In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.
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When the Earth is headed toward destruction, a group of humans colonize the planet Mars where they clash with the native inhabitants.

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Series cast summary:
...  Col. John Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
...  Ruth Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
...  Major Jeff Spender 3 episodes, 1980
...  Ben Driscoll 3 episodes, 1980
...  Commander Arthur Black 3 episodes, 1980
...  Sam Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
...  Father Stone 3 episodes, 1980
...  Genevieve Seltzer 3 episodes, 1980
...  Elma Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
...  Anna Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
...  Father Peregrine 3 episodes, 1980
Linda Lou Allen ...  Marilyn Becker 3 episodes, 1980
...  David Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
...  General Halstead 3 episodes, 1980
...  Mr. K 3 episodes, 1980
...  Christ 3 episodes, 1980
...  Wise Martian 3 episodes, 1980
...  Peter Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
...  Alice Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
Wolfgang Reichmann ...  Lafe Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
...  Ylla 3 episodes, 1980
...  Briggs 3 episodes, 1980
Alison Elliott ...  Lavinia Spaulding 3 episodes, 1980
Vadim Glowna ...  Sam Hinston 3 episodes, 1980
...  Captain Conover 3 episodes, 1980
Derek Lamden ...  Sandship Martian 3 episodes, 1980
...  McClure 3 episodes, 1980
...  Captain Nathaniel York 3 episodes, 1980
Anthony Pullen Shaw ...  Edward Black 3 episodes, 1980
...  Bill Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
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Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are hypnotized into believing that they have landed in the childhood community of their leader and have been reunited with deceased family and friends, and they are poisoned by the Martians. Col. John Wilder leads a third expedition and learns that a chicken pox virus brought to Mars by the first two expeditions has almost eradicated the Martian population. A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Colonists arrive on Mars to settle, among them priests seeking God, and a lone Martian masquerades as the most desired persons of various settlers. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Wilder struggles to ... Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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A 90 minutes version, edited out of three episodes of the series, was theatrically released in France a year before the complete version was weekly aired on television. See more »

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Characters on Mars talk to characters on Earth with no perceptible delay in communication. Even at their closest approach, signals would take at least 3 minutes to travel the distance between Mars and Earth. See more »

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Maj. Jeff Spender: I just believe in things that were done. And there were so many things done here. Streets and houses and books and big canals and clocks and places with names - things that were used and touched for centuries. And I don't see how we could ever use them without feeling uncomfortable. Oh, we could change the names, but the old names will still be there. So no matter how we touch Mars, we won't be able to really touch it. See, that'll make us angry. We'll get mad at that and just rip it up. We'll ...
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19 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

This mini series was great. Comparing it to big budget features like Star Wars is unfair.Its much more intelligent than Star Wars. Star Wars is also not real Science Fiction its Fantasy. Well, enough about Star Wars. If you like the Twilight zone or Star Trek, I believe you'll love this program. Yes its dated, but the genius of Ray Bradbury shines through. I found the film to be better than the Illustrated man or Fareheight 451. There's not a lot of Action, but its not suppose to be an action film. Its very methodical and will leave you thinking at the end.The acting isn't great, but its good to see Roddy MacDowell again. Hes an Icon like Peter Cushing or Pam Grier. All together its a classic!


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