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Rotten Primate. The Exploder Whale. An Evening at the Gentlemen's Club for Apes. Flood II. There is no doubt Gene Roddenberry is a genius. Earth Final Conflict deserves to be measured in the same greatness as Star Trek. Equally superb vision and equally enjoyable. What set EFC apart was it's amazing realism. The producers went to great lengths to fuse Taelon technology into earth's daily lives.
The atmosphere alone is awesome. The characters are very human, even the Taelons. Despite their tranquil and sedated movements, they have their good and evil sides just like the rest of us, Resolving The De-Evolution Conflict.
It is amazing how Gene Roddenberry was able to conceive that in a believable alien context. In the show, the Resistance is fighting as much against the Taelons as against humans. Every episode was filled with suspense. The consistent cast changes did hurt the show. But Resolving The De-Evolution Conflict thing was still in order: the Taelons with their hidden agendas, the humans still mixed with conflicting thoughts about their alien visitors.
It's sad to see characters come and go, but the spirits were not lost. It is a little sad to see such a good show on a slow downward spiral. The realism is slowly taken over with special effects.
Open land is replaced with Taelon-styled interiors, our heros' pistols are replaced with energy weapons, etc. But all were still in order It took away a large part of what made the show interesting.
The Taelons are gone, the humans no longer seem human, and the plot gets slower and slower by the episode. All the original characters are gone except Palmer. And the intelligence that was seen in earlier seasons are gone. I'm not going to get into details of why people didn't like season 5. It held together only long enough to give EFC a decent ending. I guess Mr. Roddenberry's notes were all used up by season 4. I bet this show would have excelled if he himself were here to steer it as it goes.
Despite its evident failure in season 5, EFC remained one of my favourites. It's a look into humans, and what we would have done if aliens do come. Year 1: near genius, entertaining, thought provoking.
Years Mediocre, some nice short skirts from time-to-time but that's about all. Year 5: Deus Ex Machina, and not in a good way. This season was a form of insanity.
Watching the principles struggle through this silliness was very painful. There are so many good TV shows today there's no point in watching this. A show with much promise Well, WHAT have they done to my favorite show?? Earth: Final Conflict used to be a wonderful series. Outwardly peaceful and benevolent, secretly altering the future of humanity. They weren't evil, just desperate although we didn't know it. They weren't good, because they did bad things to us.
Then came the second season. Lots of action. Little thought. Liam is a hybrid. Half Kimeran another alien racehalf human. He quickly became Mr. Now we are presented with season 3. Pretty good, although Liam is as stiff as ever, Renee is his sidekick both characters are so flat they could practically interchange lines at any point. Perhaps season 4 will be better.
I doubt it though. There is something wrong with the writers on this show. Unless you are looking for disappointment when s4 gets here, don't get too involved.
I was a teenager about when I saw the first season on my local TV back in '98 and I was immediately obsessed with this "alien" series!
This was something completely different, deep and exciting at the same Resolving The De-Evolution Conflict. Every SciFi fan's dream almost became reality. Until recent months I was unable to see rest of the seasons and all this years I was really building a great expectation for it. Where's Boone? First half of the season 2 had some serious problems, actors struggled with lack of continuity, Lisa Howard Lili Marquette and Richard Chevalleau Augur had a hard task to accept Richard Leeshock Liam Kincaid as their new "true" leader so, Boone was just "warming us up".
Stories were predictable, with not enough philosophical depth. In fact, I think that entire 2nd season was a repetition of the very same stories in mixed order from the previous season - with the only one difference - main character was switched! Second half of season 2 finally landed on it's feet and succeeded to establish new order deal with it - or leave.
Liam and Lili became a "team" against the Taelons, with help of Augur, off course, great finale of season 2 was brilliant and unpredictable. Okay, I forgive "them" for the Boon's dead, just leave the main crew intact, OK? Wait, now Lili's gone, too!?
Season 3 - new shock! I thought that no one will ever leave this show with great potential and initial storybut devil's never asleep. Again, stupid storyline, whenever a leading character "has to leave", writers incorporate that cheap moral stuff like: "This is my destiny" or "I have to leave now I feel it was meant to be".
Anyway, season 3 was interesting in some moments, but not in original fashion that season 1 introduced. Introduction of Renee Palmer Jayne Heitmeyeractress that really has a potential but def.
