End of Andromeda, Part 2

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Spoilers Alert.

So I finally decided to sit down and watch the last episode of Andromeda. As I mentioned in my last post on the series, I was putting it off because I felt like the possibilities I envisioned would be more fitting than what actually occurred. After about a week of mulling on those possibilities, I decided I was finally ready to see what happened.

I suppose I’ll mention right off the bat that I’m glad I took a week of hiatus from the show. That week really allowed me to think over what I felt like the mood of the show was, and what it could have been, and what it aspired to. The final episode wasn’t anywhere near the sort of catharsis it should have been, but taking that week away from the series let me get a distance on it not to be disappointed. In many ways I feel like it doesn’t matter what was actually shown. I’d imagined something better in my mind.

To the concrete:

  • Earth was destroyed in approximately 3 seconds, and after that Andromeda immediately jumped away. A planet was destroyed and it was only a footnote in the show. There was a decent conversation between Dylan and Harper, but unfortunately Harper’s character has had five seasons to change into something more mature and didn’t. Too late now.
  • Lots of spatial compression. Apparently, the Route of Ages is right next to every location in the universe. I guess this was necessary for the purpose of getting everything resolved in one episode, but that also means it was narrative compression. If they needed more time to resolve the show they really should have cut down on the Seefra episodes rather than pushing everything into the finale.
  • Pretty predictable twist in that the Lambent Kith Nebula was compromised by the Abyss. Having the second Trance show up after going through the Route of Ages was pretty out-of-left-field, though, and unnecessary. That didn’t really add anything to the show, which is a problem with a lot of things, actually.
  • Unsatisfying resolution. Our characters pretty much just watch as Trance single-handedly destroys the Abyss. (Hey, whatever happened to the “balance” in the universe?)
  • Generally speaking, a satisfying resolution should have given each character a personal stake in the conflict and a reason to celebrate their victory. This wasn’t the case. The ending was most definitely Dylan-centric. Too bad.
  • I would have really liked to have seen Keith Hamilton Cobb show up again for the final episode as Tyr Anasazi and redeem his character. He was most definitely one of the best characters on the show, and it lost a lot when he left. Even when he came back for a cameo, he acted very much out of character. Having him show up as the representative of the Abyss would have humanized the enemy and added personal stakes [for Beka, at least, if not others] and given him a chance to redeem his character. Rev Bem also should have had at least some role to play in the finale.

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