The Starlost - The Complete Series
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Science fiction of course is one genre that usually succeeds or falls on the believability of its effects if not the actors' abilities to make believable that which is under-whelming visually. That said the original Star Trek is a prime example of extremely limited effects being more than offset by a cast dynamic that integrated a level of believability beyond the rubber masks and wigs. The flip side of this, arguably, can be witnessed in later efforts like Buck Rogers and Galactica 1980; in which effects actually outshone the premise and acting.
So what does any of this have to do with the Starlost you ask? Simply this: Broadcast initially in 1973 in Canada and syndicated to local networks in the United States at the same time, SL finds itself cemented firmly in between the titles mentioned above. So even going in it's safe to expect limited effects abilities, wonky outfits and a whole lot of facial hair but it's the negativity surrounding this short-lived series that seems to be its notoriety first and foremost.
In the event that you have no clue as to the drama surrounding this space drama, allow me to briefly recap. The series began back in early 1973 when a 20th Century Fox television producer approached speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison to develop an idea for a science fiction TV series to essentially fill in the void left by Star Trek's disappearance from airwaves.Read more ›
All in all, this dvd release has been a long time coming and I cannot wait for my set.
Have an open mind, and give the show a chance before bowing to the critics who will pan the show, you may be pleasantly surprised!
My rating is on the content which hopefully will be matched by a superb quality dvd release!
Originally, this series had the involvement of SF great Harlan Ellison, but after everyone from studio execs to apparently the photocopier repair guy got to have their "input", the series was so gutted and emasculated that Mr. Ellison removed his name from the production completely and substituted his WGA alias (Cordwainer Bird) as allowed when someone is completely disgusted with what has been done to the screenplay.
There are faint glimmers of genius still left in the twitching corpse the stories became and some intruiging plot lines that never got resolved (There appears to be evidence that there may have been a mutiny as well as other problems among the crew running the generation ship..many critical log entries have been erased....)
Some of the plots are hokey to the point of beggaring belief: Giant bees (badly back projected) threaten our heroes in one area, in another, they must make repairs to a circuit board by being shrunk down to the size of transistors...apparently the ship lacks magnifying glasses, tweezers and soldering irons.
If you've never seen the show, rent it first. Some of us will buy it simply because of what it could have been.
Either way, pick up Phoenix Without Ashes to see what Ellison really intended.
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this DVD collection is probably the best series of it's type from the 70's - superb action and plot - everything is in this sci-fi show but one very important part ----- the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ken harrison
absolutely brilliant definitely worth adding to your collection worth every dollarPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am of 2 minds on this series, which I saw when it came out and reviewed with pleasure and frustration. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert J. Crawford
I remember first seeing this, when I was in 7th Grade. The show introduced Me to the writings of Harlan Ellison (AKA Cordwanier Bird), Ben Bova and Ursula K. LeGuin. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Kaposztas
Tremendous cheezy series from when I was a young kid. Still the best type of Sci-fi for me -- mennonite farmers wandering endless corridors on an out-of-control super-advanced... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul