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Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda

The Second Season

by David E. Sluss

2001 - 2002

 
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Cynics Corner Reviews are available for most episodes from
Andromeda's second season.
   
The Widening Gyre (7.0 / C-)
Summary: Can anyone survive the catastrophic events of last season's finale? Probably.
The Bottom Line: It's admirable that the cliffhanger wasn't resolved with a total reset, but this is pretty campy stuff, and there are some things that don't quite wash. More...
  
Exit Strategies (7.75 / C+)
Summary: Chased by Nietzscheans, the crew crashes the Maru on an ice planet and must survive danger from within and without.
The Bottom Line: A respectable followup to the catastrophic events of the season opener, even if cartoonish, "action hour" violence remains the order of the day. More...
  
A Heart for Falsehood Framed (5.0 / F)
Summary: To prevent a war, Beka and her crew must steal a Than artifact from a den of thieves.
The Bottom Line: A contrived, cliched, and often incoherent "caper" episode. More...
  
Pitiless as the Sun (8.0 / B-)
Summary: As the crew tries to protect cargo vessels from mysterious attacks Trance is held captive by an alien trying to smoke out her secrets.
The Bottom Line: A decent outing, even though a few items seem to be the product of fertilizer addiction. More...
  
Last Call at the Broken Hammer (6.0 /D-)
Summary: The crew visits a dive bar on a desolate planet, searching for a women who once led an alliance of worlds.
The Bottom Line: Sloppy storytelling, stock situations, Super-Slo-Mo and Shaky-cam. Can you think of any other S-words to go along with this? More...
  
All Too Human (7.75 / C+)
Summary: When a planet-killing ship threatens a Commonwealth world, Andromeda's android goes undercover to get information from a scientist who helped build it.
The Bottom Line: It has some entertainment value, features good characterization, and is seemingly important to the Grand Scheme of Things, but some of the Action Hour Action is silly and occasionally outrageous, and the implications for the Magog story are somewhat disturbing. More...
  
Una Salus Victus (8.25 / B)
Summary: The Andromeda crew get more when the bargained for on a relief mission to a planet suffering from a deadly contagion.
The Bottom Line: Pretty good juggling of solid A-, B-, and C-stories, but I've got some of the usual concerns, and the ultra-violence in this series is on the verge of becoming comical. More...
  
Home Fires (7.5 / C)
Summary: The crew discovers a world on which Commonwealth traditions and principles have survived over the centuries, but getting them to join Hunt's new Commonwealth proves more complicated than expected.
The Bottom Line: This episode hits some of the right notes, but what's so great about Steve Bacic and/or Rhade that such contrived means must be used to bring him back? More...
  
Into the Labyrinth (7.5 / C)
Summary: One of Enigma's minions tempts Harper with an offer he may be unable to refuse, while a Nietzschean leader does the same to Hunt.
The Bottom Line: An episode which could almost serve as a microcosm of the Wolfe-era Andromeda series, in both the good ways and the bad. More...
  
The Prince (6.5 / D)
Summary: Hunt and Tyr become co-regents to a young prince from a warring planet who is unexpectedly thrust into the role of king.
The Bottom Line: While it displays more literacy than most TV productions, this episode is hurt by stock characters, by-the-numbers plotting, and shockingly poor production values. More...
  
Bunker Hill (6.5 / D)
Summary: Hunt and company are forced to take up arms against the Drago-Kazov, while Harper goes on a mission to liberate Earth.
The Bottom Line: Eighty minutes of story crammed into forty minutes of airtime, with little to show for it at the end. More...
  
Ouroboros (6.0 / D-)
Summary: An attempt to remove Harper's Magog larvae fractures time and space aboard the Andromeda.
The Bottom Line: If  this episode is our transition to the "new Andromeda," we may be in a lot of trouble. More...
  
Lava and Rockets (6.25 / D)
Summary: Pursued for unknown reasons by a relentless enemy, Hunt hijacks a tourist vessel and enlists the aid of its perky pilot.
The Bottom Line: Though this episode is salvaged somewhat by engaging B- and C-stories, its A-story could be the prototype for the "New Andromeda," with plenty of mindless "action" for Hunt, supported by idiotic banter masquerading as characterization. More...
  
Be All My Sins Remembered (3.5 / F)
Summary: Beka's old flame returns with a new agenda and a new body.
The Bottom Line: Is this episode's title supposed to represent irony or self-fulfilling prophecy? More...
  
Dance of the Mayflies (5.5 / F+)
Summary: The Andromeda is invaded by a species that inhabits the dead.
The Bottom Line: The "Living Dead" serve as yet another excuse for mindless, bloodless, Andromeda mayhem and as a somewhat poignant metaphor for the series as it seems to exist now. More...
  
In Heaven Now Are Three (5.5 / F+)
Summary: Hunt, Beka, and Trance try to locate an ancient and powerful relic on a backwater planet, but they're not alone.
The Bottom Line: The best you can say about this episode, a poor man's Indiana Jones caper, is that it... happened. More...
  
The Things We Cannot Change (6.0 / D-)
Summary: While investigating a black hole, Hunt is rendered unconscious, and he experiences an alternate life while his crew works to rescue him.
The Bottom Line: It has more new content than most clip shows, but in the end, the subject matter just isn't that interesting. More...
  
The Fair Unknown (7.5 / C)
Summary: The Andromeda crew makes an incredible discovery while investigating an old Commonwealth planet being raided by Kalderans.
The Bottom Line: It has the usual silly violence and illogic, but this episode may be the last hurrah for Andromeda's original story arc, and on that level it's laudable. More...
  
Belly of the Beast (not reviewed)
  
The Knight, Death and the Devil (not reviewed)
  
Immaculate Perception (not reviewed)
  
Tunnel at the End of the Light (not reviewed)
  
  
Changing Rolls: The Cynic on Andromeda, Descendant
The Cynic reacts to Robert Hewitt Wolfe's departure from the series.
  
The End of the Spool: The Cynic Bids Farewell to Andromeda
The Cynic announces the end of Andromeda coverage at the Cynics Corner.
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