came to TV in 2000, the Kevin Sorbo-starring show wasn't exactly a new idea: the then-late Gene Roddenberry had tried to get the same (general) story onto television more than once back in the '70s. There were a total of three telefilms made back in the day, and we filled you in
on the details of that history last fall, when the Warner Archive released two of those three "Andromeda
pilots." Those first two, both made with Roddenberry's involvement, were Genesis II
(starring Alex Cord) and Planet Earth
(starring John Saxon). The third and final one of these, 1975's Strange New World
(also starring Saxon), had not been made available at the time.
Yesterday, however, the Warner Archive
begun selling Brave New World
as one of their new releases for this month. It's one of several telefilms they began offering (but the only one we're specifically covering, due to it's loose connection with the multi-episode Andromeda
series that eventually followed). The cost is $19.95 for 97 minutes. Here's the studio description of the story, followed by the package art:
Cult icon John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) battles clones, barbarians, beasts and more in this startling sci-fi adventure based on concepts developed by Gene Roddenberry, the visionary creator of Star Trek. After 180 years in a cryogenic freeze, a trio of astronauts returns to Earth, only to find giant asteroids have devastated the planet. Roaming across America's vast wastelands, they encounter weird new cities, strange civilizations and bizarre descendants of Earth's distant past. Co-written by Academy Award winner Walon Green (The Wild Bunch), Strange New World features foxy film femmes Martine Beswick (Thunderball), Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard) and 1974 Playmate of the Year Cynthia Wood (Apocalypse Now) in an otherworldly thriller where Earth itself is the final frontier.