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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
Barney Curran
Harmony Teet (as Lori Triolo)
Donny James Lucas ...
Steve (as Donny Lucas)
Leanne Adachi ...
Samswope 2 (voice)
Ken Kramer ...


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 »


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 Adaptation of an Even Better Story
8 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This man who reviewed this episode giving it one star is a fool. Far from saying that IMDb would-be critics are a case of the emperor having no clothes, they are in many cases jibbering naked idiots running around poking berries up their asses. He has only one piece of prescient commentary in the entirety of his above drivel, which is the error in which he refers to this episode as a "movie". It is indeed something of a mini-cinema verite experience, shot with all the filmic intensity and dramatic sincerity that one could manage on the shoe string budget ABC gave the producers of this genuinely hit-or-miss anthology series.

Bravo to Harlan and the producers for trying. To paraphrase a famous television critic "television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done."

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