A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.
The Sterling family goes on vacation to Egypt and visits one of the pyramids. However, they get lost while wandering around in the labyrithine interior of the pyramid. When they finally make it out of the pyramid, they discover that they're no longer on Earth. Instead, they've somehow been transported to another planet. And the natives (run by an autocratic dictator) aren't very friendly... Written by
The world the Sterling family is trapped on is called "Thel". Thel consists of 77 provinces ruled from a capitol called "Imar," which waged the so-called "Unification Wars" to bring the provinces under its control. Though they share some common aspects such as language and technology, each province is somewhat unique in terms of culture and industry. Both communications and travel between provinces is heavily restricted by the zone troopers. See more »
[After destroying the thought-monitoring device]
Your thoughts are your own.
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Of all the shows to come and go during the 80's, Otherworld established itself as a series that needed better. Perhaps time and the powers that be could'nt save this show, but it definately had a storyline that could have really been spectacular. Filled with alternate universe strangeness, tinges of cultural mirroring and a 80's futuristic feel and look that permeates it right down to the pseudo Tangerine Dream soundwork of Sylvester Levay, the series progressivly reached highs and lows with some of its stories, however that was not totally unexpected. Audiences back then were not very tollerant of sci-fi programming like they are now, and the world created by Mr. Taylor was definately in need of more time and a better litmus test before it could fully become a hit. At last, it was not to be, but it still lives in the hearts and minds as one of the more interesting series to come about during the rocky road of sci-fi programming.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it was the on-going saga of the Sterling family who find themselves trapped in a alternate universe during a visit to Egypt during a planetary conjunction. The world they now wander has many provinces each with their own unique twist. Sarlax: with its population completely comprised of androids. Adore: where society is based upon female control or Metraplex: A society controlled the MacroElite with MicroWorkers being the underclass. Futuristic sights and sounds pervade this strange world as they seek the province of Imar and a way to get back to Earth but its not an easy task as every place they go has an unexpected danger, as well, hot on their heels is a commander in this worlds armed forces known as Zone Troopers who will stop at nothing to capture the Sterlings and restore his honor that they took from him.
The series is currently owned by SciFi/USA networks so it will undoubtedly show up from time to time on possibly both channels. If you are fortunate to catch it, view with an open mind and an unassuming heart and you might just be surprised.
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