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  • Cult Classic: Despite the troubled background issues and problems with special effects, the show still has a following, some of whom are genuine fans who think that the producers were able to salvage something despite the limited budget, and some who enjoy it as an example of campy sci-fi TV and see the special effect issues as part of the experience; it has been accurately pointed out that the effects, writing and acting were no worse than Doctor Who episodes of the mid-to-late 1970s, many of which faced similar budget and production challenges to that of The Starlost.
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  • Critical Research Failure: The three protagonists don't look much like Amish. Devon and Garth both had 70s hair, Devon adding a 70s pornstache to his mug. Amish men traditionally have a chinstrap beard which they begin to grow and keep upon reaching the age of manhood, or no facial hair at all if underage. Rachel frequently wears her hair down (which women don't in Amish culture) and she wears trousers throughout, another verboten for Amish women of any age, given the Amish culture's rigid gender roles. That along with large visible belts,which aren't used in Amish attire for either gender (suspenders only). It should also be mentioned that Devon and Garth are both English first names. Amish traditionally choose Hebrew Biblical names as first names and the surnames are usually German in origin. Rachel's name is accurate, however. Finally, their Cypress Corners garments clearly contain buttons, which, along with zippers and velcro, are disliked in Amish culture. The three looked more like refugees from a hippie commune.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • Arguably some of the worst effects in a 1970s SF series. This was caused partially by an innovative motion-tracking Green Screen system invented by Douglas Trumbull for the show which failed to actually work at all, and partially by an effects budget which probably couldn't have bought a week's groceries for a 4-person family.
    • From inside, the curvature of the biodome roofs is clearly visible. The exterior shots of the ship indicate that the domes must be at least hundreds of miles across, far too large for the curvature of the domes to be so clearly visible. In fact, all interior shots of the domes make it look like they're much less than ten miles across.


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