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Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict - No Ref [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Von Flores , Leni Parker , Ross Clyde    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Von Flores, Leni Parker, Anita La Selva, Richard Chevolleau, Robert Leeshock
  • Directors: Ross Clyde
  • Writers: Gene O'Neill, Gene Roddenberry, Mike Goldberg
  • Producers: Majel Barrett, Sherri Saito
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When an alien species comes to Earth bearing boons to Humanity, a few suspicious humans seek to learn and resist the newcomers' true designs.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Refuge - No Problem 9 Jan 2004
Good quality DVD set, and probably my favourite of the three currently available. The material is more balanced and engaging than season 2, but doesn't quite recapture the ambiguity of season 1, this season is the one that feels most comfortable. Very solid work, nice special effects, but a bit light on the special features. I'd definitely recommend this.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Point... 30 July 2003
By Jeffrey Reed - Published on Amazon.com
First, I will echo the views of the previous reviewers...and also say that I cant wait for Seasons 1 and 2 to come out on DVD.
Now having said that, I want to praise and condemn. This show in its first season was fantastic. Smart, interesting and well acted, it played on a couple of different concepts; that of the relationship between colonist/conqueror and conquered. One could almost see the agony of choosing whether to resist or collaborate and the problems and promises of both- there was no simple solution to that decision, and this was one of the sources of complexity and tension that kept the show going (and it was applicable to both sides); and that of the Platonic view of human nature as the interconnectedness of reason, spirit and appetites. With the Taelons providing the reason and the Juridians the appetites, it was clear that in some way the humans provided spirit, but how this was to manifest itself, and how it would develop in the course of the show was always agonizingly unclear, and a source of debate and discussion in my house after we discovered this show.
If only the same high level could have been maintained. Season two was good, and Season 3- in this DVD- was decent, but the show was losing its momentum by that point. I suspect that the writers/producers had exhausted the Roddenberry heritage and had little idea how to move the story forward, or what kind of ultimate resolution would appear. There was a marked tendency to replace 'action' with theme and intelligence, and even though there are several notable episodes in the 3 and 4 seasons (the 5th hardly bears watching... though sometimes it could be interesting) the show really ran out of ideas. This is a shame, because the promise that this show had form the beginning was quite marvelous, and is still mesmerizing to watch... so I've bought the Season 3 DVD, and I can sit and watch and wonder how I would have made it come out in the end... which is not an easy or an obvious thing to do.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but interesting 19 July 2003
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
The four seasons of Earth: Final Conflict (with the exception of the execrable so-called fifth season) were flawed but intriguing, with a mesmerizingly likable alien race and a sometimes peculiar cast of hackers, freedom fighters, corporate bigwigs and cold FBI agents. The third season is, if not the best, then certainly the best-balanced.
The season reopens with Lili Marquette taken captive by Ronald Sandoval, and sent to a mystery destination for reasons she doesn't know. On Earth, the Resistance is being roundly trounced; Liam and Augur are saved by a mystery woman -- who then turns out to be somehow connected with both the Taelons and the Resistance. One member of the Resistance will be lost, and a new, hard-edged Taelon arrives on the scene.
Like all four seasons (that count) of EFC, the third season started off on wobbly footing and steadied as time went on. Some amazingly memorable episodes are here, coupled with some of the most intriguing scripts that allowed us new insights into the Taelons. Several characters are better fleshed-out here; "Thicker Than Blood" in particular is amazing, in which an enraged Liam (Robert Leeshock) and anguished Augur (Richard Chevolleau) are thrown through the fire, and Liam has to face that he's Sandoval's son. There's even a Taelon-baby cult, and a pair of new recurring Taelon faces: The hard-as-nails T'than, sworn enemy of Zo'or, and the snotty healer Mit'gai.
Da'an (Leni Parker) and Liam go through some tough times after Da'an does something Liam never thought he would, yet helps his protector with the bioengineered Skrill Queen. But the one who really shines is Anita La Selva as Zo'or. Here we see that Zo'or is not the spoiled child emperor he sometimes seems like -- he's young, frustrated by the limitations the Commonality puts on him, frightened of the uncertain future, and his fear makes him ruthless because he doesn't know any other way to make things happen. In this season, he hits Taelon puberty, gets into a bar brawl (in a human body), hides in a basement with a pair of human teens, and has a heart-to-heart with Liam when they're stranded in the wilderness.
Some of the episodes are a bit on the silly side (the rubber skrill-puppet, for example), but when the third season is good, it's very good. Certainly it's worth getting and appreciating.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of interweaving complexity 31 Aug 2005
By shadowdoc - Published on Amazon.com
Unfortunately, I never watched "Earth: Final Conflict" while it was being actively produced. With that in mind and the fact that the first and second season are still unavailable on DVD, I had a little bit of difficulty figuring out what was going on when first watching this third season DVD. With just two seasons already accomplished, the show had developed considerable backstory and several rich characters. The series takes place on Earth in the not-so-distant future after a race of aliens called the Taelons arrive with the promise of peace and cooperation. The Taelons are not as altruistic as they seem, and hide ulterior motives for contacting humanity. The central protagonists belong to an underground resistance seeking to expose the true agenda of the Taelons, which could reveal important information about the past and future evolution of the human race.

