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Genesis II (1973/Warner Bros. Archive Collection DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: D     Telefilm: C+



When Star Trek first arrived, many did not know what to think of it, but after its permanent revival starting with huge hit success in syndication, everyone was suddenly interested in Gene Roddenberry and if he could deliver another property that could have Trek’s success at the start.  That never happened, but it allowed Roddenberry to launch more ideas that were hard science with interesting ideas and a sense of entertainment that could at least appeal to the same audience.  Genesis II was directed by the highly successful John Llewellyn Moxey (Night Stalker, City Of The Dead, Circus Of Fear) when he was a top director of highly successful genre TV.


Alex Cord plays a man who takes part in an underground sleep experiment when an earthquake kicks in and almost kills him.  Instead, he becomes preserved and when he is found, the world he knows of is gone.  Freed by a group of these new future people, he quickly learns how his world disappeared and how the new one has risen up.  Mariette Hartley (good thing she is not using a futuristic Polaroid camera here) becomes his friend and guide as he may be in mortal danger because he is seen as a threat.  From there, it is a trip into a new world with different regions that they either will or will not survive.


Warner Archive is releasing this exclusively through their website (along with Planet Earth, which Warner Bros. Television also produced as part of a deal with Rodenberry) and fans will finally be able to see how interesting and even ambitious these telefilms-as-pilots really were.  They are certainly more ambitious than the endless Trek spin-offs and should be in print.  Though the budget limits date it, the ideas could work very easily, especially when too many fans accept cheap digital effects, this could now be some kind of hit.


The other plus is the rest of the cast including Ted Cassidy (The Addams Family), Liam Dunn, Percy Rodrigues, Majel Barrett and Didi Conn.  Not bad overall and of course, sometimes unintentionally funny, at least they were trying then.


The 1.33 X 1 image looks pretty good from a decent film source.  Star Trek veteran Gerald Perry Finnerman makes this one look pretty good as was his knack with the camera and viewers will be surprised how good it can look for its age.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is not as fortunate sounding lower in volume than it should despite being clean for its age.  Expect some harmonic distortion too.  There are no extras.



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