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For the space station prototype, see Genesis II.Genesis II is a fictional world created by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was second series to Star Trek was a fluke.It didn't sell,so maybe either really space adventure or he did just get lucky and all just like that series.In the early 1970s Gene Roddenberry developed a number of sci-fi TV series to be his big follow-up for Star Trek, but none of them got past the pilot/TV movie stage. Next week Warner Bros will be releasing two of them on DVD for the first time: Genesis II and Planet Earth. We have details and clips below

 

Roddenberry’s post apocalypse: Genesis II & Planet Earth
1973’s Genesis II was Gene Roddenberry’s first attempt at a TV show following Star Trek. The story was about a NASA scientist (Dylan Hunt, played by Alex Cord), who due to a failed suspended animation, ends up awakening in a post- apocalyptic Earth in 2133. Hunt is discovered by the ‘PAX’ team, some of the last remaining scientists in the devastated world.

Roddenberry produced a pilot and developed the first season’s worth of scripts for a potential pick-up at CBS. In the end CBS only aired the pilot and decided to pick up a TV version of Planet of the Apes, which was itself cancelled after only 13 episodes. Roddenberry spoke about the potential of the show, saying:

GENESIS II had the makings of a very exciting show. It had one thing in common with STAR TREK and that was that you could bring in a good writer and say to him, ‘What bothers you about the world?’, then go and invent a place in this new world and have it happening there.

A year after CBS turned down the show, Warner Bros. and Roddenberry reworked the idea into Planet Earth. In this version, Dylan Hunt is now the leader of the PAX team, who do surveys in the post-apocalyptic world. Much of the cast returned, but John Saxon replaced Cord as Dylan Hunt. The pilot TV movie have them discovery a society run entirely by women.

WB has given us a clip of that as well:

ABC aired the pilot as a TV movie, but did not pick up the series. Warner Bros. and ABC also developed a third TV movie called Strange New World, using many of the same concepts and also starring Saxon, but Gene Roddenberry was not involved. The names of the characters were all changed to avoid legal issues with Roddenberry.

Roddenberry’s "Planet Earth" coming to DVD next week

Both Genesis II and Planet Earth will be available next Tuesday.

UPDATE: You can pre-order both titles in a value-pack for $29.99 at the WB Shop.

For more on Genesis II, Planet Earth and Strange New World at fan site Pax Team 21.

Dylan returned in Andromeda
DS9 veteran Robert Hewett Wolfe reworked some concepts from these shows, including the character name Dylan Hunt, into the sci-fi series "Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda", starring Kevin Sorbo,  which ran for five seasons in syndication and the SciFi Channel from 2000-2005. All five seasons of Andromeda are available on DVD.






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The name of the main character, Dylan Hunt, is the same as the main character in anotherGene RoddenberryTV movie,Planet Earth(1974) (TV). Years later, the name was given to the main character in the Roddenberry-created series"Andromeda"(2000).

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Genesis II is a 1973 American TV film created and produced by Gene Roddenberry and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.

It opens with the suitably melodramatic line, "My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins on the day on which I died." It is the story of a 20th century man thrown forward in time, to a post-apocalyptic future, by an accident in suspended animation.Which a pretty memmoral openning line up there with was the best of time and it was worste of times or I am old-how I do not know,in the Edgar Rice Burrough novel.A Princess of Mars

 

REVIEW: Roddenberry’s Lost 70s Pilots

In the early seventies with studios and the media just beginning to see the success of the original Star Trek in syndication, Gene Roddenberry’s reputation as the creator of a low-rated, cancelled television series was being rethought, and the producer found himself attaining celebrity status at burgeoning Star Trek conventions across the country. Roddenberry and his ideas were once again marketable and he began a series of attempts to get a new science fiction series on network television. The first two projects strangely followed a similar path to the original Star Trek—two pilots for what was essentially the same series about humanity picking up the pieces of civilization in the aftermath of nuclear war, and a Buck Rogers-like character put in suspended animation in the 20th century only to awaken and eventually become a leader in this strange new world.

