Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda was launched on October 2, 2000, with "Under the Night," episode one of a two-part story. Kevin Sorbo stars as Captain Dylan Hunt of the Systems Commonwealth High Guard, with Steve Bacic as Hunt's first officer Generis Rhade. Betrayed by Rhade -- who, after all, is only a sub-human Nietzchean -- Hunt and his starship Andromeda Ascendant, which occasionally takes the form of a holographic A.I. avatar called Rommie (Lexa Doig), are trapped in a black hole and left in frozen stasis for 300 years. As Hunt snoozes the centuries away, the Commonwealth falls, leaving the universe at the mercy of various hostile Nietzchean prides. Upon being awakened, Hunt finds himself under siege by Beka Valentine (Lisa Ryder), mercenary captain of the Eureka Maru, who has been hired by Nightsider Gerentex (John Tench) to capture Andromeda on behalf of the Nietzcheans. The starship's crew includes the enormous Nietzchean Tyr Anasazi (Keith Hamilton Cobb), the enigmatic Trance Gemini (Laura Bertram), the intensely religious Rev Bem (Brent Stait), and the resourceful, but slightly unstable engineer, Seamus Harper (Gordon Michael Woolvett). Hoping to locate and recover what is left of the Commonwealth, Hunt begs Beka to leave him alone, but she is unmoved -- until her betrayal at the hands of Gerentex and Tyr.