Andromeda Season One REVIEW
Andromeda Season One Blu-ray review.
Reading this script was a Herculean task.
Release Date: 24 June 2013
2000-2001 | 12 | 945 minutes | £59.99 (Blu-ray)/£34.99 (DVD)
Creator: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Gordon Michael Woolvett, Laura Bertram, Brent Stait, Lexa Doig
There was always something unsettlingly weird about Andromeda, the Gene Roddenberry-inspired Last Great Space Opera about one man’s quest to restore a fallen civilisation after being trapped in the event horizon of a black hole for 300 years.
Maybe it was the unique blend of pretension (the quotations at the start of each show, the episode titles – five are by Nietzsche, four are in Latin) and blatant lowest-common-denominator-chasing (the fist fights, the eye candy). Maybe it was the surreal spectacle of an outstanding cast acting out dreadful scripts. Maybe it was just the theme tune, eerily reminiscent of the Flintstones music, transposed into the minor key. Andromeda never quite worked and never quite failed. You swore you’d stop watching it, and carried on watching.
Season one, before the sacking of show creator Robert Hewitt Wolfe, was as good as it ever got. The shark was as yet unjumped. Dylan was still trying to restore the Commonwealth, Keith Hamilton Cobb (imagine Alan Rickman trapped in the body of Mr T) was still a worthy Avon to Kevin Sorbo’s Blake, Trance was still purple. A pearl-to-lemon ratio of 15 to 7 ain’t bad, and even a stinker like “Rose In The Ashes” has embedded gems like Tyr and Beka’s disastrous dinner date.
Andromeda is best remembered for its character moments – Dylan’s surprise party, Trance’s flying lesson – rather than for the actual stories, and the cast worked so well together that their ensemble scenes somehow transcend the often lousy dialogue. A shame, therefore, that so many episodes pivoted around a lacklustre guest star.
If you’ve never seen Andromeda, or if love is truly blind, buy this set. It’ll be the best waste of money you’ll make this year.
Fans upgrading will want to keep their old DVDs, since none of the commentaries, featurettes or galleries of concept art have made it to this reissue; however, 11 alternate takes, 10 deleted scenes and a blooper reel are carried over.
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