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Genesis II

Genesis II, directed by John Lewelyn Moxey and written and produced by Roddenberry, was the first stab at this idea. Alex Cord stars as Dylan Hunt, who’s using himself as a human guinea pig in experiments in suspended animation being conducted deep underground in Carlsbad Caverns when an earthquake cuts him off from his staff. Hunt is awakened in the year 2133 by three citizens of Pax, a hidden underground society. The rescuers are Isaac Kimbridge Percy Rodriguez, one of the high council members of Pax, Harper-Smythe Lynne Marta, a high-spirited young woman, and Lyra-a Mariette Hartley, a mutant “Tyranian” who secretly warns Hunt that Pax is an oppressive, warlike society holding him hostage. Eventually Lyra-a helps Hunt escape to Tyrania, but as its name implies, Lyra-a’s home city is a tyranny of super strong (they have twin circulatory systems as indicated by Lyra-a’s double navel) but arrogant and hedonistic mutants who rule a slave underclass with cylindrical “stim” weapons that give pain or pleasure through hypersonic waves. Hunt eventually encounters agents from Pax infiltrating Tyrania, among them the hulking Isiah Ted Cassidy, a powerful white Comanche, and Singh Harvey Jason, an intellectual. As they explain, Pax too is exactly what it sounds like—a society of peace devoted to preserving the best cultural elements of the past. Hunt helps the Pax team foment a revolution among the oppressed Tyranian “helpers” and helps the Pax team escape, but at the last minute remains behind to help the disgraced Lyra-a by repairing Tyrania’s faltering nuclear power station. Eventually he returns to Pax and reveals that he has set the nuclear reactor to explode in order to prevent the Tyranians from using nuclear missile technology against Pax.

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Pax team finds Hunt

Genesis II was released with some fanfare in 1973, with coverage in TV Guide and national newspapers, mostly enthusiastic about Roddenberry’s return to television and the Star Trek-like elements of Genesis II. Mariette Hartley’s double-naveled amazon mutant got the lion’s share of the coverage, with Roddenberry reportedly declaring that he gave the character two navels to make up for the fact that network censors didn’t allow him to show navels on Star Trek (if such a rule existed, Roddenberry got around it well before Genesis II). The pilot did feature a lot of Trek staples: a diverse cast of characters, notions of sexual and political equality placed alongside visions of cruel oppression, lots of sexual innuendo, women (and men) in revealing costumes, interesting gadgetry (an impressive “sub shuttle” system linking the world through underground tunnels, the collapsible stim torture devices and Pax stun guns that fired miniature darts). The idea was to create an earthbound (and thus relatable and easily filmable) locale for a series that would allow for the Trek concept of outlandish “alien” societies, but this time they would be even more recognizable offshoots of our own social trends.

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Lyra-a has two navels-I just don't Lyra-a was going to be the next Mistor Spock.They tried introduce some of human qualities,but she came off dull.

Like Roddenberry’s first Star Trek pilot, “The Cage,” Genesis II is often static and intellectual. The show ran in a 90-minute time slot and is 74 minutes long, but there’s practically no action for the first 40 minutes, almost half the show’s running time. Alex Cord also paralleled Jeffrey Hunter from “The Cage” as a dark, intriguing but somewhat cold potential leading man. Cord was a former rodeo rider with a lot of initial experience in Westerns, including some spaghetti westerns midway through his career—this stood him in good stead in Genesis II’s horse riding scenes. But his thick, wavy hair, bristling mustache and somewhat cold-blooded line delivery gave him an oddly creepy, seventies porn star quality. This actually helps some of the drama in the pilot by making Hunt unpredictable and hard to read, especially late in the game when it seems he may be betraying his saviors from Pax.

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Cord as Hunt, wielding Pax dart gun

Several veterans from Star Trek make appearances in Genesis II, notably Percy Rodriguez (Commodore Stone from “Court Martial”), Majel Barrett (as a Pax elder), Mariette Hartley from “All Our Yesterdays” and Ted Cassidy from “What Are Little Girls Made of?” Hartley actually makes the strongest impression, and not just because of her fetishized costumes and the trademark all-American beauty that had made her a popular TV guest star since the sixties. Lyra-a is easily the most interesting character in the story, a woman who infiltrates Pax society, plies Hunt with lies about his rescuers, then quickly and believably transitions from an earnest ally to a dangerous and cruel Tyranian leader. Hartley’s best moment might be her bursting into a cavern of terrified “helpers” and shouting an order for obedience, her face flushed with a righteous fury we haven’t seen in her character until this moment. Of course Lyra-a is crippled by the one vulnerability so many Star Trek sirens were unable to overcome: their weakness for the show’s leading man. If anything
Genesis II’s storyline gets redundant with one too many scenes of Lyra-a rescuing Hunt from the Tyranian leaders only to beg him to help her standing by repairing their power source.

