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Earth II (1971)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  28 November 1971 (USA)
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Story of the daily operations of a space station called Earth II.

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Jim Capa
Hari Rhodes ...
Dr. Loren Huxley
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Frank Karger (as Tony Franciosa)
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Lisa Karger
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Walter Dietrich
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Ilyana Kovalefskii
Edward Bell ...
Anton Kovalefskii
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President Charles Carter Durant
Brian Dewey ...
Matt Karger
Diana Webster ...
Hannah Young
Bart Burns ...
Steiner
John Carter ...
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Herbert Nelson ...
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Serge Tschernisch ...
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In the near future, a space station dubbed Earth II is built for the purpose of scientific research and world peace. However, that peace is shattered when the Chinese send up a nuclear bomb that is orbiting just a few miles away from the station. Can the crew disarm the bomb before it detonates, not only destroying the station but setting off World War III? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Just 10 seconds . . . to save a dream from becoming a nuclear nightmare

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28 November 1971 (USA)  »

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It seemed good at the time.
2 January 2004 | by (Atlantic Coast, USA) – See all my reviews

A couple of years before Gene Roddenberry was trying to start new series with his movies "Genesis II" and "Planet Earth" (or is that "movie"?), this superior film with the oddly similar name paved the way. Alas, the road came to a dead-end, as all movies of this kind in the early '70s failed to understand that good story is better than bad sfx. This one is about a space station that has a unique social structure intended to eliminate conflict. The concept was handled in a simplistic way, but it nevertheless had a kind of wistful hopefulness about it that seemed not entirely incredible in 1971.

Like Roddenberry's films, this one fits into a short-lived era of TV sf that seemed suspended between Chesley Bonestell's airbrushed vision of the near future of space colonization, and Ralph McQuarrie's grittier, plumber's-nightmare versions that would soon follow. A bit of "2001" can be seen here and there as well (for example, when the characters walk "up" a wall).

If you liked the kind of austere models and similarly inornate acting (scripts, too) of early '70s sf, you'll like this one. The dilemma faced by the characters is familiar, as is its solution (but please overlook the glaring error involving the sun, the Earth, and the station's rotation). Still, there's a lost sense of "coming real soon now" in modern sf that this film might bring back to your memory. In 1971, it seemed we were _all_ going to fly in space and get to walk up walls. You know what happened next, but you didn't see it coming when this movie was new, so you believed it more then than you would today. See it again, if you get the chance, and ask yourself how we lost interest in going into orbit ourselves.


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