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Release Date:
22 September 1973 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction. Full summary »
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User Reviews:
Great concept, cheesy execution and still fun! See more (30 total) »

Cast

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Keir Dullea ... Devon (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gay Rowan ... Rachel (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robin Ward ... Garth (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
William Osler ... Host / ... (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
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Series Directed by
Joseph L. Scanlan (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ed Richardson (4 episodes, 1973)
Harvey Hart (2 episodes, 1973)
George McCowan (2 episodes, 1973)
Leo Orenstein (2 episodes, 1973)

Martin Lager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Harlan Ellison (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Norman Klenman (7 episodes, 1973)
Martin Lager (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Ghent (2 episodes, 1973)

Series Produced by
William Davidson .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ed Richardson .... associate producer / producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gerry Rochon .... executive producer / producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Douglas Trumbull .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jerome M. Zeitman .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ray Fitzwalter .... assistant producer / associate producer (8 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gordon Stoddard (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bernie Clayton (8 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Casting by
Karen Hazzard (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Design by
Jack McAdam (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gordon White (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Costume Design by
Shirley Mann (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Pat Burrows .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1973)
Carol Davidson .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
Leslie Haynes .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1973)
John Luccetta .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Production Management
Barrie Diehl .... unit manager / unit production manager (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Arthur Weinthal .... executive in charge of production (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Doug McCormick .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Rennie .... unit manager (12 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gary Smith .... unit manager / unit production manager (4 episodes, 1973)
Ed Brennan .... production manager / post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Art Department
Bob Bowkett .... property master (12 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Sound Department
Wallie Harris .... sound re-recording mixer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Wally Weaver .... sound re-recording mixer (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Malcolm Fox .... sound editor (14 episodes, 1973-1974)
Doug Drew .... sound (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mitch Wirth .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1973-1974)
Art Claridge .... sound (7 episodes, 1973)
Bob Kozak .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Special Effects by
Bob Colquhoun .... model construction (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lissa Calvert .... model construction (12 episodes, 1973)
Mereline Thompson .... model construction (12 episodes, 1973)
Philip Stephens .... model construction (11 episodes, 1973)
Gordon Lowe .... model construction (10 episodes, 1973)
Lori Margolis .... model construction (10 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Douglas Trumbull .... visual effects (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter G. Edwards .... lighting director / lighting technician (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Percy Brinkworth .... camera operator / camera operator: video (13 episodes, 1973)
Arnie Smith .... lighting director: models / lighting director (6 episodes, 1973)
John Pettitt .... camera operator: video / camera operator (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Larry S. Wells .... wardrobe (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Editorial Department
Tony Malone .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Other crew
Norman Klenman .... story consultant / story editor (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Derrett Lee .... production coordinator (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Maurie Jackson .... technical director (13 episodes, 1973)
Ben Bova .... science consultant (10 episodes, 1973)
Mary Fraser .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Berniece Gillies .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1973)
Ray Fitzwalter .... studio director / floor manager (6 episodes, 1973)
Bill Bray .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Cy Fawcett .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1973)
Keith Robinson .... technical director (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Ark" - USA (syndication title)
"Starlost: Spaceship Ark" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
60 min (16 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Some of the background music was taken directly from the 1969-70 soap opera "Strange Paradise" (another low budget Canadian production).See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The Starlost: The Beginning (1980) (TV)See more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Great concept, cheesy execution and still fun!, 15 September 2006
Author: ruffrider from United States

I was in my my 20's when I saw the pilot episode in 1973 - a story about an Amish-style community, some of whose young inhabitants defy their elders then stumble upon a portal into a much bigger world. The reactionary little town turns out to be just one pod in a gigantic spaceship, built to save samples of the Earth's populations - a Noah's Ark to transport humans to another world when the Earth is threatened with extinction. The concept was completely unique and though I only saw only a few episodes the memories stayed with me over the years. I finally acquired the entire series (16 episodes) on DVD last week and watched it end-to-end.

I still find Harlan Ellison's concept intriguing, and that's what kept me watching a series that's been so maligned the bad press alone probably scares off most viewers. It's cheesy 1970's TV, all right, with the actors plopped down in the middle of colorful and completely artificial-looking chroma-key sets and all the buildings in the various life pods look like 18-inch-high models sitting on tables, but still I wanted to see what our 3 intrepid heroes Devin, Rachel and Garth would find in their efforts to save the giant ship.

Often the show looked like it was made for kids (each pod seemed to contain an evil dictator, who ruled over an "empire" consisting of about a dozen people), but I hung in there, all the time wondering what might have been with good writing and state-of-the-art technology. "The Starlost" still seems like a concept worth doing right - maybe even on the big screen.

One thing that troubled me was the simple lack of logic, even on the show's own terms. The premise of the series was that it was up to 3 young people to save the giant starship, who's control section and crew were long ago destroyed, putting the ship on a collision course with a star. If a way could be found to correct said course you'd think all would be well and the series could be concluded, right? Not so fast! In episode 14, 2 scientists help Devin, Rachel and Garth fix the reactor(s), enabling the Starlost to avoid its most imminent danger, a comet. At this crucial juncture, with the ability to change course at hand, does anyone, (scientists, heroes, producers or writers) say "hey, while we're avoiding the comet, let's just reset the course so we won't be heading for the star any more and SAVE THE SHIP?" Not with a contractual obligation to produce 2 more episodes they don't, so the series plods on through 2 more episodes then stops dead. I wonder if anyone realized they might have simply repodered the episodes to make #14 the last one and use it to wrap up the series.

To sum up, you may find this series campy fun, in spite of all its shortcomings - I did, but I had to make a lot of allowances ...... and swallow a lot of cheese.

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