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You must promise not to kill again

The program has other problems too. As his co-producer on his first television program since Star Trek, Roddenberry hired Paul Rapp, whose previous work consists mostly of Roger Corman cheapies. That shows in the look of the production, which is wildly uneven and often downright unattractive. Most of the money seems to have gone into the sub shuttle vehicle station and miniature effects (Genesis II’s version of Star Trek’s transporter), which are quite convincing and interesting. There’s a nice matte painting of Tyrania and the Tyranian council sets are impressive, but the mix of location work and small, low budget set pieces frequently gives the show a chintzy look (the Pax council chamber is particularly cramped and disappointing), especially in its frequent underground scenes both in Pax and Tyrania.

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Sub shuttle station

Looking back on the program without the benefit of nostalgia you’ll find a playground of unintentional laughs. The arch performances of the Tyranian elders in their wigs and Flesh Gordon peek-a-boo outfits are the stuff of Saturday Night Live skits—sometimes Genesis II comes off as a parody of dated, socially aware sci fi drama. It doesn’t help that Leon Haskins from Hogan’s Heroes and the preacher from Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles make appearances. Perhaps worst of all is a collection of horrendous Shirley Temple wigs for the Tyranian “helpers” that make every one of these characters we’re supposed to pity look ridiculous. Nevertheless Genesis II got a Hugo award nomination for best dramatic presentation and produced some initial excitement, but did not lead to a series commitment from CBS—they instead went for Planet of the Apes, which only lasted one season. Ironically Genesis II (and the later Planet Earth) owes more than a little to
Planet of the Apes, with its idea of a 20th century man flung forward in time to an “upside down” post-apocalyptic civilization.

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Insert porn title here

Genesis II, like many TV pilots and TV movies from the seventies, never got an official home video or DVD release and apart from some syndicated TV airings has been little seen since its 1973 debut. Until now fans have had to contend with bootleg videos and DVDs that are of extremely poor quality, most looking like multi-generation copies of videotapes of broadcasts of the movie. While the Warner Archive DVD is minimal in terms of features and packaging, the picture quality, detail and color balance is excellent, with the pilot looking every bit as good as it did during its original broadcast. Since purchasers buy these directly online I suppose the box art doesn’t matter all that much but the Genesis II cover art is confounding— it seems to feature two unidentified female background players and makes the pilot look like some seventies mother/daughter after school special.

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Tyrania matte painting

Planet Earth Edit

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With the large, standing sub shuttle set from Genesis II still intact, Roddenberry attempted to pitch the series concept to ABC and put together a second pilot. In many ways Planet Earth is a huge improvement on Genesis II, even though the basic plotline of the first movie is more interesting on its face. The second pilot keys off a throwaway line from the first in which Hartley’s Lyra-a tells Hunt he’s lucky he wasn’t caught in the “women’s country,” where men are treated as beasts of burden. In effect Planet Earth is just another episode in a very short-lived series, and it even demonstrates some of the limitations of the format, since in some ways it’s a retread of the first pilot’s idea of Dylan and his team infiltrating an oppressive society in order to foment a revolution.

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Sub shuttle station is back in Planet Earth

As with Star Trek’s “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Roddenberry recast his lead, brought in a co-writer (Juanita Bartlett, who quickly went on to the hugely popular The Rockford Files), and made sure to avoid the dour and heavy, intellectual tone of Genesis II to make Planet Earth action-packed, light and fun. In doing so he probably got as close to the original feel of the first Star Trek series as he ever would in future efforts. Despite the fact that Planet Earth is in many ways a different show on another network, Roddenberry took full advantage of the groundwork laid in Genesis II. The second pilot shows Dylan Hunt (now played by John Saxon) as a Pax team leader, with a brief flashback showing Hunt and his team (Ted Cassidy, the only returning cast member from Genesis II as Isiah, Janet Margolin as Harper-Smythe, and Christopher Cary as Baylock, a scientist and “esper” who can heal with his mind). Rai Tasco plays “Pater” Kimbridge, basically the same character played by Percy Rodriguez in Genesis II. In a sequence very similar to the opening of the Roddenberry-written Trek episode “A Private Little War,” the flashback shows Hunt and his team escaping from the steampunk, militaristic “Kreegs” only to see Kimbridge shot before they can board a sub shuttle. After the leader is brought back to Pax, the search is on for a missing physician who can do the heart surgery that can save Kimbridge’s life.

