99 on 99: “Mission of the Darians”

99on99022bToo many recycled sci-fi clichés at the end of the season; here’s another mash-up reminiscent of countless DOCTOR WHO episodes. Impressive models and matte paintings, as well as a great early 360-degree shot, can’t mask the tired plot of a generational ship split between sophisticated pretty haves and primitive dirty have-nots. There’s a macabre bit of cannibalism too, but guest stars like Joan Collins and Aubrey Morris – yesss! – are wasted. One again Koenig is more like STAR TREK’s Kirk, solving this culture’s dilemma with one half-hearted speech. And of course, Collins goes for the alpha male (no, not Koenig).

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