Season 3 ("No Refuge") continues the calamatous events of the second season cliffhanger finale in the episode "Crackdown". A series regular, marine captain Lili Marquette (Lisa Howard) departs to be replaced by the savvy corporate executive Rene Palmer (Jayne Heitmeyer). Liam Kincaid (Robert Leeshock) continues as the series' central protagonist with the Taelon leader Zo'or (Anita La Silva) and FBI special agent Ronald Sandoval (Von Flores) countering as the series' two deliciously evil villains. Leni Parker, David Hemblen and Richard Chevorellaeu also contribute as the enigmatic Da'an, corporate raider Jonathan Doors, and computer genius Augur, respectively. One of these three will also make a tragic exit toward the conclusion of the season (or did he truly die, see season 4).

I have read fans of the show criticizing the third season for wandering aimlessly among several different developing plots with no real sense of direction. Having viewed the third, fourth, and fifth seasons in their entirety, I do agree that this season lacked a certain coherence and fluidity with plotlines. However, several key events happened in these semi-standalone episodes that are crucial to following the show's continuing story to its ultimate conclusion in season 5. There are several memorable episodes this season, many of which ironically pertain to the fate of departed Lili Marquette ("Crackdown", "The Vanished", "In Memory", and "The Arrival"). There are also a few episodes with less than engaging stories.

Certainly, one of the most interesting aspects of this season is the delineation of the complicated relationships between different members of the Taelon race, particularly those between Da'an and Zo'or and between Zo'or and T'Than. Additionally, with the introduction of Rene Palmer, we see more of the inner workings, secrets, and conflicts within Jonathan Doors' corporate empire.

As for the DVD's themselves, the episodes were tranferred well and are beautiful to watch. This DVD set is the only one of the three seasons released thus far to have actual interviews with cast members in the extras section on the final disk.

I highly recommend purchasing this DVD set as well as the sets for the following fourth and fifth seasons. This was an excellent TV show, a worthy addition to the Roddenberry legacy! I look forward to the eventual release of the first and second seasons on DVD.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Season Coming Out In UK in April 19 Mar 2006
By Danbo - Published on Amazon.com
I love this entire series from season one to five. It is progressive in its nature and leaves you curious 'til the very end.

I noticed that season 1 is being released in the UK on April 3 2006. It should not be long before it is available in the US and Canada. Season 2 will be hopefully not too far behind...
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing BOX !!! 13 Dec 2003
By Rafal - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing release of EFC tv series. 6 dvd's with full 22 episodes from season 3.As a bonus features you have interviews with the cast , photo gallery and featurette.I'm waiting for season 1 and 2 to be released and i hope to see it as good as seasons 3-5 are. Highly recommended to all sci-fi fans :) The price is right get it now , you won't regret it !
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