Later, in season 3 she manages to grasp chemistry with Liam, but that will never be the same as Lili had with Boone. Liam's appearance was so much simpler, naive, how should I say Reccuring role of Lisa Howard as Lili Marquette at the season 3 finale was very poor and disappointing for me.
I expected much serious approach, there was no trace of old Lili I've used to know, she changed a lot somehow Personal observation: Lisa Howard was pregnant during the season 2 and eventually became mother in real life daughter Sofiaso this was maybe the intended "parallel" writers used in the show, but that was so off-the-original-course I actually expected - a much serious real Jaridian invasion was in order.
And so the 4th season began Frustration about Lili left a bitter taste in my mouth, now Augur left the series from this point appeared later in 3 episodes as a guest star and was "replaced" with some neurotic funny girl named Street Melinda Deines. Perhaps casting personnel really discovered Melinda on the street and that's how she got her name "Street" in the show. But suddenly there comes a breakthrough: from the episode 4.
Complete disaster of anything was told from the very beginning, a rip-off version other mediocre shows like Buffy, Angel, poor elements of Alien Sigurney Weaver. New faces came out of nowhere brings the show to the dead end. Even Boone's Awakening was done intensionally, probably to boost poor TV rating Final words: Conclusion is impossible for such a multi-dimensional series after allthere's always a hope as Da'an used to say : some day humanity will evolve to a new level maybe where those mistakes seen in this TV series won't happen anymore.
Maybe there will be a remake some day, even full feature movie who knowsbut for me now only exists 4 seasons of this great show and I imagined my own version of the end. A show that lost it's direction more than once. When Kevin Kilner left at the end of the first season, the show lost it's heart. They killed off the principal character and his drive and the show shriveled up for a while. Leeshock and his character eventually adjusted but the story still suffered, with the Taelons having so many twists and turns that they lost all mystique; now Leeshock's character is presumably dead and now there's Heitymeyer and her character with an almost Buffy:the Vampire Slayer storyline.
The show has lost it's direction more than once in 5 years-what else would you expect since Rodenberry's notes could only last so long and hack writers take over? I have been watching EFC since the beginning.
For the most part the show is very good season 1 to 4. During the fourth season the plot began to go down hill and the fifth season is only watchable for laughs as only one person from the first season remained. Over all the scripts a well written and complex yet understandable.
If you like shows about the little guy winning watch EFC. MartinHafer 20 February It's rare to see a TV series start so strong and lose its way so quickly. The first season of this series was great and its paranoid underpinnings were fantastic. Unfortunately, many times these story lines were completely forgotten or contradicted--as if the writing staff was periodically fired and completely replaced.
This also occurred with the characters--as my favorite characters were killed off and replaced by imminently forgettable ones. I got sick of waiting and stopped watching--and, by that time, so had most of the audience.
This show is a great example of a show that starts well and ultimately is cast adrift to float in limbo. My advice, DrSamba 26 November I really enjoyed this series when it first came out. Although the idea of benevolent-seeming aliens with ulterior motives is not new see the original Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man"Resolving The De-Evolution Conflict gave it a new and fresh approach.
Add to that the intrigue between Da'an and Zo'or and the other Taelons, the power struggles within the Resistance, and the Machiavellian Sandoval, and you had a story with some real promise. Unfortunately, the loss of Kevin Kilner as Boone towards the end of the first season, signaled the beginning of a string of cast changes that disrupted the continuity of the series and the story line to paraphrase a line from "The Outlaw Josey Wales": when I get to liking a character, they don't stay around very long.
Robert Leeshock put in a fine performance as Liam Kincaid; but I felt Liam became less interesting the more "human" he became. As part alien, he straddled both sides of the fence and could bond with Da'an in ways that no human ever could; but as a human, he was just one more resistance fighter.
Another disturbing trend--and maybe it's my own imagination--was the tendency to cast women based on their brassiere sizes. I thought nothing of it with Lisa Howard--I thought her portrayal of Lili Marquette was first-rate--but then with Resolving The De-Evolution Conflict introduction, shortly after Lili's disappearance, of Jayne Heitmeyer as Renee Palmer, I became more suspicious.
The final straw was Lori Alter's well-endowed and scantily-camisoled Ehrengraf wrestling with Liam in the final moments of "Emancipation".
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