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Andromeda Season 1 Collection 1 (Episode 101-105)

4.4 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Based on an idea by Gene Roddenberry, the syndicated series Andromeda confidently wears its debt to Star Trek on its sleeve, recalling the best sci-fi of Roddenberry's heyday. The two-part premiere "Under the Night" and "An Affirming Flame" makes for a terrific introduction to the lead character, Captain Dylan Hunt, played by Kevin (ex-Hercules) Sorbo. He's a sympathetically flawed idealist in command of the Andromeda Ascendant, a massive starship of the now-disbanded Systems Commonwealth. The fall of civilization has meant that although she ought to be a relic, she remains the zenith of technological advancement.

In the first of these five episodes, we see Captain Hunt in battle against 10,000 enemy ships, winning a bout of fisticuffs with a close friend turned enemy traitor, wrestling with the shock of being frozen in time for 300 years, and then diplomatically negotiating his way out of a salvage rights battle for his ship. The Andromeda Ascendant's emotionally driven, lifelike computer is desired by the Eureka Maru salvage vessel, and feisty Captain Beka Valentine can barely stop her engineer Harper from drooling about tinkering with her. The Maru's shipmates are similarly driven: Rev Bem (from another sworn enemy race) has a spiritual calling, while cutesy-pie Trance Gemini's motivations are part of her winning mysteriousness. One final addition is the show's muscle, Tyr, the enemy with a conscience, but Andromeda is Dylan's show all the way. --Paul Tonks


Special Features

  • Includes five episodes
  • Character profiles
  • Alternate takes
  • Costume designs
  • Creation of Andromeda Ascendant
  • TV spots & teasers
  • Behind the scenes
  • Production biographies
  • Bloopers
  • Timeline of the Commonwealth
  • Prop & set concept drawings
  • Glossary of the high guard
  • All Systems University 101

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram, Gordon Michael Woolvett, Lexa Doig
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Robert Hewitt Wolfe
  • Producers: Emily Skopov, Ethlie Ann Vare, Keri Young, Robert Simmonds
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A.D. Vision
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXFV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Andromeda Season 1 Collection 1 (Episode 101-105)" on IMDb

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Since the main character is from "Hercules", I had my doubts. I picked it up anyway, because Gene Roddenberry's name is on it. I am glad I did.
The show does have some weakness- 1. Special effects are always interesting, but look fake sometimes 2. The premise seems to be a little bit shaky: why would those crew decided to join the idealist Captain? They are obviously not the noble type.
Despite those two flaws, it's still worth watching. The concept is original (in the sense that the variation of classical theme done well), the story is good (I think "double helix", the last episode of Vol 1. is the best so far), acting is adequate. In sum, the series has a promising start. It's certainly not Farscape or Star Trek, but you'll enjoy Andromeda if you like this type of sci-fi shows.
As for DVD itself:
Good-
Many special features (alternative takes were interesting).
Good picture quality
Bad-
No subtitles...
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Being a sci-fi fan always on the lookout for new shows to obsess over, I decided to check out Gene Roddenberry's "Andromeda". I wasn't expecting much, and in truth I didn't get all that much. Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo stars as noble Captain Dylan Hunt (i.e Kirk/Picard) who accidently gets himself frozen in time, via a black hole, for three hundred years. When he is inadvertenly rescued by a salvage ship he discovers that everything he knew has been destroyed and "The Commonwealth" (read: The Federation) is no more. He convinces the crew of the salvage ship to join him in an only slightly thought-out quest to rebuild the Commonwealth, thus restoring peace and truth and all that good stuff.
The bench mark for modern sci-fi, in my opinion, is the wonderful "Farscape", and "Andromeda" is, unfortunately, no "Farscape". Still, it isn't boring, and the sets and special effects are decently tight. The characters range from good (the classy Captain Valentine and the oh-so-sexy Tyr) to bad (the Magog, our ... villians) to the annoying (the whiny Harper). One nice touch is the living ship's computer, Andromeda,, or "Rommie". She gets a human body in episode three, but promptly warns the Captain that theirs must be a professional-only relationship. I don't know if they ended up keeping this arrangement, but I think I will rent the next couple episodes or so and find out.
You might want to rent "Andromeda" to see what you think before buying, as it's not amazing or anything like that. There were a few laughs and a couple of good action scenes, and of course Kevin Sorbo frowning intently at the stars.
Bottom Line: Worth checking out for sci-fi fans. GRADE: B-
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By A Customer on August 9, 2002
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The Andromeda DVD set is truly astonishing. The picture is crystal clear. The soundtrack is properly set so that the dialogue remains understandable rather than being overpowered by sound effects or music. There are a lot of special features, including history of the Systems Commonwealth, character biographies, interviews, bloopers, commentaries, set and prop design diagrams, a making-of documentary and more.
This first DVD offering is a pleasant surprise. I hope that the rest of the series will be released with the same high amount of forethought that went into this set. Enjoy!
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Okay, the show is a bit cartoonish--the good guys vever get killed, seldom wounded or bruised. But the cast, plot and CGI graphics make this series a winner overall. Compared to other contemporary TV science fiction, this series stood out. I have watched every episode of all five seasons at least once. There are few substandard episodes. The series was pretty consistent in quality and in following the plot/story line. If you missed this show the first time around, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. If you watched it when it was first broadcast, say hello to an old friend.
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This is the story of Dylan Hunt, captain of the starship Andromeda. Lost in time for 300 years, Captain Hunt leads a rag tag crew in an attempt to restore the Commonwealth of Planets and return peace the galaxy.
This is a great series! This 2 dvd set contains the first five episodes. This is a strong dvd production. The five episodes are presented in anamorphic widescreen. That's an interesting but nice change since the show usually airs in full screen. The prints are crystal clear with no signs of deterioration or flecking on the original film. In fact, these dvd presentations are significantly better than the picture I get on my digital cable. The picture does occasionally suffer from excess brightness. However, this may be a symptom of the fact that the film is intended for television and was lit differently than a film that is intended to be featured in the theater. The soundtrack is rich and full with complete use of the stereo track. I think the soundtrack mix is actually superior to many cinematic dvd releases. Unlike many movies that are released on dvd, the dialogue is always clear and isn't overpowered by the sound effects and score.
The extras on this two disc set are excellent as well. There is a commentary with the director and Kevin Sorbo. A short documentary is present with numerous production sketches, outtakes, and tv previews. The extras really exceeded what I expected from the release of a syndicated tv show.
I'm not going to summarize the individual episodes. The only thing that keeps this from five stars had nothing to do with the dvd quality. Some of these early shows just contain too much plot for the one hour time slot.
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