The one on the left is an android. Really.
After the success of the movie Logans Run
in 1976, some bright studio executives decided it would make a wonderful idea for a TV series — provided the sets, costumes, special effects, and shooting locations for the series weren't too expensive.Logan's Run
(1977-1978) was the result. Only 14 episodes of the series were filmed, and only 12 of those were broadcast on the network before the series was cancelled.
- Adventure Towns: Pretty much the run-of-the-mill for most episodes.
- Acceptable Feminine Goals: Jessica very much wanted to know who her mother was, and had a soft spot for children, implying part of her reason for running was to be a mother.
- After the End: A nuclear war in 2119 wrecked human civilization. The survivors squirreled themselves away in various niches around the world. The protagonists come from one such niche, the City of Domes, exactly 200 years after the war.
- Alien Invasion: Two of them are threatened, one in "The Collectors" and one in "The Stargate". In both cases it takes some doing to thwart them, which averts Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion quite handily.
- Badass Pacifist: Jessica 6. She was a chick of the highest order, but her strong convictions and sheer will to live kept her going, and even convinced a respected Sandman to defect.
- Bloodless Carnage: The movie showed the victims of Carousel exploding in midair. In the TV series, they just turned into purple crystals and disappeared. (This was likely due to the same network mandate against depictions of violence that led to the Stun setting on the Sandmen's guns.)
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Played with in "Half Life" — Jessica 6 isn't brainwashed, her two Jungian halves were divided and one of them is her brutal bestial half.
- Much later, near the end of the series, Logan loses his memory of the past year and is convinced that he is still a loyal runner-killing Sandman.
- Defector from Decadence: Logan and Jessica both.
- Cargo Cult: In the episode "Man out of time" the tribe living in the ruins of David Deakins' Archive stronghold worship the buildings, forms and artifacts and do not even know how to READ!
- Cool Car: Or at least, as cool as could be managed on a shoestring TV budget. Logan and Jessica find a hovercraft hidden away in the U.S. Capitol building soon after they escape from the City of Domes. The Maze Cars modified for exterior use by the Sandmen also qualify.
- Crapsack World: The overall background
- Crapsaccharine World: The City of Domes, the community in "Half Life" and the android "mountain city" in the pilot.
- Dark Secret: Everyone in the City of Domes believes they will be reincarnated if they end their lives at 30 in Carousel, and that knowing who your mother and father were would be weird. But the sordid truth is, Carousel just kills them, and normal childbearing is forbidden so as to strictly control the birth rate. As one of the secret Elders explained, no-one works and everyone consumes, so they have to get rid of them before they get old enough to wear down and become an even bigger drain on the city's resources.
- Enemy Mine: Logan 5 and Francis 7 have to join forces and cooperate against an insane survivalist and his equally crazy wife.
- Failure Is the Only Option: If the heroes ever find the really REAL Runners' sanctuary, the show is over so...
- Fanservice: Heather Menzies pulls off a minidress and no bra combo with aplomb week in week out.
- Hitman with a Heart: By comparison to his sociopathic literary counterpart and the Jerk with a Heart of Gold played by Michael York, Harrison's Logan was a pleasant and well-mannered guy who happened to have a job killing those trying to escape state-ordered death. Also, unlike his movie and book counterparts, he was already having his doubts.
- Human Aliens: Implied thn subverted in "The Collectors" and "The Stargate". The antagonists LOOK like human beings but in both cases are revealed to be wearing or using disguises and/or body suits.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: A bored, Crazy Survivalist husband and wife made a habit of killing Runners that passed by their estate, and have the keys mounted as trophies.
- Lost in the Maize: In "The Innocent" the gang discover Lisa, a psychokinetic young girl with nearly godlike powers and, when people threaten her or do things that make her unhappy she dispatches them to a dark barren negaspace to be rid of them. The good news is that if she wishes, she can bring them back.
- Low Culture, High Tech: Seen quite often with medieval cultures and or tribal cultures using ray guns, force fields, et cetera et cetera.
- Punch Clock Villain: Many of the Sandmen are this and to an extent, Francis 7 as well.
- Ragnarok-Proofing: There are an awful lot of buildings, houses, computers and other bits and bobs that are in surprisingly good shape for having been in the middle of nowhere for over two centuries.
- La Résistance: Jessica was an active member of it back in the Domed City.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Rem is an android who looks, moves, and acts identically to a human — even to the extent of becoming sexually aroused by a female android in one episode. (He expressed said arousal by having sparks involuntarily pop out of his shoulder.)
- San Dimas Time: In "Man out of time" the people in 2118 and the people in 2320 have the same 22 hour time limit on them.
- Scavenger World: Due to the post apocalyptic setting many of the pockets of humanity have to get by living i nthe scraps of the leftovers of the dregs of a once very advanced world.
- Schizo Tech: In the pilot we see mooks on horseback wielding ray guns and in many episodes afterward we see this mix of futuristic weapons and darned near-medieval technology due to the world After the End being a Scavenger World.
- Stable Time Loop: In the episode "Man out of Time" (written by David Gerrold under the Nom de Plume "Noah Ward"), a man comes from the past and finds out what the future is like, then returns to his own time to try and prevent the nuclear war. But he ends up causing the war by introducing time-travel technology to the past.
- Stern Chase: Logan and Jessica are pursued by Francis 7 and his gang of Sandmen, who are determined to bring them back and wipe their memories. Francis 7 is doing this because, if he succeeds, he might just get a seat on the Council Of Elders who really runs the City of Domes, and thus be allowed to live past 30.
- Stun Guns: Due to the network's restrictions on TV series violence, a "stun" setting was added to the Sandmen's guns. It fired blue stripes instead of the normal bunsen-burner flamegun effect.
- Wandering the Earth: In their never-ending search for Sanctuary, Logan, Jessica, and Rem encounter a new isolated pocket of humanity every week.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Joseph 8 in "The Judas Goat."
- Worthy Opponent: Francis 7 was Logan 5's best friend and now pursues him to bring him back alive to the city of Domes. Despite this Francis has measures he won't stoop to and is willing to co-operate when both their survival is at stake.
- You Are Number 6: Logan 5, Jessica 6, Francis 7, etc. for all the citizens of the city of Domes.