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Series / Logan's Run

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The one on the left is an android. Really.

After the success of the movie Logan's 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. The series included a number of differences from the movie; Logan and Jessica were now played by American actors for one, while a new character, an emotional android named Rem, was added.



  • Absentee Actor: Randy Powell, despite being credited in the opening of every episode, actually only appears in about half of them (and is absent from the final episode).
  • 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.
    • Logan becomes one too. He's quick with his fists and a fast draw, but after leaving the City of Domes, he avoids killing and seeks peaceful resolution to conflict. In fact, out of the three (him, Jessica and Rem), he's actually the most soft-spoken.
  • Berserk Button: See what happens if you try to call Rem a robot. There's a reason; robots in this setting have a singular task, pre-programmed responses, and no sentience. Rem is sentient, versatile, and capable of making his own judgement on matters.
  • 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 used after a few early kills in the pilot episode.)
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: 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.
  • Canon Foreigner: Rem is the only major character in the series who wasn't in the movie (or the book).
  • 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.
  • Defector from Decadence: Logan and Jessica both.
  • Enemy Mine: Logan 5 and Francis 7 have to join forces and cooperate against an insane survivalist and his equally crazy wife.
  • Expy: Rem is a very human-like android, capable of expressing emotion, and even experiencing a form of arousal. Not unlike the android character in the earlier TV movie The Questor Tapes, which had been written by Gene Roddenberry as a TV series pilot. The Novelization of the TV movie was written by D.C. Fontana - who was the script editor on Logan's Run. A decade later, the same concept behind Questor and Rem was revived as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a series created by Roddenberry and produced by Fontana.
  • 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. And as this article indicates, there was a fair bit of Male Gaze as well. Sent Up to Eleven in "Carousel" in which Jessica, as part of a disguise, ends up wearing an outfit that is somehow even skimpier than her usual minidress (closer, in fact, to the type of thing worn by the movie version of Jessica). The final episode of the series, "Stargate", is the only time Jessica's mode of dress is directly referenced (and lampshaded) when Logan cheekily jokes that, if it were to get cold, she'd be the first to know.
    • Numerous female guest stars also provided this, too, in particular Kim Cattrall and Adrienne Larussa.
  • Gentleman Snarker / Servile Snarker: Rem was more or less a repairman and majordomo for a swanky palace, so he's quite refined and well-mannered, but he is also amazingly sarcastic about the kind of trouble he and his new friends end up attracting.
  • 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. He also expresses genuine regret at the lives he had taken, and in one episode it was confirmed that he often shot to miss when pursuing runners.
  • Hollywood Satanism: The residents of the Haunted House episode. They were looking for a Human Sacrifice in order to revive one of their number. Rem was out of the question, and Logan was too much a skeptic (and too good at fighting) for them to trap, but Jess was fair game.
  • Human Aliens: Implied then 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.
  • Literal Split Personality: In "Half Life" everyone in the Adventure Town are put through the process which splits them in a peaceful version and a violent version.
  • 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.
  • Ragnarök 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, smuggling the condemned to the outside world.
  • 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.) Despite his claims to not having any, he shows genuine emotion constantly.
  • Robot Buddy: Rem fits nearly every criteria other than being tall.
  • Running Gag: Rem's indignant responses to being called a robot (and his joy when someone properly calls him an android).
  • 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 in the 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Francis was killed by Logan in the movie, but Logan and Jessica (and Rem) need someone to be chasing them in the series, so...
    • Inverted with Joseph 8, who takes the place of Ballard as the first successful Runner. He doesn't survive the episode. Ballard survived the first book, but was only killed in the sequel.
  • 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. note  "The Judas Goat" is a notable aversion, however, as two characters are graphically (if bloodlessly) shot to death by the Sandmen.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Rem is this. Doesn't prevent him from snarking up a storm about humans. He even has a moment of crisis in "The Judas Goat" when he realizes he may have broken the First Law and ended a human life.
  • Verbal Tic: Rem has a minor one of addressing friends as "my dear," such as "My dear Logan." Possibly a holdover from his programming as a palace majordomo.
  • 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. While the movie explained the reason behind the numbering, the series didn't beyond establishing that citizens didn't know their parents.


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