Andromeda. The High Guard, including Captain Hunt, is caught by surprise in the first engagement of the Nietzschean uprising.
Captain Dylan Hunt is forced to evacuate his crew, but Andromeda gets caught on the edge of the event horizon of a black hole, freezing him in time.
303 years later, in CY 10087 (approx 5167 AD), the crew of the salvage ship Eureka Maru locates Hunt’s ship.
The Systems Commonwealth and the High Guard have fallen in the centuries since he was frozen in time, beginning an era known as The Long Night.
Hunt recruits the salvage crew to join him in an attempt to restore the Systems Commonwealth and “rekindle the light of civilization”.
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The series is set thousands of years into the future, and revolves around the Systems Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth claims to be a utopian society, but it is actually in a state of war with the Magog, a predatory humanoid species with bat-like faces that is dedicated to war.
A few years earlier, to show good faith as a result of peace talks, the Commonwealth ceded a key home world to the Magog.
The Commonwealth is defended by the High Guard, with an armada composed of star ships.
The protagonist of the series, Dylan Hunt, is the captain of a Commonwealth ship, the Andromeda Ascendant.
The ship’s computer, a powerful artificial intelligence, is a key character in the series, often referred to as simply “Andromeda” or affectionately as “Rommie”.
The salvage crew comprises its leader, Beka Valentine, a con-artist and expert pilot;
a super-genius engineer named Seamus Harper who can plug his mind directly into computer systems;
Trance Gemini, a mysterious alien of unknown origin whose innocent demeanor hides a surprisingly old soul;
and Rev Bem, a Magog who has adopted a non-violent, Taoist-like religion called The Way (“Rev” being short for “Reverend”).
The salvage crew’s beneficiary also brought along an insurance policy in the form of a Nietzschean mercenary named Tyr Anasazi.
Tyr is the leader of a group of mercenaries, of which he is the only one remaining on board after the opening episodes.
Tyr’s propensity for self-preservation leads him to join Dylan’s crew until better opportunities arise.
As for Dylan, he is determined with his new crew to bring unity to the galaxies by restoring the Systems Commonwealth.
The programs’ tagline summarizes the series as: “On the starship Andromeda, hope lives again”.