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GENE RODDENBERRY’S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT Season One

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  914 minutes (22 episodes on five discs), audio commentaries, featurettes

VIDEO:  1.33:1 (Full Frame)\

AUDIO:  English 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH

 

STUDIO:  Universal Home Entertainment/ Tribune Entertainment

DVD RELEASE DATE:  5-1-2009

 

DISC 1-  DECISION/ TRUTH/ MIRACLE/ AVATAR/ OLD FLAME

DISC 2-  FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY/ RESURRECTION/ HORIZON ZERO/ SCORPION’S DREAM/

 

DISC 3-  LIVE FREE OR DIE/ THE SCARECROW RETURNS/ THE SECRET OF STRANDHILL/ PANDORA’S BOX

 

DISC 4-  IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND, WRATH OF ACHILLES/ THE DEVIL YOU KNOW/ LAW AND ORDER

DISC 5-  THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS/ INFECTION/ DESTRUCTION/ THE JOINING

EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT was the first of the Tribune Entertainment shows which had several producers and started out with high budgets.  Then the budget for the shows would keep being cut season by season.  To make matters worse, the writing staffs changed frequently and producer meddling lead to the storyline end up being like crap by the time when season five started airing.   I love EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT.  The first season shines the brightest with some love for the next three seasons with most of season five being crap (except three episodes).

 

EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT was one of many ideas Gene Roddenberry had in his head and his wife Majel dusted off the pilot script and showed it to several companies with the help of David Kirchner.  This show was the first of many series that Tribune would produce in partnership with other companies like Global and Fireworks.

 

The show follows police Captain William Boone (Kevin Kilner) who is recruited to be a new protector for the United States Companion, Da’an.  The Companions aka Taelons are a race of aliens who came to Earth three years ago.  However, not everyone trusts them and what to know the true reasons why they’re here including billionaire Jonathan Doors who fakes his own death.  He has built a resistance movement which includes Captain Lil Marquette (Lisa Howard) who works for the Companions.  Boone is recruited by the Resistance to be a double agent after a Companion agent, Sandavol (Von Flores), kills Boone’s wife in an attempt to get Boone to accept Da’an’s offer.

 

Boone is inserted with a modified CVI (which accelerates his thinking and opens up his brain’s power) so that he isn’t loyal to the Taelons.  He wears a Skrill, a living weapon.   He must find out why the companions are here in addition to protecting Da’an.   A new threat comes in the form of evil and slippery Companion Zo’or.  The first season sets the stages for the mythology of the series from the experiments the Taelons do on the humans, the Taelon’s past, and the character’s pasts.  Season One sets up many interesting threads only to be muddled more and more with each following season resulting finally in the mess known as season five.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentaries were recorded for

DECISION by Technical Advisor Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Executive Producer David Kirschner, and Executive Producer Paul Gertz

TRUTH by Technical Advisor Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and stars Von Flores and Lisa Howard

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY by Technical Advisor Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and stars Von Flores and Lisa Howard

SANDOVAL’S RUN by Technical Advisor Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and star Von Flores

INFECTION by Technical Advisor Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and Executive Producer Paul Gertz

THE JOINING by Technical Advisor Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Executive Producer David Kirschner, and Executive Producer Paul Gertz

 

An introduction for Season One by Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry is on the first disc.

THE RODDENBERRY PHILOSOPHY is a featurette focusing on the issues discussed in the series with the main talk being on the episode INFECTION

EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT GENESIS- A RETROSPECTIVE is on the final disc as cast and crew look back at the show’s first season.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  The first season of EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT still holds after all these years as a great first season of a sci-fi series.

 

This DVD review is (c)7-28-2009/ 8-3-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com