Oct. 02, 2000
60 min.
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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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Tyr Anasazi is a Nietzschean character in the television series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, played by popular TV actor Keith Hamilton Cobb.

The name Tyr Anasazi is composed of the name of the old Scandinavian God of Combat, the mighty Tyr, and the term for a prehistoric Native American culture, the Anasazi.

He is the last known surviving member of the once-powerful Kodiak Pride of the Nietzscheans. The Kodiak Pride was betrayed by the Drago-Kazov Clan, the ruling Nietzschean Pride, who once entrusted them with the sacred remains of Nietzschean Progenitor Drago Musevini during the war against the Systems Commonwealth.

Tyr Anasazi was captured and sold by alien slavers at a relatively young age to work in diamond mines. One day the mines caved in and he was buried approximately 200 metres underground, but he escaped, partly due to his indomitable will and his genetically-derived superior strength and endurance. He became a highly paid and talented mercenary and was secretly hired by a wealthy and powerful Nightsider, Gerentex to secure the presumed lost High Guard warship Andromeda Ascendant with the crew of the Eureka Maru.

Following this incident, he joined Captain Dylan Hunt in his quest for a restored Commonwealth alongside the Maru's crew: Beka Valentine, Seamus Harper, Trance Gemini and Rev Bem.

Although Tyr's aggressive attitude and combative nature occasionally put him at odds with Dylan's more pacifistic approach, the two strong men developed a certain respect for each other. Tyr once commented that, in his opinion, if the universe collapsed, Dylan would be one of the only three survivors (the other two being Tyr himself and the cockroaches). Although Dylan knew that he could only "trust Tyr to be Tyr", he also knew how to ensure that what was best for Tyr Anasazi would also be best for the Andromeda.

However, over time Tyr Anasazi did occasionally display some surprisingly self-sacrificing behavior for a Nietzschean, such as when he risked death by hypothermia when trapped on the sinking Eureka Maru with Rev Bem and Seamus Harper so that the comatose Harper could use the only available EVA suit (They intended to flood the sinking ship with water and release it to propel them upwards, with Rev's Magog physiology leaving him better equipped to cope with the temperature).

In season one Tyr married Freya, First Daughter of the powerful Nietzscheans of Orca Pride, and she gave birth to their son, Tamerlane Anasazi, around a year later. Tyr Anasazi was separated from her shortly after the consummation of his arranged marriage and they met again more than a year later. His young son, Tamerlane Anasazi was revealed to be the genetic reincarnation of the legendary Nietzschean Progenitor, Drago Museveni, prophesied to be the Nietzschean Messiah, a great leader who would one day unite the various Nietzschean Prides and lead them to total domination over all the sentient species of the galaxies. This attracted the attention of the Genites, a group of fanatical genetic purists who sought to destroy genetically enhanced superhumans, especially the men and women of the Nietzschean Prides. Freya of Orca Pride died in the conflict with the Genites which brought their armies into Nietzschean territory and virtually wiped out the rest of Orca Pride. Their son Tamerlane Anasazi was sent away secretly for his own safety, with Tyr telling Dylan and the rest of the crew that his son was dead.

In the season three episode "And your heart will fly away", Tyr Anasazi's former lover, a headstrong and fiery Nietzschean woman whom they rescue, named Desiree D'lene, is revealed to be Medea Zimri, out of Isabella by Zarathustra, also of the once-powerful but now fallen Kodiak Pride, though this fact they both state their intention to conceal, when they part at the end of the episode.

In the beginning of season 4, he uses his son Tamerlane Anasazi's DNA to trick all the other Nietzschean Prides into thinking he is the genetic reincarnation of legendary Nietzschean Progenitor Drago Museveni. He secretly unites the Drago-Kazov, the Sabra-Jaguar and the Maroon Prides, the three most powerful Nietzschean Prides, becomes their supreme leader and leaves Andromeda because his people were working with the Spirit of the Abyss. He then looked for the Star Map to the Route of Ages in order to weaken the Abyss and find a way to destroy the terrifying race of the Magog, which threatened all the sentient inhabitants of the Known Worlds with extinction. He ultimately ended up in an alternate universe where thought becomes reality with Andromeda crewmember Beka Valentine.

He bargains with the Spirit of the Abyss: if he is set free, they can use Beka Valentine as a spy on Andromeda's captain Dylan Hunt. Once the Spirit of the Abyss sealed its influence inside Beka, Dylan, new Nietzschean officer Telemachus Rhade and engineer Seamus Harper arrive and attempt to capture him. As he tries to escape, they shoot him in the back and injure him. Defiant to the end, Tyr Anasazi refused to surrender. He fell into the abyss, a canyon with endless darkness, and was never seen again.

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