Thursday, September 28, 2017

THE ORVILLE Just Provided the Final Episode for An EARLIER TV Series!

Tonight's The Orville "If the Stars Should Appear"...
...provided a series finale for the 1973 show The Starlost!
Let's look at the similarities...
A domed generation ship!
People in the dome don't realize they're on a ship since they've been isolated and sealed in the dome for generations!
They use comparatively-primitive tech, compared to the vessel's tech.
Rulers use religion to control the populace.
Ship had an accident about a hundred years after leaving home.
Ship on collision course with a star.
Sound's like Harlan Ellison's disowned tv series (described in detail by Ellison himself in "Somehow, I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore, Toto!", available in the book listed below!).
Now some of you might claim the ep is actually based on Star Trek's "The World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" or Space:1999's "Mission of the Darians", and there are elements of both, but most of the "appropriating" is clearly from The Starlost, down to the dome itself!
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(novelization of the unfilmed, award-winning, pilot script, plus Ellison's behind-the-scenes autopsy of the series' corpse, entitled "Somehow, I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore, Toto!)

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