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New Interviews (mild spoilers)
In the latest edition of Cult Times (#75). There's an interview with Kevin Sorbo which was conducted during the filming of "Home Fires" and there's a boxout in the news section.
Kevin talks about "Home Fires", about meeting the rest of the cast for the first time, about Bruce Campbell, about the early production start among other things.
His favourite first season episodes are The Banks of the Lethe, The Mathematics of Tears and Angel Dark, Demon Bright
On Trance he says "That's one of the things we discussed at a meeting we had the end of last season. Obviously, we know what's making this show work, and we also know what we need to improve on. Learning more about the Trance character is one of those things. I recently went to my first Andromeda convention and one of the most asked questions was 'Who exactly is Trance? What's she going to be up to this season?' People want to know more about her. We won't be revealing all of Trance's secrets, but we will be delving a little bit deeper into her past, I guarantee it."
Asked if there are any surprises in store for Dylan next season Kevin says, "I wouldn't mind an interesting love story for Dylan. We did an episode last year The Honey Offering that I didn't totally agree with. There was a scene in which Dylan made love to this woman and it didn't make sense to me. Here was this cold-blooded killer who's on a suicide mission to destroy an entire civilization and start a war. Why would Dylan sleep with her?"
"We went back and forth on that one," he laughs. "If you're going to have any of the characters behave one way, then why change him or her for the sake of a single episode, and for no good reason? That was my biggest gripe last year, which isn't bad for an entire season, and the first one to boot. The writers have done a marvellous job, though, developing the show and its characters. They all have an excellent grasp of the series, in particular Robert Hewitt Wolfe [co-executive producer]. He and I speak every day. Robert created Andromeda from the nodes left by Gene Roddenberry, and, as such, really dictates its direction.
In the In Production boxout it says:
There's just one month to go until filming on Andromeda's second season wraps, but it's been one heck of a ride this year. The phrase 'Change is in the air' springs to mind as some seriously significant differences have swept into being. First off, co-creator and executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe departed for pastures new [I bet that's news to Robert!! Methinks someone is a tad confused], leaving the way clear for a whole new approach. one which executive producer and star Kevin Sorbo welcomed with open arms, "Robert is a genius, but was developing stories that were too complicated and too clever for the rest of us to understand. What we now have is a team of very talented people who write standalone stories that can, on occasion, blend together to form a story arc. That simple 'turn-up-tune-in' attitude was what was missing. Now we have that, I really feel we're on track towards making Andromeda an outstanding show."
Some mild spoilers
As well as revamping the entire ship inside and out, the Andromeda's crew has undergone a major change of hue. Lexa Doig's (Rommie) hair becomes a very fetching shade of electric blue in the course of this season. "It's all part of making the facets that are the ship's avatar more individual. Rommie is coming into her own, the hairstyle is just one way of showing her continuing development," says Doig. Certainly the most startling transformation, however, has to be that of wee, sweet, purple Trance. Already minus her tail, the current episodes have more than hinted that Trance has a much deeper side than meets the eye. By the time she undergoes her Doctor Who-like regeneration, there's no mistaking where this creature is coming from. Think red, gold, leather, flashing fire and steely determination and you're almost there, "I am really happy with what's been going on with Trance this season," smiles actress Laura Bertram. "Of course this costume takes a little getting used to, but I think her overall transformation relects more of who Trance really is and how she feels about her role as alongside Dylan and the rest of the crew." Look out for the first viewing Trance's even darker side soon on Sky 1 [ except Sky have decided to drop the show for yet more TNG repeats ]
Kevin Sorbo Interview: Steve Eramo
Andromeda production news: Thomasina Gibson.