The Name of the Game: Season 3, Episode 16

LA 2017 (15 Jan. 1971)

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Mysteriously falling asleep dictating a boring plea for action on the ecology to President Nixon, while driving from an environmental summit, a publisher awakens in 2017. The GreenMilhous ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Bigelow
Severn Darden ...
Dr. Rubias
Louise Latham ...
Regis Cordic ...
Chairman (as Regis J. Cordic)
Dr. Parker
Gloria Manon ...
Dr. Arnold
Jason Wingreen ...
Dr. Simmons
Phil Montgomery ...
Alicia Bond ...
Dr. Barton


Mysteriously falling asleep dictating a boring plea for action on the ecology to President Nixon, while driving from an environmental summit, a publisher awakens in 2017. The GreenMilhous Effect's few survivors live underground, while the U.S. is a corporate fascist state. Needed for his virility in an increasingly sterile society, the media czar is is courted by the U.S. high command, Plutocrats who built bomb shelters. This American Kremlin, headquartered in Detroit, disdain alcohol, getting high on milk instead. They need a Goebbels to brainwash workers forced to to build war machines above ground in the poisoned atmosphere, that the U.S. is still a democracy. Will doing the Time Warp get the arrogant publisher back to 1971 to save the smoggy planet? Written by David Stevens

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15 January 1971 (USA)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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Spielberg in the far future thirty years before A.I.
2 August 2001 | by (San Gabriel, Ca., USA) – See all my reviews

Contrary to what some may be led to believe, the masterful A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE isn't exactly the first time Spielberg has gone into the far future. In fact, his actual first trip that way began while he was still a TV director. L.A. 2017, an episode he shot for the NBC-TV show "The Name Of The Game", was that trip.

Though "Name Of The Game" was usually standard TV melodrama, Spielberg's episode took on a distinct science fiction theme. Gene Barry, as series regular Glenn Howard, is driving to a conference on ecology and tape-recording an essay for his magazine "People" (not the one we all know), when he falls asleep at the wheel and crashes. When he wakes up, it is to a nightmarishly yellow-orange skyline; and he is found by men in gas masks. He is taken to an underground complex, where he is met by the new "mayor" of Los Angeles (Barry Sullivan). Sullivan's explanation for the state of L.A.'s problems is that a toxic algae spread across the world and mixed with L.A.'s smog, creating a deadly mix that killed all life above ground. Barry learns that he has somehow travelled nearly half a century into an ecological nightmare of the future.

Anticipating certain aspects of Ridley Scott's 1982 epic BLADE RUNNER, L.A. 2017 posits a cynical assessment of Mankind's abuse of the environment. Spielberg interestingly shot the scenes of the underground complex at the Hyperion treatment plant in El Segundo; and the scenes of a pollution-ridden world were shot, and enhanced with orange-yellow camera filters, in the fall of 1970 in areas of the western San Fernando Valley that had recently been devastated by a violent wind-driven firestorm. Spielberg also manages to get solid performances from his cast all around, which is astounding, given the fact that he had only twelve days and $375,000 to use.

Topped off by an eerie futuristic score by Robert Prince and Billy Goldenberg, L.A. 2017 is an excellent and very early glimpse into Spielberg's professional movie-making talents. Universal, I believe, owns the rights to this superb TV flick, which aired on NBC on January 15, 1971; it should do the right thing and release this piece on video.

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