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Genesis II (1973)

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A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Primus Isaac Kimbridge
Harvey Jason ...
Titos Vandis ...
Bill Striglos ...
Dr. Kellum
Lynne Marta ...
Harry Raybould ...
Primus Dominic
Liam Dunn ...
Scott Graham ...
Tyranian Teacher
Ed Ashley ...
Linda Grant ...


Dylan Hunt, a scientist, puts himself into suspended animation in a NASA cavern in 1979 to establish if he could be brought back to life in a couple of days to research into extending the process to astronauts. However the cavern collapses during an earthquake and Dylan doesn't recover until the year 2133. During the 154 years he had slept, war has broken out and the world's scientists rebelled against the war-loving military and developed a society known as the Pax, whose goal is to keep the spirit of mankind alive. However there are also the mutant Tyranians who plan to be Nazi-like rulers of the slowly recovering world. Dylan is tricked by the Tyranians who plan to use his knowledge of the past to rebuild their nuclear generator and therefore make their plans complete. Can the Pax and Dylan stop them or will the man from the past destroy the future?... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Tonight your television set becomes a time machine to the 22nd century.







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The name of the main character, Dylan Hunt, is the same as the main character in another Gene Roddenberry TV movie, Planet Earth (1974). Years later, the name was given to the main character in the Roddenberry-created series Andromeda (2000). See more »


When Dylan Hunt is first shown being discovered after the earthquake, his right leg is hanging off of the table he is strapped to. When the camera angle switches to the inside the chamber, both legs are now on the table See more »


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Interesting, strong premise
12 April 2002 | by (Vassar College) – See all my reviews

Originally filmed as the pilot for an aborted television series, this television movie from the creator of Star Trek stands as a strong piece of entertainment on its own. It's rarely seen today; there has never been official VHS or DVD release in America, in fact.

The movie demonstrates a lot of ingenuity (the sub-shuttle and the idea of Freud as a saint come to mind). It also captures some of the magic of the original series in its themes, but presents them with a 1970s mentality. It also has some of the camp charm of the original Trek (especially in regards to the underground cave set); the futuristic city's architectural style reminds me of a better realization of the planet Deneva from the original series episode "Operation--Annihilate!" The parade of former Trek actors -- Majel Barrett (Christine Chapel), Percy Rodgriguez (Commodore Stone), Ted Cassidy (Ruk), and of course, Mariette Hartley (whose two belly buttons here is a "gotcha" to the censors, who wouldn't permit her belly button to be shown on the original Trek) is also sure to please any original series fan.

While the film occasionally lapses into weak moments (the reactions to the nuclear shockwave at the end are among the laughable moments), it is nonetheless indicative of a series with great potential. A rare find, and well worth the watch to catch a glimpse of one of a Roddenberry series that never was. (This film was remade as Planet Earth, another failed pilot, a year later.)

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