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Genesis II (23-Mar-1973)

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey

Writer: Gene Roddenberry

Keywords: Sci-Fi

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Leon Askin
18-Sep-1907 3-Jun-2005 General Burkhalter on Hogan's Heroes
Majel Barrett
23-Feb-1932 18-Dec-2008 Widow of Gene Roddenberry
Ted Cassidy
31-Jul-1932 16-Jan-1979 Lurch on The Addams Family
Didi Conn
13-Jul-1951   Denise on Benson
Alex Cord
3-May-1933   Michael Archangel on Airwolf
Mariette Hartley
21-Jun-1940   CBS Morning Program
Lynne Marta
31-Oct-1948   Character actress
Percy Rodriguez
13-Jun-1918 6-Sep-2007 Afro-Canadian actor


Review by anonymous (posted on 19-May-2006)

I actually have the movie on VHS. The first time I saw it I thought that it was an excellent show. I thought the whole concept of the post apocalyptic earth and the inhabits was fantastic. I would have loved to have seen what a TV series would have been like. I'd be even more curious as to see what someone could do with the movie in this day and age. More then likely there would have to be some changes to the script but I'm sure that in the right hands this movie could be just as good if not possibly better than the original. I'd like to see if the movie can be released on DVD.

Review by anonymous (posted on 29-Sep-2006)

Earlier posts menetion Gene Rodenberry, and it makes sense in my recollection of the movie. Alex Cord playing a scientist who, while testing a cryogenics chamber, inadvertantly wakes up 300 years later when people from that time dig him out. The chamber was buried under rubble of a World War III scenario that took place while he was testing the chamber. Hartley plays a mutant named Lira Ah (not sure of the spelling) who turns Cord against the people who found him and takes him to her people. It turns out everything she told him was lies, and he realizes that the mutants are trying to use his scientfic knowledge to restart a nuclear plant. Although some equipment existed and some could be used, the people in that world lacked the scientific knowledge to fix any of the it. The conclusion was a nuclear war message. Dylan Hunt (Cord) destroys the nuclear plant when he finds there are nuclear war heads there too, and the mutants were going to use him to fix them as well. When he returns to the people who had found him, they rebuke him for taking lives in his escape and espionage. Acting was typical TV, just ok for the main characters. The sets were minimal. A descent job on the 'chunnel like' international subway train. The series ( I think they only aired a few shows) starred John Saxon, who would use the 'Chunnel like' subway and travel to different areas of the world, getting into adventures involving different types of societies which had cropped up in this new world. I remember the one episode had him a prisoner of a matriarchal society in which the males are drugged to keep them under control, but now they are having trouble procreating because it is a side effect of the drug(typical sci-fi scenario).

Review by Bill Haffner (posted on 3-Mar-2005)

Genesis II which first aired in 1973 staring Alex Cord was the best of the attempts to make a TV series from Gene Roddenberry's original story of Dylan Hunt. Alex Cord played Dylan with a calm, matter of fact, personality that a scientist from the 1970s would have had. He was NASA Scientist Dylan Hunt. The other attempts to make this TV pilot changed the scientist into some sort of muscled up Buck Rogers crossed with Tarzan. Alex Cord was the only one to make Dylan Hunt real. The plot was simple (perfect for a TV series in the 70s), it had action, a plot twist and just enough humor rapped around the moral theme and the save the planet theme that a 1970s series needed. Today it is a bit corny, but still a nice old sci-fi that has that great Gene Roddenberry alternate world outcome feel.

Review by Rebecca Longster (posted on 20-Oct-2005)

I LOVED this movie the first time I saw it sometime in the mid to late '70s. I've been trying to find it on DVD or at least get someone to admit that they had ever heard of it! I even liked the short-lived TV series based on it. I didn't know it was the brainchild of Gene Roddenberry, but I'm not surprised. It had that kind of feel to it.

Alex Cord was a wonderful choice for the protagonist (I got so tickled when I saw Andromeda the first time and realized that "Dylan Hunt" was the captain's name and that he was 300 years out of his own time -- isn't there some kind of plagiarism going on there?), and I believe the part of Dylan Hunt was played by John Saxon in the TV series (also good). M. Hartley was an excellent choice for the beautiful mutant who tries to seduce Dylan Hunt away from Pax and get him to fix their nuclear generator. Great underground shuttle, terrific location in -- what was it? Carlsbad caverns? Beautiful landscape -- earth has healed itself -- shots. "Elders" of Pax good choices as well, though I can't remember their names.

M. Hartley's character compared to the girl Pax had to offer (so to speak) kinda stereotypical -- M. Hartley tall, blond, buxom, fit, amazon-like, exotic first name. Pax girl goes by her surname, shorter, slender, short dark hair, more cerebral. Viewer is left with a hint of sexual tension between Dylan Hunt and the latter, having chosen Pax -- despite the scolding for blowing up the powerplant M. Hartley wanted him to fix -- after realizing M. Hartley's bunch were the baddies, with their compact early cattle prods...

So, where can I get a copy of the movie and/or series, hmmmm? If you hook me up, I'll do a more coherent and "professional" review for you.

Review by Rattinox aka Chris Johnson (posted on 13-Oct-2007)

Until I searched for this film tonight, I was convinced there was some kind of Plot to keep it buried! I'd done searches on the very earliest Internet to no effect, until now......hence the Conspiracy Theory...... Genesis II was easily one of the most mind-stirring things I'd ever seen on a TV screen. So much so that it literally "haunted" me until I could find an answer to why it had been utterly forgotten and buried. Perhaps it was simply too intelligent and thought-provoking for Uhmurikan audiences. And this was in '73, when the National I.Q. was at least thrice what it is now, in my not-so-humble opinion. Rodenberry made a quantum leap in concept with this pilot. Just too much for the Simians, I guess..........

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