crew profiles andromeda  

Robert Hewitt Wolfe


Kevin Sorbo commands the new Andromeda
Taken from TV Zone #131


1) Dylan Hunt (Kevin Sorbo)

Kevin Sorbo as Dylan

The last starship captain of the former System’s Commonwealth High Guard. Now separated by several hundred years from his fiancé and the original ship’s crew, Dylan is struggling to restore order to a universe that is very different from the one he once knew. His main tie to the past is his sentient ship, the Andromeda Ascendant.

2) Beka Valentine (Lisa Ryder)

Lisa Ryder as Beka

Former captain of the freighter, the Eureka Maru, which helps rescue the Andromeda, Beka now acts as Dylan Hunt’s unofficial second in command. “Her ship is small enough that it fits inside Andromeda, which is huge,” explains Wolfe. “The Eureka Maru is a decent-sized ship, it’s probably bigger than a Runabout, it’s definitely smaller than the Defiant for example, but the Andromeda is humongous.” As for the relationship between Dylan and the beautiful, sharp-witted Beka, “tThey definitely have a tempestuous and good and interesting relationship. It’s all laid out in the bible, where we’re going with the relationships, but I just don’t want to give away too much too soon.”

3) Andromeda (Lexa Doig)

Lexa Doig as one form of Andromeda

A sentient ship, fiercely loyal to captain Dylan Hunt. “It’s representative of the kind of technology that existed when the ship is built. Obviously, in the glory days, there were many of them. What I tried to do is really approach this in a logical way; what kind of things would a ship need to be able to do, how would it function, what features would it have, how much personality.” Andromeda is also able to manifest itself in a number of human-looking bodies that can be in several locations simultaneously. “That was one of the things in Gene’s notes,” says Wolfe, “the idea that a starship could be fully alive and be a person in every way. The ship should be able to drive itself and do all that stuff, so she can do all that, but she’s a person too.”

4) Trance Gemini (Laura Bertram)

Laura Bertram in a Trance

A mysterious purple alien, who acts as the ship’s life support officer, botanist, xenobiologist and medic. “She’s great with anything that’s alive,” notes Wolfe, “plants, people; she’s really not very good with machines, they don’t really appeal to her.”

5) Tyr Anasazi (Keith Hamilton Cobb)

Keith Hamilton Cobb as Tyr Anasazi

A genetically-altered Nietzschaen, he believes in social Darwinism and survival of the fittest. “He’s a very powerful and unpredictable man, a big strong guy.” The Nietzschaens are also one of the primary reasons for the fall of the Commonwealth. “Everybody has their own agenda, and their own reason for being on the ship and a specific place where they’re coming from. I know where everyone is coming from, but it will take a while before we reveal all our secrets to the audience.”

6) Harper (Gordon Michael Woolvett)

Gordon Michael Woolvett as Harper

The ship’s engineer and general fix-it guy. Lacking in social graces, Harper’s reason for being on the ship is simple: “It’s a hell of a lot better than the alternatives,” claims Wolfe. “Harper in particular has had a very hard life, so there are definitely attractions to being on the ship for him that wouldn’t necessarily be available other places.”

7) Rev Bem (Brent Stait)

Brent Stait as Rev Bem

Part of a carnivorous race called the Magog. A scientist, linguist and priest, Rev Bem is still identified with his notoriously vicious race. "He's walking that razor's edge pretty much every day, which makes him a cool guy," says Wolfe. "Most of the time, he seems perfectly nice and pleasant, but that doesn't mean he's not a time bomb, he;s just not ticking out loud."

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