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In this series, the alien returns to find and assist the child he fathered fourteen years before on his visit to Earth. When he arrives, he takes on the identity of Paul Forrester, a prize-winning free-lance photographer with a rather wild reputation killed in a helicopter accident. He finds the child (Scott Hayden) and his mother (Jenny) have been separated. Paul convinces Scott to help him to locate Jenny, his friend from his first visit to Earth. Unfortunately, their search is plagued by George Fox, a paranoid government agent who feels Paul and Scott are dangerous and wants to capture, examine, and probably kill them.Written by
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The trouble is the math does not work. NASA launched the Voyager probes in 1977. This was found by the Starman in the first movie and was his "invitation" to visit Earth. The show takes place in 1986 and Scott is now 14 year old. Which means Starman visited Earth 14 years earlier, which would be 1972 -- five years before the Voyagers were launched. See more »
This TV show to the movie wasn't bad at all. It wasn't stellar, but it was fairly interesting, and sometimes cool. I used to be very pumped to watch this show back in 1986 when I was in 3rd grade. Here's the gist of the TV series---The Alien returns to Earth and takes up a new human form, this time the body of a dead photographer named Paul Forrester. Paul/The Alien then finds his son Scott. Though how his son aged 14 years in 2 years is beyond me. The movie took place in 1984, this TV series took place in 1986, so the age difference in the kid always baffled me. For a while I thought the kid just aged quickly, being half alien and all. But it was clear that the TV series ignored some key elements of the movie and constantly says the Alien's first visit as happening "14 years ago", aka 1972, not 1984.
Anyway, this was a good show. Though why Paul/The Alien was always searching for Jenny/His wife was confusing to me. So you find the mom and then what? I don't remember all the details of the series, but I do know that it ended on a boring note. They find the mother, and the show ended bam like that. After just one year. Very depressing. I thought this series had a lot more potential, but it never lived up to it. "Starman" basically worked like "The Incredible Hulk", with Paul/The Alien and his son Scott going from town to town looking for Jenny and helping out some strange goobers along the ways.
By the way, I heard Sci-Fi Channel has started airing this series at night on the weekends. Check your local listings.
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