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 '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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17 January 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 stares at the monitor display, seeing the suns move closer and closer to apogee]
Dr. Sally Arthur: [Sally, also looking at the monitor display, moves to stand next to Jake]
Jake: [Jake looks to his left and notices Sally standing behind him] If we get out of this, I'll spring you a dinner.
Dr. Sally Arthur: [shakes her head] If we get out of this, my treat!
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The movie still works for me.
10 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

After years of voting, this is my first comment. It is sad that Disney has not released this movie (preferably on DVD). I also have a copy of this movie, still watchable fortunately.

This movie was enjoyable with an original plot and interesting views of a future Earth. The portrayal of computers and other technology as it could impact society makes this movie a gem as well. As a teenager planning on a career with space, I admired the opportunity these young explorers had.

The movie is somewhat dated. The special effects are not the best and the acting is a little cheesey in places. But the story is very interesting and having it told from a teenager's viewpoint (the age of most of the crew) helped make this movie memorable for me.

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