Planet Earth

Planet Earth

Director: Marc Daniels

Cast: Christopher Cary, Ted Cassidy, Johana de Winter

     
 

Planet Earth was the second of three look-alike attempts by Star Trek maven Gene Roddenberry to launch a futuristic TV series for the 1970s (the first was 1973's Genesis II, and the third was 1975's Strange New World). John Saxon stars as Dylan Hunt, who awakens from suspended animation in the year 2133. The "big war" has come and gone; oneSee more details below

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Planet Earth was the second of three look-alike attempts by Star Trek maven Gene Roddenberry to launch a futuristic TV series for the 1970s (the first was 1973's Genesis II, and the third was 1975's Strange New World). John Saxon stars as Dylan Hunt, who awakens from suspended animation in the year 2133. The "big war" has come and gone; one of the few surviving pockets of 20th-century civilization is the city of PAX. This 2-hour pilot film details Hunt's adventures in this Brave New World when he is captured and enslaved by a society run by women. He is rescued by the scientists of PAX, presumably as a means of getting Roddenberry's series off the ground. But except for this film, first aired April 23, 1974, Planet Earth never got into orbit.

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Planet Earth was essentially a "reboot" for a past Gene Roddenberry pilot, Genesis II. The end result is an improvement on its predecessor but one that still has some key problems. On the good side of things, the script has a stronger, more action-oriented plot and packs an impressive but workable amount of story into its slender running time. Unfortunately, said plot borrows heavily from the camp classic Queen of Outer Space and its attempt at a message about the battle of the sexes has an smarmy, macho attitude that short-circuits its more noble impulses. That said, Planet Earth can be fun if approached in a B-movie frame of mind. Marc Daniels' direction keeps things rolling at a fast clip and the action is plentiful. Better yet, John Saxon makes a great, square-jawed hero and his performance gets nice support from Janet Margolin as his thoughtful, pacificist colleague and Diana Muldaur as Saxon's imperial, control-freak nemesis. The end result is basically the 1970's television equivalent of a 1950's B-movie - and Planet Earth delivers pulpy thrills to make up for its thematic confusion, at least for genre fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316204078
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
7,148

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Cary Actor
Ted Cassidy Actor
Johana de Winter Actor
Janet Margolin Actor
Diana Muldaur Actor
John Saxon Actor
Sally Kemp Treece
Claire Brennan Delba
Corinne Camacho Bronta
Majel Barrett Yuloff
Jim Antonio Jonathan Connor
Aron Kincaid Gorda
John Quade Kreeg Commandant
Lew Brown Merlo
Raymond Sutton Kreeg Captain
Joan Crosby Kyla
James Bacon Partha
Craig Hundley Harpsichordist
Robert McAndrew First Dink
Bob Golden Second Dink

Technical Credits
Marc Daniels Director
Ed Baer Set Decoration/Design
Arch R. Dalzell Cinematographer
Robert H. Justman Producer
Robert Kinoshita Art Director
Gene Roddenberry Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Sukman Score Composer
William Theiss Costumes/Costume Designer
George Watters Editor

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