals the startling truth: Peter was Drago Musevini, the progenitor of the Nietzschean race. He used Beka's DNA to create the Nietzscheans which makes her their Alpha Matriarch. If the Andromeda ever returns to the Known Worlds, this will give them an advantage over the Nietzscheans.|
|101||13||"Moonlight Becomes You"||Jorge Montesi||Lu Abbott & Stacey Berman-Woodward||January 28, 2005||513|
|Searching for answers, Trance encounters a man claiming to be a sun god. Meanwhile, searching for treasure, Beka and Rhade become trapped together and must face a test that will either bestow wealth on them – or drive them to insanity. The man turns out to be Ione, the Avatar of Tarn Vedra's moon, and his and Trance's meeting causes Trance's sun, the original Vedran sun, to return to the Seefra System. Trance and Ione rescue Beka and Rhade, but he and Trance can never be together so he tesseracts away.|
|102||14||"Past is Prolix"||David Winning||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||February 4, 2005||514|
|Trance falls ill when she attempts to stall her sun, which threatens to destroy the outer eight Seefra planets and kill millions.|
|103||15||"The Opposites of Attraction"||Jorge Montesi||Gillian Horvath||February 11, 2005||515|
|Harper builds a giant parabolic reflector in an attempt to slow down the Tarn-Vedran sun and delay its collision with Seefra's planets, while a mysterious entity threatens Andromeda and its crew. It is revealed that the entity is the Avatar of the black hole, Andromeda had been stuck in for 300 years and that she and Dylan had a relationship while he was stuck which he doesn't remember. Ultimately Dylan is forced to trap her in a data file while Harper's reflector fails to work.|
|104||16||"Saving Light from a Black Sun"||Peter DeLuise||John Kirk||February 18, 2005||516|
|As Trance's sun approaches, the crew journeys inside the artificial Methus-2 sun to repair it and fix the braking system that is supposed to guide Trance's sun into position. They also go in for more fuel for Andromeda. The crew succeeds in fixing the sun and getting the fuel, but Trance is replaced by a doppelganger.|
|105||17||"Totaled Recall"||Martin Wood||Gordon Michael Woolvett||April 8, 2005||517|
|After a lab explosion, Dylan finds himself travelling through a series of alternate realities.|
|106||18||"Quantum Tractate Delirium"||Peter DeLuise||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||April 15, 2005||518|
|Rommie turns on the crew after she is rebuilt to help evacuate Seefra's planets.|
|107||19||"One More Day's Light"||Martin Wood||Al Septien & Turi Meyer||April 22, 2005||519|
|The crew's efforts to save the population of Seefra-5 are stymied when the warlord who controls most of the planet convinces his fanatical followers that the approaching sun is a technological deception designed to drive away the planet's inhabitants and leave the planet open to be looted.|
|108||20||"Chaos and the Stillness of It"||Martin Wood||Naomi Janzen||April 29, 2005||520|
|The crew struggles to rescue Trance from Methus-2 and Harper from General Burma, Seefra-5's warlord, who the crew discovers is in league with the Abyss. Dylan and Rhade succeed in rescuing Trance who defeats her evil counterpart and drives her away while Dylan and Beka manage to kill Burma.|
|109||21||"The Heart of the Journey (Part One)"||Jorge Montesi||Paul Barber & Larry Barber||May 6, 2005||521|
|Trance's 'family' of sun avatars decides to destroy the Abyss – by expanding the All Forces Nullification Point until it consumes the Abyss and the three galaxies that make up the known worlds. Dylan also receives a message from Flavin who reveals that all of the Paradines have been killed and Dylan is the only one left. With the help of the leader of Trance's family, Maura, Andromeda finally returns to the Known Worlds only to discover that it has only been four days since they left. They also learn that the Nietzscheans are planning an attack on Tarazed and the Worldship wasn't destroyed at Arkology as believed, just badly crippled. Andromeda heads to Earth where Harper secretly plans to stay, but the planet is destroyed by the Nietzscheans guided by the Abyss. To be continued...|
|110||22||"The Heart of the Journey (Part Two)"||Jorge Montesi||Bob Engels||May 13, 2005||522|
|The final battle to save the New Systems Commonwealth begins as the Nietzscheans destroy Earth and attack Tarazed. Rhade chooses to stay on Tarazed with his family while the rest of the crew choose to remain behind on Andromeda to fight despite Maura offering them a chance to return to Seefra through the Route of Ages which the Avatars have no intention of destroying. Andromeda manages to hold its own, but is no match for the fleet. Maura confronts Dylan and attacks him, revealing herself to be an Avatar of the Abyss and the one that murdered the Paradines. Trance intervenes and orders Dylan to take the ship through the Route of Ages to Seefra. Dylan complies and the Abyss destroys Maura for failing it. At Seefra, Dylan realizes that the Meethus Diagram is designed to show how to destroy the Abyss: burn it with Trance's sun. However, another Trance tesseracts in and demands they kill the first Trance, revealing that one of them is an imposter. After a brief hesitation, Dylan shoots the first Trance as the second Trance was crying and the Abyss has no emotions. The first Trance reveals herself to be the mysterious Virgil Vox and taunts the crew before Dylan kills her. The crew pilot Andromeda into the Route of Ages with Trance's sun being pulled along by her. The Abyss starts to emerge from the portal as they approach, but Andromeda is able to fly through it, pulling the sun in with it. Andromeda makes it out safely while the Abyss is destroyed. As the crew celebrate, the Route of Ages turns into a Slipstream portal, reuniting Tarn Vedra with the Known Worlds. A Commonwealth fleet arrives, Rhade among them, and Rhade reveals that the battle is over and his family is fine. As the rest of the crew leave to their tasks, Dylan celebrates the victory and the fact that after so long, he is home.|
- "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda - Season 1". Official site (Sci Fi Channel). Archived from the original on April 6, 2005. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
- "INTERVIEW: Brent Stait". Republibot. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
I left the show because I was exhausted. I never had any reaction to the make up other than I was in it for hours and hours on end. I don't know where that allergy idea popped up.
- "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda - Season 5". Official site (Sci Fi Channel). Archived from the original on April 6, 2005. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
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- "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda". Official site (Sci Fi Channel). Archived from the original on August 20, 2005. Retrieved February 13, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Includes detailed episode guide.