On 30 Aug 2004 09:37:21 -0700, hanco...
@bbs.cpcn.com (Jeff nor Lisa)
You picked Telemachus Rhade after a single appearance? (all of Steve
Bacic's appearances (except Home Fires) before Ouroboros, when the
current and future Trances traded places, were as Gaheris Rhade, Hunt's
original 2nd in command)? Then perhaps you aren't aware that he became a
series regular in season 4.
Tyr had something going with Beka
He faked having his DNA match Drago Musevni (actually, his infant son,
who everyone thinks is dead, is the one who matches Drago Musevni)
Seamus and Trance remained good friends, while Seamus continued to sniff
anything remotely female
Hunt hooking up with Rommie would massively violate his position as her
superior. Plus we had a horrible example of where that could lead with
Basically, starting at the point you stopped watching regularly.
It's revealed that Trance isn't technically alive (Dance of the Mayflies)
Hunt succeeds in reforming the Commonwealth (end of season2)
Hunt spends much of season 3 in a love/hate relationship with the
Reformed Commonwealth (basically, the political leaders tend to see him
as a loose cannon and threat to their power).
We learn that Trance is trying desperately to head off the future she
comes from, which is very bleak.
In what many people think is the best episode of Andromeda so far (The
Unconquerable Man), we get an alternate timeline story where Gaheris
Rhade won the fight on the bridge of Andromeda Ascendent instead of Hunt.
The inherent pressures of history force him along a similar path of
attempting to re-establish the Commonwealth. Ultimately, he chooses
(with Trance's help) to change the past so that Hunt will win the fight,
because Hunt may succeed where he was failing.
Shortly after that, we get an episode (The Dark Backward) where we see
the universe through Trance's eyes, and see what she is doing that the
rest of the crew are mostly unaware of. She is constantly sorting
through diverging timelines at nexus points to find the timeline with the
best outcome. In the episode, she follows at least 5 timelines before
finding one that leads to the highest survival rate (along the way, every
other crewmember dies one or more times). Despite my normal view of
reset buttons, this is probably my favorite Andromeda episode.
This is followed by arguably the worst episode of Andromeda ever (it gets
my vote) Vault of the Heavens, written by Gordon Michael Woolvett
(Harper). I could describe it for you, but then I'd have to gouge my
The main running sub-story in the second half of season 3 is Tyr's
machinations with various Nietzchian factions. This culminates in the
season finale, when Tyr engineers a massive attack on a key Drago Katzof
world, which draws in Andromeda and the Commonwealth. A massive three
way battle between Tyr's followers, the Drago Katzof, and the
Commonwealth results in all forces being decimated (which was Tyr's
goal). This is Tyr's last appearance as a regular (although he does a
couple of guest appearances in season 4.
Season 5 is dominated season long by the approaching Magog worldship and
by the machinations of the Abyss. After a sequence of more or less
standalone eps that establish that the Commonwealth is still functioning,
although damaged, and that Hunt is more or less on the outs with them,
Telemachus Rhade arrives with Tyr Anasazi as a prisoner. His courier
ship is attacked before it can dock with Andromeda, and Tyr escapes.
This sets up a two-parter that a lot of people dislike, It involves a
three-way struggle for the starmap (the Route of Ages) that had been
recovered a season or so earlier, between Tyr's Nietzchians, a group of
secret puppetmaster types called the Collectors, and the Andromeda. The
Andromeda (and Tyr) end up in another universe, controlled by the Abyss,
Tyr takes a header over Reichenbach Falls, Trance reveals that she is,
literally, an incarnated star, Beka is controlled by the Abyss, and much
fun is had by all.
From this point, the Andromeda goes through a series of holding actions
against the Abyss and the Magog, while being madly pursued by
Commonwealth forces. The public reason for the Commonwealth's pursuit is
their harboring of Rhade, which the Commonwealth (manipulated by the
Collectors) want, but the overtly obvious reason is machination by the
Abyss. Eventually they find out that the reason the Commonwealth ships
always find them so easily is that Beka, under the Abyss's control is
alerting the Commonwealth.
By the time they get the Commonwealth off their back, the Magog Worldship
arrives. The Andromeda fights the Worldship, and loses. The space
habitat they are trying to protect from the Magog is destroyed, we see
the crewmembers, one after another, killed. Trance convinces Hunt to
take the Route of Ages, while remainder stays behind. Rhade is cut down
by Magog, Harper is caught, and presumably killed by Magog (we don't see
him killed, but this is on the space habitat, which moments later is
completely destroyed), Rommie is blown to pieces, Drommie does a kamekaze
crash into the worldship core, and Trance stops being incarnated, and
goes nova, destroying the worldship, the Magog still in space, and likely
everything else in the solar system.
The ep ends with Hunt doing a 2001 type journey, and meeting up with
Presumably a Giant Reset Button is going to pushed in season 5 (since
everyone but Hunt was killed in this ep). I'm guessing Hunt ends up in
another timeline with all the characters alive but slightly different.
"Who needs the big picture? Not me. Hints are fine."
Joan Girardi (after God shows her just a little of his omnipresent brain)