More than 3000 years ago, aliens from a planet called Tarn Vedra in the Andromeda galaxy invented a way to travel across the stars almost instantaneously. They called it Slipstream, and they used it to build a vast commonwealth of planets across six galaxies. When Earth was ready, we were welcomed into it. It was a vast, diverse group of cultures working together in peace, striving to spread civilization across the Universe. Unfortunately, some factions came to disagree with the Commonwealth's methods.
The Nietzscheans - a group of genetically engineered humans who follow a strict interpretation of Nietzsche - felt that the Commonwealth was weak because it made treaties with its greatest enemies - the Magog. So they formed a rebellion and attacked the Commonwealth of which they were a part. The result was a civil war that plunged the Universe into a new Dark Age. One of the first casualties of that war was a Glorious Heritage Class starship called the Andromeda Ascendant. Most of her crew abandoned ship, but her captain - Dylan Hunt - remained on board as the ship fell dangerously close to a black hole.
Three hundred years of darkness passed. The Commonwealth was gone. Interstellar communication became undependable. Slipstream routes fell into disuse. Some still traveled the stars, but the journey was full of piracy, unmarked dangers and people fighting for their lives. Technology stopped developing and even reverted in some ways. A few local governments held together, but most of them were brutal and fascist. The remnants of the old Commonwealth decayed.
A salvage vessel called the Eureka Maru then found the Andromeda Ascendant and pulled her free. When they boarded the High Guard relic, they found that Dylan Hunt had survived - the whole ship had been caught in severe time dilatation. From Dylan's perspective, only a few moments had passed since his crew escaped. But outside the black hole, darkness had fallen across his beloved Commonwealth. Dylan once protected civilization, he now felt an obligation to rebuild what had been lost. As someone who knew what it was like to live in a Universe that was for the most part safe and at peace, he felt he and his ship could bring back the Commonwealth. He recruited the crew of the Eureka Maru, and ever since they have been searching the galaxies for worlds who are willing to join the New Commonwealth.
This series, still in production, is composed of 3 season and 66 épisodes. It was first aired in Syndication the 7th October 2000.
ANDROMEDA is a series once more imaginated by Gene Roddenberry, the creator of STAR TREK, who died in 1991. As the series EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, his widow, the high productive Majel Roddenberry, perpetuated her husband's vision. It is so unsurprising to find in Andromeda some STAR TREK feelings well known by the fans.
Directors: J. Miles Dale, Allan Eastman, Richard Flower, Allan Harmon, Allan Kroeker, George Mendeluk, Jorge Montesi, Michael Robison, Mike Rohl, T.J. Scott, Brenton Spencer, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, David Winning
Screenwriters: Steven Barnes, Robert Engels, Matt Kiene, Ashley Miller, Erik Oleson, Joe Reinkemeyer, Gene Roddenberry, Emily Skopov, Zack Stentz, Ethlie Ann Vare, John Whelpley, Walter Jon Williams, Robert Hewitt Wolfe