Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are ...
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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's ... See full summary »
Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are hypnotized into believing that they have landed in the childhood community of their leader and have been reunited with deceased family and friends, and they are poisoned by the Martians. Col. John Wilder leads a third expedition and learns that a chicken pox virus brought to Mars by the first two expeditions has almost eradicated the Martian population. A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Colonists arrive on Mars to settle, among them priests seeking God, and a lone Martian masquerades as the most desired persons of various settlers. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Wilder struggles to ... Written by
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[Probably intentional] People on Mars move about in normal Earth gravity, but Mars has only about 38% of the gravitational pull of Earth. See more »
Maj. Jeff Spender:
I just believe in things that were done. And there were so many things done here. Streets and houses and books and big canals and clocks and places with names - things that were used and touched for centuries. And I don't see how we could ever use them without feeling uncomfortable. Oh, we could change the names, but the old names will still be there. So no matter how we touch Mars, we won't be able to really touch it. See, that'll make us angry. We'll get mad at that and just rip it up. We'll ...
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'The Martian Chronicles' came out when U.S. T.V. sci-fi was reaping the 'Star Wars' dividend with 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Buck Rogers'. Based on the Ray Bradbury novel, it took a completely different tack, telling of the exploration and colonisation of Mars. Much of the book's poetry was lost in Richard Matheson's clumsy adaptation, but enough remained to make it rather more interesting than the latest skirmish with the Cylons or Draconians. In fact its almost on a par with the original 'Outer Limits'. Rock Hudson starred as 'Colonel John Wilder', and his permanent look of horror as American culture swamped the planet was the best thing about his performance. 'Chronicles' shouldn't be judged on the basis of its special effects, which is just as well, seeing as they're mostly terrible. However, the 'David Lustig' sequence in Part Two, the hilarious Christopher Connelly segment and moving performance by Barry Morse in Part Three, make this an above average sci-fi series. Great music too!
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