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|12th September 2004, 06:29 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2001
White Dwarf (1995)
In a distant future New York medical student Driscoll Rampart accomplishes his internship at Rusta, a rural planet that doesn't revolve around its axis and therefore is divided into contrasting halves of eternal day vs. eternal night. One is a Victorian-styled colony, the other a medieval kingdom. Both leave Rampart in a state of constant wonder, as he finds his way among humans and aliens, strange dreams and even stranger reality, a dark keep and a red sea, and more universal matters of war and peace, good and bad, love and hate and sickness and health.
Above all, this is an inventive and original show and well worth watching once.
Rampart manages to look genuinely bemused most of the way through. Which is fair, this must be one of the oddest places in the galaxy, with the smoke and brick wall dividing light from dark, and a scarlet sea that can bring life back to the dieing.
Pity most of the rest of the cast looked simillarly bemused.
I'm still not sure how and what Dr Akada's gurning was supposed to do. It had something to do with bringing a painless death to the victim.
It looked like chronic constipation, so perhaps he gassed them?
Either way he ought to see a doctor, it can't do him a lot of good!
As a film it leaves the feeling of a there being a lot more to all of these people than was hinted at.
White Dwarf, I understand, was to be the pilot for a TV series, which explains the general lack of story and great rush to introduce us to a vast array of original characters.
No doubt it would have settled down as the series progressed and could well have proven to be one of the best sci/fi shows of the 90's
|13th September 2004, 02:41 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2001
It managed to scrape onto the Sci/Fi schedules the other night.
Viewed as a film.
No, I would not rate it highly.
Too little story to back up all the differing characters. Or too many sub-plots started but not touched. Take your pick.
As a pilot into a highly original TV series.
Yes, it would be a very good start. Certainly better than say Dinotopia or Lost World.
IMDB entry http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114926/
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