YMMV / Andromeda

  • Author's Saving Throw: Obviously the "hardcore fans" will not agree with this observation, but to those outside that circle, it is fairly obvious that many of the plot twists throughout the show were introduced to fix problematic characters or elements.
    • Trance Gemini, while always lovable, is undeniably corny in her purple form; the new-Trance introduced in "Ouroboros" is significantly more complex and mature, and in some viewer's eyes, more fitting for the show.
    • After three seasons of attempting to develop Tyr Anasazi while also looking for any excuse to bring Gaheris Rhade back with a flashback or alternate timeline, the writers finally threw up their hands and concluded that Rhade might offer more for writers and viewers, having a more tangible personality and a somewhat more enthusiastic actor, so they wrote Tyr out and brought in Rhade's clone descendant.
    • While some viewers may consider the Magog of Season 1 to be Nightmare Fuel, others are reminded of the Party Store Gorilla. It's probably not a coincidence that in later seasons the Magog were often not shown onscreen when attacking, with only their ships and characters' reactions to them being shown. Season 4 eventually found an excuse to change the species altogether by bringing in an evolved version of the Magog from the future and completely changing Rev Bem's appearance for guest appearances.
  • Awesome Music: The High Guard Battle March.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Midea, the only other Kodiak Nitzchean alive. While claiming she's So Beautiful, It's a Curse and how all men want her, her arrogant, painfully melodramatic and insipidly vain preoccupation with physical beauty is downright insufferable, even as her personality is played straight as a perfection to be aspired to. A real case of Canon Sue in this series, it comes as a relief when Becka shoots her... and irritating when she survives.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Andromeda is a character from Greek mythology renowned for her beauty; which is probably where the producers got the idea of having the personification of the ship be a hologram of a beautiful woman.
  • Fridge Horror: If post-Ouroboros Trance is adult Trance, then does that make pre-Ouroboros underaged Trance? Much less squicky once it's established that she's several billion years old star using an artificial humanoid body as a sockpuppet.
  • Growing the Beard: The series' lighting, make-up, costuming, and writing improves after the first mid-season break (beginning with "Music of a Distant Drum" and "Harper 2.0"), and introduces the Magog/Spirit of the Abyss plot and a shift to a more ensemble-based set up. The cheese also shifts from embarrassing to self-aware and fun. Many fans believe this was undone shortly after "Ouroboros," while others feel that episode was when the show truly Grew the Beard.
  • Informed Attribute: The Magog are treated as the most terrifying race in the universe. When they actually appear onscreen, they... don't quite live up to the hype. Not only are they very obviously people lumbering awkwardly in animal suits, but they get shot down as easily as Storm Troopers when a swarm is attacking a small group of heroes, and have some cringe-worthy dialogue like "Leader... not want food?" that seems more fitting for a show aimed at very young children than a sci-fi drama. It's probably not a coincidence that the Magog were replaced by other villains in later seasons, and when they did crop up, were rarely actually shown outside their attacking ships. On the other hand, they can actually become genuinely terrifying once you know what they're actually capable of, particularly with regards to their reproductive methods. Just goes to show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Dylan gets called out by this several times, especially be Nietzscheans. He is almost never bluffing, up to and including calling down nuclear-level weapons on his own position.
  • Narm: Undeniably part of the entire show. Especially in the early seasons. For fans it's often Narm Charm.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Magog, aside from their physical appearance. They manage to top the Borg and the Daleks as a terrifying villain race.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A young Cobie Smulders appears in the two-parter finale as Rhade's wife Jillian.
  • Seasonal Rot: Most hard core fans tend to think that Andromeda ended at "Ouroboros", the last episode made with Robert Hewitt Wolfe in charge (halfway through the second season). Before the show become all about Dylan and the seasonal plot arcs were dropped. After the series ended, Wolfe produced a short story called "Coda" that ignored everything after "Ouroboros" and told his plan.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The Magog are meant to be the most terrifying race in the universe, but when shown onscreen... suspension of disbelief may take more than a bit of effort.
    • The CGI varies between well-done, and "1990s PlayStation game" quality depending on the episode. While the space scenes generally look pretty decent given the time and budget, the same cannot be said for surface scenes, and the computer-generated elements do not always mesh well with the physical elements. The varying quality is more obvious during the earlier seasons.