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The Martian Chronicles 

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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Series cast summary:
Rock Hudson ...  Col. John Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Ruth Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
Bernie Casey ...  Major Jeff Spender 3 episodes, 1980
Christopher Connelly ...  Ben Driscoll 3 episodes, 1980
Nicholas Hammond ...  Commander Arthur Black 3 episodes, 1980
Darren McGavin ...  Sam Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
Roddy McDowall ...  Father Stone 3 episodes, 1980
Bernadette Peters ...  Genevieve Seltzer 3 episodes, 1980
Joyce Van Patten ...  Elma Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
Maria Schell ...  Anna Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
Fritz Weaver ...  Father Peregrine 3 episodes, 1980
Linda Lou Allen Linda Lou Allen ...  Marilyn Becker 3 episodes, 1980
Michael Anderson Jr. ...  David Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
Robert Beatty ...  General Halstead 3 episodes, 1980
James Faulkner ...  Mr. K 3 episodes, 1980
Jon Finch ...  Christ 3 episodes, 1980
Terence Longdon ...  Wise Martian 3 episodes, 1980
Barry Morse ...  Peter Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
Nyree Dawn Porter ...  Alice Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
Wolfgang Reichmann ...  Lafe Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
Maggie Wright ...  Ylla 3 episodes, 1980
John Cassady ...  Briggs 3 episodes, 1980
Alison Elliott ...  Lavinia Spaulding 3 episodes, 1980
Vadim Glowna ...  Sam Hinston 3 episodes, 1980
Richard Heffer ...  Captain Conover 3 episodes, 1980
Derek Lamden Derek Lamden ...  Sandship Martian 3 episodes, 1980
Peter Marinker ...  McClure 3 episodes, 1980
Richard Oldfield ...  Captain Nathaniel York 3 episodes, 1980
Anthony Pullen Shaw Anthony Pullen Shaw ...  Edward Black 3 episodes, 1980
Burnell Tucker ...  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 warning to all mankind.

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27 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Robert Powell was asked to play the Jon Finch cameo. 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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Thought-Provoking Alien Saga
4 July 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

I remembered seeing this mini-series when I was ten or eleven. There were some scenes that were ever etched in my mind, and there were others which immediately raced to my mind as I began reliving my past watching it once again. This mini-series is extraordinary in many ways, yet problematic and flawed in many ways too. The whole concept is a huge undertaking when you consider when this was made. There were no CGI effects. The special effects are the things which have aged the poorest in this series. Some of the effects are probably even crude for 1979, but the design of the sets and costumes helps overshadow that now glaring flaw. The set designs, when you consider budget, etc..., are very innovative and even dream-like. The Martian landscape does seem to have a life of its own in this set of tales loosely connected about expeditions sent to Mars, the colonization of Mars, the realization that Martian life exists, the destruction of Earth from human vice, and some small anecdotal stories of people living on Mars. The thing which does bind all these together is the character of Rock Hudson. Hudson does a serviceable job, albeit a bit bland in his role. The script by legendary writer Richard Matheson is pretty good when considering how difficult Ray Bradbury's works are to film or televise. Matheson injects humour, heart, and hope in his teleplay about the human spirit and its quest to survive. Matheson also added some very nice narration that tries, if not always successful, to bring cohesion to the varying plot elements. In the end, the story is successful for its spirit. It is a thoroughly entertaining story. It has some good character acting by the likes of Roddy McDowell, Darren McGavin, Barry Morse, Bernie Casey, and Bernadette Peters. In fact the story that I seemed to remember best from my adolescent days was the one concerning Miss Peters. Hmmm....I wonder why. Anyway, if you like a pretty decent science fiction story, The Martian Chronicles will fit the bill. Its message about living life for the joy of being is a strong one, and one not to be taken too lightly.


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