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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best TP of all
This is my favorite TP story of all, probably because of the sheer visual and imaginative audacity of the tale. It begins with a two minute special effects sequence showing the robot Jedikiah drifting through space only to be rescued by the starship of Rabowski as it traverses space. Later we see the robot transform into Roger Bizley whose Shakespearean villain...
Published on 19 Oct. 2002 by straker2

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1.0 out of 5 stars Tomorow people
Im sure the film would have been very good but couldnt get it to play. Came in sealed box too. Should imagine it was faulty when produced from the factory
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best TP of all, 19 Oct. 2002
This review is from: The Tomorrow People - The Medusa Strain [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
This is my favorite TP story of all, probably because of the sheer visual and imaginative audacity of the tale. It begins with a two minute special effects sequence showing the robot Jedikiah drifting through space only to be rescued by the starship of Rabowski as it traverses space. Later we see the robot transform into Roger Bizley whose Shakespearean villain performance is truly masterful. (Where were the casting people for Doctor Who?)
Next we have a time freeze sequence, a favorite SF idea of mine, used to brilliant effect on UFO in the Timelash story. The shots of the TP Stephen and Carroll in front of still photos (post cards) is surreal and not really convincning, but the idea comes over well, with John using film frames to demonstrate the idea that a single snapshot of time was selected.
There is also an attack on the lab featuring the slimy, tentacled Medusa, and a brillian sequence with John and Stephen observing the starship in the vortex of Hyperspace only to be shot (and killed!) by Jedikiah using a disintegrator cannon. Kenny and TIM, the computer must use psi powers and sub molecular remanipulation to bring them back from the dead!
All in all, this is cracking good 70s SF, despite low budget effects, and like other Brit TV SF (sapphire and Steel, Blakes 7) follows the Dr.Who/Quatermass traditions of kitchen sink SF/Horror which is somehow far more potent than American SF, despite the lower budgets. John is the stern, authoritative know it all leader, in the tradition of Quatermass/The Doctor/Steel/Commander Straker, etc, just a little more teen-oriented this time. All in all, this is brilliant stuff that I can watch again and again and again. As I have since the first time I saw it, all those years ago!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jedikiah Returns, 6 May 2002
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This review is from: The Tomorrow People - The Medusa Strain [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
This second instalment of The Tommorow People finds the Quartet fighting Jedikiah again.
It seems that the producers have learnt a lot from the first story, although the use of blue-screen imagery is still basic.
There is a special guest star, before he was famous, of Dave Prowse, a.k.a. Darth Vader. He plays a robot. Look out for the bit where his cracks his head on a cage after fitting Carol with a psi-inhibitor.
The audio commentry from three of the main characters, John, Peter and Tim is very good, although in times pretty sarcastic.
The plot line is rather thin as is based around Jedikiah's need to extract vengence against The Tomorrow People.
Whilst the effects are primitive, for it's time (before Star Wars and Hitch-Hikers) they are effective.
This is must-have for those of you who love tv sci-fi. Sure to be a cult success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic stuff!, 14 Oct. 2002
This review is from: The Tomorrow People - The Medusa Strain [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Well, I was hanging out for this DVD! I recall watching this many times as a kid and just loving every minute. Oh, its easy now to say the script is crappy, but at the time it was pretty skilfull scripting to convey such ideas as time freezes, psi powers, hyperspace travel, shape changers and even reanimation of the dead in ways that were literate and convincing. This was the era of Irwin Allen after all, where TV viewers were used to absolutely silly nonsense being passed off as science fiction, so the Tommorrow People seemed pretty intellectual for a mere kids show. In Australia, the episodes were seen on 16mm film prints that had been shot off a TV screen and thus it looked blurry and washed out. So the DVD is most Austalians' first chance to see the series as it was made, on crystal clear video tape. The result is great, but it also means the FX work looks even worse now it can be seen properly! But I have to say that there is an admirable amount of balls and audacity in a series that would open a story with a two minute space sequence with no dialog, showing a robot being rescued from space by a planet hopping starship at the time when only Gerry Anderson would have had FX that were up to such a scene. I applaud the show for its guts and imagination, its scope and style. The Jedikiah villain is superbly played by Roger Bizley as a typically British Shakespearean alien baddie and the young cast are very likeable, apart from poor of Stephen Salmon, who probably looks back on the series with a grain of bitterness.
Nick Young, Peter Vaughn Clarke and Philip Gilbert were the TP in my opinion and the show went to the dogs as soon as that Mike tosser came on board. He was the worst actor of the lot. All in all, despite a few naff affects, this is my favorite ever TP episode and proof that a good story and good characters can get you in and carry you along to the point where a few fake bits don't matter. In fact, they add to the fun! Oh, and if Peter Vaugh Clarke really was sacked on the grounds that he couldn't act, then the person who made that decision must have had his brains sucked out by a Medusa, because PVC was brilliant! (and shoulda stayed to the end!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy!, 22 May 2002
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J. Yamamura "junko-san" (NSW AUS) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tomorrow People - The Medusa Strain [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Improvement!
All Tomorrow People seem to be more comfortable with Telepathy and jaunting in this second story.
The story is faster and easier to follow.( There are only 4 episodes instead of 5.)
Special features include Nicholas Young interview. It's interesting but you have to read it on the screen.
This is Must Buy for those who enjoyed the series in 7o's.
One disappointment: It still uses Mike Holloway's Photo instead of Peter Vaughan Clarke's.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tomorow people, 9 Nov. 2013
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Im sure the film would have been very good but couldnt get it to play. Came in sealed box too. Should imagine it was faulty when produced from the factory
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOOOAH HORSEY, FOR THIS IS BONKERS STUFF..., 7 Sept. 2002
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This review is from: The Tomorrow People - The Medusa Strain [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Well, where does one begin? This should get-1 stars. The acting is carp (peroid), especially the actor whose character is called Kenny (I have a paperweight who could do the job better), the sets are laughable (and believe me, I have laughed several times out loud at them), the script is that of a 13 year old, let loose on a word processor (sorry, this is the early 70's...make that a typewriter) and the special effects are neither special or effective. BUT, despite all this moans, this is cracking nostalgic entertainment. If you have a penchant for 70's, especialy shoddy stuff, best watched after a can or three, with some like minede mates, this is BRILLIANT stuff. Role on the next series and cheers to Bowie for a mediocre song that spawned the series. HEY LETS JAUNT.........................
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