Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Brent Stait, Laura Bertram, Gordon Michael Woolvett, Lexa Doig, Anne Marie Loder, Antonio Cupo, Bruce Harwood, Roger R. Cross, Louis Chirillo | Produced by: Allan Eastman, Majel Roddenberry, Jay Firestone, Adam Haight, Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Show Synopsis: (from Gregory Scott Bledsoe) The galaxy was at peace under the benevolent rule of a federation of planets. There was a race of genetically enhanced humans called Neitchiens (after the philosopher) who are bred and trained to be the embodiment of the existentialist philosophy their namesake promoted. This “bad” race destroyed the "System's Commonwealth." The galaxy fell into chaos and standards of living recessed everywhere. During the initial revolt, one of the warships that flew under the commonwealth's banner, Andromeda, fell into the event horizon of a black hole, just far enough in so that it was frozen in time and space, but not so far in that it was crushed. Three hundred years later it and its only remaining crew were unfrozen by scavengers seeking to loot the ship. Upon learning that the commonwealth had been destroyed, the captain goes on a mission to restore it.
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Avoid—I really liked the first season of this show but it has taken a turn for the worse. The second season has spent a fair amount of time implying that some of the cast members are from a race of demons even though they have the capacity to do good. You may not see this twisted interpretation of good vs evil in every show but it is a reccuring theme every third or so show and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Other than that, there is the mild sexual innuendo and violence that tv producers seem to think is standard.
Usually OK—Another quality effort from Gene Rodenberry. However, unlike previous Rodenberry shows, this show is very sympathetic to spirituality in general, and has a better grip on human nature (ie, sinful). …The show features a good bit of violence and some adult topics, so it is probably not appropriate for children under 14. My favorite character on the show is Rev Bem, a member of a race called the Magog. Magogs are carniverous aliens that live by going from planet to planet and eating the sentient races that live there. Born evil, Bem joins a gentle religious order called "the Way," which is most similar to B'hai. He renounces his carniverous ways and incorporates "the Divine" into his life. He is constantly trying to overcome the impulses of his lower nature and struggles with guilt for the evil he committed pre-conversion, and the evil nature of his race. He serves sort of a "ship's counselor" type
function on Andromeda, as well as being a formidable warrior. It would be too much to ask for his religious system to be more closely modeled on Christianity, but Christians will recognize many of the elements and themes of "the Way," and story elements brought out by the Rev Bem character. Overall, it is a quality show. Explores many of the types of moral and spiritual questions important to Christians, and that lead people to become Christians. If nothing else, it makes a good platform for discussion with non-Christian friends to whom we are trying to witness.
Usually OK—Andromeda: A wonderful show that was created by the late great Gene Roddenberry that all the qualities of being a fan favorite. But one must beware that the creator of this show often questioned the existence of the creator of us all.
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