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Margolin’s Harper with captive Hunt, now played by John Saxon

Hearing that the missing physician, Jonathan Conner (!), had disappeared in a part of the country ruled by an amazon society called the Sisters of Ruth, Hunt and his team split up, with Hunt and Harper-Smythe infiltrating the matriarchy by telling the female leaders that Hunt is Harper-Smythe’s “property” and that she wants to join the matriarchy. One of the amazons’ leaders, Marg (Diana Muldaur), quickly challenges Harper-Smythe for the ownership of Hunt and takes him for herself, leaving Harper-Smythe to navigate the society alone. When Marg puts Hunt up for auction he finds Isiah and Baylock up for bid as well—cowering with a mysterious fear that all the male slaves—or “dinks,” of the society share. Hunt eventually seduces Marg while Harper-Smythe locates Conner (Jim Antonio), who has discovered the matriarchy’s secret of drugging the dinks’ food to keep them docile and compliant. Conner gets an antidote into the food just in time for the dinks to help fend off an attack by the Kreeg, leading the women to rethink their approach to the dinks and vote to withdraw the drug and deal with the dinks on an equal basis.

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Muldaur as Marg-which I though despite the attempt present a strong woman.with heart ,come off as a dum bimbo bitch.

Planet Earth manages to outdo Genesis II on almost every level. Roddenberry hired producer Robert Justman and director Marc Daniels, both Star Trek veterans, and the result is a show that is bright, energetic and impressive-looking. The already well-done Pax sub shuttle station set is improved by art director Robert Kinoshita (who had worked on both Forbidden Planet and Lost in Space), while Bill Theiss’ mustard-colored jumpsuit uniforms give the Pax team a clean futuristic look. Even the props are uprated, with the Pax communicators and dart guns refinished with brighter details that give them the eye catching look of the Star Trek phasers and communicators.

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New Dart Gun, one of the jazzed up props in Planet Earth

The opening scenes quickly and efficiently establish the format as focusing on action and character. The Kreeg, with their proto-Klingon forehead spines and steam-powered war wagons, are interesting villains, driven by the mindless need for conflict, and the establishing scenes for the Pax team effortlessly sketch out strong character traits. As Hunt, Saxon is immediately more warm and Kirk-like than the dour Alex Cord—interesting since Saxon was much better known for playing crazed villains than heroes. His teasing relationship with Janet Margolin’s Harper-Smythe doesn’t carry the overtones of sexual harassment that Cord’s scenes with Lynne Marta did in the first pilot. Ted Cassidy has a nice moment where he’s tempted to use one of the Kreeg rifles to return fire on them during the Pax team’s escape, but instead he furiously smashes the offending weapon against a wall. Baylock is probably the least textured character of the team but he makes an effective impression as an intellectual operative with unusual insight. Whether Percy Rodriguez was available or not, his presence as Kimbridge is missed—but since the character does little more here than get shot, disappear through most of the story and reappear for a warm wrap-up, the role didn’t call for a higher profile actor.

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Klingon-like Kreeg warrior

“Special guest star” Diana Muldaur is also a Star Trek vet, with two appearances in classic Trek (and of course her one year regular stint as Dr. Pulaski in TNG). She’s effectively arrogant and patrician as Marg, selling the conflict between her and Harper-Smythe as well as some later amusing scenes between her and Saxon. The overall quality of performance in Planet Earth is much better than what’s obtained in Genesis II, and Marc Daniels deserves credit for that. Whatever you think of the style of acting on the original series, the show was rigorously rehearsed (something that William Shatner reportedly demanded), giving it an edge on much of the dramatic television of the period. You can see some of that theatrical approach in Planet Earth, particularly in the scenes between Muldaur and Saxon, which have the give and take of live theater. This in particular helps the humorous interplay that makes Planet Earth more “fun” than Genesis II. The pilot is also well-paced and edited, with several rhyming cuts and a nice transition between one of the amazons explaining how posturing, arrogant males destroyed the world to a scene of the bellicose Kreeg warriors who function as a satire of the military mindset.

