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Wow. I was totally unfamiliar with a tv series based on one of my favorite movies. I have watched Logan's Run many, many times over the years. But here was a chance to expand on the movie. I downloaded the entire season and over the past several weeks have been enjoying all 14 episodes immensely. The two stars are evenly paired, but who could ever resist Heather Mendiez (now Mrs. Robert Ulrich) in that barely there outfit. She had a fresh face that fit perfectly into the theme of the show and carries out all of her scenes with aplomb. It's too bad this show only lasted the one season. I would love to see more of Jessica, Logan and REM. Many of the ideas and special effects were ground breaking, but the dialog is well done. Definetly a MUST have for any fan of the movie.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2010
The feature film that ushered-in corridor laser pistol shoot-outs, around the same time as Star Wars, was adapted into a TV series in 1978, and is finally available in an online streaming format (only).
The first episode mirrors the original movie to an extent, aside from the second half, where Logan and Jessica (along with their android pal Rem) take part in an on-going quest for Sanctuary. I really enjoyed the alternate take on the film in this extended episode.
The rest of the TV series has the three "runners" constantly running into small conclaves of people (and aliens or androids) of varying levels of technical sophistication, and they're faced with various moral decisions and opportunistic situations that they need to navigate through.
The effects and costumes are completely campy, and the drawn-out scenes of people's personalities being "split" or any lab/table/laser procedure is hilariously drawn out for 5 minutes of button-pushing, dials being turned, and switches being flipped...yet it all comes across as sort of cool and retro, due the fact the show is otherwise fairly intelligent and well-acted.
What makes Logan's Run so enjoyable and memorable, are the stories and care and effort that go into the characters, regardless if they're static or dynamic, and the balance of campy sci-fi and well-written scripts and stories.
Logan's Run somehow manages to be very entertaining, to this day, unlike the more shallow and glitzy shows from the era such as Buck Rogers and the original Battlestar Galactica, which could not hold my attention nor make me laugh at times like Logan's Run could. It's really an under-appreciated series and movie.
When it's the 1970's, you're on a limited sci-fi budget and you get southern California exteriors and VW's turned into fake hovercraft. Star Wars was soon to transform how much Hollywood should spend on science fiction, but the producers were not about to drop serious coin on sets OR scripts. So, you get predictable tele-play, cheesy action, and yes, bland set design. If you watch a few episodes of Logan's Run and enjoy the drama, may I suggest some of the latest offerings on the Syfi Channel.
This 1 season wonder was completely watchable and had a good heart. It even found a place for old people. Wrinkles created cameo parts for old actors, which took part of the load off of Social Security! It was a series where shiny teens were even interested in parents of parents. I kid, but I could munch a few more boxes of microwave popcorn watching 10 more seasons of this future action flicks series.