More than 3000 years ago, aliens from a planet called Tarn Vedra in the Andromeda galaxy invented a way to travel across the stars almost instantaneously. They called it Slipstream, and they used it to build a vast commonwealth of planets across six galaxies. When Earth was ready, we were welcomed into it.
It was a vast, diverse group of cultures working together in peace, striving to spread civilization across the Universe. Unfortunately, some factions came to disagree with the Commonwealth's methods.
The Nietzscheans - a group of genetically engineered humans who follow a strict interpretation of Nietzsche - felt that the Commonwealth was weak because it made treaties with its greatest enemies - the Magog. So they formed a rebellion and attacked the Commonwealth of which they were a part. The result was a civil war that plunged the Universe into a new Dark Age.
Despite the near-constant anticipation of seeing some yoddeling warrior woman leaping out of a side alley (a character-niche well covered by 'Tyr') this is a great sci-fi flick... and has the 'Star Trek' bonuses of 'a universe full of amazingly humanoid lifeforms' without seeming too unbelievable, an ever-increasing list of possible plotlines and some cool weapons that look somewhat common but have some decidedly uncommoon effects on space/time.
Well into it's fourth season in the States, this series screened on Sky Digital in New Zealand and is now available on DVD. At 2 episodes per $29.99+/- disc, 11 discs per series, this series could be considered a little expensive, but is well worth it if you liked Star Trek : NG, DS9, Voyager, etc.
Very frunky indeed. Well worth a view, so if you know a Sci-Fi buff, talk them into buying the discs, so you can borrow them. :)
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