Sunday, February 1, 2015

Earth Star Voyager - Cheesy 1980s TV Sci-Fi

Hey, Internet.

Here's Earth Star Voyager, the failed TV movie pilot from The Wonderful World of Disney that aired in 1986.  (I dare you to say Earth Star Voyager six times fast.)

I recall it had a very "Teen Star Trek" feel to it, with young cadet types who range in age from 16 to 24 holding down the usual Enterprise bridge crew positions of captain, science officer, navigator, communications officer, and engineer.  They are the crew of the titular spaceship Earth Star Voyager on one of those standard "Earth is falling apart, so we're looking for another planet to colonize" scifi stories.

The movie opens in outer space on a field of stars, so naturally the on-screen card reads "Outer Space 2082."  Disney wanted to make certain you knew where this was taking place.

Despite being directed by James Goldstone, who directed for the actual Star Trek, and featuring Duncan Regehr, this thing is terrible: poorly acted by the child stars, plastic-looking production design (seems to be a lot of off the shelf furniture and whatnot), and sub-par visual effects (that two foot long model spaceship at the beginning looks like a two foot long model spaceship).

Oh, and this cult gem has about the LONGEST plot write up I have ever seen on Wikipedia.

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