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The Discarded 

Based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Frakes

Writers:

Harlan Ellison (teleplay), Josh Olson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Host (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
John Hurt ... Samswope
Brian Dennehy ... Bedzyk
James Denton ... Barney Curran
Gina Chiarelli ... Annie
Lori Triolo ... Harmony Teet
Donny Lucas ... Steve
Vicky Lambert ... Frenchy
Alex Zahara ... Bucky
Leanne Adachi Leanne Adachi ... Sharon
Jason Diablo Jason Diablo ... Smiler
Brian Dobson ... Samswope 2 (voice)
Barbara Kottmeier ... Sis
Harlan Ellison ... Nate
Ken Kramer ... Schmool
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Storyline

Based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of despised minorities forever adrift in the darkness of outer space. As a last resort born out of their loneliness and despair they are forced to make an ominous pact with those responsible for their plight, in the hope that they will finally be offered refuge at home on Earth. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Reunion Pictures See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The short story "The Discarded" first appeared in "Fantastic" magazine in April, 1959. See more »

Quotes

Samswope: They called the sickness what it really is: Random Idiopathic Genomic Mutation. The acronym RIGM, or riggum.
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Excellent Adaptation of an Even Better Story
8 May 2008 | by JCallan1-1See all my reviews

This man who reviewed this episode giving it one star is a fool. Far from saying that IMDb would-be critics are a case of the emperor having no clothes, they are in many cases jibbering naked idiots running around poking berries up their asses. He has only one piece of prescient commentary in the entirety of his above drivel, which is the error in which he refers to this episode as a "movie". It is indeed something of a mini-cinema verite experience, shot with all the filmic intensity and dramatic sincerity that one could manage on the shoe string budget ABC gave the producers of this genuinely hit-or-miss anthology series.

Bravo to Harlan and the producers for trying. To paraphrase a famous television critic "television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done."


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