Ark II: The Complete Series
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(Nov 07, 2006)
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The show had a fair amount of cool gadgets for a low budget television program including that awesome RV I mentioned. Other cool tech include a working jet pack, a "futuristic" dune buggy, and a talking chimp among other things. Might not be groundbreaking as Star Trek was, but it's enough to keep a kid's sci-fi imagination moving. You even get some nifty guest stars like Jim Bakus (Gilligan's Island), Helen Hunt, Malachi Throne, and Jonathan Harris from Lost in Space even guest stars as a recurring character. Here's a quick rundown of the 15 episodes on this set:
1. The Flies - The crew find a group of kids lead by an elderly leader (Harris) in danger of cannisters containing a deadly gas.
2. The Rule - The crew find a community that forsakes their sick and elderly members, considering them useless to society.
3. The Tank - The crew have to help stop an old army tank that is causing trouble in the area.
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Of course the production values are dated--antique special effects, reel magnetic tapes, red LEDs--but the nostalgic charm is there, as it is for Classic Star Trek. For a kid's show, the writing was superb. It is as good as anything on TV right now, and a bit more intelligent. But what made this series stand out from the hazy crowd was the setting.
Indeed, "Ark II" is a wonderful blending of setting and theme, specifically "scientific redemption." It is set in an post-ecotastophe world, with the science of Ark II renewing the 25th century. For TCM aficionados, it reminds of the organization Wings Over the World in movie "Things to Come." Both rely upon "the freemasonry of efficiency-the brotherhood of science." Actually, it is not just science, but scientism: all problems solved by reason. The keystone is "Scientific optimism."
The series' one quirk was the Aesopian moralizing. I was not bothered by this, since a story without a moral component is not worth seeing. And Filmation never afraid to sermonize, as with other series: "Shazam!," "He-Man," and "Ghostbusters." Unlike the "GI Joe" cartoon where the moral was random sage advice, Filmation's morals flowed from the plot. This forced them to write better, which makes us better too.
I noted two flaws. First, there is the false assumption that science breeds peace. Pre-war Germany was one of the most scientifically advanced civilization, but also one of the most brutal.. Science not only gives us Newtons but also Dr.Read more ›
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I loved watching this as a kid. Like most things, the memory is likely 100x better than the show itself. I don't have a verified purchase tag, because it's ridiculously priced. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jerrasic
What a GEM! Most people don't remember this series or have never heard of it. I LOVE it, and waited for continuation of series [which didn't come :( ]Published 6 months ago by Donald J. Waldschmidt II
Great Movie, Good Quality, Packaged safe and secure, Remember this a kid, Great showPublished 14 months ago by Craig Bullins
Stodgy series about how the world's gonna get better with a bunch of self righteous, morally upright scientists in an ark vehicle driving around all day. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bartok Kinski
Great Kids stories about life in a possible apocalyptic future. MAny ties to Star Trek. Love the vehicle in this, which was also used in a sleeper movie called Damnation Alley.Published on June 15, 2013 by Duane Lindsey
I used to watch this when I was a kid. It brought back a lot of great memories. The ARK II itself is pretty cool as well as the jet pack and the talking chimp.Published on April 17, 2013 by James Chamberlain