- Ax 2013
Star Maidens - Escape to Paradise
UK/West Germany 1976
James Gatward, Sylvia Anderson (associate) for Portman Productions
directed by James Gatward
starring Judy Geeson, Lisa Harrow, Gareth Thomas, Pierre Brice, Christian Quadflieg, Christiane Krüger, Derek Farr, Ronald Hines, Penelope Hunter
written and created by Eric Paice, based on an idea by Jost Graf von Hardenberg, music by Berry Lipman, special effects by Alan Bryce
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The planet Medusa was once a women-run paradise - but then a meteor hit
and threw Medusa out of its orbit around its sun. From then on, Medusa
drifted through space aimlessly, slowly frreezing over and forcing its
inhabitants underground, and only eventually, it reached earth's solar
By now, Medusa has turned into a totalitarian world, controlled
by women who have made all men their slaves to take care of all manual
labour and serve as sex toys ... and the female rulers of the planet even
think their men love them for it.
Adam (Pierre Brice), the personal
slave of councellor Fulvia (Judy Geeson), who is very high up in the
planet's ruling class, has plotted escape long ago, and now with earth in
arm's reach, so to speak, he persuades his friend, technician Shem (Gareth
Thomas), to steal Fulvia's private ship and make an escape to what they
think is paradise. Of course, Adam and Shem have little idea of how to
steer a spaceship, and approach earth in way too accelerated speed - and
they dare not slow down either because chancellor Octavia (Christiane
Krüger) and Fulvia are in hot pursuit. Then though they get the entry
data into earth's atmosphere from a team of scientists led by professor
Evans (Derek Farr) ... but still crash onto the planet - which breaks
the heart of Fulvia, who actually was in love with her slave, and destroys
the high hopes of Rudi's team of scientists.
Only inm the last shot do
we see that Adam and Shem have somehow survived the crash ...
1970's science fiction television show that's way too blunt in delivering
its message to actually be taken seriously - buit that's part of the fun
of this show, coupled with some great miniature effects (the destruction
of Medusa, the space chase) and these irresistible 1970's pop art pseudo
futuristic sets and costumes. Somehow you just got to love it, right?