Reviewed on 11/25/2018...
Originally intended by Roddenberry to be a Star Trek series, set hundreds of years after the fall of the Federation. Andromeda is the second title chosen posthumously. Initially this show was to be known as "Phoenix Rising" which makes more sense as you watch. Ship is the Andromeda Ascendant (which would have been another in the line of Enterprises.) You'll notice other cornerstones in this show along the way which are contiguous with the Trek-verse.
The other main influence in this show is Robert Wolfe, one of the producers, and main writers. He was already seasoned Trek alumni, having written TNG and DS9 episodes. While on DS9, he'd pitched ideas for a new Trek series, which Paramount chose not to develop. These ideas are here in Andromeda, shoehorned in with Roddenberry's content. At the end of season two, Wolfe was basically given his pink slip, as the other producers had determined his scripts were too intelligent. The premise of the show is also wrapped up at this point.
Season three onwards has the Captain acting more like Kirk, bedding women left and right and the crew engaging in hero worship (much like what happened with Voyager and Janeway.) The shows are stand alone and simpler too. So, on the whole we almost have two different series in one. I recommend one just take the show for what it is. Interesting fact: The Captain's name Dylan Hunt was also used by Roddenberry in "Genesis II" and "Planet Earth".