Starlost: Complete Series available in DVD
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When the planet is threatened with destruction, earthlings build a gigantic spacecraft known as the Ark to save the last of humanity. After an accident kills the crew, the airlocks connecting the ship's domes are sealed. Cut off from one another, many groups gradually forget they are on a spacecraft; as the centuries pass, each culture evolves into an enclosed society, a world unto itself that is 50 miles in diameter. Unbeknownst to the Ark's inhabitants, they are drifting through deep space on a collision course with a sun. In A.D. 2790, a young man named Devon (Keir Dullea) discovers that his world is much larger than he was taught to believe and uncovers the Ark's fate. Devon and friends Rachel (Gay Rowan) and Garth (Robin Ward) must learn all they can about the Ark if they are to save it and the colonists aboard. Created by science-fiction great Harlan Ellison, The Starlost was a Canadian-produced science fiction television series that aired in 1973 on CTV in Canada and on NBC in the United States. Now, for the first time, all 16 episodes are available in this collection.
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A Canadian science fiction TV series from the early '70's that was the brain child of science fiction greats Harlan Ellison, Ben Bova, and Doug Trumbull. Conceived as a show that would bring honor and accolades to the genre, using state-of-the-art technology and the best writers in the market, potential and expectations were high. Unfortunately, the industry wasn't convinced and the finances were not forthcoming. The show stumbled through one season with little money, much cheaper tech, and lackluster writing (mostly). But, call it nostalgia, call it lack of taste, I like the series. I remember seeing this show as a 10 year old and feeling a sense of wonder that is at the root of all science fiction. The overall story arc is fascinating: the reason for the creation of the spaceship, Earthship Ark, 50 separate and isolated domes housing 50 distinct cultures that have forgotten they are on a ship, an audiovisual "Librarian" that dispenses information that may or may not be trustworthy when asked, imminent doom unless the ship's course can be changed and the only ones capable are 3 country bumpkins (our heroes and heroine). Classic science fiction motifs on a solid science fiction foundation in a show that screams 70's style, fashion, and sensibilities. Gotta Love it! Space 1999 may have had better special effects, Robinson Crusoe on Mars used better science, UFO had more mystery and tension, but there's just something about Starlost you have to see. Starlost is a casebook study of that strange time in Television post Star Trek:The Original Series and prior the first Star Wars movie. What have you got to lose, but a little time with The Starlost?
I remember when this show came out in 1973. The special effects may be cheesy by today's technological standards, but I recently viewed clips of the first episode on YouTube...and I was captivated by the storyline. I know "The Starlost" got some bad grades from some critics for it's questionable level of acting, but remember: in 1973, we had no CGI or advanced visual effects like George Lucas would show us years later. "The Starlost" came and went too quickly, and I think I missed a few episodes. I can't wait until my copy comes in. Walter Koenig (yes, MR. CHEKOV from STAR TREK (TOS)) is even in a couple of episodes!