The Nietzscheans leave the Commonwealth and Tyr leaves Andromeda.
Some time after the last episode (Tyr is back on Andromeda), Hunt receives word from the Commonwealth that the Nietzscheans are seceding from the union and have started attacking random planets and drifts.
But wait, whats this? Andromeda gets a special delivery: two very large boxes. Gee, I wonder whats inside…oh crap, a Nietzschean boarding party. They pulled a Trojan horse!
They storm the ship, grab Drago Musevni’s bones from Tyr’s quarters, then steal the Eureka Maru. But oh-oh, these Nietzscheans, as we soon discover, are working under Tyr’s orders.
Andromeda follows the Maru into Nietzschean space to the Drago-Kazov homeworld. Ataturk arrives and outs Tyr as the new leader of the Nietzscheans, then starts towing Andromeda as a trophy.
Tyr wants to use Andromeda to destroy the Drago-Kazovs because he hates them and thinks they suck, but Hunt doesn’t like this idea.
A bunch of Commonwealth ships arrive and get in a fight with a bunch of Nietzschean ships. Then a bunch of B-grade alien ships (the Kalderans, Ogami, etc.) arrive and also fight the Nietzcheans before turning on the Commonwealth and destroying them as well.
While this is going on, Tyr decides to leave the Andromeda crew: “Any dubious obligation I might have had to you, I have fulfilled.” He heads out in a slipfighter. “Live well, Tyr Anasazi,” says Captain Hunt.
There were a lot of twists and turns in this episode, but it’s a little hard to keep up with all the betrayals and not-betrayals. And the fleet battle at the end felt a little tacked on, especially with the arrival of all the other alien races who seemed to have nothing to do with the preceding events. Still, for what it’s worth, it’s one of Andromeda‘s better season finales.
Sadly, this is really it for Tyr’s actor, Keith Hamilton Cobb – he’s no longer a part of the cast, but he will show up in a two-parter next season (after a haircut!) to give the character closure. It’s too bad, considering, as a stage actor, he brought a lot of gravitas to the show. But from what I’ve heard, it seems he only signed on for three years anyway, so at least the writers had time to prepare for his exit.