Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Planet Earth (1974)

Director: Marc Daniels

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Juanita Bartlett

Composer: Harry Sukman

Starring: John Saxon, Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy, Christopher Cary, Diana Muldaur, Sally Kemp, Johana De Winter, Claire Brennen, Corinne Camacho, Majel Barrett, Jim Antonio, Aron Kincaid

More info: IMDb

Plot: Planet Earth is a sequel to Gene Roddenberry's Genesis II (1973) made-for-TV movie, in which a NASA scientist, Dylan Hunt, is revived from suspended animation in the post-nuclear war United States. In Planet Earth, Dylan is now a sworn member of PAX, the colony of people who revived him. Dylan and his PAX team find another colony which is ruled by women and where all men are slaves. He is captured and sold as a slave, but escapes and organizes a rebellion. Dylan once again has a profound influence in the new world that he finds himself in, in the year 2233.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

This is a pilot for a proposed Gene Roddenberry TV series.  It's got vibes of PLANET OF THE APES (1968), Buck Rogers, STAR TREK (1966) and a few others.  I'm not sure in what directions this show would have taken had it been picked up but since this is all we've got to go on, I'm not even sure I would have watched it as a child growing up in the 70s.  Maybe but I would have wanted more sci-fi in it besides it being in the future with several societies living together (primitives, super advanced and everything in between).  The acting is fine for what this is but it's more the story that was just your average TV episode quality at that time.  There's nothing really special about it.  It's a curiosity at most.

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