Quark (1977– )
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Vanessa 38-24-36 

We are on Perma One and it's a joyous Holiday Number 11; it seems a lot like Christmas on Earth! But holiday or not, Quark is told by The Head that he's going to be the subject of his ... See full summary »



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Gene / Jean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Patricia Barnstable ...
Betty (as Tricia Barnstable)
Marianne Bunch ...
Dr. Cheryl Evans / Vanessa


We are on Perma One and it's a joyous Holiday Number 11; it seems a lot like Christmas on Earth! But holiday or not, Quark is told by The Head that he's going to be the subject of his latest experiment. Reluctantly, Quark goes with Palindrome and he's introduced to the United Galaxy's leading computer scientist Dr. Cheryl Evans and Vanessa 38-24-36, the most advanced computer of its kind in the Galaxy. Quark is told that he and his crew are about to be proved obsolete by Vanessa! It isn't long until Vanessa tests Quark's abilities as a commander with a simulated Gorgon attack, but Adam's human instinct succeeds in thwarting Vanessa's challenge. However, Vanessa won't let up and attempts to kill Quark by ejecting him into space, but Quark manages to survive and unite his crew in an attempt to dismantle Vanessa. Again Vanessa catches on and disables the crew with sleeping gas, but Quark outwits Vanessa sending her to an outer space grave, thus proving that man can prevail over machine. ... Written by H Pylypiw

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Comedy | Sci-Fi




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7 April 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


Adam Quark: A man can only take so much, but when he gets his hose snipped that's where I draw the line.
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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Born Free
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Marianne Bunch
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Delightful last episode
1 September 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Everyone on Perma One happily celebrates the holiday Number 11. Meanwhile, the experimental computer Vanessa (nicely voiced with sultry aplomb Marianne Bunch, who also plays Vanessa's creator Dr. Cheryl Evans) causes big problems for Quark (Richard Benjamin, the master of deadpan) and his crew by trying to take over his ship. Director Hy Averback, working from a crafty script by Robert Keats, relates the hilarious story at a brisk pace and maintains a winning tongue-in-cheek tone throughout. The cast are in tip-top form: Tim Thomerson hits it out of the ballpark as the wildly erratic Gene/Jean, Richard Kelton makes for a consummate stoic as the absurdly pragmatic and emotionless Ficus, the lovely and radiant Cyb and Tricia Barnstable are as fetching and appealing as ever as incredibly sexy pilots Betty I and Betty II, Bobby Porter is uproarious as cowardly and unreliable robot Andy, and Conrad Janis contributes a wonderfully oily turn as the ultra smarmy Otto Palindrome. The festive Christmas-style atmosphere gives this particular episode a certain joyous charm while the central story's sharp spoofing of "2001" is totally spot-on and often sidesplitting (the final shot of Vanessa singing "Born Free" while floating in space is simply priceless!). Moreover, it's a hoot to see the spineless Andy made aggressive when he's under Vanessa's control and the rinky-dink (not so) special effects possess an endearingly hokey quality. A worthy closer to this immensely enjoyable program.

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