Masters of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 4

The Discarded (25 Aug. 2007)

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Based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
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Samswope
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Bedzyk
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Barney Curran
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Annie
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Harmony Teet (as Lori Triolo)
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Steve (as Donny Lucas)
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Frenchy
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Ken Kramer ...
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Based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of despised minorities forever adrift in the darkness of outer space. As a last resort born out of their loneliness and despair they are forced to make an ominous pact with those responsible for their plight, in the hope that they will finally be offered refuge at home on Earth. Written by Anonymous

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The short story "The Discarded" first appeared in "Fantastic" magazine in April, 1959. See more »

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Bedzyk: Harmony, this is Bedzyk. What?
Harmony Teet: We got a ship coming in, dead-on trajectory from Earth.
Bedzyk: Yeah, so?
Harmony Teet: So I checked the ephemeris and the new ETA readout, and there's nothing supposed to be there.
Bedzyk: All right. So our loving friends and neighbors have sent us an unscheduled load of toilet paper. Why bother me with it? I'm a tourist here, myself!
Harmony Teet: Come on, Bedzyk. They'll dock in eight hours. What the hell do you want me to do?
Bedzyk: Call me in eight-and-a-half hours if you're desperate for my company.
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Excellent, gripping science fiction
26 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Challenging piece of science fiction in the truest sense of the word. This episode takes us years to the future with the chilling effects of genetics, diseases and politics run amok. Both John Hurt and Brian Denehy play their roles with a passion and verve that may seem theatrical but do the job in propelling the story forward. (I'd like to take a minute out to praise the make-up artists on this episode. Genius. They serve to disgust and humanize. Is that craft, writing or both?) Excellent science fiction takes fantastic situations and places characters living lives that ring true to contemporary readers/viewers. This episode serves testament to that quality.


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