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Rate "The Star"
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Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:11 am 
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Episode 13.3 - The Star

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Original Air Date: December 20, 1985
Stars: Fritz Weaver, Donald Moffat, Elizabeth Huddle
Writer: Alan Brennert (from a story by Arthur C. Clarke)
Director: Gerd Oswald

Fritz Weaver is a space explorer who discovers a burnt-out planet with the last remains of an ancient civilization.



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A nice telling of an Arthur C. Clarke story - especially as a Christmas episode. A nice mixture of Science vs Religion and how they are actually a combination of the same philosophies. Well acted by both Moffatt and Weaver. Having Gerd Oswald behind the helm didn't hurt either.

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Dr. Moreau hit the nail on the head in a succinct fashion. Always good to see Fritz Weaver, linking us to the original Zone, and Gerd Oswald linking us to The Outer Limits original series.

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Love the take on the age old battle of religion vs. science. Love how the 2 leads had a reversal at the end.

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A perfect 10 from me. Sums up my thoughts on religion really. Put simply, I don't think we know anywhere near as much as we'd like to think we do. Science has answers but has only asked a minor fraction of the questions.

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Since this story, adapted by Alan Brennert, is based on a short story by Arthur C Clarke, you have to expect that it's at least pretty good. It's also one of the shorter segments, at about 11 minutes. The sci-fi tale takes place in the far future, when mankind is advanced enough to explore other solar systems - or the remnants of such. In this case, an Earth survey ship, The Magellan, has arrived at a system where the sun went super-nova.
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As pointed out above, DrMoreau summed it up just right: the two main characters - a priest (Fritz Weaver) and an astrophysicist (Donald Moffat) - and their philosophies seem completely at odds in the first few minutes. It's a friendly debate they have but it seems irreconcilable; however, it all converges at the end. I found it interesting that the priest was also a trained scientist. This offers the alternative to the thought that religion will basically be phased out over the next couple of centuries.

I really liked the entire ambiance of this segment; the filmmakers were able to convey, with their limited means, that this really was a space expedition in mankind's future. It even reminded me, a bit, of Forbidden Planet (56), especially that long shot of the pylon on the alien planet (seen above in the first post). The actors, being long-time veterans, were also well-employed here. I give it an 8.


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Everyone has made good points on this one, all of which I agree with, nice short story and I liked the look of it too. 7/10


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