Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Slipstream Collection|
Director: Philip David Segal
The explosive final season of one of the most beloved science fiction TV series of all time! Captain Dylan Hunt (Kevin Sorbo Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) has never had it easy. He s been trapped in time near a black h... more »
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Rendesvous with Rommie ;-)
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 10/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I only saw a few episodes of this "Gene Roddenberry Gem that stayed on his desk long after he died", during its original run, but what I saw intrigued me. So much so I bought the novelized version of the pilot in a used book store. But the discs I thought were coing out too slow (2 discs of 1 season at a time THEN a full season after the final set) and too pricey (even here on Amazon). But when I saw the deal for the Complete Set was much better than the sum of its parts, I couldn't resist it. Unfortunately, dummy me spent a gift certificate I had gotten at the same time on another order, but still this is the BIGGEST MEGASET of a series I have ever bought. Now I am going to take the time and watch all these, season by season, so I can finally understand the plots and counterplots (and counterplotz for that matter ;-)) that I missed earlier this decade. I am especially eager to see the first episode where we see Andromeda's physical body working outside the computer let alone the "transition" in Trance. If you bought the other sets or subsets, just complete your collection whichever way is easiest, if you waited to buy all 5 "complete sets", buy THIS set instead. Now to sit back and (pardon my Arthur Clarke) time for a "Renedesvous With Rommie" ;-)"
The Best Ever Set
Scott Z. Carns | US Army, The World | 02/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I believe this is by far the best DVD set ever created. This set is well worth every single penny spent. I absolutely loved this collection. To be able to see every episode and so much behind the scenes information was incredible. I really wished that Andromeda stayed on for many more seasons. I believe shows like these bring some light into our dark world at times. If Andromeda was to come out again, they definitely have someone here willing to watch every winking moment."
Excellent Sci-Fi Series
All About Greyhounds | NH - United States | 10/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Had no idea the Andromeda series was coming out "bundled" together in one box set collection. Was at Best Buy looking at other items and by chance stumbled across the collection. FYI - Best Buy is selling it for $99
Picked it up as a FY'06 Christmas present for the husband. Regardless if you buy it here or through Best Buy, the price is a great bargain for those who can wait for the box set rather than purchase each season individually.
Some of you may wonder about Kevin Sorbo stepping out of the Hercules role well enough to define himself as a different character. He does a great job in the series and is convincing as Dylan Hunt.
What I like about the series is each episode acts as a stand alone with a clear story to tell. Yet, each episode is woven into the entire series and like a puzzle, the pieces fit. My husband and I were hooked from episode 1.
The boxed collection is attractive and the thin paks will not monopolize an entire DVD shelf. The thin paks, when in the box together, display the Andromeda Ascendent on the spinal cover.
Excellent series. This is a good deal."
SEASON 1 & 2 ROCK // 3 & 4 SO-SO // SEASON 5 = RUB
John Kane | 06/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I will start by saying my favorite Sci-Fi is classic Doctor Who. The ones from 1963-1989. I like to use that show to campare other sci-fi to. Problem is, those old Doctor Who episodes were usually 96-100 minutes long. Andromeda and most "modern" sci-fi Shows are limited to 45 minutes or so. Still there are 2 part Doctor Whos episodes that only ran 45 minutes. So whats my point in bringing all this up?
Well if you watched a 45 minute Doctor Who show and then Andromeda right afterwards, you would notice some very stark contrasts. Doctor Who was more of a true Sci- Fi show where the heroes relied on intellectual thought and improvisation to get out of 85% of the scrapes. The Andromeda Crew are much more apt to come down to fire all weapons or physical combat.
Is one of these tendancies better than the other? Not really. Its more of a personal preference. Why some people go to see the WWF and others go to see the Boston Pops. Obviously since I stated I like Doctor Who, I prefer the illtellectual sci-fi. This type of Sci-Fi relied more on building up suspense through some type of mystery that had to be gotten to the bottom of.
Moving on to strictly Andromeda. I like the first 2 seasons. By the way Harper is my favorite character, followed by Tier,(spelling?) Rev, Andromdea, Trance, Becka and the Captain is last. I like the tension between tier and Hunt. Rev was good to help balance the other characters. I preferred Purple Trance over the later version. Why you ask? Well you already had 2 alpha males. Tier and Hunt. PLus you had 2 alpha females in Becka and Andromeda as an android. So the writers decide to turn purple Trance into a 3rd alpha female.
Later, when Rev is gone, the only non alpha charactor is Harper. The drawback to me is that more and more the show becomes physical combat and ship combat. There is one episode in season 3 where the fight scene lasts almost 10 minutes. Think about that in a 45 minute show. The same episode then has part of the crew being chased by the Magog ships for another 10 minutes. Thats 20 minutes where the plot hasn't budged an inch. If your thing is fight scenes, then its great.
The charactors pretty much get boxed in during season three and none of them makes any personal growth. Sadly Harper, though more often then not, saves the crew with his genous, never gets much respect from anyone. In fact the crew keeps treating him like he is a teenager.
I think that the actor that plays Hunt was too big for the show and started to take over the writing to some degree. By season 5 he is even credited as a Producer. The same lines get worn out, like "It's never Easy", or "That can't be good". They were cute for one or 2 episodes but get worn out.
After 2 of my 3 favorite charactors got written out and Harper's role seemed to get diminished. I wasn't that sorry to see the series come to a sputtering end.
The 2 parts that ended season 4 are probably the best 2 episodes of the series, and would have been a good place to end it. In season 5 Harper is completely penned in and its mearly extended bar fights with not much imagination left.
Someone was wanting to know about the extras. They are excellent. Lots of interviews with the actors. Behind the scenes look at make up for Trance and Rev. Picture Galleries, Some explanation and clips of the CG effects. Insight from the producers and directors. Out takes. Pretty well loaded and for the amount of entertainment is a great value.
Like any series that runs 5 seasons, there are episodes so good you can watch them over and over. Then there are ones where you want to send the disc across the room. All in all theres more good than bad in this one."