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Genesis II
     

Genesis II

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey, Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy

Cast: John Llewellyn Moxey, Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy

 
On three occasions between 1973 and 1975, Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry attempted to launch a new science-fiction series. All three pilot films were predicated on the premise of a modern-day scientist awakening after nearly two centuries in suspended animation. The first of these feature-length pilots was Genesis 2, which debuted March 23, 1973.

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On three occasions between 1973 and 1975, Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry attempted to launch a new science-fiction series. All three pilot films were predicated on the premise of a modern-day scientist awakening after nearly two centuries in suspended animation. The first of these feature-length pilots was Genesis 2, which debuted March 23, 1973. Alex Cord stars as Dylan Hunt, who opens his eyes to discover that he now resides in a post-apocalyptic world. He is reluctantly recruited into a resistance movement, aimed at toppling the present despotic regime. The film's "money scene" involved leading lady Lyra-a (Mariette Hartley), who at a crucial plot juncture lifts her blouse to reveal that she has two navels. When Genesis 2 failed to click as a series, Roddenberry and company tried again with Planet Earth (1974); when that didn't sell, the property was reworked as Strange New World (1975).

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This stab at a series pilot by Gene Roddenberry manages to be overambitious and underrealized all at once. The biggest problem of Genesis II is that it is too big in conceptual terms for its television limitations. The script has a promising plot and plenty of interesting ideas for its post-apocalyptic world but it simply tries to cram too much into too tiny a space. As a result, there's more than one moment in the story where important developments are either clumsily delivered via dialogue or breezed through in a too-hasty fashion. John Llewellyn Moxey's direction handles the action and drama components nicely but is hampered by the limited scope of a t.v. budget. Some of the sets and costumes look distressingly cheap, adding an unintended element of camp to the proceedings (look out for the really awful wigs on the male Pax characters). The best element of Genesis II is the acting: Alex Cord fits the retro-macho style of a Roddenberry hero nicely and Mariette Hartley delivers a highly effective turn as the inscrutable, possibly dangerous romantic interest for Cord. The end result delivers a certain amount of b-movie-style fun for sci-fi fans in the right forgiving mood but even they would have to admit that Genesis II isn't Gene Roddenberry's finest hour.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316203392
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
26,274

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alex Cord Dylan Hunt
Mariette Hartley Lyra-a
Ted Cassidy Isiah
Percy Rodrigues Primus Isaac Kimbridge
Harvey Jason Singh
Titos Vandis Yuloff
Lynne Marta Harper-Smythe
Majel Barrett Primus Dominic
Leon Askin Overseer
Liam Dunn Janos
Linda Grant Astrid
Robert Swan Lahyn-n
Beulah Quo Primus Lu-Chan
Dennis Robertson General
Ray Young Tyranian Teacher #2
Tom Pace Brian
David Westberg Station Operator
Robert Hathaway Shuttle Car Operator
Tammi Bula Teenager
Didi Conn TV Actress

Technical Credits
John Llewellyn Moxey Director
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Gerald Finnerman Cinematographer
Gene Roddenberry Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Sukman Score Composer
George Watters Editor

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