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Harper fights Marg

I’ve always been a sucker for Janet Margolin’s Harper-Smythe—in fact I’ll go down on record as saying she’s my favorite Roddenberry-created female character. Her template, interestingly, is not Yeoman Rand or Uhura, but one of Roddenberry’s earlier inspirations: the tomboyish Yeoman Colt from “The Cage.” Like Colt, Harper-Smythe is efficient and comfortable in “away team” situations, and seems to have a sense of humor as well as a keen sense of her own failings. Both characters harbor not-so-secret feelings for their commanders, and both find themselves outted and embarrassed by those feelings over the course of their stories. Janet Margolin isn’t a great actress but she’s attractive in an appealing androgynous way that was unusual for the period, when big-haired models or glamorous hippy chicks were more common. Harper-Smythe isn’t exactly Ellen Ripley but she’s shown as adept at combat when required, whipping both Marg and another Sister of Ruth when the situation demands it. It’s unfortunate that she winds up a helpless hostage to the Kreeg at the episode’s climax, getting knocked around and sidelined while Marg gets in at least a punch or two. I love Harper-Smythe’s moment with the mysterious John Conner when the Pax physician asks who Hunt is (after finding Harper-Smythe in a compromising position with the drugged Saxon): “My team leader,” she says ruefully, eyes rolling a little at her own poor judgment. There’s another moment when Harper-Smythe strong-arms one of the amazon leaders who’s invited her into her home. “I came her for directions and I’m damn well going to get them!” she growls as she pins the woman’s arm behind her back. This mirrors a scene in Genesis II in which the shock wave from a nuclear explosion Hunt has triggered strikes on a Pax lookout just as a mother has brought her young children out to see the stars. There and in the Planet Earth scene, the heroes witness the effect of their own violence on children, forcing them to rethink the use of force—a very effective and intelligent pacifistic touch from Roddenberry. For Harper-Smythe, the balance of what passed for a “kick-ass” female action hero and a vulnerable young woman working out her position in her society and vis-à-vis Hunt’s strange leader would have made for an attractive weekly character I think.

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Not in front of the children

Planet Earth has never won plaudits for what seems its condescending depiction of a matriarchal society, but at least credit Roddenberry (always a target for classic Trek’s miniskirted sexism) for hiring Juanita Bartlett to give the teleplay a female perspective. I would credit Bartlett for the lion’s share of the script’s clever and playful sexual politics and dialogue—as her work on The Rockford Files would quickly prove, she was one of the smartest writers working in television, and a Planet Earth series with her as story editor could have been very promising. While Genesis II featured a number of unintentionally funny lines, Planet Earth’s humor is nothing if not intentional, right down to the diminutive, humiliating term “dink” for the matriarchy’s male slaves. It grates on the ear but has a nice payoff in a scene between Harper-Smythe and Conner as the two discuss Hunt’s chances of winning over Marg, which Conner says will depend on Hunt’s understanding of female psychology. “I don’t think he knows the first thing about it,” Harper-Smythe says. “Well,” Conner replies, “You never know about us dinks.”

The pilot climaxes with a tense showdown between the Kreeg, the Sisters of Ruth, the dinks and Hunt’s Pax team, and with limited resources Marc Daniels manages to make it relatively exciting. You have to love Saxon delivering a full-on Captain Kirk drop-kick to a Kreeg and the huge Isiah jumping a fence on horseback to wade into the battle.

