Long before Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda made it to the screen, the Star Trek creator made a show about Dylan Hunt, the man from the past. Here's an exclusive clip from Genesis II, which is finally appearing on DVD on Tuesday.
We couldn't be more excited for the release of Genesis II, which was one of a few attempts by Roddenberry to create another science-fiction TV show to rival the popularity of Star Trek. Just from the clip above, you can get the flavor of it — like much of Trek, it's preachy and yet cerebral. The Tyranians (their name sums them up, conveniently) are mutants. They have two navels, and they enslave and dominate all the regular humans. That device that Lyra-A (Mariette Hartley) is showing Alex Cord, her stim, is actually like Star Trek's "agonizer," which the Tyranians use to keep the humans in line. So it's sort of giggle-worthy when she says it "confers dignity."
Here's the official description for the DVD, which is exclusively available through the Warner Archive:
"My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died." Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, brings fans another enthralling tale of the future. Set in a time between now and the era of the starship Enterprise, Genesis II follows Hunt (Alex Cord), who awakes after 154 years of suspended animation into a post-apocalyptic world that's torn between the peace-loving citizens of Pax and the militaristic, mutant Tyranians. Both want Hunt to join their cause. But the Tyranians have two cruel weapons to persuade Hunt: a device of torture called a stim. And an alluring mutant (Mariette Hartley) with two navels…and one ice-cold heart.
"GENESIS II" Starring ALEX CORD Guest Stars MARIETTE HARTLEY TED CASSIDY
And PERCY RODRIGUES As Primus Kimbridge Written and Produced by GENE RODDENBERRY
Directed by JOHN LLEWELLYN MOXEY A NORWAY Production in Association with WBTelevision
This version of Dylan Hunt is a scientist, and not quite as badass as the version played by Kevin Sorbo in Andromeda. But he still manages to see through the Tyranians' pretense of being enlightened rulers. Maybe the pain sticks and the evil name clue him in somewhat. And yet — Mariette Hartley! With two navels!
Genesis II actually aired on CBS, but it didn't get picked up as a series, alas. And it's never been available on home video — until now.
Also being released on Tuesday: Planet Earth, which was Roddenberry's second attempt at making a pilot about Dylan Hunt in the future. In the second version, the role of post-apocalyptic dominatrix is played by Diana Muldaur, who also appeared in the Trek episodes "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" and "Return To Tomorrow," and played Dr. Pulaski in TNG. It also features the monstrous Kreeg soldiers, who have the head-bumps that Star Trek: The Motion Picture's Klingons made famous.
Both Genesis II and Planet Earth will be out on DVD on Tuesday, as part of the new Warner Archive DVD series. So now where's our Questor Tapes DVD?