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The Starlost 

A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction.

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Harlan Ellison
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Series cast summary:
Keir Dullea ...  Devon 16 episodes, 1973-1974
Gay Rowan ...  Rachel 16 episodes, 1973-1974
Robin Ward ...  Garth 16 episodes, 1973-1974
William Osler ...  Host / ... 16 episodes, 1973-1974
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This very low budget TV show (which was shot on video, as opposed to film, as most regular TV shows are) involved a giant spaceship called THE ARK which was composed of hundreds of domes, each of which (supposedly) contained a sample culture from the planet Earth, which had long since died out due to some thing or other (If memory serves, it was pollution). Any way, this giant space ship had an accident somewhere along the way in an asteroid storm which killed the crew that was piloting it, so now it's careening toward -get this- an UNCHARTED SOLAR STAR ! The character played by Keir Dullea (who was DAVE in 2001) gets forced out of his dome and goes roaming around the ship with his 2 friends, trying to set the course correct so that they don't hit this star. Written by Andrew M. Somers <film@myndex.com>

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Official Sites:

VCI Entertainment

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1973 (Canada) See more »

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The Ark See more »

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Runtime:

(16 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The series takes place in 2790. See more »

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Several TV movies have been shown, edited together from episodes of the series. See more »

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Featured in The Starlost: The Return (1980) See more »

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This idea's time has come.
29 July 2005 | by jivesSee all my reviews

OK, so everyone thinks the production values were terrible, then why after 35 years, does this series still exist as clear as a bell in my mind? It was amazingly thought out and the possibilities for plots were infinite like any good sci-fi series. Of particular interest were the "bounce tubes". A travel method that involved jumping into a tunnel that had no gravity and being sucked to the other end. I couldn't wait for each time the characters did that! The show was filled with "wow" moments like the view of the destroyed command center, and the view out the the window at the incredible length of the ship. Note: The ship in this series was recycled a few years later as the ship in the movie, "Silent Running".

I desperately hope that there is a television producer out there that is looking for an idea to remake. With modern computer animation and a cast of a few talented young stars this could easily be the Star Trek of the new century.


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