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Kreeg War Wagon

Roddenberry hired Harry Sukman to score both pilots, an odd choice considering the availability of all of the original Trek’s superb and experienced composers, from Sandy Courage, Fred Steiner and Gerald Fried to George Duning and Sol Kaplan. Sukman did have a few sci fi credits—two fifties films, Riders to the Stars and the ridiculous robot thriller Gog, and the waterlogged 1966 Ivan Tors adventure Around the World Beneath the Sea. Sukman wrote a nice, exciting theme for Genesis II with a particularly sweeping bridge that doubles as an effectively exotic love theme for Hunt and Lyra-a. His Planet Earth theme is bombastic and action-oriented but far less memorable—although he is good at giving the plight of the oppressed in both shows a grim, semi-biblical epic feeling. For some reason Sukman gets into a weird Batman area in scoring the final action scene in Planet Earth with some brass stylings worthy of Nelson Riddle—you almost expect a few BAM! and POW! cartoon balloons to pop onscreen. In another musical note (pun intended), the harpsichordist in the house Harper-Smythe first goes to for shelter is Craig Hundley (nee Huxley), seen in the Trek episode “And the Children Shall Lead” and the inventor of the Blaster Beam instrument used in the V’ger cues in Jerry Goldsmith’s
Star Trek – The Motion Picture score.

For all its strengths, Planet Earth failed to earn a series commitment from ABC (they perhaps wisely chose The Six Million Dollar Man, which became a huge hit for them). Oddly enough, John Saxon starred in one final attempt to position the concept as a series, the 1975 pilot Strange New World, which was directed by Robert Butler—the man who’d directed Star Trek’s “The Cage” pilot in 1964. This time there was no involvement from Roddenberry and once again, the pilot failed to sell, burying the concept for good—but it was also produced by Warner Bros, so at least we may see an archival DVD of it some day. Genesis II and Planet Earth shared a lot of the vices of seventies science fiction—endless location shooting in the scrub brush of Southern California, winking sexuality and a lot of indifferently-staged stunt man action. But the concept also showed some promise and has a particular appeal as a kind of earthbound Star Trek. Several concepts and plotlines from the show later appeared in other Roddenberry productions from
Star Trek – The Motion Picture to Andromeda, which revived the character name Dylan Hunt. But none quite captured the appeal of Planet Earth, which was made just close enough to the original Star Trek episodes to capture a little bit of their particular energy, style and humor. Roddenberry was quoted at the time as pointing out that despite its seemingly depressing post-apocalypse setting, the Genesis II/Planet Earth concept was perhaps even more inherently optimistic than Star Trek. “The concept of the show says look, we can survive even this, the destruction of our civilization,” Roddenberry said, and the pilot’s (stock) footage of a natural wilderness re-emerging from the crush of urban sprawl and blight still gets that message across. Particularly now on a world running out of resources and threatening to heat up to the point of uninhabitability, there’s an appeal to the idea of starting over.



== Plot summary ==
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In 1979, NASA scientist Dylan Hunt (Cord) is working on "Project Ganymede", a suspended animation system for astronauts on long-duration space flights. As chief of the project he volunteers for the first multi-day test. He places himself in chemically-induced hibernation deep inside Carlsbad Caverns; while there, his lab is buried in an earthquake. The monitoring equipment is damaged and fails to awake him at the intended end of the test. He awakens instead in 2133 A.D., emerging into a chaotic post-apocalyptic world. An event called "The Great Conflict" (a third and final World War) destroyed the civilization of Hunt's time. Various new civilizations have emerged in a struggle for control of available resources. Those with the greatest military might and the will to use it have the greatest advantage.

Dylan Hunt is accidentally found and rescued by an organization calling themselves "PAX", which stood for peace (from the Latin). PAX members are the descendants of the NASA personnel who worked and lived at the Carlsbad Installation in Dylan's time. They are explorers and "scientists" who preserve what little information and technology survive from before the Conflict, and who seek to learn and acquire more in an effort to build a new civilization. Members of PAX find Dylan Hunt still sealed in the hibernation chamber. They revive him, and are thrilled to meet a survivor from before the Conflict.

An elaborate Subshuttle transit system was constructed during the 1970's due to air transportation becoming too vulnerable to air attack. The Subshuttles were a rapid transport system that utilized magnetic levitation transports. They operated inside vactrain tunnels that ran at hundreds of miles per hour. The tunnels were comprehensive enough to cover the entire globe. The PAX organization has inherited the still working system and utilize it to dispatch their teams of troubleshooters.

