Masters of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 4

The Discarded (25 Aug. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi
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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
Leanne Adachi ...
Sharon
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Nate
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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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When Bedzyk asks Annie whether she ever wondered why she was 'discarded,' she answers in a few pregnant lines. At first, Annie says, "It's that thing about Malthus." Here she refers to Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), whose famous Malthusian equation argues that an exponentially increasing human population on Earth will preclude any possibility of a state of happiness or utopia for humans. See more »

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Bedzyk: Did you ever wonder why you were discarded, Annie?
Annie: Yeah. Yeah, I do, but... It's that thing about Malthus. At least that's how they always explained it to me. Too many people on Earth. No place to stand. The sheep look up.
Bedzyk: Yeah, that's what they always say. It's too crowded. Somebody's gotta go. Why not send the infected ones? I don't buy it.
Annie: So what is it, then? Hm?
Bedzyk: You ever hear of Father Damien?
Annie: No. Who's he?
Bedzyk: He was a priest. He worked with lepers. They used to send people with leprosy to ...
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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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