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Genesis II (1973)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | TV Movie 23 March 1973
A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Cord ... Dylan Hunt
Mariette Hartley ... Lyra-a
Ted Cassidy ... Isiah
Percy Rodrigues ... Primus Isaac Kimbridge
Harvey Jason ... Singh
Titos Vandis ... Yuloff
Bill Striglos Bill Striglos ... Dr. Kellum
Lynne Marta ... Harper-Smythe
Harry Raybould Harry Raybould ... Slan-n
Majel Barrett ... Primus Dominic
Leon Askin ... Overseer
Liam Dunn ... Janos
Scott Graham Scott Graham ... Tyranian Teacher
Ed Ashley Ed Ashley ... Wehr-r
Linda Grant Linda Grant ... Astrid


Dylan Hunt, a scientist, puts himself into suspended animation in a NASA cavern in 1979 to establish if he could be brought back to life in a couple of days to research into extending the process to astronauts. However the cavern collapses during an earthquake and Dylan doesn't recover until the year 2133. During the 154 years he had slept, war has broken out and the world's scientists rebelled against the war-loving military and developed a society known as the Pax, whose goal is to keep the spirit of mankind alive. However there are also the mutant Tyranians who plan to be Nazi-like rulers of the slowly recovering world. Dylan is tricked by the Tyranians who plan to use his knowledge of the past to rebuild their nuclear generator and therefore make their plans complete. Can the Pax and Dylan stop them or will the man from the past destroy the future?... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Tonight your television set becomes a time machine to the 22nd century.




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After the initial earthquake/rockfall, when the chamber tilted, the main character's head tilted AGAINST the angle. In reality, his head should have 'flopped' in the opposite direction. See more »

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Only a Roddenberry fan could love this one
3 January 2007 | by psykldocSee all my reviews

Call me a geek, but I was 13 years old when I first saw this pilot, at a pre-release screening at a Star Trek convention.

It exhibits numerous elements characteristic of Roddenberry's finest, including a compelling premise, focus on recognizable human interactions, and some light, thoughtful humor: e.g. a reference to the teachings of "Saint Freud".

Sadly, it didn't have quite the kick of some of his better work, but rather plays like one of the weaker episodes of one of them. That is to say the story is pretty good, some of the characters display a potential for significant depth, but it drags a bit. I see it as kind of a "Star Trek - The Motion Picture", without the million dollar light show, or the established relationship with the characters that would have brought us back for Star Trek II no matter how excruciating it was.

It ain't easy maintaining the emotional pacing necessary for a "human adventure" while interspersing enough action (and scifi eye candy/gadgetry) to keep the plot moving. I thought it was not just watchable, but endearing in it's way... which is more than I could say for "Planet Earth"; which I thought came across as a rather superficial remake, dumbed down a bit for the masses.

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23 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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