In the area once known as Arizona and New Mexico a totalitarian regime known as Tyranians rule the area. The Tyranians are mutants who possess greater prowess than average humans (they can be identified as possessing two navels). Their leader discovers that Hunt has knowledge of nuclear power systems, and they offer him great rewards if he can repair their failing nuclear power generator. However, once under their power they attempt to force him to reactivate a nuclear missile system in their possession, with which they intend to destroy their enemies and dominate the region. Hunt is appalled by this small-scale replay of the events that must have led to the Conflict. He leads a revolt of the enslaved citizenry, sabotages the nuclear device, and destroys the reactor.

To Hunt's dismay, the PAX leaders assert their pacifist nature and intentions. They are attempting to rebuild an idealistic society using all that was deemed "good" from Earth's past, and they regard Hunt's interference with a rival civilization and his destructive tactics as antithetical to this end. However, they also see great good in him and value his knowledge of the past. They ask Hunt to join PAX permanently but only if he can agree to never again take human lives. Hunt half-heartedly agrees. Security Chief Yuloff states that the rationale of taking lives to justify the saving of lives was what allowed "The Great Conflict" to happen in the first place.



==Lexicon== Edit

Benevolent group of scientists, dedicated to pacifist beliefs, who attempts to aid mankind recover from the nuclear war. PAX is headquartered in Carlsbad Caverns.


"PAXer" dart:

Standard handguns carried by all PAX Teams are non-lethal. They fire a small dart (a miniature hypodermic) which injects a powerful and fast acting tranquilizer.


Stim:

A rod shaped device approx. 20.32 cm in length (excluding handle) which stimulates the pain or pleasure centers of the recipient's brain through the use of sonics. No physical damage is caused by the Stim's effect. The Stim was developed in the final days of the Great Conflict to control troops and civilian populations. In Tyrania, the Stim is regarded as a symbol of honor, and confers dignity. The slaves of Tyrania were kept in check by the Stim, prior to the revolt led by Dylan Hunt.


Sub Shuttle:

A subterranean mag lev type train, capable of high speed transportation across the globe. In the 20th century, the sub shuttle bridged the first continent five years following the development of a nuclear drilling device.


 

Tyranian:

Mutant human species. Possesses two hearts, two belly buttons, and greater strength than the average human. Lyra-a was half human and half Tyranian.



=== Episode concepts ===
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The following are story concepts that were in development during the production of Genesis II that would have become individual episodes had the network approved the series.
*"Company B" - A "Trojan Horse" suicide squad from the days of the great conflict comes out of suspended animation and attacks PAX. They represent the 1995 A.D. ideal of a perfect soldier.
*"London Express" - A hair raising journey through submerged portions of the North Atlantic subshuttle tube to mysterious London of 2133 A.D. Dylan Hunt and Team-21 meet Lyra-A there and the mad monarch King Charles X.
*"Robots Return" - The advanced computers and sophisticated machinery left on a moon of Jupiter by a 1992 NASA expedition have evolved into a new form of robot life and visit Earth in search of the "God" which created their life. They meet Dylan Hunt, formerly of NASA and consider him a messiah. This story idea was later developed into the script for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and may have inspired James P. Hogan's Code of the Lifemaker.
*"Poodle Shop" - Dylan Hunt is captured and put on sale by the females in a strange society where men are treated as domestic pets and often traded back and forth for breeding purposes. This story idea would later turn into the second pilot, Planet Earth.
*"The Apartment" - Trapped inside 20th century ruins by a mysterious force field, Dylan Hunt is catapulted through a time continuum back to 1975 where he can be seen as a "transparent ghost" by the girl living in the apartment there. A bizarre love affair with a surprise twist ending. The basic plot appears later as an unused Star Trek: Phase II episode "Tomorrow and the Stars".
*"The Electric Company" - Dylan Hunt and his PAX team encounter a place where a strong priesthood holds a society in bondage through the clever use of electricity. The simple inhabitants see the flashes of light and the amplified voices as the sight and sound of "God", but Dylan's team ends the dominance of the priesthood when they come up with still better tricks. This episode superficially resembles the Star Trek episode "Return of the Archons".

Source: - Lincoln Enterprises Catalog No. 6

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The science fiction justification for Lyra-a (Mariette Hartley) and other Tyranians having two navels is that they have redundant circulatory systems. However, Gene Roddenberry joked that the behind-the-scenes reason was to make up for the covered navels mandated by network and studio censors during the production of the original "Star Trek" (1966).

