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The Questor Tapes (1974)

TV Movie  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  23 January 1974 (USA)
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Project Questor is brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik: he developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he's disappeared and half of his programming tape was erased in the ... See full summary »

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Project Questor is brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik: he developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he's disappeared and half of his programming tape was erased in the attempt to decode it, his former colleagues continue the project and finally succeed. But Vaslovik seems to have installed a secret program in Questor's brain: He flees and starts to search for Vaslovik. Since half of his knowledge is missing, he needs the help of Jerry Robinson, who's now under suspect of having stolen the android. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Of Gene Roddenberry's non-"Star Trek" pilots (Genesis II (1973), Planet Earth (1974), Spectre (1977)), this one came closest to being greenlighted as a weekly series. Gene Roddenberry ultimately pulled it from consideration because American TV network NBC demanded too many changes to the concept. The demands would allegedly have eliminated the Jerry Robinson character, and would have inserted revolving romantic interests for Questor. See more »

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In the scene supposedly in London (obviously a set in Hollywood), a neon sign reads "Jewelers", with the American spelling. A real British sign would read "Jewellers". See more »

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Jerry Robinson: Do you understand the implications of all this? Suppose Vaslovik isn't a good man.
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Jerry Robinson: Suppose he isn't even sane.
Questor: One's creator not sane... An interesting question. How would you answer that query in your own case, my friend?
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Lacks excitement and entertainment.
26 February 2012 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not really a movie but a pilot for a TV series, that never made it. And while there still was some good potential, I'm glad it did not got turned into a TV-series.

The idea of having an all knowing and strong humanoid android walking around, searching for his purpose, while solving potential crisis's is a pretty good and strong concept, that however does not get handled very well in this movie. It's really lacking two things; excitement and entertainment.

To say it boldly; this is a very boring movie. No action, no real excitement of people constantly being chased, no big mysteries or criminal plots that need to get resolved. Instead this movie mostly consists out of a man and an humanoid android walking around and talking to each other and also learning from each other.

Thing that could had still saved it all was some decent enough entertainment, or perhaps better said some relieving humor. This movie takes itself far too serious, which was its downfall I believe. It makes it all, all the more boring to watch and even makes some of its moments seem ridicules and definitely not interesting enough to follow. You could also say it's lacking a clear objective. You have no idea where the movie its story is supposed to be heading to, since it's all being told in a not so very exciting or interesting enough way.

Perhaps it also simply was a bad idea in the first place to have an humanoid android as the main character itself. Because he constantly.. talks.. like.. this.. with.. pauses.. between.. every.. new.. word and makes jerky movements with his arms and head at times (though this seems to be quite at random when he does this). What is all the more ridicules about this is that normal humans don't seem to notice this and talk to him- and treat him like a normal human being, also no matter what nonsense he ever says.

The idea was good and definitely showed some potential in it. The execution of it was however far too lacking.

5/10

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