Today on Far Future Horizons we embark on the ultimate human diaspora with the first episode of “The Starlost - Voyage of Discovery”.
"The Starlost" is a Canadian-produced science fiction television series devised by writer Harlan Ellison and broadcast in 1973 on CTV in Canada and syndicated to local stations in the United States.
The show's setting is a huge generational colony spacecraft called The Ark, which has gone off-course. Many of the descendants of the original crew and colonists are unaware, however, that they are aboard a ship.
The series experienced a number of production difficulties, and Ellison ended up disowning it before the first episode even aired.
|The Starlost Ark|
Devon returns to Cypress Corners to tell his fellow biosphere-dwellers about what he has learned, but is put on trial for heresy and condemned to death. Helped to escape on the night before his execution by Garth, Devon convinces Rachel and Garth to come with him to find the backup bridge if they are to save the Ark and all of the colonists aboard. Occasionally, they are aided by the Ark's computer systems portrayed by William Osler.
|One of the Ark's Habitation Domes|
The scenario drew on themes common to science fiction. It also had obvious potential for an interesting, developing story arc as the trio made more discoveries about the ship and contacted cultures previously isolated in other biospheres. 20th Century Fox was involved in the project with Douglas Trumbull as executive producer. Science fiction writer and editor Ben Bova was brought in as science advisor.
|Another View of the Ark|
The complete series is available on DVD from Amazon Books.
The Starlost 01 - Voyage of Discovery
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