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
Donny James Lucas ...
Steve (as Donny Lucas)
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Frenchy
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Bucky
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Nate
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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26 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sorry to say, but this movie is very bad. The dialog is empty, the characters unlikeable and after an extremely slow pace, a mediocre point is made.

The story is basically about a ship full of mutated humans who have been outcast by society. Eventually, they receive a special envoy from Earth with an unexpected message.

The basic problem is that this whole movie could have been summarized into a sentence and making a 1 hour movie out of it added nothing. What you essentially get is some effectively gross-looking characters with dialog that is so boring you want to blow their ship up every 5 minutes.

The director, Jonathon Frakes, is a bright fellow but not a very good director. That coupled with a simplistic script (and possibly other limitations) lead to this bad result. Brian Dennehy and John Hurt are well-established character actors so it's hard to believe that this is their fault.

If you recorded this on a TIVO-like device, don't fast forward through it. Delete it.


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