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Filmography as: Production Company

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  1. Spectre (1977) (TV) ... Production Company
  2. "Star Trek" (1973) ... Production Company
  3. Genesis II (1973) (TV) ... Production Company

==Cast== Edit

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*Alex Cord as Dylan Hunt
*Mariette Hartley as Lyra-a
*Ted Cassidy as Isiah
*Percy Rodrigues as Primus Isaac Kimbridge
*Harvey Jason as Singh
*Titos Vandis as Yuloff
*Bill Striglos as Dr. Kellum
*Lynne Marta as Harper-Smythe
*Harry Raybould as Slan-n
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*Majel Barrett as Primus Dominic
*Leon Askin as Overseer
*Liam Dunn as Janos
*Scott Graham as Tyranian Teacher
*Ed Ashley as Wehr-r
*Linda Grant as Astrid
*Robert Swan as Lahyn-n
*Beulah Quo as Primus Lu-Chan
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*Dennis Robertson as General
*Ray Young as Tyranian Teacher #2
*Tom Pace as Brian
*Teryl Willis as Cardiologist
*David Westberg as Station Operator
*Robert Hathaway as Shuttle Car Operator
*Tammi Bula as Teenager
*Didi Conn as TV Actress
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== Production ==
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Genesis II was the first of three attempts by Roddenberry to create a new science fiction television series following the success of Star Trek. Genesis II aired on CBS on March 23, 1973; although Roddenberry had scripts lined up for a 20-episode first season [17], CBS declined to pick it up, opting instead for the short-lived Planet of the Apes live-action series.

The plot point about the Tyranians having a dual circulatory system with two hearts and thus identifiable because they were born with two navels was an elaborate in-joke. While producing Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry was constantly besieged by demands for changes from the censors as NBC's Broadcast Standards department, which he took to calling the "BS Department" due to the often petty nature of their revisions. Among the things to which the censors routinely objected was the depiction of a navel on anyone with a bare midriff, resulting in several reshoots of scenes with actors in revealing but otherwise "decent" attire whose navels showed. By making the double navel the distinguishing physical feature of the Tyranians, Roddenberry was effectively filming every navel that he'd been forced to censor from Star Trek twice over.

Roddenberry reworked the material into a second pilot, Planet Earth, in which John Saxon replaced Cord in the role of Dylan Hunt. Based on network recommendations, this second pilot focused more on action and physical conflict than its predecessor. Though it aired on ABC in 1974, it was also declined. Warner Bros, which owned the rights, reworked Roddenberry's material yet again for Strange New World, also starring Saxon, which aired in 1975.

Robert Hewitt Wolfe used the name "Dylan Hunt" and many ideas from Roddenberry's Genesis II notes to create Andromeda television series. [18]


ObservationsEdit

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.John Saxon,although an ok actor,in this looks as he an eternal headache and would bothering him all the time.Obviously Alex Cord was involved in something,or did not want to do any sequile pilots or wasn't asked.Shamme,since was good in the part. 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.


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 minima

I believe the part of Dylan Hunt was played by John Saxon in the TV series (also good)-there was no tv series-that Genisis II-number pilot two and it was Planet Earth..like Where no man has gone before was Star Trek pilot two,after Star Trek pilot one-known the Cage,Duuhhh.The problem the proposed series,while better than Planet of the Apes and having alot of potential,would run into the kind of silly stuff Gene Roddenberry put into Star Trek.Bunpy head warrior,girl little clothe on,retard amazon femist civilation vs whimpy men,the zoo civilation,gansters,cowboys,roman and so on.Dylan Hunt and PAX would met more strange and unusual civilization,just like Star Trek,but the familiar dressed to alien .I believe the part of Dylan Hunt was played by John Saxon in the TV series (also good.There was no series.Just a few more tv movie pilots.John Saxon,whom I felt was weak,in the second Genisis II pilot titles Planet Earth,was not as good as Alex Cord.A third one,where Gene Roddenberry had little to with called Strange New World was made.Neither added to a series,because although ok and some good ideas,had some weaknesses to them.
== External links ==
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* Genesis II at PAX Team 21
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