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Logan’s Run 1.11 – Carousel

Rosanne Katon and the Man With the Hairiest Chest guest star in tonight’s episode, in which, inevitably, our heroes go back to the City of Domes. Oh, all right, it’s Ross Bickell. It’s a good installment, even if the logic necessary to temporarily wipe Logan’s memory is pretty tortuous. The appearance of the most technologically advanced people we’ve met so far is glossed over to get to the events in the city.

Our son didn’t remember Katon, whom we saw in a few episodes of Jason of Star Command that originally aired a little later in 1978. Tonight, I got a good demonstration of just how six year-olds aren’t very good with faces. The plot this time requires Jessica to change her hair and clothes and see whether Logan’s memory might have returned a little after he’d been shot with an amnesia dart a little earlier. In the next scene, Logan meets up with an old girlfriend named Sheila, played by Melody Anderson. “Wow, Jessica looks different with her hair combed,” he said, as the dialogue went completely over his head. When Jessica does show up with a new ‘do and a green-blue dress, I made sure to point out it was really her. “Yeah, she combed her hair,” he said.

Some of the elements of this show really do frustrate me. We’ve frequently rolled our eyes whenever Logan zaps a sandman with his freeze ray and doesn’t take the man’s gun. Even if Jessica is reluctant to use one herself, any gun and any car that they destroy is one that can’t be used against them in the future. Their refusal to stray any farther than a day’s drive from the City of Domes is maddening. Even if Rem doesn’t have a 24th Century road map on him, surely he knows how huge the continent is and can advise them to go to the other side of it, where Francis is far less likely to follow. Now we’ve got these “higher power” dudes in the forest, who sort of feel like the spiritual TV descendants of the sort of aliens who’d routinely freeze the USS Enterprise in space and yell at Kirk in a booming voice. I think the next thing I’d do if I escaped from the city this time is head straight back to those guys and ask for some more information I can use. Surely some of this occurred to the writer, D.C. Fontana?

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Jason of Star Command – Chapters 5 and 6

More thrilling escapes and daring rescues in the next two chapters of Jason of Star Command, though our son is most taken by the cute robot W1K1 and was happiest when it was rescued from the enemy’s tractor beam. Funny how Dragos has technology that lets him and his drone ships locate a tiny robot in the void of space, but apparently the escape pods of the Starfire ship, into which they bundle Rosanne Katon to get her to safety, are “too small” for his sensors.

This is the episode in which Jason, Nicole, and Allegra are attacked by a big six-legged insectoid monster. Early last year, the Space: 1970 blog presented some pretty terrific behind the scenes photos of the model. It’s a really nice bit of stop-motion work, and of course our son just loved it. It gave him a brief startle and then he watched with glee as Jason escaped from it and drove it off.

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Jason of Star Command – Chapters 3 and 4

Well, if you’re going to be running around a Death Sta– I mean, a Dragonship, you probably need to find a princess to rescue. Jason of Star Command‘s fourth chapter introduces Princess Allegra, who wears a bedsheet or a curtain or something. She’s played by Rosanne Katon, who had starred in the blaxploitation classic Ebony, Ivory & Jade a couple of years previously and was Playboy‘s star attraction literally the very month this program debuted. Considering how the networks’ Saturday morning censors were in a constant state of indigestion in the 1970s, I’m just going to conclude that somebody in CBS’s children’s department was not paying attention.

Our son just adores this program. It’s exciting and incredibly fast-paced and has monsters and explosions and special effects. It also has almost no character development whatever, but he doesn’t need that. He was particularly fascinated by the scene where the “energy clone” of James Doohan’s Commander Canarvin starts running out of energy and begins dissolving into a yellow blur.

I actually enjoyed a couple of scenes where Jason wanders about the Dragonship with impunity and starts reprogramming everything and opening the launch bays without the villains knowing. 25 years later, this would happen about every week on the Stargate shows.

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