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The Starlost 

A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction.


Harlan Ellison




1974   1973  
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Series cast summary:
Keir Dullea ...  Devon 16 episodes, 1973-1974
Gay Rowan ...  Rachel 16 episodes, 1973-1974
Robin Ward ...  Garth 16 episodes, 1973-1974
William Osler ...  Host / ... 16 episodes, 1973-1974


This very low budget TV show (which was shot on video, as opposed to film, as most regular TV shows are) involved a giant spaceship called THE ARK which was composed of hundreds of domes, each of which (supposedly) contained a sample culture from the planet Earth, which had long since died out due to some thing or other (If memory serves, it was pollution). Any way, this giant space ship had an accident somewhere along the way in an asteroid storm which killed the crew that was piloting it, so now it's careening toward -get this- an UNCHARTED SOLAR STAR ! The character played by Keir Dullea (who was DAVE in 2001) gets forced out of his dome and goes roaming around the ship with his 2 friends, trying to set the course correct so that they don't hit this star. Written by Andrew M. Somers <film@myndex.com>

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In an attempt to "liven up" the show, the producers tried to add an "evil alien" to the cast. Their alien was played by actor Walter Koenig, wearing Go-Go boots. See more »

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Several TV movies have been shown, edited together from episodes of the series. See more »


Featured in The Starlost: The Return (1980) See more »

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"The starlost", a great idea,poorly executed in 1973, Would be subject matter for a re-make in 2005.
22 October 2004 | by FRANKSTUF8See all my reviews

I recently purchased a video cassette copy of "The Starlost, the beginning". While viewing the film, I could not help but notice the dismally poor quality of the sets and the weakness in the actor's portrayals of the characters.I enjoyed watching the film despite the obvious shortcomings, I mean after all, It was filmed way back in 1973. Again, I enjoyed the film and I intend to purchase other episodes of the short lived series as soon as I can. I remember when the show first aired in 1973. At the time, I was only 11 and was unaware of how poorly executed this fascinating story had been done.When the show was canceled, I had pretty much forgotten about the show. It has only been within the last two years that I rediscovered this rarely seen science fiction series.I can appreciate what the series producers tried to do with the show, but their ideas fell apart. Let's cut the producers and actors of the time a little slack.It was filmed in CANADA,on a extremely limited budget. The technically sophisticated filming innovations used to produce science fiction shows of today, was virtually non existent back in 1973.Although the television show that we first viewed back in 1973 was a complete disaster, the story is fresh and renewed for a new generation of science fiction fans yearning for something new to watch . I for one, hope to see this show revived just like they did with "Battlestar Galactica".A remake of "The Starlost" is a science fiction story that the television big-wigs, should really consider bringing back for a viewing audience of the 21st century.

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22 September 1973 (Canada) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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