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:
Duncan Regehr ...
Jacob 'Jake' Brown (1988)
Jonathan Hays (1988)
Sally Arthur, MD (1988)
Jason Michas ...
Jessie 'Beanie' Bienstock
Huxley Welles (1988) (as Tom Breznahan)
Margaret Langrick ...
Luz Sansone
Sean O'Byrne ...
Vance Arthur
Peter Donat ...
Admiral Beasley (1988)
Ric Reid ...
Capt. Forbes (1988)
Willy (1988)
Dinah Gaston ...
Lani (1988)
Dr. Eugene (1988)
Trager (1988)
Whistlestick (1988)
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
The Crier (1988)


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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1988 (USA)  »

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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 enters the bridge after getting cleaned up in the infirmary]
Priscilla: Unauthorized personnel on bridge!
Capt Jonathan Hays: Personnel cleared for entry, no further action.
Jake: [steps in front of the main viewer]
Jake: So, what would *further action* have been?
Jessie 'Beanie' Bienstock: Security measures would have been instantaneously deployed.
Jake: That's very clever... whatever it is.
Jake: [looks at the display screen]
Capt Jonathan Hays: Uh, Priscilla.
Jake: Stupid name for a computer.
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Okay Disney SciFi flick
6 December 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This would make fun fan-fiction ... hello fan-fiction writers! Start writing, please!!!

I too watched (and recorded) this when it was on TV back in '88. Believe it or not, I still have the video tape. I found it again by accident recently and decided to watch it just for fun. It's a little more corny than I remember it, but still fun. The films biggest problem is all the boyfriend/girlfriend worrying the young crew does. The viewer gets real tired of that really fast! The computer voice was hokey as well.

This isn't a widely remembered film, and I've never seen it re-aired. It might work if it was remade, the general plot of the story wasn't bad. It's just one of those made-for-TV '80s films from the Disney Sunday Movie era that ran once and now sits rotting in their vaults. Shame.

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