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The Starlost: The Beginning (1980)

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The first half of this movie is comprised of episode one, "Voyage of Discovery", that opened The Starlost TV series in 1973. In it, three farmers in Cypress Corners discover that farm life ... See full summary »

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The first half of this movie is comprised of episode one, "Voyage of Discovery", that opened The Starlost TV series in 1973. In it, three farmers in Cypress Corners discover that farm life is not so simple. Discovering a hidden door in the earth, they break through it, discovering they are not on Earth, but in a giant Noah's Ark-like spaceship. The spaceship is made up of giant "domes" holding the various cultures of humanity. Eventually, they find the bridge, its crew dead and its computer complaining that the ship is off-course, heading into the path of a distant sun. The three farmers take it upon themselves to travel the ship, contacting the various cultures of humanity in search of somebody who can correct the course of the ship and save mankind. The second half of this movie is comprised of episode three, "The Goddess Calabra". In it, our three heroes find a society in which Rachel is treated like a goddess. Everything seems very complimentary, but not for long. Written by Jeremy Morrow <tashimon@hotmail.com>

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The Worst Sci Fi Series of All Time?
31 July 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The book The Best Science Fiction of TV declared The Starlost one of the worst. Certainly, Harlan Ellison and Ben Bova thought so. Ellison was credited as the series creator but opted to use the psuedonym Cordwainer Byrd prior to the airing of the first episode. Bova was so disenfranchised with his experience as scientific adviser for the show he wrote a novel called The Starcrossed to vent his anger. In truth, The Starlost was pretty good sci fi severely hampered by a low budget. Douglas Trumbell who worked on classics of the genre including 2001, Silent Running and Blade Runner was a producer and Keir (2010) Dullea was cast as the star. That's a considerable amount of talent. The Starlost is an Ark comprised of domed worlds drifting in space and on a collision course with a sun following a catastrophe which claimed the lives of the crew 700 years earlier. Three Amish youth escape their biosphere and encounter fantastic civilizations as they search for someone capable of diverting the craft from it's collision course. Episodes 1 and 3 were cobbled together to form this television movie which is watchable. Ellison's script for the pilot episode won a writer's guild of America award in 1973. It's not the worst science fiction series. It just looks like it because it's Canadian.


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