The runners are captured by desert dwellers and condemned to death. Francis attempts to rescue the trio.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jessica (as Heather Menzies)
Samuel (as Harry Rhodes)
Anita Minotto ...
Aretha (as Anina Minotto)
Arell Blanton ...
Cell Guard One
Sherril Lynn Rettino ...
Second Woman (as Sherril Lynn Katzman)


Logan, Jessica and Rem arrives in the desert wilderness of Zidor, where they are taken prisoner by a band of desert horsemen and find Francis who has also been captured, and find themselves facing the sentence of death. Where Logan sets out to save Francis so he can save Rem and Jessica. Written by Daniel Williamson

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30 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Samuel: I still find it difficult to believe you are not a man, my friend.
Rem: I was built with great skill. I sometimes have the same trouble
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26 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode establishes the complex relationship between Logan and Francis, with a backdrop of this xenophobic, closed-in society, living by a type of religious fanaticism that keeps the females in the community under rule, faces covered, an example of sin that must remain subservient. Asa (Nehemiah Persoff, The Twilight Zone) is the leader who sits in authority of the high council, while his more cerebral, moral, and progressive "advisor" Samuel (Harry Rhodes), wishes for their quick-trigger impulse to sentence outsiders to death (runners like Jessica and Logan once were welcome in the city of Zidor, saw how the people lived, and caused a revolt, leaving the populace with less youth, the numbers dwindled), execution at first light. Asa's general is Gera(if I'll be damned if it isn't Gerald McRaney!), ruthlessly loyal to Asa and the mission to keep outsiders out. Trapped and bound to die, Logan, Jessica, and Rem need to find a way to get out of Zidor, but this will not be easy. Meanwhile, Francis and another Sandman offer to take Logan and Jessica off Asa's hands but he will not allow them to leave Zidor alive (Francis, also loyal to his leaders, will do whatever it takes to see they leave with him alive). So Francis will attempt a rescue mission, so that he can return Jessica and Logan to the City of Domes, but will this be possible under the hot sun of the desert, with no water or transport? A constant of Logan's Run, the Series, is the absence of freedom because this is the sole reason for escaping the City of Domes, to be free and alive. It seems, though, that Jessica and Logan (…with Rem, their constant companion, an android with knowledge and know-how, often assisting them in breaking free from those who wish to harm or capture them) always find themselves right back in a predicament that threatens to deter their plans to reach Sanctuary. Often, though, they leave each situation bettering many of those they come in contact with, because, at the very heart of the matter, these are people with sterling character and care for others. This episode, Turnabout, once again has the three stuck in a city where the people are dedicated to a way of living that hinders and oppresses, and they had enough of that back at Dome City where the people had lush environs and the choice to enjoy a life of pleasure but were not allowed to venture outside or avoid Carousel. Maybe this ought to have been the final episode of the series because it has Logan and Francis save each others lives, the former because of his orders, the latter because it is the right thing to do, but in these acts of bravery, we see that even if hunter and hunted continue after this adventure, they won't allow others to dictate the final result. I think this episode also firmly establishes that nothing will deter Francis' determined goal to bring his quarry back to the City of Domes. Logan, also, will do everything within his power to remain free and on a lofty pursuit of a paradise where humans can live and prosper. The California locations look stifling hot; the direction really places an emphasis on the combat against dehydration and fatigue for Jessica, Logan, and Francis as they flee from their captors. There is even a "sword fight" as Francis and Gera engage in a duel using canes that emit laser bolts. Mia (Victoria Racimo) is one of the oppressed females rescued from certain death by Logan and Jessica who give her water for malnourishment (she was out gathering herbs for medicinal purposes) who helps them escape from Zidor. This episode does also establish Samuel as the voice of reason amongst a group of wrong-headed ideals certain to keep Zidor from flourishing.

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