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"My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died." Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, brings fans another enthralling tale of the future. Set in a time between now and the era of the starship Enterprise, Genesis II follows Hunt (Alex Cord), who awakes after 154 years of suspended animation into a post-apocalyptic world that's torn between the peace-loving citizens of Pax and the militaristic, mutant Tyranians. Both want Hunt to join their cause. But the Tyranians have two cruel weapons to persuade Hunt: a device of torture called a stim. And an alluring mutant (Mariette Hartley) with two navels...and one ice-cold heart.
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It was noted as one of Gene Roddenberry's other 'visionary' projects (after Classic 'Star Trek') dealing with how the uncanny resilience & ingenuity of human-kind could eventually overcome the formidable obstacle of endless war (even of the Nuclear variety/ type) and forge-ahead to make a better (ie. kinder & gentler?!) society.
Although, in this story most of civilization has already collapsed (after all-out Atomic global war-fare), leaving only small remnants of humanity even around to pick-up the pieces and start over = similar in many ways to 'Planet of the Apes' but without those charismatic Simian thespians!
Anyway, it's interesting how a lot of the SciFi books, movies and even television of the Late 1960's thru mid 1970's were almost 'fixated' on the potent but depressing idea of humans literally 'blowing-it' (as in Up) and having to painstakingly remake civilization, reinforcing anxieties probably due to the lingering 'Cold-war' of the Time (sure glad we don't need to deal with any worries like that Today! Am I Right?!)
But Gene Roddenberry (being television's 'kindred spirit' to prolific futurist Isaac Asimov) always found a way to inspire audiences, and convince us that we will all make it thru, somehow (given enough time, of course!)
note: Alex Cord is good, but Mariette Hartley is great (emanating authentic intelligence, charisma & steely resolve, when absolutely necessary!)
-The subshuttle was a brilliant guess about the future and its even possible that they exist now.
-There are admitted underground locations for politicians and the military but there could even be vast underground complexes for the wealthy already made by now.
-I have heard recently about discoveries that can slow aging. Not as much as was predicted in the movie, but to a noticeable degree.
-The writers who thought of the idea of mutant plants and animals seems to base their believe from evolution of nuclear mutation but it reminds me more of our modern day genetic manipulation done by people in labs with plants and animals.
-Lyra mentions that sunlight is like a medicine. It is known to help the human body produce vitamin d.
-The supposed reason for the nuclear wars was animal lust? not evil? This is another evolutionary based belief where humans are nothing more than advanced animals and lack an ability to be good or evil, they just do or don't do. It seems to me that a nuclear war is more based on the desire for control and the desire to murder or get revenge or to achieve genocide. These emotional choices are not really part of normal animal mental processes in my opinion.
-the Terrarian "training school" is nothing more than a "reeducation facility". It reminds me of parts of the Sword Of Truth books by Terry Goodkind where people can be basically brain washed through torture and or pleasure. There was even a hand held device in the book used to give pain and those who had it were feared.
-the year 2133 where most of the movie takes place, minus the 154 years back to the scenes before the nuclear war, means that it was 1979 before the nuclear war in the movie. This means that when this movie was made, they were only looking 10 or less years ahead (might have taken a few years to film and produce the movie). So, the writers thought that in a mere decade there would be vast underground tunnels and bases, along with Stems that can give pain or pleasure, life extension technology, etc. Well the writers must have been still under the moon landing fever because the predictions they made which were true took a lot longer than a decade.
-It is known that hyperbaric conditions (more air pressure, more oxygen) can cause quicker healing and more oxygen flow to the body due to blood carrying more oxygen (more stamina for work, etc). This makes sense that it would be needed to keep a body in stasis for long periods of time. However, I believe aging would not be fully stopped under these conditions even if some sort of sleep state was induced.
-I was annoyed when I saw the horse being pushed over in the revolt scene. I sure hope the horse was trained for that and I hope it was not an actual accident. I don't know enough about horses to know if they can be ok after being pushed on their sides. I have heard stories of people going "cow tipping" and I assume the cows are ok afterwards, So I suppose the horse was ok, but still annoying to see.
I wondered where the Terranian city location was- imdb.com lists University of California, Riverside California.
I felt like the story had gaps in it and would've been better at 2 full hours but it's still worth a look, get a copy.
I'd been concerned that my old DVD player might not play this "manufactured on demand" disc- had no problems at all. The picture is clear, only occasional specks, and the color seemed good too. The sound level could be better- particularly when Dylan Hunt is revived in 2133- he's very hard to understand, if you can't- too bad- no closed captioning or subtitling.
Not much of a menu page either, just "play" and instructions to use the |<< or >>| buttons on your remote to jump 10 minutes either direction in the movie.