The Earth Star Voyager is a spaceship sent to another solar system to prepare it for colonization. Earth itself is horribly polluted, so the mission is vitally important. But as the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Brown - Former Commander
Jonathan Hays - Command Specialist
Sally Arthur, MD - Space Medicine
Jason Michas ...
Jessie Bienstock - Computer Sciences
Huxley Welles - Navigation (as Tom Breznahan)
Margaret Langrick ...
Luz Sansone - Communication
Sean O'Byrne ...
Vance Arthur
Peter Donat ...
Admiral Beasley
Ric Reid ...
Capt. Forbes
Dinah Gaston ...
Lani Miyoai - Communication
Leland Eugene, MD - Psychiatrist
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
The Crier


The Earth Star Voyager is a spaceship sent to another solar system to prepare it for colonization. Earth itself is horribly polluted, so the mission is vitally important. But as the departing starship gets under way, signs begin to emerge that their mission may unwittingly be part of a larger conspiracy. Written by Ben Hallert <>

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17 January 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Bresnahan's character is called Huxley Welles. It's a nod for two Sci-Fi writers, Aldous Huxley and H.G. Wells (adding an 'e' in Wells). Both are famous by novels about distopic futures: Huxley by "Brave New World" (published in 1932) and Wells by "The Time Machine" (published in 1895). See more »


The ship supposedly catches up with radio waves broadcast from Earth in the past. However, their objective was only 18.7 light years away. Especially since they had only begun the trip, they should not have received any broadcasts older than a few weeks or months old. The broadcasts they received range from 1927 to 1987, which should have been 101-161 light years from Earth by the year 2088, more than five times the distance to Demeter. Also, because light cannot vary speed, they would not have caught up to all the broadcasts at once. The broadcasts would have gradually gotten older as they traveled further from Earth. (Additional note: There is no reason to suspect that the intercepted radio signals were original broadcasts; although that is the aside made in the movie. These could be rebroadcasted (reruns) programs from Earth on the same day in the same spatial direction.) See more »


Jake: [Jake has just been asked how he knows Priscilla, he looks down and rubs his head]
Jake: Well, we, uh, we used to go out...
Priscilla: We would have, if you'd ever shown up.
Capt Jonathan Hays: So you do know her!
Jake: Oh boy. Uh...
Jake: [looks to Beanie]
Jake: She's not *really* in there, is she?
Jessie 'Beanie' Bienstock: No. It's an analog of Priscilla Baumann's brain. All her thoughts, feelings, memories, but the real Priscilla Baumann is back on Earth.
Jake: Ah.
Jake: [Jake nods in relief]
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Inspired me to take up engineering
10 December 1999 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Earth Star Voyager is one of those gems of science fiction television that comes once in a blue moon. The characters and storyline were very believable. I was equally enthralled by the politics that went on aboard the ship as well as the special effects. On the special effects side, they were done with careful precision, although they do seem dated when compared to the computer generated mish-mash of today (i.e., Matrix, Jurassic Park, etc.). I first saw ESV back in Junior High and fell in love with it. I would count this made-for-television movie as one of the inspirations for me to take up engineering in college several years later. I believe we will climb towards the stars someday, just as the crew of ESV did in the movie. I have no doubt.

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