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Masters of Science Fiction: The Complete Series
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From the very beginning, we have struggled to understand time, matter and the infinite universe; who we are, where we are headed, and if we are alone. Great minds and some of the genres most legendary writers and directors have now imagined the most wonderful and terrifying answers to these questions. Join host Professor Stephen Hawking for these six expeditions into the outer realms of scientific imagination, starring such award-winning actors as Sam Waterston, Judy Davis, Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell, Clifton Collins Jr., Terry OQuinn, Elisabeth Röhm, John Hurt, Sean Astin, James Denton, Brian Dennehy, James Cromwell and more.This collection features all six episodes of the acclaimed series, including the two lost episodes Little Brother and Watchbird never broadcast during its original network run.
A wealth of Hollywood talent brings to life six thought-provoking short stories by legendary authors of science fiction in this criminally underrated anthology series. Produced by the same team who brought Masters of Horror to television, Masters of Science Fiction takes a decidedly literate route with its stories--though production values are top-notch, it's the material, and the message behind them, that drives the episodes. The moral complexities of war are examined in Robert Sheckley's "Warbird" (one of two episodes on the set making their debut on this DVD) and "The Awakening," by Howard Fast, while Robert Heinlein's "Jerry Was a Man" and Harlan Ellison's "The Discarded" challenge the definition of humanity. Elsewhere, Walter Mosley explores justice in a draconian future ("Little Brother"), while Nebula winner John Kessel's "A Clean Escape" delivers a Twilight Zone-style sting with its story of a psychiatrist (Judy Davis) attempting to uncover a truth hidden in the mind of her patient (Sam Waterson). The cast in the latter episode is indicative of the level of talent in front of and behind the camera for Masters of Science Fiction; among the other players are Terry O'Quinn (Lost), James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, John Hurt, Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell and Sean Astin, while directors include Mark Rydell, Harold Becker, Michael Tolkin and Jonathan Frakes, and scripts are penned by Ellison, Mosley, and Hugo winner Sam Egan. The emphasis on strong and evocative stories and performances over special effects does much to draw parallels between Masters and such classic genre anthologies as the aforementioned Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits; it's unfortunate that the program wasn't given more of a chance to develop an audience during its brief network run. Equally disappointing are the lack of any supplemental features in the two-disc set. --Paul Gaita
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Some of the episodes really gave me the creeps. The Nuclear Winter episode and the Ship full of mutants episode were noteworthy for their sheer powerful creepout factor. This was some of the best money I spent on great Science fiction in a long time. If you enjoyed, the Twilight Zone and The Outter Limits this is a MUST HAVE collection of six awesome sic-fi stories. The video quality was also first rate. The sound is good as well.
I think much of my lukewarm reaction to this DVD set stems from the mediocre authors' works selected. Specifically, I'm very disappointed in the choice of Robert A. Heinlein's "Jerry Was a Man" as the Grand Master's story for this series. In my opinion, virtually ANY other Heinlein short story would have been a stronger, better choice. I can rattle off a long list of MUCH better stories without even consulting my library, classics such as, for example, "By His Bootstraps," "Goldfish Bowl," "And He Built a Crooked House," "Project Nightmare," "The Long Watch," "Year of the Jackpot" and "Sky Lift," to name just a few. I can't imagine why the producers of this series picked the relative stinker "Jerry Was a Man."
Full-length movies of Heinlein's novels have not been conspicuously successful. Consider, for instance, "The Puppet Masters," which was second-rate on many levels, and the truly execrable "Starship Troopers," an embarrassingly inept, relentlessly depressing gorefest that should not even share the name of Heinlein's masterful novel. "Jerry Was a Man" continues the tradition of poor adaptations of Heinlein's stories. In this case, the original story wasn't even that good. I think the DVD set is worth about three stars--it's okay, but nothing to write home about.
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1. A clean escape
2. Jerry was a man
3. The awakening
4. Little brother
6. The discarded
The stories touch on the value placed on synthetic humans, how judgement by robotic intelligence might be thwarted, on the use of drones to control criminals, and making sure that politicians take responsibility for their actions, how we treat the 'disabled'/ugly among us, and the arrival of unexpected angels.....
PS I have to give it 1 star in order to get it on line . I rate it 100% rubbish and not worth even the compulsory star.
Very good group of stories. Should be on blu ray