The 1967 sci-fi novel “Logan’s Run” inspired the 1976 film starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter. The success of that film led to 1977′s short-lived television series on CBS. The 14 produced episodes of that series are now available on DVD as “Logan’s Run: The Complete Series.”
The series is set in the 24th century, after nuclear war has ravaged the planet. In the series, Logan 5 (Gregory Harrison) lives in the City of Domes, where he is a “Sandman,” sort of a police officer who must chase down “runners.” Runners are those who rebel against the steadfast rule in the City of Domes that all must enter the Carousel at age 30. The Carousel is an extermination ritual in which those participating are told they will be reborn. But some start to question Carousel, including, eventually, Logan.
The TV series re-creates the events of the movie, more or less, in the first half of the pilot. He escapes with Jessica (Heather Menzies) to the outside world, where they seek Sanctuary, a believed safe place for those who have run from the City of Domes.
They’re pursued by Francis (Randy Powell), Logan’s former partner, as the pair explore an unfamiliar future world with the help of the android Rem (Donald Moffat).
In each of the 14 episodes, the trio comes across a new situation or civilization on their search for Sanctuary. There’s some solid writing from writers including Harlan Ellison and Dennis O’Neil. D.C. Fontana of “Star Trek” fame wrote for and was the story editor on the series.
Moffat’s bemused assistance as Logan and Jessica explore the new world is a high point. One episode of interest is “Man out of Time,” in which a man from the past time-travels in an attempt to find out the reason for the nuclear holocaust so that he may put a stop to it. Kim Cattrall (“Sex in the City”) guest-stars on the episode “Half Life.”
Unfortunately, there are no extras on the DVD release, but the quality of the presentation is reasonably good for the age of the material. The effects haven’t aged terribly well, but the show has some strong moments, and is an intriguing time capsule of 1970s sci-fi.
— Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman