Strange New World
was a TV pilot
based on concepts envisioned by Gene Roddenberry
which first aired on March 23, 1975. It starred John Saxon
as Captain Anthony Vico (PAX team leader), Kathleen Miller
as Dr. Allison Crowley (team navigator and communications expert), and Keene Curtis
as Dr. William Scott, M.D. (Team Physician/Doctor).Strange New World
was the third attempt by a production company to bring Roddenberry's dystopic future vision to the small screen. Prior efforts, entitled Planet Earth
and Genesis II
, explored an Earth after a nuclear war
and focused on an organization called PAX that was working to bring peace and order to the world.
Although he was closely involved in the previous two incarnations, this time Gene Roddenberry opted out. As a result, the character names, as well as some of the main plot points were changed in order to avoid any potential litigation.
John Saxon himself had starred in Planet Earth
, but his character name was changed (in the previous film, he had been named Dylan Hunt
). The movie did, however, share a dark future concept of Genesis II
and Planet Earth
. The title of the film, meanwhile, was borrowed from the famous opening monologue of Roddenberry's Star Trek
.Strange New World
is considered by many observers to have been the weakest production of the three attempts to envision the world of PAX. It, like the previous attempts, was not developed into a weekly series.
Unlike the previous versions, which focused on a single cryogenically
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