Masters of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 1

A Clean Escape (4 Aug. 2007)

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In John Kessel's short story about a post-apocalyptic near future, a psychiatrist (Davis) is trying to help a patient (Waterston) recover from a memory lapse.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Allison Hossack ...
Kelly Prosky
Warren Geslow
Terence Kelly ...
Peter Bryant ...
Dr. Gavin
McKye Kelly ...
Peter Hall ...
Camyar Chai ...
Malaya Cooks ...


Dr. Deanna Evans is a psychiatrist treating Robert Havelmann who suffers from memory loss. She has been treating him for a number of months but every encounter is new to the patient since he can only remember what has happened in the previous forty minutes of so. Havelmann is in his mid-sixties but in his mind he is 41 years old and the head of a electronics firm doing secret work for the Pentagon. He is convinced that he left his wife and children that morning to go to work and simply doesn't believe Evans when she tells him that those memories were from 24 years ago. Feeling that she is making little progress, Evans decides to use more aggressive tactics to loosen him memory and make him realize the tragedy for which he is responsible. Written by garykmcd

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Himself - Host: When the fate of so many rests in the hands of so few, can the failure to be accountable ever be forgiven?
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Oh no ... very bad.
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a sci-fi fan so I've been looking forward to this series for a while. However, if the rest are anything like this, I know why ABC delayed it and decided to show it during the summer vs. fall. This was kind of painful to watch - the kind that comes from bad movie-making.

In general terms, this is about a psychiatrist trying to fish out memories from a patient. All of this takes place in the future and the patient only remembers what happened up a moment 24 years ago (he has Korsakov syndrome).

This sounds like a good setup for a sci-fi movie, but the movie was pretty bad. The actors sounded like they had hardly rehearsed. Sam Waterston and Judy Davis are great actors so I don't know what happened. It was painful to listen to their interaction - it seemed fake and contrived.

Although I won't go into details, the movie was ridiculously moralistic

  • stuff we have heard a thousand times and seen in countless shows

(like the newer Outer Limits).

If you're a sci-fi fan, you'll probably feel the need to watch this. Be forewarned, though - it's probably not what you're expecting.

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