Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 02, 2000
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
Syndicated TV Network

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Andromeda

The Commonwealth spanned three galaxies and a myriad of cultures. Dylan Hunt, captain of the starship Andromeda, was frozen in time and awoke three centuries later to find the Commonweath had fallen. To fight back the chaos among the stars, Hunt must use the Andromeda to restore the Commonwealth and bring unity to the galaxy once again.

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Beka Valentine

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Lisa RyderLisa Ryder
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Lisa Ryder started performing as a child through dance, attending ...

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Rebecca "Beka" B. Valentine is a fictional character in the television series Andromeda, played by Lisa Ryder.

History

Beka is human but has never lived on a planet, having been (most likely) born on the salvage ship Eureka Maru which had been built by her drug-addict, cargo-running father, Ignatius Valentine and his friend and business partner, Sid Barry. Beka's semi-rich mother Senator Talia Waterkurk, left the Maru Crew when she was 7, her 'Uncle' Sid also left when she was a child when he and Ignatius had a fight (sparked by the murder of multiple customs officials by Sid). Beka's older brother Raphael Valentine left the Maru some time before Ignatius' death in CY 10097. Some time after inheriting the Maru, Captain Beka Valentine meets Bobby Jensen. They date for a while and Bobby becomes Beka's only crew member, until he lies to her about the nature of cargo they picked up on Earth with the help of Seamus Harper. (Bobby said they were transporting computers when they were actually stealing missiles). Beka breaks up with Bobby and hires Harper, later hiring Rev Bem, Vexpag (who later dies in an accident, traumatizing Beka) and Trance Gemini. In CY 10087 the Maru pulls the Andromeda Ascendant out of the Hephaistos black hole while under contract with Gerentex. The crew join Dylan Hunt to restore the Systems Commonwealth and Beka becomes Andromeda's First Officer and pilot. At first Beka is skeptical about Dylan's quest, taking advantage of the free food and housing provided by Andromeda. But after a couple years Beka finds herself believing in the dream of a Restored Systems Commonwealth.

Beka is very loyal and protective of her crew; she would sooner die than let them down. When things go wrong Beka used to consider leaving the Andromeda (and the danger) behind, especially when her friends had died. After being on Andromeda for five years, Beka’s ability to cope with risk-taking improves and she becomes less inclined to shirk her responsibilities. Although she doesn’t tolerate being lied to, Beka often deals in secrecy, whether it’s looking for the big score or looking for the Engine of Creation. Beka spent her entire life on the Eureka Maru, and although her friends and family have come and gone, Beka and the Maru were never separated for long amounts of time.

Abilities and challenges

Beka's strength and reflexes have been altered to make her reaction time faster, contributing to her already-superb spaceship piloting skills. These alterations were passed down from her father, who was himself genetically altered. (she didn't actually have the alterations done to her DNA). She is also able to change her hair color due to nanobots her father gave her as a child (because having only one colour of hair was boring).

The nanobots that control her hair colour also have the ability to store information (as evidence when it turned out that her father had implanted a video of 'Uncle' Sid murdering people at an air locker to avoid being arrested for drug trafficking).

When Beka reunites with her 'Uncle' Sid in episode 1x11 he doses her with a potent recreational drug called Flash in order to get information from her. Flash is dripped into the user's eyes and makes them temporarily smarter, faster, stronger and better than they usually are, however the feeling of invincibility leads to impaired judgment and erratic, sometimes violent behaviour. Although the dose Beka received wasn't enough to get her addicted, like her father, Beka enjoyed the experience and retakes Flash in episode 1x21 while attempting to reach Dylan's long lost homeworld, Tarn Vedra. She overuses it and overdoses, nearly dying; from then on she has to deal with the lingering need for Flash.

Partnership with Dylan

When Beka was trapped in an alternate dimension with Tyr Anasazi in episode 4x07, the Abyss possessed her to spy on Dylan. Later the crew managed to extract the Abyss from her in episode 4x16, Dylan risking his life to draw the Abyss into an artificially created 'duplicate' of Beka's subconscious mind.

While in Seefra, she seems to lose the loyalty she has for Dylan, saying when she helps him out that it will only be if it's for her benefit. She does help, but seems reluctant to unless she gets something out of it. After the arrival of the Stranger from the future, this seems to change and in the final episode she and Dylan vow to always work together as a crew.

Nietzscheans

In the episode Pride Before The Fall (episode 5x12), Beka Valentine had romantic relations with a mysterious, charismatic young man named Peter (who was Dr. Paul Museveni, who is actually revealed to be Drago Musevini, Progenitor of all Nietzscheans, in clever disguise, though he later revealed his true identity). Peter (Musevini) took samples of Beka Valentine's DNA while she slept, then disappeared through the Route of Ages. By a strange circumstance of time travel, Beka became the Founding Matriarch of the entire Nietzschean Race.

Since the men and women of all Nietzschean Prides grow up in reverence of legendary Nietzschean Progenitor Drago Musevini, they would (if they knew) revere Beka Valentine as the Alpha Mother of the entire Nietzschean race.



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Season 3, Episode 18
05x18 - Quantum Tractate Delirium
Season 5, Episode 18
02x12 - Ouroboros
Season 2, Episode 12
04x12 - The Spider's Stratagem
Season 4, Episode 12
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