Andromeda Series 04 Overview (2003-2004)


Introduction

Captain Dylan Hunt and the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant set out on a mission to rebuild the Systems Commonwealth 300 years after its fall.

The series combines elements of hard science fiction and drama, while dealing with social and political issues such as drug abuse, death, bribery, and intergalactic politics.

Outline

In season four, Dylan is nearly arrested by the New Systems Commonwealth. The Collectors, who were originally keepers of historical information, had broken into 2 factions. The first faction had remained loyal to the Commonwealth’s charter, while the second faction had been using the Collector library for illegal activities. The corrupt faction had also allied with the Spirit of the Abyss, and manipulated the fragile government of the New Commonwealth in order to portray Dylan Hunt as a rogue officer who had gone renegade. The Abyss infiltrates the Commonwealth using many other agents as well.

Eventually the Collectors unite with Tyr and his newly united Nietzschean Prides. Tyr mistrusts the Spirit of the Abyss, but hopes to defeat it by working with it and discovering its weaknesses. He tries to find a map to the Route of Ages – a portal connecting all the universes together. It is possible to weaken the Abyss by passing through it, but Dylan gets the map instead and allows Tyr to follow Andromeda through the Route of Ages because Tyr knows more about the Abyss. He kills Tyr, because he tries to make a deal with the Spirit of the Abyss.

Since the Route of Ages closes before the Andromeda can get back, Dylan has to use Trance’s help. She reveals to him that she is Avatar of a Sun. Trance destroys the Andromeda and re-creates it in the right universe.

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 very pacifist population. Dylan frantically tries to convince them that they have to defend themselves, but the people of the Arkology hope to create a peace treaty 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 overwhelmed. The Arkology is destroyed along with its millions of inhabitants, and Rhade, Beka, and Harper are left in no-win situations. Rommie explodes after being shot through her stomach while saving Harper from the Magog.

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.

Andromeda Series

You can find a full index and overview of Andromeda here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 September 2003 to 17 May 2004.
  • Running Time: 43 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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