I was a big fan of the original movie "Logan's Run", but
for some reason I never watched the TV show. Of course, back
then, we didn't even have VCR's, let alone DVR's or DVD's,
so you had to pick and choose what shows to watch, in their
timeslot, and that was it. It was only on for one year, so I
didn't get much of a chance to hear about it. It was on
Friday nights, opposite "The Rockford Files". Friday night
was a bad time slot for shows that kids and teens may have
wanted to watch (because kids go out on Fridays), and
Rockford Files was very popular, so it's no wonder it didn't
To be fair, the pilot was not all that exciting, so that
may have contributed as well. It does get better after the
first episode. I don't know, though, if viewers would have
really followed it for very long. It's a lot like Star Trek
(and that only lasted 3 seasons!), but I do think it's
slower. Also, at least with Star Trek, they had a whole
universe to explore. In Logan's Run, they only have the
planet, and it's kind of silly that they kept running into
all these different pockets of humanity (as well as aliens,
robots, etc.). Not to mention the premise that after only
200 years, a world that was devastated by nuclear war is
okay again (It would take thousands of years, from what I've
What I like about the show, besides the fact that it's
scifi, is that it stars Gregory Harrison. He is not only
really cute here, but he was always a fine actor with a lot
of charisma. I didn't see him until his show "Trapper John,
MD" which came along two years later.
Also, I belonged to a scifi club at this time (in San
Diego), so there were lots of people running around in
Logan's Run costumes at the club and at scifi conventions.
Seeing those little toga-like outfits and such sure reminds
me of those fun days. I even got to meet and spend time with
George Clayton Johnson, who came up with the original
Logan's Run idea and wrote the book. The book is very good,
by the way, and well worth reading. It's very different from
the movie or TV show. At one convention, he had a small
group of us enthralled as we sat there, all on the floor in
a circle around him, in a corridor, and listened to him talk
about the book and other ideas. It was very cool.
I'm not kidding when I say that the show is like Star
Trek. It has a lot of the same actors and writers as that
show, so the writing is top-notch. The android character Rem
reminds me quite a bit of Data, who came along later in Star
Trek: The Next Generation (Although he does say
"fascinating" in the pilot, he's not much like Spock). It's
fun to watch the show and see all the great guest-stars that
you may recognize from other shows and movies.
There are only 14 episodes, and 3 of these did not air on
TV, so I guess the show did not even last a full season.
That's really a shame. There wasn't a lot of scifi on TV or
movies back then, like there is now. What's even more
of a shame is that there are no extras or features. It would
have been nice to hear what the cast and crew said about the
show. I know Gregory Harrison is still around and acting -
he was on "The Ringer" this year on The CW!
Check it out if you're a scifi fan or liked the movie. It
is worth watching.
GET READY TO RUN BACK TO THE FUTURE AS WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES
LOGAN'S RUN: THE COMPLETE SERIES
ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME APRIL 10, 2012
All 14 Original Episodes in a 3-Disc Collector's Set!
BURBANK, CA (December 15, 2011) - Experience a suspense-filled,
futuristic run for survival - '70s style - as Warner Home Video (WHV)
releases Logan's Run: The Complete Series. Based on the original novel
and popular film, the cult classic science-fiction television series
comes to DVD for the first time on April 10, 2012. The 3-disc
collector's set includes all fourteen original episodes.
In the post-apocalyptic 24th century, the planet has been devastated by
nuclear war and surviving communities exist in isolation. Citizens live
in total bliss in the City of Domes until their 30th birthday, the date
they are lured to an event called Carousel. They believe they might be
renewed in a new form but instead they are executed. Not everyone
accepts the propaganda and efforts to escape to Sanctuary, located
outside of the city, are increasing. These "Runners" are hunted by
Sandmen. Although he's a Sandman, Logan begins to question if being
renewed actually occurs and if the outside is truly uninhabitable. When
Logan tries to capture Jessica, she fuels his doubts and he ultimately
joins her in an attempt to find Sanctuary. When news spreads of Logan's
rebellion, Logan's former partner is sent in pursuit of the pair as they
make their way through an unfamiliar world.
"We are thrilled to bring another classic TV series to DVD with the
much-anticipated release of Logan's Run: The Complete Series," said
Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing.
"Clamoring fans have been looking forward to this release, and now they,
along with younger generations, can experience this cult favorite once
Logan's Run: The Complete Series stars Gregory Harrison (Trapper John,
M.D.), Heather Menzies (The Sound of Music), Donald Moffat (A Clear and
Present Danger) and Randy Powell (Dallas).
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